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AUGUST 4, 2016 | Vol. 22, ISSUe 25

Best friends Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. Well, here it is—the results of our  2016 Best of Northern Nevada readers’ survey. Congratulations to all  the winners!  Some seasoned veterans took  home gold—as well  as some deserving newcomers.  And there were  a few results  that made  us wonder if  perhaps the oftregarded brilliance  of our readership might sometimes  be overstated. Nevertheless, we consider managing this contest important, and  it’s an honor to serve as a conduit  for Northern Nevadans to define the  best of themselves. I’m really happy with the artwork  this year. Jeff “Metal Jeff” Rogers  is a local artist who deserves more  recognition. He’s already well known  in local heavy music circles because  he’s a music lover, and his work is  well suited to the needs of bands. If  you’re a rock band, he’s the guy you  want designing your posters, pins,  album covers, videos and T-shirts. I’ve gotten to know Jeff well over  the last couple of years because  he’s done some work like that for my  band, and I knew he would be creative and reliable. And he delivered. This is a laborious undertaking, so   thanks to the editorial team, Dennis  Myers, Jeri Chadwell-Singley, Kris  Vagner and Kelley Lang, for all their  work this week and every week.  Thanks also to photographer Eric  Marks and designer Brian Breneman  for their work on the project. Thanks to all our regular contributors and support staff, and  big thanks to the sales staff, who  seemed busy down the hall at the  west end of the office, working  hard, keeping the lights on for all  us sinners. On a personal note, I’d like to offer  up some thanks to my girlfriend,  Margot Choltco, for her tremendous  patience, love and support while we  were putting this thing together. And once again, the biggest  thanks of all to all the readers  who took the time to vote! You’re  the best.  The winners are listed in this  issue, but be sure to check our  website,,  to see the runners up as well. 

—Brad Bynum bradb@ ne ws r ev i ew . com

Third way I am a Nevada voter. I’m sure you’ve given coverage to Joe Heck and Catherine Cortez Masto, but there is a third candidate for Nevada Senate who I think deserves some press. The presidential race this cycle was spent casting Bernie Sanders aside as a “fringe candidate,” yet he amassed a large following and gathered a great amount of support from an unacknowledged group of people—independents. This election year could very well be the end of the two party system as we know it, leading to an opportunity for at least one more party to join the race, and I feel that you could be ahead of the curve, by showing some information about an independent candidate who is still in the race for senate—Jarrod Williams. I think it is a very exciting idea to be opening the floodgates of this race to more than just the standard two parties. Website: www.jarrod4nevada. Brandon Fowle Reno

People like Mr. Kazmierski like to throw around lots of dollarbased facts, using numbers that can’t be proven by any real means of testing and verification. For if their numbers could be tested and verified, they would do so. They would weigh the so-called dollar benefits against the declines in quality of life factors. When asked to prove their numbers they get loud, red faced, angry and personally insulting, as if we are questioning their integrity—which, and in a way, we are and deservedly so. Our elected and appointed tourism officials are masters at the same game, constantly telling us how this or that event brings millions of dollars in room tax, gaming tax and other revenues to our area. Then, at the end of the year our hotels and casinos seek tax relief because of a horrible year—year after year after year. And year after year after year, those same elected and appointed officials grant the tax relief. If it makes you feel better, keep patting yourself on the back, Mr. Kazmierski. It shows somebody loves you. Marcus Krebs Reno

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Re “Always try to come in 49th” (Left Foot Forward, June 30) and Re “Give to get?” (letters, July 21): Since Mike Kazmierski raised the subject, let’s address the “temporary reduction in taxes that actually brings more revenue to the state than the taxes that are not collected.” Just how does that work, Mr. Kazmierski? Nevada doesn’t have a personal income tax, like 43 other states. So there’s no additional state tax revenue from the employees imported to Nevada from other states. Is that additional tax revenue you mention a result of higher housing costs and the increases in property and the real property transfer taxes? We all end up suffering from and paying those taxes. How is that a benefit to all of us? As for the “over half were reductions in taxes on manufacturing equipment, a tax that most states don’t even have!” you fail to define for us “over half.” Would that be 50.1 or 99.9 percent? I suspect your lack of specificity is because “over half” is probably closer to 50.1 percent. What were the reductions in the other, almost, half? The real difference between Nevada and the “most states [that] don’t even have” a manufacturing equipment tax is those states have a personal income tax—instead. Again, we don’t. Don’t get me started on how a new company coming to Nevada can avoid payment of taxes on manufacturing equipment while an existing company must at the same time pay that tax. A clear violation of Nevada’s constitution! If there’s going to be a tax holiday, it should be for a designated period of time and for all manufacturing companies to benefit, equally. Somehow, I doubt you ever mention that to our elected officials when you lobby them—which causes me to wonder who you really work for. Us? Or for the companies you convince to come here and price us out of the housing market?

Re “Latest straws in the wind” (Upfront, July 14): We reported that Nevada is one of two states with a male majoirty in its population. It turns out that, according to the 2010 census, there are 10 such states: Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, and South Dakota,.

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When I saw my daughter’s face out of my body. It was January 17, 2011. I was next to my husband and a nurse, and she came out, and I was crying out of pain, and then I was crying out of love. And it was the best fucking day of my life.

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The best day of my life was when I moved across country to Tahoe. I always wanted to. I had an opportunity presented to me, and I just jumped on it. … I went home … quit my job, packed up all my shit, moved out here and it was literally the best decision I ever made. I met my husband. ... It literally changed my world. CaSe y SChuMaCher Clothing designer


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Extreme RN&R makeover Notice anything different about the look of your paper? How about—everything? A few months ago, we decided to change the size and dimensions of RN&R (did you notice that?), so we figured it’d be a great time to give the old girl a makeover—sort of a late 21st birthday present. Brad—the guy who writes the editor’s note on page 3—and I came to the process with different but nonexclusive goals: I wanted to increase the size of the photos and make the whole paper easier to read, and Brad wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t be getting any less of the stuff that makes RN&R great, like Bob Grimm’s film reviews, Dennis Myers’s hard-hitting news writing, and our comprehensive entertainment listings. We thought a lot about what you might be looking for when you pick up the RN&R and did our best to make it easier for you to find and more enjoyable for you to read. Throughout the paper, we color-coded every section: yellow for the “front of the book” content like letters, Streetalk and the editor’s note; red for news and opinion; blue for Arts & Culture (the largest section of the paper—there’s a lot going on!); purple for the “back of the book” stuff like 15 Minutes and Bruce Van Dyke; and green for (duh) Green. We’ve also commissioned new portraits of our

regular columnists from freelance illustrator extraordinaire Jonathan Buck, whose work longtime readers might recognize from 2014’s Fatal Encounters series and more recently the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton cover stories from earlier this year. A lot of the changes that I’m most excited about are in the Arts & Culture section. We’ve added an “info box” to all of our review content that collects everything you’d need to know—when is that restaurant open? Who’s in this movie? Where can I see that art show?—in one place that jumps right off the page. I’m also very happy with the revamp of the This Week section. There’s a huge amount of information there, and our goal was to clarify and simplify the presentation so that you can find something fun to do quickly and easily. There’s also a lot of small tweaks—nerdy things like gutter widths, white space and nested styles— that only a designer could love. Hope you like it! If you have any feedback, please email me at brianrb@newsreview.

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Brian Breneman is RN&R’s Art Director.

My favorite day was my 29th birthday, and I was whisked away by my best friend. I didn’t know where we were going. … She took me to Napa. ... We did some tastings. We found random-like tractors in the middle of vineyards and decided to have photo shoots. … We ordered a big fancy meal. CeSar Lope z State employee

I just really don’t know, because it’s like I’ve never really thought about the best day of my life. … When I have a really good day, or something awesome happens, it’s just awesome. … I feel like if you say, “This is the best day of your life.” Then what’s the rest of your days? Are they just mediocre days? K yLie rowe VP of relocation

I mean, basically, instead of giving you an answer, I’m processing my experience of trying to come up with the answer. … I start identifying all of these singular memories. … They all were important me in some way … but I’m not ready to tell you, “It’s my best day ever.”

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by Sheila leSlie

Political panorama in Philadelphia Lady Gaga, Carole King, Broadway stars, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry. After the GOP last week the music was definitely better at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week. It wasn’t just the music. Delegates and speakers were delightfully diverse in characteristics of race, gender, sexual orientation, and even candidate preference. The convention deliberately and effectively showcased “real people”—non-politicians whose lives are affected by politics every day. Mothers who’ve lost children to gun violence. Families of police officers murdered for no reason. Struggling immigrant families with children forced to grow up far too quickly. The convention was lively and dramatic at times. Sure, there were lots of protests and far too much screaming. But there were also plenty of superb speeches from party superstars. And not one of them had to sound out the letters of LGBTQ like they were trying to read the bottom line of an eye chart as Donald Trump did in his convention speech.

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Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Obama gave extraordinary speeches as if the necessity of defeating a madman provided their speechwriters extra incentive. These party luminaries inspired delegates and millions more watching at home in nightly “must-see TV.” There were Republicans on stage, explaining why they supported Clinton. The convention also featured a famous non-partisan, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who destroyed the mythology surrounding Donald Trump’s prowess as a businessman in a calm, methodical manner, a calculated message aimed at the business sector and independent voters. He closed with a plea to elect a “sane and competent” president. Although Nevada’s elected Republicans were in short supply at their convention, the Democrats showcased a surprising number of Nevadans. On Monday night, little Karla Ortiz, born in Las Vegas, appeared with her undocumented mother, Francisca. She recounted her constant fear of coming home

from school one day to an empty house, her parents deported. Astrid Silva, an organizer for PLAN Action in Las Vegas and Nevada’s most famous DREAMer, told her story of crossing the border on a raft as a 4-year old, saying “My family believed so deeply in the promise of this country that we risked everything for the American dream.” Clark County Sen. Pat Spearman spoke of how far Nevada and the nation have come on LGBTQ rights. She pointed out the insistence of Gov. Mike Pence in passing a so-called Indiana “religious freedom” bill, saying he “used religion as a weapon to discriminate.” Nevada’s U.S. Senator Harry Reid blamed Republicans for the dubious gift of Donald Trump. On Thursday, U.S. House candidate Ruben Kihuen electrified the crowd, speaking directly in Spanish to Señor Trump: “Nosotros somos americanos.” Then there was the big speech by the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. She delivered it well, looking poised and

comfortable with herself, painting a clear picture of the choice in leadership before us. But the speech that captured my heart came from Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of a heroic fallen soldier, This immigrant father reminded us of our shared core values in the most dignified and powerful way, chastising Trump for “having sacrificed nothing” and offering to lend him his copy of the Constitution so he could review how loathsome his proposal to ban one religion truly is. While Republicans portrayed Democrats as being fractured and at war with each other, it was a message difficult to sustain as Bernie Sanders told the California delegation on day two: “It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency.” Ω

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by brendan Trainor

Look out behind you H.L. Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Donald Trump is the first nonpolitician to be nominated for President by a major party since Wendell Willkie in 1940. But he wasn’t just nominated—he took over the Republican Party and is remaking it in his own image. He has completely thrown out former Sparks resident Karl Rove’s Southern strategy, which placed the Republican Party base in the socially conservative South. That strategy hasn’t worked, so Trump single handedly shifted the party’s focus to the socially liberal Northeast and economically ravaged Rust Belt Midwest. Libertarian billionaire Peter Theil, speaking at the Republican convention, announced that he is gay and proud, and declared that the transgender bathroom battles many conservatives love to indulge in—including here in Nevada—are

nothing but a distraction. The Republican Party has to show tolerance, or it will soon be irrelevant. Will Nevada’s conservative politicians take Theil’s words to heart, or will they continue to fight culture wars that doom the party’s future? The social conservatives and neocons managed to maintain control over the Republican Party platform, condemning pornography, refusing to endorse legal marijuana, gay marriage and sex ed in schools (except abstinence). Still, the platform is actually softer on these issues than in past years. The neocons, led largely by Ted Cruz supporters, for the first time did not endorse the two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian mess in the platform. The platform even endorses the illegal West Bank settlements, baking Cruz’s and Sheldon Adelson’s “no daylight” between the U.S. and Israel policy into Republican dogma. The one foreign policy platform that Trump fought successfully against was the demand to send heavy arms to the Ukrainian government, which would only

inflame civil war in a country where the United States has no vital national interest. While the Republicans and the Hillary Clinton Democrats believe that Palestinians have no rights America needs to respect, the Democrats are revisiting the mistake they made in 2000 by ignoring the existence of the Second Amendment in their platform. Gun control cost them that election, and it could cost them this election as well. Hillary Clinton sees more government as the solution to the problem of violence in America, but Americans instead are buying more guns and learning how to use them. Gun control could cost Clinton Arkansas, as it cost Al Gore Tennessee. The Republican platform condemns safe spaces and political correctness on America’s campuses, but its candidate, while certainly not politically correct, has expressed disdain for the press and wants to censor the internet and expand libel laws. Clinton is just as bad. Clinton has a long record of attacking the First

Amendment and sees free speech as little more than an obstacle to be overcome rather than the pillar of the Bill of Rights. She is the first candidate who wants a constitutional amendment to keep Citizens who Unite from criticizing her! The collapse of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren into obeisance to Clinton has infuriated many Democrats, while many Republicans are defecting from Trump. Could it be that there is no longer a binary choice in politics, that the menu is no longer simply chicken or fish? If Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson can avoid sounding like Gary Busey, he may rise enough in the polls to qualify for the presidential debates. Green Party nominee Jill Stein threatens Clinton from the left. Will we finally have a historic, multi-generational political realignment? Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger, right, on a lobbying trip to the Nevada Legislature last year with Mayor Hillary Schieve.

