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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.

Reno gearing up for Artown 2009

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive art festivals in the country by the National Endowment for the Arts, Artown brings more than 400 events to downtown Reno, Nev., for an extraordinary showcase of theater, dance, film and history as well as multi-cultural, musical, visual and performing arts.

Now in its 14th year, Artown expands its month-long event into a 32-day festival transforming the city into a summer epicenter of cultural entertainment. Launching Artown into the month-long cultural celebrations, the festival’s July 1 opening night brings Richie Havens, the artist that opened Woodstock 40 years ago.

This year’s Artown Opening Extravaganza includes a children’s hands-on printmaking workshop with festival artist Candace Nicol, face painting for children with Body Masterpiece and a performance by Havens. The festival continues with the nationally recognized and multi-faceted Aspen Santa Fe Ballet July 24 and ”Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and the Rage with opening band Contraband July 25.

A number of Festival favorites return including the Family Series, Monday Night Music Series, World Music Series, Dancing in the Park, Rollin’ on the River music series, Movies in the Park, Artown After Dark and the Discover the Arts children’s series. Artown’s Closing Night, which has grown year after year to now rival opening night, brings Motown stars The Funk Brothers to Wingfield Park on what festival organizers are dubbing July 32 (Aug. 1) to wrap up the festival’s 14th year on a Saturday.

For schedule details or to advance order a FREE copy of the Little Book of Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

Buy a bachelor at fundraiser

Silver Legacy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Alice 96.5 are teaming up to help find a cure. The first annual “Buy a Bachelor, Find a Cure” auction is on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. in Aura Ultra Lounge.

Alice’s own Connie Wray will MC the event, as local celebrities and eligible bachelors are auctioned off to the highest bidder, all to help find a cure for blood cancers. Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the bachelor preview at 6 p.m. with the bachelor auction starting at 7 p.m. Guests can sip on the signature drink for the evening, the “Incredible Hunk.” A portion of this drink’s sales and all proceeds from the bachelor auction will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The winning bachelor and his bidder will win dinner at Silver Legacy’s Sterling’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Other prizes include dinner packages at Café Sedona and Fairchild’s Oyster Bar.

The event also includes a silent auction featuring items such as spa treatments, Silver Legacy dinner and show packages, gift certificates for local eateries, wine tasting packages, comedy club tickets, Aces family pack of tickets and more.