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First amendment schooled See News, page 8.

This Bike ProjecT PuT in The slow lane See Green, page 11.

mixed martial artists paint the canvas red in reno

Grimm Picks Fall movies See Arts&Culture, page 16.

music saved the video star See Musicbeat, page 25.

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State of the Heart

Steps you can take to help prevent heart disease There are several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and many are within your control. While there is nothing you can do to change your genetic makeup, you can step up efforts to reduce or remove other heart disease risk factors. Here are eight tips that everyone can follow for a heart-healthy lifestyle: y DON’T SMOKE – The number one thing you can do to prevent heart disease is to not smoke. y PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DIET – Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and consume less red meat, salt, sugar (including alcohol) and foods high in fat. Eliminate processed foods from your diet completely (read your labels). y GET MOVING – Keeping your weight reasonable is so important. The more overweight you are, the harder the heart has to pump. Exercising on a regular basis for at least 30-60 minutes a day, however, will not only help you with your weight, but it can help keep your heart in good shape too. y STRESS MANAGEMENT – Mental stress can significantly affect your overall health. Find ways to cope and manage the stress in your life, through exercise, meditation or a hobby. y GET YEARLY CHECKUPS – Including blood work that includes blood sugar and cholesterol screening. y KNOW YOUR NUMBERS – Ask your doctor what your numbers should be. For most healthy adults, blood pressure should be less than 120/80 and total cholesterol should be less than 200mg/dL. HDL, the “good” cholesterol should be higher than 40 in males and higher than 50 in females (and the best way to raise it is through exercise). LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that clogs your arteries, should be lower than 100mg/dL. Lastly, triglycerides, a form of fat in your blood, actually is harmless in terms of your heart but is a marker for increased risk of developing fatty plaques in your arteries. Very high triglycerides, over 400 or 500, put you at risk for developing pancreatitis.

y SHARE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY with your doctor – If your parents had high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you may have it too. Remember, early intervention is the key. y TAKE SYMPTOMS SERIOUSLY – Do not ever dismiss chest pain. I can’t stress this enough. It doesn’t have to be the “elephant sitting on your chest” kind of pain, either. Any kind of chest pain — especially with exercise — should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. And if you or someone you are with experiences severe chest pain or chest pain combined with other symptoms of a possible cardiac event, ACT FAST! Call 9-1-1 so treatment can begin on your way to the hospital while the Emergency Department prepares for your arrival.

Quitting Time There’s no better time than the present to quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (Nevada Tobacco Users Helpline) or visit m for information and assistance. www.livingtobaccofree.com ve your life, Taking these healthy steps can sav save so begin with small changess and iitt will soon mber… Knowledge become a way of life. Remember… y, is power. Learn your family history history, d start share it with your doctor and h today y! taking control of your health today!

“Taking these healthyy step steps ps can in wit th save your life, so begin with small changes and it will life!!” soon become a way of life!”

Dr. Fuller is a board-certified cardiologist with the Northern Nevada Medical Group who specializes in cardiac sports medicine, clinical cardiology and the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. After earning his medical degree at Tufts University, he completed his residency at the University of California at Davis and a Fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Baylor College of Medicine. Originally from New England, d Dr. Fuller moved to our community to better enjoy the outdoors. He enjoys mountain climbing – he has climbed the highest peak on all seven continents, sailing on Lake Tahoe and marathon running

To schedule a consultation, call 775-352-5300.

Medicare and most of the area’s health plans are accepted.

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Exceptional People. Exceptional Quality. Experience the Difference. 2375 East Prater Way | Sparks, NV 89434 | 775-356-4514 | NNMC.com Information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended to constitute medical advice or to be relied upon for the treatment of any particular condition. If you have concerns or questions about specific symptoms that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Northern Nevada Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

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Wheels within wheels

The bird is sleeping

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I’ve probably written a dozen times about standing here at my desk on Friday afternoon, waiting to go have a glass or 10 of red with Georgette on St. James Infirmary’s deck. But the semester started, and running a newspaper, doing two master’s degrees, teaching a class, working on my national project, and keeping the kid out of jail is too much work to have much of a nightlife. Or weekends for that matter. No, today I can’t wait to get out of here because my new car is waiting for me. I just have to go sign the papers and drive the thing home. It’s a blue 2013 Nissan Leaf, an electric car. I think I’ve mentioned my holistic plan to foster my personal green economy, and this is the first step, although I also signed papers and wrote a check out for my new solar modules today, too. That was like 7,000 bucks to get the work started. But, I’m sure you guys know an electric car in the hand is worth a solar power system in the bush any day of the week. I just know it’s going to have that new car smell, which I should point out smells exactly like skunky marijuana to me. Wait until you hear the whole story about this car lease. I’m just one of those people weird things happen to. It’s just the way things are. In fact, the Nissan Leaf hit a U.S. sales record in August, 2,420 of them sold for 253.3 percent increase over last year, and I’ll bet mine was the only one that got sold to someone else after I purchased it but before I picked it up. But hey, shit happens, and the guys at Nissan were kind enough to throw in a charging package, a back-up camera and satelite radio. I was more than satisfied with the make-good, but things got tense for a second there. If you’ve ever told me I can’t have something you’ve promised me, you can probably imagine what that initial phone call sounded like. So, you know the sacrifice I’m making to still be standing here at 4:55 p.m. on Friday afternoon, when the only thing standing between me and the door is the final 20 words on this column.

Re “We’re doing it again?” (Editorial, Sept. 5): A bit better known is your lies about Pahlavi king. Who are you calling fascist? Reza Pahlavi? You are obviously an ignorant bastard who has slept with his mother! Terry Kenward London, England

CATO lies

Genes aren’t fate

Re “Dueling Statistics” (Upfront, Sept. 5): The CATO analysis is basically a fraud. It factors in every single benefit on the books, including some which most poor people will never have access to such as housing vouchers for which there is usually a four- to fiveyear waiting list. According to their own data only 14 percent of Nevada families receive housing assistance. WIC is a program that offers around $70 in vouchers for milk, cheese

Re “What are you made of?” (Feature story, Aug. 22): I am a retired mother of three. Forty years ago, after ongoing bouts of tonsillitis (it’s in my genes), my doctor wanted to remove my tonsils. I did not have it done. Thirty-three years ago, my OB/GYN wanted me to have a hysterectomy (it’s in my genes). I did not have it done. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my lower back (it’s in my genes), and the doctor wanted me to

Murder, we wrote Re “Lost & Found” (Feature story, Sept. 5): Bill Germino did not murder Daniel Yuhasz. He beat him severely and left him for dead, but Yuhasz survived and lived, crippled, for several years. Robert Elston Silver City Editor’s note: Thank you, Robert, you are absolutely correct. He was convicted of second degree attempted murder. The online version of the story has been changed to reflect this.

Damned if they don’t Re “We’re doing it again?” (Editorial, Sept. 5): First, I want to say that I am opposed to the U.S. going into Syria at this time. I want to address the resistance of attacking Syria I am seeing from many Republicans. Many of them are opposed to President Obama launching a limited strike to deter the Syrian army from another chemical attack on the Syrian people. I am wondering if this goes against the Republicans’ own self-interest? Syria has a weapon of mass destruction. They have the ability to deploy the weapon. They have proven their willingness to use the weapon. They have the means to strike Israel but not the U.S. Yet the Republicans say we shouldn’t intervene because we are not the policeman to the world. For years the Republicans have been asking the U.S. and the rest of the world to take out the ability of Iran to develop nuclear weapons. They say if Iran has nukes they could threaten their neighbors, Israel and the U.S. By intervening in Iran this makes the U.S. the policeman to the world. Where is the consistency in the decision making process? Are the Republicans voting against President Obama just to vote against him? And if they succeed in efforts to keep the president from a limited strike against Syria, what will be their argument for a limited strike against Iran? Two countries in the Middle East. Neither are truly an ally nor are they truly an enemy. One is known to have WMDs, the other is in the process of acquiring WMDs. Attack one country for what they might have and could do

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Re “Gotta get that CD” (Upfront, Sept. 5): I attended the University of Nevada (No “R”) on a Dick Graves (now John Ascuaga) “Scholarship.” He gave me a job working 48 hours a week with time to study during the slack time on the graveyard shift. He paid pretty well, too. I was married. My wife and I had a child. I was buying a house and going to school 20 hours a week. That is a commitment even greater than a 178-word oath. And I graduated without any student debt. (The “Yew young whippersnappers” though not stated may be inferred.) Larry L. Wissbeck Paonia, Colo.

and baby formula. WIC eligibility is limited to pregnant mothers or those with children under 5. Utility assistance is not really relevant to a family who lives in a weekly hotel or in their car, which is probably the only option with the maximum cash grant in Nevada for a family of three of $383. CATO also includes federal emergency food assistance which is not direct assistance, but rather a program that provides limited USDA foods to food banks and charities for distribution to the poor and homeless. If you are curious as to why CATO would intentionally manipulate statistics, you need to look at a few of their white papers. Their solution for the “welfare problem” is: “The ultimate reform goal, however, should be to eliminate the entire system of lowincome welfare for individuals ... (they) would have to rely on the support of family, church, community, or private charity.” And their solution to finding jobs for these welfare slackers is to eliminate minimum wage: “Minimum wages particularly stifle job opportunities for low-skill workers, youth, and minorities, which are the groups that policymakers are often trying to help with these policies.” If you are really mean spirited and agree with CATO, then I suggest you consider the implications of the decreases in the wages of all workers which would occur if you eliminated welfare and minimum wage and had millions of people fighting over jobs that might end up paying a fraction of minimum wage. Lynne Black Reno

and not the other country for what they do have and have already done. Dewey Quong Reno

Will work for school

Editor/Publisher D. Brian Burghart News Editor Dennis Myers Arts Editor Brad Bynum Calendar Editor Kelley Lang Editorial Intern Sage Leehey Contributors Amy Alkon, Chanelle Bessette, Megan Berner, Mark Dunagan, Bob Grimm, Ashley Hennefer, Sheila Leslie, Dave Preston, Jessica Santina, K.J. Sullivan, Kris Vagner, Bruce Van Dyke, Allison Young

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take prescription drugs. I did not do so. Six years ago, my OB/GYN wanted to admit me to a local hospital for a breast biopsy and possible mastectomy (it’s in my genes). I did not have it done, and I now breast check with thermograms rather than mammograms. My mother died from high blood pressure, so it’s in my genes, but mine is healthy. I researched each condition, addressed each one with behavior changes, healthier food choices, distilled water, natural herbal supplements and exercise. My annual health checks and blood work are proof positive that I no longer suffer these conditions. I have taken an extra step in research and studies and am now a certified master herbalist pushing 70. If I can do it, anybody can do it, including Angelina Jolie. I am not world famous, so it may not matter much, but it’s the truth. Oh, and my father had heart trouble, and I was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 19, so it’s in my genes, but my doc is amazed at how healthy my heart is. I love Angelina, but her decisions are sure not going to make me do anything radical to my body. I pray her decision does not promote a new trend. Anne Huber Reno

If you build it Re “Nevada should accept nuclear waste” (The Liberty Belle, Aug. 29): Thank you for a well-stated endorsement for responsible management of spent nuclear fuels. Yucca Mountain has been studied and overstudied to serve this purpose for many decades, and many millions (billions, probably) of dollars have been spent to demonstrate that long-term (permanent, basically) storage of such waste at Yucca Mountain is a reasonable and safe proposition. As you say, nuke waste disposal is a necessary component for our nuclear energy policy. Nuclear power—both uraniumbased as it is now, plus thorium-based liquid fluoride thorium reactors, which are very promising—offers an economically-viable alternative to power generation from carbon fuels. Bob Roe Oklahoma City

