Arts and Culture

The front door of the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum in Elko, Nevada, on a sunny day.
Paul Boger

Dedicated to preserving the tools, traditions and culture of the old west, the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum opened its doors in Downtown Elko earlier this year. The museum houses a large collection of antiques including bits, spurs and bridles, but mostly, it focuses on the art of saddle making and one of the craft’s greatest practitioners, G.S. Garcia. Housed in a building Garcia built as a shop and showroom in the early 1900’s, Museum Director Jan Petersen takes us on a tour…

New Arts Director Says Big Things Ahead in Carson City

Apr 6, 2018

Carson City is investing more in the arts. In March, the city welcomed its first Arts and Culture Director. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked to the new director, Mark Salinas about his role and the future of arts and culture in the Capital city.

(Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Radiolab is a popular show aired all across the nation on public radio stations out of WNYC in New York. The show focuses on various topics revolving around science and philosophy. Jad Abumrad, the show’s creator, started it in 2002, and it has since become a popular podcast and has also hosted live events. Our reporter Joey Lovato recently talked with Abumrad about his journey through radio and his style of storytelling.

Holly Hutchings

Teenagers hoping to clinch the title of state champion for the Poetry Out Loud program gathered last weekend at a competition in Reno. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there and has the story.

Nine high school students take turns standing on stage at the KNPB studios in near darkness, illuminated only by a few lights aimed in their direction. They take their mark, facing rows of family members, strangers, and two tables of judges. Then, they deliver their words, some written hundreds of years ago.  

 

In his memoir Mulligan’s Wake, author Dave Mulligan recounts some of his outlandish adventures as a young adult following the death of his father. Many of the stories are littered with humor and absurd situations, but at the heart of his writing is an honest look at one man's attempt to grieve for his deceased father in an unconventional way.

Perhaps the most unbelievable story took place decades ago when Mulligan paid a late night visit to Marineland in Palos Verdes, California, which has since closed.

The 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up in Elko over the weekend. Its theme focused on herding cultures, with a heavy emphasis on Basque people. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with two Basque performers who were highlighted during the festival.

Photo by Jimmie Smith courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

Ski season is officially underway in Reno-Tahoe. And as the ski resorts start opening for business, it’s easy to take for granted everything that went into creating them. Historian Alicia Barber looks back at the early days of the area’s ski industry in this episode of “Time and Place.”

Niche Podcast

One of our community partners, Niche Podcast, profiles local people with unique passions. In this episode, they talk to Josh Dills, who owns a homebrew store in Sparks, to learn more about his hobby-turned-business.

Brewing beer at home is a growing trend nationwide and in Northern Nevada.

Stephanie Serrano

“Unsettled,” the Nevada Museum of Art’s most recent exhibition, forces attention away from traditional art spaces, like New York, and brings an emphasis to works created in the West. Our Reporter Stephanie Serrano checked out the exhibit and has this story.

At a recent talk at the Nevada Museum of Art, a theater full of community members welcomes JoAnne Northrup, the curator of the exhibition.

PHOTOS: Reno Food Trucks Provide Diverse Dishes

Oct 16, 2017
Alexis Harris

With events like Food Truck Fridays and Feed the Camel becoming popular summer staples in Reno, food trucks are in high demand. As the food truck scene grows in Reno, residents are getting access to more diverse options. 

"We've come a long way in the past few years alone. There is now Korean, Hawaiian--you can find almost everything now, whether it be in a truck or restaurant. The food scene has grown quite expansively here," said Theresa Luke from Aloha Shack, a food truck that serves Hawaiian-Asian fusion dishes.

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