Arts & Entertainment Briefs

Wally’s World

The Comstock History Center presents Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada, featuring 35 pieces of art from Wally Cuchine’s collection.

Known for his unflagging commitment to and support of artists, as well as his unswerving faith that the art and artists of Nevada are a valuable resource, Cuchine has acquired an unparalleled personal collection of Nevada art. The exhibit is named for Nevada’s Highway 50, known as “The Loneliest Road in America.”

Cuchine is a resident of Eureka, a midway point on the “loneliest road,” where he was director of the Eureka Opera House, a venue that consistently presents Northern Nevadans and visitors with first-class entertainment and art.

WHAT: Wally’s World: The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada, art exhibit

WHEN: Through Aug. 18. Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Comstock History Center – 20 North E Street, Virginia City, Nevada

COST: The exhibit is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Jeff Wood at 775-847-0419

MORE INFORMATION: Exhibit artists include Ron Arthaud, Lyle V. Ball, Cherlyn Bennett, Ralph Bennett, Max Bunnell, Thelma Calhoun, Robert Cole Caples, Mary Chadwell, Diane Dunn, Mary Lee Fulkerson, Ruth Hilts, Larry Jacox, James Lawrence, Jean Legassick, Laverne Lightfoot, Gary Link, Barbara Maclean, Sharon Maczko, Jack Malotte, Jim McCormick, Marilyn R. Melton, Jeff Nicholson, Ron Oden, Dennis Parks, Mimi Patrick, Nancy Peppin, Brent Perkins, Roy Powers, Barbara Prodaniuk, Shirley Shaft, Annabelle Shelly, Craig Sheppard, Sidne Teske, Wally Wallace and Larry Williamson.


Silverwing is at Boomer’s Bar in Fallon on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

They will be playing your favorite country dance tunes and keeping the dance floor packed.

August events at Fort Churchill

Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of events during August, including a night hike, Chautauqua at Buckland Station and a full moon hike. Programs are free, but there is $7 per-vehicle entrance fee; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Tours of nearby Buckland Station are $1 per person; children 12 and under are free. Cash and checks are accepted; no credit cards. Contact Kim Clawson at 775-577-4880 or at for more information on these events.

Aug. 3: Discovering Nocturnal Animals

Discover how nocturnal animals find their way around in the dark on this hike. The Carson River flows through Fort Churchill and is home to many animals that come out at night. This will be an easy two-mile hike.

Reservations are required starting July 29 by calling 775-577-4880 or emailing, leaving your name, phone number and how many are in your party. Meeting location and route are made known upon reservation. Dogs are not permitted.

Aug. 17: Margaret Breen Chautauqua at Buckland Station

Dr. Doris Dwyer will present Donner Party survivor, Margaret Breen, in this lively look into Nevada’s early history. In 1846, the Donner Party set out across Utah and Nevada, heading for

California. Tragedy struck along the way and the party lost human lives, wagons, horses and cattle. Margaret Breen was one of the few who survived a harsh winter in the Sierras and made her way to California.

This “Humanities on the Road” event is sponsored by Nevada Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Aug. 21: Full Moon Hike

Explore Fort Churchill’s ruins in full moonlight. On this 0.6 mile long hike, discover what life was like for the soldiers stationed at the fort in the 1860s. Participants should bring water, good shoes, warm clothes and insect repellent. Flashlights are recommended. Dogs are not permitted.

Wine and wisdom

Step back in time and mingle with Mark Twain, portrayed by actor McAvoy Layne who will bring the famed writer and humorist back to life on Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. in a special event at Reno’s Wilbur D. May Museum.

Layne will delight the audience with a rousing Chautauqua performance of Twain’s musings on life and Nevada.

Afterward, guests will enjoy wine tasting courtesy Tahoe Ridge Winery, hors d’oeuvres, and a social hour with Twain. Tickets are $20 each, and for information call 775-785-5961 or email

A WNC space photography

A fascinating and colorful exhibition of space photography is on display at the Western Nevada College Main Art Gallery through Aug. 23.

The collection contains several dozen large photographs of Earth’s moon, planets in our Solar System and their moons, and colorful nebulae.

A photograph of the observatory under the night sky, taken over a 40-minute duration, offers a fascinating look at the movement of stars in the night sky.

The 2-foot long images are the creations of John Dykes, a Western Nevada Astronomical Society Member and Jack C. Davis Observatory volunteer. His works are printed on thin metal plates that enhance the brilliant colors. Copies of the photographs may also be ordered with the proceeds to help support the observatory.

The gallery is located in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus.

Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Camel races

The 54th annual International Camel Races take place in historic Virginia City for a race unlike any other. Jockeys compete at this popular event on both camels and ostriches in races that not only challenge speed, but pure luck.

For more than 50 years, tens of thousands of spectators and jockeys from around the globe come to witness and ride at this tradition amid the historic landmark.

Event Times:

Friday, Sept. 6—10 a.m. gates open, 12 p.m. Media Day races

Saturday, Sept. 7—10 a.m. gates open, 12 p.m. races start

Sunday, Sept. 8—10 a.m. gates open, 12 p.m. races start

General Admission Tickets:

Adults $12 Friday or Sunday; $15 Saturday

Premium Seating $15 Friday or Sunday; $18 Saturday

Kids 4 and under, Free

Family pack, includes four tickets, $40 Friday or Sunday; $50 Saturday


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