Nevada is most famous for being a last stop, before one ventures across a state filled with small towns with gas stations, casinos, and desert (lots of desert). When one hears the name the first thing that comes to mind is casinos, not the illustrious casinos of Las Vegas, but the rundown forgotten casinos whose best days are far, far, behind them. It’s a city which hides amongst the shadows of the Sierras, a victim of many predisposed stereotypes. As a tourist, you might find yourself staying in one of the hotel rooms on the strip. The strip lies on North Virginia Street. On weekend nights, North Virginia is bustling with tourists, they make their way up and down the street, booze-filled, hunting for their riches on the casino floor. For the lucky ones who stumble to the end of the strip, they’ll reach a small theater on the corner of 1st and North Virginia. Its name is Bruka, and the art it has produced has been a cornerstone of entertainment in the Reno area for 27 years.Read more
The dealers’ room will be open to the public free Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th from 1 to 5 PM. The Association holds its annual conventions all over the U.S. so we don’t know when they will return to Reno. This will be our only chance to see this spectacularly beautiful collection for quite a while. It is truly a must-see both for its fascinating history and its dazzle.Read more
Don’t miss your last chance this season to see some of the greatest opera productions ever staged – right here in Reno at your local cinema. The final Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of the summer will be on Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00 pm. It is Verdi’s tragic story of love and loss set in ancient Egypt at the height of the Pharaohs’ wealth and power.Read more
The golden age of the Elizabethan theater was followed by a very dark dramatic period. All the hope that Shakespeare reveled in the sinister Jacobean writers would revile. That brings us to the matter of writer/director Ari Aster.Read more
If you have yet to see this beautifully sung and wonderfully entertaining version of The Barber of Seville, Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 pm is your chance. This one has something in it for everyone – young or old – seasoned opera buff or complete novice. Staring coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the feisty Rosina whose vocal fireworks never disappoint, Bel Canto heartthrob Juan Diego Florez as her determined suitor Count Almaviva, and Peter Mattei as the wily barber, Figaro – the cast could hardly be better.Read more
The tabernacle style frame, designed by Stanford White, was primarily created by him for the portrait. Stanford White enjoyed designing frames for his many artist friends. Schooled in the Beaux Arts style his frames often reference architectural elements of the Renaissance. Unlike John Alexander White who was honored by numerous art prizes and died with accolades from both in the press and art world, Stanford White dies in ignominy. He was the most celebrated architect of his day but was shot to death by New York scion Harry K. Thaw. Thaw was furious over Stanford White’s attention to his wife, the beauty, Elizabeth Nesbitt. White had a notorious reputation with women that caused his downfall.Read more
In a funny but also moving portrait of that industry and the society that creates it. Director Nisha Ganatra has given us one of the most delicious and insightful satires in recent memory.Read more
Just a few days away, we will be into July, and that means Artown. Along with the events that take place during the month, there are some of those events that encompass the entire month, giving everyone ample time to take part.
Here are a few of the ongoing Artown events that have caught my attention. This is a diverse group of shows, and diversity is undoubtedly part of the month-long Artown Celebration.
Anna is an unforgettable and instantly iconic masterpiece. Writer/director Luc Besson has given us a complex, seductive story of one young woman’s journey through life as a KGB assassin. Set in the last years of the Soviet Empire, the complex, cynical world of CIA/KGB duplicity and savagery is here in abundance.Read more
“The dead don’t die”? Of course, they do, and that is the point of this Jim Jarmusch paean to the great George Romero. Small town America is invaded by the undead and as Bill Murray’s deputy Adam Driver repeatedly says, “…this is not going to end well….”Read more