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CHS students’ artwork featured in CCAI exhibition

The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, "Photo Finished," at the Community Development Building, 108 E. Proctor St., Carson City. Eleven artists from Carson High School have work in the exhibit. CCAI will host a reception for the artists from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The free exhibition is available to the public 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until March 31.

The artists are students in photography instructor Kara Ferrin's Advanced Photo class.

"The work is the students' capstone project, a culmination of all four years of photographic work and knowledge focused into their own artistic interpretations with few limitations set," Ferrin said.

The Carson High students include Gilberto Avina, Kaelah Bowman, Kyla Cox, Jazlyn Duran, Haley Garver, Ben Granados, Andrea Lathrop, Dez McGilvray, Gabe Morton, Amber Rangel and Sarah Woods.

"CCAI is delighted to present this exhibition and grateful of the opportunity to work with Carson High faculty and students," Sharon Rosse, CCAI executive director, said. "We are proud of the professional level of the students' work and of their teacher who encouraged and nurtured their imaginations and skill levels."

This show is another in CCAI's ongoing series of student exhibitions in the Brick.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area's diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies and its online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Carson City Cultural Commission, NV Energy Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities and U.S. Bank Foundation.

For information, visit CCAI's website at http://www.arts-initiative.org.

Stay warm with The Fire in Carson City

Don't let the cold January temps give you cabin fever, come warm up with The Fire at the Brewery Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The high-energy Scottish band trio is excited to travel to Carson City as part of the Celtic Series for the second time. The Santa Cruz, Calif., band played the Celtic Series in January 2017.

The band certainly earns its name through the energy each member puts on stage. The excitement they bring can be seen on any live performance. The sounds of the fiddle and bagpipes complement each other and bring the sounds of Scotland to the audience.

"It's the kind of music that makes you want to dance, even if you don't know how," said fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky. "That's part of the joy of playing this music."

Lomnicky said all the music they play was originally meant for dancing — Cèilidh dancing.

Also making up The Fire is David Brewer and Adam Hendey. Lomnicky and Brewer started as a duo about eight years ago, and Hendey joined as the third member for the past two to two-and-a-half years, Lomnicky said.

"As a group, we always like to have different instrument combos and play lots of different tunes," she said. "Adding Adam allowed us to add more texture and to add another layer — to create a sound we couldn't achieve with just two instrumentalists."

Besides playing music well, Hendey is also a very good tune writer, Lomnicky said. The band released its latest album, "Radiance," last August. The album was the first with the full trio. They play traditional Scottish music as well as contemporary tunes, with each member submitting their own writing on it. While many think of tradition being songs from long ago, Lomnicky presents it a different way.

"Our approach is that the tradition is an ongoing phenomena," she said. "We add to the tradition by adding contemporary tunes."

Lomnicky said the band likes to go back to the archival traditional music book and find tunes that haven't been played for a long time. She's traveled to Scotland several times and she loves finding older music in books at the national library.

"I worked hard to collect music that people don't have," she said. "We bring back to life some of this older music, and contrast that with newer compositions at our shows."

The band touts a remarkable resume with many accomplishments. Brewer has toured with The Old Blind Dogs and Molly's Revenge. He's been a special guest of The Chieftains. He was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary "Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil and the Presidency."

Lomnicky won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2009. The event, held at Blair Castle in Scotland, is seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world.

"I'm definitely very proud of that," she said.

Being her first time in Scotland and competing, she was very nervous, but everyone was warm and welcoming, she said. Among the eight competitors, she came out on top.

"I was lucky enough to win at the end of the day," she said.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the BAC's Maizie Harris Jesse Black Box Theater, 449 W. King St.

Tickets are $12 for BAC members, $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Buy them through BreweryArts.org or by calling the BAC box office at 775-883-1976.

Airman’s Korea photos on exhibit in Carson City

The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition Korea '76 with work by artists Eugene Rolfe and Gig Depio in the Community Center's Sierra Room, 851 E. William St., Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public through Feb. 28. Note: The Sierra Room is closed for renovation from Jan. 18 to Feb. 6.

