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Thanks given Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Thanksgiving has never been an especially important holiday in my family—more of a brief interlude between Halloween and Christmas, or a moment of respite before the big push at the end of any given fall semester. This year, we had a small crew—just me, my mom, my girlfriend, Margot, and our three kids, Clifford, Josephine and Viktoria. We’re all busy, and no one felt like cooking a big meal—well, maybe Josephine did, but she’s 10, and the rest of us didn’t feel like eating quesadillas and peanut butter sandwiches. We decided we’d try one of the big casino buffets. That’s a quintessential Reno experience that—despite living here for the majority of my life—I had never done before. I mean, sure, I’ve eaten at casino buffets a few times over the years, but never on a popular holiday like Thanksgiving. We decided to hit up Toucan Charlie’s in the Atlantis. We arrived around 4 p.m. and discovered perhaps the longest line of people I’ve ever seen. It started outside the restaurant and curled, wound and weaved all around the casino floor. Following the line back to the end was like a never-ending journey. I kept thinking we were getting close to the end, but then there would be a bend and more glum faces, resigned to their fate—a purgatory of faint cigar smoke, rattling slot machines and hunger. After a while, as disorienting as a casino floor can be, I began to suspect that we we were walking in an infinite loop. I started scrutinizing the faces, wondering if perhaps I’d seen them earlier. When Margot joined us at the back of this eternal queue, she asked, “Is this the line for Space Mountain?” We were told it would take about four hours. So we said, screw this, and headed over to the Sky Terrace Oyster Bar, the Atlantis’ seafood restaurant. We only had to wait about 10 minutes, and then had an excellent dinner, however seasonally anachronistic it might have been.
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DECEMBER 01, 2016 | VOL. 22, IssuE 42
I did not vote for Donald Trump, but like many people I have a partial explanation as to why he won: 1) Hillary made a big mistake in calling half his supporters “deplorables” and “irredeemable.” It was that elitist, arrogant, “I’m better than you” attitude that rallied his base and guaranteed their voting. That same attitude is evident with the RN&R’s Bruce Van Dyke and Brad Bynum when they refer to those voters as “pissy white rednecks” and “gullible, ignorant, and hateful.” Sorry, Hillary and others, but your superior attitude worked against you. 2) Many times there is simply no substitute for “hard work.” The truth is Trump simply outworked Hillary. He really looked and worked like someone who wanted to win. She disappeared by comparison. Not visiting Wisconsin during the last six months of the campaign revealed a lack of work ethic and/or an entitlement attitude that took certain states for granted. Either way, Trump won because he simply wanted it more. Originally, Trump said she didn’t have the strength or stamina to be president. Perhaps she didn’t have the strength or stamina to campaign. She certainly did not match his. Thom Waters Reno
Re “Competing protests” (Let Freedom Ring, Nov. 10): Brendan Trainor states in a November 10 article that, “In what appears to be jury nullification, the jurors felt the federal government had simply not proven [its] charges of conspiracy to intimidate federal workers to prevent them from performing their duties with weapons brought onto federal property.” This is not jury nullification. When jurors are not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the prosecution has proved a charge, they have a duty to vote not guilty. This is a standard part of jury instructions and is how most not-guilty verdicts are delivered. Jury nullification occurs when jurors are convinced by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused has violated the law which they are charged with violating, but decides to vote not guilty anyway. Jurors may do this when they believe the law is unjust or unjustly applied, that the punishment for violating the law is unjustly harsh, or that there are other mitigating circumstances that would make strictly enforcing the law unjust in the case at hand. The law is meant to uphold justice. Justice is not meant to bend or break so that unjust dictates of the law may be maintained. When law and justice are in conflict, jurors have a moral duty to uphold justice above the law. Jury nullification is the mechanism by which they can do this. Jurors may vote not guilty for any reason they believe is just, and they cannot be punished for their verdicts. Kirsten Tynan Corvallis, Mont.
One woman’s view Nevada November gray wool clouds blanket the sky, draining color from the land leaving only the muted tones of Autumn. Cheryl Chaudron Reno
Hartman on Myers From beginning to end of the Question 2 debate, I could count on Dennis Myers at the RN&R to not just twist and distort what I wrote on the issue—but knowingly lie about facts. Your publication even failed to run my letter detailing your factual lies—spiked the truth. The lies continue right down to the end, Dennis—on Denver schools and marijuana money. Google it. Man, it doesn’t take much of a reporter—and you are not one. A weak, little guy working for an underground newspaper depending on marijuana advertisers to pay him a tiny little income—pretty pathetic. Jim Hartman Genoa
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What’s the grossest thing you’ve eaten? asked at the WaterFall, 134 West seCond st. Jim Fleming Data analyst
Some of my coworkers went out for sushi. And I’d never eaten sushi, so I didn’t know it was made out of raw fish. They brought back some leftovers, sat it on top of a filing cabinet. … Anyway, two days later, I thought, “I’m going to take a crack at that sushi.” lyssa WilloughBy Tech support
Probably the fermented duck egg—balut. … It’s not just an egg. It’s half grown duck inside the egg. [It’s from] the Philippines. It’s a delicacy there. We have Asian markets here that will sell it, too, but they have to have a special permit for it, because it can make you really sick. Jennah Fiedler Auditor
By CHRIStIANE BRoWN
Stay loud, outraged, vigilant As when we watched the towers fall in 2001, the unreality of this moment has engendered not only worldwide grief, but, for many, despair. We continue to reel in sick horror, shell-shocked by the incomprehensible, struggling to process the unthinkable, and daily, the Inauguration draws eerily closer. But surrendering to the unprecedented elevation of a grotesque and loathsome racist to America’s highest office cannot be our only option. We cannot return to the racist idealism of the pre-civil rights 1950s. The corporate-owned media, the Congress and the Republican party are seeking to normalize this nightmare, just as they normalized Trump’s flagrantly racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, self-aggrandizing candidacy. Collective shock can be paralyzing, but we must strain every nerve to combat this outcome. These are the times when evil is done—Japanese internment camps, the passage of the PATRIOT Act, the Iraq War, warrant-less wiretapping, electronic voting—all ushered in during times of national shock, because shock takes advantage of ignorance and fear. Corporate media, with its endless blather, strives to convince us Trump’s presidency is a fait accompli—not a looming disaster to be derailed. In the same way, the media convinced Americans that there were weapons of mass destruction, that George W. Bush was legitimately elected, and that Bernie Sanders wasn’t a viable candidate. At what point do we, as a nation, stand up and say no? The corporate media’s goal of ratings over responsible journalism and the Democratic Party’s intentional
sandbagging of the Sanders campaign can share the blame for this debacle. While barely mentioning Sen. Sanders’ record-breaking crowds and rallies, coverage of Trump vs. Clinton was non-stop, convincing viewers they had only two choices: Trump’s lurid, racist, disgusting behavior or Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty and Wall Street associations. It is high time that voters sought their own reality and learned from these mistakes. We mustn’t be swayed, pacified or shamed into stepping weakly aside and accepting Donald Trump as commander in chief simply because MSNBC, NPR, Fox, ABC or CBS say we should. His election is by far the most terrifying result of the powerful 24/7 misinformation machine that hypnotizes our uninformed public into working against its own interests. But no one gets a pass anymore. America has reached the end of the line, the nadir of our democracy—and no excuse is good enough for being uninformed. Our remaining lifeboat is to arm ourselves with the truth. Fight the misinformation machine, do our research, follow the money, question authority, turn off the corporate noise box, and stockpile and share genuine, vetted information from independent news and information sites. They say, “The truth will set you free.” Right now U.S. democracy is in lockdown. Being uninformed in the aftermath of this election is as dangerous as Donald Trump himself. Ω Christiane Brown is a veteran Nevada broadcaster and an Emmy awardwinning writer, producer and director. She hosted the “Solution Zone” from 2009 to 2014 on the Progressive Radio Network.
Gross doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like it, though. I grew up raised by Southern black folks, so we had chitterlings every New Year’s. My grandma lied to me and told me they were noodles. They’re pig intestine.
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One time I took a girl on a date to sushi, and you know the little orange eggs—the little orange flying fish roe? She had some of those in her mouth, like in her gums and mouth and teeth and stuff, and I ended up with secondhand sushi fish eggs in my mouth. niCk Josten Comic
I’ve had tons of gross things. I had whale. Yes, when I was living in Japan—chicken hearts, baby squid, raw chicken skin, pregnant fish. Yes, the Japanese teachers liked just giving me really weird crap to try. “Here, Nick, try this.” And I wouldn’t really ask them. I’d just try it.
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by Sheila leSlie
The Republican health care ‘plans’ Republicans are gleefully touting the repeal of Obamacare as their first intended legislative action when they take control in January. What this means for the 20 million people who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains to be seen, along with the effects of this decision on those of us who get health insurance through employers. But the Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare with a “free-market solution” will inevitably lead to chaos in health care delivery in the U.S. The ACA was a complicated compromise that devastated progressives who wanted a universal health care system as enjoyed by most developed nations. By removing the middleman of private insurance, these countries spend far less of their gross national product on health care and get much better health outcomes. The United States with its private sector and “competitive” free market system is best known for limited access, poor care coordination and skyrocketing prices.
