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OCTOBER 20, 2016 | VOl. 22, IssuE 36

October surprise Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. When a billionaire, who owns the  state’s largest newspaper, and a  governor, who loves to give away  money to his corporate cronies,  team up to rob hundreds of millions  of Nevada taxpayer dollars, I feel it’s  important to raise a  voice of dissent.  The Raiders  stadium deal is  bad for Nevada,  and every  legislator who  voted in favor of  it needs to be voted  out of office.  We’ve got more coverage of this  historic bamboozle throughout  the issue. But I want to thank our  designer Meg Larkin for the excellent  job she did with our cover illustration. She did a great job of turning a  harebrained concept into a striking  realization. Similarly, our peerless  news editor, Dennis Myers, did great  work putting together a meticulous  feature story. In other news, Election Day is finally almost here. It’s disheartening  how negative some of the local races  have been. For example, I recently  received a nasty mailer from Victor  Salcido’s campaign that was so full  of vitriol directed at his opponent,  Jenny Brekhus, that it clearly  demonstrated that Salcido is unfit to  serve on Reno’s city council. On the other hand, the presidential campaign has been so entertaining that I’ll miss following it. But I’m  not sure Donald Trump ever really  had much intention of winning. I  mean, sure, when the race was  close, he probably started to believe  in his own image as a fascist savior,  but I think his presidential bid was  always motivated by something else. His recent rhetorical pivot away  from actually trying to win the election to instead complaining about  the “rigged” system reveals his real  motivation: His presidential bid is  a publicity stunt to launch a new  media company.  His background is partly in TV,  after all, and his current roster of  campaign advisers includes Steve  Bannon of right-wing Breitbart  News, and he’s even been meeting  with Roger Ailes, the former head  of Fox News. (I first encountered  this theory in a column by the New  Yorker’s John Cassidy.) And the prospect of a Trump News  Network is almost as terrifying as a  Trump presidency.

—Brad Bynum

Bet we do Re “Vote against” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, Sept. 22): Now you’ve gone too far, Van Dyke! Telling us to run out and vote Democratic. Low end Demos have had enough. No white man can even find the fruit factory any more. That’s not you out looking for rockbottom jobs around Reno (might look like you), but no, you’re probably out, way out of town on a ranch with that pot pipe. Ask the bottom half what they want. Guns (hey, if the pres is armed and crazy…), jobs and a big fence. If all the newcomers to this country were journalists, then—hmm, how would you feel? Bet you don’t publish this one. Ha! Laurie Sherrill longview, Wa.

One man’s spoof Re “Best of Northern Nevada Winners Guide” (supplement, Oct. 6): In this political season of hyperbole, hypocrisy and hoax, the RN&R’s “Best Of” issue fits right in. The problem with this spoof issue is that many people take it seriously, not in the spirit of ballot stuffing, and nepotism for advertisers, with which it is so clearly constructed. Much like the national election, it’s funny. But it’s not. Dean Hinitz Reno

all school districts to come up with their own funding methods for capital infrastructure. The larger the town the higher the property taxes, so in an effort to compare apples with apples, contrast Reno’s 220,000 populations against cities of similar sizes yields the following comparisons.” Finally, as usual with the opponents of WC-1, you fail to offer a solution for the overcrowding, the 10,000 new students coming to our area, the backlogged repairs. Why not write an article with your solutions. Until then we need to embrace WC1 as it the only viable solution. While it’s a good article, you fail to mention important facts. Jack Bauer Reno Re “Stop Making Cents,” (cover story, Sept. 22): Dennis Myers’ story has, once again, reminded us of our humanity. Yes, the schools are disgustingly overcrowded, and yes, we need money to fix the problem. But as Myers so eloquently pointed out, we are raising money on the backs of the poorest people. I can remember as a young mother having absolutely no money until payday and having to steal peaches from a tree so we could eat. Taxing every citizen the same amount regardless of their income is poor tax policy. The legislature appointed committees to study the problem over the years and eventually tried to fix it, but the governor vetoed their plan. I’m voting yes on WC-1, but I agree with Myers. It isn’t a fair tax. Thanks for reminding us. Mary Lee Fulkerson Reno

Sales tax Re “Stop Making Cents,” (cover story, Sept. 22): Rather interesting, however some important data is missing. U.S. Labor Department wage calculator shows that families earning minimum wage have less than 20 percent purchases that are taxable. There is high correlations for federal and/or state aid. You fail to mention that 37.4 percent of items in Washoe County are actually taxable. You fail to mention that sales tax is deductible on you federal return if you itemize. You fail to mention the following: “Much of the state’s general fund is supported by taxing the gaming industry in tandem with hotel occupancy taxes, so the overall burden is diffused away from residents of the Silver State to those more easily able to pay. In terms of real savings, a family of three earning $25,000 will save $266 a year in tax burdens over the average American city dweller, and a family of four bringing in $150,000 can expect to bank over $6,300 in savings, which makes Reno the third lowest in the nation for tax payments.” You fail to mention the Senate Bill 411 committee spent 11 months looking at every possible solution, property taxes, room taxes, real estate transfer tax, developers fee. All in all sales tax was the best. You don’t mention that Nevada Revised Statutes has a property tax cap, no developer fees for our area and they require 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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What do you think of the vegas stadium deal? askeD at hoMaGe bakery, 519 ralston st. Phebe Mccorkle Spanish student

I feel like Vegas is really proud of what they represent. ... But, I mean, there is a full-on vote that the city’s doing, right? Or is it just the … state government?

DaviD luke Retiree

It may not make economic sense, but it sure is fun and great for the community pride.

GeorGe berke y Realtor

Oh, I’m for it. I think it’d be good for the city. … And if any team ought to be in Vegas, it ought to be the Raiders.

Bad deal If there were any lingering doubts about our editorial position on the stadium deal, hopefully this week’s cover image will allay them. The stadium deal is a grotesque, undead specter that should have been busted like so many ghosts. This is a bad deal for Nevada. For more detailed reporting, please check out this week’s feature story on page 14, along with Sheila Leslie’s concurrent opinion on page six, but here’s a quick recap just in case you’ve been too distracted by the insane presidential race to follow this story: A few weeks ago, Governor Brian Sandoval called for a special session of the Nevada Legislature in order to rush through approval of a $750 million handout to help build a professional football stadium in Las Vegas, supposedly to host home games by the Raiders, currently of Oakland, California. This government handout is to be matched by lesser amounts contributed by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson ($650 million) and by the Raiders organization ($500 million). Just to be clear, we don’t object to the game of football, which can be a zesty enterprise, and our complaint is certainly not a partisan objection to the Raiders. (In fact, some of us have fond childhood memories of rooting for Marcus Allen during some of his amazing rushes.) If Adelson and the Raiders wanted to build a stadium in our state on their own dime, we might receive them with enthusiasm. Here’s what we don’t approve: Corporate welfare. We don’t approve of handing out hundreds of millions of dollars—at least $750 million, although the bill seems to continuously grow—to people who already have plenty of it, like Adelson and Raiders majority owner Mark Davis.

The legislature approved an increase to the Clark County hotel room tax to supposedly cover the costs of building the stadium, and justified that by saying it would come from tourists drawn to Vegas to watch football. But what about those Nevadans who live—either for luxury or poverty—in hotels? And we Northerners often have to go to the south for business reasons—now we have to pay more for accommodations to support a billionaire and a football team? (And, as we’ve written before, for local fans of the franchise, we’re actually paying to move the team further away from Reno.) And the Raiders might still not even make the move. It needs to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the NFL team owners—some of whom have been outspoken against Las Vegas in the past, ostensibly because of the corrupting influence of gambling on sports. In wasting Nevada tax dollars to call for the special session, Gov. Sandoval was like a kid pulling a fire alarm because he forgot to study for a test. He wanted to railroad the deal so that legislators wouldn’t have time to examine it closely or talk to their constituents, and he wanted to get it done before the election, which will bring new blood into the legislature—new blood that might be less enthusiastic about being bamboozled. Sure, there are (weak) arguments for the deal benefiting Clark County. But there’s no good reason any Northern legislator should have voted for it, and yet several of them did. See Upfront on page eight for the list, and remember that their names are to be scrupulously avoided whenever they appear on an election ballot. Ω

carin carothers Nursery staff

I think that it’s a great idea. I love it, except I don’t like the taxpayers taking the … brunt of the cost.

k atie Macle an Speech pathology student

I’m a college student. I’m a transplant from the Bay Area. And so I’m a local, so I was kind of sad when I heard they were moving it to L.A. And it makes me even more sad to hear they’re going to move it to Vegas, because it’s such an Oakland icon, I feel like.

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by Sheila leSlie

Specious session If you ever wanted to see the very worst of legislative sausage-making, last week’s special session of the Nevada Legislature had it all. An “emergency” session that was hardly an emergency, called less than a month before a general election will usher in a new group of legislators who might not be so eager to toe the governor’s line. A billionaire who owns the state’s largest newspaper refusing to negotiate his requirements for a taxpayer-funded football stadium, all the while dropping millions of dollars into Republican races while contributing serious money to Democrats hungry for campaign cash. An embarrassing legislative process designed to stifle debate and minimize opposition. A suppressed infrastructure report surfacing at the last minute detailing $899 million more in accelerated improvements. Unwarranted threats against legislators by lobbyists who know better. Betrayals by legislators elected with the elbow grease and shoe leather of progressives. And, in the end, the worst stadium deal ever negotiated, giving

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away $750 million in tax revenue with the knowledge the state budget will be at least $400 million short in the next biennium. For decades Republicans have relentlessly taunted Democrats as “tax and spenders,” claiming progressives throw money away on government programs like all-day kindergarten or public health concerns. Republicans delight in portraying Democrats who want more spending on education, mental health care and infrastructure as classic bleeding heart liberals who are “takers” rather than “job creators.” These Republicans can no longer claim the mantle of responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ hard-earned cash. Frankly, they’ve been spending our money like drunken sailors, giving away billions to corporate entities that hardly need the help such as Apple, Faraday, Switch and the boondoggle of all time, Tesla. Economic development officials insist these gifts to the private sector benefit the average taxpayer and viciously attack anyone who opines differently.

