Arts & Entertainment
Stones for Bones
Local charities and schools will benefit from Saturday’s concert featuring local bands playing music from the Rolling Stones.
Review: "Ghosts!" keeps the magic in Halloween
In order to keep the imaginative fun in the holidays, adults have employ what psychologists and philosophers call "suspension of disbelief." Makers of low-budget and cheesy entertainment are fans of the phrase, too. Reno-based and world famous magicians Mark Kalin and Jinger Leigh do not qualify as low-budget, as their Halloween show "Ghosts!" demonstrates? Cheesy? Perhaps to a cynic, but to those who throw disbelief out the window and bring t...
Breweries bring beer for canned festival
Making a mark on both the community and beer brewers, Buckbean Brewing Company will host an evening of beer tasting with a twist. On Friday, CANFEST will gather 29 breweries with about 50 beers on tap to sample. The catch: all the beers come from a can. Breweries from around the world will get the brews flowing at CANFEST beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Resort. “We wanted to do this to let people know that cans are better than bottl...
Doggone it Again
J.R. Johns and his canine companions light up John Ascuaga's Nugget celebrity showroom stage this weekend with an encore performance of their show, Doggone Silly. Johns and company performed their act in March to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). They raised over $18,000. “We were completely sold out (in March),” Johns said. “And had to turn away about 150 people.” Johns is proud to be raising money f...
Picking some homegrown talent
When personal budgets get tighter, entertainment is one of the first expenses to get cut. While the importance of paying the power bill might outweigh the need to buy tickets to the next big act in town, there is a wealth of affordable entertainment in the Reno and Sparks area. For under $10, I was able to see three bands and enjoy a couple of drinks with change to spare. In a family of 10 with most of the kids in bands, I’ve seen my fair shar...
The destructive power of pop rock
What was Rob Thomas thinking? He had every opportunity to be the stereotypical acid-tripping rocker who boosted cars and boozed himself under the table. Instead, Thomas will be taking the Reno Event Center stage Saturday with his rocky pop sensation of a voice, crooning the crowd. The upstate New York man who loves cigarettes, his wife and his child has released several chart-topping hits that smoothly ponder lonesomeness and life’s disappoint...
Guitarist blends east and west
Guitarist Matthew Montfort blends the sounds of traditional Indian music, classic rock, Celtic and many others and will be showcasing his unique sound at a benefit concert for the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society this Saturday at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno. His album “Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar” was released in February. Montfort’s style reflects influences from India. He plays on the scalloped guitar, which sounds li...
‘Pyramid Highway’ movie now on DVD
Bar Fly Productions and Sinnergy Entertainment have announced the independent DVD release of “Pyramid Highway.” The motion picture was shot on location in Fernley, Sparks, Carson City and Reno. The independent film is a story about a wife and mother who is not very good at being either. After many attempts to get her to change, karma finally gives her what she truly deserves on the desert road, Pyramid Highway. “This is the only movie of its k...
B-52s bring retro back to Sparks
Although the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget is not being converted into a hangar for a military bomber, it might be converted into a love shack filled with dancing fans for the B-52s performance Friday night. A blast from the retro past, the band that made a name for itself with catchy jam band style beats and funky mod fashion will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday. Ready to rock, the B-52s will undoubtedly sing their lyrically wit...
Ballet troupes team up for diverse performance
In collaboration with area nonprofit Sierra Nevada Ballet, the American Ballet Theater troupe from New York will be performing Friday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The troupe ABT II will be performing a compilation of numbers with something to please every audience member, said Rosine Bena, artistic director for the Sierra Nevada Ballet, in a press release. The dancers will perform Jerome Robbins’ “Interplay,” the White Swan p...
Meet the Chiefs
The Chieftains are coming to town to play authentic Irish music in a post-season performance sponsored by Artown. The Celtic band will perform Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort. The Chieftains, which formed in 1962 but started promoting in 1975, has made a name for itself as a traditional Irish band that has achieved mainstream success. The band’s performance also coincides with the weekend’s Celtic Festival. The Reno Celtic Festival will be h...