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Are You Ready To Party Like It’s 1864?

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The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a steampunk-themed celebration this Saturday, November 1, in honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary. The celebration starts at 3:00pm with Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration street festival. Enjoy live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up to get you in the steampunk spirit! The festival will take place on Hill Street (outside the museum) between Liberty and California, and will be filled with retail stands and food vendors along with the live music. Cheers to Nevada’s 150th birthday and sip on Nevada-themed drinks at 1864 Tavern. The street festival will close at 8pm and admission is free for all guests. 1864 Tavern will also be hosting Abe’s post-party at the end of the night.

After you enjoy the sips, sights, and sounds at the street festival, be sure to head inside the Nevada Museum of Art for the big event: Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. The party, which is part steampunk ball and part carnival, will celebrate our state’s “visionary spirit” and “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” Guests can view the original Emancipation Proclamation, which has been lent to the Nevada Art Museum from the National Archives for just this weekend, in honor of this event. All guests are encouraged to dress in costume (The Nevada Art Museum says “think Civil War meets Jules Verne meets the wild subconscious of a boyhood Lincoln.”). Need a costume? Several local businesses can help you find appropriate attire, such as PolyEsther’s, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Melting Pot World Emporium, and Neon Dragonfly. Tickets are on sale now and include complimentary treats and desserts. This Imagination Celebration begins at 7:30pm and goes until 11:pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Exhibits to Visit: October Edition

Reno Tahoe museums contribute largely to the culture here in Reno, and there are always wonderful exhibits to visit around town. One exhibit you cannot miss is the celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, which will be featuring several iconic documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation. From birthday celebrations to wildlife exploration, here are a few major exhibits going on around town.

nevada art 2The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Nevada’s big day with a special exhibit that displays artifacts that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood with their 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State exhibit (through November 1). Three of the museum’s galleries hold special documents and objects, such as the original copy of the Nevada State constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan that date back to 1867, and much more! This exhibit is a rare and special event, hosting historical objects that the museum tracked down and loaned from museums across the state and nation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that provides visitors a unique opportunity to see all these historical objects in one place. The celebration continues on October 16 with a historical lecture by curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’Sullivan’s photography of the civil war. The birthday celebration comes to a close on November 1 with a steampunk ball and carnival, Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. At this event, visitors are encouraged to engage in the “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the event, as well as on October 30 and 31 and November 2, and visitors are encouraged to dress in costume appropriate for an 1864 party!  For more information on this event visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

The Nevada Museum of Art is also showing films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, which consists of six different session of more than 20 independent films from the festival. These films focus on wilderness, wildness, the great outdoors, culture, and environment. Starting with a Kids and Family session at 10:30 on October 18, the event continues until 7:00 that evening. Join others in exploring the wilderness that surrounds us and enjoy a day filled with films and a unique take on outdoor life.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center hosts the annual Western Heritage Festival on October 4. Celebrate Nevada arts, culture and traditions through experiential learning. Enjoy demonstrations in basket-weaving, spinning, quilting and saddle-making. There will be cowboy poetry, live music and dancers, displays and children’s activities.

An 11-month exhibit at Reno’s National Automobile Museum is coming to an end on October 10, 2014. The World War II Hits Home exhibit tells the story of WWII in Nevada. It demonstrates the commitments of America’s automakers to producing resources for the war, such as tanks, ammunition, and aircrafts. Learn of the impact on daily life, commitments of local families, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field. The exhibit is enriched by the presence of artifacts from private collections, and it is an exhibit that no history buff should miss.

Happy 150th Birthday, Nevada!

Nevada will be celebrating its 150th birthday this month! There are plenty of fun things to do in the Reno area all month long to cheers to Nevada pride until the big day on October 31st.

NV 150The Nevada Museum of Art exhibit titled The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State displays significant objects and documents that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood, including the transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Governor Nye to Abraham Lincoln by telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, and Civil War-era muster rolls that have never been displayed. The exhibit is on display through November 2, 2014. For more information on this event please visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

In various locations throughout Reno and Sparks, the Home Means Nevada event consists of a reading of the Nevada-themed story written by Mark Twain. This reading will be accompanied by music from Shiloh, which will be performed by Julie Machado & Tim Gorelangton. These readings take place on October 1, 2, 9, 19, and 29 of 2014.

The NV150 Western Heritage Festival pays tribute to Nevada’s most significant industries- ranching, mining, railroading, gaming, and the military, and it celebrates their important roles in our state’s history. The festival also celebrates Nevada’s culture and heritage through music, poetry, crafts, and more. It takes place on October 4, 2014 in Victorian Square, Sparks.

