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Cave man Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. Is anyone really surprised that  Heller caved? U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s mode of  operation is to act like a freethinking  individual followed by inevitable capitulation to the party line. In other  words, he’ll do a  little grandstanding first, but  then he’ll vote  however Mitch  McConnell and  other senior  senate Republicans tell him to vote.  He pretended to have doubts  aboutTrump’s cabinet, but he still  voted to confirm the lot of them. The most recent case was his vote  on Tuesday, July 25, in favor of opening debate on repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The motion passed  with the narrowest of margins,  despite the fact that the Republicans’ replacement plan is murky at  best, criminal at worst. Heller had  expressed concerns about the bill,  and many national political watchers  who don’t know him as well as we  do, thought he might be a NO vote.  But, of course, he caved and voted  to move forward with discussions  of the bill. Do you know what Sen. Heller  won’t do? Listen to his constituents.  He won’t even talk to most of us. Go  ahead, call: 686-5770 in Reno or (202)  224-6244 in D.C. Let us know if you  get ahold of him. We’ll be surprised. Nevada is a purple state, but the  majority of the state doesn’t support repeal of the ACA. And with his  vote in favor of the repeal motion,  Heller is even bucking Nevada Republican leaders, like Gov. Sandoval,  who has said that he doesn’t support the Senate bill. To be fair, Heller’s public statement about the vote was full of  equivocating statements like, “That  is why I will vote to move forward  and give us a chance to address  the unworkable aspects of the law”  and the assertion that, “If the final  product isn’t improved for the state  of Nevada, then I will not vote for it; if  it is improved, I will support it.” But, experience tells us, no matter  what the Senate Republicans come  up with, they can count on Heller to  pause for a second, make a very serious, puckered face, nod solemnly,  mutter, “But am I doing what’s right  for Nevada?” and then vote however  the hell the Republicans tell him.

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Our guy in Aragon

Assisted suicide

The current ideology of radical feminism upholds that women have to free themselves from their biologic conditioning and their evident sexual differences as females and not males. They think everyone could be freely configured according to their wishes and choose to be a man or a woman paying no attention to their original physiologic nature. The equal dignity between sexes is denied, as well as their physical, psychological and ontological complementarity. As a consequence, this planning abolishes the difference between male-female and promotes rivalry, enmity and violence between the two. In fact, the class struggle enters the couple, the same as Marxism put between the rich and the poor. And so the hate is brought in men-women relations, and hate ends in violence. When love is removed from family, and violence and hate are introduced in it, arguments and quarrels break out and can lead to the woman or man’s murder and in quite a few cases to the murder of the children. Every day we can watch on TV stories about the so called “gender-based violence,” but without going more deeply into the reasons which produce them, such as hate sown by the class struggle fostered by radical feminism; and another cause is usually the marital unfaithfulness of some of the spouses. Pundits describe facts, but say nothing about the reasons for them. However, another current thinking, increasingly widespread, is to live mercy among men and women, the rich and the poor, emigrants and hosts. We should add the necessity of mercy and love within marriage in order to put up with the errors of each one and promote an active collaboration between husband and wife, focusing on burdens and responsibilities. Arturo Ramo Teruel, Aragon, Spain

Re “Two missed chances” (Left Foot Forward, July 20): What is missing in the California report on assisted suicides? After a year, how many self administered the poison as was promised when the concept was marketed? By omitting an ordinary witness all the flaunted safeguards are eviscerated and our choices are ignored and not honored, allowing exploitation of us all. State Documents in Oregon indicate that 20 percent of their assisted-suicide deaths were bullied by the corporate facilitators forcing the poison. I take exception to the push polls. Yes, 60 percent—even the religious—favor the concept. Then 95 percent change to not-infavor after they learn how easily the laws can be wrongly administered saying, “I’m not for that.” This is risking us all, all ages, to be exploited by predatory corporations and predatory new best friends or heirs. Read the language of the laws to discern the double speak, omissions and commissions to reveal the exploited, expended and euthanized.

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Lives I was listening to the TV while fixing dinner and when I heard about a cop shooting a person in Minnesota. I thought, OMG here we go again! But as I waited for the announcer to start telling me about the riots and fires etc., it was all quiet! As the announcer was talking about the victim I looked at the TV and saw why there was no one upset over this. The person killed is a young, WHITE female! No one is out marching over her death or yelling about how some lives seem to matter over others! All lives matter! There are not rows of media there to report it because some lives bring out a larger group of anal orifices.

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And why in the hell did they have two rookie cops together? This will be talked about for at least the end of this week, maybe next. But nowhere near as much as if the person was a young person of color. The officer that shot her needs to be charged with murder! In the ’60s, I marched for equal rights, voters’ rights, and we thought that we really going to make a difference for those that needed this help. Well, 50 freaking years later we are still fighting over color! And 50 years from now—if anyone is still here—we will still be fighting over this! All lives matter. Jerry Wallis Reno


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What’s your favorite part of campus? aSKeD at the uniVerSity of neVaDa, reno, 1664 n. Virginia St. Sergio Dia z Political science student

I really like the new building— the Pennington. I like it only because of the stairs that you can sit at. I think they’re pretty awesome. And I like all of the rooms where you can have study groups and stuff. I love the writing center, so maybe that’s why I also love that building.

Keeron White Building monitor

The quad—just the open area. Just hang out there and enjoy nature.

LourDeS r amoS Barista

Our town We went to the downtown movie theater to see Return of the Conquest from Beneath the Escape of the War for the Planet of the Apes. When we came out just after 3 p.m., First and Sierra was an argument that downtown is experiencing a revival—big crowds of people in the streets, restaurants and shops. Unfortunately, a vehicle with the license plate BILYBLU felt the nice day was not complete without his music turned up loud. It vibrated through the downtown while he waited for the light to change, and, by the time we were a block away, it still slammed our ears. When did parents and schools stop teaching courtesy? We reached Virginia Street and began looking for casino restaurants. At one point, walking along the west side of Virginia between Second and Commercial, we encountered a crowd of folks who appeared down and out. They surrounded a fellow shouting “Fuck you” at some unseen person down the street at the top of his considerable voice. There was a police car nearby in the street, but no officer on the sidewalk nearby. The casinos reduced their number of restaurants as gambling faded as a Reno attraction in the face of California tribal gambling. One restaurant had a waiting list. Another—Millie’s 24—had a hostess who was less than courteous herself and then disappeared. We left and headed back down Virginia. At the Reno Arch, we saw bicycle police officers checking identifications on people who lingered there. The downtown casinos, whose lobbyists keep gambling taxes low at the Nevada Legislature, have arranged for their own small

downtown tax district where they pay more taxes, and in return they get more police protection than the rest of Reno. Some of the officers are on bicycles. As we checked restaurants, they seemed to swing from simple grills to restaurants with unrealistically high prices, nothing in between. We decided to leave the downtown for Archie’s at the north end of the university campus. At Second and Virginia, a talking pedestrian audio device yelled at us almost as loud as BILYBLU. On our way, we crossed back from Virginia to Sierra and the climate changed back. BILYBLU was gone and the area was still filled with comfortable, happy people. The contrast from Virginia to Sierra was striking. Locals flock to Sierra. Virginia? Not so much. For two decades, we have argued that it is a mistake for city officials to follow the lead of casino marketers in how to promote the downtown—or anywhere else. Tailor all efforts to the locals, we argued. If the locals like the quality of life, so will tourists. But we never expected it to be demonstrated so clearly on parallel streets. To be sure, the downtown movie theaters should never have been built. After the Patterson’s building was demolished, opening up that property and the river, the public loved it and made clear it wanted it to stay that way, plus some grass, trees and picnic tables. An ice rink was placed there for a time. But city leaders were insistent on the theaters, and they have drawn people to the area. The crowds of locals from Court to Second streets on Sierra attest to it, and to the wisdom of making Reno for Renoites. Ω

Where do I go hide out during the semester? It’s either the top floor of the journalism building or the fourth floor of the Joe, because it’s really quiet—and good sleeping.

John SagebieL Assistant program director

It depends on my mood. … My favorite spot to sit if I need a break is actually at the other end of this building [the library], at the first floor level. There’s a little wooden bench between two display cases, and it looks due south.

nataLie Van hoozer Journalism student

I’d say I like Hilliard Plaza. It’s not as crowded as the quad, but it’s still nice. And you get some nature while you’re on campus.

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The rights of nature? Travel diverts your mind from the predictability of day-to-day routine, creating new tensions across time and space, reviving insight and creativity. This year in particular, travel outside the U.S. provides a welcome respite from the mind-numbing activities and tweets of one Donald J. Trump, although it’s difficult to completely escape him. Ecuador is one of those intriguing South American countries where American travelers can experience eco-tourism at its finest, accompanied by friendly and gracious workers who exemplify service. It was the first country to specifically recognize the need to protect our planet’s natural resources, boldly incorporating the rights of nature in its Constitution when it was rewritten and ratified by referendum in 2008. The new Constitution includes a chapter on the Rights for Nature, acknowledging that “Nature, or Pacha Mama, where life is reproduced and occurs, has the right to integral respect for its existence and for the maintenance and regeneration

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of its life cycles, structure, functions and evolutionary processes.” Of course, putting these ideals into practice is complicated and fraught with problems, much like our own democracy. For example, it was impossible to ignore the flames of the oil rigs along one of the Amazon’s largest tributaries, the Napo River. Ecuador has a state-run oil division, Petroamazonas, which operates much like Nevada’s multi-national mining conglomerates, offering not-so-subtle bribes disguised as charitable offerings to indigenous schools for the right to build access roads on Kichwa lands. But it was refreshing to learn that one community I visited took the new lights for their jungle school but had no problem refusing permission for the roads, at least for now. After three weeks in Ecuador, a journey I took by plane, boat, canoe, bus and train, I do feel calmer and less apoplectic about our political situation. I was inspired by the people I met and the sheer beauty and diversity of the Amazon rainforest and the

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volcanoes of the Andes, and deeply appreciated the proud heritage of the Kichwa communities. And random encounters with fellow travelers and Ecuadorians left me with hope I hardly expected. Europeans were the most likely to bring Trump up in casual conversation around the dinner table, although they were often cautious about broaching the subject. After the first negative Trump comment from our small group of Americans, however, they visibly relaxed, commiserating with our frustration at being led by someone so unqualified, immature and unbalanced. But it was a conversation with a young immigrant from India, who works in a high tech job in New York City, that left me with the sense that we shall overcome this humiliating moment in our history and emerge a stronger nation. After listening to my litany of complaints about Trump and his Republican sycophants, he told me he drew a different conclusion from my pessimistic assessment of our political

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morass. He observed that much good can come from this moment in history. The United States now has the opportunity to learn humility from the experience of having diminished in power and standing in the world. He expects Americans to get much more engaged in politics, and he seemed confident that the next four years will restore our national sanity, if only for the emerging strength of 20-somethings like himself. This calm young immigrant thought I was much too worried about the United States, a country where he eagerly awaits citizenship, ready to dedicate his considerable talent and abilities along with his family’s fate. He encouraged a long view of history, citing India’s experience through British colonialism and the Gandhi years. He still believes that America will live up to its ideals, resisting and ultimately rejecting Trump’s madness. It’s a vacation lesson I’ll keep in mind during the months ahead. Ω


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A right to health care? Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine announced they could not support the Senate Republican Better Health Care Act (BHCA, or Trumpcare). Sen. Paul represents the constitutional conservative/ libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Sen. Collins represents the left-liberal— called “moderate”—wing of the GOP. Politics does make strange bedfellows. Soon others joined them. As William Butler Yeats wrote, “The centre cannot hold.” That bill is dead. Paul also raised a philosophical question: Do you have a right to health care? But what was highly unusual for a Republican senator was that he did not raise the issue against the left’s obsession with single-payer, government-run health care. Instead, he raised the issue against his own party, asking if the GOP had the right to force Americans to subsidize the insurance companies. For constitutional conservatives and libertarians, you cannot claim a right

that simultaneously creates a burden on others. Only individuals have rights, and the primary right is to be left alone. The right of association includes the right not to associate. The right to speech, includes hate speech. The right to keep and bear arms in itself harms no one. All these rights—and many more— are shared equally by all so long as they do not interfere with the same rights of others. These rights create no burden on anyone, except possibly those charged with the protection of these rights. The left liberal version of rights, however, does create burdens on others. The so-called right to health care, to a living wage, to taxpayer-funded abortions, and other so-called rights all impose serious burdens on others. A “right to health care” is really asking the state to commandeer the time and labor of many individuals by force, or the credible threat of force, to serve others. They are justified by calls to tax the rich or big corporations.

