Arts and Culture

A Look At Reno's Evolving Culinary Scene

Jul 29, 2016
Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Reno’s transformation into a start-up hub and art-centric city has caught widespread attention. The spotlight’s on Downtown and Midtown, one reason being a revitalized food scene. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne recently took an in-depth look to figure out if Reno has what it takes to become the next culinary powerhouse:

As Jessica Shapiro, a catering chef from the Cheese Board, a Midtown bistro, sears symmetrical squares of pork belly over a portable stove, the sweet, smoky scent seems to blanket the whole patio at Campo, an Italian restaurant in downtown Reno.

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the third annual Northern Nevada Pride Festival took place in Wingfield Park, as part of Artown.

The event kicked off with a parade, and included performances from dance groups, drag queens and live musicians. This year’s headliners were comedienne and drag queen Lady Bunny, and singer Amber.

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, Reno’s newest LGBT community space, Our Center, hosted a couple of unique fundraising events, including Drag Bingo. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more. It’s like regular bingo, except people showed up in drag, wearing high heels and extravagant makeup. Meredith Tanzer is the Vice President of Build Our Center, the initiative to create and run an LGBT community space in Reno.

Northern Nevada Pride kicks off Saturday with a parade and festival downtown. Organizers hope to keep the event positive following the recent Orlando tragedy.

Reno High Schoolers Create Community Murals

Jul 20, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

The latest in a series of public art projects created by high school students has been unveiled. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more.

Along busy Wedekind Road in north Reno, a group of high schoolers and their parents admire the whimsical and colorful mural that the students have painted.

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the 49th annual Basque Festival took over Wingfield Park in Reno.

Members of the Reno Basque Club organized the event, in which dozens of people donned their traditional Basque apparel and took part in cultural performances and competitions.

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People walking around while staring at their phones isn't a new phenomena, but the wildly popular mobile Pokemon Go game is taking it to another level. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports on how the craze is catching on locally, even amid privacy concerns.

So for those who did not come of age in the late 90s, here's a quick primer on Pokemon Go. It's an augmented reality adventure game that uses your phone's GPS to make animated characters, called Pokemon, appear on the screen. The goal is to, as the old theme song goes...

Maker Craig Bergland uses solar ovens to cook items like potatoes, yams, and corn.
Natalie Van Hoozer

More than 70 inventors displayed their unique products over the weekend at Reno’s Mini Maker Faire. 

Solar-roasted coffee and a mechanical squid are just two of the products that were displayed in Idlewild Park. It’s the first year that the Mini Maker Faire has joined forces with Artown.  

“It’s part science fair, part county fair, part something entirely new,” said the fair’s executive producer, Chrissy Klenke. “It’s a unique event that celebrates the DIY culture. If you think about it, everyone is a maker in one way shape or form.”

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

For the first time this year, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosted their Great Basin Native American Cultural Fair as part of Artown.

The event included native artists and vendors, showcasing crafts and wares indigenous to the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes.

Michon Eben is the cultural resource manager for the colony, and she says this event is a way to showcase tribal culture to the wider Reno community.

Marcus Lavergne

One Artown event last year brought community members together to fold paper cranes out of recycled military uniforms. Now, the 1,000 cranes make up the “Combat Paper: Prayers And Wings” exhibit at Northwest Reno Library. Our reporter Anh Gray visited the library last year during one of these workshops. Let’s listen back to that story.

 

              

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