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OCTOBER 27, 2016 | VOl. 22, IssuE 37

Wild times Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. We’re living in exciting times.  The Chicago Cubs have a chance  to win the World Series for the  first time since 1908. The world’s  best holiday, the one-two punch of  Halloween and Nevada Day, is this  weekend. And the  world’s weirdest  election is just  around the  corner. We’ve had  a few readers,  not to mention candidates  themselves, ask us about our endorsements. We’ve run editorials  articulating some our positions,  and hopefully our ongoing series of  election stories focused on some  of the individual races has been  helpful to readers trying to make  decisions. We plan to run a full  slate of endorsements soon, but it  will be timed to help Election Day  voters more than worm-eating  early voters. We timed our endorsements  that way, in part, because we  support voting on Election Day. We  think voters deserve the chance  to gather as much information as  possible, which means the more  time, the better. For example, just a few weeks  ago the ward one Reno City  Council race seemed relatively  civil. Then, all of a sudden—as if  unexpectedly flush with cash from  some unknown source—candidate  Victor Salcido ramped up his attack ads. I mentioned these nasty  ads in this column last week, and  since then, it seems to have only  gotten worse.  The Reno Gazette-Journal’s  Anjeanette Damon recently did a  nice job of debunking some of the  misinformation being spewed by  Salcido’s campaign, such as the  claim that his opponent, incumbent Jenny Brekhus, took a pay  raise while simultaneously laying  off firefighters. That isn’t true,  and many of the other complaints  Salcido has leveled at Brekhus  lack context or key information.  Damon’s Oct. 25 piece is headlined  “Salcido stretches the truth in  campaign attack ads.” We will publish our complete  list of endorsements soon enough,  but, needless to say, Victor Salcido  won’t be among the candidates we  support.

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A cHECKered career Re “Why is Joe Heck in the Army?” (cover story, Aug. 25): First let me thank Mr. Heck for his service. But it seems to me that he has had a job as a general, a doctor, a congressmember, a small business owner, a volunteer. He may have even walked on water, and we just never heard about it. It looks to me like he has trouble holding down a job. To Heck with Heck! Now as far as Hillary not wanting to shake hands with Donald, I don’t blame her—she doesn’t know where he has had them! And the reason that Donald sniffs all the time when he is talking is that he is trying to keep his nose from growing! Jerry Wallis Reno

Western hospitality Let me start off by saying that I am very excited to be in Reno and to make it my home. I recently moved here, but there are parts of the culture in Reno that I simply do not understand. Maybe it’s because I come from a more diverse city. Maybe it’s because I am of a diverse background. However, I have found Reno to have a very strong racist overtone, which is quite odd as Reno can be a very transient city, due to the casinos, the university and the recent tech inflow. I can walk into a restaurant, a business, or even a church and I am either gawked at, not served or addressed, or receive rude service. But the white patrons are immediately received. I even had a realtor tell me that an HOA that I recently moved into prefers that “you don’t leave car parts, and engines laying around everywhere.” It just seemed odd to hear such nonsubtle racism. I am educated and worldly. I am a director at a reputable organization, and yet I have never felt so “picked on” for my race before. Does it happen to others too? Gemini Devi Reno

for Gun Safety, an astroturf organization financed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. If it’s money that arouses Ms. Leslie’s ire, she’s supporting the wrong side. Ms. Leslie then insists Question 1 includes “reasonable exceptions to temporary transfers of guns used for ... target shooting.” This is simply untrue. The text of the proposed law is explicit: Section 6.6(c) prohibits, for example, my employees, who have no guns of their own, from borrowing my own guns for casual target shooting in the desert, as they have done many times in the past. My people have never borrowed guns for self-defense, nor do they hunt, nor do they participate in organized competitions. They just like to take guns out to a range or to a desert and target shoot, like almost all other firearms enthusiasts. Question 1 prohibits this. As is expected with a bill drafted by people who don’t own guns and don’t know anyone who owns guns, the proposed law has no provision for loaning guns to be used in precisely the manner most gun owners use their guns most of the time. All this is beside the fact that Question 1 will not make us safer, it will not have any effect at all on violent crime. It won’t even make it more difficult for criminals to get their hands on guns. As with most gun controls, the proposal is based on the dubious proposition that a person who is willing to violate laws prohibiting robbery, assault and homicide will somehow be deterred by laws governing firearms transfers. Mitch Barrie sparks

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Who’s paying for those NRA TV spots? Re “The least we can do” (Left Foot Forward, Sept. 15): I’d like to correct a few of Sheila Leslie’s assertions and insinuations in her essay concerning Question 1. First, she feels threatened by the National Rifle Association’s checkbook, which is odd because the NRA does not buy votes with dollars. It instead mobilizes its nearly five million members to assert its positions at the ballot box. It is the NRA membership, a truly grassroots collective that frightens lawmakers, as is proper in a democracy. By contrast, Question 1 is largely funded by Everytown 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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Do you believe in ghosts? aSked aT The melTing poT World emporium, 1049 S. Virginia ST. Tayler lodge Club hostess

Yes. When I was back in high school, I would always mess around with Ouija boards and everything like that. … I don’t know if it really worked or not. I thought it did. ... I definitely believe in ghosts—like Virginia City, everything. I love it.

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Whoever has the gold In 2014, U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford was running far ahead of his opponent, state legislator Cresent Hardy. Hardy had spent much of the campaign making embarrassing statements that drove off voters. But on election night, Hardy won. “We did what nobody thought could be done,” he said, as though he had something to do with it. He didn’t. What happened was that a couple of weeks before election, the right wing political action committee Crossroads GPS arrived in Nevada and dumped more than three quarters of a million dollars into television spots promoting Hardy in this little U.S. House district in the West. Horsford never knew what hit him and certainly couldn’t compete with that kind of money. (Crossroads is a Karl Rove entity.) It was as clear a case of buying an election as Nevada has seen. This year, there has been a nice little campaign going on in Nevada over whether to regulate marijuana. It has featured something reasonably close to a level playing field—until now. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson may not be able to pay his bills to build a Las Vegas stadium, but he has found a whopping $2 million to dump into the campaign on the prohibitionist side, plus another million each in Massachusetts and Florida. The Florida contribution is particularly heartless— it’s a medical marijuana measure, and patients may end up without access to one medication because of Adelson.

Democrats keep talking about the need to do something about Citizens United, the latest in a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions allowing money to do pretty much anything it wants in our political life. But they have never spelled out how, even if they swept the Congress and presidency, they could accomplish anything. Suppose they did get a couple of Supreme Court justices onto the court. The court is not in the habit of turning on a dime and reversing itself a decade or so later. Indeed, the corporate personhood doctrine that Citizens United embodies dates back to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1819, and it has never been directly overruled by the court. Instead the justices dance around it, voiding specific effects of corporate personhood but leaving the doctrine in place. So that leaves constitutional amendment. It is difficult to get any amendment through Congress, and in this era of gridlock and polarization, what is the prospect? Besides, do even the Democrats want to be the party that carves the first exception into the First Amendment? It would be nice to offer an upbeat ending or solution for this mess. There is none. On this problem, the system doesn’t work. So here we are, at the mercy of the court’s awful rulings and the money of unrestrained extremists like Adelson and Rove. Democracy offers no remedy and voters don’t even know what is being done to them—or how they are being manipulated. Ω

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I do believe in ghosts, actually. … My mom died when I was very little, and I believe … that she inhabited the house we grew up in and that she visited me. And I believe I had an encounter with a ghost at the Winchester Mystery House, as well—in the hallway by the Venetian sink. rhiana Templin Retail manager

Gosh, good question. I’ve not had any experiences, personally. I do like to believe in ghosts—not in the, you know, horror movie version of ghosts. But I’ve heard enough firsthand experiences to believe that, yeah.

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I don’t know that I believe or disbelieve in ghosts, but I believe that the spirit and the soul definitely survive the death of body. What happens after that, I don’t know.

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by Sheila leSlie

After an unpleasant campaign I’m an election day voter most years, but not because I wait to the last minute to make up my mind. I like to visit my neighborhood polling place on Election Day and take part in the rituals of voting, helping the elderly poll workers find my name on the list, chatting with my neighbors, observing the mood of the room. But this year I’ll be voting early, knowing that those votes are tallied first and announced all at once at the beginning of election night. I want to be in that first batch of votes that repudiates Donald Trump and his alt-right movement, choosing instead to protect our constitution and the rights of women, religious and ethnic minorities, and support rational public policy through a vote for Hillary Clinton. I’ll gladly cast my ballot for U.S. senator for Catherine Cortez Masto. She’s an intelligent, thoughtful person who will represent Nevada well. Don’t believe the grossly misleading television ads about her. She’ll stand out in Congress for her integrity, work ethic and ability to get things done.

Our U.S. House member, Mark Amodei, who has transformed from an amiable moderate Republican into a coarse rightwing Trump leader should be ousted from office and replaced with Democrat Chip Evans, who has campaigned tirelessly. Republicans should read Mark’s recent comments about Trump to a Republican women’s gathering in Gardnerville and then consider whether rejecting Amodei might be the best way to send their party a message about civility, leadership and public service. The recent special session at the Nevada Legislature provided an ugly tableau of power politics in Nevada, but Washoe County can be proud of its Democratic representatives who spoke truth to the powerful forces of multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Sen. Julia Ratti and Assemblymembers Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Amber Joiner and Mike Sprinkle all deserve to be re-elected for their leadership and courage in resisting threats from lobbyists and pressure from the gambling industry and

the Chamber of Commerce to waste $750 million in our taxes on a new football stadium for the Raiders. They know Nevada must prioritize funding for education and human services, and can create the same construction jobs by investing in infrastructure improvements. In the competitive Senate District 15 race, progressives should choose Democrat Devon Reese over former legislator Heidi Gansert who says she would have supported the stadium deal over fixing our schools. Reese is an articulate advocate for education and health care, and has been steadily gaining support with his warm personality and passion for public service. I hope this is the last year that Reno and Sparks will be out of compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Legislature will direct the cities to allow neighborhoods to elect their own representatives in the general election. In the Ward 1 race, Jenny Brekhus is the clear choice. Brekhus has demonstrated she

can be trusted to ask difficult questions and ferret out solutions. She deserves to be reelected. In the other competitive race, voters should return David Bobzien to his council seat where he can continue to support reasoned city policies. In Sparks, voters have a chance to elect a new progressive candidate in Ward 1 in Denise Lopez. She will bring youth, enthusiasm and diversity to the City Council. Finally, the Washoe County School Board will be greatly strengthened by electing three strong women to fill open seats: Katy Simon Holland, Malena Raymond and Debbie Feemster. I’ve known all of them for decades and am grateful they stepped up to serve on a political body that has had more than its share of controversy in recent years. These candidates have done their part by agreeing to serve. The least we can do is take the time to vote for them. Ω

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by Brendan Trainor

... come the final choices Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot would expand background checks by a licensed gun dealer for some private gun sales or transfers not already covered by background checks. Question 2 will legalize recreational marijuana production, distribution and sales in Nevada within a taxation and regulatory framework. I recommend a NO vote on Question 1. Brady Bill background checks did not stop the tragic mass shootings America has suffered. The idea that massive amounts of illegal guns are being transferred to dangerous people via gun shows and the internet is absurd. Gun show and internet sales are approved via a licensed federal gun dealer who performs a federal background check. Sixteen of 17 Nevada sheriffs oppose Question 1. They know massive illegal gun transfers to criminals are done by other means than the web or gun shows or small private transactions between family or friends. Criminals sell guns to each other out of the trunk of a car, not at a gun show.