But in reality, the burden falls on everyone, and, sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money. In Britain, where the government could not find the money to pay for long-term guaranteed mental health care, the Tories proposed taking the profits from the sale of seniors’ homes when they die. It was called a “dementia tax” and contributed to the defeat of Theresa May in the last election. Rand Paul put government business subsidies and guaranteed profits in the same category as the social rights the left favors as false rights creating a burden on others. He explained how easily free markets have responded to change compared to large government bureaucracies. He said if his party would provide free competition in health care, people of all classes would have access to quality health care, with or without insurance. Polls show young people today believe currently existing capitalism

is so bad they dream of socialism. But capitalism has had a much better record in real life of providing for human welfare than any socialist experiment has. Real capitalism, as visionaries like Sen. Paul and a few others in the Freedom Caucus understand, would be nothing like the crony capitalism practiced today. An excellent example in Nevada is the privilege granted to the alcohol distribution companies that is causing shortages of recreational marijuana. A monopoly on pot distribution does not come from the market, but rather from lobbying government. Here in Nevada, I do not think Sen. Heller has articulated freedom as the reason for his opposition to Obamacare lite. It seems more about weak knees. He has to decide if he will defend freedom or not to try to keep his seat 1n 2018. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Trump ThreaTens heller

A passenger pays the fare on a Reno municipal bus. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

Democrats have been getting a lot of mileage out of press photos of Dean Heller and Donald Trump laughing companionably at the White House. But the setting wasn’t all that friendly. During the meeting, Trump told Heller, referencing health care, “You weren’t there. But you’re going to be, you’re going to be.” Then, speaking for the benefit of the press, Trump added, “Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?” The Trump White House has been trolling for an opponent to run against GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, whose standing in opinion surveys is very low. Two Arizona Republicans say they have discussed the race with the White House. The notion of a Republican president running his own candidates against fellow Republicans is fairly unusual. In 1970, in New York, President Nixon supported Conservative Party nominee James Buckley against Republican Charles Goodell, who had been appointed to replace the assassinated Robert Kennedy in the Senate. Buckley won a plurality of 38.7 percent against Goodell, Democrat Richard Ottinger and two minor candidates.

Burger’s done Without fanfare, the Sparks Nugget has deleted the Awful Awful from its menu. The regionally known hamburger was invented by Bill Webster and Dick Graves, the co-founder with Jim Kelley of the chain of Nuggets. When Graves and Kelley split the various Nuggets between them, they both continued to offer the Awful Awful. Kelley ended up owning the Reno Nugget and Graves the Sparks Nugget. As previously reported here (“The Awful Awful Truth,” June 27, 2013), according to Graves’ recipe, the Awful Awful is by definition a double burger, something that was not common when he invented it at his Twin Falls, Idaho, club in the 1950s. The current menu at the Sparks Nugget now offers an “Aces Loaded Burger,” but it’s a single. In a 2010 Travel Network Food Wars competition, the Sparks Awful Awful lost to an alleged Reno Awful Awful. But the Reno Nugget serves a single burger and calls it an Awful Awful, while the Sparks Nugget served a real Awful Awful.

We Could gIVe IT BaCK According to a report this week on the fiscal health of states, the independent, disdainful-of-the-feds State of Nevada gets 30.3 percent of its revenue from the federal government.

ranson reTIres Nevada is a journalism market plagued by job jumpers who arrive, put in a couple of years, then move on to a bigger market about the time they learn to pronounce Verdi and Pahranagat. Steve Ranson was not like that. He put down roots, working for the Wells Progress, anchoring for KCRL (now KRNV) in Reno, and staying at the Lahontan Valley News for the past 30 years, the last nine as editor—along the way contributing mightily to informing Nevadans. He now retires to become president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

—Dennis Myers

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Tired of tiers Municipal bus line workers authorize strike members of the Teamsters union local 533 voted on July 14 to authorize a strike, giving their negotiators in talks with MV Transportation, Inc. more leverage. MV has the contract from the Regional Transportation Commission to run municipal bus service in this area in the system called RTC Ride. MV, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the public transportation equivalent of a big box store. It says it has contracts in 200-plus places in North America. The union local says it represents 187 workers—drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, maintenance and support workers. Not all those in the bargaining group are union members, but they are covered under the Teamsters contract. While money and benefits are at issue in the current contract talks, workers we interviewed also said they want something more basic—simplification, particularly in health care and pensions. One of the things drivers say they told the union to seek in negotiations is an end to a two-tiered, three-plan health insurance system, complex even by

the standards of health plans. Workers are assigned to tiers based on their hire dates, and they are slotted into the Affordable Care Act, Hometown Health, or Delta, the Teamsters’ own plan. Navigating the various rules, limits and restrictions of the multiples tends to make workers crazy, and they say it fuels the notoriously high turnover rate of system employees. “It’s a long, drawn-out process to explain it to them,” said union local president Gary Watson. While labor union critics like to portray unions as not being representative of workers, it would be hard to make that case here. Employees we spoke with were uniformly critical of the system imposed on them by the company. They have voted to authorize the union to call a strike if necessary. “They want to go backward on coverage,” one driver told us. “We were told the two-tiered system would be shortlived, and here we are years later.” One supporter of the workers said, “One runs out of adjectives when

‘Kafkaesque’ and ‘labyrinthine’ no longer suffice.” Employees want everyone poured into Delta. Some of them think that may mean slightly higher costs to them, but they are willing to accept it to get rid of the bureaucratic nightmare with which they now live. Watson said he is not clear what it will mean in terms of money for his members. Simplification may not come in that exact form, but the workers we spoke with are hoping for some easier system. “It just depends on whether there’s an agreed-upon amount for the employee to pay,” he said. The pension system also has tiers and, while the annoyance factor is a little less than for health care, no one is happy with it. Watson said he thinks the union is making progress on simplicity, though it causes the talks to be drawn out. “It’s a very difficult contract,” he said. One of the things that complicates things is that one of the three health plans is the ACA. “What if the ACA is repealed after we approve a contract that incorporates it?” he asked. There are also other, lesser details workers would like dealt with. According to one source, “They expect drivers to keep to a clock, 1950s time-and-motionstudy-style management. They must stop whenever they see people at a bus stop no matter whether they are waiting for another bus or just having a seat on a nice day. They need to implement a wave-by rule where if there is no one at that stop who needs, e.g., bus no. 26 going to Timbuktu, they can wave it on. Public education and signage would do the trick.” Some drivers do observe wave-ons from people waiting at stops for other buses, but it is apparently not company policy. MV spokesperson Nikki FrenneyWiggins was not available for an interview, but she supplied a statement that read in part: “At the conclusion of our bargaining meeting on July 10, MV Transportation once again proposed to the union what we believe is a very fair and reasonable offer. This offer included a 9.7 percent overall wage increase in the first year, and a starting wage going from $12.00 an hour to $15.50 during the term of the agreement. The offer also included substantial increases to pension, holidays, vacation and health

benefits. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach a tentative agreement with the committee. Because MV believes the offer is one our employees should see, we provided an opportunity for the union to vote on [sic]. MV had also submitted an offer to vote for the road supervisors collective bargaining agreement on July 11. The union membership voted down both offers on July 14. Shortly after the vote, the company and the union agreed to meet again and continue bargaining on July 26, 2017.” Simplification was not addressed in the statement. Drivers in recent days have been showing footage on their phones that has been shot of drivers being trained, which they describe as training for out-of-towners brought to Reno by management to be strikebreakers. The footage shows two people in an empty bus, one in the driver’s seat, the other standing near him to instruct him. Both are wearing florescent vests. The union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the training. The union says the trainees then disappeared for a time but have recently reappeared, and the NLRB complaint is being pressed. The MV statement, dated July 20, also read, “Since the July 14 vote, MV has experienced

a dramatic increase in employee absenteeism. Daily coach operator call-offs have gone from two or three a day prior to the contract vote, to steadily increasing up to 11 per day on July 20. In an effort to provide continuity of service and to meet our contractual obligation to RTC and the community we serve, qualified operators who work for MV Transportation contracts in other communities are serving as temporary drivers only when a MV/RTC operator is not available.” Supporters of the workers are calling on members of the public to put pressure on elected members of the Regional Transportation Commission, which brought MV to Nevada (“Driven to distraction” guest comment, RN&R, July 20, 2017). More than once in the past, when a municipal bus strike was a possibility during contract talks, previous managers of the line claimed to news outlets that if there was a strike, the drivers would pull over and halt where they were, leaving passengers stranded. Journalists reported it as true, though it was not. The current managers have not tried this ploy, and drivers say they would always complete their routes before leaving the job. Ω

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For our annual Back to School issue, the RN&R explores hidden history at the university


evada State University conferred its first diplomas in 1891—nearly two decades after its founding in Elko— on a graduating class of three men. The 2016 spring commencement of what’s now known as the University of Nevada, Reno celebrated the graduation of more than 2,500 students. A person might learn these basic facts and more on a guided tour of the campus. However, at an institution that’s nearing its sesquicentennial, there is, of course, much more history than meets the eye. The following stories are less likely to be dispensed during a campus tour. Sourced largely from university archives, oral histories and historical newspapers, these snippets tell only a small fraction of UNR’s lesser known—in some cases, perhaps even hidden—history.

Building on burial ground A statue of John W. Mackay graces the quad of the University of Nevada, Reno. It was given to the university by Mackay’s son. In truth, though, it wasn’t intended for UNR originally. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL-SINGLEY

It’s a terribly common urban legend: a building went up on the site of a former cemetery, and now it’s haunted. That claim has been made about many of the dormitories at UNR, but there’s only one group of students who definitely reside on former burial ground. When the university’s Nevada Living Learning Community was being constructed in 2011, workers unearthed six sets of human remains. It was a surprise to everyone involved in the project—not because they were unaware of the Catholic cemetery that once stood at the location, but because they thought all of the bodies had been removed

around the time the university acquired the land nearly half a century earlier. According to a page on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno website, “In 1879, a transfer of deed was recorded for a parcel of land that was to be used as a cemetery. The land was transferred to a Catholic priest for the use of St. Mary’s Parish. That parish and its cemetery eventually became St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral Parish and cemetery in 1910.” In 1963, the people buried at St. Thomas were disinterred and moved about a mile north to Our Mother of Sorrows cemetery. The Living Learning Center is the only confirmed former burial ground atop which university students now live. But it isn’t the only final resting place that UNR has had an interest in repurposing. Hillside Cemetery west of campus once belonged to the university, too, but was never developed. A passage in a 1988 U.S. Tax Court decision concerning Hillside provides some possible clues as to why: “The public outcry with respect to St. Thomas was occasioned by the discovery that old headstones and monuments removed from St. Thomas were unceremoniously dumped in a gully.”

