Seats remain for free Performing Arts Showcase Sunday at BAC |

Seats remain for free Performing Arts Showcase Sunday at BAC

About 50 seats remain available for the free Performing Arts Showcase, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday at the Brewery Arts Center. Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval will be in attendance.

The event is open to the public, but you must get tickets before the event. Tickets are available at

The showcase is part of Sandoval’s Inaugural Arts and Culture Stroll, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

The BAC’s Artist Association Gallery and Artisans’ Cafe Store will be open and offer live demonstrations by traditional artists: Sue Coleman, Washo basketmaking, and Mike Williams, tule duck decoy making, and performances by the BAC Stage Kids and Chinese dance by Xian Na “Sonia” Carlson.

The showcase lineup features:

Emily Orellana

A 17-year old junior at Reno’s Rainshadow Community Charter High School, Emily Orellana has been Nevada’s state champion of the Poetry Out Loud statewide competition for the past two years. She finished ninth at the 2010 National Competition in Washington D.C. She performs her own remarkable poetry as a member of Spoken Views.

The Note-Ables

With a mission to raise awareness that creativity knows no bounds – regardless of age or ability – the Note-Ables provide music programs and music therapy services for children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Nevada. The Note-Ables’ performing group is the only one of its kind in our state, and one of only a few in the nation. Performing throughout Nevada and northeastern California, the group has released two CDs of original songs.

Richard Elloyan

Cowboy poet and songwriter Richard Elloyan recently released his fourth CD “Back In Heaven” a compilation of lyrical and visually graphic stories of the modern West. Gathering inspiration from his travels throughout Nevada as an Environmental Health Specialist, Virginia City native Elloyan creates stories and songs that depict the American West and those who live here.

Reno Youth Jazz Combo

A quintet formed for today’s celebration, the combo is comprised of students from Reno and Sparks in grades 8 – 12. All are members of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra, established in 2006 to provide the top middle and high school musicians in Northern Nevada opportunities to study, preserve and perform Jazz.

Jim Winn

Dr. James (Jim) Winn, piano and composition professor at UNR since 1997, made his debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen. An active recording artist, Winn is featured on dozens of CDs. He has received an Artist Fellowship in composition from the Nevada Arts Council, the 2007 Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Winn is known for his improvisations on stage, creating compositions with the assistance and delight of audience members.

Vivo Mexico Dance Company

Mexico Vivo and its artistic director Ixela Gutierrez received a 2007 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts and the premier Nevada Heritage Award from the Nevada Arts Council in 2009, which honors Nevada’s finest and most influential master folk artists. The Las Vegas based company performs a broad repertory of folk dances representing Mexico’s diversity of regions, cultures and history.


In addition to events at the BAC, the Arts & Culture Stroll features free open houses , 1-5 p.m., at these venues:

• Nevada Arts Council, 716 N. Carson St. (south side entrance)

The exhibit “Exploring Boundaries,” featuring photographs by Las Vegas artist Linda Alterwitz, is on display. Jazz artists Two Plus – Dan Lancaster on sax/flute/clarinet, and Kevin Tokarz on keyboard – will entertain during the show.

• Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. (enter through Dema Guinn Concourse)

Permanent exhibits on Nevada’s natural and cultural history as well as the changing exhibit “Smoke and Shadow: An Exploration of Nevada Landscapes” featuring work by Patricia Wallis will be showcased. Traditional artists giving demonstrations are Doug Groves, rawhide braiding; Rosemary Rogers de Soto, horsehair basket making; and Jeff Myers, Western lariat, baskets and leatherwork. The Gallery Store will also be open.

• Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N. Carson St.

Museum exhibits and programs focus on the arts, sciences, and humanities, and are based on Nevada educational standards, current and historical culture, or kinetic movement.

• Great Basin Gallery and Frame, 110 S. Curry St.

Currently displaying landscapes by Jeff Nicholson and Jean Legassick, and hand-painted photographs of wild horses by Paula Morin.

• The BRIC (Business Resource Innovation Center) & Capital City Arts Initiative. 108 E. Proctor St.

A new business branch of the Carson Library, the BRIC presents Carson City celebrities reading stories for all ages and music by Hick’ry Switch, an alternative bluegrass band. BRIC’s resident partner, the Capital City Arts Initiative, features its current exhibit, “Art in the BRIC I,” with paintings, prints, quilts and sculpture by Northern Nevada artists.