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Tread the boards Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. For years, I’ve said that one of my favorite things about living in Reno is that the city is large enough to support a thriving arts scene, but small enough that it’s easy to get involved. But lately, it’s harder to keep up. I’m willing to admit that’s partly because I’m getting older. I’ve got more responsibilities now than I did when I was 26, when my main source of income was hanging out in the art museum telling people not to touch the paintings. My secondary source of income back then was freelance writing, mostly for this newspaper, and my beat was local arts, so that made it easy. And my tertiary source of income was playing in rock bands, which was a good excuse to stay up late. All of my jobs back then facilitated a lifestyle in which checking out local the arts was my raison d’être. But I’ve heard similar comments from other people. It’s just a bigger, busier city now. We Reno folks now have to make tough decisions with what to do with our Friday nights. A positive side to this tyranny of choice is that it’s possible to engage with one sector of the local arts scene, disengage with it, and then come back a few months or even years later to see how it’s changed. I recently caught a couple of local theater performances—both of which were excellent, and played to packed, enthusiastic houses. The first was Words To Live By, Bruka’s Mary Bennett’s one-woman play exploring the life and work of the great writer Dorothy Parker. It was paired with The Ballad Of Frankee & Matilde, a fun little love story between two clowns. The second performance was Hand to God over at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre. I think everyone here at the RN&R office was inspired to see it after the rave review by our theater critic, Jessica Santina, a few weeks ago. It was bitingly funny, profound and disturbing. Both of those of plays have finished their runs, so I can’t exactly recommend them, but if you’ve never followed the local theater scene, or, if, like me, you just haven’t followed it closely the last couple of years, get to it.
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Standard justice Initially, I was indifferent, if not open to Neil Gorsuch as a nominee to the Supreme Court. In large part, I was open because I am so tired of the extreme politicization of the process of nominating and confirming judges. However, as I learned of his rulings, which repeatedly favored corporations over people, I became very concerned. Gorsuch ruled against a trucker who was fired when he temporarily left his truck, after repeatedly calling and waiting for help, due to hypothermia and the real risk of death. He ruled against a special needs student seeking an appropriate education. He ruled against a woman seeking fair treatment from her employer. He sides with business when there are pension disputes. Why did supporters say the nominee must be in the style of Scalia? When did that become the standard? Will the Republicans then nominate a liberal justice in the style of Ginsberg should she choose to step down? Ideology should not be the biggest “driver” of who is nominated to the court. Joan Bohmann Sparks
Getting some Re “More on sex workers” (Let Freedom Ring, March 30): It may come as a complete surprise to Brendan Trainor, but most males don’t have to “pay” for sex. Now, perhaps in his case, that’s the only way any women will get naked with him, given his—ahem— “special” personality and physical attributes. But those of us who consider females to be actual human beings, instead of pieces of meat to be bought and sold, manage to somehow get women to bed us simply by being decent human beings. This is a characteristic seemingly lost on persons of Brendan’s special, libertarian ilk. Chris Rosamond Reno
“significantly reduced” while the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which is reserved for needy college students, would also be eliminated. The Department of Justice recommendations include decreasing funding for previously “mandatory” programs such as the Crime Victims Fund and prison infrastructure in order to offset increased spending on immigration judges and border enforcement. Ryan Budman Reno
April fools Re “Sparks sues Reno for slander” (cover story, March 30): That’s funny. Both of your cities should be sued by it’s business’ and residents for purposely tanking your cities by adhering to Wall Street interests instead of fighting and winning the war on gaming tourism with Northern California and other Northwest states. I know this because if you had spent one-one hundredth the time listening to other people instead of making secret backroom deals, the cities’ most talked-about product would not be crystal meth. But big money is sacrificing this town now, so investors and stockholders can reap because the industry here is nothing but lame duck management with another agenda. Russell Pawlowski Sparks
Budget woes The Trump budget is short-sighted, racist, and ignores the needs of the most vulnerable of Americans. It represents not a vision of a future of America where all can prosper but a vision put forward by a handful of rich, Caucasian Americans who feel like they are doing just fine. The budget ignores a need for clean energy and research into energy efficiency while earmarking more money to increase dependence on fossil fuels. It includes a $1.4 billion increase for public and private school choice programs while eliminating funding for before- and after-school and summer programs. Federal work-study would also be
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Evidence first In 1793, President Washington was under heavy pressure to launch a war against the Chickamauga nation. He put the issue before Congress and Congress declined to declare war. On August 28, Washington informed a southern governor who had been calling for war, “The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.” Two hundred and twenty years later, on August 23, 2013, a chemical attack occurred in Ghouta, Syria. U.S. intelligence contended that Syria’s Assad government had likely conducted the attack. President Obama asked Congress for authorization to use force against the Assad government. Over a period of weeks, the director of national intelligence and other officials said there were doubts about the conclusiveness of U.S. intelligence, some members of Congress expressed skepticism about an intelligence report submitted to Congress but not disclosed to the public, and one analyst said the available evidence had been “cherry-picked” to support use of force. Congress declined to even vote on use of force. Subsequently, there were indications that rebel forces may have been producing sarin gas, and this week United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter described U.S. intelligence about Ghouta as “largely disproven.” In 1988, in late stages of the Iran/Iraq war, a battle began in the area of Halabja on the border between the two countries during which the city was gassed by what the Reagan administration said was an Iranian
attack. Fourteen years later, the second Bush administration rewrote history, claiming the Halabja attack was launched by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces, and that “he gassed his own people.” Members of Congress and journalists alike bought imto the claim without scrutiny. On April 4, a gas attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun took place. Just 63 hours later, without permission from Congress and without waiting for full scrutiny of evidence, the Trump administration launched a retaliatory missile strike on a Syrian airfield. Republicans, Democrats and journalists engaged in a rush to judgment, supporting the action without evidence—with one exception in the House. Iraq war veteran and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard refused to jump on board Trump’s force-as-a-first-resort bandwagon until the evidence was submitted to the public and Congress. Her fellow Democrats denounced her, with Howard Dean calling on her constituents to defeat her for reelection. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked her repeatedly if she “believed” Assad was responsible. Gabbard, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees who is thus familiar with the information supplied to Congress, said it was not a matter of faith or belief, but of hard evidence. She also noted that a lot of people had rushed to judgment about WMDs in Iraq. Sen. Rand Paul: “This is dangerous. As Madison wrote, the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the executive is the branch most interested in war and most prone to it. The Constitution therefore, with studied care, vested that power in the legislature.” Ω
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GOP tries hard to offend women It’s almost as if Nevada’s U.S. Senator Dean Heller is trying to lose votes in his presumed reelection campaign next year. He’s been identified as the Republican senator most in peril in 2018 since he hails from a blue state that voted for Hillary Clinton where Democrats continue to lead Republicans with a significant voter registration advantage. You’d think he would be doing his best to attract Nevada’s voting base, but instead he continues to disappoint women in particular by voting against our needs at every turn. Heller’s most recent blunder was revealed last month when he cast the deciding vote to overturn a rule from the Obama administration that prevents states from denying pass-through federal funds to Planned Parenthood for family planning services. It was a mystifying decision as Heller was expected to side with several moderate Republicans, like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, to oppose the measure, which is really about putting Planned Parenthood out of the business
of providing legal abortions at some of its facilities. But pressure from Republican leaders flipped our Nevada senator, causing a tie vote, which then allowed Vice President Pence to swoop in and gleefully save the day for Republicans by taking away family planning services from thousands of U.S. women. What a guy. As Senator Patty Murray noted on the Senate floor, no Republicans even made the case for why the change was needed. She warned them, “We’re noticing. Women are noticing.” And it’s true that women are noticing lots of actions in D.C. these days. For example, we noticed the pictures of the negotiations on the failed American Health Care Act when a roomful of old white men decided maternity care no longer needed to be included in a standard insurance policy. We also noticed when just four of Trump’s 24 Cabinet positions were filled by women. And we cringed when the President asked a roomful of women leaders if they had
ever heard of Susan B. Anthony, as if he should be given credit for educating us about a feminist icon. It’s no wonder that many women feel like we’re fighting for our most basic rights, given the national obsession by Republicans to make decisions about our bodies, led by a misogynistic president with a long history of reducing women to their physical attributes and then rudely dismissing those who don’t meet his sexist standards. It’s disgusting to see this disrespect manifest itself in ever more cruel dimensions, especially when other political leaders eagerly join Trump in diminishing women’s rights, seemingly without a backlash from women in their own party. It’s been reassuring to see Nevada’s state legislators take a very proactive approach this session by doing everything they can to protect access to women’s health services through a variety of bills, including one that sets up a mechanism to direct funds specifically to Planned
Parenthood, in response to the national Republican desire to destroy the vital health provider. Other bills likely to survive this week’s committee passage deadline include a bill requiring employers to make accommodations for nursing mothers so women don’t have to express breast milk in a bathroom stall. Another new law would extend protections to pregnant women in the workforce. The Nevada Legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment last month, an accomplishment 45 years in the making. And now female legislators have begun the arduous process of amending the state’s constitution to outlaw the “pink tax” on feminine hygiene products, arguing these are items of necessity, not luxury. Yet another bill would tell employers they have to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to their employees each year. It all adds up. Remember the cliché that elections have consequences when you vote in 2018. Ω
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Wages and their consequences The Democratic-controlled Nevada Legislature has three bills to raise the minimum wage this session from $8.25 to $9, $11 or $15 an hour. Many economists hold that minimum wage rate hikes cost jobs. The reason is that an employer cannot pay a relatively unskilled worker more than he produces in value. If someone is paid $8.25 an hour, that person must produce more than $8.25 an hour worth of product to keep his job. Young, inexperienced workers ages 16-24 are the least productive workers. They often lack basic skills and work habits that they will learn through training and experience. Employers can respond to minimum wage hikes in several different ways. They could lay off the least productive workers. They could cut down on hours. They can raise prices. They can invest in new technology, like robots, to replace the workers. They could close down ther businesses or move them.
All of these strategies are considered under the heading of “minimum wage hikes cost jobs.” The Democratic Party is now telling us minimum wage rate increases do not cause job loss. Democrats insist that the higher wages paid to the remaining workers who have a job will be so great that raising the minimum wage will even increase jobs. They tell us because of the wage increase these workers will spend so much more money that more jobs will have to be created in order to satisfy the new spending demand. But if this is true, why is the legislature debating how much the increase should be, and whether to spread it out over five years? If raising the minimum wage creates jobs, why are they quibbling over whether it should be raised to $9 an hour, or $11, or $15, and why not do it all at once? Heck, why not make it $25 an hour, or $50? Why not make everyone rich, and simply raise the minimum wage to $100 dollars an hour?
