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LAw SchooL See News, page 8.

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No guns por moi

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I only get to write this Editor’s Note to pretend as though I’m still in charge of the asylum. Georgia Fisher took the lead on the Teen Issue this year, so I’m more titular than abreast of the action. That’s probably an inappropriate play on words, but what the hell, as you read this, I’m either on a beach or in a hole somewhere in Central America. My teenage years were the worst. I hated myself, and I hated everyone around me. I had a face like someone threw scalding pizza sauce on it, and skinny arms and legs and a pot belly no matter how many weights I lifted. And I’ll admit, since I had no patience, I didn’t lift long or hard enough to do myself any good anyway. I did have a horrible attitude, though, so the adults and the big kids thought they’d beat it out of me. All they taught me was how not to be afraid of a fight—a skill that served me well during my years bouncing and tending bars, and even better as an editor. I never laid a finger on any kids who grew up around me, and I’m dead set against spanking children. I’m not particularly against violence against adults who hurt kids, which I realize makes me a bad person. You know, it only takes a thought to pull up those negative feelings. The only thing that “saved” me was I figured out some relatively healthy ways to express my emotions and not feel helpless in the face of overwhelming force: writing, mostly. And that’s why we still have a Teen Issue, even though I know many teens don’t have much interest in newsprint (although data shows that they grow into it—after college). I’ve known and mentored many square pegs through their first steps into the world of crusading journalism. I hope—actually, I’m certain since it has happened every time—that some of the fledgling reporters who write in this teen issue will continue writing. I also know that in 5, 10, 15 years some college-age kid is going to come up to me and say, “You know, you gave me my first byline.” Hang in there, kids. It gets better.

Re “Below the Surface” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, Feb. 19): Good observation. I, too, have a short temper, and that is the reason I would never carry a gun. Unfortunately, there are thousands and thousands of gun advocates who have the same character flaw but refuse to recognize the danger. The former NRA president’s son just finished serving a 10-year sentence for a road rage incident in which he fired his gun into another vehicle. Having a deadly weapon at one’s calling is one reason that more family members than home intruders are killed by guns. Most gun owners cannot accept the reality that the odds are against them and their family members. They and their family members too often pay with time in prison, or their lives. Ron Schoenherr Reno

Fiore undermines women’s safety Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore wants us to believe that allowing concealed guns on college campuses will protect women from sexual assault. She told the New York Times, “If these hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them?” Referring to the women who attend Nevada’s universities as “hot little girls” perpetuates the misogyny that brings rape into our community in the first place. Guns on campus won’t reduce sexual assaults. The presence of firearms means more perpetrators will have the chance to use deadly force during an assault. Most sexual assaults take place under the influence of alcohol, and are often perpetrated by individuals known to the victim. Adding guns to that mix won’t make anyone safer. In situations of intimate partner violence, the presence of a gun increases the risk that women will be killed. Instead of using the issue of sexual assault as an excuse for gun promotion, our leaders should look at real ways to prevent rape, through encouraging frank

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I do not believe we should use public tax money to support private schools. The Republicans in our Legislature are using the legal fiction of giving tax credits to businessmen who donate money (so-called Opportunity Scholarships) to students who attend private, even religious, schools. This is being done under the guise of school choice. Certainly, parents can choose how and where to educate their children, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us should pay for that. Public tax money should not be used in this manner. Public tax money should be used to help to educate all children. We have precious few tax dollars and we must use them wisely. Please ask your legislators to vote down Assembly Bill 165, the “Opportunity Scholarship” Bill. Janice Flanagan Reno

If the City Council is seriously considering The Generator’s proposal, will the City of Reno first solicit proposals for use of the parcel from other Reno nonprofits? If The Generator’s proposal is approved, what is the estimated value of public resources that will have been given to this organization (i.e. the value of forgone rental income for five years plus the difference between fair market value and the price The Generator pays)? If The Generator gets the parcel, how many and which Renoites will benefit? I hope the Reno City Council considers these and similar questions prior to proceeding with the deal proposed by The Generator (they all read this paper, right?). On a personal note, my wife and I support with our time and money a number of local groups (which benefit children, older people, hungry people, economically-disadvantaged people, and the environment), but we would never even consider donating money to an organization whose mission includes making art or anything else to entertain a select group of people for a week (i.e. Burners) and destroying that art at the end of the week. Michael Powell Reno

No controversy

Love, not fear

Re “The Next Generation” (Feature story, Feb 19) The article on the The Generator, described as “a nonprofit collaborative artists’ workspace in Sparks,” proposing essentially free-use of a city-owned parcel of land then purchase of the parcel for $860,000 after five years raises some questions: Does the city have a list of properties it wants to sell? Lease? If yes, is the parcel in question on that/those list/lists? What is the current fair market lease amount for that parcel? What is the current fair market value for that parcel? What is the city’s estimate of the market value of the parcel in five years? Will the city need the parcel for some public use in 5, 20, 50 years?

Re “The Next Generation” (Feature story, Feb 19) Your cover story seems to me the digging up of controversy where there is none. The latter half of the article hinges upon the perspective of one man who misconstrues Burning Man’s relationship to The Generator. Has Mr. Conder talked with any of the artists at The Generator? Has he stepped foot on the premises? I can attest to The Generator’s local connections. They have provided our theatre a space to construct sets and access to cutting edge equipment and have asked for little in return. In short, they have inspired us to create better art, and I see Phase 2 as the next stage of Reno’s artistic evolution. Objections to Phase 2 are based in nothing concrete, only

education about consent, providing victims with meaningful support and justice without stigma, and dismantling the culture in which women are sexual objects expected to prevent their own rapes. Tobie Barton Reno

Wealth redistribution

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flimsy speculation. All nonprofits run the risk of losing a funding source at any point on their journey. That’s the nature of the game, and we don’t have time for fear, only hard work securing various streams of funding so that we can do what we love. Joe Taglieber Reno

Finally, the other side Have we forgotten the horrible school shootings of recent years— Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook to mention only a few? There is a common denominator in these events—no one was armed and able to intervene and stop the massacre! UNR has had its own share of violent attacks. In 1998 UNR Police Sgt. George Sullivan was struck over 20 times with a hatchet. Then the killer took his duty weapon and went on a robbery spree! The statistics speak for themselves. CCW holders deter crime and very rarely have accidents. The right-to-carry states have not seen an increase in gun violence or accidents. In fact, the opposite is true! The American Association of University Women estimates one violent assault occurs every day! Most go unreported. UNR has reported two per year from 2008-2011. My own wife was attacked and nearly raped while crossing the quad late one evening in 1987. Do not be naive. People are carrying guns on university campuses right now. It is our God-given right to defend ourselves, and criminals do stop and think when their intended victims are able to shoot back! Jon Dietmeier Reno Editor’s note: In fact, armed sheriff’s deputy Neil Gardner was on the Columbine campus when the attack started. Gardner exchanged fire with shooter Eric Harris and likely saved lives but was not able to stop the attack from starting in the first place. Gardner was joined by deputies Scott Taborsky and Paul Smoker, and Smoker also exchanged fire with Harris. And there was an armed police force on the Virginia Tech campus.

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by Salma Valdez, 18, Sparks High School

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What would you tell your 25-year-old self? Asked at Roller Kingdom, 515 E. Seventh St. Maddy Brown 17

Take more risks. Don’t hold back.

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Don’t regret everything you did, man. Just hold on.

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Why did you spend your whole life judging yourself? Look at where you are now.

Positive changes “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” A profound statement, isn’t it? Maya Angelou’s famous phrase can be key in terms of growing up and becoming confident in who we turn out to be. Whether we were raised in healthy or abusive homes, the concept still applies. When we find confidence in ourselves and love for ourselves, many doors open and our world shows us happiness and a continuous state of positive energy. Alternatively, when we dwell on previous by Jeremiah Eck, 19 experiences that cause pain and distress, we have great difficulty finding balance, happiness and Truckee Meadows success. Community College Coming from a heavily religious household, my parents had trouble accepting I was gay. I have lived in Reno my entire life, except for the few short months when my parents moved us to a little town in Oregon during my junior year of high school. While there, I came out to my parents with the hope that despite their religion, we could all accept me for who I am without a huge ramification. Unfortunately, they did not take the news well in any sense, and my dad in particular completely lost his mind. Thankfully, I was able to rely on my grandparents in Reno and move in with them that August. The situation in Oregon had become so draining that I simply could not keep trying my best to make it work. I turned 17 that September and finished out my senior year at Rainshadow Community Charter High School, an alternative OPINION

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school known for its unprecedented emphasis on the arts. I did not speak to either of my parents until they insisted upon attending my graduation, but even after that we only speak rarely, when needed. Back to the quote about changing your attitude. It has been a long journey accepting that my parents most likely will never change their perspective about my lifestyle, and we might never have a real mother-son or fatherson relationship. I firmly believe we were born for a specific purpose, however, and our journey in life is to find what makes us truly happy, fulfilled and successful in our own ways. Success may not mean the stereotypical Mercedes, daily Starbucks latte, the big house, etc. Success to some may mean they were able to get through another day thinking positively. If I were to give advice to any adolescent, it’s that it is absolutely critical to love yourself, to listen to yourself, to trust yourself, to be confident in yourself, and to be yourself. You are the creator of your future—nobody else—and that, to me, is one of the most freeing concepts I have yet to find. It’s allowing yourself to be free from others standards, from the negativity some people may try to put on you, from the negativity in your own life because you are able to recognize it, and “change your attitude.” Life really is about perspective, and if we have positive, loving perspectives, we will see that our lives work seamlessly. Ω

