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Best of times Welcome to this week’s Reno News  & Review. This is our biggest issue of the  year, the results of our Best of  Northern Nevada readers’ poll.  That’s “biggest,” as in “most pages,”  but also as in “most read.” There are  folks out there who only pick us up  once a year, just to  scan the results  of the readers’ poll. So,  I’d like to take  a moment to  address those  once-a-year  readers. …  Hi, folks! Thanks for picking up a  copy of the Reno News & Review. This  newspaper actually comes out every  week. Crazy, huh? I don’t know how  we do it, either. Go ahead and have a seat. Let me  introduce you to the team. News editor Dennis Myers is our point person  with detailed analysis on local,  regional and statewide issues. We’ve  been the linchpin of local arts coverage for decades—nobody knows the  local art, music, theater, food and  drink scenes as well as we do. Arts  editor Kris Vagner leads that charge.  Indispensable special projects  editor Jeri Chadwell-Singley is our  cleanup hitter, taking on a variety  of projects with aplomb. Calender  editor Kelley Lang oversees the most  comprehensive events listings in the  valley. We’re also lucky to have a few  longtime contributors, like gloriously  cranky movie critic Bob Grimm and  beatific columnist Bruce Van Dyke. Over on the west side of our  building, sales manager Emily Litt,  rainmaker Gina Odegard, and ad  consultants Myranda Keeley and  Kambrya Blake work hard making  sure that the rest of us have a roof  over our heads. Distribution manager/operations coordinator Kelly  Miller holds it all together. And you’d  never be able to find us without our  distribution drivers. And props are due to our design  team, especially art director Margaret Larkin, who did a fantastic  job laying out freelance illustrator  Kate O’Hara’s beautiful work for this  week’s issue. Big thanks to everybody on the  team. And thanks to you for reading.  Hope to see you again soon. Next  week, perhaps?

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Green green You know, now that smoking marihuana is legal, it’s just not fun anymore—the thrill is gone. (Kidding.) Thank you, Nevada voters! Craig Bergland Reno

4. Should people make their own decisions? Re “High profile: Another Schedule I drug?” (cover story, Nov. 24, 2016): DEA criteria for schedule I seems to be as: 1. Is there any well-established medical use? No. 2. Does the chemical act strongly on the mesolimbic pathway? Yes. This rubric defines what belongs in schedule I. The timing of inclusion will rest on the additional question: 3. Is this a current event that will serve the executive agenda? Yes. That determines why the DEA seeks to schedule drugs at particular times. DEA chemists are undoubtedly very good at their jobs but there is no direct way to translate their findings to policy. Angela Macknize Sante Fe Hills, Calif.

Reply Re “Debating infanticide” (letters, July 13): The Egyptian children’s deaths are not God’s fault. God is good; therefore, He is holy; therefore, His holiness demands justice, which demands punishment of evil. Egypt had many besides Pharaoh who murdered Jews and their babies. They received a like punishment from God (justice), though He would have preferred mercy—evidenced in His warnings/this punishment’s delay. Justice must be served to prevent further evil

Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Brad Bynum News Editor Dennis Myers Special Projects Editor Jeri Chadwell-Singley Arts Editor Kris Vagner Calendar Editor Kelley Lang Contributors Amy Alkon, Megan Berner, Matt Bieker, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Bob Grimm, Anna Hart,

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and to promote God’s good purposes (check Romans 9:14–24). We may not understand a heartrending punishment. That does not mean the punishment is unjust. The judge knows more of law and sound judgments than anyone else in the court room, even the jury. Who made us the jury anyway? Are any truly entitled to know every reason, or to question any action of God’s? “Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?” (See the rest of Job 40.) Furthermore, God owns each one of us, whether we accept that fact or not. It is His prerogative whether we live or die. That’s just part of being God. He alone possesses the right to give and to take life. Thankfully, He is long-suffering and merciful. What I know is: God loved these children enough to take them out of pain and to Heaven before they had any chance of sinning against Him, at which point they would have been condemned to death and the eternal Lake of Fire. As for the remaining Egyptians, they rejected undeserved mercy and received deserved punishment. To answer questions of God’s trustworthiness, He gave His own Son to die in our place so we do not have to go to Hell when we repent and trust Jesus alone for forgiveness and salvation. Jesus voluntarily took all the world’s punishment. Imagine just how excruciating that was, and He knew of all the pain before taking it. That is love and trustworthiness. Do not now say that these Egyptians did not know of the true God or of salvation. Psalm 19:4 says in part: “Their line is gone out through all the

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earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (Their = the triune God.) Finally, whether one agrees with God’s Words and methods or not, it is obvious what He did do—just examine those chariot wheels in the Red Sea. With that in mind, one should beware before committing an abortion. Katriel J. Van Cleve Reno


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The disloyal opposition Loyal opposition [noun]: a minority party, especially in Nor are Republicans always such penny-pinchers. a legislative body, whose opposition to the party in power When they wanted to drag us into a preventable war in is constructive, responsible, and bounded by loyalty to Iraq, they not only ignored the cost but put it on the cuff. fundamental interests and principles. —Merriam Webster By not raising taxes to pay for the war, Republicans The Republican Party used a pack of lies to drive our virtually guaranteed it would go on for years. Wars paid nation into a preventable war in which 4,424 U.S. soldiers for with debt have a habit of doing that. The Iraq and and nearly 200,000 Iraqi civilians died unnecessarAfghanistan wars taken together with the Wall ily. As of this week (Aug. 8), it has cost U.S. Street bailouts drove a gargantuan deficit, the taxpayers $820,725,434,004. The GOP has deficit that Trump inherited from Obama and yet to apologize to the nation. Obama inherited from Bush II. GOP: We Although our participation in the Iraq Wars that are paid for as they go can afford war has allegedly ended, the cost to us along tend to be short. And Republicans still increases, rolling up the bill like a in other contexts demand that we pay as unnecessary war taxi meter attached to the Pentagon. In we go. Where was conservative fiscal but not necessary an effort to keep some sense of the cost prudence when the GOP was intent on health care to each citizen, we have reported regularly finding weapons of mass destruction? Year on how much this disgraceful war has cost after year, we have rolled up debt to fight a Nevadans, Washoe County citizens, Renoites, pointless war. and residents of U.S. House district 2. Here, The ACA is a piece of legislation, remember, courtesy of the National Priorities Project, are some of the that Republicans legislators refused to help design. They figures for how much it has cost residents of the State of sat in the bleachers, refusing to bring their own vaunted Nevada as the war unfolded: business expertise to bear in crafting the 2009 measure $4,392,846,261 (Dec. 27, 2011) creating the ACA. Now they complain that they don’t like $6,667,056,499 (June 8, 2015) the federal law whose construction they boycotted, even $6,685,176,486 (Aug. 8, 2017) though they are lawmakers. That is the role of the loyal opposition, after all—to work with their adversaries after During these years, Republicans have also complained elections have ended to make government work. about the cost of the Affordable Care Act. Nevada’s U.S. The Republican Party has told us that we can afford to Sen. Dean Heller says it “has led to higher costs” and use the instrument of government to cause needless deaths Donald Trump complains that “premiums are soaring.” but cannot use it to save lives. Ω Why can we afford war but not health care?

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Republicans must define themselves After recent weeks of unconscionable behavior by President Trump and Republican leaders in Washington, more than a few Nevada Republicans are considering their options. These are people whose political views are more conservative than liberal, who lean more toward personal responsibility than government action but who can no longer tolerate a party led by an unqualified president suffering from extreme narcissism, a bully with the emotional stability of a child. For many, the Republicans’ obsession with depriving tens of millions of Americans of their access to basic health care has become the tipping point. These frustrated Republicans have taken some comfort from Nevada’s governor who has become more and more moderate as Trump and his acolytes, including justfired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, have gone further off the rails than anyone’s wildest expectation. Seriously, a year ago could you imagine a President of our country declaring, “That White House is a real dump”? And that disrespectful

comment pales in comparison to “the Mooch’s” vulgar rant about his colleagues. I’ve had serious differences with Gov. Sandoval over the years, especially regarding his enthusiasm for awarding our taxes to greedy billionaires and corporations who hardly need the help. But Sandoval is a good example of a Republican who has quietly and effectively resisted Trump and national Republican leadership and for the right reasons. Certainly as the first Republican governor to embrace Obamacare, he enabled hundreds of thousands of Nevadans to have access to Medicaid when other governors left the money on the table and their people without health care. By expanding Medicaid, Sandoval also protected the state’s hospitals, especially in rural Nevada, and added significant numbers of jobs to the health care workforce. Sandoval, guided ably by his chief of staff and human services expert Mike Willden, has firmly stood with Nevadans during the most recent effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and has done his best

to persuade our U.S. Senator Dean Heller to do the same, albeit unsuccessfully. And when Trump impulsively declared transgender military personnel could no longer serve their country, Sandoval quickly reacted to the president’s tweet by announcing that policy would not be implemented in the Nevada National Guard unless he received direct orders from the Pentagon. Trump’s antics are making everyone weary. The Boy Scouts of America had to apologize to parents who were offended by grotesquely inappropriate political remarks from President Trump at their jamboree. When Trump told the Wall Street Journal he “got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech ever made to them,” the Boy Scouts denied making the call. The International Association of Chiefs of Police firmly denounced Trump’s recent speech to law enforcement officers encouraging them not to be “too nice” to suspects. The president’s comments were later minimized as a

joke, but when many officers cheered his remarks, the nation cringed. Last week, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake released his new book, Conscience of a Conservative, and called upon other members of his party to denounce Trump. He wrote, “To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.” The book was panned by other Republicans in Congress who hinted at Flake’s opportunism since he’s facing a primary election next year, and Trump is itching to back his opponent. Flake wrote, “I feel compelled to declare: This is not who we are. Too often, we observe the unfolding drama along with the rest of the country, passively, all but saying, ‘Someone should do something!’ without seeming to realize that that someone is us.” Nevada’s Republicans must decide who it is they truly are. We’ll be waiting. Ω


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by Brendan Trainor

Stranger in a strange land Who knows what to believe nowadays? The news media is no help. There is too much fake news and too many alternative facts. You say you don’t pay attention to news, but you still have to pay the rent. Whether you can do that, and the medical bills, while juggling the boss, friends and lovers, children and pets, properties and debts, determines your station in life. Your best friends are pictures on a web page. Everyone is watching you either to make a buck off you or to harass you. You have a vague sense of helplessness, but you make an effort to know the world around you, even if there isn’t much you can do about it. You vaguely recall a war being fought in Afghanistan for as long as you can remember. You see or read very little about this war. There are no news pictures of women on fire fleeing a napalm attack like during the other long war your grandfather fought in Vietnam. Do you know who the Taliban is? Or

where Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, Daesh, ISIS, or these other strangely-named, violent enemies we are fighting are? Are you sure? Who told you? Where is this Afghanistan? Why are we killing and being killed in this strange country full of opium and honor killing and bearded men with automatic rifles? Do you care? Static and white noise surround us. Symbols coalesce and emerge suddenly, triggering emotional responses. Micro aggression is everywhere. But who is projecting the symbols we react to? Someone, we are told, is going to take away something precious—our health care or our guns or maybe our children. You are urged to call people, to come to rallies, to buy a book or donate money. Do you really believe that will be effective? Are you sure that those you listen to for answers don’t have other agendas? Somehow you have to choose sides. You can try to avoid the hard choices,

but avoidance can’t shield you because you are still connected to the matrix. Try to move off the grid. How far off do you dare go? Most people wind up just trying to skate by, hoping the matrix won’t suddenly jump out at them, not knowing exactly what to do if it does. This is our life in the wealthiest declining empire in history. In the Persian Gulf, a U.S. Navy boat fires shots at a startled Persian ship that resents our presence in their waters. A chubby Asian man is firing missiles into the air. Even though one of our Trident submarines can blow his country off the map from a thousand miles away, we are told he will soon attack Los Angeles, or maybe Honolulu. All options, we are assured, are on the table. One news channel says nice things about Russia, while almost every other one constantly says very bad things about Russia. But that channel that is nice to Russia always says very nasty

things about Iran. What is going on? Who is the chessmaster? We are the greatest country in history that argues incessantly over transsexuals in the army and in our bathrooms. We were just checkmated in tiny Syria by troops and militias a fraction of the size of our bloated military. Leaders say we have the world’s greatest military, no one even comes close, but we haven’t won a war against anyone larger than Rhode Island since 1945. Maybe we didn’t really win that war, either. Or simply lost the peace. Make America great again. Food on the table, gas in the car, entertaining things to do. What else is there? Ω

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by Dennis Myers

InvestIgatIon accelerated Attorneys for Cathy Woods—freed from prison by DNA testing after being twice convicted of murdering a University of Nevada, Reno student—will be moving ahead with deposing witnesses and evidence gathering after U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cooke gave her permission. The magistrate halted that kind of work while other questions were settled, but revised her order when attorneys argued that various players in the case are dying off. Woods is suing for compensation after spending more than a quarter century in prison for a 1976 crime that prosecutors in 2015 conceded she did not commit, the murder of Michelle Mitchell of Reno. The lawsuit was filed against the city, the county and various officials, including police officers, and makes accusations that she was coerced into confessing. However, Woods made her first confession to a Louisiana mental hospital employee before Nevada officials ever knew she existed. During a therapy session while a patient at a Shreveport facility, Woods described committing a murder in Reno—an event she presumably learned of from news coverage while living in the Truckee Meadows. The hospital notified officials in Nevada. Subsequently, Woods was questioned by investigators from Nevada. Last year, her lawsuit was filed and argued she was in no condition to consent to being questioned by police. The suit also contends that her confession and interrogations—which led to her conviction—were “not memorialized or written down in any way” and were not recorded. In 2015, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said her confession diverted investigators’ efforts from other productive lines. “Cathy Woods was not on anybody’s radar until she brought it on herself. … Investigations stopped into other people and began into Cathy Woods,” he said.

