Summer Events

17TH ANNUAL RENO/SPARKS RELAY FOR LIFE: The event celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those that were lost and raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Participants walk from 3pm on Saturday, June 4, until 11am on Sunday, June 5. Sa, 6/4, 3pm. $10 suggested donation per participant. Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive, (775) 828-2214,

2011 RENO-TAHOE OPEN: Top PGA Tour professionals compete for $3 million in prize money during the 13th annual tournament. 8/1-8/7, 7am-6pm. Tickets start at $17.50 in advance. Montreux Golf & Country Club, 16475 Bordeaux Drive, (775) 322-3900,

21ST ANNUAL CANNIBAL CRUISE CAR SHOW: The Truckee Optimist Club presents its annual car show, which includes a show and shine, cruise, music and entertainment games, dance, poker run, food, beverages, Saturday night rib eye steak dinner, parade of champions, awards and prizes. All proceeds from this event go toward programs, sponsorships and scholarships for kids of the Truckee-North Tahoe area. F, 7/8, 3-8pm; Sa, 7/9, 8am-9pm; Su, 7/10, 8am-3pm. Free admission. Truckee River Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, (530) 582-9062,

3RD ANNUAL TRUCKEE CHILI COOK-OFF: The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club’s community fundraiser includes chili tasting, entertainment, food and beverages and activities for adults and children. The area’s best chili cooks will compete for top honors in various categories. All proceeds benefit Truckee-North Tahoe programs addressing the needs of youth, economically disadvantaged and elderly. Su, 6/26, 11am-5pm. $ 10 adults; free for kids 12 and younger. Truckee River Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, (530) 587-8131,

6TH ANNUAL TRUCKEE OPTIMIST BREW FEST: The festival features specialty brews from more than 30 Northern California and Nevada breweries, brats, snacks, live music and silent auction. Entry includes commemorative tasting glass. Must be 21. No children or dogs allowed in beer garden. All proceeds go to programs, sponsorships and scholarships for the youth of the Truckee/North Tahoe area. Sa, 6/11, 1-5pm. $25 in advance; $30 at gate. Truckee River Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, (530) 582-9062,

9TH ANNUAL KLOTHES 2 KIDS MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RUN: Take off on your motorcycle for a scenic ride with fun and games, ending up back at the dealership for a party. The party will include food, beer, live music and raffle prizes. Registration 8am-10am; party starts at noon. Sa, 6/25, 8am-4pm. $25 in advance; $30 day of event. Reno Harley-Davidson, 2315 Market St., (775) 329-2913,

ARTOWN 2011: The 16th annual arts festival features more than 400 events from more than 100 presenters. Highlights include opening and closing night festivities, headlining performances by Pink Martini, Doc Severinsen and Stephen Petronio Dance Company and returning events such as the Family Series, World Music Series and Movies in the Park. M-Su through 7/31. Opens 7/1. Free for most events. Call or visit website for details, (775) 322-1538,

BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOK-OFF: The 23rd annual rib festival and cook-off features rib cookers from across the country competing for prizes and the title of the best ribs in the West. The end-of-summer event includes a kids’ area, art and craft booths and live music on several stages along Victorian Avenue. W, 8/31, 11am-9pm; Th, 9/1, 11am-9pm; F, 9/2, 11am-9pm; Sa, 9/3, 11am-9pm; Su, 9/4, 11am-9pm; M, 9/5, 11am-5pm. Free. Victorian Square, Victorian Avenue, 14th Street to Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 356-3300,

BURNING MAN: The annual celebration of art, community and self-expression takes place in the Black Rock Desert. This year’s art theme is “Rites of Passage.” M-Su through 9/5. Opens 8/29. $320. Black Rock City, 9 miles northeast from Gerlach in the Black Rock Desert, (415) 863-5263,

CARSON CITY RENDEZVOUS: The 28th annual living history festival showcases and recreates historic scenes and ways of life in 19th century Nevada. The weekend event features Civil War reenactments and military camps, Mountain Men, Old West gunfighters, a Native American village, cowboy musicians and storytellers and more. This year’s theme is the “Father of Nevada Statehood,” which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The ceremony and reenactment of this moment in American history will take place immediately following the opening ceremonies on June 11. F, 6/10, 12-5pm; Sa, 6/11, 10am-8pm; Su, 6/12, 10am-5pm. Free. Mills Park, 1111 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 846-1130,

CHINWAGGING AND WINE: Learn about the work and research of local environmental academics and professionals. Then join in friendly discussion over wine and cheese. RSVP required; must be 21 and older to attend. Fourth F of every month, 7-9pm through 8/31. $10 suggested donation per person. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948,

CLASSIC RODS FOR MENDING HEARTS CAR SHOW: This show and shine benefits the American Heart Association. Open to all cars made in 1974 and before. There will be live entertainment, food, drinks and games. Sa, 6/25, 4-9pm. $5 cover for The Alley. Victorian Square, Victorian Ave. 14th Street to Pyramid Way in Sparks.

