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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.

Andy Warhol’s Athletes Exibit in Reno

Through January 4, at Nevada Museum of Art

269The Nevada Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Andy Warhol: Athletes, a collection of 10 paintings by the iconic artist featuring some of the most celebrated sport stars of the 1970s.

Andy Warhol: Athletes immortalizes 10 athletes in Warhol’s signature style of screen-printing – a project commissioned by his friend and collector Richard Weisman. The exhibition also includes a portrait of Weisman painted by Warhol.

The exhibition exemplifies the changing nature of fame in the twentieth century as sports figures became celebrities in American popular culture. The athletes featured in this series benefitted from newfound celebrity status following the series due to Warhol’s international fame. Featured sport stars include Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Tom Seaver, Rod Gilbert, Jack Nicklaus, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Willie Shoemaker and Pelé.

Come see!

Frida Kahlo at the Nevada Museum of Art

FEATURE EXHIBITION

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Open through February 16, 2014

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage. For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public. In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 240 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ART BITE Frida Kahlo, in Person: Her Life and Photography, Performed by Megan Berner

Friday, September 13 / noon

Reno photographer Megan Berner creates the character of Frida Kahlo through Chautauqua performance and interpretation of Kahlo’s photographs. $10 / FREE for MEMBERS. Funded in part by Nevada Humanities.

Science is Always in Style… It’s Fashion Month at The Discovery!

Visitors offered the opportunity to explore the science behind the fashion industry

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), sponsored by The Summit, celebrates “Fashion Month” with a variety of displays and hands-on classes exploring the art and science behind the fashion industry. Fashion Month begins with a kick-off party at The Summit  Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Discovery-Building FrontThe Discovery’s Fashion Month celebration includes hands-on classes and activities that range from bracelets made from the latest fingernail painting techniques to handbags and headbands created using recycled T-shirts. Fashion Month culminates with a Fashion Show & Party on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Discovery.

Another element of Fashion Month are two design challenges. Participants can choose to design a stylish and functional backpack or a mind-blowing fashion statement using solely reclaimed or upcycled materials. Design challenge entries will be showcased at the Fashion Show & Party alongside unique fashions from local merchants. Details for both design challenges are available on The Discovery’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery is located at 490 S. Center Street in downtown Reno. Events at The Summit will be held in the Personal Shopper Lounge between Yankee Candle and My Wedding Library at 13925 South Virginia Street.

For more information about Fashion Month and other upcoming activities and events at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org

Creepy crawly visitors this week at The Discovery

The Discovery celebrates Bug Week, July 22-28

The_Discovery-Bug_WeekBeginning Monday, July 22, and continuing through Sunday, July 28, 2013, visitors to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) can get hands-on with bugs and butterflies and develop a love of the natural world.

In partnership with Nevada Bugs & Butterflies, The Discovery is hosting an insect petting zoo that includes native and non-native insect species including beetles, butterflies, caterpillars, composting worms, cockroaches and more. Microscopes will be available for visitors who want to get an even closer look at the specimens. All week long there will be bug-themed art projects in Art Alcove and visitors will have the opportunity to create a B.C.U. (Bug Containment Unit) in Spark!Lab Smithsonian. Additionally, visitors can watch as live cockroaches create modern art right before their eyes.

“Bug Week is certain to be a hit with visitors of all ages,” said Patrick Turner, marketing manager. “Bugs and butterflies create a huge amount of curiosity and are a great way to take learning that starts here at The Discovery out into the world around us.”

Upon completion of a bug scavenger hunt in the museum, visitors can enter to win one of five finished cockroach paintings.

For more information about Bug Week and other upcoming summer activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

Google’s “Field Trip” app granting free admission to The Discovery

Beginning Wednesday, July 3 and continuing for an unspecified limited time, Google’s Field Trip smart phone app, is granting lucky users free admission to 23 museums, science centers and zoos across the U.S. including the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) in Reno, Nevada.

315975-field-trip-ios-appThis summer, users of Google’s Field Trip app can receive free admission to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., The Field Museum in Chicago, and 19 other attractions around the country. Field Trip, which was built by Niantic Labs, a division of Google, helps users find prominent cultural attractions and lesser known facts about the places they live and visit.

