Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReno, NV has various types of entertainment, not just the typical casinos visitors think of when they hear Reno.

One of these is the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, which gives Renoites the opportunity to experience cultural artistic entertainment.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization, and is the largest performing arts facility in Northern Nevada.

If you have never seen a live performance such as The Nut Cracker, ballet, or opera, this is the place to experience it. Located in Downtown Reno, the building from the outside looks similar to Disney’s Epcot Center.

The 1,500 seat venue is part of the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. They currently host more than 100 cultural events a year from dance recitals, opera, to Broadway Productions. Get inspired by professional ballet performances, or be moved by Reno’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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It sounds like a real fancy establishment, and your probably wondering if there is a dress code. Think business casual, some people wear  jeans while others enjoy dressing up.  Do what is most comfortable for you, just don’t arrive without a T-shirt and sandals. It’s not that casual.

Get there 30 minutes in advance for your show, as free parking is a few minutes away from the Pioneer Center. Free parking can be found at the Cal-Neva Casino, and The National Automobile Museum. You can make it to the Pioneer Center within 10 minutes from either location.

Videos and pictures are not allowed, also remember to silence or turn off your cell phone.  Always read the program notes as they give you a background on what you are about to see. There are no ATM’s inside the Pioneer Center, and they only accept cash at their concession stand so plan ahead.  Ticket pricing and duration varies on the show, check their website for more information http://bit.ly/1Fsvscb.

One of my favorites, The Nutcracker will be featured Dec 12-13. You can watch this show during a matinée and it will cost you less. Tickets range between $25-$55 dollars. If you’re looking for a Broadway experience check out their current show Jersey Boys, tickets start at $69. You can buy tickets on-line or by phone. Try something new, and enhance your cultural artistic knowledge.

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Ace-Skating

reno-aces-packagesLooking for fun family events to participate in during this Holiday Season? Check out Reno’s new ice skating rink, which can be found right outside the Reno Aces Ball Park, open now through mid February weather permitting.

Reno’s ice skating rink has been a tradition downtown since 2005. Due to current construction projects in the Downtown area the ice skating rink has been moved to Aces Ballpark. Aces Ball Park hopes to start a new tradition within the Reno community.

The Freight House District along with Arroyo Mexican Grill will be open for patrons to enjoy. The Aces team shop will also be open during this time, in case you forget gloves or a warm scarf.  Weekly hours will vary see the link here for more information http://atmilb.com/1AP111G.

If you have a large group (20+) call 775-334-7018 for reservations.  The new location offers free parking directly across from the Aces Ball Park. Admission costs $7.50 for teens and adults. $5.50 for children ages 3-12, and $5.50 for seniors. Skate rentals are an additional $2.50.

Ace Skating has specials throughout the week; Tuesdays are 2 for $22, with hot chocolate included. Wed’s are themed wacky Wed’s, wear your silly/wacky clothing. Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays, get a hot coffee or chocolate for just $1. Weekends are movie nights. This is a great move with a perfect location, hope you guys get out there and enjoy.

What is your favorite event to attend during the Holiday Season?

 

Surviving Black Friday

black-friday-meme-funny-blueprintBlack Friday Shopping is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Anyone who has shopped during this day knows just how hectic it can get. People have been known to get in fights over items, and some have even lost their lives. Don’t let these things happen to you. As an experienced Black Friday shopper I am more than happy to share some tips.

1) Check Black Friday ads online, or pick up a copy of the previous Sundays paper.

2)Have a plan: Know what stores you will be shopping at in advance as most stores have additional discounts between certain times. Don’t miss out on the deals you’re really looking forward to, prioritize your time wisely.

3) Shop with a friend:  The biggest advantage to shopping with a friend is while one shops, the other stands in line. Win-win for both parties.

4) Be prepared to wait in long lines, and brace yourself for large crowds (Avg 3o-45 Min waits).

5) Dress in comfortable shoes and clothing: You will be standing for long periods of time, and walking through big crowds. Use layers, as you will probably wait outside in the cold  for a long time, but get hot once your inside. Think long sleeves, sweatshirts or work out clothing.

6) In order to avoid getting grumpy  eat a nice breakfast, or left overs from the night before.

7) Stay hydrated, and bring a water bottle.

8) People get crazy during Black Friday so make sure you have caffeine and stay alert.

9) If you get to your destination in time to be first in line, don’t stand to close to the door. People will often push to get inside, best to be in the center of the crowd.

10) Know when to back down: Materialistic things are never worth hurting anyone. Like Disney princess Elsa says “Let it Go.” Don’t be that person that gets into a fight over a $5 knit sweater.

11) Be Courteous and Kind to others.

