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OCTOBER 13, 2016 | VOl. 22, IssuE 35

Arch madness Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. Videos started circulating online  Monday night of a truck intentionally  driving through a crowd of protestors right under the Reno arch—one  of our city’s most recognizable  symbols. Thankfully, apparently no  one was badly hurt. Reno police are  still investigating, though the  videos seem  to present an  incident of deliberate violence  perpetrated for no  reason other than discrimination  and racism—a hate crime. The protest was organized by  American Indian Movement of  Northern Nevada, aimed at protesting the Columbus Day holiday and  raising awareness about issues that  affect our indigenous population. It’s unclear from the video whether the driver was motivated by the  sentiments expressed or because  he was threatened or if he was just  angry because he saw some brown  people expressing their opinions. I really don’t understand why  anyone in this country would feel any  loyalty to Christopher Columbus.  (I like that we Nevadans celebrate  Nevada Day instead of Columbus  Day.) Columbus was an imperialist  who got lost on a colonial mission. He  has nothing to do with the ideals on  which this county was founded—the  right to express opinions and to protest peacefully, and an acceptance  of diversity. Those were the rights  exercised by the protesters. Here’s where I get really disappointed in our town: reading the  comments on social media and news  stories about the incident—things  like “It’s too bad that they weren’t  seriously injured” and “They threatened him with violence and he had  no choice but to drive through them.  Sad that none of them died” along  with racial epithets and victimblaming. It’s as if telling someone  to turn around or even shouting  obscenities at someone is the same  as intentionally plowing into a crowd  with a piece of heavy machinery. It’s probably a stretch to connect  what’s happening locally to things  on the national stage, but we have a  major party presidential candidate  with a crudely cavalier attitude  about assault. And I fear that, in  some circles, even in this town, that  attitude is catching. 

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

Tax dollars at work Re “Pot tale of the week” (Upfront, Sept. 29): I was stationed in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, from September 1965 until December 1966. Like many of my fellow 173rd Airborne troopers, I bought what looked like Marlboro cigarette packs from a little old lady in the Ville. They were perfect, including the little red tear-off strip. It was the best weed I’ve ever smoked. Each joint looked like a cigarette, no twisted ends. Although I didn’t smoke tobacco, there was always a Marlboro pack on the top shelf of my footlocker—even during inspections. Several years ago, I met a friend of a friend who had been high up in the Army MP command in Saigon at that time. I asked him about the Marlboro Weed. He laughed and told me it was a CIA project. The idea was to get Charlie stoned so he wouldn’t plant booby traps. My first marijuana was supplied to me by the US Government. Pretty cool, aye? Larry Heer Carnelian Bay

Tourism dollars at work Re “Pot tale of the week” (Upfront, Oct. 6): Reno is many things, including a tourist destination. If Question Two passes at this November’s polls and pot use for those ages 21 and over is legalized, I hope more tourists come for that reason. Once here, they’ll be able to partake of our entertainment offerings and outdoor recreation, as well. Recreational marijuana use doesn’t personally interest me much, but I’m voting yes on Question 2—and with much more enthusiasm than for a presidential candidate. Michael Sion Reno

(MVPT), now called governmental services tax, which now plagues us at registration renewal time. Sadly, the “make up” revenues have not come close to making up the lost sales tax revenues in Washoe County or its political subdivisions. Since then, a series of measures involving caps and abatements further stultified property tax revenues which otherwise would have (should have) resulted in robust growth during the real estate boom. The formation of redevelopment districts, the creation and use of STAR bonds, and a batch of well orchestrated tax aversion strategies by other “stakeholders” (notably not students), conspired to further choke off local governments—including the school district’s—resources. And don’t even get me started on our state’s practice of depreciating improvements to real property—the only state to do so. I grew up in upstate New York where property taxes are huge. That’s what supports their schools and damn, they’ve got good schools. Terri Thomas Reno Editor’s note: Ms. Thomas is former finance director for the Sparks city government.

Correction Re “Classic choice” (Elections, Oct. 10): We reported that school board candidate Angie Taylor won the district E seat when her opponent withdrew. Actually, she won it when she received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election. We’re sorry for any confusion.


Sales tax dollars at work Re “Stop making cents” (cover story, Sept. 22): The feature by Dennis Myers was very informative. But there is more to the story of how sales tax became a monster. In 1981, the “tax shift” legislation was enacted, which was Nevada’s response to California’s Prop. 13. The law limited tax levies to $3.64 per $100 of assessed valuation. (The state constitutional limit is $5.) So we ended up with more acronyms for sales tax—BCCRT and SCCRT, for basic and supplemental city/county relief tax to “make up” for reduced property tax revenues. In 1991, we had another tax shift of sales tax revues from (chiefly) Washoe County to Clark County called Fair Share, or Assembly Bill 104, which lost us about $17 million when it was enacted. But the legislature gave us “make up” revenues—an amalgam of five resources, including real property transfer tax and motor vehicle privilege tax Eric Marks, Jose Olivares, Jessica Santina, Todd South, Luka Starmer, Brendan Trainor, Bruce Van Dyke, Allison Young Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Brad Bynum News Editor Dennis Myers Special Projects Editor Jeri Chadwell-Singley Arts Editor Kris Vagner Calendar Editor Kelley Lang Contributors Amy Alkon, Matt Bieker, Bob Grimm, Anna Hart, Ashley Hennefer, Shelia Leslie,

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How do you feel when people say Ne-vaw-duh? asKed at dreamer’s coFFeehouse & deli, 701 s. virginia st. Br adle y Fleegle Math teacher

I definitely notice it, but I—I don’t know—I don’t care very much. I listen to a podcast, and the host always says Ne-vawduh. And it irks me a little bit, but I can’t blame him for not knowing better. It stands out. I notice it, but I don’t care.

daniel Pat terson Nursing student

I feel like they’re not pronouncing it properly. It generally bugs me whenever someone doesn’t pronounce something properly, so, yeah.

Jacqueline cole Artist

The alarmist campaign “Let’s you and him fight” is a comic line that has been employed everywhere from a Popeye cartoon to psychiatrist Eric Berne’s Games People Play. In this year’s campaign, affluent businesspeople have been using it: “Let’s you pay more for schools.” For decades, groups like the League of Women Voters and the Nevada Women’s Lobby have carefully built the case for the notion that well-funded schools attract good companies to the state, and business lobbyists have countered that, no, low taxes bring them here. So it should be a surprise that businesspeople are behind the ballot measure, WC-1, that seeks an eighth Washoe sales tax increase—the sixth increase solely for schools. But it’s no surprise, because this is their favorite tax, one that socks low-income people harder than the affluent. Realtors alone have ponied up more than $200,000 to pass WC-1. One reader angrily wrote us that “we have absolutely no alternative” than the one on the ballot, and that the public has to act now. That’s the line the business campaign sells, but actually, there is neither urgency nor a single choice. Yes, the business committee that drafted the ballot measure had limited options. The Nevada Legislature has more. This school year’s Washoe school budget is already set. However the public votes on WC-1, the impact will fall on the 2017-2018 school year—after the next session of the Nevada Legislature, at which Washoe County’s legislative delegation can do something more about our school funding than this slapped-together, regressive ballot measure. The legislative session begins just 12 weeks after the election and winds up at the end of the school year. Legislators

could choose from building impact fees, room taxes and the real estate transfer tax—school funding sources in other counties but denied Washoe. Since 1955, low-income Nevadans have carried the burden of the sales tax. It’s time they had some relief. It is not time to raise the sales tax. It is time to reduce it. There is no campaign against WC-1, which makes the role of journalists all the more important—and they are taking a dive. It also makes the role of Democrats more important, but when choosing between the working poor and teachers, they leave workers behind. Bernie Sanders supporters who said they would champion the working poor after the convention are similarly silent on this tax. The business community’s tax breaks have drained sales taxes from schools. In other words, the school shortfall is partly due to the business community that now seeks higher sales taxes. Comically, WC-1 advocate Richard Jay wrote somewhat confusedly on his group’s Facebook page, “Panasonic/Tesla is taking resume for 400 plus jobs now, it will only increase not to mention Switch and other companies coming here. The state created the tax deals, the school districts must find a funding source to fix old schools and build new ones. Where do we find the funds?” The late Sen. Debbie Smith tried to repair the school drain from STAR bonds and broke her pick trying. A regressive tax hike is no remedy for the business community’s unrelenting desire for more and more incentives. Moreover, approving another sales tax hike provides no disincentive for business to go back to the sales tax well again the next time. Ω

I think it’s correct, because it’s Paiute, I believe. I mean, everybody has a different way of saying everything. ... It doesn’t really bother me. But I think it helps if people are pronouncing things the way they’re supposed to be pronounced. … I’ve always said Ne-vadd-duh. christine galve z Cook

It’s like pa-tay-to, pa-tawto, for me. It does, like, have that itch—someone saying Ne-vawduh instead of Ne-vadd-uh. … But then especially if you have a distress over that someone. … For example, Trump when he said, “Ne-vaw-duh.” It’s like, “Shut up. That’s not how you say it.” Kha tr an Packer

It really doesn’t bug me. I don’t know. I don’t care how people say Ne-vadd-uh. Maybe if I didn’t like the person, then it would really bug me. But if I did like the person, it would be like a little giggle, you know?

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by Sheila leSlie

Call it an Amodei Dear Mark, Despite our political differences, I always enjoyed your company in Carson City. You were friendly and easy to work with, and you had a wicked sense of humor. I remember once we were both at a legislative meeting in an unlikely place, and our plane home was late. We visited for several hours that afternoon over beers at the airport bar, some serious conversation punctuated with lots of laughter as you poked fun at our political colleagues whose opinion of themselves soared with every election. It was obvious you cared deeply about Nevada, but you never took yourself all that seriously. I appreciated your humility and openness. I never got the sense you thought you had all the answers. Then you went to Congress and just like Dean Heller, you morphed into a person I hardly recognized, taking far-right positions that I scarcely believed you embraced. I understand that to be a Republican in Washington these days means you must abandon the common-sense middle and

constantly retreat to a partisan position, but that’s not compatible with the problemsolver you used to be. When you expressed a desire to move back to Nevada sooner rather than later, I certainly understood. But now you’ve crossed a boundary that belies your intelligence, becoming the state chair of the Trump campaign. It’s shocking, really, since I know you don’t concur with Trump’s racist, sexist and incoherent positions. You’re much too smart for that. Trump seems like someone you would delight in skewering, citing his pathological lying, his misogyny, his racist tendencies, his reality-show personality and his inane policies. I know Trump wasn’t your first or even second choice in the Republican primaries, as you supported Jeb Bush and then Marco Rubio. Earlier in the campaign cycle you told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Trump would either be the next messiah or a smoking black hole in the ground. Can we now assume you think he’s our Savior? You told the RG-J that you’re leading his

campaign to better position Nevada in the game of political favors, but to millions of women, Latinos and African-Americans, Trump’s leadership is no game. On your Facebook page, “Amodei for Nevada,” there’s a raging battle over your decision to lead the Trump campaign in Nevada, with many of your former supporters declaring they’ll never vote for you again. Other Republican stalwarts applaud your decision. The dialogue between you and your high school government teacher is especially revealing. Your angry defensiveness suggests you too have doubts about the wisdom of a President Trump, as you hang your hat on your promise to support the party’s nominee. I’ve rarely seen you so thin-skinned. How can you stomach it? Setting politics aside, how can you lead a campaign for a man who uses vulgar, violent language against women suggesting that his power and celebrity entitle him to use their bodies for his own gratification?

