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Word view Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. The cover story this week is a  typically great feature from our  news ace, Dennis Myers. He dives  into the history of gay Nevada, as  told in author Dennis McBride’s new  book, Out of the Neon Closet.  In the story, Dennis mentions that  some readers might find McBride’s  “free use of the  term queer  jarring.” This  caught my eye,  because to me,  queer was long  ago reclaimed  by the gay community as positive  and self-affirming—or, at the very  least, a neutral term. “Queer studies” has been an academic discipline  for decades. It got me thinking about how so  many of these terms—the ones used  to classify, separate and distinguish  people—not coincidentally began life  as pejoratives, as insults to be flung. It can be difficult to keep up with  what terms are considered socially  acceptable or politically correct.  There’s some value in this. Language  should be reevaluated. It’s a work  in progress, subject to constant  revision. And sometimes language  choice can reveal prejudices (just  think of Donald Trump’s obnoxious,  tone-deaf Tweet last year: “The best  taco bowls are made in Trump Tower  Grill. I love Hispanics!”).  But I also sometimes wonder if  peaceful messages are sometimes  lost because the writers used the  wrong terms. As when parents don’t  think The Adventures of Huckleberry  Finn should be taught in school  because of its racially charged  language. In general, we at the RN&R try  to stay current. We mostly follow  Associated Press guidelines, but  sometimes we try to be more progressive—AP was still capitalizing  “Internet” until last year.  And sometimes it’s tough to make  the right calls. Should “gay” be used  as a noun or just an adjective? How  many letters can be appended to  LGBTQIA+ without it becoming a joke?  Now that the Washington Post has  adopted “they” as a gender-neutral  third-person pronoun, should we  follow suit? Many marijuana advocates now  prefer the term cannabis instead  of marijuana, but personally, I like  reefer.

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Sen. Dean Heller has supported 100 percent of the President’s agenda since he has taken office. Nevada is no longer a “Red” state. He owes it to his voting constituents to listen to their concerns and act accordingly regardless of party affiliation. Sen. Heller’s unwavering support of unqualified, inexperienced and dangerous prospective cabinet appointees like Senator Sessions and Betsy DeVos will result in irreparable damage to our country. By ignoring the will of the people he is building a deficit that will eventually come due. When it does, all the big money on God’s green earth will not help him. If he cannot acknowledge and support legitimate objections to legislation that harms the people of Nevada such as the Stream Protection Rule we will work to support someone who listens to the people of Nevada. William Fraser Reno

All right, class. Please pick up your no. 2 lead pencils. You’ll have 15 minutes to answer the following yes or no questions—starting now. 1. Is Donald Trump the type of person who might say “torture is good, torture works”? 2. Is Donald Trump the type of person that would perceive any negative media attention toward him as “false news”? 3. Should we, as a country, be very apprehensive for the next 4 years? 4. Is Donald Trump the type of person who will never allow the general public to see his tax returns due to a perpetual audit? 5. Is Donald Trump the type of person who would oddly feel a certain simpatico with a ruthless thug named Putin, but be willing to sever ties with Mexico? 6. Is Donald Trump the type of person who might be likely to spend millions on a probe regarding nonexistent voter fraud? 7. Is Donald Trump the type of person who might obsess about Inauguration Day crowd size? 8. Does Donald Trump suffer from a severe case of Islamophobia? 9. Is Donald Trump egomaniacal, delusional and almost certainly a wannabe dictator? Time’s up, class. Please put your pencils down. If you answered yes to all the questions you’ve scored 100 percent. Congratulations! You’re very astute! Mark Murray Reno

Trump yes I realize everyone has a right to their opinion, and it is my view that I am becoming quite sick of people trashing President Trump, when they should be thanking him for even wanting to take up the unbelievably arduous job of reducing the size of D.C.’s bloated bureaucracy! Trump does not need the money, or the enormous added stress, or the fantastic amount of insults, and scrutiny thrown at him constantly. The fact is that Washington D.C. has become way too top heavy! Thanks to years of all so-called self-enriching, career-politicians, and political dynasties, followed by two terms of an arrogant president, whose arguably failed policies, and whose genuine interests in America were ‘questionable’ at best, not to mention countless failed trade deals, dangerously porous borders, endless wars, and a reckless foreign policy. The federal government has become hugely in debt, and at the same time, has grown severely lopsided. Now, sadly, it is representative mostly of its ever-growing party of political elites, and not (we) the people, that it was originally designed to serve. Are people truly happy with the fact the some of the richest zip codes in our country now surround our nation’s capital? How about the hundreds of billions of dollars a year currently being wasted on completely unnecessary federal positions, programs, committees and studies? Did you ever stop to think about where almost 10 trillion dollars has gone in eight years? So come on, America! Let’s give it up with all this protesting, fake news, and “the sky is falling” rhetoric, and try to come together to give this legally elected new President, a chance! Joseph David Sparks

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It’s a new century, already In preparing this week’s cover story—a history of gays in Nevada—and accompanying pieces, some thoughts came to mind. One of them is that we are becoming awfully tired of those in our society who are still living in the past and visiting violence and hate on good people. In the past week: • In Seattle, a business owner was threatened in a note containing gay slurs left on his windshield. • In Idaho, a Nampa man pleaded guilty to kicking a man to death with steel-toed boots. • In Tennessee, a Johnson City woman with rainbow flags on her home found a dead cow dumped on her property and nails scattered around her car. • In Florida, the body of a Tampa man was found in an alley after “upper body trauma” was inflicted on him. Meanwhile, legislatures around the nation that had previously enacted hate crimes laws to deal with racially or religiously motivated crimes have balked when it comes to doing the same for gays. Wyoming, South Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas and Georgia are the latest to balk. The truth is, there are good reasons not to approve hate crime laws, and many civil libertarians have spoken out against laws that—for whatever good reasons—punish opinion. But that’s not what’s operating here. Instead, some Christian groups are opposing hate crimes protection for gays because it is part of a “homosexual agenda.” Apparently racial and religious groups are entitled to pursue their agendas but gays are not. Pacific Standard magazine reports:

“For the past two decades, much of the resistance to hate-crimes legislation has been orchestrated by a trio of intertwined conservative Christian groups. The oldest and most prominent is Focus on the Family, the Coloradobased ministry founded by James Dobson. The sprawling organization, which produces a vast array of media on biblical topics and funds anti-abortion counseling centers for pregnant women, operated on a budget of nearly $90 million in 2013, the last year for which full tax records are available. Focus on the Family portrays hate crimes laws as part of a plot to marginalize Christians and ban them ‘from the public arena’.” But nearly every state now has such laws, and refusing to approve them because of prejudice against gays when they have been passed to protect other groups is just another kind of hate crime. Our second concern, less important, deals with matters close to home—tourism. The Clark County Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark casinos have, over the past quarter century, cultivated gay visitors to the point that it is now one of the top destinations for gay tourism (see 15 Minutes, page 31). Which raises the question, where have tourism authorities at the state and Washoe County levels been, and why have northern casinos not been as active as their southern counterparts. This is 2017. This tourism market is, at best, moribund—and in a time of recovery, too. It’s long past time our tourism officials shed their discomfort with life as it is really lived, and get some customers. Ω

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by Sheila leSlie

Broad definition of civil rights Are educational savings accounts (ESAs) a civil rights issue? That’s what GOP Sen. Scott Hammond of Las Vegas thinks. In fact, he believes ESAs are “a revolution.” Hammond made these remarks at an outdoor protest in Carson City in honor of “National School Choice Week,” organized to support the school voucher bill passed by the Republican-controlled Nevada Legislature in 2015 on a party line vote. But the ESAs were not implemented after the Nevada Supreme Court determined the funding source had been taken from public schools, a state constitutional violation. Despite the shift in party control of the legislature to the Democrats last year, Gov. Sandoval has included $60 million for ESAs in the next biennium’s budget. Democrats intensely dislike ESAs, but Republicans are hoping the leadership can be pressured into passing another version of the most sweeping school voucher bill in the country, with no income test for eligibility and very broad categories for expenditures with little accountability.

The 2015 legislation set aside about $5,100 per student in each voucher, far less than the cost of tuition of most private schools in Nevada, essentially turning the program into a subsidy for wealthy families, many of whom already send their children to private school. An analysis by the Las Vegas Sun found that most of the ESA applications are filed by families living in middle and upper income neighborhoods. The newspaper determined that the application rate for ESAs was just one per 1,000 people in inner city neighborhoods in Nevada compared with one per 100 people in the suburbs. Hammond’s “vouchers are civil rights” claim originates in states like Texas where conservative politicians are trying to reframe the issue from subsidies for higherincome families to providing educational “choice” for low-income minority children, language many civil rights leaders consider “blasphemous.” Charles Foster Johnson, executive director of Pastors for Texas Children, a

pro-public education group, says equating efforts to use public funds for parochial education with the civil rights struggle represents “a desperate and cynical attempt to make vouchers more palatable, [and] it dishonors the memory and witness of those who sacrificed so much in the quest toward human equality and justice.” Nevada’s ACLU objects to the use of taxpayer funds to support the discrimination that is allowed in private schools against “students, parents, teachers and staff on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.” Legal Director Amy Rose points out that private schools may reject LGBTQ students and refuse to accommodate students with special needs. At some schools, students and parents are required to sign “statements of faith” before they can enroll. Nevada law also does not require the same standards of public and private schools. The ACLU has compiled examples of discriminatory policies allowed in Nevada’s private schools, including schools

that will “reject an applicant or dis-enroll a student” who is gay or bisexual. At least one Christian school requires teachers to be “born-again,” and others offer discounts on tuition only to people of a certain faith. Nevada parents may choose these schools for their children despite these civil rights violations precisely because they are private schools, exercising their religious freedom. Parents who want to educate their children according to specific religious principles, discriminatory as they may be, are free to do so, although not yet on the taxpayer’s dime. Hammond’s attempt to cloak these discriminatory values under the mantle of civil rights is misleading and deeply offensive. As the 2017 legislature takes up the new voucher plan, legislators should reject this cynical attempt to subsidize the personal choices of wealthier Nevada families. Instead, they should focus on strengthening the public education system our civil rights heroes fought so hard to secure for all of our children. Ω

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Trolling the new state legislature Since the Republicans are in the minority in both houses of the Nevada Legislature, and the Republican governor leans progressive, the expectation is that Republicans will be spending most of their time fighting to stop Democratic taxing and spending initiatives. President Trump’s election by the forgotten deplorables, who cling to their guns and bibles, is the backdrop for the 2017 legislature. Many assumptions and plans may not be as relevant today as they were before Trump’s election. No one can deny the deplorables blame the elites for many crises over the last decades, including the most severe recession and slowest recovery since the Great Depression. Nevada was particularly hard hit. Economic recovery creates the temptation for the legislature to overspend. The major parties have often demonstrated they cannot be trusted when holding both houses of the legislature. The legislature will be challenged to respond to the long awaited recovery in a responsible way.

