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“Ring of Fire” Burns Bright in Eldorado Showroom

“Ring of Fire,” a musical tribute based on the music of American singer-songwriter, Johnny Cash, is now appearing in the Eldorado Showroom. The production is not a retelling of Cash’s turbulent life, but it does use more than 30 of his songs to celebrate the essence of an American experience – life, love, loss and everything in between.

Ring of Fire - Johnny CashThe talented cast of 10 includes three women and seven men who all sing, dance and play multiple instruments. The audience is treated to furious fiddle-playing, thumping percussion, soulful harmonica and more guitars than you can count.

“Ring of Fire” includes some of Cash’s most beloved songs such as Daddy Sang Bass, Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, Boy Named Sue, The Man in Black, Folsom Prison Blues as well as Cash and June Carter Cash tunes such as Jackson, Far Side Banks of Jordan and I Still Miss Someone.

The real story of Johnny Cash is told in his music which is not presented chronologically in the show but instead categorically. Dividing the show into four parts–Boyhood Years, Opry and Fame, Dark Years, Redemption and Celebration–gives the audience the chance to see the influence that Cash’s life experiences played in the creation of his music.

Those looking to celebrate the Man in Black’s birthday can attend the Biggest Little Johnny Cash Birthday Bash on Friday, February 28 beginning at 6 p.m. in the showroom. There will be cake, a meet and greet with the Ring of Fire cast and prize giveaways including a limited edition boxed set of “The Legend” by Johnny Cash valued at $300, t-shirts and other Johnny Cash memorabilia as well as dinners, rooms and show tickets from the Eldorado.

Variety magazine said “Ring of Fire is Hot” and USA Today praised the show, noting, “Fire Burns Brighter, Truer and with More Imagination than Most.”

Performances of “Ring of Fire” run nightly except Mondays with showtimes Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.  Tickets prices start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages from only $38.95. For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

Holiday Discount Guide for Local Reno Businesses

This season, downtown businesses have generated a one-of-a-kind shopping guide that is packed full of hundreds of dollars in savings, discounts and freebies.

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Through December 31st, shoppers can pick up what’s called a holiday dash guide filled with dozens of deals towards local brands and local flavors with big savings for services, retail, cocktails and seasonal dining in the cities hippest and fastest growing neighborhoods. The coupon guide is available HERE for instant download and at participating merchant locations in all three districts.

The offers include everything from a 2-for-1 drink discount, $300 gift certificates towards your next tattoo, $1 tacos, salon packages and discounts on specialty coffee!

Halloween Parties for Adults in Reno Tahoe

Adults deserve to play dress-up, too! From wild dance parties to hoedowns, free concerts to a bloody bash,  here’s a list of a few of the major Halloween parties for all types of party goers in Reno Tahoe:

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The 8th annual Skin & Scare Halloween Party is back at EDGE Nightspot! Go all out on the costumes, because $7,500 in cash prizes will be given away in costume contests. The amazing DJ ERock is spinning the party. Doors open at 10 pm on Halloween.

Wild Erotic Ball

The most wild Halloween party is happening at the Silver Legacy Grand Exposition Hall. Take the elevator home, and get a discounted room rate at The Silver Legacy by using code: WILD13. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes given away in the costume contest and more!

Scream!

On All Hallows’ Eve, “Scream!” at BuBinga Lounge with DJ Loczi. Cash giveaway for the scariest and best overall costumes. $10 cover or free in costume.

Halloween Hoedown

The Nugget in Sparks is having their third annual Halloween Hoedown, October 26. This free party and $1,000 costume contest will cast a spell on the Casino Cabaret from 9 p.m. – midnight. Guests will enjoy the best in country music and dancing with host DJ Jamie G.

Keyser Soze Halloween Concert

FREE concert with Keyser Soze in Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge on Halloween from 8 pm to midnight

Zombie Four Play

On October 26, BuBinga’s Four Play Saturday will be taken over by Zombies after the Reno Zombie Crawl. There will be $1,200 in cash giveaways for the scariest, sexiest and best zombie couple. $15 cover without costume, $5 cover in costume.