At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno you can come watch the Classix Two Home Means Nevada Concert. Over three days in October (the 11, 12, and 14) the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, along with the Washoe County School District 6th Grad Honor Choir and UNR piano professor Dr. James Winn, will perform a new arrangement of Home Means Nevada. This performance will also feature Desert Garden by Reno born composer Sean Shepherd, Lost Vegas by Michael Daughtery, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

One more event before Nevada’s big day is the 4th Annual Nevada Day Governor’s Banquet. This event, which will be held on October 28, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, is both a gala tradition and a fundraising event led by Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval. The evening will feature special guest speakers, live entertainment, a silent auction, a Nevada birthday cake cutting ceremony, and more! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nevada, as well as the non-profit Nevada Day, Inc.

On October 30 at 10am, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is inviting all Nevadans to join him for #NevadaSings, an attempt to set a record for the most people in an American state to sing the state song all at once. Nevadans are encouraged to join in at the designated time wherever they may be: schools, offices, parks, etc. Remember to take a photo or video of you and your group singing “Home Means Nevada”, as video or photo proof will be submitted to RecordSetter, a Las Vegas-based company, to verify the record. For rules, directions, “Home Means Nevada” lyrics, and where to submit your proof, visit www.Nevada150.org.

The celebration expands into Virginia City on October 31st with four events to keep the party going. Starting in the afternoon, an unveiling of Steven Saylor’s portrait “Nine Cheers for the Silver State”. This portrait depicts when Virginia City got the news of Nevada’s statehood. The unveiling of this portrait will be followed by a reception, where paintings will be sold to benefit the Comstock Foundation of History and Culture. After the reception, the Virginia City Statehood Parade will cruise down C Street and is expected to be the largest parade in the state for the celebration. Following the parade, children are invited to spend the night trick-or-treating around town. The child-friendly fun starts at 5pm with a costume contest, and all shops will be open late to make the event fun and safe for everyone. At 7pm the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball begins at Piper’s Opera House. Participants are encouraged to don “period attire”, such as Victorian era or Steampunk costumes. The Ball is comprised of a meet and greet with dignitaries, champagne and hor d’oeuvres, and live music and dancing to bring our state’s birthday celebration to a close.
(For a full list of events and details please visit www.nevada150.org/events-calendar/ and www.NV150Ball.com)

The Nevada Museum of Art Shines Brights with its New Exhibit – “The 36th Star”

The Nevada Museum of Art, located at the heart of downtown Reno, is honoring Nevada in a huge way! In celebration of the “Battle Born” state’s 150th anniversary, the museum is holding a special exhibit that details Nevada’s journey from territory to state. Three galleries on the museum’s second floor house a unique combination of significant objects telling Nevada’s story; including, the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill, 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867… and more! This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit provides the opportunity to see all these historical objects (which have been loaned from museums across the state and nation) under the same roof, in order to truly grasp Nevada’s journey toward October 31, 1864. This exhibit runs until November 2, and is a must-see for all, especially those whose “Home Means Nevada.”

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Programs & Events:

VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:

One of the most important documents in American history is coming to the Nevada Museum of Art! The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will make its way from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to Reno, Nevada for a special appearance. It’s only here for four days, due to strict restrictions on how long it can be exposed to light each year, so don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see the original document for yourself:

  • Thursday, October 30    10am-7pm
  • Friday, October 31    10am-5pm
  • Saturday, November 1     10am- 5pm
  • Sunday, November 2    10am- 5pm

Timed tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.

nevada the 36th starHONEST ABE’S IMAGINATION CELEBRATION

Join Nevada’s Museum of Art as they party like its 1864! Part steampunk ball, part carnival, this celebration of our state’s visionary spirit will be a “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” At the celebration, you will have the opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation as El Radio Fantastique rouses imaginations with a unique blend of sights, sounds, and musical styles. Dress in costume appropriate for the period!

Saturday, November 1    7:30pm-11pm
Tickets: $50.00

HISTORICAL LECTURES:

  • Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop on Nevada’s Historical Documents: Friday, August 8 12:00pm-1:00pm – Celebrate the opening of The 36th Star with Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop, who discusses the significance of historic objects highlighted in the exhibition.
  • Historian Ron James on Nevada in the 1860s: Friday, September 12 12:00pm-1:00pm – An examination of 1860’s Nevada. Learn what it means to be Battle Born.
  • Curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’ Sullivan: Thursday, October 16 6:00pm-7:00pm – Join guest curator Toby Jurovics as he discusses Timothy O’ Sullivan’s timeless Civil War photography featured in the exhibition.

