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On the move Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. First of all, our thoughts are with all the folks in Texas and Louisiana who’ve been affected by Hurricane Harvey. I’m sure a lot of locals have friends and family in that part of the country—I know some of us here in the office do. But even if we didn’t, it would still be tough to watch that devastation— anywhere in the country, anywhere in the world. In Northern Nevada last winter, we got a small taste of how horrible and frustrating a flood can be—and that was nowhere near the scale of Harvey. If you’re interested in donating to help relief and aid efforts, I’d strongly recommend first consulting the guide the New York Times put together, which details the various aid organizations. It also includes some good tips to avoid the scams perpetrated by fraudsters who love to exploit disasters for their own monetary gain. Second of all: We’re moving! After three years here on the corner of Marsh and Lander— or, as I like to call it, “Martian Lander”—the RN&R is moving offices over to 760 Margrave Drive. I hate the pain-in-the-ass disruption of moving, but I’m pretty excited about the new building, which is well suited to our unusual, specific needs. There are separate office suites to house our editorial and advertising teams, a parking lot that will work well as our distribution center, and a ground level entrance for folks who like to buy the RN&R’s Sweetdeals. (Which, by the way, are indeed good deals— discounted gift certificates where you can save beaucoup bucks at local businesses, restaurants, bars, blah blah blah. I don’t work on it at all myself, but I’d encourage curious readers to check it out: rnrsweetdeals.newsreview. com. It’s an important part of how this newspaper stays strong and free.) Anyway, we should be all moved in by the time the next issue hits the stands. All of this should be big news to anybody who thinks we’re still based on Center Street next to the freeway entrance.
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Bird cage Re “Learn it” (editor’s note, Aug. 17): You are far too quick to throw around the “racist” label. You attack Peter Cvjetanovic, a young student at University of Nevada, Reno because he chose to avail himself of his First Amendment rights to express his beliefs. There is a real problem with folks like you who think it is OK to attack the messenger just because you don’t like the message. Where was your venom when the Black Lives Matter bunch were advocating “kill all whites”? Why have folks like you not made a public condemnation of a black Missouri Senator who called for “the assassination of President Trump”? I may not agree with Mr. Cvjetanovic’s stated beliefs but I will defend his right to express his beliefs. You have certainly been granted a license by the News & Review to express your own one-sided opinion, but that is what I have come to expect from people who only see things one way. They aren’t interested in debating, all they want is to out-yell anyone else. You state that some are circulating petitions to get Mr. Cvjetanovic fired from UNR. For what—exercising his First Amendment rights? You state “that dude needs to be taught a lesson.” By whom? You? Such an impartial and vocal person who is filled with such wisdom that it allows you to be both judge and jury. You must certainly live on a one-way street because your thinking certainly leans that way. I personally consider the News & Review nothing more than a liberal rag that has surrounded itself with mediocre wannabe journalists who can’t get a job with a reputable newspaper. Years ago, it would have been relegated to the “outhouse” to be used as toilet paper. Why the News & Review allows both you and Bruce Van Dyke to hold space in the
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Word choices Re “Time to do the hard work” (editorial, Aug. 17): I might have made it all the way through your ridiculous rumination on the site selected for the City of Reno’s otherwise heartfelt vigil on behalf of the victims of the Charlottesville tragedy— which was held in front of the BELIEVE sign in downtown, one of the few venues available in Reno for such a gathering— but for the utterly unsubstantiated and untrue statement that was made at the conclusion of the editorial. You wrote: “The United States is recognized both inside and outside of our borders as an anti-intellectual society.” That cannot explain why intelligent and forward thinking parents of all kinds from all over the world strive to enroll their children in our universities, yearn to bring them up in our schools and communities, and risk virtually everything to have them raised as Americans. Yes, we believe that our country offers the best and brightest future, the greatest hope for peace and prosperity, the inherent, if not fully evolved, aspiration for equality for all people in the land. Clearly, we did not elevate a worthy example of our collective intellectual population to the highest office in the land, but that is hardly sufficient reason for you to vilify what we believe. Adding insult to injury, you added that this supposed and acknowledged antiintellectual banner was “a quality we can afford no more.” What the hell are you smoking?
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When you put down that joint, please pick up a thesaurus. Just because some people overuse the word believe does not mean that it is the only word that works in this context. Consider, deem, hold, opine are all options, but when you mentioned think and reason I suspect that you may indeed have consulted a thesaurus, but jumped ahead to the very next entry, which is belittle. Terri Thomas Reno
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Places to sit A few days ago, the Reno Gazette-Journal ran the headline “No spitting, sitting, climbing in downtown Reno under proposed anti-vagrancy laws.” It was sitting that caught our eyes, but the only reference to sitting in the article dealt with sitting on the decks over the railroad trench. Nevertheless, we’re going to take the opportunity to address the issue of sitting in the downtown. There are very few places to sit downtown, and there should be many, many more. Long before the United States developed its large homeless class in the 1980s, the casinos had worked their will on downtown Reno. With city officials inclined to go along with anything the casinos wanted, anything that made the downtown attractive was done away with—trees, landscaping, and anyplace to sit were at the top of the list. Anything that gave people a reason to step outside the casinos went away, so we ended up with that cozy, institutional look. Powning Park, which took up half a city block, had tall trees, walking paths, benches and old folks playing chess or checkers. Sometimes there were Reno Municipal Band concerts there. A couple of presidents spoke there. Over the objections of a Reno women’s group, both the park and the State Building that occupied the other half of the block were destroyed. The park is now the big, wide concrete slab in front of the Pioneer Theatre. (The property, by the way, was donated to the city on the condition it always remain a park.)
For 20 years, we have argued on this page that city planning should be done to please locals, not tourists, and that if locals have a good quality of life it will attract tourists. The stark, ugly downtown needs tall trees, not tiny trees like those in grocery parking lots. It needs more landscaping. It needs parks in front of the Pioneer and on the Mapes lot and at First and West, not more concrete slabs. It needs places to sit. It needs to attract locals. Will homeless people use such amenities? Sure. But the casinos have their own little tax district downtown to pay for additional police protection. Use those police for more than just protecting the casinos. Use them to aid the homeless, too. Who goes to downtown Portland or Sacramento or Denver to relax? Lots of residents. How many residents go to downtown Reno to relax? Forget it, though the Sierra Street region is showing signs of bringing the locals back downtown. There’s a nice big tree in front of the city parking garage on Sierra. Grow them in front of the casinos on Virginia, too. Change the look of downtown. Start prying the concrete out of Brick Park and the Mapes lot, and start making it attractive instead of industrial. Put in grass, trees, picnic tables, and strolling, friendly police officers. And some places to sit. Senior citizens are a big part of our tourist base. Instead of banning sitting, accommodate it. Encourage it. Ω
I’m here for Donald Trump. I’m here to protect my president. I’m a security officer. I’m also an ordained minister.
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I’m from Reno. I love our veterans, and our president is not representing me or representing the people I love enough. He’s not taking care of us. He’s making the world more dangerous, rather than safer.
JohNNy griggs Military retiree
When he was campaigning—all of the stuff he said he was campaigning for, he’s not doing. And, plus, it’s all about him. It’s not about the American people. I was looking last night on the news, you know, it was all about how he lives in this high-rise apartment, people are jealous of him. That’s not true.
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by Sheila leSlie
We’re better than this What a week. Even for those who have always been Never Trumpers, the president magnified our low expectations, proving without a doubt he has neither the cognitive ability nor moral authority to lead the nation. After Charlottesville and his outrageous equating of neoNazis with those demanding equality and justice, he could have refocused his energy on the common good. Or he could at least have remained cloistered in his country club playing golf, allowing the rest of us to enjoy a few weeks of respite from the daily revulsion of his presidency. But no. Trump began last week with a wooden address to the nation on his new policies for the war in Afghanistan, policies that bore a startling resemblance to those of the previous administration despite his campaign rhetoric. He then traveled to Phoenix, ignoring a plea from its mayor to allow racial tensions from the Charlottesville tragedy to diminish. Instead, the president led a
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tone-deaf campaign rally, sounding more unhinged every minute, backed by a weird crowd that randomly cheered their ranting, unfocused and sneering President. And then, of all places, he flew to Reno to speak to the American Legion and was greeted by 1,000 protesters on Virginia Street in the middle of a work day. After just a 22-minute teleprompter speech, Trump quickly disappeared, leaving behind an expensive public safety bill for a speech he should have phoned in. By the weekend, Hurricane Harvey menaced the Gulf Coast, but all Trump could do was wish Texans “Good luck” before dumping a triple whammy late on Friday, pardoning racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, banning transgender troops from serving their country, and threatening Dreamers with a revocation of their work permits. It was enough to make anyone cry in frustration and anguish. Instead, nearly 150 Nevadans drove to Gardnerville to protest Trump and his ardent supporters
at Adam Laxalt’s Basque Fry, the largest public protest ever seen along U.S. 395 in rural Douglas County. Three people infiltrated the fundraiser for Laxalt’s expected gubernatorial run, disrupting his speech with Navy rescue whistles, chanting “U.S.A.” back to the crowd as they were roughly hustled out. Progressive leader Bob Fulkerson explained the direct confrontation on Trump territory as “blowing the SOS whistle for a country and communities under severe distress. … Someone said we no longer have to ask ourselves what we would have done during the Holocaust or the civil rights struggle, because we’re doing it now. I’m inspired by the growing number of ordinary people in Nevada and around the country who know a better world is possible and are stepping up with courage and taking risks.” A mile down the road, the protesters were more young than old, of different races and ethnicities, refusing to wilt under a searing Nevada sun. They
bravely confronted a circling pickup with Confederate flags and cheerfully waved back at plenty of middle finger salutes and taunts from passing motorists. These expressions of hate were overwhelmed, however, by honking and cheers of support from local residents, passing truckers, and caravans of Burners traveling to Black Rock City. On Sunday, as Texas residents celebrated breathtaking rescues and struggled with massive flooding, Trump was more focused on his own priorities. He tweeted “With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.” Back in Reno, the Resistance continued with a Black Lives Matter protest attracting nearly 1,000 people determined to battle racism, bigotry and an incompetent president who surely cannot prevail. They know we are better than this. Ω
by Brendan Trainor
Both sides? Let’s look. In the 1930s, gangs of Nazi and communist youth roamed Germany’s streets, brawling over which brand of socialism was superior—racialist National Socialism, or class war international communism. On Aug. 12 in Charlottesville Virginia, America got a taste of the same ideological blood lust. The demonstration that turned into a riot cost the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and hospitalized about two dozen others. Unite the Right (UTR), a group called alt-right but comprised of neo-Nazi and KKK-type groups, applied for a permit to demonstrate against Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The city never issued a permit but—very late in the game—ordered the rally moved from Emancipation Park, a small park where the statue stood, to McIntire Park, a larger park farther north. The ACLU won an injunction moving the rally back to the statue, in part, because the judge said the city failed to submit anything showing the move was needed for safety reasons and
because he found that the city based its decision on opposition to the sponsor’s opinions, making it a First Amendment violation. On Friday night before the demonstration, UTR marched with torches chanting “Blood and Soil,” a white nationalist slogan that goes back to the days of Bill the Butcher and the 1800s gangs of New York. The next morning, many of the UTR and the counter demonstrators—left-anarchist Antifa and extremist Black Lives Matter (BLM)—were wearing protective gear and carrying shields and sticks. According to the UTR, the police unnecessarily forced UTR demonstrators to walk a gauntlet lined with BLM activists to get to the park and they were attacked. A riot ensued. The alt-right chant “Blood and Soil” was met by BLM’s “We Will Replace You,” and “We own the Streets.” The ACLU agrees with the UTR that most of the blame for the riot falls on the poorly prepared, indifferent or even hostile police. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an “unlawful assembly”
and the UTR never held the demonstration. The UTR then found themselves cut off and attacked in small groups by the angry mob. There was a bloody scuffle in a parking garage. BLM’s “Bash the fash” was primarily about hurling bottles filled with excrement and concrete chips. Minutes later a car driven by young Alex Fields slammed into a car surrounded by a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing Ms. Heyer. The left immediately demanded he be prosecuted as a terrorist, but video evidence suggests he may have panicked when his car was hit by BLM clubs. In Virginia law, a driver confronted by a hostile mob has the right to drive through, even if people are hit. A jury will have to sort it out. UTR leader Jason Kessler later tried to give a press conference, but he was shouted down and grabbed by BLM members and could not speak. Our First Amendment protects the right of extremists of all kinds to preach ugly, confused rhetoric. While a classical liberal government must defend the right to speak, including
hate speech, it cannot allow actual violence. The police did a poor job, people were hurt and killed, and now the incident will be magnified throughout the media’s ideological echo chamber. Whatever you think of race realism, immigration restriction, and other alt-right issues, the KKK and Stormfront Neo-Nazis are a small fringe of the alt-right. The United States has declared that National Socialism ideology is outside the Overton Window, the measure of the boundaries of acceptable political views. But where are Neo-Nazis in power today? BLM has many supporters who hold political office or are in college administrations. They are absolutely wrong when they claim hate speech is itself violence, and that justifies violence and the denial of First Amendment rights to protect people from hearing it. In recent years, nearly all the rhetorical and actual violence has been from the left. If there were any “nice people” with the UTR, they never got an opportunity to be heard. Ω
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by Dennis Myers
Say cheeSe, Suzy
Craig Newton shows his support for Donald Trump.