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Middle class attacked by GOP legislature The harsh November election results were sobering and humbling for progressives. Losing the Assembly was unthinkable, until it happened. Trading solid constitutional officers like Ross Miller, Kate Marshall and Kim Wallin for people like Adam Laxalt, Dan Schwartz and Ron Knecht still by makes many a stomach churn with Sheila Leslie disappointment. But it’s hard to see how Republicans expand their base in 2016 as they spend the 2015 legislative session attacking the middle class. One-third of the way through the 120-day session, the Republicans have put forward bills that reduce salaries, make it harder for workers to recover wages they’re owed, and put retirement funds at risk. They’ve proposed selling public lands to the highest bidder, taking away access to affordable recreation for the working class. And they seem determined to put a gun in every pocket, everywhere. They seem oblivious to the cumulative effect of their pent-up proposals and the steady rumble of a growing bipartisan throng of union members,

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retirees, students, outdoor enthusiasts and parents who worry about keeping their children safe. While they crow about their legislative victories, they’re missing the warning signs of a constituency newly reminded of the differences between the two parties. The loss of prevailing wage in school construction was the first salvo in paycheck reduction for middle class construction workers, just as the industry begins to recover. These workers can now count on a much smaller paycheck, or no paycheck at all, as out-of-state construction companies underbid local contractors. No Democrat voted for the bill. Another anti-worker bill eliminates overtime pay when employees making $12.38 an hour or less are forced to work more than eight hours a day, as long as they don’t work more than 40 hours a week. The chambers of commerce were supportive of the workplace flexibility, but the only worker present at the hearing testified against the bill. Democrats spoke up loudly in opposition.

And two days before Sen. Tick Segerblom’s bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour was heard last week, Sen. Joe Hardy presented his legislation to repeal the existing constitutional amendment that voters approved in 2006 to raise the minimum wage. He promised a follow-up bill to give the Legislature the ability to set Nevada’s minimum wage, but he’s probably the only person in the building who believes that will lead to higher wages for those already on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Assemblyman Randy Kirner saw one of his bills to change the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System go down to defeat in committee, but, undaunted, he placed an even worse one before the legislative body. Assembly Bill 190 would create a “hybrid” retirement program, with all new public employees being forced into a defined contribution plan— benefiting stockbrokers, not workers. After a fiscal note of $800 million and widespread testimony against Kirner’s pension reforms in front of hearing rooms packed with retirees,

the bill seems all but dead. Democrats were vociferous in their opposition to the plan. By the time Democrats issued the “Nevada Blueprint,” their outline of legislative initiatives designed to help the average Nevadan, there wasn’t much left to say. But Minority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick said it anyway: “Without the middle class doing well, no one is moving forward.” And as Democratic Sens. Ruben Kihuen and Kelvin Atkinson marched with hundreds of protestors demonstrating against Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s wasteful and meanspirited immigration lawsuit, Laxalt and Republican legislators chose not to engage with the Latino families. If the Republicans continue with this behavior and their rash of overreaching bills making wage theft easier, gun violence more likely, and the livelihood of the middle class under threat, they shouldn’t be surprised when people vote differently in 2016. They’ll have no one but themselves to blame. Ω

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People have the right to be gay Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson made news when he opined in a television interview that homosexuality is a choice, because sometimes men go to prison straight and come out gay. Carson’s remarks caused a media firestorm. For many on the left, homosexual by Brendan behavior must always be innate, Trainor and the right must never, ever say that it is a choice. If it is a choice, then homosexuality is not the same as race, which is determined by accident of birth, and therefore would not qualify for certain antidiscrimination laws. Choice implies moral decisions as well. Despite the usual liberal outrage, the latest polls show Americans split down the middle on the issue, with about 40 percent equally agreeing to either the choice or no choice options. Unable to find the “gay gene,” deterministic advocates point to brain scan studies, which purported to show differences in the structure

of the brain between gays and straights. Some claim whether a person is gay or straight is determined by whether the brain is left hemisphere or right hemisphere dominant. But the same technology can show that Carson’s beliefs are also innate, and not a choice. Brain scans show where the blood rushes in the brain when presented with different stimuli. Conservatives are more fascinated by, but squeamish about, gross behavior, and place a higher value on purity and order than liberals. Conservatives process information through the parts of the brain that deal with fear and threats. Liberals process information through an area of the brain that deals with empathy rather than risk. Carson and other conservatives who link homosexuality with behavior like bestiality can’t help themselves because their brains tell them to. Likewise, liberals are more likely to believe that negotiations with Iran will produce a positive outcome because their brains command them to.

As a libertarian, I defend free will and am put off by too easy a deterministic outlook on life. Brain scan studies that purport to show permanent damage or alterations to the brain caused by drug addiction are coming under fire. It is becoming more accepted that drug use is not simply a matter of how chemicals are processed in the brain, and in most cases does not permanently alter brain structure. The reasons are the “rat park” experiments, the experience of the Vietnam War veterans’ heroin addiction, and the experience of drug decriminalization in Portugal. Early studies that showed how laboratory rats, given a choice between water laced with cocaine and just water, always chose the drug-laced liquid, even shunning food and starving to death. Drug warriors believe people become addicted because the drug irreversibly takes control of the brain.

However, the “rat park” experiments show that the same rats, given companionship and other behavioral options in a rat friendly environment, actually drink the plain water, and avoid the cocaine. The experience with heroinaddicted Vietnam veterans surprised us, because once home in America, the vast majority of the veterans simply stopped using heroin. The decade-long experience with drug decriminalization in Portugal shows us that even hard drug users, if given more options than prison and compulsory therapy, can and do quit their drug use. It is too early to answer the nature/nurture question because of brain scans. We do not know for sure what causes drug addiction, political beliefs and sexual orientation. We do know that acceptance and toleration, human connectivity and choice are still the best ways to live with those who think or behave differently than we do. Ω

For another view of this issue, see Green on page 11. Nature or nuture— who cares? www. independent.co.uk/ voices/comment/gaygenes-havent-we-hadenough-of-the-naturevs-nurture-debate-on homosexuality-9128925. html

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In history textbooks these days, the narrative  text is almost secondary. The layout of the books  is akin to USA Today, filled with tables, maps,  graphs, drawings and photos, most in bright  colors.

Demystifying STDs As a culture, we don’t like to talk about sexually transmitted disease outside of sex education class. They’re kept quiet, on the down low. It should be “between you and your doctor.” This kind of stigma-causing attitude keeps people from getting tested for STDs and seeking treatment if they are STD positive. Examples of these stigmatized STDs include syphilis, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, chlamydia and a plethora of others. In Nevada, thousands of people are living with STDs, and many don’t even know they have them. It’s clear this needs to be changed. Because of the stigma, people don’t get tested and don’t seek treatment. This can spread the disease farther. If they do seek treatment, they may be humiliated about their illness and possibly shunned by others. So what can we do to fight the stigma in Reno? First, educate. By educating the general public about STDs, we reduce the stigma surrounding them. We show people how to prevent infection and how to seek care. Second, take steps to end poverty in our city. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Poverty can limit access to health care, HIV testing, and medications that can lower levels of HIV in the blood and help prevent transmission risk. In addition, those who cannot afford the basics in life may end up in circumstances that increase their HIV risk.” Third, help STD-positive people obtain affordable, nonjudgmental treatment. By making treatment more welcoming, we encourage people to be open, and to seek the care that they need. Fourth, get tested. Know your STD status and encourage others to do so, too. These are some of the most basic ways to end the stigma surrounding STDs. Maybe we can bring and end to this issue in Reno, and make our city a better place for all.

—Kate Reese, 13, Clayton Middle School

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Homelessness is a long time problem in the city of Reno. Many families or kids become homeless because of layoffs and exhausted unemployment benefits. In a small survey conducted during Washoe County’s last Point in Time Count of Homeless Youth, 32 percent of respondents said it was their first time being homeless, 57 percent had left home before their 18th birthday, and 35 percent said their parents had experienced homelessness, too. Sixty-three percent maintain contact with their parents, 15 percent have aged out of foster care, and 14 percent have been homeless five years or longer. Homeless is more than being without a home. It can also mean not having education, food, security, mental and physical health, or a stable living environment. Many kids move to the street life hoping for the better. Volunteer Nina Shapey took part in the  Most kids do not receive latest homeless youth count. the guidance that they need, or never get the opportunities they wish for. They know the basics like finding food to eat and a place to stay, but they all need more guidance. They need help to get on the right path. My talks with some of the homeless people allowed me to see their perspective, and it’s like we live in two different worlds. Volunteering at the Youth Point In Time Count was a big eyeopener for me. It was a reality check that allowed me to see the struggles and problems we face in the real world. The Homeless Youth PIT Count happens every January, and is a joint production of Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and Build Our Center.

