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Delayed reaction

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Brad is out of the office for a few days, so the rest of the editorial team is filling in to accomplish the big job he takes care of each week. I tried to get my work for this issue done late last week. I knew the boss would be gone—and I wanted to clear my mind of distractions ahead of the motorcycle safety course I’d scheduled for the weekend. To be honest, I figured I’d just get in a bit of parking lot practice time, take the class and be road ready. I’ve been driving for almost 20 years, and I’m good at it—no at-fault accidents, not one demerit on my license, ever. But I can tell you without a doubt after taking the course, I’m not ready for the road. My instructors at Western Nevada College—Matt and Randy— were kind and knowledgeable. They taught my classmates (including my mom) and me so much in just a short amount of time. I feel pretty confident kicking it up into second gear and countersteering left or right through a corner before straightening out and bringing the bike to a quick, safe stop. I feel confident—in a controlled environment. I wrecked the bike on day one and pulled the muscles between some ribs. At least I managed to hit the engine kill switch and pop right back up to give the “all’s well” sign to my instructors. But by day two, I just knew. I knew I wasn’t ready. I opted out of the final lessons and the skills test for my endorsement and spent most of the day watching my classmates. I learned some more things just doing that. I think the biggest lesson I learned is just how great a responsibility it is to ride a motorcycle—to be less visible, less protected than those driving around you. Someday, I’m going to be ready to join other riders on the road. In the meantime, I can’t help thinking and worrying about them—people like my classmates, my instructors—soon—my own mother. And I can’t help asking all of you to think about them, too. Motorcycles are coming out of garages all over the valley. Please be on the lookout for them.

Re “Confessions of an eBay opium addict” (cover story, May 17, 2005): I’ve been addicted to pods for five years now, and I only use 20 per day, so the pods mentioned in this article must have been very weak or very small. I use giant ones and I feel they are more safe and even better for my pain. ... And the effects from poppies are longer-lasting and more gentle to the body (feels more safe) than chemicals derived from the same plant. I also think there is a reason all those other opiates are in there, too, and that they work together and that’s the secret behind the great pain-killing abilities this wonderful plant has. I agree with others, this is fiction and propaganda—poppies are natural, man, chemicals are not! Only reason they make oxy and fentanyl and buprenorfin and metadon and all other shit is because they can make money from it. If it was not for this, the poppy plant would still be used much more all over the world. Just my opinion. Tobias Knutsson Malmo, Sweden

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Critic’s critic Re “Hot action” (cover story, May 3): I just picked up an RN&R, for the first time, and was excited to read it whilst I consumed my bagel sandwich at Einstein’s. I stumbled upon the movie reviews and was excited. I friggin’ love movies. Your valid criticism soon turned to the stereotypical caustic reviews that I have grown to hate from “movie critics” who are out to score negs with snarky, condescending, sophomoric remarks that are void of substance, lacking of valuable content Granted, the Ghostbusters remake was shit, but it was a reach to bring it into the “critique” of McCarthy in Life of the Party. It’s as if you’re going out of your way to say something negative while you imagine your social media bros back slapping you and

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chuckling at your wittier-than-thou red marks. I let that one go, though. No biggie. Deadpool 2—I let this one go too, since, yeah, a jokie shtick can get you only so far in a movie, much less a sequel. I still can’t wait to see the movie since I lived the first one. Solo—nothing of substance here. Literally. Nothing. One of the biggest franchises, one of the biggest sci-fi heroes ever and you checked out. You had absolutely nothing valuable or worthy or thought provoking to say, aside from the May 4 comment, which was valid. Where you lost me, prompting me to whip out my phone and email you, was on the Mr. Rogers documentary. With your words, you dared to step on a beloved American icon, a totem of goodness, the closest anyone can get to being a genuine nice guy. ... Regardless of political affiliation, regardless of who we were, all of us, all of us, especially myself, could have done better in life if we merely asked, “What Would Mr. Rogers Do?” when stuck in difficult or challenging situations. He is virtually worshipped on Reddit, where Redditers are often mentioning how the praise and reminiscent stories of Fred literally bring tears to their eyes, including my own. And ... you choose to push your troll agenda of shitting on everything in your line of sight just so you can score those precious neg points you seem to value. His show gave you “the willies?” You were “put off by his sanguine tones?” Those puppets “freaked you out?” Fuck you, Bob. Fuck you. Hard and continuously. You reminded me why I, and the entire city of Portland, hated the movie critic in the Willamette Week paper way back when. It’s as if you guys have absolutely nothing to contribute, are void of any capacity to review movies on their substance, so you resort to cheap gags, sophomoric digs and idiotic opinions. Because that’s all you bros know. You bring no value to the table. This is the first and last time I pick up RN&R. Would Mr. Rogers send this email? No. No, he wouldn’t.

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May I suggest considering upping your capacity for worthy content creation that attempts to inspire, educate or pique a reader’s thoughts about seeing movies? Because right now, you’re not worthy of my time. I’m sticking to Reddit. Please don’t bother responding, Bob. The last thing I want to read is something akin to “I’m sorry you feel that way...” I apologize for going off on you. You just tapped a precious nerve, one that’s not too distant from nerves concerning puppies, kittens and penguins. Ronando Long by email


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A crocodile for me—because I saw a documentary series on them, from when they’re little and born and the life they travel. It seems adventurous and amazing. I guess you find who your personality is in them.

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The EV nonsense and its buffs So I’ve been seeing a lot in the news of late that Elon Musk (one of my visionary icons) says he’s fed up with people “picking on Tesla.” Now, I’m sure that he’s referring to the debate over Tesla’s evaluation and whether Tesla as a company will survive its financial crisis, but I have my own bone to pick with Tesla car owners. The Union of Concerned Scientists did a serious calculation of the entire collective investment of fossil fuels into the manufacturing of a Tesla car and they found that it takes 15 percent more fossil fuels to make a Tesla than it does to make an internal combustion engine (ICE) car of similar size. I might also note that a few years ago it was calculated that it takes a greater investment of fossil fuels to manufacture a Prius than it does a Hummer, but I’m here to pick on clueless Tesla owners. The immutable, irrefutable, indisputable laws of physics—thermodynamics especially—dictate that there’s no such thing as a free lunch anywhere in the universe, and this applies no greater than it does to the entire EV nonsense. Every time I see a brand new Tesla going down the road with no license plates yet and I see that cardboard insert inside the metal license plate frame that says “Zero Emissions,” I see-saw between laughing my ass off or puking in disgust. First of all, let me reiterate that it takes 15 percent more fossil fuels to make a Tesla than, say, a full-size ICE Cadillac. Ah, but then comes that inconvenient truth about where the electricity comes from to recharge a Tesla’s batteries (or any EV’s batteries). Even if some Tesla owners have their own PV systems on their homes to

augment the recharging of their Tesla, once they are out on the highways and need to recharge, there’s a 99.99 percent chance the electricity at the recharge stations comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Oops, so much for “Zero Emissions!” Ah, but let’s go back to the PV systems some Tesla owners have on their homes. It takes huge investments of fossil fuels to manufacture, ship and install PV systems. Again, so much for “Zero Emissions!” I get a kick out of the clueless arrogance of Tesla owners who actually think they are doing something positive for the environment. Sorry, folks, but to own any EV—especially the costly Tesla—is really nothing more than a dumb-ass boasting point to try to impress equally clueless people. The real solution to the world’s increasing environmental problems isn’t a technological solution, it’s a biological solution. Humanity is fornicating itself to annihilation. Our global population is about three times too large, and only getting scarier. There would be no atmospheric CO2 crisis, or ocean acidification, or massive deforestation, or huge plastic gyres in our oceans if we were only a couple billion in numbers instead of almost eight billon in numbers. Human overpopulation is the 20-ton T-Rex in the room that nobody wants to address, admit to, and try to solve. Ω

Jeffrey Middlebrook is a retired civil engineer and geologist who resides in Truckee. He will lecture in Israel on alternative technologies this summer.

Even though I hate cats, if I could be any animal for a day, I’d probably be a cat—because I could just do whatever the hell I wanted and wander around and not have any responsibility whatsoever. And everybody loves cats. And I could be on a cat pizza universe shirt.

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Any animal, huh? How about a marlin. They’re the really fast ones. That’s partly why—to be able to go that fast, and in the water.

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I am in the inner animal. So what would I want to be? I could be a burro—because we have a burro, like a jackass. It’s a desert creature, and I like the desert. And it just goes with the theme of the West.

