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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Here it is—the Best of Northern Nevada 2018. In this heavyweight edition of the RN&R, we honor the best people, places and things in our community. The hot and heavy BONN action starts on page 12. But I want to start this issue off with a couple of shout-outs. Jaxon Northon, the artist who painted this year’s BONN artwork, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’ve been friends for decades, and he’s been on my dream list of artists for the BONN project since I started working at the RN&R. I was elated when he agreed to tackle it this year and really enjoyed working with him. I love his iconic, personal, funny, funky, gorgeous, insightful portraits. He’ll have the original paintings on display at Chapel Tavern on Aug. 18. Don’t miss it. His work is featured on this week’s cover and throughout this issue. There’s a promo with more information about the exhibition on page 40. I also want to take a minute to give some props to our arts editor, Kris Vagner. Kris is leaving the RN&R to be a full-time graduate student and instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno this fall. And although we hope it won’t be long before her name reappears in our pages as a freelancer, we’ll miss having her here in the office on a regular basis. She wrote award-winning stories here. And in addition to her terrific arts reporting, she also wrote fantastic stories about key parts of our community— particularly our LGBT, native and teenage neighbors. We wish her nothing but the best. Check out a fine example of Kris’ arts writing prowess in this week’s Art of the State column on page 49. And you can even read a conversation between Kris and Jaxon—two of Reno’s very best— on page 67.

A number of issues myself and others would like to address but don’t want to write a book if it’s a waste of time. FYI: I came in number one in the primary and my opponent has not been seen at any school meeting, debate, discussion, etc., and has no website, etc. So, absent a last-minute full court press, it is quite possible that I’ll be on the school board. Many issues—but how are we going to fund three new schools in 2019 and eight to 11 not long after that? That’s the 2000 pound elephant in the room. Even if we had adequate funding where are the warm bodies coming from? As a police recruiter, I can tell you that it is impossible to staff each school with a peace officer. It would bankrupt the state or school district and current agencies can’t hire enough qualified officers now. Thoughts? Jeff Church Reno

I’m just curious as to why, with a reportedly exceptionally low unemployment rate these folks don’t have jobs and at least a shared room to live in. The government can espouse our economic prosperity all they want, but the truth lies—pun intended—in the growing number of lower and middle class people who are disenfranchised by the system. I’m no bleeding heart, as I’m sure some of these people deserve their lot in life. I also don’t think the ratios of good to bad human nature changes all that much over time. That said, you can’t deny the elephant in the room represented by homeless people. Fifteen years ago, seeing homeless camps was a rare sight. Thirty years ago, they were almost non-existent. The unemployment figures are grossly biased by the Bureau of Labor Statistics with hedonistic adjustments that in no way reflect reality. They don’t count the folks down by the river because they have given up looking. They don’t account properly for the new “gig” economy that is populated with entirely temporary and part-time jobs and the biggest overlooked statistic is real wage growth. This is exacerbated and justified by the equally erroneous CPI figures handed to us each month. Hmm. According to the government, cost of living doesn’t include housing prices as well as many other costs necessary to live. We are being lied to—OK, technically misled—by our government and its corporate masters. The purported strong economy is for the rich and, as we all know, most of that money doesn’t trickle down. Funny how they keep renaming trickle-down theory every few years like a new coat of paint on that car that never ran well. That’s my take on it. Top to bottom. John Bogle Fernley

Re “Light touch” (Art of the State, Aug. 2): A photograph of artist Jeff Johnson was incorrectly attributed to Matt Bieker. Eric Marks shot the photo. We apologize.

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It’s for you, Bruce Re “Slow roast” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, July 26): You’re an idiot. Babble on. A mother bleepin’, bleepin’ idiot. Your party stands for nothing, and even better is the embarrassing talking heads that lead it blindly through the night, crushing the glimmer of hope for getting any of the people that are on the fence, but not built to believe all that hate-spitting shit that vomits out of your tired holes. Trump was elected to shake up things, and that, along with so much more, leaves only one thing to say for sure—politics will never be same, and that, bud, is what “We, the people” voted for. Barack, yet another joke that almost buckled America. Fuckin’ idiots. Keep up the great work, y’all. Larry Moody Sparks

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Best part of your life? askeD aT laughing PlaneT Cafe, 650 Tahoe sT.

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I don’t know. This is the first time in my life that I’d actually admit this, but I’d say my family is the best part of my life. I’m an uncle now, and I frickin’ love my nieces.

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I’m getting married, and every part of my life that’s the best part, she’s a part of it.

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Low wages, low benefits Medicaid is one of the too few threads that compose Nevada’s frayed safety net to help families struggling to get by. As of May, 660,000 Nevadans were on Medicaid. Most of them are mothers and children, the elderly, blind or disabled. Yet politicians like Dean Heller and Adam Laxalt would shred that net even further and allow them to fend for themselves, by killing the Affordable Care Act and imposing punitive new requirements. Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada was the first state with a Republican governor to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Heller has supported multiple bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provided Nevada and other states with more money to support hospitals, clinics and increased economic growth. Laxalt would enforce punitive measures before allowing recipients to get health care. He needs to learn that more than half of those who can work, such as people without disabilities, are already working, and more and more are working when they can, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress. Nevada’s economy is dominated by low-wage jobs, unstable work schedules and few if any benefits. If Laxalt and Heller actually cared as much about workers

and families struggling to get by as they do their billionaire donors, they would join us in supporting measures that increase shared prosperity, such as a minimum wage increase, equal pay for women, paid leave, and child care. Finally, confirmation of Donald Trump’s right-wing nominee Brett Kavanaugh would create a conservative majority on the court that would likely vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including Medicaid expansion, or could side with Trump on work requirements, fundamentally changing the nature of the Medicaid program. Kavanaugh is on the record disagreeing with Justice Roberts for upholding the ACA’s individual mandate as constitutional back in 2012. In his dissent, Kavanaugh indicated that he would not hold a president accountable for refusing to follow the law: “the president may decline to enforce a statute that regulates private individuals when the president deems the statute unconstitutional, even if a court has held or would hold the statute as constitutional.” Ω

Nevada’s economy needs Medicaid.

Bob Fulkerson is executive director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.


What’s the best part of my life? I guess being able to share experiences is the best part of my life—being able to pass on wisdom and being able to learn, pick up that wisdom from other people.

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The best part of my life? I’m thankful that I have reasonably decent health. I don’t have any major health problems. I’m not sick. And I’m thankful I live in a place—look at the people in Syria, all of these places, where they’re trying to immigrate to some place that isn’t being blown up. Drew sCoT T Marijuana salesperson

I’m grateful I can be full every day—in a country where I can eat to my fill. The best part of my life is that I don’t have to worry where my next meal is coming from. … I would say my relationships, but if I had to choose my relationships or food, I don’t know what I’m doing there.

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California’s prosperity scares Adam Laxalt A recent story in the New York Times caught my eye regarding the Georgia governor’s race, a contest between what many characterize as a left-leaning candidate, Stacey Abrams, and a far-right Trumpian candidate, Brian Kemp. I was struck by a quote from Kemp about his opponent because it appears to parallel recent attacks by our own GOP gubernatorial candidate, Adam Laxalt, against Democrat Steve Sisolak, foreshadowing a coordinated national effort to make California the reason voters should vote Republican in November. Consider the similarities. Kemp complains that Abrams is “backed by billionaires and socialists who want to make Georgia into California.” On primary night, Laxalt told the crowd this election is a choice between “real solutions or a radical agenda that would take our unique state the way of California.” Laxalt is carrying this theme forward in his television advertising, with a grainy sinister commercial accusing Sisolak of

associating with the “radical, unhinged” Occupy Las Vegas movement, stating that Sisolak “joined the fanatical resistance movement, and addressed an event that desecrated our American flag.” Imagining the pro-business Sisolak as part of a radical resistance movement made me laugh, but the closing words of the ad sounded the same anti-California theme, complete with spooky music: “That might work in California, Mr. Sisolak, but not in Nevada.” While Nevada’s proximity to California and our long history of in-migration from the overcrowded Golden State might make sense from an overpaid political consultant’s seat, the Georgia reference reveals a national GOP strategy this election cycle to make California the bogeyman. They need their base to vote against California since voters may not be motivated enough to vote for Republican candidates. The strategy ignores California’s thriving economy, its diverse and welleducated workforce, and its better weather

than just about anywhere. Instead, the “trash California” campaign focuses on the perceived threat of liberal politics that embrace LGBTQ+ communities and sanctuary cities. What goes unsaid are the things the GOP is really worried might spread—immigrant workers insisting on their rights, growing demands for a share in the state’s prosperity by people of color who are now the majority population in California, fewer and fewer Republicans. The GOP knows its white conservative base is shrinking, so it will ridicule California at every turn during this election cycle. But, seriously, do they think this argument will sway voters in Georgia? Or, for that matter, in Nevada, where our business elite are hell-bent on making Nevada a lot more like California, and not paying half as much attention to the negative side effects of a booming economy that squeezes the working classes? Workers have a lot to admire in California’s minimum wage, now set at $10.50 an hour and due to gradually rise

to $15 by 2023. California’s leaders are visionary, not only acknowledging climate change but actively working on strategies to combat it. Gov. Jerry Brown is also a budget hawk, turning a deficit of $27 billion when he came into office into a $6 billion surplus in just eight years. With all that said, Nevada is currently experiencing the same problems as California in terms of a growing homeless population and runaway rent increases. Traffic is visibly worsening by the day and the quality of life for those in the bottom tiers of the economy or on a fixed income is deteriorating. The major difference is California, which would rather tax billionaire corporations than give them taxpayer subsidies, has revenue coming in well over projections and is focused on improving its infrastructure, whereas Nevada’s leaders shrug their shoulders and push the cost of growth onto residents in the form of higher sales taxes. Meanwhile Laxalt wants you to be very afraid of California. Ask him why. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Paul laxalt 1922-2018 Former Nevada governor and U.S. senator Paul Laxalt has died at a Virginia health care facility. Former vice president Joe Biden tweeted that Laxalt was “someone with whom you could disagree without being disagreeable.” Laxalt, a Republican, brought politics in Nevada up to date in the 1960s by introducing techniques like opinion surveys and modern precinct organizing. He served first as a district attorney, then as lieutenant governor, and lost his first U.S. Senate race after a recount before becoming governor in 1967. His governorship was of greater import than his later senatorship. Particularly important were enactment of the state’s corporate gambling law, which closed out the family-owned casinos era and brought in massive capital that made the megaresorts possible, and establishment of the community college system. Historian Russ Elliott wrote that the corporate gambling law was a “mixed blessing … forcing [casino regulators] to distinguish between active and passive stockholders, in effect causing the state to lose control of the passive stockholders and making it more difficult to find hidden interests.” He and neighboring governor Ronald Reagan were credited with creating the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, though state legislators were just as instrumental. But TRPA functioned poorly. It became more successful after a 1981 restructuring. Laxalt served one term as governor, left public life to start a Carson City casino hotel, then ran for the Senate in 1974, winning narrowly after a recount. In the senate, he started off leading the fight against the Panama Canal treaties and against secondary labor union picketing of construction sites, losing both but making a favorable impression. But that splash of leadership on issues was never repeated. Later, he settled into a role as President Reagan’s friend. There is no Laxalt Act, or any legislation of consequence. Laxalt was helpful in getting the MX missile system in Nevada and Utah killed but grew out of touch with changing times in the state, particularly environmentalism. When opposition to nuclear waste developed, he warned Nevada against becoming a “peacenik” state. His political judgments included convincing Reagan to choose Richard Schweiker as running mate in the 1976 GOP primary race against Gerald Ford and convincing Reagan to make a last minute 1986 Nevada visit in a vain attempt to defeat Harry Reid for the senate. Many hoped Laxalt would become more engaged in policy making and Senate business, but he did so only episodically, as when GOP leader Howard Baker in 1981 called on Laxalt to help win freshman conservatives to vote to raise the debt limit for President Reagan above the trillion dollar mark. Laxalt looked half-heartedly at running for majority leader against Howard Baker (and passed), halfheartedly became general chair of the Republican National Committee (Frank Fahrenkopf handled daily duties), sued McClatchy Newspapers half-heartedly for reporting skimming went on at Laxalt’s Carson casino without Laxalt’s knowledge (he settled the case), and ran for president half-heartedly (and withdrew before a vote was cast). There was a feeling of unfulfilled potential about him. He never returned to Nevada to live—his Senate campaign slogan was “One of us”— and he’s little known to many in the state today.

—Dennis Myers






U.S. Sen. Dean Heller with a group of soldiers at Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County.

Heller on veterans Iraq, Afghan vets weren’t impressed there was a time when it was fairly easy to learn how veterans’ groups felt about members of Congress. They issued report cards on the members’ voting records. However, most and possibly all veterans’ organizations have dropped this practice. The last report card issued by a veterans’ group was released in 2010 by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). And in that report, Dean Heller of Nevada—then a member of the U.S. House—tied for the worst grade in the Nevada congressional delegation. Heller received a D compared to an A for Dina Titus, a B for Harry Reid, a C for Shelley Berkley, and a D for John Ensign. Heller has been emphasizing veterans’ issues in his campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate. A television commercial he’s running touting his veterans record has gotten wide news coverage. But in 2010, when IAVA ranked him on the way he voted and the bills he co-sponsored, he made what they considered the right decision on just 11 out of 18 occasions.

