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Unnatural election Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. The presidential election race  this year is so bizarre—historic,  aggravating and surreal—that  it’s even easier than usual to  overlook what’s happening in the  so-called “down-ticket” races. I  know 8-year-olds  who can tell you  20 surprising  facts about  both Hillary  Clinton and  Donald Trump,  but can’t name  a single member of  their hometown’s city council—let  alone which of those members are  tangled up in contentious reelection bids. Hell, I know 40-year-olds  who are the same way. With that in mind, we’re launching  a new weekly feature in this week’s  issue—Elections 2016. In every issue between now and Nov. 8, we’ll  examine an election race, from the  U.S. Senate race to local city council  contests, that could seriously affect the lives of folks in our region,  arguably far more directly than the  presidential race. This week, we’re launching the  series with a story about the  race in Nevada Assembly District  31, which includes a big chunk of  Sparks and the North Valleys. This  race is between Republican Jill  Dickman and Democrat Richard  “Skip” Daly.  Our focus for these stories isn’t  so much “who’s ahead?” horseracing stats for oddsmakers, but  rather short profiles of the candidates themselves and, even more  importantly, their policy differences  on issues like education tax bills,  voter ID laws, and Second Amendment issues. The idea is to give us all  some actual nuts and bolts to use  when building our decisions in the  voting booths. The bad news is that, in order to  make room for these election stories, we’ve had to drop our weekly  Green column—at least temporarily. But don’t worry, environmental issues are very important to  us here at the RN&R, and we’re  dedicated to continuing to cover  issues like wildlife protection, water  management, sustainable farming  and climate change research, but  those kinds of stories will appear in  other parts of the paper, as in news  this week.  

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Why the heck is Joe in the Army? Re “Why is Joe Heck in the army?” (cover story, August 25): He’s in the army because he’s into the action of the Armed Forces, and it’s a good reference following his name and rank as a legislator. But there’s a sound reason this is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Heck wants to take over Harry Reid’s position but doesn’t think it should take 100 percent of his time. To maintain his military commitment “is very important to me,” he has stated. Like, his position as a senator won’t be that important or time consuming. Should it be? Yes, it should be. He wishes to specialize in being a Nevada senator, where he can criticize the president in debate. He can’t do that in the Army Reserves. There are other things that are special and exclusive to each branch of service. To specialize in being a senator is not a parttime job. To fulfill the role of separating the duties of membership in each branch is a lame duck endeavor. Herein it appears that Mr. Heck is trying to superimpose what is most dutiful to the leadership of our land. The job of being a senator is truly never complete. To stop and say, “Ah, let’s worry about all that stuff later. I wanna be in the Army for a little while.” ... The more you can accomplish for the people whom you represent and are working for, that’s the mark of viability as a congressman. Do you need stimulating contrast? Isn’t the job of being a senator enough? You must make it that way, and get into it, Mr. Heck. But are there legal roadblocks to some of the pursuits you deem imperative? What you should be doing is verifying why being a Nevada senator is completely full-time. Can you do this? If not, perhaps you should be looking for something else to occupy your free time. Steve Smythe Reno

pad the retirement coffers a bit deeper? If you do any more writing on this subject, could I be notified? Thanks!!! Nancy Edwards las Vegas

Then there’s the licit drugs The rising prices of prescriptions is a reason we can no longer afford to ignore this election. Drug companies have no accountability or transparency in their pricing methodology, and this will continue to cause healthcare costs to rise. High drug prices put many people at risk of losing everything when loved ones must seek lifesaving treatments that carry an exorbitant price tag. I have family who use medications with fairly stable prices. Even so, it remains a struggle for them to afford these prescriptions. As we’ve seen with Valeant, Turing and other drug companies, they can raise drug prices without accountability. As someone who will one day help pay for my mother’s healthcare, this hits home. The current arbitrary system of prescription drug prices puts middle-class families in peril; changes in drug prices could have dire consequences. And no one should be put in a situation where they can’t afford their drugs. If these companies are using tax dollars for their R&D, they should be accountable to the public. I urge Congress to enact common sense legislation including pricing transparency so drug companies can be held accountable when they raise prices exorbitantly overnight. Scott McFadden Reno

ERIK HollAND

Outstanding article, very comprehensive and very much appreciated. My father was a brigadier general, an appointment which he received Brevit, after a long and storied career in the military. The military was my father’s only full-time career. My uncle, also—full time, regular army, active duty colonel, fought in WWII, two tours in Vietnam—died without ever reaching brigadier general. Both had more decades in the military than Heck, and with plenty of major commands. So, personally, I’m not a fan of Heck, and was actually a bit curious about his advancement from colonel to brigadier general after entering Congreess, when it is almost unheard-of for a reservist to be appointed to general. I was shocked a couple of years ago, when I read he was being considered, and then I know it was held up for a long time. It really smelled bad to me, and then for him to have a command in Georgia, all the while representing the 3rd district (my home district). What is his intent, if/when he becomes Senator Heck? It’s also so weird, his “I hate the President” as Rep. Heck, but, he can’t denigrate the commander in chief as BG Heck. And, does Heck keep going after the next star, to

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Most annoying thing about Burning Man? AskEd At thE BAsEmEnt, 50 s. ViRginiA st. AlyshA R Ay Receptionist

The traffic, mostly. The traffic that it creates through Truckee, through Reno—and the busyness that it brings in. And I think that it just kind … of brings disrespectful people in, a little bit, in a way—some people.

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I think throughout the years it’s been changed because of the one-percenters. That’s my opinion, though. And I’m just very happy to see the influx of people coming in and leaving their dollars here for our economy, so I honestly don’t mind this event. It’s a beautiful event. Emily REid Artist

It is somewhat hypocritical—because they talk about loving the desert, and they leave the playa a mess.

No voice for fairness There was nothing surprising about Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini endorsing ballot Question W-1, which would hike the sales tax to pay for school needs. After all, they helped create the problems the ballot measure is designed to solve—Sandoval by holding the state hostage for four years to a first-term campaign promise he was stupid enough to make in a campaign he couldn’t lose, and Martini by shoveling corporate welfare to newly arriving corporations that drained school funds. But Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve’s presence at that news conference was a major disappointment. Her election, along with a new city council of members who brought both an interest in productive governing techniques and skepticism toward the business interests that have mismanaged this valley for so long, offered hope that they would bring a broader perspective than just keeping lobbyists and campaign contributors happy. There was a particular expectation that, for the first time in decades, a council with both enlightened men and a majority of women would give family issues their due at least equal with business. That broader perspective is just what is missing from reactions to W-1. It is not just an education measure. It is also a tax measure, which means it is an equity issue. Yet neither officials nor journalists have been addressing its fairness. Instead of a tax package for schools that demands a shared commitment from the community, it is one more dip into the sales tax that soaks the working poor. For once, the mayor of

Reno has a chance to have an impact on distribution of taxes, and draw attention to the regressiveness of this state’s tax system. Instead she just did what most public officials have done for a half century and stuck it to the working poor. The supporters of this measure keep telling us that it will only cost a typical family of four earning $75,000 an additional $96 a year in sales tax payments. First of all, it is an indication of the world that the committee that devised this measure lives in that “$96 a year” and “only” appear in the same sentence. But more to the point, it’s not just $96. That tax hike comes on top of the 1998 sales tax hike for the train trench the casinos demanded but would not pay for, and two 1981 sales tax hikes (one of them for schools) and another 1967 hike (also for schools). Indeed, most of the Nevada sales tax—one of the highest in the nation—is in hikes added to the original Nevada sales tax of two percent. The fact is, sales taxpayers are already doing their share, and much more than their share. The sales tax hits low-income wage earners more than the affluent. And state legislators have resisted extending the sales tax to services like lawyers and stockbroker fees that would make it more fair. Schieve could have spoken against this soak-the-poor tax hike and also saved the county from the highest sales tax in the state (and who knows what that will do to economic development in the county?). Instead, she called for a still heavier burden on those who are already overburdened. Ω

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All the drug use that goes on out there. … There’s this one thing out there—it’s called the Thunder Dome, actually. My teacher told me about this last year. He said they just get hyped-up on drugs, and they just go fight each other. I’m not a straight-edge guy. … They just go over the edge. mARiA AlVAREdo Post Office clerk

The most annoying thing is that, as a local, a lot of people talk about it but have never gone. And people travel from all over the world for it, and here in Reno, the majority have not gone. … No, [I haven’t gone.] That’s why I think it’s annoying, because I want to go.

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by Sheila leSlie

Mental health and the campaign As Donald Trump manufactured more controversy last week, suddenly flying to Mexico in a misguided bid to revive his failing campaign, Hillary Clinton steadily rolled out substantive policy proposals giving the American public a better idea of her priorities as President. Clinton revealed her mental health policy agenda to much acclaim, with a major focus on the integration of mental and physical health-care systems. The emphasis on integration lines up nicely with current Republican policymaking in Washington, specifically with legislation spearheaded by Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016. This bipartisan legislation was approved by the House in July but it remains to be seen whether the Senate will take up the bill this autumn or leave it, like so many other good ideas, to wither on the vine, as Congress typically does almost nothing as the election nears. It’s refreshing to see that there are other areas where Clinton’s mental health plan

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already aligns with Republicans in Congress, proving that we know what to do to reform mental health care, if we can just find the political will. Each plan promotes early diagnosis and intervention and focuses on improving access to community-based treatment. Both plans cite the need to impact the nation’s suicide rate, now at its highest level in 30 years. While Clinton’s plan focuses on suicide prevention for high school and college students, Murphy correctly points out that other age groups are actually at a higher risk of suicide. Certainly that is the case in Nevada, which leads the nation in suicides by those 85 years and older, at triple the national average. Rep. Murphy told reporters he was disappointed that Clinton’s plan didn’t highlight the need to change medical privacy laws so family members can more actively participate in treatment planning. The Clinton plan also didn’t mention assisted outpatient treatment programs, a growing movement to more aggressively treat severely mentally ill patients living in the community in an

effort to keep them healthy and out of mental health hospitals and the criminal justice system. Murphy did tell USA Today, however, that “There’s a lot in there that I can work with her on.” Clinton wants to improve access to housing and increase job opportunities for those living with a mental illness and other disabilities. She sees the need to create more supportive housing options to keep people out of institutions. The plan also focuses on enforcing mental health parity provisions in insurance coverage, training law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, and prioritizing treatment over jail for low-level offenders. Clinton wants to invest in brain and behavioral research and develop new safe and effective treatments. She wants better mental health services for people in jail or prison and supports funding of specialty courts to divert them from incarceration. While there was some grumbling among national mental health advocacy groups about what was left out of Clinton’s plan,

such as eliminating the outdated Medicaid IMD exclusion, her plan won strong praise from leading mental health groups such as the American Psychiatric Association and Mental Health America. Despite the differences between Clinton and Congressional Republicans’ approach to mental health reform, the joint focus on improving the nation’s mental health system bodes well for the new year, with Clinton promising to convene a White House Conference on Mental Health in 2017 should she win the election. Even Rep. Murphy said the Clinton plan “absolutely” gives him hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together on this issue. Maybe we can finally address the shameful fact that the largest mental health treatment facilities in our country are local jails. Surely we can unite behind creating a better mental health system in our country. It’s way past time. Ω