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EVENTS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART & STROKE WALK AND 5K RUN Celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising awareness for heart disease and stroke. Su, 9/22, 9AM-noon, $35 for run registration. Presented by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. www. nevadaheartwalk.com GREAT BASIN LOCAL NEVADA FARMERS MARKET Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks is celebrating Nevada’s late-season harvests with a NevadaGrown farmers market that will feature local farms, ranches, food purveyors and... Th, 3:30-7:30PM through 9/26. Free. Great Basin Brewing Co., 846 Victorian Ave. (775) 355-7711 INTO THE LIGHT TOUR Do not miss this amazing night of worship. Tickets available at Sparks Christian Fellowship, His Word, The Manger, itickets.com and Connected Music Ministries. Su, 9/29, 6:30PM, $20 for general admission; $25 at door; $30 for VIP. Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Dr. (775) 331-2303 HARVEST FESTIVAL Our 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and Artisan Fair. Come see the harvest of our local farmers and gardeners, enjoy great food, fun and activities. Sa, 9/28, 10AM-5PM and Su, 9/29, 10AM-5PM. Free. Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way (775) 355-1551 MOVIE PREMIERE: FREE AS A BIRD Kick off the fall wildlife season with a free, family-friendly short movie! The area’s best wildlife shows are about to start! Th, 9/12, 6PM. Free. Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave. (775) 355-1144

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Tu, 6:30PM through 11/26. Free. Scheels, 1200 Scheels Dr. (775) 331-2700 SCHEELS BIKING CLUB Join Scheels cyclists to do some road biking around the city of Sparks. Moderate to strong riders are encouraged to participate. Th, 5:45PM through 9/26. Free. Scheels, 1200 Scheels Dr. (775) 331-2700

PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC DUO BRASILEIRO Spend a well deserved evening out and relax in the beautiful atmosphere of the Orozko Lounge. There is no cover charge and parking is free. Th, 9/12, 5:30PM, F, 9/13, 6PM and Sa, 9/14, 6PM. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 ERIKA PAUL SINGS Enjoy Louisiana-style food and the soulful, breathtaking jazz sounds of Erika Paul on keyboards and vocals. No cover. Th, 6PM. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1180 Scheels Dr., Sparks, NV 89441 / (775) 657-8659 STEW STEWART BAND Join the fun at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget in the Casino Cabaret for weekly live entertainment. Th, 9/12, 7PM, F, 9/13, 4 & 8PM, Sa, 9/14, 4PM and Su, 9/15, 7PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 ERIC ANDERSEN

Enjoy an evening with great food and lively music at Trader Dick’s restaurant in the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. F, 9/13, 6PM, Sa, 9/14, 6PM and Su, 9/15, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 RICCI MARTIN: A SON REMEMBERS Ricci Martin is the son of Dean Martin and he is presenting this charming tribute to his father. F, 9/13, 8PM and Sa, 9/14, 8PM, $20. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 HEAVEN’S BASEMENT AND NOTHING MORE F, 9/13, 8PM, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030

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happening now! BASTERD SAINTS Sa, 9/14, 9PM, no cover. Sidelines Bar & Nightclub, 1237 Baring Blvd. (775) 355-1030 CRYSTAL IMAGE

Join the fun at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget in the Casino Cabaret for weekly live entertainment. Su, 9/15, 7PM, M, 9/16, 4 & 8PM, Tu, 9/17, 4PM and W, 9/18, 7PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 LIN ROUNTREE W, 9/18, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 COLIN ROSS Spend a well deserved evening out and relax in the beautiful atmosphere of the Orozko Lounge. Th, 9/19, 5:30PM, F, 9/20, 6PM and Sa, 9/21, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 JOHN DAWSON BAND Th, 9/19, 7PM, F, 9/20, 4 & 8PM, Sa, 9/21, 4PM and Su, 9/22, 7PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 THOM AND THE TIKIS

Enjoy an evening with great food and lively music at Trader Dick’s restaurant in the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. F, 9/20, 6PM, Sa, 9/21, 6PM and Su, 9/22, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 STREET VIBRATIONS WITH GROOVE CITY Enjoy some live music after checking out the amazing bikes during the Street Vibrations Fall Rally. Th, 9/26, 9PM, F, 9/27, 9PM, Sa, 9/28, 4PM and Su, 9/29, 9PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 KYLE WILLIAMS

Enjoy an evening with great food and lively music at Trader Dick’s restaurant in the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. F, 9/27, 6PM, Sa, 9/28, 6PM and Su, 9/29, 6PM, no cover. John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave. (775) 356-3300 ERIKA PAUL SINGS Enjoy Louisiana-style food and the soulful, breathtaking jazz sounds of Erika Paul on keyboards and vocals. No cover. Th,

6PM. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, 1180 Scheels Dr., Sparks, NV 89441 / (775) 657-8659 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 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 OPEN MIC GREAT BASIN BREWING Open mic comedy. Th, 9PM, no cover, 846 Victorian Ave. (775) 355-7711

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Is there something you would fight for? Asked in downtown Reno Michael Renschler Retiree

If someone uses poison gas. Your freedom. Having a good time, which I guess comes down to freedom.

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I’d fight against gun control because in our amendment, the government cannot take that away and so far they’re doing exactly that. We need our right to bear arms. We need our safety in our homes.

Ann Orchutt Retiree

Reform schools structure At a meeting last year, a business consultant said, “There’s a belief there’s not a great education system” in Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval bristled and responded, “I could point to anyone in the room, and they’d say that Nevada is not inferior to anywhere else.” The fact that he was unwilling to listen to unpleasant information spoke volumes about this governor’s many failings. His puny economic development program has Nevada falling further and further behind other small Western states. His failure to raise money for a damaged higher education system left Nevada unable to compete in economic development with those other states. His lack of involvement in the legislative process meant that he, like his predecessor, relied on vetoes instead of working with legislators, and he caused an unnecessary special session of the Legislature. His partisan veto of a legislative redistricting plan put an out-of-control judge in charge of the matter. His lack of leadership on the patient-dumping scandal meant that when Nevadans looked to their governor, he was nowhere to be seen. Now, having failed other portions of the Nevada community, he is screwing up primary and secondary education. Nevada does not have a great education system. The governor has a weakness for empire building. Nevada had an economic development program that operated independently and reflected all viewpoints. Then Sandoval proposed, and the Legislature approved, a new system under the governor’s thumb. It serves the purpose of showcasing him for publicity purposes, but it did nothing to strengthen the state’s economic development efforts. OPINION

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That same kind of empire building was reflected when Sandoval called on the Legislature to allow him to appoint the state superintendent of schools, previously appointed by the Nevada Board of Education. Then, for good measure, he also asked that he appoint the members of the Board of Education. Given the power to appoint the superintendent, Sandoval chose James Guthrie, who spoke unpopular truths that the public and governor badly needed to hear—that the inadequate Clark County schools drag down the state performance average, for instance. But Sandoval is not the kind of executive who appoints his man and then stands behind him. When Guthrie resigned, the governor set out to get himself a hand puppet instead of a servant of the public. The governor appointed an old crony and childhood friend who can be counted on to be Sandoval Jr. Dale Erquiaga is a former deputy secretary of state of Nevada and head of the state culture agency. He’s been a job jumper for years, seldom staying in one place for long, even as a staffer in Sandoval’s office. His experience in education is as meager as the governor’s commitment to it. This is not the way education should be handled. Members of the Washoe County legislative delegation should begin preparing now to reverse the decision to make the superintendent and school board members political appointees. It has been a fiasco, like much of the Sandoval administration. In fact, while they are at it, they should return Nevada not just to electing its school board but electing its superintendent, too, which it did for most of state history. Then the superintendent can speak candidly to the public without fear of being forced out. And if there is one thing residents are qualified to vote on, it is education. Ω |

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Freedom and love because I think those are two great values. I don’t like to use the word fight. Strive, maybe. Problem is, the government often gets to define these things for the benefit, in quotes, of the people.

Nicholas Eylnn Retiree

Look where you’re at, in Syria, and all these crazy places. Look at all these people out here. None of them have homes. I think we’ve outgrown the present situation.

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Sandoval made the right choice Once in a while, Nevada gets it right. In this case, we can’t afford not to. Ignoring the national partisan rancor over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), our governor and Legislature methodically moved forward with creating a health insurance exchange by so our citizens would have access Sheila Leslie to competitive policies by the time insurance coverage is required of everyone. Nevada’s willingness to jump into the planning process early garnered almost $84 million in grant funding from the federal government, giving us an unheard-of ranking (for Nevada) of ninth in the country in per capita funding for this purpose. You might be rightly wondering how Nevada avoided the usual deadlock caused by a Republican governor and a Democratic Legislature and got its act together to become a national leader in the much-maligned and poorly understood “Obamacare.� After all, since its passage Congress has voted 40 times to repeal it, unsuccessfully.

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It might have something to do with our dismal statistics in health insurance coverage. About 25 percent of Nevadans are uninsured, the third highest rate in the nation. Only Texas and Louisiana are worse. Estimates of the number of uninsured Nevadans who could be insured through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange run from 100,000 to more than 300,000. Nevada also opted-in to expansion of Medicaid. There are at least 163,000 Nevadans who will become eligible under this initiative, along with 41,000 more who currently are eligible but aren’t enrolled. Nevada should receive over $700 million in federal funding for the Medicaid expansion during the first three years. Gov. Sandoval was actually the first Republican governor to embrace Medicaid expansion. In a statement to the Associated Press, he explained his position: “Though I have never liked the Affordable Care Act because of the individual mandate it places on citizens, the increased burden on businesses and concerns about access

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to health care, the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court. As such, I am forced to accept it as today’s reality, and I have decided to expand Nevada’s Medicaid coverage.� While denouncing the ACA, as nearly every Republican does seemingly by reflex, Sandoval nevertheless got on board early, no doubt pressured heavily by the hospital industry that bears the brunt of the cost of emergency care for the uninsured, passing those costs onto the rest of us through increased rates and insurance premiums. Business trumps partisan politics sometimes. Contrast this realistic and pragmatic position with that of Nevada’s other ranking Republican official, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, who is shamefully participating in an extremely misleading characterization that Congress is “exempting� itself from Obamacare. (For a succinct account of this maneuver to obscure the truth and create a right-wing talking point, read “The Latest Obamacare Lie That Just Won’t Die� on the New Republic website). In Heller’s reality, the president

and congressional Democrats want to exempt themselves from Obamacare. What really happened is they called GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley’s bluff and agreed to give up their federal health care plan and use the exchange to purchase health coverage instead, something no other worker in the country has to do. The “exemption� being touted by the Republicans and right-wing media is simply a mechanism allowing for employer-paid premiums to continue for these positions. The irony is as a state legislator and Nevada’s Secretary of State, Heller was known for being rational, reasonable and affable. He seemed sincere about solving problems for his constituents. But like so many others, after a few years in Congress, he has become unrecognizable, more interested in scorning the president’s efforts than trying to connect citizens with affordable health care. Sen. Heller is an intelligent man. His involvement in this mockery of the truth is not just annoying, it’s beneath him. Ί

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Douglas County was faced with a case that pitted free speech claims against school safety needs.

Documentary to be shown The 1998 independent documentary Trans will be shown at the Galaxy Fandango Theatre in Carson City on Sept. 16. The award-winning movie opens with the story of Dr. Christine McGinn, formerly Lt. Commander Christopher McGinn, a NASA flight surgeon. She told Philly magazine that she participated in the filming because “there is a need for a well-made documentary that covers some of the social issues that affect transgendered people.” From McGinn’s story, the film moves on to other individual stories of transgender people. The showing will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Galaxy Fandango Theatre in Carson. Tickets can be purchased at www.tugg.com/ events/4923. Additional information is available by calling 220-4151.

Jobless pay reduced Unemployment compensation payments in Nevada for 20,000plus residents have been cut 59 percent. The state has the highest jobless rate in the nation. The state delayed sequestration cuts and with the fiscal year ending at the end of this month, the cuts have to be packed into a short time, prompting the mammoth cut in unemployment payments. Normally, the average weekly check in Nevada is $309.

