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Red October Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. We’ve got a new contest this fall! Turn to page 26 in this week’s issue to see an editorial promo with all the details, but the short version is this: We’re asking for your best stories about menstruation. Oh, I can hear the eyeballs popping out of a few heads at the mere mention of the word. But part of the point of this contest is to destigmatize menstruation. After all, it’s a regular part of human life that the majority of the human population has to deal with on a monthly basis. And come to think of it, maybe “contest” isn’t exactly the right word. We just want to hear some stories. Some funny, some poignant. Whatever you’ve got. It’s sort of like the red-band version of our annual 95-word fiction contest that we’ve been publishing forever. We’ll publish our favorite stories, and you’ll also get the opportunity to read your pieces onstage at a concert in November that we’re putting together with the fine folks over at the Holland Project and Planned Parenthood. But even if you wouldn’t want to read your story up onstage, don’t let that discourage you from submitting. We won’t make you. Our associate editor, Jeri Chadwell, wrote the copy for the promo and the sample story. When we were discussing the promo, Jeri said, “Tell us about your first, your worst, your latest, your last ...” I jumped in with: “Your funniest, your sexiest ...” As I said this, Jeri gave me one of her patented above-theglasses glares that let me know immediately that it was a much better idea for her to write the copy rather than me.

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Dog not gone Re “Dog gone” (Arts& Culture, Sept. 20): I too have had similar experiences with unleashed dogs as Andy Clayman describes in “Dog Gone.” In once incident, I was literally punched in the face for complaining to a neighbor about his dog’s incessant barking. In another, my wife was chased through our yard and in the front door by a dog that charged her after running loose from a neighbor’s property. In other instances, we have both been approached by unleashed, barking and snarling dogs while trying to enjoy hikes in Reno and Washoe County parks and on nearby public lands where leashing dogs is the law, not merely a suggestion. In one case on a public trail, the dog owner laughed while his animal went wild barking as us. We now carry sturdy hiking poles—the kind with sharp, pointy ends—and pepper spray for self-defense. As Mr. Clayman also experienced, dog owners become defensive and hostile when confronted with their law-breaking behavior. My experience is that this happens 100 percent of the time, making it risky and a waste of time to personally approach them. My suggestion is for Washoe County Animal Services (WCAS) to forget about their Park Patrol initiative and immediately start citing off-leash dog owners without warning, and also those who don’t pick up their dog’s shit. There are plenty of signs, and dog owners know the law. WCAS also needs to take citizen complaints more seriously and follow up with investigations and enforcement actions. If they need more uniformed officers to get more aggressive about enforcement, Washoe County should provide the funds to hire them. Perhaps a few $400 fines would help get the word out that WCAS law enforcement is serious. In a related issue, I’m grateful that area food stores have finally started posting prominent signs about no dogs being allowed (except legitimate service animals) inside. For a while there, every food market I patronized was full of dogs, and not the service type. I just wish dog owners Jessica Santina, Todd South, Luka Starmer, Bruce Van Dyke, Ashley Warren, Allison Young Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Brad Bynum Associate Editor Jeri Chadwell News Editor Dennis Myers Special Projects Editor Matt Bieker Calendar Editor Kelley Lang Contributors Amy Alkon, Kris Vagner, Bob Grimm, Andrea Heerdt, Holly Hutchings, Shelia Leslie, Josie Glassberg, Eric Marks,

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would step up and responsibly control their animals. People do not want to be approached by strange dogs, and I don’t care if you tell me your dog is “friendly.” Stan White Reno

It’s back: The vampire theory of gay reproduction Since homosexuals do not reproduce and hence are not normal and will not “survive,” according to Charles Darwin, and since a homosexual orientation has a cognitive rather than a genetic origin which would be contrary to Darwin’s laws of nature, the LGBT must constantly replenish its out and open Love Gone Bad Today cesspool through the indoctrination of innocent impressionable minds, as young as 2 years old. This is child abuse! LGBT pushers are sex offenders. No sex offender may live, work or loiter within 1,000 feet of any school, childcare facility, school bus stop or place where minors congregate. Yet LGBT pushers are given free-range to pervert other people’s children in the name of “equality,”; e.g. the American Library Association’s “Drag Queen Story Hour” to give children “queer role models” and, I suspect, to prepare them for their first encounter with non-conforming sex organs in rest, shower and locker rooms. Feces can never equal food unless you eat it, and that’s what Americans have been doing since the Love Gone Bad Today cesspool surfaced and the ACLU (All Cesspools Lifted Up, pedophiles next), the Obama administration and the US Supreme Court started feeding it to us. May God drain the LGBT cesspool through the law of repentance and inspire the creation of laws to protect the innocence of children and prohibit their adoption by homosexuals or pedophiles. Michael W. Jarvis Salt Lake City