by Brendan Trainor

We’re number 12 The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, has published its “Freedom in the 50 States” ranking, which includes both economic and personal freedom scores to rank each state by its overall freedom. Nevada is ranked 12th nationally, which is a good ranking, but that also drops us two slots from the 2012 rankings. Nevada ranks third in the nation for personal freedom. We are a medical marijuana state, and soon, perhaps, a recreational marijuana state. We are also liberal compared to most states in alcohol and tobacco policies. There is access to legal gambling, and also legal small counties prostitution. Nevada is a shall-issueconcealed-handgun-carry and an open-carry state as well. By some accounts, you can drive 80 on rural straightaways. Nevada has options for both civil unions and same-sex marriage. There are some countervailing tendencies. Until recreational marijuana is legalized, there can be severe consequences for possession and personal cultivation,

especially in rural Nevada. The anti-sex trafficking movement is strong enough in Nevada that Reno and Las Vegas recently participated in a National “Johns Suppression Inititiative” lasting the month of July. It produced few arrests. Nevada has passed increased school choice, but it is still tied up in the courts. The courts themselves are rated a bit above average but stagnating. It is our economic freedom that is most at risk. In recent years, Nevada has moved from a center-right to a center-left political environment. That has not been good for Nevada workers, whose wages have stagnated. Personal income growth in Nevada 2006-2013 has been a dismal .08 percent annually. Democrats will call for a living wage increase over Nevada’s modest minimum wage. Unfortunately, that proposal, if enacted, will have serious trade-offs for employment. State and local taxes have been increasing, and the Cato study does not even

include the effects of the recently passed commerce tax. Other economic indicators are decidedly mixed. The unemployment rate has been dropping, but the labor participation rate is shockingly low. Over 800,000 Nevadans are work capable but unwilling to look for work. Energy costs are rising faster than average due to the state’s green energy portfolio standards. The 2013 legislative victory of Nevada nurse practitioners providing occupational independence with prescription powers is significant for economic liberty. However, Nevada has far too many occupational licensing restrictions. We are one of only a handful of states that requires interior decorators to have a state license. What possible danger to the health, safety and morals of Nevada can helping clients color coordinate their bedrooms bring? Nevada’s government is small compared to population, but the large rural counties offer little choice in government. The study did not seem to measure the impact of federal control of the lands

in Nevada. The presence of the federal bureaucracies brings subsidies to ranching and farming, but at the cost of curtailment of freedom and property rights. Just ask members of the Bundy family how they feel about that. While Nevada’s government is small, its debt is beginning to spiral out of control. State and local debt now stands at over 26 percent of income. Subsidies are below average, but are increasing lately, and if Sheldon Adelson gets his wish to bring the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas in a special session this year, the trend toward market cronyism will continue. The 2017 Nevada legislature will face challenges to increase workforce participation, deregulate licensed occupations, act to get government debt under control, and hopefully repeal or reform the commerce tax. The people of Nevada can expand access to marijuana, and preserve gun rights in November. Let’s be Number One in Liberty! Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Obama’s future

On stage at Lake Tahoe: President Obama and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said last week he does not believe Hillary Clinton, if elected, will choose Barack Obama as her secretary of state. “You can’t go from being president to taking orders from some other president—no,” the retiring Nevada Democrat said. “That wouldn’t work.” Obama surprised many after the 2008 election—including Clinton herself—when he asked his opponent in that year’s Democratic caucuses and primaries to become secretary of state. Though their views on foreign policy differed, she won praise from most foreign policy scholars for her handling of the role. Reid said he did not believe Obama would follow a Carter model or a (Bill) Clinton model as an ex-president. “I think he is going to try something more cerebral,” he said. But he said it was unlikely Obama would accept a university presidency: “I don’t think so, because that’s fundraising, and he won’t do that any more.” That might suggest teaching or writing. Obama is the author of two books, was president of the Harvard Law Review, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago. “He’s a good writer,” Reid said. “He has a gift.”

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POt tale Of the week In the Las Vegas Review-Journal of Aug. 25, Sandra Cherub reported, “[Nevada Attorney General Adam] Laxalt called the experience in Colorado a ‘parade of horribles.’ In the first year of legalization, he said marijuana-related deaths in that state increased 32 percent.” This statistic has been floating around Nevada, but no one so far has given us a source for it. In this case, we asked the attorney general’s spokesperson where Laxalt got the number, but she declined to provide it. So we contacted the Colorado Department of Transportation to see if they knew where it came from. They replied, “Thanks for the inquiry—there is a lot of data out there that sometimes gets misinterpreted. The increase you are quoting is from the RMHIDTA report, where they report 94 deaths in 2014, up from 71 in 2012 (+32 percent), with an ‘operator’ testing positive for a cannabinoid.” We have introduced readers to the RMHIDTA, which stands for Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“Pot tale of the week,” RN&R, Aug. 11). It is a prohibitionist group that does not do original research, but puts a sinister spin on the research done by others. There are problems with the use being made of the 32 percent statistic, according to CDOT. The number reflects all kinds of wheeled vehicles, including wheelchairs and bicycles. “Our data, attached, only includes motor vehicle fatalities— which is a better way to look at this data.” The attached chart carried a cautionary note: “A positive test for cannabinoids may be the result of active THC or one of its inactive metabolites and does not necessarily indicate impairment.” This led to a second problem with Laxalt’s use of the statistic. It does not reflect whether the driver who had smoked was at fault. Mere presence of marijuana “does not indicate impairment. The presence could be either active or non-active cannabinoids.” The CDOT spokesperson further told us, “For example, if a stoned driver is sitting at a red light and is rear-ended by a distracted driver and a fatality results, that crash would show up in the data.” He said Colorado is “working to separate out these distinctions [active or inactive components of marijuana] since it’s only the presences of the psychoactive component that is important when it comes to impairment.”

—Dennis Myers

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Progress Climate joins local factors in Lake Tahoe harms whether it was politicians inside the summit or protestors outside who were speaking, the emphasis was on broader themes than just protection of the lake itself at this year’s Lake Tahoe Summit. Though there was some discussion of things like pollutants in Tahoe Basin air and water, there was a greater focus this year on the dangers to the lake and basin from evolving climate. At one time, most of the threats to the lake originated inside the lake basin. Now there are also threats that overlap the basin. “And today in Tahoe, we’re taking three more significant steps to boost conservation and climate action,” President Obama said. “First, we’re supporting conservation projects across Nevada to restore watersheds, stop invasive species and further reduce the risks posed by hazardous fuels and wildfires. Number two, we’re incentivizing private capital to come off the sidelines and contribute to conservation, because

government can’t do it alone. Number three, in partnership with California, we’re going to reverse the deterioration of the Salton Sea before it is too late, and that’s going to help a lot of folks all across the West.” Outside on the sidewalks, demonstrators also emphasized climate. “Climate leaders don’t frack,” read a couple of their signs, a shot at California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is considered soft on fracking by environmentalists and who was on stage with Obama. The summit, begun two decades ago by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, is credited with elevating the visibility of Lake Tahoe as an environmental problem, akin to Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades and the Salton Sea. (The Salton, however, which Obama analogized to Tahoe, is the result of human mismanagement—a construction company tampering with the Colorado River let the river jump its banks and fill the Salton Sink in 1905. It has

slowly returned to its natural state, and “saving” it means returning it to its post-1905 unnatural state.) “Time and resources have been dedicated to water clarity, removal of logging roads, transportation upgrades, developing meadows for water runoff, hazardous fire reductions, and the best scientific research in the world,” Reid said at the summit. Reid twice used a rhetorical device of describing the lake’s waters favorably as “emerald.” In fact, though one of the most beautiful spots on the lake is Emerald Bay, green water is undesirable. It is evidence of algae growth that compromises the famous clarity of the lake and undercuts its natural blue. The surface temperature of the lake has risen more than two degrees Fahrenheit in the last half century, fostering algae growth. Since Reid pushed the lake into a national spotlight, nearly $2 billion has been spent on repairing and reclaiming the ecology of Lake Tahoe, and its returning clarity has been one of the most pronounced successes. Some of those funds were pushed through Congress by Reid and other Nevada and California legislators, and more was provided by local and state governments and the private sector. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was the most effective of the speakers in describing where the money went, such as highway projects—of the kind that tied up traffic on the day of the summit—whose work will reduce particulate matter kicked up by cars on roads around the lake. California Gov. Jerry Brown, as he so often does, had a lyrical explanation for a down-to-earth government function, telling the crowd,“Unlike other lakes in the world that become nothing but dumps and dead zones, this is still a pristine wonder. And the human imagination is so encouraged and nourished by it that Republicans and Democrats actually worked together to do good for Tahoe.” He also referenced Tesla, which operates in both California and Nevada: “Someday the electric car and the batteries made in Nevada are going to be protecting Lake Tahoe.” That may have been poor timing—that same day Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s SolarCity was eliminated by Nevada regulators from participating in a net metering proceeding, and the next day his Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad, two of several


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Dickman vs. Daly Sparks Assembly race turns on sharp differences Education reform and job creation are the platform pillars for both candidates of Nevada’s Assembly District 31. But for incumbent Republican Jill Dickman and Democrat Richard “Skip” Daly, the means to these ends are fundamentally different. The Sparks district has a population of roughly 64,000 residents. “Going forward, it’s very important to me in the next session to protect all of the great reforms we accomplished in the last session, such as, of course, the education savings account, the construction defect reform, and all the great Second Amendment bills we had,” Dickman said. She is completing her first two-year term as an assemblymember, having served on the transportation, health and human services, taxation, and ways and means committees, and as the assistant majority whip. Where Dickman differs from her opponent is in her emphasis on voter identification and Second Amendment laws. According to her official campaign website, Dickman supports voter ID, requiring voters to present proof of legal Nevada residence. She is also in favor of passing a bill that would allow people with concealedweapons permits to carry their firearms on campuses. Previous “campus carry” bills failed in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her education reform stance is much like a real-world, competitive business climate. For example, Dickman helped pass an education savings account program that allows parents to receive a deposit from the state of 80-90 percent of expected public school costs. That deposit, funded by public school moneys, can be spent on private and alternative schooling. 10   |   RN&R   |   09.08.16

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Members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe have mixed feelings about the tens of thousands of Burners who drive through their land every year.

