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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. There’s a theme in this week’s issue that emerged, as sometimes happens, by accident. The theme is this: here in the valley over the course of the last few years, we’ve seen an influx of newness—new people, new businesses, new money. In the face of all that newness, what do we do with the old things? You can find that theme in arts editor Kris Vagner’s cover story about the Reno Arch. Many of us might roll our eyes when we think of the arch representing the city, but it remains a powerful symbol for the city— how we see ourselves, and how others see us. Kris’s story looks back at how that discussion has changed over the years. In the news section, special projects editor Jeri Chadwell takes a look at a living, breathing symbol of our region: Nevada’s wild horses, and more specifically, the Virginia Range horses. They, like the arch, represent an old version of Northern Nevada. Many modern residents of our region might not have ever seen the best ever cinematic depiction of Northern Nevada, the 1961 movie The Misfits, let alone know that the title refers to wild horses. I grew up in Virginia Foothills. I had to carefully avoid stepping in wild horse manure while walking home from elementary school. I remember listening to grownup neighbors complaining about how the horses raided their gardens. But it was a thrill anytime I saw them—running wild, nursing foals, getting up close enough to be fed. I never want to see the horses disappear. And this week’s editorial is about local efforts to stop the seemingly imminent demolition of mid-century motels near downtown—destruction of the old to make way for … what? Spring is finally here, so it’s a great time to talk about renewal and rejuvenation. But let’s also carefully consider what we want to keep.

Many people in support of the National Rifle Association have said: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Whether this is true or not, being more a matter of philosophy, it can’t be denied that this statement addresses how people handle guns rather than guns being inherently evil. Also, the Second Amendment of the US Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia . . .” not “wellregulated arms.” This, again, seems to point toward overseeing who owns guns and not the guns themselves. And therefore, is eliminating bump-stocks, AR-15s, or high-capacity magazines going in the wrong direction? If it’s people that is the problem when it comes to gun ownership, I can’t understand why the NRA wouldn’t support more thorough background checks and raising the age limit for qualification of gun ownership. If gun ownership is the badge of patriotism the NRA claims it is, why allow people who exhibit extreme behavior or who have been in and out of mental care for years to own guns? Doesn’t this make gun ownership look ‘evil’ when it is not? However, from their recent statements, the impression is that the NRA believes that the killing of children is justifiable to maintain their position of insisting upon little or no gun ownership regulation. There’s no way the NRA can deny this. Who looks evil now? In fact, the NRA is in favor of adding even more guns to society by arming teachers and school security with greater firepower. Who does the NRA really represent? From appearances, the National Rifle Association seems less interested in the Second Amendment and more interested in simply selling guns. Michael Seidl Reno

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than six bullets. Regular inspections. First offense a fine, second offense jail, third offense out of business forever. No more AK-15s or similar guns, all confiscated, dismantled, melted, buried. No more than six guns per household that has no mental illness because that’s stockpiling and a potential killer. Second Amerndment repealed. This is 2018. Times have changed since the 1700s. All of the above pertains to rifles as well. Helen Howe Reno

Guns, guns, everywhere Re “Cockamamie legal theories” (Let Freedom Ring, Jan. 25): Cliven Bundy was illegally grazing cattle on public land for decades. That is a fact. He refused to pay the grazing fees that all ranchers must pay to run their cattle on federally managed land. That the federal prosecutors’ incompetence led to the dismissal of the case against Cliven Bundy does not mean he was not guilty of whatever he was charged with, nor does it change the fact that he was illegally running his cows on federal land. Regarding guns, the excessive weaponization of law enforcement officers—federal, state, and local—is a response to the flood of guns in America. We can blame the NRA (i.e. the gun manufacturers lobby) for pushing for guns, guns, everywhere, and Republican politicians for allowing this to happen. Finally, Roy Finecum is dead because, after jumping out of the vehicle at a police road block, he started to reach into his coat for a pistol. That’s never a good idea when you’re surrounded by cops. Michael Powell Reno

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that normally there would be drippage from the ceiling to look out for, but that it had ceased due to groundwater so depleted after prolonged drought. It puts the lie to the myth perpetuated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) that surplus groundwater exists in northeastern Nevada that may be tapped without any environmental consequences. Las Vegas ratepayers should be as aroused as citizens in the Snake Valley fighting SNWA’s pipeline because it is a waste of billions of dollars for an attempted diversion from a basin where no surfeit of water exists. Bill Stremmel Pahrump


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This is a right or wrong question. I feel like it’s an antiquated thing that doesn’t need to be around anymore. I feel pretty strongly about this.

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Motel life On the morning of Tuesday, March 13, local civic activist Barrie Lynn, a.k.a. Bungalow Hugger, posted an essay that circulated across social media and newsrooms. It stated, in part, “This is a mid-century motel demolition emergency that requires your immediate action. I have appealed the demolition permits for the Star of Reno, El Ray and Keno Motels on Arlington [Avenue] and [Fourth Street]. My appeal was granted, and I have a hearing date, but that does not automatically issue a stop work order for the demolition. I am down at City Hall right now trying to get a stop work order so that the motels aren’t demolished before my appeal hearing on April 3. It looks like they are ready to blow them up today, and the final demo permits were just issued yesterday morning at 9 a.m. They are working quickly because they know there is opposition.” She went on to encourage citizens to contact Building Official Dan Holly and Deputy City Attorney Greg Salter, as well as city council members and other officials in order to delay the demolition. She explained that part of her opposition to the demolition was that “Jacobs Entertainment, who owns these buildings, has stated that they have no intention of rebuilding anything immediately. ... There is absolutely no reason to demolish blocks of perfectly reusable buildings when there are no immediate plans to rebuild.” Simultaneously, neon sign preservationist Will Durham, of the Nevada Neon Project, wrote, “There

are a lot of very concerned citizens and visitors that do not want to see these treasures [the motels] disappear. We know that everybody involved wants what is best for Reno but have differing views on what that future looks like. … If they are to be torn down, we would like to preserve the signs.” A team of historical preservationists called the Mid-Century Motel Team, headed by architectural historian Corri Jimenez, developed a detailed plan for the preservation, restoration and reuse of the buildings. This plan was sent to both the developers and to the City of Reno. We’d like to join the chorus of local voices decrying the destruction of historic cultural resources. We’re not against every single act of redevelopment. However, we can’t abide thoughtless destruction without a clear vision for revitalization— especially when a clear alternative, like the plan put forth by the Mid-Century Motel Team, presents a viable alternative. Nearly 20 years later, we’re still bitter about happened to the Mapes Hotel and hate it whenever we see anything similar happen. These historic buildings, along with their tacky-but-gorgeous signs, are important artifacts of local history. The Historical Resources Commission is meeting to discuss the loss of Mid-Century motels on Thursday, March 14, at 3 p.m. on the 11th floor of City Hall. Ω

It sucks. I’m tired of the whole hour change—an hour behind, an hour forward. Why can’t it just be simple? If we were all staying an hour ahead, we’d all be on time at work.

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Insults by elected officials It may not be the ’60s, but 2018 is shaping up to be a year of protest and redemption. Students across the nation are leading the way, speaking out against gun violence in schools. These protests have already inspired action as large corporations, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart distance themselves from assault weapons and gun sales for those under age 21. One student suggested that unless the Florida legislature improves gun safety laws, people should take their spring break dollars to Puerto Rico instead. The Legislature responded by rejecting an assault weapons ban by a vote of 20-17, even though 62 percent of Florida voters favor the ban. Teachers took on the mantle of resistance in West Virginia, going on strike to protest poor wages and inadequate health care access, forcing the closure of all public schools in the state for more than a week before they won their salary demand of a 5 percent raise. During the strike, the teachers wore bunny ears in public in

reaction to Governor Jim Justice’s remarks that they were “dumb bunnies” for not listening to reason. The teachers are some of the lowest-paid in the country, but their persistence paid off. Insults by elected officials aren’t limited to the Florida governor’s mansion, as others have reacted with scorn when the peasants dare to challenge their authority. Recently, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch demonstrated what he really thinks of the majority of voters who support the Affordable Care Act, telling an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, a rightwing think tank, that it was “the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen. Now, some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met.” Later he apologized for the remark, calling it a “flippant, offthe-cuff comment” and a “poorly worded joke,” but a video of his speech clearly shows him reading from a prepared text. Of course no one rivals our insulter-in-chief when it comes to mean

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and nasty commentary, as evidenced by the revealing of his nickname for the Attorney General he personally appointed, “Mr. Magoo.” But while the President dithers, obsessed by his insular world of cable news, the lack of civility is diverting us from the real damage being inflicted upon the nation, from Jared Kushner’s stunning corruption to the tax reform legislation that continues to reward the rich and increase income inequality. It’s pointless to try to change the minds of the voters who continue to support President Trump and his administration after all the events of the last year; they can’t be convinced the emperor has no clothes. Instead, we should turn our attention to demographic groups that traditionally under-vote, especially in mid-term elections. An obvious target is young adults, who are becoming increasingly political in terms of protests but often don’t follow through at the voting booth.