The ACLU recently announced that every 37 seconds someone in America is arrested for simple marijuana possession. The arrests are too often of young black men. An arrest, even without hard jail time, for marijuana possession can harm future life prospects for an education, jobs, financial and familial stability—especially for minorities. That is the primary reason I endorse Question 2, and urge a YES vote. Question 1 seeks to put restrictions on the liberty of individuals to purchase a legal, even constitutionally protected, tool. Question 2 wants to end a decades-long government prohibition on production and consumption of a relatively harmless psychoactive substance. Will Nevadans vote conservative and oppose Question 1 (gun liberty) but also oppose Question 2 (marijuana legalization)? Or will they vote blue, and support Question 1 (gun control) then support Question 2 (marijuana liberty)? Or, like me, vote libertarian and support both gun freedom and marijuana legalization?

Lord Acton said: Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. The freedom to choose any peaceful activity, meaning you do not infringe thereby on others’ right to choose, is the greatest human right. Politics too often is about the end justifying the means. Liberty requires we treat others as ends in themselves, not merely means to an end, no matter how noble that end may appear. In 2011, Rowan Wilson from Moundhouse, Nevada, tried to buy a gun while carrying a Nevada medical marijuana card. The federal government forbids the licensed transfer of a gun to a medical marijuana cardholder. Because she holds the state patient ID card she is presumed by the federal government to use a controlled substance, and therefore any gun dealer who knowingly sells a gun to her is committing a felony. The dealer knew Rowan and denied the sale.

Wilson then went to federal court and last August the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against her. They cited a precedent, U.S. v. Dugan, which upheld the federal prohibition on drug users’ ability to own a gun. The court reasoned the government’s stated but unfounded fear that marijuana, even medical marijuana, causes violence, and since drugs currently sold on black markets are associated with high levels of criminal violence, taken together trumped Wilson’s human rights to enjoy both medical marijuana and armed self defense. The best way to end the street violence in Chicago and other violent inner cities is to legalize both drugs and guns. That would eliminate or reduce lucrative black market transactions that fuel the gang violence. Liberty works when it is comprehensive. I urge Nevadans to vote for freedom on Nov. 8. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned for Hillary Clinton on the UNR campus last week.

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times lauds states Last week a New York Times editorial praised Nevada and other states that are using their clout to challenge federal marijuana prohibition policies: “The drive to end prohibition comes after decades in which marijuana laws led to millions of people being arrested and tens of thousands sent to prison, a vast majority of whom never committed any violent crimes. These policies have had a particularly devastating effect on minority communities. Federal and state governments have spent untold billions of dollars on enforcement, money that could have been much better spent on mental health and substance abuse treatment. … States are driving the change in marijuana policy because they see the damage created by draconian drug laws on communities, families and state budgets. It’s time the federal government acknowledged these costs and got out of the way of states adopting more rational laws.” Nevada anti-marijuana leader Pat Hickey responded, “The New York Times writer surely knows that marijuana legalization has not reduced racial disparities in drug arrests in Colorado, especially among Latino and African-American youth. It’s true that public monies would be better spent on mental health and substance abuse treatments, as opposed to more incarcerations. The problem with this poorly written initiative (Question 2), is that it does not earmark one penny of anticipated tax revenue to the establishment of a public health network needed to restrict youth access. Rationality would dictate that serious public policy decisions—such as recreational and commercial drug policy, criminal justice reform, and needed funding for education—would be better done in the open forum of the Nevada Legislature, with every interested party, and the public, engaged in the committee room.”

pot tale of tHe week All during this campaign, prohibitionists have held Colorado’s legal, regulated market up as a bad example, often with false statistics and information that doesn’t check out with Colorado officials. Many of them claim that Colorado’s governor and Denver’s mayor oppose the marijuana market in their state. For instance, in a June 22 Reno Gazette-Journal essay and a July 12 letter to the editor of the Elko Free Press, Genoa prohibitionist Jim Hartman said, “Democrats like Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock” opposed regulated marijuana when it was on the ballot in Colorado. That much was true but was incomplete. What he neglected to mention was that the views of both officials have evolved. In May, Hickenlooper said if he could wave a magic wand and make regulated marijuana go away, “I don’t know if I would wave it. It’s beginning to look like it might work.” And Mayor Hancock, while reserving final judgment on whether the original ballot measure was a good idea, last year told Inc. Magazine, “I am very proud of the industry that came to the table and went to work. The industry has investors and businessmen and women who are very legit. They’re putting their hard-earned money, many retirements and investments on the line for this industry.”

—Dennis Myers

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Delicate dance Sanders backers not guaranteed to Clinton since the democratic National Convention nominated Hillary Clinton for president, the Nevada supporters of Bernie Sanders have nursed their wounds, and many have stayed involved in activism. Some of those involved in the Bernie Sanders organization are now working for Clinton’s campaign. Some of them have helped Black Lives Matter. Some even picketed President Obama’s Aug. 31 appearance at Lake Tahoe over his posture on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). They protested corporate welfare for Sheldon Adelson and the Oakland Raiders at the Nevada Legislature. They participated in the anti-Columbus Day protest in Reno. “We have a lot of Sanders supporters here, from Carson City all the way down to Sacramento, and San Francisco has got a busload coming,” said Michelle Hartt at that protest. “It is a continuation, partly, of Bernie.” Their issues often overlap with conservative issues, which is not

unusual, as when liberals and conservatives battled the Oakland Raiders stadium subsidy. In the case of the TPP, both left and right worry about trade agreements overriding U.S. courts. “It’ll give 12 countries power over America in making decisions, where corporations around the world can sue us,” Hartt said. There are few states where the tension between Sanders supporters and the party regulars is as pronounced as Nevada, where Democratic officials muddied the reputation of the Sanders campaign by claiming chair-throwing and death threats were made by Sanders delegates at the Nevada Democratic Convention in May (“The riot that never was,” RN&R, May 26). But the regulars are likely to have to deal with the Sanders people for a long time to come. Hundreds of Sanders supporters across the country have run for office this year. At least 11 people who either worked for Sanders or endorsed him in Nevada ran for office.

Two U.S. House candidates—Lucy Flores and Rick Shepherd—lost their primaries. Six Democrats survived the primary and three Sanders-supporting independents running for various offices will also be on the general election ballot. Shepherd says he’s not overly concerned about getting along with the party organization. The party, he said, is there to serve the people, not the other way around. “I don’t consider myself to be aligned with a particular party as much as I consider myself aligned with people and working to address problems,” he said. “If the party that I’m aligned with works with me on that behalf, then that’s great. If they don’t, that’s their fault and their failing.” For Carol Cizauskas, a Sanders organizer who was a Nevada delegate to the Democratic National Convention, John Kennedy had it right when he said, “Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.” A “Bernie or Buster,” she was turned off by the promotion of militarism by Clinton’s organization at the Philadelphia convention, and when she arrived back in Reno she learned the local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America had circulated a flyer saying she had registered Green, which was untrue. She had been doing some work for PDA locally but felt that the Reno group was not a reflection of PDA national, which she had worked with in Sanders’ campaign. “PDA nationally was one of the main groups that convinced Bernie to run,” she said. “The Reno group is more conservative than PDA national, which is truly progressive where PDA Reno seems just another arm of the Washoe Democrats, not progressive at all.” She helped organize several events, including a Black Lives Matter protest in Tahoe City, picketing of the Washoe Democratic headquarters, and a protest at a Hillary Clinton visit. She is now resting up from what she calls PTSD caused by “verbal violence perpetrated on us by the Nevada Democratic organization and the national Hillary organization at the [national] convention.” She finally did switch to the Green Party but said she and her husband may leave the state and hope to switch back to the Democrats in a state where it is less hostile to reformers.


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In some ways, the implosion of Trump’s candidacy has hurt Clinton with the Sanders loyalists. They no longer feel their votes are needed to defeat Trump, so they are free agents. Moreover, they have been doing a slow burn on the most recent Wikileaks emails released. Earlier this year, leaked emails indicated that Sanders campaign complaints about favoritism toward Clinton by party officials who are supposed to remain neutral were valid. In emails released in October, Clinton was quoted lauding a plan that would call for Social Security cuts and praised international trade with no restrictions. In addition, an eight-yearold message from a Citicorp executive proposing several cabinet officers—some of whom were, in fact, appointed by President Obama— has raised the hackles of Sanders supporters. This is exactly the kind of coziness with Wall Street that fueled the Sanders campaign. In fact, it has been more than just the rank and file volunteers who are concerned about the next Clinton cabinet. Prominent figures like Robert Reich and Elizabeth Warren have made it clear they want to make sure that such a thing does not happen again, and they will be ready after the election to police who gets appointed. Warren, who says “personnel is policy,” and senators like Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley and—if he is elected—Russ Feingold are expected to be at the forefront of an effort to scrutinize Clinton appointees.

