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Summer And Beyond: The Dynamic Dozen

The summer festival season is quickly approaching! Here are 12 of our favorite upcoming events, or what we at Reno Tahoe like to call it, the Dynamic Dozen. These events are all unique from one another and offer something for everyone. Attend these great events and experience a Reno Tahoe summer unlike any other!

June 18-27, Reno Rodeo: Dubbed the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo brings together 700+ contestants to compete for over $2.5 million during this week-long event. Here you will see pro bull riding, cattle driving, bareback, women’s professional barrel racing, team roping, and much more. In addition to the rodeo events, there’s a full carnival, Double RR marketplace, and food court. Cowboys and cowgirls alike will want to come down to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center this summer to see the impressive rodeo. Tickets are available online here.

Artown_VisitRenoTahoeJuly 1-August 1, Artown: For an entire month, Artown offers over 500 events including live music, dance, theater, performances, visual arts, workshops, multicultural events, fashion shows, tours, and much, much more. Artown takes place in various Reno and Sparks locations and brings together distinguished artists from around the world, from across the country, and from our local community. Over 60% of the Artown events are free, but a majority of the Thursday night concerts require tickets which can be purchased here.

July 10-August 23, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Taking place at the Theater at Sand Harbor State Park, this year’s festival will showcase two Shakespeare favorites, Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. Showings for these plays are every Tuesday to Sunday night and tickets are available here. A different performance will be featured every Monday during the Monday Night Showcase. Enjoy gourmet food options and wine tastings at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, or bring your own picnic dinner to the show! The full list with ticket information is available here.

August 3-9, Barracuda Championship, PGA Tour Golf Tournament: See golf pros play at one of 47 stops on the PGA tour at the Montrêux Golf & Country Club located in Northern Nevada. These 132 PGA Tour professionals will play the beautiful, yet challenging course as they compete for a $3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Watch up close and personal as the pros play some incredible golf! Tickets for the event are available here.

HotAugustNights_VisitRenoTahoeAugust 4-9, Hot August Nights: See restored hot rods and muscle cars during the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country, Hot August Nights. Taking place across Reno and Sparks, this event brings together, not only 5,000+ classic cars, but an entertainment line-up from some of the greatest decades in music. Show-n-Shines, drag races, controlled cruises, concerts, a swap meet, sock hop, prom, and classic car auction are just some of the great events at this popular festival. More information is available through their website here.

August 6-8, Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson: Barrett-Jackson brings the World’s Greatest Car Collector Auctions to Reno during Hot August Nights. The auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from Thursday to Saturday during the car festival. Attendees will be able to bid on and purchase cars from Barrett-Jackson’s selection of car AND take the car directly from the auction block to the streets to participate in a cruise or show-n-shine! More information about the auction is available here.

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August 31-September 7, Burning Man: Head to the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada to meet up with over 65,000 other Burners for this week-long festival. Here you will participate in the temporary metropolis that is dedicated to preserving community, art, self-expression, self-reliance, and more. The meaning of this festival varies from each attendee, but one thing is for sure, you have to experience it for yourself! Spend a week getting away from it all by reconnecting with your self and others in this popular desert festival. Ticket information is available here.

September 2-7, Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-off: BBQ lovers won’t want to miss out on America’s best rib cook off hosted by JA Nugget in Sparks. This favorite food festival brings over 24 cookers together to show off their BBQ expertise. In addition to delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the cook-off will have other BBQ favorites, sweet treats, live entertainment, special brews and drinks, shopping vendors, and so on. More information about the BBQ’ers and the 2015 event is available through their website here.

TheGreatRenoBalloonRace_VisitRenoTahoeSeptember 11-13, The Great Reno Balloon Race: At the crack of dawn, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, you will be able to see nearly 100 hot air balloons start to rise into the air for the Great Reno Balloon Race. This colorful event is in its 34th year and a Reno favorite. This is truly one sight worth waking up for! More information is available through their website here.

September 16-20, National Championship Air Races: At the 52nd annual event, spectators can see six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground and have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots, and pit crews. Located at the Reno Stead Airport, you will be able to view a world class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and awesome concessions. You won’t want to miss this world renown event! Ticket information is available here.

September 23-27, Street Vibrations Fall Rally: Immerse your self in compete motorcycle culture during the Fall Rally in downtown Reno. Featuring the celebration of metal, music, and motorcycles, Street Vibrations is something bike lovers and metal music fans won’t want to miss. This event brings over 50,000 motorcycles enthusiasts together for tours, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt shows, and more.  More information can be found here.

Blue Jeans JamOctober 2-4, Blue Jeans Jam: Come experience the world of denim at Reno Tahoe’s newest festival, Blue Jeans Jam. Inspired by Reno tailor, Jacob Davis, and his work with Levi Strauss, this festival is centered around all aspects of blue jeans and the good old USA. At the festival, you can attend rock and country concerts, presentations from leaders in the denim world, a jean marketplace with vendors from all over the country, a mini film festival dedicated to history of blue jeans, discounts at local spas, specialty foods and drinks, and much more. This unique event is something fashion lovers and country music fans won’t want miss out on! For more information, check out the website here.

