Holland Project August events

Destroy Nate Allen, Last to Leave, Handsome Vultures – TONIGHT

Hey everyone! High energy folk punkers Destroy Nate Allen are playing with equally-as-high-energy folkers Last to Leave and Handsome Vultures. THIS SHOW IS GOING TO BE RAD! Wednesday (TONIGHT!) at the HPHQ, $5, 8:30OPM!!!! YEAH!


G.Green, Missed Connections, The Dawner Party – TUESDAY

Good gracious, I’m excited about this show! Sacramento’s G.Green is making the trip over the pass to grace us with excellent rock & roll slop-pop. Joining on the local level are post-punk potential achievers The Dawner Party and the first ever Missed Connection show. Missed Connection is Justin Craperi (You know, Arabella, Chthonic Youth, Corey Maimes, Royal Noble, Marital Impulses, and countless other bands…that Justin Carperi). Tuesday, August 16, at the HPHQ, 8:30PM, $5! AWESOME!



Home is on the Horizon- DONATE TODAY

We are thrilled to announce some really fantastic news….HOLLAND HAS SIGNED A LEASE ON A NEW SPACE. After 6 months of research, discussion, site visits, and meetings, we have decided to move forward and are officially on our way to a new home–one that houses all of Holland’s programming. We couldn’t be more excited. We can’t wait to make this space exactly what we’ve envisioned for Holland from the beginning. To make this happen, we need to raise $50,000. It sounds like a lot, but to put it in perspective, the Great Basin Community Food Co-op just raised 10 x that amount, the Nevada Discovery Museum is raising $21.5 million as we speak, and our sister organization in Seattle raised about $1 million to get their new space. In other words, we got this. But we need your help. Please consider joining the Holland’s Home is on the Horizon Campaign. Every amount helps from $100 to $5000 and brings Holland one-step closer to home. Even if just 500 people donate just $100, we’re there! Don’t forget we have special rewards for each level of funding, as we like to give a little something back in thanks to those who give to us.



Destroy Nate Allen, Handsome Vultures, Last To Leave August 10th @ HPHQ 8PM

G.Green, The Dawner Party, Missed Connection August 16th @ HPHQ 8PM

Stencil Making Workshop August 27th @ HPHQ noon-3PM

Lost Trail, Death Drive, Melodious Punk September 2nd @ the HPHQ 8PM

Award-winning poet and Sierra Nevada College Professor Brian Turner returns to Baghdad

Baghdad's traffic, choked by hundreds of checkpoints, slows to a crawl while security forces inspect vehicles for weapons and explosives. Lynsey Addario/National Geographic

Baghdad's traffic, choked by hundreds of checkpoints, slows to a crawl while security forces inspect vehicles for weapons and explosives. Lynsey Addario/National Geographic


INCLINE VILLAGE — Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner recently returned to Baghdad for the first time since 2004, this time as a tourist. “I wanted to learn about the place where I’d been, but without a weapon in my hand,” he tells Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

Turner reflects on his travel experience in the July issue of National Geographic, remarking how the city has changed: “The sounds of war have been replaced by the sounds of children playing soccer on the grass.”

KNPB is currently airing an interview with Turner viewable here. Audio is also airing throughout the month on our local NPR station (KUNR 88.7FM).

Brian Turner served seven years in the Army, most recently in 2004 as an infantry team leader in Iraq. He is the author of two books of poetry, “Here, Bullet” and “Phantom Noise,” which has been recently short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College, where he runs a low-residency writing program.


ELKO: 19th century pioneer dance at California Trail Center

Elko Trail Center


ELKO – The public is invited to join in on the fun and festivities of an old time trail dance hosted at the California Trail Center July 27 from 7 until 9 p.m.  Caller Rob Snow will guide this free event open to all ages and skill levels with music provided by Southwind.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the newest permanent exhibit ‘Jumping Off,’ focusing on the start of an adventure of a lifetime for thousands of emigrants to the West.

Also available are two temporary exhibits.  ‘Seeds of Change’ focuses on the exchange of plants, animals and diseases between the old and new worlds after Columbus landed in the Americas.  ‘Gum San: Land of the Golden Mountain,’ honors the Chinese experience in settling the West and is on loan from the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore.