Universities are now monitoring their students’ civic participation and encouraging competition among campuses for voter registration and showing up at the polls. Organizers are reminding students they are allowed to vote in the communities where they attend college, although they must register at their local address. Just 18 percent of college students voted in the 2014 midterm election, so a major increase in this demographic could make a world of difference in 2018. And more effort is going into pre-registering high school students who will turn 18 before Nov. 6. Filing for office closes March 16 at 5 p.m., setting the field for the June 12 primary elections with interesting races in Nevada’s U. S. Senate seat, gubernatorial contest, and at least one local legislative office. A lot can change in a midterm election. We can prevail just by showing up. Ω

by Brendan Trainor

White riot Is it OK to be white? I was looking at the Heritage Month Guide over at diversitycentral.com to see what comes after Black History Month in February, and March’s National Women’s History Month and Irish American Heritage Month, and noticed there is a vacancy in diversity celebrations for April. May I suggest we need an “It’s OK to be White Month?” OK, probably not. But I will try to anyway. Diversity is all about race and ethnicity, is it not? After all, besides Black History Month, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and November is National American Indian Heritage Month, so those races get a month. But there is no Caucasian American Heritage Month. There are some Caucasian ethnicity groups that get months. Besides the Irish, Italian Americans get October, and Latinos get September, while Jewish Americans get May.

So what can whites do to join the diversity parade? The LGBTQIA—I hope I got all the letters right!—community gets June as Gay Pride Month, but obviously a White Pride month would be a bridge too far. We need to keep that in Idaho as much as possible. But who could possibly argue with simply saying, “Hey, for April alone, just once, can we say, ‘It’s OK to Be White’?” No, actually, its not. At least that is what the Social Justice Warriors (SJW) are saying. There is in fact a grassroots OK to be White movement going on, and spreading fast. It began in October 2017 when 4chan.org, an imageboard website first published the phrase as a “proof of concept meme” to demonstrate how an innocuous statement could generate a “shitstorm” backlash on social media. Oct. 31 marked the first YouTube mention I could find, and also the first picture of a sign bearing the slogan posted on a telephone poll. The very next day, a high school principal in Maryland issued

a statement calling the phrase “part of a national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school and community.” The hashtag #hatecrime soon appeared, and a video of a SJW tearing down a sign. Since then, the OK to be White phenomenon has spread to Britain, Australia and Canada, as well as most of the US. The Southern Poverty Law Center has condemned the slogan, and police have investigated postings. Lucien Winthrop, an openly gay reporter who also identifies as alt-right, was prevented from giving a speech on “It’s OK to be White” when a female executive at a local community college rushed his podium and seized his notes, claiming “hateful speech.” At first, the police charged Winthrop, but later those charges were dropped, and the woman was charged with larceny and disorderly conduct. The executive director of Washington State University’s Office of Equity and Diversity responded to

the posters by saying: “In my mind, it’s a nonthreatening statement,” further stating: “Sure, it’s OK to be white. It’s OK to be African-American. It’s OK to be Latino. It’s OK to be gay.” That is the only non-hostile quote by a diversity professional I could find. Why are the left’s identity politics so threatened by this slogan? Because in the Democratic Party’s identity-driven universe, whites can never, ever be OK. The only exception is white women sexually harassed by white males. The white working class must always be portrayed as exploiters of their white privilege, no matter if the reality is quite different. If the white working class deplorables who appreciate their tax cut crumbs continue to vote against the Democrats’ identity politics, they are toast. Ω

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Horse tales A nonprofit group has resumed its wild horse fertility control program in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management nearly two years after it was shut down by a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency by the animal rights advocacy group Friends of Animals, which cited concerns over the safety of the birth control drug used in the program. Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates began administering Porcine Zona Pellucida vaccine (PZP)—a chemical birth control made from a protein found in pig ovaries—to wild mares in the mountains east of Minden in 2012. It’s given through a dart and, according to several scientific studies, can be up to 90 percent effective. In 2014, a pilot program to control the population of wild horses near the Pine Nut Mountains was officially established with the blessing of the Wild Horse and Burro Program’s Nevada office. It was shut down in 2016 amid fears of a lawsuit, which manifested in 2017. The lawsuit remains unresolved, but the BLM in Nevada has completed its review process and green-lighted the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates’ program to resume. But, according to the group’s president, Deb Walker, the two-year hiatus in the darting program has come at a steep cost. “They gave us the go-ahead on Jan. 5 to start darting,” she said. “So we’ve already darted almost half of our mares that are eligible.” Soon, Walker said, they’ll start darting mares that would normally be considered too young to be eligible. “Because of roundups and the drop in the numbers, the horses are compensatory breeding, and they’re breeding younger mares, which is really sad in so many ways—especially for the mare and the foal, because they’re so young,” she said. The number of horses in the area where the Pine Nut group runs its program has actually increased in the last few years. The BLM completed an aerial survey and estimated the horse population at 57. Walker said that’s 17 more horses than were in the area when her group’s pilot program was first initiated. Now, she fears that the BLM—which estimated the number of horses that area can support at a much smaller number—will round some of them up. “We’re still working with the BLM,” Walker said. “We’re going ahead with our darting program as if they’re going to leave all of the horses out here. When we met with them, it looked like they wouldn’t start taking horses until maybe late summer or fall.” Walker said the population increase would have been greater had it not been for predators in the area killing 18 foals during the last year. She said she blames Friends of Animals for any horses that may be rounded up from her area in the future. “The groups that call themselves animal activists, that stopped our program—not only once, but twice—are pretty much the reason we’ve had births that we wouldn’t have had,” Walker said. “And, so, the horses that they’ll take, you know, what they call excess horses, that they will take, are a direct result of our program being stopped. … It’s very sad, and our area is not the only one. There are several horses that will lose their freedom because the PZP fertility control program was stopped.”

—Jeri Chadwell






Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, addressed the crowd during a press conference in Reno on March 12. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

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Back on the horse Wild horse issues on local and national stages Wild horses have garnered significant attention from the national media in recent months as government agencies, Congress and horse advocates debate the best way to manage swelling horse populations in states across the West. The $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill Congress has yet to approve has been a hot topic in the news, with the expiration of temporary funding for government operations drawing nearer. And the final language of the bill may have a significant bearing on the future of wild horses. An amendment to the 2018 Interior Appropriations bill introduced by Republican Chris Stewart of Utah was passed by the House Appropriations Committee. It would allow the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees wild horses protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, to cull horses it deems to be in excess of the number public rangelands can support. In the Senate, however, the Appropriations Committee’s budget language prohibits using funds to destroy horses (or sell them slaughter). The Senate and House only have until March 23 to reach an agreement on final spending bills for 2018. And, meanwhile,

the 2019 budget process has begun, and the Trump Administration is keen to push for fewer restrictions on what can be done with excess wild horses. Wild horses have also been in the news as the result of a recently published study. The study, published in the journal Science, analyzed the genetics of the Przewalski’s horse, long considered to be the only remaining wild horse group in the world. But DNA tests revealed the animals were descended from domesticated horses and later returned to the wild—meaning, according to the researchers, they’re feral, not wild. With the Przewalski’s horse now falling under the designation, “feral” is a word that technically applies to all undomesticated horses. Of course—hairsplitting on nomenclature aside—there are in fact many “wild” horses in the Western United States. The BLM estimates their numbers at more than 100,000—and more than a third of those are kept in off-range corrals and pastures. In Nevada alone, there are nearly 35,000 wild horses. What many in the Truckee Meadows may not know is that the locally beloved wild horses that roam south Reno and the Virginia Range are not counted among them.