Google’s Field Trip app is available free for both Android and iPhone.

For more information about The Discovery, visit the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

$2 Date Night at the Museum

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A can of food and $2 is your license to “Date Night” at the National Automobile Museum tonight!

May 10, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 p.m bring $2 and a can a food to the National Automobile Museum to help drive away hunger, and gear up for a night of fun! Donate a non-perishable food item for the Nothern Nevada Food Bank and pay only $2 per person to experience “One of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums.”

The Museum is staying open late, so grab a date or a group of friends and rev up your summer.

Exhibits to Visit: May

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

Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

Through June 14

Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada

The exhibit features 35 pieces of art from Wally Cuchine’s collection. In 1987, Life Magazine described US HWY 50 across the center of Nevada as the ―The Loneliest Road in America.‖ The magazine particularly mentioned the 287-mile stretch between Fernley and Ely as ―remote with few points of interest‖ and it urged travelers to have ―survival skills‖ to make the journey.

Steam Balloon PeppinSierra Arts Foundation

May 28-June 27

You could say Nancy Pippin, a Twinkies and Northern Nevada enthusiast, creates one-of-a-kind art. The real Twinkies used in the mixed media pieces were purchased on the day that the Hostess Company announced it was going out of business – November 16, 2012. Nancy Peppin is a watercolor painter, known for her images of Twinkies in history and in images of the Nevada landscape. Return of the Twinkies!

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Linda Besemer: Sine Language

Through May 19

Linda Besemer (b. 1957) is an abstract painter based in Southern California celebrated for her stunning, optical works that upend commonly held notions of what makes a painting. Her work subtly expresses, through formal means, her distinct political outlook. Normally one expects a painting to consist of pigment, whether oil, acrylic or watercolor, applied to some sort of ground, whether canvas, panel or paper. In an exciting subversion of tradition, Besemer creates double-sided paintings (“folds”) of pure acrylic pigment without a ground.

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ARTBITE Linda Besemer on Sine Language

Friday, May 3 / noon

Join artist Linda Besemer for an exploration of her optical works that upend commonly held notions of what makes a painting. Cost: Free for members or with paid admission.

Mother’s Day Trunk Show

Saturday, May 11 / 12 – 3 pm

The Mother’s Day Trunk Show features ceramics artist Dane Meier whose pieces celebrate nature and crafting with clay. Cost: Admission to the Trunk Show is FREE.

ARTBITE Tamara Kostianovsky on Meat, Sculpture, and Identity

Friday, May 17 / noon

New York-based Argentine artist Tamara Kostianovsky explores ideas about identity, geography, culture, and history in her fabric sculptures of meat in Voces y Visiones. Cost: Free for members or with paid admission.

ARTOWN 2013 PRESENTS DIVERSE LINEUP OF PINK FLOYD, GIANT PUPPETS, FAMED MUSICIANS AND MORE JULY 1-31

Reno ArtownArtown takes the stage for its 18th season beginning Monday, July 1, presenting hundreds of imagination-stretching, mind-bending music, arts and theater performances. Kicking off with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in Wingfield Park, Artown 2013 also brings a variety of arts and cultural influences to other venues in the community including the Grand Sierra Resort, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Lake Mansion, the Nevada Museum of Art, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, Sierra Arts, and more. The annual event closes Wednesday, July 31, when Shuggie Otis brings down the house at the Festival’s home base, Wingfield Park.

Artown gets things started with a trip back in time to 1973, paying homage to the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s classic “Dark Side of the Moon” with a funk-fusion twist. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. and opens with acclaimed Lake Tahoe band, Jelly Bread. Immediately following, vocalist Corey Glover, saxophonist Karl Denson and bassist and composer Melvin Gibbs entertain audiences with an awesome presentation of the world-famous Pink Floyd album.

Artown’s array of events for families, kids, musicians and more 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 festival’s World Music Series gets its start Wednesday, July 3 with reggae band Midnite followed each Wednesday evening throughout the month. Grammy-winning mariachi band Mariachi Los Camperos di Nato Cano take the stage in Wingfield Park July 10, followed by lauded multi-instrumental band Yemen Blues July 17 and the series wraps up with acclaimed eight-piece brass and drum global fusion band Red Baraat July 24.

