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Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

“This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

“One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

As You Like It – Shakespeare Festival 2014

Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal and first-class entertainment with your friends and family… All while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. This summer’s featured show is “As You Like It”!

Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in a timeless and transcendent tale.

Secure your seats today!

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Shakespeare’s Kitchen cooks up a delicious onsite dining experience. You can even pre-order dinner and save time – just “add on” a meal when you purchase your ticket.

The main gate opens at 5:30 p.m. allowing early access to the concession area which includes Shakespeare’s KitchenThe Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). This affords you the opportunity to mingle early with family and friends in our newly renovated and expanded dining area. Arrive early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail, marvel at the awesome views of Lake Tahoe or simply bask in the afternoon sunshine. The amphitheater also opens at 5:30 p.m.

“Diverse; unique; powerful; innovative”- Artown 2014 lineup guarantees good time

posterPumped about upcoming Reno Artown? You’re not alone! And if you haven’t given Artown much thought, now’s the time to get excited! Artown takes the stage for its 19th season this July, upholding its reputation as a celebrated comprehensive arts and cultural festival, while promising to push the envelope and change perceptions with its unique 2014 schedule. Whether you’re an avid admirer of the arts, or an art amateur… whether you’ve attended Artown in past years or haven’t heard of Artown until now… there’s an event (or multiple) at this year’s Artown calling your name. With a state-of-the-art schedule that includes over 500-multidisciplinary events, from musical and theatrical performances, interactive presentations, workshops, and clinics, to art exhibits, children’s events and more, Reno’s 2014 Artown is not to be missed. Better yet, the festival runs for 32 days (July1-Aug1) and over 75% of the events are free!

The festival kicks off with a bang Opening Night on Tuesday, July 1 with the performance of up-and-coming country artists Sherrié Austin and Mountain Heart, whose cutting-edge acoustic music is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The free event begins at 7pm and is located right in the heart of Downtown Reno and the Riverwalk area at Wingfield Park.

kid original size!Artown’s array of events for families and kids begin bright and early July 2 with the free children’s educational series, Discover the Arts, which takes place each weekday throughout the month. The variety of activities within the series includes Discover Kidscape’s improvisation, where kids can learn the art of improvisation, Discover Kids music camp, a week-long music workshop of singing, making music, and exploring instruments, and Discover the Art of Magic, where children can learn magic tricks.

Say “bonjour” to a new event set to premiere during Artown in downtown Reno on July 13. Revolution on the River will debut from noon to 5pm along the banks of the Truckee River on Riverside Drive, featuring picnic baskets filled to the brim with locally sourced food and drink, as well as entertainment and a cake-decorating contest celebrating all things French for Bastille Day. The event is free to the public and attendees have the option of brining a picnic to enjoy or purchasing one of 250 French-themed picnic baskets that feature food and drink from Beaujolais Bistro, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Hub Coffee Roasters, Rounds Bakery, Mix Cupcakes, Wedge Cheese Shop, Common Cider Company and many other local businesses. Bon Appétit! You’ll be transported to the banks of the Seine River in Paris with a charming atmosphere full of French music, strolling models in period costume, a puppeteer entertaining families and friends of all ages, and painters creating artwork along the river.

July 12 of ArtTown is a day dedicated to the Visual Arts. The day is comprised of 14 visually-stimulating events that will draw you in. From 10am on, watch local artists create mural art downtown on the side of the Circus Circus, one of Reno’s famous hotels. Pick up a piece of local art at the annual yART sale, anytime from 9am-3pm. Experience Art Rocks, from 11am-3pm, for an open tour of quarry and how rocks are used in the arts.

concertMore into the musical arts? Then this year’s lineup of musical guests for Monday Night-Music Series in the park will be music to your ears.  The talent includes local composers, starting July 7 with an evening of jazz and blue classics by multi-instrumentalists Colin Ross and Mig O’hara, as well as July 21 for Reno Philharmonic’s Boston-Pops inspired program.  Also, check out Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla July 14 and Michael Kaeshammer, Canadian pianist and vocalist July 28.