The IAVA report does not distinguish between a vote against veterans or failing to vote, treating them both as harmful to veteran needs, but we have tried to learn from congressional records which of the two he did. What IAVA considered Heller’s mistakes were these: • In both Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon violated enlistment contracts and kept servicepeople in the war zones past the end of their enlistments, a practice known as stop-loss. Congress passed legislation providing extra compensation but did not order an end to stop-lossing. And even the additional pay was initially paid only to servicepeople who were stop-lossed after Congress approved the extra money. In House vote 348 on June 16, 2009, Heller voted against a measure that would have paid the extra money to those who were stop-lossed earlier. • In 2009, HR 3082 contained money for homeless veterans, rural veterans and mental health treatment. Heller either voted against the measure or failed to

vote on it during House vote 529. We were unable to learn which he did, but it cost him. • IAVA supported House vote 336, which was a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. For IAVA it was important because of the frequency of rape in the military—3,200 reports of sexual assault involving servicemembers in 2009, 279 of them in combat zones, though the Pentagon estimated only about a fifth of such incidents were reported. IAVA said the measure “significantly strengthens the [Pentagon’s] military sexual trauma (MST) prevention programs … including requiring the creation of a sexual assault hotline and authorizing access to legal counsel for sexual assault victims.” Heller voted against the measure. • Heller also lost points with IAVA by failing to “take a leadership role” on some issues by not co-sponsoring specific measures. The four measures that were important to IAVA in 2010 were HR 1016, which provided for advance military appropriations to overcoming chronic congressional tardiness in approving the budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs “20 out of the past 23 years;” HR 4121, updating a disability claims process that was “outdated years before most [Iraq and Afghanistan] veterans were born;” HR 5933, providing for changes to the New GI Bill; and HR 5120 or HR 5400, which dealt with job opportunities for new veterans. Of these four priorities for Iraq and Afghan war veterans, Heller co-sponsored none. The situation in the Nevada congressional delegation, in which Democrats have better records of support for veterans than Republicans, was common in most delegations and generally. During the 2008 presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama, when Disabled American Veterans was still doing congressional report cards, we noted, “In 2006, Disabled American Veterans gave McCain a 20 percent rating. In 2006, Disabled American Veterans gave Obama an 80 percent rating. … In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator McCain a grade of D. In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Obama a grade of B-plus.” (“McCain and veterans,” RN&R Newsview blog, Sept. 26, 2008). In that article, we also gave the following 2006 IAVA rankings for

Nevada’s congressional delegation: John ‘scathing reports’ of dangerously long wait Ensign (R) D-minus, Jim Gibbons (R) times and substandard care.” C-plus, Jon Porter (R) C-plus, Harry Reid (D) But the Monthly reported that the nonprofit A-minus, Shelley Berkley (D) A-minus. research group RAND Corporation “found This partisan distinction in veterans that the quality of VA care was generally better issues also complicates Heller’s efforts to than private health care. [This was] just the portray himself in his reelection campaign as latest of scores of studies that have come to better able to help veterans. While Heller is the same conclusion for nearly two decades co-chair of a bipartisan Senate VA backlog now. ... [S]tudies like the RAND report are working group, that panel was made biparvirtually ignored by the press. This isn’t just tisan because the Veterans Affairs backlog a Fox News problem. Consumers of neutral scandal made the issues so politically and even left-leaning news sources are sensitive. Heller may be able to largely unaware of the many studies function productively within showing the general excellence A 2010 its confines, but in the rest of America’s largest integrated of Congress, committees are health care system, and the veterans not bipartisan, and neither is country’s only true example of report does not the full house. His ability to socialized medicine. As the U.S. favor Dean move his fellow Republicans continues to debate what to do on veterans’ issues, given their about its unsustainable health Heller. unfavorable voting records, care system—and as conservatives may be very limited. continue to push for ‘free market’ In addition, there has recently solutions, including privatizing the VA been criticism of the portrayal by members itself—the fact that a government-owned and of Congress of federal veterans’ medical -operated system is outperforming the private facilities as poor—by Heller, among others— sector should be a major story. If VA care is as when in fact, it is normally ranked well in good or better than the alternative, how would professional studies. An article in the current pushing vets into private-sector care make Washington Monthly reports that politicians them better off? But that question rarely gets and journalists have repeatedly said the asked, because too many people are unaware Department of Veterans Affairs “was, as the that the premise guiding these policies—that New York Times put it, ‘one of the largest, the private sector inevitably outperforms most complex and troubled cabinet agencies government—is false.” Ω in the federal government.’ Other outlets described it as ‘scandal ridden’ and subject to


Standing before a portrait of her late husband, Dale Raggio chats with University of Nevada officials at the unveiling of a permanent display in the Raggio Building on the Reno campus. The display features photos and memorabilia about William Raggio, who served as district attorney and senator from Washoe County. His tenure included service as president of the National District Attorneys Association and decades as Republican leader of the Nevada Senate. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

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A photo taken from Nevada Beach in Zepher Cove shows a brilliant sunset made redder by smoke from fires around the region.

Shore thing Lake Tahoe shoreline plan One of the toughest issues to challenge Lake Tahoe policymakers in decades could see a resolution as those with the highest stakes in the future of its shoreline near an agreement on rules to guide activities there. Land-use managers, environmentalists, property owners and marina operators are in the final stages of talks regarding piers, boat ramps, buoys and marinas. A vote by governors of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to enact new rules could come as soon as October. “We’ve tried this several times over the years, and each time it faltered,” said Tom Lotshaw, TRPA spokesman. When TRPA adopted a regional plan for the Tahoe Basin in 1987, the shoreline’s future was omitted due to disagreement among affected parties. Attempts to agree on rules guiding such issues as new pier construction followed, with TRPA adopting a new set of shoreline regulations in 2008. Environmentalists attacked the plan, saying it could harm Tahoe’s environment by encouraging an increase in boating. The League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Club sued TRPA. In 2010, a federal judge agreed the agency had failed to safeguard the environment. An appeal was filed, and, in 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mixed ruling that left Tahoe’s shoreline regulations in limbo. No new piers have been allowed since. In late 2015—and in part due to a lengthy drought that lowered Tahoe’s waters and dramatically impacted piers and marinas—folks agreed it was time to try again. Stakeholders once again sat down to try hammer out new shoreline regulations. After nearly 40 meetings, stakeholders tentatively agreed on a proposal they


believe will allow new pier construction, expansion of existing marinas and other shoreline improvements. The idea is to promote public access and improve the recreational experience at Tahoe’s shoreline while still protecting a sensitive environment. A draft environmental impact statement released in May explores four alternatives. Stakeholders’ preferred choice would allow up to 2,116 new boat moorings and 128 new private piers, with opportunities to apply for piers limited to a dozen every few years. Ten new public piers and two new public boat ramps could be built. No new marinas would be permitted but existing ones could expand, provided substantial environmental improvements occur. It would also allow more changes during droughts, including permitting buoy fields to move farther offshore and the temporary extension of piers. “It’s not going to be everything for everyone. It’s frustrating for many and understandably so,” said Jan Brisco, director of the Tahoe Lakefront Owners Association, which represents some 1,700 owners of private lakefront properties. More than 750 of them don’t have any access to piers. “Those properties will at least look at having a chance,” Brisco said. “We’ve needed this for some time.” Because the plan encourages use of new piers by multiple landowners and removal of some existing piers to allow new ones, it could reduce the number of new piers over the long run, said Darcie Goodman Collins, director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe. “Ultimately, we feel this gives long-term protection for limiting the potential for new pier development around the lake,” she said. “This version has a lot more environmental protections in place. I believe the environment is safeguarded.” Ω Learn more at shorelineplan.org.

Music and Lyrics by

Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin Book by Heather Hach

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown And the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Directed by Janet Lazarus Robert Z. Hawkins Outdoor Amphitheater Bartley Ranch, Reno

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Legally Blonde is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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Velma Bronn Johnston, known as Wild Horse Annie, was an animal welfare activist who campaigned to stop cruelty toward Nevada’s wild horses and burros. She was born in Reno in 1912. In 1950, Johnston saw a truck overcrowded with horses with blood dripping from the back. She followed the truck

to a slaughterhouse. When she learned they were free-roaming horses gathered from Nevada’s Virginia Range, she took action. On Sept. 8, 1959, her dedicated campaign resulted in the federal legislation banning people from hunting and capturing freeroaming horses on federal land. This became known as the Wild

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Horse Annie Act. Not satisfied, Annie kept fighting and in 1971, the 92nd United States Congress unanimously passed the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This act prohibited capture, injury or disturbance of free-roaming horses and burros. Johnston died at age 65 on June 27, 1977. She is buried in the

Mountain View Cemetery in Reno. Wild Horse Annie faced disadvantages her entire life and still saved our beautiful wild horses and burros from the atrocities of wasteful and uncaring humans. She embodies what a Nevadan should be.


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am! Here it is—the results of this year’s Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. This is our biggest, baddest issue each year. There are a couple of unusual things about this year’s BONN issue. First of all, we tweaked the contest rules a bit. After years of steadfastly avoiding nominations, we had a two-phase contest this year: The first phase was an open ballot where folks could write in their favorite local people, places and things in each of the 300-odd categories. Then, for the second round, readers could vote for their favorites among a select group of nominees comprised of the top vote getters in each category. I’ve got to say, this little experiment in changing the rules was a total success. We saw larger overall vote totals in every category. People just do better on multiple choice tests. But I’m glad we kept the open primary so the contest remains reader-driven. Also, if you’re one of those curmudgeons who like to decry popularity contests, pay extra close attention to our editors’ choices this year. Each one highlights a case where we—or, well, at least one or two among us—disagreed with the results of the popular vote. If you want a dominant authority telling you exactly what to do, you know where to come. About 10 years ago, we decided that every year the Best of Northern Nevada issue would feature the artwork of a different local artist. Jaxon Northon has been on my dream list of artists for this project since the beginning, and I’m excited to feature his work in this year’s issue. He’s a dear friend and probably the best portrait painter I know. I love the work he did for this issue. He took a very personal approach for each category and chose portrait subjects from his personal experience of Nevada history growing up here in the ’80s and ’90s. He wrote brief blurbs about each subject and why he chose to paint them. He’s going to have the original paintings on display—and for sale—at Chapel Tavern, 1099 S. Virginia St., on Aug. 18. The paintings


will be on display all day starting at 10 a.m., but there will be a reception/dance party starting at 9 p.m. Check out the promo on page 40 for more information. Speaking of parties, if you or your business won first place in something this year, that means you score two tickets to our annual Best of Northern Nevada party. (Additional tickets can be purchased from the RN&R sales staff.) This year, in keeping with our theme of “Old Reno,” the shindig will be held on Oct. 12 at the Elm Estate, 1401 W. Second St., 384-9081, the beautiful historic property, formerly known as the Chism House, over where Second Street meets Dickerson Road. There will be food and drink, music and good times. (I’ll probably do something embarrassing.) If you took home a first-place win, you’ll receive an invitation to the party from someone on our sales staff in the next few weeks. But if you’re chomping at the bit to RSVP, send a “Hey! I want to party!” message to contest@newsreview.com. A couple of friendly reminders: Winners, if some shady operator calls you up and asks you to purchase a plaque to commemorate your victory, you can just hang up. They’re not affiliated with the RN&R. You get your plaque from us for free at the party just for winning. Voters and winners: Thank you for enjoying Honest RN&R’s Original Best of Northern Nevada Contest and Miracle Tonic. Accept no substitutes. There are some off-brand imitations out there, with generic names like “Best of Reno.” I don’t know what kind of diseases you—or your computer—might catch if you start messing around with those snakeoil contests. Best to just stay away. Big congrats to all the winners! And last but not least: Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote—especially if you voted in both rounds. We know you’re busy living your lives, so we appreciate you taking the time to recognize some of the folks around here that make this community the best.

—Brad Bynum b ra d b @ne w s re v i e w . c o m

CONTENTS 15 Goods & services

28 NiGHTLiFe

21 PersoNALiTies

31 oUTdoors

25 oLd reNo

33 Food & driNk

27 cAsiNos &

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home furnishings Consign Furniture 6865 Sierra Center Pkwy., 434-1970


furnishing anything from a dorm room to a large home. The other factor that makes Consign Furniture Northern Nevada’s best is that it’s also a place to sell furniture—and customers who sell through consignment get a fair cut of the price.

When you’re in the market for a piece of furniture, this is the place to go first. As far as styles go, Consign Furniture generally has a bit of everything—vintage, rustic, retro, contemporary, even a bit of Art Deco. The prices range from thrifty to costly—so it’s a good place for

jaxon northon Johnson Sides was a Paiute chief from Reno who earned the title of U.S. Peacemaker for his work translating and negotiating between the local tribes and the white settlers. He was instrumental in getting the railroad built through the area and earned “free rides for life” on the trains for the Paiute people. Orphaned as a child, he was raised by the Sides family. He spoke French, English and multiple native languages. He’s buried in the historic Hillside Cemetery by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Best recreational

marijuana dispensary

the Dispensary 100 W. Plumb Lane, 505-2751

It’s still a bit surreal that you can walk into a recreational marijuana dispensary and buy a sack of weed just like you’re picking up a six-pack of beer or a dozen eggs or whatever. And, sure, sometimes we miss the uneasy vibe of going to some weird dude’s apartment and listening to his mixtape, and watching him feed his fish, before he sells you some overpriced dirtweed. But you’d never quite know what you were getting. Nowadays, you can learn all about all the different “terpenes” and get as geeky with your pot consumption as you can with wine or classic cars or

Pokemon cards. Still, sometimes you want to just make a quick stop and buy some reefer real fast en route to your video game tournament, psych-rock jam sesh or tantric sex workshop. So, that’s why—despite the generic name and the fact that it’s part of a small chain with other locations in Vegas and Henderson—we like the Dispensary: It’s the fastest. Most days, you can be in and out with all the product you want in, like, three minutes. Just like stopping for milk.

ReadeRs’ choices

Best BarBer shop

Best Bookstore

Best Bridal salon

Derby Supply co.

SunDance bookS anD MuSic

SWoon ... a briDal Salon

123 W. First St., 440-1930

121 California Ave., 786-1188

530 W. Plumb Lane, 826-0505

Best antique store

Best Beauty salon

Best Boutique clothing store

Best Brothel

Virginia Street antique Mall 1251 S. Virginia St., 324-4141

Best athletic shoe selection ScheelS 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 331-2700

Best Bank WellS Fargo

JenSen & co. Salon 495 Morrill Ave., 657-6576

Best Bicycle shop reno bike proJect 216 E. Grove St., 323-4488

Junkee clothing exchange & antique Mall 960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

MuStang ranch 1011 Wild Horse Canyon Drive, Sparks, 343-1224

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Jewelry Store DiamonD Vault 4950 Kietzke Lane, 342-6663

The primary thing that makes Diamond Vault different from many other local jewelry stores is that it’s kind of not one. Diamond Vault is a jewelry broker. Rather than buying jewelry from manufacturers and selling it, the store sells pieces on behalf of distributors and manufacturers. The store owners say it makes for a low-pressure environment,

Best Business FaceBook page Black Hole Body Piercing

Best cannaBis grower kynd cannaBis www.kynd.com

Best cannaBis product

and they’re not lying. The staff here never gets pushy with a sale. The store carries bridal jewelry, fine jewelry and loose diamonds. The prices are generally less expensive than in other jewelry stores. And because they’re brokers, if they don’t have what you want, the staff will try to source it for a good price in the market.

Best credit union greater nevada credit union 5150 Mae Anne Ave., 882-2060

Best doggy daycare Pet Play House 2403 E. Fourth St., 324-0202

Best dry cleaners

cHeeBa cHews

Peerless cleaners

Best car wash

Best event promoter

Buggy BatH car wasH 2525 S. Virginia St., 826-6679

Best carpet cleaning company evergreen carPet care

aMPlified entertainMent

Best Flower shop sParks florist 1001 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 358-8500

990 S. Rock Blvd., 825-7569

Best Frame shop

Best children’s clothing Boutique

nevada fine arts

siPPee’s 955 S. Virginia St., 329-2110

Best clothing store Junkee clotHing excHange & antique Mall 960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

1301 S. Virginia St., 786-1128

Best gadget store Best Buy 5575 S. Virginia St., 448-9797

Best garden nursery Moana nursery 1100 W. Moana Lane, 825-0600

Best computer store

Best grocery store

Best Buy

trader Joe’s

5575 S. Virginia St., 448-9797

“Digiprint not only gets my printing done right and on time, but their staff treats me like family. I can’t imagine using anyone else.” –Suzanne, Sparks Florist Inc.