The photography website PetaPixel is poking fun at Nevada’s heavily bureaucratic permitting process for taking pictures in state parks. It may come as a surprise that there is a permitting process for photographers in state parks. It applies only to commercial photographers, though thet definition is disputed. The website ran a 1,224-word article by retired photographer/author Roger Talley describing the process as it would apply to a notional photographer: “Randy has a problem. His girlfriend is ‘a model.’ Worse, she thinks she is a ‘professional model’ and so does the Park system. Neither one of them knows what ‘professional model’ means, but never mind that. Randy is there with Suzy, so he needs a ‘commercial photography’ permit. That his pictures are only destined for social media, not for sale or for advertising, means nothing. That he has no chance of ever being a professional photographer doesn’t matter. That he has never made a dime from selling pictures and never will don’t matter. That what he is doing does not meet the definition in the law for “commercial photography” doesn’t matter. He is there with Suzy, taking pictures of Suzy, and so he needs a permit. For Randy to take pictures of Suzy, all he has to do is get $300,000 in liability insurance policy, make sure the park is a “named insured,” file an application with a $50 fee, do a survey of the park without Suzy in the car, and then make an appointment with a park ranger, get the places he wants to take pictures of her approved, and he is all set to tour the park with Suzy the next day.” The article describes other time-consuming ins and outs as well. A copy of Talley’s article was sent to the Nevada Parks Division, but the agency offered no comment. Readers were not so restrained, posting messages like, “Simpleminded, ridiculous requirements like this are what make scofflaws of us all, and undermine the rule of law. “
Blaming god During the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in Nevada, Republican candidate Sharron Angle’s pastor, in an interview with the RN&R, compared Angle to Esther, queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. Esther’s husband did not know she was a Jew until Haman laid plans to kill all the Jews in the empire. She then revealed her own ethnicity and saved her people. As we reported then (“First Amendment vs. First Commandment,” Oct. 7, 2010), Angle’s Reno pastor, John Reed, argued that Angle and other Christian women candidates that year would save their people. Esther seems to get quite a workout in politics. Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are among those who have cited her as inspiration. And now she has been invoked on behalf of Donald Trump. Trump spiritual advisor Paula White, pastor of a Florida megachurch, was on a panel on the Jim Bakker Show when she said that Trump, like Esther, has been chosen to carry out God’s plan: “Because God says that he raises up and places all people in places of authority. It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God.” Princeton Theological Seminary old testament (Tanakh) scholar Dennis Olson responded in an interview with the Washington Post, “Esther’s story is one about protecting persecuted ethnic minorities, while the president has won support from white supremacist groups and seeks to crack down on immigration.”
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ethical rules to allow them to discuss Trump’s behavior publicly in psychiatric terms. Republicans in Congress who were already concerned about whether Trump offered a GOP face for next year’s midterm elections were even more anxious after Phoenix. To some, it was just another instance of Trump going overboard and then backing away from his excesses. But others thought he crossed a line. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin said the Phoenix address was “horrifying, dishonest and raises issue of mental stability.” GOP strategist Rick Wilson said it was “an astounding chain of lies.” Significantly, the White House posted a video of the Reno speech on its website but not a video or a transcript of the Phoenix speech. (Time Magazine transcribed and posted the Phoenix speech.) Reno’s Klimek may have been comforted to learn that plenty of figures who could hardly be described as liberal were, like him, raising the protesters (“thugs”). He threatened question of “fitness.” to shut down the government unless “I really question his ability to be, he was permitted to building his his fitness to be, in this office,” said border wall, all but promised former former director of national intelligence Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio a James Clapper, Jr. after Phoenix. presidential pardon, and—in sentences “How much longer does the country that made him sound like Reno’s white have to—to borrow a phrase—endure nationalist student Peter Cytanovic— this nightmare?” Clapper called the said, “They’re trying to take away our situation “scary and disturbing.” He culture. They are trying to take away had previously prepared Trump for our history.” his duties during the presidential “I came to this transition. [Charlottesville] march Normally staid, centrist for the message that press organs like USA “The white European culture Today described the president needs has a right to be here Phoenix speech with to ... move beyond just like every other terms like “raucous, culture,” Cytanovic error-filled.” The Los himself.” told KTVN News on Angeles Times explored U.S. Sen. Rob Corker Aug. 12. the provisions of the 25th Tennessee Republican The two men did amendment to the U.S. not specify who was Constitution, which allow trying to “take away” what a majority of the cabinet to they identified as U.S. culture. temporarily remove a president. After attacking war hero John Trump’s fellow Republicans had McCain in Phoenix, Trump praised war already been expressing growing hero Donald Ballard in Reno. concern about Trump’s steadiness. Even for one of Trump’s speeches, A somber Tennessee Republican his Phoenix performance inspired harsh Sen. Bob Corker said at a Rotary comment. The speech, which lasted Club meeting in his home state, “The for about 75 minutes, caused many in President has not yet been able to the audience to depart. Mental health demonstrate the stability nor some professionals revived a debate on of the competence that he needs to whether their calling should change its demonstrate in order to be successful.
Trump speeches raise issue of stability at the corner of Peckham and Virginia on the north side of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Richard Klimek—a veteran who still keeps his keys on an “Army Values” key chain—held a sign reading “UNFIT TO SERVE/DUMP TRUMP/UNFIT TO SERVE.” “I signed that blank check for my country,” he said. “I don’t think this president is fit to serve, especially a president who didn’t go to Vietnam.” A few feet away, behind a barrier separating him and others from the Trump critics, police officer Craig Newton carried two Trump campaign signs and a U.S. flag. “I’m here to support [Trump] and support my family and religion and America,” he said. Those are the normal kind of reactions Trump’s supporters and critics offer at his public appearances—he was speaking to an American Legion gathering inside the convention center—and Trump’s Reno speech was fairly sedate. But the Reno event was largely overlooked as a result of the reaction to his speech in Phoenix the previous day. In Phoenix, he attacked illegal immigrants (“These are animals”), Arizona’s two Republican senators (“weak”), journalists (“don’t like our country”), Democrats (“putting all of America’s safety at risk”) and
Fervor Much news coverage contrasted the Aug. 22 Phoenix and Aug. 23 Reno speeches, with Trump’s unrestrained demeanor in Arizona followed by his relative calm in Nevada, with some reports also drawing in a third appearance—his Aug. 21 speech announcing he was pouring more troops into the 16-year, $781 billion war in Afghanistan. While campaigning last year, Trump said “stupid” U.S. leaders had “wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan.” Democratic U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Jackie Speier and Ted Lieu have all
Richard Klimek made a sign questioning Trump’s fitness. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
introduced measures dealing in different ways with the mental health of presidents. Lieu’s bill, for instance, provides for a psychiatrist on staff at the White House. There is a debate going on in psychiatry about whether the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule”—section seven of the association’s ethics rules—should be repealed. It was adopted after 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater won a libel suit against a magazine that ran an article that was touted on the cover with the headline, “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit To Be President!” None of the psychiatrists quoted in the article had examined Goldwater. The APA rule says a member cannot “offer a professional opinion unless he or she
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has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.” Complaints have been made in past years against those who offered opinions on Saddam Hussein and the Virginia Tech killer. But some psychiatrists say they have a duty to warn the public of disturbing behavior by public figures and have formed an organization with that name—Duty to Warn. In February, 35 physicians and social workers—15 of them psychiatrists—wrote a letter to the New York Times expressing concern that Trump has “grave emotional instability.” But one of the most distinguished names in the field, Allen Frances, also wrote to the Times to argue that the matter is a political, not a psychiatric, issue: “Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers. His psychological motivations are too obvious to be interesting, and analyzing them will not halt his headlong power grab. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.” Concern extends to U.S. allies. North of the border, the Toronto Star editorialized about the Phoenix speech, “Last week [following Charlottesville] we learned that Donald Trump is morally unfit to be president of the United States. This week we’re learning something just as disturbing—that he may have only a tenuous hold on reality.” Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said last month that Trump’s use of social media increases concerns about his mental state: “I would worry that a charge of being mentally ill ended up being thrown around as an insult.” Ω
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… We need for him to be successful. Our nation needs for him to be successful. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Republican or Democrat. … I think the president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself, move way beyond himself and move to a place where daily he’s waking up thinking about what is best for the nation. … He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what made this nation great and what it is today. … You know, helping inspire division because it generates support from your political base is not a formula for causing our nation to advance, our nation to overcome the many issues that we have to deal with right now.” Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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by FrAnk X. Mullen A paleontologist relaxes next to the fossil of Jim II where it was discovered in Humboldt County. Photo courtesy/ P. Martin sander
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Tom Young, the owner of Reno-Sparks’ Great Basin Brewing Company, was driving one of his beer trucks through Douglas County en route to Los Angeles when a highway patrolman pulled him over on suspicion of a lane violation. For reasons that remain unclear, the trooper wanted to inspect the cargo. Young, a mining geologist-turned-brewmeister, pointed at the image of an ichthyosaur, an ancient marine reptile, painted on the side of the vehicle. He explained his load was the remains of the beast itself and not cases of its namesake beer. He was engaged in the lawful transport of an extinct sea monster on a state highway. The cop was skeptical. Young opened the truck. There, encased in plaster, were the fossilized bones of a newly identified species of ichthyosaur discovered in a mountain range near Lovelock. The behemoth was a super predator, the second-largest ichthyosaur ever found. The cop was puzzled. “Luckily, he didn’t want us to bust open the plaster so he could see the bones,” Young said. “He pondered it for awhile, did a safety inspection of the truck, and let us go on our way.” Young became a sea dragon smuggler almost by ichthyo accident. He got involved with ichthyosaur digs about 10 years ago when some dusty scientists from Germany, who were digging for marine reptiles in the mountains of Humboldt County, trundled into Lovelock for supplies. They also shopped for beer. Being paleontologists, they were drawn to a brand called Icky IPA because the label featured a 200-year-old drawing of the skeleton of the very creature they were hunting. Conveniently, the cardboard six packs also had a map to Great Basin Brewery in Sparks. The scientists visited the business on their next trip to the Truckee Meadows. Young, as excited to meet the fossil hunters as they were to discover the ale, gave them a tour. A partnership was born over pints of Icky. Young is now among the sponsors of the scientists’ fossil hunts, along with the National Geographic Society, the German Science Foundation, the University of Bonn, and the Los Angeles County Museum. “Nevada is a great place to find these things and there’s a lot of interest in what was here hundreds of millions of years ago,” said Young, who hosted an event about ichthyosaurs in May. “We expected maybe 100 people and got 600— for a paleontology lecture! I was elated that people are so interested.” Northern Nevada is the American epicenter of what the journal Nature calls an “ichthyosaur renaissance that is sweeping paleontology.” From the early
1800s to 2000, about 80 species of ichthyosaurs were identified. Over the last 17 years, another 30 or so new species have been added to the list. These are specialized animals who survived mass extinctions that laid dinosaurs low. They have lessons to teach about the evolution of modern species and how some ancient ones survived great environmental changes. The Silver State is a global destination for monster hunters looking for the biggest, deadliest and longest-reigning apex predators of ancient oceans. Nevada’s landscape is a roller coaster of mountains and desert plains. In the higher elevations, millions of years of faulting and folding have made the terrain into a sprawling time capsule whose layers can be read like an ancient book. The rocks tell tales of vanished oceans and lost lava flows—mysteries and surprises. Recent Nevada finds include mega monsters, mouths crowded with ax-blade choppers, who ate lesser leviathans for lunch.