Thursday, July 4th is truly a day to celebrate with an evening of patriotic music in the park and fireworks. On the weekends, cultural festivals entertain audiences in Wingfield Park, after which families abound for the Monday night Family Series presenting the “Cat in the Hat” July 8; festival favorite the Unique Derique July 15; action-packed Story Pirates July 22; and to close, the Giant Puppets present classic fairy tale Hansel & Gretel July 29. Mondays also bring the free Monday Night Music Series to The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch featuring the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra alongside the Reno Youth Philharmonic July 8. The renowned Glenn Miller

Orchestra wows audiences July 15, with local musicians Contraband July 22, and “Those Were the Days™” featuring former lead vocalist of the New Christy Minstrels, William Florian July 29.

Close-up artoworkIn addition to its array of free events each season, Artown strives to produce select ticketed performances by renowned national and international talent. Featured artists for 2013 include Grammy Award-winning musician Rickie Lee Jones July 7 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, famed jazz musician Dave Koz July 20 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Sheila E. July 25 at Bartley Ranch. Tickets are $30-$40, $69, and $25-$35, respectively and can be purchased  online or at each venue’s box office.

Local artists and organizations also present a variety of free and ticketed events during the month, ranging from visual arts to performing arts to culinary arts, and everything in between. Such festival highlights as the internationally-renowned Coeur D’Alene art auction, the festive Pops on the River, the timeless Ageless Repertory Theatre, and even an art exhibit by Alzheimer’s patients further enrich Artown.

Legendary guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis closes out the 18th annual Artown festival Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Wingfield Park. Having performed with everyone from Frank Zappa to Mos Def during his 40- plus-year career, the Southern California native recently embarked with his seven-member band on the “NeverEnding World Wide Tour,” visiting venues throughout Europe and North America.

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

Mother’s Day Getaway Guide

Searching for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Try spending some quality time with mom while exploring all the adventures in Reno Tahoe USA! From a relaxing day at the spa to unbeatable room deals, you’ll find everything you need to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget.

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Spoil Mom with a Tahoe Spa Day
May 10 – 13
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Resort Spa & Casino is offering three extravagant treatments for mothers and daughters to share. Experience these lavish treatments at a 25% discount:

  • “Mother Makeover” – Hair color, cut, makeup and manicure/pedicure special
  • “Mother’s Sierra Dreams” massage special
  • “Mother’s Luminous Vitamin C Facial”

In addition, all moms treated to a spa experience will receive a complimentary rose and gift bag.

RSVP Mother’s Day Spring Fun Fair
May 9 – 12
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Mills Park in Carson City featuring carnival rides, crafters and a food court. The fair takes place on Thursday and Friday from 4 – 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 10 pm.

Mother’s Day Trunk Show
May 11
For a unique treat, join the Nevada Museum of Art for the Mother’s Day Trunk Show, featuring ceramics artist Dane Meier whose pieces celebrate nature and crafting with clay. Admission is FREE. The exhibit is open from noon – 3 pm.

Moms on the Run
May 12
Deck yourself out in pink and join the run dedicated to supporting women’s fight against cancer. The 13th annual Mom’s on the Run, held at Reno High School, features four different race options; including, a 5k and 10k run, and a 3k and 5k walk. Bring the whole family to cheer you on and enjoy the fun-packed afternoon with live music, face painting, a bounce house and more.

Sweet Room Deals
For stays on May 10th and 11th, Deluxe Rooms at Circus Circus Reno start at $75 when you call 800-648-5010 and mention promo code IMOMS.

Spa Special

20% off Spa Services at Silver Legacy Resort – perfect for Mother’s Day! Call 775-325-7401 to schedule an appointment.

Mother’s Day Giveaway
Moms should be pampered, which is why the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is giving you and your mom an opportunity to win a well-deserved getaway. Enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway by April 30 for a chance to win a luxury package which includes:

  • 2 nights in a Tuscany Tower suite
  • $200 Spa Toscana credit
  • $100 dining credit

The winner will be chosen on May 1.

Make this Mother’s Day extra special with an unforgettable meal in Reno Tahoe USA. For great specials, check out our Mother’s Day Dining Guide.