How can you endorse a businessman who delights in cheating his workers by paying them a fraction of what he owes, claiming he didn’t like their work so they deserved less than what he promised to pay? A businessman who loses $916 million one year and probably avoids income tax for decades. How can you subject Nevada to an administration run by this charlatan? His remarks are not hyperbole as you suggest, but more indicative of a man who is morally bankrupt. I understand that the small counties keep your House district safely Republican, and you only fear a challenge from the right. But defending Trump leaves a lasting black mark on your political legacy. There’s still time to renounce him, Mark. Do it for Nevada. Do it for your daughters. Do it for yourself. Ω The Facebook comments Sheila Leslie describes are at



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Not-so-special session The Nevada Supreme Court ruled September 29 that the educational savings accounts (ESA) program passed in the last Nevada Legislature is constitutional, but the legislators must devise a new way to fund it. No, the Governor’s call for a special session is not to help parents who wanted to send their children to a better school using the ESA school choice program. Rather, it’s to approve a tax giveaway to multi-billionaires to subsidize the National Football League, the most prosperous of all professional sports leagues. The children of Nevada can just get in line for their educational funding, because Nevada’s one percent want We the People to pay for their brand new money-making wonderland. If the legislature rubber stamps the proposal of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Silver and Black will move from Oakland to Las Vegas, subsidized indirectly by the citizens of North Las Vegas. National Football Association

stadiums promote corporate luxury boxes, not the poor man’s seats. I don’t expect the folks in North Las Vegas will purchase many luxury boxes built with room tax money that could have provided better schools or roads for them. Raider Nation arose after the team moved back to Oakland in 1995 from its previous hiatus in Los Angeles. Oakland plays second fiddle to beautiful San Francisco, so Raider Nation fans wear the most outrageous costumes of any NFL fan base as an expression of their underdog status. Will the black hole soon become the blackjack hole? Will the Oakland Raiders become the Las Vegas Dealers? The Sands Casino, Majestic Realty and the Oakland Raiders are proposing a room tax hike to subsidize the move to the tune of $750 million. The newly resettled Los Angeles Rams, formerly of St. Louis, at least had the common decency to build a stadium with their own money. NFL owners have been

shamed into doing that lately. Las Vegas is not known for its decency or sense of shame. And even the Rams stiffed the citizens of St. Louis by leaving the city holding a hundred million in bond debt. Economists have published study after study demonstrating taxpayer funded stadiums are not a good public investment. Stadiums make money primarily for the owners and the food courts, but the neighborhoods are not better off. Two groups are already opposing public funding for the Las Vegas stadium. One is Nevadans for the Common Good. Joining them in expressing opposition is the Nevada Taxpayers Association. The NTA is under new management now that Carole Vilardo, famous in Carson City for her Kentucky Derby style hats, has retired after over 30 years at the helm. The essence of crony capitalism is private profits made with public risk. Owners and investors in the new stadium are insured against risk by Nevada taxes.

As they have in the past, the Raiders could get tired of Las Vegas and move back to the Bay Area or somewhere else. Or they could simply hold taxpayers hostage to demands for more stadium improvements. Republican legislators wanted to provide new funding for the ESA choice program during the special session. But Gov. Sandoval said the funding question would be taken up in the regular legislative session. Republicans should demand that any special session takes up this vital issue while they still hold the majority. The governor seems to think his primary duty is keeping Nevada’s power brokers happy. Their plans deserve our representatives’ undivided attention. The children of Nevada? They can wait. And if the Democrats take back control of the 2017 legislature? Their wait could be a long one. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Ten year echo

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck held a news conference in Reno on Oct. 1.

While doing a little research we found this in the Oct. 30, 2006 Sparks Tribune column of Andrew Barbano: “If growth paid for itself, would we need a WC-1 on the Washoe County ballot which seeks to impose the latest regressive sales tax increase for police and fire personnel and the buildings to house them?”


one wrong word geTs you killed Last week, as visitors tend to do, Donald Trump in Reno pronounced Nevada Nuh-vaw-duh instead of Nuh-vadd-uh. This “issue” is likely to get more ink and air time in the state this year than, say, Trump’s positions on public lands or Yucca Mountain or any other Nevada-related matter. Many visitors to the state, such as George W. Bush, mispronounce its name. But Trump did add a new wrinkle to the experience—he stood before the crowd of Nevadans and argued with them when they corrected him. And in one of those truly weird things he tends to say from time to time, he told the crowd that someone was killed for mispronouncing the state’s name: “If you don’t say it correctly—and it didn’t happen to me, but it happened to a friend of mine, he was killed.” According to the Nevada State Prison, it has been decades since anyone was executed for pronouncing the state’s name incorrectly.

PoT Tale of The week In a letter to the editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal about Nevada’s marijuana ballot measure, Joe Kotas of Reno wrote, “According to, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s official tally on major crimes from 2014 to 2015 (the last year of available data), homicides are up 14.7 percent, rapes are up 10.6 percent, robberies are up 9.6 percent, motor vehicle theft us up 27.7 percent and the only crime category dropping was burglary, which was down .9 percent.” What Mr. Kotas neglected to do was show any linkage between marijuana and those statistics. Actually, these crime increases have nothing to do with Colorado specifically. They are happening across the United States. For instance: “Dallas on pace for highest murder rate since ’07” (WFAA); “Chicago Drives Uptick in Murders” (U.S. News & World Report); “Chicago Murder Rate Pales To That In San Bernardino” (International Business Times); “Louisiana tops murder rate—again” (INDsider); “Dayton homicide rate rising” (Dayton Daily News); “In Las Vegas, Rising Murders Strain a Police Force Used to Solving Them” (New York Times). According to the most recent annual crime statistics, released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Sept. 26, substantial percentage increases were seen nationally in murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault and property crimes. As we reported earlier (“Pot tale of the week,” RN&R, Sept. 29), according to President Nixon’s marijuana commission, marijuana “was usually found to inhibit the expression of aggressive impulses. … In fact, only a small proportion of the marihuana users among any group of criminals or delinquents known to the authorities and appearing in study samples had ever been arrested or convicted for such violent crimes as murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault or armed robbery.” And: “US And Colorado Murder Rates Have Jumped, But They’re Still Historically Low” (Colorado NPR). —Dennis Myers

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Abortion returns Senate candidates face off on the issue abortion, an issue long thought more or less settled in Nevada, has re-emerged to enter the U.S. Senate race between Republican Joe Heck and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. Heck calls himself a “pro-life candidate,” the kind of label Nevada Republicans have avoided since Nevadans voted for abortion rights in a landslide in 1990. The temperature of the abortion issue in the Senate campaign was raised when an arm of Planned Parenthood produced a television spot that charged Heck voted to “criminalize abortion for rape victims,” which is not true. The spot cited as its source an article posted on Politico, and that article does not contain any substantiation for the charge. More to the point, the legislation at issue in the Politico article—the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” or HR 3803—contained language protecting women who obtain abortions from prosecution.

Heck did cosponsor and vote for the bill, which failed to achieve the required supermajority vote. Another claim in the same spot—that Heck has voted repeatedly to block funding to Planned Parenthood—is accurate. While Heck calls himself “prolife,” that may be a tactic to attract abortion opponents without seeming extreme on the issue by embracing the kind of add-ons that abortion opponents have championed to reduce abortion access. In an interview with Heck to clarify his position on abortion, he indicated he is staying just inside the line of opposing abortion and not doing much else to stop it. He opposes a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion and supports parental notification but not parental consent laws. He declined to say whether he supports or opposes judicial bypass measures. In addition, in August, a Heck aide implied Heck does not support overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized abortion rights.

Here is the abortion portion of our interview: RN&R: “Would you vote for legal abortion?” HECK: “Well, abortion is legal, per the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, so until the Supreme Court changes their decision, there’s no vote to be had. Supreme Court’s already decided.” RN&R: “I understand, but Congress has bills all the time that are unconstitutional.” HECK: “Well, I think that the Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue, and until the Supreme Court changes their mind or reissues their decision that’s ultimately what we will follow.” RN&R: “What would you describe your abortion position as?” HECK: “Well, I’m a pro-life candidate, but I support the Hyde amendment. Taxpayer funds should not be used to support abortion with the exception of rape, incest, or life of the mother.” RN&R: “Would you support a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion?” HECK: “No, I don’t believe in changing the constitution on social issues.” RN&R: “Parental notification?” HECK: “I support parental notification. I think it’s important a parent advise on what’s going on with their underage child and has an opportunity to interact with that child and help that child reach a conclusion or a decision on what’s in the best interests of the child.” RN&R: “Parental consent?” HECK: “I don’t think parental consent is necessary. Parental notification is necessary.” RN&R: “Judicial bypass?” HECK: “Judicial bypass in reference to—?” RN&R: “A teenager who goes to a judge to get permission for an abortion without going to her parents.” HECK: “I think there needs to be parental notification.” In August, Cortez Masto put her own abortion spot on the air that stays closer to facts. However, its voice track says Heck “supports overturning Roe vs. Wade, which would allow states to criminalize abortion” over an on-screen slate that reads in part, “Overturn Roe. v. Wade.” That prompted a Heck aide

to tell a reporter Heck “has never stated he supports overturning Roe v. Wade, nor has he ever voted to do so.” Incidentally, no matter what Congress does, the Nevada Legislature could not “criminalize” abortion in the state without a vote of the public. Her emphasis on the issue suggests she thinks she has Heck on the defensive on an issue where Nevadans have spoken forcefully. What is not known is how important the abortion rights issue is to the voters and whether it will determine how they vote in the Senate race. One hint may come from the 1990 balloting. In that case, there were two measures on the ballot side-by-side. One was a referendum on whether to retain Nevada’s Roe-style abortion statute. The other was an initiative petition that would outlaw a state income tax. Four thousand more people wanted to be heard on abortion than income tax—316,711 to 312,414. The vote retained Nevada’s abortion law 63 to 37 percent. It also subjected the law to a voter shield, which is why the legislature cannot change it without another vote of the public.

Cortez Masto has her own handicaps in the race, though they tend to be process issues more than issues that touch people directly. As state attorney general she brought criminal charges against Nevada lieutenant governor Brian Krolicki and an aide on Dec. 4, 2008. The case involved mishandling of funds in a state account, with no money missing. The charges were thrown out of court, and Cortez Masto was accused of trying to clear the way for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s reelection by removing a possible opponent. In another case, Cortez Masto successfully charged Washoe County School Board members with open meeting violations after they had carefully followed their attorney’s advice, something she had promised—both in a previous case and in the state open meeting handbook—not to do to state officeholders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, campaigning for Cortez Masto last week, attacked Heck for trivializing the impact of the mortgage crisis on the public. Heck in 2008 called it a “blip on the radar.” Nevada experienced the highest percentage of foreclosures of any state. Ω

Economic issues get less play in the race

Our full interview with candidate Heck can be read on our Newsview blog.

