Summer calendar

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

Special events

RENO POETRY ROUNDUP: Cowboy poets Don Edwards arnd Waddie Mitchell perform, June 3. $35 reserved, $25 lawn. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (800) 225-2277 or

VALHALLA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual festival includes theater performances, concerts, movie screenings and other activities for the whole family, beginning June 3. Valhalla lawn and Boathouse Theatre, Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975 or visit

CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS: The living history event features Civil War and Mountain Men encampments, Native American village, a fiddle contest, arts and crafts, live music and other entertainment, June 9-11. Mills Park, 1111 E. William. St., Carson City, 687-7410 or

RENO RODEO: The 87th annual rodeo includes a cattle drive, Dodge Xtreme Bulls, PRCA ProRodeo performances and other events, June 15-24. $8-$19 (downtown parade June 17), Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 329-3877 or visit

CELTIC SOLSTICE FESTIVAL: Celebrate the arrival of summer with Celtic-themed entertainment provided by storyteller Kevin Carr and music by Tempest and the Sierra Highlanders Pipes and Drums, June 17. Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley, Calif., (530) 584-6060 or

TOUR DE NEZ: The 14th annual celebration of bicycling includes master, pro and amateur races and after-race parties featuring live music and food, June 22-24. Various locations in Reno, Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Call 348-6673 or visit

ARTOWN: The 11th annual arts festival includes hundreds of events and exhibitions, headlining performances by Diavolo Dance Company and DBR and the Mission and returning favorites like the Movies in the Park series and Pops on the River, July 1-31. Various locations in Reno. Call 322-1538 or visit

AMERICAN ARTS FESTIVAL: Sierra Arts’ annual event includes live music, storytellers, a visual arts exhibit titled Faces and Places of America and an evening concert performed by students from Reno High School, July 2. Wingfield Park and West Street Plaza, First and West streets, 329-2787.

RENO CELEBRATES AMERICA: The city of Reno observes Independence Day with live music, family activities and a fireworks show, July 4. Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., 323-3138.

STAR-SPANGLED SPARKS: Celebrate America’s birthday with the Model Dairy Milk Carton Regatta, Sparks Idol Competition and other family-oriented entertainment at Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive; evening entertainment and fireworks follow, July 4 at Victorian Square, downtown Sparks, 358-1976 or visit

THE GREAT TRUCKEE MEADOWS OLDE TYME ICE CREAM FESTIVAL AND ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: This family event includes an ice-cream eating contest, arts and crafts, entertainment and an exhibit of antique cars (1895 to 1931) July 8-9. $5, $3 ages 4-11. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., 677-4977 or

LAKE TAHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Juice Newton, Del Sol Quartet, the Greencards, Sha Na Na, the Festival Orchestra and other acts perform during the 24th annual festival, July 9-Aug. 12. $15-$50. Various locations in Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Call (530) 583-3101 or visit

RENO BASQUE FESTIVAL: The 39th annual celebration of Nevada’s Basque heritage featuring traditional Basque music, dancing, games and food, 10 a.m. July 15. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue,

THE BIG EASY: Enjoy a Mardi Gras-style party with parades, zydeco music, Cajun food, entertainment and activities for the whole family, July 15-16. Victorian Avenue, downtown Sparks. Call the Silver Club at 358-4771.

SQUAW VALLEY USA SUMMER FESTIVAL: Enjoy a weekend of fine art exhibitions, benefit wine tasting, live music and kids’ activities, July 22-23. Base village at Squaw Valley USA, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Calif., (530) 583-6985 or

RENO CELTIC CELEBRATION: Celebrate the arts, music and athletics of the Celtic cultures at the 16th annual event, July 22-23. Free. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 233-9954 or

SILVER DOLLAR CAR CLASSIC: The 12th annual event features classic cars and bikes, show and shines, cruises, live music and other entertainment, July 27-30. Various locations in Carson City, 687-7410 or

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 29-Aug. 6. Various locations in Reno and Sparks. 356-1956 or visit

