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Arts in Brief
by Tribune Staff
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Birds & Books with Lahontan Audubon at NMA

Join the Lahontan Audubon Society Birds & Books Group at 6:30 p.m. today at the Nevada Museum of Art for a free discussion of “John James Audubon: The Making of an American,” and a tour of the feature exhibition. The book will be available for purchase in the museum store. The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. For more information, visit

‘Reno Christmas Story’ toy drive and concert

Speak Your Mind’s “A Reno Christmas Story” toy drive and concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. today with musicians Mic Rob with Jelly Bread, Emic, Locus, The Apprentice, Guilty One, Spoken Views and DJ Mince. The performance will take place at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets are $6 to $14 and can be purchased by visiting

Buckbean brew dinner today

Buckbean Brewing Company will host a beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at the Firkin and Wolf Pub and Restaurant located at 13971 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Cost is $40 per person or $70 per couple.

The menu includes: Original Orange Blossom Ale with rosemary lavash with smoked Chinese chicken, sweet pepper relish, toasted coriander and sweet mustard sauce; Tule Duck Red Ale with bitter greens tossed in lemon oil and sea salt, topped with venison and wild mushroom Wellington with smoked tomato relish; Black Noddy Lager with Kahlua roast port over Hawaiian slaw with toasted sesame dressing, carmelized pineapple and sweet chili; and Very Noddy Lager with roasted hazelnut cannoli with mocha java mousse and toasted pecan praline.

For more information and reservations, call Firkin and Wolf at 333-9653.

Art Bite: Meet the artist

Meet artist Ben Hoffman when he speaks about “The Cartesian Medium” at noon on Friday at the Nevada Museum of Art. Hoffman is the artist behind the mathematical complexities and amazing images in “The Cartesian Medium,” which will be on display through Feb. 6. The Art Bite costs $5 or $4 for museum members.

Having always been interested in mathematical parallels to the world he sees around him, Hoffman began investigating techniques for math visualizations several years ago. Hoffman calls his method of art making “The Cartesian Medium” — a term he coined himself. The mathematics behind Hoffman’s visualizations normally consist of a large number of fairly simple mathematical elements that are layered together to create the result he desires. Hoffman’s final equations ultimately describe the images by defining quantifiable elements such as position and color.

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Jason Farnham performs at Steinway Gallery

Join Reno Concerts in celebrating the season with contemporary pianist Jason Farnham at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Steinway Piano Gallery.

Farnham plays a great blend of his signature arrangements of holiday music and soul-soothing original compositions. Farnham is known as the “chameleon artist” because he performs so many musical styles in one show. Romantics everywhere love Farnham’s hit “When” or his novel arrangement of the haunting Irish melody “Be Thou My Vision.” In addition to masterful playing, audiences are charmed by Farnham’s witty and comical commentaries between the pieces.

Raised in Canton, Ohio, Farnham began playing the piano at 4 years old. He studied piano with numerous teachers and was classically trained. Later in high school and his college years at Ohio University, he began crafting his own style of music. Farnham and his wife, Lisa, moved to Los Angeles in 2006, where he has been involved in numerous projects.

As a diverse composer and songwriter, Farnham’s music has been used in soundtracks of films, ballet productions and magic productions. Farnham appeared as a pianist in an episode of “Queen Bees,” which aired fall 2008 on Nickelodeon. His song “Morning Coffee” was featured on American Airlines’ in-flight listening system for the month of January 2009, and his song “Rock Star” was placed in the 2009 film “American High School.” Farnham also has composed tracks for Oprah’s No Phone Zone campaign, Studio 51 and Harpo libraries.

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Steinway Piano Gallery is located at 500 E. Moana Lane in Reno. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling 829-0600 or e-mailing For more information, visit

Wolf City at the Knitting Factory

Local band Wolf City will perform with Code Red, Kings Row and Very Pretty Pigeon at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased by visiting

Late Night Love at the Knit

Late Night Love will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday with Erik Lobe, Miss Cooper, Serg Rockwell and DJ 5657 at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased by visiting

KUNR Sunday Jazz Brunch at the art museum

Catch a live jazz performance by the Russ Patrick Quarter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday hosted by KUNR Radio and dine from the à la carte brunch menu from Café Musée at the Nevada Museum of Art. À la carte menu items range from $5 to $15. For more information, visit

UNR flute ensemble, symphonic bands

Members of the UNR flute ensemble will perform a variety of music on an assortment of instruments including piccolos, alto flutes and bass flutes at 7 p.m. Sunday in Nightingale Concert Hall in the university’s Church Fine Arts Building. Admission is free

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, campus and symphonic bands will perform in Nightingale Concert Hall. Join the campus and symphonic bands for their last concert of the semester featuring Reineke’s “Symphony No. 1, New Day Rising.” Admission is free.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the university wind ensemble will perform “War and Remembrance” in Nightingale Concert Hall. The concert will pay tribute to the men and women serving in the armed forces. The spotlight will focus on Morton Gould’s “West Point Symphony,” and John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen,” from “Saving Private Ryan.” Admission is free.

Reno Phil finale to include a pagan dance

The grand finale of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s season features two Russian works of epic proportions. Rivalry and Ritual will be performed at 4 p.m. on April 17 and 7:30 p.m. on April 19 in the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The finale will showcase the fantastic RPO chorus, prepared by Jennifer Tibben, in Prokofiev’s score to the 1938 Russian film “Alexander Nevsky,” directed by the Sergei Eisenstein.

The movie delves into Russian history, following the story of young Prince Nevsky as he leads an army of peasants through battle after battle against advancing Teutonic knights of the 13th-century Holy Roman Empire. Themes include the ice cracking under the soldiers’ feet in “The Battle of the Ice,” and the weeping of the young maidens as she searches for her husband-to-be among the wounded and fallen.

The second half of the program features the Philharmonic, performing for the first time, Igor Stravinsky’s famous “Le Sacre du printemps,” or “Rite of Spring.” Originally a ballet, this piece is more often performed as a stand-alone orchestral piece. This was a work so exciting and daring that the performance caused Parisian audiences to riot at its 1913 premiere.

After the April 17 and 19 performances, patrons and passersby will be treated to a performance by Controlled Burn’s fire-spinning dancers. Controlled Burn is a semi-professional, nonprofit, volunteer performance group most notably associated with the Burning Man festival. The group will perform an interpretation of the “Rite of Spring” pagan ritual.

The concert preview, “Inside the music with Laura Jackson,” will take place at 3 p.m. on April 17 in the main hall and at 7 p.m. April 19 in the exhibition hall. The preview, videotaped at the April 17 performance, will be online on April 18 at

Prices start at $28 with discounts available to seniors. For more information, visit or call the RPA business office 323-6393.
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