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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. In April, I will have been on staff here at the RN&R for a decade. I was a regular contributor for a few years before that, and a regular reader before that. There are a lot of annual RN&R events for which I’m glad to bear a torch—our Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll, for example, or the Rollin’ on the River concert series every summer. But the 95-word fiction contest might be my very favorite annual RN&R tradition. I love the weird specificity of it—exactly 95 words. Longer than a tweet or a haiku but shorter than just about everything else. But it’s a length with a lot of possibilities. There’s enough space for a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s the perfect length for a good joke. And this year, we had a lot of funny stories. The winning entry, an untitled piece by Jason Martin, was one of several stories that made me laugh out loud. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! We received about 200 entries this year. When we editors read the stories, the authors’ names have been stripped from them, so we don’t know whose writing we’re reading. (Big thanks to office manager Lisa Ryan for taking care of the tedious task of compiling all the stories, removing the names, and printing off copies for us to read.) And it’s fun to just get lost in the stories. It’s like a good mixtape—that’s like an oldfashioned playlist, kids—full of very short songs. If you don’t like one, it’s over almost immediately, but the good ones can be savored for years. Just for the record, the best one I’ve ever read was “A Simple, Too-Familiar Gesture,” the first place winner from 2010, by former perennial winner Laura Boren Newman. It’s sad, poignant, dramatic, and full of vivid sensory details. You can read it here: www. newsreview.com/reno/do-thewrite-thing/content?oid=1710088
Re “What the doctor ordered” (cover story, Dec. 12): After meeting with Dr. James Forsythe twice, journalist Jeri Chadwell did not give Dr. Forsythe credence to his “whistle blowing” complaints but decided to do a “hit-job” on Dr. Forsythe, a board certified medical oncologist and homeopathic physician. It is my opinion that Dr. Forsythe wanted to emphasize, in a recent meeting with Renown’s CEO, Anthony Slomin M.D., and Dr. Max Coppas, how “saving lives of cancer patients” by using integrative medicine with targeted chemotherapy by genomic testing and insulin potentiation therapy and immune stimulation could be more effective than conventional oncology treatments. He was told, “The Cancer Institute is the engine that drives this hospital. Why would we want to change anything?” Later, both representatives from Renown denied meeting with Forsythe. Dr. Forsythe has done an outcome based study with 1,250 stage IV cancer patients over an 88 month investigation which has established a 70 percent survivorship of all cancers which is more effective than the studies in the United States and in Australia, which showed 2.1 percent and 2.3 percent respectively. Dr. Forsythe wants to have VICTORY over a cancer patient’s illness and reduce adverse toxicities from full dose chemotherapy. I’m not a medical oncologist or a cancer patient, but do feel strongly about the pureness of Dr. Forsythe’s intentions to save as many cancer patients, using his protocol which has been written about and spoken highly of at many oncology conferences throughout the United States and internationally. James Forsythe, M.D., H.M.D., is not only a respected medical oncologist but he is requested to share his success of cancer treatments with many other integrative
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oncologists. His patients, who do not desire “conventional chemotherapy,” come to Forsythe Cancer Care Center from all over the world. It is the opinion of so many patients who have benefited from Dr. Forsythe’s protocol being used at his clinic in Reno that if more people “knew the truth” about how cancer patients conquer their cancer through Dr. Forsythe’s protocols, he would never receive a negative written or spoken review, but would be given “accolades” or at least the credit for improving the survivorship percentages of those unfortunately diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Forsythe gives hope and victory over their cancer while other oncologists give them their death sentences. Eddie Floyd Reno Editor’s note: Please see page five for a response.
Strategy of war Re “Bloat” (cover story, Jan. 11): In the book Drift: The Unmooring of the US Military, Rachel Maddow chronicles the history of the wars we have been in, how we entered, how we exited. The premise of the book told the story of a nation who was united around principled causes in such a manner that the entire nation not only was conscious of the cause but also participated. The primary examples being the world wars. Contrast this to the example she gave on Vietnam. President Johnson asked his advisors the very specific question: “How do I prosecute a war without the consent of the American people?” His answer was to not ever call up the reserves. In this way, many of the neighborhoods would not feel the impact and he would be able to continue on the down low. Vietnam still lives today. We have become a nation without comprehensive and congruent foreign policies that include immigration, global trade, foreign aid and arms sales. All four are
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By JERI CHADWELL
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Letter to the reader On Dec. 7, we published Jeri Chadwell’s carefully researched, well written look at Dr. James Forsythe’s cancer practice. Like a lot of locals, her curiosity had been piqued by a long-respected local physician becoming involved late in his career in homeopathic treatments. After her story ran, we received a letter to the editor from local talk show host Eddie Floyd. After reading it, we thought it would make a good demonstration piece for the difficulty of sorting out good and bad information in this age of endless sources. You can read his letter on our letters page. We wrote to him for specific citations on these three sentences from his letter: “He [Forsythe] was told that, ‘The Cancer Institute is the engine that drives the hospital. Why would we want to change anything?’ ” “Dr. Forsythe has done an outcome based study with 1,250 Stage IV cancer patients.” “[H]is protocol … has been written about ... at many oncology conferences throughout the United States and internationally.” The first thing that became apparent was that none of these items were known to Eddie Floyd to be true by his own newsgathering. We know this because he informed us he had written to Forsythe for substantiation to answer us. We then received a response not from Floyd or Forsythe but from P.J. Lombardi, identified to us by Floyd as the doctor’s stepson. We were now a couple of generations away from original information. In response to the first item, Mr. Lombardi said the quote was spoken by a physician who Forsythe says
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participated in a meeting with him. It was the same name given to our reporter, who did not use that name in the story because she was unable to reach the physician and confirm it. She did not feel she had the right to take Forsythe’s word about a statement by a different doctor. In response to the second item, Lombardi wrote, “Jeri has my PowerPoint citing the stats.” Those statistics are raw research. They are not a study. No such study has been published, much less peer-reviewed. In response to the third item, Lombardi wrote, “Yes, on my website http://drforsythe.com/successful-formulas/ presentations.” We found no attestations or testimonials at that address. Chadwell wrote the story she did because she must scrutinize claims made to her. We’re not familiar with the ethical practices of radio, and perhaps radio hosts need only repeat such claims without checking them out. But to us, that is stenography, not reporting. We run readers’ letters because we think they should have a say, but in this day and age, readers must use care with everything they read. Might you have drawn information from this letter to the editor? Anyone reading the letter by Eddie Floyd and picking up information from it to repeat to others or in writings would be getting information that was uncertain at best. In item one, Floyd quotes a participant in a meeting as having said something. But Floyd wasn’t there. He didn’t hear it. Yet he positively wrote it was spoken, only because Forsythe claimed such. This is an age when reality is up for grabs. It requires readers to do more work than just read. Ω
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by SHEILA LESLIE
Another year, another march The coincidental timing of the Trump government shutdown and the Women’s March this past weekend couldn’t have been better planned, a convergence of events that reflected the worst and the best of our democracy. In just one year, the scandalous Trump administration has proven far worse than Nixon’s Watergate or the sleaziness of Bill and Monica, and it has accomplished the unimaginable by improving history’s view of the performance of George W. Bush. But the anticipation of the power of peaceful protest translating to the ballot box in November has reinvigorated progressives, hungry for redemption after the election of the worst president in our nation’s history. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of women gathered across the U.S., marching with male allies to demand change. In Reno, police estimated Saturday’s crowd at 10,000 to 12,000, slightly more than last year’s inaugural march which was the largest protest in the city’s history.
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Many Reno marchers observed there were more men, more youth, and more people of color this year. The march was led by a large contingent of indigenous women, colorfully dressed and accompanied by tribal drums that set a pulsing beat of joy and purpose. It was cold, but not brutally frigid like 2017. The sound system was a tiny bit better, although the speeches were too numerous and too long, causing the crowd to dwindle long before the keynote speakers, who were inexplicably placed at the very end of the program. But people really weren’t there for the speeches anyway. The crowd meandered happily down Virginia Street to the Believe sign on the river plaza, reminding each other of the common values that motivated marchers to forego a day of powder skiing, cheering immigrants and diversity, determined to create change. People were friendly and patient with the slow pace, fully enjoying the opportunity to wander within the crowd, encountering old friends and engaging in random conversations with strangers.