Resting in plain sight The Living Learning Center may be the only dorm that really was built on burial ground— but it’s not the only spot on campus to serve as a final resting place. According to Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist

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Betty Glass, when new rounds of renovation began on the Church Fine Arts building, she figured someone had better remind the people in charge that Dr. James E. Church and his wife are interred behind the building’s cornerstone. According to Nevada Humanities’ Online Nevada Encyclopedia, a 23-year-old Church came to the university “in 1892 to teach Latin and German, literature and art appreciation.” Church was a lover of the arts. He helped found the Nevada Art Gallery, which later became the Nevada Museum of Art. When the new fine arts building was completed on campus, it was named after Church—who died in 1959, three years before its opening. His contributions to art in the region were great, but Church is actually best known for having developed a technique to determine water content in snow pack. The method is still in use by agencies like the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Department of Agriculture.

Going ape UNR has had its share of noteworthy students over the years, but one stands out. When she died in 2007, obituaries and remembrances of her were published in newspapers and magazines across the

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country, including the New York Times and National Geographic. Washoe, the chimpanzee, was born in Africa in 1965. According to the nonprofit group Friends of Washoe, she was captured and given to the U.S. Air Force before being “adopted by Drs. Beatrix T. and R. Allen Gardner on June 21, 1966.” The Gardners were animal behavior researchers at UNR, and they enlisted Washoe in a new study—dubbed “Project Washoe.” The goal was to break down the language barrier between humans and chimpanzees by raising chimps like human children and teaching them American Sign Language. Washoe is estimated to have learned around 250 words. She lived in Reno from 1966 to 1970, and while she was raised at the Gardners’ home, Washoe spent time on campus. The researcher who eventually became Washoe’s primary caretaker and teacher, Roger Fouts, then a PhD student at UNR, first met her at the university nursery school where she played on the playground when there were no children around. According to Fouts’ book, Next of Kin, Washoe often spent time on campus during the weekends—until some spoilsports put an end to it. Before Fouts and his family relocated with Washoe to the University of Oklahoma in 1970, he said, visits to UNR’s campus had become risky, and Washoe had been banned from visiting the psychology department in Mack Social

Dr. James E. Church came to UNR in the late 19th century to teach literature, Latin, German and art. He was a lover of the arts and helped found the Nevada Art Gallery, which later became the Nevada Museum of Art. COURTESY/UNR SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

film studios utilized the university’s student body as a ready pool of extras. However, after 1948, due to the number of students cutting class,” the practice was banned.

Rushing in

The students in this photo are fighting hand-to-hand for pospos session of about a dozen canes during the annual “cane rush,” an event that was held at UNR in the early 1900s. COURTESY/UNR SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Sciences—“because the psych professors working overtime were upset at having to shut their office doors to keep her from grabbing their coffee mugs and sodas.”

Silvering the screen In Next of Kin, Fouts described strolling with Gardner accross the campus, which, he said, “ironically was where the Ronald Reagan chimpanzee movie, Bedtime for Bonzo, was filmed.” The movie was clearly inspired by earlier primate language research conducted at universities during the ’40s; however, it

seems Fouts was wrong about the movie being filmed at UNR—or, at the very least, evidence to support the claim is well hidden. It’d be an easy mistake to make, though, because the campus was popular with Hollywood studios for many years. Movies filmed on campus include Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944), Margie (1946), An Apartment for Peggy (1948), Mother is a Freshman (1949), Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949), Captive City (1952), 5 Against the House (1955) and Hilda Crane (1956). According to a post on the university’s Special Collections department blog, “The

The rivalry between the UNR and University of Nevada, Las Vegas football teams is longstanding and well known to most Renoites. The teams have faced off in a “Battle for Nevada” game annually for nearly half a century now. But long before UNR students began donning “F-UNLV” shirts on game day, there was another, more bitter and bloodier annual rivalry—the cane rush. According to scholar Winton Solberg, class conflict at the turn of the 20th century “manifested itself in the ‘rush’ tradition, an organized struggle between the freshmen and sophomore classes that took a variety of forms in older colleges.” A cane rush was a violent affair during which about two dozen men—half freshmen, half sophomores—fought hand-to-hand to gain possession of about 12 canes. Black and white photos from Special Collections show tousled and bloodied young men during and in the aftermath of cane rushes on the university’s quadrangle in 1902, 1910, 1911 and 1915. In a 2006 Nevada Silver & Blue article, Ed Cohen, then director of university publications and communication, painted a picture of what cane rush might have looked

like at UNR: “Spectators lined the sides of the field, eager for the contest to begin. And at the sound of a pistol firing, it did. The two lines of young men, none of whom was wearing any protective gear, rushed forward and came together in violent collisions.” Students who participated in a cane rush were likely to be left with broken noses or ribs. But, according to Cohen, members of the losing class suffered a far worse fate: They were forced to wear little blue beanies on their heads for the rest of the school year. Special Collections has two of the actual canes young men fought over during this brutal campus competition. The blue beanies, however, are not to be found.

Seeing ghosts UNR students have, in recent years, done plenty of joking and serious complaining about construction projects on campus. With two new buildings currently being designed, another two already under construction, and an additional half dozen completed in the last decade, they’re not making much ado about nothing. In truth, though, the construction is really just business as usual. In a February 2000 article, Reno GazetteJournal reporter Steve Smith suggested that

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Dr. Church and his wife were interred behind the cornerstone in the Church Fine Arts building upon its completion. Church had passed three years earlier in 1959. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL-SINGLEY

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if the university was “looking for an official motto, it might try ‘Pardon Our Progress.’” At the time, UNR only had $52 million in projects underway. Today, that figure is nearly double, and that’s not counting current renovation projects on existing buildings. As old buildings have been renovated and torn down, the face of campus has

changed—and bits of the history hidden in its architecture and design lost. It’s likely few students know that the Thompson building once housed a theater, or that dumbwaiters carried books to the different floors in the Clark Administration building when it served as the university library. Often, the only clues left behind are placards, like the one near Hilliard Plaza and Reynolds School of Journalism that marks the spot of the old football field.



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the Florence Baptistery in  Italy are hung at the entrance  to Special Collections in the  Mathewson IGT Knowledge  Center. According to a webpage in the university’s digital  archives, the doors were  given to UNR “by Grace Wilson  Vanderbilt, wife of General  Cornelius Vanderbilt, in 1948”  and once stood in the family’s  Fifth Avenue mansion in New  York City.”

On Feb. 24, 1963, an article was printed in the Nevada State  Journal with the headline  “Nuclear Reactor to be 

Installed on University of  Nevada Campus.” The article  explained that the reactor  would be used “for study  programs in nuclear engineering, technology, radiation chemistry and reactor  physics” but failed to mention  where on the campus it  would be placed. Photos from  Special Collections suggest  that it found a home at the  university’s campus in Stead.  The reactor was given to the  University of California, Santa  Barbara in the early ’70s, after UNR’s nuclear engineering  program had ceased to exist. 

Still, for those who know where to look, there are at least a few interesting reminders of the past. Some are more obvious, like a sign on the east side of the old Virginia Street Gym that notes the location of a Cold War era nuclear fallout shelter. Others are harder to spot. Take for example, Manzanita Hall, where the careful observer can spot a “porch

When the university was preparing to demolish the Noble H.  Getchell Library in 2013, they  discovered a time capsule from  1961 in its cornerstone and  displayed the items contained  therein—including a photo of  Noble Getchell and a University  of Nevada Catalog for 19611962—at the Knowledge Center.  Time capsules, funnily enough,  are often buried and forgotten.  Photos from 1987 show local  elementary school children  burying one somewhere near  Fleischmann Planetarium,  though the exact location  seems to be unknown.

ghost.” Historical photos of the dorm show a large covered porch that extended out from the building’s east side. According to the Reno Historical website, it was added around 1910 and removed during renovations in the ’50s. Today, a thin strip of wood that runs the length of the building, just above eye-level, is the only indication the porch was ever there.


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On Dec. 30, 1916, an article appeared in the Reno GazetteJournal noting that the  university’s oldest fraternity,  T.H.P.O., had been granted a  charter from Sigma Alpha  Epsilon. The story went on to  explain that the fraternity got  its start in a dormitory—called  the Rams Pasture—above the  old mechanical building, which  burned in 1895. For years, the  meaning of T.H.P.O. remained  a mystery. In a 2006 Nevada  Silver & Blue article, writer  Michael Fischer explained that  the residents of the Rams  Pasture, men who lived too far  to travel home after school,  “found themselves the target 

of hazing by the downtowners.  ‘In order to hold their own,’ a  student from the early 1900s  … recalled many years later,  ‘They got together and formed  a little association, and they  called it the hill protective  organization or T.H.P.O for  short.’” 

RN&R News Editor Dennis Myers recalled a story that appeared  in the Sagebrush, UNR’s school  newspaper, in September 1977:  “UNR physics department  chair Philip Altick opened  the door to a small room  in the physics building that  had formerly been used as a 

A gift that keeps giving No tour of UNR would be complete without a stop by the statue of John W. Mackay, which sits at the north end of the university quad. When tour guides lead prospective students around the UNR campus, they always stop here—not to talk about John Mackay, a man who made his fortune in the

darkroom and discovered it  had been converted into a fully  outfitted office, complete with  desk, bookshelves, refrigerator, filing cabinet, all of it—the  furniture, the posters on the  wall, the books in the bookcase,  the candy jar on the desk— stolen from the chemistry and  physics buildings over a period  of months. (An inventory in the  filing cabinet listed everything  in the office and where it all  was stolen from.)” Are you a university history buff? Is there a UNR story you think us remiss in not addressing? Write to us at renoletters@newsreview.com.

silver mines of the Comstock Lode, but about his son, Clarence Mackay. According to a webpage in UNR’s digital archives, Clarence gave the university approximately $2 million between 1907 and 1935. He paid for construction of the quad, the Mackay Athletic Field, the Mackay School of Mines and the Mackay Science Hall. For years, he

Careful observers can still see the ghost of a porch that once extended from the east side of Manzanita Hall. COURTESY/UNR SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

also paid the salaries of the school of mines’ faculty. And, of course, there’s the statue of his father. Clarence paid for that, too. The statue was made by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the man behind Mount Rushmore. A dedication ceremony for it and the school of mines was held on June 10, 1908. What many people—then and now—might not know is that the statue was more or less a re-gift from Clarence. According to a footnote in The History of Nevada: Volume I, published in 1915, “The

Hon. Sam P. Davis, then Controller of the State of Nevada, was largely instrumental in securing the Borglum statue of John W. Mackay. Mr. Davis conceived the idea of placing such a statue in the grounds of the State Capitol at Carson City, Nevada. He visited Clarence Mackay in New York City and secured the promise of the statue. Later, when Mr. Mackay became deeply interested in the University of Nevada, it was deemed more suitable to place this noble bronze figure in front of the Mackay School of Mines, where it now stands.” Ω

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Members of the Astronomical Society of Nevada host a monthly sky party at Sparks Marina.


With a solar eclipse and a meteor shower, August is good month to look up. Here’s how. • by Kris Vagner


ast Friday night at dusk, as a perfect summer balminess replaced the heat of the day, the Astronomical Society of Nevada set up a few telescopes at Sparks Marina for the public to look through. A man dressed for hiking, with a baby on his back, stepped up to a Dobsonian telescope with a 20-inch mirror. He looked into the eyepiece for a few seconds, through which he could see Jupiter, the brightest dot in the sky and the first to appear. Through the telescope, the swirls of the gas giant planet were plain as day. A man with a Chihuahua on a leash took a turn looking into the eyepiece and was mildly wowed. The men thanked the club members and went on their way. As the sky grew darker, club members and passersby looked through

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the telescopes—one of them trained on Saturn, making its rings clearly visible—and chatted about the night sky. It’s not just the balmy nights that make August a good time to look up in Northern Nevada. With a solar eclipse, a meteor shower, a somewhat unusual triangular formation of celestial bodies, and a slew of opportunities to view them all, it’s a busy month in the heavens. RN&R checked in with a couple of local experts for viewing tips.