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he gates to Burning Man opened at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, a day earlier than usual. The schedule change was intended to alleviate traffic jams by spreading out the arrival times of the expected 70,000 participants. As noon approached that Sunday, it was 84 degrees and rising outside the I-80 Smokeshop in Wadsworth, which, for the duration of the week, would be a temporary outdoor mall. Cars, RVs and buses stacked with bikes and camping gear formed lines at the gas pumps that started out long and quickly got longer. A muscular man wearing shorts and a carefree grin stepped out of a rented RV and performed a handstand. Joyce McCauley—a grandmother who lives in Wadsworth—was just about finished setting up her booth on the north side of the smoke shop. She’s one of the many Paiute tribe members who run small, seasonal vending businesses that cater to the Burners who pass through the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation on their way to the event. Tribal officials estimate that about 80 percent of people en route to Burning Man travel through the reservation. McCauley’s booth was made of a portable shade structure, fold-out tables covered with fabric, handmade signs advertising her wares, and produce boxes containing neatly organized packages of merchandise. After five years of selling to Burners, she knew exactly what they’d want—things like blinky rings and lightsabers. “I just listened to them,” she said. “Every year I listened to them, and I just did better and better and better.” She didn’t want to talk

PHOTO/KrIS VAGNEr Food

numbers, but she did mention that part of her motivation is to earn enough to help her son, who is a college student, with expenses. “I did great last year,” she said. “I ran out.” She added that the previous day she’d worked from 9 a.m. to midnight. How does she keep up the energy for a week of 15-hour workdays? “Meeting all the people,” she said. “It’s international now. I have a list somewhere. I write down all the countries that come through. A lot of people from Australia come through here, Italy, Israel. This morning, there was a guy here from Wales. London. Where else? India, Indonesia. Nova Scotia.” She pulled out half a dozen dropper bottles of lavender lemonade concentrate that a customer had given her—some of which she, in turn, would give away, just as Burners do on the playa. She scrolled through her phone to some photos she’d shot a few days before of her granddaughter, looking tiny in front of the 747 that a Southern California art team had trucked through on the way to the event. McCauley said she likes hearing foreign accents in Wadsworth: “People from France, when they start talking, I’m like, ‘Would you say that again?’”

As if on cue, a Swiss traveler in a buoyant mood arrived at the booth and asked what kind of lights she would need. McCauley showed her some lights that clip onto bicycle spokes and a nine-foot length of electroluminescent wire. The woman spent $20. McCauley said warmly, “You said this is your first time here? Here, I’m gifting you this” and handed over a puffy, yellow, polka-dot bow on a headband.

Pros and cons McCauley seemed to enjoy getting in the Burner spirit—chatting with travelers, gifting swag, and using the word “gifting,” which Burners go nuts over. And, despite the fact that the new gate-opening time really was alleviating traffic—which was dampening her opening weekend sales compared with recent years—she expected do well for the week. About 1,700 tribe members live on the reservation, which covers 724 square-miles and includes the towns of Wadsworth, Nixon and Sutcliffe. According to 2014 census data, the unemployment rate there is 15.5 percent. (Compare that to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ July 2016 numbers: 4.9 percent

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nationally and 6.5 percent in Nevada.) Of those who are employed, almost half commuted over 30 minutes to work in 2014, the latest year for which there is data. “To me, this statistic states that a lot of tribal members do work off the reservation,” Tribal Business Officer Scott Carey wrote in an email. In a place where it’s this hard to find work, some tribe members appreciate the opportunity for extra income during Burner season. Other economic boosts over the years have included increased revenue from Pyramid Lake permit sales and brisk seasonal sales at the smoke shop and the Nixon Store, both of which are operated by the tribe. (The tribal government declined to release figures.) Community groups profit from car washes, food sales and trash-collection services during and after the event. There’ve also been drawbacks to having all these Burners around. Reservation residents mentioned traffic jams in their usually quiet towns, drivers who speed and trash left strewn around after the event. “The biggest impact to the tribe, and the number one concern, is public safety,” Carey said. During Burning Man season, the demands on tribal law enforcement, trash services and emergency response services

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Elaine Duncan’s food stand in Wadsworth is decorated with the same bright flags as Comfort and Joy, a Burning Man camp that helps organize a food drive.

Vendor Joyce McCauley, from Wadsworth, advises Tanja Fischer, a first-time Burner from Switzerland, on what types of lights to purchase. PHOTO/ KrIS VAGNEr

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increase, and there are fires and car crashes to be dealt with. Carey said the cost to the tribe to provide these services has increased as the event’s attendance has increased— from about 120 people in 1990 to about 70,000 people this year. “For many years, the tribe worked off a handshake with the festival organizers who paid $10,000 for police, ranger, trash and emergency response services that the tribe provided during the festival,” he said via email. After the 2011 event, the tribe took a look at the overall fiscal impact the event was making on these services. “After compiling these costs it was determined that there was a shortfall in what was being paid for with the services being provided,” Carey said. The tribe’s report reads, “It is the policy of the federal government that if a private entity is conducting business on public lands that it should not cost the tribe money for them to conduct their business.” Carey said the costs totaled over $100,000 that year. In 2013, the Tribal Council approved a services agreement with Burning Man under which Black Rock City LLC, the company that organizes the event, would pay the tribe $111,392.92. This year, the amount was $113,634.

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Not all black aNd white In addition to all those benefits, drawbacks and agreements, some people said they have mixed feelings about the sudden influx. Different individuals have formed different kinds of alliances with Burners—or experienced varying kinds of culture clash—or both. Wakan Waci is a dad who lives in Wadsworth and sometimes commutes to Nevada City, where he works in the garden industry. “You know, it’s rather quite interesting,” he said, describing the people-watching that ensues this time of year. “You get to see all kinds of different races of people, genders, coming through. We could just, like, watch them, go sit at the store and just watch everybody.” He said many locals enjoy mingling with the Burners. “Myself, I have been in the department of helping people get into Burning Man,” he said deliberately. Burning Man used to offer Paiutes $40 tickets. As Waci remembers it, around 2007-2009, tickets retailed for about $200-300, and Paiutes could also purchase half-price guest tickets for friends. “And so, a few people, myself included, saw an opportunity in that,” he said. It was easy to find people on the reservation who wanted to attend but couldn’t afford the $40. Waci said that “for two or three years” he would front people the $40 for their discount tickets.

“In return they would let me purchase their guest passes,” he said. He would pay $150 for each and resell them for around $300, doubling his investment. He’d either find buyers on Craigslist and meet them directly at the gate—or sell to an unofficial dealer set up along the roadside. “During that week I would average two hours of sleep a night,” he said. “It’s hard enough out there for us already,” Waci said. At the time, he was employed by Black Rock Solar, a non-profit supplying free solar arrays to institutions in the area such as schools and the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center. Because Black Rock Solar employees attended Burning Man, Waci said, work was suspended around the time of the event. “It was the beginning of the school year,” he said. “I have children that need things. I have to provide for them, you know.” He said each year he made between $2,500 and $3,500, adding, “I don’t go to exotic places afterward. I’m able to be financially stable for like two months, maybe three.” In 2009, he said, Burning Man stopped offering the half-price guest tickets and started offering free tickets to Paiutes. Thus ended his ticket-selling days. “I wish they weren’t so strict about it,” he said. “For us to make that amount of money in that short of time, it really helps us out.

Otherwise we watch thousands and thousands of people drive through, and we get nothing. In my thought process, we should be able to get some kind of something out of it.” He added, “After the event is done, you get the garbage. … Sometimes you just get the bags of trash dumped on the side of the road, from people not loading it up right, or just throwing it out.”

drive-thru culture While Joyce McCauley looked like she was having a good time selling blinky lights on the north end of the smoke shop, on the south side of the lot tribe member Elaine Duncan was getting less business than she would have liked. “You’re on a reservation,” she said. “You catch a few people. You don’t catch ’em all. You know, people are eager to get out there and eager to get back.” Duncan’s food stand, which she also brings to other events—the Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow in Hungry Valley, an arts festival in Genoa—had been constructed in the style of a Burning Man camp. A carport shaded a portable, five-table café with tablecloths, plastic flowers on each table, a tasteful carpet to cover the dusty ground, and oversized fluorescentcolored flags sticking up from the canopy. Inside, a boy asked his dad, “What’s a frybread?”


A frybread, for the uninitiated, is a flat, round, deep-fried piece of bread dough, about the size of a standard paper plate. It’s the base for an open-face Indian taco, piled with ground beef, pinto beans, lettuce, shredded cheese and salsa—easily the most common food item sold by seasonal vendors along the route to Burning Man. Duncan started selling Indian tacos in 1998, when Burning Man’s attendance was around 15,000. She set up expecting hunters for antelope and chukar season and was surprised by an influx of customers who looked like they were on their way to a big party. Over the years, she’s formed a close relationship with a Burning Man camp called Comfort and Joy. “Comfort and Joy is primarily a queer camp,” explained camp member Kokoe Johnson, calling from a garage in San Francisco where he was packing for the event. It’s also a non-profit group in the Bay Area that focuses on community service and arts. Duncan connected with the group via her brother, Randy Burns, who, in 1975, cofounded Gay American Indians. Comfort and Joy has an elaborate camp set-up, said Johnson, with fluorescent flags just like the ones on Duncan’s food stand. Members put in a lot of work and money to build it. However, he said, “We’re not going to do all this work just to have a fabulous party. We love doing it, but we want to have more

meaning in life. We want more things to a freezer. Johnson estimated that this year’s help people feel better in life, more things donation would be about $3,000. that help people out.” The camp holds a food Much as Duncan is pleased to be a link drive with collection points in Wadsworth, in the food-bank chain, she and her sister, Nixon and at Burning Man, collecting canned Gretchen Burns, who was helping at the food and produce. food stand, have found that not all the rela“Two years ago the pile of food [at the tionships between them and the thousands Burning Man camp] of travelers are as was maybe 10 feet smooth. square,” said Johnson. Appearing from Last year the pile behind the counter, was about 10 by 30.” Burns said, “See, (The piles were about you’re on Indian land. four feet high, he You look down here, clarified.) He reckons it’s nothing but sand. the threefold increase This is nothing but was largely due to sand, so you know an announcement at one time this was played over BMIR, the full of water. And, seasonal Burning Man see, people are not radio station. interested in the history Wakan Waci Camp members of the Paiutes or the Wadsworth resident pack the food into water fight.” any spare space they Duncan nodded, can find in their adding with a tone of gear-stuffed vehicles concern, “If I went to as they exit and drop it off with either Duncan Europe, I’d want to know where I’m going to or another roadside food vendor, named go, what I’m going to see, what kind of people. Bunny, in Nixon. The women distribute it to I’d want to check out their cuisine.” the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Food Bank “People, they don’t think that way,” Burns & Pantry. The group has also raised cash said. “They just don’t really take time to. For donations. Last year Comfort and Joy donated a while, I used to sit over here and explain to $1,700, which the food bank used to purchase the people about the Paiute tribe and where the

“We watch thousands and thousands of

people drive through, and we get nothing.”

water used to automatically flow into Pyramid Lake … and they don’t want to hear, like the Anglos in Reno/Sparks, and all the surrounding areas, Carson City, Lahontan. They all have stolen—stolen—the water from the tribe, you know. They don’t want to hear that. … It’s just like history goes. They don’t want to hear the truth. They don’t give a rat’s ass. All they care is going out and getting drunk to party.” Burns added that she’d attended some parties herself in her day, that she could understand the rush. Duncan and Burns ran the food stand as if it was any small-town business. Either woman dipped the occasional wheel of dough into a cast-iron Dutch oven full of boiling oil and flipped it with tongs each time a customer ordered a taco. Strangers and friends came and went to eat the frybread, gossip, talk about the weather or ask for directions, and the conversation shifted smoothly back and forth between lighthearted pleasantries and serious concerns about the big picture of tourist relations on the reservation. Duncan said she wants people going Burning Man “to take into consideration that they’re passing through our native land, that they should learn a little bit about the culture, be respectful of the people, and be respectful of public safety, and slow down, and think about other people and other people’s lives. That’s how I feel. That’s the flow of what I have to say.” Ω

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Burning hot When it comes to Burning Man art, pretty much anything goes Story and photos by

Kris Vagner krisv@newsreview.com

Brian Tedrick’s “Lord Snort,” had to stop swiveling for safety reasons, but Burners still enjoyed climbing the 20-foot-high metal boar.

