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New year, new life
Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I’m back. Sort of. I’m here at my good ol’ desk in our still new, but super homey, digs at 760 Margrave Drive, enjoying the comforting bustle of the newsroom on a production day: my colleagues typing away, the printer zapping out proof pages, our jovial sales staff giggling down the hall, and the familiar sounds of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians—one of my favorite pieces of “writing music”—playing softly on my headphones. But, my thoughts keep turning back to the sweet little baby and his beautiful mama at home in our bedroom, which never looked more comfortable than when I had to leave this morning. So, yes, our new son, Clyde Leonard Bynum, was born on Dec. 1, and Margot and I have managed to keep him alive, happy and healthy for a month now. Not sure if that’s a small miracle or a major one. We celebrated his onemonth birthday, as well as the beginning of the new year, with a quick weekend jaunt down to San Francisco, where he got to meet a couple of his aunts and watch his older sisters go nuts shopping in the Japan Center malls. Baby’s first road trip was a success. And don’t get me wrong. I’m excited to be back at work at a job I love. I’m also thankful to live and work in this strange and beautiful community. I’m excited about this issue. Arts Editor Kris Vagner wrote a great feature story about Stewart Indian School, highlighting a part of our local history that too easily gets overlooked. And I’ll be back to my old self—cracking dumb jokes, hungry for new tastes, annoyed at local politicians, and excited for local music—again in no time. But do you know what I’m most excited about right now? My adept diaper-changing technique. The serene, dream-like beauty of a mother nursing in the middle of the night. The warm and fuzzy magic of watching an infant learn to smile. Happy new year!
Re “Fiasco” (news, Dec, 28): It is again so disgusting how the Bundys continue to flaunt the authorities and the authorities continue to bungle their roles as defenders of the public domain and ecosystem. But, oh, so very typical and in line with what has been happening for far too long upon the public, as well as privately owned, lands. Of course, when the ecosystem disintegrates, which it is doing at a frightening rate, all species, including us culpable humans, shall pay the terrible price in terms of suffering and death, and a sterile planet shall be left in our despicable wake of greed and thoughtlessness! May Heaven forbid! Craig Downer Minden
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Cycle For Heller and Amodei: In 1921, the Republicans passed a tax cut. In 1929, the Great Depression started. In 1981, the Republicans passed the Reagan tax cuts. In 1987, we had a strong recession. In 2001, the Republicans passed the Bush tax cuts. In 2007, we had a strong depression. Given the historical data, and now that you voted for the Trump tax cuts, what are your plans to avert another recession/depression that will be here in a few years? Dewey Quong Reno
For your information A greater access to information does not pull us together, but rather makes us more polarized. Polarization has exacerbated our differences. The rise of social media is partially to blame, and an overflow of universally accepted experts has led many of us to rely on Instragram
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catchphrases—and little more. But what is it that we yearn to keep up with and supports our personal identity? That gives us a greater feeling of confidence? Or have these notions been overly suppressed because of today’s widespread hacking, identity theft and inexcusable shootings? Does a greater access to information carry too many detriments in an open and free society? No it doesn’t but it must be reinforced with fact—not fake news—that spurs a better enthusiasm to live and work together. The essence of living in a democracy that holds unity as our utmost quality shouldn’t be forgotten about. Why don’t more people in Congress get along? Maybe because too many of them have so much information in their heads and can’t narrow down their thoughts to an agreeable fortitude. The solution here has more to do with socialism than capitalism. Our capitalistic superplan has put us $20 trillion in debt. But we know we can do better. There’s a taxation hustle that’s taking place in our country now. The super-rich have lobbyists and much influence with special interests. The middle (working) class are practically riding a sinking ship, though they’re the foundation of our economy. Their lobbyists and special interests are hard to see; there’s not many. During the recent presidential campaign, we learned that President Trump’s greatest ability is in—promotion. And his worst skill is in socialism. This new health care plan, which he took little part in devising but a great deal in promoting, passed in the House but probably not in the Senate. And so, as is now apparent, a greater access to all forms of information isn’t what we need. A focus on the most fitting and applicable info is what we need. Obama had the right form of health care plan in mind but, for a few reasons, was set off course. Do we need to pay for both medical treatment and health insurance companies? Almost all other nations of the world don’t need
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them and don’t pay so much extra for them. And are more satisfied that way. When one lives in Europe for eight years, as I have, you simply observe this fact. This would be best for the greatest majority. It would not over-emphasize egalitarianism (social equality). That unity that we once had, with priorities sensed more clearly by a majority of citizens, without so much polarization, would be better. We know that a greater accumulation of data in our heads isn’t the answer. Promoting, above all, the backbone of our prosperous country is. Steve Smythe Reno
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By JERI CHADWELL
Your hopes for 2018? asked at rancHo san rafael regional Park, 1595 n. sierra st. Henry Weiner Retired college English instructor
I’m hoping that Trump gets impeached. I want to see this country come together again in terms of traditional values, which imply respect for people of other races and—well, first it comes from respect for yourself and your own immediate family, which has been lost.
ricHie corte z zo Barber/hairstylist
Basically, it’s to be a better man than I was the year before—and hopefully Trump gets out of office. That’s the bottom line.
Midori okuMur a Environmental science student
Telling the full story “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers,” President Kennedy said. A newspaper does the same thing. On Sunday, the Reno Gazette-Journal revealed more about itself than about its subject when it ran a puff piece on the mayor of Sparks. There are those who believe our calling is coming to an end, that newspapers are dying and that in five or 10 or 25 years we will be a thing of the past. Perhaps. But it matters how we go out. And on Sunday three newspapers showed us alternative ways of doing it. The New York Times ran “How the Russia Inquiry Began,” which reported that the investigation of the Trump campaign’s links with Russia originated with an Australian diplomat, who had a conversation in a bar with influential Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, whose drink-loosened tongue spilled some beans that eventually found their way to Mueller investigators. Papadopoulos told the diplomat the Trump campaign was aware that Russia held “thousands of emails that would embarrass [Hillary] Clinton.” The Australian diplomat alerted authorities when he was informed of a Russian intelligence operation. As best we know, neither Papadopoulos nor the Trump campaign did so. The Times piece had enormous impact. Within hours, it was being quoted by Reuters, Inquisitr, CNN, New York magazine, the Chicago Sun Times, the West Australian, AV Club, Hot Air, ITV News, Politicus USA, Washington Examiner, WHIO in Australia, TickletheWire, The Africom, Blasting News, and something in Pennsylvania
called 10,000 Couple. The Times report undercuts the notion that the Mueller investigation, which Republicans once called for but now oppose, is politically motivated. In its profile of Mayor Geno Martini, the Reno GazetteJournal credited its subject with many good works and smart actions—and stopped there. It did not inform readers that Martini’s love of corporate welfare for out-of-state chains not only damaged local merchants but drained the Washoe County School District of needed funds, a problem the late Sen. Debbie Smith of Sparks tried to remedy. It did not tell readers that the mayor and the city council watered down standards for plumbers and electricians as a way of attracting some condo projects, with little attention to the threat this could pose to eventual tenants. Martini is also living in the past by promoting the kind of economic development that was popular in the 1960s, of attracting tourism and gambling, while most other officials have long since moved on to try to diversify our economy beyond tourism. We hardly begrudge Mayor Martini the praise he earned and the RG-J delivered, but that is not his entire record. A better example could be found this past week in the Salt Lake Tribune, which called on U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire, then named him Utahan of the Year. If our business is going down the drain, let’s do it with some class, not with embarrassing softball journalism and articles on where to find the 10 places with the best bouillabaisse—and avoiding editorials that might offend. Let’s go with a bang, not a whimper. Ω
For environmental resource-wise, I definitely hope that we come up with better ways to sustain our water—specifically here in Nevada, and California. We’ve given out water rights to everybody, and we don’t have enough water. I just hope to better myself.
ale x HolMes Office Administrator
To be less anxious about what’s going on in the world right now—trying to find my center with all of this nonsense. To declutter my life. That’s definitely something that’s on the agenda. And to be more open to new experiences.
Justin steWart Drafter
My hopes for 2018? To be healthier. Short and sweet. And travel more.
