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Adult Diapers May No Longer Be Needed Thanks To Amazing New Pill Clinical studies show new pill may be effective enough to replace adult diapers for bladder control; initial users show dramatic reduction in trips to the bathroom, embarrassing leaking, and nighttime urgency. Robert Ward, Associated Health Press AHP− Adult diaper sales are expected to plummet as results from a clinical trial on a new, patented bladder control pill have finally been released. Sold under the brand name UriVarx™, the new pill contains key ingredients that keeps the bladder from releasing voluntarily, which reduces accidents and frequent bathroom trips. Perhaps more impressive, it also targets the tiny muscles around the bladder, which helps the bladder to create a tighter seal. This would explain why the average UriVarx™ user in clinical trials experiences a 66% reduction in urinary incontinence symptoms, such as day and night leaking and sudden urges to urinate.

NEW DISCOVERY IN BLADDER CONTROL Until now, doctors believed it was impossible to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder. They are amazed to see that it can now be done with the nonprescription UriVarx™ pill. “As you get older, and the involuntary muscles around your bladder weaken, you lose urinary control. With your bladder wall unable to properly seal, you constantly leak and feel pressure to urinate” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj of Innovus Pharmaceuticals. “UriVarx™ targets the bladder muscles and help restores vital kidney health, reducing urgency and frequency. It also helps you “hold it” for hours so you never have to worry about embarrassing accidents ever again!”

FREEDOM FROM SUDDEN URGES AND LEAKS Since hitting the market, sales for the patented UriVarx™ pill have soared and there are some very good reasons why. To begin with, the double blind large clinical studies published in the clinicaltrials.gov have been impressive. Participants taking UriVarx™ saw a stunning reduction in urinary frequency, which resulted in fewer bathroom trips both day and night.

They also experienced a dramatic decrease in incontinence episodes, such as leaking and bed wetting. The active ingredients in UriVarx™ comes from a patented formula. It is both safe and healthy. There are also no known serious side effects in its history of use. Scientists believe that the ingredients target the muscles of the bladder to grow stronger. These muscles are responsible for keeping the bladder tightly sealed. They also help the bladder to completely empty, allowing bacteria to be flushed from the urinary tract. Research has shown that as you get older, certain hormonal changes in the body cause these muscles to shrink and become lose. This is what causes the bladder to be over active and the resulting urine accidents and why UriVarx™ seems to be so effective in the published clinical trials.

EXCITING RESULTS FROM URIVARX USERS Many UriVarx™ users say their bladders have never been stronger. For the first time in years, they are confident and in complete control. Adult pads and diapers are no longer a big worry. “After my third child, I couldn’t control my bladder. I was running to the bathroom all the time! And once I hit my 60s it became so unpredictable I needed to wear adult pads every day” explained Marie L. of Danbury, CT. “I was embarrassed so before going to my doctor I decided to try UriVarx and I’m so glad I did! The urgency is gone and I no longer feel like my bladder is about to explode. I can also “hold it” when I need to so I’m no longer living in constant fear of finding a bathroom.”

IMPRESSIVE CLINICAL RESULTS The exciting clinical results published on the government clinical website clinicaltrials.gov show that UriVarx™ can strengthen your bladder fast, significantly reducing the urine urgency and leaks. In a new double-blind, placebocontrolled clinical study, 142 men and women with bladder control issues were separated into two groups. The first group was given a placebo while the other received UriVarx™.

The results were incredible. The participants who received UriVarx™ saw major improvements in leaking, pressure, and the urgency to go − all without the usual side effects seen in prescription drugs! They also reported fewer trips to the bathroom both day and night. Overall, experienced:




• 56% Reduction in Urge Incontinence • 66% Reduction in Stress Incontinence • 61% Reduction in Urgency • 33% Reduction in Frequency • 46% Reduction in Nighttime Bathroom Trips Additionally, at the end of clinical trial and after seeing the results, 84% of the participants taking UriVarx™ said it significantly improved their quality of life. “The clinical findings are incredible, but people still wonder if it will really work” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj. “It’s normal to be skeptical, but we’ve seen thousands of UriVarx™ users get results exactly like the participants in the study. It’s an amazing product.” HOW IT WORKS UriVarx™ is a pill that’s taken just once daily. It does not require a prescription. The active ingredients natural extracts.



Research shows that as we get older, the muscles which surround the bladder weaken. This is caused by hormonal changes in the body that causes the muscles to atrophy and weaken. When they become too small and weak, they cannot seal your bladder shut, which causes leaking, accidents, among other incontinence symptoms.

NEW PILL MAY REPLACE DIAPERS FOR BLADDER CONTROL: This new patented clinically proven pill solution is now available nationwide

BLADDER PROBLEMS GONE With daily use, UriVarx™ can restore strong bladder control and help users overcome leakage without the negative side effects or interactions associated with drugs. Leakage sufferers can now put an end to the uncontrollable urges, the embarrassing accidents, and enjoy an entirely new level of comfort and confidence. HOW TO GET URIVARX IN CALIFORNIA This is the official release of UriVarx™ in California. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to anyone suffering from bladder issues who calls within the next 48 hours.

It also prevents your bladder from fully emptying, which can result in persistent bacterial infections and UTIs.

A special hotline number and discounted pricing has been created for all California residents. Discounts will be available starting today at 6:00AM and will automatically be applied to all callers.

UriVarx’s™ active ingredient targets the muscles around the bladder, making them stronger. Supporting ingredients in UriVarx™ support kidney function and overall urinary health.

Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-995-6949 and will only be open for the next 48 hours. Only a limited discounted supply of UriVarx™ is currently available in your region.


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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I’m pretty pumped on this week’s issue. To commemorate Reno’s 150th birthday, Dennis Myers wrote a great piece about some of the worst moments in Reno history. Great arts and news coverage throughout— but I’d like to take a moment to draw your attention to two promotional pieces in the paper. The first is on page 4. It’s almost time to vote for in our Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. It’s the biggest, strangest, most accurate popularity contest in the region. It’s a chance to salute your favorite local butchers, bakers and candlestick makers by voting for them, so they can get a nice free plaque to stick on their walls. (And this year’s plaques are going to look—to use the parlance of our times— tiiiiiiiiiiiiight.) And in reaction to some of the complaints we’ve heard about some of the results the last couple of years, we’re disrupting the system by changing the rules. There are now going to be two rounds of voting— a primary and a final round. Yeah, get your grumbling done now. You’re gonna have to vote twice and rally your friends to vote for you twice. But it’ll be worth it. Voting begins May 3. The second promo I’d like to mention is on page 28. We’re partnering with arts nonprofit Holland Project, the Washoe County Library System, community radio station KWNK, and news website This is Reno to present a series of candidate forums to discuss local issues. The first one—for candidates in the Washoe County Commission is also on May 3. So, mark your calenders. May 3—vote in one contest and start forming your opinions about another contest.

Recently a doctor in Sparks diagnosed “alcohol abuse” (alcoholism) in a patient. The doctor did not inform the patient of her diagnoses. Instead she secretly added it to his medical records. Nor did she prescribe drugs to treat him. Nor did she refer him to an addiction specialist. Alcohol abuse causes 88,600 accidental deaths a year. Will a doctor who fails to alert police that a dangerous person just departed her office be liable for any deaths he might cause by running over children in a crosswalk? Charles Barbyn Sparks

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Perky little letter In Las Vegas, there is a giant lot that holds all the obsolete neon signs, and it was a joy to wander around in. Regarding schools, I believe Traci Davis, Superintendent of Washoe Schools, should mess around with Tiger Woods to see how a successful school sets its policies. Right behind Disneyland in Anaheim, California, sits the best school system I’ve ever dreamed of. (Too bad Trump doesn’t know how to communicate while golfing with Mr. Woods, but he is probably not a very good multi-tasker.) Walking through the school unnoticed and uninvited, I observed all the students in colorful clothes (before making them wear uniforms), with smiles and obviously enjoying getting an education where they selected what and how they wanted to learn. I believe the key might also have been the fact that with good grades, they got to go golfing at the course adjacent to the school campus. I’m going to write the Tiger Woods Learning Foundation to learn more. First of all, I went to Sports Action West and was amazed at all the old people in skin-tight athletic clothes with two instructors who were clones to Farrah

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Fawcett. What 65-year-old lady has perky little tits? I would buy the Gazette Journal building (this would, of course, be a democratic process whereby if a majority of Renoites don’t like it, it won’t happen). I would turn this into a flophouse. In that last night at the Korean Store, there was a female screaming and talking to herself. Along the back wall would be “rant rooms,” that would be soundproofed for all those people who want to go into their personal rages, where they could scream at length with not a sound going outside of their room. Also, I would invite Joanna Gaines to equip the building with her used, comfortable furniture. (Did you know that when she opened the doors of her store in Waco, Texas, she was frantic about making the $200 needed to pay rent? She sold $2,800 on that first day.) Next, due to being abandoned with four kids to raise, there really needs to be some sort of joy in the family when you don’t have enough food to energize all the participants in the sole-parent family. I would formulate an area where girls and moms could create “Blouse Buddies” whereby after judging the best pairing of blouses, an award is given (based on democracy, of course). For boys, I think it’s time the focus be centered on reading and writing with “Typeracer” races, and money given for the fastest guy—possibly they could study war and what it’s all about before joining the military. (Still hard to believe that the smiley-faced family guy, Obama, killed 2,500 in Afghanistan as opposed to Charlie Manson, who killed— what, seven?) The first and foremost change to our current population would be using one of the ranches in the foothills or a mansion along the river for mental health and getting people back to normal from opiates. Jeannie Jackson Reno

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Corrections Re “To the ballot” (news, April 19): We quoted Kyle Roerink, publicist for a ballot petition, as saying Nevada spends $70 million annually on out-of-state fossil fuels. The figure should have been $700 million. We apologize for the error. Re “Record keeper” (15 Minutes, April 19): We reported that Record Store Day 2018 was on April 20. The event was on April 21. We regret the error.


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for your favorite people, places and things throughout Northern Nevada.

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We heard you! In response to feedback from readers after last year’s contest,

is an open-ballot primary where readers can write in and vote for whatever businesses, personalities, animals, minerals and abstract concepts you like. Voting for the first round begins


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What do you know about Reno’s past? aSkeD aT Piñon BoTTle Co., 777 S. CenTer ST.

Collin Cavanagh Firefighter

What did we just read today? We read a historical marker today, and I know that Reno was named after a Civil War general.

Joel Cohen Army member

Everybody really focuses on that we’re a Western town, and that Reno was associated with the Wild West. But I think it’s interesting how heavily apparent the Mafia was in Reno up until the ’80s.


One less hiding place The Nevada Supreme Court recently handed down an important and far-reaching ruling, reaffirming public access to the workings of our government or, to put it another way, granting us a window on the proverbial sausage factory. The court unanimously ruled that when government officials use personal devices, such as cell phones and email, to conduct public business, then those communications become part of the public record under the Nevada Public Records Act. The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the Comstock Residents Association against Lyon County and Comstock Mining, Inc. (CMI) over a master plan amendment and zoning change potentially allowing open pit mining in the town of Silver City. While considering the application, the commissioners communicated among themselves, county staff, and mining company officials and consultants using personal cell phones and email. Comstock Residents petitioned the lower court for access to these communications—arguing they could include evidence of conflicts of interest and other possible improprieties. The petition was denied in district court. In overturning the lower court decision, Justice Michael Cherry underscored the importance of the Nevada Public Records Act to basic democratic principles. He wrote that, in furthering these principles, “we begin from a presumption that public records must be disclosed to the public.” And in clarifying the true scope of “public records,” the Court put government officials on notice they cannot escape scrutiny simply by switching to their own cell phones or email.

This is a clear win for openness in government, but the Comstock Residents’ lawsuit shows what the decision means in practice. Comstock Residents allege they were denied due process because two Lyon County commissioners had conflicts of interest and should have recused themselves. One received an inordinately large—$17,500—campaign contribution from CMI and its associates, while another had a lucrative, ongoing business relationship with the mining company. They also appeared to be acting in concert with CMI and its consultants. Finally, the proposed land-use changes were almost unanimously opposed by the residents of Silver City. None of these factors, taken by themselves, are necessarily wrong. Politicians routinely—albeit preposterously—argue that money has no effect on their decision making. County commissioners certainly can advocate for individual businesses, and they invariably make decisions many of their constituents oppose. But when all three come into play at once—to an exaggerated degree—then we have to start asking at what point the appearance of bias or favoritism actually translates into denial of due process. A good place to start looking would be somewhere commissioners might assume what they said and did would never see the light of day. Fortunately for us, and thanks to the Nevada Supreme Court, there is now one less such hiding place. Ω Erich Obermayr is a writer and active community member who lives in Silver City.

