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Top 4 Reasons To Visit the Animal Ark

After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.

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Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:

  1. The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.5371196042_7a7f4133c7_b
  2. The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.homepage-slide1000-santos
  3. To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition.  If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.IMG_9778
  4. The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!IMG_9752

For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reason to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Get Ready for Reno’s Steampunk Weekend!

EXPO 2015 handbill 800 pxIt’s time to dust off your top hats and goggles! The High Desert Steam’s 4th Annual Steampunk Expo is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Exhibition Hall, April 18-19! The expo is back and bigger than ever! It will offer a weekend full of entertainment, dancing, gaming, art, and more. At this years event, you will see the Aether Brigade onstage and offstage, teaching workshops from Barbara Smith who has 20+ years of Contra Calling experience, Six Mule Pile Up playing music for lessons and the dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance, the Infamous Steampunk Undress, Art Cars, Steampunk Laser Tag, an Art Gallery full of 2D and 3D art, Victorian Parlor Games, Steampunk Board Games, Tea Dueling, 30+ vendors selling handmade items, classes, workshops and panels, daily fashion shows, and music! This event is open to Steampunk lovers everywhere and newbies who want to come and see what this unique culture is all about. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $15 for 2 days and $10 for one day, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase here.  Make sure to purchase tickets early to guarantee your attendance to the expo!

STEAM15-Poster-11x17After the first night of the expo, bring the party downtown for the official after party of the Steampunk Expo! The 2nd Annual Steampunk Tavern Stroll is April 18, starting at 8 pm at 1864 Tavern in Reno’s midtown. Pick up the official premium steel crawl cup during the pre-sale, starting in mid-March, or the night of, at the start location for only $10. In addition to enjoying premium mixed drinks at six fancy taverns, crawlers can get a reading at the Steampunk Tarot tablor  and get a photo taken at the Steampunk Photo Booth! Come dressed in your finest Steampunk fashion or show off your latest Burning Man getup to participate in the costume contest! The crawl is a great way to make the most of your Steampunk filled weekend in Reno Tahoe.

RSCVA’S ANNUAL “BLUE JEANS JAM®” LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE INVENTION OF BLUE JEANS IN RENO, NEVADA

A new event is coming to Reno Tahoe USA! The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced today the creation of a new special event, to debut on October 2-4, 2015, celebrating the invention of one of the world’s most iconic products – riveted denim “blue jeans”- by Reno tailor Jacob Davis in the early 1870s.

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According to RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum, “The fact that the world’s favorite item of clothing was invented and patented in Reno by Mr. Davis is unknown to most locals, and many denim fans worldwide… but not for long.”

“Blue Jeans Jam®” will be a three-day lifestyle festival featuring numerous fun and unique activities around Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe, including: rock and country music concerts; “Jeaneology,” scholarly presentations on the history of blue jeans and their impact on popular culture; the “Jean Pool,” a retail marketplace for vintage jeans, designer denim and accessories; “Jean Therapy,” special discounts at area health spas; the “Blue Jean Ball,” a banquet and silent auction benefiting the Nevada Humane Society; “Jacob’s Joint,” a pop-up bar and restaurant; “Pop(corn) Culture,” a mini-festival of milestone films in the history of blue jeans, such as James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause”; and denim fashion shows by international jean manufacturing companies, both large and small.

The concept for Blue Jeans Jam® got its start more than a year ago, when Baum received a telephone call in his office from Mr. Robert Wexler of Reno.

According to Baum, “Mr. Wexler had heard me being interviewed on a local radio station and thought I would be interested in a little-known historical fact about our city.”

Wexler shared the story of a tailor named Jacob Davis who had patented his invention of rugged work pants while working at his shop in downtown Reno (on Virginia Street, where the “Knitting Factory” is currently located), and how a group of civic-minded residents (including Mella Harmon, then of the Nevada Historical Society, and former state archivist Guy Roche) worked with the Reno Historical Resources Commission to place a commemorative plaque at the site in May 2006.