Natural and human-made wonders combine into one pretty view at sunset.

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ome definite art idioms have arisen over the years at Burning Man, such as interactivity (push a button and make it do something), flame effects, patterned LEDs, vehicles shaped like ships, tripper traps (art that’s irresistible to anyone on hallucinogens), and a general impetus to build it bigger. Whether artists work within those idioms or not, they keep collectively demonstrating that the creative possibilities on this huge blank canvas of a desert are practically unlimited. Artists are confined by a safety rule or two—but other than that, they’re free to dream as big as they can, assemble as many team members as they can, raise as much money as they can, and, when they’re done showing their work for a week, they can either pack it up and bring it home, or rig it with explosives and throw as big of a bonfire as they can. After a couple of decades of all this dreaming, building and burning, the artists keep the raising bar. Among the most ambitious pieces was “Black Rock Lighthouse Service,” a cluster of wooden lighthouses installed at several different angles from the ground, exteriors decked with mosaic-like shingles, by a large crew led by Jonny and Max Poynton of Oakland. (They also made “Bottlecap Gazebo,” a 2012 piece that was later installed in a park in Fernley.)

Brian Tedrick was back in Black Rock City this year from Glen Ellen, California, with “Lord Snort,” a 20-foot high steel assemblage in the shape of a wild boar. When the event opened, the boar spun on a shaft like a huge piece of otherworldy playground equipment, but after a few reported injuries, those darned safety rules kicked in, and the boar was altered to remain stationary. Even though sculptures, structures and mutant vehicles arrived from all over the world, Reno made a noticeable showing. Sculptor Mischell Riley, who works in Reno and casts realistic bronze work, responded to this year’s theme— Da Vinci’s Workshop—with “Inside The Mind of daVinci,” a realistic, climbable concrete likeness of DaVinci’s head with a bronze-like patina. Another piece by Reno artists was “The Space Whale,” a mother humpback whale positioned as if she was diving from the sky, attending to her calf. Both whales were made of ridiculously complex webs of welded steel, and the mother whale was paneled in custommade stained glass. (Disclosure: I’m friends with the artists. I’ve volunteered at the Generator, where the piece was built, and once made the crew dinner and brought them Gatorade.) Ω


“Black Rock Lighthouse Service” was built by an Oakland team led by Jonny and Max Poynton.

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“The Space Whale” was built in Sparks by the Pier Group with Matthew Schultz, Andriod Jones and Andy Tibbetts.

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Burning hot continued from page 17

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by GEORGIA FISHER

Trailblazers Art Hikes

This year’s Art Hikes are just around the corner in mid-September and will bring a community of artists, performers and musicians to Spooner Lake and Donner Summit. Hikers are the roving audience, and they’re in for a sumptuous treat. Conceptual artist Lesley Ehrenfeld Chapman, whose Sept. 10 piece at Spooner is inspired by in the interconnected nature of aspen groves, calls the two-day, guided event “kind of an art buffet—meaning if one piece doesn’t appeal to you, you’re sure to enjoy something else down the trail.” Chapman, for one, will weave together dancers’ hair to symbolize a root system that draws parallels between aspen trees and people. “Aspen trees are unique, in that each tree in a grove is actually a clone of the mother tree,” explained Chapman, who’s catering her performance, Roots, to a sitespecific location. “They’re connected by their root system”—Get it? Roots? — “so if one tree gets a disease or gets a lot of water, they can send it to the other trees. They are very interdependent. … I’m saying we’re ultimately one organism as well.” The summit will provide its own creative inspiration, with sweeping views of the lake and a traipse through granite bluffs that once drew Washoe and Paiute traders. “Whatever we find beautiful, like that cliffside with all the granite,” said Trails and Vistas Director Nancy Lopez, gesturing toward a massive rock formation that resembles a human profile, “well, that’s where the aerialists will be. … There are so many places that inspire [performers].” A Japanese harp and folk music from the Oakland-based T-Sisters will give way to more primal music, she said, then

Trails and Vistas director Nancy Tieken Lopez brings in more than 30 artists and musicians for each year’s Art Hikes program. PHOTO/GEORGIA FISHER

a poetry dance, and later a performance from renowned sculptor and costume maker Angelique Benicio. That’s just a touch of what you’ll experience in the roughly three-hour walk. The summit leg isn’t a lengthy one— plan for a little over two and a half miles —but rugged enough that participants should be well-shod and bring a bottle of water. The Spooner Lake hike is longer but much softer and easier, with more of a meadow feel and a similar array of musicians, performers and visual eye candy. “It takes you on a journey through music and dance and the visual arts, too—kind of around the world,” Lopez said. Hikers’ reactions vary, but the goal is essentially to bring folks together, ground them and watch them mellow out as they process a confluence of art and nature. Trails and Vistas, the parent organization Lopez launched in 2004, operates via grants and sponsors, with offerings that now include small, summertime art hikes and aptly dubbed “cultural land tours” to bring the curious into community green spaces. Local third-graders take truncated hikes “to learn about their own backyards,” said Lopez, a sculptor by trade who began her own creative journey with interactive installations. For now, she jokingly calls herself a one-woman band—one that books other bands, organizes workshops and field trips, connects with performers and sells tickets to a growing list of programs and happenings. It’s going well. “As an artist, it’s a rare opportunity to perform in a natural environment, which for me is a key component of my work,” said Chapman, one of many participants who’ve reached out to Lopez over the years and asked to be involved in Art Hikes. “I said, ‘Hey, I want to be part of this. It fits.’” Ω Art Hikes take place Sept. 10 and 18. For tickets and information, visit trailsandvistas.org.


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“What did you think would happen? Ever seen Metropolis? The Stepford Wives? Terminator?”

Near miss

life had her personality dials been turned down just a tad in the test tubes. Mara’s presence feels a little off, something that the story eventually explains in a fashion that isn’t as shocking as screenwriter Seth W. Owen wants it While director Luke Scott definitely shows he’s to be. Paul Giamatti shows up as a behavior therainherited some of his dad’s helming chops, Morgan, pist who intentionally pushes Morgan’s buttons his feature directing debut, is hampered by an ultiduring a personality test. His part equates to that of mately derivative script. The son of the great Ridley the goat tied up for the T-Rex in Jurassic Park, his Scott shows some major visual flair and an ability fate all too easy to see. to draw good performances from his cast, but the The cast is peppered with a few more greats, movie itself, with Dad producing, is a pastiche of including Toby Jones as the lead scientist with a other science fiction and horror films, most notably big, unnatural attachment to his creation. Michelle his dad’s own Blade Runner. Yeoh also shows up as another scientist and Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is an artificially Morgan’s mother figure, while the aforementioned created humanlike being. (I guess that’s the best Leigh has a few scenes that she imbues with her way to describe it.) She’s only five but looks like usual reliability. a teenager and has superior intellect and physical It all looks good thanks to stellar work from skills. She’s been genetically engineered to age cinematographer Mark Patten, who worked in the quickly, and while she is basically a well-meaning “camera department” for Ridley entity, her behavioral wires get a Scott’s The Martian and Exodus: little crossed up sometimes, resultGods and Kings. It’s an impresing in violent “errors.” sive debut for Patten, while Max Morgan goes apeshit when Richter provides an excellent she’s not allowed outside. This soundtrack. results in the character played by All of these good performances, Jennifer Jason Leigh being on Director: Luke Scott great visuals, and slick sounds pain meds for the whole movie Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy,  make it all the more a bummer with a big, bloody gauze on Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti that the movie feels a bit stale her eye. The “corporation” that in the end. I, for one, was not helped create Morgan sends icy at all happy with the payoff, a big twist that felt company woman Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) out completely unnecessary and cheap. Had the movie to assess the matter and recommend a course of wrapped up on a more original note, it could’ve action. qualified as decent enough genre fare. The setting for the film is visually pleasing— Morgan is a near miss. A few too many scenes an underground laboratory in the middle of a pine play out in a way that will have you guessing forest. This also gives the film a combined sense accurately as to what happens next. Scott will of isolation and claustrophobia, much like John construct a scene with major tension, but then it Carpenter’s The Thing, minus the snow. Morgan falls flat due to the predictability. The Giamatti lives in a room always monitored through a glass scene is a major example. wall and video cameras (shades of Ex Machina). It does continue the promising career of TaylorGiving another great 2016 performance—after Joy, who almost makes the whole thing worthwhile. The Witch—that puts her in the running for She’s not finished with horror films—she will Breakout Actress of the Year, Taylor-Joy gives headline the scary-looking Split from the mildly Morgan some compelling dimension. Dressed in resurgent M. Night Shyamalan next year. a gray hoodie and sporting a silvery skin tone As for Scott, he might be a director to keep an that makes her look like a skater girl with shit eye on. Daddy just needs to find his boy a better makeup skills, Taylor-Joy rises well above the script to play with the next time out. Ω conventionality of the role. She delivers a tragic android who probably would’ve led an interesting

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Blood Father

Mel Gibson is a fucking asshole, but he  can act with the best of them. As Link, an  ex-con with a tattoo parlor in his trailer and a  missing daughter (Erin Moriarty), he’s a stunning, grizzly marvel—elevating mediocre material into something completely watchable. When  the missing daughter gets herself into some  major trouble, she comes back on the grid by  giving Link a call. Having never really known his  daughter, Link is determined to be the dad he  never was thanks to a seven-year prison stint,  and he goes into super-protective mode. The  two wind up on the run from a drug cartel, and  that leads to sights like Gibson on a motorcycle  blowing people away with a shotgun. This is a  tour de force for Gibson, whose ranting inside  Link’s trailer as it is being shot to shreds just  might be the best piece of acting he’s ever put  forth. Director Jean-Francois Richet lucked out  in casting Gibson as this character desperately  in search of redemption. It suits Gibson very  well at this time, and I can’t think of an actor  who would’ve done a better job with this material. William H. Macy is reliably good as Link’s  sponsor. Moriarty holds her own against the  insane Gibson, and Michael Parks kills it as a  former friend and true bastard. If you should  choose to watch it, I think you’ll be surprised.  (Streaming on iTunes and Amazon.com during a  limited theatrical release.) 