7934e1c5-8a61-46dd-88b6-5708ec225e20The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash

On October 25 and 26, The Brew Brothers will be hosting the town’s scariest Halloween Bash! Compete in the costume contest for a chance at $2,400 in prizes.

Sprites and Monsters Party

Dance the night away at the Sprites and Monsters Party on Halloween at Rise Nightclub. Get free entry if you arrive in costume before midnight. Costume contest for sexiest sprite and scariest monster.

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Eldorado Great Italian Festival Highlights

Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Italy Come to Downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival, October 12 and 13.

For 32 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions.

1265017_10151900723901461_935297455_oSet for October 12 and 13, the festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy with a grape stomp, sauce cookers competition, an Italian farmer’s market, bocce ball, kids’ gelato eating contest, Ferrari car display, Italian Buffet and incredible, free, live entertainment all weekend long.

The music line-up includes festival favorites such as, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tre Bella, Bella Ciao, Capuano n’ T Rock and Primo Basso. Joining the festival this year are the Nevada Opera, Martin Bonventre, and Italian pop singer and world-class whistler, Michael Barimo.

A crowd favorite year after year continues to be the Great Italian Festival Sauce Cook-off.  Italian families from across the West Coast bring their recipes to life right on the street for guests to taste. Pasta tasting bowls will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.

No Italian Festival would be complete without plenty of homemade Italian food! The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center on Saturday and in The Buffet on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy an array of Italian specialties including handmade pasta dishes, osso bucco, eggplant parmesan, clamari with lemon butter, capers and basil, and many others as well as an assortment of homemade Italian salads and desserts, including the Eldorado’s famous gelato and tiramisu!

There are plenty of offerings street side as well— traditional Italian fare including house-made pastas, deep fried raviolis, meatball and sausage sandwiches, garlic bread, grilled flatbread, the Eldorado’s famous mushroom ravioli and more.

Festival Highlights:

-        Wilson_H F2011 RSCVA Italian Festival_0001Pasta bowls for sauce tasting will be sold for $3 at the pasta booth on the corner of 4th and Virginia streets starting at 2 p.m. daily.  Don’t wait, they go fast!

-        Grape stomping is fun, free and open to the public Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the media, politicians and local celebrities stomp Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The grape stomping stage is located on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado.

-        The Ferrari Club of America will have more than 30 specialty cars in a special Ferrari display on 4th Street all weekend.

-        A bocce ball tournament for competitive players begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on the train trench plaza on the south side of the Eldorado. There is a $10 sign-up fee.  Stop by Sunday for free beginner and family play starting at 10 a.m.

-        An Italian Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables will run all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-        An Italian Mercado, located on Virginia St between 3rd Street and Commercial Row, will feature cannolis, garlic bread sticks, sourdough flutes, gelato and coffee from the Eldorado Coffee Company. The Mercado will also have items such as olive oils, vinegars, aprons, fresh cut flowers, Italian cookbooks, dried pastas, Italian meats and more.

-        The Eldorado’s Famous Italian Dinner Buffet will be served in the Eldorado Convention Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday and in The Buffet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $26.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids 10 and under and $21.99 for Eldorado Gold Card members and above.

-        A Kids’ gelato eating contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the grape stomp stage.

Italian Festival Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, October 12

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-10:15       Nevada Opera

10:30-12:00     Michael Barimo

12:30-2:00       Tre Bella

2:00-2:15         Grease

2:30-4:00         Moreno Fruzzetti

4:30-6:00         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets

10:30-11:30     Martin Bonaventre

12:00-1:30       Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

2:00-3:30         Bella Ciao

4:00-5:30         Capuano n’T Rock

Direct from Italy


Sunday, October13

ROME STAGE – 4th and Virginia Streets

9:30-11:00       Bella Ciao

11:30-1:00       Michael Barimo

1:15-1:30         Grease

1:45-3:15         Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms

3:45-5:15         Moreno Fruzzetti

VENICE STAGE – 3rd and Virginia Streets
10:00-11:30     Primo Basso Band
12:00- 1:30      Tre Bella
2:00 – 3:00      Martin Bonaventre
4:00 – 5:30      Capuano n’ T Rock
Direct from Italy

Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Event Guide

On June 27, the stars of women’s bowling will compete under the stars in downtown Reno!