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It’s no secret that last year’s tax bill enabled corporations to enrich themselves by buying back their stock and returning their off-shore cash to the U.S. at a special repatriation tax rate while the rest of us made do with a few extra dollars in our paychecks. Apple, for example, agreed to return its $252 billion in offshore cash but instead of investing in American workers, it used $100 billion to buy back stock and enrich shareholders. Now, a report from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation finds that the new deductions for pass-through businesses mostly benefits the top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. The report tells us that people making over $1 million will reap 52.4 percent of the pass-through deduction’s benefits, while those making $100,000 or less will get just 7.5 percent of the benefit. It’s not news that the rich keep getting richer, and they’re not sharing much beyond a token bonus here and there while expecting us to grovel

Smith argued that local leaders should focus “on building an economy that doesn’t bury working people.” “ If elected officials are not careful, we could end up on the eve of the next recession in an economy of low wages and high costs, and the results could be disastrous,” he wrote. On Facebook, Smith’s would-be constituents are way ahead of him, with many expressing their views about the disaster that’s already arrived. One person wrote, “You say we need to attract even more businesses to our area but isn’t that what has caused the cost of living in the area to go up in the first place? How would attracting even more new businesses create ‘an economy that works for everyone’ if that’s what got us into this position in the first place?” Another cited the plight of those on a fixed income who are falling down the ladder into homelessness, unable to pay their rising rents. Others lamented the lack of water, transportation

infrastructure, and impact fees from developers to help the community support all of the new residents. One person suggested we look at Salt Lake City, an area that has “seen the same amazing job growth without skyrocketing costs by being aggressive in infrastructure and housing investments. It does no good to have a good paying job if you have no home to live in and no way to easily get to and from work.” By the way, have you tried to hire a plumber lately? I recently discovered my local plumber wasn’t available for weeks due to the demand from all the “new people” moving into old houses with delayed maintenance. Voters are getting angry as the quality of life in the Truckee Meadows declines thanks to unbridled growth, when what we really want are good schools, affordable housing, uncrowded roads, and a plumber when you need one. Ω



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by Dennis Myers

The soul of The parTy There is a war going on in the Democratic Party,  though few voters are likely aware of it. From coast to  coast, party leaders have been anointing conservative  candidates in hope of having more electable slates. It  is a fight that will determine what kind of party the  Democrats will be. “Will it be centrist, establishment  candidates who lead the much-anticipated ‘blue wave,’  or will progressive insurgents sweep them aside?”  asks a New Yorker writer in the current edition. Community-based candidates are being pushed  aside in states and districts in favor of the scions of  influential families or moneyed candidates who can  help fund the party. Worse, in the eyes of insurgents, is  that they are friendly to the National Rifle Association  or fossil fuel lobbyists. In Nevada, this war is manifesting itself principally  in the Democratic primary for governor, where Steve  Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani are fighting for primacy. U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, the party’s 2006 nominee for  governor, and former U.S. senator Harry Reid shocked  the party organization rank and file last year when  they endorsed conservative Sisolak over liberal  Giunchigliani. The definitions are their own. “Some people say I’m  the most conservative Democrat they’ve ever seen,”  Sisolak said just three years ago. He has recently tried  to get himself straight with the party base by switching on a variety of hot-button issues like marriage  equality. He is wealthy and is running an expensive  television campaign that has given him a polling lead. Both are now local officials, but earlier, Sisolak spent  a quiet decade on the Board of Regents, which governs  Nevada’s higher education system. He was critical of  fee increases and high executive salaries. Giunchigliani  was a member of the Nevada Assembly for 16 years.  She sat on the Assembly’s budget committee and  advocated for students and workers. One way to show how the two candidates stand is  to look at what they are best known for outside their  home territory. In Sisolak’s case, it is likely his push  for subsidies to lure the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas  while he was a county commissioner. (Giunchigliani  voted against the deal.) If is more difficult to select  such an issue for Giunchigliani. In the small counties,  she is probably best known for traveling from town  to town for three years—1987 to 1990—in a van while  she headed the state teachers association. In the  urban areas, it may be her opposition in the Assembly  to making workers pay the price of debts run up by  businesses for whom premiums in the workers’ injury  insurance system were kept artificially low for years. But veteran Democratic county organization volunteers were angered at the Reid and Titus power play,  one of them saying flatly of Sisolak, “I can’t sell him.” These kind of party organizers—experts at what  makes people vote—are about turnout, and they see  Sisolak’s stolid image as a killer. “I wanted Chris in this  race because she will excite people,” one said. “He may  squeak through [in November], but she would win big. “ However, political analyst Fred Lokken said it is  the job of party leaders to recruit candidates and  shape slates that can win. Speaking of Sisolak, he said,  “There’s a question about his statewide appeal, but  he’s been successful in his own back yard, and … Reid’s  ground game that has now been adopted for the entire  party nationally can work wonders.”

—Dennis Myers

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The cost of internet “fast lanes” could shoot up unless Congress acts to protect net neutrality.

Heller on the spot His vote could decide net neutrality It was probably the last thing Dean Heller wanted in a reelection year—a vote that can show him supporting higher internet costs for Nevadans while rewarding some of his biggest campaign contributors. It is also likely to drive a niche group of highly motivated voters to the polls, where they will vote on just one issue. Democrats in the Senate have taken a little-used step—a discharge petition—to pry a measure out of committee and force a vote on the Senate floor on it. The bill deals with net neutrality, a policy that provides for equal treatment of all internet users. The Federal Communications Commission has set in motion a repeal of net neutrality, enabling corporate internet services to charge higher rates for their fastest services. The Senate bill would keep net neutrality in place. The vote may have been resolved by the time this report hits print. At press time, just to increase the pressure on Heller, Russell Brandom at the Verge reported that supporters of net neutrality say they already have 50 confirmed votes

to tie the issue in the 100-member senate, 49 Senate Democrats, plus Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). They are now watching to see if one of two Republicans—Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana or Heller will switch sides to provide the 51st vote. But with Republican Sen. John McCain convalescing, there might not be a tie, which would put the Senate at 50 to 49 in favor of net neutrality. A little additional heat for Heller is coming from news coverage by both local (Nevada Independent) and national ( media entities of the money Heller has received from firms like AT&T, Comcast and Viacom. Comcast gave not a cent to Heller’s Democratic opponent Jacky Rosen but $10,000 to Heller. Cox Communications was more generous to Rosen—$2,500 to her but more than twice that to Heller, $5,500. Verizon? Rosen: $0. Heller: $7,500. And so it went with only AT&T giving Rosen more than Heller—$500 to $1,000. According to America’s Internet, a pro-net neutrality political committee, Heller is approaching half a

million dollars in telecommunications contributions. While Heller is being watched to see if he switches to support net neutrality, that would be the equivalent of a political cataclysm. Heller has been pushing hard to get rid of the policy for years. In 2011, a Heller Facebook posting read, “The net neutrality rule will cost Nevada and the nation good paying jobs and should be overturned.” In 2014, he reacted to an endorsement by President Obama of keeping net neutrality in place by issuing a prepared statement: “The President’s approach takes dynamic technology and turns it into another utility like electricity and water. And just like power and water, today’s internet would become stagnant instead of remaining vibrant. This approach fails to recognize the world has changed for the better, not because of regulation but in spite of it. We need a new telecommunications law empowering consumers by promoting robust competition in the broad internet sphere. We need to encourage new participants, not limit them. The free market rewards innovation and drives more investment to create jobs and economic growth. Most importantly, we need to ensure consumers are adequately protected from demonstrated market failures and not hypothetical ones.” In February, Rosen signed on as a cosponsor of a House measure that would allow Congress to overturn the FCC action. At the time, she said, “This [Trump] administration’s reckless decision to repeal net neutrality gives internet service providers the ability to stack the deck against Nevada’s hardworking families and small businesses who could be forced to pay more to connect to an internet with slower speeds.” Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei were the targets in Nevada last year of advertising that attacked them on a related issue, their votes let companies sell information like browsing histories about their customers, a vote that would have stopped the FCC from requiring telecommunications companies to obtain consent from customers for those sales. Billboards read, “Heller betrayed you. He took $345,250 from telecoms, then he voted to let them sell your web history without your permission. Ask him why, call: 775-738-2001 FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE” Ω


Reid letter scrutinized A letter written by Harry Reid when he was still the Senate Democratic leader is back in the news. On Aug. 27, 2016, during the presidential campaign, CIA Director John Brennan met with the congressional “gang of eight”—an informal term for congressional leaders who are briefed on intelligence matters from time to time as part of the executive branch keeping legislators up to speed. Reid was one of the group. Afterward, Reid wrote a letter to the FBI which may have been the first document in which a Democrat suggested there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the HARRY ReID Russian government. The letter PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS was leaked to the New York Times and became a fleeting issue in the campaign. On May 12, the Unification Church newspaper in D.C., the Washington Times, reported that Brennan’s aides now say the CIA director asked Reid not to write the letter. “When Senator Reid asked Brennan whether he could reference this information

in the letter to Comey, Brennan said ‘no,’ as the intelligence was being tightly controlled and he was worried that the letter would get out into the public,” the Times quoted Brennan’s deputy chief of staff saying. “Brennan told him that FBI Director] Comey had been fully briefed on the intelligence and if he wanted to, it would be better to talk to him about it in a secure manner when he returned to D.C. instead of putting it in a letter.” Reid later told the authors of the book Russian Roulette that he believed Brennan wanted to get the information out to the public and intended Reid to help do it. Shapiro called that inaccurate. The incident showed the difficulty leakers have controlling the information they put out into the political bloodstream. When Reid kept pushing the Russian scenario, the New York Times published a story that trivialized the notion of Russian interference in the election, upsetting the Nevadan. Ω




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ashoe County’s Health District is under fire. The department is accused of retaliation, misuse of resources, and—perhaps most relevant to Reno’s housing crisis—unnecessarily delaying development projects. A number of critics—including small business owners, contractors, former employees, and high-level local government officials—said that the district is overreaching its authority. One source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called the Health District a fiefdom that lacks recourse for those with grievances against the agency.

REbuilDing an agEncy The Great Recession was not kind to Washoe County. The Health District in particular suffered budget cuts and staff reductions. During the recession, the Health District staff was cut from 204 full-time employees to 151, a 26 percent reduction. In response, the District grew its budget in recent years, in part through fee increases—some as high as 400 percent. Those increases were passed in 2015 and coincide with a reduction of general fund dollars going into the Health District, in order for the department to be less reliant on tax dollars. A 2014 review of the Health District recommended the budget increase. The Health District “overall is modestly staffed when compared with national norms collected during the recovery from the recent recession,” reviewers from Washington D.C.’s Public Health Foundation wrote. Between 2013 and the county’s most recent budget, the Health District’s revenues increased from $18 million to $23 million; 42 percent of current revenue is “due to fee increases and an increase in workload,” according to a 2018 budget report. A district spokesperson said, however, that the district’s fee revenue is only 25 percent, up from 16 percent, prior to the 2015 fee increase. “The difference is in part due to higher fees but also due to a heavier volume in permit activity with the upswing in the economy, and improvements in Medicaid billings,” said district spokesperson Phil Ulibarri. Many cautioned the Health District against raising fees, which negatively impact small businesses, according to those who testified against the fees to the District Board

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of Health, the group that oversees the Health District. The Washoe County Commission has no direct authority over the department.