The political nature of the march was expressed creatively on proudly carried hand-made signs, reflecting the national theme of “Power to the Polls,” with many predicting a tsunami of change in November. Other signs went for the easy laughs: “Grab ’em by the mid-terms” and “We need a leader, not a tweeter.” It’s clear now that the Women’s March has become a movement led by no one in particular, powered by the idea that voting is the only way to overcome the incompetent Trump administration and the self-serving greed of the GOP. The movement has inspired recordbreaking numbers of women to seek office. Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics notes that 79 women are running for governor this year, and estimates that 15 women are poised to win primaries and land on the general election ballot, a national record. Nevada’s own female candidate for governor, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, was cheered loudly at Reno’s march as she talked about fixing education
funding in Nevada and declared “Women aren’t going to stand on the sidelines anymore.” Women marched in Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and hundreds of smaller cities. On Sunday, thousands attended the national rally in Las Vegas where one speaker summed up the empowerment and action theme nicely by telling the crowd, “Stop looking for someone else to see you. Don’t look to your left or to your right. Look in the mirror. You are the change.” This moment in history will be remembered most for women willing to resist the Trumpsters at every level of government. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told marchers in New York, “It is women who are holding our democracy together in these dangerous times.” Don’t be surprised when Nevada’s women prevail next November by stepping up to run and showing up to vote. Ω
by Brendan Trainor
Cockamamie legal theories U.S. District Judge for Nevada Gloria Navarro issued her dismissal of all charges against Cliven Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan and co-defendent Ryan Payne on Jan 8. Constitutional conservatives owe the judge, an Obama appointee born in Las Vegas, thanks for impartially performing her duty in an exemplary fashion. By dismissing the charges with prejudice, the federal government cannot re-try them on these charges. It may seem quaint to some, but there is such a thing as a U.S. Constitution. There are peer-reviewed treatises discussing the constitutional limits of federal management of real property. Perhaps more importantly, the legislatures and governors of eight western states, including Nevada, subscribe to the cockamamie belief that they should manage their own state lands. No doubt the political movement will be more important in the long run than constitutional arguments, because politicians
hold revenue and votes more precious than ideas. It is much better to have state legislation and state representation than to stand alone in court and defy the federal government over money. Nevertheless, when a longstanding grievance goes unanswered, history demonstrates individuals sometimes stand and speak truth to power. They become lightening rods and represent a cause to the public. The Bundy family is not the only instance of U.S. citizens willing to stand up to the state over money. The nation was founded by tax rebels. Henry David Thoreau went to prison rather than pay a tax. His essay “On Civil Disobedience” is an American classic. Yes, the Bundy family and their friends are kinda rough around the edges. People who stand up for their beliefs are rarely polished cosmopolitans who talk like Morgan Freeman. But that does not mean they are simply petty crooks. The left loves to engage in ad
hominem attacks, which is underhanded propaganda instead of real debate. Juries of 12 Oregonians and Nevadans have set free or hung on nearly every charge brought against the Bundy militia both for the 2014 Bunkerville standoff and later the Malheur Wildlife Sanctuary standoff. A man is dead, for pete’s sake—Roy Finecum, a 54 year old rancher and foster parent from Arizona. He was shot dead in a hail of FBI and state police bullets while on his way to a town hall meeting to discuss the reasons why he was with Ammon and others when they took over a shed on a federal wildlife preserve to protest what they believed was a railroaded prison sentence for a local rancher. The FBI and federal prosecutors withheld vital evidence from the Bundy defense. They lied, several times. They displayed extreme prejudice against the defendants on the basis of their religion. They ground the Bundys’ 14 year old son’s face in the gravel and reveled in it.
The Bundys came upon strangers on their property. They believed the feds had planted snipers around their property. The feds denied it. But Judge Navarro saw to it that they produced the relevant documents that demonstrated there were indeed snipers planted around the Bundy ranch. The FBI said the Bundys were dangerous, but documents show their own agents denied they were a threat. There is no constitutional basis for much of what the federal government does. We do not need to restore faith in the FBI, the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service. Upon his release, Cliven Bundy questioned the need for a federal army that came armed against him. We need to question the reason why so many federal employees carry guns. We need to let states and individuals find the highest and best use for the public lands. Ω
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by Dennis Myers
Graffiti ‘park’ halted
Local residents poured into the intersection of Liberty and Center streets downtown, then marched to the river.
Last week, we ran an article (“Spray on,” Art of the State, Jan. 18) about a graffiti “park,” a Sparks warehouse with a then-absentee owner and a team of graffiti artists using the facility as a practice and exhibition venue. But on Jan. 18, Sparks Assistant City Attorney Shirle Eiting reported that artist Rafael Reyes informed the City of Sparks that Ronnie Shemesh of the Kody Jet Corp.—owner of the property at 565 Dermody Way—contacted Reyes to tell him he would be taking back control of the property. All graffiti has ceased, and Graffiti City Art Park has been stopped. “It’s not abandoned anymore,” said Reyes. “Once he shows up, the [squatting] law goes into crumbles.” Reyes said that a verbal agreement has been made by Shemesh to return the taxes that were paid by the graffiti artists on the property. He said that when he receives the money, he’s going to reinvest it in a new piece of property to reopen a legal graffiti operation. “I haven’t given up,” he said. “I’m going to still try to make things happen.” He said he considers the process he’s gone through during the last couple of months market research, indicating that he expects it’s possible to own a legal graffiti park that is successful. He still wants to cater to those artists. However, according to Reyes, his next venture will not contain the term “park” in the name because of connotations and city regulations associated with the term. He’s considering calling it a graffiti “gallery” instead.
Not so easy Analyst Nate Silver had a sobering Jan. 10 message for Democrats, including Nevada Democrats. He examined the race-by-race Senate rankings around the country of experts like the Cook Political Report, Inside Elections1 and Sabato’s Crystal Ball. “If you add the probabilities for each race together, you’ll find that these ratings have Democrats losing an average of about three Senate seats next year,” he wrote. “An optimistic Democrat might note that all the races the party needs to win control of the Senate—that is, all of their own seats, plus the Republican-held ones in Arizona and Nevada—are nevertheless listed as toss-ups or better for Democrats. But that doesn’t mean their overall chances of winning the Senate are 50-50. Unless Democrats unexpectedly put another seat, such as Tennessee, into play, they’d have to win all of the four tossups (Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and Nevada), plus a number of other races in which they’re listed as only marginal favorites (such as West Virginia and Florida).”
time travelhip From a website called Travelhip: “Residents of Nevada took a break from watching Gunsmoke and Gilligan’s Island for a few minutes to view the testing of the atom bomb in 1953. No doubt it was both an exhilarating and a terrifying experience to behold.” Gilligan’s Island, starring former Miss Nevada Dawn Wells, did not go on the air until 1964.
Enthusiasm holds What else is happening? available parking for the downtown areas started disappearing during the morning of Jan. 20, then vehicles moved deeper into residential areas. People singly, in couples and groups, walked toward the federal building at Liberty and Virginia streets. It quickly became apparent that the march would be comparable in numbers to the gathering a year earlier. And there were men—lots and lots of men. Though this nameless movement was started by women, and the first march was heavily women, men have clearly been incorporated into it. Some signs were repeats (“We are better than this”). Others were new. “THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD BURY US. THEY Didn’t know WE WERE SEEDS.” “WITHOUT HERMIONE Harry would have DIED in book one.” “VOTE Candidates With ties to the UNITED STATES.” The first march helped Trump opponents feel less isolated and alone and to make contact with organizations or interact with others.
But a year of organizing and activism has had minimal impact on issues and policy. The movement, if such it is, has not been terribly visible between marches, though that may be deceptive— EMILY’s List, an organization that helps fund female candidacies, says it has been contacted by 20 times the usual number of prospective candidates. The Tea Party started having political impact quickly, without waiting for the next election. That has not happened with the Women’s March movement. Though it has not been as lethargic as the Occupy movement, it has had little impact on Republicans in Congress, and even less on Democrats, if that’s possible. Last week, most Democrats in the House voted for more military spending than Trump requested. Charles Schumer and other Democrats caved in on paying for Trump’s wall. Concern about the Democrats is strong enough that a coalition of progressive groups called journalists around the nation two days after the march with this message: “You Don’t Win by Retreating/
Progressive Groups Call on Senate Democrats to Stand Strong.” At the state level, opposition to Trump has found outlets. In some states, such as California, legislatures have been able to put a stick in Trump’s policy spokes or launch initiatives which, while not necessarily anti-Trump, advance a policy agenda Congress does not. After the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules, California filed a lawsuit to stop the action, and legislation was introduced in the California Legislature to reimpose the rules within California’s borders. Legislators there also crafted measures to alleviate the impact of higher taxes under the federal GOP tax plan. In Nevada, state legislators de-funded a Republican plan to subsidize private school costs for affluent families. They also placed a measure on the ballot to remove the sales tax from women’s hygiene products but did nothing on broader relief for sales taxpayers, a key element in the state’s reputation for soaking the working poor. Pharmaceutical companies were forced to be more transparent. But, otherwise, this year’s march— like last year’s—promised little until the next election, a lack emphasized by the slogan “Grab ’em by the mid-terms,” an election that is 10 months away. The lack of accomplishments growing out of the first march was accented in a StyleCaster timeline on “The Women’s March One Year Later: Where Do We Stand Now?” It listed items like “June 4: Wonder Woman Crushes the Box Office” and “March 17: First Black Female Neurosurgeon,” which were hardly march accomplishments. Former state legislator and RN&R columnist Sheila Leslie said she believes, “If the people at the marches this weekend stay involved, and so far they have, and stay motivated to get others to vote for change, and then get further motivated by the power of the ballot box, the impact will be tremendous.” But a greater immediate concern for Trump may be more from his own party than from the amorphous movement in the streets. Republicans who want to reclaim their party from Trump have made it all but certain that there will be a primary challenge to him. “I am ready to work in whatever primary campaign against Trump is
Tara Chenielle holds up the sign she made for the Reno Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 20. She and several other women had gathered at a friend’s house for brunch and sign making before the march. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL
strongest here,” said a Reno marcher who identified himself only as Rodney. “I think there certainly will be a primary challenge in 2020 if Trump is still in there, perhaps from Kasich or even Romney if he has made it to the Senate by then, but it’s far too early for my crystal ball to function now,” columnist Jules Witcover told us. Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake, John Kasich, Ben Sasse and Scott Walker are among the most common names being mentioned as GOP competitors to Trump, who won the Nevada Republican caucuses in 2016 with 45.75 percent of the vote that gave him 14 national convention delegates. Incumbent presidents have faced primary challenges in several elections. Lyndon Johnson was opposed by two U.S. senators before his withdrawal from the race in 1968. Jimmy Carter faced a U.S. senator in 1980. Richard Nixon was opposed by two U.S. House members in 1972, Gerald Ford by a former California governor in 1976. Weakness is always encouragement to challengers, and virtually Trump’s entire presidency so far has been spent in weakness. It is true that presidents generally have poor
approval ratings during their first midterm election year. Kennedy fell to 61 percent approval—low for him—and Reagan to 41 percent. But Reagan rebounded to win reelection, so it is possible to read too much into low 2018 rankings for Trump. What sets him apart from earlier tenures, though, is that he has never had any high ratings. He began his tenure with a virtual tie in the Gallup survey—46 percent approval to 45 disapproval. Since then, his job approval rating has never broken 50 percent. After his bombing of Syria—such foreign crises tend to generate poll rises—he reached 50 percent. His weekly approval has averaged 38 percent, which is where his ranking this past week was. On the other hand, those who disapprove of the job he is doing have broken 50 percent regularly, and sometimes 60 percent as well. Trump has the lowest average of any president in the polling era. That surely provides encouragement to rival candidates. As for whether the Women’s Marches and the movement they represent have a role in the effort to end the Trump presidency is still an unfolding story. Ω
What has the year between marches produced for marchers?
