Monday, May 31, 2010

New York New York [so good you have to say it twice!]

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno

Wednesday June 2 | 5-7 pm:
New York #$%&ing City!

"A collaborative installation, featuring works in a diversity of media from painting to video to sound performance are to be on view in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery by the students recently returned from a one week intensive exploration of the NYC art world!

From May 17th through May 24th Associate Professor Joseph DeLappe* travelled to New York City with 14 art majors for a summer mini-session course. The trip was focused on an intensive, on the ground experience of the NYC art world, visiting major museums, independent galleries, meeting with curators, artists and attending several high-profile openings. As part of the course, each student was encouraged to photograph, video or otherwise explore/document the city as a creative artist with the intention of creating new works upon their return to Reno. After returning to Reno, each student has worked independently or in collaborations to fashion a work or works inspired by their travels."

Jessie Gray
Chantelle Sousa
Travis Archibald
Clint Sleeper
Jennifer Turner
Alana Berglund
Megan Mathers
Charli West
Kelsey Sweet
Jaclyn Prescott
Seth Mach
Abby Burns
Jeremy Bryan
Michael Livernash

[Text and graphic from Facebook Event page. Click on image to enlarge.

* A presentation by Professor DeLappe was a featured part of the 2009-2010 edition of CCAI's signature project "Nevada Neighbors."]

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Museum Update

Saint Mary's Art Center
55 N. "R" Street
Virginia City 89440

June 5-30
Scott MacLeod
The Museum of Bitter Sorrows presents “Life Is A Prison, Please Grant Me Release"

a CCAI|SMAC collaboration

Artist reception: Saturday June 5 • 4-6 pm • Free.

Micro-update: Scott MacLeod's residency has now reached the half-way point. Those lucky enough to visit the artist's Facebook page have been treated to a rich assortment of photographs documenting his time in the studio and on the Comstock. Forays up to C Street, Virginia's City main commercial artery, as well as side trips to neighboring towns are also featured.

CCAI and St. Mary's are delighted to be working on this collaborative project. All invited to attend the artist reception for the exhibition component!

Exhibition continues through June 30
Gallery hours: 11am - 4 pm F-Su

Project Press Release

[Graphic: untitled photograph from Facebook album "St. Mary's Art Center residency 2010." Top of stairwell leading to exhibition space.]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Goal 2010 ! Official Press Release

Goal 2010 ! Official Press Release

NB: You're invited! CCAI Courthouse Gallery
Public Reception Friday June 11
5-7 pm


Facebook r.s.v.p.

[graphic: electronic composite of project flier designed by Simpson Creative. Click on image to enlarge.]

Monday, May 24, 2010

Robben Island: A Greater Goal

Saturday night U.S. television sports channel ESPN premiered a short film on South Africa's Robben Island as part of its Outside The Lines series.* Through interviews and footage of the country's most infamous prison, 'home' to revolutionary opponents of apartheid, the documentary charts the relationship of the formation of a prison soccer association to the crafting of the 1996 South African constitution - one based on both the rule of law and the practice of justice.
Posted in conjunction with CCAI Goal 2010! project.

Robben Island: A Greater Goal

RT: 18:37


[* "The series examines topical issues off the playing field. It includes interviews and opinions from leading authorities on the issue at hand. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Ley, Outside the Lines has investigated trends and topics ranging from sports teams' hazing to the overseas labor practices of U.S. sneaker companies."]

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Speak Your MInd!

Call for Participation for July 18 Speak Your Mind Hip Hop Festival in Reno!

[click on graphic to enlarge.]

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Write the Future

[Follow up to an earlier video highlighting the Brazilian soccer team, below as part of our continuing cultural coverage of the World Cup: a new video by filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, Amores Perros and 21 Grams, produced for Nike for this year's World Cup. In conjunction with "Goal 2010!", our upcoming exhibition of the FIFA Fine Art Poster Portfolio at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery]

NB: CCAI does not endorse any particular sports apparel company, but does support what the Brazilians call "Joga Bonito" - "the beautiful game!"

Thanks to GC in CC for the tip!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Save the Date! June 5: The Museum of Bitter Sorrows

Saint Mary's Art Center
55 N. "R" Street
Virginia City 89440

June 5-30
Scott MacLeod
The Museum of Bitter Sorrows presents “Life Is A Prison, Please Grant Me Release"

Artist reception: Saturday June 5 • 4-6 pm • Free.

