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Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

Calling all Leprechauns, Limericks and Irish Lads ‘n Lasses

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in Reno Tahoe USA

st patricks day reno

Here are some ways to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day in and around Reno Tahoe.   The green beer will be flowing, but family friendly events exist as well. Those who enjoy the Irish pub scene will find a wide selection of establishments from which to choose.

Reno Tahoe Irish Pubs
Irish pubs and bars in Reno Tahoe provide locals and visitors alike, real authentic Irish food, music, dance, and other entertainment.

  • Ceol Irish Pub – 538 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501 775-329-5558
  • Corrigan’s Bit O’Ireland – 1526 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-322-1977
  • Donely’s – 2174 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV 89436  775-356-0299
  • Filthy McNastys Irish Pub – 1718 Holcomb Ave., Reno, NV 89502  775-622-3208
  • Foley’s Irish Pub – 3655 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502 775-829-8500
  • Lucke’s Saloon – 1455 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-324-9432
  • Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub – 541 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 775-826-1950
  • O’Skis Pub & Grille – 840 Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV 89431 775-359-7547
  • Paddy and Irene’s Irish Pub – 906A Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV 89431 775-358-5484
  • Ryan’s Saloon – 924 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 775-323-4142
  • Shea’s Tavern – 715 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501 775- 86-4774
  • Shenanigan’s Olde English Pub – 77 W. Plumb Ln, Reno, NV 89509 775-324-1177

St Patrick’s Day Events

st patricks day reno partyAmendment 21 St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Amendment! Doors open at 11am with specials on Irish coffee & Corned Beef & Cabbage. Irish food & drink specials continue all evening. They will have plenty of space with bars set up inside and out. The Celtic Band “317″ performs at 6pm. DJ JDUB continues the party well into the evening. Amendment 21 is in downtown Reno at 425 S. Virginia Street at California Avenue. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call (775) 786-0808.

3rd Annual Ceol Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

If you were here last year, well then you know. If you were not here, then you need to be part of the best St. Pat’s Hooley of all!
Music performed by the Twelve Strings Band from Ireland.
Returning for our 3rd St. Patrick’s Day Hooley are our friends Kieth and Dan of the Blarney Band.
Food will be available from 11am to 11pm prepared by Reno’s own Men Wielding Fire.
The beer will be flowing the music will be jamming and a good time will be had by all!
ceolirishpub.com

Rapscallion St. Patrick’s Day Event
The annual all-day event features live music, green beer and Irish stew under the canopy in their parking lot. The Rapscallion Seafood House and Bar is at 1555 S. Wells Avenue in Reno. For more information, call (775) 323-1211 or visit them online.

party like the irishSt. Patty’s day at the Cadillac Ranch & Rack & Pinz

Come celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Coors Light, KRZQ, Cadillac Ranch & Rack & Pinz.
March 17th starting at 4pm – Live bands, Green beer, yummy food, beer garden and finish the night with live band in Cadillac Ranch @ 10pm.
Make a $1 donation to start the Spring Forward Pay It forward Campaign raising money for the Children’s Cabinet, SPCA and Keep Truckee Meadows Blue.  For more information, visit their Facebook page or call 775-331-2000

Cue And Cushion’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Party
Buy a $13 wristband and receive all you can drink Guinness, Harp, Murphey’s, and Green Beer till the kegs run dry, $4 Irish Car Bomb’s or any other Irish Shot, $8.95 Cornbeef And Cabbage, And last but not least free rides to and from the Wells Pub Crawl on their famous Cue And Cushion Fire Truck!!!!!
For more information visit their Facebook page or call 775-322-0116

Club Cal Neva St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl
A $10 cover gets you libations from assorted casino bars, and enter the costume contest for $100 prizes for most traditional, sexiest, and more outrageous. Winners chosen at at cabaret bar at 9 p.m.  Crawl includes: Front bar: Shot of whiskey and a domestic beer, Keno bar: Killian’s Red, Cabaret bar: Car bomb, Sports bar: 16 oz. Harp Lager and well shot and the Skyway bar: Irish Thunder cocktail.  For more information, visit http://blog.clubcalneva.com or call 775-323-1046

st patricks day party 2Donely’s St. Patty’s Day Specials
2174 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, (775)356-0299. Owner Priscilla Preciado will be offering free Bangers and Mash, to their St Patty’s Day revelers.

