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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. At least once every week, somewhere in the paper, we’re confronted with a tough, terrible decision: Do we, or do we not, write about Trump? Every week, he gets the knuckles cracking of every columnist and editorial writer in the nation. It’s really easy to want to jump into that fray, to be on the right side, to clearly align ourselves with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “arc of the moral universe” which ever-so-slowly “bends toward justice.” We want the future to know we weren’t bamboozled. We want to fly the outrage flag high. But really, what would that accomplish here in our little podunk of the media landscape? It would give easy fodder to the folks who like to toss out the “liberal rag” appellation, which we couldn’t shake even if we printed—free in every issue!—dollar bills imprinted with the faces of Ronald Reagan and Strom Thurmond. During editing, it occurred to us that our editorial is probably one of the only ones in the country this week that isn’t about Helsinki and that ridiculous press conference, followed by Trump’s weaselly explanation that he misspoke when he said he didn’t see any reason why Russia would meddle in the U.S. election. Instead, we have an editorial about the unfortunate evolution of the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s important that we try to keep our focus local. We’re not the world wide web, we’re the Reno News & Review. Sure, we have to confront the planet’s problems but we also have to confront our local problems. Instead of a Trump Tale of the Week, we could launch a Local Landlord Horror Story of the Week column. Every week, we hear stories about rising rents or tenants getting asked to move out in hurry so a house can be sold. Every week. Local politicians: You want to score some points with the voters? Start talking about renters’ rights.
Hey, Trump voters. Don’t wet yer pants! You do not need to be afraid of Guatemalan babies. They will not hurt you, nor will their mothers, who are frantic because your government took their children. And the stunning thing is: Trump’s continued support from you and the cowardly congressional Republicans. Any of those guys got any guts? They are dismantling our country. They are denigrating the press, truth, facts, the courts, the FBI, CIA, Trump’s own appointees (that’s pretty funny). We are on the path to becoming a s---hole country. Oh, by the way, the Mueller investigation has got one of Trump’s pals in jail, three guilty pleas from big shots in his election team and at least 12 indictments. Sounds like a banana republic to me.
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Heritage denied Re “Adam Laxalt and the law” (cover story, July 5): Great article on Adam Laxalt. As University of Nevada, Reno poli sci students in the late ’60s we commonly referred to Sen. Paul Laxalt as “Pouty Paul.” What disturbs me most about Adam Laxalt, given his legacy as the grandkid of an immigrant family from the Basque country, is his vicious attacks on immigrants now as witnessed by his opposition to DACA and the DAPA program as well. They would have protected parents of U.S. citizens from imminent deportation and allowed them to work here legally to support their American families. He joined the two lawsuits with 16 other white supremacist state attorneys general to prevent these programs from becoming law. By the stroke of his pen, Obama saved almost 800,000 children from deportation,
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most of whom can now support themselves and their families, go to school, get a degree, etc. I am proud of the fact most of my fellow graduates at UNR remain opposed to Pouty Paul and his grandchild’s efforts to deprive current immigrants of the same rights that he and his family found when they arrived in our country. Hopefully, the voters will send this latest version of the Laxalt family to the ash heap of history in Nevada. John Carrico Reno
Musky dispute A couple of months ago, you published my long missive regarding my skepticism of EV technology being the panacea for a carbon-free future, and in that missive I prefaced by saying that Elon Musk is one of my technological icons. Well, I’m probably as horrified as any rational and mature person would be in the wake of Musk calling one of the Brits who was instrumental in rescuing those boys from that flooded cave in Thailand last week a “pedophile.” I’m stunned that Musk could be so childish because his “submarine” was rejected on valid grounds in the course of that rescue operation. It wasn’t personal. Nobody had a grudge against Musk. It was simply of matter of what would work and what wouldn’t work in the subterranean landscape. As a prolific inventor myself (who has actually done all the design and engineering work myself before getting other experts involved), I’ve had some of my “babies” rejected by various industries, and it doesn’t feel good, especially when I think they just don’t “get it,” but as a rational and mature man I don’t go on a tirade and start maligning people because my inventor’s ego has been tweaked. In private, I’ve said things like, “Well, they are idiots,” but to call a man who was
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trying to rescue a bunch of trapped kids a “pedophile” because that man rejected your submarine is monstrous. Now the Brit is threatening to sue Musk for defamation, and I hope he does. In the meantime, Musk’s stock holders and board members should remove him from his CEO position just as others have been booted out of the companies they founded for making racist or sexist comments. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander! Musk has fallen from the pedestal I had him on, and I will never buy any Musk product. Jeffrey Middlebrook Truckee
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Sprawl, deafness and tiers at UNR A few months ago a University of Nevada, Reno faculty member told us, “Marc Johnson wants to be remembered as the president who built.” It’s not working out that way. He’s becoming the president who is deaf and the president who promotes sprawl. And his policies are just part of UNR’s problems. The community made clear how it felt about Johnson’s “gateway” project, and he did not listen. Back in the 1970s, someone brought a casino project to the Reno City Council. They had in mind a casino on the lot at the northeast corner of Center Street and Interstate 80, a narrow, vacant lot that barely has enough room to be a narrow, vacant lot. Fortunately, the city council had the sense to reject the project, and the strip remains vacant to this day. It took a lot in those days to get the Reno Council to reject a casino, but even it saw the value in that neighborhood. Marc Johnson does not, and that’s not the only failing of UNR these days. The campus and the people of Nevada need to reassess what they want in a state university. We really question whether we are getting it in UNR’s incessant drive to be “Tier One.” We invite Reno residents to head up to UNR and drive around the section of the campus between Virginia Street, 17th Street, McCarran Boulevard and Evans Avenue. They will find broad swaths of empty, undeveloped land that could be built up without destroying picturesque neighborhoods—and that doesn’t even count the old Manogue High School site acquired by UNR. Then head south and take a look at the fitness center between Lawlor Events Center and Church Fine Arts, a
pointless structure costing $45.7 million and generating widespread anger on the campus, including an antifitness center website. Note that tall buildings for a time became popular on campus—the student union, for instance—as the late UNR President Milton Glick started pulling in the campus, torpedoed sprawl, and started selling off outlying properties. Think of how much petroleum has been consumed in these climate change days since the Redfield campus miles to the south was constructed for students and faculty members who hate the long drive. We frankly don’t care one bit if UNR is a Tier One university. We wish it were not, because the chase after prestige has become a drag on higher education in Nevada. We want a state university, with all that has traditionally meant, including giving talented but low income students a leg up in life. We don’t care about developing nuclear weapons. Our weapons should be students who achieve, and the diseases we need to stamp out are ignorance and poverty, and UNR is not doing a good job of many of those things, particularly at making college affordable for needy students. Is it just a problem of a staid administration and a need for fresh blood on the hill? Also in the 1970s, several community leaders attacked UNR Professor Bill Eadington because his scholarly studies of gambling and because his wife Margaret—a leader of planned and controlled growth in the community—bugged them. We loved that friction. It meant that the campus was not getting too cozy with those who have money and power. Ω
Let me go into TouchTunes. Mine is “Vogue” by Madonna. It reminds me of the movie The Devil Wears Prada. It is my favorite movie. Anne Hathaway was so cute—and Meryl Streep. She was the perfect devil.
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“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan because—I don’t know— I just like it, from a jukebox perspective.
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“Cannibal” by Kesha—it’s just a really fun, catchy song. It’s a little dark but still fun.
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Political child abuse recorded Nevada’s elected officials are quick to give away our tax dollars to lure wealthy corporations like Tesla, Apple and Switch to our state under the guise of jobs for the working class when it’s obvious it’s really about creating riches for developers and business barons. But we rarely talk about who pays the biggest price in terms of overcrowded and underfunded schools, minuscule public health budgets, and wages that don’t cover decent, stable housing or health insurance deductibles. That would be our kids. The 2018 Nevada Kids Count book was released last month, and there was little to cheer about in our overall ranking of 47th in the nation in “child well being,” well below the three states with the best rankings—New Hampshire at number one, Massachusetts at two, New Jersey at three. Thank God for Mississippi (48th), Louisiana (49th) and New Mexico (50th) for cushioning us from being dead last.
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It’s true that Nevada has continued to make significant improvements in children’s health care coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that everyone have health insurance, a mandate stripped from the law by the Republican Congress last year. Nevada experienced an 8.1 percent decline in the uninsured rate among children between 2013 and 2016, one of the largest decreases in the nation, although we still rank low, at 43rd. We did a smidgen better in the “family and community” category of the data book (42nd), and we ranked 43rd in “economic well-being.” Thirty-four percent of our children live in households with a high housing cost burden, a number that will likely worsen in future years thanks to the new, out-of-state residents pouring in to work those jobs that were supposedly created for Nevadans. Education is the category that always disappoints despite decades of bipartisan efforts to improve our schools. This year we ranked 49th, with 64 percent of our
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young children ages three and four not in school, far worse than the national average of 52 percent. According to Kids Count, 69 percent of our fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, and 73 percent of our eighth graders can’t do their math. Twentysix percent of our high school students did not graduate on time during the 2015-16 school year, compared to the national average of 16 percent. You can’t blame the school districts for all of it, either—hungry and sick kids can’t learn, and children who don’t go to preschool must catch up in underfunded, overcrowded classrooms. Before we shrug our shoulders and mutter about how the data is skewed and doesn’t take into account our uniqueness, let’s face the truth. Children are not our top priority in Nevada. If they were, we’d take this shameful report card to heart and start investing every last cent we have in education and health care, starting at infancy. We’d demand an end to transferable tax credits like those we gave to Tesla, tax credits they’ve sold to casino
corporations that are now using them to lower their gambling tax obligations, creating a double whammy for taxpayers. And now, another worry. Kids Count estimates about one million children younger than age five were not counted during the 2010 U.S. Census, often because their entire family wasn’t counted due to homelessness, immigration status or transiency. In Nevada, about 68,000 children live in hard-to-count census areas. These lost children matter since the 2020 Census helps determine how much federal funding Nevada will receive for programs that directly benefit young children such as Head Start, Women, Infants, and Children (food and nutrition service), and Title One (federal aid program for public schools). And guess who wants to add a citizenship question to the census to drive even more people underground? States like Nevada with large and transient immigrant populations stand to lose critical dollars our children desperately need. Ω
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Musk slur May cause lawsuit Nevada welfare recipient Elon Musk has stirred up a furor, describing one of the Thai cave rescuers as a “pedo guy”—presumably meaning a pedophile. Musk showed up in Thailand last week with a mini-sub reportedly made from spare rocket parts, then departed. A few hours later, 12 boys— stuck in a flooded cave for weeks—were rescued by divers while the world watched, and without the use of the sub. For some reason, Musk then got involved in an online debate over whether he deserved any credit for the rescue, prompting one of the divers, Vernon Unsworth, to tell CNN the sub maneuver had been a “P.R. stunt. … He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. … It wouldn’t have gone ’round corners or ’round any obstacles.” Musk then took the bait from a Twitter user instead of dropping what seemed like a no-win flap and started tweeting attacks on Unsworth, ending one of them with, “Sorry, pedo guy, you really did ask for it.” Another Musk tweet referred to “this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus)”—which was taken to mean “suspicious.” Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children. That exchange provoked a round of tweets denouncing Musk: “He didn’t just call the British rescuer in Thailand a pedophile. He called him a pedophile because he couldn’t imagine another reason for a white guy to be in Thailand. Which is a false assumption. Sometimes white guys visit Thailand to show off their useless submarines.” “Elon Musk implying that British expats who live in Thailand are all kiddie fiddlers? Erm ... wow ... isn’t that kind of a little bit racist?” “Sure, Elon Musk calling a diver who helped rescue 12 boys a ‘pedo’ just because he lives in Thailand is insulting, inflammatory and borderline libelous, but let’s not forget that it is also horrifically racist.” As word of the dispute spread, shares of Musk’s Tesla corporation fell three points. TechCrunch noted that whipping up a rescue sub in a few days is a class act, but Musk “seems not only intent on burning all the goodwill he earned for trying to help last week’s Thai cave rescue, but rolling around in its ashes, too.” Twitter is reviewing whether Musk’s tweets were “defamatory content,” and Unsworth is considering legal action. Musk’s Trump-like behavior has often caused him bad publicity, as when he strikes out at his own fans for not being obsequious enough. In 2016, after Californian Stewart Alsop complained about the launch event for the Tesla Model X being poorly planned, two hours late, overcrowded, and so on, Musk canceled Alsop’s order for the car (a car which was three years overdue). But then, those fans often foster that kind of behavior with their adulation. Musk buffs bewitched by his talk of lower carbon use tend to ignore his demands of state governments for special treatment under environmental protection laws.