CCAI and SMAC are delighted to present this exhibition by San Francisco Bay Area artist Scott MacLeod. The exhibition is the culminating event of his two-week artist residency project at St. Mary's.

The project features a catalog essay by film critic and arts writer Pam Grady. In it she writes: "An exhibit preparator in art and history museums, as well as a performance artist, Scott MacLeod brings an expert eye and a showman's perspective to the gallery. For his St. Mary's installation, MacLeod turns to history and pop culture, filling the space with material and ephemera derived from the documentation of disasters—natural and man made."

a SMAC-CCAI collaborative project

gallery hours: 11am - 4 pm F-Su

[Graphic: front of CCAI project flier by Simpson Creative. Photo caption: "Scott MacLeod. Artist’s Studio (detail) 2010." Click on image to enlarge.]

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Books & Writers in the works for 2010-2011!

With the successful completion of the inaugural edition of CCAI and the Carson City Library's Books & Writers Project, we want to again thank the participating writers Ursula Carlson, Ellen Hopkins and Heidi Ayarbe, and all the people who attended the workshops and readings. We are already at work planning the 2nd Annual CCAI-CCL Books & Writers Project for 2010-2011. Stay tuned and check back for details!

The 2010 edition of Books & Writers was funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council "Tumblewords" program.

[Graphic: screen grab of Nevada Appeal online. Special thanks to Sandy Foley, Library Board of Trustees Vice Chair for her thoughtful notes. Click on image to enlarge.]

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spoken Views Tonight!

West Street Market
148 West Street

Spoken Views

"Come listen to some of Reno's best poets @ Spoken Views, the longest running Poetry Open Mic in town! Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8 pm. $3 before 8:30pm|$5 after to help support our out of town act Amir Rikkah on his regional tour! Come out see something amazing! These cats will make you love poetry if you don't already! All Ages As Always! be peace."

[Text and graphic from Facebook invite. Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Goal 2010!

June 7 - September 10 • 2010

CCAI Courthouse Gallery
Carson City Courthouse
885 East Musser Street
Carson City

Goal 2010 !
The FIFA World Cup Fine Art Poster Portfolio

To celebrate the first football World Cup in Africa the Capital City Arts Initiative in association with David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg | Cape Town | New York will exhibit the complete portfolio of seventeen FIFA official art posters.

South Africa is the proud host of the World Cup. The artists featured in the FIFA Official Art Poster Editions were selected by the FIFA Art Committee, who sought to create posters by both famous and emerging artists from across the globe.

Exhibition Reception: Friday June 11 • 5 - 7pm

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Free admission

[Graphic: "Bicycle Kick," 2009, by William Kentridge. Kentridge is a leading South African artist internationally famous for his prints, drawings, films, animations, theatre and opera productions. Click on graphic to enlarge. First of seventeen posts highlighting the posters in the portfolio. In the months ahead we'll feature some of the posters included in the exhibition.]

Monday, May 17, 2010

World Cup Preparations in Carson City and Worldwide!

CCAI is busy at work framing a portfolio of seventeen fine arts posters by internationally recognized artists. The works which will be featured in "Goal 2010!," our summer CCAI Courthouse Gallery exhibition,* were created especially for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. The teams representing the thirty-two participating countries are also making plans for the tournament. Below, reprinted in its entirety from the New York Times, is an article discussing the challenging training issues raised by the different altitudes of World Cup stadiums in the host country.

* Stay tuned for details in a post we're publishing tomorrow!

Preparing for Altitude From the Ground Up
By Jeré Longman

[Graphic from New York Times. Caption: "Chester Higgins Jr. "The mountaineer Brian Oestrike using altitude-simulation gear from Hypoxico, which is working with several national teams."]

The 32 teams participating in the World Cup from June 11 to July 11 will be faced with tactical decisions about altitude as well as soccer. Matches at 7 of the 10 stadiums in South Africa will be played at elevations ranging from 2,165 feet in the agricultural hub of Nelspruit to higher than a mile in Johannesburg.

Approaches to acclimation seem to vary as widely as playing styles. The United States will begin training Monday at Princeton University, altitude 98 feet. England will head to a camp in Austria at an altitude of about 2,400 feet, and Italy will soon gather at the ski resort of Sestrière at nearly 6,000 feet.

Some teams, like South Korea and Japan, are considering tents and masks that simulate altitude conditions. Others (Australia, Argentina and Brazil) seem to be relying primarily on a natural adjustment to the elevation by arriving in South Africa about three weeks before their opening matches.