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by SHEILA LESLIE
What if Trump were gone? I’m an optimist at heart, but this past year even I have wavered. As frustrated as I was under the Bush presidency, I never dreamed a president like Trump could exist anywhere but in a developing country that repressed its people through dictatorship or oligarchy. Like many Americans, I was proud to live in a country that—despite its capitalistic mentality and self-serving diplomacy—offered the world many examples of leadership, strength and a resolve to help others, gladly offering a hard-working immigrant the opportunity to succeed. But now it’s 2018, and the world moves forward even as we wonder how we’ll survive another year of Trump and a Republican Congress that has forgotten the meaning of fiscal sobriety and compassionate conservatism at every turn. Over the past week, in the spirit of the New Year, I asked family, friends and random people I encountered what they wished our government would accomplish. The immediate answer from many was ridding ourselves of President Trump,
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either through impeachment or resignation. When I pointed out that would likely give us President Pence, hardly a paragon of progressive values, each was adamant that even Pence would be preferable to an unbalanced narcissist whose lies and misbehavior are simultaneously destroying our country’s reputation in the world and our self-regard. People easily generated a list of policy items for their government to tackle, including comprehensive immigration reform, passage of a clean DREAM Act, and addressing climate change. One person, echoing pre-Trump America, wished for universal pre-K to help every child enter school prepared to learn. My wish for 2018 is that Congress would stop dithering and help people get health care. Now that they’re finished making the rich richer, the very first thing Congress must do is reauthorize funding for CHIP and the Community Health Centers. CHIP is the health insurance program for nine million children who live in working families who are nevertheless poor. The
Community Health Centers are clinics that serve everyone in need, regardless of income or documented status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if the funding isn’t renewed, about 2,800 clinics will shut their doors, and millions of people will lose access to health care. In Reno, these clinics are operated by Northern Nevada HOPES and the Community Health Alliance, two organizations full of compassionate and committed health professionals, led by CEOs who could easily take their talents to the for-profit sector and double their salaries but prefer to spend their time designing creative health care solutions, knowing their heroic efforts literally mean life or death to struggling people in our community. I’m not one to quote President Ronald Reagan, having grown up under his budget cuts that devastated California’s world-class higher education system because he didn’t believe in “subsidizing intellectual curiosity,” but since Republicans treat his legacy as saintly, it’s worth repeating the most
famous passage from his farewell address to the nation: “I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.” It’s heartbreaking that in just one year, we’ve travelled so far backward from Reagan’s vision. His Shining City is now smothered in a darkness of lies and deception, selfishness and greed. May 2018 be the year when the people demand the return of America’s beacon. Ω
A conservative’s view of Trump’s competence: www. nationalreview.com/corner/455008/trump-health-careyuval-levin
by Brendan Trainor
Revolution in Arizona legalize just marijuana, and it would also forbid government regulation and taxation of marijuana. Successful marijuana initiatives have so far followed the strategy of government involvement, allowing the state taxation and regulation powers. Note that Norway, the most conservative of Scandinavian countries, this past month decriminalized all drug use except for manufacturing and trafficking, modeled after the successful Portuguese model. Political unrest in Honduras following the Nov. 26 election caused airlines to cancel flights to San Pedro Sula, the third most violent city in the world, with 112 homicides per 100,000 people. The right wing candidate Juan Hernandez was declared the winner, supported by both Hillary Clinton and the Trump administration. The left opposition party Libre has refused to accept the results, citing widespread voter fraud. Honduras is the original Banana Republic. Government support for the land use policies of United Fruit, now Chiquita Banana, has led to coups and
assassinations of reformers. U.S. Marines kept the brutal dictator Anastasio Somoza in power for decades. In 2009, reform President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and flown to U.S. airbase Soto Cano. The American war on drugs and heavyhanded support of American corporate interests is a major cause of criminal and political instability in Latin America. In 2015, Honduran parents sent their children to the U.S. to escape the violence. Still, the unaccompanied minor story became about immigration policy. U.S. interventions and the drug war are rarely covered in the corporate media. If initiatives like RAD Final are passed, it will help put an end to bloodbaths in our politically invisible neighbors to the South.Ω
For an account of Portugal’s 14-year experience with legal drugs: tinyurl.com/ycfpga8h
Featuring Guest Artist
Joyce Yang, Piano
beethoven’s “emperor” concerto Live at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 14th 4:00 pm | Jan. 16th 7:30 pm A climactic, operatic overture from Wagner’s Tannhäuser will open the performance. You’ll be swept away as the Reno Phil plays Pierre Jalbert’s In Aeternam. The piece was written in 2000 as a memorial to his niece who died at birth and captures a range of emotions, from sorrow and grief to shock and despair. Finally, young pianist Joyce Yang will captivate audiences as she tackles Beethoven’s daunting piano concerto. A classical favorite, Beethoven’s Emperor is aptly titled.
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any use—smoking, consumption, drinking, injection, sale, transfer, cultivation, production, storage or importation—of any drug or drugs. Nor shall any state government agency assist the federal government in their enforcement of federal laws against drugs. The initiative specifically includes prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, plants used as a drug, chemicals used to manufacture a drug, including concentrates like hashish, wax, shatter, hash oil. It also provides for amnesty for those convicted of drug crimes, especially if their conviction was the result of a plea bargain. If passed, Arizona shall not extradite a person to another state or country if the crimes they are charged with are now legal in Arizona. The measure provides for personal and civil liability for a minimum $1 million in damages for any police officer or prosecutor who violates an individual’s drug rights, with no good faith exemptions. The petition is called RAD Final, named in reference to petition group. Relegalize All Drugs. RAD also has filed a petition to
beethoven’s “emperor” concerto
Starting Jan. 1, California is slated to roll out recreational marijuana sales. Utah allows non-psychoactive CBD extract to treat epileptic seizures, and a medical marijuana initiative will be on the 2018 Ballot. Washington and Oregon have legalized medicinal and recreational pot. Idaho and Wyoming remain prohibition states. To the south, in Arizona, petitioners are gathering signatures due by July 5, two petitions to legalize recreational marijuana, and one to legalize all drugs. Yes, all drugs. If it makes it onto the ballot and voters approve it in November, the initiative would re-legalize all drugs, including cocaine, heroin, LSD and methamphetamine. The State of Arizona would be ordered to recognize that drugs and drug abuse are not a criminal problem to be solved by arresting people and putting them in prison, fining them and seizing their assets. Instead, Arizona will recognize that drug abuse is a medical problem. But it goes much further than that. It forbids taxation, regulation or controls on
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by Dennis Myers
Walker shifted to neW district court Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed Egan Walker—up to now an elected district court judge in the family division—to be a district court judge replacing the late Judge Patrick Flanagan. Both posts are in the second [Washoe] judicial district. “Judge Walker is an experienced and seasoned judge who has presided over thousands of cases in Washoe County,” Sandoval said in a prepared statement. Walker has a nursing degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a law degree from McGeorge. He previously served as a deputy district attorney in Carson City and Washoe County. In 2012, Walker was involved in a high-profile dispute over whether he would require a 32-year-old mentally disabled woman whose health was endangered by her pregnancy to have an abortion. The woman’s parents went to court to try to prevent him from holding hearings on the matter, and the issue was publicized by anti-abortion groups around the nation. The courtd ruled against the parents, and Walker found there was no compelling medical reason for the abortion. Earlier in his career, Walker was involved in a July 11, 1996 drinking incident in which deputy DAs Walker and Cheryl Hier-Johnson and Officer John Bohach were involved. Walker disabled the on-call vehicle of the DA’s office, urinated in a police officer’s thermos, and let the air out of tires. When the incident was discovered some time later, Richard Gammick—then district attorney— said Walker and Hier-Johnson were forthcoming and cooperative. He suspended them instead of firing them. In an action brought by the state attorney general, the three participants were fined $425 each. As an attorney, Walker once represented the mother of murder victim Charla Mack. He is or has been a board member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Children’s Cabinet.
Life in casinos often encourages sexual harassment, but that may be changing, given what’s happening in the outside world. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
Sexist climate Casinos long noted for harassment
rose Marie 1923-2017 Rose Marie, one of the few survivors of vaudeville whose career also included film, radio, records, theater, night clubs and television, has died at 94. She’s familiar as a performer on TV sitcoms and quiz shows. She had a place in Nevada history, performing opening night at Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo in Las Vegas and appearing in Reno in the 1980s in the supergroup called Four Girls Four with Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney and Margaret Whiting. She candidly conceded her organized crime in Nevada’s early casino days. She once told how, after the close of one of her appearances, she was at New York’s Copacabana and Joe Fischetti, a.k.a. Fisher, a cousin of Al Capone, asked her, “Where are you going next?” She replied, “I’m not working.” He told her, “You’re going to Reno or Tahoe. These are some of the other places that we have clubs.” She answered, “Whatever you say.” She recalled, “And believe me, they kept me working all year, because every place I went, somebody owned it, you know. And I was looked after with kid gloves. It was absolutely wonderful. They’d always asked, ‘Where are you working next?’ God forbid I’d say, ‘I don’t know,’ because they’d say, ‘You’ll be working in Tahoe, Reno or a country club in Kentucky. I was busy working. And then I went back to the Flamingo. I played the Flamingo four to five times a year.”
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eleanor was intelligent, witty, beautiful and a blackjack dealer at Harrah’s, Harold’s and the Ramada when it was on Sixth Street. She worked her way through college and grad school in the casinos. She recalls pit bosses and their classic line to women dealers: “They rent rooms by the hour at the Mizpah.” She likely never considered the casinos as a career. They were a means to an end. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and later became a Reno teacher, eventually leaving the state. In an email message this week, she wrote, “When I was employed at Harrah’s, the urban myth was that all women 21 dealers over 40 would have to get a hysterectomy because of the standing and high heels. … [T] hey used to talk about the security of having slender and normal-weight dealers. I’m sure that’s why the pit boss I was having trouble with was cupping my butt, just to make sure I was OK.”
Eleanor is long gone, and so is the Mizpah. The sexism and harassment, however, live on. Her experience and that of so many other casino employees raises the question of why, in this season of anger over sexual harassment in motion pictures, the issue has not thrown a spotlight on Nevada casinos. The biggest sexual harassment issue that has been brought to light by the current furor is an alleged and heretofore unknown settlement with a former employee by Las Vegas casino figure Steve Wynn. It came out in the legal wrangling between him and ex-wife Elaine Wynn after she lost her seat on the Wynn board of directors. She has been in court seeking documents “regarding any allegations of sexual misconduct made against you by a current or former Wynn Resorts employee,” and the Nevada Supreme Court has so far sided with her. But such disputes involving workers seldom make it into the public eye
or into court, for the simple reason that Nevada law is slanted to favor businesses, which are empowered in Nevada to fire workers without cause. That discourages workers from reporting harassment, much less suing over it. Cocktail waitresses seem to be among the most common harassment targets, and some officials we spoke with said all waitresses have long been so plagued. That may be true, but most restaurants do not dress their waitresses like hookers, and some casinos do. Susan Chandler, co-author of Casino Women, said harassment can come from two sources. “One is within the casinos, supervisors to workers, and the other is guests to workers.” That shows how complicated the situation can become, since supervisors—who in most businesses would be expected to protect workers—have been known as harassers themselves in casinos. Moreover, some workers have long argued that a casino in Nevada’s laissez faire business environment, can itself perform a type of harassment. They point to Harrah’s onetime policy of forbidding workers to get older. Under this policy, each worker was photographed and if, over the years, his or her appearance changed, the worker could be fired. Harrah’s called it the Personal Best Initiative, and a lawsuit against it was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. (Paradoxically, one of the appeals judges who voted with the workers in that case was Alex Koskinski, who recently resigned from the Ninth Circuit after being accused of harassment.)
addiction Requirements that cocktail waitresses wear high heels on the job were similarly viewed by some workers as harassment, and as a result, Chandler and co-author Jill Jones wrote in their book that it could lead to addiction. They quoted cocktail waitress Genette Louis, who said, “Drugs help you wear heels, drinking helps you
wear heels, anything that takes your mind hope. Former Nevada lieutenant governor off the pain.” The authors report that Louis Sue Wagner is a former gambling regulaunderwent multiple surgeries and now tor, and we asked her if casinos who experiences chronic pain. She never filed tolerate harassment of their workers can be for worker compensation, so she paid the penalized. bills herself. “I think it’s something that regulaThese go well beyond sexual harasstors, whether it be the [Gaming Control] ment, of course, but they show the working Board and [Nevada Gaming] Commission, conditions in which casino workers dwell, should look at. I think that is important, and the limits on their freedom of and it issomething that, if I were action under Nevada’s antion the commission, I would worker laws. definitely bring it up to the Dealers do not have other commissioners as to the workload cocktail whether it’s something waitresses have, of that I feel we should hauling around full look at, and hopefully drink trays that can they would agree with weigh 25 pounds me.” while covering miles “I think that it’s a a night. But that pretty closed world,” Susan Chandler doesn’t free them from Chandler said, putting Author sexual innuendo and her finger on one of the demands. Chandler and advantages the casinos Jones quoted one dealer: have—a long tradition “If you dropped a card, the of internal operations being pit boss would kneel down to disclosed only when regulators have get it and say, ‘Is there anything else you reason to consider them germane to matters want me to do while I’m down here?’” before the commission. (An interview with The same waitress recalled a pit boss who Sue Wagner appears on page 27.) would run his craps stick “up your legs if On the other hand, in today’s political you were wearing a skirt.” climate, the conduct of some casinos Given the nature of state laws, casino supervisors may be getting more scrutiny regulators seem to be the workers only than usual. Ω
“I think that it’s a pretty closed world.”