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We will have so many new jobs even Donald Trump will be jealous! The unspoken truth is that raising the minimum wage by government decree raises the cost of labor by using state police powers to restrict the supply of labor. Reducing the supply of workers helps those lucky or connected enough to keep their jobs or be hired at the higher rate. Those workers do have an increase in their standard of living. Those who are not skilled or connected enough are forced into a larger labor pool to compete with other workers, lowering their wages potentially to zero. The only thing that makes the labor of unskilled workers attractive, especially for minorities, is that they can sell their labor cheaply. Minorities are often the last hired and the first fired. Almost no one studies the forgotten workers hurt by government interventions. Some will turn to easy black market profits, and face arrest and prison as a result. This further reduces their
lifetime earnings and harms families and neighborhoods. The best way to raise everyone’s standard of living is not by forcing business owners to raise wages, but to increase productivity. Productivity is increased by free markets, including labor markets. Free markets, not central planning, do the best job of matching supply to demand. Recent studies indicate eliminating regulations, especially by cutting or abolishing federal and state regulatory agencies, can raise productivity over time so that the living standards of workers will double or triple. That beats arguing over a buck or two. No matter how hard they try, legislators cannot vote away one of the most basic laws of nature, the law of supply and demand. Ω
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by Dennis Myers
Join now before the end
Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr talks with David Kladney after a Nevada Women’s Lobby luncheon.
Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz is still promoting a program the Nevada Legislature shows every sign of ending. “PARENTS URGED TO REVIEW ESA APPLICATIONS AND ‘HIT SUBMIT’” is the headline on an April 7 news release from Schwartz’s office. It calls on parents to sign up for a state program that gives them $5,000 grants to take their children out of public schools. The program was created by the 2015 legislature, which had overwhelming Republican majorities. At the time, Democrats warned that they would repeal the program if they got back their majorities. They did win majorities in both houses in the 2016 election. A bill introduced by Sen. Scott Hammond to repair a court-rejected funding process for the program has been ignored. For some reason, Gov. Brian Sandoval has submitted an identical bill, increasing the expense of a program that is expected to die.
Privacy issue surges Congressmembers who voted to let companies sell information about their customers face growing anger. Those members include Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei, both Nevada Republicans. They voted to stop a Federal Communications Commission rule that would have required companies to obtain customers’ permission before using or sharing sensitive data—including browsing histories, and medical and financial information—with other businesses. The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reports, “An advocacy group called Fight for the Future pledged to put up billboards in Washington, D.C., and certain districts targeting Republicans who voted for the bill. And two separate fundraising campaigns have amassed a combined $250,000 to purchase the browsing history of Republican lawmakers who backed the bill, although service providers do not actually sell specific individuals’ browsing history.” Heller already has online ads running against him on the issue. After Donald Trump signed the measure, 50 House Republicans feeling the heat paradoxically sent a letter to the FCC on April 7 asking the agency to protect privacy. The letter was sent so rapidly that the names of the signatories were not typed out. Only their signatures appear, many of them illegible. It appears Amodei was not among them. Some companies that manufacture spyware and virus filters are now using the vote to sell products. “Do you value your online privacy?” asks a message from Norton Symantec to its users. “Recent legislation repeals privacy rules, allowing your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to share and sell your browsing habits without your permission. Norton WiFi Privacy can help protect your sensitive information and is provided by the name you trust for online security.” It offers the product for $40. Congressional Democrats are expected to stage a fight on net neutrality to join it to the privacy issue. Heller is already known for opposing net neutrality. Net neutrality is a governing principle that governments and internet service providers should handle all data equally, without imposing higher prices or otherwise treating anyone different for different methods of data delivery. —Dennis Myers
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Civil rights in an uncivil age Reno attorney has a front row seat david Kladney, a member of the u.s. Commission on Civil Rights, said voting rights are in a considerable tug of war in the nation. In a speech to the Nevada Women’s Lobby, Kladney said “legislatures who are really pushing the envelope in trying not to register voters” are part of the combat. The 2015 Nevada Legislature, with Republican majorities in both houses, considered two measures that would have barred people without identification from voting, but though they went through considerable hearings and processing, neither measure was approved. People without identification
cards tend to be the elderly and the poor, both of whom generally vote Democratic. There is virtually no voter fraud of the kind that is remedied by voter identification. Such incidents are usually in single digits in each election, according to voter registrars and county clerks, and usually have innocent explanations. The current legislative session, with two Democratic majorities, considered and approved an initiative petition that would automatically register driver’s license applicants unless they opt out, but Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed it, so it will appear on the 2018 general election ballot.
Kladney also said the Commission is working seriously on something called “collateral consequences” of prosecution and conviction for inmates who do their time. While their inability to vote, be a juror, and run for office are well known, Kladney said there is a myriad of other consequences. They essentially make it difficult for former inmates to live full lives that other citizens do. Former inmates cannot get school loans. They are not permitted to live in public housing—which may mean they cannot live with their families. Kladney said in numerous states, whether former inmates can continue practicing some occupations may depend on a vote of the state licensing board. In Ohio it was found that as part of their prison experience of preparation for post-prison life, some inmates were being trained to be barbers. But once on the outside, they discovered Ohio did not permit former inmates to have barber licenses. (The law has since been amended.) According to an American Bar Association report, in Nevada some inmates—depending on their crimes— may not be able to do legal document preparation, serve on election boards of trustees, are ineligible for certificates of public convenience and tow car operation, among other items. “It’s civil death, and that is not the way to rehabilitation,” Kladney said.
Mentally disabled and Police In other fields, at least two agencies of the federal government have cited a regulation dealing with transgender students adopted by the previous Washoe County School Board in February 2015 as the “finest regulation in the country” of its type. But Kladney said the Trump administration’s action on Feb. 22 withdrawing Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools has made the Washoe regulation useless to other school districts as a model. Kladney also praised the Reno Gazette-Journal’s series of reports by Anjeanette Damon and Brian Duggan that began April 9 and deals with deaths—including suicides—at the Washoe County Detention Facility.
“It was a great article, and it did do a and respond appropriately to provide for the public service, and it needs to be addressed,” safety of our staff, and for the safety of those Kladney said. “Mental health is not who are in our care and custody.” sufficiently funded to take care of all these In an interview after his appearance at issues.” the Women’s Lobby luncheon, Kladney The newspaper reported the rate of deaths said of the Civil Rights Commission, “One at the regional facility has risen 600 percent of the things we found out was that there since 2015, the length of Sheriff Chuck wasn’t sufficient data that is kept by police Allen’s tenure. A promised article departments throughout the country. on April 16 is reported to have For instance, there are about details of a “dramatically nine hundred and something, high suicide rate” at the maybe close to a thousand, facility. citizens shot to death As we neared press every year by police time, Sheriff Allen officers. There’s released a statement 225, I think, police reading in part: officers lost their “We agree with the lives in 2016 or 2015. idea that nobody More than a quarter should die in jail of that thousand and, if we had our number were mentally David Kladney way, nobody would. disabled. So the U.S. Civil Rights Commission But we must also question comes, are accept that the reality the officers prepared to of our situation is such handle those situations as that there are no simple or best as they can be, and are the guaranteed solutions to the many officers protected enough so that few issues that may result in someone’s life of them will get injured either, because it’s ending while in our custody. We are also a dangerous job. So those are the kind of painfully aware of the fact that we are things we looked at. Perhaps we can save human and errors are inevitable—our goal lives on both sides of this equation.” (See is to recognize those errors when they occur 15 Minutes interview, page 39.) Ω
“It’s civil death, and that is not the way to rehabilitation.”
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The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Theatre & Dance presents
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On April 10, at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Mort Dolan and Adam Michalski worked to prepare the Virginia & Truckee No. 25 for a legislative reception the following day. The No. 25 was built in 1905 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Showcasing new choreography by faculty and guest artists Eve Allen, Kristen Avensino, Cari Cunningham, Rosie Trump and Teena Marie Custer, a nationally renowned contemporary dance artist and B-Girl.
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the teen issue MoMent of youth T hanks for grabbing a copy of RN&R’s annual Teen Issue. It’s an edition we look forward to every year, and not just because we don’t have to write it. The Teen Issue gives us, and you, the chance to get our eyes on the work of talented young artists. This year, we received dozens of art submissions from local high school students—so many, in fact, that it was a difficult task deciding which ones to print. The art on this week’s cover is from Maleah Milner, a senior at McQueen High School who says her autobiographical photos, which feature Photoshopped cartoon elements, are inspired by the quiet, introspective times experienced by teens on the cusp of adulthood. One thing I really appreciated about this year’s submissions was the variety of media the artists employed, from chalk pastels to digital painting and sculpture. I was particularly keen on Reed High School senior Topanga Ramirez’s stoneware clay statue. The piece, called “Knowledge,” is featured at bottom right.
“futuristic AbnorMAlity” photo illustration narinder kaur mcqueen high 12 | RN&R | 04.13.17
McQueen senior Alice Samberg and North Star Online School seniors Rafael Schultz and Alex Toller are student journalists who contributed to the issue. You’ll find their bylines next to the stories they wrote about their schools’ featured artists. I hope you enjoy this year’s Teen Issue as much as I did, because the work these young artists are turning out is more than just cool—it’s a testament to the importance of arts education and a reminder of the responsibility of adults to preserve it. Happy Reading! Jeri Chadwell-Singley RN&R Special Projects Editor
“lost” watercolor, ink, thread madison steiner reno high
“Knowledge” stoneware clay, homemade barbed wire topanga ramirez reed high
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“cold coffee” Photo illustration maleah milner mcqueen high
“late night” Photo illustration maleah milner mcqueen high
Committing to memory McQueen senior tries to capture vanishing adolescence on filM
by Alice SAmberg | M c Qu e e n H igh S c h o o l
Drawing inspiration from life and the people she is surrounded by, McQueen student Maleah Milner takes photos in the hopes of capturing the “here and now.” She wants to preserve the vanishing adolescence in high school students’ lives and the nostalgia and excitement that comes with the future. As a first-year photography student, Milner had no preconceived idea about the kind of art she wanted to make at the beginning of this school year; however, as the year progressed, she quickly formed a focus and a message she wanted to communicate through her photography. “I like portraits,” Milner said. “I like people. I think we don’t give enough credit to how interesting individuals are. Even the weird, little, everyday things we do are special if you think about
it. The subject I’m examining right now is the end of adolescence and how teenagers, specifically seniors in high school, leave behind things in our childhood that we feel nostalgic towards and enter into adulthood.” As a senior herself, Milner often finds inspiration in her own life. When she catches herself doing something she finds typical of a 12th grader, or feeling nostalgic toward something all 12th graders have in common, Milner will draw on that as inspiration for her photos. “It’s at this point in time that the little things we do as high school students—the nights we stay up late doing homework we’d forgotten about or putting on makeup in the car before class—are really small and insignificant but won’t happen as often as we grow up,” she said.