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It’s no secret that prescription drugs cost more in the United States than anywhere in the world. That’s because other countries regulate prices while we let lobbyists talk our legislators into agreeing to absurdities like the prohibition on negotiating prices for the Medicare drug benefit. Our system is wasteful and tilted heavily against the consumer while ensuring high profits for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. The only part of our health care system that works well is Medicare, the universal health care product for all Americans age 65 and over. Speaker Paul Ryan can’t wait to dismantle it. Ryan wants to privatize Medicare and give seniors a voucher instead, offering them “choice” in the morass of the private marketplace. Like the failed effort to privatize Social Security, the Republicans think senior citizens should fend for themselves and be responsible for finding their own insurance instead of relying on the government to provide a framework for everyone,
a political miscalculation of mammoth proportions. Much has been made of the anger of the working classes who propelled Trump to victory. That rage will pale in comparison to the reaction of a growing elderly population when they discover the Republicans intend to “fix” Medicare with a private sector solution. They may not like government, but they love their Medicare. President-elect Trump has signaled he intends to keep the popular parts of Obamacare, such as the prohibition against discrimination for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26. But he wants to remove the individual mandate to purchase insurance, which will cause huge premium increases, quickly making insurance unaffordable for everyone. Obamacare is far from perfect. Those who are self-employed and make too much money to qualify for a subsidy often pay an outrageous premium, especially if they live in the rural heartland where insurance
companies have declined to offer competitive pricing. Nevada has more at stake than most states since we had huge numbers of uninsured people, pre-ACA. If Medicaid expansion is repealed, hundreds of thousands of Nevadans will be left with no health care, and tens of thousands more will lose the subsidy that enables them to purchase plans on the ACA exchange. Allowing people to be uninsured again isn’t going to solve our health care crisis unless we’re willing to close the doors of hospital emergency rooms and watch people die in the street. Assuming Americans are not that cold-hearted, we’ll revert to using our most expensive health care access point, the emergency room, as a clinic for the uninsured. And we’ll pay that bill through increases in premiums and hospital costs. After the Republicans finish destroying Obamacare, it’s possible a universal health care system will rise from the shambles. It won’t be soon enough. Ω
by Brendan Trainor
A nation still divided Nevada, like most of the nation, voted red Republican in every rural county. Only urban Washoe and Clark counties voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Similarly, Question 1—gun background checks—passed with 56 percent in Clark County, and failed in every other county, including Washoe. Las Vegas carried the initiative over the rest of the State. Question 2—marijuana legalization— passed in Clark and Washoe counties, and also in libertarian leaning Nye and Storey counties. The rest of conservative rural Nevada voted no on pot. This narrative is the same for the nation. From San Diego to Seattle, the urban West Coast voted Democratic. The Amtrak corridor from Boston to Washington DC also voted blue. Other urban areas like Chicago, Southeast Florida, Detroit, Houston and Atlanta went blue, but the urban turnout was lower than in 2008 and 2012, so less densely populated but very red rural flyover country carried the day.
Because the Democrats won the popular vote, calls to abolish the Electoral College election system were once again heard. But the United States is not a democracy. It is a constitutional commercial republic, some of whose officials are elected through the democratic process. The Electoral College may be one of those outdated 18th century institutions, like the Constitution, that liberals feel should be replaced, but it has served us well. If it wasn’t for the Electoral College, small states like Nevada would have even less power than now. Looking at the electoral map, is it really democratic that such a small albeit densely populated geographical area, confined primarily to the coastlines, should determine the outcome of elections? Besides, if the popular vote ruled, then conservatives in blue states would have had more incentive to vote, and who knows if the popular vote result would have been the same?
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Although Nevada was engulfed in a blue wave, the rest of the political system was swallowed in an ongoing, deep, red tide. Republicans have flipped over 1,000 Democratic state government seats since the Tea Party backlash against Obamacare in 2010. Republican control of the House of Representatives meant the 2010 censusrelated redistricting solidified this power. Republican state control in turn solidifies the Republican control of the House. If the Republicans fail spectacularly, and the Democrats manage to find their way out of their self-imposed ideological wilderness, a 2020 Democratic victory would give them the opportunity to redistrict. I wouldn’t bet the House—pun intended— on that happening. If Republicans manage to flip a few more states red, the ultimate power could be theirs—the power to amend the Constitution. Constitutional amendments are rare because they require a two thirds vote of both Congressional houses and a three fourths ratification by the states.
The Republicans would need full control of 38 states, while they now control 33. Unlikely, but the mere fact that we can talk about this shows how far the Democrats have fallen since 2010, when Republicans only controlled 14 States. If Democrats are to regain power, they need to concentrate much more on state races and rebuild their farm team to have strong candidates for President and Congress. In order to do that, they will have to abandon cultural Marxism and come up with a better strategy to win voter approval. The party that is out of power often rediscovers its classical liberal roots and wants to limit government power. The party in power often overreaches and abuses its power. This dynamic could give rise to a “liberaltarian” movement in the blue tribe. If so, those of us who are consistently libertarian will welcome our wayward children back into the fold. Ω
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LegisLator aims at monuments U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, is calling on Donald Trump to reverse President Obama’s designations of national monuments across the country. President Obama designated two national monuments in Nevada—Tule Springs Fossil Beds on Dec. 19, 2014, and Basin and Range on July 10, 2015. Tule Springs, a 22,650-acre site in Clark County, is on the northern edge of the Las Vegas Valley. Basin and Range is a 704,000 acre site in Lincoln and Nye counties, most of it remote mountains and valleys. It encircles a mile and a half-long sculpture, “City” by Michael Heizer, which is privately owned and closed to the public. The Center for Biological Diversity responded that there is no legal authority to strip national monument designation from a site. “Fortunately there are laws that protect places like national monuments—Rep. Bishop apparently doesn’t understand them or doesn’t think they should apply to his ideology,” said CBD public lands director Randi Spivak in a prepared statement. Bishop, who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, told Politico, “It’s never been done before and that’s why people are saying, ‘You can’t do it.’ Of course you can do it. It’s always been implied.” The most recently designated monuments are the headquarters of the National Women’s Party in D.C., Mojave Trails in California, Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine, Castle Mountains, California, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine in international waters 100 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Sand and Snow in California, and the Stonewall Inn in New York. Already-existing Papahanaumokuakea Marine in Hawaii was enlarged this year. EcoWatch claimed decommissioned national monuments would end up with Bishop’s campaign contributors. It reported, “Since 1999, Bishop has accepted $452,610 from oil, gas and coal interests, according to Dirty Energy Money. More than 10 percent of that has come from the coal-friendly National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which has been leading the fight against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. ExxonMobil, Chevron, Tesoro and bankrupt Arch Coal round out his top-five contributors.”
no more yeLLing The student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has changed its name from the Yell or the Rebel Yell—it has been published under both names—to the Scarlet & Gray Free Press, a reference to the school colors. Confederate images were used in the early days of the campus, and some say they were meant to suggest breakaway from the then-dominant North, not identification with the Confederacy (“Symbols,” RN&R, July 2, 2015). But the terms and drawings used—a Confederate flag once appeared next to the newspaper’s own flag across the top of the front page— were close enough for discomfort for many students, and the newspaper engaged in a long-running assessment of student opinion before acting. An editorial read in part, “We gathered names based on suggestions after the original editorial came out in April, narrowed them down to five, then narrowed it down again to just two options based on online survey feedback. Then, our street team collected feedback by walking around campus to collect more qualitative data on these final options.” —Dennis Myers
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Developer Perry Di Loreto waited to speak to the Reno City Council on Nov. 16. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
No fair Legislators not likely to change tax system in may, when the south Washoe Dems held a meeting to hear only one side of the ballot measure raising sales taxes in the county for school needs, a retired school district employee attended and asked why that particular tax had to be the source. “It’s so punitive,” she said. The meeting was at the Club at Arrowcreek, a location no doubt frequented by the party base. Jeff Church and Tracy Figler were the closest thing to an organized opposition to the measure, WC-1. They wrote guest essays, spoke on radio talk shows, and spent what little money they could. An array of other citizens did what they could to combat the tax increase. John Linden of Reno wrote a letter to the editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal. After the election, he told us, “This could have been adjusted with the property tax. If the legislature had put a few more bucks on property tax the problem is solved. It was a very simple fix. … There are laws for them and law for you and me. I’m tired of
the double standards.” Developers and casinos, he said, got off “scot-free.” Not until the very end—and too late—did car dealers who had been reluctant to buck the business community finally jump into the campaign with some advertising. They worried that car buyers will go to Fallon or Carson City to avoid the higher sales taxes. Otherwise, opposition to WC-1 was a mom-and-pop operation. Many of the opponents were taken aback when the supporters’ victory statements came out. Trump and Clinton managed to say nice things about each other, but the statements of supporters of the tax increase offered no concession to the fairnessconcerns of people who had fought against a million dollar campaign. In a 301-word statement from Save Our Schools, there was no bow to the working poor who will bear the heaviest burden of the tax increase. In a statement to the Reno City Council, Perry Di Loreto of Di
Loreto Homes said, “And now to entrust our school board with the significant amount of money that is going to be raised by its additional sales tax kind of proves to me again what I’ve already known, is, our community gets it, and we can place emphasis on the things that are very important to it. I’d also like to remind everybody that we all need to remain diligent. Significant funds will be generated, and we need to watch to make sure that they are spent in the ways that they were intended. School board races are races that have not had enough attention paid to them, arguably some of the most important elected positions in our community.” There was no reference to hardpressed workers—or to the fact that Di Loreto had dodged impact fees that might have been considered by the Nevada Legislature if WC-1 lost. The measure won with a 6.39 percent margin of the vote. It is the sixth time sales taxes have been raised in Washoe County for schools, at least the eighth time overall. It gives Washoe County one of the highest sales taxes in the nation. The sales tax was selected for this use by an unelected committee set up separate from the school district. A builders association and the casino lobby were both appointed members. Homeless shelters or the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada were not. Real estate transfer taxes and room taxes—used for tourist promotion— were eliminated from consideration by the committee. One member complained about the regressiveness of sales tax. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reports that the poorest 20 percent of Nevada families pay 6.1 percent of their income in sales tax. The wealthiest one percent of Nevada families pays six-tenths of one percent. Both Standard & Poor’s and the International Monetary Fund have warned that income inequality causes economies to stagnate and economic growth to lag. The IMF reports, “In advanced economies, policies should focus on reforms to increase human capital and skills, coupled with making tax
systems more progressive. … [Inequality] is associated with lower output growth over the medium term.” No one has ever accused Nevada of having an “advanced economy.” A report commissioned by the Nevada Legislature describes its tax system as “among the most vertically unfair in the nation.” It is not just the sales tax. Many elements of the state’s tax “system”—if such a term applies—are regressive. The same report to the legislature said “there are other regressively distributed taxes and virtually no progressively distributed levies.” And 2016 has made things worse. In addition to the 0.54 percent sales tax hike in Washoe, sales and gas taxes went up in Clark County. There seems to be little interest among legislators in doing anything about the high sales tax in Washoe. Assemblymember Richard “Skip” Daly said that “if there was any future reduction in sales tax it would have to be at the expense of the other current uses of existing sales tax. Reducing sales tax to offset
this [WC-1] increase if it is approved would create a significant amount of opposition by the other sales tax users and the measure likely would never have been proposed.” Other counties have managed. Washoe uses almost its entire room tax for tourism promotion while Clark uses at least 28.7 percent for education. Every county has more diversified school funding than Washoe. Columnist Andrew Barbano notes that “Washoe is the only county lacking” a real estate transfer tax and says there are at least five fairer ways to fund schools. Sen. Julia Ratti said, “I agree with the concern with our overall reliance on sales tax. I’m interested in property tax reform. With a looming $400 million deficit I don’t believe we’ll likely be able to reduce any revenue source but rather need to remove some constrictions on property tax which would benefit local government and schools.” In fact, there have been complaints about property taxes and schools for half a century, and the Nevada Legislature has yet to act on it. Ω
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CIVIL SOCIETY A look back at the first 50 years of the ACLU of Nevada
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n 1920, just after World War I, U.S. Attorney General Mitchell Palmer,
fearing a communist revolution, ordered hundreds of foreign citizens
deported and had thousands of leftists and anarchists arrested without
warrants. Nine people organized to protest the abuse of civil liberties. Thus was born the national American Civil Liberties Union. The group soon broadened its scope to include protecting free speech and combating racism and discrimination. By the mid 1960s, the ACLU’s national group had 80,000 members and a long list of civil rights to defend. That’s when the ACLU of Nevada was formed in Reno. high school, “on a bus trip through Virginia, Rusco inadvertently sat next to an African-American passenger. Obeying the segregation customs, the passenger rose and went to stand in the rear section of the bus. This firsthand experience with the demeaning system of racial segregation was, in Rusco’s words, ‘a shock to my system.’” He went on to study racial inequality as a scholar and campaign against it as an activist. As for Siegel’s motivation for joining a civil liberties group, he had been raised in a tradition of social justice. “My father had been president of his synagogue in Brooklyn, New York,” he said, his Brooklyn accent still half intact after half a century in the West. “My mother had been president of the sisterhood of the synagogue, so I think that in part that started my involvement.”