“When we talk about personnel, we don’t mean advisers who just pay lip service to Hillary’s bold agenda, coupled with a sigh, a knowing glance, and a twiddling of thumbs until it’s time for the next swing through the revolving door—serving government, then going back to the very same industries they regulate,” Warren said at a Center for American Progress Action Fund event. “We don’t mean Citigroup or Morgan Stanley or BlackRock getting to choose who runs the economy in this country so they can capture our government. No. This is about people who understand the urgency of the need for rebuilding opportunity in America now and will fight for it with everything they’ve got.” Even Sanders himself has spoken up: “Hillary Clinton is sincere in a number of areas,” he told the New Republic. “In other areas, I think she is gonna have to be pushed, and that’s fine. That’s called the democratic process.” If any Clinton appointments prompt battles, the Sanders grass roots could be brought into play. Moreover, the Clintons’ well-known proclivity for revenge has rubbed the Sanders supporters the wrong way. One of the leaked emails indicates that after U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Sanders, she then received a message from former Clinton Foundation official and political fundraiser Darnell Strom telling her he would no longer “be raising money for your campaign.” Ω

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The race for Nevada Assembly District 27 has two political polar opposites running against each other—Democrat Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Republican Bonnie Weber. Assemblymembers are elected to two-year terms. The legislature meets for four months every other year. Assembly District 27 includes Northwest Reno and Sun Valley. Benitez-Thompson has been District 27’s assemblymember since 2010. She voted against state money for the Raiders stadium during the recent legislative special session. When the Legislature is not in session, the mother of four works as a social worker in Reno—a profession she’s worked in for more than 11 years. Her introduction to politics came when she was in high school. She co-founded the Nevada Empowered Women’s Project, where she advocated for low-income families. BenitezThompson was crowned Miss Nevada in 2002. This she attributes to her activism and advocacy work. “I wasn’t great at pageantry, but I always won the community service award, and I always won it because of my work with the Nevada Empowered Women’s Project and my advocacy work with them,” she said. Benitez-Thompson received an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. “You have to go down there, and you have to work across the aisle,” BenitezThompson said. “And you have to engage all your colleagues—from wherever they

are in the state—in a conversation for the greater good of the state.” She is currently working on legislation to address the backlog of sexual assault kits in the state. Planks in her platform include evaluating education funding by making sure funds are used efficiently for student achievement, and addressing Nevada’s mental health system by addressing housing and services available for those struggling with mental health issues. Benitez-Thompson’s opponent, Bonnie Weber, has been living in Reno’s North Valleys area for 34 years. She has been a member of the Republican Party for many years. One detail of her campaign is that, although she served as a Republican on the Washoe County Commission for 12 years and has also worked in county GOP headquarters, a recent mailing she sent out in this race did not contain the word Republican. “Although I’m a Republican and have those beliefs, I’m able to work with the other side,” Weber said. She took office as county commissioner in 2003 and was reelected two times. She said her experience has prepared her well for the legislature. In 2014, she ran unsuccessfully for the Reno City Council Ward 4 seat. The conservative politician mainly hopes to look at taxes in Nevada and how to lower them. “We’ve got to take control over our state’s budget,” Weber said. “I’m not in favor in increasing taxes. And I believe in smaller government. And I believe in a common sense solution.” Weber’s plans for her work in the Assembly are not as concrete. “I don’t really have anything,” Weber said. “Honestly, I feel that as a freshman legislator, I want to take it all in. I don’t want to go in there with preconceived ideas. I want to go in, be fresh, and work for the people. I want to go in with an open mind and work for the people.” Weber’s interests include transportation issues regarding elderly and disabled people, especially in rural areas. She also expressed interest in improving the state’s infrastructure and preserving individual property rights. Early voting in Nevada has already begun and continues through Nov. 4. Election day is Nov. 8, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Weber was not available for a photo.) Ω


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hey dot the vast emptiness of the high desert landscape. You’ll find them tucked inside whispering aspen groves high in the mountains, strewn across the leprous white of alkali flats and slumbering low within the sagebrush seas that lie between. Nevada’s inhabited towns and cities are outnumbered by its ghost towns, whose dilapidated structures and rusted skeletons tell the stories of miners and ranchers and railroaders long since passed from this world. When you’re ready to find them, you need only head out of town—any town. And upon reaching a sign that reads “pavement ends,” you’ll know you’re on the right track. Exploring ghost towns has been a popular hobby for generations of Nevadans. I grew up doing it, on my own and with my parents, who did so before me. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, this guide should serve as a good place to start.

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Some hole in the ground According to the Nevada Division of Minerals, “experts estimate that there are nearly 200,000 abandoned mines in Nevada,” about 50,000 of which may pose serious safety hazards. The list of potential mine hazards runs long to things like cave-ins, leftover explosives and dangerous wildlife, including poisonous snakes and disease-carrying rodents. And then there’s bad air—sometimes also referred to as “damp,” a term derived from the German word dampf, meaning vapor. It happens when a mixture of toxic gasses displace the oxygen in a mine. There are different kinds of damps, none of them good. Not all forms of damp are found in all areas. For example, blackdamp—so named because a flame will not burn in its presence—is more common in coal mines. But abandoned mines in Nevada can hold a variety of damps. Some will just suffocate you. Others are flammable. Many of them have no odor to tip you off to their presence. The simple solution is to stay out of the many abandoned mines you will undoubtedly come across while visiting ghost towns. Don’t go into the ones excavated into the side of hills, and don’t go anywhere near the ones that drop straight into the desert floor; the ground may be unstable for several feet around these.

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An ore bin stands on a hill above Tunnel Camp.

Ghost towns aren’t just full of abandoned buildings, ruins and rusted equipment and cars. Often there are all sorts of things left over—from big things like refrigerators to little things like buttons and railroad spikes and trash piles full of bottles and rusted cans. The Bureau of Land Management has a fact sheet about “collecting” on public land with information about what you’re allowed to pick up and what you must leave alone. It covers minerals, fossils, plants and cultural artifacts. It’s illegal to mess with “arrowheads and other stone

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vehicle. I’ve included a bit about the history of each place, as well as information about their general location and whether they can be reached in 2WD or 4WD. If you choose to visit some of these places, I’d love to hear your stories and see photos from your adventures.

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tools, grinding stones, beads, baskets, pottery, old bottles, horse shoes, metal tools, graves and trash scatters.”

Pack it in I really don’t want to bore you, so I’ll refrain from providing an exhaustive list of commonsense things to bring on your ghost town trip. Here’s what you really do need: two spare tires, a can of gasoline and a map. I have personally blown two tires in a single day in the desert. It happens—enough said. And I have, on more than one occasion, gotten lost and used every last drop in my five-gallon gas can to get me back to civilization. But a map can often spare you this trouble. And the thing about Nevada’s ghost towns is that you can—and should—map your way to almost any of them, either by name or by coordinates. It’s always a good idea to bring a printed copy of the directions you’ll follow, because it’s quite likely you’ll go through areas without cellphone service. There are also a multitude of websites dedicated to exploring ghost towns. These are valuable resources that often include histories, recent photos and fairly good directions. But I think you will find—if you read the fine print—that these directions always come with a disclaimer about their ultimate reliability.

Talk of The Towns I’ve been to more ghost towns than I can even recall. In Elko County, where I grew up, I know of more than six dozen—no joke. In fact, I’m pretty sure the county has the most ghost towns of any in the state. But the towns I’ll share with you here are not so far away, for the most part. In preparation for this guide, I visited them all over the course of a weekend. (You can see additional photos of them on my blog on the RN&R website.) The route follows Interstate 80 from Reno to Battle Mountain, before turning south to follow State Route 305 down to Austin. From there, Highway 50 is an easy, paved jaunt west back to Fernley with only one stop. The towns vary in distance from the main roads. Some have more remains than others. Some, like Wadsworth and Austin, are actually living historical towns, but not all of them are accessible in a two-wheel-drive 14   |   RN&R   |   10.27.16

Wadsworth is a short drive out of Reno, east on I-80. The roads are paved the entire way out to this small historical town, which still has hundreds of residents. It’s located on Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe land. According to Nevada Humanities’ Online Nevada Encyclopedia, the “area was important for settlers as early as 1841 … [and] Wadsworth turned from small settlement to permanent town in 1868, when it was designated as a service station and headquarters for the Central Pacific Railroad’s Truckee Division.” In 1904, railroad officials moved their service facilities 30 miles west, which led to the formation of Sparks. The opening scene in John Ford’s The Iron Horse was filmed in Wadsworth, and a visit to the town will give you the chance to see several neat things—including an abandoned train bridge over the Truckee River, a lovely but very wobbly foot bridge across the same, and the Wadsworth Union Church. The church was built in 1888 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Society of Mechanical Engineers, Hendy’s Iron Works supplied Gold Rush miners with equipment like buckets, mine cars, ore crushers and stamp mills, and his company produced equipment that was used to dig the Panama Canal.

humboldt City (4wD) I made the mistake of trying to take the Subaru to Humboldt City. It’s located about 33 miles east of Lovelock and just about two and half miles southeast of I-80, at exit 138. The road at first seems passable for a 4WD vehicle. But after about a mile, it degrades to something best suited to ATVs and foot traffic. That said, the mile and half hike up a canyon in the foothills of the Humboldt Range is well worth it. According to Chris Geigle, a regular contributor to ghosttowns.com, silver was discovered in the canyon “by Louis Barbeau and the town of Humboldt City was founded. … Humboldt City was at its peak in 1863 when some 200 houses, two hotels, two saloons and a blacksmith shop constituted a proud community. The population peaked at 500.” A 1954 article in the Nevada State Journal recounts how mansions were planned for a flat above the city, but the ore being mined there petered out before they could be constructed, and the tunnel that was dug to give residents winter-time access to the flat eventually collapsed. Today, more than a dozen crumbling stone and adobe ruins remain. In one building you’ll find an old refrigerator and stove and cloth wallpaper clinging to the windowsills. But the buildings are unstable, to say the least. I wouldn’t advise going in them. There’s also an abandoned mine tunnel, closed off by barbwire.

