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The Reno march Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. On the morning of Jan. 21, we roused the kids as early as we could, got ’em bundled up, and headed down to the federal buiding to join the Reno Women’s March on Washington. We got there at 9:15 a.m. for an event that started at 9, which is about par for the course for my squad—girlfriend Margot, plus Viktoria, 9, Josephine, 10, and Clifford, also 10. We joined the march already in progress. It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen in Reno, especially for a political demonstration. It was difficult to gauge the numbers. The Reno Police Department’s estimate of 10,000 seems a bit high to me, but who knows—it’s tough to count the beans when you’re in the jar. The kids complained the whole time. Viktoria was hungry, cold and tired. Clifford said it “wasn’t fun.” And Josephine grumbled aloud that “this isn’t going to make any difference.” A woman marching near us overheard this and said to her, “Thank you for marching. It means a lot that you’re here.” And it did. It was a heartwarming display of community. There were so many people—and not just activists and artists, but other families, longtime residents, newbies, retirees, and university folk. I became more excited to attend the march when I decided to go as a parent, to provide the kids with a memory of peaceful but powerful protest. They might have complained, but their brains were clicking, and the memories were forming. With the kids in tow, we weren’t able to get close enough to the jampacked plaza to hear the speakers. Which is too bad. But we got them close enough to engage with the ideas. Two of those kids are young women. Their mom is a woman. Many of their heroes are women. And women matter. Our favorite sign was one seen repeatedly at Reno’s march and at thousands of other marches across the country and across the world: Princess Leia, looking determined, and the caption “a woman’s place is in the resistance.”
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More poor communication Re “Communicate, folks” (editorial, Jan. 5): Kudos to RN&R for taking Oscar Delgado to task for his public chastising of a fellow council member. In more ways than one, Delgado and Naomi Duerr have acted less like elected representatives of the people and more like best buddies to city employees: Delgado with his after meetings beer drinking with the city manager and Duerr, using her self-described empath abilities to shed tears to the mayor on behalf of— and do the bidding for—three allegedly harassed female employees. Those women, who it now appears conspired to ruin the city manager’s career and that of another female employee they were jealous of. Delgado and Duerr forgot that the mayor is the elected and designated representative of the council when it comes to the management of staff and employee issues. As for Delgado publicly expressing his offense at Deurr predicting an alleged stereotypical Latino reaction from him to not take the women seriously, well, his public attack of Duerr sure sounded a lot like that of a Latino male whose machismo had been wounded. I think where there’s too much male Latino machismo exhibited, there’s good reason to wonder about other Latino stereotypical traits showing bias, too. Marcus Krebs Reno
Count the tribes Re “Perils of privitization” (Let Freedom Ring, Jan.19): In Trainor’s rant against Gold Butte and Bear’s Ears National Monuments, he cites just two tribes—Paiutes, supporting the monuments, omitting 25 others Hopi, Uinta and Ouray Ute, Zuni, etc. He says “the feds take,” whereas the verb take means to get by conquering, capture, seize, trap, snare, catch, grasp, swallow. The land has been here since millennia before us, and will be after we are gone. Do all your letters mean nothing to the RN&R? Or—does your editorial staff think it’s “open journalism,” or incredibly cute, to publish this shit? I am deeply insulted. Valerie Cohen Reno
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don’t know how they managed to place all those emails on Anthony Wiener’s laptop. Seriously, these people were so lax in their email security, in addition to their blatant dishonesty, they have no one to blame except themselves. Any amateur could have hacked them. Stephen Boyd Carson City
Fighting the last war Re “The next step” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, Jan. 19): It’s amazing where you wrote “Trump’s single, overarching message for the nation” was actually “spot on” for explaining Obama’s whole presidency. And illegitimate? What was said about Clinton that was not true? Yeah, timing may have had a big part in her loss, but many of us deplorables—which, may I add, were the majority—had felt Obama’s “legacy” right in the caboose. And though Bill Clinton wasn’t the one running, I know I don’t stand alone when saying that even if nothing else existed, him being impeached should have its own everlasting baggage. She is dirty, her hubby is dirty, and Obama was the furthest thing from American as it gets. Good riddance to yesterday, and hope that Trump does half the things proposed. Larry Moody Sparks
Who to blame Russian hacking? In Hillary’s words, “What difference does it make?” We should be thankful those emails came to light because it proved collusion against Sanders because “it was her turn.” Democrats ignored their candidate’s corrupt and dishonest history. Even if it could be proven the Russians hacked the election, we still
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By JERI CHADWELL-SINGLEY
Why are you marching? asked at the reno WoMen’s March on WashIngton, VIrgInIa street. L aur a ryan Retiree
Which reason? For women, for respect, anti-Trump, global unity, women’s rights, equal rights, equal pay, equal rights for people who don’t have the ability to always see their rights.
Irene ayaL a Grad student
I’m marching because I don’t stand for anything that Trump stands for—his lack of respect for women, for immigrants, for basically human beings in general. I do not like anything he stands for.
BILL MartIn Retired community college instructor
Deafness in high places Protests serve their purpose. They are a start, but only a start. There were not a lot of elected officials at the Reno march last weekend. An organizer told us they were not invited—not that they needed special invitations—because they wanted to emphasize the grassroots: “We listen to them all the time, and wanted them to hear us this time!” In the fall of 1969, there were monthly, massive protests coast to coast against the war in Vietnam. The war continued for another five years. On Feb. 15, 2003, there were worldwide protests against the impending, unprovoked U.S. war against Iraq, with millions marching throughout the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe—the largest demonstration in human history. We launched the war, anyway. “The  protests, which by any measure were a world historic event, were brushed aside with blithe nonchalance by the Bush Administration and a rubberstamp Congress that approved the war,” one participant wrote 10 years later. “The U.N.’s Security Council was bypassed, and the largely feckless, acquiescent American mainstream media did little to muffle Washington’s drumbeats of war.” Never underestimate the deafness of those who raise thousands of dollars a day to stay in office. Sure, they should be listening to everyone, but no, they don’t. Our political system has long since reached the point that a razor blade of difference cannot be slid between a campaign contribution and a bribe.
As we look around for someone to blame for Donald Trump, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the mirror. It was only 16 years ago that we inaugurated another unelected president. How many of us were angry enough to keep the pressure on Congress to do something about that system? What kind of message does it send to the teens in our society that during their lifetimes we have tolerated two presidents the public voted against? When we covered the march last weekend, we found some participants who found the experience cathartic. After 10 weeks of gloom and anger, one of them told us, “I now know I’m not alone.” There is a danger in this. The gloom and anger served a purpose, of keeping us motivated to do something about the terrible mess our system has become that it can throw up such a despicable result. Not all agree (see 15 minutes, page 31), but change is not produced by those who are contented. If feel-good activities drain away our concern—or, worse, if safe, noncontroversial issues divert us—we’ll be right back where we were in 2015. We should be better than what we produced in our 2016 election. If not, then sit back and relax. But if you are having trouble living with Donald Trump speaking for you, then give a lot of thought to what is next now that the women’s marches are history. The folks at the top are not going to do anything without being given a darned good reason. The marches provide momentum. But there has to be something next to employ that momentum. Ω
I’m here to protect women’s health and turn back the forces of the GOP in Congress who have conducted a war on women. … I’m from Quincy, California. I drove through 50 miles of chain controls to be here.
VIna FILIMo Cosmetologist
My parents are immigrants. And I was recently a student, and I actually qualified under Obama Care for Medicaid, and it helped me out immensely.
MIndy Mccoy Child and family advocate
Well, basically for women’s rights, and we’re part of a nonprofit, local domestic violence shelter for women—Safe Embrace. So we’re kind of representing Safe Embrace and then we’re also here for our own personal, you know, views.
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by Sheila leSlie
Coming home to inspiration I knew the march was going to exceed expectations when I saw hundreds of women, many sporting pink pussy hats deplaning in D.C. as I waited for my flight back to Reno Friday afternoon. The women were everywhere I turned in the airport, and their mood was festive and refreshing after a gray and gloomy week capped off by inauguration day and the dark, uninspiring speech by our new president, a throwback to an age of despotic unenlightenment. It rained all week in D.C. as I cared for my grandson and worried along with the rest of the world about the coming years when we’ll be governed by a leader who epitomizes an insecure bully in his every tweeted response to the slightest imagined insult. It was a week of hearings on Cabinet nominees so unqualified and unprepared for their jobs it made heads spin. Betsy DeVos, nominated for secretary of education, demonstrated her ignorance of public education concerns of measuring proficiency and 8160-4_SSHIX_RNRprint_1-26_Issue_V2.pdf growth on standardized tests. She said she was “confused” about whether the
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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was federal law, expressing the view that education for children with disabilities should be left up to states to decide. But she was crystal clear on the need for guns in schools, saying it might be necessary in Wyoming to ward off a grizzly attack. As Trump insisted his historically low approval ratings were “rigged,” his cartoonish demeanor seemed ever more pronounced and his supporters completely blinded to his mendacity on facts large and small. They hypocritically demanded respect for the office if not for the man, conveniently forgetting the despicable birther movement led by Trump or the Republican leadership’s boast to thwart President Obama on every issue no matter its merit. The Women’s March on Saturday was a welcome antidote to the depression and helplessness many felt watching Trump’s rise to power. In Reno, organizers were hoping for 3,000 participants but realistically expecting 1,000. Ten times that thousand 1/20/17 11:43 AM showed up, carrying homemade signs and
wearing the ubiquitous pussy hat. Generous women brought extra homemade hats to share as volunteers led chants and gently corralled the marchers. More than 10,000 people joined in the “Biggest Little March” which filled City Plaza and spilled over the downtown bridges where I introduced speakers. A diverse group of female speakers took the stage to talk about their personal experiences as women of color, of Muslim and Christian faiths, and differing gender identities. Organizers from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada offered examples of next steps in the resistance. The crowd eagerly responded, chasing down organizers with clipboards who were collecting contact information to notify them of future resistance activities. But it was the mood of the march, larger than any previous demonstration in Reno’s history, that was most captivating. Even though it was cold, hard to move around, and the sound system was woefully inadequate, people were energized and
excited. It felt like a turning point, a reaching of critical mass. Social media was full of photos and commentary with a consistent theme of community pride that so many showed up to insist that women’s rights be respected, immigrants be valued, and our society be inclusive. Turning this energy and hope into the action necessary to resist the new administration, already dismissive of indigenous communities, climate change, and civil rights is the obvious next challenge. One of the first targets should be our federal representatives who are best positioned to combat the liar-in-chief by refusing to confirm his uniquely unqualified cabinet nominees. And if U.S. Sen. Dean Heller—who will be running for re-election next year—isn’t sure the resistance is real, I know the first 10,000 Northern Nevadans ready to remind him. Ω
For information on keeping the local movement going, go to www.facebook.com/events/368428126850925/
by Brendan Trainor
Feminists conspire with conservatives On Jan. 10, readers of the Reno Backpage website were startled to see the entire adult section marked “Censored.” Gone were the ads for escorts, strippers, transsexual escorts, male escorts, erotic masseurs, even phone sex ads. If you click, there is an announcement that the “government has unconstitutionally censored this content.” Whenever a liberal feminist politician talks to a socially conservative politician, no doubt they’re conspiring to harass sex work. This truism revealed itself again as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, told social conservative nominee for attorney general Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing that “human sex trafficking was the second largest criminal activity in the United States.” Human trafficking costs are estimated at $9 billion a year, but up to 75 percent of that is labor trafficking—i.e., exploitation of immigrants. Since the drug trade is worth $100 billion, and Medicare fraud is estimated at $60 billion,
Feinstein’s estimate was not in the same league, never mind ballpark. She also repeated the debunked untruth that the “average age” of trafficking victims was 12-14 years. How many six-year-olds do you see strutting on Fourth Street? A Department of Justice study released in June 2016 concluded there could be as few as 4,500 underage youth in the sex trade, and only 15 percent had pimps. Feinstein’s fake statistics fuel the growth of sex trafficking laws that punish actual adult working women and their clients to satisfy politicians’ lust for power. Moral panics like “sex trafficking” usually last about 20 years. The sex trafficking panic started about 2000, and the cracks are beginning to show in the foundation. Thanks to fact checkers like Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, numerous sociological studies, and human rights organizations like Amnesty International that call for decriminalization of sex work, the sheen is starting to rub off this little moral crusade. But
politicians often shamelessly beat dead horses, and laws passed to solve the nearly non-existent problem have exploded at the state level. More than 40 states, including Nevada, now have sex-trafficking laws on the books. But it was not laws as such that forced Backpage, Craigslist, Redbook. com, Rentboy.com and others to shut down their adult sections. Rather, it was extralegal, unconstitutional harassment by government that simply made it too hard to do business. Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act protects third party web publishers from liability stemming from users’ posts. This not only protects Backpage, but also protects Facebook, Reddit and countless other user forum websites from prosecution. Federal Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner called the Backpage harassment “unauthorized, unregulated, foolproof, lawless government coercion.” The attack on sexual services is a backdoor attack on free speech and Section 230 itself.
