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Casino RetuRns See News, page 8.

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On the river

A lousy choice

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Last Sunday, my wife and I floated down the Truckee River. We set in near Boomtown around 3 p.m., and naïvely believed we’d have ample time to finish at Idlewild Park before meeting family for dinner at 6 p.m. Naïve, right? We’d only floated the river a handful of times, and neither of us is particularly adept at judging times or distances. Plus, the water level was much lower than I remember it from years past, meaning that it was very slow going, with a lot of time spent navigating around rocks. So, we were late for dinner. Very late. Neither of us had a phone— not wanting to get anything wet. Finally, at 7:40 p.m., I hopped out of the river at the Patagonia outlet to ask if I could use their phone to call my doubtless worried family. Here’s the conversation I had a with a female security guard at Patagonia: “May I help you?” “Yes, can I please use your phone? My wife and I were floating down the river, we lost track of time, and now we’re an hour and a half late for dinner with family.” “Sorry, this area is for employees only.” “I just need to make a phone call. It’s kind of an emergency.” “No.” “Seriously? What’s your name?” Then she literally slammed the door in my face and walked off. I started to leave, bumped into a employee in the parking lot, asked him for help. His cell phone didn’t have a signal, but he said he could help me into the building to use a phone. He asked me to wait outside. I waited a couple of minutes. Instead of the employee, two security guards showed up—the woman from earlier and a grimfaced man. He told me that not only would they not allow me to use their phone, but they’d called the sheriff. Sara and I waited for the sheriff, who I was more than happy to talk to, but the car never arrived. Instead, a nice guy named Dave showed up to walk his dog. He not only let us use his phone, but also gave us a ride to our car and refused to accept the gas money we offered him.

I’m not sure which is the lesser of evils—secret surveillance programs or increased potential for significant and wide-spread harm done to us by insiders and outsiders. It’s not like the old days when one individual or small group was limited in the scale of harm they could inflict. These days, we’re talking potentially widespread damage harming millions with long-term consequences that most of us can’t really imagine (imagine hurricane Katrina on steroids). But we’re also in an era where our government officials often have ulterior motives that are not aimed at benefiting the general public and a media that promotes what I like to refer to as “arrogant, ignorant, power-hungry, egomaniacs” to be elected into office who will abuse whatever powers they have for their own self-serving interests. And these self-serving interests can often do as much, if not more, long-term damage as the terrorists we’re trying to protect ourselves against. I’d suggest that we have a national discussion and referendum on this topic, but we also live in a time where any such discussion will be completely propagandized, permeated with iffy facts, and lacking any rational discourse by our leaders and corporate-sponsored media. Couple that with an under-educated and totally manipulable electorate and the prospects for fixing anything seems extremely unlikely. Michael Rottman Virginia Highlands

Bigger fish to fry Re “Return of the Monster” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, RN&R, June 6): Some years back I wandered into the bar [Crosby’s Lodge in Sutcliffe], noticing the huge wall of Polaroids of crazed smiles over armloads of trout. I stepped up for a closer look. Out of all those hundreds or thousands of pics, the first that I looked at had my name on it. Literally. I wish I

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could claim to have caught the lunker draped across his arms. The envy meter pegged as I wished that was me lookin’ back with that goofy grin. One consolation: I’ve got better teeth. Rick Woods Sparks

Acronyms on parade As recently as 1986, homosexuality was regarded as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Practicing homosexual sex is a mental choice that had negative societal consequences for homoelectives in the past. Now it’s all in the name of “love,” according to the propaganda of the LGBT (Love Gone Bad Today). But with all the drag queens (homoelectives on pervoids) and skin on display at gay-pride parades (nudity allowed in San Francisco), it is easy to see that unrestrained sex is their message, not love. Our children are being indoctrinated by the NEA arm of the LGBT in the public schools to be familiar with and accepting of homosexuality and those that choose to practice it, including in some schools a cross-dressing day, Harvey Milk Gay Day and unisex athletic teams with access to the opposite sex locker room and restroom for those that purport to “gender identify” with the opposite sex. This in the guise of fighting intolerance and discrimination, but also population growth for the U.N. with close ties to both the NEA and LGBT, while legislation is proposed to outlaw professional therapy and counseling aimed at helping teens overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. It is no wonder the Boy Scouts voted to accept homoelective boys into their heretofore honorable organization. The BSA (and their sponsors) better be ready for some lawsuits, however, if the homogenized U.S. Military man-on-man and men-on-man rape and sexual assault stats carry through to their camp-outs, especially when adult homoelectives are admitted as leaders. I think everyone should have

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an emblazoned “Love Gone Bad Today” t-shirt in their closets where homoelectives should be. God have mercy on us if the U.S. Supreme Court gives them the green light to legalized same-sex marriage. Michael W. Jarvis Salt Lake City

Dennis is taxing Re “It happens” (Cover story, RN&R, May 23): Thanks to Dennis Myers for his outstanding piece on Nevada’s tax system. It was the most informative and well-written article I’ve seen on the interplay of politics and it’s effect on the citizens of Nevada. Mr. Myers took time to not only cover the evolution of our tax system over the last 30 years, but also helped explain our regressive system by simply stating, “It hit the working poor harder than the wealthy.” Governor Sandoval has signed AB 46 and now it will be up to our County Commissioners to decide our fate. Maybe Mr. Myers would consider continuing his in-depth coverage by comparing how our County property and sales taxes compare to nearby Counties and States. My family currently pays $250 a month from our property taxes for education. Is that high, average or dirt-cheap? Valerie Truce Reno

All about Mama Here we have a treasure, a home grown classic—Inez Casale Stempeck, the little Italian lady with lots of kids running a restaurant. Born in 1927 on El Rancho Drive, her parents started the Half Way club when she was ten years old. She attended Orvis Ring Elementary, North Side Junior High and Sparks High. “Steamboat” Stempeck was stationed at Fallon Naval Air Station where they met at a dance. In 1946 they married. They partnered with Jerry and Beverly Casale in 1955. They ran the place until 1963, when Jerry began working for Welsh’s Bakery and later Helms Construction.

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“Steamboat” died in 1969. The baseball fields at Shadow Mountain are named for him. With one son in Vietnam, four teenagers and two little girls, Inez was left to run the place. Soon friends pitched in to help and they made a go of it. Everyone loves Inez and Inez loves everyone. She makes lasagne, spaghetti, ravioli and meatballs with a heaping helping of love. Inez helps everybody and had never turned away someone who is hungry. Hobos would leave a mark on the side of the building to indicate a soft touch. Inez has served families with as many as five generations present at one seating. The Casales— Inez, Jerry and Bev—held a fund raiser to try and save the Nevada State Fair, raising more than six thousand dollars. I didn’t appreciate the wonderfulness of the club until I traveled and ate hotel food for a year. Inez is old fashioned. She won’t allow slot machines, microwave, doesn’t serve dessert, won’t accept credit cards and only allows her house dressing on salad. No thousand island here. We cut her back to six days a week. She’s 86. She was featured in Willie Vlautin’s novel Motel Life and in the subsequent movie. Little joint on the old Lincoln highway, nine tables and a darling little Italian lady. Some say it’s as close to Italy as you can get in Nevada. John Stempeck Reno

Correction Re “Barbara Vucanovich 1921-2013” (Upfront, RN&R, June 13): We reported that in 2010, Vucanovich endorsed Harry Reid’s reelection. Although she was skeptical of Reid’s opponent and engaged in discussions with his GOP supporters about supporting Reid, in the end she chose not to endorse him.

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It’s happen ing in EVENTS SHIRLeY’S FARMeRS’ MARKeT The 21st annual farmer’s market features fresh produce from Nevada and Northern California farmers, children’s activities and live entertainment. Th, 3-8PM through 8/22. Free. Victorian Square Plaza, Victorian Ave. uS OPeN OF WATeRCROSS UWP-IJSBA Hydro-Turf National Tour event includes closed-course personal watercraft (PWC) racing and freestyle competition. Top U.S. and international watercross racers battle against one another. Sa, Su through 6/30. Opens 6/29. Free. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Dr. (775) 353-2376 ARTS IN bLOOM Seeking local and regional Artists for our the 11th Annual Arts in Bloom Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, 7/20 at Victorian Square. Exhibit and sell your art, receive an Artist Profile in the RN&R’s special “Arts in Bloom” insert and be a part of a long-running, popular community event. $100, includes 10’x10’ covered space and feature in the program. Registration deadline is 6/28. Info: johnm@newsreview.com or (775) 324-4440, ext. 3515.

ACTIVITIES JuNIOR GIANTS This youth baseball program is offered free, in cooperation with the National League San Francisco Giants Baseball Organization and the support of Sertoma. Tu, 6/18, 5:30PM. Free. Oppio Park ball fields, 2355 18th St. (775) 353-2385 HeRSHeY’S TRACK & FIeLD On your mark! Get set! Go! You may just run yourself all the way to Hershey, Penn., for the North American Final Meet! Sa, 6/22, 9AM. Free. Northern Nevada Track Facility, Reed High School, 1350 Baring Blvd., Sparks, NV 89434 SCHeeLS PADDLe SPORT DeMO DAY Stop by the Peninsula Beach at the Sparks Marina and experience this free demo! Scheels experts and vendor reps from Hobie and Lakeshore Paddleboard Company will be there. Sa, 6/22, 10AM2PM and Sa, 7/13, 10AM-2PM. Free. Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Dr. (775) 353-2376

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LeARN THe ART OF TROPICAL FLORAL DeSIGN Join master designer Peggy Smith and learn the art of tropical floral design in this fun and hands-on class. Sa, 6/22, 11AM, $44.99. Sparks Florist Design Center, 1440 Hymer Ave. (775) 358-8500

COLORLeSS bLue Colorless Blue performs live jazz for your dining pleasure. Su, 1PM through 12/2, no cover. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1180 Scheels Dr. (775) 657-8659

CHALLeNGeR SPORTS SOCCeR CAMP Take part in the most popular soccer camp in the country with age-specific programs taught by one of the Challenger’s elite British coaches. M, 6/24, 9AM. Prices vary. Golden Eagle Regional Park & Sports Complex, 6400 Vista Blvd. (775) 353-2376

GReG CHAMbeRS & GLeNN OSuR W, 6/26, 5:30PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300

SuMMeR ART CAMP Join us for fun creative camps! Your child is nurtured and inspired to create, imagine and act. 6/24-6/27, 9AM-Noon. $75 for 4 mornings. Alf Sorensen Community Center, 1400 Baring Blvd. (775) 353-2385

PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC eRIC ANDeRSeN Th, 6/20, 5:30PM, F, 6/21, 6PM and Sa, 6/22, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 JOHN DAWSON Th, 6/20, 7PM, F, 6/21, 8PM, Sa, 6/22, 8PM and Su, 6/23, 7PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 THe KARAOKe bAR Grand opening 6/21 at 6PM. Wi-Fi Jukebox. Karaoke starts at 9PM on Fri, Sat and Sun. Doors 6PM. No cover. The Karaoke Bar, 2140 Victorian Ave. (775) 313-2772 NITTY GRITTY DIRT bAND F, 6/21, 9PM, $39. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 KeNNY FRYe bAND Kenny Frye Band is ready to rock the stage at John Ascuaga’s Nugget again! F, 6/21, 9PM and Sa, 6/22, 9PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 SeASONS OF INSANITY An original and cover Southern Rock band that covers everything from Led Zeppelin to Five Finger Death Punch, and more. Sa, 6/22, 9PM, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030

bILL DAVIS Sa, 6PM, no cover. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1180 Scheels Dr. (775) 657-8659 OPeN MIC GReAT bASIN bReWING Open mic comedy. Th, 9PM, no cover, 846 Victorian Ave. (775) 355-7711

SCOT AND SCOTT Th, 6/27, 5:30PM, F, 6/28, 6PM and Sa, 6/29, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 STeW STeWART Th, 6/27, 7PM, F, 6/28, 8PM, Sa, 6/29, 8PM and Su, 6/30, 7PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 THe ANDROMeDA PROJeCT ReTuRNS The Andromeda Project will be making their return to Reno/Sparks. 6/28 at 9:30PM. F, 6/28, 9PM, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030 LIVe MONDAYS WITH TANY JANe Open Mic Night every Mon night at 8PM, hosted by Tany Jane. M, 8PM through 9/30, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030 bLACK AND bLueS JAM Tu, 8:30PM, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030 COuNTRY AT THe CAbAReT The Casino Cabaret comes alive with the best in country music and dancing for “Country at the Cabaret” featuring DJ Jamie G. W, 7PM and Sa, 9PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 LIVe JAZZ Vocal and instrumental jazz from “The Great American Songbook”, performed by First Take featuring Rick (SAX) Metz. Fridays, 6PM through 12/27, no cover. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1180 Scheels Dr., Sparks, NV 89441 (775) 657-8659 LADIeS 80S WITH DJ LARRY WILLIAMS Ladies ’ with DJ Larry Williams, every Thursday! Th, 7PM through 10/4, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300

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Mayor: Geno Martini. Council members: Julia Ratti, Ed Lawson, Ron Smith, Mike Carrigan, Ron Schmitt. City Manager: Shaun Carey. Parks & Recreation Director: Tracy Domingues. Mayor and Council members can be reached at 353-2311 or through the City of Sparks website.