The sessions always begin with a lot of referendums honoring citizens and schools and a good deal of back slapping and congratulations. Some Democrats have already indicated they would be more than willing to go beyond the 120 day limit. Of course they would. There is always some little problem in the world, like who can or can’t use the school bathrooms, that a good deal of debate and moralizing and legislative sausage-making will be called on to fix. It’s what they do. Unfortunately, recent studies show that the more dysfunctional government is, the more people respond by demanding more government. With congressional, presidential, major party and media favorability all in the tank, it’s hard to see how government could be seen as any more dysfunctional than now. The people of Nevada will have their work cut out to restrain this year’s legislature and turn it to a more constitutional conservative direction. Small business still enjoys high approval ratings, and the legislature could

be encouraged to keep government off the backs of Nevada small businesses. Some occupational licensing laws, particularly in health care, could be abolished. An early examination of submitted bill draft requests shows a bill to lower the gambling age to 18. If you can die for your country, why shouldn’t you be able to draw to an inside straight? There are bills to clarify and hopefully expand marijuana legalization to allow for lounges and restaurants to provide places to smoke marijuana in public. This was a problem in Colorado, where sales were legal but prohibitions on smoking in a public place led to frustration for tourists who wanted more from legalized pot than just to shop for it. The legislature must avoid the temptation to overtax pot like Washington did, which caused the black market there to actually grow with legalization. How the Trump administration will respond to the spread of legalized and medical marijuana to eight new states has California and Nevada worried.

The state attorney general has proposed a bill to further punish sex offenders, and several bills are concerned with the alleged dangers of human—er, sex trafficking. Social conservatives promised there would be a bill to re-criminalize our brothel system. These proposed laws in the ongoing progressive war on commercial sex and sex-related crimes will hopefully draw considerable skepticism. For the first, time in at least a decade the Super Bowl was played without constant lurid stories about thousands of sex slaves being imported to Houston to make millions for cruel pimps. In fact, even the New York Times trashed the hysteria over sex trafficking and major sporting events. Like the Bowling Green Massacre, it never happened. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Rick PeRRy and yucca Rick Perry’s nomination to be secretary of energy cleared committee but still needs a Senate confirmation vote, which he is expected to win. There are conflicting signals on whether he knows what he’s going to do about Yucca Mountain, the site in Nevada’s Nye County that was slated for a dump for high level nuclear wastes. The dump was supposed to open in the 1990s, but vigorous legal opposition from the State of Nevada and, later, the opposition of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid more or less brought the project to a standstill. When he ran for president in 2012, Perry said Nevada— and all states—should not be saddled with a nuclear waste dump unless it consented. “Allow the states to make the decision,” he said. Environment & Energy Publishing ran an article headlined “Perry makes no promises on stalled Nev. Project” while the Washington Examiner went with “Perry vows solution to Yucca Mountain impasse.” Platts, a Standard & Poor’s energy newsletter, offered, “Perry says he does not have ‘definitive answer’ on Yucca.” During hearings on Perry’s confirmation, he told Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, “I am not going to sit here, in front of you in a congressional hearing, and tell you, ‘In no way will Nevada be a recipient of nuclear waste.’” Perry was once a strong supporter of renewables, particularly wind energy. But energy executive Andy Bowman wrote last week in the Houston Chronicle that after Barack Obama was elected president, “Many Republicans suddenly realized that whatever Obama was for, they were now against. Renewable energy was one of these aboutface issues, along with Romneycare and deficit spending, and Republican talking points on wind morphed from energy independence to Solyndra and the unsightliness of turbines. … [Perry] suddenly claimed he opposed not just wind, but all energy tax credits—a laughable position considering his own record.” New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, whose state contains a deep geological repository for transuranic radioactive waste called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, said on Jan. 31 he would vote against confirming Perry’s nomination. Heinrich, who was born in Fallon, said, “But his past statements on eliminating the department, an unwillingness to commit to the applied energy research and climate science done at our national labs and universities, and the transition team questionnaire that attacked the integrity of climate scientists all signal where the Trump Administration is headed. Given these troubling signs, paired with Trump nominees thus far having said one thing and the administration doing another, I cannot give Gov. Perry the benefit of the doubt.”

keeP on tRying On Jan. 25, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a right wing Republican, said she had concluded, “There is no evidence of voters illegally casting ballots at the most recent election in Nevada.” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval agreed. The next day on a site called GatewayPundit, a John Chontos posted a reader comment: “First day of early voting at my senior center in Las Vegas at least 200 people in line, mostly Hispanic, while LaRaza had set up two trailers issuing voter IDs.” There are at least six senior citizen centers in Las Vegas. He was not specific. Five days later, a site called NewsWithViews claimed illegal aliens had voted in Nevada. It was not specific. —Dennis Myers

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These are the third, fifth and sixth editions of a volume that was once standard in Nevada higher education—The Nevada Constitution. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL-SINGLEY

Constitutional issues Legislators revisit forgotten teaching requirements the nevada Senate is processing a measure that would remove knowledge of the United States and Nevada constitutions, and knowledge of state statutes on schools, as requirements for school teachers in Nevada. Senate Bill 20 was introduced by the Senate Education Committee at the request of the Clark County School District. It is already getting attention outside the state. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post ran the summary of the measure and then—apparently to indicate incredulity—wrote, “In case you didn’t quite believe what you read, the legislation would eliminate current requirements that licensing exams for teachers must include questions about the U.S. Constitution, Nevada’s constitution and state laws.”

Whether algebra or shop instructors must know about the constitutions and the voluminous hundreds of thousands of words in state school laws is only one factor legislators are considering. Of greater import to school districts is the difficulty they have dealing with recruitment in a teacher shortage. The Washoe County School District put out a statement: “WCSD supports S.B. 20 in reducing barriers to hiring teachers from out of state, especially in our hard-to-fill positions such as special education and secondary science and math.” Teachers are not required at the outset of their teaching positions in Nevada to have this knowledge. The current statute allows “reasonable time” for teachers to bring themselves up to speed in the state. Exams are given

semi-annually and teachers answer 55 questions on the constitutions and 70 on school laws. School laws are found in chapters 385 to 400 of Nevada Revised Statutes, plus a few others scattered through the 721 chapters. In a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun, Henderson resident and retired teacher Robert Bencivenga wrote, “If an educated person cannot pass these rather straight-forward, relatively easy exams, she shouldn’t be inside of a classroom. And do you want to know why history and civics illiteracy is rampant in our country? Because legislators and education leaders continue to place history and government subjects at the bottom of importance in the educational hierarchy. During my 25 years with the Clark County School District, I was told dozens of times by principals, school district administrators and state legislators that the social studies just aren’t that important when looking at the bigger picture.” One Nevada columnist, Victor Joecks, takes the libertarian view that employment requirements and licensing are a bad idea generally: “SB20 ... isn’t a litmus test on whether you care about the constitution. It’s about eliminating barriers to entry. Occupational licensing is a significant restriction in dozens of Nevada industries, and lawmakers should take an ax to as many licensing requirements as possible, including this one.”

LocaL PRobLemS Even for teachers educated inside the state, instruction in these topics in Nevada higher education has become fairly casual. There is another statute that is not at issue at this year’s Legislature. It reads in part, “In all private schools, colleges and universities located within this state, except those [for the military and their families], instruction must be given in the essentials of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Nevada, including the origin and history of the Constitutions and the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals. ... A student in such schools must not receive a certificate or diploma of graduation without having passed an examination upon the Constitution.” But longtime University of Nevada, Reno figures say students now get the bare bones of such instruction. It appears

to have happened during development of the campus’s “core curriculum” when political science and history were deemphasized. One instructor said she is “not aware of any on-campus course that truly fits the requirements of the statute.” Political scientist Richard Siegel, a professor emeritus who still teaches at UNR, said, “Some of us have been talking about this for decades. It’s sort of a lost battle.” He also said, “There was long on the books a one-credit course in the Nevada Constitution.” Such a course still exists, but not as classroom instruction: “PSC 100 - Nevada Constitution (1 unit) Introduction to the political history of Nevada through an examination of the Nevada Constitution. Satisfies the Nevada Constitution requirement. Not open to students who have obtained credit for PSC 103, PSC 208, or HIST 217. (Offered through correspondence only.)” There is a grad level course, but it appears to have a broader purpose: “EL 791 - Special Topics: Nevada School of Law & Nevada Constitution Course.”

We were unable to determine what is used as a textbook. The book publishing arm of Nevada higher education once produced a title, The Nevada Constitution: Origin and Growth. It went through many editions over the years, updated in alternate editions by political scientists Eleanore Bushnell and Don Driggs. But the last update was many years ago, and the title is long out of print. The same is true of a 1993 title, The Nevada State Constitution: A Reference Guide by Michael Bowers. The fact that the Nevada Constitution section of the Nevada teaching requirement can be put off by new arrivals can ease the difficulty of recruitment, but the very existence of that requirement probably drives off a certain number of applicants, too. When asked if a high school biology teacher needs knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, Siegel said, “Probably not. But if you’re asking me if every person needs at least one good course in the U.S. Constitution, I would say absolutely. Absolutely. And it’s not because they are teachers but because they are citizens.” Ω

Does a biology teacher need to know constitutional law?