Paradise Valley (2wD) To call Paradise Valley a ghost town would be a disservice to the people who call it home today. As of the 2010 census, there were just over 100 of them. It’s a ranching and farming community located in a valley of the Santa Rosa mountain range, about 40 miles north of Winnemucca. The Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center did ethnographic field work there

Tunnel Camp (4wD) Tunnel Camp is located about 21 miles northwest of Lovelock in the Seven Troughs Mining District. I was able to get there in my Subaru Legacy, but the going was rough. Tunnel Camp is one of those Nevada ghost towns whose history is hard to pin down. According to photographer and ghost town explorer Warren Willis—whose website, silverstateghosttowns.com, hosts information and photography of more than 130 Nevada ghost towns—the town came into being in 1927 “when the Nevada State Mining Company … decided to build a 100-ton cyanide mill on the site, in addition to boring a tunnel through rock to the Seven Troughs mines on the other side of the mountain.” The remains of the cyanide mill are prominent at the site. There’s also a cemetery and several buildings, including a brick powerhouse and a few dugout cabins built into the hillsides. But the real treasure to see there is a stamp mill with all five of its stamps still in place. Across its heavy iron front, raised letters read “Joshua Hendy Machine Works S.F.” According to the American

The door in the back of this building in Humboldt City leads to a collapsed mine shaft.


between 1978 and 1982—compiling film, photography, maps and photos. Newspaper clippings from the 1860s tell of a time when the valley was anything but a paradise, as settlers clashed with Native Americans angered by the usurpation of their land. Today, it’s a quiet town with a great little bar and a thriving Basque community. When you visit Paradise Valley you’ll find many historical buildings, including the Micca House. According to Howard Wight Marshall’s book—Paradise Valley: The People and Buildings of An American Place—an Italian immigrant named Alfonso Pasquale purchased the original adobe store at the location and expanded it into the Micca House hotel. The well-preserved, ornate building is one of several on the National Register of Historic Places.

Galena (4WD) The ghost town of Galena is located about nine and half miles south of Battle Mountain on State Route 305, and about three miles up a canyon in the Battle Mountain Range. References to it can be found in archives of the Nevada State Journal dating as far back as 1875. According to ghosttowns.com entries from Dougald MacArthur and Henry Chenoweth the town was formed in 1869. According to MacArthur, by late 1873, “the population had risen to 250,” and there were two hotels, four mercantile stores and two stage lines. A fire destroyed the mill and assay office in 1889, which, according to MacArthur, put an end to mining activities there until sometime around World War I. Battle Mountain locals say there was another mining revival there in the late 1960s and early ’70s. A visit to Galena seems to corroborate these stories. Heavy, cylindrical core samples fill the spaces between floorboards in the scorched mill building. And the stone blocks of the assay office

are black with char. The pinstriped remains of a few dilapidated travel trailers, surrounded by heaps of faded, pull-tab beer cans, speak of the ’60s revival. But by far the coolest thing in Galena is its cemetery, with headstones and iron fences peeking out of the sagebrush that has mostly reclaimed it at this point.

Austin (2WD) The town of Austin is nestled on the western slopes of the Toiyabe Range. The 90-mile drive south from Battle Mountain on State Route 305 offers views of other ghost towns and old ranches, though many of these are on activity mining and other private properties. The town—bisected by Highway 50—is in some ways similar to Virginia City, with many of its historical buildings housing quaint cafes, bars and shops for tourists. According to the town’s website, “Austin was founded in 1862 as part of a silver rush reputedly triggered by a Pony Express horse who kicked over a rock. By summer 1863, Austin and the surrounding Reese River Mining District had a population of over 10,000.” The town has three churches. The Catholic and Methodist churches were both built in 1866. The former is being restored to serve as a cultural center, and the latter is the town’s community center. The Episcopal church was constructed in 1878 and is still in regular use. According to the town’s website, the International Hotel was first built in Virginia City in 1859 and parts of it were moved 163 miles east to Austin in 1863. You can still get a drink and a meal there, though rooms are not for rent.

Sand Springs Station (2WD) Located about 86 miles west of Austin on Highway 50, the remains of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station seem always at risk of disappearing like a mirage under the shifting tide of grit

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leading up to the singing sand dune known as Sand Mountain. The station was one of more than 150 that served riders during the Pony Express’s 19 months of operation in 1860 and ’61. According to the BLM, “Sir Richard Burton, British scholar and explorer, visited Sand Springs Station on Oct. 17, 1860, and described it in his diary this way: ‘The water near this vile hole was thick and stale with sulphury salts; it blistered even the hands. The station house was no unfit object in such a scene, roofless and chairless, filthy and squalid, with a smoky fire in one corner, and a table in the center of an impure floor, the walls open to every wind and the interior full of dust.’” It’s not surprising to learn that the sand actually reclaimed this site for more than a century before University of Nevada, Reno archaeologists discovered and excavated it in the late 1970s. Among the artifacts they retrieved were bones, bottles, ceramics, cans, ammunition and clothing. Today, you can see the restored walls of the station and read interpretative signs put up by the BLM. Northern Nevada’s ghost towns offer intriguing glimpses into the state’s history. Visiting them is, in my opinion, the next best thing to time travel. It’s exhilarating to get so close to the past, to view it without a museum’s stanchions and velvet ropes to keep you at a distance. But like a museum’s exhibitions, it would seem that these historical sites may only be on display for a limited time. They’re disappearing. Some are being claimed by the desert’s harsh environments. Others are the victims of willful destruction at the hands of people who cart them off piece by piece and wreck them for their own spiteful entertainment. Either way, my advice is to see them while you can. Ω

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he sun had gone down, plunging the historical buildings of Gold Hill into the darkness of a new moon night. A cold wind kicked up dust around

the row of cars parked in the dirt lot outside the defunct Cabin in the Sky restaurant and bar.

Inside, members of the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters were preparing to investigate. Gaudy chandeliers emitted a warm light that glinted off the equally lurid gold and red damask wallpaper of the dining room. Folding tables packed with the group’s equipment vied for space among rows of stacked chairs and cardboard filing boxes. In a few minutes, the group would split up into smaller teams. The lights would go out, and the teams would disperse—taking their video cameras, audio recorders, electromagnetic frequency detectors, spirit boxes and dowsing rods to different rooms in an attempt to gather evidence of paranormal activity. And I would be joining them. The evening of Oct. 1 marked my first experience with ghost hunting, which was fitting, since it happened to coincide with another first—the

inaugural National Day of Ghost Hunting. This event—organized by paranormal groups around the country—helped raise money for local humane societies and animal shelters. NNGH members each donated $15 for the Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary in Washoe Valley. The National Day of Ghost Hunting was, in fact, right up NNGH’s alley—especially the charitable aspect. The group has been raising funds for different historical societies and foundations for years now, mostly through paranormal meet and greets, and ghost hunts they put on for the public. While their Oct. 1 investigation was a private one, the members each donated an additional $10 to the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture. I’d gotten a feel for this giving ethos, and for what to expect on my first ghost hunt, when I sat down

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to speak with three of the group’s members a few days prior to the investigation.

Kindred spirits

Chances are you’ve come across one of the many ghost hunting reality shows on television. Jeadene Solberg had too. It was part of what inspired her to start NNGH in 2005. “The one I really like, that we almost mirror after, is the actual Ghost Hunters show—TAPS [The Atlantic Paranormal Society],” Solberg said. She explained that her group follows many of the same best practices employed by the Ghost Hunters team. For example, they don’t provoke spirits by calling them out aggressively. If you’ve ever watched the Travel Channel’s Ghost

Adventures, NNGH’s approach is basically the opposite. “We’re pretty well set in our group,” Solberg said, reiterating the point about not provoking spirits. “But we are very diverse. We all come from completely different backgrounds, completely different cultures, completely different religions—” “Lack of religion,” interjected Nikki Eskovitz, a self-described “healthy skeptic” and one of my soon-to-be ghost hunting partners. “Well, and our team even has people that have had a lot of paranormal experiences and some that are still waiting for their very first one,” added Jill Smith, my other soon-to-be teammate. Today, NNGH has 38 members spread across Nevada and Northern California, but the group started out small. In the early days, they did

mostly home investigations—looking into reported hauntings for individuals and families. That changed about five years ago when they were contacted by the Douglas County Historical Society. “We were called and asked to do a public investigation and help them raise a little bit of money,” Solberg recalled. “They only wanted to sell—I believe it was 25 tickets, for $15 each. Well, we oversold it. We sold out by like 54 tickets.” That weekend, NNGH took ticket holders on ghost hunts in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. “So that kind of got us starting to think, ‘This is going to get us opportunities to get into kind of interesting places and be able to preserve history and be able to make money for different foundations.’”


Soon, the group was invited to put on another ghost hunt by the Alpine County Historical Society in Markleeville, California. “We were able to raise them … I want to say close to $700, which kept their lights on for the winter,” Solberg said. “From that point, it just opened up so many doors. And different foundations found out about our reputation, about how we don’t charge, how we charge the public, and 100 percent of the proceeds go back to the foundations we’re working with. And that’s where we’re at today.” “I like the catchphrase, ‘Preserving history one spirit at a time,’” said Eskovitz. October, it turns out, is the prime time for doing just that. NNGH hosted a sold out “Haunted Halls” event in Virginia City on Oct. 21 and 22, with proceeds benefiting the Fourth Ward School. Their next event “Haunted Comstock” is

Manifesting destiny When I arrived at Cabin in the Sky two days later, I felt like I knew what to expect. I knew a little about the equipment and tactics the group would employ and a bit about the things that were strictly off limits— like provoking and the use of Ouija boards. The night’s activities began with a nondenominational prayer for protection, which all but one member of our group participated in. I was surprised to learn that Smith, Eskovitz and I would have an Xcam. It’s a camera and tablet set up that uses Xbox Kinect technology to seek out human shapes, which it displays as jointed stick figures. I’d only ever seen one on TV. When the lights went out, I followed my team into the dark. We started in a walk-in freezer off the

When we listened to the audio we’d just recorded, a chill ran up my spine.