Each project leads to the next bigger, better deal Nevada can’t live without and our politicians shake the piggy bank again, extracting millions more to invest in private enterprise while our public schools and services suffer. The decision to award $750 million in taxpayer funds to a billionaire to build a new NFL stadium is historic in its breathtaking greed. Proponents claim only tourists will pay the room tax, neglecting to mention that struggling Nevadans living in weekly motels will pay it too. They certainly don’t want Washoe County residents to understand this same room tax could be raised in a true emergency session to address the $238 million needed to repair our crumbling schools instead of building a shiny stadium more appropriately financed by the private sector. Our elected officials have the wrong spending priorities. Scores of lobbyists convinced the Legislature that a billionaire’s wallet matters more than fixing our schools. They cleverly tied a convention center expansion

to the mix, harnessing the lobbying power of the gambling industry. The insulting deal leaves taxpayers with the bill should rosy projections falter—and without a share of the profits if the stadium succeeds. In a disgraceful breach of decorum, legislators applauded proponents’ testimony as if they were at a pep rally. No experts on stadium financing appeared despite credible published accounts calling the proposal the worst deal a city has ever made for a stadium. The Senate even passed a resolution declaring that senators couldn’t disclose their conflicts of interest nor abstain for any reason, a brazen mechanism to command votes while hiding conflicts from the public’s view. In his statement praising the vote, Gov. Sandoval concluded by saying “This is what the new Nevada is all about.” It is indeed a sad and pathetic state that taxes poor people to build a billionaire’s whim while children suffer in overcrowded classrooms. If this is the new Nevada, shame on us all. Ω


by Brendan Trainor

Primal politics Trump is the destroyer of the new liberal desire for safe zones. Trump was never a safe zone. Even a 60-year-old Trump was not a safe zone. Women twittered during the debate that Trump’s constant pacing made them feel like he was stalking Clinton. Maybe he was. He stopped pacing to line up right behind her when she moved up close to the audience on his side of the stage to explain Obamacare. Intimidation? Did the audience look at her, or him? No safe space. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg once said being a single billionaire in New York City was “a constant wet dream.” On the 11-year-old video Trump bragged women let him kiss them and grope them because he is a star. The left immediately said he was committing battery or worse, implying no consent. But Trump said they “let him.” Liberal Hollywood, like Billy Bush, knows of what he speaks. Capitol Hill is Hollywood for ugly people. What Hillary did to the women President Clinton harassed and assaulted

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helped destroy second-wave feminism. Hillary could have been an honest feminist and denounced him and supported his victims. She still could. Instead she and her party and, by extension, the feminist movement prattle on about how women are always victims and never lie about men. But if those same victims stand between her and Bill and their power, they are “what you get when you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park.” Witnesses have written books describing Hillary as a hard-drinking, abusive potty mouth. Wikileaks email dumps show she believes in having a private policy for the elites and a public policy for the masses. We know when Hillary has power she always votes for war. There can be no safe zones in Syria without war with Syria and possibly Russia. She is a neo-liberal interventionist, a promoter of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P). Her wars have left disasters in the Balkans, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

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The second major party presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton probed deeply into America’s anxieties over sex and power. A Republican candidate for President is accused of being a sexual predator, while his female opponent is accused of being the “fixer” for her powerful husband’s own predations. America has become a new Victorian culture. Victoria was the asexual queen of late 19th century England. The one percent political class promoted chastity and modesty for women, gentlemanly behavior from men. All the while, the number of brothels in London grew openly and rapidly. This cognitive dissonance between what we are told and actual reality can explode into a volcanic cultural revolution. In London, Jack the Ripper surgically murdered prostitutes, as if the ruling class was exorcising its proletarian demons. In America, we have Donald Trump.

Hillary projects her war lust when she talks about “Russian aggression.” Her intervention in Libya resulted in the overthrown Gaddafi sodomized with a knife. Hillary showed she believes in “Empire,” not “America First,” when she laughed when told of his death. The two protagonists are engaged in a titanic clash of culture and worldview. Nevadans feel the cultural differences between Las Vegas and rural Nevada, the tensions between state rights and the federal government, unemployment and debt, the clash between legalized prostitution and the sex trafficking hysteria, campus rape, affirmative consent, and the differences in both major parties between grassroots and establishment. The second presidential debate forced us to confront subconscious fears in a deeply emotional way. The third debate is in—Las Vegas! Ω See Paul Craig Roberts:

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by Dennis Myers

Stadium vote In the Nevada Assembly, the members who voted against the stadium project (see cover story, page 14) were Elliot Anderson, Nelson Araujo, Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Maggie Carlton, Olivia Diaz, Ira Hansen, Amber Joiner, Dina Neal, James Oscarson, Shelly Shelton, Michael Sprinkle, Heidi Swank and Robin Titus. Voting for the project were Paul Anderson, Derek Armstrong, Dominic Brunetti, Irene Bustamante Adams, Richard Carillo, Jill Dickman, Victoria Dooling, Chris Edwards, John Ellison, Michele Fiore, Edgar Flores, David Gardner, John Hambrick, Brent Jones, Randy Kirner, John Moore, Harvey Munford, Philip O’Neill, James Ohrenschall, Victoria Seaman, Stephen Silberkraus, Ellen Spiegel, Kyle Stephens, Lynn Stewart, Tyrone Thompson, Glenn Trowbridge, Jim Wheeler and Melissa Woodbury. Stephanie Smith did not vote. In the Senate, Pete Goicoechea, Don Gustavson, Ruben Kihuen, Julia Ratti and Richard “Tick” Segerblom voted against the stadium project. Voting for it were Kelvin Atkinson, Moises Denis, Patricia Farley, Aaron Ford, Scott Hammond, Joseph Hardy, Becky Harris, Jesse Haw, Ben Kieckhefer, Mark Liparelli, Mark Manendo, David Parks, Michael Roberson, James Settelmeyer, Pat Spearman and Joyce Woodhouse. There were two votes on the project in the senate, on Oct. 11 and 14. We are using the first one. The second one gave final approval to the project by approving amendments attached by the Assembly, but the votes of individual senators were not entered in the journal.

Pot tale of the week In a letter to the editor that appeared in both the Elko Free Press and the Reno Gazette-Journal, Mary Henderson of Genoa wrote, “Pot tax money to the Denver Public Schools—$0.” It appeared under the headline “[Nevada] Question 2 won’t help fund schools.” Nevada’s ballot Question 2 contains different provisions from Colorado. As we reported previously (“Nailing it down,” RN&R, Sept. 22), Colorado’s ballot measure never promised large sums to education. The Colorado measure did provide some support for education, including the first $40 million drawn from the 15 percent marijuana excise tax to school capital construction, and that fund has more than half filled. It is true that Denver has not availed itself of those funds. That’s because they are mainly going to rural districts without much bonding capacity. But Denver has its own city-level marijuana tax to support schools. “Those [city-level] funds complement another $1.4 million the city provides to other organizations that support Denver students,” according to a video the City of Denver produced about how marijuana taxes are being used. The video was produced to correct bad information being circulated by marijuana opponents. Claims similar to Henderson’s are also being used against a marijuana ballot measure in Arizona—and were corrected by KTVK News. In addition, Coloradans voted to let state government keep marijuana taxes that would have been rebated to taxpayers, and that $66 million is being used for education. Other funds from Colorado’s heavily taxed marijuana go to the state departments of agriculture, health care policy and financing, human services, the judiciary, public health and environment, public safety, and transportation. The Nevada ballot measure has different language that earmarks more money for education than the Colorado measure, though how much that will be depends on who’s doing the estimating and how big the market turns out to be.

—Dennis Myers

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A radio debate on at Reno Town Mall dealt with ballot Question WC-1, raising the sales tax. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

Still a burden Food repeal didn’t cleanse the sales tax Since our cover story on the sales tax, some supporters of county ballot Question WC-1 have been claiming that removal of the sale tax from food in 1979 also removed the regressiveness from that tax. The morning our story appeared, in fact, WC-1 publicist Alex Bybee sent us a message that included, “And, in Nevada, food and medicine are exempt.” The sample ballot argument for WC-1includes the information that the sales tax “doesn’t [apply to] prescription drugs, food from the grocery store or gasoline.” Former Sparks city manager Shaun Carey, who chaired the committee that selected the sales tax as the vehicle to raise school infrastructure money, said on Nevada Newsmakers that the sales tax “is not as regressive as the label that people often apply. It does not apply to food unless you are

in a restaurant. The greatest cost to a person is actually when they buy clothes.” A letter to the editor in this edition offers similar information. This claim has been common since the 1979 special election in which Nevadans voted to remove the sales tax from food. When she ran for governor in 2006, Democrat Dina Titus told us, “Well, sales tax nature [is] regressive, but what makes it acceptable here is that we have exemptions for food and medicine and such a large percentage of the sales tax is paid by tourists, so that’s why there is a willingness to pay sales tax when there is, say, not a willingness to pay more property tax.” That 1979 ballot measure passed with a 79 percent majority. It was a change that was opposed in the legislature by the business community,

by the way, and legislators approved putting it on the ballot only when supporters nearly got the signatures to place the issue on the ballot by initiative petition. However, a report commissioned by the Nevada Legislature in 1988 and produced by Price Waterhouse and the Urban Institute said the state’s tax structure remains one of the most regressive in the nation, in spite of elimination of the sales taxes on food in 1979 and prosthetic limbs in 1970. “Of the portion of the sales tax that is borne by Nevada resident consumers, the distribution is clearly regressive,” the report said. “That is, the burden increases as family incomes decrease. The fact that there are other regressively distributed taxes and virtually no progressively distributed levies makes it among the most vertically unfair in the nation.” And even if one uses the “Save our Schools” campaign’s own figures, only 15 percent of the sales tax is paid by tourists. In addition, Nevada finishes just out of the “terrible top 10” list of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s assessment of overall fairness in state tax systems. Nevada ranks the

13th most unfair state and local tax system in the country. A policy paper by the Institute says Nevada exemptions from the sales tax “are poorly targeted. The poorest 40 percent of taxpayers typically receive only about 25 percent of the benefit from exempting groceries. The rest goes to wealthier taxpayers for whom sales taxes on food are not especially burdensome.” Actually, the state’s exemptions are not poorly targeted, because they were never targeted at all. The Nevada Legislature has never tried to develop any kind of equity strategy in taxation or for the state’s tax system. It has reacted to various pressure groups and that’s about it. In November, Nevada voters will have an opportunity to remove the sales tax from medical gear, mobility-enhancing devices and oxygen equipment. It is designated Question 4. And Washoe voters will have a chance to increase the sales tax to pay for school infrastructure and repair. As the Price Waterhouse/Urban Institute report and other studies have noted, it is not just the sales tax in Nevada that is unfair. The state’s tax system, taken as a whole, is inequitable, too. But the sales tax is one that is often within the public’s ability to affect directly because some sales tax hikes go on the ballot. Additional assessments of Nevada tax equity since the 1979 exemption of food: 1991 Citizens for Tax Justice released a list of states that taxed the poorest 20 percent at three to five times the rates paid by the richest one percent, plus middleincome families at two to three times the rate applied to the richest families. Nevada led the list. In addition, Nevada was one of seven states that had recently cut taxes on the rich while raising taxes on lower income groups. Nevada, Wyoming and Alaska were listed as having the lowest taxes on the rich. 1998 D. Dowd Muska/Nevada Policy Research Institute: “Silver State legislators and county commissioners should be aware of how New York City’s tax-free experiments have given relief to poor families and a boost to merchants. (By slashing its sales tax or reducing the number of items which are taxable, Nevada could draw shoppers from California and Arizona.) Nevada’s sales tax penalizes those with lower incomes, significantly saps the purchasing power of all consumers and stifles economic activity within the state.