FIrIngs prompt unIon charges In what critics say was an action against labor union organizing, Sierra Nevada College has fired six instructors. It’s a charge the college denies. “It was a data-driven decision, not a political one,” college president Alan Walker told the Tahoe World. “I believe I was fired for trying to unionize the faculty,” said instructor Dan Aalbers, vice chair of the faculty council. The departed professors are psychologist Aalbers, who has lectured on the American Psychological Association’s involvement with U.S. torture; English instructor and Sierra Nevada Review editor Courtney Berti; philosophy professor Samantha Bankston, an organizer of the college’s French film festival; art instructor Daniel Kelly; art historian Pierette Kulpa; and author and poet Jared Stanley. “Everyone let go is someone who has spoken out, taken a public position criticizing the administration,” Aalbers told the World. “It’s a mix of a couple of issues,” Walker said. “One is the changing demographic of high schools around the county … The other one is the increased focus that society has, that the government has, on the return on investment of education.”

JaKe hIghton At press time we learned of the death of our colleague, UNR journalism professor emeritus Jake Highton. Highton was author of a journalism textbook and occasional RN&R contributor. We will have an obituary in our next edition.

—Dennis Myers

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State legislators Julia Ratti (left), Skip Daly, Amber Joiner, and Teresa Benitez Thompson at a legislative town hall. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

Who’s in charge? Political parties still drive the election system at a legislative town hall with five legislators at Cathexes last month, Washoe County Sen. Julia Ratti told the audience, “If there’s one thing we should have learned from the Bernie Sanders/Hillary Clinton campaign, it’s that the public is tired of anointments.” Someone apparently didn’t get the word. On July 6 at 6:17:53 a.m., Democrat Jacky Rosen—a U.S. House member in Clark County— announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in an email. Later that morning, at 11:20:28 a.m., Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto endorsed Rosen’s candidacy, although there were reports that other Democrats might also run. At 12:50:10 p.m., U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen endorsed Rosen. From D.C. at 1:36:06 p.m. came word that the Democratic Senatorial

Campaign Committee was taking sides in the primary by endorsing Rosen. First thing the next morning, at 6:04:06 a.m., the feminist political action committee Emily’s List endorsed Rosen, though one of her prospective primary opponents is also a woman—veteran Democratic leader Dina Titus. The message from some sectors of the Democratic Party was pretty clear—if anyone crossed Rosen, he or she would have to cross a lot of party structure, too Was that an anointment? In any situation where a small number of people tell a large number of people who they get to choose from, that can be an anointment. But political scientist Fred Lokken says what has happened with Rosen is not what has come to be known as an anointment. “That is the party boss saying, This is the person,” Lokken said, though he said it can also be a

number of party bosses saying it. But he argues that thinning the field is something political parties are supposed to do. He called the Republican race for president in 2016 “insane” because of the sheer number of candidates and said party leaders should have given GOP voters some guidance on who the real candidates were. Failing to do so permitted Donald Trump to hijack the party. “In the absence of functioning parties, how does the public know who’s credible?” he asked. And some of his comments raise serious questions about what the system has evolved into. “Both Republicans and Democrats do this, but it’s something that parties are supposed to do. … The excessive cost of campaigns has now made primaries deadly. A primary challenge can bankrupt a candidate going into the general election. … Primary challenges do not invigorate the party. They divide it.” What does it say about the system that the effect of primaries must be neutralized? If Lokken is right about all this, it suggests that political parties are now wagging the political system instead of the other way around. But anointments are a doubleedged sword. There was a time when being part of the establishment paid off for candidates. That is less true now, and can even hurt a candidate. In 2014, when Tim Kuzanek announced his candidacy for Washoe County sheriff, he was able to list as supporters the incumbent sheriff, the mayors of Reno and Sparks, the county district attorney, and two former sheriffs. But he drew an opponent and lost. By contrast, district attorney candidate Chris Hicks lined up a similar phalanx of backers—the mayors of Reno and Sparks, sheriff of Washoe County, the incumbent and two former district attorneys, three state senators, developers and casino executives—to keep competitors away. No one ran against Hicks. One of the purposes of anointments is to scare off opponents. It worked for Hicks but not for Kuzanek—and then it became an issue against Kuzanek.

Parties dominate

role, the image is not of a vibrant party but of a party that’s dysfunctional and failed.” But being seen as an outsider can also hurt, In 1958, former car manufacturer E.L. making a candidacy a tightrope. Trump’s Cord—who had moved to Nevada—interdubious success as an officeholder may well vened with money in the Democratic be taking the shine off the notion of running primary for governor on behalf of state as an outsider. Attorney General Harvey Dickerson. The Does Lokken believe Ratti is right tactic backfired, Cord became a principal that 2016 showed the public is tired of issue in the campaign, and little-known anointments? former Elko County district attor“I think the voters were ney Grant Sawyer won both tired of the Clintons, for the primary and general sure. And what went on elections. on the Republican side But Lokken argues was insane—so many Nevada is not the small candidates. That’s puddle it was then. what happens when “Twenty-five you don’t have a million dollars was structure.” spent in this state two So the Democrats years ago,” he said. paid a price for “Next year it will anointment, and the probably be $50 million. Republican race cried out You don’t take chances Fred Lokken for anointment. with that kind of money.” Political scientist Traditionally, Republicans All this is happening at dealt with primaries with heavier a time when the public cares hands than Democrats. Republican little about political parties. Yet those leaders stepped in to keep some candidates parties, stuffed with soft money and serving out, while in the Democratic Party that kind as the conduit for numerous political action of conduct was resented. But Lokken thinks committees, are more powerful than ever, the money has become so big that neither at a time when they command less and less party can afford to stay out of primaries. public confidence. Ω “The party lends credibility and continuity,” he said. “If it doesn’t handle that

“Primary challenges do not invigorate the party. They divide it.”

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 Our biggest, weirdest, wildest  issue of every year—here are the  results of the Best of Northern  Nevada readers’ polls. Conducting this contest is a sacred responsibility that we take  very seriously. We’re proud to be your community paper  and to act as a conduit for you to express yourself, a  mirror in which to see your city reflected. And yes, sure, this year, just like every other year,  there are some perennial winners that make us roll our  eyes, and some upsets that made us cock our eyebrows,  but we don’t root for our favorites. We don’t limit the  possibilities by using some advertising-driven nomination process. We just turn on the website and ask y’all  to vote. How you vote, and who you choose to recognize,  praise and honor, is up to you. The results might surprise  us, but we’re happy that you choose to trust us with the  responsibility.  Big shout-out to Kate O’Hara, the illustrator who did  the artwork for the issue this year. She’s a Reno artist  who’s had something of a break-out year in 2017. She  also did the poster for this year’s Artown festival and  had a couple of high-profile local gallery exhibitions, at 

Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective and Never Ender  Boutique and Art Gallery. We’re pleased she was able to  include BONN as part of her busy schedule. And we love  the job she did depicting different Nevadan animals for  each of the sections. It’s really beautiful work. See a full  interview with her in our 15 Minutes section on page 67. The special, unique featured section this year was  Cannabis. As Nevada’s recreational marijuana market  has emerged as big business this year, it’s been great to  see the cultivators, dispensaries and entrepreneurs of  the cannabis industry step out of the shadows and into  the spotlight alongside other local innovators.  Huge congrats to all the winners. We know that you— most of you, anyway—don’t do what you do just to get  a little recognition in a silly newspaper contest, but we  hope that winning your plaque means as much to you  as it does to us to give it to you. (And speaking of that,  we’ll give you your winning plaque for free at our Best Of  Northern Nevada winners’ party this fall at the Nevada  Museum of Art. If some weirdo calls you up and asks you  to buy something to commemorate your win, you can  hang up on him. He’s not with us.) And last but not least, big thanks to the thousands  of readers who took the time to vote. We appreciate it.  You’re the best.                                                  Ω

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Goods & SERVICES SER readers’ CHoiCes Best local business Bizarre Guitar 2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

Best place for music lessons Bizarre Guitar and Guns 2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

Best place to get a car repaired Landa MuffLer and Brake

Best publication (that's not us)

816 E. Fourth St., 322-0112

reno taHoe toniGHt

Best Pilates studio

Best place to buy a musical instrument

PureLy PiLates studio 4690 Longley Lane, 826-8278

Best optical shop adLinGton eye Center & eyeGLass GaLLery 500 W. Plumb Lane, 284-3937

Best place to get pierced


Best PLaCe to Paint a MuG

There’s a  whole slew  of paintand-sip places  around the  valley nowadays, where  gaggles of gigglers gather to drink wine,  paint still-lifes, and make a mockery of  the whole idea of art-making. We’ve got  nothing against it, really—it’s probably  a great experience for your corporate  team-building group or bachelorette  party or whatever. Sure, it’s fun and  mildly creative—and hopefully a little  art-making experience will help the  dilettantes appreciate the good stuff. 

In many ways, Clay Canvas, which has  been in business locally for more than  20 years, is the best possible version of  that kind of thing. But instead of painting on canvases, which will likely never  be hung, the painting is done on ceramic  pieces, like coffee mugs, plates and piggy  banks—functional items that make great  one-of-a-kind gifts. The ceramic painting might unlock latent creativity, but  otherwise, functional ceramics are more  forgiving than unadorned canvases. It’s  also genuine no-joke fun for the whole  family, if you bring the kids, who might  learn a great lesson: It’s better to make  things than buy things.

Best antique store Junkee CLotHinG exCHanGe anGe & antique MaLL 960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best thrift store Junkee CLotHinG exCHanGe anGe & antique MaLL

2590 S. Carson St., 882-8211


2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

912 S. Virginia St., 329-6010

Carson City toyota


Bizarre Guitar

BLaCk HoLe Body PierCinG

Best new car dealership

Editors' Pick


960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best tanning salon eLeMent tanninG 3600 Warren Way, 829-8267

Best specialty ice cream store iCeCyCLe CreaMery

Best place to buy vintage clothes

6147 Lakeside Drive, 827-2777

Junkee CLotHinG exCHanGe anGe & antique MaLL

Best wine shop

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

totaL Wine & More 6671 S. Virginia St., 853-3669

Best spa doLCe Vita WeLLness sPa 16640 Wedge Pkwy., 772-0032

Best motorcycle dealer, shop CHester's reno HarLeydaVidson 2315 Market St., 329-2913

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A Conversation with Apple Co-Founder

Steve Wozniak September 23, 2017

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Best caMPus cluster enjoy the small cluster of cozy hangouts  at 935 and 941 N. Virginia St. They’re  the types of places that students used  to have to leave the neighborhood to  find. Hub University is a comfortable  spot for coffee meetings with good  art. Laughing Planet Café serves quick,  healthy lunches. Mill Juice Shop saves  you the trip to San Francisco for your  avocado toast and hemp seed pesto,  and Dropout Bike Shop is a slick yet  welcoming place to buy a bike, rent a  bike, get a quick repair, or cavort with  fellow gearheads.

