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Are You Ready To Party Like It’s 1864?

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The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a Steampunk-themed evening this Saturday, November 1st, in honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary. The celebration starts at 3:00pm with Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration street festival. Their will be live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up to get you in the Steampunk spirit! The festival will take place on Hill Street between Liberty and California, and there will be retail stands and food vendors along with the live music. Guests are also invited to indulge with some Nevada-themed drinks at 1864 Tavern. The street festival will close at 8pm and admission is free for all guests. 1864 Tavern will also be hosting Abe’s post-party at the end of the night.

The street festival is designed to be a pre-party for the night’s big event: Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration party inside the Nevada Museum of Art. The party, which is party steampunk ball and part carnival, is meant to celebrate our state’s “visionary spirit” and will be a “grand re imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past”. Guests can view the original Emancipation Proclamation, which has been lent to the Nevada Art Museum for a short time in honor of this event. All guests are encouraged to dress in costume (The Nevada Art Museum says “think Civil War meets Jules Verne meets the wild subconscious of a boyhood Lincoln.”). There are a few places in the area where you can find appropriate attire, such as PolyEsther’s, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Melting Pot World Emporium, and Neon Dragonfly. Tickets are on sale now and include complimentary treats and desserts. This Imagination Celebration begins at 7:30pm and goes until 11:pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Exhibits to Visit: October Edition

Reno Tahoe museums contribute largely to the culture here in Reno, and there are always wonderful exhibits to visit around town. One exhibit you cannot miss is the celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, which will be featuring several iconic documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation. From birthday celebrations to wildlife exploration, here are a few major exhibits going on around town.

nevada art 2The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Nevada’s big day with a special exhibit that displays artifacts that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood with their 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State exhibit (through November 1). Three of the museum’s galleries hold special documents and objects, such as the original copy of the Nevada State constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan that date back to 1867, and much more! This exhibit is a rare and special event, hosting historical objects that the museum tracked down and loaned from museums across the state and nation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that provides visitors a unique opportunity to see all these historical objects in one place. The celebration continues on October 16 with a historical lecture by curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’Sullivan’s photography of the civil war. The birthday celebration comes to a close on November 1 with a steampunk ball and carnival, Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. At this event, visitors are encouraged to engage in the “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the event, as well as on October 30 and 31 and November 2, and visitors are encouraged to dress in costume appropriate for an 1864 party!  For more information on this event visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

The Nevada Museum of Art is also showing films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, which consists of six different session of more than 20 independent films from the festival. These films focus on wilderness, wildness, the great outdoors, culture, and environment. Starting with a Kids and Family session at 10:30 on October 18, the event continues until 7:00 that evening. Join others in exploring the wilderness that surrounds us and enjoy a day filled with films and a unique take on outdoor life.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center hosts the annual Western Heritage Festival on October 4. Celebrate Nevada arts, culture and traditions through experiential learning. Enjoy demonstrations in basket-weaving, spinning, quilting and saddle-making. There will be cowboy poetry, live music and dancers, displays and children’s activities.

An 11-month exhibit at Reno’s National Automobile Museum is coming to an end on October 10, 2014. The World War II Hits Home exhibit tells the story of WWII in Nevada. It demonstrates the commitments of America’s automakers to producing resources for the war, such as tanks, ammunition, and aircrafts. Learn of the impact on daily life, commitments of local families, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field. The exhibit is enriched by the presence of artifacts from private collections, and it is an exhibit that no history buff should miss.

The Nevada Museum of Art Shines Brights with its New Exhibit – “The 36th Star”

The Nevada Museum of Art, located at the heart of downtown Reno, is honoring Nevada in a huge way! In celebration of the “Battle Born” state’s 150th anniversary, the museum is holding a special exhibit that details Nevada’s journey from territory to state. Three galleries on the museum’s second floor house a unique combination of significant objects telling Nevada’s story; including, the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram, the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill, 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867… and more! This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit provides the opportunity to see all these historical objects (which have been loaned from museums across the state and nation) under the same roof, in order to truly grasp Nevada’s journey toward October 31, 1864. This exhibit runs until November 2, and is a must-see for all, especially those whose “Home Means Nevada.”