Celebrate Closing Night August 1 at 7:30pm with local favorite, Whitney Myer opening for Latin, Hip Hop and Rock Music seven piece band Ozomatli.

For more information on Artown, visit  www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

Exhibits to Visit in May 2014

May is a fantastic time to visit Reno Tahoe. There is Cinco De Mayo, the River Festival, Memorial Day, and the start of summer vacation for some! But did you know that there are some great exhibits at museums all throughout the city? Let this post serve as your guide for some of the great exhibits and learning experiences this month!

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Seniors get in free every Wednesday in May!

Picturing Mexico May 10-August 17: An artist of great significance, Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871–1946) developed his own distinctive contribution to modernism. This exhibition explores Ramos Martínez’s work through four sections—Many Women, Religious Piety, Los Angeles Stories, and Forever Mexico—and how he produced an individual response to Mexico from Los Angeles. This exhibition also offers visitors an opportunity to understand the constant cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in new ways.

And on Saturday May 10, come to the museum for free and enjoy hands-on art and storytelling!

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Every Wednesday, admission is $4 after 4PM!

Lucky Lizards: On Saturday May 17, local herpetological expert Dave Boland will visit the Discovery with many lizard friends. Patrons will learn the difference between a snake and a lizard and maybe even get to feel the scales on a lizard!

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Okay, so it’s not really an exhibition of art or science, but this festival is sure to capture the attention of anyone who finds river sports fascinating. Not only will there be competitions for different river events, but live music, food, and many other vendors. Spend a day at the beautiful Truckee River in the heart of downtown Reno at the Wingfield Whitewater Park. The festival will take place May 10 and 11 from about 9AM-7PM.

Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno!

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works

Who doesn’t love the illustration of Where the Wild Things Are? The Nevada Museum of Art is currently showing an exhibit that is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Sendak, who illustrated the children’s classic and many other works of art. The exhibit closes on April 27 though, so make your way to the Museum of Art if you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime display! Click on the picture for more details!

The Discovery Museum

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Would you like to learn how to build with wood? Does holding a baby duckling sound like a great time? Would you like your child to have some great hands-on building experience with trained professionals? April is a great time to visit the Discovery Museum! There is going to be a baby animal week, where visitors can play with and learn about young critters, building with wood classes, and tool exploration. This month at the Discovery is sure to captivate any young scientist or builder. There is even an adults-only social on April 25! All of the fun of the Discovery with other adults and food and beverages! Click on the little scientists for a complete calendar of events.

Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

Animal Ark

The famous Animal Ark opens this Tuesday April 1! The collection of rare and exotic animals at this place is epic! They have cheetahs, tigers, wolves, tortoises, coyotes, even a lynx! What is a lynx!? Find out by going to the opening of the Animal Ark season!

El Santo the Janguar at Animal Ark, Reno, NV

Reno Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

Reno, NV, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Reno is one of eight cities profiled in a feature titled “Cut Taxes in These 8 Towns” in the March/April issue, available nationwide on Feb. 18, 2014.

Where to retireWhere to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities, including Reno, appeal to retirees who have done their research and know that taxes are among the biggest expenses they face. “One of the best reasons to relocate in retirement is to leave hefty tax burdens behind. In addition to being easy on the pocketbook, Reno offers other amenities that appeal to retirees – beautiful vistas, outdoor adventures, and cultural and social opportunities that keep retirees engaged with the community,” Fuller said.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Exhibits to Visit: February

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

Nevada Museum of Art

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“Sweet Corruptions” by Emilie Clark merges art with science in a way that may seem hard to imagine. Patrons will view an artistic portrayal of food waste, and will use their own preconceived notions with information the exhibit provides to come up with their own understanding of waste and society. People with an interest in ecology and the environment will gain from the interactive sculpture that includes audio and a dissecting microscope.

