This week in Reno you can put away the Encyclopedia Britannica and learn history the old-fashioned way with theater and storytelling. How quaint. For those who aren’t entertained by intrigue, romance, duels and mystery, this week’s event calendar also includes a handful of live music and comedy events.
- If you’ve been waiting in the wings for Hamilton to make it to Reno, this week is your time to shine. Hopefully. Limited tickets are left to see how this “bastard, orphan, son of a whore” rewrote his game to a) get shot to death by Aaron Burr and b) become the subject of a revolutionary theatrical.
- Actors at Restless Artists’ Theatre take up another historical figure whose legacy is also misrepresented, that of Emilie du Châtelet. The pre-French Revolution noblewoman is remembered more for the man she slept with than her brains. So typical. Catch “Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” this week and next.
- More history? Yep, but it’s spooky so it’s fun. Check out the “History of the Haunted Comstock” lecture series at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City. Members of Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will discuss why the Comstock is so haunted. (We’re guessing it’s in part because the ghosts are so welcomed there.)
- In a decidedly not history-related show, R-rated comedic twins with beards will take turns at a south Reno wine shop and café and a boutique downtown bar. The shows are unexpected pairings, but Reno Tahoe Comedy believes they’ll work. Check out Cory ‘n’ Chad The Smash Brothers at Napa-Sonoma South and The Arch.
- A week ahead of Veterans Day, Reno Blues Society hosts their annual M*A*S*H B*A*S*H to benefit Adopt-A-Vet Dental. It’s a blues show and dance in one with Trippin’ King Snakes and Mudd Bonz. Bonus: the night offers another chance to dress up in costume, military-themed of course.
Be sure to check with event organizers for complete details and COVID-19 health guidelines.