Temps will be the in upper 80s this weekend—I’m calling that “the new cool”—and the air quality forecast has improved quite a bit since last week’s apocalyptic haze. It’s a great weekend to get out for some music and theater before summer starts winding down. Here are a few highlights.

Buffy Saint Marie to close Artown

Buffy Saint Marie has been ticking off “firsts” since the 1960s: first Indigenous person to win an Oscar; first woman to breastfeed on national television. (That happened on Sesame Street, BTW!)  The activist icon is still going strong at age 80, and she’ll close this year’s Artown on Saturday. As of this writing, 4-person pods are still available. Organizers advise bringing chairs or a blanket. There will be food and drink for purchase, and you’re allowed to bring a picnic, including alcohol. Heads up: the no-glass policy is strictly enforced.

July 31
Doors: 6 pm
Show: 7:30-9 pm
Tickets: $15 for a pod (a space marked on the grass that can accommodate up to 4 people)

Carson City kids + teens bring Footloose to the stage

After a long year without a big, live show, Youth Theatre Carson City presents the stage version of the favorite 80s movie that asserts our right to bust it loose on the dancefloor, Footloose: The Musical. Erich Parker, 15, stars as Ren McCormack. Camilla Beckwith, 17, plays Ariel Moore, and Xander Borg, 18 is the Reverend Shaw Moore.

July 30-Aug. 1
Bob Boldrick Theatre, Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street, Carson City
Tickets: $12-15

Splattered—new local choreography at GLM

Local choreographer Keely Cobb’s dance group Around the Stage takes on the emotional rollercoaster that the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the new performance Splattered. Promoters call the show “relatable, moving, vulnerable, funny, tragic, and everything in between.”July 30, 7-8 pm

July 31, 2-3 pm and 7-8 pm
Good Luck Macbeth Theatre
124 West Taylor St., Reno
Tickets: $10 Student/ $18 General

Loud As Folk singer/songrwriter series outdoors in Carson City

Loud As Folk–Spike McGuire and Greg Gilmore’s Reno-based singer/songwriter series–takes the stage in Carson City Saturday for a free, outdoor show as part of the Brewery Arts Center’s Levitt AMP concert series, which has weekly concerts lined up through late August. Bring some lawn chairs, and pack a picnic or grab some dinner from the food trucks and drink vendors. 

July 31, 7 pm
449 West King Street (at the corner of King and Minnesota Streets), Carson City
Admission: Free

New Wave Crave ’80s band at the new Glow Plaza

New Wave Crave Band brings two nights of 80s party favorites to downtown Reno’s new outdoor event patio, the Glow Plaza. There will also be food trucks–Tacos Tijuana on Friday and 775-Eats on Saturday–and a drink trialer with a full bar. Here’s the lineup for this free, weekly series for the rest of the summer.

July 30-31
Event: 5-11 pm
Music: 6:30-10:30
670 W. Fourth St., Reno
Admission: Free

Cover photo: Sienna Shane for Around the Stage

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.