The straw that broke Backpage’s back was the arrest of owner Carl Ferrer last October, ordered by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator. A federal judge soon dismissed the case, but years of federal lawsuits, economic pressure, threats and now attempted prosecution have made what Harris called the “World’s Largest Online Brothel” shut down its adult content. True, some escorts simply slid over to the “dating” section. But going another level underground makes it harder to state how many “roses” are expected for what amount of escort time. Transaction costs are higher as free commercial speech is trashed to satisfy the prudish greed of the political class. Sex work is older than the pyramids. It will find a way. Studies show, however, that where online sex work is banned, some providers resort to streetwalking, the most dangerous way for sex workers to meet clients. But, if it saves one child! Ω
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by Dennis Myers
No pardoN for Jack JohNsoN
Women, men and children attended the Jan. 21 women’s march in Reno.
President Obama left office without taking action on at least one pardon application—a request that boxer Jack Johnson be pardoned for a Mann Act conviction in 1912. Johnson fought and defeated the “great white hope,” Jim Jeffries in Reno on July 4, 1910. Jeffries, a former champ, had been hauled out of retirement by white racists when Johnson became the first African American to take the heavyweight title. Jack London wrote, “Jim Jeffries must now emerge from his alfalfa farm and remove that golden smile from Jack Johnson’s face. ... The White Man must be rescued.” At an arena between Sparks and Reno, Johnson humiliated Jeffries until the white hope’s managers stopped the fight to avoid a knockout. That night, white rioting erupted around the United States as blacks were brutalized and killed (“The great black hope,” RN&R, July 1, 2010). Johnson was not a retiring type. His lifestyle included fast cars and white women by his side. The Mann Act, enacted to prosecute transport of women across state lines for immoral purposes like prostitution, was stretched to cover Johnson’s consensual relationships, and he was prosecuted and convicted. He went into exile but eventually returned to the U.S. and spent a year in prison. People have agitated for years for a posthumous pardon for Johnson, who died in 1946. They have recently been joined by lawmakers such as Harry Reid and John McCain. The notion of a black president pardoning Johnson was irresistible, and all during the Obama presidency the issue stayed alive. As President Obama’s days in office dwindled down, the issue kept getting attention. “‘White Slavery’ Pardon for Chicago Boxer Awaits Obama OK,” read one headline. Harvard Law School professor Ronald Sullivan submitted a pardon application. The Nation magazine argued Johnson’s family should refuse the pardon: “Jack Johnson’s open mockery of the ceremonies of white supremacy made him more than a boxer. It made him the lightning rod of white rage and exemplar of Black Pride. ... We are a country that just used the political tool of 18th and 19th century slaveholders—the Electoral College—to elect a white-supremacy sympathizer even though he received 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. This is a sick system, and it lacks the moral authority to pardon Jack Johnson for any reason other than its own public relations. It’s not for us to forgive Jack Johnson.” The debate served little purpose. Obama left office without acting on the case.
reid hoNored Former U.S. senator Harry Reid of Nevada last week received an award from the J. Reuben Clark Society, a group of Mormon lawyers with more than 250 chapters around the world. Elder Lance B. Wickman, general counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented the award. “Throughout all his years at the pinnacle of government, he has been a loyal, constant source of wisdom and timely assistance on many matters of vital interest to the church,” Wickman said, calling Reid “brother” throughout the ceremony in Salt Lake City. Reid became a member of the church while a college student in Utah. Until this month, Reid was the highest ranking LDS member in U.S. history. During his trip, Reid also gave an unusually candid interview to the Salt Lake Tribune, which can be read at http:// tinyurl.com/gnqvl6s. —Dennis Myers
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Thousands march Now what? Wearing a denver Broncos sweatshirt, Teresa Long marched last weekend with Denise, her spouse of 17 years. “I feel like our country’s become a place where women and people of all colors and cultures need to come together and stand up for what’s right,” she said. She was one of a city-estimated 10,000 people who attended the Reno women’s march. If that figure is correct, it was likely the largest demonstration in the area’s history. People we contacted who participated in protests back to Vietnam said 3,000 was about the largest previous political crowd they could recall. “Assuming the 10k estimate and the combined population of Washoe and Storey counties being 420k
(2013), that means over 2 percent of the region attended this event,” one reader wrote on the website of the Reno Gazette-Journal, which ran its report on the march inside. However, the march brought people from more than Washoe and Storey. Liz Strekel traveled up from Carson City. “I feel very passionately about the issues,” she said. “I have a great fear for the potential of what could happen with the new president and the new cabinet.” She said she doesn’t bring the same negative feelings to her activism that some people do, but that she worries about the competence of the Trump cabinet. She’s new to protests, and she’s not certain what form, if any, her activism will take. There is an
upcoming mixer to put the marchers together with organizations that need volunteers, and she may attend that. “I’m taking a kind of wait-and-see attitude,” she said. “I’ve never been a very political person. It’s never been on my radar.” Because she lives in the capital, she has given some thought to monitoring things in the legislature this year for some group. She is far from the only person who is uncertain about what’s next. One of the reasons the march was so large is likely that it pulled people who have not previously been involved in activism. This was not an event of the usual suspects. What began as a plan for one big march in the District of Columbia became hundreds of marches. The local marches grew past anyone’s ability to keep track of their number. There were in excess of 600, including marches in Reno and Las Vegas. In addition, an event at King’s Beach pulled people from various Sierra communities like Truckee. There was also a march at Stateline that began in Nevada and ended in California. But concern about the new president did not stop at the water’s edge. From Trafalgar Square in London to
the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, from New South Wales to Barcelona—all in countries that are U.S. allies—marches attracted huge crowds. While they were women’s marches, they were laced with men. One man in Reno carried a sign reading “I’M WITH HER” surrounded by arrows pointing in all directions around him. The same placard was also seen in a march in Bordeaux in southwest France. Other signs read, “REBELLIONS ARE BUILT ON HOPE.” “STAY NASTY.” “FIGHT LIKE A GIRL” (that one surrounded by images of Princess Leia in combat gear). “NOPE.” “HE’S NOT MY PRESIDENT.” “TYRANTS ALWAYS FALL.” “SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.”
There was a certain amount of strong language: “NOT THIS PUSSY.” “IF ABORTION IS MURDER A BLOWJOB IS CANNABLISM.” “THOSE OF US WITH OVARIES NEED A PRESS WITH BALLS.” One popular chant was “Love, not hate, makes America great.” The route of the march ran only a few blocks, from Liberty Street to the former Mapes Hotel site. At one point, the route itself was wall to wall people from one end to the other. Ω
Around the area and around the world
For more on post-march plans, see 15 Minutes on Page 31. Commentaries on the marches can be found on Pages 3, 5, 6 and 31.
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Spirit in the Sky A 10,600-year-old Nevadan was the subject of recent controversies by FrANk X. MulleN
PHOTO COURTESY/CHiP ClaRk
After 76 years sealed in a box in Carson City,
the partially mummified remains of the oldest known Nevadan will be reburied with Native American ceremonies, allowing the ancient one’s spirit to resume its journey into the next world. “I’m glad Spirit Cave Man is going home,” said Melvin Brown, a Schurz artist of Paiute-Shoshone ancestry. “For a while it seemed like it was a done deal [that the man wasn’t Native American] and was from a different branch of the human family. ... Turns out he’s one of us after all.” Spirit Cave Man’s trek began 10,600 years ago when his clan buried his body in a rock shelter on a hillside near what would become Fallon. Archaeologists found him in 1940, but it wasn’t until 1994 that tests proved his remains were among the oldest found on the continent. His antiquity put him at the epicenter of a battle between scientists who wanted to study his remains and Nevada tribal leaders who wanted to rebury him. It is part of the conflict over who owns the human
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history of the continent, pitting tribal tradition and spirituality against scientific inquiry. Brown has been following the story of Spirit Cave Man across two decades. He said he always believed the man was his distant relative, but unlike some other Native Americans, he didn’t object to the testing of very old remains for clues to their origins. Here’s the mystery: The characteristics of the few ancient skulls found so far don’t resemble those of modern Indians. That led to speculation that some other ethnic group was already here when the ancestors of American Indians arrived. Theorists suggested the founding population came from Europe, Africa, Polynesia or Japan rather than over a land bridge from Siberia. Recent DNA tests on the Spirit Cave mummy provide some answers, but raise new questions. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management authorized the tests after the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe agreed to drop its opposition. The
Forensic artist Sharon Long made a mold of Spirit Cave Man’s face using a replica of his skull.
tribe wanted to avoid further court fights and expedite the transfer of the mummy to it. The DNA results released two months ago showed that the ancient man was “Native American” as defined by federal law, although he was not an exact match to any other group of people in the genetic database. The man’s genome shows he is an ancestor of American Indians, but has more in common with tribal people in Central and South America than any groups further north. The BLM in November surrendered the remains to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe for reburial. It was a victory for Indian governments, but it came with collateral damage. In the late 1990s, bowing to pressure from local tribes, state officials suppressed knowledge about the ancient Nevadan. Administrators also allegedly retaliated against employees and others who favored further research on the mummy, which anthropologists rated as one of the most significant archeological finds on the continent.