The  stretch  of Virginia  Street that  borders the  University of Nevada,  Reno used to offer only the bare basics  of college-lifestyle amenities—burger  joints, textbook stores, some good watering holes and one legendary record  shop. While we at the RN&R tend to hold  our horses when it comes to cheerleading about gentrification—there’s a  down side, you know, as our most vulnerable citizens get displaced—we do 

Best place for photo prints

Best independent bookstore

Gordon's Photo service

sundance Books & Music

5067 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-6488

121 California Ave., 786-1188

Best jewelry store

Best tattoo parlor

BvW JeWelers

aces tattoo

35 Foothill Road, 622-9015

675 S. Virginia St., 333-0915

Best place to buy a firearm

Best independent coffee shop

Bizarre Guns

huB coffee roasters

2677 Oddie Blvd., 685-4867

727 Riverside Drive, 453-1911

Best shoe selection

Best frame shop


aaron Brothers art & fraMinG

13933 S. Virginia St., 852-3080

4809 Kietzke Lane, 827-2004

Best hair stylist

Best outdoor outfitter

Brian Jensen


Jensen & Co. Salon

2225 Harvard Way, 828-9090

Best hotel for a romantic getaway

Best place to buy CDs or vinyl records

Whitney Peak hotel

recycled records

255 N. Virginia St., 398-5400

822 S. Virginia St., 826-4119

Best veterinarian southWest veterinary hosPital 960 W. Moana Lane, 825-7984

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Virginia Street Antique Mall & Vintage Clothing 1251 S. Virginia St • Reno • 775-324-4141

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Alissa Edmands is “The Puppy Professor,” winner of the Best Doggy Day Care category. Photo/Eric Marks

Best independent hardware store

Best video game store

Carter Bros aCe Hardware

CaP’n GaMes, inC.

1215 S. Virginia St., 337-1200

621 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 677-0311

Best photography supply store

Best garden nursery

Gordon's PHoto serviCe

Moana nursery

5067 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-6488

1100 W. Moana Lane, 825-0600

Best men's clothing store

Best children's clothing boutique



5100 Meadowood Mall Circle, 826-8333

955 S. Virginia St., 329-2110

Best bank

Best hospital

Greater Nevada Credit UNioN

reNowN reGioNal mediCal CeNter

5150 Mae Anne Ave., 882-2060

1155 Mill St., 982-4100

Best independent grocery store Great BasiN CommUNity Food Co-op

Best dry cleaners peerless dry CleaNers 698 Forest St., 323-3261

240 Court St., 324-6133

Best used car dealership iNterNet aUto reNt & sales 1220 Kietzke Lane, 824-6060

Best barber viNNie Gravellese Derby Supply Company

Best spectator sport reNo aCes

Best mall the sUmmit 13925 S. Virginia St., 853-7800

Best home furnishings store

Best gym

rC willey home FUrNishiNGs

soUth reNo athletiC ClUB

1201 Steamboat Pkwy., 337-4600

9393 Gateway Drive, 853-4050

Best flower shop sereNdipity Floral aNd GardeN

Best house cleaning service white lotUs 35 N. Edison Way, 856-2345

75 Foothill Road, 737-9800

Best used clothing store

Best adult-themed store sUzie's

JUNkee ClothiNG exChaNGe & aNtiqUe mall

195 Kietzke Lane, 786-8557

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best pet store

Best bookstore

sCraps doG CompaNy 7675 S. Virginia St., 853-3647

sUNdaNCe Books & mUsiC 121 California Ave., 786-1188

Best public relations agency

Best yoga studio

Best business Facebook page Bizarre GUitar

Best place to shoot firearms

Best mortgage company

melissa martiNez-ChaviN

apple store

GUild mortGaGe

Temple Yoga Reno

13925 S. Virginia St., 333-5460

5390 Kietzke Lane, 200-0155

Best doggy day care

Best credit union

Best nail technician

alissa edmaNds, the pUppy proFessor

5150 Mae Anne Ave., 882-2060

Best pet boarding pet play hoUse

Best aesthetician shawNa GUlley Luxe Beauty Bar Skin & Brows

Best beauty salon shear Bliss saloN & spa 5270 Longley Lane, 852-7575

reNo GUNs aNd raNGe

Best tattoo artist

2325 Market St., 826-2626

toNy medelliN Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective

Greater Nevada Credit UNioN

Best athletic shoe selection sCheels all sports

Best specialty foods store trader Joe's 5035 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-1621

Best place to get an auto smogged laNda mUFFler aNd Brake 816 E. Fourth St., 322-0112

1200 Scheels Drive, 331-2700

Best gadget store apple store

Best car wash hUtCh’s missioN Car wash

apriCot laNe BoUtiqUe

artists Co-op Gallery reNo 627 Mill St., 322-8896

Never eNder BoUtiqUe aNd art Gallery

Best pet supply store sCraps doG CompaNy

Best outdoor gear selection rei 2225 Harvard Way, 828-9090

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best landscaping company siGNatUre laNdsCapes 3705 Barron Way, 857-4333

Best cheap liquor store

laveNder ridGe

total wiNe & more

7450 W. Fourth St., 747-3222

6671 S. Virginia St., 853-3669

Best local place to work

Best barber shop

Bizarre GUitar

maxwell's BarBershop

2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

555 S. Virginia St., 322-2466

Best new business Best carpet cleaning company sCott’s Carpet Care 10580 N. McCarran Blvd., 787-3040

Best event promoter Christi qUatro, BiG Fish CoNsUltiNG solUtioNs

the Glass die 675 Holcomb Ave., 384-1456

Best recording studio the soUNd salooN 420 Valley Road

Best vape shop the sChool oF vape 580 E. Plumb Lane, 313-0437

Best grocery store trader Joe's 5035 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-1621

Best brothel

Best head shop

mUstaNG raNCh Brothel

art doGs & GraCe

1011 Wild Horse Canyon Drive, Sparks, 343-1224

JUNkee ClothiNG exChaNGe & aNtiqUe mall

Best wedding reception site

5000 Meadowood Mall Circle, 824-9524

Best selection of local art

Best place to buy playa garb

6355 S. McCarran Blvd., 827-4222

13925 S. Virginia St., 333-5460

Best boutique clothing store

laCie Carl Villaggio Salon Suites

2403 E. Fourth St., 324-0202

7675 S. Virginia St., 853-3647

the stUdio 1085 S. Virginia St. 284-5545

Best computer store

25 St. Lawrence Ave., 348-9440

the aBBi aGeNCy 1385 Haskell St., 323-2977

Best yoga instructor

218 Vassar St., 324-2787

Best workout wear selection sCheels all sports 1200 Scheels Drive, 331-2700

Best bridal salon swooN … a Bridal saloN 530 W. Plumb Lane, 826-0505

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elcome to The Rustic Wave, where the love of antique restoration meets a passion for supporting the local artisan community. The Rustic Wave was born from owner Elona’s passion for well-loved pieces with unique histories, and the desire to provide a warm space for locals to develop their crafting abilities. A supporter of the Buy Local movement, Elona also invites local artisans to display their hand-crafted goods and art. The shop is full to the brim with one-of-a-kind antiques, locally made goods, eclectic clothing and jewelry, and curiosities galore.

In the spirit of supporting local artisans, The Rustic Wave offers artist-taught workshops that educate the community in techniques that breathe new life in to old goods, through careful re-purposing and restoration. Workshop topics include the art of paper crafts, restorative and decorative painting techniques, wreath building, fairy garden creation, and more! All levels of experience are welcome —just bring your passion and eagerness to learn. The Rustic Wave is the place to shop for the quirky, the crafted, and the best re-purposed marketplace vintage in Reno!



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reAders’ PiCks Best volunteer

Best gynecologist

kentot ALLen

stACi M. PAuL

Best dentist

Best attorney

Gene PAsCuCCi

MAriLyn york

Best local actor/ actress

Best barista

MoirA BenGoCHeA

Blue Whale Coffee

Best visual artist

Best local columnist

ALfyn Gestoso

Best interior designer

Editors' Picks

Best ’Hood defenders

Since the  Marc Johnson  administration reversed  the Milton Glick  administration’s policy of  ending University of Nevada, Reno sprawl,  numerous community activists and organizations have become involved in protecting the  community’s heritage. Figures like Barrie  Lynn, Rebecca Palmer, Alicia Barber and 

Mike Van Houten have provided leadership,  and numerous citizens have been drawn into  battles for historical dormitories on campus  and Queen Anne residences off campus. With  any luck, this is not an episodic development,  reacting to each dispute as it happens. Too  often the public becomes aware of a threat  only after it is too late to stop. This community needs to track what happens and stay  ahead of the curve and we thank those who  are doing just that.

MAriLee Wentz (tie) steVe Gunderson (tie)

Best wedding planner sHe sAid yes WeddinGs And eVents

Local television news has been in poor repute  for decades, not just in local markets but  nationally. Things have gotten worse as stations are folded into larger and larger chains,  with budgets and resources cut by penurious  absentee managers. There are also faults  on the part of some journalists, and we have  sometimes been critical of shallow coverage,  one-sided reports, and inadequate research.  That makes Terri Russell and Ed Pearce all the 

Reno Tahoe Tonight

Best plastic surgeon JAMes e. MurPHy

Best local filmmaker eMiLy skyLe

Best police officer

LisA CAstAnedA

Reno Police Department

riCHArd “riCky” deLACruz more valuable to our state. Deeply rooted in  the community, well-informed, knowledgeable  and ethical, they produce careful news coverage that can be taken right to the bank. The  names of these—two inductees in the Nevada  Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame—on  news coverage is about as close as television  journalism gets to a warranty, and Nevadans  are fortunate to be served by them. 

Britton GriffitH-douGLAss

Best pilates instructor Best chiropractor

Best LoCAL tV stArs

Joe MArino

oLiVer MiLLer

Best local radio dJ or dJ team

Best local tV news

Arnie stAtes

ktVn CHAnneL 2

Best model

Best local athlete

sHAndA GoLden

CoLin kAePerniCk

Best local musician GreG GoLden

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Best oF PersonAlities continued from pg 19

northern nevADA 2017

Best bartender AnnAlisA suArez Pignic Pub & Patio

Best minister/ spiritual advisor FAther tony verCellone Our Lady of the Snows

Best local rapper Feeki

Best college instructor GreG nielsen

Best family doctor JenniFer hornBACk

Best local politician

University of Nevada, Reno

hillAry sChieve

Best beard

Best local TV news anchoR

Chris PAyne

Best creative writer Britton GriFFith DouGlAss

Best high school teacher roD heArn Damonte Ranch High School

Best elementary school teacher levi WAtson Mount Rose K-8

Best middle school teacher levi WAtson Mount Rose K-8

kristen reminGton

Best real estate agent Courtney BAker

Best muralist Joe C. roCk

Best public figure to fantasize about Chris PAyne

Best music teacher JeFF montGomery

Best social networker kentot Allen

Best photographer

Best pet groomer

JerAmie lu

AliCe mAriA

Ricky Delacruz is the 2017 winner of the Best Chiropractor category. photo/Eric Maks

Alice’s Pet Parlor

Best local comedian

Best politician

Arnie stAtes

hillAry sChieve

Best local songwriter

Best power couple

Best public relations professional

GreG GolDen & shAnDA GolDen

ABBi WhitAker

CAnyon White

Best massage therapist

Most handsome person

sArA FresChi

GreG GolDen

Best principal

Most Beautiful Person

Best mobile/club/ event DJ

krissy BroWn

shAnDA GolDen

AmPliFieD entertAinment

The Abbi Agency

Mount Rose Elementary School

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TROA takes the heat off of drought years. It took a lot of super smart water people nearly three decades to craft the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA). That’s a really long time, but it was worth it. When it was signed in 2015, TROA ensured that TMWA could store at least three times more water in our upstream reservoirs—water guaranteed in a worst-case drought scenario. Now, that’s being smart about water!

TROA is a big deal!

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readerS’ PickS Best budtender Sierra MaSon, Silver State relief 175 E. Greg St., 440-7777

Best CBD selection Mynt (tie) 132 E. Second St., 538-6968

Silver State relief (tie) 175 E. Greg St., 440-7777

Best delivery service BlackBirdGo

Best dispensary Silver State relief 175 E. Greg St., 440-7777

Best edible everGreen orGanix Mint chocolate Bar

Best local advocate for pot consumers cannavative GrouP

Best local artist's work to trip out on Joe c. rock

Best local band to listen to while high the GreG Golden Band

Best local DJ to dance to while high dJ tiGerBunny

Best local restaurant to eat at while high the nuGGet 233 N. Virginia St., 323-0716

Best pipe selection

Best glass art selection

art doGS & Grace

art doGS & Grace 218 Vassar St., 324-2787

Best place to be high indoors

Best grower

at hoMe

Green life ProductionS

Best ice cream selection icecycle creaMery 148 West St., 470-5288

Best late-night munchies Gold ’n Silver inn 790 W. Fourth St., 323-2696

218 Vassar St., 324-2787

Best place to be high outdoors lake tahoe

Best strain tanGie (tie) Mtf (tie)

Best water pipe selection art doGS & Grace

EDitors' PiCks

BeSt cannaBiS Strain to BrinG out your inner Social Butterfly

Tahoe  Hydroponics  Company is behind  several locally popular  strains of cannabis, including one called  Champagne. It’s a sativa-dominant hybrid  strain with lovely, bright green buds and  earthy, flowery, citrusy aromas and flavors.  It also packs a punch—an effervescent, 

happy punch. Obviously, pot affects everyone  a little bit differently; nonetheless, this strain  comes highly recommended for those seeking  a social lubricant sans the central nervous  system depression associated with booze  or Valium. Sierra Wellness, the Dispensary  and Blüm carry Champagne in pre-rolls and  flower. But, if you want to try it, get it while  the getting is good—it’s often sold out. 