EstablishmEnt yEars At the beginning, the ACLU of Nevada operated on a shoestring. There were no paid employees, only volunteers. They relied on the Mountain States Office in Denver for legal assistance. Siegel volunteered as a lobbyist, working 10 to 25 hours a week during legislative sessions while teaching full-time, writing and publishing. He also found time to co-found the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty and serve as co-president of the Jewish Community Counsel of Northern Nevada. “We started working on fairly local things,” he said. “Marijuana—crackdowns on possession.” In the ’70s, he said, “We won an early case for access for the physically disabled at UNR.” The group also focused on gender issues then. “We testified constantly on the Equal Rights Amendment, which ultimately lost. And we were also involved in helping to find the issue of Roe v. Wade into the Nevada Constitution. It was passed by a substantial margin.” In the 1980s and ’90s, the ACLU of Nevada saw an increase in diversity. The national ACLU pushed the affiliate to add minority representation to what Siegel called an “essentially all-white” organization. The group was able to comply, in part by depending on the
racially diverse faculty of the newly forming law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During that same era, Shields was interested in gay rights. “We made national news by supporting the gay rodeo,” said Siegel. Another turning point came in 1989, when the ACLU of Nevada moved from Reno to Las Vegas, largely because the southern city by then had a larger population. “I was reluctant to do this because I knew that our stronger activist base was in Washoe [County],” Siegel said. “I was afraid we would lose the momentum if we moved to Vegas. It turned out that the transition … helped us form a stronger affiliate.” Beginning in the 1990s, Allen Lichtenstein—who Siegel called “one of the best first amendment attorneys in Northern Nevada”—made freedom of speech and freedom of press cases a major focus of the ACLU of Nevada. It took quite a while for the group to establish a financial foothold. “We did not have financial stability for most of the first 35 years,” said Siegel. “We were like many cause organizations. Every $10,000 was critically important to us—and rarely did we get a donation that was $10,000.” Fundraising picked up under Gary Peck, who was executive director for 13 years beginning in 1996. “He was the best one-on-one fundraiser,” said Siegel. This was before the widespread advent of the internet, so one-on-one fundraising meant inviting people to lunch. “Around 2000, we got two major inheritances worth, together, well over a million dollars, from people we absolutely had no knowledge of,” he said. “That was completely blind luck. The organization is still financially stable as a result of those inheritances.”
Only in nEvada “I think it was assumed that every state needed to have the ACLU affiliate,” said Siegel. “It’s accepted in the ACLU universe that the only way you can deal with the issues at hand in a given state is by having a presence in that state.” “A state is permitted to allow for more freedom than the federal government in some circumstances,” said Holly Welborn, ACLU of Nevada’s Policy Director. “Nevada’s constitution allows for things like concealed carry,
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“Around a quarter, maybe fewer, of states, had chapters,” said Richard Siegel, long-time board president, currently “unofficial, emeritus” adviser. “A dozen people or so signed the founding document in 1966.” The Nevada group was deemed an official affiliate by ACLU national in 1967. Nevada’s laws prohibiting nonwhites from attending school and prohibiting interracial marriage had only been repealed a few years earlier, in 1959. Siegel, then a recently hired political science professor at the University of Nevada joined the local group soon after its inception. Another early member was Elmer Rusco, Siegel’s colleague from the political science department. According to Nevada Humanities’ Online Nevada Encyclopedia, in the 1940s, when he was fresh out of
Being Jewish, he said, “has a political justice component, at least on its left.” (He pointed out that “probably a third to a quarter” of the leadership of ACLU of Nevada in the 1970s was Jewish.) Another important contributing factor to some of the early members’ worldviews was their knowledge of world politics. “The UNR political science department produced key parts of the first 15 years of leadership of the organization,” said Siegel, listing, in addition to Rusco and himself, fellow political science professor Jim Shields, who would, in 1983, become the group’s first executive director. “Of course we as political scientists had knowledge and sensitivity to civil liberties issues,” said Siegel. “I started out teaching Soviet affairs. … You teach about a quote-unquote totalitarian society—you’re sensitive to human rights issues.”
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CIVIL SOCIETY continued from page 11 open carry in some circumstances. … We do advocate for a person’s right to own a gun under the Nevada Constitution.” Other efforts that differentiate the Nevada group from ACLU affiliates in other states, said Welborn, include supporting prostitutes’ rights, and distributing “know-your-rights” cards at Burning Man to advise participants who are stopped for a search on how to communicate with law officers. Also characteristic of Nevada is a lack of punitive immigration policies.
A 2015 bill that the ACLU of Nevada supported made life-without-parole sentences for juveniles illegal. Robert Reed was 16 when he was convicted of first-degree murder after a stint in illegal handgun sales culminated in a showdown, during which he said an assailant threatened his life. He believes that the charge was inflated under the tough-on-crime administration of Dick Gammick, who was Washoe County District Attorney until 2014.
“The only thing that people really look forward to is when a law gets changed by the legislature, because then there’s no ands, ifs or buts about it,” he said. A law did get changed by the legislature. The ACLU of Nevada had been among those pushing for AB267, a law that would eliminate life-without-parole sentences for minors. “Looking at the way the young person functions, the evidence is just surmounting that the young person can be rehabilitated,” said Welborn. Reed had been serving life-withparole, and the passage of AB267 in March 2105 made him immediately eligible for parole. He was released in July 2015. Now, Reed is working at a glass business, reestablishing his credit, working out daily, and serving as his niece’s weightlifting coach. He said he has a good relationship with his parole officer, who approved his plans to fly to New York to see family for Thanksgiving.
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Rich Siegel speaks at a news conference at Washoe County Democratic Headquarters during the 2016 campaign.
“In many states, including California and Arizona, they passed laws where people could be stopped in their cars,” Siegel explained. “Nevada passed very few laws if any, which targeted the undocumented immigrant community.” He attributed the lack of such laws to the support of the hotel/casino industry. “They wanted the labor of undocumented people, and it wasn’t a matter of constitutional law or principle,” he said. “They wanted the labor. We were working from a constitutional perspective. They were, I think, working from a more practical business position.” Over the decades, one issue the ACLU of Nevada has consistently worked on has been inmate rights. “Inmates have always been the most frequent letter writers, communicators,” said Siegel.
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“Both times when I had case attorneys who took the time to see it, they were like, ‘This is a voluntary manslaughter case at the most,’” Reed said. “My sentence was two consecutive 10-to-lifes,” he said. Reed ended up serving 22 years in prison, long enough to earn an associate’s degree, begin a career as a dental technician making dentures for fellow prisoners, and become fluent in legal processes and terminology. Latinate terms like habeas corpus and nolo contendere are part of the natural flow of his sentences. After years of appeals, Reed, with the help of his family and his attorney, appeared to be inching toward potential release. But he didn’t know for certain.
As the national ACLU was being founded following the Palmer Raids almost 100 years ago, top concerns included deportation and discrimination. After Presidentelect Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims and his stated intent to deport immigrants, those concerns are again at the forefront. “The phone calls come into our offices,” Welborn said. “The day after the election I answered two phone calls, one from a young man worrying about when his mother would be deported, one from a young black child who was told by her white peers to move to the back of the bus.” For people concerned about deportation, Welborn said, “We’re working on know-your-rights documents for immigrants, [including] undocumented immigrants, so they know their rights under state and federal law.” The group plans to circulate these documents on social media, hand them out at events, and distribute them through partner organizations, schools and churches. Welborn told the child who’d called about the incident on the bus that schools have “affirmative duty to protect students from harassment” and called the Washoe County School District to discuss the matter. After Election Day this year, the ACLU was among the groups seeing sizeable, sudden increases in donations. Welborn said that the national ACLU took in about $948,000 in donations on
Nov. 8 alone, and that the figure is now close to $10 million. There’s been an increase in donations to the ACLU of Nevada also, the amount of which has not yet been determined. “There are real concerns here. The rhetoric throughout the campaign could come to fruition,” she said, offering a reason for the increase. Since the election, she’s also seen a surge in volunteers. “I think the last count we had [as of Nov. 22] was 82, but we keep getting more people every day,” she said. The group has traditionally relied on interns from the social work program at UNR and the law school at UNLV to
“ The day after the election I answered two phone calls, one from a young man worrying about when his mother would be deported, one from a young black child who was told by her white peers to move to the back of the bus.” Holly Welborn ACLU of Nevada’s Policy Director
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assist with research and policy work, but, said Welborn, “Until now we did not have an established volunteer program. We have people who want to donate legal resources, graphic design, social workers. We are looking for creative ways to get them energized and keep them engaged.” One new volunteer, Isabel Youngs, a political science major who plans to graduate from UNR in December, has put in about 12 hours since the election. She said she was motivated to donate time to “make sure I keep my loved ones safe.” “Most people I know face some risk,” said Youngs. “I have friends who are undocumented. They face deportation. I have family that relies on the Affordable Care Act, including myself. Friends and loves ones who are LGBT, who are racial minorities.” She’s concerned that the Trump administration’s policies could affect any of them negatively. Sam Stein, a seasonal wildland firefighter and UNR graduate student studying public administration, also recently started volunteering. “After the election I was just seeing a lot of the fear around people in our community that this anti-immigrant, antiMuslim, anti-minority rhetoric was going to be coming to pass,” said Stein. He’d attended the Nov. 9 protest in downtown Reno and reported “seeing people in fear,
Policy Director Holly Welborn is one of two ACLU employees based in Reno. An additional six work out of the main office in Las Vegas.
looking like the rug had just been pulled out from under them.” That led him to call the ACLU of Nevada to offer his time. He’s been researching legislation in other states that protects or expands the rights of undocumented workers.