It is unfortunate that elected officials do not seem to grasp this reality. The question regarding Nevada’s sales tax is not how much it should be raised, but how much it should be cut.” 1999 Chico State analyst Robert Morin: Nevada is characterized “by low levels of service provision, consistent underestimation of revenues, over-reliance on two primary sources of revenue (sales and gaming taxes), and the potential for fiscal problems linked to the state’s population growth.” 2002 Neon Metropolis by Hal Rothman: “Regressive taxation meant that the state sloughed off responsibility and handed it over to the counties. … Even in the best of times, government in Nevada is ineffectual and parsimonious, a handmaiden to power. The state’s odd tax structure, simultaneously invisible and powerfully regressive, is one of the primary culprits. … Nevada’s notoriously regressive tax system is likely to stay that way.” 2003 Governing magazine reported that Nevada’s tax system “hits low income residents hardest.” 2006 Keystone Research Center: “In Nevada, the very highest income residents are getting richer: the top one percent of taxpayers—those who earned average income of $1.5 billion in 2012—now get nearly a third of all the state’s income. They also pay a tiny fraction of their income in taxes—only about one fifth the rate of the middle class. It these high income earners paid taxes at the same rate as the middle class, Nevada could solve many of its budget problems—raising $857 million per year for education, infrastructure, health care, pensions and job creation.” 2006 “Taxation Burden and Fairness in Nevada” by Bernard Malamud and Marc Hechter (Center for Democratic Culture, University of Nevada, Las Vegas): “The higher the hill of the curve, the disproportionately more in taxes does a low income family pay and the more regressive is the tax. Nevada’s tax structure is more regressive than the tax structures of most states. ... Nevada taxes are more regressive than state and local taxes in the United States as a whole.” 2011 Census figures indicated the tax rate in Nevada for people making $25,000 is about twice as high as for those making $150,000. Ω

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The man who wasn’t there: Candidate David Colborne was excluded from the RG-J’s Nevada Senate district 15 race debate.

On the attack 3-way race, 2-way debate The Nevada State Senate District 15 race has the paramount makings of primetime politics, including television ad campaigns, mudslinging mailers and heated live debates. The race is between Republican Heidi Gansert, Democrat Devon Reese and Libertarian David Colborne. Incumbent Greg Bower resigned to take a job with the U.S. Department of Justice, replaced by Jesse Haw until November. Heidi Gansert was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2004 and 2008, working as Reublican floor leader, then departing to become chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval. Her experience also provided a voting record for Democratic nominee Devon Reese to attack in last week’s debate, staged by the Reno Gazette-Journal. “That’s of course what I can do, because I don’t have a record—I’m not a career politician,” said Reese, noting that Gansert has never participated in a debate format like that. Reese is an attorney and a debate coach at McQueen High School. In addition to education, Reese is concentrating on representing “disenfranchised people” in his campaign, mentioning programs for seniors, veterans and the LGBTQ community. “There are so many groups out there who don’t have a voice, who are not represented that we can do better by making certain the issues that affect all of us are addressed,” he said. Balancing the budget, improving access to health care and addressing the opioid crisis are on Gansert’s list of top priorities. But education is first.

“I think education is how we transform our economy, and we make it more sustainable,” said Gansert. “That’s why I’m really proud of the work I’ve been doing at the university.” She left Gov. Sandoval’s office in 2012 to work in the office of the President at the University of Nevada, Reno, but has decided to return to public service. As revealed in the debate, Reese and Gansert differ on their views about Nevada ballot Question 1 dealing with gun background checks. Reese said that gone are the days of buying guns on Craigslist. Gansert said it’s overreach and incriminating innocent people. Libertarian David Colborne said in an interview, “I think it’s going to lead to more bureaucracy. I think it’s going to lead to a lot of tax dollars being spent. I don’t think it’s going to get guns off the street.” Reese said he’s voting yes on ballot Question 2, legalizing and regulating marijuana. Colborne wrote an op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal arguing that the ballot measure isn’t perfect but is better than blanket prohibition. Gansert says that repealing prohibition will have a negative impact on the youth and the workforce in the state and she is not voting for it. In last week’s debate, Gansert and Reese disagreed about the proposed measure for education savings accounts, which Gansert advocates. Reese points to the negative impact on the budget in the already struggling public school district. However, both Gansert and Reese support Washoe County ballot Question 1—WC-1—raising the sales tax to generate revenue to repair schools and build new ones. Colborne calls WC-1 “terrible public policy that falls disproportionately on our poorest citizens.” Colborne was not invited to last week’s debate hosted by the RG-J, but he was in attendance. “I’m disappointed I wasn’t given the opportunity to actually defend these issues,” he said. Ω




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hen legislative police vehicles picked up Clark County lawmakers at the Reno airport and drove them to the capital for the special session of the Nevada Legislature, they passed a billboard on the freeway near the Damonte Ranch exit. It read: STADIUM, JOBS, & GROWTH! Hold Your Local POLITICIANS Accountable! Avoid Personal and Regional Issues and … NEVADA WINS! The billboard revealed a confidence in its sponsor’s belief that Reno locals would want to hold Washoe County politicians to voting for a huge sum of corporate welfare for an out-ofstate corporation to bring a pro football team to the other end of the state. North/south rivalry is nowhere near as sharp as it once was, but there are limits. Besides, the term growth does not sing as happy a lyric in Washoe as in Clark. But then, the billboard wasn’t really aimed at locals. It was part of a web of ways legislators were being coaxed into voting for a $750 million package that somehow turned into $1.1 billion before the session was over. At a time when state government was facing a $400 million shortfall, when Washoe residents were being asked to enact a sales tax hike to raise $780 million, the governor and legislature eased the plight of the truly needy—the $1.4 billion Oakland Raiders Inc., which claimed it could afford only $500 million for the project, and billionaire—32 times over—Sheldon Adelson, who held his fortune and his newspaper over the heads of the legislators. Businesspeople and their lobbyists who like to say, “Government should operate like a business” were on hand to make sure it didn’t.

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If the Nevada Legislature were a board of directors, its members would not take action on first examining the proposal, would not race into a decision, would not ignore experts or accept pie-in-the-sky claims. They’d adjourn after assigning a team to examine feasibility and come back when they actually knew something. The billboard, the expensive printed material laid out for legislators by the Raiders, the presentations before joint sessions of the houses, the attempt to suppress critics of the deal from being heard—all that seduction wasn’t really needed. Most legislators were anxious to be seduced.

Ocean’s 63 The special session agenda had to be punched and kicked to get the right combination of stimuli for the legislators. One item designed

to ease the shortfall in state schools had to be dropped since it would have been embarrassing for legislators to slap together patchwork funding for schools while aiding billionaires. A long hoped-for rehab for the Las Vegas convention center was tacked on to make the stadium more palatable—the convention center being real tourism bait and the stadium being dubious tourism bait. And some special interest items were eliminated as distractions that could wait. Among governments, the financial community and economists, arena and stadium deals have long been in poor odor. What was going on in Nevada unnerved them all. It was feared that, because of the Nevada giveaway, owner insistence on big welfare packages would become common when they had been declining. In the Raiders’ hometown, the mayor made clear she wasn’t going to subscribe to Nevada-style profligacy. “Oakland made that mistake in the past

Their master’s voice: Steve Wynn (at podium) tells legislators his connections will help.

and will not repeat it,” Mayor Libby Schaaf told the San Francisco Chronicle last week when it was suggested Oakland meet Nevada’s price. In Oakland, government was turning to the private sector to fund its effort to keep the Raiders. In Nevada, the private sector was turning to government to fund luring the Raiders. The team is seeking to abandon Oakland before the bonding on the last Oakland Coliseum upgrade—done to bring the Raiders back to the city from Los Angeles—is even paid off. St. Louis, which has lost the Rams to L.A., faces similar payments on a vanished team. In San Diego, the Chargers are demanding more money while the city still pays off the last stadium upgrade. Shortly after Sandoval called the special session, an interview with Roger Noll, Stanford economist, former senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and co-editor of Sports, Jobs, and Taxes made news: “Their financial welfare would depend on selling 22,500 tickets every single game to people following the visiting team,” Noll told the Chronicle. “There is no team in the NFL that comes anywhere near one-third of their fan base being tourists. … You take away all that, you take away 75 percent of the economic benefit of the stadium.” We asked if he had ever seen results of the kind described in studies to Nevada legislators, which he had read. “The prospective studies about the financial effect of a sports facility on the budgets of local governments and about the effect of a facility on permanent jobs in the locality are always overstated,” Noll told us. “But I have not seen any impact study that is as wildly overstated as the one for the Las Vegas NFL stadium.”

Businesspeople who like to say “Government should operate like a business” were on hand to make sure it didn’t.

Across the nation, others were watching— some in hunger, others in disbelief. They scrutinized the proposal, often rigorously, which the 63 legislators and many local journalists did not. The scheme involved the sale of bonds, so Bond Buyer was watching: “The Nevada legislature is one of only four states that have biennial sessions. ... Reviews by the state’s fiscal staff of department heads and agency budget requests indicate a budget shortfall.” It involved construction, so Construction Dive covered it: “If approved by legislators, hikes in the Clark County, NV, hotel room tax would finance $750 million of the 65,000-seat stadium’s construction costs, as well as an expansion of the existing convention center.” Lawsuits might ensue, so Courthouse News Service was reporting: “Meanwhile, NFL Hallof-Famer and former Raider Ronnie Lott is among those seeking a new stadium deal that would keep the Raiders in Oakland.” Sources like these might have been useful to the legislators, but that was the last thing legislative leaders wanted. They avoided having experts testify. They put up boosters and public relations people like state economic development director Steve Hill, his job to put the most positive spin on the stadium, or folks with conflicts of interest like Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, who wants public money used to fill his casino/hotel with customers. But people with experience or just everyday taxpayers without financial stakes in the project, were

discouraged from testifying. Legislative leaders tried to bar them entirely until embarrassed into allowing it. In the Assembly, legislators were denied the right to debate. It was almost as though a financial conflict of interest was needed to get a hearing on the stadium. Wynn: “My friend [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones and [Patriots owner] Robert Kraft and others with whom I have a personal relationship have told me that the NFL is ready to do it.” The statement is filled with holes. He mentions two people by name, neither of whom have committed in writing to the project. If they come through, that is two out of 32 owners. Legislators took his word for it that he can get “and others” to come through. It takes just nine owners to halt the Raiders move cold. Indeed, the legislators seemed to go out of their way to avoid getting anything in writing before acting but blithely believed anything favorable to the project they were told. Neither the owners or the Raiders have put anything in writing that they can’t back out of, which raises again the question of why this issue is before a special session. NFL owners will meet in January and may vote on allowing the move.

