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Letters............................ 3 Opinion/Streetalk............ 5 Sheila.Leslie.................... 6 Brendan.Trainor.............. 7 News.............................. 8 Green............................ 11 Feature......................... 12 Arts&Culture................ 16 Art.of.the.State............. 19

Foodfinds..................... 20 Film.............................. 22 Musicbeat.....................25 Nightclubs/Casinos........27 This.Week.................... 30 Advice.Goddess............ 31 Free.Will.Astrology....... 34 15.Minutes.....................35 Bruce.Van.Dyke............35

We don’t need no education See Let Freedom Ring, page 7.

thiS Raccoon iS not Running FoR Reno mayoR See news, page 8.

a hard day’s Knight See arts&culture, page 16.

JuSt Say, ‘noah’ See Film, page 19.

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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. It’s my birthday as I stand here typing this column. I’m 52. Hard to believe, I know, but I’m really immature. For example, I’ve worn a paper crown all day. I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m not a huge fan of Facebook. I do it, but I look at it as a necessary evil, and once or twice a year, I go in and delete all my previous posts. I know it’s more of a moral than a true victory as everything has already been databased in some NSA basement server. But you got to hand it to whoever came up with the birthday notifications. I changed my birth birthday to my adoptive birthday, Dec. 25, for reasons far too complex to explain, but the Facebook knows. One or two real friends knew today was the birth birthday, and the news spread like herpes across the internet. I have gotten almost nothing accomplished today because of the damned thing. Even my wife from 25 some years ago got in on the Facebook act. But, you know, once the concentration is broken for guys like me, it’s all over, so the next thing I knew, I was cruising Amazon for the latest MP3s. I ended up buying the new Drive-By Truckers, and my whole failing day had a great soundtrack. I wasn’t familiar with this band, but I like it a lot. It’s sort of like Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, the Rolling Stones, the Georgia Satellites, Neil Young from his International Harvesters days. I don’t know, when you reach a certain age and people ask you what something sounds like, the list is often too long to be very meaningful. Except for the family stuff, the best gifts I got were some documents from Mary Kandaras of the district attorney’s office and Lani McKinley of the Carson City Sheriff’s office. I’ll explain later, but you know me, I’m an unabashed geek, and I love me some data. And now it’s 4:13 in the afternoon. I’ve promised to get some photos uploaded before the weekend starts, so I have to leave a bit early. I do have a policy not to drink during the semester breaks, but the only thing I’m supposed to do tomorrow is be on a radio show in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Re “Lost painting found” (Upfront, March 27): So, Bernie Carter wheedles and backroom deals the downtown post office, a popular and widely appreciated piece of local history, for a sweet price and now, listen to him. He’s all Donald Trump with his cutsie replies as to the condition and existence of a widely sought after artwork inside the post office. “I’m not ready to talk about the painting one way or the other. … I’m not at liberty to talk about it right now.” Bullcrap. That is not the way someone speaks to the future customers he expects to come traipsing in his little deco mini-mall downtown, I’ll tell him that right now. Not someone who concerns himself with local goodwill, that’s for sure. I’ll be damned to not let him get his claws on any other local real estate deals in the future after the tone of his replies about the WPA murals inside the downtown post office building. I hope any future tenants of said mini-mall are reading those comments before choosing to stick their head in that putrid, reeking lion’s mouth. Leo Horishny Sun Valley

Justice for hire Re “Reform prisons the right way” (Let Freedom Ring, March 27): “Right On Crime” pretends to be out in front on the issue. Dig a little and you’ll find ROC is a trojan horse. Marc A. Levin, not Charles Colson, founded this Texas group. Levin previously benefited from a Charles Koch fellowship. These are radical Libertarians whose agenda goes far beyond rehab vs. prison. They want to largely decriminalize white-collar crime: an occasional fine is all the “free market” needs. Their main cost-savings pitch is (shockingly) for more privatized prisons and private diversion programs. In Libertarianspeak, “reform” can mean “tax dollar harvest time!” They talk a lot about closing prisons, aving money and so forth. That’s to distract from the

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ongoing takeover of state and federal prisons by the jail barons. Almost half of Texas prisoners are now supervised by these private corporations. This whole business is about filling beds with billable human beings. Having these profiteers running our prisons injects a dangerous incentive into our justice system. These vendors spend millions (of our tax dollars) lobbying for greater use of their services. The justice system is supposed to be a sacred trust. It’s the last thing we should ever privatize. C.G. Green Reno

Short but sweet Re “Strange days” (Left Foot Forward, March 27): Well written ... to sum it up, the mayor of Reno, or any politician for that matter, needs to have more than just 30 bucks and a mouth. P. Lopez Nevada City, Calif.

The police we deserve Re “Who watches the watchers?” (Feature story, Feb. 27): Police officers who display psychopathic behavioral tendencies shouldn’t be police officers to begin. It seems one reads over and over again that police perpetrators of extreme violence are judged unstable, by courts and by the press. There seems to be a pattern that has evolved in departments through the U.S. to hire personnel that, either noted in their resumes from within movement through the profession, or behavior and experience developed while associated with military service, display psychopathic behaviors. There is a good chance that Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, who were apparently fired from the LA Police Department are now employed in some other department. The campus policeman who shot a student of campus in Texas recently had gone through several law enforcement jobs before the incident. There is an economic factor involved in the under-reporting of police violence in the media. Most police personnel are paid a lot more than local journalists

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throughout the U.S., and they have very wealthy and protective unions and very favorable judicial tendencies to cover for and protect them. I have personal experience that enables me to write confidently that good local journalists are grossly underpaid, no protection from the judiciary, and in general, are treated like crap. Ultimately, the public is responsible for the miserably militarized state of law enforcement in the U.S. It pays their salaries, and it votes for the public entities that provide all police personnel employment. Richard Smith Summit, N.J.

Taxed logic Re “Let’s get logical” (Editorial, March 27): The so-called “Education Initiative,” akin to Washington State’s onerous “Business & Occupation” tax, not only should be soundly defeated by Nevada voters, it needs to go down in flames! Indeed, the two leading Republican officeholders in state government need to barnstorm any prospective business contemplating a move to Nevada (Tesla) that the Margins Tax is flying against a headwind from the top. There are three reasons to oppose the Margins Tax: 1. Monies will not necessarily go for improved education, but rather for administrative bloat and excessive compensation. A retired teacher receives an annual pension of $85,000 for having taught public school in Illinois, the state with the highest deficit in the nation. This teacher stated to Crain’s Chicago Business that she never made that much money during her years actually teaching school. A retiree from teaching community college in California enjoyed a generous health plan never entailing a co-payment. 2. The tax imposes a major administrative headache for all Nevada businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and independent contractors because even if it is likely they will not bump up against the threshold, it is a new requirement that everyone will have to worry about, distorting decisions about

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investment to avoid liability. As someone who prepares income tax returns for entities in California and Illinois, I know from experience what a nightmare anything that may be construed as state income taxation can be. 3. The tax will be counterproductive by driving away businesses already established or contemplating a move here, and prompting many others to reduce their scale of operations. Nevada may appeal to gamblers and outdoor enthusiasts, but its greatest cachet remains that Wyoming is the only other state with “no individual or corporate income taxes”—no ifs, ands or buts about it. Bill Stremmel Sparks

Who knew? Re “Failed experiment” (Feature story, March 13): An informative read on the history of medical dope in Nevada. Being a conservative, with libertarian leanings, I have mixed feelings on medical marijuana. I find it very ironic that the far left want to outlaw E cigarettes as “health hazards” while standing in line to vote in legal whacky weed. Of course the tax money will “go to the schools,” which is always a sales pitch for more taxes. We will have the newest schools, with kids that are so stoned, they can’t recall their test material. Just how many legal joints can be smoked before one’s lungs are damaged? We should know in a very few years. Or it could be like gambling. Folks get their government assistance check on the first, then have given most of it back to the state and fed, by about the third, through the casinos which took their cut of the profits, and the state, which took their bite. And their kids still need shoes. They are the victims of oxygen thief parents, just like always. Maybe the legal dope thing will work the very same way. Dopers cash government checks, and the government gets most of it back from the taxes of their legal sales points, a pretty good scheme for those running it. Ron Ryder Fallon

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Your favorite poem? Asked at Java Jungle, 246 W. First St.

Mike Stoker Production manager

“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. It’s dark, but it’s clever, and I love the end, the way he ties it in at the end.

Matt Polley Merchant

“Rub dub dub/ Three men in a tub/ Thank you, God/ For this grub.” It’s a poem my brother taught me.

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The three E’s

“The Raven.” They made a short movie out of it. … I know I should read the book, but I’m used to seeing sort of a movie or pictures in my head.

in light of our recommendations—we’ll probably We’ve long heard about the ungrammatical three R’s never know the company’s specific reasons. Other of school: reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic. states have a lot more money for “incentives.” We We’d like to put a new spin on it and put forth the shot our wad on Apple. idea that there’s a more fundamental and grammatiBut just the subsurface speculation should be cally correct way to understand how school works. enough to illustrate some things. For example, skilled We call it the three E’s: elections, economy and and educated people of the sort that Tesla will need education. Right now, Northern Nevada is in a battle to “win” for its manufacturing plant won’t move to Nevada— even with a good job at the end of the road—because a bid for a Tesla lithium ion battery factory worth there is something missing here. That something may some $5 billion. We’re up against states like Texas, just be that they don’t believe they can get a good New Mexico and Arizona. Other media sources, like education for their children. the Las Vegas Weekly, http://bit.ly/ This is where the three E’s come PeJPxT, have reported that we’re Learning lays the together. If we want to improve our unlikely to get the factory, despite groundwork for economy, we’ve got to improve our the fact that Northern Nevada education system, and we’ve got has easy access to transportation prosperity. to stop electing people who don’t infrastructure like freeways and have enough respect for education railways, lithium mines and other to bother to get one. amenities. As we progress to Nov. 11, expect to see a lot of But there seems to be a booger in the punch bowl, false education and disinformation about the Margins at least according to the Las Vegas Weekly story and Tax. Expect people to try to tell you that a better other sources: Our education system is substandard. education system will actually hurt our economy. The newspaper noted, “As Rep. Dina Titus always But when your child moves out of state because the used to say, we’re on the bottom of the good lists— financial prospects are better elsewhere—even for No. 43 in per-pupil spending; No. 49 in higher educaraising your grandchildren on a factory job income— tion spending—and, with that stratospheric dropout remember the short-sighted, uneducated people you rate, the top of the bad ones.” didn’t vote against. You know why our dropout rate is so high? Prosperity requires investment, and not just in Simplest explanation. It’s because our culture— plant equipment or tax giveaways. Until the people of familial and political—doesn’t value education. the state of Nevada can get their three E’s in order, People can make a good living here without much we can expect our three R’s to suffer, and that will education; it’s part of our mining and casino legacy. Ω If Tesla chooses to go somewhere else—especially likely leave us all F’d. OPINION

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I don’t know if I have a favorite poem. I do not read a lot of poetry. It just never captured me, I guess.