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scheduled for Oct. 28 and 29 and will feature investigations at three different sites. At this point, NNGH members are used to the seasonal attention they receive from the public and the media. “By the time the stores start putting out the Halloween stuff and the Halloween movies start coming out, the general public that have never been on an investigation— they’ll watch the shows and become interested in it,” Smith said. “So we give people like that a chance to go with us—where they’re safe.” Safety is as big a part of NNGH’s culture as charity. Some of Solberg, Eskovitz and Smith’s tips were pretty standard—things like wearing close-toed shoes. Others I would never have fathomed. “For some reason ghost hunting, when you’re doing an investigation, it dehydrates you,” Smith said. “We call it the paranormal hangover,” Solberg added. “It drains you. It drains you mentally. It drains you physically.”

kitchen then ventured to the bussing station in the dining before heading behind one of the two bars in the lounge. With each stop, we did a short recording session to see if we might capture any EVPs—electronic voice phenomena—a.k.a. unexplained voices or sounds. My teammates were levelheaded, and the figure we’d seen on the Xcam turned out to be the equipment malfunctioning and homing in on a doorjamb. By the time we settled into the ladies room to record another session, I doubted we’d uncover anything out of the ordinary. However, this time, when we listened to the audio we’d just recorded, a chill ran up my spine. In the silence between our questions came a distinct chiming sound. We hadn’t heard it while we were recording, of that I was sure. And with all of our cell phones turned off, I couldn’t find any way to explain it. Ω Learn more about Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters at nngh.net.

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His job is made all the easier by the gullibility of the locals—from Mayor Shinn (Daniel Owens) and his vain wife, Eulalie A good musical is a balm for the soul, Mackecknie Shinn (Morgan Moesinnger), enveloping you in merriment and scrubto the bickering school board members bing away the hard edges of the real whose repeated attempts to shut Hill down world. As the election cycle comes to its are derailed by his constant encouragement bitter, misery-inducing conclusion, and my to sing. But one person isn’t impressed by personal stress is at its peak, I needed the Hill—River City’s librarian and resident escape of an evening wrapped in the warm music teacher, Marian Paroo (Abby Rosen). blanket of The Music Man, on stage now And as Hill works hard to sway her, she at the University of Nevada, Reno. eventually stops digging in her heels, and Of course, any time you’re mounting a his affections stop being an act. musical that was a TonyUNR hits the right winning Broadway show notes with pitch-perfect and iconic film—could production elements, there be another Harold from Eve Allen’s stirring Hill besides Robert choreography to authenPreston?—you have your tic, turn-of-the-century work cut out for you. costuming, to a stage University of nevada, Reno Department of But as soon as the first featuring a revolving Theatre & Dance presents The Music Man at notes of “Rock Island,” riser that morphs into Redfield Proscenium Theatre at 7:30 p.m., the rhythmic a capella the Paroos’ home, a Oct. 26-29 and nov. 2-5 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. overture, came pattering 30. Tickets are $5-20. Call 775-784-4444 or romantic footbridge, visit www.mynevadatickets.com. out, I knew this train a town square and would easily carry me the local library. I’m away with it to River equally impressed by City, Iowa. director Rob Gander’s ability to coax On that train is “Professor” Harold Hill, comedic timing, fine acting, impressive known throughout the Midwest as a gradedancing and singing from his actors, A huckster whose “bang beat bell-ringin” some of whom are children. The smallest has left a swath of empty pockets and touches—Midwestern accents and subtle broken hearts. Jason Pitak plays the iconic gestures—all combine for an effect that con man who arrives in River City claiming truly transports the audience. to have the cure to all the town’s ills—the Rosen’s voice in particular is strikingly tools for forming a boys’ marching band. In beautiful. Gander couldn’t have found a truth, he plans to swindle them out of their better Marian. The school board singers uniform-and-instrument money without (Camden Mauer, Thomas Chubb, Sam ever teaching them a note. Crabtree and Matthew Simmons) are rousAfter bumping into Marcellus (Malivai ingly good. Are all vocal performances as Meyer), an old friend who’s acquainted iron clad? Not necessarily. But what Pitak’s with—and admiring of—Hill’s scheming Harold Hill and other performers may lack ways and who gives him the tip that the in raw vocal ability, they make up for with town’s billiard hall just purchased a new charm, wit and lots of enthusiasm, and I pool table, Hill has all the ammo he needs totally bought what they were selling. to strike fear of “Trouble in River City” As the curtain comes down on River into the hearts of all and easily sell them on City, you’ll certainly find yourself wishing his band con. life was more like a musical. Ω

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Lin Shaye in the original movie. The house in which they reside is the same house where the girl hung herself in Ouija. The whole thing, as the title implies, is an origin story. How bad was 2014’s Ouija? It was so piss poor and We find out how a Ouija board winds up in forgettable that I had to actually look into my the house, and more about the spirits correspondarchives for a review to confirm I had actually ing through the board. After a couple of nice seen the damn thing. I wasn’t sure. conversations with her dead dad, Doris winds As it turns out, I did see the movie, and I up in conference with a rather nasty spirit, who crushed it with my lowest rating, proclaiming possesses her and causes her face and eyes to the following: “The PG-13 outing consists of do nightmarish things. Huge props to the special fake-outs and people behind doors, the kind of effects department for creating some of the best stuff you will see coming if you’ve seen, say, one horrific contorting tricks since the girl from The horror movie in your lifetime. If that is in fact Grudge did her wacky crawling all over that true, don’t make this your second one, for you townhouse. will wind up massively disappointed.” Flanagan captures lightning in a bottle with In short, Ouija was a deplorable shitshow. this ensemble, which also includes Henry Thomas Ouija: Origin of Evil is a bona fide movie taking the standard horror film priest role and miracle in many ways. Ouija was awful, but it making it something deeper and was enough of a hit to warrant more complicated. Thomas hasn’t a sequel. Still, it shocked me to been this good since E.T. This is see the sequel had actually made not a dig on him, because he’s it to movie screens rather than always quite good. It’s just a way some direct-to-digital platform. of saying he really hits this one out The fact that Mike Flanagan, the of the park. director of the crappy Oculus, As the anchor of the film, Basso was at the helm did little to is excellent as the young girl trying quash my skepticism. Director: Mike Flanagan to fall in love with a boy while her After about 30 seconds of Starring: Lulu Wilson,  sister goes bananas and her mother watching young Lulu Wilson Elisabeth Reaser stumbles a tad with the parenting as Doris Zander, I realized thing. Make sure to stay after the that Flanagan might to be onto credits to see a scene that’s crucial something with this casting. in connecting the two Ouija films together. This kid, with her authentic 1960s haircut and Flanagan proves he can make a horror film mature-for-her-years delivery, crafts one of the that is scary, multi-dimensional, and effectively great horror film performances of all time. Yes, authentic. His ability to stage a convincing late I’m bestowing that honor on a performance that ’60s setting shows he also has a visual talent occurs in a sequel to one of the worst horror that can take him beyond the horror genre. Most films ever made. importantly, he’s quite the expert at delivering The film, set convincingly in 1965, follows solid, core-punching scares. right along with Wilson as truly inspired and The horror genre has been resurgent the last creepy. Is it one of the best horror films ever couple of years. That said, nobody in their right made? No. A few missteps in the final act take it mind could’ve expected something this good down a notch. Is it one of the best horror sequels here, considering the crap pedigree going in. ever made? You bet it is. Ouija: Origin of Evil, in a year littered with many Doris is the daughter of Alice (Elizabeth predictable disappointments, is one of 2016’s Reaser) and sister of Lina (Annalise Basso). Lina great surprises. Ω is the younger version of a character played by

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The Accountant

This plays out like a deranged Batmanwith-a-calculator action flick. Ben  Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a high functioning  autistic man who has managed to harness his  extreme intelligence with numbers and physical tics down into the strangest of professions.  By day, he’s your average accountant helping  a farm owner find tax loopholes to save a few  thousand bucks. At night, he’s some sort of accountant ninja who can take out a room full of  mob guys with a dinner knife and some totally  Batman forearm blasts to the face. Christian  takes jobs laundering books for dirty folks  all over the world and, while he does have a  modest, sparsely decorated home, he also has  a mobile man cave—or, should I say, Batcave— that keeps all the spoils of his riches—money,  gold, Jackson Pollock paintings and, yes,  collector’s items like Batman comic books.  During one job, trying to find missing money for  a prosthetics company led by John Lithgow, he  takes a liking to fellow accountant Dana (the  invaluable Anna Kendrick), and they conspire  to find the missing money, which, of course,  wasn’t really supposed to happen. Maybe I’m  the only one who sees this movie as Batman  doing taxes. Maybe that makes me some sort  of amateurish idiot who likes movies that are  actually a little on the bad side just because  they play out in a weird way in his overreaching  mind. If so, I say “Hooray!” to that. My ability  to make a movie something else in my head  means I have a better chance of making my  movie ticket money well spent instead of blown  dollars, like the money I blew on that The Girl  on the Train piece of shit.

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Deepwater Horizon

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In a Valley of Violence

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.

Horror fans know director Ti West for  his cult classic horror film House of the  Devil, and the horror films V/H/S, The Innkeepers and The Sacrament. His latest, starring  Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, is a major  departure from his usual projects, a capable,  full-on homage to Sergio Leone Westerns.  Hawke plays Paul, a drifter who finds himself in  a frontier ghost town with a few remaining inhabitants. He and his dog immediately get into  some trouble with Gilly (James Ransome), the  son of the town marshal (Travolta). Bad things  transpire—this is sort of John Wick set in the  old wild West—and Paul sets out for revenge.  The resultant gunfights are nicely staged, accentuated by good work from Hawke, Travolta  and Ransome. While Hawke is always reliable  these days, Travolta’s film career has been on  a bit of a downslide (one of a few his career  has endured). His performance here as a semicrooked lawman with a small streak of decency  is actually funny at times, and consists of  his best work in a film in over five years. (He  was also quite good as Robert Shapiro in The  People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.)  The film’s biggest surprise is Taissa Farmiga,  providing solid comic relief as a fast-talking  hotel operator. West does admirable work on  the Western playground. The movie doesn’t  feel all that original or groundbreaking, but it  does look good, has some solid acting, mixing

in some nice, dark humor for an overall good  time. (Available for rent through iTunes, On  Demand and Amazon.com during a limited  theatrical release.)

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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.

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Mascots

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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 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.)

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, but even he can’t save this thing.