    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!

    The Discovery MuseumLucky Lizards

    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: May

    NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

    Exhibitions:

    Celebrate Art of the Tiffany Era – Three unique exhibitions open through May 20

    The Tiffany family design legacy is celebrated in this unique mix of exhibitions featuring Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass of the art nouveau era and a rare collection of Tiffany & Co.’s decorative firearms. Charles Lewis Tiffany established Tiffany & Co. in 1837; his son Louis Comfort Tiffany later founded Tiffany Studios, renowned for exquisite decorative objects.

    Special Events:

    2679Mother’s Day Trunk Show

    May 12, noon – 3 pm

    Find the perfect gift this Mother’s Day from the work of ceramics artist Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk and jewelry artist, Gail Rappa – both Wild Women artists. Admission to the Trunk Show is FREE.

    TALK: BRDI and BRAF Present: Candy Chang | Before I Die

    May 17, at 6pm

    In collaboration with the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Black Rock Design Institute, the Museum welcomes artist, designer, urban planner, and wanderer Candy Chang as she presents her project Before I Die. Recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of our cities, Chang will also discuss her installation of Before I Die in Reno. Networking and social hour with beer provided by Silver Peak Brewery at 5pm. Talk follows at 6pm.

    Cost: $10 / $8 Museum members.

    ART BITE: Meet the Collectors: The Bloms on Southwest Pottery

    May 18, at 12 pm

    Brenda and John Blom discuss the range of pottery they have collected from every era and pueblo in the Southwest.

    Cost: $10 / FREE with admission and for Museum members

    calendar_solareclipseTHE DISCOVERY

    Biodegradable Art

    May 12, at 11am, and May 12– 13, at 11am and 1pm

    Combine art and science when you create your own piece of art made from biodegradable packing peanuts.

    Cost: $3/Members Free

    Eclipse Viewer

    May 19, at 11am, and May 19– 20, at 11am and 1pm

    Learn about solar eclipses and view the upcoming eclipse through the safety of the home made viewer you’ll create in this intriguing class.

    Cost: $3/Members Free

    SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM

    May 16, at 4 – 10pm

    Fiddle and Banjo Workshop, a Nevada Arts Council Folklife Education Program and a free concert to follow!

    NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

    DSC_0265Mutant Rides: Origin of a Species

    They began a spontaneously, a change in the genetic code, and evolved from the assemble line to an emerging species on the Black Rock Desert.  These rolling works of art are now deeply entrenched in the culture of Burning Man. Imagine a world of motorized vehicles where boundaries are limitless, imaginations rule and the bizarre becomes the norm.

    Exhibits to Visit: April

    The Reno Tahoe region boasts 32 museums! Between golf outings, spa days, and hikes through the blossoming flowers this spring, check out the featured exhibits at one of the awe-inspiring museums. Every month we will highlight a brief selection of exhibits to visit!

    NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

    215August Sander: Face of Our Time

    Ends: April 22

    This exhibition features sixty black-and-white portraits taken by German photographer August Sander in the early part of the twentieth century that document a cross section of German society. This unique set of prints from Sander’s series Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time) has never been exhibited before, although the photographer did publish a volume of images by the same name.

    In 1936, Nazi officials seized all copies of Sander’s books and ordered that his Face of Our Time photographs be destroyed. This was because the social and cultural range of people he photographed suggested diversity within the German nation, which was a threat to the Nazi doctrine of racial purity. Sander’s studio was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid in 1944.

    211The Canary Project

    Ends: April 29

    The Canary Project includes diverse works involving more than 30 artists, designers, writers, educators and scientists. The causes and effects of global change, which encompass those of climate change, are increasingly the focus of artists around the world, whether they are working in the Antarctic, Canada, Chile, or Southeast Asia. Many of those projects rely on photographic evidence for working materials. What makes the Canary Project unique is that Sayler and Morris have partnered with local artists and others wherever they have been in residence. This enables them to expand the reach of their concern through the use of other media, including bus ads, billboards, posters, and installations such as the climate poker game Quartet for the End of Time, and the fashion performance Increase your Albedo.

    THE DISCOVERY

    6100715489_4e42887574_zTruckee Connects

    Learn all about the favorite summer hangout, the Truckee River. Flowing from Lake Tahoe, through the downtown Reno waterpark, and into Pyramid Lake, there’s an adventure and vital duty at every bend. Educate yourself on its many uses; including, recreation, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and wildlife in this very interactive exhibit. Beware of the potential splash zone, who do you trust more with water: Shamu or your kids…

    SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM

    43Night of the Titanic

    Ends: April 28

    Every Saturday this April, from 1-3:30pm, experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank in a 22 minute multi-media production.