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Workers pay a price for working in Reno—less pay. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July  27 that workers in the Reno metropolitan statistical  area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.35 in  May 2015, about 8 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23. That is the most recent month for which  figures are complete. A BLS statement said that “after testing for statistical significance, wages in the [Reno] local area were  lower than their respective national averages in 11 of  the 22 major occupational groups, including management; computer and mathematical; and life, physical,  and social science. Four groups had significantly higher  wages than their respective national averages, including healthcare practitioners and technical; community  and social service; and healthcare support.”

Pot tale of the Week In the Carson Valley Times, prohibitionist lawyer  Jim Hartman was quoted on the initiative petition,  ballot Question Two, that provides for regulation of  marijuana: “It’s a 13-page initiative that was written by the  marijuana industry,” Hartman was quoted as saying.  “It protects the industry while doing a disservice to  Nevadans. It never went through the legislative process. It hasn’t been vetted. It’s tremendously skewed  toward the industry.” In fact, the initiative petition was submitted to the  2015 Nevada Legislature for exactly that purpose, to  be vetted. The legislators passed up the chance. Under  the law, the lawmakers can enact an initiative petition  outright, eliminating the need to put it on the ballot, or  they can draft an alternative version of the petition  which would appear side-by-side on the ballot with the  original version and the voters can take their pick. The legislators chose a third option—they more or  less ignored the whole thing. Only one house dealt with  it at all. The Assembly sent it to the Judiciary Committee, which took its time dealing with it, though it  was waiting for the legislators on the first day of the  legislature, Feb. 2. Not until March 9 did the committee have a hearing on it, at which committee chair Ira  Hansen said, “Just so everyone knows, I intend to move  both I.P. One and Initiative Petition Two out of committee without any recommendation to let them go to the  leadership, and if the leadership wants to hold an actual vote on them, it will be a vote of the Committee of  the Whole [the entire Assembly]. That is all I am doing  with these.” (At that point marijuana was IP One and  weapons background checks was IP Two. For unknown  reasons, the numbers were switched by the secretary  of state’s office when they went on the ballot.) Thereafter, it was mentioned once in the Legislative  Operations and Elections Committee but otherwise  was ignored and allowed to go on the ballot. The job of  scrutinizing its policy implications or workability was  never done. By turning the matter over to legislative  leaders, the legislative fate of the petition was determined behind closed doors. The legislators—or their  leaders—did not avail themselves of the opportunities  to vet the petition or to draft a better version. The  failure of the Assembly to act on the petition meant  that the Senate never saw it.

—Dennis Myers

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Harassment charged City manager is target of new complaints sexual harassment charges by three unidentified women against Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger have intruded on regular city business as city councilmembers grapple with the sudden controversy. An Aug. 3 council session on housing issues has been canceled, and an Aug. 4 meeting on Clinger has been scheduled. The agenda item for the new meeting, posted Aug. 1, reads: “Discussion, consideration and potential action to authorize appointment of Special Counsel to manage an investigation into complaints of alleged misconduct by City Manager Andrew Clinger; and, if approved, delegate to Mayor Hillary Schieve the authority to select, contract with, and direct the Special Counsel, in an amount not to exceed $100,000. (For Possible Action).”

It was not explained why outside investigators were being sought instead of official investigators in offices such as the county district attorney or the state Bureau of Investigation, which would be less expensive. State law does not actually use the term “sexual harassment,” but the statute that covers the issue—Nevada Revised Statute 33.240—reads: “Acts that constitute harassment in workplace. Harassment in the workplace occurs when: 1. A person knowingly threatens to cause or commits an act that causes: (a) Bodily injury to the person or another person; (b) Damage to the property of another person; or (c) Substantial harm to the physical or mental health or safety of a person; 2. The threat is made or the act is committed

against an employer, an employee of the employer while the employee performs the employee’s duties of employment or a person present at the workplace of the employer; and 3. The threat would cause a reasonable person to fear that the threat will be carried out or the act would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed.” A message by Mayor Hillary Schieve was sent out on July 30: “I take these allegations very seriously, and I believe they must be investigated thoroughly and promptly for the sake of everyone involved. I have always said I believe in transparency, and I continue to be committed to that. So I will be calling a special meeting of the council to discuss this issue. I plan to propose an independent counsel to investigate these allegations. I caution everyone that peoples’ reputations are at stake here. So until the special meeting of the council is convened, I will not comment further so as not to influence the investigation and I urge others to do the same.”

earlier disPute The matter has been complicated by an open meeting complaint filed by the attorney for the three women with the Nevada attorney general’s office, which alleged that the law was violated when the council met with the city attorney about the case privately on July 20. It also argues the matter is being dealt with in a forum the city manager himself is in a position to influence. “The absence of city council oversight has the apparent purpose of preventing the allegations of misconduct from public exposure and protecting the city manager and the city from ‘public oversight’ which the Open Meeting Law is expressly designed to ensure,” wrote attorney William Peterson in the complaint. The Nevada open meeting handbook contains a section entitled “Non-meetings to confer with counsel” that says a quorum of a public body can meet with its lawyer without it being considered a public meeting. “In addition, the law specifically allows the members to deliberate, but not act, on information obtained from its counsel in the non-meeting,” it

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Last week when the temperature hit 103 degrees, it was still a nice and cool 70 to 75 degrees inside the buildings at the University of Nevada, Reno. That’s because large cooling systems on campus are connected to an underground grid so buildings can share cooling power. If each building depended solely on its own system, a few degrees of heat or cool would be sacrificed when the temperatures reached either extreme. This underground system includes a network of pipes, valves and pumps— and something John Sagebiel from UNR’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety called, “a lot of really sophisticated controls.” The network, largely underground, has been added onto any time there’s been construction on campus over the last several years so that future buildings can be connected to it. On July 14, the system got a new addition, a central cooling unit that’s expected to slash UNR’s energy bill. The new unit, which took up two lanes of freeway traffic as it arrived by truck with a police escort, was placed just east of the Ansari Business Building. The unit chills water, which is dispersed around campus to cool the buildings, by piping it through large tanks of R-134A refrigerant. “That’s the same stuff that’s probably in your car’s air conditioner,” said Sagebiel. This new equipment will allow for a fully centralized cooling system to go online soon, serving 23 buildings. After more buildings are renovated or

John sagebiel has high hopes for lower air conditioning bills now that Unr is about to connect campus-wide centralized air. PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

built over the next few years, it should serve 28. Although this will be UNR’s first leap from shared cooling to centralized cooling, centralized heating has existed on campus since 1908. Sagebiel called these two underground systems part of “the invisible campus.” “I bet you could interview a thousand graduates of UNR, and maybe one of them has seen the inside of this thing or knows it’s here,” he said of the central heating facility, a nondescript brick structure also east of Ansari. “If we put up a big solar array, everybody’s going to come by and look at it. Nobody’s going to look at this.” Invisible as the system may be, experts predict it’ll yield some noticeable advantages. “By centralizing, you gain efficiency,” said Sagebiel. For example, UNR runs its centralized heat system using four boilers, the largest of them about the dimensions of an oversized dump truck. When the cold weather starts in the fall, it’s likely that only one of those boilers will be in use, and it’ll be running at full efficiency. That, said Sagebiel, is far more efficient than it would be to heat a couple of dozen buildings, each with its own boiler running at partial efficiency. According to campus Facilities Mechanical Engineer Candice George, the new cooling system is estimated to save around $334,000 annually in energy and around $11,000 in maintenance. In addition, buildings such as the new Pennington Student Achievement Center, which opened earlier this year, can be constructed without devoting square footage to boiler rooms and air conditioning systems, making way for a few hundred square feet of classroom and office space. Ω

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There are many firearms dealers to choose from. Northern Nevada's leading firearms specialist is Silver State Arms at 3020 Kietzke Lane, in Reno (at Gentry). This well known shop features one of the best selections of guns in the region and they're known for the best value. Stop in and browse. You'll see a fine assortment of famous name rifles, handguns and shotguns. Choose from well-known brands. Meet the staff, Dennis, Joe and Sharon. They'll help you with your selection and answer your questions. Visit them on the web at There's ammunition, too, in all calibers. Silver State Arms features a full line of accessories and supplies for hunting. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review are proud to recommend Silver State Arms to our readers for the 7th time! We know you will be pleased with their quality products and services.

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Would you represent yourself if you became the defendant in a criminal matter? No, of course not! You'd retain an attorney. But, it's difficult to know whom to call, unless you know someone. We'd like to help! Criminal defense is not something you should consider lightly. You could spend significant periods of incarceration and large fines & assessment fees should you lose your case. Your personal freedom and your financial well-being are at stake when you are accused of a crime. David R. Houston is engaged in the practice of criminal defense. He knows the laws and knows how to properly prepare your case. Call 775-786-4188 today for a confidential consultation. Mr. Houston's office is located at 432 Court Street, in Reno and he is prepared to offer you aggressive & experienced legal representation which may make the difference in avoiding jail and large fines. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review feel you owe it to yourself to have David R. Houston on your side and be on the winning team. We're proud to recommend him to our readers. When you can't afford to lose…you need the very best!

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Nevada has the toughest DUI laws in the Nation. Those charged with a DUI are facing possible significant jail time and/or community service, mandatory loss or suspension of their driver's license, and costly fines and statutory assessments. "Bo" Pollard has more than 28 years of experience and has handled hundreds of DUI cases throughout Northwestern Nevada and Northern California. He has earned a reputation among his peers as an innovator in the field of DUI defense, and he approaches every case with the knowledge that the only battle that cannot be won is the battle that is not fought. Mr. Pollard understands that a DUI charge can turn your whole life upside down, so he will fight hard to preserve your driving privilege, your liberty, and your dignity. Call for a free consultation and speak with "Bo" personally about your case! Call 775-884-9000 or visit the office at 100 N. Arlington Avenue, in Reno. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review are pleased to once again name as the DUI Defense Attorney of the Year, we recommend him to our readers! Email: This childhood program makes "A World of Difference" year after year. Their family atmosphere, personal attention, experienced staff, community involvement and affordability is the partnership you need to ensure your child's success. Custom curriculum generates new ideas that teach children to be creative, confident thinkers and lifelong learners! The Editorial staff of the "Consumer Business Review" is proud to present the 2016 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award to A+ Learning Center for the 14th year! Celebrating 44 years of Educational Devotion

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Outstanding breakfasts, quick and satisfying lunches and man-sized dinners are what they serve at Jack's Café. Jack's Café is known as the local residents' favorite when it comes to great eating and down to earth prices! Jack's Café, located at 2200 Victorian Avenue in Sparks, strives to make everyone who comes in feel welcome! You'll always notice a smile and a friendly greeting when you stop in for coffee, a sandwich or a complete meal. It's become a favorite of locals and visitors, too. Families like the courteous service and outstanding food they specialize in. The management insists on spotlessly clean establishments, and it shows. In compiling this 2016 Consumer Business Review, the editors are pleased to, once again, recommend Jack's Café to all our readers.

For real Chinese food and great service, knowledgeable diners make it a point to stop in at China East Restaurant at 1086 S. Virginia Street, (near Vassar Street), in Reno. People always find their favorite Chinese dishes prepared in the traditional Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan styles. Whether you order egg foo yung, pepper steak, shrimp in lobster sauce, pork lo mein or anything else from the extensive menu, the skilled chefs always take great care to use the freshest ingredients, and follow the original recipes closely. China East Restaurant has a nice selection of meat, fowl and seafood dishes, all cooked to perfection. There's something for every member of the family. China East Restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and they feature family dinners and weekday lunch specials. If you would rather eat at home, just call 348-7020 and your order will be packaged to take out. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review, for the 21st consecutive year, recommend China East Restaurant. Dine'll return again and again!

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"The Best Mexican Food In Town!" That's what you'll always find at Los Compadres! This outstanding Mexican restaurant features all of the traditional south of the border favorites cooked in the authentic manner. Bring the whole family for a truly great dinner. Los Compadres is located at 1490 E. 4th Street, in Reno. Visit their new locations at 25 Foothill Road in Reno and in Sparks at 1250 Disc Drive. Hearty combination dinners are available and your appetite is the only thing that will stand in your way! Select from great tasting main dishes such as handmade tamales and carne asada. You'll also want to try some nachos. How about the fantastic shrimp cocktail before the main course? Whatever you decide, you can be assured that you are getting some of the finest Mexican food anywhere throughout the Truckee Meadows! Don't worry about the hot's served on the side and you season your food to your own taste! Make plans now to stop in at Los Compadres and enjoy a real Mexican dinner. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review, for the 13th time, recommend you soon become a regular customer at Los Compadres!

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Whether you are looking for a new or pre-owned piano or keyboard, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your home and décor, as well as your budget, at Carpenter's Music World. We feature such famous brand names as Steinway, Baldwin, Kawai, Mason & Hamlin and Wurlitzer, and we are exclusive, authorized dealers for the world famous Yamaha, Bluthner and Ritmuller Pianos, and also Yamaha Clavinova Keyboards. We also have a full line of new and used guitars, amplifiers PA systems and accessories, featuring such famous brand names as Gibson, Fender, Breedlove and Peavey. We are an exclusive dealer for Peavey Guitars, amplifiers and PA systems. Carpenter's Music World has provided 49 years of service to the community. Bring the appreciation and true enjoyment of music into your home with a new piano from northern Nevada's oldest and most reliable music center at 1090 Kietzke Lane in Reno.