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Should U.S. be involved in the Syrian war? Asked at Java Jungle, 246 W. First St. Hayden Moore Barista

No. I don’t believe in war. I’m a nonviolent guy. I personally would stay out of it.

Hassan Nefga Job seeker

I’m from Morocco. It’s close. We have the same religion. We have the same culture. … I would be so sad [if the U.S. got involved].

Kris Youngquist Electrical contractor

On war, don’t trust presidents In March 2007, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada defended his 2003 vote for war in Iraq. “That was an easy vote for me,” Reid told Las Vegas editor Steve Sebelius, citing the Bush administration’s flawed intelligence. “Based on that, I knew I’d done the right thing.” It would have been nice then, and would be very nice now, if Reid and his colleagues studied history. They might have assumed Bush was lying instead of assuming he was telling the truth. And as another president now tries to edge us into another Middle East war under the guise used in Vietnam (“weapons and ammunition”), it would be nice if they would learn the history they ignored last time. On matters of war and peace that can put our troops in harm’s way, presidents always lie in favor of war. Always. It’s a fact of nature. When he announced the first use of the atomic bomb, President Truman said, “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.” Hiroshima was a city and most of the victims were civilians. The city, not a nearby base, was targeted. President Eisenhower’s administration engineered the overthrow of the government of Iran and installed a dictator—but denied complicity. When a U.S. spy plane was shot down over Russia, his administration said it was a weather plane. The Kennedy administration denied Cuban charges that it was trying to overthrow the Cuban government and even assassinate Fidel Castro. The denials were lies. A Kennedy official named Arthur Sylvester actually defended the right to lie to the public. OPINION

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Absolutely not. Too many wars going on. We should probably just take care of what we’ve got going on here.

The Johnson administration said U.S. ships in Tonkin Gulf were attacked by Vietnamese craft. In fact, one ship was never attacked and the other was a target of retaliation, not provocation. President Johnson said a U.S. ship captured by North Korea was not a spy ship. It was. Richard Nixon. Enough said. The Ford administration lied about the U.S. ship Mayaguez, captured by Cambodia. Jimmy Carter, who supposedly championed human rights, lavishly and falsely praised the record of Iranian dictator Reza Pahlavi, alienating Iranians from the U.S. The first George Bush administration called the Iraq military the fourth most powerful army in the world. That army then crumbled in a few days. Ronald Reagan said he would never negotiate for the lives of hostages. He did—and also traded arms for hostages. Bill Clinton bombed what he claimed was a bomb factory in Sudan. It was a pharmaceutical factory. Now President Obama says the use by the government of Syria of gas weapons calls for the U.S. to get involved. On gas warfare, it’s useful to recall that the second President Bush justified war against Iraq not only with the false information on weapons of mass destruction, but also by claiming that at Halabja in 1988, Saddam Hussein had “gassed his own people.” But there was no evidence of that. Indeed, the Reagan administration concluded that it was Iran that gassed Halabja. President Obama now wants us to get involved in Syria. The burden of proof should be on Obama. Congress should check his story to the last comma. On war, presidents cannot be trusted. Ω |

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No, we should not get involved in the Syrian war. We’re the warmongers of the world. Go on Wikipedia and look at all the wars we’ve been in.

Whitney Myer Musician

No. I feel like we’ve done enough policing as a country for a while. And I feel like it only gets us in worse trouble, and we end up hurting more than we do helping, usually.

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Sandoval takes aim at democracy “I forbid!” sounds like something a king would say, although we’ve heard a lot of that in Nevada lately as our governor exercises his veto power. This practice actually derives from the British crown when a king could forbid, or “veto” acts of Parliament. A closer look at some of Governor by Sandoval’s vetoes this year reveals Sheila Leslie a disturbing pattern of intellectual dishonesty, camouflaged by flowery veto messages using selective data that disintegrate upon even cursory examination. A prime example of the Governor’s use of misleading information to rationalize his veto is the ward voting bill, affecting Reno, Sparks, Henderson and Carson City. These are the only local governments in Nevada still in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, in not allowing citizens to choose their representatives by district or ward. The Governor was quick to veto Senate Bill 304, for the second time in his term. In 2011, his veto message

stated: “I do not veto this bill on the merits of ward elections. Rather, the bill contains what appears to be a technical error.” Legislative lawyers disagreed with his analysis of the “technical error,” but the bill was revised and submitted again this session. In his 2013 veto message, the Governor went in a different direction: “If Senate Bill 457 were enacted, the bill would limit voters’ abilities to cast their vote in electing officials to make decisions for the good of the community as a whole.” He also noted the issue was placed on the Reno ballot last November as an advisory question and was soundly defeated by voters. Curiously, the governor said the ballot question was “clearly stated” when nearly every news story about the Reno vote pointed out the city council chose to ignore the ballot language recommended by a diverse citizens committee the council had appointed precisely to vet the language after an earlier advisory question was cleverly written to ensure the measure failed. The question was so

“clearly stated” that a local public radio reporter misinterpreted it in an on-air story during election season and advised people to vote opposite their intention. When corrected by a listener, the embarrassed reporter revised the story and rebroadcast it pointing out her own confusion about the “clearly stated” question. Governor Sandoval continued his assault on voting rights with a veto of AB 440, a bill to extend voter registration deadlines, making it easier for people to vote. His veto message once again was rather insulting, stating that since only .002 percent of Nevada voters have complained about registration deadlines, there must not be a problem. The king has spoken. Finally, he also vetoed SB 221, requiring universal background checks for gun purchases, after first creating an unnecessary drama that followed his repeatedly stating his intention to veto long before the bill was on his desk. He established an “opinion line” to gather feedback from the public and then provided almost daily totals of the

calls to bolster his position, with opponents vastly outnumbering proponents. Reporters were quick to point out the absurdity of an opinion line so easily manipulated by outside forces since people could anonymously redial and “vote” as many times as they liked, rendering the data meaningless. Nevadans deserve more from their Governor. We are not easily fooled by fake opinion polls and good old boy politics that ensure special interests can control city elections with their campaign cash. And we see through a governor who insists he wants more people to vote, but vetoes a bill that makes it easier to do so by implying voters who register late are scofflaws who don’t deserve their rights. The bottom line is crystal clear. These vetoes ensure the present system, one that elected the Governor and his cronies, survives and thrives. And that’s the power of the king.Ω

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Seeking lessons from parallel experiences As readers may recall from my last week’s column, I’m currently studying abroad for one month in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I am attending the local university. It’s been quite an adjustment, but I’ve realized there are many similarities between my homeland of Nevada and the econby Chanelle Bessette omy and social mores of Thailand. One big lesson and moment of perspective hit home with me this past week. Several of my friends in the program and I decided to take a day trip to the northern city of Chiang Rai, where we saw the White Temple and the Golden Triangle where Burma, Laos and Thailand all meet. On a snap decision, we also decided to visit a village of the Kayan tribe, a subset of the Karen people known for their long, extended necks that come as a result of wearing gold bands that push down on their collarbones. The Kayan tribe essentially moved to Thailand to escape persecution and

conflict in Burma and many female tribe members spend time with tourists as a way to bring in extra money. What we thought would be a fun excursion to experience a unique culture turned out to be little more than a human zoo, where the Kayan people live in poverty and try to sell woven goods to visitors and the “longneck� women take pictures. Small children begged us for spare baht, and stray dogs scrapped in the dirt. Down the road, the male villagers were setting up a cockfight for sport. My American compatriots and I left with a bad taste in our mouths, as though we had invaded and pillaged a culture, and for what? For the thrill of saying we had been there. Once we returned, however, I tried to learn more about the situation of the Kayan people and the other hill tribes that live in Thailand. They are generally regarded as having a very low social status in Thailand, and they tend to go without electricity or plumbing. The hill tribe population is steadily

declining as forest cover becomes less abundant, and modernization and integration into mainstream Thai society is a favorable option as long as the tribe members can be recognized as Thai citizens. The situation of the hill tribes in Thailand reminded me of an experience I had last year when visiting the Reno Sparks Indian Colony for a language lesson in speaking Washo. When I arrived at the portable-style building, I wasn’t prepared for the humble setting or the somewhat wary way in which the Native Americans spoke to me. Being there made me feel like I was taking advantage of their kindness and using their culture for personal gain. Reservation life is not an easy one, as studies show high rates of alcoholism and low socioeconomic conditions. There is the question of access to resources and the cost of restitution for past harms. In Thailand, the unemployment rate is less than one percent, as the country’s economy is booming

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Workers have been putting the former Silver  Club building in shape inside and out. For four  years, the casino and an adjoining hotel have  been used mostly for fire and police training  exercises.

Wellinghoff to step down Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Jon Wellinghoff of Nevada has sent his resignation to President Obama. Wellinghoff, who previously held the post of Nevada consumer advocate (the advocate represents consumers at utility rate hearings), has been a member of FERC since 2006 and chaired it since 2009. Under Wellinghoff, FERC has become known for aggressive pursuit of fraud and market manipulation, to the point that business reporter Chris Newkumet once asked him, “What’s gotten into you?” Wellinghoff responded that in the post-ENRON era, the agency had been given new powers and funding by Congress, and penalties had been made more credible: “Back in the Enron era we had 10 or 12 attorneys working in a small enforcement office with, really, no authority, no WELLINGHOFF penalty authority, and now we have over 140 attorneys headed by a former U.S. Attorney. … Those who do play by the rules know that they can make money in the markets and not be disadvantaged and not be taken advantage of, just like consumers, by those people who are not playing by the rules. So it is important that you have somebody in place who can ensure that those rules are enforced, and enforced in a fair and full manner.” Wellinghoff will serve until his replacement takes office.

Back in business But don’t get too excited

Refund may be coming The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is considering ordering refunds to customers because NV Energy made more money than allowed under rate regulation. The utility received $10 million for lost sales compensation, money authorized by the state to compensate the utility for money it loses from energy conservation measures. But the law also says that compensation can’t go higher than the amount the utility is authorized to collect as rates. Any refunds won’t come right away. The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a petition seeking the refunds on June 17. The utility will reply by July 31 and a hearing with both sides will be held by a hearing officer on Aug. 7. The hearing officer will then make a recommendation to the full PUC.