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“BarBer shop” Photo illustration maleah milner mcqueen high
“i think we Don’t give enough CreDit to how interesting inDiviDuals are.” maleah milner
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“Wolf orAcle” Digital line Drawing jaimee chancy north star online school
The digiTal age A high school Artist blends nAturAl And technologicAl influences
by Rafael Schultz | No r th S ta r Online S c h o o l
Jaimee Chancy, a high-school senior, draws inspiration from a variety of sources. Notable inspirations include nature, video games, and various genres of art, including Japanese animation. Chancy places great value on self-expression. She is unconcerned whether or not others will understand her art, and she expresses herself through her own style. Some of her style as an artist is evident in the piece at left, which blends genres and features a wolf—by far her favorite animal.
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This piece was also inspired by her love for video games with beautiful visuals, such as Skyrim. This piece blends some elements of anime and traditional line drawing, all done digitally. Chancy enjoys being able to work at her own pace and her artistic expression isn’t limited to the visual arts. This talented teen hopes to also become a music teacher, another way of expressing herself and her artistic vision.
“TerminaTor dog” Chalk pastel Destin Russell Reno high
HigH scHool junior sTrives To TranslaTe arTisTic skill inTo a fasHion career
by Alex Toller | No r th S ta r Online S c h o o l
“Welcome To insaniTy” Digital painting MaRissa MuloCk MCqueen high
marissa mulock is a high school junior and an artist. Her favorite part is the creative aspect, because she feels that it lets her express herself in ways that she cannot in real life. Mulock designs characters inspired by her friends and music. She is quite passionate about drawing all the ideas flowing through her mind whenever she listens to music or converses with a friend. Her aspirations are to get into a prestigious art college and to embark upon a career in the fashion and design industry. Marissa has always delighted in brainstorming ideas for clothes and designing outfits that fit a certain theme or topic. She does so on a website called “Polyvore.” She dreams of improving her sewing skills, so that one day, she can make her dreams come to fruition. “Welcome to Insanity” is a digital painting featuring a group portrait of all of her original character designs.
Aside from her artistic passion, Marissa also values her education, particularly the online aspect. What she enjoys the most about online school is its freedom. Online school allows her to work from the comfort of her own home, and at her own pace. In a traditional educational environment, she would often experience excessive stress, due to concerns of falling behind and getting lost, and due to nervousness that had interfered with her willingness to talk with her teachers. However, in online school, she can comfortably remedy any problems she has with her schoolwork by messaging her teachers, who are enthusiastic about helping her however they can. Ω
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To hear with Poet Jared Stanley writeS for two overlaPPing audienceS: readerS of
contemporary poetry, and PeoPle who SPend a lot of time on
peavine mountain. by Brad Bynum bradb@ ne wsreview.c om
Ears is available in Reno at Sundance Books, 121 California Ave., 786-1188, as well as from all the usual internet suspects. For more information, visit jared-stanley.info.
rom The Sea Ranch,” a poem in Northern Nevada poet Jared Stanley’s new collection, Ears, begins:
My skin changes direction, migrates to sleep. ‘Sleep’ means ‘I tongue at my left eye as it slowly descends into its socket from heaven as if by a chain ’til my tongue won’t reach.’ Little honeybee sucking at the cup-shaped eternity: The left eye has its unbuilt plan, as if a city: Ecbatan Xanadu Cibola Winnemucca The looming of outskirts in starlight. To see Winnemucca named among legendary cities in this dreamy, poetic reverie might seem a bit jarring for those of us who have actually been there, but it evokes a definite sense of place and that dream logic in which the mythic mingles with the familiar. “I just got back from a bunch of readings in the East Coast, and nobody gets this,” said Stanley recently. “I love Nevada, and I love Nevada place names. I just love it here, so whenever I’m far away people don’t quite get what I’m talking about. I’ve had to stop a few times and ask, ‘Anybody been to Winnemucca before?’” He writes simultaneously for two overlapping audiences: readers of contemporary poetry, and people who spend a lot of time on Peavine Mountain. “I like the idea that I’m talking about Nevada in a language that’s, on the one hand, only recognizable to Northern Nevadans, and on the other hand, in a language that I can kind of work it if I’m in Philadelphia. … I want to have my cake and eat it too. I want to be able to be a part of a larger national poetry conversation, but I also want it to be resolutely Nevadan work.”
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S o u n d S Stanley wasn’t always a Nevadan. He was born in Arizona and grew up all over California, primarily in the East Bay. He developed a relationship with Reno from there, visiting friends who lived here. “I went to Reno High prom in 1994,” he said. (He’s now 42.) “I’ve had this weird, long relationship with Reno.” He graduated from UC Berkeley and then the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which he refers to as “fancy poetry school,” and then taught in Merced, California, before moving to Reno. His partner, Meredith Odea, is in the history department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and he’s an instructor at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. He teaches creative writing, literary theory, composition, poetry workshops, and new media writing to undergraduates in SNC’s English Department and works with graduate students in the college’s interdisciplinary art MFA program. Stanley is interdisciplinary by nature. He played in rock bands in his youth and has, in recent years, collaborated with visual artists, including local artists like Megan Berner and Sarah Lillegard. He’s a writer who values his sensory perceptions. The poems in Ears are full of smells, sounds and tactile sensations. And the book title is reflective of that recurring theme. “That’s how it got that title,” he said. “I wasn’t even aware of that, and I’d done a reading, and someone’s like, ‘I like all the ears.’ It was actually pretty dumb and simple.” He describes hearing as a “sense that comes through the back of the mind. ... I like playing with the idea of difference between hearing, listening, filtering things out, what you try to ignore, how you try to not use your ears. … I like the idea of overhearing—when you hear something you’re not supposed to hear. Like when people will switch into a different language so that people around them won’t understand. That’s a very interesting thing to me because you can’t do that with your eyes. You can’t change the color of the earth to disguise something you don’t want someone else to know.” The sounds of words are also key to his poems. He says that he often starts composing his poems based on sounds alone.
“I like the idea that I’m talking about Nevada in a language that’s, on the one hand, only recognizable to Northern Nevadans, and on the other hand, in a language that I can kind of work it if I’m in Philadelphia. … I want to have my cake and eat it too.” Ja r e d S ta nl e y
“One of the things that is exciting about being a poet … is that you get to write for silent reading and for recitation—and it has to work in both of those places,” he said. “You write for both of those occasions.” He started out as a musician and cites among his inspirations eccentric singer-lyricists like Captain Beefheart and Mark E. Smith of The Fall, vocalists known for convoluted word choices and rhythmic variations. “I like the idea of setting forth a principle and then trying to violate it as much as you can. … It looks very chaotic, but it’s actually very ordered and conscientious. The poet Eileen Myles talks about giving off the impression of improvisation, which I really like. This is a famous trope forever. Yeats talks about this—the sense of working it so hard that it looks like you just tossed it off.”
A b u n d A n c e Stanley aims to write poems that evoke a definite sense of place in Nothern Nevada, but defy the cliches of writing about the desert. “There’s this sense that a desert aesthetic has to be very austere, and very involved in silence, which mine is, but I write a very baroque kind of poetry,” he said. “I always want to play against that sense of austerity. … To talk about the desert as being as abundant as a jungle. You just have to look closer to see that at work.” “Abundance,” a poem that begins, “I like to think the world is dead and / Pretty when fireworks hit trees,” has this passage: To toss around, words like “crisis,” words That cut from the teeth in a way That doesn’t quite fit a competing Sense of calm charm that flowers Out from a noontime in June or Weeks earlier in the cockeyed new Weathers in which I touch a permission I find with my fingers, the light In an evergreen shrub, a niche Between abstract power, its metadata, And a close, direct, touching kindness. “That poem … is about the problem of being able to touch things and maintain your sense of tactility and your sensual immersion in reality when it’s easier to walk around and”—here Stanley mimed using a cellphone—“not look around you.” It’s a poem that’s about connecting, through the senses, with nature in a time of technological isolation. The word “metadata” places the poem in its post-Snowden historical era, just as quotes from internet comments ground other poems in the collection to their time just as squarely as the place names connect to Northern Nevada. “The internet works very hard to deceive you that you’re making choices, but you’re really making a set of preordained choices that are not yours,” said Stanley. “So the idea that simply walking and, in that case, fondling a leaf, is an intentional thing that you can do that’s not a preordained set of monetized choices that someone is making for you.” It’s also about climate change: “That’s me really playing with traditional tropes of poetry—‘It is spring. Love is spring.’ OK, spring happens three weeks earlier—does that change your sense of maniacal, spazzy joy? No, but intellectually you know that this is really fucking bad.” Ω
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Valerie Cohen sketches outside in the mountains. Then she finishes each piece in her studio.