5:00-7:00pm       Street Festival (adjacent to the bowling lanes) on N. Virginia Street

7:00pm                 Opening Ceremonies (under the Reno Arch)

7:30pm                 Competition begins (approx. 2 hours)

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Bowling’s US Women’s Open is bowling’s most prestigious event. This is the first US Open brand event to be held in Reno!

Over 300 of bowling’s greatest women players will go head to head in qualifying rounds to earn one of five coveted spots in the finals, which will be held on the evening of June 27, literally under the stars in downtown Reno. Four bowling lanes are being constructed on N. Virginia Street, with the Reno arch as the backdrop. One of these five finalists could potentially win a $1,000,000 if they bowl a perfect match!

The competition will be televised on ESPN2 next week (July 3) – see if you make it in the crowd shots!

There will be several large screens positioned along the street festival area so everyone is sure to catch the action. (There is limited reserved bleacher seating, for event sponsors and their guests.)

Street Festival:

There is plenty more than just bowling balls rolling around the streets of downtown Reno. Located adjacent to the competition lanes, enjoy a FREE admission to the street festival! Food and beverage will available for sale, courtesy of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. Stop by the Reno Tahoe USA special events displays, as well as displays from the major bowling sponsors.

THE FORCE WILL BE STRONG AT THE 2011 RENO BALLOON RACES

darth_vader5Prepare yourself for something far from expected at this year’s Great Reno Balloon Race. While walking on Rancho San Rafael’s scenic fairgrounds between the nylon walls of traditional, vibrantly colored hot air balloons, take a moment to stand back and gaze at the sprouting horizon as you might spot a balloon that stands out amongst its cheery peers.

Fans will come face to face with their favorite Sith Lord. The highly anticipated 86-foot tall Darth Vader balloon will be traveling all the way from Belgium for the 30th Anniversary of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Pilots Benoit and Michel Lambert have traveled all over the world with the balloon, making appearances in countries such as France, Thailand and Canada.

As this is Darth Vader’s first journey to the Biggest Little City, we encourage you to welcome the Dark Side of the Force by sporting your best Star Wars gear to the Balloon Races.

Other unique shapes to be seen at this year’s race include: The Bonanza Casino sponsored soccer ball, The Wilbur May Foundation’s Hopper T. Frog, and Betty Jean, a new butterfly balloon. For more information on this year’s participating balloons and sponsorship options, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775) 826-1181.

May the force be with you.

For more information go the Event Calendar at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

DRAG RACING EVENT FUEL INJECTS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY HOT AUGUST NIGHTS CELEBRATION

40278_417588031460_36087236460_5210075_2478651_nA fan favorite gone for many years makes a repeat appearance for the Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary. The Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Racing event will take place from August 10th through August 13th in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

The smell of burning rubber and gasoline paired with classic eye candy and high adrenaline creates a habitual dynamic draw to the Hot August Nights Drag Races. Ten years ago, 2001 marked the last year the Drags were conducted at the Reno-Stead Airport. The popular event had to be cancelled indefinitely, until now.

Full Throttle Performance and John Ascuaga’s Nugget decided to bring back a beloved element of Hot August Nights to contribute to a successful 25th year celebration.

The drag race event consists of approximately an eighth of a mile track and will take place in the west parking lot of John Ascuaga’s Nugget from 12pm to 10pm August 10-13. Hot August Nights volunteers and car participants will gain free entry into the event. The gate fee for the general public is $10 daily. To enter your car in a race, vehicles must be 1972 or older, with an American or European make. The cost to race is $25 per vehicle, per day for registered car participants and $45 per vehicle, per day for non-registered car participants. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), no nitro/nitrous and no racing fuels allowed. Daily prize for the fastest overall time will be awarded.