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hy did I believe her? She said I’d go back to work without needing a shower, but people will say anything for money. “See you next time” implied that I’d be back. Future visits needed more preparation and better planning. Stopping didn’t occur to me. It had to be obvious to my coworkers. An extended lunch-hour, red-faced, disheveled hair. The hint of a confident smirk only perceptible when in concert with an inspired, unintentional posture. I needed a shower; a change of underwear at a minimum. “Lunchtime Yoga” is suitable for beginners? Yeah, right, Jenn!
Jason Martin is a native Nevadan living in Minden with his wife tillie and two children, Ida and William. Jason and his family enjoy exploring Nevada’s outdoors, and, on occasion, Jason is a patron of Yoga sol in carson city.
n old something in overcoat and fedora stared at his runaway grocery cart, its contents spilled across the sidewalk and into the curb. A young something in hoodie and backpack walked up and the two exchanged glances. Wordlessly, they went to work restoring the items to their rightful place. Introductions followed. “James,” announced Samaritan. “Anthony,” answered Levite. “And may I interest you in supper at the diner nearby?” “Right on.” Two meatloaf specials and 60 minutes later, old something and young something parted. The day’s light faded but not the glow of their chance encounter.
er grandchildren had admonished her that only old ladies typed with one finger, that thumbs were the proper way to text. They’d taught her acronyms, a curious method of communication. BRB kind of tickled her, though; she felt very au courant just saying it aloud. A new message to her nephew’s fiancée. Welcome to the family, that would be appropriate. Maybe something about going to find out about their reception plans, staying tuned for updates. She tapped, paused, added her initials, and hit send: WTF, Stephanie! GTFO about the reception, we’ll STFU on everything. JFC
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Darlynne Vrechek is a russian language major whose father said, “Please at least take typing.” Words matter. choose wisely. Be curious and grateful.
robert Drews is a writer, editor and tutor and moved with his wife to carson city in 2015 after a 35-year newspaper career during which he respected and appreciated the power of the written word.
ow much story can you pack into exactly 95 words? That’s the challenge the RN&R throws out to readers every year. And every year we get hundreds of responses—some strange, some funny, some poignant. Some are good, some bad, some ugly, many mediocre. The writers tell jokes, share anecdotes, advice, poems. They surprise, anger, confuse, confound, frighten, arouse, gall and astound us. Reading all the entries and voting for our favorites is a fun process that we editors look forward to every year. This year, there seemed to be an overall increase in the quality of the stories. The best stories were as good as ever, but somehow the average got better. Maybe a decade of Twitter has improved the general ability to tell a story in limited space? Who knows. And, yes, we actually moved the dates of the contest back a little bit, which meant that 2017 was technically the year without a 95-word fiction issue. But January is a better time for a contest like this, because there’s just less going on. And pushing the contest back a couple of weeks meant we had to read fewer Christmas-themed stories, which was nice. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories this year. There were a lot of good ones that didn’t even make the final cut.
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Runners up Dognapping
ninvited, a black-and-white collarless mutt bounded into our car in Truckee. He fought against eviction. We named him Glacier and brought him camping at a lake. He chased chipmunks, swam in crystal water and ate bacon from an iron pan, lapping warm grease. He yelped at the moonrise. In darkness, he snuggled between our sleeping bags, his legs often churning, his eyelids quaking in his sleep. On the way home, we released him where we found him. We wonder if he will remember us, or if we are just another of his wild, lupine dreams. —Frank X. Mullen
Pure Punk Fury
ild laughter echoed from the parking lot, snapping him away from his book. Outside, they sat huddled under a tree with sky-high mohawks and leather jackets sporting rivers of silver spikes tacked in just the right place, texting on phones mummy wrapped with anarchy stickers. Hot Topic controlled chaos. Coffee cups, now repurposed as ashtrays, sat between legs outstretched across the asphalt. Others were tipped and used as obstacles for skater friends riding out a trick. He sipped his own coffee and went back to the page, remembering when he was pure punk fury. —Bill W. Morgan
Depository for Voracious Bibliorats
s. Rigby Wilder hoarded. Her biggest beloved caboodle, was books—mountains of bestselling paperbacks mingled with unread self-helps, in grocery bags with unreadable receipts. She suffered from every phobia known to modern mental health, as articulated by her impressive reference section. Her sociopathic husband bolted bars on the windows from the outside, for safety. The side door was blocked by a bookcase. She called her house “The Alamo.” Fourteen dogs—aided by a rat infestation—urinated/defecated on, nibbled at, and defiled the stockpile. Unfit for human use, most became dumpster fodder after she died. —Carl Wesley Moulton
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ou have another patient,” said the nurse. Doctor Jones needed to rush this one. He briskly entered the exam room. The patient, an old man, had his back turned. Jones avoided eye contact as he put the stethoscope on the patient’s chest. “How’s the old ticker sound?” asked the patient. To avoid conversation, Jones moved to the patient’s back and said, “Deep breath.” “Sounding good,” Jones said cheerfully on exit. “How about that last patient?” the nurse asked with a big smile. “What?” he asked, not understanding. She said, “That last patient was your dad.” —J. W. Austin
What We Want
ooking past him, the cashier cut my father off and turned to me. “Can you just tell me what he wants?” I wished I told him that all my father wanted was for college degrees to hold green cards, for enough money to see his mother buried, for sacrifice and destiny to stop battling. He wanted to ask this young boy to look him in the eye. Instead, he asked for a refund. “Sorry, you’re past 15 days of purchase. Next time, read more carefully.” My father responded, slowly. “I’ll do that. Good day, sir.” —M.J. Ubando
Whiskey River, Take My Time
he first time I got drunk alone, I was reading a local paper—you know the kind of paper that sits around in all those trendy places in town. They’re usually near the entrance or exit of these joints and are free for the taking. They cover hipster community stories and offer writing contests and such. The whiskey was sweet, but what was sweeter was the realization that this paper owned a time machine and were planning on publishing the results of their writing contest some 11-and-a-half months before the submissions were due. —Sean Devlin
A Night at the Movies
ousin Stevie was arrested because he was being pushed around when he was waiting to buy movie tickets, in front of the Fox Theater in Hackensack. He told the judge he was being threatened. Three guys were crowding-in on him and his date. He had to do something. His knife cut across one of the trio’s arms, just as a patrol car was passing by. “Jail or the marines,” said the judge. “Choose.” It was 1966. Stevie died in a rice paddy in ’Nam. Pretty harsh sentence for a flesh wound on a bully’s arm. —Vinnie Oakes
aking aim, as I have done without thought many times, but it bothers me now as I age. It must be done. Staring at my shoes for a moment using both hands close together, I grip it with my curled thumbs. I shouldn’t hate doing this. Deep breath and hold it in, I lean forward quickly, eyes fixed on target. Fire! Bullseye! Got it. My stomach turns from the pressure. Lightheaded for a second, I lean back and let out my breath. Slowly pulling with my hands, I relax. And now the other sock. Vic Marino
ometimes you accidentally hit a button on your ancient car radio and get an AM easy listening station. Oddly, you still can sing along with that childhood favorite. You remember belting it out in the back of the wood-paneled station wagon piled full of kids with no seatbelts. Five years old, covered in dirt and mosquito bites, never realizing one day when you’re in your 40s you’ll truly understand the weight of those lyrics. It’s sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along. Should probably get a new radio soon. —L.M. Staton
he ever present mob of crows crowded together on the power line that stretched above the school’s gravel parking lot. The feathered sentinels seemed amused by a conversation between groundskeeper and teacher. “I’ve asked you to speak to your students about throwing rocks onto the ball field.” “I assure you Mister Nelms that my kids aren’t the culprits.” “Missus Wright, you must be wrong. I continue to dull and damage my mower blades.” Miraculously, at that very moment, the crows renewed the bombardment of the encroaching rattlesnake with their peculiar and readily available stony projectiles. —Peter Parrish
Today is the Day
y boss is behaving … well … preoccupied. He’s thinking about it. I lean over him to look at the monitor, my boob rubs against his big, hairy ear. He didn’t move. I breathe down his neck. I’m prepared. Trimmed. Panty-less. Condom. Tic Tacs. “You’re on caps lock … sir.” My roommate got $6,000 from HR for a quick slap on the ass. She can’t even type. “Thank you. I lost my … concentration. … Please look at this.” Porn? Cool. Maybe worth $2,000 … I look. A photo. “My granddaughter would have been 7 today.” We hug and cry. —anonymous
ow does one get fifth graders to care about British repressions in the 1700s? Miss Lynn decided to experiment. She had given students class “money” known as Lynn Loot since August as incentives for good behavior and homework. In January, Miss Lynn announced (without warning) there would be taxes on the students’ desks, chairs and books. “That’s not fair!” they complained. One girl pounded her desk, chanting, “We won’t pay!” Others stood on chairs, and shouted with raised fists, “No vote, no tax!” Miss Lynn smiled calmly. “Exactly. Now, let’s learn about the American Revolution.” —Terri Gray
Last Stand at Shiloh
