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by Tribune Staff
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Shakespeare, star-crossed love and Prohibition

RENO — Students at Sage Ridge School are currently walking around smoking fake cigarettes. Wanted posters are hanging up around the school offering rewards for those who can catch the English teachers (Lord Capulet and Widow Montague), and gangsters are being hunted for breaking prohibition laws.

“Our student-led production design team has fully embraced setting Shakespeare’s classic in the Prohibition era,” said Cameron Crain, the school’s theater arts director. “I am proud of their interpretation — it breathes new life into a classic.”

For this production, which opened Wednesday and continues today and next weekend, the Bard’s “two households” of the Capulets and the Montagues do not live in “fair” Verona, but rather a Verona that resembles New York City during the 1920s.

“In the 11 plays I have been in so far at Sage Ridge with Mr. Crain, I have never felt so confident before a performance,” said senior Emily Pierce, who stars as Juliet. “I hope it makes you laugh, cry and fall in love, so that you help us make it a bittersweet goodbye.”

Pierce is also president of the U.S. Theatre Club. Last spring she was featured as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” She has been at Sage Ridge since 2006 and plans to study theater and marine biology in college next fall.

“Romeo and Juliet” today and again on Nov. 17 and 18, at 7 p.m. in the Crossbow Stage on the Sage Ridge Campus, 2515 Crossbow Ct. in south Reno.

Reserved tickets cost $15. General admission tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door. For tickets and information, contact Crain at 852-6222 ext. 549 or email

Brüka Theatre holds callback auditions on Sunday

RENO — Anyone who did not attend Brüka Theatre’s general season auditions in September and wants to audition in the callbacks on Sunday must send a photo and resume to Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., Reno NV 89501 or email:

Callbacks include the shows “The Wild Party” (musical), “God Of Carnage,” “How I Learned To Drive,” “Orpheus Descending,” Brüka’s Original Stage Reading Series and other projects. Actors will be seen on a first-come basis at the theater. Auditions will be held from 4 to 6:45 p.m.

For more information or if you are interested in being involved in a technical aspect, call 323-3221. Enter through the side door on First and Virginia streets.

For the musical audition, performers are asked to prepare 16 bars of their best vocal, bring music or CD for accompaniment and a photo and resume.

For more information, visit

Wynonna to perform at Silver Legacy

RENO — Country star Wynonna first rose to fame in the 1980s with her mother, Naomi, as the country music duo The Judds. Mother and daughter released seven albums, in addition to charting 26 singles—of which 14 were No. 1 hits. In their short six-year collaboration, The Judds sold more than 20 million records worldwide and won more than 60 industry awards, including five Grammy Awards, nine Country Music Association Awards and eight Billboard Music Awards.

In 1991, the duo went into retirement following Naomi’s diagnosis of hepatitis C, but that was just the beginning for Wynonna.

In early 1992, Wynonna performed solo on television for the first time at the American Music Awards and unveiled “She Is His Only Need.” This was the first single from her self-titled solo debut album that went on to sell more than 3 million copies. “She Is His Only Need” went No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart that year, as did the album’s next two singles, “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth.” Following up this success was her second album, “Tell Me Why,” another platinum-selling, No. 1 country and Top 5 pop album.

The Judds reunited in 2000 for a tour starting on New Year’s Day and Wynonna released her fifth solo album, “New Day Dawning,” in 2003.

On this album were two songs from soundtracks: a cover of the Elvis Presley hit “Burning Love,” which Wynonna recorded for the animated movie Lilo & Stitch, and “You Are,” which were included in the movie Someone Like You, a film starring half-sister Ashley Judd.

Wynonna performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets cost $50 with premium seating available for $67.50. To reserve seats, visit or, or call 800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 325-7401.

Sting to play in downtown Reno

RENO — In support of his box set collection “Sting: 25 Years,” released on Sept. 27, Sting will embark on the Back to Bass Tour this fall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his solo career. He will perform all the hits, stripped down, as they haven’t been played in years: backed by a five-piece band in an intimate theater setting.

