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New Siri’s Casino slated for empty building in downtown Reno

Reno gaming veteran Jeff Siri’s plans for a slots-only casino in downtown Reno proceeded today with Reno City Council approval of liquor and gaming licenses at the site of the old Primadonna Club on Virginia Street across from Harrah’s.

Casino news: Bourbon Casino receives warm welcome in Sparks

When Bourbon Square Casino opened its doors to a Mardi-Gras-meets-construction-zone celebration Aug. 1, beads and hardhats were part of the dress code. The casino finished 75 days of preparation for the grand opening — which followed four years of darkness inside and out of the Victorian-styled façade. 'Business is great,' said Nancy Darcy, chief operating officer for Nevada Casino Holdings, LLC, and general manager for Bourbon Square Casino. 'We are very excited about the warm welcome we have received.'

Artown's 2013 schedule

The release of the Artown schedule often means that summer is near. And that's an exciting thought for many people in Reno.

Polar Express pre-sale tickets available

Pre-sale tickets for the 2012 Polar Express train aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad are now available. Last year's 7,500 Polar Express sold out before the inaugural ride.

Concert update: Green Day, Loretta Lynn coming to Reno

James McMurtry: The Texas country singer/songwriter, sometimes-actor and son of 'Lonesome Dove' author Larry McMurtry will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget with the Gourds. Tickets cost $15.

Concert update: Misfits, Rodney Carrington, more

Restless Heart: The country group which had hits with songs such as 'When She Cries' and 'Mending Fences' will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Carson Valley Inn. Tickets for the 21-and-older show cost $29. Details at 775-783-6606.

Outdoors briefs: Heavenly Gondola opens ahead schedule

The Gondola will open this weekend for sightseeing, dining and limited hiking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to Monday.

Reno's Utility Players improv troupe keep things spontaneous

By its very nature, life is improvisational. As John Steinbeck wrote in his classic 1937 novel 'Of Mice and Men': 'The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.' How one feels about this is a matter of perception.

Two Tough Mudders booked for summer 2013

Obstacle course tests strength, stamina

Concert update: B.B. King, Jeff Foxworthy and Kathy Griffin

Taylor Hicks: The bluesy 2006 'American Idol' winner will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 28-Sept. 3 in Sammy's Showroom at Harrah's Reno. Tickets cost $25 for general admission; $35 for VIP and $50 for a meet-and-greet.

Hiking tips as the season changes

Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, especially on one of the region's many hiking trails.

Zombie Crawl

Lurching through downtown Reno on Halloween weekend

Slide Back '80s ski day

Break all the rules of ski and normal fashion for a day on the slope that goes back in time to the glorious '80s. You could even earn new gear in the "most fashionable" contest, with the action and group photo at noon.

Monthly Reno Beer Crawl

Find new microbrews and specialty beers every fourth Saturday

Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament

What famous faces will show up for 2011?

Reno-Tahoe Open

Recognized by the pros as a favorite stop on the PGA Tour

Reno Air Races

Five days of racing. Six classes of aircraft. And speeds topping 500 mph. It all adds up to the 46th annual National Championship Air Races, flying into Reno Stead Field this September.

Great Italian Festival

For 30 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy to Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival.

Valentine's Vampire Bar Crawl

This blood-sucking bar crawl celebrates the fact that being in love often bites.

Riverwalk Wine Walk

Downtown merchants serve wine along the scenic Truckee River.

Earth Day at Idlewild

Annual celebration brings local tech, ag and artists to the park May 1.

Halloween Parties

Casinos put on some of the biggest Halloween events in Reno.

Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival

This summer, the best BBQ, Brews & Blues combine to take over North Virginia Street in front of the Eldorado Hotel Casino. The 14th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues festival kicks off the summer street festivals in downtown Reno, June 25 - 26.

Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-Off

Chicken wing cookers compete and its the public who wins every Fourth of July weekend.

Reno Rodeo

Dubbed the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," the Reno Rodeo rolls into town June 16-25 at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Reno River Festival

Featuring thousands of fans, vendors, white water pros from around the world, and live music in the park May 6-8.

Great Reno Balloon Race

For more than 25 years, people from all over the world have chosen to spend their September mornings at the Great Reno Balloon Race, taking in the spectacular sights and sounds of this unique event.

Virginia City Camel Races

If you plan on visiting Virginia City the month of September, be prepared to experience one of most hilarious and uncommon races of its kind, Sept. 10-12.

Hot August Nights

Shine your Chevy, detail your Deuce Coupe and hustle your hot rod over to Reno and Sparks' Hot August Nights for a celebration of America's love affair with cars and rock & roll August 9-14.

Artown

Each July, Artown highlights visiting artists and local talent for a month of events -- many of them free.

Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer's Market

Victorian Square comes to life every Thursday with fresh food and family fun

Eurofest at the Sands

Celebrate a wealth of European food, beer and music June 3-5

International Reno Bachata Festival

Parties, classes and performances for dance fans of any skill level.

Burning Man

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather to create Black Rock City in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Indulge in the country's best ribs every Memorial Day weekend in Victorian Square.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The 39th season begins July 15 and features the jovial "Twelfth Night."

Street Vibrations

Street Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, parades, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region Sept. 21-25, 2011.

Artist's sculptures make tapestry across Reno

Look carefully while driving or walking in some of Northern Nevada's parks, and you will find one of Eileen Gay's mosaic sculptures adorning the landscape. One of her newest pieces is an 8-foot-tall bowling pin with a bowling ball, 5 feet in diameter, balanced on top of it at Reno's International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.

Concert update: Jay Leno at Silver Legacy, rib cook-off performers announced

Jelly Bread: The local funky band with influences ranging from the Black Keys to Ben Harper will perform a free show at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 in Victorian Square as part of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Details at www.janugget.com.

Guide to Artown

Click these PDFs to see a complete schedule of events at Artown, which runs

Weekend concerts in Reno-Tahoe: April 27-29

Engelbert Humperdinck plays Saturday at John Ascuaga's Nugget.

Yo-Yo Ma brings Brazil alive

The smooth, sophisticated styles of Brazilian music will be celebrated when renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs Thursday with pianist Kathryn Stott and guitarists Odair and Sergio Assad. Ma, who has explored many musical cultures, said he's had a

New area concerts announced: Beach Boys and more

BoDeans: The Wisconsin alternative rockers will perform at 9 p.m. May 19 in the Crown Room at the Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets cost $18 in advance; $22 at the door. Details at www.devildogshows.com.

Reno-Tahoe concert update: Pennywise, Cali Swag District, more

Cali Swag District: The hip-hop group known for the hit "Teach Me How To Dougie" will perform at 9 p.m. April 20 at Cargo at CommRow. Tickets cost $15-$30 in advance, $18 at the door. Details at www.commrow.com.

Rain captures essence of the Beatles

Rain has come a long way since the original band members played their first Beatles tribute in a Calabasas, Ca., nightclub. It was the mid-1970s, and the group – relying entirely on a door charge – wasn't guaranteed a profit.

Concert update: Dia Frampton, Canned Heat, more

Persuasion: This new suggestive adult revue starring master hypnotist TYZEN will run at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Sept. 29 in Sammy's Showroom at Harrah's Reno. Show is for 21 and older. Tickets cost $25 and $30.

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