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Editor’s note: According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, July 2010: “Homosexual adults are no more likely than heterosexuals to abuse children.” In addition, as we have previously reported (“On paper,” Nov. 20, 2014), “Moreover, considerable research suggests that pedophilia is a separate sexual identity from heterosexuality and homosexuality.”

Correction Re “Driver” (15 Minutes, Sept. 20): In last week’s 15 Minutes column, we wrote that Don’tDrive was founded by Devin Kahl and Tristan Houston. The correct spelling of Mr. Houston’s first name is Tristen. We apologize for the error.

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By matt bieker

Where’s Reno’s worst road work? MichAel’s deli, 628 south VirGiniA st. GreG AddinGton Government worker

The worst road work in Reno, right at this very moment, is probably on Virginia Street. But it tends to move around as needs are. It was on Arlington for a while, all up and down Arlington. But it’s work that has to be done so it doesn’t trouble me.

JAke VAn dusen Courier/business owner

Right here in midtown, man. Across from Great Full Gardens and Michael’s Deli. It sucks. It just gets backed up everywhere. Same with when you get down to the Peppermill and stuff like that.

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The latest abridgment The first amendment to the United States Constitution reads in part that “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.” The fourteenth amendment made that restriction on government—and others in the Bill of Rights—binding on state and local governments, too. No law. It doesn’t say “except on college campuses.” It doesn’t say “except for hate speech or offensive utterances.” It doesn’t say “except for the judiciary.” We have no idea what possessed state District Judge Charles Weller to say that budget cuts reducing enforcement of the Violence Against Women Act “will put women back in their place … the kitchen and the bedroom” and we surely do not sympathize with his stupid comments. What we do know is that his opinion is no business of the state. Half a century ago, when the Nevada Supreme Court ordered a new penalty hearing for Thomas Bean— convicted of raping and murdering Reno resident and Olympic skier Sonja McCaskie and dismembering her body—Washoe County District Attorney William Raggio denounced the ruling: “[The] most shocking, certainly to this office, and I’m sure to anyone who has dealt with similar problems”; “the court in the majority opinion has frankly gone to a great extent to do some semantical gymnastics … I feel very strongly as I sit here today faced with the … almost insurmountable task of reacquiring witnesses after some six or seven years and retrying the case. I feel that it’s an example of judicial legislation at its very worst.”; “In my opinion, this is the most shocking and outrageous decision in the history of the Supreme Court

of this state. It’s unexplainable, and in my opinion totally uncalled for.” The bruised orchids on the Nevada Supreme Court reprimanded Raggio for having an opinion which it claimed breached “inherited standards of propriety and honor” that override the First Amendment. It remains a black mark on Nevada’s law books (In Re Raggio, July 13, 1971) that allowed the court to damage Raggio’s candidacy for higher office at the time. If the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission wants to penalize Weller, it needs to find a court ruling he made that applies his private opinions at the expense of justice. But fining him and forcing him to write compelled speech (!) and attend indoctrination classes is a violation of his rights. And if Weller’s rights can be abridged, so can all of ours. A lot of people shoot off their mouths in ways we all find offensive, but offensiveness is not actionable, and the notion that the state has a role in protecting the hurt feelings of citizens has gone way too far, particularly on campuses where speech codes are imposed to protect people from demeaning or hostile language. If people find words “intimidating,” then they are too easily intimidated. We all want pleasant places in society, but bringing state power to bear as a means of enforcing that end is hazardous and self-defeating, and in Weller’s case, imposing forced speech as a remedy for free speech is sick. The discipline commission should revoke its decision and stop its history of seeking monsters to slay outside legitimate judicial discipline. Ω

I guess the freeway when you’re going up kind of like by TMCC. It’s usually got that section right there. I go to TMCC, and it takes, like, 10 minutes longer.

denice MitGArd Collection agency owner

The worst has to be Virginia. I go to court all the time and to get to court with Virginia is impossible. It’s horrible.