Sketched in Valerie Cohen If anyone needs a reminder to turn off the ringer, close the social media tabs, shut the door, and get back to the task at hand already, it’s me. I recently got such a reminder—a thoroughly convincing one—in the form of Valerie Cohen’s ink drawings. Cohen lives in Reno and spends a lot of time in high-altitude locales—her cabin at June Lake near Yosemite, a research station in the White Mountains—drawing the rugged contours and concentric rings of junipers, bristlecones and other highelevation conifers. She grew up in California, the daughter of one of the few woman mountain climbers of the 1930s. And later, Cohen herself ended up in a male-dominated field. “I was Yosemite’s first female law enforcement officer,” she said, curled up on her living room couch, wearing Patagonia fleece. “I finally quit because the sexism in the agency was absolutely unbearable, even for somebody as strong as I am.” That was in the late ’70s, and by then she and her husband had a young child. “I had to have something else to do,” Cohen recalled. She became a writer—but that led to an unexpected road block. “I wrote and published short fiction for a couple of years until I realized that to become a better writer, I was going to have to show myself and expose myself, and I didn’t want to do that,” she said. Then later, as a painter, Cohen realized her landscapes were more personal and revealing than she’d intended them to be. “By the time I realized that I wasn’t hiding in my paintings, it was too late,” she said. She was already committed to a life as an artist. Here’s how she works: “I’ll choose a place, no trails, I’ll just choose a
mountainside to go up,” she said. “And I wander until the right tree says, ‘Vaaallerieeeee.’ It’s got to speak to me.” She’ll sit in her Crazy Creek folding chair, adjustable to just about any kind of slope, and sketch the tree for an hour or two. “No photographs, ever,” she said. “They’re a completely different language.” Later, she copies the sketch onto heavy, textured watercolor paper using India ink and 10 or 15 different pen nibs. “I do the finished stuff inside, so there’s no wind, no freezing, no mosquitoes, no snakes or whatever,” she said. “I’ve got to work in total silence. You can’t do watercolor or ink very well in the mountains.” Within these strict limits—just black and white lines, just trees, no whistles, no bells, no flourishes—Cohen makes beautifully expressive drawings of weathered conifers. The pictures are realistic and precise but nothing like technical drawings. They convey hours of wonder, worlds of thought, and whichever emotion Cohen decides to impart into each piece, whether upbeat or melancholy. Currently, her drawings comprise an exhibit titled Tree Lines at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sheppard Gallery—a book with the same title, for which her husband, Michael Cohen, wrote page- or half-pagelong meditations on the drawings and the conditions surrounding them—for example, ecosystems are simplified, therefore concentrated, at high elevations, just like abstraction can simplify a scene, distilling it into its essential parts. And one of his passages summarizes perfectly the payoff for the type of ringeroff, door-closed contemplation that Cohen has made a longtime habit of: “If you want to know what you think, write it. If you want to know how to see, draw it.” Ω
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by BoB Grimm
Gone wrong I know I bitched a little a few weeks ago about the Beauty and the Beast remake being a little unnecessary a couple of weeks ago. At least that movie was enjoyable and sweet on some levels. Then came the Ghost in the Shell remake that looked good and had decent performances, but was a letdown as far as remakes go. Now comes Going in Style, a total disaster remake of the “old guys rob a bank wearing rubber noses” bleak comedy from back in 1979 that starred George Burns and Art Carney. The original was directed by Martin Brest, the guy who would go on to direct Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run and, uh oh, Gigli. Martin Brest, where are you? Yes, Gigli sucked an awful lot, but you had a decent batting average until then, and you haven’t done anything since bombing with Gigli back in 2003? That film didn’t kill Ben Affleck’s career, so why did it knock you off? Back on point, this remake loses all of the charm of that fun and slightly dark Burns vehicle. It’s super heavy on schmaltz, and it asks a strong cast to embarrass themselves for more than 90 minutes. Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin replace Burns, Carney and Lee Strasberg in the updated story, and that setup probably looked pretty good on paper. Unfortunately, they handed the film to Zach Braff, the guy from Scrubs, to direct. Braff does so with all the subtlety and nuance of an M80 going off in a candlelight yoga class. The comedic moments demand that you laugh, and you don’t. The touching moments grab you by the collar and scream, “Cry for me!” and you don’t. The heist itself insists that it is clever while being rather rote and mundane. The payoff involves a little girl basically doing something totally wrong, and it feels weird. Caine replaces Burns as Joe, the brains of the group. Joe, during a visit to a bank to complain about his upcoming foreclosure, witnesses a bank robbery. So, naturally, when he and his pals’ pensions go away, he decides to rob a bank. 20
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“Can’t say i blame Caine for not showing up for the photo shoot on this turkey.”
Then, after some gentle persuading with Willie (Freeman) and Albert (Arkin), they rob a bank. The big twist here is that they rob a bank wearing Rat Pack masks instead of the rubber nose glasses they wore in the original. That’s the biggest twist the film has to offer. The heist itself just sort of happens. Braff shows you some of the planning and execution in flashbacks, but this technique doesn’t reveal the heist as anything ingenious. The whole beauty of the ’79 Going in Style is that three old men simply robbed a bank, and rather sloppily. Trying to make them seasoned, crafty pros in this one is a major misstep. The original, just a few minutes in, had Joe deciding to rob a bank basically because he was bored and broke. Now, Joe’s motivations are all trumped up and complicated. All of the spontaneity is lost. Of course, Ann-Margret is around to sleep with Albert, the grumpy one, and make him feel young again. That’s Margret’s job these days. She gets the “sleep with the old guy” role that she had in Grumpy Old Men again. I think her character would be up for a good firing, the way she aggressively pursues Albert while on the clock in the produce aisle. It’s hard watching a great, fun actress being reduced to a stereotype, that stereotype being the “older lady who tries to grab your junk by the avocados” role. This is a case of well enough should’ve been left well alone. All of the dark, twisted fun has been taken out of the premise, replaced by mawkish sentimentality. Caine, Freeman, Arkin and Margret are lost in a screenplay that doesn’t feel the need for inventiveness, and simply tries to get by on their star power. It’s not befitting of their legendary statuses. The movie is a real bummer—a blue paint bomb in a bag full of hundreds and fifties. 2017 is shaping up as the year of the unnecessary remakes. Ω
Going in Style
Beauty and the Beast
Ghost in the Shell
Kong: Skull Island
This live-action take on the classic Disney animated musical isn’t a shot-for-shot remake of the original like, say, Gus Van Sant’s time-wasting Psycho effort. However, it does follow a lot of the same plot points and incorporates enough of the musical numbers to give you that sense of déja vu while watching it. Thankfully, Emma Watson makes it worthwhile. Hermione makes for a strong Belle. Since director Bill Condon retains the music from the original animated movie, Watson is asked to sing, and it’s pretty evident that AutoTune is her friend. She has a Kanye West thing going. As the Beast, Dan Stevens gives a decent enough performance through motion-capture. The original intent was to have Stevens wearing prosthetics only, but he probably looked like Mr. Snuffleupagus in dailies, so they called upon the help of beloved computers. Like King Kong, the CGI creation blends in nicely with his totally human, organic cast member. The cast and crew labor to make musical numbers like “Gaston” and “Be Our Guest” pop with the creative energy of the animated version, but they don’t quite reach those heights. They are nicely rendered, for sure, but not on the masterpiece level that was the 1991 film. As for the romance between Belle and the Beast, it has a nice emotional payoff. In a way, the movie is a sweet tribute to the animated movie.
Ghost in the Shell, a groundbreaking, subversive 1995 piece of Japanese anime, gets a live-action redo with Scarlett Johansson sporting a formfitting flesh suit and a bunch of plot enhancers aimed at making the story more humanistic and straightforward. The results are always good to look at, but the puffed-up plot and safe PG-13 rating keep the film far away from being an upgrade on the original. It’s a largely boring, misguided affair. Johansson can’t be faulted for the film’s failures. She could’ve been a solid choice to play Major, a human brain inside a synthetic cyborg’s body policing the streets of a futuristic dystopia that makes the Blade Runner landscapes look like Lincoln, Nebraska, in comparison. As she has proven in Lucy and playing Black Widow, Johansson is a capable action hero. She also fares well as somebody placed in an artificial body, as she did in Under the Skin. She does a good job of appearing slightly lost but centered, a character who is in that body somewhere but isn’t entirely whole. Most importantly, she can play a robot without seeming robotic. She gives Major some decent dimensions. Unfortunately, Major also has a new plotline that involves her past life, a mystery that overwhelms the action and turns the film into a bit of a melodramatic exercise.
The King Kong cinematic machine gets cranking again with Kong: Skull Island, an entertaining enough new take on the big ape that delivers the gorilla action but lags a bit when he isn’t on screen smashing things. Among Kong incarnations, this one has the most in common with the 1976 take on the classic story, basically because it’s set just a few years earlier in ’73. While there is a beautiful girl the big guy does get a small crush on (Brie Larson as a photographer), the story eschews the usual “beauty and the beast” Kong angle for more straight-up monster vs. monster action. Unlike the past American Kong films, this one never makes it overseas to Manhattan, opting to stay on Kong’s island—thus, the title of the film. Kong himself is portrayed by motion-capture CGI, and he’s a badass. He’s also tall enough to be a formidable foe for Godzilla, a mash-up already announced for 2020. In the few scenes where he interacts with humans, Kong plays like an organic creature rather than a bunch of gigabytes. That’s right, there hasn’t been much mention of those human counterparts yet. That’s because, with the exception of John C. Reilly as a fighter pilot stranded on the island during World War II, most of the humans are bland. Tom Hiddleston might make a decent James Bond someday, and he’s a lot of fun as Loki, but he just doesn’t play here as a rugged tracker/action hero.
This sci-fi/horror film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds is an inconsistent but overall sturdy genre pic that looks great and ultimately delivers the goods despite a few slow patches and a couple of remarkably dumb moments. Credit director Daniel Espinosa for setting a grim tone and sticking with it through the very end. Gyllenhaal and Reynolds play astronauts pulling a long haul on an international space station. Gyllenhaal’s David Jordan is actually about to break the record for consecutive days in space, and generally prefers life in the stars to life back on our miserable planet. The crew is awaiting a space capsule containing samples from Mars, and these samples will put forth an amazing discovery: life beyond our planet. Ship scientist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) discovers a cell, wakes it up, and marvels at its ability to grow at a rapid pace. He eventually finds himself marveling at the little guy’s ability to grab on to his glove and basically mulch the hand within it. So, as the viewer quickly discovers, life on Mars was probably a total shit show, because this globular nasty—a distant cousin of Steve McQueen’s The Blob—digs on killing everything in its path. The expedition goes from a triumphant discovery to ultra protective mode in a matter of seconds. If this thing gets to Earth, the Blue Planet will look like the Orange Planet virtually overnight.
Hugh Jackman—allegedly—says goodbye to Wolverine with Logan, a total shocker of a superhero movie that lays waste to the X-Men and standalone Wolverine movies that came before it. Director James Mangold, who piloted the decent The Wolverine, revamps the character’s mythos, and pulls along Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) for the gritty, bloody, nasty, awesome ride. It’s the future, and the X-Men are gone. A mutant hasn’t been born in a quarter of a century, and Logan isn’t looking too hot. He’s driving a limo to make ends meet, coughing up blood, and basically not aging well. He’s doing a lot better than Xavier, the mutant formally known as Professor X, who’s prone to seizures and suffering from some sort of degenerative brain disease. In short, the days of X-Men glory are way, way over, with Logan and Xavier having a shit time in their autumn years. Just when it seems as if the pair will waste away in their miserable existence, along comes Laura (a dynamite Dafne Keen). She’s a genetically engineered mutant equipped with the same retractable claws and viciously bad temper as Logan. When her life becomes endangered, Logan throws her and Xavier in the back of his vehicle, and they are off on one wild, dark road trip.
This throwback to John Carpenter/Clive Barker horror films is completely insane, horribly acted, and totally great for anybody who likes their horror served up with a side of cheese. A brash policeman (Aaron Poole) picks up a stranger on the side of the road and takes him to a sparsely populated hospital (shades of Carpenter’s Halloween 2). While there, a possessed nurse (shades of Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness) murders a patient, then promptly turns into a messed up monster (shades of Carpenter’s The Thing) while the hospital is besieged by a zombie-like throng of people dressed in white cloaks (shades of Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13). Shortly thereafter, the head doctor dies but comes back, promptly skins himself, and unleashes a world down below filled with mutants (shades of Barker’s Hellraiser). That’s just some of the homages, and they all come together to make little or no sense. Still, the style of the movie, which features schlocky special effects, and both overand under- acting, makes the whole mess work in an effective horror revival sort of way. If you hate horror films full of blood and puss where skinless doctors are bellowing devilish incantations, this one isn’t for you. If you are a fan of the recent Stranger Things and the Carpenter fare of old, this one will satisfy you. (Available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com during a limited theatrical release.)