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Programs & Events:

VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:

One of the most important documents in American history is coming to the Nevada Museum of Art! The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will make its way from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to Reno, Nevada for a special appearance. It’s only here for four days, due to strict restrictions on how long it can be exposed to light each year, so don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see the original document for yourself:

  • Thursday, October 30    10am-7pm
  • Friday, October 31    10am-5pm
  • Saturday, November 1     10am- 5pm
  • Sunday, November 2    10am- 5pm

Timed tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.

nevada the 36th starHONEST ABE’S IMAGINATION CELEBRATION

Join Nevada’s Museum of Art as they party like its 1864! Part steampunk ball, part carnival, this celebration of our state’s visionary spirit will be a “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” At the celebration, you will have the opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation as El Radio Fantastique rouses imaginations with a unique blend of sights, sounds, and musical styles. Dress in costume appropriate for the period!

Saturday, November 1    7:30pm-11pm
Tickets: $50.00

HISTORICAL LECTURES:

  • Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop on Nevada’s Historical Documents: Friday, August 8 12:00pm-1:00pm – Celebrate the opening of The 36th Star with Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop, who discusses the significance of historic objects highlighted in the exhibition.
  • Historian Ron James on Nevada in the 1860s: Friday, September 12 12:00pm-1:00pm – An examination of 1860’s Nevada. Learn what it means to be Battle Born.
  • Curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’ Sullivan: Thursday, October 16 6:00pm-7:00pm – Join guest curator Toby Jurovics as he discusses Timothy O’ Sullivan’s timeless Civil War photography featured in the exhibition.

    “Where the Wild Things Are” in Reno Tahoe

    The Wild Things are headed to the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno, March 1-April 27!

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    Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s universally revered children’s book.

    Presented by the Nevada Museum of Art Education Department, the exhibition is geared towards children and families and is accompanied by special family events for all ages, storytelling in the galleries, special classes, film screenings, and literacy and writing workshops.

    The exhibition includes works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature and Broadway to the opera, animated films and young adult textbooks, Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and influence on generations of readers and young adults.

    Events

    • Teen Art Night: Wild Things

      Friday March 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Inspired by the Spike Jonez film and Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are, teens will enjoy an all-ages night featuring live music by the Third Wheelers, American Goodfellas and DJ Nick Rattingan. Admission includes hands-on projects like a printing workshop, beast-making, an interactive photo booth, vintage photos, bleached t-shirts and more! Teen Art Night is presented in partnership with The Holland Project and the Museum’s Youth Arts Initiative.

      Sponsorship provided by the Hearst Foundation

      $5 / $5 Museum members | Buy Tickets

    • Where the Wild Things Are: Pajama Party and Film Screening

      Friday April 18, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Parents and children are invited for a festive pajama party at the Museum. Participants will enjoy a hands-on art project, after-hours access to the exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, evening snacks and a special screening of the 2009 Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. This event is designed for families with children ages 7 – 12. This film rating is PG. Come in your coziest PJs!

      $20 / $16 Museum members | Buy Tickets

    Exhibits to Visit: February

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

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    “Sweet Corruptions” by Emilie Clark merges art with science in a way that may seem hard to imagine. Patrons will view an artistic portrayal of food waste, and will use their own preconceived notions with information the exhibit provides to come up with their own understanding of waste and society. People with an interest in ecology and the environment will gain from the interactive sculpture that includes audio and a dissecting microscope.

    “Keeping Up Appearances” explores the intricate pattern of crochet on a massive scale, while simultaneously representing the female sphere. This site-specific exhibit may seem to intimidate the audience, as giant red doilies are displayed on the wall. The audience will get the feeling of a calm solace in the midst of tumult and unrest.

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    “Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great Basin” is a photography exhibit portraying the unseen idealistic lifestyle of the wild horses as they once lived in the Great Basin area. Paula Morin depicts these horses in relation to Native American life and the changing landscape of the Great Basin. Those who relish the history of westward expansion and American identity will find a thrill through these photographs that highlight the emergence of a nation.

    The Discovery

    $4 admission after 4PM on Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb. 12, Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26.

    On Wednesday, February 5 there will be an outdoor stargazing extravaganza. Celestron telescopes will be used as Tony the Star Guide takes people of all ages on a tour of the galaxy, including the moon, Jupiter, and Uranus!stargazing

    Andy Warhol’s Athletes Exibit in Reno

    Through January 4, at Nevada Museum of Art

    269The Nevada Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Andy Warhol: Athletes, a collection of 10 paintings by the iconic artist featuring some of the most celebrated sport stars of the 1970s.