“Keeping Up Appearances” explores the intricate pattern of crochet on a massive scale, while simultaneously representing the female sphere. This site-specific exhibit may seem to intimidate the audience, as giant red doilies are displayed on the wall. The audience will get the feeling of a calm solace in the midst of tumult and unrest.

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“Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin” is a photography exhibit portraying the unseen idealistic lifestyle of the wild horses as they once lived in the Great Basin area. Paula Morin depicts these horses in relation to Native American life and the changing landscape of the Great Basin. Those who relish the history of westward expansion and American identity will find a thrill through these photographs that highlight the emergence of a nation.

The Discovery

$4 admission after 4PM on Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb. 12, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26.

On Wednesday, February 5 there will be an outdoor stargazing extravaganza. Celestron telescopes will be used as Tony the Star Guide takes people of all ages on a tour of the galaxy, including the moon, Jupiter, and Uranus!stargazing

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Reno Tahoe

The 2014 Chinese New Year is upon us, marking the time for transition from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse. The horse is a symbol of travel and victory. So start the year on the right hoof, and giddy on up to Reno Tahoe to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

February 1

The closest ski resort to Reno (just 25 minutes away) celebrates Chinese New Year with food specials, a skiing dragon and other activities.

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Eldorado Reno

January 31-February 6, and Feb 15-17

The Eldorado Hotel Casino is busy preparing to make dozens of authentic Chinese specialty dishes to help ring in the Chinese New Year. Look for traditional Chinese specialties in The Buffet from January 31-February 6 and the magnificent White Crane Lion Dances February 15-17 in honor of the Year of the Horse.

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the new year begins on January 31 and marks the transition from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse. While the Year of the Snake was said to be marked by prosperity, gracious morality and great wisdom, the Year of the Horse is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things.

To usher in the Year of the Horse, The Buffet will serve dozens of ever changing appetizers, side dishes and entrees plus Chinese crispy roast pig every night. Some of the dishes planned include clams with black bean sauce, Thai hot and sour head-on shrimp, roast duck, cashew chicken, steamed mussels with ginger sauce, wok braised crab, Peking pork chop, Mongolian beef and more.

Each buffet guest will receive Lei See, a Chinese tradition of lucky money. Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1 guests can enjoy the Chinese New Year buffet for $24.99 per adult and $12.99 per child 10 and under. Eldorado Gold Card members and above dine for only $19.99. Sunday, February 2 through Thursday, February 6 adults dine for only $18.99, kids under 10 for just $8.99 and Eldorado Gold Club members and above for just $13.99.

The Chinese Lion Dance has been an integral element of Chinese culture for over a thousand years and a beloved part of the New Year festivities. February 15-17, the White Crane Lion Dancers will begin on the mezzanine and wind their way through the casino for all to see. Saturday performances will begin at 2, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Sunday dances will be seen at 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. with Monday dances at 1 p.m.

A Chinese concert starring Leo Ku will be held on February 16 at the Downtown Reno Ballroom at 8 p.m.

Honor the Year of the Horse and enjoy Leo Ku in concert, the brilliant White Crane Lion Dances and authentic Chinese dishes prepared by the Eldorado’s expert chefs.

Silver Legacy

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Just as 2014 gets into full swing on the American calendars another celebration of the New Year begins.  According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar the New Year starts on February 7th and Silver Legacy Resort Casino is here to celebrate with food, concerts and fun!

Chinese New Year 2014 marks the Year of the Horse and Silver Legacy invites everyone to take part in the celebration!  A special Chinese Concert featuring Leo Ku will be held on Sunday, February 16th in the Reno Ballroom at 8 p.m.

2014 Lion Dance Performance Schedule:

Saturday, February 15–1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

Sunday, February 16– 12 p.m., 3, 6 and 9 p.m.

Monday, February 17 –12 p.m.

The Lion Dance will be performed on Silver Legacy’s mezzanine level near the Mining Rig several times during the traditional 15 day Chinese New Year celebration.