In the state of Nevada there is a legal difference between a wild horse and feral one. Wild horses are protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Feral horses—escaped or abandoned domestic horses and their progeny—are not. Feral (or “estray”) horses fall under the ownership of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. The nearly 3,000 horses living in the south part of Reno and the mountains to its east are considered feral. They’re known locally as the Virginia Range horses, and, for years, they’ve been managed by a cooperative agreement between the NDA and the nonprofit horse advocacy group American Wild Horse Campaign. After terminating its management agreement with the AWHC late last year, the NDA announced that it was seeking requests for proposals from people willing to take ownership of the Virginia Range Horses. Now, ahead of the April 16 deadline for new potential owners to submit their applications, the AWHC has announced that it will sue the NDA in an attempt to stop the department from relinquishing the Virginia Range horses. During a March 12 press conference in Reno, AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy announced the lawsuit— fueled in part, she said, by fears over what may happen to the horses under new ownership. “By the department’s own admission, the new owner will have absolute property rights to do what it wants with the horses, including sell them for slaughter,” she said. “So this is a very dangerous turn of events that the state has decided to follow here. So we are going to court, in state court, this week to stop this illegal action.” The audience in attendance at Roy’s press conference booed at the mention of the NDA and the Nevada Board of Agriculture, which made the decision in an eight-to-one vote to purge the Virginia Range horses from among its department’s property. Wild horse advocate and author Terri Farley’s sentiments echoed Roy’s concerns over the fact that the deciding board is comprised of unelected members. “Past the point of them being horses, I am really concerned that an unelected board is giving away a state resource,” Farley said during a March 9 interview. “I think that is a really scary precedent. There are elected boards that deal with


historic buildings. What if they decide to give those away? They’re not doing anybody any good. They’re not making anybody any money. That’s the rationalization they used for the horses.” According to Roy, the Board of Agriculture’s decision violates the law. Chapter 569 of Nevada Revised Statutes deals with feral and estray livestock, which fall under the jurisdiction of the NDA. In 2013, the statute was revised to allow the NDA to partner with other organizations and agencies in the management of feral livestock. Prior to this, the statute only covered the NDA’s right to partner with other groups in the “control, placement and disposition” of feral livestock. Basically, a bill passed through the legislature in 2013 added to the statute the word “manage”— allowing for groups like AWHC to help the NDA with things like caring for wild horses on the range, running experimental fertility-control programs and facilitating horse adoptions. According to Roy, though, it is different language in NRS 569 that makes the board’s actions illegal. Roy said NRS 569 has some specific requirements that must be met before the horses can be liquidated. “That involves individual identification, branding, advertisement—a whole list of things they have to do before they can dispose of the horses,” she said. “And then, once they do that, they have two options. They can sell them through a registered sales agent, or they can place them through a cooperative agreement.” The laundry list of tasks Roy referred to are things the NDA must do before selling “estray” livestock. Estray, as defined by the

statute, means livestock showing “signs of domestication,” including things like brands. Before these animals can be sold, the department has to publish several weeks of notices in a newspaper with full descriptions of the animals, including things like “brands, marks and colors.” According the statute, the sale of feral livestock also requires that notices first be published in the newspaper. However, a closer look reveals language that doesn’t corroborate Roy’s claim about the pre-sale requirements placed on feral livestock. NRS 569.075, section 2, pertaining to the sale of feral livestock, states that a notice of sale “need not include full descriptions of the feral livestock, but may include such information and details as the Department determines necessary.” But Roy and other wild horse advocates remain hopeful. During her press conference, Roy shared the results of a recent survey of Nevadans by Public Policy Polling in which 75 percent of respondents said they think the NDA should continue its nonprofit partnership for the care of the horses. Of course, 17 percent responded “yes” to the question of whether the department should “transfer ownership to a private owner who could legally round up the horses up and send them for slaughter.” The NDA—in its statements, and in an online question-and-answer segment on its website—maintains that it is very specifically seeking “a reputable animal advocate organization” that “will work to keep the horse population on the range and will facilitate adoptions of any horses removed from the range.” Ω

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Bobzien said in the December meeting that he was skeptical about changing the arch to blue and silver, as it would imply a cross-branding effort between the City and the University of Nevada, Reno. But other council members, including Mayor Hillary Schieve, were in favor of an implied association with UNR. Schieve also made a point to alert the council members that no matter what they decided, they should expect some blowback. “You’re all going to get on your social media, and people are going to be mad at you—half of them, she said. “It’s hard to please everyone.” On Dec. 13, the City Council voted 4-to-3 to proceed with the blue paint job and did not approve changing the lights. While the neon enthusiasts’ objections were noted, the council ultimately cited practical and budget concerns as the reasons to hold off on LEDs. Work began Feb. 5. and is expected to be finished by late April. The arch now has a fresh coat of blue paint. Next, the dented goldcolored sheeting on the legs is scheduled to be replaced with a more durable silvery brushed stainless steel. When the Reno Gazette Journal’s Mike Higdon posted an article on the arch updates on his Facebook page and asked readers to discuss, the discussion began like this:

“Meh.” “I second the meh.” “Third.” “My thoughts exactly.” That thread continued with about a dozen people against the design updates—some citing the dented burgundy-and-gold arch as a beloved symbol of Reno’s quirkiness—and one person in favor. In one way or another, the arch has been near and dear to Renoites for almost a century. Not only have we loved it and hated it, we’ve also used it in different ways over its 91 years to symbolize various versions of civic identity, brand identities and even personal identities.

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ate in 2017, the City of Reno surveyed the public about a proposed “refresh” of the Reno Arch—not a whole new arch like we had in 1927, 1963 and 1987—just some touch-ups. Almost 3,000 people filled out the survey. By a narrow margin, they favored one update—a color change from burgundy and gold to blue and silver—and disapproved of another: replacing the pink neon lights with more efficient LEDs that could change color for special occasions. While City Engineer Charla Honey, who presented the proposed updates to the City Council in December, couched the conversation in practical terms—“The arch is scratched and faded. We definitely need to do some repairs on the arch”—the public’s responses were passionate. Design of any kind—graphic, civic, architectural—is necessarily tied to ideologies and ideals. But which do we hold dear as a community? And how does the design of a city symbol convey them? Well, that’s where we get into an almost century-long survey of conflicting viewpoints. Many of the survey takers favored the energy efficiency and modern look of the proposed LEDs. Others wrote in the survey’s comment section that the neon is “iconic” or “classic” and should remain. One respondent was disappointed that the current font makes the Arch look like an outdated game show set. Another wrote, “This sign is a huge part of why I go to Reno every year to vacation and gamble. … I will be very, very disappointed if the neon goes away. This will put a damper on my tradition of going to Reno.” The proposed color choice was subject to various readings, as well. Council member David

On the map While city icons such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge are now deeply embedded in the world’s psyche as symbols of the wonder and issions m b u s romance of Paris and the tion San Francisco, they among928 competi were each originally for a 1 a new slogan erected in the name of to write arch was, “in commerce—the tower as a focal point of the for the ssive Reno, e.” 1889 World’s Fair and the Progre linger, locat bridge to alleviate ferry loiter, traffic to Marin County. So, too, was the Reno Arch. In 1927, Reno hosted an event called Nevada’s Transcontinental Highway Exhibition. Judging from the event pamphlet, the city looked like an idyllic paradise. It shows the Sierra Nevada—painted pink by muted,

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UNR students parade near the arch during a 1961 “Pajama Rally.”

late-afternoon sunlight—behind the brand new California Building in Idlewild Park. That building is dwarfed by five opulently sized exhibition halls with terra-cotta roofs. On the back of the pamphlet, there’s a map of the West and its newly completed highway system. San Francisco and Los Angeles are just dots, and Reno is a big, green star, smack in the map’s center. Among what a Historic Reno Preservation Society newsletter called “a flurry of preparations” for the exhibition, Reno erected its first arch, in the park, as part of the exposition. Its slogan read, “Reno: Nevada’s Transcontinental Highway Exposition, June 25-Aug 1 1927.” “I don’t think [other cities] went as big as Reno did— because you’re hooking up the victory end of the Lincoln Highway and straightening out some real confusion,” said historian Neal Cobb. The Reno portion of the Lincoln Highway made for a coast-to-coast driving route. The confusion that Cobb mentioned had come from a messy system of route designations, which was now, for the first time, numerically ordered and easy to navigate. Americans were excited about an era of increased mobility and leisure travel. But, while Reno may have had its reasons to celebrate, literal truth in advertising was not necessarily among them. The terra-cotta roofs were fiction. The “buildings” were actually enormous tents, filled with exhibits of things like livestock and consumer products—Weartex Rug Company, Western Auto Supply Company, Schlitz beer and Feen-AMint laxative, to name a few. Cobb, who keeps a private archive of historical photos in his house and is the co-author of the book Reno Now and Then, is skeptical about the exposition’s cultural import. “We always do that,” he said. “It’s political. You can go ahead and make a big deal out of your dog’s As casinos droppings if you want to. When it comes down worked to to it, was it really an important event, or was it a clean up the promotional thing?” industry’s In October of that year, the arch was moved image, a 1941 postcard downtown. In a dedication ceremony with presented a tidy, mayor Ed Roberts, it was, according to the patriotic Reno. preservation society newsletter, met with “oohs and aahs, cheers and applause.” The city held a competition to come up with a new slogan to replace the event. Submissions reportedly flooded in, including such nods to local industry as “Reno: If You Are in a Rush, We Will Get You a Divorce Within Three Months.” No slogan was settled on that year, and in 1928, another call, this time including a $100 prize, drew hundreds more entries. Among them: “In Progressive Reno, Loiter, Linger, Locate.” Several people suggested “Biggest Little City in the World,” and that’s the one that stuck.