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Gov. Brian Sandoval’s message to the legislators. When innovative and edgy legislation was advanced, women were usually at the center of it. A plan by Clark County Sen. Yvanna Cancela for the state to track insulin pricing freaked out the pharmaceutical industry, which poured lobbyists into the state, and resulted in one of those vintage maneuvers from yesteryear in which a bill sponsored by a woman was co-opted by a man. Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed Cancela’s measure. It was then watered down and passed again under the sponsorship of Sen. Michael Roberson.
Majority Would women change anything? in 1974, a midterm election year, there was a lot of talk about the “Year of the Woman.” In Connecticut, for instance, Ella Grasso became the first woman elected governor without being preceded by a spouse. But the year was better known as the Watergate year, and one of the Nevada women swept into office by reform sentiment was Sue Wagner. Since 1974, as Wagner moved from the Nevada Assembly to the Nevada Senate to the lieutenant governorship and finally to the Nevada Gaming Comission, there have been several other years “of the woman” as women have slowly gained ground. Now retired, Wagner is watching as a spotlight has been thrown on Nevada since the publication of a June 30 New York Times piece reporting that Nevada voters are within mathematical reach of something no state has ever done—electing a legislature with a majority of women. The news has already had impact. The Kansas City Star is editorializing on whether Missouri and Kansas can
keep up with Nevada. In Dublin, the Irish Times reported, “The state already has one of the highest rates of female representation in the country—38 percent of those in the Nevada legislature are women.” By contrast, the national figure for women in all state legislatures is 25.4 percent. And, of course, it is news inside the state, but mostly in that boosterish way in which journalism normally approaches benchmarks. Almost no one asks what a female majority in the Nevada Legislature would mean. “Absolutely, it would make a difference,” Wagner said. “It made a difference last session. If you look at the bills passed and signed by the governor, it made a difference.” In 2017, with a major female presence, legislators made Washoe County’s Teresa Benitez-Thompson the Democratic floor leader. African American legislators became Assembly speaker, Senate Democratic leader and gave the Democratic response to
Even when a male legislator brought forward groundbreaking proposals, women were there to help. Washoe legislator Michael Sprinkle’s proposal for a Nevada Health Plan to take up the slack if Republicans in Congress succeeded in torpedoing the Affordable Care Act was embraced by influential women legislators. Legislation was enacted requiring insurance plans to cover contraceptives, penalizing abuse or neglect in guardianships, beefing up regulation of day care. As other legislatures beat up on Planned Parenthood, Nevada reinforced legal protections for women both in family planning and in wider women’s health issues. The legislators also dealt with a sexual harassment issue that had festered under male leadership for more than a decade. Families and children were at the top of legislative concerns. That should not have been a surprise to anyone. It’s a lesson that has been learned again and again over the years. When Sen. Diana Glomb of Washoe County became the first woman on the Senate Finance Committee, she asked questions no one had ever asked before, and they frequently involved the impact of state programs and spending on families. She brought out information legislators had not previously dealt with. There was no way it couldn’t affect policy. Women in power not only elevate some concerns, they reduce others. For decades beginning in the 1960s, male legislators got themselves reelected with expensive bills that increased criminal penalties, created new crimes, made parole more difficult to get. New prisons
MORE ENTERTAINMENT had to be built each biennium, and the state What this can mean is that women tend to sometimes had the highest incarceration rate welcome working with members of the other in the world. One U.S. Justice Department political party more. Whether that will be study said taxpayers in only two other states true in the increasingly polarized U.S. politipaid more for their criminal justice systems. cal world is uncertain in 2018. The Nevada Republican Wagner, who chaired Senate Legislature did not initially fall victim to the Judiciary, though she was not a lawyer, made Congress-style of meanspirited politics, but common cause with Democrat Robert Sader that poison has long since seeped in, and the to get a handle on this expensive habit, and Kansas City Star in its editorial on Nevada they were able to curb the practice— noted that “conservative women running until they both departed the for office have to run even further legislature. to the right than their male Some might argue that counterparts to prove their Wagner is merely voicing conservative credentials.” “Women work female chauvinism when That does not cultivate much better in a she says, “Women work an environment of coopmuch better in a situeration. If that is true, the situation where you ation where you need skills of women legislaneed to compromise.” to compromise,” but it tors will really be tested, has been demonstrated with or without a majority. Sue Wagner in politics repeatedly, In addition, a gender Nevada political leader both in and out of legislamajority does not create a tive halls. And it speaks to party majority, and that is the why women function differkind of majority legislatures are ently—they bring different life accustomed to using to govern. experiences to politics. A family nurturer “I’m very hopeful that the next legislative has different experience in settling disputes. session will get over the 50 percent because it Female lobbyists at the Nevada Legislature would be good for us,” Wagner said. do not have the same kind of hard-sell It might be good for Nevada. But if they approach to their jobs than many men do. end up having to navigate the same toxic During the Obama administration, Maine environment that now exists, will it be good U.S. Sen. Susan Collins told ABC News, for the women legislators themselves? There “What I find is, with all due … deference is a reason it’s not easy to get people to run for to our male colleagues, that women’s styles office these days. Ω tend to be more collaborative.”
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In bloom Lake Tahoe wildflowers It’s true that Tahoe locals are devoted to winter, but one of the best things about living near Lake Tahoe is the dramatic changing of the seasons. Each season has its own flair and, in the summer, as the snow melts in the high country, the mountains come alive with a fantastic display of wildflowers that is unparalleled. The wildflower bloom is a short-lived season, only lasting from July to mid-August. But there’s an astonishing variety of wildflower species in the Tahoe Basin, and they largely bloom at once. From iconic flowers, like purple lupine and golden mule’s ear; to the lesser known but equally beautiful varieties, such as alpine lilies and sulphur buckwheat; myriad plants explode with color in unison. Many Lake Tahoe trails offer wildflower viewing, and you don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to enjoy the show. Some trails are short and lead to verdant meadows and secluded beaches, while others climb ridgelines, each hard-earned mile revealing another colorful vista. Whether you’re into a relaxing stroll or a sweaty trek, here are some of the best hikes around Lake Tahoe to experience wildflowers: • Carson Pass to Winnemucca, Round Top and Fourth of July Lakes: Unlike much of Tahoe’s stark, granite wilderness, the volcanic soil in this area creates a rich environment for wildflowers, and the trail is great for families and backpackers alike. Start at Carson Pass trailhead off of Highway 88 and ascend along a gentle ridgeline to Lake Winnemucca (2.5 miles) where an array of vibrant wildflowers blanket the landscape. Photographers rejoice
because with 10,000-foot Round Top Mountain as a backdrop, it’s hard to get a bad shot. Ambitious hikers can take the trail farther to Round Top Lake or Fourth of July Lake (10 miles roundtrip) for an unforgettable wildflower walk. • Meiss Meadow: Just opposite of the Carson Pass trailhead is the Meiss Meadow trailhead. More secluded and less popular than its sister trail, Meiss Meadows still provides plenty of opportunities for wildflower spotting, without the crowds. A short ascent reveals vast alpine meadows swathed in colorful blooms. Boasting a multitude of blooming plant varieties, this area is a garden of the gods. Take the trail all the way to Showers Lake (10 miles roundtrip) for spectacular vistas and waist-high wildflowers. • Lake Forest Beach: This is one of the few places in the Tahoe Basin where you can enjoy the wildflowers while you play on the beach. Lake Forest Beach in Tahoe City is a small strip of sand that erupts with purple lupines in early summer. This jaw-dropping setting is undoubtedly one of the best spots to capture the lake fringed by violet alpine blooms, and reaching Lake Forest Beach couldn’t be easier. In Tahoe City, take Bristlecone Street and park along the road. Stroll down a short path to the beach, and behold the glory of Mother Nature. • Big Meadow: This hike provides ample opportunity for wildflower spotting and is relatively easy. Reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, Big Meadow boasts blankets of wildflowers, has a small creek bubbling in its center and snow-capped mountains in the background. The trail begins with a steep ascent but quickly levels out. Reaching Big Meadow is a short 1.5 mile hike, and the reward is one of unmatched beauty. Continue on the trail to Round Lake (6.5 miles roundtrip) or Dardanelle’s (eight miles roundtrip) for a great day hike. Ω
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ewspapers are sometimes called “the first draft of history.” If you want to know what people were talking about 20 or 50 or 100 years ago, one good way to find out is to search through old papers. News stories, commentary, letters to the editor and ads from the past hold clues about the prevailing attitudes from each era. In the case of Reno’s LGBTQ community, though, the media records are sparse. Since 2014, when same-sex marriage got the green light in Nevada, it’s been easy to find wedding photos and
headlines proclaiming civil rights victories. But the further back in time you look, the more invisible the queer community becomes in the media. Queer identities and acts were harshly stigmatized for well over a century—and that stigma was backed up by law. Nevada’s sodomy law—put on the books in 1861 and strengthened in 1914—wasn’t overturned until 1993. Prison sentences were all too common for all too long. Being an out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person could have gotten you legally fired all the way up until 1999. And locals over 40 or so remember that a bartender at Phase Two, a Sparks gay bar, was murdered behind the bar in 1991— and that that’s just one of countless threats and attacks. So, it’s not hard to see why people would stay in the closet—or at least out of the public eye. But queer people have been residents
of the Silver State since long before it even became a state. This summer, as Northern Nevada Pride approaches, we took a look back at Reno’s queer history. We didn’t set out to tell a complete history—or even a well-balanced survey. Instead, we asked people for their best LGBTQ bar stories.
