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Nevada Museum of Art Rooftop Expansion

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The Nevada Museum of Art is expanding upward! Today, they announced their plans for a rooftop expansion which is set to open to the public early 2016. This $5.5 million expansion will include  an indoor and outdoor event venue space. The Nightingale Sky Room will be 4,800 square feet of indoor space and will include banquet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling glass walls and the Stacie Mathewson Sky Plaza with feature 5,000 square feet of open patio space. The Sky Room will seat 250 people for dining and 397 for concerts, parties, lectures, conferences, workshops, and more. The space will feature beautiful panoramic views of the city and Sierra Nevada. The rooftop is set to become the premier event venue in our area and will be a great place to host any event!

“Rent the Sky” and book the space now for 2016!

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Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other!

June 18-27, Reno Rodeo: Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo brings together 700+ contestants to compete for over $2.5 million during this week-long event. Here you will see pro bull riding, cattle driving, bareback, women’s professional barrel racing, team roping, and much more. In addition to the rodeo events, there’s a full carnival, Double RR marketplace, and food court. Cowboys and cowgirls alike will want to come down to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this summer to experience the impressive rodeo. Tickets are available online here.

Artown_VisitRenoTahoeJuly 1-August 1, Artown: For an entire month, Artown offers over 500 events including live music, dance, theater, performances, visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows, tours, and much, much more. Artown takes place in various Reno and Sparks locations and brings together distinguished artists from around the world, from across the country, and from our local community. Over 60% of the Artown events are free, but a majority of the Thursday night concerts require tickets which can be purchased here.

July 10-August 23, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Taking place at the Theater at Sand Harbor State Park, this year’s festival will showcase two Shakespeare favorites, Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Showings for these plays are every Tuesday to Sunday night and tickets are available here. A different performance will be featured every Monday during the Monday Night Showcase and the full list with ticket information is available here. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show!

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one out of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will experience the beautiful, yet challenging course as they compete for a $3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Watch up close and personal as the pros play some incredible golf! Tickets are available here.

HotAugustNights_VisitRenoTahoeAugust 4-9, Hot August Nights: See restored hot rods and muscle cars during the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, Hot August Nights. Taking place across Reno and Sparks, this event brings together, not only 5,000+ classic cars, but an entertainment line-up from some of the greatest decades in music. Show-n-Shines, drag races, controlled cruises, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom, and classic car auction are just some of the great events at this popular festival. More information is available through their website here.

August 6-8, Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: Barrett-Jackson brings the World’s Greatest Car Collector Auctions to Reno during Hot August Nights. The auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday during the festival. Attendees will be able to bid on and purchase cars from Barrett-Jackson’s selection of car AND take the car directly from the auction block to the streets to participate in a cruise or show-n-shine! More information about the auction is available here.

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August 31-September 7, Burning Man: Head to the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to meet up with over 65,000 other Burners for this week-long festival. Here you will participate in the temporary metropolis that is dedicated to preserving community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, and more. The meaning of this festival varies from each attendee, but one thing is for sure, you have to experience it for yourself! Spend a week getting away from it all by reconnecting with your self and others in this popular desert festival. Ticket information is available here.

September 2-7, Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off: Rib and BBQ lovers won’t want to miss out on America’s best rib cook off hosted by JA Nugget in Sparks. This favorite food festival brings over 24 cookers together to show off their BBQ expertise. In addition to delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the cook-off will have other BBQ favorites, sweet treats, live entertainment, special brews and drinks, shopping vendors, and so on. More information about the BBQ’ers and the 2015 event is available through their website here.

TheGreatRenoBalloonRace_VisitRenoTahoeSeptember 11-13, The Great Reno Balloon Race: At the crack of dawn, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, you will be able to see nearly 100 hot air balloons start to rise into the air for the Great Reno Balloon Race. This colorful event is in its 34th year and a Reno favorite. Fun activities at the race include a Glow Show and Dawn Patrol. This is one sight worth waking up for! More information is available through their website here.

September 16-20, National Championship Air Races: At the 52nd annual event, spectators can see six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground and will have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots, and pit crews. Located at the Reno Stead Airport, you will be able to view a world class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and awesome concessions. You won’t want to miss this world renown event! Ticket information is available here.

September 23-27, Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Immerse your self in compete motorcycle culture during the Fall Rally in downtown Reno. Featuring the celebration of metal, music, and motorcycles, Street Vibrations is something bike lovers and metal music fans won’t want to miss. This event brings over 50,000 motorcycles enthusiasts together for tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows, and more.  More information can be found here.