698 Forest St., 323-3261

Locally owned for 28 years, we solve your printing problems with the best technology and people. Amazing turnaround • Exceptional customer service • Most advanced technology Graphic design & layout services • Mail & variable data services • Free pickup & delivery


5035 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-1621

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Best place to buy cDs or vinyl recorDs Discology 11 N. Sierra St., 323-2121

It’s unlikely anyone bet on David Calkins’ success when he opened a CD store on the second floor of a building on California Avenue. Locally owned and chain CD stores had folded in Reno. Discology not only survived but moved downstairs and downtown, next to the Century Riverside movie theaters. Calkins has thrived, even expanding into movies and vinyl. He’s a tribute to personal enterprise.

Best gym

Best liquor store

St. Mary’S Center For HealtH & FitneSS

total wine & More

645 N. Arlington Ave., 770-3800

Best hardware store Carter BroS aCe Hardware 1215 S. Virginia St., 337-1200

Best head shop art dogS & graCe 218 Vassar St., 324-2787

Saint Mary’S regional MediCal Center

outletS at legendS 1310 Scheels Drive, 358-3800

Best house cleaning service

Best medical marijuana dispensary

Molly Maid

Mynt CannaBiS diSpenSary

1380 Greg St., 359-1503

132 E. Second St., 686-6968

Best jewelry store

Best mortgage company

3705 Barron Way, 857-4333


Best local place to work

1201 Steamboat Pkwy., 337-4600

Signature landSCapeS


675 Holcomb Ave., 384-1456

rC willey HoMe FurniSHingS

Best landscaping company


tHe glaSS die

235 W. Sixth St., 770-3194

1401 S. Virginia St., 786-5110


Best local Business

Best home furnishings store

MiCHael and SonS Jewelry Co.


6671 S. Virginia St., 853-3669

Best mall

greater nevada Mortgage 6745 Sierra Center Pkwy., 888-6999

Best motorcycle dealer Battle Born Harley-davidSon 2900 Research Way, Carson City, 882-7433

Best new Business Midtown diaMonds 777 S. Center St., 825-3499

Best new car dealership

Floral designer and sales associate Tracy McDonald from Sparks Florist, winner of best flower shop, poses with a “Call Me Colorful” arrangement.

Best specialty foods store trader Joe’s 5035 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-1621


Best spectator sport reno aces BaseBall

dolan auto Group 2100 Kietzke Lane, 826-2750

Best tanning salon

Best optical shop

pacific sun tanninG


500 E. Moana Lane, 826-4537

5164 Meadowood Mall Circle, 829-8366

Best thrift store

Best outdoor gear selection

Junkee clothinG exchanGe & antique Mall

scheels all sports

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 331-2700

Best used clothing store

Best outdoor outfitter

Junkee clothinG exchanGe & antique Mall

scheels all sports 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 331-2700

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best pet Boarding

Best vape shop

pet play house

happy dayze ciGar & sMoke

2403 E. Fourth St., 324-0202

Best pet store scraps doG coMpany 7675 S. Virginia St., 853-3647

Best pet supply store scraps doG coMpany 7675 S. Virginia St., 853-3647

Best pharmacy cVs 1250 W. Seventh St., 747-6658

Best photography supply store Gordon’s photo serVice 5067 S. McCarran Blvd., 826-6488

Best pilates studio Juice Box yoGa 631 Sierra Rose Drive, 971-8292

Best place for music lessons Bizarre Guitar 2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

Best place for photo prints costco 2200 Harvard Way, 689-2200

1700 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 358-8875

Best place to Buy a firearm

Best place to get a car repaired

Best puBlication (that’s not us)

scheels all sports

GreG’s GaraGe

ediBle reno-tahoe

1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 331-2700

410 E. Sixth St.,324-0911

Best place to Buy a musical instrument

Best place to get an auto smogged

Bizarre Guitar

instant sMoG

2677 Oddie Blvd., 331-1001

6355 S. McCarran Blvd., 824-0101

Best place to Buy cds or vinyl records

Best place to get pierced

recycled records

Black hole Body piercinG

822 S. Virginia St., 826-4119

912 S. Virginia St., 329-6010

Best place to Buy playa garB

Best place to shoot firearms

Junkee clothinG exchanGe & antique Mall

the desert

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

Best print shop

Best place to Buy vintage clothes

pitch Black printinG coMpany

Junkee clothinG exchanGe & antique Mall

Best puBlic relations agency

960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865

1108 California Ave., 476-2003

the aBBi aGency

Best veterinarian clinic klaich aniMal hospital 1990 S. Virginia St., 826-1212

Best recording studio the sound saloon

Best video game store cap’n GaMes, inc.

420 Valley Road, 393-9085

621 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 677-0311

Best recreational marijuana dispensary

Best wedding reception site

Mynt cannaBis dispensary

laVender ridGe

132 E. Second St., 538-6968

7450 W. Fourth St., 747-3222

Best selection of local art

Best wine shop

neVada MuseuM of art 160 W. Liberty St., 329-3333

Best shoe selection

total wine & More 6671 S. Virginia St., 853-3669

Best workout wear selection

dsw desiGner shoe warehouse

scheels all sports

6659 S. Virginia St., 852-9401

Best yoga studio

Best spa spa atlantis

1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 331-2700

the studio reno 1085 S. Virginia St., 284-5545

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., 825-4700

1385 Haskell St., 323-2977

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Best barber

Jim Carpenter

Jim Carpenter has deep roots in the community, and his cubicle at the Town Barber shows it—memorabilia of local sports and rodeo. He and his partners have been in the same location for decades and, before

Best beard Logan miLLer

Sure, there’s a lot of handsomely hairy faces around Northern Nevada. A lot of beautifully bearded men and more than a few women as well. And we’re fans of Chris Payne, the perennial winner of this category in the readers’ poll. He was entertaining on local radio for years, and he brings nice energy to local sports


that, at Franktown Corners. Carpenter knows the secrets of good barbering, particularly when to remain silent so the customer can work or read during the haircut, and when to talk when the customer seems to want to chat. His work is first rate.

jaxon northon Ed Carlson was a free spirit known as “the Waver” who lived in Reno from the 1970s to 2007. He spent every day walking and waving to passing motorists across the county. He sold “pet rocks” and smiled at everyone. He moved back to his birth town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2007 and died in 2012 at the age of 75. Spotting him on the side of the road and waving back to him from the back of my mom’s station wagon is one of the clearest and most exciting memories I have of being a kid. More people could stand to be like Ed Carlson.

games as an announcer and MC for the Reno Aces and the 1864 FC. But he does not have Reno’s best beard. The best beard in Northern Nevada belongs to Logan Miller. If you know Logan, you’ve seen the luxurious, flowing, feathery red magnificence that blazes like a phoenix from the ashes of his face. With that beard offsetting his otherwise elfish features, he looks like the love child of Gimli and Legolas. It’s fantastic.

ReadeRs’ choices Best aesthetician

Best Barista

Best Budtender

Shawna Gulley

hannah Prinz

triSta barneS

Luxe Beauty Bar Skin & Brows, 530 Hammill Lane, 225-8134

Lighthouse Coffee, various locations

Mynt Cannabis Dispensary, 132 E. Second St., 686-6968

Best attorney Joey Gilbert 201 W. Liberty St., 574-4774

Best BarBer Vincent GraValleSe Derby Supply Company, 123 W. First. St., 440-1930

Best Bartender annaliSa Suarez Pignic Pub & Patio, 235 Flint St., 376-1948

Best Beard chriS Payne

Best chiropractor Dr. bryan hanSen 10635 Professional Circle, 284-4900

Best cluB or event dJ amPlifieD entertainment 830-0689

Best college instructor

Best hair stylist nikki becker

GreG nielSen

495 Morrill Ave., 786-7770

University of Nevada, Reno

Best family doctor

Best high school teacher

Dr. thomaS o’Gara

roD hearn

601 Ralston St., 786-1110

Best gynecologist Dr. Staci Paul 645 N. Arlington Ave., 329-6241

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Playa? or Come see us f ades tr desert gear &

hing • Vintage Clot & Accessories • Leather, Furs & boots • Various Antiques • Collectibles

Virginia Street Antique Mall & Vintage Clothing 1251 S. Virginia St • Reno • 775-324-4141

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Best filmmaker

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Adryenn Ashley

Adryenn Ashley once said, “I’ve been online since there was an online.” A true product of today’s tech world, she has dabbled in a lot of entertainment/communication fields, writing about bitcoin, even producing an oldschool product—a book (Every Single Girl’s Guide to Her Future Husband’s Last Divorce). At the notorious 2016 Nevada Democratic Convention, her footage of the event helped dispel the notion of a “riot” in the hall. She

Vincent Gravellese at Derby Supply Company is our readers’ choice for best barber.

kept an eye out for good visuals and was the one who obtained the only known footage of a chair being raised. When asked if she would have seen a chair being thrown, she said, “Hell, yes. I saw the chair being lifted, and I shot it. Actually thrown, I would have seen it.”


Best interior designer Best local rapper Amy GAil 530-5468

Best local activist meredith tAnzer 1745 S. Wells Ave., 624-3720

Best local actor/ actress mAry Bennett

Best local athlete dAvid Wise

Best local columnist Cory FArley Reno Gazette Journal


Best local songwriter Whitney myer

Best local tv news anchor reBeCCA kitChen KOLO

Best massage therapist

Best principal

Best veterinarian

shAnnon oChoA

JeAnA Curtis

dr. mArk klAiCh

keishA Curtis

495 Morrill Ave., 771-9820

North Valleys High School

505 South Arlington Ave., 530 250-5949

Best pet groomer

Best puBlic figure to fantasize aBout

Klaich Animal Hospital, 1990 S. Virginia St., 826-1212

Best middle school teacher

Best local comedian

levi WAtson

iAn sorensen

Best minister/ spiritual advisor

Best local filmmaker

Best nail technician

lulu’s pet GroominG 11331 S Virginia St., 852-5252

Best pilates instructor kelly proud

emily skyle

Christopher dAniels

Best plastic surgeon

Best local musician

Best model

dr. louis BonAldi

GrACe hAyes

shAndA Golden

Best local politician

Best muralist

hillAry sChieve

Joe C. roCk

Best local radio dJ or dJ team

Best music teacher

BellA rios KNEV

GrACe hAyes

6630 S. McCarran Blvd., 828-7400

Best police officer

Best visual artist

BriAn sAndovAl

erik Burke

Best puBlic relations professional

Best volunteer

ABBi WhitAker

Best wedding planner

evelyn mount

Abbi Agency, 1385 Haskell St., 323-2977

Best real estate agent 823-8787

Best social networker

Best power couple

Chris pAyne

Best tattoo artist ron rAsh Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective, 888 S. Virginia St., 324-0666

240 Bonnie Briar Place, 276-8798

Best yoga instructor

roGelio GArCiA

JAson soto AmAndA Burden And JACi GoodmAn

she sAid yes

eleAnor Girdis Midtown Community Yoga, 600 S. Virginia St., 870-9905

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Best defunct Bar

Best historic

775 Gastropub


Best defunct Business

Masonic teMpLe

park Lane MaLL

On the southeast corner of Commercial and Sierra streets stands the oldest public building in Reno, possibly the city’s oldest building, period. Built as a Masonic Temple in the late 1860s, it became known to a few people still living as the home of Reno Mercantile. Those who have seen the inside come away impressed by features like the ornate metal ceiling. Yet its oldest status has not gotten it much respect from preservationists. Even the city’s historic preservation commission has left it off its most-endangered lists. It finally got a break in May when Preserve Nevada put it on its most-endangered list.

Best defunct casino Mapes HoteL

Best defunct local Band tHe MudsHarks

Best defunct local sports team reno biGHorns, basketbaLL

Best defunct restaurant pneuMatic diner

Best defunct

Best historic Building


downtown reno post office

Liberty beLLe

Best local historical event Hot auGust niGHts

Best local historical figure Mark twain

Best local legend pyraMid Lake water babies


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“Skateboarder” George Spinner was from New York, but he grew up in California. He lived in Reno for decades and was a regular at Nu Yalk Pizza, in its previous location at East Moana Lane and Kietzke Lane,

walking there from his South Virginia Street apartment, usually carrying a skateboard. Spinner had Tourette syndrome, a neurological condition that causes outbursts and muscle tics or spasms. He would talk

enthusiastically to everyone who approached him. He passed away at the age of 68 in 2014. Reno doesn’t have the same soul without him kicking his board around his old haunts.

After the closure of the Stein, lunch at the Liberty Belle was the closest thing Reno offered to a hofbrau, still a crying need. The Belle spent its last years with the Convention Center hovering, pressuring the Feys, who owned it, to sell out so it could be torn down. Unfortunately, no one took our advice—to put it up to a vote by the public whether to tear down the Liberty Belle or the Convention Center. Too bad. It would have saved the Liberty Belle.

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ReadeRs’ choices Best casino

Best casino hotel

PePPermill resort sPa Casino

PePPermill resort sPa Casino

707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best casino arcade games

Best casino restaurant

Carnival midway & XP arCade

the steakhouse

Circus Circus Hotel Casino, 500 N. Sierra St., 329-0711

Best casino Bar roXy Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., 786-5700

Best casino Bartender Jamie adkisson Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Best casino Buffet touCan Charlie’s Buffet & Grill Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., 825-4700

Best casino carpet PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best casino dance cluB edGe Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Jack Johnson was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. He fought “The Fight of the Century” against James Jefferies on July 4, 1910, in Reno and won. In 1912, Johnson was arrested for violating the Mann Act and “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.” Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913. He was posthumously pardoned on May 24, 2018—coincidentally while I was painting this portrait. Johnson did what he wanted and dared any man to try to stop him—during a time when most of white America tried to stop him.

Western Village Inn & Casino, 815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, 331-1069

Best casino security PePPermill resort sPa Casino


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707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best casino spa

Best casino bar

sPa tosCana Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best casino-hotel for a romantic getaway PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best customer service PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best place to cash your check western villaGe inn & Casino 815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, 331-1069

Best player’s cluB rewards PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best poker room PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

Best sportsBook PePPermill resort sPa Casino 707 S. Virginia St., 826-2121

The Brew BroThers

Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., 785-9089 If you’re going to go to the  trouble of navigating through a  casino to a get to a bar, do two  things. Go to The Brew Brothers  inside of the Eldorado. And park  on the street on Fourth or Sierra  streets instead of subjecting  yourself to the consistently  awful experience of trying to  park in the casino garage. Also,  you might want to do it on a  Wednesday night when you can  hear local bands performing for  radio station NV89’s Local 891  Live series. Shows start at 9 p.m.  Oh, and the beer brewed there is  pretty good.