COMPRESSION! ART AND FIRE: The fire arts event features a variety of entertainment from local and regional artists and performers. Sa, 7/23, 3-11pm. Free. City Plaza, 10 N. Virginia St., (775) 379-0186,

CONTRA DANCE: The Americana Festival kicks off with a contra dance featuring music by Train Wreck. F, 7/8, 7-10pm. $5. Fourth Ward School Museum, 537 S. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0975,

EGYPTIAN BIRTHDAY BAZAAR: Celebrate the Nevada Museum of Art’s 80th anniversary with members, family and friends at this party inspired by Cairo’s bustling street bazaar complete with live music, acrobatic performances, food and giftware vendors, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and sword-swallowers. Create your own adventure while participating in a treasure hunt and exploration of To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. As evening falls, stay late for a dance party in the atrium to the electro-orchestral sounds of EO. Ride your bike for free valet courtesy of the Reno Bike Project. Sa, 6/18, 3-11pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333,

EUROFEST: The 13th annual celebration of European food and culture features live entertainment, a large selection of European beers and cuisine and a craft fair with more than 40 vendors. Headliners include the Young Dubliners, Gruber Family Band and Louie and Patti Showcase the Band. F, 6/3, 4-10pm; Sa, 6/4, 11am-10pm; Su, 6/5, 11am-6pm. Free. Terrible’s Sands Regency, 345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200,

FLINT STREET FESTIVAL: The festival features local artisans with original works of art, pottery, paintings, photography, glass, wooden items, jewelry, clothes, handmade and hand-decorated crafts. There will also be food vendors, hourly raffle prize drawings and tours of the historic mansion, which was built in 1877. Proceeds benefit the VSA Nevada at the Lake Mansion. Sa, 7/16, 9am-4pm. Free. VSA Nevada at Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100 ext. 3,

FOR KIDS FOUNDATION WINE TASTING: For Kids Foundation helps local children in need of critical medical and dental care and other services their families cannot afford. The major fundraiser for the foundation is a wine tasting with silent auction at the historic Chism House in Reno. The alfresco event includes live music by Aria, hors d’oeuvres and dozens of wines to sample. F, 6/3, 5-8pm. $25 per person. Chism House, 1401 W Second St., (775) 741-5231,

GREAT ELDORADO BBQ, BREWS AND BLUES FESTIVAL: The 16th annual festival features a variety of barbecue food and microbrews from across the country, as well as live music on two stages outside the Eldorado. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving everything from American favorites to Korean barbecue. F, 6/24; Sa, 6/25. Free. Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700,

THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL CHICKEN WING SOCIETY COOK-OFF: Local restaurants and bars compete for the titles of best sauce and chicken wings at the 10th annual cook-off. The public is invited to help judge the wings and crown this year’s champ. Admission is free and wing sampler baskets start at $3 each. The event includes arts and crafts vendors and live music. Sa, 7/2, 11am-8pm; Su, 7/3, 11am-8pm; M, 7/4, 11am-5pm. Free. Downtown Reno along Virginia Street,

HIGH ROLLERS CAR SHOW: The festival features three days of cars, music, food and fun. There will be barbecue, street dances, poker run, show-and-shine, vendor alley and more. F-Su through 6/19. Opens 6/17. Free. Downtown Yerington, 100 Main St., Yerington, (775) 463-5780.