WOODEN BOAT WEEK AND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: The 34th annual event celebrates Lake Tahoe’s maritime heritage with vintage boat displays, parties and regatta, Aug. 3-10. Various locations at Lake Tahoe, (530) 581-4700 or

RENO COWBOY POETRY AND MUSIC GATHERING: Juni Fisher, Richard Elloyan, Dennis Golden, Texas Tom Weatherby and other regional cowboys poets and musicians perform at this inaugural event, Aug. 11-12. $20-$50. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road,

RENO-TAHOE BLUES FEST: Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and other national blues acts perform at the second annual event, Aug. 11-12. $55-$160. Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., 857-3378 or

THE GREAT TRUCKEE RIVER DUCK RACE: Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual fundraiser includes food, games, entertainment and a rubber duck race down the Truckee River, Aug. 13. Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 826-8008 or

BREWS, JAZZ & FUNK: The fifth annual event features live music and 25 different types of beer to sample, Aug. 19-20. $3-$10 for beer tasting. Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, Calif., (877) 297-2140 or

RENO GAY PRIDE: The 10th annual event includes a parade, street party, live music and other entertainment, Aug. 20-21. Various locations in Reno, 742-9953 or

NEVADA STATE FAIR: The 132nd annual event includes a demolition derby, carnival rides, robot demonstration exhibit, 4-H exhibitions, arts and crafts, live music and more, Aug. 23-27. $5-$14, plus $5 parking fee. Reno Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., 688-5767 or visit

BURNING MAN: Head out to the Black Rock Desert for a week of self-discovery, artistic expression and the Burning of The Man, Aug. 28-Sept. 4. $250-$280. Call (415) 863-5263 or visit

Art shows

Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., 322-8896: Rock art-inspired works by 30 local and regional artists, July 1-31.

Circus Circus Reno, 500 N. Sierra St., 328-9307: The Future Artists Competition & Gallery features submissions by young artists, July 1-31.

Claynichols Gallery, 106 California Ave., 324-0505: The Search for the Darwin Twinkie features works by Nancy Peppin, through July 1; the Urn Show, July 1-31.

Joseph Anderson Exhibit Gallery, Nevada State Library and Archives, 100 N. Carson St., Carson City, 684-3313: The Altered Landscape features contemporary landscape photography by Marilyn Bridges, Robert Dawson, Mark Klett, John Pfahl and other artists through June 27.

John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Gallery, South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, 329-2787: Paintings by Ray Nelson, through June 16.

La Bussola Center Gallery, 211 W. First St., 348-8858: SNAP!, June 1-30; What Is An Art Slut (Channel Your Inner Art Slut), July 1-31; ’50s Icons: Pin-Ups, Hot Rods and Housewives, Aug. 1-30.

McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, 334-2417: Various Abstracts features works by Carolyn McLeod, June 16-July 28.

Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St., 688-1190: Everyday Mysteries features Roy Curtis’s photographs of Reno during the 1920s. $2, free for ages 17 and younger.

Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333: Drawings and paintings by Lynda Yuroff through June 25; The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection through Oct. 1; 100 Years/100 Chairs: An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum through Oct. 1; Alexander Calder: The Kite that Nevada Flew, June 3-Nov. 12; Still Waters: An Installation by Marlene Alt, June 9-Sept. 17; Depression Era Dreams: Elite Bicycles of the Pre-War Years, June 19-July 2; Daniel W. Cheek: Abandoned Houses of the West, Aug. 4-Sept. 3; Bloom: The Paintings of Mary Warner, Aug. 17-Nov. 6.

Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, 687-4810: Interwoven: Visions of the Great Basin Basketmakers features baskets, vessels and other woven fine art, through Aug. 7.

Never Ender Art Gallery, 350 W. Liberty St., 322-7278: B_RD, mixed media show by Anthony Alston, June 3-July 3; Cordially Invited featuring works by local and out-of-town artists, July 8-31; Mixed media group show, Aug. 5-28.

Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 329-2787: Trading Spaces: A Collaboration of Print, Paintings and Assemblages features works by Candace Nicol and Lorin Humphreys, through June 23.