Said Baum, “I thanked him for the fascinating information, and promised to get back in touch if I ever found a way to use it to benefit the future growth of tourism in Northern Nevada.”

In the months that followed, Baum would take a few minutes here and there to scour the Internet and bookstores for more details about Jacob Davis and his invention. He learned that the inspiration for Davis’ breakthrough idea occurred when a woman entered his tailor shop in January 1871 complaining that her husband’s work pants kept ripping, due to the rough demands of his job. Davis sewed a new pair of cotton

duck cloth pants for the man and, spying some hardware he normally used for horse blanket straps, added copper rivets to all of the key stress points. The copper riveted pants were a huge success, and soon he was swamped with hundreds of orders, at the premium price of $3.00 a pair. Demand grew further when he started offering the pants in tough, indigo blue denim fabric. Sensing that he had a bona fide hit on his hands, Davis reached out to his fabric supplier – Levi Strauss & Company of San Francisco – to see if they might be interested in helping him pay the $68.00 required to fund the patent application process. On August 9, 1872, “Jacob W. Davis, assignor to himself, and Levi Strauss & Company” submitted the patent application, written and signed by Jacob Davis, who was credited as “Inventor” on the accompanying illustration. On May 20, 1873, the United States Patent Office granted Davis and Levi Strauss & Co. Patent No. 139,121, and a multi-billion dollar fashion industry juggernaut was born, continuing to this day in the United States (where the average American owns a staggering seven pairs of blue jeans!) and virtually everywhere else around the globe.

Jacob Davis spent the rest of his life overseeing the manufacture of his invention for Levi Strauss & Co., selling his interest in the patent and manufacturing rights in 1907. His occupation in the San Francisco City Directory was listed as “manufacturer” in 1874, but by 1903, it had been changed to “capitalist.” He died in 1908 at the age of 77.

Once Baum had formed the basic concept for the Blue Genes Jam® (he dreamed up the name and RSCVA Special Projects Coordinator Ken Koser contributed the “genes” for “jeans” twist), he turned the project over to the entire RSCVA Marketing Department, which will work with local partners – such as concert venues and resort hotels, as well as those facilities owned and/or managed by the RSCVA – over the next 12 months to book the talent, attract the jeans companies and otherwise coordinate the creation of a brand new special event for the region.

“The RSCVA doesn’t normally produce our own events,” said Baum. “But in this case, I am confident in my team’s ability to take a great idea and turn it into a fantastic asset for the region, attracting denim fans from around the country – and around the world – to Northern Nevada.”

According to Baum, “The story of blue jeans started right here in Reno with Jacob Davis, and Levi Strauss & Co. helped make his product into a worldwide work wear and – eventually – fashion staple. But other manufacturers – from Wrangler and Lee to Lucky, Ralph Lauren, Cinch, Ben Davis, and many others – and boutique selvedge/raw denim companies – like the eponymous Jacob Davis, Mister Freedom, Roy Denim, Rogue Territory, imogene + willie, Left Field NYC, and Raleigh Denim Workshop, to name just a few – keep the momentum going today. We look forward to welcoming them all to “The Birthplace of Blue Jeans” on the first weekend of October, in 2015 and every year after, because as those of us fortunate to live and work in Reno Tahoe USA now like to brag, “We have copper rivets in our genes.”

To keep up-to-date on details of the Annual Blue Jeans Jam®, please go to the event website, www.BlueJeansJam.com.

Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day!

Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more:

LEX Nightclub

You aren’t the only one who is stuck in town tonight – the DJs who were set to play at Burning Man are here in Reno with you! Come party with fellow Burners and Burning Man’s hottest DJs. No cover, no dress code. 10pm. Tonight!

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Aces Stadium

Watch the Reno Aces play Omaha in downtown Reno at Aces Stadium!

Nevada Museum of Art

Learn more about Nevada’s history outside of Black Rock City’s city limits. “The 36th Star” celebrates Nevada’s 150th anniversary!

Eat Fresh and Local Food

Enjoy some delicious eats before you head back out to the Playa. Here is a food lover’s guide to Midtown Reno that will surely have you drooling in no time.

