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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sarah Herndon, the young mother who died after a four-year battle with cancer. As I wrote then, I never met her, but had a lot of respect for her because of the volunteer work she did for the Reno Cancer Foundation, the small nonprofit organization managed by my mom. Over the weekend, I received a message from a friend about a fundraiser on behalf of Sarah’s two young daughters. Courtney Aaron, a local photographer, volunteered to take family portraits for folks who made donations to help the girls. So, Margot and I rounded up the brood in semi-presentable attire and headed over to Greco Rose Studio, 720 Tahoe St., a combination beauty salon and photo studio, which donated its space for the fundraiser. Tessa Miller of The Nest created a set for photos. It was a nice little event, and I can’t wait to see the finished photos of my goofball little family. Donations for Herndon’s daughters can be made out to The Ephrom Children Trust and mailed to Rochelle Ramacher, 1608 Del Rosa Way, Sparks NV 89434. Visit courtneyaaron.com/ portraits-for-sarahs-girls for more information. Two days earlier, I participated in a different kind of fundraiser. Last summer, prolific Reno musician Chris Fox started corralling Reno musicians to perform songs for a tribute album to iconic Reno punk band 7 Seconds. That eventually led to 25 Reno bands recording 25 different songs in less than three days, March 2-4, at the Sound Saloon recording studio. Album sales will benefit the local youth-oriented arts nonprofit the Holland Project. About 100 different musicians and engineers contributed. It was fun to participate, and then watch from afar on social media since I wasn’t able to be there most of the weekend because I had to take the kids to get a family portrait.
Re “Unsafe passage” (Letters, Feb. 1): True enough, Ms. Cohen, but travel anywhere outside the “biggest little city” and your description of drivers here fits everywhere. I don’t know if the Reno Police Department is under-funded or not. Maybe they just have other fish to fry or just don’t care who kills themselves or others. My solution? I stay off freeways, stay home or walk. Watch out, drivers and peds. Someone’s always got something to do besides drive. Deborah Hart Reno
My point is that I am certain that the accents performed in this production are probably authentic for the area in which the play is set, Chinquapin, Lousiana, which is a fictitious town, probably based on playwright Robert Harling’s, hometown of Natchitoches (pronounced “NAK-a-desh”). Southern accents vary within cities, so unless Ms. Santina actually grew up in that part of Louisiana, I would respectfully disagree with her assessment of the actors’ accents. However, I do thank her for the rest of her positive review. I heartily agree with it. Bernadette Garcia Reno
Re “Flower power” (Art of the State, Jan. 25): Regarding Jessica Santina’s largely complimentary review of Reno Little Theater’s Steel Magnolias, I did feel the need to make a point about her critique of the “Southern accents.” Most of the women in the production are veterans of the Reno theater community, with at least two of them having acted professionally. I know, for a fact, that they worked with a dialect coach, a local academic. In my work, I have met people from all over the United States and have traveled extensively, so I have encountered quite a few accents, or “dialects,” as one would say in theater. Most of my time in the southern states has been spent in New Orleans and Florida, where I lived for several years. The accent in New Orleans alone widely varies within the city and neighboring parishes. In Florida, I only noticed “Southern accents” in the northern part of the state. My company is based in Dallas, and, within Texas, I have been able to discern the variety of accents across the state.
As far as gun problems in general, I would observe that repeating identical actions, and expecting different results, applies directly to the current illegal use of firearms. Now, society didn’t suffer greatly from “mental case” teens, killing other students in the past, yet guns of all descriptions, were easier to acquire in “those” days! But the question needs asking that if the thousands of existing gun laws have not been successful, and they haven’t, just who is going to dream up one that does stop mental cases from killing others in a fit of rage? Now, another fact that exists, is that with whatever—guns, drugs, immigration, etc.—existing laws are not being enforced! Kathryn Stienle would be alive today had the bleeding hearts deported her killer one of the multiple times that he should have been deported! The victims of the church shooting in Texas would be alive had the Air Force not dropped the ball, properly reporting the killer’s many felonious acts!
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This present young killer was visited by law enforcement 60-some times! Are we to believe that none of those infractions would raise a flag high enough to legally allow law enforcement to put him into some kind of locked room? Here is the advice I heard, not from a psychobabble do-gooder, but a farmer— “How about swift, and sure punishment, and simply enforce existing law?” I would emphasize the “swift and sure punishment” aspect. Ronal G. Ryder Fallon
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He’s doing it again Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is a never-ending source of wonder. In interviews with the Reno Gazette Journal and Las Vegas Review Journal, he was asked about the longtroublesome difficulty of the marijuana industry being unable to use the federal banking system. The Gazette Journal asked Laxalt if he was going to take action with federal officials to try to deal with the problem. Laxalt: “Yeah, I mean, we’ve talked about that already. ...With what’s happened at the federal level, I feel it’s more prudent to wait for the opportunity to try to speak to the ... Nevada U.S. attorney, and I’ve requested that appointment and hope to be able to speak to her, and I think that will better inform what the best approach is.” That was posted on Jan. 30. Laxalt was sworn in on Jan. 5, 2015. The issue of marijuana and banking was already well advanced then, as a result of medical marijuana dispensary difficulties. Laxalt is telling us that he’s still not up to speed on the issue three years later, that he wants to consult with U.S. Attorney for Nevada Dayle Elieson, who is—if you can believe it—even newer to Nevada residency than Laxalt himself. She was appointed to her post and transferred to Nevada from Texas two months ago. (Leave it to the Trump administration to pioneer the concept of non-resident U.S. attorneys who have to be educated on their new states.) Review-Journal: “A few weeks ago, 19 attorney generals [sic] signed a letter urging Congress to pass basically a bill that would allow [marijuana merchants] to access the
banking system. You were the only attorney general from a state that had legalized recreational marijuana not to be on that letter. Why not?” Laxalt: “I’m waiting to meet with this U.S. attorney. I think once this Cole Memo came down, there was just this massive knee jerk reaction to what this all means. … I want to meet with the U.S. Attorney. I want to understand where all this is headed before we jump out and join a bunch of things and stand on a hill and pound our chest on this thing. We gotta see how this thing’s going to roll out.” That was Feb. 7. A week had passed and Laxalt was still not up to speed. Here’s a thought: Laxalt, when he took office, could have designated one of his deputies to inform herself about the issue and then brief her boss. The U.S. attorney for Nevada is not the only person in the republic who is informed on the matter. He has now met with Elieson—and won’t tell the public how it went. When a casino owner, Sheldon Adelson, wanted Laxalt’s assistance, the attorney general hopped to fast, approaching a gambling regulator to aid Adelson. Adam Laxalt does not like the notion of legal marijuana, and has never been pleased by the vote of Nevadans to approve it. But they did, and it would be nice if the marijuana industry could get the same kind of service from Laxalt as the casino industry. Instead, his personal political preferences on a Nevada ballot measure are once again interfering with his doing his job. It’s not good for Nevadans when the Nevada attorney general’s office becomes known as a good place to send an issue they supported to die. Ω
I don’t go to bars very often. I would probably say Sierra Tap House. The owner’s a friend of mine. Yeah, Mike Connolly.
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by SHEILA LESLIE
School shootings remedy: organize In response to the latest horrific school shooting, President Trump declared our nation must give “highly adept” teachers a bonus for carrying concealed weapons at school so they can defend their students against a mass shooter armed with an assault weapon. The idea is absurd on its face. We aren’t living in an action movie with teachers hiding their superhero capes in classroom closets. The deaths in Parkland are real, and the armed deputy who remained outside the building during the murders saved no one. In the chaos and confusion of a crisis, no one knows how they’ll react, and more guns will likely lead to more violence. Facing an intense backlash, the president then switched to talking about increasing the minimum age to buy assault weapons from 18 to 21, a baby step towards a much better solution, banning them altogether as more civilized nations have already done. But after lunch with NRA leaders, he was back to arming
school staff. A few days later, he went on TV and endorsed a host of gun control provisions to the horror of GOP leaders. Meanwhile, the deep wound to the nation’s soul continues to fester. The 17 teachers and students who were murdered continue to be mourned, their senseless deaths added to hundreds of others killed for no reason at a place where their personal safety should have been assured. As students organize the #NeverAgain movement, demanding action to save their very lives, they are learning hard political lessons about politicians who choose to embrace the NRA’s strict demands that nothing about gun rights ever changes. In Tallahassee, students cried when the Florida House of Representatives refused along party lines to even discuss a bill to ban assault rifles. Anthony Lopez, a student who survived the massacre and traveled by bus for seven hours to be present for the vote, said, “That’s infuriating. They’re acting inhuman. The one fear we have is that nothing will change.”
But it’s going to take a miracle to get Congress to ban bump-stocks and improve background checks, even though there is widespread support from the public. As students nationwide prepare for protests, Nevada school authorities are warning of the consequences they will face. Las Vegas officials said, “If a student chooses to walk out they will be ineligible to participate in any athletics or extracurricular activities (for that day).” Administrators were urged to think about ways they could “potentially thwart a walkout.” In Washoe County, school officials are taking a slightly more enlightened approach, encouraging administrators to “organize school-wide events to provide meaningful engagement” on the day of the national protest, although they too plan to mark students as tardy or absent should they choose to walk out. It seems unlikely that these consequences will deter students demanding change. Instead, the walk-outs will
become part of our national history of student protest. Many teens are experiencing political activism for the first time, and as they approach voting age, their power to enact change at the ballot box will undoubtedly cause politicians to take notice. “People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that,” said Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the Parkland shooting. “Here’s the time: March 24. In every single city, we are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives. This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you’re either with us or you’re against us.” I’m with you, Cameron, and so are millions of parents who want their kids to survive another day at school, at a movie theater, at a mall. Take the tardy proudly and speak your truth to power. Ω
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by Brendan Trainor
School shootings remedy: competition Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, the Stoneman Douglas High School school resource officer (SRO), and several other sheriff’s deputies waited outside the school in Parkland, Florida for four of the six minutes of active shooting on Feb. 14, guns drawn but behind cover. This was a common police policy, before the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, of “setting up a perimeter” and waiting until it was safe to go into the building. The police took so much heat for Columbine that the policy was officially changed to that of approach and engage the shooter. Besieged Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel insists that is the policy, and he is “heartbroken” that Peterson and others did not enter the building. He also insists he has done an “amazing” job as sheriff. Before the shooting incident, SRO Peterson had lobbied Broward County school officials to continue a program that allowed cops to live in mobile homes on school property, saying it would help
protect the students. He resigned after his handling of the shooting became public, thereby saving his pension. But we have to protect against the temptation to argue another version of the bad apple theory for police and FBI incompetence. The problem is systemic, and that is how the discussion should be framed. Do the police have a positive duty to protect us, to keep us safe? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is no! The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the police have no such positive duty to protect any individual or group. Legally, citizens cannot demand the police keep us safe. This is demonstrated in the rare instances when a police shooting of a citizen is prosecuted as unjustified. The standard officer defense is that if a policeman merely fears for his life, he is justified in using deadly force. American juries will nearly always accept this defense and acquit. The police therefore have a nearly unlimited license to kill citizens, but no
duty to protect them. This lack of accountability is built into the monopoly nature of law enforcement. Like all monopoly providers, law enforcement produces a service that is inefficient and overpriced. If the police have no real obligation to protect us, who does? This is where the Second Amendment comes into play. Since Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in D.C. vs. Heller, we know we have the individual right to keep in our homes and bear on our persons weapons that are in common use to defend ourselves. Semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns are among these weapons. School resource officers in the schools are not the answer. All too often, they establish a “school to prison” pipeline. Discipline infractions that used to result in being sent home with a note to your parents are now treated as criminal, and children are being handcuffed and perpwalked to jail. No one wants to discuss it, but every five days a police officer is accused of
a crime of sexual violence. These cops prey on the most vulnerable women and girls, including students. Because of the monopoly status of the police and their unions, the controls for weeding out the bad apples and preventing them from getting another police job are too often non-existent. President Trump is correct when he says that most criminals are cowards. When was the last time, except in a Terminator movie, you saw a gunman attack a police station? The Fort Hood shooting revealed that even military bases can be gun-free zones. Ten states allow school employees to bring guns to school. Nevada is one of 16 states that bans concealed carry on college campuses. Nevada also does not permit concealed carry at elementary, middle or high school. Will the 2019 Legislature change that? Ω
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Democratic candidate for governor Chris Giunchigliani, seen here at Hub Coffee Roasters, supported a 2016 ballot measure providing for more firearms background checks.