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Regent race Higher ed, higher tech The race in the Nevada Board of Regents District 9 pits Carol Del Carlo and Sara Lafrance against each other. The regents govern higher education in the state. They are responsible for setting policies and approving budgets for Nevada’s entire public system of higher education. This includes four community colleges, one state college, two universities and one research institute. Board members are elected to serve six-year terms. The two candidates have very similar goals for higher education, but differ in their approach. They see workforce development, especially at the community college level, as vital for Nevadans to fill incoming jobs. The ninth district is one of the largest in the state, covering Esmeralda, Mineral, Lyon, Douglas, Churchill, Storey and Lander counties, plus Carson City and southern Washoe County. This district includes some of the most rural and leastpopulated areas in the state. Del Carlo takes pride in her familiarity with these counties. Her husband’s military service led them to live in different areas of the world. According to Del Carlo, her experience abroad and her prior work with General Motors taught her the “people skills” necessary for success on the board. She says she has been involved in community service throughout her life. She sees her potential involvement with the Board as an extension of it. “I’ve always been a giver, and I just see this as a higher form of public service,” Del Carlo said. “I’ve seen how my state has grown in my life and how important education is. I want to be a part of that.” Del Carlo hopes to increase attention toward community colleges throughout the state. She sees current budgets as weighted


toward four-year colleges. She says shifting the board’s attention toward community colleges will help Nevada’s economy by providing training necessary for the state’s changing economy. “It’s really great to see the state diversifying [economically], so when the next recession hits, we won’t be so dependent on one industry,” Del Carlo said. Although this race is nonpartisan, Del Carlo has received endorsements from conservative politicians in the state, including U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei. Del Carlo said she has been involved in the Republican Party. Lafrance has a more extensive background in higher education. She is involved in four different higher education boards. Lafrance helped start a company involved in technology and software, which she says has given her the knowledge needed to help manage higher ed. She says Nevada’s quickly changing technological jobs need to be matched by the state’s education. “We have to think out of the box and think of more progressive ways to approach education,” Lafrance said. “It’s so important that the new jobs coming into the state are filled by Nevadans.” Lafrance’s plans are fairly concrete. If elected, she has three initiatives she hopes to introduce. The first involves workforce development, especially at the community college level, to fill the high-tech jobs coming to the state of Nevada. The second is to streamline costs and establish creative ways of approaching funding. This includes public and private partnerships for college and university services and educational opportunities. The third involves improving educational access in the rural areas of the state. Establishing distance-learning programs through various means will help students in rural areas, according to Lafrance. She says students in Nevada require the training and skills needed for a changing economy. Lafrance said she has been nonpartisan for the past 20 years. Ω

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Local scientists explore the microscopic worlds


hen I was in the third grade, my class took a field trip to the Ruth Lilly Health Center in Indianapolis. As the lights dimmed in the amphitheater, a spotlight directed our gaze towards TAM—the Transparent Anatomical Manikin best known as the skinless, winged model on the cover of Nirvana’s 1993 album In Utero. Even as 8-year-olds, we knew TAM was beautiful. Her organs blinked on and off while a disembodied voice narrated the story of her parts. We giggled when her breasts flickered and gawked at her endless intestines. But TAM was missing the 100 trillion microbes that reside in what scientists sometimes call the “forgotten organ”—the human microbiome. This is the teeming community of bacteria, fungi and viruses that silently make their home in our guts.

within the human gut by Josie Luciano

Last week, I saw TAM on sale for $1,900 on a museum listserv, and thought I would write her a primer on her missing part. Dear TAM, grab a sandwich. This is going to take about 12 minutes to read.

Small WondErS The fact that we’re crawling with microbes is not breaking news. Humans have been aware of bacteria since the late 17th century when Dutch basketmaker and amateur scientist Antony Van Leeuwenhoek discovered tiny “animalcules” swimming in circles under his microscope.

Over the years, microbiology grew up alongside natural selection and germ theory. By the 1870s, the initial wonder and amazement surrounding microbes had been replaced by a shock-and-awe campaign aimed at destroying all disease-causing pathogens. Today, germ theory still maintains a strong foothold in hospitals (a necessary thing), sterilized playgrounds (an unnecessary thing), and at every CVS checkout counter across the country that sells antibacterial hand soap (a thing that was banned by the FDA last month). But just as CVS is preparing to stop stocking their shelves with these products, they’re also restocking the Greek yogurt and probiotic

supply. Things are changing, and it definitely seems like the narrative around microbes is too. “Germs” are now “bacteria,” and “bacteria” is now a “good guy.” Sort of. As in any other ecosystem, good guys are only good when they’re in the right place at the right time, and the same goes for the bad ones. Whatever part of our forgotten organ they live in—stomach, small intestine, large intestine—every part has a different state of “normal” that changes over time. For humans, our long-term relationship with microbes begins on Day One. During birth, babies travel from the sterile womb to a world that is decidedly not. On the way out, they pick up their first residents and spend the next few years nurturing them. It’s a subject that David Mills, a professor and biochemist at the University of


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California, Davis, has been studying for the past 20 years. “It’s all about how the baby gets inoculated,” Mills explained to me in his lab. “When a baby is born, especially vaginally, there’s a whole bunch of microbes in the vagina that get into the mouth of the baby. This is going to get gross—but as the baby comes out, its face is typically facing mom’s rectum. And I think nature intended it that way … a baby starts out in life literally with an inoculum from mom.” He went on to explain that babies born via C-section are colonized differently, mostly picking up skin microbes during delivery. Research suggests that although the longer term impacts on eventual gut flora are still up for debate, there is often a delay in prominent members of the formative gut microbiome. What isn’t as questionable is the impact of breast milk on development. If you were going to design a health food specifically formulated to shape the human gut, it would look exactly like breast milk. Besides providing essential nutrients and fatty acids, breast milk antibodies also inhibit the growth of certain microbes while prebiotic fiber—indigestible to babies—is broken down in the colon by a different set of beneficial microbes. One subspecies in particular, Bifidobacteria longum infantis, can “vacuum it all up,” according to Mills. “It has every kind of glycosyl hydrolase cutting enzyme necessary to cleave any human milk oligosaccharides that can be thrown at it. And it has all the transport systems for pulling stuff into the cells, so we think it co-evolved with human milk. It’s literally a partner to mom’s milk.” After 300 million years of mammalian evolution, breast milk is a strong example of symbionts that benefit each other over the long run. But we shouldn’t be fooled into projecting any intended generosity on their part.

have come to expect every year, there are plenty of nonpathogenic strains that are usual residents in our gut. These strains provide the important function of producing Vitamin K and B-complex vitamins as well as taking up important real estate that could otherwise become a home to more harmful microorganisms. However, if E. coli crosses a perforated intestinal barrier, it can cause problems such as urinary tract infections in its new conditions. Given the thousand or so species of microbes that live in our inner ecosystems, there is a whole lot of potential for interaction. So much, in fact, that we’re just beginning to map the basic patterns that play out in our guts every day.

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claim. … There’s no evidence that consistent consumption of a probiotic yogurt or of a probiotic pill will have any substantial influence on maintaining health.” This is probably true for a majority of the population for the majority of the probiotics out there—but don’t worry, TAM, there’s still promise. A recent study by microbiologist Jens Walter of the University of Alberta demonstrated that when volunteers were given a strain of Bifidobacterium longum, a common gut bacteria belonging to the same species as Mills’ B. longum infantis, almost a third of the participants retained the bacteria in their gut for as long as six months, demonstrating that it is possible to establish a residence of probiotics far more permanent than the typical three-day flush. The key to making them stick? There needs to be a niche available for the bacteria to fill. So, those who were best able to integrate the new species were also those who already had less B. longum as well as fewer bacteria that performed similar functions. Just like any species in any ecosystem.

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RoommaTEs, noT lovERs “The bacteria are not there for us,” explained Shavawn Forester, a dietician and nutrition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. “They’re in it for themselves. We just happen to be their environment. … They work together because they’re in balance, whatever that balance might be, even if that balance is a little bit more of one than the other.” Forester’s take on symbiosis may run counter to the commonly held belief that symbiosis implies mutual intent, but intention is never part of the equation. Even when two organisms “help” each other, their cooperation is only based on a shaky alliance of function and individual benefit. If something surrounding the environmental conditions of that relationship changes, so does the relationship itself. Take E. coli for example. Though we often think of Escherichia coli bacteria as the pathogen responsible for incidents like the infamous Jack-in-the-Box outbreak of 1993 or the two to three beef/sprouts/salad-related headlines that we

as obesity and heart disease, specific genus species for particular diseases like food poisoning and yeast overgrowth, as well a general association between diversity and health—it can be frustrating to know there isn’t a definitive list of microbes that make up a healthy gut. Unless there’s a pathogenic species present, DNA sequencing provides a snapshot for a moment in time and a stage of succession. Forester put it broadly, “There are differences, and those differences contribute to health. And I would say for the most part that’s kind of what we know for sure.” She still subscribes to the same diet that she always has for her patients—a 50-60 percent plant-based diet, and although Forester advises

University of California, Davis professor David Mills thinks bifidobacteria longum infantis co-evolved with human milk. Photo/Josie Luciano

“What we’re learning is that we change the microbiome when we change diet,” said Forester. “We can see differences in people who eat a mostly meat-based diet compared to a plant-based diet. We can see differences in younger people versus older people, people who exercise versus people who don’t exercise.” Vegetarians might have a greater concentration of Prevotella than in omnivores, a genus-level bacteria that helps break down carbohydrates. But all that means is that vegetarians feed microbes more carbohydrates and therefore colonize a niche of bacteria that breaks down carbs. Their numbers are also determined in part by having less competition with fat- and protein-eating bacteria. Although there are correlations between certain phyla-level bacteria for conditions such

eating lots of vegetables with prebiotic fiber for our microorganisms to eat, she stops short of recommending probiotic supplements, calling into question the use of air-dropping a dozen species into a gut that already has hundreds of established communities. Others echo this sentiment. Jack Gilbert, the microbial ecologist behind projects such as the Earth Microbiome Project and the Hospital Microbiome Project cites the success of targeted probiotic use for certain conditions like diarrhea and food allergies, but decries many of the claims that the unregulated probiotic industry is known for. “It’s hard, isn’t it?” Gilbert said in a recent phone interview. “The vast majority of the spurious claims are around the improvement of ‘wellness’ in your gut. Because that’s the only

Even if you have missed every microbiome headline that has graced science and news magazines alike for the past few years, you might have still managed to hear about fecal microbial transplants (FMTs). And they are exactly what they sound like. While scientists step through all the hoops to perform exploratory mouse experiments and double-blind, peer-reviewed studies on things like milk, probiotics, and gut-brain axis studies, there has been a different kind of demand for one particularly nasty pathogen called Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, as it’s commonly known. Though C. diff is a naturally occurring bacteria in a small percentage of the population, it doesn’t affect the majority of people who carry it. Those who do become infected often have compromised immune systems from recent antibiotic use that paves the way for C. diff to out-compete a gut that’s depleted of its regular flora. Overnight, those afflicted with a severe infection can experience chronic bouts of diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, colitis, and even kidney failure. It’s a terrible disease and patients will do anything to find relief. Due to the persistent and crippling nature of the disease, it had been common for C. diff patients to go the DIY route, well before official human trials were underway. A mix of a friend or family member’s stool sample, a blender, and an enema bag is just about all you need. When word spread that it actually worked, a still bustling internet community sprung up around the procedure. In 2013, the first randomized human trial took place and produced a staggering 94 percent success rate, an unheard of number for medical studies. The next year, FMTs were classified as an

Mills in his lab at UC Davis. Photo/Josie Luciano

Investigational New Drug by the FDA for cases of C. diff. But until FMTs are formally approved for other inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s, people continue to administer them on their own. Many thousands of people have been helped by FMTs, but it is not all smooth sailing for patients. Since FMTs move entire microbial ecosystems from one person to another—an interaction that the medical community still knows very little about on a species-to-species basis—there are bound to be unintended consequences.

In a FMT performed last year, the concept behind a mouse trial was unwittingly replicated in humans when a 32-year old woman experienced significant weight gain (41 pounds) in the two months following the procedure after receiving a stool sample from her daughter who, although obese, had no other health problems that came up during screening. Although the patient’s C. diff symptoms have disappeared, she has been unable to lose the weight, according to the clinician’s report. Looking ahead to the future of FMTs, weight gain is probably one of the lighter

consequences of undergoing a procedure that is not well understood. But since they seem like the magic ticket to a population that would do just about anything to get rid of their pain, it goes without saying that clinical doctors and scientists have a responsibility to point out the potential dangers of transplants and the holes that exist in screening. This doesn’t always happen, though, which is the reason that one microbiologist, Jonathan Eisen, has taken to the Twitterverse to haze doctors and fellow scientists for hyping what science hasn’t yet proven. Over the past few years, Eisen has given out several “Overselling the Microbiome” awards to doctors who recommend FMTs for neurological disorders, an unproven treatment. Although it is too soon to make the assertion that FMTs should be used to treat disorders like schizophrenia, depression or Alzheimer’s, the concept of the gut-brain axis is sound. Basically, it describes the two-way communication that happens between the body’s two brains—the enteric nervous system (located in the gut and gut flora) and the central nervous system. This can happen a few different ways. Like when the GI tract send signals up to the brain through the vagus nerve. Or when the gut bacteria secrete neurotransmitters such as GABA and tryptophan. Or blood-borne chemicals.

