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Solo act returns to Brewery Arts’ Celtic Series in Carson City

The Blarney Man comes to town to share songs of Ireland as the second installment of the Brewery Art Center's Celtic series.

Keith Shannon brings his one-man band from Truckee to the BAC on Saturday. The guitar player said the BAC's Celtic Series is a favorite for him because of the intimacy of the venue. He compared it to playing in a pub, where people are rustling about, eating and drinking and having conversations.

"It's pretty fun for a guy like me to go to a place where people are actually listening," he said. "You don't go into a pub and expect there to be silence."

Shannon said the first time he played at the BAC he wasn't expecting how quiet it'd be. He joked and said if people could make some noise with their glasses and drop their silverware, it'd make things easier, at the time.

"It's a whole different scene," he said.

As a one-man band, Shannon discovered he could sing ballads well. The songs of stories passed down through generations are a favorite of his, he said.

"It's a lot of fun to be singing at the Brewery Arts Center because I get a chance to sing ballads," he said. "When you're singing by yourself, they are more soulful."

Shannon plays mostly traditional Celtic music that has been passed down for many years mixed in with some more contemporary stuff. He considers the Irish to be some of the greatest songwriters from a lyrical standpoint.

Shannon's roots stretch to Ireland through his grandparents, who immigrated to the United States and gave birth to Shannon's father in Rochester, N.Y. He started playing Irish music in the late '90s when a friend through the Truckee Alliance for Musical Arts asked him to play a weekly local gig at Malone's Irish Pub. Although the twist was he didn't know how to play Irish music at the time. His friend told him, "It's OK, I know enough for the both of us."

Shannon learned enough songs to play along in the beginning and added more to his catalog with experience. The band played there for 10 months, until the pub closed, and then another bar was right there to ask them to do a weekly gig on Thursdays. Then he played for a number of years with his son, Dan Shannon, and together they were known as Blarney Band.

"I added my son to the mix, and he liked it and took it to heart, and we'd been playing together ever since," Shannon said.

Dan moved to Seattle about four years ago, but Shannon keeps his tradition alive as the Blarney Man. The two have played several times together and make it a tradition to play in Truckee on St. Patrick's Day. They also played a couple of gigs in St. Louis together recently.

Shannon thanks the organizers of the Celtic Series, Joe and Kathy Bly, and said he's grateful for the opportunity.

"I'm honored to play there," he said. "There are a lot of choices out there and not many of them are invited to be a solo act."

Carson City Symphony Chorus begins rehearsals for holiday concert

The Carson City Symphony Chorus, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, is beginning rehearsals for the Dec. 9 Holiday Treat Concert. Rehearsals are 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays under the direction of Michael Langham at the Choral Room in Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, in Carson City.

The Carson City Symphony Chorus is an expansion of the Carson Chamber Singers, now in its 34th year. The chorus is open to all singers, high-school age and above.

"We have specific openings for men — tenors and basses — but all are welcome to join," director Michael Langham said.

For information, contact the director at ccsingersdirector@gmail.com or call the symphony at 775-883-4154.

Carson Chamber Singers is supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations. Participation is free.

Mile High Jazz Band with Jakki Ford in Carson City

Enjoy an evening of big-band music with vocalist Jakki Ford from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson St. in Carson City. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The program, "November Jazz," presents the 17-member Mile High Jazz Band playing favorite and new big-band songs, including "Time Check" and "The Song is You," with sax, trumpet and drum solos. Ford will be featured in "Just Friends," "Orange Colored Sky," "The Man I Love" and more. Trumpet player Wayne Theriault, best known for his imaginative instrumental solos, will sing his own arrangement of "Give Me the Simple Life."

Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information about November Jazz and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see the website http://www.milehighjazz.com. For information on other events at Living the Good Life, see facebook.com/livingthegoodlifecc.

150 art works, student show at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center

The Nevada Day Show art exhibit is open at the Nevada Artists Association's gallery which is located at Carson City's Brewery Arts Center.

The NAA is a non-profit cooperative made up of more than local and regional artists. There are more than 150 paintings, sculptures, art glass and fine jewelry pieces on display. This is a judged show, open to all Northern Nevada artists. Most of the art exhibited is being displayed by the artists for the first time, all are original, not copies or prints.

All art is for sale, and being one of a kind originals will make great gifts for Christmas. There are also many other gallery items for sale such as bin art prints, jewelry and custom greeting cards. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30. All local and regional artists are invited to join the NAA. Membership fees are minimal and it offers the gallery as a venue to exhibit their art.

