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Billy Ray Cyrus comes to Reno

Billy Ray Cyrus will perform at the Silver Legacy Grande Exposition Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday.

To understand the music of Billy Ray Cyrus “now,” you have to understand his music “then.”

His boyhood home rang out with gospel, country and bluegrass. Then, along came ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and every other bad-ass band to pass through eastern Kentucky in the ‘70s, and that was that.

A rock ‘n’ roll hellion was born. No matter how many country or gospel chart-toppers he had, he never lost his passion for rock. With the self-titled album “Brother Clyde,” Cyrus finally lets it rip.

Tickets cost $57.50 and $39.50 and can be purchased at


ending run at Eldorado Showroom

Don’t miss your last chance to see the fiery, fantasy-filled light extravaganza of “Illuminaire” in the Eldorado Showroom.

Closing July 24, this is your last chance to experience the raw beauty and power of light in a stunning, cirque-style performance featuring fire, black light and laser effects, glowing LED light manipulation paired with acrobatics, martial arts and unique, never-before-seen stunts.   

Tickets to see “Illuminaire” start at $19.95 with dinner and show packages and brunch and matinee packages from $29.95. Performances run Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with additional shows at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. To reserve seats, visit or call 800-648-5966 or 786-5700.

‘For Nevada With Love’

celebrates Silver State

Nevada Humanities, in collaboration with The Holland Project, Spoken Views, the Salvagery Collective, the English Department at Truckee Meadows Community College and Rainshadow Charter School, presents “For Nevada With Love,” a four-part art exhibition to be held at locations throughout Reno during Artown in July 2011. The work also will be available for viewing online at the Nevada Humanities’ Online Nevada Encyclopedia (ONE).

Exhibits in For Nevada With Love will weave together a narrative about place, specifically northern Nevada, from the unique viewpoints of young local artists through the media of photography, spoken word and poetry, sculpture, mixed media and visual art. The exhibition series and events are free and open to the community.

To kick off the “For Nevada With Love” exhibition series, Nevada Humanities, the Holland Project and Spoken Views will host an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today celebrating the artists and those who have made the July exhibits possible. The opening celebration will feature poetry performances from Nevada poets Shaun Griffin, Carolyn Dufurrena, Richard Elloyan and Spoken Views, and will showcase diverse styles that unify under a common banner of the Nevada experience. The reception will be held at the Holland Showspace at Rainshadow Charter School, 121 Vesta St. in Reno. The event is free and open to the public.

A series of opening receptions also will be held throughout July for the “For Nevada With Love” exhibits at gallery locations in downtown Reno.

Masters of Magic returns to South Shore

“Masters of Magic,” a high-energy, family-friendly show starring a cast of award-winning magicians featuring sleight of hand, mind-blowing illusions and a splash of comedy, will appear nightly at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Wednesday through Sept. 4.  This world-class family- production has tickets priced at just $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 17 and under.

Masters of Magic features four national headliners in non-stop action. It is produced by the recipients of the 2010 Producers Of The Year award, Paul Reder and Tony Clark, which is magic’s equivalent of an Oscar.

“While many think of Tahoe as adult-oriented, tradition has meant families at South Shore for generations,” said Paul Reder, president of PR Entertainment, Inc, and the show’s co-producer with world champion master magician Tony Clark. “MontBleu understands that long-held appeal and immediately moved forward to host Masters.”

Clark, who also will be in the show, won the coveted title of World’s Best Sleight-of-Hand Magician at the International Magic Awards. He was also named World Class Stage Champion by the Society of American Magicians, and he is a recipient of the Bill Baird Award for Excellence in Manipulation, as well as the Best Classical Magic Act Award at the World Magic Awards which aired on CBS TV  

Headliner Danny Cole, 28, has already made a significant mark in the world of magic. He was named Stage Magician of the Year by members of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif. Cole has consulted and created magic for other magicians and has been a featured performer in Gala shows and at variety theaters around the globe. His approach to illusion incorporates concepts and principles that raise magic to an art form.

Christopher Hart is said to have the most famous right hand in Hollywood. His hand has appeared as Thing, the enchanting disembodied hand in three Addams Family movies. Hart then went on to be cast in the film “Idle Hands,” in which he played an evil disembodied hand on a rampage, expressing a whole new character with his hand. His sleight-of-hand magic has been featured in national television commercials for McDonalds, Honda, RCA and others. He has twice been awarded Stage Magician of the Year by Hollywood’s Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the Grand Prix Magique held in Monte Carlo.

Farrell Dillon is quickly becoming one of the most sought after magical entertainers in the world. Over the past decade, Dillon has performed for hundreds of thousands of people in theatres, showrooms and arenas. He also has appeared on television, on the show “Masters of Illusion” or in guest appearances in music videos on MTV. Dillon is a rare honors graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Through this course, Dillon was taught the methods and techniques of the world’s master magicians. He has a unique style that creates a perfect blend of magic, comedy, skill and illusion.

Master of Magic will run Wednesday through Sunday in the intimate setting of Club Blu inside MontBleu Casino Resort starting Wednesday, and run through Sept. 4.  Doors 7:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m., with two shows on Saturdays at 7 and 9 p.m.  Tickets are only $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 17 and under. Tickets are available at the MontBleu Box Office, can be charged by phone at 800-648-3353 or purchased online at  For more information, call MontBleu at 775-588-3515.  

The Dirty Heads bring hip-hop to the Nugget

Rooted in the Orange County, Calif. community of Huntington Beach, the Dirty Heads emerged onto the Southern California music scene with their unique signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic reggae.

Living the laid-back SoCal lifestyle and inspired by the rock and reggae sounds of Bob Marley, Sublime, 311 and The Beastie Boys, the band’s music evolved into its distinct Dirty Heads style.