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Don’t Breathe

Three dimwits (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto) try to rob a  blind military veteran (a growly Stephen Lang)  of his dough in his house. In the course of their  heist, they find out a few really bad things  about the guy, including his aspirations to be  the next Jigsaw (the presently retired, ridiculous villain from the Saw series). Rocky (Levy,  who also starred in Alvarez’s Evil Dead) wants  to get out of Detroit and move to California  with her little sister. She and her boyfriend  (Zovatto) have been pulling off minor robberies  with Alex (Minnette), using alarm codes from  his dad’s security company. They get wind of  a boatload of money in the blind man’s house  and set out to rob him while he’s home. Yes,  the premise is interesting, but things go off the  rails pretty quickly when The Blind Man—that’s  his actual character name—somehow survives  a gassing and interrupts the robbery. His initial  thwarting of the break-in is convincing enough,  but then the movie becomes all about the robbers standing still while The Blind Man races  right by them. Look, I know movies are mostly  fiction and much of what happens in them can’t  really happen in the real world. Still, I look for a  certain amount of reality in movies that don’t  contain ghosts, aliens, cyborgs, etc. 

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Hell or High Water

Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster  all destroy their parts in this absolutely  terrific modern Western from director David  Mackenzie. Pine and Foster play two brothers  who come up with a bank-robbing scheme to  save the family farm, and Bridges is the soonto-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them. Pine  takes his career into all new territories with  his work here, making you forget he’s Captain  Kirk and totally disappearing into his part.  Foster, an actor I couldn’t stand when he was  younger, just gets better and better with each  film, with this being his best work yet. Pine is  supposedly the more sensible one, while Foster  is the nut. What’s great about the writing here  is how those roles sometimes switch, and the  acting by both makes it mesmerizing to watch.  What else can you say about Bridges at this  point? He’s one of the best actors to have ever  walked the Earth, and this further cements  that fact. Mackenzie, whose most notorious  prior film was the underrated Starred Up,  takes a step into the elite class with this one.  His staging of car chases and manhunts is  nerve-shredding . 

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Morris From America

Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas  are one of the better father-son teams  the movies have seen in a long time in this  charmer from writer-director Chad Hartigan.  Christmas plays Morris, a 13-year-old Ameri-

can living in Germany because his dad Curtis  (Robinson) has a job there as a soccer coach.  Morris is learning German, trying to make  friends, and developing a crush on older girl  Katrin (Lina Keller). He’s dealing with the kind  of crap you would expect a black American to  be dealing with in an all white city. The dynamic  between Robinson (easily his best performance) and Christmas makes it seem like these  guys are really father and son. They complement each other perfectly, and it’s refreshing  to see a father and son talk and deal the way  they do in this movie. The relationship between  Morris and the somewhat troublesome Katrin  is also refreshing in that it never seems false.  It’s a solid coming-of-age story in an unexpected and unpredictable locale, with a cast of  characters (including Carla Juri of Wetlands as  Morris’ tutor) that scores across the board.  This is one of the summer’s great surprises.  (Streaming on iTunes and Amazon.com during  limited theatrical release.) 

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Sausage Party

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Southside with You

Sausage Party, the animated hellcat  from writer-producers Seth Rogen and  Evan Goldberg, is the first big studio film in a  long time with screaming levels of originality.  It’s a profanity-laden, blasphemous middle  finger to the movie-making establishment that  thinks it’s OK to turn out sequels and comic  book movies that suck as long as people shell  out for them. It couldn’t be more fun, and it’s  like nothing you’ve seen before. In a sunny supermarket, a bunch of vegetables, hot dogs and  buns wake up and sing a happy song, convinced  that today will be the day they are chosen by  humans to enter the great beyond—the world  on the other side of those automatic sliding  doors. What they find on the other side of those  doors is nonstop carnage, certain death, and  a generally bad time for all things digestible.  What makes Sausage Party a cut above your  average stoner movie full of food items screwing and being murdered is that it’s actually a  smart swipe at organized religion and politics. 

Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter shine  as Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson  on their first date in this ultra sweet, enjoyable  account of when the future President and First  Lady got together for a day and eventually  went to see Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.  Writer-director Richard Tanne, above all  things, does a great job of capturing the spirit  of the late ’80s with his period piece, placing  the two icons in a very believable, low-key environment. Sawyers (a dead ringer for Obama)  and Sumpter capture the spirit of the couple  without exaggerating any of their characteristics. It’s a blast watching a young Robinson,  who was actually Obama’s mentor and advisor  at a law firm he worked for that summer,  keeping a persistent Obama in check with his  romantic pursuits. It’s also funny to see the  future president lighting up many cigarettes  during the course of the movie, including in his  very first scene. Tanne’s approach to the subject matter is beautifully understated, allowing  for his performers to show us a couple of real  people getting to know each other slowly. 

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Suicide Squad

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  was a skunk blast to the face for  most of us trying to have a good time with  a superhero movie earlier this year. Suicide  Squad looked like a chance to get DC movies  back on the good foot. With David Ayer (Fury,  End of Watch) at the helm, and a cast including  Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, it  looked like summer was due to get a fun blast  of movie mischief. Suicide Squad does nothing  to improve the summer blockbuster season.  It actually sends a big, stinking torpedo of shit  into its side, and sends the thing barreling toward the bottom of the bowl. That’s being kind.  After a first half build-up/tease that does a decent job of introducing bad guy characters like  Deadshot (Smith), Harley Quinn (Robbie) and  the Joker (Leto), the movie becomes what can  only be described as a spastic colon, resulting  in that big turd referred to above. 


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Liz Broscoe, center, rehearses with DEA Drum and Dance. PHOTO/GEORGIA FISHER

Beat it Liz Broscoe Forty would-be students turned up at Liz Broscoe’s first drum circle more than a decade ago in Reno. She wasn’t exactly expecting them. “I was so completely overwhelmed,” said the longtime professional drummer. “I’d been teaching a couple of years at [Lake Tahoe Community College], so I was well prepared for teaching, but I was not prepared for 40 people to show up.” She made do, and sure enough, a fledgling community began thunking out beats on West African drums. That community is still gong strong—and growing in the form of classes and workshops. “There are some amazingly beautiful people here in Reno who just keep coming back,” Broscoe said. Almost all are women, which doesn’t surprise her. After all, the djembe—pronounced “jim bay”— drums they use date to 14th-century West Africa, with an hourglass shape that refers to an early iteration as mortar pots. “Women pounded the grain with large pestles and big sticks, and they created rhythm amongst themselves to pass the time more joyfully,” she explained. Broscoe, who does business as Drumchik Productions, has played in rock bands for the better part of her life. She began teaching djembe and dundun— another tradition-rich instrument that usually pops up in ensembles—in the early 2000s, after tutelage from grandmasters Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate. She went on to write a drum-centric children’s book, Adventures of Durga, with a protagonist borrowed from Hindu texts and art, and a corresponding multimedia show, which had a five-year run. “She’s a bitchin’ drummer ’cause she’s got six arms to work with, so I made her into a goodwill superhero,” Broscoe said.

It’s easy to picture Broscoe as a many-armed goddess herself, really. Her rhythm includes teaching workshops at the University of Nevada, Reno, classes at Lake Tahoe Community College, and programs for children in the Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe. “Something happens in a drum-circle setting that opens the mind and makes them more communicative,” she said, in reference to kids at the treatment center. An alpha state, a meditative state, hemispheric synchronization—call it what you will. The health benefits of music are increasingly recognized by the scientific community. “All I could see was that people were changing in my class,” Broscoe recalled, “and that it was changing me. As a chick singer in a band, it was taking ‘dig me’ off my forehead and putting ‘community’ on my forehead.” Dig this, though: Santa Cruz drummaker Matt Hardwick recently asked if she’d help design a mid-range, signature djembe to feature in his store, Drumskull. The Liz Broscoe Drumchik drum is now selling well. Broscoe also plays in the Tahoe-area Wesley Orsolic Band and heads a troupe called DEA Drum and Dance. Members hail from many backgrounds. Two are Japanese taiko drummers, and another is a French horn player, music therapist and “total square” by her own admission. “Liz is a great leader,” said Reiko Shimbo, as the others murmured in agreement. “She brings people nicely together.” And they clearly have a ball. “Music is so innately emotional and social,” said Molly Warren, the selfprofessed square, after a solo session in which she hopped in front of the group, smacked her drum like a wildly beating heart and danced as if her bones were liquid. “That’s why this is therapeutic.” Ω Fall drum classes with Liz Broscoe run Oct. 11 - Nov. 15 at a private residence in South Reno. For more information, visit www.drumchik.com.

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Frankly Fictitious, Xander Roxx, Blacklisted, 9:30pm, no cover

Nine Below Zero, 9:30pm, no cover

Jack Di Carlo, 7pm, no cover

HANGAR BAR 10603 Stead Blvd., Stead; (775) 677-7088

HELLFIRE SALOON

DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover Takeover Sundays: Open Mic for DJs, 5pm, no cover

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Majestix, 8pm, no cover

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

Karaoke Kat, 9pm, no cover

Canyon White Open Mic Night, 8pm, no cover

The Frights, The Soaks, Night Rooms, 8pm, $5-$7

JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR

Weight of the Tide, Infernos, 8:30pm, $TBA

THE JUNGLE

Michael Stosic, 8pm, no cover

Tony Walker, 9pm, no cover

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

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

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

Blazin Mics!, 9:30pm, M, no cover

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

Surf Curse, Applied Ethics, Heartsleeve, 8pm, $5

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

1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe; (530) 523-8024

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

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

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

THE LOFT THEATRE-LOUNGE-DINING

Tune-In Tuesdays, 8pm, Tu, no cover

Karaoke w/Nitesong Productions, 9pm, Tu, no cover

HIMMEL HAUS

140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

VooDoo Dogz, 8pm, no cover

3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

THE HOLLAND PROJECT

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/12-9/14

Kap Slap, Sokko, Sloves, Nandez, Shabbin Datter, 10pm, $10

Outspoken: Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, Reno’s Favorite Crooners, 7:30pm, W, no cover

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

Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, M, Tu, $19-$27


THURSDAY 9/8 THE LOVING CUP

Live jazz, 8pm, no cover

MIDTOWN WINE BAR

DJ Trivia, 6:30pm, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960

FRIDAY 9/9

Nigel St. Hubbins, 8pm, no cover

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

RED DOG SALOON

Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover

ROCKBAR THEATER

Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover

THE SAINT

SHEA’S TAVERN SHELTER

DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover

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

SPARKS LOUNGE

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

SPECTRE RECORDS

Sirena Victima, Okay Urge, Gina Rose, 7pm, $5

Metal Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover Beer and Record Club, 8pm, W, no cover

Moon Gravy, 6pm, no cover

Tristan Selzler Duo, 6pm, no cover

Erika Paul Duo, 6pm, no cover

Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Studio on 4th 432 E. Fourth St. 737-9776

Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover Subhumans, Kicker, Raukous, 8pm, $15

