Nevada Humanities presents ‘Chautaqua 2010: Public Legends, Private Lives’ |

Nevada Humanities presents ‘Chautaqua 2010: Public Legends, Private Lives’

RENO, Nev. – Nevada Humanities will present the 2010 Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival Tuesday, June 22 to Saturday, June 26 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.

Explore the theme “Public Legends, Private Lives” and meet legendary characters during the evening programs, including P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, Emma Nevada, Bonnie and Clyde, Babe Ruth, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Joe Louis and Julia Child. Each night begins with a musical performance featuring a local band. Music starts at 6 p.m., and Chautauqua performances begin at 7 p.m.

“Our Chautauqua audiences have really enjoyed the venue at Bartley Ranch,” said Steve Davis, assistant director of Nevada Humanities. “There are plenty of comfortable chairs and a lawn for those who prefer to bring blankets. You can bring a picnic or find excellent food for sale by Men Wielding Fire, a local favorite. And parking is plentiful and free. Folks love it.”

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua blends the insights of historical research with the fun of theatrical entertainment. The Chautauqua format is simple: a performer, in the guise of a historical figure such as Babe Ruth or Julia Child, tells “first-hand” stories about important episodes in the character’s life. After the monologue, the audience and performer engage in a lively give and take. Finally, the performer emerges from character to respond to questions that could not be answered in character. One of the longest-running Chautauqua festivals in the country, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua was created by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992.

To celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Child, Nevada Humanities and Nothing To It! Culinary Center have come together in 2010 to create a program that combines the romance and fun of learning culinary skills inspired by Julia Child’s cuisine with the enlightening fun of a Chautauqua performance. The Julia Child Show: A Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Culinary Workshop, will take place Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at the Nothing To It! Culinary Center, 225 Crummer Lane, Reno. Join a special “studio audience” as Chef Lara Ritchie makes a guest appearance on the “Julia Child Show,” hosted by nationally acclaimed Chautauqua performer Mary Ann Jung as Julia Child. Workshop tickets are available online at for $55, which includes admission to the June 26 evening performance at Bartley Ranch.

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua tickets are available online at and at the gate (cash or check only) the evening of the performance. Reserved seating is only available for purchase online. General admission is $15/night or $45/weeklong pass for four shows; reserved seating is $30/night or $90/weeklong pass for four shows. For more information contact Nevada Humanities at (775)784-6587 or visit for a complete roster of programs.

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