Or they may not—no vote, no move. Why wasn’t this project handed to the regular session of the Nevada Legislature, which meets in February, after the owners meet, when the legislators would know if they had anything to act on, and could then give any deal real scrutiny? Not only wasn’t Raiders owner Mark Davis not signing anything, he still has other irons in the fire. Oakland has an alternate berth in the Rams new stadium, and Oakland is putting together a package that would cost Davis $200 million less than the move to Las Vegas. On top of that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is disinclined to do anything for Las Vegas, preferring the Raiders stay where they are. “Keep in mind, a privately funded stadium would also maintain the NFL’s hold on the Bay Area market and its 2.5 million television households,” Market Watch pointed out. “With Oakland seeing an influx of new residents and increased developments, the NFL knows it can get in on the ground floor of the one spot in the Bay Area that hasn’t already maxed out its potential. Compare that to Vegas, where 736,700 television households don’t tend to generate nearly as much disposable income ($51,552) as the Bay Area ($73,562) does.”

OTHER pEOplE’S mONEy Unlike the Washoe County room tax, nearly all of which is spent on tourist promotion,

the Clark County room tax goes mostly to public programs like roads and schools, 38.7 percent to education. So if the room tax increase enacted last week were being allocated normally, $290 million of the $750 million would go to schools. Instead it’s being diverted to the Raiders handout. Nevertheless, Clark County casinos have never stopped thinking of the room tax as theirs—at one time 90 percent of it was used for tourist promotion (still the case in Washoe). That may be why they say tourists, not locals, will pay for the stadium. “Tax revenue belongs to the people of Nevada—it does not belong to Steve Wynn or Sheldon Adelson,” Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada leader Bob Fulkerson responded. “That revenue belongs to our children and we need it to build their future, not to give it to the eighth richest man in the world for his stadium.” The rationale concocted for the Nevada scheme was that Las Vegas will decline as a tourist destination unless it gets the stadium. “Among peer tourism cities, Las Vegas is the only one without a 60,000-plus seat stadium,” wrote Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Kristin McMillan in an essay published in Adelson’s newspaper. “This means that cities such as Dallas and Orlando have a competitive edge.” Actually, it means the city’s business infrastructure, not the city, is falling behind. The difference is whether taxpayers or businesspeople are responsible. “Our competitors for tourism and convention dollars are closely watching how Las Vegas proceeds,” wrote two Brookings Mountain West scholars in the Las Vegas Sun. “More than 42


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In a legislative hall filled with lobbyists, labor union leader Tommy White (back to camera) shows his loyalties.

million annual visitors also will notice what action Nevada’s leadership takes. ... We hope Nevada’s political leaders recognize the high stakes and choose to double down on the Las Vegas tourist economy.” Among those watching was Neil deMause, co-author of Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. He wrote on his blog, “Starting to sense an agreed-upon message here: Sure, people are flocking to Las Vegas now, but if we don’t

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have a football stadium, they’ll have no reason not to go to Dallas instead! Why this would suddenly start happening now after decades of Dallas having a football stadium and Vegas not is anyone’s guess, but as ‘cold Omaha’ statements go, it’s a vivid enough image, I suppose.” And the conservative site Hot Air asked, “Minneapolis and Detroit might have some argument for the need to boost tourism through major-league sports, while markets like New York and Los Angeles would have far fewer. In

what universe, however, does Sin City need a boost in tourist buzz?” Clark County Sen. Aaron Ford said he did not want to tell a worker in need of a job, “I had a chance to give you a job, and I voted no.” DeMause responded on his blog, “If that’s the bar, then no government expense for anything ever would be rejected, since it’s hard to spend money on anything without creating at least some jobs. Apparently, Ford can sleep perfectly well when he considers facing laborers who could be employed by doing something else with that $750 million that might have a better bang for its buck than a football stadium.” Market Watch noted damage Adelson was doing to Nevada: “Don’t expect the [Adelsonowned] Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper to point out what a terrible deal this is for the city, which will be paying the single-largest sum of up-front public money (bond interest always adds up to more) ever paid for an NFL facility. It will be $130 million more than Indianapolis paid for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008.” (Emphasis added.) It was telling that Adelson’s corporation, the Sands, refused to join him in building the stadium, forcing him to put up his share alone. Yet state legislators ignored this message from a leading business. For that matter, former Las Vegas mayor Jan Jones of Caesars and MGM exec Jim Murren were sent out to promote the project—yet none of their corporations pitched in a few million. If four different major Las Vegas

casinos wanted no part of the project, why would Nevada put tax dollars into it? The studies shown to legislators predicted results that have never been achieved in any other market, and experts in athletic facility finance—not invited to Carson City—said they were unlikely to come to pass. Jeremy Aguero of a Las Vegas economic analysis firm disagreed: “Being in Southern Nevada is what makes it different.” The notion that the laws of finance and economics work differently in Clark County, Nevada, than in the rest of the country—let alone other tourist meccas with larger base populations—was novel, but not all lawmakers were buying it. Sen. Ruben Kihuen said, “I understand Las Vegas is not like any other city. …. But how often have other cities been pitched the same false bill of goods?” In the hermetically sealed container from which reality was excluded that legislative leaders tried to make of the capitol, the impression was left that if a study was presented saying that the stadium would end poverty in the United States, most legislators would buy into it. Why is the taxpayer subsidy needed for the Raiders stadium when a Las Vegas hockey facility was built entirely by the private sector (MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment)? The answer is simple. T-Mobile Arena, built for an NHL team to be named later, is much more likely to make its costs. Fortyone games a year will be played there. In the stadium, however, the Raiders would play eight

times a year. The taxpayers’ deep pockets were regarded as a good partner for the shortfalls that could easily accompany this project. Harvard urban planner Judith Grant Long has calculated that 78 percent of stadium costs end up being picked up by taxpayers, the rest by owners. UNLV will also use the stadium—paying for the privilege. The $750 million is apparently not enough payment. But even with the UNLV games, fewer than 50 events would be held. When it was testified at the legislature that the stadium would provide 14,000 permanent jobs, an audience member joked, “What will they spend their time doing?” Backers claimed the 0.88 tax increase would produce about $50 million annually. What if it doesn’t? The legislators were not only taking money from the taxpayers for the project, but the cost of bond payments also falls on the public. It gets stuck at both ends. The $750 million taxpayer contribution was not an investment. It was a giveaway—of other people’s money, including schoolchildren’s. The $750 million in taxes provides the largest single portion of the stadium cost. Supporters of the stadium talked outlandishly and optimistically when trying to sell the project, but when asked why the public doesn’t get a piece of the action, they turned cautious and pessimistic. There would be no or few profits, they said, so there was no point including the public in earnings. These machinations raised the suspicions of those on both left and right, from Democratic

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani to Washoe GOP Assemblymember Ira Hansen. Labor was split on the stadium. Laborers Local 872 was enthusiastically in favor of it, which put it in bed with the virulently anti-union Adelson. The state’s largest union, Culinary Workers Union or UNITE HERE Local 226, was opposed to the deal and posted a video attacking it. But some things are measured on different scales. Jobs for union members are bread, while corporate welfare for the likes of Wynn and Adelson is butter. The legislators gave no consideration to what happens if the chronically migrating Raiders and its owner in a few short years demand improvements backed up by a threat to leave—as Davis has done before. The special session fell amid the High Holy Days, and the legislators took one day off for the Day of Atonement, which occasioned a round of caustic comments. It was also on that day that legislators started getting increasing numbers of angry calls and messages, eventually prompting the effort to ram the stadium through the Assembly fast.

The governing class? The Senate voted 16 to five for the stadium. The Assembly went for it 28 to 13. A resolution was also passed which seemed to suspend ethics rules.

This decision may have been taken by what conservative talk show host Ed Morrissey caustically calls “the governing class in the Silver State,” but it got impetus elsewhere. It is fair—and probably essential—to ask whether this dubious proposal would ever have been taken seriously if it did not have Adelson’s juice behind it. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between bribes and campaign contributions, to the point that the federal courts—including the U.S. Supreme Court—are taking on cases to try to sort it out. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has written, “The Supreme Court needs to address this issue and provide guidance to the lower courts, prosecutors, politicians, donors and the general public. … Much ink has been spilled over the contours of campaign finance law. Far less attention has been paid to what actually constitutes a ‘bribe.’” Former Republican U.S. senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming has said, “Who can seriously contend that a $100,000 donation does not alter the way one thinks about and possibly votes on an issue?” It is believed that Adelson and his machine have passed out upwards of a quarter of a million dollars to Nevada legislative candidates so far this year. Bryan Callahan and Riley Snyder of Politifact reported last week that Adelson and political entities he controls have also given

“more than $336,900 directly to [Sandoval] and his associated political action committees. The policy consequences of the Nevada Legislature’s Raiders decision are almost as serious. Team owners are delighted, and government officials across the country dismayed, “about someone upping the ante for stadium subsidies” as deMause put it. Good people work hard to pay their taxes, and when it is then sent not to schools and roadbuilding but to chancy gambles that usually do not pay off, the process of governance is distorted and public confidence—already low— sinks further. There are dozens of ways that $750 million could have been spent on more productive jobs that lasted longer and did the taxpayer’s work instead of Mark Davis’. And these unearned subsidies create pressure for higher taxes. The $750 million is about a tenth of the annual state government budget, and was badly needed at the 2017 legislature. At the end of the Black Sox world series, on Oct. 10, 1919, Chicago Herald and Examiner sportswriter Hugh Fullerton, in his last report, all but said the series had been fixed: “Almost everything went backward, so much so that an evil-minded person might believe the stories that have been circulated during the series.” Exactly. Ω The Assembly and Senate votes on the stadium are in our Upfront section on page 8.