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Small talk Sierra St. Kitchen & Cocktails offers a sizable list of house cocktails, wines and bottled beers to accompany its ample menu of small plates. The ambiance is something between modern pub and French bistro. The room is pretty small, so reservations are definitely recommended. I started with a garden martini ($11) of craft gin combined with muddled basil, cucumber and a splash of soda. Though not as chilled as I’d like, it tasted like a fresh herb salad tossed in a boozy dressing. Nearly everything from the kitchen was served with toasted bread rounds and crackers, including a cheese and meat plate ($18) with thin slices of prosciutto, salami and capicola, paired with brie, Jarlsberg and Manchego cheeses. The first two meats were fine, but the coppa was a step above. It had a nice, spicy finish. I only wish there’d been a little more on the plate. The cheeses were all good and served at the proper room temp. Next was a dish of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears ($7.50) served atop a spring mix salad, dressed with freshly grated parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. Though the flavor combination worked, the hefty stalks were a bit woody and undercooked. We followed this with skewered, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese ($7), served with the same greens and balsamic drizzle. Besting the spears, the dates were a knockout combination of savoriness, sweetness and texture. Moving on, we ordered a plate of ahi ($16) and one of beef tartar ($13.50). The small cake of raw Hawaiian tuna was encircled by a schmear of mildly sweet and sour sauce, sprinkled with black sesame seeds, then topped with avocado relish, a salsa of pineapple and mango, and raw slivers
of shallot. It was pretty tasty and easy to share. The mound of raw steak was served in classic style—formed into a bit of a bowl shape with an intact egg yolk nestled in the center—surrounded by portions of slivered shallot, sweet gherkin, capers and chopped boiled egg. Once the “yolk popping” ceremony was complete, we scooped up a bit of everything onto toast and crackers and threw caution to the wind. Although the menu listed blue lip mussels ($14), we were served a pound of the green variety with an apology and an explanation about how the supply chain had fallen through. Served in a bath of white wine butter sauce with shallot, garlic and chili flake, they were tender and more than a bit spicy. I loved this dish and spooned the broth onto a crust of bread. A pair of large, seared sea scallops ($15) were garnished with sprouts, sprinkled with parmesan and perched atop a pile of—somewhat bland and slightly undercooked—risotto, surrounded by a moat of chimichurri sauce and citrus beurre blanc. Though perfectly seared, they were noticeably briny and lacking the trademark sweetness of scallop, a telltale sign of wetpack shellfish. Perhaps another issue with the seafood vendor? We finished up with bowls of salted caramel and pistachio gelato ($7.50 ea.), along with creme brulee ($8.50) and bananas foster ($8.50). The gelato was perfect. The creme brulee tasted good but was a bit runny, and the hot, boozy bananas with vanilla ice cream were surprisingly potent. Ω
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Capital idea Like the old movie cliche where calendar pages flip past with increasing speed, time is marching on—most of our epic winter behind us, bulbs and trees blooming, and your intrepid Drink columnist venturing a little farther for a beverage. Spring also means the eponymous school break for my children, so I made sure my destination was kid-friendly and we all made the short drive to Carson City after lunch to try the recently opened Shoe Tree Brewing Company. Breweries in Carson have had a bumpy history in recent years. Where there was once Doppelganger’s, there arose High Sierra Brewing. Lease troubles moved High Sierra to Baldini’s in Sparks, and Lake Tahoe Brewing briefly took over the same location before collapsing amid legal troubles. Now, just over a year since, Shoe Tree Brewing has stepped up to try their luck as the capital’s only brewery. Situated on the same grounds as the Carson Hot Springs and Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, it feels like kind of a destination. Aside from the location, tucked behind assorted state government buildings, I could see how the combination of a hot soak, food and beer would make for a trifecta of fun indulgence. Still all new and shiny, it’s fairly small and doesn’t feel comfy and broken in yet, like a new baseball glove. People were drinking, tasting or getting growlers filled. I ordered a flight of four tasters for me and a house-brewed root beer for the kids, and we took a seat enjoying the view of the snow-capped Carson Range out the front window—on a warmer day, we might have occupied a picnic bench out front. I started with the cream ale—despite the name, dairy free, and no idea why it’s called that—a light, blonde beer some might find boring, but I thought it would be a good first taste to assess their chops.
For a relatively unexciting style, I was impressed and really enjoyed it. I moved on to the IPA. For me, an IPA is like pad thai at a Thai restaurant—a popular standard you’d better get right, or you’re doomed. Unfortunately, Shoe Tree’s IPA was more of a miss than a hit for me—a little undercarbonated, and the balance of hops leaning more toward bitterness than the delicious fruity/juicy flavors and floral aromas that most breweries are focusing on now. Shifting to darker brews, the root beer stout sounded like a delicious novelty I couldn’t pass up. Not as root beery as I had hoped and a certain flavor I couldn’t put my finger on, it wasn’t my favorite but that’s likely personal preference more than anything really wrong with it. The Irish coffee stout was more to my liking, a creamy nitrogen-poured stout flavored with house cold-brew coffee—also available separately on a nitro tap—and Jamesonsoaked oak. The coffee/stout ratio was perfect, with no stale coffee flavor I dislike in some coffee beers. I like the variations they’ve got going here—house coffee and coffee stout, root beer and root beer stout. I didn’t taste the two honey wheat beers, American and Bavarian, but I bet they are the same recipe fermented with different yeasts, a nice twist for variety. I don’t expect to love every beer at a brewery, but I like varied options. Their root beer quickly emptied, the kids got bored, and it was getting busier, so it was about time for us to go. Even this brief visit tells me Carson beer drinkers are eager for a decent local brewery, and Shoe Tree Brewing seems up to the job so far. Ω
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For the record Weapons of Mass Creation Weapons of Mass Creation has an experimental sound—a layering of hip-hop beats over rock compositions and lyrics, heavy on social justice messages, delivered in alternating streams of slam poetry and singing. Since the release of its debut album in 2012, the band has been pushing the concept of art rock beyond the musical medium of sound and silence. “We’re Weapons of Mass Creation,” said bassist and vocalist Aric Shapiro. “We paint. We make sculptures. We make videos. We direct plays. We’ll fucking make a mural, write a song, do a poem, do performance art. We make films. … It’s just what we do.” The four-piece band includes members of Reno Art Works, the Potentialist Workshop and Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company. In the last several years, Shapiro estimates they’ve collectively taken part in the creation of somewhere around 15 large sculptures, 20 murals, 50 plays and six movies, among other things. It’s little wonder that putting together their new album, Generation WE, has been a challenge for the time-strapped band mates. But their busy schedules were only part of the equation. “It was a labor of love getting this album done,” said guitarist and vocalist Joe Atack. “It’s like somebody cursed the album to not be ready until it was time.” Work on Generation WE began about four years ago. A series of setbacks started shortly thereafter when the band’s former drummer quit out of the blue. After that, the recording studio handling the record had a meltdown. Atack was in a car accident. And a close friend of the group died. “Crazy stuff, constantly—divorces, deaths,” said Atack.
“And births, too,” said drummer Steven Sperber. “I had a child. [Vocalist Pan Patoja] had a child during the recording of it—so not all bad.” And the delays, it seems, have not diminished the scope of the project. “Whereas our first album was a very social justice-oriented album—this album has that in it, too—but to a lesser extent,” Atack said. “It has a lot more personal storytelling.” “We talk about mortality a lot, and we talk about an afterlife, and we talk about, you know, what it is to be a decent human, I guess,” said Patoja. “And it’s done through different stories and fables.” It’s also done through different media. In the lead-up to their April 15 album release at the Saint, the guys have called upon the help of around 20 artists. “It’s trying to, where we can, blend some art forms—so painting, video, dance,” said Atack. “There’s an animatronic head involved,” Patoja added. “And various audiovisual components, costuming,” Shapiro said. The goal, Atack explained, is to “bring all of those things cohesively together in some way. And sometimes not cohesively, like jarringly together. And we want … the audience to be able to participate in some of that too—to make some of that interactive.” They want to keep the show’s interdisciplinary details a secret, but they did say that Generation WE is a lengthy album with 20 tracks. And the band is only releasing the second half. “I know that sounds weird,” Atack said. “The plan is that, down the road, when we release the first half, we will then play the entire Generation WE—from beginning to end, all 20 songs.” That should be about six months down the road. Ω
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235 W. Second St., (775) 771-6792
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2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-3425
Riotmaker, Lizano, 9pm, no cover
Think you know your limits? Think again. If you drink, don’t drive. Period.