Meteor outlook: mediocre As comets go, Comet Swift-Tuttle is a reliable one. It passes by the Earth every 133 years,

and its debris is visible every summer. A lot of that debris consists of particles about the size of grains of sand, and when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they momentarily become blazing space dust— shooting stars. The entire event, which is called the Perseid meteor shower, started July 17 this year and lasts through Aug. 24. It will peak in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 12.

“A lot of people look forward to it,” said Dennis Jamison, president of the astronomy group. But, in 2017, there’s good news and bad news for people who like to spot meteors. “You can see the meteors from almost anywhere,” said Jamison—anywhere away from city lights, Dennis Jamison, where your view of the president, Astronomical Society of sky isn’t blocked too much Nevada by trees, that is. “They’re visible across the entire sky,” he said. “They do

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The performers in the Great Circle are collectively known as the Fire Conclave. “The Fire Conclave is made up of groups that have submitted audition videos,” said organizer Brenda Ashworth.” Controlled Burn accomplished its original intention and has danced with the Fire Conclave since 2000. In 2008, the group filed for nonprofit status. To continue to exist, they’ve had to jump through their fair share of legal hoops in addition to the flaming ones. “All of us, as fire-performers, in order to do public events, we have to be registered with the state fire marshall’s office in Carson City,” said David Phebus, lead choreographer. State registration is one of the compromises made between Controlled Burn and a sometimes-wary Fire Marshal’s office, but it’s group’s willingness to play by the rules has created more opportunities for local performances such as the Nevada Day Parade and an annual Halloween charity event at the Governor’s Mansion. “We’re very safety conscious,” Phebus said. “We go through annual safety training where we teach about the types of fabrics and materials you can wear when you’re spinning fire. We actually do live put-outs—how to put out tools, how to do extinguishers.” Group members have participated in legislative efforts governing fire performance instruction for the next generation of dancers. Currently, people of all ages may fire-dance, and performers and safety crewmembers are required to pay dues. Controlled Burn, with its all-inclusive stance, encourages anyone with a burning passion to learn choreography and safety techniques to come by Moana Fields on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for group rehearsal and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. for open classes. Ω Compression! Art and Fire is from 3-10 p.m. July 29 at the Retrac Plaza, 301 N. Virginia St. Admission is free.






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Battle lines Christopher Nolan’s ambitious film about the 1940 evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk is one of the great visual cinematic spectacles of the 21st century, and for that, he should be applauded. Unfortunately, some of his scripting and editing decisions take away from the effectiveness of his movie. In a strange way, this is one of his least successful films. We are talking about the guy who made Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Inception, Insomnia and Memento. All of those films are better movies than Dunkirk. They are, in fact, great movies. Dunkirk is a good movie, and an occasionally astounding one if you manage to see it on an IMAX screen. Nolan shot on film, with all scenes intended for IMAX. Mixed with some incredible soundtrack work by Hans Zimmer, the movie begs to be seen in theaters. All that said, it still feels like a bit of an empty experience in some ways. I’m glad I saw it. I’m glad it exists, but it didn’t blow me away. Nolan, who also wrote the sparsely worded screenplay, sets the film into three parts. One part is the events on the beach, which take place over a week. The second part is the evacuation at sea, which unfolds in a day. The third is the battle in the air, which covers an hour’s worth of events. The film jumps from one timeline to the next, often abruptly, with the stories ultimately interconnecting. Any Nolan fan knows that he loves to make his movies complicated in relation to time—Memento being a prime example—and the director himself has called Dunkirk his most experimental yet. Nolan is out to prove that you can cut away from a harrowing ship-sinking sequence to an also harrowing battle sequence set in the air and maintain the tension. He simply doesn’t pull off the stunt every time. There are moments when he cuts away to another timeline that are nothing short of totally frustrating and unnecessary. It feels like a director being a little too cute.

I know, I know. Nolan is trying to show how hectic, crazy and unilaterally nuts the whole situation was, with each battle and predicament equaling the last as far as horror goes. That sort of thing goes without saying. Soldiers and civilians were put through all kinds of hell, with one terrible occurrence after another. But, what Nolan tries to do here is experiment at the expense of good, clean, straightforward filmmaking. As things stand, his movie puzzle games work better with fiction than they do with real-life events. Mark Rylance captaining a private boat on his way to rescue men from Dunkirk and Cillian Murphy as a shell-shocked ship-sinking survivor are the main performances in the “sea” portion of the movie, and they offer up the film’s best acting. Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles play soldiers on the beach, and let it be said that Styles is a natural on screen. Tom Hardy, his face once again covered by a mask for a Nolan film, plays one of the fighter pilots. Kenneth Branagh is on hand as Commander Bolton, overseeing the evacuation on land. Zimmer’s soundtrack, which uses a ticking stopwatch, manages to ratchet up the tension and deliver some glorious notes. In many ways, it’s the glue holding the whole enterprise together. Nolan decided to use real ships, planes and sets rather than relying on CGI. In many ways, this gives Dunkirk the sort of epic visual scope lacking in many high-definition, CGI-heavy efforts. This looks and feels like a real movie. By all means, go see Dunkirk while it’s in theaters. It’s certainly a good workout for the eyes and ears, and enough of the moments resonate to make the movie worthwhile. Just be prepared to be slightly let down if you think this is going to be Nolan’s best, or even one of the year’s best. It falls short by those standards. Ω





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This is a nice car chase movie antidote to The Fate of the Furious, a car chase movie that made me never want to see a car chase movie again, let alone Vin Diesel’s mushy mug. The soundtrack is one of the year’s best, and the guy in the title role is a major star in the making. Ansel Elgort plays Baby, who we see in the film’s opening sequence driving the getaway car for a robbery, a kinetic chase choreographed to the great Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms.” The scene snaps with a colorful energy that’s been missing from car chases of late. The best car chase movie of recent years, Drive, also featured a lonely driver and great vroom-vroom, but the soundtrack and look for that film were more meditative and hazy—not complaining; it worked beautifully. Baby Driver opts for a more clear-eyed, zippy approach, and it pays off. Edgar Wright writes and directs for this, a project he took up after his failed dalliance with Ant-Man. The chases go off with precision editing, filmed in a way that makes you feel like you are in the car. And the soundtrack, featuring music ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Hocus Pocus and Queen, perfectly complements them.

This is a romantic comedy like no other. Yes, two people fall in love in it, but that’s about all it has in common with the average romantic comedy. This film is an amazing beast off in its own rom-com category. Let’s just call it a rom-coma comedy. Real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily V. Gordon penned the script based on their own courtship. Nanjiani plays himself while the eternally awesome Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) steps into the role of Emily. After a brief relationship, Kumail and Emily break up. A rare illness places Emily in the hospital, which results in Kumail not only coming back into her life, but dealing with her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter), who feel slightly awkward around the guy who recently broke up with their daughter. Their story is incredible, and the way it is presented here, by a fine ensemble under the direction of the great Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris; Wet Hot American Summer) stands as one of the year’s best films. All the above mentioned actors are legitimate Oscar contenders, as is Showalter for his directorial efforts. I don’t think I’ve ever had to use my T-shirt sleeve to dab away tears from both laughing and crying while watching a movie in public. The Big Sick got me both ways, and it will get you, too.

The Cars franchise gets a nice little rebirth with Cars 3, a much, much better movie than Cars 2, and a slightly better movie than the first Cars. If you’re keeping score— and, really, you shouldn’t be, for there are far more pressing matters in your life—that still makes Cars 3 one of the more mediocre offerings from Pixar. Jettisoning the stupid spy movie bullshit—oops, I just cursed in a review for a G-rated movie … sorry, kids—that made the last installment convoluted and useless, the folks at Pixar choose to go an earthier, more emotional route with this one, and it works, for the most part. They also find a way to get the voice of the late Paul Newman into the mix, and hearing his beautiful growl again definitely warms the heart. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is getting on in years, and he’s facing fierce competition from newer model cars like Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), a strong, highly-trained vehicle that is beating McQueen on the racetrack. After a calamitous accident that renders his beautiful red sheen primer gray, McQueen is faced with either retirement or a new training regime comeback, Rocky III-style. The movie plays around with the notions of retirement and the rites of passage to the next generation, pretty heady stuff for a G-rated animated movie.


Killing Ground

Writer-director Damien Power manages to tell a nightmarish, horrific story in a way that eschews exploitation and gratuitous violence, while still being somewhat violent and

really, really scary. A young couple (Harriet Dyer and Ian Meadows) goes on a camping trip in a remote Australian location. They notice other campers nearby when setting up their tent, and Power shows us that family in a separate timeline, enjoying nature and taking strolls. Then, slowly, the true situation the young couple has gotten themselves into begins to unfold, and we are talking major levels of dread and terror. Power presents the ultimate in family horror here, but he does it in a way that generates genuine sympathy for all involved. The people going through terrible things in this movie are fleshed-out, complete characters, and the movie generates pain and anguish for their predicaments. The cast, which also includes Aaron Pedersen and Aaron Glenane as inhuman locals and toddler Liam Parkes in an incredibly moving performance— this kid will break your heart—are all firstrate. You will have a terrible time watching this movie, as well you should. It’s about terrible things, and Power, a new director with some major talent, knows how to show terrible events without being cheap. This movie is the real deal. (Available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com during a limited theatrical release.)


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The last two Spidey adventures were a bummer. Things get back on track in a fun way with Spider-Man: Homecoming, a complete overhaul of the Peter Parker character thanks to the effervescent casting of Tom Holland, a fine actor and an impressive athlete (he does most of his own acrobatic stunts). The film gets a great villain in Vulture, played with snarling glee by Michael Keaton. Director Jon Watts and an admittedly ridiculous number of writers give Vulture an interesting origin. He’s Adrian Toones, a construction salvage worker who had a city contract to clean up the mess in New York City after the events of The Avengers. Some government types take over and kick him off the gig, leaving him pissed and with a bunch of high-tech alien junk in his possession. Toones constructs some weapons, including an elaborate winged suit, with the alien technology and, voila, Vulture. Parker is a younger incarnation this time out, dealing with typical high school traumas that seem a little trivial after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where he sort of saved the day. He’s gone from stealing Captain America’s shield to worrying about girls, and he’s just a little bored. Enter Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) who has given Parker his Spidey suit with some conditions, like that he can only be a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man,” concentrating on local problems The film is basically one half kick-ass Marvel movie and one half enjoyable and frothy high school comedy.

The enthralling, modern Planet of the Apes trilogy comes to a close with its best chapter yet. Caesar (motion-capture Andy Serkis) is holding his own in the forest with his band of ape soldiers when a crazed colonel (Woody Harrelson) finds him and delivers a painful blow. Caesar finds himself on a revenge quest, with the likes of Rocket (Terry Notary), Maurice (Karin Konoval) and a new character named Bad Ape (a funny Steve Zahn) in tow. It all leads to a man vs. ape showdown for the ages, and the special effects that were great in the first movie are 10 times better in the third. For fans of the original Apes films, this movie is a virtual love letter to the series. It even has a mute girl named Nova (Amiah Miller), the same name as the girl who saw the Statue of Liberty with Charlton Heston in the original. Matt Reeves, directing his second Ape film, has managed to imbue his special effectsladen adventure with genuine emotion. This is a big budget blockbuster with heart and soul. While this concludes a trilogy, it’s a safe bet it won’t be the last for the Apes. If you recall, astronauts went missing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Events in this film seem to be leading up to the events of the original movie. We might be getting a new dude in a loin cloth barking at Lady Liberty in our cinematic future.







