Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival features diverse lineup of regional acts |

Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival features diverse lineup of regional acts

Adam Jensen
The Valhalla Boathouse Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary as a performance space as part of this year's Valhalla, Art, Music and Theatre Festival.
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Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival Schedule

June 22: The Earles of Newtown

June 25: Valhalla Boathouse Theatre 20th Anniversary Fundraiser - Lucky Baldwin Poker Promenade and concert featuring Radoslav Lorkovic

June 28, July 5, July 19 and Aug. 2: Tahoe Improv Players

June 30, July 1-3, July 14-17 and July 28-30: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

July 1-10: Artists in Residence: Bonita Gholer and Kaaren Krueger

July 3: Music on the Lawn – Heifer Belles

July 7-10, July 21-24 and Aug. 6-7: Hamlet, Russians and Monkeys

July 13: A Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline starring Joni Morris

July 15-24: Artist in Residence: Jon Holland

July 17: Music on the Lawn – Darren Senn Band

July 20: California Songwriter Celebration – Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb, Richard March

July 27: Izzi Tooinsky – Master Toy Maker’s Journey Through the Gold Rush

Aug. 3: Carolyn Dolan with Members of Reno Jazz Orchestra

Aug. 10: Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams

Aug. 12-28: Artist in Residence - Kit Night

Aug. 17: Rita Hosking Trio

Aug. 24: Molly’s Revenge

Aug. 31: Little Faith


July 11-15 and July 18-22: Gina Stowell Kids’ Art Camp

July 30-31: Wa She Shu It’ Deh – Native American Festival

Aug. 5: Young Shakespeare

Aug. 13: Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner

Oct. 21-23: Word Wave

Nov. 18: Valhalla Holiday Faire

A diverse lineup will greet visitors to this year’s Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival.

The festival, in its 37th season, starts June 22 and runs through Aug. 31 at the Tallac Historic Site at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.

“My approach this year was to delve into the very deep well of regional artists in Northern California and Northern Nevada,” said festival director Evangeline Elston on Wednesday.

The annual celebration kicks off with a performance by the Earles of Newtown, a Nevada City act that mixes Harlem and New Orleans jazz traditions. The group tends to attract younger crowds during performances in Sacramento and San Francisco, Elston said.

“This is not jazz for your dad,” according to the festival director.

Tickets to the performance are $20, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. June 22 in the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.

Elston said she’s especially excited about the theater’s 20th anniversary as a 164-seat performance space this year. The theater was restored in the late 1980s and is just one of the unique pieces of history at the festival site. The theater sits on the shoreline and is among the lake’s best kept secrets, Elston said.

“It really has to be seen to be believed,” Elston said.

The milestone anniversary for the theater will be celebrated on June 25 with a fundraiser that will include a poker stroll and piano performance by Radoslav Lorkovic, a classically trained pianist from Croatia with a taste for the blues. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $75.

A variety of performances follow throughout the summer. The festival also periodically offers free music on the Tallac site’s Grand Lawn.

“We have all kinds of music, everything from jazz to country to singer-songwriters to honky-tonk,” Elston said.

Comedy, a pair of theatrical productions and visual artists round out the festival.

“It’s just going to be a great season,” Elston said. “I think it’s going to be our best season yet.”

Many events are free and prices for ticketed events vary.

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