SnapShot in time At the tail end of the last Ice Age, the Great Basin was a land of lakes and marshes. It was a time before widespread farming, writing or cities. People around the globe were on an equal footing. The great pyramids of Egypt were 6,000 years in the future. Vast ice sheets blanketed the northern part of the American continent. In what would become Nevada, giant Lake Lahontan filled the basins among the mountain ranges. During Spirit Cave Man’s time, the lake was evaporating as the climate became warmer and drier. The marsh where his people lived was creeping steadily northward, leaving desert in its wake. Around the world, Stone Age humans were adapting to climate change. The man’s remains indicate that the first Nevadans adapted to that change as well as any people, anywhere. The man was about 45, an elder for the period. He lived in a moist world, alive with fish, birds and insects. Cattails and bulrushes defined the ponds and waterways that dominated the landscape. Sagebrush, greasewood and rabbitbrush grew on the hills and at the edges of the wetlands. Mammoths and other megafauna had died out about 1,000 years before, but antelope, marmots and rabbits were plentiful. He died in terrible pain. Three of his teeth had abscessed and were draining through an open sore on his right cheek. The infection probably poisoned his blood. His people cared for him. Scientists found the remains of his last meal—chub and sucker fish, boiled and mashed—in his stomach. He died shortly after eating it. His people draped him in a rabbit fur blanket and wrapped him in a woven mat, worn from long use. They buried him in the cave. When found in 1940, the man was lying on his right side, his hand beneath his chin, and he still had dark hair on his head. He wore moccasins of antelope hide with marmot fur tops. Shredded tule reeds served as his socks. The Nevada State Museum initially placed his antiquity at no more than 2,000 years. After his true age was established, forensic artist Sharon Long of Reno was commissioned to mold a face on a replica of his skull. She has used the same reconstruction technique to identify decomposed murder victims and other skulls unearthed by archaeologists. Long said she was surprised at the man’s bone structure. He had wide-set eyes, a broad nose, a long, narrow skull, and an outward-projecting face. He lacked the pronounced cheekbones that scientists would expect to find in ancestors of American Indians. As with other ancient skulls found to date, his features looked more Northern Asian than Native American, she said. Nevada officials announced Long’s bust would go on public display in 1998, but tribal governments said the man was their relative and objected to the display and to any further testing of the mummy.
Skull warS Scientific consensus is that the Paiute, Shoshone, Ute and Goshute occupied central Nevada after 3,000 years ago. Other people were here before them, but their identities have been lost to time. Traditional Nevada Indians have their own truth: the Great Basin is their Eden; they were created here at the dawn of time. Tribal leaders insist all ancient remains are the bones of their ancestors. Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Chairman Len George, whose tribe took the lead in the legal battle, did not return multiple calls for comment. But tribal
officials and members interviewed by this writer in the 1990s and early 2000s made their position clear: “We have been here since the beginning of time,” said Rochanne Downs, a member of the tribe who was involved in the repatriation efforts in 2000. “We’ve already lost so much of our history and culture. We don’t want our grandfather buried in a file cabinet. We want to rebury him at home.” Norm Harry, who was then chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, said exhuming ancestors’ graves is “disgusting” and disrespectful. “If you want to dig up people whose descendants don’t object, that’s fine,” Harry said. “But we have very strong spiritual beliefs. We are connected to the Earth. When you disturb an ancestor that person’s spiritual journey into the next world is disrupted.” Long’s sculpture intensified the rift between scientists and Native Americans. Nevada officials backed away from the controversy early on (“Remains to be seen,”
“Everybody was walking on eggs so as not to offend the tribes,” Long said. “I had to hire a lawyer, and it cost me a lot of money to defend myself.” State officials at the time said they were trying to make amends for a past when Indian sites were plundered and Indians were treated as an extinct people who had no say in the protection of their ancestors’ graves. They said the museum’s initial testing was done without consulting the tribes, and they wanted to enhance cooperation with the Native Americans, not further alienate them. Anthropologists argued that the remains were too old to be directly related to any living people and that fundamentalism of any stripe should not dictate scientific inquiry. A 1990 law mandates that Indian remains be returned to the tribe most closely connected to them, but the federal government ruled that the mummy was “unaffiliated” with any group. The determination was based on a lack of archeological evidence that would indicate a link between cultures. Stephanie Damadio, who in 2000 was the national curator for the BLM, wrote in her report that “all American communities had a right to the knowledge these remains can provide.” The man’s fate was in legal limbo until the Fallon tribe reached their agreement with the government and scientists. Tiny samples from the man’s remains yielded usable DNA.
Spirit Cave Man’s people buried him in this cave near Fallon more than 10,000 years ago. PHOTO COURTESY/STEvE DaviS
RN&R, March 12 1997). To placate tribal concerns, members of Gov. Bob Miller’s administration locked up the model of the man’s head, which was paid for with public funds. Officials declined to include details about the mummy in museum displays. They announced that the state had “no further interest” in studying the remains, which were under federal control. Two Nevada State Museum anthropologists, who favored more testing, exited their jobs as the controversy escalated. A state official pressured a blogger, who was related to a state employee, to remove links and references to the Spirit Cave case from her personal webpage. In 2000, Nevada’s attorney general threatened to prosecute Long for “theft of state property” because she displayed a copy of the bust at an anthropology conference. Long, who has done forensic facial reconstructions on models of skulls for the Smithsonian, other museums, police departments and Indian tribes, routinely kept copies of her work. Her contract with the state did not forbid the practice.
A summary of the DNA results was released in November. They indicate Spirit Cave Man isn’t directly related to any living or now-vanished geographical group represented in a DNA database. However, the man is more closely related to Native Americans than any other people on the planet, the report said. His genes have more in common with the Indians of Central and South America than to North American native groups. Mutations in his DNA indicate descent from Siberians who lived 24,000 years ago as well as from East Asians. Scientists theorize that members from the two groups interbred in Siberia. Their descendants may have lived on the edge of Beringia, the now-submerged land mass between Siberia and Alaska. Scientific consensus beginning in the 1930s was that the first humans arrived from Siberia around 13,000 years ago. They followed their food—mammoths—through an ice-free corridor southward, according to the theory. But over the last two decades, prehistoric sites on both continents yielded carbon-14 dates as early as 14,500 years ago, long before the corridor existed. The original inhabitants must have traveled to the New World some other way and arrived thousands of years earlier than suspected. The genomes of Spirit Cave Man and of the Anzick Child, the 12,600-year-old remains of a toddler found in Montana, are similar, the DNA report says. Genetic results led to a revised theory: At some point around 16,000 years ago, a relatively small band of these people made their way from Beringia south down the Pacific Coast, on foot or in small boats. Their descendants spread south and east to populate the Americas. Sometime later, other bands left Siberia and followed an ice-free corridor into North America. Genetic markers that resulted from the interbreeding of the two groups in Asia can be found in most North American Indians and an even greater percentage of Central and South American tribal people, scientists say. That means one small band of humans begat all the great civilizations of this hemisphere, according to Eske Willerslev of the University
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of Copenhagen, whose team mapped the genomes of the Anzick and Spirit Cave remains. So in a way, the Indians were right: the New World forged a new people. Their DNA signature has, so far, been found in no other group of humans, living or extinct, anywhere else on the planet. This continent is the site of their genesis. But if Indians in Peru are more closely related to Spirit Cave Man than any North American people, shouldn’t they have a say in the disposition of Nevada’s ancient remains? If so, which tribe? At what point in time do such remains become the property of all humanity? Melvin Brown, whose Shoshone-Paiute ancestors are buried all around northern Nevada, sees the problem as a false conflict between science and spirituality. Some things are matters of faith. Science and spirituality can exist in harmony, Brown said, when there is mutual understanding between Native Americans and other groups. Scientists should always respect tribal culture and beliefs, he said, and work to build bridges. He said Indians may seek knowledge about their origins without having to reject tradition. Science, he said, can’t explain everything. “There’s definitely something spiritual that’s a part of [Spirit Cave Man],” Brown said.
The dusTy Trail Early attempts by the state and tribes to keep information about Spirit Cave Man hidden from the public were unsuccessful. Long’s busts of the man, displayed on
“We’ve already lost so much of our history and culture. We don’t want our grandfather buried in a file cabinet. We want to rebury him at home.” Rochanne Downs Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
TV programs, including 60 Minutes and PBS’s Nova, have been seen by millions. Articles have appeared in scientific journals and magazines. A few Nevada teachers ferreted out information and shared it with their students. For 10 years, teachers Deb Sutherland and Vivian Olds taught their Fernley Elementary School students about Spirit Cave Man. They invited anthropologists
and Native Americans to speak to classes and took pupils on a field trip to the cave. Sutherland and Olds said students were encouraged to do their own research and reach their own conclusions. In 2002, several Fernley students were invited to present their research at a regional anthropology conference in Elko. Olds said a state official tried to convince her students to cancel their talk. The kids declined. During their presentation, a woman sat in the front row and wept. She was upset that the students were talking about the man she considered her ancient relative. The students were respectful of her, but continued their presentation, Olds said. She said she is glad the DNA tests were completed and have added to our understanding of the peopling of the Americas. “Spirit Cave Man’s story is being told,” she said. “You can’t keep a good man down.” The Fallon tribe won’t say where the remains are now, but an underground vault located on the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge contains the bones from hundreds of very old Native American graves exposed—and studied by scientists with the cooperation of tribal members— during a drought in the 1980s. It’s possible the vault will serve as a secure sepulcher for the man, who may already have been interred. After a long sojourn, the spirit of the first Nevadan can resume its celestial walk along the Milky Way—the “dusty trail” of Paiute tradition—and continue the long trek to the next world. Ω
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he name of the business is ZebraFox Games. It’s a simple pairing of the nicknames of its co-creators—two men who are not as different from one another as are their animal soubriquets. In fact, long before they began creating children’s books and games together, David (Zebra) and Russell (Fox) Dorn were just twin brothers who shared a love for scary stories. “We’ve always loved the horror genre,” Russell said. “We liked animated shows when we were kids. We liked Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Beetlejuice—” “Mysteries, Scooby Doo, a lot of Tim Burton’s early work as well,” David added. As children, the brothers also shared a passion for drawing. And this pastime served as an introduction to the kind of work they do now. “We used to spend our weekends making knock-off Pokémon cards,” David recalled. “We called it Dokémon, because our last name is Dorn, with a D.” During their teenage years, David and Russell tried their hand at filmmaking—in the horror genre, of course. But eventually, their interests began to diverge. While David remained a steadfast visual artist, Russell moved into writing. “In late high school, I got into poetry, just to express myself,” Russell said. “I kind of wanted—as a twin—to set myself apart. So I started going toward the poetry way, and that led into prose eventually, later in college.” At the University of Nevada, Reno, Russell pursued a degree in psychology and continued his writing on the side. David studied digital media and began focusing his time on game design. The pair’s work together was put on hold for several years. But when David decided to leave his job designing games for a slot machine company
David Dorn sits in front of his computer with a graphic of Felipe Femur on the screen. Next to him, Russell Dorn holds a plush of the character.