Tim nagle IT specialist

It was a bigger town than Las Vegas for a while, and it was a gangster town. There was a lot of moonshine. There was a lot of gangster activity.

Danyel Soulier Medical care coordinator

The thing that comes to mind is that it held one of the biggest boxing matches in, I think, the history of boxing. It was Jack Johnson. And it was super controversial. They had it right downtown. I think Jack Johnson actually won.

mike TaSker Electrical engineer

It was settled by a lot of Basque people. ... The more history I learn about the Basque people, the more interesting I find their culture. Before the Middle Ages, they were great whalers. And they traded their salt with the Vikings. The vikings started salting their white fish and developed ... lutefisk.

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Campaign finance in a new gilded age The editor of the Nevada Independent, Jon Ralston, has been blasting state legislative Democrats who are running unopposed this campaign season for holding fundraising receptions to build their campaign war chests even though they’ve already won. He has had harsh words for Washoe County Assemblymembers Teresa BenitezThompson and Mike Sprinkle, calling their actions “nothing short of legalized extortion” while labeling the system that depends on lobbyists raising money for lawmakers whom they later lobby on behalf of their paying clients as “incestuous and corrupt.” He’s not wrong. The entire “dialing for dollars” campaign financing system is a major force undermining our democracy. But there are far greater instances of shady double-dealing practices that contribute to the corruption than a few unopposed lawmakers holding fundraisers. Consider the maximum campaign contribution limits, for example. In Nevada, no one can give a legislative candidate more than $10,000 per campaign cycle. While

that’s far more money than an average person can siphon from the family budget for a non-deductible donation, corporate entities that want to give much more than that can easily evade the limit by funneling additional donations through related businesses—limited liability companies are a favorite vehicle—or by giving to political action committees set up for this express purpose. In Nevada, essentially, there is no campaign contribution cap for the wealthy. All they have to do is cut a few more checks, a minor inconvenience, and they can make sure their favored candidates have all the money they need. Another common way of circumventing the campaign financing rules is to launder money through other officials, which is the justification the unopposed candidates use as a primary reason for their fundraisers. They say raising money for others is a “requirement” to rise in leadership and gain more power. Financially supporting other members of their party is also a way to “buy” loyalty and expand their influence.

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There’s a reason people say money is the lifeblood of politics. Of course, this practice is not confined to the state level. The Reno Gazette Journal reported recently that Northern Nevada’s U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei is currently under fire for a suspected “straw donor” arrangement. It seems another GOP Representative gave him a contribution from his campaign account of $4,000 and then a month later Amodei gave the same politician a $3,500 contribution for his now-abandoned gubernatorial race, thus helping him evade campaign financing rules in Ohio while also earning $500 on the deal. Amodei says there’s nothing out of the ordinary here, but when you’ve been entrenched in a corrupt “pay to play” system for decades, as Amodei has, your interpretation of right and wrong may be suspect. Michael Sandel recently reviewed Robert Reich’s new book, The Common Good, in the New York Times, remarking on Reich’s view that attributes “the erosion of the common good in recent decades to the

breakdown of moral restraint in the pursuit of power and money.” Sandel goes on to note that “The unbridled pursuit of power and profit has brought an enormous flow of corporate money into politics. The result is a rigged system that perpetuates inequality, enables economic elites to manipulate the rules of the game to their own advantage, undermines trust in institutions, and promotes attitudes of unrestrained selfseeking in social life generally.” Let’s face it. Campaign finance reform isn’t going to come from the politicians who keep their offices by raising money from lobbyists and each other instead of earning small donations from the people they are supposed to be serving. Change must come from a constituent rebellion demanding public financing of campaigns. At the very least, we should outlaw the incestuous contributions from one campaign account to another. Campaign finance reform makes all other reforms possible. Ω

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Heller, rosen and tHe language A meeting of the Nevada Republican Men’s Club in Las Vegas, normally open, was closed to reporters on April 3 when Republican U.S. senate candidate Dean Heller spoke. It turns out there were good reasons. The next day, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported Heller told the attendees (1) that he is counting on low turnout of Democrats to win reelection, and (2) if the GOP picks up seats, it will be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The disclosure of Heller’s comments came after the RJ obtained a recording of the meeting. “We now have less than 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans,” Heller said. “Let me be more clear. If we can get that number below 50,000, I can’t lose. … [T]he tendency of Republicans to vote [in midterms] is higher than the other party.” Heller did not actually say he would vote to repeal the ACA, only that his party could accomplish it with the right combination of wins: “If we have 51 Republicans that will vote to repeal and replace, it will happen.” He did not say he would be one of them. He also seemed to fault other GOP senators who—like himself—had voted to save the ACA. “We need 51 votes,” he said. “And right now we know there’s three votes we’re missing for that 51—John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.” Heller’s troubles with the ACA seem to stem from his own efforts over the months to navigate a politically safe path, adjusting on different sections of the ACA, instead of taking a clearly marked position on whether he supports a national health care program at all, leaving himself open to the charge he does not. In this latest dispute, one website—ShareBlue Media—seemed to take pleasure in his policy writhings: “GOP Sen. Dean Heller vows to run on most unpopular platform he can. … Health care is the number one issue for voters in 2018, so Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is promising to destroy it if they re-elect him.” Heller’s likely opponent, Democrat Jacky Rosen, has been similarly preoccupied with those Senate numbers and what it will take to make a majority. She has also been just as careful with verbiage. Many of her daily or multi-daily fundraising mailings contain sentences that seem to suggest that the chances of a Democratic majority depend on Nevada. They don’t come right out and say so, but they tilt that way: “Friend – CRITICAL updates in the race that will determine control of the Senate in 2018.” “Everyone from Nate Silver to the Washington Post says our best path to a Senate majority runs straight through Nevada.” “The New York Times says Nevada’s Senate race will decide the majority, so the future of the Supreme Court hinges on what we do here.” This verbiage conveys a sense of urgency to the need for dollars. Of course, if a majority depends on winning one seat, then any state’s Senate race—not just Nevada—would be crucial. But things are not that way, as the Nation Magazine notes: “Democrats can take charge of the Senate if they reelect progressive incumbents like Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown and pick up two more seats. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is narrowly ahead of the most vulnerable GOP senator, Nevada’s Dean Heller. But where does the second seat come from?”

—Dennis Myers






Presidents have been less constrained from making war since the 1950s. WHITE HOUSE PHOTO

More war? Nevada reps mull new authority a new proposed “authorization for the Use of Military Force” was examined this week in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, the measure was written to “authorize the use of military force against the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and designated associated forces, and to provide an updated, transparent, and sustainable statutory basis for counterterrorism operations.” The new Authorization appears to permit presidents to use military force, without limits, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. A president could also use military force anywhere on the planet against al Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban and their “associated forces,” which are defined in the measure. An aide to Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said she’s reviewing the new Authorization proposal and “continues to discuss with her colleagues the best way to ensure Congress maintains its constitutional role in declaring war, while ensuring our military has the flexibility it needs to prosecute the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. The Senator remains committed to providing the resources and support our men and

women in uniform need to defend this nation while making sure that this, and any future President, are held accountable for not dragging our country into unnecessary conflicts.” A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen said Rosen “continues to believe that Congress should consider a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and that the administration must work with Congress to develop a coherent and effective long-term plan to address the conflict in Syria.” Reactions from Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei were not yet available. All current military operations underway are being conducted under the previous two AUMFs enacted by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001 and in the runup to the Iraq war in 2002. Those two Authorizations, enacted 16 and 17 years ago, have covered a multitude of actions, including two wars in Afghanistan, two in Iraq, one in northwest Pakistan, one in Somalia, one in the Indian Ocean, one in Yemen, two in Libya, one in Syria, one in Niger—and whatever other operations are little known to the U.S. public. From Aug. 28, 1793 when President Washington refused to go to war against the Chickamauga nation

because Congress had not given him permission—thereby setting a powerful precedent—until World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war after the Japanese attack, presidents tended to respect the war-making power vested in Congress. But then on June 27, 1950, President Truman shocked official Washington by effectively declaring war, saying he had “ordered United States air and sea forces to give the Korean government troops cover and support.” Some members of Congress, like Republican Sen. James Kem of Missouri, tried to object. Senate Republican leader Robert Taft said, “I would say there is no authority to use armed forces in support of the United Nations in the absence of some previous action by Congress dealing with the subject.” But they were overwhelmed by flag-waving leaders like Senate GOP floor leader William Knowland who rallied behind Truman, thus setting a new precedent by doing nothing to assert congressional authority when Truman acted without it. Ever since, there has been tension between the two branches over the issue. Democrats after Vietnam tried to deal with the matter, but liberal belief in a strong executive undercut their ability to return affairs to a pre-1950 status. The result was a War Powers Act that has never satisfied anyone. And Authorizations for the Use of Military Force have authorized a broad swath of wars. The Congressional Reference Service produced a briefing paper in 2016 that said the two existing Authorizations—2001 and 2002—have been used to launch 37 military operations: “Of the 37 occurrences, 18 were made during the Bush Administration, and 19 have been made during the Obama Administration.” This, remember, lists only those actions disclosed to the public. All these military operations have been conducted without a president ever asking for a declaration of war and without Congress ever declaring war. In effect, Congress handed off its war-making power to presidents. And critics say it is trying to do it

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Some observers have suggested that there are risks to repealing the two earlier Authorizations, even when replacing them with a third. At the legal blog Lawfare, Robert Chesney wrote about how the new proposed Authorization handles the matter: “It repeals the 2001 and 2002 laws, but it states in two places that the new AUMF ‘provides uninterrupted authority’ (emphasis added) to continue using force as had been authorized by the 2001 AUMF—and only the 2001 AUMF. This should defeat any objection by the administration that passage of this AUMF would undermine existing authorities relating to those named groups (or their ‘associated forces’). At the same time, it also would be helpful in foreclosing a different sort of mischief: future invocation of the 2002 (Iraq) AUMF in order to carry out an action that cannot be carried out under Article II alone and that cannot be justified under the 2001 authorization either. What might that be? Perhaps nothing. But considering the Iranian role in interfering with Iraqi affairs, I suppose it is possible someone might one day argue that the 2002 AUMF preauthorizes at least some uses of force against Iranian targets. Under the new bill, that argument would be foreclosed.” Donald Trump, given his personality and governing style, has been a special

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Professor Hal Brands at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies argues: “For decades, or even longer, countless senators and representatives have complained that presidents are not properly respectful of their constitutional prerogatives in making decisions on employing U.S. military power. And today, most Democrats and a number of Republicans seem to agree that President Donald Trump is an impulsive, erratic, even dangerous commander-in-chief. Yet even at a time when so many on the Hill argue that the president cannot be trusted, Congress as a whole is showing little inclination to constrain executive authority in the use of force. … [W]hat if the administration had decided to undertake a more significant air campaign against the Assad regime, one that risked Russian casualties and held a higher danger of unwanted escalation? What if this or a future administration decides that a preventive attack on North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities is, regrettably, necessary?” Ω

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case in terms of letting presidents act on again with the Corker/Kaine measure. their own. Last year, Republican Sen. Rep. Barbara Lee—who voted against both Rand Paul of Kentucky forced the Senate previous Authorizations—argues in tweets to vote on whether to debate his amendthat the new Authorization “will expand, ment that would have repealed the 2001 rather than limit, our wars around the Authorization, reducing Trump’s ability to world. … It would: 1. codify our existing act on his own in making war. wars in six countries 2. allow the president In Wisconsin’s Capital Times at that to expand our wars 3. allow #EndlessWar time, John Nichols wrote, “Unfortunately, to continue without geographic constraints only 36 senators had the or time limits.” foresight and courage to House Speaker Paul Ryan vote to place reasonsays current Syrian operations able restrictions do not need consent from on Trump’s warCongress: “The existing making powers. AUMF gives him the One of them was authority he needs to Wisconsin Sen. do what he may or may Tammy Baldwin. not do.” But the New She joined 31 York Times reported on Democrats, two April 23 that Defense independents Secretary James Mattis who caucus with wanted congressional the Democrats U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley approval before the April 14 (Vermont’s Bernie Oregon Democrat strikes against Syria but was Sanders and Maine’s overruled. Angus King) and three Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley Republicans (Paul, Utah’s opposes the proposed new Authorization. Mike Lee and Nevada’s Dean “This new AUMF has no sunset clause— Heller) in supporting a move to open meaning it can be used indefinitely by debate on Paul’s proposal to repeal the President Trump and his successors to open-ended 2001 AUMF.” continue expanding the scope and geography of U.S. military action around the world,” he said.