    Andy Warhol: Athletes immortalizes 10 athletes in Warhol’s signature style of screen-printing – a project commissioned by his friend and collector Richard Weisman. The exhibition also includes a portrait of Weisman painted by Warhol.

    The exhibition exemplifies the changing nature of fame in the twentieth century as sports figures became celebrities in American popular culture. The athletes featured in this series benefitted from newfound celebrity status following the series due to Warhol’s international fame. Featured sport stars include Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Tom Seaver, Rod Gilbert, Jack Nicklaus, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Willie Shoemaker and Pelé.

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    Exhibits to Visit: May

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

    Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

    Through June 14

    Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada

    The exhibit features 35 pieces of art from Wally Cuchine’s collection. In 1987, Life Magazine described US HWY 50 across the center of Nevada as the ―The Loneliest Road in America.‖ The magazine particularly mentioned the 287-mile stretch between Fernley and Ely as ―remote with few points of interest‖ and it urged travelers to have ―survival skills‖ to make the journey.

    Steam Balloon PeppinSierra Arts Foundation

    May 28-June 27

    You could say Nancy Pippin, a Twinkies and Northern Nevada enthusiast, creates one-of-a-kind art. The real Twinkies used in the mixed media pieces were purchased on the day that the Hostess Company announced it was going out of business – November 16, 2012. Nancy Peppin is a watercolor painter, known for her images of Twinkies in history and in images of the Nevada landscape. Return of the Twinkies!

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    Linda Besemer: Sine Language

    Through May 19

    Linda Besemer (b. 1957) is an abstract painter based in Southern California celebrated for her stunning, optical works that upend commonly held notions of what makes a painting. Her work subtly expresses, through formal means, her distinct political outlook. Normally one expects a painting to consist of pigment, whether oil, acrylic or watercolor, applied to some sort of ground, whether canvas, panel or paper. In an exciting subversion of tradition, Besemer creates double-sided paintings (“folds”) of pure acrylic pigment without a ground.

    nmaSPECIAL EVENTS

    ARTBITE Linda Besemer on Sine Language

    Friday, May 3 / noon

    Join artist Linda Besemer for an exploration of her optical works that upend commonly held notions of what makes a painting. Cost: Free for members or with paid admission.

    Mother’s Day Trunk Show

    Saturday, May 11 / 12 – 3 pm

    The Mother’s Day Trunk Show features ceramics artist Dane Meier whose pieces celebrate nature and crafting with clay. Cost: Admission to the Trunk Show is FREE.

    ARTBITE Tamara Kostianovsky on Meat, Sculpture, and Identity

    Friday, May 17 / noon

    New York-based Argentine artist Tamara Kostianovsky explores ideas about identity, geography, culture, and history in her fabric sculptures of meat in Voces y Visiones. Cost: Free for members or with paid admission.

    Mother’s Day Getaway Guide

    Searching for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Try spending some quality time with mom while exploring all the adventures in Reno Tahoe USA! From a relaxing day at the spa to unbeatable room deals, you’ll find everything you need to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget.

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    Spoil Mom with a Tahoe Spa Day
    May 10 – 13
    In celebration of Mother’s Day, Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Resort Spa & Casino is offering three extravagant treatments for mothers and daughters to share. Experience these lavish treatments at a 25% discount:

    • “Mother Makeover” – Hair color, cut, makeup and manicure/pedicure special
    • “Mother’s Sierra Dreams” massage special
    • “Mother’s Luminous Vitamin C Facial”

    In addition, all moms treated to a spa experience will receive a complimentary rose and gift bag.

    RSVP Mother’s Day Spring Fun Fair
    May 9 – 12
    Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Mills Park in Carson City featuring carnival rides, crafters and a food court. The fair takes place on Thursday and Friday from 4 – 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 10 pm.

    Mother’s Day Trunk Show
    May 11
    For a unique treat, join the Nevada Museum of Art for the Mother’s Day Trunk Show, featuring ceramics artist Dane Meier whose pieces celebrate nature and crafting with clay. Admission is FREE. The exhibit is open from noon – 3 pm.

    Moms on the Run
    May 12
    Deck yourself out in pink and join the run dedicated to supporting women’s fight against cancer. The 13th annual Mom’s on the Run, held at Reno High School, features four different race options; including, a 5k and 10k run, and a 3k and 5k walk. Bring the whole family to cheer you on and enjoy the fun-packed afternoon with live music, face painting, a bounce house and more.