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Shannon and The Clams April 15, 7 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858
AtlAntis CAsino ResoRt spA 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
2) American Made Band, 8pm, no cover
2) American Made Band, 4pm, no cover Escalade, 10pm, no cover
2) American Made Band, 4pm, no cover Escalade, 10pm, no cover
2) Escalade, 8pm, no cover
2) Palmore Remix, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
2) Jason King Band, 6pm, no cover
2) Greg Austin, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover
2) Greg Austin, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase, 9pm, no cover
2) Crush, 6pm, no cover
2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Take Two, 6pm, Tu, no cover Thom Yeoman, 6pm, W, no cover
2) Justin Lee Band, 8pm, no cover
2) Justin Lee Band, 8pm, no cover
2) Justin McMahon, 6pm, no cover
2) Justin McMahon, 6pm, M, Tu, no cover Justin Lee Band, 6pm, W, no cover
1) Anders Osborne, Scott Pemberton, 9pm, $22-$25
2) Haymarket Squares, 10pm, no cover
2) Mr. Rooney & Lambchop, 10pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V at Novi!, 9pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V at Novi!, 9pm, no cove
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover Audioboxx, 10:30pm, W, no cover
2) DJ Mustard, 10pm, $20 3) Grand Country Nights, 10pm, no cover
1) Shinedown, 8pm, $34.40 2) DJ Peeti V, 10pm, $15 1) Empire of the Sun, 7:30pm, $35 3) Grand Country Nights, 10pm, no cover
1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 7:30pm, $27.06-$37.15
1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 7:30pm, $27.06-$37.15
1) Evening of Illusions with Shimshi, 8pm, $15-$35
1) Evening of Illusions with Shimshi, 8pm, $15-35 2) Super Diamond Dinner Show, 7pm, $45-$55
1) Evening Of Illusions with Shimshi, 6pm, $15-$35 2) Easter Brunch with Zoot Suit Revue, 11am, $14.98-$29.95
2) Caleb Hawley, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 8pm, $10-$20
2) Caleb Hawley, 8pm, no cover 3) Yo Yolie, 10pm, $20
2) Max Minardi, 6pm, no cover
CARson VAlley inn
Empire of the Sun April 16, 7:30 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000
2) Justin Lee Band, 7pm, no cover 1627 Hwy. 395, Minden; (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret Lounge 3) TJ’s Corral
CRystAl BAy CluB
14 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room
eldoRAdo ResoRt CAsino 345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 1) Theater 2) Brew Brothers 3) NoVi
GRAnd sieRRA ResoRt
Karaoke O’Cleary’s Irish Pub, 1330 Scheels Drive, Ste. 250, Sparks, (775) 359-1209: Bobby Dee Karaoke/Dance Party, Thu, 6pm, no cover West Second Street Bar, 118 W. Second St,: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 8pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 7pm, no cover 5 Star Saloon, 132 West St., (775) 3292878: Karaoke, Tue-Thu, 9pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste.103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover
3) Lex Nightclub Thursdays with Poperz,
2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 10pm, $15 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Sports Book
1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 7:30pm, $27.06-$37.15 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center
nuGGet CAsino ResoRt
1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks; (775) 356-3300 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Nugget Grand Ballroom
peppeRmill ResoRt spA CAsino
2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Tuscany Ballroom 2) Terrace Lounge 3) Edge
2) Caleb Hawley, 7pm, no cover
sAnds ReGenCy CAsino Hotel
The Utility Players: Easter, 8pm, $15
345 N. Arlington Ave., (775) 348-2200
silVeR leGACy ResoRt CAsino
407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge
tAHoe BiltmoRe lodGe & CAsino 5 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay; (775) 831-0660 1) Breeze Nightclub 2) Casino Floor 3) Conrad’s
2) Max Minardi, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
4) DJ Punktematrix, 9pm, no cover
2) Thunder Cover, 9pm, no cover 3) Fashion Fridays, 9pm, no cover 4) The Run Up, 9pm, no cover
2) Thunder Cover, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) The Run Up, 9pm, no cover
3) Sunday Funday Industry Night, 10pm, no cover 4) DJ Kronik, 9pm, no cover
1) Space Jesus, Benjah Ninja, Subdocta, 9pm, $15-$20
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FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN - TWENTIETH CENTURY MEXICAN ART & PHOTOGRAPHY: Darrell B. Lockhart, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno and associate professor of Spanish, discusses the influence of Mexico’s past on the style, content and form of modern and contemporary Mexican art and photography. Fri 4/14, noon. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT UNDER FIRE: Patrick File, assistant professor of media law at Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, will moderate a conversation with speakers David Greene and RonNell Andersen Jones, followed by audience Q & A. Tue 4/18, 6pm. Free. Joe Crowley Student Union Theater, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St. (775) 784-6531.
MEET YOUR STATE REPTILE - THE DESERT TORTOISE: Meeghan Gray, an instructor in the biology department at Truckee Meadows Community College, will share information about Nevada’s state reptile. Learn how long they live, how they survive winter, how their gender is determined and why they are listed as a threatened species. Sat, 4/15, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway. (775) 849-4948.
RACE TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: This quarter marathon and 5K fun run raises funds and support to help stop intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in this area. The beneficiary of this year’s run is Safe Embrace. Join the party with free food and entertainment afterwards in Idlewild Park. The fair begins at 8am. Race begins at 9am. Sat 4/15, 9am. $10$40. Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild Drive, www.safeembrace.org.
RIVERWALK DISTRICT WINE WALK: Visit any
Easter Bonnet & Pet Parade
Dress up in your Easter best and bring a furry friend along for the annual Easter parade at Virginia City. Prizes will be awarded for best children’s entry, most unique pet entry, best bonnet or hat and best overall entry. Registration and lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Virginia City Jerky Company, 204 S. C St. The parade begins at noon and travels along C Street. Admission is free. Call 220-7072 or visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.
EASTER EGG DASH: The Bridge and The
8TH ANNUAL A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Community Chest holds its fund-raising concert featuring Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. Proceeds from this show will benefit Community Chest, Inc. Fri 4/14, 8pm. $50. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-9335, http://communitychestnevada.net.
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Boys and Girls Club present their annual Easter egg event for kids in preschool through sixth grade. There will be games, prizes, three bounce houses, face painting, lots of candy and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Sat 4/15, noon. Free. Idlewild Park, 74 Cowan Drive, www.thebridgereno.com.
Riverwalk District Merchant on Wine Walk day to get a map of participating Wine Walk merchants. Go to the participating merchant of your choice, and, with a valid photo ID, you’ll receive a wine glass and an ID bracelet that allows you to sample wine at any participating merchant. Every month offers a different theme and part of all proceeds are donated to a local charity. Sat 4/15, 2pm. $20. The Riverwalk District, Downtown Reno along The Riverwalk, (775) 825-9255, http://renoriver.org.
SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack C. Davis Observatory hosts free star parties every Saturday night year round, starting at sunset (except when there is snow on the roads). The evening starts with a lecture on one of numerous topics and then concludes with guided star viewing by one of the observatory’s astronomers. Sat 4/15, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.
ART ART INDEED: Art Indeed Art Walk. View
eclectic artwork. Sat 4/15, 1:30pm. Free. 142 Bell St., (775) 846-8367.
ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Loving Nevada ... Cowboy Country. This year’s Loving Nevada art series showcases “Cowboy Country,” portraying the area in and around Elko, Tuscarora and Lamoille. Paintings and photographs are by local artists who roamed this colorful region. Thu-Wed, 11am-4pm through 4/30. Free. 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896, www.artistsco-opgalleryreno.com.
CCAI COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Gil Martin: From the Ground Up. The Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) presents artwork by Gil Martin. Mon-Fri, 8am through 5/24. Free. 885 E. Musser St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.
CARSON CITY VISITORS BUREAU: Great Basin Native Artists. Featured artists are Ben Aleck, Topaz Jones, Jack Malotte, Melissa Melero-Moose and Topah Spoonhunter. Mon-Sat, 9am through 6/19. Free. 716 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-7410.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Every Image Has a Story: Dotty Molt. Molt’s work is largely focused on an exploratory journey she underwent starting early last year, traveling across the country in her car and solely focusing on her art. The set of photographs being shown are representative of immersing one’s self in the world, surrounding yourself with wilderness, and being tested to find your true self. Mon-Fri, 10am through 4/21. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Nature in Black & White: Barbie Crawford. Crawford, a professional photographer who resides in the Lake Tahoe area, creates detailed macro-photography portraits of the natural world around her. Much of the artist’s subjects have been found throughout her years of solitary hiking trips in back country Tahoe. Mon-Fri, 8am through 4/21. Free. 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-2417.
METRO GALLERY, RENO CITY HALL: Paint & Metal: Mahsan Ghazianzad and Grant Miller. Using abstract imagery, the works deal with ideas of truth and exploration of emotions. Mon-Fri, 8am through 4/21. Free. 1 E. First St., (775) 334-4636.
RENO ART WORKS: RAW Open Studios. RAW invites the community to see what the resident artists are up to. Meet the artists, explore the studios and buy local art. Sat 4/15, noon. Free. 1995 Dickerson Road, www.renoartworks.org.
SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY IN THE CHURCH FINE ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Tree Lines. Valerie Cohen’s exhibition corresponds with a forthcoming publication of the same name from University of Nevada, Press. This exhibition features pen and ink line drawings of pine trees growing at or near the timberline in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain Ranges of Eastern California. Cohen draws the geometric form of each tree she’s chosen to represent, but she also reveals how it grows, and where, and how cold the wind is, and how many hundreds or thousands of years the tree has been alive through the thoughtful addition of her own artist voice. Mon-Fri through 5/18. Free. 1335 N. Virginia St., www.unr.edu/arts.
SPARKS MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER: Valeriy Kagounkin Retrospective. The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center present the work of the Russian-born painter. Kagounkin’s recent paintings concentrate on the indigenous natives of Russia and Siberia and their North American counterpart, the Native American, as well as others who built the American West. The exhibit is free to view and a portion of painting sales benefits the Sparks Museum. Tue-Sat 11am through 5/13. Free. 814 Victorian Ave, Sparks, (775) 355-1144.
ST. MARY’S ART CENTER: St. Mary’s Art Center Spring Exhibition. The show features diverse work by Monika Piper Johnson, Ronnie Rector, Will Barber, Mimi Patrick, Casey Clark, Anthony Arevalo, Anna Smith, Grey Wolf Leather Works and Pura Vida Sierras Art. The artist reception is on April 15, 1pm-4pm. FriSun, 11am through 5/28. Free. 55 N. R St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7774.
STREMMEL GALLERY: Miroslav Antic and Roger Berry. Miroslav Antic explores the power of memory by painting seminal and iconic characters, veiled by semitransparent layers of color, polka dots, and paint splatters. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting and nostalgic parts of American culture tangible. Roger Berry creates metal sculptures with arching shapes, evoking loosely intertwined knots. Thu-Sat through 4/15. Free. 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-0558.
MUSEUMS NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Reno: Biggest Little City in the World. The exhibit features artifacts, photos, manuscripts, gaming memorabilia and art specific to the history and development of Reno. Incorporated in the exhibit will be four custom Pickles drawings created specifically for the exhibit by Sparks cartoonist Brian Crane TueSat, 10am. $5. 1650 N. Virginia St., (775) 688-1190.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: A Place in the Country: Aboriginal Australian Paintings; The Altered Landscape: Selections from the Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection; The John and Mary Lou Paxton Collection; Kristin Posehn: Architectures; Maynard Dixon: The Paltenghi Collections; Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art; Peter Stichbury: Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings from the Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi Collection. Wed-Sun, 10am. $1-$10, free for children 5 and younger, NMA members, WCSD high school students with ID. 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): Science Underground: Located on the museum’s lower level, Science Underground features an eclectic, subterranean collection of exhibits from The Discovery’s first five years including big, blue building blocks, Electrosketch, Nano Science, an oversized Nevada puzzle, the Tube-o-Phone, a walking piano and more. Wed-Sun, 9am. $10-$12. 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000.
WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Toytopia. Visitors will learn about the origins of toys, who made them, and why they are fun or dear to us. The exhibition features a giant LEGO building wall, retro arcade featuring hit games of the 1970s and 1980s, the world’s largest Etch-A-Sketch, a life-size, walk-through doll house, among other attractions. Wed-Sun, 10am through 4/16. $9. 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
FILM HIERONYMUS BOSCH, TOUCHED BY THE DEVIL: Artemisia MovieHouse presents a screening of this documentary film by director Pieter van Huystee. Art experts crisscross the globe examining the handful of works attributed to Hieronymus Bosch. Their travels, travails and unanswered queries are the backbone of this story and serve as testament to the many mysteries surrounding the artist who so powerfully and colorfully presented us with his visions of heaven and hell. Sun 4/16, 6pm. $5-$9. Artemisia MovieHouse at the Goodluck Macbeth Theater, 713 S. Virginia St., http://artemisiamovies.weebly.com.
MUSIC A PERFECT CIRCLE: The rock supergroup
performs. Fri 4/14, 8pm. $39.50-$65. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8815.