Best casino restaurant Millies24

Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., 348-3740 Downtown casinos are prominent  features of Reno life in more ways  than one. They define the skyline  and account for a big chunk of the  city’s economy, for starters. To locals  who don’t gamble, though, it’s easy  to forget what’s even inside them.  But the sweets at the Eldorado are  worth scheduling into your lifestyle.  The counter outside of Millies24 is  stocked with treats, including rows  of top-notch gelato flavors, and it’s  easy to duck in from the sidewalk  entrance during a downtown stroll.  Eldorado Reno Bakery is a go-to for  wedding cakes. They’re made with  real ingredients, decorated to the  hilt—or not, your choice; they take  all manner of requests—and they’re  some of the best cakes in town.

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St. JameS InfIrmary 445 California Ave., 657-8484

When it comes to choosing a romantic bar, people often consider aesthetics first and foremost. And there’s something to be said for nice looking, nice smelling environment, for sure—but a host of other factors play a role in creating an effective lovey dovey lounge space. It needs to be intimate, a space that lends itself to one-on-one conversations. But it also needs to

the LovIng Cup

188 California Ave., 322-2480


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be friendly, because feeling wanted wherever you’re hanging out is essential, too. It helps if the lighting is soft enough to be flattering. And, of course, the drinks need to be good. St. James Infirmary has been hitting all of those marks in Reno for a decade now. It’s pretty. It’s friendly. It serves drinks to satisfy craft cocktail enthusiasts and steadfast beer drinkers alike.

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Another Reno character was “The Amazing” Jerry Crambone. He was a staple at King Skate Country—now The Roller Kingdom—in the 1980s and became well known locally for rexing. His favorite routine was set to Bob Seger’s “Still the Same.” The Amazing Jerry claims to have roller-skated down Geiger Grade from Virginia City to south Reno. However, the only known evidence is from an autobiographical illustrated book that he authored. (Which can now be found on instagram @theamazingjerry.) Jerry was a roofing buddy of my dad’s back in the ’80s when I was growing up, and I vividly remember the few times he was at my childhood home. He was always bragging and scabbed and bruised from either falling off a roof or crashing on one of his roller-skate escapades.






Why do we go to bars? It’s not just to drink. If we really wanted to drink—like, really drink with an eye toward obliteration—it’d be easier to just go to the grocery store and buy a two-liter of some off-brand vodka and get to guzzling. So why go to bars? To meet people? Maybe ones we’d like to bone? Well, there’s an app for that. To dance, maybe? We can do that

at home. So, here’s the thing: We go to bars for pleasant surprises. For chance encounters. To bump into old friends. To make new friends that we might never reach via algorithm. To hear music we’ve never imagined. To be entertained by a colorful cast of characters behind the bar. To do the unexpected. When you want something, but you have no idea what, drink from the Loving Cup.

Best all-ages spot

Best dance cluB

Wild island

5 star saloon

250 Wild Island Court, Sparks, 359-2927

132 West St., 499-5655

Best Bar

Best distillery

Pignic Pub & Patio

the dePot

235 Flint St., 376-1948

325 E. Fourth St., 737-4330

Best Beer selection

Best dive Bar

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shea’s taVern

15 Foothill Road, 448-6199

715 S. Virginia St., Reno, 786-4774

Best Bowling alley

Best gay hangout

grand sierra resort

5 star saloon

2500 E. Second St., 789-2000

132 West St., 499-5655

Best comedy cluB

Best happy hour

laugh Factory

FloWing tide

Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., 325-7401

10580 N. McCarran Blvd., 747-7707

Best concert venue grand theatre Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., 789-2000

Best karaoke West second street bar 118 W. Second St., 348-7976


c h o i c Re sS’ Best first date Califuria 725 S. Center St., 360-5175

Califuria is an elegant yet cozy midtown spot—in the old Rose’s Deli location—with contemporary Italian fare such as scallop tartare and beef-cheek ravioli. If the offerings sound unfamiliar, the incredibly knowledgeable servers are skilled at talking you through the choices. Chef Tim Magee honed his craft in restaurants in the U.S. and Italy for almost two decades, and it shows in his recipes. They’re

Best microBrewery Great Basin BrewinG Co. 846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-7711

Best neighBorhood Bar PiGniC PuB & Patio 235 Flint St., 376-1948

Best nerd hangout the Glass Die

meticulously crafted but never overwrought. The pasta, sausage and bread are all house-made. European-sized portions mean you get to try the entire Chef’s Menu—a sampling of several courses—without feeling too full to take your date on the town for a few more hours. Califuria is popular, so call in advance for a reservation.

Best place to watch monday night footBall Bully’s sPorts Bar & Grill 2898 Vista Blvd., Sparks, 358-1800

Best place to watch movies Galaxy luxury + imax 1170 Scheels Drive, Sparks, 313-0118

675 Holcomb Ave., 384-1456

Best sports Bar

Best place for a first date

Bully’s sPorts Bar & Grill

Centro Bar & KitChen 236 California Ave., 737-9062

2005 Sierra Highlands Drive, 746-8006

Best strip cluB reno men’s CluB

Best place to Buy sexy underwear

270 N. Lake St., 786-7800

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Ceol irish PuB

1278 S. Virginia St., 825-2267

538 S. Virginia St., 329-5558

Best place to cure your hangover

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PeG’s GlorifieD ham n eGGs

Best trivia night

Death & taxes 26 Cheney St., 324-2630

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In terms of desert cities close to fantastic watering holes, we’ve got it good around here. Lake Tahoe really is worth all the hype. Pyramid Lake is a tranquil spot to fish or camp, or a rowdy spot to set off fireworks, depending on the day. But Donner Lake has a major advantage over both—it’s only a 35-minute drive from downtown Reno. So, when it’s 95 degrees at

From racing to moguls to freestyle, Glen Plake is one of the greatest skiers of all time. He’s a member of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. ESPN honored him as “The Pioneer of Action Sports.” He’s also a national champion waterskier, and has won races in off-road racing and endurance cycling. Glen started a ski foundation, RG2, for mountain guides in developing countries to learn necessary survival skills. Glen and his wife, Kimberly, are based here in Northern Nevada but continue to travel the world, and kill it. Growing up, I had a giant poster above my bed of Glen Plake blasting out a Rocket Air off of a giant cliff. He’s just the raddest dude out there.

dinnertime and you want nothing more in the world more than to plunge into a cool mountain lake, proceed directly to the public docks on Donner Pass Road, just past Donner Memorial State Park. You can get there, parallel park on the street, swim or kayak without an admission fee—maybe stop in Truckee for an ice cream on the way home—and be back by bedtime.

Best spot to hike Jumbo GraDe

In the old days, ore shipments were taken from the Comstock up and over Sun Mountain (Mount Davidson), then down the Jumbo Grade to Washoe Valley, across the causeway (bridge) over Washoe Lake to the Ophir Mill. Jumbo Grade is still there and makes for a nice hike or,

for those with less fortitude, a drive. It isn’t easy, but the grade still runs from Virginia City to Washoe Lake. The drive takes about an hour. The hike depends on your own speed. Incidentally, the grade itself had its own boom at one point, with a town called Jumbo on the site, but little remains of that flash of excitement.

ReadeRs’ choices Best Bicycle-ride destination Truckee river

Best golf course Lakeridge goLf course 1218 Golf Club Drive, 825-2200

Best hiking trail Tahoe rim TraiL

Best local hot springs david WaLLey’s hoT springs resorT and spa 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa, 782-8155

Best picnic spot

Best ski resort

rancho san rafaeL regionaL park

mT. rose ski Tahoe

1595 N. Sierra St., 784-4512

Best place to ride a personal watercraft

22222 Mt. Rose Highway, 849-0704

Best snowBoarding mT. rose ski Tahoe 22222 Mt. Rose Highway, 849-0704

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jaxon northon Evelyn Mount and her husband Leon moved to Reno in 1976 and began collecting food donations over the holidays for people in need. She and a group of volunteers have fed thousands and thousands of Northern Nevadans. Leon passed away 2002. Now in her 90s, Evelyn Mount has been a beacon of hope and good throughout my entire life. She has inspired me and countless others to choose to be a little more thoughtful and caring. The Evelyn Mount Community Outreach Center can be found at 2530 Cannan St., 331-3257.

ReadeRs’ choices Best amBience

Best Breakfast

The STone houSe Cafe

peG’S GloRified ham n eGGS

1907 S. Arlington Ave., 284-3895

420 S. Sierra St., 329-2600

Best appetizers

Best Brunch

Wild RiveR GRille

peG’S GloRified ham n eGGS

17 S. Virginia St., 284-7455

420 S. Sierra St., 329-2600

Best Bagel

Best Burger

TRuCkee BaGel Company

BuRGeR me!

538 S. Virginia St., 420-5903

6280 Sharlands Ave., 737-9404

Best Bakery

Best Business lunch

JoSef’S vienna BakeRy Café & ReSTauRanT

The STone houSe Cafe

933 W. Moana Lane, 825-0451

Best BarBecue restaurant BJ’S nevada BaRBeCue Company 80 E. Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-1010

Best Basque restaurant louiS’ BaSque CoRneR 301 E. Fourth St., 323-7203

Best Bloody mary Chapel TaveRn 1099 S. Virginia St., 324-2244


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1907 S. Arlington Ave., 284-3895

Best carson city restaurant Red’S old 395 GRill 1055 S. Carson St., Carson City, 887-0395

Best catering company diSh Cafe and CaTeRinG www.dishcafecatering.com

Best cheap eats JimBoy’S TaCoS 700 E. Second St., 329-8288

Best chef maRk eSTee Liberty Food and Wine Exchange


breakfast Two ChiCks

752 S. Virginia St., 323-0600

As the saying goes, breakfast is the  most important meal of the day.  Really, it’s not even close. Lunch is  just an excuse to leave work for an  hour in the middle of the day. And  dinner is a scam secretly perpetrated by the weight-loss industry  to get people to eat a ton right  before bed so they’ll stay fat and  unhealthy. Breakfast is where it’s  at. But it’s difficult to get breakfast

right. If it’s too light and airy, then  you’ll get hungry again an hour  later. If it’s too fatty and heavy,  then you’ll weigh yourself down and  want to go back to sleep, which defeats the whole purpose of starting  off your day with a good meal. Two  Chicks consistently nails it—perfect Goldilocks breakfasts that  satisfy without going overboard.  The service is always great, the  Bloody Marys are delicious, and the  farmhouse omelet is one of Reno’s  few perfect, must-try dishes.

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Best Virginia

City restaurant

The Canvas Cafe 110 N. C St., Virginia City, 453-5167

Best chicken wings Noble Pie Parlor MidtowN

The next time you find yourself in Virginia City, stop in The Canvas Cafe for a meal prepared by Chef Richard Oates. Oates is from Ayr, Scotland, and has cooked for world-class restaurants across Europe. At the Canvas Cafe, he and wife Alexia Sober use local produce and meat to turn out European fare and American clas-

Best french fries

harrah’s steakhouse

five guys

Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino, 219 N. Center St., 788-2929

6395 S. McCarran Blvd., 737-4844

Best food truck

Best chinese restaurant

NoM eats www.renonomeats.com

Palais de Jade 960 W. Moana Lane, 827-5233

Best coffee dutch bros. coffee 4555 S. Virginia St., (541) 955-4700

hub coffee roasters 727 Riverside Drive, 453-1911

Best cooking school NothiNg to it! culiNary ceNter 225 Crummer Lane, 826-2628

Best dessert the cheesecake factory 5162 Meadowood Mall Circle, 826-4107

Best doughnuts/ pastries doughboys doNuts 5115 Mae Anne Ave., 787-8586






sics for breakfast and lunch—and, on occasion, dinner. Ask for the “Blank Canvas Special,” and Oates will craft a meal based on your dietary preferences. The cafe’s tabletops each feature paintings by local artists, and the walls feature reasonably priced art—also made by locals.

Best fine dining

777 S. Virginia St., 323-1494

Best coffee roaster


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Best French restaurant

Best italian restaurant

Best Mexican restaurant

Beaujolais Bistro

joHnnY’s ristorante italiano

BertHa miranda’s

753 Riverside Drive, 323-2227

Best Fresh Bread reno House of Bread 1185 California Ave., 322-0773

Best Frozen yogurt Yogurt BeacH 3882 Mayberry Drive, 787-2024

Best gluten-Free dining great full gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Best greasy spoon gold ’n silver inn 790 W. Fourth St., 323-2696

Best greek restaurant niko’s greek kitcHen 171 Disc Drive, Sparks, 499-5777

1356 Prater Way, Sparks, 331-6221

Best new restaurant BaB cafe downtown

206 N. Virginia St., 323-5550

303 W. Third St., 502-3018

Best Juice

Best outdoor dining

jüs 555 S. Virginia St., 323-1794

tHe stone House cafe

Best latenight dining

1907 S. Arlington Ave., 284-3895

golden flower vietnamese restaurant 205 W. Fifth St., 323-1628

noBle pie parlor midtown

Best place to eat when drunk

great Basin Brewing co.

tHe nugget diner

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, 355-7711

el adoBe cafe

Best pizza parlor 777 S. Virginia St., 323-1494

Best local Beer

costco food court

india kaBaB & currY

scoopers drive-in

icHiBan japanese steakHouse & susHi Bar

Best Margarita

Best indian restaurant

Best Milkshake

Best Japanese restaurant

Best hot dog Costco Wholesale, 2200 Harvard Way, 689-2200

336 Mill St., 786-9697

4245 W. Fourth St., 747-4511

233 N. Virginia St., 323-0716

Best produce great Basin communitY food co-op

55 W. Arroyo St., 327-4422

Best Martini

240 Court St., 324-6133


Best reno restaurant

Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St., 786-5700

1091 S. Virginia St., 348-6222

great full gardens 555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Best pizza


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Smiling With hope pizza 6135 Lakeside Drive, 825-1070

You know how people  from the Northeast  never shut up about  the pizza back there?  There’s a reason for  that. The Californiaborn, adopted-in-Reno  approach to fusing and  tweaking cuisines works  for just about everything—Kimchi tacos?  Bring ’em on! Sushi bur-

ritos? Seriously, they’re  not bad. But barbecue  chicken on pizza? Well,  it’s fine, but fine is not  what pizza should aim  for. Those pizza shops  back East achieve utter  perfection with nothing  but a thin, crispy crust; a  just-sweet enough sauce;  a soft, buttery mozzarella; and one or two of

about 10 tried-and-true  toppings—not 50. Good  news, pizza purists:  Smiling With Hope Pizza  serves the old-school  stuff, and it’s perfect.

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slew of independently owned  coffee shops. A standout out  among them, however, is Bibo Coffee  Company. At Bibo, the coffee comes  from San Francisco-based Josuma  Coffee Company, and it’s delicious.  For fans of cold brew who say it’s  easier on their stomachs, Bibo’s light  roast “Monsoon Medley” is a great  alternative.

