Arts & Entertainment Briefs

Free day at state museums

Nevada’s seven state museums — Lost City Museum in Overton; East Ely Depot Museum; Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas; Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City; Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City; Nevada State Museum in Carson City and the Nevada Historical Society in Reno — have expanded operating hours.

All will offer free admission for adults on July 20 (children ages 17 and younger always are admitted free). In addition, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City will offer half-price train fares on July 20. For details on museum hours, see

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.

Celebration of Nevada

From sagebrush and sand dunes to wildflowers and wetlands, Nevada is home to amazing landscapes. More than 20 prominent regional artists will share their visions of the state on July 19-20 in a special art show and sale at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno.

Explore vibrant scenes from the Silver State in oil, acrylic, and mixed media pieces. Proceeds from the three-day event benefit the Nevada Land Trust, a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of our state’s open spaces and special places.

What: “Open Spaces and Special Places” Art Show & Sale

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 19 and July 20; Noon-4 p.m. on July 21

Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

Cost: Free

Details: 775-785-5961 or

Canoe Trips at Lahontan

Glide through the waters of Lahontan, enjoying the serenity and wildlife of the Carson River. Canoe trips start just below the Lahontan Dam along the Carson River and go down to the Irrigation Diversion Dam. This route is relatively flat and will be great for beginners learning the basics of canoeing. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided, but participants will need to bring sun block and drinking water. Space is limited, so make reservations by calling 775-577-2226.

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: Lahontan Dam River Camp is located at 16799 Lahontan Dam Road in Fallon. From Highway 50, in between Silver Springs and Leetville Junction, turn south onto Lahontan Dam Road. Continue on Lahontan Dam Road, past the bridge, and stay on the paved road to the main entrance of the park.

WHO: The event is open to the public.

COST: There is no cost for the canoe trip, but there is a per-vehicle entrance fee of $7; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.

A WNC space photography

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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