When ichthyosaurs reigned Ichthyosaurs—which resemble giant, tubby dolphins with rows of teeth at the front of their long snouts—appeared about 250 million years ago. At least one type survived until 90 million years ago, a 160-million-year run that took place while many species of land-based dinosaurs and sea creatures went extinct. Scientists say the ichthyosaurs evolved from land animals that returned to the sea, a pattern later seen in dolphins and whales. They breathed air, gave birth to live young and were probably warm blooded. Their earth-bound origins are apparent in their appendages. “Look at the bones of their flippers,” said Professor P. Martin Sander of the University of Bonn in Germany, a paleontologist who has been digging in Nevada for 25 years. “Then look at your own arm bone. You have one large bone in your upper arm. Follow it down past the elbow to the two lower arm bones and then to the fingers, which are a mosaic of smaller bones. That’s what you see in ichthyosaurs. The whole structure is encased in a fin, like you see in whales.” In the vast span of time, many ichthyosaurs evolved. Some were a few feet long—the size of tuna—others were nearly 50 feet long, about the length of a sperm whale. The big ones ruled Nevada when most of the world was ocean and a supercontinent now called Pangaea was the only land above water. “What is now Nevada was at the eastern edge of that world-wide ocean,” Sander said. “Nevada has three levels of the Triassic Period—230 million to 199 million years ago—and ichthyosaurs are found in all of them.”
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Paleontologists load ichthyosaur fossils into a beer truck near Lovelock (left). Dr. P Martin Sander, Tom Young and Douglas P. Goodreau at a Great Basin ichthyosaur event (right).
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She SellS Sea ShellS The best-preserved fossils are found where dead animals sank into the depths of that ocean and ended up buried in a toxic muck, devoid of oxygen. Those conditions occurred in what is now Nevada and in a few other parts of the globe. Ichthyosaur fossils were first identified along the coast of southern England in the early 1800s. Mary Anning, a cabinet maker’s daughter, collected fossils near her home in the beach resort of Lyme Regis. Anning—believed to be the inspiration for the tongue-twister “she sells sea shells by the sea shore”—began by hawking small fossils to tourists. She soon graduated to exhuming full skeletons. She and her brother, Joseph, discovered the first ichthyosaurs correctly identified, as well as other giant sea creatures. The self-taught woman became one of the foremost paleontologists of her time and laid the groundwork for Darwin’s theory of evolution. Her work, and Darwin’s later theories, didn’t sit well with some Christians who argued that God is perfect and extinction implied some of His creations were mistakes that had to be corrected. Gradually, science prevailed and the worldwide hunt for more dinosaurs and other vanished fauna was on. In Nevada, fossils of marine reptiles were first excavated in 1895. Ichthyosaur remains were discovered in Nye County in 1928, and 40 specimens were uncovered by the 1960s. Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was created in 1957. Twenty years later the ichthyosaur was designated Nevada’s state fossil. In 1989, the designation was given to a species called Shonisaurus that was found in the park. For 70 years, partial skeletons from Nevada were the biggest ichthyosaurs known, but in 2004 a fossil found in Canada claimed the title. Now, the state has more firsts—the skeletons of two fearsome sea creatures who swam at the top of an ancient food pyramid. Sander said ichthyosaurs knifed through the sea like dolphins and were as swift as tuna. They had huge eyes, surrounded by a bony ring that, in fossil form, looks like a slice of pineapple. Their long snouts had rows of dangerous-looking teeth. “If you want to know what type of living ichthyosaurs made, just look at their teeth,” Sander said. “They are conical, sharp. The conical teeth in front were used to grasp fish and some have larger teeth in the rear used for crushing. They
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swallowed their meals whole. So they really caught fish, not dismembered them. … And they had large eyes like you see today in birds of prey.” Sander and his team from Bonn hike over mountain ranges, seeking out the steep slopes that have the most weathering. The same forces—earthquakes, water and wind—that help sow placer gold into the state’s streams also expose portions of entombed fossils. “When we find a lot of bones together we get excited,” he said. “We have found whole skeletons and lots of interesting stuff in a very small area.” In 1996, they found a species they dubbed Cymbospondylus (meaning “boat spine”), a 33-foot long ichthyosaur that lived between 210 million and 240 million years ago. They discovered Augustasaurus—which they named for Nevada’s Augusta Mountains—the first ancestor of plesiosaurs found outside of Europe. That creature looks like a boa constrictor threaded through the body of a giant turtle. They also dug up a pregnant ichthyosaur, further proof that the animals gave birth to live young, unlike their egg-laying reptile cousins on land. In more than two decades of hunting and digging, the teams have found new species and well-preserved examples of known types. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell exactly what they have unearthed in the black shale and limestone of Nevada’s remote ranges.
the neweSt monSterS In 1998, Jim Holstein, a scientist from Chicago’s Field Museum, hunting fossils with Sander, spotted huge teeth poking out of a rock face in eastern Nevada. The incisors were unlike the usual cone-shaped ichthyosaur choppers: they had sharp cutting edges like blades. “We started out with just a few of these teeth, but they were huge,” Sander said. “This was not a fish eater. This was like a sea-going T. Rex that probably preyed on other ichthyosaurs. He’s the macro-predator that could eat apex predators; he’s the big guy on the block… We see this kind of lifestyle today in crocodiles and killer whales. In Nevada, we see it in ichthyosaurs for the first time.” The fossil was freed from the rock face in 2008. The sea monster once called “Jim” after its discoverer is now called “the lizard-eating ruler of the seas”
(Thalattoarchon Saurophagis is the scientific name). It resides in the Field Museum. In 2014, Sander’s team found a creature they thought was another example of the species, so they designated it Jim II. That’s the beast Young later transported to Los Angeles. But as the fossils were freed from the rock and cleaned, the scientists saw it was yet another new species. “It wasn’t just another Jim. We realized we’ve got ourselves a whole different monster,” he said. It was about the same size as Jim, but its lower jaw was longer and its upper arm bone was the second-largest of any ichthyosaur yet found. “So we have two monsters in this sea 244 million years ago. Jim was so huge he could have eaten other ichthyosaurs, but we think Jim II, although as large, probably took smaller prey. The amazing thing is that two giants could exist in this environment,” Sander said. “Jim, a.k.a. the lizard-eating ruler of the seas, is the first macro-predator in the sea in geologic history, the one that ruled them all. It could be that it was a little smaller than Jim II, but more ‘ferocious’ if you will.”
“What is now nevada was at the eastern edge of that world-wide ocean. Nevada has three levels of the triassic Period—230 million to 199 million years ago—aNd ichthyosaurs are fouNd iN all of them.” Professor P. Martin sander
the great dying Sander said it’s significant that these bad boys were able to prosper “just” 8 million years after the Permian Extinction, the most severe mass-extinction event in Earth’s history. In the context of geologic time, finding such mega-predators so soon after the “Great Dying” is remarkable, Sander said. Understanding these long-lost Earthlings “helps us understand our next-of-kin, other mammals,” Sander said. “Ichthyosaurs did a lot of the things that were later done by whales. There are differences in the details … but whales clearly evolved along the lines of ichthyosaurs.” When the “Great Dying” took place about 252 million years ago, 96 percent of sea life and 70 percent of terrestrial creatures with backbones went extinct. The speed at which new ecosystems arose in the sea is “mind boggling,” Sander said. “Marine reptiles show up just 3 million years after the extinction” whereas whales didn’t arrive on the planet until 15 million years after the last dinosaurs vanished (66 million years ago). Great changes happen and long-established life forms vanish, but new ones evolve. The presence of macro-predators in the Nevada ocean of the Triassic period means that there was a thriving ecosystem to support such hunters. Once it takes hold, life surges forward, adapting to new conditions. The Nevada fossils help tell that hidden story. With the latest sea monster safe in La La Land, “now comes the hard part,” Sander
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said: “What takes so much time and costs the big money is freeing the specimen from the rock. They work with fine tools and small jackhammers.” Chip by chip, the fossilized bones emerge from the ancient mud. Meanwhile, Sander is back in Nevada looking for more bones and more answers. He said he’s not sure what they will call the beast-now-known-as-Jim II, but “we’re thinking about naming it after Tom Young, to honor his support.” So, the tale has come full circle. Young named a beer after a sea monster, and now the newest example of the fearsome beast may be named after the brewer. The behemoths vanished 90 million years ago, but their legacy keeps on swimming. It’s a safe bet that Nevada’s wind-swept ranges and weathered slopes conceal creatures even more remarkable than can be dreamt of in our philosophy. “Everything was so unexpected,” Sander said. “It’s clear we’re not done yet. We’re really eager to go out and find more.” Ω
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Joe by Caitlin MCCarty
Many know Dr. Joe Crowley as a longtime president of UNR, others as a pot shop owner—and a few are on a first-name basis with him as a poetry classmate 14 | RN&R | 08.31.17
hen I enrolled in my first poetry class in my junior year at the University of Nevada, Reno, I sat across from an older man named Joe. I would often look across the workshop as I read my poems and wonder what he could be thinking as his chin sat in his palm and his brows furrowed together. The class was a rowdy group, always laughing and cracking jokes, seats arranged in a circle. In our first meeting, Joe announced that he was a “gerund detective.” Everyone had a good laugh, and a student on my side of the circle bravely asked, “Well, what the hell is a gerund?” Gerunds are nouns that are converted to verbs with the addition of “-ing,” and Joe is a grammar sleuth who always keeps an eye out for them. “Gerund Detective” became his nickname. It didn’t take me long to discover that Joe wasn’t just an older man with a love of poetry. When I read his poem, a captivating piece on worms, I noticed his last name was all too familiar. The first three weeks of class I heard several students ask our professor, “Is that the Joe Crowley, like of the Student Union?” Until I took Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry class, I’d only known him for the campus building that bears his name. Now I know him as a pleasant man who is always smiling—and one of the best poetry critics I’ve had the pleasure of being critiqued by.