“I told them, whatever helps, I’m hoping to put in as much time as I can before my semester starts up again at school,” said Stein. Ω
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Ready for a laugh already? This season’s holiday theater lineup is just the ticket.
By Jessica Santina
’m just gonna put this out there: It’s been a pretty sucky fall, and we’re entering the most stressful season of the year. Let’s all take a nice break, go Jasmie Jiang, Evonne Kezios and Ian Porterfield make up one of two different casts of Santaland Diaries. The play is based on David Sedaris’ memoir of his midadventures working at Macy’s Santaland and is now playing at Reno Little Theater.
sit in a darkened theater and feel merry about life for a while. The holiday theater season is in full swing, and the offerings at local theater companies will fill you to the brim with Christmas cheer.
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Seasonal cheer can be a theater company’s bread and butter— even audiences who may not normally attend live theater find themselves drawn to holiday shows, where the feel-goodness is baked right in. “People really do tend to want to come to the theater during the holidays,” said Mary Bennett, Brüka’s Producing Artistic Director. “It’s one of the reasons we continue to do Buttcracker.” Now in its seventh iteration, Brüka’s parody of “The Nutcracker” might have Mr. Tchaikovsky rolling in his grave, but if it’s merry you want, you’ll find it here. Buttcracker’s basic premise is to—loosely—follow Tchaikovsky’s script: Young Clara’s crazy godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a toy nutcracker for Christmas, and in her dreams the nutcracker becomes a prince, takes her to the Land of Sweets and introduces her to characters who dance for her. Brüka’s story annually employs a different theme to tell this same journey story. This year’s Buttcracker 7: Ozmosis sets Clara on the yellow brick road that takes her to the warped Land of Oz, and the Ozians are the “sweets,” including the scarecrow, the tin man, the lion and even the wicked witch, all of whom try, and rarely succeed, to entertain her. Reserve your tickets ahead of time for this popular local favorite, and arrive a few minutes early to enjoy the whiskey bar. Just leave the kiddies 12 and under at home—this one’s a bit bawdy. Runs Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 23.
If the trappings of the holiday season are getting to you, carve out about 90 minutes for some catharsis with Joe Mantello’s stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ essay, Santaland Diaries. It’s the highly fictionalized story ripped from Sedaris’ journal about his time working as a Christmas elf named Crumpet at Macy’s Santaland. From the archetypal elven personalities and nightmare children to the celebrities he bumps into and the indignities he suffers at the hands of Santa, Sedaris lays Christmas bare—but also with a lot of heart and his signature self-reflective style, which might renew your faith in Santa after all. Reno Little Theater presents a double cast, with Evonne Kezios and Ryan Costello alternately playing the wisecracking Crumpet, and two different sets of players performing as the chorus of Macy’s characters. RLT is making it easy to see both casts with an online schedule for each posted on its website and ticket discounts for audiences who want to catch the other cast. A Christmas karaoke party follows each performance, and for those attending matinees, arrive early to browse the Holiday Bizarre Bazaar for gifts made by local artists. Runs now through Dec. 11. Check the website for specially priced performances.
If classic, family-friendly, holly-and-ivy Christmas shows are more your speed, visit one of Reno’s newest theater companies, Laughing Owl, which is making Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol an annual tradition. Founded in May 2015 by local theater veterans Dave and Angela Anderson, Laughing Owl is on a mission to produce classic theater as originally written—no modernizations, no musical adaptations, just good, timeless works from the likes of Beckett, Ibsen and more. This second-annual production of the Dickens favorite draws on the work of Sir John Mortimer, the English dramatist commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to adapt it for the stage. In order to retain as much of the original novella as possible, Mortimer developed a chorus, with each line spoken by a different actor, conveying much of the narration and description written by Dickens himself. The sparse, simply furnished set is decorated by the audience’s imaginations. Fifteen actors perform the 50-some-odd characters in the story, save for Bob Gabrielli, the actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge. During intermission, local musician Branden McKinnon and several characters from the show, in dress, who will act as Victorian street musicians, will entertain audiences. The show runs Dec. 8-23.
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Miracle on 34th Street Eldorado Reno
This 20th century classic takes on Santa’s cynics. The Eldorado Reno presents this family-friendly musical based on the beloved 1947 holiday movie, with book and music by Meredith Willson. It’s the story of single mother Doris Walker, who doesn’t want her daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions about Christmas and Santa Claus. That is, until Doris is told to hire a Santa for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and begins to believe the Santa she’s hired might actually be the real Kris Kringle. The 90-minute performance features some beloved holiday songs, such as “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” (audiences are invited to sing along), as well as some not-so-familiar tunes such as “Pinecones and Hollyberries” and “My State, My Kansas.” Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays until Jan. 1. Tickets and information: www.eldoradoreno.com
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Talk about a 20th century classic. TWNN is honoring Charles Schulz and the 50th anniversary of the beloved holiday special A Charlie Brown Christmas. The lovable loser Charlie Brown is joined by Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang as he sorts through the season’s commercialism to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This production features a cast of more than 20 children under the age of 15 from around the community. TWNN intends to make this an annual holiday tradition. Four performances take place Dec. 2-4 at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center. Come early and catch The Note-Ables singing carols before the show. Tickets and information: www.twnn.org
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If smiling’s your favorite, don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins—check out the Northern Nevada premiere of Elf the Musical, Jr. Based on the Will Ferrell film that’s become a holiday must-see, it’s the story of Buddy the Elf, a human orphan who sneaked into Santa’s bag and lives at the North Pole as an elf—until he discovers he’s not a real elf and embarks on a quest to New York to meet his real dad, Walter, who is unfortunately on the naughty list. Along the way, Buddy manages to show others how to find and keep their Christmas spirit. This musical version features a host of endearingly funny songs with names like “Never Fall in Love With an Elf” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley.” This junior version cuts out the notso-exciting excess to make for a shorter show that little ones can sit through. (Catch the full grownup version at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts later this month.) Eighty local students, age 4 to 18, comprise the cast. Look for huge dance numbers with innovative choreography—think office chairs and clipboards in Walter’s office—by Robin Kato-Brong. Stick around after the show for photos and treats with Santa. Performances run Dec. 2-11 at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall in Carson City. Tickets and information: www.wildhorsetheater.com Ω
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The series of works now hanging in the main gallery at Truckee Meadows Community College started with an image of an X-ray the artist happened to see laying on the table at the house of a friend. “I saw this image on her dining table and thought it was so beautiful,” said Paula Chung. “Since I’m a fiber artist, I thought I’d reproduce it in thread.” She based a piece on it, titled “Marie”—a 47-by-45-inch fiber work depicting an X-ray of a human neck. Thus began a many-year process— exploring imagery of the inner workings of the human body. Chung reinterprets images of MRIs, X-rays and sonograms, using thread. Previously, she had applied the more traditional fiber method of embroidering hand-dyed thread onto silk. She then translated the imagery to wire screens, and finally, in the latest iteration—made specially for the exhibition at TMCC—she began sewing onto used tea bags. The size of the pieces is the first thing to make an impression. Two of them, suspended from the center of the room, extend a full 12 feet high. The outlines of the bodies on them feel shroud-like, and because the materials used are fairly light, they sway gently with the air. The colors of the tea bags range from peachy pink and pale khaki to bronze and olive brown, reminiscent of skin. That connection becomes even more prominent in relation to the subject matter. There is a sense of vulnerability and tenuousness in the materials that is echoed in the title of the show—A View Within: Fragility—and at the heart of what the artist is interested in exploring. “I wanted to emphasize the fragility of the paper,” said Chung, about her choice
of tea bags as the base material, which she fused to net so they wouldn’t tear too easily. “I get the X-ray or the MRI, I mess with it in Photoshop, then figure out the difference between values. The darker lines represent value differences or borders between values.” Each piece uses hundreds of feet of thread that she sews on with a machine outlining skeletons, articulating vertebrae, revealing tumors, or drawing the cardiovascular system—a process she calls “doodling.” All of the line work builds up and creates a topography of the body, almost like a map. The pieces’ large sizes allow viewers to look at things closely, to intimately investigate the structure of the pieces and see where the body might be breaking down or out of alignment. The translucency of the two pieces hanging in the middle of the room emphasizes the thinness of the materials and allows for a more three-dimensional experience of the work, which interacts with the lighting in the gallery. There is an interesting balance between beauty and something unsettling. “I find because of the human form, I think everybody can relate to these images in some way or another,” Chung said. “I love watching the reaction to my work. One woman, a radiologist who visited my exhibition in Houston, said she could diagnose people from these and was in tears.” Chung described embroidering the images onto the tea bags as a kind of meditation and finds herself thinking about the person that is in each image. Some of them are close friends or children of friends, and that added connection comes through in the work. When a friend saw her piece titled “Lynn,” showing a curved lower spine, she told Chung, “You’ve taken more care with me than my doctor has.” Ω
Paula Chung’s exhibit A View Within: Fragility is on view at the main gallery in the Red Mountain Building at TMCC, 7000 Dandini Blvd., through Jan. 18, 2017.