For those who wonder why members of Congress so often seem untroubled by the gap between the one percent and the rest of the country, Maine’s Portland Press-Herald has scrutinized the financial disclosures of the last Congress and the current Congress. One of the newspaper’s findings is that congressmembers keep getting richer—and are leaping ahead of the rest of the country rapidly. Congresses meet in two-year sessions, and they file their disclosures at the start of each session. The Press-Herald checked the 2018-2019 disclosures against the 2015-2017 disclosures and reported: “The total wealth of all current members was at least $2.43 billion when the 115th Congress began, 20 percent more than the collective riches of the previous Congress, a significant gain during a period when both the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose slightly less than 10 percent.” Reporter David Hawkings, who did the research, also reported that one in 13 members of Congress is a one-percenter.
Bundy tours West Rancher Cliven Bundy has been celebrating his court victory with a speaking tour—in Montana. At one appearance in Plains, the audience sang “Ballad of the Alamo,” a fitting tune given that the Alamo defenders were fighting to protect slavery in northern Mexico, and Bundy has said that “Negroes” might have been “better off as slaves.” Meanwhile, other Westerners are debating how to stop Bundy and not make the same mistakes in the future. In Oregon, Steve Stuebner, who frequents the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that Bundyites took over in 2017, faulted the U.S. Justice Department: “Why, for instance, didn’t the feds charge Ammon Bundy and his followers with felony criminal trespass? I mean, it was abundantly clear to any American watching television or the internet that Ammon Bundy and his followers took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at gunpoint, trespassed and remained for six weeks! The evidence was clear! ... But no, the feds charged them with ‘conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs.’ Government lawyers failed to prove the conspiracy charge, and the jury acquitted the occupiers.” A Center for Western Priorities opinion survey indicated most Nevadans have little sympathy for Bundy’s public land views. Bundy has recently begun using a heavier emphasis on Christianity in his public statements.
Candidates on the right Nevada’s Independent American Party has announced its ticket for the 2018 election. The party met in a nominating convention in Sparks last month, but release of the names on the ticket was delayed while a dispute over the candidate for governor was settled. Russell Best of Stagecoach will be the IAP candidate for governor. He is a Navy veteran and owner of an independent mortgage firm who previously ran for the U.S. House in district four. Cliven Bundy campaigned for him in that race. Locally, the IAP will contest state Senate district 13 in Washoe County, with Sparks resident Charlene Young as candidate.
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Catching up Politicians try to cope with new feelings on guns in the 2016 election, by a vote of 558,631 to 548,732, Nevadans voted to prohibit a gun owner from selling or transferring it to another person unless a federally licensed dealer first conducts a federal background check on the buyer. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who had opposed enactment of that ballot measure—ballot Question One—then issued a legal opinion advising the state Department of Public Safety not to enforce the law and said that Nevadans were “excused from compliance” with it because the state had no administrative agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct the checks (only eight states have such arrangements). The ballot measure language requires federal background checks and disallows state background checks, though one federal official has said the state checks are superior. Laxalt’s opinion effectively voided Question One, because state agencies
cannot ignore such opinions without incurring liability. Laxalt failed to offer suggestions to the 2017 Nevada Legislature, which would go into session in a few weeks, on alternative ways to implement the voters’ intent, possibly without federal checks. For instance, legislators could have set up a new and separate system for conducting state background checks. A separate system from Question One would not be bound by the restrictions of the ballot measure, which in any event was not operating, thanks to Laxalt. Or Laxalt could have gotten on the phone to the U.S. attorney general, who oversees the FBI, after the new Republican administration took office. If a Republican attorney general of Nevada had called a Republican attorney general of the United States to try to work something out, what might have happened? Political scientist Fred Lokken noted that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
has a record of support for state and local governments and might well have approached the FBI on Laxalt’s behalf if Laxalt had made the request. “Sessions would have been open to a conversation with the FBI—‘How do we support them in Nevada? How do we throw open a door for cooperation?’” But that would have required Laxalt to act on behalf of voter intent, and Lokken said Laxalt had no political reason to make the voter approved program work in any form: “I think he was more interested in making a barrier to background checks.” Democrats have sharply attacked Laxalt for blocking the voter-approved program. After a lawsuit was filed following the Las Vegas concert shooting, the Nevada Democratic Party sent out a news release that read in part, “During a hearing Friday in Clark County District Court, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney stressed that since the passage of the question, there has been just one phone call between state officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding implementation [of Ballot Question One]—and that call was from a Nevada Department of Public Safety official, not [Gov. Brian] Sandoval or Laxalt.” In April last year, Clark County Sen. Yvanna Cancela, a Democrat, told a news conference, “Voters did their part. They showed up at the ballot box and decidedly said they want background checks on gun sales in the state. It’s now on the attorney general to step forward and enact the law of the land. Until he does that, I think he’s going to be hearing from a lot of angry Nevadans.” But the Democrats have not argued with Laxalt’s legal scholarship, which makes it difficult to fault his conclusions. Nor were the Democrats at their most deft during the legislature that followed enactment of Question One. They pushed through a bill providing for universal background checks, only to have Gov. Brian Sandoval veto it. A bill that—after Laxalt shut down the Question One program—provided for the limited background checks in the ballot measure would have been more difficult for Sandoval to veto, since it would have appeared in concert with voters’ intent.
In a prepared statement this week, Senate Sisolak did not discuss Question One Democratic leader Aaron Ford said, “The during 2016, but the Nevada Independent’s measure [Question One] passed and we Riley Snyder found a statement Sisolak expected, as voters did, that Attorney General made several years earlier, in 2013. In that Laxalt and his former Chief Deputy Wes statement, Sisolak said nice things about Duncan would follow the will of the people. background checks generally—but hedged But all we’ve gotten are excuses, delays and it with language about the checks needing to more excuses. It’s not up to the legislature to be “not too invasive or not too onerous.” do their job. The reality is that we have an It is also an issue for Laxalt. After Parkland, attorney general who is in the pocket of Democrats quickly pointed out that the the NRA and who refuses to enforce Republican attorney general was the will of the voters.” scheduled to repeat his 2017 speakFord did not address how to ing engagement before the national “Voters did get around the FBI problem. convention of the National Rifle Lokken said politicians Association. Laxalt promptly their part.” have been caught by a sudden distanced himself from the NRA Sen. Yvanna Cancela change in the public opinion by canceling the appearance and climate in Nevada following telling the press he had never the Las Vegas concert shooting “confirmed” a 2018 speech. The and the Parkland, Florida shooting. Democrats then filed a public records “There wasn’t that clamor in 2017,” request for all paperwork dealing with the Lokken said. “It wasn’t on the Democratic speech so they could check out his story. Party national agenda, either.” Sandoval and Laxalt are both taking Meanwhile, the issue has seeped into steps to mitigate the damage the new climate the Democratic primary for governor, of opinion has done to them by planning and one of the few political figures who school safety “summits”—Sandoval with got out in front on the issue before Las school superintendents, Laxalt with law Vegas and Parkland is in that race. Clark enforcement officials. Given the role that County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani students are taking in the dialogue, it’s strikhas faulted her opponent—fellow ing that neither official has announced plans Commissioner Steve Sisolak—for to include them, though Sandoval said he not supporting the ballot question. may later appoint a committee that includes Giunchigliani endorsed Question One students. Ω by donating a reportable $2,000 to the campaign for Question One.
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a fast food restaurant. And Nevada law gives people little help. Nevada is one jurisdiction that leaves tenants at the mercy of the market.
renters face a bleak future in the Truckee Meadows
om Polikalas graduated from Reno High School in the 1970s and was a prominent figure in Nevada politics of the late 1980s, founding a Washoe-based organization to fight against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Then he spent a couple of decades first in Colorado and then in Southern Nevada managing energy co-ops. He has recently returned home to Washoe with his 12-year old son and is renting while looking for a home to buy.
“This is not the easiest place to find a home,” he said. After unproductive searches in Reno, he is now considering looking for a home in Carson City or Lyon County. It’s the last thing he wants—it will increase his energy footprint if he has to make those drives—but there seems little choice. Polikalas knows he is fortunate. He has options. By contrast, chat with folks at the Pyramid Laundry, a laundromat in Sparks that renters frequent. “My rent has been raised twice in the last year. I want to move, but there aren’t a lot of better choices.” “I was evicted. So was everyone. They wanted to renovate the whole property.” “The landlord was pretty good about fixing things until lately. Now, he just seems to let them go.” “I have a cat, which was fine when they had trouble renting the place and I moved in. I paid the pet deposit. Now that everyone wants a place to live, I’ve been told that they’re getting rid of the pets-allowed policy, and I
have to give her away. … Do you know what it’s like to let go of a pet?” “I just moved out. I had a great owner, but then he got a rental service, and they are mean. But it took me two months to find a decent new place.” “The police have come twice to the adjoining apartment about the noise and fighting. The owner says it’s not her problem.” The number of people at the laundromat happy with their landlords was about equal to the number who complained. One said: “I have lived in the same place for six years. My landlady is wonderful. There have been times when I have not been able to keep up with the rent, and she was understanding. I’ve watered around the apartments when she was out of town, on vacation. We shop together. I doubt it ever occurred to her to take advantage of this housing shortage.” Most landlords and landladies are great, many tenants say, seeming to yearn for the way things were. “A good owner is worth his weight in gold,” one tenant said. But that sentiment is changing. Those who have taken advantage of the current housing shortage have taken a toll on the image of all owners. Landlords and landladies have often had their own stereotypes, like mothers-in-law. But in real life, a lot of tenants were satisfied, and until a year or two ago in the Truckee Meadows, complaints were much less frequent. Today, however, it is not uncommon to overhear complaints about owners at the next table in
The City of Reno had a practice of approving development projects without expiration dates. If there was an economic downturn and an approved casino was put on hold, it could be built in 10 or 15 years. In a case of spectacularly bad planning—or lack of planning—in the summer of 1978, six new casinohotels opened in Reno. One of them was one of the largest hotels in the world. None were small. As the new boom in Reno received news coverage across the nation, people started pouring into the Truckee Meadows looking for work. They could find it—indeed, they could work, and many did, more than one job. That was the main improvement. Otherwise, quality of life in the valley went straight downhill. Traffic problems were endemic. There was pollution of every kind. The sewage treatment plant ran out of capacity. The condition of streets, roads and highways deteriorated. Soon, there were few places to live, and the prices for those that were available went sky high. People were living in their cars on dirt roads outside town or at roadside rests on Interstate 80 out of the valley. And with a long line of applicants waiting and no laws protecting renters, tenants could be—and were—evicted with ease. It could be called the summer when Reno went from being a town to a city. Overnight, a controlled growth movement became legitimate in a town
Renters are barely on the political radar of local governments
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where growth had previously been seen as an unalloyed good. Observing the Reno arch, with its slogan “The biggest little city in the world,” someone told the New York Times, “Ha, ha, if it was ever true before, sure isn’t now.” The Times story about Reno’s poor quality of life ran in newspapers across the country—the Bryan Eagle in Texas, the Palm Beach Post, the San Bernardino Sun, the Detroit Free Press, and so on and on. It would take years for Reno to recover from the publicity “benefits” of growth. “It’s still a good small town, but I don’t like what’s happening here when the building trades, the developers, the politicians run things without any attempt at limiting growth,” said physician Douglas Jones, who had moved to Reno a decade earlier from Albuquerque. “When we came here, it took us one hour and a half to both get jobs and a month and a half to get an apartment,” said Julie Priest O’Berry, who with her husband finally found a studio apartment for $200 a month, the equivalent of $750 in 2017 dollars. It should also have been a learning experience. But when the 1979 Nevada Legislature met, just seven landlord/tenant bills were introduced, only two minor ones enacted. One of the two gave landlords tools to deal with people who used rentals for “immoral purposes” which, in this case, meant producing pornography. The other bill required that smoke detectors be installed in travel trailers converted by landlords into residential rentals. All other measures failed, including an antidiscrimination bill, a bill to penalize refusing to rent to tenants with children, and a bill requiring that tenant deposits and advance rent be kept in interest bearing accounts. There was certainly no legislation introduced to, for example, tie rent increases to the cost of living, as some communities do. At the Nevada Legislature, business rules. It has lobbyists and gives “campaign contributions.” Renters generally do not have those advantages. And the legislature’s traditional attitude toward renters can be seen from the fact that landlord/ tenant laws are listed in Nevada Revised Statutes under Title 10—property rights. While nearly everyone concedes that most owners are responsible, law is often aimed at the results inflicted by the exceptions. There is a theory that the temper of the times has changed at the legislature as the electorate has changed. In 2016, after Nevadans voted for a Democratic president for the third time in a row and reacted to a 2015 Republican legislature by turning it back to Democrats, legislators enacted a panoply of measures for women, minorities and veterans. They increased state parks, ended private school subsidies, advanced legal marijuana and restored felon voting rights. If there was a legislature where tenants rights could be beefed up—or even just created—that was it. The Reno City Council, knowing what it was facing with the arrival of Tesla and other corporations, did not raise renters rights with lawmakers. It had representatives at the legislature, but that wasn’t one of its issues. 10 | RN&R | 03.08.18
The Di LoreTo DocTrine In 2015, a study commissioned by the Economic Planning Indicator Committee looked at the implications of local population growth from 42,400 to 64,700 by 2019. It also estimated creation of 47,400 to 56,600 new jobs. Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada president and CEO Mike Kazmierski told the Reno Gazette-Journal, “I actually think some of those numbers are conservative. We’re going to need 5,000 new homes each year and have to build new schools to support this growth.” “To give Kazmierski credit, I think he knew the governor’s economic development policies were going to jump job growth and population growth and wanted to push the local governments and homebuilders to be ready for the housing crunch,” Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus says now. “That is a critique I have of [Gov. Brian] Sandoval—he did economic development on steroids to get the state out of the recession but ignored local government
Tom Polikalas recently returned to Nevada and was taken aback by what he found in the housing market.