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The family dental office that has cared for the oral health of Reno since 1978 wants you to know they can make your visit a pleasant and relaxing experience. Dr. Gilman and his team have taken a great deal of time and effort to make their office a friendly, fun and comfortable one. Everyone on staff shares a common goal of providing the best dental care, making it a relatively fun experience, and at a reasonable cost. They all know just how important your family's teeth are, not only for appearance, but also for general good health. The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to have regular check-ups and good, professional dental care. Dr. Gilman can help your family keep their healthy, happy smiles. CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review of leading professionals highly recommend Dr. Larry Gilman, DDS & Michael S. Gilman, DDS and their team to our readers. Since 2008, ProSpinal has been providing the community with one of the best alternatives to surgery. Their reputation for maintaining the "old-fashioned" business policies of trust, courtesy, and a personable staff has won them many new patients and solidified the faith of their existing patient base. A major factor in the pain free lifestyle of the Truckee Meadows, ProSpinal with Dr. Bryan Hansen has proven to be a valuable asset to the overall well-being of the community and, in particular, those in the community who depend on ProSpinal. This well-known community leader is located at 10635 Professional Circle, Suite B in Reno. Dr. Hansen has successfully treated patients suffering from disc herniations, disc bulges, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and stenosis with tremendous unprecedented results. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review recommend that you get to know Dr. Bryan Hansen and the team at ProSpinal. They have the modern method, proven and safe solution to chronic and severe back and neck pain! "Call Today For A Pain-Free Tomorrow"

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With some of the finest facilities anywhere, Stone Valley Alzheimer's Special Care Center has become the preferred Alzheimer's special care center of many families throughout the community. The quality of care that the resident receives at Stone Valley is rated with the very best, located at 6155 Stone Valley Drive in Reno. Ideally suited for Dementia care services for residents, here's a care center where the resident can get the kind of attention and professional care that's needed by caring staff members. Here you'll find all of the things that make life worth living: good friends, light filled rooms with beautiful furnishings and outdoor courtyards, perfect for enjoying the fresh air. Personal attention and lots of love makes Stone Valley Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Reno a nice place to be as well. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review recommend Stone Valley Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Reno to anyone needing the utmost in quality care for your loved ones!

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Phone 775-267-1958 Creating masterpieces in stone, granite and bronze is the full time job of Cornerstone Monuments, one of the regions most highly regarded monument makers. A beautiful final tribute when your family selects one of the many fine designs in granite, bronze or marble that this experienced craftsman has to offer. Cornerstone Monuments offers one of Northern Nevada's largest selections, and every stone has the touch of the master on it. Artistic quality and eternal beauty is what you find when you choose your monument from the outstanding collection available at Cornerstone Monuments. Cornerstone Monuments is always available to help you select the monument or marker, which best suits your needs and desires. Call for an appointment TODAY at 775-267-1958! The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review urge all Northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and Truckee residents to make Cornerstone Monuments your choice when it comes to investing in an eternal tribute.

Specializing in designing custom servers, systems, networks as well as repairs, printer repair, parts, and service. The experience, training and the right products to assist any size business or home user in upgrading their present system, Technology Center offers the latest software, computers, peripherals and repairs. They can show you how to get the utmost use out of your system at prices you can afford; printer repair and service, along with computer repair and service. Competitive with the mass marketers such as department or chain stores, remember to buy local! It helps your local Truckee Meadows community, and you get the best quality with all the "right stuff", great service and support. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review of leading businesses are proud to recommend Technology Center as your source for great value in technology. Stop in today!



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Would you represent yourself if you became the defendant in a criminal matter? No, of course not! You'd retain an attorney. But, it's difficult to know whom to call, unless you know someone. We'd like to help! Criminal defense is not something you should consider lightly. You could spend significant periods of incarceration and large fines & assessment fees should you lose your case. Your personal freedom and your financial well-being are at stake when you are accused of a crime. David R. Houston is engaged in the practice of criminal defense. He knows the laws and knows how to properly prepare your case. Call 775-786-4188 today for a confidential consultation. Mr. Houston's office is located at 432 Court Street, in Reno and he is prepared to offer you aggressive & experienced legal representation which may make the difference in avoiding jail and large fines. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review feel you owe it to yourself to have David R. Houston on your side and be on the winning team. We're proud to recommend him to our readers. When you can't afford to lose…you need the very best!

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Stylish, made with quality and definitely unique! These are just a few words that could describe Forever Yours Fine Furniture the area's furniture specialist. With showroom at 701 E. 4th Street, in Reno, open Monday through Sunday, closed on Tuesday, this respected family owned furniture store deals in very special lines of home and office furniture. Their selection is one of the very finest to be found anywhere in the Truckee Meadows community, and they add their own "very special" service to every transaction. You'll like doing business with this quality minded store as much as you'll like their distinctive furniture! Forever Yours Fine Furniture specializes in real wood furniture, much of it made in America, from traditional to eclectic, with a great selection of rustic furniture. Custom designs are easy; choose the wood color and style for your home or office decor! The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review compliment Forever Yours Fine Furniture for their beautiful selection of quality and stylish home and office furnishings! Stop in today. You'll be a customer forever!

Nevada Vacuum, at 4966 S. Virginia Street in Reno, has built a reputation for dependable, courteous service on virtually all makes and models. Every year more and more people insist on and recommend Nevada Vacuum to their friends. Free diagnostic test of your vacuum: electrical, mechanical, and performance. They are a great warranty service center. If it can be repaired, they'll repair it. If it can't be repaired, they'll give you a great trade-in allowance on a new machine and let you test-drive your new vacuum for a night. You will find a complete line of bags, hoses, brushes, cords, belts and many other accessory items to help make your cleaning jobs go more easily. Something else people talk about "service with a smile" with a great showroom with over 100 vacuum cleaners on display. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review of leading businesses in Truckee Meadows offer our full recommendation of Nevada Vacuum to all of our readers. You'll quickly learn to appreciate the fair and honest treatment you'll receive when you do business with Nevada Vacuum! "The right products to solve your cleaning needs."

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Buying of aluminum cans and scrap metals is the full time job of Western Metals Recycling. This established firm deals in all types, and pays top dollar for these commodities. Western Metals Recycling, at 1325 Hymer Avenue, in Sparks, will pay cash or check by the pound for recyclables of all types. They buy scrap metals including aluminum cans, copper, brass, steel insulated wire and more. By re-using these materials, we can prevent further dredging up of the Earth in order to obtain new raw materials and this is, of course, a big help to the ecology. You're doing a service to the ecology AND to your pocketbook when you make it a point to take all excess recyclables to Western Metals Recycling. They, in turn, sell materials to many places of business where they're converted back into useful products again. It's an excellent way to help the environment and the economy. If you have a business that discards a lot of scrap metals regularly, make the most of it by contacting Western Metals Recycling for regular pick-up. Visit them on the web at The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review strongly recommend Western Metals Recycling for their significant contribution to the ecology. It's Up To You!

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It seems like "Self-Storage" facilities are everywhere. But, who has the most convenient, clean and secure storage units in the Truckee Meadows? Stor-All Self-Storage at 777 Panther Drive, in Reno has the perfect size from closet size to motor home size, for homeowners, military personnel, business people or anyone needing a clean, secure and weather tight storage unit. Rest easy, knowing your business files, equipment, car, RV, boat, household items and furniture are safely and securely stored away. Plenty of space is available to store your RV, car or boat and you can be sure your possessions are completely secure, with electronic gate access 24/7, digital video surveillance and fully fenced and lighted. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review are pleased to recommend Stor-All Self-Storage to our readers as the community's favorite Self-Storage Facility, a secure place for your precious valuables!

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Phone 775-356-6439 Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take your car to just one place for all of your repair work? In the Truckee Meadows, there is such a place and we're talking about Blazing Wrenches! With facilities at 965 Glendale Avenue, in Sparks, Blazing Wrenches is one of the area's leading repair shops. Ask any one who's used their services, they'll tell you that this is the only stop you need to make on your way to worry-free driving! From a simple oil change to a complete engine overhaul, Blazing Wrenches has the equipment, parts and skill to repair or replace most any part that may malfunction. With years of glowing recommendations behind them, Blazing Wrenches has established the type of reputation that other shops may be envious of, but just cannot compete with in terms of service and quality. So, when you need anything done to your car, see the best...first. The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review for the 18th consecutive year recommend Blazing Wrenches as the only stop you'll need to make!

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What detracts more from the appearance and resale value of your car or truck than unsightly dents and scratches in the body? The time to have that dent repaired is RIGHT NOW before the exposed metal starts to rust and major damage begins. So for paintless dent repair and bumper repair see Dents And Dings today and they will give you the quality service you've been looking for. With years of experience behind them, Dents And Dings, at 2255 Glendale Avenue, Ste #1 in Sparks, is a shop that is always preferred by people who know quality…and for good reason! With the latest tools and techniques at their disposal. Clear BraTM, to protect your vehicle with a virtually invisible urethane paint film, defends your car from rocks, gravel, insects, and more. Dents And Dings is one shop that is fully equipped to turn out a perfect job time after time! The editors of this 2016 Consumer Business Review recommend YOU see the pros at Dents And Dings. Take care of your investment by preventing damage to the paint and preserving its showroom quality. Mobile Dents And Dings Repairs

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irst of all, big thanks to everybody  who voted. Your time is valuable,  and we appreciate it whenever you  choose to spend it with us. We know  you have better things to do, and we appreciate you postponing those things long  enough to participate in our contest. Actually, scratch that. Maybe you don’t  have better things to do. You love this  town. We love this town. You love the whole  region—from the beautiful Sierra Nevada  to the kitschy old motel signs in downtown  Reno, from the local restaurateurs who  take themselves way too seriously to the  local rock bands who take themselves way  too seriously, from the Truckee’s silvery rills  to the Virginia Range’s silvery hills, from the  ski resorts to the Black Rock Desert, and  from Tahoe to Pyramid—you love this place.  And so do we.

17 Goods & Services That’s why we  value this contest. It’s a chance  to recognize all the  people, places and things that make this  community easy to love. It’s a chance to  praise the barbers, the bartenders, the  police officers, the artists, the bookstores,  the banks, the parks and the teachers. And  what really makes this community the best  is that so many people here are willing to  take the time to scroll through this sprawling contest in order���to honor their friends  and neighbors.  And speaking of sprawl, for this year’s  special featured section, we chose to focus  on neighborhoods. As the population of  Northern Nevada has continued to grow in  recent years, many of the neighborhoods  around the Truckee Meadows have devel-

oped new identities and unique characters.  We explore the many things that make  Northern Nevada’s neighborhoods the best. Every year, we ask a different local artist to make work for the contest results  issue. This year, Jeff “Metal Jeff” Rogers,  a talented dude who works in a variety of  media, did fantastic work, creating a series  of illustrations that look like science fiction  book covers and that perfectly capture the  spirit of each section of the contest. We’re  proud to feature his work. And big, fireworks-exploding, champagne-popping, noisemaker-blowing  congratulations to all the winners! Y’all have  worked hard and played hard, and now it’s  time to party hard. You’re the best.


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Best seeds to spread Rail City Garden Center 1720 Brierley Way, Sparks, 355-1551

Near Wild Island Family Adventure Park, this garden center offers a variety of plants that you won’t find in ornathe big box stores. Whether you’re into edible or orna mental plants, there’s something for every gardener. In a dry climate like ours, we need more drought-tolerant plants, and the nursery offers an impressive selection of plants for a xeriscape or rock garden—sedum, yucca, cactus, agave, agastache, salvia, even desert willow. Rail City also sells garden art, seeds, growing kits, and water garden plants and pond supplies, and offers tree care, landscaping and rock delivery services.

Best lesser known shelter Safe Embrace 780 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks, 322-3466

It began as a faith- and people-of-color-based domestic violence shelter program in Sparks, but the sheer size of the problem in the Truckee Meadows made that kind of specialization a problem. So now all are welcome. It is the lesser known of the local domestic battery programs, and it’s good to know that when the facilities of one program are full to overflowing, there’s another program, too. Need help? Call 322-3466. Pets can be accommodated like the rest of the family.


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Best new car dealership Bill Pearce Motors/Courtesy Honda

Best place for music lessons Bizarre Guitar and Guns

Best tanning salon Element Tanning

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Best independent grocery store Great Basin Community Food Co-op

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Best electric avenue Wells Avenue If you want to learn about the history of the Wells Avenue neighborhood, the person to talk with is realtor and historic preservation activist Barrie Lynn. She gives tours of the neighborhood for the Historic Reno Preservation Society during the summer months, and she can tell you all about the wonderful old homes that line the streets between Holcomb and Wells Avenues, and Ryland and Cheney Streets. Did you know that the Virginia and Truckee Railroad once ran on Holcomb Avenue, or that trolley cars used to run from downtown along Moran Street and Wells? Sure, the Wells Avenue neighborhood fell on hard times when people left for suburbia in the ’60s and ’70s, but it’s been making a comeback for more than a decade now. Historic preservationists and neighborhood residents worked to get the area designated a conservation district so the history and architecture there can be preserved. Go check it out. The businesses on Wells Avenue—from Spectre Records to La Milagrosa—are seriously cool. And you can drop into Speedy Burritos for pupusas and carnitas.

Best ’BurB Spanish Springs It may be suburbia, but Spanish Springs is actually a pretty nice place to live. It’s close to parks, schools and shopping centers, but it’s still far enough from the city to get a sense of open space (that is, before more housing developments fill up the valley). It can take 20 minutes or longer to get into town when traveling on Pyramid Highway—and it isn’t going to get much better until the Pyramid/McCarran intersection improvement project wraps up sometime in 2018—but the views of the valley, surrounding hills and the Pah Rah Range make the commute a little more

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Best inspiration for a new category Angie & Levi Watson One of the new categories we added this year is “best power couple,” a category inspired by a few local couples we love, including Angie and Levi Watson. Angie’s business, Black Hole Body Piercing, has won “best place to get pierced” every time we’ve ever held this contest—a win streak more than two decades long. And Levi is such a popular teacher at Mount Rose K-8 that this year he won both best elementary school teacher and best middle school teacher. He’s also the singer of Fall Silent, one of the all-time great Reno bands, which recently started playing shows again after a long hiatus. And they’re two of the most genuine, caring and hilarious people you could hope to meet. Honestly, the fact that they’re there every year is one of the best things about our Best of Northern Nevada party.