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to look into replacing it with something more colorful, more modern.” But the perceived need for a new arch wasn’t just about sprucing up an outdated emblem. Historian Cobb—who once worked at the Harold’s Club and was once married into the Smith family, which founded the historic casino—said that the impetus to modernize the casino industry’s image had a particular urgency behind it. Gambling had been made illegal in Nevada in 1910 and remained illegal for 21 years. Prohibition did not stop gambling from happening, though—it drove it underground. This, according to Cobb, meant speakeasy-type clubs, mafia organization, houses that cheated their clientele and an allaround rough reputation. When gambling was re-legalized in 1931, the industry had a dismal reputation. “It had to be cleaned up from the inside out,” Cobb said. He added that Harold’s Club, which opened in 1935, led the charge. Among the casino’s efforts to give the industry a more trustworthy face were to provide a scholarship for UNR students and to not cheat customers. Still, said Cobb, the industry maintained mafia connections, struggled to attract “reputable” clients, and went another two decades without much oversight. A gaming control board wasn’t formed until 1955, and there wasn’t a gaming control commission until 1959. Corruption remained, and, as Cobb tells it, the casinos were still trying to fight off their image problem and attract a wider clientele into the 1960s. Most of the downtown casinos got together and In the 1920s, offered to fund the new arch—a symbol of a more Reno became a destination for affable, approachable industry—for $100,000. “Harold’s put up the majority of the money, and fast weddings, as noted the others put up smaller amounts,” Powers said this card, in the oral history. The Ad Art sign company, then postmarked located in Modesto, California, designed it. The 1951. Reno City Council approved it. The casinos had it built and deeded it to the city. “On New Year’s Eve, we had a grand arch lighting,” Powers recalled. “We had a large slot machine up on a stage, and at midnight Mayor Hugo Quilici came up and pulled the handle. It was rigged up so that the reel stopped on three pictures of the new arch, and the arch lights went on at the same time. Everybody cheered. Had a street dance until one o’clock in the morning.” Decades later, according to a 1987 RGJ article, Powers also recalled, “There was a small but mighty uprising by those who didn’t want the arch changed. I thought I’d be tarred and feathered and run out of town.”

One MOre Overhaul In February, 1987, the Reno Gazette-Journal had a Style section. On its front page, Rolland Melton wrote in his column about the Biggest Little City Commission, a group working on “examining the city’s wealth of plusses and numerous minuses.” The group was led by Mark Curtis, retired Harrah’s Casino public relations director. Melton wrote that while the group “detected defeatism here and there,” it “confirmed that Reno has class, backbone and that in our consciousness A flash mob dance takes place there is a pride in the place where we live, and under the arch as a hankering to fix our ailments.” part of the 2015 Among the ailments were things like litter Zombie Crawl. in parks—which the committee addressed by photo caption encouraging clean-up days—and the 1963 arch. Of course, the idea of the previous arch as an outdated eyesore wasn’t unanimous. Five days before the 1987 arch was scheduled to debut, a national news brief from Gannett summarized public opinion this way: “To some residents of this city, the new Reno Arch is no more than a well-lit target for pigeons. [Pigeon droppings had, in 1977, led to a fire that left the arch dark for five months.] To others, it’s

become a symbol of the city’s determination to deal with social and economic problems that in recent years have tarnished its image and polarized the citizenry.” But in a 1986 RGJ piece, columnist Cory Farley had portrayed the arch as a matter of little import: “The mail indicates a surprising number of people don’t give Hoot One if the arch glows, darkens or falls beneath its burden of pigeon poo.” Once the 1987 arch was installed and the “Biggest Little City in the World” slogan—which Melton wrote had been “ridiculed in the past for being corny and unsophisticated”—was reinstated, media accolades were plentiful. An RGJ editorial read, “It’s an attractive concept, at once traditional, contemporary and nostalgic.’” A headline in the same paper called the new design “triumphant.” And Nevada Magazine called it “more modernistic and glamorous than its predecessors.”

Behind the design The Reno Arch—in all of its iterations—has meant many things to many people over the years. In the 1940s, it was used on postcards to help promote Reno’s image as a divorce capital. In other decades, postcards have presented the arch as modern or retro, in styles ranging all the way from documentary to farcical. Locals and tourists have taken countless pictures under the arch, and the block of Virginia Street underneath it has been used as an event space for symphony concerts, fireworks displays, and zombie crawl flash-mob dances. Photos of the arch are used on souvenir T-shirts. Archie Wood from Battle Born Tattoo said in an email, “I do have a few folks with the arch tattooed on them.” And, as of this writing, the Reno Gazette Journal uses a Reno Arch graphic as its profile picture. Really, it can be adapted to pretty much anything. “The meaning is not fixed,” said Katherine Hepworth, a design scholar and UNR professor who has studied and published on

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civic design. That goes for the arch—and for city monuments everywhere. “Any symbol, over the long term, comes to represent the sum of the activities of the people who make up that city, as well as the government,” she said. And for boosters and haters alike, symbols like the arch “become about the beliefs and habits of the people who make up the city.” “The Reno Arch and structures like it—they become very important to citizens’ sense of place,” Hepworth said. “If Reno didn’t have an arch in the future, I think for quite some time afterward, like decades, it would be felt as a missing thing. It would be like the Truckee was missing or something, in terms of what it means to residents or what it means symbolically.” While city monuments in general don’t tend to change their appearance much over time, change has been a constant with Reno’s arch. It’s design has changed with the times, reflected different versions of Reno’s commercial aspirations, and also served as a symbol of personal pride and identity for many. But, this time around, Hepworth said, something feels different. Even though so far it’s just a paint job, the arch’s new look, she observed, “is more conservative and more tentative than ever it’s been in its history.” “If anything, Reno has been a gauche and bawdy and uncouth and more on the wild side,” she said. “This arch is like Reno’s in an interview suit. … I think it’s been interpreted by some citizens as a fear of being controversial.” That, she added, is not something we’ve traditionally shied away from. But lately, with a surge in interest in attracting out-of-state businesses, the concept of projecting a widely palatable civic image is something that the city—and the City—often favor.

“There’s a common phenomenon with new designs: people always hate them first, no matter how successful they become,” said Hepworth. “So, you can only really test the effectiveness or gauge the popularity of a design over a few months. The initial thing is always influenced by the shock of the new.” Hepworth, who is originally from Australia, drew this comparison with the Sydney Opera House: “People in 1950s/1960s Australia were sure this crazy monstrosity would be unbearable.” It opened in 1973 and has long been a source of intense national pride.

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Here in Reno, will the blue paint and stainless steel coatings continue to resonate as strongly, for better or for worse, as they do now? Will the neon fans’ nostalgia be swayed by arguments of reduced power bills? Will the association with the university remain, to some, a problem of ill-advised identity confusion and, to others, a reassuring symbol of unity to others? Time will tell. Ω The Reno Arch refresh is scheduled to be completed in late April. Details about road closures and lane closures are at reno.gov/roadclosures. An eventual unveiling event is in the planning stages.

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ot much in our popular culture is hotter than mysteries these days. Just look at the sudden proliferation of escape rooms, murder mystery games and websites wholly devoted to selling murder mystery party packages. Almost every nighttime network TV show is a crime, police, detective or true crime drama. I’ve been invited to three murder mystery dinners in the last six months alone. Maybe it’s the catharsis of living out our worst nightmares from the safety of our couches, the non-threatening adrenaline rush of narrowly escaping death or just our natural human desire to solve puzzles. They’re all reasons why the most popular literary genre in the U.S. is mystery/ thriller/crime. If you’re yearning for your own mystery fix, Left Coast Crime 2018 might be your ticket to paradise. The annual conference was created by and for authors and readers of mystery novels, in particular those set or created in Western North America. The convention gathers authors, critics, librarians, publishers and fans together in one place for four days to honor their favorite works and meet the writers behind them, get into the minds of their favorite characters, discover new authors and series, and spend a few days living in a mysterious world.