Green groups: Lake threatened Environmental groups say Senate Bill 229, passed by the just-ended Nevada Legislature, is a threat to Lake Tahoe. The bill canceled a threatened pullout of Nevada from the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency but also imposes conditions on California that critics say would torpedo environmental protections for the lake. “The new law still presents California the choice of either ending the Compact or ‘saving’ a much weakened version that places development on a par with environmental protection of the Lake,” said Sierra Club official David von Seggern. Two chapters of the Sierra Club, Friends of the West Shore and Earthjustice are critical of the new legislation. The new Nevada law, which was approved by the governor, threatens to switch back to a pullout if California fails to embrace a new regional plan for Lake Tahoe and unless the bistate compact that created TRPA is amended to amending the Compact to require consideration of economic factors in land-use planning.

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As January 10 turned to January 11 in 2009, more than 200 workers at the Silver Club in Sparks were out of by work. Dennis Myers When the casino shut down at midnight, workers gathered in a bar with a stage and partied (see photo, facing page). The Dan Bauer Band kept playing for them. It was a melancholy event. The Silver Club had held out for more than two years into the recession, but finally gave up the ghost, a significant setback for downtown Sparks.

“That’ll probably bring more people to downtown Sparks.” Phil Bryan Former casino manager For four and a half years, the building has sat there dark, the kind of thing that any city’s leaders hate to see in the downtown. So the news that an Elko-based company would reopen the Silver Club building as the Bourbon

Street Casino [parent company: Northern Star Casinos] was an enormous relief to them. City officials quickly licensed it with a list of conditions, and the corporation said it was aiming for an August 1 opening. Last week, several job fairs were held at which a hundred prospective workers signed on. Across the street from the reopened casino, of course, is the Nugget, which has had its own troubles—reduced workforce, cuts in employee perquisites—but has stayed in business. Some Nugget workers have expressed apprehension about what the new competition will mean. Retired casino executive Phil Bryan, who has managed casinos in both northern and southern Nevada and in Colorado, said the new club may be competition for the Nugget, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily hurt the Nugget. In fact, it may well help. “I think that’ll provide more of what one great casino operator I knew used to call ‘Building the bonfire.’ And the idea is that if you create a hub of business, that attracts more people because they have more alternatives to see,” Bryan said. “That’s a sort of an old, old school of thought, but I think it’s still an effective idea. We’ve seen that happen in downtown Las Vegas recently.

They started offering more attractions, another came in and bought a couple of places. … My opinion is that it’ll probably bring more people to downtown Sparks. It’ll start to build interest in downtown Sparks.” He said the reopening of the Silver Club property will also make special events in the downtown better. Sparks has a lot of special events, like the Nugget Chili Cook-Off, weekly farmers’ markets during summer, a holiday parade in winter. “Well, having more commercial places to go to should help [special events],” Bryan said. Moreover, the former Silver Club Hotel is not reopening along with the casino, so the Nugget could well benefit from housing some Bourbon Street customers.

The flip side But it’s possible to read too much into developments like this, which happen all the time. A casino reopening or a month’s improvement in sales or gambling taxes are often treated as significant. Nevada casinos are “not doing very well at all,” said economist Thomas Cargill. “Northern Nevada is not doing well. Las Vegas is a unique place, but it’s still struggling.” Cargill said an additional casino in downtown Sparks is fine as far as it goes. “Sparks has done a very nice job of building a visitor-friendly atmosphere,” he said, and every bit helps. But he also said some clubs have been reopened for a reason that does not speak well of the health of the economy—their value fell so far that they could be opened again for a song. That doesn’t indicate a robust recovery. “The value of these properties, commercial properties, has fallen so far that it makes sense to invest in them because you’re not investing much,” he said. “You buy the property cheap right now and the wages are low and you might be able to establish a market.” He pointed to the purchase of the Reno Siena hotel casino for $3.9 million in November 2010. “That’s chump change,” he said. Nevada is recovering


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After midnight on January 11, 2009, minutes after losing their jobs, Silver Club workers danced on the top of a bar in the club.

economically, he said, but still has major and momentous problems. “The discouraged worker effect is very large,” he said. “It’s up somewhere around 14 percent.” Discouraged workers are those who have looked for work for a long time, finally giving up hope. And once they exhaust their jobless benefits, government stops counting them as a part of the unemployment rate. “People are working 30 hours when they want to work 40, working two part-time jobs when they want one full-time job,” Cargill said. “There’s still a lot wrong with the state’s economy. … It’s ‘recovery,’ but I would put quotes around it.” He expects it to take four or five years for the national recovery to bring unemployment down to a normal rate, and even longer in Nevada—“probably longer because

Nevada is the nation’s basket case for real estate. A tremendous amount of wealth was destroyed.” Gambling and construction

“It’s‘recovery,’butIwould putquotesaroundit.” Thomas Cargill economist were, until the recession, the engines on which Nevada has thrived since the end of the Second World War. “Yes, there are signs of recovery, but recovery is moving out of a trough,” he said of Nevada’s problems. “We are still a long way away from being a functioning economy. Anybody who thinks housing is going to recover soon is going to be wildly disappointed.” Ω

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Before the start of the funeral for former U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich (portrait in background), her daughter Patty Cafferata greeted Gov. Brian Sandoval (right) and former U.S. Sen. John Ensign. A reported 400 people attended the event at St. Rose of Lima Church.

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Big, beautiful business Program to promote clean communities grows “The biggest little clean city. Wouldn’t that be great?!” Executive director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) Christi Cakiroglu has made it the organization’s goal to make Reno, and the by Sage Leehey surrounding areas of the Truckee Meadows, America’s cleanest community. KTMB has launched the Beautiful Business Program as an effort sage l@ to engage more businesses in maintaining the community, according to newsreview.c om Cakiroglu. She said they have been working on it for a few years, but it has really come together in the last year, especially with the last Great Community Cleanup in May, where volunteers helped remove trash, hazardous waste and invasive weeds at various sites throughout the community. This cleanup is one of the organization’s largest events that companies can participate in to become a KTMB Beautiful Business. These events are great for company team building and economic development in addition to keeping the community clean. “We’re trying to sell our community and bring businesses down here,” said Tim Ruffin, Beautiful Business Program Chair of KTMB. “If they go down the road and see garbage stacked up, it would be like someone parking an old car in front of their house in your neighborhood. It’s not going to make your house sell well or look good.” Cakiroglu believes this program and the cleanups hosted by KTMB are team builders for businesses because it’s a different setting than everyday in the office, and they help build awareness of illegal dumping. “You get to know people,” Cakiroglu said. “You feel good about yourself, and it’s also a good workout. And you get a sense of ownership. Whenever you drive by, you’re always going to notice that spot, and if someTo learn more one has let loose a plastic bag, you’re going to be very frustrated with it.” about Keep Truckee Within the program, there are different levels of commitment. The first Meadows Beautiful, three levels are Peavine, Slide Mountain and Mount Rose—in ascending visit ktmb.org. order of commitment. At the Peavine level, the business has an assigned Great Community Cleanup site and has their banner or sign at the cleanup as well as other benefits. At the Slide Mountain and Mount Rose levels, there are more benefits, like the company name on KTMB shirts, and more commitment to involvement in and/or sponsorship of events and programs. There are other levels within the program that can be customized to best fit the needs of specific businesses. “But they’re all partners. As long as you’re chipping in, you’re doing your best, we consider you a partner,” said Sean French, Advancement Committee Chair and Board Member of KTMB and Area President of Wells Fargo Bank, a Beautiful Business. There are no set guidelines for how a company can contribute. Wells Fargo Bank sponsors the Waste Warriors program that educates children about topics like recycling, waste reduction and illegal dumping and is currently developing educational videos for teachers to download and show their students. Signature Landscapes matches KTMB’s annual giving each year. And other companies have sold products and forwarded proceeds to KTMB or committed to internal recycling or trash cleanups on their campuses. KTMB wants to encourage businesses to help them achieve their goal in whatever way they can or wish. “We want to become America’s cleanest community, and we can do it,” Cakiroglu said. Ω OPINION

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Tell me about the new system. Since 1992, we’ve had a recycling program, and it’s been the yellow bin/green bin that you put out next to your garbage can. ... In one bin, you put glass, and in the other bin, you put plastic and metal. What’s coming is called single-stream recycling, so you’ll have two closing bins that look like a regular garbage can—you know, the big green garbage cans?

plastics previously have only been what’s called plastic 1 or 2, which are bottles. … The different plastics have numbers. And now, it’s plastics 1 through 7, which means, you know—butter dishes, yogurt cups … food containers. So all of your recyclables go into one [trash can] and then all [the rest] of your garbage go into another and then it’s all in the containerized wheel carts with automated pick-up trucks.

Right. And then, you pick your sizes of your garbage cans, and there’s four different options there. But you’ll have one for garbage and one for all your recyclables. So it’ll be metals, plastic, glass, your paper can go in there, newspaper, cardboard. And the

Why? What was wrong with the existing system? There was a demand for recycling. There was interest brought to the city council from citizens and also from the commercial recycling group. Back in 2007, a commercial recycling group formed that had

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about—that the City of Reno and Airport Authority headed up and there were about 53 commercial entities who were a part of it that wanted greater recycling options. And the combination of those two led the City of Sparks, Washoe County, and City of Reno to meet with Waste Management [the Houston conglomerate that has a monopoly on trash collection in the Truckee Meadows] basically over the last five years to come up with a proposal on how to implement singlestream recycling. And then last September there was finally a proposal that went to council in October and November of last year, “ TRASH and they approved it.

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You said there was a demand for recycling. But the city already had recycling. What was wrong with the old system? The inability to recycle all those other plastics and the newspapers and cardboard and chipboard. So there was an interest in being able to get more recyclables into the stream. There was also issues with litter because the yellow bin/green bin, whenever the wind blows, the plastic bottles and aluminum cans would blow around the streets. So there was a litter issue with that system. I always saw newspapers in those colored bins. Weren’t they already being recycled? They could be recycled if you put the newspaper in paper bags next to the bins. They would pick those up and do it. But with that sort of system, each truck basically needed to have three bins, one for the paper, one for the glass, and one for the aluminum and plastic. So whenever any one of the three would fill up, they would have to take it back to the station, empty it and come back out. Whereas with the single-stream, they can just empty all the recyclables into one truck and then sort it. Was an unwillingness of people to sort a factor in going to the new system? It was partially, yes. Back in ’07 when the residential push came in, the City of Reno and Waste Management sponsored a pilot

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program up in old northwest off King’s Row. We did 800 homes for four months to see how this program would work, and the participation rate in that neighborhood went from over 40 percent to over 80 percent. It more than doubled. And then the amount of recyclables that people recycled more than tripled. So they went from over 500 pounds per route to over 1,700 pounds per route. When you go to the new system and you don’t have the high level of awareness of a pilot program and the months and years pass, do you think that people will still participate at that level rather than throwing stuff in the one bin? I think they will. You know, we consulted with the Environmental Protection Agency on how to craft the new program. And what you see in the new program is what’s called a pay-as-you-throw program. So when you go and you select your options, the options are set up so that your garbage can is smaller than your recycling can, unless you want to pay a higher rate and then you can get a bigger garbage can—or same sized as your recycling can. So there’s actually incentive for people to recycle more. And the more they recycle, the less they can pay through the program. So the hope is that once it gets rolled out and going and people, after a year or so, people see how much they’re able to recycle versus what they throw away, they can actually downsize their bins and pay less for what they’re throwing in the garbage. When does the new system go in? It was approved in October. The commercial side will start rolling out in July and then all the residents will get theirs in the fall. It needs to be in place by November 7.