DElayED pRojEcts One official said that the department has generated so much ire in the community that officials, including Mayor Hillary Schieve and County Commissioner Bob Lucey, met with the Governor’s Office seeking help. “Projects were getting held up all over town, and the logjam largely resided with the Health District,” said Reno City Council member Neoma Jardon. That conflict, involving the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, came to a head last fall when local jurisdictions gathered for a public meeting that included officials from Sparks, Washoe County, Reno, NDEP and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. Max Haynes, who works with Alpen Mortgage and finances affordable housing projects, spoke at that meeting. “I have employees that are getting to the point where housing is a crisis, rents are skyrocketing, and … the key to affordable housing is really supply,” he said. Haynes said he’s financing more than 300 homes for smallto medium-sized builders. “Delays cost them large amounts of money,” he added. “There’s clearly an issue of delay. We have the data in our projects to show that it’s delaying projects between two and six months minimal by not coordinating agencies.” Washoe County’s District Health Officer Kevin Dick, who oversees the Health District, said at that meeting that the state found that a Health District review process was not in conformance with state regulations. “The state … became aware that the review process that we had at the Health District for water projects was not in conformance with [Nevada Administrative Code] requirements,” he admitted. “We received direction from [the NDEP and the federal Environmental Protection Agency] to work to modify our review process, to do a better job of ensuring that the NAC requirements were being met.” The Health District denied that it was violating state law, but Dick said that the delays by the agency caused a disruption among developers. “We had several meetings [with developers and builders] to hear those concerns, some of them quite heated,” he explained. Dick said changes to TMWA’s new ownership of Washoe County’s water systems contributed to the problem, as well

as “an uptick in economic development activity. The Health District did not do a good job of communication on the plan review process to the development community.” County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung said that the problem only arose because of a staff change at the Health District. “We had a Health District staff member who decided to interpret the code book a different way,” Hartung said. “TMWA has a great staff of highly competent engineers. Design standards that had been in place for years were no longer valid. We had to bring the state into the conversation.”

“We’re killing our developers and affordable housing projects because we’re holding up permits for months at a time.” eD l a W so n SparkS city councilmember

Sparks City Councilman Ed Lawson said that despite the meeting last year, water projects are still getting delayed. “It was an arbitrary decision to hold up permits for projects that used to flow right through the Health District,” he said. “They unilaterally changed that. We thought it improved, but … recently … I heard the same thing is going on again. We’re killing our developers and affordable housing projects because we’re holding up permits for months at a time. It costs everybody—the city and contractors.”

up foR intERpREtation One local contractor said his projects are consistently held up due to differing code interpretations.

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Brodie Lewis of Lewis Construction builds garages and said that the District has repeatedly held up his projects for what he called bogus reasons. He said he and his clients have experienced retaliation by Health District staff. “The interpretation of these regulations by staff, and not the actual adherence or enforcement of the regulations, has caused a great deal of difficulty in local contractors getting approval of plans, inconsistent denial of plans, and disproportionate approval and denial of similarly submitted plans between different contractors,” he said. “The issue is the change and revision requirements requested by the Health District staff after an initial denial is made.” Lewis explained that a contractor submits to the District plans in accordance with county code. The Health District then often demands changes to the plans. “Often, and inconsistently between contractors, the Health District will deny these site plans, requesting additional information not required by code,” he said. “These denials are not consistent with the regulations and cause great delays to not only the contractor, but the public customer as well.” Homeowner Paul Stevenson was one of those customers. Stevenson said that he wanted a garage on his property. He hired Lewis but said that Health District officials required so many changes that he ended up paying more than $7,000 to complete the project. “The things they’re asking of Paul aren’t even in the requirements,” Lewis said.

“We paid $1,500 for the first engineer to come out, and she followed the guidelines,” Stevenson explained. “We turn it in to the Health Department, and they decided it’s not up to their standards. We end up getting it re-engineered by a different engineer.” Those plans were also rejected, Stevenson said, causing him to hire another engineer, Ray Pezonella of Pezonella Associates. “Ray gives us a plan, and they again reject it,” Stevenson explained. “They make Ray go out and core drill what’s on my property. Nobody in the neighborhood has ever had an issue with their septic tank—ever. It ended up costing me a whole bunch of money. “Then they tell me I had to cut 15-feet off of a hill behind his house, and the next day they wrote me a ticket for $400 for [unpermitted construction],” Stevenson added. “They told me to do it, then they wrote me a ticket it for it. I had to pay it.” When all was said and done, Stevenson said he did everything required by the Health District. It still denied his permit. The district considers all new construction to require the location of on-site sewage systems, so all new construction of residential properties “should have an existing permitted sewage disposal system and adequate space to place replacement trenches when the original trenches fail,” said Dick. Only when there are discrepancies between plans and district records, or between plans and what is observed on the property, will the department be given a list of corrections.

Contractor Brodie Lewis points at a septic system in a pasture that caused a two-week delay on a garage addition. The reason: Lewis said that Health District staff needed to verify in person that the system was on the opposite side of a two-acre property, even though county records correctly identified the septic’s location. pHoTo/BoB CoNraD

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Pezonella said the department’s requested changes on the project show a lack of understanding by Health District personnel. “They read the regulations wrong, and, as a result, we had to design a different system,” he said. “It was not the best system to use, but it satisfied the county. Some are interpreting regs in a different way than what other individuals did. It does disrupt your business day-to-day. They are lacking professional engineers at this time, and those individuals would have a better understanding.”

“I don’t work all year round,” he told the board. “All I sell is ice cream. It’s all packaged. I don’t deal with food.” He said his fees in the past year went from $103 to $485. The new amount, he said, is because the Health District now considers him a food truck. “It’s kind of hard to come up with that right now,” Williams pleaded to the District Board of Health. “I put it on my credit card to pay it.” County Commissioner Kitty Jung, who chairs the health board, assured Williams that his issue would be addressed, either by a

“I work in four neighboring states, in all counties in Nevada, and I cannot find any Health District that is less efficient.” b ro di e l ew i s lewis construction

Stevenson said that it wasn’t until he threatened to contact an attorney that the district finally approved his project. Documents show that the process to get his garage permitted took from July of 2015 until February of the following year. Lewis called the process “a crap-shoot and a guessing game.” “I work in four neighboring states, in all counties in Nevada, and I cannot find any Health District that is less efficient, that requires more of its builders, and that charges more for its services,” he said. The Health District admitted delays with some projects but said those are because of increasing development. The Health District’s Chad Westom said there is a problem with project approvals, but he blamed the economy. “The development of community is really high right now, so we have turnaround times that I’m not fully comfortable with,” he told the District Board of Health at its March meeting. “We’re working to bring those down. We’ve diverted staff from other programs temporarily to review plans … so it’s a daily meeting and brainstorming on what we can do to streamline things further. But we’re in good shape with our current staff.”

Bad for Business It’s not just construction projects being delayed. Small businesses are also being negatively affected by the Health District, according to multiple sources. Joseph Williams, speaking during public comment at the March Board of Health meeting, said an increase to his fees was a hardship. He’s an ice-cream delivery man and has been for nearly 25 years.

reduced fee or a payment plan. “It might have been an oversight,” she said. It wasn’t. At a later meeting, it was determined that the food truck regulations applied to the ice cream man. Another would-be entrepreneur, who has a backyard vineyard, wanted to start selling his wines commercially, something recently allowed under state law, but local government requirements are too stringent for the business to be profitable, he said. “They are requiring a new private water system, which is all engineered, and a new septic system,” said Jason Schultz, who noted that the water was for washing equipment, not for the wine. “That’s tens of thousands of dollars. For a small person, it’s too costly.” Homebrewers are being affected as well. The annual Backwash event and homebrew competitions, events that raise money for charities, are in jeopardy because the Health District allegedly started enforcing a state law. “The health department … instructed all parties that they would be enforcing that code … that pertains to any establishment that gets a health inspection in order to operate,” wrote a homebrewer on Facebook. “So that includes basically anyone that serves food, produces food, breweries and distilleries. Venues such as parks, churches, non-food related businesses are OK to hold an event.” That means options are limited for such events. “This has also been made a statewide issue as Washoe County contacted Clark County as well, and the same situation now exists down there,” the homebrewer lamented. “There was no interest in working with us. They told us to change the state law.”

AfrAid of retAliAtion Ask around the community about the Health District, and many will eagerly, but quietly, opine. When it comes to speaking on record, few want their name attached to criticism of the Health District. The common excuse: they’re petrified of retribution. One elected official, refusing to speak on the record, was clear: “Everyone’s afraid of retaliation. The Health District is costing developers millions of dollars.” According to Stevenson, who wanted a garage and had to pay for additional engineering plans, more fees, and the fine imposed by the Health District, recourse was limited. Applying for a variance, something Dick stresses is an option, would have cost him another $2,200. That’s the route encouraged by Health District staff. “Decisions made by staff may be elevated to Health District management for consideration,” said Ulibarri. “Aggrieved individuals may address their concerns directly to the District Board of Health during public comment at any regularly scheduled meeting.” The ice cream man’s request for leniency over his massive fee increase, however, was denied in part because Health District staff defended the increase to the board. “The fee does include the cost of licensing and inspecting that vehicle as well as

the food truck depot that the vehicles are required to come from and return to,” said Westom. “We have costs of the division that we have to recoup.” The Health Board voted to keep the fee as-is. Board members said they did not want a complaint about fees to set a policy-changing precedent. Local pub Pignic is alleged to have experienced retaliation when the District changed regulations that didn’t cover Pignic’s model of allowing customers to bring in meat to cook on Pignic’s grills. The department consequently shut down the grilling. Pignic representative Tom Clark said it took months for the pub to finally get approved for a variance to grill, which was unanimously approved by a Health Department committee. Public records showed district staff texting to one another while Clark was testifying on behalf of Pignic during a public meeting. Health District supervisor Jim English called Clark “a moron” in texts to his colleagues while Clark was speaking during public comment. Clark said he’s never met English and that he was advocating on behalf of his client. The experience, he explained, showed him how difficult it was deal with the Health District, and that it is risky for a small business owner to openly speak out against the government agency.