BRIAN BOWERS: The autoharp virtuoso
performs. Fri 4/14, 7pm. $13-$18. Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, http://breweryarts.org.
MARINA V & ATHENA MCINTYRE: The
singer-songwriters perform. Sat 4/15, 7pm. $15-$20. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
PIPES ON THE RIVER: A 30-minute organ concert open to the public. Brown bag lunch is welcome. Fri 4/14, noon. Free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave., (775) 329-4279.
ONSTAGE AFTER THE RAIN KING: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Steph DeFerie’s drama. Glory and her friends must capture the stranger who has escaped from his prison to save their friend Pete—and the world. Fri 4/14, 7pm, Sat 4/15, 2pm, 7pm. Laxalt Auditorium, 401 W. Second St., (775) 284-0789.
TOOTH OF CRIME (SECOND DANCE): Brüka Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s revision of the 1972 play about an aging rock star named Hoss who lives in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand. Hoss must defend himself against Crow, a newcomer who battles him for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue in an unconventional musicalfantasy, Tooth of Crime riffs on rising stars and fading legends. The show features local punk band Vampirates, along with Reno rock veterans Jeff Done and Spike Ritchie, creating original music for the production. The show runs weekly Thursday through Sunday through April 22. Evening shows begin at 8pm. All tickets are $10 on Artist Night, April 19. Thu 4/13, 8pm, Fri
4/14, 8pm, Sat 4/15 2pm, 8pm, Wed 4/19, 8pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.
SPORTS & FITNESS GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. There will be a few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center available for rent. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat 4/15, 10am. Free; donations welcome. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.
RENO ACES VS. ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES: The
BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY: This two-day
minor league baseball teams play. ThuFri, 6:35pm through 4/14. $9-$34. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.renoaces.com.
workshop is based on the framework set in Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities. On Day 1, workshop participants explore a widerange of issues concerning poverty. On Day 2, workshop participants learn how to implement Bridges’ constructs and tools in their workplaces and in the community. Contact Stacey Wittek at email@example.com for more information. Thu 4/13, 8:30am. United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras, 639 Isbell Road, (775) 331-3663 ext. 116.
RENO ACES VS. EL PASO CHIHUAHUAS: The
minor league baseball teams play. Sat
4/15, 6:30pm, Sun 4/16, 1pm, Mon 4/17, 11:30am. $8-$34. Greater Nevada Field,
250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000.
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH PRACTICE:
BEGINNING TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTING: Learn tips about this style of painting, including brushes and their strokes and color mixing to create illusions of depth with contrast, plus some professional secrets and techniques that help you paint realistically on various surfaces, including walls for murals. All supplies are included in this session. Fri 4/14, 6pm. $30. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., www.artsforallnevada.org.
Practice Spanish and improve language skills. Meet other travelers and professionals who are interested in Spanish language and culture. Sat 4/15, 11:30am. $10. Training Connexion, 4600 Kietzke Lane, (775) 384-9036.
C@PITAL CODERS: Learn how to code or improve coding skills at Carson City Library’s new club The C@pital Coders. The club will practice coding through activities using NC Lab, Makey Makey, Scratch and more. Tue 4/18, 4pm. Free. Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St., Carson City, (775) 887-2244.
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AUDITIONS FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Sierra School of Performing Arts seeks actors and singers ages 9 and older for this production. Please prepare a short monologue and at least 16 bars of an uptempo song or ballad from the show or other Broadway musical. Be sure to bring accompaniment or sheet music if you prefer piano accompaniment. Come dressed to move. Everyone auditioning must attend the dance audition. Visit the website for more information. Tue 4/18, 5:30pm. Free. Sierra School of Performing Arts, 1380 Greg St., Sparks, (775) 852-7740, www.sierraschoolofperformingarts.org.
EURYDICE: The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Theatre and Dance presents Sarah Ruhl’s reimagined vision of the classic Orpheus myth as told through the eyes of the title character Eurydice, Orpheus’ short-lived bride. After her death on her wedding day, Eurydice finds herself in the Underworld laced with deep memories and armed with the means to forget. She struggles to come to terms with an unexpected reunion with the father she has lost and the whispers of memory of the lover she leaves behind. Fri 4/14, 7:30pm, Sat 4/15, 7:30pm, Wed 4/19, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
PARALLEL LIVES: Restless Artists Theatre presents Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s comedy which asks whether everything would be better if women were in charge instead of men. Thu, 4/13 7:30pm, Fri
4/14, 7:30pm, Sat 4/15, 7:30pm, Sun 4/16, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, www.rattheatre.org.
The Hawaii Club at the University of Nevada, Reno hosts its second annual festival to celebrate the Hawaiian culture. There will be various food booths, hula performances, fun activities and music by Irie Love. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, on the front lawn of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St. Entry fees are $5 general admission and $3 for students. Visit www.facebook.com/HawaiiClubNevada.
HORTICULTURE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW ARBORETUM VOLUNTEERS: Learn everything you need to know to become a volunteer at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Garden tours, demonstration and opportunities to practice what you’ve learned are included. Thu 4/13, Tue 4/18, Wed 4/19. $15$75. The Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., www.washoecounty.us/parks/files/arbo files/Arboretum.
BREAST CANCER—ON WITH LIFE: Saint Mary’s team of social workers and educators, as well as other breast cancer survivors, meet weekly to discuss cancer survivorship. The group meets in the Tumor Board Conference Room. Tue 4/18, 4:30pm. Free. Saint Mary’s Center for Health, 645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 120, (775) 722-1222.
CROCHET CONNECTION: Learn to crochet or share tips with other crochet enthusiasts. Thu 4/13, 4pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1840.
NATURALLY DYED EASTER EGGS: Using roots, veggies, fruits, spices and flowers, attendees will learn how to extract the beautiful colors of spring to naturally decorate Easter eggs. While the eggs are drying, attendees will make Easterinspired natural body products. Bring a smock or old shirt. Disposable gloves will be provided. This event is open to adults and children age 5 years old and older. No more than two children per accompanying adult. The class includes free food and beverages. Thu 4/13, 7pm. $35-$45. The Basement, 50 S. Virginia St., (775) 357-8019.
FRIDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCING: The Senior Dance Club of Reno presents live music, refreshments and three hours of dancing every Friday evening from 8pm to 11pm. Singles and beginners are welcome to attend. Fri 4/14, 8pm. $7-$10. Washoe County Senior Center, Building E, 1155 E. Ninth St., (775) 343-8138.
LIFESCAPES: A writing program giving seniors an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the UNR Department of English. Thu 4/13, 10:30am. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5188.
PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF RENO: Painting from life models (no instruction). All artists are welcome. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed 4/19, 9am. $10. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., www.nvfinearts.com/calendar.
QUILTERS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: This group explores ways of making art quilts with non-traditional products and techniques. The group meets the third Monday of every month from. Mon 4/17, 1pm. $5. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., www.nvfinearts.com.
MEN’S PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Facilitated by a prostate cancer survivor, this support group is designed to help men cope with prostate cancer by offering education and support for patients during their cancer journey. The group meets in the Third Floor Orthopedic Conference Room in the Roseview Tower. Mon 4/17, 5:30pm. Free. Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill St.. (775) 982-6830.
WATERCOLOR PAINTERS OPEN GROUP: This is a group of watercolor painters who paint together and learn from each other. Fri 4/14, 9am. $5. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-1128.
NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP: This support group is free and open to new mothers and their infants. A new topic concerning the postpartum mother and newborn will be discussed each week, including breastfeeding, sleep issues, normal newborn behavior and more. A scale is available for weight checks. Thu 4/13, 10am, 6pm. Free. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 235 W. Sixth St.. (775) 770-3429.
WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS: Multiple hourlong workshops and presentations on various topics. Changes weekly. Topics vary from consciousness to art, music, social networking, theater, etc. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in facilitating a workshop of your choice. Wed 4/19, 6pm. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., www.potentialistworkshop.com.
SPANISH LANGUAGE PRACTICE AND COFFEE IN RENO: Spanish conversation, some
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Greed between the lines I love my boyfriend. However, I feel bad that he never buys me presents. He did when we were dating, and he buys himself extravagant stuff. But he got me nothing for my birthday and only some trinkets for Christmas because I made a stink. When I’ve brought up the gifts issue, he’s implied that I’m materialistic. However, what matters to me is not the cost but that he’s thinking of me. Is my desire for gifts somehow shallow? Many men sneer at the importance their ladies place on getting gifts from them, deeming it a sign of female emotional frailty. What these men aren’t taking into account is that the differences that evolved in male and female psychology correspond to differences in male and female physiology. Because, for a woman, sex can lead to pregnancy (and a hungry kid to drag around), female emotions evolved to act as a sort of alarm system, making a woman feel crappy when there are signs a man’s commitment may be waning. Wanting to feel better makes her take corrective action—pressing him to put up or get out. However, a man’s being willing to give gifts suggests a willingness to “invest” beyond 2.6 minutes of foreplay and a teaspoon of sperm. Accordingly, evolutionary behavioral scientist Gad Saad believes that gift-giving evolved as a “distinctly male courtship strategy.” Though women do give gifts to romantic partners, they tend to wait till they’re in a relationship and then do it to “celebrate” being together. Saad’s research finds that men, on the other hand, “are much more likely to be tactical in their reasons for offering a gift to a romantic partner”—like, in the courtship phase, to get a woman into bed. Of course, if a woman wants to get a man into bed, she doesn’t need to give him a present to unwrap—she just starts unbuttoning her top. Explain the science to your boyfriend. You don’t have a character deficiency—you just want him to show his love in the way that works for you. That’s what people who love each other do—even if they, say, believe the gift of their side salad at dinner should be gift enough. Besides, you aren’t demanding, “‘Tiara of the Week!’ or I’m gone!” You’d just like occasional little “thinking of you” prezzies and somewhat bigger ones on Official Girlfriend
Holidays (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). Ultimately, these are not just gifts but messages that making you happy is worth an investment of money and effort— beyond what he’s been putting in to run out and get his wallet wired shut just in time for your birthday.