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ne day in March 1923, Reno’s postmaster heard from the U.S. Post Office in D.C. that Washoe County had a new fourth class post office at Diessner, a location of which no one in Reno had ever heard and could not find. The same day, the Reno City Council dealt with park matters—an offer by S.H. Wheeler to donate to the city a block bounded by Crampton, Burns, Locust and Wilson streets for a park. And Reno City Councilmember Roy Frisch proposed creation of a park in a rock quarry at Stewart and Wheeler streets. After a day of searching, it was announced that Diessner had been located. It was 20 miles north of Vya and six miles south of the Oregon border.

Then as now, there was great turnover in Nevada’s population, and residents did not always know the terrain. Today there are homes, not a park, on the block Wheeler offered to the city. When given a choice between development or the good life, city officials, then as now, usually chose the former. Frisch got his park—Stewart Park still exists. But Frisch himself later vanished, never to be seen again, a victim of the corruption that permeated life in Reno. One thing we don’t have from that single day in 1923 is an instance of the city’s deep-seated racism. But we can be all but certain it manifested itself in some way that March day, because it was so woven into the town’s fabric. Reno was, after all, fertile ground for

Klan organizers and saw a Klavern established a few months later. There were no professional historians in Nevada until Russell Elliott in the 1950s. Until then, local history was written by local figures with a stake in the players. As a result, history arrived for later generations cleansed and sanitized. There was little of the bigotry, corruption and venality that accompanied the growth of the town. Newspapers, first the Crescent, then—more permanently—the Gazette and Journal, tended to be community boosters, yet the seamy sides of the town come through clearly, so it’s difficult not to wonder what horrors they withheld for fear of driving off investors or tourists. A 150th anniversary seems like a good time to reclaim some of this lost history, and learn from it.

Another Reno When Nevada entered the union during the Civil War and until the 1890s, it was a Republican state. The party of Lincoln treated African Americans benevolently. When, in 1879, there was legislation in Congress proposing reservations for blacks, the Nevada State Journal mildly editorialized, “It lacks practicality.” Blacks in Nevada were treated better than Asians or Native Americans, but it was only a matter of degree. Community benevolence fluctuated from hostility to gentility. Often blacks were objects of curiosity, as when in 1900 the Reno Gazette ran an article titled “The Negro in hot weather.” African Americans tended to have a Reno of their own, as when they built a church on Bell Street in 1910. To be black in Reno meant to live apart from the other Reno. Violence against blacks could be employed with impunity. In 1908, Tom Ramsey pistol whipped a black jockey

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who declined to race, nearly causing a riot. continued from page 11 In 1907, the McKissick Opera House played Under Southern Skies, a play about a “poor girl suspecting that there is a negro taint in her blood … [who] sacrifices herself for her family’s sake.” In 1908, the Journal editorialized, “Haiti is a land of savage beasts.” In 1909, the Reno Gazette warned “WHITE SUPREMACY GOING DOWN” about the lack of a white fighter to face African American champion Jack Johnson. When the Great White Hope fight was held in Reno the next year, a photograph of all the boxing champions attending the fight was taken. The reigning heavyweight champ who won the title again that day was excluded. Even service to the country did not shield blacks. In 1943, the Reno USO Council held a meeting to decide what to do when the owner of a building rented for a USO center for African American soldiers canceled the rental agreement, returned the rent check, and told Mayor August Frohlich he had received complaints from other property owners. Later, at a meeting chaired by Frohlich, the problem of hotels and restaurants being unwilling to serve African Americans was discussed, with the possibility of moving Civilian Conservation Corps buildings to the city for black housing suggested, and local USO director Father Thomas Collins reported that a new site had been located at 221 Lake Street. In 1946, instead of welcoming black veterans into a local chapter, the American Legion chartered a separate Reno post for African Americans. In 1952, the Army announced that because Reno businesses refused to serve African American soldiers stationed at Stead Air Force Base, the Army was starting bus service between Stead and Sacramento for black soldiers to use for R&R. The next year, Air Force officials, noting that there were no clubs in Reno admitting African Americans, urged the Reno city council to approve a liquor license for Theresa King, who wanted to operate King’s Lounge at 900 E. Commercial Row. A white physician, Dr. Morse Little, provided a character reference for Ms. King. Reno clubs said they mostly integrated in 1960 after Gov. Grant Sawyer warned they would give the city a black eye during its role as host city for the 1960 Winter Olympics. But what was reported to be Reno’s first sit-in was staged by African Americans a

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that its campaign against illegal fishing in the Truckee was making headway: “It is reported that a number of Indians have been infringing the law between here and Laughton’s [west of Reno] and it would be well if the offenders were captured and made an example of.” Tribal members were regularly arrested for selling trout in Reno. At a Native American settlement on the east end of the Truckee Meadows, a store owned by George Moffit was blown up, killing him and injuring his wife and child. In 1902, tribal leader Captain Jim wrote about the loss of tribal lands: “Now on account of not having homes the Washoe Indians wander from place to place and learn these destructive habits which the white people have introduced. … Some white men says that we have no business to drink whiskey if we know it to be dangerous, but they do the very same thing, yet they are supposed to be Courtesy/speCial ColleCtions, university of nevada, reno libraries civilized men.” If some whites reached out to them, officialdom was there to insist that tribal members be Native Americans had seniority, but the shunned. In 1914, Victor Catrini was convicted example set by community leaders, including in Reno police court of associating with Native newspaper owners, had a lot to do with how Americans. His sentence—leave Reno. Renoites treated tribal members. In 1891, when White officialdom seldom aided Indians, a group of representatives of eastern tribes but in 1924 Indian police officer Sam Johns came to Nevada to visit the Paiute prophet arrested Alex Jamison for selling denatured Wovoka, Reno’s Journal belittled them. In alcohol to Native Americans in the jungles 1893, a group of Native Americans were sent along the Truckee River. to San Francisco to be “exhibited” at a fair. In After World War II, Congress reacted to 1911, Native American Jack Macini was hit by the uncomfortable parallels between German the Overland Limited, mangled, decapitated treatment of the Jews and U.S. treatment of the and killed—all of which was a source of tribes by creating a Claims Commission. The amusement to the Gazette, which published a Washo tribe filed a claim of $43,811,985.84 long supercilious story filled with disdain and based on the 1862 value of Washo land, a white person’s version of tribal lore—and mineral, timber, fish and game rights, plus elsewhere in the same edition there was a oneinterest, all as a result of findings by profesinch death notice on a second, apparently less sional assessors. Twenty-one years later, interesting “buck Indian.” the Commission settled the case by paying Newspaper owners changed, and sometimes $5,000,000 to the Washo. the attitude toward Native Americans changed In 1975, a Native American employee with them, becoming more sympathetic if of the Washoe County School District patronizing. The Journal in 1911: “It is a accused the district of misusing federal funds reproach on civilization that these young earmarked for tribal education by “trying to Indians should be in the condition of close eliminate us from the curriculum.” cousins to savage wildcats.” Tribal food was a regular grievance. Whites cut down pine nut trees, a regular part of the In early Reno, the Chinese were known for native diet, deeply angering tribes. Whites excellent vegetables and as laundry operators. constantly complained about the tribes fishBut as new arrivals, they were also identified ing—as they had done for centuries—from the as a threat to the jobs of whites. Truckee River. In 1900, the Journal bragged

year later at the Overland Hotel’s café while elsewhere in the downtown the same day a picket line was thrown up at the Nevada Bank of Commerce. In 1963, the Gazette ran a cartoon of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) captioned “HIM AND HIS BIG MOUTH” and showing the boxer’s head made up mostly of mouth. Marianne Reddick, owner of the Academy Personnel Agency said a local businessperson had chewed out one of her job counselors for sending a black applicant on a job referral, so she had “White Only” printed on work referrals.

Violence could be employed with impunity

Food and dignity

Laundry and arson

In 1879, the Journal: “[U.S. Secretary of State William Evarts] having declared the influx of Chinese to this coast is ‘an invasion, not an immigration,’ it becomes the duty of every good citizen to expel the invaders.” Two major efforts were undertaken by whites against the Chinese in Reno—the White Laundry and the burning of Chinatown. Because the Chinese dominated the laundry business in Reno, white businesspeople met, formed a corporation, and pooled their money to build a White Laundry to try to drive the Chinese laundries out of business. On April 2, 1886, a ball was held in Reno to honor the antiChinese movement and celebrate the opening of the Reno Steam Laundry Association building. The next day, the Gazette editorialized that the laundry for whites—people, not linens—would be a test of whether white residents were willing to drop their patronage of Chinese laundries. Arson was tried against Chinatown twice. In 1878, a Reno off-shoot of Denis Kearney’s racist San Francisco Workingman’s Party movement, responding to a construction contract going to a Chinese firm, burned most of Chinatown down. Its residents moved across the river and reestablished Chinatown there. In 1908, city officials elicited a condemnation order against Chinatown from the city health board and again burned Chinatown down, leaving the inhabitants in the snow. Businesspeople who disliked publicity that might drive off industry or tourists could have read later reports in places like the Boston Transcript of the Chinese Benevolent Association of San Francisco wiring President Roosevelt asking him to help “right the wrongs suffered by the Chinese of Reno.” Roosevelt was of no help on that matter, but not long after, when the Nevada Legislature caused an international incident, he summoned U.S. Senators Frank Newlands and George Nixon of Nevada and apparently asked the two Nevadans to lobby against an anti-Japanese measure—it described the Japanese as “parasites of the world” and also criticized Roosevelt—in the Nevada Legislature. The power that the example of alleged adults can have was seen during this same period when a group of boys in Reno with a slingshot tormented a Japanese man named Hashamura. An article on the incident in the Goldfield Chronicle ran just beneath an article on plans for juvenile courts in Nevada. During World War II, Nevada was nearly surrounded by states—Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho—that hosted internment camps for U.S. citizens. Why not Nevada? Because Gov. Ted Carville made clear to

federal officials that he wanted no part of Japanese, even imprisoned ones. In 1943, he stopped 100 Japanese Americans evacuated from the West Coast from assisting Moapa farmers with their tomato crop. In 1957, the City of Reno’s condemnation committee declared a Reno historic landmark, a Chinese joss house (house of worship) at First and Lake streets—one of the few remnants of the city’s rich Chinese heritage— to be unfit for use. It was removed.

by the owners were dismissed, but an injunction against picketing was granted. Then the Reno City Council got involved. The Culinary Workers Union pulled pickets off seven Reno restaurants after the Council enacted a picketing ban. It was an outrageous attack on free expression, but the law was used repeatedly over the years. In 1937, two labor union picketers were arrested and charged by city attorney Douglas Busey under the law. The next month, in heavily union Sparks, that City Council considered adopting a similar law, drawing the ire of local Machinists Union leader Philip Drury. In 1938, law enforcement took sides in a labor dispute when Washoe County Sheriff Ray Root and a couple of hundred American Legion “deputies” tried to block solidarity pickets from California from entering Nevada to join local union members picketing Reno’s Isbell Construction at Verdi Glen. The Californians set up on the west side of the state line and picketed the state of Nevada, asking motorists not to enter the state. Police had obstructed the constitutional right of freedom of movement, specifically “right of free ingress into other States,” as the Supreme Court phrased it. When Culinary Workers Union member Paula Day was arrested for violating Reno’s anti-picketing law in front of an East Commercial Row cafe in 1939, Busey tried unsuccessfully to get the issue to the Nevada Supreme Court for a ruling on the legality of the ordinance, but neither Day nor the Culinary attorney attended a hearing. The use of the ordinance declined during the war years, and it was still on the books in the 1960s. A test case was sparked when American Federation of Casino and Gaming Employees representative Stanley Philipie picketed and leafleted in front of the Horseshoe Club in Reno. The Nevada Supreme Court overturned the arrest, saying expression can be regulated, “but it cannot be forbidden entirely.”