The California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center,  located eight miles west of Elko, at Hunter Exit 292, is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, through Labor Day.  Please call (775) 738-1849 or visit www.blm.gov/cv5c  or www.californiatrailcenter.org  for more information on upcoming events.

Holland Project July and August events

Prayers for Atheists, Knowledge Lives Forever, Weapons of Mass Creation – THURSDAY

Hip Hop meets Punk meets Poetry! All the way from Rhode Island, Prayers for Atheists will be playing rad punk rock. Why should you care?  Well, Jared Paul is in Prayers for Atheists, and he’s a spoken word genius/activist. Joining PFA will be Knowledge Lives Forever, Weapons of Mass Creation, and Spoken Views Poets. It’ll be happening on Thursday, July 21 @ Holland Show Space at 8:00PM, $6.


Forage: Bike, Art, Performance Extravaganza – SATURDAY

Saturday, July 23 from 3-8pm, The Holland Project will be taking you on an art-blow-out bike tour of midtown and downtown Reno. Beginning at 3pm at the Holland Project Gallery on 30 Cheney St., Forage kicks off with a group exhibit at the gallery featuring a fortune teller and DJ. From there the roaming gallery will showcase murals, a trebuchet, homemade root beer floats, music including an acoustic set by Last to Leave, a chautauqua performance, forts, yarn bombing and food carts. The final event of the afternoon will be the screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed paired with an original score by local musicians at the Nevada Museum of Art.


Ty Segall, Audacity, Mark Van Norris and the Encounters – MONDAY

Get ready to hang loose bro cause Ty Segall is coming to the Holland Show Space on July 25th. Coming with is Fulerton’s Audacity, they play some crazy psych-punk. And to seal the deal Mark Van Norris and the Encounters are playing too. If you didn’t catch them the last time they played it was AWESOME! Ty Segall plays garage-o-grunge-o-surf, and it’s really good. SO GOOOOOOO! Monday, July 15 at the Holland Show Space doors at 8:30PM Show 9:00PM (REALLY! SERIOUSLY!) $6 ADV. $8DOOR. ALL-AGES LIKE ALWAYS! Tickets Available at Great Basin Food Coop, Bibo Mt. Rose and Record St., and Freeman’s Hot Dogs. Also get ‘em onine here: www.hollandreno.org/buytic?kets/


ICEAGE//Cult of Youth//The Indoors//Spitting Image

All the way from Denmark, ICEAGE is playing the Holland Show Space on July 27th! This band is seriously awesome! Joining them is Brooklyn’s Cult of Youth, rock and rollers Thee Indoors, and weirdo punx Spitting Image. ICEAGE’s sound is a hard one to pin down, a little bit hardcore, a little bit post punk, and a whole lot of good music! Cult of Youth is a mix of Irish folk and rock music. THIS SHOW IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. Wednesday July 27th at the Holland Show Space $7adv/$10door, 8PM. Tickets available at Great Basin Food Coop, Freeman’s Hot Dogs, Bibo Mt. Rose, and Bibo Record St. Tickets also available online at www.hollandreno.org/buytic?kets/




July 25: TY SEGALL, Audacity, Mark Van Norris & the Encounters $6

July 27: ICEAGE, Cult of Youth, Thee Indoors, Spitting Image $7


Get em here!




July 21- Prayers of Atheists, Knowledge Lives Forever, Weapons of Mass Creation @ Holland Show Space 8:00PM

July 23- Forage: a Roaming Gallery @ HPHQ and all over 3:00PM

July 25- Ty Segall, Audacity, TBA @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

July 27- Ice Age, Cult of Youth, Thee Indoors, Spitting Image @ Holland Show Space 8:00PM

July 28- Midtown Art Walk @ HPHQ/Midtown area 5PM

July 30- Elephant Rifle, Frkse, Swahili @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

August 10- Destroy Nate Allan, Last to Leave, Handsome Vultures @ HPHQ 8:30PM

Third annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow, July 22-24


NIXON, Nev. — The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow at Big Bend Ranch in Wadsworth, Nev. From Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24, Native American culture will be celebrated as families and individuals representing tribal communities from across the United States will participate for cash prizes in the 3rd Annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow.

The theme to this year’s pow-wow is “Te Nanumu Magodyuku,” in English, “Bringing the People Home.” Authentic Native American food, dancing, arts and crafts vendors and traditional performing arts will all be on hand for all to enjoy. Admission to the 3rd Annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow is free and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this cultural experience. To get to Big Bend Ranch from Reno take I-80 eastbound to Exit #46 and turn left.

