Summer calendar

Get ready to write your memoirs beginning with, “What I did this summer.”

Face it, when you go back to school after vacation or back to work after vacation, you’re going to want to have some stories to tell your friends, and to get some stories, you’re going to have to do some stuff. Here’s your list of cultural and artistic events to keep around all summer.

Special events

MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour: The third spot on the tour features the world’s top wakeboarders competing for 2005 X Games qualification, June 3-5. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks,

Heart of the Forest Renaissance Fair: Experience an Elizabethan-era country faire complete with arts and crafts, jousting matches, theater performances and entertainers dressed in period attire, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 4-5, 11-12. $8-$20. Camp Richardson, Tallac Historic Site, two miles north of Highway 50 on Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, (415) 897-4555 or

Valhalla Arts & Music Festival: The annual festival includes theater performances, concerts, movie screenings and other activities for the whole family, June 4-Aug. 27. Valhalla lawn and Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit

Carson City Rendezvous: The living history event features Civil War and Mountain Men encampments, gunfighter shows, Native American dancing, live music and other activities, June 10-12. Mills Park, 1111 E. William. St., Carson City, or 687-7410.

Tour de Nez: The 13th annual celebration of cycling includes master, pro and amateur races and after-race parties featuring live music and food, June 16-18. Various locations across the Truckee Meadows; after-race parties at Deux Gros Nez, 249 California Ave., 348-6673, 786-9400 or visit

Reno Rodeo: The 86th annual rodeo includes a cattle drive, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls, the Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-Out Winter Tour Finals and other events, June 16-25. $9-$17. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 329-3877 or visit

Celtic Solstice Festival: Observe the Summer Solstice with Celtic music, dancing and stories, June 18. Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, Calif., (877) 297-2140 or

Eldorado’s BBQ, Blues and Brews Festival: The 10th annual street party features an assortment of microbrews and barbecue as well as performances by Elvin Bishop, Deja Blues, the Shane Dwight Band and other acts, June 25. Indoor and outdoor stages, Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., downtown Reno, 786-5700 or

Hands Around Lake Tahoe: Thousands of people form a human chain around Lake Tahoe, June 25. Call (530) 448-1199 or

Artown: The 10th annual arts celebration includes headlining acts such as Na Lei Hula, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Ahn Trio as well as returning favorites like the Great Basin Chautauqua, Movies in the Park series and other events and exhibitions, July 1-31. Various locations in Reno. Call 322-1538 or visit

Sierra Arts Riverside! Join Sierra Arts as it celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Riverside Artist Lofts with an all-day event featuring an art sale, performances by aerial dance troupe Project Bandaloop, live music at Wingfield Park and an artisans’ village along the River Walk, July 2. Free. Riverside Artist Lofts, 17 S. Virginia St.; Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 329-2787 or

Great International Chicken Wing Society: Bars and restaurants compete for cash prizes and bragging rights to the best chicken wings, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 2-3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 4. Virginia Street, Reno Arch to Second Street, downtown Reno, (800) 860-9464 or

Reno Celebrates America: The Biggest Little City salutes the U.S.A. with a traditional parade through downtown Reno; music, entertainment, food and fireworks show follow, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4. Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., 233-4757 or 324-4440 x3515.

Star-Spangled Sparks: Celebrate the Fourth of July with family-oriented entertainment, 7:30a.m.-3 p.m., Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive; more events, Victorian Square, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. July 4, downtown Sparks, 358-1976 or visit

The Big Easy: Get a taste of a Mardi Gras party with parades, zydeco music, Cajun food and other activities for the whole family, July 15-17. Along Victorian Avenue, downtown Sparks. Call the Silver Club at 358-4771.

Reno Basque Festival: The 38th annual event celebrates Basque culture with traditional games, dancing and food, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 16. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 762-3577.