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After a few years operating as a popular food cart, Smee’s Alaskan Fish Bar & Marketplace settled down and set-up shop inside the Meadowood Mall food court. Some friends and I couldn’t wait to check it out. We started with a 12-ounce cup of clam chowder ($5). It had good consistency and decent flavors of clam and bacon. It lacked a bit in seasoning, but this was easily corrected with salt and pepper. A fish taco ($4.99) filled with chunks of battered cod, fresh cilantro and fresh mango salsa was better. Next, we dug into a big basket of fish and chips ($12)—four large pieces of fish set atop a ton of fries—with lemon, tartar sauce and coleslaw on the side. The fries were thin, crispy and pretty basic. But the battered wild Alaskan cod might be the best I’ve ever had. The batter held its crunch quite well, and the fish was moist and satisfyingly flaky when pulled apart. The housemade tartar was excellent, but the fresh slaw suffered from the same lack of seasoning as the chowder. A wild Alaskan sockeye salmon filet ($15) was grilled with fresh basil, cilantro, ginger, garlic and lime juice and served over a bed of steamed rice. The fish and rice were ringed by a salad of baby spinach, butter lettuce, purple onion, grape tomato and mandarin orange, with a sprig of grapes and lemon wedges on the side. The herb blend was a delicious accent for a great piece of fish, and the salad provided a refreshing touch. A very similar dish of shrimp scampi over rice ($13) was served with the same salad of fruit and greens, a drizzle of zesty sesame ginger vinaigrette and a couple of baguette rounds on the side ($13). The shrimp was flavorful and not too heavy on the butter.


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There’s something about rarity and elusiveness that makes collectors and hobbyists drool. Whether your passion is comic books, LP records or craft beer, the human spirit yearns for and celebrates that which few others have. So when someone posted online that a couple of bars in Reno would be locations for a limited beer release, I was interested—to say the least. This wasn’t just any release, mind you. This was a beer brewed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a record release— the 1992 debut album by my favorite band, Sublime. To recognize the anniversary of 40oz. to Freedom, San Diego brewery Alesmith partnered with the surviving band members to brew and release Sublime Mexican Lager. Mexican lager—a currently popular style that amounts to decent craft versions of Dos Equis—is fine, just nothing to get excited about. The thing is, we can’t normally get Alesmith in Reno, and they make great beer we would be lucky to have access to. So a special release from a respected, unavailable brewery commemorating one of the seminal albums of my musical life was pretty compelling. Unfortunately, luck being what it is, we already had great seats for an Aces game for my son’s birthday the same night as the release parties,—which was to be held simultaneously at breweries and bars in San Diego, Long Beach and Reno. The following night, I decided to stop by Reno Public House, one of the “offsite release party” locations, hoping that the keg would still be flowing and I could enjoy some Mexican lager leftovers. I strode in, optimistic that the audience for this beer was small enough that it wouldn’t have run dry overnight. A relatively empty bar gave me further hope, but I scanned the chalkboard listings

of more than a dozen beers and didn’t see what I came for. The bartender finished up with other customers and when I asked, gave me the bad news: “That was a rumor … we were supposed to get it … didn’t come in.” Alas, not the first time I’d been disappointed by the whims of alcohol distribution, and it won’t be the last. I often remind myself, “It’s just beer.” I tried to shrug off my disappointment. I was still awash in elite beer, after all. A good variety of quality European imports, locals and other tempting craft beers is nothing to be sad about, so I settled on a Lairy, a novel, hoppy brown ale by The Brewing Lair. Besides the ample draft list, a comparable variety of bottles, cans and wines is available. The back bar was stocked full of quality spirits for any number of cocktails, like the Moscow Mules ordered by the young ladies next to me. It’s a sad commentary on our time that the bartender held collateral for the traditional copper mugs. The crowd made up for its small numbers through enthusiastic banter with each other and the bartender. My past visits to Public House were focused on other things—a meeting or celebration with friends—so when I actually took the time to take in the surroundings, I was charmed. My wife described it as “kind of dark like a bar, but also clean and crisp,” and I think it’s exactly how you might picture a modern midtown bar for cool, youngish people—concrete and steel, white subway tile, Edison bulbs and an antique cash register. I certainly enjoyed my beer at least as much as I would have the Sublime beer, even though it lacked that rarity and “specialness” I wanted. Ω

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Super powwow A Tribe Called Red Tim Hill is a Mohawk tribe member from the Six Nations reservation outside of Toronto. On one hand, when he joined A Tribe Called Red, he didn’t expect that the DJ trio would end up playing such a major role in conversations about race, unity, indigenous visibility and cultural appropriation. On the other hand, he said last week in a phone interview from the reservation, “Honestly, when you are in any role, actually, just being born around here, you’re born political.” “The whole system is never made for us,” he added. “It’s made of tools of other people, higher up. … We never have expectations that politicians are going to be super responsive to what we have to say.” He added that it was only 40 or 50 years ago that indigenous Canadians were punished for speaking their own languages. As a person who can speak Cayuga, and as a person who finds himself onstage behind a turntable a lot—whether it’s at a community hall in Ohsweken, Ontario, or The Independent in San Francisco, where the group’s 13-stop tour kicks off this week—Hill feels like it’s his responsibility to hold Justin Trudeau accountable to meeting the commitments he made to indigenous Canadians as part of his election campaign. More generally, he sees his band as having the responsibility of speaking up against the lingering effects of colonialism and in favor of unity. “When it comes down to it, as far as indigenous people go, we all were colonized the same whether it’s in the states, in Australia, in Norway with the Sami people [a.k.a. Laplanders],” Hill said. “We

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A Tribe Called Red—Tim “2oolman” Hill, Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau and Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas— mix powwow music with EDM and hip-hop.

all want the same thing, which is basically human rights.” Hill, who joined the group in 2014, said that it formed in 2007, after an “electric powwow” trend started in Ottawa. At first, there were dance parties for students at native centers, where DJs played EDM. “A couple shows in, they mixed a powwow song with a dubstep song,” he said. Soon, Ottawa had a small but enthusiastic “powwow-dub” scene, which A Tribe Called Red sprang out of. Hill’s band mates are the two original members, Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas, who is also a filmmaker, and Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau, who was previously in a punk band. The band has toured internationally and collected a handful of Juno Awards (basically the Canadian Grammys) and Canadian Independent Music Awards. So, are powwow and dubstep good bedfellows? Hill said this: “What we’re doing is just mixing dance music with dance music. Dance is a huge part of culture in general. When it comes to the music side of things, there’s a natural fit.” It really does come off as an easy combination, similar to how the Pogues proved that ’80s punk and Celtic trad are practically twins, and it’s nearly impossible not to dance to. For their eighth and newest album, We are the Halluci Nation, the band layered in some hip-hop and brought in collaborators including Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Iraqi-Canadian journalist and hip-hop MC Yanci, and poet John Trudeau, whose words they used posthumously. Hill said people are listening—not just to the music but to the message. “We all want to be better human beings now,” he said. “I like how many people want to be involved in this conversation we’re having.” Ω





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THURSDAY 7/27 3rd Street Bar

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

alturaS on the down low 1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050

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Dainesly, 9:30pm, no cover

10042 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-3110

the BlueBIrd nIghtCluB 555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549

The Beat with Jack Spaidz and David Draven, 10pm, no cover

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3rd Street Bar, 125 W. Third St., (775) 323-5005: Open Mic Comedy Competition with host Pat Shillito, Wed, 9pm, no cover Laugh Factory at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Rocky Laporte, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Richie Minervini, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 The Improv at Harveys, 18 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611: Will Durst, Larry “Bubbles� Brown, Thu-Fri, Sun, 9pm, $25; Sat, 8:30pm, 10:30pm, $30; Francisco Ramos, Dana Eagle, Wed, 9pm, $25 Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Elayne Boosler, Thu, 8pm, $20-$25; Fri, 9:30pm, $25-$30; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $25-$30

Lex White “the Bluegrass Man�, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

Cottonwood reStaurant

Todd Morgan, 6pm, no cover

The Nut Boyz, 6pm, no cover

daVIdSon’S dIStIllery

Hellbound Glory, 8:30pm, no cover

Live music, 9:30pm, no cover

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

elBow rooM Bar

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

FIne VIneS

6300 Mae Anne Ave., (775) 787-6300

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Ardi Blatza, 6pm, no cover

hellFIre Saloon

Line dancing with DJ Trey, 7pm, no cover

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-7711 3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

Sunday Takeover, 8pm, no cover

Tantric, Krosphyer, 9pm, $12-$15

Sunday Sunset BBQ with Leroy & Rico, 5pm, no cover

Groovement, 9pm, M, $8-$10 Folk & blues session, 8pm, W, no cover

Blackberry Smoke, Kenneth Brian Band, 8pm, $23-$27

Turnpike Troubadours, Charley Crocket, 7pm, M, $15-$20

Dainsley, 9:30pm, no cover

Bloom After Dark featuring Phutureprimitive, 9pm, $20-$25

Ceol IrISh puB

10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-5711

Dance party, 10pm, $5

TINCUP, GawtBass, 10pm, $5-$10

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


DG Kicks Big Band Jazz Orchestra, 8pm, Tu, no cover

Traditional Irish Session, 7pm, Tu, no cover

D.W. the Wild Beat, 9pm, no cover

Live music, 9:30pm, no cover

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Donnie LaQue, 7pm, no cover

Apothic Unplugged, 7pm, no cover

Tyler Stafford, 7:30pm, no cover

Bourgeois Gypsies, 7:30pm, no cover

the holland proJeCt 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652

Adrian’s Open Mic Jam Slam, 8pm, Tu, no cover Open Mic with Lenny El Bajo, 7pm, Tu, no cover

Our Last of Days, Sadist, Deadcrown, For the Likes of You, 7:30pm, $5

140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

JuB JuB’S thIrSt parlor

Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 9pm, Tu, no cover

Narrow/Arrow, Raksha Paksha, Common Mishap, 9pm, $4

SOB x RBE, Yung Pinch, OMB Peez, Lil Sheik, 7:30pm, $20

Jarren Benton, Caleb Brown, Bingx, 7:30pm, $15

ISW, Dissidence, Corner Store, Grimedog, Say Jen, 10pm, $5

Kap G, J.R. Donato, 7:30pm, M, $15 He Is Legend, 7:30pm, Tu, $15

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Outspoken: Monday Open Mic, 7pm, no cover

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

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Art Jones, 9pm, no cover

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Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $20-$45

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $20-$45

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $20-$45

Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, $20-$45

Magic Fusion, 7:30pm, M, Tu, W, $20-$45

THE LOving Cup

Jazz Night, 8:30pm, no cover Musicole, 8pm, no cover

Baker Street, 8pm, no cover

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425 188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

MidTOwn winE Bar

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

Thirsty Thursdays with DJ Trivia, 6:30pm, no cover

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Los Anders, Banda Salvaje, 11pm, $20

2100 Victorian Ave, Sparks, (775) 772-66374


Travis Hayes, 8pm, no cover

George Souza Trio, 8:30pm, no cover

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Acoustic Wonderland, 8pm, no cover

Karaoke, 10pm, no cover

10007 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 587-8688 906 Victorian Ave, Sparks, (775) 359-1594

T-N-Keys, 4:30pm, Tu, no cover Dave Messing, 7pm, W, no cover


George Souza Trio, 8:30pm, no cover You Play Wednesdays, 8pm, W, no cover


Jazz, Rock and Blues Jam Session, 7pm, M, Bobby Dee, 8pm, Tu, no cover

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

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Mo’z Motley Blues, 8pm, no cover

76 C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7474


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

Pink Awful, Stabby Unicorn, Roxxie Collie, 9pm, no cover

SHEa’S TavErn

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

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Mo’z Motley Blues, 8pm, no cover

Deep Groove, 5:30pm, no cover

Open mic, 7pm, W, no cover

Travis Hayes, Dearheart, 8pm, $6-$8

Live blues, 8pm, W, no cover

The Shames, People with Bodies, Future Criminals of America, 9pm, $8

Rum Rebellion, Opposition Rising, Me Time, 9pm, M, $TBA

1237 Baring Blvd., Sparks, (775) 409-3340

Blues Etc. Jam with Tony G & Friends, 8:30pm, no cover

9BelowZero, 9pm, no cover

Wunderlust Party, 9pm, no cover

The Soul Persuaders, 8pm, W, no cover

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The Altons, 8pm, no cover

Funky Soul Night w/DJ Alastair, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

