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The fall season in Fallon will be abuzz with performances, readings and viewings at the Oats Park Arts Center.

Singer/songwriter Taylor Rae is performing Oct. 14. The 7 p.m. performance is the first indoor performance of the season. The Box Office, Art Bar and galleries open at 6 p.m.

The story all began in California with Taylor Rae Vencill’s birth in Santa Cruz. Raised in nearby Ben Lomond, her eclectic musical journey initially took her from the Central Coast to Los Angeles. Taylor played legendary venues Moe’s Alley, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Catalyst and Hotel Cafe, and earned spots at popular area festivals, including DIO Fest (Boulder Creek) and Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton).

In 2017, Taylor won Santa Cruz NEXTies Musician of the Year Award and the next year she struck out for Texas, landing in the musical wonderland of Austin. Since then, She has shared the stage with a variety of artists including Brandy Clark, The Stone Foxes, Kristian Bush and Reggae musician Mike Love.

Tickets are $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Youth and students with a valid student ID are $10.


Lindsay Wilson is an English professor at Truckee Meadows Community College where he works as the poetry editor of The Meadow. He will give a workshop, talk and question-and-answer on Friday, Oct. 13.

Wilson has been awarded a Silver Pen from the Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame, and he served as the Poet Laureate of Reno from 2016-18. His writing has appeared in “The Carolina Quarterly,” “Fourth Genre” and “The Colorado Review.” His two collections of poetry are “No Elegies”(2015) and “The Day Gives Us so Many Ways to Eat”(2022).

The workshop is at 1 p.m. followed by a reading that begins at 5:30 p.m.

Art Bar opens at 5 p.m.


The fall film series in November features the great Noir Classics from three decades: “The Thin Man,” “Chinatown” and “The Maltese Falcon.” Each movie will be shown on a Friday night at the Oats Park Arts Center.

• “The Thin Man” (1934), Nov. 3 – The story of a retired detective (William Powell) who, while spending much of his time managing his wife's (Myrna Loy) considerable fortune and consuming quantities of alcohol, is asked to follow the trail of a missing inventor. Although reluctant to interrupt his holiday in Manhattan, he is persuaded to investigate by his wife's craving for adventure, and together they embark upon a case that leads to the disclosure of deception and murder.

• “Chinatown” (1974), Nov. 10 – When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case.

• “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), Friday, Nov. 17 – In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.

Each movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Box office, Art Bar and the galleries open at 6 p.m.

Each movie is free for members and season ticket holders. The cost for nonmembers is $5 for each showing. Tickets are available at the box office on the night of screening or call the Churchill Arts Council at 775-423-1440.


Through Oct. 21

E. L. Wiegand Gallery | Oats Park Art Center

Las Vegas-based Filipino painter Gig Depio presents the conjunctions of contemporary and historical forces in the form of intense, often large-scale, figurative compositions.

Depio’s body of work focuses on American culture and its history, the exploration of the unfamiliar west and later expansion and influence across the globe, especially on the convergence of American, Philippine, and Spanish histories at the turn of the 20th century, and the inevitable interweaving of many different cultures from then on.

His individual paintings depict particular political and cultural events in points of time and geographical space in history, but his body of work seen as a whole encapsulates a much bigger picture of how our ideologies and resulting collective human endeavors have directly affected every aspect of our environment in the age of the Anthropocene.


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