Arts and Culture

From UNR President To Poet: An Interview With Joe Crowley

Apr 23, 2016
Theresa Crowley

Joe Crowley was president of the University of Nevada, Reno for a record 23 years. Now in retirement, he's focusing on another passion, poetry, and has just published a collection called Hats Off to the Cap. To hone his skills, Crowley actually took a writing workshop at UNR, studying alongside several young undergraduates.

"I did not disclose my identity; I was just Joe. I wanted them to just think of me as this old guy Joe."

Atria Books

In his novel, “Youngblood," Matt Gallagher displays a skillful writer’s slight-of-hand. He recreates the sights and sounds - intense desert heat, confusion, and fear - of a soldier's world. 

Gallagher, who is originally from Reno, was a combat arms officer and a captain in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2007. He told about the experiences in a blog he kept at the time, and then later in the memoir, “Kaboom.”

He’s now a contributor to the “At War” blog in The New York Times.

“Youngblood” is his first novel. And he’s says it’s not really a war novel, or not only that. 

Hundreds of ukulele enthusiasts camped out in Sparks over weekend for the 8th annual Reno Ukulele Festival. Our reporter Noah Glick was there to capture their unique sound.

“My name is Moses Kamai and I am the President of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society out on the East Coast.”

“My name is Frances O’Keefe and I’m from Sunnyvale, California.”

That’s the two of them playing the song Honey Baby, just one example of people being brought together through the common language of ukulele.

Julia Ritchey

Students from three Reno high schools will compete in a Paiute language competition next week. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, the students are part of a critical effort to preserve the endangered language.

"I'm going to assign you an animal, and what you're going to do is write clues as to what animal you are..."

Instructor Emma Williams is leading a class of about a dozen students at Spanish Springs High School in a Paiute language lesson based on the Pyramid Lake dialect.

City of Reno Reorganizing Arts And Culture Program

Apr 14, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Heads turned in the local arts community when the city of Reno recently announced a change of leadership in the arts and culture program. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports on the reshuffling. 

"The Big Bonanza" A New American Opera Debuts In Reno

Mar 31, 2016

  The world premiere of a new American Opera, based on life in 1850’s Virginia City during the Comstock Lode, is coming to Nightingale Concert Hall April 8-10th.  It’s called, “The Big Bonanza” and is full of beloved characters from the Comstock including Dan Dequille and Mark Twain.   Danna O'Connor chats with the composer of "The Big Bonanza," Monica Houghton and Director of the NV Chamber Opera, Albert Lee.  

Plans For New Fine Arts Building At UNR Move Forward

Mar 29, 2016
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The Board of Regents has approved plans for a new fine arts building on the UNR campus.  Danna O'Connor reports.

The center will be more than 35,000 square feet and will be built adjacent to the Church Fine Arts building, connected by a walkway.  Larry Engstrom is Director of the School of the Arts. He says that in addition to a new 300 seat rehearsal hall, there is also room for an expanded art museum.

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Bago Games

The annual Game Developer Conference took place in San Francisco this week. The conference added a track on virtual reality for the first time this year, and Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt strapped on a headset to check it out.

That's the trailer for EVE: Valkyrie, one of two virtual reality games that will come with the Oculus Rift headset when it’s released on March 28. The hotly anticipated virtual reality gaming package costs $599 and is expected to revolutionize not only games but film, advertising and more.

Not One, But Two Horse Exhibits In Reno

Mar 11, 2016
Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art has not one--but two--horse exhibitions on display right now. The first is called, well, The Horse and it's a traveling show that shares the history of horses, which were actually pretty different 50 million years ago.

"Some of them were the size of small dogs all the way up to the size of present day horses," says JoAnne Northrup with the museum. "There was a huge range of forms, too. Some of them looked a little bit more like zebras. It's just crazy."

"A Raisin In The Sun" Opens Tonight At UNR

Mar 4, 2016

UNR Department of Theater and Dance presents "A Raisin in the Sun" written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Sandra Brunell Neace.  The play runs through March 12th at the Redfield Proscenium Theatre and stars Geralda Miller, Justin Tanks, Kennedy Hall, Jada Wilson and Christian Ordaz.  Danna O'Connor chats with director, Sandra Brunell Neace.

Interview: How To Survive Burning Man

Mar 3, 2016
Gary Johnson

Every year more and more Burners make their way to the Black Rock Desert. As the Burning Man festival has grown, so, too, has its healthcare delivery system. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira spoke with Dr. Gary Johnson. He works for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, but he's also known as Dusty Doctor G-Man out on the playa. Thursday night he'll be giving a lecture at UNR called "Surviving Burning Man."   

Finding Voice In Verse At District Poetry Competition

Feb 29, 2016
Julia Ritchey

  Poetry Out Loud is a national arts program that helps students build confidence through memorizing and performing verse in front of an audience. Last week, 15 students from area high schools competed in hopes of advancing to the state finals. Our reporter Julia Ritchey M-C'd the event and brings us this audio postcard of the top finalists.

Madeline Eastman and the Carson City Symphony

Feb 26, 2016

Jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman performs this Sunday with the Carson City Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, at 4pm at the Carson City Community Center.  Danna chats with both of them about the concert.

University Galleries Valentine's Art Auction Tonight

Feb 12, 2016

Danna chats with Paul Baker Prindle, Director of University Galleries at UNR.  The Valentine's Art Auction is the major fundraiser for the gallery and it's happening tonight 2/12 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Student Galleries South in the Jot Travis Building. 

University Galleries Valentine's Art Auction Tonight

Feb 12, 2016

Danna chats with Paul Baker Prindle, Director of University Galleries at UNR.  The Valentine's Art Auction is the major fundraiser for the gallery and it's happening tonight 2/12 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Student Galleries South in the Jot Travis Building. 

Julia Ritchey

Earlier this week we talked to a young cowboy poet on keeping traditional folk songs and stories alive. As we wrap up our coverage of the Western Folklife Center's annual gathering, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with author and cattlewoman Amy Hale Auker of Prescott, Ariz., on defying the gender norms of cowboy culture.

Theodore Kuchar conducts the Reno Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy RCO

As KUNR has done for several years, it rebroadcasts performances of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Coming up Feb. 15, 22 and 29: Rebroadcasts of highlights from the RCO's recent Nevada Chamber Music Festival will be featured on KUNR each of the remaining Mondays in February at 7 p.m.

Visit the RCO's website.

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Elko's 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up this weekend with song, dance and spoken word. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and talked with a Texas performer who's among the younger generation trying to keep this folk tradition alive. Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Andy Hedges hails from Lubbock, Texas, where at the age of 14 he began playing guitar and collecting traditional cowboy poems and folk songs introduced to him by his father.

Elko's Cowboy Poetry Gathering In Full Swing

Jan 29, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Cowboys and cowgirls have convened in Elko for the 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, celebrating the oral traditions of the Old West. Reporter Julia Ritchey is there and has more.

From spontaneous jam sessions to spoken-word performances, the event draws nearly 6,000 people and has become a major boon to the local economy.

“These next three days are the busiest days all year for us,” says Jessie Deleon, a bartender at the Duncan Middle Creek Bar & Gallery in downtown Elko.

Artown And Whitney Peak Present "Paper Bird"

Jan 27, 2016

Artown has a new live music series coming to the Heritage restaurant at the Whitney Peak Hotel.  The first concert is this Friday, the 29th and features the music of "Paper Bird."

Danna O'Connor chats with Beth MacMillin from Artown and Nikki Gross, Manager of Whitney Peak.

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