SPARKS — The Big Easy comes to John Ascuaga’s Nugget this weekend during Parti Gras.
This five-day celebration includes free concerts headlined by Lisa Haley & the Zydecats on Saturday; Mumbo Gumbo on Sunday; and the Bayou Boys Sunday through Tuesday.
Parti Gras also will feature casino parades with showgirls, free hats and beads, Mardi Gras face art and caricature artists. John’s Club players can win their share of $20,000 throughout Parti Gras with “hot seat” giveaways, cash drawings and trips for two to New Orleans.
The Rotisserie Buffet will take on the “N’awlins” theme for the weekend with Louisiana favorites, such as dirty rice and jambalaya. There will be New Orleans-style food specials in all Nugget’s restaurants.
Guests who stay Friday, Saturday or Sunday can take advantage of a $97 one-night special, which includes two free drinks with Parti Gras souvenir glasses.
For reservations or more information, visit www.janugget.com or call 356-3300.
Headliner Sean P. for Reno-Tahoe Comedy
RENO — This weekend’s main act for Reno-Tahoe Comedy is Sean P.
Sean P. has been exploding on the comedy scene for the last 10 years. Sean has opened for many big-name comedians, including Robin Williams, Eddie Griffin, John Witherspoon and more. His style of comedy is high-energy and relatable for all ages and all walks of life. Sean likes to involve the crowd, not to poke fun but to find “what we all can laugh at together,” he says of his act.
If you want to laugh until it hurts, then you’re in for a fantastic show.
The weekend will feature a variety of comedic hosts, including Jenny PezDeSpencer at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Other weekend guest comedians are Judi Dixon, Brian O’Neil and Sam O’Brien.
The Pioneer Underground, located at 100 S. Virginia St. in Reno, hosts the Reno-Tahoe Comedy shows. The first show is at 7 p.m. Friday, with two shows on Saturday: 7:30 p.m. and an R-rated show at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, catch the Wine Walk prize giveaway with more than 25 prizes starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for this event costs $12 in advance and $16 the day of the show.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.renotahoecomedy.com or go to the Pioneer Center for the Arts box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Pioneer Underground on show nights between 7 and 11 p.m. Fees may apply. Comedians subject to change. No refunds. For a complete Reno Tahoe Comedy schedule, go to www.renotahoecomedy.com.
NMA talk about art of the Tiffany era
RENO — The Nevada Museum of Art will hold “Premiere Talk: Dr. Martin Eidelberg on Clara Driscoll, the Tiffany Girls, and Art of the Tiffany Era” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Eidelberg is one of the foremost scholars of Tiffany art glass and lamp designs, and has conducted extensive and important scholarship on the role of women in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio.
His research revealed that the design of many Tiffany lamps was the work of the Ohio-born Clara Driscoll, who directed a staff of gifted but unsung women, known as the “Tiffany Girls.” These workers labored in the creation of some of Tiffany’s most sumptuous objects.
Admission costs $15 for general admission, and $10 for museum members. The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. For more information, visit www.nevadaart.org.
‘Can You Imagine …’ opens at Sierra Arts Gallery
RENO — In the show “Can You Imagine…” featuring work by artists Pam Brekas and Jack Taylor, the fundamental elements of color, texture and shape take on new life through an examination of the unconventional and the spontaneous.
The two artists, practicing in different media, find common ground in addressing their media from an alternative angle.
For Brekas, an abstract painter and photographer, this means exposing beauty in decay.
In “Can You Imagine…” Brekas presents a series of abstract photographs inspired by the colors, textures and details found in the rust of machinery and metal she has discovered abandoned in the landscape.
In a similar vein, Taylor, a ceramicist and sculptor, incorporates non-traditional materials into his ceramic works in order to “add a twist and an element of surprise to the traditional pot.” Trained as a potter, in recent years Taylor has ventured into sculpture. In this show, his metal and clay fusions have evolved further into a full-scale installation. Both artists have found inspiration in the shapes and colors that are intrinsic to the landscapes of Nevada and the west.
