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The art of making music look easy
Virtuoso pianist performs with the Reno Phil for 'Art of the Concerto'
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Getting some experience on the Jimi Hendrix tour
If guitarists before him were playing in the dark, Jimi Hendrix invented the light bulb. "He was the Thomas Edison of rock guitar," said Eric Johnson, a guitar legend in his own right. "Nobody had ever approached what he did on the guitar." As a young man in the 1960s, one of Johnson's musical heroes was Hendrix, leading him to study and practice the guitar until he achieved his own musical fame. "He was really inspiring but what kept me reall...
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Broadway lights shine on Reno troupe
Taking Broadway’s biggest hits and transplanting them to northern Nevada, the Sierra School of Performing Arts (SSPA) will perform its third annual “Broadway Bits” starting Friday and running through Sunday at the Proscenium Theatre in the Church Fine Arts Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.  The performance combines some of New York’s most popular musicals with some of Nevada’s most talented actors, singers and dancers. This ye...
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Review: 311 at the Knit
RENO -- With their biennial marathon concert just around the corner, rock/reggae/rap group 311 performed for a fairly full house Monday night at the Knitting Factory. Every other year, 311 plays a massive concert called 311 Day. The tradition started in New Orleans in 2000, moved to Memphis when Hurricane Katrina hit and this year is being displaced to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas because of a surgeon's convention that is taking over the Big Easy...
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‘Butterflies’ teach gentle lessons of understanding
Walking through the doors of the humble Laxalt Auditorium in Reno is like traveling back in time. Janice Joplin serenades through large speakers directed at the red velvet curtains as the actors from Good Luck Macbeth prepare to enlighten with their performance of “Butterflies are Free.” The two-hour time-traveling experience, set in 1969, is light-hearted and packed full of laughable lines with an underlying message of acceptance and toleranc...
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Whitney Myer Band to perform at Great Basin Brewing Co.
Musician Whitney Myer has released a CD and performed at local venues for more than nine years — and she’s only in her early 20s.
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Learning to count to 311



At its biennial March 11 show, rock/punk/hip hop/reggae band 311 is known to play sets of 60-plus songs that last for five or six hours. The group's current tour, which includes a stop at the Knitting Factory in Reno on Monday, is the band's way of doing stretches before the marathon of this year's "311 Day" in Las Vegas.

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With luck and wit, theater company entertains
The stage is like a time machine: A tie-dye painting decorates the wall and a velvet brown couch, reminiscent of something found in a modern-day vintage clothing store, is pushed into the right corner. The phone has a rotary dial. The bathtub is in the middle of the studio apartment.
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Singer Raul Malo performs at the Nugget
As the frontman for the Mavericks and a member of Los Super Seven, Raul Malo has applied his Roy Orbison-like delivery to an eclectic array of material. Malo brings his uniquely entertaining act to the Celebrity Showroom for a special show tonight at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
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March is Youth Art Month at Nevada Museum of Art
March is Youth Art Month and the Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating in true style with an exhibition of the winning works of the Scholastic Art Awards of 2010 – featuring artwork by middle and high school students from across northern Nevada.
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Band rolls into town at the speed of blur
Robert Levon Been describes his music career with the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as moments in time all blurred together. Been says the memories of more than 800 shows played on tour, five studio albums and small pauses for song writing are worth a novel, but he’s not ready to write one yet.  The band, which includes guitarist-bassist-pianist Been, bassist-guitarist-harmonica-and-keyboard player Peter Hayes (with whom Been shares duties ...
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Fundraiser asks people to dress up for Down syndrome
The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada (DSNNN) will hold its first Dressing Up for Down Syndrome runway show Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort. Shannon Peterson, one of the show's organizers, found support in the Elite Networking Group when her son, Hudson, was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The group is a networking system that helps DSNNN generate more revenue through events and lead sharing. “The Elite Networking Group is working so ...
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The Wailers brings famous reggae music to Grand Sierra Resort
After more than four decades of recording and performing, selling 250 million albums in the process, The Wailers are synonymous with raggae music.  Best known as the music behind front man Bob Marley, the band has brought sounds of Rasta, reggae and ska to countries around the world.  The Wailers will be performing at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno this Saturday.  Marley and friend Neville O’Reily “Bunny” Livingston had been working on their ...
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It all happens on 'An American Sunday Night'
What is the all-American success story? You know, the man or woman who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps with homespun values and a little bit of God-given luck.
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Local band took its name from the misleading world of online...
Failed blind dates set up online are all too common these days — a face-to-face meeting between two people who look nothing like their profile picture and haven’t read half of the books they quote on on their page. It’s the kind of scene that inspired the name of local band, A Digital Lie.
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Cartoonist shows art in local gallery
Born in Hollywood, artist Jen Klein experienced the sparkle of neon lights first hand. Her father, William Bryant, was an actor and Klein spent her youth visiting old western movie sets. On the movie lots, she witnessed the magic of the set painters, igniting her life-long passion for painting.
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Review: Carvey carves 'em up
'A joke explained is a joke lost.'
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Well isn't he special?
Comedy and impersonation specialist Dana Carvey performs in Sparks on Valentine's Day.
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When life happens, Rickie Lee Jones seeks her healing balm
"There is a balm in Gilead  To make the wounded whole;  There is a balm in Gilead  To heal the sin sick soul."  - African-American spiritual  Sometimes, we all need a little healing balm to rub all over our lives. Just ask Rickie Lee Jones.  "Loss sometimes takes us to the brink. Divorce, moving, death, taxes, I have these things with me the past three years," Jones told the Sparks Tribune. "I am dealing with some of it still, but I believe a ...
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STS9 mixes with Valentine’s Day like oil and water
RENO – Those looking for a departure from the dinner and movie dates, romantic comedies and other traditional Valentine’s Day activities can head to the Grand Sierra Resort casino to watch a musical performance by Sound Tribe Sector 9 on Sunday. Also known as STS9, the quintet is recognized for its live performances, often incorporating long jam sessions and instrumental improvisation. STS9 borrows sounds from a handful of musical genres, incl...
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