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I like Hamlet’s soliloquy, [and] usually Macbeth. Hamlet offers a really good play, and it has an awful lot of good poems that I enjoyed and appreciated.

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Ask not for whom the tax rolls They seem to be terrified the voters are going to make the corporations pay. Everywhere you turn there’s a news article, an internet ad, or an illegal screed against the proposal in a taxpayer-funded state agency newsletter. Politicians are using hyperbolic phrases to describe the by catastrophe they predict will befall Sheila Leslie Nevada should voters decide to impose a broad-based tax on 13 percent of corporations doing business in our state. Half-term state Sen. Mark Hutchison, who is running for lieutenant governor, told an economic development group in Laughlin: “[The Margins Tax] is the biggest threat to our economic recovery you can possibly imagine. It’s the biggest threat to business in Nevada in my lifetime.” Gov. Brian Sandoval called it “the fatal blow” to many Nevada businesses. All this doom and gloom despite the fact that 46 other states have a corporate tax, including every state that shares a border

with Nevada. Most also have a personal income tax, yet businesses are choosing them over Nevada, which has an underfunded school system, a frayed safety net—and no personal income tax. The Education Initiative (TEI), if passed by the voters this November, will implement a “margins tax” on the largest businesses in our state, only affecting those who meet the threshold of $1 million in revenue each year. Eighty-seven percent of Nevada’s businesses don’t bring in that much revenue and won’t pay the tax. Those businesses that do qualify have three deduction options to determine the “margin” on which the 2 percent tax will be applied. They can deduct the cost of goods sold, the cost of salaries and benefits, or 30 percent of their gross, whichever formula reduces their tax obligation the most. In Texas, where a similar margins tax was implemented in 2006, and where the economy is booming, most businesses deduct the cost of

goods sold. The average deduction is 83 percent of their revenue. To see how this works, let’s suppose you have just over $1 million in revenue and are able to deduct 80 percent of that revenue as the cost of goods sold. You then have a “margin” of $200,000 with a 2 percent levee, leaving you a tax bill of $4,000. Is that really going to cause you to flee to Oregon where you’ll pay a corporate tax of 7.6 percent? It’s also useful to look at the 2014 Tax Foundation’s annual report on state and local sales tax rates. Nevada now has the eighth highest statewide sales tax rate in the country, at 6.85 percent. Year after year, instead of imposing a broad-based business tax, legislators have chosen to raise the sales tax instead. So while corporations basically have a free ride (some have to pay a Modified Business Tax but most businesses aren’t paying that, either), Nevadans fund a lot of state services through an extremely high sales tax. This form of taxation is

one of the most regressive, since it takes a larger percentage of income from people at the lower end of the income ladder and a smaller percentage of income from those at the top. Meanwhile, regional and national pricing structures don’t allow for lower prices in Nevada due to the lack of a business tax. When you buy something at Target in Reno, you pay the same basic price as someone in Oregon, but it costs you more because you pay a high sales tax while the Oregon consumer pays none. There’s no Nevada discount because Oregon makes Target pay 7.6 percent in corporate taxes. Sound fair to you? Sandoval recently opined, “Spending is so much more enjoyable when you ignore where the money comes from. But we must try to resist the easy temptation to forget the burdens of taxation, even when that burden may fall on someone else.” Indeed, Governor. Let’s remember upon whom the burden of taxation falls heaviest in Nevada. Ω

Here are a bunch of charts and graphs to help you understand the real issues: http:// blog.morallybankrupt. org/2013/12/profitmargins-tax-receiptsand-labor.html

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End compulsory education for children The proposed Margin Tax is the latest revenue proposal from the Nevada State Education Association. It is opposed by all small-government candidates. There are many valid reasons to oppose the tax, and there will be many debates centered around the issue in the upcoming election. by Brendan What is public education in the Trainor first place? How can the promise of a government-funded public education be riddled with so many problems? The news is filled with failures with the education system. The U.S. is ranked low on student achievement, and the school districts that spend the most money per pupil often have the worst results. There is a continuous search for elusive equality. The push for “universal free compulsory public education” began in the 19th century. It was not an American idea. America was largely home schooled, or taught in locally funded schoolhouses or by private tutors. Tocqueville wrote

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in Democracy in America about farmers who brought classic books to the fields to read when on break. Despite the lack of organized school systems, literacy rates in America were very high. What changed? Public education began in Prussia, roughly what is Germany today. It was specifically designed to educate for service to the state. Prussia lost a war with France and was organizing itself into a militaristic nation. The ability to take and execute orders was emphasized. Factories organized around work periods dominated by whistles signaling shift times and breaks became the model for students to sit in neat rows and face a teacher who acted like a shift supervisor or a commanding officer. Subjects were to be broken down into separate categories, and bells would signal Johnny to abruptly stop history lessons and take up math. Horace Mann came to America with the mission of supplanting the American non-systemic education

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with the Prussian model. If you read the Nevada Constitutional debates you can see how this divided Nevada. Many delegates were ranchers and farmers who didn’t want to see their children gone from the farm for harvest time-the original reason for summer recess. But others simply did not want to surrender their children’s education to the state. When delegate E.F. Dunne from Storey County proposed compulsory public schooling for white children in Nevada— Progressives until relatively recently did not have a desire for racial inclusion—a T.H. Warwick from Lander County replied, “Are you giving larger liberty to Negroes than to whites ... white people are compelled to send their children to school, while Negroes are not?” Warwick spoke eloquently of liberty. He said, “The minute we invade any man’s home, telling him he must do this, or must not do that, seeking to make men good according to our notions of

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goodness, we are departing ... from the fundamental principles of our Republican form of government. ... [Y]ou cannot enact laws to compel the education of the people, because the very spirit of our institutions are against it. ... Laws to enforce temperance, or compel virtue in any respect, are bad in principle, and bad in practice. ... [I]t is not by such laws that morality, virtue and religion are advanced in the world. ... [W]e are not living here under a Prussian monarchy.” Compulsory education was not incorporated into the original Nevada Constitution. Maybe Nevada is not as libertarian as it was in 1864. Perhaps that is why our children are receiving a mediocre education while the educational establishment continuously wants more money to perpetuate their 19th century factory model of pedagogy. It is time for Nevada to go back to its roots to bring education into the 21st century. Ω

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A raccoon eyes a house cat in a Sparks patio.  The animals have penetrated deep into both  Sparks and Reno.

Medical watch Statewide regulations covering medical marijuana dispensaries took effect on April 1, clearing the way for local governments to provide for dispensaries within their jurisdictions. City staffers in Sparks are preparing language for the Sparks City Council to use in dealing with medical marijuana dispensaries in the Rail City. The step doesn’t commit the council to approving dispensaries, however. In Nye County, the county commission approved zoning for dispensaries within Pahrump, but then ended up banning them by a 4 to 1 vote. Meanwhile, a planned “High Desert Cup Music and Cannabis Expo,” portrayed by its organizers as championing medical marijuana, was canceled when they could not raise all the needed funding. It would have taken place in Petrack Park in Pahrump. Meanwhile, a benchmark of sorts was reached in Nevada dispensary news— it made the Wall Street Journal, which reported on a financial transaction involving Nevada (“IDS Industries Announces PMG Partnership With Nevada Cannabis Processor,” WSJ, March 31). The coverage was the result of this convoluted announcement from IDS: “IDS Industries, Inc. (OTCQB: IDST) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Propel Management Group, Inc. (PMG) has contracted with Aja Cannafacturing (AJA), a Nevada company, along with Black and LoBello, a highly respected and nationally renowned law firm, to develop and launch of one of the first licensed medical marijuana processors in the state of Nevada.” Comedian Bill Maher commented to a Las Vegas columnist on that city’s dragging its feed on dispensaries: “That’s so typical of Las Vegas. Yes, you can go 20 minutes outside the city and get a whore. That’s completely legal, but no pot.” The Las Vegas City Council last month approved dispensaries, but extended a moratorium on accepting applications to July. Surrounding Clark County, however, moved ahead with licensing of dispensaries, though it is also requiring that the plant sold be grown locally, a requirement that prompted two pro-dispensary county commissioners to vote against the county ordinance. Growing marijuana, in fact, is becoming a bigger issue as dispensaries move forward. In Pahrump, grow facilities are being allowed even as dispensaries are banned.

