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Start holiday shopping with Arts & Flowers Luncheon

RENO — The 30th Annual Arts & Flowers Luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

Hosted by the Volunteers in Art at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA), the ever-popular event benefits NMA’s exhibition and education programs and features more than 20 artisans offering handcrafted wares.

Known for its inspired raffle baskets and unique silent auction items, the Arts & Flowers Luncheon features an artisans’ mall with a selection of distinctive, handmade creations. Jewelry, blown-glass art, holiday decorations and pottery all are available in the mall. Raffle baskets, valued at a minimum of $300, are filled with generous donations from businesses around the community. Highlighted prizes this year include original artwork.

Tickets to the luncheon are available online at Tickets cost $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Space is limited and prepaid reservations are required. For more information, call 329-3333 or visit

Warren Haynes Band at GSR

RENO — In support of a long-anticipated solo album, Warren Haynes will perform Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Haynes’ new album, “Man In Motion,” is a timeless collection of songs that crackle with modern vitality yet draw on his deepest roots as an artist.

The disc pumps fresh blood into the heart of soul and blues, stoked by Haynes’ prowess as both a powerhouse singer and guitarist — a reputation he’s earned as a member of three of the greatest live groups in rock history: The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule.

“Before I started playing guitar, I wanted to be a singer, right from the age of 5 or 6,” Haynes said in a press release. “And what I wanted to sing was soul music. My brothers and I had just a handful of albums. First they were the ‘best of’ collections by Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, the Temptations, Aretha Franklin … and eventually albums by the three kings of the blues: Freddie King, B.B. King and Albert King. In fact, it was hearing B.B. and Freddie that made me realize you could be a great singer and a great guitar player. So I decided to model myself after them.”

For “Man In Motion,” Haynes draws on his dynamic gravel-and-honey voice and stunning six-string syntax to create melodies that frame the past with the present, fusing enduring themes of love, desire and loss with bristling undeniably contemporary energy.

In addition to his three solo discs (including 2004’s acoustic “Live At Bonnaroo”), seven albums with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule’s 16 studio and live releases, Haynes has accumulated stacks of accolades for his efforts. They range from Grammy wins and nominations to his ranking at No. 23 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Tickets to see Haynes cost $25 in advance and are available online at or, at the GSR box office, at all outlets or by calling 789-2285. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Thunder From Down Under returns to Reno

RENO — Back by popular demand, the Thunder from Down Under all-male revue from Australia takes the Paradise Ballroom stage Friday and Saturday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

Tickets are on sale at the Atlantis gift shop starting at $34 in advance, $39 day of show. Space is limited. Ask about reserving a group table. Call 888-551-7007 or 824-4467 or go online at

Throwdown to headline show at The Alley

SPARKS — Metal band Throwdown will play at The Alley today with Carnifex, First Blood and Suffokate.

Throwdown has performed the second stage on Ozzfest, the inaugural Sounds Of The Underground and headlined a stage on Vans Warped Tour.

Throwdown’s heavy metallic fury and venomous is timeless, recalling the heyday of mid-’90s metal with the spirit of traditional street punk and hardcore.

Tickets cost $13 and are available at The Alley, 906 Victorian Ave., Recycled Records, 3344 Kietzke Lane in Reno, or online at or Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Brüka’s annual Freaker’s Ball is a ‘funraiser’

RENO — Brüka Theatre’s 14th annual Halloween Freaker’s Ball takes place Saturday. 

With the theme of “Mystery and Intrigue,” Brüka will continue the tradition of incredible costumes, theatrical antics, dancing, costume contests and a raffle. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This event is for people age 21 and over. To buy tickets call 323-3221, or visit the Melting Pot World Emporium located at 1047 S. Virginia St. in Reno.

For other information about Brüka performances, visit

Art exhibit breathes new life into life

RENO — From new life and new ideas, to simply finding new meaning or passing on knowledge to others, “Regeneration” is all about creating and celebrating something that is new for the fourteen artists participating in this year’s Wild Women art exhibition, Nov. 4-6 at the Wilbur D. May Museum.

The “many meanings to the concept of regeneration” is the inspiration behind this year’s exhibit and sale which will be held at the museum.

“We have each taken the word regeneration and made it our own,” the artists’ statement says. “We as a group choose to explore the creative, setting our goals in a positive direction. The effort in going back to our individual skills and breathing new life into what we do brings comfort and celebration in knowing that each of us uses our own hands and our own skills to create works of beauty.”

This year’s artists include quilted, pieced and embroidered clothing by Jimmie Benedict, stories in cloth and clay by Kathleen Durham; baskets by Gretchen Ericson; felt sculptures, vessels and scarves by Claudia Knous; art glass beads by Kristen Frantzen Orr; clay pieces by Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk; soft pastels by Sidne Teske; jewelry by Barbara Uriu; painting on copper by Pat Wallis; and silk paintings by Karel Hendee. The exhibit also features guest artists Lara Alberti and Ron Arthaud.