Northern Nevada high school student artists are invited to exhibit art in the "Holiday Art Show" at the NAA gallery. Entry date for the Holiday/Student show is limited to Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the gallery. Students are being allowed to enter one piece of art free of entry fees. Only Northern Nevada high school students are eligible to enter this show. Art must be for sale and remain on exhibit for the duration of the show, which ends Jan. 4. Entered art must meet NAA presentation requirements. Go to http://www.NevadaArtists.org for requirements or call 882-6411 or 882-0189.

The NAA's BAC Gallery is located at 449 W. King St. Admission is free and all art is for sale.

Carson City art doll creator featured at 24th annual artisan show, sale

Art doll maker Christine Shively-Benjamin of Carson City will be among more than 30 artists from Northern Nevada featured at the 24th annual Artisan Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Reno. Admission is free and at least 20 pieces of original art will be given away.

Shively-Benjamin's dolls have earned her a national following. She uses paint, pigma pen and colored pencil to create faces on her cloth figures. She is a past president of the Original Doll Artist Council of America.

The art show has been expanded in scope again this year. According to chairperson Julie Sulahria, "The show will include a wide selection of artists' media, from watercolor painting to fused glass, basketry and stuffed animals.

"Every year, we invite some of the best artists in Northern Nevada to exhibit," she said. "The show is always held on the first weekend in November to provide an opportunity to purchase creative gifts before the holidays.

"Handmade art, whether it's a small basket, a scarf or a watercolor, makes an original, one-of-a-kind holiday gift for yourself or someone special."

Artists will be showing watercolors, fused and stained glass, basketry, handmade silk scarves, jewelry, wire baskets, photography, art dolls, textiles, rugs, mixed media, wood turning, paper products, candles, inlaid wooden boxes, cards, ceramics, knitted scarves and hats, letterpress prints and books, mosaics, collages and stuffed animals.

"The range of prices and the variety of media make the show a very affordable place for holiday shopping," said Sulahria, whose watercolor paintings will be on display.

Hours for the free art show will be 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Wine and appetizers will be served at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Among the objects to be raffled are cards, jewelry, mixed media collages, framed handprinted items, basket, watercolor, ceramic bowl, wooden bowl, inlaid wood box and a wire basket.

MasterCard and Visa will be accepted for all purchases.

The show will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 780 Del Monte Lane in Reno, just off the Neil Road or Meadowood Mall exits from Interstate 580. For information, call 775-851-7100.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to perform at Casino Fandango

Celebrate the holidays with Carson City favorite, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The swing band's Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party will feature holiday classics including Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performed in the band's bluesy style.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy also will perform original holiday music, including Rockabilly Christmas, Last Night (I Went Out With Santa Claus), Christmas Time in Tinsel Town, and It Feels Like Christmas Time.

The Brewery Arts Center (BAC) is hosting the event in the Casino Fandango's new ballroom, which is opening next month. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came to the BAC in 2017 as part of its Levitt AMP Concert Series.

The proceeds will benefit the BAC and there will be a silent auction at the event.

The show is Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission and $35 for BAC members. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $75.

Tickets are available at the BAC's Expresso Yourself Cafe, the cage at Casino Fandango, or online at breweryarts.org or casinofandango.com.

For details, call the BAC at 775-883-1976.

Fernley author Mary Jean Kelso releases latest ‘Andy and Spirit’ book

Fernley author Mary Jean Kelso recently saw her latest book, Andy and Spirit Ride a Train, released. This is the seventh title in a series about a special needs boy and a therapy horse.

The book is published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., whose cover blurb states, "Andy and Spirit accompany Tracy, their horse therapy trainer, on a trip through gold country on an historic train. They plan to ride horses on equestrian trails at the end of the line. A breakdown and serious injury interrupts their plans when they are called upon to help rescue someone."

Illustrations by fine artist K.C. Snider depict the adventure to the railroad museum.

Kelso has written more than 30 books for children, young adults and adults. They're available on her Facebook page, Mary Jean Kelso, Author/Illustrator, and/or her website, https://maryjeankelsoauthor.wixsite.com/mjkel as well as many other outlets. She'll be signing books Nov. 3 starting 10 a.m. at the Wounded Warriors Craft Show at Fernley City Hall at 595 Silverlace Blvd.

Carson Chamber Singers present fall concerts

Carson Chamber Singers, conducted by Michael Langham, will present its 2018 Fall Concerts on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Sierra, 3680 U.S. Highway 395 South in Carson City and on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's in the Mountains, 111 S. E. Street in Virginia City.

The program, Choral Masterworks, includes music by Pachelbel, Handel, William Billings, and Randall Thompson. The centerpiece of the concert will be the Mass in C Major, D. 452 by Franz Schubert, with chamber orchestra and soloists Jana Whitson, Laura Antinoro, Jenice Provost, Laura Hale, and Jonathan Rabben. Highlights of the program are Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, which features harp accompaniment, and "Make our Garden Grow," from Candide, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.

