Friday, August 19, 2011

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival with Bluegrass and Beyond

If you feel like summer is slipping by, join the ranks. With August wrapping up soon and school clothes finding their way to the top of dresser drawers, it feels like the season is gone before we really got to take as much advantage of it as we should have. Don’t fret, though. If you’d like to hold on to a few great events to take you through the end of August, you’re in luck. 

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, located within beautiful Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park at Sand Harbor, hosts their remaining three shows this weekend on Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21.

This summer the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare's comic masterpiece, TWELFTH NIGHT - an exhilarating production that features beautiful costumes, lavish sets and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West! Meet the artistic company here!

With three seating options to choose from (premium, lower gallery, and upper gallery), you're sure to find a price range and comfort level to meet your desires. Bring your own food and drinks or take advantage of Shakespeare's Kitchen, which serves up appetizers, gourmet tacos, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, salads, sides, desserts, and of course, hot chocolate and coffees for keeping you warm during intermission.

In addition to the final three showings of Twelfth Night, The 3rd Annual Lake Tahoe Bluegrass and Beyond Music & Art Festival will be held at the Sand Harbor State Park Outdoor Ampitheatre on August 28 & 29, 2011. Featuring Keller & The Keels, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Hot Buttered Rum, and many more. These two days of music and art on Lake Tahoe's beautiful east shore are certain to delight. Full bar & beer garden onsite!

Take advantage of these last few weeks of August by visiting Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and beautiful Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park's amazing Sand Harbor.  Get tickets here!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Henderson's Shakespeare in the Park

"Romeo & Juliet," courtesy of Las Vegas Shakespeare Company
The City of Henderson will celebrate a huge milestone this October, commemorating the 25th anniversary of its most treasured event, Shakespeare in the Park, by featuring the play that started it all – "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," performed by the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company. This will be the third presentation of the popular romantic comedy in the history of Shakespeare in the Park.

Searching for unique ideas to cultivate and nurture the performing, as well as the cultural arts locally, the Green Valley Arts Council partnered with the City of Henderson in the late '80s to create the Elizabethan-inspired outdoor performance series. Over the course of 25 years, Shakespeare in the Park has evolved tremendously. What once began as a vision to strengthen arts programming in the community has transformed into one of the most successful, longest-running annual events offered in Henderson.

"Romeo & Juliet," Masquerade
To date, the theatrical festival has been enjoyed by over 265,000 devoted fans. It also has featured over 15 of the Bard’s legendary works, from "Romeo & Juliet" to "Macbeth" and "The Taming of the Shrew," and has appeared at a variety of venues including the Henderson Pavilion, Henderson Events Plaza, Wildhorse Golf Club and Foxridge Park.

The fall tradition will feature a modern twist. Introduced in 2010, this year’s Shakespeare in the Park will, once again, include a traveling tour, a fairly recent departure from the series’ original format, which included one weekend of multiple shows. Residents will have four opportunities to see the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company perform "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in a park close to their neighborhood.

Shakespeare in the Park kicks off Saturday, October 1 at Sonata Park, 1550 Seven Hills Drive, with the remaining shows scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at Discovery Park, 2011 Paseo Verde Parkway; Saturday, October 15 at Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago; and concluding at River Mountain Park, 1941 Appaloosa Drive, on Saturday, October 22. All performances will be at 7 p.m. with a green show occurring one hour prior to each presentation. Admission is complimentary.

For more information, visit or call the Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at 702-267-2171.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Shiver Me Timbers!!!!! Thousands of pirates are expected to invade the Colorado River for this 5th annual wet and wild event.

Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to put together pirate-themed floats and join this jolly extravaganza. The regatta welcomes fun-loving, outdoor enthusiasts to ride on adorned inner tubes; decked-out kayaks and canoes; and decorative, non-motorized parade-type floats for a colorful race down the Colorado River.

This year, the festivities will last for three days beginning with the "Wake the Plank" wake boarding and wake skate competition on Thursday, 8/11. More fun, frolic and partying starts the Friday night before the float with the Ye Gotta Regatta pre-party at Community Park. And, to wrap up this fun-filled weekend, everyone can join in the post-float celebration at the Ya Hafta Afta post-party in Rotary Park.

There will also be a Cannonball Regatta Pre-Party, sponsored by a local Kiwanis group, at Davis Camp on Friday evening from 5 to 9 pm.  Fun activities will include a Beer Pong Tournament, Outdoor Nightclub and Foam Party, and the Pirate Obstacle Course.

The Regatta Registration includes an event wristband for entry into the parks, shuttle bus rides and food, commemorative t-shirt, and a 2011 Regatta Discount Card good for discounts at local businesses all year long!  Floaters without event wristbands will have to provide their own transportation to/from launch site to Rotary Park.

Location: Colorado River
Venue: Town-wide event
Start Date: 8/11/11
End Date: 8/13/11
Times: Various activities throughout the day
Registration Cost: $20
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