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Turning trash to treasure

It’s time to get the ideas flowing, gather up your trash and start on entries for Western Nevada Community College’s Recycled Art(icles) Show.

That’s code for junk art.

This is the event’s 11th year. Entries will be accepted March 30-31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bristlecone Building’s main information desk.

The show is to illustrate the phrase “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” More than 50 students and local artists have used their talents, imaginations and junk to create paintings, sculptures and indescribable items in the past.

The contest is open to all.

You must use things that have been previously something else. And all flat items must be fitted with wire or string so that they can be hung on a wall.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($100), Most Creative ($75) and Most Useful ($50). The top three places and honorable mentions will be awarded at an artists’ reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 13.

Call Julie Lewis DeWitt at 445-3274.

Music in the air

Keyboardist Melvin Seals with the JGB Band (that is, members of the former Jerry Garcia Band) play at the Tahoe Biltmore at 9:30 p.m. Monday. It should be a nifty outing. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Audio engineer turned conceptual symphonic rock designer/musician (got that?) Alan Parsons brings the Alan Parsons Live Project to John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks Friday and Saturday. As the man at the audio controls for some of rock ‘n’ roll most notable recordings, including for Pink Floyd’s legendary “Dark Side of the Moon,” and assistant engineer for the Beatles’ epic “Abbey Road,” Parsons honed his abilities to become one of the most sought-after studio men in the business. I don’t know how much audio gear he’ll bring, but the sounds should be esoteric. Tickets are $37 at (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com.

Live theater

And on a theatrical note, the Misfits group presents a rousing melodrama in the Odeon Hall (formerly Mia’s Swiss Restaurant, remember her?) in Dayton. It’s called “Dirty Deeds Don’t Do, or Dayton Diggins Again” and is Friday and Saturday and March 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 bucks, call 246-9622.

Can’t say things are dull around here.

51 years old

On Friday, John Ascuaga’s Nugget will host a celebration in honor of its 51st year in business. At 2 p.m. on the main casino floor, the Ascuaga family will cut a huge cake and refreshments will be served.

Plus, there will be live entertainment, including a performance by a visiting barbershop quartet and a harp performance by Reno resident Jeremy Keppelmann.

Jeremy, 13, is famous in his own right, having been the winning act on the nationally televised show “America’s Most Talented Kids.”

From the vaults

A film that got only moderately favorable reviews in original release is worth viewing. “It’s De-Lovely” is a bio pick about the life of songwriter Cole Porter.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Irwin Winkler from a script by Jay Cocks and starring Oscar winner Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd and Jonathan Pryce, in addition to some of today’s biggest rock and pop music stars, “De-Lovely” is a sparkling celebration of Porter’s music as well as a stirring exploration of the artist’s journey and the undying power of love in any form.

Judd’s at her career best as Porter’s understanding and loving wife. Great, witty songs, lovely tunes.

n Sam Bauman is entertainment editor for the Nevada Appeal. Contact him at sbauman@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1236.