Another kind of growing The National Cooperative Grower’s Association (NCGA) says Reno’s Great Basin Community Food Cooperative is the nation’s fastest growing food co-op. A spokesperson for GBCFC said the national group “compiles financial information provided by all co-op members and provides national reports with key indicators, one being sales growth.” Great Basin reported 38 percent growth last year. GBCFC has been an associate member of the national group since January 2013. It’s located at 240 Court St.

know how to survive. When they leave an area, they have their path already laid out where they want to go.” In 2012, PBS’s Nature broadcast an episode that explored a theory that humans are contributing to the evolutionary success of raccoons, in effect making them smarter by challenging them in urban areas. The theory suggests that “ever more complex obstacles that our fastpaced urban world throws at them [are] actually pushing the development of raccoon brains.”

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Urban guerillas Raccoons stalk Reno and Sparks at night “I was asleep and woke up hearing what I thought was my cat eating kitty crunchies very loudly,” said Sparks by resident Lori Floto. “Then I realDennis Myers ized my cat was on the bed.” This middle-of-the-night disturbance led her to her kitchen where she discovered a raccoon. “I went around the side of the kitchen to see if I could kind of encourage it to go back outdoors, and it did,” she said. “It went out the kitty door. But a couple of nights later I heard it again. I turned the light on it, and there were two of them. It had come back and brought a friend.”

“They are very adaptable, very smart, and all over the place.” Chris healy nevada Wildlife Department

Minimum wage stays put Nevada Labor Commissioner Thoran Towler this week said the minimum wage will remain unchanged in the state. “The minimum wage for employees who receive qualified health benefits from their employers will remain at $7.25 per hour and the minimum wage for employees who do not receive health benefits will remain at $8.25 per hour,” Towler said in a prepared statement. By voter direction, the Nevada minimum wage is higher than the national minimum, and it must be recalculated annually according to the cost of living or the federal minimum wage, whichever is greater.

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This time, she closed the cat door for good. Floto lives in a neighborhood near Prater Way and McCarran Boulevard, which is not particularly near the outskirts of town. Raccoons are also seen regularly even deeper into the downtown, with recent sightings north of the movie theatres on C Street and south of Prater Way.

“Raccoons are a high risk species for rabies,” said Washoe animal control director Barry Brode. The animals also may carry distemper, a form of parvovirus, and an internal parasite called Baylisacaris. Children (attracted by the cute animals) and house pets can be threatened. In some states, dogs and cats have been killed by raccoons. In an incident in Seattle a few weeks ago, a raccoon went after a dog in a back yard, then attacked the owner when he went to the dog’s aid. Both dog and owner were hospitalized, with the owner telling a reporter, “I think they [physicians] were like, ‘Whoa, it actually bit you.’ I think I had about 10 injections last night, and I have to go back for four rounds of rabies treatments.” Fortunately, Nevada Wildlife Department spokesperson Chris Healy said, “Raccoons are nocturnal.” Because they tend to come out at night, the chance that they will interact with small children is small. When raccoons sightings are reported in the Truckee Meadows, it’s difficult to do much about them. By the time animal control officers arrive, the animals are gone. Brode says they are skilled at survival. “We will respond if they are reported,” he said. “They live in places like storm drain areas and

Asked how often raccoons are reported, Brode said, “I’d probably say one or two a month.” He said available pet food is probably the single biggest reason raccoons show up somewhere, or frequent a place more than once. Thus, not leaving food outside is the best way to keep them away. “They’re omnivores, so they will go after pet food. They’ve been known to eat small animals like mice.” Omnivores do not get their food exclusively from animals or plants but from a variety of sources that may include both. Raccoons are pretty bold, and not all that intimidated by humans. It is common, when they are discovered getting into bags of pet food in garages or through open doors, for them to simply stare at the human and wait or continue trying to get at the food. In 2011, after several years of severe recession-related funding cuts, the Nevada Wildlife Department had to stop responding to raccoon, bear and mountain lion calls unless they involved threats. Mere sightings would not prompt action. “If they see a bear or raccoon or a mountain lion we’re not going to respond. We’re going to direct them to our website and tell them we’ve given you some hints on how to live with wildlife,” Chris Healy said in March that year. “If they’re in danger physically, if their property is being damaged we respond,” he added. That hasn’t changed, Healy said this week. “If it’s a dangerous situation we’ll respond,” he said. After such calls, he said, “If they continue to have a problem, then we would direct them to [commercial] animal control places.”


Underfoot and overhead Healy said it is common to get calls about raccoons from the section of Reno bordered by Forest, California, and Mt. Rose streets, known as “the old southwest.” “We’ll hear, ‘I had a raccoon come through my pet door and wreck my kitchen.’ They get into attic spaces.” Some people may be living with raccoons without knowing it. Attics and other dark spaces attract them, and may lead to other problems. Wildlife ecologists Scott Craven and Robert Bluett have written, “Raccoons do not make good pets. Young raccoons are frequently found after the raccoon family is evicted from a chimney or attic, or after the mother meets with an accident. Resist the urge to care for the cute babies beyond assuring their immediate survival. … Young raccoons grow quickly and may become aggressive and destructive with age.” “They get into crawlspaces under the house,” Healy said. “They tear up the insulation. They tear up the pipes.” Healy said transplanting raccoons, a technique used with other species, won’t work.

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Editor’s note: While we thought we had a mathematical formula that would make a tie among our winners virtually impossible, the editors at the rn&r once again proved we’re better at words than math, and Marilyn Melton and eric Brooks did indeed tie for first place in our first-ever poetry contest. congratulations to all our winners and runners up. thanks also to the more than 300 people who entered.

FIrSt pl ace: the Passing of a BRidg e oveR tiMe By MarIlyn r. Melton artist-writer Marilyn royle Melton is a fourth-generation nevadan whose interests are art, the humanities and history. as a life-long (80 years) resident of reno, the city’s future is one of her greatest concerns.

My R at tlesnake By Mat t Sherer National Geos and sixth grade science revealed a little biology: reproductive parts, triangular heads, brunette blotches, and sit and wait predation. Others found you. Me, I met impostors— relatives, I suppose. But their forked tongues kindled no threat, just curiosity, and to them, I gave little warmth. After years, some coming of age, I saw you twice on the same day, roused by the pulses of my passes. Now, I need to know why it worked this way, if you too prefer the solitude of mornings, what charms you, and where you sleep at night. I grapple amid impulse and instinct, envision reactions if you were to emerge from shadows of boot or foot of bed, or coil in the breast of my den, this crib, and if I’d strike first, or if I’d settle. 12   |  RN&R   | 

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Purple hills and majestic mountains Embraced the verdant valley That trappers, gold miners and pioneers Traversed on their way to the sea

On the site of the original pioneer trail A fine concrete structure was erected With electric lights and wrought iron rails Reno was at last well respected

The route brought wagons and cattle To cross the meandering stream That came to be named for the Paiute guide Who led them west to their dream

Completed and dedicated One hundred and six years ago Her life has been turbulent and wild Both above and below

A succession of spans carried traffic Over the Truckee’s current But smashed by heavy loads and snow-fed floods Down river they were sent

Horses, carriages, buses and trucks Joined the strollers promenades While celebrations, libations and festivities Shared days with many parades

Myron Lake built a hotel and bridge And bought the surrounding land. Lake’s Crossing became a lusty Wild West town Under his command

Now after decades of pounding By flood-born debris The thoroughfare’s charm and beauty Will become history

But when the railroad from California came In eighteen sixty-eight The growing community officially became A place to celebrate

Preservationists and citizens raise Their voices to lament The last days of Reno’s pulsing heart No pleadings can prevent

The proud Silver State of Nevada Welcomed the new city of Reno Founded and christened for A genuine Civil War hero

In twenty-fourteen the Virginia Street bridge In pieces she will fall Another part of our history gone With the purge of the wrecking ball

Businesses flourished, gamblers, Rascals and scoundrels did too Schools, banks, homes lavish and humble Were erected as the town grew

We say goodbye, farewell Our treasure of memories intact— Gone with the Mapes and other lost icons... We loved them like friends, and that is a fact

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An Ode tO my dAughter By Frances Becke t t

JOhnny’s deAd By JeFF opFer

sOnnet tO BAcOn By daVId woHLer

Death he came a-callin’; he said, “My boy it’s time to go.” I looked up from my bong hit and said, “Wait a minute, bro. This weed I have is sticky green and stony as can be. How about you cop a squat and smoke a bowl with me?” Death he scratched his bony scalp and set aside his scythe. “I suppose I could take a couple rips before I take your life.” Now I was scared but played it cool and packed old Death a bowl. “So,” I asked, “where am I going when you cut loose my soul?” Death he grinned and flicked my Bic and took a deep breath in And pointed through the floorboards, down at the place of sin. “Fuck it,” said I, and we finished that bag, both stoned to the core, Then Death pulled back his hood and asked, “What’d I come here for?” I patted my roommate on the head, who’d passed out from drinking beer. “I believe you said when you came in, you wanted Johnny here.”

What porcine splendor doth on hearth becrisp? From field and dale the haunch of heav’n afire, What alchemy brings forth the fragrant wisp? Ere twilight bids to still the day’s desire. ‘Tis not the bread of heav’n nor its wine But flesh of fauna wild in fields of green, That’s rendered from the mortal into brine Our taste of Zion ere we sing that final keen. Feast now while dancers still ascend to flight Till curfew steals the gleaming of the day, Turn not nor meekly cower from the light Yea, dine upon the bounty of the ley! Give thanks for piquant strips so lean and fair From noble shoat recumbent en plein air.

Bikini clad bodies lying side by side Laughing, sharing, so much to confide Childhood memories memories temporarily at rest Today, the present, is this now the best? Oh daughter mine, I love you so You’re grown up now, the years come, they go You make my life joyful, oh don’t let it end Cause once I was your mother Now, magically, we’re friends

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I’m oh so tired of Quasars & Pulsars, And all that gobbledygook.

FIrst pL ace: untitled By erIc Brooks

Like big black holes that binary systems Are always revealing In their endlessly circling loops.

eric weaves the tragic, natural and perverse into webs sometimes a little too recognizable. He also likes to look at pictures, and can be found wandering the streets of reno doing just that.