The exhibition opens Sunday and will be on display through March 16 at the Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 S. Virginia St. in Reno. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m on Feb. 25.
For more information or to join the mailing list, visit www.sierra-arts.org.
Reno Prom Party at BuBinga
RENO — If you missed your high school prom or just want to do it all over again, then BuBinga has you covered with Reno Prom Party 2012 on Sunday.
Break out the dress and the suit and party like it’s 1985! BuBing will have full bars, spiked punch and photographers to remind you of the good times. Plus there will be voting for the 2012 Reno Prom King and Queen, so dress it up!
Doors open at 10 p.m., $15 cover. For more information, visit www.eldoradoreno.com or call 786-5700. For VIP or bottle service, call Denielle at 391-9079.
Hip hop show at The Alley
SPARKS — 775HipHop will host a show at The Alley on Sunday with Z-Man of Hieroglyphics, One Block Radius, Gurp City, Elsewhere, DJ True Justice, DJ Ricky Switch, Distant Relatives and 4Trees.
A charismatic rapper and emcee from the Bay Area, Z-Man (born Zamon Christian) is best known for his unusual flow, extensive slang dictionary and comical, party-centric tales. He got his start as a member of 99th Dimension, but also put in time with local underground favorites such as Sacred Hoop and Gingerbread Man. After building up a sizeable rep releasing numerous cassette-only albums and performing around Northern California, Z-Man signed with Hieroglyphics’ label to put out his most high-profile LP to date, 2004’s “Dope or Dogfood.”
One Block Radius is an alternative rap trio from California that paid its dues for several years before making a major-label debut in 2008. Comprised of Marty James (a singer, songwriter and producer from Chico, Calif.), Z-Man and MDA (a DJ and graphic artist born in Indiana), the group cites a diversity of influences including the Pharcyde and De la Soul as well as Sublime and Hall & Oates.
Group members began musical careers individually. One Block Radius was offered a recording contract with Island Def Jam, on which they made their major-label debut in 2008 with the single “You Got Me.” The track appeared on self-titled album that followed later in the year.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m show. General admission costs $10. This is an all-ages show with a full bar. Sunday’s show at The Alley, 906 Victorian Ave. in Sparks, is produced by the Alley and www.775HipHop.com.
Basque art, heritage featured in unique rubbings
CARSON CITY — Shepherds who roamed the northern Nevada landscape in the 1900s left behind clues about their life and times in carvings that survive today on Aspen trees. Artistic imprints that illustrate the unique tree carvings are on display at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno through April 7.
The new “Basque Aspen Art Rubbings” exhibit features wax-on-muslin rubbings that reflect the art of the Basque shepherds. The words and images are called arborglyphs, many of which illustrate the lives the shepherds left in France and the Pyrenees in Spain.
The husband and wife team of Phillip and Jean Earl captured the work when they began exploring the Aspen groves in 1969. They assembled a collection of more than 130 rubbings and preserved carvings that would otherwise have been lost and vulnerable to the environment. “Basque Aspen Art of the Sierra Nevada” is the book they created in the process.
Rubbings of cowboys, women, animals, moons and dates, and an actual carving preserved on an aspen stump are just a few of the items in the new exhibit on display. The Nevada Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno, adjacent to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Fleischman planetarium. For more information call 688-1190 x0, or visit www.nevadaculture.org.
Ultimate Combat at Grand Sierra
RENO – Ultimate Reno Combat returns to the Grand Sierra Resort Friday with a lineup of mixed martial arts fights.
In its 31st return, and sponsored by Rick Collup’s Reno Academy of Combat, this event features a light heavyweight title fight and female fight. Ultimate Reno Combat is billed as the No. 1 amateur mixed martial arts event in the country.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fights start at 8 p.m. Tickets costs $25. For more information, visit www.ultimaterenocombat.com or www.grandsierraresort.com or call 240-8253 or 800-648-3568.