Best courtroom quality control Mari Kay Bickett Locals are vaguely aware there are some national judicial organizations on the hill north of downtown but probably don’t see them as all that connected to their lives. Mari Kay Bickett stepped down July 31 from a fine tenure as director of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, where she brought a local’s sensibilities—she was raised in Reno and graduated from Reno High and the University of Nevada, Reno—to the job. Sooner or later, she said, everyone walks into a courtroom, “So we should care about the quality of our courts and how they are run and how we’re treated. You want dignity in a courtroom, and you want due process, and that’s what healthy courts can deliver.”

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Is it possible for a restaurant in one of Reno’s biggest casinos to be described as a hidden gem? Well, considering that Kokopelli’s is a little buried, just a single bar in the back of a Mexican restaurant, it’s plausible. Add to that the fact that many locals avoid the casino floors because they’re dens of drunk tourists and horrible reminders of jobs had and lost decades ago, and yeah, it’s easy to see how this place has gone under-noticed. But Renoites love stuffing face with massive amounts of fish and rice. And Kokopelli’s deserves a mention in any conversation about the best all-you-can-eat sushi places in town. What this place does well isn’t so much the rolls, as the nigiri. At Kokopelli’s, the cuts of fish are fresh, large, pretty and flavorful, not the thin slivers of stink draped over snowballs of rice found at other AYCE joints.

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Best place to have an acid flash flashBack The Loving Cup 188 California Ave., 322-2480

Listen, we know that if some psychedelic kernel is dislodged in your brain, you’d prefer to be outside, way out in the desert or the forest somewhere. But, you never know what’s going to happen, and you might find yourself tripping out and trapped in town—and then where to go? The Loving Cup has you covered. Your mind propelling you back to 1972? Go admire Jaxon Northon’s realistic painting of Mick Jagger on the wall. But the hippies of the ’60s and ’70s don’t have a monopoly on drug flashbacks, much as they like to think they do. What if your brain sprawls back to 2004? The Loving Cup has the location—and vibe—of Satellite Lounge, unquestionably the coolest Reno bar in that era. But what if you’re just flashing back to a drug trip from last week? Well, that’s fine too. Take in that wild wallpaper and eclectic mix of music. Remember to breathe.

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3rd Street Bar has been a favorite locals’ spot for almost a decade now. What makes 3rd Street great is the crowd that frequents it. The young and old all seem to flock to this spot. Throughout the week, you’ll find the recently 21 set mixing it up with retirees—dancing to music that ranges from blues to Latin to big band jazz. The owners, Mikkel and Tim, run a $3 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. and 1 to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. And Wednesday nights are reserved for open mic comedy.

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125 W. Third St., 323-5005

26 Cheney St., 324-3287

Best trivia night

Best place to cure your hangover

Ceol Irish Pub

Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar

538 S. Virginia St., 329-5558

1573 S. Virginia St., 329-2202

Best place for a first date

Best place to watch monday night football

Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., 398-5400

Best place to watch movies

The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery 325 E. Fourth St., 737-4330

Foxy Olive

Galaxy Luxury + IMAX

220 Mill St., 997-3733

1170 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 313-0118

Best microbrewery

Best all-ages spot

Great Basin Brewing Company

Holland Project

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-7711

30 Cheney St., 742-1858

Best beer selection

Best karaoke

Craft Wine & Beer

The Point Night Club

22 Martin St., 622-4333

1601 S. Virginia St., 322-3001

Best bowling alley

Best place to buy sexy underwear

Grand Sierra Resort

Chocolate Walrus

2500 E. Second St., 789-2000

1278 S. Virginia St., 825-2267

Best gay hangout

Best place for live music

5 Star Saloon

Cargo Concert Hall Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., 398-5400

132 West St., 329-2878

Pignic Pub & Patio 235 Flint St., 376-1948

Best neighborhood bar 3rd Street Bar 125 W. Third St., 323-5005

Best comedy club 3rd Street Bar 125 W. Third St., 323-5005

Best place to have sex in public

Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar 1573 S. Virginia St., 329-2202

Best sports bar Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar 1573 S. Virginia St., 329-2202

Best strip club Men’s Club of Reno 270 N. Lake St., 786-7800

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Best hike that’s not as good as it was a few weeks ago Hunter Creek Trail Even if you missed this spring’s epic wildflower show at Hunter Creek—it looked like Switzerland for a couple of weeks there— there’s no need to wallow in Fear Of Missing Out. In summer, the trail still boasts a lovely creek, and the narrow-ish canyon makes for afternoon shade. In fall, aspens paint the margins of the creek a luscious gold. Then there’s that waterfall almost three miles in. In winter, you can shed that FOMO altogether upon seeing a glorious, glistening, snowy, icy version of that waterfall. All this outdoor magic is just past a sign welcoming you to Mt. Rose Wilderness and still under 20 minutes from downtown Reno, thus earning it our coveted “Best of Both Worlds” award.

Best BaBy animals Andelin Family Farm 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks

The farm dates back to the early 1900s, when the Gaspari family grew alfalfa and raised cattle on this land that lies among sagebrushcovered terrain and wetlands in the center of the Spanish Springs valley. It’s now owned by the Andelins. The family raises pigs, chickens and sheep, among other animals, and grows a variety of produce, including the squash and pumpkins which take center stage when the popular pumpkin patch and corn maze opens in October. Visitors can enjoy the changing of the season as they pick a bright orange gourd on a warm autumn day under a clear blue sky with the Sierra Nevada in the distance. The farm also offers its Baby Animal Days event in the spring, as well as a kids farm camp in summer and educational field trips throughout the year.

Best local hot springs Best bicycle-ride destination Truckee River

Best place to swim Lake Tahoe

Best spot to hike Mount Rose

Best place to ride a personal watercraft

Carson Hot Springs

Best picnic spot Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

1500 Old Hot Springs Road, Carson City, 885-8844

Best street for biking

Best snowboarding

Best golf course

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

LakeRidge Golf Course

22222 Mt. Rose Highway, 8490704

Best spot to run around naked Burning Man

Mayberry Drive

1218 Golf Club Drive, 825-2200

Best spot to smooch under the stars Windy Hill


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Best omnivore’s dilemma Great Full Gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

This place is pretty much a shoo-in for things like “best vegan” and “best vegetarian.” But if you’re thinking of it strictly in those terms, you’ve got it all wrong. Great Full Gardens has plenty to offer for the carnivores among us, too. It’s also a good place to put your picky eating preconceptions aside. If the thought of a warm kale salad sounds about as appealing to you as a side of fresh Styrofoam, you might be doing your tastebuds a disservice by sticking to your guns on this one. Who would have thought that warm kale would stay pleasantly crisp? Well, it totally does. Plus, when you order takeout, the staff members will write sweet, encouraging notes on the top of your to-go containers.

Best place to eat pork shepherd’s style Mi Ranchito 500 Denslowe Drive, 337-8411

It’s impossible to distill Reno’s best Mexican food down to a single choice—not surprising, considering that about a quarter of our burg is Latino. We’ve got good spots for Mexican seafood, Mexican breakfast, traditional Mexican cuisine, gourmet Mexican fusion, and of course cheap and delicious taquerias. Need to take your in-laws out to a gringo-friendly Tex-Mex “Mexican” restaurant? Well, we’ve actually got some really good places for that too. Mexican food in the valley is so eclectic that the best destination differs on what dish you want. The best place for chicken mole is not the same as the best place for fish tacos. Now, case in point: You want al pastor—grilled and marinated pork cooked in the style of lamb, probably inspired by Lebanese shepherds who immigrated to Central Mexico? (Al pastor means “in the style of the shepherd.”) That one is easy. You’ve got to go to Mi Ranchito. Thank us later.

Best local holiday Booze Francovich Egg Nog It’s not something to worry about for five months yet, but if “buy local” applies to booze in your consumer ethic, consider Francovich Egg Nog. Each winter for more than a century, this locally formulated, family-recipe nog has appeared, originally made by the Francoviches to be given away to friends and, in more recent decades, to be sold in local stores. It originated in the Wine House, opened in 1874 by Eli Francovich, eventually occupying 16-18 Commercial Row, then Reno’s main street. Watch for it in grocery stores when the holidays arrive.

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Best Carson restaurant

Best business lunch

Best French restaurant

Adele’s Restaurant and Lounge

Mario’s Portofino Ristorante Italiano

Beaujolais Bistro

1112 N. Carson St., 882-3353

1505 S. Virginia St., 825-7779

753 Riverside Drive, 323-2227

Best ambience

Best catering company

Best fresh bread

Two Chicks

Collaborative Catering

House of Bread

752 S. Virginia St., 323-0600

615 Spice Island Drive, Sparks, 830-5323

1185 California Ave., 322-0773

Best cheap eats

Yogurt Beach

Best Bloody Mary Two Chicks 752 S. Virginia St., 323-0600

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Best place to eat when drunk

Jox 3652 S. Virginia St., 827-6688

Best chef Carlos Douriet, Mario’s Portofino

Best chicken wings Jox 3652 S. Virginia St., 827-6688

Best Chinese Palais De Jade Fine Chinese Cuisine 960 W. Moana Lane, 827-5233

Best food truck Nom Eats

Best frozen yogurt 3882 Mayberry Drive, 787-2024

Best gluten-free dining Great Full Gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Best barbecue restaurant Famous Dave’s BBQ 4925 Kietzke Lane, 826-7427

Best greasy spoon Gold-N-Silver Inn 790 W. Fourth St., 323-2696

Best hot dog

Sinbad’s Hot Dogs of Nevada

Best coffee

418 N McCarran Blvd., Sparks, 331-4762

The Hub Coffee Co. 727 Riverside Drive, 323-1911

Best Indian

Best cooking school

1091 S. Virginia St., 348-6222

Nothing to It! Culinary Center

India Kabab & Curry

225 Crummer Lane, 826-2628

Best coffee roaster

Best dessert

727 Riverside Drive, 453-1911


Hub Coffee Roasters

Reno Nugget

50 N. Sierra St., 737-9555

Best Italian

233 N. Virginia St., 323-0716

Best salad bar

1505 S. Virginia St., 825-7779

Best produce

Whole Foods Market

Great Basin Community Food Co-op

6139 S. Virginia St., 852-8023

Best Japanese

240 Court St., 324-6133

Best doughnuts/pastries

206 N. Virginia St. 323-5550

Best Reno restaurant

Doughboy’s Donuts

Mario’s Portofino Ristorante Italiano

57 Damonte Ranch Pkwy., 853-6844

Best juice

1505 S. Virginia St., 825-7779

Best fine dining

50 S. Virginia St., 384-3468

Best burger

Beaujolais Bistro

Awful Awful at the Nugget

753 Riverside Drive, 323-2227

233 N. Virginia St., 323-0716

Best French fries Jox 3652 S. Virginia St., 827-6688

Mario’s Portofino Ristorante Italiano



Best appetizers Bunny Ranch Bar 10025 US Hwy 50 E., Mound House, 246-4477

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Best bagel

Best martini

Truckee Bagel Company


538 S. Virginia St., 420-5903

Eldorado, 345 N. Virginia St., 785-9066

Best Greek Niko’s Greek Kitchen 148 West St., 284-3678

Best bakery Rounds Bakery 294 E Moana Lane, 329-0800

Best Basque Louis’ Basque Corner Restaurant 301 E. Fourth St., 323-7203

Best late-night dining Golden Flower Vietnamese Restaurant 205 W. Fifth St., 323-1628

Best Margarita Si Amigos 1553 S. Virginia St., 348-1445

Best Mexican Si Amigos 1553 S. Virginia St., 348-1445



Best vegan Great Full Gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Best milk shake Scoopers 1356 Prater Way, Sparks, 331-6221

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Best seafood Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar 1555 S. Wells Ave., 323-1211

Best smoothie RAWBRY 50 S. Virginia St., 384-3468

Most romantic restaurant Beaujolais Bistro 753 Riverside Drive, 323-2227

Best solo dining Two Chicks 752 S. Virginia St., 323-0600

Best soups Süp 669 S. Virginia St., 324-4787

Best steak Harrah Steakhouse 219 N. Virginia St., 788-2929

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Best restaurant worth the long wait Two Chicks 752 S. Virginia St., 323-0600 Bill Gilbert is the owner of Beaujolais Bistro.


Bangkok Cuisine 55 Mt. Rose St., 322-0299

Best whiskey/bourbon/ Scotch selection

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Best Truckee restaurant

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Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

3005 Skyline Blvd., 825-1113

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1099 S. Virginia St., 324-2244

Best wine bar Whispering Vine Wine Co. 85 Foothill Road, 622-8080

Best Sparks restaurant Great Basin Brewing Company

Best salad Great Full Gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

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Best sushi

3650 Lakeside Drive, 826-4466

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846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-7711

Best wine list

3005 Skyline Blvd., 829-2788

Best server

Beaujolais Bistro

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753 Riverside Drive, 323-2227

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Best unpaved place

Roller Kingdom Family Fun Center

Reno has a long list of cool amenities for kids, but the reigning champion is our Own Back Yard. No! Not the RN&R’s parking lot! We mean the accessible public land and open space you’ll find if you just drive in any direction until the pavement ends, which is usually only a few miles. Watch the sunset from Rattlesnake Mountain. Take an easy break from South Reno shopping in Huffaker Hills. Swim in the Truckee River in Lockwood (or a dozen other great spots). Catch a moonrise from Peavine’s foothills, or, for maximum view and practically zero elevation gain, stroll along the winding Steamboat Ditch Trail. These are the backdrops for some of the best kinds of quality family time we can think of. And you don’t even need a map. Just look up from wherever you are now, pick a hill, drive to it, and marvel in the privilege that is raising kids in a small city nestled between the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin.

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Many kids who grew up in the 1980s probably spent many a weekend or summer break at the local roller skating rink. Remember the girls with the feathered hair and the big comb in the back pocket of their Jordache jeans, or the skating wiz who always had to show off his fancy moves? You can revisit your roller king/queen days of yore at Roller Kingdom, which has been attracting a new generation of young people to its rink. These days, you’re more likely to hear Taylor Swift than Journey playing overhead, but you’ll still see giggling pre-teen girls forming human chains and youngsters taking their first wobbly strides on the floor among the more experienced skaters. The skating rink offers open skating hours Wednesday through Sunday, as well as skating lessons and theme nights, including a monthly ’80s night and an adult night on Sundays.