Frontier days— 1860s-1930s Scholar Jeff Auer, who wrote the chapter on Reno for the book LGBTQ America, found written accounts from California in the 1700s about Native American twospirit—or transgender—people’s interactions with colonists and missionaries. Dennis McBride, author of Out of the Neon Closet: Queer Community in the Silver State, found documentation of LGBTQ residents—much of it in the form of court records, arrest records and tales of harsh persecution—going back to the 1860s. We don’t know a lot about LGBTQ nightlife in Reno up through the 1940s, but we do know that cross-dressing performers were big
in the cabaret scenes in larger cities, and that, in 1935, nationally famous gender-boundary-pushing performer Ray/Rae Bourbon performed at Belle Livingston’s Cowshed, a bar with a raucous reputation on Virginia Street, just south of Plumb Lane.
GettinG served—1950s An Associated Press columnist from 1954 casually listed “homosexuals” as suspected national security threats, along with “Communists … drunks, liars, blabbermouths and mental cases.” Local historian Neal Cobb reasoned back then that a bar that catered to people who could be so casually marginalized for their orientations might well sympathize with his own plight: He was 16, not old enough to legally buy a drink. “When I was going to high school in the 1950s, there was a place called The Seas, way out South Virginia Street,” Cobb said. He doesn’t remember the exact address. It was likely somewhere near Longley Lane. The bar was in a small farmhouse, Cobb recalled, with an inconspicuous sign outside and a small barroom inside, with just four tables or so. One day, he and his buddies—all of them straight—went to The Seas. “We figured, well, hell, underage? We can get served over there, no problem at all,” he recalled. “Well, there was four of us that went out there. We walk in like we own the place. We sit down at a table.” No one came over to take their order, so Cobb went up to the bar. The bartender was a stout woman with “a butch haircut, this nice haircut, and she’s got this ski sweater.” “I sit at the bar,” Cobb said. “She walks up to me and says, ‘What do you want?’” He doesn’t remember what he ordered, but the bartender’s response still rings clear in his mind after 60-odd years: “She reached down inside that ski sweater, and she had a Derringer on the end of her necklace. She pulled that out, and she goes, like so, right between my eyes, and she goes, ‘This is a
Keith Ann Libby, 78, grew up in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, which, during his youth, was not yet characterized by brewpubs and Asian fusion. “It was a slum—I was carrying a razor when I was 17 years old,” he said. He remembers the exact date he and his partner moved to Reno: Jan. 11, 1964. A few Reno gay bars had opened and closed before Libby’s time, but when he arrived, there was just one, Reno Bar, at 424 E. Fourth St., where Abby’s Highway 40 is now. A straight couple owned the place, and people of every orientation went there during the day. “At night, it was strictly gay,” Libby said. “Straights didn’t want to be bothered with them queens.” The word “gay” was just coming into use at the time, Libby said. Before then, people said “queer.” And, while “queer” is now used proudly to express a range of identities, in 1964 it was strictly derogatory. And it wasn’t just the terminology that was changing. The ’60s, Libby said, were when “the world opened up.” He said that people were getting used to the idea that the LGBTQ community existed. “I loved Reno, because it was quiet and had the casinos and nobody bothered you,” Libby said. He said that he was harassed for being gay more in San Francisco than in Reno—but it did sometimes happen here. “Just every once in a while, there’d be some shit stirred,” he said. “They’d be usually sorry when they started it. Every now and then, one of the university crowd would come in and get their ass beat. They didn’t think the gays would fight. I loved a fight.” He said he put the assailants in the hospital more than once. “I didn’t mind breaking their arm back then,” he said. Libby is not a large, imposing man. He remembers being 135 pounds. He credits growing up in Charlestown with teaching him how
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Our Center hosts a monthly a “Guerrilla Queer Bar” mixer at various bars around town.
whoever needed help,” he said. He also played a mentor role. “I was big in helping the gay community come out, in saying, “It’s none of your damn business what I do in bed,” he said. “It was about—you are who you are. Don’t hide it. It’s nobody else’s business but yours.”
Shelly Palmer tended the bar at Bad Dolly’s, the lesbian bar she owned from 1992-99.
to fight. “I knew I was queer by the time I was 7, 8 years old,” he said. “People picked on me—I cut them. Oh, I loved a fist fight when I was a kid.” As an adult in the 1960s, he’d sometimes get hassled for performing in drag. “I put on a show—I was young and full of hell,” he said. He didn’t care what type of music was playing—Country & Western on the jukebox, top-40 dance hits, whatever. He just wanted to put on a dress and perform. “People loved it,” he said—though police officers would stop him for being in drag. “As long as I had on men’s underwear and carried a male ID, they couldn’t do anything,” he said. “Most of the cops at that time didn’t know it. They had to look it up.” (According to Libby’s recollection, that was a Nevada law. Others remember it as a City of Reno law or an “unofficial law.”) “The cops back then were basically straight,” Libby said. “I knew five cops who were gay, but they could never say.” Libby enjoyed his role in the community. He owned a beauty salon on Mill Street. As a drag performer, he held fundraisers—“for 14 | RN&R | 07.19.18
“Dave’s VIP was a dance bar,” said Bubbles. Inside, there was a huge mural of the Marlboro Man. “The most memorable story about Dave’s VIP is the bottle of poppers in a Perrier bottle—and disco. The dance floor would be packed. They would just pass around the bottle of poppers. … It was open 24 hours. People would just do whatever, pass out at the pool.”
Libby said that, during the ’60s, drugs weren’t part of the bar scene. By the ’70s, though, in ‘a lesbian cheers’—1990s many establishments, they were central to the Shelly Palmer is a realtor and property owner entertainment. who lives in North Carolina. In 1992, she The property at 3001 W. Fourth St. used to opened Bad Dolly’s at 535 E. Fourth St., one be home to Urban Roots farm and is now listed door west of the Reno Bike Project’s former for sale. From 1966 to 1988, it was Dave’s VIP Lounge, a motel/resort with a pool, a dance floor, building. A 1992 Reno Gazette Journal bar guide and a reputation for being a revved-up party spot. listed Bad Dolly’s in the “alternative lifestyles” Jeff Auer mentioned in LGBTQ America category and mentioned its $1 Bud drafts, that Dave’s was “part of the growth two disco balls, shuffleboard, of gay tourist destinations dartboard and “gay literature in the West in general” on hand,” calling the place and also Nevada’s “not as rough as its name longest running gay would suggest. In fact, bar. Later, the same not rough at all.” property housed “We catered to three other LGBTQ a lesbian clientele, bars, Visions, even though everyReflections and one was welcome,” Blue Cactus. Palmer said. “I remember “Dolly’s was big. It when I was, like, was 3,000-plus square 20, and I probably feet, really open. It looked like I was 12,” Meredith Tanzer, was a dance-club vibe, said a congenial man Vice President, then it had a DJ booth in his 60s, fresh from Our Center in the corner.” Thursday the office in a button-down nights were country music shirt. People in the LGBTQ nights, which drew a mixed crowd. On community know him as Bubbles, and he agreed to tell some stories but did not weekends, the mostly female clientele enjoyed go-go dancers and wet T-shirt contests. want to mention his legal name. “During the week, it was slower,” Palmer “I wasn’t living here then,” he said. “I was said. “It was a regular neighborhood crowd. in the Bay Area, and I would just drive over … I think back then, in the ’90s, we didn’t and hang out in the parking lot. That was in have social media, and people were a lot the late ’70s.”
“Gay men have a great reputation for tipping. Don’t you want all those dudes in there? the bartenders sure do.”
more closeted. And I don’t think it was really mainstream or cool to be gay.” Queer people were routinely harassed in public then, Palmer said, especially men. And, during the Dolly’s days, people could be fired from their jobs for being out. Nevada law didn’t prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation until 1999. “We tried to schedule events there, any type of event anyone wanted to schedule, because it was a large venue, and it was so open, and you could get a few hundred people in there,” Palmer said. One such event occurred in 1994. “A group [from Oregon] was trying to ban gay people [in Nevada] from being teachers, doctors, lawyers,” said Paco La Choy, editor and publisher of Reno Gay Page. Then-Gov. Bob Miller and his Democratic primary opponent, then-Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones, spoke at the bar in opposition to the group. Palmer’s strongest memories of 1994 are more about working hard to keep Bad Dolly’s and her other bars operating smoothly than about organizing for political change, but others remember Miller’s visit as an important moment. “Bad Dolly’s has the historical significance of being the only gay bar in the U.S. that the sitting governor came and gave a political speech at,” La Choy said proudly. Kai Howard was a customer at Bad Dolly’s. “It was like the lesbian Cheers for me,” she said fondly. The bartenders knew to start her off with her a Captain Morgan and Coke or a Corona. She didn’t even have to ask. “Dolly’s was a dive,” Howard said. “It was dark, and the bathrooms didn’t always work, but the bartenders were awesome, and the drink specials were good, and it was just a comfortable place to be yourself. … It was just like any other after-work bar. There’d be women in there sitting in their suits and nice dresses, sitting next to somebody who’d obviously just come off a landscape crew.”
Club Ten99 was at 1099 S. Virginia St., where Chapel Tavern is now. It opened in 1971 as Club 99 and was also called Pop’s 99 in the early 1980s. Paco La Choy, publisher of Reno Gay Page, remembers it as “a neighborhood dive bar … a comfortable, welcoming place where you got to know people.” La Choy said that in the late 1980s—when AIDS swept Reno’s LGBTQ community, the death count was high, and state funding was nil—Club Ten99 was often a venue for fundraisers.
Sometimes, the party got wilder. “I could tell you stories, but you couldn’t print most of ’em,” Howard said, laughing. “There was some toplessness. There was some maybe drinking and dancing on the bar.” Howard said the bar’s clients were open-minded, for the most part, about the occasional straight male visitor. But one night, four or five inebriated straight men arrived who hit on the women there more aggressively than they would have liked. “They didn’t speak English,” Howard said. “They spoke Spanish. We were trying to explain to them they were in a lesbian bar. They were pretty drunk. Finally, somebody came in that spoke Spanish and explained to the guys. And we put them in a cab and sent them to the Spice House.” Bad Dolly’s closed in 1999. “It had kind of run its course,” said Palmer, pointing out that bars tend to have a limited lifespan. Howard was sad when she heard the news. “For me, it was like—I marched in parades, and I had friends die from AIDS,” she said. “That’s when I was coming out. That’s my life. … I didn’t have a place to hang with my friends. Just that little part of the gay and lesbian community was gone, and that was sad. … It’s hard to replace the soul of a bar.”