Little research has been done on preparing soccer teams for playing at altitude. The effects of altitude can vary from individual to individual.

Jiri Dvorak, the chief medical officer for FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, said in February that altitude was “not an issue which will significantly impact on the players’ health or performance.”

Yet, teams clearly think it will be a factor. Even FIFA’s officially licensed World Cup video game takes altitude into account. Preparing will be an inexact science, experts said.

“If you look at altitude experts with experience with footballers, you have less than a handful,” said Michael Davison, a director of the London Altitude Centre, which is advising England and several other teams. “When teams look for advice to FIFA, it says the altitude issue doesn’t exist. They can’t let teams come back and say, ‘We’ve had two or three group games at altitude and this other team had one.’ It has to be seen as a level playing field.”

Ultimately, most teams will not be acclimating under optimal conditions, altitude experts said. Rather they will attempt to strike a balance between rigorous skill and fitness training, team building, playing warm-up matches at home and adjusting to the thinner air at the South African stadiums (except those along the coast in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth).

The United States will play all of its first-round matches at altitude — against England on June 12 in Rustenburg (4,920 feet, or 1,500 meters), against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg (5,750 feet, or 1,753 meters) and against Algeria on June 23 in Pretoria (3,981 feet, or 1,214 meters).

The Americans played in those three cities last June at the Confederations Cup, which was also played in South Africa.

“The altitude wasn’t a huge factor,” midfielder Landon Donovan said. “As the tournament went on, it was easier.”

The United States considered a pre-World Cup training camp at altitude in Europe. After consulting with the United States Olympic Committee, though, the Americans decided to train for two weeks on the East Coast at or near sea level. They will play exhibition matches in Hartford and Philadelphia, then leave for South Africa on May 30.

The benefit of sea-level workouts is that athletes can train hard and recover quickly. At higher altitudes, where the atmospheric pressure is lower and the air is less dense, oxygen molecules are farther apart and more difficult to breathe into the vascular system.

“In order to build a good base of fitness, hard work is best accomplished without being at altitude,” said Bob Bradley, the United States coach. “You need to be at levels where you can push it and recover properly.”

On May 31, the United States team will arrive at its base camp, at about 4,755 feet, or 1,450 meters, between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Americans will have nearly two weeks to adjust to the altitude — the minimum period required for effective acclimating, said Randy Wilber, a senior physiologist with the U.S.O.C. and an altitude expert who is advising the team.

In a soccer match, players can run from six to eight and a half miles. The effects of altitude lead to faster heart rates, less oxygen in the bloodstream and reduced power. An athlete participating in the United States-England match without first adjusting to altitude could experience a reduction of performance of 10 percent, according to the London Altitude Centre.

Arriving in South Africa early should allow a player to perform more efficiently in thinner air as the body begins to produce more oxygen-carrying red blood cells and as changes occur in respiratory capacity, Wilber said.

At Princeton, the oxygen saturation in the American players’ blood will be 98 to 99 percent, he said. Upon arrival in South Africa, it might dip to 94 or 95 percent, or even to 90 percent or lower if an actual match were played, he said. (An exhibition is scheduled against Australia on June 5.) Less oxygen carried by the red blood cells results in less fuel for the muscles.

As players adjust to altitude, oxygen saturation levels should return to 96 or 97 percent, Wilber said, sufficient enough “that acclimatization is positive.”

In South Africa, the United States considered using the “live high, train low” method popular with distance runners. The theory is that athletes receive the oxygen-boosting benefits of resting and sleeping at altitude and the maximum-capacity workouts possible near sea level. But this plan would have required players to be on a bus four or five hours a day, Wilber said, risking their recovery time and morale.

The United States also researched tents that simulate altitude by using a generator to pump in lower concentrations of oxygen. But research indicates an athlete needs to spend 10 or more hours a day in the tent to benefit from increased red-blood-cell production, Wilber said.

England has also decided against using the tents. Yet, said Davison of the London Altitude Centre, the English will have access to other altitude-simulation equipment from a New York company, Hypoxico, which is supplying a number of World Cup teams.

This could include breathing masks that also use generators to pump diluted oxygen. Japanese players will wear the masks intermittently for an hour a day while they watch television, Coach Takeshi Okada has said. The masks can also be used while exercising on treadmills. The Japanese federation said it was also using a room filled with reduced oxygen to carry out cardiopulmonary fitness tests on its players.

The South Korean federation said it had not decided whether it would use tents or masks. Mexico, meanwhile, hopes to gain an advantage with players accustomed to playing at the 7,200-foot altitude in Mexico City.