he sat by the back door of the bus. He sat across from her. Soon she realized he was masturbating. Surprised, she went to the bus driver to complain, and he jumped off the bus. What could she have done? Six weeks later on the same bus, he sat across from her again. She was ready this time. She waited for a few moments, pointed at his lap, and laughed so loud that everyone looked where she was pointing. He stuffed his now deflating penis into his pants as he hurried off the bus. Victory. —Jeanine Stewart
he Colonel, when I awoke, was finishing my EggMcMuffin. To be true, it was half eaten when I took it. But it was mine. Mine. We are in this lousy camp in the willows, by the river near downtown. It smells. It’s hidden. The Colonel is losing control of his bowels and craps steps away. Last night two Mexican men made love frenziedly close by, unaware of us. The Colonel likes our secret camp. It was time for him to sleep, my turn to guard. Buzzing flies watched me pack up, while Colonel floated away. —Peter Patrick Cencer
e always checked for monsters, under the bed, behind the curtains, and in the closet, so when his son called from the room that night he automatically went to the bed and knelt. “It’s OK, Daddy, no monsters. I checked.” Upset with his son’s sudden bravery and the possible collapse of their ritual, he continued to the window and opened the drapes. “It’s OK, Daddy, no monsters.” His son persisted. He continued, though, to the closet door and opened it. There against the back wall his son stood pale. “That’s not me, Daddy.” He whispered. —Bill W. Morgan
wo minutes. That was the maximum time for an audition. For weeks he practiced and practiced. His tone was nuanced, the word craft: perfect. He understood the character’s complexities. Finally, the day came. Waiting at the theater, butterflies fluttered in his stomach. Some nervousness is good, he told himself. Be confident. The part is yours, he told himself. His name was called. There, in the spotlight of the bare stage, he opened his mouth. “To be or ...” “Thank you,” said the detached voice in the dark. Apparently, it was not to be. —Terri Gray
ometimes the most brilliant ideas come about, and we realize this should’ve happened long ago. When Johnny suggested it, most in prison administration were speechless and had to digest the concept until we decided it had to be. Since all felons have DNA “in the bank,” as it were, it was easy. Knowing the cons and the gangs made it easier still. The effect was instantaneous and far reaching. Thanks to ancestry.com, every racist, skinhead white supremacist in this joint now knows about his Jewish or African heritage. The hate dissolved. Who knew? Who didn’t? —John Lydon
here are three green parrots in Tlaxiaco, Mexico. Two in one cage and the “bad” one in another. They are next to the kitchen. Every morning I’d go out and have them practice saying my name. I gave them tortilla strips. And every morning, I let the bad one peck my finger until it bled. His name is Chilibird. I think we bonded. The cook shook her head and muttered gringo loco. Always echoed softly by whoever was eating breakfast. Next week when I visited, Chilibird squawked, gringo loco. Well, hell, it was a start. —Keith Froslie
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boyfrieNds’ (and girlfriends’) guide to by Kris Vagner
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Talking about an incidence of sexual assault with your partner can be awkward. We asked some experts what to do—and what not to do.
ot very long ago, if you were a teenager whose coach was touchy, a jogger who’d been assaulted on the sidewalk, or an employee who’d been coerced by a boss, there was a good chance you would have mulled over what to do, considered how difficult life has been for women like Anita Hill or Kesha— who called out assailants and were promptly dragged through the mud for it—and concluded that the best course of action was probably to just stay quiet. In October 2017, the hashtag #metoo went viral. A long list of powerful assaulters 14 | RN&R | 01.25.18
and harassers were outed, and the floodgates of silence were flung open. Women—and occasionally men—began talking more openly about experiences with assault and harassment, both in the media and in private conversations between friends. But, even though the topic of sexual assault went quickly from being swept under the rug to being proclaimed in the headlines, discussing it can still be awkward. “We are in a morass of weirdness and discomfort,” author Holly Weeks told the Harvard Business Review in December. “People are struggling terribly and so afraid
they’ll make a mistake.” Weeks was talking specifically about communicating with coworkers. But it’s also easy to stumble when discussing assault with partners. If you’re new to the idea of having upfront conversations about assault that don’t implode from awkwardness, don’t worry. Two local experts shared a few strategies that you can learn by the time you reach the end of this article. Let’s start with accounts of people doing it wrong. Here are a few reports from women about what happened when they told a partner about a past assault:
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now we’ve got a good running start on how not to handle the situation. Here are a few more tips on what to avoid—and some specific strategies for how to be a good boyfriend or girlfriend if this topic comes up in your own relationship.
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If you’re thinking by now that this topic seems like a minefield that you don’t even want to deal with, you’re in good company. Ignoring the disclosure or changing the subject because you don’t know what to say are common reactions. But that can jus t make people feel disregarded.
There really are a few rig ht things to say. Younkin has your back on this one. “One of the things I’ve lea rned to say is, ‘I’m sorry to hear that,’” she said. “Also to say, ‘I can’t imagine what tha t would feel like, but I’m here for you.’” For rea l—a lot of the time that is all it takes to let som eone know you heard them. … Ask what you can do
“Whether it’s a historical assault or a current assault,” said Duffy, som e productive questions to ask are: “What can I do for you?” “What do you need?” “Would you like to talk with a therapist or counselor?” … Take care of yo urself, too
“Another thing people can do, if you’re going to be a support person—w hether you’re a husband, a boyfriend, a family friend, a mother, a sister—is make sure to take time for yourself,” said Duffy . “It’s kind of like the airplane analogy with the air mask coming down, where you put the air on yourself before you put it on your child. You can’t help another person if you’re empty inside yourself or if you’re still trying to grapple and deal with the situation yourself.” She said that rape crisis cen ters and sexual assault lines offer suppor t and resources not only to assault survivors, but to friends and family members as well. Ω
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Call to safety Here are a few local resources to call if you or a partner or friend has experienced sexual assault:
Counseling Services, University of Nevada, Reno www.unr.edu/counseling 784-4648
Safe Embrace Crisis Hotline www.safeembrace.org/ services/ 322-3466
Crisis Call Center/Sexual Assault Support Services crisiscallcenter.org 221-7600
by JESSICA SAnTInA
Moira Bengochea as Clairee and Jamie Lynn Woodham as Truvy appear in Steel Magnolias.
Flower power How appropriate that on the weekend of the Women’s March, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias opened on the Reno Little Theater stage. After all, this 31-year-old play with an all-female cast of six delves deep into the world of women to explore the issues we (still) confront, the demands and expectations (still) placed on us and the power of the love that (always) exists among us. The 1989 film—the screenplay of which was also written by Harling—is a quotable, go-to chestnut, written as a tribute to Harling’s own sister, who—spoiler alert— passed away due to complications from type I diabetes. Set in tiny Chinquapin, Louisiana, in what the playwright called “the mysterious world where no men were allowed … the beauty parlor,” it’s the story of Shelby (played by Greer Kukuk), a young, diabetic newlywed who wants nothing but to have a child and live a normal life, and her mother, M’Lynn (Sandra Neace), whose concern for her daughter’s well-being battles constantly with her desire to see her daughter happy. Making up their support system is Truvy (Jamie Lynn Woodham), the honeysweet beautician who styles the hair of every woman in town and thereby has her finger on its pulse; Truvy’s new beautician, the shy, bible-thumping Annelle (Katie Hughes); Clairee (Moira Bengochea), a widow whose charming demeanor belies a wicked sense of humor; and Ouiser (Evonne Kezios), Chinquapin’s obligatory grumpy old lady with a heart of gold. Though the play revolves around Shelby’s illness, little actually happens on stage. Rather, the drama unfolding is in the give and take of the personal details that 16 | RN&R | 01.25.18
become the community’s hottest commodities. Their conversations carry enormous weight—even more when the film is such a known quantity. At times, it feels like a series of one-liners you know are coming. Without question, you’ll laugh. But if you know the film, the laughs come more from memories of loving the lines rather than from the lines themselves. One of the play’s biggest challenges is the Southern accent. As a person who spent the first half of her life in the South, I can tell you it’s a skill few actors, including most of this cast, possess. I cared because capturing the chatter of Southern women is critical to the story. Will non-Southerners care? Maybe not. What’s impressive? Well, the hair, for one. Woodham’s ability to produce a complicated wedding updo on stage while solidly upholding her end of long, comedic conversations is nothing to sneeze at. (It doesn’t hurt that the gorgeous set is a completely believable, working salon.) And though Kukuk’s accent may need work, Shelby’s dear personality is fully intact, all love and light and positivity. Hands down the strongest moment is Neace’s powerful monologue in the final 10 minutes, delivered in the heart-wrenching language of a mother who’s lost a child. Every person in the audience wept, audibly, proving once again Neace’s incredible range and talent. RLT’s Steel Magnolias will remind you of all the things you loved about the film, and it’s another in a recent series of reminders about the magic that occurs when women come together. Ω
12345 Steel Magnolias, directed by Rachel Lopez, is onstage at Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St. Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 and 8-11. For tickets, $15-25, call 813-8900 or visit www.renolittletheater.org.
by BoB Grimm
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“No, i really don’t think the dress would look better covered in rhinestones.”
