Check out what’s happening on the Playa at Burning Man 2014 with this live stream of Black Rock City, NV:
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Check out what’s happening on the Playa at Burning Man 2014 with this live stream of Black Rock City, NV:
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for affordable vintage, recycled, custom and one-of-a-kind clothing to complete your Burning Man ensemble. From dresses to jumpsuits, from faux fur coats to masks, these places have it all for you to be the most stylish – and YOU – on the playa. Don’t forget, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, during the day – so plan accordingly!
Here are a few stores top stores in the Reno Tahoe area to complete your Burning Man experience:
Junkees Clothing Exchange – 960 South Virginia St. – 775-322-5868
The Melting Pot World Emporium – 1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique – 655 South Virginia Street - 775-420-5050
Menagerie Costumes – 1999 South Virginia Street, #B - 775-322-5427
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports – 2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577
No matter what Burning Man look you decide, here are some essentials you’ll want to add to your costume:
- Lights: A flashlight is helpful, but you need more than that to be seen at night. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, head lamps… Anything and everything glowing!
- Goggles: Essential for keeping the dust and dirt out of your eyes!
- Shoes: Going bare-foot may seem like a good idea… I mean, you’re channeling your inner nature, focusing on self-expression, right? Unfortunately, going without shoes results in what is known as “Playa Foot”- a painful drying, cracking rash caused by prolonged contact with the alkali lake bed. Burning Man suggests bringing rubber Birkenstock clogs or boots that won’t get trashed by the alkali.
- A broad brimmed hat with a cord: You’ll no doubt need a head covering… and having a hat with a cord will keep it on your head during gusts of wind.
*Also, don’t forget to leave out those decorations and costume items behind, keeping in mind the Leave No Trace mantra.. Feathered beaus may seem like a cool idea, but when you’re spending all your time picking up all the feathers you shed, you may want to reconsider.
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.”
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:
Timed tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.
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
Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino). For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August Nights will turn back the clock to the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where flapper skirts and leather jackets meet among fleets of smoking rides. After a week full of non-stop action the region-wide event will cool down on Sunday, August 3 with thousands classic cars parading through the streets of downtown Reno.
“It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era, whether it be a sock hop or drag racing, to craft fairs and exhibitions, to the Big Boy’s Toy Store and Swap Meet, to Show-n-Shines offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes or to witness the extraordinary sight and sounds of an auctioneer at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. It’s not only a great family vacation destination, but it is worth checking off your bucket list for,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Not to mention unequaled entertainment featuring the incredible and memorable musical icons of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone or The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and with this year adding a Country Night for the first time, 28 years has never been younger.”
Whether a participant or a spectator, the ten days of Hot August Nights will surely zoom past. To schedule your trip, visit the Hot August Nights event schedule. Here are a few great events that should not be missed:
For the participants who yearn for something more than to vicariously live through a classic car owner’s life, or for the seasoned car-collector wanting another set of keys, Barrett-Jackson will be holding three days of auctions at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. From Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, buyers will bid on classics at the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.” For ticketing information, and to view the docket of cars, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website.
To view smoking tires push the limits of hot rod racing, Hot August Nights Autocross at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center will provide the full experience, Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Also at the Livestock Events Center is the traditional Swap Meet. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap Meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered “For Sale” in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area. No matter if you come for the cars, the competition, or the concession, this event will offer enough thrill for the entire family. Racing and admission is free for Hot August Nights registered car participants, and if you’re not registered, the Autocross and Swap Meet Admission is $6 daily.
From 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3, the stars of the streets will be racing down the track located at the Nugget in Sparks. The modified drag strip at the Nugget offers the full race experience to street legal cars showcased at Hot August Nights. Rivals will push the limits of their pre-1976 cars in order to get the best time, and as if pushing a classic car to the limit was not enough pressure, all the races will be done in front of a sea of spectators. Admission for non-Hot August Nights registered participants is $10, and if you are a participant in Hot August Nights, you might need the drag race registration information!
The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine will display the best Hot August Nights cars in the streets of downtown Reno. This showcase will kick-off on Wednesday, July 30 and last until Friday, August 1. Cars will be parked from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on 4th Street just between Center and Sierra Street. This event will display impeccable show car creations, traveling masterpieces, and extremely rare one-of vehicles, making this a spectator must!
For more information on Hot August Nights visit the event website where you can find all of the daily happenings that will populate the Reno-Sparks area!
Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!
The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.
Water activities include:
Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.
Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.
LEX Nightclub, the highly-anticipated, $15 million, 25,000-square-foot nightlife venue at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is scheduled to open this Friday, July 11 with a special performance by The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo!
Billing itself as the place “where elegance becomes unruly,” LEX Nightclub will feature an adult indoor pool with a dance floor that extends over it and creates the illusion of dancing on water, along with 33 VIP tables, three full bars and an incredible, multi-million dollar lighting and sound system. LEX, with a capacity of 1,100 and more than 70 employees, will be open every Thursday through Saturday, from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. An unprecedented nightlife venue, LEX promises to not only make its presence known as the premier nightclub in northern Nevada, but to also rival top nightlife venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal and first-class entertainment with your friends and family… All while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. This summer’s featured show is “As You Like It”!
Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters – colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in a timeless and transcendent tale.
Shakespeare’s Kitchen cooks up a delicious onsite dining experience. You can even pre-order dinner and save time – just “add on” a meal when you purchase your ticket.
The main gate opens at 5:30 p.m. allowing early access to the concession area which includes Shakespeare’s Kitchen, The Bar and BardWare (merchandise souvenirs). This affords you the opportunity to mingle early with family and friends in our newly renovated and expanded dining area. Arrive early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail, marvel at the awesome views of Lake Tahoe or simply bask in the afternoon sunshine. The amphitheater also opens at 5:30 p.m.
Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!
The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance. These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.
When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.
Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted. This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.
Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit www.prowatercross.com/sparks.com
Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)
Saturday, June 28
9:15am Practice session for racers
10:15am Amateur racing begins
11:00am Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1
11:20am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1
11:40am Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1
12:00pm Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1
1:00pm Intermission – autograph session with pros
1:30pm Racing continues, all classes
5:00pm Racing ends for the day
7:00pm Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)
Sunday, June 29
9:15am Amateur racing
11:00pm Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2
11:20am Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2
11:40am Pro Stock – MOTO 2
12:00pm Pro Freestyle (finals)
1:00pm Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3
1:20pm Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3
1:40pm Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3
2:00pm Amateur racing
4:00om Awards ceremony
If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.
Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.
Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:
A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.
About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.
New Beer and Food Pairing Event to Kick-Off Festival This Year
Equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and rock and blues festival, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival has become synonymous with summer. The unofficial kick-off to summer happens a little earlier this year with a newly added Samuel Adams beer and food pairing event held at the BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino on Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, which is set for June 20-21.
Street side on Friday and Saturday, the Eldorado will have the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options from traditional barbecue fare such as slow smoked brisket, St. Louis style ribs and whole hog pulled pork served with creamy coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. All American favorites like Geno’s smoked New York steak sandwich, buffalo style chicken wings, hotdogs and grilled hamburgers can also be found. More eclectic offerings like BBQ Asian Ribs with Pho Mein Special BBQ Sauce and fire roasted corn with roasted poblano-cilantro crema and ground cotija cheese will also be available. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in fruit cobbler and ice cream.
Attendees can wash it all down with a selection of the Eldorado’s own custom microbrews from The Brew Brothers or the more than 50 microbreweries from around the world. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings. VIP packages are also available for one-day at $100 or two-day for $120. The packages include a commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band (for one or two days), a 64-ounce Growler filled once with choice of The Brew Brothers beer and a BBQ platter from main food booth.
Northern Nevada breweries pouring samples at this year’s event include; The Brew Brothers, Battle Born, BJ’s Brewery, Brewer’s Cabinet, High Sierra Brewing Co., Stoneyhead Brewery, Brasserie Saint James, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Ruby Mountain Brewing Co. Additional stateside breweries include; Alaskan Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Anheuser Busch, Bison Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co, Boston Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drakes Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Joseph James Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mammoth Brewing CO., Miller Coors Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pyramid Brewery, Rogue Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Speakeasy Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and more.
And in the midst of it all are two outdoor stages featuring non-stop rock and blues. Headlining this year’s event are Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmar of The Romantics. Additionally attendees can see the U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.
Full Schedule for the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival
Third Street Stage
Friday, June 20
4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band
Saturday, June 21
11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band
1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band
3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires
5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas
Fourth Street Stage
Friday, June 21
3 p.m. – Jason King Band
5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band
7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Saturday, June 21
11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band
1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.
3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends
Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana
Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics
7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band