Hideout Alcohol prohibition and hard times made a combustible combination in Nevada. In the early 20th century, there was an influential reform group in Reno that did not want prizefighting and divorce to be the only things for which the city was known. They actually had a certain level of success promoting Reno as a health resort. But organized vice was lucrative, and a wide open town eventually prevailed over civic betterment. The open town policies of Mayor Edwin Roberts sent a message, and soon Reno became a fiefdom of gangster bosses— George Wingfield, William Graham, James McKay, Tex Hall. All enjoyed a patina of respectability because of their legal businesses while they ran a town that became a criminal mecca like Joplin or Chicago. Auto gangsters like Baby Face Nelson and the Barker gang found their way to Reno to cool off between crimes. Unsurprisingly, prohibition officers were regularly caught in crime themselves, including state director John Donnelley. Reno newspapers played the game and did nothing to disrupt the corruption, referring to Graham and McKay as “sportsmen.” The first Nevada Pulitzer Prize went to the Sacramento Bee in 1935 for an exposé of judicial affairs in Nevada. It was a novelist, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, who wrote what Reno newspapers at the time kept quiet, and Clark’s book, which referenced a Reno boss named “Nick Briasi,” told the tale in 1945: Mr. Hazard told Briasi … a lot of things he must have been storing up for a long time. He mentioned a murder in Douglas Alley, a minister who had been forced to leave town because of a drunken speech the mayor had made from his pulpit, unexplained fires in out-of-town nightclubs, prohi raids from San Francisco that busted up some clubs, but never touched others, dope peddling that nobody could trace, even in a town as small as Reno, the finances of the red-light district. ... “You push this, you two-bit, back alley Capone,” he yelled at Briasi, “And I’ll open it up if it costs me every nickel I’ve ever made.”

At the California/ Nevada border in 1938, labor leader C.L. Adams (on the fender) led a contingent of workers seeking to support Nevada workers.

Graham, McKay, Hall and their cronies were immune in Nevada courts, but federal prosecutors eventually won convictions of them—but not of Wingfield. Roy Frisch was supposed to testify until he disappeared. When the gangsters were released from prison, they were welcomed back to Nevada with open arms. Some later writers emphasized the colorful aspects of the corrupt town, never mentioning those who suffered at the hands of the crime lords, paying the price of graft and vice.



Workers were among the worst tormenters of Asians. But the time came when workers themselves suffered at the hands of Reno leaders. Labor troubles were common in the Depression. In the 1922 national railroad strike, Nevada Gov. Emmet Boyle set a terrible example by personally leading an attack on a group of pickets outside a Las Vegas Union Pacific stockade. Ten years later, in 1932, contempt of court charges against two Culinary Union officials over picketing at Reno’s Monarch Café in spite of a restraining order obtained

It is easy to say today’s Reno is not yesterday’s Reno. But this century and millennium began with an arson attack on a Reno synagogue. Picketers at the Reno census office were arrested four years after the city ordinance was overruled. Thirty thousand people signed a petition this very year calling for a University of Nevada, Reno student to be expelled for having an opinion and expressing it nonviolently. Civilization can be a very thin veneer. Ω

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The Reno Jazz Festival inspires students from all over the West


hen Nina Wine was attending Wooster High School, she had only a mild interest in jazz and formal music education in general. After her band class attended the annual Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno, she witnessed a performance by Professor Peter Epstein. When she arrived at UNR as a student, Wine knew she wanted to take lessons from Epstein, who later convinced her to major in jazz performance. Now, four years later, Wine and her classmates in the student big band the Free Radicals are preparing to open for Peter Apfelbaum and the Dafnis Prieto Sextet on April 27, two acts that are emblematic of the more modern direction the jazz program has taken in recent years to prepare its graduates for careers as performers. “They have one foot in a very contemporary mindset and one foot in a very historical mindset,” said Epstein, chair of UNR’s music department,

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about the student band. That combination, he added, is a reflection of the program as a whole. Epstein came to UNR for his master’s degree in 2002 and was hired by the department in 2005. Like most of the faculty, he was and still is a working musician. He’s performed in cities like Portland and Los Angeles, and he cofounded the School for Improvisational Music in New York with longtime associate and fellow UNR professor Ralph Alessi—who serves as director of the student big band. He and other professors regularly invite professional musicians to come and offer personalized lessons for UNR students.

Job skills “In New York, you wake up every day, and you sense that you are surrounded by many, many people trying to do the same thing, and it’s a builtin reality—you don’t really need a reminder,” said Epstein. “In a place like Reno, it’s a little bit easier to become complacent or to have a harder time gauging where you are relative to the sort of scene or the world that you want to get into.”

UNR’s student big band, the Free Radicals, rehearses for the Reno Jazz Festival.

Employability for the modern jazz musician, however, doesn’t rely solely on a contemporary skill set, Epstein said. As jazz nears almost a century since its inception in the American South, knowledge of the traditional styles and midcentury standards remains a common expectation, and versatility is a valuable commodity for booking shows. “You might have a gig where they really do want it to sound like it’s 1958. ... We want our students to be able to do that,” Epstein said. “But we also want our students to be ready for any kind of contemporary styles or trends or philosophies or concepts within the music, and a lot of programs really don’t try to incorporate that stuff.” Epstein said that UNR’s jazz program has the resources to offer its students a degree of career advice that smaller programs may lack. He also believes that the Reno Jazz Festival remains

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“When That’s increased her confidence in finding work I was in high farther afield, she said. school it was like, “I guess, in my first couple years here ‘Oh man, I get to play the faculty was very academic focused, in front all of these so everything kind people who’ve never heard of felt that way,” Rubio said. “It felt me before.’ Now it’s kind like I was practicing really just to pass of like the home field this test in this class advantage.” or be able to play the song in big band. Julian Knowles, Ralph’s very supportive

an important resource. It was born from the city’s heritage as a show town and rooted in academia but is increasingly receptive to nontraditional acts like the progressive jazz/rock act Kneebody, which played the fetival in 2014. “This year with Dafnis and Peter Apfelbaum, I would say they are musicians who strike a similar balance, who have very strong roots in very grounded traditions, but are always very innovative and immediate in jazz what they do,” Epstein said. As one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country, The Reno Jazz Festival draws up to 10,000 participants from roughly 300 schools all over the West Coast. It has served as a unifying event for students spanning generations. “I’ve talked to so many musicians who, wherever they are, if they’re from the West Coast, they almost for sure came here when they were in high school, middle school or college,” Epstein said. “So, for so many musicians, the Reno Jazz Festival is a part of their early careers.”

Career plans For some musicians in the Free Radicals, playing at the Reno Jazz Festival marks an auspicious occasion, as they recalled watching the band’s performance as high school or middle school students. “I had come up here for the jazz festival like every year when I was in high school to participate in it,” said Julien Knowles, who grew up in Fresno, California, and is a junior at UNR majoring in jazz trumpet performance. “I would go watch the college big band and college combos and stuff like that, and that would be cool because at that point in my life it was what I could be looking forward to doing in a few years.” Knowles said that performing in the festival gives him and his peers an opportunity to play for a crowd of thousands—atypical for a jazz concert. Even more valuable to his career growth, he said, are the connections he’s made to the jazz community. “Now, I actually have a good relationship with a good number of those adjudicators and guest artists and clinicians,” Knowles said. “At that point when I was in high school it was like, ‘Oh man, I get to play in front all of these people who’ve never heard me before.’ Now it’s kind of like the home field advantage.” Kim Rubio, a senior jazz trombone performance major, also noted that, since the arrival of Alessi two years ago, there’s been more of an emphasis within the Free Radicals on practical matters such as performing and networking.

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about trying to get us to be the gigging musicians we’re in school for—kind of removing the academia from it and getting back to being a performer.” Rubio and Knowles both have plans to leave Reno after graduation, and Nina Wine is planning to move to Japan in August to teach music— a move that she says her time at UNR has prepared her for. In her final year performing as a student at the jazz festival, however, she’s focusing on those who will come after her. “I’m the Reno Jazz Orchestra Mentor Program Coordinator,” Wine said. “I’m sending professional jazz musicians into local middle and high schools to work with their jazz bands to increase the number of local schools attending the jazz festival. The jazz festival draws a lot of people, but often Reno schools are not participating.” Wine cites a lack of funding and time on the part of local high school band directors for Reno students missing the festival in their own backyard. She believes the answer is to actively send the jazz community into the classrooms to engage the next generation of students. She may even return to Reno someday as an educator to inspire local students. “I don’t think any kid goes into music because they want to play scales,” Wine said. “They want to perform. They want to show off. They want to have fun with it. My longtime goal is to establish an arts high school somewhere. Reno would be a great place in the next decade or so.” Ω




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Open book True Grit “Art is more than a framed picture on the wall,” said Mark Salinas. He’s the Arts & Culture Coordinator for Carson City, and his tiny office inside the Adams Hub co-working space is slowly filling up with artworks as people drop them off for a competition. Salinas collected canceled playing cards from Carson City’s casinos and offered them to anyone who wanted to use them as materials to make a piece for exhibition. “Most responses were from Carson and Reno,” he said. “There were some recognized artists that asked for decks—Joe C. Rock, Joan Arrizabalaga, Zoe Bray, Carol Brown.” Entries also came from artists in Winnemucca and Henderson—plus a few from out of state. Some of the artists are professionals. Some are hobbyists. The artworks take many forms, including collages, a series of tiny watercolors and a functioning, 3-D, Japanese-style lantern. “There is a lot of the general public just interested in testing their hands and making something,” Salinas said. Attracting such a wide range of participants was precisely the idea. The exhibition, titled True Grit, kicks off a month-long, citywide event called the Big Read, during which the entire community is encouraged to read the 1968 Charles Portis novel True Grit. Salinas—a New York City transplant with a history of getting arts professionals and community members together as the founder of a Queens-based mural organization—has been preparing for the Big Read for over a year. That’s been long enough to brainstorm about how to involve local businesses and organizations in the literary and visual arts in some of the usual ways— screenings of both the 1969 and 2010 movie

Carson City Arts & Culture Coordinator Mark Salinas shows off a portrait of Mattie Ross, heroine of the 1968 Charles Portis novel True Grit, created by Maureen Conlin of Genoa. PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

versions of True Grit, a drawing and quilting session at the Children’s Museum of Nevada—and some less conventional ways. The novel, set in the 1870s, is about a 14-year-old girl, Mattie Ross, who hires Rooster Cogburn, a comically cranky U.S. Marshal, to lead her into Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, to find the man who’d killed her father over a game of cards and avenge his death. That explains the decks of cards as art material—and as an easy connection to the casinos, which will send representatives to judge the art competition. And the story’s themes make for direct links to some of the things that are already on the minds of various non-art groups in Carson City, too. Big Read events include tours of the Nevada State Museum’s Firearms Gallery and the Capitol City Gun Club Memorial Shoot. “Our local brewery is making a True Grit beer,” said Salinas. “We also have rattlesnake identification classes with the Department of Wildlife.” And a cold call to U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye of Las Vegas resulted in him ending up on the event schedule—twice. He has a meet-andgreet at the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada, and, as a keynote speaker, he’s expected to compare modern law enforcement duties with those of Rooster Cogburn. Salinas figures that all of these events—plus the distribution of 300 free copies of the novel—should allow gallery and museum-goers and other groups access to some shared cultural experiences. But he hasn’t lost track of the gallery crowd. He thinks the playing-card art exhibition is likely to become an annual, free-standing Carson City tradition. Ω The True Grit art exhibition, through July 1, is one of many components of The Big Read, a month-long series of events themed around the novel True Grit. A reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 on May 3 at the Bristlecone Art Gallery, Western Nevada College, 2201 W. College Parkway, Carson City.

by BoB Grimm

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“is that drone spying on us or making an Amazon delivery?”