Rolfe took his photographs in the mid-1970s while serving in the U.S. Air Force as a means of recording images of rural life in South Korea. After discovering that Rolfe had stored these vintage photographs in his garage attic, Depio worked to restore the negatives and print them. The images reflect both artists' interest in the interweaving of Asian and American cultures and America's strong impact on the social, political and economic life of other countries. Note that in the 1976 images where some Koreans are in traditional dress and some are in American attire. Depio responded to Rolfe's photographic images with a series of new paintings that point to these small moments of history that are not widely known. This is the first exhibition of this collaborative work.

Rolfe, who has a minor in anthropology and a major in human relations from Florida State University, has always been interested in the diversity of people and their cultural history. He pursued photography in the mid-1970s as a means of recording images of rural life in South Korea. Rolfe was a military officer in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years from 1960 through 1985, and was assigned to Osan Air Force Base in the Republic of Korea in 1976. He worked for the Social Actions Office as a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program Director and received the L. Joseph Brown Award for the best Social Actions Program in the U.S Air Force. Rolfe worked for the State of Nevada's Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program from 1988 to 2007. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.

Depio is a painter and an advocate for public art in Las Vegas. He was awarded the 2016 Fellowship Grant in Painting by the Nevada Arts Council. He has worked on various exhibitions and projects with the Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada Arts Council's OXS Gallery, and UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, among others. Depio graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Depio's Americana with Cadmium Orange exhibition is in CCAI's Courthouse Gallery through Jan. 31. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.

The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including the first/third Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and many afternoons from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For Sierra Room access, call 775-283-7421 or check meeting schedules online at http://www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area's diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies and online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation.

For information, visit CCAI's website at http://www.arts-initiative.org.

Sheep Dip’s finale set for this weekend

This coming weekend, Jan. 11 and 12, will see the end of an era. Sheep Dip, the 55-year-old annual roast of Nevada, will close the curtain forever. This will be your last chance to see this glitzy, irreverent, satirical, and sometimes bawdy send-up of Nevada politics and shady business deals. Sheep Dip 55 will take place in the Eldorado Theater in Reno.

The show is put on by a non-profit, Sheep Dip Inc., and has donated more than $500,000 to local charities in the show's history. Founded in 1964 by the Reno Ad Club, the show was patterned on Washington's Gridiron Club roast, and drew inspiration from TV shows like "That Was the Week That Was" and "Laugh-In." The sitting Nevada governor has appeared either on stage or in a video in every show but one. The Sheep Dip stage has also been graced with the presence of local, state, and federal elected officials participating in the fun and often finding themselves the recipients of Sheep Dip's dreaded "Shaft" award.

The show's performers are everyday people with a passion for satire. They're joined each year by recognizable local media folk from TV, radio, and newspapers, who say things about our local newsmakers they couldn't say on the air or in print. This year former broadcasters Dave Finley, Ron Smith, and Brent Boynton are joined by KOLO-TV morning anchor Rebecca Kitchen, KOLO-TV chief meteorologist Jeff Thompson, KRNV evening anchor Joe Hart, KBUL radio's J.J. Christy, and Reno Gazette-Journal Opinion and Engagement Editor Brett McGinness.

The show's slogan is "Parody for Charity," and this year's recipient is Amplify, an organization which works with developmentally disabled children and adults. Early in the show's existence, Ad Club made the decision to donate part of the proceeds to the UNR School of Journalism to fund scholarships for students on the advertising track. This continued until 2000, when changes in the Reno Ad Club's structure determined Sheep Dip was no longer consistent with the club's mission and philosophy. Undiscouraged, the dedicated Dippers formed their own 501c3 charity and expanded their giving to the greater community. Sheep Dip show proceeds have helped an impressive list of worthy local charities, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Veterans' Guest House, Honor Flight Nevada, the Children's Cabinet, and many more.

The show's program is also unique in that the advertisers therein have no input to what their ad will be. They pay their money and a group of creative Dippers takes it from there. The ads are usually a humorous sendup of their subject, and like the show, sometimes a bit bawdy. But the advertisers take it with good humor, happy to be part of the fun.

