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LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE LIGHT CIRCUS: ART OF NEVADA NEON

Celebrate the holidays this year with a trip down memory lane in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs.  From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, these vintage signs evoke a bygone era when the Mapes Hotel Casino, Harold’s Club and Nevada Club were packed with revelers and The Rat Pack crooned. On view through February 10, 2013, the exhibition includes signs from Parker’s Western Wear, the Holiday Hotel and Buffalo Bar – all from the collection of Renoite Will Durham.

NMAFor the past year, Durham and the Nevada Museum of Art spent countless hours restoring this collection of signs amassed over the last decade. For Durham, who acquired his first sign in 1996, collecting the pieces has been a labor of love. In many cases, he has gone to great lengths to save signs that would have otherwise been discarded, but Durham recognized that saving them was crucial to preserving Nevada’s history.

“When you consider how each sign developed —from concept through to the illustrators, metal workers, painters and neon artists—you realize how each sign is completely unique,” said Durham. “They not only represent an outpouring of creative content, but they also serve as a legacy to the industries of our region.”

NMAJoin the Museum on Thursday, January 17 from 6 to 8 pm for Reno’s Mad Men: Celebrating the Oral Histories of Old Reno in Sound, Light, and Image. Listen to the voices of old Reno’s “mad men”, share your own stories, and enjoy a classic cocktail in the gallery, surrounded by the signs in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon. $10 / $8 Museum members.

SPONSORSHIP OF THE EXHIBITION

Lead sponsorship provided by The Bretzlaff Foundation. Major sponsorship provided by Earl and Wanda Casazza, IGT, E. L. Cord Foundation and George and Irene Drews. Supporting sponsorship provided by E. L. Wiegand Foundation. Additional support provided by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Charlotte and Dick McConnell and the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Fest Early Bird Discount Offer Ends Dec 31

The 2013 season commences with an exhilarating production that features gorgeous costumes, stunning sets and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West!

LTSFWarm up your winter with our Earlybird Discount.
Order tickets by Dec. 31st and SAVE $5 OFF our RESERVED SEATING.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is sure to enchant the entire family.
An exhilarating night of midsummer madness, this magical comedy brims with mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. Boldly inspired by the marvelously mod influences of a rock ‘n’ roll infused 1960s London, the Festival’s production of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece ensnares two pairs of lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors in a magical-mystery tour de force. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a joyful celebration of love lost, transformed and restored that casts a powerfully pleasing spell on audiences of all ages.

No handling fees!
The Festival will continue its popular handling fee-free ticketing in 2013. Once again the published price is the real price. No additional handling fees will be added to any ticket purchase.

Ticket details…
Tickets are on sale NOW. Regular ticket prices for A Midsummer Night’s Dream range from $15 to $85. Our Earlybird Discounts have already been applied to the pricing that appears on our website. No promotional code information is necessary. (Please Note: During our Earlybird Discount period, tickets may be purchased online only. Full priced tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-74-SHOWS beginning in spring 2013.)

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY DEC. 31st & SAVE BIG!

Exhibits to Visit: November

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

National_Automobile_MuseumNational Automobile Museum

A superstar has returned to the National Automobile Museum: genius Buckminster Fuller’s famed 1934 Dymaxion. Newly restored in the U.K., this car was so far ahead of its time, it’s scary! (And ours is the only one left in the world!)

Wilbur D. May Museum

From the clay pottery in the parlor to your son’s growing rock collection, you’re slowly amassing a collection worthy of any natural history museum. Save 50% on tickets if you buy before 11/8 with this Living Social Deal!

213Nevada Museum of Art

Always a worthwhile stop, this sleek museum is even more so between now and February 10. Check out, “The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs,” an exclusive trip down memory lane, featuring restored examples of Nevada’s bright (neon) past.

The Discovery

Cocktail chemistry meets culinary creativity at Chemistry of the Cocktail, November 17! Hands-on mixology demonstrations pair with delicious fare from local favorites. Add to that, clever art projects, a feverish raffle and an exciting live auction and you’ve got a recipe for an exciting evening. All to benefit Reno’s favorite hands-on place for children and their families.

NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

Reno Tahoe USA APP

“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Exhibits to Visit: October

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

LIBERTY FINE ART GALLERY

Grand Opening, October 4

Liberty Fine Arts is a consortium of over a dozen Reno local mixed media artists, whose gallery space is adjacent to the Nevada Museum of Art.  Their grand opening celebration is Oct. 4th.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

For Your Eyes Only

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September 29 – October 20

For Your Eyes Only is an exhibition of artist’s books that explores the structural possibilities of the book, and includes works by artists and printers Julie Chen, Tim Ely, Peter Koch, Eunkang Koh, Patti Scobey, Barbara Tetenbaum, and more.

The Light Circus – Art of Nevada Neon Signs

October 13 – February 10, 2013

Celebrate a bygone era during this exhilarating presentation of vintage neon signs that once graced some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, casinos, hotels, and business establishments. From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, the nostalgic pieces featured in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs have not been seen publicly since they illuminated street side locales decades ago.

THE DISCOVERY

Worldwide Day of Play

October 6

Celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play by getting out and getting active. To help, The Discovery is offering two children’s yoga classes… one for kids age 4-7 and one for kids age 8-12. Classes start with singing and then connect movements to nature, starting a brand new generation of yogis!

Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

Four-day celebration with art projects, science demos, musical performances, discounted admission & more

IMG_2322Come celebrate the birthday party of the summer. Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) will celebrate the museum’s first birthday. The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Create a birthday card or button – During museum hours
Visit Art Alcove to create a birthday card for The Discovery. Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Create a birthday card or button in Art Alcove – During museum hours
Use a variety of art materials to create a birthday card for The Discovery.Cards will be displayed throughout the museum during the birthday celebration.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Museum hours extended, $5 admission all day – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Take advantage of a longer day to learn and play for just $5 admission per person. Children age 1 and under are free. Members are always free.

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of this discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Create a mini piñata in Art BurstDuring museum hours
Create your very own miniature version of this popular birthday tradition in this open studio.

Visiting scientist: Dave Boland from the Reno Herpetological Society10:00 am
Dave Boland, vice president of the Reno Herpetological Society, will visit The Discovery along with his snakes, lizards and other scaly friends.

Performance by Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a heart pounding performance from Reiko Shimbo’s Reno Taiko Tsurunokai.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Member receive double discount in the Museum Store – During museum hours
Members can double their discount to 30 percent on the Museum Store’s huge selection of educational toys, games books and more. Become a member and immediately take advantage of the double discount.

Create your own party hat in Art AlcoveDuring museum hours
Use a variety of art supplies to create your very own party hat to wear during the museum’s birthday festivities.

Performance by the Whitney Myer Band12:00 pm
Join former contestant on “The Voice” and Reno’s favorite family band for a special performance on the plaza in front of the museum.

Decorate a birthday cupcakeNoon to 3:00 pm (While supplies last)
Decorate a tasty birthday treat in honor of The Discovery’s birthday and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Denny Daniel’s Museum of Interesting Things – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions that are certain to inspire creativity and inspiration.

Live Playa Webcast of Burning Man 2012

It could be you aren’t making it out to the playa this year, or perhaps you want to take a peep at the current weather conditions in Black Rock City, perchance you’re an avid people watcher, or maybe its 2:30, you’re in need a distraction, and cat videos are getting old (psh, unlikely). Doesn’t really matter what you’re situation is. This video stream is awesome! Watch Burning Man live.

Direct from Black Rock City:



Free live streaming by Ustream

Big thanks to the hard-working Burning Man technology team for making it happen.

What to expect at Burning Man

A note to first-time burners: First moments on the playa.

In less than a week, burners will return “home” after a year away from their temporary address in temporary Black Rock City, population: 60,000+. Playa neighbors will embrace as if they’ve known one other for a lifetime, hugging notably tighter if meeting for the first time. As a newbie, the friendliness and sincerity of the Burning Man community will push all your expectations off balance. Succumb to falling flat on your butt, un-grounding the dry desert dust that’s now clouding your body and mind. As the puff of dust slowly unveils the world around you, surrender to its clearness, its normalities… if there is such a thing. Regain balance, release the shame that has built up from being so taken back by no-strings-attached kindness, drop any persona you uphold in your everyday workweek, and let your Burning Man virginity shatter at your feet.