Wussy galore My fiancee and I were driving my drunk friend home from a party. He was saying rude things to her, but I knew he was just wasted and didn’t mean them, so I didn’t say anything. I thought my fiancee would also shrug it off, but she was mad and hurt that I didn’t stand up for her. Is it that big a deal? Couldn’t she have stood up for herself? A woman today may be perfectly capable of defending herself—with her big mouth or her big, pink handgun. However, she has an emotional operating system pushing her to go for men who show an ability and a willingness to protect her. This comes out of how, over millions of years of evolution, certain ladies’ children were more likely to survive and pass on their mother’s genes (and the psychology that rides along). Which children? Those whose mothers chose men who’d do more in an attack than, well, effectively crawl under the car seat and wish all the awfulness would stop. Your fiancee probably still feels resentful and maybe even thinks less of you for how you basically showed all the testosterone-driven fortitude of a geranium. Consider what grandpas everywhere call “having character”—doing the right thing—even when that kinda blows for you. If, in looking back, you would’ve done things differently, tell your fiancee. Then pledge that going forward, you’ll be that kind of guy—and protecting the person who means most to you won’t involve pushing your girlfriend toward the grizzly bear so you’ll have more time to make a run for it. Ω
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Before visiting
Sicily for the first time, American poet Billy Collins learned to speak Italian. In his poem “By a Swimming Pool Outside Siracusa,” he describes how the new language is changing his perspective. If he were thinking in English, he might say that the gin he’s drinking while sitting alone in the evening light “has softened my mood.” But the newly Italianized part of his mind would prefer to say that the gin “has allowed my thoughts to traverse my brain with greater gentleness” and “has extended permission to my mind to feel a friendship with the vast sky.” Your assignment in the coming week, Aries, is to Italianize your view of the world. Infuse your thoughts with expansive lyricism and voluptuous relaxation. If you’re Italian, celebrate and amplify your Italianness.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s closing time. You
have finished toiling in the shadow of an old sacred cow. You’ve climaxed your relationship with ill-fitting ideas that you borrowed from mediocre and inappropriate teachers once upon a time. And you can finally give up your quest for a supposed Holy Grail that never actually existed in the first place. It’s time to move on to the next chapter of your life story, Taurus! You have been authorized to graduate from any influence, attachment and attraction that wouldn’t serve your greater good in the future. Does this mean you’ll soon be ready to embrace more freedom than you have in years? I’m betting on it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The heaviest butterfly
on the planet is the female Queen Victoria’s Birdwing. It tips the scales at 2 grams. The female Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the butterfly with the longest wingspan: over 12 inches. These two creatures remind me of you these days. Like them, you’re freakishly beautiful. You’re a marvelous and somewhat vertiginous spectacle. The tasks you’re working on are graceful and elegant, yet also big and weighty. Because of your intensity, you may not look flight-worthy, but you’re actually quite aerodynamic. In fact, your sorties are dazzling and influential. Though your acrobatic zigzags seem improbable, they’re effective.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Picasso had mixed feelings about his fellow painter Marc Chagall, who was born under the sign of Cancer. “I’m not crazy about his roosters and donkeys and flying violinists, and all the folklore,” Picasso said, referring to the subject matter of Chagall’s compositions. But he also felt that Chagall was one of the only painters “who understands what color really is,” adding, “There’s never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has.” I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will be the recipient of mixed messages like these. Praise and disapproval may come your way. Recognition and neglect. Kudos and apathy. Please don’t dwell on the criticism and downplay the applause. In fact, do the reverse!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is the title of an old gospel song, and now it’s the metaphorical theme of your horoscope. I advise you to climb a tall peak—even if it’s just a magic mountain in your imagination—and deliver the spicy monologue that has been marinating within you. It would be great if you could gather a sympathetic audience for your revelations, but that’s not mandatory to achieve the necessary catharsis. You simply need to be gazing at the big picture as you declare your big, ripe truths.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you were a snake, it
would be a fine time to molt your skin. If you were a river, it would be a perfect moment to overflow your banks in a spring flood. If you were an office worker, it would be an excellent phase to trade in your claustrophobic cubicle for a spacious new niche. In other words, Virgo, you’re primed to outgrow at least one of your containers. The boundaries you knew you would have to transgress some day are finally ready to be transgressed. Even now, your attention span is expanding and your imagination is stretching.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): For over a century, the Ringsaker Lutheran Church in Buxton, North Dakota, hosted rites of passage, including 362
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baptisms, 50 marriages and 97 funerals. It closed in 2002, a victim of the area’s shrinking population. I invite you to consider the possibility that this can serve as a useful metaphor for you, Libra. Is there a place that has been a sanctuary for you, but has begun to lose its magic? Is there a traditional power spot from which the power has been ebbing? Has a holy refuge evolved into a mundane hangout? If so, mourn for a while, then go in search of a vibrant replacement.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Most people throw
away lemon rinds, walnut shells and pomegranate skins. But some resourceful types find uses for these apparent wastes. Lemon rind can serve as a deodorizer, cleaner and skin tonic, as well as a zesty ingredient in recipes. Ground-up walnut shells work well in facial scrubs and pet bedding. When made into a powder, pomegranate peels have a variety of applications for skin care. I suggest you look for metaphorically similar things, Scorpio. You’re typically inclined to dismiss the surfaces and discard the packaging and ignore the outer layers, but I urge you to consider the possibility that right now they may have value.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’re growing
too fast, but that’s fine as long as you don’t make people around you feel they’re moving too slowly. You know too much, but that won’t be a problem as long as you don’t act snooty. And you’re almost too attractive for your own good, but that won’t hurt you as long as you overflow with spontaneous generosity. What I’m trying to convey, Sagittarius, is that your excesses are likely to be more beautiful than chaotic, more fertile than confusing. And that should provide you with plenty of slack when dealing with cautious folks who are a bit rattled by your lust for life.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Until recently,
scientists believed the number of trees on the planet was about 400 billion. But research published in the journal Nature says that’s wrong. There are actually 3 trillion trees on earth—almost eight times more than was previously thought. In a similar way, I suspect you have also underestimated certain resources that are personally available to you, Capricorn. Now is a good time to correct your undervaluation. Summon the audacity to recognize the potential abundance you have at your disposal. Then make plans to tap into it with a greater sense of purpose.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The poet John Keats
identified a quality he called “negative capability.” He defined it as the power to calmly accept “uncertainties, mysteries and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” I would extend the meaning to include three other things not to be irritably reached for: artificial clarity, premature resolution and simplistic answers. Now is an excellent time to learn more about this fine art, Aquarius.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Are you ready for
a riddle that’s more enjoyable than the kind you’re used to? I’m not sure if you are. You may be too jaded to embrace this unusual gift. You could assume it’s another one of the crazy-making cosmic jokes that have sometimes tormented you in the past. But I hope that doesn’t happen. I hope you’ll welcome the riddle in the liberating spirit in which it’s offered. If you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as it teases you in ways you didn’t know you wanted to be teased. You’ll feel a delightful itch or a soothing burn in your secret self, like a funny-bone feeling that titillates your immortal soul. P.S. To take full advantage of the blessed riddle, you may have to expand your understanding of what’s good for you.
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David Kladney, a former Reno journalist and now an attorney, has been a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2011. Italics reflect emphasis in his voice.
You made reference at the Women’s Lobby to “legislatures who are really pushing the envelope in trying not to register voters.” Voting’s under attack. Wasn’t this something that was supposed to be settled when the Voting Rights Act was passed? Keeping people from voting—who would have thought?
How did you get on the commission?
What does the commission do? What we do is we investigate subjects on civil rights. We don’t investigate cases. For instance, I think I spoke [at a Nevada Women’s Lobby meeting] about sexual assault in the military. We did a report on that. We’ve had a report on patient dumping—sending them out on buses. We’ve done a lot of reports. You can look on the website and see the list. We did a report on police use of force. It hasn’t been issued yet. I’m sure the report will come out and make recommendations [such as] what data needs to be collected in the future. One of the things we found out was
The makeup of the commission is no more than four people can be from one political party. The president of the United States gets four appointments. The minority leader and the speaker in the House each get an appointment, and the majority leader and minority leader in the Senate each get an appointment. I was appointed by Sen. Reid in 2011. So I’ve been sitting there for five, five and a half years.
that there wasn’t sufficient data that is kept by police departments throughout the country. For instance, there are about nine hundred and something, maybe close to a thousand, citizens shot to death every year by police officers. There’s 225, I think, police officers lost their lives in 2016 or 2015. More than a quarter of that thousand number were mentally disabled. So the question comes, are the officers prepared to handle those situations as best as they can be, and are the officers protected enough so that few of them will get injured, either, because it’s a dangerous job? Perhaps we can save lives on both sides of that equation. So those are the kind of things we looked at. We looked at religion and the accommodations that are supposed to be made to religious folks—where they
Well, it depends on which side of the coin you’re looking at it from. If you’re saying that you think there’s a lot of voter fraud and that people who are not supposed to vote are voting and risking going to prison and getting caught and that you need an ID and you only need a particular ID, then they support things like voter ID laws. … It is one of the issues I was referring to. In Texas, DOJ [the U.S. Department of Justice] brought suit against the Texas voter ID law because you could use your concealed weapon identification, you could use your driver license, but you couldn’t use your student ID. … And now, under the new [Trump] administration, DOJ decided to withdraw from the case.
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The new GOP question It’s always notable and just plain fun when two great comedic minds merge and unify on an important theme. This happened recently as Bill Maher melded with John Oliver, who said back in February that Team Trump’s agenda looked like a “To do” list on a refrigerator—Satan’s fridge, that is. Well, Maher linked up with J.O. last week when he noted that the current batch of Republicans are no longer interested in advancing conservative policies, but are instead now asking a simpler question when developing new political actions—What Would a Dick Do? To support his case, Maher cited recent Rethuglican bills that eased regulations on ridiculous non-issues like lead bullets and asbestos insulation. These are the latest reminders that the enemy of the people truly is THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. I mean, Jesus, they’re like a bunch of Snidely Whiplashes (remember ole
Snidely?), twirling their mustaches and thinking of shitty things to do to people. I remember the light bulb went off for me in 2014, when Republicans were voting to give oil companies billion dollar subsidies. How can this be, I naively wondered, giving billions to fat cats like Exxon and Chevron. In contrast, we give a miser’s pittance to valuable institutions like Planned Parenthood (500 mill), Amtrak (1.3 bill), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (450 mill), and the National Arts Endowment (146 mill), yet Congress still has the gall to bestow billions on Big Oil. Why? It becomes clear when you realize Repubs have zilch, zero, zippo interest in helping the middle class, but instead now serve three masters—corporations, the military industrial complex, and the ultra wealthy. Which explains why I’m on the edge of constant projectile vomiting when I hear Twitler and his
simpering sycophants moan about our ragged and depleted military, and why it’s extremely, crucially, vitally important that the military budget be increased by 54 billion this year. What a load of steaming steer poop. Our defense tab last year was 600 billion, which is equal to the budgets of the next eight largest countries on our ammocrazed planet. Depleted military, my ass. You want extra funding? Have a fucking bake sale. How about we take 2.4 bill off Defense, give it to Amtrak, PP, CPB, and NEA, and tell the Defense Department to try to scrape by on 597.6 billion. But obviously, I’m either (1) dangerously out of touch, or (2) sane. This Saturday, 11:30 a.m., it’s the Hey Trump Cough Up Your Taxes rally in Wingfield Park. Millions across the country will hit the decks for this one, and rightly so. Should be fun. Ω
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