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‘Power of the gay dollar’— July, 2018 On a recent Wednesday night, about 30 people convened at the Loving Cup for “Guerrilla Gay Bar,” a monthly mixer hosted by Our Center Vice President Meredith Tanzer. Some people refer to the Loving Cup as a “quasi gay bar” or “really, really gay friendly,” but the mixer could have been anywhere. The group is sometimes as small as 15, sometimes as large as 50, and it’s convened at Our Bar, Flowing Tide, Press Start and other venues. “Well, there aren’t as many gay bars anymore, so we’re going to regular bars,” Tanzer said. There are a few reasons there aren’t as many gay bars anymore. Christopher Daniels, managing director at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co., wrote a play on this very subject two years ago. He explained that gay bars were many people’s only safe haven or gathering space for a long time. “Gay bars also used to be the central foreground for organizing,” Daniels said. “Drag queens were essential figures in political mobilization, HIV awareness and condom usage.” Those needs are now filled in different ways, though. “With political victories over the years, perhaps there is a belief that the younger generation doesn’t need to do this,” Daniels said. “Also, sexual and gender identity has
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evolved so much over the years. People say, ‘I’m gay, but that’s not who I am’ and aren’t finding strong connections within the community.” When Tanzer and her colleagues gather at mainstream bars, they have a specific goal. “Bars need to realize that we’re significant part of their revenue stream,” Tanzer said. “We wanted to demonstrate the power of the gay dollar. … So, our thought was, we’re not going to go to any gay bars. We’ll pick an off night. And we will go [to a bar for] two hours and just cash-bomb the place. We’ve spent anywhere from $250 to $575.” “Gay men have a great reputation for tipping,” she added, with characteristic enthusiasm. “Don’t you want all those dudes in there? The bartenders sure do. You should want our business.” At around 6 p.m., she estimated that without her crew, there would have been five customers at the Loving Cup. She gestured toward her friends. “They’re all going to tip,” she said. “The bar’s gonna feel great about it.” Ω
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avid Boyer moved to Reno from Southern California in 1995. The following year, he was one of about 50 million people who bought a ticket to the film Twister. The film dramatizes the work of a team of storm chasers. One character has an aunt who makes kinetic wind sculptures. “There were all these big, funky, turning, moving things out front of her house,” said Boyer.
“I remember at the time thinking, ‘That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I wanna someday have my house decorated like that.’” And as you drive up to Boyer’s home in South Reno, what do you see in the front yard? As you might have guessed—big, funky, turning, moving things. Boyer started making kinetic wind sculptures in 1998, using some old springs and cans he
found while exploring Nevada’s vast open spaces. He said building “things that look like they belong out in the sagebrush,” things that “could be mistaken for old mining artifacts” is what he loves best and gravitates to. “This piece I did for Burning Man last year, you could stick that in the middle of a ghost town somewhere,” Boyer said. “It has the big pipes and flanges, and it has a very old-school flavor to it.” “Old-school” might be one way to describe it, but retro-futuristic would probably be more accurate. With a huge rust-colored trunk and tin paddles that resemble leaves catching the wind and spinning metallic branches, the piece is pretty much a steampunk version of the Madagascan baobab tree. Currently, Boyer is in discussions with Truckee Meadows Community College about the purchase of this piece. While the steampunk baobab tree, titled “Macchina Naturale,” may better reflect Boyer’s personal style, much of his financial success draws from his public art contracts. He said these public art works tend to be modern, shinier and more colorful. Cities like Seattle and San Diego have commissioned Boyer for this type of work, but it was the City of Reno that catalyzed his public art career in 2003, when it commissioned him to build 63 sculptures to be fitted on the lampposts downtown. It was also this contract with the city that allowed for Boyer to do art full-time. He said the exposure gave him credibility when applying for other projects in different cities. “Reno started really embracing public art right when I moved here,” he said. And Boyer’s lamppost sculptures were well received. “For my very first art project, to have everybody just love ’em—that felt really good,” he said. He also said it feels really good just to be a part of the public art movement in general—and understandably so. Next summer, Boyer is scheduled to install a permanent public piece that incorporates sound for the city of Peoria, Arizona. The sculpture is for a park currently under construction and will include seven abstract, mechanical birds that each chime a bell of a different tone as the wind spins them.
Upkeep plans Some cities, like Seattle, have quotas specifying how much of city capital improvement project funds must be spent on public art, said Boyer. In Seattle, according to the city government website, one percent of the funds available for these projects must be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of public art. The city also uses these funds to maintain and restore artworks. Seattle’s public art program has been in place since 1973. Here in Reno, there is a 2 percentfor-art ordinance, which specifies that 2 percent of the funding of any new construction or renovation by the city has to be set aside for public art. The program funded by this ordinance is managed by the Reno Arts & Culture Commission. Megan Berner, the city’s public art program coordinator, said that ordinance usually brings in about $50,000 a year, which, she said, is not that much. The dragonfly sculpture, installed off the shoreline of Virginia Lake in February, cost about $50,000 itself, said Berner. But money also comes from a room tax, she added, so some of the funds are not from Reno citizens but tourists. That $50,000 figure does not include maintenance, which is also provided for by the 2 percent capital improvements ordinance. However, long-term maintenance has not been provided for on existing artwork such as Boyer’s, which has been in place for about 15 years. Because there are no funds set aside for maintenance, the Arts & Culture Commission, along with the Riverwalk Merchants Association, had been planning a fundraiser, originally scheduled for July 19. Funds raised were to be used restore Boyer’s downtown lamppost sculptures. Some of them are damaged, and some are beyond repair, so Boyer said he would take parts from the ruined sculptures to fix the damaged ones and then construct about 10 new ones to fill the voids left. However, that fundraiser was recently cancelled. Boyer cited too much competition with Artown events—but said the fundraiser will likely be rescheduled for some time in September. Ω
The piece is pretty much a steampunk version of the Madagascan baobab tree.
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Art Slaves By Frank Haxton’s own description, his life is blessed. He and wife Becky Murway own Digiman Studio, where they photograph models, products, opulently garnished cocktails and similar subjects for ads and magazine spreads. Haxton loves his work, and he likes the travel opportunities it affords. For his interview with RN&R, he called from a Northern California winemaking region, where he was shooting an old bed and breakfast. He decided early on to be a commercial artist, rather than scale the tenuous career ladder of making gallery or museum work. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said. “Photography is it. … I didn’t want to be a struggling artist.” He started as a portrait studio assistant in the Bay Area, then launched out on his own and was successful right out of the gate. And don’t get him wrong—he loves his work. But there’s an itch that it doesn’t quite scratch. “Everything we do in this world of employment is directed by somebody else,” Haxton said. “You still feel at the end of the day like, ‘Wow, but what do I want to do for me?’” Back in his Bay Area days, in the ’90s, Haxton and his colleagues used to mount exhibitions of the creative work they did when they were off the clock. When he moved to Reno in 1995, he didn’t find a group doing anything similar, so the following year, he started one. The group,
Art Slaves, has shown artwork together at venues such as the National Bowling Stadium and the retail space at First and Sierra Streets that now houses Silver Peak—at the time, it was unoccupied. This summer, Haxton—along with several others in advertising, graphic design and similar fields—are hosting their 22nd annual show in the Renaissance hotel. So, how did the commercial artists do as after-hours fine artists? Group shows can be hard to pull off, especially ones without a strong curatorial theme, but this assorted collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures is a strong showing. On the whole, the artists here tended to skip the theoretical mental processing that art schools prioritize, but it doesn’t seem like that mental process went missing. This work just has the expert compositions, great lighting and often snazzy subject matter of people who spend all day, every day fussing over a 2D frame. A lot of the exhibition’s various aesthetics could have come from a magazine— everything from National Geographic to Hi Fructose. And, while there was no specific theme for the artists to aim for, one emerged organically—a celebration of local culture. Subject matters include skateboarding, snow hiking and traditional Nevada themes like landscapes and powwows. All of the above strongly prioritize technical accomplishment, whether in the form of super-steady brushstrokes in Randy Post’s desert swimming hole painting or the incredibly sharp focus—so close you can see pores—in Haxton’s giant photo of Reno Tahoe Tonight editor Oliver X. One highlight is a series of three new works by illustrator Kate O’Hara, whose drawings are a little creepy, a little cute and almost painfully detailed, with equal measures of gloss and unease, a lot of heart and incredible draftsmanship. If any of this sounds appealing to people considering a career in graphic design, commercial photography or marketing, these artists are prepared to sweeten a few students’ entry into their fields. The works in this show are for sale, and part of the proceeds go toward two scholarships, one at Truckee Meadows Community College and one at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ω Art Slaves Show & Sale is on view through July 28 in the Passage Gallery, adjacent to the lobby of Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, 1 S. Lake St.
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Hearing voices First-time writer-director Boots Riley, leader of musical group the Coup, creates one of the craziest movies you will see this—or any—year with Sorry to Bother You, a hilarious, nasty and even scary showcase for the talents of Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. This is comedic satire at its screwiest, with sci-fi, fantasy and horror elements inserted in such a way as to completely shatter the rules of conventional filmmaking. Stated simply, there are tons of “what the fuck?” moments in this movie. Cassius Green (Stanfield) is living in his uncle’s (Terry Crews) garage, looking for a better life and a job. His performance-artist girlfriend, Detroit (Thompson), encourages him to pursue whatever but not to lose his sense of self. After procuring a job at a telemarketing agency, Cassius finds himself striking out call after call. It’s here that Riley employs an ingenious visual trick, with Cassius physically showing up in the lives of the people he interrupts with his telemarketing nonsense, dropping his desk into one situation after another (people having sex, people mourning, etc.). This does a solid job of conveying the intrusiveness of that particular sales tactic. Thanks to a seasoned coworker (Danny Glover), Cassius is advised to use his white man voice (supplied by the great, and very white, David Cross). This brings immediate success and catapults Cassius up the ladder to the hallowed upstairs office where the “power callers” reside. The road to success involves him becoming more of a douchebag and, ultimately, a revolutionary. Were the film just a caustic observation on the art of the sale and trying to get ahead in life, it would be funny enough. Riley doesn’t stop there. Sorry to Bother You winds up being a brutal look at class separation, racial divides, evil corporate conglomerates, slave labor, social media and bleeding head wounds. (Stanfield spends a lot of screen time with a Revolutionary War-looking makeshift bandage
wrapped around his head, complete with a big red blood stain). Stanfield, who had that masterful turning point scene in Get Out, which featured a bloody nose, a camera and lots of screaming, goes next level in this movie. He occupies the role in a way that has you seeing nobody else in it. Thompson, currently one of my very favorite actresses, does nothing but cement that status with everything she does in this movie. Armie Hammer is funnier than you would ever expect him to be as coke-sniffing billionaire Steve Lift, and, oh my, things take some crazy turns after he shows up in the movie. Also showing master comic chops are Steven Yeun (Glenn from The Walking Dead) as a revolutionary coworker and Robert Longstreet as Cassius’s twisted boss. A long way into this movie, you’ll be thinking “Gee, Bob … seems like straightforward satire, to me. This isn’t as ‘out there’ as you suggested, you stupid, lying, ugly bastard.” Hang tight, because Riley is going to knock you on your ass with tonal shifts as violent as a volcanic eruption during a nuclear explosion. Clearly, there was nobody really watching over this movie and declaring, “Oh, hell no, you can’t do that. Nope!” This movie is a pure example of what can happen when you don’t restrict filmmakers and just let them go. Sorry to Bother You falls short of classic status due to some glaringly loose-ended scenes and occasional jokes that fall flat. Riley has a scattershot style that results in some moments that feel a little sloppy and unfinished, enough so as to hurt the overall impression a bit. Still, the brashness of this enterprise is absolutely breathtaking. I think Riley’s all-time classic is yet to come. If you are suffering sequel and superhero fatigue this summer and you crave something raw and new, Sorry to Bother You will not disappoint. It also might just fuck you up a bit. Ω
Sorry to Bother You
Ant Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun continuation of what returning director Peyton Reed started with Ant-Man three years ago. I whined a bit about the decent original, a movie that I wanted to be more subversive, having known that Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) was supposed to direct it. I’m over it. Reed kicks some Marvel ass, and his sequel is actually better than the first. After the well done but admittedly gloomy Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year, Ant-Man and the Wasp joins the likes of Thor: Ragnarok as a fun, slightly eccentric diversion from the serious Marvel shit. This one, for the most part, just wants to have a good time, and it succeeds. As the title implies, this is no longer a one-man show for the always entertaining Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Evangeline Lilly returns as Hope Van Dyne and gets a bigger part of the limelight as the Wasp, who has decidedly better martial arts skills than professional burglar Scott Lang. The Wasp lets the kicks fly in an early scene with a crooked businessman (Walton Goggins), and she owns every moment she’s onscreen. It simply looks like a kick from The Wasp hurts more than one from Ant-Man. Well, that would make sense. She trained him. While the stakes aren’t quite as high as the usual Marvel fare—the entire universe isn’t at risk in this one—Reed and his crew make it more than compelling. They also make it very funny, thanks mostly to Rudd, ninja master of comic timing.