Fiesta Filipino: Immerse yourself in the dance, music and culture of the Philippines, 7-9:30 p.m. July 16. $15. Manila Garden Restaurant & Music Lounge, 1255 Stardust St., 746-2400.

Drum III: Reno Renaissance: Riverside Artist Lofts residents present a day of poetry, music and dance and visual art, noon-9 p.m. July 16. Free. Riverside Artist Lofts, 17 S. Virginia St., 337-1717.

Reno Celtic Celebration: Get a taste of the Celtic cultures through dancing, pipe bands, music, games and other entertainment, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. July 23-24. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue,

Silver Legacy’s 10th Anniversary celebration: The Reno Philharmonic performs classical and popular tunes followed by a fireworks display, 8 p.m. July 22. Outside Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7411 or

Latin Music Festival: Hear the sun-drenched sounds from lands south of the border, 6:30 p.m. July 30. $20. Manila Garden Restaurant & Music Lounge, 1255 Stardust St., 746-2400.

Drum, Dance and Didgeridoo Festival: Asha Belly Dancers and guests present a day of world music, ethnic dance and children’s crafts, noon-4 p.m. July 30. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 848-7203.

Hot August Nights: Take a drive down memory lane during this annual celebration of rock ‘n’ roll and big cars featuring show ‘n’ shines, cruises, classic car parades and live music, July 30-Aug. 7. Various locations in Reno and Sparks. 356-1956 or visit

Reno Gay Pride: Celebrate the “Power of Pride” with a parade and other entertainment during the ninth annual event, Aug. 20. Various locations in downtown Reno, 742-9953 or

Wooden Boat Week and Concours d’Elegance: The annual event celebrates Lake Tahoe’s maritime heritage with vintage boat displays, parties and regatta, Aug. 4-11. Various locations at Lake Tahoe, (530) 581-4700.

Reno-Tahoe Open: PGA players compete for a $3 million purse, Aug. 15-21. Montreux Golf Course, 16475 Bordeaux Drive, 322-3900 or visit

Brews, Jazz & Funk: The fourth annual event features micro- and macrobrews from about 40 breweries as well as live music, Aug. 20-21. Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, Calif., (877) 297-2140 or

Nevada State Fair: The 131st annual event includes carnival rides, 4-H exhibitions, arts and crafts, live music and more, noon-midnight Aug. 24-27; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 28. $5-$7 admission plus $5 parking fee. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 688-5767 or visit

Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off: Cooks compete for title of the best ribs in the west and cash prizes; live music includes performances by Paul Thorn, Sol’Jibe, 38 Special, Collin Raye and Cracker, 11a.m.-9 p.m. Sept, 1-4; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 5. Along Victorian Avenue, downtown Sparks. Call John Ascuaga’s Nugget at 356-3300.

Burning Man: Head out to the Black Rock Desert for a week of self-discovery, artistic expression and the Burning of The Man, Aug. 29-Sept. 5. $250.

Art shows/exhibits

Art in the Garden, private residence, 1280 Monroe St., 327-8360: Artists demonstrate and sell their works in a garden setting; proceeds benefit Friends of Washoe County Library, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9.

Artouring, tours of artists’ studios, 826-3655 or Visit local artists in their studios and learn about their work, July 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30. $25-$40. Meet at Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St.

Art Slaves artist reception, The Green Room, 144 West St., 829-7444: Meet the artists and enjoy live music and performance art; benefits the A2N2 scholarship fund, July 15. $5.

Bleulion Art Space, 420 Evans Ave., 333-0894: Vote for your favorite work of art in the artist-judged show, Populus; on view, July 1-31; public vote ends, 8 p.m. July 22.

Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Silver Legacy Grand Ballroom, 407 N. Virginia St., The world’s largest auction of western, sporting and wildlife art, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 30. $50 catalog available at Stremmel Gallery after July 1.

ICON Fine Art & Photography, 506 Humboldt St., Suite 203, 786-4266: The Dark Light Show features artwork by Dianna Sion-Callender and Stephanie Hogan, July 1-31.