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Though the conference has drawn hundreds to a different Western city each year since its inception in 1991, LCC has curiously never made its way to the Reno-Tahoe area. Lynn Bremer thought that was a mystery she needed to solve. “I’ve been an active mystery reader for years,” Bremer said. “About five years ago, I started going to Left Coast Crime. And when I came back from Portland [site of the 2015 convention], I asked one of my friends on the national board how come they’d never been to Reno. She said it was because they’d never had an invitation.” Unlike other cities that host local chapters of such mystery writing groups as Sisters in Crime or Mystery Writers of America, which usually would spearhead an effort to bring LCC to town, Reno has no such group. So Bremer turned to the only group she knew of to help draft a bid—her Mystery Books Group out of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nevada’s Extended Studies Program. Five volunteers from the group stepped forward to volunteer alongside Bremer and draft the bid: Bobbi Lazzarone, Lucinda Long, Cathy Retterer, Sally Snow and Joanne Yau. With the bid accepted and a location—the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks—selected, the local volunteers, with Bremer at the helm as convention chair, began working with the LCC Standing Committee to plan the 2018 event. Each year’s convention incorporates a theme related to its location. This year’s is Crime on the

Comstock, and the conference festivities tie in quite nicely. Bremer secured local Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne to put in an appearance or two, as well as local mystery author Todd Borg as toastmaster. Borg is a Tahoe-area writer with a popular 15-installment mystery series that features detective Owen McKenna as its central character and is set at real locations in and around the Tahoe Basin. As toastmaster at LCC, he’ll moderate several panels and serve as an MC and presenter at various activities. “I think it’ll be the biggest literary event to ever happen here in the Reno-Sparks area,” Borg said.

Elements in Crime Fiction,” “Writing Medicine and Science,” “Paths to Publication,” “Writing Political Thrillers,” “What’s Your Prequel?” and “Writing Great Dialogue.” Attendees can find out, for example, what characters their favorite authors would love to write or how they come up with their ideas for thriller, suspense, cozy, political, historical or paranormal mysteries. The Author-Reader Connections series is also a great way to ask the burning questions you’ve been dying to ask your favorite authors. In this series, registered attendees may sign up to spend quality time with authors in small, intimate groups over snacks or drinks. The event organizers have arranged side trips through Patty’s Tours, scheduled before and after the conference: History of the Comstock in Virginia City on March Upon arrival on Thursday morning, guests will 20, Donner Party Historic Site on March 21, receive tote bags emblazoned with this year’s and The History of Brothels in Nevada at the locally designed Crime on the Comstock LCC Mustang Ranch on March 26. logo and filled with books. The Sundance Books will be on After attending Left Coast four-day lineup will kick off with an Crime in other cities, hand throughout the conference author “speed-dating” event, a silent avid mystery reader Lynn to sell books. And conference Bremer helped bring the auction, an opportunity attendees—both convention to Sparks. to hear Scottish mystery fans and roughly author Catriona 200 authors— McPherson interview will be listed Borg and an opening on the website, night reception, where so you’ll know fans and writers will mix whom to watch and mingle, and Borg will for and can even introduce the rest of the link to author conference agenda. websites from Friday, G.M. Malliet, the listings, to an author of cozy brush up on their mysteries—a popular works before subgenre invlolving less speaking with violence—will interview them in person. one of the conference’s “I think two guests of honor, some of the best William Kent Krueger. contemporary Layne’s Mark Twain will writing is in appear as well. the mystery Saturday, S.J. Rozan genre,” said will interview the Bremer. “At other guest of honor, the conference, Naomi Hirahara, and that I learn about new evening’s Lefty Awards dinner and upcoming writers. There are lots of gala will take place. Chosen by registered wonderful writers who aren’t on the New members of the convention, the Lefty Awards York Times bestseller list, and I think it’s honor books and authors in the categories of some of the most interesting writing that’s Best Humorous Mystery Novel, Best Historical going on.” Mystery Novel, Best Debut Mystery and Best “I’m a writer, so it’s interesting meetMystery Novel. ing the authors,” Borg added. “Like any Sunday’s final event is a guest of profession, we like to get together with our honor panel in which next year’s toastcolleagues and talk shop. … But we’re also master—Cathy Ace of Vancouver, British addicted readers. And avid fans will enjoy Columbia—will moderate a panel featuring soaking in it. Almost every serious mystery Borg, Hirahara and Krueger. reader will have read works by multiple writBut perhaps the most important parts of the ers who are coming to Left Coast Crime.” Ω conference are the more than 60 panels taking place throughout the four days, offering illuminating discussions with writers. Subjects include everything from “Left Coast Crime 101” (a The Left Coat Crime conference takes place March 22-25 at the primer on navigating the conference) to “How Nugget Casino Resort. Three-day registration is $220, and day Much Research is Too Much?,” “Romantic rates are available. Visit www.leftcoastcrime.org/2018.

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Ryan Fassbender enjoys painting the kind of cabover-engine semi-trucks he admired on the road as a kid.

Winter coats Ryan Fassbender It’s tough to get a bit of Ryan Fassbender’s time. He’s usually busy painting—both signs and houses. And as spring sets in, he explained, his already busy schedule will become even tighter. “Well, winter is all interior stuff,” Fassbender said during a recent phone interview. “And then in the summer we go and paint all of the exteriors. So in the winter, we slow down a lot.” But even during the slow winter months, he dedicates a great deal of time to painting. The slow season for business is when Fassbender gives himself over to painting for the pleasure of it. While he’s done a few large murals, most of his artwork is on a considerably smaller scale than his everyday painting jobs. An exhibition of Fassbender’s art is currently on display at Hub Coffee Roasters. The collection, which includes things like movie poster recreations and depictions of old semi-trucks, reads like a love letter to the not-so-distant past—but its materials also quietly speak to Fassbender’s current day-to-day work. “I paint most of my stuff on reclaimed stuff because I’m a carpenter and house painter,” Fassbender said. “So I don’t buy my canvasses. I normally use scrap that’s going to be waste. And I use a lot of sign painting paint, because I’m a sign painter as well. And I use airbrush, pinstripe brush and spray paint—kind of a mixed media.” Among the pieces on display at Hub is one created from a cabinet door Fassbender built to the wrong size. On it he painted the word “midnight” in flowing gold letters, with swirling blue pinstriping beneath. Hung to either side of the “midnight” sign are depictions of old, cab-over-engine semi-trucks (the “flat-faced” ones with the 18   |   RN&R   |   03.15.18


engine mounted beneath the driver’s cab). Truck drivers sometimes refer to them as just “COEs.” For Fassbender, they’re nostalgic—and that’s basically the theme of this particular exhibition, which he described as an “Americana road trip.” “The COEs are a big part of it, because growing up I traveled from California to Minnesota on Greyhound, you know, a couple of times a year—and, so, it was lot of window time,” he said. “I’d be watching semi-trucks, and the cab over engines were always my favorites. And so I’d kind of just imagine, ‘Oh, that’d be way nicer than being on the Greyhound.’ So, I’d draw them on the bus.” A few years ago, Fassbender revisited the memory and decided he wanted to paint COEs. He’s based his recent depictions of the engines on the same make and model. “I think it’s an’85 GMC cab-overengine,” he said. “It’s a really cool, kind of, Optimus Prime-looking COE.” Like the sign, these and the other pieces in the exhibition are painted on pieces of scrap wood. Fassbender explained that, in addition to feeling like he’s reducing waste, the material is one he enjoys using. “I also like to see the start to finish,” he said. “I like to prep the board, get it ready for paint, paint it, apply the right clear coat, finish, polish, all of that stuff—because it’s what I do for a living.” It’s getting to be the time of year when Fassbender’s house painting fills up more and more of his schedule, but he’s also hoping to make time for art. “I’d like to, you know, maybe do another mural this summer,” he said. “I’d like to try to hang some more art this summer—because I have a couple of other styles that are totally different than the ones showing at the Hub. I’d like to get that out there.” Ω Ryan Fassbender’s art will be on display at Hub Coffee Roasters, 727 Riverside Drive, through March 28. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. on March 23.

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“i know! Let’s make a sci-fi version of The Sound of music.”

Bad adaptation A beloved novel gets absolutely slaughtered with A Wrinkle in Time, a sure contender for one of 2018’s worst movies, and an embarrassment for the great talents involved. Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel was adapted by Disney once before with an also lousy TV movie back in 2003. The book has been bouncing around Hollywood for decades, with many attempts to bring it to the big screen being aborted. It’s a sad, sad thing that Disney finally took the plunge, dropped over $100 million and came up with this mess. Compounding the sadness is that it’s directed by Ava DuVernay, who made the excellent Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. While that film had a cohesive vision, excellent technical credits and powerhouse acting all around, her new film has none of these things. It’s total chaos on screen. Crackpot-yet-dreamy scientist Mr. Murry (Chris Pine) is obsessed with interstellar travel, and believes that wrinkles in time could be used to travel light years through space. It’s never really established what he wants to achieve through such travel, but his obsession eventually leads to his disappearance for four years. He apparently travels through the universe with no real way to get home, and no real sense of purpose. A ragtag group of kids led by Murry’s oldest daughter, Meg (Storm Reid), and precocious adopted son, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), set out on an ill-conceived journey to find their dad, accompanied by Reese Witherspoon as crazy Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as eccentric Mrs. Who, and Oprah Winfrey as the ponderous Mrs. Which. Mrs. Whatsit speaks fast, Mrs. Who speaks quirkily, and Mrs. Which talks really slowly. That’s this film’s best attempt at humor and distinguishable characters. Their journey leads them through various horribly designed set pieces and crappy, candy-colored CGI. When movie magic is present, the art direction, cinematography and editing combine to transport us into new worlds and visions. In Wrinkle, these things combine to look like a bad office costume party where somebody spiked the brownies with bad weed.