If some of the burden of sorting is going to shift from the consumer to the company, I have to assume that the price and the cost is going to go up. There is a price increase in there, but they will also be getting an increased volume if they have more recyclables. So what the pricing options are—and you can actually see it if JUNE 20, 2013

Looking at something broader, when stuff is collected here to be recycled, what happens to it? I had a member of the council mention China to me. Probably Councilmember Brekhus. It’s basically a commodity market, and since it is Waste Management, once they sort it, they actually handle all of their commodity sales out of their corporate office in Houston. So they will sort it and then, depending on where they’re getting the best price, that’s where they ship it. Currently, I think a lot of the cardboard in the country is going over to China. Plastics are China, U.S., Europe. Metals go all over the place. But it’s really where the best price they get it is. She was concerned whether anybody runs the numbers to find out if shipping this stuff to China uses up more resources than just taking it to the landfill in Lockwood. Has anybody done that kind of work? I don’t think we did one specifically for this project, but I have seen studies like that before, but not specific to Lockwood. We did look at other things, such as the trucks we are switching to are natural gas powered trucks as opposed to the diesel, which will lower their carbon footprint from that perspective. And having the single stream load versus the multi-bin trucks that I mentioned, allows them to have fewer routes on the road so that they don’t have to travel as much. So there is a carbon footprint decrease from the services we currently have to what we’re going to, but I don’t think there was a full life cycle out to going to China or raw commodities.

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I heard that there was some construction involved by Waste Management. Yes. Their old facility on Greg Street was designed for the source-separated bins and bags system and to accommodate the single-stream system, they need to have a new sorting rack and new trucks. And what they’re doing is they’re building what they’re calling an eco-center where they’re expanding the transfer station on Commercial Row. And then they will take in all of the single-stream recycling and sort it there, eventually, and then they’ll pull out all the recyclables there as opposed to people sorting it. And at that eco-center they’ll also expand it so that people can drop off light bulbs, e-waste, household chemicals—you know, your pesticides and paints and that sort of thing. So they’re expanding to have one drop-off point.

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you go to our website. There’s four different pricing options, plus a senior rate. [See box.] And if you go to what’s considered the base rate, which is a 64 gallon garbage can and a 96-gallon recycling can, it’s 61 cents per month per household increase. It you go to the larger garbage can, it’s greater. Or if you downsize to a smaller garbage can, it’s less.

Is the Commercial Row facility available while the construction’s going on? Yes, it will be. What they’re doing is, they bought the new sorting system. They’re putting it over at Greg Street, which is their current recycling facility, while they construct the eco-center at Commercial. But the transfer station as it exists will still be operable while they’re doing construction. … Two of the new components of the new program—one is, right now you are allowed to do unlimited— or, not unlimited, but you can do up to seven bags or extra [garbage] cans per week. And that program goes away, so that everybody will be on mandatory card service. I’m not sure what you’re saying there. Right now, every house can put out extra bags of garbage every week. And that goes away because they’re going to an automated truck. So people will have stickers for extra


bags per week in the system. But the other changes—right now, they’ve got that once a quarter, you can go to the transfer station for free? In the new program, any resident can go to the transfer station four times a year whenever they want—any day of the week, any time of the day they want. As long as they’re a customer in good standing, they can just go there and drop off a truck load of garbage. How does the thing with the stickers work? What they’ll do is, you’ll no longer be able to put out the extra bags. You’ll be limited to the number of bags you can put out per year. They’ll basically mail you out 20 stickers and with the 20 stickers you get, you can put out 20 extra items per year—a bag, a garbage can, a big box of Christmas wrappings, whatever. And once you use up those 20 stickers you have to buy more.

Do stickers carry over into the next year? Yes. You just get 20 every year.

And if you pick wrong, you know, if you pick one that you end up filling a third full every week, can you turn it in and get a different one? Yes. You can change it any time. I think it’s just a month’s notice. … And they’re actually tracking everything currently as it comes in, and about half the people are choosing the 96/96, which the bins people normally have are 96.

I was looking at the visuals of the different size bins that customers can order. How do people know? I know what the one I have now looks like, but how do I know which of those on paper would be best for me? Very good question. I’m not entirely sure. They’ve put together a little video that shows the bins and they’ve got the actual different size bins that they took out to Earth Day and we took up to the university and taking around to Kiwanis and Rotary and public meetings. And we’ll start doing PSAs [broadcast public service announcements] as it gets closer. But unless, I guess—unless you really knew what you have, I’m not sure.

People are picking them now? Yes, they opened up a website. … You can actually click which service option you want now.

trying to get a sense as to how many of each size bin to order and they’ve got—I think 3,000 people have signed up already. So you are planning public education? Yes. There’s the website, they’ve done two bill inserts, there’ll be another bill insert July 1, another one September 1, and then there will be radio/TV PSAs promoting the program as we get closer and showing people what to put in what bins and that sort of thing. And is it primarily Waste Management doing it, not the city? Primarily, yes. We’re partnered with them so we’ll be doing some PSAs through our channel, the government channel. [City publicist] Sharon Spangler here is working on some. And then we’ve been working on press releases with them as well. But the content will be primarily theirs. Ω

Are they actually taking the bins to homes? They will, once they roll it out. But that’s not until about October, right? Yes, September, October, November—somewhere in there. But you can go in, pick your option. And if you end up not picking an option before they roll it out, you’ll default to the 96/96, and then you can change it any time. They’re

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just about to the halfway point of the movie year. Yep, that’s right. We are more than halfway to the Christmas releases. Start saving because that gift-giving madness is just around the corner. Get me what I want. I will take no excuses. I have given you ample warning, so stop wasting your money on iced coffees and start saving for me! Back on the subject of movies, it’s been a mixed bag thus far, for sure. There’s some rather nice cerebral fare, and a couple of efficient blockbusters, but no real contenders for Movie of the Year as of yet, although I have a few of my own favorites. Biggest disappointment for me personally would be Man of Steel. I was, quite frankly, counting on this to blow me away. Instead, we got some weird-assed, dull movie that

should’ve been called The Passion of the Superman. It’s all that duality of Christ stuff, including the major beat down at the end, minus Mel Gibson’s psycho watchful eyes and the sight of a cat o’ nine tails ripping meat off of some dude’s torso. But the underwhelming Man of Steel isn’t the year’s worst, not by a long shot. There’s plenty of junk worse than it, as you will see on the list below. With only six months under the cinematic belt, I actually had trouble whittling down to a list of 10 bad films. There are a lot to choose from. The rest of the summer still looks promising with big blowouts like World War Z and Pacific Rim. I will say there have been too many summer nights at the movie theater where I have been yawning rather than being thrilled. Pick up the pace, Hollywood. Pick up the pace.

The besT so far 1. Mud: Face it, a lot of us wrote off Matthew McConaughey a couple of years back, especially after that Surfer, Dude movie. This movie, featuring his best performance yet, caps an amazing comeback. As a troubled river rat living in a boat up a tree, pining for the love of his life (Reese Witherspoon), McConaughey has given us the year’s best performance to date. McConaughey’s year isn’t over, either. As the new trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street reveals, he’s going to be trading lines with DiCaprio on screen this fall.

2. Before Midnight: Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) hooked up for good in Paris after Before Sunset. That’s the good news. The bad news is that one of cinema history’s

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most romantic couples is having some troubles 18 years after meeting on that train. (Of course they are … so goes life.) The duo is just as captivating in their third—well, fourth if you count their cameo in Waking Life—screen matchup. When they head to a hotel for a romantic night, oh, man, do things get complicated. In a summer of Supermen and fast cars driven by marble-mouthed assholes, this is one of the best tickets.

movie has not played Reno yet, and probably won’t, so rent it when you can.

3. The Place Beyond the Pines:

6. This Is the End:

Director Derek Cianfrance follows up his brilliant Blue Valentine with an epic about the sins of the fathers. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper are on fire in this movie.

4. Stories We Tell: Director Sarah Polley’s documentary about her own origins is a must-see example of how powerful true stories that cost few dollars are often a better watch than the latest Hangover movie. Polley mixes recent interviews with archival footage. She also does very realistic home movie reenactments that blend in quite nicely, making her the rare director who can pull that sort of thing off. The

5. The Great Gatsby: Other critics jumped all over this, but I had a great time with Baz Luhrman’s crazy, bombastic take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Leonardo DiCaprio reigns supreme as the title character in a film that makes surprisingly good use of 3-D. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut is a blast. Rogen and the likes of James Franco, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride play themselves during the Biblical apocalypse. Rogen and friends deliver on the deranged promise of the premise (see full review, page 22).

7. Warm Bodies: Another apocalypse comedy, this one involving zombies. A zombie coming back to real life thanks to the warmth of love sounds stupid, but turns out to be surprisingly heartwarming.

8. Sightseers: A British couple, still in the ecstasy of early dating, hit the road for an RV trip, and bad, bad things happen. This dark comedy didn’t play in Reno, but will be available for home rental soon.

9. Star Trek: Into Darkness: Even though I was slightly annoyed by Spock yelling the villain’s name and the part with the tribble, J.J. Abrams delivered what stands as the second best Star Trek movie ever made—the best being his first one.

10. Iron Man 3: Shane Black directs Robert Downey, Jr. in a different, darker Iron Man, and it works quite beautifully, thank you very much.


The worsT so far 1. The Host: Aliens come to our planet and inhabit our bodies with the apparent mission of boring us to death. Saoirse Ronan, a decent enough actress, probably thought this would be a Twilight-sized hit, but it wound up being a shred grenade in her career. Her name is pronounced “Sasha” but when I read that spelling, I hear “Swarr-ease” in my head. I’m an idiot.

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2. The Internship:

It’s bullacious!

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite to suck Google’s big, dirty, greedy dick.

3. Spring Breakers: James Franco redeemed himself after this piece of shit with This Is the End, but I’m still a little sore at him for letting this happen. This is a shoddily produced droning satiric misfire that thinks it’s all-too-clever, but it’s not. It’s lazy, wasteful filmmaking at its most wretched. So, yeah, I hate this move.

4. Gangster Squad: Ryan Gosling is terrific in this year’s The Place Beyond the Pines, but he delivers his career worst work as a squeaky gangster who plays with his lighter a lot in this ridiculous dreck that features Sean Penn at his scenery mulching worst.

5. After Earth: M. Night Shyamalan continues to embarrass us for once liking his earlier moviemaking. Seriously, having once liked Unbreakable is like a dirty secret you shouldn’t tell anybody at parties lest you want to be ostracized.

6. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Jim Carrey is the only thing slightly tolerable in this mundane excuse for a movie about magicians in Vegas, a movie that feels like it’s about 20 years too late.

7. The Hangover Part III: What looked to be a return to form for the Wolf Pack winds up being the worst of the franchise and one of the year’s biggest disappointments. This was a one-movie-and-out premise. I saw director Todd Phillips holding hands with director M. Night Shyamalan during this year’s “Hey, We Used to Be Good Filmmakers!” pizza party at a Godfather’s in Sparks.

8. Identity Thief: I would really like for Hollywood to find projects for Melissa McCarthy that exemplify her tremendous comic talents and dramatic ability rather than casting her as a crazy clown. She deserves better. She’s Oscar-worthy. Give her some respect.

9. A Good Day to Die Hard: I had liked all of the Die Hard movies, including the muchmaligned fourth one, before this thing kicked and scratched at my eyes and ears.

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Artist Joe DeLappe draws a 400 mile line through the Nevada desert.