Art intelligence Writer-Director Stanley Tucci asks the question “When is an artwork finished?” with Final Portrait, an acting workshop for Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer. The film is based upon the memoir A Giacometti Portrait by James Lord, an American author who sat for a portrait by famed artist Alberto Giacometti shortly before the artist died in 1966. Lord is played by Hammer, hot off his acclaimed performance in Call Me By Your Name, with Rush embodying the craggy, difficult, just-alittle-bit-crazy Giacometti. Much of the movie is simply these two fine actors bantering back and forth as Rush fiddles with painting paraphernalia and Hammer keeps still in a chair. Does that sound boring? If you are not into the idea of watching an artist neurotically working through his painting process, then, yes, you will find this boring, and you should probably stay away. I found myself taken by the pic, but not completely. I admit to getting a little restless with it at times. What makes it work in the end is that Rush and Hammer work so well, at times, off of one another. Hammer does good work as a Manhattanite in Paris swept away by the notion of having his likeness put on canvas, but unaware of the semi-ordeal he’s getting himself into. Giacometti woos Lord by telling him the whole thing should take a couple of hours, and it winds up taking weeks. Needless to say, patience is tested. Rush’s Giacometti is a bit of a mess, openly carrying on with a local prostitute (Clemence Poesy), while his wife, Annette (Sylvie Testud), and brother, Diego (longtime Tucci collaborator Tony Shalhoub), try to keep him under control. His artistic genius is matched by a totally scattershot way of conducting business, life and artistic endeavors. His process lacks a certain organization and sense of purpose. He seems like a nut, and yet, anybody who has tried to do a serious painting, sculpture or

drawing can possibly relate to Giacometti’s lament that a true work of art is never really finished. I love to draw, but I have a hard time finishing my projects. Watching this film, I recalled an 11th grade art class where I constantly argued with my instructor about putting time limits on works of art. I could never get my assignments done in time, and I knew I had spent more time on them than did friends in the class. I raged against my teacher, calling her standards unfair and completely against the notion of what art is. “Should a young man be downgraded for his art because he did not meet a proper deadline?” I asked passionately, a similar query to the one posed by Giacometti in this film. Mysteriously, I got shitty grades. OK, back on point. The film convincingly shows the struggles of an artist whose art doesn’t come easily to him. Rush hilariously interrupts multiple painting sessions by exclaiming “Oh Fuck-uh!” and slathering paint all over his canvas for the purpose of Giacometti starting the whole thing over. The film comes up with a way to end the portrait session that, while kind of cute, feels a little too tidy and at odds with the majority of the movie’s running time. That said, I guess the movie couldn’t go on for weeks and weeks. That would be brutal. While we’ve come to know Tucci for his character actor performances in films such as The Hunger Games and The Devil Wears Prada, he made quite a splash back in 1996 with his directorial debut, Big Night. His directorial efforts since then—The Impostors, Blind Date, Joe Gould’s Secret—weren’t bad, but never really delivered on the promise of Big Night. Final Portrait is easily his best directorial effort since 1996, hinting that Tucci might yet have another big one in him. Final Portrait is not that big one, but it’s a good one. Ω

Final Portrait



A trio of deranged parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz) discovers a pact by their three daughters to lose their virginity on prom night, so they stalk them on their special evening. This sounds like the basis for a crap movie but, as things turn out, it results in what will surely stand as one of the year’s funniest movies. Directed by Kay Cannon, the movie pushes the boundaries, for sure, pouring it on thick with the profanity—very funny profanity—and frank talk about high school seniors treading into sexual activity (not to mention drug experimentation and drinking). It handles its subjects in a surprisingly mature and even sweet way in the end, with the teenaged daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) having their acts together far more than their bumbling parents. The always reliable Mann gets a chance to really shine here; she is one of the best comic actresses in the game. Barinholtz gets a lot of laughs as the movie’s most messed-up character, while Cena continues to prove that he has the comic chops to hold his own with some of the best. This is one of those rare comedies that gets consistent laughter from the opening scene until its ending.


Borg vs McEnroe

The legendary rivalry between tennis players Bjorn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) was insane while it was happening. I’m old enough to remember it, and Janus Metz’s film does a pretty good job of reliving the moment. If the film suffers from anything, it’s that Borg was a pretty boring figure, as opposed to the fiery McEnroe. Since much of this film deals with Borg’s side of the story, a good chunk of the film winds up being, well, boring. Such is not the case with the McEnroe side, because LaBeouf turns in his best performance yet as the temper-tantrum-throwing American sports star who came rolling into Wimbledon to face off against the four-time champion Borg. LaBeouf takes a historical figure in McEnroe and avoids caricature in a role that could so easily become cartoonish. He finds the human competitor at the core of McEnroe, and while he can deliver a very mighty “You can’t be serious!” he finds a lot of sensible levels in the man. The match itself is all kinds of crazy, and since I forgot the outcome, completely unpredictable. The circumstances of that particular sporting event are as intense as any sporting event in the last 50 years, and the film works as a nice time stamp. (Available for digital download during a limited theatrical run.)


Isle of Dogs

This is one of the strangest—and coolest—experiences you will have in a theater this year. Wes Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion animation (after 2009’s excellent Fantastic Mr. Fox) is another visual masterpiece. While the story itself goes a little flat for stretches, it’s a nonstop visual splendor for its entire running time. Two decades in the future, Megasaki, a fictional Japanese city, is ruled by the evil Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura). Kobayashi is a cat person, and after the nation’s dogs come down with a strange strain of dog flu, all canines are banned to Trash Island to live out their days scavenging through garbage and rumbling in the junkyards. Kobayashi’s nephew, Atari (Koyu Rankin), misses his dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber), and sets out to find his beloved pet on Trash Island. The island is occupied by various dog gangs, one of them consisting of Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), King (Bob Balaban), Boss (Bill Murray) and Duke (Jeff Goldblum). Whether it’s live action or stop-motion, you can count on Anderson’s usual gang of performers to show up. (Welcome to the Wes Anderson party, Bryan Cranston!) There’s some dog gang squabbling for leadership honors, with Rex often calling for votes that the rebel Chief always loses. When Atari shows up on the island, Chief winds up spending the

most time with him, and he learns a little bit about bonding with a boy, as dogs do. There’s a very sweet “love your dogs” message at the center of Anderson’s story, which he wrote with story contributions from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Nomura.




A Quiet Place


Ready Player One

A dying photographer (Ed Harris) coaxes his estranged son (Jason Sudeikis) into going on a road trip with him and his nurse (Elizabeth Olsen) to get some Kodachrome film developed before the world stops developing the brand. Yes, it’s yet another road movie, and yes, it has the “somebody’s dying” gimmick to go with it, but don’t write this one off based on the synopsis. The trio of stars are pretty good here, with Harris especially decent as a miserable man trying, in a very strange and peculiar way, to make nice with his son before checking out. Sudeikis is one of the more underrated actors out there right now, and he does a lot with a fairly stereotypical role. Olsen, one of my favorite actresses, puts the whole thing over the top as more than just an extra passenger calling shotgun. The movie falls into some of the typical trope potholes, but Harris and company consistently pull it out of the muck. There’s a music business subplot involving the Sudeikis character that is actually pretty good, too. Not a great movie, but definitely worth a shot. (Streaming on Netflix.)

Noise-intolerant neighbors are taken to all new levels in A Quiet Place, a new horror film from director John Krasinski. Krasinski also stars as Lee, a father trying to protect his family in a post-apocalyptic world besieged by horrific aliens who will tear you apart if you make so much as a peep. The aliens are blind, so they hunt by sound. Not, say, the sound of a river running or a bird chirping, but sounds that are more “interruptive,” like fireworks, a person screaming after stepping on a nail, or really loud farts. The gimmick lends itself to some faulty logic at times, but it does provide an overall interesting premise: Speak audibly in relatively quiet surroundings, and you will get your head bitten off. Krasinski’s film gives you no real back story about the aliens. A few glimpses of newspaper front pages let you know that the world has been wiped out by the species. One look at them—they are a cross between Ridley Scott’s Alien and the Cloverfield monster—and you know that just a few days with these things running around would decimate the world population. Blunt gives the film’s standout performance as somebody forced to keep quiet after not only a painful injury but, on top of that, having to give birth in a bathtub while an alien clicks and claws nearby.

Steven Spielberg goes for broke but leaves you bleary-eyed in a bad way with Ready Player One, based on the very popular Ernest Cline novel. The film is so full of pop culture references that it doesn’t so much deliver them as visually vomit them into your face. Rather than relishing the opportunity for ’80s nostalgia, Spielberg opts for whiplash pacing and miscasting, squandering the chance to allow any of the fun elements to really sink in. The futuristic storyline involves something called the OASIS, a virtual reality world that is not only a pastime, but a total escape from real-world poverty and pollution. Wade (Tye Sheridan) lives in a place called the Stacks, basically manufactured homes piled on top of each other, and he whiles away many hours in the OASIS as his alter ego/avatar Parzival. There’s a plethora of pop culture cameos inside the OASIS, including King Kong, Freddy Krueger and the Iron Giant, but there’s very little substance. The whole thing amounts to a lot of imagery, occasionally interesting but mostly dull, flying by with little impact.







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Culture clash The brewpub at Baldini’s has been rebranded as the Occidental Taphouse Grill, in partnership with Occidental Brewing of Portland, Oregon. The new menu includes a mix of German-themed items along with American appetizers, sandwiches and salads. The beers are brewed in-house and definitely reflect the German theme, with Bavarian Hefeweizen, Cologne Kölsch, Munich Dunkel, Dusseldorf Altbier and Bohemian Pilsner. I availed myself of a few $3 happy hour pints of hefeweizen and kölsch, an enjoyable contrast of styles. Happy hour specials arrived at the table almost as quickly as the drinks. We ordered a plate of eight mozzarella sticks with marinara ($5), and six hot wings with celery, ranch dressing and herbed shoestring fries ($5). The mozzarella sticks were your basic frozen fare, though the marinara was pleasantly low on sweetness with a nice garlic kick. The wings were pretty big, spicy and well sauced, though oddly salty. The fries were also well salted, but both wings and fries were nice and crisp. A friend’s giant Bavarian soft pretzel ($8.95) was served with spicy mustard, curry ketchup and beer cheese sauce. The restaurants serves this hanging on a sort of display rack, and at 10 ounces it’s an impressive serving. Spätzle—depending on the regional style—is something between a noodle and a dumpling. And, like pasta, it’s served with any number of sauces, meats, veggies or none at all. This variety was about the size of large elbow macaroni, and likewise heavily doused in beer cheese sauce. One friend’s order of spätzle with grilled bratwurst ($10.50) was essentially a big plate of mac ’n’ cheese topped with chopped bacon and a sliced sausage. Another ordered currywurst ($10.50)—a Berlin street food favorite wherein the bratwurst is sliced

Occidental Taphouse Grill serves German staples, like schnitzel and spätzle, alongside American appetizers, sandwiches and salads. PHOTO/ALLISON YOUNG

up and topped with curried ketchup and a sprinkling of curry powder, paired with a side of the cheesy action. Not my favorite, but she said it reminded her of her visit to Deutschland. For me, the best German dish was a plate of pork schnitzel with sides of mushroom gravy and spätzle ($10.50). Schnitzel is actually of Austrian origin, but has inspired any number of variants including Italian cotoletta, South American/Mexican milanesa, and American country fried steak. The gravy was dark and rich, but the seasoning on the meat was—again—pretty salty. Someone in this kitchen really likes spiking the ol’ blood pressure, although the fair amount of black pepper did help. I liked it, but it could be better. A chopped chef salad with blue cheese dressing ($10.95) was perhaps the only time I’ve seen something called a chef salad served tossed, with the deli meats and dressing mixed in. The blend of lettuce greens, turkey, roast beef, ham, red onion and halved cherry tomato was a bit heavy on the onion, and the dressing barely had any sense of blue cheese. Notably absent was hard boiled egg. Last, we ordered the “Awful Awful” burger, done in the style of the Little Nugget’s favorite and served atop a basket containing a full pound of fries ($10.50). The half-pound of ground chuck was done medium rare, served on an onion bun with American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and purple onion; I added thick, crispy bacon for an extra $2.50. It was good, though I had to send most of the fries home for a friend’s hungry youngster to enjoy. Ω

Occidental Taphouse Grill 865 S. Rock Blvd, Sparks, 398-4200

Occidental Taphouse Grill is open from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Learn more at baldinissports.com.

by BRad Bynum

Pignic Pub & Patio owners Ryan Goldhammer and Trevor Leppek have announced they’ll open a Revision Brewing Company tasting room in their bar.