Prophets of Addiction, 8pm, M, $7 Del the Funky Homosapien, Domino, Richie Cunning, Poe, Pure Powers, 9pm, W, $18-$20

Dingo Weasel, 9pm, no cover

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

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

St. Christopher Project, 6pm, no cover

DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover

Jason King, 8pm, $5, Thomas Leeb, Adrian Bellue, 9:30pm, $7

Geena Fontanella, 8pm, $5

WHISKEY DICK’S SALOON WILD RIVER GRILLE

Bleached, Criminal Hygiene, The Shames, 9pm, $10-$12

Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776

Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover

Subhumans

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY STUDIO ON 4TH

Sept. 10, 9 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Black Wizard, Red Devil Lie, Smalltown and the Delta Infidels, 8pm, $7-$10

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

1336 S. Wells Ave., (775) 409-4085

Bleached

Johnny Lipka’s Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Frequency, 7pm, $10 The Sextones, 9pm, $8

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

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

Bingo Tuesday w/Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover, T-N-Keys, 7pm, W, no cover

Baker Street Band, 8pm, no cover

U Play Wednesday (open mic jam), 8pm, W, no cover Johnny Lipka’s Gemini, 9pm, no cover

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

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

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/12-9/14

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

POLO LOUNGE

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

SUNDAY 9/11

Balloons and Blues Strut w/Rick Metz, 7:30pm, $5

400 E. Fourth St., (775) 327-1171

PADDY & IRENE’S IRISH PUB

SATURDAY 9/10

Erika Paul, 2pm, no cover Colin Ross, 6pm, no cover

WILDFLOWER VILLAGE

Eric Andersen & Kate Cotter, 6pm, M, Moon Gravy, 6pm, Tu, Tany Jane, 6pm, W, no cover 1) Comedy Power Hour Open Mic, 8pm, Tu, no cover

4275-4395 W. Fourth St., (775) 787-3769 1) Golden Rose Cafe 2) Green Fairy Pub 3) Cabaret

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ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA

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

BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTEL

Salt-N-Pepa Sept. 10, 8 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

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

THURSDAY 9/8

FRIDAY 9/9

SATURDAY 9/10

SUNDAY 9/11

2) Cook Book, 8pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover Arizona Jones, 10pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover Arizona Jones, 10pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

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

2) Jason King, 6pm, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 5pm, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 5pm, no cover

2) Crush, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Jason King, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Andre Thierry, 10pm, no cover

2) SubDocta, Gurb b2b, Roger That, 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

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) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, Audioboxx, 10:30pm, W, no cover

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

1) Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Vanilla Ice, 8pm, $65-$110 2) I Love the ’90s Official Concert Afterparty, 10pm, $15

1) Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, 8pm, $75

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

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

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

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

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50 3) The Millionaires, 9pm, no cover

1) Sammy’s Showroom 50th Anniversary Show, 8pm, $39.50-$40.50 3) The Millionaires, 9pm, no cover

2) Karaoke w/Dreu Murin, 10pm, no cover

4) The Killer Dueling Pianos, 9pm, no cover

1) Tedeschi Trucks Band, 8pm, $65-$85

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Art Mulcahy & Roadside Flare, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Art Mulcahy & Roadside Flare, 9pm, no cover

2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 8pm, no cover 3) The Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 8pm, no cover 3) DJ Spryte, 10pm, $20

1) Justin Lee, 8pm, no cover

1) Justin Lee, 8pm, no cover

2) Big Bad Boogie Rock, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover

1) Alabama, 8pm, $39.50-$99.50 2) Big Bad Boogie Rock, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

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

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

GRAND SIERRA RESORT

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

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE

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

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

HARRAH’S RENO

219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center

MONTBLEU RESORT

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (800) 648-3353 1) Showroom 2) HQ Center Bar 3) Opal Ultra Lounge 4) Blu

NUGGET CASINO RESORT

1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 Art Mulcahy & Roadside Flare, 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Nugget Grand Ballroom 9pm, no cover 3) Gilley’s

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO

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

2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 7pm, no cover

3) Buddy Emmer Band and guest, 8pm, Tu, 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

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, W, 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

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/12-9/14

4) Wednesday Blues Jam Pool Party, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Sunday Funday Industry Night, 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 sEPtEMBEr 8, 2016 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. LAKE TAHOE AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: The 31st annual festival includes farmto-table dinners, celebrity chefs, handson cooking demos, food, wine, beer and spirits pairings, trailside hikes and tastings, unique seminars, mixology series and the Sunday Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting. F-Su through 9/11. Opens 9/9. Prices vary. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, (800) 466-6784.

MIDTOWN MURAL TOUR: View up to 50 murals

International Camel & Ostrich Races

9/11:

Riders will attempt to race camels, ostriches and even a few zebras during the 57th annual event, which includes live entertainment, vendors and a new family fun zone and activity center. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11, at Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds, 458 F. St., Virginia City. Races start at noon. Dolan Family Day is Sunday, Sept. 11. The first 100 kids to check in at the ticket booth will get free camel rides. Tickets are $8-$50. Call 847-7500 or visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.

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FEED THE CAMEL: The food truck event and arts bazaar takes place under the Keystone Bridge. W, 5-8pm through 9/28. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 450-0062.

ANIMAL ARK ON THE WIND CHEETAH RUN: Watch the Ark’s cheetahs running off leash into the sunset. Must be 8 years or older to attend. Reserve soon as this event often sells out. Su, 9/11, 5-6:30pm. $40 adults, $35 seniors ages 62+, $30 children ages 8-16. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3431.

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.

ART AFTERNOON: WORKSHOP AND SOCIAL FOR SENIORS: Enjoy a guided tour and a studio art class along with light refreshments. Registration is available online or on the day of event. Second F of every month, 1-3pm. $7 general, $6 NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

HANDS ON! SECOND SATURDAYS: Enjoy free admission, live performances, hands-on art activities and storytelling in this monthly program for families. Second Sa of every month, 10am-6pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.

CITY OF FALLON’S 9/11 MEMORIAL: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, City of Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford and the City Council will honor the heroes and those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The event includes a display of an original steel beam from the fallen World Trade Center, as well as a patriotic performance by local elementary school children. Su, 9/11, 2:30pm. Free. Fallon City Hall, 55 W. Williams Ave, Fallon, (775) 423-3040.

DAVIDSON ACADEMY ADMISSIONS INFORMATION: The Davidson Academy will host an Admissions Information Session regarding the application and admissions process for the 2017-2018 school year. RSVP required. W, 9/14, 6pm. Free. Davidson Academy of Nevada, 1164 N. Virginia St., (775) 682-5800.

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HISTORIC HOME TOUR: The Douglas County Historical Society sponsors a fundraising tour of selected historical homes and gardens in the Genoa/Foothill area of Douglas County. This is a self-guided tour with docents to share the history of the homes. Tickets include admission to the Genoa Courthouse Museum and an after-tour reception at David Walley’s Resort. Sa, 9/10, 10am-2pm. $20-$25. Genoa Courthouse Museum, 2304 Main St., Genoa, (775) 782-2555.

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tures more than 45 handles, food trucks and live music by Patrick Walsh and the Mark Mackay Band. Sa, 9/10, 1-6pm. $25. MontBleu Resort, 55 Highway 50, Stateline, (800) 648-3353.

painted by local, national and international artists on this self-guided walking tour. If you want to hear more details about the murals, you can sign up for a guided tour. Guided tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 11am (minimum of six people). To schedule a guided tour, email artspotreno@gmail.com. Second Sa of every month through 12/10. $10 for guided tour. Blue Whale Coffee Co., 32 Cheney St., http://artspotreno.com

MOANA FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP: The food truck gathering features activities, entertainment and more. Th, 5-9pm through 9/29. Free. Rounds Bakery, 294 E. Moana Lane, Ste. 10, (775) 329-0800.

CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER: Silver

9/9:

Great Reno Balloon Races

More than 90 hot air balloons will fill up the early morning sky over the Truckee Meadows during the 35th annual event, which kicks off at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, with the new Super Glow Show featuring 20 balloons glowing and twinkling to music at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. The mass ascension of balloons begins at 6:45 a.m. on each day of the event, Sept. 9-11. The original Glow Show and Dawn Patrol starts at 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., respectively, on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Visit http://renoballoon.com.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES: The 53rd annual event features the only closed course pylon racing event in the world and six different classes of race planes flying just 50 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds more than 500 mph. There’s also an air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft and drone displays and close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the pits. W-Su, 7am through 9/18. Opens 9/14. $6-$110 general admission. Reno Stead Airport, 4895 Texas Ave., Stead, http://airrace.org.

ORCHIDS IN THE FALL: The Northern Nevada Orchid Society presents its fall show and membership drive. Free admission to lectures, ribbon judging and panel discussions. Orchids will also be offered for sale. Sa, 9/10, 10am-4pm; Su, 9/11, 10am4pm. Free. Rail City Garden Center, 1720 Brierley Way, Sparks, www.nnvos.org.

RENO GEM FAIRE: The fair features fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices. Free hourly door prizes.

F, 9/9, noon-6pm; Sa, 9/10, 10am-6pm; Su, 9/11, 10am-5pm. $7 weekend pass. RenoSparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., www.gemfaire.com.

RENO STREET FOOD—PARTY IN THE PARK: The gourmet street food event features more than 20 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Local musicians provide free live entertainment each week. F, 5-9pm through 9/30. Free admission. Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Drive, (775) 825-2665.

SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS SEMINARS: A series of candid conversations with local experts focuses on the complex housingrelated issues facing mature homeowners and their families. M, 9/12, 2pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, www.seniorlivingtruth.com.

TRACTORS AND TRUFFLES 2016: Enjoy a farm-to-plate gourmet dinner prepared by renowned chefs with locally grown ingredients followed by a concert in the Oats Park Art Center’s Barkley Theatre. Leading up to the dinner are several options including a tour of Lattin Farms that includes cooking demonstrations and a light lunch, Churchill Vineyards wine tasting and tour with Colby Frey and a music workshop at the Barkley Theatre. Sa, 9/10, 9:45am. $125 per person. Rambling River Ranches, 3975 Reno Highway, Fallon, (775) 423-4556.

TRAILS & VISTAS ART HIKES: The annual event combines site-specific art installations with music, performance art, sculpture and literary arts. Sa, 9/10, 9am-3:15pm. $12-$45. Spooner Lake State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, www.trailsandvistas.org.

TRAINING ASTRONAUTS FOR SPACE MISSIONS: Science Saturdays include interactive simulations and workshops to integrate learning, fun and imagination for children 8 to 12 years old. Each monthly event features a different theme relating to space and technology, where participants can become an astronaut or scientist for the day. Sa, 9/10, 9:30am-1pm. $12. National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300, www.nevadachallenger.org.

Art ARTE ITALIA: Italian-American Cinema: From Capra to the Coppolas. This exhibit curated by the Museo Italo Americano at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco features written and photographic panel displays, videos, memorabilia and graphic art. Th-Su, noon-5pm through 9/18. Free. 442 Flint St., (775) 333-0310.