About the Sacred Visions Pow-Wow
In 2009 the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Sacred Visions Pow-Wow Committee held the first Sacred Visions Pow-Wow. The objective of this project was to attract out-of-state participants and spectators to the event, and in turn, create a positive economic impact for the economies of Northern Nevada and the tribe. The Sacred Visions Pow-Wow Committee consists of a group of tribal members who have a vision to bring the community together and improve the quality of life on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. The Annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow attracts more than 3,000 people from all across the Western United States and helps support the local economies of Pyramid Lake and Northern Nevada. For more information about the Sacred Visions Pow-Wow Committee please visit www.sacredvisionspowwow.com. For more information about the 3rd Annual Sacred Visions Pow-Wow please visit www.pyramidlake.us.

About Pyramid Lake and its people
Pyramid Lake is located about 35 miles Northeast of Reno, Nev., and is the property of and managed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Pyramid Lake is known as being North America’s most beautiful desert lake. The lake occupies 112,000 surface acres inside the reservation boundary and has a shoreline of approximately 125 miles. The lake has no outlet and is a residual body remaining from the prehistoric Great Lake Lahontan water body. The lake is fed primarily by the Truckee River and is famous as a fishery for the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui, which are on the endangered species list. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation comprises 476,728 acres. The tribal members are direct descendants of the Northern Paiute people who have occupied the vast areas of the Great Basin for thousands of years. Pyramid Lake was designated as one of the first National Scenic Byways in the country and was the first scenic byway entirely on an Indian reservation. For more information about Pyramid Lake or its people please visit the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center in Nixon or log on to www.pyramidlake.us.

Tessera Glass, mosaic art studio and distributor, relocates to Wells Ave.

Mosaic art from Tessera Glass


This year, local business Tessera Glass, a supplier, distributor, and studio for mosaic art celebrates its fifth year in Reno. Mosaic art from Tessera GlassTessera Glass has relocated from their previous location in west Reno to the eclectic retail area just off South Wells Avenue. The new address is 236 Wonder St.

Owners Andrea Borges and Vernon Prestia are pleased to offer over 100 colors of glass and ceramic mosaic tile, along with a recently remodeled studio space. Classes taught by local mosaic art professionals are offered to adults at a rate of $65/ea. Membership is offered hourly, or on a tiered structure, dependent on studio need.

Mosaic parties of three to eight are offered at a discounted rate.

The studio is open to artists working in a variety of media, especially to instructors looking for a fresh, clean, and intimate space for instruction.

Tessera Glass offers in-school workshops to children ages 9+ and has donated time and materials to community schools and organizations serving at-risk youth and those with special needs.

“This year, our goal is to build new alliances with local artisans, teachers, students and the community at-large to showcase the significance of creative pursuits,” said Borges. “We are excited to have opened our new studio and look forward to serving the community in the coming years.”

Tessera Glass is open 10am-2pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-3pm and by appointment. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends. Call 775-329-5454 for more information.

Holland Project July events

Movable Type & For Nevada with Love – THURSDAY

This Thursday night will be a big art to-do at the Holland Project Gallery. Kyle Durrie and her mobile letterpress, Movable Type, will be setting up shop outside the gallery for an evening of printing demos, studio/truck tours and tall tales about life on the road. Inside the gallery is the photo edition of For Nevada With Love, a exhibit showcasing all that we love about Nevada.

DIY Soda Pop Workshop

It’s summer. It’s hot. It is crucial to have cold soda on hand. Holland Project presents an awesome workshop that will enable you to make and drink your own soda this season! Saturday on July 16th at 1pm at HPHQ, come learn about DIY soda brewing and bottling techniques for $5! Coming home with your own natural soda is both rewarding and refreshing!  This is a CLARK endorsed workshop – soda rules!

Speak Your Mind

The world’s biggest FREE hip hop festival: Speak you Mind is around the corner at Wingfield Park on July 17. Included in this colossal event are over 50 acts, Vendor Village, Live Art, Dancing, DJs & more. Holland will have a booth with buttons, shirts, and much more. Its all day, so show up early or come over a little bit later, either way, you win!


