Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.  Get your tickets here.

Hailed as a masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has delighted and amazed audiences of all-ages for over twenty-five years. George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) produced and Jim Henson (The Muppets), directed this gothic fantasy, which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film’s music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins.  Henson creates a fantasy and largely without computer-generated effects instead relying on detailed puppetry, excellent visuals and a phenomenal set design.  This was Henson’s final feature film before his death in 1990.

“Labyrinth” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.

Get into the fantastical Halloween spirit by dressing up as Bowie’s Jareth (oh that jacket and hair!) or Connelly’s Sarah (remember her rainbow eyeshadow) from the ballroom scene.  Enjoy an array of chocolates, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats and “Labyrinth” themed cocktails from the full bar before, during and after the film.

Tickets available at Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462 or at BriarPatch Co-op,

(530) 272-5333 or online at

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NCFF Monthly Picks at The Magic Theatre – The Big Easy Express
September 21 – September 27, 2012, Showtime 9:15pm, Doors Open 15min before Showtime
Tickets available at the door, $8/GA, $6.50 Student and Senior
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the BIG EASY EXPRESS documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS) this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making.

Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical.

Part road movie and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these incredible musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to New Orleans.

So climb on board for a vibrant, raucous railway adventure. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.

Big Easy Express Official Trailer from S2BN Films on Vimeo.

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Friday, September 21st – Don’t miss the raucous, outrageous party that combines the film Mamma Mia! with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and an ABBA dance party! Grab your friends, dress up and get ready to dance and sing your worries away!

“Mamma Mia!” is part of the “Food & Film Series” presented by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival, that pairs a popular film with a unique and exciting dining experience. “Mamma Mia! is set on the colorful Greek island of Kalokairi, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married (Amanda Seyfried) discovers one of three men (Pierce Bronsan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, (Meryl Streep) who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. The men quickly surmise the reason they were invited, each believing he is indeed Sophie’s father. As complications ensue from the misunderstandings, Sophie and Sky’s wedding and relationship may be jeopardized. calls Mamma Mia! “An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration that ought to have you dancing in the aisles.”

Following the film, Nevada City Marketplace will have delicious Mediterranean dishes such as Greek Salad, Dolmas, Falafels, Mezze platters, Baklava, and more available for sale.  Attendees can also enjoy an array of Greek wines.

Friday, September 21
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors 5:30pm, Film 6pm, Food, Full Bar and ABBA dance party 8pm
Food will be available for purchase along with a full bar
Tickets are $12.00 for Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry
Members and $15.00 for Non Members.
The ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket.
Tickets are available online at, in person or by phone at the Nevada City
Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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Shut Up And Play The Hits – One Week ONLY!

Friday, September 7th – Thursday, September 13th, 9:15pm
**Beer & Wine available for purchase on Friday, September 7th ONLY

“Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band’s leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.”- NPR

Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their film series “NCFF Picks” at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. These films delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling that captures audiences hearts and minds.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is a 2012 documentary film directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band’s final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show. The film also features intermittent segments from an extended interview between Murphy and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012, and was released in the USA for one night only on July 18, 2012. UK showings began on September 4, 2012.

James Murphy performs a duet with the comedian and musician Reggie Watts for one song during the show.

Several members of the band Arcade Fire provide backing vocals during LCD’s performance of North American Scum. The film’s title is a reference to the moment Win Butler of Arcade Fire shouts ‘Shut Up and play the Hits’ as James introduces the song.

The film also features brief appearances from the Juan MacLean and David and Stephen Dewaele, from the band Soulwax (thereby mirroring James Murphy and Nancy Whang’s appearances in the Soulwax film Part of the Weekend Never Dies). There are also fleeting glimpses of both Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Aziz can be seen crowd surfing during ‘Yeah’.

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 9:15pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $8 GA, $6.50 Student/Senior

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