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More information can be found at http://www.hotaugustnights.net.

FIVE FUN WAYS TO DISCOVER RENO

For some, Reno, Nevada is known for the same vibrant nightlife and gambling outlets as Las Vegas – but on a smaller and more intimate scale. Obvious tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants, singers, comedians and magic shows. But beyond the slot machines and flashing lights, there is a plethora of family-fun activities available.

Go just a short distance out of town though and you will find a treasure trove of non-gambling alternatives that are great for all ages. Here are five family-friendly activities you may want to consider for your next vacation to Reno, Nevada.

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Anglers prize the Reno area for some of the best fly-fishing territory around. You can visit one of the many tackle shops in the area for maps of private and public lakes and river access areas. If you are interested in having a true fisherman’s experience, consider taking a class or attending one of the fly tying clinics and tie your own. There is nothing like catching that two-pound trout on a bumblebee you created with your own two hands.

Only 40 miles from Reno is famous Lake Tahoe, which offers spectacular views, clear mountain air and ample fishing holes for privacy or group activities. Guides are available, or you can pack a picnic basket, quilt and fishing gear and head off on your own for an adventurous day on the water. If you have always wanted “to land that BIG one,” consider visiting Pyramid Lake. This lake proudly boasts they have the largest Cutthroat Trout.

Whether you choose Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe or one of the other streams, lakes and rivers near Reno, prepare yourself for a day filled with awesome scenery and relaxing outdoor fun.

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Many people think you have to go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy hiking trails that offer hikers challenging terrain. Not true! There are numerous trails in Reno parks and just on the outskirts of the city.  Hikers and trail watchers can find easy, moderate and challenging trails to test their skills and that will suit a variety of levels of physical fitness. You will find short trails that start at about 600 feet and have a gentle slope and more challenging trails that test your endurance.

About eight miles out of town in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains that surround Reno, Nevada, you will find the Tahoe Rim Trail in Galena Regional Park. This trail offers a loop that is just over 9 miles of moderate to mostly steep climbing. Hikers can expect to see desert terrain covered with sage, pine, juniper bushes and the occasional waterfall. Bring lots of film or extra chips for the camera. The views are breathtaking. And remember to pack plenty of water and a few energy bars or a lunch.

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If golf is your game–Reno, Nevada is your destination. There are over 50 golf courses within 90 miles of Reno proper. The PGA stops in Reno for the Reno-Tahoe Open, so you know the greens are great. No matter what your level of expertise, you will be able to find a course to fit your skill. Private lessons are available at most of the courses through resident pros and through guest pass arrangements. Since the high altitude gives golfers a natural advantage, you can expect to hit the ball further with every stroke. Get ready to play the lowest score of your life. If you’re a family with younger kids that aren’t ready for the big green yet, check out the many mini-golf options in the area.

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For a relaxing day with some educational benefits, consider visiting one of the numerous museums in Reno. You can find museums dedicated to a variety of topics. An automobile museum, a museum dedicated to Disney and many others call Reno home. The Wilbur D. May museum is an adventure the entire family can enjoy. The artifacts and collectibles gleaned from years of traveling the world offer an exciting, eclectic blend. The indoor waterfall you’ll find there is always a big hit with kids and adults alike. Remember to check days and hours the museum is opened before planning your day. Some museums have limited hours.

Read, Paint, Write

Many artists enjoy the inspiration they absorb from the desert climate and surrounding rivers and mountains. Writers claim to feel the spirit of the nomadic American Indians. Artist carrying pallet and canvas attempt to capture the delicate yellow flower of the desert cactus in the early morning. Students from the college can be seen relaxing near the river as they search for answers to questions posed by Aristotle.

