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Rory’s Picks: Events This Week


Ben Morrison. Press Image.
Ben Morrison. Press Image.

Every week, Reno is overrun with art, music, culture, events and tons of cool stuff to do. In order to help you navigate the myriad of painful decisions, our own Reverend Rory Dowd offers up the top five things he’d like to do.

1) PolyEsthers Boutique’s Final Bow – After eight years, the iconic Reno clothier and costumer, PolyEsthers Boutique, is permanently closing their Midtown storefront, to the great dismay of thespians, Burners, and cosplayers alike. From 11am to 11pm on Saturday, March 9ththey are throwing one last blast, a Grand Closing, if you will. Featuring Art Cars all day and DJ Bridges and A House Party DJs in the evening, this is your last chance to hit the racks. Everything must go, including the racks, and is priced to sell with 50% discounts on all items not nailed down. They are also offering 10% off alterations and 20% off custom orders booked that day. BYOB, FYI. 

2) Urinetown – This weekend is the final chance to catch the Broadway hit, “Urinetown”, presented by the School of Arts and the Theater and Dance Department at UNR. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Questioning and lampooning the very nature of bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theater, “Urinetown” is a winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. The PG-13 production will be presented in the Redfield Proscenium Theater in the Church Fine Arts building. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors; $13 for students ages 2-18 and University faculty/staff; $5 for University students with ID (limited quantity). The final performances will be Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 9 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are available online.

3) Ben Morrison of The Brothers ComatoseVirginia Street Brewhouse welcomes SF native, Ben Morrison, to the downtown Reno stage this Saturday, March 9th at 8pm. The Brothers Comatose frontman is touring as a solo act while working on his own debut LP. Compared to Kris Kristofferson, a male counterpoint to Amy Winehouse, and “chunky, spicy peanut butter”, Morrison is a powerful singer and entertaining performer. He will also be joined on stage by local alt-country heroes Huckleberry Road and talented solo artist Mason Frey. Tickets will be $12 for this all-ages show and are available online.

4) B.E. Chicken BingoEvery Wednesday at 9pm, Broadly Entertaining brings their own style of bingo to The Loving Cup. Join G. Broadly as she prances around in her chicken suit, crowing out the letters and number that spell out your victory. With drink specials, door prizes, side contests and a grand prize of $50, it’s not a bad way to get over the hump day. Stick around after the games for DJ Finger Lickin’s late night funk jams and rock grooves. 

5) Second Thursdays w/ Athena McIntyre – Mountain troubadour and songwriter Athena McIntyre joins the party at Dead Ringer Analog Bar in Reno’s Brewery District. Every month she will be presenting her own original alt-country and folk stylings, as well as featuring a special guest. For the debut installment, Athena welcomes Belles of the Levee. This Humboldt County trio of harmonious jazz/blues sirens dive into the deep muddy currents of 1920s-1930s American Roots music and beyond to bring you tunes so old they’re new! This $5 show begins at 8 pm and is 21+.

Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd is a contributing writer for This Is Reno. He is a producer and co-host for the Worst Little Podcast and serves on the Board of Directors at Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company. He is also an accomplished performer and emcee, including singing and playing bass for One Ton Dually, a Reno rock band.




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