The film seems poorly planned from its very first scenes, as if the director really had no idea what to film or how to film it. It’s abundantly clear that many of the sequences didn’t get enough coverage shots, so nonsensical editing is constantly occurring over dialogue that doesn’t match the actions. Cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessier totally blows it in the lighting department, opting for a dull sheen on the movie that makes it look like a dress rehearsal. The sets, costuming and makeup are laughingly bad, reminiscent of the eyesores that were Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movies. In early scenes, in which Oprah is supposed to be a giant, a mix of forced perspective and green screen effects keep Oprah disconnected from her fellow performers. The finished product makes it seem like she probably rarely shared a studio with them. She looks like she’s just roaming around in her own realm. Zach Galifianakis shows up as, well, I’m really not sure what the hell he was supposed to be in this movie. I just know he looked and sounded stupid. The same can be said for Michael Pena. Witherspoon at least tries to be fun in her thankless role. I’m not saying she is fun. She’s not fun at all. I’m just saying it’s evident she tried to be fun, while Kaling, like Oprah, looks totally lost. Having watched the film, I’m still not sure what happened or what was supposed to be happening. Perhaps A Wrinkle In Time is a novel that was, is and always shall be unadaptable. That said, it’s admirable that DuVernay and crew took a stab at such a cherished, complicated work. Actually, no, forget about that. That’s just me trying to be nice. They should’ve left this material alone, and their finished product is proof it was a project well beyond their capabilities. When they saw the script, they should’ve ran far, far away. I was mad while watching it, and I’m even more mad while recapping it. Movies this bad should never happen, especially with this level of talent involved. Ω

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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.


Black Panther

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.


Death Wish

Bruce Willis sleepwalks through this 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. 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’s 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. This time out, Paul Kersey (Willis) is a doctor set on revenge after his wife is killed and daughter winds up in a coma. Unlike the original, Kersey doesn’t just go after random criminals, but conducts a vendetta on the people who attacked his family. It all adds up to nothing.


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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.)






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To celebrate another personal orbit around the sun, my friends recently took me to Tofu House, Reno’s newest Korean restaurant. We began by ordering beer ($7) and soju to ($13) create a cocktail known as somaek, a popular combination in South Korea. The 18 percent ABV spirit is lightly sweet, and the end result is something like a weak boilermaker. Properly warmed up, we moved on to appetizers. Crispy pork and veggie pot stickers ($6.95, eight pieces) were served with a pair of sauces and gone in seconds. A plate-sized scallion and seafood pancake ($14.95) had a crispy, almost hashbrown-like texture—full of long-cut green onion, white fish, octopus, shrimp and other goodies. Ddeokbokki ($12.95) is stir-fried Korean rice cake—something like a fat, spongy pasta—mixed with sweet fish cake, boiled egg, ramen noodle, onion and cabbage swimming in a pool of sweet chili sauce. It’s tasty, but huge. Speaking of huge, Korean fried chicken ($19.95) involves chopping, battering and deep-frying an entire three-pound bird to be served either plain, sweet and spicy, or half and half. It was good plain but really something with the sauce. Korean entrees are served with banchan, a series of small dishes intended to enhance the experience. Our lineup included kimchi, spicy daikon radish, sweet fish cake, pickled bean sprout, and a potato salad that was basically chunky mashed potatoes. All were fine, with the kimchi a standout. I do love some good, spicy fermented cabbage. A pair of my companions ordered hot stone pot rice bowls, one beef bulgogi ($13.95) and the other beef bibimbap ($12.95). The former included marinated


beef with mushroom, scallion, onion, carrot, cabbage and pepper paste; it was quite good. The bibimbap was pretty much the same thing, but with a black sesame seeded fried egg on top, and considerably less beef. We asked why that bowl had just a couple of pieces of meat and were told, “That’s how it’s served.” I’ve been served bibimbap at other places with much more meat, so this was a little surprising. Without the meat, the bowl was a bit bland and disappointing. Japchae was next ($11.95). It’s a plate of stir-fried Korean glass noodles with marinated beef, zucchini, mushroom, carrot and bean sprout. When I’ve had this as part of banchan, it’s been very simple and lightly sweet, with a lot of herb and fragrant spice. Adding those other ingredients made it something I’d order for lunch every week. My friend’s plate of spicy stir-fried squid ($18.95) included mushroom, scallion, onion, zucchini and jalapeño, with noodles on the side. The thin strips of mollusc were just about as tender as I’ve tasted, and the combination of flavors made me wonder if I’d ordered the wrong entree. But I had eyes only for the sundubu soup. Sundubu is silky soft tofu, and of the soups I chose “assorted” ($13.95), which mixed beef, seafood, mushroom, zucchini and soft tofu, with a fresh, raw egg on the side. The soup is served bubbling in a hot stone bowl, so you crack the egg over it and slowly stir as it cooks into the soup. Combined with the velvety tofu, the result is rich, creamy and delicious. There is lot to like about Tofu House, but that soup is the reason I’ll return. Ω

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new rose Location, location, location. The first word in real estate is also the first word in just about everything else—including beer. When Under the Rose Brewing Company first opened five years ago, its Fourth Street location seemed like it might become part of a prime corridor for beer-drinkers (see “A beer to remember,” feature story, May 9, 2013). It was near hip businesses, like Lincoln Lounge and Bootleg Courier Company, and there were other breweries in development nearby. And although there is now a viable brewing presence there, anchored by popular brewpub The Depot, Fourth Street isn’t quite the attraction it once might have seemed poised to become. So, now that UTR is ready to add a second location, they’re aiming it at the neighborhood where people might expect to find a homegrown brewpub: midtown. “Fourth Street is more of destination,” said Jesse Kleinedler, who co-owns Under the Rose with her husband, Scott Emond. “If you’re coming to our brewery, you’re coming to our brewery. Here [in midtown], we’re coming to the people.” The midtown branch launches with a soft opening at 11 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and a grand opening March 31. The 5,100-square-foot space is divided into two large rooms. The front room will feature a full bar with 24 handles, three of which will be wine and one of which will be cider. The rest will be UTR brews. Both rooms have high ceilings and a lot of natural light. The southern walls feature large, gorgeous murals depicting Mt. Rose painted by well-known local artist Erik Burke, making the name “Under the Rose” suddenly apparent. The front room features custom-made tables with Nevada-shaped tabletops and support gussets. They were designed by

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wood and metal craftsman Justin Hahn from Hammer and Saw. Andrea Keil, formerly of Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, will be the midtown head brewer. Patty Cronin, based at the Fourth Street location, will remain head of brewing operations. The Fourth Street location will remain in operation primarily as a production and distribution facility for UTR’s flagship beers, like nevadabeer and saisonbeer. Its tasting room will remain open for limited hours. The new location will be more a “test kitchen,” according to Emond, where he, Keil and Cronin can test out unusual styles. “We really wanted to start highlighting what we can do and have a small-batch production facility,” Emond said. “We all have these ideas that have just been percolating for years.” UTR Midtown’s brewpub menu, developed by chef Justin Longroy, includes small plates such as sausages, fries and tater tots. The simple fare will also appeal to kids. “We’re family friendly,” Emond said. “It’s a huge part of a lot of our customer base.” Emond looked at buildings around midtown before first opening UTR five years ago, but it wasn’t financially feasible for the fledgling company back then. “We were always adapting to circumstances, and now we’re able to get back home. We’ve loved midtown since we moved here, 10-and-a-half, 11 years ago.” “We’re coming in to be part of a community in midtown,” said Kleinedler. Ω

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Take a hike Zack Teran “Along the Mountains in the Sky,” the first song on Portalis, the new album by Reno bassist Zack Teran, begins with a moody electronic soundscape, punctuated by understated saxophone and trumpet, like something from a sci-fi noir movie. Then the piece opens up into a couple of big melodic themes before settling into a jazz fusion groove that will appeal to fans of the Chicago post-rock band Tortoise. After a terrific trumpet solo, the sax returns alongside what sounds like a dramatic rock guitar solo but is actually played on bass. The melodic themes return briefly, and then the piece ends with a syncopated, ska-like rhythm that slowly fades out. The song covers a lot of musical ground. So do the album’s other nine tracks. And covering a lot of ground was an inspiration for the album. “A lot of the songs were written based on outdoorsy travels that I’ve done—hikes in the mountains,” Teran said during a recent interview. Sometimes the inspiration would take the form a melody that would occur to him while on the hike, but often the process would just include him sitting with his instrument and writing music while reflecting back on his outdoor adventures. “I don’t know if meditating is that right word—just thinking about that experience. … The space that that moment puts you in for writing music,” he said. Teran was born in Mexico, grew up in Reno, and graduated from Reno High School and the jazz program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He’s played in local rock bands, like the Stops and Frendo, and in a wide variety of jazz gigs. He was a touring member of the world music group Sol Jibe, and he’s been a member of the literary indie act the Novelists for a decade.