In your grill The rumors about Pignic Pub & Patio’s death have been greatly exaggerated. After a brief dust-up with the Washoe County Health Department late last year, there were rumors that the popular bar and grill had been permanently shuttered. But nope, the Health Department had expressed some concerns, the business made some tweaks to its standard operating procedures, and the grills were back up and running. The concept for the business is unusual, so maybe it’s that surprising that the Health Department had some concerns. Essentially, Pignic has grills available where customers can cook their own meat. “What it came down to was tracking the source of the food,” said co-owner Ryan Goldhammer. “The big thing for [the health department] was, ‘Where does this food come from? How old is it?’” The new regulations for the business require that customers bring their food in original packaging from a store or a licensed meat processing place, like Sierra Meat & Fish. If customers want to add a marinade before grilling, they must now do it on site—rather than doing it at home beforehand. Those are the only main changes to the business’s operating procedures. And, now, grilling season is upon us. “Sharing food and drink and music is what brings people together,” Goldhammer said. He sees Pignic as a place for people to host parties. “You come here. You do your thing. You throw all your dirty dishes in the bus tub—we wash the dishes. You don’t have to buy charcoal or pay to maintain the grills.” The grill yard has six grills. There also prepping and hand-washing stations, refrigerators and stovetop burners. Grill users sign a safety release waiver and

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there’s a grill yard attendant on hand to answer questions and make sure everyone is using the equipment safely. (Goldhammer and co-owner Trevor Leppek are happy to report there have been zero injuries in the three-and-a-half years they’ve been open.) The bar’s cozy, living-room-like front room has become a regular destination for fans of unplugged music. Musician Glynn Osburn hosts an open mic night every Tuesday with free pizza from sister business Noble Pie Parlor. There’s also a variety of monthly events. And the first weekend of May will feature a few special events. On May 5, the bar will host I’d Hit That Dos, a Cinco De Mayo celebration featuring live mariachi music by Trio Bossanova, grub from Battle Born Food Truck and Catering, and adults-only pinatas filled with candy, booze and other prizes. (The event name, in case you’re confused, refers to pinatas.) May 6, from noon to 7 p.m. Pignic will host its “Grilling and Chilling” spring season opener, co-sponsored by Sierra Meat & Seafood and Great Basin Community Food Co-op, which will provide meat. “It will be a really cool, fun day—a nice hangover day for all our Cinco De Mayo friends,” Goldhammer said. But the biggest news of all for Pignic is that Revision Brewing Company is going to partner with the business and plans to open a taproom in the upstairs portion of the pub later this summer. Revision’s hop-heavy brews are popular throughout the region. “They’re one of the raddest up-andcoming breweries—not just in Northern Nevada, but probably in the entire Pacific Northwest, so we’re really excited about that,” Goldhammer said. Ω

Pignic Pub & Patio 235 Flint St., 376-1948

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by Brad ByNuM

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Watson Meyer, Nick Meza and Cameron Beck pry into their own faults and desires as the band Pry.

Open up Pry Singer-songwriter-guitarist Watson Meyer chose his band’s name, Pry, carefully. “The whole project and the idea of this was within the name itself, to pry open issues, and pry open problems, and pry open your own faults and desires and things you don’t want to talk about,” he said. The band recently released “Trust Yourself,” the first single from its forthcoming album, Attribution Reluctance. For the song and in the accompanying video, Meyer hams and mugs like a young David Byrne, biting his words and jerking his body around like a malfunctioning automaton. The lyrics, Meyer says, are about how trusting yourself and following a gut feeling “can be very wrong.” The song’s syncopated, danceable post-punk rhythm complements Meyer’s stage persona, which he likens to the desperate, hallucinatory, manic energy of a man trapped on a deserted island. He’s not a songwriter who shies away from serious, personal topics. “Shadow of an Uncle,” another single, is about an abusive family member. The music video will feature a dance choreographed and performed by Meyer’s mother, Jeanette Osman-Bravard, one of the family members who suffered at the hands of the song’s title character. Meyer wrote the song with his mother’s blessing, and she approached him with the idea of choreographing a dance for it. “The song is for her, and the lyrics are about her taking control,” Meyer said. “It’s a song for my mom.” Pry started as a duo featuring Meyer and Victoria Almanzan of local group Stirr Lightly. For live performances, they deployed a rotating cast of bass players and drummers. “Every single time we played it was with a different lineup of musicians, so 20   |   RN&R   |   04.26.18

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the music changed over and over,” Meyer said. “It felt like we were going from ground zero and building up every time, but it was interesting to see all the variations.” Almanzan left to focus on Stirr Lightly and other projects, and Pry coalesced around a core of Meyer, drummer Nick Meza and bassist Cameron Beck. For the group’s recent 17-day tour, they were joined by guitar and synth player Conor Knowles. Pry’s music has a driving, punk energy, but the predominance of the rhythm section points toward classic post-punk bands like Joy Division, Gang of Four, or Wire. Meyer cites current-day post-punk revivalists Protomartyr as a primary inspiration. Meza, who used to play with the band Skinwalkers, plays a simple, stripped-down kit, but gets a lot of sound out of it. And Beck’s bass lines often drive the songs. Attribution Reluctance, the album title, is corporatespeak for, according to Meyer, when “you see an issue, you see a problem, but you’re hesitant to touch it.” “Sometimes the songs are about my inability to approach problems or my lack of character in certain issues,” he said, citing the example of seeing a homeless man beaten by a local business owner. “I show my regret with that because I should have done something. I should have said something. I should have called 911. … But I made no action. I just left.” But, of course, writing a song is itself an action of sorts. And Meyer writes from a very personal place. “I feel like I can’t write any other way,” he said. “I’ve tried writing a song about some mystical person or some other person in a story, but I feel like I can’t relate to that person or express like that person. It’s hard for me to write about other people’s lives, because it’s so intangible to me. It’s just like I’m making stuff up. It feels disingenuous.” Ω Pry play with Priests and mellow diamond at the holland Project, 140 Vesta St., on may 18 at 7:30 p.m., $7. For more information, visit pryband.bandcamp.com.



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Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

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Dance party, 10pm, $5

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Void King, 8pm, no cover


Rob Leines, 8pm, no cover

Consider the Source, Etch Grooves, 8pm, $10

Daydreams screening, David Beck, 6:30pm, no cover

Ike & Martin, 7pm, Tu, no cover

Southern Cut, 9:30pm, no cover

Rob Leines, 9:30pm, no cover

Save the WhaleBees! A Fundraiser for Xochipilli & Stardust, 10pm, $10

Metamorphosis, A Siren Society Production, 7pm, $20-$40

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Kelly Ann Miller, 9pm, no cover

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Comedy The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 5886611: Charles Fleischer, Rick D’Elia, Thu-Fri, Sun, 9pm, $25, Sat, 9pm, $30; Thomas Dale, Michael Blaustein, W, 9pm, $25 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Sue Costello, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sun, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Harry Basil, Tu-W, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX Lounge, Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Chris Storin, Thu, 8pm, Fri, 6:30pm, $15 Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Butch Escobar, Thu, 8pm, $15-$20; Chris Storin, Fri, 9pm, $14-$19, Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $14-$19

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Richard Blair, 6pm, no cover


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Ann Marie Sheridan, 6pm, no cover Emily’s Birthday Bash featuring The Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

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The Easy Leaves, 8pm, no cover

The Easy Leaves, Jazz Mafia Accomplices, 6:30pm, no cover

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Acoustic Wonderland Sessions, 8pm, no cover


Ghost Town Rebellion, 8pm, no cover

Hight & Tight, Friday Night, 9pm, no cover


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Friday Night Party with DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

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T-N-Keys, 4:30pm, Tu, 7:30pm, W, no cover

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Otis McDonald, 6:30pm, no cover

Georgia Sam & MAMM, 8pm, no cover The Electric, 9pm, no cover Chris Costa, 7pm, no cover


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Proyecto X, Banda Salvaje, Tamborazo Tazqueño, 11pm, $TBA

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Saturday Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, Gina Rose, Spike McGuire, 8pm, $TBA

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2 Escalade, 8pm, no cover Just Us, 10pm, no cover

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2) Atomika, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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2) The Starliters, 5pm, no cover The Look, 9pm, no cover

2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover

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2) The Kid ’N’ Nic Show, 8pm, no cover

2) The Kid ’N’ Nic Show, 8pm, no cover

2) Rock River, 6pm, no cover

2) Kid ’N’ Nic Show, 6pm, M, no cover Denver Saunders, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) Mike Furlong, 9pm, no cover

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1) Mike Furlong, 9pm, no cover 2) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover

1) Black Uhuru, 9pm, $23-$25

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2) Coral Creek, 10pm, no cover

1) Cirque Paris, 7pm, $19.95-$49.95

1) Cirque Paris, 8:30pm, $19.95-$59.95 2) Audioboxx, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover

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3) Grand County Nights with DJ Jeremy, 10pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF apRil 26, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: Explore the transforming 1890s with renowned national speakers, authors and state and local experts. Thu, 4/26-Sat, 4/28. $55. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., www.automuseum.org.

JACKPOT OF GEMS: The Reno Gem and Mineral Society presents its annual fair featuring over 20 vendors covering everything from fossils to beads to precious gems along with demonstration tables, exhibits and raffles. Sat, 4/28, 10am-5pm; Sun, 4/29, 10am-4pm. $4-$6, free for kids under age 6. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 843-9180.

RECYCLE FOR KIDS DAY: In honor of Earth



Arts for the Schools presents the multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company. Contra-Tiempo creates a new physical, visual and sonic vocabulary that collages salsa, AfroCuban, hip-hop and contemporary dance with theater, compelling text and original music to bring dynamic multi-modal experiences to the stage. The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at North Tahoe High School Theater, 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City. Tickets are $5-$30. Call (530) 582-8278 or visit www.artsfortheschools.org.


CONSERVATION, ACTIVISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Author and photographer Tim Palmer will present his slide show “Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy.” This event will be held in TCES 139/141. Fri, 4/27, 10am. $8. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.

ANNUAL POETRY MONTH READING SERIES: Hear poetry from Luke Johnson, Kathryn de Lancellotti and Gary Short. Thu, 4/26, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 786-1188, www.sundancebookstore.com.

APRIL RENO BEER CRAWL: Attendees can sample domestic, nationally recognized and locally distributed craft beers at more than 15 bars and restaurants all within walking distance in downtown Reno. For $5, you get a commemorative Reno Beer Crawl glass, wrist-band and map to use throughout this self-guided event. For $1 you can enjoy 6-ounce samples at each of the participating downtown Reno locations. Sat 4/28, 2-6pm. $5. The Library Tap House & Hookah Bar, 134 W. Second St., renobeercrawl.com.

DINE THE DISTRICT FOOD TOUR: Attendees can enjoy a variety of entertainment and culinary delights from the participating restaurants during this self-guided food tour. The proceeds will help support the continued development of the Riverwalk District. Sat, 4/28, 1pm. $20-$25. 135 N. Sierra St., Suite C, (775) 825-9255.

GENOA WESTERN HERITAGE DAY: The annual event features free presentations, demonstrations, Western music and poetry. There will be a barbecue dinner and concert featuring The Saddle Cats Western Swing Band and Dave Stamey at the Genoa Fire Station. Daytime events are free. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $60. Sat, 4/28, 10am. Free. Genoa, www.carsonvalleynv.org.

COIN PRESS DEMONSTRATIONS: Watch Nevada State Museum’s Coin Press No. 1 in action. Two-person teams of volunteers will work the press and talk about its history. The demonstrations take place from 9am to noon and 1-4pm. Fri, 4/27, 9am & 1pm. $8 adults, free for children under age 18. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, nvculture.org/ nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity.





GREEN FAMILY FAIR: The fourth annual fair


features several mom and baby-friendly businesses showing off their products and services. There will be crafts, games and a bounce house. Sat, 4/28, 10am. Free. The Nurturing Nest, 7693 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-0800.

Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and ComputerCorps will host a clothing and electronic recycling event in the Carson Mall Shopping Center west parking lot. Items accepted include adult and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, bedding, towels, books, computers, hard drives, laptops, cell phones, printers, toner and more. CRT televisions, CRT monitors, mattresses, furniture and large household items will not be accepted. Sat, 4/28, 9am-1pm. Free. Carson Mall Shopping Center, 1313 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 826-2122.

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ERIN GENERAL MEETING: The non-profit Irish heritage organization is open to all people with an interest in promoting Irish heritage and culture, enjoying camaraderie and serving those less fortunate in our community. Grab some dinner and drinks, enjoy the topic of the month and keep up to date on Irish news both local and abroad. Membership not required. Tue, 5/1, 6pm. Free. O’Cleary’s Pub, 1330 Scheels Drive, Ste. 250, Sparks, (775) 3780931, irishnevada.org.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE EARTH DAY: Learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Stop by the Kid Zone to make some recyclethemed arts and crafts and get your face painted. Check out a variety of educational booths and local vendors. Food and crafts will be available for purchase. The Drug Free Coalition will have a Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10am-3pm. Bring all your unused, unwanted or expired medications, except for liquids or sharps, for disposal. There will be live music and stage performances by bluegrass band Bison and a drum circle with Liz Broscoe. Sat 4/28, 10am. Free. Bijou Community Park, 1099 Al Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 542-8366, southtahoeearthday.org.

TAMANO CRAFT FAIR: Local and surrounding area crafters and artists will sell native jewelry, paintings, baked goods and other one-of-a-kind items. Indian tacos will also be sold. Fri, 4/27-Sat, 4/28, 10am. Free. RSIC Gymnasium, 34 Reservation Road, (775) 424-4126.

TEEN ART NIGHT: Join The Holland Project at the Nevada Museum of Art for their annual “teen-takeover” featuring live music, a DJ dance party, and hands-on art stations. Don’t miss the photo booth, bites from Hug High’s culinary program and a live photo-feed. Galleries will be open late. Fri 4/27, 7pm. $10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333 or (775) 384-1652.

TRUCKEE CRAW THAW MUSIC FESTIVAL: This New Orleans-inspired spring event, brings a diverse lineup of American roots-inspired musicians, Cajun cuisine and family fun to historic downtown Truckee. Fri, 4/27, 6pm, Sat 4/28, noon. Free. Historic Downtown Truckee, 10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, (530) 5878700, truckeecrawthaw.com.

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE—MWANGI HUTTER: Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter were born in Nairobi, Kenya, and Ludwigshafen, Germany. They merged their names and biographies and became a single artist, Mwangi Hutter. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, they use themselves as the sounding board to reflect on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetics of self-knowledge and interrelationship. Thu, 4/26, 6pm. Free. University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

aRT ARTISTS CO-OP OF RENO GALLERY: Ukrainian Palette. This month’s show features paintings by Ukrainian-trained artists and new co-op members Tetyana Anderson and Galina Milton, as well as artwork by guest artists Deborah Stevenson and Diana Sewell. The show runs through April 30. Thu, 4/26-Mon, 4/30, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-op of Reno Gallery, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896, www.artistsco-opgalleryreno.com.

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 artwork on display was created during workshops conducted by Arts for All Nevada in over 50 local elementary through high school special education classrooms in 30 different schools. The show runs through April 27. Thu, 4/26-Fri, 4/27, 10am-5pm. Arts for All Nevada, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100, www.artsforallnevada.org.

CCAI COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Writing from Mars—An Exhibition. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition by artist Rick Parsons at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 23. Thu, 4/26-Fri, 4/27, Mon, 4/30-Wed, 5/2, 8am-5pm. Free. CCAI Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH MIDTOWN RENO: Artist Showing and Wine Tasting. Meet the artist of the month. Thu, 4/26, 6pm. Free. Fountain of Youth Midtown Reno, 724 S. Virginia St., (775) 964-4888.

NORTH TAHOE ARTS: College Art Exhibit. Working together with Sierra Nevada College, North Tahoe Arts’ latest exhibit features artwork by students enrolled in Sierra Nevada College’s fine arts program. The show closes on April 27. Thu, 4/26-Fri, 4/27, 11am. Free. North Tahoe Arts, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 581-2787, www.northtahoearts.com.

NORTH TAHOE ARTS: Gathering of Artists. Led by professional working artist Heidi Reeves, artists of all levels and mediums are invited to bring their latest projects to work on in shared studio space and support one another during the creative process. Sat, 4/28, 10am. Free. North Tahoe Arts, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 581-2787, www.northtahoearts.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. Thu, 4/26-Sat, 4/28, 10am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

SHEPPARD CONTEMPORARY: Faig Ahmed. Ahmed is well-known for his conceptual works that use the traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets to create contemporary sculptural works of art. Ahmed has lent his work to be exhibited alongside historical examples for traditional central and West Asian weaving from the University Galleries collection; Mwangi Hutter: Time Zone and Equinox. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture painting and performance, Mwangi Hutter reflects on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetic of self-knowledge and interrelationship; Only Light Can Do That: Remembering MLK, Jr. Including work from a half dozen contemporary artists and also new additions to the collection by artists Elizabeth Catlett and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Only Light Can Do That explores the visual cultures of Black America inspired by the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The exhibitions run through May 10. Gallery hours are noon to 4pm on Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 8pm on Thursday-Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday. Thu, 4/26-Sun, 4/29, Wed, 5/2. Free. Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

ST. MARY’S ART CENTER: Mountain Picassos—Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin. This exhibition features 26 Basque tree carvings or “arborglyphs” from the collection of Phillip and Jean Earl. Jean Earl will talk about the unique method of preserving the carvings on April 28 at 3pm. Fri, 4/27-Sun, 4/29, 11am. $3-$5. St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 North R St., Virginia City, (775) 440-0992, www.stmarysartcenter.org.

ST. MARY’S ART CENTER: Paula Saponaro— Decades & Detours Exhibition. The exhibition features multiple bodies of work, mediums and a progression of this artist’s evolution over the decades. Reception: April 28, 1-4pm. Fri, 4/2-Sun, 4/29, 11am. $3.50-$5. St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 North R St., Virginia City, (775) 440-0992, www.stmarysartcenter.org.

THE POTENTIALIST WORKSHOP: Lift Off, Press On. An exhibition of handmade prints curated by Laika Press. Thu, 4/26. 6pm. Free. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., www.facebook.com/PPPWS.

WYLAND GALLERIES: Treas Art Show. Meet

artist Treas Atkinson. Fri, 4/2, 3pm. Free. Wyland Galleries, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-7099.

FILM COLUMBUS: In celebration of Architecture Week, join the Black Rock Design Institute and the American Institute of Architects, Northern Nevada for a special screening of Columbus. First premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film is set in the title city of Columbus, Indiana, home to a collection of works of modern architecture by renowned architects, including Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. Columbus explores the various architectural buildings in and around the city, through the eyes of unique and unforgettable characters. Thu, 4/26. 6pm. $5-$7. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

MUSIC DAFNIS PRIETO SEXTET: The jazz drummer, composer and band leader performs as part of the Reno Jazz Festival. Fri, 4/27, 7:30pm. $15-$29. Lawlor Events Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1500 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

PETER APFELBAUM & THE COLLECTIVE: The jazz saxophonist performs with the University of Nevada, Reno’s faculty jazz ensemble as part of the Reno Jazz Festival. Thu, 4/26, 7:30pm. $15-$35. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

SPRING UNCORKED: Sierra Music Society’s Salon Series features wine tastings and food pairings catered by the The Cheese Board and music sung by soloists from P’ Opera! Sat, 4/28, 6pm. $75. Private home in Saddlehorn area, call for directions, (775) 233-5105, poperanv.org.

SUNDAY MUSIC BRUNCH: Enjoy live music and brunch every Sunday presented by chez louie. The menu features creative cuisine, mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Reservations strongly encouraged. Sun, 4/29, 10am-2pm. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 284-2921.

ONSTAGE 2018 TAHOE POETRY SLAM: Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, with the winner claiming the title of Tahoe Slam Champion of the Year. Fri, 4/27, 7pm. Free. Patterson Hall, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH: Brüka Theatre and Good Luck Macbeth collaborate for their production of John Cameron Mitchell’s and Steven Trask’s cult musical. The rock musical tells the story of Hansel Schmidt, a slip of a girlyboy from communist East Berlin who becomes Hedwig Robinson, “the internationally ignored song stylist barely standing before you.” Her journey to find true love, and her other half, takes her across the world and from man to woman. The show runs Wednesday-Sunday through May 12. Evening shows begin at 8pm. There is one Sunday matinee on April 29 at 2pm, followed by a talk back with the company and the audience. The play is suggested for people age 16 or older. Thu,

4/26-Sat, 4/28, 8pm; Sun, 4/29, 2pm; Wed, 5/2, 8pm. $20-$30. Good Luck Macbeth

Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716 or (775) 323-3221.

JUNIE B. JONES, JR., THE MUSICAL: Wild Horse Children’s Theater presents this musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular best-selling Junie B. Jones book series. Follow Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. Performances are 7pm on FridaySaturday with 2pm matinee shows on Saturday-Sunday through April 29. Fri,

4/27, 7pm; Sat, 4/28, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 4/29, 2pm. $10 general admission, $8 students, seniors, $5 kids ages 4-12. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, www.wildhorsetheater.com.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Sage Ridge School Theatre Arts presents this dark comedy musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken centering on a timid flower shop assistant who discovers an alien plant with an appetite for human flesh. Fri, 4/27-Sat, 4/28, 7pm. $20. Crossbow Stage, 2515 Crossbow Court, (775) 846-4065.

SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR.: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe presents this musical based on the Oscarwinning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical about an ogre named Shrek who leads a cast of fairy tale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Fri, 4/27-Sat, 4/28, 7pm. $10-$15. 8125 Steelhead Ave., 8125 Steelhead Avenue, Kings Beach, www.bgcnlt.org.

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN: Restless Artists Theatre presents Craig Pospisil’s episodic comedy. Jasper has feelings of isolation, fears of the dark and really everyday life has overwhelmed him, but he is determined to live. He gets stuck between floors on an elevator with a claustrophobic man. A sleazy coworker gives him farcical advice on how to pick up women. He strikes flamboyantly, but is picked up by another woman, who takes him home—where she lives with her boyfriend. A chance encounter with a homeless man gives Jasper perspective on his life. He loses his cool, kicks a chair, breaks his foot and gets fired. And then he meets Holly—it might be love, or it might be he’s dying! Performances are Thursday-Sunday through May 13. Fri, 4/27-Sat, 4/28, 7:30pm; Sun, 4/29, 2pm. $12-$20. Restless Artist Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, www.rattheatre.org.

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Girl-on-girl inaction Ihatetobetrite,butmywifeand Iareexperiencing“lesbianbed death.”We’vebeenhappilymarriedforthreeyears.I’mnotsure whywe’renothavingsex.Sure, we’rebothbusy,butit’smorea questionofjustnoteverfeeling theurge.Isthereawaytoreboot oursexlife? It’s depressing if the only time there’s heavy breathing in the bedroom is when you’re re-enacting WrestleMania XXV—that is, trying to get the duvet cover on. This doesn’t mean you should buy into the lesbo-bashing notion of “lesbian bed death”—the myth that lesbian relationships, in particular, are where sex goes to die. The term traces back to a finding from social psychologist Phillip Blumstein and sociologist Pepper Schwartz, published in their 1983 book American Couples: Money, Work, Sex. Blumstein and Schwartz, reviewing results from their survey of 12,000 American couples, announced that lesbians in relationships “have sex less frequently by far than any other type of couple.” This single survey led to decades of sneering about lesbian relationships as the province of hot hand-holding. However, psychologist Suzanne Iasenza notes that a bunch of subsequent studies found that lesbians tend to be more sexually assertive and sexually satisfied than straight ladies—as well as less orgasm-challenged. The reality is so-called lesbian bed death actually happens to heterosexual women—once they get into relationships. In other words, the real issue is not being a lesbian but being a woman in a long-term partnership—and the assumption that male sexual response, driven by spontaneously occurring lust, should be considered the norm for women. Sex researcher Rosemary Basson finds that when a relationship is brand-new or when women are apart from their partners for days or weeks, they’re likely to experience the “spontaneous sexual hunger” that men tend to have. However, once a relationship has been going for a while, women’s sexual desire becomes “responsive.” It isn’t gone. It’s “triggerable”—which is to say it’s hibernating until somebody wakes it up. This, however, brings us to another problem. Chances are, a

reason that straight couples might have more sex is that men—driven by that spontaneous lust—are more likely to initiate. You and your wife need to initiate—and maybe even schedule sex dates so initiating doesn’t become yet another thing that falls off your to-do list.