Join the Sheep Dip cast and crew at the Eldorado for an evening of uproarious laughter. Tickets for "Sheep Dip 55, The Final Curtain" are $40 plus 20 percent service charge, and are available at the Eldorado box office. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting http://www.eldoradoreno.com and clicking on the Entertainment tab, or by calling 1-800-879-8879. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Don't miss this show.

Author Terri Farley at Nevada State Library on Jan. 8

Author Terri Farley will be featured at the next Nevada in Small Bites Series event to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Nevada State Library Board Room.

In addition to being a best selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young adults, Farley is a photojournalist and an advocate for wild horses. She's a member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies in 28 countries.

Light refreshments will be served.

Nevada Arts Council schedules grant workshops

The Nevada Arts Council has scheduled a series of workshops this month for organizations that would like to apply for Arts Council grant funding in fiscal 2020.

A spokesman said there are several new programs this year and grant seekers can apply on line. The workshops will focus on how to prepare competitive and compelling applications for funding of artistic, historical and cultural projects.

Workshops are planned on four days beginning with two sessions Jan. 10 in Carson City.

Both will be held at the Carson City Community Center on William Street. The first will run from 2-4 p.m. The second will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Organizations interested in attending one of those should apply immediately since officials are encouraging people to register at least a week in advance. But a spokesman said walk-ins are welcome if there's space available.

There are two more sessions scheduled in Reno on Jan. 24. Again, they're from 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. They'll be held at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center on Riverside Drive.

The other three sessions are set for Jan. 15 and 16 in Las Vegas and Henderson.

3-piece ensemble schedules Carson City shows

Blu' Jaz is jazzing up the New Year.

The three-piece ensemble will be playing live Jan. 4-5 and Jan. 18-19 from 7-9 p.m. at Bella Fiore Wines.

The group features Paul Bonaldi, drummer; Bradley Harris, lead guitarist, and harmonica; and Myke Smith, saxophones and vocal.

"All three reside in Carson City, with a passion for blues, jazz, soul, and a dash of R&B," said Smith.

The events are free. Bella Fiore Wines is located at 224 S. Carson St., on McFadden Plaza.

Early California history defines town of Sonoma

Few California communities are as quaint, picturesque and historic as Sonoma, which traces its roots to 1823.

That was the year that a Spanish priest, Father Jose Altimira, founded Mission San Francisco Solano, the last and most northern of the 21 missions established in California.

In 1834, Mariano G. Vallejo arrived at the mission to oversee the establishment of a military outpost and small town. He laid out an 8-acre plaza, which remains the heart of the modern town of Sonoma.

Today, the plaza — the largest town square in California — has more than 200 trees as well as a wide variety of shrubs, picnic tables and a rose garden.

In the middle of the oak-shaded plaza is the former Sonoma City Hall, an elegant Mission Revival-style building constructed of local stone between 1906 and 1908. A unique feature of the building, which now serves a visitors' center, is that all four sides are identical, apparently to please local merchants each of whom felt it should face his or her business.

The square is also home of a unique monument to California's colorful history. Atop a massive boulder is a bronze figure holding the Bear Flag. The statue commemorates the short-lived Bear Flag Revolt, an independence movement that in 1846 claimed California as an independent republic.

For 25 days, Sonoma was the capital of this new republic, which was created from land previously controlled by Mexico. On July 7, 1846, an American naval ship captured the Mexican capital at Monterey and claimed the region for the United States.

Not surprisingly, the Bear Flag Party chose to join with the Americans and become part of the union. The monument marks the site where the Bear Flag, which is now the official flag of the state of California, was first raised.

Surrounding the Plaza is a mix of interesting historic buildings, each with a fascinating story.

For example, at the northeast corner of the plaza, 114 East Spain St., is Mission San Francisco Solano, an adobe structure erected in 1840. It is not the original mission, which was a wooden building erected in 1824 and replaced by the present one.