People standing in line at the Park Lane movie theater these days can view the construction at the site of the former Park Lane Mall. The development is expected to include 1,600 housing units along with retailers, restaurants, a grocery store and a small park. The theater will remain. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
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by KrIS Vagner kr i sv@ new sreview.com
School spirit PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER
nevada Indian Commission Director Sherry rupert is among those leading the efforts to bring Stewart Indian School’s history to light.
When Buck Sampson was in high school in the late 1960s, he and his history teacher did not see eye to eye on a history textbook. Sampson, who is Paiute, had grown up hearing stories from his grandfather. Some were about everyday things like living off of the land. Others had to do with scenarios more like this: “People were moved or forced into a lot of the stuff they didn’t like,” Sampson said in a phone interview. “We were forced into assimilation.” Beginning in 1879 with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, over 100 facilities known as Indian boarding schools were opened across the country. Their purpose was to Christianize Native American children and assimilate them into Euro-American culture. In the early days of the boarding schools, children were required to have their hair cut short, made to adopt Euro-American names and dress, and forbidden from speaking their own languages.
The Stewart Indian School is poised to rewrite some longoverlooked parts of local history.
The old gym at Stewart Indian School is among the buildings slated for renovations. The state has approved $4.6 million for renovations and new facilities.
“They kidnapped Harry,” Sampson said. “They tied him up to a buckboard.” Harry was Sampson’s grandfather’s brother. A buckboard is an open, horse-drawn carriage, and “they” were taking Harry, without his family’s knowledge, to the Stewart Indian School, which was originally called the Carson Indian School. The school opened in 1890 at the south end of Carson City, between Clear Creek and what is now the most recently completed section of Interstate 580. That year, there were 37 students from nearby Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone tribes and three teachers. Students learned academics and vocational skills, and they built many of the campus’s stone buildings under the tutelage of Hopi stone masons. In the early decades, “school spirit” the school had a militaristic continued on page 10 organization, and punishments
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Of the 600 or so boarding school documents that University of California, Santa Cruz researcher Samantha Williams has reviewed, this 1934 letter from a social worker is the only one to express hesitation over forcibly separating children from their families.
“Everything is written from a white man’s point of view.”
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Story time The Stewart Indian School is a quiet, 110-acre campus on a flat swatch of land dotted with mature Cottonwoods, Chinese Elms and other trees. Birds chirp, squirrels dart across grassy lawns, and there are clear views of snowy peaks to the east and the west. The large auditorium, small post office, dormitories and most of the other buildings—72 altogether—are boarded up, and visitors can stroll among them on a self-guided audio tour. At 20 clearly marked stops, there are small plaques with descriptions of each location, a phone number and an extension to dial that connects visitors to a recording. Most of the recordings are excerpts from interviews with Stewart alumni, from 2008, that tell firsthand accounts of the joys and tumults of life in a boarding school. One story is told by Florence Millett, who was sent to Stewart from the Duckwater Shoshone reservation in 1950 at
age 12. She was assigned a job as a nurse’s assistant in the infirmary. She said she liked the nursing staff but missed her family and described herself as “always lonely and depressed. I tried running away three times but was always caught and returned to Stewart.” The consequences included having her long hair cut short and having to scrub toilets with a toothbrush for a week. Some of the storytellers of these audio accounts—even when they’re not purely fond memories—also express a sense of school spirit or fondness for their experiences. As part of a newer round of recordings of Stewart alumni made in 2017, interviewer Terry McBride asked Roger Sam, “Did you enjoy being a student there?” Sam, who grew up in Nixon and attended Stewart as a teen in the 1930s, said, “I loved it! I enjoyed livin’ after I got used to the routine.” Millet’s recording concludes with her saying, “Looking back, I think if I was older and surer, I would have liked it here, because they had so much more to offer than the reservation where I came from. I was just too young.” The stories recalled in these audio tracks go back as far as the 1920s. Stories about early years are harder to come by, and first-hand accounts by teachers or staff members are rare. Samantha Williams is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She’s working on a dissertation on the history of Stewart Indian School, which she aims to finish in 2019 and eventually publish as a book. One source she’s found is a typed letter, dated June 30, 1934, written by a social worker named Lucille Hamler, who questioned the impacts of removing children from families and advocated for funding to support visitation. Hamler’s letter read, in part, “Many of the children who have gone home this summer had not been at home for years, and there have arisen some rather acute problems of adjustment which could have been avoided if the children and their parents had kept in touch with each other through the years. It has been noticed in a number of cases that the parents seemed very happy to see the children, while the children felt themselves entire strangers and showed no pleasure in meeting their parents.” Williams has searched through around 600 documents so far. She said this is the only example she’s come across of a faculty member expressing anything akin to regret over the treatment of children at the boarding schools. That’s not to say that she won’t possibly unearth more, but she was quick to clarify that, to a large extent, people running boarding schools “thought they were doing God’s work.” That line of thinking goes back to pre-Civil War times. Williams explained: “You have rapid expansion. In 1850s, 1860s, you have state governments, local governments openly talking about exterminating people in order to take their lands.” In some cases, separating Native American children from their land was seen as the only alternative to death. “What they didn’t think about or understand or care about was—this led to severe trauma for generations in families,” said Williams. This was especially true during the early years of Stewart Indian School— eventually, after the rules were relaxed a bit, summer visitation was allowed. Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, is among those working on making Stewart’s history better known to the public. During a November lecture at the Nevada State Museum, she talked about those generational effects. She said she’s heard stories from people in Northern Nevada of Washoe and Paiute descent whose grandparents—boarding school alumni—never hugged them or expressed affection. PHOTO cOUrTeSY/nevaDa inDian cOMMiSSiOn
were often harsh. There are accounts of children being whipped or beaten, and at least one alum recalled students themselves having to administer punishments to their peers. Families were not allowed to visit, but sometimes they’d camp across the creek, just to be nearer to their Buck Sampson, Stewart School alum children. In 1924, Native Americans were first offered U.S. citizenship, and in 1934, the federal government passed the Indian Reorganization Act—also called the Indian New Deal—intended to reverse the assimilation efforts. Both of those led to the militaristic nature of the school easing up—though alumni interviewed in recent years still remembered waking to reveille and standing in inspection lines early each morning. Students began to attend the school voluntarily, often finding less discrimination there than at public schools. New policies allowed students to practice some of their own culture. Traditional arts and crafts became part of the curriculum, for example. Over 30,000 students attended Stewart altogether, including members of about 200 tribes, many from Arizona and Southern Nevada. Buck Sampson arrived in 1968, after attending Vaughn Middle School and Wooster High in Reno. By then, a lot of students expressed a strong school spirit and pride. Many reported later that learning trades paved the way for a life of financial stability. The boxing team and band were well known, and in 1966, Stewart’s basketball team won the state championship. By 1970, there was a waiting list to enroll. But still, there were those arguments with the history teacher, Mr. Tyler. “He was a big, tall black man,” Sampson remembers. “He was the coach.” As for the history textbook, “Everything is written from a white man’s point of view,” Sampson said. “It doesn’t have a history of Nevada and how it was here.” “I was just the first one that started sticking up,” he said. “He’d look at me, and I’d look at him. And I’d think, ‘Shoot, I know what’s going to happen next.’ He would whack you on
the shoulder, whack you on the head, hit you with his finger or his knuckle.” Sampson endured the whacks and kept speaking up in class. “I just stood my ground, and I’d get kicked out of his class,” he said. “I was sent to the office—I was put out in the hallway. This went on for a long time. Finally, one day, I started getting the other Indians from Arizona. They talked about their Navajo Trail of Tears and how it was back there, how it affected the Navajo people or the Pimas or the Hopis, everything that happened.” None of that was in the books, Sampson said. “So, at the end, we just kind of ganged up on him.” Sampson said he left Stewart with three scholarships—in English, boxing and American Indian history. He would have pursued that last one, he said—maybe in an effort to recast the history lessons himself—but the University of Nevada, Reno did not have a Native American studies program. He attended a junior college in Oakland, then worked as an equipment operator for the City of Reno, from which he is now retired. While Sampson never did get to rewrite the textbook, today, his vision of a more accurate approach to Native American history is becoming a reality, and his alma mater is front and center in setting a precedent for how to do that.
This 2012 photo of Stewart Indian School alumni includes, in the front row, Flora Greene, class of 1936, who turned 100 in 2017, and Hilman Tobey, who passed away at the age of 100 in 2015.
“We never had a say before. Now we have a say.”
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largest in the nation, is now a three-acre city park in Phoenix with three of its buildings intact. And a few boarding schools are still in operation as day schools, including Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon and Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California. Rupert pointed out that even today, her 16-year-old son still has experiences in high school that are redolent of the arguments that Buck Sampson used to have with Mr. Tyler back in the ’60s. “I know there’s some cultural competency training that new teachers have to go through, but not a lot of teachers know a lot about tribes,” she said. “So, sometimes, even in today’s classrooms, there is misinformation or misconceptions about native people. My son, he’s always like, ‘Excuse me. I’m Washoe, and that’s not correct.’ And sometimes teachers will take that and use that and run with that, and sometimes teachers don’t like to be corrected.” As Rupert and her colleagues prepare to bring to light some of the overlooked parts of the school’s history, one thing this is different this time. She summed it up during her November talk at the state museum. “We had never had a say before,” she said. “Now we have a say.” Ω
The grounds of Stewart Indian School, 5500 Snyder Ave., Carson City, are open to the public. Admission is free. Sherry Rupert is scheduled to give a lecture on the school’s history, present and future at 10 a.m., Jan. 20, at the Nevada State Museum. A blessing ceremony to kick off contstruction on a welcome center is scheduled for 10 a.m., May 3. To learn more, visit stewartindianschool.com.