July 25: TY SEGALL, Audacity, TBA, $6

July 27: ICEAGE, Cult of Youth, Thee Indoors, Spitting Image $7

Get em here!



July 7- For Nevada with Love Gallery Opening @ HPHQ 6:00PM

July 14- Witch Gardens, The Dawner Party, TBA @ HPHQ 8:30PM

July 21- Prayers of Atheists, Knowledge Lives Forever @ Holland Show Space 8:00PM

July 23- Forage: a Roaming Gallery @ HPHQ and all over 3:00PM

July 25- Ty Segall, Audacity, TBA @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

July 27- Ice Age, Cult of Youth, Thee Indoors, Spitting Image @ Holland Show Space 8:00PM

July 30- Elephant Rifle, Frkse, Swahili @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

When a Renoite Leaves the Country, part 5

Mercury in 'rustic style'

Bridget Meade (photo by Calvert Photography)

Part V: Phallic images, then and now.

During my recent trip to southern Italy, we toured the Naples Archeological museum. Toward the end, we went into a section that had a sign saying one must be 14 years old to enter. What was beyond the sign caused a few giggles from my group.

Pictures of abnormally large penises were on the walls, a statue depicting a man having sex with a goat was in a corner and small figurines of men carrying baskets with their anatomy were displayed in a case. The bigger the penis, the better life was for Romans and it wasn’t for sexual satisfaction.

To display wealth in America, we drive luxury cars and live in certain neighborhoods. To protect ourselves against “evil” we attend church, treat others well, and vote for the political candidate who best represents our interests. In Roman times, they used phallic symbols to display wealth and guard against evil.

Romans used phallic symbols in their art, often as talismans. In Pompeii, shopkeepers put up paintings and objects on their walls to protect themselves. For example, in one painting called Mercury in ‘rustic style,’ the god is seen marching forward carrying a bag of money in one hand and a phallic symbol in the other.


Mercury in 'rustic style'

Many of the paintings and other artifacts displayed at the museum were located in Pompeii and nearby town Herculaneum buried when Vesuvious erupted in 79 AD.  When the cities were discovered in the 1700s, the frescoes and statues were brought to the Naples Museum. When King Francis I of Naples saw the display in 1819, he was so embarrassed by it that he put it in a cabinet. Only those who were “of mature age and good morals” were allowed access. The cabinet went through many openings and closings for the next 100 plus years. It was brought out briefly during the 1960s, then shut down again and not opened until 2000.

The thing that struck me was how conservative our societies have become since Roman times. At some point, we decided that nudity and sexuality were dirty and chose to cover ourselves up. In Rome and all over Europe, what were once naked statues now have a leaf covering male genitalia even though female statues have generally been untouched.

In the days following my visit to the Naples Archeological Museum and Pompeii, I jokingly emailed Bob Conrad asking about ThisisReno.com’s policy on phallic images. My joke backfired when he asked me to write about it.  In keeping with the emerging forms of journalism, this site does not edit reader-submitted content (unless libelous) and thus does not prohibit phallic images (of course the rules change if it is of one of the founders of the website).

To be clear, I’m not advocating for people to send naked photos just because they will be published. What astounds me is the juxtaposition of what is socially acceptable in today’s society versus what was acceptable during Roman times. The images were not pornographic to Romans as it was a sign of protection and wealth. If similar artwork were published without context today, it would be considered pornographic and outcries for the images to be removed are almost guaranteed.

Thousands of years later, we are not that far removed from the Romans. They invented many medical and other scientific devices that, while they have been refined, we still use today. When Vesuvious erupted, the military was sent to rescue people for the first time in history. They focused on education, commerce, and citizens were allowed to vote. Even though women were not citizens, they were allowed to divorce. We still use their construction in theaters. It is funny how our perception of proper etiquette changes over time when we still have so much in common.

Bridget Meade is an Interactive Journalism graduate student at the Reynolds School of Journalism. She decided to pursue her Master’s in Journalism after she discovered personal blogging several years ago. As a result of online communities like 20-Something Bloggers and the new friends she met all over the world, Bridget’s interests expanded and she redefined her personal and professional goals. Her interests are in social media, specifically Twitter, technology, and networked news. She enjoys snarky humor, the ocean, all things Italian, wine, and time with her 90 lb German Shepherd, Keo.