Best arcade games Game Lab at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino 2707 S. Virginia St., (866) 821-9996

Best weekend activity Great Reno Balloon Race

Best local library Downtown Reno Library 301 S. Center St., 327-8300

Best weeknight activity Food Truck Friday

Our back yard

Best charter school

Best park

Best place to take the kids

Coral Academy of Science Charter School

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

1701 Valley Road, 322-1328

1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

490 S Center St., 786-1000

Best family outing

Best picnic spot

Best toy store

Lake Tahoe Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Toys “R” Us

1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

5000 Smithridge Drive, 827-8697

Best high school

Best place to introduce kids to nature

Best thing to do on a Friday night

Reno High School

Lake Tahoe

Food Truck Friday

490 S. Center St., 786-1000

395 Booth St., 333-5050

Best middle school B. D. Billinghurst Middle School 6685 Chesterfield Lane, 746-5870

Best elementary school Mount Rose K-8 Academy of Languages 915 Lander St., 333-5030

Idlewild Park

Most kid-friendly restaurant Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 4999 Kietzke Lane, 825-7246

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Best art gallery Nevada Museum of Art 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333

Earth Day

Downtown Riverwalk

Best dance instructor Lesa Dusich

Best charity race or walk

Best church

Best radio station

Moms on the Run

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

100.1 KTHX

1138 Wright St, 323-6894

Best local theater company

Best local dance company

Brüka Theatre

Reno Dance Company

Best local band Mojo Green

Best local band album Greg Golden Band by Greg Golden Band

Best nonprofit group Moments of Memory 2346 Palmer Court, 848-4757

Best day trip Lake Tahoe

Best mural

Best independent art gallery The Holland Project

Best local farm

Best reason to live in reno

Urban Roots 3001 W. Fourth St., 636-5105

The weather/seasons/climate

Best kept secret

Oliver X, KNEZ

Best talk show host

One Nevada Credit Union 1296 E. Plumb Lane, 827-3880

Best place to meet gay singles

Most environmentally conscious company

132 West St., 329-2878

We know, it doesn’t quite sound right to say, “Drive all the way to Fallon for the most memorable night on the town you’ll have all season.” But here’s how it works: Two Churchill Arts Council reps travel to a global performing arts conference in New York each winter, where they connect with acts you’ve never heard of from afar and acts you have heard of but can’t believe you’ll see on the bill in a town of 8,000. Come show date, you arrive in Fallon in the afternoon, shoot the breeze with the artist or musician over a cold draught beer during a Q+A in this artfully remodeled 1910 school building, disperse for dinner at one of a few recommended nearby eateries, reconvene for the show in what looks like a European concert hall, and during intermission stroll the galleries to check out some of the most tasteful yet adventuresome visual artwork of the contemporary West.

Great Basin Community Food Co-op

Best comedy troupe

2000 Del Monte Lane, 851-5185

The Utility Players

240 Court St., 324-6133

Best local instagram account

Best dog park

Amplified Entertainment

Best 4th of July fireworks John Ascuaga’s Nugget 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 356-3300

Open Spike Night at Pignic Pub & Patio 235 Flint St., 376-1948

Best green store

1595 N. Sierra St., 785-4512

Best open mic

140 Vesta St., 742-1858

151 E. Park St., Fallon

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Downtown Riverwalk

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Oats Park Arts Center

Best place to people watch Best local website

99 N. Virginia St., 323-3221

“Blueprint of a Mother” by Erik Burke

Best counterintuitive cultural attraction

Best non-casino thing to do downtown


Best animal shelter Nevada Humane Society 2825 Longley Lane, 856-2000

Best monthly event Wine Walk

5 Star Saloon

Best special event at lake tahoe Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Best special event in virginia city International Camel and Ostrich Races

Best special event in downtown sparks Best-in-the-West Nugget Rib Cook-off

Best special event in downtown reno Artown

Best public art “Believe” sculpture in Reno City Plaza

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Nomads no more After 15 years of borrowing rehearsal space, Sierra Nevada Ballet has a permanent home—and has already expanded to fill it



n a small, nondescript shopping center on the corner of South McCarran Boulevard and Longley Lane, there is a space that has been transformed into a dream come true. As of June 1, it’s the new home of the Sierra Nevada Ballet and the first space that is truly its own. From the outside, it’s unremarkable but, inside, everything is fresh and new. The first room to the left of the lightfilled lobby is a spacious, mirrored studio with a recently constructed sprung floor. Farther down the hall is another, smaller studio space and dressing rooms with showers. The whole facility is outfitted specifically for dancers. “It had to have the right ambiance,” said Rosine Bena, the company’s artistic director. “The windows and the airy, light feeling. I really loved it. The atmosphere of the studio is really important.” She said the space just felt right, like coming home. The new space houses the Sierra Nevada Ballet Company and the Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy. “They have been begging, borrowing and stealing space for the past 15 years, and now they

have their own,” said SNB board member Tom Clark, explaining how monumental this is for the organization. The Sierra Nevada Ballet was officially established in 2001, growing out of the Reno Ballet, which went on hiatus in the late ’90s. Rosine Bena, who was living in the Bay Area at the time, was invited to direct the Reno Ballet from 1995-96 and fell in love with the area. She comes from a family of dancers— her parents were both dancers and had started a company and a ballet school in the Bay Area, Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Bena had a 28-year stage career as a professional ballerina, dancing in productions such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Washington Ballet. Bena helped her parents with their dance company, danced for Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and eventually became director of the ballet school. When she married a man living in Nevada and moved to Reno, she became director of ballet at Western Nevada Performing Arts Center in Carson City. She quickly realized that there was nothing for the students to look to.

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“There were very few ballet companies that came to this area,” said Bena. “So, my mother said, ‘You need to start a professional ballet company so that [your students] have something to look at.’ That was our inspiration to start Sierra Nevada Ballet.” In the beginning, SNB provided an apprentice program and a trainee program for 12- to 24-year-olds. The program was so successful—even producing a number of professional dancers—that the board decided to start a program for younger dancers. Thus the Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy was established in 2013, which was housed in Fascinating Rhythm School of Performing Arts—until now.

RooM to GRow As the Academy began to gain momentum there was no room to expand since it was renting space in an already established performing arts school that had its own classes. “The board elected to find our own home, which is a very big

step for us,” Bena said. “As far as the academy goes, we are able to expand, to do more classes. The only way we could think of to do that was to have our own space where we could actually offer somebody a professional training to be a professional ballet dancer. You can’t do that without your own space.” SNB’s new home will also allow for freedom in scheduling classes or adding in an extra rehearsal and the ability to rehearse in costume without having to move equipment back and forth. Plans are in the works to start a youth group to feature the younger dancers and a program for older adults interested in exercising, based on a popular class Bena taught in the Bay Area. Already, SNB has filled out its academy schedule with offerings including pilates, classical and musical theater, mime and ballet, both traditional and contemporary. “In today’s ballet world you have to be able to do all kinds of things,” Bena said enthusiastically, explaining a new class called Modern Hip-Hop that combines ballet, modern, and hip-hop style dancing taught by Alex Kaskie. It’s a class that challenges the dancers

to try something new but that relates to what they are learning in other areas. SNB stages five or more individual productions per year, including a spring concert made up of new works, a summer event performed in Reno and at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and a piece for Artown’s Dancing by the River series. The company performs in various venues including the Pioneer Center, Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, and Oats Park Arts Center in Fallon. SNB also intends to start touring more in rural Nevada. The goal is to eventually have a professional company with fully paid dancers for 10 months out of the year. One of the company’s most popular performances is the annual Peanutcracker, a version of The Nutcracker condensed into 45 minutes for young children. This production reaches over 4,000 children in the area, and SNB offers reduced ticket prices for children and buses students from at-risk schools. Carlee Bertero saw the Peanutcracker ballet in



kindergarten and decided she wanted to be a ballet dancer. She auditioned for and got into the SNB apprentice program and eventually danced in Peanutcracker herself. “I just moved up to the company this year,” said Bertero who also started teaching at the academy a year ago. “Ballet has really opened up a lot of doors for me. Sierra Nevada Ballet has given me so many opportunities, whether it’s dancing or working with children. It’s everything I dreamed it would be.” SNB’s current production is a new version of Cinderella. There are thousands of versions of the story, the first dating back to ancient times. For this new version, Bena took an excerpt to the spring performance series in May and solicited feedback from the audience on what to do with the stepsisters. “I couldn’t decide what their fate should be,” said Bena. “The audience came up with the most amazing ideas, so I took those ideas and put some of them together, and the ending for

the stepsisters, well, the audience absolutely loved it.” If you’d like to see the ending for yourself and find out what happens to the stepsisters, there is a final performance on Aug. 6 at Nightingale Concert Hall.

on Point With funding from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation and an anonymous donor, SNB was able to completely redo the new space. Professionals donated time and expertise to complete the work—including an architect, contractors, and people with construction experience to build it out. And, the company has enough money to pay for the first six months of rent. In-kind donations came in, including a printer and a desk for the office area. “In one way, it’s wonderful to start in your own space,” Bena said. “In another way, it’s frightening. It’s truly a miracle that we had so many people come out of the woodwork to support us. I had no idea so many people cared.” Ω


With new funding and help from volunteer contractors, Sierra Nevada Ballet’s artistic director Rosine Bena and her dancers now have a space that’s airy, light and perfect for dancing.


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Still Bourne

It’s embarrassing to watch Damon and Greengrass go through the motions of the tired scenario they have put into play. One year after perhaps the most enjoyable and multidimensional It’s been nine years since the last Bourne movie performance ever from Damon in The Martian, that mattered. (2012’s The Bourne Legacy, with he’s forced to put the now boring Bourne pants on Jeremy Renner, was a joke.) After saying he again. His performance lacks dimension, emotion wouldn’t play the part again, Matt Damon is back and humor. It’s not entirely his fault. The part is as Jason Bourne, with his director buddy Paul written that way. Ten years ago, Bourne was a cool Greengrass in tow. role for Damon, one that allowed him to strip down The result: Jason Bourne, a tedious, desperand do something different. He’s grown as an actor ate and sad extension of the Bourne storyline. since then, and has essentially outgrown Bourne. It Jason Bourne is currently holding hands with feels like a step backward for him. Ghostbusters as a film prominently displaying Greengrass tries to beef things up on the villainhow not to continue a beloved franchise. ous end by employing Tommy Lee Jones as a CIA At the end of The Bourne Ultimatum, jerkface, which is a move as predictable and cliché Damon’s Bourne woke up after a bridge dive as casting Tommy Lee Jones as Tommy Lee Jones. and swam off into an unknown and unpredictJones invests nothing new into his character, a type able future. It seemed a fitting and perfect end that he has played many times before. to the character or, perhaps, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander that particular story arc. Bourne shows up as an ambitious CIA found out his real name, learned employee looking to make her why he was an assassin with mark. Her performance here is amnesia, and got himself a little more robotic than her work as revenge. Case closed, right? an actual robot in Ex Machina. Wrong. Money matters, and Vincent Cassel is also on board Director: Paul Greengrass Universal wanted to keep the as a hired assassin called “The Starring: Matt Damon, Julia  Bourne locomotive on track. An Asset.” Man, somebody had to Stiles, Alicia Vikander attempt to keep the franchise going work overtime to come up with with a new star—Renner’s awful that name. Legacy—was stale. Universal saw an opportunity There had to be a better way to do this. How with Damon, who hadn’t had a major hit in many about giving Bourne a new career, one that he’s years. Damon decided to go back to the well before happy with, and then he finds out something is still the release of The Martian last year, a movie that wrong in his past? Or just make him a paid assassin garnered him an Oscar nom and showed he was who is truly screwed up thanks to his messed up still bankable. past. The new gimmick Greengrass and friends Greengrass and his writers have come up with come up with to further extend Bourne’s identity a way to further confuse Bourne about his identity. crisis is not shocking, surprising or inventive. It As it turns out, there’s more to his amnesia. He feels drawn out. doesn’t know everything after all! He’s also got Attempts to modernize Bourne with mumbo some daddy issues. jumbo involving a tech mogul (Riz Ahmed) and his The film starts with Bourne pulling a Rambo new social media platform make parts of this movie III, subjecting himself to public fights as a means feel like a jettisoned episode of Silicon Valley. of fueling his unquenched inner violent side. Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands as the best Former work associate Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) recent attempt to continue a franchise story without meets up with Bourne in Greece to tell him that making it feel forced, desperate—there’s that word she discovered more stuff about his identity while again—and a blatant attempt to cash some checks. doing some computer hacking. For Jason Bourne … Jason Bourne does nothing to better the franchise, it’s not over yet. and this story line needs to stop, and stop now. Ω

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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words

While it’s been over 20 years since the  great Frank Zappa left the planet, there’s been  surprisingly little in the media about his life  and times. Director Thorsten Schutte finds a  nice way of getting Frank back in the public eye,  through a solid documentary featuring Zappa  interviews, concert footage and appearances.  Like The Beatles Anthology before it, Eat That  Question tells the artist’s story by using his  own words. I’m a big fan, so I’ve seen some of  the footage Schutte uses, like Zappa playing  bicycle with Steve Allen, and Frank’s final  interview before dying from cancer. Thankfully,  Schutte, with help from the Zappa Family Trust,  has unearthed a lot of rare footage—footage  even the most ardent fan might not be familiar  with. This isn’t a concert film, but it does have  some great concert moments, enough that  fans of his music will be satisfied. The fact  that Zappa was a brilliant philosopher and  extremely wise man was sometimes lost in the  controversy he could cause with his lyrics, especially in the late ’70s. Schutte’s film gives us  plenty of Zappa talking, and he’s simply one of  the most engaging speakers who ever walked  the planet. It’s also quite a kick to see this  gathering of interviews and interviewers, some  of whom Frank didn’t exactly hit it off with. If  he didn’t like the interviewer, he still made the  session interesting. I found myself missing the  man very much when the movie was over. 