There’s Nebulae of glowing gas. That once were stars they say.

it is tuesday. morning has quietly passed on to afternoon, to evening, to night. there is a crack of bright coming through the shaded window from the street below.

And galaxies that spiral, Like Andromeda and our Milky Way That are set to collide one day.

the cat moves in a slow motion stretch, arching, then quickly coils back to a dreamless sleep next to an ancient porcelain heater. i touch her softness, feel life inside with invisible antennae.

But don’t you worry, they’re not in a hurry And won’t happen for a zillion or more. But I keep coming back To those things in the skies, The hungry black holes without any eyes.

together we wait.

It is a fact they’re here and there, and big and little, too, And go about their merry way to eat the light when due.

yesterday, last week, a year ago we stepped over cracks while touching smiles and carrying sacks, loaded, from the market down the road.

Until one day, there’ll come a time, When they have gobbled ‘all,’ And then will be the final crush of even time and space.

i want to dance while cooking. rather than sound, carrots and onions play an orchestra through scent and taste. the knives need sharpened. the garbage emptied, but the dishes are clean and the cloth napkins stacked perfectly on top of the humming refrigerator.

Then something will be nothing, and Nothing’s what’s left of something, So something could never have been. It tis the end of all I fear, Things upside down and backward.

This year I’m replacing resolutions with intention and belief, the intention to have a healthy happy beautiful life and the belief that I deserve to attain it.

Like a full box of crayons and blank report card, the glimpse of pure love in that first kiss, hopeful anticipation before the first stroke when all eighteen holes can still be par.

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So don’t you worry ‘cuz things will change At a place where physics is in refute And quantum mechanics the one to compute.

Like a sculptor working with stone I believe I will remove the unnecessary, and chip by chip, reveal the beauty that life can be.

But crayons break, love can be elusive, the ball still curves out of bounds, and resolutions fade into the shadow of ingrained habits.

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And it’s now that I hear of parallel places That have no black holes. They’re universes, not traces, So they do not suffer the end of all days.

So when I start to feel anxious, unsettled, angry, or frustrated I will gently remind myself of that intention And just observe what happens.

Or life-changing resolutions on New Year’s Eve to exercise more, work less, build a nest egg, give to others, be more loving, more decisive, more organized or a thousand variations on a theme.

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There’s no upside down nor right side up, Nor backward nor forward they say.

And the parallels, universes with means, Reside in an ever-present now it seems.

Every moment is a new beginning.

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It’s so attractive to start over, do it again and get it right this time.

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But, wait a minute, can this be? Because nothing is nothing with no beginning, and nothing beginning could ever be ending.

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Jared Stanley is the author of two books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose latest installation, It Calls From the Creek, is a site-specific walking poem

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installed on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, California, on view through September 2014. Stanley is a 2012-2014 Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, and teaches at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Reno. Recent poems have appeared in Dreamboat, Manor House Quarterly, Bombsite (Bomb Magazine), textsound.org, and Peaches & Bats.

Chari Boom, formerly known as Knowledge, is an award-winning musician and lyricist. Boom’s brain child Knowledge Lives Forever, a six-piece hip hop ensemble reminiscent of The Roots, Rage Against the Machine, and Lauryn Hill has opened for Allen Stone, The Flobots, Sage Francis, DJ Quik, The Skatalites, and Nappy Roots since its 2009 inception. Chari Boom is the founder and organizer of the Giant Secret Music Festival, and has been voted Reno’s Best local rapper (2013) by readers of this newspaper.

Iain Watson was born and raised in Reno. Watson attended the University of Nevada, Reno for his undergrad and Sierra Nevada College for his master’s in teaching in elementary education. Iain is currently a second grade teacher in Washoe County and the co-founder of the Spoken Views Poetry Collective. Iain organizes and hosts monthly spoken word poetry events through his organization Spoken Views and the Holland Project.

Gailmarie Pahmeier teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work

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has been widely published, and she is the author of the poetry collection The House on Breakaheart Road and three chapbooks. Her most recent chapbook, Shake It and It Snows, won the Coal Hill Chapbook Award from Autumn House Press, and a new collection of her work, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, is forthcoming. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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ThiRd pl Ace: tuolumnE By s pARky Allen sparky’s favorite poet is d.h. lawrence. she’s a potter, a skier, and into drought-tolerant gardening with lots of boulders. her personal hero is Bullwinkle J. moose. Did you detest this alien life: your voice lost in monotony of daily son Russet hawk keening above you in the blue; between granite walls, his beating wings center the void, and the pulse

There is no end, there is no beginning toaster waffles bury the city of angles missionaries assume the position fork you, fork me they wield their steely blades we defend with plastic spoons we are the beating heart of the beast the hands, the feet and if we fail, break down, who needs necromancy replacements are plentiful and cheap “Out of my way” the Great White Sale has begun from the hills of Afghanistan where blood red poppies soothe our souls through the rest of the world who cares how much blood is spilled as long as black ink continues to flow to the bottom line? New Madrid & San Andreas cry out “It’s not my fault” no, not theirs but ours, yours, mine, we are the king makers who look the other way wrapped up in the latest from the evil empire what hungry children you have the better to cloud your vision with what stupid children you have the better for cannon fodder we’ll leave no child behind what a large military/ industrial complex you have the better to crush you all to dust dust to throw into our eyes dust that must be cleaned up by underpaid imported wage-slaves eating frozen waffles and preaching the gospel of capitalism demonic voices in the city of angles where there is no beginning, there is no end

gutEnbErg By Jim mccoRmick I Scriptorium. low hall in a dark reign with monk, bent low and squinting over his high table. a candle’s prancing radiance illuminates quill dipping in a black solution, wet to dry, letters decanted from words pour into sentences, indecipherable to every man but he who holds to a cryptic vow. II Gutenberg, the goldsmith of Mainz on Rhine, cuts loose letters on the single sheet and casts about for different text. He ladles each face in a blue-gray element, sets them single file, a line that will issue inky words to any person at any time.

of your sad blood. Yesterdays are made small at the caress of a raptor’s breeze.

ShardS of obSidian/ Edg E of bl ack rock dESErt/ 1972 By Ale x Angelo We come upon them in morning light, after a long night of shooting stars. Shattered but purposeful, fragments of eternity, sheltered in Earth. Unknown time gaps human purpose. The curvature of the Earth (only visible here) sets limits to our wonder.

Ancestors passed this way over a century ago.

One perfect arrowhead floats up between them; polished craft of survival. Nothing in these broken forms knows more than we do, or less. through the arc of time, they arrive in our visionary questions, telling garbled, dusty truths to our lost remembrance.

Voyaging

Another day in the sunlight, glinting up to the mute mysteries posed to our descendants. OPINION

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Seamus has been decapitated.

Society for Creative Anachronism, and it spans a swath of land from California to Tonopah. SCA members “[re]create more pleasurable parts of the Middle Ages,” Barb explains. “We try to avoid the plague.” The society’s hierarchy is about as mind-boggling and complex as any governing body’s, but this one comes with armor, skirts, crests and other Medieval or Renaissance-inspired gear of one’s choosing. It’s all worn on behalf of fictitious personae each person creates, like Seamus or Amaryllis, who then become launching pads for scads of historical research. But more on that later. Some find romance here. The Wileys sure did. (“I liked his kilt,” Barb says gamely of James.) “It’s one of those hobbies that’s a little all-consuming, so if your partner isn’t interested, it’s probably not going to work out,” says treasurer Carol King, otherwise known as Lady Africa. She’s chuckling. And yes, this is how she met her husband, Stephen. Silver Desert has

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This sort of thing happens sometimes.

“My husband got his head cut off,” his wife says lightly, craning her own neck a bit to see the action. He’s fine, of course. The armored fighter who offed him was using a rattan stick, not a sword. Plus the (not) dead man’s real name isn’t Lord Seamus; it’s James Wiley. And his lady love, Mistress Amaryllis Alexandrea de Lacey—otherwise known as University of Nevada, Reno library employee Barb Wiley—is having a grand old time. “Role playing” is too vague a term for the passion that brings the Wileys to weekly practice in Sparks and larger, out-of-town tournaments and fairs throughout the year, but it’s a start. Dubbed the Silver Desert Province, their group is a local spinoff of the

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Locals recreate ‘the more pleasurable parts of the Middle Ages. We try to avoid the plague.’

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around 30 active members, but it’s just one small chunk of a massive spread called the West Kingdom, which includes areas of California, Northern Nevada, Alaska, Japan, South Korea, Guam and Thailand. The takeaway: Many members have titles, including princes and princesses of principalities, but if you prevail in enough pseudo-swordfights, you can be named king or queen of several thousand willing people. And within reason, everyone in your lair will do what you say. A few may even seek your help in resolving real-life marital and workplace disputes. This is not a joke. Reigns last around four months, and each winning ruler gets to choose who shares the throne with him or her. If the king and queen are dating, though, watch out. “They frequently are romantic relationships, which frequently end terribly after [the reign],” King quips. “It’s the amount of stress. It’s worse than being married.” Per a recent ruling, same-sex duos can now share the throne and the stress, too.

