Covid Cinematic alternatives flourish this month in Reno during Artown. Those needing a fix of big screen viewing get the chance to watch favorites at the West Wind El Rancho drive-in every Friday. Goonies, Anchorman, and some award-winning short films fill the bill—with a complete schedule available online. Cinema and Artown also blend for free programs featuring movie talks from me. Don’t worry if you miss the official presentation dates; recorded versions appear online. One talk at the Sierra Arts headquarters looked at iconic locations and people involved in movies downtown. The Sierra Arts headquarters in the Riverside prove a perfection connection to talk about Reno’s most famous film, The Misfits starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. A 2 p.m. talk July 11th at the Sparks Heritage Museum includes multimedia art, with me reading excerpts from my travel book called Around the World in Eighty Movies. The book features films highlighting popular travel destinations, breaking down into themes such as locations and movies for art lovers. It feels like a no-brainer to include northern Nevada’s own world-class art event and location, Burning Man in Black Rock City. And further afield, the artist Caravaggio comes up in another reading, featuring such locations as Malta, Rome, and, of all places, Texas. The program streams on Facebook Live. Throughout the month, Artown activities join forces with the Reno Historic Preservation Society for a series called “Neighborhood Stories.” Originally set as walking tours, the programs now run on Zoom and involve registration by going online to historicreno.org. My show Sunday July 12th at 2 p.m. covers just a few blocks in downtown Reno, but in that short distance you find more than 30 movie titles. That means you can walk in the same footsteps of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Jack Nicholson, Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and more. You can also take a side trip up to the University of Nevada-Reno campus; you don’t need to go as far as the KUNR studio, just hang out in the quad, where people like Shirley Temple, Kim Novak, and William Holden also spent some time. For KUNR, I’m Robin Holabird.
(Below: Fred and I make a pre-Covid fashion statement at Burning Man. I talk about movies dealing with the world-class art event at a Sparks Heritage Museum event)