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a meet-the-artists type thing. Maybe they can actually purchase from the artist.” Stewart Indian School closed in 1980, She also foresees restaurants and a commerciting budget issues and earthquake safety cial kitchen. concerns. “It’s a beautiful campus—we could have “There were calls from native weddings here,” she said. communities who had members who Rupert said there will be a blessing in May— attended the school to have some sort of Sherry Rupert, executive director, in lieu of a groundbreaking and in advance of the commemorative center there,” according Nevada Indian Commission annual Fathers Day Powwow in June. to Williams. “They were fought on that, There is also a documentary film in the pretty consistently.” works. The Stewart Indian School Preservation Alliance is in the This year, however, Nevada Legislature approved Gov. Brian process of deciding how to distribute and market it. Sandoval’s request for $4.6 million in capital improvement funds Rupert, whose office is in one of the few habited buildings on to begin renovating several of Stewart Indian School’s buildings. the campus, the old superintendent’s home, said that this level of Rupert said that there is a master plan for Stewart in the budgeting for this type of project is rare. works, which she expects to see completed in March 2018. “You don’t see state governments funding projects like The plan will include a wide range of improvements and this, and Native American projects at that.” projects intended to make the campus more a multiuse facilThe practice of transforming Indian boarding ity and educational resource, to include a cultural center and schools into highly accessible cultural centers a welcome center. is also rare. The Carlisle Indian School in “The old gym will get a new roof on it, Rupert said. “We’re Pennsylvania, the first of these schools in the really excited about that because that was one of the buildings that nation, is now an Army college, where Rupert everybody remembers.” said there are few traces of the facility’s She said that some of the now-boarded-up buildings could past—though, she added, “There’s a eventually be used as event centers for meetings. Dorms and group in the area that’s working on faculty cottages could be renovated to provide lodging for retreats. an interpretive center, purchasing a Structures where industrial arts were taught could become resiparcel of land that’s adjacent to the dences and studios for artisans. school to tell the story “We’re looking at maker spaces, where maybe in some of of the Carlisle Indian A cell phone tour of the Stewart Indian School those old shops, we’re bringing back those types of vocations here, School.” consists of 20 plaques, each with an extension where people are learning how to make things and honing their to dial, most of which lead to recordings of The Phoenix Indian vocational skills,” Rupert said. “Maybe we can bring tours through, School, the second first-hand recollections by alumni.
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by MATT BIEKER
tip your budtender? There are a few ways to look at it
PHOTO/MATT BIEKER Alise Corbin, budtender, said that customers tend to tip based on budtenders’ knowledge and advice.
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nyone who has spent time waiting tables or tending bar knows that tips are an indispensable part of your income, and the stress of a busy shift can be eased or exacerbated depending on how readily your customers tip. I’ve spent the last two years living the classic combination of freelance writer by day and waiter at a local restaurant by, well, another time of day. It would appear I am in good company, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the entire service industry employed 104 million Americans in November of this year. Not all service jobs are created equal, though. I was never tipped during my years working retail in college, nor did I ever expect to be—and the BLS statistics include a lot of jobs under the “service” umbrella that don’t traditionally rely on tipping. But one gray area is Nevada’s newest service industry, recreational marijuana, where customers are served by specialists who know their products inside out. So, when paying for your pot, should you tip your budtender?
The view from behind the counter “I actually worked front desk reception at an oncology clinic,” said Alise Corbin, who first started as a budtender at Sierra Wellness Connection five months ago, not long after the July 1 kickoff of recreational sales. “My experience came from a customer service background versus knowing so much about the cannabis industry. Not that I didn’t have knowledge before, but it’s not like you can really have job experience in the industry if you’re in Nevada previous to July.” Corbin likens her job to both that of a bartender and knowledgeable retail associate. As she interacts one-on-one with customers, she is required to provide personalized information on the effects and prices of different marijuana strains. Tipping, she said, is a way to supplement her the time she spends learning and relaying that information. Corbin said that customers have questions about the products themselves, and about the feeling that each product is likely to provide.
“They’ll tip for that, because they know that it takes time to get that knowledge and really understand people and what they feel,” she said. Corbin believes her primary responsibility is “selling a feeling.” To do that, she helps customers sort through a dizzying number of strains and to understand the organic compounds called terpenes, which yield various aromas and effects. There’s also the matter of how each strain of canna-
an extension of The Denver Post, argued against tipping budtenders, intoning that it creates a pay-to-play scenario where those who can afford to tip will receive better service than, say, chemotherapy patients. “Employees would rather work the recreational side of a med/rec store if there’s more tip revenue there,” Browne wrote. “That leaves less qualified or tenured staffers to take care of people who truly need marijuana for medical reasons.”
“It’s not just a dollar value. It’s ... Did I service my community in the way I was supposed to?” Alise Corbin, budtender bis might interact with each individual’s brain chemistry. She said that understanding the needs of a patient or buyer within a few minutes of meeting them can be the most difficult part of her job. “Everyone’s body is different,” said Corbin. “So we have to do additional research to be like, ‘OK, somebody with PTSD, maybe not sativas.’ Even though I personally might do well with sativas, somebody whose mind is racing—they might not do well.” In the restaurant world, the idea of “selling an experience” is an important part of the equation. Customers don’t just tip for the food. They tip based on the entire experience, including thing like the speed of service and the server’s attentiveness. The biggest difference between traditional serving jobs and budtending, however, is the rate of pay. “It’s above minimum wage, but hours are finicky,” Corbin said. She said she doesn’t always know in advance how many hours she’ll get or what her schedule will be like. Most servers in Nevada are paid the statelevel minimum wage of $8.25 an hour, and rely on tips to supplement that income. At the restaurant where I serve, the management staff is less inclined to keep a server on the clock if business is slow, meaning that your daily hourly wage can vary considerably— and your tips can be the difference between paying your rent on time or begging for an extension.
Possible complications In states where marijuana has been legal for some time, the idea of tipping budtenders has raised concerns about the customer service dynamic at play. In 2016, Jake Browne, a staff writer for The Cannabist,
Browne’s ultimate point, however, is that tipping budtenders creates an environment in which it acceptable to underpay them—a scenario we servers are familiar with—and that the marijuana industry is profitable enough to provide living wages for it’s employees. Another article written by Lisa Rough on the popular cannabis forum Leafly.com states that tipping should be considered a bonus, as opposed to an obligation, and should be based on how helpful you feel your budtender was instead of the dollar amount spent—in contrast to the 15-to-20 percent customary at restaurants. Still, Corbin estimates that about 75 percent of her customers do tip. She said that any tips collected are distributed among employees doing equally important work who may not interact with customers face to face—like intake workers or office staff. And while she considers her tips a crucial part of her monthly budget, she believes tips are indicative of how well she does her job. “It’s not just a dollar value,” Corbin said. It’s—did I do well today? Did I service my community in the way I was supposed to? And, in a way, money kind of reflects that—sadly.” Being seen as a knowledgeable professional is as important to Corbin as making her paycheck, and tipping is perhaps a concrete way of having her expertise acknowledged. As buying marijuana has moved away from backrooms and parkinglot deals, where variety was usually the least of a buyer’s concerns, Corbin knows that you probably wouldn’t tip your dealer. But that’s not what she is. “Every budtender is out there to break the stigma that pot is just for stoners and people that want to get high,” Corbin said. “It’s something that needs to be said that we’re not just dope dealers. This is actual medicine that helps people.” Ω
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This is one of our favorite annual contests here at the RN&R. Write a miniature short story that’s exactly 95 words long.
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Here’s a sample: Naomi’s job was to keep her children, Sasha and Sam, healthy. She carefully prepared every meal with local organic produce. That got harder once she went back to work. Harder when Steve went abroad for two months. Harder when she worked all day on a report that needed to be mailed that afternoon, and then, in the car, the kids began to chant: “Hungry! Hungry!” She realized she had no plan for dinner. Up ahead, towering above the road, she saw an arched golden beacon. She turned to the kids, “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
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by RACHEL SPACEK
Catherine Schmid-Maybach layers 2-D images onto ceramic surfaces.
Unplanned effects Catherine Schmid-Maybach Sometimes she shoots photos while driving. Sometimes she lets clay crack and “do what it does.” Catherine Schmid-Maybach is not exaggerating when she says she prefers not to be in control of every aspect of her work. Schmid-Maybach is a ceramic sculptor who makes fragment-like wall plaques that she transfers photos onto. She has been working on the plaques for about five years. She’s also made small chairs and ceramic figures dressed in images. Schmid-Maybach uses layers of laser transfer, ceramic glaze, clay and decals to transfer images to the plaques. This technique takes multiple firings and lots of patience. “It is a lot of work,” she said. Schmid-Maybach uses distressed slabs with rough edges and cracked areas. “I work with what happens in the ceramic process, adapting rather than imposing my will on what comes out of each firing,” she said. She said there’s a learning curve required to master this combination of transfer techniques. “It is just kind of experimenting because, a lot of it, you just kind of figure out,” she said. “Even if someone shows you a technique, you have to figure out how it works for you. I use a litho transfer at first and then use different kinds of decals.” For years, Schmid-Maybach used images from newspapers, maps and other sources, until her sister—a photojournalist and art photographer—pointed out that she did not own the photos. Schmid-Maybach investigated the usage rights for photos
and came across a challenge. She met with a lawyer who told her she could use the photos, but in a different way than the original user. “You can’t just say, ‘I like it,’ paint it blue and make it bigger,” she said. From then on she decided to take her own photos. “I’ve lived different places, and I kind of mash them up, all the different countries and different places,” she said. On one plaque that Schmid-Maybach has hanging in her home, she transferred a photo of the highest mountain in Germany, where her parents live, a photo of a gate in the nearby valley, a wall from southern Spain and a photo from Highway 395 in Nevada. How she shoots depends on where she is and what she’s doing. In Reno, she takes lots of photos of clouds and roads. When she shoots in San Francisco, her hometown, she shoots in black and white. Shooting from her car makes for some really cool surprises. Schmid-Maybach received her BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland. She later received her MFA from San Francisco State University. She has had artist residencies in India, Cuba, Hungary and Spain. These days, she makes her artwork at Wedge Ceramics Studio and at her home in Reno. Schmid-Maybach has an exhibition up now at Sierra Arts, and when that’s over, she plans to sculpt a bench for the cemetery in Tuscarora. After that, she intends to go back to creating figures, rather than flat plaques and chairs. With the plaques, she puts photos of people and landscapes on the surfaces; for her next project, she’ll put the landscapes back onto the people. “I think I am done with the flat surfaces,” she said. Ω Catherine Schmid-Maybach’s exhibition Coming, Going, Being is on display through Jan. 24 at Sierra Arts, 17 S. Virginia St. A reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18.