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Marijuana planning moves slowly State legislators have approved funding to hire staff and collect taxes as part of Nevada’s medical marijuana process. The Interim Finance Committee, which allocates money when the full legislature is out of session, provided $250,000 to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health for two contract employees who will set up the program. Another $529,000 was given to the state Taxation Department to create a system to collect excise taxes on the sale of marijuana. The Nevada Legislature this year provided for 40 dispensaries around the state after state Judge Donald Mosley ruled that the state’s failure to provide a means for patients to obtain the substance “is either poorly contemplated or purposely constructed to frustrate the implementation of constitutionally mandated access to the substance.” Meanwhile, in Las Vegas last week, the city put a six-month moratorium on approving any dispensaries. The foot-dragging drew criticism but was defended by vice mayor Stavros Anthony, who previously—as a Nevada regent—tried to bar rap music from Lawlor Events Center and other higher education locations in the state. Anthony, a police officer, said the long delay will give the city more time to write regulations, a job that is already being done by the state. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, on the other hand, expressed concern that patients get good stuff, though there is no existing program for assessing the quality of grass. She also suggested that the dispensaries should be non-profit, which—with numerous potential commercial vendors lined up waiting—appears to be a non-starter.

Court sorts out competing school issues The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the expulsion of a Douglas by County High School student who Dennis Myers used threatening language in his social media communications sent from home to classmates. The court opinion, by Judge M. Margaret McKeown, represented the view of a three-judge panel of the court. The opinion navigated legally difficult points of conflict between school safety and freedom of expression and found the student’s speech rights and due process rights were

“Douglas County faced a dilemma every school dreads.” U.S. Court of Appeals Wynar v. Douglas County

The meter’s still running Although the Iraq war is supposedly over—at least the U.S. portion of it—taxpayers keep paying for it. The last time we checked, the Iraq war had cost the U.S. $799,718,239,000 (“Now that the war is ‘over’”, RN&R, Dec. 29. 2011). Today that figure is $814,086,482,000, according to the National Priorities Project. The cost to Reno taxpayers for the war so far is $676,862,107, and the amount is still rising. According to NPP, the cost to all Renoites for the war each hour is $685.

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The court opinion at issue, Mark Wynar v. Douglas County School District, can be found at www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ opinions/ The Nevada statute under which the student was charged is at www. leg.state.nv.us/NRS/ NRS-392.html. its number is NRS 392.4655

not violated. “With the advent of the internet and in the wake of school shootings at Columbine, Santee, Newtown and many others, school administrators face the daunting task of evaluating potential threats of violence and keeping their students safe without impinging on their constitutional rights,” McKeown wrote. “It is a feat like tightrope balancing, where an error in judgment can lead to a tragic result.” The court itself walked a tightrope: “At the same time, school officials must take care not to overreact and to take into account the creative juices

and often startling writings of the students.” The student, a sophomore named Landon Wynar, sent messages to his fellow students in 2008 that alarmed them. After communications among themselves, they took the problem to a coach, who accompanied them to the principal, who called in law enforcement. One deputy described the students as visibly shaken. Wynar, after declining to have a parent present, was questioned about the messages and he called them a joke. Examples of those messages: • “its pretty simple / i have a sweet gun / my neighbor is giving me 500 rounds / dhs [Douglas High School] is gay / ive watched these kinds of movies so i know how NOT to go wrong / i just cant decide who will be on my hit list / and thats totally deminted and it scares even my self” • “i havent decided which 4/20 i will be doing it on / by next year, i might have a better gun to use such as an MI cabine w/ a 30 rd clip. . . .or 5 clips. . . .10?” [April 20 was the date of the Columbine tragedy.] It was later learned that Wynar had several weapons at home, including a Russian semi-automatic rifle. After signing a statement Wynar was suspended for 10 days. He spent 31 days in jail. Ultimately, he was charged by the Douglas County School Board under Nevada Revised Statute 392.4655, which provides in part, “[A] principal of a school shall deem a pupil ... a habitual

disciplinary problem if the school has written evidence which documents that in 1 school year: (a) The pupil has threatened or extorted, or attempted to threaten or extort, another pupil or a teacher or other personnel employed by the school.” In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court provided a broad right of students to free expression in Tinker v. Des Moines. That right has been steadily narrowed since then by several subsequent cases. The Ninth Circuit itself turned for guidance to its own ruling in a previous, similar case—LaVine v. Blaine School District. The court first examined Wynar’s First Amendment claim. He was expelled for what he wrote, not for anything he actually did, and he did the writing off the school grounds. The opinion read: “A student’s profanity-laced parody of a principal is hardly the same as a threat of a school shooting, and we are reluctant to try and craft a one-size-fits-all approach. … [I]t should have been reasonably foreseeable to Landon that his messages would reach campus. ... Here we make explicit what was implicit in LaVine: when faced with an identifiable threat of school violence, schools may take disciplinary action in response to off-campus speech that meets the requirements of Tinker.” As for whether Wynar’s exercise of his free speech caused disruption or interference with school activities—a threshold issue in Tinker—the court panel said, “Confronted with messages that could be interpreted as a plan to attack the school, written by a student with confirmed access to weapons and brought to the school’s attention by fellow students, Douglas County faced a dilemma every school dreads. … [T]he harm described would have been catastrophic had it occurred.” One student specifically identified as a target in the Wynar messages said her father would not allow her to return to school if Wynar was there. The court said, “The location of the speech can make a difference, but that does not mean that all off-campus speech is beyond the reach of school officials.” The court examined the issue of whether Wynar had invaded the rights of others, also an issue in Tinker: “Landon’s messages threatened the student body as a whole and targeted specific students by name. They represent the quintessential harm to the rights of other students to be secure.” The court did not give the school district a pass on its handling of the Wynar case, calling it “primitive.” “Our responsibility, however, is not to parse the wisdom of Douglas


County’s actions, but to determine whether they were constitutional. We conclude that they were.” The court then turned to Wynar’s claim of a violation of procedural due process before his suspension. “Under Nevada law, Landon had a property interest in his public education and was therefore entitled to due process before he could be suspended,” the court noted. But it said with a seeming lack of enthusiasm that the handling of the case “was constitutionally adequate. Neither the Constitution nor the school district’s policies require parental notification prior to imposing a 10-day suspension or prior to meeting with a student.” To Wynar’s claim that he was not notified that he could face discipline for some off-campus actions, the court found, “Apart from common sense, the school’s student handbook, which is distributed at the beginning of each year, gave adequate warning ... that he could face sanctions for his alarming statements about shooting classmates.” The court decided it need not address Wynar’s contention that he was joking in his messages because “it was reasonable for Douglas County to proceed as though he was not.” “Though he was charged under a habitual discipline statute and had no previous record of problems, the court found that the statute does require habitual problems in some discipline areas, but not in extortion or threat.” The court also noted that a study of

school shootings by the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education found that in most cases there were no previous discipline problems.” Allen Lichtenstein and Vanessa Spinazola of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada read the decision at the request of the RN&R and offered this analysis: “In this case, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that under certain exigent circumstances, particularly where school and student safety is concerned, the reach of school authority to involve itself in matters of off campus speech may be appropriate. The court, however, made it clear that absent special circumstances speech by students that occurs away from the school is not ordinarily within the purview of school disciplinary policies. This decision is fairly reasonable, particularly in light of actions happening in other circuits, where school authority is being stretched much further.” One matter not directly addressed was Wynar’s state of mind, likely because the case was limited to constitutional issues. Messages Wynar sent out suggested he felt isolated and even hated, by students and parents. The opinion said the Ninth Circuit in an earlier case argued that expulsion “without providing some kind of counseling or supervision might not be the best response to a school’s concern for potential violence.” Wynar is now legally an adult. Ω

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Lane change Road conversion project delayed The bicyclists in Reno have found themselves facing another setback in their pursuit of safer streets for all users. Back in June, the governor signed into law Assembly Bill 145, also by Sage Leehey known as the Complete Streets legislation, which will create funding for making streets more accessible for all users. A feature in this sage l@ legislation is that part of it won’t go into effect until Oct. 15, when the newsreview.c om Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles says there will be enough funding and resources to implement it. In the meantime, Reno cyclists have still been working to get streets converted. One road conversion that was planned has been delayed indefinitely after a vote at the Aug. 28 Reno City Council meeting. Keystone Avenue from Coleman Drive to University Terrace is now in a state of limbo until the council discusses the matter and decides whether to postpone the project, end it completely or start construction. “They were going to seal it, and then when they restriped it, they were going to do one turn lane, two travel lanes, bicycle lanes and then sidewalk,” cycling activist Scott Hall said. “It was supposed to happen right now.” Hall said that this project was not anticipated to be an issue at all until the meeting where it was delayed. “This whole Keystone thing was out of nowhere, like a bomb went off,” Hall said. This wasn’t even supposed to be a problem. All the meetings—they had two community workshops—were all positive. Some small complaints and questions, but that was it.” For more information about Hall believes Keystone is extremely unsafe at this time and needs Assembly Bill 145, this conversion as soon as possible. Any delay in this project will read “Road Rules” cause further delays in larger projects around the city, like the yearlong from June 13. Keystone corridor study from I-80 to California Avenue. “This is just the appetizer for the rest, so we want to make the appetizer great so that the whole corridor will be functioning well,” Hall said. “The impact of this will impact the whole corridor. Every time there is a corridor study, this is what you’re going to get for the next 10 or 15 years, so this is huge. Everything cascades down. ... So that’s why we want everything to go easy and quick. The reason that the project has been delayed is there were some complaints that the project would “cause congestion without making any real impact on the community,” according to Hall. But he said that this is misinformation because “there is a smoother flow of traffic and the traffic controls—stop lights and stop signs—manage that traffic” to limit congestion and that he thinks safety and public access are the most important issues here because this road is a “public rideaway.” “Yes, we are helping,” Hall said. “Yes, we are inconveniencing some people, motorists maybe. But democracy is not only majority rules, it’s about minority rights. So the rights of each individual to be safe, to get to where they want to go to in a reasonable time and have a fun and usable community—that is what the community is all about.” Ω OPINION

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Aug. 24, a recent Saturday, at the Reno Events Center downtown, two fighters entered the large cage in the center of the room. There was a crowd of about 600 onlookers or so. According to promoter Rick Collup, that was only about half the size as the crowd who shows up for Ultimate Reno Combat’s busier events, but it was a busy night around town. The event was Ultimate Reno Combat 43. I was seated just a couple of rows back and had a clear vantage of all the action. The first couple of fights, which featured less experienced fighters, were fairly tedious, and I was able to maintain my detached reporter’s perspective. But the fights got more exciting as the event carried on, and by the time of the evening’s two title bouts, I was on my feet, rooting and cheering with the rest of the crowd. The first title bout was for the Ultimate Reno Combat 135lb Women’s Title. Auttumn Norton relentlessly dominated Brieta Carpenter and won quickly with a first-round TKO. And then there was Ultimate Reno Combat Lightweight Title. Reno fighter Sinjen Smith, the belt holder, was up against Rob Gamble of Oregon. The fight was a rematch. The first time the two fighters met, Smith won by submission in the first round. Gamble felt

that the referee ended the fight too soon and called out Smith for a rematch. On Aug. 24, Gamble entered the cage first, followed by Smith, who was greeted with cheers from the hometown crowd. The fight was over in less than 15 seconds. After a few preliminary punches and kicks, where the two fighters seemed to be testing each other out, Smith moved in with a quick combination—a couple of quick hits and then a devastating kick that connected Smith’s shinbone to the side of Gamble’s head. Gamble collapsed, and Smith followed him with no hesitation, pounding his fists into his opponent a couple of times before the ref intervened. Smith was ecstatic. He started celebrating his victory, dancing around happily, hopping on top of the cage wall and screaming in triumph. Then, when he noticed that Gamble was still unconscious and would need to be taken out by EMTs on a stretcher, he got visibly upset. He raised his hands to his head and teared up. The crowd, which had been raucous with cheers moments before, was totally silent. The PA system, which had been blasting a boastful hip-hop tune, fell silent.

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“I want to make this my chess match ... I want to make this my fight.”