Fully restored, the mission is one of the finest examples of Spanish mission-style architecture complete with an early Indian Mission chapel and rooms containing exhibits that tell of life nearly a century and a half ago.

Nearby, you can find the old adobe Mexican Barracks (First Street East and East Spain Street), built in 1841, which is now a museum and part of a complex of buildings known as the Sonoma State Historic Park. Inside the barracks you can find informative exhibits describing the history of the area and a well-stocked gift shop.

Adjacent is the Casa Grande Indian Servants' Quarters, 20 East Spain St., built in 1835. The two-story Monterey Colonial adobe building was once part of a larger complex, called Casa Grande, which was General Vallejo's first home (he built his "Lachryma Montis" estate, west of town, in 1853).

The Hotel Annex, also at 20 East Spain St., is a two-story blue and white building east of the servants' quarters that was originally a one-story saloon located in front of the quarters. In 1903, it was moved to its present site and a second floor was added. Today it serves as park offices.

Many of the historic buildings around the plaza now house a variety of businesses including several excellent restaurants, the fabulous Basque Bakery, and the Sonoma Cheese Factory deli.

One of the most impressive downtown buildings is the Sebastiani Theatre, 467 First St. East, built in 1933. Featuring a 72-foot tower and elaborate balustrades across the front, the theater was constructed by Samuele Sebastiani, founder of the Sebastiani Winery.

Note the hole in the tower, which was designed for a chime clock. The clock apparently was never installed because of concerns about noise.

The core area also houses several quality small museums such as the General Joseph Hooker House (also called the Vasquez House), an 1855 kit house (it was shipped to Sonoma from Sweden in numbered parts and reassembled), which is now home of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation.

North of the plaza is Sonoma Valley Railroad Depot (Depot Park Museum), a replica of the original depot of the Sonoma Valley Railroad (the original was located on the same site but burned in the 1970s). The museum contains displays and records of the railroad as well as a handful of restored train cars.

Of course, Sonoma is also noted for its wines and the historic Sebastiani Winery is located only a few blocks from the Plaza. Here you can tour one of California's largest and oldest family-owned wineries.

The region's oldest winery, Buena Vista, is located about a mile and a half east of the Plaza. These cellars were founded in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy, considered the father of California's wine industry.

Sonoma is located 30 miles north of San Francisco (and about four-and-a-half hours west of Carson City). For information, go to http://www.sonomavalley.com.

Rich Moreno writes about the places and people that make Nevada special.

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus coming to Gardnerville

RENO — TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus kicks off its 13th annual "Brrroque Masters" concert series. The series is dedicated to the memory of Mark Lord, TOCCATA's principal trumpet from 2007 to 2014. Choose from performances in Reno, Incline, and Gardnerville, from Jan. 5 to 13.

The group will perform at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., on 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Naturally, the trumpet in all its glory (played by William Cates) is featured in several pieces. The concert begins with "that music from Masterpiece Theater," formally known as Mouret's "Suite de Sinfonie" fanfare. Next up is the "Organ Concerto in B flat Major" by Handel, performed by David Brock, with its lively, dancing feel. Everyone knows Vivaldi's "Winter Concerto" — but you'll be blown away by the live performance and artistry of violinist Rick Stockton. Closing the first half of the concert is Bach's beautiful "Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor," whose slow movement is surely one of his most sublime creations.

The trumpet is back to open the second half, with Telemann's "Concerto for Trumpet and Two Oboes." More conversational than flashy, you'll enjoy the interplay among the soloists. The vocal soloists join the orchestra for two arias from Bach's glorious "Mass in B Minor;" the lyrical "Domine Deus" duet (soprano Joy Strotz and tenor Owen McIntosh), and the consoling "Benedictus" for tenor. Then come the fireworks: first is the perpetual-motion tenor aria from Cantata No. 26 in which the music brilliantly depicts the text: roaring water swiftly rushing. Finally, trumpet and soprano team up for Handel's "Let the bright seraphim," a tour de force rousing enough to summon the celestial host!