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Schooling by law Legislators eye curriculum, college If Nevada high school students need a lesson in how democracy in action can impact them, they need only look to by the Nevada Legislature, where their Dennis Myers curriculum, their college prospects, and even their school hours are all subjects of legislation. Clark County Sen. Richard Segerblom has introduced Senate Bill 211, imposing a mandate on county school districts to provide classes in ethnic studies that include “instruction concerning the culture, history and contributions of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Basque Americans and any other ethnic Americans deemed appropriate, with emphasis on human relations and sensitivity toward all races.”

“Nevada will flip in just 2019 when ethnic minorities become the majority.” Leila Pazargadi English professor The measure is a sharp departure from legislation adopted in neighboring Arizona, where ethnic studies were outlawed entirely, a step that appeared designed to prevent instruction mainly in Latino culture.

“The fact is, the future of Nevada will be even more diverse than today—with Vox.com reporting that Nevada will flip in just 2019 when ethnic minorities become the majority, an event that the Census projects will not occur for the entire nation until 2044,” Nevada State College professor Leila Pazargadi said in testimony on Segerblom’s bill in the Senate Education Committee. “In my home county, Clark County, CCSD [the school district] is reporting that 74 percent of kindergartners are ethnic American minorities.” Though some teachers say there is already instruction in ethnic cultures in the course of existing classes, Segerblom reacted sharply. “The intent of the bill most certainly isn’t being covered by current programs,” he said in an email message. “It’s more than celebrating ‘Black History Month.’ It’s having a full-time course which celebrates our diversity and how that will impact Nevada’s future. Ultimately, at this point, we just want to encourage school districts to offer a full-time course in ethnic studies, which will require them to hire and/or train teachers who will teach this subject, which in turn further diversifies our educational system. The goal is to have our universities graduate teachers who major in ethnic studies [and] who in turn go back to our high schools and teach ethnic studies.”

Nevada law has generally required broad subjects be taught in schools, leaving the details for school districts. Nevada Revised Statute 389.018 requires that students be schooled in English (including reading, composition and writing), mathematics, science and social studies. While state legislators mandating curricula in greater detail than those general topics is not common, it has been done in the past. There are ten state statutes requiring certain types of classes. A 1970s enactment, for instance, requires instruction in the “economics of the American system of free enterprise.” Others include citizenship and physical training, suicide prevention, child abuse, American Sign Language, environmental education and “adult roles and responsibilities.” In another, unrelated provision in the bill, Segerblom seeks to mandate starting times for Nevada schools: “Each school district shall set the time for the commencement of the school day which must not be earlier than 7 a.m. for an elementary school, 8 a.m. for a junior high school or middle school and 9 a.m. for a high school.” This schedule is in line with the routines of students, the younger of whom have earlier bedtimes than junior high and high school students. In addition, adolescent development imposes greater need for sleep. Some school officials say they have no particular problem with the times mandated, but wonder why legislators are getting involved in such matters at all. Administrative minutia is generally considered the province of school districts. Five fiscal notes attached to the bill say there would be no financial implications. However, the local government fiscal note reports only that it is based on “responses from local governments” without saying which ones—or whether county school districts are among them.

College try Nevada’s popular Millennium Scholarships program, which provides Nevada high school graduates with $10,000 a year for college, is funded by the state’s share of the tobacco settlement. But those moneys are in decline. Assemblymember Lynn Hettrick and, later, State Treasurer Brian Krolicki tried to get the legislature to cash out the Nevada portion of the settlement, use the money to set up an endowment and let it cook for a while, until it produced annually what the tobacco settlement originally provided. But the legislature rejected those proposals and now, with the


NORTHERN NEVADA INTERNATIONAL CENTER fall in tobacco payments, the scholarship program is in financial trouble. Earlier this month, Washoe Sen. Ben Kieckhefer suggested making the Millennium program “a little different” but didn’t get specific. A few days later, Kieckhefer introduced a measure, S.B. 227, to create a Silver State Opportunity Grant Program to help pay for college. The bill does not specify a fixed amount. Rather, it makes available an amount not to “exceed the amount equal to the cost of education of the student minus the amounts determined for the student contribution, family contribution and federal contribution to the cost of education of the student.” Students must be enrolled in “at least 15 credit hours ... in a program of study leading to a recognized degree or certificate” in order to be eligible for the program. That’s a full-time load, and educators worry that it would mean that students who must work either to pay for the rest of the cost of college or to support a family would not be eligible, with the grants going mostly to those who can afford not to work. That’s a concern at the University of Nevada, Reno, where new married student housing is under construction. Kieckhefer sought to calm those concerns. “There’s an expectation that people will work,” he said, but that the program will allow them to study while working less. “We’re only expecting them to work 15 hours a week.”

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Meet Emily. She’s been told all her life that her true romantic and sexual feelings are choices, and that they can be curbed or “fixed.” Some people tell her that her identity is just for attention. She feels like she is broken, and it’s by Kate Reese, 13 really bringing her down. No, Emily is not the daughter of Satan and a jackal. She’s a person like you and me. And she identifies as queer. I know what you might be thinking: “No! Don’t say the Q-word!” Let me just explain what queer means. Though it has often been used as a derogatory term for gay men, the LGBTQA community uses it in a non-deprecating way. To most people who are part of this minority group, queer can mean a few things. First, it can mean identifying as non-heterosexual or non-cisgender (not born with matching gender to genitalia). Second, it can mean preferring not to put any specific label on oneself in regard to orientation/gender, but still identifying as nonheterosexual or non-cisgender. This concept sometimes raises a question in the general population: Is it natural? The answer to this question is yes. This is where we get into the mass of queer ecology. “Queer ecology is the extension of that claim to all life on Earth,” writes Alex Johnson, author of How To Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time. “All living things, we are now learning, are capable of a wide variety of behaviors.” For a different This means nature is already queer, and not always straight, monogaperspective on this mous and “traditional.” We, as sentient beings, are capable of being issue, see Brendan different than the perceived norm. Trainor’s column on We can see this through studies done in nature. According to a 2012 page 7. story in Yale Scientific Magazine,“homosexual behavior has been documented in over 450 different animal species worldwide.” This challenges the idea that nature is automatically not queer. Many other instances of queerness in nature include animals that possess multiple sex organs (like some worms, snails and small fish), animals that reproduce asexually, and animals that are able to change gender under certain circumstances. So, now we know that there are actual instances of queerness in ecology. See, this is what happens when we focus on science instead of ideology. We learn things. Now that we have evidence that queerness is a normal and an awesome part of nature, can we accept it into the whole of society and embrace the queerness of all? The answer lies within your upbringing, religious beliefs, political and economic background, and all that stuff that makes you who you are. Nonetheless, society is heading in the direction of accepting nature’s queerness. Baby steps. If Emily from the beginning of this article is reading this, I hope she feels like her identity and expression of it are justified. I hope she would feel that she is a part of nature and that she’s not broken. Maybe one day everyone can feel that way. Ω

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Build Our Center, a nonprofit that aims to provide a nurturing space for LGBTQA—Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied—folks in Northern Nevada. Her efforts can be felt throughout these pages. So many grownups are apt forget the burning questions, fresh heartaches and poignant creativity that fit so naturally in the lives of teenagers. Tanzer hasn’t forgotten, though. Maybe you haven’t, either. Thanks so much for reading. Georgia Fisher Special Projects Editor


Alicia Henry, 17, rainshadow High School

A Mother’s Life Iradian Verdin, 15

If you cry or yell, I’ll be there. If you want a friend to stay until the end, I got you. Craving a slice or two, Don’t worry, I’ll buy it for you. A walk in the park or a late movie, I’ll be there in the quickness. When it comes to you, I’ll put you first! My pride and joy, you’re my first son born. You’re my life! You have much to learn, But your daddy and I will show you. Watching you grow will make me smile, You’re my little boy. Alexander Angelo, Your name is so cute, I love you. March 12, 2015 is the due date But I told you’ll be here sooner! I wonder what you look like, What smile you’ll have. What colored eyes? I wonder! You’re mine and your dad’s baby. If you need me, I’ll be there for you.