The band’s highly anticipated expanded album, titled “Any Port in a Storm,” features 22 tracks and a bonus video that are reminiscent of the upbeat, sun-soaked Southern California party energy. The first smash hit single is “Lay Me Down” featuring Rome, of Sublime with Rome.

Recently, named one of the “Best New Bands of 2010” by Rolling Stone, the Dirty Heads’ music has been attracting attention throughout the world of entertainment. The band has been a featured artist on Fuel TV and its songs have been featured in the movie and soundtrack for “Surf’s Up.” Actor Matthew McConaughey selected the band’s music to be in his film, “Surfer Dude.” In addition, the Dirty Heads can be heard in Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam video game, several other music compilations and surf/skate videos.

Dirty Heads vocalist Jared Watson sums up the band’s fun, uncomplicated style: “We want to be positive and entertain,” he says. “We just want to make you feel good.”

The Dirty Heads perform 9 p.m. Friday in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.  Tickets cost $25 and are available at or by calling 800-648-1177 or 775-356-3300.

Ritual in Himalayan Art

Travelers to Nepal and Tibet often acquire traditional Buddhist artwork with which to embellish their homes and offices, hearkening back to the Western concept of art for art’s sake.

In the Himalayas, religious art plays a broader role in daily life as both a record of and a guide for contemplative experience. Dr. Dina Bangdel, associate professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University, has traveled extensively through Nepal and Tibet conducting field interviews with the oftentimes anonymous artists who create these traditional works. She explores ways in which art serves as a religious tool while at the same time remaining an intrinsic part of the underlying ritual. 

A specialist in South Asian, Indian and Himalayan art, Bangdel will share her insights in a lecture entitled “Encountering the Sacred:  Ritual in Himalayan Art” to be presented at the Nevada Museum of Art on June 29.

Myths and Mountains, an award-winning adventure travel company, is proud to host this event and serves as a stellar example of a similar constellation of form and function.  Not content to merely facilitate international trips focusing on regional art, culture and society, as a proud corporate supporter of READ Global, Myths and Mountains provides financial and in-kind support to READ so that it can build community library and resource centers in Nepal, India and Bhutan and seed businesses to fully sustain and support the READ Centers.  The centers not only provide educational materials, but provide literacy training, women’s and girl’s empowerment, microcredit, health/HIV and other activities. Proceeds from Bangdel’s presentation and from the online auction will be used to sustain this mission.

Support READ Global directly by coming to hear Bangdel speak, or from the comfort of home, by bidding online for exciting auction items like a 12-day trip for two to the Solu region of Nepal, ethnic jewelry from India and West Africa, and tribal clothing from Nepal and Thailand. Online bidding opened on May 21 at Join us on Wednesday at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St. in downtown Reno.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the opportunity to meet Bangdel while enjoying cocktails followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection with the museum’s Executive Director David Walker. Bangdel’s lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by an exclusive dinner at 8:30 p.m. hosted in a private home. Tickets for the lecture are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for cocktails and the lecture are $125 per person or $250 per person for cocktails, lecture and dinner.

 To make a reservation, contact Allie Almario at 832-5454 or by email at  For more information, visit

Tech N9ne at the Knit

JMAX Productions and the Knitting Factory Reno present Tech N9ne Sunday at the Knitting Factory Concert House.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available

Nevada Humanities announces 2011 festival

Nevada Humanities presents the 2011 Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival — celebrating its 20th anniversary — Sunday through Thursday at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Reno’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

Participants will explore the lives and times of legendary characters including Henry VIII, Coco Chanel, painter Thomas Hart Benton, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Jefferson, during the evening programs. Each evening begins with a musical performance featuring a local band. Music starts at 6 p.m., and Chautauqua performances begin at 7 p.m.

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua is a living history program that blends the insightful depth of historical research with the fun of theatrical entertainment.

The Chautauqua format is simple: A performer, in the guise of a historical figure such as Thomas Jefferson, tells stories about important episodes in his or her life. After the monologue, the audience and historical character engage in a lively give and take. Finally, the performer emerges from character to respond to questions that could not be answered in character.

Initially known as Great Basin Chautauqua, the program was created in Reno in 1992 by Nevada Humanities as a fun and educational way to bring people together to explore characters and ideas in history. Northern Nevada has one of the longest-running Chautauqua festivals in the country — after 20 years and presenting more than 100 Chautauqua characters, the festival remains a key cultural event in northern Nevada.

There will be plenty of comfortable chairs as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to sit on a blanket. Some people bring picnics; food will also be available for sale by Men Wielding Fire. Parking is plentiful and free. Tickets are available at For more information, contact Nevada Humanities at 784-6587 or visit .

 In addition to Nevada Humanities Chautauqua evening performances, community events take place throughout northern Nevada during Nevada Humanities Chautauqua week in June. More information about daytime programs will be posted at closer to the event.

Tickets on sale for ‘Hairspray!’

Let your hair down and get retro starting this August as the Eldorado Showroom goes back to the 1960s for the smash hit Broadway musical “Hairspray!” Opening Aug. 2, this fantastically fun show has won eight Tony Awards and inspired a major motion picture. 

Set in 1962 Baltimore, a pleasantly plump and positively plain Tracy Turnblad takes audiences on her journey from ordinary outsider to teen queen.  With her passion for dancing leading the way, Tracy wins a spot on the local TV dance program “The Corny Collins Show” and is skyrocketed to stardom. But can a plus-size trendsetter vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the love of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a popular television show all without denting her ‘do’?

Seats start at $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $34.95. Show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. performance on Saturday night.
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