Costume drama Ascension to royalty isn’t the whole point, though, and neither are the staged battles. “We’re not all about fighting,” says longtime member Joel Viney (“Abrahe Çaragoça”) whose widebrimmed hat appears to have an entire weasel carcass attached to the top. Nor are their battles scripted, he says, in the way a Civil War reenactment might be. “Got 75 pounds of goodness right here,” a fighter named Baron Von Wolt announces, patting his metalencased midsection during practice at Cottonwood Park. Von Wolt’s real name is so good that it’s also his society moniker. He was skeptical about any pretendMedieval activities until his ex dragged him to a large event in San Diego. “I went out there and I’m like, ‘What—all these nerds? Oh man, this is going to suck.’” Then he saw “two giant, armored teams start crashing in and beating


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Mullins is a nurse by trade, and she has a graduate degree in ethnobotany, which is centered around humans’ relationship to plants. So she probably knows a thing or two about cacao beans. “We get our geek on,” Peggy says, rolling her eyes a bit. “This is how we have fun.” Barb happens to be a skilled costume maker, so at one point she and Peggy begin to pore over a book, written in Spanish, about centuries-old lace designs. Lace is Barb’s forte. In fact, one of her earlier persona was a lace maker who’s “the bastard daughter of an English noblewoman and a French scoundrel,” she’ll tell you, drawing out the word until it’s full of risqué sass. But heavy Elizabethan clothes are too hot for Reno summers, it turns out, so Barb/Amaryllis has since rebranded herself as German aristocracy. She makes her exquisitely detailed costumes by hand, fans and feathers and all, and sips water from a leather canteen that does double-duty for steampunk outfits. Another woman is strumming a harp nearby, and a shirtless man with white hair and red, puffy britches seems to be changing clothes by his car. The presence of a parking lot is kind of hilarious, maybe because all the throwbacks can feel real for a minute, if you let them.

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the crap out of each other, “a la Braveheart, “and I was like, ‘Yesss.’” SCA devotees spend considerable time on spinoff hobbies, too, and many Silver Desert women sit and sew together during the group’s Sunday meetings at Cottonwood Park. Take Viney’s wife, Peggy, whom he met —surprise!—through another chapter of the society. Intricate needlework is one of her specialties, and she’s also made outfits for their 7-year-old daughter (“Antonia Ursula the Turnip”), who has worn handmade cloaks and other such garb since infancy. Peggy’s adopted character, Agnés Beregarii, is a noblewoman from 15th century Catalonia. Thanks to that timeline, “I can have chocolate,” Peggy exclaims. “1492!” A woman with a cute purpleand-silver bob and a braided rattail looks up from her knitting and firmly interjects. She’s been quiet until now. “1519!” She is Teresa Mullins, a.k.a.Teresa Maria Isabella Castro y Villaseñor, and she’s referring to the year Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortéz tried Aztec chocolate.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot can also do these things while putting on some decent (though ridiculous) British accents and demonstrating superior comic timing. In fact, dare I say that TMCC put its own uniquely funny stamp on some classic material? Spamalot’s writer, Python alum Eric Idle, describes this musical as being “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture.” It follows the same basic plot involving King Arthur (played here by Phil Harriman) and his coconut-shell-clicking servant Patsy (Tony Johnson) as they gallop across Britain to seek knights for the round table. He manages to convince Sir Dennis Galahad (Ryan Kelly), Sir Lancelot (Cameron Shirey), the cowardly Sir Robin (Jeffrey Bentley) and a helmet-wearing Sir Bedevere (Greg Wunderlin) to join him. Along the way, God himself instructs Arthur and his knights to go on a quest for the Holy Grail, and in doing so the motley crew encounters numerous obstacles. The show contains most of the iconic scenes so beloved by Holy Grail fans—the foolishly exuberant Black Knight (also

Do you know the difference between a European and African swallow? Was your mother a by Jessica Santina hamster, and did your father smell of elderberries? If so, then come see the violence inherent in the system, at Truckee Meadows Community College Performing Arts’ production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Of course, if you don’t get the references above (what’s wrong with you?), you’ll still thoroughly enjoy this mash-up of overt Las Vegas flash with Broadway and a dash of the Black Plague as you follow King Arthur For more and his idiotic knights of the round table on information, visit a quest for the Holy Grail. www.tmcc.edu/ I’ll admit that as fans of the film Monty vparts/theater. Python and the Holy Grail, and of British humor in general, my husband and I were skeptical that this show could fit into those big shoes worn by the likes of Palin, Idle and Cleese on film, not to mention Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce and Tim Curry on Broadway. But I’m pleased to report that TMCC’s talented troupe of performers prove once again that they not only can capably act, sing and dance, but that they

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There’s also an ode to Barbra, Fiddler on the Roof and other famous Jews in “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway,” as well as wink-and-a-nudge references to Andrew Lloyd Weber, Las Vegas and old Monty Python skits, including “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Life of Brian. And taking full advantage of the venue, the show breaks its own fourth wall, like Holy Grail, but with the added advantage of live audience participation. Always with reverence to the source material, the TMCC performers somehow manage to make Idle’s lines funny in new ways. Though the troupe usually does the big and showy quite well—Echo Running Wolf’s tremendous voice is a great example of this—I was pleased to see that their talents extend to the subtly clever as well. All in all, I’d recommend that you go to Camelot. It is still a silly place. Ω

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But what is a Japanese-style crepe? Actually, they’re pretty similar to the French tradition, though the Japanese version usually includes a lot less butter and the fillings are often fresh, raw or cured. Crepes can be sweet or savory, or combinations of both. Sweet crepes feature sauces, syrups, fruits, nuts, ice cream, whipped cream, and so on. Savory crepes include veggies, meats, cheeses, sauces, etc. Various batters can be used, though Crepe N’ Roll has settled on original style, buckwheat, green tea, and chocolate (gluten-free versions also available). At Crepe N’ Roll, there are a variety of menu items, or a list of ingredients from which to select. Prices range from $4.25 to $7, and they make for a fairly filling, affordable meal. Having ordered, diners can watch as the chef carefully spreads batter onto the crepe iron, a round, flat cooking surface akin to a sideless skillet. A specialized tool known as a batter spreader is used to do exactly what the name implies, reminiscent of something used to smooth pavement. Ingredients are then added as the crepe cooks, then the whole thing is deftly separated from the iron with a long, thin spatula that could easily

be mistaken for a paint stirrer. This process results in a fresh product that’s then rolled loosely and placed in a paper cone before being served. While initially entertaining to watch, the wait does tend to drag on a lot for something that competes directly with wraps and sandwiches (both of which are produced much faster). Although crepes do require more time and skill, the bottleneck at Crepe N’ Roll is that everything is done by a single employee. In an otherwise empty shop on a Thursday evening, the young couple ahead of us ordered a crepe each, and then my wife and I ordered three savory crepes in order to try some variety. The chef produced each crepe individually in series, which meant it took more than half an hour before we were served. We then ordered a pair of sweet crepes, which were still in progress when we’d finished the first three. On weekends, they have two chefs on hand, but if they’re serving more than a couple of people you can expect to wait a while. I ordered the Italian Favorite (basil pesto, spinach, mozzarella, chicken) and the Ham and Cheese (ham, cheddar, spring mix, spicy mayo), whereas my wife built her own (feta, spring mix, avocado, turkey, spicy mayo). I expected a lot more zing from the “Italian,� but it just wasn’t there, and my other wrap was also pretty bland. However, my wife’s wrap was really tasty so perhaps it’s best to use some imagination and build your own concoction. For dessert, my wife chose the Harajuku (chocolate batter, strawberries, cheesecake, strawberry sauce, strawberry ice cream), and it was absolutely delicious. I went with the Japanese Favorite (green tea batter, azuki bean, whipped cream, green tea ice cream, pocky sticks), which I unfortunately did not love. At least now I know that sweetened, mashed bean paste isn’t something I enjoy. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste. The decor is spartan yet clean. There are a variety of teas, juices, and coffee drinks available, and the server/chef/cashier was friendly and helpful. Crepe N’ Roll has been open for less than a year, so perhaps with more experience they’ll find their rhythm and pick up the tempo. Ί


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Flood actually Noah I did my share of Bible reading when I was a kid and teen. In fact, I read it multiple times from cover to cover. I also read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and a bunch of Stephen King books during my formative years. Of all the literature I read as an impressionable youth, none was more violent and more insane than the Bible. Actually, I will by go as far as to say the Bible is the sickest Bob Grimm book ever written when it comes to death and destruction. If you count the predicted b g ri m m @ ne w s re v i e w . c o m Apocalypse, the whole world dies more than once in that particular piece of literature. That’s a huge body count! Whether you are religious or not, the Bible is, no doubt, a pretty sweet platform for over-the-top cinema. With Noah, director Darren Aronofsky has concocted a totally crazy, darkly nasty disaster film befitting those few pages in the book of Genesis. I no

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longer keep a copy of the Bible around, but I do have R. Crumb’s word accurate recreation of the Book of Genesis—with crazy pictures!—on my shelf, so I’ve read that for a refresher course. In what is surely his best performance to date, Russell Crowe plays the title character, a good, passionate man in a not particularly good time. The people outside of Noah’s family circle have turned Earth into a place of carnivorous debauchery. “The Creator” (this film’s go-to name for God) intends to wipe all humanity off the face of the Earth with a great flood, and Noah is tasked with saving all of the innocent animals on a huge ship to be built by him, with the help of large rock monsters. That’s right, I said large rock monsters. This movie has rock monsters in it. They are Aronofsky’s version of fallen angels.

