Today at 6 p.m., Center for Art + Environment director William L. Fox will discuss the porous boundaries between art and environment with Mickey Hazelwood and Chris Sega, The Nature Conservancy program managers responsible for the lower Truckee River restoration project underway 15 miles downstream from the Nevada Museum of Art. Admission is $10 or $8 for museum members. To buy tickets, visit www.nevadaart.org/visit/eventcalendar.
On Saturday, there will be a Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) bird walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. People can participate in the morning-long walk in the urban wetlands at Damonte Ranch with LAS trustee Kathy Oakes. Group size is limited, reservations are required. Call 747-5446 to reserve a spot. The museum suggests a $5 donation to LAS.
From 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the CA+E Library will hold a book sale. From paperbacks to deluxe illustrated volumes, treasures abound at the second annual Nevada Museum of Art book sale. More than 1,000 books will be offered, with an emphasis on visual and decorative arts. All books will be half price on Sunday.
Admission to the book sale is free Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Proceeds from the annual sale support CA+E library acquisitions and programming.
The documentary film “Ghost Bird” will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The film explores a murky Arkansas swamp overrun with birders, scientists and reporters all on the trail of a phantom bird thought to have been extinct: the ivory-billed woodpecker. A portion of the proceeds of this important film will support the educational initiatives of the Nevada Museum of Art and the Lahontan Audubon Society. Admission is $10 general admission or $8 for museum members. For tickets, visit www.nevadaart.org/visit/eventcalendar.
On Sunday, enjoy brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum with Susan Mazer and the Dallas Smith Quartet. Catch a live jazz performance hosted by KUNR Radio and dine from the à la carte brunch menu from Café Musée. À la carte menu items range from $5 to $15. Fore more information, visit www.nevadaart.org.
Art of Stand-up Comedy at Knit
This evening of comedy showcases headliner Mike Price. The show at 9 p.m. today at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets are $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Sierra Arts Foundation. For more information and tickets, visit http://re.knittingfactory.com.
TESLA performs at Silver Legacy
Multiplatinum pop-rock revolutionaries and northern California natives TESLA brings its unique music style to Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. Friday.
TESLA was formed in Sacramento in 1985, named after the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the radio. The band quickly scored a deal with Geffen Records and released its debut album, “Mechanical Resonance,” in 1986 with hard rock hits and crowd favorites “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi.” But it was the follow-up album titled “The Great Radio Controversy” that truly broke the band. The first single, “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” was a hit with hard rock audiences, setting the stage for the second single, a comforting ballad called “Love Song” which substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics.
In keeping with its unpretentious, blue-collar roots, TESLA responded to stardom not with the glam theatrics of their tour mates and peers of the era, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990 album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” was virtually unheard of: a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of its best-known songs along with a few covers.
In 2009 TESLA released its newest album “Forever More,” which gives the audience a look through the band’s 25-year musical journey.
Tickets are available for $45 or $60 and can be purchased by visiting www.silverlegacy.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by using Silver Legacy’s iPhone app. Tickets also are available by calling (800) 678-8733 or 325-7401.
GWAR performs at the Knit
Metal band GWAR will perform at the Knitting Factory in Reno with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $21 to $50 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com.
‘Put the Nuns In Charge’ show to raise funds for local school
Sit up straight and hide your knuckles at “Put the Nuns In Charge,” a fundraiser for Our Lady of the Snows parochial school on Saturday and Sunday in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
“Put the Nuns in Charge,” featuring Chicago actress Vicki Quade, is a funny refresher course with a modern look at the Golden Rule. Mother Superior offers her own opinions on just about everything: from the shade of your lipstick to the portable music player in your pocket. “Put the Nuns in Charge” creates a nostalgic look at a Catholic-school upbringing, applying those experiences to today’s modern problems. In Mother Superior’s world, everything relates to her Catholic faith. Instead of listening to modern music, she directs the class to look at the religious classics. She longs for the days of the May Queen and wonders what examples are being set by today’s celebrities.
For her work raising awareness of the plight of retired sisters, Quade received the Spirit of Benedict Award in 2003 from the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, and, in 2005, she was given a Partners in Mission Award by the Sisters of the Living Word in Arlington Heights. In 2009, the Sisters of Providence in Indiana honored her for her contributions to their order.
Proceeds will benefit Reno’s Our Lady of the Snows parochial school expansion project, which includes a new science and technology center, classrooms, a library and restroom facilities. For more details, visit http://ourladyofthesnowsschool.org.
“Put the Nuns in Charge” plays Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Celebrity Showroom. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300 or by visiting www.janugget.com.
Pretty Lights performs at Knit
Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado-based producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer Adam Deitch. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin’ beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want: electro-organic, cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. Pretty Lights’ three albums, “Taking Up Your Precious Time,” “Filling Up The City Skies” and “Passing By Behind Your Eyes” have been downloaded more than 500,000 times from http://prettylightsmusic.com. A 2009 sold-out North American tour propelled Pretty Lights into 2010 with their first tour dates in the UK and Europe, and a nationwide spring tour including stops at Coachella, SXSW and Ultra Music Festival.
The band will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 the day of the show or $45 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com.