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Locals crowded around Casale family matriarch Inez Casale Stempeck to bestow hugs and take selfies. Her 90th birthday celebration was sold out at a Sparks Nugget ballroom last weekend. She was born in 1927 at the Coney Island Dairy, which was located between the Nugget and the later site of the family’s Halfway Club on Fourth Street. What is now a bar and restaurant—and a local fixture—started out as a produce stand in the late 1930s, making it one of the state’s oldest businesses. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

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Hidden History

A new book tells the tale of gay Nevada Tom Ogg was a leading Nevadan in 1979. He headed curriculum development for the Washoe County School District. In that position, he had expanded foreign language instruction into summer sessions, upgraded academically talented courses, set up alcohol and drug education, and coordinated Joint Arts in Education programs with the Sierra Arts Foundation. He also chaired the Nevada Council on the Arts, which oversaw a million-dollar grants budget. He had been president of the Washoe Community Concerts Association. He had grown up in Reno, participated in student oratorical contests, was an SAE at the University of Nevada. Then, in 1979, he made a pass at an undercover cop in a park, and his life was annihilated. He was prosecuted, forced out of his schools job and all his volunteer posts. He may have left the state. We have been unable to learn what happened to him. Just like that, the good works a fine man could give were lost to Nevada. It has been ever thus until recently in the Silver State. Fred Alward was almost the perfect Nevada success story for the Depression years. An Australian who immigrated to the United States, became an attorney, traveled to Nevada to work on the Boulder Dam project when times were hard—he put down roots. In 1930, he was elected to the Nevada Assembly, named as speaker in his second term. In 1934, he was elected lieutenant governor, reportedly the first Clark County resident elected to statewide office. His intelligence, soft Australian accent, and friendly demeanor made him an appealing candidate, and he seemed destined to become governor. Then he left politics, blackmailed out. For good measure, he was prosecuted by his enemies for refusing to abide by the State Bar of Nevada’s shady price-fixing scheme for the divorce trade. He drifted away, settling in a small South Dakota town. A few years later, an instructor at the University of Nevada in Reno was critical of some campus policies. He was threatened by a high administration official with outing. It wasn’t the only reason he left Nevada, but it was a factor. Nevada has steadily lost talent and skills this way. But in recent years, the gay community has stood its ground and claimed its place in the state. How Nevada got from there to here is told in a new book that was

by Dennis Myers

released this month, Out of the Neon Closet by Dennis McBride.

Lost history The history of gay Nevadans is not easy to find. Most of it is not in the usual places— diaries, say—but in criminal proceedings. Those who wrote it did not wish its subjects well. What little they recorded, and what little survived, historians must read with an awareness of the hostility that colors it, the same difficulty they face when researching black or tribal history. McBride plowed through those obstacles and found some revealing things, including early indications of how ignorance can drive policy. Anti-gay laws were present from the start. An “infamous crime against nature” statute was enacted by the first legislature of the Territory of Nevada in 1861. Who some people are was basically made illegal. One early case showed how it could be misused— in a shooting dispute between consensual lovers, one was charged with sodomy because the other accused him of rape. Years in prison for the innocent man would pass before the accuser admitted there had been consent, and his victim was released. Though there were occasional signs of enlightenment, more common were comments like this, written by an Elko prosecutor in 1915: “The physical appearance of this defendant Gorsuch is evidence of depravity and of perversion.” Or this, from a Clark County district attorney: “When examining Hommel in the office concerning his past life, he informed me that he served several years in the Navy. This might account for his present biological tendencies.” Oddly, the state tolerated some gays in some circumstances. Couples like Elizabeth Babcock and Hannah Clapp in the 1800s, and Charles Clegg and Lucius Beebe in the 1900s, were well known as gay but served their communities and were even honored for their services. Babcock and Clapp ran a school, and Clapp taught at Nevada State University, training teachers in a state that needed them. Clegg and Beebe drew moneyed easterners like themselves to the tiny and mostly forgotten mining camp of Virginia City in the 1940s, eventually reviving the Territorial Enterprise and mailing it worldwide, further publicizing the town. Even the trappings of gay life could be tolerated, such as a Las Vegas drag club

during World War II. “When the Kit Kat opened is lost in time, but drag revues were being advertised there as early as 1943,” McBride writes. “That the Kit Kat was gay was made absolutely clear in double-entendre advertisements for its 1944 revue, the Kit Kat Follies, where the club was noted as ‘Nevada’s Gayest Night Club’ and ‘Nevada’s Gayest Nite Spot’.” But at any given time, tolerance could give way to danger and tragedy. The gay bashing murder of William Metz in 1994 by a Reno skinhead who mutilated the body shook the community (“When hate comes to town,” RN&R, Aug. 20, 2015). As late as 1996, a Las Vegas school principal killed himself by hanging after the Las Vegas Review-Journal outed him. Again, much history is not recorded, but there is no reason to assume Nevada was different from other states. Through much of the 20th century, gays were entrapped and brutalized by police, brutalized by young thugs, rejected or discharged from the military (and brutalized if discovered before discharge), adjudged to suffer from a “disorder” by professional mental health societies, denied the right to marry or adopt, and portrayed as threats to society. A U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1950 described gays as a threat to national security.

Gay power In law, gays weren’t even supposed to exist. When they formed organizations, those groups were raided and broken up by police. When outed, gays were seen only as gay. If an engineer was arrested in a police raid of a bar, he would thereafter be thought of gay—not, say, as a moviegoer, a Baptist, a Kiwanian, or an engineer. How many straights are defined by society solely by their sex lives? Demonizing and fearing someone is a lot easier if that person is just one thing. “Until recently, many straight people could not separate gay from sex, so that the notion of a gay identity, a gay sensibility, or a gay community was impossible for them to understand outside a sexual context,” McBride wrote. The way some people could not look beyond that factor sometimes

reached the absurd, as when a state attorney general denied a driver license to a gay man. Before the term gay evolved, nearly every label applied to homosexuals—including homosexual—became an expletive. Some readers may find McBride’s own free use of the term queer jarring, rather like a black person using the term nigger. It would be nice to be able to report that when change came, it was a result of good people coming to an understanding of the issues, a spreading enlightenment, and human progress. In fact, the biggest changes came because gays acted for themselves and sustained the fight for many years. McBride, a resident of Las Vegas, knows that part of the state best and carefully tracks the way gays built a presence in Clark County, through bookstores, bars, baths and other commercial activities. Washoe County’s gay community, with its reputation for being more heavily closeted, was less visible and thus made the author’s research more difficult, though some readers will find things they did not know about Northern Nevada. Some Nevadans think of the state as libertarian because of its history of making activities that were illegal elsewhere legal in Nevada—prizefighting, gambling, quick divorce, prostitution. But the state has never been particularly libertarian. It usually made exotic activities legal because the state is resource poor and needed businesses. Prizefighting was made legal during the long economic depression in the state after the Comstock boom declined. Gambling and shorter divorce residencies were made legal during the Depression. As most libertarians would argue, there is a difference between acting from economic desperation and acting from principle. Nevada was the first state to enact an antidrug law, which is hardly libertarian, and waited until other states embraced marijuana to act itself. The small counties tend to be more libertarian than the large counties, and when change came, it tended to be in the large urban counties, which contain most voters

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HiddeN HiStory continued from page 11 and are more liberal than libertarian. Nevada is also heavily influenced by what California does. The Golden State has long been the Silver State’s biggest market for its tourism industry. There are overlapping commerce, media and culture between the two states. There was one piece of assistance the gay community received from anti-gay bigots. It was to prove an essential blunder by powerful enemies of gays. Just as gays like Clapp and Beebe had something to offer Nevada when it was having hard times, gays helped keep the state’s biggest industry alive in the later years of the 20th century. In 1977, San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt had threatened a gay boycott against Nevada because of enhanced penalties enacted at the Nevada Legislature against gays. (This was contained in a notorious measure that was sloppily drafted and also accidentally increased the penalty for marijuana.) The state had lost millions in a 1970s boycott that sought to punish its failure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the casino industry wanted no part of another boycott. In 1981, Lt. Gov. Myron Leavitt’s crude denunciation of the National Gay Rodeo held in Reno exacerbated feelings. The rodeo, which brought 8,000 tourists to the city, eventually left Nevada. Soon, tribal gambling in California was undercutting the strength of the casino industry in Nevada. It was in this climate of tumult over the gay community that the casino industry began cultivating a gay customer base and the Nevada Legislature changed its ways. In 1993, Clark County’s first term Sen. Lori Lipman Brown sponsored a measure to make gay people legal. “It was a simple bill—by merely dropping the phrase ‘infamous crime against nature’ and its same-sex definition, successful passage of [Senate Bill] 466 would end a century of institutionalized repression in Nevada,” McBride writes. The right wing came out in force to stop the measure. Assemblymember John Bonaventura had a purple-and-white “No Special Rights for Sodomites” bumper strip on his Assembly hall desk. It was key to their argument that gays would get special treatment under the bill. In fact, both gays and straights perform sodomy, but straights had been removed from risk in the statutes many years earlier. So now it was only gays who were being singled out for sodomy penalties. The

Author Dennis McBride’s new book, Out of the Neon Closet, was published earlier this month.

bill would make the treatment of gays and straights the same. As usual, opposition to gays used language as a weapon. Every lurid and unpleasant term was hauled out and used in testimony or on picket signs. But this time it did not work. The measure was enacted. The victory could hardly be savored when Lon Mabon, an Oregonian who had won enactment of some local anti-gay initiative petitions in some of that state’s towns, arrived in Nevada to try to expand his operation by filing a statewide anti-gay initiative petition. For gays, it was almost a perfect storm. Mabon, not particularly skilled at public relations, was easily portrayed as an outsider invading Nevada. Effective gay rights organizations operated in both northern and southern Nevada. The casinos jumped into the dispute against Mabon, providing funds and facilities. The casinos gave politicians political cover. In Reno, there was a remarkable scene when Gov. Bob Miller and his Democratic primary opponent, Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones—both spoke at an anti-petition rally at Bad Dolly’s gay bar on Fourth Street. Some conservatives found that legal bigotry against gays really did not fit conservative principles. Businesses and labor unions came on board. The petition received less than half the required signatures and failed to gain ballot status.