Music Industry Night, 9pm, W, no cover

STudiO On 4TH

Darabello, 9pm, $5

House of Mary, Goldiehawn, Cities You Wish You Were From, 9pm, $5

Stereo Ecstasy, 9pm, $5

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

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17 S. Virginia St., (775) 284-7455


Everyday Outlaw, 9pm, no cover

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425 Tyler Stafford, 6:30pm, no cover

Tristan Selzler Duo, 6:30pm, no cover

Eric Stangeland, 6:30pm, no cover

July 29, 9 p.m.  Cargo  255 N. Virginia St.  398-5050

Milton Merlos, 2pm, no cover Joel Ackerson, 6:30pm, no cover

Eric Andersen & Kate Cotter, 6:30pm, M, no cover

July 31, 9 p.m.  Alturas on the   Down Low  1044 E. Fourth St.  324-5050

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

Boomtown CAsino

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





MON-WED 7/31-8/2

2) All In, 8pm, no cover

2) All In, 4pm, no cover Joey Carmon Band, 10pm, no cover

2) All In, 4pm, no cover Joey Carmon Band, 10pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band, 8pm, no cover

2) In-A-Fect, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover

2) The Look, 9pm, no cover Thom Yeoman, 5pm, no cover

1) Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, 6pm, $30-$60 2) Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover

2) Crush, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Scott Parsons, 6pm, Tu, no cover Thom Yeoman, 6pm, W, no cover

2) RYE Brothers, 8pm, no cover 3) Marshall Tucker Band, 8pm, $39-$49

2) RYE Brothers, 8pm, no cover

2) Jonathon “JB” Barton, 6pm, no cover

2) Jonathon “JB” Barton, 6pm, M, no cover Bill Wharton, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Deestrukt & StaxofWax, 10pm, no cover

2) Purple Haze, 10pm, no cover

1) Cirque Le Noir, 7pm, $19.95-$29.95 2) The Hellenbacks, 10:30pm, no cover

1) Cirque Le Noir, 8pm, $19.95-39.95 2) The Hellenbacks, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

1) Cirque Le Noir, 5:30pm, 8pm, $19.95-$39.95 2) The Hellenbacks, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

1) Cirque Le Noir, 2pm, 5:30pm, $19.95-$29.95 2) The Hellenbacks, 10:30pm, no cover

1) Cirque Le Noir, 7pm, W, $19.95-$29.95 2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover

2) Pre-Game Thursdays with XM Fredie, 10pm, $15

1) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, 8pm, $38-$68 2) Panic City, 10pm, $15 3) Grand Country Nights with DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover

1) Boz Scaggs, 8pm, $27-$202 2) Wale, 10pm, $23.44

1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48

2) DJ Enfo, DJ Josbeatz, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

2) DJ SNI, DJ Josbeatz, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cove

1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48 2) DJ/dancing, 10pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cove

1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, M, W, $38.48 3) Buddy Emmer and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover

1) Solid Gold Soul, 7:30pm, $27.06-$37.15 iCandy The Show, 10pm, $30-$55 2) Naked City, 8:30pm, no cover

1) Solid Gold Soul, 7:30pm, $27.06-$37.15 iCandy The Show, 10pm, $30-$55 4) Department of Rock, 7pm, no cover

1) Jack Johnson, 7pm, $64.22 2) Mescalito, 10pm, no cover

1) Jack Johnson, 7pm, $64.22 2) Mescalito, 10pm, no cover

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Karaoke O’Cleary’s Irish Pub, 1330 Scheels Drive, Ste. 250, Sparks, (775) 359-1209: Karaoke, Thu, 6pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 7pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

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

CRystAl BAy CAsino

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

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

GRAnd sieRRA ResoRt

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

HARRAH’s lAke tAHoe

15 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 427-7274 1) South Shore Room 2) Peek Nightclub 3) Center Stage Lounge


1) Solid Gold Soul, 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

HARVeys lAke tAHoe

18 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611

2) Bobby G, 10pm, no cover

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1) Melissa Etheridge, 8pm, $40-$80

1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 356-3300

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

2) Kingsborough, 7pm, no cover 3) Edge Thursdays Ladies Night with DJs Enfo & Twyman, 10pm, $20

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

2) Kingsborough, 8pm, no cover 3) DJ Chris Villa, 10pm, $20

2) Baldo Bobadilla, 6pm, no cover

4) DJ Punktematrix, 9pm, no cover

1) Kenny Rogers, 8pm, $69.50-$99.50 2) Superlicious, 9pm, no cover 4) Just Us, 9pm, no cover

1) Bush, She Wants Revenge, Leopold and His Fiction, 8pm, $54.50-$ 64.50 2) Superlicious, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5

4) DJ Kronik, 9pm, no cover

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

2) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover





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2) Charlie Parr, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover




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The fun doesn’T sTop when The sun goes down AfTer rollin’ on The river, The pArTy is sTill rollin’ The RN&R is pleased to partner with Shea’s Tavern, midtown Reno’s down-and-dirty party central, to present more of the best local music. This unique concert series presents the best Reno music in genres that might be too loud, too wild, too weird for the delicate ears of passersby at Rollin’ on the River. The line up includes some of the best Reno punk, hardcore, metal, noise rock, synth pop, Americana, and rock ’n’ roll. Tune in, turn on, get weird.

EvEry Friday in July starting at 9 p.m. at shEa’s tavErn, 715 s. virginia st., 786-4774. $8. 21+

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Please do not bring glass, alcohol, tobacco, animals, high-back chairs or coolers to the shows.

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Educating Children For Life E.L. Cord Child Care Center

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FOR THE WEEK OF july 27, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. DISCOVER ARTS FOR ALL NEVADA: Children  ages 6-12 can enjoy 40 minutes of  creative movement, visual art and  acting during this free event sponsored  by Artown. An adult must accompany  children. Please arrive at 1:50pm.  Enter the Lake Mansion off Flint  Street for check in. There will be three  separate groups of 20 children each  rotating through the three artistic  disciplines.  Thu, 7/27, 2pm. Free. Lake  Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100,  www.artsforallnevada.org.

FEED THE CAMEL: The fourth annual food  truck gathering features some of  the best food trucks in the Truckee  Meadows.  Wed, 8/2, 5pm. Free. McKinley  Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside  Drive, www.facebook.com/Feed-TheCamel-256832417824677.

HIGH & DRY: This collaborative, multi-

Arch Rivals Superhero Run 5K


If you missed out on the Super Hero Crawl a few weeks ago,  you’ll get the chance to don a mask and cape this weekend  for this 5K fun run open to all ages. Participants dressed as superheroes,  villains or some other fantastic creation will travel a 3.1-mile route along the  Truckee River with some fun surprises along the way. Strollers, walkers and  dogs are allowed. All who register will receive a custom cape. There will be a  variety of trophies for the fastest finishers, as well as costume contests and  a photo booth. All finishers will receive an Arch Rivals water blaster. The race  begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave.  Registration fees are $25-$30. Visit crawlreno.com/event/archrivals.


BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP, PGA TOUR GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Barracuda  Championship is one of only 47 stops on  the PGA Tour and the only one offering  the Modified Stableford playing format.  Fans can watch some of the world’s  best golfers as they compete for a  $3.3 million purse and 300 FedExCup  points.  Mon, 7/31-Tue 8/1, 8:30am; Wed, 8/2, 6:30am. $27.25-$92.65. Montreux Golf &  Country Club, 16475 Bordeaux Drive, (775)  322-3900, barracudachampionship.com.

39 NORTH MARKETPLACE: This familyfriendly community street fair  features local artisans, craftspeople,  specialty foods, beverages provided by  surrounding local businesses, produce  from local farmers, a variety of vendors,  live music, healthy eating and cooking  demonstrations and lectures, plus  the interactive Kids Connect Zone.  The market is open Thursday evenings  through Aug. 17, except for Aug. 10 due to  Hot August Nights.  Thu, 7/27, 4pm. Free.  Victorian Square, Victorian Avenue  and 10th Street, Sparks, (775) 690-2581,  www.39northdowntown.com.

CHILDREN’S BASQUE SING-ALONG: NOKA will  sing traditional Basque songs, as well as  those with original Basque-English lyrics,  teaching children and their parents  simple Basque terminology and concepts  through song.  Thu, 7/27, 11am. Free.  Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814  Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144.

3RD ANNUAL WEST END SHOW & SHINE: The  family-friendly event features vintage  cars, live music, a dunk tank, food  vendors, a bounce house, raffles, face  painting, pony rides and more.  Sat, 7/29, 11am. Free. Parking lot facing 1155 W.  Fourth St., (775) 745-2918.

COMPRESSION! ART & FIRE: The 10th annual 

ART & NATURE AT THE ARBORETUM: Visual  artists, weavers, poets, musicians and  dancers create and demonstrate while  visitors meander along the garden  paths.  Sun, 7/30, 11am. Free. Wilbur D.  May Arboretum and Botanical Garden,  1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 636-0748.

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celebration of the fire arts features  art cars,  mutant vehicles, a fire art  garden, poi spinning demonstrations, live  music and entertainment, vendors and  an evening performance by Controlled  Burn.  Sat, 7/29, 3-10pm. Free. Downtown  Reno ReTrac Plaza, 301 N. Virginia St.,  controlledburnreno.dreamhosters.com.

faceted event is designed to explore and  celebrate high desert life—the culture,  the history, the mysticism and our  relationship to land, water and the harsh  environment. The event will begin at 6pm  with a group bike ride led by the Reno  Bike Project to four different stops— Holland Project, Downtown Reno Library,  Lake Mansion and the Nevada Museum  of Art—to explore performance,  interactive or visual installations— all with a desert theme.  Sat, 7/29, 6pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta  St., (775) 742-1858, www.hollandreno.org.

HRPS—RENO FOR KIDS: Visit some of  downtown Reno’s historic landmarks  with your child/grandchild (ages 9-12).  Together gain an appreciation for Reno’s  history and make your own memories  by sharing this walk. Each child must be  accompanied by an adult. Meet at the  National Automobile Museum parking  area on South Lake Street. Call or visit  website to make reservations.  Sat, 7/29, 9-11am. $10, free for children and Historic  Reno Preservation Society members.  National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake  St., (775) 747-4478, www.historicreno.org.

LAKE TAHOE STATE OF THE LAKE: Geoff  Schladow, director of the Tahoe  Environmental Research Center, will  give a presentation about the most  important factors that affected the  health of Lake Tahoe last year. Learn  about the most pressing issues for  this year and the new programs that  are designed to address them.  Thu 7/27, 5:30pm. Free. Tahoe Center for  Environmental Sciences, 291 Country  Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560,  tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events.

LARGEST POLITICAL COLLECTIBLES SHOW & SALE IN THE WEST: The seventh annual  event features vintage and new political  buttons, campaign posters, photos,  ribbons, advertising pinbacks and other  items related to politics, Americana and  pop culture. Buy, sell and trade campaign  memorabilia and get free appraisals  of your collectibles.  Fri, 7/28-Sat, 7/29, 10am-3pm. $8-$12, free for students and  children. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800  S. Virginia St., www.apic.us.

MESSIER OBJECTS—GLOBULAR CLUSTERS, OPEN CLUSTERS, GALAXIES AND NEBULAS:  Local astronomer Mike Hopper will  give a talk on the messier parts of our  galaxy—the nebulas, galaxies, globular  clusters and more. His talk will be  followed by star gazing. You can bring  your own telescope or borrow one at the  event.  Sat, 7/29, 8:30pm. Free. Galena  Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose  Highway, (775) 849-4948.

MIDTOWN ART WALK: The ninth annual  event showcases the culture of Reno’s  midtown district. By pairing artists  with local merchants, this event stirs  up the senses with a variety of art,  food and live performances.  Thu, 7/27, 4-9pm. Free. Midtown Reno,  renomidtownartwalk.com.