The tour comes to Reno on Nov. 26. Back to Bass finds Sting performing songs spanning his dynamic and enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles” to his latest release, “Live in Berlin,” plus a selection of The Police’s greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy winners “Brand New Day” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” plus fan-favorites “Englishman In New York,” “Desert Rose” and “Roxanne.” Sting will be joined by a band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Rufus Miller (guitarist), Vinnie Colaiuta (drummer), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle) and Jo Lawry (vocalist).

Tickets cost $57, $71 and $91 with premium seating for $126.50. Purchase tickets by calling 888-288-1833, online at and or in person at the main cashier cage at Circus Circus Reno, the Eldorado Showroom box office and Silver Legacy’s box office.

CANFEST returns to the Reno Ballroom

RENO — CANFEST, the world’s first canned beer festival, returns to northern Nevada on Friday and Saturday for a third straight year.

More than 30 breweries from around the world, including Oskar Blues, Maui Brewing, Big Sky Brewing and Bohemian Brewing, along with a collection of small craft can breweries and international brews in cans will take part in the biggest celebration of the canned beer revolution Friday at the Reno Ballroom, offering up their canned creations to beer enthusiasts from around the region. Winners of a judged canned beer competition will be announced the night before the event at an awards dinner at the Silver Legacy. The dinner will feature past award winners and various brewery participants.

Long regarded as a symbol of inferior beer, the can has come into its own in recent years as beer drinkers realize that cans offer superior protection from sunlight and oxygen infiltration, and the containers are much more portable and environmentally friendly than their glass counterpart. CANFEST also strives to be an event that brings quality canned beer to an area of the world it would otherwise never reach. Many breweries that attend CANFEST don’t have distribution outside of their regions.

In 2002, the first microbrewery began canning craft beer; today more than 130 microbreweries can at least one of their beers, according to the database.

For room reservations and Friday night dinner tickets, visit

Lyle Lovett at Grand Sierra

RENO — Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group perform at 9 p.m. Friday in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Lovett is a four-time Grammy Award winner. His other accomplishments include winning Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album.

Tickets prices range from $25 to $60. To purchase tickets, visit

Songs and Stories with Schall Adams and Jason King

RENO — Reno Tahoe Comedy presents A Wild Evening of Songs & Stories with Schall Adams and Jason King at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Pioneer Underground, located at 100 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Enjoy a full bar and no drink minimum in a beautiful, smoke-free theater setting.

Did you know that Janis Joplin was named “Ugliest Man on Campus” when she was in college? Or that The Allman Brothers song “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” was taken from a tombstone in a local cemetery? Lots more stories will be told by performers Schall Adams and Jason King.

Adams is a powerful singer reminiscent of Janis Joplin who also has a soft side and can croon with the best of them. She is a published author, speaker and radio host. Her band was voted Top Band for the Reno Blues Society Mash Bash 2010 and Spring Fling 2011 and they are regulars at the Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off event.

The Jason King Band has performed all over Northern Nevada and California. Its eclectic mix of sounds has earned it a spot on some of the area’s biggest stages, including the Big Easy Festival, the Best in the West Rib Cook-Off and the El Dorado’s BBQ, Brews, & Blues Festival.

Tickets cost $13 in advance and $17 the day of the show and are available at, by calling 686-6600 ext. #4 or at the Pioneer Center for the Arts box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also can be purchased at the Pioneer Underground from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at Prism Magic Clothing & Imports in Sparks. Fees may apply. No refunds. For a complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, visit

Renowned archaeologist to share personal


CARSON CITY — Don Fowler, the leading authority on the history of Glen Canyon, presents a lecture on his new book, “Glen Canyon: A Personal Memoir,” on Nov. 17 at the Nevada State Museum. Fowler will be available at 6 p.m. to meet the public and sign his book, recently published by the University of Utah Press. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.

From 1957 through 1962, Fowler served as a University of Utah staff archaeologist on the Glen Canyon Archaeological Salvage Project, conducted in advance of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and the filling of Lake Powell. His lecture and fascinating book chronicle the project and its results, embedded within a larger history of geological, archaeological, ecological and ethnographic explorations of the Colorado Plateau from 1540 through 1963.

Fowler is the Mamie Kleberg Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he taught for 40 years. He was named UNR Outstanding Researcher of the Year in 2003.

Admission is free for museum members and children under age 17. For all others, admission costs $8 and includes exhibit viewing in the main building. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson at or 687-4810, ext. 237.
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