Presenting Texas Songster
Andy Hedges on May 4th

Western Folklife Center Happenings

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Let's Dance! returns to twice monthly event schedule


Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm, Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater
Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening at Let's Dance! every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month: the evening begins with dance lessons at 6:00pm, with open dancing at 7:00pm. Read more on our  Event Calendar.

JAM ON! at the Western Folklife Center


Popular local Elko band Southwind facilitates a montly musical jam session in the Pioneer Saloon every second Wednesday of the month. Jam On! is from 6:00- 8:00pm for all musicians, beginner to intermediate; and all music lovers! Bring your favorite instrument and songs and join the fun.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 10am-5:30pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Admission: $5.00 Adults ~ Students/Seniors $3.00~ $1.00 Children age 6-12;  Members Free-
  with $3.00 for each adult guest.
Free admission to all ~  first Saturday of every month.

Basque Aspen Art
of the Sierra Nevada


This exhibition features part of the Jean Moore Earl and Phillip I. Earl collection of Basque aspen wax-on-muslin rubbings, capturing the early 1900s artwork of sheepherders in the Sierra Nevada. Special Reception, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, on June 28: Free
Join collector and curator Jean Earl for an illustrated tour of the discovery of these "Mountain Picassos."

Read more about this and more amazing exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko.

Featured Video

In this Ranch Communications Video from 2004, Robin and Steve Boies search for solutions to some of the questions that remain in the forefront of the American West. A keynote speech at the 1992 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering by Alan Savory led them to form a collaborative management team and implement a holistic ranch management plan for the Boies Ranches of northeasten Nevada. Also about the Boies Ranches initiative, listen to “Epiphany on the Range, ” in our Audio-Deep West Radio-Educational Narratives section of this website.

Featured Audio

Remembering a close friend of the Western Folklife Center, the late Colen H. Sweeten Jr., who recited his own poetry at the very first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko in 1985, and for many more years thereafter. This 2007 episode of our Ranch Rhymes podcast features Colen reciting two of his classic poems, "Why Do Coyotes Howl at Night?" and "Dream Ranch."

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