Some teams have curious strategies. France will have its base near sea level in South Africa, which could “dissipate all of the altitude training effect” the team will gain earlier at the French ski resort of Tignes, Davison said.

The Southern Hemisphere winter and low humidity could also affect performance in South Africa. Some teams are expected to place humidifiers in players’ rooms and to provide flu shots. But things could be worse. At least the World Cup is not being held in Bolivia, a hellish place for visiting soccer teams at an altitude above 11,000 feet.

“It’s not La Paz,” Bradley said thankfully.

Makiko Inoue contributed reporting from Tokyo and Choe Sang-Hun from Seoul, South Korea.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Steel Magnolias in Minden

" ... featuring young adults from the Carson Valley area - starring Justine Cawthorne as Shelby, Emily Tuggle as M'Lynn, Brynn Garrett as Truvy, Victoria Martin as Annelle, Ashley Barrett as Ouiser, and Brittney Kinsey as Clairee."

[Graphic from CVAC website. Click on image to enlarge.]

Heidi Ayarbe !

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Saturday, May 15 | 1-2 pm

Reading: Heidi Ayarbe

Carson City native and author of Freeze Frame and Compromised.

"I was born in Carson City, Nevada. I went to school there, then went to college a whole forty-five minutes away from my hometown. I hated to spend the night at friends' houses. I hated summer camps. Basically, my parents thought I'd NEVER leave the nest. And I never thought I'd be a writer.

I think we are all surprised! (I know I am.)

Anyway, I never dreamed of writing because writers are people who are mysterious, have pet cemeteries in their backyards, grow up during incredibly turbulent political times (I don't think Reaganomics and Clinton's friskiness count), ooze talent, have miserable childhoods, or family members named Aureliano Buendia or something cool like that.

No teacher ever told me I should write.

People told me I could do many things well. Writing, though, was never on that list. Why would I consider writing?

So I thought I'd teach. But that didn't work out. (I was that teacher whose students would swing from the rafters and disrupt other classes. Pretty bad.) After teaching, I got a job in a café in Barcelona (which is the most cliché writer-like thing I've ever done). Then I got a job in The Sporting Rage selling kayaks, backpacks, skis, and such.

So why would I consider writing?

I love, love, love to read. And…Ellen Hopkins.

When I was busy selling backpacks, somebody came and handed me a flier about a talk a local writer was giving about writing nonfiction children's books. So I went. And as far as I know (though I have yet to ask Ellen because I don't really want to know), she doesn't have a pet cemetery in her backyard. But that conference changed everything for me. There, I met a real writer. A real person who wrote and made a living doing it. And I thought, "I can do this."

Like I said. I'm pretty surprised how things have turned out!

I now live in Pereira, Colombia (South America), with my husband and daughter. Like I said, life is surprising and you never know where you'll end up. (My parents were already trying to figure out how to condition the house for me to live there forever.) And Freeze Frame, my first novel, has been an even bigger surprise, winning the 2009 IRA Children's and Young Adult Book Award. So I have a lot to be grateful for and hope to keep writing until I run out of stories to tell!

And no, I don't have a pet cemetery in my backyard. (As far as I know, to do this job, you don't need one.)"


The event is free. The public is cordially invited.

The 2010 edition of Books & Writers is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council "Tumblewords" program.

[Text from Harper Collins website.]

Friday, May 14, 2010

WNC Multicultural Festival

Western Nevada College
Carson City Campus

Saturday, May 15
11 am – 4 pm

WNC 15th annual Multicultural Festival


Exhibitors will include: African arts, basket making, Chinese culture, Peruvian arts and crafts, spinning and weaving, Turkish culture, Finnish music and costumes, and more.

Children’s activities will include African ceremonial masks, Indian Rangoli art, Japanese paper carp, diversity skits, and more.

"exhibits, children’s activities, ethnic food for sale, and raffle prizes – a colorful mixture of music, dance, food and fun"

Performance Schedule
[nb: times are subject to change]

11-11:25 a.m.
Eagle Wing Pageant Dancers – Native American group

11:40-12.05 p.m.
Brass Akwards – Swing Band

Mariachi Cazadores

Reno Taiko Drummers – Traditional Japanese Drumming

Announcement of Festival Photo Essay Winner

Country Valley Jug Stompers – Country, Jazz, Fusion

Milton Merlos – Flamenco Guitarist

WNC Latino Club Dance

Axis of Power – West Coast Hip Hop Trio

Carson ATA Karate Academy Demonstration

Sound Evolution – Historical Journey Through Rock

[Text and graphic from WNC press mailing. Caption: "Latin American artist Laura Fuentes performed at the 2008 Western Nevada College Multicultural Festival.]

