Arts and Culture

Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

Author Interview: Building Community In Virginia City

Jun 1, 2016

Local writer Shaun Griffin has just published a memoir about his work over the past 25 years building a sense of community and securing critical resources for the residents of Virginia City. The book is called Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words. In this extended interview, he spoke to our contributors Christina Barr and Alan Deutschman about the book and his difficult journey as a community advocate.

Western Nevada College

Always Lost: A Meditation On War is a traveling exhibit honoring veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. It has been displayed at more than 50 venues across the country since it was created back in 2008 by students at Western Nevada College. One of those students is Amy Roby, who says the goal was to personalize the wars by highlighting the individuals who have given their lives.

Beautification Machine

May 25, 2016
NMA

The artists behind "Beautification Machine" will speak about their work at the Nevada Museum of Art at 6pm Thursday, May 26th.  Danna chats with Jon Bernson and Andy Diaz Hope about the work, which is on display until July 24th.  Details at www.nevadaart.org

NPR

Kelly McEvers is best known as the West Coast host of NPR's All Things Considered. But she's also just launched a podcast, called Embedded, to take listeners even deeper into the stories they hear each day on NPR. Our reporter Julia Ritchey talked with McEvers on her latest endeavor. Below are some excerpts of their conversation.

Postcard: Reno Muralist Shakes Up Art And Graffiti

May 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

The Reno Sculpture Fest wrapped this weekend, drawing hundreds to downtown despite the occasional drizzle. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with local muralist Joe C. Rock during the event and sends us this audio postcard.

2016 Reno Sculpture Festival This Weekend

May 6, 2016

The Reno Sculpture Festival kicks off this afternoon at 4pm in downtown Reno.  Details at www.renosculpturefest.com.

Danna O'Connor chats with Aric Shapiro, director of the Reno Sculpture Fest.

LGBT Community Center Opens In Northern Nevada

May 2, 2016
Julia Ritchey

A new community center catering to Northern Nevada's Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual population is now open in Midtown Reno.

The grand opening of Our Center brought out hundreds of people this weekend to Wells Avenue for food trucks, games and live music.

The nonprofit group behind it has been working since 2009 to raise the funds to launch a dedicated space for LGBT education, advocacy and support services. Jeromy Manke is president of Our Center.

Courtesy Truckee Roundhouse

Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

From UNR President To Poet: An Interview With Joe Crowley

Apr 23, 2016
Theresa Crowley

Joe Crowley was president of the University of Nevada, Reno for a record 23 years. Now in retirement, he's focusing on another passion, poetry, and has just published a collection called Hats Off to the Cap. To hone his skills, Crowley actually took a writing workshop at UNR, studying alongside several young undergraduates.

"I did not disclose my identity; I was just Joe. I wanted them to just think of me as this old guy Joe."

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