Gene Speck’s Silver State Gallery, 719 Plumas St., 324-2323: He Can Turn showcases Mike Phillips’ turned wood and stone creations, June 2-25.

Gold Room Gallery, Eldorado Hotel-Casino, 345 N. Sierra St., 786-5700 or 852-2215: View works by Jackie Kaman and meet the artist, 5-9 p.m. July 8.

McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive: Chair-i-ty Auction featuring vintage oak study chairs that have been created as works of art by more than 60 artists, 4-7 p.m. July 10.

La Bussola Center Gallery, 211 W. First St., 348-8858: Cowboys, Java & Jazz features John Thomas’ western-themed oil paintings, carvings and backdrops, through June 30; The Art of the Cocktail showcases cocktail-themed paintings, sculptures and bar décor by various artists, July 1-31.

Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane, 686-0600: An Evening of Art featuring Erik Svare’s photography, Carol Chalet’s watercolors and Michael Stosic’s oil paintings, 5:30 p.m. July 14.

National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., 333-9300: Ice Hot Cars features hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles, an Ed Roth exhibit and other “art on wheels,” July 16; DeSotos, Dames & Dudes: Divorce Reno-Style takes a look back at Reno’s early days as divorce mecca, July 1-31.

Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333: Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, a retrospective of the artist’s works, through June 26; Darius Kuzmickas’ Pinhole Camera Photographs, through July 31; 2005 Nevada Triennial explores artists, visual trends and artwork created in Nevada over the past decade, July 16-17, 19-24, 26-31. Admission $8-$10.

Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St., 688-1190: Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada, through Sept. 24; Wally Cuchine discusses his collection, 7 p.m. July 7.

Pioneer Center Cord Plaza, 100 S. Virginia St., 329-2787: Artist exhibit and sell their creations, noon-6 p.m. July 1, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30.

Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., 786-0558: New works by Theodore Waddell and William. Bliss, July 7-30; reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 7.

Squaw Valley Fine Arts Festival, Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, Calif., (877) 297-2140 or More than 65 artists display their works, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 11, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 12.

Tahoe Arts Festival, Cal-Neva Resort, 2 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay, (530) 583-5605: Local and regional artists sell their works as well as create colorful street paintings and compete for a $2,000 cash pool prize, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 9-10.

Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd., 673-7000: Michael R. Smith’s paintings, drawings and watercolors are on display through June 30 at the Red Mountain Gallery; award-winning work by students and faculty are on display July 1-31 at the Main Art Gallery.

Truckee River Sculpture Park, Truckee River Kayak Park, downtown Reno, 771-9460: Petroglyphs and pictographs are transformed into metal sculpture, July 1-31.

Wildflower Village, 4275-4395 W. Fourth St., 827-5250: The art colony’s Saturday Outdoor Festival features demonstrations in various mediums, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Performing Arts/Theater

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds: Brüka Theatre presents this drama about the relationship between an alcoholic mother and her two daughters, 8 p.m. June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30; July 1-2; 2 p.m. June 12. $12-$18. 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221.

Guys and Dolls: Scene Stealers Performing Arts presents the Broadway musical comedy, 7pm June 4; 2pm June 5. Free. McQueen High School Theater, 6055 Lancer St., 825-3324.

Shirley Valentine: Bruka Theatre presents this one-woman show about a middle-aged housewife’s search for self, 8 p.m. June 8. $12-$18. 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221.

Into the Woods: Lake Tahoe Community College presents Steven Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale musical, 8 p.m. June 9-11, 16-18; 2 p.m. June 19. Call for ticket prices. LTCC, One College Parkway, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4660 x240.

Another Opening, Another Show: Scene Stealers Performing Arts presents this Broadway revue, 1 p.m. June 11-12. Free. Damonte Ranch HIgh School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway., 825-3324.