Visiting Reno is an opportunity to enjoy nature with your family, while having fun and learning, too. Enjoy.

This post was written by freelance writer Martha Keagan who is a full time mother, writer and part time real estate agent. Keagan has assisted hundreds of college students find housing and apartments in Reno for years. Reno is a great city, if you are looking to visit or even relocate to Reno, find a short term apartment to stay in before you decide to purchase a house.

SUPERHEROES AND VILLANS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, ONE DRINK AT A TIME

The only thing Superheroes, Super-zeros and Villains can agree on: a giant pub crawl. On July 16, identities will be masked, evil will pause and good times will prevail.

We know you have to get to making your unarguably awesome costumes, so we’ll keep the details short:

$2 and $3 drink specials

17 participating bars

Cash and other prizes! (How often are you paid to drink with your friends?)

Cost: $5 gets you a cup and a map

Upgraded VIP Cup: Only $40 buys you admission and one $5 drink at each of the 17 stops. FYI: that’s $85 worth of booze!

Be Safe, don’t drive. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino has discounted hotel rooms exclusively for Crawlers. Enter code SUPER11.

Start time: 8pm

End time: You make the call. You’re in Reno.

Start Location: Biggest Little City Club at 188 California Avenue

The Superhero Crawl’s mission is to save the World, one drink at a time. So, just in case you needed one more reason to party, a portion of the proceeds is donated to support the Washoe County School District.

Check out the costumes from last year and let your imagination decide your pseudo-character for the night.

SIZZLING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT HARRAH’S RENO

Plaza imageWe know good music and Harrah’s Reno is bringing it to you, free. We’re not talking about the stuff that’s tweaked on computers to the point where anything can sound good. We’re talking about bold music, live music, rock and roll that takes real musical talent and powerful vocal chords to rock a stage.

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Centered on Bill Harrah’s Centennial Birthday Celebration, Harrah’s Reno is offering a special summer concert series with performances every Saturday night. With a lineup of talented bands, go-go dancers and raffle prizes, Saturday nights at Harrah’s Plaza will heat up fast.

A list of highlighted performers, to name a few:

July 16 – XFEST 2011 featuring ROY ROGERS AND THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS, 4-11p, $10*
Four bands take the stage for this alternative rock weekend.

*All other shows are FREE.

July 23 – THE JACKS, 9p-11pCrowd
AC/DC music at its best from this rockin’ tribute.

July 30 – HOT FOR TEACHER, 9p-11p
A salute to the music of Van Halen will keep the plaza rockin’ all night.

August 13 – 60s SUMMER OF LOVE, 9p-11p
Enjoy the best music from the decade of love.

August 20 – MOTOWN SOUL FEATURING NATHAN OWENS, 9p-11p
Incredible R&B and Motown performances from this experienced big band.

August 27 – WEIRD SCIENCE, 9p-11p
Always popular, this band performs the best in 80s danceable classic tunes.

September 3 & 4 – BIG CITY REVUE, 9p-11p
This massive band takes the stage two nights over the holiday weekend. Not to be missed, this band will have the joint jumping with party songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

September 10 – DEPARTMENT OF ROCK, 9p-11p
Myriad rock and roll tribute bands mixed into one spectacular performance. You’ll hear the most popular classic rock tunes from 80s and 90s on this not to be missed special night.

September 17 – POP VINYL, 9p-11p
The L.A. dance band performs party favorites from the 80s and 90s.

September 22 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 22 & 23 – UNAUTHORIZED ROLLING STONES
A rock and roll salute to the stones. Classic.

September 23 & 24 – CREAM OF CLAPTON
Hear a rock and blues tribute to Eric Clapton in this special daytime show.

September 24 – BUDDY EMMER BAND, 12p-3p
Special shows to celebrate Street Vibrations.

September 24 – SYYNNYN LYNNYRD, 9p-11p
The perfect finale, this tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd will blow your hair back.

For a complete list of FREE Plaza Concerts at Harrah’s Reno click here.