IndIrect path Joseph Crowley was born to Jim and Nina Crowley on July 9, 1933, in Oelwein, Iowa. He received his degree in political science from the University of Iowa and went on to receive his Master’s Degree from California State University, Fresno and his doctorate from the University of Washington. Joe and his wife, Margaret, have four children, all of whom attended UNR, and their grandchildren attend as well. Joe himself hasn’t always been the face of academic success. He admitted he “had a great time for two years” at the University of Iowa before being asked to leave with his 1.1 GPA. He enlisted in the Air Force and took classes for three years in Germany through the University of Maryland. “I became an adult and realized I wanted a college degree,” he said. He wrote to Iowa University, and they welcomed him back on probation in January 1958. Joe said that he really wanted to be a sports journalist, but he realized that he could graduate sooner as a political science major, so that’s the major he declared. He graduated in May of 1959. He did make his dream of sports journalism a reality—when he wrote and published the NCAA Centennial History almost 50 years later. Joe served as UNR’s president for 23 years. He helped found the Division of
by Joe Crowley
Until I took Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry class, I’d only known him for the campus building that bears his name. Now I know him as one of the best poetry critics I’ve had the pleasure of being critiqued by.
Hats Off to the Cap The life of this cap began with baseball, where it cast a helpful shadow on high flies, defended players’ faces from the sun, grew into after weeks of wear a repository of collected sweat— proudly stained talisman, there to lure good luck and please the game’s capricious gods.
Today we can say there is no headwear Health Sciences and Reynolds School of Journalism. From my point of view, though, the best thing he’s done at UNR is take classes. He was a fellow student with the qualities of an older, wiser professor. When I read one of my more revealing poems, a poem about making love to my boyfriend, in front of the entire class—including Joe—I was completely embarrassed. I can still remember the warmth radiating off my face as I glanced across the classroom and read about “bodies colliding and moans of release.” I told Joe later how mortified I was to read that poem in front of him, and he simply laughed. One thing Joe told me is that being in a position of power doesn’t mean that everyone is going to like you. One afternoon in my junior year, we discussed a critic whom he described as “really, a nice guy,” who described Joe in his article in the 1998 May/June edition of the Silver & Blue as a “C president—far from good enough.” This detractor was Jake Highton, the recently deceased, retired journalism professor who was known as a tough grader. On other occasions, Highton described Joe as “pliable” and weak. Joe takes criticisms gracefully, whether in print or in class. When I recently told him about the whisperings of “the Joe Crowley” being in our poetry class, he laughed and said, “At one time I did have a classmate who didn’t feel comfortable critiquing me.” He decided then that he would simply go by “Joe” because he wanted to learn, critique and be critiqued as much as the next student.
He often wrote pieces that related to his much younger classmates. In the final reading at the end of the semester, Joe agreed, at our suggestion, to read his poem “Incomplete Heat.” As he read, the crowd rang with laughter and hoots of approval when he freely and quite solemnly spoke about a “hottie” who built his body with “lattes, gelati, and lots of pilates.”
Poetry in motion Crowley began taking Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry workshops in 2007 and has taken a total of 13 semesters. Until then, he’d only written doggerel—loosely styled comic poetry, which he said is “regarded as the lowest form of poetry”—about his wife and children. Eventually, his work caught the eye of Christine Kelly, publisher and director of Baobab Press and owner of Sundance Books and Music. She asked Joe to send her some poems for publishing. “I didn’t think I was good enough,” he told me. Kelly saw it differently, though. “The charming thing about his work is he is a fabulous storyteller and observer of culture and people,” she said. “Quite a few [of his poems] are real standouts.” Her favorite is “Ben and I at Seventy-Five” which she describes as an “incredible homage to his wife.” In the poem, Crowley explores what it feels like to be getting older: “Remember when this age was ancient, / when arteries hardened, hearts were tired, / breathing labored,
hips at risk, other joints/ out organizing protests?” A year later, Joe relented. In 2016, his first poetry book, Hats Off to the Cap, was published. Its poems range from sentimental reflections on his life and family to comedic, quirky ramblings on anything from wine to getting a haircut. He depicts the most complex aspects of life and remembers the humorous parts, too. In one poem, “Vino Vocabulary,” Joe pokes fun at the sometimes silly descriptions vintners create for their wines: “Consider a new Grenache in Northern California, said by / a connoisseur to be confident, dashing, / gregarious, though a touch glib, / with an occasional temper but just enough / shyness, and a bit of Chekov-like reserve.” Crowley is still hard at work putting pen to paper. His newest venture is a chapter book on nursery rhymes, something that has always fascinated him. He also attends the Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop every year, even though he said that he wasn’t sure if anyone else his age still takes part. Outside of writing, in August 2015, Joe helped open Reno’s first medical marijuana shop, Sierra Wellness Connection, acting first as director, more recently as a board member. A lifelong learner, Joe is still active on the UNR campus and has an office in the Reynolds School of Journalism. Many words have been used to describe Joe Crowley. To me, he’s funny, kind, talented and charming. He’s much more than your average Joe. Ω
that has made more headway than the baseball cap. It has found a place of honor in many other sports, often donned and doffed in times of triumph, become chapeau of choice for tens of millions, climbed up the haberdashery ladder, passing pork pies, trilbys, derbys, boaters, homburgs, Borsalino berets and center dent fedoras.
Headdress etiquette suggests the cap should be atop the head (bill forward, back, or sideways if you like) at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, work and play. Strategically deployed, it may be worn as well at bedtime. But wearers would be wise to give the cap a bit of rest, to remember that it has historic roots in perspiration and that, under constant, sweaty cover, the head can be a haven for organism orgies. Promiscuous microbes are wont to frolic there, Engaged in serial acts of procreation. The third base coach is killing bugs, not signaling a bunt.
The accomplished cap will be the top hat of tomorrow, to be worn, bill backward, to inaugural balls, formal banquets, opera openings, Oscar nights. If some day you are greeted by St. Peter at the gate, you may see him in his Dodger cap, a gift from Jackie Robinson.
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by holly hutchings
American beauty Great Basin Native Artists When you want to see national artists, you might go to a gallery at University of Nevada, Reno. To see international work, visiting the Nevada Museum of Art might suit you. But if art from local artists is what you want, the Main Gallery at Truckee Meadows Community College will deliver. This gallery on the Dandini Campus is giving contemporary regional artists a platform to show their art. The gallery caters to students and the surrounding community, so it’s all local all the time. Curator Candace Garlock didn’t have to look far to find inspiration. One of the artists in the current exhibit was once a student in her printmaking class. His name is Paul Buckheart. He’s part of a group called the Great Basin Native Artists. The group is a collective of Native American artists who serve as mentors for up-andcomers and organize exhibits. “We gotta let people know that we’re out there, too,” Buckheart said. “Native artists are out there. Hopefully they can see the art as a positive thing for people of Native decent. We’re a better cultural people than what some people portray us.” The group has been around for just a couple of years. The exhibits are often in Northern Nevada, and members have also shown their work in California, Las Vegas and as far away as Italy. They understand why many people don’t quite know what modern American Indian art looks like— they haven’t seen enough of it. Melissa Melero-Moose is a leader of the Great Basin Native Artists. “People haven’t really been seeing Native art,” she said. 16 | RN&R | 08.31.17
A group called Great Basin Native Artists, who want contemporary Native artwork to be more visible, have an exhibit at TMCC. Photo/holly hutchings
“More than likely they have a stereotype of what Native art is supposed to look like. People are expecting feathers and horses. They don’t really have a clear picture.” The work in this current exhibition contains narratives about indigenous people generally and also tells the artists’ own contemporary tales. Moose said the artists all used cultural imagery in interesting ways while blending ancient ideas with new ones. Buckheart loves to repurpose things and add in a bit of cultural flair to his sculptures. For one piece in the show, the story he told was very personal. He is diabetic, and he noticed he had a lot of empty medicine bottles and insulin tubes at home. He wanted to recycle them, and he had a vision of a creation that could be crafted from the trash. He hadn’t initially set out to make something beautiful out of the daily pain of doctor’s visits and injections, but that’s what happened. The sculpture that resulted grabs the attention of gallery visitors. It looks like a person’s body made of clear medical tubes cascading around the neck and a colorful “head” with feathers atop it. Prescription bottles hang from the bottom, and syringes are all around. Shiny silver cones from a Native American jingle-dress accent the piece. Melero-Moose said Native art is ongoing—it never started, and never stopped. She said the way to convey the message that the Native artist community is full of contemporary, complex artists is easy. “By letting us show you,” she said. “It is so important to show the non-Native community just as much as the Native community. I want my son and our youth to see this and be inspired and see that there’s a future in art.” Ω great Basin native Artists will hold a reception sept. 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the tMcc Main gallery in the Red Mountain Building, 7000 Dandini Blvd. Melissa MeleroMoose and Ben Aleck will speak at 5:30. For more information, visit www.tmcc.edu/art-galleries.
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“Why are there more memes of Chuck Norris than me? Because Bruce Lee’s no joke. That’s why!”
Losing fight Birth of the Dragon, a fictitious take on the reallife fight between Wong Jack Man and martial arts legend Bruce Lee, has a couple of good fight scenes in it. In fact, they could be called very good. And, yet, I’m forced to give this movie my lowest mark because those fight scenes are surrounded by crap. Picture a diamond like the blue one that the old lady had in that Titanic movie. Dip it in gold and put it in a bag with $780 million dollars and a Babe Ruth autographed baseball, and then drop that bag into a communal spot where a bunch of sick hippos have taken massive shits and formed a virtual lake of shit. Let that bag sink to the bottom and become immersed in the lake of sick hippo shit. That’s what happens to the very good fight scenes in this movie. Lost in shit. Sick hippo shit. (Sorry to pick on hippos for this analogy, but, hey, they are huge, and, I imagine, rather disgusting when overcome by intestinal stress, making them capable of generating the amount of shit I needed for this particular illustration.) In 1964, the two martial arts experts did, indeed, square off in a warehouse with very few witnesses, the results of the match becoming a big part of the Lee mythology. Wong Jack Man was a teacher of martial arts and favored a less arrogant style than Lee. Most accounts of the fight say it lasted a few minutes, and Lee kicked the guy’s ass hard. For the purpose of this movie, Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) is changed into a Shaolin Monk who is on a pilgrimage to San Francisco. He’s heard of Lee (Philip Ng) teaching Kung Fu to everybody, and he deduces he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. Steve (Billy Magnussen), one of Lee’s students and a total make-believe character, meets him upon his arrival and begs to become his student. Wong Jack Man declines and takes a humble job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant, punishment for a fight he had back in China. So, yeah, Wong Jack Man is far more noble in the movie than he supposedly was in real life.
