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The Reno Film Festival will present screenings of William Shatner’s documentary “The Captains” on Dec. 3 and 4 at UNR. The film is about actors who have played the role of captain of the Starship Enterprise.
Courtesy Photo The Reno Film Festival will present screenings of William Shatner’s documentary “The Captains” on Dec. 3 and 4 at UNR. The film is about actors who have played the role of captain of the Starship Enterprise.
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The work of local artist and university professor Michael Sarich will be on display at Stremmel Gallery in Reno starting Dec. 8 through the end of the year.
Courtesy Photo The work of local artist and university professor Michael Sarich will be on display at Stremmel Gallery in Reno starting Dec. 8 through the end of the year.
Riverside Holiday Shop

is now open

RENO — The Sierra Arts Foundation announces the opening of the annual Riverside Holiday Shop at 17 S. Virginia St., Suite 120 in its main gallery.

Local artists from the surrounding area have another place to exhibit handmade gifts for the holidays, and shoppers can feel great knowing they are supporting the local arts economy. The Riverside Holiday Shop will again be open for the season filled with handmade ornaments, gifts and fine art.

The Riverside Holiday Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Dec. 26 exhibiting the work of 17 local artists, including jewelry maker Hans Siig, knitwear by Bonnie Golde, prints from John Molezzo and handwrought metal mesh ornaments by Barbara Eisenhour.

Proceeds from the Riverside Holiday Shop benefit the artists and arts education programming produced by Sierra Arts Foundation for Washoe County School District.

For more information, visit or call 329-2787.

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 Friday. 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.

TMCC to hold play auditions

RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College’s theater department will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its upcoming performance of “Next to Normal.” Auditions will be held at the Nell J. Redfield Performing Arts Theater, 505 Keystone Ave. in Reno. Auditioners are asked to prepare a one-minute song of their choice. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No singing to a recording or without music.

Call backs will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The show runs Feb. 24 to March 11, 2012. For more information, call 789-5671.

Screenings of William Shatner’s ‘The Captains’

RENO — The Reno Film Festival will hold special showings of William Shatner’s new Star Trek documentary, “The Captains,” with special guest Kevin Layne in attendance at Saturday screenings.

Layne is the film’s co-executive producer and was heavily involved in both editing and camera work on the film.

Shatner, the original Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, traveled the globe to interview the elite group of actors who have portrayed the role of captain of the Enterprise.

Screenings will take place Dec. 3 and 4 at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Dec. 3 show is at 5 p.m. and on Dec. 4 there will be a screening at 1 p.m. and a VIP fundraising screening at 7 p.m.

The film’s tagline is “The final frontier is only the beginning” and Shatner presents the documentary for which “Star Trek” fans have been waiting. A full-length documentary feature, “The Captains,” takes the audience on a voyage of discovery as pop culture phenom Shatner interviews actors Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain John-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer in “Star Trek: Enterprise”), Chris Pine (the 2009 “Star Trek” film and an upcoming sequel to this version), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) and the only female leader, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway in “Star Trek: Voyager”). Shatner’s thoughts on his signature role are also included.

Since soaring onto television screens in the 1960s, “Star Trek” has become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Now, for the first time ever, audiences will be given the opportunity to take a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the pressures and pitfalls that came along with being the Starship’s leader.

Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only) or reserved online at Matinees at 1 p.m. both days cost $10, general admission and $5 for students. The 7 p.m. Saturday VIP reception with a meet and greet with the film’s co-executive producer is $25 for general admission, and $15 for students. “Star Trek” attire is encouraged and there will be a costume contest at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fundraising raffles will be held at each screening to benefit the festival’s operational budget.

For more information, visit or call 334-6707.


presents artist Michael Sarich

RENO — For more than three decades, Reno-based artist Michael Sarich has inspired viewers, students and colleagues through his steadfast and passionate career dedicated to the investigation of mark-making.

An exhibition of Sarich’s work opens with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and will remain on view until Dec. 31 at Stremmel Gallery.

Influenced by outsider art, graffiti and tattoo flash, the raw nature of Sarich’s canvases, ceramics and mixed-media constructions represents a complex relationship between personal and universal imagery. Swarming with recognizable symbols and popular references, Sarich’s visual narratives depict intricately woven allegories, highly unique, yet familiar in nature.

Symbols such as La Virgen de Guadalupe, Mickey Mouse and the Walmart smiley face collide with images of propellers, fish, birds and skulls. The configuration of prevalent imagery in a highly globalized and aggressively commercialized world alongside renderings of personal interests such as fishing, family tokens and bodily deterioration elicit multiple interpretations.

“The viewer brings their own sensibilities and takes what they get from it,” Sarich said.

Through story telling and co-opting pop culture iconography, Sarich takes viewers down a tenuous path, a labyrinth of personal narratives that examine real life, fantasy, loneliness, comedy, desire and pain.