Jessica Sellers, 17, Innovations High School

That One Boy Ashley Pelletier, 17

He was that kid who sat in the back of the classroom Quiet as can be Never caused problems in class Outside of the classroom he was a terror He lit trash cans on fire Threatened a whole student body Got mad over a cigarette Was expelled for lighting a bush on fire When he was really trying to put it out He never went back to school He lives his life struggling Says he’s stupid for not graduating He will get his GED when ready Knows to get his shit together if he wants to go anywhere in life His girlfriend is counting on him

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Tristan Mathew Fisher, 17 As I walked through these empty halls I started to feel this creeping feeling It was only a slight feeling but as I kept walking it grew more and more It went down my back like a cold sweat When it reached my feet I suddenly lost the urge to stand I fell to my knees and I had the sudden urge to scream As I was screaming a cold white hand landed on my shoulder When that happened I felt my vision blur and suddenly I was gone

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How one teen met a famous activist

Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially when it come to approaching adults. Teenagers can find it particularly difficult to approach adults because of the increased fear of rejection that comes with adolescence. I have struggled with this fear ever since I was a little girl. It’s held me back in everyday life, by Kate Reese, 13, Clayton Middle School and has kept me from achieving many goals in the past. This year, at age 13, I decided to take a big step in overcoming this obstacle. Instead of shying away because of fear, I reached out to a famous adult, Cleve Jones. Jones is a human rights activist specializing in gay rights, union/workers rights, and AIDS activism. He works toward the overall goal of world peace. He founded the famous AIDS Quilt, a 54-ton patchwork quilt commemorating those who have died of AIDS. This is why I chose him as the subject of my National History Day project. National History Day is a competition in which students from all around the United States compete to create the best project relating to a central, yearly, historical theme. I have been doing it for three years, and

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I believe it is an excellent way to learn about historical research and discover a topic you’re passionate about. For a month, I researched my topic. After discovering Jones was alive in the Castro District of San Francisco, I decided I had to make a bold move: I needed to contact him about conducting an interview. After all, who would be a better primary source than the man himself? I hesitantly emailed Jones requesting an online interview. After a few days of waiting, he responded. The results were better than I could have hoped for. Instead of an online interview, he offered to meet in person, in San Francisco. My dads, my brother and I traveled to San Francisco to meet him. Jones was able to take us on a walking tour of the Castro and provide excellent footage and quotes for the project. It was one of the most memorable days of my young life. I have no regrets about facing my fears of approaching this famous and important adult. If there’s anything you can take away from this, I hope it’s that you, a teen who may feel overwhelmed by the idea of possible rejection, can find encouragement that reaching out despite your fears can pay off. If you start now, you will find that shooting the moon gets a little easier every time. Who knows? Maybe you will even get to meet someone famous, like I did.

Middle-schooler Kate Reese profiled Cleve Jones for National History Day.

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You sit there being gay, Come out to play, Rainbow everything, Bells ring a-ling, At the pride parades, Drag queens wear braids, Everyone’s so happy, Today isn’t even crappy, Even kids have fun, No one will run, Everyone is welcome, Guys are wearing denim, There’s so many colors, There’s tons of dollars.

Invisible Friend Kiana Van Valkenburg

I am tall and small, I wonder who will see me, I hear yawns, I see shadows, I want to have friends, I am tall and small. I pretend I am normal, I feel lost, I touch fur, I worry about wilting, I cry when you toss me around, I am tall and small.

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Miss Nelson is Missing Attending TheatreWorks’ opening night presentation of Miss Nelson is Missing felt like getting by to swim a little bit in my own childhood. Jessica Santina After all, the book on which the play is based was one of my beloved favorites. As a freshman English teacher at the University of Nevada, Reno and a frequent volunteer in my daughter’s kindergarten classroom, I think this timeless story about the importance of maintaining discipline in theatreWorks of the classroom—and of appreciating good Northern Nevada presents Miss Nelson teachers—still holds up as a classic. So I is Missing, directed by had high hopes that this production would Michelle calhoun, at do it justice. I was not disappointed. the Laxalt auditorium Miss Nelson is a pushover. Played in the University of Nevada, reno’s Nelson by Meredith Martin, she is sweet and Building, 401 W. puzzlingly indulgent with her tyrannical second st. shows are students in Room 207, despite their nameon March 20 and 21 calling, blatant disregard of rules, inability at 7 p.m., and March 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. to add 1 + 1 or spell “spell,” and tendency tickets are $10 for to hold her captive while they take extended general admission and recesses. $8 for students and They include nerdy Raymond (Zach seniors. Golden), the headgear-wearing nervous For tickets, call 284wreck, Phoebe (Veronika Fitzmier), 0789 or visit www. meathead George (Brandon Butler), ditzy twnn.org.

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classroom walls and assorted teaching tools on shelves to Miss Swamp’s crazy wig— which looks disturbingly like the book’s illustrations—and Phoebe’s headgear, which, unfortunately, was another thing that transported me to my own childhood. Martin is perfectly cast as the pleasantly clueless Miss Nelson, and Ty Hunt is hilarious as the stupid Detective McSmogg, who couldn’t find a missing person if she bit him. I also admired Fair for employing her deepest, most gravelly voice in the role of Miss Swamp. Though perhaps it was not as imposing as I may have imagined, the children in the audience seemed visibly moved by it. My

own throat had sympathy pains as I watched her. But the real stars here are the teens cast as Miss Nelson’s students, who are consistently and cleverly funny—in particular, Detomaso’s Elvis elicited chuckles from me throughout the show, with her mature sense of comedic timing. Music selections throughout the show add to the tone of certain scenes—take, for instance, the use of the theme from the end credits of Poltergeist as Miss Nelson sits grading papers at her desk and bracing herself for the misery to come when her students arrive. The musical numbers written for the show are a bit awkward, I admit, and the show might be better off without them. However, they are a minor part of the play, and take nothing away from the actors’ performances. In all, it’s a family-friendly show that may just prompt you to thank a teacher. Ω

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Director Kenneth Branagh knows what Disney junkies, young and old, crave in their fairy tale movies, and he unabashedly delivers the goods with Cinderella, the latest “live action” remake of a Disney animated classic. Pixie dust, ornate castles, fireworks, princesses, evil stepmoms and quirky CGI mice abound in this lush and striking new take on by the girl with the glass slippers. Bob Grimm Of course, any Cinderella movie would be a slog without a good actress playing the title bgrimm@ newsre view.c om character. Luckily, Branagh has scored a great one with Lily James (TV’s Downton Abbey), as charming an actress as any to ever play an iconic Disney role. Screenwriter Chris Weitz gives Cinderella a sweet and sad backstory, showing us a young girl (Eloise Webb) living a happy and secure life with her doting parents (Ben Chaplin and Hayley Atwell). As the fairy tale dictates, Cinderella loses her mom, paving the way for the Queen Bee of all stepmothers, played here by a spot-on, devilish Cate Blanchett.

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Branagh takes a traditionalist approach to the material, but that doesn’t mean his take isn’t an original one. He brings a lot of class to the Disney universe, and he also respects how beloved the Cinderella storyline has become. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Museum There’s Discovery nothing in his and Weitz’s telling that betrays the original material. Cinderella Poor doesn’t bust out an electric guitar or ride a motorcycle while chewing tobacco. This is a relatively straightforward treatment, and it Fair was a wise choice to go that route. As with his Shakespearean adaptations, Branagh has a way of making traditionalist approaches original and fresh. Good Blanchett and James are so good in their roles because they aren’t trying to break the mold. They both embrace their parts as if they Very Good know what we have come to expect, and the

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Director KennethinBranagh result is a sort of adorable nostalgia the case knows what Disney junkies, and old, crave in their fairy tale movies, of Cinderella. She’s a genuinelyyoung nice person he unabashedly delivers the goods with you can root for as portrayed byand James. Cinderella,cruel, the latest “live action” remake of a As for Blanchett, she goes full-blown animated classic. giving us a conniving, reptilianDisney and selfish Pixiehas dust, person. However, this stepmother also herornate castles, fireworks, prinevil stepmoms and quirky CGI mice charms, a two-sided beast able cesses, to convince lush and striking new take on Cinderella’s affable dad that herabound movingininthis with the girl with the glass slippers. the stepdaughters isbya good idea. Bobcharm Grimmwould be Of course, any Cinderella movie would be Adding to the Helena a slog without Bonham Carter (Branagh’s as a good actress playing the title b g ri m m @ ex-girlfriend) ne w s re v i eto w . cbe o m expected, character. Luckily, Branagh has scored a great Fairy Godmother. As Carter oneThe with“transLily James (TV’s Downton Abbey), plays it joyfully weird and quirky. as charminggets an actress as any to ever play an formation” scene where Fairy Godmother Disney Cinderella ready for the ball is iconic the best scene role. in Screenwriter the film. When the pink gown transforms into Chris Weitz gives Cinderella a sweet and sad backstory, showing us a young that glorious blue dress adorning the spinning James, it’s pure movie magic. girl (Eloise Webb) living a happy and secure life with her doting parents (Ben Chaplin and It’s all very Disney, with Branagh relishing Hayley Atwell). As the fairy tale dictates, the chance to show Cinderella immersed in Cinderella loses her mom, paving the way for pixie dust, and geese transforming into stagethe Queen Bee of all stepmothers, played here coach drivers. It’s a lot of fun seeing Branagh by a spot-on, devilish Cate Blanchett. embracing the Disney canon and making it his own for nearly two hours. The film isn’t a musical, although it does contain a wondrous score by Patrick Doyle, and Cinderella does manage to sing one tune deep in the movie. I will declare it a marked improvement over the Disney animated original, which was never among my favorites. Live action renditions of Disney classics seem to be the new trend. Cinderella to trip Branagh takes a traditionalist approach to is much, muchCareful betternotthan the muddled on Angelina the stairs! Jolie. the material, Maleficent starring That wasbut that doesn’t mean his take original one. He brings a lot of class to a case where they should’ve leftisn’t wellanenough theinDisney and he also respects how alone. Tim Burton is supposedly talks touniverse, do beloved the Cinderella storyline has become. a live action Dumbo (huh?), while Jon Favreau is doing the same with The JungleThere’s Book. nothing in his and Weitz’s telling that betrays the original material. Cinderella Most promisingly, Emma Watson is pegged Poor doesn’tofbust out an electric guitar or ride a to play Belle in a live action retelling Beauty motorcycle and the Beast, so I have high hopes for thatwhile chewing tobacco. This is a relatively treatment, and it one. As Branagh has proven with his little straightforward gem, Fair wasaction a wisefilms choice to go that route. As with his remaking Disney cartoons as live isn’t such a bad idea after all. Shakespearean adaptations, Branagh has a way making traditionalist approaches original For Frozen lovers, you will of have the pleaandshort fresh. Goodnew Frozen sure of a cute, brand before Blanchett and the main feature kicks in. Ω James are so good in their roles because they aren’t trying to break the mold. They both embrace their parts as if they Very Good know what we have come to expect, and the

