Elwood P. Dowd is certifiably insane but not by happenstance. He is that way by choice. It’s the only way he can cope with an insane world. Sane people act insane in an insane world. Dowd did that for 40 years but gave it up for a sane world of his own creation. As he tells us, “…I wrestled with reality for forty years, and I am happy to state that I finally won out over it.” And in Dowd’s reality one must be “…so smart…or so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” He is the most pleasant person imaginable.Read more
Casey is a happy-go-lucky guy who is employed at Cleo’s, a bar in Florida’s Panama City Beach in the panhandle. He earns his living, such as it is, as an Elvis Impersonator. He wears Elvis garb and lip-syncs to Elvis music. His life is about to change. Cleo’s is going down the financial toilet, and so is Casey’s career. Bar owner Eddie, desperate for more revenue, brings in two female impersonators, Tracy and Rexy, to replace him. It looks like he’s out of work.Read more
Set in a high end sex club in Manhattan just before and after the 2008 economic collapse and based on a true story, Hustlers is a dazzling portrait of rich men and needy women. It is devastating.Read more
Reno Little Theater has taken on the monumental task of making some significant changes to the theater. Seats, Floor, Egress, and more.
Check out this video where Melissa Taylor takes us on a tour and tells us of what is to come.
The veteran Reno indie-folkie has stayed true to his belief in humble, sincere, confessional songwriting throughout his 11-year career as a Reno-based troubadour and tunesmith. Putting a premium price on quality over quantity, he has taken his time releasing his second album since releasing his rookie output, On a String, in 2011. For fans, family and friends, the creative hiatus will officially end Sept. 14 at Wingfield Park Amphitheater, when he releases the new album at a concert under the last full moon of summer.Read more
That’s what the Restless Artists Theater is doing, and a tip of the hat to them for it. They have announced their 2019/20 season chock-full of new plays by young writers. These are fresh faces with fresh voices. They are the writers of our new century. When we look back at the 21st Century and ask who its great playwrights were, the names will be drawn from this group. Our playwright Josh Tobiessen could very well be one of them.Read more
As a young girl growing up in Japan, Rieko Shimbo saw taiko drum music being performed, and she fell in love with it. She began her career with Araumaza, a professional taiko company based in Tokyo that performs folk music and dance in Japan.Read more
We all go through stages in life. Shakespeare knew it. So does our author Greg Burdick. We are born, go through youth, our teen years, young adulthood, and finally maturity. Hopefully, at that time, we have learned to exercise good judgment. That good judgment comes from wisdom, but wisdom comes from bad judgment. We make mistakes on the road to maturity and wisdom. Society forgives us our feckless years because we all go through them. It is natural just as it is to forgive the errors of youth.Read more
A few days ago Mike Sion (Smiley Mikey) and I took a walk in Downtown Reno. We talked about his latest song, his next song, as well as his musical calling. I found it fascinating how he describes the process of creating the song and the video for the song “U Hate Love”.Read more
Do you want a frolic through New York’s demi-monde of the 1930s? Do you want an evening that is just plain fun, one that is breezy and carefree? If so, Guys and Dolls is for you. The Sierra School of Performing Arts is currently performing this gem of a musical at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch. Do not let the school name fool you. This big, splashy production is as professionally done as you will get this side of Broadway.Read more