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Every attack in the 1990s seemed to generate greater gay political strength. The legislature approved enhanced penalties for murderous attacks motivated by hatred of gays. David Parks, a gay leader in Las Vegas, was elected to the Nevada Assembly. (Some of his own Democratic Party’s leaders had asked him to deny his sexual orientation!) An anti-discrimination law was approved.

Turning poinT But anti-gay critics were nothing if not resilient, and at some point they changed issues. As the century and millennia changed in 2001, conservatives were taking a different tack. The gay community never particularly wanted a fight over gay marriage. In the Clinton years, they much preferred to fight for the right to serve in the military. But conservatives knew their base, and knew that marriage equality could be exploited much more effectively in direct mail fundraising. Not only was the military issue less useful to conservatives, but children could not be drawn into it as easily as the marriage issue, and pitching homosexuality as a threat to children had a long history of success. The change would give the right a victory in Nevada but backfire everywhere in the long run. When marriage equality became the issue, it helped fuel a striking change in the population. By any measure, including both public votes and opinion surveys, there was greater acceptance of gays. And it happened because of the determination and courage of gays themselves. In response to the marriage issue, the tactic of coming out became much more common. Gays began telling friends, families, business associates about themselves. Suddenly—or so it seemed, as it was actually gradual—everyone knew someone who was gay. Some discovered they were related to a gay person. Perhaps the most skilled technician or best salesman in the shop was gay. Who was prepared to turn his or her life upside down to eject the good people in it?

AT TA CK S ON GAY MA RR IA GE PR OM PT ED GAYS TO CO ME OU T By 2013, a Public Opinion Strategies poll commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada found that removing the marriage equality ban from the Nevada Constitution would command 54 percent to 43 percent. It’s unlikely that Nevadans today would vote again as they did 13 years ago. But when Nevada Republicans took a majority in the legislature in 2014, they took no chances. They killed a measure that would have sent the issue back to the voters and had already passed the legislature once. Twice is required, so the process will have to begin again this year. Meanwhile, Las Vegas casinos have a thriving gay customer base.

The issue came to Nevada and California in the same year—2000. This time, the casinos took no hand and without that cover, the politicians fell silent or switched sides. U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich, who opposed the Mabon measure, voted against marriage equality in Congress and later endorsed an anti-gay marriage initiative petition, allowing her name to be carried on their letterhead. In California, the marriage issue appeared on the statewide ballot twice, and those votes demonstrate how fast things change. In 2000, 61.4 percent voted against the gays. In 2008, when the issue appeared on the ballot again, that vote was down to 52.47 percent. Nevada’s two votes did not unfold in the same fashion. An anti-marriage equality measure had to be approved by voters twice in successive elections to enter the state constitution, so there was not the same passage of time to provide a comparison. Still, during the two years between first and second round voting, the vote against gays declined by 2.42 percent. In 2000 it was 69.62 percent. In 2002 it was down to 67.20 percent. Since then, opinion surveys have shown Nevadans, like residents of other states, have been changing their minds about gays in amazing numbers.

Coda David Parks was elected to the Assembly, and then the Senate, in part because he was seen as more than just a gay person—as a well-rounded leader with a base of support. “I cannot overemphasize the importance of selfdefinition before community-building can succeed and develop into political power,” McBride wrote. In an interview (see page 31), McBride said, “I’ve been at this long enough in Nevada—born and raised

Lt. Gov. Fred Alward (left) was blackmailed out of Nevada politics. Four decades later, one of his successors, Lt. Gov. Myron Leavitt, described gays as “queers ... unnatural and abnormal ... sick.” Paradoxically, Leavitt presided over a 1979 ceremony in the Nevada Senate honoring Alward.

here—that I have seen this inexorable movement forward toward inclusivity and respect and support, with significant steps backward from time to time. But I have more faith in Nevada than I did 10 years ago.” But civilization is a thin veneer, and our worst instincts are often just beneath the surface where a skilled demagogue can tap them. Nor are we good at learning from history, often because we don’t know history. The history of Nevada’s tribes was not well recorded, just as the history of Nevada gays was neglected—two oppressed groups. The Virginia City of the 1870s ignored opium until whites started smoking it, and then the city outlawed it. Las Vegas ignored AIDS as long as it was “only” killing gays. When Las Vegas woke up, it tended to harass those victims instead of helping them. All of which makes reading history essential. McBride’s book is a good place to start. Ω

Dennis McBride’s book is available at Sundance Books. An interview with him can be read at our 15 Minutes feature, page 31.





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Best Picture NomiNees:

Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures

La La Land Lion Manchester By the Sea Moonlight

The least deserving nominee in this pack is Fences, although it does qualify as an acting powerhouse, and the nominations it received in acting categories are much deserved. Overall, it felt a bit narrow with its staging, something more appropriate for HBO or Netflix than the big screen. La La Land has been scoring this year. It’s hard to think it will lose out on the biggest prize, but, if it does, I think Moonlight would be the film responsible for an upset.

Snubs: The Witch was an outstanding horror film, an audacious directorial debut, and possibly the year’s best looking film. Of course, it got zero nominations. Not even a nomination for costumes or best evil goat performance. Should and will win: La La Land

it’s oscar season. rn&r’s movie critic weighs in on who should win, who will win, and who got snubbed. by BoB Grimm


ill La La Land suffer enough backlash before the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 26 to lose the Best Picture Oscar? Will Matt Damon show up dressed as Batman to foil Jimmy Kimmel’s big hosting gig? Will Ben Affleck stop pouting about how badly Live By Night bombed and reaccept the directing chores of his upcoming The Batman? I know that last part was off subject, but if you mention Damon you have to mention Affleck. Alternative weekly writers are fined $78.53 if they fail to do so. Honestly, it’s odd to see so many people hating on a movie that is cleaning up at the awards. I’ve personally, as well as publicly, recommended La La Land to many people, feeling it was a sure thing, only to be met

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with scowls the next time they saw me. One person actually punched me in the face and threw their drink at me. It was awkward—and it was wine, so it stained. Lawsuit pending. I just don’t understand the backlash. Ryan Gosling is so dreamy. So, here’s a detailed rundown of the major categories, along with some quick picks of the secondary ones. This year’s Oscar drinking game is as follows: every time Meryl Streep takes a jab at Donald Trump, drink two tequila shots and go tell your neighbor you despise their taste in shoes. By the time the evening is over, you should be sufficiently wasted, and your neighbor’s garbage can will be overflowing with gaudy pumps and stinky sandals.

Best Actor finAlists NomiNees:

Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) Ryan Gosling (La La Land) Viggo mortensen (Captain Fantastic) Denzel Washington (Fences) It looked like Affleck was going to make a clean sweep of the majors but, uh oh, he lost the SAG award, and that award is a consummate predictor of who will get the Oscar. Being that Affleck is plagued with controversy this year, I’m thinking that trend won’t be broken, and the Oscar is going to Denzel. My second choice in this category after Affleck would be the oh-so-dreamy Gosling, who learned how to play jazz piano for La La Land and delivered an engaging, funny, sweet performance as well. Some day, this guy is going to get an Oscar.

SNUBS: I love me some Viggo, and Garfield was powerful in Ridge, but Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Joel Edgerton (Loving) should’ve gotten noms in their places. Should win: Affleck Will win: Washington

Best Director NomiNees:

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea) Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) It’s so bonkers to see Gibson nominated. Granted, he did a great job, but there were others more deserving, so it feels a bit showy for the Academy to put him in there. They love their controversy. No matter, Chazelle is taking this one home. If it’s not him, it’s Jenkins.

Snubs: David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Robert Eggers (The Witch) Should and will win: Chazelle

Best Actress NomiNees:

isabelle Huppert (Elle) Ruth Negga (Loving) Natalie Portman (Jackie) emma stone (La La Land) meryl streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) Stone is the most deserving. Her performance was a major feat and will not be ignored. While Streep is fun in Jenkins, she has no chance of winning, and it’s a wasted nom. As for Huppert, she’s a great actress, but Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is an embarrassingly bad film.

Snubs: The worst snubs of the year happened in this category. Amy Adams should be here for The Arrival, a film that got many nominations, and a film that wouldn’t have worked as well without her at its center. So, a nomination would’ve made complete and total sense, but Oscar likes to do at least one or two truly dopey things a year. Even worse, Annette Bening’s career best performance in 20th Century Women is nowhere to be found. Perhaps not enough Academy viewers were able to see it in time? That can be the only explanation because she was incredible—and would be my second choice after Stone. Should and will win: stone

Best supporting Actress

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Viola Davis (Fences) Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Nicole Kidman (Lion) Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) Dev Patel (Lion) Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) There’s no question with this one; it’s going to Ali for playing the controversial father figure in Moonlight. If I were picking, Hedges would get it for Sea, but the inevitable Ali win is almost as deserving.

All nominated in this category are deserving, and this is one of the more “snub-free” categories. It’s a tough one to pick, but Williams shared, perhaps, the most memorable dramatic scene of the year with Affleck in Sea, and she absolutely rocked it. Davis is the favorite here, but Williams is the most deserving.

Snubs: While I don’t think there were major snubs in this category, it was a category where there were plenty of equally deserving actors, such as Ben Foster in Hell or High Water and Woody Harrelson in The Edge of Seventeen.

Should win: Williams Will win: Davis

Should win: Hedges Will win: Ali

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AnimAted FeAture Film While Kubo is the more ambitious and better film, Zootopia will get the most votes.