Now, I don’t remember reading about rock monsters in the Bible, but I will tell you that they come in quite handy when tasked with building a huge boat to house two of every animal on the planet. That’s minus the seafaring animals of course. There were no aquariums on the ark. Dolphins and angelfish and whatnot probably just camped out under the stormy surface, while the sharks went to town on people clinging for life to mountain peaks and treetops in the rising waters. Sharks eating the biblically doomed as they scamper atop Mt. Everest are not depicted in this film, but I reckon “Shark-Flood-Oh” could be coming to a cable channel near you in our future. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s wife, Emma Watson as his adopted daughter, and Anthony Hopkins as the Yoda-like, mountain dwelling grandfather. Logan Lerman delivers notably good work as Ham, son of Noah, the one who eventually gets banished for seeing his dad all drunk and naked. The movie, as spectacle, is quite good, although its CGI has a few moments of weakness. The flood itself is a frightening sequence, with a horrifying moment involving screaming people outside of the ark getting washed off a big rock by waves. I’m actually surprised this movie pulled a PG-13 rating. It struck me, very much, as an R-rated film due to its violence. It’s also a beautiful, inspiring story about survival, free will, blind faith, killing in the name of religion and, above all, the virtues of veganism. It comes as no surprise that Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the script, is a vegan. It also comes as no surprise that the film’s main villain (Ray Winstone) bites the heads off of live animals for evil energy. I had a blast with this movie. I imagine it will enrage a few pastors and preachers who bring their Sunday School classes to a matinee only to discover that it has rock monsters in it. It’s not a deeply religious film in the biblical, orthodox religion sense. Noah is really just a big, bold disaster movie with a super intelligent and compassionate core. Like the best of movies, it will inspire many long, perhaps fiery conversations for years to come. Ω


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Director Noam Murro takes over the 300 franchise from Zack Snyder, who has a reduced role to co-writer and producer this time out. Murro’s take on the exposed belly ancient warrior thing lacks any kind of true dramatic tension. His film is a bunch of boat fights mixed with people in togas emoting slowly on soundstages. It’s a bit of a prequel to 300 in that we see the origins of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the golden god Persian warrior who gave Gerard Butler such a hard time in the last film. As far as storytelling goes, the Xerxes prologue is easily the most compelling part of the movie. Too bad it only accounts for a few minutes. The main plot involves Greek general Themistokles, played by Sullivan Stapleton. Stapleton is basically Gerard Butler with a slightly less impressive BMI. He’s basically tasked here with delivering a determined looking face and shouting a lot. In short, he’s been asked to do what Butler had to do in the last film, with perhaps a little less airbrushing on the abs. The main nemesis, besides Xerxes, would be Artemisia, played wickedly by Eva Green. Green makes for a memorable badass in a somewhat unmemorable film.

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A down-on-his-luck dude (Pat Healy) and an old friend (Ethan Embry) meet up in a bar, and soon find themselves in an escalating dare game with a weird, rich couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton). Things go from slapping-a-stripper’s-ass dares to choppingoff-appendages dares. The stakes get higher, and the blood starts to spurt. Director E.L. Katz has made a twisted-funny film out of a relatively simple premise, a movie bolstered by the fine work of all the actors involved, especially Healy and Embry. Koechner (The “whammy!” guy from Anchorman) makes for a great, wicked master of ceremonies, while Paxton, who has a pretty good horror pedigree (The Innkeepers, The Last House on the Left) provides a nice sense of mystery as the quiet but menacing wife. This is a crazy-silly movie that loses its way a bit, but has enough laughs and gross-outs to satisfy fans of films like The Evil Dead 2 and Hostel. (While the film is available for rent on iTunes and Amazon.com, it will also be a featured presentation at Reno’s Films On Tap on April 9 and 11 at 713 S. Virginia St.).

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Divergent

Shailene Woodley stars as Beatrice, a member of an alleged post-apocalyptic society where people are divided up into factions: Abnegation (The Selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Amity (The Peaceful), Candor (The Honest) and Dauntless (The Brave). This is another tween action movie based on young adult novels (written by Veronica Roth), and it’s a super dud. Directed by Neil Burger, the whole enterprise is remarkably lacking in tension, humor, creativity, originality and focus. Kate Winslet shows up as Jeanine, an Erudite with a mysterious whiff of evil. I imagine she’s the Darth Vader of this silly saga. Miles Teller (Woodley’s The Spectacular Now costar) gets what feels like a tacked on role as Peter, a member of Dauntless who gives Beatrice a hard time. It’s hard to watch these two very talented performers slumming in such stereotypical, unexciting parts. It’s a muddled affair that looks downright bad at times. It’s a tween wannabe franchise completely lacking teeth with a good central female star in the lead. I have faith that Woodley can pull this one out of the fire and make it worthwhile in future installments. I also have faith that I never want to see this flat first chapter again, unless I have a really bad cold and need something to knock me out.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Writer-director Wes Anderson does it again with another wholly unique, beautiful, quirky movie that could’ve only been made by him. In a performance that must be remembered come awards time, Ralph Fiennes is magically hilarious as M. Gustave, the concierge at the infamous fictional hotel named in the film’s title. Gustave has a penchant for older woman, much older woman, and his life takes a drastic turn when he is suspected in the murder of an elderly lover (Tilda Swinton in super heavy makeup). Stolen art, scary train rides and a high speed chase on skis ensue, with Anderson even employing stop motion animation at times, as he did with Fantastic Mr. Fox. Supporting performances by Jeff

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Fast paced, frequently hilarious, and visually fun, this is the sort of movie we’ve come to expect from Pixar, one that appeals to both kids and adults on many levels. It’s also notable that it isn’t a Pixar film, but a product of the still formidable but inconsistent Warner Brothers animation wing. The plot follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), a “generic” builder as he goes about his homogenized life, building structures under strict deadlines, listening to the same song (Tegan and Sara’s terrific “Everything is Awesome”) every minute of the day, and following the rules of the omnipotent President Business (Will Ferrell). President Business demands conformity in a decidedly socialistic way, but he keeps everybody at bay by promising Taco Tuesdays. Things change instantly when Emmet meets Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), who reveals to Emmet that he’s living in a pre-programmed world, and there’s the possibility for real life beyond its walls (echoes of The Matrix and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil). Emmet joins forces with Wyldstyle and her extremely cool boyfriend, Batman (Arnett) to take down the establishment and restore freewill. The Lego Movie is a bit exhausting at times, but at least the constant stream of activity is laced with super intelligence rather than bombastic, vapid visuals.

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Aaron Paul, of Breaking Bad fame, takes his first post-Bad big step into the limelight as a lead actor in Need for Speed, a big screen adaptation of the popular video game series. Paul is a good actor, but he’s miscast here as Tobey Marshall, a street racer looking for revenge after doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. Actually, for a crime he sort of didn’t commit. Wait … now that I’m actually writing about this, I’m realizing the he’s pretty much guilty of the crime even though the movie tries to pass him off as innocent. Man, this movie is stupid as all hell. Tobey has an auto mechanic shop that tries to do big racecar jobs. He also moonlights as a street racer, one of those jackasses who blaze around in hot rods on public streets endangering the lives of other drivers and pedestrians. See, the basic problem with a film like this is that the central, supposed hero is a big moron. It’s hard to get behind a character with such a reckless disregard for others, whose joyriding causes major catastrophes while he cackles with glee because he’s going really, really fast in a really, really neat car. Paul’s attempt to become the new Vin Diesel or Nicolas Cage falls flat. Need for Speed might look cool during some of the race scenes, but it stalls out when anybody opens their mouths and tries to emote.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger still can’t catch a break. He’s looking good, and he’s delivering nice “Arnie” performances in films with scripts that make Commando look like Citizen Kane. This time out, he plays a DEA agent who, along with his team of ragtag miscreants, tries to steal some money from a drug cartel. When the money they steal gets stolen, each of them starts to get picked off one by one in increasingly grisly fashion. The film suffers from poor casting. Olivia Williams cannot sell an American accent, even when she’s chewing gum. Mireille Enos is unintentionally hilarious as an undercover DEA who can’t shake the drugs off the job. Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, and Terrence Howard all put on their tough faces, replete with heavy sneering and scowling. In the end you get a bunch of characters you could care less about in a movie with a plot that is far too convoluted. Arnie soldiers through for director David Ayer, who did the very good End of Watch, but can’t ride the wave of goodwill that film created into this one. It’s sloppy, clichéd, and totally not worth your time.

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Basque in the glory Berri Txarrak The Basque country covers an area in Northern Spain and Southwestern France. Its indigenous people’s distinctive by Brad Bynum culture and cuisine have emigrated throughout the world, and found bradb@ a particular foothold in Northern newsre view.c om Nevada. Nevada towns like Elko and Winnemucca hold annual Basque festivals, and Basque restaurants are among the most unusual, iconic and distinctive culinary attractions in Reno.

This week, a different kind of Basque cultural offering returns to Reno: the contemporary Basque punk rock band Berri Txarrak. The group formed in Lekunberri, in the Basque country, during the mid-1990s. It has toured extensively around the world, recorded with esteemed producer Steve Albini, who also produced Nirvana and Pixies records, and released albums on the well-known metal label Roadrunner Records. The group’s music hits the sweet spot that appeals to fans of all high energy forms of rock—metal, punk and hardcore. Using the blank-meetsblank system of musical taxonomy, you might fill in the blanks with Fugazi and Rage Against the Machine. And guitarist-vocalist Gorka Urbizu sings entirely in Euskara, the language of the Basque people. “We were teenagers when we started the band, and most of our influences where from the Basque

Bringers of bad news? Gorka Urbizu, David Gonzalez and Galder Izagirre of Berri Txarrak.

Berri Txarrak plays at Sidelines, 1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks, on April 7 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.berritxarrak.net.

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THURSDAY 4/3

FRIDAY 4/4

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

SATURDAY 4/5

Audio Sky, 9:30pm, no cover

SUNDAY 4/6

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 4/7-4/9 DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover DJ Ricky Rick, 10pm, Tu, no cover Karaoke, 10pm, W, no cover

Karaoke, 10pm, no cover

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

THE ALLEY

Wrath of Vesuvius, Fall City Fall, The Jet Stole Home, 7:30pm, $5-$7

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

The Flesh Hammers, Cranium, Lucabrazzi, 9pm, $5

Pain Clinic, Toy Called God, Ripchain, We Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Came to Conquer, 200 Proof, 6:30pm, $10 Jonny Two Bags, 7:30pm, $20-$22

As Artifacts, Victims of the Cave, Ostracized, 7:30pm, M, $6-$8

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

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Pub Quiz Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover

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

CHAPEL TAVERN

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

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

Good Friday with rotating DJs, 10pm, no cover

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

COTTONWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711

A Thousand Years At Sea, 7pm, no cover

Yonder Mountain String Band

Traditional Irish Tune Session, 7pm, Tu, no cover

April 3, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort 55 Highway 50 Stateline (800) 648-3533

CW and Mr. Spoons, noon, M, no cover Mile High Jazz Band, 8pm, Tu, $5

Lisa Marie Johnston, 7pm, no cover

DAVIDSON’S DISTILLERY

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

Hellbilly Hoedown, 7pm, M, no cover

275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

FUEGO

Catch a Rising Star, Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., 329-4777: Bil Dwyer, Th, Su, 7:30pm, $15.95; F, 7:30pm, 10pm, $15.95; Sa, 7:30pm, 10pm, $17.95; Patrick Garrity, Tu-W, 7:30pm, $15.95

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

170 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-1800

GREAT BASIN BREWING CO.