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result is a sort of adorable nostalgia in the case of Cinderella. She’s a genuinely nice person you can root for as portrayed by James. As for Blanchett, she goes full-blown cruel, giving us a conniving, reptilian and selfish person. However, this stepmother also has her charms, a two-sided beast able to convince Cinderella’s affable dad that her moving in with the stepdaughters is a good idea. Adding to the charm would be Helena Bonham Carter (Branagh’s ex-girlfriend) as Fairy Godmother. As to be expected, Carter plays it joyfully weird and quirky. The “transformation” scene where Fairy Godmother gets Cinderella ready for the ball is the best scene in the film. When the pink gown transforms into that glorious blue dress adorning the spinning James, it’s pure movie magic. It’s all very Disney, with Branagh relishing the chance to show Cinderella immersed in pixie dust, and geese transforming into stagecoach drivers. It’s a lot of fun seeing Branagh embracing the Disney canon and making it his own for nearly two hours. The film isn’t a musical, although it does contain a wondrous score by Patrick Doyle, and Cinderella does manage to sing one tune deep in the movie. I will declare it a marked improvement over the Disney animated original, which was never among my favorites. Live action renditions of Disney classics seem to be the new trend. Cinderella is much, much better than the muddled Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. That was a case where they should’ve left well enough alone. Tim Burton is supposedly in talks to do a live action Dumbo (huh?), while Jon Favreau is doing the same with The Jungle Book. Most promisingly, Emma Watson is pegged to play Belle in a live action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so I have high hopes for that one. As Branagh has proven with his little gem, remaking Disney cartoons as live action films isn’t such a bad idea after all. For Frozen lovers, you will have the pleasure of a cute, brand new Frozen short before the main feature kicks in. Ω


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While Adam Sandler’s latest has a fairly interesting premise and gets off to an OK start, it quickly becomes super awkward—even gross—and degenerates into a stupid, predictable thriller. Sandler plays Max, a cobbler in a New York shop once owned by his dad. He has a friendly barber neighbor (Steve Buscemi) and that lethargic, mumbling persona Adam Sandler often employs for his more dramatic efforts. After his electric stitch machine goes kaput, he uses an old manual one in the basement to fix some shoes. He tries them on, and instantly becomes the person who owns the shoes (played by Method Man). He figures this out, and begins using shoes to become other people including, most disgustingly, his long lost father (Dustin Hoffman) for a date with his mother (ew!). The plot then goes in crazy directions as Method Man’s character proves to be a street thug, and Max schemes to steal his money so he can buy a tombstone for a family member. Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is all over the map with this one, attempting too many genres and subplots for a single movie. Sandler just cant seem to make a decent movie these days. (Available for rent and purchase on iTunes, On Demand and Amazon.com during a limited theatrical run.)

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This is a relatively small movie for the Will Smith mega machine, a semi-standard conman movie that allows Smith to use his wisecracker persona. It does a good job making him likeable again after crap like After Earth, even if he’s playing a lying scumbag. Nicky (Smith) is enjoying a fine meal at his hotel one night when Jess (Margot Robbie, who must be the hottest girl on God’s green Earth—and all of the arctic and desert parts, too) sits at his table. This starts a movie-long relationship between the conman and the conwoman wannabe. Nicky co-runs a thievery ring that specializes in a lot of little scams and robberies, claiming that the smaller stuff all adds up. Jess, his trainee with a perfect touch when it comes to lifting watches, craves the “big sting.” Nicky wants nothing to do with that. Or does he? The first half of the movie is actually quite good, as we see Nicky showing Jess the ropes and battling with an urge to gamble. The second half of the film goes a little off course as Nicky goes to work for racecar mogul Garriga (Rodrigo Santoro) involving some sort of speed-reducing scheme. Gerald McRaney shows up as a grouchy bodyguard during this portion of the film, and he helps to elevate it over the material. As a conman movie, this one falls way short of films like The Sting, but is much better than crap like Now You See Me. For Will Smith films, it also falls somewhere in the middle. As for Robbie, well, just see it for the watch-robbing Robbie. She steals the movie, lifting that sucker right off of Will Smith’s unsuspecting wrist.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Things go bad for the sea creatures of Bikini Bottom when the hallowed secret formula for the Krabby Patty goes missing. The undersea home falls into a deep apocalypse with everybody wearing leather, and it’s up to SpongeBob and some of his cohorts to go above water and get the recipe back. The film is typical zany SpongeBob when it’s underwater, rendered in traditional animation (albeit 3-D). When they go above water, it’s a different story. Live action and CGI mix in a way that’s visually fun, but a little spastic at times. Still, there’s a spirit to the movie that’s always alive, and some great random humor (Bubbles the Future Dolphin is definitely a highlight). Antonio Banderas has some fun as a goofy pirate looking to start his own food truck using his pirate ship. SpongeBob fans won’t be disappointed, although they will probably enjoy the underwater scenes more than the flashier live action sequences.

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Still Alice

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease steals the mind of a very smart woman in this heartbreaking film. Julianne Moore plays Alice, a professor at Columbia University who leads a very organized and regimented life of lectures, dinner parties and runs in the park. Alice starts forgetting words here and there, and then proceeds to lose her place in lectures. When she loses her way during a routine jog and can’t find her way home, she begins to realize that these aren’t normal memory loss problems for a 50-year-old woman. At first, Alice thinks she has a brain tumor. But some memory tests suggest to her neurologist (Stephen Kunken) that something else could be causing her difficulties. After a series of brain scans, the conclusion is made: Alice has Alzheimer’s. Moore gives us a deep, fully realized, multi-dimensional performance that never overdoes the sentiment or feels trite. Alice is a woman who prides herself on her encyclopedic knowledge for teaching, and exhibits nothing but grace as that knowledge is rapidly stripped away. Credit Moore for making every step of Alice’s tribulations seem honest and credible. A great supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth.

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Subbing for her sick roommate, mousy college student with a porn name Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who is so innocent she doesn’t know what a butt plug is, goes to Seattle to interview billionaire business guy douchebag Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). After the interview, Grey starts stalking Anastasia at the hardware store where she works, but that’s OK because he has billions of dollars and looks like the result of a night of passionate lovemaking between Ryan Phillippe and Eric Bana. His psychotic courtship eventually winds up with Anastasia becoming his prospective bondage slave. He offers her a formal contract that, if she signs, will allow him to be the dominant and her the submissive in a kinky sex relationship that will involve spanking, humiliation, nipple clips and eating toast in bed. The sex scenes eventually happen and, if anything, they provide some good,

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There are some good ideas at play in the latest from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The problem is many of those ideas are unabashedly lifted from other movies. Sharlto Copley voices Chappie, a sentient robot created by a nerdy computer guy (Dev Patel). The nerdy computer guy works for a big security corporation that builds cop robots. This feels a lot like RoboCop, especially when an evil, mullet-wearing coworker looks to get his new creation, The Moose, into mass production. The Moose is a direct rip-off of ED-209 from RoboCop, the big defense robot that can’t negotiate stairs. The film never takes off as its own entity, and feels like a hodgepodge of every robot ever made. Well, every robot movie ever made with perhaps 10 percent originality thrown in, and the original part is lame. So now I’m concerned, because Blomkamp just got the green light from Fox to make Alien 5, possibly with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn. Now that Chappie is dead on arrival, and shows proof that Blomkamp isn’t bowling strikes at the moment, is the Alien project in jeopardy?

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While Clint Eastwood’s film has plenty of problems, Bradley Cooper rises above the patchy melodrama and overly slick segments with his portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Kyle holds the American sniper record of 160 confirmed kills, and was killed by a veteran he was trying to mentor on a shooting range. The film works best when depicting Kyle at work in Iraq, constructing some very tense battle scenes and sequences as seen through Kyle’s riflescope. There’s a subplot involving an enemy sniper named Mustafa (Sammy Sheik) that feels like an entirely different movie. For some reason, Eastwood employs a showier style in the scenes involving Mustafa, which feel a bit false and artificial alongside the movie’s grittier moments. Saddled with the film’s worst dialogue, Sienna Miller battles hard in trying to make Kyle’s wife, Taya, an intriguing movie character. Cooper, who physically transformed himself for the role, does an excellent job of conveying the difficulties and stress that Kyle’s job entailed. He’s an actor forever taking risks and challenging himself, and he’s a big reason to see this movie.

hearty laughs. While the screenplay doesn’t explain much, Grey’s sexual proclivities and needs to abuse his mate have something to do with his being a crack baby. So I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for him when he’s torturing his girlfriend because his mom was a stupid crack whore. Fair enough. When people aren’t having sex in this movie, which is quite often as things turn out, they talk in a somber, slow, irritatingly elongated manner. Everybody in this movie is a mopey, sodden sop. I love Seattle, but watching how residents behave and communicate in this movie makes me never want to visit the city again, even if the Mariners make the playoffs.