READINGS FROM THE RESISTANCE: An evening  of literary uprising, resistance and  inspiration led by Reno progressives Bob  Fulkerson, Monique Normand, Escenthio  Marigny, Jr., Autumn Harry, Sheila Leslie  and others. Arrive early for a special  performance by the Silver State Young  Chautauqua starting at 6pm.  Thu, 7/27, 7pm. Free. West Street Market, 148 West  St., www.sierralit.org.

RENO ACES: The minor league baseball team  plays the Memphis Redbirds.  Sat, 7/29, 7:05pm; Sun, 7/30, 1:05pm; Mon, 7/3-Tue 8/1, 7:05pm. $14-$35. Greater Nevada Field,  250 Evans Ave, (775) 334-7000, www. renoaces.com.

RENO STREET FOOD: The street food event  features over 30 gourmet food, craft  dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink  vendors. Local musicians provide free  live entertainment each week. The  food truck gathering will be held every  Friday night through Sept. 29.  Fri ,7/28, 5pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 1900 Idlewild  Drive, (775) 825-2665.

SATURDAY NIGHT STAR PARTY: The Jack  C. Davis Observatory hosts free star  parties every Saturday night year  round, starting at sunset. The evening  starts with a lecture on one of numerous  topics and then concludes with guided  star viewing by one of the observatory’s  astronomers.  Sat, 7/29, 6pm. Free. Jack  C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten  Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.

TICK BORNE DISEASE OF THE EASTERN SIERRAS: Mike Teglas of the University of  Nevada, Reno Department of Agriculture,  Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences will talk  about Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, Lyme  disease and other illnesses transferred  from ticks and how to protect your family  and pets.  Sat, 7/29, 2pm. Free. Galena  Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose  Highway, (775) 849-4948.

WA SHE SHU IT’ DEH FESTIVAL: The Washoe  Tribe of Nevada presents this Native  American culture and heritage  celebration featuring representatives  from tribes across the United States,  Canada, Mexico and South America. The  festival features dancing, master basket  weaving displays, food, crafts and music.  Sat, 7/29-Sun, 7/30, 10am-5pm.  Free.  Grand Hall and Grand Lawn at Valhalla  Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe,  (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

WOLFSTOCK 2017: This all-ages event  features music, food, raffles, prizes  and information about wolves. All of  the proceeds will go to the U.S. Wolf  Refuge.  Sat 7/29, 1-8pm. Free. The  Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St.,  (775) 772-7407, www.uswolfrefuge.org.

ART ARTIST CO-OP OF RENO: Rockin’ Out Art  Show. The art show benefits Nevada  Rock Art Foundation. Twenty percent  of the proceeds will be donated to the  foundation.  Thu, 7/27-Mon, 7/31, 11am4:30pm. Free. Artist Co-op of Reno, 627  Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

BUENOS GRILL: The Western Landscape.  Buenos Grill and Home Planet Images  hosts the closing reception for The  Western Landscape featuring the photographic works of Martin Gollery and  Janis Knight.  Sun, 7/30, 4pm. Free. Buenos  Grill, 3892 Mayberry Drive, Ste. A, (775)  787-8226, www.renoisartown.com.

FRIENDS OF NEVADA WILDERNESS HEADQUARTERS: Wild Nevada Art Exhibit.  The Wild Nevada art exhibit showcases  over 40 art pieces from local artists  all depicting the beauty of wild Nevada.  Artwork will be available for purchase  with a portion of the proceeds donated  to Friends of Nevada Wilderness.  Thu, 7/27-Fri, 7/28; Mon, 7/31, 10am-4pm. Free.  Friends of Nevada Wilderness  Headquarters, 1360 Greg St., Suite 111,  Sparks, (775) 324-7667.

HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY: Proem  Closing Reception. David Tilley’s exhibit  Proem includes old childhood snapshots  that he has modified with carved away  text. He uses the snapshots, originally  taken by his mother, as a way of revisiting the fundamental and mundane  moments that have been long lost by  memory and sets out to locate his  own sense of self within them.  Tue, 8/1, 6pm. Free. Holland Project Micro Gallery  at Bibo Coffee Co., 945 Record St., (775)  742-1858, www.hollandreno.org.

MCKINLEY ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER: The  Artists of Reno Open Studios. The Artown  event and art sale includes artist  demonstrations and food trucks.  Sat, 7/29, 9am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts and  Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775)  530-9691, www.renoisartown.com.

RENO TOWN MALL: Meet The Nevada  Makers. Meet and watch artists and  crafters create their work.  Sat, 7/29, 11am-4pm. Free. Reno Town Mall, 4100 S.  Virginia St., (775) 846-1788.

SOUTH VALLEYS LIBRARY: Summer Bounty.  Sierra Watercolor Society presents a new  exhibit of original watercolor paintings by  local artists.  Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29; Mon, 7/31, 10am. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650  Wedge Parkway, (775) 849-0843, www. sierrawatercolorsociety.com.

MUSEUMS NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Be the  Astronaut. The exhibition immerses visitors in the science and engineering of  spaceflight via state-of-the-art video  game technology, simulators and actual  NASA reconnaissance data. Museum  hours are Monday through Saturday,  9:30am to 5:30pm, and Sundays 10am to  4pm. The exhibition runs through Aug.  31.  Thu, 7/27- Wed, 8/2, 9:30am. $6-$12.  National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake  St., www.nevadachallenger.org.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART:  Andrea Zittel:  Wallsprawl. The artwork is on view  through Dec. 31; Jessica Rath: Projects.  The exhibition runs through Aug. 27;  City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning  Man. The show runs through Jan. 7; View  From the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor  Preger. The artwork is on view through  Jan. 7. Museum hours are 10am-6pm,  Wednesday and Friday through Sunday,  and 10am-8pm on Thursday.  Thu, 7/27Sun, 7/30; Wed, 8/2, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada  Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775)  329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): A T. rex Named  Sue. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast  of the T. rex named Sue is the centerpiece of this exhibition that also features  hands-on and digital interactive exhibits.  The exhibit will be on view through Jan.  15.  Thu, 7/27-Wed, 8/2. $10-$12. Terry Lee  Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S.  Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.

FILM SHIFTING HABITATS: Jessica Rath considers how the aesthetics of agricultural  production and human containment of the landscape affect non-human  species. Join Jessica as she premieres her experimental film, Last of the  Herd, and discusses artistic process using the objects, photographs and  sketches on exhibit in the Center for Art + Environment.  Thu, 7/27, 6pm. $8-$12.  Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

MUSIC BILLY SLAIS AND THE KILLER BEES: The group  will perform the finale for this year’s  Village Green concert series.  Sun, 7/30, 6pm. Free. Village Green, 4549 Village  Green Parkway, (775) 250-5432.

CLASSICAL TAHOE: The sixth annual concert  series brings world-class music and  talent together for three weeks of  concerts featuring the music of Dvorák,  Brahms, Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland,  Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and more.  Concerts take place at the Festival  Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in  Incline Village through Aug. 12.  Fri,

7/28-Sat, 7/29, 7pm; Sun, 7/30, 11am; Tue,

8/1, 7pm. $25-$100, student discounts  available. Sierra Nevada College, 999  Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, (775) 298-0245,  classicaltahoe.org.

JUST ONE NIGHT: Sierra Music Society  continues its Artists In Concert  programs with “Just One Night,”  featuring soprano Jamie Wenner and  tenor Neal Long, accompanied by Andrea  Lenz.  Tue, 8/1, 7pm. $15. St. John’s  Presbyterian Church, 1070 W. Plumb  Lane, (775) 233-5105, poperanv.org.

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MIDTOWN CONCERT SERIES—GIPSY MOON: The  folk group performs original material 

mixed with old-world traditions.  Sun, 7/30, 7:30pm. Free. Microsoft Stage at 

Brasserie Saint James, 901 S. Center St.,  (775) 348-8888, www.renoisartown.com.

ONE HIT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: NoteAble Music Therapy Services will host  its annual Artown event featuring  performances by The Note-Ables and  more than 60 participants from NoteAble Music Therapy Services’ music and  dance programs.  Thu, 7/27, 6pm. Free.  McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925  Riverside Drive, (775) 324-5521.

RENO JAZZ ORCHESTRA—ROOTS IN THE BLUES:  The 18-piece jazz band and guest artists   Trey Stone and Pat Esters perform a  musical history of the blues.  Sat, 7/29, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 300 W. First  St., (775) 372-6160,.

ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: The RN&R’s 21st  annual summer concert series concludes  with headliner Dainsley and opening act  Jake Houston & The Royal Flush.  Fri, 7/28, 5:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park  Amphitheater, 300 W. First St., (775) 3244440, www.renorollingontheriver.com.

SOUTHERN DRAWL BAND: The country-rock  band performs as part of the Levitt AMP  series.  Sat, 7/29, 7pm. Free. Brewery  Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City,  breweryarts.org.

THE STEELDRIVERS: The Grammywinning country and bluegrass group  performs.  Thu, 7/27, 7:30pm. $25-$35.  Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley  Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch  Road, (775) 322-1538.

STILL ROLLIN’: The Shames, People With  Bodies, Future Criminals of America and  The Lost Ones conclude the Friday night  concert series presented by RN&R and  Shea’s Tavern.  Fri, 7/28, 9pm. $8. Shea’s  Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774,  www.renorollingontheriver.com.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Brickhouse Fire  will perform after the Reno Aces game at  the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage.  Sat, 7/29, 10:30pm. Free. Greater Nevada Field,  250 Evans Ave., greaternevadafield.com.

SWEET VIBRATIONS—BELLA VOCE: Bella  Voce Women’s Ensemble presents an  evening of jazz vocal standards.  Thu, 7/27, 7-8pm. $5 donation. First United  Methodist Church, 209 W. First St., (775)  322-4564, www.renoisartown.com.

TWILIGHT JAZZ AT SUNDANCE: An evening  of live jazz music with Judith Ames and  Rocky Tatarelli on the front lawn of  Sundance Books and Music.  Thu, 7/27, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music,  121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

ONSTAGE LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The  festival returns with Love’s Labour’s  Lost and The Hound of the Baskervilles  performed on alternating nights,  Tuesday-Sunday through Aug. 27. Shows  start at 7:30pm.  Thu, 7/27-Wed, 8/2, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Warren Edward Trepp  Stage at Sand Harbor State Park, 2005  Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697,  laketahoeshakespeare.com.

Reno Garlic and Music Fest


 The inaugural  event celebrates the pungent  bulb, as well as local food and  local growers. Visitors can  buy organically grown garlic,  learn how to grow garlic and  eat garlicky foods, including  garlic ice cream. The event also  features live music, art and  activities for kids. The festival  takes place from 4 p.m. to 9  p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at  Pat Baker Park, 1801 Fife Drive.  Admission is free. Visit www. facebook.com/RenoGarlicFest.











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THE MATCHMAKER: Ageless Repertory  Theatre presents this farce about a  rich old man who hires a matchmaker  to find him a wife. But the matchmaker  has other plans up her sleeve.  Fri, 7/28, 1pm. Free. Reno Little Theater, 147 E.  Pueblo St., (775) 348-6625.

NEXT TO NORMAL: Brüka Theatre presents 

fall guide RemindeR:

The City of Reno prohibits glass containers, alcohol and pets in Wingfield Park during events. The only pets allowed at the Duck Race & Festival will be adoptable pets from NHS and service dogs. Thank you for your compliance.

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this award-winning musical by Tom Kitt  and Brian Yorkey.  Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29, 8pm; Sun, 7/30, 2pm. $20-$25. Brüka Theatre,  99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.



PETER AND THE STARCATCHER FAMILY DAYS:  Rick Elise’s Tony-winning play upends the  century-old story of how a miserable  orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would  Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).  Thu, 7/27-Sat, 7/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/30, 2pm. Free.  Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St.,  (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.

