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Artown is Year Round

July 1st is the opening night of our 20th anniversary Festival, but our year is just beginning.  This Fall, Artown and The Nevada Humanities Present Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass on October 17th and David Sedaris on November 20th.  Both events are at The Pioneer Center For The Performing Arts.Tickets go on sale July 15th at 11:00 calingl 866-553-6605 or visit (standard fees apply and tickets are non-refundable).  .

Ira Glass (October 17th) is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life.  The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another million downloading the podcast. The show also airs each week on the CBC in Canada, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network, and on BBC Radio 4 Extra in the UK. For years, the podcast of This American Life was the most popular podcast on iTunes, until the show started its first spin-off program Serial, which quickly became the most popular podcast in the world.

Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, DC in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter and producer. He has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.

Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including five Peabody awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalist revolution.” A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

David Sedaris (November 20th)
NPR Humorist and Bestselling Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When you Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls each of which became an immediate bestseller.  The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These Plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.  His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his Story C.O.G. was released after a premier at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).

Enjoy the Park and the Pioneer Center For The Performing Arts!

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Reno's "Biggest Little" Arts Festival Turns 20

Artown in July

Reno, NV. Every July, Reno turns into Artown with a month's worth of music, art, dance and other cultural experiences - almost 500 individual events, exhibits and workshops. Artown is about the community - it is Reno's festival.  It gives locals and visitors a means to have access to national and international performances that are unsurpassed in terms of enriching our lives. Everyone is invited to be a part of the 32 days in July; with over 70% of the events and performances free, the city has access to the multi-disciplinary experiences throughout town.


Experience Artown's Summer Soiree Under the Stars


Betty Buckley on Thursday, July 9th at 8pm,

 Home Free on Thursday, July 16th at 8pm, 

Clint Black on Thursday, July 23rd at 8pm, 

and Mary Chapin Carpenter on Thursday, July 30th at 7pm. 

All events will take place at Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, Reno, NV

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