Artown, the city-wide arts festival, takes over the town for the entire month of July.
Experience everything from Flamenco dancing to Paiute storytelling and Buddhist chanting at this well-attended month-long arts festival. Artown offers more than 500 events to the public, 70% of which are free to attend. Go online to the Artown website (www.renoisartown.com) and you can even create your own personalized schedule of events.
The events will feature anything from theater and dance to music and visual arts. They will take place at venues throughout the city. Historically popular events will return, such as “Movies in the Park” along with the world concert series.
The “Movies in the Park” series will group with Films on Tap, a local organization that started out as a backyard summer experiment where the founder would pair craft beer with a movie. They will now offer this same experience to attendees of “Movies in the Park” (those over 21, of course).
For example, the Great Basin Brewery’s local brew “Ichthyosaur”, or “Icky” IPA named for a dinosaur fossil found in rural NV, will be paired with a showing of the film “Jurassic Park”.
The world concert series has now been dubbed “Cultural Connections”, opening up modern and contemporary reflections of global culture. The African Children’s Choir from Uganda is just one of several groups that will be performing. The choir is composed of children ages 7 to 10 years old who will be singing hymns and songs in both their native language and English.
A new partnership this year comes with the Reno Aces, the city’s minor league baseball team. Artown and Aces will be celebrating both the arts and athletics at the July 16 game. Fans of the team can bid on Artown-decorated team jerseys and proceeds will raise money for the arts nonprofit. At the game, there will be new murals at the Greater Nevada Field, the Doors to Recovery exhibit and plein air painters painting the game on the day of.
Whether it’s a garden art sale, a chalk art festival, rock ballet or Brazilian jazz, there is something for everyone to find at Artown. Check out some of their events below.
Summer Soiree Under the Stars: Neko Case, KD Lang, Laura Veirs
July 7, 7:30pm
Having just released their newest album, these local crooners have a show full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms that draws inspiration from alluring, mysterious subjects. Their lead track “Atomic Number” features vocals from all three singers.
Summer Dinner Concert Series: Miki Rae at the Wild River Grille
July 15, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Enjoy Miki Rae singing some of her favorites while having dinner at the Wild River Grille under the stars. Miki Rae is an accomplished teen who writes her own music and plays the guitar.
Cultural Connections: Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe
July 27, 7:30pm – 10pm
Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe exemplifies global flamenco talent originating in the company’s hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fourteen dancers and musicians flourish under lead dancer and artistic director Juan Siddi’s rigorous yet sensitive choreography that bears the flavor of his artistic roots in Barcelona and Granada. Juan Siddi Flamenco infuses authentic cultural traditions with contemporary flair.
Midtown Art Walk
July 28, 4pm – 9pm
The free annual Midtown Art Walk showcases the unexpected culture of our city’s Midtown district. By pairing artists with local merchants, this event stirs up the senses with a variety of art, food and live performances. Guests can walk through the shops and take wonder in the work of local artists. Or enjoy a meal at the distinct eateries while listening to talented musicians.
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