Best restaurant worth the long wait

Best soups

Best vegan food


great full gardens

669 S. Virginia St., 324-4787

555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Peg’s glorified Ham n eggs

Best sparks restaurant

Best vegetarian food

BJ’s nevada BarBecue comPany

great full gardens

420 S. Sierra St., 329-2600

Best salad great full gardens

80 E. Victorian Ave., Spark, 355-1010

555 S. Virginia St., 324-2013

Best steak

Best salad Bar WHole foods market 6139 S. Virginia St., 852-8023

Best sandwich shop deli toWne usa 3650 Lakeside Drive, 826-4466

Best seafood raPscallion 1555 S. Wells Ave., 323-1211

Best server kevin laxalt Famous Dave’s, 4925 Kietzke Lane, 826-7427

keva Juice 5020 Las Brisas Blvd., 501-0164

Best solo dining süP 669 S. Virginia St., 324-4787

Western Village Inn & Casino, 815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, 331-1069

Best sushi HiroBa susHi 1495 E. Prater Way, Sparks, 470-8177

Best tahoe restaurant gar Woods grill & Pier 5000 N. Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, California, (530) 546-3366

Best thai restaurant Bangkok cuisine 55 Mount Rose St., 322-0299

Best truckee restaurant squeeze in 10060 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California, (530) 587-9814

Best vietnamese restaurant golden floWer vietnamese restaurant 205 W. Fifth St., 323-1628

Best virginia city restaurant red dog saloon 76 N. C St., Virginia City, 847-7474

Best wine Bar WHisPering vine Wine co. 4201 W. Fourth St., 786-1323

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like a hilly desert stroll but not a full-on hike. And it’s spot-on for kids or adults who like to see cute foxes napping, cute wolves playing, or an unusually friendly tiger that lets the staff members pet it through the fence. For armchair travelers, the website is full of appealing pictures and stories— or your kids can read it to get to know each animal by name and backstory before you visit.

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children will love and should see on the big screen. The current series, for instance, included Young Frankenstein, Wrath of Khan, and American Graffiti. Earlier series included titles like The Wizard of Oz, How the West was Won, Singin’ in the Rain, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Showings are on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.








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Wovoka, also known as Jack Wilson, was a Paiute leader who led the Ghost Dance movement. He was born in Smith Valley, southeast of Carson City, around 1856, with the birth name Quoitze Ow. He claimed to have had a prophetic vision during the solar eclipse of Jan. 1, 1889. The vision entailed the resurrection of the Paiute dead and the removal of whites from North America. Wovoka taught that to bring this vision to pass, Native Americans must live righteously and perform a traditional dance known as the Ghost Dance. His teachings spread across the country and led to U.S. government fear of a rebellion of Native Americans. This fear led to the massacre of an estimated 300 Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Wovoka died in Yerington on Sept. 20, 1932 and is buried in the Paiute Cemetery in Schurz. He fought for his people’s civil rights. The only violence that erupted from this effort to hold onto his people’s way of life was from the U.S. government. Wounded Knee was one of the crushing blows of a continent-wide genocide.


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There are paint-and-sip  classes, which don’t require  much planning—just show  up, and the materials and  ideas are already there for  you. And there are collegelevel classes, which involve  a high level of commitment,  maybe to a whole degree  program, or at least a 10week semester. Then there’s  Laika Press, a printmaking  studio that opened on Wells  Avenue in 2017 under the  steerage of University of

Nevada, Reno printmaking  grad Nathaniel Benjamin.  This small, storefront studio  strikes a great balance  between accessibility and  professional-level skill development, offering mediumcommitment arrangements  such as a six-session  membership. Workshops in  specific techniques include  letterpress, relief printing  and collograph.

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To understand the Holland  Project, and the love and  devotion it inspires among  many corners of our community, you’ve got to look back  at life in Reno before Holland  existed. For locals growing up here in the ’70s, ’80s  and ’90s, there was often a

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t’s been almost a year  since the #MeToo movement  began. Since last October,  accusations of sexual misconduct have dramatically affected  Hollywood and Washington, but has  the movement had an impact on one  of the country’s biggest economic  sectors—the service industry?  For long-time local bartenders  Annalisa Suarez and Kristen Wood,  the #MeToo era has brought a new  sense of empowerment to dealing  with familiar problems.

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Annalisa Suarez, bar manager at Pignic, has been in the food and beverage business since she was 13.

Change of attitudes Suarez, who first started work in her parents’ restaurant at age 13, quickly developed a thick skin when it came to lewd or explicit comments from customers. “You don’t let them go to your head; you just kind of—‘OK, move on’ or ‘Ha-ha, that’s funny,’” Suarez said. “Now ... more people are standing up for themselves, and you start going like, ‘OK, well, I need to stand up for myself as well too.’”

In November 2017, the Center for American Progress released an analysis of sexual harassment complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission between 2005 and 2015. In an article titled, “Not Just the Rich and Famous,” they reported that 14 percent of the 41,250 complaints in which an industry was identified came from the service sector—the highest percentage measured. Suarez has hosted, served and tended bar at the Atlantis and Eldorado casinos, where she noticed that confronting inappropriate patrons or otherwise addressing harassment came with social and financial costs.

“I think for females, if you’re trying to move up, you think you have to let that happen,” Suarez said. “Like, you can’t say something, or you think you’re going to get fired, or you’re not going to move up. Or that’s your job. Like, this guy’s a millionaire, and you can’t say anything back to him because he’s going to tip you one hundred bucks every time you see him.” Suarez said she never felt unsafe at a casino, as the security staff was always close by, but she often felt that her allmale management staff rarely took her complaints seriously. “I think in the past, if I said something, they would’ve just looked at me

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like, ‘OK, well what do you want me to do about it?’” Suarez said. “Or it’s like, ‘That’s not really a big deal if he touched your shoulder in a weird way.’ But no, to me, I felt it. It wasn’t just a touch on my shoulder—he’s like hanging on and grabbing.” Suarez has spent the last four years at Pignic, which she considers a more community-oriented venture than the casinos, and has seen the public attitude toward sexual harassment shift over the last year. She’s also seen less complacency. As more people become aware of what harassment can look like in a public setting, more are willing to intervene or offer support in the moment. “Now it’s a big deal; something will happen,” Suarez said. “I can say something, and they’ll be like, ‘You need to report that,’ or ‘I have your back,’ or ‘I was there. I saw that.’” Suarez mentioned patrons like Natalie Henriques of Planned Parenthood, whom she said is vocal about offering emotional and clinical support to female staff and bar patrons in cases of harassment. She also thinks that social media has been a powerful force for change. “You can just take a picture of him and blast it out: ‘This guy is this, and he did this to me,’” Suarez said. “More people are thinking twice about doing anything or saying anything just for that aspect.” As bar manager, Suarez wields a huge amount of discretion over whom she chooses to publicly shame and insists that she doesn’t take such measures lightly. Instead, she reserves public 86-ing as an effective deterrent against criminals and potential predators. “I mean, you have to really think before you put somebody out there, too, like, you’re going to ruin their lives,” said Suarez. “They have to really do something bad for me to be like, ‘Hey! This guy!’”

Wood has bartended at multiple local casinos and bars—including Pignic—that range from fine dining to late-night dives. She noted a persistent double standard: for women, being flirtatious or attractive when they’re young makes it easier than it is for men to enter the field. But, when they’re older, men are more likely to remain employable as bartenders than women are. “A lot of places only hire women because they want cute, hot chicks behind the bar or cocktailing,” said Wood. “So … yeah, maybe it’s easier to get your foot in the door as a woman because you don’t have to start as a barback, or they’ll hire you because you’re under 21 and cute. But you don’t see a lot of older women bartending.” Wood said that women should be allowed to wear what they want at work without fear of harassment, but that conforming to expectations of hotness can be harmful to everyone in the long run. Instead, she thinks female bartenders should demand professionalism in a role that can already carry a social stigma—one that she questions. “I think sometimes people think that you’re just a bartender, so, like there’s less value in a servant role,” Wood said. “You can be a great bartender and be respected for your job. You can really make a career out of this and take it to any level you want. You could travel the world being a bartender.” Both Suarez and Wood agree that the public scrutiny of workplace harassment is driving positive change. With a visible community support system, more women are willing to voice their grievances against intolerable industry norms. “Maybe it has to do with the movement,” Wood said. “Maybe just in general women feel, like, more empowered or comfortable saying, ‘Hey, you can’t talk to me like that if you want to order your drink.’” And to women who might just be entering the industry, Suarez and Wood both have the same advice: “If you’re uncomfortable with something, you don’t have to put up with it,” Wood said. “You can check a customer, and they probably won’t say it again, and they probably won’t say it to another female bartender either.” “Maybe you have to be that first person to say something, and then you get followed,” Suarez said. “You’re not the only one who is going through what you’re going through, so speak up.” Ω

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Kristen Wood, who’s been bartending for 11 years and works at the Atomic Bootlegger Lounge in Sparks, has noticed a gender dynamic in the industry that affects both women and men. “At the Eldorado, I was 30, which isn’t, like, super-old, but I was thinking about it, and there were only two other women in the whole casino that were older than me—two other bartenders,” said Wood, “And then when I thought of all the men that bartended at the Eldorado, I couldn’t think of one that was under the age of 30.”

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With the flow Ruby Barrientos Ruby Barrientos carries a backpack loaded with sketchbooks. “I work full time, but when I’m not working, I try to draw all the time,” she said. One recent sketch of a busy, almost frenetic line drawing of a male face—no one in particular—just about sums up her style. With confident lines and a loose, spontaneous technique, she draws abstracted portraits, often in profile, often of imaginary subjects. If you had to guess who her guardian angels are, there’s a good chance your list would start with Basquiat, Keith Haring and Mayan gods. Barrientos feels an affinity with all of those— Picasso and Van Gogh, too. In some sense, every artist’s work is a dialogue with the historical works that precede it. But, to Barrientos, the important part is the simple act of filling those sketchbooks, canvases and walls with whatever comes to mind. “I’m a creator,” Barrientos said, taking a break from hanging her paintings in two small gallery rooms in Reno Art Works. “But I’m also trying to destroy, in a sense, what people think art is supposed to be. I feel like it’s a reflection of soul, of your authentic self. This is me expressing my true self. Some people intellectualize it too much.” Barrientos thinks of her work as a tribute to her father, who passed away about 20 years ago, when she was 10, only a couple of years after her family migrated from El Salvador to the U.S. In 2017, she visited El Salvador. She spent time with several family members who are artists. Relatives said her mannerisms reminded them of her dad’s. During an excursion to some ruins, her

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cousin’s wife pointed out some Mayan imagery and said, “That kind of looks like your art.” Barrientos said the trip made her feel more connected to her family and her roots, and it gave her some renewed artistic energy. “I was creating even more,” she said. “It was like a spark. It was momentum. That pushed me.” She also spent a lot of time in 2017 drawing in Sol Kava Bar in downtown Reno. “It’s kind of nice to draw when the world’s just moving round you,” she said. That experience gave her momentum, too. “Strangers would come, and they’d kind of talk with me,” she said. One out-of-town visitor told her that he’d always wanted to draw a banana. “I’m not trying to be a perfectionist,” she said. “I told him, just draw it, whatever.” She lent him her materials, and he ended up with a finished piece. “It came out cool,” she said. “It kind of reminded me of the Velvet Underground cover.” Small interactions like that are important to Barrientos. “I like that, getting people engaged to be present, doing something that they don’t even realize they have in them,” she said. Another time at Sol, she was on the receiving end of the encouragement. Owner Kristen Jaskulski remarked that her bold, black-and-white line drawings would make a good coloring book. By holiday season, the coloring book, Haphazard Doodles, was published. It’s still for sale on Sol’s website. For Barrientos, whether she’s working on a coloring book, an exhibition, a collaboration or a scaled-up piece of graffiti art on a wall—something she’s taken to lately—she’s guided by the same idea. “I start off with something, and I just sort of get in the flow and I go with it,” she said. Ω


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“i’m sorry that when you picked me up for our date, my dad threw a shotgun shell at you and said, ‘it’s faster after 10 p.m.’”

Teenage quiet Every decade, there’s a movie I could deem “Best Movie About Growing Up” in that 10-year span. In the ’70s, it was The Bad News Bears. In the ’80s, The Breakfast Club. The ’90s, I’ll go with Rushmore. The 2000s, probably Superbad. Here in the ’10s, or whatever the hell you call them, we have a new frontrunner: Bo Burnham’s incredibly awesome writing and directing feature debut, Eighth Grade. This movie is a masterpiece in many ways, from its perfect cast to its crafty camerawork and immersive electronic score by Anna Meredith. But, most of all, this movie is what it is for its central performances from Elsie Fisher as Kayla and Josh Hamilton as her dad. Going into this movie, I didn’t realize Fisher was already a cinematic hero of mine. As it turns out, she’s the voice of Agnes from the first two Despicable Me movies. Agnes is the “It’s so fluffy I could die!” girl. So, Fisher, in my mind, is one of the greatest voice actresses of all time, because that moment right there is legendary in the world of animation. Hell, I have it as a ringtone. In Eighth Grade, Fisher shows her talents go well beyond voice, creating a character that captures the awkwardness, joy, sorrow and virtual hell of that last year before high school when everything is just about to shift into an all-new, freaky gear. Yes, the movie captures the significance of social media and its impact on adolescents, but so much of this film is timeless and universal. It’s a storytelling triumph. Kayla is an introvert. (She wins “Most Quiet” in the final days of junior high, much to her chagrin.) But she expresses herself well on her YouTube channel featuring tips for her peers. Few of those peers actually watch her videos, a sad thing considering they are actually quite insightful and might help some of her brattier classmates to be better people. To her horror, Kayla is invited to a popular girl’s birthday party, something akin in her mind

to a swim in the river Styx. It’s in this scene that Meredith’s score truly shines as Kayla takes that dreaded walk from the house to the pool, feeling alienated among dancing partygoers as the soundtrack pounds. It’s a great moment. While the film can certainly be categorized as funny, it tackles some of the nasty sides of a girl’s childhood head on, sometimes in scary fashion. As Kayla prepares for high school, she winds up in a situation or two that takes her from joyful elation to horrified in mere seconds. It’s heartbreaking, even terrifying to watch at times, but Burnham and Fisher expertly navigate the emotional waves. Veteran actor Hamilton—who kind of resembles Monty Python’s Michael Palin—is a revelation as the dad. He’s been around and doing good work for a long time. (Heck, I watched him as the first one to “eat” in Alive the night before seeing this.) He has a fireside chat with Fisher in this film that will have you squirting tears, especially if you are a dad with a little girl. That moment alone makes him an awards contender. I’m giving early nominations for Oscars—hey, it’s my column, and I have the power to do that in my alternate reality!—to both Fisher and Hamilton for what they do together in this movie. Fisher is a legit Best Actress contender and Hamilton for Best Supporting Actor. They make for an all-time great father-daughter character pairing, right up there with this summer’s also great Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in Hearts Beat Loud. I love this movie. It had me laughing my ass off, wide-eyed with terror, crying like a baby, and smiling from ear to ear. Congratulations to Mr. Hamilton for getting the role of his career, and congrats to Fisher, who has a nice, long, beautiful career ahead of her if she wants it. Ω

Eighth Grade


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.


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 that want to weaponize them.