BeSt law to oBey You’ve—almost—got to feel sorry for the cops.  After decades of enforcing some of the most  draconian anti-marijuana laws in the nation,  Nevada law enforcement now have to figure  out how to cope with legal, business-booming  cannabis. So, maybe be a little patient if local  police officers don’t seem sure how to behave.  This is a big change for them, and they’ve still  got a lot of growing up to do. Let’s try to help  them out: You can’t smoke pot in public, which  is a dumb rule, but let’s stick with it for now.  You also can’t consume cannabis in casino hotel  rooms, which is a really dumb rule, and frankly  we won’t tell if you don’t. But here’s a law we 

do endorse: Don’t get high and drive. The law,  as it’s currently enforced in Nevada, is very  problematic because determining impairment  is an imperfect science at best. Nevada law  enforcement agencies evaluate using blood  tests and a very low threshold of legal THC. So  don’t risk it. Plus, it’s just dangerous. Take an  Uber, Lyft or cab. Take the bus. Walk. Feel the  air. Smell the sky. Breathe the earth. And really,  here in Reno, we’re pretty fortunate to have a  police department that’s usually friendly and  helpful. You don’t have to go far to find a police  department that fosters a small-town toughguy attitude: Just go to Sparks.

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Reno’s casino heyday is in the past.  The casino industry  is still an important  part of our economy  and culture, of course, but it  doesn’t have the singular dominance over the  city the way it did for more than half a century.  Nowadays, the city is trying to position itself as  a tech hub, or an outdoor sports hotspot, or an  arts mecca, or some unholy Frankenstein mix  of all of the above. (Or maybe it’s just a city full  of delusional yuppies who just moved here with  vague notions of Palo Alto, Aspen or Austin.) Still,  sometimes it’s nice to take in some old-school,  sometimes it’s nice to take in some old-school,

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NIGHTLIFE readers’ PPicKs Best all-ages spot The holland ProjecT 30 Cheney St., 742-1858

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Just about a  block south of the  court house, you’ll  find RedRock Bar, 241 S.  Sierra St. It’s located, funnily enough,  right next door to the offices of a drug  and alcohol counseling service. GenXers  who hang there sometimes like to recall  when it was the Blue Lamp—apparently  one of the few hip places Reno could  boast in 1990s. Today, it’s one of many.  But RedRock isn’t like a lot of the other  hip bars in town. There’s no trendy,  industrial décor, no focus on local brews  or specialty cocktails. In fact, part of 

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Thunder Mountain Monument,  about 135 miles east of Reno, has  been catching the attention of passersby for nearly half a century. Sprawled  across several acres of land alongside Interstate 80, it’s a  massive folk art installation. For a time, it was also home  to its creator, Frank Van Zant, and his family. Accounts  vary as to why Van Zant—a World War II veteran, sheriff’s  deputy, forest ranger and private investigator—stopped  his 1946 Chevy pickup near Imlay, Nevada in 1968. The family  was, ostensibly, moving somewhere farther east. But the  truck and the trailer it pulled never moved again. Instead,  Van Zant built a three-story, 50-foot-tall daub-and-bottle  building around the trailer. It’s one of several buildings on  the property, each covered almost entirely in bas relief  and freestanding sculptures of Native Americans. Odds and  ends, from tires to typewriters, are embedded among the  bottles. Old cars and pilfered highway signs create a perimeter around much of the monument. Interpretive texts  give some insight into Van Zant’s motivations and what life  at the monument was like for his family—but the joy of this  place lies in questions it provokes and leaves unanswered. 

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BesT gRaffiTi aRT PaRk (noW THaT aMeRican fLaT is gone) American Flat was a 190-acre ruin, formerly a 1920s mill  complex, more recently a weird-ass, backwoods, safetycode-violating paradise, an unofficial graffiti art park whose  crumbling concrete columns, walls and factory-like buildings  were covered with simple tags and elaborate murals. Now,  American Flat is no longer. The BLM deemed it too unsafe  and demolished it in 2015. But—did you know that there’s  another graffiti-bedecked ruin that makes for an equally  satisfying jaunt? From a parking spot on Donner Summit  Road near Donner Summit Bridge, outside of Truckee, it’s a  quick scramble up a boulder-dotted slope to reach a string of  train tunnels, dug with picks and gunpowder in the 1860s and  abandoned in the 1990s. If you get tired of traipsing through  dim, dank tunnels punctuated with strange-shaped windows  and ever-changing graffiti exhibits—which you won’t—there’s  more to explore from the same spot: Washoe petroglyphs, the  China Wall historic landmark, probably a geocache or two and  a dazzling view of Donner Lake.

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To be honest, it  took us a little time  to warm up to Two  Chicks, 752 S. Virginia  St. There was a lot of hype  surrounding the business when it opened—enthusiasm carried over for the owners’ old food  truck, Gourmelt, which is itself now a standalone  restaurant. The bright primary colors of the Two  Chicks interior are a little jarring. It’s also tempting to begrudge the business its central location— right in midtown, in one of the only parts of Reno  that requires an active search for a parking place, 

which is inevitably followed by a long wait for a  table, even on weekdays. And at first glance, the  fare is deceptively simple—just classic American  breakfast and lunch favorites. But here’s the thing:  all those omelets and scrambles, sandwiches  and salads are perfectly executed. Everything is  fresh and local, and there’s never the hour-later  lethargy that often follows a big breakfast. We  recommend the farmhouse omelet or the applecinnamon French toast, and the bloody Marys are  not to be missed. We’ve even learned to love the  long wait for a table—it’s a nice excuse to pop over  to nearby Recycled Records.

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Shawarmageddon  might be the tiniest  eatery in town, and it’s  surely in the running for  shortest menu—chicken, lamb or  falafel, either in a wrap or over tabbouleh, with a few  snack-ey sides, including small, Arabic donuts. That’s  about it. But the condiments at this heavy-metal  hole-in-the-wall are fresh and extravagant, the kind  of concentrated flavor amalgams that take each bite  of shawarma from solid to crave-worthy. The staff 

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are patient as customers narrow down their options:  thick, yogurty labneh; cilantro-heavy zhug with  cardamom; tomato-ey, cumin-ey charif; lemony, garlicky toum; a harissa that’s hotter than most; and a  positively atomic habañero with a slightly sweet, just  acidic enough structure. And the staff don’t sound  like jerks as they gently correct the mispronunciations that their dear condiments inevitably endure.  Oh, and those donuts? They have their own special  condiment—cardamom orange blossom frosting.

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This summer, it’s  easy to remember  there’s snow nearby— you can still see it on Mt.  Rose as you swelter in the city. But don’t forget  that just about every summer, when the skies  fill with wildfire smoke, and you start to think  that maybe some sadistic voodoo meteorologist from hell is toying with your soul, you can  magically alleviate that feeling by driving the  kids to a frosty patch of snow so they—and 

you—can ball it up and chuck it at each other.  A lot of the time, you can get from the city to  snow in under an hour. Some years it’s packed  too hard and a little trickier to find. But this  year, the ski season only just closed in midJuly. Snow patches on Mt. Rose or near Squaw  Valley’s High Camp are easy to access, and an  afternoon snowball fight is eminently doable.  Out there in Massachusetts and Florida, they  have many wonderful marvels of nature—but  they do not have this.

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Every year, we watch as they try to survive the  road construction season, the little businesses  that lose customers while their streets are  torn up in the name of progress, which often  is only change. In most cases, there is a family  or two behind each business whose fate and 

future may not be the same at the far end of  the project as it was at the near end. They  put out signs saying things like “Businesses  still open” and hang on, plugging away as the  weeks and months pass. Some, such as those  along this year’s Glendale Street project, get a 

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Any community needs some soul, and it’s not easy in a state with the turnover of Nevada’s. People come, leave, return. Roots are shallow, knowledge of our history often limited to the high points, some of which are apocryphal. In May 2014, new technology was put to work to aid Reno’s residents in knowing their city. A smart phone app and website, Reno Historical, was launched. Developed by Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno, it provides video, audio and art, including photos and other images. The free app is for Android and iPhone, and the same material is found on the website This is great for students, but it’s even better for adults who have a stake in community.

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by Ashley Warren Recent UNR graduate Anita Savell was the top of her class in electrical engineering and the spring recipient of the university’s Herz Gold Medal.

and science quicker than their male counterparts, and, as such, are given praise, whereas boys are encouraged to continue trying. PHOTO/ASHLEY WARREN When those subjects become more complicated and less intuitive, girls lose confidence in their own abilities. When given the opportunity to enjoy math and science like any other hobby, girls are more likely to see those subjects as career options. Savell attributes her upbringing to her academic path. “My mom always told us we could do anything we wanted to do, and she was very awesome like that,” she said. Both of Savell’s parents work in the sciences, and her sister is working toward a master’s in biology. “Math was never something I was afraid of or taught to be afraid of,” she said. “Numbers were just something I could work with, and so I thought that was really helpful for me choosing engineering. Math is not an obstacle. It’s a tool I can use.” Catching these negative associations at a young age can help girls find a place in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In July, the national Girl Scouts organization added 23 STEM-related badges to its roster.

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ngineer and scientist Anita Savell rambles off her accomplishments like they’re no big deal. A recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, Savell was the recipient of the Herz Gold Medal, the university’s oldest award given to students who show remarkable academic tenacity. Savell achieved a 4.0 GPA, majoring in electrical engineering at the top of her class, with a biomedical emphasis, and minors in biology and statistics. This fall, she enters UNR’s School of Medicine to become a doctor.

Engineering has long been a maledominated field. The gender disparity in the field is waning, albeit slowly, and Reno’s own engineering culture is reflective of this larger societal trend. Myths that girls and women don’t organically gravitate toward math and science are pervasive. The current thinking is more complicated than that. A study published in Science Scope identified a trend of girls losing interest in science and engineering around seventh grade, but that’s attributed to a few factors. One, said Savell, is that young girls tend to understand math

“It’s important to target elementary school kids, because, in my view, that’s where that [stigma] begins,” said Judy Kareck, president of the Sierra Nevada chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE visits local elementary schools to excite kids about careers in engineering, and also aids engineers at any stage of their careers. Representation is important to changing the perception of who engineers are. “The kids would be like ‘You’re an engineer?’ and we show them, yes, even women can be engineers,” said Kareck. Kareck holds a degree in mechanical engineering from UNR, along with licenses in both mechanical and civil engineering. Currently, she works on potable water efforts. Both Savell and Kareck said that women in engineering tend to have shared experiences of discrimination. For non-binary engineers or women of color, often the discrimination is two-fold, targeting both their gender and their race. “When you’d ask my mother, born back in the World War II era, she’d tell me, ‘Of

course you’re being discriminated against because you’re Chinese!’” said Kareck. “I look back, and to some degree, there was that discrimination.” As such, women engineers feel the need to be exceptional at what they do. Both Savell and Kareck recounted the experiences of walking into an engineering lecture of more than 100 students and seeing just a few women. Three women in a class this size was considered a pretty decent ratio in the 1990s, said Kareck. “Everyone does the count, like, ‘There are six women in this class,’” said Savell. “Both the women and the men in the class will do that. Sometimes I felt like I was underestimated in my abilities, but I definitely used that as fuel to prove myself. I definitely did not get any breaks for being a woman in engineering.”