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: The celebration of classic cars and vintage rock ’n’ roll features show-and-shines, car cruises, parties, live music and entertainment on various stages and a parade of cars. Tu-Su through 8/14. Opens 8/9. Call or visit website for details, (775) 356-1956,

LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE WOODEN BOAT SHOW: More than 75 classic antique boats will be on display during the 39th annual boat show. The event is a compilation of the best vintage boats from North America competing in 13 specialized classes for top honors and bragging rights in what is considered to be the top judged wooden boat show in the nation. F, 8/12, 9am-3pm; Sa, 8/13, 9am-3pm. Call for ticket info. Sierra Boat Company, 5146 N Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, (775) 851-4444,

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The 39th annual festival features Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity and passionate romance Twelfth Night, Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 21. There will be live music and performances on Mondays through Aug. 15. M-Su through 8/21. Opens 7/15. $25-$85. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697,

LIVE SKY TONIGHT TALK: Learn about the nighttime sky during this informal presentation with the aid of state-of-the-art digital technology, followed by telescope viewing (weather permitting) at Rancho San Rafael Park. First F of every month, 6pm. $6 adults; $4 children, seniors. Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, 1650 N. Virginia St. north of Lawlor Events Center, (775) 784-4812,

NADA DADA MOTEL: Artists get a motel room and make a show during the annual art party. Locations to be announced but will be centered around Second Street and Arlington Avenue. Th-Su through 6/19. Opens 6/16. Visit website for info,

NEVADA HUMANITIES CHAUTAUQUA: A 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Nevada Humanities presents its 20th annual Chautauqua festival. Explore the lives and times of legendary characters, including Henry VIII, Coco Chanel, painter Thomas Hart Benton, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Jefferson, during the evening programs. Each night begins with a musical performance featuring a local band. Music starts at 6pm, and Chautauqua performances begin at 7pm. Su, 6/26, 6pm; M, 6/27, 6pm; Tu, 6/28, 6pm; W, 6/29, 6pm; Th, 6/30, 6pm. $15-$90; free for June 26 Young Chautauqua program. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 784-6587,

NV HUMANE SOCIETY DUCK RACE & FESTIVAL: Twenty thousand yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. The festival includes carnival games and activities, refreshments and live entertainment, culminating in the duck race. Su, 8/28, 11am-5pm. Free admission. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 856-2000 ext. 324,

NV HUMANE SOCIETY WALK FOR ANIMALS: Nevada Humane Society aims to raise $100,000 to provide care for homeless dogs and cats in the community at this event, which includes a 2-mile fun walk, along with a variety of activities, pet-related vendors, entertainment, a raffle and prizes. Walkers are asked to find pledges to support their 2-mile walk. Each walker will receive a bag filled with goodies. Prizes are offered for those raising a certain dollar amount, and the top fundraisers, both individual and team, will receive one of several prizes. Sa, 6/4, 9am-1pm. Free admission. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, (775) 856-2000 ext. 335,

OVER THE EDGE: Over the Edge is a fund-raising event providing participants the chance to rappel down a building in a safe environment. Registration is limited and individuals who want to participate and become “Edgers” are required to raise a minimum of $1,000. The event benefits Special Olympics Nevada. F, 6/3; Sa, 6/4. Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000,

PATTY SHEEHAN & FRIENDS GOLF TOURNAMENT: LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Patty Sheehan and other professional women’s golfers compete in the inaugural tournament, the the seventh event in the 2011 Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The four-day event offers activities, golf clinics and parties. This event aims to raise money and awareness for women and children's organizations in Northern Nevada. Th-Su through 6/5. Opens 6/2. $10 adults; free for children age 17 and younger, military personnel. Hidden Valley Country Club, 3575 E. Hidden Valley Drive, (775) 721-7266,

PYRAMID PARTY: Guarded and greeted by Egyptian gods of the underworld, guests will travel to a romanticized era of archeology and exploration, while indulging in a bountiful feast, live music and entertainment with acrobats and aerialists. Egyptian, adventure and 1930s-inspired costumes encouraged. F, 6/17, 7pm. $300; $275 NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333,

RELAY FOR LIFE AND COMMUNITY CARNIVAL: The American Cancer Society’s relay and carnival includes music, entertainment, food and health screenings. Sa, 7/30, noon. Incline High School, 499 Village Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 828-2211,

RENO BASQUE FESTIVAL: The 45th annual festival features Basque music, folkloric dances and festive traditional activities, including improvisational poetry, men’s and women’s weight-carrying contests with winners’ cash awards, wood chopping, war cry exhibition and a children’s bota-drinking contest. Sa, 7/23, 10am-5pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 682-5565,

RENO GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL: The 15th annual celebration of LGBT pride features a beer garden, vendors and a full day of live performances and entertainment on the Wingfield Amphitheater stage. Sa, 8/20, 11am-6pm. $5; free for children accompanied by paying adult. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., (877) 344-7366,