After a 14-year hiatus, the Parr family returns for more superhero shenanigans in Pixar’s Incredibles 2, a sequel that continues the zippy, funny spirit of the original. It’s not as good as the first, but it still finds a ranking near the top of Pixar’s best and is the company’s best sequel since Toy Story 3. The film picks up where the last one left off, with a criminal named Underminer (everpresent Pixar voice John Ratzenberger) looking to cause some early movie trouble and teen Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell, reprising her role, even though she’s well past her teens) meeting a boy. Superheroes remain somewhat in hiding, but rich tycoon Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) is looking to change that. Winston hatches a plan to get superheroes back in the limelight, and that plan involves Elastigirl/Helen (Holly Hunter) on a crazy new motorbike fighting crime and gaining publicity. While she’s out getting her superhero groove back, Mr. Incredible/ Bob (Craig T. Nelson) must stay at home and take care of the kids, including Violet, Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile).
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
This is a big dummy dino joke of a movie. It’s nothing but a brainless, sloppy rehash of Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World, with a lame militaristic angle thrown in (again!). Yes, the dinosaurs look cool, and things get off to an awesome start. The prologue is scary, looks great, is well directed, and seems to be setting the tone for a film that recalls the grim tone of Michael Crichton’s original. Sadly, things degenerate badly after the title credits pop up. When a volcanic eruption on the isle of dinosaurs threatens their genetically engineered lives, Congress holds hearings on whether or not to save them. These hearings involve the return of the one and only Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Rather than having Goldblum around for his trademark psycho rambling and dark wit, his character just groans a couple of lines about how we shouldn’t have made the dinosaurs because it goes against nature and they have really big teeth and might bite you. Then he goes away. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island to save Blue, the adorable velociraptor who wants you to pet him. Eventually, the action winds up in a large mansion in the states, where a nefarious businessman is keeping dinosaurs in the basement in order to auction them off in what amounts to a dinosaur fashion show for evil countries who want to weaponize them.
Leave No Trace
Ben Foster, currently tied with Ethan Hawke as the world’s most improved once sucky actors, is phenomenal as Will, a homeless vet living in an Oregon park with his daughter, Tom (an incredible Thomasin McKenzie). Will trains his daughter to live off the land, and how not to be seen. When a jogger sees and reports them, the two wind up in the social services system, undergoing a barrage of tests and eventually being relocated to a work commune. While Will simply can’t adjust, Tom starts liking the indoors. No matter, because Will takes them back into the forest, where their two worlds start to truly separate. Directed and co-written by Debra Granik, the movie poses some serious questions on how PTSD should be handled, and what freedom really is in America. Foster is tragically sad as Will, a man we know very little about, and won’t know much about by film’s end, other than something has really messed him up. McKenzie will break your heart as the loving daughter who only knows the wilderness but wants to know more. One of the summer’s—and year’s—best films.
I’m all for giving Dwayne Johnson a chance to really act and emote. I think he can do more than just run around and raise that eyebrow. (I loved him in Pain & Gain.) But asking him to be solemn and humorless in a movie about a crazy skyscraper catching fire, Towering Inferno-style, is a massive mistake. This movie sucks the life out of Johnson as he plays Will, a high-dollar security man who lost a leg in his prior occupation. He takes a job in Hong Kong as head of security in the world’s tallest building. Shortly after getting the gig, an evil crime lord sets the building on fire, a building that is largely unoccupied save for its owner (Chin Haun), his entourage, some nasty European criminals, and Will’s wife (Neve Campbell) and children. Will, outside of the building, races to save his family’s life, which leads up to that already infamous, hilariously silly jump from a crane into the burning building. Why? Why take a serious approach to this subject matter? Why not have Johnson do his usual shtick and make this more fun? Director Rawson Marshall Thurber certainly knows how to get laughs. (He was the man behind Dodgeball and Central Intelligence.) Yes, having Johnson doing his usual shtick would’ve been predictable, but maybe not this boring. Predictable could’ve worked just fine in this case. The special effects are average, the writing is bland, and the execution is lifeless.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin—Emily Blunt doesn’t participate—show up for this nasty film plotted in such a way as to assure it would give the likes of Sean Hannity a monster boner. The timing of this movie is, shall we say, interesting. As real-life tensions build along the Mexican border, with families being separated and humanitarian water jugs being poured out, along comes a movie that shows ISIS terrorists crossing over the Mexican border and blowing up strip malls. Wait a minute, isn’t Sicario supposed to be about America’s beef with drug cartels? This ISIS stuff feels, well, tacked on. While the terrorism element introduced near the beginning of the movie looks to be the driving force of the plot early on, it all but falls away in favor of a kidnapping subplot intended to start a war between the Mexican and U.S. governments. It’s as if screenwriter Taylor Sheridan started one movie and finished with another. Brolin returns as agent Matt Graver, a nasty guy who will blow up your brother as you watch on a laptop if you don’t tell him what he needs to hear. Del Toro is also back as Alejandro, an operative once again hired by the U.S., this time to stir up trouble with the cartels and eventually kidnap Isabel (Isabela Moner), a drug kingpin’s daughter. Moner is a big star in the making. She gives the kind of performance that breaks your heart because it is something so good in service of something so mediocre. There are moments where she makes you forget you are basically watching a very unimportant movie.
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Dog days On the rare occasions when I get in a wiener mood, I look for a natural casing that provides a “snappy” bite. My first snappy bite was at Sinbad’s Hot Dogs as a kid. Opened in 1979, the restaurant served sausages made by a family-owned, Bay Area provisioner. And Kristine Maioli, the woman who bought the place 12 years ago, has stuck with the same dog and nearly the same menu. Having not been back in years, it seemed high time to take the family for a visit. The strip mall space is small and unassuming, festooned with plenty of hot dog Americana. There’s even a schematic detailing the assembly of a fully dressed dog, amusing my inner nerd. The dogs themselves are steamed and served at a nice temperature. Service was really quick, despite our large order and a lone person working the counter. My kraut dog ($4.85) with mustard, onion and tons of sauerkraut was exactly how I like it. The “foot long” had plenty of snap and flavor. My son’s Chicago dog ($4.50) with mustard, tomato, sliced dill pickle, onion, sliced pepperoncini and celery salt was a fair approximation of the Windy City favorite, with pepperoncini pinch hitting for Chicago “sport peppers.” My spice-averse daughter-in-law surprised me by ordering a chili cheese dog ($6.50), featuring two scoops of meat-and-bean “restaurant-style” chili, onion and freshly grated cheddar cheese. The chili was fairly mild, very meaty and served hot enough to melt the cheese. I’m told it’s probably the top seller, and one bite convinced me this is likely so. If you’re really hungry, make it a double for another buck. My grandson got a mild Polish sausage ($5.50) with mustard, relish, onion, and tomato and ate it
starting at the middle, eventually deconstructing it to an unrecognizable mess. Toddlers make their own unique path, and I suppose there’s no right way to eat a hot dog. He clearly enjoyed it, seeing as the plate was practically licked clean. Grandpa got a bite before the carnage ensued, and the seasoning on this sausage was particularly tasty. My older daughter ordered a hot link ($5.50) with ketchup, mustard, relish, onion and tomato, and a plate of nachos ($6.25) for the table to share. The sausage was roughly “medium” in heat and nicely seasoned. The nachos consisted of round yellow corn tortilla chips topped with plenty of chili, shredded cheddar, onion, sliced jalapeño and nacho cheese sauce. It was a mess—as good nachos always are—and surprisingly enjoyable. I probably wouldn’t have ordered it, but I’m glad she did. My younger daughter tried the pizza dog special ($5.75), smothered in pizza sauce, steamed pepperoni and fresh grated mozzarella cheese. I thought it was just OK, but she seemed pretty happy with her selection. Her boyfriend was pretty happy with a Fritos chili bowl ($5.75), two scoops of chili on top of Fritos corn chips with cheddar and onion. He said it reminded him of a similar treat he’d had growing up in L.A., and it was gone before I could get a taste. Apparently, it hit the spot. Milkshakes are available in a variety of flavors ($3.75), and my son’s chocolate malt took me back to when I thought chocolate Ovaltine was the best thing ever. The grandson got a little bowl with whipped cream and chocolate sauce at no charge, which he enjoyed like it was the best thing ever. Thankfully, some things never change. Ω
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The sound of bluegrass music has a few things in common with the sound of an an old locomotive—it can clang and bang along at speed, or sound lonely and distant, but always with a steady chug to keep things rolling. With the release of their debut album Just Hold On earlier this year, and a few summer festival dates on the horizon, Truckee Bluegrass band Lost Whiskey Engine is gathering steam. The band is the brainchild of brothers Sean and Conor McAlindin, whose great grandfather emigrated from Scotland to Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where the brothers were born. Growing up, they played in jam bands under the influences of Phish, Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. It wasn’t until Sean arrived at the University of Colorado that he discovered bluegrass. “There was, and still is, a very strong bluegrass scene in that area,” said Sean, the band’s songwriter, guitarist and front man. “I went to some Yonder Mountain String Band festivals, and it was just so much fun.” He recruited Conor to join him at some of these festivals—the two would often work on the trash crews for free tickets—and they fell in love with the ancestral qualities of the music. “I think on some level, the music has a lot of Scottish and Irish roots, and I think that culture runs strong in my DNA,” said Sean. The brothers relocated to Truckee, where Conor picked up the mandolin, and they put out a Craigslist ad looking for bluegrass musicians. They met bassist
James Melvin, Ellen Flanagan, Sean McAlindin, Conor McAlindin and Peter Anderson’s jam-flavored bluegrass has earned them spots on several Sierra stages this summer.
