Things to Do: Dec. 23 through 31

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Friday, Dec. 23
Toot Sweet Brass Co. presents a concert from 3-4:45 p.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The brass quintet will play traditional religious and secular Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and audience sing-along carols, as well as a sing-along finale. There is no charge; free-will donations may be made to benefit Interfaith Food Close and the church. Call (530) 885-9009 or (530) 888-1801.

Aaron Gayden plays a special holiday show at 9 p.m. at,The Club Car, 836 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Gayden will blend his smooth R&B tunes with holiday favorites. Call (530) 887-9732 or visit

Music in the Bistro presents vocal and guitar duo Kelly Fleming and Pete Grant from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Latitudes, 130 Maple St. No. 200, Auburn. The duo performs 1970s “hippytonk” and country music. Call (530) 885-9535 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 29
Music in the Bistro presents Travis & Company from 7-9 p.m. at Latitudes, 130 Maple St. No. 200, Auburn. The group features blues music, harmonica and guitar. Call (530) 885-9535 or visit

“Delirious Moonlight: Blues, Broadway and Beyond,” the debut production from Nevada County theater troupe Live Ubiquity Theatricals & Entertainment, takes place at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 29, 8 p.m. Dec. 30, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 p.m. Jan. 1. The song-and-dance cabaret features show tunes and jazz standards. Friday’s show is a benefit for the Performing Arts Guild, Nevada County's award-winning children's theater organization. The 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve showing will segue into a gala after-hours party. Ticket prices are $10 Dec. 29; $20 general, $15 students/seniors Dec. 30; $25 general, $15 students/seniors Dec. 31 (includes admission to The Stonehouse’s New Year’s Eve party); $20 general, $25 stu-dents/seniors Jan. 1. Buy tickets at or, or call (530) 273-8324. For information, visit or

Saturday, Dec. 31
PlacerArts hosts a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The night features vocalist J. Ross Parrelli and band playing danceable jazz, reggae and soul. Photo ID required; 21 and over only. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door; admission includes midnight champagne toast. No-host wine and beer bar and light refreshments available. Net proceeds support PlacerArts’ public programs and services. Call (530) 885-5670, email or visit

The Auburn Event Center hosts a New Year’s Eve party featuring Mumbo Gumbo at 145 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Starting the fun is the Empty Wallets, a band from Placerville. Mumbo Gumbo will play its blend of Cajun, zydeco, boogie, reggae and funk. There will be a champagne toast and party favors, along with pizza and snacks. This is an all-ages event; ID required at the bar. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Cherry Records and Tribal Weaver in Auburn, Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley, all Dimple Records and online at

A murder mystery dinner theater show, “The Speakeasy Murders,” based on the Prohibition era, plays at Lou La Bonte’s Restaurant, 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31; Jan. 13, 20 and 27; and Feb. 3 and 10. Dinner and show costs $39.95 per person. To make a reservation, call (530) 885-9193.