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by BoB Grimm
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“if he cracks that ‘girls are so cute when they’re mute’ joke one more time, i’m seriously going to kill him.”
Creature comforts Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to make 2017’s weirdest mainstream movie. The maverick director has been getting by with his last couple of big-screen offerings, the gorgeous but shallow Crimson Peak and the goofy but goodlooking Pacific Rim. The all-encompassing magic of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth seemed to elude him. He wasn’t stinking up the place, but things were looking like he may have peaked a few films ago. The Shape of Water, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay, reminds us that this guy is a genius. He’s sick and twisted, but a genius nonetheless. The story, set in the 1960s, is—in some strange backwards way—as close to a Disney movie as del Toro has gotten. It has a lot of violence, inter-species sex, nudity and cuss words in it, and yet it has a Disney kind of vibe to it. That del Toro; he’s a nut. Sally Hawkins, in an awesome performance that ranks as her second best of 2017—I still say she was far more powerful in the grossly overlooked Maudie—plays Elisa Esposito. Elisa is a cleaning woman alongside Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer reminding us how she’s simply one of the best), and she’s mute. She lives in an old movie theater next to eccentric artist Giles (Richard Jenkins) and mostly keeps to herself. Elisa and Zelda clean for a freaky research facility that gets a new arrival—an Amphibian Man (Doug Jones, wonderfully obscured in practical and CGI makeup) to be housed in a water tank. The Amphibian Man, who looks an awfully lot like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, is accompanied by his keeper, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), a menacing man brandishing a cattle prod. Not soon after their arrival, Elisa hears the creature’s tortured screams from the lab it’s imprisoned within. A mishap leads to Richard losing a couple of fingers, and Elisa gets some alone time with the Amphibian Man. She gives him some hard-boiled 16 | RN&R | 01.04.18
eggs and plays some music for him in what eventually become lunch dates. The two gradually fall in love (yep!), and when word comes down the creature is to be destroyed and dissected for military purposes, an escape is in order. The escape leads to the Amphibian Man being housed in Elisa’s apartment where the inter-species love blossoms in the bathtub. OK, I know there’s a good faction of you readers who draw the line at human characters getting down with alien/god like/ Creature from the Black Lagoon characters, so this is your warning. It all happens off screen but, still, this goes against the grain for more than a few religions, so there you go. The Amphibian Man is a wonder of filmmaking, perhaps del Toro’s greatest visual accomplishment. Beautiful and fierce, not a second goes by when he isn’t one of the best things on a screen in 2017. The Disney fairy tale quality of the film is further fueled by an authentic ’60s aesthetic to the movie with much of it looking like something you would see on a dark Disneyland ride. Giles’s art has a Norman Rockwell quality, and his obsession with old-timey movies completes the movie’s period spell. Shannon, representing all that was evil in man in the ’60s, lets it all hang out for a bravura performance, but it’s Jenkins’s soft, funny Giles performance that has garnered awards considerations. He, along with Hawkins and Spencer, received a Golden Globe nod to go along with his and Hawkins’s SAG nominations. It all amounts to a return-to-form triumph for del Toro, who allows his dark side to really come out and hold hands with the beautiful things. The Shape of Water is unlike anything that has come before it. (Well, there are hints of Starman and Splash, but neither of those offer the visual splendor of Shape.) Its success will probably garner del Toro enough juice to get even weirder in the future. That’s something to be excited about. Ω
The Shape of Water
In what amounts to a much wordier companion piece to Dunkirk, Gary Oldman disappears into the role of Winston Churchill. The movie starts shortly before Churchill takes over as Prime Minister, with Churchill a controversial choice to lead and having much opposition, including a skeptical King George VI (brilliantly played by Ben Mendelsohn). The film chronicles Churchill’s speeches (transcribed by personal secretary Elizabeth Layton, played winningly by Lily James) and strategizing, leading up to his finally winning over Parliament’s support in not seeking peace with Hitler and pledging all-out war. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) always makes a great-looking movie, and this is no exception. Oldman is virtually guaranteed an Oscar nomination as Churchill, a role you wouldn’t think he was born to play, but excellent makeup prosthetics help to make his transformation completely convincing. And this isn’t just a gig with a guy working through a bunch of stuff on his face; he inhabits the role in a way that makes you forget that makeup. Kristin Scott Thomas does career-best work in the small but pivotal role of Clemmie, Churchill’s extremely tolerant wife. It’s one of the better-acted films of 2017. Much of the running time deals with behind-the-scenes maneuvering regarding the events at Dunkirk. It’s because of this that Darkest Hour plays great in a double feature with Christopher Nolan’s action pic take on the same event.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco does Tommy Wiseau, director of The Room—the greatest bad film ever—a cinematic honor with this movie in much the same way Tim Burton glorified shlockmeister Ed Wood over 20 years ago. Franco directs and stars as Tommy, complete with the awesome, long, vampire-black hair and chipmunk cheeks. He also nails the Wiseau mystery accent. For the first time in a movie, Franco costars with brother Dave, who gets one of his best roles yet as the also legendarily bad Greg Sestero, friend to Tommy and costar in The Room. The film starts in San Francisco, with Greg struggling to remember lines in a savagely bad acting class attempt at Waiting for Godot. Strange classmate Tommy lumbers onto the stage to butcher a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire, and a friendship is born. The two agree to work on scenes together, bond in their lousiness and, thanks to Wiseau’s strange and unexplained apparent wealth, move to Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams to become actors. After a stretch of unsuccessful auditions, the pair decide to make their own movie, and this is where the film really takes off. Fans of The Room will rejoice in hilarious recreations of such iconic moments as “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” and “Oh, hi Mark!” The Disaster Artist—which is actually based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever—is heartwarming for multiple reasons. It’s fun to see a misfit make it, even though it’s in a roundabout sort of way, and it’s fun to see that accomplishment depicted by the Franco brothers. May this be the first of many future collaborations.
I can safely say that it’s a rarity for me to get halfway into a movie thinking “Say, this could be one of the year’s best films!” only to have it become one of the year’s worst films in its second half. That’s what happened when I watched the latest Matt Damon vehicle, director Alexander Payne’s (Election, Sideways) punishably off-balanced Downsizing. The film starts as brilliant satire mixed with science fiction. Scientists have discovered a way to reduce resource consumption on our planet by shrinking people and putting them into miniature utopian communities. Not only do humans generate less trash, but their finances improve in the downsized communities. A standard bank account goes from being worth thousands to millions. Damon plays Paul, an occupational therapist at Omaha Steaks living a humdrum life from paycheck to paycheck. He and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) are tan-
talized by the idea of being millionaires in a new world, getting out of their crowded house and into something a little roomier with a nice pool. They decide to take the plunge and get small. Paul completes the process and miniaturizes, but Audrey has some complications during the head-shaving part. So, Paul winds up all alone in a newly shrunken world, and he’s completely pissed off. Up until this point, the film is everything you want out of this kind of movie. It’s clever, with Damon tapping into his laidback comic charms, with a screenplay that’s full of interesting insights. Visually, it can even be called a triumph. Scenes of full-sized adults chatting with mini people are seamless. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. This movie was racing up my Best Of 2017 list. Then, it takes an epic dump—a giant, King Kong shit on the screen. After maintaining a respectable level of charm until its halfway point, Downsizing rapidly disintegrates into utter boredom and nonsense.
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
This marks the third film—and the third masterpiece—for writer-director Martin McDonagh. It also marks another astonishing film achievement for Frances McDormand, who will bore into your chest cavity and do all kinds of crazy shit to your heart as Mildred, a justifiably pissed off mother who has a few issues with the cops in her town. It’s been five years since Mildred’s young daughter was raped and killed by unknown murderers, who finished their awful deed by burning her body. Mildred, who isn’t even close to getting over the tragedy, spies some old, dilapidated billboards on the way home and gets an idea. One meeting with a sloppy advertising agent (Caleb Landry Jones) later, and some guys are commissioned to put some alarmingly provocative signs up on those billboards. Woody Harrelson is first rate as the man being called out in those billboards for not finding the killers. Harrelson’s 2017 has been astoundingly good. Sam Rockwell gets the high-profile acting showcase he deserves as racist deputy Dixon. Rockwell’s Dixon, the town drunk and racist homophobe who has a thing for throwing people out of windows, undergoes a transformation that is a kind of movie miracle. McDonagh knows how to write a script that keeps you in it for every line. While the film is somewhat a murder mystery, the solving of the crime takes a back seat to watching these folks play off each other. There are scenes in this movie that will knock you on the floor.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
In this film, we get our older Luke and Leia movie. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher get to do what Harrison Ford did in The Force Awakens by spending a little more time— in the case of Hamill, a lot more time—in their iconic roles. Both stars shine in their frankly incredible opportunity to play in the Star Wars sandbox 40 years after the original’s release. When this film focuses on the saga of Luke and Rey (Daisy Ridley), it is nothing short of epic. When the camera is fixed on the late Carrie Fisher, who gets more quality screen time than her glorified cameo in Force Awakens, it’s heartwarming and, yes, sad. The Leia stuff gets a little kooky at times, but I’m trying to make this a spoiler-free zone. When writer-director Rian Johnson takes the action to the characters of Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and a new character named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), the film falters. Poe, so engaging in Force Awakens, seems underdeveloped here. While the Resistance fights an oddly prolonged and bizarre space battle against the First Order, Poe just whines a lot—to the point where you are actually happy when Leia smacks him across his head. So, in short, this movie is part really good and part kind of bad. Johnson (Looper) seems determined to mess with the Star Wars formula —basically the opposite of what J.J. Abrams did when he rebooted the franchise with The Force Awakens. While some of his attempts at comedy are actually quite successful, his constant attempts to pull the rug out from under our expectations start to grate. The movie is still enjoyable overall, but it lacks a consistent tone.