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Homeward Bound Our Town Reno addresses homelessness in the midst of Reno’s rebranding by Ashley hennefer orey McDowell is a 28-yearold graduate student in the University of Nevada, Reno’s social work program. But 11 years ago, she was a homeless 17-year-old high school student, squatting in decrepit basements and sleeping on friends’ couches. McDowell’s story is featured in Invisible Girl, a documentary created by Our Town Reno, a citizen journalism project intended to highlight issues surrounding homelessness and gentrification in Reno. Citizen journalism refers to media created and produced by the general public, published in nontraditional outlets such as blogs, zines or social media. Organized by Nico Colombant, a digital media lecturer at UNR, Our Town Reno publishes these types of stories submitted by locals, including students, and also documents the stories of homeless people through video, audio and photography. McDowell reached out to Our Town Reno while she was interning at the Eddy House, a local nonprofit that aids homeless youth through its YOUth Resource Center. In spring 2015, the Eddy House put on an event called This Is Homelessness, in which participants lived on the streets for 48 hours to learn what it’s like to be homeless. McDowell hoped that Our Town Reno could bring media attention to the cause, and Colombant learned that McDowell had experienced homelessness firsthand. Kicked out of her house at 17, McDowell was too close to age 18 to


file for emancipation, and she quickly learned how different life was outside of her “suburban, middle-class America” upbringing. “There was some mental illness in the home, so the family dynamics were skewed because of that,” she said of the circumstances that led to her leaving. “That’s hard to see when you’re a kid. You don’t know what’s going on, especially if it’s undiagnosed.” School became her stability. McDowell said she used her high school locker as a closet and found temporary housing wherever she could. Doing well in school meant that she wouldn’t draw attention to herself as a homeless youth, she reasoned. It was hard, she said, “because at that age, you don’t want to stand out. I didn’t want to be seen as someone who needed services because I was going to school. I was taking care of myself. I thought that was the important thing. But that included putting myself into some really dangerous situations. ... I didn’t realize it at the time, because I was naive and vulnerable, and things turned out OK for me. But in many cases, it doesn’t.”

A world AwAy Her experiences on the street were eye-opening. “I went completely out of my culture,” she said. “I only went five blocks downtown, where I was staying in a basement with

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Corey McDowell, formerly a homeless teen, is now a graduate student. PHOTO/ASHLEY HENNEFER

other kids who were runaways or homeless. But five blocks away was so different, it may have well been another country. I saw things I’d never seen before. I recognized things in the people in my community that I would have been so blind for.” Despite her circumstances, McDowell’s academic achievements enabled her to go on to Truckee Meadows Community College and UNR, where she got a bachelor’s degree in social work. Using the counseling and resource services at UNR helped her come to terms with what she had faced. She said that as an adult, her relationship with her family is much stronger than it was. And while she has other professional interests beyond aiding homeless youth, that will always be a personal passion of hers. “I was able to go from a life that, at that point, statistically, made me less capable,” she said. “And I was able to work through that and move on and become a more productive member of society and deal with the problems that are associated with homelessness as a youth.”

IdentIty polItICs Part of addressing homelessness is identifying the factors that lead to homelessness. This is where community journalism plays a role, said Colombant, especially as Reno grapples with the “gentrification vs. rebranding” debate. To him, there’s not a huge difference between those words. “Gentrification is a really loaded term,” said Colombant. “I’m all for it when you clean up a sidewalk, but when you’re redoing a sidewalk and your intent is to displace people from low-income housing, if it’s part of a plan to displace people, then I think we should raise flags, and I feel that’s a storyteller’s purpose, a journalist’s purpose, to raise flags when there are storm clouds ahead before they hit.” He sees Our Town Reno as part of that process. He cites the recent removal of benches at the City Center bus station as an example of how collaborative, community journalism can raise awareness. “It started with an activist who did a group email about it, then we reported on it, and This Is Reno

picked it up and interviewed City Council. And then the Reno GazetteJournal did a story.” All of the media Our Town Reno produces is free to view through its website,, and on Facebook and Instagram. Social media enables Our Town Reno to create and share stories for free, and Colombant said that’s how most people are able to learn about their projects and the people profiled. “I see citizen journalism as a way to do journalism from the bottom up and not just always go to the talking heads or public information officer or spokesperson,” said Our Town Reno co-founder Jose Olivares. (Full disclosure: Olivares is an RN&R contributor.) “It’s a valuable form of journalism that can bring to light more stories that are more real to people, that can hopefully even bring change. We tell stories that haven’t been told by traditional media, as a way to get to people who are on the ground, who are experiencing the issues that we are writing about.” This is what distinguishes Our Town Reno from other media.

to Reno, and that’s great, that’s part of its appeal, but what direction was Reno heading when they tore down the Mapes Hotel? What is that saying about Reno? History is important. ... [The rebranding] has to be done very carefully. This is not Tesla’s town. This is not a certain casino’s town. It’s our town. It’s a town for hipsters and people who work at the hospital and who work at the casino and people who don’t fit into any of those boxes.” Reno has the choice, Colombant said, to be a city that helps its disenfranchised—or ignores them. “The Biggest Little City should be a caring Biggest Little City,” he said. “We’re a community that is so special, so unique, so geographically distinct here in the high desert. I feel we can do things differently.” Ω A free screening of Invisible Girl, followed by a panel discussion, takes place 7-9 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St.


“We don’t talk to City Council, we don’t talk to the police,” said Colombant. “We talk to the affected person.” Recently, while taking his child to school, Colombant noticed a homeless man sleeping on the porch of a condemned building. He asked Olivares to speak to the man, whose name is Doug. Olivares wrote a story and put it on Our Town Reno’s social channels, where it attracted the attention of a local group that aids homeless veterans. The group was able to find an apartment for Doug. This process demonstrates the real impact of citizen journalism, Colombant said. Colombant welcomes the rebrand in Reno—and even said that the city is a little overdue for it—but that its constituents need to reflect on what that means. “What is the rebrand?” he asked. “There is a little bit of schizophrenia

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In the video “Honey Baby,” it’s hard to tell which way is up.

Golden light Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio How might a choreographer and a sculptor/performance artist collaborate on a single work of art? If that sounds like an awkward fit, meet Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio. Their realms of investigation fit together like puzzle pieces. Petronio is the leader of the Stephen Petronio Company in New York. His dancers exude all of the elegance and athleticism of ballet, but they exist in a world far from tutus and Swan Lake. Often they make abruptness, intensity and grace look like natural bedfellows. In a 2103 piece called “Like Lazarus Did,” dancers achieve circuslike contortion and vulnerable, corpselike quietness. A woman lies motionless on a platform near the ceiling, meditating throughout the performance. The motionless woman is Antoni. Her resume includes MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships—and many museum exhibits. She explores notions of how the body works as a symbol, as a tool, as a physical representation of historic gender roles. In a well-known piece titled “Loving Care,” for example, she dipped her long, dark hair into hair dye and dragged it across the floor, using her head to paint broad, swirling strokes, mimicking the action paintings of Jackson Pollock and his peers, creating similar imagery to theirs, only from a posture of submission rather that the postures of strength that pictures of Pollock in action convey. Petronio—who has collaborated with musicians such as Lou Reed and visual artists such as Cindy Sherman—explained to the PBS program Art 21 that visual art, for him, fills in some of the gaps that dance leaves open. 24   |   RN&R   |   10.20.16

In dance, he said, “[A] moment is precious because it goes away. You just get a glimpse of a movement, and you have to chase it or try to hold it in your memory. But a sculpture you can look at from all sides as long as you want, to stay in the room with it. I’m very jealous of that.” Likewise, Antoni is quoted in an Art 21 blog saying that Petronio’s work has “this kind of exuberance and complexity. … What I would like to do is offer him stillness.” The two made a piece in 2013 that incorporates all of those desires. It’s a 14-minute video titled “Honey Baby,” and it’s currently on exhibit in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sheppard Gallery. In the video, a nude, muscular, male dancer moves inside a confined, cylindrical space. He’s coated in a viscous liquid and silhouetted against a golden light. We hear sounds resembling those of muffled ocean waves. There are just enough shreds of narrative evidence that it’s tempting to want to piece them together. Is he trying to escape? Does he want to achieve a particular posture in a space too small to stand in? The sound becomes heartbeats. Does that indicate danger? Birth? Vitality? All of these remain possible, but a narrative never coheres. And it becomes clear that you will not figure out which way is up—literally. For the dancer, the rules of gravity keep changing—it’s never clear which surface is his “floor,” and at times he appears to be floating. Like Petronio’s dance, “Honey Baby” is intimate and disorienting. Like Antoni’s work, it invites us to examine physical processes as symbols. As a team, they make sculpture, dance and video seem like mediums that were meant for each other.Ω

Column note: “Honey Baby” is on exhibit through Oct. 22 at Unr’s sheppard Gallery, 1664 n. Virginia st. a Q&a with the artists will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at Unr’s Davidson Math and science Center, rm. 110.

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A bottle of chilled red house wine appeared, along with thick-sliced crusty bread and a very nice vegetable soup. The soup was quickly followed by a salad of chopped lettuce, tossed in a light vinaigrette, along with a dish of ranch-style beans. Though I’d never heard of this “Basque dining pro-tip,â€? our cola/wine Built in 1870s Virginia City, J.T. Basque enthusiast noted a tradition of placing hot Bar & Dining Room was moved to beans on top of cold salad. I liked the salad Gardnerville in 1896 and has been a and the beans just fine on their own, but family-operated business ever since. The grudgingly admitted they were pretty good place oozes authentic Old West charm and taken together. history, with walls covered in hats and a Next up was a big plate of shoestringceiling papered in dollar bills. The story fried potatoes and a bowl of beef tongue goes that, upon heading home, a regular stew. The fries were above average and took to leaving his hat on the bar to provide well received, but the stew was beyond an excuse for “just one more drink.â€? The expectations. Beef tongue in any guise isn’t proprietor eventually nailed it to the wall, my wife’s first, second or third choice, but leading to a tradition of a wall festooned she was totally down with a couple of helpwith hats. The overhead cache of cash is ings of this. The meat was thin-sliced and said to have begun with a single patron’s insanely tender, well supported by a hearty bar trick—somehow sticking a greenback gravy and downto the ceiling—and is home veggies. now a lucky tradition. Our entrees were Each year, the money is all excellent. The collected and donated to rabbit was served charity. on the bone and 1426 Hwy 395 North, Gardnerville, 782-2074 very tender. Both American Basque J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room is open Monday meals are usually sirloin and lamb were through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. served “family style,â€? cooked to a perfect and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. with side dishes passed medium and topped around the table and with plenty of sautĂŠed each diner selecting his or her choice of garlic cloves. The butterflied-and-grilled entree. We chose top sirloin steak, chicken, breast of chicken was moist and smothered lamb chops, sweetbreads and roast rabbit (a with sautĂŠed peppers and onions. And the Friday/Saturday special). The dinners were sweetbreads—made from beef thymus $25.95, save for the $26.95 lamb chops. glands—were cooked stir fried with herbs The service was professional and attentive. and vegetables. I’d say this was one of the Our most Basque-experienced dining best ways to prepare a dish that is decidedly companion ordered a kalimotxo ($4)—a not for the squeamish palate. blend of red wine and Coca-Cola poured One of my favorite things about a over ice. It’s pronounced “cal-ee-MO-cho.â€? Basque meal is a cheese plate for dessert. I sampled J.T.’s take on picon punch ($4). Some include grapes or other fruit, but The former is what I’d call a fizzy sweet J.T.’s was a simple serving of thin-sliced nightmare. Picon punch is usually too slivers of semi-hard Monterey Jack and sweet—this one not so much. very good bleu cheese crumbles. Ί