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children—and the struggle many women face in re-entering the workforce. Representation at all levels can help. Research shows that women in leadership positions aid in providing career longevity for female employees, often because they are aware of the obstacles women face in the workplace. For example, Eren Ozmen, CEO of the global engineering firm Sierra Nevada Corporation based in Reno, began an on-site company daycare program in 1991, setting a precedent for work-life balance. Creating a school-to-career pipeline can help bring girls into the fold. Many Northern Nevada-based engineering companies, such as Bentley Systems, Arrow Electronics, IGT and Tesla, hire locally and frequently from the university’s engineering program. As such, there’s an effort to get students involved at a young age with programs like FIRST Nevada. FIRST—an acronym meaning, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”—is an umbrella organization for building projects and contests, including FIRST Robotics, a global competition for high school students in which they build robots that must complete a series of challenges. FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, who sought to make science more welcoming for kids, especially girls and people of color. These local organizations are intended to give children an outlet outside of a school setting, and hopefully prevent the STEM dropoff at middle school. It’s a great time for girls to consider becoming engineers, said Kareck, both in Northern Nevada and beyond, in part because of the financial stability it offers. “Even when the times are rough, there’s always a need for engineers,” said Kareck. “And I think even more so now that we’re getting into the automation of cars and robotics. There will always be a need for people to program them, to design them. I think it’s a terrific career for women to be in, no matter where you are.” Ω


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According to UNR’s Office of Institutional Analysis, women comprise 18 percent of the engineering department—an increase of 1 percent from the 2016 school year. In Savell’s program, electrical and biomedical engineering, 58 of the 302 students are women. Savell said that the UNR engineering department does make an effort to support its female students, and her experience was largely positive. The department sponsored Savell to attend a women’s leadership conference, and she said that the faculty makes “an active effort to make you feel welcome.” But there are “small things that point to not belonging,” said Savell. She recalls having had only one female professor in her subject, who eventually left for another job. “When you walk down the hallway of the department, there are portraits of all these men who are famous engineers, and there’s not a single female engineer represented,” she said. “Sometimes I’d make comments about this to my classmates, and they’d say, ‘Well, the women didn’t do anything.’ And I’m like, ‘Really? There’s not a single female engineer who has made any type of contribution?’” (On the contrary, there are many, such as Lynn Conway, Hypatia of Alexandria, and Katherine Johnson. The list is endless.) The challenges women face in engineering don’t just occur at the start of their careers. Kareck cited her own experiences after having

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Body language The Figure Back when Jen Charboneau lived in Minneapolis, she used to attend a figure drawing class. “Every Sunday, rain or shine, didn’t matter if it was Christmas or not,” she said. She was an already an art school graduate, but she still found that regular figure drawing practice helped sharpen her skills. So, when she moved to Reno in 2015, she wanted to stay in practice. She thought of just hiring a model for private sessions. Then, she decided to get a group together to split the model’s fee, which runs about $25 per hour. She started hosting Drink & Draw, a biweekly class at Reno Art Works, where she manages the gallery. True to its name, the class takes place in a higher-stimulation environment that you’d likely find in a college or museum. Charboneau might show a movie or position a model interacting with a sculpture or video projection in one of RAW’s small gallery rooms, and, yes, students are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. “It’s from beginners, first-timers, to people who are professionally practicing as artists,” she said. “It’s a broad range of artists. We supply some materials for beginners. We always have paper and charcoal and pencils. ... If you came in and you had never done a figure drawing before, you wouldn’t really feel awkward.” Charboneau described her teaching method as “hands-off,” meaning she doesn’t fuss over whether students’ lines or shading are perfect. “I’m secretly teaching things I want to work on, things I want to push myself through,” she said. 46   |   RN&R   |   08.10.17

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Sketches by Steve Jasper are among those in an exhibit of figure drawings by students in Jennifer Charboneau’s, pictured, Drink & Draw class at Reno Art Works. PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

She likes to capture motion, for example, so sometimes she’ll challenge students to draw a model doing a series of dance movements. Other times, the model stays still, and the students move around at timed intervals, musical-chairs-style. “One time, just because it was something I wanted to practice for another show, I made them do eight-second drawings,” she said. “I was like, ‘OK, I have to make sure this is possible.’ Everybody was frustrated, but everybody did it. Because you learn from everything.” One thing that several students are beginning to specialize in is finding what Charboneau called the “points of weight” of a body. So, instead of aiming to perfect contour lines or shading, they’ll think more about how to make the figure’s relationship to gravity look convincing. But if people want to focus on a different technique, they’re welcome to do that, too. Some like to experiment with color. Others draw with the goal of improving their animation skills. “We do a critique at the end, where we put everything we’ve done on the floor,” Charboneau said. “And the model usually sticks around because they love seeing everything that was created. Everybody’s focusing on different things. It’s like a practice, not getting the finishing touch.” This month, RAW hosts an exhibit of sketches by Charboneau’s students, plus a few other artists who draw or paint figures. “What we’re going to do is show a lot of these sketches,” said Charboneau. “We’re just going to put them all over the walls. So the viewer can see, and that way we can also step back and see, what has our progression been, how has each model been manipulated or drawn.” “Students are progressing noticeably,” she said. Ω

The Figure is on view through Sept. 1 at Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road. A reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Aug. 10.

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Misfire A couple of years ago there was talk of Ron Howard directing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. The film would act as an introduction to the Dark Tower universe, to be followed by a TV series. Ron Howard was set to direct, with Javier Bardem cast as Roland the Gunslinger, the main protagonist of King’s multinovel series. The original plan was jettisoned in favor of Idris Elba as Roland and a relatively novice director, Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), at the helm. (Howard took on producer’s duties.) The first film’s budget was reduced to $60 million, a price you would normally see for a Hollywood rom-com, not for the launch of what was proposed to be an epic, blockbuster franchise. All of the uncertainty and delays that plagued the production are immediately apparent in the final product. This movie is a catastrophe, and a complete slight to fans of the King books, fans of Matthew McConaughey, and fans of science fiction/ fantasy. Oh hell, this thing slights everybody. It looks like a low-level episode of Dr. Who, and we’re talking really schlocky, 1970s Dr. Who. You get the sense watching this that they used the same soundstage for all of their interiors and just repainted shit. The CGI is terrible, the pacing is ridiculously, unnecessarily fast, and the plot is confusing for those who haven’t read the books. I’ve never read the books and, after watching this, I don’t really care to. The story involves some kid named Jake (Tom Taylor), a sad teenager who is gifted with “The Shine,” the psychic powers Danny had in King’s The Shining. He dreams of another world where there is a dark tower that acts as some sort of barrier between other dimensions, protecting planets like Earth from evil. He also dreams of a gunslinger (Elba) who is trying to kill the Man in Black. No, it’s not Johnny Cash. It’s some sort of devil man played by McConaughey whose intention is

to hunt people with the Shine because their brains harness the power to shoot laser beams into the Dark Tower, thus destroying it and releasing goofy CGI monsters upon the Earth. Tom winds up traveling to something called the Mid World, where he joins forces for a brief hike with Roland, then winds up back on Earth in present-day New York City for some kind of apocalyptic battle. You can go ahead and badmouth me all you want if I got any of this wrong but, I assure you, that’s the best I could gather from this hackneyed, rushed, underwhelming production. There have been reports that this is, in fact, a sequel to King’s novels, and not a faithful beginning to the actual saga. I can’t really report on the authenticity of such a report. I can just tell you that the movie sucks. When considering the apparent scope of the novels, it’s a bit of a shocker that the film clocks in at 95 minutes. There is a definite sense that a lot of backstory and exposition has been removed in order to dumb things down and streamline the pace. Elba growls intermittent dialogue, with his character amounting to nothing more than shallow archetype. Also, if you are going to have a gunslinger with a Western motif, give him a cool hat. Elba, as always, looks and is cool, but something as simple as a hat would’ve made a little more sense in fleshing out the gunslinger character. McConaughey roams from sloppy set to sloppier set looking lost and perhaps even a little pissed that he signed on for this garbage. He’s not all bad; he’s just given next to nothing notable to do. There are still some sketchy plans to follow up this film with a TV series. Whatever the plan is, scrap it and start over a few years from now, when the memory of this unfortunate cinematic event has subsided. Ω

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Charlize Theron goes on a tear for the ages in this fun if somewhat shallow venture, another pin on her action hero lapel after her ferocious turn as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. As Lorraine Broughton, an undercover agent on a mission in Berlin in the late ’80s as the wall begins to fall, she showcases her ability to kick people through walls with the best of them. She also shows how to use a freezer door as a weapon. Directed by David Leitch, one of the directors of the original John Wick and future director of Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde pops with the same kind of kinetic energy as Wick when the bullets and kicks are flying. Also a legendary stuntman, Leitch knows how to make a hit look real, and the choreographed action scenes in this film stand as some of the year’s best. When Charlize lands a blow in this movie, you feel it in your face. Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, the film does drag at times, especially when Lorraine does the standard interrogation room narrative scenes with Toby Jones and John Goodman drilling her for answers. While it could’ve used some tightening in the edit room, the movie is very much worth wading through the shallow parts. Late ’80s playlists are sure to spike on streaming services thanks to the film’s soundtrack, which includes David Bowie, Queen, Falco, ’Til Tuesday, the Clash and, quite notably, George Michael. (His “Father Figure” is put to astonishingly good use.)



Director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) directs this uneven yet powerful at times account of the infamous 1967 Algiers Motel incident, part of a race riot that put the city of Detroit under siege. When a man fires off a starter pistol from his hotel window during intense riots, the police and National Guard converge on the Algiers, and a terrible night ensues. It results in three men shot to death, others psychologically and physically tortured, and the sort of judicial rulings in the aftermath that have become all too commonplace. John Boyega plays Dismukes, a security guard who finds himself entangled in the bloody events perpetrated by racist policemen led by Krauss (a legitimately scary Will Pouter). The men and women held captive at the Algiers are played by a strong ensemble cast including Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Nathan Davis, Jr. and Algee Smith. The film feels a bit too fictional in spots. In an odd move, Bigelow incorporates real stock footage along with scenes meant to look like stock footage, much in the same way Oliver Stone did in J.F.K., further confusing fact from fiction. She’s going for a documentary feel, but the script sometimes calls for cartoon caricatures with its bad policemen. No doubt, most of the policemen at the hotel that night were a bunch of monsters, but the portrayals of them (beyond Poulter’s) feel too cliché and, in some cases, aren’t well acted. There are enough strong performances to make it worth your while, and while some of the details seem manufactured, this is a true story that needed to be told, even if it seems tainted by fiction at times.



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’re 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. 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.


Spider Man: Homecoming


War for the Planet of the Apes

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 kickass 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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Veg out Once few and far between in our area, eateries with creative vegan and vegetarian options are growing in number. More often than not, they are at the forefront of the movement toward locally sourced produce, baked goods, etc.—and so it is with The DeLuxe, one of the newest additions to the West Street Market. We started with a rainbow plate of fresh pickle ($6), including garlic smashed cucumber, citrus cabbage, shallot, ginger, daikon and carrot. The colorful collection of sliced and julienned veggies lived up to its name, and each item had a distinct character—some sour, others a bit salty, and even a bit sweet. Given that several of these ingredients were components in the rest of our dishes, I knew our meal was likely to be anything but bland. Everything on the menu of bowls, burritos, salads and sandwiches starts out vegan, although beef and chicken are available to add for we omnivores. My wife went with a banh mi sandwich ($10); an additional $6 made it a “full plate.” The plate was indeed pretty full, with a sizeable stack of sweet potato and eggplant tempura fries, cucumber pickle, “hottie” ketchup and ginger scallion sauce. The light, crispy batter on the fries was well seasoned and so enjoyable it managed to make two of my least favorite veggies appetizing. I’m also not generally a fan of ketchup, but this spicy concoction was great with the fries. As for the sandwich, a crusty baguette was doused in a coconut oil glaze and filled with sliced ginger beef, jalapeno, cilantro, daikon and carrot pickle, cucumber and cilantro mayo. There was almost too much going on here, so many notes competing for attention. I barely


noticed the beef through the crunch and flavors from the garden. I could have done without the bread being so oily, which was made more noticeable by the lack of greasiness in the fries. Still, it was a decent plate of food that could easily be shared by two. I decided on the DeLuxe burger ($12), a sandwich that bore only a passing resemblance to the real thing. Wanting to try the full vegan experience, I skipped the sliced beef option for a curried mushroom rice patty topped with spring mix, basil, crispy fried shallot, cilantro mayo, hottie ketchup and avocado. Let me first say that the flavors here worked quite well together, so much so that I really wanted to declare this a win. However, the “patty” was really more of a serving of curried risotto that squished right out of the sandwich on first bite. The sliced sourdough was even oilier than the bahn mi baguette, and I could only finish half of the sandwich. Luckily, my buddy helped out and polished off the other half. I repaid the favor and helped with his plate of kimchi tacos ($6 for two). Each started with a lightly fried six-inch corn tortilla, topped with housemade kimchi, Korean taco sauce, cilantro, mung bean sprout, toasted sesame seed, cashew “sour cream” and a choice of proteins. We tried garlic tamari chicken and ginger beef. Both shredded meats were tender and well balanced with the rest of the ingredients. I couldn’t decide which was my favorite, but together they were easily my favorite part of the meal. The $1 “taco Tuesday” discount on each pair didn’t hurt either. Ω