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Sinjen Smith was visibly concerned after knocking out Rob Gamble.

Swept up in the heat of the action during the fight, I felt a stomach-sinking sense of anxiety—the feeling that I had been complicit to something horrible, like it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. It was like somebody ripped the needle across the record. Then, the crowd finally took a breath and let out a cheer when Gamble started moving his hands and communicating with the EMTs. After the announcer—somewhat redundantly—proclaimed that the still visibly shaken Smith was the victor, Smith did his best to express the sense of concern palpable in the audience. “First of all, Rob, you’re an awesome guy,” he said. “This is the sport. I’m sorry that it turned out the way it did. I hope you’re going to be OK, man. I care about you. … You’re an awesome fighter, man. I hope you recover fast.” Then, he dedicated his fight to Natalia Berumen, the young, recently deceased sister of a family friend. It was a somber, bittersweet ending to an otherwise energetic evening.

Out Of the cage Over the course of the last 20 years, Mixed Martial Arts fights—one-on-one combat between fighters with diverse skill sets, drawing on boxing, wrestling, judo, karate and more—have grown from mysterious events discussed in hushed tones of disbelief to a central part of the mainstream of American sports. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest professional MMA company, is essentially a major league sport. In mid-August, a UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports attracted nearly 2 million viewers. And former and current MMA fighters like Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Ronda Rousey have become household names—at least in houses that follow sports at all. But, like most sports, in addition to the professional level, there are various minor and amateur leagues. Locally, there’s Ultimate Reno Combat, owned and operated by Collup, who also owns and operates the Reno Academy of Combat gym and the Blood Happens Fight Wear clothing company. 14   |  RN&R   |  September 12, 2013

“We were pronounced the number-one amateur event in the nation by the [International Sport Combat Federation], the number-one sanctioning body in the world,” says Collup. He’s a coach and trainer, as well as a promoter and business owner, as well as a former fighter himself. He comes across as surprisingly easygoing for a fight promoter, with infectious, cleareyed enthusiasm for his sport. A Reno native, he’s owned his gym for 20 years and began promoting fights in 2008. Most nights, the air at the Reno Combat of Academy is thick with sweat and the squeaks and sounds of bodies hitting the mats and breathing and grunting, as various athletes train hard, working out and sparring. There’s a diversity of ages and nearly as many women as men. MMA is not just a sport for haggard, grim-faced bruisers—though there’s certainly a few of them involved. Collup is big and strong, but quick to smile. He carries himself with clear authority but little need to show it off. “I like MMA over boxing and wrestling and all that stuff, because it’s a mixture of all of them,” he says. “So, you have the best of all worlds. Plus, what I got out of it, is that I grew up being picked on by my brother and stuff like that, so I grew up as a really tough kid. I’ve always been physically aggressive, I guess, by nature. I played football. But I like that I can get into the cage, and it’s just me and someone else.” Collup agrees that the sport has changed over the course of the more than 20 years that he’s been doing it. A little bit of regulation—gloves and no headbutts—and the sport has become a legitimate, mainstream part of American culture. “I did it when it was called no-holds-barred and people thought we were crazy prison people,” he says. “People would be like, why do you guys try to kill each other? No, you just try to beat someone else up. Well, now it’s a fullblown sport. … You’ve probably heard it, but cheerleaders get hurt way more often than we do. It’s all superficial. You get a cut and you’re bleeding all over, but it’s just a little dinky cut.” Injuries aren’t unheard of, but aren’t necessarily common either. A 2006 Journal of Sports

Science & Medicine found the risk of injury comparable to the risks in boxing. The Reno Academy of Combat offers classes for children and teens, men and women. In addition to a few different varieties of MMA, they offer classes on jujutsu, zoomba, cardio kickboxing and more. The fighters in Ultimate Reno Combat are unpaid amateurs, but they receive a lot of perks—including $40 fighting gloves and other equipment, as well as videos of their fights. Collup says that many of the fighters are trying to build up fight resumes to eventually go professional with the UFC or another professional company. He says he likes to support up-andcoming athletes with the free perks. “I don’t want to be broke, but I’m never going to be rich,” he says. “I guarantee you that. And I never want to be rich. I don’t like money. Everybody laughs at me when I say this, but I think money is kind of evil,” which is an unusual attitude for a promoter. But he’s passionate about his sport and the fighters at his gym. “There just all good kids,” he says. “I love them. They’re like my kids.” “He’s kind of like a father figure to all of us,” says Smith about Collup. “He treats us like family.”

Life saver A few days before his fight with Gamble, Smith was excited and confident. “The hard part is your training camp,” he said. “You have a date and time that the camp is designed to get you ready for. And that’s the hard part, the training. You’re basically just going through hell, especially the week, two weeks prior to the fight. You’re really pushing yourself, trying not to get hurt, trying to improve your skill—just hours and hours of training so hard. And fight week is pretty important because most people have to cut so much weight. Personally, I cut a little over 20 pounds. … You’re basically going off the pure mentality of this is what you really want. This is what I really want, so nothing’s going to stop me. And by the time you weigh in, it’s all worth it.”

He said he got into it watching the early seasons on TV as a kid. “I just fell in love with it,” he said. “There’s a guy, Diego Sanchez, who’s Mexican-American like myself, and me and my brother would just cheer him on the whole time. I was never a confrontational person. I tried to avoid fights as a kid. I got in a few, but I never liked fighting. But there’s something I like about MMA that got me hooked. But after that, I started going down a bad path. I started hanging out with a bad crowd in high school. I started getting arrested. By the time I was 15, I had already been in jail twice, in juvenile hall. I didn’t know what to do. An officer in there told me, what was I planning to do with the rest of my life? And honestly, I didn’t know how to answer that. It really got to me.” He decided he needed to take up a sport and went to the Reno Academy of Combat. After one day of training he was so sore he could hardly walk. “I thought, there’s no way I could ever fight; I better look for something else,” he said. “But something kept me going even though I hated the training at first. ... Every day I just kept coming in for a full year. That’s when I got hooked on it, and Rick offered me my first fight. It sounds kind of silly, but really it did kind of save my life in a way. If I never set foot in this gym, I don’t know what I’d be doing with my life. I’d probably, honestly, be in jail right now. That’s the path I was going down. And it got me focused on school, because if I didn’t have good grades then my dad wouldn’t bring me in for class. ... People would think that, knowing how to fight you’d be more confrontational towards people, but it’s totally the opposite.” He eloquently described the sensation of getting into the cage: “I’ve never done something that’s given me so many emotions all at once. It’s the strangest thing. You’re happy. You’re excited, a little anxious, a little nervous, angry a little bit, sad a little bit. You’re sad because you’re like, I could do so many other fun things. But then again, you realize why you’re doing it and why you love to fight and then you get happy again. It’s crazy. Walking into the cage is probably the hardest part. Everything hits you all at once. You get tunnel vision.���

“ My first mo n th a n d a h a lf h e re I w as g od-awf u l. Yo u wa n t me to h it somebody? Are yo u cra zy? An d I st art ed t o try a n d try h a rd e r.” JORDAN RAULSTON He said Smith’s strategy and visualizing the fight beforehand were important parts of the sport: “In training and preparing for the fight, you’re kind of thinking of a game plan. You’re thinking of what your next move is compared to his next move and trying to stay a step ahead at all times. I want to make this my chess match. I want to make this my fight.” Brando Amaro is another fighter from the Reno Academy of Combat who had a fight on August 24. He was more introspective than cocksure before his fight. He seemed to think about the sport in a methodic and analytical way.

Jordan Raulstan had her debut fight on August 24. “A lot of my family members and friends, when I told them I was doing it, they were like, what? Why didn’t you keep playing soccer?” she said beforehand. “A lot of my family members aren’t going to go to the fight because they don’t want to see me get hit. I’m going to get hit, but in all honesty, MMA is safer than, like, bullriding, where people get killed.” She likes that the sport is about individual achievement and that it’s possible to quickly see improvement through training.


“I can train as hard as I can for soccer or basketball, but if the team loses it wasn’t necessarily me who caused it—it was a team thing,” she said. “With MMA, however hard I train, I get that back out of it instantly. If I win or lose, that’s on me. ... I like how quickly I see the results. However hard I work I see the results so fast.” She said that when she first came to the gym, she, like many of the fighters, was intimidated. “I am girly girl,” she said. “When I leave here, I have my makeup on and my hair done and wear fancy little clothes. So I walked in here in a tight little outfit, and I thought, oh god, they’re going to look at me and be like, get out of here. My first month and a half here I was god-awful. You want me to hit somebody? Are you crazy? And I started to try and try harder.”

A sport, not A gAme Raulstan’s fight against Hailey Meyer was third on the evening’s card. The crowd rallied behind the local girl: Shouts of “Let’s go, Reno!” and “C’mon, Jordan!” echoed through the events center. The fight was mostly fought up close, with the two combatants grappling against the cage wall and the ground. It was difficult for my untrained eye to tell who was in control. After three rounds, it was announced that Raulston won in a split decision. Meyer seemed upset. In a close fight with no clear-cut winner, the decision went to the hometown girl at an event organized by her own gym. However, later in the evening, it was announced that there’d been a mistake and the decision was reversed, with Meyer taking the win.

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It was then Raulstan’s turn to be frustrated. A rematch seems inevitable. “I went up to her, gave her a hug, and said good job, and said I’d rematch her if she wanted to,” Raulstan told me after the fight. “She said she would. I think it deserves a rematch. And next time, I’m going to finish the fight. I’m going to make sure it’s blatantly obvious next time, just so there’s no confusion.” She’s enthusiastic about continuing in the sport after her first fight. “The first round when I got in there, I was kind of panicking, like what am doing in here? Why am I doing this? But the second and third round I legitimately had fun.” Later that night, Amaro seemed in constant control of his fight. It was fought mostly on

the ground, with Amaro delivering punches from atop his opponent, and won by unanimous decision after three rounds. Despite the victory, Amaro was critical of himself afterward. “I didn’t push the pace,” he said. “I’d counter him, I’d hit him, and then I’d back up and wait on him, instead of just cornering him. I know I could have finished him. I give him credit though. He’s a tough guy. It definitely helped me get a little more comfortable and looking back at the fight, I know what I need to work on.” Even with the win, Amaro’s perspective is to look at it as a learning experience, and to examine what he could do better. “It’s sport, but it’s not a game,” he said “Baseball, soccer, you can play it. But fighting? You can’t play fight. You’ve got to fight.”

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KnocKout Gamble recovered quickly. “Yeah, I’m mad I lost, but I’m OK,” he told Collup later that night. It was Smith’s first victory by knockout. “I go into the cage and I want to beat the opponent bad, but I never want to permanently hurt somebody,” he said afterward. “I want him to be able to walk away from it and be able to fight another day. It really scared me. I thought I broke his neck or something because he didn’t move for what felt like 10 minutes.” It was more like three minutes, but it’s easy to understand how it felt longer to Smith. “I was brought to tears in the cage,” he said. “Rob’s a good guy. We’re all sport in the cage, but sportsmanship out of the cage. I never want to permanently hurt somebody. I thought he’d never walk again. I was like, what did I do? I was thinking all this stuff. The hammer fists—I shouldn’t have done that. But it’s not going to stop me in future fights. We both know what we’re getting ourselves into. ... I wouldn’t expect him not to do the same thing to me if I was in his position. His coaches were talking to me. They saw how upset I was. They told me not to worry. ‘He knew what he was getting himself into, just like you. He’s going to be fine. Calm down. Don’t feel bad.’” Ω

The next Ultimate Reno Combat event will be Oct. 5 at the Reno Events Center. For more information, visit www.renoacademyofcombat.com and www.ultimaterenocombat.com The Smith-Gamble fight can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXitupAPsk8

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(Oct. 25): Johnny Knoxville does a whole film as his old guy character. If the rest of the movie is half as funny as the scene where the kid does a stripper dance to “Cherry Pie,” this will be a blast.

