Summer event listings
39 NORTH MARKETPLACE: The family-friendly community street fair returns with local artisans and craftspeople, specialty foods and beverages provided by surrounding local businesses, produce from local farmers, a variety of vendors, live music, healthy eating and cooking demonstrations and lectures, plus the interactive Kids Connect Zone. There will not be a marketplace on Aug. 10 due to Hot August Nights. Thu, 6/15-8/17, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, 801 Victorian Ave., Sparks, http://www.39northdowntown.com/.
7TH ANNUAL CTR ROCKABILLY RIOT: The event features traditional hot rods, vintage trailers, drag races and burnouts, car events, live music, contests and more. Thu, 6/22-Sun, 6/25, noon-4pm. Free admission. Mills Park, 1111 E. William St., Carson City, (775)-291-5008, www.renorockabillyriot.com.
ART PAWS: Artown’s only “bring your dog” day offers pet-friendly fun with arts and crafts, pet contests and demonstrations, live music, a beer garden featuring local craft brews, a silent auction, raffle and more. Proceeds benefit three local animal aid organizations. Sun, 7/16, 10am. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.artpawsreno.com.
ARTOWN: The 21st annual arts and cultural festival features over 500 events, including music, dance, theater, visual arts, workshops and art walks. Sat, 7/1-Mon, 7/31. Free for most events. Wingfield Park and other locations across Reno, 300 W. First St., (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP, PGA TOUR GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Barracuda Championship is one of only 47 stops on the PGA Tour. Fans can watch the world’s best golfers up-close and personal as they compete for a $3.3 million purse and 300 FedExCup points. Mon, 7/31-Sun 8/6. $27.25-$92.65. Montreux Golf & Country Club, 16475 Bordeaux Drive, (775) 322-3900, barracudachampionship.com.
BARRIO BLOCK PARTY: Enjoy a free day at the museum, live performances, food and craft vendors and hands-on art projects. Have your face painted, tour the galleries, drop in the E.L. Cord Museum School for free art projects while enjoying the sounds of live music. Sat, 7/8, 10am-6pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.
BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF: Two dozen rib cookers from across the world compete for cash prizes and bragging rights to “The Best Ribs in the West.” The Nugget Resort Casino’s 29th annual end-of-summer event includes live music, arts and craft vendors, cooking demonstrations and a kids’ play area. Wed, 8/30-Mon, 9/4. Free. Victorian Square, downtown Sparks, (775) 356-3300.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY WING FEST: The fifth annual events offers three days of chicken wing tastings, live entertainment on outdoor stages, street faire vendors, local celebrity wing judges and more. Trent Harmon will headline on July 1 and Craig Wayne Boyd will headline on July 2. Sat, 7/1-Sun, 7/2, noon-9:30pm. Free. Downtown Reno, Virginia Street, (775) 325-7401, www.silverlegacyreno.com.
COWBOY-CON GREAT AMERICAN WESTERN TV AND FILM EXPO: View, buy, sell or trade western television and movie memorabilia, arts and crafts, Western Clothing and costumes and more. Mingle in costume with actors, actresses, cast and crew from many popular past and present western TV shows and movies. Fri, 8/4-Sun, 8/6. $10. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 354-7331, www.cowboy-con.com.
THE GREAT ELDORADO BBQ, BREWS & BLUES FESTIVAL: The 22nd annual festival is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring rock and blues, including headliners Tonic, Five for Fighting and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. Fri, 6/16-Sat, 6/17. Free admission. Downtown Reno, Virginia Street, (775) 786-5700, www.eldoradoreno.com.
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: The annual celebration of classic cars and rock ’n’ roll music features show-n-shines, cruises, drag races and burnouts, live music and entertainment and more at venues across Reno, Sparks and Virginia City. Fri, 8/4-Sat 8/5; Tue, 8/8-Sun, 8/13. Free admission to most events. Downtown Reno, Virginia Street, (775) 356.1956, hotaugustnights.net.
JULY 3RD FIREWORKS CELEBRATION & BEACH PARTY: The Lake Tahoe tradition will include food trucks and vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, games and music. Attend the party and stay to watch fireworks light up the night sky. Mon, 7/3, 4pm. Free. Kings Beach State Recreation Area, between Bear and Coon streets off Highway 28, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach, (530) 546-9000, www.northtahoebusiness.org.