Intelligent design It seems the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson finally did in actor Daniel Day-Lewis. He announced his retirement from acting before Phantom Thread made it to movie screens late last year in a small release just in time for awards season. One does get the sense that Day-Lewis tends to kick his own ass when he plays roles. A notorious method actor, he stayed in the role of Abe Lincoln for the Spielberg biopic when cameras weren’t rolling, and he researched heavily for his role as a 1950s dressmaker and fashion maverick in Phantom Thread. That crazy research and attention to detail most assuredly contributes to Day-Lewis’s tendency to inhabit a role like no other. I maintain that the greatest single performance by any actor anywhere ever is his portrayal of Daniel Plainview for There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis’s first and best collaboration with Anderson. Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) runs a tight ship when it comes to his dressmaking business. He works and lives alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), along with the occasional muse. When his latest muse starts interrupting too much during breakfast, she’s dismissed, and Woodcock goes on the hunt. He finds a new muse in Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress he quickly asks out to dinner, and then back to his place. Rather than pouring some wine and getting to know her better, Woodcock immediately— and literally—puts Alma up on a pedestal and starts building a dress on her. Alma goes from enchanted to mildly bewildered by Woodcock’s actions, but she sticks around and eventually moves in. Alma is not the standard Woodcock muse in that she wants more of his time and wants him to slow down. A scene where Alma hatches a plan for a romantic dinner for two proves to be the best in the film and a turning point in the movie. In the dinner scene’s aftermath, Alma does something that carries the film into the sort of weird,
bizarre territory we’ve come to expect in an Anderson film (not quite as wacky as frogs falling from the sky in Magnolia, but still …). In fact, the final act of this movie is so strange it left me wondering if the whole thing was just a fantasy or dream playing out in one of the character’s minds. It’s not your standard, tidy romance film. It ventures over to the more twisted, haunted side with a helping of dark comedy. Day-Lewis turns Woodcock into a complete, obsessive prick, a narcissistic celebrity who has no regard for time other than his own. Krieps, a relatively unknown German actress, doesn’t just share the screen with Day-Lewis; she often steals scenes from him. Her Alma holds a lot of surprises, not all of them the happy kind. Manville is masterful as the controlling sister who knows her brother’s routine. The movie works on many fronts. It’s an acting showcase for Day-Lewis and Krieps, another fine example of technical achievement for Anderson—who did his own camerawork—as well as another great script from the director. You could view it one time as a statement on relationship codependency, then watch it again as an observance of celebrity selfishness. There’s plenty of meat on the bone. There are a few slow stretches, but the movie mostly moves at a good pace, accompanied by another excellent score from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. This is the fourth film Greenwood has scored for Anderson after There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice. If this is Day-Lewis’s last film, I’m satisfied with what he’s done with his career. Also, I want the man to live a long, happy and healthy life. He takes the craft a bit too seriously, so him calling it quits now lowers the risk of him traveling to Mars to play an alien or sucking on meth pipes to play a junkie. As for Anderson, while Phantom Thread doesn’t achieve the majestic heights of There Will Be Blood or Magnolia, it’s another sturdy installment in a career that has had no missteps. Ω
Call Me by Your Name
One of 2017’s better love stories, this sumptuously filmed romance set in Italy is a thing of beauty to look at. Lush settings, stunning locations, and two admittedly quite adorable leads in Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet contribute to a sweet and heartbreaking story by Andre Aciman, who wrote the novel, with a screenplay by James Ivory. Chalamet plays Elio, an American living in Italy with his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg). When father takes an assistant in the form of Oliver (Hammer), Elio is smitten, and so is the older Oliver. They wind up having a fling that carries deep meaning for them, and for those who know them. Chalamet, who was also terrific in 2017’s Lady Bird, makes Elio so much more than a confused teen in love; this guy is really in love in a way that will affect his entire life, and the viewer feels it. Hammer continues to evolve as an actor, and this is his best work yet. He also gets high scores for his stellar dance moves whenever somebody play the Psychedelic Furs. As good as the two leads are, my vote for best scene in the film goes to the underrated Stuhlbarg, who has a speech relating to his son that is an absolute showstopper.
Jessica Chastain takes the role of Molly Bloom, real-life infamous poker game organizer and former championship skier, and nails it. Molly’s Game takes a true story that seems too crazy to be real and makes it into a great movie about a woman’s struggle against the justice system and the perils of gambling outside the already dangerous realm of a casino. This is a great actress firing on all cylinders with an extra rocket booster on her back. Making the experience all the more enjoyable is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) making a stylish, snappy directorial debut that shows he has a big future beyond the keyboard. Bloom found herself working high-stakes poker games populated by big gamblers and celebrities. Michael Cera shows up in the movie as one of the players, allegedly based upon notorious card player Tobey Maguire. Bloom graduates from working the games to organizing them. She works up to having the highest stakes game in New York before things go awry, eventually leading to massive legal problems. That’s where Idris Elba, playing Bloom’s lawyer, enters into the fray and scorches the screen alongside Chastain. Both benefit from precisely written, fiery dialogue courtesy of Sorkin. The screenplay and direction are so good, the courtroom scenes in this film actually stand as some of the movie’s greater moments. That’s coming from a guy whose eyes often glaze over during courtroom dramas. Sorkin’s dialogue, adapted from Bloom’s autobiography, has the kinetic energy of the best David Mamet scripts. While there are quiet moments, the movie generally fires along at a high energy level that never becomes overbearing. That’s where Sorkin gets big kudos for his directing chops. He keeps a heavily worded, constantly moving movie tremendously entertaining and remarkably coherent.
Perhaps the most important journalistic battle in American history gets the Spielberg treatment in The Post, starring a stellar cast that includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film explores the Washington Post’s decision to print the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam in 1971, a move that raised the ire of then President Richard Nixon and put the careers of people like paper owner Kay Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) in major jeopardy. Hanks isn’t the first movie star to play Bradlee. Jason Robards also played him in All the President’s Men, the classic film that covered the Watergate scandal. Bradlee, who died in 2014, was a journalism giant. The movie starts in 1966 with Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys), a member of the State Department doing a study for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), in South Vietnam. Embedded with American troops, Ellsberg sees all sorts of atrocities and is a firsthand witness to the growing failure of
American participation in the Vietnam War. His forecast about the war’s outcome is bleak, but McNamara and President Johnson—and two presidents before him—share a rosier, false version with the American public where America is finding great success overseas. The supporting cast includes Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the legendary TV comedians of Mr. Show. It’s a trip to see them on screen together in a Spielberg production. Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon and Sarah Paulson round out the cast. The Post is the best Spielberg offering since Munich, bringing to end one of the weaker stretches in his career that included the lackluster Lincoln, Bridge of Spies and The BFG.
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to direct 2017’s weirdest mainstream movie. 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 plays mute cleaning woman Elisa Esposito. She lives in an old movie theater next to eccentric artist Giles (Richard Jenkins) and mostly keeps to herself. Elisa and Zelda (Octavia Spencer) 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. Shannon is his usual incredible self as the film’s baddie, a freaky narcissist who gets off on torturing his prisoner. The film goes into romance territory after Elisa facilitates the Amphibian Man’s escape. 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. Overall, this is one of 2017’s great visual wonders, and a terrific showcase for Hawkins, Spencer, Jenkins and Shannon.