and school districts’ ability to accommodate growth propelled by his policies.” She believes this will now be one of the major issues in the 2018 governor’s race. Kazmierski’s prediction prompted a statement from builder Perry Di Loreto of Di Loreto Homes that attracted wide attention. “I don’t believe we can build 5,000 homes each year,” he said. “I have an issue with continuing to hype those numbers.” Many longtime citizens of this valley noted that local builders in the past have stayed ahead of much fiercer housing demands than the current needs. Builders like Probasco and Sproul did a capable job in the 1950s and 1960s of dealing with the baby boom. What’s difficult about the current demand? Developers had plenty of advance notice from Tesla and other firms that the need was coming. Di Loreto’s reluctance drew wide speculation. Many thought he did not want to build simple family homes for Tesla workers, or that he was reluctant to follow municipal policies on avoiding sprawl, and that this split the development community. Sparks Tribune columnist and NevadaLabor.com editor Andrew Barbano recently wrote: “[T]he good ole boys have taken out permits ... for homes costing $125-$150,000 to build. They will be sold for $350-400k. In that context, he’s right. There will not be 5,000 per year—of those. “The times, they are a’changing. The coming wave is for multi-family dwellings, whether condos or apartments, in the middle of where the action is. Newcomers don’t want to commute from Cold Springs or Spanish Springs. In this context, Hillary Schieve and Jenny Brekhus have their fingers on the pulse: infill rather than more sprawl (which may result in a full service grocery store coming downtown at long last—as long as the Caranos don’t buy it for a casino expansion). “Some conventional builders like Di Loreto are not willing to look outside the box to see where future opportunities lie. He prefers the old-style and more profitable growth pattern. So the young and hungry newbies will go where the growth is—the inner core and infill. They will often use local, qualified workers if recent patterns hold.” This last reference draws attention to the way some developers, before committing to build, took advantage of the approaching housing need to make demands on
housing sTarTs Sparks, Reno and Washoe County do not compile their housing permit figures the same way (and, we learned, they have trouble reading each others’ data). So we leave it to readers to make sense of the figures they provided. 2007
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During the baby boom, local builders— satisfied to build simple family homes— produced many of Reno’s neighborhoods.
city governments. Not long after Di Loreto’s comments, builders pushed Reno and Sparks city councils for repeal of certification requirements for plumbers and electricians. In Sparks, a one-time union town that more recently has adopted policies of fostering corporate welfare, officials said they had not been enforcing the requirements—and cited that as a reason to comply with the builders’ demand. City officials rushed to agree to the demands, saying that building inspectors are adequate to keep building up to code. During hearings on the matter, naturally there was no comment from potential homebuyers who might move to the area to work at Tesla and purchase apartments, condos or homes.
The Sparks council did not need to make the change. The building boom in the Rail City was already underway, and Tesla was 17 miles from Sparks, nearer than to Reno. But it did, anyway. Barbano said the certification requirements, before repeal, may not have been enforced, but that inspectors told him they were used: “The reason the ordinance was never officially enforced is that its existence was used as an enforcement hammer—‘Get those uncertified guys off the job or I’m writing you up tomorrow.’ Like magic, the unqualified workers quickly and permanently disappeared.” Used or enforced, the effect was the same, that only certified workers were on the job—until now. If it was used as Barbano described, the inspectors now have one less arrow in their quiver, at least in Sparks. The Reno City Council also repealed its certification requirements, but then reversed that decision, eliciting a yowl of protest from developer J. Carter Witt, who implied he might withhold a previously pledged $116,000 for water clarity at Virginia Lake unless the council backed off. The council ignored him and reinstated certification requirements. It was a sharp contrast with Sparks. Brekhus said the Reno council was concerned about safety when it was facing rapid growth, speedy construction, and “a lot of speculative building that would then undermine neighborhood character.”
SprawlGate There is little good news for tenants in the Truckee Meadows. Building is not keeping up, which makes their vulnerablity more acute every day. Affordable housing is a rumor. Renters’ rights are barely on the radar, as the Reno City Council approved StoneGate, an upscale town of 5,000 about 15 miles north of Reno that would burn through commuters’ fuel and hardly falls into the category of affordable housing. These days businesspeople like to trivialize what happened in 1978, rewriting history for newcomers who did not experience it. But there are those who remember. “I love that the implications of closing the Wild Orchid for low-income renters did not even occur to the [Reno] council until push came to shove,” said a political consultant, referring to the council’s plan to close a downtown strip club housed in a hotel that will have to raise rents on its low-income tenants if the strip club closes. “They were taken by surprise. What did they expect? They had to have known the loss of income would have consequences. There is a sleeping giant out there, low-income people. In 1978 and 1980, those were the voters who changed the whole temper of politics in the valley, and now the councils are courting the same backlash.” Ω
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THE VOYAGE HOME ter i r w ong he s l a t A loc a gift to s give se er univ
The cover of Dan Ruby’s new album is a nude portrait of him painted by Ahern Hertel.
an Ruby’s allThe Golden Record also includes time favorite it and a needle, but no equipment. So artwork is the an electronic recording of Druyan’s it’s totally futile anyway, because even Voyager Golden Record, brainwaves, recorded shortly after she if it were found by somebody, they the collection of Earth and Sagan became engaged. During the wouldn’t understand it, recognize it or sounds, including whale recording, she thought lovingly of her understand it as artwork, and definitely not songs, greetings in dozens of new fiancé. To add to the quintessentially languages, and long, eclectic audio artwork. It’s so awesome. It’s everymessy human-ness of the project: At the mixes of music—from J. S. Bach thing I’ve ever wanted to do, art-wise.” time, Sagan was already married to someto Chuck Berry—which was The Voyager Golden Record is one of the one else—Linda Salzman, who also worked included aboard the two Voyager hundreds of credited inspirations for Ruby’s on the Golden Record, including designing space probes launched in 1977. new collection of original music, titled 33-45. the cover. And Sagan and Salzman’s kid The album was compiled by author/ The album, credited to Dan Ruby and Friends, recorded one of the greetings on the album. astronomer Carl Sagan and writer/ contains seven songs, one of which, “Opus 40 Both Voyager space probes, according to TV producer Ann Druyan. In 1980, they (Cote Deux),” is a side-long suite. The album current projections as they continue to drift out collaborated on the acclaimed TV series is already available on Spotify and iTunes, and into space, are unlikely to pass anywhere near any Cosmos, and then, in 1981, they were will be available on vinyl locally at Discology and solar systems. married.
“It is an imperfect encapsulation of humanity sent out into the cosmos—and no one will ever hear it, ever,” Ruby told me during a recent conversation. “It’s my favorite art project ever because they include this three-record set with instructions on how to decode
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Sundance Books. Ruby is also giving the record as a gift to 250 people—friends, inspirational acquaintances, and people who introduced him to music referenced on the album. About half of the recipients are Reno residents.
had the interest, it would still be pretty hard to find the edges of it.” The album cover features a fully nude portrait of Ruby by acclaimed local painter Ahren Hertel. He’s standing on the beach at Pyramid Lake and waving hello in a friendly gesture borrowed from the plaques placed on the Pioneer spacecrafts a few years before the Voyager launches. “That totally solves a bunch of problems because it’s supposed to be personal, it’s supposed to be naked, and it’s supposed to be vulnerable,” said Ruby. “It would also be funny. And it can reference the Pioneer plaques.” The album cover is equipped with removable sticker underwear, tighty-whitey briefs with a mock designer label, “Andy Warhol” in lieu of Calvin Klein or whatever. It’s a nice reference to the iconic Velvet Underground and Rolling Stones album covers designed by Warhol. Each of the 250 copies he plans to give to specific people will include a “User’s Manual” with essays about the album and background information, as well as “Appendix A: Selected References (‘Friends’)”—a long list of books, albums, songs, artworks and films referenced in the album. (Some choice entries include Beach Boys, The. “Good Vibrations,” 1966.; Cervantes, M. “Don Quixote,” 1605/1615; Duchamp, M. “Fountain,” 1917/1964; and, of course, NASA. Voyager 1 & 2, 1977.) Each package will also include a letter to each recipient. He gave me a draft copy of the one he wrote for me as well as a copy of the generic letter template he plans to revise and personalize for each recipient. The template begins:
His primary motivation for making the album was to give it to the people he wanted to give it to. “It’s a love letter to friends,” he said.