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When I consider where to go for this column, I consider a complex mix of factors—reputation, buzz, legendary status, curiosity, previous experiences, time since last visit, time in business, and other intangibles. My buzz meter largely relies on my relatively small network of friends—online and real life—but time open is a solid metric. I try not to go too soon while they find their pace, but I don’t want to wait too long to tell you about a great new place while it’s still fresh. Those two details were on my mind when I decided to try out Stamp Social Club. Still relatively new, hearing little word of mouth, curiosity finally drew me to The Basement, the cool subterranean marketplace of businesses beneath our historic downtown (former) post office. I’d been down for coffee, lunch and a beard trim, all before Stamp’s opening last winter. A bar altered The Basement landscape a bit, seating in the central common area has been rearranged to accomodate the variety of customers from the food and drink merchants surrounding it. Just one other drinker graced the bar this Sunday afternoon, but the camaraderie between “Jim,” me, and co-owner/bartender Jesse Snodgrass formed quickly when I paused to consider a drink. Jim recommended what he was having, a suggestion Snodgrass quickly shot down, having just used his last egg. While I looked for beer options, he asked what I liked, not just what I would like, what I liked—flavors, spirits or specific cocktails. The draft list would have sufficed if I had really wanted a beer—a couple of decent IPAs and little more—but I didn’t. I was in a cocktail mood, and said I was thinking gin and tonic. Without pause, Snodgrass suggested a “Last Word,” and,

throwing caution to the wind, I accepted. A cocktail amateur, I had no idea what it was, but I felt safe, trusting that he knew best. Snodgrass put as much effort into describing the cocktail as he did making it—going to great lengths describing the components, detailing the enigma of green chartreuse and the history of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur. It was fascinating and demanding, absorbing boozy history lessons dispensed in big gulps. The cold, limey drink was unlike anything I would normally order—brimming with tartness, sweetness, botanics and a hint of alcohol. While Jim and Jesse talked about mutual friends, I perused the cocktail menu, an exquisite and expensive-looking piece describing Stamp’s cocktails and a glossary of spirits, ingredients and bar lingo—plenty of reading material, if you’re so inclined. Broken into sections—“Signatory Stamps” for example—the theme in each section escaped me, but I quickly realized my own idiocy in missing the obvious postal theme—old post office? Stamp? Now I get it. I enjoyed my cocktail a lot and love the setting—this historic building goes well with Prohibition-era cocktails and spirits made from generations-old recipes, but at the same time, tt feels a little odd, like a bar in the mall would. I’m sure there are busier days and times, but The Basement often feels like there aren’t enough customers. Snodgrass was surprisingly frank with an anonymous customer about his concerns for the future of the bar. Stamp, The Basement, and downtown Reno are all still a work in progress, but I would enjoy a Last Word from time to time. Ω

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Bryan McAllister and Jordan Caroompas of Everybody Dies For Now play electronica, but their history as acoustic musicians has left its mark.

Plugged in Everybody Dies For Now Prior to forming the band Everybody Dies For Now, Jordan Caroompas and Bryan McAllister knew nothing about how to make electronic music. Caroompas started his musical trajectory with piano, McAllister with viola. After studying jazz in college, they discovered a profound desire to turn musical events into memorable aesthetic experiences. While playing, both sought compelling ways to build atmosphere. For McAllister, this once took the form of a recital-turned-birthday party for three famous people born the day of the event: Emeril Lagasse, Friedrich Nietzsche and Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer. For another recital, Caroompas made a tasting menu, complete with food and drink to pair with each piece of music. With this mutual love of scene setting, an ear for improvisation and experimentation, and a solid backbone of formal training, the duo set their sights on making a different kind of music. They had conversations about death and immortality. They wrote down stories of scientists traveling through space, only to discover dead planet after dead planet. They started using computers to build songs. At first, the clean, metronomic regularity of the machine was an exciting contrast to what they had experienced previously. “Once you start playing electronic music after playing with acoustic instruments your whole life, you say, ‘Wow, I can do all this stuff so perfectly,’” said McAllister. “That’s really the way to kill yourself.” “We were really obsessed with cleanliness in music,” said Caroompas. “The first few shows we played to a backing track. We realized pretty early on we didn’t want to do that.”


The young Everybody Dies For Now found that however satisfying their music felt at 4 a.m. behind their computers, it didn’t always translate to the energy of a live crowd. They scrapped the automation, started using their computers as instruments to be performed, and devised creative ways of playing them. Once, while studying Dutch pronunciation, McAllister came across an instructional video of a woman explaining how to count to 10. He liked the sound, so he chopped up each number and assigned a different drum to each, then made a beat out of it live in front of an audience. “We’re definitely trying to pull down the safety nets,” said McAllister. “If you have a track playing perfectly, you can’t feel as good. When you pull that away, it feels exhilarating to perform in front of people.” The duo’s music doesn’t fit in with many electronic conventions. Specifically, it’s not for dancing. It often feels as intimate as a singer-songwriter playing a guitar on a stool. The beats are usually minimal, and the synths that accompany them are rarely repetitive. And Caroompas and McAllister haven’t become disconnected with their roots—they still crave the organic expressiveness of instruments. It took bringing their music to bars and rock venues for the duo to forge the songs that will become their debut album. Once, they felt confident that they had enough material to release three albums. Now, after interacting with crowds, they’re taking a step back, reviewing their material, and considering how to make their best work. “We were so certain about so many things, but the live element has changed it,” said Caroompas. “It’s not so sterile.” He and McAllister hope to incorporate influences of performance art and stand-up comedy in their performances. “We like comedy, but we don’t want to do jokes,” said Caroompas. “That’s what the name is,” said McAllister. “We’re gonna die. That’s funny.” Ω



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Karaoke Tonight Show, 8:30pm, M, Blues Jam Night, 8pm, Tu, no cover

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1) Cirque Le Noir, 8pm, $19.95-$39.95 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover

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

1) Cirque Le Noir, 2pm, 5:30pm, $19.95-$29.95

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

2) DJ Sykwidit, 10pm, $15 3) Rick Springfield, 8:15pm, no cover

1) Dancing With The Stars, 9pm, $32-$50 2) DJ Ayla Simone, 10pm, $15 3) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 8:15pm, no cover

1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover

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

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

1) Solid Gold Soul, 7:30pm, $29.50-$40.50 iCandy The Show, 10pm, $30.75-$59.75 4) Big Bad Boogie Rock, 8pm, no cover

1) Solid Gold Soul, 7:30pm, $29.50-$40.50 iCandy The Show, 10pm, $30.75-$59.75 4) Simply the Best, 8pm, no cover

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

Joan Jett   & The Blackhearts

CRystAl BAy CAsino

Aug. 12, 8:15 p.m.  Grand Sierra Resort  2500 E. Second St.  789-2000

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

1) Cirque Le Noir, 7pm, $19.95 - $29.95

2) Myles Weber, 8pm, $15

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 3) Johnny Rivers, 8:15pm, no cover 1) Grand Theater 2) Lex Nightclub 3) Outdoor Stage


HARRAH’s lAke tAHoe

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) 322-3001: 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

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


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

1) Solid Gold Soul,

219 N. Center St., (775) 788-2900 7:30pm, $29.50-$40.50 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) The Zone 4) Hot Rods, noon, no cover 3) Sapphire Lounge 4) Plaza 5) Convention Center

HARVeys lAke tAHoe

1) The Who, 8pm, W, $89.50-$425

18 Hwy. 50, Stateline; (775) 588-6611 1) Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena 2) Cabo Wabo

montBleu ResoRt

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (800) 648-3353 1) Showroom 2) Blu Nightclub

1) LUMA: Art In Darkness, 8pm, $20-$25

1) LUMA: Art In Darkness, 8pm, $25

1) LUMA: Art In Darkness, 8pm, $25 2) Shlump, Benjah Ninjah, Subdocta, 9pm, $15-$17

1) LUMA: Art In Darkness, 8pm, $20-$25

peppeRmill ResoRt spA CAsino

2) Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, 7pm, no cover 3) Edge Thursdays Ladies Night with DJs Enfo & Twyman, 10pm, $20

2) Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, 8pm, no cover 3) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

2) Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, 8pm, no cover 3) DJ Scene, 10pm, $20

2) Tyler Stafford, 6pm, no cover

1) The Fab Four—The Ultimate Tribute, 8pm, $27.06-$38.99

3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5

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

silVeR leGACy ResoRt CAsino

407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge

Davidson’s Distillery


hellbound glory Thursday Aug. 10

live music Friday Aug. 11

Hellbound Glory Saturday Aug. 12

2) Tyler Stafford, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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davidson’s distillery

275 E. 4th Street // Reno, NV next to shoeman’s custom cycle

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Call the experts at Clark Pest Control at 690 Kresge Lane, in Sparks. These qualified professionals will eliminate harmful and dangerous insects including roaches, fleas, ants, spiders, beetles and ticks. Rodent pests such as mice and rats are taken care of in an efficient manner. Call Clark Pest Control for your F.H.A. or state termite inspection. They will be glad to advise you as to the condition of your home or business and what means will be necessary to rid yourself of any pests that are present. You will have the peace of mind that exists with professional application and proper safety procedures. They are licensed and bonded, of course. Call Clark Pest Control, they'll do a great job AND they offer guaranteed results! The editors of this 2017 Consumer Business Review recommend, for the 9th year, that you contact Clark Pest Control for ALL types of pest control solutions you'll be glad you did!

FOR THE WEEK OF augusT 10, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit RENO STREET FOOD: The food truck gathering features over 30 gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Local musicians provide free live entertainment each Friday night through Sept. 29. Fri, 8/11, 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, 8/12, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.


Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest


The 16th annual dog-friendly music festival returns to Squaw Valley this weekend. Festival-goers can enjoy samples from more than 25 breweries, as well listen to a variety of jazz and funk acts on two stages, including The Motet, Orgone, Gene Evaro Jr., Jelly Bread and The Sextones. Admission is a $5 donation. Beers are $5. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Festival hours are 2-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, at The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 East Village Road, Olympic Valley. Call (800) 403-0206 or visit

second annual fundraiser for Valhalla’s historic Boathouse Theatre features music by the Earles of Newtown. The event will include a wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages and elegant appetizer reception prior to the concert in the Boathouse Theatre. The reception will be held on the Grand Hall lawn behind the Boathouse. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1920s attire. There will also be costume prizes. Sat, 8/12, 6:30pm. $50. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, 1 Valhalla Road, off Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe,

SUMOBOT TRAINING & COMPETITION: Students ages 10 and older will build and program a basic “castor bot” using NXT Mindstorms software. The day will end with a SumoBot competition where competitors will try to push their opponent’s robot out of the ring. Proceeds support FTC Robotics Team, The Sonic Screwdrivers. Thu, 8/10, 12:30pm. $25. Bricks and Minifigs, 18180 Wedge Parkway, Ste. 1, (775) 847-9617.


EvEnTs THE BIGGEST LITTLE BUG ADVENTURE WITH NEVADA BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES: Discover Nevada’s amazing arthropods during this hands-on program. Interact with millipedes, beetles and more at the bug petting zoo. Create and take a small packet of native pollinator seeds for the bees and butterflies in your own garden. Sun, 8/13, noon-2pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.

EXTENDED STUDIES OPEN HOUSE: Learn more about Extended Studies certificates and programs, meet instructors, enjoy refreshments and enter drawings for certificates usable toward course fees and other prizes. Attend an information session at 5:30pm about the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Wed, 8/16, 5:30pm. Free. University of Nevada, Reno Redfield Campus, 18600 Wedge Parkway, (775) 784-4046.

FEED THE CAMEL: The fourth annual food truck gathering features some of the best food trucks in the Truckee Meadows and local beer. Wed, 8/16, 5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive,

HANDS ON! SECOND SATURDAYS: The monthly program offers free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docentguided tour, live performances and community collaborations. Sat, 8/12, 10am-6pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: The 31st annual celebration of classic cars and rock ’n’ roll music features live music and entertainment, show ’n’ shines, nightly cruises, drag races, burnouts, AutoCross, swap meets, auto drifting, the Hot August Nights Auction car auction, Vintage Trailer Revival and the Grand Finale Parade through downtown Reno. Thu, 8/10-Sun, 8/13. Free for most events. Various locations in Reno and Sparks, (775) 356-1956,

NEVADA SOLAR ENERGY SUMMIT & CLEAN ENERGY EXPO: Local, state and national solar energy experts will address technology and cost trends, the 2017 Nevada Legislature and how solar energy bills fared, a review of public opinion polls and how solar/energy issues could play a significant role in the 2018 elections. Wed, 8/16, 8am. $20. Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair St., (775) 682-8612.