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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Born again Battle Born Social specializes in craft cocktails and small bites. I met with a couple of friends to share some fancy bar food and also enjoyed a tartly sweet “Nevada Tonic” ($9)—a smoked chalice full of local, barrel-aged gin, sage and tonic water over ice. Our initial selections were tacos and sliders ($9 for three). The Thai beef tacos were stuffed with chopped, seasoned meat and a bit of peanut sauce, ginger vegetable slaw, queso fresco and mango salsa. The mix of sweet and spice was very good, though the single corn tortilla tore through on the bottom—just a reminder of why street tacos usually have doubled tortilla. Next were two sets of sliders. The little shrimp po’ boys each had a large prawn—deep fried in a sweet and crunchy breading—with plenty of citrus slaw and a liberal dose of spicy aioli. They were really nothing like any po’ boy I’ve had in the past, which is a compliment. As good as they were, they were still overshadowed by a set of diminutive burgers. Look, I’ve eaten plenty of beefy sliders. Good, bad, so-so, but rarely great. However, when I bite into a burger as good as these were, it’s like a fresh infatuation. It’s rare, beautiful and a little bit naughty. Had I known, I would have happily ordered a few servings of these and been finished. The bun was just basic, but the locally sourced, grass-fed beef was expertly seasoned and cooked to a juicy medium rare. With shredded cheddar melted on the patty, lettuce, tomato, pickle, garlic aioli and onion jam—yes, onion jam—it was un-freaking-believable. Moving on to larger dishes, we ordered a crock of crispy Brussels sprouts ($7) with balsamic onion, vermouth, citrus and bacon. Black and green, they appeared a
Shrimp and chorizo macaroni and cheese is served with an order of crispy Brussels sprouts at Battle Born Social in Carson City. PHOTO/ALLISON YOUNG
bit daunting but were the sort that could make a hardened hater like Brussels sprouts. Apparently, the secret lies in them being roasted, then fried with that decadent concoction—tender, crispy, delicious. I was pretty jazzed to see crawfish mac and cheese on the menu, but it was not to be. Turns out the freshwater crustaceans are not in season. Mac and cheese ($13) with shrimp and Pete’s famous chorizo from Villa Basque did the trick. Arugula, cheddar curds, beer cheese sauce and freshly grated parmesan joined the sliced sausage and chopped shrimp atop of bed of gemelli pasta. It was spicy, creamy, al dente and fantastic. What better to follow this cheesy goodness than a plate of social cheese fries ($11), covered in beer cheese sauce, balsamic reduction, Calabrian chile, queso fresco, green onion and deep-fried cheddar nuggets. The fries were crisp and golden, holding up well under the onslaught of toppings. The addition of crunchy, chewy cheese balls was an unexpected bonus, and the chopped hot pepper added just the right amount of heat. At the tail end of an already tasty evening, a plate of chicken and waffles ($11) delivered on both presentation and wow factor. I’ve never been quite sold on the concept, but this rendition made me a believer. A large Belgian waffle was cut into triangles, topped with boneless fried chicken morsels, crumbled bacon, maple glaze and an over-medium fried egg. We popped the yolk to let it join the pool of maple goo, and, man, what a combination of savory, crunchy and sweet. It was the breakfast of champions—for dinner. Ω
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Battle Born Social is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit battlebornsocial.com.
by Marc Tiar
Bartender Heather Micone stands next the tap beers at O’Skis. The bar offers 15 beers on tap.
Take a shot Through the magic of technology, I’m writing about an Irish/Polish bar while 30,000 feet over the Pacific flying home from Hawaii. At this time yesterday, my family and I were pretty shaken by our morning interruption—an errant warning of a ballistic missile. We took shelter in the hotel restaurant, taking direction from the guy in charge to hide behind a wall to avoid the blast and look away from the ocean lest the flash blind us. The experience was scary and surreal. Needless to say, my wife and I may have had a few cocktails by the pool that night. OK, if we’re being honest, the fear of imminent destruction wasn’t required to enjoy adult beverages most evenings. Themed bars in the tropics tend to be just that—tropical. While you may find an occasional sports bar, I didn’t see any of that staple of international travel, the Irish pub. I’ve found the Irish pub theme to be a welcome port in the storm abroad, craving something familiar—beer and the Celtic blueprint, a common experience for expats and tourists to share. There may or may not be any actual Irish blood at the helm. Even when home, the stereotypical, welcoming Irish atmosphere holds appeal, regardless of how genuine it may be. One fairly typical example—with a twist—is O’Skis Pub & Grille in Sparks. Along a familiar stretch of Victorian Avenue, it joins a few other nearby bars to almost make for a little drinking district. The twist is the Polish aspect, a nod to the owners’ heritage, thus the name—the common “O” starting Irish surnames and the common “ski” ending Polish ones. This makes for a few good gags, but, aside from that, the place is mostly still Irish in decor, food and drink. Beneath it, though, it’s a local bar like many
others—lots of TVs showing everything from UFC to truck racing to ice skating when we visited on a Sunday afternoon. The Sunday bottomless mimosa special doesn’t scream leprechaun to me any more than the several specialty Bloody Mary choices that my wife wished she had seen before ordering a beer. It’s an appealing place by most measures. The food menu, like many others, made me wish I was hungry when we visited. Fifteen taps—all good, craft options—offer something for virtually every beer drinker, some of them pouring from handsome brass towers at the bar. A comparable wine list is available. One nice offer you won’t see everywhere is tasters of any three draft beers for $3, if you want to sample a few without committing to a pint. Bud and Coors options were also available in packaged form. There is a fairly good selection of whiskies, slightly above the average bar but striking me as a little light for an Irish bar, where extensive whiskey is expected. Pool and darts are available, but one particular novelty caught my eye—a “shot-ski.” It looked like green plastic shot glasses mounted on the bar itself, but they were actually nestled in small cradles attached to a ski for serving, like a long, skinny serving tray. Shot-skis of various denominations are available and are popular with the college crowd, according to our bartender. O’Skis is an agreeable spot for a drink or a meal. You’ll never walk in and think you’re in Dublin or Warsaw, but if you’re just looking for some adult beverages after a ballistic missile scare, it would do nicely. Ω
O’Skis Pub & Grille 840 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 359-7547 Visit oskispub.net for more information.
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by AndReA HeeRdt
When Ruby Fradkin was a child, her family called her Ruby Jaye. As a teen, she liked the nickname and kept it as her stage name.
Crown jewel Ruby Jaye Ruby Fradkin, more commonly known as Ruby Jaye, has been creating and playing music since she was six years old. From performing as a child ragtime and blues pianist at festivals in Southern California to releasing her ukelele-infused album, Everything, in 2016, Fradkin has always been on the search to create new music. This past year, she wrote several songs on her acoustic guitar for her soon-to-be released EP. She said she’ll start collaborating and recording with her producer, Daniel Sion, next month in New York to finalize the new tracks. Fradkin said these songs will be different from the classic jazz-pop style of music she’s most known for. They’ll sound like retro and classic Americana meshed with modern pop. “One of them is a pretty modern jazzpop sound influenced a lot by Lana Del Rey,” she said. “Another one is more like heartbroken gypsy style, and then another one is basically folk-pop, so they all stand on their own in different senses.” Fradkin said she’s going back to revisit every aspect of her new songs by taking time to make sure her lyrics are relatable and the best that they can be. She’ll also collaborate with Sion to add new sections to an old song from 2012 that never got released because, to Fradkin, she never quite completed it properly. Fradkin said the songwriting process was completely different for her on her Taylor GS Mini. When she’s writing a song for guitar, she said that she imagines playing the song from start to finish even though she may not know the direction she’s going in yet. According to Fradkin, these songs were all written 20 | RN&R | 01.25.18
with an innocent nature, meaning she just fumbled around with her guitar and explored various chord patterns. “Guitar has a richer sound,” she said. “There’s more to it, and it’s a whole different element that inspires a different type of writing—a whole different vibe.” Fradkin pulls a lot of her lyrical inspiration from Carole King and Joni Mitchell. She said Mitchell’s songwriting influenced her during her teenage years to write in weird ways—composing sections that don’t really connect, then later figuring out how to bring the song together. More recently, Fradkin has been listening to different decades and genres to expand her musical knowledge. “My genre has expanded,” she said. “I started out just writing on piano when I was a teenager, and I came up with a lot of depressing downers and teenage songs, and from there it evolved. I started playing ukulele and wrote a lot more upbeat stuff. I’ve dabbled in pop, in jazz, in ragtime blues, folk, and all sorts of stuff.” Fradkin plans to release her new EP this year and to perform an array of shows all across Northern Nevada and Northern California. She also hopes to make a couple of new music videos along the way. To Fradkin, the best part of performing live is having little, unexpected moments where she’ll go off on a funny tangent on stage or take a song in a new direction she didn’t see coming. Sometimes she even enjoys recovering from a downfall on stage. Fradkin doesn’t have a name for her new EP yet, but she said listeners will be able to find her new tracks on iTunes and Spotify in the coming months. Ω Ruby Jaye opens for Nick Eng at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St. Tickets are $10. Also visit www.rubyjaye.com.
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Cookie Monsta, 10pm, $5-$15
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Jesse Kopp, 9pm, no cover
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Karaoke Jimmy B’s Bar & Grill, 180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste 1070, (775) 686-6737: Karaoke, Sat, 9:30pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover
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aRT CLASSROOM GALLERY, OATS PARK ART CENTER: pressplay: Recent Works. Ceramic artwork by Karl Schwiesow. The show ends March 24. Thu, 1/25-Wed, 1/31. Free. Classroom Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440.
E.L. WIEGAND GALLERY, OATS PARK ART CENTER: Contingent Lands: Place in the Contemporary West. Paintings of the new American West by Kevin Bell. Thu, 1/25Wed, 1/31. Free. E.L. Wiegand Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH MIDTOWN RENO: Artist Showing and Wine Tasting. Meet the artist of the month and learn what inspires them. Thu, 1/25, 6pm. Free. Fountain of Youth Midtown Reno, 724 S. Virginia St., (775) 964-4888.
Arts for the Schools in Truckee, California, presents a performance by the master timple player. The instrument, which is pronounced tim-play, is a small, five-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of Spain’s Canary Islands. López hails from Gran Canaria, one of the islands that makes up the archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. A performer since age 10, López has collaborated with the symphony orchestra of Gran Canaria and appeared at festivals such as WOMAD, Circuits INJUVE and Expozaragoza, among others. Hear some of the sounds of his island home on Friday, Jan. 26, when he will perform songs from his latest album, Canela y Limón. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Events Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Tickets are $5-$30. Call (530) 582-8278 or visit www.artsfortheschools.org.