In real life, Lee simply got on his nerves, and he wanted to teach him a lesson. In this film, Wong Jack Man becomes a stabilizing force in Lee’s life, changes his overall attitude, while possibly even winning their legendary match. He also joins forces with Lee, who is basically Chinatown’s Batman in this flick, and they go up against crime lords to free a bunch of women from sex slavery. Hey, the movie needed an ending, right? Seems to me like a more straightforward biopic of the actual fight would’ve done the Lee legend right, rather than making him a supporting player in this dreck. The Magnussen character actually gets most of the screen time, occasionally bumping into Lee for some confrontations at the Kung Fu school. The movie does include a few Lee references and events that actually did happen, but they are all polluted by a need to make this more of a Lee fantasy film than a biopic. Director George Nolfi, best known for the lousy Matt Damon vehicle The Adjustment Bureau, blows it again. It’s all too bad, because Ng gets a lot of the Lee mannerisms right and looks great in his fight scenes. He deserved a movie that did his work justice rather than throwing him into a schlocky mishmash of fiction and real-life events. Xia is good as well, and is let down for the same reasons. Put these guys playing these parts in a real movie! Birth of the Dragon just screams “The summer is over … bring on THE SUCK!” at movie theaters. Stephen King fans take heart; advance word on It is positive. It might wind up being an antidote for the hell that was The Dark Tower and could get the fall movie season off to a great start. We need a good one fast to wash the taste of Dragon out of our mouths. Ω
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Annabelle, the creepy doll from The Conjuring movies, gets her second standalone film with Annabelle: Creation, a silly movie that’s nevertheless enjoyable thanks to some deft direction and surprisingly competent acting. The movie holds together thanks to solid performances from Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson, the latter being the same child actress who gave incredible work in the also surprisingly good prequel/sequel to a so-so movie, Ouija: Origin of Evil. The film is full of good performances from the likes of Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia and Stephanie Sigman, but it’s Bateman and Wilson who get most of the credit for pulling it off. The film is set many years before the first Annabelle movie, with orphans Janice (Bateman) and Linda (Wilson) on their way to a new home, a group of other girls and happy nun Sister Charlotte (Sigman) at their side. Once at their new home, the doll is discovered, and the resulting playtime totally sucks ass. Last year, director David F. Sandberg delivered a decent genre film with Lights Out, based on his terrifically scary short film. (Talitha’s younger brother, Martin Bateman, starred in that one.) Sandberg also makes good-looking movies. The authentic Southern Gothic look of this film lends to its credibility.
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 drags at times, especially when Lorraine does the standard interrogation room narrative scenes with Toby Jones and John Goodman drilling her for answers.
The uncertainty and delays that plagued this production are immediately apparent in the final picture. This movie is a catastrophe, and a complete slight to fans of the Stephen King books, fans of Matthew McConaughey, and fans of science fiction/fantasy. It looks like a low-level episode of really schlocky, 1970s Dr. Who. 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 have, 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 (Idris Elba) who is trying to kill the Man in Black, 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. 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 production.
A gang of losers plots to rob a NASCAR racetrack on one of its busiest weekends, and they do it in a hackneyed way that makes absolutely no sense. Steven Soderbergh comes out of retirement to direct Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a former football player who has fallen on bad times, then suddenly gets it in his head to rob the racetrack in a way that involves sneaking people out of prison, blowing things up with gummy bears, and secret allies within the establishment. Soderbergh did the Ocean’s Eleven movies, the first of which has a reasonably fun and inventive heist. This one is sort of Ocean’s Eleven for rednecks, and their ability to pull off the heist is totally unconvincing. The film is almost saved by some of the supporting performances, including Daniel Craig as an incarcerated safe cracker who digs hard boiled eggs, and Adam Driver as Jimmy’s one-armed brother. But, for every character that’s a plus, there’s a lame one like Seth MacFarlane’s heavily accented millionaire that’s not as funny as he thinks he is. The movie doesn’t come together in the end, and its robbery scheme is too cute to be realistic. The big reveal feels like a cheat. It’s good to have Soderbergh back in action, but this is just a rehash of something he’s done before with a Southern accent. Hilary Swank shows up in the final act, a role that feels entirely tacked on.
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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 were a bunch of monsters, but the portrayals of them (beyond Poulter’s) feel too cliché. Still, there are enough strong performances to make it worth your while, and it’s a true story that needed to be told.
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
If you’re a fan of last year’s excellent modern Western Hell or High Water, you have some big reasons to get yourself into a theater for Wind River. Taylor Sheridan, who writes and directs, has a wordsmith’s way of capturing American dilemmas on par with the likes of Sam Shepard and Cormac McCarthy. The man knows how to pen a great thriller with depth, and his works—he also wrote Iscariot and Hell or High Water—have in common a somber tone. This is a guy who knows that many of the people you pass on the street today are dealing with an eternity of grief and loss. They are making it, but it’s a bitch, and it’s not going to get easier. Wind River marks Sheridan’s second feature directorial effort, after 2011’s low-budget Vile, and it stands as one of the summer’s best films. It’s a solid mystery-thriller and a showcase for two fierce performances from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen—yes, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch. They both offer up career-best work, with Renner searing the screen as Cory, a man with a tragic past, paid to hunt wolves and lions on a Native American reservation. Olsen commands her screen time as Jane, one of cinema’s gutsiest FBI agents since Clarice Starling. With this film, Renner has been tasked with some of the more difficult, emotionally brutal scenes an actor has had to handle this year.
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Meat maker Villa Basque Deli & Cafe has been a hometown favorite in Carson City for nearly 20 years. The menus and signage proudly proclaim it to be, “Home of Pete’s Famous Basque Chorizo.” And, indeed, there are seven distinct varieties of Iberian sausage available for sale by the pound in links, coils and uncased, bulk ground. Other retail items for sale in the deli include wines, vinegars, fruit preserves, assorted delicacies and a pretty impressive selection of olive oils, with free tastings available. There’s even a collection of books and similar items for sale. But the cafe beckoned, so I put off shopping for another time. The menu has a lot of options, so my dining companions and I chose to try both breakfast and lunch, starting with a country fried pork steak ($10.95) topped with plenty of chorizo country gravy and served with fluffy scrambled eggs, sheepherder spuds with onion and green and red pepper, and choice of toast or English muffin. We swapped out the bread for a nice, fluffy biscuit and used that to sop up that good gravy. The potatoes were tasty, and the cutlet was easily cut with a fork. Also, it’s no wonder Pete’s famous. His sausage is truly amazing. It was nothing like the Mexican varieties I’m used to, with less heat and a lot more meaty texture. A three-egg Basque omelette ($10.95) with chorizo, ham, mushroom, pimento and onion was topped with Basque sauce and melted jack cheese and served with a side of spuds and toast. The tomato-based sauce was mild yet hearty, adding a lot of character to the dish. A huge chile relleno ($10.95) stuffed with cheese and chorizo—and topped with even more cheese and chorizo—was slathered in a fantastic ranchero sauce and served with a
perfectly over-medium egg, refried beans and Spanish rice. The dish was essentially a sausage and cheese delivery system. Moving on to lunch items, we sampled a California sandwich ($10.95) with a large patty of grilled chorizo, grilled onion, lettuce avocado, tomato, pepper jack cheese and ortega chilies on a lightly toasted sourdough baguette. It came with a choice of fries or green salad. There was a noticeable kick to this sausage—complemented by the sweetness of the chilies—which, combined with the veggies and bread, made for one heck of a good sandwich. A Shepherd burger ($10.95) featured a large, fluffy bun that was grilled just enough to provide support for a pair of onethird-pound patties—one ground chuck, one chorizo—topped with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, jalapeño and house sauce. As one friend noted, “This burger is likely to put hair on your chest.” I haven’t heard whether it worked for her or not, but I think she could be right. At first, the combination of flavors seemed a bit overwhelming, but the burger was too good to put down. The salad option is fine, but the fries were peel-on, hand cut and nicely seasoned. Besides, if you’re already eating a deliciously decadent cheese and meat bomb, you might as well go for broke. There’s a lot more on the menu to sample, including Spanish and Mexican favorites, salads, sandwiches, tamales by the bag and what I’m told are noteworthy examples of paella and lamb stew. My mouth is already watering as I make plans to visit again—and again. Ω
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Any old thing When Ole Bridge Pub opened in 2009, it was among a rare breed of drinking establishments—pouring an array of craft beers, some esoteric and otherwise elusive. Add in the charming location on the river, ground level of a fancy new condo tower, and Ole Bridge practically epitomized a budding downtown renaissance. Reno in 2017 is a different place. Local breweries and craft beer bars abound—and, perhaps symbolically, the actual old bridge has been razed. (I just can’t spell it “ole.” It should have been ol’ or olde or just old, but “ole” makes me want to say it with Spanish flair, like I’m watching a bullfight.) In the new Reno, the Ole Bridge Pub’s place seems a little less clear. I’d planned to meet a friend after work, but a last-minute cancellation meant I was on my own, but there are worse ways to spend some time alone than contemplative drinking. The hours and list of beers on the bar’s website and Facebook page were outdated, but I hoped for the best. After a challenging hunt for parking, located blocks away thanks to special event street closures, I scuttled past Campo patio diners and into Ole Bridge. During a recent remodel, the shuffleboard along the wall was replaced with padded seating and tables, but, after examining the digital tap list and chalkboard cocktail menu, I opted for a barstool. I could have gone outside, but occupying a whole picnic table overlooking the Truckee as a solo drinker would have felt gauche. My first beverage choice—a new tart watermelon beer I’d been wanting to try—was a bust. The bartender said it had run out, but he hadn’t removed it from the tap list yet. A different sour, raspberry instead, sufficed. The 16 drafts represented a nice cross-section of styles, including
Bartender Shane McGraw pours a $1 beer during the reno Beer crawl, a monthly event in which Old Bridge Pub participates. PHOTO/ERIC MARKS
a couple of locals. If that wasn’t enough, three cooler doors displayed the complete spectrum of bottles and cans, from recent IPAs to vintage barleywines. Uniquely, packaged beers are available to go at 20 percent off the onsite price (although looking at the menu, beer prices are absent, so ask first). Crowlers are an option for draft to go as well. So craft beer is the focus, as the sign on Sierra Street promised. The house cocktails also spoke to me—drinks distinct enough to need description, but that wouldn’t stand out at a specialty cocktail bar. Neither beer geeks nor cocktail fanciers would be disappointed nor dazzled, although some top-shelf spirits are available beyond the grocery store brands. The curious twist now is the focus on soccer. The website identifies Ole Bridge as the official pub of American Outlaws’ Reno chapter, passionate football supporters who gather here to support Team USA, and now Reno 1868 FC. A somewhat slow but steady flow of random customers trickled in as I enjoyed my puckering beer and subsequent ginand-ginger. I was pleasantly surprised how many craft beer drinkers there were, nobody looking for “anything light.” The bartender didn’t seem bothered to interrupt sports chat with a friend to serve them, but I imagined the traditional wiping down of the bar might have been a better use of his time, as I had to peeled the menu from it. Perhaps Ole Bridge, like the old bridge, had to be symbolically torn down to be partially reborn. Still craft beer focused but in this larger marketplace, it’s now also for soccer fans, cocktail drinkers and various downtown passersby. Ω