Mission: Impossible—Fallout

Tom Cruise is his maniac self in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, the sixth installment in his steady franchise and proof that the actor is spectacularly certifiable. The movie is one “Wow!” moment after another—and proof that the guy shows no signs of slowing down more than half way through his sixth decade. The movie stacks stunt after stunt featuring Cruise doing everything from jumping out of airplanes to scaling cliffs to piloting his own helicopter. It also features Cruise leaping from one rooftop to another and breaking his ankle against a building. That stunt shut down production for weeks but remains in the film in all its bone-breaking glory. Thankfully, the plot is the sort of fun, twisted story that has become the hallmark of this series, so you’ll be interested even when Cruise isn’t risking his life. Yes, there are a lot of “Hey, haven’t I seen that before?” moments—lots of masks being ripped off—but the labyrinthian hijinks still feel fresh overall. Henry Cavill ups his stock worth with a great performance as an agent sent along to shadow Cruise’s Ethan Hunt; Cavill finally gets a chance to really show what

he’s made of as an action star. Cruise is sick in the head for a myriad of reasons. Thankfully, one part of his sickness provides for movie stunts like the ones mentioned above. Cruise, in re-teaming with frequent Cruise director Christopher McQuarrie, now the only director to have helmed two M:I films, pulls off his most spectacular cinematic feats yet.


Sorry to Bother You

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. 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.



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?


Three Identical Strangers

A young man shows up for a first year at college and gets greeted as if he’s been there before. Eventually, someone figures out he’s the identical twin of a former student and brings about a reunion of the two siblings. It becomes a big story in the newspaper, and another young man sees the boys, and instantly notices a resemblance. Boom … the three identical brothers, all adopted by different families, find themselves as young adults. I lived in Long Island, New York, when the story broke about these guys—three young men who looked and acted exactly alike. They became a sensation, showing up on talk shows and even opening their own restaurant. Sadly, as Tim Wardle’s documentary shows, when the boys find out the real reason for their separation at birth, things take a sad and ultimately tragic turn. The documentary is set up in a way that, even if you remember this story, what happens will surprise you in the end. The now grown men sit for interviews, and the stories they tell are captivating, entertaining and maddening at the same time.






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Fare share Two millennia ago, Roman panis focacius, a.k.a. Italian focaccia—thick flatbread topped with goodies—was quite popular. A thousand years on, this became known as pizza, and in another 1,000 years people in Naples, Italy, had begun making the thin-crust treat we recognize today. The crux of the Neapolitan delicacy was sourdough, mozzarella cheese and tomato—with all ingredients sourced close to the plains surrounding Mount Vesuvius—cooked at a volcanic temperature. Today, the Pizza Collective at the West Street Market turns out similarly classic pies made with local ingredients in a super hot oven. The “collective” part of the name indicates that everyone involved in the business has an owner’s stake. My Gen-X self was braced for perceived Millennial ’tude from the pizza purveyors, but, instead, I found myself wishing to be part of the team. I enjoy making pizza at home, and I got the same vibe from these folks. To paraphrase Monty Python, “There’s love in that pie.” The wood-burning, ceramic-tiled oven is Italian made, with 900-degree temperatures that crank out a finished thin-crust, 12-inch pie in 90 seconds. Most of the meager 10 minutes we waited between ordering and munching was spent while ingredients were assembled before hitting the furnace. Everything is local, including the wood for the fire. The dough includes sourdough starter and a dash of whole wheat flour, resulting in amazing flavor and a nice balance of chew and crispiness. I personally love the look and taste of char that comes from cooking at these temps. The chalkboard specialty menu changes depending on seasonal availability and creative whims. If an ingredient needs to be roasted, it’s done in the same wood-fired oven. There is a separate menu of veggie dishes. These include a plate of roasted beets, goat cheese and arugula ($8); an heirloom tomato salad


($11); and roasted summer squash salad ($9). These all sounded great, but we had our mind set on pizza and ended up ordering all five varieties currently on offer. We started with an oyster mushroom and thyme pizza ($16). The fungi and fresh herb were combined with truffled chevre, fontina and caramelized onion on a crust dressed with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). The truffle aspect was subtle and worked well with the remarkable mushrooms. The cherry caprese pizza ($16) with sungold cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, EVOO, balsamic reduction and fresh basil was next and was perhaps even better in its simplicity. The little, bright, almost citrusy tomatoes were a perfect fit with everything else, and my toddler grandson gave it a thumbs up. Prema’s heirloom tomato pizza ($16) with sliced tomato, parmigiano-reggiano, fontina, garlic confit and fresh thyme earned a double thumbs up. The heirlooms possessed a deep, heady aroma and flavor that complemented the magic that is garlic simmered in olive oil. The margherita pizza ($14) was a classic combination of crushed red sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, EVOO and sea salt. Upon tasting it, my grandson declared this, too, was the best. I think the kid just really appreciates exceptional food. La Quercia’s prosciutto and roasted pepper pizza ($18) combined heirloom Berkshire pork prosciutto, roasted red bell pepper, red onion, fresh mozzarella and roasted red sauce. It was good but somehow lost the vote to its veggie cousins. Perhaps our taste buds had already experienced so much excitement, we just couldn’t fully appreciate one more “wow” moment. Ω


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Drew Willis, Cole Hamel, Aydin Ozbek, Ben Sloves and Jimmy Tobin have known each other from Reno’s music scene since their teen years.

Tech talk Skew Ring The Reno five-piece known as Skew Ring released its first EP, Glow, in January after composing for a year. According to vocalist Drew Willis, the album concept is centered around modern technology. The band members don’t necessarily condemn technology; they examine how people have to navigate its complexity. “Throughout all of our songs, there’s depictions of scenes in which stuff is happening to the body that is uncomfortable, destabilizing,” said Willis. “It’s sort of like how … all of the radiation from the [technology] we live with has kind of felt.” The song “Halo” is centered around the feeling of being so immersed in your phone while scrolling through social media or YouTube for hours that when you look back up at the physical world, it seems distorted. The lyrics “Reach for the cord burning holes in your sheets/ Leave all the lights on and turn on your read receipts/ Wide pupils shrink at the battery’s death/ And it’s hard to sleep when you can feel in your chest” depict a person lying in bed on the phone when the battery dies and realizing that they’re in a dark room, alone, so they head to a bar to try and calm their nerves to escape the uncomfortable feeling of isolation. Bassist Cole Hamel believes his generation was born in a strange time because millennials can remember a time when technology didn’t dominate everyday life. Now that technology is everywhere, it’s nearly impossible to just ignore it, which makes it difficult for people younger than millennials to navigate. “You remember a time when none of this stuff was an issue in your life,

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to getting these [technologies] that are really quite amazing, but as it gets more sophisticated, at what point do you say, ‘All right, I’m going to purposely not indulge in these things because I feel like it’s worth it to just be in my own skin, listen to my own thoughts and exist in my own body’?” said Willis. The band members said they also pulled inspiration from body horror and film noir movie genres. Open guitar chords and chorus pedals, which give the guitars a delayed effect, create a feeling of nostalgia for a technology-free past. According to guitar player Jimmy Tobin, a lot of the gear the band used to record Glow wasn’t designed for the type of music they play either, like his Fender Twin Reverb amplifier, more commonly used by classic rock and jazz musicians. The bandmates also recorded the EP themselves in the house they use as a practice space. When it comes to the vocals, Willis said he pulled a lot of inspiration from the alternative punk rock band Creative Adult, which definitely can be heard in his powerful yet low-pitched vocals. “The first time I heard them, I had never heard a band quite like that,” said Willis, “The way the vocals fit in—it’s not really screaming. It’s not really mumbling. It’s not really singing. [Creative Adult] can base this interesting sort of feeling by almost being on pitch but not exactly, and it really blew my mind.” According to Hamel, the band has also been working on a series of songs that they’re planning to release as singles. He said the new tracks are focused on the same concept but are more upbeat and evolved than the tracks on Glow. Ω

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1) Stone Senate, 8pm, no cover

2) Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 8pm, $59-$75

1) Jonathon “JB” Barton, 6pm, W, no cover

1) The Floozies, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, 9pm, $25-$30

1) Tribal Seeds, Passafire, 9pm, $28.50-$33

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

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

1) Cirque Paris, 5pm, 8:30pm, $19.95-$59.95 3) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover

3) Eddie Money, 8:15pm, no cover

3) Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, 8:15pm, no cover

2) Fetty Wap, 10pm, $20-$30 3) Kool & The Gang, 8:15pm, no cover

1) Volume Burlesque, 8:30pm, $30-$40

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1) Hot Jersey Nights, 7:30pm, $27-$37

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Florence + The Machine, 7:30pm, $25-$99.50

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Amy Schumer and Friends, 8pm, $25-$92

David Nickerson & Sally Mullins, 8pm, $15

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1) Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, 8pm, $54.59-$63.76

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3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5 4) The Kingpins, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF augusT 9, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. HIGH SIERRA WRITERS: Bring your written work to share and critique with published and unpublished writers. Wed, 8/15, 7pm. Free. Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 5555 S. Virginia St., highsierrawriters.org.

JAZZ & BEYOND—CARSON CITY MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL: Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 15th annual festival featuring 17 days of music, art and film at multiple venues, including Bob McFadden Plaza, Silver Saddle Ranch, Comma Coffee, Brewery Arts Center, Capital Amphitheater, Bliss Mansion and Living the Good Life. Thu, 8/9-Wed, 8/15. Free for most events. Various venues in Carson City, jazzcarsoncity.com.



The 17th annual festival features beers from over 20 different breweries, including Bear Republic Brewing Co., Common Cider, Deschutes Brewery, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co. and Lagunitas Brewing Co. There will also be live music by Sam Ravenna Band, Dumpstaphunk, Afrolicious, Rebirth Brass Band and other acts performing on two stages. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome to attend and can even enjoy a drip in a dog pool, a walk through cooling misters and bark for the camera in a photo booth. Admission to the event is $10 each day. Beers are $5. Proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12, at the Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley, California. Visit squawalpine.com.


DISNEY JUNIOR’S ADD A LITTLE FANCY: Meadowood Mall and Disney Junior present this Fancy Nancy-themed event. There will be fairy wing crafts that kids can decorate, a story reading, healthy snacks, a face-painter and a selfie station set up with a Disney Junior backdrop. Sat, 8/11, 11am. Free. Meadowood Mall Center Court, 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle (775) 827-8450.

ANDREA PAPPAS ON MARK ROTHKO: Pappas, an associate professor of art history at Santa Clara University, explores the significance of Rothko’s work in the context of the NMA’s feature exhibition, Manet to Maya Lin. Fri, 8/10, noon. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

ECLECTIC EVENING BOOK CLUB: The group meets to discuss The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Wed, 8/15, 5pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

CARSON CITY GHOST WALK: Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically re-lived in our seasonal evening walking tours led by Madame Curry, a spirited and historically fictional character named after the widow of Abe Curry, one of Carson City’s founders. Hear paranormal stories and gossip from the past. This is a spirit-led, guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses. These scheduled tours leave rain or shine. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sat, 8/11, 7pm. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, Third & Curry streets, Carson City, (775) 3486279, carsoncityghostwalk.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 through Aug. 29. Wed, 8/15, 5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.facebook.com/ Feed-The-Camel-256832417824677/.

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS: The weekly gathering features about 30 food trucks, pop-up restaurants and food trailers every Friday. Local bands and artists are featured each week. Fri, 8/10, 5pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 1800 Idlewild Drive, facebook.com/renostreetfood.

DEPRESSIVE AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE: People with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder are invited to attend weekly DBSA meetings every Tuesday in the parish center of Our Lady of the Snows Church. Tue, 8/14, 7pm. Free. Our Lady of the Snows Church, 1200 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 219-9142.







monthly program offers free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances and community collaborations. Sat, 8/11, 10am-6pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

MACROINVERTEBRATE MAYHEM: Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment. Children will learn through hands-on activities, art and a special story time about macroinvertebrates. Sat, 8/11, 10:30am. Free. Kings Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings Beach, (530) 546-2021, takecaretahoe.org.

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE GREATER SAGE-GROUSE: Katie Andrle will discuss her work studying the greater sagegrouse, a species has been in decline in recent years. This has led to contentious debates on whether it should be listed on the Endangered Species List. Sat, 8/11, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.

READING AND SIGNING WITH JASON HELLER: The author will read from and sign his new book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded. Mon, 8/13, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

SHORT CIRCUIT: Holland Project and Nevada Museum of Art present a collaborative art and music event spanning across Reno. The theme touches on “Tech Noir” and a 1980s vision of the future and features a 30,000-square-foot cyberpunk mall, rooftop dance party, live movie score, group bike ride, food trucks, art installations from over 20 artists and plenty of neon and surprises along the way. The event is open to all ages. Sat 8/11, 6pm. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., and other venues, hollandreno.org.

SMALL WONDER WEDNESDAYS: Tots ages 5 and younger can participate in story time and explore The Discovery for a full hour before it opens to the public. Wed 8/15, 9am. $10-$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., nvdm.org.

TUESDAY BOOK GROUP: The group meets to discuss The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber. Tue, 8/14, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

aRT ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY RENO: Nevada and the West and Loving Nevada. Members Larry Jacox and Ann Weiss host the gallery’s August show. The exhibition runs through Aug. 30. Thu, 8/9-Wed, 8/15, 11am-4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896, artistsco-opgalleryreno.com.

COMMUNITY CENTER SIERRA ROOM: Jenny Raven—The Creative Growth Years 19791984. Jenny Raven lived in San Diego until the mid-1970s. Following surgery for a brain tumor that left her disabled with limited short-term memory, her family moved to Berkeley. There she was able to access purpose and artistic guidance at Creative Growth Art Center. Raven worked in a variety of media, but she preferred drawing with pen and ink. She died at age 23, but during the last five years of her life, she thrived as an artist at CGAC developing a mature style in her art. Raven’s exhibition is a companion show to Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, a survey of art in the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. There will be an art reception on Aug. 17, 5-7pm. The show runs Monday-Thursday through Oct. 18. Thu, 8/9, Mon, 8/13-Wed, 8/15, 5-8pm. Community Center Sierra Room, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 283-7421, www.arts-initiative.org/jenny-raven.

GALLERY WEST, MCKINLEY ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER: A Splash of Color. McKinley Gallery West hosts painter Courtney Jacobs. The show runs through Sept. 7. Thu, 8/9-Fri, 8/10, Mon, 8/13-Wed, 8/15, 9am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264, www.reno.gov.

GARAGE DOOR GALLERY, SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE: MFA-IA Theses Exhibit. The exhibit features work by Karen Krolak, Sarah Lillegard, Chelsea Mandell and Sam Shear. The show runs through Aug. 30. Thu, 8/9-Wed, 8/15. Free. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, www.sierranevada.edu.

THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Dungeon Crawler. The exhibition features three immersive solo installations by Devra Freelander, Jessica Gatlin and Cassie McQuate. The exhibition is on view Tuesday-Friday through Aug. 29. Thu, 8/9-Fri, 8/10, Tue, 8/14-Wed, 8/15, 3-6pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858.

