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Utility Players at Good Luck Macbeth Theater

The Utility Players will finish Season 4 at the Good Luck Macbeth Theater with shows today, June 18 and one regular show for Artown on July 7, before moving to the Pioneer Underground permanently in July. Officially, they will kick off Season 5 (yet to be named) with a three-night run of “Improv: The Musical for Artown,” July 19 through 21.

The Utility Players, voted Best Comedy Troupe in the Reno News & Review in 2010, are known for their hard-hitting, 90-minute all improv comedy shows in the style of the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” They also have an all-original production, “IMPROV: The Musical,” which debuts for the third time this July during the 2011 Artown season.

Season 4, “The Growing UP Tour,” premiered this past January with a sold-out performance at the new Good Luck Macbeth theater, the first sold-out show for the troupe and the venue. Since then, the Players continued selling out the 40-seat black box theater. On May 12, the players consummated their new relationship with Reno Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground with yet another sold out performance. This marked the first for the 175-seat Pioneer Underground since opening, and the show ended with a standing ovation. Wayne Wright, producer of Reno-Tahoe Comedy and Pioneer Underground noted, “It was so nice to see the place packed with people enjoying themselves so much. [The Utility Players] bring as much quality as they do quantity.”

Free tickets to Diana Krall

Smooth Jazz 1400 radio will be giving away tickets to the Diana Krall concert, which will be held at Harvey’s in South Lake Tahoe on June 18. To enter to win the free tickets, visit

Smooth Jazz 1400 brought the popular smooth jazz format back to radio in the Reno area earlier this year.  Now all the popular smooth jazz artists, including Diana Krall, can be heard on 1400 AM throughout the region, including Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Gardnerville and Truckee.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Friday to Sunday

Head down to Downtown Reno as Virginia Street goes retro for the Rock ‘n Roll Revival and Classic Car Show from Friday to Sunday. Get your motor runnin’ with hot rods, muscle machines and even more vintage cars while enjoying great food and entertainment all weekend long.

Rock ‘n Roll Revival weekend brings the fun of the ‘60s and ‘70s back to life. Enjoy a spectacular car show featuring classic and muscle cars, hot rods and even a special Pantera display. Awards will be given out to the Best in Show on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Groove as live music fills the air from Fifth Street to Second Street. Entertainment includes Shake, Rattle ‘n Roll, Tony Vee and Michael Butle, the Great Elvis Impersonator. There will be plenty of vendors, games, food and raffles all weekend long. The fun begins on Friday night with the official Rock ‘n Roll Revival kickoff party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring live music from Ronny & The Classics.  Saturday head out from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continue the fun Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Car entries are still being accepted. Call 325-7409 and ask how to sign up — entry fees are $35. The Rock ‘n Roll Revival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit,, or

See stars at Fleischmann Planetarium

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno offers several immersive theater experiences for summer 2011, featuring two large-format feature films, “Hurricane on the Bayou” and “Mystery of the Nile,” and five full-dome digital shows, including the legendary HD rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece, “Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.”

The Planetarium Exhibit Hall museum will display the award-winning moonbuggy built by Washoe County School District students and raced to a 2011 rookie win in NASA’s annual Great Moonbuggy Race, held in April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Exhibit Hall also contains permanent exhibits including large-scale rotating Earth and moon globes, a black hole demonstrator and the largest collection of meteorites in the state. The exhibits are free.

The planetarium’s full-dome summer show schedule plays now through Sept. 5.

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia and 16th streets, on the UNR campus. Free permit parking is available in designated spaces in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, just east of the planetarium. For membership information, visit For more information about show tickets, showtimes and hours, call 784-4811 or visit

FORBIDDEN at The Alley

Decibel Magazine and present reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN on Saturday at The Alley, located at 906 Victorian Ave. in Sparks. Joining them on their trek are tech-death thrashers Revocation, traditional heavy metal champions White Wizzard and Colorado-based thrashers Havok. 

FORBIDDEN recently launched its second headlining run of North America in support of its Billboard-charting album “Omega Wave,” which debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, No. 83 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart and No. 92 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart the week following its October 2010 release.

FORBIDDEN features Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.


The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance or $16 the day of the show.

Big Head Todd at the Knit

Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Toots & the Maytals will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knitting Factory Concert House. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

Big Head Todd and The Monsters’ ninth studio album, “Rocksteady,” due July 20, finds the veteran Colorado band returning to its do-it-yourself roots and forging into surprising musical territory.  The new album cuts across a broad swath of stylistic terrain. “Beautiful,” the set’s first single, offers a sunny Caribbean vibe, as does the band’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden,” long a concert staple. “Back to the Garden” and the homage “Muhammad Ali” pulse with a roots rock groove, while the set’s title track is based in the like-named, revved-up Jamaican style that preceded reggae’s arrival in the late ‘60s.

Toots and the Maytals are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Toots and the Maytals’ compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when the Specials included “Monkey Man” on their 1979 debut and the Clash produced its version of “Pressure Drop.”  Having toured throughout the world for years, the Maytals disbanded in the early ‘80s but reformed in the early ‘90s. The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album “True Love,” an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics with guests including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Ben Harper and the Roots. The group remains a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Toots received another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release, “Light Your Light.”

Tickets cost $28.50 in advance and $30 the day of the show and are available at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, at Recycled Records, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at or Reserved box seats cost $50. 

This show is open to guests of all ages.


This week at The Alley

As part of the new Thursday Nights on the Square, The Alley is hosting a free show at 7 p.m. Thursday featuring DJ Brian J. Fun, food and music. The party will be available to guests age 21 and above.

Kick off summer on Friday night at The Alley with Livitz Livitz and Lavish Green. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $7. This show is open to guests age 21 and above.

The Alley will host the Loud as Folk songwriters showcase hosted by Spike McGuire at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Featured songwriters include Derek Morg, Michelle Pappas, Nick Ramirez, Kyle Dean and Max Volume. Outside artists are encouraged, and the show is free to guests over the age of 21.

On Wednesday, The Alley and JMax Productions present the Human Abstract with special guests Scale the Summit, This or the Apocalypse and No Bragging Rights. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $12 at The Alley, Recycled Records or online at This show is open to guests of all ages.

The Human Abstract is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles. Formed in 2004, the group was originally signed to the independent label Hopeless Records, releasing the albums “Nocturne” (2006) and “Midheaven” (2008) before signing to the major label E1 Music and releasing “Digital Veil” (2011). The Human Abstract has gone through several lineup changes over the years, and currently consists of founding members Dean Herrera, A.J. Minette and Brett Powell in addition to Travis Richter, formerly of From First to Last, and Henry Selva.

The Airborne Toxic Event Wednesday

The Airborne Toxic Event will appear at the Knit at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets available at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, at Recycled Records, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at  or Tickets cost $17.50 advance and $18 the day of the show.

From Spin magazine: “Hyperliterate and terminally sad, the Airborne Toxic Event’s 2008 self-titled debut was a downbeat gem. Although frontman Mikel Jollet still falls on life’s thorns, the band’s second album supports his weighty themes with more instrumental muscle. Whether imagining a gorgeously wailing new-wave soundtrack (“Numb”) or slamming out punky reggae (“Changing”) or giving Raymond Carver’s working-class minimalism a rockabilly boost (“It Don’t Mean a Thing”), this moody crew consistently elevate their leader’s wounded drama.”  

Get your laughs at the Pioneer Underground

The Biggest Little Comedy Show featuring Todd Paul will be at the Pioneer Underground at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A special R-rated show will take place at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. The Pioneer Underground is located at 100 S. Virginia St. in Reno.
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