NORTHERN NEVADA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: The inaugural event celebrates ancient Chinese culture, sport and the natural wonders of the Reno-Sparks region. The festival includes a health and wellness village, a kids’ zone and various vendors, exhibitors, food trucks and artisans. Sat, 8/19, 8am. Free. Sparks Marina, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, www.gwndragonboat.com.
NORTHERN NEVADA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Build our Center hosts the Nevada Pride Festival and Parade at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. The 6th Annual CommUNITY Pride Parade will start at 11 a.m. and travel down California Avenue starting on the corner of Humboldt and ending at Wingfield Park. The festival features two stages, with music and entertainment, a dance tent and a memorial art project that will be sent to Orlando. There will also be food vendors and educational and service booths. Sat 7/22, 11am. $5 donation. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., northernnevadapride.org.
RENO ALOHA FESTIVAL: Experience the cultures of the Pacific Islands during the second annual festival featuring dancing, music and food, vendors selling Polynesian merchandise and the Keiki Village where kids can enjoy arts and crafts, hula lessons and storytelling. Sat 8/26, 10am-6pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., (775) 393-9044, www.renoalohafestival.com.
RENO BASQUE FESTIVAL: The 50th annual festival celebrates Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing and activities at Wingfield Park. Sat 7/15, 10am-6pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave, (775) 762-3577, www.renoisartown.
RENO GREEK FEST: The annual event features traditional Greek dancing, music, desserts and Greek imports, including jewelery, CDs, specialty food items and clothing. Fri, 8/18, 5-10pm, Sat, 8/19, noon-10pm; Sun, 8/20, 11am-3pm. $5-$12. St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive, (775) 825-5365, renogreekfest.com.
RENO RODEO 2017: The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” features a pre-rodeo cattle drive, kick-off concert with Dustin Lynch and Locash, Xtreme Bull Riding, competitions including mutton bustin’, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding, as well as a carnival, live entertainment and a parade through Midtown Reno. Thu, 6/15-Sat, 6/24. $8-$26 for rodeo admission. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 329-3877, www.renorodeo.com.
RENO STREET FOOD: The gourmet street food event features over 30 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Local musicians provide free live entertainment each week. Fri 6/16-8/18, 5pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Drive, (775) 825-2665.
SIERRA NEVADA LAVENDER & HONEY FESTIVAL: This new event will feature lavender and honey products, guest speakers, arts and crafts, event-themed food and drinks, creative kids’ zone, live music and beer from Great Basin Brewing Co. Sun, 6/25, 10am-5pm. Free. Victorian Square, 801 Victorian Ave., Sparks, www.lavenderandhoneyfest.com.
STEWART FATHER'S DAY POWWOW: Celebrate Father’s Day weekend and experience Native American heritage, history and pride with performances by more than 100 dancers, artwork by more 30 native artisans and crafts vendors and food including Indian tacos. The event benefits the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian School. Fri, 6/16-Sun, 6/18, 7pm. Free. Stewart Indian School, 5500 Snyder Ave., Carson City, (775) 687-8333, stewartindianschool.com/fathers-day-powwow-2017.
US OPEN OF WATERCROSS: The Pro Watercross Tour is the country’s premier watercross racing circuit and showcases the finest seasoned professional and amateur athletes in the sport of personal watercraft racing. Sat, 6/17-Sun, 6/18. Free admission. Sparks Marina, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, prowatercross.com/sparks/.
VALHALLA ART, MUSIC & THEATRE FESTIVAL: The 34th annual festival begins in June with events and activities that continue throughout August. Events take place in the Boathouse Theatre, the Valhalla Grand Hall and the Grand Lawn. Wed, 6/21-Wed, 8/30. Prices vary. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975.
WANDERLUST YOGA & MUSIC FESTIVAL: The festival brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers and more set against the natural beauty of Squaw Valley. Thu, 7/20-Sun, 7/23. $45-$500. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley.