Sheppard Art Gallery, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-6658: Urban Street features works by 12 regional and international contemporary urban street artists, July 1-Aug. 11; Patron features the artwork of six area art collectors, Aug. 21-Sept. 22.

Sierra Arts Gallery, Riverside Artist Lofts, 17 S. Virginia St., 329-2787: Collaborations features art by Dean Burton and Tamara Scronce through June 30.

Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd., 673-7000: Richard Menzies: Passing Through, July 1-31 (Main Gallery, Red Mountain Building). WESTERN HERITAGE INTERPRETIVE CENTER, BARTLEY RANCH REGIONAL PARK, 6000 BARTLEY RANCH ROAD, 828-6642: The Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit, Between Fences, explores the role of fences in U.S. history and the country’s western expansion, June 23-July 31.

Performing arts

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Brüka Theatre presents Edward Albee’s acerbic exploration of marriage and relationships, June 1-3, 8-11, 15-17, 22-24. $13-$20. 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221.

Hair: Lake Tahoe Community College music and dance departments present the 1960s rock musical, June 8-10, 15-18. $4-$7. LTCC Duke Theater, One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., (530) 541-4660 x207.

Epic Proportions: Nevada Repertory Company presents this comedy about the comings and goings of the cast and extras on a Depression-era Hollywood movie set, June 9-10, 14-17. $13-$17. Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 784-4046.

Cathouse Afternoon: Red Rose Musical Productions presents this bawdy, original musical show, June 16-July 8. Piper’s Opera House, 1 N. B St., Virginia City, 847-7150 or 847-0433.

Ol’ Plumbottom: Red Rose Musical Productions presents this hip-hop family musical with a mine safety theme, June 24-July 8. Piper’s Opera House, 1 N. B St., Virginia City, 847-7150 or 847-0433.

Dancing in the Park: Sierra Nevada Ballet’s program features excerpts from classical ballet to contemporary jazz and tap, July 4. Wingfield Park Amphitheater, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 783-3223 or 322-1538.

The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents this comedic showcase of William Shakespeare’s plays performed at a fast and furious pace, July 5. $30, $40. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (800) 747-4697.

Blues and Ballet at Bartley: This Artown event combines blues music and the footwork of tap dancer Sam Weber, ballet dancer Domingo Rubio and the Sierra Ballet Company dancers, July 7. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 322-1538.

Daddy’s Dying—Who’s Got the Will?: Ageless Repertory Theater presents this comedy, July 7, 14 at Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks; July 11 at First United Methodist Church, 209 W. First St, 345-7323.

The Food Chain: Brüka Theatre presents Nicky Silver’s off-Broadway hit comedy about the lives of an anorexic poet, her closed-mouthed husband, a “delicious” male model, his food “junkie” stalker and an unquenchable crisis hot line volunteer, July 7-8, 13-16, 20-22, 27-29. $13-$20. 99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221.

Rehearsal for Murder: Reno Little Theater presents this “theatrical” mystery in which the theater becomes the set for the play, July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23. $10, $12. Hug High School Theater, 2880 Sutro St., 329-0661.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: The 34th annual festival features Othello, Twelfth Night and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), alternating nights July 13-Aug. 20. $14-$72. Sand Harbor State Park, Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697.

Tatu—The UnBallet That Rocks: A.V.A. Ballet Theatre blends contemporary ballet with the edgy sounds of rock, dance and alternative music, July 14-15. $15-$40. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 786-1221.

Great Basin Chautauqua: Scholars portray historical figures Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Edward R. Murrow, Sen. Joe McCarthy, Margaret Breen, John Sutter, Booker T. Washington and Malcolm X at the 15th annual event, July 16-20. $15 general, $50 reserved. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., 784-6587.

One-Act Plays: Ageless Repertory Theater presents a collection of one-act plays, July 21, 28 at Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks; July 18, 25 at First United Methodist Church, 209 W. First St, 345-7323.

Pie with Nathaniel Hawthorne & Louisa May Alcott: Audience members enjoy traditional American pies while watching London stage actress Ann Morrison and international performer Joseph Galata portray two of America’s most popular authors, July 21-23. Huffaker Schoolhouse, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 824-3865 or 322-1538.

