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June 2021

Around the World in 80 Movies, Robin Holabird

June 24 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

Author Robin Holabird presents readings and images from her new book “Around the World in 80 Movies” combining bucket-list destinations with must-see movies about those regions. In a highly imaginative blend of film locations, memories, and colorful travel essays, Robin Holabird offers an extensive and entertaining exploration of film locations far and wide, close to home, and everywhere in between. She explores heights at a summit of Machu Picchu and King Kong s adventures at the top of the Empire…

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July 2021

“Charley Parkhurst Infamous Comstock Stage Coach Driver”

July 1 @ 7:00 pm
Piper’s Opera House, 12 B Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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$10

“Charley Parkhurst” - Known as one of the premiere “whips” of all stage drivers, One-Eyed Charley Parkhurst came to the West from Rhode Island during the Gold Rush era of the 1850s.  At times Charley worked with famous local stage driver Hank Monk who was known as the “Jehu of the Sierras”.   Charley’s route was at one time through Carson Valley between the California gold fields and the Comstock. Hop on board Charley’s coach and take the ride of your…

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August 2021

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

“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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