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Ruth Negga, a relatively unknown actress, is equally wonderful as Mildred, a woman who must sneak the birth of her baby in Virginia under the stress of possible arrest. Like Edgerton, Director Jeff Nichols, who made two excellent hers is a performance of quiet reserve, made all movies in Mud and Take Shelter, released a very the more powerful by her expressive face. good movie earlier this year called Midnight The absolute beauty of these performances Special. is that Edgerton and Negga always convey the Here, in late 2016, he has released another love between these two people, no matter what excellent one. He’s two-for-two in 2016. the situation is. The real life couple went through Loving, written and directed by Nichols, a world of absolute shit to be together, and this recounts the true story of Richard and Mildred movie makes you believe the reason why. The Loving, a couple whose interracial marriage was Lovings truly loved each other. ruled illegal by the state of Virginia in 1958, Put Nichols on the list of today’s most consisbanning them from the state and sending their tently solid directors along with the likes of Joel lives into constant turmoil. Put on probation and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas with the threat of 25 years in prison if they were Anderson and, yes, Martin Scorsese. I can’t caught together in Virginia, they were forced to include Spielberg on this list. He’s still one of live a good portion of their married life in exile. my favorites, but he did make Hook, The Terminal The movie covers their lives and The BFG, so his consisfrom the time they decide to tency isn’t quite on the level of get married due to Mildred’s those mentioned above. pregnancy, through the U.S. Apart from writing Supreme Court decision that screenplays that are damn near ruled Virginia’s ban on interperfect—every film he’s directed racial marriage unconstitutional he’s also written—Nichols’ Director: Jeff Nichols in 1967. So that’s nine years movies are testaments to beautiStarring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga that two people lived their ful visual craftsmanship and, of lives in America as convicted course, fine acting. Along with criminals simply for being two Edgerton and Negga, there’s Michael Shannon—a consenting adults who married. The law banning blessed Nichols staple—as a friendly photographer, interracial marriage was abolished in many other Marton Csokas as a despicable cop, and Nick Kroll states as a result of the ruling, and the Loving as the Lovings’ resourceful lawyer, and they are all case was used as an argument in last year’s first rate. ruling to allow for same sex marriage. It’s time to take note of cinematographer Simply put, when it comes to the institution of Adam Stone, who has shot all of Nichols’ marriage and what it stands for here in the states, movies. He shows that his talents can be applied you might not ever find a more historically importo decades past, and effectively so. Big props tant couple than Richard and Mildred Loving. to David Wingo as well, who has scored all of Joel Edgerton, who delivered a terrific Nichols’ movies. Nichols has officially been performance in Midnight Special, is a sure Oscar putting together one of the better filmmaking contender as Richard. His face is one of constant teams currently working at it. pain and confusion, as if always saying “Really, It’s downright amazing that Loving was you have to be kidding me!” The moments when Richard’s birth name given what he and Mildred Richard gets to smile and laugh in the film are like would go on to stand for. As for the movie, drinking a pitcher of iced water while another is Loving will stand as not only one of 2016’s best, being poured over you on a 110-degree day. but undoubtedly as one of its most important. Ω
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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.
one who really stops to listen is her teacher (a hilarious Woody Harrelson) who actually has no choice given his profession. Craig’s screenplay is first rate, and her directing results in some great performances. Steinfeld is good enough here to be considered for her second Oscar nomination, while Jenner (who starred in this year’s Everybody Wants Some!!) is equally good. This one draws comparison to the best of John Hughes, and I would call the movie a good companion piece to The Breakfast Club. It’s good to see Steinfeld getting a role she very much deserves and exciting to see a new voice like Craig’s on the scene. Kyra Sedgwick is also very good in a supporting role as Nadine’s mother, while Hayden Szeto does excellent work as a high school boy who hasn’t mastered the art of properly asking somebody out. (His performance is all the more impressive because he’s over 30 playing 18.)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director Denis Villeneuve has made one of the year’s best science fiction films. Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics teacher crippled by visions of a daughter who died of a rare illness. She lives a life of seclusion, where the only thing she really does is teach her class and mope around her lakefront home. (Man, that must be one abnormally high paying teacher’s gig.) During class, a bunch of phones go off, a student instructs her to turn on the TV, and, bam, that’s how she discovers the planet seems to be getting a visit from an alien force. Strange giant pods have parked themselves all over the planet, and nobody knows their intent. A solemn military man (Forest Whitaker) shows up in Louise’s office and informs her the world needs her. She has a sense of purpose again. It isn’t long before she’s inside an alien ship trying to talk to the “Heptapods,” large elephant looking aliens with seven legs. She’s joined by a science officer played by a surprisingly low-key Jeremy Renner. The movie is drawing comparisons to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s a very different type of film from that one. If you’re looking for some sort of action pic, you will not find that here. This is a sci-fi movie that gives itself time to breathe.
Peter Yates returns to helm the next chapter in the Harry Potter universe, a prequel called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the title of a textbook Harry studied at Hogwarts. The film takes place well before Harry’s time, as the world of wizardry comes to New York City in the 1920s. Unfortunately, Beasts struggles with some of the same problems as the first, lackluster Harry Potter. It’s a sometimes good-looking movie with a screenplay that never takes hold. It’s all over the place, with no real sense of purpose other than setting up future movies. It’s nothing but an overblown place-setter. In place of Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry, we get Eddie Redmayne’s Newt, author and caretaker for a variety of “fantastic beasts.” The film opens with him coming to New York toting a suitcase with a variety of beasts bursting to get out. Some of them do, indeed, escape and wreak havoc. Most notably a little platypus-looking thing called Niffler. There’s a fun moment when Newt opens his case, and drops into it like it contains a staircase. It reveals a vast home for the creatures inside, where he feeds them and plays. And that’s it, really. The movie is a big setup for the occasional sequences involving Redmayne interacting with special effects. The creatures might look relatively cool, but none of them register as great characters that move the plot along. Dan Fogler is pretty good in a supporting role as somebody who befriends Newt.
The Edge of Seventeen
Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig makes an impressive debut with this darkly funny take on the life of a modern day high school outcast. Hailee Steinfeld gives her best performance since True Grit as Nadine, a highly intelligent teen going through an awkward stage when her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her brother (Blake Jenner). Nadine is a practitioner of brutal honesty, which basically gets her ostracized at school and in trouble with her family. The only
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Mel Gibson directs his first movie in a decade and—surprise—the sucker bleeds. It bleeds a lot. As a director, Gibson stands alongside the likes of Sam Raimi, David Cronenberg and Peter Jackson as a master of body horror. Yes, I will go so far as to say his latest, Hacksaw Ridge, is an all out horror film in parts. His depiction of a World War II battle makes George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead look like Zootopia. The movie tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a battlefield medic and the first of three conscientious objectors in U.S. warfare history to receive the Medal of Honor. The dude refused to pick up a gun, or any weapon for that matter, during his time served in Okinawa. That didn’t stop him from braving the battlefields with comrades, eventually saving the lives of 75 men battles. Much of the film’s first half is devoted to Doss’ backstory, a troubled childhood with his alcoholic World War I veteran father (a good Hugo Weaving) and an eventual romance with future wife Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer). The early goings in the film are handled well, although schmaltzy at times. When Doss goes to boot camp and faces off against commanding officers like Captain Glover (Sam Worthington) and Sgt. Howell (Vince Vaughn), the film starts to get very interesting. Due to his Seventh Day Adventist beliefs, Doss refuses to pick up a rifle, and this gets him into all sorts of jams. After a detour for a court-martial hearing, Doss and his infantry mates are deployed to Japan. When the action switches to the scaling of the Maeda Escarpment a.k.a. Hacksaw Ridge, the movie becomes perhaps the most grueling war movie experience ever made.
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The latest Marvel movie is certainly one of the weirder ones, with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the title character, a sorcerer who can cast spells and slip through passageways in time. It’s an origin story, showing how Strange loses his surgeon’s hands in an accident, travels to India, and learns about the mystical arts from The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). I have to admit, I didn’t always follow exactly what was going on in this movie, and I found some stretches a little convoluted and boring. When the movie soars, it soars high, and Cumberbatch winds up being a decent choice for the role, even with his weird American accent. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), who looked like an odd choice for a Marvel movie with his horror film pedigree, acquits himself nicely. The movie often plays like a Matrix-Inception mashup with a little bit of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon thrown in for good measure. The special effects are first rate. Doctor Strange is a bit of an oddball character, and he’s supposed to factor into future Avengers movies.