Blue Jeans JamOctober 2-4, Blue Jeans Jam: Come experience the world of denim at Reno Tahoe’s newest festival, Blue Jeans Jam. Inspired by Reno tailor, Jacob Davis, and his work with Levi Strauss, this festival is centered around all aspects of blue jeans and the good old USA. At the festival, you can attend rock and country concerts, presentations from leaders in the denim world, a jean marketplace with vendors from all over the country, a mini film festival dedicated to history of blue jeans, discounts at local spas, specialty foods and drinks, and much more. This unique event is something fashion lovers and country music fans won’t want miss out on! For more information, check out the website here.

For more information on the Dynamic Dozen and more events in Reno Tahoe, check out the full brochure here.

7 Favorite Reno Tahoe Boutiques

Hit Reno Tahoe boutiques next time you’re in town for great finds that’ll please even the pickiest fashionistas. Here are a few favorites that range from consignment to upscale designer and retro to pin-up:

The Niche: At this boutique, you will find the latest in women’s clothing and unique home decor. The Niche offers both contemporary and vintage styled clothing at affordable prices. Their home decor collection varies from accent furniture, wall art, vases, mirrors, clocks, and more. You will be able to find The Niche has locations in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Truckee and Colorado.

J Hill: This boutique offers contemporary women’s fashions that are comfortable, stylish, and sporty. J Hill is a locally owned boutique and can be found in the South Creek area of Reno.

finenfunky_renoFine N Funky: Here you can browse through upscale bohemian clothing and festival fashion from favorite luxury designers like Ella Moss, Wildfox, Joie, Dolce Vita, Elizabeth and James and many more. You will find everything you need to look like you just came from Coachella with their flower child meets urban prep style. Fine N Funky has locations in Reno and Tahoe City.

Savvy Boutique: At Savvy, you will find one-of-a-kind fashions from designers like J Brand, Michael Stars, TOMS, Splendid, and more. Savvy carries on-trend fashions from the latest big name designers from prices ranging from upscale to favorites under $25! They are located in Reno.

thenest_renoThe Nest: The Nest is a vintage urban boutique that carries furniture decor, clothing, jewelry, and retro collectibles. The owners express their love for everything vintage through their store’s inventory which they find as they scour through thrift and antique stores.  This boutique is truly different, as you never know what kind of treasures you will find here! The Nest is owned and located in Reno.

Dressed Like That: This truly unique shop offers vintage styles from the 40s and 50s with pin up and retro fashions. With retro favorites available for women of all shapes and sizes, Dressed Like That has every style you need to feel confident and stylish in their clothing. They offer pin up dresses, separates, swim suits, handbags and more. This boutique is located in Reno’s Midtown.

labels_renoLabels Consignment Boutique: This designer resale store offers everything from designer clothing to shoes to furs to jewelry. The owner and her experience fashion consultants are there to make the most of your shopping experience. Labels is located in Reno.

For more shopping, visit our website here.

Exhibitions to Visit This April

nevmuseumofartMake sure to check out the Nevada Museum of Art this month. There are a few long standing exhibitions that are coming to a close, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to see these at the museum!

Closing April 5:

Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien’s Watershed Sculpture – Photographs of the commissioned watershed sculpture that is located along the Carson and Truckee rivers and other archives donated by the artists of their previous works.

Closing April 10:

Scholastic Art Awards 2015 – Winning artwork from Northern Nevada students grades 7 to 12. The artwork has been judged by a panel of local artists and professionals.

Closing May 3:

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting – Paintings created by nine elderly men from the Western Australian desert who were leaders in their communities. These paintings explore the abstract and examine the possibilities of Aboriginal art.

Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape – Photographs that document the status of the vast American landscape. Sambunaris crossed the US by car to capture the declining terrain in this series of photographs.

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s Mothers — The Art of Seeing – Working with materials such as plastic, barbed wire, and steel wire, Underwood has created a series of works that explore Mexican heritage and related issues.

Easter Festivities in Reno Tahoe

Hoppy (almost) Easter! Our area has a multitude of events for kids and adults alike to have a great Easter holiday. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt or a more competitive scavenger hunt, Reno Tahoe has it all.

Here is what’s happening in and around Reno Tahoe:

Incline Village Easter egg HuntUnderwater Egg Hunt: March 28, from 12 to 1:30 pm, swimmers will want to head over to the Incline Village Recreation Center to hunt for floating and sunken eggs in the pool. Earlier at the event, the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance for pictures.