Kubo and the Two Strings Moana My Life as a Zucchini The Red Turtle Zootopia

Snubs: Whoa, no Finding Dory? That’s just silly. Should win: Kubo and the Two Strings

Will win: Zootopia

AdditionAl cAtegories Cinematography: La La Land

Film Editing: La La Land

Sound Mixing: La La Land

Costume Design: Jackie

Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made In America

Music Original Score: La La Land

Visual Effects: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Documentary Short Subject: The White Helmets

Music Original Song: “City of Stars” (La La Land)

Short Film Animated: Piper

Production Design: La La Land

Short Film Live Action: Sing

Sound Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight Original Screenplay: Manchester By the Sea

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Stacy Johnson and Joe Garton perform one of that 99 original sketches that comprise The Untamed.

Stories of our lives

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Maynard Dixon, Tortolita Range, 1944, oil on canvas board, 20 x 24 inches. Dr. Richard Paltenghi Collection

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For each show, 33 sketches are randomly selected and their titles put in a hat. Audience members are asked to draw from the hat, so the final arrangement of sketches is a mystery to all involved, creating the feeling that you’re watching improv comedy. Plus, the material is often A long time ago, CBS had a prime time self-referential, and the actors occasionally special called Everybody Has a Story. Host whisper asides to each other and audience Steve Hartman would throw a dart at a map members. on a wall, and whatever town the dart hit, Directors Greg Klino and Stacy Johnson he and his crew would drive there, find a also perform in the sketches, and kudos random name in a local phone book, and must be paid to Johnson’s brave and call that person to ask if he and his crew somewhat brazen hot dog consumption. could come record that Local improv comedy person’s story. It was masters Joseph Garton a marvelous program and Ian Sorensen of because everyone he Utility Players fame interviewed ended up are cast members as having a remarkable well, and Sorensen’s story—from the illegal sketches “America’s The Untamed runs Feb. 16-18, 8 p.m. at Brüka immigrant to the guy Next Top Game Show Theatre, 99 n. Virginia St. Tickets are $18who kept a mummy in $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call Host” and “Criminal his garage. 775-323-3221 or visit Crimes” were among Everyone has a story my favorites of the show to tell, no matter how I saw. Also worthy of mention are Ryan small, and some of them can be unexpectKelly, a longtime local actor/singer who edly resonant, profound and downright can belt any line and create instant drama, hilarious. Ten years ago, local actor, direcand Riley McKinney, a relative newcomer tor and playwright Bud Perry decided that whose soft voice and innocently wide eyes everyone should have a chance to tell theirs. make her comedy all the funnier and more His idea became The Untamed, the sketch unexpected. comedy show 10 years in the making that To be honest, the show felt long—33 has finally made its way to the Brüka stage. sketches is a lot. And they’re not all The nine-member cast helped to write winners, which is to be expected in a show the 99 total sketches that comprise The such as this. Some felt like when you watch Untamed—as did Perry and a few other a Saturday Night Live skit that’s gotten local theater talents. Some of the sketches away from the actors and isn’t working. last only a minute or less while others may Others simply spent too long getting philolast up to 10 minutes or more. They run sophical and bummed me out. the gamut from full-fledged plot to tiny Then, though, there were gems, these vignette, and their content ranges from little two-minute wonders. And just the comically absurd to the surprisingly consider the sheer talent of those nine frank and serious. Subjects may include people being able to dive, instantly, into any Donald Trump (duh), dating, sex, religion, one of 99 sketches that could be randomly drug use, food porn, crazy work situations, drawn from a hat and still getting most of aging parents and even the drinking laws the lines right and landing the jokes. That in in Utah. and of itself is worth watching. Ω

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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. 

“Did i ever tell you about the time i got sucked up by the vacuum cleaner?”

The brick knight returns

Even better, it has Will Arnett voicing Batman with a new, super amped, still dark, but amazingly well-rounded and sometimes humorous incarnation. After all these years of dark—and admittedly sometimes brilliant—Batman movies, it’s nice to have a vehicle where we can just have fun with the character. Director Chris McKay, along with a long list of Let’s face it, the Dark Knight has been really living writers, has come up with a story that will please adult up to his name since Tim Burton’s Batman came out Batman fans as much as the kids who will most assur28 years ago. He can be a morose sourpuss in the edly be dropped off at the local Cineplex to watch middle of pretty heady stuff. a movie while parents catch a break from the little Wait a minute. Has it really been 28 years since mayhem makers. Arnett’s Batman not only faces off Burton’s Batman came out? Holy crap, I just totally against the Joker (a very funny Zach Galifianakis), but freaked myself out. Hang on. I need to catch my finds himself in a scenario where he’s battling a smorbreath and gather my thoughts. It’s been nearly three gasbord of movie villains including King Kong, the freaking decades since Nicholson did Joker? I need to Gremlins, Dracula, evil British robots and Voldemort drink five beers. (Eddie Izzard), to name just a few. All right. OK, back on point. It’s a nutty plot element that Batman has been sort of a downer also allows for Batman mainstays at cinemas. Even when he wasn’t like Bane, Two-Face (Billy Dee being quite so dour, he was just plain Williams, who was Harvey Dent sucking in Joel Schumacher’s Batman in Burton’s Batman) and the movies, which started coming out 22 Riddler (Conan O’Brien!) to get years ago. in on the act. Wait a minute. Did Kilmer really It’s a geek fest, a movie lover’s Director: Chris McKay do Batman over two decades ago? delight that has a funny little trivia Starring: Will Arnett, Zach  I think I’m having a panic attack. I bit at nearly every turn, and an Galifianakis, Billy Dee Williams have to do the breathing into a brown emotional center—Batman has bag trick. I’ll be right back. family issues, and the Joker longs OK, back. So, granted, Batman is inherently dark to be hated—that gives the movie a surprising depth by nature, being all orphaned, and inspired by bats, among the chaos. and dispatching vigilante justice at night, and whatnot. Michael Cera and Ralph Fiennes bring good But, hey, sometimes it’s good to have a laugh or two humor as Robin and Alfred, although Fiennes doesn’t while watching the Caped Crusader, if only because voice Voldemort, which seems like a wasted opporsome of us have a sweet spot for when Adam West tunity. You had the real Voldemort on hand, in your played the character for laughs 50 years ago. employ for the same movie. It just seems like some OK, seriously. I have to take a long break and money could’ve been saved. Oh, wait, maybe Fiennes contemplate my life before finishing this review. I’ll actually costs more than Eddie Izzard, and Fiennes be back in the morning after a good cry and extended would’ve demanded full scale for two characters sleep jag. rather than one. OK, I’m distracted again. Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, Batman. Batman’s a The Lego Batman Movie gives us a Batman tale trooper all right, having recently survived the debacle that is a little brighter than those brooding Christopher that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nolan films, and way better than last year’s Zack (Affleck is a good bat; his cinematic vehicle was not.) Snyder atrocity. It’s loaded with funny nods to the The Lego Batman Movie is the great Batman story entire history of Batman, and fully functions as a that Batman v Superman failed to be. standalone Bat story. May sequels abound! Ω

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You have to give Matthew McConaughey  an A for effort in his latest film excursion, the “loosely based on a true story” Gold.  McConaughey not only stars as wannabe gold  magnate Kenny Wells, he also co-produced the  movie, thinned his hair, put in some weird teeth  and gained some weight for the role. Sadly,  maximum effort doesn’t result in optimized  return. The movie is an uneven, confused endeavor, and McConaughey’s physicality comes  off looking like a guy who’s in really good shape  simply messing himself up for the few months  it takes to shoot a movie. He doesn’t look like  a real guy in the way Robert De Niro did when  he destroyed his physicality for Raging Bull.  He just looks slightly out of shape and made  up, which is distracting. Wells is a fictional  character, and the film is based loosely upon  the Bre-X gold scandal of the 1990s. The original  scandal occurred in Canada, while director  Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) brings the story to  the U.S. It all winds up a confusing muddle, with  action bouncing all over the place. As for simple  storytelling, there’s nothing new here, and the  big twist isn’t a surprise at all. The movie wants  to be a jungle adventure movie and business  adventure all in one, and the two don’t meld  together well. 


Hidden Figures

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. 


John Wick: Chapter 2

A whole lot of people get shot in the face  during this worthy sequel to the 2015  breakout hit. Keanu Reeves—totally bummedout Keanu Reeves—returns as the lone assassin, originally brought out of retirement after  somebody killed his dog and stole his car. Many  deaths later, Wick is back in his stylish home,  with a new no-named dog, intent upon burying  his guns and taking a long break. No such luck.  A man from the past shows up with a marker,  giving him a killing assignment that will take  him to Italy and have him facing off with the  likes of Common. (It turns out Common is built 

like The Terminator and makes for a good villain. Oh, wait … he’s sort of the good guy. Wick  is actually a villain.) Balletic violence begins and  never ends. This time out, Wick is wearing some  sort of bulletproof lining under his suit. He was  unstoppable before, but now he can take a  bullet! Reeves is the perfect guy for this role,  physically believable as an aging, unstoppable  assassin, and pretty great with the stoic line  deliveries. He’s in one mode for this movie, and  that mode is badass. You really only need one  movie like this every couple of years, and trying  to copy the grandeur of the Wick films with  other characters or stories seems pointless.  Reeves has himself a brand new franchise, and  this one is very ripe for the next story. It also  has another Reeves franchise guy, Laurence  Fishburne a.k.a. Morpheus from The Matrix.  Thankfully, this sequel is much better than The  Matrix sequels. 


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 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.



A quick scan of this horror sequel’s  cast reveals Vincent D’Onofrio has a  role in it. That’s good, right? It also has Johnny  Galecki of The Big Bang Theory in it. Not too  shabby if you like unfunny, overrated TV shows,  right? So, OK, before the movie even starts,  there’s enough to think the film has a fighting  chance of being reasonably good. Then, the  movie starts, and that fighting chance is  defeated—quicker than Ronda Rousey in her  last two bouts. Rings is a slog from the get-go,  a poorly conceived follow-up to what was a decent American remake of a great J-Horror film,  Ringu. (For the purpose of this review, we won’t  discuss the American The Ring Two. Let’s just  skip that one, shall we?) Nothing in this movie  is worth your time. The film was shot around  three years ago and experienced various  delays. This year looks to be the recipient of  another long-delayed horror sequel, Amityville:  The Awakening, which has been bouncing  around for three years, as well. Oh, lucky day!



Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan  has finally made his first good movie  since Signs (2002) with Split, a down-to-thebasics, creepy thriller propelled by excellent  performances from James McAvoy and Anya  Taylor-Joy (The Witch). The film reminds us  that Shyamalan can be a capable director and  writer when he’s not getting too carried away.  Taylor-Joy plays Casey, a high school outcast  who attends a birthday party but soon finds  herself and two classmates imprisoned by a  strange man with multiple personalities (McAvoy). In addition to the angry man who kidnaps  them, he’s also a stately, mannered woman, a  9-year-old child and, well, a few others. One  of those other personalities plays a big part  in taking the film into other realms beyond  psychological thriller. McAvoy goes nuts with  the role, and Shyamalan takes things into  supernatural territories in a chilling climax.  Taylor-Joy is quickly becoming the new scream  queen, and McAvoy’s work will surely stand as  one of the year’s most fun performances.

by Todd SouTh



rather than French. Grilled and chopped roast beef was slathered in sauteed red onion and stuffed in a baguette, served with au jus. Although the sandwich itself was Paul Schat’s Bakery is a little shop in the hot and tasty, the dipping broth was bland Carson City Mall, packed with all manner and didn’t add much to the experience. of sweet and savory baked treats, packaged If all I’d tasted were those three goods, and a full menu of smoothie, tea and sandwiches, I’d say Schat’s is fine if coffee beverages. But it was the sandwich unremarkable. But a Reuben ($11.95) board that lured in my hungry group. put things in overdrive. I’ve tried—and The bakery has a mix of table and grilled—many a Reuben over the years, booth seating for about 40, plus several but this one was a rockstar. Ten ounces of patio tables for the warmer months. quality hot pastrami was stacked on Jewish Upon ordering, you’re presented with a rye with sauerkraut, thousand island dressfree sugar cookie, a smart move ensuring and Swiss cheese—and a cup of tomato ing you’ll leave with something sweet bisque in place of fries for an additional $2. for dessert. It certainly worked on me. Everything about the sandwich filling was There’s also a short list of breakfast items fantastic, but the use of flavorful, traditional available, but we were rye bread instead of in lunch mode. the near-ubiquitous, First up was Schat’s typically bland Famous Turkey ($8.49). 1212 S. Stewart St., Carson City, marbled rye sealed A pile of house-roasted the deal. The plate 888-9090 poultry was combined The bakery is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. was punctuated by with cranberry, smoked The grill closes at 4 p.m. the hot, rich, deliGouda, mayo, lettuce, cious soup. tomato and onion on Every bit as good was a warm chicken sheepherder bread. The quality of the bird club ($10.95)—marinated chicken breast was good, but the sweet bread and cranwith smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and berry combo was a bit much for me. mayo on a ciabatta roll, with a Caesar Next was a cheeseburger ($9.75) with salad on the side. The chicken was moist a half pound of locally sourced, grass-fed and flavorful and accented by thick strips beef topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, of crispy bacon and was probably among onion, mayo and mustard on a chili cheese the best chicken sandwiches I’ve tasted. roll, served with fries. The roll was puffy But the day’s special blew away even the and held together well but didn’t have Reuben as my favorite. It was a Cubano much jalapeno or cheese flavor. The burger sandwich ($10.95, with fries) with ham, itself was cooked to medium without a thin-sliced roast pork, Swiss cheese, spicy lot of seasoning—just your basic burger. garlic pickles and mustard loaded into a This was probably the least impressive of Cuban-style sandwich roll, grill-pressed the items we tried, yet still a perfectly fine and served melty hot. I’ve been hunting for lunch. I doubt the fries were fresh cut, but a long time, and this is the first I’ve had in they were crispy and plentiful. Nevada that’s close to the real deal. Paul, Members of the Netherlandic family buddy, you need to put that baby on the behind this restaurant have been bakers for menu board—pretty please. Ω generations, hence the Dutch dip sandwich ($10.95, substituting green salad for fries)

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Bartender Tony O., a.k.a. “rick,” serves up drinks at the Alibi Lounge.

Two in one A swirling cloud of indecisiveness, fatigue and self-imposed deadline pressure hung over my head as I tried to decide what to write about this week. That bad night’s sleep fatigue gave me the notion that I should go somewhere for an Irish coffee, something warm and caffeinated striking me as just what I needed on a gray winter day. Alibi Lounge seemed as good a choice as any. Even if I had never been to the Alibi before, my image of the place based on outside appearance would probably be pretty close to reality. The working class neighborhood strip mall set behind Shoppers Square, the swanky font on the sign, even that it’s nominally a “lounge”—it all brings to mind this feeling of 125 Casazza a ’70s heyday, maybe a little divey, an average bar to have a beer after work on a Friday. My only previous visit is a distant blur, so my only preconceptions were based on what I saw and what I’ve heard. There are a million drinking stories in the Biggest Little City, and it seems like a lot of them include the phrase “we ended up at the Alibi.” By that word of mouth, I think of it as a (very) late night stop, an option after other bars close for the night or get too crowded—perhaps the final questionable choice made for the night. The first thing that struck me, during daylight hours, is how dark it seemed. I paused momentarily between the two doors to let my eyes adjust. Inside, the bar glowed with video poker screens. An unlit fireplace in the corner seemed vaguely familiar. No windows for anyone to see in, maybe helping ensure your alibi

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is intact while you’re here. (I was later told there is parking out the back door in addition to the obvious front lot.) I realize that another considerable light source is the spotlighted wall of liquor bottles behind the bar. Literally a wall, tiered shelves from near the floor to eye level, displaying one of the most impressive selections of booze in town. Just a few taps of unremarkable beer, so yes, it’s a “lounge” as in “cocktail lounge.” A few regulars haunted the bar, making small talk with the bartender and each other, and welcoming me, the outsider, as kindly as imaginable. I’ll be honest. I’m kind of an introvert, and dropping into an unfamiliar place, alone, with no idea who is in there or what the mood is—it takes a little resolve and forces me out of my comfort zone. Despite that unease, I slipped into place at the Alibi like an old glove, Drive, 323-0611 comfortably and easily. Trivial conversation that didn’t feel forced, a friendly suggestion for a “coffee special”—adding Irish cream—rather than the basic Irish coffee I asked for, and not the slightest hint of annoyance at having to brew a fresh pot of coffee for me. Unavoidably eavesdropping on bar chatter—about squares on the Big Game pool, afternoon plans, and mutual acquaintances—it occurred to me that the Alibi is like two bars: By day, it’s a bar you go to, the neighborhood gathering place for regulars, close like family with each other and the staff. Think Cheers, but much smaller and darker. By night, it’s the dark, smoky place—not where you go, but where you end up—when you’re not quite ready to go home but you probably should. Whichever one you visit, remember to park out back and maybe try the coffee special. Ω

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by MAtt BiEkEr

Erika Paul’s newest album is Sway: A History of Latin American Jazz.

Jazzed Erika Paul Raised by a mother who sang, a father who played piano, and the records of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday playing in her home, Erika Paul has always known she would be a jazz musician. Her commitment to the music has led to a 30-year teaching and performing career, 45 original songs and 12 albums. Her latest album, Sway: A History of Latin American Jazz, is her first release in five years. “I guess I was meant to do music because I saw everything in terms of music and listened to it so intently I couldn’t live without it,” said Paul. “So I just knew that was where I needed to be, to be happy.” Originally from San Francisco, Paul moved to Reno in the 1990s after graduating from San Jose State University. She found the jazz scene in Reno through a still active organization called For the Love of Jazz. After establishing a private teaching studio, she was soon performing regularly. “One of the things about coming out here—I just extended what I had in the Bay Area,” said Paul. “I started up my studio [here] and [started] auditioning players, seeing who I got along with, and I found a bass player and a drummer that I stayed with for 16 years.” As a music teacher, Paul has split her time between her own performances and helping her students at Double Diamond Elementary and Pleasant Valley Elementary acquire an appreciation for jazz, a genre she believes is underappreciated in its own country of origin.


“This music came from America— everywhere else in the world they crave American jazz except for Americans,” said Paul. The international appeal of jazz music was part of her motivation in releasing her new album. Recorded at Tanglewood Studios in Reno, all of the 16 tracks on the album are standards from the world of Latin jazz, a conscious decision by Paul to grow beyond her earlier work. “This Latin jazz one I meant to do all my life because it’s like soul music for the guys and I,” said Paul. “You don’t want to be doing the same thing CD after CD. You really want to stretch yourself. This Latin jazz CD stretched me to no end. We practiced more for that CD, to get all the little intricate parts and arrangements together than any[thing] else. I even have a track that I’m singing in Portuguese. I had to do that syllabically.” Paul has a standing engagement the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 3rd Street Bar, playing with the DG Kicks 17-piece big band. She’s also playing a local tour of her new album, funded by a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant. Paul and her accompanying trio are planning new tour dates in the Bay Area later in the year, and she already has plans to work on her next studio album. As far as future plans go, Paul’s is to keep sticking to her own philosophy on the genre: “It’s not ego. It’s not ratings. It’s not sales. It’s not popularity. It’s who you are, because you’re the only you, and jazz has to be unique. Ω Erika Paul performs at 3rd Street Bar on the first and third Tuesdays each month, at Wild River Grille Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m., at Tanglewood Production Studios March 26, 3-5 p.m., and at the Nevada Museum of Art April 2, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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941 N. Virginia St., (775) 870-9633

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$10 gift certificates, you pay $5

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



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

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

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

Musicole, 8pm, no cover

Alias Smith Band, 8pm, no cover


Live jazz, 8pm, no cover


DJ Trivia, 6:30pm, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960



SUNDAY 2/19 Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, $19-$37

Tammy Tam Tam, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover T-N-KEYS, 7pm, W, no cover

Ladies Night, DJ/dancing, 10pm, free for women before 11pm

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 772-6637


Eli Locke Band, 8:30pm, no cover

10007 Bridge St., Truckee; (530) 587-8688


Eli Locke Band, 8:30pm, no cover


Mo’ Drum Circle, M, 9pm, no cover

400 E. Fourth St., (775) 327-1171


906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 358-5484

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

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


Open Spike Night w/Spike McGuire, 7pm, Tu, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948


DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

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


Open mic and jam, 7pm, no cover


Rockaraoke, 8pm, no cover

76 N. C St., Virginia City; (775) 847-7474 211 N. Virginia St., (669) 255-7960

Gemini Duo, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke with Steve Starr, 8pm, no cover


Mac Esposito, The Run Up, Jonathan Rolling, 8pm, no cover


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

Sham 69, The Creepshow, Gallows Bound, Viva Revenge, 9pm, $25


Boondoggle, 9pm, no cover

Metaphysical, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

Tuesday Trivia, 8pm, Tu, no cover Music Industry Night, 8pm, W, no cover


The Floor, 9pm, no cover

Everyday Outlaw, 9pm, $7

’80s New Wave Dance Party w/DJs EroticBuddha, 1334, Xenobia, 9pm, $3

American Introvert, Drove, Erin Drive, Crosstown, 8pm, W, $5

Zion I, Jon Wayne & The Pain, 9pm, $18-$20

Bazooka Zoo, 9pm, no cover

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

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-9776

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

Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858

Blue Haven, 8pm, no cover

906 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 409-3754


MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 2/20-2/22 Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, M, Tu, W, $19-$37

Redfield Clipper, Bazooka Zoo, 9pm, $5

Drinking with Clowns, 10pm, $5

Live Blues Wednesdays, 8pm, W, no cover


Legendary Shack Shakers, The Brains, The Delta Bombers, 9pm, Tu, $20-$25

Feb. 17, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Club 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

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


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

Dark Star Orchestra Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Harrah Lake Tahoe 15 Highway 50 Stateline 588-6611

Karaoke 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





2) Cook Book, 8pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover All In, 10pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover All In, 10pm, no cover

2) All In, 8pm, no cover

2) Pearl Sky, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Jason King Band, 6pm, no cover

2) Keith Allen, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover

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

2) Crush, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover The Robeys, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) ALO, Rabbit Wilde, 9pm, $22-$27

1) Elephant Revival, Dead Horses, 9pm, $20-$25

1) Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 9pm, $25-$30


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


2) Audioboxx, 10:30pm, no cover

2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover Left of Centre, 10:30pm, W, no cover Privileged, 7:30pm, Tu, W, $27.95

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

1) Dark Star Orchestra, 7:30pm, $23.85-$28.44

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

3) Melissa Dru, 9pm, no cover

1) Decadence, 10pm, $32.75 3) Melissa Dru, 9pm, no cover

1) Elvis Lives, 4pm, 7:30pm, $29.50-$41.50

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Whiskey Maiden, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover Whiskey Maiden, 9pm, no cover

1) Brandy Clark, 8pm, $15-$35 3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover 3) Whiskey Maiden, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ/dancing, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Huntertones, 7pm, no cover

2) Huntertones, 8pm, no cover 3) The Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Huntertones, 8pm, no cover 3) Fashen, 10pm, $20

2) Max Minardi, 6pm, no cover

2) Max Minardi, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover


1) Ramón Ayala, 8pm, $52.50-$69.50 2) Easy Rider, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) Soundwave, 9pm, no cover

1) Postmodern Jukebox, Brielle Von Hugel, 8pm, $60-$100 2) Easy Rider, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5

2) DJ Ivan, 9pm, no cover 3) Sunday Funday 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


1) City Hearts Tahoe w/Marbs, Porkchop, Tara Brooks, RYBO, 10pm, $20-$32

2) Chris Costa, 8pm, no cover

2) Chris Costa, 8pm, no cover

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


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

2) Audioboxx, 10:30pm, no cover

2) Audioboxx, 10:30pm, no cover 2) Audioboxx, 10:30pm, no cover 3) Privileged: A Speakeasy Experience, 3) Privileged: A Speakeasy Experience, 7:30pm, $27.95, DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover 7:30pm, $27.95 DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

2) Lex Thursdays, 10pm, no cover

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

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

1) Rock On! Live Band Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

1) Mark Mackay, 7pm, no cover

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



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


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


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


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

2) DJ Ivan, 9pm, no cover 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 4) Punktematrix, 9pm, no cover 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge

5 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 831-0660 1) Breeze Nightclub 2) Casino Floor 3) Conrad’s

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FOr tHE WEEK OF FEBruArY 16, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit


SNAKES OF NEVADA: Michelle Hunt of the

2017 FREEZE YOUR PINTS OFF: The outdoor winter beer festival features local breweries showcasing their strong beers, winter warmers and barrel-aged brews. The festival will also include music by DJ MoJo JoJo and food from local food trucks. Proceeds to benefit The Polygrarian Institute. Sa, 2/18, 1-5pm. $15-$65. Under the Rose Brewing Company, 559 E. Fourth St., (810) 3488924,

City Arts Initiative presents art from Western Nevada College art students.

St., Carson City,


group exhibition of paintings, drawings and mixed media art from 10 local tattoo artists. Styles touch on Asian and Hispanic symbolism through tattooing. A reception will be held on Feb. 16. M-F through 2/24; Th, 2/16, 6-8pm; Pop-Up with Ron Campbell. Sierra Arts Gallery presents a pop-up show featuring the art of Ron Campbell, one of the animators on The Beatles film Yellow Submarine and the director of The Beatles 1960s TV cartoon series, among other cartoon series over the past 50 years. F, 2/17, noon-8pm; Sa, 2/18, 10am-8pm; Su, 2/19, noon-4pm. Free. 17 S. Virginia St., Ste. 120, (775) 329-2787,

STUDENT GALLERIES SOUTH: BFA Thesis Exhibition. Annual thesis exhibition of artwork by graduating bachelor of fine arts students from the University of Nevada, Reno. M-Th, noon-4pm through 3/2. Opens 2/20. Free. Jot Travis Building, 1164 N. Virginia St., University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-6658.


pating Riverwalk District merchants on Wine Walk day and receive a wine glass, a map of Wine Walk merchants and a wristband that allows you to sample wine at any participating merchants. Sa, 2/18, 2-5pm. $20. The Riverwalk District, downtown Reno along The Riverwalk, (775) 825-9255,




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

SIERRA ARTS: La Cultura de los Tatuaje. A

RENO WINE WALK: Visit any of the partici-



the artists, explore the studios and buy local art. Third Sa of every month, noon5pm through 12/16. 1995 Dickerson Road, (775) 391-0278,

POETRY OUT LOUD STATE SEMIFINAL COMPETITION: The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support this contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Watch area poets compete in the state semi-finals. Th, 2/16, 5-7pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

The concert will feature Sparks native Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins, euphonium soloist with the United States Marine Band. Su, 2/19, 3pm. Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

RENO ART WORKS: RAW Open Studios. Meet

Extension and their certified master gardeners offer this free series in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. This series is for anyone who wants to learn how to garden in Northern Nevada. Tu, 6-8pm through 3/28. Free. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 784-4848,

University of Nevada, Reno students present engineering topics with fun and fascinating hands-on demonstrations. Sa, 2/18, 11am-noon. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.


Extravagant Chemistry. West Gallery in McKinley Arts & Culture Center present new work by abstract painter Liz Penniman. M-F, 9am-5pm through 2/24; Light Abundant: Lainie Vreeland. The abstract painter creates innovative and imaginative compositions centered on water, forms and plant life as they interact with light. M-F, 9am-5pm through 2/24. Free. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.



Dmitri Atapine will take the audience on a grand tour of the crown jewels of cello repertoire—the Six Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert will have two intermissions. Sa, 2/18, 6pm. Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

M-Su through 3/30. Free. 108 E. Proctor

FEBRUARY SIP AND SHOP: Meet the artisans behind some of the featured handicrafts. Sa, 2/18, 4:30-7pm. Free. Resi*he(ART), 171 Los Altos Parkway, Sparks,



BIKING FROM IRELAND TO RUSSIA: Hans Frischeisen will talk about his latest bicycle adventure across Europe. Su, 2/19, 6-8pm. $5-$7. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 713 S. Virginia St.,

tainment series continues with a performance by Backstage Pass. Seating is limited to 200 people. Sa, 7pm through 3/18. $3 suggested donation. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.


ANIMAL ARK OPEN PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND: The cold weather is ideal for viewing the Ark’s lynx, bobcats, cougars, wolves and other wild residents. Dress for winter weather. Call on event days prior to your departure from home as severe weather may cancel the festivities. Sa, 2/18, 11am-3pm; Su, 2/19, 11am3pm. $12 adults, $11 seniors ages 62+, $10 children ages 3-12. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3111.

COME IN FROM THE COLD: The family enter-

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss the biology of snakes and why we should conserve these reptiles. Sa, 2/18, 2-3pm. $5 donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.


annual film festival features screenings of the films Wolf Totem (China), The Look of Silence (Indonesia) and Cinema Paradiso (Italy). Young film makers from Reynolds School of Journalism will present six shorter length films to premiere at the festival starting at 3pm on Feb. 16-17. Discussion of the films follows after each showing. Th, 2/16, 3 & 7pm; F, 2/17, 3 & 7pm; Sa, 2/18, 7pm. Free. Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 445-3222.




The eighth annual family-friendly resort tradition kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 18, with kids’ games and craft activities and après-ski live music. The week-long celebration continues through Saturday, Feb. 25, with popular events such as Big Truck Day on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 20-21, where kids can ride along in fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines, and the second annual Oakley Grom Jam on Saturday, Feb. 25, a free-entry, snowboarding competition for kids ages 11 and younger. The festivities take place at Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, and The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road. Lift tickets range from $75-$159 for a one-day pass. Visit

and historical figures cross paths in this fragmented tale of the birth of the atomic bomb, its first test in Los Alamos and the subsequent bombing of Hiroshima. Incorporating elements of Japanese Bunraku puppet theater history, mythology, literature and parody, this play with dance and music weaves together a story of fear and dark humor, creating a fractured, multimedia look at one of the most dangerous tightropes humankind has ever walked. Th, 2/16, 7pm; F, 2/17, 3 & 7pm; Sa, 2/18, 7pm. $10 adults, $8 students, senior citizens, WCSD staff. Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway, (775) 851-5656.

