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Contact: Kathy Hess
Nevada Humanities
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Reno, NV 89507
Telephone: 775-784-6587
Email: Kathy@justimaginemktg.com
www.nevadahumanities.org

 

Nevada Humanities Presents the 23rd Annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Festival in June 2014, with a Special Focus on Nevada’s 150th Celebration

Reno, Nevada (May 17, 2014) – Nevada Humanities presents the 23rd Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival June 19-27, 2014, in Reno. Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua has inspired many Chautauqua events around the globe and is one of the longest running Chautauqua festivals in the nation. Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua programs provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues.

Reno’s weeklong Chautauqua celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout northern Nevada, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances. In celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, this year’s evening performances explore the theme “Battle Born: Making Nevada,” and feature performances of characters that have greatly influenced the growth and development of the Silver State, including Reno civil rights activist Alice Smith, Las Vegasentrepreneur Howard Hughes, andComstock journalist and writer Dan DeQuille. Distinguished Chautauqua scholar Clay Jenkinson will also be returning to Reno to perform John Wesley Powell the evening of June 24.

“We are thrilled to be part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration. We are bringing the focus of this year’s Chautauqua festival home to the Silver State with characters who have contributed to the making of Nevada in important ways,” says Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities. “It also seems very fitting that Clay Jenkinson should be here to celebrate with us. Clay lived in Nevada for years, and has thought deeply about Nevada’s history. This year’s festival promises to be very exciting. ”

Ticketed evening shows begin June 24 and run three consecutive evenings with local musical performances followed by theatrical Chautauqua presentations. Gates open at 5:00 pm, music starts at 6:00 pm, and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7:00 pm.

Seat tickets for evening ticketed shows are $25 per night and lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children ages 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn. Plenty of comfortable seats are available, as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair. Tickets are available for purchase online at nevadahumanities.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance if performances are not sold out in advance. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy the excellent barbecue provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Parking is plentiful and free.

Nevada Humanities is also offering a VIP ticket package for two evenings of special Chautauqua events featuring renowned Chautauqua performer and scholar Clay Jenkinson. The VIP ticket package includes: an intimate evening reception at an elegant, private Reno home for light fare and a special performance by Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson, on Monday, June 23; a premium seat reserved in the center section of the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater for the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival performance of Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell on Tuesday, June 24; and a complimentary glass of champagne delivered to your seat during the June 24 performance, so that you can join in a special celebratory toast led from the stage in honor of Nevada’s 150th year of statehood.This VIP ticket package is $300 per person and limited to 50 people. Admission to the June 23 reception is limited to VIP ticket package holders only. Ticket packages are available on a first come, first served basis and can be purchased at nevadahumanities.org. All proceeds from the sale of these special VIP ticket packages will support Nevada Humanities programs and the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival.

On June 22, the Young Chautauquans, local youth who have participated in Nevada Humanities’ 2014 Great Basin Young Chautauqua program, will present a day of Chautauqua performances under the tent at the Flying B Pavilion, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno. The June 22 day program is free and open to all. There will also be barbeque for sale by Men Wielding Fire and live fiddle music by the youth family band Sierra Silverstrings.

Free daytime events are scheduled throughout the Truckee Meadows area during the week of the festival and include a commemorative poetry reading, an architectural walking tour, and lectures. A complete schedule of daytime events is available at nevadahumanities.org.

 

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Event Details

Ticketed Evening Chautauqua Programs

Date: Tuesday, June 24 – Thursday, June 26, 2013. Doors open at 5:00 pm, music begins at 6:00 pm, and Chautauqua performances begin at 7:00 pm
Where: The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
Tickets: Available at nevadahumanities.org. Also available at the gate the evening of the performance if not sold out in advance. Seat tickets (general admission) are $25 per night; lawn tickets (open grass) are $10 per night. Children 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn. A complete schedule of additional daytime events is available at nevadahumanities.org.

Tuesday, June 24
“Beyond the 100th Meridian”
Featuring Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell
Music: Slide Mountain Band
Moderator: Joe Crowley

Wednesday, June 25
“Seeking a Better Way”
Featuring Juanita Westbrook as Alice Smith
and Brian Kral as Howard Hughes
Music: The Jug Stompers
Moderator: Frank Mullen

Thursday, June 26
“The Mighty Pen”
Featuring Frank X. Mullen as Dan DeQuille
Music: 6 Mule Pile-up
Moderator: Juanita Westbrook
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Festival Events

Thursday, June 19
6:30 P.M. |
The Long Walk to Freedom: A Community Poetry Reading Celebrating Juneteenth and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 South Virginia Street, Reno. Free.

Friday, June 20
11 A.M. | The Salon “
Battle Born, Civil Rights in Nevada.”Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno. Free.
Saturday, June 21
|11 A.M. | Silver State, Silver Screen: Explore the History of Film in Nevada with Frank X. Mullen
. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Dr., Reno. Free
2-4 P.M. | Ethnic Crossroads: A History Walking Tour with Sharon Honig-Bear and Juanita Westbrook. Meet at the steps of the Lear Theater, 501 Riverside Dr., Reno. Free.

Sunday, June 22
11:30 A.M.-4 P.M. | A Day of Young Chautauqua.
Young Chautauqua performances, barbecue for sale by Men Wielding Fire, and music by Sierra Silverstrings. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. Great for kids. Free.

Monday, June 23
7:30-8:30 A.M. | Coffee with the Young Chautauquans
. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno. Great for kids. Free.
11 A.M. | Sagebrush Silliness: Dan DeQuille and Mark Twain with Frank X. Mullen. Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Hwy., Sparks. Free.
1:30 P.M. | Howard Hughes: From The Carpetbaggers to The Aviator with Brian Kral. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., Reno. Free.
6 P.M. | Celebrate 150 Years of Statehood with Clay Jenkinson & Thomas Jefferson. Admission limited to Chautauqua VIP ticket package holders only. $300.

Tuesday, June 24
11 A.M. | Teaching Tolerance: A Workshop
with Juanita Westbrook. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks. Free
7 P.M. | Beyond the 100th Meridian: Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell. Music: Slide Mountain Band. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. $25 Seat/$10 Lawn.

Wednesday, June 25
7:30-9 A.M. | Coffee with the Chautauquans
. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno. Free.
7 P.M. | Seeking A Better Way: Juanita Westbrook as Alice Smith and Brian Kral as Howard Hughes. Music: The Jug Stompers. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. $25 Seat/$10 Lawn.

Thursday, June 26
7:30-9 A.M. | Coffee with the Chautauquans
. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno. Free.
2 P.M. | Howard Hughes: From The Carpetbaggers to The Aviator with Brian Kral. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Pkwy., Reno. Free.
7 P.M. | The Mighty Pen: Frank X. Mullen as Dan DeQuille. Music: 6 Mule Pile Up. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. $25 Seat/$10 Lawn.

Friday, June 27
7:30-9 A.M. | Coffee with the Chautauquans
. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno. Free.

The Nevada affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nevada Humanities is an independent nonprofit with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. Programs produced and sponsored by Nevada Humanities foster cultural enrichment, local engagement, and a renewed sense of community. For more information, visit nevadahumanities.org.

 

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