I was not expecting anything near  the brilliance or originality of the 1984  original from Paul Feig’s reboot/remake/ whatever-you-want-to-call-it entry into a  movie franchise that has remained dormant  since the miserable 1989 sequel Ghostbusters  2. Considering the cast that Feig assembled  (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon  and Leslie Jones), I did expect to have a good  time. That didn’t happen. I was bored. Super  bored. I laughed a total of two and a half times  at the new Ghostbusters, not once due to  anything the headlining stars did. It’s as if Feig  (Bridesmaids, Spy, The Heat) figured, “Hey, I  have these stars and a big budget for special  effects. I don’t really need a funny script, do I?  These stars can just stand in front of a camera  and be funny, right?” Perhaps they can, but not  this time out. Ghostbusters is a stale facsimile  of the original. If you watched those lousy  preview trailers and worried that the franchise  was creatively bankrupt, know that the stupid  jokes in that trailer (“Ow, that’s gonna leave a  mark!”) are about the best the film has to offer. It is utterly void of laughter. The ghosts are  dull, fluorescent things bolstered slightly by  some decent 3-D effects if you should choose  the more expensive viewing route. In one of the  only real compliments I can bestow upon the  film, the folks putting together some of the 3-D  action did a pretty good job. 


Into the Forest

A couple of great actresses make a fair  script movie-worthy in this apocalyptic thriller from writer-director Patricia  Rozema. Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood star  as Nell and Eva, two sisters living with their  dad (Callum Rennie) in their home deep in the  forest. One routine evening, they are enjoying  the luxuries of modern civilization when, for  some unknown reason, the power goes out.  They react as people usually do to a power  outage at first, busting out the flashlights and  planning a trip for supplies. A mishap involving  a car battery delays their trip, and when they  finally make it into town, they discover the city  has been swept of food and gasoline, with no  end to the power outage in sight. Situations  develop that lead to the girls living on their  own, learning how to hunt for their own food,  and fending for themselves. Page and Wood,  two actresses who haven’t gotten many roles  to match their talents lately, rip into this movie  with everything they’ve got. Their work here is  a major triumph, even though the movie feels a  little routine at times. (Available for download  and rent on iTunes and during a  limited theatrical run.)


Lights Out


The Secret Life of Pets


Star Trek Beyond

Three years ago, director David F. Sandberg made a great short about a woman  home alone at night, noticing a dark figure  when she switched the light off. The payoff was  both hilarious and scary as shit. So, of course,  producer James Wan got a hold of Sandberg  and now there’s a full length feature film  based on that light-switch premise. Writer Eric  Heisserer takes the idea, fleshes it out, and  comes up with a pretty good story to go with  Sandberg’s strong horror directing abilities.  Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) is an angry woman  with mommy and commitment issues. Her  mom, Sophie (Maria Bello), recently lost her  husband and has fallen into a depression where  she is talking to herself. Her son, and Sophie’s  brother, Martin (Gabriel Bateman) is seeing a  strange dark figure when the lights go out. It all  leads up to a finale where flashlights are very  valuable and potential victims behave like idiots. Sandberg repeats the same jolt scare over  and over again and makes it all work nicely. The  film is genuinely scary when it tries to be. The  background story is a little flaccid, but Palmer  and Bello are good in their roles, and Bateman  plays a scared kid with major aplomb. 

A bunch of comedians lend their voices  to some cartoon characters, and the  results are moderately entertaining. Louis C.K.  voices Max, a Jack Russell terrier who loves  his master, Katie (Ellie Kemper of Unbreakable  Kimmy Schmidt), with that undying loyalty that  makes dogs so damn cool. Katie brings home a  new brother for Max, a big brown shaggy dog  named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), and it creates  some turmoil in the household. Max and Duke  eventually wind up in the hands of Animal  Control, and eventually fend for themselves in  the sewers of Manhattan. There they become  enemies of the Flushed Pets, a group consisting  of alligators, lizards, snakes and furry critters  led by Snowball the Rabbit (Kevin Hart on a  sound booth tear). The advertised premise for  the film suggests the movie might be about  what our pets do in the house when we leave  home. That part of the film is out of the way  early in the movie’s opening minutes. The rest  of the movie is the band of pets in Max’s neighborhood trying to find him and Duke when they  get lost. Some of the sequences are borderline  deranged. Max and Duke wind up in a sausage  factory, where they gobble down hot dogs in an  almost hallucinatory scene set to Grease’s “We  Go Together.” This doesn’t feel like the stuff of  kids’ movies. 

While the latest Star Trek film lacks a  little bit in soul and story cohesiveness,  it scores high on the zip factor and introduces  a creepy new villain. The third film in the franchise’s reboot might be the weakest chapter  featuring the newish cast, but it’s still a lot of  fun. J.J. Abrams stepped down from the conn  to direct his revamped Star Wars, relegating  himself to a producer’s role. In stepped Justin  Lin, best known for making cars jump between  skyscrapers in the Fast & Furious franchise.  It’s no surprise that Lin’s take lacks a certain  depth that Abrams managed to bring to his  two installments. It’s also not a surprise that  some of the action scenes motor along with the  efficiency of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The  film picks up with James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and  his crew in the midst of their five-year mission.  Kirk, as he did in Star Trek II: The Wrath of  Khan, is starting to get a little bored. He’s up  for an admiral’s position, and might soon find  himself grounded to a desk job. The movie has  barely started when the U.S.S. Enterprise is attacked by thousands of marauding spaceships,  and the crew finds themselves shipwrecked on  a sparsely inhabited planet. Unfortunately, one  of those few is Krall (Idris Elba), a nasty looking  alien with evil intentions involving an ancient  weapon. The crew must reform to band against  Krall, get off the foreboding planet and save  the Federation. What follows is a slightly above  average Star Trek adventure that will satisfy  fans while not necessarily blowing them away. 

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by AnnA HArt

Athena McIntyre, Eli Paxton and Aren Long are youthful spirits with a lot of experience, and you can hear it in their music.

Lost and found Athena McIntyre & The Lost Boys On a sultry evening in Virginia City, Athena McIntyre & The Lost Boys took the stage at the historic Red Dog Saloon. A soulful yet edgy folk tune drifted out of the open doors and into the street, where passersby crowded the entrance. The sound was driven more by melodic intentions than by rhythm, but a groove still permeated into the crowd as they swayed along. The group is a trio, formed in the spring of this year. The lineup consists of McIntyre, who heads the band with lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Aren Long on violin, and Eli Paxton on the bass. The set-up is atypical, especially with the exclusion of drums. The instrumentation provides the intimacy of a string trio in the setting of folk rock, while varying musical backgrounds contribute to a postmodern take on the genre. Long’s violin skills fit smoothly into the folk setting, but an occasional Saint-Saëns harkens back to his classical roots, while Paxton forgoes the pedestrian role of establishing the chord roots in favor of adding a funk-infused contrapuntal ingenuity with the bass line. Meanwhile McIntyre adds a rock edge to the group, with vocals akin to Pat Benetar and Pink. The trio’s musical inventory is split fairly evenly among original songs and reorchestrated covers of classics by artists such as Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Animals. For each of their shows, the three construct the set list to be something of a musical journey, from songs about the dangers of conformity and consumerism,


to finding one’s identity, to a particularly excellent cover of an angst-ridden rock hit, Radiohead’s “Creep.” Athena McIntyre & The Lost Boys carries a message of punk rock individualism spoken through the storytelling language of an acoustic folk aesthetic. Sometimes the music reverberates with perceptive insights on society. Other times, it dances to the beat of freedom with a samba flair. “We set up our shows carefully,” said Long. “People come in, and at best, they leave with gaining an emotional experience, and at worst they can come and listen and dance to good music.” In the four months since the trio formed, its members have written an inconceivable amount of original music and played shows all around Northern Nevada. They already have their eyes set on a cross-country tour, which is in the works. Reaching that point so quickly is a feat that could only have been accomplished through each member’s musical professionalism, as well as the camaraderie between them, despite their differences in background and age. Visually, the three seem to be an unlikely combination. For their concert, Long dons a button-down dress shirt, while Paxton ties his mane into a bun and McIntyre rolls up her sleeves to show off a myriad of forearm tattoos. But the bond between them is palpable. “We work with each other so well,” said Paxton. “Our personalities just mesh. And when we play, it’s like we all go to another level together.” So where did the name, Athena & The Lost Boys come from? “One day I was driving and it just came to me,” laughed McIntyre, the eldest of the group. “I knew that it was perfect. I’m just like Peter Pan, and these are my lost boys.” Ω

For show dates, music and information visit

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




Poupon, Case, MrSmeagss, Roger That, 10pm, $10, free with online RSVP

First Friday Funnies, 8pm, no cover VIBE Friday, 10pm, no cover

HEAT w/Dzastre, DJ Juuj, Shady Acres, 10pm, no cover



DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover

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

Foals Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Cargo 255 N. Virginia St. 398-5400


Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

DJ Izer, 10pm, $5 after 10pm

DJ Izer, 10pm, $5 after 10pm


Rustler’s Moon, 8:30pm, no cover

Dippin’ Sauce, 9pm, no cover

Dippin’ Sauce, 9pm, no cover


Foals, 8pm, $25


Pub Quiz Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover

132 West St., (775) 329-2878 10042 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee; (530) 587-2626 255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558



10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711

3rd Street, 125 W. Third St., 323-5005: Comedy Night & Improv w/Patrick Shillito, W, 9pm, no cover Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, 882-1626: Cheryl “The Soccer Mom” Anderson, F, 7:30pm, $13-$15 The Improv at Harveys Cabaret, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, (800) 553-1022: Charles Fleischer, Th-F, Su, 9pm, $25; Sa, 8pm, 10pm, $30; Darryl Lenox, Ahmed Bharoocha, Tu-W, 9pm, $25 Laugh Factory at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7401: Josh Nasar, Th, Su, 7:30pm, $21.95; F-Sa, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Rocky LaPorte, Tu, W, 7:30pm, $21.95 Reno-Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600: Kelly Hilbert, Drew Shafer, Sa, 8:30pm, $12-$15



Bias & Dunn, 6pm, no cover


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

Merle Jagger, 9pm, no cover

Jack Di Carlo, 7pm, no cover

VooDooDogz, 8pm, no cover

T-N-KEYS, 7pm, no cover

Blues Monsters, 7pm, no cover

Trey Stone Band, 7pm, no cover

Trey Stone Band, 7pm, no cover Karaoke Kat, 9pm, no cover

10603 Stead Blvd., Stead; (775) 677-7088 3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

Takeover Sundays: Open Mic for DJs, 5pm, no cover

Post show s online by registering at www.newsr /reno. Dea dline is the Friday befor e publication.

Karaoke w/C.J. Tirone, 7pm, no cover


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

Mile High Jazz Band, 8pm, Tu, $5 Dave Leather, noon, W, no cover

Open Mic Jam Slam, 8pm, Tu, no cover C.J. Tirone, 7pm, W, no cover

Canyon White Open Mic Night, 8pm, no cover

Prey for Son, 8pm, no cover Open Mic Night, 9pm, M, no cover Trivia Night, 9pm, W, no cover

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

140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

Tune-In Tuesdays (traditional Irish music), 8pm, Tu, no cover

Karaoke w/Nitesong Productions, 9pm, Tu, Border Line Fine, 9:30pm, W, no cover


Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Julie Courtney & Doug Nichols, 6pm, no cover



“Knees-up” Social, 8pm, no cover

Merle Jagger, 9pm, no cover

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

2002 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-6700

Roger the Lodger, 9pm, no cover Songwriters in the Round, 6pm, no cover

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



The Sloths, Snack, Viva Revenge, 8pm, $5

Lisa Prank, The Encounters, JGBD, 8:30pm, $5

1) Glasses Malone, Keak Da Sneak, The Federation, 8pm, $20-$25


Golden Pelicans, 8pm, Tu, $5 Invalids, The Lunch, Characters, 8pm, W, $5

2) Blazin Mics!, 9:30pm, M, no cover Outspoken: Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, no cover



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

ON sTANds 08.11

THESE DON’T MIX Think you know your limits? Think again. If you drink, don’t drive. Period.