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(Oct. 4): Sandra Bullock and George Clooney get lost in space for director Alfonso Cuaron. I feel like I’ve seen the whole damned thing already because the marketing for this film involves releasing many clips. Stop! I want to be surprised! Early reviews are crazily enthusiastic, so here’s to it kicking some ass.

(Oct. 11): Seventeen years after Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines, we are getting another adaptation of this tragic lubby-dubby story, this one being of the more traditional nature. Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit is in it, so I am intrigued. Trivia: Steinfeld was actually born in ’96, the year of the DiCaprio version. You just learned something stupid and useless.

Runner Runner (Oct. 4): Ben Affleck plays big criminal asshole to Justin Timberlake’s just sort of misguided asshole. It involves online gambling and crocodiles, with the future Batman eventually squaring off against the guy who sings that absolutely adorable “Mirrors” song.

All is Lost  (Oct. 18): Robert Redford, like Tom Hanks before him, will experience peril on the high seas, sans pirates and, of course, sans Tom Hanks. If you like Redford, this is for you because it is all him.

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(Oct. 11): Director Paul Greengrass, master of the shaky cam, pairs with Tom Hanks, master of making us love him because he’s so freaking endearing, in this true story about Somali pirate peril on the high seas. Promises many, many minutes of Hanks looking very anxious.

(Oct. 18): Sylvester Stallone stars as a guy who breaks out of prisons, and Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a dude sitting in prison. Thirty years ago, this would’ve been HUGE!

Machete Kills  (Oct. 11): I’m surprised Machete got a sequel, and I’m even more surprised it got a theatrical release. Groovy.

12 Years a Slave  (Oct. 18): Chiwetel Ejiofor, an actor whose face you know but would be hard challenged to pronounce his name correctly, stars as a pre-Civil War free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Already getting Oscar buzz.

Carrie  (Oct. 18): Chloe Grace Moretz, she of Hit-Girl fame, stars in this retelling of the Stephen King high school nightmare. Something tells me they have no chance of recreating anything close to the deranged John Travolta pig slaughter scene from Brian De Palma’s original. Actually, they could probably get Travolta to cameo and recreate that scene himself. He’ll do anything these days.

(Oct. 25): Ridley Scott directs Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in a film written by Cormac McCarthy. That’s a solid pedigree.

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Diana  (Nov. 1) and Grace of Monaco  (Nov. 29): I’m lumping these two together because they both feature Aussie actresses playing princesses. Naomi Watts plays Diana, while Nicole Kidman is Princess Grace, former Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly. Watts should have at least two Oscars by now, so I’m hoping her movie is the one to finally get her the recognition she deserves (although anybody is hard pressed to beat Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine this year).

Ender’s Game  (Nov. 1): People have been telling me to read this book for years. I never did. Now it’s a movie with Harrison Ford in it. Pretty sure I will never read this book.

Thor: the Dark World   (Nov. 8): Kenneth Branagh brought a Shakespearean goofiness to the first Thor movie. He has left the building, so now somebody else has to make an amusing movie with Hemsworth in that getup and without the aid of Iron Man or The Hulk.

The Wolf of Wall Street  (Nov. 15): Scorsese and DiCaprio team yet again for a raucous looking take on financial misbehaving. Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill costar. I have a feeling Hill will lose out in any Supporting Actor Oscar campaign due to his demon rape scene in This is the End.

The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire  (Nov. 22): There’s another Hunger Games movie on the way. Joy.

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Oldboy (Nov. 29): Spike Lee remakes one of the more twisted movies ever made. A remake of Oldboy seems a preposterous notion to me, but it’s Spike Lee, so I’m curious.

Inside Llewyn Davis (Dec. 6): If you aren’t impressed by the upcoming movie list thus far, this Coen Brothers movie about a folk singer should get you back on track. This also costars the guy who sings that adorable “Mirrors” song.

(Dec. 6): This is the year of the McConaughey, isn’t it? He participated in Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street, and now this promising looking drama. As Ron Woodroof, a real life man diagnosed with HIV, McConaughey allegedly lost near 40 pounds for the part.

American Hustle (Dec. 13): Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper all reunite with director David O. Russell for a ’70s period piece about con artists. This movie is essentially why Louis C.K., who also stars, canceled his show at the MGM Grand this year, a show I had tickets for. It better be good.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13): I didn’t like the first Hobbit movie. I didn’t like it one bit. This one promises more dragon and less dwarves stuffing their faces and hitting themselves over their heads with things.

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Her (Dec. 20): Spike Jonze is back with Joaquin Phoenix playing a dude that falls in love with a computer voice (Scarlett Johansson).

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(Dec. 20): Steve Carell stars as murderer John du Pont. It doesn’t look like there is much to laugh at in this movie. Costars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

Anchorman 2 (Dec. 20): Will Ferrell needs a hit, and he’s going to get one with this long delayed sequel. And Steve Carell is Brick, going for laughs on the very same day his murder guy role is being released. That’s crazy!

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dec. 25): I’ve always championed Ben Stiller as much more than the klutz in the Museum movies. As a director, he’s responsible for The Cable Guy and Tropic Thunder, two of the more adventurous and better looking comedies of the last 20 years. This one looks like he might be treading in Oscar territory.

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Shapiro says they’re still looking for a few more people who want to be regularly involved, and they’re always accepting new scripts. The performances planned for the space tend to be outside of the box. Much of it is considered performance art, and a mix of “dance, song, painting, art,� says Shapiro. Pantoja places an emphasis on

The Potentialist Workshop Some say that most art starts with the self—it begins with an urge to create, to pull something by from the mind and turn it into something Ashley Hennefer that can be viewed and shared by others. This is the essence of potentialism, an artistic movement motivated by individual goals in the context of a larger, collaborative vision. And it’s an idea rooted in Reno’s art scene, demonstrative through the continuous rise of new creative spaces. The Potentialist Workshop, a theater and performance art space, is the newest and perhaps most literal execution of the bridge between the individual and collective. The 2,000 square foot workshop and theater the Potentialist space is the latest project on Dickerson Workshop, 2275 Road, an area of town referred to as West Dickerson road, opens Dick (“Space: the final frontier,� Jan. 17). to the public on sept. 12 with the premiere The workshop location was in rough of original show raisin’ shape before founders and artists Aric Jason. Visit www. Shapiro and Pan Pantoja set up shop in facebook.com/ early August and cleaned, painted and made PPPWs or call 391-0278 for more extensive repairs. They paid out of pocket information. for all of the renovations “by the art we make,� Pantoja says.

“There’s a movement happening here, and it’s not just an insular thing,� he says. “One day all of the empty buildings will be filled with artists. It’s interesting, and I mean tough, but also more sustainable, in the fact that we’re not at the whim of investors.� After scouting out locations in midtown and downtown, they settled on the West Dick where their other collaborative art space, Reno Art Works, is also located. Both Pantoja and Shapiro are involved in several other projects throughout the city. “[West Dick] is a great destination,� Pantoja says. “Give it five years. We’re still gentrifying it but so much has changed already.� The workshop can seat an audience of 45 people, using seats recycled from the basement of the Lear Theater. The stages can be moved around depending on the show. All productions are never-beforeperformed works, says Shapiro, with a preference for “brand-spankin’ new� creations. “That’s partly why it’s called a

workshop rather than just ‘theater,’â€? he says. “We wanted to give all of these creatives an outlet to show their work, workshop their concepts and make it real. ‌ It really helps when you can do it on your own and don’t have to wait for a golden parachute. It’s great when a person realizes, ‘I can do this, and that’s amazing.’ It’s worth it, pursuing that endeavor.â€? In his own work, Pantoja says he likes to involve as many locals as possible. “I believe there are great artists in this city and that should be celebrated.â€? Several groups use the space, including Empire Comedy, a local improv company.

“experimental.â€? “I wouldn’t necessarily call what we do here ‘theater,’â€? he says. “We’re inventing a new way of doing that here. The potentialist movement is about blurring the lines of various media, merged into one expression. ‌ Mastery of something is a lifetime pursuit. Most artists do more than one thing. It’s unnatural to pinpoint just one thing—â€? “—you might pick up a paintbrush and end up with a poem,â€? says Shapiro, jumping in. “Today, to be an artist, you have to be able to do it all,â€? Pantoja says. “You have to just be art. That’s the starting point.â€? Ί

                       

            

   



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Mary Allstead had never baked anything from scratch in her life but walked into a cupcake store one day four years ago and knew this is what she wanted to do. She turned to the internet to watch YouTube videos to learn how to make cupcakes and frosting and today, Mix Cupcake Company creates 20 varieties of these personal cakes ($2.85 ea.) with 12 flavors on hand daily. She also bakes cookies ($1.95 ea.), brownies ($1.95ea.) and cake pops-on-a-stick ($1.75ea.). When I walked into the place, my first thought was that it looked like my grandmother’s kitchen. Allstead wanted a wholesome, homey feel to the place. It’s very retro ’50s, with tables seating six or eight folks with room for 20 or so inside. The staffers wear old fashioned, handmade, patterned aprons with a little flower and frosting badges on the front. They make everything fresh and from scratch. Time went into crafting the delights and painstaking effort went into the frosting of these morsels of magnificence, something Allstead talks about with great pride.

After researching a lot of recipes, she got her creative bones rattling and divined some sinful flavors. Monkey Business is a banana cake with a cream cheese frosting drizzled with caramel and topped with a pretzel. Pure sweetness envelopes your taste buds as you sink your teeth into its sweet plump, foundation—a primal pleasure. Guittard chocolate from San Francisco, with a French heritage, made the chocolate cake she gave me. It conjured memories of a taste of adventure and childlike curiosity from my grandmother’s kitchen. This place is a great escape back to kiddom. The marshmallow brownie with a chocolate Granché melts in your mouth and soon you experience a delightful, gooey mixture as flavors meld together, and you plan another attack for another delectable bite. This scrumptious indulgence hit my decadence spot big time. There was still room for a cookie. Of the seven varieties, including Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan, Orange Creamsicle and Cinnamon Sugar, I couldn’t make up my mind until she mentioned Peanut Butter with Reese Pieces baked in and that was that. My grandmother was the queen of peanut butter cookies, and I had to see how close these came to my memories. As a smile spread across my face, I could taste the crunch of real peanuts between my molars as the candies melted on my tongue. This was a new age peanut butter cookie. Grandma would have wanted me to live in a world of 21st century flavors. Birthday parties for kids are a big thing, and Allstead has become the countess of custom fondants (one of several kinds of icing-like substances used to decorate or sculpt pastries). She can create just about any kind of design to fit atop her cupcake creations and has had a lot of success with her efforts. Weekly, she produces a limited number of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes and has a couple of local clients, like Too Soul Tea, offering her products. When my grandmother baked, there was a whole lot of love going on and that’s why my memories of her, my cooking mentor, are always strong when comes to homemade desserts. And Mix Cupcake Company brought back many fond memories and tastes. Ω


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Riddick Vin Diesel returns, growling more than ever, as Riddick, the character that made him a star, in the creatively titled Riddick. The third movie in the shiny-eyed franchise is a decent enough return to form for the series, and much better than those vroom-vroom movies Diesel has been hanging around lately. Director David Twohy gave us the by original, the above average Pitch Black, Bob Grimm back in 2000. Diesel’s performance in that film remains perhaps his best ever, although b g ri m m @ ne w s re v i e w . c o m that’s not saying much. His growl hadn’t yet become the joke it has in the Fast and Furious movies. Then came The Chronicles of Riddick, an awful, bombastic PG-13 spectacle that felt especially silly after the barebones R-rated horror of Pitch Black. Those of us