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Heavyweight champions Weight of the Tide Epilogue might be a surprising title for a debut album, but the music of Reno metal band Weight of the Tide is appropriby Brad Bynum ately funereal. And the band name is even more fitting because Weight of bradb@ the Tide is very, very heavy. newsre view.c om The four members are all veterans of the local metal scene, having played in bands like December and Knightfall. In particular, Epilogue evolved out of material written a couple of years ago for Swamp Donkey, the sludge metal band that featured singer-guitarist Mark Moots alongside drummer (and sometimes bassist) Jason Thomas, both of whom are now in WotT.

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fans. Nonetheless: if Swamp Donkey was a sludge metal band, WotT is doom metal. Moots credits the evolution to what he calls “the new blood”—bassist Marcus Mayhall and singerguitarist Jes Phipps. On the record, Moots’s singing is prominent in the mix—his voice soars above the guitars rather than growling, barking or howling down in a lower register. Moots credits Phipps with helping to arrange the vocals, and pushing him to sing outside his comfort range. In the newer songs, most of which still only have working titles, both Moots and Phipps sing, sometimes alternating verses, other times joining their voices in harmonies that sound especially pretty rising above the heavy riffage below. “It’s a classic heavy metal singer approach,” said Moots. It’s melodic singing that’s not totally operatic, but rather in the vein of classic metal crooners like Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio and David Coverdale, all of whom Moots and Phipps cite as inspirations. The vocal harmonies are sometimes matched by the duo’s guitar parts—including occasional twined harmonized solos. Thomas is one of the area’s most versatile drummers—a guy who’ll play simple, tasteful accompaniment for an acoustic set by a local singersongwriter one night and then play insane, complex progressive rock with Cranium the next—and his deft feel keeps even the heaviest guitar riffs from getting bogged down. And Mayhall anchors the low end with basslines that aren’t just the guitar riffs repeated ad nauseam. The band’s songs are also suitelike, with multiple parts, including rhythmic and dynamic variations, that still add up to cohesive wholes, often with third-act breakdowns that almost sound like hardcore punk—a reference Thomas said is “totally unintentional.” All of this adds up to a surprisingly eclectic sound built around the heavy core. It’s like an iceberg that can pick anything—heavy boulders or beautiful trees, brutal guitar riffs or choirboy harmonies—to carry along in its path. Ω

Many songs on Epilogue fit the template that made Swamp Donkey appealing: slow tempos, catchy guitar riffs, and a heavy, distorted sound that was like a deep, warm, luxurious bath. But the album was recorded well over a year ago, and like many good, prolific groups, the band’s songwriting has changed, and the band members already refer to the material on the album as “the old stuff.” “The old songs don’t seem out of place, but we’ve evolved a fair amount,” said Moots. The core of the band’s songwriting remains Crowbar-influenced sludge metal—slow and heavy riffs—with added flavors more reminiscent of classic ’70s metal and hard rock, like Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy, alongside riffs that are a bit more grooveoriented and Black Sabbath-inspired. Genre subdivisions are the stuff of obsession for metalheads, where the slightest variations of tempo or rhythm can signify an entirely different subgenre—and this minutia can ignite fiery debates among the faithful while evoking eyerolls from casual

Weight of the Tide rehearse in a Reno practice room. From left, Mark Moots, Marcus Mayhall, Jason Thomas and Jes Phipps.

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9825 S. Virginia St., (775) 622-8878

Strange on the Range, 7pm, W, no cover

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

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

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

Slide Mountain Band, 9pm, no cover

Hollywood Trashed, 9:30pm, no cover

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

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 3/23-3/25

1) The Tooth of Crime, 8pm, $15 2) The Routine, 10pm, $5

1) The Tooth of Crime, 8pm, $15 2) Trevor Wood, Bryce Taylor, Elspeth Summersgill, Last to Leave, 10pm, no cover

1) The Tooth of Crime, 3pm, 8pm, $15 2) Reno, We Have a Problem, The New Foo Review, Na Na Nonchalant, 10pm, $5 donation

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Outspoken: Outspoken:Open OpenMic MicNight, Night, 7pm, 7pm,M,M,nonocover cover

246246W.W.First FirstSt.,St.,(775) (775)329-4484 329-4484

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J Boog, J Boog,Inn.Vision, Inn.Vision,Westafa, Westafa,Mango Mango Kingz, Kingz,8pm, 8pm,$20-$30 $20-$30

211211N.N.Virginia VirginiaSt.,St.,(775) (775)323-5648 323-5648

THE THELOVING LOVINGCUP CUP

188188California CaliforniaAve., Ave.,(775) (775)322-2480 322-2480

Club ClubSexy SexyMovimiento Movimientow/Brittanya w/Brittanya187, 187, DJDJKentot, Kentot,DJDJA-Kran, A-Kran,10pm, 10pm,$15$15

Swahili, Swahili,Werewolf WerewolfClub, Club,9pm, 9pm,Tu,$5 Tu,$5 Whatitdo WhatitdoWednesday, Wednesday,9pm, 9pm,W,W,nonocover cover

Reno RenoJazz JazzSyndicate, Syndicate,8pm, 8pm,nonocover cover

O’SKIS O’SKISPUB PUB&&GRILLE GRILLE

Shamrockit ShamrockitOpen OpenMic MicNight, Night, 6pm, 6pm,nonocover cover

840840Victorian VictorianAve., Ave.,Sparks; Sparks;(775) (775)359-7547 359-7547

PADDY PADDY&&IRENE’S IRENE’SIRISH IRISHPUB PUB

906-A 906-AVictorian VictorianAve., Ave.,Sparks; Sparks;(775) (775)358-5484 358-5484

AniAniDiFranco, DiFranco,Pearl Pearland andthetheBeard, Beard, 8pm, 8pm,$30-$60 $30-$60

March March22, 22,8 8p.m. p.m. Knitting KnittingFactory Factory 211 N. Virginia 211 N. VirginiaSt. St. 323-5648 323-5648

Acoustic AcousticWonderland WonderlandSinger-Songwriter Singer-Songwriter DJ Razz, 9pm, no cover DJ Razz, 9pm, no cover Showcase, Showcase,8pm, 8pm,nonocover cover

POLO POLOLOUNGE LOUNGE

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

Johnny JohnnyLipka’s Lipka’sGemini, Gemini, 9pm, 9pm,nonocover cover

Johnny JohnnyLipka’s Lipka’sGemini, Gemini, 9pm, 9pm,nonocover cover

PONDEROSA PONDEROSASALOON SALOON

Steel SteelRockin’ Rockin’Karaoke, Karaoke,8pm, 8pm,nonocover cover

Alias AliasSmith, Smith,8pm, 8pm,nonocover cover

106106S.S.C CSt.,St.,Virginia VirginiaCity; City;(775) (775)847-7210 847-7210

RED REDDOG DOGSALOON SALOON

Localz, Localz,8pm, 8pm,nonocover cover

Open OpenMic MicNight, Night,7pm, 7pm,M,M,W,W,nonocover cover

RUBEN’S RUBEN’SCANTINA CANTINA

Reggae ReggaeNight, Night,10pm, 10pm,nonocover cover

HipHipHop HopOpen OpenMic, Mic,10pm, 10pm,W,W,nonocover cover

7676N.N.C CSt.,St.,Virginia VirginiaCity; City;(775) (775)847-7474 847-7474 1483 1483E. E.Fourth FourthSt.,St.,(775) (775)622-9424 622-9424

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Live Livejazz, jazz,7:30pm, 7:30pm,W,W,nonocover cover

924924S.S.Wells WellsAve., Ave.,(775) (775)323-4142 323-4142

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715715S.S.Virginia VirginiaSt.,St.,(775) (775)786-4774 786-4774

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Blues BluesJam JamThursday, Thursday,7pm, 7pm,nonocover cover

219219W.W.Second SecondSt.,St.,(775) (775)657-9466 657-9466

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445 445California CaliforniaAve., Ave.,(775) (775)657-8484 657-8484

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432432E. E.Fourth FourthSt.,St.,(775) (775)737-9776 737-9776

Sketch SketchAddiction, Addiction,8pm, 8pm,$10 $10

WHISKEY WHISKEYDICK’S DICK’SSALOON SALOON

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Tuesday Night Trivia, 8pm, Tu,Tu, Reno Beer and Tuesday Night Trivia, 8pm, Reno Beer and Record Club w/guest DJs, 9pm, W,W, nono cover Record Club w/guest DJs, 9pm, cover

Archspire, Archspire,Aethere, Aethere,Flub, Flub,Enslave Enslavethethe Creation, Creation,Extirpate, Extirpate,8:30pm, 8:30pm,$10 $10