METRO GALLERY, RENO CITY HALL: Winnemucca Valley—Nevada’s Serengeti. The Reno City Hall Metro Gallery exhibits Erik Holland’s landscape paintings of Winnemucca Valley. The show runs through Sept. 7. There will be a reception on Sept. 6, 5-7pm. Thu, 8/9-Fri, 8/10, Mon, 8/13-Wed, 8/15, 8am-5pm. Free. Reno City Hall, 1 E. First St., (775) 334-6264.

NAMELESS COFFEE & TEA HOUSE: Midtown Mural Tour. A docent-led tour of more than 40 of the 70 murals Midtown District Reno has to offer. Learn about how this form of public art improves the life and culture of a neighborhood. Sat, 8/11, 11am. $10. Nameless Coffee & Tea House, 32 Cheney St., (415) 596-4987, artspotreno.com/midtown-mural-tour.

THE POTENTIALIST WORKSHOP: DJD-Art Workshop for Veterans. The David J. Drakulich Foundation Art Foundation for Freedom of Expression hosts open studio hours for war veterans every Tuesday-Saturday. Thu, 8/9-Sat, 8/11, Tue, 8/14-Wed, 8/15, 4pm. Free. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., potentialistworkshop.com.

SIERRA ARTS GALLERY: Artist reception for Emily Rogers and David Egan. Fri, 8/10, 6pm. Free. Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 S. Virginia St., sierraarts.org.

ST. MARY’S ART CENTER: Summer Exhibition. Artwork by Edward Durand and Tynan Wheeler, Mimi Patrick, Casey Clark, Patty Lassaline, Joanne Pinnock, Pinion Pottery, Malissa Sparks, Grey Wolf Leather Works and Paula Saponaro. Exhibition viewing: Friday-Sunday, 11am4pm through Sept. 2. Fri, 8/10-Sun, 8/12, 11am. Free. St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 North R St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7774.

MusEuMs NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: 2018 Science Saturday Series. With exclusive activities from the Nevada Space Center, home of the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada. Experience simulated journeys throughout the solar system, full-dome planetarium programs, hands-on workshops, live presentations, virtual reality headsets and iPad interactive stations. Activities are designed for children ages 8-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sat, 8/11, 9:30am. $12. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (773) 333-9300, www.nationalautomobilemuseum.org.

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, 8/9-Sun, 8/12, Wed, 8/15, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

TERRY LEE WELLS NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM (THE DISCOVERY): Curiosity Carnival. 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, ThursdaySaturday, 10am-8pm on Wednesday and noon-5pm on Sunday. Thu, 8/9-Wed, 8/15. $10-$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.

FILM DAWSON CITY—FROZEN TIME: Artemisia Moviehouse presents a screening of the 2016 documentary film directed by Bill Morrison, which pieces together the bizarre, true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints dating from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under a hockey rink in a former Klondike Gold Rush town, their story reveals the links between the movie business and Manifest Destiny in North America. Sun, 8/12, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., artemisiamovies.weebly.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 summer Thursday. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Thu, 8/9, 8:30pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

MUSIC URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT: The Los Angelesbased band uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop. Sat, 8/11, 7pm. Free. Minnesota Street Stage, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King Street, Carson City, (775) 883-1976, breweryarts.org.

ONSTAGE 83RD SEASON CELEBRATION AND BLYTHE AWARDS: Reno Little Theater celebrates the conclusion of its 83rd season. The event, hosted by Libby Bakke and Bryce Keil, kicks off with drinks and dessert at 6pm and a presentation at 7pm. RSVP online. Sat, 8/11, 6pm. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM—THE BALLET: Sierra Nevada Ballet presents its steampunk version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring guest artists from Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and Sacramento Ballet, as well as SNB company dancers. Sat, 8/11, 7:30pm. $20$25. Carson City Community Center, 850 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 360-8663, www.sierranevadaballet.org.

CINDERELLA AUDITIONS: A.V.A. Ballet Theatre will hold additional auditions for added Cinderella parts and dancers. Sat, 8/11, 2pm. Conservatory of Movement, 73 W. Plumb Lane, (775) 762-5165.

CLEAN COMEDY CHALLENGE: There will be celebrity judges and performances from comedians who have appeared on MTV, America’s Got Talent, Conan O’Brien Show, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and ESPN. Comedians from all over the country will compete for the title. Thu, 8/9-Sat, 8/11, 8pm. $35. Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626.


LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE SHOW: The 46th annual boat show features some of the most well-preserved and restored wooden boats in the world. Fri, 8/10, 10am-6pm; Sat, 8/11, 9am-4:30pm. $25-$40, free for children age 12 and younger. Obexer’s Boat Co., 5300 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood, California, laketahoeconcours.com.

Visit website for dinner selections. Sat, 8/11, 5:30pm. $40-$50. Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western, 1981 Terminal Way, (866) 449-7630, funtimetheater.com.



2018 INCLINE OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Tennis players from around the Tahoe Basin and beyond will compete for the title of Incline Village Champion. Divisions will be offered for men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles. Fri, 8/10-Sun, 8/12. Incline Village Tennis Center, 964 Incline Way, Incline Village, (775) 832-1235.

GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat, 8/11, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.

IDLEWILD HEALTH WALKS: These free interpretive walks are specifically designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. The walks are an extension of the Discover Your Parks program, the goal of which is to get citizens outdoors exploring and stewarding our local parks. These ADA accessible walks are co-directed by the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and the Sanford Center for Aging. Tue, 8/14, 10am. Free. Idlewild Park, 50 Cowan Drive, www.tmparksfoundation.org

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Sacramento River Cats. Mon, 8/13-Wed, 8/15, 7:05pm. $11-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000, www.milb.com/reno.

CLASSES ABSTRACT PAINTING: Learn techniques to create a presence to your painting during this two-day class taught by Frances Clark. Please bring your own lunch. Sign up at francheskaa312@gmail. com. Supply list will be provided upon sign up. Thu, 8/9-Fri, 8/10, 10am. $145. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., www.nvfinearts.com.

ART AFTERNOON WORKSHOP AND SOCIAL FOR SENIORS: Enjoy a guided tour and a studio art class along with light refreshments. Monthly tours and projects are designed for participants of all levels of experience and offer an engaging and interactive experience. These monthly sessions are held on the second Friday of each month. Advance registration is recommended. Fri, 8/10, 1pm. $6-$7. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

DRINK & DRAW: An avant-garde figure drawing class with limited formal instruction and maximum visual stimulation from an assortment of the following—nude models, dancers, performers, musicians, staged still-lifes, running films and projected images. Basic drawing supplies are offered or bring your own. Wed, 8/15, 7pm. $10. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., (651) 361-0757.



The 32nd annual celebration of classic cars and rock ’n’ roll features over 290 events, including show ’n’ shines, swap meet, autocross, a vintage trailer show, auctions, live music and entertainment and a parade through downtown Reno. Reno’s biggest summer event, which kicked off in Virginia City last weekend, goes full throttle this week at various venues in Reno and Sparks through Sunday, Aug. 12. Admission is free to most events. Call 356-1956 or visit hotaugustnights.net.

46th festival features productions of William Shakespere’s tragedy Macbeth and the off Broadway hit Beehive: The 60s Musical. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory Tuesdays through Sundays through 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, 8/9-Wed, 8/15, 7:30pm. $15-$188. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.

SKI RUN FARMERS MARKET: The market offers organic, farm-fresh produce, local eats, a bounce house for kids, live music and locally made arts and crafts. Fri, 8/10, 3pm. Free. Ski Run Farmers Market, Along Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, skirunfarmersmarket.com.

TAHOE CITY FARMERS MARKET: Enjoy fresh, MONDAY ART MAKERS: Arts for All Nevada offers weekly workshops for people with intellectual disabilities. Art supplies are provided. Aides/caregivers are welcome to attend the workshops as needed. Mon, 8/13, 3:30pm. Free. Arts for All Nevada, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100.

RENO FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT CLASSES: Learn to move well again, reduce pain and stress and improve balance and performance with Awareness Through Movement classes. Sat, 8/11, 10am. $8-$15. Cathexes Building, 250 Bell St., (775) 240-7882, renofeldenkrais.blogspot.com.

WATERCOLOR PAINTERS OPEN GROUP: This is a group of watercolor painters who paint together and learn from each other. Fri, 8/10, 9am. $5 drop-in fee. Nevada Fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-1128, www.nvfinearts.com.

WEEKLY WONDERS SPARKS ART CLASS: Arts for All Nevada offers workshops for people with intellectual disabilities. Art supplies are provided. Aides/caregivers are welcome to attend the workshops as needed. Thu, 8/9, 4pm. Free. Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St., Sparks, (775) 826-6100.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE BLUESDAYS: Blues guitarist Chris Cain performs as part of the weekly outdoor music series. Tue, 8/14, 6pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

CLASSICAL TAHOE: The seventh annual music festival features classical music concerts and family movie nights through Aug. 12. Fri, 8/10-Sun, 8/12. $10$120. Classical Tahoe Concert Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club, Incline Village, (775) 298-0245, classicaltahoe.org.

CONVERSATION CAFÉ: This is a drop-in conversation forum open every week except holidays. Participate with people sharing diverse views and a passion for engaging with others over topics and news. Thu, 8/9, 10:15am. Free. Aspen Grove Community Center, Incline Village, (775) 832-1310.

GATSBY TEA & FASHION SHOW: Transport yourself to another time during the annual 1920s-themed afternoon tea featuring finger sandwiches, scones with jam and mini pastries. Cherie Oliver will present authentic vintage fashions. Sun, 8/12, 2pm. $65. Grand Hall Lawn, Tallac Historic Site, 1 Heritage Way, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, tahoeheritage. salsalabs.org.

GREAT GATSBY CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH LOLO GERVAIS: This award-winning, Northern California-based group continues a tradition of playing vintage jazz created from modern pop tunes not unlike the styles of Post Modern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Fri, 8/10, 7:30pm. $22. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

INCLINE VILLAGE FINE ART FESTIVAL: The event features artists with original work in all mediums—paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Fri, 8/10-Sun, 8/12, 10am-5pm. Free. Preston Field, 700 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, cwbevents.com.

local produce, delicious food and lake views every Thursday through Oct. 1. Thu, 8/9, 8am. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 5833348, tahoecityfarmersmarket.com.

TA-HOE NALU LAKE TAHOE PADDLE FESTIVAL: The stand up paddleboard race is open to all ages and skill levels and features an Elite Race with $10,000 in prize money. The Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival includes a reception party, live music on the beach, vendors and manufacturer exhibits, free paddle clinics and demos for beginners and advanced paddlers. Sat, 8/11-Sun, 8/12, 8am. $10-$60 race entry fees. Kings Beach State Park, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, tahoenalu.com.

TAHOE STAR TOURS: Star guides Tony and Ryan Berendsen offers an intimate look at the stars in the Sierra nightime sky every Thursday-Saturday through Sept. 1. View the cosmos through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Enjoy comfortable seating, blankets, outdoor heaters, hot chocolate, s’mores and more. Thu, 8/9-Sat, 8/11, 7pm. $40. Northstar California’s Dark Skies Cosmoarium, 148 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.northstarcalifornia.com.

TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET: Buy some local produce and enjoy live music. A collaboration between Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Sierra Valley Farms, the mission of the market is to support local farms and producers within 125 miles of Truckee and to promote access, education and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably produced goods. Sun, 8/12, 9am. Free. 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, truckeefarmersmarket.org.

KIDS’ NATURE JOURNAL CLUB: Learn skills for exploring the natural world and how to capture adventures in a nature journal. Some materials provided. Bring a notebook and pen and dress for the weather. Sat, 8/11, 10:30am. Free. South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 573-3185.







New Numbing Drug Relieves Crippling Arthritis Pain Without Pills or Needles New cream relieves arthritis in minutes after applying; uses the strongest approved dose of an anesthetic drug which numbs the nerves that cause crippling joint pain

By David Watson Associated Health Press BOSTON – Expectations are high for a new blockbuster arthritis drug. But unlike so many of the others, it comes in the form of cream, not a pill. Initial users, including several clinical trial participants, say the relief is extraordinary and when you look at the science you’ll see why. The new pain relief cream numbs the nerves right below the skin. When applied to an arthritic joint, or a painful area on the body, it delivers rapid relief that lasts for hours and hours.

Blocks Pain from the Brain The powerful painkilling effect is created by the cream’s active ingredient, a powerful anesthetic drug. Anesthetics are highly regarded by physicians in the medical community. They block nerve signals from the brain so that patients don’t feel pain and are incredibly effective.

“Those suffering with arthritis or joint pain can expect relief within minutes of their rst application,” explains Dr. Henry Esber, creator of the hot selling drug Apeaz. “There will be a pleasant warming sensation that is followed by a cool, soothing one. This is how you know that the drug has reached the affected joint and tissue.”

Works In Minutes For arthritis suffers, Apeaz offers impressive advantages over traditional medications. The most remarkable is how quickly it relieves difcult pain. The cream contains the maximum approved OTC dose of an amazing anesthetic, which rapidly penetrates the skin to numb the area that’s in pain. This relief lasts for several hours.

Published pre-clinical animal studies have shown that the other ingredients in Apeaz can also prevent further bone and cartilage destruction.

No Risk of Ulcers or Stomach Pain There are also no negative side effects as seen with oral medications. Apeaz delivers its ingredients through the skin. Oral medications are absorbed in the digestive tract. Over time, the chemicals in pills can tear the delicate lining of the stomach, causing ulcers and bleeding.

A Low Cost Alternative That Works There are also tremendous savings when switching over to a topical like Apeaz. When compared to other arthritis medications, Apeaz is a fraction of the cost. At less than $2 a day, the cream quickly is becoming a household name.

Rapid Relief Without Pills or Needle Injections Many Apeaz users report signicant improvements in daily aches and pain. Many more report increased exibility, less stiffness, and decreased muscle soreness. They are moving with less pain for the rst time in years. “I’ve tried more pills than I can count. I’ve also had a handful of cortisone shots. Nothing is as effective as this product. With Apeaz, I get relief right away. I rub a little on my hands. It keeps the pain away. It also prevents the pain from getting really bad. It’s completely changed my life,” raves one user.

A New Breakthrough for Arthritis When applied to the skin Apeaz is absorbed in just minutes. It then penetrates through muscle and tissues, getting to the source of you pain, numbing the nerve endings. “This is why Apeaz is so effective for people with arthritis pain. It reduces pain

Apeaz™ is an FDA drug with approved claims for the pain relief of the following conditions: • • • •

Temporary pain • Simple back pain Strains • Sprains Athletic injuries • Muscle stiffness and pain Wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, muscle or joint pain

NEW PAIN RELIEF DRUG WORKS ON CONTACT: Apeaz delivers its active ingredient, a powerful painkiller, through the skin, providing users with rapid relief without oral drug side effects while adding an additional potential layer of joint support,” explains Esber.