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who enjoyed the original were not counting on a big budget blockbuster with the gritty Riddick hanging with Judi Dench. Riddick knows that legions of fans were severely pissed off about the costume pageantry of the second film, so Twohy and Diesel have taken the character back to his bloody, monster movie roots. The movie has a brief costume pageant prologue where Karl Urban makes a brief appearance. Then, in a blink of an eye, Riddick is stranded on yet another alieninfested planet. The monsters are scorpionlike nasty buggers that will eat their own guts if given the chance. And they love the rain. A good chunk of the film is Riddick in lonely survival mode. In a rather sweet touch, he rescues a dog-like creature and they become friends. Realizing he won’t be able to fend off the scorpion things forever, Riddick sets off a rescue beacon alerting

bounty hunters to his presence on the planet. Two groups show up, and the movie becomes a bunch of macho guys—and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff—growling at each other. So, Riddick is two movies in one, with both of those movies being riddled with monsters. One is basically Riddick in a variation of A Boy and His Dog, hanging out on a barren planet, eating gross food, and talking to an animal. The other is your typical ragtag group of meatheads posturing with each other, trying to determine who’s in charge of the whole “catch Riddick” thing. As for me, I preferred the movie in the early goings on, with Diesel and his dog. It’s cute, and it has the occasional monster attack. As for the bounty hunters, this feels like stuff we’ve seen before in Pitch Black. It even repeats that moment with Riddick in chains, rhythmically thumping his arms and getting excited about the mayhem about to ensue. Of the bounty hunters, the one I like the least would be Santana (Jordi Molla), who looks like Andy Garcia after a blue meth bender. He’s one of those characters you wish would just shut up and stand in the background. Nope, he’s a major character, and he gets plenty of annoying screen time. Another character, played by Matt Nable, has an interesting connection to a character in Pitch Black. Thankfully, Twohy overcomes the flaws for the most part, delivering good monster action on a relatively meager budget. Riddick’s dog is a reasonably well done CGI creation, as are the scorpion-like creatures out to kill everybody. While I did prefer the quieter moments with the dog, the best overall scene in the film is the initial monster attack on the bounty hunter station. Many characters meet their demise in decent slasher film style. Internet scuttlebutt says this movie happened because Diesel really wanted it to happen. The rumor is this film was a result of a studio deal that had Diesel returning to the Fast and Furious movies. I reckon those films will never stop, so as long as Diesel shows up to mumble some lines while driving really fast. So it stands to reason that the Riddick movies might continue as well. Ω


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Olivia Wilde plays Kate, a microbrewery employee in a relationship with an OK but perhaps mismatched guy (Ron Livingston). Luke (Jake Johnson) is her coworker, the perfect guy for her, but he’s in a relationship with a nice girl (Anna Kendrick) that also doesn’t seem to be a perfect match. Writer-director Joe Swanberg takes this well-worn premise and does something altogether wonderful, funny and original with it. Wilde is a revelation in the main role. She’s had a lot of showy Hollywood roles and this is by far her most naturalistic and best movie effort to date. She’s sweet, funny, and just a little messed up. Johnson, so good in Safety Not Guaranteed, is equally good here, making Luke a more complex character than he first appears. Kendrick and Livingston are good in the less showy but equally important supporting roles. This is one of the summer’s more pleasant surprises. Swanberg has a funny cameo, and you might recognize him if you are one of the 12 people who went to see You’re Next. (Available for rent on iTunes and Amazon.com).

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Getaway

Ethan Hawke stars as a former racecar driver whose wife is kidnapped by Jon Voight’s mouth. Jon Voight’s mouth forces the Hawke character to drive a pimped out Mustang and top speeds through public gatherings as a condition of getting the wife back. Along the way, Selena Gomez winds up in the car too, and this is a bad thing for everybody. The movie is essentially a 90-minute car chase made horribly dull by poor editing, a bored Hawke, a shrill Gomez and Jon Voight’s mouth. It’s also worth noting that Hawke’s character is not trying to “get away,” so the movie’s title makes no sense. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Ethan Hawke always does a good job when he’s required to look and act scared. I just like it when he’s all paranoiac and strange in films like Training Day and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. He’s OK in this movie, as he was in The Purge, with both requiring him to be freaked out. Sadly, these two films also hold the dubious distinction of being two of the year’s worst films.

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Director Lee Daniels, prominently mentioned in the film’s title after a much publicized lawsuit, delivers a fine emotional wallop with this historical epic very loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, a butler at the White House for 34 years. Those going to this film for its true historical significance take note: the film contains much fiction. Allen is renamed Cecil (played by Forest Whitaker), and is given a fictional son in order to depict a family conflict regarding the Civil Rights movement. So, this film, which shows the butler interacting with presidents from Eisenhower (Robin Williams)

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thru Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman), is mostly made up. That doesn’t hurt the film’s dramatic significance. It’s an ultimately moving experience. What does damage the film a bit is horrible makeup, especially a goofy fake nose for John Cusack as Richard Nixon. The makeup is sometimes so bad, that the film turns into unintentional comedy when some characters are on screen. Whitaker holds the whole thing together, and Oprah Winfrey, in her first starring role since her excellent turn in Beloved, does strong work as Cecil’s wife. Other stars playing presidents include a relatively makeup-free James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, and an absolutely covered Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Miles Teller delivers his breakout performance as Sutter, a partying high school senior that everybody loves but nobody takes seriously, until well-balanced Aimee (Shailene Woodley) comes along. They start a complicated relationship that is ill advised at both ends, but sometimes that’s the best way to start a relationship. Teller is a marvel here, turning Sutter into something far from your average high school screw-up. Woodley, so good in The Descendants, is proving to be one of cinema’s great young actresses. This film is a unique and intelligent take on growing up. This is directed by James Ponsoldt, who piloted last year’s terrific Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who appears here as Sutter’s sister. Ponsoldt is officially a force to be reckoned with, having made two of the best films of the last two years. Others in the cast include Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sutter’s mom, and Kyle Chandler as his idiot dad. And while he only has a couple of scenes, Bob Odenkirk is terrific as Sutter’s tolerant employer. To read a plot synopsis of this film is to make it seem ordinary. It’s far from ordinary. It’s spectacular.

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We’re the Millers

Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time drug dealer who gets in over his head and is forced to smuggle drugs from Mexico by his boss (Ed Helms). Realizing that border agents seem to go easy on families, he hires a fake family to make the trip in an RV. The family includes a wife (a stripper played by Jennifer Aniston), a daughter (a homeless girl played by Emma Roberts) and a son (a hapless neighbor played by Will Poulter). The film has a Vacation movie vibe, especially because Sudeikis is charming in a way that Chevy Chase was for a brief time in his career. Aniston plays a mighty good stripper for sure; she has another calling in case the whole acting thing doesn’t work out. Roberts gets perhaps her best role yet as Casey, delivering some great eye-rolling moments. As for Poulter, he steals scenes nearly every time he speaks, and his encounter with a tarantula is priceless. Sure, the movie gets a little gooey and sentimental by the time it plays out, but we’ve come to like the characters by then so it’s OK. It’s not a grand cinematic effort by any means, but it does provide some good laughs, with a fair share of them being quite shocking.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as part of an old gang of friends getting back together to finish a pub crawl they failed to complete 20 years earlier in their hometown. Pegg plays King, the group leader and now slightly disturbed man-child, while Frost plays Andy, the group pessimist who’s still recovering from a partying incident years before. They start drinking pints, only to discover that blue-blooded robots have overrun their old town, so in addition to completing the crawl they must save the world. This is the third film from Pegg and director Edgar Wright after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and it is a worthy conclusion to their “Cornetto” trilogy (named for a brand of ice cream that appears in all three films). It delivers a lot of laughs, great action, and even serves a significant emotional punch. One of the summer movie season’s great surprises.

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There was a time in film history when Woody Allen was consistently making the best movies in the business. His latest, one of many movies he has made in the last 10 years, is that return to form that some of us former Allen fans have been waiting for, thanks in large part to a phenomenal central performance by the sure-to-be-Oscarnominated Cate Blanchett. Blanchett plays Jasmine, the wife of a Bernie Madoff-type financier (Alec Baldwin) who must relocate from New York to San Francisco after she is bankrupted and emotionally destroyed. She gulps martinis, criticizes her helpful sister (Sally Hawkins), and, quite frighteningly, is prone to bouts of talking to herself. Allen finds the dark humor in the story, and employs a supporting cast that includes comedians Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and, most astonishingly, Andrew Dice Clay, who, doggone it, delivers one amazing performance as Ginger’s financially destroyed ex-husband, Augie. Above and beyond the humor, Allen makes his film a parable about how some deeds are irredeemable, and some folks are simply doomed. It’s as bittersweet as any movie you will see this, or any, year, for that matter. As far as the Allen film canon goes, it’s a top five installment. It’s one of those films where everything pulls together perfectly, with Blanchett at its powerful center.

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Video kills Reno Music Video Night Reno’s got its share of local showcases—visual art displays, concerts, even food truck gatherings. And now it’s got by Laura Davis another feature to add to the bill: an evening of viewing local music videos. Premiering Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Studio on Fourth Street, promoter and songwriter Michael Sion, a.k.a. Smiley Mikey, has gathered 21 music videos from across all avenues of local music, and compiled them together to form one night of back-to-back play for the enjoyment of local music fans, musicians, videographers and music video actors alike.

A production still from Smiley Mikey’s “Storey County Line” video.

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… A video is as important as your band’s promo shot nowadays.” As for choosing what to show, Sion says that while he did solicit and accept submissions, he ultimately made the final call based on a loose grading scale. “I wanted variety in genre, quality in video, quality in song, no repetition, and no flat-out vulgarity,” says Sion. The chosen line-up includes one of Sion’s own videos— “Storey County Line” which was filmed partially at the Moonlite Bunnyranch—as well as local artists such as soulful pop singer Whitney Myer’s video “Wake and Watch,” rapper Chari “Knowledge” Smith’s “Generation Next,” songwriter Tim Tucker’s “Mango Tree,” rocker Greg Golden’s “Long Way Home,” and hip-hop artist Craig Prather’s “Crazy Life,” which has currently racked-up more than 750,000 hits on YouTube. “I wrote the song about two years ago based on the idea of bringing people with different religious beliefs together,” explains Prather on “Crazy Life’s” conception. “The video was recorded last October, mainly at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Reno. There’s a scene shot in a cemetery up by [the University of Nevada, Reno], and the piano portion was at the Grand Siena … It went from 5 or 10,000 hits overnight, then to 100,000 within a month—it’s just continued to climb from there.” Videographer Bryon Evans, who filmed three of the videos in the evening’s showcase, including Sion’s “Storey County Line,” says he’s excited the videos are getting the chance for the spotlight, outside of YouTube. “A video is one of the most visual mediums for a band,” says Evans. “It has everything—sound, color, and motion. … It’s important to help musicians get their point across.” Sion will MC the evening, giving a short introduction to each video before it airs. The night will close out with a live performance by local band Clementine’s Knight, who also has a video set to air. “I think [the showcase] is a great idea, and I’m honored to be involved,” says Evans. “I hope it will inspire more videos, and more people pushing to create them.” Ω

“There are a lot of creative videos out there and we have a very entertaining collection,” says Sion. “I could have doubled the number, but there’s a fair representation of genres.” The evening’s showcase is meant to be entertaining, while also providing an opportunity for future collaborations among participants. “This is a chance for local artists to share videos with each other and network while showing the town what they’re doing,” says Sion. The majority of videos are recent releases, filmed within the last year, according to Sion. He attributes the recent spike in local music videos primarily to the need for an effective online presence, and a Facebook page only goes so far. “Reno has a fertile music scene [with artists that want] to become a success as either a hometown hero or a national touring act,” says Sion. “They need an online presence either way. You can’t get anywhere in the music business without one. GREEN

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

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2) Joey Carmon Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band, 4pm, The Vegas Road Show, 10pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band, 4pm, The Vegas Road Show, 10pm, no cover

2) The Vegas Road Show, 8pm, no cover

2) Palmore Brothers, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Jelly Bread, 10pm, no cover

2) Formerly Known As, 10pm, no cover

1) Grease, 8pm, $24.95+

1) Grease, 7pm, 9:30pm, $24.95+

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

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

ELDORADO HOTEL CASINO

John Hiatt and The Combo Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

Karaoke Bottoms Up Saloon, 1923 Prater Way, Sparks, 359-3677: Th-Sa, 9pm, no cover Elbow Room Bar, 2002 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-3526: F, Tu, 7pm; Su, 2pm, no cover