Easter Keg Hunt Made for Adults: April 2 at 6 pm, Circus Circus Reno will be hosting an adult only hunt, where participants can find prizes like food and beverage credits, 100.9 the Bandit, concert tickets, and more. A grand prize of a kegerator, a keg of your choice,  a night’s VIP stay at Circus Circus, and $100 dining credit will be awarded to one lucky winner. To secure your spot for the hunt, listen to the 100.9 the Bandit to enter or text “KEG” to 68683.

Community Easter Egg Dash: April 4 at 11 am, there will be a free Easter Egg Dash for kids at Idlewild Park. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, candy, and more. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Drive.

renotownmall_easterbunnyphotosEaster Bunny Photos: March 28 and April 4 from 11 am to 4 pm (on both dates), come down to the Reno Town Mall and get your picture taken with the Easter bunny!

Easter Bunny Festival: April 4 at 11 am, the Easter Bunny will be visiting the Sparks Crossing Shopping Center. There will also be treats, goodie bags for kids, games, prizes, face painting, a bounce house, and a baby chick petting zoo.

Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg Hunt: April 4, starting at 10 am at Commons Beach, there will be the popular golden egg hunt, face painting, games, and more.

Family-Friendly Easter Celebration: April 5 starting at 9 am, there will be a series of egg hunts for kids age s 1 to 14 at  BaseCamp in the Whitney Peak Hotel. Other activities at this event include art projects, cookie decorating, photo booth, and prizes. The hotel’s restaurant, Heritage, will also be having an Easter Sunday Brunch.

West Shore Easter Egg Hunt: April 5, West Shore will host two egg hunts, one for kids and one for adults. Kids can explore the lawn, hunting for eggs filled with candy, while adults can hunt on paddleboards and search for eggs tied to buoys. Easter gift baskets will be given out as prizes.

Gar Woods Traditional Easter Egg Hunt: April 5, there will be a traditional Easter egg hunt for kids starting at 11 am. For adults 21 and over, there will be the popular bottle hunt event starting at 11:30 am.

northstarNorthstar California Easter Event: April 5, there will be a variety of events hosted in the Village and on the mountain. At 10:30 am, there will be the Easter Egg Dash on the Village rink. Also in the Village, you can enjoy complimentary face painting, balloon twisting, and Easter crafts. At 11 am, the Easter Bunny will stop by for photos and the parade at 4:45 pm. On the mountain, skiiers are invited to experience Easter Bunny Skiing from 10 am to 2 pm. Keep your eyes open for the Easter Scavenger Hunt and Epic Mix Photographers with Easter Cutouts.

Alpine Meadows Easter Egg Hunts: April 5, kids and adults will enjoy Easter egg hunts, including the Beacon and Eggs Avalanche Beacon Scavenger Hunt, starting at 9 am.

Check out more Easter dining options here.

SALE: San Jose to Reno Tahoe – Alaska Air

Deal alert:

Fly from the Bay Area (San Jose, CA) to Reno Tahoe from as low as $69! Hurry! Book by March 30, 2015. Restrictions apply. BUY NOW!

Flights from Seattle to Reno are also on sale – fly from as low as $119. Book by March 30, 2015. Restrictions apply. BUY NOW!

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

Reno AcesWhat better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.

Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.

Upcoming themed nights at the Reno Aces include:

April 18: Fleece Blanket Giveaway- be one of the first 1,000 people through the Rotunda Entrance and get a free blanket

May 16: Star Wars Night- the Aces host Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs

May 29: Pink in the Park- the Aces players and coaches wear pink in support of women affected by cancer and proceeds will benefit charity

June 5: Military Appreciation Night- A special night paying tribute to the US Military

June 29: Dog Days of Summer: Bring your dog to the stadium, special ticket required

For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.

Five ways to take on spring in Reno Tahoe USA

First day of spring is officially Friday. Thrillist just named the region as one of “The 13 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring” (picks span the entire world), but don’t just take their word for it, test it out yourself. Time to warm up to new activities in the area with the changing seasons…

‘SUP Lake Tahoe

Flirt with Lake Tahoe until it’s warm enough to jump in and paddleboard. The lake lays pretty flat before the waves of crowds hit in the summer.  As your paddleboard navigates the harbor’s iconic rock formations, watch fish hunt for breakfast more than 50 feet below the surface.