Mick Melvin in 2011 and kept in touch while Sean spent a few years in Oregon. When he returned to Truckee, they quickly added Ellen Flanagan on the fiddle and Peter Anderson on the banjo. “It used to be sort of a rotating cast that would come up, with different people at each show,” said Sean. “We’ve been pretty solid with this quintet for about four years now.” Sean wrote the six original tracks of Just Hold On, and Conor recorded them at a home studio. During their live shows, the band draws heavily from folk standards and some compositions from Sean’s solo projects. The bandmates are excited to expand their reach with a physical album. “We did a lot of work after hours to put the album together to have something for the festival season this year,” said Sean. “We’re super excited to play some of the bigger festivals in the area this year, which is one of the goals we’ve been working towards since the beginning.” It’s not hard to imagine most of the tracks on Just Hold On in a festival setting. Tracks like “I Am Gone” and “Down by the River” exemplify the classic bluegrass combination of rollicking and soulful, and the group embraces the jam band mentality with extended instrumental breaks on each track. Lost Whiskey Engine is slated to play three festivals this summer and fall—shows that could earn them the support of Truckee’s robust bluegrass community. “I would definitely say that Lake Tahoe is one of the hotspots for bluegrass music in the country,” said Sean. “Almost every bluegrass band stops by, so it’s a great opportunity for us to open up for them or support them.” Ω
Lost Whiskey Engine is slated to play Big Bluegrass at Sugar Pine Point State Park in Tahoma, California, on July 27, Guitarfish Music Festival in Cisco Grove, California, on July 29 and the Lost Sierra Hoedown near Graeagle, California, in September.
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FOR THE WEEK OF july 19, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. DRAGON LIGHTS: The Reno skyline will light up with 39 larger-than-life, illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans. In addition to the lantern displays, there will be nightly performances, crafts and a variety of Chinese and traditional food and beverage. Free nightly guided tours are included in festival admission. Thu, 7/19-Sun, 7/22, 7pm. $12-$17. Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (888) 484-2698, dragonlightsreno.com.
FEED THE CAMEL: Local food trucks convene under the Keystone Bridge, serving unique specialties along with local beer. The event takes place every Wednesday from through Aug. 29. Wed, 7/25, 5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.facebook.com/Feed-TheCamel-256832417824677/.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS: The weekly
More than 20 local artists will convert guest rooms and spaces in the Morris Burner Hostel, 400 E. Fourth St., into individual, self-curated galleries during the annual gathering. There is no theme and no rules, resulting in wild expressions of creativity that visitors can view in the lobby, mezzanine and second and third floor halls and rooms, as well as outside the building. Nadaville kicks off with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, with rooms open until 11 p.m. The event continues through the weekend with rooms open from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. The event is free. Visit nadadadamotel.weebly.com for details.
ARTOWN: The annual summer arts festival features 500 events, more than 100 workshops and over 30 ongoing programs. The festivities conclude on July 31. Most events are free. Thu, 7/19Wed, 7/25. Various locations across RenoSparks, (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
2018 CARSON CITY FAIR: The county fair features livestock exhibits, vendors, music and entertainment, food, carnival rides and more. Wed, 7/25, 4pm. $0-$45. Fuji Park, 601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City, (775) 283-7469, carsoncitynvfair.visitcarsoncity.com.
BEES OF NEVADA—AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NATURAL HERITAGE: Even though the high desert environment in the western United States is a hotspot for bee diversity, many Nevadans are unfamiliar with the species living in their area. This talk will review bee biology and ecology and discuss issues related to native bee conservation. Sat, 7/21, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
39 NORTH MARKETPLACE: This familyfriendly street fair features fresh produce from local and regional farmers, arts and crafts, live cooking demos by local celebrity chefs, seminars, live music and creative and educational activities for kids. Thu, 7/19, 4pm. Free. Downtown Sparks, Victorian Avenue and 10th Street, Sparks, (775) 690-2581, www.39northdowntown.com.
CARSON CITY GHOST WALK: Learn about
A CONVERSATION ON THE MYSTERIES OF ART AND FAMILY: Classical Tahoe and Nevada Museum of Art are co-sponsoring a preview event for the exhibition opening of The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych. This hosted conversation with Simone and Simon Dinnerstein includes a live performance of selections from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” A conversation between father and daughter creators, the dialogue centers on the intersection of music and the fine arts. Fri, 7/20, 6pm. $125. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., classicaltahoe.org.
Carson City’s intriguing history during this evening walking tour, led by Madame Curry, a spirited and historically fictional character named after the widow of one of Carson City’s founders, Abe Curry. Hear about paranormal stories and gossip from the past. This is guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses. These tours leave rain or shine. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sat, 7/21, 7pm. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, Third and Curry streets, Carson City, (775) 348-6279, carsoncityghostwalk.com.
gathering offers 30 food trucks, pop-up restaurants and food trailers. Local bands and artists are featured each week. Fri, 7/20, 5pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 1800 Idlewild Drive, facebook.com/ renostreetfood.
HOLLAND PROJECT ZINE FEST: The Holland Project’s event brings together artists, zine lovers and makers. Buy, sell and share zines. The gathering features over 15 vendors, music and food trucks. Sat, 7/21, 10am-4pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858.
IDLEWILD HEALTH WALKS: These interpretive walks are specifically designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. Tue, 7/24, 10am. Free. Idlewild Park, 50 Cowan Drive, tmparksfoundation.org.
JEFF LOCK PRESENTATION: The nature photographer presents his slideshow titled “My Year Behind the Lens.” Lock is a volunteer with Friends of Nevada Wilderness and he captures images while out in some of the most remote wilderness regions of Nevada. Fri, 7/20, 6pm. Free. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., www.nvfinearts.com.
LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD, SILVER STATE SHOWDOWN: See short-course, off-road drivers Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 mph and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900-horsepower trucks. The event also features side attractions, concessions, memorabilia, contests and prizes. The main event takes place in the evening, but gates open at 1pm for fans to watch qualifying races and attend driver autograph sessions. Sat, 7/21, 1pm. $10-$30, free for kids age 5 and younger. Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 East Interstate 80, Sparks, lucasoiloffroad.com.
MOVIES IN THE PARK: Films on Tap presents a screening of the 1993 film The Sandlot. Fri, 7/20, 9pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays Las Vegas 51s. Fri, 7/20-Sat, 7/21, 7:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Tacoma Rainiers. Thu, 7/19, 7:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., 775) 334-7000.
RENO BASQUE FESTIVAL: The 51st annual festival features traditional folk dances, weight lifting and wood chopping exhibitions, war cry and weight-carrying competitions, games for children and Basque food. Sat 7/21, 9am-4pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., artown.org.
RENO COIN CLUB MEETING: Doug Larson will dig deep in his Americana treasure trove at this month’s meeting. See the Minnesota Loonie quarter and Jim Thorpe dollar. There will be early bird prizes, quarter pot, raffle, bid board and more. Tue, 7/24, 7pm. Free. Denny’s, 205 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 815-8625.
RENO COLLECTIVE OPEN HOUSE & ANNIVERSARY: See the space (formerly Granny’s House Recording Studio) and meet the people behind the Reno Collective. Thu, 7/19, 4:30pm. Free. Reno Collective, 1515 Plumas St., renocollective.com.
RENO GARLIC FESTIVAL: The festival showcases locally grown garlic, garlicky foods and garlic-based medicinals along with music, games and gardening resources. Sat, 7/21, 4-8pm. Free. Pat Baker Park, 1910 Bishop St., www.facebook.com/RenoGarlicFest.
RENO/SPARKS WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL: The evening will be magical and peaceful as the soft glow of floating lanterns reflects on the water at Sparks Marina. Gates open at 5pm with food trucks, live music and a chance to make a lantern and decorate it. Sat, 7/21, 5pm. $0-$30. Sparks Marina, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, waterlanternfestival.com.
SIMON DINNERSTEIN—THE FULBRIGHT TRIPTYCH: Simon Dinnerstein’s exhibition The Lasting World depicts a personal journey from early, hyper-realist works through more introspective and fantastical later works. Join the artist, as he explores his work. The centerpiece of the exhibit, “The Fulbright Triptych,” a will be one of the works discussed. Fri, 7/20, nooon. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
SUMMER ART FESTIVAL: Arts for All Nevada’s annual Artown event features eight creative art stations for kids to make and take art home, a free book for each child, tours of the Lake Mansion, face painting and ice cream. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Sat, 7/21, 9am-2pm. Free. Arts for All Nevada, 250 Court St., (7754) 826-6100, www.artsforallnevada.org.
THE TASTE OF DOWNTOWN: The 25th annual festival features food from more than 40 restaurants, live music and more as a celebration of summer. All proceeds benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence. Sat, 7/21, 5pm. $40-$45. Various venues along Carson Street, downtown Carson City, (775) 883-7654, tasteofdowntowncarson.com.
VINEGOGH WINE WALK: Through the month of July, the Riverwalk will play host to a variety of art-related experiences, including the monthly Reno Wine Walk. Purchase a decorative wine glass for a $20 wine-tasting fee. With wine glass in hand and a valid photo ID, you’ll receive an ID bracelet, which allows you to sample wine at any of the 20-plus participating merchant locations. Dress as your favorite artist or art inspiration. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Arts for All Nevada. Sat, 7/21, 2-5pm. $20. Reno Riverwalk, along the Truckee River, downtown Reno, (775) 3227373, www.facebook.com/RenoWineWalk.
WEST OF WELLS HRPS WALKING TOUR: Join members of the Historic Reno Preservation Society as they walk the neighborhood west of Wells Avenue, along the former path of the V&T railroad. Experience unusual architecture unique to this neighborhood and learn the history of the colorful characters who gave birth to this Reno neighborhood on the other side of the tracks. The City of Reno designated West of Wells as the second Conservation District. Reservations required. Sat, 7/21, 9am. $10, free for HRPS members. Meet outside Silver Peak, 140 Wonder St., historicreno.org.
ART ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY RENO: Rockin’ Out Art Show. This benefit show for Nevada Rock Art Foundation features work by more than 150 artists. Twenty percent of proceeds will be donated to the foundation. Thu, 7/19-Wed, 7/25, 11am4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
CCAI COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Visual Oasis: Creative Growth. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its group show featuring mixed media, 3D art and 2D works. Thu, 7/19-Fri, 7/20, Mon, 7/23-Wed, 7/25, 8am-5pm. Free. CCAI Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City., arts-initiative.org.
THE HOLLAND PROJECT: July Gallery Receptions. Esther Samuels-Davis’ and Lea Zalinskis’ exhibition Growing Under in the Main Gallery. Work by textile master Annie Bartholomew in the hallway. Local artist Rachel Dickson continues the Serva Pool Summer Installation Series with her photography/ video installation As Luck May Have It. Fri, 7/20, 6-8pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., hollandreno.org.
MICRO GALLERY AT BIBO: Adam Benedict:
ALADDIN: Theatre Works of Northern
BECOMING/BEING. Adam Benedict is a queer artist focused on works surrounding personal growth and discovery. Through drawing, painting, and poetry, he brings a voice to transmasculine identity and the journey of self-realization that it necessitates. His art will be on view through July. Thu, 7/19-Wed, 7/25, 9am. Free. Micro Gallery at Bibo, 945 N. Record St., (775) 742-1858.