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Fun and games Russell and David designed their new venture to play to the strengths they developed independently, but the spirit of ZebraFox Games is rooted in their mutual appreciation for all things scary. With Russell providing the stories and David the illustrations, they hope to pass that fondness on to today’s kids. “We decided to team up to make games, and so we wanted to do games that were more like educational,” David said. “[It was] right before David was going to South Korea to teach,” Russell explained. “So, yeah, we wanted to do something that maybe he could use. I mean, he didn’t end up using it, I don’t believe, but we wanted to focus on kids that way. We really fell in love with the horror-comedy genre … So we wanted to make that [palatable] for children, tone it down, make it not scary but use the theme of Halloween, monsters—classic monsters.” The first monster they came up with was Felipe Femur—a skeleton in a sombrero, who’s the star of several of the brothers’ games and is also featured in the books they’ve branched out into. “Once we had Felipe, the skeleton, we thought, ‘What other classic horror monsters are there?’” David said. “So we made a list of them, like werewolves, vampires, witches— and then just decided to make different characters based on those, but they’re all kind of ironic in some way.” Felipe’s cohort of ghoulish friends includes Gummy, a toothless werewolf; Sunny, a sunloving vampire; and Runny, a witch who is perpetually sick. It’s a cast of characters whose quirks are absurdly sweet—and made all the
more endearing by how ludicrously adorable they look. The illustration is something, David said, that took a lot of work. “The first drafts of what they looked like were more human-like,” he said. “It was not as cute. It was kind of creepy, so we tried to make it more cute as we went on. So this is like the third draft of what [Felipe] looks like, and it finally stuck.” The brothers have created five Felipe Femur books in total. They also have two young adult books, a handful of other books and almost a dozen games. The games are free to download in the GooglePlay store, and the books are regularly offered for free during promotional weeks on Amazon. On the Felipe Femur website, there’s a host of related content, including printable coloring pages and instructions for crafting projects. David recently returned home from South Korea, and the brothers are busy working on new material, including an upcoming Felipe Femur: Choice Adventures book (think Choose Your Own Adventure for little kids), YouTube content and new games. “We even have a new [character]— Frankenstein, but like the monster,” David said. “He’s actually the coach of the school, but on his mug it’s going to say ‘Number one coach.’ And it says, ‘p.s., not a doctor.’” “Everybody confuses it—in reality—thinking that the monster was Frankenstein, when it was the doctor, so in this world everybody’s thinking he’s the doctor,” Russell added. With so many winning characters rooted in the monsters they loved as kids, one has to wonder if the brothers have arrived at favorites of their own. For David, the answer was easy—Gummy, the werewolf. Russell was not so forthcoming. “I don’t play favorites,” he said. “But if I had to say, I’d say either Felipe Femur, because he’s the original, or Joe Miller, the average down-to-earth-guy, who’s totally not an alien. Ω
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Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup shine in Mike Mills’ ode to his unusual mother, who raised him in the late ’70s and tried to like punk music as much as she could. Bening is terrific as Dorothea, perhaps the best work of her career. She represents the late ’70s woman, still cool but perhaps slowing down a bit due to too many cigarettes and a general disillusionment with certain aspects of the changing culture. Mills uses Dorothea as a sort of narrator from the future who talks about the events of the film while observing from a perch in years ahead. It’s an interesting technique, and Bening’s performance is a career milestone. Gerwig and Fanning are great as two different women who hang around Dorothea’s apartment, both with their own interesting subplots. Cruddup chimes in capably as a local handyman who will sleep with you if you ask him to. I love the way this film uses music on its soundtrack, from Talking Heads to the Buzzcocks.
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memorable dance scene, a welcomed funny break in the movie. McAvoy even saves what could have been a hokey finale moment by fully committing to some The key to M. Night Shyamalan’s recent success Shyamalan lines that represent the screenwriter at his seems to be putting a severe limit on the amount of most obvious. McAvoy delivers his final major monomoney he’s allowed to throw around. logue with such ferocious and fully invested energy After working with sizable budgets on big we just buy into it. projects like The Last Airbender, After Earth, The In short, McAvoy’s work here should go into Happening, Lady in the Water and The Village—all the annals of great psycho performances alongside of which sucked major ass—Shyamalan almost made Anthony Perkins in Psycho, Jack Nicholson in The a good movie in 2015 with The Visit. Shining, and Kathy Bates in Misery. Now, gosh darn it, he’s finally made his first good The last act of the movie is truly scary, and movie since Signs (2002) with Split, a down-to-theShyamalan takes things into strange monster movie basics, creepy thriller propelled by excellent perforterritory. No more secrets getting given away in this mances from James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. review. Go see the movie, and have some fun with The film reminds us that Shyamalan can be quite the it. Well, fun might not be the right word. It’s pretty capable director and writer when he isn’t getting too freaking bleak. carried away. Quickly becoming a new kind Taylor-Joy, so good in last of “scream queen,” Taylor-Joy year’s horror masterpiece The Witch, has now anchored two masterful plays Casey, an introverted, outcast horror films within a year of each high school student attending a other. She has an amazing array birthday party for Claire (Haley Lu of expressions, and Shyamalan Richardson) only because she got a Director: M. Night Shyamalan takes advantage of this. Rather “mercy invite.” Casey’s stuck after Starring: James McAvoy, than shrieking her face off as Anya Taylor-Joy the party, so Claire’s dad offers her the terrorized often do in horror and another friend, Marcia (Jessica movies, Taylor-Joy is a restrained, Sula), a ride home. That ride never conflicted kind of horrified. What she lacks in gets out of the parking lot because a strange, angry volume she makes up in major intensity. man (McAvoy) winds up in the driver’s seat and Following up her terrific performance in The Edge sprays the girls with a chemical. They wake up of Seventeen, a solid Richardson takes the normally together in a prison cell. vain “popular” character in horror films, and gives her It’s no big reveal to let you know that McAvoy’s a lot of depth and smarts. Betty Buckley does equally character is suffering from a form of split personality well as a therapist—basically this film’s Dr. Loomis, disorder. In addition to the man who kidnaps them, although less crazed—trying to help the McAvoy he’s a stately, mannered woman, a 9-year-old child characters handle their afflictions. Shyamalan himself and, well, a few others. One of those other personshows up for a fun cameo, and stick around for the alities plays a big part in taking the film into other credits, which include a pretty powerful Easter egg. realms beyond psychological thriller. So, given the current trajectory, Shyamalan could McAvoy is bonechillingly good here, seamlessly be one or two films away from giving us another segueing into each personality, and giving each one masterpiece along the lines of Signs. Split is one of his an original vocal and physical spin. In ways, this best, and proof that we weren’t all crazy back in the plays out like a modern day Psycho, with a few day when we figured he could do great things behind more personalities thrown in and minus the shower a camera. Ω scene. While in the Hedwig persona, McAvoy has a
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Michael Keaton is flat-out great as Ray Kroc, the sorta-kinda founder of McDonald’s. Director John Lee Hancock’s film tells the story from when Kroc was selling milk shake mixers door-to-door up through his wife-stealing days as the head of the McDonald’s corporation. Hancock’s movie desperately wants you to like Kroc, but maybe we shouldn’t? After all, he swept in and took the name of McDonald’s from the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), effectively cutting them out of most profits and leaving them in his dust. The film is at its best when it is in old-time, Americana mode. It’s a beautiful looking movie that captures the essence of those old timey fast food joints that replaced the traditional drive-in diners. It slows down a bit and gets a little muddled when it tries to depict Kroc as some sort of commerce hero. I suppose if they went into details about how his co-creating McDonald’s has contributed to worldwide obesity and environmental concerns, McDonald’s themselves would’ve mounted up the lawyers and put the kibosh on the whole thing. Offerman is great as the well-meaning, high-standards McDonald brother who regrets the day he met Kroc.
Katherine Johnson was part of a segregated division at NASA in the ’50s, a wing of mathematicians who did the work that computers do today. Hidden Figures depicts the humiliation she and two other historical African-American figures, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, went through while solving equations that helped put men safely into space. The women had to put up with a lot of racist bullshit, and the film shows their hardships, albeit in PG fashion. Taraji P. Henson plays Johnson, the “smart one” astronaut John Glenn personally demanded check the coordinates before his historical flight launched. Octavia Spencer is her usual great self as Vaughan, doing the work of a supervisor without the title and curious about that new IBM thing they just installed down the hall. Vaughan would become crucial to the implementation of computers at NASA, as well as being the agency’s first African-American supervisor. As Jackson, NASA’s first female African-American aeronautical engineer, singer Janelle Monae is so good, it’s easy to forget that this is just her second movie role. As a composite, fictional character named Al Harrison, Kevin Costner does some of his best acting in years.
La La Land
This is an all new, original musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) that’s surprisingly low on melodrama while full of vibrancy, beautiful tunes, outstanding set pieces and a stunning sense of realism for a movie where the characters bust out singing. It’s the best original movie musical ever made. The story follows wannabe actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz composer Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they try to make it in crazy Los Angeles. They meet, they don’t like each other much at first, but then they fall in love,
which provides Chazelle and his performers ample opportunities for musical numbers that surprise at every turn. This solidifies Gosling as one of the best actors of his generation. He can wow you with insightful indies and carry big-budget blockbusters. Now, with La La Land, he takes his game to a new level. He proves he can pretty much do anything when it comes to movie characters. He can sing and dance with the best of them. Stone doesn’t just make her mark with a beautiful voice and expert footwork—she embodies the character with the honest and almost tragic drive to “make it” in the business.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director Ben Affleck’s latest is a period piece/costume drama that looks like a lot of work went into it but never feels like a cohesive picture. Affleck also stars as Joe Coughlin, one of those gangsters you just gotta love, fighting the gangster fight during Prohibition in sunny Florida. Joe rises to the top of the gangster field, despite being the son of a cop (Brendan Gleeson), and despite basically being an all-around good guy. The problem here is that Affleck fails to give his central character a true identity and emotional toolbox. The character feels stilted, and the movie around him feels like a costume party. It’s as if Affleck is afraid to make him the truly bad guy he should be. The fedoras and sweet suits all look good, but it’s in the service of a story that has been told before in far more powerful fashion. Sienna Miller is good as Joe’s early love, and Elle Fanning, who had a great year with The Neon Demon and 20th Century Women, is also good as a disgraced actress who finds a new career in preaching.
There was a quick little moment in the very first Star Wars (now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) where a character mentions rebels possibly obtaining vulnerability secrets regarding the Death Star. That group of people actually gets their own movie in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a Star Wars spinoff that’s technically another prequel. In fact, it tells a story that leads right up to where A New Hope begins. It’s also a little different from your typical Star Wars movie in that it doesn’t mainly deal with the Skywalker saga—although a couple of them make notable appearances—and doesn’t prominently feature the John Williams score (although that makes some appearances, as well). Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) goes for something a little different here, a tonal shift that reminds of the big change The Empire Strikes Back brought to the saga. Felicity Jones is terrific as Jyn, a woman who finds herself with strange ties to the Death Star, and becomes part of the effort to destroy it.