Sarich studied printmaking and drawing at the College of Salzburg in Austria, earned a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking at Northern Illinois University and a master of fine arts in drawing, painting, and sculpture at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1989, he has been an associate professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno. His works in printmaking, painting, ceramics, and sculpture have been included in many national and international exhibitions, including a large solo show in Maine in 2005 and a group exhibition in Belgium in 2004. In December 2007, Sarich was awarded a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and in January 2008, a mid-career traveling retrospective exhibition and catalogue of his paintings, drawings, prints and ceramic sculptures by the Nevada Museum of Art.

To set up a private tour of the gallery and works by Sarich, contact Stremmel Gallery at 786-0558 or visit Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Jelly Bread to release new CD

SPARKS — Local band Jelly Bread will hold a CD-release party Saturday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Jelly Bread is the combination of a pumping rythm section that grew up together playing in a gospel band, an award-winning singer/songwriter who aproaches music from a Ben Harper/John Butler point of view, rootsy funk/rock guitar licks with a bit of dirt under the nails and three part male-female vocal harmonies that add textures as rough as sandpaper, and as soft as velvet. Steeped in roots, wallowing in funk, and marinated in soul, Jelly Bread was brought to life in the back room of Top Notch Barber Shop in Sparks. Mixing roots, rock, reggae, gospel, blues and funk into a seamless fusion they call Jelly Bread Love.

Band members are Dave Berry (guitar/vocals), Cliff Porter (drums/vocals), Brady Carthen (bass), and Michael Grayson (guitar).

The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15 and include a copy of the brand new Jellybread CD.

Sola Rosa brings U.S. tour to Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE — MontBleu Casino Resort and PR Entertainment present New Zealand’s Music Award-Winning sensation Sola Rosa, performing its amazing reggae/funk/jazz/Latin/hip-hop fusion on Dec. 3 inside Blu Nightclub at MontBleu Resort. Tickets cost $7 for general admission, $5 for locals and the show is free for all local ski resort employees. Tickets are available at the door only. Doors open at 9 p.m. This is a 21 and older show.

Sola Rosa frontman Andrew Spraggon will take the stage alongside Spikey Tee (Jah Wobble, Mr. Scruff, Bomb the Bass) and Lila Tomlins (Kiwi vocal sensation) for a tour of 10 North American cities, beginning in New York and ending in Ensenada, Mexico.

Sola Rosa’s debut North American album, “Get It Together,” was released on Oct. 11, and already has garnered a mention in the Village Voice. The album has stayed at No. 1 in New Zealand for more than four months.

Reno Tahoe Comedy Presents Huck Flynn, Danwise

RENO — Reno Tahoe Comedy is pleased to announce Huck Flynn as the headlining act for its Friday and Saturday shows at the Pioneer Underground.

Flynn was offered a scholarship to Pepperdine University, but decided to pass to pursue a career performing live. He played in several successful rock bands, playing clubs and various gigs in Southern California. Huck’s first gig was opening for The Amazing Jonathon and his second gig was opening for Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall. Flyn, who brought his guitar and musical talent into the act, was an instant hit.

Hosting Friday’s show is comedian Bob Johnston. Johnston was insulted when upon finding out that he has a biology/chemistry degree; people remark how smart he must be. He says it doesn’t take brains to get a four-year degree in 13 years. Johnston skips easily from baldness to ex-girlfriends to traffic problems. A professed bachelor, Johnston is a high-energy comic who grew up in a small town, moved to the San Francisco Bay area after college and has been called “the only Redneck in the Bay Area.”

Hosting Saturday’s show is comedian Danwise. Danwise’s comedic style uses heavy doses of sarcasm by finding the absurd in every day life. In his spare time he is professional beer pong player. As a Reno native, Danwise likes to poke fun at his town and those around him, including his girlfriend and family. Guest comedians for Saturday night are Elgin at 7:30 p.m. and Danny Correa at 9:30 p.m. Elgin is a multi-talented performer, honing his skills as an actor, musician, writer, director and comedian in venues all over the Reno area.

Tickets cost $11 in advance and $16 the day of the show and are available at, by calling 686-6600 ext. #4 or at the box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fees may apply. Comedians are subject to change. No refunds. Tickets also can be purchased at the “Pioneer Underground” from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, visit

The Pioneer Underground is located at 100 S. Virginia, St. in Reno, NV. Happy half-hour is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with two-for-one mixed drink specials. Reno Tahoe Comedy is giving 50 percent of the proceeds through Dec. 3 to the Reno Pop Warner teams to help them with the cost of playoffs in Santa Clara, Calif. and in Orlando, Fla.

Nit GriT with Boggan at The Knitting Factory

RENO — NiT GriT, the devious machination of 24-year old San Jose, Calif. native Danny Beall, will perform Dec. 2 at The Knitting Factory in Reno.

A relative newcomer to the scene, Beall has rapidly gained a substantial following. Influenced by genres such as IDM, D&B, glitch and breakcore, Beall has spent the past four years producing and experimenting under several different monikers. His latest undertaking dissects elements from dubstep, glitch and grime, and cauterizes them together in the most visceral and precise manner possible.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to Nit Grit cost $13 in advance and $16 on the day of the show for general admission standing. Reserved box seats cost $30. This is an all-ages show, full bar w/ ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, at Recycled Records, 4903 S. Virginia St. in Reno or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at or
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