For more information on the Dynamic Dozen and more events in Reno Tahoe, check out the full brochure here.

Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

“This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

“One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

“Diverse; unique; powerful; innovative”- Artown 2014 lineup guarantees good time

posterPumped about upcoming Reno Artown? You’re not alone! And if you haven’t given Artown much thought, now’s the time to get excited! Artown takes the stage for its 19th season this July, upholding its reputation as a celebrated comprehensive arts and cultural festival, while promising to push the envelope and change perceptions with its unique 2014 schedule. Whether you’re an avid admirer of the arts, or an art amateur… whether you’ve attended Artown in past years or haven’t heard of Artown until now… there’s an event (or multiple) at this year’s Artown calling your name. With a state-of-the-art schedule that includes over 500-multidisciplinary events, from musical and theatrical performances, interactive presentations, workshops, and clinics, to art exhibits, children’s events and more, Reno’s 2014 Artown is not to be missed. Better yet, the festival runs for 32 days (July1-Aug1) and over 75% of the events are free!

The festival kicks off with a bang Opening Night on Tuesday, July 1 with the performance of up-and-coming country artists Sherrié Austin and Mountain Heart, whose cutting-edge acoustic music is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The free event begins at 7pm and is located right in the heart of Downtown Reno and the Riverwalk area at Wingfield Park.

kid original size!Artown’s array of events for families and kids 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 variety of activities within the series includes Discover Kidscape’s improvisation, where kids can learn the art of improvisation, Discover Kids music camp, a week-long music workshop of singing, making music, and exploring instruments, and Discover the Art of Magic, where children can learn magic tricks.

Say “bonjour” to a new event set to premiere during Artown in downtown Reno on July 13. Revolution on the River will debut from noon to 5pm along the banks of the Truckee River on Riverside Drive, featuring picnic baskets filled to the brim with locally sourced food and drink, as well as entertainment and a cake-decorating contest celebrating all things French for Bastille Day. The event is free to the public and attendees have the option of brining a picnic to enjoy or purchasing one of 250 French-themed picnic baskets that feature food and drink from Beaujolais Bistro, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Hub Coffee Roasters, Rounds Bakery, Mix Cupcakes, Wedge Cheese Shop, Common Cider Company and many other local businesses. Bon Appétit! You’ll be transported to the banks of the Seine River in Paris with a charming atmosphere full of French music, strolling models in period costume, a puppeteer entertaining families and friends of all ages, and painters creating artwork along the river.

July 12 of ArtTown is a day dedicated to the Visual Arts. The day is comprised of 14 visually-stimulating events that will draw you in. From 10am on, watch local artists create mural art downtown on the side of the Circus Circus, one of Reno’s famous hotels. Pick up a piece of local art at the annual yART sale, anytime from 9am-3pm. Experience Art Rocks, from 11am-3pm, for an open tour of quarry and how rocks are used in the arts.

concertMore into the musical arts? Then this year’s lineup of musical guests for Monday Night-Music Series in the park will be music to your ears.  The talent includes local composers, starting July 7 with an evening of jazz and blue classics by multi-instrumentalists Colin Ross and Mig O’hara, as well as July 21 for Reno Philharmonic’s Boston-Pops inspired program.  Also, check out Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla July 14 and Michael Kaeshammer, Canadian pianist and vocalist July 28.

Celebrate Closing Night August 1 at 7:30pm with local favorite, Whitney Myer opening for Latin, Hip Hop and Rock Music seven piece band Ozomatli.

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

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The full interactive calendar of events is on Artown’s website: www.renoisartown.com.

Artown has grown into something so unbelievably vital, uplifting, admirable and much more. The event organizers explain…

149A – Accessibility. Artown is about the community – it is Reno’s Festival.  It gives locals (and visitors) a means to have access to national and international performances that are unsurpassed in terms of enriching our lives.   Everyone is invited to be a part of the 32 days in July; with 77% of the events and performances free, everyone has access to the multi-disciplinary experiences.

R – Reactionary.  Artown reacts to the ever-changing world in which we live using the arts as a mechanism to broaden the global scope of our lives.  We challenge audiences to expand their definition of culture by offering a festival that pushes boundaries and enriches lives.

T – Transformational. That is exactly what we have done over the 19 years with Artown.  We have transformed our community into a thriving arts and culture region.  From the transformation of Midtown, to The Holland Project, The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum, new art galleries, and river walks, art walks and district walks – we are constantly transforming the soul of Reno.

O – Outstanding.  This truly describes the month of July in Reno.  Where else can children discover the arts, become a balloon character in the Wizard of Oz, or attend a family-friendly fire art experience with Compression.  Artown boasts local children performing in a production of Rapunzel on one end, to a closing night extravaganza in the park with hip hop rock sensation Ozomatli, and living legend Don McLean as he serenades us with American Pie.  The depth of the Festival is outstanding.

W – Whimsical. Quirky, unusual, imaginative, original, creative, amusing, playful.

