Arts and Culture

ICYMI: Great Italian Festival Photos Galore

Oct 13, 2015
Gabriella Benavidez

Over the weekend, the Eldorado hosted its annual Great Italian Festival in downtown Reno where hundreds of locals and tourists alike got the chance to stomp grapes in order to make wine, sample all kinds of vino and pasta sauces, and enjoy live music. Reno Public Radio's Gabriella Benavidez was there and captured the celebration with this photo gallery. 

Nevada State Prison Gets Historic Designation

Oct 5, 2015

The Nevada State Prison in Carson City has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

The Nevada state prison dates back to 1862 and housed inmates for 150 years before shuttering its doors a few years ago because of budget cuts. 

The Holland Project: Grounded For Life

Sep 25, 2015

The non-profit Holland Project is an all ages arts and music space for the whole community.  They are currently at 140 Vesta Street and have launched the "Grounded For Life" campaign.  It is chance to purchase the building on Vesta Street and make Holland's home permanent.  Danna O'Connor chats with Director Britt Curtis to find out how you can help.

The Reno Chamber Orchestra opens its 41st season this weekend at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Violinist Noad Bendix-Balgley will perform the famed Brahms Violin Concerto.  Danna O’Connor chats with Chris Morrison Assistant Executive Director of the RCO.  Details

Reno Instagrammys Awards Show Saturday

Sep 18, 2015
Allie McDade

The Pioneer Center rolls out the red carpet Saturday the 19th for the “Reno Instagrammys Awards Show” where we will see the winners of a photography and video competition, created to help people express the unique perspective of Nevada.  Danna O’Connor has a preview with Reno Instagrammys founders, Chelsie Rose Kern and Natalie Handler.  Details at

RLT Launches Kids Education Program

Sep 3, 2015

Reno Little Theater invites you to a free open house on Monday, Sept 7th from 11:00am-2:00pm.  The event is to launch its new theater education program for kids.  Details at

Danna O'Connor chats with Melissa Taylor, Managing Director of RLT and Sara Phillips RLT's new Educational Outreach Coordinator.

Festival Changes Bug Some Burners

Sep 2, 2015

Burning Man's in full force in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that this year there are some significant changes on the playa:

Two big festival changes include the addition of CrowdRx as Burning Man’s new health care provider and the reduction of drone permits from 200 last year to just 30.  

Jenny Kane is the Reno Gazette Journal’s Burning Man Reporter. She says the change that has sparked the most controversy among some “burners” is a new dance music area that has been pushed to the outskirts of Black Rock City. 

Burning Man's Mobility Camp Addresses Obstacles

Sep 1, 2015
Julia Ritchey

The week-long Burning Man arts festival is underway in Black Rock Desert about two hours north of Reno. While attendees stock up on water and ice, a theme camp for the physically impaired teaches a different kind of self-reliance. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, accessibility issues are often overlooked by the larger Burning Man community.

"I'm working on ‘The Babe,’ and ‘The Babe’ is an art car for the mobility challenged. It has its own wheelchair lift, which is unique, it'll be the only one on the playa this year, but hoping they'll be more..."

Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass

Aug 28, 2015

Artown, Nevada Humanities, KUNR and the Reynolds School of Journalism welcome Ira Glass to the Pioneer Center on Saturday, October 17th.  Danna O'Connor chats with Beth MacMillan, Executive Director of Artown and Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities about the event.

You are kindly invited to our exclusive VIP Reception with Ira Glass at the Pioneer Center. During this private gathering, enjoy appetizers and refreshments. Afterwards you will take your premium seat for Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.

Five Talents

Reno resident and visual storyteller Jessi LeMay recently returned from a stint in South Sudan, where she collected the stories of the everyday Sudanese people she encountered. 

LeMay traveled to the Warrap State of that country with an organization called Five Talents, which fights poverty in developing countries. She’s gave a talk Friday night at Sundance Books in Reno about her experience and joined Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss for an overview.