The Astronomical Society of Nevada presents a program on the total solar eclipse, which will be visible from Oregon to Georgia and will occur on Aug. 21. Tue, 8/15, 6-7pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Highway, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1800.

TRUCKEE THURSDAYS: The street fair features local and regional artisans, food trucks, a beer garden and live music. Thu, 8/10, 5pm. Free. Historic Downtown Truckee, 10065 Donner Pass Road, Truckee,

COURTHOUSE GALLERY, CARSON CITY COURTHOUSE: Industrial Art—Sports Edition. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 28. Thu, 8/10-Fri, 8/11; Mon, 8/14-Wed, 8/16, 8am-5pm. Free. Courthouse Gallery, Carson City Courthouse, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City,

ART SOURCE GALLERY: Moving the World— Once, Twice, Nevermore. Permanent art installation by artist Yuyu Yang, as well as Art Source Gallery’s art collection. Thu, 8/10-Wed, 8/16, 10am. Free. Art Source Gallery, 2195 S. Virginia St., Ste. 102, (775) 828-3525.

ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Open Spaces and Special Places—The Art of Conservation. This benefit art show and sale for Nevada Land Trust runs through Aug. 31. Thu, 8/10-Wed, 8/16, 11am4pm. Free. Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

Sue. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast of the Tyrannosaurus rex Sue is the centerpiece of this exhibition that also features hands-on and digital interactive exhibits that help you uncover Sue’s amazing past and explore the field of paleontology. Thu, 8/10-Wed, 8/16. $10$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000,

CRAFT WINE & BEER: The Art of the March—Science as Civil and Rational Disobedience. A photographic retrospective of the Northern Nevada March for Science. This fundraiser will benefit Sierra Nevada Journeys as they provide science based K-12 education programs in low-income areas of Northern Nevada. Sat, 8/12, 5pm. Free. Craft Wine & Beer, 22 Martin St., (775) 391-8620.

WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM: Sherlock Holmes

REID HOUSE GALLERY AND STUDIO: Constructing Memories. DJD Foundation/ Art Heals War Wounds presents a show of fiber art by Lynda Yuroff and Luana Ritch. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. Thu, 8/10, Sat, 8/12-Sun, 8/13; Tue, 8/15, noon-6pm. Free. Reid House Gallery and Studio, 515 Court St., (775) 391-2668.

RENO ART WORKS: The Figure. This collaborative visual art show introduces viewers to the world of figure drawing. The show includes hundreds of original sketches and finished artworks created by over a dozen Reno artists. The show runs from Aug 10-Sept. 1. The reception is Aug. 10, 6-9pm. Thu, 8/10-Sat, 8/12; Mon, 8/14-Wed, 8/16, noon-7pm. Free. Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, (651) 361-0757.


Arts Initiative presents its photography exhibition by artist Dylan Silver. The artwork will on view in the gallery through Nov. 9. The Sierra Room is open MondayThursday, 5-8pm. There will be an artist’s reception on Aug. 15, 5-7pm. Thu, 8/10; Mon, 8/14-Wed, 8/16, 5-8pm. Free. Sierra Room at Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 2837421,

Night. Drink a local brew, paint, draw and listen to music. Discuss ideas and network with other visual creatives at this monthly gathering. Thu, 8/10, 9pm. Free. St. James Infirmary, 445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484.

Astronaut. This exhibit is an innovative first-person experience for all ages that immerses visitors in the science and engineering of spaceflight through 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, 8/10-Wed, 8/16. $6-$12. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 830-5295,

watching new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. A different movie shows every Thursday through Aug. 31. All movies start at 8:30pm, weather permitting. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Thu, 8/10, 8:30pm. Free. The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Tahoe City, (800) 403-0206,

MusIC CLASSICAL TAHOE: The sixth annual music

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY: Artist Industry


& the Clocktower Mystery. A shocking crime has been committed and Victorian London’s most celebrated detective needs your help to find out “whodunit.” Challenge your powers of observation and deductive reasoning as you work to solve a baffling mystery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 29. Hours are 10am to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 8pm on Friday and noon to 4pm on Sunday. The exhibition is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Thu, 8/10Fri, 8/11; Sun, 8/13; Wed, 8/16, 10am. $8-$9. Wilbur D. May Museum, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.






festival brings national and international orchestral musicians, acclaimed guest soloists and a world premiere event to Incline Village. Concerts begin at 7pm at the Festival Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Fri, 8/11-Sat, 8/12, 7pm. $25-$100. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 298-0245,

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.: The modern alt-country band performs as part of the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival. Wed, 8/16, 7:30pm. $20-$35. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, 1 Valhalla Road, off Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975,

JAZZ AND BEYOND CARSON CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual festival features more than 60 performances and over 100 performers at various venues, including the Carson Mall, Comma Courtyard, the Brewery Arts Center, and other downtown Carson City venues, through Aug. 21. Thu, 8/10-Wed, 8/16. Free for most events. Multiple venues throughout Carson City, (775) 883-4154,






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MUSIC INDUSTRY NIGHT: Open your ears  to local albums, national releases and  more. Make new friends and meet  other creatives and/or fans. Drink  local beer, plan upcoming projects and  learn about events going on in our area.  Sometimes a band or two will drop by  to perform. .  Wed, 8/16, 9pm. Free. St.  James Infirmary, 445 California Ave., (775)  657-8484.

THREE LITTLE GIRLS: Piper’s Opera House  presents Makayla Rose Taylor as Lotta  Crabtree, Maude Adams and Emma  Nevada, three little girls who performed  at Piper’s Opera House. Performances  are at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday, through Aug. 17. Box luncheon  available at additional cost of $10.  Thu, 8/10; Tue, 8/15-Wed, 8/16, noon. $5-$15.  Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia  City, (775) 847-0433.


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THE GATEWAY SHOW: Four comics hit the  stage and do their best sets, then they go  to an undisclosed location to get way too  high, only to come back in and attempt  to do another set completely baked.  Thu, 8/10, 8pm. $10 online, $15 at the door.  The Potentialist, 836 E. Second St., www.

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The  annual festival features performances  of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s  Lost and the mystery classic The Hounds  of the Baskervilles on alternating nights  through Aug. 21. The Monday Night  Showcase features a diverse array of live  music and entertainment from a variety  of genres. A different performance will be  featured each week.  Thu, 8/10-Wed, 8/16, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Warren Edward Trepp  Stage at Sand Harbor State Park, 2005  Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697,

RENO IMPROV SHOW: The Reno Improv 


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SPORTS & FITNESS GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through  Galena Creek Park with a local specialist.  Please bring appropriate clothing and  plenty of water. The hike intensity varies,  depending on the audience.  Sat, 8/12, 10am. Free, donations welcome. Galena  Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose  Highway, (775) 849-4948.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer 


presents an evening of spontaneous  comedy.  Sat, 8/12, 8pm. $5. The  Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St.,  (775) 686-8201.

SLEEPING BEAUTY—A FAIRY’S TALE: The  romantic ballet, set to the music  of Tchaikovsky, is reimagined for a  contemporary audience by Sierra  Nevada Ballet director/choreographer,  Rosine Bena. This full-length professional  production features a cast of over 50  dancers.  Sat, 8/12, 7:30pm. $20-$25.  Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno,  1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 360-8663.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Sierra School of  Performing Arts presents Rodgers &  Hammerstein’s Broadway musical on Aug.  11-13, 17-20, 25-26. The Sound of Music  tells the story of a postulant who proves  too high-spirited for the religious life.  She is dispatched to serve as governess  for the seven children of a widowed  naval Captain. The production features  popular songs such as “Edelweiss,” “My  Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,”  “Do-Re-Mi” and the title song “The Sound  of Music.”  Fri, 8/11-Sun, 8/13, 7:30pm. $15$40. Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater,  Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley  Ranch Road, (775) 852-7740.

COMPUTER CLASS: Join a specific series  of classes to learn beginning computer  skills, how to use the internet, email  services and the Microsoft Office  Suite.  Fri, 8/11, 1-3pm. Free. Meeting  Room, Sparks Library, 1125 12th St.,  Sparks, (775) 352-3200. 

DRINK & DRAW: An unorthodox figure 

SUNDAY JAZZ AT RLT: Reno Little Theater,  For the Love of Jazz  and jazz station  89.5 KNCJ sponsor this monthly event  featuring some of the area’s most  prominent jazz musicians. This month,  CeCe Gable will sing songs from the  American Songbook, accompanied by  keyboardist John Shipley, drummer  Andy Heglund and horn player Dallas  Smith. Proceeds benefit RLT and For the  Love of Jazz.  Sun, 8/13, 10:30am. Paywhat-you-can admission. Reno Little  Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900,


club, Reno 1868 FC takes on the San  Antonio FC.  Sat, 8/12, 7:30pm. $15-$27.  Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave.,  (775) 334-7000,

RENO ACES: The minor league baseball team  plays Sacramento River Cats.  Tue, 8/1Wed, 8/16, 7pm. $9-$34. Greater Nevada  Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000,

LIFESTYLE BOARDGAMERS OF RENO: Boardgamers of  Reno play a variety of Euro-style board  games that rely more on planning and  tactics than simply rolling a die and  moving. The event is open to all skill  levels.  Tue, 8/15, 5pm. Free. Baldini’s  Casino, second floor, 865 S. Rock Blvd.,  Sparks, (775) 453-8406.

ECLECTIC EVENING BOOK CLUB: The club  meets this month to discuss Steve Olson’s  Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount  St. Helens.  Wed, 8/16, 5-6:30pm. Free.  Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive,  (775) 787-4100. 

KNITTING CLUB: Join Sierra View Library’s  new knitting club Knit Wits and Hookers.  Open to all levels of knitters.  Thu, 8/10, 1-3pm. Free. Meeting Room, Sierra View  Library, Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia  St., (775) 827-3232. 

drawing class with limited formal  instruction and maximum visual  stimulation from an assortment of  the following: nude models, burlesque  performers, musicians, staged still lifes,  running films and projected images. Basic  drawing supplies are offered (charcoal,  pencils, paper, drawing boards). Please  bring materials as you like. First and  third Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Instructor: J.  Charboneau.  Wed. 8/16, 7pm. $10-$20.  Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road,  (651) 361-0757,

GENEALOGY OPEN LAB: Genealogy Open Lab is  open to all family researchers. Learn how  to build your family tree, discover your  ancestors and amaze your family with  your research skills.  Fri, 8/11, 11:30am.   Truckee Meadows Community College,  7000 Dandini Blvd., (775) 674-7602.

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF RENO: PSOR meets  every Wednesday. There is painting from  life models (no instruction). All artists  are welcome. For more information, email  Wed, 8/16, 9am. $10.  Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., 7861128,

WATERCOLOR PAINTERS OPEN GROUP: This is a  group of watercolor painters who paint together and learn from each other.  Fri, 8/11, 9am. $5. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St.,

YOGA & JOURNALING: A four-week,  self-discovery class combining yoga  and journaling. Class will be held  on Thursdays, Aug. 10-31.  Thu, 8/10, 6-7:30pm. $55. Lake Mansion, 250 Court  St., (775) 826-6100.


for seniors meets on the first and third  Wednesday of each month.  Wed, 8/16, 1-3pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library,  2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100. 

age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds  and be in good health. There are some  weight and height restrictions for donors  younger than 23 and parental permission  is required for all 16-year-old and  17-year-old donors. Contact United Blood  Services to make an appointment.  Thu, 8/10-Fri, 8/11; Mon, 8/14-Wed, 8/16. Free.  United Blood Services, 1125 Terminal Way,  (775) 324-6454.


IDLEWILD HEALTH WALKS: These interpretative 

LIFESCAPES: The memoir-writing group 

A monthly event organized by Training  Connexion for English speakers to practice  Spanish in a relaxed and casual way.  Thu, 8/10, 6pm. Free. Training Connexion, 4600  Kietzke Lane, (775) 224-6271.

TUESDAY NIGHT YARN CREW: All skill levels  are welcome. Bring your project to “sit  and knit.”  Tue, 8/15, 5:30-7pm. Free.  Courtside Room, South Valleys Library,  Training Connexion, 15650 Wedge  Parkway, (775) 851-5190.

walks are a safe and supportive  environment designed to offer people in  all stages of Alzheimer’s and their carepartners an opportunity to get outdoors,  get some exercise and socialize with their  peers. The walks take place every Tuesday  at 10am.  Tue, 8/15, 10am. Free. Truckee  Meadows Parks Foundation Office, Idlewild  Park, 50 Cowan Drive, (775) 784-1807.