A Better Way to Treat Pain A pre-clinical trial on Apeaz was carried out by Dr. Esber and his research staff shortly after its initial production. The results were published in the Journal of Immunology. The study found that Apeaz induced an instant numbing effect, which blocked pain for several hours. It was also shown to decrease swelling and inammation. Even more remarkable, Apeaz was also shown to prevent the further destruction of cartilage, a major cause of arthritis. “One of the most impressive things about the study was the various ways Apeaz was able to inuence levels of pain. Many painkillers, and even creams, simply mask your pain. Apeaz is different. Since it is absorbed through the skin it deliver rapid relief and is able to deliver its ingredients directly to infected arthritic tissue” explains Esber.

A New Weapon for Arthritis and Joint Pain With daily use, Apeaz helps users live a more vital, pain free relief without any of the negative side effects or interactions associated with oral drugs.

Through the use of a powerful anesthetic drug, Apeaz is able to numb pain at the source, specically around joints plagued by arthritis. Readers can now enjoy an entirely new level of comfort that’s both safe and affordable. It is also extremely effective, especially if nothing else has worked.

How to Claim a Risk Free Supply of Apeaz This is the ofcial public release of Apeaz™. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to any joint-pain arthritis sufferer who calls within the next 48 hours. A special hotline number and discounted pricing has been created for all Nevada residents. Discounts will be available starting today at 6:00AM and will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free hotline number is 1-800-419-3620 and will only be open for the next 48 hours. Only a limited discounted supply of Apeaz™ is currently available in your region. Consumers who miss out on our current product inventory will have to wait until more becomes available and that could take weeks. Experience the guaranteed Apeaz™ relief already enjoyed by thousands of consumers. The company advises not to wait. Call 1-800-419-3620 today


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Power tulle Why are there lots of bridal magazines but no magazines for grooms? What does that imply? What we could call the “weddingindustrial complex”—with $56 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2017 per The Wedding Report—is driven mainly by women (and, to a lesser extent, very stylish gay men). So we often hear about “bridezillas”— human nightmares losing it over picky-wicky wedding details—but it’s the rare man who even comes close to caring enough to be called a “groomzilla.” In fact, though many women start planning their weddings years before meeting a potential groom, there probably isn’t a guy out there who gave thought to, say, what the centerpieces would be until he absolutely had to. And frankly, for the average guy getting married, the ideal situation would be to propose, get clocked with a bowling trophy and wake up 10 months later to one of his bros shaking a tux in his face and saying, “Hose off and get dressed, man. You gotta be at the chapel in an hour!” These sex differences in wedding micromanagement reflect evolved sex differences in what evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt call “sexual strategies.” These refer to long-term versus short-term orientation in mating—committed sex versus casual sex. Though there are times when casual sex is the optimal choice for a woman, in general, women tend to benefit more from a “long-term mating strategy”—holding out for men who are willing and able to stick around to protect and provide for their children. Men will suck it up and opt for a long-term relationship for a number of reasons, Buss and Schmitt explain, because being on the hunt is time-, energy- and resource-sucking and because “highly desirable” women can hold out for commitment. But because a man can, let’s just say, sheet ’em and street ’em and still have a pretty good chance of passing on his genes, men often benefit more from a “short-term sexual strategy”—quantity over quality.

Still, this isn’t all that’s driving the average man’s lack of interest in the color of the posies on the dessert table. There’s also the evolved sex difference in status competition. As I explained recently, a major way men compete for status with other men is by being accompanied by smoking-hot women. These hotties don’t have to be wives or girlfriends—they just shouldn’t look like they’re with a guy simply because his credit card cleared at the “rent-a-model” website. Women, on the other hand, evolved to compete for status with other women by pairing up with the most high-status man they can get. Though we’re living in modern times, we’re still driven by Stone Age psychology. In ancestral times, a woman’s partner’s status would have been a life-or-death issue— affecting the level of “provisioning” (eats, housing) and protection she had for herself and her children. In other words, so-called “princess culture” was created by evolution, not Disney. So little girls, to the great dismay of their progressive parents, are drawn to those stories of the scullery maid who ends up marrying the prince—the rich, highstatus, hunky dude—good genes!— who could have any woman but finds our girl bewitching. A man bewitched is a man less likely to stray—so the fairy tale is actually a commitment fantasy. The “fairy tale wedding” is a celebration of that—the successful completion of an evolutionary imperative. Getting back to the male point of view, a guy gets married because he has become “bewitched” (“fallen in love,” in contemporary terms) and wants a life partner and/or a family and realizes that sex with a string of strippers is not the path to suburban dad-hood. However, even when a man decides to commit to one particular woman, his evolved drive for sexual variety remains. So, to finally answer your question: No man wants to buy Grooms! magazine—because a wedding is, in a sense, a giant frothy funeral for his sex life. Ω


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Free will astrology

by ROb bRezsny

For the week oF August 9, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Palestinian American

writer Susan Abulhawa writes that in the Arab world, to say a mere “thank you” is regarded as spiritless and ungenerous. The point of communicating gratitude is to light up with lively and expressive emotions that respond in kind to the kindness bestowed. For instance, a recipient may exclaim, “May Allah bless the hands that give me this blessing,” or “Beauty is in the eyes that find me beautiful.” In accordance with current astrological omens, I propose that you experiment with this approach. Be specific in your praise. Be exact in your appreciation. Acknowledge the unique mood and meaning of each rich exchange.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to my

analysis of the astrological omens, you need this advice from mythologist Joseph Campbell: “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” He says it’s “a rescue land … some field of action where there is a spring of ambrosia—a joy that comes from inside, not something external that puts joy into you—a place that lets you experience your own will and your own intention and your own wish.” Do you have such a place, Taurus? If not, now is a great time to find one. If you do, now is a great time to go there for a spell and renew the hell out of yourself.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):When he was 20 years

old, future U.S. President Thomas Jefferson had an awkward encounter with a young woman who piqued his interest. He was embarrassed by the gracelessness he displayed. For two days afterward, he endured a terrible headache. We might speculate that it was a psychosomatic reaction. I bring this up because I’m wondering if your emotions are also trying to send coded messages to you via your body. Are you aware of unusual symptoms or mysterious sensations? See if you can trace them back to their source in your soul.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): There’s a zone in your

psyche where selfishness overlaps generosity, where the line between being emotionally manipulative and gracefully magnanimous almost disappears. With both hope and trepidation for the people in your life, I advise you to hang out in that gray area for now. Yes, it’s a risk. You could end up finessing people mostly for your own good and making them think it’s mostly for their own good. But the more likely outcome is that you will employ ethical abracadabra to bring out the best in others, even as you get what you want, too.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You probably gaze at the

sky enough to realize when there’s a full moon. But you may not monitor the heavenly cycles closely enough to tune in to the new moon, that phase each month when the lunar orb is invisible. We astrologers regard it as a ripe time to formulate fresh intentions. We understand it to be a propitious moment to plant metaphorical seeds for the desires you want to fulfill in the coming four weeks. When this phenomenon happens during the astrological month of Leo, the potency is intensified for you. Your next appointment with this holiday is August 10th and 11th.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her poem “Dogfish,”

Virgo poet Mary Oliver writes, “I wanted the past to go away, I wanted to leave it.” Why? Because she wanted her life “to open like a hinge, like a wing.” I’m happy to tell you, Virgo, that you now have more power than usual to make your past go away. I’m also pleased to speculate that as you perform this service for yourself, you’ll be skillful enough to preserve the parts of your past that inspire you, even as you shrink and neutralize memories that drain you. In response to this good work, I bet your life will open like a hinge, like a wing—no later than your birthday, and most likely before that.

distinctive character revealed in an unaltered nose. I propose, Libra, that in accordance with current astrological omens, we extrapolate some even bigger inspiration from that marvelous fact. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to celebrate and honor and express pride in your idiosyncratic natural magnificence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Maybe happiness is

this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.” This definition, articulated by author Isaac Asimov, will be an excellent fit for you between now and September 20. I suspect you’ll be unusually likely to feel at peace with yourself and at home in the world. I don’t mean to imply that every event will make you cheerful and calm. What I’m saying is that you will have an extraordinary capacity to make clear decisions based on accurate appraisals of what’s best for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I’ve compiled a

list of new blessings you need and deserve during the next 14 months. To the best of my ability, I will assist you to procure them. Here they are: a practical freedom song and a mature love song; an exciting plaything and a renaissance of innocence; an evocative new symbol that helps mobilize your evolving desires; escape from the influence of a pest you no longer want to answer to; insights about how to close the gap between the richest and poorest parts of yourself; and the cutting of a knot that has hindered you for years.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It has become

clear to me that I must either find a willing nurturer to cuddle and nuzzle and whisper sweet truths with me for six hours or else seek sumptuous solace through the aid of eight shots of whiskey.” My Capricorn friend Tammuz confided that message to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were feeling a comparable tug. According to my assessment of the Capricorn zeitgeist, you acutely need the revelations that would become available to you through altered states of emotional intelligence. A lavish whoosh of alcohol might do the trick, but a more reliable and effective method would be through immersions in intricate, affectionate intimacy.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Not even five

percent of the world’s population lives in a complete democracy. Congratulations to Norway, Canada, Australia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Sweden. Sadly, three countries where my column is published—the U.S., Italy, and France—are categorized as “flawed democracies.” Yet they’re far better than the authoritarian regimes in China and Russia (Source, the Economist). According to my astrological analysis, you will personally benefit from working to bring more democracy into your personal sphere. How can you ensure that people you care about feel equal to you, and have confidence that you will listen to and consider their needs and believe they have a strong say in shaping your shared experiences?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Mystic poet Kabir

wrote, “The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.” He was invoking a metaphor to describe his spiritual practice and reward. The hard inner work he did to identify himself with God was the blooming flower that eventually made way for the fruit. The fruit was his conscious, deeply felt union with God. I see this scenario as applicable to your life, Pisces. Should you feel sadness about the flower’s withering? It’s fine to do so. But the important thing is that you now have the fruit. Celebrate it! Enjoy it!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran fashion writer

Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) championed the beauty of the strong nose. She didn’t approve of women wanting to look like “piglets and kittens.” If she were alive today, she’d be pleased that nose jobs in the U.S. have declined 43 percent since 2000. According to journalist Madeleine Schwartz writing in Garage magazine, historians of rhinoplasty say there has been a revival of appreciation for the

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by KRis VAgNER

Best-of artist

and free, away from the Nugget, running through the desert happy.

The images come off kind of as insider jokes for anyone who knows these characters.

Painter Jaxon Northon painted the illustrations for this year’s Best of Northern Nevada issue. See his paintings between pages 12 and 43.

That’s kind of the whole point. I wanted people from Reno to see the Waver and Skateboarder George and be like, “Oh yeah, I remember those guys!”

When you’re not illustrating the Best-of issue, how do you usually choose your subjects?

How do you meet them? Word of mouth. Parties. Other people that know that I’m interested will say, “You should talk to this person.”

How did you decide who to paint for this project? A lot of them were just characters I remember from around town, growing up. … Some are obviously famous historical figures, but some are just kind of characters that—if you’re from Reno, maybe you remember; maybe you don’t. ... They’re the cast of characters that made Reno what it was, and what it is now.

When you paint people’s faces, it looks like you don’t camouflage wrinkles or scars or chipped teeth, but the pictures still seem really reverent to your subjects.


For a personal project … I’ve been interviewing local people, and I paint a painting, and I have audio that goes along with it. For those, I pick people with interesting stories that might not be normally heard. I want to find people from all walks of life that never would get the limelight/attention/spotlight on them.

It’s a tried-and-true old saying, but I try and paint what I see, how I see it, try not to embellish or smooth over any of the rough parts of humanity. That’s kind of my whole reason for picking the people I paint and painting the way I do—is to not gloss over anything, just show what’s real.

I’m curious about the backgrounds. It looks like you used them as an opportunity to do a little landscape painting—and a little character development. I wanted to set the characters in their setting in Northern Nevada, but also just to capture every aspect of ... landscape that I could, just because it’s such a geocentric project. … Some of them are tongue-incheck, like Bertha the elephant.

In your painting, she’s out in the Black Rock Desert, right? Yeah, I just kind of imagined her rampant

As a Reno native and someone who’s paid attention to culture here your whole life, do you have any particular feeling about change right now? Are you trying to hang onto some things? Of course. Reno has always been such a unique place. I’ve lived in different cities. Reno’s just … built differently. Of course I miss Old Reno for … the rough edges and the grime. But I also feel like the world’s growing so fast, and it’s so connected now, that you can’t really find those little unique pockets anymore. And I feel like a city can grow in two ways, and Reno is growing in the best way a city can grow. It’s changing in good ways [with] new people coming in.

I’m getting the impression that you’re not big on critiquing political or social changes in your work, more like observing them. No, I am. I’m a visual artist, so I like to let my art do the talking. … I’ve tried to let the people I’ve interviewed speak through their own struggles, to say what might be wrong with the world today. So, I definitely do put that stuff in there, but I try not to knock anybody over the head. Ω


But wait, there’s more Every fall, I pull out the old perfessor hat and fire up a class in rock music nostalgia on behalf of continuing education. It’s time for me to wave that flag and plug this year’s class and see if anybody gives a flying fig at a rolling donut! This autumn’s class will be six weeks, focusing on six of the more notable and influential records in rock history (meaning mainly stuff that baby boomers still love!). Each week, we’ll review and discuss an album that time now assures us is a masterpiece (according to, once again, baby boomers). Here’s the list as it reads in the recent Truckee Meadows Continuing Education catalog: The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper The Stones: Beggar’s Banquet The Doors: L.A. Woman The Who: Sell Out The Dead: American Beauty Joni Mitchell: For The Roses Nice list. But I can tell you already,

I’m gonna mess with it. For one, I’m a bit Peppered out. Fabulous record, totally all-time super heavy, no doubt, but we’ve done it to death in my previous classes. You know what will be a good one instead? The greatest of all Beatle solo albums, John’s first, The Plastic Ono Band. I mean, a record that has the songs “God,” “Mother”, and “I Found Out” has got to still have some heft to it, right? In the case of the Dead, 1970 was a really important year for two reasons. Not just because of American Beauty, the album that gave us “Ripple” and “Truckin’,” but also because of Workingman’s Dead, the other classic that significant year, which includes “Casey Jones” and “Uncle John’s Band.” With these two discs, The Dead made a huge and successful transition from psychedelic juggernaut to quality songwriting combo. So we better check out both, not just Beauty.

I might have to jettison either the Who or Joni to make way for a record that I’ve recently been reminded of, one that deserves a bit of acclaim. That’s the utterly amazing, stupefying, and thoroughly excessive debut album of King Crimson, called In The Court of the Crimson King. With this remarkable record from October of ’69 (an album Pete Townshend himself called “an uncanny masterpiece”), we have a record that almost single-handedly launches the significant side branch on the Tree of Rock that became known as progressive rock. It also, notably enough, contains the very audible seeds of both punk and jazz rock. Seriously. So it’s $59, it will be up at TMCC in a nice theater-style room, and first night is Oct. 10. Call 829-9010 for more. Ω







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