Arts & Entertainment Briefs

The annual Overland Hotel Chili Cook-off is Saturday. Cooks will create their chili in the morning, and tasters will have an opportunity to try the dishes in the afternoon.

The annual Overland Hotel Chili Cook-off is Saturday. Cooks will create their chili in the morning, and tasters will have an opportunity to try the dishes in the afternoon.

Chili Cook-off

This year’s 14th annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday is being sponsored by the newly reopened and redecorated Overland Hotel Restaurant and Chef Shale Catering. The chili cook-off raises money for the Churchill County Search and Rescue team.

The cooking starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon with the tasting to follow.

Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer group who respond to the many needs inside and even outside Churchill County. The volunteers go through hard and long training and are a real asset to the community. Search and Rescue members donate their time with trick or treat, bicycle races and large events, and they are on standby at Lahontan Reservoir on holidays.

More than 44 local businesses and organizations have already pledged a wide variety of donated gifts that will be available to the public through live auctions, silent auctions and raffles. An auctioneer has donated his time to make the event a fun-filled and wonderful time for all.

The competition will be for the best chili, the best salsa and the best fun. The list of vendors and competitors is growing daily and this year will include many different vendors from surrounding areas. There will be great barbecue sandwiches, miles of great chili to sample and free hot dogs and drinks for the children.

Eureka Opera House

The Eureka Opera House presents Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage tonight at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door: Adults $7, seniors $5 and children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For information, call the Eureka Opera House at 775-237-6006

Unforgettable melodies, tight harmonies, red-hot musicianship and a fast paced show are trademarks of the riders of the Riders of the Purple Sage. They’ve redefined classic western movie music for a new generation of music fans.

Under the leadership of Foy Willing in the 1940s and Cody Bryant today, they still go their own musical way with a sound that is uniquely their own. With deep roots in many American folk styles, they blend elements of the classic sound of Roy Rodgers and the Sons of the Pioneers with bluegrass, Cajun, and Bob Willis –style western swing into their own unique musical vision.

While the Riders of the Purple Sage draw on their rich history, theirs is not a nostalgia show. Their musical vision looks the future straight in the eye, with an energetic, driving delivery, and fresh new material that make them crossover crowd pleasers, delighting newcomers as well as their legion of long-time fans.

Rising Sun Gallery

The Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios on Maine Street presents the first public exhibition of Marshall Kary’s Series of collages based on the “Jim Crow” era of our Country’s history.

Who or what is Jim Crow? Was he a man or simply a symbol?

According to Ferris State University, “Throughout the 1830s and ‘40s, the white entertainer Thomas Dartmouth Rice (1808-1860) performed a popular song and dance act supposedly modeled after a slave. He named the character Jim Crow.

At the end of the Civil War (1861-1865) and during the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877), a number of laws were enacted to ‘upgrade the rights of the Freedmen’ that mostly remained in effect until the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s. Although it is not exactly clear how, but the minstrel character’s name of Jim Crow became a kind of shorthand identifying those laws.

In 2005, while going through a box of old mementos, Kary ran across a ticket stub, from a movie theatre in Broken Bow, Okla. The force of the flashback to the experience that stub represented and others was such that he felt compelled to do something graphic.

The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information on this or other events or art classes, call Patricia at 775-294-4135 or at

Spooner Lake stargazing

Enjoy a laser-guided tour of starry wonders with professional stargazer, Gigi Giles on Sunday at Spooner Lake State Park. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a light jacket and flashlight.

The attendance of young children and pets is not recommended. Park entrance fees are waived for the event.

Delight in a unique and educational experience as you peer through high-powered telescopes and astronomical binoculars in the tranquil mountain air at elevation 7,000 feet with a professional guide.

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, from 8:30-10 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at Spooner Lake Park’s upper parking lot. The park is located near the intersection of Highways 50 and 28; from the intersection, travel a ½ mile north on Highway 28 to the Spooner Lake Park’s entrance.

WHO: The event is open to the public but is not recommended for young children.

A WNC space photography

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

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.

Nugget Rib Cook-off

The 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 2.

This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

More than 500,000 visitors and 233,400 pounds of ribs were served in 2012. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment — not to mention the best BBQ in the country — all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.


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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