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3rd Street, 125 W. Third St., 323-5005: Comedy Night & Improv w/Patrick Shillito, W, 9pm, no cover Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, 882-1626: JR De Guzman, F, 7:30pm, $13-$15 The Improv at Harveys Cabaret, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, (800) 553-1022: Allan Havey, Alycia Cooper, Th-F, Su, 9pm, $25; Sa, 8pm, 10pm, $30 Laugh Factory at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7401: Greg Morton, Th, Su, 7:30pm, $21.95; F-Sa, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Brian Scolaro, Tu, W, 7:30pm, $21.95 Reno-Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600: JR De Guzman, F, 9pm, $12-$18; Kelly Hilbert, Sa, 8:30pm, $10-$15

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

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

Eric Daniel, 7pm, no cover

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

County Clarke, 9pm, no cover

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Jack Di Carlo, 7pm, no cover

Serenity Awaits, 9:30pm, no cover

Residual Darkness, Fog of War, 9pm, no cover

Big Heart, 8pm, no cover

Majestix, 8pm, no cover

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

Karaoke Kat, 9pm, no cover

Canyon White Open Mic Night, 8pm, no cover

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

HELLFIRE SALOON

Saxaholics, 8pm, no cover

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

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

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

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

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

Open Mic Night, 9pm, M, no cover Trivia Night, 9pm, W, no cover Royal Noble, 8pm, $5

NOBUNNY, Snack, 8pm, $8

2) The Shrike, Marsyas Complex, Velvet Murder, Dead Letter Disciple, 9pm, $6

1) Suicideboys, Germ, Ramirxz, Shakewell, Mikey the Magician, Dom Krez, 7:30pm, $20-$25 Daniel Sion, 8pm, no cover

Nom Eats Anniversary Party w/The Thermites, 4pm, no cover 2) D.O.A., The Sex Devils, 8pm, W, $TBA Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, Reno’s Favorite Crooners, 7:30pm, W, no cover

DJ Rundown, 9pm, no cover

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

John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

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

Zeds Dead, 7pm, W, $32

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

HIMMEL HAUS THE HOLLAND PROJECT

Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Jim Lord, 7pm, no cover

DAVIDSON’S DISTILLERY ELBOW ROOM BAR

Kelly Ann Miller, 9pm, no cover Fourth Friday Session, 6pm, no cover

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

Comedy

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10/31-11/2

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

Halloween Hoodslam: Bump & Grindhouse, 9pm, $18

255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400

CEOL IRISH PUB

SUNDAY 10/30

The Lecture: Twerk or Treat Edition w/DJs Nandez, Sloves, 10pm, no cover


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

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

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

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

THURSDAY 10/27

FRIDAY 10/28

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $19-$37

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $19-$37

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $19-$37

DJ Trivia, 6:30pm, no cover

Pawn Shop, 8pm, no cover

Halloween costume party w/Priority Mail, 8pm, no cover

Jenni Charles & Jesse Dunn, 8pm, no cover

The Show Ponies, 8:30pm, no cover

Everyday Outlaw, 8:30pm, no cover

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

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

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY 445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

STUDIO ON 4TH 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776

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

Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover

Billion Dollar Nightmare, Wunderlust, 9pm, $5

Last In Line, Greg Golden Band, 7pm, $15

Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover

The Hubcap Stealers, 9pm, no cover

PUSHBoX, Asphalt Socialites, 9pm, no cover

Halloween party w/RJ Steelz, 9pm, no cover

St. Christopher Project, 6pm, no cover

Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover

Latter Day Skanks, Broken Bodies, Murderock, 9pm, $5

715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774 1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks; (775) 409-3340

Brand New

Johnny Lipka’s Gemini, 9pm, no cover

SHEA’S TAVERN SPARKS LOUNGE

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

Bingo Tuesday w/Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, Jamie Rollins, 7:30pm, W, no cover

Johnny Lipka’s Gemini, 9pm, no cover

1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864 76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474

Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, $19-$37

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

POLO LOUNGE RED DOG SALOON

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10/31-11/2

Grizlebrand, PVRR BLVD, Threo Fourz, Nikki Smiles, 8pm, no cover

400 E. Fourth St., (775) 327-1171 906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-5484

SUNDAY 10/30

Live jazz, 8pm, no cover

MORRIS BURNER HOSTEL PADDY & IRENE’S IRISH PUB

SATURDAY 10/29

Hollywood Thrashed, Alcohollica, 9pm, M, $5

Tavern Trivia Night, 9pm, no cover

Thursday Blues Jam hosted by Rich Maloon, 8:30pm, no cover Boondoggle, Randal Wilder, 9pm, no cover

DJ Bangus, 9pm, no cover

Costume Dance Party w/Metaphysical, 10pm, no cover

Explorations in Jazz, 8pm, no cover

Young Wicked, Benez Dubb, Mindshot, 8pm, $TBA

WHISKEY DICK’S SALOON 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425

Conga Beth and the Roemers, 10pm, no cover 1) Comedy Power Hour Open Mic, 8pm, Tu, no cover

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

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Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. 384-1652

Murderock, The Flesh Hammers, 8pm, M, $5 w/costume, $10 w/out

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ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA

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

BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTEL

Vaud and the Villains Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Club 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

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

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

THURSDAY 10/27

FRIDAY 10/28

SATURDAY 10/29

SUNDAY 10/30

2) Kid and Nic Show, 8pm, no cover

1) Thunder from Down Under, 8pm, $35 2) Kid and Nic Show, 4pm, no cover Two Way Street, 10pm, no cover

2) Kid and Nic Show, 4pm, no cover Two Way Street, 10pm, no cover

2) Two Way Street, 8pm, no cover

2) The Desperados, 6pm, no cover

2) The Robeys, 5pm, no cover

2) The Robeys, 5pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover

2) The Blues Monsters, 8pm, no cover

2) The Blues Monsters, 8pm, no cover

2) Steve Lord, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) Vaud and the Villains, 9pm, $17-$20

1) The Creepers Ball w/Tainted Love, 9pm, $25

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

CRYSTAL BAY CLUB

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

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10/31-11/2 2) Cook Book, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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

1) The Producers, 7pm, $37+ 2) Student Bloody Thursday, 10pm, no cover w/costume

1) The Producers, 7pm, 9:30pm, $37+ 2) Phantom White Party, 10pm, no cover 3) Nightmare at Novi, 10pm, $5-$10

1) The Producers, 9:30pm, $37+ 3) Blackout at Novi Halloween Party, 10pm, $5 w/costume, $10 w/out

GRAND SIERRA RESORT

2) Lex Thursdays, 10pm, no cover

2) The Nellyville Horror w/Nelly, DIJITAL, 10pm, $30 3) Country Nights, 10pm, no cover

1) Brand New, 7pm, $35 2) Nightmare in the Chocolate Factory w/Saint Claire, DJ Peeti-V, 10pm, $10

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

2) DJ JosBeatz, DJ Audio 1, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) Susan Ashton, 7pm, $27.52 2) DJ Rick Gee, DJ SN1, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

HARRAH’S RENO

1) Rendezvous with the King, 7:30pm, $29.50 3) Andersen Ackerson Duo, 9pm, no cover

1) Rendezvous with the King, 7:30pm, $29.50 3) Andersen Ackerson Duo, 9pm, no cover

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

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

1) 38th Annual Freakers Ball, 9pm, $30-$40

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Walker WIlliams, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Walker WIlliams, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Walker WIlliams, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, 7pm, no cover

2) Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, 8pm, no cover 3) Mirror Mirror: Skin & Scare, 10pm, $20

2) Kyle Williams & Max Minardi, 6pm, no cover

2) Kyle Williams & Max Minardi, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover 3) Mirror Mirror, 10pm, M, $20

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

1) Goo Goo Dolls, 8pm, $59.50-$79.50 2) Apple Z, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover

1) Craig Ferguson, 8pm, $55.50-$69.50 2) Apple Z, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Arizona Jones, 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

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

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE

1) Rendezvous with the King, 219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 7:30pm, $29.50 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center

MONTBLEU RESORT

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

NUGGET CASINO RESORT

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

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO

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

1) The Producers, 7pm, Tu, W, $37+ 2) The Blood Brothers Halloween Bash, 10pm, M, no cover w/costume

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


FOr tHE WEEK OF OctOBEr 27, 2016 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com.

EvEnts COSTUMES & COCKTAILS: This Halloween  costume party hosted by Chef Mark  Estee features food, specialty drinks,  live music and prizes for best costumes.  The event benefits the MRD Foundation.  F, 10/28, 6pm. $20 advance, $25 at door.  Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, 100 N.  Sierra St., www.mrdglobal.org.

CULLEN WASHINGTON: MIXED MEDIA PAINTER:  Cullen Washington Jr. gives a lecture  about his large scale, mixed media, collage paintings that make use of the grid  as a metaphor for human interconnectivity. Th, 10/27, 5:30pm. Free. Wells Fargo  Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge  Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664  N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION: Celebrate  Dia de los Muertos with a variety of fun  activities for all ages. Su, 10/30, 2-5pm.  Free. Ballroom C, Joe Crowley Student  Union, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N.  Virginia St., www.unr.edu/latinocenter.

FALL FESTIVAL: The festival offers games,  hayrides, food and more. Su, 10/30, 2-6pm. Free admission. Riverview  Adventist Church, 7125 W. Fourth St.,  (775) 322-0714.

GAME LAB’S HALLOWEEN BASH: Get a head  start on trick or treating by visiting  multiple candy stations throughout the  arcade. Costumed kids and adults can  get $25 in game play for $10. All of the  Halloween Bash proceeds will benefit  The Children’s Cabinet. F, 10/28, 5-9pm.  Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 2707 S.  Virginia St., (775) 826-2121.

GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING: The Reno Gem and Mineral  Society meets the first Wednesday of  every month upstairs in Baldini’s Casino  W, 11/2, 7-9pm. Baldini’s Casino, 865 Rock  Blvd., Sparks, www.renorockhounds.com.

HALLOWEEN HOLLOW: Candy-seeking youngsters in costume will get a “treasure  map” to find sweet treats at participating Riverwalk District merchant shops  during the eighth annual Halloweenthemed event. Sa, 10/29, 5-7pm. Free. The  Riverwalk District, downtown Reno along  The Riverwalk, www.renoriver.org.

RENO BRIDAL & BEAUTY EXPO: Enter to win

NEVADA DAY AT NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY:  The annual event celebrates Nevada Day  with local artisans, demonstrations, kids’  crafts, refreshments, costume contests,  music, birthday cake and more. 10/2910/30, 9am-5pm. Free. Nevada Historical  Society, 1650 N. Virginia St., (775) 688-1190,  www.museums.nevadaculture.org.