A former Health District employee said that contractor Brodie Lewis is a target of retribution by Health District staff because Lewis is outspoken. Lewis protested fee increases in 2015, and a written statement he submitted drew a lengthy written rebuttal by Dick. “They target Brodie Lewis—badly,” the former employee told me. Ulibarri said that the department staff “are required to follow the county code of conduct, and staff are held accountable.”

CAn’t get no sAtisfACtion The 2014 review of the department by the Public Health Foundation recommended the agency strengthen its customer focus within four months of the report. “Ongoing feedback enables bilateral communication and education, decreasing misunderstanding and dissatisfaction,” the report’s authors wrote. “Ongoing customer satisfaction data should be acquired for all programs … to assure all customers are invited to share their viewpoints.” That did not happen. The district was only able to provide customer satisfaction data for one of its divisions: community and clinical health services. But Ulibarri said that district staff regularly meet with contractors and builders “to communicate regarding district programs and discuss any concerns.”

Commissioner Jung often praises the Health District’s performance, giving kudos to Dick. “The Washoe County Health District is starting to take, under the leadership of your district health officer [Dick] a bigger role of the overall community health and how we can improve that,” she said at a recent meeting. “That’s a very new step for us in the … last three years or so. I commend that.” Those accolades don’t satisfy the community’s Health District critics, some of whom are mobilizing to take action at a higher level. After Pignic’s fracas with the Health District, Clark started formulating a plan. Small businesses, and anyone with issues in front of the Board of Health, are getting together to present a more unified force—the idea being that, by operating as a committee, individuals will receive less blowback from the Health District. That’s according to Clark. Pignic had the courage to stand up and speak and paid the price, he said. “We are building a foundation of support leading to the 2019 legislative session to make fundamental changes in the way the Board of Health operates. Our goal is to try to bring accountability to the Health District. Now, the only way you can do that is to sue, and many small businesses don’t have those resources.” Ω Bob Conrad is proprietor and co-founder of the news website He’s been a Reno resident since 1990 and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a doctorate in educational leadership.

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felt like there was somebody who took a down comforter that had been warmed in the dryer and surrounded me with it,” said Mary Webber, describing the feeling she’d had after she started using medical cannabis to treat her multiple sclerosis. Webber is the founder and CEO of Mary Medibles Consulting in Reno, a medical cannabis consulting company. Her services include a “Medicating with Mary” program to help clients fine-tune their approaches to medicating with cannabis and online tutorials. She’s presented at events such as the Reno Cannabis Convention in April, and she has a podcast in the works. In 2008, after Webber was diagnosed with MS, a disease that impedes the nervous system and can cause a range of symptoms, including paralysis, she began taking pharmaceutical drugs—Ampyra, Enablex, Fluoxetine, Gabapentin, HydrocodoneActaminophen, Rebif and Tizanidine. They made her feel awful. “It is a synthetic feeling,” Webber said. “It is a harsh feeling. It is almost as if someone drops you on shattered glass that is sticking up.” “Soothing,” was how she described the new feeling she had after finding her cannabis strain, Mary’s Lamb by GG Strains. She said that cannabis helped control a range of ailments, including muscle spasms, inflammation, depression and anxiety.

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patient and medical cannabis advocate Mary Webber has a license that allows her to legally grow marijuana plants in her home in Reno.

Since becoming a consultant and advocate, Webber said she has heard several success stories of people who’ve turned from pharmaceutical drugs to cannabis and found relief. One such story comes from 64-year-old Paulla Comley, who resides outside of Dayton. She was diagnosed with phase-two bladder cancer after she found blood in her urine and underwent multiple tests administered by several different doctors. In December 2016, Comley’s urologist found a tumor bleeding in her bladder. She underwent surgery in March 2017.

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“I have been a cannabis advocate all my A spokesperson with Reef Dispensaries, life,” Comley said. “Immediately after the which has locations in Sparks and Las doctor said, ‘You have a tumor,’ I started Vegas, said, in a prepared statement, “We taking CBD in a four-ounce bottle.” at Reef fully believe in the transformative CBD, also known as cannabihealing properties of cannabidiol, having diol, is a cannabis compound seen for ourselves the extent to that has medical benefits which it has changed lives but does not make the among our associates, patient feel “high” family, friends and and instead can customers. With that in counteract the THC mind, we strive to keep or, tetrahydrocanat least one high-CBD nabinol, the chemistrain on the shelves at cal that causes a all times.” euphoric high. Stacy Castillo, After the Chief Operations surgery, Comley Officer with MYNT said, she recovered Cannabis Dispensary, well and was left said the dispensary offers Paulla Comley, patient without excess bleeda variety of CBD products ing. However, her doctor at different price points. recommended surgery to “Kynd [the cannabis cultivaremove her bladder and uterus, along tion company behind MYNT] grows a with chemotherapy and radiation. significant amount of CBD, not only for Comley refused and continued medicatflower sales but also to be processed into ing with cannabis. chocolates, tinctures, vape pens, dap saps “I’m doing this holistic thing with a and topical,” said Castillo. conventional doctor who doesn’t believe in She said Kynd includes CBD in its it,” Comley said. regular grow cycle to ensure that the After a few months of self-medicating, company has enough product for dispensaComley went to see her doctor to take a ries across the state. cystoscopy, a procedure that allows the Webber would like to see a wider doctor to examine the lining of the bladder. variety of CBD flower varieties available, Comley’s bladder was clear, and she tested as some strains work better than others on negative for cancer cells. different patients. She said that a friend “I really think cannabis is it because of hers, who was looking to help her son we’ve done five cystoscopies, and they’ve move away from pharmaceutical drugs, all come back negative,” Comley said. could not consistently find the specific As a proponent of medical cannabis, CBD flower she was looking for. Her son Comley has some concerns—like the ended up going back to using pharmaceutiaccessibility of medical marijuana cards cal drugs. and doctors with expertise in medical Riana Durett of the Nevada Dispensary cannabis. Her biggest concern is the cost. Association said that her organization Some local retailers such as The supported legislation in the last legislative Dispensary, Sierra Wellness, Blüm and session to improve the state’s medical others offer discounts to medical patients, cannabis program. seniors and veterans. But Comely noted The association supported Assembly that additional costs have added up noticeBill 422, which passed in 2017. Durett ably. She said that she’s asked her doctor said that it increased the length of a twice to sign off on her medical card but patient card to two years, cutting the that he would not. She said she went to price of the card in half and improving a separate doctor to sign off on her card, the process to obtain a patient card. which cost an additional $125. Durett also said the bill helped encourage “This isn’t right,” Comley said. “My business owners to continue to develop doctor should learn about cannabis as a and offer both medical and recreational cure.” products. The association also opposed efforts to limit the types of products available to medical patients. Webber, for her part, has been growing her own strains of CBD flower, and she One of Webber’s main concerns is that plans to keep talking with community dispensaries currently sell a greater members, dispensary managers, budtenders variety of THC products than CBD and patients, advocating for more options products. for medical cannabis customers. Ω

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Sierra School of Performing Arts On May 9, Artown’s Board of Directors selected the Sierra School of Performing Arts from a pool of four groups vying for ownership of the Lear Theater. The exact details of the transaction are yet to be finalized, though Artown Board Chair Oliver X told the RN&R on May 15, “It will most likely be a non-cash transaction, or, if there’s any cash transferred, it’ll be nominal, like a dollar.” For the youth-focused performing arts group, the gift of real estate signifies a giant leap after a 13-year string of hard-won milestones. Local parents Lisa Gunderson, Ann and Davyd Pelsue and Janet Lazarus started the organization in 2005. “We wanted to create an outlet for [our children], a platform for them,” said Lazarus, who has a master’s degree in theater from UCLA and has worked as a professional actor. The group borrowed the stage at Galena High School for its first play Wonderland, The Musical Misadventures of a Girl Named Alice. Next, the group began offering summer performing arts camps. “We thought that we had something really good going, so we expanded to doing a production called Broadway Bits,” said Lazarus, who’s now producing artistic director, one of the nonprofit’s two employees. “We condensed four or five Broadway shows into 25 minutes and put them all together.” Broadway Bits went on for five years. “Kids that grew up doing these got really good,” said Lazarus. Other theater companies would call to ask for youngactor recommendations. Lazarus’s son got a job with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare while still in high school.