3rd Annual St. Patrick’s  -  Along the Riverwalk

This unofficial bar hopping event takes place in downtown Reno’s Riverwalk District and is officially sponsored by the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. From noon till closing on Saturday, March 20, look for drink specials, entertainment, and giveaways at these establishments – Imperial, SE7EN, SE7EN on West, Jungle Vino, Pizza Reno,Wild River Grille, Sierra Taphouse, and 5 Star Saloon.

Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry  Saturday, March 13th
Virginia City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is at noon, featuring marching leprechauns and other green attractions. In conjunction with the parade, participants in the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry will be serving up these treats (yes, they are sheep testicles) cooked in a variety of ways. If you’ve never tried one, you should, as they taste a lot like clams, mussels and real oysters. For more information, contact the Virginia City Visitor’s Center at (775) 847-4386.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

It’s Fat Tuesday.
The height of the Mardi Gras celebration. The pinnacle of Carnaval. The time of year when religious and non-religious types alike trek to places like New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro to whoop it up.

So if you can’t make it to Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, fear not, Reno Tahoe has you covered for all of your Mardi Gras needs.

Reno Rotary
The 2010 Mardi Gras Food and Wine Tasting is Feb. 16 at the Reno Ballroom.  Indulge in diverse wines, delicious delicacies and decadent desserts from the area’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds from this divine event benefit local programs committed to helping educate and train youth and improve the quality of life in our community.

St James Infirmary
Mike Mayhall (who has played in local bands Keyser Soze and the Droogs) and Friends, host a free jazz music night at St. James tonight (Feb. 16) from 9 til midnight.

Eldorado Reno
Mardi Gras Industry Party (Feb. 16): Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Free beads aren’t the only reason to stop by because it’s the last night to qualify for the best legs in Reno contest, and enjoy drinks specials like $2 Hurricane Shooters, $4 Who Dat Bombs and $4 Patron.

Firkin & Fox
For those of you down South of Reno, the Firkin & Fox is having a “It’s a Firkin Mardi Gras Party” on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16, starting at 9 PM.  Make sure to dress up for the costume contest, fill up on the drink specials and Cajun food and don’t miss the FIRKIN GIRLS and DJ RED!

Knitting Factory Reno: Region’s newest concert venue brings big acts

KnitRenoPostThe sheetrock is just getting hung, the sound of grinders and hammering and drilling fills the room. It’s hard to imagine that Reno’s newest concert venue, the three-story Knitting Factory, is slated to open for business in less than two weeks.

There’s a lot of chaos as General Manager Dean Hanson goes over final touches, inspects work and helps fill the bill for January, February, March and the rest of 2010. But Hanson has the excitement of a kid who’s ready to open presents on Christmas morning.

“Nobody has ever seen something like what we are doing in Reno,” he said. “This is going to be the premier venue for entertainment and we think we have a great opportunity to give some new life to the music scene in Reno.”

So what’s the Knitting Factory all about?

Since it’s start in New York, the company has opened concert houses in Hollywood, Boise, Spokane and, now, Reno. The business plan is a midsized club that holds 1,000-1,500 guests, offering a variety of entertainment that ranges from mainstream popular acts, to local garage bands. Hanson said the company’s goal is to have entertainment at the Reno club 20-25 nights a month, all in a smoke-free, all ages atmosphere (with a restricted bar area in the top level).

“Our model is to help the music scene grow,” he said. “As the music scene grows, the partnerships grow. It’s good for up-and-coming bands, and it’s good for us.

“And Reno is going to be the pinnacle venue in our company.”

The investment is big. The Knitting Factory is taking over a building in the center of downtown Reno that used to be home to Rocky’s sports bar (and the old Levi’s factory). The top-to-bottom renovation includes a 20-foot stage and general admission area on the main level, VIP, and 21-plus on the balcony level (with seating Hanson calls “The best seating and view you can have at a concert.”), and lounge areas in the basement areas. The main entrance/exit will be through Fulton Alley.