Jason King, 8pm, no cover

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 355-7711

Moon Gravy, 8pm, no cover

THE GRID BAR & GRILL

Karaoke w/Andrew, 9pm, no cover

8545 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach; (530) 546-0300

HARRY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

DJ and karaoke, 9pm, no cover

1100 E. Plumb Ln., (775) 828-7665

The Improv at Harveys Cabaret, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, (800) 553-1022: Rachel Feinstein, Don McEnery, Th-F, Su, 9pm, $25; Sa, 8pm, 10pm, $30; The Stagebenders, Joel Lindley, W, 9pm, $25

Bass Heavy, 9pm, W, $TBA

Reno-Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600: Justin Rivera, F, 8:30pm, Sa, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $14, $17

Open mic, 7pm, no cover

HIMMEL HAUS

Open Mic Night, 9pm, M, no cover Trivia Night, 9pm, W, no cover

3819 Saddle Rd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 314-7665

THE HOLLAND PROJECT

Audacity, Prescription, Weed, TV Covered Walls, 7:30pm, $5

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JAZZ, A LOUISIANA KITCHEN 1180 Scheels Dr., Sparks; (775) 657-8659

JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room

The Neighbourhood April 7, 7 p.m. Knitting Factory 211 N. Virginia St. 323-5648

THURSDAY 4/3

FRIDAY 4/4

SATURDAY 4/5

Erika Paul, 6pm, no cover

First Take featuring Rick Metz, 6pm, no cover

Bill Davis, 6pm, no cover

2) Ben Allfree, So Much Light, Jenera Paxton, LoveyouMissyou, 7pm, $3

KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE 211 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-5648

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

SUNDAY 4/6

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 8:30pm, no cover

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

1) Band Roulette, 8pm, no cover

The Return of the Boom, 7pm, $5

Craig Morgan, Chad Warrix, 8pm, $25-$50

The Neighbourhood, 7pm, M, $25-$50 ScHoolboy Q, 8:30pm, Tu, $22-$100

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke hosted by Gina Jones, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke, 8:30pm, Tu, 9:15pm, W, no cover

Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Lynn & Kevin, 7pm, W, no cover

RED DOG SALOON

Open Mic Night, 7pm, W, no cover

76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474

RUBEN’S CANTINA 1483 E. Fourth St., (775) 622-9424

Karaoke, 8pm, no cover

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

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Future Islands

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 4/7-4/9

1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks; (775) 355-1030

Hip Hop Open Mic, 10pm, W, no cover

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

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

Down North, 9pm, no cover

Open Jam with Tazer and Friends, 8pm, W, no cover

SIERRA TAP HOUSE

April 8, 8 p.m. Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858

252 W. First St., (775) 322-7678

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

STUDIO ON 4TH

From The Ashes, 8pm, $5

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

WILD RIVER GRILLE

4275-4395 W. Fourth St., (775) 787-3769

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

Ritual (’80s post-punk, industrial, goth), 9pm, $3 before 10pm; $5 after

Open Mic Wednesdays, 7pm, W, no cover Sunday Jazz, 2pm, no cover

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

WILDFLOWER VILLAGE

Dance party, 9pm, no cover

The Writers Block Open Mic, 6:30pm, no cover

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

Wildflower Comedy Power Hour Open Mic, 8:30pm, Tu, no cover

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2) Escalade, 8pm, no cover

2) Escalade, 4pm, Two Way Street, 10pm, no cover

2) Escalade, 4pm, Two Way Street, 10pm, no cover

2) Two Way Street, 8pm, no cover

2) The Vegas Road Show, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Jo Mama, 8pm, no cover

2) Jo Mama, 8pm, no cover

2) Steve Lord, 6pm, no cover

2) Steve Lord, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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

2) Mike Dillon Band, 10pm, no cover

1) Foreverland: A Tribute to the Music of Michael Jackson, 9pm, $15-$18 2) J Alva, Riff Cassidy, 12:30am, no cover

1) Justin Rivera, Ron Josol, 8:30pm, W, $10-$15

ELDORADO HOTEL CASINO

1) Ring of Fire, 8pm, $24.95+ 2) Cash Presley, 10:30pm, no cover 3) Skyy High Fridays, 10pm, $10

1) Ring of Fire, 7pm, 9:30pm, $24.95+ 2) Cash Presley, 10:30pm, no cover 3) Four Play Saturdays, 10pm, $10

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

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

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2) Jo Mama, 7pm, no cover 1627 Hwy. 395, Minden; (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret Lounge 3) TJ’s Corral

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

1) Ring of Fire, 7pm, $24.95+

345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 2) Cash Presley, 10:30pm, no cover 1) Showroom 2) Brew Brothers 3) BuBinga Lounge

1) Ring of Fire, 7pm, $24.95+ 2) Cash Presley, 10:30pm, no cover

Volbeat April 9, 7:30 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

GRAND SIERRA RESORT 1) Volbeat, 7:30pm, W, $41.25

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) WET Ultra Lounge

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE HARRAH’S RENO 219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge

JOHN ASCUAGA’S NUGGET

1) Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic, 8pm, $17.20-$47.20 2) DJ I, 8pm, no cover 3) David Patrone, 8pm, no cover

1) Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic, 8pm, $17.20-$47.20

2) Banff International Mountain Film Festival, 7pm, $20-$55

1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Showroom 2) Rose Ballroom

MONTBLEU RESORT PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO SANDS REGENCY CASINO HOTEL 345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200 1) 3rd Street Lounge 2) Poolside

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1) Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic, 8pm, $17.20-$47.20

Elbow Room Bar, 2002 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-3526: Th, 7pm, no cover

1) Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic, 8pm, M, $17.20-$47.20

El Cortez Lounge, 235 W. Second St., 3244255: Daily, 9pm, no cover

1) Sweet Talk: A Delicious Electro-Cirque Kiss, 8:30pm, $20

Hangar Bar, 10603 Stead Blvd., Stead, 677-7088: Karaoke Kat, Sa, 9pm, no cover

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2) Tany Jane, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

Ponderosa Saloon, 106 South C St., Virginia City, 847-7210: Steel Rockin’ Karaoke, F, 7:30pm, no cover West Second Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., 384-7976: Daily, 8pm, no cover

1) George Pickard, 7pm, no cover

IN ROTATION

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, 180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, 823-9977: Steve Starr Karaoke, F, 9pm, no cover

1) Sweet Talk: A Delicious Electro-Cirque Kiss, 8:30pm, $20

3) Salsa dancing with BB of Salsa Reno, 7:30pm, $10 after 8pm, DJ Chris English, 2) DJ Spider, 10pm, $20 DJ ((Fredie)), 10pm, $20

2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Tuscany Ballroom 2) Terrace Lounge 3) Edge

407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Expo Hall 2) Rum Bullions 3) Aura

1) Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic, 8pm, $17.20-$47.20 2) DJ I, 8pm, no cover 3) David Patrone, 8pm, no cover

1) Chris Botti, 9pm, $79

1) Yonder Mountain String Band, The Brothers Comatose, 8pm, $25-$30

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (800) 648-3353 1) Theatre 2) Opal 3) Blu

SILVER LEGACY

Karaoke

1) ZZ Ward, 7:30pm, $38.50 2) Rick Gee, DJ SN1, 10pm, $20

15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) South Shore Room 2) Peek Nightclub

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2) Recovery Sundays, 10pm, no cover 3) Industry Night, 9pm, no cover

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Nevada Chamber Opera presents an evening of American opera featuring works by Mark Adamo, Samuel Barber, Carlisle Floyd and Gian Carlo Menotti. The evening will culminate in a full production of Menotti’s one-act opera, The Medium. Jason Altieri will lead the cast and the University Symphony Orchestra in this effort. The opera will be preceded by selections from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, and The Consul. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. General admission is $15 and $5 for students with ID. Call (775) 784-4278 or visit www.unr.edu/arts.

The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and music director Laura Jackson close out the 2013-2014 Classix season with a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major “London.” The Reno Philharmonic Chorus will join the orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony.” This major choral work will feature guest vocaists Sinead Mulhern and Edward Nelson. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Tickets are $26-$77. Call 323-6393 or visit www.renophil.com.

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BodyMaps: erIka harrsCh This multimedia performance is a collaboration of visual artist Erika Harrsch, composer Paola Prestini and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. Bodymaps is a personal portrait exploring the plurality of certain human experiences, showing the body as the dwelling place for consciousness, that transforms through its vital process. The event also will include selected cello pieces performed by Zeigler (a former member of the Kronos Quartet) and a presentation and dialogue surrounding a new work, “Room 35,” a collaboration of Harrsch and Prestini. General admission is $10 and $5 for students with ID. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. Call (775) 784-3555 or visit or visit www.unr.edu/arts.


