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TMCC hosts art galleries exhibit

RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) will host its next series of art galleries beginning Saturday through Feb. 4. The nearly two-month exhibition will display artwork from around the world and concludes with a reception on Feb. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the TMCC Main Art Gallery inside the V. James Eardley Student Services Center. Artists’ receptions are free and open to the public.

The TMCC Main Art Gallery will feature photographs by Nolan Preece in a display called “Continuative: Making Connections Between Parallel Directions.” A photographer for more than 40 years, Preece is devoted to understanding and mastering the challenging techniques of early photography while also conceiving new processes, including Chemogram and Nolangram, an experimental process he originated in the late 1970s.

The Red Mountain Gallery will feature “6 Sides 2 Every Story,” the outcome of a project organized in 2008 by TMCC Galleries Curator Candace Nicol. More than 450 participants illustrate their own perspectives by carving one side of a wooden cube. Each cube represents a story found in national or international articles, magazines or online. The project consists of 91 completed cubes and includes artists from the United States, Canada, England and South Africa. The project is funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and Sierra Arts.

The Erik Lauritzen Gallery will feature the large-scale collaborative print project “Reality/Distortion,” created by Arizona Print Group. This collaboration takes the vision of each individual artist and seeks to find equilibrium in a single image. Continuity comes from subject matter, media (photopolymer plate) and a design element of a horizontal line separating reality and distortion.

The Red Mountain Student Gallery will feature paintings of contemporary culture in “POP!” by TMCC student Erin Shearin.

The Atrium Gallery will feature “Alterations,” created by TMCC portfolio emphasis students, exhibiting a stunning overview of fashion, photography, animals and mandalas. Each artist incorporates alteration into their work, which is representative of the changes taking place in the world and the lives of young people. This show demonstrates their core studies in fine arts.

The Meadowood Center Galleries will feature “Art Access for ALL,” which includes a selection of VSA Nevada student artwork. “Art Access for ALL” includes works by student artists of all ages with and without disabilities, including veterans.

For more information, call 674-7698 or visit

Three Dog Night brings joy to JA Nugget

SPARKS — Three Dog Night has been rocking the charts for more than 40 years. On Saturday, the group brings its legendary rock style to the Celebrity Show Room at John Ascuaga’s Nugget for one night only.

From 1969 to 1974, no other group moved more records, sold more concert tickets or achieved more Top 10 hits. Three Dog Night continues to top the list of artists with the best Billboard Top 100 chart average.

The group had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, 18 straight Top 20s, 11 Top 10s, three No. 1s, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA-certified Gold LPs. Three Dog Night’s hits appeared on best-selling charts in the pop, rock and country genres. To this day, the group’s records, including three generation-defining No. 1 hits – “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to The World” and “Black and White” – continue to sell around the world. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years.

Three Dog Night’s signature sound currently features founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup. Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums) complete the lineup.

Three Dog Night performs at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Celebrity Showroom. Tickets cost $50 and are available by calling 800-648-1177 or 356-3300 or by visiting Steppin’ Out dinner and show packages also are available.

TOCCATA to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

LAKE TAHOE – Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (TOCCATA) begins its seventh season with its sixth annual production of Handel’s “Messiah,” with performances in five locations including the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

“Messiah” was first performed in Ireland on March 23, 1742. It continues to be a masterpiece that has left audiences in awe for 269 years. The TOCCATA production is a celebration of the holidays and includes not only favorite selections from “Messiah” parts one and three, but also seasonal carols.

All performances will be directed by maestro James Rawie. Joining the orchestra and chorus for this production are soprano soloists Tammy Brock, Katharine DeBoer, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, and baritone Stuart Duke. Members from the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, directed by Susan Horst, will join TOCCATA for the Dec. 14, 16 and 20 performances. The TOCCATA Orchestra features Virginia Bowman as concertmaster; David Brock, Ben Benson and Nick Haines as continuo; and Mark Lord and William Van Meter on Baroque trumpets.

The performances are Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church in Reno; Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley; Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. in The North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach; Dec 18 at 3 p.m. in St. Theresa Church in South Lake Tahoe; and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the new Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee.

This is the fourth year that TOCCATA performs Messiah at the Resort at Squaw Creek and there is special pricing for room and dinner/concert combinations. Call 530-581-6615.

Tickets are available at the door or online. General admission to all concerts costs $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for students 25 and under with valid ID and preferred seating is $35. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. All performances are supported by the Kling Family Foundation.