RENO GREEK FESTIVAL: The annual celebration of Greek culture features traditional food, music and dancing. F, 8/19; Sa, 8/20; Su, 8/21. Call for info. St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive, (775) 825-5365,

RENO RODEO: The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” features a pre-rodeo cattle drive, Saturday morning parade down Virginia Street, ProRodeo (PRCA) events, including bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and women’s barrel racing, as well as carnival rides, exhibits and vendors. M-Su through 6/25. Opens 6/16. $5-$25. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (800) 225-2277,

RIVERWALK DISTRICT WINE WALK: Visit any Riverwalk District Merchant on Wine Walk day to get a map of participating Wine Walk merchants. Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, with a valid photo ID, you’ll receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet that allows you to sample wine at any participating merchant. Every month offers a different theme and part of all proceeds are donated to a local charity. Third Sa of every month, 2-5pm. $20. The Riverwalk District, downtown Reno along The Riverwalk, (775) 825-9255,

ROCK ’N’ ROLL REVIVAL & CLASSIC CAR SHOW: The weekend celebration includes a car show featuring all makes and models of cars, including classic, muscle, hot rods and a display of Panteras. There will be arts and crafts booths, food booths and live music by Shake, Rattle & Roll, Tony Vee, Michael Bartle the Elvis impersonator and others. Sa, 6/11, 9am-6pm; Su, 6/12, 9am-2pm. Free. Downtown Reno along Virginia Street.

RSVP 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: The event features carnival rides, games and concessions, arts, crafts, novelties and an assortment of food vendors, and culminates with a fireworks show over Mills Park at dusk on July 4. M, F-Su through 7/4. Opens 7/1. Free; fees for rides. Mills Park, 1111 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 687-4680 ext. 4,

SAMPLE THE SIERRA: The second annual festival celebrates the bounty and heritage of the Sierra Nevada region. There will be live music, cooking demonstrations and winemaker dinners. Su, 9/4, 12-5pm. $25. Ski Run Boulevard Special Events Center, Ski Run Boulevard, between Larch and Birch avenues, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 588-5900 ext. 303,

SANDCASTLES ARE THE STARS: The sandcastle sculpting competition will feature professional sculptors, novice and intermediate participants. There will be a beach party with live entertainment, food, beverages and beach volleyball clinic hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Women’s Volleyball Team. Sa, 7/9; Su, 7/10. Free. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, (775) 224-6622,

SCHEELS KIDS’ TRIATHLON: The race is designed to introduce boys and girls ages 12 and younger to the sport of triathlon in a non-competitive environment. Following the water portion of the race, participants will bike 1.8 miles around the marina. The last segment of the race features a .2 (2/10) mile running course along the peninsula. Sa, 7/30. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, 775353237,

SILVER DOLLAR CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Carson City’s car show is open to all makes, models and years. The family event features rock ’n’ roll music in the park, Friday night Street Dance across from the Nugget, a poker run, barbecue, award ceremony and more. F-Su through 8/7. Opens 8/5. Free. Call or visit website for details, (775) 687-7410,

STAR-SPANGLED SPARKS: Sparks celebrates Independence Day with family-friendly activities and entertainment at the Sparks Marina during the day, followed by a fireworks display and more at Victorian Square beginning at 4pm. Free. M, 7/4. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, (775) 358-1976; Victorian Square Plaza, Victorian Avenue, in front of fountain/theater, across from John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Sparks, (775) 356-3300,

STREET VIBRATIONS SPRING RALLY: The fifth annual motorcycle rally event features live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in shows, poker runs and walks, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for participants and more. F, 6/3; Sa, 6/4; Su, 6/5. Free. Victorian Square, Victorian Avenue, 14th Street to Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 329-7469,

SUMMER SOLFEST 2011: Join pagan families in a week-long midsummer campout with a ritual honoring a different tradition each night. Activities include hiking, fire dancing, belly dancing, drum circles, meditations and yoga classes. Ritual events will include a candle light labyrinth, a Wicker Man, a trance possession bembe with a whole roast goat and a Norse feast with a whole roast pig. M, 6/20; Tu, 6/21. $5-$15 park fees. Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 East Lake Blvd., Carson City, (777) 722-6317,

A TOAST & TASTE OF SUMMER: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa hosts this fundraiser featuring an evening of fine wine, gourmet food, sports expo and silent auction. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Northern Nevada. W, 6/8, 6pm. 55 in advance; $65 day of event. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700.