Simply put, Ruby’s music is chamber pop, akin to literate ’70s singerFull disclosure: he’s giving me one. I’ve songwriters, like Harry Nilsson, or, to known Dan for approximately 20 years. pick a songwriter of more recent vintage, We were friends and neighbors during Ben Folds. 33-45 was recorded at Vince college. And his wife, Leah, and I played Gates’s Carson City music store, Play Your in a band together for a couple of years Own Music, over the course of 2017. Gates back in the mid ’00s. I met with him twice was a key collaborator, who engineered the recently to discuss the 33-45 project. Both record and also played guitar and bass on the times were lunch meetings where we split album. Gates’s son, Ivan, and his daughters, the check. Both times he brought manila Samantha and Shaolin, all of whom play envelopes filled to the brim with written with well-known local bands, also perform material, including essays he intends to on the album. Fans of Northern Nevadan include with the album, as well as background music will recognize many of the contributors. information about the album. Many of the For example, the sad-bastard country band background materials he gave me were marked Future Criminals of America back Ruby on “confidential” with a bright red stamp and album opener “33 to 45 (Ménage à Trois: 45).” contained heavily redacted sections. Moondog Matinee and Jake Houston & The The album title refers to RPMs—revoluRoyal Flush guitarist Drea Ballard contributes tions per minute, the speeds at which records some great honky tonk guitar to the album. play—the most common of which are 33.3 and It will come accompanied by a package of 45. But it also references ages. ephemera, including 40 postcards with the lyrics of “The album is actually 21 to 33 and 33 to “Opus 40 (Cote Deux),” the side-long suite, which 45,” Ruby said. “Each side has its own 12-year is described on the first card as “a pocket symphonyarc—12 years because it’s 12 inches, because cantata in four cantos punctuated by three preludes, it’s a record.” an interlude, and some codas.” The song is a thick The album title is 33-45, rather than 21-45, tapestry of verbose, interwoven vocal lines bookended he says, because the long suite that makes up by the main descending chromatic guitar riff of the the entirety of the second side is “the important Pink Floyd song “Interstellar Overdrive.” It’s played part.” The songs are autobiographical and roughly once on bass near the beginning of the song and then sequential, he explained, “But I’m only 40, so it rocked repeatedly by the full band at the climax of the speculates into the future.” song some 20 minutes later. His primary motivation for making the album Ruby points out that Pink Floyd’s original song also was to give it to the people he wanted to give it begins and ends with the riff—with an extended impro“Dear X, to. “It’s a love letter to friends,” he said. “Getting visation in the middle. “They play it, and then they jam I think you’re special and I love you. I made an older, friendships change. It’s not hanging out like for 10 minutes, and then they play that riff again like four album for you, because of you, and probably a little bit it was in your 20s. That’s good, and it’s not like I times. So, effectively, that entire side two is just a cover of about you (and her, and him, and them). was doing this as a service to people, but one thing that song. It’s just a different jam in the middle.” I aimed to write a love letter to the music and people I’ve noticed through this process is that people There’s no chorus, just an unending torrent of words— that inform me, that collaborate (both wittingly and un-) are pretty lonely. It’s hard for people to grasp how line after line of overlapping lyrics with no room for breath. to my personal meaning and, in a larger sense, give our friendships change. As a grownup person, you don’t It’s an extended exploration of Ruby’s life and loves, includlittle corner of the world value I appreciate. The way the spend all weekend hanging out with another person ing his wife and kids, as well as his record collection. There universe is made tends gradually to disarray, but you help your age and then crash at their house, and do lots are innumerable allusions to songs by the Beach Boys, the make this brief improbable bubble of life worthwhile. of drugs, and stay up all night, and have those kinds Kinks, Elvis Costello and more. I like the idea that art is not capsules of finished prodof adventures. Maybe that happens every once in a “It’s information compression,” he said. “I ucts, but a rich tradition of working drafts: written across while, but it’s different. People see each other once in wanted to fit in as much as needed to be in lifetimes, published with errors, picked up by successive a while. I think people think of that as they don’t have there. … I’ve lived in those songs—but authors and editors, and translated into new languages.” friends anymore, or they’ve lost closeness in their that song specifically—for a year and relationships. They haven’t. Things just change. … I a half, so I’ve found most of the In my letter, he wrote “You’re only a secondhand bit kind of just wanted to reconnect with people. I wasn’t edges. The documentation is player—I don’t know if that’s reassuring or upsetting.” in a place where I felt like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have supposed to help people (I’m not sure either.) He also commended me for deepening any friends any more. What am I doing?’ No, it was navigate the thing. But his appreciation for the Kinks, and for trying unsuccessfully more like, ‘That would be fun.’” it’s hopefully big to do the same with Talking Heads. He included some nice One of the basic utilities of music is bringing people enough that personal and professional compliments and ended the letter, together. even if “I look forward to a lifetime of continued friendship.” “With bands, you’re doing two things at once,” Ruby some33-45 is Ruby’s own Voyager record. It’s an album that said. “You’re doing music, producing a thing. But also one collects his favorite things, including his thoughts on love, you’re hanging out, and it’s super fun, and there’s a human and sends them out into the universe, where they might be connection there. It’s different from visual artwork in that discovered, unlocked and enjoyed by some alien intelligence. way, and it’s a lot better information compression because But probably not. Ω you can encode ideas in lyrics, in music, and you can include visual artwork in a release. … It’s a pretty good complete For more information, visit danruby.bandcamp.com. artwork.”
by KRIS VAGNER
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Sculptures for walls and pedestals are among the works Rossitza Todorova makes in order to distill time periods and experiences into physical form.
Timelines Rossitza Todorova “Imagine yourself leaving your house this morning,” said Rossitza Todorova, explaining the way she distills everyday experiences into finished artworks. “Let’s say you ran an errand or had to run to work, whatever the morning was like. By the time you get back to your door, if you were to compress that experience, that time period, what would that look like?” It sounds almost like a daily journaling habit, only the output is made of shapes instead of words. In her current exhibition at Truckee Meadows Community College, those shapes include orderly, geometric arrangements of dark gray rods that look a bit like architectural models, a bit like the outlines of gemstones. It’s not clear at first how heavy the material is—or even what it is. And, because the shadows they cast are about the same weight and color as the rods themselves, it takes a few seconds to figure out where each sculpture ends and where its shadows begin. Todorova migrated from Bulgaria as a child, got an art degree at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and now lives in Tempe, Arizona. Often, the types of experiences that she distills into artworks are as ordinary as, say, driving. The final pieces might be drawings, slide projections or sculptures made of cut and folded paper. For the current series, though, the event that Todorova distilled into physical form was something more pressing, the loss of her father. He passed away in August after a long battle with cancer. In the months following, Todorova said, “The feeling was this sense of being out of control. I felt like I was still on the same road or path, but it was like somebody else was driving.” 14 | RN&R | 03.08.18
The out-of-control feeling manifested itself as a sort of visual metaphor, a mental image that looked something like a NASA satellite image of a moon slowly rolling away from her. “That really started to feel like a metaphor for dealing with loss, and memory and longing for the past and wanting it to be the future, but knowing that you’re, again, still out of control, moving very quickly, in the now, moving forward, and you have no idea where you’re going,” she said. She likened that feeling to vertigo, and she decided that one good way to express it would be with video footage. A parking garage in Phoenix that’s shaped like a corkscrew seemed like the right place to shoot. “It all made sense to me the second I got in the car—this space that I know very well,” she said. “I was like, ‘I can put my iPhone out the car window and ended up going out of the sunroof and filmed this space.’” This and other videos made their way into the exhibition, both on small, wallmounted screens and in projections that interact with large, hanging versions of the angular sculptures. The installation as a whole—with wall and pedestal sculptures, drawings and meditative video work—presents traces of disorientation, such as where it takes a moment to tell the shadows from the work itself. The atmosphere is austere and pensive, and while it’s not bluntly declarative or overtly confessional, the look and feel of the work are consistent with the fact that Todorova made it while grieving the loss of a family member. She put it this way: “I’m interested in making work that’s the kind of work I need in the world right now.” Ω
Rossitza Todorova’s exhibition Distance is Measured in Time is on view through March 14 at the Truckee Meadows Community College Main Gallery, 7000 Dandini Blvd., in the Red Mountain Building.
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by BoB Grimm
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“They want us to remake a film that never should have been made in the first place?”
Point and shoot Bruce Willis sleepwalks through Death Wish, a listless remake of the Charles Bronson vigilante movie that made a bunch of dollars back in 1974, the year before Jaws was released. (I measure most things in the ’70s by the year Jaws was released. It’s a thing.) Remaking the film with Eli Roth at the helm and Willis in the Bronson role actually seemed like potential nasty fun. Sylvester Stallone gave the remake possibility some steam years ago, but subsequently chickened out. John McClane himself stepped into the role, and the remake started to take shape as a worthwhile endeavor for those of us who like our movies crazy. Sadly, Willis is phoning it in here, and too many horribly acted scenes reveal that Willis and Roth probably weren’t gelling as an actor/director combo. Willis often seems tone deaf in some of the movie’s more dramatic scenes, and just plain bored for the remainder. When Willis gives a shit about the movie he’s making, it shows. When he doesn’t care, and that seems quite often in many of his recent projects, he is zombie-like. The original Death Wish (1974) is a hard watch these days. Apart from its racist depictions of criminals and extremely dated Herbie Hancock soundtrack, it’s also poorly acted by Bronson. It is, however, worth seeing for cameos by Christopher Guest as a police officer and, most horrifically, Jeff Goldblum as Freak No. 1. It was Goldblum’s acting debut, in which he took part in the infamous scene where architect Paul Kersey’s (Bronson) daughter and wife are attacked. It’s a terrible scene, and almost comedic over 40 years later. For the remake, that attack scene is mellowed out a bit (nobody gets their ass spraypainted), with Elisabeth Shue as Mrs. Kersey and Camila Morrone as their daughter. As in the original, one of them doesn’t survive the attack, and Paul gets a taste for weaponry and vigilante justice in the aftermath. 16
Unlike the original, many of Kersey’s crimes are not random. This time he’s out for revenge, playing a detective of sorts as he seeks out and eliminates his family’s attackers, while slipping in the occasional drug dealer execution. Bronson’s Kersey was an architect living in Manhattan, while Willis’s Kersey is an ER doctor in Chicago. No actor has ever looked sillier in scrubs than Willis. Roth, of course, is a horror director (Cabin Fever, Hostel), and that shows in a couple of the “kills,” including one where a thug is crushed by a car and his guts squirt out. The scene when this happens, with Kersey doing a meticulously planned torture act on a bad guy, feels utterly ridiculous. The whole point of Death Wish is a real guy taking action with real consequences. This scene is outrageous torture porn, like an outtake from Roth’s lousy Hostel: Part II. Roth makes a good-looking movie, and his films—when on point—have a good, sinister humor streak to go with the carnage. That doesn’t happen this time. The attempts at dark humor fall flat, and only Vincent D’Onofrio as Frank, Paul’s sad brother, hits the right notes with his performance. D’Onofrio, unlike Willis, seems to be giving it his all while Willis acts like somebody with true contempt for his director and really swell dinner reservations. Dean Norris (Hank from Breaking Bad) shows up alongside Kimberly Elise as the investigators on Kersey’s trail. They try to get a couple of laughs, but they can’t rise above the mirth. Shue and Morrone are OK in their smallish roles, but don’t have enough screen time to really register. There is one moment in this movie that works: the final shot where Willis recreates Bronson’s point-andshoot moment from the original. Willis actually looks like he’s got the vibe of the project right, and actually looks interested in the shot. It’s the few seconds in this movie where he properly earned his payday. He should’ve grown a pencil mustache for this one. Ω
This new Natalie Portman film from director Alex Garland bills itself as science fiction and fantasy. It’s both of these without question. On top of that, it’s one of the scariest films you will see this year. This alien invasion movie, loosely based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, explores themes of self-identity and love—as did Garland’s 2014 directorial debut Ex Machina—while mixing in environmental terror involving nightmarish creatures and transforming landscapes. It also features a startlingly brutal take on the ravages of infidelity. Did I mention that it’s freaking scary? There’s a lot going on in this movie, yet Garland and company balance it all out to make it a stunning piece of brainy entertainment. Portman plays a member of an all-female crew who enters a zone called the Shimmer, a bizarre environmental occurrence that’s the result of an alien meteor. In the Shimmer, things get crazy and very scary. While he’s only two movies in as a director, Garland is proving he’s capable of many things. He’s a first-rate auteur in regard to sci-fi, while no slouch on pure drama and capturing stellar performances. And, without a doubt, he possesses some major horror chops. You think I’m exaggerating, but there are moments in this movie that will make even the most diehard horror fans cringe and squirm. I would love to see him direct a ghost story or a pure monster movie. Annihilation owes a lot to Ridley Scott (Alien), John Carpenter (The Thing) and any incarnation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and, yet, it also feels very original.
Scoring director Ryan Coogler to helm Marvel’s latest proves to be a major triumph. His entry into the Marvel universe is a majestic, full-bodied, exhilarating treatment of the African king title character with the crazy cool suit (Chadwick Boseman). Coogler has three films to his credit now, one masterpiece (Fruitvale Station) and two very good ones (Black Panther and Creed). He’s officially one of the best directors currently calling the shots. This is also his third collaboration with actor Michael B. Jordan, who brings a fully fleshed, complicated villain to the screen in Erik Killmonger. Man, you just have to be bad with that last name. The pre-opening credit scene involves Black Panther’s predecessor father having a confrontation in 1992 Oakland, California. A major event takes place as some kids playing basketball look on. It turns out to be one of the more brilliant and heart-wrenching setups for a Marvel movie character yet. The action cuts to present day, where Black Panther/T’Challa is dealing with the passing of his father due to an event that took place in Captain America: Civil War (massive credit to the producers and screenwriters who interlink these films together so well). He’s to become king but must pass through a ritual with some risk involved. He overcomes the obstacles, gets his throne and prepares for his rule. His kingdom doesn’t get a moment to breathe before trouble ensues. In London, Killmonger comes across an ancient weapon forged in Wakanda, Black Panther’s homeland. It’s made from Vibranium, a precious resource that fuels much of Wakanda’s advanced technology, including the Black Panther suits. With the help of Wakanda enemy Klaue (Andy Serkis acting with his real face as opposed to a motioncapture suit), Killmonger obtains the weapon, threatening world stability. The story is told with a stunning level of social relevance for a superhero film, especially when it comes to Killmonger’s motives. He’s not just some guy looking to forward himself for selfish purposes. He’s got some big reasons for having gone bad, and they make him a far more sympathetic character than, say, Loki from Thor.
