RENO — Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has dominated concert halls and airwaves coast to coast from early November through New Year’s every year since 1999 with a show that marries a heavy metal holiday rock opera with pyrotechnics and staging as elaborate as that of Pink Floyd.
TSO has become a rock-opera, touring and pop culture phenomenon performing for more than 8 million people since their first tour in 1999. The band kicked off 2011 with a PBS special “The Birth of Rock Theater,” documenting its rise as a global phenomenon. TSO’s debut TV special, “The Ghost of Christmas Eve,” also has been used as a fundraiser for PBS from 2002-2011, shown more than 500 times in 120 markets throughout the United States.
Legions of fans flock to their high-octane Christmas shows and non-holiday shows which can span three hours, making them one of Billboard’s “25 Top Touring Artists of the Decade.” In addition to tours, TSO has resonated with fans through five holiday and non-holiday albums that have sold nearly 8 million copies, with 25,000 spins at radio last year alone.
TSO founder and musical mastermind Paul O’Neill has created what has become a heavy metal holiday institution for millions of families in big cities and the heartland alike, one established largely through word of mouth that continually grows with increased fan demand. O’Neill worked with rock legends AC/DC, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and more before embarking on his mission as ambassador of heavy metal holiday cheer and beyond.
Sensitive to economic times O’Neill keeps ticket prices low while spending millions a month on stage pyrotechnics and effects and calls on his famed rocker friends like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and the Who’s Roger Daltrey for cameo appearances. Additionally, TSO donates $1 from every ticket sold to charity and in the past 10 years has donated over $8 million dollars to charity.
TSO’s new tour kicked off Nov. 11 and includes Friday’s performance at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Reno Events Center. Tickets start at $46.75 plus fees and can be purchased online at www.trans-siberian.com.
Renowned archaeologist to share memoir
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,” today 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 687-4810, ext. 237.
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. today 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 Nugget Rib Cook-Off and the Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival.
Tickets cost $13 in advance and $17 the day of the show and are available at www.pioneercenter.com, 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 www.renotahoecomedy.com.
Drink some Hemlock at The Knitting Factory
RENO — Hemlock performs at The Knitting Factory, 211 N. Virginia St., with special guests Deplete on Sunday.
Forming in 1993, Las Vegas-based metal band Hemlock has released five full-length albums and is currently writing new material for a sixth. The band’s sound is a heavy blend of chugging riffs, deep bass tones, rhythmic grooves and catchy lyrics, and more vocal melody than is usually associated with modern metal. The lyrics are always creative and positive.
Hemlock has been called “the kings of self-promotion,” and has been noted as the hardest working up-and-coming metal band. Hemlock has a very entertaining live show as well. Hemlock gets the crowd involved, putting on the show of a lifetime, every time. The band makes sure that everyone goes home knowing they had fun with Hemlock.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for general admission or $15 for a reserved box seat. Tickets can be purchased at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, at Recycled Records, 4930 S. Virginia St., by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at www.ticketfly.com or www.knittingfactory.com. This is an all-ages show, full bar available with ID.
Jay Mohr plays at the Nugget
SPARKS — Jay Mohr will bring his dry humor to the Celebrity Showroom stage on Saturday night in Sparks.
Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 16 years old. He is also well-known for his career as an actor, radio host and best-selling author.
Mohr thought he had reached the height of his success when he landed his dream job on “Saturday Night Live.” Little did he know, just three years later, he would land a role that would change the course of his career. He starred opposite Top Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” and later the same year co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in “Picture Perfect.”
Mohr has had roles in more than 25 films and 50 different television shows, including the recent critically acclaimed CBS hit “Gary Unmarried.” He is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated “Jim Rome Show,” “Kevin and Bean” and “Opie and Anthony” radio shows. His first book, the best seller “Gasping for Air,” chronicles his time on SNL. His second book, “No Wonder My Parents Drank,” has been optioned for development of an ABC sitcom.
Through it all, Mohr’s heart is still in stand-up comedy. He says it’s in his blood, his bones and his DNA. Comedy Central named him one of the 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time.
Mohr plays at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Celebrity Showroom. Tickets cost $40 and are available by calling 800-648-1177 or 356-3300 or online at www.janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are also available.
Cheech and Chong smoke out the Silver Legacy
RENO — The comedy duo that found a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s centered on free love and cannabis, Cheech and Chong are back to their shenanigans at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Grande Exposition Hall.
Best-known for routines such as “Dave’s Not Here,” “Earache My Eye,” “Basketball Jones” and “Santa Clause and His Old Lady,” Cheech and Chong have shared their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-bar view of the world for more than four decades. Between 1971 and 1985 they released nine albums, starting with the release of their first album, “Cheech and Chong,” to “Up in Smoke” to “Big Bambu,’” success was quick. Six albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and “Big Bambu’” became the largest-selling comedy recording of all time.
Tickets to Cheech and Chong cost $57.50 with premium seating available for $69.50. To reserve seats, visit www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmasters.com 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 downtownreno.com and ticketmasters.com or in person at the main cashier cage at Circus Circus Reno, the Eldorado Showroom box office and Silver Legacy’s box office.
Reno Tahoe Comedy North supports Pop Warner football
RENO — From Friday to Dec. 3, Reno Tahoe Comedy will be donating half of ticket proceeds to the Reno Pop Warner teams to help them with the cost of regional playoffs in Santa Clara, Calif. and the national playoffs in Orlando, Fla.
Enjoy laughter and fun while helping youth achieve their dreams.
On Friday and again on Nov. 25, Reno Tahoe Comedy North will present hypnotist Dan Kimm. From mild to wild, a little bit wacky to totally amazing, discover how Kimm will make audience members a star on the count of three. HYPNOT!C is a mesmerizing, laugh-a-minute show that not only busts the myths surrounding hypnosis but also showcases the hidden talents of the volunteers’ subconscious minds. Kimm has appeared in showrooms, classrooms and boardrooms throughout the area, transforms audience members into entertaining stars of the show.
Tickets for this event are $16 in advance and $21 the day of the show.
On Saturday, Reno Tahoe Comedy presents Mike E. Winfield from NBC’s “The Office.” Winfield plays Wes, the new warehouse worker at Dunder Mifflin who is a cut-up who could care less about a good performance. Winfield will be signing autographs after each show. When you see him, you can’t help but smile along with him and despite a tough road, countless performances have earned him appearances such as HBO Canada’s “Funny as Hell,” Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham,” BET’s “Comicview” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
The host of the evening is comedian Mike Betancourt and guest comedians for the night include Jimmy Earll and Andy Garcia.
Tickets cost $11 in advance and $16 the day of the show.
For more information about these and other shows, visit www.renotahoecomedy.com. To buy tickets, call 686-6600 ext. 4 or visit the 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.
Reno Tahoe Comedy is located at the beautiful Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia, St. in Reno. Check the website for shows that include happy half-hour from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and enjoy two-for-one mixed drink specials.
Comedians are subject to change. No refunds.