Or hormones. In many cases, the enteric nervous system does not even need to communicate with the central nervous system to elicit reflexes. All of this has earned the gut its “second brain” nickname and has inspired research ranging from how microbiome formation affects neurotransmitters to the way the gut regulates appetite and the effect that probiotics and gut flora have on stress. This last study was recently presented at Sierra Nevada College in a talk by UC Davis physiologist Melanie Gareau, titled “Gut Feeling: How Intestinal Microbes Modulate Mood and Behavior.” It was delivered to a packed house. During the talk, Gareau presented mouse trials showing that negative manipulation of the gut microbiota could lead to permeability and therefore changes in mood and behavior. They also found that adding beneficial bacteria mitigated this response. No one in the audience missed the implications of this result—the possibility that probiotics might just work after all. The rest of the evening was spent with Gareau graciously fielding personal health questions, a gesture that—in the midst of her special research presentation—captured the tricky state of microbiome research in general—just a few facts and a gut full of questions. Ω

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the freshly inked press in her studio, Katherine Case ran some prints for the upcoming Wild Women Artists show. In one block print, a lone cypress tree on a rocky island is silhouetted in front of a full moon. This print is part of a collaboration with more than 60 artists outside of the Wild Women group and the inspiration for the title and theme of the exhibition—Many Moons. Kathleen Durham, a longtime member of the Wild Women Artists, explained, “We’ve had challenges within the group where we all have to do something on a certain theme or we’re putting one object together with all of us doing different parts, but we’ve always wanted to do something with the community and get other people involved.” To help the group meet that goal, Case printed multiple copies of the yellowy full moon, originally a photograph, on her Vandercook printing press. She created a gradient from brownish-orange to golden yellow, giving the moon a dimensional effect. Each of the Wild Women chose five artists to send the full moon print to for them to modify in any way they wanted to. They used processes ranging from collage and cyanotype—a type of 19th-century phototographic process that yields a blue image—to painting and sewing, all very different and extremely fun to see together.

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Kathleen Durham and Katherine Case, in Case’s studio, hold up a selection full-moon prints modified by different artists.


GROUP EFFORT Members of the Wild Women come from different parts of Northern Nevada and even Truckee, all with very different styles across multiple mediums. They hold an annual fall exhibit in Reno. In Case’s small studio full of printing equipment, she and Durham talked excitedly about what they and the other women are busy working on. “Gail [Rappa] is doing a retrospective of her work,” said Case. “Yes, and Trish [Reynolds] is doing the massive print,” said Durham. Reynolds is a photographer who lives in Eureka. Inspired by the sizeable exhibition space—the former Gap store in The Summit Reno mall, a larger venue than the group is accustomed to showing in—she plans to exhibit a photographic print of a flower that measures 9 by 13 feet. While her subject matter usually consists of flowers and plants, her finished work is usually more along the lines of framed prints or cards than mural-sized images. “I’ve been working on a series of pollinators,” Reynolds said. “It’s a big print, and you feel like a bee coming into it to check it out. The stamen of the flower is about 10 inches long.

Rappa, a jewelry artist who lives in Tuscarora, will be showing a retrospective of her sculpture and jewelry, including some of her work with shadowboxes. These pieces often have a narrative aspect to them and include insets or lockets and combine stones, symbols and metals. Durham creates characters for Underwood, her fictional world of handmade dolls complete with backstories and adventures. During a storytelling session, visitors to the exhibit will meet two new characters this year, retiring tooth fairies Jim and Wally, now wingless and still carrying around a bag of dimes. Case, one of the newer members of the group, has created a large print inspired by a story about the last dodo bird. The print depicts the bird sleeping among the trees with a sky filled with flying birds and is titled “Bird Dreaming.” The Wild Women Artists have officially been a cohort since 1995, with membership changing over the years. Originally, the women banded together for economic reasons in order to have the resources to put on a show. They quickly realized the group was valuable to them beyond that. As in a support group, the women comfort, inspire and encourage each other, offering advice and suggestions about artwork and life. “Another amazing thing about the Wild Women is the geographical diversity and how some of the women live so

SHOW TIME This year, the Wild Women’s exhibit is also a benefit for Renown’s Healing Arts Program specifically for breast cancer patients, which is a close cause for some of them. One member and also her sister are breast cancer survivors. During the exhibition, which coincides with a full moon on Oct. 15, all of the full-moon prints by the 60 guest artists will be on display and for sale at $50 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to Renown’s Healing Arts Program. What’s amazing about the Wild Women is the community. Together, they seemingly know all of the artists in Nevada. “To do a project like this really shows how the Wild Women are attached to so many different artists,” Case said, referring to the print collaboration. While they call themselves the Wild Women Artists—and images of the full moon might invite thoughts of legends, superstitions and mythology to enter the mind—these women aren’t wild in the common usage of the word. It is perhaps summed up best by the quote from Women Who Run With the Wolves that inspired them to name themselves that way: “Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force filled with good instincts, passionate creativity and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman.” The Wild Women are: Marti Bein, Katherine Case, Susan Church, Kathleen Durham, Gretchen Ericson, Michelle Lassaline, Kristen Frantzen Orr, Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk, Gail Rappa, Trish Reynolds, Sidne Teske, Barbara Uriu and Pat Wallis. Ω

The Wild Women Artists’ next show and sale, Many Moons, is set for Oct.14-16 at The Summit Reno, 13925 S. Virginia St. An artists’ reception will be held from 4-8 p.m., Oct.14. Kathleen Durham’s “Underwood Story Hour” is scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 15.

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far out in rural areas,” said Case. “If it weren’t for the Wild Women, we would never see their work.” Several of the women used similar words to describe the sense of community they feel from being a part of the collective—even despite being hundreds of miles away in some cases. There is a mutual respect and sense of belonging amongst them. “The Wild Women has been a cohesive thing for me,” said Sidne Teske, from Tuscarora, whose training as an artist has been informal. “Having a group of women with such different ideas is awesome,” she said. “It’s been a really good education.” Teske, a landscape artist, will be exhibiting her plein air landscapes, which she created using soft pastels. She’s looking forward to seeing the 60 guest artists’ variations on the full-moon print. “The variety is incredible,” she said. “It’s unusual for us to invite so many artists to our group project, so I’m really excited about that.”


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Ashley Marie James, left, is part of a Greek chorus in lambs’ ears. FBI agent Clarice Starling (Annikki Larsson) listens as Hannibal Lector (Ryan Kelly) gets, ahem, extremely personal. PHOTO/ERIC MARKS

for instance, Clarice’s meeting with Lector for the first time. She notices his art adorning the walls of his cell. “All that detail just from memory, You can probably think of several movies shir?” she asks him. that would make great stage musicals, but “Memory, Agent Starling, is what I The Silence of the Lambs might not occur have instead of a view,” he answers her, to you. In the current trend of turning pointing to his childish drawings of rubber horror films into campy musicals, a là duckies and stick figure people. Evil Dead: The Musical, comes Jon and Kelly makes a superb Lector with his Al Kaplan’s ode to the grisly horror film slicked-back hair and booming voice, that forever changed how we think of fava carrying off the show-stopping tune of the beans and Chianti. Silence! The Musical night, whose title I seriously can’t tell you. makes its Northern Nevada premiere this Also owed kudos is Cody Canon, month at Goodluck Macbeth, with a smorwhom I’ve seen in numerous shows lately gasbord of your favorite and am enjoying more lines from the film, set with every appearance, ridiculously to music. as an eerily spot-on Serial killer “Buffalo Buffalo Bill who Bill” is on the loose, and bravely reveals a shockthe FBI needs help finding amount of his … ing him. Fledgling FBI character, in the moment agent Clarice Starling from the film we’ve all (Annikki Larsson) is tried for years to erase Goodluck Macbeth presents Silence! The just the woman for the from our minds. I tip my Musical, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 job. Hailing from West hat to you, sir. and 21 and 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 713 S. Virginia St. Purchase tickets at never Ender, 25 Saint Virginia with an inabilLarsson’s ridiculous Lawrence Ave. or at ity to pronounce the sendup of Jodie Foster letter “S,” a bad brown is pretty brilliant early wig and even worse pantsuit, she’s been on, but the one-note performance (“Yes, charged with visiting Hannibal Lector shir,”) and ambiguous sexuality start feel(Ryan Kelly) in his Baltimore prison cell ing like a hammer to the head. As the twoto pump him for information about the hour show wore on, I definitely started to killer. Accompanied by a Greek chorus feel a bit of repetitive joke fatigue. of dancers wearing lambs’ ears, Clarice While the song lyrics are bitingly tracks down Bill in his Ohio basement funny, the music is flat and predictable, before he kills his next victim, Catherine and these performers are fine actors who Martin (Megan Fitzpatrick). aren’t, for the most part, great singers. But while the story features all the plot (Kelly is by far the strongest singer.) Not points, gestures and characters’ lines you that you come to a show like this for the remember, the most memorable are made singing, but in some cases the less-funny part of the show’s raunchy song list. I lines suffered further from off-key singing. can’t tell you the names of the most outraSo yes, this parody is campy and geous songs. Just think of the most vulgar, silly, but if you have an appetite for nastiest lines from the movie you can razor-sharp comedy with just a dash of remember. Yeah, now they’re song titles. pre-Halloween horror, put this one on Other well-remembered lines are given your October menu. Ω new meaning through ironic twists. Take,

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And, yet, she’s able to put together key elements of a woman’s disappearance while racing by on a train with a blood alcohol count in the stratosphere. Sorry, sometimes scripts just ask me to go to Despite good performances from a cast that places I can’t go, and I couldn’t go along for the includes Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Allison ride on this one. I found it too silly. Too much Janney, director Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the of this movie calls for the viewer to accept some Train winds up being a little too ridiculous for a unrealistic circumstances and situations in a movie that wishes to be taken seriously. movie based in reality. Blunt spends much of the movie blotto Did I still enjoy the movie on some levels? drunk as Rachel Watson, a slurring alcoholic Yes, somewhat. I like how Blunt plays inebriwho aimlessly rides a train to New York City ated in this movie. She’s a total mess, but she every day, spying on the people living in her keeps herself sympathetic. Theroux is great as former house, as well as the neighbors. Rachel the confused, protective ex who pleads with his is divorced from Tom (Theroux), who seemingly current wife to cut Rachel a break, up until the couldn’t take Rachel’s drinking and their inabilpoint where he can no longer defend her. Janney ity to have a child. Tom is remarried to Anna is awesome as the grinning investigator who (Rebecca Ferguson), they have a child, and they doesn’t buy Rachel’s story. I want another movie would really like Rachel to stay away. with her as the main character. Tom and Nancy’s nanny, There’s a big mystery at Megan (Haley Bennett), lives play here, and the answer to nearby with her husband, (Luke that mystery becomes obvious Evans). Rachel spies on them perhaps earlier than Taylor in their most intimate moments suspects it does. Still, I liked as she races by on the train, how the mystery played out, and envying what she sees as the the performance opportunities it perfect young romance. Then, leads to for some of the performNancy sees Megan with another Director: Tate Taylor ers. Some of the cast gets to go man—setting off an odd, drunken Starring: Emily Blunt, Justin  to truly dark places, and they do tailspin that results in her getting Theroux, Allison Janney it well. involved in the drama when On a technical level, this is Megan goes missing. a very good-looking movie, creepily shot by So, for starters, I’m just not down with this Charlotte Bruus Christensen, with a terrific score premise. A deliriously drunk woman is able to by Danny Elfman. Even though his movie goes to decipher the goings-on inside homes as she races some goofy extremes, Taylor clearly knows how by in a train. Yes, sometimes the train slows to get strong performances from his cast, and down, and she does know the inhabitants somehe’s assembled a nice one. what, but this is a highly unlikely plot gimmick The Girl on the Train has its problems, but it that’s stretched out to unrealistic proportions. isn’t a complete waste of time. See it if you are Then she gets involved with the missing a Blunt fan, or if you’re a fan of the book. If woman’s husband, and eventually finds herself a you haven’t read the book, could care less about target in the investigation. Blunt—strange, but possible—and like your Rachel is the most unreliable of characters, thrillers a little more plausible, this one might not constantly blurred by hard alcohol she slurps be for you. Ω from a sippee cup. The script calls for many of her observations and actions to be unreliable due to her constant intoxication. She blacks out, loses time, and even has other characters telling her lies to convince her she’s behaving abnormally.