State Swimmer. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents artwork by artist Michael Malley at the Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room. M-Th, 8am-5pm through 11/10. Free. 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 887-2290, www.arts-initiative.org.

CARSON CITY COURTHOUSE GALLERY: New Crop 2016. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents artwork by five Sierra Nevada College and University of Nevada, Reno master of fine arts candidates. M-F, 8am5pm through 9/29. Free. 885 E. Musser St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.

FRONT DOOR GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Brett Flanigan. The first show in University Galleries’ new mural series features mural art by the Oaklandbased artist. M-F through 11/11. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.

HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY AT BIBO COFFEE CO.: Pink Cheeks. Local artist Megan Lynch’s exhibition features bright and bold illustrations showcasing women of all different shapes and colors. M-Su through 9/30. Free. 945 Record St., (775) 348-8087, www.hollandreno.org.

MYSTIQUE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: Diversity: Invitational Photography Show. The Charlie B Gallery and Mystique Restaurant & Lounge presents this Northern Nevada photography show featuring work by 13 Nevada photographers. M-Su through 9/17. Free. 318 N.Carson St., Carson City, (775) 434-7404.

OXS GALLERY, NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL: Mi Casa es Mi Casa. In the Nevada Arts Council’s latest OXS Gallery exhibit, Justin Favela looks at the idea of “home.” The native Nevadan pays homage to his Guatemalan maternal grandmother by recreating objects found in her home. Objects that have been part of the domestic landscape for his entire life have helped form his identity and in the exhibition, represent the love he has for his grandmother and her home. M-F, 8am-5pm through 10/14. Free. 716 N. Carson St., Ste. A, Carson City, (775) 6876680, http://nac.nevadaculture.org.

SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Treasured Objects. This exhibition celebrates favorite items from the University Galleries’ collection. Tu-F, noon-4pm through 9/8; Sameer Farooq: Blind Forms. Sameer Farooq will begin his project with a roundtable on campus for invited scholars and the public, collection visits among UNR’s museums and an exhibition of his work in Sheppard Contemporary. First Tu-Th of every month, noon-4pm through 10/22. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.

SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM: Show Your Colors. Sparks Museum & Cultural Center presents the work of Sierra Watercolor Society artists. A portion of art sales benefit the Sparks Museum. An artists’ reception will be held on Sept. 24. Tu-Sa through 10/1. Free. 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, www.sparksmuseum.org.


TAHOE GALLERY AT SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE:  When The Road Was A River. Recent works  from alumni and 2015 POD Award recipient Tom Letson. M-F through 9/23; Th, 9/22, 5-7pm. 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775)  831-1314.

CAll For Artists CALL FOR ART: OCTOBER POP-UP SHOW: Pitch  Black Printing Company will host an alienthemed Halloween pop-up show on Oct. 22.  Artists of all genres are encouraged to submit work with an alien-related, Halloween  theme. Work must be submitted by Sept. 24.  Visit website for details. M-Su through 9/24.  Free. Pitch Black Printing Company, 1108  California Ave., www.pitchblackprintingco. com.

four-concert series beginning on Sept. 11.  The series commemorates the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and features  Brahms’ A German Requiem and Lalo’s  Symphonie Espagnole with guest artist  Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin. Su, 9/11, 3pm.  $5-$40, free for youth under age 18 in nonpreferred seating. St. Rose of Lima Catholic  Church, 100 Bishop Manogue Drive, W, 9/14, 7pm. $5-$40; free for youth under age 18  in non-preferred seating. Corpus Christi  Catholic Church, 3597 N. Sunridge Drive,  Carson City, (775) 313-9697.

PIPES ON THE RIVER: The Friday lunchtime concert series features guest artists performing on the church’s Casavant pipe organ.  F, noon. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 200  Island Ave., (775) 329-4279, www.trinityreno. org.

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R. CARLOS NAKAI: NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE: Nakai 

MuseuMs FOURTH WARD SCHOOL MUSEUM: The Comstock  Through Time. This exhibit highlights some of  the history of the Comstock through photographs and personal accounts. Then-andnow photographs help to emphasize the  changes in the community and surrounding  area. Books, journal entries and oral histories will give the visitor a first-hand account  of daily life. M-Su, 10am-5pm through 10/31.  $3-$5, free for children age 5 and younger.  537 S. C St., Virginia City,   http://fourthwardschool.org.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Anthony McCall: 

Swell, W-Su through 1/8; Ai Weiwei—Circle  of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, W-Su through 10/23; Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic  Mountains, W-Su through 5/11; Trevor Paglen:  Orbital Reflector, W-Su through 12/31; Tilting  the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada,  W-Su through 10/23; Anna McKee: 68,000  Years of Ice, W-Su through 9/18; Andrea  Zittel: Wallsprawl, W-Su through 12/31;  Contemporary Nevada: State of the State,  W-Su through 10/23. $1-$10. 160 W. Liberty St.,  (775) 329-3333.

WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Married to Adventure. The  safari-themed exhibition tells the story of  Martin and Osa Johnson—daring naturalists, filmmakers, photographers, explorers  and American heroes of the 1910s-1930s.  This exhibition is on loan from the Safari  Museum in Chanute, Kansas and features  more than 100 original photographs, movie  posters and artifacts that capture the  romance and adventure that characterized  Martin and Osa’s life together. W-Su through 10/30. $9 adults, $8 seniors, children. 1595 N.  Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.

FilM WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR: Join  Friends of Black Rock/High Rock for a funfilled evening with food and drink, watching  inspiring films about nature. Food trucks  will be on site, as well as adult beverages  for purchase. F, 9/9, 5-10pm. $10-$12. Robert  Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch  Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road,  (775) 557-2900, http://blackrockdesert.org/ wild-scenic-2016.

melds classical training with the traditional  haunting sound of his cedar flute. He will be  joined by luthier William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman. Tu, 9/13, 5:30pm. Free.  Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake  Highway, Spanish Springs, W, 9/14, 3:30pm.  Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center  St., (775) 327-8312.

RBS’ BALLOONS & BLUES STRUT: The Reno Blues  Society’s inaugural pub crawl event takes  place during the weekend of the Great Reno  Balloon Race. Five venues on East Fourth  Street feature a local blues band playing  from 5:30-9:30pm. The band lineup includes  the Whiskey Haulers starting things off  from 5:30-8:30pm at Abby’s Highway 40, the  Rick Hammond Band playing from 6-8pm  at Davidson’s Distillery, Rick Metz and  friends taking the stage from 6-9pm at the  Morris Burner Hostel, the Jason King Band  performing from 6:30-9pm at Studio on 4th  and the Blues Monsters capping the evening  off from 7-9:30pm at the Lincoln Lounge.  Wristbands will be available at any of the  venues. This event is a fundraiser for the  Reno Blues Society. Sa, 9/10, 5:30-9:30pm. $5  day of event at any of the venues. Studio on  4th, 432 E. Fourth St., www.renoblues.org.

SOARING SOLO RELEASE PARTY: Join University  of Nevada, Reno professor Stephanie  Sant’Ambrogio as she shares highlights from  her recent Soaring Solo CD release with  music by Debussy, de Falla, Hindemith, Satie,  Schnittke and more. Special guest is pianist  Christina Wright-Ivanova. F, 9/9, 7:30pm.  Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno,  1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

WORLD CONCERT: A PEACE PROJECT OF TRUCKEE TAHOE: Take a trip around the world with  Trails & Vistas World Concert featuring San  Diego band Todo Mundo with their blend  of rumba, reggae, samba and gypsy and a  message of equality and diversity. Opening  acts include Peter Joseph Burtt, Emily  Tessmer, Motoshi Kosako, performance  painting with Susie Alexander and a few  surprise guests. The World Concert for  Peace will be the finale of the Lake Tahoe  Shakespeare Encore Showcase Series. Sa, 9/10, 6:30pm. $24-$69. Sand Harbor State  Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775)  831-0494, www.trailsandvistas.org.

sports & Fitness GALENA CREEK GUIDED HIKE: Join a natural-

MusiC 9/11 MEMORIAL SERIES: TOCCATA—Tahoe  Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will finalize  their 2016 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a 

ist along one of the Galena Park trails and  learn about the area. Bring water, sunscreen, hiking boots or snowshoes (depending on weather.) Sa, 10am. $5 suggested  donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250  Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

Aisle always love you My boyfriend and I have been together for a year and a half, and we really love each other. His parents adore me and are thrilled that he might not die alone. After his mom saw us being all cuddly in the supermarket, she warned him that we may be getting in people’s way or annoying them by “hanging all over each other.” We aren’t doing anything dirty or gross—just hand-holding, play wrestling, quick kisses. She wondered whether we do this because one of us is insecure. I felt sort of offended. We’re just affectionate. Even if what you’re publicly displaying is affection, not foreplay, there are a number of reasons it may make onlookers uncomfortable: It’s them. (They were raised to think PDA is not OK.) It’s their relationship. (The more warm, cuddly and adorbs you two are the more you remind them that their relationship temperature is about 3 degrees above “bitter divorce.”) It’s the wrong time and place. (They’re watching you do muggy headlocks at Granny’s funeral.) You’re actually onto something by being so physically demonstrative. Charles Darwin observed that expressing the physical side of an emotion—that is, “the outward signs,” like the yelling that goes with rage—amps up the emotion. Modern research finds that he was right. For example, clinical psychologist Joan Kellerman and her colleagues had total strangers do something lovers do—gaze deeply into each others eyes. Subjects who did this for just two minutes “reported significantly more feelings of attraction, interest, warmth, etc. for each other” than subjects in the “control” condition (who spent the two minutes looking down at each others’ hands). The upshot? Act cuddly-cuddly and cuddly-cuddly feelings should follow. Maybe you can science his mom into feeling better by explaining this. Consider that she may just be worried that you two are going to burn yourselves out. If you think that’s part of it, you might clue her in on what the greeting cards don’t tell you: Love is also a biochemical process, and a year and a half in, you’re surely out of the hormonal hurricane stage. You also might dial it down a little around her—not

because you’re doing anything wrong but because it’s nice to avoid worrying Mumsy if you can. The reality is, we all sometimes get in other people’s way when we’re trying to find something at the supermarket—organic broccolini … grape kombucha … precancerous polyp in the girlfriend’s throat.