& Cinema presents this music festival  starting with Tahoe heavy metal band,  Fortress, on Oct. 28. Bass Tribe Tahoe  presents DJ Huglife, VNDMG, Kowta and  Goldbear on Oct. 29. Local gypsy jazz/ alt-country septet Sneaky Creatures  will perform on Oct. 30 accompanied by  members of Tahoe Flow Arts performing a “Thriller” flash mob and burlesque  routines. F, 10/28, 9:30pm; Sa, 10/29, 9:30pm; Su, 10/30, 9pm. $10-$35. Tahoe Art  Haus & Cinema, 575 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe  City, (530) 584-2431.

RENO COIN CLUB COIN EXCHANGE AT NV MUSEUM: Reno Coin Club and Nevada  State Museum will have a special celebration of Nevada Day on Saturday and  the 75th anniversary of the Nevada State  Museum on Friday. There will be cake,  behind-the-scenes tours, a Mark Twain  impersonator, special activities for kids  and more. Free. F, 10/28, 10am-3pm; Sa, 10/29, 10am-3pm. Free. Nevada State  Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City,  (775) 815-8625, www.renocoinclub.org.

RENO WIND SYMPHONY: A HALLOWEEN CONCERT: The Reno Wind Symphony will  present “Monsters, Ghouls and Ghosts,  Oh My.” Featured works will include  Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and  Fugue in D Minor and Michael Jackson’s  “Thriller.” Th, 10/27, 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.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Watch the  movie as it was meant to be watched— in costume. Freebies for attendees  and candy for the trick-or-treaters.  Frankfurters and Meatloaf sliders will  be cooking outside. Bag of props for the  first 25 at the door. Costume contest  and games before the show. Party starts  at 8:30pm and movie airs at 10pm. F, 10/28, 8:30pm-midnight. $10-$15. Brewery  Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W.  King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack C.  Davis Observatory hosts free star parties every Saturday night year round,  starting at sunset. 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.

Nevada Day Celebration

10/29:

UNR MUSIC ENSEMBLE FALL CONCERT:

The Silver State marks its 152nd year of statehood on  Oct. 31, but the official celebration takes place this  Saturday, Oct. 29, in downtown Carson City. The Nevada Day festivities  include the Republican Women’s Pancake Breakfast at the Nevada  Governors Mansion, the Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk, the 77th annual  Nevada Day Parade, the 42nd Annual Nevada Day World Championship  Single Jack Drilling Contest, the Governor’s Chili Feed at the Carson  Nugget and Nevada Day Beard Contest, among other events. The parade  kicks off at 10 a.m. with a flyover of military aircraft, followed by a  procession of floats, marching bands, members of local organizations  and clubs, local celebrities, elected officials and other dignitaries. The  parade route starts at the intersection of William and Carson Streets  and ends at the intersection of Stewart and Carson streets. Admission  is free. Call 882-2600 or visit http://nevadaday.visitcarsoncity.com.

The University of Nevada, Reno  Contemporary Music Ensemble performs  adventurous music of the last 100 years  with a particular focus on music by living composers. Tu, 11/1, 7:30pm. Free.  Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno,  1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

OnstAgE DRACULA: Truckee Meadows Community  College Theater presents Bram Stoker’s  Gothic thriller. F, Sa, 7:30pm through 10/29; Su, 10/30, 2pm. $10-$17. Nell J. Redfield  Foundation Performing Arts Center, 505  Keystone Ave., (775) 673-7291.

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; M, 10/31, 7-11pm. $17 general admis-

sion, $24 VIP pass. Greater Nevada Field,  250 Evans Ave., www.renofrightfest.com.

TRICK OR TREAT IN THE STREETS: The indoor  Halloween event features candy stations, games and fun for the whole  family. M, 10/31, 4:30pm. $2. National  Automobile Museum (The Harrah  Collection), 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.

HARVEST FEST: This community harvest  festival is for kids in preschool through  sixth grade. There will be games, prizes,  bounce houses, candy and a non-perishable food drive. Food collected will be  distributed by The Bridge Food Pantry,  benefiting needy families in the community. Sa, 10/29, 11am-1pm. Free. Idlewild  Park, 1900 Idlewild Drive, (775) 323-7141,  www.thebridgereno.com.

HALLOWEEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Tahoe Art Haus

door prizes and wedding gowns or join in  the cake dives to win a pair of diamond  ear rings or a gold band for the groom.  Sample food from various caterers,  bakeries and restaurants in the area.  Su, 10/30, 11am-4pm. $12. Grand Sierra  Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 882-2222.

Art JOT TRAVIS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: MFA Midway Exhibition.  Annual exhibition of second year Master  of Fine Arts students current work.  11am-4pm, Tu-F through 12/1. Opens 11/1.  Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6837.

LASTING DOSE TATTOO & ART COLLECTIVE:  October Creepshow and Costume Party.  The show features Halloween-inspired  art by local artists, free drinks and discounted tacos. Costumes encouraged.  Sa, 10/29, 8-11pm. Free. 888 S. Virginia St.,  (775) 324-0666.

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

SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: FABRICation. Artists  incorporate a textile sensibility in their  artwork through elements of fabric and  fabrication. Tu-Sa, noon-4pm through 12/15. Opens 11/1. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St.,  (775) 784-6658.

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TEMPLE SINAI: Nancy Collins Watercolor  Artist Demo. Nancy will share her  secrets and create a painting or two.  Light refreshments served. Meet members of Sierra Watercolor Society as  well. Sa, 10/29, 1-3pm. Free. 3405 Gulling  Road, (775) 747-5508.

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. Th, 10/27, 7:30pm; Sa,

Music AMPHION STRING QUARTET: The quartet  performs traditional to contemporary  music. Tu, 11/1, 5pm. Free. Sierra View  Library, 4001 S. Virginia St. Reno Town  Mall, (775) 827-3232.

10/29, 7:30pm; Su, 10/30, 1:30pm; Through 11/5, 7:30pm. $5-$20. Redfield Proscenium

CLASSIX TWO: TRIBUTE: The Reno  Philharmonic’s second Classix show features Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Concertino  Cusquenoa,” Zoltan Kodaly’s Dances of  Galanta and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.  6 in B Minor, op. 74, Pathetique. Su, 10/30, 4pm; Tu, 11/1, 7:30pm. $33-$89. Pioneer  Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S.  Virginia St., (775) 323-6393.

DARK SIDE OF THE MOONSHINE: Northern  California’s jamgrass band Poor Man’s  Whiskey perform a set of original upbeat  bluegrass/Americana and a special second set of their bluegrass interpretation  of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for  a Community Chest Inc. benefit. Special  guests Jelly Bread will also perform.  F, 10/28, 7:30pm-12:30am. $40 general  admission. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B  St., Virginia City, (775) 847-9311 ext. 114,  www.communitychestnevada.net.

Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building,  University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N.  Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

NOVEMBER: Restless Artists’ Theatre presents David Mamet’s satire depicting one  day in the life of a beleaguered American  President. F, 10/28, 7:30pm; Sa, 10/29,

7:30pm; Su, 10/30, 2pm; Th, 11/3, 7:30pm; F, 11/4, 7:30pm; Sa, 11/5, 7:30pm; Su, 11/6, 2pm; Th, 11/10, 7:30pm; F, 11/11, 7:30pm; Sa, 11/12, 7:30pm; Su, 11/13, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless  Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks,  (775) 525-3074.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU: A young  woman invites her snooty prospective  in-laws to meet her eccentric family  in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s  comedic play. W, 11/2, 7pm; Th, 11/3, 7pm; F, 11/4, 3pm; Sa, 11/5, 7pm. $7-$10. Damonte  Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler  Parkway, (775) 851-5656.

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by AMY ALKON

Eat should and die Your response to “Torn” really missed the mark. She is the 35-year-old woman whose friends and family think her 43-year-old boyfriend is lazy and not good enough for her and will end up living off her. She has a full-time job with benefits, while he works part time and saves up when he wants to buy something. She says he supports her emotionally: “He … has my back to an unreasonable degree.” Yet, you contend that his lack of ambition may lead her to resent him. My advice to her: “If the relationship works for both of you, enjoy it. Nurture it. Keep the outside influences outside. And for crying out loud, woman, pull up your big-girl Underoos and tell your friends and family to take a deep breath and say a prayer to Saint Eff You.” Your advice—that “Torn” should just flip the bird at all of her boyfriend’s detractors—is the perfect solution for any woman who has a number of smelly, unsightly friends and family members cluttering up her life. I offer a similar redo of decluttering queen Marie “KonMari” Kondo’s advice that we should go through all our stuff and see what brings joy. Yawn. The AlkonMari method: “Strike a match and run.” But, wait, you say. He supports her emotionally. That, you insist, should be enough. Should be. And though it’s reasonable to prefer that it would be, the late Albert Ellis, co-founder of cognitive-behavioral therapy, explained that “should” involves the irrational demand that the world manifest itself in an idealized way—the way it should be. This keeps us from dealing with it as it is. In that magical land where children’s dentists send glitter instead of a bill, the perfect husband could be a sweet man who splits his time between a low-stress part-time job and chillaxing on the couch with a doob. But women evolved to have emotional mechanisms pushing them to seek men who are willing and able “providers,” and a man’s ambition is a cue for that. Women can’t just yell at their genes, “Hey, it’s 2016, and I’m the VP of a successful startup!” As anthropologist Donald Symons explains, changing any “complex adaptation,” like those driving mating psychology, takes “hundreds or thousands of generations.” This is why—as I explained to “Torn”—research finds that 28   |   RN&R   |   10.27.16

women married to a Mr. Mom often end up resenting him, making those marriages more likely to end in divorce. Should “Torn” stay or go? That actually isn’t for you or me to say, because our values aren’t her values, and what works for us may not work for her. That’s why I suggested she mull over the potential issues—over time—and make an informed decision about whether to go all in with her Laid-Back Larry. Yeah, I know—love should “conquer all.” And yes, in a perfect world, we could respond to utility company disconnect notices with a sweet note: “Please don’t shut my lights off! XOXO!”