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Sour times Sour beers are the hot ticket Statistically speaking, odds are you or someone you know is in the community genetics study being conducted by Renown, DRI and 23andMe. I have spit for science, but I don’t have results yet. While I wait, I’ve been answering questions on the 23andMe website about my background, health and traits to help build their database of what genes link to particular characteristics. One was whether I like cilantro or find it soapy tasting. Researchers have found that certain olfactory genes are linked to the “cilantro tastes like soap” trait. I find science wildly fascinating, especially the sense of taste. Our general aversion to bitterness is an evolutionary trait meant to deter us—and other animals—from eating toxins. As good foods spoil from bacteria, they turn sour, so a tendency to avoid that is to be expected as well. That being the case, why are IPAs, with their often remarkable levels of hop bitterness, the most popular craft beer style in America? And if you look at current craft breweries, why is sour the next hoppy? Just like kids loving SweetTarts and Lemonheads, we, as a species, seem to shun our evolutionary red flags and embrace the danger of sour—bacteria be damned. Yes, sour beers are the hot ticket now. But even though it seems like a new trend, history is merely repeating itself. Quick lesson: prior to the microbiological work of Mr. Pasteur, knowledge of yeast and bacteria was virtually nonexistent. The modern, gleaming stainless steel brewing vessels didn’t exist, and fermentation was done in barrels made of porous wood, riddled with germs. It’s safe to assume a lot of beer
was sour to some extent, depending on the season and freshness. The craft brewing world loves its own history, so revisiting that history is popular. The world of sour beers is a complex European family tree, swirling with strains of yeast and bacteria, barrels and fruits. Broadly speaking, there are quick sours and aged sours. Quick sours are almost everywhere now, most commonly the German Berliner Weisse style or its close relative, gose. Both have a wheat-heavy base and a tart tang from the lactobacillus used in fermentation, but gose traditionally includes coriander and salt in the recipe. Locally, Imbib Custom Brews is the go-to for their many fruit variations of Berliner Weisse (recently rebranded “Nevada Weisse”), but you’ll also find Under the Rose’s bottled Berlinerbeer and Great Basin’s traditional Berliner on draft. The aged sours are where things get weird, in a good way. Often using wine barrels in combination with various strains of yeast and bacteria, brewers rely on traditional methods where time, wood and “bugs” work for months or years before being ready. Given the time and risk required, barrel-aged sours are a specialty you won’t find everywhere. Brasserie Saint James specializes in European old-world brews, including their version of Belgian lambic in bottled Grand Cru and Plum varieties, a wine barreled version of the funky 1904, and soon, a soured version of their award-winning Daily Wages saison. Imbib ages in barrels as well, with a rotating variety of brews coming out of their 450-gallon foeder (a giant barrel). Further afield, Truckee’s Tahoe Mountain Brewing bottles a number of barrel-aged sours—I suggest the Recolte du Bois series or Viejo Rojo fruit lambic. Under the Rose and Great Basin also have wine barreled sours. Given our embrace of flavors our DNA tells us to avoid, is this evolution in progress? Ω
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Borderline Lil Traffic We all have the power to see through the veil to a much less distinct and mysterious reality. Borders, genres, races or genders eventually reveal themselves as imaginary lines. Without them, however, the world becomes too vast, too vague to process. So we fall back on the familiar categories we assign to people, music or land. There are a few relevant genre tags to describe the music of Lil Traffic: trap, hip-hop, alternative rap. Describing the emotional resonance of his sound isn’t as simple. Listening without those genre tags in mind, one might have similar feelings as listening to alternative rock, pop, Balkan brass bands, heavy metal, or a gathering of kids playing drums in a Rio De Janeiro favela. “At the end of the day, it’s all energy, and what you put into it,” he said. “I wanna put my energy into my music and whoever is willing to listen to it.” For this reason, Lil Traffic, a.k.a. Kai Englund, has gained recognition for his adventurous attitude toward booking shows. Aside from other rappers, he has shared the stage with sludge rock duo Pinkwash, atmospheric, doomladen Yung Deathwish, and the dark, introspective shoegaze of Miserable, just to name a few. It’s a strategy that’s allowed audiences to react without the context of trap music in mind. “People go wild,” he said. “I got to crowd surf at our first show at Holland. I was addicted on it after that.” But it wasn’t always this way. Lil Traffic said he was raised on a diet of mostly church music, and though he made his own songs, he felt mostly disassociated from them. “I was just such an awkward kid in high school,” he said. “I was making
shit because I was attempting to be a rapper. I had this mentality like, ‘I’m not gonna take it serious, just gonna rap, then one day I’ll make something crazy.’” A major breakthrough came to Lil Traffic when he worked up the courage to reach out to Yung Milkcrate. The DJ/producer liked what he heard. The new union helped Lil Traffic write and produce better music. It also helped him discover new sounds and scenes—and gain the courage to reach out to people online who he admired and wanted to work with. He became part of a crew that includes artists such as Daniel Cruz, Icy Dave and John Z, many of whom perform live with him on a regular basis. In addition to taking themselves out of their comfort zones, they encourage audiences to do the same. On at least one occasion, this meant stopping the show to urge more movement and energy out of the crowd. “All my songs, you gotta move to it in some way,” he said. “I give everything to my audience. I expect them to give me a lot of energy back.” On Nov. 2, Lil Traffic tweeted, “A year ago today, I knew I was doing something right.” He explained how that date didn’t necessarily mark the beginning of his music career, but that of coming into his own as an artist. “I lived a life for a minute where I felt like I couldn’t rise above certain things,” he said. “I couldn’t give myself the confidence to speak up for myself. Now what it is, is being able to talk about what I wanna talk about, the way I want to, which is what’s so cool.” Ω
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Live music, 8:30pm, no cover
Acoustic Wonderland singer-songwriter showcase, 8pm, no cover
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864 76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474
Live music, 8:30pm, no cover
CatFish Carl, 7pm, no cover
POLO LOUNGE RED DOG SALOON
Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Jamie Rollins, 7:30pm, W, no cover
Mentally Spent, 8pm, no cover
1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
10007 Bridge St., Truckee; (530) 587-8688
Live jazz, 8pm, no cover
MIDTOWN WINE BAR
MOODY’S BISTRO BAR & BEATS
Players Buffet Open Mic Jam hosted by Greg and Adrian, 8:30pm, no cover First Thursdays College Disco w/RJ Steelz, 9pm, no cover
STUDIO ON 4TH 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776
WHISKEY DICK’S SALOON 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425
DJ Travy, 10pm, no cover
Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover
Jackal Dec. 3, 10 p.m. 1up 214 W. Commercial Row 329-9444
Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover Music Industry Night, 8pm, W, no cover
Ritual (industrial, EDM, ’80s) w/DJs David Darkness, Tiger Bunny, Pelikan, 9pm, $3-$5 Dingo Weasel, 9pm, no cover
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3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Grand Ballroom Stage 2) Cabaret
2) Melissa Dru, 8pm, no cover
2) Melissa Dru, 4pm, no cover
2) Melissa Dru, 4pm, no cover
CARSON VALLEY INN
1) Sister’s Christmas Catechism, 7pm, $22 2) The Nighthawks, 7pm, no cover
1) Sister’s Christmas Catechism, 7pm, $22 2) The Nighthawks, 8pm, no cover
2) The Nighthawks, 8pm, no cover
2) Andy Frasco & The U.N., 10pm, no cover
2) Polyrhythmics, 10pm, no cover
2) Kat Myers & The Buzzards, 11pm, no cover
1) Miracle on 34th Street, 7pm, $38+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover
1) Miracle on 34th Street, 7pm, $38+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover
1) Miracle on 34th Street, 3pm, 7pm, $38+ 1) Miracle on 34th Street, 7pm, Tu, W, $38+ 1) Miracle on 34th Street, 3pm, 7pm, $38+ 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover 2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover 2) The Money Shot, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover Left of Centre, 10:30pm, W, no cover
1) Pink Martini, 8pm, $20-$50 2) Lex Thursdays, 10pm, no cover 3) Country Nights, 10pm, no cover
2) Romeo Reyes, 10pm, $15 3) Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover
1) The Nutcracker, 2pm, $29-$59 Lewis Black, 9pm, $50-$85 2) Miles Medina, 10pm, $15
1) Warren Miller’s Here There & Everywhere, 7:30pm, $16 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover
1) Warren Miller’s Here There & Everywhere, 7:30pm, $16 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover
1) Country Artists Tribute Show, 7:30pm, $32-$42
1) Country Artists Tribute Show, 7:30pm, $32-$42 3) Naked City, 9pm, no cover
1) Country Artists Tribute Show, 7:30pm, $32-$42 Decadence, 10pm, $32.75 3) Naked City, 9pm, no cover
1) Country Artists Tribute Show, 7:30pm, $32-$42
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Two Steps Down, 9pm, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Two Steps Down, 9pm, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Two Steps Down, 9pm, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, W, no cover
2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 7pm, no cover
2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20
2) Joshua Cook & The Key of Now, 8pm, no cover
2) Sunday Funday Industry Night, 10pm, no cover 3) Industry Night, 9pm, no cover 4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover
2) Country-Rock Bingo w/Jeff Gregg, 9pm, W, no cover
ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA
1627 Hwy. 395, Minden; (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret Lounge 3) TJ’s Corral
Joshua Cook & The Key of Now Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 8 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St. 826-2121
CRYSTAL BAY CLUB
14 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room
ELDORADO RESORT CASINO 345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 1) Theater 2) Brew Brothers 3) NoVi
GRAND SIERRA RESORT
2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Sports Book
Karaoke Corkscroo Bar & Pizzeria, 10 E. Ninth St., 284-7270: Bobby Dee Karaoke/Dance Party F, 8pm, 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
HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE
15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) South Shore Room 2) Peek Nightclub 3) Center Stage Lounge
219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center
2) Patrick Major, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover
1) The Nutcracker, 2pm, $29-$59
3) Buddy Emmer Band and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover
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
SANDS REGENCY CASINO HOTEL
345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200 1) 3rd Street Lounge 2) Copa Bar & Grill 3) Theater
SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO
3) The Utility Players, 8pm, $15 2) Banzai Thursdays w/DJ Trivia,
407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 8pm, no cover 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge
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1) Anjelah Johnson, 8pm, $45.50-$79.50 2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Decoy, 9pm, no cover
2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Decoy, 9pm, no cover
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12TH ANNUAL MAGICAL MEMORIES: Resort at Squaw Creek holds its annual festival, which features family-friendly events, food and drink specials, festive meals, live music and more. Magical Memories ends with a New Year’s Eve party complete with gourmet food, a live band, dancing, party favors and champagne toast. For kid and teen-friendly fun, there are separate Kids’ and Teens’ Night Out New Year’s Eve Bashes featuring food, games, crafts, a balloon drop and late night movie. Through 1/3, 2017. Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 327-3353, www.squawcreek.com.
8TH ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR: More than 70
annual festival and fundraiser features a dozen decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and décor on public display. Enjoy local entertainment, visit Santa Claus and the Teddy Bear Hospital and get an opportunity to bid on unique holiday items and décor in the silent auction. Proceeds from the festival and the Gala Fund a Dream Appeal on Dec. 3 will benefit Barton Health’s Cancer Wellness Programs. Th-Su through 12/4. $5-$35; $200 for the Gala. MontBleu Resort, 55 Highway 50, Stateline, (530) 543-5909, www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org.
36th annual event features fine arts and crafts from more than 80 crafters. Bring a can of food to support Evelyn Mount’s Community Outreach or a toy for Casey’s Project and receive $1 off admission price. Sa, 12/3, 9am-5pm; Su, 12/4, 10am4pm. $4, free admission for children under age 12. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 741-9524.
PRAY FOR SNOW PARTY: Sky Tavern’s party includes a fire, s’mores, food, kid-friendly drinks, an art car, auction, music, a raffle and a screening of the Matchstick Productions ski movie Ruin and Rose. F, 12/2, 6pm. $5 entry. Sky Tavern Ski Area Lodge, 21130 Mount Rose Highway, 11 miles west of US 395, (775) 323-5125.
SANTA SELFIE PHOTOS & PET ADOPTION: The event will feature selfies with a festive holiday background, pet-loving Santa Claus and a gift bag. This event will also feature numerous dogs and some cats available for adoption. Pet rescue groups attending the event include Saints of the West Saint Bernard Rescue, For Pets Sake Rescue Small Dog Rescue, Res-QUE, Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary and Pet Network Humane Society. Donations of blankets, beds, collars, food and pet toys will be collected. Sa, 12/3, 11am-2pm. $10 donation. Natural Paws, 18136 Wedge Parkway, (775) 853-3533.
SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack C. Davis Observatory hosts free star parties every Saturday night year round, starting at sunset (except when there’s snow on the roads). The evening starts with a lecture on one of numerous topics and then concludes with guided star viewing by one of the observatory’s astronomers. Sa, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.
braider Doug Groves discusses the history of rawhide, its traditional uses as horse gear and how ranching history is passed on with this skill through stories and folklore. Th, 12/1, noon-1pm. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
by King Finger and check out the galleries at NMA’s monthly party. Th, 12/1, 5-7pm. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
SCHEELS UGLY SWEATER FUN RUN: Get those
FREE JINGLES FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL: This family-friendly art festival offers eight art stations for kids, free visits with Santa, historic tours, a free book for each child, art for sale and more. Please bring your own camera to capture photos with Santa. Sa, 12/3, 10am-2pm. Free. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 8266100 ext. 2, www.artsforallnevada.org.
exhibition of second year Master of Fine Arts students’ current work. Tu-F, 11am4pm through 12/1; MFA Midway Exhibition: Reception. Th, 12/1, 6pm; Annual Art Student Exhibition. Annual juried exhibition of current students in the University of Nevada, Reno visual arts program. Tu-F through 12/15, 11am-4pm. Opens 12/6. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6837.
MAGIC OF SANTA ART & CRAFTS FAIRE: The
Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas event offering a Victorian-style holiday celebration. Festivities include unique boutique holiday shopping, specials, Parade of Lights and the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl. Sa, 12/3, 11am. Downtown Virginia City, C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7500.
FIRST THURSDAY: Enjoy a drink, hear music
JOT TRAVIS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: MFA Midway Exhibition. Annual
Center hosts its community health fair in the main lobby of the hospital. Screenings include blood pressure, complete blood count, lipid profile, thyroid function, among other tests. First Th of every month, 7-10am. $0-$40. Northern Nevada Medical Center, 2375 E. Prater Way, Sparks, (775) 331-7000.
CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK: Historic
CRAFT AND TRADITION OF THE NEVADA BUCKAROO: Great Basin buckaroo and
Sierra Nevada College BFA exhibit. Artist Shafer Smart talks at 5:30pm on Dec. 1. M-Su through 12/1; Leaching Fire. Sierra Nevada College BFA exhibit. Artist Ian Wieczorek talks at 5:30pm on Dec. 8. M-Su through 12/16. Opens 12/8. Free. 1008 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.
HEALTH FAIR: Northern Nevada Medical
vendors offer jewelry, pottery, woodworking, holiday-themed crafts, kitchen items, blown glass, clothing, lawn art, wind chimes, candles and food for sale. Sa, 12/3, 10am-4pm. Free admission. Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway, (775) 343-6573.
BARTON HEALTH FESTIVAL OF TREES AND LIGHTS: The Barton Foundation’s eighth
HOLMAN ARTS & MEDIA CENTER, SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE: Sincerely Processed.
The convention includes special guests, panels, activities galore, artists and vendors. Sa, 12/3, 10am-4pm; Su, 12/4, 10am4pm. $10 single day, $15 weekend pass, $40 family pass. Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 313-5865, www.greatbasingeeks.com.
sweaters ready for this non-timed fun run around the Sparks Marina. Strollers and pets are welcome. All participants will receive an event souvenir. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots. Register at Scheels Customer Service. Sa, 12/3, 10am. $20 or donation of a new toy. Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, (775) 331-2700.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Filtered:
Hometowne Christmas Celebration
The City of Sparks 30th annual holiday event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, with a Christmas tree lighting featuring Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. The evening includes free entertainment, a sing-along and cocoa for the kids. The fun continues at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a parade down Victorian Avenue featuring marching bands, festive floats and Santa Claus. Prior to the parade, attendees can check out free tours of the Glendale Schoolhouse and the train displays at Lillard Park and the Hometowne Sparks Artists Show at the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as learn about local nonprofits at the Hometowne Community Faire in front of the former Silver Club/ Bourbon Square Casino. The free event takes place in downtown Sparks. Call 353-5555 or visit www.cityofsparks.us/christmasparade.
A SHORT HISTORY OF PRATER WAY: Through historical photos, maps, archival documents and oral history interviews, Alicia Barber traces the development of this important road, including the story of its namesakes, Nick and Celia Prater, its development from a streetcar route to part of the Lincoln Highway and its transformation into a mid-century shopping mecca. Sa, 12/3, 3-4pm. Free. Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144.
ST. MARY’S ART CENTER HOLIDAY FAIRE: The third annual event features works for sale by local artists and artisans. Sa, 12/3, 9am-4pm. Free admission; donations welcome. St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 N. R St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7774.
TUBA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: This annual family-friendly event features holiday carols arranged in four-part harmony and performed by local tuba, baritone and euphonium players. The Wilbur May Museum will have festive decorations on display and offer free admission all day long. Hot cocoa, cider and cookies will also be available for purchase. Sa, 12/3, 3pm. Free. Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961, www.maycenter.com.
V&T CANDY CANE EXPRESS: The holidaythemed, 50-minute train ride along the V&T railroad route includes hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies, candy canes, carols and a reading of the 1832 classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Sa, 12/3,
12 & 2pm; Su, 12/4, 12 & 2pm; Sa, 12/10, 12 & 2pm; Su, 12/11, 12 & 2pm. $19 adults,
$8 children ages 2-12. 1870 Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot, 166 F St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0380.
Art ARTISTS CO-OP OF RENO GALLERY: Christmas 50. The Artists Co-op of Reno presents its 50th annual Christmas show featuring the artwork and crafts of local artists. M-Su, 11am-4pm through 12/28. Free. 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY AT BIBO COFFEE CO.: Sweet Coalesce. Megan Jewett uses watercolor and gouache to create sickeningly sweet paintings depicting tasty treats with a dark twist. M-Su through 12/8. Free. 945 Record St., (775) 742-1858.
Paintings by Ashley Follmer. Follmer’s series of oil paintings portrays the effect of mobile devices on interpersonal communication. The artist reception is on Dec. 1, 5-7pm. Through 12/30; Book + Publication Arts: Black Rock Press. The Black Rock Press preserves the history and traditions of the art of the book while turning a creative and critical eye toward its relevance in contemporary art and culture. The artist reception is on Dec. 1, 5-7pm. Through 12/30. Free. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.
METRO GALLERY AT RENO CITY HALL: NonObjective Dimension: Monique Rebelle. Rebelle’s series of oil paintings deals with transcendence and a breakthrough in perception. Through 12/30, 8am-5pm. Free. 1 E. First St., (775) 334-2417.
NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Wild Open Art Show. Artwork by landscape painter Bonita Paulis. M-Sa through 12/24, 10am5pm. 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: FABRICation. Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Tu-Sa, noon-4pm through 12/15. Free. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.
WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Around the World in 40 Days. The Sierra Watercolor Society returns with a new exhibition of original watercolor paintings. W-Su through 12/18. Free. 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
Film ALPENGLOW WINTER FILM SERIES: Local athletes share stories of their adventures in the mountains during the 11th annual event. Th, 12/1, 7pm Free. Olympic Village Lodge, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, http://squawalpine.com.
TAHOE FILM FEST: The second annual environmental film festival includes a premiere section of new environmental films as well as important American independent films, Latin-American films and a special filmmaker tribute. All screenings will take place at Incline Village Cinema and Northstar Cinema. Th-Su through 12/4. $12-$50. Visit http://tahoefilmfest.org.
WARREN MILLER’S HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE: The Lake Tahoe premiere of Warren Miller’s newest ski/snowboard action film features world-renowned athletes JT Holmes, Jeremy Jones, Seth Wescott, Jess McMillan, Ingrid Backstrom, Marcus Caston, Wendy Fisher, Tyler Ceccanti, Kaylin Richardson and others. F, 12/2, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/3, 7:30pm. $16. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611.
MusIc ARGENTA CONCERT SERIES: SONGS OF SPAIN: The program features the works of Spanish masters Turina, Arbós and Cassadó. Th, 12/1, 7:30pm. $5-$25. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
COMPOSERS’ CONCERT: New acoustic and electronic music by student composers. Su, 12/4, 7:30pm. Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, CFA Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
DAN FRECHETTE & LAUREL THOMSEN: The
roots-folk duo performs. F, 12/2, 7pm. $20$25. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500
Good Luck Macbeth presents this one-act play by John Bankhead. Set in a small New England town at the fictional Berkshire Regional Theatre, the musical is about a small group of community theater actors who brave a heavy winter storm for a chance at starring in a famous, yet strangely mysterious, playwright’s next Broadway production. The cast of seven performers show off a wide array of talents as they act, sing and play instruments. The play opens on Friday, Dec. 2, at the GLM Theatre, 713 S. Virginia St. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday through Dec. 17 with a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, and an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $15. Call 322-3716 or visit www.goodluckmacbeth.org.
HIGH DESERT HARMONY CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The all-women barbershop music group will sing favorite Christmas songs. M, 12/5, 7:15pm. Free. Five Star Premier Residences of Reno, 3201 Plumas St., (775) 722-2788.
NEVADA WIND ENSEMBLE: WINTER CONCERT: The Nevada Wind Ensemble will present new works and standards of the wind repertoire. F, 12/2, 7:30pm. $5; free for UNR students. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
RENO PHIL: SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off the holiday season with a variety-style show featuring singers, dancers, performers, Santa Claus and more. Sa, 12/3, 2-4 & 8-10pm; Su, 12/4, 2-4pm. $16-$70. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-6393.
UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLES 1 & 2: The University of Nevada, Reno’s jazz ensembles present an evening of big band music.
Tu, 12/6, 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.
