The arts scene in Northern Nevada has recently grown by leaps and bounds, and the diversity shown throughout Nevada’s art community is the basis for the second annual Music and Heritage Festival. "We wanted to emphasize the different cultures that make us Nevada," said Virginia Nunez, a festival committee member. "We want to show that we’re a melting pot like the rest of the country." The four-day festival, which begins Oct. 24 with a poetry reading by cowboy entertainer Larry Maurice, will feature music, art, literature readings and dance. The performers and speakers include singer-songwriter Guy Clark (pictured), author Jon Christensen, photographer Deon Reynolds and artist Raymond Nelson. Tickets for the festival are available at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City. For more information on show times and prices, call 883-1976.