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In that band, he learned two things: recording techniques, which helped him engineer Portalis, and improving his singing. Most of Portalis was recorded in one day with help from Anna Santoro, using equipment borrowed from the Novelists. He wrote most of the music beforehand, but included solo sections for each of the players to improvise. “I try to leave the music open enough so that the musicians who are playing it can also have some input and some say,” he said. The players include tenor saxophonist Chris Gillette and trumpeter Brandon Sherman, both of whom Teran met through UNR. “What’s great about their two styles is—to my ear, they blend really well, but they’re improvisational styles are completely different,” Teran said. “Chris— he can just shred on the saxophone, which is completely awesome. Brandon also can do that, but he’s much more colorful. He can play around with strange notes or colors on the trumpet.” And the drummer on the session was prolific local player Miguel Jimenez-Cruz. “He and I play all musics together— blues, jazz, funk,” Teran said. “He just started playing with the Novelists.” Teran’s goal for the album was to write music with the same clarity of mind that comes after a long hike. “I equate music to … going hiking and spending time outdoors,” he said. “You get this sense of connection to things that are happening around you that maybe are obscured by modern lifestyle. I wanted the music to also be a portal for listeners to either be introspective, or think about things in a different way, or just focus on music, or be meditative and feel connected to something else that they don’t usually feel connected to. I think music does that for people.” Ω

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FOR THE WEEK OF MaRcH 15, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. HAWKS OF NORTHERN NEVADA: Alan Gubanich presents a workshop on how to identify hawks in the field. The Galena Creek Visitor Center has a collection of hawk specimens on loan from the local Lahontan Audubon Society. Gubanich will use many of these specimens, along with Powerpoint photos, to guide you through the process of separating one species from another. Bring your field guides if you have any. Sat, 3/17, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The group will discuss Killer Looks by Linda Fairstein. Sun, 3/18, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

PURPLE NOON: Artemisia MovieHouse



Even if you don’t have a wee bit of Irish in you, all Hibernophiles age 21 and older are invited to wear green and raise a pint during the sixth annual bar crawl. Get festive and dress up for the occasion in your best St. Patrick’s Day garb or creative ensemble and purchase a $5 commemorative cup and map to get free admission, beer and drink specials and more at over 30 participating venues in downtown Reno. The evening includes themed live entertainment and music, costume contests, a picture booth and giveaways. The crawl starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Headquarters Bar, 219 W. Second St., and Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St. Call 624-8320 or visitcrawlreno.com.

presents a screening of Rene Clement’s 1960 drama/thriller. It is the first film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s famed novel The Talented Mr. Ripley. Alain Delon stars as Tom Ripley, who is sent to Italy to find an old friend and persuade him to return to the United States. But Ripley has a much different—and much deadlier—outcome in mind. In English, French and Italian with English subtitles. Sun, 3/18, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 6363386, artemisiamoviehouse.weebly.com.

RENO SWINGS!: Learn 1940s-style swing dancing every week at the American Legion Hall. No partner or experience necessary. Wed, 3/21, 7pm. $7-$10 for lessons, $5 for dance only. American Legion Hall, 877 Ralston St., (707) 8430895, www.renoswings.com.



BOWLING IS LOTSAFUN: The National Bowling Stadium opens its lanes to the public for this fundraiser for Amplify Life’s Camp Lotsafun, a summer camp for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ticket includes three games of bowling, bowling shoes and free parking at the stadium. There will also be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Sat, 3/17, 11am. $25-$100. National Bowling Stadium, 300 N. Center St., (775) 827-3866, amplifylife.org.

27TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER FRY: Thousands of adventurous eaters will head to Virginia City to sample tasty testes from cooks competing for the title of Best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the West. The day’s activities will include the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl, a costume contest and Irish music. The free parade begins at 10am. Immediately following the parade, cooks will serve up fried, chopped, grilled or sautéed beef testicles as they compete for bragging rights and more than $2,500 in prizes. Tasting tickets start at $7 for three samples or 10 samples for $15. Take a tour of more than 10 saloons during The Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl. Purchase a cup for $20 in advance online or $25 at the event. Sat, 3/17, 10am-4pm. Free admission. C Street, Virginia City, (775) 847-7500,.

DOG POUND CREW: Rooted in classic b-boying and steeped in contemporary dance culture, the young dancers of Dog Pound mix acrobatic moves with precise choreography and free-styling. Sat, 3/17, 10:30am. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200; Sat, 3/17, 1pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

ECLECTIC EVENING BOOK CLUB: The group will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Wed, 3/21, 5pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES: Historian, author, walking tour guide and Reno expert Debbie Hinman will present an overview of the beginnings of Nevada and its two significant early towns, Virginia City and Reno, and the symbiotic relationship between the two. Wed, 3/17, 5:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, www.historicreno.org.

GEM FAIRE: The event features fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious and semiprecious gemstones, beads, crystals, gold and silver, tools, jewelry supplies and boxes and more. Fri, 3/16, noon-6pm;

Sat, 3/17, 10am-6pm; Sun, 3/18, 10am5pm. $7 weekend pass. Reno-Sparks

Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave, (503) 252-8300, www.gemfaire.com.






discuss My Invented Country by Isabel Allende. Thu, 3/15, 2-4pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.

WEST COAST SWING SOCIAL DANCE AND LESSONS: High Sierra Swing Dance Club offers beginner and intermediate dance classes every Monday, followed by a free social dance at 7:30pm. No partner necessary. Mon, 3/19, 5:30pm. $8 per class. 11th Frame Lounge, Carson Lanes Family Fun Center, 4600 Snyder Ave., Carson City, (775) 443-8870, hssdc.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, 3/15-Wed, 3/21, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

ARTS FOR ALL NEVADA: Youth Art Month Exhibit. Arts for All Nevada celebrates the creativity of local youth as part of the national celebration of Youth Art Month. The show runs through April 27. Thu, 3/15-Fri, 3/16, Mon, 3/19-Wed, 3/21, 10am-4pm. Arts for All Nevada, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100.

THE HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY: All In. The fourth annual fundraising exhibition features work by over 40 artists who have helped shape the visual arts side of The Holland Project. All of the artwork in the exhibition will be available for purchase at $100 per piece at the closing reception. Proceeds will go towards future programming in the Holland Project Gallery. Fri, 3/16, 6-8pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858, www.hollandreno.org.

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, 3/15-Sat, 3/17, Tue, 3/20-Wed, 3/21, 10am. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Boulevard, www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.

NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Bold 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, 3/15-Sat, 3/17, Mon, 3/19Wed, 3/21, 10am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

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. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday. Thu, 3/15-Sat, 3/17, Mon, 3/19-Wed, 3/21. Free. Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 7860558, stremmelgallery.com.

MUSIc COME IN FROM THE COLD FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: The winter family entertainment series continues with a performance by the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. Sat, 3/17, 7pm. $3 suggested donation. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.

POETS, PLAYWRIGHTS AND STORYTELLERS: Reno Pops Orchestra performs music from Peter and the Wolf, Westside Story, Les Misérables and The Jungle Book. Sat, 3/17, 7pm. Free. South Reno Baptist Church, 6780 S. McCarran Blvd., www.renopops.org.

RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Guest violinist Bella Hristova performs Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto with the RCO. The program also features works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/18, 2pm. $5-$55. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 348-9413.

ONSTaGE HOME SWEET HOMICIDE: Lollipop 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. 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. Fri, 3/16-Sat, 3/17, 5:45pm. $33.95-$36.95. Gold Dust West Casino Hotel, 2171 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 781-0664, www.cw3595.com.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company presents this play by Simon Stephens based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon. Fifteen-yearold Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earthshattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Performances are Thursday-Sunday, March 16-April 7. Fri, 3/16-Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. $18-$20. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.

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. Performances are ThursdaySunday through March 25. Thu, 3/15-Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm, Sun, 3/18, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 8138900, renolittletheater.org.

