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More Burning Man art is coming to the Biggest Little City. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno spoke with two of the artists contributing to the new Playa Art Park, which recently held it’s opening reception.

A drill is going through thin stainless steel to build a sculpture called Imago. The artist is Kirsten Berg, who lives part of the year in Southeast Asia but comes to Reno each year for Burning Man.

New Memoir Explores Living In Great Basin Desert

Oct 21, 2016

A new book called Raising Wild: Dispatches From A Home In The Wilderness explores what it's like to live and survive in the Great Basin Desert.

It's a memoir by UNR English professor Mike Branch who lives with his wife and two daughters, well, in the middle of nowhere.

"We live together out in this remote area on a wildland interface where we've got lots of big crittters and big weather," Branch says. "We're at about 6,000 feet, so we've got high elevation conditions as well."

Reno Gateway Project

Art from the playa will soon take up residence in downtown Reno within a newly vacated lot on Virginia Street. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Two motels were recently demolished at that location, and the Reno City Council approved this week a proposal to turn the parcel into a temporary sculpture park.

City staff have been working with an arts nonprofit to place the Burning Man art at a city location, and the lot at 520 North Virginia Street was chosen after the motels were demolished.

Roadshows, Inc.

The annual Street Vibrations fall rally rode into Reno last weekend. The event brings in millions of dollars to the community, but it’s also been associated with gang-related crime.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores one of Reno’s biggest events.

Check It Out: Reno Gets New Sidewalk Art

Sep 23, 2016
Alexandra Mosher

The city of Reno is testing out a new sidewalk art project named, “Confluence.” Reno Public Radio’s Alexandra Mosher has the story.

Reno residents walking along the Truckee River downtown, may encounter cursive yellow prose winding along the sidewalk.

Berkeley artist Todd Gilens and volunteers recently laid the script after Gilens approached the City of Reno to be a part of his project. He’s also putting up similar displays in San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes.

“What I hope people get from the project is a sense of reflection about the space that they’re in.”

Photos: Nevada's Best Taco Fest

Sep 18, 2016
Yama Rongomas

Over the weekend, taco lovers gathered at the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino for Nevada's Best Taco Fest. Food trucks and restaurants offered various styles of tacos while many waited in lines to taste Indian style tacos and tequila. Entertainment included eating contests, Lucha Libre wrestling, and live bands.  

Check out our photo gallery highlighting the event:

Alexa Ard

Burning Man is over for another year and a statewide collaborative art exhibit is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art. To make sense of all these art events, Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently sat down with the founder of Reno’s Arts and Culture Commission, Christine Fey.

NMA Exhibition Features Nevada Artists

Sep 15, 2016
Associated Press

Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada features artists living and working in our state.  It is on display through Oct. 23rd.  Details at www.nevadaart.org.

KUNR's Danna O'Connor chats with artists Katie Lewis and Justin Favela for a preview.

Photos: Biggest Little Festival Debuts At UNR

Sep 11, 2016
Yama Rongomas

The University of Nevada, Reno hosted its first music festival on Saturday. Reno Public Radio's Yama Rongomas was there and has more.

The Biggest Little Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and was held at the intramural fields on campus.

Casandra Hurdle is the director of programming for ASUN. She says getting the festival together has been a long time in the making.

PHOTOS: Hot Air Balloons Blanket Reno

Sep 9, 2016
Alexandra Moser

Before the sun came up Friday morning, the Great Reno Balloon Race was already getting underway. Reno Public Radio’s Alexandra Mosher was there and has the story.

Cuddled in blankets and lawn chairs on the fields of Rancho San Rafael Park, spectators were up before dawn awaiting the event’s infamous Super Glow Show.  

For some, this was their first time watching the hot air balloons use their flames to light up the dark Reno skyline.

Noah Glick

Native American tribes from across the country met this weekend to celebrate culture, life and family at the Numaga Indian Days Powwow in Hungry Valley. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, these events have a long historical and cultural background.

Steven Loring, The Age of Love

A new film called The Age of Love, which follows a group of seventy- to ninety-year-olds as they try speed dating, is coming to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently chatted with the film’s director, Steven Loring, to talk about what dating is like for this group.

close-up image of stained glass
Noah Glick

The 30th annual Burning Man festival kicks off Sunday, bringing with it new, immersive art installations. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick dropped by a local maker space to see what artists are bringing to the playa.

Ratha Grimes, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

More than 70,000 people are expected to make a pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert for the annual Burning Man arts festival at the end of the month. The week-long event is celebrating its 30th year

Chris Holloman

The Nevada Museum of Art has commissioned a new piece of work—a light installation—that will be a part of its permanent contemporary art collection. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Noah Glick

A new exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art is merging art with Chinese history. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, twelve bronze animal heads adorned the emperor’s private garden. These sculptures, however were commissioned by a Manchurian emperor and designed by westerners. They were later lost during the Opium Wars, but the Chinese government began recovering some in the 1980s.

Photos: Artown's Compression! Art And Fire

Jul 31, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Hundreds of people came out for Controlled Burn’s ninth annual Compression Art and Fire Festival this weekend, one of the last events of Artown. 

A Look At Reno's Evolving Culinary Scene

Jul 29, 2016
Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Reno’s transformation into a start-up hub and art-centric city has caught widespread attention. The spotlight’s on Downtown and Midtown, one reason being a revitalized food scene. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne recently took an in-depth look to figure out if Reno has what it takes to become the next culinary powerhouse:

As Jessica Shapiro, a catering chef from the Cheese Board, a Midtown bistro, sears symmetrical squares of pork belly over a portable stove, the sweet, smoky scent seems to blanket the whole patio at Campo, an Italian restaurant in downtown Reno.

Photos: A Look At The Northern Nevada Pride Festival

Jul 24, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the third annual Northern Nevada Pride Festival took place in Wingfield Park, as part of Artown.

The event kicked off with a parade, and included performances from dance groups, drag queens and live musicians. This year’s headliners were comedienne and drag queen Lady Bunny, and singer Amber.

Photos: Drag Bingo Kicks Off Northern Nevada Pride

Jul 23, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, Reno’s newest LGBT community space, Our Center, hosted a couple of unique fundraising events, including Drag Bingo. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more. 

It’s like regular bingo, except people showed up in drag, wearing high heels and extravagant makeup. Meredith Tanzer is the Vice President of Build Our Center, the initiative to create and run an LGBT community space in Reno. She says this event is one way the center is working toward inclusion.

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