Hanson said a premium has been placed on the sound and lighting systems to create a first-class concert experience.

So far, concert promoters have responded favorably to the concept. Here are some of the shows lined up in the opening months:

  • Dec. 31 Sounds of Seattle
  • Jan. 1 The Roots
  • Jan. 7 Gloriana
  • Jan. 8 Switchfoot
  • Jan. 9 Ultimate Reno Combat
  • Jan. 10 Reel Big Fish
  • Jan. 15 Candlebox
  • Jan. 16 AFI
  • Jan. 17 Umphrey’s McGee
  • Jan. 22 George Clinton and Parliament
  • Jan. 23 Lil’ Rob
  • Feb. 5-6 The Fab Four
  • Feb. 10 Alice in Chains
  • Feb. 11 Badfish
  • Feb. 19 Five Finger Deathpunch
  • Feb. 26 The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Feb. 27 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • March 6 Andrew Nickatina
  • March 7 The Young Dubliners
  • March 15 Brandi Carlile
  • March 16 New Found Glory
  • March 27 No Quarter

Follow the Knitting Factory on Twitter at Twitter.com/knitreno.

Snowy conditions in Reno Tahoe won’t stop the Santa Crawlers

Flights have been grounded, cars are stalling, power-lines are down and Reno Tahoe is all but buried under record low temperatures and snow, but all that won’t make a difference to this year’s Reno Santa Crawl which is expected to draw nearly 5,000 Santa-clad visitors this year for the weekend-long events.

In fact, the blizzard makes for an improved event and another surge in attendance if the pass remains open, says Matty Goedert, event founder and San Francisco based tax-attorney-by-day. “In our eight-year history we’ve lived through two huge snow storms, and the crawlers love it. This is the first year we’re doing Santa Skiing so if conditions continue, it will be the best fresh powder to kick off the season.”

Dubbed “Reindeer Games,” the weekend of Dec. 11-13 kicks off Friday night with a Santa Crawl Pajama Ball at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Then, all day Saturday, discounted Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose ski resort for those dressed as Santa.

The games come to head on Saturday night when more than 45 bars, pubs and casinos within a half-mile radius in downtown Reno host a flurry of Red, White and Beards for the eighth annual Reno Santa Crawl into the wee hours of the morning.

Beginning with only a handful of participants, the crawl has steadily grown each year. At the onset of the recession in 2008, organizers experienced a significant and unexpected surge when attendance doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 participants. This year, they are expecting close to 5,000.

In true holiday spirit, proceeds from the event go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund for the families of fallen law officers of the Reno-Sparks area.


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Outhouse Races, Celtic Celebration highlight weekend events

It may be fall, but the fun isn’t slowing down in Reno Tahoe. Among the highlights for today and tomorrow are The Chieftans, the International Outhouses Races in Virginia City and the Reno Celtic Celebration.

October 2

  • 1_bizets-carmenNevada Opera Bizet’s Carmen
    Bizet’s final masterpiece set in 1830’s Seville, Spain, Carmen is a tragic tale of obsessive passion and jealousy. Loved by the unpredictable gypsy heroine, a young officer must choose between following his military career or following Carmen. Read More
  • The Chieftains
    The legendary Chieftains have served as the benchmark for Irish traditional music for the past four decades. The six-time Grammy winners, credited for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, uncover the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Read More
  • 1_ubu-posterNevada Repertory Company presents Ubu the King
    Nevada Repertory Company presents “Ubu the King”* by Alfred Jarry and directed by Rob Gander. One of the most extraordinary events of the late 19th century in Paris happened Dec. 11, 1895, at the Theatre de l’Oeuvre where the audience was scandalized by Alfred Jarry’s revolutionary satire, Ubu Roi. Read More
  • Argenta presents Circa 1809
    Join university music faculty members Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; and James Winn, piano, as they welcome their new cellist and music faculty member, Dmitri Atapine, to Argenta. As a winner of the Carlos Prieto and Llanes International Cello Competition (Mexico), Mr. Atapine has since been recognized as an exciting cellist and accomplished chamber musician. Read More