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: Andrea Zittel Wallsprawl; Art of the Greater West; BLOOM: Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg; Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary: Michal Rovner and Tal Shochat; Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada; History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg; James Turrell: Roden Crater; Manet to Maya Lin; Maya Lin: Pin River—Tahoe Watershed; The Nuclear Landscape; Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector; Judith Belzer: The Panama Project; The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych. Thu, 7/21-Wed, 7/25, 10am. $1$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
RENO ART WORKS: RAW Open Studios. Meet the artists, explore the studios and buy local art. Sat, 7/21, noon. Free. Reno Art Works, 1995 Dickerson Road, renoartworks.org.
SPARKS LIBRARY: Anything Goes. Sierra Watercolor Society features its newest exhibit of original watercolor paintings by local artists. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, Mon, 7/23-Wed, 7/25, 10am. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, sierrawatercolorsociety.com.
ST. MARY’S ART CENTER: Summer Exhibition. Artwork by Edward Durand, Tynan Wheeler, Mimi Patrick, Casey Clark, Patty Lassaline, Joanne Pinnock, Pinion Pottery, Malissa Sparks, Grey Wolf Leather Works and Paula Saponaro through Sept. 2. Fri, 7/20-Sun, 7/22, 11am. Free. St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 North R St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7774.
TMCC MEADOWOOD CENTER GALLERIES: TMCC Community Education Art Show. Community Education at TMCC presents an exhibit featuring artwork by students and instructors. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, 9am. Free. TMCC Meadowood Center Galleries, 5270 Neil Road, artown.org.
MUSEUMS TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): Curiosity Carnival. Come one, come all, and explore Curiosity Carnival—a summer full of exhibits and activities designed to help you delve into the science, technology, engineering, art, math, and history of carnival games through Aug. 18. Museum hours are 10am-5pm on Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am8pm on Wednesday and noon-5pm on Sunday. Thu, 7/19-Wed, 7/25. $10-$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.
LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The
Nevada present its production based on Disney’s 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film and the 2014 hit Broadway show. A young street urchin is down on his luck until he discovers a magic lamp and a genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will for love. Fri, 7/20, 7pm; Sat, 7/21, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 7/22, 3pm. $10-$12. Destiny Community Center, 255 Bell St., (775) 284-0789, artown.org.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAM: Piper’s Players presents a family-friendly musical rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sat, 7/21, 7pm; Sun, 7/22, 2pm. $15. Piper’s Opera House, 12 North B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433.
MUSIC ON THE BEACH: GrooveSession
performs. Fri, 7/20, 6pm. Free. Kings Beach State Recreation Area, 8318 N. Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, northtahoebusiness.org.
BUD PERRY’S THE UNTAMED: The show
: PARSONS DANCE
The dance company, founded in 1985 by Artistic Director David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, is known for its energized and athletic ensemble work. Fusing the gestures and movements that comprise modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical dance company, Parsons Dance has performed for audiences in over 30 countries. Their Artown performance begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. Tickets are $20-$30. Call 322-1538 or visit artown.org.
SKI RUN FARMERS MARKET: The market
consists of 99 all-original short plays that are fast-paced, unrated and entirely written by the cast. Only 33 plays are performed each night but in a random order determined by the audience. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, Wed, 7/25, 8pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, bruka.org.
features organic, farm-fresh produce, local eats, a bounce house for kids, live music and locally made arts and crafts. Fri, 7/20, 3pm. Free. Along Ski Run Boulvard, South Lake Tahoe, skirunfarmersmarket.com.
TAHOE CITY FARMER’S MARKET: Enjoy fresh
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local produce, delicious food and lake views at the Tahoe City Farmers’ Market every Thursday through Oct. 11. Thu, 7/19, 8am. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 583-3348, www.tahoecityfarmersmarket.com.
space and time and with a host of wrong turns and what ifs. This romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know. Fri,
7/20-Sat, 7/21, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/22, 2pm; Wed,
MUSIC BRIA SKONBERG: The New York-based, Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter performs as part of Artown’s Monday Night Music Series. Mon, 7/23, 7:30pm. Free. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Drive, (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
CULTURAL CONNECTIONS—RED BARAAT: The band is a high-energy fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra. Wed, 7/25, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538.
FAMILY SERIES—MARIACHI ACERO DE LAS VEGAS: The group takes pride in learning the most recent contemporary mariachi exitos of today, while preserving the classic canciones of yesterday. Children’s art activities begin at 6pm, followed by the concert at 7pm. Mon, 7/23, 6pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538.
JAKE SHIMABUKURO: The ukulele player performs as part of Artown’s Headliner Series. Thu, 7/19, 7:30pm. $25-$45. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
SAMBADA: Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá references salsa and cumbia and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Sat, 7/21, 7pm. Free. Minnesota Street Stage, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
TRIADA TRIO: Triada combines the talents of brothers Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant prize-winning guitar ensembles today. Performances feature innovative repertoire, including traditional classics, modern favorites and vibrant, colorful music. Fri, 7/20, noon. Free, donations welcome. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 200 Island Ave., www.cgwest.org.
TWILIGHT JAZZ WITH JUDITH AND ROCKY: Vocalist Judith Ames and tenor saxophonist Rocky Tatarelli will perform “A Little Jazz, A Little Latin.” Tue, 7/24, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.
VASIL CHEKARDZHIKOV: The classical guitarist has won over a dozen international guitar competitions, performed with numerous orchestras and has completed over a thousand appearances across the globe. Thu, 7/19, 7pm. Free, donations welcome. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 200 Island Ave., (775) 298-1686, www.cgwest.org.
P’OPERA!: The audience will be treated to music from Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina. Sun. 7/22. 7pm. Free. California Building, Idlewild Park, 75 Cowan Drive, (775) 233-5105, artown.org.
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: Jelly Bread performs as part of RN&R’s summer concert series. Fri, 7/20, 5:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave, (775) 324-4440.
ONSTAGE A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM: Ancient Roman slave Pseudolus schemes to win his freedom by helping his young master Hero win the beautiful courtesan Philia, who is betrothed to the egotistical soldier Miles Gloriosus, in this musical farce. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/22, 2pm. $12-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 46th season features productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Beehive: The 60s Musical. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory Tuesdays through Sundays until Aug. 26. The Showcase Series will augment the Festival’s 2018 mainstage productions and feature a diverse array of live music and entertainment from a variety of genres. Performances are on Monday through Aug. 20 with additional events on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8. Thu, 7/19-Wed, 7/25, 7:30pm. $15-$188. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697.
TAHOE STAR TOURS: View the cosmos with
7/25, 7:30pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, rattheatre.org.
star guides Tony and Ryan Berendsen every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, 7pm. $40. Northstar California’s Dark Skies Cosmoarium, 148 Northstar Drive, Truckee, northstarcalifornia.com.
THE PLAY ABOUT A DICK: A middle-aged woman, Enid, meets a younger man online for sex. But what starts as a simple rendezvous becomes a darkly comedic exploration of vulnerability, intimacy and empathy. After an unpredictable reaction, things become chaotic for Enid as her life gradually spirals outward. Aaron Wilton’s play examines themes of communication, guilt, kindness, solitude, gender roles, human connection, post-truth reality and existential vacuity. It’s also a play about a dick. Thu, 7/19-Sat, 7/21, 7:30pm. $18-$20. Good Luck Macbeth, 713 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3716.
TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET: Buy local produce and enjoy live music every Sunday through Sept. 30. Sun, 7/22, 9am. Free. 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, truckeefarmersmarket.org.
WANDERLUST SQUAW VALLEY: The festival features world-renowned yoga and meditation instructors, live music, organic foods, lectures, workshops and outdoor activities. Thu, 7/19-Sun 7/22. $15-$1,050. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, wanderlust.com/ festivals/squaw-valley.
YOUNG SHAKESPEARE MACBETH: Join
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE BALLET: Sierra Nevada Ballet presents a new, modern and edgy ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a cast of 30 dancers. Mon, 7/23, 7:30pm. $25-$40. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
BLUESDAYS: Blues singer-guitarist Albert Castiglia performs as part of the summer concert series. Tue, 7/24, 6pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
the cast of the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program as the cast of local professional actors team up with some of the area’s middle and high school students to present William Shakespeare’s chilling tale, Macbeth. Reservations are required. Mon,
7/23, 7:30pm; Tue, 7/24, 10am-Wed, 7/25, 10am. Free. Sand Harbor State Park,
2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.
FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. A different movie shows every Thursday. Thu, 7/19, 8:30pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
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by AMY ALKON
Credible fret I’m a 34-year-old woman in a twoyear relationship with a guy. I’ve never been the jealous type. Yet, I do feel oddly possessive and jealous in this relationship, especially lately. My friends say this a sign I need to “work on” myself. Really? If so, how? What do I need to do? Jealousy gets a bad rap. Sure, it’s sometimes a sign that your selfworth is in the toilet. But it can also be a sign that your boyfriend has been sneaking off to the toilet at work with his boss’s busty assistant. Evolutionary psychologist David Buss notes that sexual jealousy appears to be one of the “mate guarding adaptations” that evolved over human history—a sort of police dog of emotions to protect us from being cheated on. Buss observes that sexual jealousy is activated by “threats to mate retention,” including “the presence of mate poachers” (rivals trying to lure your partner away), “cues to infidelity, or even subtle signals that suggest that a partner might be dissatisfied with the current relationship.” But there are signals, and then there are meaningful signals. A possibly helpful thing to recognize is that we have overprotective defense systems. “Defense expression is often excessive,” observes psychiatrist and evolutionary psychologist Randolph Nesse. This isn’t an accident or a design flaw. It’s evolution saying, “Hey, hon, let’s be on the safe side here.” Consider the smoke alarm that’s a little oversensitive. This can be annoying when it screams for the hook and ladders whenever the neighbor lights incense next to her tub. But it’s far less annoying than waking up to your toes being crisped by your flaming bedroom rug. Figure out the source of your feelings so you can address it. Is there something amiss in your psychology that leads you to be overly sensitive—to see a threat where it doesn’t really exist—or are you sensing some meaningful danger to your relationship? It’s one thing to follow the person you love with your eyes as he walks off—it’s another thing entirely to do it with a pair of high-powered binoculars and a bug sewn into his laptop bag.
Netflix and kill My boyfriend and I have a TV ritual—watching our favorite show together every week. Yesterday, I had a dinner meeting, and I asked him to wait to watch it with me, but he didn’t. There’s so much other stuff on TV. Did he really need to watch “our show”? He doesn’t understand what the big deal is and told me to just watch the episode myself and get caught up. Grrr. To be fair, it probably seems like a TV show is just a TV show. What is the big deal if he watches ahead? But it turns out that context matters. This is a TV show you watch together— or, as my boyfriend describes it, it’s a “relationship show.” It turns out that the fictional social world couples share through their “relationship shows” can be important to their partnership. According to research by social psychologist Sarah Gomillion and her colleagues, it works like sharing a social network of real live friends and family members, fostering a “shared identity.” In fact, their research suggests that sharing a fictional social world “predicts greater relationship quality.” This was especially true among couples who “reported sharing fewer mutual friends with partners.” For those partners, “sharing media more frequently was associated with greater interdependence, closeness and confidence in the relationship.” As for why you feel hurt, your boyfriend basically sent you the message, “I want to watch this show now more than I want to watch it with you.” But look to how he is in general. Is he loving? Does he usually prioritize your happiness and well-being? If so, you can probably get him to mend his episodestraying ways, simply by explaining why your collective fictional friends are important to your relationship. This is likely to fire up his empathy—or, at the very least, his dread of a brand-new recurring argument: “How can I ever trust you if you can’t—for a single evening—resist the annoying Larry David?” Ω
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).