Body and solar Joe DeLappe “If a concentrated solar power system was built that was a 100 mile by 100 mile square in size by out in the Southwest [United States], which Brad Bynum has some of the best solar resources in the entire world, or you covered 1 percent of b radb@ news review.c om the country’s land with photovoltaics, either strategy would be more than enough to meet the country’s entire energy demand.” —Cliff Chen, Union of Concerned Scientists Artist and University of Nevada, Reno professor Joe DeLappe isn’t sure where he first stumbled on that quote from energy scientist Cliff Chen, but the idea resonated with him—the idea that a renewable energy source could be tapped to power the entire country. And even more, it could be done in Nevada—a state with a lot of space, and ample annual sunshine. For his recent project, “Project 929: Mapping the Solar,” he drew the area that could contain the solar system—drawing it not on the map, but on the territory. He mapped a route of over 400 miles in

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southern Nevada, includes the Nevada Test Site, “Area 51,” Yucca Mountain and Nellis Air Force Range and rode the entire route by bicycle—nine days in the blazing Southern Nevada sun—with a pieces of chalk attached to the back of his bike, literally drawing a line around the area of land that could potentially hold enough solar collectors to power the entire country. DeLappe’s a digital media artist, but his work has been gravitating toward performance and endurance based pieces. A few years ago, he reenacted, in the virtual community Second Life, Mahatma Gandhi’s famous 1930 240-mile walk made in protest of the British salt tax. “That was a 26-day long physical performance, but I was standing in the same spot on a treadmill, but moving in Second Life,” he says. “After I finished that piece, I had this notion that I really wanted to somehow take this kind of work out into real space. … I was changed by that. It made me embrace performance in a way that I never had.” For DeLappe, there’s also a political

component to the project. “I’ve been politicized in the last 10 years in a way that’s really fundamental to who I am now as an artist,” he says. “I’ve embraced that. I was very tentative about that at first. But at this point, I identify myself as a media artist-slash-activist. … A lot of the work that I’ve been doing has been a critique of the military-industrial complex. It’s implicit in this.” He says that the costs of building the kind of solar farm he proposes are dwarfed by the vasts sums spent on the military research, including nuclear detonations, that have taken place in that area over the years. “It’s undoubtedly a fraction of what we’ve spent for military means there,” he says. “For me, the project was a way, as an artist, as a political action, to put myself

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down in that space and to physically map out, literally draw that line in chalk.” He says an important factor for him was just getting “that nugget of information into people’s heads”: A 100 mile by 100 mile area in Nevada could, with solar panels, be enough to power the entire nation. It would also create jobs and massive income for a state that’s still troubled financially, and unsure of what industry to next embrace. The project was partly sponsored by College Cyclery, Reno Bike Project, UNR and the Nevada Museum of Art, among others. His trip was extensively documented in a variety of digital media—including a digital avatar projected into a Google Street View and “augmented reality” images featuring digital representations of the potential solar farm. DeLappe has made art in this state for 20 years, but after he completed the 460-mile journey through the desert, his wife, artist Laurie Macfee, said to him, “Well, now you’re a Nevada artist.” Ω

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When Jay Baruchel comes to Hollywood to visit Rogen, he is dragged against his will to self-centered James Franco’s new, incredible house—which he has, of course, designed himself—for a blowout party featuring the likes of Cera jacked up on coke and slapping Rihanna’s ass. Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and an uninvited Danny McBride are all in attendance, along with nearly everybody else of comedic relevance in today’s movie world. Baruchel and Rogen go out for smokes and watch helplessly as blue beams of light suck convenience store patrons up into the sky. When they return to Franco’s, the ground opens up, and most of the partygoers meet their demise in gruesome ways. (Poor, perverted Michael Cera gets the nastiest exit.)

The core group of Rogen, Franco, Hill, Robinson and Baruchel survive and take inventory of their food and beverages. Matters get worse when an oblivious McBride awakens and eats most of their stuff. There’s constant infighting about who gets the sole Milky Way, and masturbatory practices ensue while the stage is set for Satan’s earthly return. Not surprisingly, McBride is the biggest jerk of the bunch, not departing far from his usual movie persona. Hill gets ribbed for thinking he’s too good for anybody after Moneyball, and Franco is the Renaissance Man who decorates his house with his own art. There’s an anarchic spirit at play with this project. Rogen and Goldberg get their stars to do mighty unsavory things in this film (Cera’s three-way in a bathroom scene, for instance.) And major props go to Emma Watson for taking part in something that has her behaving in a way that would make Hermione puke. On top of being very funny, Rogen and Goldberg manage a pretty decent horror show here, replete with decapitations, impaling, burnings and Devils with the aforementioned really big private parts. In the future, when you are planning a horror comedy night at home, this one will go nicely slotted next to the likes of Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive. The whole enterprise reminded me of Ghostbusters, a movie that successfully mixed big comedic star elements with sci-fi and horror. Rogen and Goldberg mix genres with much success. Oh, I forgot to mention, this is a stoner comedy, too. There’s a lot of weed in this movie. Hey, Rogen and Franco are in it, so what did you expect? Some of these guys have been screwing up a bit as of late. Rogen made the wasteful The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand, Franco bored me with Oz: The Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers, and both McBride and Franco stunk up movie theaters with Your Highness, a mixed genre failure to the highest degree. This Is the End gets them all back on track and reestablishes them as the reigning kings of Hollywood comedy. However, I think that there’s virtually no chance for a franchise here, unless Rogen and Goldberg care to satirize the afterlife. Ω


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After Earth

The egos of M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith collide in this stupid, useless movie about a father and son (Will and son Jaden) crash landing on Earth many years after it has become uninhabitable to humans. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breathe on the planet anymore, but baboons, buffalo and birds are fine and dandy. Will Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is injured, so he directs his son from a tattered ship as Jaden must battle the elements, avoid the big monster their ship was carrying, and find the rescue beacon. Nothing in this movie works, from the ridiculous made-up accents the characters use, to the terrible CGI animals trying to eat Jaden. Will Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is the dullest thing he has ever put to film, with Jaden being the overacting opposite. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkable to me that people keep giving Shyamalan money to make movies. Will the producers with the green learn their lesson after this one? I doubt it. Will this become a franchise like Will Smith had intended? I doubt that, too.

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Before Midnight

Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) return for their third movie after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and they remain as interesting as ever. After going to Celineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment nine years ago in Paris, the two hooked up for good, with Jesseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marriage ending. The film starts with an amazing scene between Jesse and his son (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) in an airport, and it builds momentum until an ending that will leave you emotionally exhausted in a good way. The movie has Jesse and Celine talking a lot because, well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they do best. It also has Jesse and Celine going at each other in a hotel room argument so vicious, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easily scarier than anything in Hawkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent horror flick, The Purge. Director Richard Linklater gave us two very romantic movies with the first parts of this now trilogy. This one is romantic too, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romanced laced with a harsh dose of bitter reality. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting a new Before movie every nine years. I hope this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the end, and Linklater keeps them coming. Whenever these films fade out, I feel like I need another chapter immediately.

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Fast & Furious 6

This franchise couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ended about five films ago, and I wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fine with that. Vin Diesel mumbles his way through another fast car movie, this one with some admittedly fine driving stunts. The plot involves some nonsense about Vin and his crew (including Paul Walker) going after some other bad guy driver whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threatening the world. He also has Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) working for him, even though she blew up in a prior movie. Dwayne Johnson is in there, too, as a badass lawman, and future installments will involve another one of my least favorite action stars if the post-credit footage is any indicator. I like to watch good pyrotechnics, but I hate it when just about everybody in these films opens their mouths. It looks like these movies will never end, and Michelle Rodriguez will never die.

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The Hangover Part III

And you thought The Hangover Part II was bad. All the principles return for a third go round, and the magic proves long gone. This time the action surrounds Alan (Zach Galifianakis) going off of his meds, accidentally beheading giraffes, and in need of a rehab stint. After an intervention, Phil, Stu and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) resolve to take him to the clinic. Before they get there, an evil crime lord (John Goodman) intercepts them and sends them on a hunt for Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Jeong occupies much of this film, a bad thing since his wild man act got old two films ago. Of the three films, this one has the least amount of laughs, and proves that the first film shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been the last. I like these actors together. How about another movie where they get to play different characters? Enough of this crap.

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The Internship

When I heard Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson would be reuniting for a film after their blessed Wedding Crashers, I got justifiably excited. I like when Vaughn is in profane mode, and he made Wilson tolerable in their first go round. However, what we get here is just a terrible two-hour commercial for Google that dumbs down and sanitizes the

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duo. They play a couple of salesmen who lose their gigs when watches become obsolete. For reasons that are never really explained, the Vaughn character hones in on Google during his job search and convinces the Wilson character to compete with him in an intern contest, with the winners getting jobs with the hallowed Google. Vaughn, who co-wrote the screenplay, allegedly worked closely with Google when creating the film so, needless to say, there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of profanities and nude shots in this flick. Instead we get family-friendly Vaughn and Wilson, with the results being boring, unfunny and embarrassing.

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Iron Man 3

Shane Black, director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (starring Robert Downey Jr. in his best performance ever) and writer of such action classics as Lethal Weapon, gets his second directorial chore and delivers big time. Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is now an insomniac suffering from panic attacks after the events of The Avengers, and he faces a new adversary in The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Stark is a little bit shaky in this one, and that gives the film a dark, comic edge. Gwyneth Paltrow gets a little more screen time as Pepper Potts, while Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall show up as mysterious scientific types. Downey Jr. is as fun as ever here, and Black knows just what to do with him. Black is also pretty snappy with the action scenes, which donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. If this is the last of Downey Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo Iron Man films, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going out on a good note.

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Director Zack Snyder and co-producer Christopher Nolan reboot Superman, and the result is a little disappointing. Henry Cavill puts on the tightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;minus the red underwearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and does little else, giving us the dullest Superman to date. The whole endeavor is an effort to take Superman to darker Batman-like territories, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big mistake. Superman can be in a dark flick, but he must rise above the darkness, not whine about his mom all of the time. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of whiz-bang in this film, and some of it is impressive, but lots of it is just noise and things smacking into one another. Michael Shannon provides a terrific villain in Zod, while Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner do well as Supermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two dads. I just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into the depiction of Superman as a joyless, humorless stud. As for Amy Adams as Lois Lane, she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given much of anything to do. This is going to make tons of money, and Snyder is lined up for a sequel already. I hope he gets it right the next time.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official: Jeff Nichols, who gave us the brilliant Take Shelter, is a writer/director who stands among the best of them. Matthew McConaughey plays the title character, a chipped-tooth, wild-haired drifter living in a boat in a tree along the Mississippi. Two kids, Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan of The Tree of Life, and Jacob Lofland) stumble upon him, and find themselves part of his strange and dangerous world. McConaughey is just catching wave after wave lately, and this is his best one yet. He makes Mud a little scary, yet charming and cunning. Sheridan and Lofland are terrific as the young friends who should probably stay away from guys living in boats in trees. The cast also boasts Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all of them equally great. Ladies and gentleman, we have the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellentâ&#x20AC;? movie. Jesus, it took long enough.

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For those of you hankering for another magician movie after The Incredible Burt Wonderstone â&#x20AC;Ś here it is! A Vegas magician act called the Four Horseman (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) concludes their show by seemingly robbing a bank in France through teleportation. An FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol detective (Melanie Laurent) investigate, and we snore. Morgan Freeman is on hand as a man who makes a living debunking magic, as is Michael Caine as a millionaire bankrolling the Horseman. It all amounts to nonsense, with a lot of swirling cameras and stupid fights involving playing cards and paper cuts. The big reveals are silly, and much of what happens on the magic side is never explained. Eisenberg delivers one of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more annoying performances.