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Full of Grace Grace Gatsby Local singer-songwriter-guitarist Grace Gatsby just released a new album, Strange Attractors. Musically, the album is fantastic. Produced and recorded by Johann Wagner at a studio up in Portland, the sound of the album is warm and gorgeous. The instrumentation is eclectic: oscillating keyboards and shimmering guitars are at the core, but they’re joined at different times by jazzy brass, hony tonk pedal steel and solemn strings. But the big attraction is Gatsby’s voice, which at different points of the album sounds like a smoky coffeehouse chanteuse, an introspective girl-with-a-guitar folkie, or the frontwoman of an urbane, electronictinged indie rock band. But it’s also somewhat misleading to refer to the album as “new.” It was recorded during an intense 10-day period back in 2010. Some of the then-unknown musicians who performed at the sessions went on to play in high profile projects like the Heartless Bastards and the Shins. Gatsby grew up in South Dakota, lived in Los Angeles for a time, doing the music business grind, before moving to Reno in 2003. She was drawn to Reno for the welcoming music scene. For about a decade, she performed often around town, both as a solo act and with her band, Grace and the Gatsbys. As a songwriter, she writes from a very personal place. “It’s confessional stuff,” she said recently. “It’s really personal writing. It’s how I processed my 20s. It’s how I processed emotions. ... It’s a niche. Not everybody is into what I play. Not everybody grew up, like I did, with my ear to the speaker, like weeping to Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell.” She’s a very different person now than she was seven years ago when the album
was recorded or 10 years ago when some of the songs were written. “It’s a huge part of why I couldn’t get it out for so long,” she said. “I’m in such a different place. I was in a lot of heartache.” She’s now a happily married mother. Her daughter, Lucy, has a genetic disorder called Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia, which means her body won’t break down the amino acid glycine. “Before I had her, I would have thought that was the most terrifying thing in the world,” Gatsby said. “But now I get it. I feel chosen. I feel honored. She’s extraordinary. She just gives perspective on everything. She affects people in this amazing way. When you have a child who’s medically needy or a special needs child, it’s just unbelievable what people want to try to do for you. People just want to help. … They said she’d never smile—she started smiling at 10 months.” The focus on family and motherhood took Gatsby away from music. “I had truly accepted that I was never going to get this album out—even though I love it. I hold it dear, honestly. It was pretty heartbreaking. But I couldn’t see myself going out, playing shows again, promoting a record.” It was hard for her to reconnect with the version of herself that wrote those songs, hard to imagine playing them in front of an audience. Hard for her to do anything for herself without feeling selfish. But then she realized that her daughter wants her to be happy. And she comes from a musical family—even grew up playing in a folk band with her father. “I realized I don’t need to run from this,” she said. She decided to release the album. “I didn’t listen to it for so long, and, as I put it back on, it was a very emotional experience for me. … It takes me back to where I was.” Ω
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2) The California Cowboys, 6pm, no cover
2) Jonathon “JB” Barton, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
2) Stanzu & Lambchop, 10pm, no cover
1) Petty Theft, 9pm, $15-$18
2) Parsonsfield, 10pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover
1) Adam Trent, 5:30pm, 8pm, $19.95-$49.95 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 9pm, no cover
1) Adam Trent, 2pm, 5:30pm, $19.95-$49.95 2) Garage Boys, 10:30pm, no cover
1) Adam Trent, 7pm, W, $19.95-$49.95 2) Live Band Karaoke, 10pm, M, no cover DJ Bird & Montague, 10pm, Tu, no cover Left of Centre, 10:30pm, W, no cover
1) YES, 8pm, $36.70-$55.05 3) Justin Rivera, 8pm, $15
1) Smokey Robinson, 8pm, $64.22-$73.39 2) Foam Party with Romeo Reyes, 10pm, $15
2) Miles Medina, 11pm, $15 3) Grand Country Nights w/DJ Colt Ainsworth, 10pm, no cover
1) Steve Winwood, 8pm, $41.28-$222
2) The Grand Recovery, 10pm, M, Tu, W, $TBA
1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48
1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48 2) DJ/dancing, 10:30pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover
1) The Magic of Rob Lake, 8pm, $38.48 2) DJ/dancing, 10:30pm, $20 3) Arty the Party, 9pm, no cover
1) Solid Gold Soul, 7:30pm, $29.50$40.50, iCandy The Show, 10pm, $30-$55
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2) Alanna Royale, 7pm, no cover 3) Edge Thursdays Ladies Night with DJs Enfo & Twyman, 10pm, $20
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2) Alanna Royale, 8pm, no cover 3 Dynamix, 10pm, $20
4) DJ Kronik, 9pm, no cover
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FOR THE WEEK OF augusT 31, 2017 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. BEST IN THE WEST NUGGET RIB COOKOFF: The 29th annual event brings in barbecue competitors from across the nation. The gathering includes a beer garden, the Crafters Crossing area featuring hundreds of vendors booths, a kids’ area featuring an array of rides and activities and musical entertainment on two stages, including headliners Night Ranger on Aug. 31, Love & Theft on Sept. 1, Gin Blossoms on Sept. 2, Eric Paslay on Sept. 3 and A Flock of Seagulls on Sept. 4. The concerts begin at 7pm, except Sept. 4, which starts at 3pm. Thu, 8/31-Mon 9/4, 10:30am. Free. Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 356-3300, www.nuggetribcookoff.com.
BRUCE VAN VOORHIS AND THE NAVY IN NEVADA: Paul Villa gives this presentation
Foam Fest and Alpen Wine Fest
Raise your pint or glass this Labor Day weekend in the mountain environs of Squaw Valley. Achieve Tahoe will host its 28th annual Foam Fest fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2-6 p.m. on the KT Sundeck at Squaw Valley Resort. The festival showcases a variety of regional breweries serving unlimited samples of their craft beers and includes a concert by the multi-genre band Ozomatli. Proceeds from the event support Achieve Tahoe’s adaptive sports program, serving people of all ages with disabilities. Foam Fest tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Non-samplers pay a $20 donation for the concert. Admission is free for kids under age 12. Visit www.achievetahoe.org. Wine lovers will get their turn the following day at the 29th Annual Alpen Wine Fest on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 2-5 p.m. The event includes wine tasting, live music from Justin Ancheta, Honey of the Heart, Milton Merlos and Heather Normandale and a silent auction and raffle in the Base Camp Conference Room, with proceeds going toward providing wellness and education for people living with multiple sclerosis. Tickets for wine tasting are $40 in advance or $50 day of the event. Participants over age 21 will receive a crystal souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings from over 30 vineyards from across the Northern California region. Visit mscando.org for tickets. Both events will take place at The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley. Visit www.squawalpine.com.
ABW DAY 13TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON: American
2017 TAHOE STAR TOURS: On Friday evenings, Tahoe Star Tours will meet in Café Blue at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, with the telescopic viewing portion of the evening taking place on the open meadow in the backyard of the property. The resort will offer coffee, hot chocolate and water and access to blankets once the tour moves outside to the meadow for telescopic viewing. Fri, 9/1, 8:15pm. $20$40. The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, www.tahoestartours.com.
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Business Women Association Reno Tahoe Express Network celebrates National American Business Women’s Day on Sept. 6 with a fund-raising luncheon. Proceeds help fund scholarships for women pursuing college educations and members attending professional development certificate programs offered through ABWA’s National Leadership Conferences. The luncheon will include the recognition of the 2017 scholarship winner, guest speaker Dr. Erin Oksol and a raffle. Wed, 9/6, 11am. $40-$300. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700, www.abwa-reno.com.
as part of the First Saturday lecture series. He will discuss Nevada’s only Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Van Voorhis of Fallon. Fallon Naval Air Station is named in honor of Voorhis, and Villa will explain how he came to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in WWII and why the Navy still matters to Nevada. Sat, 9/2, 2pm. Free. Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144, sparksmuseum.org.
CIVIL WAR DAYS AND BATTLE TRAINS: Hundreds of Civil War reenactors recreate famous battles along the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and even right in the middle of C Street as part of the Labor Day Parade. Dress in your finest Victorian garb and join the ladies for High Tea at the Delta Saloon, or take a ride on an evening champagne train and see a battle from your seat. Fri, 9/1-Mon, 9/4, 9am. Free. Miner’s Park and other locations in Virginia City, 106 Carson St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7500, ccwr.us, visitvirginiacitynv.com.
EVENING GHOST WALKING TOUR: Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically relived in this series of evening walking tours, led by Madame Curry—a ghostly, witty and fictional character named after the widow of one of Carson City’s founders Abe Curry. Hear about lingering spirits of the long ago centuries, paranormal stories and gossip from the past. This is a guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sat, 9/2. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Corner of Third and Carson streets, next to the Fox Brewpub, carsoncityghostwalk.com.
HEAVENLY VILLAGE MIDWAY CARNIVAL, ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Labor Day weekend festival features family friendly entertainment, including a carnival midway, performers, car show, art show and two live music stages. Fri, 9/1-Sun, 9/3. Free. Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, tahoesouth.com/events/heavenlyvillage-midway-art-music-festival.
HORNS AND HOOVES—THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BIGHORN SHEEP: Researcher Virginia Chadwick will talk about her work with bighorn sheep. Sat, 9/2, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.
LABOR DAY PARADE: Celebrate the American labor movement and the achievements of workers in our country during Virginia City’s annual parade. Mon, 9/4, noon. Free. Downtown Virginia City, C Street, Virginia City, (775) 847-7500.
NUMAGA INDIAN DAYS POW WOW: This family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country, as well as native arts and crafts and food. Fri, 9/1, 7pm; Sat 9/2, noon & 7pm; Sun 9/3, 1pm. Free. Hungry Valley Pow Wow Grounds, 266 Loop Road, off Eagle Canyon Road, Hungry Valley, (775) 2507013, www.facebook.com/NumagaDays.
PLAN POLITICAL EDUCATION SERIES DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Members of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada discuss how the disability rights movement has played a major role in shaping our society. Sat, 9/2, 1pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858, planevada.org.
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, 9/2, 6pm. Free. Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, (775) 857-3033.
SCIENCE CAFE NV: Science Café NV is a monthly event geared towards bringing fascinating science discussions to the public of Northern Nevada. Scientists and researchers will give short 15-20 minute presentations, followed by roundtable discussions. Mon, 9/4, 6:30pm. Free. Brasserie Saint James, 901 S. Center St., (775) 785-3416.
WINE WALK: On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget. Sat, 9/2, 1pm. $10-$15. Downtown Carson City, 100 W. Telegraph St., Carson City, (775) 443-0655, www.downtowncarson.org.
aRT ART SOURCE GALLERY: Moving the World— Once, Twice, Nevermore. Permanent art installation by renowned artist Yuyu Yang, as well as Art Source Gallery’s art collection. Thu, 8/31, 10am. Free. Art Source Gallery, 2195 S. Virginia St., Ste. 102, (775) 828-3525.
ARTISTS CO-OP OF RENO: Let ’Em Run. This is a benefit art show and sale for Lacy J. Dalton’s Wild Horse Foundation, which focuses on preserving, recovering and providing sanctuary and homes for Nevada’s wild horses and burros. The opening reception is on Sept. 3, noon4pm. The show runs through Sept. 30. Fri, 9/1-Wed, 9/6, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-op of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896, www.artistco-opgalleryreno.com.