Shop for More Burning Man Outfits

You can never have enough, right?! Here are a few of the top stores for finding the perfect Burning Man outfits and necessities for the Playa. Plus, we have included a list of a few essential you may or may not have packed!

Food for Thought for the Playa

Stock up on more great eats for your time in Black Rock City. Here are a few key stores that will have your favorite foods.

Hotel Deals

Let your friends know about these packages and deals for Reno hotel rooms to stay dry, clean and cozy before heading back out to the Playa tomorrow!

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.

    7 Ways to Celebrate Nevada Day This Weekend

    Happy 149th Birthday, Nevada! Here are seven ways to celebrate Nevada’s big day, this weekend:

    1. Watch the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday, Oct 26 – it’s the biggest event. The parade goes from 10am-1pm. This will be the 75th parade!
    2. Look up for the Balloon Launch before the big parade, at 8am, followed by a…
    3. Military Aircraft Flyover from Fallon Naval Air Station and Nevada Air Guard.
    4. Attend the UNR vs UNLV football game for the Freemont Cannon on October 26, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. (Go Pack!)
    5. Dig in to the 19th Annual Chili Feed hosted by Lt. Governor Brian K. Krolicki at the Carson Nugget at 2:00pm on Parade Day, Oct 26.
    6. Get moving at the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk in Carson City – 8k  Run and 2 Mi Run/Walk – at 8am, Oct 26.
    7. Enjoy Free Museum Admissions: Sparks Museum for Nevada residents on October 25, and Nevada State Museum during the Parade in Carson City, October 26.

    Click here to view the complete list of events and festivities!

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    FREE Fishing Day

    Go Fishing… Get Hooked! Saturday, June 8, 2013, is Nevada’s Free Fishing Day!

    2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_bFree Fishing Day is your one chance during the year to get hooked, and hook others, for free! No license or trout stamp is needed for adults or children on this date.

    During our annual Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp.*

    Events

    Sparks Marina is hosting a special event for kids, offering commemorative T-shirts, fishing poles, face painting, hot dogs and more (for FREE)! At Idlewild Park, kids are encouraged to bring their own poles, however 300 poles will be available on a first come first served basis. Both events go from 7 to 11 a.m.

    *All limits and other regulations apply.

    Ballers, Bowties and Benefiting Charity Weekend with Pro Athletes and Nevada Alum

    A weekend of Ballers, Bowties, and Benefiting charity is coming to Reno, Feb 23-24.

    Dontay Moch (Nevada Alum and current Cincinnati Bengal) is hosting a series of events to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and Strikes for Kids, beginning with a bowling tournament on Feb 23, continuing with a party in EDGE Saturday night, and ending with a poker tournament at Peppermill on Sunday. Athletes will also be honored at a Nevada baseball game, 11 am on 2/23 and will be throwing out the first pitch!

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    Code: DSTRIKE
    Call: 800-648-5555

    Athletes from a number of pro sports teams will be in attendance  – many are Nevada Alum!

    Appearing Athletes include:

    Dontay Moch, Cincinnati Bengals/Nevada Alum

    James Michael Johnson, Cleveland Browns/Nevada Alum

    Brandon Marshall, Jacksonville Jags/Nevada Alum

    Kaelin Burnett, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

    Tray Session, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

    Jonathon Amaya, Miami Dolphins/Nevada Alum

    Kevin Basped, NY Jets (Retired)/Nevada Alum

    Ezra Butler, New Orleans Saints/Nevada Alum

    Virgil Green, Denver Broncos/Nevada Alum

    Robert Sands, Cincinnati Bengals

    John Griffin, NY Jets

    Ryan Christenson, LA Dodgers

    Schedule of events:

    Feb 23 Nevada Baseball Game, 11 am. Throwing out the first pitch

    Feb 23 Bowling Tournament, 4 pm to 7pm – National Bowling Stadium

    Feb 23 Ballers & Bowties, EDGE party to benefit Make a Wish, doors at 10 pm.

    Feb 24 Charity Poker Tournament, 1 pm – Peppermill Reno ($10,000 prize pool!)

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    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.