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Sierra School of Performing Arts Board President Judy Davis Rounds and Producing Artistic Director Janet Lazarus are preparing for a few seasons of major fundraising and renovation. Their group was selected by Artown to be the Lear Theater’s new owner. PHOTO/KRIS VAGNER

In 2013, the group staged its first full-length Broadway musical in its largest borrowed venue yet, Bartley Ranch, with 403 seats and lawn seating capacity for an additional 600. “We were really scared that we wouldn’t have an audience,” Lazarus said. That year, audiences numbered about 150 people per night. The following year, the group’s production of Fiddler on the Roof sold out Bartley’s seats. “People began to realize we put on really good shows,” Lazarus said. “Opening night was OK, but after opening night, there were lines.” The Lear Theater—which was built in 1939 as a church and has changed hands several times, belonging most recently to Artown, has been closed since 2002. The building will require renovations to the tune of an estimated $5-7 million. Lazarus listed some of the projects on the task list—new seating, lighting, sound, control booth, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, landscaping, paint, and alterations to the stage—and added, “We just have to figure out how to keep it dry. It’s in a flood zone.” Ideally, Lazarus said, the group will end up with a 300-seat theater that will serve as a permanent stage for her company and also host productions by other groups. A target opening date for the Lear has not yet been set, and details of the organization’s capital campaign have not been released. For now, Sierra School of Performing Arts is on track to stage its August show, Legally Blonde, at Bartley Ranch, and Merry War Theatre Group, another local company without a permanent home, is planning to stage The Taming of the Shrew on the Lear’s Classical revivalstyle front steps. Ω Sierra School of Performing Arts presents Legally Blonde at Bartley Ranch, Aug. 17-Sept. 1. Visit Merry War Theatre Group presents Taming of the Shrew on the steps of the Lear Theater, June 7-30. Visit

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Sophomoric, at best The great Melissa McCarthy suffers the Ben Falcone curse yet again in Life of the Party, a shitty Back to School rip-off, which makes it double shitty because Back to School sucked. Falcone is McCarthy’s husband, and he has now directed her in three movies, all bad. The duo worked together on Tammy, one of McCarthy’s worst films, and The Boss, the best of their work together but still pretty bad. McCarthy plays Deanna, a frumpy, middle-aged mom with a daughter, Maddie (Molly Gordon) going into her last year in college. Within minutes of dropping their daughter off at school, her husband (Matt Walsh) dumps her for a real estate agent played by the actress from Modern Family (Julie Bowen). A dejected Deanna decides to enroll in school—a shockingly easy process in this film—and finds herself not only attending college alongside her daughter, but hanging out with her and her sorority sisters. She’s considered a square at first, but a quick makeover during a party in the bathroom has her emerge as the coolest new girl on campus with awesome hair. Before long, she’s pulling all-nighters in frat houses with her new boyfriend (Luke Benward) in one of the film’s few likable aspects. (McCarthy and Benward are somewhat funny together.) She’s also break dancing at ’80s themed parties and desecrating the wedding cake at her ex-husband’s wedding. Basically, it’s a film full of done-to-death comic setups that feel torturously familiar. I’m surprised McCarthy didn’t bust out a vocal rendition of “Twist and Shout” ala Rodney Dangerfield at the ’80s party. The movie is populated with characters, played by stellar actresses, that could’ve used some more screen time. Gillian Jacobs plays Helen, a genuinely funny character in concept. She’s an adult college student in school after spending eight years in a coma. Her story probably would’ve made for a more interesting movie, but the screenplay buries her deep in the background.

The same goes for Heidi Gardner, one of the bright spots on this season of Saturday Night Live, as Leonor, Deanna’s goth roommate who never leaves their room and likes to hide in their closet. She’s funny, and rather than use her more in the film, the movie saves her for a dopey punchline involving Christina Aguilera. That also means the film features a stupid climactic scene involving Christina Aguilera. I’m always amazed when a film with McCarthy in it is awful, because she’s so damned good. Movies like Life of the Party make me mad at the movie, and not the star in its center. She does what she can with lousy material, and even manages to squeak out two or three genuine laughs. But her material here is her bitter, sworn, hackneyed enemy. The film starves for that moment where McCarthy transcends the material and lets loose in that McCarthy way that makes her one of the funniest people populating movies today. It’s PG-13, so her penchant for making profanity-laced hilarious dialogue art is mostly stifled, although she gets in a couple of good ones involving Google and her vagina. Instead, you get scenes like Deanna getting nervous and sweaty during a midterm speech, grinding laughs out of pieces of tissue on her face and pit stains. Or agonizing moments like her doing a dance off with one of the school’s mean girls, culminating in a stunt woman busting out those aforementioned break dance moves—unfunny, unoriginal and beneath McCarthy’s talents in every way. While it makes me happy to know that McCarthy and Falcone are happily married and working together, something tough to pull off in nasty Hollywood, the fruits of their union are not magical in the cinematic sense. They should put the making-movies-together part of their relationship on ice. It’s just not working out. Ω

The Avengers team takes a swift kick to their remarkably muscular collective ass via a super baddie named Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, likely the best big blockbuster time you will have at the cinemas this summer movie season. While Marvel movies have been on a nice roll lately (Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War), the last “Avengers” movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was a misguided, boring dud. This third installment—the first of a two-parter, with the second to be released next summer—lets it all hang out with a massive collection of characters and a scary sense of impending doom. There are many, many storylines at play servicing many superheroes and villains. Infinity War feels like the Magnolia of Marvel movies in that it takes all of those storylines and balances them in a cohesive, vastly entertaining manner. It’s over two-and-a-half hours long, but it’s never even close to boring. The balancing act is performed by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the team that made Captain America: Civil War such a winner. The magic of that film carries over into this one, which picks up directly after the end of Thor: Ragnarok. That film ended with Thor and his fellow Asgardians feeling somewhat triumphant after losing their planet after defeating emo Cate Blanchett. A mid-credits scene saw their ship coming face to face with one owned by the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin). In one of the great performance-capture achievements, Brolin is the best of monsters, one who manages just enough of a sensitive side that he falls well short of stereotype.


Cobra Kai

Nearly 30 years after last donning the headband in The Karate Kid Part III, Ralph Macchio returns to the role of Daniel LaRusso, and old nemesis Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is along for the ride. As a 10-part series on YouTube Red, Cobra Kai gives us a chance to see how things turned out for Daniel. (He’s a rich owner of a car dealership.) While that’s fun, the real charm of the series is seeing more behind the character of Johnny, who isn’t doing so well three decades later. Prone to drinking, estranged from his son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan), and constantly beating up on himself, Johnny hasn’t adjusted well after taking that kick to the face in the karate tournament. Yes, it looked like Johnny learned his lesson and tried to be a good sport in the aftermath, but the defeat ate away at him over the years. Now, pounding beers and stuck in the past, Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo, much to the chagrin of Daniel, who doesn’t want his kids, especially his young daughter, Samantha (Mary Mouser), exposed to its bad teaching ways. Cobra Kai adds a great chapter to the Karate Kid saga by not making Johnny a cardboard cutout villain. (Streaming on YouTube Red).


A Quiet Place

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.

4 Life of the Party



Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz is dynamite as Jen, mistress to Richard (Kevin Janssens), a rich man with a fancy house in the middle of the desert. Jen and Richard are enjoying a romantic getaway when Richard’s hunting buddies (Vincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchede) show up early and immediately commence ogling Jen. After a night of partying and some seductive dancing by all, Jen passes out in the bedroom. Richard goes away to take care of some business for a couple of hours, and that’s

all the time his friend needs to assault Jen. Upon Richard’s return, rather than helping Jen, he escalates the situation until Jen winds up impaled on a tree at the bottom of a cliff. Where the story goes from here is where the movie gets its name; director Coralie Fargeat isn’t interested in Jen simply getting away. She patches herself up, gets herself a gun, and, when the boys hunt for her after her body goes missing, major, messy bloodletting ensues. Lutz takes her character from eye candy to kick-ass female avenger, and her every moment onscreen declares her a star. Janssens makes for a fascinatingly horrible enemy, as does Colombe as the moron who crosses the line with Jen and unleashes the fury. Hey, Jen is super hot and super fit. The woman has been to the gym, and she will go Rambo on your ass if you wrong her.



The hardships faced by a woman raising children while giving birth to another— with little help from the dad—are given the Diablo Cody treatment in Tully, the second movie in which screenwriter Cody, director Jason Reitman and actress Charlize Theron have joined forces. They worked together before on the caustic comedy Young Adult, and this one makes that one look like an ice cream social party featuring bounce houses and unicorns. (For the purpose of this analogy, the unicorns would have to remain outside of the bounce houses to prevent people from being impaled on their majestic horns.) Theron is all kinds of magnificent as Marlo, a mother of two getting ready to give birth to her third, and getting her ass kicked physically and emotionally. Her husband, Drew (Ron Livingston), while not complete scum, should probably take off the headphones at night and go the extra mile to help keep the household in order and his wife sane. Marlo’s well-off brother Craig (Mark Duplass) gets his sis a special gift: a night nanny to help with the baby and household chores so she can grab some sleep. Tully (Mackenzie Davis) arrives like an angel in bohemian clothing and immediately helps brighten Marlo’s downer moods. Theron makes physical and mental exhaustion totally enthralling, and the moments where Marlo can’t take it anymore and lets the world have it are barnburners. Theron is a miraculous actress, and she gets a nice counterpart in Davis, who represents a sort of free spirit Marlo can’t seem to muster. Davis does everything and more with her screen time. I’m doubting 2018 will give us many screen duos as captivating as this one.


The Week Of

After a strong and sweetly funny start, Adam Sandler’s latest falls apart in its second half, a stretch of film time that sorely needed some fine tuning. Sandler plays Kenny, a dad whose daughter (Allison Strong) is getting married in a week. He sees it as his last chance to do something for her, so he tries his best to put together an impressive spread for the two families coming together. Chris Rock plays the father of the groom, a wealthy heart surgeon who isn’t impressed with the hotel Kenny has picked. Others on hand include Rachel Dratch—good to see her—as Kenny’s wife, and Steve Buscemi as a sleazy family member with amazing climbing abilities. Directed by Robert Smigel, the film goes on long enough for the jokes to start dying from old age. A joke involving a legless uncle starts funny, gets funnier, almost gets really funny, then goes stale. As a Howard Stern fan, I was happy to finally see the culmination of all of Ronnie the Limo Driver’s hard work; he’s a bad actor, but he was better than I thought he would be. (He’s a convincing sleeper.) Having grown up on Long Island, I can say that the movie did a good job capturing the region, from the accents to the undying loyalty to Billy Joel. You have to have some respect for a comedy that kills a legless man by throwing him into a bounce pit in the middle of a strip club, but that’s not enough to make it a winner. That’s a shame, because Sandler is actually pretty endearing in it. It needed to be about 25 minutes shorter, and 35 percent funnier. (Streaming on Netflix.)