Holland Project June and July events

Tacocat, Forever, The Dividers – FRIDAY

Feel the power of lady vocals on Friday, June 24th at the HPHQ. Seattle’s Tacocat is coming around again and bringing Forever from Portland along. Locally throwing in some jams is the punk/rock tunes of The Dividers. Last time Tacocat came through it was one of the most fun times to be had in the little HPHQ. Forever plays on the same level of fun garage rock girl power. It’s going to be a ripping good time so BE THERE! Friday, June 24th at the HPHQ, 7:30PM, $5 donation.


Rocky Votolato & My Flag is on Fire – TUESDAY

Rocky’s back! Folk-rock all-star Rocky Votolato is coming to Reno on Tuesday, June 28th and it’s going to be rad. To those who haven’t heard Rocky, he plays intimate acoustic music that everybody can get down with. And to sweeten this folk deal, My Flag is on Fire is playing too. If you like anything remotely good, you’ll like this show. Tuesday, June 28th at the Holland Show Space at Rainshadow, 7:30PM, $8 adv/$10 door.  Tickets available at Great Basin Food Coop, Bibo at Record Street and Mt. Rose, and Freeman’s Hot Dogs. You can also buy tickets online: http://www.hollandreno.org/buytickets/



June 28: ROCKY VOTOLATO & My Flag is on Fire, $7adv

July 25: TY SEGALL, Audacity, TBA, $6


Get em here!




June 23- For Nevada With Love – Cowboy Poets and Slam Poets @ the Holland Show Space

June 24- Tacocat, Forever, The Dividers @ HPHQ 7:30PM

June 28- Rocky Votolato and My Flag is on Fire @ the Holland Show Space 7:30PM

July 3- Movable Type @ HPHQ 12:00PM

July 5- Core and Youth Board Meeting @ HPHQ 7:00PM

July 7- For Nevada with Love Gallery Opening @ HPHQ 6:00PM

July 23- Forage: a Roaming Gallery @ HPHQ and all over 3:00PM

July 25- Ty Segall, Audacity, TBA @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

July 30- Elephant Rifle, Frkse, Swahili @ Holland Show Space 8:30PM

Unity – Temple of Transition Fundraiser

Temple of Transition Model


The International Arts Megacrew with local artist groups the Salvagery and Osiris, will host “Unity” a block rocking fundraiser for the Temple of Transition, the official Temple for Burning Man 2011.

The event will be held at the historic Hobson Square, home of the Salvagery Artist Collective, at 900 E. Fourth Street in Reno, build site for the Temple of Transition, on July 9, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until midnight.

“The event is the only one of its kind ever hosted at this unique, historic location,” said Diarmaid “Irish” Horkan, co-leader of the Temple of Transition project. “We are excited to be a part of the Fourth Street revival by bring here not only the Temple project but the party of a lifetime.”

The “Unity” event features a range of entertainment including Controlled Burn, Bohemian Burlesque, BoHo Hoops, Bonestar, Dragonfly Aerialists, Spoken Views, DJ’ed beats by DJ D6 and many more.

In addition to the entertainment, the event proudly displays art projects like Nefarious Grin’s Fire Garden, The Pier and the Osiris Pyramid. The Hobson Gallery, also located on the property, presents the Salvagery Arts Show and Auction. The 1st anniversary of RePiano, an ARTOWN event, will also be celebrated.

Those in attendance will be treated to a costume workshop by Dusty Couture, popcorn from the Popcorn Palace as well as enjoy art cars including Big Dale’s Giant Big Head, the Jungle Buggy and Jungle Bus, the Red Rooster and others.

Tickets for the “Unity” event are $20 and available at Prism Magic, the Melting Pot World Emporium, online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/173607 or at the door. Fundraising events to help raise additional support for the Temple of Transition project are being held around the globe.

Made of wood, the Temple of Transition will take the form of a 120-foot tiered, hexagonal central tower, surrounded by five 58-foot tiered, hexagonal towers.

For more information visit http://temple2011.org or find the Temple 2011 project on Facebook.

About International Arts Megacrew

Established in 2009, the International Arts Megacrew (IAM) is a globally based group of artists, artisans, fabricators, industrial designers and project managers with a vision for producing large-scale art projects. With over 50 core members from 12 counties, IAM members have created installation art for festivals and events worldwide. The crew was founded and is lead by Diarmaid Horkan of Dublin, Ireland and Chris Hankins of Auckland, New Zealand.