Arts and Culture

Author Interview: Building Community In Virginia City

Jun 1, 2016

Local writer Shaun Griffin has just published a memoir about his work over the past 25 years building a sense of community and securing critical resources for the residents of Virginia City. The book is called Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words. In this extended interview, he spoke to our contributors Christina Barr and Alan Deutschman about the book and his difficult journey as a community advocate.

Western Nevada College

Always Lost: A Meditation On War is a traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. It has been displayed at more than 50 venues across the country since it was created back in 2008 by students at Western Nevada College. One of those students is Amy Roby, who says the goal was to personalize the wars by highlighting the individuals who have given their lives.

Beautification Machine

May 25, 2016
NMA

The artists behind "Beautification Machine" will speak about their work at the Nevada Museum of Art at 6pm Thursday, May 26th.  Danna chats with Jon Bernson and Andy Diaz Hope about the work, which is on display until July 24th.  Details at www.nevadaart.org

NPR

Kelly McEvers is best known as the West Coast host of NPR's All Things Considered. But she's also just launched a podcast, called Embedded, to take listeners even deeper into the stories they hear each day on NPR. Our reporter Julia Ritchey talked with McEvers on her latest endeavor. Below are some excerpts of their conversation.

Postcard: Reno Muralist Shakes Up Art And Graffiti

May 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

The Reno Sculpture Fest wrapped this weekend, drawing hundreds to downtown despite the occasional drizzle. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with local muralist Joe C. Rock during the event and sends us this audio postcard.

2016 Reno Sculpture Festival This Weekend

May 6, 2016

The Reno Sculpture Festival kicks off this afternoon at 4pm in downtown Reno.  Details at www.renosculpturefest.com.

Danna O'Connor chats with Aric Shapiro, director of the Reno Sculpture Fest.

LGBT Community Center Opens In Northern Nevada

May 2, 2016
Julia Ritchey

A new community center catering to Northern Nevada's Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual population is now open in Midtown Reno.

The grand opening of Our Center brought out hundreds of people this weekend to Wells Avenue for food trucks, games and live music.

The nonprofit group behind it has been working since 2009 to raise the funds to launch a dedicated space for LGBT education, advocacy and support services. Jeromy Manke is president of Our Center.

Meet The Truckee Maker Community

Apr 26, 2016
Courtesy Truckee Roundhouse

Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

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
Antony Griffiths / CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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