OnsTage BUTTCRACKER 7—OZMOSIS: Brüka Theatre parody based on The Nutcracker takes Clara and the gang into a warped land of Oz. All tickets will be $10 on Artist Night on Dec. 7. The show is recommended for those age 8 and older. Th, 12/1, 8pm; F, 12/2,
8pm; Sa, 12/3, 8pm; Su, 12/4, 2pm; W, 12/7, 8pm; Th, 12/8, 8pm; F, 12/9, 8pm; Sa, 12/10, 8pm; W, 12/14, 8pm; Th, 12/15, 8pm; F, 12/16, 8pm; Sa, 12/17, 8pm; Su, 12/18, 2pm; W, 12/21, 8pm; Th, 12/22, 8pm; F, 12/23, 8pm. $22 for general, $20 for students, seniors and military, $25 at the door. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada’s production of the holiday tale by Charles M. Schultz is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. F, 12/2, 7pm; Sa, 12/3, 2 & 7pm; Su, 12/4, 2pm. $12 general admission, $10 students, seniors, military. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 284-0789.
THE MIRACLE WORKER: William Gibson’s play is based on the early life of deaf and blind author and activist Helen Keller, who, after meeting her teacher Anne Sullivan, learned to communicate with the outside world thanks to Anne’s determination, consistency, tough love, perseverance, hope and faith. Th, 12/1, 6:30pm; F, 12/2, 7pm; Sa, 12/3, 7pm. $10 adults, $5 students. Sage Ridge School, 2515 Crossbow Court, (775) 315-8680.
THE SANTALAND DIARIES: Reno Little Theater presents its holiday production based on David Sedaris’ humorous essay recounting his stint working as a Christmas elf in “Santaland” at Macy’s department store.
Th, 12/1, 7:30pm; F, 12/2, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/3, 7:30pm; Su, 12/4, 2pm; Th, 12/8, 7:30pm; F, 12/9, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/10, 7:30pm; Su, 12/11, 2pm. $22 adults, $12-$18. Reno Little
Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900.
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN: Restless Artists’ Theatre presents Eric Coble’s funny and touching play concerning an 80-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. F,
12/2, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/3, 7:30pm; Su, 12/4, 2pm; Th, 12/8, 7:30pm; F, 12/9, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/10, 7:30pm; Su, 12/11, 2pm; Th, 12/15, 7:30pm; F, 12/16, 7:30pm; Sa, 12/17, 7:30pm; Su, 12/18, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074.
by AMY ALKON
Tulle time A female friend of mine wanted to get married, but her boyfriend was resistant. He’d been married before, with disastrous results. He eventually married her—not because he wanted to be married but because it meant so much to her. Initially, she felt bad about this. She had to give up her romantic dream of getting married because somebody would want to be tied to her forever. Do men just marry women to make us happy? Evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt note that we humans evolved to choose between two different sexual strategies—short-term and long-term. Women typically benefit more from a “long-term sexual strategy”—a commitment model, i.e., getting men to stick around to invest in their children. Men often benefit more from a “short-term sexual strategy”—a lack-of-commitment model, i.e., sticking it into a long line of sexfriends. That’s because a man can have sex with thousands of women and never end up pregnant with something that needs to be fed, clothed and sent to day care. Although a man gets more shots to pass on his genes with the short-term approach, it’s sometimes more advantageous for him to opt for a long-term strategy. It’s a huge time-, energy- and resource-suck to perpetually be on the hunt. Also, Buss explains, because “highly desirable women” can hold out for commitment, men can get a much better woman if they’re willing to go for a long-term thing. Whether to commit generally doesn’t play out in men’s heads in such clear cost-benefit terms—like calculations on whether to go all in on pork futures. It’s emotion that pushes them toward commitment—loving a woman who happens to insist on a commitment and wanting to make her happy. Economist Robert H. Frank calls love “a solution to the commitment problem.” Mushy-wushy feelings are what keep you with that special someone. So a man’s being willing to officially take his penis off the market—even if he isn’t hot on the idea of marriage—is a really big deal. There are two major reasons you spend the rest of your life with one person: Either you realize you love them more than you love your freedom or you’re serving a sentence for a string of really bad felonies.
In thickness and health My wife isn’t smart. She also doesn’t read books or newspapers or know anything about current events or politics. I knew that when I married her, but we were both kids, and I thought it was kinda sweet and funny. Fifteen years later, it bothers and embarrasses me. I still love her, but I’m depressed by the idea of spending the rest of my life with someone who can’t share some of what I see as life’s basic pleasures. It’s something of an attraction killer when you look deep into a woman’s eyes—and feel pretty sure you can see clear out the back of her head. Yes, 15 years ago, you pledged to spend forever with this woman—surely intending to follow through, despite how she probably makes major life decisions by consulting fortune cookies. The truth is we can lack foresight when we’re younger. Though you care about her, what you’re missing—being similar in essential areas—is called “assortative mating.” Psychologist Michelle Shiota notes that “studies have repeatedly found that similarity between romantic partners in domains such as socioeconomic status, educational background, age, ethnicity, religion, physical attractiveness, intelligence, attitudes and values predicts higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower likelihood of separation and divorce.” Sure, you could focus on what you love about her and try to get your intellectual needs met elsewhere. However, if what makes you feel alive and connected to somebody is engaging intellectually, this might just be a bridge too far—being with someone who believes the Electoral College is where your 18-year-old niece is going next fall to study bioengineering. Ω
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as something entered and then left my body,” testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.” What was that mysterious something? Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she decipher “how it came in” or “how it went out.” It hovered “where words could not reach it. It slept where light could not go.” Her experience led her to conclude that “There are openings in our lives of which we know nothing.” I bring this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I suspect you are about to tune in to a mysterious opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure out what it is. And then you will respond to it with verve and intelligence.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reporter at the
magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?” Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos or performances. Rather, he answered, “Discovering morning.” I suspect that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning.
Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just-in-its-early-stages.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to
traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,” he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all. My head is bursting.” Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A journalist
dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.” Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.” This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hundreds of
years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period, extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the Church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,” wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.” “There was no place to put it,” he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.” This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have a deep fear
of being too much,” writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.” Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your one-and-only. I suggest you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness.
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pushing forward, and as soon as there was movement between those two lines, they began just grabbing people.
What else did you do there?
What inspired me to go was a real curiosity about what I had seen on the internet, and I wasn’t sure if I was getting the whole story. I was actually pretty sure I wasn’t getting the whole story, but I didn’t know which direction the spin was towards.
What did you witness that helped to inform your perspective? What I immediately noticed was banners and signs from the outside, from literally nations all over the world, and they were saying, “We support the people of Standing Rock,” … people from, like, the Amazon Basin. … As well as large banners that say “We are unarmed” surrounding the entire camp. So to see the media spin it with a neutral stance, saying things like, “The protest became violent today” … Well, violence is happening, and it’s not coming from the side of the indigenous people. Their main objective is they’re a
Mason Needham is an arborist from Reno. In November, he made a 10day trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where protesters have been camped since August in opposition to the 1,170-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, which they fear will pollute the Missouri River and threaten native burial grounds.
What inspired you to go to Standing Rock?
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peaceful camp of prayer and ceremony, and they adhere very strictly to that, and to the outsiders, either adhere to that or you’re not welcome.
Did you see any violence yourself? I did. It was the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.
What happened? We were at a demonstration. ... On our way to this government building, we were to walk over a train track, and there was probably 30 to 50 SWAT-gear-clad officers that stopped us at the train tracks. … And so we kind of formed a lineup in front of them and surrounded the elders and the people praying and singing, playing the hand drum, sort of to protect them, with non-indigenous people around the outside. After about 30 minutes of praying they were continuously telling us to disperse. We began backing up, and they began
Most of the time helping out in the camp, doing things like helping people build structures or winterize their living situations. I split a lot of wood. There was a lot of wood being dropped off. We had three double semi-trailers of wood come in and drop off wood from New York. … I brought a bunch of files to sharpen chainsaws, and pretty much would go around and offer to sharpen people’s tools and split wood. That kind of thing is really needed there. … There were eight very large kitchens. Food was being dropped off all over the place by the truckload.
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Tell me more about the camp. The camp is a very inclusive community. The only sound I heard the entire time I was there was traditional native singing and drumming … and their prayer, starting from sunrise to well past sundown. Every fire is sacred. You don’t throw your paper plate or anything like that into the fire. It’s a very sacred space.
Was it easy enough to figure out once you got there what the rules were and how you were expected to help? Not really. … I thought I knew, but I had no idea. There is a newcomer orientation class that they give. It’s about three hours long. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
Down for the recount On Thanksgiving morning, I, as a member of PUP (the Psychedelic Utopian Party, executive director the esteemed and honorable Wavy Gravy), received an email from Jill Stein, asking for a donation so that the expenses of filing for an official recount in Wisconsin could be met and the process could move forward. I quickly coughed up 50 bucks, in hopes that, if nothing else, I could be part of a nation-wide movement to prank and irritate the P.E. (Pendejo-Elect). It now appears, as of this Nov. 28, our effort was not in vain, that we apparently provoked our P.E. into a boffo new Twitterstorm that reminds us all afresh that this guy is an impetuous, bitchy, lyin’ saccashit without equal. Which means I got a most satisfactory return on my $50 investment! But gee, what if the P.E. is right? What if millions of Americans did vote illegally? Shouldn’t such fraud
be exposed as soon as possible? We Americans, as citizens living in God’s favorite country in the history of the Universe, have a sacred duty to make sure that our precious elections are pure and totally untainted with scandal, yes? And, hey, P.E., don’t forget, dude, it was you who, over the last two months, kept constantly haranguing us poor dumb plebes about how the election was rigged, how the system was rigged, how everything was rigged against you. OK, so guess what? You convinced us. Yes, Payaso Naranja, you, in your super persuasive, super loud abbloviations finally won us over— the system is rigged. So what’s the first line of defense? You got it, homey. Recounts. I mean, OMG, if millions of Americans voted illegally, how many of them were in—Wisconsin? Michigan? Pennsylvania? Please forgive us, Future Pardoner of Thanksgiving Turkeys. Let us
have our little recount. Let us be crybabies. Let us put off “getting over it.” If you were smart, P.E., you would sit back right now in your NYC Ivory Tower and STFU. But we all know that approach just ain’t in your playbook. In the meantime, we see that as of Nov. 28, Hillary’s lead in the national popular vote has grown past the 2 million mark, to a rather amazing 2.2 mill. She now has received 48.2 percent of the vote, compared to the P.E.’s 46.5 percent. This has become an election without precedent in the 240-year history of the United States. Say what you will, P.E., and by all means, tweet what you will. Your twitter tantrums are Da Bomb! But please, don’t you dare use the word “mandate.” Ever. You wouldn’t know a mandate if he came up and grabbed you by the nuts. Ω
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