Arts and Culture

Author's Basque Roots Inform Debut Novel

Aug 10, 2015

Gabriel Urza's debut novel, All That Followed, is generating a lot of national buzz. The author's name may be new to some, but his family's roots run deep in Nevada's Basque community — he's the grandson of renowned author Robert Laxalt. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with Urza about his new book and connection to the Silver State.


The Mile High Jazz Band Association presents the 11th Annual Jazz and Beyond-Carson City Music Festival, going on through August 23rd.  Over 100 musicians will perform at multiple venues in Carson City.  Most events are free.  Details at 

Danna O'Connor chats with David Bugli and Cherie Shipley to get a preview of the fest.

Amid Controversy, Burning Man Gears Up

Aug 5, 2015
DCMatt, Flickr / CC by 2.0

UPDATE 8/10/15: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has scrapped demands for a $1 million VIP compound at this year's Burning Man festival.  The agency also granted Burning Man its special recreation permit for the 2015 event, which will draw 70,000 people to Nevada's Black Rock Desert. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, the permit allows Burning Man staff and volunteers to immediately begin construction of Black Rock City. 


At Wanderlust, Enlightenment and Profits Collide

Aug 3, 2015
Ali Kaukas

Wanderlust is the ultimate contrast in terms. With its mix of yoga classes, retail village, and epic nighttime pool parties, the festival is equal parts wellness Mecca and networking hub for those in the yoga business. 

“My name is Caitlin Turner, but I’m also known by my online name, Gypset Goddess. And I am what you would call a social influencer of the yoga variety," Caitlin Turner says.

Don't Miss The Last Week Of Artown!

Jul 28, 2015

The 20th Artown Festival wraps up this Saturday 8/1.  Schedule and details at  

Danna O'Connor chats with Artown's Beth MacMillan about the last week of events and the World Music concert, featuring Lurrie Bell and Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Wednesday at Wingfield Park.

A New Look At Romeo And Juliet

Jul 24, 2015

Sierra Nevada Ballet performs "Romeo and Juliet" with a new twist.  The story is told through the eyes of Juliet's mom, Lady Capulet.  Danna O'Connor has a preview with Rosine Bena and Ananda Weber-Bena.

Performances are 7/25 at Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, 7/27 at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and 8/1 at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Tickets at

Simon Williams / The Nature Conservancy in Nevada

This spring, a team of architecture professors and students partnered with the Nature Conservancy to build a tiny public park covering the area of a single parking space in downtown Las Vegas. The structure is called a parklet and it’s a place where urban and natural worlds collide. 

Discover The Arts Of Dickerson Road

Jul 17, 2015

Art Spot Reno and Artown invite you to a street party at Reno's industrial arts district, Dickerson Road.  There will be food trucks, art demos, music and tours of local businesses.  It's a free, family-friendly event from 10am to 10pm Saturday, July 18th.  For details, go to

Danna O'Connor chats with artist and co-owner of Art Spot Reno, Eric Brooks about the event.

Julia Ritchey


Artown’s Reno Fashion Show is celebrating its fourth year Saturday at the Atlantis Casino Resort, where 200 models will strut the runway featuring work from a dozen designers. This year’s show will also mark the debut of 17-year-old Sophie Kim, the youngest designer ever to be showcased. For our ongoing series on Artown, Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey takes us behind the scenes of Sophie’s first collection.

Reno Little Theater Celebrates 80 Seasons With A Musical

Jul 9, 2015
Reno Little Theater

Reno Little Theater is in the middle of its 80th season. In honor of its big birthday as well as celebrating 20 years of Artown, RLT will perform its first musical in over a decade. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli stopped by one of RLT’s rehearsals to learn more about the upcoming production and why musicals were on hold for so long.  

Dressed in street clothes just minutes before a full run-through, the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is rehearsing the opening number.