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Somebody within the company did a bad thing that they figured would never get discovered, but Affleck’s dark vigilante accountant weeds them out. So Christian and Dana find themselves in loads of trouble, which will eventually lead to shootouts and more Batman forearms to the face. Director Gavin O’Connor balances out all of the craziness and outrageous turns of events to deliver The Accountant is a ridiculous, implausible thriller, a film that, despite a few sleepy parts, is thoroughly in some ways even more ridiculous than the recent, entertaining. Affleck is good here, basically playing somewhat weak The Girl on the Train. So why did I a dude with repressed rage and childhood trauma end up liking it? issues, minus the cowl. The accountant also shoots I don’t know. Maybe it was because I was super people in the head a lot, which Batman wouldn’t do. high on weed and mescaline, and I got that extra Although, the new Superman will snap your neck and check in the mail from an employer goof-up that gave ask questions later in the new DC Universe—sorry … me all that money I needed to buy me a new couch I’ve gone off subject. and lots of snacks. No, wait, I don’t do drugs, so the Kendrick offers up a capable “WTF is going high thing is out, and I only got that check in a dream on?!” performance, in her fifth movie this year. so my couch still sucks ass. (She’s busy.) The rest of the supporting cast includes No, I think I liked The Accountant because an excellent Jon Bernthal a bad guy much worse than it has Ben Affleck in it and the Affleck’s kind-of-bad guy. Bernthal movie sort of plays out like a is essentially this movie’s Joker. deranged Batman-with-a-calculator J.K Simmons and Cynthia Addaiaction flick. Robinson are good as two Treasury Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a agents who combine to create the high functioning autistic man who movie’s Commissioner Gordon. has managed to harness his extreme And Jeffrey Tambor plays a father intelligence with numbers and Director: Gavin O’Connor figure who rooms with Christian physical tics down into the strangest Starring: Ben Affleck, John  and amounts to this film’s Uncle of professions. By day, he’s your Lithgow, Anna Kendrick Ben. Oh, wait … that’s the wrong average accountant helping a farm superhero relative. owner find tax loopholes to save a Maybe I’m the only one who few thousand bucks. At night, he’s sees this movie as Batman doing taxes. Maybe that some sort of accountant ninja who can take out a makes me some sort of amateurish idiot who likes room full of mob guys with a dinner knife and some movies that are actually a little on the bad side just totally Batman forearm blasts to the face. because they play out in a weird way in his overChristian takes jobs laundering books for dirty reaching mind. If so, I say “Hooray!” to that. My folks all over the world and, while he does have ability to make a movie something else in my head a modest, sparsely decorated home, he also has a means I have a better chance of making my movie mobile man cave (or, should I say, Batcave) that ticket money well spent instead of blown dollars, keeps all the spoils of his riches—money, gold, like the money I blew on that The Girl on the Train Jackson Pollock paintings and, yes, collector’s items piece of shit. like Batman comic books. Maybe The Accountant will have a sequel where During one job trying to find missing money Christian goes to battle with an even stronger, out-offor a prosthetics company led by the guy from town accountant whose mother has the same name as Dressed to Kill (John Lithgow), he takes a liking his mother, and who mopes a lot because his dad, the to fellow accountant Dana (the invaluable Anna guy from Field of Dreams, died in a tornado accident. Kendrick), and they conspire to find the missing Oh, god, please … no! Ω money, which, of course, wasn’t really supposed

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Amanda Knox

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.)


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 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.


The Girl on the Train

Despite good performances from a cast that includes Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Allison Janney, director Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train winds up being a little too ridiculous for a movie that wishes to be taken seriously. Blunt spends much of the movie blotto drunk as Rachel Watson, a slurring alcoholic who aimlessly rides a train to New York City every day, spying on the people living in her former house, as well as the neighbors. Rachel is divorced from Tom (Theroux), who seemingly couldn’t take Rachel’s drinking and their inability to have a child. Tom is remarried to Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), they have a child, and they would really like Rachel to stay away. Tom and Nancy’s nanny, Megan (Haley Bennett), lives nearby with her husband (Luke Evans). Rachel spies on them in their most intimate moments as she races by on the train, envying what she sees as the perfect young romance. Then, Nancy sees Megan with another man—setting off an odd, drunken tailspin that results in her getting involved in the drama when Megan goes missing. So, for starters, I’m just not down with this premise. A deliriously drunk woman is able to decipher the goings-on inside homes as she races by in a train. Yes, sometimes the train slows down, and she does know the inhabitants somewhat, but this is a highly unlikely plot gimmick that’s stretched out to unrealistic proportions. Then she gets involved with the missing woman’s husband, and eventually finds herself a target in the investigation. The movie is too kooky to be taken seriously.


The Magnificent Seven

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.



Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Director Christopher Guest, who hasn’t made a movie in nearly a decade, returns with what is easily his worst. His usual acting corps (minus Eugene Levy) takes a crack at the world of mascots, and I can’t think of a dumber subject for a comedy. Much of the movie is performers in full mascot suits in a competition doing routines that have nothing to them and eat up the running time. There’s a laugh every now and then, but mostly groans, and the subject matter just doesn’t call for a full movie. Parker Posey has the film’s biggest laugh after eating bad sushi, and it’s not a very big laugh, so that’s not saying much. In what amounts to a truly desperate move, Guest cameos as his Waiting for Guffman character, Corky. His presence in that persona simply reminds us that this once funny guy is now straining for laughs, Mel Brooks style. His improvisatory style has worked before on better subjects (community theater, pet shows, folk music), but this one certainly suggests that he has run out of ideas. In many ways, it actually rips off Best in Show, his pet competition movie. This movie is just a less funny version of that movie with people dressed as pets rather than having real animals running around. This is a tremendous waste of everybody’s time, and needs to be removed from Netflix to make room for more shitty Adam Sandler movies. (Available for streaming as a Netflix original.)



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.

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“If you look at the demographics, first of all there’s a lot [more] younger folks [in the RSJ] than your typical jazz band,” said Selzler. “All kinds of folks are represented here, especially women. Jazz has become sort of a boys club. There’s this kind of macho thing about it—more like machismo. You’re supposed to be hip and strong and cool. That can tend to exclude women and minorities, which is kind of fucked because jazz is black music, right?” Respecting jazz’s roots in African American culture is important to Selzler, who considers it part of his duty as a steward of the tradition. Hits by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Thelonious Monk and Muddy Waters often make appearances in RJS performances—but the group also draws from a variety of modern influences in an effort to reflect the spirit of jazz. “There’s a lot of life in it,” said Selzler. “It’s the sound of struggle, the sound of oppression, uninhibited. We like to box it in and say, ‘No, this is classy, this is upscale.’ [But] it’s about life.” Selzler’s own life has been inexorably linked to jazz. Growing up listening to blues, he had what he calls a “pedestrian” relationship with jazz in his high school marching band. His respect for the form solidified in 2002 when he attended the annual Jazz Festival at UNR and received a scholarship for musical performance. Now, Selzler is happy to perform in an environment that offers the kind of exposure to jazz that he didn’t find until later in life. “I never had that when I was 19, where I get to be a member of this larger section that’s part of this big group and feel like I had a voice,” said Selzler. “It’s this breathing thing where folks get a say.” Ω The Reno Jazz Syndicate performs as a trio every Thursday at The Loving Cup, 188 California Ave. Members of the group play as a blues quartet play every Sunday night at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St. The entire 20-plusmember Reno Jazz Syndicate Orchestra will perform on Oct. 23 at The Saint.

To some, jazz is the score to a boring holiday office party. To others, it’s a chill groove to snap your fingers to in a swanky cocktail club. To the cynical it might sound like instruments falling down a staircase. To Tristan Selzler, jazz is a way of life. Since 2006, he and his Reno Jazz Syndicate have worked to combat old stereotypes and preserve the jazz tradition. “We do all kinds of stuff,” said Selzler. “We’ll do straight-up bebop swinging jazz, or avante garde, free improvised music, and those are different bags—you probably won’t see those on the same night. … Sometimes at The Loving Cup we’ll do all original music, which is more influenced by modern stuff—electronic music, alternative rock, stuff that we grew up with.” Reno Jazz Syndicate performs as a trio every Thursday night at The Loving Cup, in what Selzler said is the longest running jazz engagement in the city. This is only one incarnation of the group, however, as its full roster contains more than 20 musicians. “That’s our big-band format,” he said. “We actually do it a little bit bigger than is typically done. I’m a multi-instrumental, I do piano, trombone, guitar. With the full band, the Reno Jazz Syndicate Orchestra, I just direct.” The Reno Jazz Syndicate Orchestra, which had its first performance earlier this year, includes musicians from almost every facet of the local music scene. Members of other local bands, hobbyists, and students and professors in the music program at the University of Nevada, Reno, through which Selzler earned his MA in 2012 collaborate in a democratic ensemble that focuses on diversity and inclusion.


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

Alice Cooper Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

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

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


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


FRIDAY 10/21


SUNDAY 10/23

2) Hindsight, 8pm, no cover

2) Hindsight, 4pm, no cover Arizona Jones, 10pm, no cover

2) Hindsight, 4pm, no cover Arizona Jones, 10pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

2) Jonathan Barton, 6pm, no cover

2) Peter Pacyao, 5pm, no cover

2) Peter Pacyao, 5pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Keith Allen, 6pm, Tu, no cover The Desperados, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Patrick Major, 6pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Bill Wharton, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

1) The Producers, 7pm, $37+ 2) Mike Reeves Band, 10:30pm, no cover

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

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

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

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

2) DJ Enfo, 10pm, $20 3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover

1) Alice Cooper, 8pm, Tu, $39.50

2) The Male Room, 9pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) The Lovin’ Spoonful, 7:30pm, $32.10 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

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

3) Tany Jane, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ Halftrack, 8pm, $5 Reno Zombie Crawl cup & map 4) The Wiz Kid, 7pm, no cover

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

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

1) Aaron Neville, 8pm, $50-$60

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

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

1) The Watkins Family Hour, 8pm, $14-$20 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Justin Lee Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 7pm, no cover

2) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 8pm, no cover 3) Fashen’s Birthday Bash, 10pm, $20

2) Bogg Jazz Ensemble, 6pm, no cover

2) Bogg Jazz Ensemble, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Banzai Thursdays w/DJ Trivia, 8pm, no cover 4) Jamie Rollins, 9pm, no cover

1) Scotty McCreery, 8pm, $39.50-$49.50 2) Flock of 80z, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

2) Flock of 80z, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 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

1) The Producers, 7pm, $37+ 2) Mike Reeves Band, 10:30pm, no cover

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10/24-10/26 2) Kid and Nic Show, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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


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


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


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


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

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 20, 2016 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit

EvEnts 3RD ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR: The craft fair will feature more than 60 booths with local artisans and crafters selling holiday gifts, jewelry, soaps and lotions, woodworking, handmade baskets, gourds, quilts, hand-sewn items and more. There will also be a pumpkin patch, food court, children’s activities, carnival-type games and craft activities with photo opportunities. Sa,

10/22, 10am-5pm; Su, 10/23, 11am-4pm.