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topped with a strip of broiled American cheese. The grilled fish was fine, but the processed cheese left an aftertaste that took a fair amount of pickled ginger and sake to wash away. Interesting to try, but probably not something I’d repeat. A crystal shrimp hand roll looked impressive, with long pieces of battered crustacean blooming from the open end of the roll. Unfortunately, it lacked much in the way of sauce or seasoning and was something of a dry, crunchy disappointment. It took a fair amount of shoyu to get it down. Luckily, all the long rolls the ladies ordered were much better. The Kohala roll’s mix of crystal shrimp, salmon, pineapple, cream cheese and crab mix surprised me. It had a good blend of crunch, sweet and spice. The Lucky Clam roll’s tempura calamari, crab mix, shrimp, cream cheese, avocado and spicy crab mix would have been better without the big blob of naked cream cheese on top. A Macho roll—crystal shrimp, cream cheese, jalapeño, avocado and scallion—and a T. Rex featuring hamachi, avocado, cream cheese, scallion, macadamia nut and crab mix both made for better combinations. Tuna, spicy tuna, hot sauce and scallion filled the Tuna Blossom, probably the spiciest roll of the bunch and one I really enjoyed. But the Disney roll—essentially Mickey, Minnie and Donald nigiri combined in a single roll—was the absolute winner for flavor and presentation. With tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, crystal shrimp, cilantro, cream cheese, crab mix and scallion, it was neatly separated into three geometric stacks finished with fresh herbs. Ω

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Fancy a flight? I love beer flights, and if you don’t know what those are, I’m not talking about some sort of American Airlines gimmick. Beer flights are assortments of beer styles, served in smaller portions, usually on a slotted, wooden serving board. While the visual of a flight screams, “Beer nerd at work,” they’re also practical—for several reasons. “If you go to most breweries, they’re going to offer a flight because they want you to be able to try a variety of their beers without having to drink a pint of everything,” said Ryan Eller, owner of Mellow Fellow. Mellow Fellow’s 40 taps feature beer from most of Reno’s breweries, as well as rarer offerings from around the West Coast. In an effort to stock the widest collection possible, Eller has built flight pricing into his business model. “Any of the beers we have on the board, we’ll sell all of them at five-ounce pours for half the price of 10s,” said Eller. “Basically you can build your own flight at any point, any time, with however many beers you want. Taprooms began to offer flights as a way to educate an eager customer base on new styles. Mellow Fellow bartender Matt “Flash” Gordon said that he often sells flights to curious out-of-towners— and also those he calls “conscious drinkers.” “It’s not necessarily drinking for the purpose of getting drunk,” Gordon said. “You’re really thinking about what you’re drinking. You’ve tried three or four beers, but you haven’t ‘had’ four beers—you’ve only had a little bit.” Sometimes, asking for a taster of a specific beer can feel like an imposition when the bartender is

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Charles Kente Williams—better known by his stage name, Keak da Sneak—has been a fixture in the Bay Area rap scene for more than two decades. Known for his gritty voice and tight raps, Keak da Sneak was born in Evergreen, Alabama but has spent the majority of his life in Oakland, where he played a central role in the birth of a brand of hip-hop called “hyphy.” It’s short for “hyperactive.” For those unfamiliar, think fast raps, about things like fast cars, performed for a crowd that embodies the word as a verb—dancing in a frenetic, spring-loaded wave. Hyphy emerged in the in the mid1990s in part, according to Keak, as a response to frustration felt within the Bay Area rap scene at the mainstream industry’s refusal to acknowledge it for its contributions to hip-hop. “That’s been a problem for us forever,” he said during a recent phone interview. “We’re like, ‘Oh, man, we made that up, and they’re not giving us credit for it.’” Prior to making a name for himself as a solo artist, Keak—along with fellow Oakland rappers B.A. and Agerman—was part of the hip-hop group 3X Krazy, formed in 1994 while the three were still in high school. Virgin Records signed the group in 1996, and the trio received some chart success with Stackin’ Chips, the one album released by the record label. But by the mid-2000s, hyphy music was reaching hip-hop listeners nationwide. Keak became known for hyphy culture anthems like his collaboration with E-40 on the song “Tell Me When To Go.” “That was the biggest thing, you know, that was our introduction to

the Bay being recognized for what we do and our culture, you know, our style of music, how we party, how we rock,” he said. In 2005, Keak released the album Copium I, which featured another hit, “T-shirt, Blue Jeans, & Nikes.” Now, he’s is working on Copium II. It will be his 25th solo album. “Yeah, huh, you right? I didn’t even look at it like that,” he said, laughing. “I been takin’ a little longer workin’ on it. Copium I was, like, a real classic album for me, so this album—it’s got some big shoes to fill.” With 24 other albums to choose from—the latest released in 2017—Keak fans have copious options to keep them entertained in the meantime. Plus, Keak said, there’s a wealth of other new music coming out of the Bay these days. “We got a whole new generation of artists that’s representin’—you know, like the G-Eazys, the SOBs, the Nef the Pharoahs. … It’s just a good thing—a lot, a lot of collaborations with fellow artists, with different folks. Definitely, definitely talent in the Bay—and a lot of unrecognized talent, still. There’s a lot of up and coming.” Keak will perform at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor on May 19. While it will be his first Reno show since 2016—and the first chance for many local fans to hear songs from 2017’s Withdrawl performed live—Keak said he actually visits the city often. “I got a lot of love for Reno,” he said. “There’s a lot of dope artists that’s in Reno, too. Like I said, there’s a lot of talent. There’s a lot of Bay Area in Reno, too, and Sacramento. There’s a lot of people from all walks of life.” Ω

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MON-WED 5/21-5/23 Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Sonic Mass with DJ Tigerbunny, 9pm, no cover


Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, no cover

10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029

Priests May 18, 7 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858

Comedy The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 5886611: Tom Rhodes, Paula Bel, Thu-Fri, Sun, 9pm, $25, Sat, 9pm, $30; Francisco Ramos, Ken Garr, W, 9pm, $25 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy with host Jim Flemming, Sun, 9:30pm, no cover Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401: K-von, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sun, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Basile, Tu-W, 7:30pm, $21.95 Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: ROBIN—The Ultimate Robin Williams Experience with Roger Kabler, Thu, 8pm, $15-$20; Fri, 8:30pm, $20-$25, Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $20-$25; Nick-NBobby Act Weird, Fri, 6:30pm, $10-$15


10042 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626

Matt Rainey and The Dippin’ Sauce, 9:30pm, no cover

Matt Rainey and The Dippin’ Sauce, 9:30pm, no cover


The Beat, 10pm, no cover

divaDanielle, Vic Crulich, The Mener, M. McConaughey, Ego Death, 10pm, $5-$15

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549


255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400


Jesse Kopp, 9pm, no cover


Troy Cavins, 6pm, no cover


Baker Street, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee, (530) 587-5711 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917


6300 Mae Anne Ave., (775) 787-6300

Comedy Showcase and Open Mic, 7pm, no cover


3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

THE HOLLAND PROjEcT 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

Whiskey Preachers, 8pm, no cover

Kai Kitson, Zephyr Rose, Collin Lucier, Luke Kelly, 8pm, Thu, $5

Priests, Mellow Diamond, Pry, 7pm, $7 Hemlock, From the Ruins, Sevidemic, Mystic Rage, 8pm, Fri, $10-$15

71 S. Wells Ave, (775) 384-1652

246 W. First St., (775) 329-4484

Traditional Irish Session, 7pm, Tu, no cover

Frankly Ficticious, 9pm, no cover Open Mic, 7pm, Tu, no cover Dave Mensing , 7pm, W, no cover

Songwriters in the Round, 7pm, no cover Hunter’s Review, 7pm, no cover

Line dancing with DJ Trey, 7pm, no cover


Pop Evil, 8pm, M, $20-$23

LVRS & FRNDS, 10pm, no cover

219 W. Second St., (775) 800-1020


Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

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Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover

Palberta, 8pm, M, $5 Closet Goth, Psychic Guilt, 8pm, Tu, $5 Keak Da Sneak, 8:30pm, $20

Joyner Lucas + Eli, 7:30pm, $20

Lightning Rules, 8pm, M, $TBA Be Like Max, Anti-Vision, 8pm, Tu, $6 Open mic, 7pm, M, no cover Comedy Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover

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Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays, 7:30pm, W, no cover


Canyon Jam/Open Mic, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover

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Magic Fusion, 7pm, $21-$46

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $21-$46 Magic After Dark, 9pm, $31-$46

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $21-$46


DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

The Coney Dogs, 8pm, no cover

1021 Heavenly Village Way, S.L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960


Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, $21-$46

Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, W, $21-$46 T-N-Keys, 4:30pm, Tu, 7pm, W, no cover

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 378-1643

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Live music, 8pm, no cover

10007 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 587-8688


Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

Acoustic Wonderland Sessions, 8pm, no cover

906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 358-5484

Pop Evil May 21, 8 p.m. Cargo Concert Hall 255 N. Virginia St. 398-5400

Industria del Amor, Los Muecas, Los Bondadosos, 9:30pm, $TBA

Wednesday Night Jam, 8pm, W, no cover


Yotam Ben Horin, Gina Rose, 8pm, M, Neil Gregory Johnson, 5pm, Tu, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948


DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864

Chris Costa, 7pm, no cover


Steel Rockin’ Karaoke, 8pm, no cover

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Burn Burn Burn, Machine Gun Vendetta, Knocked Down, Chris Fox, 8pm, $5-$6