    For more museums in the area, please visit our website: VisitRenoTahoe.com.

    Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Welcome First American Indian Exhibit

    Entrance_Flower (3)Reno-Tahoe International Airport will be hosting the first American Indian exhibit in its history and invites the public to the opening reception on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 6:00-7:30pm.  Governor Brian Sandoval, Washoe Tribal Chairwoman Wanda Batchelor and Chairman Wayne Burke from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are scheduled to speak, accompanied by performances of local American Indian artists.

    The exhibit opens during November, National American Indian Heritage Month.  Governor Sandoval has also proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month in Nevada.

    “We are very pleased that the Nevada Indian Commission could facilitate this project,” said Sherry Rupert, Executive Director of the Commission.  “The partnership we have with the Nevada Arts Council and the Indian Territory made this initial exhibit possible.”

    4269271361_cb018036b7_oThe Nevada Indian Commission worked with the Arts Council’s Folklife Program and the Nevada Indian Territory to develop a special edition of the Arts Council’s “What Continues the Dream” traveling exhibit and includes posters drawn from the pages of the gallery guide and photographs of powwow dancers in their colorful regalia; an Indian Territory graphic display; and hand-crafted cultural objects provided by the Nevada Indian Commission. The exhibit will be on display in the Connector Collections Gallery on the second floor, between the B and C gates through January 22, 2012.

    “An American Indian cultural exhibit at our airport has been highly anticipated and a long time coming,” added Rupert.  “When a visitor enters the airport they should know they are in the lands of the Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone people.”

    3177775643_bda0c3d8dd_oThe Indian Commission’s mission is to ensure the well-being of American Indian citizens statewide through development and enhancement of the government-to-government relationship between the State of Nevada and Indian Tribes, and through education for a greater cultural understanding of the state’s first citizens.  The Commission was established in 1965 to be the conduit between the Governor and the 27 federally-recognized Nevada tribes.

    Paiute Elder Ralph Burns will provide the opening prayer.  Burns is the recipient of the 2011 Nevada Heritage Award, which honors Nevada folk artists and tradition bearers who are the finest and most influential masters of their particular art forms and who have had a significant impact on the people and communities of the state.  Gayle Johnson a Bishop Paiute Tribal Member will provide the Paiute Flag Song and Red Hawk Warriors along with various Powwow dancers will be on hand to celebrate the evening.

    For information on the Nevada Indian Commission visit www.nic.nv.gov and for more information on the Nevada Arts Council and the Indian Territory please visit www.nac.nevadaculture.org and www.NevadaIndianTerritory.com.

    Nevada Magazine: Reno-Tahoe Territory Special Edition

    The newest issue of Nevada Magazine features the one and only, Reno Tahoe! We couldn’t help but share these breath-taking images and well written articles on our favorite destination. Features in the magazine include the area’s top ski resorts (including the largest ski resort in the US!), the Black Rock Desert beyond Burning Man (their photos will wow you), lakes, parks, towns, venues…. everything you’d want to know!

    Want your own copy? Take advantage of Groupon’s 50% off deal through 10/22! http://www.groupon.com/deals/nevada-magazine-2 .

    For all those who simply want to read the articles without flipping through the virtual magazine, you can check them out here http://www.nevadamagazine.com/issues/.

    ALL ABOARD THE 6TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY/CARSON CITY RAILFEST

    rail1rail2rail3Experience the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the 6th annual Virginia City/Carson City Railfest on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Step into the shoes of our yesteryears and celebrate by riding the historic rails on a Stream Train from Carson City to Virginia City and back. Train rides are available all weekend and are a great experience for the whole family.

    On Saturday, pose for a picture with legendary western characters at the Virginia City Living Legends Photo Op in the Delta Saloon parking lot. After you have your memorable picture taken, stop by the F street Train Depot to experience how the American Civil War helped shape the country we live in today at the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors Educational Booth. For adults 21 and over, escape the Comstock and relax on a romantic full moon evening train on the Moon Over the Comstock V & T Ride. This tranquil journey includes a light box dinner and a glass of wine in a souvenir Railfest wine glass.

    Head over to the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Sunday to see and learn all about the trains that traveled along the V & T Railroad, as well as other locomotives and cars made famous in movies and on television.

    For overnight accommodations in Virginia City and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).