Free. Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 328-0925.

ANIMAL ARK LAST CHANCE CHEETAH DASH: Animal Ark offers its last cheetah run of the season featuring their resident cheetahs running off leash up to speeds of 60 mph. Must be age 8 or older to attend. Early reservations recommended as this event often sells out. Su, 10/23, 4:45-6:45pm. $40 adults, $35 seniors ages 62+, $30 children ages 8-16. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3431.

CARSON CITY GHOST WALK: Hear about lingering spirits of the past centuries, haunted and paranormal stories and gossip from the past during this guided walking tour of the downtown district’s historic homes and businesses. The tour leaves rain or shine. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sa, 10/22, 10am-3pm. $15 in advance, $20 day of walk; free for children under age 3. Corner of Third and Curry streets behind Firkin & Fox/St. Charles Hotel, Carson City, (775) 348-6279.

CHAD JOHNSON: LETTERPRESS PRINTING: Johnson will give an informal lecture and demonstration on the 19th-century iron handpress, its use and function in a contemporary art, design, literary and publishing practice. The event will be followed by a reception for an exhibition of Johnson’s work at the Black Rock Press, Room 118. Th, 10/20, 5pm. Free. Black Rock Press, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278,


Reno Zombie Crawl


Thousands of undead revelers will gather in downtown Reno this weekend for the ninth annual Halloween-themed pub crawl. More than 50 downtown bars will offer free admission, $3 drink specials, giveaways, costume contests and more to the estimated 20,000 costumed participants expected to show up with their $5 crawl cup and map in hand. Cups can be purchased online or at the pub start locations, which include Harrah’s Reno Plaza, 219 N. Center St., Rum Bullions at the Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., or The Waterfall, 134 W. Second St. The fun begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. While the crawl is obviously open to those of legal drinking age, all ages of zombies can participate in a massive, flash mobstyle dance choreographed to Michael Jackson’s hit song “Thriller.” The free, pre-crawl event starts at 6 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave. Call 624-8320 or visit






local historian and storyteller Fred Horlacher for the Donner Party bus tour, which follows the trek of the Donner Party on their journey west, making stops at historically significant sites in Northern Nevada. The tour includes stops at Fernley, Wadsworth, Rattlesnake Mountain, Mayberry Foot Bridge, Verdi, Donner State Park and Donner Lake Overview. This event is a fundraiser for the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center. Sa, 10/22, 8am-5pm. $65 for museum members, $75 for general public, $10 to attend only the lectures. Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144.

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.

GSR INTERNATIONAL CHILI AND BEER FESTIVAL: The International Chili Society’s 50th Annual World’s Championship Chili Cook-off features with cooks from around the country competing head to head. F, 10/21, 2-6pm; Sa, 10/22, 1-7pm; Su, 10/23, 12-4pm. $15-$50. Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000.

HAUNTED HALLS 2: Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will host a fundraiser to benefit the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum Foundation. NNGH will be joined by paranormal guest investigators Father David Deerfeeder, Michelle Le Baron and Doug Carnahan. Sa, 10/22, 6-10pm. $62.50 in advance. Fourth Ward School Museum, 537 S. C St., Virginia City, (775) 830-3779.

JANINE ANTONI & STEPHEN PETRONIO TALK: The artists will give a talk about their exhibition Honey Baby on view in Sheppard Contemporary. The artists will respond to questions in a discussion moderated by art history professor Brett Van Hoesen. F, 10/21, 7pm. Free. University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

A NIGHT WITH DR. CALIGARI: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation presents an evening of carnival games, crafts, costume contests, concessions, a screening of the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and a star-viewing party. This event will raise money for the 2017 Student Stewards Summer Camp F, 10/21, 4-9pm. $10, free for members and kids age 12 and younger. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road,

RENO BEER CRAWL: Purchase your glass and map at The Waterfall and enjoy $1 refills at 12+ downtown Reno taverns. Fourth

Sa of every month, 2-6pm through 12/24.

$5 glass and map. The Waterfall, 134 W. Second St.,

SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack C. Davis Observatory hosts free star parties every Saturday night year round, starting at sunset (except when there is snow on the roads). 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.

SLAUGHTER HOUSE: The 11th annual Halloween attraction and indoor haunted house is open 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,

TALL TIMBER BALL: STEAMPUNK IN THE WOODS: Come dressed in your finest steampunk attire and dance to music by DJ Damien. F, 10/21, 7-10pm. $75-$100. Valhalla Grand Hall/Grand Lawn, Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe,

TRUCKEE MEADOWS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: Enjoy dinner,  solve a murder and shop at the silent  auction. F, 10/21, 6-10pm. $45-$55. Hidden  Valley Country Club, 3575 E. Hidden Valley  Drive, (775) 323-5511.

WOMEN AS CHANGE MAKERS SUMMIT: Women  As Change Makers is designed to provide  women with the tools, knowledge and  network to take their business or career  to the next level. WACM is an annual event  benefiting Zawadisha, a local social enterprise whose mission is to provide small  loans to Kenyan women to help finance  their livelihoods. F, 10/21, 9am-5pm. $85$325. Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia  St., (530) 416-5682,

ALL Ages DOWNTOWN LIBRARY STORY TIME: Stories and  activities especially for the preschool  child. Tu, 10:30am. Free. Downtown Reno  Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.

PITCH BLACK PRINTING COMPANY: They Walk  Among Us… Art Show. Featuring visual  artists from Nevada and California with  food by Nom Eats and music by DJ Elzo.  Sa, 10/22, 6-10pm. Free. 1108 California  Ave., (775) 476-2003.

SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Sameer Farooq: Blind  Forms. Tu-Th, 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.

SIERRA ARTS GALLERY: Meet Visiting Artist  Jennifer Valloric. Weaver Jennifer Valloric  will be on hand to describe her work and  answer questions about her latest sitespecific installation at Sierra Arts Gallery.  Th, 10/20, 5-7pm. Free. 17 S. Virginia St., Ste.  120, (775) 329-2787,

TAHOE GALLERY AT SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE:  Blindsides: Liv Aanrud. A show of Aanrud’s  tapestries.  Th, 10/20, 5-7pm. Free. 999  Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Come into the library,  find a table, grab a game and have some  fun. Second and fourth W of every month, 4:30-6:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno  Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

GALENA TODDLERS: This nature education  program for toddlers includes storytime,  outdoor exploration and crafts. Third Th of every month, 10am through 3/16. $5  suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor  Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 8494948,

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. $9-$10. Terry Lee  Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 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 low-income  families and individuals in applying for  SNAP benefits. First come, first served. Th, 10am-noon. Free. Downtown Reno Library,  301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.

ArT CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER: Silver  State Swimmer. The Capital City Arts  Initiative presents artwork by Michael  Malley at the Carson City Community  Center’s Sierra Room. M-Th, 8am-5pm through 11/10. Free. 851 E. William St.,  Carson City, (775) 887-2290.

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 Oakland-based  artist. M-F through 11/11. Free. 1664 N.  Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.

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.



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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.


Orbital Reflector, W-Su through 12/31;  Anthony McCall: Swell, W-Su through 1/8;  Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains,  W-Su through 5/11; Andrea Zittel:  Wallsprawl, W-Su through 12/31; Dennis  Parks: Land, Language and Clay, W-Su through 1/8; Ai Weiwei—Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads: Gold, W-Su through 10/23;  Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of  Nevada, W-Su through 10/23; Contemporary  Nevada: State of the State, W-Su through 10/23; Robert Adams: Around the House,  W-Su through 12/11; Leiko Ikemura: Poetics  of Form,  W-Su through 1/15. $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.


Works from the Studio Art Quilts. Through 11/4. Free. 1 E. First St., (775) 334-2417.

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My husband of a year is very tight with cash. It’s always save, save, save. I recently traded in my car, and I needed $1,000 more for the new one, but he never offered to give it to me. My parents ended up paying it. I make my own money, but not a lot, and I’m wondering what kind of financial arrangement makes sense in a marriage. Your husband comes into the living room, and there you are—sitting on the floor with a Starbucks cup and a cardboard sign that says, “Anything helps. God bless.” Unfortunately, the passive-aggressiveness of the wife-as-panhandler approach is toxic in the long run. However, the theatrics would get your message across better than the nonverbal forms of communication you’ve probably been using. If you want something from your husband, you have to put that out there in spoken-word form. But beyond that, you two need to sit down and hammer out a fiscal policy for your relationship—where the lines get drawn on “yours”/“mine”/“ours” and “what if one of us has a financial crisis and needs an alternative to, oh, stealing a mule to get to work every day?” In coming up with this policy, it’s important to go beyond the cold dollars-and-cents view and discuss each other’s attitudes surrounding money, especially any issues and fears. Then, when there’s a conflict, each of you can maybe start with a little compassion for the other’s point of view. It also might help to understand that our views about money are influenced by genetics and what behavioral ecologists call our “life history strategy”—a term that relates to whether our upbringing was stable and “safe” or risky and unpredictable. Child development researcher Jay Belsky and his colleagues find that a stable childhood environment tends to lead to a more future-oriented approach (saving, for example), whereas, say, growing up ducking gunfire or just having divorced parents and getting moved around a lot tends to lead to a more now-oriented approach (spendorama!). Family studies researcher Jeffrey Dew finds that married couples with a bunch of “consumer debt” (owing on credit cards, loans for consumer

goods, and past-due bills) fight more about everything—from sex to chores to in-laws. Research by sociologist Carolyn Vogler, among others, finds that couples who pool their money (like their money got married, too!) tend to be happier. I would guess that the spirit in this is important—“us against the world!” instead of, “If you lose your job and can’t pay your share of the rent, don’t worry, baby. I’ll help you pitch your tent on the front lawn.”