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The Aloha Bowl from Pola Poke Bowls features tuna, octopus, pineapple and avocado among its ingredients. PHOTO/ALLISON YOUNG
sesame seed, scallion, onion, avocado, edamame, ginger, seaweed salad, furikake and seaweed flake. It normally comes with a couple of scoops of salmon, but I paid a couple of extra bucks and got a mix of that plus octopus and blue crab, as well as some spicy krab with the toppings. Everything tasted fresh. The lump crab was sweet, and the octopus wasn’t chewy. It was a completely enjoyable bowl of healthy food. The adult kids built their own two-scoop bowls and shared with my grandson. I’m convinced that adventurous toddler will eat just about anything, especially if you tell him it’s “dinosaurs.” My son and daughter-in-law each got bowls of brown rice, hers topped with blue crab, salmon, sesame shoyu, teriyaki, krab, cucumber, red bell pepper, seaweed salad, pineapple, crispy garlic and sesame seed. The other was dressed with blue crab, octopus, pineapple-citrus ponzu sauce, carrot, krab, cucumber, edamame, masago, red bell pepper, scallion, seaweed salad, pineapple and every single crunchy topping. Just call my son “Captain Chaos.” My more reserved daughter chose kale with blue crab, spicy tuna, spicy krab, masago, scallion, shaved red onion, dried seaweed and no sauce in the bowl—but a little sesame on the side. Everyone enjoyed their selections, with plans discussed for a return breakfast visit to try acai bowls with mugs of locally roasted coffee. Our pleasant evening was capped with a complimentary dessert bowl, provided for kids under 13 ($3 otherwise). The youngster loved his scoop of tartly sweet acai sorbet with sliced banana and granola, and he even let his gramps have a taste. Ω
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I was a little worried that a holiday weekend might mean Saturday night at The Brew Brothers in the Eldorado would be crowded, so I popped in before dinner crowds or later partiers filled the place. Fortunately, I timed it right, found nearby street parking and waltzed through the mostly empty brewpub to a spot at the bar. The Brew Brothers is unique in local brewing—the first brewery in a casino, and one of the oldest in Nevada. I couldn’t confirm, but the skywalk location might make it the only microbrewery suspended over a city street. The state of craft brewing was still nascent in the mid-90s when it opened, not long after Great Basin Brewing Co., but I’ve always chuckled at the claim to fame used in their marketing for years now, that The Brew Brothers was named “Best Brewpub in America” by Nightclub & Bar Magazine. But back in 1999 there was a lot less competition for that title. Getting my bearings, I admired the large copper-jacketed brewing tanks behind glass walls, typical brewery eye candy. Matching ductwork overhead seems to cast a glow throughout the room. I seem to remember there being a kind of fake pipeline of beer running through here, but I didn’t see it and wondered if I just made it up. My bartender brought a menu, and I was a little disappointed that the beer selection didn’t appear any more progressive than what I consider the basic brewpub spectrum—something blonde, something amber, something dark, something with hops. Other than having both a pale ale and an IPA, the five beers listed hit the formula precisely. I asked if I could get a flight to taste each of them, and she hustled away to fill my little glasses. While waiting, I noticed the tap stations had more than five draft handles. I thought I had ordered
everything, but the bartender surprised me with eight tasters. As she described the few that weren’t on the menu, I was pleased to find that The Brew Brothers has somewhat kept up with the times. A Blood Orange IPA and Mosaic—one of my favorite modern hops—IPA would fit right in at any newer craft brewery du jour, and they were both well-made, tasty beers. The remaining samples, however, were fairly mediocre, unremarkable beers. The stout stood out slightly as one of the highlights. I know they have brewed award-winning beers— confirmed by the medals displayed on the wall. I just assume the time and expense of regularly making beers to impress geeks like me isn’t cost effective for a clientele that is accustomed to cheap—or free—slot machine beer or is here for food or entertainment as much as for beer. Honestly, though, beer is really only one slice of The Brew Brothers pie. Of course there are Ferrari-Carano wines—and others—as well as a very complete bar in all respects. The food is an appealing contemporary brewpub menu to complement your drinks. The final part of The Brew Brothers hat trick is live entertainment, either bands or DJs nightly. While it was too early for such shenanigans when I visited, the music and dancing is a draw here for visitors and locals. As I pondered these three elements— beer, food, and entertainment—as a sort of three-legged stool supporting a successful brewpub, I laughed at my own ignorance of The Brew Brothers logo staring at me from the wall with the motto emblazoned across—“Meals, Music, and Microbrews.” I guess I figured it out. Ω
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Mic McAndrews, Harrison Russell and Lloyd Lopoz are members of Local Anthology, a Tahoe band with a SoCal-flavored punk-reggae sound.
Music of the people Local Anthology Local Anthology got its start under the silver pines and rugged mountains of North Lake Tahoe, but its neo-punk/reggae sound sways like the palm trees and burns like the summer asphalt of Southern California. That imagery is familiar to guitarist and vocalist Harrison Russell, who was born in the Bay Area and raised in San Diego. Now, he and his band mates are on a mission to spread that West Coast vibe through a complex lyrical style, down-anddirty grooves—and a host of legendary influences. “It’s punk. It’s reggae. It’s Bad Brains mixed with Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Bob Marley,” Russell said. “Our punk is more like the Dead Kennedys or the Misfits versus Blink-182 or AFI or any of those kind of bands.” In forming the project about a year ago, Russell found a community of local musicians who were quick to pick up on the sound. Lloyd Lopoz provides bouncy bass lines for Russell’s sweeping guitar solos and classical upbeat reggae tempo, while drummer Amearist Phillips keep pace with a loose snare and rattling hi-hat. Drummer Mic McAndrews lends credence to the island sound with a variety of percussion. “I met Harrison playing music, and we had a mutual respect for each other, and then we ran into each other a year later through social media because of a mutual friend,” said Lopoz. “When I realized he was serious—you know, you need people to hold your back.” “Serious” is a good word for Local Anthology’s attitude toward performing. In sharp contrast to their laidback style, the band members have big ambitions for
where they want to be next year, with plans to release an EP and sights set on opening for the big names to come through town, like Tool or Pepper. “We could open for even more, like, hip-hop shows or other punk bands,” said McAndrews. “We have enough material where we could put play any 50-minute set, and we’d be able to hold up,” Lopoz added. Right now, a fraction of that material is available on Local Anthology’s Soundcloud page, with tracks like “My Voice” and “Can You” demonstrating the band’s chops as a reggae act that crashes seamlessly into punk breakdowns. The “So Long” remix treads the tracks of golden-era hip-hop, but it’s on “Rock Bottom” that Russell displays the aggressive lyrical metering at the heart of the project. “Music in this day and age has a big lack of lyrics and vocals,” Russell said. “People don’t have the attention span anymore, or they don’t want to hear what people have to say in poetry or anthology. And that’s what it is, that’s what Local Anthology stands for. It’s the voice and the music of the people.” Even with the goal of setting out on an international tour, Local Anthology has made a habit of pressing the venues in Reno and Tahoe with an ever-expanding list of shows. And, while their California sound persists, the bandmates say they feel fairly at home in Reno and Tahoe. “Reno’s great, it’s growing,” Lopoz said. “At this point it’s perfect. It’s low key, it’s very chill, fits our vibe. Every once in a while you get some crazies in here. We like to get crazy. And sometimes you get a little casual. So it’s all the same.” Local Anthology has a full list of dates on its Facebook page. They’ll be playing often—they’ve got a job to do. “Rock and roll will never die, and we got to keep it going,” Russell said. Ω
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FOR THE WEEK OF januaRy 4, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. KNIT WITS & HOOKERS: All levels of knitters are welcome to join Sierra View Library’s new knitting club. Thu, 1/4, 1pm. Free. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 827-3232.
KNITTING GROUP: Learn to knit at the library every first and third Sunday. Yarn and needles will be available. Sun, 1/7, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Highway, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1800.
LIFESCAPES SENIOR WRITING PROGRAM: Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (0LLI) and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno. Tue, 1/9. 2pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.
Reno Latin Dance Fest
The annual Latin dance festival offers four days of workshops taught by professional instructors, night parties with hours of social dancing and an evening showcase where dance couples and teams from all over the nation will show off their best dance moves. Dancers of all levels are invited to attend workshops in various styles, including bachata, salsa and cumbia, hip hop, ballet, jazz, zouk and kizomba. The festival kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 4, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 7, at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St. Visit www.renolatindancefest.com for a schedule and ticket options.
MONTHLY HEALTH FAIR: Northern Nevada Medical Center offers its monthly health fair. Services include blood pressure and body fat screenings, blood screenings, EKG for electrical activity of the heart and overall heart function and other tests. Fasting is required for best results in blood screenings. Thu, 1/4, 7-10am. $0$40. Northern Nevada Medical Center Lobby, 2375 E. Prater Way, Sparks, (775) 331-7000, www.nnmc.com.
MYSTERY SLEUTHS: This group meets on
FIRST FRIDAY: Grab a drink, listen to live music by Judith, Rocky & Friends and check out the galleries. Thu, 1/4, 5-7pm. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees (ornament and tinsel-free) at one of their six community drop-off locations—Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road; Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.; Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, 3300 Sparks Blvd., Sparks; Truckee Meadows Fire Station 17, 500 Rockwell Blvd., Spanish Springs; Truckee Meadows Fire Station 223, 130 Nectar St., Lemmon Valley; Truckee Meadows Fire Station 16, 1240 East Lake Blvd., Washoe Valley. This program is for residents only. Commercial tree lots can take their trees to RT Donovan, 11600 Pyramid Way, Sparks. Trees must be free of stands, nails, tinsel, lights and all other decorations. Flocked trees cannot be accepted. $3 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the program. Thu, 1/4-Sun 1/7, 9am-4:30pm. Free. Bartley Ranch Regional Park and other locations, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 851-5185, ktmb.org.