Martin Scorsese’s Silence, or, How to Torture a Jesuit Priest Until He Says, “Ah, Screw It!” and Looks for Another Gig, is the auteur’s most inconsistent offering since his misguided and sloppy Casino. It’s clear that Scorsese has poured his heart into the passion project, which makes it all the more sad that it doesn’t live up to his usual standard. The movie is far too long, and repetitive to the point where it becomes laughable rather than having the desired effect of moving the viewer. Based on the Shusaku Endo book, and a project Scorsese had been trying to mount since the ’80s, it’s nothing but a colossal waste of a great director’s time. Bored to death is not what I expect to be during a Scorsese offering, but that’s what I was watching Silence. Two Jesuit priests, Rodrigues and Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver), head to Japan in search of their mentor priest, Ferreira (Liam Neeson). Ferreira went missing during a prior mission years ago and is rumored to have gone into hiding as a civilian with a wife. The whole setup feels a bit like Apocalypse Now, minus the excitement, capable storytelling and fat Brando. There’s a lot of violence as Japanese Christians and the priests are tortured for their beliefs. There’s also a lot of snoring as the proceedings carry on way too long.
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with friends. That stage is no longer a stage, more of a recessed area with a few arcade games. The current owners’ decor is a mix of hunting lodge, Nevada sports With weather recently challenging our shrine, and lots of flair, from signs yelling ability to get around, I’ve been thinking about drink specials and happy hours about isolation lately. Basic necessities cut to antiques and nostalgic knick-knacks off when I-80 closes and trucks can’t get hanging overhead. As I’m not the young through. Despite being a local, I remember collegiate drinker I once was, I now see when I went to University of Nevada, almost as much restaurant as bar, with a Reno being tied to campus and frequenting full menu of pub fare to soak up the booze the bars near campus, since that’s where or quash the hangover the next day. The other students went. Realizing it’s been multitude of TV screens are sure to please literally decades now since I graduated, I sports fans but don’t detract from the cozy just assume that’s still the case, but aside locals’ joint atmosphere. from proximity, nothing really stands out A mirror boasts they are “purveyors as a “college bar” to me these days. It’s of fine whiskeys,” and bottles behind weird being so close geographically but the bar confirm the selection of spirits. so culturally distant. That said, since long The chalkboard listing shot specials before my college days, there’s been a with crazy names works with the college constant that anyone who’s attended UNR crowd, if memory or followed UNR sports serves correct, but will recognize as an as expected for old standby—the Little a football-andWaldorf Saloon. 1661 N. Virginia St., 337-9255 fraternities spot, As far as I can tell, For more information, visit www.lilwal.com. beer is definitely there’s just one bit of the drink of choice history on their website here. In addition that is true—the Little Waldorf has been to bottled options, upwards of 50 taps, around since 1922. Aside from that, the from humdrum to excellent, span the bar. legend of Red Waldorf and his cannon Sadly, I only saw half of them before is just that, a legend. There was once a ordering and missed some great options bar called The Waldorf Club, opened in at the other end—it’s a long bar! downtown in 1910. In 1922, one of the As I sat there at the bar with my beer, owners opened the Little Waldorf, further I considered my isolation. Former student north and across Virginia Street. It thrived in a college bar, no crowd to speak of. there for decades, enjoying its popularity Ghosts of young drinkers, several generawith students from the UNR. Over the tions over, hoisting their mugs at a Wolf years, owners have changed, the location Pack victory or drowning their sorrows has changed (twice), but ties to Wolf Pack in a loss. Icy streets and inertia keeping sports remain strong, especially in the me close to home for this beer. Yes, this current location, conveniently near Mackay place has seen its share of pints filled and Stadium and Lawlor Events Center. emptied, burgers eaten, memories made. My memories of the Little Wal are At once both always there and easily mostly seeing local or touring bands play forgotten, after nearly 95 years the Little on a small stage near the back, swigging Wal remains a landmark for many, local whatever beer was cheap and having fun alumni and drinkers alike. Ω
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Dom Kelley, Greg Rea, Cody Rea and Spencer Mead set out to make it in Los Angeles and came back to make an album in Reno.
L.A. story Bluff Caller “We really prided ourselves on being unknown,” said Cody Rea, front man and guitarist of Bluff Caller. That was the band’s stance after The Jungle Academy, their poppy freshman album from 2013 that earned them a Reno following of millennial fangirls and their boyfriends. But after recording the raw tracks of their second album, it was time for the foursome to shed their small-town skin and become something in the music biz. There’s only one way to get that done, and that’s by getting noticed on stage in a Los Angeles club, the way Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) pulled it off in La La Land. So, with a shell of a plan, the guys of Bluff Caller packed up last January and left Reno in the dust, headed for palm trees and fame. They had a house and a job lined up. They would be door-to-door salesmen for a home security company. “It turned out we worked six days a week with no income because it was all for that paycheck on the end of a five- or six-month sales season,” said Rea. “We blew our savings. We racked up credit cards. We wrecked our finances just to be down there.” Worst of all, they didn’t get to build their L.A. following. Venues were payto-play. Cutthroat promoters cared more about a band’s social media following than its sound, plus the band’s new, more mature record was unmixed on a hard drive somewhere back in Reno. (They couldn’t even track it down. That’s another story.) “That whole thing shook us out of our delusions of grandeur about how easy we thought the musician’s life would be,” Rea said. “We thought we
would go down there with these un-mixed tracks and hand it off magically or play some gig and have some happenstance with some promoter or A&R.” In April, the band came back to Reno battered from the experience. The guys got regular jobs and set up local shows for their loyal Reno fans. They were back at the drawing board just like Wile E. Coyote after a self-sabotaging plot including TNT—a theme that inspired the album art on their new album and the first track, “Wile E.” Before long, they caught the ear of TC Twitchell, owner of the mysterious HQ Studios, a private recording space somewhere on the outskirts of town. “Everybody is vetted before coming in here,” said Twitchell. “I have people call me and be like, I want to record, and I’m like who do you know? This is a mafia. If you mess up, you’re out, and the person who vouched for you is out.” The etiquette at HQ includes never putting your beer on an amp or a piano. By November, with Twitchell as their guardian angel, they had finally mixed and mastered what is now The Desert Party. “I was really proud of that album,” said Twitchell, comparing their electrorhythmic rock to a mingling of Linkin Park and the Dave Matthews Band. Songs like “Spoils” flow like something Drake would rap over. Twitchell said he mixed Rea’s voice to emulate Sting. Everyone else says they sound like the new Kings of Leon, an accolade they used to play into. That was before they made The Desert Party. Now, Bluff Caller is finalizing a March tour that includes five dates from Reno to L.A.—and back again. Ω
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THURSDAY 1/26 1UP 214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 329-9444 125 W. Third St., (775) 323-5005
Starset Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. 384-1652
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CARGO AT WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL 255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400
CEOL IRISH PUB 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558
Rustler’s Moon, 8:30pm, no cover
Pub Quiz Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover
3rd Street, 125 W. Third St., 323-5005: Comedy Night & Improv w/Patrick Shillito, W, 9pm, no cover The Improv at Harveys Cabaret, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, (800) 553-1022: Jerry Rocha, Ronnie Schell, Th-F, Su, 9pm, $25; Sa, 9pm, $30; Matteo Lane, Nika Williams, W, 9pm, $25 Laugh Factory at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7401: Tim Gaither, Th, Su, 7:30pm, $21.95; F-Sa, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; John Caponera, Tu-W, 7:30pm, $21.95 Reno-Tahoe Comedy at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., 686-6600: Will C, Th, 8pm, $10-$15; F, 9pm, $12-$18; Sa, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $12-$18
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DG Kicks, 9pm, Tu, no cover Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover
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Arizona Jones, 9pm, M, no cover
Karaoke w/Nitesong Productions, 9pm, Tu, no cover
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THE LOFT TAHOE 1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe; (530) 523-8024
THE LOVING CUP 188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480
MIDTOWN WINE BAR 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, $19-$37
Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, $19-$37
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Baker Street Band, 8pm, no cover
The Coney Dogs, 8pm, no cover
DJ Trivia, 6:30pm, no cover
MORRIS BURNER HOSTEL 400 E. Fourth St., (775) 327-1171
PADDY & IRENEâ€™S IRISH PUB 906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-5484
Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, $19-$37
Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Athena McIntyre, 7pm, W, no cover
Jenni Charles & Jesse Dunn, 8pm, no cover
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Marshall Comptonâ€™s Gathering, 7pm, donations
The Lique, 8:30pm, no cover Hippie Churchâ€”A Moâ€™ Flow Jam, 9pm, M, no cover
Acoustic Wonderland singer-songwriter showcase, 8pm, no cover
U Play Wednesday (open mic jam), 8pm, W, no cover
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DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864 76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474
ROCKBAR THEATER 211 N. Virginia St., (669) 255-7960
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Live jazz, 8pm, no cover
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Gemini Duo, 9pm, no cover
Corky Bennett, 7pm, W, no cover
Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover Graham Bonnet Band, Alcatrazz, Discordia, 7pm, $15-$40
Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover Cliff Porterâ€™s Full Blast, 9pm, no cover
SHEAâ€™S TAVERN 715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY 445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484
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Jelly Bread, House of Waters, 10pm, $10-$12
The Sam Chase, Ramblinâ€™ Rounders, 9pm, $10
Live Blues Wednesdays, 8pm, W, no cover
Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover
Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover Music Industry Night, 8pm, W, no cover
Karl Densonâ€™s Tiny Universe
Meade Ave, Perpetual Dementia, American Slacker Society, 9pm, $10 DJ Bangus, 9pm, no cover
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Toney Rocks, Frankly Fictitious, 8:30pm, $7
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Everyday Outlaw, 9pm, no cover
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First Take w/Rick Metz, 6pm, no cover Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover
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Big Mo and the Full Moon Band Jan. 26, 7 p.m. Jan. 27-28, 8 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St. 826-2121
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 O’Cleary’s Irish Pub, 1330 Scheels Drive, Ste. 250, Sparks, 359-1209: Bobby Dee Karaoke/Dance Party, Th, 6pm, 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
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2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover
2) Lex Thursdays, 10pm, no cover
2) Marc E. Bassy, 10pm, $15 3) Grand Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover
3) Grand Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover
CARSON VALLEY INN
1627 Hwy. 395, Minden; (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret Lounge 3) TJ’s Corral
CRYSTAL BAY CLUB
14 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room
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
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE
219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center
NUGGET CASINO RESORT
1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Convention Ballroom 3) Gilley’s
PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO
2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Tuscany Ballroom 2) Terrace Lounge 3) Edge
SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401
1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge
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2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover The Wiz Kid, 10:30pm, W, no cover
1) Back N Black, 8pm, $10
50 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (844) 588-7625 1) Vinyl 2) Center Bar
15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) South Shore Room 2) Peek Nightclub 3) Center Stage Lounge
2) Jamie Rollins, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover
1) Railroad Earth, 8pm, $25.68
2) DJ Louie Giovanni, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover
2) DJ Montague, DJ Rick Gee, 10pm, $20 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
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover California Cowboys, 9pm, no cover
1) The Four Tops, 8pm, $25-$65 2) Brew HaHa, 7pm, $50-$70 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover California Cowboys, 9pm, no cover
1) The Four Tops, 8pm, $25-$65 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover California Cowboys, 9pm, no cover
2) Big Mo and the Full Moon Band, 7pm, no cover
2) Big Mo and the Full Moon Band, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20
2) Big Mo and the Full Moon Band, 8pm, no cover 3) DJ Dynamix, 10pm, $20
2) DJ Ivan, 9pm, no cover 4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover
2) Flock of 80z, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover
2) Flock of 80z, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover
3) Buddy Emmer Band and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover
3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, W, no cover
2) DJ Ivan, 9pm, no cover 3) Industry Night, 10pm, no cover 4) Kronik, 9pm, no cover
2) AMP Ent DJ, 9pm, M, no cover DJ Ivan, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover
for tHE WEEK of JAnUArY 26, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com.