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For the week oF July 19, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Take a lover who looks
at you like maybe you are magic.” Whenever that quote appears on the internet, it’s falsely attributed to painter Frida Kahlo. In fact, it was originally composed by poet Marty McConnell. In any case, I’ll recommend that you heed it in the coming weeks. You really do need to focus on associating with allies who see the mysterious and lyrical best in you. I will also suggest that you get inspired by a line that Frida Kahlo actually wrote: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” (If you don’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, I’ll tell you: chocolate buttercream stuffed between two thin rectangular chocolate biscuits.)
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here’s what author
Franz Kafka wrote in his diary on August 2, 1914: “Germany has declared war on Russia. I went swimming in the afternoon.” We could possibly interpret his nonchalance about world events to be a sign of callous self-absorption. But I recommend that you cultivate a similar attitude in the coming weeks. In accordance with astrological omens, you have the right and the need to shelter yourself from the vulgar insanity of politics and the pathological mediocrity of mainstream culture. So feel free to spend extra time focusing on your own well-being. (P.S.: Kafka’s biographer says swimming served this role for him. It enabled him to access deep unconscious reserves of pleasurable power that renewed his spirit.)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Am I delusional to
advise a perky, talkative Gemini like yourself to enhance your communication skills? How dare I even hint that you’re not quite perfect at a skill at which you were obviously born to excel? But that’s exactly what I’m here to convey. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to take inventory of how you could more fully develop your natural ability to exchange information. You’ll be in robust alignment with cosmic rhythms if you take action to refine the way you express your own messages and receive and respond to other people’s messages.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Self-described skeptics
sometimes say to me, “How can any intelligent person believe in astrology? You must be suffering from a brain dysfunction if you imagine that the movements of planets can reveal any useful clues about our lives.” If the “skeptic” is truly open-minded, as an authentic skeptic should be, I offer a mini-lecture to correct his misunderstandings. If he’s not (which is the usual case), I say that I don’t need to “believe” in astrology; I use astrology because it works. For instance, I have a working hypothesis that Cancerians like myself enjoy better-thanaverage insight and luck with money every year from late July through the month of August. It’s irrelevant whether there’s a “scientific” theory to explain why this might be. I simply undertake efforts to improve my financial situation at this time, and I’m often successful.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are some of the fine
gifts you’re eligible for and even likely to receive during the next four weeks: a more constructive and fluid relationship with obsession; a panoramic look at what lies below the tip of the metaphorical iceberg; a tear-jerking joyride that cracks open your sleeping sense of wonder; erasure of at least 20 percent of your selfdoubt; vivid demonstrations of the excitement available from slowing down and taking your sweet time; and a surprising and useful truth delivered to your soul by your body.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): During the last three
months of 2018, I suspect you will dismantle or outgrow a foundation. Why? So as to prepare the way for building or finding a new foundation in 2019. From next January onward, I predict you will re-imagine the meaning of home. You’ll grow fresh roots and come to novel conclusions about the influences that enable you to feel secure and stable. The reason I’m revealing these clues ahead of time is because now is a good time to get a foreshadowing of how to proceed. You can glean insights on where to begin your work.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reader asked Libran
blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle, “How does one become more sensual?” I’ll ask you to meditate on
the same question. Why? Because it’s a good time to enrich and deepen your sensuality. For inspiration, here are some ideas that blend my words with Cardelle’s: “Laugh easily and freely. Tune in to the rhythm of your holy animal body as you walk. Sing songs that remind you why you’re here on Earth. Give yourself the luxury of reading books that thrill your imagination and fill you with fresh questions. Eat food with your fingers. Allow sweet melancholy to snake through you. Listen innocently to people, being warm-hearted and slyly wild. Soak up colors with your eager eyes. Whisper grateful prayers to the sun as you exult in its gifts.”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “If people aren’t laugh-
ing at your goals, your goals are too small.” So says bodybuilder Kai Greene. I don’t know if I would personally make such a brazen declaration, but I do think it’s worth considering—especially for you right now. You’re entering into the Big Bold Vision time of your astrological cycle. It’s a phase when you’ll be wise to boost the intensity of your hopes for yourself, and get closer to knowing the ultimate form of what you want, and be daring enough to imagine the most sublime possible outcomes for your future. If you do all that with the proper chutzpah, some people may indeed laugh at your audacity. That’s OK!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This mini-chapter
in your epic life story is symbolically ruled by the fluttering flights of butterflies, the whirring hum of hummingbird wings, the soft cool light of fireflies, and the dawn dances of seahorses. To take maximum advantage of the blessings life will tease you with in the coming weeks, I suggest you align yourself with phenomena like those. You will tend to be alert and receptive in just the right ways if you cultivate a love of fragile marvels, subtle beauty, and amazing grace.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I swear the
astrological omens are telling me to tell you that you have license to make the following requests: 1. People from your past who say they’d like to be part of your future have to prove their earnestness by forgiving your debts to them and asking your forgiveness for their debts to you. 2. People who are pushing for you to be influenced by them must agree to be influenced by you. 3. People who want to deepen their collaborations with you must promise to deepen their commitment to wrestling with their own darkness. 4. People who say they care for you must prove their love in a small but meaningful way.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will never find
an advertisement for Nike or Apple within the sacred vessel of this horoscope column. But you may come across plugs for soulnourishing commodities like creative freedom, psychosexual bliss, and playful generosity. Like everyone else, I’m a salesperson—although I believe that the wares I peddle are unambiguously good for you. In this spirit, I invite you to hone your own sales pitch. It’s an excellent time to interest people in the fine products and ideas and services that you have to offer.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you do me
a favor, please? Would you do your friends and loved ones and the whole world a favor? Don’t pretend you’re less powerful and beautiful than you are. Don’t downplay or neglect the magic you have at your disposal. Don’t act as if your unique genius is nothing special. OK? Are you willing to grant us these small indulgences? Your specific talents, perspectives, and gifts are indispensable right now. The rest of us need you to be bold and brazen about expressing them.
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by BRAD BYNUm
into our career field, and we’re trying to get the job that we want. Eve Allen just got married. Some of us just got out of a relationship, and we’re trying to figure out who we are as an independent person, and some of us are struggling to pay our bills. All of the things that we are relying on to be an adult, and mark ourselves as yes, I’m an independent person because of this. Because I pay my own phone bill—my parents don’t do it anymore. Because I live on my own and don’t have a roommate anymore. These are all things that every single person has dealt with.
Keely Cobb Around the Stage is a new modern dance company based in Reno. The company’s show Synopsis of This is presented August 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and August 19 at 2 p.m. at Reno Little Theater, 147 East Pueblo St. Tickets are $10-$15. Keely Cobb is Around the Stage’s artistic director.
Tell me about the new company. Where did the name come from? Around the Stage is similar to “outside of the box.” It’s called Around the Stage because we think about everything that’s happening all around us. We’re taking everything that’s happening in society, and what’s happening in our personal lives, and putting it on the stage. Everything that happens around the stage we’re putting on the stage.
Sometimes modern dance isn’t about narrative, but pure movement. But it sounds like your focus is on storytelling. Yes, totally. All of my shows have used text—whether it’s the dancer talking on stage and moving through the text, while speaking, or having a voiceover that they’ve recoded in the studio of them telling a story or responding to some questions, or a text from a book or wherever. Using text is something I’ve found is really prominent in dance right now, something
You said you were a recent UNR graduate. How recent? that’s really happening. Right now, we’re doing Poetry Movement through Artown, and we’re using local Nevadan published poets’ poetry. The dancers and choreographers selected a poem, and they use it to inspire the dance that they’re creating. … Synopsis of This, the show that we’re doing right now, I’m having dancers write their own things. We have a script. ... We blend theater with dance. ... Why not have the dancers stand there and read this text and see what movement comes out? That’s the choreography. That’s the dance right there. Let’s just make it bigger.
Synopsis of This is partly about dependence and independence. Tell me more about that. We’re exploring the struggle to become independent. All of us are graduates from the University of Nevada, Reno, and all of us are right now trying to get
I graduated in 2016. … I graduated with a major in theater and a minor in dance. I originally just wanted to be an actor, but dance has become my thing. After I graduated, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I self-produced my first show, The Showbiz Cabaret, at the Potentialist Workshop. After that, I got hired by the university to assistant choreograph their musical, The Music Man. After that, I got hired on by a few companies in Reno to dance and by Karen Burns Productions to be a showgirl. And then I self-produced my second show, Relations, and that’s when I started thinking about the company. And then I started working with Sierra Arts Foundation as an arts integration specialist, and that’s when it hit—this is it. I’m in the arts community. I’m a dancer. I’m a choreographer. Let’s make a company. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
Straight to Helsinki So this past Monday, the two biggest lying sacks of shit on this planet got onstage in Helsinki and cranked off a few nice ones. If those two ever go fishing, stand back! They’ll fire off some amazing whoppers! It was quite the show, but the reviews don’t seem to be too good. Looks like about an eight percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, for example. And those positives are all from Russian critics. Republican strategist and Trumpophobe Rick Wilson tweeted, “The President knows the Russians interfered in our election on his behalf. He consistently, endlessly lies to his base about this fact. He and his allies obstruct justice to prevent investigation into this interference. It’s the T-word.” Keep it simple, keep it straight. Question: How exactly does the POTUS deal with a national security crisis when the security crisis is, in fact—
the POTUS? Seriously, is it now time for Mattis to play the 25th Amendment card? Hey, you know, the word “meddling” isn’t really right. Meddling is something your roommate does when he/she unexpectedly sets you up with someone for a date. It’s not the right word at all for what was basically a Russian thermonuclear digital attack, an act of modern laptop warfare, if you will. I’m not sure what the right word is in this instance (digital attack?), but it sure as hell ain’t meddling. Possible thought bubble from our man Kap—“And you thought I was disrespecting the flag?” Hey, Retrumplicans, are you going to do ANYTHING AT ALL? And no, sending interns out for a jumbo box of Depends doesn’t count as a response. Speaking of Retrumplicans, goddammit, WTF is up with Senators Corker, Flake and Sasse, who will tweet all kind of bitchy snipes at
Twitler when he fucks up, but when it comes time to actually vote on some new piece of whacked-out Republican Satanic Dogshit, they line up like good boys and vote like Mitch’s Bitches without fail, never missing a vote, never deviating from the pack? So come on, you guys, your instincts are right. Vote against Kavanaugh. Vote for immigrants. Vote for health care. Fuck Trump. Go full DeNiro on his orange ass. Who gives a shit, you’re retiring! Don’t just fucking tweet! Vote like you’re mad. Piss the sumbitch off. Blow him up, and make him throw his cheeseburger at the bedroom 60-inch. This just into the newsroom— witch hunting investigators just bagged a real witch! Foxy redhead ammosexual Maria Butina, now in custody. Watch her broom, boys, it may be loaded! Woohoo, the witches just keep piling up! Ω
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