Directed by Androo Allen
Musical Director Tony Degeiso
“It was a really great show. Phenomenal! Not only the singing and dancing talent, but the way they got the audience riled up and excited and wondering what would happen next … I just felt like we were part of it, and I think at the end, we were part of it. They were dancing for us. I saw it in New York on Broadway about five years ago and it was extraordinary. They had a couple of big names in that cast. But Bruka's production was better. It just drew me in. The characters were real people who your heart went out to and I wanted to know more about their lives. And the end was phenomenal. It was an excellent show.” - Audience member Kathy Button after the July 12, 2015 Sunday matinee showing of Bruka's The Full Monty
Bruka's production of the popular 1997 indie cinematic cult classic The Full Monty, directed by Androo Allen, was one of the most satisfying theater experiences I've had in Reno to date. The all local cast, whose principals were all real-life theater couples, did an outstanding job capturing the energy, wit and societal angst of issues like unemployment, male gender role expectation, racial stereotypes, sexual identity and suicide, in a theatrical production that featured standout performances in the lead and ensemble roles and a tight nine-piece band, under the musical directorship of Tony Degeiso.
The Jungle Swings into it’s 25th Year with
Remodel, Redefined Menu and Revelry
The Jungle, formerly Java Jungle and Jungle Vino, invites patrons to enjoy a newly renovated and expanded café, coffeehouse and barroom during its grand re-opening. Once two separate spaces, The Jungle is now an open unit with exposed brick and original flair. The newest addition is the expanded Barroom where folks can enjoy weekly live music alongside dining and drink promotions highlighting the refined small plates menu.
“We are excited to showcase our newish digs and treat the community that has grown with us,” said Matt Polley, owner. “We have a lot of new food selections and original cocktails added to the menu. We want to toast all of these new changes with the same revelry that’s kept us going for the past 14 years.”
In addition to an updated coffee house side and improvements to breakfast options, catering and boxed lunch choices, the barroom now features 12 taps and a small plates menu. The new menu selection was created under the creative direction of the local award-winning chef Adam Bronson.
“The expansion allows for a better flow and seating. We’ve also worked hard to offer more food and beverage options providing a unique, delicious downtown experience,” Polley added. “We have a new raised stage where we’ll have all sorts of entertainment. And, I can’t forget to mention our new décor. The entire backdrop in the barroom is made of re-manufactured whiskey staves. It’s pretty cool.”
The interior brings something new and unique to the Riverwalk area and still pays tribute to the creative urban art culture that has become a staple for The Jungle over the last 25 years.
This August will mark 25 years since the Jungle’s grand opening in the historic Riverwalk.
For more information on The Jungle please visit Thejunglereno.com or visit facebook.com/thejunglereno.
The Jungle is located at 246 W 1st St, Reno, NV 89501 (775) 329-4484.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Re-opens Downtown's
Java Jungle; now called "The Jungle."
Text Oliver X Photo Kyle Volland
After a major remodel that saw long-time Java Jungle owner Matt Polley take over the adjacent vacant retail space and expand his coffee and wine bar footprint in Reno's Riverwalk District, the popular art and culture nerve center reopened this evening as "The Jungle." The coffee bar portion is slightly smaller, but showcases an exposed brick structural wall at the east end where local artists exhibit their work. A back kitchen area is now closed off and has a cutout service window for expediting their small plates and signature personal pizzas.
Polley's new wine bar digs feature exposed, concrete coffered ceilings, a retro feeling color palette accented by blue and green pastels, swanky new couches, a spectacular new back bar and gorgeous quartz main bar top. Combined, the new space is now 2,000 square feet, highlighting an elevated lounge area with a creative mural with green neckties ornately pinned to it.
Watch for our feature on The Jungle in the July issue of RTT.
Same Sex Couple Goes to High School Prom
Text and photo Brianna Maselli Couple: Makinzie Compton and Arianna Wallace
I was given the opportunity to photograph a beautiful lesbian couple for their prom pictures. What I didn't realize at that time was how inspirational they were. These two beautiful souls did something that most of the younger LBGT community might be afraid to do. They showed their love and support for each other and went to prom together—openly. There is something to be said about their courage. Times are changing, and it's our younger generation who are showing us the way.
Art Spot Art Walk
Midtown Murals: Get off the Streets and Into the Alleys
Text Eric Brooks
I was sitting in the back seat of a station wagon, 10 years old, when the car slightly slowed and my mother turned around in her seat and pointed out the window, “Look, it’s a mural.”
We were driving south on Interstate 5 and I can still see those figures floating above me on the side of the freeway. Since then, I have enjoyed murals – true public art – all over the world. Some of my favorites were on giant abandoned buildings in rural Poland, painted specifically to cater to the railways on which thousands commuted daily. Berlin, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and yes, Reno.Reno is the Berlin of Nevada.
Big Vote. Little Excuse.
A grassroots effort of The Biggest Little City Movement, in collaboration with Washoe County, to encourage concerned and engaged citizens to get out & vote.
A Site-Specific Dance Tour Through Downtown Reno July 2015
What: The 2015 Artown festival will feature a new collaborative piece known as Destination Dance. Site-specific dance is work that is created in response to a particular place or site, inspired by its architecture, design, history, or current use.
For the next twelve to sixteen months, downtown traffic will be diverted as the new $18 million dollar Virginia Street Bridge Project replaces the old, structurally compromised, Virginia Street Bridge.
So you’re a craft beer aficionado are you? With the craft beer trend alive and well in The Biggest Little City, two local beer-loving businessmen saw opportunity and recently took their enthusiasm to the next level.
Adrenaline junkies rejoice. Need 2 Speed Indoor Kart Racing has your fix and it's a straight up rush. The Italian made electric racing karts (fifty-nine in all) cost roughly $12,000 each for President and CEO Boris Podtetenieff to manufacture...
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