RENO — Lear Theater Inc. has gifted three pieces of land to Artown effective Dec. 30, including the long-closed theater on the Truckee River in downtown.
The parcels include theater at 501 Riverside Dr., a former First Church of Christ Scientist building, and the office building at 528 W. First St. and the adjacent parking lot. The property title and rights were transferred to Artown by Lear Theater, Inc. to remove it from the organization’s books by the end of the calendar year.
“Acquiring the property is the first of several steps that need to take place over the next few months,” Artown Chairman Dave Aiazzi said in a press release. “Artown is excited with the possibilities presented by the property. It’s Artown’s mission to strengthen Reno’s arts industry and to create a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region. These next steps will fulfill that mission. The theater board, by transitioning the ownership, has shown a true commitment in recognizing a new vision for a project that the community wants to see succeed. We will continue to provide updates as the project moves forward.”
For more information, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 322-1538.
Molezzo at Sierra Arts Gallery
RENO — John Molezzo is exhibiting digital prints with mixed media on canvas in a show titled “Visions Redux” at the Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 S. Virginia St., through Feb. 17. An opening reception will be held on Friday. It is free and open to the public.
Local photographer, painter and writer, Molezzo creates large collages of Reno’s downtown area using digital prints on canvas with oil paints and wax media.
“As seen in my ever-continuing series of collages entitled ‘Visions Redux’ and also in my more traditional shots, I show remnants of the Reno I knew as a kid and the Reno that I see today in an attempt to let the viewer experience for themselves my own personal vision of our wonderful city,” Molezzo said.
Growing up in Reno, Molezzo attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and later moved to California. While in San Diego, he worked with nationally recognized Sledgehammer Theatre and co-founded the multimedia art group IEC.
“I have always been drawn to our local landmarks, our wonderful old motel signs as well as our architecture and gaming establishments,” Molezzo said. “The feeling of my images comes from mixture of those memories. What was my past is now my present and who I am today as an artist is a direct reflection of my early years growing up here. Reno’s art is in its buildings and streets and sky and river and mountains.”
For more information, visit www.sierra-arts.org or call 329-2787.
Former Miss Washington to perform free jazz concert at Nugget
SPARKS — Fully embodying the title of her 15th and latest No. 1 track on the Billboard Club Chart, Kristine W. will celebrate the release of her jazz debut, “Straight Up with a Twist,” an ambitious double CD project, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Orozko Lounge at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
Kristine’s venture into a new genre expands upon the incredible success she has enjoyed for many years in the dance world and beyond. She currently holds the world record for most consecutive No. 1 Billboard Club Hits with nine; Madonna and Janet Jackson each had seven in a row. She recently tied Mariah Carey for third-most chart toppers on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart; only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) have scored more. In December, 2009, Billboard published both its year-end and decade-end charts announcing Kristine in the third place on the “Decade’s Best of 2000s Dance Club Play Artists” list, trailing only Madonna and Beyonce.
As a former Miss Washington, Kristine won the talent and swimsuit competitions in the Miss America Pageant and she has performed more shows at the Las Vegas Hilton than any other performer in its history—including Elvis!
“Straight Up with a Twist” may be Kristine W’s first official jazz recording, but jazz has been one of the singer’s greatest passions since early childhood. Her grandmother—a pianist, classical violinist and guitarist—exposed her to singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae. Kristine’s mother raised a family of five on her own by singing jazz and standards in local juke joints. At age 9, Kristine was singing with her mother. Soon, she was competing in local beauty pageants and some years later, it was her rendition of “Summertime” that won her the talent competition at the Miss America Pageant.
“My new jazz projects are exciting because this style of music allows me to be heard during the chilled moments in life,” says Kristine. “Music is supposed to take people on a journey, and that’s exactly what I’m creating on Straight Up with a Twist. This was a fun project to work on, and my favorite moments were when I was with my collaborators, throwing everything on the table, working on new arrangements and figuring out how to make that journey amazing for my fans. My audience has been so supportive of my music. I want to be in the mix for them anyway I can. I am blessed to be living my dream.”
For more information, visit www.janugget.com.
Wild West music at the Nugget
SPARKS – Country Western fans will see the old west come alive on Saturday when David John and the Comstock Cowboys play the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The band members perform traditional western songs in 1800s period outfits: spurs and jingle bobs, wooly chaps, six guns and all.
David John and the Comstock Cowboys have found a very special place in the Western music genre. They are rapidly becoming the No. 1 Western musical act in the country. They portray the Old West with such traditional songs as “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Cool Water” and the ever popular “Cattle Call.” Listeners will walk away feeling like they were in the Old West for just a moment.
John was nominated for songwriter and entertainer of the year by the Western Music Association. He brings his knowledge of Western heritage, cowboy legends, Wild West history and fast horses into his songs. The Comstock Cowboys consist of Larry Goldman on bass and vocals; Dale Poune on lead guitar, mandolin and vocals; Robert Quam “Doc” on fiddle, harmonica and vocals; and Mike Ansotegui on percussion and the washboard.
Tickets to the show cost $15. The show starts at 8 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, call 800-648-1177 or visit www.janugget.com.
The Utility Players at the Pioneer Underground
RENO — Reno Tahoe Comedy presents the return of Homeslice Productions’ Utility Players at the Pioneer Underground on Jan. 12.
The Utility Players were voted Best Comedy Troupe in Reno in 2010 by the Reno News & Review. A live version of TV’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” the Utility Players infuse improvisation with musical comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up and more to create a true variety show.
The Pioneer Underground is located next to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 100 S. Virginia, St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show time is at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a full bar and no drink minimum. We provide a smoke-free environment and beautiful theater setting.
Tickets for this event cost $11 in advance and $16 the day of the show. Get more information and buy tickets online at www.renotahoecomedy.com, at the Pioneer Center for the Arts box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Pioneer Underground on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 and 11 p.m. Fees may apply. No refunds. For a complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, visit www.renotahoecomedy.com.