A hug from a burner will be undoubtedly the warmest embrace you’ll ever experience; it’s endearing, welcoming… real. Without hesitation, burners lend a hand to help set up their new friends’ camps, not expecting or wanting anything in return, just sharing a heart-warming smile. Burners are more than friends. They get to see the real you. Whether “you” is skipping through the dust singing aloud and proud that song stuck in your head, passing out thousands of hand-crafted necklaces tired fingers have been stringing for months, or admiring world-class art, bare-bum naked… nothing is ordinary or unordinary on the playa, it is truth.DSC_0042

Exhibits to Visit: August

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

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August 18, 6 – 9pm

Social Science:

A 21 and over event fare from local food trucks and libations from local brewers and bars; including, Dish Truck, Full Belly Deli, Mamasake, Red Truck, Lazy Sundae and Island Ice with drinks provided by Craft, Great Basin Brewing Co. and St. James Infirmary. Be a kid and enjoy science demos, art projects, and open museum exploration!

Tickets for Social Science are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nvdm.org or at the museum’s admission desk during normal museum hours. The ticket price includes admission to museum, a commemorative cup, two drinks and participation in the art activities and science demos.

Don’t forget, the museum is just $4 after 4pm on Wednesdays!

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Andrew Rogers Contemporary Geoglyphs

Australian sculptor and photographer Andrew Rogers began making large-scale geoglyphs in 1999 to create meditative spaces on each continent of the globe. Geoglyphs are large-scale designs made on the ground by either removing materials such as surface soils, gravel, and small rocks, or by rearranging preexisting stones and natural materials.

Museum Store Yard Sale

August 1 – 12

Look for up to 40% off on selected items from the store covering a wide range and variety of products. Admission to the Sale is free.

PREMIERE LECTURE Photographer Richard Ross on Juvenile-In-Justice

Thursday, August 23 / 6 pm

Photographer Richard Ross presents his work in Juvenile-In-Justice, relating the stories and interviews of juvenile offenders that he has collected over the past five years.

Tickets: $20/$15 Museum members

This premiere lecture is sponsored exclusively by RBC Wealth Management.

Exhibits to Visit: June

The Reno Tahoe region boasts 32 museums! Between river rafting, spa days, and nature hikes this summer, check out the featured exhibits and events at one of the awe-inspiring museums in Reno Tahoe USA.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

Recycling #2, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001MEDEdward Burtynsky: Oil

One of the most well-known contemporary photographers in the world – Edward Burtynsky – is featured at the Nevada Museum of Art, June 9 – September 23. Burtynsky will be at the Museum for the opening of the exhibition on June 8 and giving a lecture on June 9. Such a great opportunity to get to meet with an artist and discuss his work!

Arthur and Lucia Mathews: Highlights of the California Decorative Style

Arthur and Lucia Mathews are widely acknowledged as two of California’s most prolific artists working in what is widely known as the California Decorative Style during the early twentieth century. The aesthetic they fostered incorporated classical references, idyllic landscapes and a muted tonal color palette applied to a variety of works from murals and paintings to wooden frames and decorative objects. Visit their exhibit, June 16 – October 14.

dollar nightNATIONAL AUTOMIBILE MUSEUM

$1 Night at the National Automobile Museum

On June 13th, 4 – 9pm if you bring one can of food the National Automobile Museum will admit you for $1! The food will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. This is a great opportunity for families with multiple children and an easy affordable way to give back.

calendar_homemadepaperTHE DISCOVERY

June 9-10: Use recycled materials to make your own robot and explore simple circuitry to make parts of your robot light up!

June 16-17: Learn about all the cool things there are to do outside in the great state of Nevada and make your own journal to record your adventures.

June 20 and 23: Make your own paper by using traditional paper-making techniques and a very unique extruding process.