SHREK THE MUSICAL: TheatreWorks  of Northern Nevada presents its  production based on the Oscar-winning  DreamWorks Animation film and  Broadway musical about an ogre named  Shrek, who leads a cast of fairytale  misfits on an adventure to rescue a  princess and find true acceptance.  Fri, 7/28-Sat, 7/29, 7pm; Sun, 7/30, 3pm. $10$12. Destiny Community Center, 255 Bell  St., (775) 284-0789, www.twnn.org.

SORDID LIVES: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre  Company presents Del Shores’ comedy.  When Peggy, a good Christian woman,  hits her head on the sink and bleeds to  death after tripping over her lover›s  wooden legs in a motel room, chaos  erupts in Winters, Texas.  Thu, 7/27-Sat 7/29, 7pm. $15. Good Luck Macbeth  Theatre Company, 713 S. Virginia St., (775)  322-3716, www.goodluckmacbeth.org.

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Online dating, like all dating, involves risk. Assess your level of risk and whether it’s worth the benefit. There are some crafty criminals out there, but odds are, the problems you’ll experience will be the ordinary kind—finding out that a guy has a few girlfriends and not a few girlfriends out back under the tomatoes.

Pippi Bongstocking I’m in recovery, and my best friend and I have sleepovers every few months. She’s come over drunk and/or high on pot the past few times. It’s not that it’s triggering for me—she’s just annoying and not herself when she’s loaded. How do I ask her to not come over trashed? Though you know what you need to tell her—don’t come over trashed—you’re probably being tripped up by something I wrote about recently: how women evolved to be the confrontation-avoiders of our species, probably to protect their ability to have and care for children. In 1990, developmental psychologist Eleanor Maccoby reviewed the research on sex differences in communication and found what researchers continue to see today: A major goal of girls’ (and women’s) speech is “to be ‘nice’ and sustain social relationships,” while for males, “the agenda is more often the single one of self-assertion.” Though being direct may not be natural for you, there are many things in our lives that aren’t “natural”—deodorant, motor vehicles, buying dinner at the supermarket instead of waiting behind a tree to club it with a rock. You’re simply asking your friend to be appropriate to the situation. Enduring a little discomfort in the moment should keep you from being commandeered into future “fun” drinking games like “Let’s flip your cat over and do shots off her belly. I’ll do vodka; you do water. Last one to lose an eye wins!” Ω


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For the week oF July 27, 2017 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you feeling as

daring about romance as I suspect? If so, I’ve composed a provocative note for you to give to anyone you have good reason to believe will be glad to receive it. Feel free to copy it word-forword or edit it to suit your needs. Here it is: “I want to be your open-hearted explorer. Want to be mine? We can be in foolishly cool drooling devotion to each other’s mighty love power. We can be in elegant solid-gold allegiance to each other’s genius. Wouldn’t it be fun to see how much liberation we can whip up together? We can play off our mutual respect as we banish the fearful shticks in our bags of tricks. We can inspire each other to reach unexpected heights of brazen intelligence.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You still have a

wound that never formed a proper scar. (We’re speaking metaphorically here.) It’s chronically irritated. Never quite right. Always stealing bits of your attention. Would you like to do something to reduce the distracting power of that annoying affliction? The next 25 days will be a favorable time to seek such a miracle. All the forces of nature and spirit will conspire on your behalf if you formulate a clear intention to get the healing you need and deserve.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In his poem “The

Initiate,” Charles Simic speaks of “someone who solved life’s riddles in a voice of an ancient Sumerian queen.” I hope you’re not focused on seeking help and revelations from noble and grandiose sources like that, Gemini. If you are, you may miss the useful cues and clues that come your way via more modest informants. So please be alert for the blessings of the ordinary. As you work on solving your quandaries, give special attention to serendipitous interventions and accidental luck.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): For many years,

the Tobe Zoological Park in China housed a “praying panther” named Ato. The large black feline periodically rose up on her hind legs and put her paws together as if petitioning a higher power for blessings. I suggest we make her your spirit ally in the coming weeks. I hope she’ll inspire you to get your restless mind out of the way as you seek to quench your primal needs. With the praying panther as your muse, you should be able to summon previously untapped reserves of your animal intelligence and cultivate an instinctual knack for knowing where to find raw, pristine satisfaction.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do you really have to be

the flashy king or charismatic queen of all you survey? Must all your subjects put on kneepads and prostrate themselves as they bask in your glory? Isn’t it enough for you to simply be the master of your own emotions, and the boss of your own time, and the lord of your own destiny? I’m not trying to stifle your ambition or cramp your enthusiasm; I just want to make sure you don’t dilute your willpower by trying to wield command over too wide a swath. The most important task, after all, is to manage your own life with panache and ingenuity. But I will concede this: The coming weeks will be a time when you can also probably get away with being extra worshipped and adored.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dear Hard Worker: Our

records indicate that you have been neglecting to allot yourself sufficient time to rest and recharge. In case you had forgotten, you are expected to take regular extended breaks, during which time it is mandatory to treat yourself with meticulous care and extreme tenderness. Please grant yourself an immediate dispensation. Expose yourself to intensely relaxing encounters with play, fun and pleasure—or else! No excuses will be accepted.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If extraterrestrial

beings land their space ship on my street and say they want to meet the creatures who best represent our planet, I will volunteer you Libras. Right now, at least, you’re nobler than the rest of us, and more sparkly, too. You’re dealing smartly with your personal share of the world’s suffering, and your day-to-day decisions are based more on love than fear. You’re not taking things too personally or too seriously, and you seem better equipped than everyone else to laugh at the craziness

that surrounds us. And even if aliens don’t appear, I bet you will serve as an inspiring influence for more human beings than you realize. Does being a role model sound boring? I hope not. If you regard it as an interesting gift, it will empower you to wield more clout than you’re used to.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): During the four years

he worked on painting the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo never took a bath. Was he too preoccupied with his masterpiece? Modern artist Pae White has a different relationship with obsession. To create her fabric art pieces, she has spent years collecting more than 3,500 scarves designed by her favorite scarf-maker. Then there’s filmmaker James Cameron, who hired an expert in linguistics to create an entire new language from scratch for the aliens in his movie Avatar. In accordance with the astrological omens, Scorpio, I approve of you summoning this level of devotion—as long as it’s not in service to a transitory desire, but rather to a labor of love that has the potential to change your life for the better for a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The purpose

of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers,” wrote author James Baldwin. Even if you’re not an artist, I encourage you to make that your purpose in the coming weeks. Definitive answers will at best be irrelevant and at worst useless. Vigorous doubt and inquiry, on the other hand, will be exciting and invigorating. They will mobilize you to rebel against any status quos that have been tempting you to settle for mediocrity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’re in a phase of your cycle when the most useful prophecies are more lyrical than logical. So here you go: three enigmatic predictions to help stir up the creative ingenuity you’ll need to excel on your upcoming tests. (1) A darling but stale old hope must shrivel and wane so that a spiky, electric new hope can be born. (2) An openness to the potential value of a metaphorical death will be one of your sweetest assets. (3) The best way to cross a border is not to sneak across bearing secrets but to stride across in full glory with nothing to hide.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian novelist

James Joyce had a pessimistic view about intimate connection. Here’s what he said: “Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another’s soul.” My challenge to you, Aquarius—in accordance with the astrological omens—is to prove Joyce wrong. Figure out how to make your soul virgin again so it can cast itself out into the ocean of another’s soul. The next eight weeks will be prime time to achieve that glorious feat.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Years after he had

begun his work as a poet, Rainer Maria Rilke confessed that he was still finding out what it took to do his job. “I am learning to see,” he wrote. “I don’t know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn’t stop where it once used to.” Given the current astrological omens, you have a similar opportunity, Pisces: to learn more about how to see. It won’t happen like magic. You can’t just sit back passively and wait for the universe to accomplish it for you. But if you decide you really would like to be more perceptive—if you resolve to receive and register more of the raw life data that’s flowing towards you—you will expand and deepen your ability to see.

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Planner Washoe Assemblymember Michael  Sprinkle came out of this year’s  Nevada Legislature with increased  visibility after winning approval  of a state health care plan that  attracted wide attention. After  getting the Nevada Care Plan—a  Medicaid for all program—enacted by lawmakers, Sprinkle saw  it vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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How did you feel when the veto came down? It was a little disheartening. I was kind of getting the good sense that the governor was in favor of the bill and so when it was vetoed, yes, it was a little disheartening. But, you know, we still need to move on and could take a look at other options for making sure that people in Nevada have affordable health care.

Did you have a chance to make your case to him? Well, the thing was that I had a working group during the entire legislative session that pretty much contained all of his different department heads. So I had his chief of staff there. I had the head of Health and Human Services. I had the head of Medicaid. I had the head of the health insurance exchange, and of course the insurance commissioner. That was my working group. So he certainly—and his office certainly—understood exactly the direction we were going with all of this.



If you go back, are you going to try again? You know, there are going to be so many different things that come into play as far as answering that question, whether I try again with this specific bill. Certainly the elections next year are going to play a part in what this looks like. However, I’ve been committed since I was in high school to the rights of everybody, including the right to health care and having a healthy life, and so I am always going to be looking at ways to make sure that Nevadans are given the opportunity to afford good health care.

And who knows what’s going to happen in Congress between now and then.

We’ve been dealing with that since the last election and, you know, it’s an impossible thing to answer right now. Things change every day in Washington D.C., so we just need to focus on Nevada, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.

What made you take on something so ambitious? It’s important to me. It’s been important to me for many, many years, and this was the right time and the right opportunity. At the start of the session, we didn’t know exactly what it was going to look like, but certainly about the time the bill was introduced. And then what we were finally able to get the legislation I was very proud of. Ω


We, the people For a while there, about 10 or 12  years ago, golf actually seemed  to be getting slightly cooler,  slightly hipper, slightly less porcine. This occurred, of course,  during Tiger Time, as the Great  Cablanasian ruled the fairways  of our grassy planet. But now it’s Trump Time, and  golf is predictably regressing a  bit. It’s obvious that Dum Dum,  who plays as often as you go to  the supermarket, is going to do  for golf what Charley Manson did  for LSD. Golf is still the favored  sport of crazy, angry baldheads,  and really, what the hell do we  have to be so goddamn angry  about? The ski boat is taking up  too much space in the garage?  The ATVs need a new trailer?  I always got perplexed driving around my neighborhood in  Sparks last fall, and seeing houses with an SUV in the driveway,  a nice sedan next to it, trailer in 

the side yard, garage stuffed full  of mowers, bikes and kayaks, and  a Trump bumper sticker because,  you know, the economy is such a  friggin’ disaster.  • As I write this, Rethuglicans are  getting ready to thug it up with  their pissful Death to Healthcare  Act (DHA). I’m not quite sure  what exactly they’re going to do,  and it’s fabulously inspiring to  see that senators don’t have a  clue either, but it appears that  McConnell realizes that this is his  last, best chance to step firmly  upon his own penis, just sort  of power stomp that old ‘Tucky  tadger, and he seems determined  to give it his best shot. And  what’s Heller gonna do? Who the  hell knows? Not sure if ghostly  indecision was the way to roll  with this one, Deano ole pal. If this detestable dreck goes  down the dumper, it will be 

because We the People stood up  and told these villainous bastards where to stuff their shitty  stinking Trumpcare.  And if this  mean-spirited mess somehow  gets through and becomes law,  well, something tells me the town  halls for the rest of the year are  gonna be rather lively. Please,  senators, don’t expect us to  “behave.” Interesting to see that it’s  absolutely imperative to have  John McCain race back to D.C.  for the DHA vote, where he can  be the guy who, with skull scars  still fresh from his fully-insured  brain surgery, will cast his vote  to deny such procedures to millions and millions of Americans.  Well done, sir! If you wanna roll  with some kind of snarky wisecrack about this POS bill being  dependent on a man with brain  cancer, have at it.  Ω

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