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425

March March25, 25,8 8p.m. p.m. Cargo Cargo 255 N. Virginia 255 N. VirginiaSt. St. 398-5400 398-5400

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1717S.S.Virginia VirginiaSt.,St.,(775) (775)284-7455 284-7455

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THURSDAY 3/19 ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Grand Ballroom Stage 2) Cabaret

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

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

3LAU March 21, 10 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

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

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2) Just Us, 8pm, no cover

2) Just Us, 8pm, no cover

2) Johnny Smokes, 6pm, no cover

2) Johnny Smokes, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) The Routine, 10pm, no cover

2) Keyser Soze, 10pm, no cover 1) Madame Houdini, Enchantress of the Elements, 7pm, $24.95+ 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover

1) Madame Houdini, Enchantress of the Elements, 8pm, Tu, 7pm, W, $24.95+ 2) Brazen, 10:30pm, W, no cover

2) 3LAU, 10pm, $10-$25 3) County Social Saturdays w/DJ Jamie G, 10pm, no cover

1) Jelly Bread, 9pm, no cover

1) Blues Monsters, 9pm, no cover

1) Rusty Anderson Afternoon, 9pm, $25-$35

2) DJ JosBeatz, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

2) DJ Rick Gee, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) Rockapella, 8pm, $29.50-$40.50 3) Take Two, 8pm, no cover

1) Rockapella, 8pm, $29.50-$40.50 3) Take Two, 8pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 5pm, 11pm, no cover River Road, 8pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 5pm, 11pm, no cover River Road, 8pm, no cover

3) Boogie Nights, 9pm, $10

3) Boogie Nights, 9pm, $10 4) Spring Fest w/Dancing with Clowns, DJ Keenan, 5pm, $25-$35

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15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) South Shore Room 2) Peek Nightclub 3) Center Stage Lounge

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219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Rose Ballroom 3) Gilley’s

1) The Evenly Brothers: The Ultimate Tribute to the Everly Brothers, 8pm, $15 3) DJ, 5pm, River Road, 8pm, no cover

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (800) 648-3353 1) Theatre 2) Opal 3) Blu 4) Convention Center

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO

1) Asphalt Cowboys, 9pm, W, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 5pm, no cover

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

2) Ike & Martin, 7pm, no cover

2) Ike & Martin, 8pm, no cover 3) Fixx Fridays, 7:30pm, $10 after 8pm

2) Ike & Martin, 8pm, no cover 3) EDGE Give Back with DJ Mr. Best, 10pm, $20

2) Victor & Penny, 6pm, no cover

2) Victor & Penny, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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2) Bonzai Thursdays w/DJ Trivia, 8pm, no cover 3) University of Aura, 9pm, no cover

2) Jackson Michelson, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Friday, 9pm, no cover 4) Buddy Emmer Band, 9pm, no cover

1) Marie Osmond, 8pm, $65.50-$79.50 2) Jackson Michelson, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Buddy Emmer Band, 9pm, no cover

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

2) Gong Show Karaoke, 8pm, Tu, no cover Country-Rock Bingo w/Jeff Gregg, 9pm, W, no cover

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

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2) Kick, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) DJ Rick Gee, 10pm, $15-$30 3) Boots & Daisy Dukes w/DJ Jamie G, 10pm, no cover

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1) Madame Houdini, Enchantress of the Elements, 7pm, 9:30pm, $24.95+ 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover

Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, 356-6000: F-Sa, 9pm, no cover

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1) Madame Houdini, Enchantress of the Elements, 8pm, $24.95+ 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover

50 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (844) 588-7625 1) Vinyl

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

SUNDAY 3/22

1) Madame Houdini, Enchantress of the Elements, 7pm, $24.95+ 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

Cobra Lounge at Asian Noodles, 1290 E. Plumb Lane, Ste. 1, 828-7227: Cash Karaoke w/Jacques Simard, Sa, 8pm, no cover

SATURDAY 3/21

345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 1) Showroom 2) Brew Brothers 3) NoVi

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 3) Honky Tonk Thursdays w/DJ Jamie G, 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Sports Book 10pm, no cover 4) Summit Pavilion 5) Silver State Pavilion

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Reno Expo 2015 See the latest in off-road and motorsport vehicles, home design and landscaping, travel destinations and pet products at the expo, which features four shows under one roof: the Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo; Reno Spring Home & Garden Show; Reno Boat & Recreation, Travel & Vacation Show; and the Reno Pet Show & Pug Parade. The expo takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St. Admission is $6-$20 and free for children under age 6. Print a coupon to receive an admission discount at www.lockettshows.com.

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Equinox Spring Festival Sierra-at-Tahoe closed its slopes this week, but the show will go on. The Equinox Spring Festival kicks off on March 21 with a performance by Portland, Ore., guitarist Scott Pemberton. The show begins at 3:15pm at Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Solstice Plaza, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, Calif., and continues after this weekend at Lake Tahoe Golf Course, 2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe. Highlights include folk-rock group the Rainbow Girls on March 28 and the orchestral indie rock band The Family Crest on April 4. Call (530) 659-7453 or visit www.sierraattahoe.com.

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The 13th Annual Lady Luck Tattoo Arts Expo includes safety seminars, contests, art seminars and lots of booths featuring local, national and international tattoo artists. The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 20, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Mandalay Convention Center at Circus Circus, 500 N. Sierra St. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and anyone looking to get a tattoo must be 18 or older. Admission at the door is $15 each day. Admission is free for children age 14 and younger. A three-day VIP pass is available for $35 if you pre-register online. Call (412) 531-5319 or visit http://tattoopgh.com/ ladyluck.html.

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WinterWonderGrass Tahoe The three-day festival combines bluegrass/acoustic/roots music on three stages and beer tasting featuring beers from California craft breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Dead Winter Carpenters and The California Honey Drops. The event takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Calif. Concert tickets range from $59 for a day pass to $139 for a three-day pass. Lift ticket and festival combo packs are also available. Visit www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com.

Arts for All Nevada (formerly VSA arts Nevada) celebrates national Youth Art Month with a free family art festival and exhibition. Children and adults can participate in hands-on art creation stations, face painting and tours of the historic Lake Mansion. The Youth Art Month Exhibit, featuring artwork by students from special education classrooms across Washoe and Carson City school districts, is on view through April 30. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. Call 826-6100 ext. 3 or visit www.artsforallnevada.org.

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Sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on, and even ripped off in past relationships, and I’m paying the price. If I don’t text back immediately, she is convinced I’m dumping her and flips out. If I’m busy, she thinks I’m with another girl or abandoning her. When I do something sweet, she thinks I’m trying to play her. All I want is to have a nice relationship with her. Am I fighting a losing battle, or can a little good from a caring, ethical guy allow a woman to let go of a lot of bad? A woman like your girlfriend, with a history of dating shady guys, can find the most inconsequential things suspicious, down to the way you drip creamer into your coffee—surely Morse code telling that pretty woman across the cafe that you want to have sex with her. There are a few world-class deceivers out there, and it can be hard to see who they really are until you’re looking at a small pile of cracker crumbs where the money in your bank account used to be. But, typically, a woman who’s frequently chumped by bad guys is not just their victim— she’s her own. Repeat suckerization often comes out of low self-worth. But it almost always comes out of refusing to do the necessary homework—observing a potential partner’s behavior over time and seeing whether it matches up with the person they claim to be. Your girlfriend appears to favor a popular shortcut—cannonballing into a relationship and hoping things turn out OK. Until …whoops! He was just helping her best friend fix her sheets, and then the most amazing thing happened—all of his clothes fell off. 30   |  RN&R   | 

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Considering that your girlfriend probably feels cruelly abandoned whenever you stop talking long enough to sneeze, lead with the reassurance that you love her and want to be with her. Then tell her it hurts your feelings that she doesn’t give you credit for who you’ve shown yourself to be—a loving boyfriend who’s given her no reason to believe he’d ever run some scam on her. Explain that for your relationship to make it, you need to see her working on her issues—in a therapist’s office and/or with a great reason-based self-help book, Dr. Albert Ellis’ A Guide to Rational Living (because her flip-outs are ultimately caused by her failing to apply reason). Gently point out that just because she has a feeling—like jealousy or anxiety—she doesn’t have to act on it. Sure, in the moment, it’s easy to go straight to crazytown. Avoiding that takes preplanning. She needs to resolve to instead pull out the evidence—the spreadsheets of your prior behavior—and assess the likelihood that what you’re “picking up at the store” is actually just milk and not a 5’10” blonde. Give yourself a deadline to see some progress. Not necessarily miraculous change but some indication that she’s trying—and that you might someday be greeted with a kiss and a “How was your day?” instead of a gavel and a “How do you plead?” Ω

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by rob brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re entering a time and space known as the Adlib Zone. In this territory, fertile chaos and inspirational uncertainty are freely available. Improvised formulas will generate stronger mojo than timeworn maxims. Creativity is de rigueur, and street smarts count for more than book-learning. May I offer some mottos to live by when “common sense” is inadequate? (1) Don’t be a slave to necessity. (2) Be as slippery as you can be and still maintain your integrity. (3) Don’t just question authority; be thrilled about every chance you get to also question habit, tradition, fashion, trendiness, apathy and dogma.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): By 1993,

rock band Guns N’ Roses had released five successful albums. But on the way to record their next masterpiece, there were numerous delays and diversions. Band members feuded. Some were fired and others departed. Eventually, only one original member remained to bring the task to conclusion with the help of new musicians. The sixth album, Chinese Democracy, finally emerged in 2008. I’m seeing a similarity between Guns N’ Roses’ process and one of your ongoing projects, Taurus. The good news is that I think most of the hassles and delays are behind you, or will be if you act now. You’re primed to make a big push toward the finish line.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The anony-