Butterflies are Free: Proscenium Players, Inc. presents this play about a young man learning to live on his own despite his disability and his over-protective mother, 8 p.m. June 10-11, 17-18; 2pm June 12, 19. $12 general, $10 seniors, students. Donald W. Reynolds Theatre, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., 883-1976.

A Triple Dip of Chekhov: Around the Community: Nevada Repertory Theatre presents three one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, 7:30 p.m. June 25-28. $13-$17. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-4444.

Lake Tahoe Chautauqua: Scholars portray Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton in Almost Rushmore, 7 p.m. June 25-26. $25-$50. Sand Harbor State Park, Highway 28, Incline Village, 784-6587.

Na Lei Hulu: This dance group opens Artown with performance that mixes traditional Hawaiian hula with modern dance techniques set to music ranging from Eminem to Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m. July 1. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 322-1538.

Pilobolus: The innovative dance company presents a performance that mixes humor, invention and beauty, 2 p.m. July 7. $20-$48. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600 or 322-1538.

As Bees in Honey Drown: Brüka Theatre presents this satire of popular culture that chooses style over substance, 8 p.m. July 8-9, 14-16; 21-23, 28-30; 2 p.m. July 17. $12-$18. 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221.

Ladies of the Corridor: Ageless Repertory presents this humorous drama about aging women living out the later part of their lives in a New York hotel, 1 p.m. July 5, 12 at the Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St.; 1 p.m. July 8, 15 at the Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, 359-1323. Free.

Arts In Action, A Day of Celebrating Dance: Creative Performing Arts Center offers classes every 15 minutes for all ages and levels, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9. Free. CPAC, Park Lane Mall, 232-N E. Plumb Lane, 827-2722.

Explorations: InnerRhythms Dance Theatre performs a variety of dance styles accompanied by percussion instruments, 7 p.m. July 12. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 322-1538 or (530) 550-8464.

Tahoe Improv Players: The group presents its improvisational sketch comedy, 7:30 p.m. July 12. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit

Movements in Truth: Sweet Vibrations present original choreography in jazz and modern dance, 7 p.m. July 13. Free. First Methodist Church of Reno, 209 W. First St., 322-4564.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: This year’s plays are Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors (alternating nights), 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 p.m. weekends (dark Mondays), July 14-Aug. 21. $12-$65. Sand Harbor, Highway 28, (800) 747-4697.

A Celtic Summer’s Eve: The Reno Irish Dance Company presents this Celtic-flavored program, 7 p.m. July 17. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 829-7878.

Dancing on the River: Sierra Nevada Ballet presents a mixed repertory program featuring classical ballet pieces, modern contemporary works and tap dance, 8 p.m. July 19. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 783-3223.

Random Act of Beauty: The theater company presents a German fable in a mask performance, 7:30 p.m. July 22, 26. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit

The Marriage Go-Round: Ageless Repertory presents this illustrated lecture on the perils of monogamy, 1 p.m. July 19, 26 at the Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St.;1 p.m. July 22, 29 at the Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, 359-1323. Free.

The Giving Tree: Brüka Theatre presents this adaptation of the classic children’s book, 7:30 p.m. July 23, 2 p.m. July 24. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, (888) 632-5859 or visit

Belly Dance Exposition: Nahlan and other belly dancers present this program on Middle Eastern dance, 6:30-10 p.m. July 23-24. Free. Manila Garden Restaurant & Music Lounge, 1255 Stardust St., 746-2400.

The Jungle Book: Missoula Children’s Theatre presents this musical based Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s book, 7 p.m. July 25. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 322-1538.

Always Patsy Cline: A celebration of the late country singer’s music and life, 8 p.m. June 28-29. $10-$20. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 322-1538.

Controlled Burn: This performance combines fire dancing with belly dancing, 9 p.m. July 30. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 233-5747 or 322-1538.

East Village Opera Company: The 11-piece ensemble, described as “Trans-Siberian Orchestra meets Baz Luhmann meet De La Guarda,” closes the 10th annual Artown festival, 8 p.m. July 31. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 322-1538.