Tickets are $30 for adults ($40 preferred seating); $25 for seniors; free for youth under 23 ($15 preferred seating). Donations of any size are always appreciated: ticket sales don't fully cover our expenses, and donations help us to continue providing high quality concerts, including free concerts.

Other concerts will be held on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 5, 3 p.m., Reno – First Methodist Church, 209 W. First St.; Saturday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m. – TBA Reno; Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m., Incline Village – St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd.

For information, call 775-313-9697; visit http://www.ToccataTahoe.org or https://www.facebook.com/toccatatahoe/, or e-mail ToccataTahoe@gmail.com.

Trendologists predict food trends for 2019

So much emphasis is being placed on food these days, trendologists now predict the foods that will become popular enough to be offered on menus of the more trendy restaurants.

Yes, there really is such a job as being a "trendologist," and the food trendologists at San Francisco based af&c have released their findings for 2019 based on what Millennials are enthusiastically embracing. This generation is prepared to try anything as long as it seems healthy and is locally sourced.

So, if you are a meat and potatoes kind of person, well, these new menu offerings may not be to your taste, but if you try some of these foods you may find you like them after all!

The country of Georgia – not the U.S. state – the one that is bound by the Black Sea to the west, Russia to the north, and Turkey to the south– is giving us Khachapuri, a classic street food, as the Dish of the Year. What is it? A cheese-filled Georgian staple consisting of a bread boat topped with a runny egg and cheese. Seems not only are we going to be offered runny eggs to eat while we are on the run, expect to see more wines from this region. So far, a search of the internet doesn't show us a Georgian restaurant in the region, but you can look up the recipe. As for calories: Between 450-700 – guess it depends on the amount of cheese! But, can you eat just one?

And, expect to see far more than the traditional American or English Breakfast on the menu in the more trendy eateries as they offer more international foods found on breakfast buffets in Europe.

The dessert of the year? Artisanal donuts – not your regular run-of-the-mill donuts – but artisanal meaning those traditional jelly donuts we were told were no good for us are now good for us because they are now filled with "unexpected savory flavors and fillings." Millennials are all about exotic tastes.

Love meat? Try cell-cultured meat – that's lab grown meat and will be found on more and more menus. Go ahead and look it up.

Expect to see more varieties of hummus including hummus milkshakes. Hummus is supposed to be very healthy for you and Millennials are all about healthy eating. I'll pass, thanks.

That terrible plastic straw — now banned in CA and other states — might be a durum wheat pasta straw – yes, a pasta straw. That will surely solve all our waste problems.

From the thank goodness front: Carbs are no longer banned or otherwise scoffed at! Go ahead and eat your bread and pasta! We're not sure why it's OK once again, but the Millennials say it's OK, so it must be!

Meals in a box – prepared with instructions – no shopping. Everything delivered.

If the Millennials do cook, they prefer these types of meals where there is no shopping required, it's all fresh, and everything is spelled out for you, though there will be clean-up required. Make sure the porch pirates don't recognize that Blue Apron box.

Expect to see more changes in how you may be seated in restaurants. It's sort of back to the old-fashioned lunch counter concept. Expect restaurants to change their method of service – pick up your order at the counter during the day and if you come back in the evening, expect the full service treatment. It must be all about time since most are on a fixed lunch hour – plus, it cuts down on staff. The term for this type of restaurant is called flex casual.

Keeping diners entertained is a new concept that might keep those who rely on their phones to pass the time a bit more engaged with their surroundings. Red's Old 395 has been all over this "new" trend for quite a while. Weekends will find families entertained by magicians. Haven't seen a fortune teller yet, but having your fortune revealed is another popular trend. Everyone loves a magician!

Now being offered at the most trendy dining establishments in New York and other major cities: cool ways to serve foods and drinks. Imagine being served a cocktail in a lightbulb or milk carton. Breakfast might come to your table via a shovel. Whether this trend finds it way to Carson City is debatable.

Since Millennials are all about food, this group has the food industry rethinking traditional dining to attract them. When checking out the Facebook of a Millennial, notice all the food pictures. Food is a way of life for this generation and they are passing this new respect and passion to us all.