COURTHOUSE GALLERY, CARSON CITY COURTHOUSE: Industrial Art Sports Edition. Capital City Arts Initiative’s exhibition features the design work of five northern Nevada sports equipment designers and manufacturers. The show runs Monday-Friday through Sept. 28. Thu, 8/31-Fri, 9/1, Tue, 9/5-Wed, 9/6, 8am-5pm. Free. Courthouse Gallery, Carson City Courthouse, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City., www.arts-initiative.org.
METRO GALLERY: Desert Dreams. Peter Ruprecht’s photography attempts to capture the natural spirit of people and places all across the world. Desert Dreams is on display Monday-Friday through Oct. 6. Thu, 8/3-Fri, 9/1, Tue, 9/5Wed, 9/6, 8am-5pm. Free. Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 334-2417.
NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: A 40-Year Collection of the Art of Lady Jill. Plein air watercolorist Lady Jill Mueller presents favorite works from her personal collection over the last 40 years. This display will be up until Oct. 25. Library hours are 10am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-7pm on Wednesday and 11am-5pm on Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday. Thu, 8/31-Sat, 9/2, Tue, 9/5-Wed, 9/6. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
REID HOUSE GALLERY AND STUDIO: Constructing Memories. DJD Foundation/ Art Heals War Wounds presents this show of fiber art by Lynda Yuroff and Luana Ritch. Thu 8/31, noon-6pm. Free. Reid House Gallery and Studio, 515 Court St., (775) 391-2668.
SIERRA ROOM AT CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER: Tahoe Clarity. The Capital City 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 most weeknights, Monday-Thursday, 5-8pm. Thu, 8/31; Tue, 9/5-Wed, 9/6, 5pm. Free. Sierra Room at Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.
SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER: A Colorful Life. This is Sierra Watercolor Society’s judged exhibit for 2017 and is the largest exhibit of new watercolor paintings by local artists. Both framed and unframed original paintings are available for sale. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2-4pm. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Thu, 8/31-Sat, 9/2, Tue, 9/5-Wed, 9/6, 11am. Free. Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 820 Victorian Avenue at Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 8521583, www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.
THE HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY: From the Garden. This collaborative show features work by Ana McKay and Ally Messer. McKay works in ink and watercolor, and Messer works in various forms of printmaking. Their collaborative exhibit features delicate but grounded works that relate the human element with the environment. From the Garden runs through Sept. 9. Thu, 8/31-Wed, 9/6. Free. The Holland Project Micro Gallery, 945 Record St., (775) 742-1858, www.hollandreno.org.
MUSIC DENISE DONATELLI AND THE RENO JAZZ ORCHESTRA: The jazz singer and the 17-piece big band orchestra perform jazz favorites from the ’20s to today along with selections from Donatelli’s Grammy-nominated albums. Sat, 9/2, 7:30pm. $27-$89. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (775) 832-6547, renojazzorchestra.org.
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MUSEUMS NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Be the Astronaut. This innovative, first-person experience for all ages immerses visitors in the science and engineering of spaceflight via a fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology, simulators and actual NASA reconnaissance data. Thu, 8/31, 9:30am-5:30pm. $6-$12. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 830-5295, www.nevadachallenger.org.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl. On view through Dec. 31; City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man. On display through Jan. 7. View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger. The exhibition runs through Jan. 7; Unsettled. The exhibition runs through Jan. 21. Thu, 8/31-Sun, 9/3; Wed, 9/6, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): A T. rex Named Sue. At 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips, Sue is the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast of 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. A T. rex Named Sue will be on view through Jan. 15. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. The museum is open from 10am to 8pm on Wednesday. The museum will be open on Monday from 10am to 5pm though Sept. 4. Thu, 8/31Wed, 9/6. $10-$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., www.nvdm.org.
WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM: Sherlock Holmes & 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 on Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 8pm on Friday and noon to 4pm on Sunday. The exhibition is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Thu, 8/31-Fri, 9/1, Sun, 9/3, Wed, 9/6. $8-$9. Wilbur D. May Museum, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
FILM OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: Watch new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Thu, 8/31, 8:30pm. Free. The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Tahoe City, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.
Cyndy Cantrell will perform as country singers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash for two concerts. Saturday’s show will include Clint Ingbretson as Elvis Presley. Fri, 9/1, 8pm; Sat, 9/2, 7pm. $25$30. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433.
YOUNG DUBLINERS: The Celtic rock group closes the Levitt AMP summer concert series. Sat, 9/2, 7:30pm. Free. Minnesota Street Stage, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, concerts.levittamp.org/carsoncity.
MUSIC INDUSTRY NIGHT: Open your ears to local albums, national releases and more. Make new friends, meet other creatives and/or fans. Drink local beer, plan upcoming projects and learn about events going on in the area. Sometimes a band or two will drop in to perform. Wed, 9/6, 9pm. Free. St. James Infirmary, 445 California Ave, (775) 657-8484.
MUSIC ON THE BEACH: The summer concert series closes with a performance by The Wrinkle. Fri, 9/1, 6pm. Free. Kings Beach State Recreation Area, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, (530) 546-9000.
PRISCILLA-ISM: Cantopop singer Priscilla
Chan performs. Sun, 9/3, 8pm. $68-$188. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8815.
THE SCONES: Ike & Martin’s five-piece band performs rock, folk and everything in between. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. All ages. No pets allowed. Mon, 9/4, noon3pm. Free. West Shore Cafe, 5160 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood, (530) 584-6867.
SONGWRITER CELEBRATION: Songwriters Linda McRae, Rick Shea and Ernest Troost perform as part of the Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival. Wed, 9/6, 7:30pm. $20-$35. Boathouse Theatre, Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, off Highway 89, valhallatahoe.com.
ONSTAGE AUDITIONS FOR 2017 POLAR EXPRESS PRODUCTION: The historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad and Railway Commission, in partnership with Rail Events, Inc. will hold auditions for their annual production of The Polar Express train ride for the 2017 season. The companies seek actors, actresses, singers and dancers age 13 to adult to fill roles of stewards, elves, chefs, conductors, hobos, hero boys and Santa Claus. All performances are aboard the V&T train cars and are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, three train runs per night. Prior acting experience is not required. Those auditioning are asked to bring a current headshot or picture, a theatrical resume, a short song to sing a cappella and to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and ensemble singing of well-known Christmas carols. The Polar Express runs from Nov. 18-Dec. 30. Cast is not required to be available for all 25 nights of performances, but must be available for a minimum of 12 performances. For more information, contact Carla Wilson at email@example.com or (775) 781-0664. Sun, 9/3-Mon, 9/4, 6-9pm. Free. V&T Eastgate Depot, 4650 Eastgate Siding Road, Carson City, (775) 781-0664.
THE MOUNTAINTOP: Katori Hall’s play is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968. Performances are Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 16. Fri, 9/1-Sat, 9/2, 7:30pm. $15. Good Luck Macbeth, 713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716, www.goodluckmacbeth.org.
SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH: Enjoy live music by Reno Sax Man and brunch presented by chez louie. The menu features artful dishes, mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Reservations recommended. Sun, 9/3, 10am-2pm. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 284-2921.
ZION I: The hip-hop artist performs. Sun.
9/3. 8pm. $15-$20. Moe’s Original BBQ, 120 Grove St., Tahoe City, (530) 583-4227, www.moesbbqtahoe.com.
The ninth annual post-Burning Man event features three days of recuperation and relaxation, but also recreation in the form of a brewery bike tour, pool parties and headlining shows featuring various musical acts and DJs, including Worthy, DJ Dan, Fort Knox Five (pictured), Golf Clap, Bootie Mashup, among many others. The event kicks off on Monday, Sept. 4, and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 6, at various locations, including Silver Legacy, Eldorado Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno in downtown Reno and MontBleu Resort at Stateline. For more info, visit www.greatdepressurization.com.
SENIOR HEALTHY WALKING PROGRAM: Center for Healthy Aging offers this walking program for people age 50 and older. Wed, 9/6, 9am. Free. Meadowood Mall, 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle, (775) 384-4324.
RENO IMPROV SHOW: Join Reno Improv for an evening of spontaneous comedy. Every week is a new show. Sat, 9/2, 8pm. $5. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., (775) 686-8201.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES: Nine parallel lives, interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto, are woven through a fragmented series of confessionals and interrogations that gradually reveal a darker side of human nature in this play written by Andrew Bovell. Performances are ThursdaySunday, through Sept. 10. Thu, 8/31-Sat, 9/2, 7:30pm; Sun, 9/3, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Hit Parade will perform after the Reno Aces game, upstairs at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage. Sat, 9/2, 10:30pm. Free. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 3344700, greaternevadafield.com.
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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, 9/2, 10am. Free, donations welcome. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
IDLEWILD HEALTH WALKS: These interpretative 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. Tue, 9/5, 10am. Free. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Office, Idlewild Park, 50 Cowan Drive, (775) 784-1807.
LIFESTYLE 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 anyone who wants to play. Tue, 9/5, 5pm. Free. Baldini’s Casino, second floor, 865 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, (775) 453-8406.
FAMILY GAMES DAY: Bring your family and friends and try out popular games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune, Sequence, chess, checkers and more. All ages and abilities are welcome. Sun, 9/3, 10am. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
FOUR SEASONS BOOK CLUB: The club meets
on the first Saturday of the month. Sat, 9/2, 1pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th
KNIT WITS & HOOKERS: Knitters of all levels
are welcome to join this new club. Thu, 8/31, 1pm. Free. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 827-3232.
KNITTING GROUP: Learn to knit at the library
OUTDOOR SPANISH GROUP: Practice Spanish
and yarn-crafts are welcome. Bring your project to this “sit and knit.” Tue, 9/5, 5pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
CLASSES CASINOS, CHARACTERS AND CRIMES EARLY NEVADA GAMBLING HISTORY: An interactive class about gambling in Nevada between 1861-1931. Thu, 8/31, 6pm. Truckee Meadows Community College, Meadowood Center, South Building, 5270 Neil Road, South Building, (775) 825-0329, truckee.augusoft.net.