THE WAY IT WAS RODEO: Get up close and personal with bull riders, wild broncs, kids’ mutton bustin’, jump motorcycles and more. Sat, 8/19-Sun, 8/20, 1pm. $10-$60. Virginia City Fairgrounds, 458 F St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7500.
ART INDEED ABSTRACT ART GALLERY: The abstract art gallery is open for First Thursday Art Night and the Saturday Wine Walks. There will be an artist reception on Sunday, June 25. Sat, 6/17, 1:30pm, Sun 6/25, 2pm. Free. Art Indeed Abstract Art Gallery, 142 Bell St., (775) 846-8367, www.artindeed.com.
ARTE ITALIA: Color Fusion—The Art of Dick Marconi. The show features a vibrant selection of abstract works by Italian-American artist Dick Marconi. Thu-Sun through July 30, noon. Free. Arte Italia, 442 Flint St., (775) 333-0313, www.arteitaliausa.org.
ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA: Reno Chalk Art Festival. Watch as parking spaces are transformed into colorful works of art. Sat, 7/8 -Sun, 7/9, 10am. Free. 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700, www.renoisartown.com.
CIRCUS CIRCUS: 24-Hour Mural Marathon Competition. In conjunction with Artown, Circus Circus hosts the fourth annual event. Seven artists are invited to compete for the best mural on the side of the hotel. Three winners will walk away with cash prizes and their work will be displayed on the busiest street in downtown Reno for one year, until the following year’s competition. Spectators can watch artists create their masterpieces, and enjoy food and music as well. Fri, 7/14,-Sat, 7/15, 10am. Circus Circus, 500 N. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711, www.renoisartown.com.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Habitat. Gallery East in McKinley Arts & Culture hosts multi-media artist Carole Ricketts. Her work explores personal, cultural and adaptation challenges of changing land and language with the use of ceramics, paint, collage and printmaking. Her pieces are multi-drop monotypes, some with as many as 20 individual hand printed layers, collage, pottery and acrylic painting; Watercolor Realism. Gallery West in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts watercolor painter Lisa Jefferson. Her paintings are a cross between hyperrealism and dreamlike imagery of the natural beauty of the West Coast. Her exhibit explores the delicate relationship that light plays with the outdoors. Mon-Fri, 6/26-8/11. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417, www.reno.gov.
MIDTOWN RENO: MidTown Art Walk. As part of Artown, the annual Art Walk showcases the unexpected culture of Reno’s Midtown District. Pairing artists with local merchants, this event stirs up senses with a variety of art, food and live performances. Thu, 7/27, 4pm. Free. Midtown Reno, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
NEVADA FINE ARTS: A Touch of Fantasy in Reno—Closing Reception. Nevada Fine Arts Gallery presents its first Artown show A Touch of Fantasy in Reno featuring the works of four notable local artists with a fantasy edge to their works. Thu, 7/27, 5pm. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., www.nvfinearts.com.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: The Altered Landscape Selections from the Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection. Wed-Sun through 7/5; Jessica Rath Projects. Wed-Sun through 8/27; Maynard Dixon The Paltenghi Collections. Wed-Sun through 7/16; Miradas Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art. Wed-Sun through 7/16; City of Dust—The Evolution of Burning Man. Sat, 7/1-Sun 9/3; Unsettled. Sat, 8/26-Sun 1/21, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
PITCH BLACK PRINTING COMPANY: TINY Art Show. Artists attemtpt to fit their big ideas into 8” x 8” maximum pieces. View works by visual artists from around the region, sample food by Nom Eats and hear a funky vinyl set by DJ Elzo. Sat, 7/15, 6pm. Free. Pitch Black Printing Company, 1108 California Ave., renoisartown.com.
RENO ART WORKS: RAW Open Studios. Every third Saturday RAW opens its studio doors inviting the Reno community to come see what the resident artists are up to. Come out meet the artists, explore the studios and buy local art. Sat, 6/17, noon; Sat, 7/15, noon, Sat, 8/19, noon. Free. Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, (775) 391-0278, www.renoartworks.org/calendar/.