October 2-3

  • 1_superdiamondSuper Diamond
    Since 1993, Super Diamond has made it their mission to spread the “good word of Neil” to all, bridging the gap between young and old, rich and poor, great and small. They recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. Read More

October 3

  • International Outhouse Races
    Take an adventure back in time during historic Virginia City’s World Championship Outhouse Races. This hilarious Comstock tradition pits teams of costumed outhouse racers against each oth­er as one person rides and the remaining team members manage to push, pull or drag the outhouse quickly down the track. The always-outrageous outhouse parade on Saturday features Virginia City’s famous “Plungerettes.” Read More

October 3-4

  • 1_reno-celtic-celebrationReno Celtic Celebration
    Pipe Bands, Celtic Musicians, Highland Games, Scottish and Irish Dancers, Celtic Vendors and More … Make plans to join the 19th Annual Celebration. Read More

For complete Reno Tahoe entertainment listings, visit our calendar online.

‘Fast and Furious’ car at the National Automobile Museum in Reno

Honda S2000Do you love cars and the movies that feature them? Then Movie Night at the National Automobile Museum might get your motor running.

This hot-pink custom Honda S2000 with a Veilside bodykit is a big hit in the Masterpiece Exhibit of Movie Cars: Cinematic Stars on Wheels at the museum in downtown Reno. See the car and the film “2 Fast 2 Furious,” in which it’s featured during Movie Night at the Museum, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 and includes all exhibits and the film which starts at 7 p.m. The film is the second in the series of adrenaline-fueled thrill ride movies packed with car races. Parking is free in the museum lot on the corner of Mill and Lake streets (map).

For more information visit www.automuseum.org or call 775-333-9300.

New nightclub to open with motorcycle spectacle

minikissXtreme Sports Bar + Lounge inside Grand Sierra Resort and Livfast, a nationally recognized freestyle motocross team, present All In, a motocross event featuring riders from around the globe, and a daredevil attempt at a record-breaking jump.

Grand Sierra Resort sets the stage for a heart-pounding, action packed evening to celebrate the grand opening party of Xtreme and caps the night off with a record-breaking jump by nationally recognized rider Ryan Capes.

Capes, the newest addition to the Livfast team, will attempt a 300-foot ramp-to-ramp jump to smash the current record of 252 feet set in 1999. The jump from metal, man-constructed ramps pays homage to pioneers of the sport, such as Evil Knievel, and is considered more dangerous than jumps from traditional dirt ramps.

The party continues on with a grand opening celebration in Xtreme with a performance by MiniKiss, the hottest, littlest Kiss tribute band. The group hits the stage for a dynamic live performance of the renowned band’s legendary anthems.  It’s sure to be an unforgettable night as the mini tribute band brings “Crazy, Crazy Nights” to the hottest new bar scene in Reno.

xtremesportsloungeWhen: Saturday, Sept. 26
6 p.m. Livfast freestyle demos and record-breaking attempt by rider Ryan Capes.
8:30 – 9 p.m. Performance by MiniKiss in the Grand Sierra parking lot.
10 p.m. Afterparty in Xtreme Sports Bar + Lounge with a special grand opening performance by Mini Kiss.
Where: Grand Sierra Resort
All In takes place in Grand Sierra parking lot
Afterparty in Xtreme Sports Bar + Lounge

Photos: Superhero Pub Crawl


It’s the one night when superheroes and villains get along just fine – if you missed the Superhero Pub Crawl in downtown Reno, check out the photos below. And don’t miss the Hawaiian-Style Reno Beer Crawl July 25.

Check out the photoset on Flickr.

Only in Reno: Michael Jackson tribute by Elvis impersonator (video)

File it under “Only in Reno.” It’s a Michael Jackson tribute, by an Elvis impersonator singing karaoke at Club Cal Neva. That’s like four great things all mixed together.