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THE LOFT THEATRE-LOUNGE-DINING 1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe; (530) 523-8024


188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480



Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $19-$27

Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $19-$27

Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $19-$27

Baker Street Band, 8pm, no cover

Jamie Rollins, 8pm, no cover

Sunny Ozell, 8:30pm, no cover

Sunny Ozell, 8:30pm, no cover

1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960 10007 Bridge St., Truckee; (530) 587-8688


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

Lost Whiskey Engine, 8pm, no cover

BarzFest, 11pm, $10, free for women before 10pm


Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover


Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover


761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451


715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774


DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover

111 N. Virginia St., (775) 329-2909


1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks; (775) 409-3340

Absence of Despair, Qarin, 7pm, W, $5

Mojo Green, 9pm, $10-$12

St. Christopher Project, 6pm, no cover

Sunny Ozell, 8pm, Tu, $10-$12 Strange on the Range, 7pm, W, no cover

The Curly Wolf, Los Pistoleros, DJ GQuick, 9pm, $5

The Walking Toxins, South Shore Riot, Murderock, 8pm, $TBA

Maestro Tango, 8:30pm, $7-$10

432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776

Aug. 7, 8:30 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858

Step Back Saturday, 10pm, no cover

Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover


Lisa Prank

Sunny Ozell

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484


Aug. 9, 8 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover

Ritual (industrial, EDM, ’80s) w/David Darkness, Rusty, Tigerbunny, 9pm, $3-$5 Thick As Thieves, 9pm, no cover

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

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

Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover

Thursday Blues Jam hosted by Rich Maloon, 8:30pm, no cover



Tandymonium, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover

U Play Wednesday (open mic jam), 8pm, W, no cover

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 322-4348

211 N. Virginia St., (669) 255-7960

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 8/8-8/10 Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, M, Tu, $19-$27

Acoustic Wonderland singer-songwriter showcase, 8pm, no cover

PSYCHEDELIC BALLROOM AND JUKE JOINT (PB&J’S) 76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474

SUNDAY 8/7 Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, $19-$27

Live jazz, 8pm, no cover




Alex Muddy Smith, 6pm, no cover

Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover

Alex Muddy Smith, 6pm, no cover

Erika Paul, 2pm, no cover


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

1) The Writers Block, 7pm, no cover 4275-4395 W. Fourth St., (775) 787-3769 1) Golden Rose Cafe 2) Green Fairy Pub 3) Cabaret

★BEST ★no covEr ★ShowS★ sat 9:30pm

Metalbilly trucker

fri 9:30pm The Trainwrecks

2 night engagement


pm fri 9:30





Scumbag country

with Leroy & rico


TaTToo arTiST

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


Futurebirds Aug. 10, 10 p.m. Crystal Bay Club 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

2100 Garson Rd., Verdi; (775) 345-6000 1) Event Center 2) Guitar Bar

The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., 322-3001: Karaoke, Th-Sa, 8:30pm; Su, 6pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, 356-6000: F-Sa, 9pm, no cover West Second Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., 384-7976: Daily, 8pm, no cover


2) Jim Anderson and The Rebels, 7:30pm, no cover

2) Harmonistics, 8pm, no cover

2) Jason King, 6pm, no cover

2) Jamie Rollins, 5pm, no cover Stephen Lord, 9pm, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 5pm, no cover Stephen Lord, 9pm, no cover

2) Crush, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, Clemón Charles, 6pm, Tu, Paul Covarelli, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Decades, 8pm, no cover

2) Shark Sandwich, 8pm, no cover

2) George Pickard, 6pm, no cover

2) George Pickard, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Whitney Myer, 10pm, no cover

1) Miner, 10pm, no cover

1) The Full Monty, 7pm, $36.95 2) The Wiz Kid, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

1) The Full Monty, 7pm, 9:30pm, $36.95 2) The Wiz Kid, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

2) Lex Fridays, 10pm, $15 3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover

2) Lex Saturdays, 10pm, $15 3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover

1) Alex Ramon IMPOSSIBLE, 7:30pm, $29.35 2) DJ JosBeatz, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) Alex Ramon IMPOSSIBLE, 7:30pm, $29.35 2) DJ Shift, DJ Rick Gee, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50 4) Ronny & the Classics, noon, no cover Timeless Wonder, 8pm, no cover

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50 4) Night Flight, noon, no cover Simply The Best, 8pm, no cover

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, M, $39.50-$40.50

1) Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined, 8pm, $20 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Justin Lee Band, 9pm, no cover

1) Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined, 8pm, $20 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Justin Lee Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Justin Lee Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, W, no cover

2) The Inciters, 7pm, no cover

2) The Inciters, 8pm, no cover

2) The Inciters, 8pm, no cover 3) Fashen, 10pm, $20

2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 6pm, no cover

2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

1) Acoustic Jimmys, 8pm, no cover

1) Acoustic Jimmys, 8pm, no cover

3) Fashion Friday, 9pm, no cover

1) Daughtry, 8pm, $65.50-$85.50 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5


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


The Man Cave Sports Bar, 4600 N. Virginia St., 499-5322: Karaoke, Sa, 8pm, no cover

SATURDAY 8/6 2) Jim Anderson and The Rebels, 4:30pm, no cover Harmonistics, 10:30pm, no cover


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

Corkscroo Bar & Pizzeria, 10 E. Ninth St., 284-7270: Cash Karaoke w/Jacques, W, 6pm, no cover La Morena Bar, 2140 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 772-2475: Karaoke, Sa, 9pm, no cover

FRIDAY 8/5 2) Jim Anderson and The Rebels, 4:30pm, no cover Harmonistics, 10:30pm, no cover

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




1) The Full Monty, 7pm, $36.95 2) The Wiz Kid, 10:30pm, no cover 2) Lex Thursdays, 10pm, no cover

3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Sports Book 10pm, no cover


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


1) Alex Ramon IMPOSSIBLE, 7:30pm, $29.35

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary

219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 4) Hot Gossip, noon, no cover 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center


1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Nugget Grand Ballroom 3) Gilley’s


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


1) Will Durst, 8:30pm, W, $16-$20 2) Futurebirds, 10pm, W, no cover 1) The Full Monty, 7pm, $36.95 2) The Wiz Kid, 10:30pm, no cover

1) The Full Monty, 7pm, Tu, W, $36.95 2) Karaoke, 10pm, M, DJ Chris English, 10pm, Tu, Audioboxx, 10:30pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) Alex Ramon IMPOSSIBLE, 7:30pm, Tu, W, $29.35 3) Buddy Emmer Band and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover

SANDS REGENCY CASINO HOTEL 345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200 1) 3rd Street Lounge 2) Copa Bar & Grill 3) The Tent 4) Pool

SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO 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) Banzai Thursdays w/DJ Trivia, 8pm, no cover 4) Jamie Rollins, 9pm, no cover

4) Wednesday Blues Jam Pool Party, 6pm W, no cover 2) Recovery Sundays, 10pm, no cover 3) Industry Night, 9pm, no cover

2) Country-Rock Bingo w/Jeff Gregg, 9pm, W, no cover

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FOr tHE WEEK OF August 4, 2016 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit OPEN HOUSE & TELESCOPE CLINIC: Visitors can explore the observatory at their leisure, ask questions of observatory volunteers, learn how telescopes work and even learn how to image celestial objects. Guests are encouraged to bring their own telescopes and use the observation deck to view the evening sky. First Sa of every month, 7pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 445-3240.

RENO ACES: The minor league baseball team takes on the Salt Lake Bees. Su, 8/7,

6:05pm; M, 8/8, 7:05pm; Tu, 8/9, 7:05pm; W, 8/10, 7:05pm. $8 general admission, $7 for

military, kids under age 12 and seniors over age 62. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000.



Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival

Whether you like your jazz hot or cool, there will be something to please most jazz lovers at the 12th annual music festival. The two-week celebration will feature more than 100 musicians performing in 60 events at venues across Carson City, including the Third Street Stage, Brewery Arts Center, Comma Coffee, Carson Mall and Legislative Plaza. Acts include the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Mile High Jazz Band, Millennium Bugs, Brass Knuckles, Cherie and John Shipley with Take This, Red Tango, New World Jazz Project and SambaDá (pictured). The festival kicks off on Friday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 21. Admission to most shows is free. Call 883-4154 or visit

The 34th annual celebration of music, theater and the visual arts features events and activities through August. Events take place in the Boathouse Theater, the Valhalla Grand Hall and the Grand Lawn. M-Su through 8/31. Prices vary. Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975.

WILD WEST SHOW AND RODEO: The rodeo features 30 of the best bull riders on the West Coast, barrel riding, some surprise guests and more. Kids are encouraged to sign up for the Mutton Bustin’ and other kids’ activities. Sa, 8/6, 6:30-10pm. $12-$15, free for kids age 9 and younger. Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City, (775) 220-4065.

WINE & RIBS: Community Health Alliance


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: The 30th annual classic car event and celebration of rock ’n’ roll features show ’n’ shines, nightly cruises, drag races and burnouts, AutoCross, live music and entertainment, swap meet and Hot August Nights Auction presented by Motorsport Auction Group. Tu-Su through 8/7. Free for most events. Call or visit website for details, (775) 356-1956,

GOLD HILL GHOST TOUR: Enjoy a meal at the Crown Point restaurant and then join a guided ghost tour through the Gold Hill Hotel sharing stories of ghostly legends. Dining begins at 4pm. The tour starts at 8pm. M, 4 & 8pm. $40 for dinner and tour, $20 for tour only. Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 S. Main St., Gold Hill, (775) 847-0111.


LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The 44th annual festival presents William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and the Off-Broadway musical revue Forever Plaid, written by Stuart Ross. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory Tuesday through Sunday through Aug. 21. The Showcase Series takes place on Monday through Aug. 15 and continues on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. M-Su, 7:30pm. Prices vary. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775) 747-4697.

staff will host demonstrations and activities at the Science Station mobile lab in the lobby of the Exhibit Hall. HOW Science will explore themes of astronomy, chemistry, geology, biology, physics and space exploration. Sa, Su, 10am-2pm through 9/4. Free. Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, 1650 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4812,

HEALTH FAIR: Northern Nevada Medical Center hosts its community health fair in the main lobby of the hospital. Screenings include blood pressure, complete blood count, lipid profile, thyroid function, among other tests. First Th of every month, 7-10am. $0-$40. Northern Nevada Medical Center, 2375 E. Prater Way, Sparks, (775) 331-7000.







Meet the Tilting the Basin artists and celebrate this statewide survey of Nevada’s diverse and far-flung voices. The event includes a performance by Michelle Lassaline, music by Guitar Woody and the Boilers and a limited edition cask created with indigenous Nevada ingredients served by Great Basin Brewing Company. Th, 8/4, 5-7pm. $10; free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333,

presents the fifth annual fundraiser featuring a silent auction and live entertainment from The Novelists and Lake Tahoe’s Luke Stevenson. Ribs and sides from Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que and a selection of 25 fine wines from Whispering Vine will be served. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Community Health Alliance. Sa, 8/6, 5-10pm. $25-$60. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 336-3065.

Art HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY: Greg Allen + Evan Dent. Local painter Greg Allen’s exhibit features photorealistic paintings of remaining relics from the oil age American West. Evan Dent’s exhibit features large-scale charcoal murals drawn directly on the wall in a style reminiscent of early 20th century-era animation. Tu-F, 3-6pm through 8/12. Free. 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858.

LAKE MANSION: From the Walls of the Riverside Artist Lofts to the Lake Mansion. Arts for All Nevada presents artists of the Riverside Artist Lofts. Through 8/26. Free admission. 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100.

SIERRA ARTS: Haunted. Meg Regelous’ installation combines ceramics, etchings printed on silk, drawings, paintings and found objects. M-F through 8/26; Th, 8/18, 5-7pm. Free. 17 S. Virginia St., Ste. 120, (775) 329-2787.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF NORTHERN NEVADA (UUFNN): Looking Out—Seeing Within. Twenty artists show their renditions of Nevada two ways: one realistic/impressionist paired with an abstract work of the same location. M-F, Su, 11am-2pm through 8/24. Free. 780 Del Monte Lane, (775) 851-7100.

Music CLASSICAL TAHOE: The classical music festival features 40 top classical musicians performing 11 concerts under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen. Venues include the Jet Blue Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College and Cornerstone Church in Incline Village. F, Sa, 7pm through 8/13; Su, 8/7, 11am; Tu, 8/9, 7pm. $25-$100. Call or visit website for details, (775) 298-0245,

COUNTRY TRIBUTE CONCERT: The show features Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw impersonators Garth Guy and Adam D. Tucker and special guests Jake Armer and the Hot Dogs. F, 8/5, 7-11pm. $15 for general admission, $25 for VIP ticket. Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City, (775) 220-4065.

AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC: The Aurelia Chamber Players will perform works by Beethoven, Chausson and Dohnanyi in a fund-raising concert featuring guest musicians from the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Sa, 8/6, 7-10pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 501 California Ave., (775) 265-4248.

SAMBADA: The Afro-samba-funk dance

band performs. Sa, 8/6, 6-10pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

TOCCATA: MOZART IN THE MOUNTAINS: TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus continues its Summer MusicFest with a new concert series featuring Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, Coronation Mass KV 317, “Laudate Dominum” from Vesperae solennes de confessore, KV 339, and Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major. Su, 8/7, 4pm. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village; W, 8/10, 7pm. $5-$35, free for youth under age 18 in non-preferred seating. Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 Highway 395, Carson City, (775) 313-9697.

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The May Museum will hold an opening event for its two new exhibitions titled

Married to Adventure: Photographs and Artifacts from the Travels of Martin & Osa Johnson and On Safari: Photographs from Wilbur May’s First African Expedition. There will be live music, refreshments, a presentation from the curator of the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear safari attire or 1920s period clothing. Tickets are $20 and will be sold in advance of the event, which begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. Call 785-5961.

CINDERELLA: Sierra Nevada Ballet’s artistic director Rosine Bena combines aspects of the French, Russian, Greek and German versions of this famous tale. Filled with romance, comedy and drama, the production features a full company of 45 dancers led by top professionals from around the country. Sa, 8/6, 7:30pm. $25 general admission, $20 students, seniors. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278,

HAMLET, RUSSIANS AND MONKEYS: An evening of five one-act plays including Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare and David Ives’ Sure Thing, Words, Words, Words, Universal Language and Variations on the Death of Trotsky. Sa, 8/6, 7:30pm; Su, 8/7, 7:30pm. $20-$28. Valhalla Boathouse Theater, Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975.

OnstAgE CABARET: Laughing Owl Productions presents John Kander & Fred Ebb’s musical about American writer Cliff Bradshaw’s journey into the nightclub scene in Berlin during the era of Weimar Germany. W-Sa,

8-10:30pm through 8/27; Su, 2-4:30pm through 8/21. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Laughing Owl Productions, 75 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-9967.

clAssEs LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER COURSE 2016: Join Nevada Outdoor School for a weekend camping out on the Black Rock Desert playa and learn the principles of Leave No Trace to become a LNT trainer. This two-day course is designed to instill the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace so that each trainee feels comfortable passing on their skills and knowledge. Sa, 8/6, 9:30am. Free. Friends of Black Rock/ High Rock Canyon, 380 Main St., Gerlach, (775) 557-2900.