HEALING HEARTS: Express emotions and relax through painting. Find solace and enjoy the company of other caregivers, family members and loved ones with memory loss. No artistic skills required and all supplies provided. Tue, 1/9, 1:30pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
HIGH SIERRA WRITERS: This writing group meets every Wednesday. Bring your work and a thick hide to share pages with published and unpublished writers. Wed, 1/10, 1:30pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., www.highsierrawriters.org.
KIDS CAFE DINNER PROGRAM: Free meals will
CROCHET CONNECTION: Crochet enthusiasts of all levels are invited join this group, which meets every Thursday. Bring your own project or start a new one. Thu, 1/4, 3pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Find a table, grab
a game and have some fun. Fri, 1/5, 4pm. Free. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 827-3232.
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be served to children ages 1-18 during the Washoe County School District winter break at three locations, including the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road; Plumas Gym, 475 Monroe St.; and Lemelson Elementary School, 2001 Soaring Eagle Drive. Lunch is served at noon at each of these locations. Plumas Gym will also serve a morning snack from 8:15-8:30am. Meals will be served through Friday, Jan. 12. All children are welcome and they do not need to be enrolled in any program to eat these meals. Thu, 1/4-Fri, 1/5, Mon, 1/8-Wed, 1/10, noon. Free. Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road, and other locations, (775) 331-3663, fbnn.org.
the second Wednesday of the month. Call the North Valleys Library for this month’s title. Pick up a copy at the library and come to discuss it. Wed, 1/10, 5:45pm. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Boulevard, (775) 972-0281.
RENO SWINGS!: Learn 1940s-style swing dancing every week at the American Legion Hall. No partner or experience necessary. Wed, 1/10, 7pm. $5-$10. American Legion Hall, 877 Ralston St., (707) 843-0895, www.renoswings.com.
TUESDAY NIGHT YARN CREW: All skill levels and yarn-crafts are welcome. Bring your project to this “sit and knit.” Tue, 1/9, 5:30pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES CRAFTING FUN: Kids can participate in a variety of free activities that will keep boredom at bay during the winter break from school. Fri, 1/5, 2pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
WINTER BREAK ART ACTIVITY WEEK: Kids can drop in and explore a hands-on activity during the winter break from school. Mon, 1/8-Wed, 1/10, 11am3pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
WINTER BREAK CRAFTS AND FUN: Stop in at the Sparks Library for some crafty fun, a scavenger hunt and building challenges to beat the winter blues. Activities available all day in the Young People’s Library. Thu, 1/4-Sat, 1/6, 10am. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.
aRT ART SOURCE GALLERY: Yuyu Yang 20th Anniversary Celebration. This exhibition celebrates the work of Chinese artist, environmental designer and architect Yuyu Yang. There are over 40 of his world-renowned images on display. Thu, 1/4, 10:30am. Free. Art Source Gallery, 2195 S. Virginia St., (775) 828-3525.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Empty Frontier. Jessica Gengenbach’s drawings wrestle with an idealized perception of the American West instilled by popular culture and the harm that was caused in its settling. The artist reception is on Jan. 4, 5-7pm. The show runs through Jan. 26. Thu, 1/4-Fri, 1/5, Mon, 1/8-Wed, 1/10, 9am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 3346264, renoculture.com.
NEVADA FINE ARTS: Escaped Ink. Nevada Fine Arts features the artwork of local tattoo artists. Sat, 1/6, 5-7pm. Free. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-1128.
SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: Joan Arrizabalaga— Reflexions. See new work by University of Nevada, Reno alumna Joan Arrizabalaga and treasures from Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries’ permanent collection. The show runs through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are noon-4pm, Tuesday-Wednesday; noon8pm Thursday-Friday; and 10am-8pm Saturday. Thu, 1/4-Sat, 1/6, Tue, 1/9-Wed, 1/10. Free. Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.
WEST ST. MARKET: Art Walk Reno. The evening will highlight public art and murals and stop at several galleries and alternative venues along the way, including Sierra Arts Gallery, Art Indeed Gallery and La Terre Verte. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds from the evening will benefit a local nonprofit. Thu, 6pm. $10. West St. Market, 148 West St., (415) 596-4987, artspotreno.com.
FILM ALPENGLOW WINTER FILM SERIES: The 12th annual film series showcases the outdoor industry’s most respected athletes. Hear from these professionals as they share stories of their adventures in the mountains. This month’s speaker is explorer, photographer and author Chris Burkard. Thu, 1/4, 7pm. Free. Olympic Village Lodge, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.
MuSIC ALOHA UKULELE CLUB: The club is open to ukulele players of all ages. Participants will need to know basic chords. Thu, 1/4, 6pm. Donations requested. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 8435500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
OLD TIME JAM: Banjo player Ryan Sharrar leads this jam session, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Wed, 1/10, 6pm. Donations requested. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
OnSTaGE BOB BENNETT’S MEMORIAL SHOW: Bob Bennett, activist and writer of two Potentialist productions, passed away last month during the rehearsals of Sugar Daddies, his second production. Sugar Daddies is an immersive experience in a fictional strip club setting. It pokes fun at corporate interests, and points out flaws in bureaucracy and some of our current system of operating. The performances on Jan. 5-6 will celebrate Bob’s life. This is a 21+ show as there is nudity and some heavy material. Proceeds from the show will be dedicated to Bob. Fri, 1/5-Sat, 1/6, 8pm. $5-$15. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., www.facebook.com/ PPPWS.
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR: Restless Artists Theatre Company presents this dark comedy written by John Pollono and directed by David Zybert. Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie—now past their prime—meet off-hours one night in Frank’s outof-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank seems to have a handle on. Enter Chad, a pluggedin, preppy college jock, whose arrival ignites a long-simmering resentment that sets this taut, twisty, comic thriller on its breathless course. Performances begin at 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 5-20, and 2pm on Sunday, Jan. 7, 14, 21. Fri, 1/5-Sat, 1/6, 7:30pm; Sun 1/7, 2pm. $12$15. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, rattheatre.org.
SPORTS & FITnESS CYCLOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The most skilled cyclocross competitors in America are tested in the high altitudes and difficult terrain of Rancho San Rafael Park during the 44th annual event, which takes place Jan. 9-14. Competitor classes include men and women in elite, U-23, masters, juniors, and collegiate. Tue, 1/9Wed, 1/10. $0. Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., www.renocx.com.
GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. There will be a few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center available for rent. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat, 1/6, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
by AMY ALKON
Venus envy I’m a 30-something woman, tall and thin, whom friends describe as beautiful. Perhaps for this reason, I’m often confronted with rude social assaults by people who assume things are handed to me on a silver platter. I am financially independent and have a full-time job and own a home and car. I dress and act modestly. Yet, I’m repeatedly insulted by people who suggest I got my job and other benefits because of my looks. What can I do to avoid or deflect these demeaning insinuations? Complaints about the difficulty of being eye candy in a world of eye kale tend not to engender much sympathy, and researchers haven’t helped matters. There’s a considerable pile of research that has found a “beauty premium”—a bias toward hiring and promoting the hotties of the workforce—and, depressingly, an “ugliness penalty” holding back the more Shrekalicious among us. But it turns out that the methodology behind this slew of findings was a bit overly broad. According to a 2017 paper by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa and sociologist Mary Still, once you drill down into the details—you see a more nuanced result: “It appears that more beautiful workers earn more, not because they are beautiful, but because they are healthier, more intelligent,” and have more desirable personality traits—more conscientiousness and extroversion and less neuroticism. Sure, this probably sounds absurd—this association of good looks with intelligence, a winning personality and good health. However, take that last one. It turns out that beauty is more than nice human scenery—it’s also advertising for what’s on the inside. For example, consider the preference across cultures for faces with “bilateral symmetry.” “Facial bilateral symmetry” is anthropologist-ese for both sides of a person’s face being a strong match—meaning, for example, that one eyelid isn’t a little droopier than the other. Facial or bodily asymmetry is an indicator of the presence of parasites or disease, and we evolved to be drawn to healthy people—though we just think, “What a pretty face!” Kanazawa and Still speculate about the personality benefit
associated with being pretty (referencing evolutionary psychologist Aaron Lukaszewski’s research): “Because physically attractive children are more likely to experience positive feedback from interpersonal interactions,” they’re more likely to develop an extroverted personality than less physically attractive children. Getting back to you, just as previous research on “the beauty premium” failed to zoom in on the details, there’s a good chance you’re seeing your problem a little too broadly—seeing “people” engaging in the “rude social assaults.” Research on sex differences in competition by psychologist Joyce Benenson suggests it’s probably women who are doing most or all of the sneering. Women tend to engage in covert aggression—like with frosty treatment and undermining remarks—in hopes of making another woman dim her own shine and voluntarily relocate lower down the ladder. The best way to combat such sniping in the moment is to go placid pokerface, treating their comments like lint to brush off. In the long run, your best bet is being somebody who’s hard to hate. Research by behavioral economist Ernst Fehr suggests it’s in our self-interest to be altruistic—to engage in behavior that’s somewhat costly to us in order to benefit other people. This means, for example, developing a reputation as someone who’s always looking out for your colleagues’ interests— like by tipping off co-workers about opportunities and publicly cheering colleagues’ achievements. Finally, if I’m right that women are your main detractors, consider Benenson’s observation that women show each other they aren’t a threat through sharing vulnerabilities— revealing weaknesses and problems. Ideally, these should be difficulties along the lines of “Sorry I’m late. My car’s a useless piece of tin” and not “Sorry I’m late. Another guy drove into a pole looking at me, and I had to wait with him for the ambulance.” Ω
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For the week oF January 4, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 2018, your past will
undergo transformation. Your memories will revise and rearrange themselves. Bygone events that seemed complete and definitive will shimmy and shift, requiring new interpretations. The stories you have always told about how you became who you are will have to be edited, perhaps even rewritten. While these overhauls may sometimes be disconcerting, they will ultimately be liberating.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 2018, people will
be drawn to you even more than usual. Some will want you to be their rock—their steady, stable source of practical truth. Some will ask you to be their tonic—their regular, restorative dose of no-nonsense. And others will find in you a creative catalyst that helps them get out of their ruts and into their grooves. And what will you receive in return for providing such a stellar service? First, there’ll be many opportunities to deepen and refine your integrity. To wield that much influence means you’ll have to consistently act with high-minded motivations. And secondly, Taurus, you’ll get a steady supply of appreciation that will prove to be useful as well as gratifying.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Influences that op-
