Celebrated Bay Area punk legend Matt Freeman of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame will release a self-titled debut album for his side project, Devil’s Brigade. The bass player will tour with label mates Street Dogs on a U.S. tour.
Devil’s Brigade will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Alley located at 1225 Victorian Ave. in Sparks. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Alley, Recycled Records or by visiting www.ticketweb.com.
Weekend events at the NMA
Today is First Thursday with jazz music by Rocky and Judith at the Nevada Museum of Art. Grab a beer, groove to the live music and check out the galleries starting at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored annually by KTHX Radio and Great Basin Brewing Company with a wine bar sponsored by Vintage Wine Shop. General admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students and free for museum members. Kids Open Art Studio is $4.
On Friday at noon, the museum will host Art Bite: Larry Neel on 19th and 20th century conservation movement. This is the final public program of the Audubon exhibition with Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Larry Neel as he discusses 19th- and 20th-century conservation movements in the context of John James Audubon’s life and work. Admission is $5 or $4 museum members.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the museum will show the documentary film “Ghost Bird,” which explores an 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 film supports the educational initiatives of the Museum and the Lahontan Audubon Society. General admission is $10 and $8 for museum members.
For more information, visit www.nevadaart.org or call 329-3333. The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno.
TOCCATA plays this weekend
The Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus announces the continuation of its sixth anniversary Winter MusicFest with a concert series titled “Viva Vivaldi.” This series features a return performance by Elizabeth Pitcairn on the famous red Stradivarius Violin in Vivaldi’s piece “The Four Seasons.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe; 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno; and 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Incline Village. The final two concerts take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Resort at Squaw Creek-Olympic Valley and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno. Maestro James Rawie will conduct all performances.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door or online. Preferred seating is available for $40. Children younger than 12 years old are admitted for free.
For more information, visit www.toccatatahoe.com or call 775-313-9697.
CCRevisited comes to Reno
Creedence Clearwater Revisited will play at 8 p.m. Friday in the Grande Exposition Hall at the Silver Legacy in Reno.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995. Though the pair initially only planned to play Creedence Clearwater Revival hits at private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album “Recollection.”
“We never really had any intention of playing for the public,” bassist Stu Cook said. “But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.”
The band’s 2011 lineup includes lead guitarist Elliot Easton, former lead guitarist for The Cars. Lead singer/rhythm guitar player John Tristao is the former lead singer for the band People, which had the Top 10 hit “I Love You.” Multi‑instrumentalist Steve Gunner rounds out the group.
Tickets range from $45 to $67.50 and are available for purchase online at www.silverlegacyreno.com.
Empire Comedy celebrates three years
Empire Comedy will perform a two-act, long-form improv show called “Police Cops!” and “Hostel Greetings” to celebrate its three-year anniversary. The first half is “Hostel Greetings” performing an improvised show with a variety of characters and themes tied together by suggestions from the audience. The second half is “Police Cops!” an improvised show with cops and criminals playing out their stories in a linear one-act play.
The shows will take place at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Empire Comedy’s new home at the Good Luck Macbeth theater located at 119 Virginia St. in Reno. Tickets cost $10.
Weekly improv classes are held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Good Luck Macbeth theater.
Rob Zombie at the Knit in Reno
Rob Zombie will perform at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Knitting Factory in Reno with Eyes Set to Kill.
Musician, band leader, film director and all-around conceptualist, Zombie released his first album for Loud and Proud/Roadrunner Records in February 2010 “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” comes a dozen years after its predecessor, “Hellbilly Deluxe,” the album that established Zombie as a solo artist following the demise of White Zombie. That album yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl.” The new slab of horror metal also showcases some new moves. “What?” puts the mad scientist laboratory in the middle of the garage, while the 10-minute closer, “The Man Who Laughs,” showcases an underlying orchestral score by Tyler Bates, film composer known for the Zombie-helmed “Halloween” remakes and “The Devil’s Rejects” as well as “The Watchmen.” “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” is leaner and meaner, with the same snarl and appreciation for all things dark and dastardly.
Tickets are $36 or $100 and can be purchased at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, Recycled Records, by calling 877-435-9849 and online at www.ticketfly.com or http://re.knittingfactory.com.