Arts and Culture

PHOTOS: Eldorado Great Italian Festival 2017

Oct 10, 2017
Alexis Harris

The 36th annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival provided the taste, performance and culture of Italy to the Biggest Little City over the weekend. Our reporter Alexis Harris captured this year's experience.

Design concept rendering for Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector, co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art.
Trevor Paglen and Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is sponsoring a new global project that will send an art satellite into Earth’s orbit. It will be the first satellite sent to space for purely artistic purposes.

Mayra and Alberto Villa selling Buñuelos and ribbon fries at Fiesta on Wells.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Fiesta on Wells is an annual street fair celebrating Latino culture in Reno. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to learn more. 

Wells Avenue is known for its Latino restaurants and businesses. For this event, the street is lined with booths for nonprofit organizations and vendors.

Their tables are piled high with leatherwork, brightly painted crafts, and food.

If Reno Were A Coffee, What Kind Would It Be?

Sep 21, 2017
Niche Podcast

From time to time, KUNR likes to highlight some of the work being done by our community partners. That includes Niche Podcast, which profiles people in Reno with unique passions and hobbies, like Joe Marino, who owns a local coffee shop in MidTown. Contributor David Calvert stopped by the shop to learn more about Joe's business and his story.

Marino owns Blue Whale Coffee Company in MidTown Reno, one of many small, local coffee shops popping up in the city.

Paul Boger

Over the past several years, Burning Man as an event has faced criticism. Some believe that the festival has moved too far beyond its roots as a place for artists to display their work.  Or where members of the “counterculture” can find support. They argue that it’s become too corporate, a playground for the rich. Others, though, feel like the event is moving in a more sustainable direction.

During the Burning Man Festival, which wrapped this week, a huge temporary city is erected where there are only two things can use money for, ice and coffee. Everything else of value within the city’s limits is gifted, especially food. Paul Boger followed a camp gifting hot food to the denizens of Black Rock City.

Danna O'Connor

Reno violinist Oliver Leitner, 17, has won numerous regional awards for his craft and is now expanding his reach to a national audience with a performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. He spoke with KUNR host Danna O’Connor about how he made the cut and what he’ll be playing. The event is on Sunday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and it’s a live taping of the program. Learn more here.

The Burning Man Journal

Burning Man 2017 attracted nearly 70,000 people to Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The event has grown dramatically from its humble beginnings on the shores of the San Francisco Bay 31 years ago.

While out on the windy, dusty playa this year, Reno Public Radio’s Paul Boger met with one of the event’s founders, Harley K. DuBois, to learn more about how it all started. 

Paul Boger

The art that's out on the playa in Black Rock City is an integral part of Burning Man. This year, artists from around the world have constructed pieces that run the gamut from large to small, including wood structures, paintings, and more. Our reporter Paul Boger spoke with Anabel Romero from Los Angeles who is part of a crew that has created a large wooden structure called Aluna as well as Harvey Branscomb of Colorado, who helped bring a piece called the Mammoth Art Car to Nevada.

Paul Boger

The Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert attracts 70,000 people each year. Our reporter Paul Boger is there and took these photos of the artwork on the playa.

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