GRAND SIERRA RESORT

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE

15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) South Shore Room 2) Casino Center Stage 3) Peek Nightclub 219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center

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1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35 1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 8pm, $25, $35 2) DJ Viola Lala Mia, 9pm, no cover 1) The Biggest Little Sideshow, 2) DJ Viola Lala Mia, 9pm, no cover 8pm, $25, $35 3) Club Sapphire, 9pm, no cover 3) Club Sapphire w/DJ I, 9pm, no cover 4) DJ I, 7pm, no cover

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE

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

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1) The Yardbirds, 7:30pm, $38.50 3) DJ SN1, 10pm, $20

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18 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) Outdoor Arena 2) Cabo Wabo Cantina Lounge

Washoe Club, 112 S. C St., Virginia City, 847-4467: Gothic Productions Karaoke, Sa, Tu, 8pm, no cover

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

1) John Hiatt and The Combo, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, 8pm, $25-$45

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) WET Ultra Lounge 3) The Beach 4) Summit Pavilion

Celtic Knot Pub, 541 E. Moana Lane, 829-8886: J.P. and Super Fun Entertainment, Th, 8pm, no cover

Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Sparks, 356-6000: Music & Karaoke, F, 9pm; Lovely Karaoke, Sa, 9pm, no cover

1) Grease, 7pm, $24.95+

1) Grease, 7pm, $24.95+ 2) Atomika, 10:30pm, no cover 2) Atomika, 10:30pm, no cover 2) Atomika, 10:30pm, no cover 345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 2) Atomika, 10:30pm, no cover 3) Skyy High Fridays, 9pm, $10 3) Addiction Saturdays, 9pm, $10 1) Showroom 2) Brew Brothers 3) BuBinga Lounge 4) Live piano, jazz, 4:30pm, no cover 4) Live piano, jazz, 4:30pm, no cover 5) The Chris Costa Show, 8pm, no cover 5) The Chris Costa Show, 8pm, no cover 5) The Chris Costa Show, 8pm, no cover 4) Roxy’s Bar & Lounge 5) Stadium Bar

1) Journey, 7pm, $59.50-$199.50

JOHN ASCUAGA’S NUGGET

2) Stew Stewart Band, 7pm, no cover 5) Karaoke Night, 7pm, no cover

1) Ricci Martin, A Son Remembers, 8pm, $20 2) Stew Stewart Band, 8pm, no cover 5) Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover

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

3) Salsa dancing with BB of Salsa Reno, 7:30pm, $10 after 8pm, DJ Chris English, 3) Rogue Saturdays, 10pm, $20 DJ ((Fredie)), 10pm, $20

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

SILVER LEGACY

407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Social Network Night, 9pm, no cover 4) Live music, 6:30pm, no cover 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge 5) Drinx Lounge

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

1) Ricci Martin, A Son Remembers, 8pm, $20 2) Stew Stewart Band, 4pm, Country at the Cabaret, 9pm, no cover 3) Duo Brasileiro, 6pm, no cover

1) George Thorogood, 8pm, $40-$65 2) Live music/DJ, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

2) Stew Stewart Band, 7pm, no cover 5) Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover

2) Country at the Cabaret w/DJ Jamie G, 7pm, W, no cover 3) Lin Rountree, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Kyle Williams, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Recovery Sundays, 10pm, no cover 3) Midnight Mass, 9pm, no cover 4) Live music, 6:30pm, no cover

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Third Annual Victorian Steampunk Ball/Dr. Belladonna’s Silver City Spectacular Medicine Show Local enthusiasts of all things Victorian, “weird West” and steampunk will gather in the appropriate location of Virginia City for High Desert Steam’s annual Victorian/steampunk bash on Saturday, Sept. 14. The day’s activities kick off with a steampunk-themed parade down C Street starting at noon, followed by the “Comstock Steam-Invasion of Virginia City,” hosted by the Sacramento Streampunk Society at 1:20 p.m. For details on the steam ride, visit https://www.facebook. com/events/177189242462902. Attendees can also peruse clothes, accessories and curiosities at a vendors’ bazaar on B Street in front of Piper’s Opera House, tour the historic boomtown’s buildings, mines, graveyards and other attractions, or belly up to the bar at one of the city’s saloons before heading to the opera house at 12 N. B St. for Asha World Dancers’ debut of “Dr. Belladonna’s Silver City Spectacular

Medicine Show,” which will be held in conjunction with the Steampunk Ball. The show, which combines music, dance, magic and songs, begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The ball will follow at 8 p.m. featuring headliner Unwoman, a Bay Area solo artist popular in the steampunk community who combines vocals and cello with electronic music. Costumes are encouraged but not required to attend the ball. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets for the Medicine Show or the Steampunk Ball can be purchased at Melting Pot World Emporium, 1049 S. Virginia St., and PolyEsther’s Costume Boutique, 655 S. Virginia St., and Prism Magic Clothing and Imports, 2161 Pyramid Way, Sparks. For details, visit www.highdesert steam.org.

—Kelley Lang

National Championship Air Races

Giant Secret Music Festival

The world’s only closed course pylon racing event and the world’s longest running air race celebrates its 50th year in operation. Six different race plane classes race 60 feet from the ground with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds more than 500 mph. Highlights include an air show featuring aerobatic performers and military demonstration teams, aircraft display and performances by Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, a.k.a. Jetman, who will make his second appearance at an American air show this year. Rossy, the first “jet-powered man,” wears a jetwing made of carbon-Kevlar material that is powered by four jet engines and can reach speeds of 150 mph. Rossy controls the throttle with one hand and uses his body to steer, pitch and descend. He will perform Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 12-15. The air races, which kicked off on Sept. 11, continues through Sunday, Sept. 15, at the RenoStead Airport, 4895 Texas Ave., Stead. Gates open at 8 a.m., and the high-flying action takes place all day until 4:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5-$96. Call 972-6663 or visit www.airrace.org.

Reno’s first indie music festival features performances by Whitney Myer, Jelly Bread, Mark Sexton Band, The Novelists, Doe Eye, Knowledge Lives Forever and other local acts spanning genres from alternative rock to hip hop to reggae. Soul musician Allen Stone, who has performed at the South By Southwest, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Outsidelands music festivals, will headline the show. There will also be a “silent disco,” a DJ dance party that can only be heard through headphones that wirelessly pick up the music. Vendors will be on hand to serve up food, beer and wine. Proceeds will benefit High Sierra Industries, a non-profit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities. The all-ages festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Wingfield Park, First Street and Arlington Avenue in downtown Reno. Tickets are $45 general admission and $85 VIP. Visit http://giantsecret.com.

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Reno Pirate Crawl Hoist the Jolly Rodger and head to downtown Reno for the fourth annual pub crawl which takes place this Saturday, Sept. 14. Participants age 21 and older can dress up as their favorite swashbuckler, sexy pirate, salty dog or any pirate-themed character or original creation. Twelve bars will participate in this year’s crawl offering drink specials, costume contests and other entertainment. The crawl begins at 8 p.m. at the Harrah’s Reno Plaza, 219 N. Center St. Commemorative pub crawl cups and maps are $5 and can be purchased at Junkee’s Clothing Exchange, 960 S. Virginia St. Visit http://piratecrawl.com.


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Buy meets girl My previous relationship was passionate but was with an emotionally abusive man. I’ve been dating a new man for five months. I wasn’t initially attracted to him, but he ended up sweeping me off my feet because he’s the most generous man I’ve ever met. He’s all about me. He goes out of his way to do so many nice things for me—even buying me things I can’t afford. We’ve had fun, but I’ve had doubts creeping in, like about how he’s still not my physical type. Also, I’m not sure we share enough interests or, quite frankly, are on the same level intellectually. Then again, I know he’d go along with anything I wanted to do, because he just wants to make me happy. I’m just not sure that’s enough. Because of all the pros about him and my previous bad choices, I made myself give him a chance. Perhaps I’m just sabotaging things because subconsciously I don’t feel I deserve all this kindness. Wanting to want someone isn’t enough. Eventually, when he starts getting all smoochy-feely, your head will lecture your retreating funparts, “Come on, he’s so nice. You should want to get it on,” and your body will counter with, “Unfortunately, you’d rather have your face eaten off by a raccoon.” If only one of the “many nice things” this guy does for you could be transforming himself into somebody you’re actually attracted to. You, like many wellmeaning but misguided idealists, want to believe you can become attracted to somebody the way you can learn to fly-fish or bartend. Sure, great people sometimes get more attractive as you get to know them. But for them to get attractive enough for you to want to get naked with them, they have to have enough of the stuff you need in a person to go “hubba-hubba” instead of “yawna-yawna” or worse: “Get away from me, or I’ll scream.” You say you’ve had doubts creeping in, and around the top of the list should be, “Is he a man or a purse dog?” It’s a bad sign if he really would “go along with anything.” His unflagging eagerness to please suggests he’s one of those guys who think they have to buy a woman’s company with their cash and compliance. On a more positive note, this pleaserhood does resolve the matching interests issue, since one big thing you have in common is that he likes whatever you like. (Have you nicknamed him “Xerox”?) If you don’t feel you deserve a nice guy, that’s something to address, but not by bolting yourself to some

all-weather Santa you find borderline dumb and about as sexy as grout. You need to hold out for physical, emotional, intellectual, and best friend-ly chemistry. A guy should also be enough of a person to sometimes find what you want to do hellishly boring or excruciatingly girly and suggest you do it alone or with a friend. If he’s right for you, at times when he isn’t right there with you, you’ll probably find yourself wandering off into fantasies about him—and not the sort in which the guy gets kidnapped immediately after paying for dinner.

Groin pains I’m 21, and I’ve just gotten my first girlfriend, this amazing girl I’ve known since high school. I lost my virginity to her, and I’ve since started having sex dreams about my female friends. Two of these girls are recently single and have been hanging with me a lot and using me for a shoulder to cry on. I love my girlfriend, but the opportunity for stepping out, combined with my overactive libido, has me worried. When you’re a 21-year-old guy who has just discovered sex and is looking to remain faithful, loving someone deeply is a start. It also helps to pay someone to knock you unconscious and encase you in a block of ice. Welcome to the 20-something male libido. In other words, of course you’re having sex dreams about your female friends. (You were expecting recurring thoughts about stenciling wall art in the front room?) Life consists of tradeoffs. You can have a girlfriend or a sex buffet. Pick one. And be realistic. Your heart might belong to your girlfriend, but if other parts of you are raring to go all Dora the Explorer, you may need to have a bunch of sex friends before you’re one woman’s boyfriend. If you do choose love, be mindful about how easy it is to succumb to temptation. Keep yourself out of harm’s way with some fidelity-promoting rules, like that you aren’t allowed to be alone with lonely single women, except maybe those who’d have a hard time catching you because they are 90 and didn’t get the motorized scooter that goes up to turbo. Ω

