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Reno Arts Fix (Jan. 20): Mi Vida Gatana and Gambling in Black and White


Reno Arts Fix: January 20, 2016

Black-and-White Risk at Nevada Historical Society

Black-and-White Risk by Jan Aphelin is an interesting look at the forgotten moments in gaming history in the 1980s. I turned 21 in the early 80s; at that time in Reno when you turned 21 the casinos were the place to explore. The secrets only OF AGE people were allowed to know. These photos brought back those memories.

Taking in each photo and all of the details was a pleasure. Each photo captured at just the right moment to expose the story. As a photographer I found this to be an inspired show.

I did take a few moments to explore the historical society’s regular exhibit and found the combination of the black and white photos and the main exhibit to be a great combination. Thinking of the rich history of this place we call home that the Nevada Historical Society shows us was definitely a wonderful time.


1650 N Virginia St, Reno, Nevada
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

His and Hers / Open Studios / Hearts & Flowers at Reno Art Works

Reno Art Works has Open Studios from time to time. With 27 artists sharing studio space their open studios are always fun and offer a variety of art to chose from. Last Saturday I visited them and saw the exhibit that featured Seth McCorkle and Angie Terrell. Seth paints people who are down and out and Angie paints still lives featuring pieces of trash. I just love their work, especially Seth’s portraits which are taken from mugshots. If you have some time, stop by RAW and check out their gallery pieces.

Here is a short video to give you a taste.


1995 Dickerson Road Reno, Nevada
Mon – Sat 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mi Vida Gitana at the Reno Little Theater

This wonderful play is the first in Reno Little Theater’s new series La Gente: Latino Theater. Mi Vida Gitana is a story of love and desire with the complications of a gypsy life. The actors are as diverse as the roles they play.

“With this exciting new series, we hope to provide an opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue between current patrons and new audiences. Spearheaded by Series Curator, Tami Castillo Shelton, La Gente will feature a Theater for Young Audiences production that will tour to high schools, a production of a Latino heritage play by a nationally recognized playwright, and thanks to a national grant from the Dramatists Guild Fund, a newly commissioned play by Nevada-born playwright Marvin Gonzalez.” (RLT Website).

I am excited to see more from this new series at RLT.

147 East Pueblo Street Reno, NV

Coming up

The Diary of Anne Frank at Bruka TheaterThe Diary of Anne Frank at Bruka Theater
Bruka Theater has a reputation for serious theater and The Diary of Anne Frank promises to be just that. I have had the pleasure of seeing some rehearsal time and talking to the actors and director. I am looking forward to seeing the production as soon as it opens.
Written by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. Directed by Holly Natwora.

JANUARY 22, 23, 27A, 28, 29, 30
FEBRUARY 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 8 PM
MATINEES – JAN 24, 31 @ 2 PM   2016
99 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV

Restless Artists’ Theatre Company presents OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
Pulitzer, Tony & Academy award winner for Doubt, Joe and the Volcano , and Moonstruck.

This very Irish play exudes great heart and a depth of poetic passion as four yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

January 29, 30, @ 7:30pm
February, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm
January 31, February 7, and 14 @ 2pm
75 S. Wells Avenue Reno, Nevada


Radium Girls at Reno Little Theater
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage– until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.

Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees.

As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors who play more than 30 parts— friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and a myriad of interested bystanders.

Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Evening Showdates: 2/5, 2/6, 2/11*, 2/12, 2/13, 2/18*, 2/19, 2/20 @ 7:30p
Matinee Showdates: 2/7, 2/14 (cast talk-back), 2/20, 2/21 @ 2:00p
147 East Pueblo Street Reno, NV

Dana Nollsch
Dana Nollschhttp://www.photozen.us
Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.