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Blair Witch

This is the second sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the original “found footage” horror film. This movie is essentially the original with louder noises, a few more gizmos—drones, walkie talkies, better tents— and, yes, lots more sticks tied together with twine and piles of rocks. For those of you who are scared shitless by stick men made out of twigs and twine—and piles of rocks in front of tents—this movie will fuck your shit up. I’m thinking that accounts for perhaps .00009832 percent of the movie-going population. The rest of you will be bored out of your minds. James (James Allen McCune), long suffering brother of the original film’s Heather, who vanished all those years ago, has found … a tape. That tape contains shaky footage made by somebody moronic enough to try to keep the action on camera rather than focus on their much needed getaway. In said footage, a messed-up looking woman is glimpsed for a second, so James instantly thinks it’s Heather. James assembles a crew of idiots to go into the forest, the cursed forest where people disappear and strange tapes are found, in search of the house where the footage was filmed.


Deepwater Horizon

I think my shockingly lustrous eyelashes got singed watching Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg’s harrowing account of the worst oil rig disaster in American history. That’s because Berg’s film drops the viewer into a situation where fire and explosions are so realistic, you can feel the heat and disorientation of the 2010 disaster, which claimed the lives of 11 men and led to an oil spill

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The Magnificent Seven

This totally bonkers film plays out like David Lynch meets John Waters. Grouchy old man Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels, who once played a security guard on Diff’rent Strokes) and his weird son (Sky Elobar) conduct disco tours in which they lie to tourists about where the Bee Gees wrote their music. In the evenings, the grouchy old man just might be the Greasy Strangler, a man who is basically what his title implies: a dude covered in grease—partly due to the greasy food he eats—who strangles people. Things become complicated when Big Ronnie takes a liking to his son’s girlfriend, resulting in a lot of full-frontal nudity from all cast members. First time director Jim Hosking traffics in a sort of absurdist humor that won’t be appreciated by all, but for those who like their movies weird, he serves up a smorgasbord with this one. It’s also really gross, with lots of grease, farts and eyeball consumption. If you’re a fan of such cult films as The Dark Backward, you will eat this up. (Available for rent on iTunes and Amazon during a limited theatrical release.)

Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven, which was itself a remake of Seven Samurai, has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen film to make it feel like a retelling of the classic story. It also contains enough departures to make it feel like a fresh take rather than just a rehash. The Mexican bandits led by Eli Wallach are replaced by an evil, land-stealing company led by Bartholomew Bogue. As played by Peter Sarsgaard, Bogue is a memorable villain who makes the skin crawl. He rolls into a mining town, kills a bunch of good hard-working people, and winds up getting the group in the movie’s title on his ass. Let the spectacular gunfights commence! Fuqua’s pal Denzel Washington—they did The Equalizer and Training Day together—is first-rate as Chisolm, basically Brynner’s role from the 1960 classic. When the wife of one of the deceased (Haley Bennett) comes looking for help and mentioning Bogue’s name, Chisolm flies into calm, collected and most certainly valiant action. He enlists six other men to visit the town and prepare the townspeople for the fight of their lives.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Holy hell, is this film a boring mess. Tim Burton directs a leaden Asa Butterfield in this adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel. The movie is sloppy, as if the special effects weren’t completed. The story is convoluted, as if the filmmakers thought hiring a big time art director and costuming department were a fair swap for a good script. The narrative involves some nonsense regarding mutant children in a house in the ’40s that’s stuck in a time loop. The house is led by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green, the only good thing about the movie), and visited by young Jake (Butterfield), who heard about the place from his late grandfather (Terrence Stamp). The kids all have “peculiarities” but no personality. They are X-Men with no sense of purpose. Butterfield, a normally reliable young actor, decimates nearly every line he utters in this film. Burton stresses the visuals, as usual, but without a strong lead like Johnny Depp or Michael Keaton, Burton is a lost cause. This will hang tough as one of the year’s biggest disappointments. Samuel L. Jackson does show up with a gray version of his wig from Unbreakable, along with Venom’s teeth. He has his moments, but he can’t save this thing.


Director Nate Parker’s biographical film about Nat Turner plays out like the scariest of horror shows, and it very well should. The film scarily portrays Turner’s slave rebellion in the South, one that resulted in many African Americans being slaughtered in retaliation. It’s bloody, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s the two-by-four to the face type of film the subject warrants. Parker plays Turner, a slave raised as a preacher and exploited for money by his plantation owner (Armie Hammer in a scary performance). Parker’s performance is powerful. As for his directing, he portrays white plantation and slave owners and preachers as hissing, hateful, almost cartoonish demons, and I say amen to that. Some of the history might not be 100 percent accurate, but the portrayal of the hatred and disgusting state of affairs that led to Turner’s uprising is vivid and on target. Jackie Earle Haley, a.k.a. Kelly Leak of The Bad News Bears, successfully portrays one of the most repugnant, irredeemable characters ever put to screen. Stylistically, the film gets a little strange in a few moments, but the end results and impressions are long lasting, very meaningful ones.


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Birth of a Nation

eclipsing all other oil spills. Mark Wahlberg is first-rate as Mike Williams, a man who was actually on the rig at the time of the disaster. Kurt Russell equals his power as Jimmy Harrell, who questions the integrity of the rig, and then proceeds to have the worst shower in cinema history since Janet Leigh had a showdown with Anthony Perkins. Berg puts his film together so that the mere sight of mud oozing from a pipe is terrifying. When the stages of the disaster go into high gear, it’s as scary as any horror film to hit screens this year.

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Directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn investigate the horror show that was the Meredith Kercher murder and the many injustices rained down upon American exchange student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend of one week, Raffaele Sollecito, in Perugia, Italy. Both were convicted by an Italian court, along with a third suspect, of stabbing Knox’s roommate Kercher to death, and both served time as their cases went through a series of appeals. The two, now free, sit down for interviews and speak of the confusion that was their interrogation, their whereabouts on the night of the murder, and the hell they endured in prison. The film mostly skips over the trials, concentrating more on Knox and Sollecito’s recollections about the night of the murder and the aftermath. The subject probably requires an entire series, not one 90-minute documentary, but the story is covered pretty well given the time constraint. Other interviews include an idiotic journalist who admits much of what was reported on Knox was rushed, inconclusive or even made up. The head prosecutor on the case also sits down and insists upon Knox’s guilt even though there was a lack of evidence. (Available for streaming on Netflix.)






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Farewell album Randy Rios What would you do if you knew you only had months to live? Randy Rios has lived quite a life. In 62 years, he has undergone multiple recreations of himself. He spent over a decade as a wild musician and performer in Maui, then worked as a vintage car restorer in Florida. He even self-published a book, titled Tripping the Light Fantastic. It is vivacious, chimeric and a little raunchy, much like its author. In the last 10 years, he has become a Northern Nevadan, a loving husband, and a grandfather to two children. Rios’ life was upturned in May of 2012, when he was first diagnosed with colon cancer. Immediately after, he received treatment and spent two years with his cancer in remission. In 2014, the cancer returned and spread. After having gone through multiple sessions of chemotherapy, Rios made the decision to stop treatment. “It got to the point that I couldn’t work anymore,” said Rios. “I went through all the chemotherapy treatments. But it got to be too much. So I decided to let nature take its course and live the rest of my life out.” It was at this point that a care provider at his doctor’s office suggested that he apply to the Dream Foundation, and suddenly he was brought back to his first love, music. The Dream Foundation aims to inspire and comfort adults with terminal illnesses by fulfilling their dreams. Now, 22 years after its creation, the Dream Foundation has helped fulfill over 25,000 dreams.


So, if you had the opportunity to have one last dream come true, what would it be? For Rios, the answer was simple. He wanted to hear his music as a studio recording. “Recording my songs in a studio was always expensive,” said Rios. “But it never stopped being a dream. Then one day my doctors asked if I had a dream or a wish. I thought about it and realized this was my chance. I have cancer. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be around. So I wanted something to leave behind, so that people can remember me this way.” Over the past few months, the Dream Foundation has worked with Tanglewood Productions, a local recording studio, to make Rios’ dream happen. In the studio, Randy Rios recorded covers of some of his favorite songs. His trusty companion was his one-of-a-kind guitar, which features the head of the infamous Bart Simpson on the headstock. His voice is velvety, with the feeling of Bob Dylan but none of the coarseness. Rios’ album includes a variety of styles, from Neil Young to Jimmy Buffet. While they may differ in genre, the songs that Rios covers are connected by their ability to take you somewhere emotionally. “I love music that you can relate to,” said Rios. “When I play these songs, it is like I’m living in a different moment. These songs send you back to a certain time, and you can feel it.” Another important theme of this album is love—his love of life, of family, and especially his wife. For Rios, the most special song on the album is his cover of “Loving her was Easier,” by Kris Kristofferson, the same song that he sang at his wedding to his wife, Mary, right in the middle of their vows. While this album may be his parting gift to his family and friends, it seems less like a farewell, and more like a little piece of Randy that they can hold on to when he is gone. Ω

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

Karaoke w/Nitesong Productions, 9pm, Tu, no cover Open Mic Jam Slam w/Adrian Dijjon, 8pm, Tu, C.J. Tirone, 7pm, W, no cover

Canyon White Open Mic Night, 8pm, no cover

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

3819 Saddle Rd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 314-7665 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

CW and Mr. Spoons, noon, M, no cover Dave Leather, noon, W, no cover

Spur Crazy, 8pm, no cover



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

Seamus Kennedy, 8pm, M, $20-$25

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

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

Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Getter, Aryay, Half Empty, 7pm, $18




DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover

Hucci, The Nineties, Joyzu, Junsei, 9pm, $15-$20

255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

SUNDAY 10/16

an-ten-nae, Soohan, Benjah Ninjah, SubDocta, LAMBchop, 10pm, $13.63

Jimmy Dunn, 8pm, no cover

Low Morale, Night Rooms, SAM Collective, 8pm, $5

Guts, Young Planetary, Rob Letterman, Differentseasons, 8pm, W, $5

2) Throw the Goat, Sex Devils, Ill Eagle, 9pm, $5

1) Insane Clown Posse, Big Hoodoo, 6pm, W, $26 2) Voice of Addiction, Machine Gun Vendetta, 9pm, Tu, $5

Markus Hegman, 9pm, no cover

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

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

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

THE LOVING CUP 188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480


FRIDAY 10/14

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $19-$37

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $19-$37

Live jazz, 8pm, no cover

Jake Houston Up Yonder Release Party w/Buffalo Moses, 9pm, $10


SATURDAY 10/15 Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $19-$37

SUNDAY 10/16 Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, $19-$37

MOODY’S BISTRO BAR & BEATS 10007 Bridge St., Truckee; (530) 587-8688

PADDY & IRENE’S IRISH PUB 906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-5484