EvEnts AFTER THE PROSPECTORS: Presenter Bob Goodman, a wildlife photographer and member of the Lahonton Audubon Society, shares a video record of six years of exploring mine tunnels, from large operations to small ones, showing how nature has transformed these dark spaces since they were abandoned. This work was sponsored in part by National Geographic Magazine. Sa, 1/28, 2-3pm. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.thegreatbasininstitute.org.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SPEAKER: Heart attack survivor Lori Patch will talk about surviving heart attacks and heart disease and the differences in symptoms that appear in women versus men. W, 2/1, 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100, http://events.washoecountylibrary.us.
ASTRONOMY EVENT: THE WINTER CIRCLE: Join the Astronomical Society of Nevada as they take visitors on an exploration of The Winter Circle, a group of the brightest stars in and around Orion the Hunter. The presenters will discuss these stars and their corresponding constellations. A viewing of the stars will occur after the presentation. This event is dependent on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm attendance. Sa, 1/28, 6:30-8pm. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
EAGLES & AGRICULTURE: The 15th annual event has been moved to earlier in the year to coincide with the height of eagleviewing opportunities in Carson Valley. The four-day event includes the Welcome Reception and Photography Exhibit, Ranch & Eagle Tour & Luncheon and the Falconers Dinner. Th-Su through 1/29. $10$45. Locations vary, (775) 782-8144.
GIRL EMPIRE: Middle and high school girls will have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and college preparation at this three-hour workshop. Sa, 1/28, 10am-1pm. $30. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., Suite 330, (775) 742-1858, http://girlmade.co/girl-empire.
SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack C.
underwent a building boom in the 1960s and 1970s to keep up with trends in modern architecture. Sharon Honig-Bear of the Historic Reno Preservation Society will describe the features that defined the mid-century design movement, creating major changes in architecture and modern living. Su, 1/29, 1-2:30pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312, www.historicreno.org.
RENO/TAHOE SENIOR WINTER GAMES: The games offer individual and team competitions for people age 50 and older. Participants compete within age groups to win gold, silver and bronze medals. M-Su through 2/14. Opens 1/28. $10-$40. Locations vary, (775) 657-4602.
Expectations: A Photographic Exhibition. Matthew McIver’s photographic series is inspired by architecture, sustainability, water and art. Artist reception is Feb. 2. M-Su, 8am-5pm through 2/24; Th, 2/2, 5-7pm. Free. 1 E. First St., (775) 334-2417.
RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER: Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground. This exhibit features 16 artists who were asked to explore the geographical and cultural differences in Nevada, if such differences truly exist. These artists communicated and visually responded to each other’s unique economic, environmental, political and social settings—further dissecting this notion of a splitting geography and/or communion of Nevada’s polarities. Geographical Divides is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition Program. M-Su, 8am-4:30pm through 1/30. 1595 N. Virginia St., (775) 785-4512.
WINTER FIREWORKS CELEBRATION: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows presents a fireworks show on the KT Deck every Saturday through March 4, weather and conditions permitting. Sa, 6pm through 3/4. Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, http://squawalpine.com.
All AgEs ART ADVENTURES: Budding artists ages 6-10 can explore a variety of mediums including drawing, pastels and watercolor. Six-week session. Each class will be held on Wednesday in the Art Studio beneath the Lake Mansion. Supplies are included. Class size is limited to 15 participants. W, 4-5pm through 3/8. Opens 2/1. $60. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100 ext. 3, www.artsforallnevada.org.
CRAFTING AT RANCHO: Enjoy family-friendly crafts inside the Discover Room near the main barn in the Nevada Farms and Family area of the park, formally referred to as the Great Basin Adventure. Su, 11am-1pm through 1/29. Free. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-4512.
DOWNTOWN LIBRARY STORY TIME: Stories and activities especially for the preschool child. Tu, 10:30am. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.
FAMILY STORY TIME: This event for children from birth to age 6 includes book reading, songs, rhymes and movement activities. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. W,
11-11:30am through 8/31; W, 11-11:30am through 6/28. Free. Northwest Reno
Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
RENO’S MID-CENTURY PROPERTIES: Reno
METRO GALLERY AT RENO CITY HALL: No
Davis Observatory hosts free star parties every Saturday night year round, starting at sunset (except when there is snow on the roads). The evening starts with a lecture on one of numerous topics and then concludes with guided star viewing by one of the observatory’s astronomers. Sa, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.
INSIDE OUT: AN ANATOMY EXPERIENCE: This exhibition will take you on a journey into the curiosities of human anatomy. Through digital and hands-on exhibits, you’ll learn how our bodies work, grow, age and heal. Tu-Su. $10 general admission, $9 veterans and active duty military. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, www.nvdm.org.
SCIENCE UNDERGROUND: Located on the museum’s lower level, Science Underground features an eclectic, subterranean collection of exhibits from The Discovery’s first five years including big, blue building blocks, Electrosketch, Nano Science, an oversized Nevada puzzle, the Tube-o-Phone, a walking piano and more. Tu-Su. $9-$10. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, www.nvdm.org.
Influences: Windflower and Wagner
SIERRA ARTS: Somewhere in the Desert
The Reno Chamber Orchestra continues its 2016-2017 season with a concert featuring violinist Catherine Manoukian (pictured). The Canadian musician will join the orchestra with conductor Theodore Kuchar in a rare performance of Edward Elgar’s violin concerto “Windflower.” The work is dedicated to violinist Fritz Kreisler, but its major influence was Elgar’s muse, Alice Stuart-Wortley, whom Elgar referred to as “Windflower.” The program will include Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 4, which reveals strong influences of German composer Richard Wagner. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $5-$50. Call 348-9413 or visit www.renochamberorchestra.org.
STORY TIME: Stories and activities to encourage a love of books, stimulate thinking and promote feelings of selfassurance. Designed for the preschool child, but all ages are welcome. Th, 10:1510:45am through 8/31. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) OUTREACH CLINIC: The Food Bank of Northern Nevada hosts SNAP outreach clinics to assist lowincome families and individuals in applying for SNAP benefits. First come, first served. Th, 10am-noon. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8312.
Art HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY: Purple Domino. Courtney Asztalos’ portraits of female protagonists cast in neon light explore the masked realms of her subjects while also touching on notions of posthumanism and the idea of the “monstrous beyond gender.” Tu-F, 3-6pm through 1/27; Spaces. The subjects of Alex Vitale’s exhibition are impacted by their transgender and non-binary gender identity, as they seek to represent a space that is neither male nor female. Including both photography and video work, Tu-F, 3-6pm through 1/27. Free. 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858, www.hollandreno.org.
There’s a Forest. In this series of paintings, artist Lisa Kurt has crafted miniature narratives of human fascination with nature, particularly animals and animal-like creatures. Inspired by the New England woods of her childhood, the wooded and damp world of North California and the Pacific Northwest and her home in the high desert mountains of Nevada, she integrates elements of these landscapes into her works in various ways. M-F through 1/27. 17 S. Virginia St., Ste. 120, (775) 329-2787.
SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM: Truckee Meadows Reflections. The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center presents this exhibition detailing historical water usage in the region. In conjunction with the exhibit, Latimer Art Club will present work by their members in the museum’s Cultural Center. Artists from Latimer explore the theme of water in their artwork, which showcases a wide variety of mediums. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments at the exhibit reception on Feb. 25, 4-7pm. Tu-Sa, 11am-4pm through 3/25. Free. 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144.
HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY AT BIBO COFFEE CO.: Domestic Dreams. The exhibition features photographs capturing altered landscapes of rural Nevada (and beyond) and portraits of people who live there, all through the lenses of the students of Smith Valley High School. M-Su through 2/10. Free. 945 Record St., (775) 348-8087, www.hollandreno.org.
MATHEWSON-IGT KNOWLEDGE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Inside the Mind of da Vinci. The University of Nevada, Reno hosts the display of an iconic sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci on campus. Northern Nevada artist Mischell Riley worked with engineering and art students at the university to realize the 10’ x 23’ sculpture, which premiered at the most recent Burning Man event. M-Su through 5/1. 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4636, www.knowledgecenter.unr.edu.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Light Abundant: Lainie Vreeland. The abstract painter creates innovative and imaginative compositions centered on water, forms and plant life as they interact with light. The artist reception is on Feb. 2. M-F, 9am-5pm through 2/24; Th, 2/2, 5-7pm; Extravagant Chemistry. West Gallery in McKinley Arts & Culture Center present new work by abstract painter Liz Penniman. The artist reception is on Feb. 2. M-F, 9am-5pm through 2/24; Th, 2/2, 5-7pm. Free. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.
CAll for Artists CALL FOR ART: MARCH POP-UP ART SHOW: Pitch Black Printing Company will host a video game-themed pop-up art show titled Level Up on March 11. Artists of all genres are encouraged to submit work with an video game-related theme. All mediums will be accepted. Work must be submitted no later than Saturday, Feb. 25. Email submissions to email@example.com. M-Su through 2/25. Free. Pitch Black Printing Company, 1108 California Ave., (775) 476-2003.