Invasion of the biography snatchers I’m a 32-year-old lesbian and an aspiring fiction writer. I use my life in my work, but my girlfriend gets mad when she shows up in it. I think she’s being unfair. Isn’t anything I experience fair game? As Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren explained in an 1890 Harvard Law Review article on privacy, unless somebody is a public figure, they have a right to privacy, meaning the right to control who gets to know what about their persona and private life. You cross the line from fiction writer to privacy invader when a character is recognizable as a particular person. It isn’t that you can’t use anything at all from another person’s life. Publishing expert Jane Friedman says you can create a composite character “with traits and characteristics culled from several people.” In other words, steal from the many instead of “the one.” Remember, it’s called an “intimate relationship” because it’s supposed to be between two people— not two people and the 8,423 others one of them gave their novel away to on Goodreads. Ω

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): I invite you to fantasize about what your four great-grandmothers and four great-grandfathers may have been doing on November 1, 1930. What? You have no idea how to begin? You don’t even know their names? If that’s the case, I hope you’ll remedy your ignorance. Your ability to create the future you want requires you to learn more about where and whom you came from. Halloween costume suggestion: your most interesting ancestor.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): At any one time,

more than 2 million frozen human embryos are stored in tissue banks throughout Europe and North America. When the time is right, their owners retrieve them and bring them to term. That’s the first scenario I invite you to use as a metaphor for your life in the coming weeks. Here’s a second scenario: Scotch whisky is a potent mind-altering substance. Any particular batch must mature for at least three years, and may be distilled numerous times. There are currently 20 million barrels of the stuff mellowing in Scottish warehouses. And what do these two scenarios have to do with you? It’s time to tap into resources that you’ve been saving in reserve—that haven’t been ripe or ready until now. Halloween costume suggestions: a woman who’s nine months pregnant; a blooming rose or sunflower; ripe fruit.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): To create a bottle

of cabernet sauvignon, a winemaker needs about 700 grapes. Compare this process with rain-making. When water vapor that’s high in the sky becomes dense enough, it condenses into tiny pearls of liquid called cloud droplets. If the humidity rises even further, a million of these babies might band together to form a single raindrop that falls to earth. And what does this have to do with your life? I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will have both an affinity and a skill for processes that resemble wine-making and rain-making. You’ll need a lot of raw material and energetic effort to produce a relatively small marvel—but that’s exactly as it should be. Halloween costume suggestion: a raindrop or bottle of wine.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some Brazilians eat

the heads of piranhas in the belief they’re aphrodisiacs. In Zimbabwe, women may make strategic use of baboon urine to enhance their allure. The scientific name for Colombia’s leaf-cutter ant is hormiga culona, translated as “fat-assed ant.” Ingesting the roasted bodies of these critters is thought to boost sexual desire. Since you’re in a phase when tapping into your deepest erotic longings will be healthy and educational, you may want to adopt elements of the aforementioned love drugs to create your Halloween costume. Here are other exotic aphrodisiacs from around the world that you might be inspired by: asparagus; green M&Ms; raw oysters; wild orchids; horny goat weed.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do you know how to repair

a broken zipper or patch a hole in your bicycle tire? Are you familiar with the art of caulking a bathtub or creating a successful budget? Can you compose a graceful thank-you note, cook a hearty soup from scratch or overcome your pride so as to reconcile with an ally after an argument? These are the kinds of tasks I trust you will focus on in the coming weeks. It’s time to be very practical and concrete. Halloween costume suggestion: Mr. or Ms. Fix-It.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s the prosperity-

building phase of your cycle. Let’s celebrate! Let’s brainstorm! Are there rituals you can

create to stimulate the financial lobes of your imagination, thereby expediting your cash flow? Here are a few ideas: (1) Glue a photo of yourself on a $20 bill. (2) Make a wealth shrine in your home. Stock it with symbols of specific thrills you can buy for yourself when you have more money. (3) Halloween costume suggestions: a giant bar of gold; a banker carrying a briefcase full of big bills; Tony Stark; Lady Mary Crawley; Jay Gatsby; Lara Croft; the Yoruban wealth goddess Aje.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): During this Hal-

loween season, you have cosmic permission to be a bigger, bolder and extra-beguiling version of yourself. I trust you will express your deep beauty with precise brilliance and imagine your future with superb panache and wander wherever the hell you feel like wandering. It’s time to be stronger than your fears and wilder than your trivial sins. Halloween costume suggestion: the superhero version of yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I won’t offer

you the cliché, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Instead, I’ll provide alternatives. How about this, from the video game Portal 2: “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! Say, ‘I don’t want your damn lemons!’” Or you could try this version, from my friend Barney: “When life gives you lemons, draw faces on them like Tom Hanks did on his volleyball in the movie Cast Away, and engage them in sexy philosophical conversation.” Or consider this Brazilian proverb: “When life gives you lemons, make caipirinhas.” (Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail.) Suggestion: Play around with these themes to create your Halloween costume.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): All of us are cre-

ators and destroyers. It’s fun and healthy to add fresh elements to our lives, but it’s also crucial to dispose of things that hurt and distort us. Even your body is a hotbed of both activities, constantly killing off old cells and generating new ones. But in my understanding, you are now in a phase when there’s far more creation than destruction. Enjoy the exalted buzz! Halloween costume suggestions: a creator god or goddess, like the Greeks’ Gaia or Prometheus; Rainbow-Snake from the Australian Aborigines; Unkulunkulu from the Zulus; or Coyote, Raven, or Spider Grandmother from indigenous North American tribes.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1938, a chef

named Ruth Wakefield dreamed up a brilliant invention: chocolate chip cookies. She sold her recipe to the Nestlé company in return for $1 and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Maybe she was happy with that arrangement, but I think she cheated herself. And so I offer her action as an example of what you should not do. During the next 10 months, I expect you will come up with many useful innovations and intriguing departures from the way things have always been done. Make sure you get full value in return for your gifts! Halloween costume ideas: Thomas Edison; Marie Curie; Hedy Lamarr; Leonardo da Vinci; Temple Grandin; George Washington Carver; Mark Zuckerberg.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Speaking on

behalf of the cosmic powers, I authorize you to escape dull realities and go rambling through the frontier. Feel free to fantasize twice as hard and wild as you normally do. Avoid literalists and realists who think you should be more like them. This is not a time to fuss over exacting details, but rather to soar above the sober nonsense and see as far as you can. You have permission to exult in the joys of wise innocence. Halloween costume suggestions: bohemian poet; mad scientist; carefree genius; brazen explorer.

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next meal is coming from, not eating something that’s nutritionally adequate, eating tons of Top Ramen or oatmeal for two days or something. So we’re not serving the population that this program is in place for, unfortunately.

Natalie Sekigawa is a nutrition student and the director of Pack Provisions, a food bank at the University  of Nevada, Reno. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/jnxfjjs or drop  by the pantry, located inside the Associated Students of the University  of Nevada office on the third floor of  the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Do you tend to see more repeat customers—or people who come in once after a job loss or emergency? PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

What’s involved in your job? I work a lot to establish a campus presence, since we are a new program. So I do a lot of tabling and outreach. If students ever want to meet with me, I can usually talk to them about the program or show them ways they can get involved, whether it’s donating, volunteering or actually accepting donations from the pantry. I also manage our volunteers. Once people do decide to volunteer, I give them tasks to keep the pantry running. I send data sheets to the Nevada food bank so we keep getting backed. I dispense WinCo gift cards and meal swipes [for UNR’s Downunder Café].

How many students do you serve? Last semester I think we served 40 students, and, I think, this semester … I haven’t done the data sheet for this month, but last time I checked about 30 maybe.

Would you rather see more? Yes, of course. That’s the challenge that I’m kind of facing right now is de-stigmatizing asking for help. I think that [in] Western society, people are just really individualized, and we’re not as collectivistic, so everyone just tries to fend for themselves.

Does that stigma lead to people seeming embarrassed when they come in? Some people feel awkward or embarrassed coming into ASUN to get something when they can’t provide it for themselves. But statistics show that about 50 percent of people in [a] survey showed that they are food insecure, or experiencing some kind of food insecurity, whether that’s having to skip a meal, not having anything to eat for one or two days, wondering where their

A little bit of both. Some people come in repeatedly. ... We have other people that, like you said, just have a loss of job or are in between paychecks, are sick and need food because they can’t work. ... This is kind of meant as a buffer system, though, so if people do need long-term assistance we’re trying to make a partnership with SNAP—which used to be known as “food stamps”—so it can serve students and they can get more assistance than we can possibly provide.

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by BRUCE VAN DYKE

That certain mojo Thank God that Pfizer, one of the  true dons of the Big Pharma Crime  Family, is now packaging Viagra,  its precious billion dollar johnson  jumper, into super jiffy “single  packs.” The ad campaign announcing this exciting step in old fart  hot-rodding has recently been  carpet-bombing the cable waves. Why these new “single pops” are  some kind of wonderful advancement in something, I still have  no clue. Is it because Pfizer was  sick and tired of all the big burly  men endlessly complaining about  throwing their backs out because  they dared to throw five or even— gasp—10 of these re-assuring  turgidifiers in their toilet kits? I’m  genuinely puzzled as to why a guy  would ever give a flaming Pop Tart  about these marvy new “single  packs.” Let’s face it, what old gaffer would ever go on a Three-Day  Thriller with his shapely 34-yearold yoga instructor without some

solid back-up for ye olde hydraulics, say, a five-pack, minimum, because—well, you just never know.  So yeah, ask your doctor about Viagra single-packs. Ask him why you  would ever futz with all these little  goddamn singles when you both  know you need a Skittles-sized bag  of those little blue bastards. • Here’s Trump on his desperate  “rigged election” fantasy—“You  know what I’m talking about.” Uh,  no, homey, I don’t know what you’re  talking about. What the fuck are  you talking about? No complacency!  As they used to say in the 19th  century—Vote early! Vote often! Back in my college days of the  early ’70s, there were some enjoyable, hash-enhanced conversations  imagining the possibility that a  woman would bring a certain mojo  to the presidency, a mojo that a  man is just basically clueless about,  a mojo that would be a positive

female force residing in the mind  of our Prez. The direction of the  conversation had us all eventually  agreeing with the general principle  of, “Well, shit, the crazy baldheads  have been calling the shots for a  very long time, and things really  aren’t so luxuriously glamorous on  This Rock that we wouldn’t at least  let a gal have a shot at the doggone  gig.” Why the heck not? It’s time,  fercrissake. • It’s now obvious that, for whatever  skullduggerous reasons, the new  Beatle flick by director Ron Howard, Eight Days A Week, will not be  appearing in Reno theaters. To see  it, you gotta view via the Hulu app  on your laptop.  Greatest Beatle movie ever.  Beautifully done. Unbelievably  terrific. Watch it sometime soon.  The footage Howard dug up and put  together is extraordinary.      Ω

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