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Arts in Brief
by Tribune Staff
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BoDeans at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Armed with two-plus decades of material, including the catchy single “Closer to Free,” the BoDeans deliver a solid upper-Midwest blend of roots and rock. See the BoDeans one night only in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget on Friday.

The BoDeans are a rock and roll band formed in Waukesha, Wis. by singers/songwriters/guitarists Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann, who had played together since high school. The BoBeans rhythm section consists of bassist Bob Griffin and drummer Guy Hoffman. The quartet signed to Slash Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.) and released its first album, the critically well-accepted “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” in 1986. The band’s second album, “Outside Looking In,” broke into the Top 100 as the BoDeans toured with U2, appeared on Robbie Robertson’s self-titled debut solo album and were named Best New Band in Rolling Stone magazine. The success continued when 1993’s “Closer to Free” became a hit several years after its release thanks to its exposure as the theme song for the popular television show “Party of Five.” This year, the band released the album “Sad Mr. Clown.”

The BoDeans play Friday at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Showroom. Tickets are $32, and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300 or by visiting

Linda Curcio-Nagy on Latin American art history

Enjoy a lively overview of the Latin American art and artists that contributed to the shaping and development of Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero. This presentation is at noon on Friday at the Nevada Museum of Art. Cost is $4 for museum members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit

‘TOCCATA Takes the 5th’

At 7:30 p.m. today, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will continue its 21-performance 2010 Big Blue Summer MusicFest with a concert series entitled “TOCCATA Takes the 5th” in celebration of TOCCATA’s fifth anniversary season. 

Today’s concert will be at St. Patrick’s Church in Incline Village. “TOCCATA Takes the 5th” will be repeated at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Squaw Valley Chapel and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe. The final presentation of the series will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno.

Tickets are $35 for preferred seating, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (62 and older) and $5 for students with a valid student ID. Admission for children younger than 12 is free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door with cash or check. Saturday’s concert has no admission charge and all donations will go to benefit the Squaw Valley Chapel.

Ultimate Reno Combat 14

The 14th annual Ultimate Reno Combat is a local mixed martial arts (MMA) event consisting of 12 fights, presented by Rick Collup, a local fighter, promoter and owner of the Reno Academy of Combat. Ultimate Reno Combat is Reno’s only MMA exclusive cage fight event and is an opportunity for athletes who have been training to test themselves and their skills against other athletes with similar records, weights and abilities in an event professionally sanctioned by the International Sport Combat Federation. Bouts include Reno’s own D-Lo Heaivilin, Josh Noyes and Oscar Ramirez. Events also include a female and heavyweight fight.

The fights begin at 8 p.m. Friday in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort. Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $400 for a VIP booth. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling (800) 648-3568.

hands/ON! at NMA

Celebrate the upcoming Burning Man event by touring the galleries at the Nevada Museum of Art and enjoying a hula hoop lesson by burner and hula hooper Morgan Helsper at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The one-hour sessions are free. The hands/ON! program features hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program. The event is sponsored by the city of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT No. 5 and the Sato Foundation. For more information, visit

See ‘Idol’ Kris Allen

Kris Allen’s amazing vocals matched with his ability to captivate an audience of millions on “American Idol” has propelled his musical talents into the mainstream. Allen’s “Idol” coronation song, “No Boundaries” charted on the Billboard Hot 100. He released his self-titled album in November 2009, which debuted at No. 11 in the U.S. The album’s lead single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” peaked at No. 18 in the U.S.

Allen performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27.50 on the day of event and can be purchased by visiting or calling (800) 648-3568.

Open Air Movie Nights at River School

The community is invited to a screening of a locally produced documentary on the Truckee River, “Bringing Back the Truckee,” followed by a German feature-length documentary called “To the Limit” about scaling Half Dome in Yosemite. The screening is Friday at 8:30 p.m., or come at 6:30 p.m. for a barbecue. The River School is located at 7777 White Fir St. in Reno.

“Bringing Back the Truckee” is a film by Gwen Clancy and Jonathan Clancy-Tone of Reno. This daunting project was taken on by The Nature Conservancy and was captured over the course of several years in a new half-hour documentary. The film chronicles the first large-scale river restoration effort at the historic McCarran Ranch on the Truckee River, 15 miles east of Sparks. Audiences will see how thousands of hours of labor, tens of thousands of tons of rock, a fleet of dirt moving equipment and — most of all — the desire to make a difference, has reversed the Truckee’s past and given hope to its future. A trailer is online at YouTube.

“To the Limit” by Pepe Danquart, a sport documentary in German with English subtitles, is about Thomas and Alexander Huber, risk takers in the extreme and two of the best mountain climbers of our time. Now the two Huber brothers have set out to break the record in speed climbing at the wall of all walls: the 2,900-foot vertical nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, Calif.

Toad the Wet Sprocket at the Knit

Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this four-piece band of Santa Barbara, Calif. high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, the band’s mellow, melodic, folk-pop sound made has it one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 1990s. 

Toad the Wet Sprocket got signed to Columbia Records in 1988 on the strength of its own self-recorded and released debut, “Bread and Circus,” which Columbia agreed to release without any remixes or revisions. The band’s third Columbia release, 1991’s “Fear,” yielded the monster hit “All I Want.”  The band continued to issue successful albums and singles for the remainder of the decade, including the hits “Fall Down,” “Good Intentions,” and “Walk on the Ocean.” 

Toad and the Wet Sprocket will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Knitting Factory in Reno with Hey Marseilles. Tickets cost $25 to $55 and can be purchased by visiting

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