Artown provides a platform for the entire community to create their personal Artown.  Because we have so many events from Music, Children’s Events, Dance, Theater and then…..Controlled Burn, Doors to Recovery, Artists Riverside  Lofts, Steinway Gallery, exhibits, tours, literary crawls, pipe organs, Shakespeare, storytelling, ensemble concerts, opera, cultural fairs, camps and more.  Create your own July and experience it all at www.renoisartown.com.

N – Never. We never want to go back to the way Reno was.  Remember 19 years ago when the vision was to transform Reno into a vital and economic cultural center.  There was no Kayak Park, no arts district, no reveling in Wingfield Park, just hot summers.  No way.   Reno is truly Artown!

Join us on opening night in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park for artists  Mountain Heart with opening act, Sherrie Austin.  Come, experience rock, bluegrass and a little country.

Sierra Arts Hosts Three Weekly Series for Artown

Sierra Arts invites you to three different performance series for Artown 2013 at its downtown gallery, 17 South Virginia Street #120 in the historic Riverside building. Tuesday nights will feature Spoken Views Collective, Reno’s premier spoken word poetry collective and hosts of Reno’s longest running poetry open mic, profiling five local performer/writers. Wednesdays see the return of Jazz Night and five different artists and groups. Thursday nights continue the new Concerts at the Riverside series seen monthly throughout the year, but switching to a weekly showing of three local singer/songwriters. All performances are free and run from 6-8pm.

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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.

Artown Encore presents Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva

Photo credit: John BeebeCelebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. Rohan De Silva’s partnerships with Perlman, as well as many other renowned artists, have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues all over the world.  With these and other artists he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress in addition concert halls around the globe. The duo comes together for an evening of classical pairing of international fame. Sponsored by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Artown’s Encore is presented by IGT, Fox 11 and Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno.

perlman_-_Akira_KinoshitaPERFORMANCE DETAILS: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8PM, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

TICKETS: Available online at renoisartown.com, by phone at 866-553-6605 or in person at the Pioneer Center Box Office. Friends of Artown receive 10% off ticket prices, contact Artown at 775-322-1538 for code.

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

Reno is Artown – July 2012

500 events. 100 workshops. 33 ongoing events. 60 percent FREE.

For the entire month of July, Artown brings distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.

Featured Events:

July 1 – Opening Night with the Mickey Hart Band
July 2 – Reno Philharmonic “Pops at the Ranch”
July 2 – TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada “Curiosity Cat”
July 4 – Patriotic Music Ensemble
July 9 – Reno Youth Philharmonic and Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra “Summer Serenade”
July 9 – Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
July 11 – Delphi 2 Dublin
July 16 – University of Nevada School of Arts
July 16 – BAM Percusion “The Blue Barrel Show”
July 18 – Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
July 23 – Reno Pops Orchestra “Sights and Sounds of the Silver Screen”
July 23 – Colin Concert for Kids
July 25 – Ana Tijoux
July 30 – Carmen Lundy
July 30 – “The Let’s Go Science” Show
July 31 – Closing Night with Maceo Parker

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Brings Style of 20s and 30s to Reno

 

 

Max-Raabe-Palast-Orchester1The high style and musical glory of the 20s and 30s arrive in Reno, Nev., April 10with a performance by world-renowned Max Raabe & Palast Orchester. Bringing a modern sensibility and an ironic twist to American and German classics, the group’s “Berlin Nocturne” earns rave reviews and sold-out audiences the world over.

“It’s nice to misbehave, in a tuxedo,” says Raabe, the charismatic baritone that leads the retro styled performance. A singer of incredible range, he has a singular ability to capture the cunning rasp of the cabaret singer, the confident belcanto hero, the oily melodiousness of the revue beau, the carefree timbre of early jazz, as well as the falsetto of ragtime, all backed by his stellar 12-member band, many of whom have been with him from the beginning in 1986. The band’s repertoire draws from more than 500 songs including such classics as “Chic I Bum,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “You’re the Cream in My Coffee,” just to name a few.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester perform April 10 at 8 p.m. at Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre for Encore presented by Artown. Tickets for Max Raabe & Palast Orchester are just $25, $35 or $45 and are available online at www.RenoIsArtown.com or by phone at 800-648-3568. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Grand Sierra Resort Box Office with no service fees.

-Kristen Power

Direct from Broadway, Bernadette Peters Performs in Reno on Valentine’s Day

R&RAd_PetersEncore_4.9x5.67V1Hearts and a star collide this Valentine’s Day for An Evening with Bernadette Peters February 14 at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. for Encore, presented by Artown. Belting out Broadway tunes as only she can do, Bernadette Peters performs hits from throughout her awards-studded career including the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim accompanied by a full orchestra.

Tickets to enjoy An Evening With Bernadette Peters are $40, $55 or $70 and available online at www.RenoIsArtown.com or by phone at 800-648-3568. Bernadette Peters’ performance is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, FOX 11 and Steinway Pianos of Reno.

Valentine’s Day dining options are also in the works for restaurants at the Grand Sierra Resort including at Charlie Palmer Steak, Rim and Café Sierra. Visit www.GrandSierraResort.com for dining details.

-Kristen Power