The Wilbur D. May Museum is located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, at 1595 N. Sierra St. in Reno. Exhibit hours are noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6. Entry into the exhibit area is free. For more information, call 785-5961.

Dance Gavin Dance at The Knitting Factory

RENO — Dance Gavin Dance, an American post-hardcore band from in Sacramento, Calif., performs Wednesday at The Knitting Factory in Reno.

Formed in 2005, Dance Gavin Dance is perhaps most well-known for its frequent line-up changes and the many publicized disputes between band members. To date, the band has released three full-length studio albums and one EP, with another full-length record, “Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II,” released in April.

General admission tickets to Dance Gavin Dance cost $15 in advance or $17 on the day of the show, or $29 for a reserved box seat. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage, at Recycled Records, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at or

‘Meet the Curator’ event at NMA

RENO — Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) Curator Ann M. Wolfe has spent two years preparing the exhibition of the museum’s premiere photography collection, “The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment.”

On Friday at noon, meet Wolfe as she leads a gallery-based exploration of key works, artists and themes in the exhibition – including an introduction to the deluxe-volume book produced by the museum and distributed worldwide.

Tickets to Friday’s tour cost $4 for museum members and $5 for the general public. For more information, visit The museum is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno.

Figure with the Killabits at The Knitting Factory

RENO — Small-town producer Josh Gard has a long history in music, but lately he has been rapidly rising up the ranks of all things bass. Just a few short years ago he donned the name of Figure and began making electro house. He has since become a regular name in the realms of dubstep and drumstep. Scoring positions in Beatport’s top 10 charts might have gained him recognition, but a fantastic amount of praise has been raining down on him lately, as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business.

To see his next local performance, Figure performs Friday, Nov. 4 at The Knitting Factory in Reno.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22 in advance, $25 the day of the show and $60 for a reserved box seat. Purchase tickets at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage, at Recycled Records, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) or online at, or

‘Cinematic Titanic’ comes to UNR stage

RENO — From Joel Hodgson, creator of those movie-riffin’ robots and the Peabody Award-winning cult-TV comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (named one of 100 best TV shows of all time by Time Magazine), comes another milestone in wise-cracking commentary. In this new feature-length movie-riffing show, “Cinematic Titanic” pits the original human members of the MST3K company against one of the cheesiest films ever, giving them ample opportunity to riff their insanely irreverent comments from the peanut gallery — this time live on stage — while the movie plays on.

As part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series, the original five-person MST3K team brings “Cinematic Titanic” to Nightingale Concert Hall on the university campus at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. The “Cinematic Titanic” team includes Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl. Their original work on “Mystery Science Theater” was called “some of the hippest, deepest satire of a generation” by journalist Keith Olbermann.

Individual tickets for “Cinematic Titanic” cost $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and $12 for students. To purchase tickets online and for more about the Performing Arts Series, visit Individual tickets also can be purchased in person at the lower entrance to Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St. in Reno. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the Church Fine Arts Building box office, one-hour prior to performances.

Nightingale Concert Hall is located in the University’s Church Fine Arts Building just south of 14th Street on North Virginia Street in Reno. A drop-off area is located in front of the Church Fine Arts Building at the Virginia Street entrance. Parking is free for arts events after 7 p.m. and on weekends in the university’s Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, which is north of the Church Fine Arts Building and south of Lawlor Events Center.

Cyndi Lauper at Silver Legacy

RENO — Cyndi Lauper, the perfect pitched, four-octave vocal sensation with a style all her own, will dazzle the Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

With the smash hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Lauper won the 1984 MTV Best Female Video Award and the song was established as a female anthem. And the instant standard, “Time After Time,” has been re-released by some 70 artists, most notably Miles Davis, since her recording.

In July 2010, Lauper released the album “Memphis Blues,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

Lauper remains busy with her many appearances, tours and causes and, in fact, now has signed a deal to produce a reality show focusing on her career and everyday life with her husband and son. Tickets cost $49.50, with premium seating available for $65. To reserve seats, visit or, or call 800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 325-7401.

Great Basin presents Songwriter Summit Series

SPARKS — Great Basin Brewing Co. commemorates 20 years of The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot radio show with its Songwriter Summit Series, September through November at the brewery in Sparks.

The final performance will be with Chuck Pyle at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Pyle, the world’s “Zen Cowboy,” has written and performed some of the most original music of our generation, including the widely known hits “Cadillac Cowboy” and “Jaded Lover.”

Tickets are available for purchase at Great Basin Brewing Co. at 846 Victorian Ave. in Sparks, or by phone at 355-7711. All performances will be in the intimate setting of Great Basin’s brewery in Sparks. Seating is limited.
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