My favorite stores to shop during Black Friday are Kohl’s, JC Penney, and Scheels. These stores actually have real deals going on and not jut the typical “10% off.” Don’t go to Best Buy, or The Apple store unless you’re feeling crazy.

 

Gilley’s

One of my favorite bars is Gilley’s located inside the Nugget Casino in Sparks.  If you enjoy country music this is the bar for you. Its decorated in a western style and has a mechanical bull you can ride for $5.  Gilley’s provides free live entertainment Thursday-Friday from 8-11pm. A DJ takes over after 11, playing a good mix of old and new country. Gilley’s has a large dance floor with plenty of room to move around.  If you don’t know how to line dance no worries, Gilley’s provides free lessons Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/11RnvRj.

If you are a visual learner you can observe the good-looking Gilley’s girls and hopefully learn some new moves. The crowd here varies in age leaning closer to a more mature audience between the ages of 25 and up. Not to say there aren’t younger folks, but it doesn’t feel like one of those just turned ’21’ bars.  Drinks are very well priced, and their food menu is also pretty amazing. It’s also nice going to a bar where the guys actually know how to dance. Check them out the next time you are in Sparks, NV.

What is your favorite bar in Reno?

Junkee Clothing Exchange

photo 1Are you a frugal shopper with a unique style? Or do you enjoy going on a hunt for the perfect item? If so Junkee Clothing Exchange is the right store for you. Junkee Clothing Exchange has been open in Reno, NV in the Midtown area  for more than 6 years. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1F5tuy4.

Junkee Clothing Exchange sells gently recycled clothing, shoes, and accessories. They also carry antiques, furniture, seasonal decor, and much more. Think vintage. If you’re not one for buying used, no problem this store is still worth the visit due to their amazing antique section.

The store is visually appealing and is composed of 8,800 sq feet. There is so much to look at, it’s like walking through a museum. Not to mention they always blast killer oldies to get you in the mood for shopping.

The clothing quality is descent. Their merchandise is a few steps above the average thrift store, meanwhile pricing remains pretty low. You can easily snag a cute outfit (pants & shirt) for $15-20. Something you could never do at the mall.

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Junkee Clothing Exchange is also your go to place for any costume party. Their staff is super knowledgeable, and can help you achieve whatever look you are after. I needed an outfit for a murder mystery party, so I headed straight there. The staff member who helped me was super friendly and helpful.

I gave her a simple description of what I wanted to look like and she over exceeded my expectations. She was so good I didn’t even have to tell her my sizes. Anytime I’ve done any type of crawl (super hero crawl, etc.) I always go to Junkee for my costumes.

Currently they are prepping for Reno’s Santa Crawl, Comic Con Reno, and holiday parties. Low on cash? Junkee Clothing Exchange can also help. They buy gently used clothing items for $1-$3 an item. Buying hours are Mon-Sat from 12-4pm. If you’re looking for an original costume, or just seeking things that fit your own individual style Junkee Clothing Exchange is worth checking out.

What is your favorite Midtown shop?

 

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The Niche

photo 1Looking to find unique clothing or home decor items? If so The Niche Boutique is the perfect place to shop. Currently they have 3 locations, two in Reno and one in Sparks see the link here for more information http://www.shoptheniche.com/.

No one likes to go out and run into a bunch of girls wearing the same outfit that is a total buzz kill.  However it happens more often than not. To avoid this problem its nice to shop at smaller scale boutiques such as The Niche. They carry a limited supply of items, so chances of everyone buying the same shirt or pants are pretty slim.

The clothing style is Boho Chic mixed with casual cute. If that doesn’t make any sense think of the style here as a mix between Jessica Alba and Drew Berry Moore. They cater more to women’s clothing vs teens, and offer a more sophisticated casual style.

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Like most boutiques, pricing is a little bit on the higher side. You can get a nice shirt between $20-$25. They have a nice selection of brand name jeans such as MissMe, Lucky, & Rock Revival. These of course start in the $100 range and can go up from there. However if you’re going to spend money on any item, it should definitely be your jeans.

The Niche also has a great selection of home decor items including wall art, accent furniture, mirrors, clocks, and much more. Decorative styles range from vintage, French, European, and others.  You can find unique hats, accessories, home decor, purses, and scarves. It’s a perfect place to shop for those challenging gifts we sometimes need to find.

The Niche puts out new inventory on a daily basis,  as only small quantities of items are brought out to allow for individuality. The staff at The Niche is always super friendly and very helpful when it comes to finding the right size or style. You can shop in store or online. They  sell seasonal decor items, stop by I guarantee you will find something to buy.

What is your favorite Boutique store in Reno?