For more information, call 313-9697, visit or email

Carlos Mencia at Silver Legacy

RENO - Nothing is sacred when Carlos Mencia comes to Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. Friday to provide his unique take on everything from politics to social issues to race relations. When others focus on political correctness, Mencia tells it like it is: real and raw.

Mencia began his career in Los Angeles at venues such as The Comedy Club and The L.A. Cabaret. Those shows led to TV appearances on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Buscando Estrella,” where he attained the title International Comedy Grand Champion. Then, in 1994, Mencia was chosen to host HBO’s Latino comedy showcase “Loco Slam,” followed by hosting “Funny is Funny!” in 1998 and “Uncensored Comedy: That’s Not Funny” in 2003.

Going on tour in 2001 with fellow comedians Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco, The Three Amigos were highly successful. The following year, Mencia released his first comedy album titled “Take A Joke America” and performed his breakout performance on “Comedy Central Presents.”

In March 2005, Comedy Central announced Mencia’s own half-hour comedy show called “Mind of Mencia,” consisting of stand-up and sketch comedy. The show ran for three years and became Comedy Central’s second-highest rated program behind “South Park.”

Mencia has appeared in a myriad of television and film roles, such as “In Living Color,” “The Proud Family,” “29 Palms” and films like “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Our Family Wedding.”

Tickets are available for $39.50 with premium seating available for $49.50. To reserve seats, visit or or call 800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or 325-7401.

Food and fighting at GSR

RENO - At 8 p.m. Friday, Ultimate Reno Combat 29 takes to the cage in the Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort.

Ultimate Reno Combat is a local Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, presented by Rick Collup,

local fighter, promoter and owner of the Reno Academy of Combat. Ultimate Reno Combat is

an opportunity for athletes who have been training to test themselves and their skills against

other athletes with similar records, weights and abilities in an event professionally sanctioned

by the International Sport Combat Federation. Ticket prices range from $25 to $65.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, award-winning chef Charlie Palmer invites you to an exquisite gourmet dinner complemented by a variety of wine pairings served in the Grand Theatre on the world’s largest stage. Tickets cost $75.

Tickets can be purchased online at

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

RENO -The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with a sugar

plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its 16th annual Nutcracker

Ballet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. This will be conductor Laura Jackson’s encore performance.

Principal dancers from professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Houston Ballet

and the Diablo Ballet will perform the leading roles alongside a large cast of local talent.

Nutcracker performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. Ticket prices for adults range from $26 to $51. Ticket prices for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older range from $21 to $41.

A special Sugar Plum party will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.

To buy tickets, call the Pioneer Center box office at 686-6600 or visit Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call A.V.A. Ballet Theatre at 762-5165 or visit

Weekend events at NMA

RENO - On Friday at noon, the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) will host “Meet the Artist: Raheleh Zomorrodinia on Art + Environment in Iran with Bozena Welborne.”

Iranian artist Zomorrodinia has been exploring the intersections of art and environment since 2004, when she began participating in festivals of environmentally oriented art festivals across Iran. Learn from Zomorrodinia about her cross-cultural experience as a photographer, and related political issues with Bozena Welborne, professor of political science. Admission costs $4 for museum members and $5 for non-members.

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, come to NMA for Holiday Trunk Show with Kady Elson of Silver Creek Designs.

Based in rural Nevada, Elson creates unique artisan jewelry inspired by the desert and surrounding mountains. Meet Elson and find the perfect gift. Admission to the show is free.

NMA is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. For more information, call 329-3333 or visit

The Blasters play at The Alley

SPARKS - On Tuesday, The Blasters perform at The Alley, located at 906 Victorian Ave.

The Blasters’ energetic live performances have gained a local following and they became fixtures of the early 1980s Los Angeles punk rock scene, performing alongside X, Black Flag, The Gun Club, The Screamers and others. The Blasters toured almost continuously for much of their existence and gave boosts to both Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam by inviting them on tour. The group’s song “Dark Night” was featured in a 1985 episode of “Miami Vice,” and they gained more exposure in the Walter Hill film “Streets of Fire” in 1984, performing two songs for the soundtrack as well as appearing as themselves in the film. In 1987, “Marie, Marie” was featured in Ridley Scott’s “Someone To Watch Over Me,” starring Tom Berenger. In 1988, “So Long Baby, Goodbye” was featured in the film “Bull Durham,” staring Kevin Costner. And in 1996, The Blasters appeared in the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez collaboration “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

Tickets to the show cost $18 in advance. This is a general admission, all-ages show. Tickets can be purchased online at or, at The Alley or at Recycled Records, 4930 S. Virginia St. in Reno.

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