The Center’s “A conversation with Alice Waters”: an example of a top-notch speaker program

We thoroughly enjoyed “A conversation with Alice Waters” at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on Friday night.

It was exemplary local programming, exemplifying what our towns are capable of producing — at least in some circles.

Alice read from her new book — “Coming To My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.” Beth Ruyak of Capital Public Radio asked probing questions.

The discussion expanded well beyond food — into politics, economics and American culture. It was a full house.

The Center has done an extraordinary job setting the “gold standard” for lecture series in our towns.  Another that came to mind was mountain climber Melissa Arnott. We could use more educational and inspiring speakers’ programs.

We have long been supporters of The Center, as well as many other local profits, and this fall we are doubling our annual cash donation to the “Encore Club” level.

We think it is a wise investment in our towns, and we are more than happy to reward the caliber of programming when we see it.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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