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A good story

should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart,” wrote Chuck Palahniuk in his book Stranger Than Fiction. From what I can tell, Aries, the sequence is the reverse for you. In your story, the disruption has already happened. Next comes the part where you laugh. It may be a sardonic chuckle at first, as you become aware of the illusions you had been under before the jolt exposed them. Eventually, I expect you will be giggling and gleeful, eternally grateful for the tricky luck that freed you to pursue a more complete version of your fondest dream.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus

musician David Byrne was asked by an interviewer to compose a seven-word autobiography. In response, he came up with 10 words: “unfinished, unprocessed, uncertain, unknown, unadorned, underarms, underpants, unfrozen, unsettled, unfussy.” The coming days would be an excellent time for you to carry out similar assignments. I’d love to see you express the essential truth about yourself in bold and playful ways. I will also be happy if you make it clear that even though you’re a work in progress, you have a succinct understanding of what you need and who you are becoming.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The French

word “sillage” means “wake,” like the trail created behind a boat as it zips through water. In English [[[“the perfume industry” instead? It means “wake” in English]]], it refers to the fragrance that remains in the air after a person wearing perfume or cologne passes by. For our purposes, we will expand the definition to include any influences and impressions left behind by a powerful presence that has exited the scene. In my astrological opinion, Gemini, sillage is a key theme for you to monitor in the coming days. Be alert for it. Study it. It will be a source of information that helps you make good decisions.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Cataglot-

tism” is a rarely used English word that has the same meaning as French kissing—engaging in liberal use of the tongue as you make out. But I don’t recommend that you incorporate such an inelegant, guttural term into your vocabulary. Imagine yourself thinking, while in the midst of French kissing, that what you’re doing is “cataglottism.” Your pleasure would probably be diminished. This truth applies in a broader sense, too. The language you use to frame your experience has a dramatic impact on how it all unfolds. The coming week will be an excellent time to experiment with this principle. See if you can increase your levels of joy and grace by describing what’s happening to you with beautiful and positive words.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is Correct

Your First Impressions Week. It’s a perfect time for you to re-evaluate any of your beliefs that are based on mistaken facts or superficial perceptions. Are you open to the possibility that you might have jumped to unwarranted conclusions? Are you willing to question certainties that hardened in you after just a brief exposure to complicated processes? During Correct Your First Impressions Week, humble examination of your fixed prejudices is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. P.S. This is a good time to reconnect with a person you have unjustly judged as unworthy of you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is a good

time to free yourself from a curse that an immature soul placed on you once upon a time. I’m not talking about a literal spell cast by a master of the dark arts. Rather, I’m referring to an abusive accusation that was heaped on you, perhaps inadvertently, by a careless person whose own pain made him or her stupid. As I evaluate the astrological omens, I conclude that you now have the power to dissolve this curse all by yourself. You don’t need a wizard or a witch to handle it for you. Follow your intuition for clues on how to proceed. Here’s a suggestion to stimulate your imagination: Visualize the curse as a dark purple rose. See yourself hurling it into a vat of molten gold.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The current

chapter of your life story may not be quite as epic as I think it is, so my advice may sound melodramatic. Still, what I’m going to tell you is something we all need to hear from time to time. And I’m pretty sure this is one of those moments for you. It comes from writer Charles Bukowski: “nobody can save you but / yourself. / you will be put again and again / into nearly impossible / situations. / they will attempt again and again / through subterfuge, guise, and / force / to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly / inside. / … but don’t, don’t, don’t. / … nobody can save you but / yourself / and you’re worth saving. / it’s a war not easily won / but if anything is worth winning then / this is it.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The cosmos

hereby grants you poetic license to be brazen in your craving for the best and brightest experiences; to be uninhibited in feeding your obsessions and making them work for you; to be shameless as you pursue exactly and only what you really, really want more than anything else. This is a limited-time offer, although it may be extended if you pounce eagerly and take full advantage. For best results, suspend your pursuit of trivial wishes, and purge yourself of your bitchy complaints about life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

At the last minute, Elsa Oliver impulsively canceled her vacation to New York. She had a hunch that something exciting would happen if instead, she stayed at her home in England. A few hours later, she got a message inviting her to be a contestant on the U.K. television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In the days and weeks that followed, she won the equivalent of approximately $100,000. I’m not predicting anything quite as dramatic for you, Sagittarius. But I do suspect that good luck is lurking in unexpected places, and to gather it in, you may have to trust your intuition, stay alert for late-breaking shifts in fate and be willing to alter your plans.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The

only thing standing between you and your goal,” writes American author Jordan Belfort, “is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” I don’t entirely agree with that idea. There may be other obstacles over which you have little control. But the bullshit story is often more than half the problem. So, that’s the bad news, Capricorn. The good news is that right now is a magic moment in your destiny when you have more power than usual to free yourself of your own personal bullshit story.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Is the

truth a clear, bright, shiny treasure, like a big diamond glittering in the sunlight? Does it have an objective existence that’s independent of our feelings about it? Or is the truth a fuzzy, convoluted thing that resembles a stream of smoke snaking through an underground cavern? Does it have a different meaning for every mind that seeks to grasp it? The answer, of course, is both. Sometimes the truth is a glittering diamond, and at other times, it’s a stream of smoke. But for you right now, Aquarius, the truth is the latter. You must have a high tolerance for ambiguity as you cultivate your relationship with it. It’s more likely to reveal its secrets if you maintain a flexible and cagey frame of mind.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s a good

time to indulge in wide-open, high-flying, anything-goes fantasies about love—if, that is—if you also do something practical to help those fantasies come true. So, I encourage you to dream about revolutionizing your relationship with romance and intimacy—as long as you also make specific adjustments in your own attitudes and behavior that will make the revolution more likely. Two more tips: 1. Free yourself from dogmatic beliefs you might have about love’s possibilities. 2. Work to increase your capacity for lusty trust and trusty lust.

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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Public servant Harry Reid Harry Reid has been an attorney, city attorney, hospital trustee, state legislator, lieutenant governor, gambling regulator, U.S. House member and is now U.S. senator.

Are you happy? What do you mean? I like what I’m doing?

Yes. Are you enjoying your life? People say, “Having fun?” I’m not having fun. I feel very satisfied with my job. I like what I do. It’s what I’ve done all my life, most of my life, legislator. … And I really do feel good about what I’ve been able to accomplish. I feel good about my caucus. … It’s not like playing a card game. It’s a job. It’s a hard job, but I get great satisfaction out of what I do. And I have a wonderful family. I enjoy my family and don’t begrudge the fact—one of my pet peeves is, “Oh, man, I wish I could have spent more time with my family.” I don’t say that. I’ve spent plenty of time with my family. I’m happy as a lark.

I think a lot of people don’t understand why politicians put themselves through a system like—now it’s so polarized and

meanspirited. Do you ever think, “I could step back. I could take a committee chair and let somebody else be leader and ... Oh, but I’m the best leader we have in the Senate. I mean, I’m there because my caucus [the Democratic members] think I’m doing a good job. They can get rid of me anytime that they want, if they want to. … My wife and I are happy with each other. I have very few hobbies, Dennis. … Don’t play golf. I don’t go to ball games. I do go to some movies a few times. I’ve been able to once in a while go to a play or something like that. I don’t do social things. I don’t do dinners during the week. I do on the week[end]—Fridays and Saturdays. My hobbies are, I love to read—I read a lot—and spend time with my little wife. That’s what I enjoy.

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You’ve been involved with a number of different musicians over the years—your friend down in Texas with the environmental center [Don Henley]. And you were involved with the Grateful Dead [on music therapy legislation] at one point. You research Woody Guthrie. What is your favorite kind of music? I’m still a big fan of folk music. But I’ve got everything. … I’ve got thousands of songs on my iPad and my iPhone. Thousands, a wide range—classical music, I’ve got Woody Guthrie. I’ve got Bruce Springsteen. Joan Baez … Emmylou Harris … Neil Young … Johnny Cash. I’ve rock and roll stuff, I’ve got reggae, I like a lot of music.

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Sagehen Creek. ChiCken Creek. grOuSe CanyOn. Sage-hen WaSh. These names of the sage-grouse and places where it lives, were documented long ago by Native Americans and settlers to the West. Making it’s home in western states, the bird is of particular importance to Nevada and the Great Basin. The Black Rock High Rock Nation Conservation Area is the most dense population habitat location and trouble is on its horizon. The largest species of grouse in North America, it forages on the ground eating insects and plants within sagebrush habitat. The birds elaborate courtship ritual in spring, beings males to congregate in leks who then perform a “strutting display.” Females observe the males and select the most attractive as mates. The best dancer wins.

The COnServaTiOn ChallengeS Petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the sage-grouse is on course to make a listing decision by fall of 2015.

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Dramatic population reduction is attributable to a variety of activities and factors throughout eleven western states that have led to fragmentation and loss of the sage brush steppe and broader ecological habitat systems. Recent analysis of land uses, new management and conservation guidelines for sage-grouse and habitats has been drafted by the Bureau of Land Management and will be released this month.

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Concurrently, but not in coordination with the BLM effort, a state-driven process is underway in Nevada to detail conservation and restoration needs that would benefit sage-grouse and develop a program to distribute funds that might be identified to achieve these goals.

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seems not just curious, but braindead. Maybe once, just once, we should act not like drunken yahoos at a tequila-soaked tailgate party, but like a sober, thoughtful nation, and follow the advice of UN Inspector Hans Blix, who counsels us to “wait for the UN report on this incident.” I’m just fine with that. What’s the rush? An air strike in October will be just as nifty as one in September. • When we pitch a hissy about a guy using “wrong” weapons to kill his rebels and troublemakers, I squirm. Sure, using gas to kill a thousand people, many of them innocent bystanders, is horrific and vile. But it was only 10 years ago that we stormed into a country and proceeded to maim, mangle and murder hundreds of thousands of people, all in pursuit of some paranoid delusion about WMD that existed, as it turned out, only in the grim, garbled mind of our then vice president. In light of that stupendous blunder, do we have any credibility whatsoever left in the tank when it comes to accusing ARTS&CULTURE

Oo’-jah. See-yook. Sage-grouse.

Yes, I think I like folk music quite a bit. I love—I have tons of Irish folk music, which I love.

Of all time? … Nicholas and Alexandra. Peter the Great. … I thought they

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But your preference is folk?

What’s your favorite book?

We should think it through • The Obama administration is paying the price for the credibility disaster that was/is Iraq. Yes, we forget things very quickly and very easily these days, but even short-spanned Americans remember without too much effort the horrific slew of lies and misinformation thrown at us by Darth, Condi, Rummy and Dubya, and the gigantic mess resulting from “intelligence fixed around policy.” After Iraq, there is now some serious skepticism out here among us great unwashed. And you know what? It’s always healthy to remember our government has no problem lying to us when lying will serve a purpose. • Why would Assad use chemical weapons at this time? He had to know that this news would do exactly what it did—put him on the global front page. His troops have killed at least 100,000 Syrians using “proper and approved” weapons—bombs, bullets, etc. (which leads to the strange reality of “blow his head off with a mortar? Fine. Gas him? You villainous bastard! Have you no decency?”) So why break out the Sarin now? It

were classics, I truly loved. [William] Manchester’s writings, even the last book that he didn’t finish by himself [The Last Lion], he did it with [Paul] Reid, some guy named Reid finished it for him. That was good. I really enjoyed that a lot. [Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert] Caro … [Daniel] Boorstin’s books that he wrote when he was librarian of Congress. The books he wrote were wonderful. ...

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Middle Eastern leaders of possessing chemical weapons? So again, how about we wait for the UN report? It would be refreshing if we erred on the side of caution on occasion. • Another reason our righteous indignation makes me squirm—Fallujah, Iraq. 2004. Remember when our troops were pounding away at this important city? It’s now well documented that our soldiers were using a satanic weapon called white phosphorous. This is not nice stuff. Imagine a goop that burns your skin down to the bone. Our troops rained this white chemical fire upon Fallujah and, in the process, melted hundreds of women and children. Unaware of this incident? Gee, wonder why! (There’s an Italian documentary on this called Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre.) That makes it ironically bizarre to hear us now waxing all indignant about Assad and his bad gas. Ω FOODFINDS

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A dramatic impact on the economy and communities of Nevada will happen should the sage-grouse be listed under the Endangered Species Act. We must endeavor to protect and conserve - not only to protect this iconic species of the West, but also the magnificent landscapes it calls home. Ultimately, Friends of Black Rock hopes solutions will: • Preserve essential sage-grouse habitat; • Provide economic security to Nevada, regardless of whether the sagegrouse is listed under the Endangered Species Act; and • Develop a mitigation program, with funding, to help ensure the long-term survival of the sage-grouse. One way or the other, a comprehensive and pragmatic approach for conservation of sage-grouse is needed as well as addressing Nevada’s economic interests. Contact Friends of Black Rock to help! Call 775.557.2900 / blackrockdesert.org

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