EVEnTS 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, 1/25, 3pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
HIGH SIERRA WRITERS: Share your written work for critiquing with published and unpublished writers. Wed, 1/31, 7pm. Free. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 5555 S. Virginia St., www.highsierrawriters.org.
HISTORY OF LGBTQ RENO: Learn about Reno’s LGBTQ history, including the Reno Gay Rodeo and its impact on the world. Sun, 1/28, 1:30pm. Free. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 827-3232.
LIFESCAPES: Lifescapes meets the on second and fourth Thursday of the month. In this 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 (OLLI), and the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Thu, 1/25, 1pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS OF THE GREAT BASIN DESERT: Michelle Hunt, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will talk about the interesting animals and plants of the Great Basin and why we should care about this important and threatened area. Sun, 1/28, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
MIND-BODY WELLNESS WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS: Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice that will engage participants in voluntary laughter while stretching in various yoga poses. Join instructor Rebecca Brown for a fun-filled session of stretching and laughing. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat. Wed, 1/31, 6pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
SCRAPBOOKING SUNDAY: Bring your photos and basic supplies to this open scrap. Learn tips and tricks from fellow scrappers. Sun, 1/28, 10am-5pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
WINTER FIREWORKS: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows holds a fireworks show every Saturday through March 31 (depending on weather conditions). The Plaza Bar will be open with a complimentary hot cocoa bar for the kids. Sat, 1/27, 6pm. Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.
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 show runs through Jan. 26. Thu, 1/25-Fri, 1/26, 9am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.
OXS GALLERY: Mementi Mori. This art exhibition seeks to inform how people think about important current events and provoke conversations about the conventions of photography, photographic images and objects, and the ways in which photographs function as memory tools. Photographer Paul Baker Prindle began this series about 10 years ago and the images are set upon the everyday landscape of the United States. The documentary look of these representations belies the horrific events that have taken place at sites he visited from California to New York. These photographs are of locations where gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals have been murdered. His images reference objects that engage memory and feelings of loss. The exhibition runs Monday-Friday through March 9. There will be a reception and artist’s talk on Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30pm. Thu,
1/25-Fri, 1/26, Mon, 1/29-Wed, 1/31, 8am5pm. Free. OXS Gallery, 716 N. Carson
St., Suite A, Carson City, (775) 687-6680, nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil.
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. Thu, 1/25-Sat, 1/27, Tue, 1/30-Wed, 1/31. Free. Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6658.
STUDENT GALLERIES SOUTH, JOT TRAVIS BUILDING: Reception for WEDGE Outside the Box: City of Trembling Leaves. Inspired by Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s novel The City of Trembling Leaves, this exhibition includes work from some of Nevada’s best visual artists. Thu, 1/25, 6pm. Free. Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
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MILE HIGH JAZZ EXTRAVAGANZA XV: The
Visual Art Reception. The Holland Project hosts an exhibit showcasing works created by the students in the IB Visual Arts Program at Wooster High School. Fri, 1/26, 6-8pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858.
THE POTENTIALIST WORKSHOP: The Red Book Gallery Reception and Book Release. The Potentialist Workshop’s January Gallery Exhibition will showcase a complete collection of art and poetry by Orlando Oh. The Red Book exhibition is a culmination of over a year’s worth of art, poetry and life experiences. The subject matter of the works include indigenous identity, ecological revolution, oppression, psychedelic visions and the personal struggles of the artist himself. Sat, 1/27, 6pm. Free. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., www.facebook.com/PPPWS.
Mile High Jazz Band and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 15th annual benefit concert for the Carson City School District instrumental music programs. The show will feature two big bands, combo performances, some surprises and the traditional grand finale combining the forces of all the musicians. Tue, 1/30, 7pm. $10 general, free for youth age 18 or younger. Bob Boldrick Theater, Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 883-4154, milehighjazz.com.
NICK ENG ALBUM RELEASE SHOW: A night of live original music featuring Nick Eng and guests Ruby Jaye and SWIGS. Attendees will receive a free copy of Eng’s album and a complimentary drink. Fri, 1/26, 7pm. $10. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., www.facebook.com/PPPWS.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl. On view through Dec. 31, 2018; Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector. On view through Sept. 30; View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger. The show runs through Feb. 18. Thu, 1/25-Sun, 1/28, Wed, 1/31, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
THE TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): A T. rex Named Sue. At 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips, Sue is the largest, most complete, and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast of Sue is the centerpiece of this blockbuster exhibition that also features digital and hands-on interactive exhibits that help you uncover Sue’s past and explore the field of paleontology. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 8pm on Wednesday, 10am to 2pm on Thursday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. Thu, 1/25-Wed, 1/31. $10-$12. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.
WILBUR D. MAY CENTER, RANCHO SAN RAFAEL REGIONAL PARK: Hall of Heroes. See a recreation of the iconic 1960s Batmobile and Batcave, a life-size replica of the TARDIS from Dr. Who, life-size statues of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Batman and Superman, and more. Discover your own super abilities at interactive challenge stations that test agility, memory, reflexes, endurance, strength, speed and mental power. The exhibition runs through April 15. Thu, 1/25-Sun, 1/28, Wed, 1/31, 10am. $8-$9. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
MuSIC COME IN FROM THE COLD FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: The series continues a performance by Kingfinger. Sat, 1/27, 7pm. $3 suggested donation. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.
KINKY BOOTS: The Broadway Comes to Reno 2017-2018 season continues with the Tony Award-winning musical featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible—proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Fri.
1/26, 8pm; Sat, 1/27, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1/28, 2pm & 7pm. $50-$95. Pioneer Center for
the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.
THE LION IN WINTER: Brüka Theatre presents its production of the 1966 play by James Goldman, depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and their guests during Christmas, 1183. The play opens on Jan. 26, followed by a post-show opening night champagne reception. The play is suggested for ages 12 and older. Fri, 1/26-Sat, 1/27, 8pm. $20-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS: Reno Little Theater presents Robert Harling’s drama which centers on the bond a group of women share in a small-town Southern community and how they cope with the death of one of their own. Thu, 1/25-Sat, 1/27, 7:30pm; Sun, 1/28, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 8138900, renolittletheater.org.
SPORTS & FITnESS RENO BIGHORNS: The NBA development league basketball team plays the Austin Spurs. Mon, 1/29, 7pm. $10-$50. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 853-8220.
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Burden of ‘poof!’ Out of the blue, my boyfriend of two years broke up with me. Not long afterward, I saw pix on Facebook of him with some other girl. It’s been two months since our breakup, and he wants to reconcile, so whatever he got into obviously tanked. We were planning on moving in together in the spring. Maybe he got cold feet? I still love him, but I’m worried. Did he just break up with me to be with this girl? How do I know this won’t happen again? We crave certainty, and we get freaked out by uncertainty. If we weren’t like this, there would be no horror movies, because somebody would say, “Whoa … I hear this weird, unearthly growling in the basement,” and their friend would say, “Yeah, whatever” and keep playing chess, and the monster would cry itself to sleep off camera. Interestingly, there are some lessons for dealing with potential romantic horror from actual horror fare. Evolutionary researcher Mathias Clasen, author of Why Horror Seduces, believes that one reason we appreciate horror movies is that they allow us to have an intense scary experience under safe circumstances—basically acting as a sort of mental training to help us protect ourselves in dire situations. Because horror movies are “evolutionarily novel”—meaning they didn’t exist in the ancestral environment that shaped the psychology still driving us today—our brains tend to respond to fictional slasher/zombie/demon stuff as if it were real. Research by Clasen and his colleagues—presented at a 2017 academic conference I attended, but not yet published—appears to give preliminary support to his horrormovies-as-life-prep hypothesis. There is also published research showing benefits from what I’d call “preparative worrying.” For example, social psychologist Kate Sweeny found that law students who worried more about taking their bar exam felt much better about their results—whether they passed or tanked the thing— compared with those who didn’t fret or didn’t fret much. Sweeny notes that findings from her research and others’ support two benefits of worry. Worry amps up motivation—spotlighting “the
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For the week oF January 25, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Anders Haugen
competed for the United States as a ski jumper in the 1924 Winter Olympics. Although he was an accomplished athlete who had previously set a world record for distance, he won no medals at the games. But wait! Fifty years later, a sports historian discovered that there had a been a scoring mistake back in 1924. In fact, Haugen had done well enough to win the bronze medal. The mistake was rectified, and he finally got his long-postponed award. I foresee a comparable development happening in your life, Aries. Recognition or appreciation you deserved to have received some time ago will finally come your way.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 1899, Sobhuza II
became King of Swaziland even though he was less than five months old. He kept his job for the next 82 years and along the way managed to play an important role when his nation gained independence from the colonial rule of the United Kingdom. These days, you may feel a bit like Sobhuza did when he was still in diapers, Taurus: not sufficiently prepared or mature for the greater responsibilities that are coming your way. But just as he received competent help in his early years from his uncle and grandmother, I suspect you’ll receive the support you’ll need to ripen.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In my ideal world, danc-
