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2010 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival tickets now available for purchase

Lake Tahoe ShakespeareCelebrating its 38th season, the Festival brings you all of Shakespeare’s plays in one night with the hilarious comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and the return of the Sand Harbor music series featuring performing everything from 60’s and 70’s hits, Latin rock, blues, jazz, swing, favorites by the Reno Philharmonic and much more every Monday and Friday night.

The Festival provides audiences the unique combination of a stunning lakeside location, al fresco dining at  Shakespeare’s Kitchen, and performances seven nights a week throughout July and August.  Festival-goers can expect a lighthearted escape in a refreshing outdoor setting to spend time with friends and family. The Festival looks forward to welcoming back loyal fans and introducing first-timer visitors to the magic of the idyllic lakeside setting where you are sure to make lasting lifetime memories.

“This 2010 season we truly looked to adding much more cultural diversity to our programming, having something for everyone, no matter what age. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a hilarious option for the whole family,” said Catherine Atack, executive director of the festival. “Our dinner theater on the beach is one of a kind, as is the experience and memories you make there under a Tahoe starry night, and with our Sand Harbor Music Series, you get to start and end your week with a party on the beach.  Make sure to grab dinner and wine at Shakespeare’s Kitchen on your way in and sit and relax with friends and family while enjoying quality entertainment. ”

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare AbridgedTickets are now available online at www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or by calling 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).  Regular season tickets, start at $22 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the Premiere and Reserved seating sections at $77. Tickets for the music series every Monday and Friday, July 19-August 20, start at $15 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the premier reserved seating section from $50. A nominal ticketing and processing fee will be added onto all tickets. For more information about the 2010 season, educational outreach, group pricing, membership, volunteer opportunities and sponsorships visit online at www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or call the Festival office at 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).

Animal Grossology – the name says it all

Dogs - Animal GrossologyYou can get the poop on why GROSS is GOOD during this fun, highly interactive family exhibit that just dropped into the Wilbur May Museum to help kids get the poop on why gross is good.

Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games, the all-new “Animal Grossology” exhibit is sure to provide a unique perspective on the animal kingdom for you and your family members.

This highly interactive family exhibit mixes education with giggles to help introduce kids to natural science. Animal Grossology is sure to provide a unique perspective on the least-loved, slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth. For example:

  • Leeches are pretty gross, but are also important to the healing process after some surgeries
  • Dung beetles are nature’s living pooper scooper
  • Animal Grossology Bird MalcolmFlies taste with their feet, as well as their mouths
  • Studying slime production by slugs and snails actually helps to treat cystic fibrosis
  • The official name for snail slime is ectoplasm
  • Cows produce almost 200 liters of saliva a day
  • A single frog can devour over 10,000 flies in one summer

What: Animal Grossology
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
When: Now through April 18, 2010
Hours: Wednesdays – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $8.00 adults, $7.00 children under 18 and seniors 62 and over
Phone: (775) 823-6500

Click Here for a PDF version of the complete Parents & Teacher’s Guide for Animal Grossology

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

tigerchineseHappy Chinese New Year!  The year of the Tiger will be celebrated in several locations throughout Reno Tahoe.

Join the Reno Pops Orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 PM, in a celebration of the Chinese New Year in UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall. Follow Marco Polo along the Silk Road to China through music, and end with a Chinese New Year celebration. They will feature two young local soloists from the Huang family on a variety of Chinese folk instruments, as well as other performers. The Orchestra program includes “On the Steppes of Central Asia”, “Procession of the Sardar”, themes from “Mulan”, and some unique pieces for Chinese orchestra arranged for western orchestral instrumentation. The concert is Free, but they are always happy to receive donations to help cover the cost of the concert.

Come see a special Chinese Concert featuring Michael Tse, Jordan Chan and Alice Lau on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Reno Events Center.
Jordan originally entered the entertainment business as a backup dancer, before switching to a successful career as a comedian. In 1994 he released his debut Cantonese-language album and established his unique position in Hong Kong pop music for over a decade now.
Alice Lau is well known for her acting; people generally know her from her performance in “I have a date with Spring.” She is also known for her Cantonese-language music.
Michael Tse graduated from TVB’s Dance Training Class and worked with TVB as a dancer for 5 years. He then left TVB and formed a boy band called Wind Fire Sea with Jordan Chan and Jason Chu. Tse participated Hong Kong’s first modern musical Snow Wolf Lake in 1997.

The Silver Legacy will be ringing in the year of the Tiger with an authentic Lion/Dragon dance in celebration of Chinese New Year!
The lion and dragon dance symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the year to come and is an important ritual of Chinese culture. The Chinese consider Lions as guardians and are used to exorcise evil spirits and summon luck and fortune. Dragons are considered to be friendly and helpful creatures associated with strength, good fortune, wisdom and longevity.
The ceremonial lion and dragon dance will happen Feb 13-15 and 19-21Click here for all times. The Lion/Dragon will make its way through the mezzanine level of Silver Legacy Casino and the Mezzanine, spreading its good luck where ever it goes. The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.