NATION OF TWO: Brüka Theatre presents Tom Burmester’s contemporary family war drama. Nation of Two follows the lives of the Harper family as they prepare to scatter the ashes of 24-year-old Lt. Michael Harper on the anniversary of his combat-related death in the Iraq War. The play opens on March 16 with a postshow champagne reception. The show runs Thursday-Sunday through April 7. The play is suggested for people age 12 and older. Fri, 3/16-Sat 3/17, 8pm. $18$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Broadway Comes to Reno continues its 2017-2018 season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family. Fri, 3/16, 8pm; Sat, 3/17, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3/18, 1pm & 7pm. $50-$95. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600.

THE TANGLED SKIRT: Two strangers await the last bus out of town, as small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage, trapped in their own secrets and lies, to be the last one standing. Fri, 3/16, 7:30pm; Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/18, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074.


Remaining chased I have a history of terrible relationships that end in awful heartbreak. The advice I keep getting is to date down—get together with a man who is less attractive than I am and who likes me a little more than I like him. I was kind of into the idea of equality on all levels, but maybe I’m wrong. After you’ve had your heart broken, it’s tempting to opt for romantic safety measures. For example, a garden gnome could be an ideal partner—because few women will fight you for your 18-inch “Man of Resin” and because his stubby little legs are molded together, making it impossible for him to run away. There’s a name for this “dating down” thing you’re contemplating: “the principle of least interest.” This is sociologist Willard Waller’s term—from his observations of dating dynamics between college students—describing how whichever partner is the least emotionally attached is in a position to “exploit” the other. Now, you aren’t looking to clean out a guy’s bank account or make him scrub the baseboards with Barbie’s toothbrush. Regardless, you’re likely to have more power in any relationship—and be less likely to be the exploitee—if your response to a guy’s “I love you so much!” involves polite gratitude or pointing skyward: “Look! A UFO!” The problem is, how do you engineer this sort of situation? Only “swiping right” on men you have the lukewarmies for? Only accepting dates from men you don’t entirely respect? Of course, even an “I’m just not that into you” strategy like this isn’t foolproof, because what anthropologists call “mate value” can shift—like when the mouthbreathing nerdy loser becomes the mouth-breathing but unexpectedly sexy startup multigazillionaire. Tempting as it is to look for hacks to avoid heartbreak, it’s probably more helpful to look at whether there was anything you could’ve— and should’ve—done differently in your past relationships. The reality is, relationships sometimes end in heartbreak. It’s just the price of getting together with a man you love and lust after—as opposed to one you approached with “I’ve always kinda pitied you and found you borderline sexually repellant. Whaddya say we get a beer?”

Pedal to the settle There’s a mutual attraction between this guy in my doctoral program and me, and we have great conversations. I’d date him, but he’s in a long-distance relationship. Recently, he started giving driving lessons to earn extra cash. I need to learn to drive a stick shift, so I signed up. This has morphed into our spending time together on weekends, having lunch, etc. My friends say this is a bad idea. But I guess I’m just following my heart. Is that so wrong to do? As for all this time the guy is spending with you, consider that we seem to have evolved to have the romantic version of a spare tire in the trunk—a “backup mate” to the partner we’re with. Evolutionary psychologists David Buss and Joshua Duntley explain that “mates might cheat, defect” (run off with another), “leave or die. They might suddenly drop in mate value.” Their research finds that both men and women seem to maintain backup mates—three on average—and “try to keep their backup mates out of other relationships” (like by giving them false hope during automotive lurchings around the parking lots of closed superstores). You might also consider that there’s more to making yourself attractive to a potential boyfriend than a few swipes of MAC and Maybelline. Social psychologist Robert Cialdini, reflecting on what he calls “the scarcity principle,” points out that we value is what seems out of reach: “Study after study shows that items and opportunities are seen to be more valuable as they become less available.” In other words, until a man is girlfriend-free, it’s in your best interest to be about as accessible to him as the upholstery of my late Grandma Pauline’s couch was to the rumps of most of humanity. There were people she would remove the plastic covering for—visiting movie stars and members of the British royal family. Ω


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fiction TV show Dr. Who has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York City is the

most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on Earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile offshore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The iconic 1942 movie

Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes well in the

coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients—as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies—and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you at play-

ing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside of the predictable niches.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a robust

sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze

at exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts ... and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane ... and inhale the aroma of the Earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty—or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to

buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh religion,

devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1970, a

biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Velcro

fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a long-running dilemma!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On May 29, 1953,

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Although her work

is among the best Russian literature of the 20th century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous.

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Rancher Cliven Bundy

What kind of reception do you get in different states in the West? Well, the women come and give me love, and the men shake my hand. That’s how it is everywhere, even where I get out of a car. … Montana, Idaho, Utah, California, Oregon and everywhere,


Following his federal mistrial and dismissal of charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, obstruction of the administration of justice, and interference with commerce by extortion and aiding and abetting, Cliven Bundy began touring Western states and speaking to sympathetic groups (“Bundy tours West,” upfront, March 8). Although he has a nearly unbroken record of losing in court on his unpaid range fees, in January he filed a lawsuit taking issue with President Obama’s 2016 creation of Gold Butte National Monument and charged officials of the State of Nevada and Clark County with “refus[ing] to defend its or the people’s rights to all lands within Nevada’s and Clark County’s borders.”

seems like everybody knows who I am and everybody wants to congratulate me and love me. I guess that’s the only thing I can see. So that’s the kind of reception I get. It’s overwhelming to me. I don’t quite understand why people feel like they do about me, but I appreciate it, and I’m thankful. All I can say is I love everybody.

Have you found there are states that are more receptive to your message than others? No, not so far. I’ve just been out of the jail. I haven’t really seen any difference. I went to Montana, you know, and several hundred people met me. I went to California. It was the same way. And now I’m here today. I’m in Reno, Nevada. Last night I was in Cedar City, Utah. The greeting is always the same. That’s great. And I just hope that I can

do and say and be what people expect me to be, and I’m not sure what that is. But I know I’m an American, and I stand for statehood, and I stand for the Constitution. And I’m a Christian. I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to promote that. So what my, really, my main interest is, is to express my feelings about the gospel of Jesus Christ. … I want to promote families. I want to promote Nevada as being a great state. We can’t be a second-class state no more. We got to be the great state. Families need to be able to grow here and have employment and enjoy life. We have lots of resources here. Let’s use them.

Do you still have a battle ahead of you over the back range fees? You know, everyone wants to know about my back range fees. I want to tell America right now—I do not owe the federal government one penny. I graze my cattle, and I always have grazed my cattle, on Clark County, Nevada land. I have no contract with the federal government. And so I have no debt to the federal government.

I understand that, but they can still come after you, right? Well, I don’t know. Then tell them to get with it. It’s what I told them last time— “I’ve had to whip you on the ground, and I’ve had to whip you in the courts. Now, if you want to whip me again, just get with it.” Ω


AR you for real? Well, this gun control reaction after Parkland has now entered the Zone of Insane. As usual. I mean, the shit politicians keep knocking around—increased background checks, raising the gun age from 18 to 21, banning bump stocks—it’s not nothing. It’s not. But it’s also not that big of a goddamn deal. This is all frightfully easy slam dunk legislation, and it should be a complete no-brainer, but in our current legislatures, the folks who want to pass some semi-sane laws are usually outnumbered by Senator Guns and Congressman Ammo, and they endlessly squabble over all this chickenshit stuff like the fate of the union depended on it, and you know, come on already! Because, really, it should also be frightfully easy to ban the bloody assault weapons. At this point, is there any downside at all to banning AR-15s? Do we have anything whatsoever to lose with

the banning of these humanshredding thingamajigs? It’s not gonna fix our madness. Hell no. But it just may reduce the madness. Shit, let’s make it a little harder for a troubled, violent 19-year-old boy to pick up a super violent massacre machine. Don’t have it on sale at the fucking Gun Mart. OK? Is that reasonable? • The House Intelligence Committee mercifully ended its miserable, useless existence. Good. It was like a rabid dog. Put it down. We’ve all known for months this committee, headed by Traitor to America and Future Mar-A-Lago Butler Devin Nunes, was completely lame. Good riddance. An execrable committee that had one job—to give Dum Dum cover. And to wipe the spittle from the corners of his mouth whenever he starts to foam up. They did their jobs like good bots. They did it for The Party, all the way, without even

the tiniest hiccup of conscience or duty to the Constitution. So nuts to all the Republicans on that jagoff committee. Just flat out fuck ’em. They’re slimebucket traitors, and they suck goat cheese through a straw. • Here’s a lesson from next door. When Jerry Brown moved into the Governor’s office in 2011, California had a nasty little budget deficit of $27 billion. In 2012, Brown and the Democrats did the smartest thing they could—they voted to raise taxes on rich people. Those taxes were re-authorized in 2016, and now, Brown will leave California with a rather cozy little $6 billion surplus. Lesson? Good things happen when you tax the rich folks properly. For starters, it’s pretty cool that their damn checks don’t bounce. Ω






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