WILD RIVER GRILLE: Wineing Cats Reception. Featuring original fine art paintings in oil and acrylic by Michele Difonzo along with her Wineing Cats artwork. Live music by Susan Vincent and Greken throughout the event. Sun, 7/16, 2pm. Free. Wild River Grille, 17 S Virginia St. Ste 180, (775) 284-7455, renoisartown.com.
4TH OF JULY CONCERT: The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform patriotic and classical favorites. The show will end with a choreographed firework finale. Tue, 7/4, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., (775) 323-6393.
9TH ANNUAL CONCERT UNDER THE STARS: The annual concert and benefit for The Carson City Greenhouse Project features The Family Stone and Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. Wed, 7/12, 5pm. $25-$65. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
A JOURNEY OF LATIN AMERICA'S MUSIC: Marina Oster, Vanessa Porter and Alejandro Pinzón present a concert of Latin American music. Fri, 7/7, 6:30pm. Free. (775) 322-1538, renoisartown.com.
A TRIBE CALLED RED: The group mixes modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music. The show closes Artown 2017. Mon, 7/31, 7pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS: The self-proclaimed “Most Laughable Band in Show Business” spoofs subjects such as politics, religion, romance, the music industry and even themselves. Sat, 7/1, 7:30pm. $25. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 461-1101, www.facebook.com/pipersoperahouse.
CLASSICAL TAHOE: The 10-concert festival brings together an assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Reno Phil and other noted orchestras across the country. Fri, 7/28-Sat, 7/29, 7pm; Sun, 7/3, 11am; Tue, 8/1, 7pm; Fri, 8/4-Sat, 8/5, 7pm, Sun, 8/6, 10:30am; Tue, 8/8, 7pm, Fri, 8/11-Sat, 8/12, 7pm. $25-$. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, (775) 298-0245, classicaltahoe.org.
GOSPEL FEST 2017: This gospel music and culture festival features entertainment, education, food and fun for the whole family. Sun, 7/16, 5pm. Free. (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
JAZZ AND BEYOND CARSON CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Mile High Jazz Band Association’s annual festival features more than 60 performances and over 100 performers. Concerts will be held at Carson Mall, Comma Courtyard, the Brewery Arts Center and other downtown Carson City venues. Fri, 8/4-Sun 8/20. Free for most events. Multiple venues throughout Carson City, (775) 883-4154, hjazzcarsoncity.com.
LEVITT AMP CARSON CITY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: This year’s lineup includes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on June 23, The Novelists on July 1, Guitar Shorty on July 8, Gene Evaro Jr. on July 15, La Misa Negra on July 22, Southern Drawl Band on July 29, Thee Commons on Aug. 5, Marla Brown on Aug. 12, Dusty Green Bones Band on Aug. 26 and The Young Dubliners on Sept. 2. Fri, 6/23-Sat, 9/2, 7pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, breweryarts.org.
MUSIC ON THE BEACH: The summer music series features The Sextones on June 30, Sneaky Creatures on July 7, Calling Ophelia on July 14, Lumanation on July 21, Achilles Wheel on July 28, Mojo Green on Aug. 4, Big Blu Soul Revue on Aug. 18, Yolo Mambo Band on Aug. 25 and The Wrinkle on Sept. 1. Fri, 6/30-9/1, 6pm. Free. Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Bear and Coon streets, Kings Beach, (530) 546-9000, www.northtahoebusiness.org.
ONE HIT WONDERS: The show features performances by local bands, including The Note-Ables and more than 60 participants from Note-Able Music Therapy Services’ music and dance programs. There will be food, desserts and beverages and fun activities for the kids with games on the lawn, a bubble station and face painting. Thu 7/27, 6pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
P'OPERA! BURGERS & BREWS: Sierra Music Society presents its second annual event featuring barbecue, beer and an assortment of ’50s and ’60s music. Sat, 6/24, 4-6pm. $25. Governor’s Mansion, 606 Mountain St., Carson City, (775) 233-5105, poperanv.org.
POPS ON THE RIVER: The 23rd annual fundraiser for the Reno Phil will feature well-known Broadway vocalists performing a Broadway-inspired concert with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Sat 7/8,5pm. $20-$55. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., www.renoisartown.com.