For whom the cell tolls I’maddictedtomyphone—Twitter,Instagram,news,texts… younameit.Mygirlfriendfeels disrespectedandunheardwhenI lookatitwhileshe’stalking,butI can’tseemtostop. If your smartphone were actually smart, it would ping you to listen to your girlfriend before she’s your ex-girlfriend trash-talking you in a bar. Instead, smartphones and apps turn us into lab rats ferociously hitting the touch screen for another hit of techno-crack. They do this through what psychologists call “intermittent reinforcement”— “rewards” that come randomly and unpredictably. Checking your phone sometimes “rewards” you with a new message or newsbit— sometimes (or even often), but not always. When “rewards” come regularly and reliably—like when a rat pushes a bar and gets a food pellet every time—the rat chills out and only presses when, say, his stomach rings the dinner bell. Unpredictable rewards, on the other hand—only sometimes getting a hit—drive the rats to pump the bar incessantly, sometimes even till the little fellers go claws up. However, there is hope for you—and your relationship—thanks to research on habit formation by psychologist Phillippa Lally, among others. Repeatedly behaving differently when your girlfriend’s talking to you—by turning your phone totally off and, if possible, relocating it to another room—can eventually change your default behavior from robotically checking your phone to attentiveness to those important to you. Ω


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For the week oF April 26, 2018: ARIES (March 21-April 19): Imagine you’re one of

four porcupines caught in frigid weather. To keep warm, you all have the urge to huddle together and pool your body heat. But whenever you try to get close, you prick each other with your quills. The only solution to that problem is to move away from each other, even though it means you can’t quell your chill as well. This scenario was used by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud as a parable for the human dilemma. We want to be intimate with each other, Freud said, but we hurt each other when we try. The oft-chosen solution is to be partially intimate: not as close as we would like to be, but only as much as we can bear. Now everything I just said, Aries, is a preface for better news: In the coming weeks, neither your own quills nor those of the people you care about will be as sharp or as long as usual.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Simpsons is

the longest-running American TV sitcom and animated series. But it had a rough start. In the fall of 1989, when producers staged a private pre-release screening of the first episode, they realized the animation was mediocre. They worked hard to redo it, replacing 70 percent of the original content. After that slow start, the process got easier and the results got better. When the program completes its thirtieth season in 2019, it will have aired 669 episodes. I don’t know if your own burgeoning project will ultimately have as enduring a presence, Taurus, but I’m pretty sure that, like The Simpsons, it will eventually become better than it is in the early going. Stick with it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The coming weeks might be an interesting time to resurrect a frustrated dream you abandoned in a wasteland; or rescue and restore a moldering treasure you stopped taking care of a while back; or revive a faltering commitment you’ve been ignoring for reasons that aren’t very high-minded. Is there a secret joy you’ve been denying yourself without good cause? Renew your relationship with it. Is there a rough prize you received before you were ready to make smart use of it? Maybe you’re finally ready. Are you brave enough to dismantle a bad habit that hampers your selfmastery? I suspect you are.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Hollywood film in-

dustry relies heavily on recycled ideas. In 2014, for example, only one of the ten top-grossing movies—Interstellar—was not a sequel, remake, reboot, or episode in a franchise. In the coming weeks and months, Cancerian, you’ll generate maximum health and wisdom for yourself by being more like Interstellar than like

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the

six other top-ten rehashes of 2014. Be original!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Long ago, in the land we

now call Italy, humans regarded Mars as the divine protector of fields. He was the fertility god who ripened the food crops. Farmers said prayers to him before planting seeds, asking for his blessings. But as the Roman Empire arose, and warriors began to outnumber farmers, the deity who once served as a kind benefactor evolved into a militant champion, even a fierce and belligerent conqueror. In accordance with current astrological omens, Leo, I encourage you to evolve in the opposite direction. Now is an excellent time to transmute aggressiveness and combativeness into fecundity and tenderness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You sometimes get

superstitious when life is going well. You worry about growing overconfident. You’re afraid that if you enjoy yourself too much, you will anger the gods and jinx your good fortune. Is any of that noise clouding your mood these days? I hope not; it shouldn’t be. The truth, as I see it, is that your intuition is extrastrong and your decision-making is especially adroit. More luck than usual is flowing in your vicinity, and you have an enhanced knack for capitalizing on it. In my estimation, therefore, the coming weeks will be a favorable time to build up your hunger for vivid adventures and bring your fantasies at least one step closer to becoming concrete realities. Whisper the following to yourself as you drop off to sleep

each night: “I will allow myself to think bigger and bolder than usual.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The bad news is that

60 percent of Nevada’s Lake Mead has dried up. The good news—at least for historians, tourists, and hikers—is that the Old West town of St. Thomas has re-emerged. It had sunk beneath the water in 1936, when the government built the dam that created the lake. But as the lake has shrunk in recent years, old buildings and roads have reappeared. I foresee a comparable resurfacing in your life, Libra: the return of a lost resource or vanished possibility or departed influence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope the next seven

weeks will be a time of renaissance for your most engaging alliances. The astrological omens suggest it can be. Would you like to take advantage of this cosmic invitation? If so, try the following strategies. 1. Arrange for you and each of your close companions to relive the time when you first met. Recall and revitalize the dispensation that originally brought you together. 2. Talk about the influences you’ve had on each other and the ways your relationship has evolved. 3. Fantasize about the inspirations and help you’d like to offer each other in the future. 4. Brainstorm about the benefits your connection has provided and will provide for the rest of the world.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Now is one of

the rare times when you should be alert for the potential downsides of blessings that usually sustain you. Even the best things in life could require adjustments. Even your most enlightened attitudes and mature beliefs may have pockets of ignorance. So don’t be a prisoner of your own success or a slave of good habits. Your ability to adjust and make corrections will be key to the most interesting kind of progress you can achieve in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author

Simone de Beauvoir was a French feminist and activist. In her book A Transatlantic Love Affair, she made a surprising confession: Thanks to the assistance of a new lover, Nelson Algren, she finally had her first orgasm at age 39. Better late than never, right? I suspect that you, too, are currently a good candidate to be transported to a higher octave of pleasure. Even if you’re an old pro at sexual climax, there may be a new level of bliss awaiting you in some other way. Ask for it! Seek it out! Solicit it!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Can you afford to

hire someone to do your busy work for a while? If so, do it. If not, see if you can avoid the busy work for a while. In my astrological opinion, you need to deepen and refine your skills at lounging around and doing nothing. The cosmic omens strongly and loudly and energetically suggest that you should be soft and quiet and placid. It’s time for you to recharge your psycho-spiritual batteries as you dream up new approaches to making love, making money, and making sweet nonsense. Please say a demure “no, thanks” to the strident demands of the status quo, my dear. Trust the stars in your own eyes.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I believe it’s a favor-

able time for you to add a new mentor to your entourage. If you don’t have a mentor, go exploring until you find one. In the next five weeks, you might even consider mustering a host of fresh teachers, guides, trainers, coaches, and initiators. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you’re primed to learn twice as much and twice as fast about every subject that will be important for you during the next two years. Your future educational needs require your full attention.

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our ability to speak, to negotiate, to work. All we want to do for Northern Nevada is be able to work, have a good job and put food on the table—and it feels like that’s being threatened at the moment.

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Tell me about the May Day event.

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The Democratic Socialists of America in collaboration with local unions and progressive groups organized a potluck event to commemorate International Workers’ Day on May 1. James Taylor is a member of the coordinating committee for the DSA.

Tell me about your organization. Our organization is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. They’ve been around for a while, but they’ve really started to gain steam in the wake of the most recent election. A lot of people who were interested in, say, Bernie Sanders and a lot of ideas that he supported— collegiate tuition, Medicare for all—have turned to the DSA as a means of realizing that and maintaining that progressive, activist position from a very firm left-wing orientation. … We’re oriented away from political campaigns and more toward getting work done in local communities all across the country.

OK. What do you do locally? Well, we’re a relatively new organization, so we’re trying to coordinate locally. Reno has a great, great assortment of fantastic organizations—ACTIONN, RISE, Food, Not Bombs, PLAN—these are all fantastic organizations that are doing quite a bit of community outreach. And we really don’t want to step on their toes. So we’ve been

working to coordinate all these groups— put them in touch with one another, help get the community involved in all these groups. In addition, we’re really hoping to fight more for labor rights—for the rights of workers, unions.

How do you see the labor situation in Northern Nevada right now? In Northern Nevada, it’s a little perilous, especially for many of our members that are poorer [or] from more marginalized communities. It’s a frightful situation. UPS recently is apparently trying to push for a 70-hour work week to become standard to compete with the post office, and Amazon warehouses have concerns about how they’re presenting labor. It’s difficult. We want to make sure people are being treated fairly—that they’re being paid well—especially with the concern of Janus [v. AFSCME], the Supreme Court case hanging over us, we’re concerned about

Certainly. For our current May Day event, we’ll be opening the doors to the general public at 5:30. We’ll have speakers starting at six. It’ll be a large potluck event. There will be music and food. … It’s going to be held at the Labor Hall on Hymer Avenue—1819 Hymer Avenue.

Give me a little background on May Day. The American Federation of Labor— that’s the AFL and the AFL-CIO, back in the 1880s ... decided they would launch a general strike—a general strike meaning all across the board, the whole labor movement would go on strike to fight for an eight-hour work day. … They held their general strike and their marches on the first of May, and, unfortunately, the police and the Pinkertons showed up and there was a massacre in Haymarket Square in Chicago. … In commemorating that massacre, May Day was established, and May Day has taken off all over the world. Unfortunately, largely forgotten here in America. ... Pete Seeger said it best—“Solidarity Forever.” We built this whole country together. We’ve laid thousands of miles of rail. We’ve built the factories. We’ve built wonders together. May Day is a day to celebrate that, to recognize that. Ω


One person’s roulette ... On the progressive Democratic front, I give Vegas commissioner Steve Sisolak big positives for his current gun control television spot. (He’s running for governor.) There’s no lame pics of him at a family picnic, no canned stale platitudes. Just Steve driving in Vegas, talking about his desires for gun adjustments in Nevada, postPaddock massacre—no assault rifles, no bump stocks, improved background checks. It’s a straightup, no bullshit, nice piece of work. Another positive move for progressive Democrats would be for Nancy Pelosi to announce that she will not be Speaker of the House, should a nation-saving Blue Tsunami take place in November. It’s time for a change, and the sooner the better. Let’s not have Nancy available as a convenient liberal punching bag for raving ReTrumplicans during the campaigns this summer. Bring in dynamic new

Congressblood, whomever that may be. (Joaquin Castro of Texas?) The timing will be fresh, the energy will be boosted, and the stage will be set for this climactic Resistance moment. • It’s been nothing less than delightful to watch GOP stooges get those Comey memos released so those documents can then explode in their baffled faces (memos as exploding cigars?). Because what was one of the main topics of chatter revived by The Memos? President Don Don playing with those nasty Pee Pee Girls! Yay, pee pee!. In Russian Roulette, the excellent expose of all things Russian/ Trump by Isikoff and Corn, the authors conclude that it’s 50-50 as to whether Trump really did host his own Tinkle Time party in the Moscow Ritz in 2013. Fair enough, but consider these remarks, made by gossip columnist

A. J. Benza, who wrote for the New York Daily News in the ’90s (remarks printed in Russian Roulette). In 2001, Benza said, “Trump used to call me and say, ‘I was just in Russia. The girls have no morals. You gotta get out there.’ ” Make of this anecdote what you will. But it fits nicely into the new revelations about Trump’s revised timeline in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe thing, a revision which came about after airplane flight logs showed that Trump lied about his time there—what a shock!—and that well, well, well, ole Donny boy was indeed in Moscow for all of Friday night and, gee, there was plenty of time, as it turns out, to have had some girls come up to the room to make some pee pee whoopee. In other words, that 50-50 estimate might have just morphed into 80-20. Somewhere, Chris Steele is LHAO. Ω






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