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MILE HIGH-CARSON HIGH JAZZ EXTRAVAGANZA: Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High Jazz Band and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 14th annual combined concert and benefit for Carson City’s school instrumental music programs. The concert will feature three big bands, vocalist Cindee LeVal, combo performances and the traditional grand finale combining the forces of all the musicians. Tu, 1/31, 7pm. $10 general admission, free for youth age 18 and younger. Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 883-4154, http://milehighjazz.com.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Andrea Zittel:
Wallsprawl, W-Su through 12/31; Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains, W-Su through 5/11; Peter Stichbury: Anatomy of a Phenomenon, W-Su through 5/28; Tarek Al Ghoussein, W-Su through 2/19; Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings from the Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi Collection, W-Su through 5/28; Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector, W-Su through 12/31; Maynard Dixon: The Paltenghi Collections, W-Su through 7/16; A Place in the Country: Aboriginal Australian Paintings, W-Su through 6/4. $1-$10. 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Toytopia. This immersive and hands-on exhibition takes visitors through 100 years of classic toys, games, dolls and more. Learn about the origins of toys, who made them, and why they are fun or dear to us. Discover why some toys succeeded and some failed, which toys have become collectors’ items and why. The show even highlights which toys were the most popular in every decade of the 20th century. W-Su through 4/16. $9 adults, $8 seniors, children ages 3-17. 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
sPorts & Fitness DOWNTOWN CARSON CITY ON ICE: The ice skating rink is open for the winter season. Visit website for skate session hours. M-Su through 1/31. $5-$7, $3 skate rental. Arlington Square Ice Rink, North Carson and West Robinson streets, Carson City, www.carson.org/icerink.
ist along one of the Galena Park trails and learn about the area. Bring water, sunscreen, hiking boots or snowshoes (depending on weather.) Sa, 10am. $5 donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.
league team takes on the RGV Vipers, F, 1/27, 7pm; the team plays Salt Lake City Stars, Su, 1/29, 5pm; the team plays Iowa Energy, W, 2/1, 7pm. $10 and up. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 853-8220, http://reno.dleague.nba.com.
BLACK NARCISSUS: Anglican nuns set up a
RENO ICE RINK: The outdoor ice rink is open for the season. Hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 10pm, and Sunday 10am to 7pm. Free parking is available across the street along Evans Avenue. M-Su through 1/28. $8 adults and teens ages 13-54, $6 children age 12 and younger, seniors age 55 and older, $4 skate rental. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7035.
Poetry/literature AN EVENING WITH LAILA LALAMI: The evening will feature the author in conversation with Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, assistant professor of English, at the University of Nevada, Reno. Audience members will be invited to participate in a Q&A session with Lalami, followed by a reception and book signing. F, 1/27, 6pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., www.nevadahumanities.org.
CALENDAR GIRLS: Reno Little Theater presents Tim Firth’s stage adaptation of his own film script inspired by a group of Yorkshire Women’s Institute members who stripped off for a charity calendar to raise money for leukemia research.
Th, 1/26, 7:30pm; F, 1/27, 7:30pm; Sa, 1/28, 7:30pm; Su, 1/29, 2pm; Th, 2/2, 7:30pm; F, 2/3, 7:30pm; Sa, 2/4, 7:30pm; Su, 2/5, 2pm. $12-$22. Reno Little Theater, 147 E.
tainment series continues with a performance by Highway 40. Sa, 7pm through 3/18. $3 suggested donation. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.
Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900.
THE EXPLORERS CLUB: Restless Artists’ Theatre presents this comedy by Nell Benjamin. Su, 2pm through 1/29. $12-$20. Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WANDA JUNE: Brüka
Theatre presents this play by Kurt Vonnegut. Th, 1/26, 8pm; F, 1/27, 8pm; Sa,
1/28, 8pm; Th, 2/2, 8pm; F, 2/3, 8pm; Sa, 2/4, 8pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N.
Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.
classes DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE: Students ages 10-15 will learn how to draw by recognizing basic shapes and altering them. Explore the techniques of line quality, hatching and shading. The class will be held in the Art Happens Here Studio. Tu, 4-5:30pm through 2/28. $75 for six classes. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100 ext. 3.
DRINK & DRAW: An unorthodox life draw-
HOW THE WEST WAS ONE: Poem Man will be joined by Mac Esposito, Chriselle Vinson Kelsey Sweet and special guest, Shaughn Richardson in a motivational spoken word play with live musical accompaniment. Th, 1/26, 7pm; Sa, 1/28, 5pm. $10. Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., (775) 686-8201.
LIGHTS OUT COMEDY SHOW: The comedy show features local comedians and host Adam Terry. F, 1/27, 9-10:30pm. Free. Perk Up Coffee Shop, 310 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 359-3423.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL: Broadway Comes to Reno continues its 2016-2017 season with the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and more. Tu-Th, 7:30pm
through 1/26; F, 1/27, 8pm; Sa, 1/28, 2 & 8pm; Su, 1/29, 1 & 7pm. $37-$115. Pioneer
auDitions AUDITIONS FOR YOUTH THEATER: Auditions for 15 Reasons Not To Be In A Play. Open to youth ages 9-18. Be prepared to stay for the entire audition. Auditions will consist of reading from the script and improvisations. A prepared monologue is recommended but not required. Rehearsals will be one or two times per week, but the bulk of rehearsal time will be on Saturdays beginning in late February or early March. The play will have three performances in May. Information will be included in the audition packet. Sa, 1/28, 3-5pm. $200 production fee (scholarships available). Sierra School of Performing Arts, 1380 Greg St., Ste. 225, Sparks, (775) 852-7740, www.sierraschoolofperformingarts.org.
DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE: The Reno chapter of the national DBSA meets. Fourth Th of every month, 7-8:30pm. Renown Health Boardroom, 1495 Mill St., (775) 835-6410.
GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING: The Reno Gem and Mineral Society meets the first Wednesday of every month upstairs in Baldini’s Casino First W of every month, 7-9pm. Free. Baldini’s Casino, 865 Rock Blvd., Sparks, www.renorockhounds.com.
ing class with limited formal instruction and maximum visual stimulation from an assortment of the following—nude models, dancers, musicians, staged still lifes, running films and projected images. Basic drawing supplies are offered, but please bring materials as you like. Third
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Renown Hospice
Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, (775) 391-0278, www.renoartworks.org.
INTERMEDIATE WEST COAST SWING LESSON:
W of every month, 7-9pm through 12/20; first W of every month, 7-9pm through 12/6. Opens 2/1. $10 donation suggested. Reno
INTRO TO CROCHET: Learn the basics of
BILL CHARLAP TRIO: The jazz pianist performs
COME IN FROM THE COLD: The family enter-
Sierra Arts’ 22nd annual fundraiser features more than 100 brews to sample, an artist village and live music by Mojo Green. The fun takes place on Friday, Jan. 27, inside the Convention Ballroom on the second floor of the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks. VIP admission begins at 7 p.m., followed by general admission at 8 p.m. VIP tickets are $65 and general admission tickets are $50. Call 356-3300 or visit http://sierra-arts.org.
Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600.
Music with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. A free conversation with the artists takes place before the show at 3pm. Sa, 1/28, 8pm. $17-$20. Barkley Theatre, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440, www.churchillarts.org.
GALENA CREEK GUIDED HIKE: Join a natural-
RENO BIGHORNS: The NBA development
school and hospital high in the Himalayas, only to fall prey to the sensual beauty and seductive mysteries of their new home in this 1947 film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Su, 1/29, 6-8pm. $5-$7. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716, http://artemisiamovies.weebly.com.
Sierra Arts Brew HaHa
crochet in this two-hour beginners class. Participants will master the basic stitches and learn about yarn, needles and pattern reading. Tu, 1/31, 2-4pm. $42. Atelier Truckee, 10128 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 386-2700.
JIMMY BEANS WOOL KNIT NIGHT: Join local and visiting fiber enthusiasts for an evening of knitting and crocheting. Fourth Th of every month, 6-8pm. Free. Jimmy Beans Wool, 1312 Capital Blvd., Ste. 103, (775) 827-9276, www.jimmybeanswool.com.
PAINTING WORKSHOP: ABSTRACT & GESTURE: Learn basic gestural and abstract painting skills in a relaxed environment. Call to schedule. $50. Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, (651) 361-0757.
THANK GOODNESS IT’S ART FRIDAY: Create your a one-of-a-kind fabric collage while you learn techniques to create at home with your own fabric. All supplies are provided. Every fourth F, 6-9pm through 2/17. Opens 1/27; F, 2/17, 6-9pm. $30 per person. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100 ext. 3.
coMMunity BEGINNING WEST COAST SWING LESSON: West Coast swing dancing sponsored by High Sierra Swing Dance Club. Preceded by a lesson by Tim Renner in beginning West Coast swing at 6pm. No partner necessary. Tu, 6-8pm through 1/31. $8. El Charro Avitia, 4389 S. Carson St., Carson City, (707) 321-3010, www.hssdc.org.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: This group is for patients and families facing cancer and is facilitated by an oncology social worker who is skilled in the emotional aspects of cancer. Participants can share experiences and express feelings and concerns. The support group meets in Room 101 in the Sierra Tower. Th, 11:30am-1pm. Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill St., (775) 982-4400, www.renown.org.
CROCHET CONNECTION: Learn to crochet or share tips with other crochet enthusiasts. Th, 4-5:45pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, located at Lazy 5 Regional Park, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1800.
Care offers a grief support group every first and third Wednesday. Support is available for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. First W of every month, 6:30-8pm. Free. Washoe County Senior Center, 1155 E. Ninth St., (775) 982-2817.
High Sierra Swing Dance Club presents its monthly dance party. Steve Dorman will teach a lesson in Intermediate West Coast Swing at 6:30pm. Social dance is 7:30pm. Partners are not required. Sa, 1/28, 6:3010pm. $7-$10. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, www.hssdc.org.
KNITTING GROUP: The group is open to all knitters, crocheters, loom artists and people who enjoy the company of other yarn artists. Bring your project or start a new one. Tu, 4-6pm through 4/3. Free. Atelier Truckee, 10128 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, www.ateliertruckee.com.
LIFESCAPES: The memoir writing program
for seniors meets. Second and fourth Th of every month, 10:30am. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190; W, 2/1, 1-3pm; W, 2/15, 1-3pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
SOUTH VALLEYS BRIDGE GROUP: Join Jill and meet new friends. Basic bridge knowledge preferred. F, 1-4pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
SPARKS LIBRARY KNITTING AND CROCHETING CIRCLE: Join the Sparks Library every Thursday and learn the techniques to start your masterpiece. Th, 4-6pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.
THE TUESDAY NIGHT YARN CREW: All skill levels and yarn-crafts are welcome. Bring your project to this “sit and knit” gathering. Tu, 5:30-7pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
Volunteer BLOOD DONATIONS: Give the gift of life and donate blood. Donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Call to make an appointment. M-Su. United Blood Services, 1125 Terminal Way, (775) 324-6454.
ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, CRIMINAL DEFENSE
We Ar e her e To Help by AMY ALKON
Flee willy I’m a 27-year-old woman, dating again after a six-year relationship. I slept with a guy on the third date and was dismayed when he didn’t spend the night. It didn’t feel like just a hookup, and it wasn’t a work night. Is this just how people date now—going home immediately after sex—or does this mean he’s not serious? The “half-night stand”—avoiding the early-morning walk of shame, often via middle-of-the-night Uber— is being proclaimed the new one-night stand. The truth is, the just-post-sex adios isn’t exactly a new phenomenon—it’s probably just more prevalent, thanks to how easy smartphones make it to swipe office supplies, Thai food and sex partners right to your door. As for why this guy left, it’s hard to say. Maybe he’s gone for good or maybe he just wasn’t sure you wanted him to stay. Your fretting about what the deal is suggests you might not be as comfortable as you think about having sex before there’s a relationship in place. You may unconsciously be succumbing to a form of peer pressure—peer pressure that mainly exists in your own mind—called “pluralistic ignorance.” This is social psychologists’ term for when many people in a group are personally uncomfortable with some belief or behavior but go along with it anyway—incorrectly concluding that most people are A-OK with it and thinking they should be, too. Consider how the millennial generation is supposedly “Generation Hookup.” Looking at survey data from Americans ages 20 to 24, psychologist Jean Twenge actually found that people born from 1990 to 1994 (millennials) were “significantly more likely” than those born from 1965 to 1969 (Gen Xers) to say they’d had zero sex partners since the age of 18. Fifteen percent of millennials went sexless, versus 6 percent of Gen Xers. And if millennials were clued in on pluralistic ignorance, the number in the “no sex for now” column might be even higher. For example, biological anthropologist Chris Reiber finds that women seriously overestimate other women’s comfort level with “hookup behaviors” (from “sexual touching above the waist” to sex) in situations “where a more
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Gimme sum of your luvin’ Resolve an argument, please. How often should married people be having sex to have a happy marriage? Consider that more of a good thing is not always better. For example, having more in the boobage area is generally great—unless that means having three. Well, according to social psychologist Amy Muise and her colleagues, once you’ve got a relationship going, sex works kind of the same way. They find that having sex once a week is associated with greater happiness. However, more sex than that doesn’t make for more happiness, and it can sometimes make for less. The researchers explain that many people are exhausted and feel overwhelmed, so “the pressure to engage in sex as frequently as possible may be daunting and even stressful.” But, interestingly, comparisons with one’s peers—positive or negative—also color how people feel. Sociologist Tim Wadsworth finds that, beyond simply having sex, what really makes people happier is thinking they’re having more of it than everybody else. Having sex just once a week can keep the spouse with a stronger sex drive feeling satisfied enough while keeping the less lusty spouse from feeling like a sexual pack mule. This, in turn, helps keep resentment from taking over your relationship to the point where you go around grumbling that the last time somebody got into your pants, it was because they paid $3.79 for them at Goodwill. Ω
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Film Critics Circle named Casey Affleck the Best Actor of the year for his role in the film Manchester by the Sea. In his acceptance speech at the award ceremony, Affleck gave a dramatic reading of quotes by David Edelstein, a prominent critic who has criticized his work. “Mumbly and mulish,” was one of Edelstein’s jabs about Affleck. “Doesn’t have a lot of variety,” was another. A third: “Whenever I see Affleck’s name in a movie’s credits, you can expect a standard, genre B picture—slowed down and tarted up.” I suspect that in the coming weeks, Taurus, you may get a vindication comparable to Affleck’s. I suggest you have wicked fun with it, as he did.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The next two weeks
will be a favorable time to kiss the feet of helpful allies, but not to kiss the butts of clever manipulators. I also advise you to perform acts of generosity for those who will use your gifts intelligently, but not for those who will waste your blessings or treat you like a doormat. Here’s my third point: Consider returning to an old fork in the road where you made a wrong turn, and then making the correct turn this time. But if you do, be motivated by bright hope for a different future rather than by sludgy remorse for your error.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the beginning was
the wild cabbage. Our ancestors found that it had great potential as food, and proceeded to domesticate it. Over the centuries, they used selective breeding to develop many further varia-
tions on the original. Kale and kohlrabi were the first to appear. By the 15th century, cauliflower had been created. Broccoli came along a hundred years later, followed by Brussels sprouts. Today there are at least 20 cultivars whose lineage can be traced back to the wild cabbage. In my astrological opinion, you Libras are in a wild cabbage phase of your long-term cycle. In the coming months you can and should do seminal work that will ultimately generate an abundance of useful derivatives.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1733, workers
finished building the New Cathedral in Salamanca, Spain. But if you go there today, you will see two seemingly modern elements on one facade: carvings of a helmeted astronaut and of a gargoyle licking an ice cream cone. These two characters were added by craftsmen who did renovations on the cathedral in 1992. I offer this vignette as metaphor for your life, Scorpio. It’s a favorable time to upgrade and refine an old structure in your life. And if you do take advantage of this opening, I suggest you add modern touches.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I suspect
that in the coming weeks, you will be afforded opportunities to bend the rules in ways that could make life simpler, more pleasurable, and more successful—or all of the above. To help you deal with the issue of whether these deviations would have integrity, I offer you these questions: Would bending the rules serve a higher good, not just your selfish desires? Is there an approach to bending the rules that may ultimately produce more compassionate results than not bending the rules? Could you actually get away with bending the rules, both in the sense of escaping punishment and also in the sense of being loyal to your own conscience?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I don’t neces-
sarily guarantee that you will acquire paranormal powers in the coming weeks. I’m not saying that you will be able to foretell the future or eavesdrop on conversations from a half-mile away or transform water into whiskey-flavored coffee. But I do suspect that you will at least tap further into a unique personal ability that has been mostly just potential up until now. Or you may finally start using a resource that has been available for a long time. For best results, open your imagination to the possibility that you possess dormant magic.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A London-based
think tank does an annual study to determine which of the world’s countries offers the most freedom. The Legatum Institute measures indicators like civil liberties, social tolerance, and the power to choose one’s destiny. The current champion is Luxembourg. Canada is in second place. France is 22nd, the United States is 26th, and Italy 27th. Since I’m hoping you will markedly enhance your own personal freedom in the coming months, you might want to consider moving to Luxembourg. If that’s not an option, what else could you do? The time is ripe to hatch your liberation plans.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I love to see
dumpsters that have been decorated by graffiti artists. Right now there’s one by the side of a busy road that I often drive down. Its drab gray exterior has been transformed into a splash of cartoon images and scripts. Amidst signatures that look like “Riot Goof” and “Breakfast Toys” and “Sky Blooms,” I can discern a ninja rhinoceros and a gold-crowned jaguar and an army of flying monkeys using squirt guns to douse a forest fire. I suspect it’s a perfect time to for you to be inspired by this spectacle, Pisces. What dumpster-like situation could you beautify?
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there was a lot of, “We don’t want to deal with people at the top,” and “We don’t want to have leaders.” It was so amorphous. Is there a danger of that here?
By any standard, the march would be considered a success. Now what? Well, now we need to decide what comes next. What can we do to help each other? For me, personally, I figure there are certain things I can do at the national level. I can call my congressman every day and those kinds of things, but what I can do at the local level is help local organizations that are helping women.
I was listening to a program Michael Moore did at the end of the John Kerry campaign, and he said that the election should be just the beginning. Well, it was pretty much the end. Kerry’s supporters dissipated politically. Few of them kept on that activism. Why would this movement be different? I’m actually really excited about what’s happening right now. I feel like people are
Local publicist and community leader Jackie Shelton was involved in organizing the Reno women’s march. She is now involved in advancing things beyond the march. Her next event for marchers is posted at http://bit.ly/2j2uLqp. And the national organization is posting a “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” schedule. paying attention where they never were before. Almost every event I’ve gone to since the election has been packed—even on, you know, snowy, crazy weather days. You walk in a room, and there’s 150 people there. People are fired up like I have never seem them before. And I’ve talked to [those] who have—they’ve voted in the past and that’s it. You know, I talked to somebody who never even voted before and now she’s out at events and saying, “What can I do to help?” People want to help people who are different from them. You know, it’s not just, “How do I protect my own interests?”—which, obviously, we need to do that, too. But it’s “How do I protect other people?” too, and I haven’t seen that kind of passion in a long, long time.
When the tea party and occupy movements were getting going,
Well, obviously I’m not in charge of that, but I don’t think so. I think that we understand the way reality is, and we understand who’s making those decisions. What we need to understand at the grassroots level is how to influence those decisions. You know, we need to understand—do we call, do we email, do we fax, do with tweet? What’s the most effective way to make our voices heard, and we need to do that. ... [W]ith social media, not only will you be able to see that you’re not alone—that there’s people all over the world who agree with you on a lot of issues—but also, “What do I do?” … I attended a seminar on crisis communication with Phil Ulibarri from the county. And one of the things he said is, when you’re at a crisis, there’s fire, and there’s people standing around, you want to give them something to do. … After the election … everyone was saying, “What do I do?”
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Can you keep people angry? That’s enormously motivating. I’ll tell you, Dennis, it’s not my goal to keep people angry. I’m not angry. I can’t be angry for four years. I had this same discussion with my son. He said that anger’s a lot more powerful than hope. I disagree. … I’m very hopeful for our future. I’m very hopeful that we can work together. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
Marching against Twitler The numbers from the world’s women’s marches were phenomenal. They were phenomenal because what took place was a true phenomenon. Never before in the history of our planet had so many people hit the streets to deliver a message to one man, a message that can be summed up very simply as Earth’s Middle Finger, aimed directly at one Donald J. Twitler. There were, of course, the huge and expected turnouts in the big cities—500,000 in DC, 400k in NYC, 250k in Chicago, 200k in Denver, 100k in Boston, LA, SF, Seattle, and Madison (!), 50k in Philly, ATL and Austin, and that’s already 2 mill. But it’s the smaller towns in red states that were, in their own way, just as impressive—Little Rock 7k, Sioux Falls 3k, Juneau, Jackson, and Tulsa 1k, Sand Point ID 800, and on and on (and yes, Reno absolutely rocked with its own 10k showing).
Just as important and just as big a part of this truly inspirational phenomenon was the international participation. London with 100,000, Toronto with 60k, Melbourne 10k, Amsterdam 4k, Frankfurt and Dublin 2k, Seoul, Stockholm, Oaxaca 1k, and on and on, and you get the idea. It was massive, it was truly planetary, and it was, without a doubt, the biggest day of protest in the history of humanity. Would you believe approx 4 million total? Yes, there were huge protests against Vietnam in the ’60s and ’70s, but even those weren’t close to what went down on 1-21-17. Trust me, there have never been 100 people in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania marching for any American-inspired reason. Not until 1-21-17. And all of the marching, the speeches, the signs (We Shall Overcomb!) took place and happened without one cop car getting burned, without one window being
broken, without one tear gas canister being lobbed. Absolutely amazing, remarkable, and righteous. Totally peaceful, textbook demonstrations that were beyond all expectations. So, of course, Twitler wasted no time in sending out his twin attack poodles, Spice Guy and Kellyanne ConJob, to piss all over this “unpresidented” event. Each pugnacious pub peon showed itself to be fully capable of lying directly into the camera without a twitch (“alternative facts?” beg pardon? WTF?!?!) Sean Spice’s barrage of horseshit was especially remarkable, as he insisted that Twitler’s inauguration was the largest in U.S. history when any 6 year-old could look at the side by side pics of these gatherings and see that he was absolutely lying his ass off in a truly Orwellian way. It would be funny if it wasn’t completely horrifying. Ω
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