pose you will fade as 2018 unfolds. People who have been resistant and uncooperative will at least partially disengage. To expedite the diminishing effects of these influences and people, avoid struggling with them. Loosen the grip they have on your imagination. Any time they leak into your field of awareness, turn your attention instead to an influence or person that helps and supports you. Here’s another idea about how to collaborate with the cosmic rhythms to reduce the conflict in your life: Eliminate any unconscious need you might have for the perversely invigorating energy provided by adversaries and bugaboos. Find positive new ways to motivate yourself.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): I predict that in 2018
you will figure out how to get your obsessions to consistently work for your greatest good. You will come to understand what you must do to ensure they never drag you down into manic self-sabotage. The resolute ingenuity you summon to accomplish this heroic feat will change you forever. You will be reborn into a more vibrant version of your life. Passions that in the past have drained and confused you will become efficient sources of fuel for your worthiest dreams.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Just because you have
become accustomed to a certain trouble doesn’t mean you should stop searching for relief from that trouble. Just because a certain pain no longer knocks you into a demoralized daze for days at a time doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Now here’s the good news: In 2018, you can finally track down the practical magic necessary to accomplish a thorough healing of that trouble and pain. Make this the year you find a more ultimate cure.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Have you ever nursed a yearning to speak Swahili or Chinese or Russian? The coming months will be an excellent time to get that project underway. Do you fantasize about trying exotic cuisines and finding new favorite foods? I invite you to act on that fantasy in 2018. Is there a form of manual labor that would be tonic for your mental and physical health? Life is giving you a go-ahead to do more of it. Is there a handicraft or ball game you’d like to become more skilled at? Get started. Is there a new trick you’d like to learn to do with your mouth or hands? Now’s the time.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Before the fifteenth
century, European nations confined their sailing to the Mediterranean Sea. The ocean was too rough for their fragile, unadaptable ships. But around 1450, the Portuguese developed a new kind of vessel, the caravel. It employed a triangular sail that enabled it to travel against the wind. Soon, exploratory missions ventured into the open sea and down along the coast of West Africa. Eventually, this new technology enabled long westward trips across the Atlantic. I propose that we make the caravel your symbol of power for 2018, Libra. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will find or create a resource that enables you to
do the metaphorical equivalent of effectively sailing into the wind.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Aztecs were
originally wanderers. They kept moving from place to place, settling temporarily in areas throughout the land we now call Mexico. An old prophecy told them that they would eventually find a permanent home at a site where they saw an eagle roosting on a cactus as it clutched a snake in its talons. There came a day in the fourteenth century when members of the tribe spied this very scene on an island in the middle of a lake. That’s where they began to build the city that in time was the center of their empire. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, so it can serve as a metaphor to guide you in 2018. I suspect that you, too, will discover your future power spot—the heart of your domain for years to come.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Not every
minute of every day, but when you have had the time, you’ve been searching for a certain treasure. With patience and persistence, you have narrowed down its whereabouts by collecting clues and following your intuition. Now, at last, you know its exact location. As you arrive, ready to claim it, you tremble with anticipation. But when you peel away the secrets in which it has been wrapped, you see that it’s not exactly what you expected. Your first response is disappointment. Nevertheless, you decide to abide in the presence of the confusing blessing and see what happens. Slowly, incrementally, you become aware of a new possibility: that you’re not quite ready to understand and use the treasure; that you’ll have to grow new capacities before you’ll be ready for it in its fullness.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Soulful beauty will
be a major theme for you in 2018. Or at least it should be. But I suppose it’s possible you’re not very interested in soulful beauty, perhaps even bored by it. Maybe you prefer skin-deep beauty or expensive beauty or glamorous beauty. If you choose to follow predilections like those, you’ll lose out on tremendous opportunities to grow wilder and wiser. But let’s hope you make yourself available for a deeper, more provocative kind of beauty—a beauty that you could become more skilled at detecting as the year unfolds.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Let your freak flag
fly” was an expression that arose from the hippie culture of the 1960s and 1970s. It was a colorful way to say, “Be your most unique and eccentric self; show off your idiosyncrasies with uninhibited pride.” I propose that we revive it for your use in 2018. I suspect the coming months will be a favorable time for you to cultivate your quirks and trust your unusual impulses. You should give yourself maximum freedom to explore pioneering ideas and maverick inclinations. Paradoxically, doing so will lead to stabilizing and enduring improvements in your life.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In accordance with
the astrological omens, I suggest you start compiling a list entitled, “People, Places, Ideas, and Things I Didn’t Realize Until Now That I Could Fall in Love With.” And then keep adding more and more items to this tally during the next ten months. To get the project underway in the proper spirit, you should wander freely and explore jauntily, giving yourself permission to instigate interesting mischief and brush up against deluxe temptations. For best results, open your heart and your eyes as wide as you can. One further clue: Act on the assumption that in 2018 you will be receptive to inspirational influences and life-transforming teachings that you have never before been aware of.
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that those women stand out, but I think it’s wonderful that the average, everyday woman feels more comfortable in speaking out and standing up today.
What does this rise in women’s influence mean?
Why is it that, as in Alabama, loyalty to feminist principles is trumped by party or ideology? I can’t answer the question. I don’t understand it. I think that hopefully this is a turning point where now women will not tolerate [sexual harassment], and men will understand that they should not do it. I don’t know. I’m hopeful. I think that the Democrats have taken a position in Washington of doing the morally right thing. People can say that’s a political stance, and it may well be, but—hey, I think that’s a good thing. Whether its political or moralistic, it’s the right thing to do. I’m sorry about Al Franken, but clearly he had pushed the line. It’s interesting that the Republicans have done nothing with some of their own, and, in fact, Donald Trump’s conduct should be investigated.
When she began campaigning door to door for the Nevada Legislature in 1974, Sue Wagner encountered people who did not believe she should be running for office because she had two small children. Things have changed a lot since then, and she has become an assemblymember, state senator, lieutenant governor and gambling regulator.
Women are having quite a renaissance. It was women who forced a U.S. senator to resign. It is women who have pushed sexual harassment to the fore. I waited for 45 years for the Equal Rights Amendment to be passed. I’ve been waiting for the renaissance to occur for more years than that. I think the empowerment of women is what should occur in this country, and I find it interesting that the two women who have strength, who have challenged the establishment—Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi—are the ones that are most marked, most criticized. And it boggles my mind that Nancy Pelosi—I’ll use her as an example—never lost a vote as speaker of the House, and you can compare her to Paul Ryan today. There is a huge difference. And I think
I have to give credit to Ashley Judd. It was Ashley Judd who was the one who went to the New York Times, talked to the New York Times, and then all of a sudden the outpouring occurred. She took a risk. … I think what it means, hopefully, and I say hopefully, that it means that we need to have discussions with men. I think men have to be involved in this discussion because they’re in the power positions. It all goes back to what I said way back in the ’70s when I actually admitted I was a feminist—that women are viewed as property. And I think that’s exactly what goes on today. … Men are basically in a power position, and so they’re able to get away with it. I think the answer is for women to be in power positions.
Are you going to march this month? I don’t know. A lot depends on whether I’m feeling up to it. [Wagner was in a small plane crash in 1990 and suffered enduring injuries.] Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
The rest of the story It’s the last day of 2017 as this is written, a perfect time for some really fresh poop to hit the fan and spatter, preferably directly into the face of Fox News. Please recall that Fox has been leading the way in trying to discredit the Mueller investigation by claiming that the probe was begun because of the now infamous Steele Dossier, and that Dossier has been thoroughly discredited because it was funded by the Clinton campaign and blah blah blather blather bullshit bullshit. But as of this morning, that entire Fox fog bank smoke screen has been utterly blown away. That’s because the steadfast journalists of the New York Times (which is “failing” these days pretty much the same way the Golden State Warriors are “failing”) just fired up the critically important story as to the real reason the feds began looking into all this Russian
funny business—because Trump “coffee boy” George Papadopolous got drunk in a London Bar in May 2016 and blabbed to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that boy oh boy do we have some great shit courtesy of the Russians on Hillary Clinton hee hee ha ha ho ho hot damn! We don’t really know what Downer thought that night as he listened to Georgie Boy in the posh Kensington Wine Room, but we now know that two months later, when hacked Democratic emails began to be leaked online, the Aussies quickly got a hold of the FBI and said, “Hey mates, we have a little information you may be interested in.” So suck on that, Fox. The FBI wasn’t looking at your boy Dum Dum because of some evil twisted dossier (which, in the end, will be shown to be completely spot on and accurate). It was investigating him and his filthy and completely illegal Russian-soaked campaign
because one of his new “foreign policy advisors” couldn’t keep his wine-soaked mouth shut. That is so fucking yummy I can barely stand it. Please remember that Georgie Boy is now working for Robert Mueller. It’s looking more and more like the “coffee boy” just might take down this whole cretinous house of cards. And oh by the way—it turns out Papadopolous was such a low level “gofer”—George, could you get some extra cream in that for me?—that he was selected to edit the outline of Dum Dum’s first foreign policy speech on April 27, the speech where Trump talked about improving relations with Russia. I bet Putin asked Trump on their last phone call why the hell Coffee Boy hasn’t had an “accident” of some kind. Ω
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For the ﬁrst time ever, explore the remarkable story of how the legendary Nevada gathering known as Burning Man evolved from humble countercultural roots into the world-famous convergence it is today. Never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, journals, sketches, and notebooks reveal how this experimental desert city came to be—and how it continues to evolve.
THIS EXHIBITION WAS REALIZED THANKS TO GENEROUS GIFTS FROM: LEAD GIFT Bently Foundation MAJOR GIFT Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority SUPPORTING GIFTS Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller;
Eleanor and Robert Preger; The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank; Volunteers in Art of the Nevada Museum of Art ADDITIONAL GIFTS City of Reno; Jan and David Hardie THIS EXHIBITION WAS ORGANIZED BY THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART. MANY OF THE ITEMS INCLUDED ARE DRAWN FROM THE ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS OF THE CENTER FOR ART + ENVIRONMENT AT THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART.
Stewart Harvey, Figures with Dusty Man, (detail), 2001, Digital print. Courtesy of Stewart Harvey