ing and singing wouldn’t be luxuries practiced primarily by professionals. They would be regular occurrences in our daily routines. We’d dance and sing whenever we needed a break from the numbing trance. We’d whirl and hum to pass the time. We would greet each other with an interpretative movement and a little tune. In schools, dance and song would be a standard part of the curriculum—as important as math and history. That’s my utopian dream, Gemini. What’s yours? In accordance with the astrological omens, I urge you to identify the soul medicine you’d love to incorporate into your everyday regimen. Then go ahead and incorporate it! It’s time for you to get more aggressive about creating the world you want to live in.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Psychology pioneer
Carl Jung believed that most of our big problems can never be fully solved. And that’s actually a good thing. Working on them keeps us lively, in a state of constant transformation. It ensures we don’t stagnate. I generally agree with Jung’s high opinion of our problems. We should indeed be grateful for the way they impel us to grow. However, I think that’s irrelevant for you right now. Why? Because you have an unprecedented opportunity to solve and graduate from a major, long-running problem. So no, don’t be grateful for it. Get rid of it. Say goodbye to it forever.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Between now and March 21, you will be invited, encouraged, and pushed to deepen your understanding of intimate relationships. You will have the chance to learn much, much more about how to create the kind of togetherness that both comforts and inspires you. Will you take advantage of this eight-week opportunity? I hope so. You may imagine that you have more pressing matters to attend to. But the fact is that cultivating your relationship skills would transform you in ways that would best serve those other pressing matters.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In December, mass
protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s secondlargest city. Why? The economy had been gradually worsening. Inflation was slowly but surely exacting a toll. Unemployment was increasing. But one of the immediate triggers for the uprising was a 40-percent hike in the price of eggs. It focused the Iranian people’s collective angst and galvanized a dramatic response. I’m predicting a comparable sequence in your personal future, Virgo. A specific irritant will emerge, motivating you to stop putting up with trends that have been subtly bothering you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the late 1980s,
Budweiser used a bull terrier to promote its Bud Light beer in commercials. The dog, who became mega-famous, was presented as a rich macho party animal named Spuds MacKenzie. The ad campaign was successful, boosting sales 20 percent. But the truth was that the
actor playing Spuds was a female dog whose owners called her Evie. To earn money, the poor creature, who was born under the sign of Libra, was forced to assume a false identity. To honor Evie’s memory, and in alignment with current astrological omens, I urge you human Libras to strip away any layers of false identity you’ve been pressured to acquire. Be your real self—to the max.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The giant panda is
a bear native to China. In the wild, its diet is 99 percent bamboo. But bamboo is not an energy-rich food, which means the creature has to compensate by consuming 20 to 30 pounds of the stuff every day. Because it’s so busy gathering its sustenance, the panda doesn’t have time to do much socializing. I mention this, Scorpio, because I want to offer up the panda as your anti-power animal for the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should have a diversified approach to getting your needs met—not just in regards to food, but in every other way as well. Variety is not just the spice of life; it’s the essence.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’re the star
of the “movie” that endlessly unfolds in your imagination. There may be a number of other lead actors and actresses, but few if any have your luster and stature. You also have a supporting cast, as well as a full complement of extras. To generate all the adventure you need, your story needs a lot of dramatis personae. In the coming weeks, I suggest that you be alert for certain minor characters who are primed to start playing a bigger role in your narrative. Consider the possibility of inviting them to say and do more to advance the plot.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Thirty-five miles per
hour is typically the highest speed attained by the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. That’s not very fast. On the other hand, each ship’s engine generates 190 megawatts, enough to provide the energy needs of 140,000 houses, and can go more than 20 years without refueling. If you don’t mind, I’m going to compare you to one of those aircraft carriers during the next four weeks. You may not be moving fast, but you will have maximum stamina and power.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The pawpaw is a
tasty fruit that blends the flavors of mango, banana and melon. But you rarely find it in grocery stores. One reason is that the fruit ripens very fast after being picked. Another is that the pollination process is complicated. In response to these issues, a plant scientist named Neal Peterson has been trying to breed the pawpaw to be more commercially viable. Because of his work, cultivated crops have finally begun showing up at some farmers’ markets. I’d like to see you undertake metaphorically similar labors in 2018, Aquarius. I think you’ll have good luck at developing rough potentials into more mature forms of expression. You’ll have skill at turning unruly raw materials into more useful resources. Now is a great time to begin.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): An iceberg is a huge
chunk of ice that has cracked away from a glacier and drifted off into the open sea. Only 9 percent of it is visible above the waterline. The underwater part, which is most of the iceberg, is basically invisible. You can’t know much about it just by looking at the top. This is an apt metaphor for life itself. Most everyone and everything we encounter is 91 percent mysterious or hidden or inaccessible to our conscious understanding. That’s the weird news, Pisces. The good news is that during the next three weeks you will have an unprecedented ability to get better acquainted with the other 91 percent of anything or anyone you choose to explore.
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That’s my hope. I think for a long time the community was never sure how they would be treated, and especially the further back you go, there was outright discrimination. That was just the name of the game.
Jeff Auer is a doctoral student and history instructor at University of Nevada, Reno. He’s also director of the Nevada LGBT Archives. The Historic Reno Preservation Society hosts his free lecture, “History of LGBTQ Reno,” at 1:30, Jan. 28 at Sierra View Library in Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia St.
Do you expect things like personal letters, family documents, that kind of thing? PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER
What led you to become the director of the Nevada LGBT Archives? I was collecting information for my dissertation on the history of gay men in Reno and Las Vegas. … I realized that there wasn’t a centralized place for primary sources relating to all that history. The Reno Gay Rodeo stuff—a huge chunk of it ended up at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. UNLV has a ton of stuff, and UNR actually didn’t have much. There was no statewide repository for all that stuff. But I just said, “OK, I’m going to change that.”
What does the archive consist of? Last year we completed our first online exhibit. That was actually an amazing find. There was a lesbian publication, the first one with national distribution. It was published out of Sparks for three years, 1970 to ’72, and it turns out that in the library system ... they had every issue. I took it to Special Collections [in UNR’s library], and I was like, “You guys need to have this. Students could still rent this
out, and it could disappear, and, you know, I’ve never even seen one of those anthologies. They were so expensive at the time. They’re just rare.” I scanned some parts for our exhibit on that. And I realized—especially amongst people under, like, 35, they really don’t want to go to a place. They want to be able to look at things on their phones. So, I thought, “This is going to be the future of how we’re going to move forward, mostly trying to bring this stuff to people’s attention and give them the ability to look at stuff online.”
What’s the archive’s next goal? I think at this point it’s to make sure the really rare stuff that the archives has is safe in Special Collections. And I think it’s just going to be digitizing—and hopefully the community will feel that it’s safe to start bringing things to the library.
Yeah, that is always really important, especially for marginalized communities. Before the 70s, it wasn’t even common to see the word “gay” published in major newspapers. I can’t remember which one it was, the New York Times or somebody, said they wouldn’t publish “gay” or “homosexual.” … In that context, people in the LGBTQ community didn’t feel safe documenting their stories, and the media wouldn’t necessarily be interested in their stories. Until 1973, being gay was still listed as being a mental illness.
What’s one thing about local LGBTQ history that you think all Nevadans should know about? The Reno National Gay Rodeo—that has been the real stunner, at least for me. At its peak in 1982, 20,000 people descended upon Reno, just for that rodeo, for a four-day weekend. Joan Rivers was the grand marshal of it. It received international media attention. They were giving hay rides from the airport to the rodeo grounds. It was a huge, huge thing, and then it was over with within a couple years. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
Binge-worthy I was in a discussion about the latest in binge-worthy TV series. People were making various suggestions as to their hot and cool faves, and I realized, since I was drawing a blank, that I’ve been caught up for the last year in the most outrageous reality TV series ever. It’s called The Trump White House. The shit that goes down every week in this one is nuts! And last week had some killer porn action! I Couldn’t Agree More, part 1—“The greatest threat to our nation’s well being is the GOP. Republicans now lie, cheat and cover for the incompetent and racist Trump. GOP/Trump can’t govern or even agree about how they want to rule. The 2018 election must begin the process of removing them, ending GOP rule.” That’s John Dean, Nixon’s legal counsel during Watergate, and an expert on Repub lying, cheating and covering.
A hearty blast on the Neon Babylon Kazoo of Happiness for the superb job various contractors and agencies did in reconstructing McCarran/Pyramid intersection in Sparks. Overwhelmed and frequently constipated, that intersection had become, in recent years, one of the busiest and orneriest in the Truckee Meadows. But now, the total reconstruction of this corner is just about done, and it’s large, spacious, efficient and beautiful. A nice piece of work that’s greatly appreciated by us Sparklers. Now, bring on the great Southeast Connector, which will open sometime before Memorial Day. I Couldn’t Agree More, Part 2—“Ireland is a very nice country. France is a great country. Great Britain is a great country, but it’s not an idea. America is an idea, and it’s a great idea. And the world feels a stake in that idea. We want you, it, to succeed, which is why
we become fucking obnoxious and shoot our mouths off about it. The world needs America to succeed, now more than ever.” That’s Bono, in the Jan. 11 issue of Rolling Stone. The Resistance, Badass Pissed-Off Chick Division, just had another outrageously demonstrative, rockin’ weekend of gettin’ together and telling King Deplorable to piss off. Let’s not take lightly the reality that two million people hit our streets on Saturday, and that thoroughly impressive number was greatly complemented by hundreds of thousands of sisters and brothers in countries around the world who stand united with us in being bewitched, bothered and bewildered by the ReTrumplican Virus currently mutating and flailing about in our nation’s capitol. May November’s Wave of Blue Women be nothing less than a freaking tsunami. Possible billboard—“Vote Estrogen, Bitch!” Ω