Fifty Shades Freed
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return for a third and final torturous turn as bondage fiends Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. While there is supposed to be a plot, Fifty Shades Freed is really just an assemblage of asinine, soul-decimating moments that leave a bad taste in your entire body. Here’s a quick starter list of some of
the things Fifty Shades Freed totally ruined for me: Seattle, Audis, Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Dornan sits down at a piano to sing this in a true WTF moment.), David Bowie’s “Young Americans” (I heard it playing while Anastasia and Christian were eating steak.), steak, Dodge Durangos, women, men, and the list goes on. The movie is set in Seattle. I wanted Mount Rainier— that gigantic, nasty-looking, long-dormant volcano—to erupt. This franchise is selling a gazillion dollars in tickets. Surely, they could’ve spent an extra hundred million for a volcanic eruption sequence where Christian and Anastasia get buried in molten lava while playing with vibrators in their torture room. I would’ve upgraded my popcorn rating to a fair for that. The movie is directed by James Foley, who helmed such classics as At Close Range and, for Christ’s sake, Glengarry Glen Ross. Let’s put this in perspective, the guy directed the Alec Baldwin “Brass Balls” speech. Now, he’s directing Seattle-based butt plug mayhem.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Annette Bening is an amazing actress. Somehow, she failed to get an Oscar nomination for her bravura turn in 20th Century Women, and now she has been snubbed again for her beautiful, heartbreaking work as movie star Gloria Grahame in this moving film from director Paul McGuigan. Grahame’s later career was plagued with scandal, but you may know her from her roles in It’s a Wonderful Life and Oklahoma. Married four times and notorious for dating younger men, one of her last affairs involved actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell), a man 30 years her junior, whose memoir this film is based upon. Grahame saw Turner in the final years of her life, when she was trying to keep her career alive doing theater in England. Diagnosed with cancer, her final years were confusing, tragic and sad, something the film does an effective job of depicting. Bening is convincing as Graham despite not looking much like her. She does just enough with her voice and mannerisms to convince you she’s Grahame without flat out impersonating her. Depicting the actress both before and after she’s sick, the movie basically calls for two kinds of performances, and she rocks both of them. Bell is terrific as the befuddled lover who must defy his lover’s wishes and call her family about the illness.
Duncan Jones, director of the classic Moon and so-good Source Code, continues his slump that started with Warcraft: The Beginning. Actually, this mess qualifies as a total disaster, a film so bad Jones might find himself looking for sitcom TV gigs in the near future. Alexander Skarsgard plays Leo, an Amish bartender in future Germany (you read that right) who lost his ability to speak in a boat propeller accident as a kid. His girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh) disappears, sending him on a wild search that involves him hitting bad guys with big wooden sticks like Joe Don Baker in Walking Tall. In what seems to be another movie, Paul Rudd plays Cactus Bill, a crooked doctor trying to get back to the U.S. with his daughter. Cactus Bill hangs around with a pedophile doctor (Justin Theroux, saddled with a goofy wig) and, again, this part of the movie feels like a complete other film. Let me again point out that none of the parts of this film occupied by Skarsgard, Rudd or Theroux are any good. Skarsgard just runs around a lot looking all helpless, while the usually reliable Rudd resorts to a big, meaty mustache and lots of gum-chewing to look tough. (God dammit, I hate that!) Theroux relies far too heavily on the word “Babe!” to distinguish his character in what amounts to his worst role to date. You have to really be screwing up to make the likes of Rudd and Theroux look bad, and Jones makes them look awful. The future setting looks like a cheap Blade Runner knock-off, the dialogue is deplorable, and—I just have to say this again—it makes Rudd and Theroux look awful. That’s a cinematic crime, right there. (Streaming on Netflix.)
by Todd SouTh
Manager Mario Zamora sits down with a beer and some tacos at Red’s Broken Bat.
On the ball Red’s Broken Bat is the newest addition to the Freight House District, playing off the ballpark theme with a dose of old timey kitsch and a ton of decorations hanging on the walls and from the rafters. Red’s is all about barbecue, serving smoked chicken, brisket, pork, ribs and flank steak in various guises. Six housemade sauces range from super sweet to nicely spicy. My dining companions for the evening led things off with a cup of posole soup ($5), home run jalapeños ($8), and johnnycakes ($7). The soup was not a cup but actually a pretty decent-sized bowl of pork, hominy and cilantro in a classic meatand-tomato broth. The broth was rich and spicy, with a ton of tasty meat. Next up to bat were the jalapeños. There were three of them—stuffed with chopped rib meat, and Oaxaca and jack cheeses, then wrapped in bacon, deep fried, and finished with a dose of sweet Nashville sauce. So far so good, but the johnnycakes really knocked it out of the park—a stack of large, fluffy cornbread pancakes, stuffed with layers of pulled pork and agave syrup and topped with mango tequila sauce. The combination was fantastic. We moved on to platters, starting with chimichurri-marinated flank steak ($14) with sides of Mexican coleslaw, charro beans and house pickled veggies. The slaw and beans were served in fried tortilla bowls, adding a nice bit of optional crunch. The steak itself was tender and well seasoned, the pickle nicely sharp, and the beans were exceptional, served with a sprinkle of queso fresco. The slaw was the only letdown, tasting mostly of cabbage and cilantro with little seasoning. St. Louis-style ribs ($17, eight bones) were served with those great beans, a big
square of cornbread with honey butter, and a choice of slaw. The sides were good, with bacon blue cheese slaw illustrating that almost anything’s better with bacon and cheese. The ribs had a decent rub and plenty of smoke, with meat that pulled easily from the bone. A double play pork platter ($18) paired four bones with a bowl of moist, smoky pulled pork and the same choice of sides. A serving of cilantro lime slaw didn’t have much going on and was surprisingly dry. In addition to the platters, we ordered a “big ass” taco combo ($9) and roasted chile relleno ($11). The tacos are indeed pretty big—featuring housemade tortillas—and you can mix and match. The Alabama smoked chicken taco was topped with creamy slaw, smoked queso fresco and Alabama white sauce, while the smoked brisket version had pickled red cabbage slaw, smoked queso fresco and Nashville sauce. The chicken was on the dry side, but the other ingredients picked up the slack. The moist smoky beef brisket taco was much better, with vinegared cabbage that provided a good contrast to the sweet sauce. The large roasted pepper of the relleno was full of smoked Oaxaca cheese, portobello mushrooms, southwestern-style rice and roasted tomato chipotle sauce. It was surrounded by a delicious black bean, corn and hominy succotash, with dark chili sauce and melted cheese. It was unlike any chile relleno I’ve had, and I liked it a lot. The char on the chile was a welcome change from an egg or masa coating, and the filling was like a Mexican-spiced risotto. The whole plate just plain worked, and I didn’t mind having no room for dessert. Ω
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The “Sun Valley Martini” at Ryan’s Saloon and Broiler is a Pabst Blue Ribbon loaded with olives.
olive my love I learned to like cocktail olives in my beer from my dad. Originally from Hamilton, Ohio, he told me my grandfather was addicted to olives for their salt-toweight ratio. I share Dad’s taste for them and agree that they’re a natural complement to almost any light beer. So, last month, when I ordered my Sierra Nevada with a fistful of olives from bartender Mike Wentz at Sierra Tap House, I was surprised to hear him refer to my drink as a “Sun Valley Martini.” I had thought mine was a specifically Midwestern tradition, and decided to investigate this local connection, not knowing that my search would bring me in contact with an ancient fraternal order, and the legacy of the Irish mafia (basically). Mike told me to ask for the drink at Ryan’s Saloon and Broiler on Wells Avenue—where the traditional presentation is a 34-ounce glass of Pabst Blue Ribbon with half a dozen queen-sized olives in the mix. Sure enough, when I arrived I saw an industrial-sized barrel of olives resting conspicuously close to the tap handles. I gladly paid the $6.50 for my Sun Valley Martini, and then sat down with soon-to-be-owner of Ryan’s, Ian Stafford, to ask about its origins. Our discussion turned to the original owner of the bar, John Ryan, who bought the place when it was the Wells Avenue Lounge 40 years ago and made it his namesake. “He was from L.A.,” said Stafford. “The way that he got the money to buy the place and do some other stuff—it was rumored that he was involved in the Irish mob.” Ian stressed to me that this was never proven, and pointed to the framed and display-lit portrait of Ryan that has hung on the front wall since he passed about 25
years ago. Ian also told me that the Sun Valley Martini became a tradition thanks to Ryan’s efforts as well. “I do know that he served them—I don’t know if he invented them,” Stafford said. “I’ve heard stories from old-timers where he’d always smoke a cigar while he was working, and if some of the ash fell in the drink he’d just stir it up and put olives in it.” The drink’s also been around long enough to make it a favorite of the local chapter of “E Clampus Vitus”—or “Clampers”—a group that, according to members, “is not sure if it is a ‘historical drinking society’ or a ‘drinking historical society.’” The group also counted in Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s top 10 organizations for its monthly homeless feeds. “It’s a historical preservation society,” said Stafford, who is also a member. “Like, when you see plaques around Nevada that mark a historical sight or event, over 90 percent of the time it will say E Clampus Vitus and the chapter number. It was Clampers who put up those plaques.” I was impressed with the Sun Valley Martini’s pedigree at Ryan’s: served by the founder, endorsed by the Clampers and roundly enjoyed by the locals. But was there any significance to its name? “My impression is that it’s called the Sun Valley Martini because the ingredients are cheap,” Stafford said. Indeed, I’ve since heard olives-and-beer called a “redneck martini,” which some may consider offensive. But I think such a generic name also fails to celebrate what the drink is really about: a simple pleasure that’s high in sodium and lacking in pretense. Ω
Ryan’s Saloon 924 S. Wells Ave., 323-4142
by Kent IrwIn
health & Fitness! Chris Monzon got his solo project off the ground with a little help from his friends.