Crazy cad lady Four months ago, I started hooking up with this hot guy I met on Tinder. He isn’t someone I’d normally go for—he’s a total mess and serious trouble. He always made me come to his place, and I always left feeling gross rather than satisfied. However, about once a month, I’d feel attached and confess this to him. He’d go into hiding, but he always came back for sex. The whole thing made me worried, anxious and sad, so I deleted his contact info, but I miss him and think about him constantly. How do I stay strong? If he texted me, I’d just run back to his bed. Yes, it’s pretty amazing to find yourself missing a man you dislike. This probably comes out of how there’s a potentially higher price for women from naked fun—ending up with a sex dumpling (uh, child)—and whoops, where did that Hunky McHunkington run off to, now that the kid needs food, diapers and a college education? Because women can get “impregnated and abandoned,” anthropologist John Marshall Townsend explains, female emotions evolved to act as an “alarm system” to monitor the “quality and reliability” of male investment and “remedy deficiencies even when [women] try to be indifferent to investment.” In a study of Townsend’s, even when women wanted nothing but a shag from some dude—basically seeing him as useful meat—they often found themselves fretting the morning after about whether he cared about them or only wanted sex. These women aren’t mushy-minded idiots. Chances are, they’ve been roofied into these feelings—by their own bodies. Oxytocin—a hormone associated with emotional bonding—gets released in both men and women through cuddling, kissing and orgasm. However, men’s far greater supply of testosterone can act as a sort of nightclub bouncer, blocking the uptake of oxytocin. As for the monthly pull this guy has on you, research by evolutionary psychologists Kelly Gildersleeve and Martie Haselton suggests that once a month—during ovulation—a woman seeking casual sex is more likely to be drawn to a cad’s more masculine features (like a square jaw and a muscular build). As for how you might quit this particular cad, let’s get real. Deleting somebody’s number

’15 doesn’t stop them from calling. You’ve got to block his number. For added fortitude, make a list of the ways sex with him makes you feel. Being worried, anxious, sad and grossed out can sometimes be a reason to get a man over pronto—but only if he’s a miracle worker of a plumber.

Meet Joe Blackboard I’ve been in love with my former high school teacher for five years. We grew close when I was a student, but nothing physical happened. I’m now an adult, and we talk frequently and flirtatiously on the phone. I would pursue him if he weren’t married with a family. Now I just need to admit my feelings to him and ask what his intentions ever were. I refuse to believe that he finds our constant chats completely innocent, and I don’t think I can go on without telling him how crazy he’s making me. Sure, you’re now an adult. Unfortunately, he’s still a husband. But never mind that—you’ve got feelings clawing to get out. And that is a problem. James Pennebaker, who researches emotional expression, explains that “actively holding back or inhibiting our thoughts and feelings can be hard work.” It causes a lot of tension—which is uncomfortable, making you long to release your pent-up feelings. In other words, a crushing need to be “honest” isn’t necessarily courageous or noble. It’s the psychological version of needing to pee. As for how Mr. Homeroom feels, probably like a guy whose wedding vows are supposed to trump “hot for teacher.” Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid the impulse to tell him “how crazy” he’s making you: Cut off all contact. No doubt, it can be a highly rewarding thing for a teacher when his life is changed by a student—except if that change is from happily married daddy to miserably separated dude living in his kids’ backyard playhouse. Ω

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): I apologize in advance

for the seemingly excessive abundance of good news I’m about to report. If you find it hard to believe, I won’t hold your skepticism against you. But I do want you to know that every prediction is warranted by the astrological omens. Ready for the onslaught? (1) In the coming weeks, you could fall forever out of love with a wasteful obsession. (2) You might also start falling in love with a healthy obsession. (3) You can half-accidentally snag a blessing you have been half-afraid to want. (4) You could recall a catalytic truth whose absence has been causing you a problem ever since you forgot it. (5) You could reclaim the mojo that you squandered when you pushed yourself too hard a few months ago.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): August is Adopt-a-

Taurus month. It’s for all of your tribe, not just the orphans and exiles and disowned rebels. Even if you have exemplary parents, the current astrological omens suggest that you require additional support and guidance from wise elders. So I urge you to be audacious in rounding up trustworthy guardians and benefactors. Go in search of mentors and fairy godmothers. Ask for advice from heroes who are further along the path that you’d like to follow. You are ready to receive teachings and direction you weren’t receptive to before.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When a parasite or

other irritant slips inside an oyster’s shell, the mollusk’s immune system besieges the intruder with successive layers of calcium carbonate. Eventually, a pearl may form. I suspect that this is a useful metaphor for you to contemplate in the coming days as you deal with the salt in your wound or the splinter in your skin. Before you jump to any conclusions, though, let me clarify. This is not a case of the platitude, “Whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” Keep in mind that the pearl is a symbol of beauty and value, not strength.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s your lucky day!

Spiritual counsel comparable to what you’re reading here usually sells for $99.95. But because you’re showing signs that you’re primed to outwit bad habits, I’m offering it at no cost. I want to encourage you! Below are my ideas for what you should focus on (but keep in mind that I don’t expect you to achieve absolute perfection): (1) Wean yourself from indulging in self-pity and romanticized pessimism. (2) Withdraw from connections with people who harbor negative images of you. (3) Transcend low expectations wherever you see them in play. (4) Don’t give your precious life energy to demoralizing ideas and sour opinions.

chick a favor by helping it hatch. For the sake of its well-being, the bird needs to peck its way out of the egg. It’s got to exert all of its vigor and willpower in starting its new life. That’s a good metaphor for you to meditate on. As you escape from your comfortable womb-jail and launch yourself toward inspiration, it’s best to rely as much as possible on your own instincts. Friendly people who would like to provide assistance may inadvertently cloud your access to your primal wisdom. Trust yourself deeply and wildly.

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weary of wrestling with ghosts. Is that true? I hope so. The moment you give up the fruitless struggle, you’ll become eligible for a unique kind of freedom that you have not previously imagined. Here’s another rumor I’ve caught wind of: You’re getting bored with an old source of sadness that you’ve used to motivate yourself for a long time. I hope that’s true, too. As soon as you shed your allegiance to the sadness, you will awaken to a sparkling font of comfort you’ve been blind to. Here’s one more story I’ve picked up through the grapevine: You’re close to realizing that your attention to a mediocre treasure has diverted you from a more pleasurable treasure. Hallelujah!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Could it be true that

the way out is the same as the way in? And that the so-called “wrong” answer is almost indistinguishable from the right answer? And that success, at least the kind of success that really

matters, can only happen if you adopt an upsidedown, inside-out perspective? In my opinion, the righteous answer to all these questions is “YESSS???!!!”—at least for now. I suspect that the most helpful approach will never be as simple or as hard as you might be inclined to believe.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your strength

seems to make some people uncomfortable. I don’t want that to become a problem for you. Maybe you could get away with toning down your potency at other times, but not now. It would be sinful to act as if you’re not as competent and committed to excellence as you are. But having said that, I also urge you to monitor your behavior for excess pride. Some of the resistance you face when you express your true glory may be due to the shadows cast by your true glory. You could be tempted to believe that your honorable intentions excuse secretive manipulations. So please work on wielding your clout with maximum compassion and responsibility.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Did you

honestly imagine that there would eventually come a future when you’d have your loved ones fully “trained”? Did you fantasize that sooner or later you could get them under control, purged of their imperfections and telepathically responsive to your every mood? If so, now is a good time to face the fact that those longings will never be fulfilled. You finally have the equanimity to accept your loved ones exactly as they are. Uncoincidentally, this adjustment will make you smarter about how to stir up soulful joy in your intimate relationships.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may experi-

ence a divine visitation as you clean a toilet in the coming weeks. You might get a glimpse of a solution to a nagging problem while you’re petting a donkey or paying your bills or waiting in a long line at the bank. Catch my drift, Capricorn? I may or may not be speaking metaphorically here. You could meditate up a perfect storm as you devour a doughnut. While flying high over the earth in a dream, you might spy a treasure hidden in a pile of trash down below. If I were going to give your immediate future a mythic title, it might be “Finding the Sacred in the Midst of the Profane.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ve worked hard

for many years to dismantle my prejudices. To my credit, I have even managed to cultivate compassion for people I previously demonized, like evangelical Christians, drunken jocks, arrogant gurus and career politicians. But I must confess that there’s still one group toward which I’m bigoted: super-rich bankers. I wish I could extend to them at least a modicum of amiable impartiality. How about you, Aquarius? Do you harbor any hidebound biases that shrink your ability to see life as it truly is? Have you so thoroughly rationalized certain narrow-minded perspectives and judgmental preconceptions that your mind is permanently closed? If so, now is a favorable time to dissolve the barriers and stretch your imagination way beyond its previous limits.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you lingering

at the crux of the crossroads, restless to move on but unsure of which direction will lead you to your sweet destiny? Are there too many theories swimming around in your brain, clogging up your intuition? Have you absorbed the opinions of so many “experts” that you’ve lost contact with your own core values? It’s time to change all that. You’re ready to quietly explode in a calm burst of practical lucidity. First steps: Tune out all the noise. Shed all the rationalizations. Purge all the worries. Ask yourself, “What is the path with heart?”

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bands, like this band Cult Leader from Salt Lake City. I go on tour with them and I do merch for them, but I also help, like, getting their t-shirt designs lined up. ... I got to help with the layout on a 7-inch, which is really cool because their name is getting out there. It’s cool to be able to be attached to that and have my name with that and be a part of it. PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

Jeff Rogers, widely known as “Metal  Jeff,” is the illustrator who drew  all those alien pictures for the Best  of Northern Nevada in this week’s  RN&R. He’s also done album cover  art and posters for several bands,  and he makes his own buttons,  painting and prints. Learn more at

How’d the alien theme come about? I pull a lot of influence, first and foremost, from comic books, because I grew up reading comic books. My childhood obsessions were dinosaurs, Ninja Turtles, comic books. That’s how I learned how to draw, just looking at them and drawing them and doing that over and over again. And then, in my adult years, when I hit college I started really falling in love with vintage sci-fi and horror poster art, like for movies and books and stuff like that. I found Basil Gogos. He’s really popular for doing Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine covers. So these really colorful, beautiful images of these horror icons, like I have a Vincent Price tattoo that’s done of his painting. … And then in the last couple years I’ve started doing these space pieces.

What happens to these images after they’re printed in Best Of? I’m going to try and find somewhere to put ’em up, try to sell ’em. I’ll get some

simple frames, I always go simple when I frame stuff.

Tell me about your art background. I majored in art at [the University of Nevada, Reno] with an emphasis in oil painting. The last three oil paintings I’ve done have been album covers.

For which band? Black Sheep Wall. They’re from the L.A. area, Moorpark, and they’re actually recording their fourth album right now. So far the plan is for me to do art for that too. ... I want to try and put myself out there to do more albums and layouts and stuff like that. Hopefully bands will be like, “Hey, we want you to do this.”

Yeah, at some point you get enough work out there that they call you. It’s cool ’cause I’ve gotten to do more graphic stuff and layout stuff for other

This guy saves you money.

What other types of art do you make? I print my own T-shirts. We’ve got a screen press in our living room. My roommate has helped me learn how to do that. So like when I do a T-shirt design, I’m the one pulling it and putting it out there, which is kind of cool. … Recently, when Fall Silent played with Elephant Rifle at the Holland Project, I did a screen-printed poster.

Is it important to do things by hand instead of mechanically? It gives it a quality and a life, and I feel like for somebody else looking at it going, “Oh wow, he’s that involved in it. It’s got a life, and he’s truly involved in it.”

How’d you become Metal Jeff? Early 2000s, I went to a lot of hardcore shows in town with all my friends. That’s the music scene they were involved in. But I was the one that listened to metal. And everybody seemed to have a nickname, and people just started calling me Metal Jeff. … I’ll be on tour, and I’ll be across the country, and people are like, “Are you Metal Jeff?” Ω


Musical numbers Recently, the SF Chronicle had a  story about pot use in contemporary California, with one of the  factoids of note being that in the  last month, 15 percent of Friscans  smoked/vaped/ate with that notorious emerald strumpet Mary Jane.  The article seemed to carry a tone  of “Wow, a lot of people in around  here are using weed.” And indeed,  SF was number one on the list of  pot-consuming places. I learned a manuever in college  from a prof who liked to take percent stats and flip them, asserting  that one got a bit of extra depth  on overall perspective. It’s often  instructive to remind oneself to do  so, and to use this approach here  would result in us saying, “Yes, we  see here that last month, 85 percent of San Franciscans didn’t use  marahoonie.” Which also seems like  a lot. This particular stat flip also  helps us realize that a whole lot of  people are watching TV (1) straight 

or (2) drunk, which is troubling  unto itself. (SF ain’t the only town  in double digits with Ms. Jane. Not  a surprise to see the Denver metro  area posting a solid 14.8 figure on  the Big Board. Not at all.) Anyway, this exercise in flipping  numbers can be used to make one  feel better—a lot better—about  the violent zaniness that’s been  popping up regularly. Here’s how. Current estimate of  U.S. population is 324 mill. So let’s  say that sometime this month,  somebody, whether a pissed-off  black guy or a drunk depressed  Baptist or an IS-man, goes off,  grabs his guns, and take a few  unfortunate bystanders with him  as he commits suicide by cop. When  that happens, we can always just  flip the number and combat any  bumitude that such incidents may  instill by cheerily realizing that,  well, yes, while it’s too bad that  some guy snapped and commit-

ted insane mayhem on innocent  bystanders, we can also note that,  impressively enough, 323,999,999  Americans managed to keep it  together today. And hey, that’s  pretty damn good! Let’s hear it for creative rationalization, ladies and gentlemen.  • I’m just waiting for Trump, up there  in his Tower (folks, the guy is running for president from his freakin’  Tower!), concerned about the latest  polls showing his support among  the crucially important Hispanic  demo to be in the low tenths of one  percent, to uncork an emergency  tweet along the lines of “I love the  Mexicans. Love ’em! Nobody—and  I mean nobody—edges a yard like  the Mexicans. The sharpness, the  straightness, just incredible. And  chimichangas? Love ’em. Love  the chimichangas! Nobody loves  chimichangas more than Trump!  Nobody!”           Ω

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