Arts and Culture

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.

Reno Tahoe Music Festival 8/21 and 8/22

Aug 21, 2015

The annual Reno Tahoe Music Festival is tonight and tomorrow at Bartley Ranch.  It’s sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association.  The group raises money to give scholarships to college students studying the performing arts.  Danna O’Connor chats with  Judy Davis Rounds about the music festival and an upcoming performance of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, featuring Cami Thompson as the Fairy godmother.  

Tahoe: A Visual History

Aug 14, 2015
Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art will debut its new exhibit Saturday, August 22nd.  It’s an exclusive look at the art history of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra.  Danna O’Connor has a preview with Amanda Horn, Communications Director for the NMA.  Details at

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.