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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

February 7-17

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.

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“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.