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For the ages Alphabet Cult creakier limbs impede their dreams. It just requires taking some time off between public appearances. “We’re old and rickety, so it takes us a while to recover,” drummer Darren Barnes explains, in regards to their infrequent shows at venues like the Holland Project and 40 Mile Saloon. “We’re like folklore at this point, because we’ve been around so long,” says Barnes. “At least that’s how we tell the kids at Holland who we are.” The members may have been staples on the local scene for their fair share of time—Barnes is currently still plenty active, doubling as the drummer in Plastic Caves, and Beatty switches to drums in The Shames— but it wasn’t until this past January that they finally shared the stage together under one name. “We’d wanted to play in a band together since the early ’90s,” says Beatty. “We’ve at least been in a band in our minds for that long—but then Darren had kids, then me, then Leah.” Nevertheless, if it’s meant to be it will be. And that bodes true for Alphabet Cult. Once Barnes and Tard finally got around to making some noise together, Beatty’s card soon fell nicely into the deck as well. “The timing was very serendipitous,” Barnes affirms. While time may have passed, and music trends have come and gone over the years since the three musicians first met, the aspect they find most interesting is that they’ve all stayed true to their roots. “We sound the way we would have sounded if we’d played together 20 years ago,” Tard says. “It makes me feel 20 years younger.” One aspect that did surprise the art rockers was how well they’re able to play together, not just musically, but personality wise. “I didn’t know [being in a band] was supposed to be fun for a long time,” says Tard. Barnes agrees. “It’s usually all pretentious, artistic ideals. With this band, it’s just fun to play together. We genuinely enjoy spending time together.” Ω

If you were asked to describe yourself in 10 words or less, would you give an uninhibited answer? If you’re a member of local three-piece outfit Alphabet Cult, you would. The self-described “middle-age ragers” openly explain themselves as a “concoction of oldies that have been in many, many bands.” Or with the slightly more dramatic Facebook page alternative, “stoner yarn art

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rock played by 122 year-olds.” The members of Alphabet Cult are comfortable in their, as they put it, “old” skin. It’s the first thing to come up in conversation, and the last thing they’ll throw out on the way to the door. Perhaps they’re embracing that “with age comes wisdom” aspect of life—channeling their years of experience into well-crafted guitar riffs. Or perhaps they’re just proud of where they’re at right now, kids and all. Walking through the door of their practice house, the first thing you’re greeted by is a miniature Incredible Hulk, also known as the son of Alphabet Cult vocalist/ bassist Leah “Tard.” Then you’ll step around some toys, and if you’re lucky, get offered a mini Hershey’s bar from a jar full of goodies. All while Tard busies around the house in an apron, answering questions and impressively cooking dinner at the same time. If the Hulk needs a bit of attention, guitarist/vocalist Cyril Beatty will gladly plop down on the floor beside him to toss a ball. Middle age might have struck the musicians, but they haven’t let a few parental obligations and slightly

Alphabet Cult’s Darren Barnes, Leah “Tard” Ruby and Cyril Beatty ain’t chicken.

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THURSDAY 6/20 1UP

Black Market III, 9pm, $5

DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover

906 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-8891

Riptide Bandits, Pinky Polanski, Voted Best Band, Beer Can, 8:30pm, no cover

Duane Peters Gunfight, Out For War, The Reality Show, 10 Cent Mistake, 8pm, $13, $15

BAR-M-BAR

Freestyle firespinning, 9pm, no cover

Blues jam w/Blue Haven, 9:30pm, no cover

THE ALLEY

816 Highway 40 West, Verdi; (775) 351-3206

CEOL IRISH PUB

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

CHAPEL TAVERN

1099 S. Virginia St., (775) 324-2244

Pub Quiz Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover

The Clarke Brothers, 9pm, no cover

Sonic Mass w/DJ Tigerbunny, 7pm, no cover

Good Friday with rotating DJs, 10pm, no cover

COMMA COFFEE

Burning Dance Night, 8pm, no cover

10 E. Ninth St., (775) 284-7270

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Paul Covarelli, 6pm, no cover

DAVIDSON’S DISTILLERY 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

EL CORTEZ LOUNGE

Traditional Irish Tune Session, 7pm, Tu, Collin Ross, 6:30pm, W, no cover

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Monday Night Open Mic, 8pm, M, no cover

James Wilsey Jr., 9pm, no cover

World Dance Open Floor Night, 8pm, no cover

312 S. Carson St., Carson City; (775) 883-2662

3rd Street, 125 W. Third St., 323-5005: Comedy Night & Improv w/Patrick Shillito, W, 9pm, no cover

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 6/24-6/26

Jason King, 9:30pm, no cover

125 W. Third St., (775) 323-5005

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SUNDAY 6/23

Open Deck Wednesday, 8pm, W, no cover

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June 20, 8:30 p.m. Knitting Factory 211 N. Virginia St. 323-5648

SATURDAY 6/22 Select Saturdays, 10pm, no cover

214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 329-9444

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FRIDAY 6/21

Collective Thursdays, 8pm, no cover

Norm Follett, 6pm, no cover Seeing Eye Dogs, 9pm, no cover

Seeing Eye Dogs, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke w/Miss Amber, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke w/Lisa Lisa, 9pm, no cover

CW and Mr. Spoons, noon, M, no cover Open Mic and Art Show, 8:15pm, M, no cover

Hellbilly Wally Invitational Jam, 9pm, M, karaoke, 9pm, Tu, open mic, 9pm, W, no cover Karaoke w/Lisa Lisa, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke w/Lisa Lisa, 9pm, M, Tu, no cover Karaoke w/Miss Amber, 9pm, W, no cover

THE GRID BAR & GRILL

Karaoke w/Andrew, 9pm, no cover

Bass Heavy, 9pm, W, $TBA

The Improv at Harveys Cabaret, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, (800) 553-1022: James Davis, Avi Liberman, Th-F, Su, 9pm, $25; Sa, 8pm, 10pm, $30; Michael Kosta, Quinn Dahle, W, 9pm, $25

HARRY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Open mic, 7pm, no cover

THE HOLLAND PROJECT

Sole, Moodie Black, Brzowski, DJ Halo, Max Bundles, 8pm, $5

Reno-Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600: Bobby Slayton, F, 8pm; Sa, 7pm & 9:30pm, $15, $18

JAVA JUNGLE

Java Jungle Sunday Music Showcase, 7pm, no cover

Catch a Rising Star, Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., 329-4777: Brian Dunkleman, Th, Su, 7:30pm, $15.95; F, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $15.95; Sa, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $17.95; Jon Stetson’s Ladies Only Psychic Party, Tu, 7:30pm, $15.95

235 W. Second St., (775) 324-4255

Karaoke w/Lisa Lisa, 9pm, no cover

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Live flamenco guitar music, 5:30pm, no cover

170 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-1800 8545 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach; (530) 546-0300 1100 E. Plumb Ln., (775) 828-7665 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

246 W. First St., (775) 329-4484

JAZZ, A LOUISIANA KITCHEN

1180 Scheels Dr., Sparks; (775) 657-8659

Erika Paul, 6pm, no cover

First Take featuring Rick (SAX) Metz, 6pm, no cover

Bill Davis, 6pm, no cover

Jazz Night, 7:30pm, W, $TBA

Colorless Blue, 1pm, no cover

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Open mic, 9pm, M, no cover

71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652

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FRIDAY 6/21

SATURDAY 6/22

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk, 8:30pm, $10-$20

Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Cool Nutz, Mr. E, 8:30pm, $18.50-$40

Authmentis, Zero Client, Qarin, Scattered, 8pm, $10

SUNDAY 6/23

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 6/24-6/26

Hellbilly Bandits, Truckee River Band, Farewell Belladonna, 8pm, $8-$12

KNUCKLEHEADS BAR & GRILL

Open Mic/College Night, 8pm, Tu, no cover

405 Vine St., (775) 323-6500

PIZZA BARON

Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Roger Scime, 8pm, no cover

1155 W. Fourth St., (775) 329-4481

THE POINT

Steve Starr Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 7pm, no cover

3001 W. Fourth St., (775) 322-3001

POLO LOUNGE 1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864

RAW BAR LAKE TAHOE

Live music/DJs, 8pm, $0-$15

31 Highway 50, Stateline; (775) 580-6029

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 9pm, no cover

Blues Jam Wednesday, 7pm, W, no cover

Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Corky Bennett, 7pm W, no cover

Smoke Signalz, 9pm, $5, no cover charge for women

DJ battles, 9pm, $5-$15

RED ROCK BAR 241 S. Sierra St., (775) 324-2468

RUBEN’S CANTINA

Reggae Vibes, 8pm, $0-$15

Karaoke, 8pm, M, Mixtape DJ/iPod jam session, 8pm, Tu, live music/DJs, 8pm, W, $0-$15

Comedy Night hosted by Brandon Lara, 9:30pm, no cover

Open mic hosted by Frankie Ferreira and Brian Depew, 7:30pm M, no cover

Hip Hop and R&B Night, 10pm, $5; no cover charge for women before midnight

1483 E. Fourth St., (775) 622-9424

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

924 S. Wells Ave., (775) 323-4142

Live jazz, 7:30pm, W, no cover

SIDELINES BAR & NIGHTCLUB 1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks; (775) 355-1030

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY 445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

Seasons of Insanity, 9pm, no cover

Open Mic Night w/Tany Jane, 8pm, M, Black and Blues Jam, 8:30pm, Tu, no cover

Dance party, 9pm, no cover

Strange on the Range, 7pm, M, no cover Tuesday Night Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover

STREGA BAR

Sunday Night Strega Mic, 9pm, no cover

310 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-9911 No Pants Party—Camp Elysium Fundraiser, 9pm, $5

Adopt a Singer-Songwriter, 7:30pm, $5

432 E. Fourth St., (775) 410-5993

VASSAR LOUNGE 1545 Vassar St., (775) 348-7197

WALDEN’S COFFEEHOUSE 3940 Mayberry Dr., (775) 787-3307

WILD RIVER GRILLE

Joel Ackerson, 6:30pm, no cover

17 S. Virginia St., (775) 284-7455

June 21, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Club 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

Karaoke w/DJ Hustler, 9pm, Tu, no cover

RYAN’S SALOON

STUDIO ON 4TH

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June 22, 8 p.m. The Alley 906 Victorian Ave. Sparks 358-8891

Standup Tuesdays Comedy Open Mic, 7:30pm Tu, no cover

Friday Night Blues, 8pm, no cover

Rock’N J Entertainment, 8pm, no cover

Wyatt Troxel, Lenny Walker, 7pm, no cover

Reno Music Project Acoustic Open Mic, 6:30pm, no cover

Erika Paul Carlson, 7pm, no cover

Milton Merlos, 7pm, no cover

Collin Ross, 2pm, Tristan Selzler, 7pm, no cover

Duane Peters Gunfight

Eric Andersen, 7pm, M, W, no cover Moon Gravy, 7pm, Tu, no cover

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FREE SHOW: W/ Pinky Polanski, Voted Best Band, and Beer Can

OUT FOR WAR Saturday, June Sat S urday, J une 22

The Show W/ T he Reality Sh how (Norway), 10 Cent Mistake, The Tides

THE DEADLY GALLOWS Thursday, June 27

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FREE SHOW: W/ Reno We Have A Problem, Mary Jane Rocket, Moron Brothers

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OTIS TOUR KICK OFF Friday, June 28

W/ Purification By Fire, Unhailoed, 12 Gauge Facelift, Walk Away Alpha

JUNE 29TH

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ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Grand Ballroom Stage 2) Cabaret

