Top six entertainment picks for January

By: Julie Miller, Design and Content Manager
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Here are a half dozen entertainment picks to enjoy this month or reasons to not stay cooped up in the house because the weather is January outside.

Inspiration from an epic hike

Anya Sellsted and Jennifer Mabus hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and will share their experiences at Solo: The Women of the PCT at the State Theatre.

After conquering the 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada, the two encountered challenges including mental hardships during a high snow year.  

The afternoon will be moderated by Larry Hillberg of KVMR, 89.5 FM to guide the discussion of the journey and focus on why they chose to hike the trial, how they navigated tough terrain and their emotional perspective through the difficulties and conquests.

The event will raise money for the Pacific Crest Trail Association and will take place 3 to 6 p.m. at 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Folky festival

Four folk bands will perform at The Mountain Folk Festival in Auburn.

Performing are Manzanita, Jessica Malone, Brotherly Mud, and Jasmine Bailey.

Manzanita is an indie folk band blending Americana and country.

Jessica Malone offers folk, pop and Americana, with her powerful, dynamic voice, surrounded by lush and organic instrumentation.

Brotherly Mud combines poignant, storytelling lyrics and harmonies with intricate instrumentation to bring life and love to the folk-rock genre.

Jasmine Bailey is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. Nomadic, adventurous and refreshingly authentic, she draws inspiration from traditional folk music, jazz, blues and R&B.

The festival starts 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the State Theatre in Auburn. Tickets are $12. For more information, visit   

Cult classic ‘Raising Arizona’

If the weather turns really bad, head inside for the cult-classic film, “Raising Arizona” on the big screen again after more than 30 years from its first release.

In this 1987 Coen Brothers comedy, ex-con “Hi” (Nicolas Cage) and ex-cop “Ed” (Holly Hunter) meet, marry and long for a child in Arizona. When Ed discovers she's barren, an unconventional solution is presented: to snatch a baby from a set of quintuplets. Thus begins a series of kidnappings, capers and goings-on that revolve around the helpless yet loveable child. The film shows at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Tickets: $8, available at or 530-885-0156.

Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Who doesn't love a good story? Get off the couch and head downtown to binge watch storytellers from across the area for tall tales at the annual Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival.

The all-day event begins for the kiddos with a children's storytelling hour and music. Later in the day attendees can learn tips and techniques of telling a good story during a workshop, followed by an open mic to try out new storytelling skills.

A Liar’s Contest features storytellers relaying whoppers and they're laying it on thick. See who's pants are on fire during this event highlight. The evening sums up with storytellers who step up to share grown-up sagas.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. the last presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at General Gomez Art Center, 808 Lincoln Way. For information, visit or email

Django Shredders perform a twist on jazz

Django Shredders will perform their gypsy-style jazz to the Besemer Concert Hall in Nevada City Jan. 13.

“The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt,” performed by Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez, tells the story of the Belgian jazz guitarist, regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Marquez and Ciavarelli are young accomplished jazz guitarists who bring exuberant energy and virtuosity. The Django Shredders have entertained at the DjangoVegas and the San Diego Gypsy Jazz Festival.

The performance will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Besemer Concert Hall, 11417 Red Dog Road, Nevada City. Tickets: $35 members, $40 general, available at 530-274-8384 or

Jessica Malone plays Georgetown

If you missed her at the Mountain Folk Festival (see No. 2), here’s a second chance to see Jessica Malone perform.

Malone is a northern Californian native and will be at the Georgetown IOOF Hall.

Malone is an award-winning singer/songwriter who was raised in the mountains.

Accompanying her acoustic guitar and ukulele, will be Brett Vaughn on electric guitar, Barry Eldridge on drums, Giorge Khokhobashvili on violin and Thomas MacKerness on upright bass.

Tickets will be available at the door: $20 for adults and $5 for students. Music On The Divide members and children under 5 are free.

Doors open at 2 p.m. for members, and 2:30 p.m. for non-members, music begins at 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information, go to or