VALHALLA ARTS, MUSIC, AND THEATRE FESTIVAL: The annual festival features theatrical presentations, concerts, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire and the return of the Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Festival, as well as visual arts exhibits and artists-in-residence. M-Su through 9/16. Opens 6/4. Prices vary. Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89, 2.5 miles north of Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975,

VALHALLA RENAISSANCE FAIRE: Camp Richardson will be transformed into an Elizabethan-era town with more than 900 costumed entertainers and 100 shopkeepers and artisans. The fair will feature more than six stages of continuous entertainment, including Queen Elizabeth’s court, Shakespearian plays and vignettes, staged battle scenes and theatrical performances, a crafts marketplace, storytelling for children and adults, dancing, a joust and archery tournaments F, 6/3, 10am-6pm; Sa, 6/4, 10am-5pm; F, 6/10, 10am-6pm; Sa, 6/11, 10am-5pm. $7-$17; free for kids age 5 and younger. Camp Richardson, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975,

VICTORIAN SQUARE SUMMER: Victorian Square Merchants presents this festival featuring live music, food and beverages and assorted booths, June 9-Aug. 18 (except Aug. 11). The festival will take place on the sidewalks between Great Basin Brewery Co. and Cantina Los Tres Hombres. Th, 5-10pm through 8/4. Opens 6/9; Th, 8/18, 5-10pm. Free. Victorian Square, Victorian Avenue, 14th Street to Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 788-2131,

WHOLE FOODS HOMETOWNE FARMERS’ MARKET: The farmers’ market features produce from regional growers, seasonal items, musical performances, food, beverages, arts and crafts and community booths. The event takes place on Thursdays, June 9-Aug. 18 except Aug. 11. Th, 4-8pm through 8/4. Opens 6/9; Th, 8/18, 4-8pm. Free. Victorian Square Plaza, Victorian Avenue, in front of fountain/theater, across from John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Sparks, (775) 353-2291,

WOMEN’S ONLY GARAGE PARTY: Women want to learn more about riding motorcycles are invited to attend. RSVP to save a spot. Th, 7/7, 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Reno Harley-Davidson, 2315 Market St., (775) 329-2913,


ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: SPCA of Northern Nevada Benefit Art Show. Artists Co-op of Reno presents a pet-themed art show to benefit the SPCA of Northern Nevada. M-Su, 11am-4pm through 6/30. 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

ARTSY FARTSY ART GALLERY: Grand Opening Party. The art gallery holds its grand opening party and a raffle of original art to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. The gallery will feature a variety of art from glass and metal work to paintings and even hand-selected pieces of furniture. Sa, 6/11, 12-7pm. 220-A W. Telegraph St., Carson City, (775) 885-2787.

CCAI COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Splendor in the Glass, The Capital City Arts Initiative presents an exhibition of Carole and William Hutchison's XXL Variation III Kaleidoscope, which has eight 28" diameter, brilliantly colored interchangeable wheels. M-F through 9/9. Free. 885 E. Musser St., Carson City Courthouse, Carson City,

THE HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY: scatter brain, Troy Ayala's found image collages are on display. M-Su through 6/20. Opens 6/1. 30 Cheney St., (775) 742-1858,

NORTH TAHOE ARTS CENTER: North Tahoe ARTS presents its Annual Members Show in the Main Gallery. Remembering Madeline, a tribute to artist, mentor and teacher Madeline Bohanon, will exhibit in the Corison Loft. M, W-Su, 11am-4pm through 6/1. Free. 380 North Lake Blvd. Art Gallery & Gift Shop , Tahoe City, (530) 581-2787,

SIERRA ARTS: Its All A Blur. This multimedia exhibition features artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat with three distinct but mutually informed bodies of work spanning over 75 combined years. The work focuses on levels of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current state of the American Dream. M-Th, 10am-5pm through 7/1. Free. 17 S. Virginia St., Ste. 120, (775) 329-2787,

STREMMEL GALLERY: TOM JUDD: The World Is Flat. Stremmel Gallery presents the solo exhibition of new works by painter Tom Judd. M-Sa through 6/18; John Randall Nelson + Bryan Christiansen, M-Sa through 7/30. Opens 6/30. Free. 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-0558,


NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM (THE HARRAH COLLECTION): The 1907 Thomas Flyer Exhibit, See one of the most historic automobiles in the world, the American Thomas Flyer. The car won the 1908 New York to Paris, Around the World Race, the longest race in automotive history; Quirky Rides, The Masterpiece Exhibit features cars created by British customizer Andy Saunders and others. Cars on display include the Picasso Car, the Mini Ha Ha, a car fashioned from a pile of mismatched wood and a taxicab that didn’t have collecting fares in mind; Even in Africa, The exhibit features a new series of original paintings by Reno artist Robert Cinkel depicting automobiles from the museum's collection in intriguing locales. The automobiles are pictured under a starry sky in the Nevada desert, in India, and even in Africa.; Bill Harrah 1911-1978: Legendary Collector, The National Automobile Museum, the Harrah Collection, celebrates the 100th anniversary of gaming industry pioneer Bill Harrah's birth. Harrah was the founder of the world-famous Harrah’s Automobile Collection. Learn about his passion for automobiles and the movement that created the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). M-Su. $6-$10; free for kids age 5 and younger. 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300, http://

NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Reno: Biggest Little City in the World, This exhibit features artifacts, photos, manuscripts, gaming memorabilia and art specific to the history and development of Reno. Incorporated in the exhibit will be custom "Pickles" drawings created specifically for the exhibit by Sparks cartoonist Brian Crane. W-Sa, 10am-5pm; Textiles in White: The Language of Clothing, The exhibition focuses on white textiles from the Nevada State Museum and Nevada Historical Society collections. The exhibit showcases a variety of white clothing, textiles and accessories from throughout Nevada’s history. In addition, a collection of historic fashion plates, historical photographs from the Nevada Historical Society, clothing advertisements and a selection of materials on historic fashion norms, behaviors and etiquette will be on will be on display. W-Sa through 7/9, 10am-5pm; History of Showgirls, Art and Clothing, W-Sa through 9/24, 10am-5pm. Opens 7/15. $4 adults; free for members, children 17 and younger. 1650 N. Virginia St., (775) 688-1190.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Jacob Hashimoto: Here in Sleep, a World, Muted to a Whisper, The contemporary artist was commissioned to create a large-scale, site-specific artwork to hang in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall and Atrium. Hashimoto’s sculptures—fabricated from thousands of small "kites"—are made from bamboo-stiffened rice papers not unlike those used for centuries to make traditional Japanese kites. The three-dimensional cascading form is suspended by nylon mono-filament and responds specifically to the museum’s unique architecture and changing light. M-F through 12/31; Toni Lowden: Biology is Technology, In 2010, the NMA challenged Lowden to create a series of new artworks in response to artist Leo Villareal's colorful light sculptures. Lowden's resulting pieces blend references to biological cells, computer technology and the expanse of the universe. W-Su through 8/21; A Lasting Legacy: Church, Cutts, and the Founding of the Nevada Museum of Art. W-Su through 1/29/12. Opens 8/27; Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers, This exhibition focuses on the photographer’s recent body of work, Running the Numbers, and also includes selections from his previous series Intolerable Beauty. W-Su through 7/17; Specimens: Donald Farnsworth, For contemporary printmaker Donald Farnsworth, Charles Darwin's writings offered the opportunity to explore notions about science, the natural world and the chasm that sometimes exists between observation and belief. A collector of strange and beautiful insect specimens and a digital technology enthusiast, Farnsworth produced his Origin: Species series using bugs from his own collection, as well as specimens from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The highly detailed images were digitally captured and then overlaid onto printed chapters of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. W-Su through 8/28; Triumph of Craftsmanship: Arts and Crafts Frames by Greg Drinkwine, Northern Nevada craftsman Greg Drinkwine specializes in making frames from the late-19th through early 20th centuries—an era popularly known as the Arts and Crafts period. For this exhibition, Drinkwine will carve frames representative of those once made by well-known frame makers such as James McNeil Whistler, Stanford White, Herman Dudley Murphy, Arthur and Lucia Matthews and the Taos School, among others. W-Su through 8/7; Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail, The photographer's view of America, produced in more than a half century of imagery, invites viewers to reexamine the world—from the most intimate details in nature to the broadest of landscapes. W-Su through 8/14; To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum, This exhibition explores explores the ancient Egyptian belief that death was an enemy to be overcome through proper preparation. It's drawn entirely from the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Egyptian collection and features more than 120 objects, including statuary, sarcophagi, coffins, gold jewelry and elegantly crafted vessels. W-Su through 9/4. Opens 6/11; Linda Fleming: Modeling the Universe, Fleming's intricately cut maquettes suggest the co-existence of the mundane, the cosmological and the scientific. Her architectonic structures, made from paper, wood and steel share an affinity with the work of Buckminster Fuller. W-Su through 11/6. Opens 7/2; Jean-Luc Mylayne: The Heavens Are Blue, W-Su through 3/11/12. Opens 8/13; Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions, W-Su through 2/12/12. Opens 8/13. $1-$10. 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333,

WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Dragons and Dinos, The exhibit explores the relationship between dinosaurs and the legendary dragons of the Middle Ages. The show features half a dozen animatronic dinosaurs, displays illustrating the differences between European and Asian dragons, storytelling and other attractions. M-Su through 6/12. $8 adults; $7 children under 18, seniors 62 and older. 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.


21ST ANNUAL HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL: The festival features performances by Maceo Parker, Ween, Neko Case, Yonder Mountain String Band and others. Th, 6/30; F, 7/1; Sa, 7/2; Su, 7/3. $165 and up. Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Road, Quincy, (510) 547-1992,

AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL: The festival celebrates bluegrass, folk, ragtime and other styles of traditional American music and dance. Special events at Piper’s Opera House (tickets required) include a Saturday night concert with Nashville star Darrell Scott. The event features instructional workshops, a contra dance and performances at various venues. F-Su through 7/10. Opens 7/8. Prices vary. Downtown Virginia City, C Street,

BLUEGRASS JAM: Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association hosts this bluegrass jam. First Tu of every month, 7-9pm. Free. Maytan Music Center, 777 S. Center St., (775) 323-5443,

BOWERS MANSION BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association presents the 26th annual festival featuring local and regional bands. Bring your instruments and jam. Related events include camping and concerts at Davis Creek Campground Friday-Sunday. Sa, 8/20, 9:30am-6pm. $15 adults; $3 children ages 2-12. Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Old Highway 395, Washoe Valley, (775) 786-6948,

CARSON CITY MUSIC CLUB: This is a forum for musicians and music lovers to gather and share their love of music. The club offers opportunities to perform individually and to participate in collaborative events and expand musical knowledge. Second M of every month, 7pm. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 882-9517,

CHAMBER MUSIC CHARMERS: The Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Toccata) presents Trio Brio with featured performers David Brock, piano, Pat Crane, violin and viola, and Darrell Moore, clarinet, performing works by classical, romantic and 20th century jazz/impressionist composers, including Mozart, Schumann, Bruch, Milhaud and Villiers Stanford. Advance preferred seating includes a wine and cheese gathering one hour prior to the concert Su, 6/12, 6pm. $20-$35. Squaw Valley Chapel, 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley; Su, 6/19, 7:30pm. $20-$35. Valhalla Boathouse Theater, Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe; Sa, 6/18, 4pm. $20-$35. Steinway Piano Gallery, 500 E. Moana Lane, (775) 313-9697,

DARRELL SCOTT BAND: The acoustic country singer-songwriter and his band performs as party of the Americana Music Festival at Virginia City. Sa, 7/9, 7pm. $40 individual; $70 per couple. Pipers Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433,

GE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES: The summer concert series features a performance by Dave Russell, F, 6/24, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Minden Park, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden, (775) 782-9828,

GE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES: The summer concert series continues with Evolution, a Journey tribute band. F, 7/15, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Minden Park, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden, (775) 782-9828,

GE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES: The summer concert series continues with Colour my World, a Chicago tribute band. F, 8/5, 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Minden Park, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden, (775) 782-9828,

GE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES: The summer concert series continues with Jeff Jones. F, 8/26, 6-8pm. Free. Minden Park, 1604 Esmeralda, Minden, (775) 782-9828,

GOSPEL FEST 2011: This event introduces the Gospel music culture as a historical and contemporary art form to the Reno-Sparks community through the use of the performing arts, visual arts food games and printed information. Su, 7/24, 3-7pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-6770,

LAKE TAHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL: The 29th annual music festival kicks off with a performance by the Grammy-award winning Blues Traveler on July 21. Th, 7/21, 7pm. $55 preferred seating; $35 general admission. The Village at Northstar, 3001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, (530) 583-3101,

PIPES ON THE RIVER: The Friday lunchtime concert series features guest artists performing on the church’s Casavant pipe organ. F, noon. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave., (775) 329-4279,

ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: RN&R’s summer concert series returns. This year’s lineup is Heart Alive—A Tribute to Heart (July 1), Because—A Tribute to the Beatles (July 8), The Unauthorized Rolling Stones (July 15), Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads—A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet (July 22) and Vegas U2—A Tribute to U2 (July 29). Each night will also feature a local opening band. F, 5:30-8:30pm through 7/29. Opens 7/1. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 324-4440 ext. 3517.


