Music, dance, theater and more at Reno’s month-long Artown festival

07/03/2014 10:00 AM

07/02/2014 1:09 PM

Happy Independence Day!

After the fireworks have been detonated, there’s still plenty to do around the Tahoe-Reno area, and July offers a variety of special activities.

One of Northern Nevada’s unique events is Reno’s Artown, with multiple arts and entertainment offerings (think music, poetry, gallery tours, theater, dance and more) every day through Aug. 1, with certain nights dedicated to particular themes, such as family shows on Mondays, dance performances on Tuesdays and world music concerts on Wednesdays.

Upcoming in that popular series: Carlos Núñez (Wednesday); Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernández (July 16); the New York Gypsy All-Stars (July 23); and Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas (July 30). The free shows run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in downtown’s Wingfield Park (300 West First St., Reno).

Also of note this year is a new Artown series at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch in south Reno. “Summer Soiree Under the Stars” has an impressive lineup with Los Lonely Boys (Thursday), Jesse Cook (July 17), Judy Collins (July 24) and Don McLean (July 31). Shows start at 7:30 p.m.; $35, $45; renoisartown.com.

Artown’s closing night features a free concert at Wingfield by Ozomatli (7:30 p.m. Aug. 1).

Reno’s “Biggest Little City Wing Fest” runs today through Sunday. Cookers from all around the West will be on hand, and the roster includes Montana BBQ, Just Wing It and KoKo’s Teriyaki.

Wander the streets and eat al fresco or rent a table at the Hen House, a VIP area with unlimited wings and drinks ($650 for 10 people each day). An amateur wing-eating contest (so you don’t have to compete against the likes of Joey Chestnut) is at 4 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment will be provided by Jones & Fischer, Jackson Michelson, Cripple Creek, the Chris Gardner Band, American Young, Courtney Lynn and Lace and Lead.

Two acts never seem to lose popularity, no matter how long they’ve been at it. Catch the incredibly entertaining ABBA tribute “Abbacadabra” at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $29.70; Ticketmaster) or the seemingly inexhaustible Sinbad at the MontBleu, also Saturday (9 p.m.; $45, $55; Ticketmaster).

Harrah’s Tahoe has started a new summer series of tribute bands on Tuesday nights. Parrotheads (tribute to Jimmy Buffet) play Tuesday; Caravanserai (Santana), July 15; Space Oddity (David Bowie), July 22; Paperback Writer (Beatles), July 29; KISS Army, Aug. 5; Skynnyn Lynnyrd Aug. 12; Petty Theft, Aug. 19; and Chicago Tribute Authority, Aug. 26. Concerts start at 8:30 p.m.; $16.50; tickets available only at the box office before the concerts at 4 p.m., or the previous Fridays or Saturdays from 1 to 8 p.m.

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