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Nevada Museum of Art

How do art, science, and politics mix together to guide human evolution? The newest exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art offers some insight.

Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Bon and the Optics Division of her Metabolic Studio have undertaken a deep exploration of how these forces impact humans and our habitats. The studio’s current initiative, focused on the Owens Valley region of eastern California to the LA River and beyond, uses art produced in collaboration with the landscape itself as a medium to engage community and effect positive social change.

The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, welcomes the latest creation to emerge from these efforts, Lauren Bon & The Optics Division Team: Transforming Inert Landscape into Agency. The exhibition draws from the extensive project archives collected by the Center for Art and Environment and will be on display through May 25.

Sponsorship is provided by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

Comstock Christmas

Virginia City kicks off its annual holiday tradition, “Christmas on the Comstock” on Saturday.

The town boasts the Parade of Lights, a country Christmas concert and Breakfast with Father Christmas. The festivities continue throughout the month with unique gifts and boutique holiday shopping at local merchants.

Breakfast with Father Christmas — Saturday, 9–11 a.m.

Join Father Christmas for breakfast, photos and a chance to share Christmas wishes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: Adults $10, Kids $8.

The Candy Cane Express Trains — Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 14-15, two departures daily, noon and 2 p.m.

Create holiday memories aboard the Candy Cane Express Holiday Train on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Christmas Movies at Piper’s Opera House, Saturday from noon–4 p.m.

Bring the kids to watch classic Christmas movies at the historic Piper’s Opera House before the Parade of Lights. Price: Free

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights — Saturday at 5 p.m.

Bundle up and gather along C Street for Virginia City’s only evening parade and watch as the town lights up with Christmas cheer. Price: Free. Christmas in the Sierra – Concert with David John & The Comstock Cowboys — Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your cowboy boots and Santa hat to this boot-stomping good time with David John and the Comstock Cowboys for a country Christmas concert at Piper’s Opera House. Buy your tickets in advance online

Fleischmann Planetarium

Since 1963, as the Fleischmann Atmospherium, the Planetarium has welcomed people of all ages.

Special events, lectures, fulldome planetarium shows and retro pricing through January include Friday Vintage Live Sky Tonight Star Talks from 6-7 p.m.

Join the Planetarium for a weekly, fulldome look at what’s up in the sky tonight, presented the way we used to back in the day in our vintage Skies Over Nevada series. Live Star Talks are $7 adults and $5 children ages 3-12, seniors 60 and over, and UNR faculty, staff and students; shows are free for Planetarium members.

Friday Travels-Through-Time Talks through Dec. 20 from 7-8 p.m.

Take a weekly look back at every decade since 1963, with the Planetarium’s special guest speakers past and present. The schedule includes tonight: Arthur Johnson ~ our director (1973-2002) and “voice of the Planetarium” — on the 1980s, the return of Halley’s Comet and our cool time capsule that accompanied the event.

Dec. 13: Tony Berendsen — expert star guide at Tahoe Star Tours — on the 1990s and the Planetarium’s place as a nexus for astronomical activity and community outreach.

Dec. 20: Dan Ruby — our director (2002-present) — on the 21st century and our vision of the future as a learning lab to connect University students and researchers with K-12 students and the community.

Friday Travels-Through-Time Talks are $7 adults and $5 children ages 3-12, seniors 60 and over, and UNR faculty, staff and students; shows are free for Planetarium members. For the full schedule of 50th anniversary events, Nov. 8, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, visit

University of Nevada

University Choirs and the University Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah

7:30 p.m., tonight —

Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts

Choral and orchestral concert featuring Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, University Symphony Orchestra and student soloists in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Tickets: $5 for general admissions, free for students

Music Composition: Fall Student Concert

7:30 p.m., Sunday

Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts

Students and faculty perform new acoustic and electronic compositions by student composers.


University Wind Ensemble: “Of Sailors & Whales”

7:30 p.m., Monday

Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts

In the second concert of the fall semester, the University of Nevada, Reno Wind Ensemble will perform “Of Sailors and Whales,” by band composer, W. Francis McBeth. This work is based on the novel “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville. The program will open with Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” by J. Clifton Williams.

Tickets: $5 for general admissions, free for students

Argenta Concert Series: “Rite of Spring” with Jon Kimura Parker

7:30 p.m., Wednesday

Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts

The Argenta Concert Series welcomes to Reno classical pianist Jon Kimura Parker. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Parker brings an orchestral composition in his own unprecedented, devilishly virtuosic and thrillingly mesmerizing transcription for a single human being on a grand piano. Also on the program, pianists Hyeyeon Park and James Winn perform with Parker on an array of compositions by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.

Tickets: $25 for adults; $5 for students; season subscription available

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