Solo(ish) Baby Dog In Universal Themes, the newest release of Chris Monzon’s solo project Baby Dog, little streams run downhill—streams of synths, drum machines and distorted guitars. When they meet, they form a raging, psychedelic torrent of sound, fierce but peacefully reassuring, much like the noisy yet steady flow of a river. For Monzon, the process of making it was a similarly natural outpouring of emotion, one that he initially stumbled through the same way his band’s namesake might—earnestly, slightly pathetically, yet ultimately toward surer footing. Baby Dog’s first set at Spectre Records served as a sort of microcosm of the project’s awkward early stage. It came at an emotionally and creatively tumultuous period for Monzon. The songs were in an embryonic stage, and his looper pedal and drum machine set-up were faulty, but the songs nonetheless began to take shape. “At the time, things were just pouring out of me; I was strongly emotional,” said Monzon. He set out to record his first EP with Quinton Maddox, who recorded such local acts as Plastic Caves and Alphabet Cult out of a studio in his garage. “His mantra was that he was just a ‘big red button,’” recalled Monzon. “I could just keep playing the songs over and over, and he was fine with that.” Those recordings became the Baby Dog self-titled EP. Monzon considers its lyrical content to be more blunt, direct, and musically closer to what a Baby Dog live show would eventually become—a full live band with a drum set. As his live set was filling out, his recording projects scaled back. Universal Themes is a more solitary release, making full use of drum machines and
home recording to bring the EP together in his own time, whenever inspiration struck. Lyrically, it reaches toward the philosophical. “I was cleaning up the Pioneer Center and just thinking about life and death,” said Monzon of the writing process. “I’ll usually find one thing that’s solid, like a melody or a theme, and I’ll sit on it for a long time, just going about my life thinking about what it means.” Though Universal Themes was recorded solo, much of Baby Dog’s music has the feel of a full band. The drum machines, keyboards and guitars swell to cacophonous, melodic epiphanies as Monzon sings lines such as “People come and go” far off in the mix, as if on the opposite bank of his sonic river, fighting against being drowned out. The song titles are simple and contemplative: “Hope,” “Impermanence,” “Mortality.” To contrast the solitary nature of the EP, Monzon sought out contributions from artists he admired. He paired with artist Andrea Elizabeth for the album art and got a final mix done by musician Eleanor Burke. To perform the music live, he also deployed Burke on bass, Garrett Caufield—drummer for Boys and Murder Dream—Sam Gates of Team Francis on synths, and Nick Eng on guitar. Onstage, the songs become unhinged, noisy alternative rock anthems reminiscent of Monzon’s idols, Sonic Youth, filtered through his own electrically dynamic stage presence. The band, usually put together at the last minute, emphasizing raw expression and never feels too polished. “They tell me, ‘You’re so chill to work with,” said Monzon. “I say ‘no,’ because for me I feel like a really friendly dictator. I say, ‘No I’m not, I just know the right people to work with.’” Ω
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AtlAntis CAsino ResoRt spA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Grand Ballroom 2) Cabaret
2100 Garson Rd., Verdi, (775) 345-6000
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The Psychedelic Furs March 10, 7:30 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 15 Highway 50 Stateline (800) 427-7247
1627 Hwy. 395 N, Minden, (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret
2) American Made Band, 8pm, no cover
2) American Made Band, 8pm, no cover Michael Furlong, 10pm, no cover
2) American Made Band, 8pm, no cover Michael Furlong, 10pm, no cover
2) Michael Furlong, 8pm, no cover
2) Kick, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
2) Jamie Rollins, 6pm, no cover
2) Paul Covarelli, 5pm, no cover Tandymonium, 9pm, no cover
2) Paul Covarelli, 5pm, no cover John Palmore, 9pm, no cover
2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover
2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Jamie Rollins, 6pm, Tu, no cover Jason King, 6pm, W, no cover
2) Buddy Emmer Band, 7pm, no cover
2) Buddy Emmer Band, 8pm, no cover
2) Buddy Emmer Band, 8pm, no cover
2) Carolyn Dolan and Big Red, 6pm, no cover
2) Carolyn Dolan and Big Red, 6pm, M, no cover Bill Wharton, 6pm, Tu, no cover
1) Travelin’ McCourys, 9pm, $20-$23
1) The Pimps of Joytime, Afrolicious, 9pm, $23-$25
2) Garage Boys, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover
2) Garage Boys, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover
3) Grand County Nights with DJ Jeremy, 10pm, no cover
2) Dance Party Saturdays, 10pm, $15 3) Grand County Nights with DJ Jeremy, 10pm, no cover
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14 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay, (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room
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Fourth Street BAR, 1114 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-7827: Karaoke with Chapin, W, 8pm, no cover 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
HARd RoCk Hotel And CAsino
2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theatre 2) LEX 3) Race & Sports Bar
2) Comedy Night at LEX, 8pm, $15 3) Grand County Nights with DJ Jeremy, 10pm, no cover
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407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) Grand Exposition Hall 2) Rum Bullions Island Bar 3) Aura Ultra Lounge 4) Silver Baron Lounge
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2) Rock ’N’ Roll Experience, 10pm, M, no cover DJ Sam Forbes, 9pm, W, no cover
2) Buddy Emmer and guest, 8pm, Tu, no cover
1) The Psychedelic Furs, 7:30pm, $39.44
15 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 1) South Shore Room 2) Casino Center Stage 2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Tuscany Ballroom 2) Terrace Lounge 3) Edge
2) Garage Boys, 9pm, no cover
1) Electrify: Rock N Roll Burlesque Show, 1) Electrify: Rock N Roll Burlesque Show, 9pm, $15-$20 9pm, $15-$20 2) DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover 2) DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover
50 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625 1) Vinyl 2) Center Bar
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2) The Suffers, 9pm, W, no cover
3) Edge Thursday Ladies Night with DJs Enfo & Twyman, 10pm, $20 2) St. Christopher Project, 8pm, no cover 2) St. Christopher Project, 8pm, no cover 2) Jack Danny, 6pm, no cover 2) St. Christopher Project, 7pm, no cover
2) DJ R3volver, 9pm, no cover 4) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover
2) Rock ’N’ Roll Experience, 9pm, no cover 4) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 9pm, no cover
2) Rock ’N’ Roll Experience, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 9pm, no cover
4) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover
2) Jack Danny, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
FOR THE WEEK OF maRcH 8, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com.
MONSTER JAM: The event features some of the most recognizable monster trucks in the world, including Grave Digger, Max-D and El Toro Loco. Drivers push these trucks to their limits in freestyle, “2-Wheel Skills” and racing competitions that will keep spectators on the edge of their seats. Fri, 3/9, 6:30pm; Sat, 3/10, 1pm & 6:30pm; Sun, 3/11, 1pm. $11-$40. Reno Sparks Livestock Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave, (775) 688-5751, www.monsterjam. com/en-US/events/reno-nv.
NORTH LAKE TAHOE SCIENCE EXPO: The theme
ITALIAN FESTIVAL FAMILY CONCERT
Reno Philharmonic presents an Italian-themed event for all ages. Arrive at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts between 9-9:30 a.m. to explore pre-concert activities, including hands-on science projects, Venetian mask-making, a tarantella dance demonstration and face painting. At 10 p.m., the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, led by guest conductor Alvise Casellati from Padua, Italy, will perform some of Italy’s most famous and beloved music. Guest violinist and Italian native Gennaro Cardaropol will also perform at the concert. Following the show, guests can enjoy samples of gelatto and pizza, listen to music by accordionist John Covarelli and talk to performers from P’Opera!, who will appear at the event in Italian opera costumes. The free event begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Call 323-6393 or visit renophil.com.
EVENTS BILL FOX IN THE GALLERIES: William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, will explore the significance of the art exhibition Marking the Infinite and the diverse island continent which influences the artistic practices of Aboriginal Australians. Fri, 3/9, noon-1pm. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
CONTRA DANCE: Sierra Contra Dance Society holds its monthly event. Arrive at 7:15pm for a beginner’s walk-through. No partner necessary. Sat, 3/10, 7:30pm. $10. Southside Cultural Center, 190 E. Liberty St., www.sierracontra.org.
HANDS ON! SECOND SATURDAYS: Nevada Museum of Art’s monthly program offers free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances and community collaborations. Sat, 3/10, 10am. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
HISTORICAL THURSDAY TALK: In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the National Automobile Museum will feature a discussion on Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the United States, presented by Jackie Frady, president and executive director of the museum. Thu, 3/8, 1:30pm. $5 for talk only, $8-$12 for museum admission, free for members. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.
MARK SALINAS—CHOICES, CHANCES AND CHANGES: The Capital City Arts Initiative presents a talk by Mark Salinas, Carson City arts and culture coordinator. His illustrated talk, “Choices, Chances and Changes,” is part of CCAI’s ongoing Nevada Neighbors series. There will be an informal reception preceding the event at 5:30pm. Wed, 3/14, 6pm. Free. The Union, 302 N. Carson St., Carson City, www.nevadahumanities.org.
MEDITATION AND INVESTIGATION: This ghosthunting event will include meditation for the first hour while recording, followed by an investigation of the mansion. Bring a pillow, blanket, recorder, cameras, etc. Call to RSVP. Sat, 3/10, 7pm. $20. Mackay Mansion, 291 S. D St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0156, www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.
of the 13th annual expo is “Life Science & Health” and will feature hands-on science investigations, experiments and demonstrations focusing on health, nutrition, the human body, organisms, ecosystems, food webs, life cycles, inheritance and adaptation. Open to all ages. Wed, 3/14, 4pm. Free. Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560 ext. 7474, tahoe.ucdavis.edu.
PARLEY PROJECT ARTIST BOOK RELEASE: The Parley Project is a collaboration between the Black Rock Press and another person or organization on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Lauren Cardenas, Black Rock Press Redfield fellow, will give an outgoing talk to discuss her experience at the BRP over the past two years and will unveil the second Parley Project publication. Wed, 3/14, 7pm. Free. Black Rock Press, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
PAWS 2 READ: A reading program for children of all ages presented by Paws 4 Love. Friendly dogs lend a loving, nonjudgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog, children receive a free book. The event takes place on the second Thursday of the month. Thu, 3/8, 4pm. Free. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, (775) 832-4130.
THE WONDROUS WORLD OF WATER BEARS: Tardigrades, also known as water bears or moss piglets, are microscopic creatures with a huge range of adaptations. Presenter Marianne Denton, aquatic ecologist and astrobiology enthusiast, will discuss what characteristics they have to survive under extraordinary circumstances in extreme conditions. Sat. 3/10, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948, galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.
aRT ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY RENO: Photo Fandango XII. The 12th annual invitational show features work by more than 20 local photographers. The exhibition runs through March 31. Thu, 3/8-Wed, 3/14, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
ARTS FOR ALL NEVADA: Youth Art Month
NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Bold
Exhibit. Arts for All Nevada celebrates the creativity of local youth as part of the national celebration of Youth Art Month. The artwork on display was created during workshops conducted by Arts for All Nevada in over 50 local elementary through high school special education classrooms in 30 different schools. The show runs through April 27. Thu, 3/8-Fri, 3/9; Mon, 3/12-Wed, 3/15, 10am. Free. Arts for All Nevada, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100.
Impressionism. The Northwest Reno Library presents a collection of contemporary landscape oil paintings by Truckee artist Jane Lufkin. The artwork is on display through April 28. There will be an artist reception on March 24, 2-3pm. Thu, 3/8-Sat, 3/10, Mon, 3/12-Wed, 3/14. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.
OXS GALLERY: Mementi Mori. Photographer
BLUE WHALE COFFEE COMPANY: Midtown Mural Tour. A docent-led tour of more than 40 of the 70 murals Midtown District Reno has to offer. Learn about the artists and how this form of public art improves the life and culture of a neighborhood. Local, national and international artists are represented. Tickets are available at the door. Sat, 3/10, 11am. $10. Blue Whale Coffee Company, 32 Cheney St., (415) 596-4987, artspotreno.com/ midtown-mural-tour/.
CCAI COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Writing from Mars: An Exhibition. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition by artist Rick Parsons. Parsons’ current work explores automatic writing, jazz thinking and three-dimensional forms, while also addressing the environment. The artwork will be on display Monday-Friday through May 23. Thu, 3/8-Fri, 3/9, Mon, 3/12-Wed, 3/14, 8am-5pm. Free. CCAI Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.
CLASSROOM GALLERY, OATS PARK ART CENTER: pressplay: Recent Works. Ceramic artwork by Karl Schwiesow is on display. Thu, 3/8-Wed, 3/14. 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. The show runs through March 24, 2018. Artist’s talks and reception, March 10, 5-7pm. Thu, 3/8-Wed, 3/14. Free. E.L. Wiegand Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440.
THE HOLLAND PROJECT MICRO GALLERY, BIBO COFFEE CO.: Sandwich Meat Not Obsolete. Local photographer Chris Carnel’s show features both color and black and white film photographs made exclusively with inexpensive plastic cameras and includes some of Chris’s own work alongside work by Antonius “Toad” Dintcho and Liz Peto. This exhibition is on view through March 30. Thu, 3/8-Wed, 3/14. Free. The Holland Project Micro Gallery, Bibo Coffee Co., 945 Record St., (775) 742-1858.
NORTH VALLEYS LIBRARY: Celebrating Reno’s 150th Birthday. Sierra Watercolor Society celebrates Reno’s 150th birthday with new, original watercolor paintings by local artists. Thu, 3/8-Sat, 3/10, Tue, 3/13-Wed, 3/14, 10am. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., (775) 7504636, www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.
Paul Baker Prindle began this series about 10 years ago, and the images are set upon the everyday landscape of the United States. The banal 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 through March 9. Thu, 3/8-Fri, 3/9, 8am-5pm. Free. OXS Gallery, 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, Carson City, (775) 6876680, nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/.
SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE, TAHOE GALLERY: Basin and Range. Curated by Checko Salgado and Jerry Schefcik, Basin and Range is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative—Traveling Exhibition Program. Basin and Range features 18 Southern Nevada artists who were invited to create as a response to and in honor of a tract of Nevada land covering 700,000 acres, now identified as the Basin and Range National Monument. The exhibit runs through March 23. Thu, 3/8-Fri, 3/9 , Mon, 3/12-Wed, 3/14. Free. Tahoe Gallery in the Prim Library, Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 8311314, www.sierranevada.edu.
STREMMEL GALLERY: Arnoldi: Works on Paper. Known for his brightly-colored, abstract paintings that incorporate the use of wood as an expressive medium, Charles Arnoldi’s pieces are held in the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many other significant collections. The show runs through March 31. Galleries hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday. Thu, 3/8-Sat, 3/10, Mon, 3/12-Wed, 3/14. Free. Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-0558, stremmelgallery.com.
STUDENT GALLERIES SOUTH, JOT TRAVIS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: BFA Thesis Exhibitions. A thesis exhibition by bachelor of fine arts students Corina Shoemaker and James Mullens. This exhibition is presented by the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts. Gallery hours are noon-4pm Monday-Thursday. Thu, 3/8, Mon, 3/12Wed, 3/14. Free. Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Science Saturday—Studying the Stars. Come explore space with astrophysicist Melodi Rodrigue and star guide Tony Berendsen. Learn how the women of the Harvard College Observatory helped chart the heavens in a live presentation with Melodi and Tony. Enter the digital dome to discover how telescopes empower us to reach for the stars—from Galileo to space telescopes of the future. Experience hands-on activities, solar telescopes and space poetry. Survey the wonders of the universe in the Starship Horizon. Enjoy free refreshments and visit the rest of the museum at your own pace. Tickets are required for all participants and participants under age 13 must be accompanied by at least one guardian per six students. Sat, 3/10, 9:30am. $12. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 830-5295, www.nevadaspacecenter.org.
Peak hosts this film series though March 15. This week’s feature is Warren Miller’s White Winter Heat (1987). Thu, 3/8, 5pm. Free. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, (775) 832-1177.
ROSES ARE RAD WINTER FILM FESTIVAL: Ten winter sports films will be screened. An awards ceremony will be held immediately after the screening. All proceeds will go toward the Sierra Avalanche Center. Fri, 3/9, 6pm. $5. Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., (775) 849-0704 ext 217, skirose.com.
MUSIC CELTIC MUSIC SLOW SESSION: Experience Celtic music-making slow and easy. Bring Irish fiddle, Irish whistles, banjos, guitars and bodhrans. Loaner instruments are available. Thu, 3/8, 6pm. $5. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 8435500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
CIANA: The Celtic band combines fiery instrumentals and musical tales of life, death and love to create a performance that gets your blood pumping and feet stomping. Fri, 3/9, 7pm. $15-$20. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
CLASSIX FIVE—ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Reno Philharmonic continues its Classix concert series with an Italian-themed show featuring guest conductor Alvise Casellati. The program will feature music by Italian composers Rossini, Bellini, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Puccini, Rota and Verdi. Sun, 3/11, 4pm; Tue, 3/13, 7:30pm. $33-$89. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-6393, renophil.com.
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 exhibition that also features digital and hands-on interactive exhibits that help you uncover Sue’s past and explore the field of paleontology. A T. rex Named Sue will be on exhibit at The Discovery through May 13. 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, 3/8-Wed, 3/14. $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. Learn about the history of superheroes with props and memorabilia from comics, movies and television. 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, Superman and more. Discover your own super abilities at interactive challenge stations that test agility, memory, reflexes, endurance, strength, speed and mental power. The show runs through April 15. Museum hours are 10am-4pm on WednesdaySaturday, noon-4pm on Sunday. Thu, 3/8-Sun, 3/11, Wed, 3/14. $8-$9. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
living history performance by Hal Bidlack, historical impersonator and scholar. Ask questions of one of America’s founding fathers. The event supports Incline High School’s “We the People” program. Wed, 3/14, 7pm. $5-$20. Incline High School Theater, 499 Village Blvd., Incline Village, tahoeinclinerotary.org.
RETRO SKI FILMS AT THE CHATEAU: Diamond
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl. On view through Dec. 31; Art of the Greater West. On view through Jan. 6; The Body of a House: Paintings by Robert Beckmann. On view through April 1; Enrique Chagoya: Reimagining the New World. On view through July 8; Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada. On view through Sept. 2; History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg. On view through Jan. 6; Marking the Infinite. On view through May 13; The Nuclear Landscape. On view through Jan. 6; Randolph Sims: On the Spur of the Moment. On view through July 8; Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector. On view through Sept. 30. Thu, 3/8-Sun, 3/11, Wed, 3/14, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
AN EVENING WITH ALEXANDER HAMILTON: A
COME IN FROM THE COLD FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: The winter family entertainment series continues with a performance by Richard Elloyan. Sat, 3/10, 7pm. $3 suggested donation. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.
EDGAR LOUDERMILK BAND FEATURING JEFF AUTRY: The bluegrass group
performs. Thu, 3/8, 7:30pm. $25-$50. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
L-CUBED LOOK, LUNCH, LISTEN CONCERT SERIES: The weekly BYO lunch jazz and classical music series features music performances by students and faculty in a laid-back lunchtime setting. Wed, 3/14, noon. Free. Frank & Joan Randall Rotunda, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
LE CAFE CHANSON: P’Opera presents a
program of music with a French flair, highlighting the works of Jacques Offenbach, Cole Porter, Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alan Mencken, among others. Sun, 3/11, 6pm. $35. Toiyabe Golf Club, 19 Lightning W Ranch Road, Washoe City, (775) 233-5105, poperanv.org.
HOME SWEET HOMICIDE: Lollipop
KINGS BEACH SNOWFEST! PARADE
The parade features costumes, floats and live music in celebration of the annual end-ofwinter bash SnowFest!, which kicked off last week in North Lake Tahoe. The procession will travel east on Highway 28 from Secline Street to Coon Street. Additional SnowFest! events this weekend includes the Eagle Wings Dance Pageant on March 10 and the Tahoe Donner Association’s 14th Annual I-DidA-Run and River Ranch’s Snow Sculpture Contest on Sunday, March 11. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, in Downtown Kings Beach, California. Visit tahoesnowfest.org.
Productions, in cooperation with the Gold Dust West Casino Hotel, presents its dinner theater production, a murder mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose. Help Hemlock Holmes solve this dastardly crime. The first three people to correctly guess the murderer and motive win prizes. Show dates are March 10, 16, 17, 24. There will be a no-host bar inside the showroom. Dinner includes a buffet with St. Louis barbecue ribs and chicken, traditional sides and salads, seasonal vegetables and assorted desserts while the cast keeps a low profile. The main show starts after dinner between 7:15-7:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the performance you would like to attend and are non-refundable. Sat, 3/10, 5:45pm. $33.95-$36.95. Gold Dust West Casino Hotel, 2171 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 781-0664, www.cw3595.com.
DEATH BY DESIGN: Reno Little Theater present Rob Urbinati’s comedy involving a country estate filled with mysterious guests, a snipped telephone wire and a murder. Showtimes are 7:30pm on March 9-10, 15-17, 22-24. Matinee performances are at 2pm on March 10, 11, 18, 25. Fri,
3/9, 7:30pm; Sat, 3/10, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, 3/11, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little
Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
TWELFTH NIGHT: Presented by the OLD TIME JAM: Banjo player Ryan Sharrar leads this jam session, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Wed, 3/14, 6pm. Free. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 8435500, mountainmusicparlor.com.
ONE SULTRY DAY: The Seattle band’s original songs are a mix of classic, modern, alternative and pop rock. Fri, 3/9, 7pm. $13-$20. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, breweryarts.org.
ONSTAGE 10TH ANNIVERSARY WINTER REPERTORY SEASON: The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective celebrates its anniversary with a program of works ranging from elegant, energetic classical works to contemporary dance commenting on today’s social conscience, relationships, and personal transitions. The event will include a gallery showing, featuring photography from the company’s first 10 years with images from photographers Danielle Hankinson, Jen Schmidt, Kristie Pellegrino, Ambera Dodson and Weidong Yang. Fri, 3/9-Sat, 3/10, 7pm. $20-$25. North Tahoe High School, 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City, (530) 613-4363, www.laketahoedancecollective.org.
University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts, Twelfth Night is a fantastically comedic play about unrequited love, mistaken identity and the fight for freedom of expression. Performed with Shakespeare’s original language, but set on the playa in Black Rock Desert, the characters explore their identity and orientation in flux. Thu, 3/8-Sat, 3/10, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278, www.unr.edu/theatre-dance.
RENO BIGHORNS VS. IOWA WOLVES: The NBA development league basketball teams play. Mon, 3/12, 7pm, Wed, 3/14, 7pm. $12$380. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 853-8220.
RETRO SKI DAY & PASSHOLDER BBQ: Break out your retro gear and celebrate spring skiing 1980s style. Live music from noon-3pm by Under the Radar on the deck or inside if it’s chilly. Free barbecue lunch for season passholders, noon-2pm. Present your season pass at the checkin table. Sun, 3/11, 9am. $29-$89 lift tickets. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, (775) 832-1177.
LIFESTYLE 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, 3/8, 3pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
HIGH SIERRA WRITERS: Bring your written work to share and critique with published and unpublished writers. Wed, 3/14, 7pm. Free. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 5555 S. Virginia St., (775) 8268882, www.highsierrawriters.org.
LIFESCAPES: In this program, seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Thu, 3/8, 1pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
RENO SWINGS: Learn 1940s-style swing dancing every week at the American Legion Hall. No partner or experience necessary. Wed, 3/14, 7pm. $5-$10. American Legion Hall, 877 Ralston St., (707) 843-0895, www.renoswings.com.
WEST COAST SWING SOCIAL DANCE, BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE LESSONS: Beginners class starts at 5:30pm followed by an intermediate class at 6:30pm taught by Tim Renner. 11th Frame Lounge, Carson Lanes Family Fun Center, 4600 Snyder Ave., Carson City. Mon, 3/12. 5:30pm. $8. 11th Frame Lounge, Carson Lanes Family Fun Center, 4600 Snyder Ave., Carson City, (775) 443-8870, hssdc.org.
SPORTS & FITNESS 6TH ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN RACE: A familyfriendly 5K run and walk through the midtown and Wells Avenue districts. Try to beat the leprechaun. Costumes are encouraged. Sun, 3/11, 8:30am. $15$35. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center St., (775) 8253399, race178.com/leprechaunrace.
GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. There will be a few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center available for rent. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat, 3/10, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
PI DAY FUN RUN: Celebrate Pi Day with this fun run. The runner who finishes closest to 31 minutes and 41 seconds wins the pie. There are no timing devices allowed on course. Wed, 3/14, 6:14pm. Free. Riverview Park, 600 Marsh Road, Carson City, www. tahoemtnmilers.org/pi-day-fun-run.html.
CLASSES BEGINNER’S AERIALS: Reno Aerial Co-Op welcomes all shapes, sizes and skill levels in joining them to learn the art of aerials. Mon, 3/12, 6:30pm, Wed, 3/14, 7pm. The Generator, 1240 Icehouse Ave, Sparks, facebook.com/renoaerialcoop.