THURSDAY 6/20

FRIDAY 6/21

SATURDAY 6/22

SUNDAY 6/23

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 6/24-6/26

2) American Made Band, 8pm, no cover

2) American Made Band, 4pm, Red Hot Smokin’ Aces, 10pm, no cover

2) American Made Band, 4pm, Red Hot Smokin’ Aces, 10pm, no cover

2) Red Hot Smokin’ Aces, 8pm, no cover

2) Rebekah Chase Band, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

1) Junior Brown, Easy Leaves, 9pm, $20, $25

1) The Everyone Orchestra, 9pm, $20, $23

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

14 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room

ELDORADO HOTEL CASINO

345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 1) Showroom 2) Brew Brothers 3) BuBinga Lounge 4) Roxy’s Bar & Lounge

Steve Miller Band

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) WET Ultra Lounge 3) The Beach 4) Summit Pavilion 219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center

Elbow Room Bar, 2002 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-3526: F, Tu, 7pm; Su, 2pm, no cover Celtic Knot Pub, 541 E. Moana Lane, 829-8886: J.P. and Super Fun Entertainment, Th, 8pm, no cover Flowing Tide Pub, 465 S. Meadows Pkwy., Ste. 5, 284-7707; 4690 Longley Lane, Ste. 30, (775) 284-7610: Karaoke, Sa, 9pm, no cover Sneakers Bar & Grill, 3923 S. McCarran Blvd., 829-8770: Karaoke w/Mark, Sa, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Sparks, 356-6000: Music & Karaoke, F, 9pm; Lovely Karaoke, Sa, 9pm, no cover Washoe Club, 112 S. C St., Virginia City, 847-4467: Gothic Productions Karaoke, Sa, Tu, 8pm, no cover

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1) Menopause the Musical, 3pm, 7pm, $24.95+ 4) Live piano, jazz, 4:30pm, no cover

1) Menopause the Musical, 7pm, Tu, W, $24.95+ 2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, DJ Chris English, 10pm, Tu, no cover 4) Live piano, jazz, 4:30pm, W, no cover

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1) Joan Rivers, 9pm, $25-$55

1) ESC4P3, 8:30pm, $24.95 2) WET Sundays at The Beach, 2pm, no cover

1) ESC4P3, 8:30pm, M, Tu, W, $24.95

1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35

1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35 2) Lingerie Bowling w/DJ Williams, 7pm, DJ Viola Lala Mia, 9pm, no cover 3) Club Sapphire w/DJ I, 9pm, no cover

1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35 2) Lingerie Bowling w/DJ Williams, 7pm, DJ Viola Lala Mia, 9pm, no cover 3) Club Sapphire w/DJ I, 9pm, no cover

1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE

Bottoms Up Saloon, 1923 Prater Way, Sparks, 359-3677: Th-Sa, 9pm, no cover

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18 Highway 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) Cabaret 2) Tahoe Live 3) Outdoor Arena

JOHN ASCUAGA’S NUGGET

1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Showroom 2) Cabaret 3) Orozko 4) Rose Ballroom 5) Trader Dick’s

1) PJ Walsh, 8:30pm W, $10, $15

2) John Dawson, 7pm, no cover 3) Eric Andersen, 5:30pm, no cover 5) DJ Larry Williams, 7pm, no cover

1) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 9pm, $39 2) John Dawson, 8pm, no cover 3) Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover

2) John Dawson, 8pm, Country at the Cabaret w/DJ Jamie G, 9pm, no cover 3) Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover

3) Long Beach Rehab, Weapon, 10pm, $15, $20

3) The Male Room, 8pm, $15

2) John Dawson, 7pm, no cover

2) Country at the Cabaret w/DJ Jamie G, 7pm, W, no cover 3) Greg Chambers & Glenn Osur, 5:30pm, W, no cover

MONTBLEU RESORT

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (800) 648-3353 1) Theatre 2) Opal 3) Blu 4) Onsen Beach & Nightclub 5) Convention Center 6) Outdoor Event Center

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO 2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Tuscany Ballroom 2) Terrace Lounge 3) Edge 4) Capri Ballroom

3) 3-D Thursdays w/DJs Max, Chris English, Kronyak, 10pm, $20

2) Jessica Caylyn, 9pm, no cover 3) Salsa dancing with BB of Salsa Reno, 2) Jessica Caylyn, 9pm, no cover 7:30pm, $10 after 8pm, Summer Kick-Off 3) DJ Inferno, 10pm, $20 Ladies Night w/DJ E-Rock, 10pm, $20

3) Social Network Night, 9pm, no cover 4) Live music, 6:30pm, no cover

2) Live music/DJ, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Friday, 7pm, no cover 4) Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

SILVER LEGACY

407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge 5) Drinx Lounge

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2) Local guest DJs, 10pm, W, no cover

2) Voodoo Cowboys, 7pm, no cover

1) Scotty McCreedy, 8pm, $49.50-$65.50 2) Recovery Sundays, 10pm, no cover 2) Live music/DJ, 9pm, no cover 3) Midnight Mass, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Live music, 6:30pm, no cover 4) Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

2) Voodoo Cowboys, 7pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Gong Show Karaoke, 8pm, Tu, no cover 3) Step This Way (dubstep, house), 8pm, W, no cover


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What if you took the art, electronic dance music and general spirit of Burning Man and put it in the middle of the forest? You’d probably have something like The Bounce Festival, a four-day extravaganza of art, music and camping in the Sierra Nevada. The fifth annual event features an extensive lineup of live and electronic music acts and DJs on three stages, including Beats Antique, Griz, Boombox, Justin Martin, Mark Farina, The Polish Ambassador and Break Science. Many local acts will also perform during the festival, including Whitney Myer, Who Cares, My Flag Is On Fire, Black Rock City All Stars and Buster Blue. There will also be bellydancing, poi spinning, yoga and other workshops emphasizing movement, health and wellness. The Bounce Festival begins on Thursday, June 20, in the verdant environs of Twain, Calif., along the Feather River. The event concludes on June 24. Three-day festival passes are $160 in advance and $180 at the gate. Visit http:// thebouncefestival.com or http://freshbakin’.com.

—Kelley Lang

Reno’s Punk Legacy During the late 1970s and early 1980s, punk rock had energized the musical landscape on both sides of the Atlantic. While the east and west coasts of the United States had established their punk scenes early on, Reno wasn’t that far behind. 7 Seconds had its start in the Biggest Little City, and ground-breaking punk bands such as the Dead Kennedys played in some of the Reno’s underground venues in the early 1980s. Learn about the history of our city’s punk scene during the discussion “Reno’s Punk Legacy,” part of Nevada Humanities The Salon series. The talk features panelists Patrick O’Neil (author of the memoir Hold-Up and former road manager for the Dead Kennedys), Teree Yount (DJ, music guru) and Brad Summerhill (author and musician). The free discussion begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Sundance Music Books and Music, 121 California Ave. Call 784-6587 or 786-1188 or visit http:// www.nevadahumanities.org.

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The Great Speak Your Mind Eldorado BBQ, Hip Hop Music & Art Brews & Blues Festival Festival The 18th annual festival features barbecue, micro-brew tasting and live blues and rock music on two stages. Headliners include Blood Sweat & Tears, Greg Kihn Band and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, as well as returning acts Shane Dwight Band, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Jason King Band, and others. There will be samples from more than 40 microbreweries, including Battle Born, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, AnheuserBusch, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., High Sierra Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Moab Brewery and Lost Coast Brewery. Beer tasting packages range from $30 to $50. Food booths will offer barbecue chicken, ribs, sausage and more for sale. Admission is free. The festival takes place 2-8 p.m., June 21, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m., June 22, outside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., downtown Reno. Call 786-5700 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

The fifth annual festival aims to raise positive community awareness through hip hop music. Headlining acts include Rappin’ 4 Tay, Skywalkers featuring Sunspot Jonz (of Living Legends/Mystik Journeymen) and BOAC, Aesop of Living Legends, Abstract Rude, First Dirt, The Intercepterz, Lefty Rose, Black Rock City All Stars, Apprentice, among other local and regional acts. The event also will feature a vendor village, “grub garden,” an art stroll and other attractions. The festival take place 1-10 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue, in downtown Reno. Admission is free. Call 626-08214 or visit www.facebook.com/symfestival.

Sole In conjunction with the Speak Your Mind Hip Hop Festival, the Holland Project presents the indie hip hop artist, who’s just begun his first headlining solo tour. The 35-year-old rapper (born Tim Holland) has been called “a true revolutionary” by Pitchfork Media and “a hip hop legend” by Huffington Post, for his political, stream-of-consciousness style of rapping, as well as for co-founding the collectively owned, indie hip hop label Anticon in 1998. He has released eight full-length studio albums and a dozen mixed tapes since 2000. His latest effort is No Wising Up, No Settling Down, which features contributions from Gold Panda, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Hood Internet and other guest artists. Sole’s show begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St. Admission is $5. Call 742-1858 or visit www.hollandreno.org.

Nevada Humanities Chautauqua The 22nd annual festival features workshops, roundtable discussions and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout the area, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. This year’s festival explores the theme “No Dream Deferred,” and features portrayals of Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, Langston Hughes and Julia Morgan. The June 24 evening program is free and will feature performances by the Young Chautauquans. The festival takes place at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. Gates open at 5 p.m. with live music at 6 p.m., followed by the Chautauqua performances at 7 p.m. on June 24-27. Tickets are $25 for seats and $10 to watch on the lawn. Admission is free for children age 12 and younger. Call 784-6587 or visit www.nevadahumanities.org.


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Leave No Trace in the Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Progress has it drawbacks. Standards of living have escalated and land toys and camping are high on the list of recreational fun on our public lands. The ability of these open spaces to meet the increasing demands on off-road vehicles and traffic depends largely on the care that we give it when recreating. Indiscriminate use of recreation vehicles such as motorcycles, ATV’s and other desert vehicles are having a staggering impact on wildlife habitats and delicate ecosystems already in 2013. Recreation vehicles are not the culprits themselves, but coupled with a person’s haphazard use, damage is created and it can take up to thirty or forty years to restore areas which otherwise become closed due to reckless use. The Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is being affected by off-road vehicles by a staggering proportion over the past ten years. Friends of Black Rock High Rock, and other conservation groups, monitor and work to protect these wildlife areas. Together, we remind Nevadan’s to let your visit on public lands go as unnoticed as the wind and the clouds so that others who follow will be able to experience the landscape as if no human has tread before them. The environment is everyone’s concern. Take your time, enjoy these magnificent natural areas this summer. Re-discover the many sights and sounds of nature and remember these important Leave No Trace covenants: Travel and Camping Guidelines: • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites • Protect hot springs and water areas by camping at least 300 feet from waters edge • Good campsites are found, not made

Coitus frustratus My boyfriend is a very spiritual person who practices yoga, meditation, etc. He showed me a website about karezza, which basically involves deriving sexual pleasure through long, drawn-out, non-vigorous physical contact without experiencing an orgasm. It sounds nice and all, but I would greatly miss the orgasm part of sex. Well, he recently revealed that he’s a recovering porn and masturbation addict. I see from the way he talks how important it is for him that we give up traditional intercourse for karezza. I love him and want to help him in every possible way, but I’m not sure how to come to terms with giving up orgasms.