General admission tickets are $10, available online at CCSymphony.com; at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., Carson City; and at the door. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have been conducted by Michael Langham since 2012. They have sung at several venues in Northern Nevada and in California as far as Sacramento, and sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno.

The Carson Chamber Singers and the Symphony Chorus, a larger group open to all singers high-school age and above who want to sing with an orchestra, rehearse on Tuesday evenings at the Carson High School Choral Room. For information about joining the choral groups, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154 or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm.

Concerts are supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti by Muffy Vhay

We're 28 years old this year – the Bed and Breakfast that is. Twenty eight years of learning, serving, and meeting people of all stripes and from much of the rest of the world. Friends do ask us if we're tired of doing the B and B, and the answer is usually "not yet." But we're getting older, and after a wake-up-call about a year and a half ago, we decided we needed to slow down and cut back a bit.

So we made the decision to go to a two night minimum and host only one party at a time instead of two. Sometimes that's two rooms of guests that are family or friends; sometimes it's just one couple. Two rooms are small by any standards, but one party has the B and B part of the house all to themselves; they stay longer, and both for us and for them it's a much more personalized experience. Most guests leave saying they feel like family, and many become return guests and good friends.

One of the pleasures over the years has been sharing the Nevada we know and grew up with. Since quite a few of our guests — especially recently — are thinking of relocating here, we're able to answer some of their questions and make suggestions. Most everyone wants to have this sort of life — views, wildlife, peace and quiet, gardens, and so on. It all looks pretty effortless (even though it isn't) to an outsider — the perfect country life!

Part of what makes our guests feel welcome is the little touches — a welcome basket of nibbles and fruit in the room, lots of area information along with a list of local restaurant favorites and menus, and sometimes a few home made biscotti to enjoy with morning coffee or tea. Today's recipe for biscotti features seasonal flavors and is easy to make.


Count on about 2 hours start to finish for this recipe. You'll get about 40 biscotti, and they'll keep in an air tight container for several weeks. You can freeze them also. Turn the oven to 350.

1 cup pecans, chopped and lightly toasted. Set aside.

2 3/4 cups flour, more if the dough is too sticky

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more if you really love it)

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar, plus more for dusting

2 large eggs

1/4 cup soft butter

3/4 cup pureed pumpkin or winter squash

1/2 tsp each orange extract and vanilla

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spice in large bowl. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream sugars and butter, add extracts, then add eggs and pumpkin, mixing well.

Combine the two mixtures and fold in nuts.

Turn out on floured board and knead just until the mixture holds together.

Divide in two and make two 'logs.' Dust with sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten the logs a bit with the heel of your hand.

Bake about 20–25 minutes until a few cracks appear. Remove from oven and put one log at a time on a board and cut biscotti at an angle, making diagonal slices about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Return the slices to the cookie sheet a bit apart and standing upright. Bake again for about 15 minutes until the cookies are crisp. Cool completely before storing.

David and Muffy Vhay own Deer Run Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Contact the ranch at 775-882-3643.

Celtic Music Series kicks off in Carson City

The Celts are coming — to play music in Carson City. The Brewery Arts Center kicks off the 2018-19 Celtic Music Series with Cooking With Turf on Saturday.

It will be the band's first performance in Carson City, traveling about 170 miles from Modesto, Calif.

"We're pretty stoked," bandmember Steve Kenworthy said. "It's our first time at the Brewery Arts Center, and it's an honor to be the first ones to kick it off."

This is the debut show for the Celtic Music Series at the BAC. The Brewery Arts Center hosts seven Celtic bands from October to May to perform at the MHJ Black Box Theater. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are $15 for BAC members, seniors and students.

Cooking With Turf comes as a trio, as the fourth member is in training to be an Army officer. The trio consists of Richard Ferry, Ken Van de Kieft and Kenworthy. They've been playing together for more than 20 years, Kenworthy said.

Kenworthy plays fiddle and fingerstyle guitar. The band also includes violin, different sizes of mandolin, fiddle, an Appalachian lap dulcimer. Most of the music played is traditional Irish folk songs.

"We're going to do a couple things that is authored," Kenworthy said. "And everything else is unknown as to who wrote it."

Although Irish music can be manic and moody, the shows are upbeat with variety, he said. They also have some funny songs they like to play.

"So you can have stuff that can get you a little misty — songs that tend to run sad," he said. "But then you've got the dance music — the jigs and reels and what not."

Kenworthy said it's a fun musical journey that takes you up and down.

"So it's kind of an emotional rollercoaster I suppose."