The Tempest: The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents a children’s production of Shakespeare’s last play, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (888) 632-5859 or visit Music

Beethoven at Bartley, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 322-1538: Turtle Island String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. July 11, free; Bella Voce, Mile High Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. July 12, free; Opera in Blue Jeans, 7 p.m. July 15, free; Reno Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. July 18, free; Harmony Through the Ages, 7:30 p.m. July 23, $12; Ahn Trio, 8 p.m. July 24, $25-$35; Fuller Brothers, 7:30 p.m. July 25, free.

Food for the Soul concerts at Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 331-3663: Gospel Hummingbirds, 6:30 p.m. July 6; Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 6:30 p.m. July 13; Firebird Balalaika Quartet, 6:30 p.m. July 20; Reno Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Wallace and guest, 6:30 p.m., July 27, all show are $5 or bring five cans of non-perishable food.

Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 828-6642 or Rickie Lee Jones, 8 p.m. July 4, $45-$50; David Grisman with Old School Freight Train, 8 p.m. June 11, $35-$40; Peter Cincotti, Bebel Gilberto, 8 p.m. June 17, $45-$50; Lucinda Williams w/guest, 8 p.m. June 18; $50-$60; Robert Earl Keen, Paul Thorn, 8 p.m. June 25, $35-$5; The Indigo Girls w/guest, 8 p.m. July 8, $50-$60; Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, 8 p.m. July 26, $45-$50; Trio! Featuring Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke and Jean Luc Ponty, 8 p.m. Aug. 18, $50-$60; Hawaiian Music Masters: Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, George Kuo and Cyril Pahinui, 8 p.m. Aug. 20, $25-$30.

High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Road, Quincy, Calif., (510) 420-1529 or visit Line-up includes Gov’t Mule, Younder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Les Claypool and many other rock, jazz, reggae and world music acts, June 30-July 3. $10-$166.

New Oasis, 2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-4020 or Emery, Number One Gun, Bleed the Dream, 8 p.m. June 2, $9-$11; Dredg, Circa Survive, The Pale Pacific, 8 p.m. June 16, $10-$12; Built to Spill, 9 p.m. July 16, $15-$17.

Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., 335-8840: Reba McEntire with Terri Clark, 7:30 p.m., June 5, $57-$94; KRZQ Ball with Social Distortion, Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery, Pepper, I Hate Kate, 6 p.m., June 9, $27.50; Los Lonely Boys, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 13, $29.50-$40

Rollin’ on the River, Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 324-4440: The Deadbeats, 6 p.m. June 10; Tommy Castro, 6 p.m. June 17; Duhks, 6 p.m. June 24; Mihana, Duke of Uke, Kane Koa, 5;30 p.m. July 1; Mai Sharp, 5 p.m. July 8; TBA, July 15, 22; Stan Ridgeway, 5 p.m. July 29.

Scruples, 91 W. Plumb Lane, 322-7171: Livitz Livitz, 8 p.m. June 4; Pufferbilly, 8 pm. June 11; The Saddle Tramps, June 18; Pushbox, June 25; Sol’Jibe, July 9; Lavish Green, July 16; The Electrosonics, July 23; Royal Bliss, July 30. All show 8 p.m., $10.

Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater, 10500 Brockway, Truckee-Donner, (530) 582-7720 or (530) 583-2801: Hot Tuna, 6 p.m. June 4, $25; JGB featuring Melvin Seals, 6 p.m. July 10, $20; Soulive, 6 p.m. Aug. 14, $20.

Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 322-1538: Pops on the River w/Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, 5 p.m. July 9, $5-$30; The Happiest Show in Town w/Sierra Nevada Master Chorale and the Reno Municipal Band, 6 p.m. July 10; Beethoven’s Wig in Concert w/Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, 7 p.m. July 11; Clear Blue 22, 2:30 p.m. July 17.