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You aren’t a bad girlfriend if you need your boyfriend to be something of an animal in bed, and not the kind found fossilized in rock. OK, to be fair, there is some movement during karezza, just not enough that anybody participating would get anywhere near Orgasmageddon. Alice Stockham, the 19th century Quaker doctor who came up with karezza (named for the Italian word “carezza,” meaning “caress”), argued in her 1896 book that orgasms “without cause”—such as the desire to make a baby—are “degrading.” Stockham called for a more “ennobling” sort of sex, “a quiet affair” that’s “devoid of lustful thoughts, that is, the mere gratification of physical sensations”—or, to put it in more modern terms, 50 Shades Of Reading Next To Each Other In Matching Snuggies. Karezza does get props from practitioners, who insist they feel way more bonded to each other than when they

used to give each other screaming orgasms. However, the science-y sounding claims for its benefits by some of those who publish books and articles about it seem largely unsupported by research. Also, it is not a solution to your boyfriend’s compulsions but a way to avoid dealing with the issues underlying them. As addiction treatment specialist Dr. Frederick Woolverton explains in Unhooked, at the heart of any addiction is an attempt to avoid legitimate suffering—difficult emotions which are part of being alive. You could agree to try karezza for three weeks to see whether it works for you, and by “works,” I mean gets you thinking, “Oh, orgasms, schmorgasms.” Unless it does, it’s unfair to resign yourself to the sexual equivalent of reading a 300-page crime novel—except for the last 30 pages, which you tear out and burn. And despite the spiritual window dressing around karezza, unless your boyfriend is doing as Woolverton advises—taking steps to “head straight into [his] emotional pain, which is what terrifies [an addict] the most”—what you’ll likely have on your hands is a meditating, yoga-doing, spiritual-talking boyfriend who’s only somewhat present. In other words, you support him by committing to help him deal with his feelings while he develops healthy coping mechanisms, not by replacing your “If the van’s a-rockin’…” bumper sticker with “If the van looks like it hasn’t been moved in years …” Ω

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Maybe you’ve

seen that meme circulating on the Internet: “My desire to be well-informed is at odds with my desire to remain sane.” If you feel that way now—and I suspect you might soon if you don’t already—you have cosmic permission, at least for a while, to emphasize sanity over being well-informed. Lose track of what Kim Jong-un and Kim Kardashian are up to, ignore the statements of every jerk on the planet, and maybe even go AWOL from the flood of data that relentlessly pours toward you. Instead, pay attention to every little thing your body has to tell you. Remember and marvel at your nightly dreams. Go slow. Lay low. Be soft. Have fun with unspectacular influences that make you feel at home in the world.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I expect you

will be called on to move fluidly between opposing camps or competing interests or different realities. Maybe you’ll volunteer to serve as an arbiter between the crabby good guys and the righteous bad guys. Perhaps you’ll try to decode one friend’s quirky behavior so that another friend can understand it. You might have to interpret my horoscopes for people who think astrology is bunk. You may even have to be a mediator between your own heart and head, or explain the motivations of your past self to your future self. You can’t be perfect, of course. There will be details lost in translation. But if you’re as patient as a saint and as tricky as a crow, you’ll succeed.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Pablo Casals

was one of the greatest cello players who ever lived. Among his early inspirations was the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Casals discovered Bach’s six cello suites when he was 13 years old, and played them every day for the next 13 years. Have you ever done something similar, Gemini? Devoted yourself to a pleasurable discipline on a regular basis for a long time? I invite you to try it. The coming months will be an excellent time to seek mastery through a diligent attention to the details.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I know that I

am not a category,” said philosopher Buckminster Fuller. “I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process.” Philosopher Norman O. Brown had a similar experience. “The human body is not a thing or substance, but a continuous creation,” he mused. “It is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction.” Now is an excellent time to imagine yourself in these terms, Cancerian. You’re not a finished product and never will be! Celebrate your fluidity, your changeableness, your instinctual urge to reinvent yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Renowned 20th-

century theologian Karl Barth worked on his book Church Dogmatics for 36 years. It was more than 9,000 pages long and contained more than 6 million words. And yet it was incomplete. He had more to say and wanted to keep going. What’s your biggest undone project, Leo? The coming months will be a good time to concentrate on bringing it to a climax. Ideally, you will do so with a flourish, embracing the challenge of creating an artful ending with the same liveliness you had at the beginning of the process. But even if you have to culminate your work in a plodding, prosaic way, do it! Your next big project will be revealed within weeks after you’ve tied up the last loose end.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Susannah

Cibber was a popular 18th-century English contralto whose singing was expressive and moving. On one occasion, she performed Handel’s Messiah with such verve that an influential priest responded by making an extravagant guarantee. He told her that as a result of her glorious singing, any sins she had committed or would commit were forever forgiven. I’d like to see you perpetrate an equivalent amazement, Virgo: a good or beautiful or soulful deed that wins you a flood of enduring slack. The cosmic omens suggest that such an achievement is quite possible.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Johnny Apple-

seed was a 19th-century folk hero renowned for planting apple trees in vast areas of rural America. During the 70 years this famous Libra was alive, he never got married. He believed that if he remained unwed during his time on Earth, he would be blessed with two spirit wives in the afterlife. Have you ever done something like that yourself, Libra? Is there an adventure you’ve denied yourself in the here and now because you think that’s the only way you can get some bigger, better adventure at a later date? If so, now would be an excellent time to adjust your attitude.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “It is kind

of fun to do the impossible,” said Walt Disney, a pioneer animator whose cartoon innovations were remarkable. Judging from your current astrological omens, I think you Scorpios have every right to adopt his battle cry as your mantra. You’ve got an appointment with the frontier. You’re primed to perform experiments at the edge of your understanding. Great mysteries will be tempting you to come closer, and lost secrets will be teasing you with juicy clues. As you explore and tinker with the unknown, you might also want to meditate on the graffiti I saw scrawled on a mirror in a public restroom: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As-

tronauts on lunar expeditions have orbited the moon and seen its entire surface, but the rest of us have never seen more than 59 percent of it. As the moon revolves around the Earth, it always keeps one side turned away from our view. Isn’t that amazing and eerie? The second most important heavenly body, which is such a constant and intimate factor in our lives, is half-hidden. I’d like to propose that there is an analogous phenomenon in your inner world, Sagittarius: a part of you that forever conceals some of its true nature. But I’m pretty sure you will soon be offered an unprecedented chance to explore that mysterious realm.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Anglo-

Irish novelist Laurence Sterne married his wife Elizabeth in 1741. Twenty-five years later, he fell in love with another woman, Eliza. In composing love letters to his new infatuation, he lifted some of the same romantic passages he had originally written to Elizabeth when he was courting her. Try hard not to do anything remotely resembling that, Capricorn. Give your intimate allies your freshest stuff. Treat them as the unique creatures they are. Resist the temptation to use shticks that worked to create closeness in the past.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s

important that you not punish yourself or allow yourself to be punished for the sins that other people have committed. It’s also crucial that you not think nasty thoughts about yourself or put yourself in the presence of anyone who’s prone to thinking nasty thoughts about you. Self-doubt and self-criticism may be healthy for you to entertain about 10 days from now, and at that time, you will probably benefit from receiving compassionate critique from others, too. But for the moment, please put the emphasis on self-protection and selfnurturing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): For more

than three decades, a man in Assam, India, has worked to build a forest. When Jadav “Molai” Payeng started planting and tending seeds at the age of 16, the sandbars bordering the Brahmaputra River were barren. Today, almost entirely thanks to him, they’re covered with a 1,360-acre forest that harbors deer, birds, tigers, rhinos and elephants. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you could launch a comparable project in the next 12 months, Pisces—a labor of love that will require your persistent creativity and provide you with sanctuary for a long time.

Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s expanded weekly audio horoscopes and daily text message horoscopes. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at (877) 873-4888 or (900) 950-7700.


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Wildflower Pat Cambell owns Wildflower Village, 4275-4395 West Fourth St., a unique combination of motel, boutique and arts center. The village has run into some financial problems and is holding an auction fundraiser on Saturday, June 22. For more information, visit www.wildflowervillage.com.

What’s going on? Well, we just need to raise the funds to pay the taxes. We had a little loan going on a small portion of the property that would have paid the taxes and given us a little cash flow for the next year, and the doctor that has the primary loan on it didn’t want us to do that. So, we have to scramble to come up with the money.

So you’re doing an auction? We’re doing a huge auction. We have some fairly expensive art, like a huge totem pole and we have a [Sergio] Bustamante … he’s a very well collected artist, and we have a moon of his that’s pretty valuable. We have a lot of art by artists that sell in our galleries. We have some Inuit art, quite a bit of art glass, and we’re auctioning off stays in our bed and breakfast and stays in our motel rooms.

What’s your fundraising goal? About $50,000.

How close are you to achieving that? Well, we won’t know until we have the auction closed, which will be Saturday night at 7,

I remember it well, the day I became a high school basketball player. Paradoxically, I made this decision during a football game. I was on the punt return unit for my high school junior varsity team, and we were on the field doing our thing. I was closing in on their returner with all the 10th grade speedy hostility I could muster, when a blocker blindsided me and sent me hurtling through space. Literally. Hurtling through space. Then, I landed. I had gone from hurtling to hurting. I’d forgotten how to breathe. The old line, “Did you get the license plate of the truck that just hit me?” was completely applicable. I never saw the guy coming. It was a perfectly legal hit, a vivid wipeout of the kind that makes fans roar with drunken bloodlust. Basically, that dude had erased me. Turned me into a grease spot. I remember getting up after that blast and jogging, zombie-like, over to the sideline. Thankful that I was no longer in the game, I just stood OPINION

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when we’re doing what we call an “unburn.” Businesses have been known to burn down in order to cover costs when they have a problem, so we’re going to unburn. It seems appropriate since it’s close to Burning Man.

Oh, it was outstanding. The last few years we’ve always had the most artists. Last year, we had 40 of the 60 and this year we had 25 of the 50. We’ve done really well. We have a lot of fun. Reno, I think, benefits from an entertaiment venue where you can have people of all ages and still have alcohol and entertainment and fun and everyone’s respectful of each other. We do a lot of steampunk here and pirates. We’ve had three or four steampunk and pirate parties. … The function that’s coming up is our chance to really, one, get better known, and to take care of our financial problem. I think we’ll take care of it. We’ve had such an outpour of support from the community that I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I think it’s going to happen. Ω

Is there information about the auction items up on the website? It isn’t all on the website yet. … What happens is people keep saying, “We want to help. We’ll donate something.” The most important thing is to get people to come out. … They can come [to bid] any time they want from 4 to 7 during the day in our pub, or they can come on Saturday. The unburn starts at 9 in the morning. We’ll have music and entertainement going from 4 into the evening. There will be Jill Marlene and dancers and Dave Cherry.

Tell me a little more about Wildflower Village. It started out as four old motels on six and a quarter acres. We have two galleries. We have a pottery studio. We have an art house where we have classes. … We have a coffee

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there, stunned. And still hurting. I hurt right down to my electrons. I had never been blown up quite like that in a football game, and I think that maybe I was a little shocked that some other human would actually want to inflict that kind of mayhem on a nice boy like myself. You know, jeez buddy, what have I ever done to you to make you want to re-arrange my corpuscles like that? Not only were my bones and glands and cuticles hurt, so were my feelings. It wasn’t long before our fairly feeble offense found itself with another fourth and long. Back on to the field I scuttled, and I can now confess, four decades later, that I was quite pleased that our punter shanked his kick out of bounds, instantly ending the play. Well done, dude whose name I’ve long since forgotten! On the bus home that afternoon, I realized very clearly—I was a basketball player. (I was fine by then. If that kid had really hit me, I

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might have gone straight into Theater!) So you parents of six year old boys, what are you gonna say when your son asks you in two or six or ten years if he can play football? If you say yes, what will that do to your insurance? What will that do to your peace of mind, knowing he could, at any time, on any play, in any game, blow up a knee? Or get his brain squished up against his skull? I don’t think football’s death knell is ringing. Those who opine such may be a bit melodramatic. But change is on the way. In my day, most parents didn’t even blink about granting permission to play football. Now, blinking will be common. The forces on a football field are fearsome and ferocious. Other boys are gonna be out there trying to knock your boy’s block off. You good with that? Ω

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