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August 2021

“Virginia City Cocktails 1870s”, Garrett Barmore

August 5 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

Virginia City in the 1870s was a cosmopolitan town whose conveniences and services rivaled those found in San Fransisco or even New York. Virginia City's saloons and drinking culture were one of its most written about characteristics. In 1875 a staff writer for the New York Tribune wrote: "... here (Virginia City) are drinking saloons more gorgeous in appointment than any in San Fransisco, Philidelphia, or New York...". Garrett Barmore, curator of the Keck Museum at UNR, will present three…

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Iron Women, Chris Enss

August 26 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

When the last spike was hammered into the steel track of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, Utah, Western Union lines sounded the glorious news of the railroad’s completion from New York to San Francisco. For more than five years an estimated four thousand men mostly Irish working west from Omaha and Chinese working east from Sacramento, moved like a vast assembly line toward the end of the track. Editorials in newspapers and magazines praised the…

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September 2021

“Whiskey and Gunsmoke on the Old Comstock”, Gregory Crouch

September 23 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

Description: “Although Virginia City had a hard reputation, I know from personal experience that it was as orderly as a Quaker meeting in comparison with either Bodie in the late 1870s and early ‘80s, or Aurora in the early 1860s, for I lived during the roughest times in all three places.” So, Nevada Governor Roswell K. Colcord told the Mining & Scientific Press in 1922. The key point is the comparison. Virginia City definitely had its moments. Come out to the…

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“My Life with Will James”, Kim Harris

September 30 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

Description: Alice Conradt was just 16 years old when she married 28-year-old Will James, in Reno, Nevada. Alice met James through her brother Fred, not long after James’ sketches appeared on promotional material and posters for the 1919 First Annual Nevada Round-up, known today as the Reno Rodeo. Prior to meeting Alice, the drifter who called himself “Will James”, had spent time in prison in Carson City, Nevada and worked on several local ranches in Smith Valley and Topaz. Through…

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October 2021

“Mark Twain’s Nevada”

October 7 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$20 – $25

Samuel Clemens discovered his literary lodestone in Virginia City. McAvoy Lane brings that history to life as he returns to Piper’s O Bio: McAvoy Layne Is the Ghost of Mark Twain For thirty years now, in over four thousand performances from Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City to Leningrad University in Russia, McAvoy has been preeminent in preserving the wit & wisdom of The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope, Mark Twain. McAvoy is a winner of the Nevada Award…

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