Leaf him alone! Pot is legal where I live, and it helps ease my knee pain from years of running. I’ve noticed that it also makes me feel more sensual. I want to share the marijuana experience with my boyfriend when we make love, but he says pot makes him “inert” and “obsessively analytic.” How do I get him to be more open-minded? Welcome to what biologist Ernst Mayr called “human variability”—the existence of individual differences. We see it in how some of us enjoy a surprise kick of peanut butter in our chocolate milkshake, while for others, it’s “Wow … look how I’ve swelled up, just like a human balloon.” Likewise, research on the cognitive impact of pot by neuroscientist Antonio Verdejo-Garcia shows varying effects on research participants’ “sustained attention” (among other things)—in line with which one of two genotypes they have. Consider that being nagged to start smoking pot is probably as annoying as being nagged to stop. Sure, you have the best of intentions—sharing your sensual experience with him. And, if he smokes pot, you can—after he stops communing with the rug, asking the little fibers, “Did you ever consider that the tortilla is the perfect metaphor for human consciousness?” Ω

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Poetry/Literature WORDWAVE BOOK FEST IN TAHOE: The festival  includes Native American storytelling,  speakers and workshops for readers  and writers, a makers’ faire with letterpress equipment and a novel-writing  camp for kids. Sa, 10/22, 9:30am-10pm; Su, 10/23, 11am-1pm. Free admission. Valhalla  Grand Hall/Grand Lawn, Tallac Historic  Site, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe,

Music JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT: The University  of Nevada, Reno’s program in Jazz &  Improvisational Music presents trumpeter Dave Douglas accompanied by  the Westerlies, a New York-based brass  quartet that includes Riley Mulherkar  and Zubin Hensler on trumpet and Andy  Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone.  The concert also will feature University  jazz faculty and students in collaboration with Douglas and the Westerlies. All  proceeds from the concert will help fund  future efforts by the program. M, 10/24, 7:30pm. $25; $5 for UNR students with  ID. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno,  1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

LIFE IN COLOR:  The “World’s Largest Paint  Party” features Adventure Club and  Ghastly. Sa, 10/22, 9pm. $25.03-$64.39.  Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St.,  (775) 335-8800.

NV WIND ENSEMBLE/NEVADA CHAMBER SINGERS: The Nevada Wind Ensemble  and Chamber Singers will perform masterworks of the wind band and choral  repertoire. W, 10/26, 7:30pm. $5; free  for UNR students with ID. Nightingale  Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building,  University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N.  Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.


The thrash metal bands perform. Su, 10/23, 7pm. $39.50. Reno Events Center,  400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8800.

SUNDAY JAZZ AT RENO LITTLE THEATER: For  the Love of Jazz and KNCJ presents this  monthly jazz event featuring mimosas,  treats and live music by local jazz musicians. This month’s artist is vocalist  Carolyn Dolan with Peter Supersano on  keys. Pay what you can tickets. Su, 10/23, 10:30am. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo  St., (775) 813-8900.

TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS: Singersongwriter Antsy McClain and his band  bring their unique blend of music and  “humor with heart” to the stage. Th, 10/20, 7pm. $30. Piper’s Opera House, 12  N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 843-5887.

UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1: The  University of Nevada, Reno’s large jazz  ensemble plays big band music of the  past, present and future. Th, 10/20, 7:30pm. $5; free for UNR students with  ID. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno,  1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

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The annual harvest festival  features a pumpkin derby,  children’s costume parade,  storytelling, carnival-style  games, pie-eating, pumpkinseed spitting, marshmallow  shooting and mummywrapping contests, live music  and more. The event benefits  the Nevada Nevada Center  for Independent Living. The  festivities take place from  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday,  Oct. 23, at Victorian Square in  downtown Sparks. Admission  is free. Call 353-3599 or visit

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


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. Th, 10/20, 8pm; F, 10/21, 8pm; Sa, 10/22, 8pm. $20 general admission, $18 students, seniors, military, $25  at the door. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia  St., (775) 323-3221,

MEREDITH WILLSON’S THE MUSIC MAN:  Nevada Repertory Company presents  the Tony Award-winning Broadway  musical about a fast-talking traveling salesman whose plans to fool naive  townsfolk and skip town with the cash  are foiled when he falls for Marian,  the town’s librarian. F, 10/21, 7:30pm;


Sa, 10/22, 7:30pm; Su, 10/23, 1:30pm; W, 10/26, 7:30pm; Th, 10/27, 7:30pm; Sa, 10/29, 7:30pm; Su, 10/30, 1:30pm; 11/2-11/5, 7:30pm. $20; $18 seniors, children ages  2-18 and UNR faculty/staff with ID; $5 for  UNR students with ID (limited quantity).  Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church  Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada,  Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278,

WordWave presents the three winners of  its one-act play contest. “Joint Chiefs,”  “Death and the Psychiatrist” and “In  the Garden” will be performed. Sa, 10/22, 7:30pm. $10. Valhalla Boathouse Theater,  Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road,  South Lake Tahoe, (530) 545-1373.


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, 10/21, 7-9pm; Sa, 10/22, 7-9pm; Su, 10/23, 2-4pm. $20 general admission, $18 students, seniors, $16  BAC members. Brewery Arts Center, 449  W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976,

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL: Good Luck Macbeth  Theatre Company presents this musical parody of the 1991 film The Silence  of the Lambs. Th, 10/20, 7:30-9:30pm; F,

10/21, 7:30-9:30pm; Sa, 10/22, 7:30-9:30pm. 

THE BASICS: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: Learn  about the differences between normal aging and dementia, the basics  of Alzheimer’s disease and related  disorders, the diagnostic process and  management of the disease, as well as  resources offered by the Alzheimer’s  Association, keys for planning for the  future and how family members and  caregivers can help the person with  dementia. Th, 10/20, 1:30-3pm. Free.  Arbors Memory Care Community, 2121  E. Prater Way, Sparks, (800) 272-3900,

$15 in advance, $18 at the door. Good  Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 713 S.  Virginia St., (775) 322-3716.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1980s, two

performance artists did a project entitled A Year Tied Together at the Waist. For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable doing solo work, but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming

weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious”? Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra-super-eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When the wind blows

at 10 miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is five miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in Life in Nelson’s Navy by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planets have

aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and self-seeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee gimmeee gimmee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course of her

long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Years before all that glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in

a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Welcome to the

Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration five times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affirm this truth five times: “I have learned all I can from my pain, and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the

foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible … to find amusement in situations that had been tedious … to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos. Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are a first-class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important … to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed … and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past 11

months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate, but chose not to be? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1415, a smaller

English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen—archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. That’s the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let’s imagine your

life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy with the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation from False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-and-sour enigmas of the past four weeks.

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we came into that meeting expecting her to already have clear position on these issues and the ability to give us clear and specific answers around what she wanted to do. We would ask, “What do you mean specifically around demilitarization of the police?” … She took it under advice. But what we have seen is, since that meeting she has embraced a number of recommendations that we’ve made. … That is a good sign.

Samuel Sinyangwe is a data scientist and policy analyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s a Stanford grad and an architect of Mapping Police Violence and of Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero. org), an effort to reduce the number of people killed by police to zero. He will lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada and at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

From 2008 and 2014 the FBI reported an average of 419 people a year killed by police. Your group—and Brian Burghart’s Fatal Encounters—found more like 1200 to 1300 a year. What’s the discrepancy in 2016? The FBI has not reported 2016 numbers yet, but they have also acknowledged they have yet to implement a new system of collecting data. So that discrepancy should persist. According to [FBI] Director [James] Comey, they are planning to implement a new system in 2017.

You recommended policy changes to police in Orlando. How did they respond? So, what we proposed were pretty far reaching and comprehensive changes that we believe can actually reduce and actually eliminate police violence. They tried to explain away the problem. But to

How are police doing in Reno? Do you know?

their credit, in the weeks following they actually implemented some changes. ... They made two changes that we’re aware of, a new requirement to the use-of-force policy to intervene and stop a fellow officer from using force, and report that officer—and a new standard required minimum use of force required to apprehend a suspect.

You’ve met with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to discuss policy issues. What were those conversations like? Initially, Bernie Sanders was kind of rigid and pushed back on a lot of proposals that we offered, but eventually we were able to really connect this issue to his core issues, [such as] socioeconomic inequality. … With Hillary Clinton, the meeting was fascinating because she came into that meeting really just wanting to listen, but

That’s a good question. Let me figure that out. [Pauses to look up data.] So, in Reno we have—wow, I didn’t even realize this. This is really problematic. I didn’t realize it was this intense. … Of the hundred largest cities in America, Reno has the 12th highest rate of police killings, which is really problematic. Zooming out a little bit more, Nevada has the fourth highest killings of any state.

Why is that? We looked at eight policies that are often recommended as solutions to reducing police violence because they impose restrictions on how police use force. They’re things like requiring officers to issue a verbal warning before shooting anybody, or requiring officers to deescalate when possible, limiting deadly force to situations when all other means have been exhausted. The average of the largest departments have three of these requirements. Reno Police Department has none. Ω


Hello, little girl The election will take place in less  than three weeks. With it, our  excruciating national nightmare  will finally end. I think. So how about a very nice, very  uncontroversial, warm and super  fuzzy story for this week? It’s a  guaranteed feelgood. Here ya go. I’m midway now in my History  of the Beatles class at TMCC,  and, as you would expect, the  vast majority of my 42 students  are a bunch of blazing boomers who are taking the class not  really to learn this amazing story  from 50 years ago, but more to  re-live it. OK, cool. By teaching it,  I get to re-live it, too, and it’s an  experience that I’m finding to be  sublimely satisfying. But we do, nicely enough, have  one young upstart in there, a  delightful 12-year old Beatlemaniac named Tatum who somehow  heard of the class, and told her  mom they were going to take it, 

that’s that, and don’t gimme no  lip. It’s wonderful to have this  younger generational vibe in the  mix. I know I find it extremely  pleasing to see her wriggling  in her seat when she’s hearing  “Eight Days a Week” or “Norwegian Wood” or whatever. Back on Oct. 6 and 7, Paul  McCartney played two nights in  Sacramento, tuning up the band  for the stupendous Desert Trip I  wrote about last week. Of course,  Tatum got mom to spring for  tickets, as any self-respecting  12-year-old Beatle fan would.  There on the first night, Tatum  was in her seat with a big sign  that said “I’m 12 Years Old And  I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Good  sign, right? Turned out to be a  great sign, because Paul sees it  during the show, and sends one  of his roadies out into the crowd  to tap Tatum on the shoulder.  At first, she thought she was in 

some kind of trouble. Then, the  roadie says, “No, just come with  me.” And sure enough, during  his encore, Paul gets Tatum up  on stage so that he can actually,  in the flesh, hold her trembling  hand. The picture of my prize  student bursting out in tears  as she gets to touch Paulie is  absolutely priceless, and you can  see it if you access his Instagram  account. I told this tale to my daughter,  who summed it up very nicely.  “Paul is Da Shit.” Indeed he is. You’ll recall from last week I  impulsively toodled on down to  Palm Springs to take The Desert  Trip (Oldchella, Dadchella, Geezerpalooza, Rockers With Walkers, etc.). And during Paul’s set, I  held up a big sign that read “I’m  63 And I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”  Nothing. Zilch. McCartney, obviously, is a hardcore ageist.        Ω

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