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Reno Arts Fix (Feb. 2): Brew HaHa and Outside Mulliger (with video)


Reno Arts Fix

This week started with a play; a play that I found very emotional. Then there was a party benefitting one of the major players in the arts in Reno. For part of this week’s article I made a video with one simple GoPro camera (I know, my photo geek is showing). Working in this simple manner seemed very freeing. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.

Brew HaHa: Beer, Art, and Music
This was the 21st annual benefit for Sierra Arts featuring over 70 microbreweries and over 100 types of beer. Even though beer was the headliner there was much more offered at Brew HaHa.

The Artist Village was full of local art on display and for sale. This was a chance to talk directly to the artists. You will see a few of the artists in my video.

Whitney Myer provided the music and electrified the audience. There is plenty of her performance in my video.

Even though I am not much of a drinker, I had such a great time and the organizers of the event did a super job of putting on quite a wonderful party!

Brew HaHa is the main fundraiser for Sierra Arts Foundation, and the money raised here helps to support their many very worthy projects. You may consider becoming a member of Sierra Arts Foundation.

For more information go to their website: sierra-arts.org.

Outside Mullingar presented by Restless Artists’ Theatre and performed at Laughing Owl Productions

How important is family tradition? How important is love and companionship? These are two families who lived next to each other on farms and they dive into that very question.

The acting is wonderful and overshadows some weaknesses in the story. I do have to admit that I did shed a tear or two at the end of this show.

Go see Outside Mullingar and you will feel your heartstrings tugged.

Playing: February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 at 730 pm and January 31, February 7 & 14 at 200 pm.

Coming up

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company Opens New Season with  “The Nether”
Good Luck Macbeth Theatre will open their 2016 season on Friday, February 5 with, “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley.

The award winning play is set in the not­ so distant future in a virtual reality world known as “The Nether,” where the user has all power, and feeding one’s darkest desire is just a simple login away. A crime drama and psychological thriller with a hidden twist, the play centers around a young detective that dives into the realm of The Nether and uncovers something so shocking, it, triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Managing Director Chris Daniels states that this show was a risky choice.

“It’s a strong play to open our season with, ”Daniels said. “It speaks to what is happening right now in our society. The moral ambiguity of the internet is a pertinent and relevant topic to our  lives.” The production is directed by Eric Damon Smith, a Chicago based actor and director. Smith, a Joseph Jefferson Award nominee, has performed throughout the country, particularly in the  works of Shakespeare as well as contemporary classics and musical theatre.

Smith’s residency in Reno is made possible by the generous support of the Nevada Arts Council.  While in Reno, Smith will host two workshops; one on Shakespearean acting and the other on movement and engaging the actor’s body. Both workshops are offered at a subsidized rate, thanks to the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, please visit our website.

Running from Friday, February 5 to Saturday, February 27, “The Nether” plays every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 pm, with extra shows on select Thursday evenings.

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://thenether.brownpapertickets.com or at the door on show nights. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.

To learn more about “The Nether, visit Good Luck Macbeth’s website at  www.goodluckmacbeth.org.

Reno Little Theater Presents Radium Girls

Reno Little Theater
Image: 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.

Written by: DW Gregory
Directed by: McKenzi Swinehart

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

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.