恭喜發財,利是逗來

Party like St. Nick: Reno Santa Pub Crawl commences Dec. 12

Short of delivering presents the world over, it’s the most fun you’ll have in a Santa suit.

The annual Reno Reindeer Games returns the weekend of Dec. 11-13 with an expanded slate of events highlighted, of course, by the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, where visitors flock to the watering holes of downtown Reno for a night of holiday revelry.

This year, the charity event gets even bigger with a holiday pajama party, discount skiing at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and discounts for attendees who book a hotel room. In 2008, event organizers estimate as many as 3,000 Santas crawled Reno’s pubs, and 2009 is expected to be even bigger. There is NO EXCUSE to miss a party this fun.

Reno Reindeer Games Events:

Bowling + Pajamas = Fun. The party starts Friday evening at the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins,” the National Bowling Stadium, with the Santa Crawl Pajama Ball. The mammoth facility usually plays best to 100 lanes of world-class bowling, usually aired on ESPN – Not tonight. Festivities include pictures with Santa, raffle prizes, holiday drink specials and a best dressed in holiday pajamas contest. The cover charge for party revelers dressed in pajamas or holiday flare is $15, which covers bowling and a donation to the Reindeer Charities. For those not dressed in pajamas or holiday flare the cover charge is $20. The party starts at 9 p.m.

Dress festively & get a $39 all-day lift ticket at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe with $5 dollars going to Support the Claus during the Santa Crawl Skiing Extravaganza! Join other Reindeer Game revelers for holiday drink specials and the best-dressed contest. Added bonus: watching hundreds of Santas shredding pow. That’s worth the price of admission.

The magical anticipation of St. Nick dropping down the chimney on Christmas Eve may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean the adults can’t have fun. The highlight of the Reno Reindeer games, the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, brings the whole event home. Basically, several thousand Santa crawlers hit the streets and more than two-dozen participating watering holes of downtown Reno, showing off their best Santa-inspired costumes – the party reaches a crescendo when revelers meet under the legendary Reno Arch.

Event organizers have teamed up with the Silver Legacy Resort Casino to create a killer package: Rooms start at $59 and include a $35 coupon book, $5 food voucher, 2-for-1 drinks at Aura Ultra Lounge, health spa admission, 20 percent Silver Legacy Shopping Discount, $4 off ticket to Catch a Rising Star comedy club and one free ace-in-the-hole.

WAC basketball: Get your WAC Three-Pack

logo1The Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament starts next week (March 10-14), so it’s time to get your tickets.

In addition to single-game and full-session passes, the tournament is offering a WAC Three-Pack so attendees will receive the same seat for the men’s quarterfinals (afternoon or evening session), semifinals and championship.

Fans who purchase the Three-Pack get a discount of $10 to $15 depending on whether they are attending women’s or men’s games.

To purchase a WAC Three-Pack or tickets to any of the WAC tournament games, call the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office at (775)348-7225 or visit online at www.tickets.com.

Shakespeare Festival tickets on sale

shakespeare-actor-lago300The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for its 37th season at Sand Harbor in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, and tickets are now on sale.

For the first time, the festival will be showing the Bard’s classic “Measure for Measure,’ along with the classic “Much Ado About Nothing.” Other programs, including dancing on Monday nights, featuring a variety of world music artists, offer attendees the opportunity to see multiple shows and get a unique experience each time.

The festival’s stage is set amphitheater-style on the sand, with Lake Tahoe as a backdrop. Moderate evenings and a near-guaranty of perfect Tahoe weather, make it one of the premier Shakespeare festivals in the country. The casual atmosphere allows for picnics – as well as on-site catering – on the beach so festival goers can sit back and enjoy Shakespeare as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Season tickets on sale for Reno Aces baseball

A new baseball stadium is rising in Downtown Reno at the Truckee River redevelopment district, home to the Reno Aces, a Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the first pitch set for April 2009, the team announced that season ticket packages are finally on sale.

Five different packages are available, ranging from $8 to $25 per game. Season ticket holders are guaranteed seats for all home dates during the 2009 season, including games on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

For more information on the Reno Aces, including ballpark updates and ticket reservation information, log on to www.RenoAces.com or call 775-334-4700.

Also, check out the live Web cam to view progress of the ballpark construction.

Powder days are here again (almost)

Last weekend’s snow in Reno-Tahoe reminded us of the reason for the season – skiing and boarding! Hopefully the early season flurries are indicative of a snowy winter ahead.

For regular, even semi-regular, skiers and boarders a season pass is a worthwhile investment. Here’s a breakdown of pass prices at local resorts (adult). Drop a few coins on a pass now … it will pay off when the big dumps come this winter!

* Prices may reflect early season specials/online discounts.