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The fastidious and the furious My boyfriend of nine years is extremely messy, while I prefer things tidy and clean. Cajoling, asking, and flat-out begging him for consideration and help hasn’t worked, nor have tactics like establishing certain areas for clutter. He contends I’m too picky about how he cleans. He says this started when we moved in together, eight years ago, and I rewashed dishes he’d washed. He says he then stopped trying to do much cleaning up and hoped I’d tire of doing everything myself and learn a lesson. I was shocked and hurt by this attitude, especially since he’s otherwise a good and loving man. Neither of us wants kids, and I love him dearly, so I’m contemplating something you’ve written about, being in a relationship but living separately. Could this possibly work after living together for so long?

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his novel

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera says that the brain has “a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.” In the coming days, it will be especially important for you to tap into this power spot in your own gray matter, Aries. You need to activate and stir up the feelings of enchantment that are stored there. Doing so will make you fully alert and available for the new delights that will be swirling in your vicinity. The operative principle is like attracts like.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Our ances-

tors could see the Milky Way galaxy spread out across the heavens on every clear night. Galileo said it was so bright, it cast a shadow of his body on the ground. But today, that glorious spectacle is invisible to us city dwellers. The sky after sundown is polluted with artificial light that hides 90 percent of the 2,000 stars we might otherwise see. If you want to bask in the natural illumination, you’ve got to travel to a remote area where the darkness is deeper. Let’s make that your metaphor, Taurus. Proceed on the hypothesis that a luminous source of beauty is concealed from you. To become aware of it, you must seek out a more profound darkness.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Dear Gemini:

I don’t demand your total attention, and I don’t need your unconditional approval. I will never restrict your freedom or push you to explain yourself. All I truly want to do is to warm myself in the glow of your intelligence. Can you accept that? I have this theory that your sparkle is contagious—that I’ll get smarter about how to live my own life if I can simply be in your presence. What do you say? In return, I promise to deepen your appreciation for yourself and show you secrets about how best to wield your influence. —Your Secret Admirer.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Cance-

rian artist Rembrandt became one of the world’s greatest painters. It was a struggle. “I can’t paint the way they want me to paint,” he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. “I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can’t do it. I just can’t do it!” We should be glad the master failed to meet his critics’ expectations. His work’s unique beauty didn’t get watered down. But there was a price to pay. “[T]hat is why I am just a little crazy,” Rembrandt concluded. Here’s the moral of the story: To be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-off?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Indian spiritual

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teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj offered a three-stage fable to symbolize one’s progression toward enlightenment. In the first stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. You’re protected by the cage, so the tiger can’t hurt you. On the other hand, you’re trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage, and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the tiger is out of the cage and you have tamed it. It’s your ally, and you are riding around on its back. I believe this sequence has resemblances to the story you’ll be living in the coming months. Right now, you’re inside the cage and the tiger is outside. By mid-May the tiger will be in the cage, and you’ll be outside. By your birthday, I expect you to be riding the tiger.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What is “soul

work,” anyway? It’s like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. Or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. Soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. It’s like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smoldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? It’s Soul Work Week for you.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Are you close

to anyone who is a catalytic listener? Is there a person who tunes in to what you say with such fervent receptivity that you get inspired to reveal truths you didn’t realize you knew? If so, invite this superstar out to a free lunch or two in the coming days. If not, see if you can find one. Of course, it is always a blessing to have a heart-to-heart talk with a soul friend, but it is even more crucial than usual for you to treat yourself to this luxury now. Hints of lost magic are near the surface of your awareness. They’re still unconscious, but could emerge into full view during provocative conversations with an empathetic ally.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): On my blog,

I quoted author Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” I asked my readers what word they would use in place of “writing” to describe how they avoided being destroyed by reality. Popular responses were love, music, whiskey, prayer, dreams, gratitude and yoga. One woman testified that she stayed drunk on sexting, while another said “collecting gargoyles from medieval cathedrals,” and a third claimed her secret was “jumping over hurdles while riding a horse.” There was even a rebel who declared she stayed drunk on writing so she could destroy reality. My question is important for you to meditate on, Scorpio. Right now you must do whatever’s necessary to keep from being messed with by reality.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Does your mother know what you are up to these days? Let’s hope not. I doubt if she would fully approve, and that might inhibit your enthusiasm for the experiments you are exploring. It’s probably best to keep your father out of the loop as well, along with other honchos, cynics or loved ones who might be upset if you wander outside of your usual boundaries. And as for those clucking voices in your head: Give them milk and cookies, but don’t pay attention to their cautious advice. You need to be free of the past, free of fearful influences, and free of the self you’re in the process of outgrowing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the foreseeable future, I urge you not to spend much time wrangling with bureaucrats and know-it-alls. Avoid frustrating projects that would require meticulous discipline. Don’t even think about catching up on paperwork or organizing your junk drawer or planning the next five years of your career. Instead, focus on taking long meandering walks to nowhere in particular. Daydream about an epic movie based on your life story. Flirt with being a lazy bum. Play noncompetitive games with unambitious people. Here’s why: Good ideas and wise decisions are most likely to percolate as you are lounging around doing nothing—and feeling no guilt for doing nothing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Are you

waiting? Are you wondering and hoping? Are you calculating whether you are needed, and if so, how much? Do you wish the signs were clearer about how deeply you should commit yourself? Are you on edge as you try to gauge what your exact role is in the grand scheme of things? I’m here to deliver a message from the universe about how you should proceed. It’s a poem by Emily Dickinson: “They might not need me—yet they might. / I’ll let my Heart be just in sight – / A smile so small as mine might be / Precisely their necessity.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will

soon get a second chance. An opportunity you failed to capitalize on in the past will re-emerge in an even more welcoming guise, and you will snag it this time. You weren’t ready for it the first time it came around, but you are ready now! It’s probably a good thing the connection didn’t happen earlier, because at that time the magic wasn’t fully ripe. But the magic is ripe now!

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Bjorn Rebmey Reno has developed a reputation because of its fondness for guys beating the hell out of each other. This Friday night, April 4, a couple of the biggest are going to go head to head. Bjorn Rebmey is the chairman and CEO of Bellator MMA (mixed martial arts), the outfit that’s bringing the fights here. Tickets are available at TicketMaster.com, Bellator.com and the Reno Events Center box office. Tickets are $50-$120.

So you’ve got a big event coming up. I’ve got an event coming up on Friday. It is part of the large-scale series we do with Spike TV. It’ll be broadcast live on Spike, reaching about 100 million homes here in the U.S., and it will be sent out to 142 countries around the world. The main event on the show is a world title fight for our heavyweight world title where Cheick Kongo is going to challenge Vitaly Minakov, our heavyweight world champion. It’s got three other fights on the main televised part of the show on Spike, and there’s eight other fights on the card that will run on Spike.com.

Do you know how many presold? I haven’t gotten a read of late, but last I saw we were at about 3,300 presold. But like I said, I just got back into town from last week’s event, but yes, it’s selling really well.

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I’ve been a fight fan my entire life—American kid who grew up watching football and basketball, then when mixed martial arts really kind of took hold here in 2005, when Spike TV was the first cable network to actually broadcast mixed martial arts live here in the United States, I just fell in love with the game. I have my MBA and my law degree, and I have been working as an agent for fighters and an agent for football, basketball and baseball players, and I also ran my own fight promotion business, many years ago in partnership with Sugar Ray Leonard, and I was just in love with the sport. I thought it was the coolest, purest form of athletic competition and of combat sports that I’d ever seen. I

Bad hair life In the ongoing CF that is the Chris Christie CYA shuffle, it would appear that someone has finally figured out one crucial detail—if you get Bridget Kelly to talk, you’re finally going to get some answers. I mean, everybody has just let her hang out for the four months and let her IBS blow up. (She always looks like someone whose latest attempt at IBS relief has just gone bad ... very bad.) So please, give this woman immediate immunity. Millions want very much to hear what exactly she has to say about this little dustup. Because leave us not forget her memo in early August about how it’s “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” and its reception by David Wildstein (“Got it”), making very clear that there was a plan of some kind already in place. A plan that was discussed, considered and approved, in advance, by somebody besides her and above her. I’m having a tough time believing that Ms. Kelly somehow “went rogue” with this action. But then again, I’m

turned all my attention to it in 2008, built out a business, turned out a business plan, found an investment group on the East Coast that gave me tens of millions of dollars to start the company.

But its a big fight. Cheick Kongo is of course a huge name, and Minakov is ranked in the top five in the world. They’re champions, so it’s a big fight, and the heavyweights, you know, always draw a lot of attention, a lot of interest.

∫y Bruce Van Dye long, strandy hair on his dome in the shower every morning, and then has an underling meticulously scrape off all those strands from the hair-catcher and slaps them back in roughly the same place as before. Shell, baby, take it from a guy who wants to help—it’s time for the razor. Seriously. It’s too late for a rug. Transplants would be a nightmare. The only way out is the Mr. Clean scene. Shave it. I mean, hell, Shell, you’re 97 or some damned thing! Then, grow out a nice little goatee or Van Dyke. You know how it goes—when the northern hair is gone, you gotta balance the scene with some southern. No soul patch. Add a nice pair of timeless Ray-Bans. Overnight, your image would go from that of doddering, demented political meddler to semiSatanic, quasi-cool, Vegas version of Dr. Evil. Ω

leftist hedonist scum who has a ball watching power mad blowhards like C.C. squirm a bit. And where the heck is Bridget’s superior, her immediate boss and Christie’s chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd. What rock did this dude suddenly crawl under? Why the hell hasn’t anybody picked up that rock and said, “Hey! Kevin! What up?” Where the hell is this guy? Doesn’t anybody want to talk to him about his part in this whole passion play? I mean, he’s only the governor’s chief of freakin’ staff, meaning the one link between Christie and Bridget. • There’s one thing I’d like Nevada’s most dangerous Republican, gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, to do. Well, two things. One—lose his checkbook. Without Sheldon writing 90 million to various turkeys, tea drinkers and troglodytes, he’s way less dangerous and detestable. Two—shave his head. I mean, jeez, this guy has the all-time hair-don’t. He looks as though he loses every

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