THRIVE YOGA: Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run sponsors free yoga classes for breast or gynecological cancer survivors and fighters. This gentle yoga class aims to stimulate muscles, increase blood flow, balance the glands and enhance the lymphatic flow in the body. Wed, 3/14, 6pm. Free. Midtown Community Yoga, 600-A S. Virginia St., (775) 772-3892.
by AMY ALKON
Whim chill factor A guy I know through mutual friends finally asked for my number, claiming he’d like to see more of me. I was elated, but he never called. After a month, I gave up hope, feeling puzzled and, honestly, kind of hurt. Why do men get your number if they’re never going to call or text? Men can experience a sort of temporary amnesia in the moment, leading them to ask you for your number. Shortly afterward, their memory returns: “Oh, wait—I have a girlfriend.” Or “My herpes is raging.” Or “The mob is still after me.” Of course, it isn’t just men who are prone to ride the “seemed like a good idea at the time” seesaw. It’s anyone with a human brain. This asking for your number and then never actually dialing it thing appears to be an example of our brain’s two systems at work—our quick-to-react emotional system and our slower-to-come-around reasoning system, which I wrote about in a recent column, per the research of psychologist Daniel Kahneman. Again, the fast emotional system responds immediately—and automatically: “Yeah, baby! There’s a woman whose clothes I’d like to see in a pile on my bedroom rug.” Or, if the lust is for a little head-busting: “BARRRR FIGHT!” The rational system comes around later, often for a little rethink about whatever the emotional system got the person into—like when the bar brawler dude is cooling his heels in the slammer, seeing as how the collection bail bondsmen will not accept all the toenail clippings one has saved since 1999 as collateral. In other words, it helps to view any request for your number as a moment of flattery—nothing more. Don’t expect a guy to call. In fact, expect most not to call. If they don’t call, you’ll be right. If they do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, like getting that winning lottery scratcher that allows you to buy that Lamborghini you’ve been eyeing— the whole car, not just the logo-adorned leather key ring to attach to the keys for your Honda.
Full meddle Jackie I have a very good friend—a friend who shows up for me in big ways when the chips are down. However, she is very judgmental and offers her opinion on everything from how I should groom my cat to why I shouldn’t get Botox. Her comments often hurt my feelings. How do I gently get her to stop acting like my vet, my beautician, etc.? Friendly advice is not always as, uh, other-serving as it’s made out to be. Communications researcher Matthew M. Martin emphasizes that “people communicate to satisfy personal needs.” He notes that previous research identified six basic “interaction motives” (why people have conversations with others): pleasure, affection, inclusion, relaxation, control and escape (like ditching your own problems to fixate on what a hot mess your friend is). Research by social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, among others, suggests it’s in our self-interest to be helpful. Helping feels good in the moment (the “pleasure” motive). Also, the sort of happiness with staying power—the feeling that our life has meaning—comes from extending ourselves for others rather than, say, shoving ’em out of the way and chasing happiness for ourselves. Of course, if it is the pleasure motive driving your friend, it may come from a darker place—like a desire to show off and act superior—which may dovetail with “the control motive,” which, Martin explains, “involves the need to influence others and to be viewed by others as competent.” Regardless, you don’t owe anyone your attention—not even a compulsively helpful “very good friend.” Wait until a moment when you aren’t ducking flying tips. Tell her that you love that she’s trying to look out for you but that her values aren’t necessarily your values. Accordingly, you have a new policy: No more unsolicited advice, except in emergencies. Ω
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).
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For the week oF MArCh 8, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): The men who work
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your upcoming climax and culmination, Taurus? With a howl of triumph, a fist pump, and three cartwheels? With a humble speech thanking everyone who helped you along the way? With a bottle of champagne, a gourmet feast and spectacular sex? However you choose to mark this transition from one chapter of your life story to the next chapter, I suggest that you include an action that will help the next chapter get off to a rousing start. In your ritual of completion, plant seeds for the future.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On April 23, 1516, the
Germanic duchy of Bavaria issued a decree. From that day forward, all beer produced had to use just three ingredients: water, barley and hops. Ever since then, for the last 500-plus years, this edict has had an enduring influence on how German beer is manufactured. In accordance with astrological factors, I suggest that you proclaim three equally potent and systemic directives of your own. It’s an opportune time to be clear and forceful about how you want your story to unfold in the coming years.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): What’s your most
frustrating flaw? During the next seven weeks, you will have enhanced power to diminish its grip on you. It’s even possible you will partially correct it or outgrow it. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity, rise above any covert tendency you might have to cling to your familiar pain. Rebel against the attitude described by novelist Stephen King: “It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.”
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his book Whistling in the
Dark, author Frederick Buechner writes that the ancient Druids took “a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams, which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, in-between phenomena will be your specialty in the coming weeks. You will also thrive in relationship to anything that lives in two worlds or that has paradoxical qualities. I hope you’ll exult in the educational delights that come from your willingness to be teased and mystified.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The English word
uses it to gracefully capture her apple, sandwich, carton of milk and bowl of jello before they hit the floor. The filmmakers say they didn’t use CGI to render this scene. The lead actor, Tobey Maguire, allegedly accomplished it in real life—although it took 156 takes before he finally mastered it. I hope you have that level of patient determination in the coming weeks, Libra. You, too, can perform a small miracle if you do.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio mathemati-
cian Benoît Mandelbrot was a connoisseur of “the art of roughness” and “the uncontrolled element in life.” He liked to locate and study the hidden order in seemingly chaotic and messy things. “My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents,” he said. “Yet when I look back I see a pattern.” I bring his perspective to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when the hidden order and secret meanings of your life will emerge into view. Be alert for surprising hints of coherence.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I suspect that
in July and August you will be invited to commune with rousing opportunities and exciting escapades. But right now, I’m advising you to channel your intelligence into well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. In fact, my projections suggest that your ability to capitalize fully on the future’s rousing opportunities and exciting escapades will depend on how well you master the current crop of well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. Making the most of today’s small pleasures will qualify you to harvest bigger pleasures later.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you saw the
animated film The Lion King, you may have been impressed with the authenticity of the lions’ roars and snarls. Did the producers place microphones in the vicinity of actual lions? No. Voice actor Frank Welker produced the sounds by growling and yelling into a metal garbage can. I propose this as a useful metaphor for you in the coming days. First, I hope it inspires you to generate a compelling and creative illusion of your own—an illusion that serves a good purpose. Second, I hope it alerts you to the possibility that other people will be offering you compelling and creative illusions—illusions that you should engage with only if they serve a good purpose.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I do a lot of
self-editing before I publish what I write. My horoscopes go through at least three drafts before I unleash them on the world. While polishing the manuscript of my first novel, I threw away over a thousand pages of stuff that I had worked on very hard. In contrast to my approach, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison dashed off one of his award-winning stories in a single night, and published it without making any changes to the first draft. As you work in your own chosen field, Aquarius, I suspect that for the next three weeks you will produce the best results by being more like me than Ellison. Beginning about three weeks from now, an Ellison-style strategy might be more warranted.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to my
“velleity” refers to an empty wish that has no power behind it. If you feel a longing to make a pilgrimage to a holy site, but can’t summon the motivation to actually do so, you are under the spell of velleity. Your fantasy of communicating with more flair and candor is a velleity if you never initiate the practical steps to accomplish that goal. Most of us suffer from this weakness at one time or another. But the good news, Virgo, is that you are primed to overcome your version of it during the next six weeks. Life will conspire to assist you if you resolve to turn your wishy-washy wishes into potent action plans—and then actually carry out those plans.
assessment of the astrological omens, you’re in a favorable phase to gain more power over your fears. You can reduce your susceptibility to chronic anxieties. You can draw on the help and insight necessary to dissipate insidious doubts that are rooted in habit but not based on objective evidence. I don’t want to sound too melodramatic, my dear Pisces, but THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! YOU ARE POTENTIALLY ON THE VERGE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED BREAKTHROUGH! In my opinion, nothing is more important for you to accomplish in the coming weeks than this inner conquest.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the 2002 film Spider-
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Man, there’s a scene where the character Mary Jane slips on a spilled drink as she carries a tray full of food through a cafeteria. Spider-Man, disguised as his alter ego Peter Parker, makes a miraculous save. He jumps up from his chair and catches Mary Jane before she falls. Meanwhile, he grabs her tray and
by JERi ChADwEll
years we’ve been open. I have a feeling with us being open 24 hours a day, we’re going to start on Friday night, and it’s not going to end until Sunday afternoon. … The whole weekend is just going to be full of fun.
Lacey Shea started her Saint Patrick’s Day decorating at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St., on March 1. With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, she and the rest of the staff are preparing for a busy weekend. And next month will mark the 27th anniversary of Shea’s Tavern’s opening on South Virginia Street.
It’ll be 27 years in August, right? April. Yeah, 27 years in April. We went to 24-hours-a-day, like, three years ago. I don’t know when.
And you guys have watched midtown develop. Evolve—completely. It was always a little sketchy. Later on, you’d never know who was going to walk through the door. But now, with it being midtown, and it’s nice to walk down the street or whatever, we get a diverse, eclectic crowd—that’s for sure. We get the guys that come in after a long business day in their ties and suits, and then we go to, at nighttime, having the punk rock kids. It’s for everybody. We don’t just stick to one clientele.
The music is pretty eclectic too. Yeah. Tonight I have a folk artist. Last weekend, what was it? Last weekend I had electronic rock. The next night I had a punk rock show. And then the next night after that, it was a rock ’n’ roll
show. On Saint Patrick’s Day, we have Hellbound Glory, which is like country. And then we also have Deadly Gallows, which is folk punk—so like fiddles and violins.
Same bill? Yeah, so it’s a crossover bill, which I think works really well—because somebody who might not usually listen to folk or punk or rock ’n’ roll comes in for their specific genre, and they end up hearing another genre that they actually didn’t know they’re interested in.
Talk to me more about Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day is our busiest day of the year. It overcomes New Year’s—any other holiday. That’s our bread and butter. It’s going to be on a Saturday this year, which I think it’s only been on a Saturday three or four times in the 27
It’s funny—I hope it’s not offensive—I actually don’t immediately think “Irish bar” when I think of Shea’s. Punk rock bar? Or what do you think? What do you think of first?
Yeah, a punk rock bar. I think of music, of the bar packed with bodies and cigarettes. Yeah, and that’s what makes it so fun. And I think that’s why we win best dive bar every year in Reno News & Review, you know? We have something for everybody.
Wow. Saint Patrick’s is bigger than New Year’s Eve. Any drink specials to speak of for the holiday? Oh, yeah. On Saint Patrick’s Day, we have, of course, Irish Car Bombs, Irish coffees, PB and J’s. I know I said bread and butter—but that’s our bread and butter— PB and J’s. We’re like around 25th in the nation for top sales of Pabst Blue Ribbon, in the whole nation. A lot of Jameson will get drank that day. That’s for sure.
Oh, I get it. PB and J is a Pabst and a Jameson. Yeah. That’s one of our main things people come in and order—a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and a shot of Jameson. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
The King doctrine “I’m sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted narrowminded hypocritics! All I want is the truth! Just gimme some truth! I’ve had enough of reading things from neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians! All I want is the Truth! Just gimme some truth!”—John Lennon, from his song “Gimme Some Truth” on the Imagine album, a blast from the past that still carries some heft here in 2018. And when it comes to dealing with the neurotic psychotic doubletalking villains who currently dominate the historically unpopular CongressDome, author Stephen King makes a spot-on call. “Hey, kids,” tweeted Steve, “the House and Senate aren’t going to do anything about guns. Neither is the president, a morally vacant boob who will say anything. We have to do it ourselves. Get as many NRA sweethearts as possible out in November. We can do this.”
Yes, we can. Full agreement, Mr. King. Which reminds me that this is a fine time to review the ratings of a couple of our own D.C. types. Dean Heller’s grade with the NRA is, of course, an “A.” He’s always been an “A.” And to lock and load that grade in stone, remember that in 2013, Deano voted against a bill that would have banned high-capacity ammo clips. Because, you know, having to re-load during a massacre is such a hassle! That action speaks louder than any thoughts and prayers Heller may spit out. As for Rep. Mark Amodei, no surprise to see that he, too, has corralled a precious “A” from the NRA. Yes, Reno students are indeed planning to participate in the March For Our Lives, Saturday the 24th in the downtown City Plaza at 11:30. All those who would like to not get shredded to pieces by a creep with an AR-15 are invited to participate.
• Would you like to more clearly understand the recent tax cuts that were made law in December? Here’s a nice, easily grasped metaphor, supplied by economist Paul Krugman of the New York Times. Let’s say you go out to dinner with a wealthy acquaintance. “I’ll take care of everything,” he says, and orders you a hamburger. Then, he orders for himself an expensive steak and a bottle of wine, which he doesn’t share. When the waiter comes with the check, he points at you and says, “Charge it to his credit card.” • So isn’t it time for an antidote to the fucking NRA? Like maybe the N.G.C.A. (National Gun Control Association)? I’m down. Here’s my $50. I bet we could double the membership of the NRA pretty damn fast. Quadruple? Octuple? Ω
Published on Mar 7, 2018