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Spring Skiing Capital

Salutable après ski outings and goggle tans will be of plenty. Spring skiing in Reno Tahoe is one big party (touted as the best in the world), and the pond skims aren’t to be missed. The mountains are calling for you to join the fun…

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Dog Days of Spring at Sparks Marina

Sparks Marina’s impressive landscaped and roam-friendly dog park offers “man’s best friend” a real treat – at the doggie snack shack after working up an appetite swimming and rolling around in the grass.1939457_10152583181311461_159877297401016219_n

Go wild on the golf course

Time for your back swing to warm up along with the weather. Try Wildcreek Golf Course – their hole 17 brings mesmerizing views mixed with challenging terrain. Lady golfer

Reno is Blossoming

Literally. Cherry blossoms in Washington DC, meet your match. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

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Sparks Marina’s impressive landscaped and roam-friendly dog park offers “man’s best friend” a real treat – at the doggie snack shack after working up an appetite swimming and rolling around in the grass. – See more at: http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/the-hive/summer-2013#sthash.bxxcEYYe.dpuf
It’s a Dog’s Life… in Sparks

Road Trip Reno Tahoe!

The “Reno Loop” was highlighted this week by Yahoo! Travel as one of their 7 Most Amazing Under-the-Radar Road Trips in the U.S., and a couple weeks ago, you might remember Condé Nast Traveler listing Reno Tahoe on their 5 Drivable Destinations Offering Great Value This Season. Road tripping to and around Reno Tahoe is wheeling across the nation, so here a few tips to get your car and ideas rolling this way…

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From Yahoo! Traveler…

The Vibe: If you’ve conquered Route 66 or just want something a little different, try the Reno Loop, with tons of activities for sporty and adventurous types.

Along the way: Kick off the drive with rock climbing at Whitney Peak Hotel, a new property sporting the largest artificial rock-climbing wall in the world. You can’t miss it — the wall is on the side of the hotel. Next, take Nevada State Route 431 to Incline Village on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Stop and get in a hike (or go skiing in the winter), play some tennis, or go sailing. For those feeling more frisky, there’s an unofficial nude beach just south of the area. Jump back in the car and take Nevada State Route 28 to Stateline, where Heavenly Mountain Resort’s activity center at the top of the gondola includes a zipline and rope courses. From there, head to the town of Genoa from State Route 207 to Route 206. The tiny town is home to Genoa Bar, one of the oldest in the state, where an iron safe is filled with a collection of decades-old bras. Continuing to U.S. 395 through Carson City until U.S. 50, take State Route 341 (which turns into 342) to Virginia City. Mark Twain once lived here as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. The 19th-century mining town still retains wooden boardwalks and Victorian-era buildings — hop on a rail tour to get the full retro effect. Virginia City is also chockfull of ghosts, so check out haunted sites like The Washoe Club Haunted MuseumPiper’s Opera House, or the Silver Queen Hotel.


Artown’s July Concert Series Announced

Artown’s Summer Soiree Under The Stars series has announced an impressive lineup to look forward to this July. Watching the sun set from the amphitheater at Bartley Ranch really adds to the ambiance while listening to top performers. Tickets for this series go on sale Wednesday, April 1.

michael-sunsetWithout further adieu… here is the schedule:

Evening With Betty Buckley – July 9th: $60.00 reserved seats; $45.00 general admission lawn seating: In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress.  Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” the multitalented artist is one of a precious few who helped change the face of musical theatre acting with her realistic, naturalistic approach to roles that run the gamut from the wife of an early U.S. President (1776), which marked Buckley’s Broadway debut, through a critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated performance as deluded, silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), a part she re-created on Broadway to equal success.  Visit www.bettybuckley.com for more information on this performer.

Vocal Band Sensation:  Home Free.  July 16:  $35.00 reserved seats; $25.00 general admission lawn seating: When country vocal band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginning of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity.

Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to The Sing-Off–performing together for crowds in countless State and County Fairs, on college campuses, in Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a Sing-Off victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight.  For more information on the artist, visit www.homefreemusic.com.

An Evening With Clint Black July 23:  $70.00 reserved seats; $50.00 general admission lawn seating: Experience the music of one of country music’s brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black.  His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs including hit such as Killin’ Time, When I Said I Do, A Better Man, Nobody’s Home and Loving Blind. For more information on Clint Black, visit www.clintblack.com

Singer-Songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter July 30:  $50.00 reserved seats; $40.00 general admission lawn seating: Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Carpenter began playing guitar and writing songs early in life, and was playing her songs in D.C. clubs before she was out of her teens. Word of Carpenter’s talents eventually reached Nashville, winning her a deal with Columbia Records, which released her 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl.

Her debut disc set the stage for the success of 1989’s State of the Heart and 1990’s Shooting Straight in the Dark, each of which produced four Top 20 hits, including the Grammy-winning smash “Down at the Twist and Shout.” Those releases were followed by the massive commercial breakthrough of 1992’s Come On Come On, which was certified quadruple platinum and yielded no less than seven charting singles.  For more information on this artist, visit www.marychapincarpenter.com.