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mous blogger at Neurolove.me gives advice on how to love a Gemini: “Don’t get impatient with their distractibility. Always make time for great conversation. Be understanding when they’re moody. Help them move past their insecurities, and tell them it’s not their job to please everyone. Let them have space but never let them be lonely.” I endorse all that good counsel, and add this: “To love Geminis, listen to them attentively, and with expansive flexibility. Don’t try to force them to be consistent; encourage them to experiment at uniting their sometimes conflicting urges. As best as you can, express appreciation not just for the parts of them that are easy to love but also for the parts that are not yet ripe or charming.” Now feel free, Gemini, to show this horoscope to those whose affection you want.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have

recently been to the mountaintop, at least metaphorically. Right? You wandered out to the high frontier and ruminated on the state of your fate from the most expansive vista you could find. Right? You have questioned the limitations you had previously accepted, and you have weaned yourself from at least one of your devitalizing comforts, and you have explored certain possibilities that had been taboo. Right? So what comes next? Here’s what I suggest: Start building a new framework or structure or system that will incorporate all that you’ve learned during your break.

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international code of food standards, there are 13 possible sizes for an olive. They include large, extra large, jumbo, extra jumbo, giant, colossal, super colossal, mammoth and super mammoth. If I had my way, Leo, you would apply this mindset to everything you do in the coming weeks. It’s time for you to think very big. You will thrive as you expand your mind, stretch your boundaries, increase your territory, amplify your selfexpression, magnify your focus and broaden your innocence.

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troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough,” proclaimed humorist Josh Billings. That’s an exaggeration made for comic effect, of course. (And I think that some of life’s troubles also come from saying no too much and not saying yes enough.) But for you, Virgo, Billings’ advice will be especially pertinent in the coming weeks. In fact, my hypothesis is that you will be able to keep your troubles to a minimum and boost your progress to a maximum by being frugal with yes and ample with no.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your mind says, “I need more room to move. I’ve got to feel free to experiment.” Your heart says, “I think maybe I need more commitment and certainty.” Your astrologer suggests, “Be a bit more skeptical about the dream

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lover who seems to be interfering with your efforts to bond with the Real Thing.” I’m not sure which of these three sources you should heed, Libra. Do you think it might somehow be possible to honor them all? I invite you to try.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Without

your wound where would your power be?” asked writer Thornton Wilder. “The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.” Let’s make that one of your ongoing meditations, Scorpio. I think the coming weeks will be an excellent time to come to a greater appreciation for your past losses. What capacities has your suffering given birth to? What failures have made you stronger? What crucial lessons and unexpected benefits have emerged from your sadness and madness?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“Creating is not magic but work,” says Kevin Ashton, author of the book How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. In other words, inspiration is a relatively small part of the creative process. Over the long haul, the more important factors are self-discipline, organized thinking, hard work, and attention to detail. And yet inspiration isn’t irrelevant, either. Brainstorms and periodic leaps of insight can be highly useful. That’s a good reminder as you enter a phase when you’re likely to be more imaginative and original than usual. I expect creative excitement to be a regular visitor.

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

fictional detective Sherlock Holmes was a good Capricorn, born January 6, 1854. In the course of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 stories about his life, he revealed his exceptional talent as an analytical thinker. His attention to details was essential to his success, and so was his expertise at gathering information. He did have a problem with addictive drugs, however. Morphine tempted him now and then, and cocaine more often, usually when he wasn’t feeling sufficiently challenged. Let this serve as a gentle warning, Capricorn. In the coming weeks, seek more relaxation and downtime than usual. Focus on recharging your psychic batteries. But please be sure that doesn’t cause you to get bored and then dabble with self-sabotaging stimuli.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): English

is my first language. Years ago there was a time when I spoke a lot of French with my Parisian girlfriend, but my skill faded after we broke up. So I’m not bilingual in the usual sense. But I do have some mastery in the language of music, thanks to my career as a singer-songwriter. Having raised a daughter, I also learned to converse in the language of children. And I’ve remembered and worked with my nightly dreams every day for decades, so I speak the language of dreams. What about you, Aquarius? In the coming weeks, I bet you’ll be challenged to make more extensive use of one of your second languages. It’s time to be adaptable and resourceful in your approach to communication.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you need

a reason to think sharper and work smarter and try harder? I’ll give you four reasons. (1) Because you’re finally ready to get healing for the inner saboteur who in the past has undermined your confidence. (2) Because you’re finally ready to see the objective truth about one of your self-doubts, which is that it’s a delusion. (3) Because you’re finally ready to stop blaming an adversary for a certain obstacle you face, which means the obstacle will become easier to overcome. (4) Because you’re finally ready to understand that in order to nurture and hone your ample creativity, you have to use it to improve your life on a regular basis.

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


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The event initially started as an idea to help promote an emerging gallery in town. My plan was to have a bit of a dressy event to mix things up a bit. I love all of the low-cost and free community art events in the area, but many of them are very casual. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to throw in something different—a low-cost dress-up event. I wanted to do this show because I wanted to combine art and fashion. I had already seen some examples with local movements like Fash Mob Reno, and I wanted to have something focusing on that concept.

What were the challenges? The sheer number of people I needed to coordinate was mind-numbingly stressful. I never want to let people down when I’m the one that everyone is going to with questions and concerns, but at the same

time, I’m only one person. Ticket sales and promotion were also a challenge. I luckily had quite a few people helping me with that, but it was very hard, especially when you consider that I’m a full-time student with a part-time job. The issue with these things isn’t necessarily how difficult they are; it’s having the time to invest in them. Finding artists was also a challenge. I received a lot of inquiries from older artists, but I wanted to keep this show focused on the youth. There are so many talented young people in Reno, but since they haven’t had as much time on this earth, they generally don’t have large bodies of work for display, and finding those who had enough work to show was a bit difficult.

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of these zippy, natty new cafes and restaurants that are popping up all over. We’re gettin’ some pretty good eats in this burg, and this is most enjoyable research. But I’ve also recently refreshed my memories of some of our great old haunts and hangouts, and I want to remind you of the ongoing coolness and quality that is still to be found at the Big Four of 4th Street, a quartet of restaurants that have been doin’ it up in Reno for decades, and are still doin’ it up mucho goodo. We are all the richer for it. If you’re new in town, you should make a point to visit a few or all four of these joints in the next couple of months. Doing this will truly aid in your transition to becoming a genuine Renoid. Heading east from downtown, the first one of the Four you hit is Louis’ Basque Corner. Awesome steaks, fries and picons (they’ll school ya), Basque food is Nevada’s true ethnic cuisine, and it’s great hearty social dining at its best. Don’t expect any Napa cabs, chards or zins.

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While reading all the flim flam, flotsam and flapdoodle surrounding that now infamous letter Senate Republicans sent to Iran, I couldn’t help but think—Gee, I wonder if Heller was in on this caper? My first response registered in less than a second. And you know what they say about first responses. Of course he signed it. That’s just what Deano does. For years, I’ve suspected that any time there was anything at all going on, he has a staffer call McConnell to say, “So how am I voting here?” I liked the President’s response to this senatorial slumming (high solonics?). He said, “I always greatly enjoy it when Senate Republicans, in their neverending quest to make me look bad, end up instead doing the Beltway Two-Step upon their peepees, johnsons and tadgers in sky high stilettos. Well done, gentlemen!” I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the gist. • One recreational pursuit that’s attractive to all of us is the sampling

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So many organizations helped make this show amazing. Wedge Cheese Shop and The Isles Teashop donated food, and Neverender helped me with promotion and last-minute supplies. Pan Pantoja and Aric Shapiro of The Potentialist Workshop and Reno Art Works supplied the runway and the supplies to repaint it for the show. Artist Bryce Chisholm supplied the display grids for artists to show their work on— without him, all of the art would’ve been on the ground leaning against the walls. AKO Photography donated a free photo session for a raffle prize, and Valor Tattoo Parlor donated four tattoo gift certificates.

Jaimie Crush’s passions include fashion, art, music and neuropsychology. The 20-year-old hails from Las Vegas, and works at Truckee Meadows Community College’s Tutoring and Learning Center. Her latest feat was producing the Art + Fashion Fusion Show at the Holland Project, with proceeds benefiting the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project.

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E.L. Cord Museum School presents

TEEN ART NIGHT Friday, April 24 / 7 – 10 pm The ultimate art night designed just for teens. Live music, free art projects, photo booth and more! Presented in partnership with The Holland Project and the Youth Arts Initiative.

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Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts | E. L. Wiegand Gallery 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno | 775.329.3333 | nevadaart.org The Youth Arts Initiative is sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and the Nell J. RedďŹ eld Foundation

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