GENEALOGY OPEN LAB: Beginner,
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Yawn Juan My friend and I are debating why it is that men don’t want you when you want them yet they’re all gung-ho when you aren’t interested. She believes that we just want what we can’t have. Could it be that simple? The reality is, nobody pines for what’s easy to get or, worse, what’s chasing madly after them. It’s about value. Being easy to get or seeming desperate suggests one has what anthropologists call “low mate value.” Social psychologist Robert Cialdini explains this with “the scarcity principle,” which describes how the less available something is the more valuable it seems and the more we want it. Being scarce doesn’t necessarily equate to being more valuable. However, because of how psychologically painful we find regret—feeling that we screwed up and thus missed out—scarcity kicks us into a motivational state, making us all hot for whatever’s in short supply. This is the sales principle behind those chichi boutiques with just one item on a rack, as if they were a mini museum of the little black dress. There’s a good chance they have 20 more in the back. But putting out 20 sends a different message—like one of those shops with a big yellow sign, “Everything in the store, $15, including the dog.” Still, the scarcity principle sometimes gets falsely accused of causing a burgeoning relationship to tank when other factors are actually to blame. Consider whether you’re choosing wisely—going for someone who’s ready to be in a relationship. Some people who think they’re ready may not be. Others will admit that they aren’t ready. Believe them—or at least tread cautiously—and recognize the propensity many women have for Svengali-ette-alism: “I’ll be the one to change him!” With someone who is a real possibility, you’ll have your best shot by coming off appropriately interested instead of stalkerishly so. If you tend to go from zero to texting a guy 36 times in a row while sitting in your car with binoculars trained on his house, figure out proactive ways to avoid that and other crazypants stuff you do. Perhaps, for example, give your
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The things we do fur love My sweet boyfriend always leaves his nose hair and beard trimmings in the sink. He claims he forgets to wipe up afterward and asks, “Is it that big of a deal?” Am I being petty, or is this disrespectful when you share a space with somebody? Chances are he’s leaving you a furry sink not out of disrespect but because he goes into a behavioral coma. This comes out of how our brain conserves energy by creating stored strings of behavior. The first time you ride a bike or eat with a spoon, you have to put conscious thought into each step. But with time and practice, the sequence becomes automatic and unconscious. Research on habit change by psychologist Wendy Wood and her colleagues suggests that “disrupting” the usual physical sequence of a stored behavior can jolt a person out of autopilot, triggering their conscious mind to take over. You can disrupt your boyfriend’s beardsnipping routine simply by changing where the scissors get stored. Maybe put them in a kitchen cabinet for a while—and of course, clue him in and explain why. Yes, this could actually work to get him to remember your “Yoo-hoo … sinkiepoo!” However, what ultimately matters is how you treat each other. If your sink continues to have a five o’clock shadow, maybe decide to just laugh about your sweet daydreamy slob instead of going all toxic-ragey “I’ll show him!” and throwing out the beard clippings yourself—by dragging the sink to the curb. Ω
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For the week oF August 31, 2017 ARIES (March 21-April 19): “We are continu-
ally faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems,” said businessman Lee Iacocca. You are currently wrestling with an example of this phenomenon, Aries. The camouflage is well-rendered. To expose the opportunity hidden beneath the apparent dilemma, you may have to be more strategic and less straightforward than you usually are—cagier and not as blunt. Can you manage that? I think so. Once you crack the riddle, taking advantage of the opportunity should be interesting.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Close your eyes and
imagine this: You and a beloved ally get lost in an enchanted forest, discover a mysterious treasure, and find your way back to civilization just before dark. Now visualize this: You give a dear companion a photo of your face taken on every one of your birthdays, and the two of you spend hours talking about your evolution. Picture this: You and an exciting accomplice luxuriate in a sun-lit sanctuary surrounded by gourmet snacks as you listen to ecstatic music and bestow compliments on each other. These are examples of the kinds of experiments I invite you to try in the coming weeks. Dream up some more! Here’s a keynote to inspire you: sacred fun.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On its album Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty, Jefferson Starship plays a song I co-wrote, “In a Crisis.” On its album Deeper Space/ Virgin Sky, the band covers another tune I co-wrote, “Dark Ages.” Have I received a share of the record sales? Not a penny. Am I upset? Not at all. I’m glad the songs are being heard and enjoyed. I’m gratified that a worldfamous, multiplatinum band chose to record them. I’m pleased my musical creations are appreciated. Now here’s my question for you, Gemini: Has some good thing of yours been “borrowed”? Have you wielded a benevolent influence that hasn’t been fully acknowledged? I suggest you consider adopting an approach like mine. It’s prime time to adjust your thinking about how your gifts and talents have been used, applied or translated.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When famous socialite
Nan Kempner was young, her mother took her shopping at Yves Saint Laurent’s salon. Nan got fixated on a certain white satin suit, but her mean old mother refused to buy it for her. “You’ve already spent too much of your monthly allowance,” mom said. But the resourceful girl came up with a successful gambit. She broke into sobs, and continued to cry nonstop until the store’s clerks lowered the price to an amount she could afford. You know me, Leo: I don’t usually recommend resorting to such extreme measures to get what you want. But now is one time when I am giving you a go-ahead to do just that.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee invented the miraculous communication system that we know as the World Wide Web. When asked if he had any regrets about his pioneering work, he named just one. There was no need for him to have inserted the double slash—”//”—after the “http:” in web addresses. He’s sorry that Internet users have had to type those irrelevant extra characters so many billions of times. Let this serve as a teaching story for you, Virgo. As you create innovations in the coming weeks, be mindful of how you shape the basic features. The details you include in the beginning may endure.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The sadness you feel might be the most fertile sadness you have felt in a long time. At least potentially, it has
tremendous motivating power. You could respond to it by mobilizing changes that would dramatically diminish the sadness you feel in the coming years, and also make it less likely that sadness-provoking events will come your way. So I invite you to express gratitude for your current sadness. That’s the crucial first step if you want to harness it to work wonders.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Don’t hoot with
the owls at night if you want to crow with the rooster in the morning,” advised Miss Georgia during the Miss Teen USA Pageant. Although that’s usually good counsel, it may not apply to you in the coming weeks. Why? Because your capacity for revelry will be at an all-time high, as will your ability to be energized rather than drained by your revelry. It seems you have a special temporary superpower that enables you both to have maximum fun and get a lot of work done.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): During this
phase of your astrological cycle, it makes sense to express more leadership. If you’re already a pretty good guide or role model, you will have the power to boost your benevolent influence to an even higher level. For inspiration, listen to educator Peter Drucker: “Leadership is not magnetic personality. That can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people.’ That is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, raising a person’s performance to a higher standard, building a personality beyond its normal limitations.”
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “One should always
be a little improbable,” said Oscar Wilde. That’s advice I wouldn’t normally give a Capricorn. You thrive on being grounded and straightforward. But I’m making an exception now. The astrological omens compel me. So what does it mean, exactly? How might you be “improbable”? Here are suggestions to get you started. 1. Be on the lookout for inspiring ways to surprise yourself. 2. Elude any warped expectations that people have of you. 3. Be willing to change your mind. Open yourself up to evidence that contradicts your theories and beliefs. 4. Use telepathy to contact Oscar Wilde in your dreams, and ask him to help you stir up some benevolent mischief or compassionate trouble.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A modern
Israeli woman named Shoshana Hadad got into trouble because of an event that occurred long before she was born. In 580 B.C., one of her male ancestors married a divorced woman, which at that time was regarded as a sin. Religious authorities decreed that as punishment, none of his descendants could ever wed a member of the Cohen tribe. But Hadad did just that, which prompted rabbis to declare her union with Masoud Cohen illegal. I bring this tale to your attention as a way to illustrate the possibility that you, too, may soon have to deal with the consequences of past events. But now that I have forewarned you, I expect you will act wisely, not rashly. You will pass a tricky test and resolve the old matter for good.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Want to live to be
100? Then be as boring as possible. That’s the conclusion of longevity researchers, as reported by the Weekly World News. To ensure a maximum life span, you should do nothing that excites you. You should cultivate a neutral, blah personality, and never travel far from home. JUST KIDDING! I lied. The Weekly World News is in fact a famous purveyor of fake news. The truth, according to my analysis of the astrological omens, is that you should be less boring in the next seven weeks than you have ever been in your life. To do so will be superb for your health, your wealth, and your future.
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Why do melons need branding?
We are launching today our branding campaign of the Nevada melon. Nevada melons are a historical fruit in Nevada. We’ve been growing Nevada melons here for generations. And, in an effort to highlight in our state and to bring a little recognition to what our farmers are doing, we’re branding the Nevada melon to make customers a little bit more aware about the great things that we’re doing in the state.
I noticed that one of the melons on display over there is labeled the Heart of Gold. We’re in Washoe County. Isn’t the Heart of Gold by definition grown in Fallon?
What’s happening here?
Fallon, yes. The Heart of Gold is grown in many different places, but Fallon has done a wonderful job of putting the Heart of Gold melon on the map. It’s one of the many melons that are available in Nevada, and it’s definitely sweet, but there’s other melons available from other growers as well. We don’t want to take anything away from Fallon.
One of the things I always heard about the Heart of Gold is that it is so tender, it does not ship well. It’s best eaten locally. Is that true? Yes. That is actually true. One of the reasons people love the Heart of Gold is because it is so sweet—it’s so tender. It’s ready to eat as soon as you pick it. And so, yes, it doesn’t travel well, but there are a lot of other melons that we grow here that do travel well.
I don’t know that they need branding as much as it is that we want to bring recognition to agriculture. We really want to show people that we grow really great vegetables and fruits here, and one of the things that we grow really great well here is melons. We just have the perfect climate for it. We have a lot of knowledge, historical knowledge about growing melons, and we just want to bring light to that.
We are in a record heat summer. Are melons a water-efficient crop?
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They are, as long as you’re doing the production practices properly. So most of the plants are planted under plastic mulch, which helps the evaporation in the soil. Most melons are grown using drip irrigation, so that’s also a very water efficient way of growing melons. There’s some melon growers that irrigate their fields once or twice a year, so it is a very water-efficient crop.
Is this like a school project, or is it a commercial venture? This is a commercial venture. It is a marketing venture in order to help farmers. We work with farmers who farm for a living. I happen to manage a project that works with students and educates them about farming and farming practices, and so it’s a little bit of both. It’s a way for our farmers and the students at the university and in the community also to work together. Ω
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Onslaught of Slime OK, important things to remember. First, the president lies a lot. He lies about as often as you take a leak. He’s a horrid jerk, a truly execrable sumbitch and a trophy-sized asshole with an extraordinarily high pucker factor. Trump is to Pucker Power what Hurricane Harvey is to rainfall. The Russian thing is a crooked conspiracy of Godzillish size, and the Mueller report will be, I predict, issued in a trilogy, because—well, there’s a lot going on. Robert Mueller, the new Tolkien. As for Sheriff Joe, what can you say? Hey Joe, you’ve arrived! It’s not often a cop becomes identifiable by just his first name. But seriously, Sheriff Joe is the kind of guy that, were he aflame, many would decline the opportunity to relieve themselves upon him. The kind of guy who puts the oink back in the word
“sheriff.” So naturally, he’s the first guy Trump pardons. We’re now somewhat deadened to this non-stop Onslaught of Slime, these placating moves aimed directly at this pissy, bizarro stratum of America now identified as His Base. Sure, getting numb is understandable; just no fair allowing numbness to morph into complacency. There’s been a resurgence of talk about The Dossier. Yes, that Dossier. The head of the firm that commissioned it testified for 10 hours before a senate committee. That’s a pretty nice little chat. Bet it wasn’t all dry and boring. Bet they weren’t gabbing much about the Raiders. But if you haven’t read it, and you’re one of the 65 percent of Semisanes who’d like to one day see Trump locked in the stocks of the town square so he can have his ass paddled with great gusto
by angry, caffeinated transgenders, you should. Because, seriously, it’s so much more than the pee pee. Let’s get over it—I realize I used the pee pee tape as a punchline just a couple of weeks ago, and what can I say except that it was irresistible fruit hanging way low—and move along and inspect the real beef in that Dossier, the beef that’s all about Trump and The Russians who were of course working together to mangle Hillary. The golden showers stuff, which is certainly a milestone in The Sleazebag Saga of Twitler, is quickly seen for what it truly is; a juicy distraction to the Main Event, and let’s keep it in proper pisspective. By the time you read this, we will have moved way past Sheriff Joe and on to the latest Pyongyang Charlottesville Putinpuff. Can’t wait. Ω
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