ANGRY HOUSEWIVES: Brüka Theatre presents this musical satire of contemporary feminism about four bored and neglected women who form a punk rock group to enter the upcoming talent show at the neighborhood punk club. Their group, The Angry Housewives, enter and win. The June 12 matinee is followed by a talkback with the company. Th, 6/2, 8pm; F, 6/3, 8pm; Sa, 6/4, 8pm; Th, 6/9, 8pm; F, 6/10, 8pm; Sa, 6/11, 8pm; Su, 6/12, 2pm; Th, 6/16, 8pm; F, 6/17, 8pm; Sa, 6/18, 8pm; Th, 6/23, 8pm; F, 6/24, 8pm; Sa, 6/25, 8pm. $20 general; $18 students, seniors; $25 at the door. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221,

A.V.A. BALLET THEATRE’S VORTEX: A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its contemporary rock ballet as part of Artown. F, 7/22, 8:30pm; Sa, 7/23, 8:30pm. $15-$20; $10 seniors, students. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 762-5165,

DIAL M FOR MURDER: Good Luck Macbeth presents Frederick Knott’s drama/thriller. F, 6/3, 7:30pm; Sa, 6/4, 7:30pm; F, 6/10, 7:30pm; Sa, 6/11, 7:30pm; Su, 6/12, 3pm. $15 general; $10 students, seniors. Good Luck Macbeth Theater, 119 N. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716,

EMPIRE COMEDY’S IMPROV SHOW: Empire Comedy performs long-form improv in two acts. The first half is Hostel Greetings performing with a variety of characters and themes all tied together by a location supplied by the audience. The second half is “Police Cops!” an improvised cop show with cops and criminals playing out their stories in a linear one-act play. The audience supplies the title of the “Police Cops!” show each week. F, 10:30pm through 11/18. $10. Good Luck Macbeth Theater, 119 N. Virginia St., (530) 414-0050,

HOT & THROBBING GREEK MONTH: OEDIPUS & THE MEDEA PROJECT: Brüka Theatre presents its Artown production. Toga Bohemia: July 23. End of season Greek (Sin and Debauchery) Party: July 30, 9pm. Th, 7/7, 8pm; F, 7/8, 8pm; Sa, 7/9, 8pm; Th, 7/14, 8pm; F, 7/15, 8pm; Sa, 7/16, 8pm; Su, 7/17, 2pm; W, 7/20, 8pm; Th, 7/21, 8pm; F, 7/22, 8pm; W, 7/27, 8pm; Th, 7/28, 8pm; F, 7/29, 8pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221,

ORIGINAL PLAY READING SERIES: Brüka Theatre presents a reading of Clytmestra by Jim Martin. Su, 7/24. $5. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221,

RUMPELSTILTSKIN: Brüka Theatre presents its adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The show is presented as part of the BAC’s Cultures of Nevada matinee series. Sa, 6/4, 11am & 2pm. $10 general; $7 students, seniors; $5 BAC members. Maizie Jesse Harris Black Box Theatre, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

STEPHEN PETRONIO’S UNDERLAND: Underland is a dark and brooding world inspired by the tender, bittersweet songs of pop balladeer Nick Cave and the Murder Ballads. The performance, originally created for the Sydney Dance Company in 2002, is the vision of New York-based choreographer Stephen Petronio, who injects his signature style of fast, daring movement into this vividly surging work. Sa, 7/30, 8pm. $30-$50. Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000,

TWELFTH NIGHT: Good Luck Macbeth presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. F, 7/1, 7:30pm; Sa, 7/2, 7:30pm; F, 7/8, 7:30pm; Sa, 7/9, 7:30pm; F, 7/15, 7:30pm; Sa, 7/16, 7:30pm; Th, 7/21, 7:30pm; F, 7/22, 7:30pm; Sa, 7/23, 7:30pm; F, 7/29, 7:30pm; Sa, 7/30, 7:30pm; Su, 7/31, 3pm. $15 general; $10 students, seniors. Good Luck Macbeth Theater, 119 N. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716,