    Sweet Room Deals
    For stays on May 10th and 11th, Deluxe Rooms at Circus Circus Reno start at $75 when you call 800-648-5010 and mention promo code IMOMS.

    Spa Special

    20% off Spa Services at Silver Legacy Resort – perfect for Mother’s Day! Call 775-325-7401 to schedule an appointment.

    Mother’s Day Giveaway
    Moms should be pampered, which is why the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is giving you and your mom an opportunity to win a well-deserved getaway. Enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway by April 30 for a chance to win a luxury package which includes:

    • 2 nights in a Tuscany Tower suite
    • $200 Spa Toscana credit
    • $100 dining credit

    The winner will be chosen on May 1.

    Make this Mother’s Day extra special with an unforgettable meal in Reno Tahoe USA. For great specials, check out our Mother’s Day Dining Guide.

    Mardi Gras 2013

    Laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll, in Reno Tahoe USA this Mardi Gras with dance parties, drink specials, a party on the rails and more!

    Naughty Gras 2013 – Silver Legacy Resort Casino

    You don’t to need be on Bourbon St. to have a naughty good time for Mardi Gras this year. Join the Silver Legacy Resort Casino for Naughty Gras 2013 on February 9, where you will dance the night away to the sounds of DJ KOS while sipping jazzy drink specials inspired by The Big Easy. Make sure to spice up your outfit as thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be given out for the most erotic costumes. The party starts at 9 pm in the Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door and $35 for the VIP Jester’s Lounge.

    Stay the weekend at a special nightly rate of $59.99 on Friday and Saturday when you use reservation code “NAUGHTY”.

    Parti Gras – John Ascuaga’s Nugget

    Don’t miss the three-day Mardi Gras celebration at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, kicking off with a concert by New Orleans legend and five-time Grammy winner Dr. John on Friday, February 15 at 9 pm. The festivities continue with free concerts by Mumbo Gumbo on Saturday, February 16, and Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic on Sunday, February 17, both starting at 9 pm. Before the Sunday concert, be sure to catch the Parti Gras casino parade with showgirls, free hats and beads, Mardi Gras face art and much more. And of course, grab a Hurricane for $4.99 and keep the glass!

    Enjoy the tastes of NOLA at the Rotisserie Buffet featuring all-you-can-eat favorites, such as dirty rice and jambalaya, along with Louisiana style specials in all Nugget restaurants.

    Fat Tuesday Party – The Brew Brothers

    Free beads, an open bar and hot beats. You’ll find it all at the Fat Tuesday Party, February 12, at The Brew Brothers located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Enjoy a $10 open premium bar from 9:30  – 11:30 pm while DJ Chris English spins today’s top tracks into the early morning hours.

    Mardi Crawl – Squaw Valley

    For a Fat Tuesday celebration at slightly higher elevation, join the Mardi Crawl, February 12, at Squaw Valley. From 2-7 pm, hop from bar to bar with fellow beaded patrons while taking advantage of food and drink specials. And to top it all off, a live band will accompany the party to each stop!

    Reno Fun Train

    Hop aboard the Reno Fun Train, February 8-10, for a Mardi Gras experience like no other. Treat yourself to a weekend of winter fun with a live-music Dance Car, Piano Lounge, Smoking Car with Cigar Lounge and an available chair massage. The journey includes roundtrip charter train with reserved seats; including, meals served at your seat, entertainment, hotel and more. Weekend packages start at $340 per person.

    For more information, visit our Reno Fun Train 2013 blog.

    hands/ON! Mardi Gras and Carnival – Nevada Museum of Art

    For a family friendly Mardi Gras, bring the kids to the Nevada Museum of Art on February 9, from 10 am – 4 pm for a FREE day filled with hands-on art projects, performances and storytelling.

    Schedule

    10 am – 4 pm: Make Your Own Maracas

    10 am – 4 pm: Creative Mask Making

    10:30 & 11 am: Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham

    10:30 am & 12 pm: Cultural Presentation & Brazilian Frevo Demonstration with US Samba Queen, Jonia McCleanney

    1:00 pm: Public Tour – The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon

    2:30 & 3 pm: Children’s Storytelling with Kathleen Durham

    For more information on what’s happening in Reno Tahoe USA, visit our events calendar.

    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.