From Friday, February 7th through Monday, February 17th, enjoy special Chinese delicacies at Café Central and Flavors! the Buffet.  Café Central will feature authentic dishes like Hunan Beef, Stir Fry Rice Cakes, Fat Choy, Prosperous Fish and more.

In Flavors, sample everything from hot and sour Soup and three flavors salad to main dishes like roast prime rib of beef, Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, Peking pork loin, Hoison BBQ pork spareribs, Char Sui Bao, green mussels in oyster sauce, Char Siu Bao, red Thai curry chicken, baby Bok Choy with ginger sauce and more! Chinese entrees are served nightly in addition to our regular buffet menu items for $24.99 for adults and kids 6 to 12 eat for $12.99, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for $17.49 for adults and $7.49 for kids, Monday through Thursday.

30-Foot Tall “Styrobot” Invades The Discovery’s Lobby

Reclaimed Styrofoam robot invites visitors to create a ‘bot of their own for a chance to win prizes -

The_Discovery-Styrobot_Challenge2A 30-foot tall robot made of reclaimed Styrofoam was recently constructed in the lobby at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery). The robot, called a “Styrobot,” invites visitors of all ages to participate in the museum’s Styrobot Challenge.

Using solely reclaimed Styrofoam packing material and glue, participants can create their own Styrobot of any shape or size in this fun, at home challenge. Entries will be judged on five criteria: creativity, personality, originality, function and stability. Entries must be delivered to The Discovery by 5:00pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a people’s choice award (first place winner receives a one-year Family Fun membership (or renewal) to The Discovery—see website for a list of other prizes).

All entries in the Styrobot Challenge will be on display at The Discovery from December 21, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

For rules, judging criteria, entry forms and more information about the Styrobot Challenge and other activities at The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Cirque Meets Ice in the Eldorado Showroom with “Ice Fantasy”

Dancing pink poodles? Check. Beatboxing clown? Duh. Insane stuntwoman? No doubt. Ripped contortionist? You betcha. Fire juggling?  Aerial Acrobatics? World-class ice skating? The talent in this show is unstoppable… be prepared for your jaw to be dropping with amazement the entire performance. Ice Fantasy at the Eldorado is definitely a must-go!

This holiday season, guests can experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” – Where Cirque Meets Ice, on stage at the Eldorado Hotel Casino beginning November 19. This original theatrical production combines the beauty and athleticism of figure skating with the wonder and excitement of world-class specialty acts, all delivered within a humorous Cirque-style storyline.

Ice Fantasy

“Ice Fantasy” is created, produced and directed by well-known international ice and theatre producer, Jeb K. Rand, and choreographed by world renowned choreographer, Pasquale Camerlengo.  Camerlengo is a two-time Olympic Ice Dancer and the creative driving force behind more than two dozen World and Olympic medalists and is credited with choreographing more than 20 original ice and theatrical productions. He was most recently was awarded the Professional Skater’s Association (PSA) Choreographer of the Year – 2012.

“Ice Fantasy” is emceed by Ryan Stilwell, who has been seen by millions of people around the word beat-boxing, street dancing, performing ice acrobatics and creating sound effects and comedy routines on renowned shows such as X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent!, where he was a finalist. The featured specialty acts include a French aerialist and fire spinner; a Ukranian hula hoop artist and acrobat who can skate on her hands; a Cuban who performs a strength and contortion act; a Czech stilt skater; an incredible three-person strength act from Russia; and from Chile, The Cartoon Poodles, a creation of the Abuhadba family who are 6th generation circus performers and animal trainers specializing in the Poodle breed. The Cartoon Poodles have performed with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus and many more.

Experience the magic of “Ice Fantasy” in the Eldorado Showroom November 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014. Tickets for “Ice Fantasy” start at just $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3-12. Dinner and show packages available from $38.95 and room and show packages from $49.90. Performances nightly except Monday.  For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.