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2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425

Corky Bennett, 7pm, W, no cover

Snake Boy Johnson, 9pm, no cover Open mic, 7pm, W, no cover

The Electric, Four Stroke Baron, Sad Giants, 9pm, $5

Mac Lethal and Wax, Dylano, Blizzard, 8pm, $20

Tziman, Murderock, Ghoulish Overkill, Unto Others, 8pm, $5-$6

Elderly Abuse, Fracas, Moses, I, Madman, 7pm, $5

Guest DJs, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Dance Party, 9pm, no cover Trevor Green, 9pm, no cover

The Head and the Heart World of Pain, Frostbite, Outreach, Arm’s Reach, 7:30pm, $TBA

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2) Escalade, 4pm, no cover Melissa Dru, 10pm, no cover

2) Escalade, 4pm, no cover Melissa Dru, 10pm, no cover

2) Melissa Dru, 8pm, no cover

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

2) The Vegas Road Show, 6pm, no cover

2) John Palmore, 5pm, no cover The Starliters, 9pm, no cover

2) John Palmore, 5pm, no cover The Starliters, 9pm, no cover

2) Patchwork Mind, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Bob Gardner, 6pm, Tu, no cover Stephen Lord, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Roem Baur Duo, 6:30pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Bill Wharton, 6pm, no cover

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ART Nevada Benefit for Veterans’ Voluntary Services. This month’s art show supports the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Thu, 5/17-Wed, 5/23, 11am4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

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Grab a beach blanket and a few hungry friends and head to Idlewild Park for the kickoff to Reno Street Food’s food truck gathering on Friday, May 18. The seventh annual event features more than 35 vendors selling an assortment of food, desserts, over 40 taps of craft beer, mixed drinks and wine. Live music adds to the festive atmosphere. The after-work food party takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. every Friday through summer at Idlewild Park, 1800 Idlewild Drive. Call 825-2665 or visit

RIVER STORIES LIVE READING: Join One Truckee River for a reading of this year’s winning River Stories submissions. A representative from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will kick off the event with a presentation of the Truckee River origin story. Tue, 5/22, 6pm. Free. The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, 1 S. Lake St.,


EVENTS 6TH ANNUAL INSPIRED ADVENTURE SPRING FESTIVAL: This fundraiser for Kindred Art & Folk Institute features makeand-take art stations, local artisans market and displays, urban wall art, a bounce house, food trucks, local brews and performances by Afrolicious, Serina Dawn Band, Kicks Modern, Angele & Tommy and Truckee Dance Factory. All proceeds help Kindred raise funds for supplies, transportation, scholarships and public art. Sat, 5/19, 11am-6pm. Free. Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee,

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: The tour returns to Lake Tahoe as part of an 11-city stop for the 13th annual cycling event. Tahoe will host both men’s and women’s legs of the Amgen Tour. Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s best cyclists will contest more than 600 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Long Beach to Sacramento. The 2018 edition will mark the third time in race history that the peloton will travel the Golden State from south to north. Thu, 5/17-Sat, 5/19. Various locations at Lake Tahoe,

CHILI ON THE COMSTOCK & FIREBALL SALOON CRAWL: The 35th annual chili cookoff features more than 30 of the best chili cooks in the West competing for a spot in the International Chili Society World Finals. The festivities include the Fun with the Runs 5k and the Fireball Saloon Crawl. Sat, 5/19-Sun, 5/20, 11am. Free festival admission, $5-$85 for tastings, $20-$30 for fun run, $8-$20 for saloon crawl. C Street, Virginia City, (775) 847-5700.

THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF VERDI: Verdi History Preservation Society President Barbara Ting will talk about the history of this unique community. Sat, 5/19, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948,

HIGH ELEVATION GARDENING: Join UCCE Master Gardners of Lake Tahoe and UC Davis TERC for the 2018 high elevation garden series. Each talk features a different vegetable. Mon, 5/21, 5:30pm. Free. UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station, 2400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City,

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SPRING FEVER REVIVAL: The event features classic cars, show ’n’ shines, memorabilia, street fair vendors, food and beverage booths and entertainment along Virginia Street. Fri, 5/18-Sat, 5/19. Free admission. Downtown Reno, (775) 356-1956.

arts gathering features author book signings, author chats, RT Bazaar and more than 100 workshops. Thu, 5/17-Sun, 5/20, 8am. $55-$299. Peppermill Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St.,

SNOWBOUND! LEGENDARY WINTERS OF THE TAHOE SIERRA: Sierra State Parks Foundation presents author Mark McLaughlin, who will discuss his award-winning book, Snowbound! Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra. Complimentary refreshments will be served with wine available for purchase. Parking is free. Sat, 5/19, 5pm. $5 donation. Donner Memorial State Park, 12593 Donner Pass Raod, Truckee, (530) 583-9911,

STRANGE BREW FESTIVAL: This celebration of uniquely crafted brews hosts more than 20 local breweries with brews made exclusively for this event. There barbecue food and live music by Uncle Funkle Big Band. Sat, 5/19, 3-7pm. $55. Brewer’s Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave.,


the artists and explore the studios. Sat, 5/19, noon. Free. Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road,

The show features wildlife paintings by Ewoud de Groot. Thu, 5/17-Sat, 5/19, Mon, 5/21-Wed, 5/23. Free. Stremmel Gallery, 1400 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-0558,

NITRO CIRCUS LIVE: Nitro Circus, the youth entertainment phenomenon, returns to North America with the Next Level Tour. The full-moto show will include death-defying tricks, jaw-dropping world firsts and absurd stunts. It all adds up to a thrilling show, simply too big to fit indoors. Fri, 5/18, 6:30pm. $29-$79. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000,

composer and educator Hans Halt will present some of his favorite original big band-style compositions accompanied by the 17-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra. Fri, 5/18-Sat, 5/19, 7:30pm. $15. Reno Jazz Orchestra Union Hall, 124 West Taylor St., (775) 372-6160,


present examples from his collection of U.S. error coins. See the different varieties and learn how they were made. Tue, 5/22, 7pm. Free. Denny’s, 205 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 815-8625.

novel Marlena, focusing on themes of belonging, poverty, coming-of-age and the national opioid epidemic. Fri, 5/18, 6pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188,

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season, the symphony will perform some of the greatest film scores of composer John Williams. Sun, 5/20, 3pm. $10, free for students with ID. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

SPRING MUSIC SERIES IN THE VILLAGE: Enjoy live music from some of Lake Tahoe’s favorite musicians. Sat, 5/19, 2pm. $85. Village Events Plaza, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic Valley,

I AM THE BLUES: Artemisia Moviehouse presents a screening of the 2015 music documentary directed by Daniel Cross featuring appearances by blues artists Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and others. Sun, 5/20, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St.,

RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL: The touring film festival features 10 short films from around the world celebrating the unique qualities, possibilities and challenges of rural life. Thu, 5/17, 6pm. $5-$7. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333,

MUSIC ANTSY MCCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS: The singer-songwriter and his band combine masterful music, storytelling and humor. Fri, 5/18, 7:30pm. $25-$25. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX: The Grammynominated sextet performs modern versions of classic ’50s and ’60s rhythm and blues. There will be a free conversation with the band at 3pm before the concert. Fri, 5/19, 8pm. $17 Churchill Arts Council members, $20 non-members. Oats Park Art Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440.

JOURNEY UNLIMITED TRIBUTE BAND: Enjoy a night of classic rock music, drinks, raffles and dancing. All proceeds will benefit the Virginia City High School Booster Scholarship Fund and the Class of 2019. Sat, 5/19, 7pm. $30. Piper’s Opera House, 12 North B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433, pipersoperahouse.

ONSTAGE THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE: Reno Little Theater presents this play written by Madeleine George. Watson. Confidant of Holmes. Engineer with Bell. Supercomputer Jeopardy winner. Modern companion? It’s a journey through time that tells the tales of the people and machines that we depend on. Thu, 5/17-Sat, 5/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 5/20, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900,

OPEN MIC: Singers, actors, poets, dancers and other performing artists of all levels are welcome. Sign up early for your time slot or just show up. Fri, 5/18, 7pm. Free. Art Truckee, 10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee,

SPORTS & FITNESS GUIDED BIRD HIKE: Kirk Hardie will lead a short hike around the park while searching for native birds. Binoculars are recommended. Sat, 5/19, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

GUIDED WILDFLOWER HIKE: Join Janel Johnson, president of Nevada Native Plant Society, for a guided tour of Galena Creek’s native flowers. Bring your favorite guidebook and meet at the Visitor Center. Sun, 5/20, noon. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer team plays the Seattle Sounders. Sat, 5/19, 7:15pm. $15-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000,






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by ROb bRezsny

For the week oF May 17, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my as-

sessment of the astrological omens, your duty right now is to be a brave observer and fairminded intermediary and honest storyteller. Your people need you to help them do the right thing. They require your influence in order to make good decisions. So if you encounter lazy communication, dispel it with your clear and concise speech. If you find that foggy thinking has started to infect important discussions, inject your clear and concise insights.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A chemist named