Jenni Charles & Jesse Dunn, 8pm, no cover

Oliver Riot, 8:30pm, no cover

Oliver Riot, 8:30pm, no cover

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


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

Johnny Lipka’s Gemini, 9pm, no cover

Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover

Maxx Xii, Mobland, Different Seasons, 8pm, $5

Sinicle, Krosphyer, Weight of the Tide, Murderock, 7pm, $7-$10

Seafoam Green, 9pm, no cover

Vague Choir, The Grimtones, Stabby Unicorn, 9pm, $5

St. Christopher Project, 6pm, no cover

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

Three Bad Jacks, Los Pistoleros, The Habituals, 8:30pm, $10-$13

Tavern Trivia Night, 9pm, no cover


DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover

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

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

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

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

111 N. Virginia St., (775) 329-2909 1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks; (775) 409-3340

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

DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover


445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover


Adapter, James Perry, 8pm, $7

Sugar Still, 8pm, W, $5

432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425

Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. Shea’s Tavern 715 S. Virginia St. 786-4774

Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover

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



Three Bad Jacks

Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover



Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, $19-$37

Bingo Tuesday w/Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover

Baker Street Band, 8pm, no cover

1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960


Oct. 15, 10 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St, 826-2121

Whiskey Dick’s 10-Year Anniversary Party w/Black Star Safari, 9pm, 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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3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Grand Ballroom Stage 2) Cabaret


FRIDAY 10/14


SUNDAY 10/16

2) Steppen Stonz, 8pm, no cover

2) Steppen Stonz, 4pm, no cover Trey Stone, 10pm, no cover

2) Steppen Stonz, 4pm, no cover Trey Stone, 10pm, no cover

2) Trey Stone, 8pm, no cover

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

2) The Robeys, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover

2) The Robeys, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover

2) Crush, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Voodoo Cowboys, 8pm, no cover

2) Voodoo Cowboys, 8pm, no cover

1) Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 10pm, no cover

2) Mr. Rooney, Nasty Nate, 10pm, no cover

1) The Producers, 7pm, $37+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover

1) The Producers, 7pm, 9:30pm, $37+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

1) The Producers, 9:30pm, $37+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

2) Poperz, 10pm, no cover 3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover

1) Straight No Chaser, 8pm, $35-$75 2) Sean Perry, 10pm, $20 3) Country Nights, 10pm, no cover

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

1) Brian Wilson, 7:30pm, $64.22 2) DJ JosBeatz, DJ Louie Giovanni, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

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

3) Pearl Sky, 9pm, no cover

3) Pearl Sky, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover John Dawson Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover John Dawson Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover John Dawson Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Kat Myers & The Buzzards, 7pm, no cover

2) Kat Myers & The Buzzards, 8pm, no cover 3) The Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Kat Myers & The Buzzards, 8pm, no cover 3) Konflikt, 10pm, $20

2) Baldo Bobadilla, 6pm, no cover

2) Charlie Parr, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

1) VooDooDogz, 8pm, no cover

3) The Utility Players, 8pm, $15

1) Halestorm, Lita Ford, Dorothy, 7:30pm, $39.50-$59.50 2) Thunder Cover, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover

2) Thunder Cover, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Soundwave, 9pm, 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


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

Big Sam’s Funky Nation CARSON VALLEY INN Oct. 14, 10 p.m. Crystal Bay Club 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

1627 Hwy. 395, Minden; (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret Lounge 3) TJ’s Corral


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


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

2) Voodoo Cowboys, 7pm, no cover

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Sports Book


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


2) Patrick Major, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) The Producers, 7pm, $37+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover

1) The Producers, 7pm, Tu, W, $37+ 2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover Mike Reeves Band, 10:30pm, W, no cover

3) Buddy Emmer Band and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover


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


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


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


345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200 1) 3rd Street Lounge 2) Copa Bar & Grill 3) Theater

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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FOr tHE WEEK OF OCtOBEr 13, 2016 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit




ARTISTS CO-OP OF RENO: The Mountains Are

features 55 to 60 Native American and non-Native vendors selling art, silver jewelry, beadwork, arts and crafts, blankets, baked goods, Indian tacos and more. Free trick or treat bags. F, 10/14, 10am-6pm; Sa, 10/15, 10am-6pm. Free admission. Reno/Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road, (775) 842-1385.

Calling ... Art of the Sierras. The show celebrates the Sierra Nevada through paintings, photography, pottery and more. Su-Sa, 11am-4pm through 11/1. Free. 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER: Silver State Swimmer. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents artwork by Michael Malley. M-Th, 8am-5pm through 11/10. Free. 851 E. William St., Carson City,

ANIMAL ARK HARVEST FESTIVAL: Bring your camera and watch Animal Ark’s wild residents discover the goodies awaiting inside pumpkins filled with their favorite treats. Sa, 10/15, 10:15am-2:30pm. $15 adults, $13.50 seniors ages 62 and older, $12 children ages 3-12. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3111.

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.

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,


Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles


EDNA’S 1920s COSTUME BALL: The ball honors actress Edna Purviance, a native Nevadan who was Charlie Chaplin’s leading lady in 34 films. The event includes a tribute to Edna, music by Larry Elliott & The Fireballs, entertainment, light refreshments and a costume contest. F, 10/14, 8-10pm. $15 adults, $5 students. Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 846-1788,

The award-winning Gaelic singer explores the music of her native Scotland as part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series. Fowlis, who sang the theme song to the Pixar film Brave, has collaborated with artists such as James Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Le Vent du Nord. She was nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Best Artist at the Songlines World Music Awards 2015. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $5-$30. Call 784-4278 or visit

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.

offers a wide variety of new ski and snowboard equipment and clothing from several sport shops, a bounce house for kids and an opportunity for the community to sell their own gear. The event is the non-profit organization’s largest community fundraiser and proceeds support the junior ski and outdoor programs. F, 10/14, 5-9pm; Sa, 10/15, 9am3pm. $5-$10 on Friday, free on Saturday. Former location of the Sports Authority, 4813 Kietzke Lane, (775) 323-5125.

board of trustees and staff of Project MANA announces an open house featuring tours of the new warehouse and light refreshments. Please RSVP. Su, 10/16, 1-3pm. Free. Project MANA Warehouse, 10990 Industrial Way, Ste. B-5, Truckee, (775) 298-4161, ext. 106.

pating Riverwalk District merchants on Wine Walk day and receive a wine glass, a map of Wine Walk merchants and a wristband that allows you to sample wine at any participating merchant. Must be 21 years old or older to participate. Third Sa of every month, 2-5pm through 4/15. $20. The Riverwalk District, Downtown Reno along The Riverwalk, (775) 825-9255.

SLAUGHTER HOUSE: The 11th annual Halloween attraction and indoor haunted house opens for the season. Th-Sa,

7-11pm through 10/29; Su, 5-9pm through 10/30; W, 10/26, 7-11pm; M, 10/31, 7-11pm.

$17 general admission, $24 VIP pass. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (877) 767-2279,


SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The evening starts with a lecture on one of numerous topics and then concludes with guided star viewing by one of the observatory’s astronomers. Sa, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.





MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Horse. Paula Rie Bonham’s series of mixed media paintings focuses on movement and strength expressed through the powerful image of the horse. M-Su through 11/4. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.



RENO WINE WALK: Visit any of the partici-

Kiley. This exhibition of paper miniatures traces the evolution of these miniatures from eccentric childhood pursuit to commercial product-in-development and presents miniature cityscapes, plans, source images and other artifacts, past and current. Th, 10/13, 5-7pm. Free. 1008 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.


annual craft fair features local crafters and is set up like a boutique with a central cashier. Free admission with hourly door prizes all three days. Th,

10/13, 10am; F, 10/14, 10am; Sa, 10/15, 10am.

Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395, Minden,

TRUCKEE’S HAUNTED HISTORIC TOUR: This tour features engaging tales performed by characters at six historic sites. Open to those age 21 or older. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last about one hour and 45 minutes each. Th, 10/13, 5-10pm; F, 10/14, 5-10pm. $45. Historic Downtown Truckee, Bridge Street, between Donner Pass Road and Church Street, Truckee,

ME2 LAB: University of Nevada, Reno students present engineering topics to school-aged kids with fun and fascinating hands-on demonstrations. Included are discussions on going to college, engineering majors, careers in engineering and why math and science are important. Sa, 10/15, 11am-noon. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.



and activities for the preschool child. Tu, 10:30am. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.

INSIDE OUT: AN ANATOMY EXPERIENCE: This exhibition will take you on a journey into the curiosities of human anatomy. Through digital and hands-on exhibits, you’ll learn how our bodies work, grow, age and heal. Tu-Su. $10 general admission, $9 veterans and active duty military. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000,

children age 5 and younger are invited to play, explore and listen to stories read by the museum’s educators. Third W of every month, 9am. $8 per person; free for members. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000.

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) OUTREACH CLINIC: The Food Bank of Northern Nevada hosts SNAP outreach clinics to assist lowincome families and individuals in applying for SNAP benefits. First come, first served. Th, 10am. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.

Works from the Studio Art Quilts. Metro Gallery at City Hall hosts STRATA: New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Through 11/4. Free. 1 E. First St., (775) 334-2417.

OXS GALLERY, NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL: Mi Casa es Mi Casa. Artist Justin Favela 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) 687-6680,

RENO ART WORKS: RAW Open Studios. RAW opens its studio doors inviting the Reno community to come see what the resident artists are up to. Third Sa of every month, noon-5pm through 12/17. 1995 Dickerson Road,

SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Sameer Farooq: Blind Forms. Tu-F, noon-4pm through 10/22; J. Antoni & S. Petronio: Honey Baby, Tu-F, noon-4pm through 10/22. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.

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-and-now 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. $5  adults, $3 for children ages 6-16, free for  children age 5 and younger. 537 S. C St.,  Virginia City, (775) 847-0975.

LAKE MANSION: Free Guided Tours at the  Lake Mansion, The Lake Mansion is one  of the few residences in the area that is  listed on the Nevada State Register of  Historic Places and the National Register  of Historic Places that is also open to the  public to explore. F, noon through 12/31.  Free admission, donations accepted. 250  Court St., (775) 826-6100.


Poetics of Form, W-Su through 1/15; Ugo  Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains, W-Su through 5/11; Anthony McCall: Swell, W-Su through 1/8; Dennis Parks: Land, Language  and Clay, W-Su through 1/8; Ai Weiwei— Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,  W-Su through 10/23; Robert Adams: Around  the House, W-Su through 12/11; Trevor  Paglen: Orbital Reflector,  W-Su through 12/31; Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art  of Nevada, W-Su through 10/23; 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. $8-$9. 1595  N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.

FilM WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Artemisia  Moviehouse presents a showing of the  2014 comedy/fantasy/horror film directed  by Jermaine Clement and Taika Watiti.  Four vampire roommates squabble over  things like household chores and rent  money, yet still find time to antagonize  the neighborhood werewolves. In English,  German and Spanish with English subtitles. Tu, 10/18, 7-9pm. $7 general, $6  seniors, students, $5 members. Good Luck  Macbeth Theatre Company, 713 S. Virginia  St.,

Music AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS: The self-proclaimed  “Most Laughable Band in Show Business”  are known for pointed lyrics, precise  harmonies and instrumental expertise. F, 10/14, 7pm. $25. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N.  B St., Virginia City, (775) 843-5887.

MYTH AND ROMANCE: The Reno Chamber  Orchestra performs works by  Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Beethoven.  Sa, 10/15, 7:30pm; Su, 10/16, 2pm. $5-$50.  Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts  Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335  N. Virginia St., (775) 348-9413.