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Machine Stops in Reno

Joe Crowley Student Union Theater
University of Nevada, Reno

Thursday, May 13 - 7pm
"The Machine Stops"
a Benefit Screening for Chilean Earthquake Relief

The Digital Media Studio of UNR presents "The Machine Stops", an experimental machinima animation project. Based upon E.M. Forster's 1909 classic science fiction short story, the film was created almost entirely within the online world of Second Life with animation created by students in Professor Joseph DeLappe's Imaging and Mixed Media course. The sound track was created by Professor Jean-Paul Perotte's Music Composition course.

This world premiere event is a fundraiser for Chilean earthquake relief: all proceeds go to "Una Escuela Para Chile/A School For Chile".

Admission $5.00

[CCAI extends congratulations and best wishes to all the participating artists. Thanks to Iris for the tip.]

Monday, May 10, 2010

Books & Writers Workshops this Week!

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Tuesday, May 11 | 3:30– 4:30pm pm
Workshop: Heidi Ayarbe

Carson City native Heidi Ayarbe, author of Freeze Frame and Compromised.


Thursday, May 13 | 3:30– 4:30pm pm
Workshop: Ursula Carlson

Ms. Carlson is a writer and Western Nevada College professor, author of Trails of Historic New Mexico: Routes Used By Indian, Spanish, and American Travelers Through 1886.


Ms. Ayarbe will also give a reading on Saturday, May 15 [1–2pm]


The events are free. The public is cordially invited!

The 2010 edition of Books & Writers is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council "Tumblewords" program.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May FWAC this Wednesday!

First Wednesday Arts Coffee

The Bliss Mansion
608 Elizabeth Street*
Carson City

Arts and arts enthusiasts enthusiastically encouraged to attend the May edition of CCAI's monthly gathering at the Bliss Mansion*.!

Specials thanks to our terrific hosts Cindy and Steve Brenneman.

* located at the corner of Robinson and Elizabeth Streets in Carson City's Historic District across the street from the Governor's Mansion.

[graphic from Google image search for 'drinking coffee .'Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Books & Writers: Ursula Carlson Tu May 4!

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Tuesday, May 4 6:30-7:30 pm
Reading: Ursula Carlson

Books & Writers

CCAI and the Carson City Library's"spring Books & Writers Project" continues with a reading by writer and Western Nevada College professor Ursula Carlson, author of "Trails of Historic New Mexico: Routes Used By Indian, Spanish, and American Travelers Through 1886". The book surveys the major historic trails of New Mexico and other parts of the American Southwest. The trails were used by Indians, prospectors, soldiers, buffalo hunters, immigrants, and cattle and sheep drovers. Unlike more famous Western trails, they were used as a network of two-way trade routes instead of one-way avenues for westward migration.

Ms. Carlson will also offer a workshop on Thursday afternoon, May 13 from 3:30–4:30pm.


NB: Upcoming Books & Writers events:

* * a writing workshop on Tuesday, May 11 [3:30– 4:30pm], and a reading on Saturday, May 15 [1–2pm] by Carson City native Heidi Ayarbe, author of Freeze Frame and Compromised.


The events are free. The public is cordially invited!

The 2010 edition of Books & Writers is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council "Tumblewords" program.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day! - Ellen Hopkins Reads at the Carson City Library!

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Saturday, May 1 | 1–2pm

CCAI & the Carson City Library Books & Writers Series

New York Times bestselling author and Carson City resident Ellen Hopkins.

Ms. Hopkins, 2010 Nevada Governor's Arts Award recipient, is the author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks and Fallout.

Free. Seating is limited; the doors will open a half hour early.

* * *

Save the dates!
Upcoming Books & Writers events include:

*** Reading on Tuesday, May 4 [6:30–7:30pm], and Writing Workshop on Thursday, May 13, [3:30–4:30pm] by WNC professor Ursula Carlson, author of Trails of Historic New Mexico: Routes Used By Indian, Spanish, and American Travelers Through 1886.

*** Writing Workshop on Tuesday, May 11 [3:30– 4:30pm], and Reading on Saturday, May 15 [1–2pm] by Caron City native Heidi Ayarbe, author of Freeze Frame and Compromised.