SEX WITH STRANGERS: Good Luck Macbeth presents Laura Eason’s erotic comedy/ drama. F, 2/17, 7:30-9:30pm; Sa, 2/18, 7:30-

9:30pm; Th, 2/23, 7:30-9:30pm; F, 2/24, 7:309:30pm; Sa, 2/25, 7:30-9:30pm. $15-$18.

KELLY GALLAGHER: IN PERSON AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER: Gallagher will present her most recent film More Dangerous than a Thousand Rioters and From Ally to Accomplice. Th, 2/16, 5-7pm. Free. Holman Arts & Media Center, Sierra Nevada College, 1008 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775) 881-7525.

music BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUINTET: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series continues its 2016-2017 season with a concert by this quintet, which has impressed audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. Th, 2/16, 7:30pm. $5-$30. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

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

THE UNTAMED: An evening of locally

sourced, free-range stories. Th, 2/16, 8pm; F, 2/17, 8pm; Sa, 2/18, 8pm. $20 general admission, $18 students, seniors, military, $25 at the door. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.

VERSA-STYLE DANCE CO.: The Los Angelesbased, hip-hop dance ensemble explores themes of social inequality. F, 2/17, 7-9pm. $5-$45. Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 582-8278.


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I really appreciated your recent column about people who go through with getting married when they know deep down that they’re making a mistake. I’m reminded of the common societal admonishment against being a “quitter.” There’s this notion that you’re some kind of loser if you quit anything—even when logic tells you that you should bow out. This sort of absurd anti-logic is used—with the “marriage takes work” notion—to intimidate people into remaining in marriages that are total failures, which prolongs everyone’s suffering. Ideally, “till death do us part” doesn’t lead to daydreams involving a shovel and a tarp. Granted, there are people in miserable marriages who stay together—sometimes because they believe that a man with horns and a tail would end up chasing them around with a flaming pitchfork if they split up and married somebody else. Others, in humdrum but not ugly or toxic marriages, stay together—admirably—for their kids’ sake. But many unhappy couples— with no pitter-pattering little feet but the schnauzer’s—don’t split up or are seriously slow to do it out of this notion that quitting is for losers. I’m not suggesting that couples should scurry off to divorce court at the first sight of a cloud on the marital horizon. But there’s a cost-benefit analysis to be done. Couples need to consider whether it’s actually possible to work to make their marriage succeed or whether that would take their being two totally different and actually compatible people. As for what “succeeding” in marriage means, let’s be honest: In modern society, we have a luxury we never did before—marrying for love and happiness. We then expect that these will continue to some reasonable (or sometimes unreasonable) degree. In previous centuries, sometimes you lucked out and got love in the marital package. But, as marriage historian

Stephanie Coontz points out, for “thousands of years”—until the late 18th century—“marriage was more about property and politics than personal satisfaction.” Two people would get “betrothed” to each other as a way of brokering peace between nations or getting the money to keep land in the family. These days, however, if continents or children won’t be ravaged by a couple’s breaking up, maybe there’s no reason to be answering the question “Grandma, how’d you and Grandpa make it work?” with “We didn’t. I just stayed till he died.” Even so, human psychology doesn’t make it easy to extricate ourselves. Research by psychologist Elliot Aronson finds that we are prone to “self-justification—believing whatever puts us in the best light. In other words, we are natural-born spin doctors, driven to protect both our ego and our public persona—to the point where our knee-jerk response when we fail at something is pretending we haven’t, to ourselves and everybody else. There is a psychological tool you can use to combat this. It’s “self-compassion”—basically, when you’re going through a hard time, treating yourself as kindly as you’d treat someone else who’s struggling. Psychologist Kristin Neff, who studies self-compassion, finds that an essential element of this is seeing your “common humanity”—meaning viewing yourself as part of a whole population of flawed, fallible humans. Ω

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a special supplement to the reno news & review • march 3, 2016




MARCH 9 Letters ........................... 3 Opinion/Streetalk ........... 5 Sheila Leslie ................... 6 Brendan Trainor............. 7 News ............................. 8 Green .......................... 10 Feature ........................ 13 Art of the State ............ 18 Foodfinds .................... 20

Film............................. 22 Musicbeat ................... 23 Nightclubs/Casinos ...... 24 This Week ....................27 Advice Goddess .......... 28 Free Will Astrology ...... 30 15 Minutes .................... 31 Bruce Van Dyke ........... 31

After SChool

SpeCiAl See News, page 8.


mAde to order See Green, page 10.

Kids these days …

The eNd of The World? See film, page 22.

Just folk me See Musicbeat, page 23.

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FRee will astRology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): By my estimates,

72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least 10 percent of you are experiencing all of the above.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I am launching a

campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backward astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will Giovanni surrepti-

tiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.

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ring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The next four weeks will be

an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1787, English captain

Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo—a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty or evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The ancient Roman

rhetorician Quintilian authored a 12-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important

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as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know about

the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking 8-foot-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called “Don’t Eat the Pictures,” Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even childlike energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your lessons

in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” (1) Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. (2) Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. (3) Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. (4) You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. (5) Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The meaning of

the Latin phrase cramba repetita is “cabbage reheated, twice-cooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment, and information—which I suspect you will—don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s your

mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence—a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We cannot simply

sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.” That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth?

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Yes, but the book has nothing to do with my being a public employee. I do have some concerns that some people

I wrote about aren’t going to be very happy, but a story is a story. That’s what happened. It’s just who they are. This is what they said. I’m not really judging. I’m just telling the story. But, yes, I do. I’m not associating myself as director of the Nevada State Museum with Dennis McBride the author of the book, because this is work that I was doing for decades before I became a public employee. And I’ve written many other books about Nevada history. But nonetheless, yes, I do have a concern that it might somehow reflect or affect the museum. … How could I not publish this book?

As an historian, you’ve seen, I’m sure, materials about President Roosevelt’s, President Kennedy’s private lives. Is it difficult to navi-

Well, yes. The book isn’t written as an exposé, and there were many, many, many other well known people that I could have written about and chose not to. This book is about the development of the gay community, queer community in Nevada. And two people that I write about—Lt. Gov. Fred Alward and Supreme Court Justice [Frank] McNamee—I chose to go ahead and write about them because what happened to them was exactly the example that I needed to show just how far homophobia went at one time in the state of Nevada. It didn’t matter whether you were the most popular and beloved lieutenant governor that the state had or had ever had, as far as I can tell, or how politically powerful you were and your family, as the McNamees were. If you were exposed as being gay, you lost everything. You lost your dignity. You lost your right to a legal trial. You lost your position. You lost your profession. Your life was utterly and completely wrecked. That’s why I chose these and other people. There was nobody that I named without good reason. And there were other people I did not name because there was no good reason to. It didn’t contribute to the story of the development of the community. Ω



What would you like readers to take away from your new book, Out of the Neon Closet?

Do you worry about the consequences for yourself as this book becomes known? You are a public employee, correct?


gate the ethics of those things? In your case, it would have been, Do I have the right to out these men after they’re dead?

Dennis McBride, director of the  Nevada State Museum, is author  of a new history of gays in Nevada,  described in our feature story on  page 11. He is also author of In the  Beginning: A History of Boulder City,  Nevada, Building Hoover Dam, and  Midnight on Arizona Street: The  Secret Life of the Boulder Dam Hotel.

I’d like readers to understand a little bit better a minority community whose arc of development has been so intriguing and interesting. You could go to jail, you could be fined, to being honored and recognized. On the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal today is a wonderful article that Las Vegas is one of the top 10 LGBTQ destinations in the country. When I started writing this book, when I started researching it, a headline like this would have been impossible to imagine.




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Adult obsession Here in This Space, I like to occasionally fantasize about a country  that isn’t completely out of its mind  for Sports. It’s blazingly obvious  by now that America has gone way  beyond healthy escapism with its  constant fetishizing of athletic  bullshit, constant pedastalizing of  sports “heroes” (truly an inspiration, a man who specializes in  beating other humans into bloody  unconscious pulps), and constant  messaging of the “importance”  of winning titles. (There is very  little that is less important in  the Scheme of Things than cities’  sports titles.) As astrophysicist  Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “Sometimes I wonder if we’d have flying  cars by now had civilization spent a  little less brain energy contemplating football.” No shit. We have adult  men on the teevee now making six  figure salaries analyzing zone defenses in football, and guys making  big dough as basketball bracketolo-

gists. (When your youngster goes  to his/her next job fair, tell him/her  to find out which schools have the  best bracketology programs.) OK, with that snarky blast now  in play, I must also acknowledge,  as a lifelong sports fan who’s  admittedly spent way too much  time watching games I cared way  too much about, this last year was  undoubtedly the greatest goddamn  year in the history of American  ball sports, mainly because no less  than the last five championship  games/series of our five favorite  sports turned out to be not just  loaded with legit action, but compelling human stories tinged with  history and throbbing with drama.  Every stinkin’ one! It all began last April, when  Villanova beat North Carolina in a  stunning championship game to  conclude 2016’s March Madness.  Then, the drama revved up a notch  in June when the Cavs rallied from 

a 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors  for Cleveland’s first ever NBA  title (a disastrous downer that  totally sucked, but I can’t deny its  dramatic finish and its historical  stink). Then, in November, baseball  fans witnessed an Epic World Series  between two perennial, lovable  losers, which climaxed in an Epic  Game 7 that gave us a genuine OMG  The Cubs Actually Won The World  Series moment after a torturous 108 year bout of ineptitude.  Finally, January whipped up not  one but two stupendous football  championships, as first Clemson  and Alabama faced off in a terrific  football contest, ending with a Tiger  touchdown on the last bleeping  play of the bleeping game, and then  that was followed by that extraordinary comeback choke job Super  Bowl with the Patriots and Falcons,  and by now, I’m ready to tip my hat  and let the kudos fly. Are we not  entertained?       Ω

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