Opera in Blue Jeans: Nevada Opera’s informal concert features guest soloists, chorus and the Nevada Opera Youth Chorus singing popular opera, operetta and Broadway selections while dressed in blue jeans, July 21 at Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road; July 23 at Wingfield Park Amphitheater, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 786-4046 or 322-1538.

Young Shakespeare: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents this collection of scenes from the Bard’s greatest works in this program geared toward a young audience, July 21 at Wingfield Park; July 25-27 at Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village; Aug. 4 at Salty Gebhardt Amphitheater, Truckee Regional Park, Truckee, Calif.; Valhalla Boathouse Theater, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Aug. 10 at Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows; Aug. 11 at Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, (800) 747-4697.

Vox Lumiere: The touring group combines live theater and live rock-operatic music performed against the backdrop of the silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, July 22. $30. Reno Hilton, 2500 E. Second St., 789-2285.

Robin Hood: Local children perform in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s touring production, July 28. $10. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 322-1538.


Beethoven at Bartley, Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 322-1538 or Great Basin Brass Quintet, July 3; Poulenc Trio, July 10; Argenta, July 17; Brazilian Guitar Quintet, July 24. All shows $10.

Crystal Bay Casino, 14 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, 833-6333: Eric Lindell, June 1; Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, June 2, $10; Will Bernard & Motherbug, June 3; Slightly Stoopid, June 7, $20, $23; The Greencards, June 8; Leon Russell, June 10, $22, $25; Blu Sirkut featuring Chris Littleton, Brian Jordan and John Staten, June 11; Corey Harris and the 5x5 Band, June 16, $10; Baaba Maal, June 22, $23, $27; Blue Oyster Cult, June 23, $25, $30; Tainted Love, June 24, $15, $17; Joey Gilmore, June 30; Super Diamond, July 1, $22, $25; Indigenous, July 2, $15, $17; The Radiators, July 3, $17, $20; Toubab Krewe, July 4; Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, July 5-6; Janiva Magness, July 7; Hapa, July 15, $22, $25; Drums & Tuba, July 8-19; James “Super Chikan” Johnson, July 27; Red Elvises, July 28; Curtis Salgado, Aug. 29-31.

Food for the Soul World Music Concert Series, Wingfield Park Amphitheater, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 331-3663: Vusi Mahlasela, July 5; Reno Jazz Orchestra’s Caribbean Nights, July 12; Los Hombres Calientes, June 19; Incendio, July 26. $5 donation or five cans of food.

Harrah’s Reno Plaza, 219 N. Center St., 788-2900: Hodown, June 22; Music in the City, June 30; Briefcase Full of Blues, July 1; The Outpsyders, July 7; LaVay Smith, July 8; Tommy Bell, July 9; Louie Fontaine, July 14; Uncle Funkle, July 16; Claudia Villa, July 22; Carolyn Dolan & Friends, July 23; Tony Vee, July 28; Like A Rock, July 29; Nightflight and Patton Leatha, Aug. 2; Flashback, Laurie Lynn & the T-Birds, Aug. 3; Laurie Lynn, Papa Clutch & the Shifters, Aug. 4; Shake Rattle & Roll, Lil Elmo & the Cosmos, Aug. 5; Rumble, Aug. 11; The Original KISS Army, Aug. 19; Louie Fontaine, Aug. 25; The Chicago Tribute Authority, Aug. 26; Tony Vee.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247: Kool & the Gang, June 17, $55; Vince Neil, July 1, $45.

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Highway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-8397: John Mellencamp, July 14, $68.25-$120.75; Rascal Flatts w/Gary Allen, July 16, $57.75-$89.25; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, July 22, $79.25-$184.75; Paul Simon, July 30, $57.75-$89.25; Sammy Hagar & the Wabos, Aug. 5, $22, $25; Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley, Aug. 20, $43.45, $55.

Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 828-6642: Todd Snider w/guest, June 17, $25, $30; Sonny Landreth, Leo Nocentelli, Red Beans & Rice, June 24, $25, $30; Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder, July 4, $45. $50; Superstarzz featuring Craig Chaquico, Warren Hill, Ray Parker Jr, July 8, $45, $50; Greg Brown, Jason Wilber, July 9, $35, $40; Bella Voce, July 11; Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, July 12, $50, $60; Reno Pops Orchestra, July 13; Kris Kristofferson, July 16, $45, $50; Silver Dollar Chorus, July 22, $15, $20; Pink Martini, July 29, $35, $45; Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin, Aug. 5, $35, $40; Randy Newman, Aug. 13, $50, $60; Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Aug. 18, $50, $60; Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, James McMurtry & the Heartless Bastards, Aug. 19, $35, $40; Raiatea Halm & guests, Aug. 26, $20, $25.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 356-3300: Danny Marona, June 1-3, $30; Forever Tango, June 6-July 2, $45, $49; Spanish Harlem Orchestra, July 14-15, $35; Three Dog Night, July 21-22, $45, Dianne Reeves, July 28-29, $50; Ottmar Liebert, Aug. 11-12, $35; The Neville Brothers, Aug. 18-19, $55; Man in Black (tribute to Johnny Cash), Aug. 25-26, $25.

MontBleu, 55 Highway 50, (800) 648-3353: The Academy of Dance Arts, June 6-7, $11; Chelsea Chandler, Jimmy Shubert, Ross the Intern, June 10, $25; REO Speedwagon, June 17, $50, $65; Gregory Isaacs, June 24, $22; India.Arie, June 24, $40, $55; Lewis Black, July 1, $40, $55; 3 Doors Down, July 2, $65; Widespread Panic, July 3-5, $45, $135; Jason Mraz, July 15, $45; Paul Oakenfold, July 19, $30; Jurassic 5, July 21, $25; 311, The Wailers, July 24, $35; Ice Cube, July 29, $55-$99; Wayne Brady, Aug. 12, $45; Staind, Aug. 17, $TBA.

New Oasis, 2100 Victorian Ave., 359-4020: Hank Williams III, Assjack, June 10, $15, $17; Tiger Army, The Briggs, June 21, $12, $15; The Coup, June 30, $15; Reverend Horton Heat, July 10, $17; Sage Francis, CRAYZ-WALZ, Kosha Dillz, July 15, $25; Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Thine Eyes Bleed, July 18, $21, $24; 30 Seconds to Mars, July 21, $TBA; Shadows Fall, Poison the Well, It Dies Today, Still Remains, July 24. $17, $20.

Pool parties at Sands Regency, 345 N. Arlington Ave., 348-2000: Reno Big Band, June 18; One Foot in the Grave Jazz Band, June 25; Ron Starr Quintet, July 9, Joe McKenna and Brazil ‘06, July 16; Jackie Landrum Quintet, July 23; CeCe Gable, July 30; No Comprende, Aug. 6; Francis Vanek Quintet, Aug. 13; Reno Jazz Orchestra, Aug. 20.

Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., 335-8840: Larry the Cable Guy, June 9, $45-$80; Carrie Underwood, June 18, $49.95.

Reno Hilton, 2500 E. Second St., 789-2285: INXS, Scott Stapp, June 9, $35-$85; Dierks Bentley, June 22; Tracy Lawrence, June 24, $27.50-$38.50; Jonny Lang, June 30, $38-$48; Sonic Youth, Awesome Color, July 4, $25; Boz Scaggs, Aug. 6, $41.80-$52.80; Charlie Daniels Band, Aug. 12, $33-$44; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aug. 19, $39.50-$50; Los Lonely Boys, Aug. 23.

Rollin’ on the River at Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, 324-4440 x3515: Los Straightjackets, June 9; The Iguanas, June 16; Los Mocosos, June 23; Roger Len Smith, June 30; Coco Montoya, July 7; Johnny A, July 14; TBA, July 21; Charlie Musselwhite, July 28.

Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7401: Petula Clark, June 10, $25-$45; Lee Ann Womack, July 28, $55-$75; Hot August Nights Prom w/Sixties Mania, Aug. 3, $15; The Beach Boys, Aug. 4-5, $55-$75; Rodney Carrington, Aug. 11-12, $30-$50.