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) 329-4278. 

sPorts & Fitness GALENA CREEK GUIDED HIKE: Join a naturalist along one of the Galena Park trails  and learn about the area. Bring water,  sunscreen and hiking boots. Sa, 10am. $5  donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center,  18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948,

tive walks are designed to offer people in  all stages of Alzheimer’s and their carepartners an opportunity to get outdoors,  get some exercise and socialize with  their peers. The walks begin and end at  the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation  Office, across from the California Building  in Idlewild Park. Every other Tu, 10-11am

through 12/13; Tu, 10-11am through 1/24. Opens 1/10. Free. Idlewild Park, 1900  Idlewild Drive, (775) 453-0698.

SIERRA FALL COLORS & ECOLOGY HIKE: Enjoy  the fall colors and learn more about our  High Sierra ecology. The event benefits  the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Visit website  to register. Sa, 10/15, 10am-1pm. $20-$25  suggested donation. Sagehen Creek Trail,  7 miles north of Truckee on Highway 89  North,

onstage DINNER MURDER MYSTERY: Funtime Theater  present its dinner murder mysteries. The  show starts at 6:30pm with dinner service  starting at 7pm. Visit website for dinner  selections. Third Sa of every month, 6pm through 11/18. $50. Lili’s, 2325 Kietzke Lane,

GRAND CONCOURSE: Restless Artists’ Theatre  presents Heidi Schreck’s play which navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of  forgiveness and the pursuit of something  resembling joy. Th, 10/13, 7:30pm; F, 10/14, 7:30pm; Sa, 10/15, 7:30pm; Su, 10/16, 2pm. $15  general admission, $12 students, seniors,  military, $20 at the door. Restless Artists’  Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 5253074,

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT: Lovingly ripped  off from the classic film comedy, Monty  Python and Holy Grail, Spamalot retells  the legend of King Arthur and his Knights  of the Round Table. F, 10/14, 7-9pm; Sa,

10/15, 7-9pm; Su, 10/16, 2-4pm; F, 10/21, 7-9pm; Sa, 10/22, 7-9pm; Su, 10/23, 2-4pm. 

$20 general, $18 students, seniors, $16  BAC members. Brewery Arts Center, 449  W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976,

HICKR’Y SWITCH: The Americana/indie grass 

group performs. Sa, 10/15, 7-9pm. $18  general admission, $13-$15. Brewery Arts  Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St.,  Carson City, (775) 883-1976.


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Wealth care crisis A female friend of mine just broke up with her billionaire boyfriend. She told me she wasn’t happy. The guy is super-picky about whether you put things back in exactly the right spot and doesn’t have the greatest sense of humor. Still, I think she’s making the biggest mistake of her life. Doesn’t she know how hard it is to find a decent and wealthy man? I’m a happily married woman, so why does this make me so mad? The way you see it, your friend found that mythical leprechaun with the pot of private jets and beachfront property—and she was all, “Too short! Too green! Next!” OK, you concede, she was a little miserable, but hey—happiness can’t buy money! And no, money isn’t unimportant—and it’s especially vital when you don’t have enough to get lunch from the grocery store instead of from the Dumpster. But even money is subject to what economists call “diminishing marginal utility.” This is a term for how the benefit (“utility”) we get from each “unit” of a thing we’re consuming—like a good or service—decreases for us once we’ve filled our basic need for it. Norman Li, an evolutionary psychologist who started out in economics, explains this pretty simply: “Enough oxygen to breathe is a lot better than no oxygen, but extra (“marginal”) oxygen is not much better than enough.” Thus, oxygen has diminishing marginal utility. Li, helpfully, took an economist’s look at mating preferences. He tested which attributes people would consider necessities (versus luxuries) in a long-term relationship by giving subjects either a tight budget or a generous one to “spend” on various qualities they’d want in a partner. When women (the child bearers and carers of the species) had limited mate-shopping dollars, they allocated most of them to having a Mr. Provider—a man with status and resources. Men on a tight budget disproportionately allocated their mating dollars toward hotitude—not surprising, because beautiful features are like a flashing “Fertile Myrtle!” sign. However, even on a constrained budget, women and men each saw kindness as a must-have—ranking it a close second to their top priority.

Getting back to your friend, who’s dumping what you see as a perfectly serviceable billionaire, consider that his pickiness and humorlessness may play out as unkindness. Apparently, for her, having, oh, 100 bedrooms on four continents to cry herself to sleep in doesn’t make up for that. To stop being mad, focus on what you have to be grateful for instead of what she’s, uh, squandered—a lifetime of 26-hour arguments about how she failed to use the micrometer calipers to return the loofah to its rightful position.

Plenty of fishing I’ve been with my girlfriend for over a year, and I love her and think she’s beautiful. However, she is very insecure about her looks, and she asks me all the time whether I think she looks pretty. It’s getting tiring constantly reassuring her. Is there some tool I could be using to help her feel more secure? Yes, it is important for you to reassure her—but, in doing that, motivation counts. Social psychologist Shelly Gable finds that relationships tend to be happier when those in them are guided by “approach” rather than “avoidance” goals. In normal-person terms, this means striving for positive outcomes rather than trying to avoid negative ones. In this case, an avoidance goal would be telling your girlfriend she’s beautiful in order to keep her from nagging you, but taking the “approach” approach would be doing it because you want her to feel good. And here’s a secret: Break out the compliments before she asks and you might keep her from starting to worry that she needs “extra-coverage” makeup—the kind that involves scaffolding, three workmen and $200 worth of drywall.

Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email (

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SILENCE! THE MUSICAL: Good Luck Macbeth 


Theatre Company presents this musical  parody of the 1991 film The Silence of the  Lambs. Th, 10/13, 7:30-9:30pm; F, 10/14,

meets monthly. Second Th of every month, 6-8pm. Desert Research Institute, 2215  Raggio Parkway, (775) 828-1991.

7:30-9:30pm; Sa, 10/15, 7:30-9:30pm; W, 10/19, 7:30-9:30pm; Th, 10/20, 7:30-9:30pm; F, 10/21, 7:30-9:30pm; Sa, 10/22, 7:309:30pm. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 

SOUTH VALLEYS BRIDGE GROUP: Join Jill and  meet new friends. Basic bridge knowledge preferred. F, 1-4pm. Free. South  Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway,  (775) 851-5190.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company,  713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716.

STAGE KISS: Brüka Theatre opens its 20162017 season with Sarah Ruhl’s romantic  comedy about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors  share a real one. All tickets are $10 on  Artist Night, Oct. 19. Th, 10/13, 8pm; F,

SPARKS LIBRARY KNITTING AND CROCHETING CIRCLE: Join the Sparks Library every  Thursday and learn the techniques to  start your masterpiece. Th, 4-6pm. Free.  Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks,  (775) 352-3200.

10/14, 8pm; Sa, 10/15, 8pm; W, 10/19, 8pm; Th,

10/20, 8pm; F, 10/21, 8pm; Sa, 10/22, 8pm.  $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St.,  (775) 323-3221. 

TICC, TRANSGENDER SUPPORT IN CARSON CITY: The group’s goal is to have a safe  place for anyone that identifies as  LGBTQIAP, their allies and advocates  to get together in a social setting to  promote equality and full acceptance of  LGBTQIAP people through support, education and advocacy. Second F of every month, 6-8pm through 12/9. Free. Comma  Coffee, 312 S. Carson St., Carson City,  (775) 721-8135,

Classes LOOM WEAVING: In this beginner class,  students will get to know the basics  including how to warp a loom, plain  weave, create triangles, soumak (fishtail  or braid) and rya (fringe). All students  will take home their own tabletop, fully  assembled wooden loom, shuttle and  comb. F, 10/14, 11am-3pm. $82. Atelier  Truckee, 10128 Donner Pass Road,  Truckee,

THE TUESDAY NIGHT YARN CREW: All skill  levels and yarn-crafts are welcome.  Bring your project to this “sit and knit”  gathering. Tu, 5:30-7pm. Free. South  Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway,  (775) 851-5190.

SUGAR LOVE UNIVERSITY: Learn about the  origins of chocolate, its role in commerce and culture and its transformation throughout culinary history. Each  session will feature limited-edition  chocolate flavors, complimentary wine,  beer or spirits and light hors d’oeuvres.  Students must be at least 21 years old. 

Volunteer APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The  Alliance with the Washoe County Medical  Society (AWCMS) is accepting applications from local non-profit organizations. AWCMS awards grant money to  community agencies operating within  Washoe County that benefit residents  of all ages. Grant money requests are  reviewed by the Community Action  Fund Committee and must promote  health related educational, creative or  prevention programs. Grant applications are available at  Applications must be postmarked on or  before Oct. 15, 2016 to be eligible. Through 10/15. Alliance with the Washoe County  Medical Society, 3660 Baker Lane, (775)  829-1303,

Tu, 10/18, 7-9pm; W, 11/16, 7-9pm; Th, 12/15, 7-9pm; Tu, 1/10, 7-9pm; W, 2/8, 7-9pm; Th, 3/9, 7-9pm; Tu, 4/4, 7-9pm; W, 5/10, 7-9pm; Th, 6/15, 7-9pm. $28 for early bird tickets.  Sugar Love Chocolates, 50 S. Virginia St.,  Ste. 11, (800) 479-9830.

Community BEGINNING WEST COAST SWING LESSON: West  Coast swing dancing sponsored by High  Sierra Swing Dance Club. Preceded by a  lesson by Tim Renner in beginning West  Coast swing at 6pm. No partner necessary for either activity. Tu, 6-8pm through 12/1. $8. El Charro Avitia, 4389 S. Carson  St., Carson City,

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: This group is for  patients and families facing cancer.  Participants can share experiences  and express feelings and concerns. The  support group meets in the Orthopedic  Conference Room on the third floor of  the Roseview Tower. Th, 11:30am-1pm.  Free. Renown Regional Medical Center,  1155 Mill St., (775) 982-6831.

CLICKETS KNITTING GROUP: Jean Peters  guides this class for knitters of all ages  and levels. Yarn and needles are available. First and Third Su of every month, 1:30-3pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library,  7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, located at  Lazy 5 Regional Park, Spanish Springs,  (775) 424-1800.

CROCHET CONNECTION: Learn to crochet or  share tips with other crochet enthusiasts. Th, 4-5:45pm. Free. Spanish Springs  Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway,  located at Lazy 5 Regional Park, Spanish  Springs, (775) 424-1800.


Lily Afshar

The Iranian-American classical guitarist blends her formal training in the United States  and Europe with the cultural heritage of Persia. The first woman to receive a doctoral  degree in classical guitar, Afshar directs the classical guitar program at the University of Memphis.  Contemporary classical composers have sought after her for creative collaborations resulting in notable  world premieres, including works by Carlo Domeniconi, John Baur, Reza Vali, Garry Eister, Gerard Drozd,  among others. She also performs arrangements of Persian and Azerbaijani pieces and occasionally  plays the sehtar, a traditional Persian instrument that evolved into the guitar. Afshar’s performance  begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge  Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St. Tickets are $20. Visit

ECLECTIC EVENING BOOK CLUB: This month  the book club discusses The Picture of  Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. W, 10/19, 5-6:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library,  2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Renown Hospice  Care offers a grief support group for  those who have experienced the loss of  a loved one. Third W of every month, 6:308pm. Free. Washoe County Senior Center,  1155 E. Ninth St., (775) 982-2817.

INTERMEDIATE WEST COAST SWING LESSON:  West Coast swing dancing sponsored  by High Sierra Swing Dance Club. No  partner necessary for either activity. M, 6-9pm through 12/5. $8. El Charro Avitia  Restaurant, 4389 S. Carson St., Carson  City, (707) 321-3010,

KNITTING & CROCHET CLUB: This group is  open to who enjoys knitting or crocheting. Second Sa of every month, 1-3pm; Third Sa of every month, 1-3pm. Opens 10/15.  Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb  Drive, (775) 787-4100.