Color me suspicious A guy my girlfriend dated seven years ago is now an aspiring artist, and he gave my girlfriend one of his paintings. It’s abstract, splashy and horrible. I find it disrespectful of him to give it to her (because she’s in a relationship). She said he does lots of paintings, sells almost none, and gives them as gifts to all of his friends. I asked her to throw it away, but she said that would be “too mean” and shoved it under the bed. Am I being overly jealous, or is it wrong to accept gifts from exes? It makes sense that a gift from a guy to your girlfriend would set off your internal alarms. Consider, as evolutionary behavioral scientist Gad Saad points out, that one sex—the male one—woos (as in, tries to get the other into bed) with gifts. When a guy arrives to pick a woman up, she doesn’t open the door with “Surprise, bro! Got you these roses! Take off your pants!” As I somewhat frequently explain, this difference comes out of how sex can cost women big-time in a way it doesn’t cost men—with pregnancy and the 18-year afterparty. So, women evolved to go for men who are willing and able to invest in any little, uh, nipple nibblers they give birth to, and giftgiving can be a signal of that. Your being upset over the painting could be a subconscious reaction to this. But considering that this guy is handing out paintings like they’re “We Buy Gold!” leaflets, this gift to your girlfriend is probably a sign of a few things: He paints badly (though prolifically) and lacks storage space. In general, as for whether it’s OK to accept gifts from exes, context counts. Did the two people break up just yesterday or a decade ago? Are there still feelings bubbling up? Was the ex’s gift, say, a tire jack or a diamond-encrusted thong? Because this was just an ugly painting given to your girlfriend by a friend (long stripped of benefits), she did the kind thing and accepted it. So maybe just appreciate that her willingness to shove it under the bed relieves you of the need to suggest an even better location: à la “Can I offer you a steak—mesquite-grilled with just a hint of carcinogenic paint fumes?”

Wife in the fast lane I’m a 31-year-old woman, and I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 10 months. I was hoping to get married eventually. Well, my friend goes to this famous “relationship coach” who says that if a guy doesn’t ask you to marry him within the first year, he never will. Is that true? It’s making me feel anxious and worried that I’m wasting my time. We crave certainty and get freaked out by uncertainty. Psychologically, a guarantee of something bad happening is way more comfortable for us than the mere possibility that it could. This sounds a little nuts, but it makes evolutionary sense, because uncertainty leaves us on constant alert, which is both psychologically and physiologically draining. When research subjects are given a choice—get an electric shock for sure right then and there or possibly get surprised with a shock later—they overwhelmingly opt for the certain zapping in the present. And neuroscientist Archy de Berker found that people experienced greater physical stress responses (sweating and enlarged pupils) when a shock came unpredictably than when they knew it was coming. This is why it can be tempting to buy into an “expert’s” doom-andgloom timetable—despite countless examples disproving their “Marry before the year’s out or spinsterville forever!” pronouncement. And consider something else: University of Pisa psychiatrist Donatella Marazziti finds that people in love are basically hormonally inebriated for a year or two. Also, it’s typically adversity—which tends to be in short supply during a year of romantic picnics and spa vacations —that shows what two people are made of and how well they, as a couple, weather life’s kicks in the teeth. You know, like after you encourage your partner to be true to that inner voice—and he listens: “Thanks to you, honey, I’m quitting my soulkilling six-figure job to become a professional pogo stick artist.” Ω


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Uruguayan writer

Eduardo Galeano defines “idiot memory” as the kind of remembrances that keep us attached to our old self-images, and trapped by them. “Lively memory,” on the other hand, is a feisty approach to our old stories. It impels us to graduate from who we used to be. “We are the sum of our efforts to change who we are,” writes Galeano. “Identity is no museum piece sitting stock-still in a display case.” Here’s another clue to your current assignment, Taurus, from psychotherapist Dick Olney: “The goal of a good therapist is to help someone wake up from the dream that they are their self-image.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Sometimes, Gemini,

loving you is a sacred honor for me— equivalent to getting a poem on my birthday from the Dalai Lama. On other occasions, loving you is more like trying to lap up a delicious milkshake that has spilled on the sidewalk, or slow-dancing with a giant robot teddy bear that accidentally knocks me down when it suffers a glitch. I don’t take it personally when I encounter the more challenging sides of you, since you are always an interesting place to visit. But could you maybe show more mercy to the people in your life who are not just visitors? Remind your dear allies of the obvious secret—that you’re composed of several different selves, each of whom craves different thrills.

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when I was young, went to extreme lengths to cultivate her physical attractiveness. “Beauty must suffer,” her mother had told her while growing up, and Liz heeded that advice. To make her long blonde hair as wavy as possible, for example, she wrapped strands of it around six empty metal cans before bed, applied a noxious spray, and then slept all night with a stinky, clanking mass of metal affixed to her head. While you may not do anything so literal, Cancerian, you do sometimes act as if suffering helps keep you strong and attractive—as if feeling hurt is a viable way to energize your quest for what you want. But if you’d like to transform that approach, the coming weeks will be a good time. Step One: Have a long, compassionate talk with your inner saboteur.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Each of us comes to know

the truth in our own way, says astrologer Antero Alli. “For some it is wild and unfettered,” he writes. “For others it is like a cozy domesticated cat, while others find truth through their senses alone.” Whatever your usual style of knowing the truth might be, Leo, I suspect you’ll benefit from trying out a different method in the next two weeks. Here are some possibilities: trusting your most positive feelings; tuning in to the clues and cues your body provides; performing ceremonies in which you request the help of ancestral spirits; slipping into an altered state by laughing nonstop for five minutes.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Would you scoff if I said

that you’ll soon be blessed with supernatural assistance? Would you smirk and roll your eyes if I advised you to find clues to your next big move by analyzing your irrational fantasies? Would you tell me to stop spouting nonsense if I hinted that a guardian angel is conspiring to blast a tunnel through the mountain you created out of a molehill? It’s OK if you ignore my predictions, Virgo. They’ll come true even if you’re a staunch realist who doesn’t believe in woo-woo, juju, or mojo.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This is the Season of

Enlightenment for you. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will achieve an ultimate state of divine grace. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll be freestyling in satori, samadhi, or nirvana.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some zoos sell the

urine of lions and tigers to gardeners who sprinkle it in their gardens. Apparently the stuff scares off wandering house cats that might be tempted to relieve themselves in vegetable patches. I nominate this scenario to be a provocative metaphor for you in the coming weeks. Might you tap into the power of your inner wild animal so as to protect your inner crops? Could you build up your warrior energy so as to prevent run-ins with pesky irritants? Can you call on helpful spirits to ensure that what’s growing in your life will continue to thrive?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The fates have

conspired to make it right and proper for you to be influenced by Sagittarian author Mark Twain. There are five specific bits of his wisdom that will serve as benevolent tweaks to your attitude. I hope you will also aspire to express some of his expansive snappiness. Now here’s Twain: 1. “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” 2. “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” 3. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” 4. “When in doubt, tell the truth.” 5. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “My grandfather

used to tell me that if you stir muddy water it will only get darker,” wrote I. G. Edmonds in his book *Trickster Tales.* “But if you let the muddy water stand still, the mud will settle and the water will become clearer,” he concluded. I hope this message reaches you in time, Capricorn. I hope you will then resist any temptation you might have to agitate, churn, spill wine into, wash your face in, drink, or splash around in the muddy water.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1985, Maurizio

Cattelan quit his gig at a mortuary in Padua, Italy and resolved to make a living as an artist. He started creating furniture, and ultimately evolved into a sculptor who specialized in satirical work. In 1999 he produced a piece depicting the Pope being struck by a meteorite, which sold for $886,000 in 2001. If there were ever going to be a time when you could launch your personal version of his story, Aquarius, it would be in the next ten months. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should go barreling ahead with such a radical act of faith, however. Following your bliss rarely leads to instant success. It may take years. (16 in Cattelan’s case.) Are you willing to accept that?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Tally up your physical

aches, psychic bruises, and chronic worries. Take inventory of your troubling memories, half-repressed disappointments, and existential nausea. Do it, Pisces! Be strong. If you bravely examine and deeply feel the difficult feelings, then the cures for those feelings will magically begin streaming in your direction. You’ll see what you need to do to escape at least some of your suffering. So name your griefs and losses, my dear. Remember your near-misses and total fiascos. As your reward, you’ll be soothed and relieved and forgiven. A Great Healing will come.

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by KRis VAgNER

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to sell notecards and calendars and T-shirts and shot glasses, so they were just looking for anything they could put on all their products that they sell.

Kate O’Hara drew the illustrations  for this year’s Best Of Northern Nevada issue. She’s a Reno High School  graduate who earned a degree  in illustration at University of the  Arts in Philadelphia in 2014. She has  since shown her work in Reno and  Portland galleries and developed a  versatile roster of clients, including Artown, a couple of bands and a  historical prison in Philadelphia. For  more information, visit

It’s mostly just how I work. It’s continued developing as I’ve been making work. It’s just kind of how I ended up being. I do like to be on that edge between cute and creepy. I don’t want things to be cartoonish, but at the same time, to have that element of darkness to them. I just practiced mostly.

Were there philosophical or stylistic steps you took to get there? Sort of. I think I’ve always sort of drawn that way. That’s just been innate. I tried to tone down my realism—I used to try to be more photorealistic with it—learning how to simplify shapes and forms to get it to the basic form and still be happy with it.

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Your style is striking. It’s this combination of realism and fantasy. It almost veers into creepiness, and it almost veers into cuteness. How did you develop it?

What kind of images did you draw for them?

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What’s your favorite project that you’ve ever worked on? One of my favorites was a skateboard design that I did for a small company. I think they’re out of the Netherlands. And it had this big crane on it, and a bunch of snakes coming out of it.

How did you get that commission? They just hit me up online. I get most of my work that way. Just people see my website or see my work online, and they end up emailing me and asking to work with me.

One of your clients is the Eastern States Penitentiary. What kind of graphics does a historical penitentiary need?

Yeah, but only smaller bands. I did one for a small band called Twink. It’s, like, a really, really small band, and he does all this stuff on toy pianos. So, I did a fun album cover for him, and I’ve done one for a local band called Running With Ravens.

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Let’s go back to the beginning. How’d you start drawing? I’ve always grown up drawing. My mom’s a graphic designer, so she’s always had me and my sisters drawing from a really young age, and I was just always good at it in school. I’m much better at it than anything else.

Where else can people see your work? I do sell a lot of stuff through Society6, and Inprnt as well. My Instagram—I put a lot of stuff up as well. I work with a few different galleries in the Portland area. I don’t have any shows up there currently. Recently I did a show with Nevada Fine Arts.                               Ω

They were looking for all sorts of stuff. They had a little shop, so they were trying


Our turn There are two important elections  coming in 2018. One is, of course,  our election in November. It will  be quite the biggie. The other is  the Russian presidential election,  in March. Normally, we wouldn’t  pay all that much attention to it,  but events in the last year have  boosted interest in Russian internal affairs to surprising new levels,  for some strange reason. Right  now, I’m guessing that London  bookies have the Putin money line  at about +24 million, which means  that to win a dollar, you have to  bet $24 mill. So yeah, you could go  ahead and call Vlad a prohibitive  favorite, and he appears likely to  remain the frontrunner, especially  since he has the power to jail, beat,  poison and exile any opponent who  gets higher than 2 percent in the  latest poll. But the election is not the main  concern here. What I really want  to know is—who’s in charge of 

the election hack? I mean, we are  going to completely cyber-fuck  the Russians and their election,  aren’t we? Please? It’s not like we  don’t have the geek power. We got  plenty of nasty, dangerous geek  power. Yes, the Russians are good,  damn good at this stuff, these  laptop-based “disturbances in  The Force.” But it’s time for us to  jam. Just as the American basketball team always steps up against  the Russians in the Olympics, we  need our Cyber Mayhem Team to  show some badass binary motherboard penetration on these  Slavic slimeballs. It’s not like we  need motivation or justification. We have it. The green light is  on. The fuckin’ Russians flat out  cyber-mugged us. Are we gonna  get off the deck, suck it up, and  kick a little ass? Can we hack it,  pun obvious?  •

It was 50 years ago, August 7, 1967,  that Beatle George and his entourage decided to visit the mecca of  the counterculture at that time,  San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. He expected to be dazzled by  the alternative psychedelic scene  that he’d heard so much about.  What he found was considerably  less inspired, mostly a lot of kids  who had come to SF with flowers  in their hair and who were now  hustling speed on the street. It  was a sobering reality check that  had George and company hustling  back to the limo in no time flat. Once again, I’m teaching a  course in Beatle history at Truckee  Meadows Community College, and  it begins Sept. 13. All you need is  love, man—and 59 bucks. Go to, click  classes, click upcoming classes,  and it’s there under Music. Join us.  It’ll be way fab.                                 Ω

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