Marcellus Gilmore Edson got a patent on peanut butter in 1894. A businessperson named George Bayle started selling peanut butter as a snack in 1894. In 1901, a genius named Julia David Chandler published the first recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In 1922, another pioneer came up with a new process for producing peanut butter that made it taste better and last longer. In 1928, two trailblazers invented loaves of sliced bread, setting the stage for the ascension of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich to its full glory. According to my analysis, Taurus, you’re partway through your own process of generating a very practical marvel. I suspect you’re now at a phase equivalent to Julia David Chandler’s original recipe. Onward! Keep going!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): One of the most popular brands of candy in North America is Milk Duds. They’re irregularly shaped globs of chocolate caramel. When they were first invented in 1926, the manufacturer’s plan was to make them perfect little spheres. But with the rather primitive technology available at that time, this proved impossible. The finished products were blobs, not globes. They tasted good, though. Workers jokingly suggested that the new confection’s name include “dud,” a word meaning “failure” or “flop.” Having sold well now for more than 90 years, Milk Duds have proved that success doesn’t necessarily require perfection. Who knows? Maybe their dud-ness has been an essential part of their charm. I suspect there’s a metaphorical version of Milk Duds in your future, Gemini.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In my vision of your

life in the coming weeks, you’re hunting for the intimate power that you lost a while back. After many twists and trials, you find it almost by accident in a seemingly unimportant location, a place you have paid little attention to for a long time. When you recognize it, and realize you can reclaim it, your demeanor transforms. Your eyes brighten, your skin glows, your body language galvanizes. A vivid hope arises in your imagination: how to make that once-lost, nowrediscovered power come alive again and be of use to you in the present time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The etymological diction-

ary says that the English slang word “cool” meant “calmly audacious” as far back as 1825. The term “groovy” was first used by jazz musicians in the 1930s to signify “performing well without grandstanding.” “Hip,” which was originally “hep,” was also popularized by the jazz community. It meant, “informed, aware, up-to-date.” I’m bringing these words to your attention because I regard them as your words of power in the coming weeks. You can be and should be as hip, cool, and groovy as you have been in a long time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I hope you will seek out

influences that give you grinning power over your worries. I hope you’ll be daring enough to risk a breakthrough in service to your most demanding dream. I hope you will make an effort to understand yourself as your best teacher might understand you. I hope you will find out how to summon more faith in yourself—a faith not rooted in lazy wishes but in a rigorous self-assessment. Now here’s my prediction: You will fulfill at least one of my hopes, and probably more.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski once performed for England’s Queen Victoria. Since she possessed that bygone era’s equivalent of a backstage pass, she was able to converse with him after the show. “You’re a genius,” she told him, having been impressed with his artistry. “Perhaps, Your Majesty,” Paderewski said. “But before that I

was a drudge.” He meant that he had labored long and hard before reaching the mastery the Queen attributed to him. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Libras are currently in an extended “drudge” phase of your own. That’s a good thing! Take maximum advantage of this opportunity to slowly and surely improve your skills.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The ancient Greek

poet Simonides was among the first of his profession to charge a fee for his services. He made money by composing verses on demand. On one occasion, he was asked to write a stirring tribute to the victor of a mule race. He declined, declaring that his sensibilities were too fine to create art for such a vulgar activity. In response, his potential patron dramatically boosted the proposed price. Soon thereafter, Simonides produced a rousing ode that included the phrase “wind-swift steeds.” I offer the poet as a role model for you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. Be more flexible than usual about what you’ll do to get the reward you’d like.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Here’s the opera-

tive metaphor for you these days: You’re like a painter who has had a vision of an interesting work of art you could create—but who lacks some of the paint colors you would require to actualize this art. You may also need new types of brushes you haven’t used before. So here’s how I suggest you proceed: Be aggressive in tracking down the missing ingredients or tools that will enable you to accomplish your as-yet imaginary masterpiece.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Useful revelations

and provocative epiphanies are headed your way. But they probably won’t arrive sheathed in sweetness and light, accompanied by tinkling swells of celestial music. It’s more likely they’ll come barging in with a clatter, bringing bristly marvels and rough hope. In a related matter: At least one breakthrough is in your imminent future. But this blessing is more likely to resemble a wrestle in the mud than a dance on a mountaintop. None of this should be a problem, however! I suggest you enjoy the rugged but interesting fun.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): One of the saddest

aspects of our lives as humans is the disparity between love and romance. Real love is hard work. It’s unselfish, unwavering, and rooted in generous empathy. Romance, on the other hand, tends to be capricious and inconstant, often dependent on the fluctuations of mood and chemistry. Is there anything you could do about this crazy-making problem, Aquarius? Like could you maybe arrange for your romantic experiences to be more thoroughly suffused with the primal power of unconditional love? I think this is a realistic request, especially in the coming weeks. You will have exceptional potential to bring more compassion and spiritual affection into your practice of intimacy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In accordance with

astrological omens, I invite you to dream up new rituals. The traditional observances and ceremonies bequeathed to you by your family and culture may satisfy your need for comfort and nostalgia, but not your need for renewal and reinvention. Imagine celebrating homemade rites of passage designed not for who you once were but for the new person you’ve become. You may be delighted to discover how much power they provide you to shape your life’s long-term cycles. Ready to conjure up a new ritual right now? Take a piece of paper and write down two fears that inhibit your drive to create a totally interesting kind of success for yourself. Then burn that paper and those fears in the kitchen sink while chanting “I am a swashbuckling incinerator of fears!”

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by JERi ChADwEll


to meet our community, because our community is funding a lot of these organizations around town. … And the second part of it was that we wanted to honor people in our community who are doing good things. And what often happens with people who are activists or volunteers— or overly committed superstars, little angels of goodness—those people aren’t always recognized for the amount of hard work they put in. … Sometimes that’s the fuel that keeps someone going, just being recognized.

Meredith Tanzer is the vice president of Our Center. On May 19, the  LGBTQ community center will be  hosting an event at McKinley Arts  Center, 925 Riverside Drive, in  celebration of the life and work of  Harvey Milk—the first openly gay  elected official in California.  He was  elected to the San Francisco Board  of Supervisors in 1978. Learn more  here:

Harvey Milk came out later in life, when he was around 40. And his political career was brief—cut short. Yet his legacy to the LGBTQ community is an important one. It is so important. I also think what’s important is that he was active in his community before even running for office, and that makes him exceptional and very rare in terms of a politician. … I think that’s why the LGBT community kind of moves toward him, because he was really right in the center in terms of the way that he responded to many social and political issues of the time. And he just wanted his city to be better. And don’t we all want that, you know? Not only our cities, our world—those of us who are active and involved in our communities, we just want to be a stronger America.

Tell me a bit about the event. So, it’s our fifth year, which is exciting. We want to do something every year to honor him. … It started as a twofold thing.

So this is the MILK Made Awards.

One was as a way to bring people in the community together, to support other community companies and organizations. So there’s a pasta sauce challenge that happens. Anywhere between seven and 10 organizations make a different kind of a pasta sauce, and then the community comes through and votes for their favorite pasta sauce. It gets very competitive. That started out as a need to get people in the community to look around at the other organizations and businesses that support them, and vice versa. Sometimes a business will open in town, and they’re like, “I’m going to operate a gay-friendly business,” and … they just think the LGBT community is just going to show up there, and that’s not accurate. You need to be involved in your community and show that you’re involved. … And if there’s an organization that maybe needs volunteers, or fundraising efforts—we want them

This is the MILK Made Awards. There are five categories. … One is “Leader of tomorrow,” so those are little sweeties under 30. “Political groundbreaker,” and those are people involved in politics on some level, or lobbying on our behalf. A “Trailblazer”—those are people over the age of 50 who have really laid the groundwork for what we’re able to do. A “Community builder,” and that’s anybody in the community, all over. They don’t need to be LGBT. They just need to not be a jerk and be an ally to our community. And then there’s also an “Ally” award. So we have so many great people in our community who don’t identify as LGBT. ... They’re just supportive of our community. And that sometimes is just as important to highlight—because you aren’t always in a situation in our community where you can feel comfortable saying you’re an ally. So those people are pretty exceptional because they’re willing to stand up for their gay friends and family anytime. Ω


Going to the roadhouse It is one of those weeks when Bruce  is AWOL, so here is a 1997 epistle  from him. We walk in and take a seat at  a circle table ringed with padded  stools. We settle on down, order the  first round, and try to get a read  on what we’ve got ourselves into.  It’s Saturday night at the roadhouse, and we’re here for a dose of  its prized, powerful medicine. There are differences between  nightclubs and roadhouses. A  nightclub is urban. A roadhouse  is relatively rural. A nightclub is  surrounded by curbs. A roadhouse  is often surrounded by weeds. A  nightclub will be jazzy and bluesy,  while a roadhouse will inevitably  drift toward country honk. ... A roadhouse is at its best on  Saturday night. ... It’s feeling’ pretty right on this Saturday night. All  the elements that evoke that good,  old fashioned roadhouse groove  are here and in perfect combina-

tion, elements like a good bar, a  good band, and enough people so  you and your date are never solo  on the dance floor but not so many  that your space gets violated. An hour after our arrival, the  hullaballoo comes together. Two  couples cracked the dance floor  a couple of tunes ago, and now  there’s a lively little dance-fest going in front of the stage. The band,  a rockin’ blues outfit, is very good,  and their guitar man is solid. He’s  a swinging hep cat all dolled up in  a black suit that tells us the man is  very serious about playing party  blues music. Those of us on the  congregational dance floor have to  say, “Right on, brother.” ...  We go back to our station for  fresh beer. At a nearby table, we  spy one of the classic characters  of the roadhouse experience, a  Stranded Sister of the Night. She’s  wriggling in her chair and obviously  dying to get up and dance with her 

male companion who has already  decided that he will not be dancing  tonight. He may have made this  decision 11 years ago. He may have  made it ion the way out tonight. But  he will not be dancing. You gotta  feel for these marooned ladies,  itching as they are to get on up and  make their hip-swinging contribution to the evening. Then there are the young male  superfans at the front table who  are there to watch every note being picked by the guitarist, and the  semi-pie-eyed codgers in the back  who would be drinking and playing  video poker no matter who was on  stage, and the band manager at the  bar who nurses a drink and stares  off into the night wondering where  the hell everybody is. They’re all players in the roadhouse show this Saturday night,  and all headed for a multi-Bayer  Sunday morning.   Ω

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