Florist Gump I love my girlfriend, but the other night on the phone, I said something that really hurt her feelings. I was out with my guy friends, and one said, “Get her flowers. Girls love that stuff.” I ran around in the middle of the night looking for them. I had to hit a slew of 7-Elevens. I came home with a rose and told her about my treasure hunt to find it. She loved it, and all was forgiven. For a flower? I don’t get it. A rose can also be a form of information—one that anthropologists call a “costly signal.” A costly signal is a message that’s more than just words—meaning it involves an investment of time, effort, risk and/ or money, which tells the recipient that it’s more likely to be sincere. To be willing to burn money on something so intrinsically useless suggests you’re either a natural-born idiot or so in love that it makes you droopingly dim. But, as you might argue, you only spent a few bucks on that rose. Well, context counts. Research by evolutionary social psychologist Yohsuke Ohtsubo and his colleagues points out that buying just one flower will make you look cheap—but only when “a more costly option (is) available” (like if you’re at a florist). Otherwise, effort counts. In other words, if you only bring your woman a single rose, casually mention that you got it by crawling over broken glass to 7-Eleven while dodging gunfire from the Albanian mob. Or that you at least tried Rite Aid, CVS and 12 other 7-Elevens first. Ω

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Two 7-year-old girls

showed me three tricks I could use to avoid taking myself too seriously and getting too attached to my dignity. I’m offering these tricks to you just in time for the letting-go phase of your astrological cycle. Trick No. 1: Speak in a made-up language for at least 10 minutes. Example: “Groftyp hulbnu wivgeeri proot xud amasterulius. Quoshibojor frovid zemplissit.” Trick No. 2: Put a different kind of shoe and sock on each foot and pretend you’re two people stuck in a single body. Give each side of you a unique nickname. Trick No. 3: Place an unopened bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips on a table, then bash your fist down on it, detonating a loud popping sound and unleashing a spray of crumbs out the ends of the bag. Don’t clean up the mess for at least an hour.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In accordance with

the astrological omens, I suggest you spend less energy dwelling in profane time so you expand your relationship with sacred time. If that’s of interest to you, consider the following definitions. Profane time happens when you’re engulfed in the daily grind. Swarmed by a relentless flurry of immediate concerns, you are held hostage by the chatter of your monkey mind. Being in sacred time attunes you to the relaxing hum of eternity. It enables you to be in intimate contact with your soul’s deeper agenda, and affords you extra power to transform yourself in harmony with your noble desires and beautiful intentions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): About 1.7 million years

ago, our human ancestors began using primitive hand axes made from rocks. This technology remained in use for over 60,000 generations before anyone invented more sophisticated tools and implements. Science writer Marcus Chown refers to this period as “the million years of boredom.” Its slow pace contrasts sharply with technology’s brisk evolution in the last 140 years. In 1880, there were no cars, planes, electric lights, telephones, TVs or internet. I surmise that you’re leaving your own phase of relatively slow progress, Gemini. In the coming months, I expect your transformations will progress with increasing speed—starting soon.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Prediction No. 1: You

will attract truckloads of good luck by working to upgrade and refine the way you communicate. Prediction No. 2: You will tickle the attention of interesting people who could ultimately provide you with clues you will need to thrive in 2017. Prediction No. 3: You will discover secrets of how to articulate complicated feelings and subtle ideas that have been locked inside you. Prediction No. 4: You’ll begin a vibrant conversation that will continue to evolve for a long time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You know you have a

second brain in your gut, right? (If not, read this: http://bit.ly/secondbrain.) During the past three weeks, I have been beaming telepathic instructions toward this smart part of you. Here’s an edited version of the message I’ve been sending: “Cultivate your tenacity, darling. Build up your stamina, sweetheart. Feed your ability to follow through on what you’ve started, beautiful. Be persistent and spunky and gritty, my dear.” Alas, I’m not sure my psychic broadcasts have been as effective as I’d hoped. I think you need further encouragement. So please summon more fortitude and staying power, you gutsy stalwart. Be staunch and dogged and resolute, you stouthearted powerhouse.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The last few weeks have been fraught with rich plot twists, naked dates with destiny and fertile turning points. I expect there will be further intrigue in the near future. A fierce and tender decision at a crossroads? The unexpected arrival of a hot link to the future? A karmic debt that’s canceled or forgiven? In light of the likelihood that the sweet-and-sour, confusingand-revelatory drama will continue, I encourage you to keep your levels of relaxed intensity turned up high. More than I’ve seen in a long time, you have the magic and the opportunity to transform what needs to be transformed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming days, you will have more than your usual access to help and guidance. Divine interventions are possible. Special dispensations and charmed coincidences, too. If you don’t believe in fairy dust, magic beans and lucky potions, maybe you should set that prejudice aside for a while. Subtle miracles are more likely to bestow their gifts if your reasonable theories don’t get in the way. Here’s an additional tip: Don’t get greedy. Use the openings you’re offered with humility and gratitude.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When my

daughter Zoe was growing up, I wanted her to be familiar with the origins of ordinary stuff that she benefited from. That’s why I took her to small farms where she could observe the growth and harvest of organic food crops. We visited manufacturing facilities where cars, furniture, toys and kitchen sinks were built. She saw bootmakers creating boots and professional musicians producing songs in recording studios. And much more. I would love it if you would give yourself comparable experiences in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. It’s an excellent time to commune with the sources of things that nurture you and make your life better.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Unless you were

brought up by a herd of feral donkeys, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to embark on your second childhood. Unless you’re allergic to new ideas, the foreseeable future will bring you strokes of curious luck that inspire you to change and change and change your mind. And unless you are addicted to your same old stale comforts, life will offer you chances to explore frontiers that could expose you to thrilling new comforts.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): These days,

my dear, your eccentric beauty is even more unkempt than usual. I like it. It entertains and charms me. And as for your idiosyncratic intelligence: That, too, is messier and cuter and even more interesting than ever before. I’m inclined to encourage you to milk this unruly streak for all its potential. Maybe it will provoke you to experiment in situations where you’ve been too accepting of the stagnant status quo. And perhaps it will embolden you to look for love and money in more of the right places.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m giving you an

ultimatum, Pisces: Within the next 144 hours, I demand that you become at least 33 percent happier. Fifty percent would be even better. Somehow you’ve got to figure out what you can do to enhance your sense of well-being and increase your enjoyment of life. I’m sort of joking, but on the other hand I’m completely serious. From my perspective, it’s essential that you feel really good in the coming days. Abundant pleasure is not merely a luxury, but rather a necessity. Do you have any ideas about how to make this happen? Start here: (1) Identify your four most delightful memories, and re-enact them in your imagination. (2) Go see the people whose influences most thoroughly animate your self-love.

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Chocolatier

Where did the idea for Sugar Love University come from? I was looking for a way to do a monthly event where I got to show off the chocolates. I make a monthly flavor as it is, but I wasn’t doing enough to celebrate the fact that I created a new recipe every single month. I didn’t want to do just another chocolate and wine tasting, because pretty much every chocolate store in America does that. So I was talking to Annie Flanzraich, who is helping me with this project. … It was towards the end of our meeting, and I just started getting really nerdy about the chemistry and makeup of chocolate when it’s in the perfect temper. … And she said, “Oh, my god, it’s like you’re schooling me. And so that’s kind of what set it off. … It’s really teachings through tastings.

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Krysta Bea Jackson, owner of  Sugar Love Chocolates, 50 S.  Virginia St., is teaching monthly  courses through June 2017. Called  Sugar Love University, the lecture  and tasting series covers topics  ranging from the influence of Latin  American flavors in chocolate  making to gendered ideas about  chocolate. Learn more by visiting:  www.sugarlovechocolates. eventbrite.com.  

Tell me a little bit about the different courses? It was a little bit difficult to come up with 11 all at once. … The first one was the most obvious, which was the history of chocolate. So I made five chocolates that kind of mirrored or were good examples of five major movements in chocolate history. So I told them about each period, and then had them try it. … This upcoming one in September is a seminar in textures. … A lot of them are also topics that I just want to research more about. The one during December, which is during a holiday time for most major religions—I want to research how chocolate was used throughout the different religions. When it came to Europe, the Jewish population is really who perfected

chocolate making. … When the Jews got pushed out of Spain—one of the many times—they settled in Southern France and then also into Amsterdam. Well, that’s two of the oldest capitals of chocolate in the world. … Even though I’m doing these presentations, it’s almost like I’m assigning myself research projects.

I was going to ask you to tell me something surprising about chocolate, but you’ve already done that. Did you know it’s a non-Newtonian fluid? It means that it doesn’t behave exactly like most liquids. … When it freezes—when it’s solid, right?—it’s colder, the ambient temperature is colder. … Chocolate, first of all, never truly becomes solid. It’s still seven to 11 percent liquid, even when we consider it solid. It’s actually smaller when it becomes a solid. All of my chocolates are molded. That’s because when it’s liquid, it fills the mold. It just shrinks a little bit when it becomes solid. So it can pop from the mold. … There’s nothing I need to add to the mold to help them pop out. … And then, of course, it can be solid or liquid at the same temperature. …

I feel silly for not knowing that. No. And that’s the thing—my undergrad is in French literature, so learning about non-Newtonian fluids is definitely harder for me, I think. Ω

by BRUCE VAN DYKE

Hillary Hillary I’m having a tough time figuring  exactly why I’m supposed to mistrust Hillary so totally (and it was  kinda cool recently when she was  introduced for her Reno speech  by Mayor Schieve, making possible  the first Hillary Hoot). I mean, it  can’t be a Benghazi thing, right?  For crissakes, that official Benghazi  Committee of Trey Gowdy’s tried  at least twice to make her cry  in public about that unfortunate  incident in Libya. Each time Hillary  batted the ball across the net and  made the committee look like the  petty witch hunt it was. And let’s  keep all this shit in perspective.  Benghazi resulted in the death of  four—count ’em, four—Americans.  If you’re really looking for evil  screwups in government decisionmaking, sniff around the pant legs  of Dubya, Darth, Rummy and Condi,  who were directly responsible, with  their extremely warped, stupid,  and disastrous “intelligence that 

supports the policy” approach to  Iraq, for (1) deaths of 4,497 Americans, (2) deaths of at least 150,000  Iraqis, (3) incredible hardships  associated with thousands upon  thousands of serious injuries, and  (4) the incineration of over a TRILLION DOLLARS. And—for what? Now  that’s a government fuckup worth  repeated Congressional committee  hounding! It can’t be for Hillary’s email  mess, because I know that most  Americans care about that stuff  as much as I do. Zero. I do not give  a flaming poodle puddle about Hillary’s emails and the servers she  used and blah blah blah. Puhleeze.  Gimme a break. Whatever! All these trifles. Benghazi,  emails, and now, the big bad Clinton  Foundation that merely spends  millions fighting AIDS, deforestation  and malaria (and what exactly are  your contributions in this arena,  Donaldo?). Trifles that show us one 

thing, and one thing only—Republicans are absolutely desperate to  smear the Clinton name, and they’ll  fire up every stinking little trifle  they can find in that pursuit. What we’re seeing here is simply  the effect of one crazed Clintophobic network and a bunch of Clintophobic right wing pundits telling  America repeatedly that Hillary is a  crook and she can’t be trusted and  she should be in jail and they pound  it so relentlessly and steadily that  millions of soft-headed citizens  who can’t be bothered to think for  themselves have finally accepted  all this meaningless ridiculousness  as reality. Lemmingville, man! Well,  I’m sorry, but calling a zebra orange and blue does not make it so.  You know what you can be  suspicious of? The Modern News  Cycle, an utterly insatiable beast  that demands fresh fodder  every three hours.                          Ω

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