ROOTS IN THE BLUES: The Reno Jazz Orchestra’s 18-piece jazz band and guest artists Trey Stone and Pat Esters will perform a history of the blues starting with music from where the blues began to big band interpretations of Count Basie and Duke Ellington and to the world of rock, funk, rhythm and blues and country, too. Sat, 7/29, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
RENO RETRO CANTEEN: This tribute to the old-time USO shows of the past 65 years will showcase local Reno talent and veterans in a fun, all-ages show. Fully costumed, the show will feature the Retro Radio Dolls as the Andrews Sisters. Two male singers/actors will portray the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby characters in both song and dance. Dancers and a comedian will round out the show. Lastly, a multi-media finale will include local veterans in a patriotic ending. Retro attire is encouraged. Sun 7/2, 7pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
RANDY NEWMAN: The award-winning singer-songwriter performs as part of Artown. Thu, 7/20, 7:30pm. $50-$70. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
RENO UKULELE GROUP: The Aria School of Music presents the Reno Ukulele Group, the duo Aria 51, the Aria Ukulele Trio and the Halau Hula O Leilani in an evening of music, song, and dance, Wed, 7/12, 6pm. Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, 1335 N. Virginia St., www.renoisartown.com.
THE REVOLUTION: Prince’s legendary backing band featuring Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark and Dr. Fink performs as part of Artown. Thu, 7/13, 7:30pm. $40-$60. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, www.renoisartown.com.ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER: Reno News & Review presents its 21st annual summer concert series. Jelly Bread performs on July 7. Mojo Green plays on July 14. The Sextones headlines on July 21. Dainesly closes the series on July 28. Fri, 7/7-7/28, 5:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park Amphitheater, 300 W. First St., (775) 324-4440, ext. 3526, www.newsreview.com.
SIERRA NEVADA ADULT CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITION 2017 FINALS: Watch four finalists compete for top prizes. Fri, 7/21, 1:30pm. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Avenue., www.cgwest.org.
SIERRA NEVADA YOUTH CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITION 2017: Classical guitar players age 18 and younger will compete for top prizes in the internationally recognized Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Competition. Fri 7/21, 8:30-11:15am. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Avenue., www.cgwest.org.
THE STEELDRIVERS: The 2016 Grammy-winning bluegrass group performs as part of Artown. Thu, 7/27, 7:30pm. $25-$35. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, www.renoisartown.com.
TOCCATA TAHOE SYMPHONY BOPS-BROADWAY-OPERA & POPS: Tahoe Symphony presents this concert of Broadway, opera, pops and patriotic music. Soloists are Joy Strotz, Liudmila Mullin & Becky Earl, sopranos, Brad Perry, tenor. Sat, 7/1, 7pm. Free. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
ASYLUM ( ELECTRO CIRQUE): Le Cirque Vagabond presents an electro cirque show full of aerial stunts, heavey rock, intense martial arts, a shocking freak show cast and surprises to keep you guessing and your heart pumping. Suggested ages 8 and older. Fri, 6/23, 7pm, Sat, 6/24, 2pm & 7pm, Sun, 6/25, 2pm. $10-$15. Carson Community Theater, 851 Williams St, Carson City, (775) 527-3733, www.lecirquevagabond.us.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Kidscape Productions presents its production based on Roald Dahl’s beloved tale of a young boy who finds the very last of Mr. Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, winning a magical tour around Mr. Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Once inside, Charlie and the other four winners—Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee—witness amazing wonders. But what happens when the children, one by one, disobey Mr. Wonka? Fri, 7/14, 3-5pm. Free. Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway, www.renoisartown.com.
CHE MALAMBO: The Argentinian dance company excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end), presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle. Tue 7/25, 7:30pm. $20-$30. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.
IT'S AN IVES THING: The audience will decide before the performance which six of nine one-acts they wish to see and then sit back for the craziness and perhaps interact with the denizens of David Ives’ crazy world. Fri, 6/30-Sat, 7/1, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/2, 2pm; Thu, 7/6-Sat, 7/8, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/9, 2pm; Thu, 7/13-Sat 7/15, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/16, 2pm. Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, rattheatre.org.
LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The annual festival features alternating performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Monday Night Showcase includes a diverse array of live music and entertainment from a variety of genres. A different performance will be featured each week. Sat, 7/8- Sun, 8/27, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
LITERARY DEATH MATCH: Designed to bring high-energy and entertainment to literary readings, LDM pits four area writers against each other in two rounds. Readers are judged by prominent local personalities on literary merit, performance and intangibles. Thu, 7/13. 7pm. Free. renoisartown.com.
THE MATCHMAKER: Ageless Repertory present this farce about a rich old merchant who hires a matchmaker to find him a wife, but she has her own plans by becoming involved with his menial clerks, an assortment of lovely ladies and the headwaiter of an expensive restaurant. Tue, 7/25, 1pm; Wed, 7/26, 7pm; Fri, 7/28, 1pm. Free. Reno Little Theater, 147 E Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900.
MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD: Restless Artists’ Theatre presents a staged reading of Motherhood Out Loud, a masterpiece on the trials, tribulations, joys, sorrows and just plain hilarity that is day-to-day family life. Fri, 6/16-Sat, 6/17, 7:30pm; Sun, 6/18, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th Street, Sparks, www.rattheatre.org.
THE MOUNTAINTOP: American playwright Katori Hall’s play is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968. Performances are Thursday-Saturday. Fri, 8/18-Sat, 9/9, 7:30pm. $15. Good Luck Macbeth, 713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716, www.goodluckmacbeth.org.
NEXT TO NORMAL: Brüka Theatre’s Artown production of Brian Yorkey’s darkly funny, award-winning musical takes the audience on a journey through what some call everyday life and others call illness. This contemporary musical’s electrifying score and thought-provoking lyrics soar seamlessly through 30 spellbinding songs dealing with family crisis, loss and love. The show runs weekly Thursday through Sunday through July 30. Evening shows begin at 8 p.m. All tickets are $10 on Artist Night, July 19. There are two Sunday matinees on July 16 and July 30. The matinees begin at 2pm and the second is followed by a talk back with the company and the audience. Suggested for ages 14 and up. Fri, 7/7-Sat, 7/8, 8pm; Thu, 7/13-Sat, 7/15, 8pm; Sun, 7/16, 2pm; Wed, 7/19-Sat, 7/22, 8pm, Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29, 8pm; Sun, 7/30, 2pm. $20-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: Reno Little Theater presents its production of the Tony-winning play, which upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be “The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Thu, 7/6-Sat 7/8, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/9, 2pm; Thu, 7/1-Sat 7/15, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/16, 2pm; Thu, 7/20-Sat 7/22, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/23, 2pm; Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/30, 2pm. $12-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
STEAL YOUR ROCK 'N' ROLL: Reno Little Theater’s ACT OUT! Youth Program in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows presents a rock ’n’ roll spectacular featuring Broadway’s most rocking show tunes. Mon, 7/24, 3:30pm & 7pm. $5-$10. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
SHREK THE MUSICAL: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents its production based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film and Broadway musical. It’s a big, bright, beautiful world as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairy tale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Fri, 7/14-Sat, 7/15, 7pm; Sun, 7/16, 2pm; Fri, 7/21-Sat, 7/22, 7pm; Sun, 7/23, 3pm; Fri, 7/28-Sat, 7/29, 7pm; Sun, 7/30, 3pm. $10-$12. Destiny Community Center, 255 Bell St., (775) 284-0789, www.renoisartown.com.
SORDID LIVES: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company presents Del Shores’ award-winning comedy. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. Fri, 7/14-Sat, 7/15, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/16, 2pm; Thu, 7/20-Sat, 7/22, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/23, 2pm; Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29, 7:30pm. $15. Good Luck Macbeth, 713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Sierra School of Performing Arts presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, which tells the story of a postulant who proves too high-spirited for the religious life. She is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Included in this inspiring tale of love and honor are many songs that have become standards, such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the title song “The Sound of Music.” Fri, 8/11-Sun, 8/13,7:30pm; Thu, 8/17-Sun, 8/20, 7:30pm; Fri, 8/25-Sat, 8/26, 7:30pm. $15-$40. Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 852-7740.
VORTEX: A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its rock ballet as part of the Artown. Fri, 7/14-Sat, 7/15, 8:30pm. Free. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 762-5165, www.avaballet.com.