KNITTING GROUP: The group is open to all  knitters, crocheters, loom artists and  people who enjoy the company of other  yarn artists. Bring your project or start  a new one. Tu, 4-6pm through 11/21. Free.  Atelier Truckee, 10128 Donner Pass Road,  Truckee, (530) 386-2700.

BLOOD DONATIONS: Give the gift of life and  donate blood. Donors must be healthy,  weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least  17 years old. Call to make an appointment. M-Su. United Blood Services, 1125  Terminal Way, (775) 324-6454.

LIFESCAPES: The memoir writing program 

for seniors meets.  Second and fourth Th of every month, 10:30am. Free. South  Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway,  (775) 851-5190;  W, 10/19, 1-3pm; M, 11/7, 1-3pm; M, 11/21, 1-3pm. Free. Northwest  Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775)  787-4100.

MAN TO MAN PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: This support group is designed  to help men cope with prostate cancer  by offering education and support for  patients during their cancer journey.  The group meets in the Orthopedic  Conference Room on the third floor in  the Roseview Tower. First and Third M of every month, 5:30-7pm. Free. Renown  Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill St.,  (775) 982-6831,

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FOR ThE wEEk OF OCTOBER 13, 2016 ARIES (March 21-April 19): A study published in

the peer-reviewed Communications Research suggests that only 28 percent of us realize when someone is flirting with us. I hope that figure won’t apply to you, Aries, in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological situation, you will be on the receiving end of more invitations, inquiries, and allurements than usual. The percentage of these that might be worth responding to will also be higher than normal. Not all of them will be obvious, however. So be extra vigilant.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The ancient Greek

sage Socrates was a founder of Western philosophy and a seminal champion of critical thinking. And yet he relied on his dreams for crucial information. He was initiated into the esoteric mysteries of love by the prophetess Diotima, and had an intimate relationship with a daimonion, a divine spirit. I propose that we make Socrates your patron saint for the next three weeks. Without abandoning your reliance on logic, make a playful effort to draw helpful clues from nonrational sources, too. (P.S. Socrates drew oracular revelations from sneezes. Please consider that outlandish possibility yourself. Be alert, too, for the secret meanings of coughs, burps, grunts, mumbles and yawns.)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Helper Experi-

ment, Part One: Close your eyes and imagine that you are in the company of a kind, attentive helper—a person, animal, ancestral spirit or angel that you either know well or haven’t met yet. Spend at least five minutes visualizing a scene in which this ally aids you in fulfilling a particular goal. The Helper Experiment, Part Two: Repeat this exercise every day for the next seven days. Each time, visualize your helper making your life better in some specific way. Now here’s my prediction: Carrying out The Helper Experiment will attract actual support into your real life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): New rules: (1) It’s

unimaginable and impossible for you to be obsessed with anything or anyone that’s no good for you. (2) It’s unimaginable and impossible for you to sabotage your stability by indulging in unwarranted fear. (3) It’s imaginable and possible for you to remember the most crucial thing you have forgotten. (4) It’s imaginable and possible for you to replace debilitating self-pity with invigorating self-love and healthy self-care. (5) It’s imaginable and possible for you to discover a new mother lode of emotional strength.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s swing-swirl-spiral time,

Leo. It’s ripple-sway-flutter time and flow-gushgyrate time and jive-jiggle-juggle time. So I trust you will not indulge in fruitless yearnings for unswerving progress and rock-solid evidence. If your path is not twisty and tricky, it’s probably the wrong path. If your heart isn’t teased and tickled into shedding its dependable formulas, it might be an overly hard heart. Be an improvisational curiosity-seeker. Be a principled player of unpredictable games.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Some English-speaking astronomers use the humorous slang term “meteor-wrong.” It refers to a rock that is at first thought to have fallen from the heavens as a meteorite (“meteor-right”), but that is ultimately proved to be of terrestrial origin. I suspect there may currently be the metaphorical equivalent of a meteor-wrong in your life. The source of some new arrival or fresh influence is not what it had initially seemed. But that doesn’t have to be a problem. On the contrary. Once you have identified the true nature of the new arrival or fresh influence, it’s likely to be useful and interesting.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): During the final

10 weeks of 2016, your physical and mental health will flourish in direct proportion to how much outworn and unnecessary stuff you flush out of your life between now and October 25. Here are some suggested tasks: (1) Perform a homemade ritual that will enable you to magically shed at least half of your guilt, remorse and regret. (2) Put on a festive party hat, gather up all the clutter and junk from your home, and drop it off at a thrift store or the dump. (3) Take a vow that you will do everything in your power to kick your attachment to an influence that’s no damn good for you. (4) Scream nonsense curses at the night sky for as long as it takes to purge your sadness and anger about pain that no longer matters.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A Buddhist

monk named Matthieu Ricard had his brain scanned while he meditated. The experiment revealed that the positive emotions whirling around in his gray matter were super-abundant. Various publications thereafter dubbed him “the happiest person in the world.” Since he’s neither egotistical nor fond of the media’s simplistic sound bites, he’s not happy about that title. I hope you won’t have a similar reaction when I predict that you Sagittarians will be the happiest tribe of the zodiac during the next two weeks. For best results, I suggest you cultivate Ricard’s definitions of happiness: “altruism and compassion, inner freedom (so that you are not the slave of your own thoughts), senses of serenity and fulfillment, resilience, as well as a clear and stable mind that does not distort reality too much.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a

perfect moment to launch or refine a project that will generate truth, beauty and justice. Amazingly enough, now is also an excellent time to lunch or refine a long-term master plan that will make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Is this a coincidence? Not at all. The astrological omens suggest that your drive to be of noble service dovetails well with your drive for personal success. For the foreseeable future, unselfish goals are well-aligned with selfish goals.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Has your world

become at least 20 percent larger since September 1? Has your generosity grown to nearheroic proportions? Have your eyes beheld healing sights that were previously invisible to you? Have you lost at least two of your excuses for tolerating scrawny expectations? Are you awash in the desire to grant forgiveness and amnesty? If you can’t answer yes to at least two of those questions, Aquarius, it means you’re not fully in harmony with your best possible destiny. So get to work! Attune yourself to the cosmic tendencies! And if you are indeed reaping the benefits I mentioned, congratulations—and prepare for even further expansions and liberations.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Some astrologers

dwell on your tribe’s phobias. They assume that you Pisceans are perversely drawn to fear; that you are addicted to the strong feelings it generates. In an effort to correct this distorted view, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I hereby declare the coming weeks to be a Golden Age for Your Trust in Life. It will be prime time to exult in everything that evokes your joy and excitement. I suggest you make a list of these glories, and keep adding new items to the list every day. Here’s another way to celebrate the Golden Age: Discover and explore previously unknown sources of joy and excitement.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Most of us can’t tickle

ourselves. Since we have conscious control of our fingers, we know we can stop any time. Without the element of uncertainty, our squirm reflex doesn’t kick in. But I’m wondering if you might get a temporary exemption from this rule in the coming weeks. I say this because the astrological omens suggest you will have an extraordinary capacity to surprise yourself. Novel impulses will be rising up in you on a regular basis. Unpredictability and spontaneity will be your specialties. Have fun doing what you don’t usually do!

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The walks are free for participants? Yeah, the walks are free for participants. And you have to be somebody living with dementia, and you have to have a caregiver come with you.

Where did the idea for this walk come from? We have an umbrella initiative called Healthy Parks Healthy People. … The idea being that when we get people out into the parks, they become healthier by having physical activity. … It’s also good for their mental health—open space. And, in turn, when people are using parks, they will tend to invest more and appreciate what we have and become better stewards of the parks, and, basically, try to convince policy makers … to put more money in the parks, to invest in the open spaces. … So we do a lot of different walks for a lot of different demographics, but we’ve never worked with such a specific group. And we went and talked with the Alzheimer’s Association … as well as the Sanford Center for Aging, and they were both interested


Nathan Daniel is the executive  director of Truckee Meadows Parks  Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization geared toward  ensuring the sustainability of the  region’s more than 200 parks.  Every other Tuesday, TMPF holds a  guided walk designed specifically  for people with dementia and their  caregivers. The walks take place at  10 a.m. in Idlewild Park. The next one  is scheduled for Oct. 18. Learn more  by visiting in this idea of doing walks specifically for people living with dementia— primarily Alzheimer’s. … Our expertise is in doing walks, basically. … They’re all natural history based, so a lot of ecology, geology … and some cultural history. So this was a great opportunity to use this park as a place where we could get a structured kind of walk together, where people living with dementia could get out and do sort of the same trail but look at change over time through the seasons. … We went to the City of Reno’s [Senior Citizen Advisory Committee] … and they have some funding, so they gave us a few thousand dollars to run the whole program for a year.

Tell me a little bit more about how the walks are structured. We start here at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation office, and then we have—it’s … about three-quarters of a mile. It’s basically a loop, and we go off past the California Building, down through the Rose Garden, past the police officer memorial. … Basically you have some key plant species that we stop and look at every time to, you know, just look at change over the season.

What kind of feedback have you gotten from participants? Yeah, the feedback has been great from the folks that are coming. We have a lot of regulars that come every two weeks, and they have said that it is helping them create a community of people in similar situations … not only for people living with dementia, but also for the caregivers, which are mostly husbands and wives.

Anything you want to add? Just the fact that we’re going to continue to do these walks through January. … We’re just trying to get some folks to give it a shot and see if it’s something that’s good for them. Ω


Desert rock Back in our May 26 issue, I mentioned the Desert Trip Festival in  Indio, California., the superstar  confab of Rock Gods, starring  Dylan, Stones, Who, Neil, Paul and  Roger Waters. My initial reaction  was, Yeah, maybe I should go to  that one. Then, I saw the prices for  the three-day pass (Friday, Dylan/ Stones; Saturday, Neil/Paul; Sunday,  Who/Waters) were $600-1,500 and  sold out in a day. Both weekends.  Gone. OK, fine. I reckoned maybe I’ll  just watch it on pay-per-view. But then—weekend passes  for $200? OK, now we talkin’! On  Thursday the 6th, the day before  opening night, I took a look on  StubHub at their tickets, just for  a laff. And holy guacamole, Foley,  the prices were plummeting. Getting dumped on the open market  mucho cheapo because the legalized scalpers had too many tickets  on hand, and they were getting  burned, and they had to get what 

they could, and oh, my, this is getting interesting and hell, the trailer  is out there ready to roll and—. The next thing I knew, I was  entering the amazing venue known  as the Empire Polo Grounds. It’s a totally new and different  concert experience for me, a concert that is completely dependent  on its video screens—its gigantic  video screens. So we’re out there  paying big bucks to essentially  watch guys rock out on TV, and I  know that sounds like a total “No,  thanks” but I now realize that this  massive production of rock can  actually be quite terrific in its own  way, especially when all six performers were seriously ready with  their own video presentations that  were at times historical, informative, dazzling. And the sound for 75,000  people—75,000!—was not just good  but downright nailed. Completely  impressive.

Here are my scores for each.  Bob—10. Stones—10. Neil—10.  Paul—10. Who—10. Roger—8.  Waters gets docked, not for his  production, which was extraordinary, but for the onslaught of  bleak, paranoid tunes that define  the late-era Floyd (Animals and The  Wall) that kind of rubbed against  the grain of this nostalgic Good  Time Party in The Desert. You know,  Neil’s “Out on the Weekend” and  Paul’s “Hey Jude” just happygrooved a bit better than “Run Like  Hell.” But still, Roger had plenty of  fab moments. They all did. Our beloved Electric Septuagenarians all  gave performances befitting their  legendary status. Wow. If you’re reading this on Thursday the 13th, you, too, can take  this awesome Desert Trip. Just  so you know. There are floor and  grandstand seats—much better  than GA—going for $200-300.  Hustle like hell!        Ω

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