Jin Min Cook

Definitely Virginia. Right where we’re standing. It used to be Arlington, but now it’s going to be in Virginia. It sucks that it’s going to be in two years, that this is going to be a work in progress. I feel like a lot of establishments are going to be losing their business because of this construction.

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by SHEILA LESLIE

The disease of denial In August, the New York Times dedicated an entire issue of the Sunday magazine to an essay by Nathaniel Rich on climate change. The cover of the magazine was black except for nine chilling words: “Thirty years ago, we could have saved the planet.” The essay presents a compelling history of climate change activism, led by scientists and advocates who were determined to sound the alarm about our “suicide pact with fossil fuels” and fully expected to prevail. After all, the scientific facts were clear, and every person on Earth has an equal stake in saving the planet from ourselves. Rich’s long essay is fascinating, as it documents bi-partisan efforts in the 1980s to address the pending crisis by implementing policy measures such as a global treaty to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2005. The National Academy of Sciences advised the nation that “the carbon-dioxide issues should appear on the international agenda in a context that will maximize cooperation and consensus-building and

minimize political manipulation, controversy and division.” It almost worked. But greed, hubris and the politics of denial eventually led us to this moment in 2018 which calls for “transformative action,” according to Rich, who wrote, “It will take more than good works and voluntary commitments; it will take a revolution. But in order to become a revolutionary, you need first to suffer.” Coastal areas such as Houston and the Carolinas have suffered from catastrophic flooding, and Western states are experiencing horrific wildfires. But that hasn’t moved climate change deniers like Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who displayed purposeful ignorance in regard to the wildfires in the West, blaming “environmental terrorist groups” and their legal efforts to stop widespread logging instead. He told one television reporter in Sacramento, “This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management,” adding “The only endangered species happens

to be a logger.” Zinke was soon forced to backtrack, however, and acknowledge that climate change was indeed part of the reason the fires were so big and hot and more destructive this year than we’ve ever seen in the West. California—the state Republicans love to hate—is aggressively tackling climate change by advancing progressive clean energy legislation to further its goal of ending reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity by obtaining 100 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2045. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, as California followed Hawaii’s lead, becoming the second state to enact such legislation. Brown noted the “naysayers” but insisted climate change “is a real, present danger to California and to the people of the world.” A new climate change report this summer created impetus for action, warning legislators that California is likely to face higher temperatures, escalating wildfires and rising sea levels in the decades ahead. After

this summer’s disastrous fires, there were just a few Republicans who voted against the measure, citing concern for low-income people facing higher energy bills. As is often the case in complex social issues, the world of art offers a revealing view of our dangerous climate change stalemate. Take a look at the work of Isaac Cordal, a Spanish artist whose tiny cement sculptures show politicians blandly discussing policy as the waters rise around them. Cordal explains his body of work as a “collective inertia that leads us to think that our small actions cannot change anything. But I believe that every small act can contribute to a big change. Many small changes can bring back social attitudes that manipulate the global inertia and turn it into something more positive.” Let’s certainly hope so. As California Assemblymember Ash Kalra of San Jose points out, “The damage will continue to be done as long as we refuse to act. There are no more tomorrows left.” Ω

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by Jeri Chadwell

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Construction on Virginia Street will keep traffic closed in one direction through February 2019.

Members of the Nevada Legislature need to return to the subject of payday lending because of Trump administration indifference, a Las Vegas law professor writes. In a Las Vegas Sun essay, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Benjamin Edwards wrote, “Nevada cannot rely on Washington to set policy and protect Nevada’s population. Mick Mulvaney, the Trump-appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has shown little interest in policing predatory lending practices. Instead, he announced that the CFPB would focus … on ‘identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulations.’” According to Edwards, the Center for Responsible Lending in North Carolina has found that Nevada averages an annual interest rate of 652 percent, 616 percent higher than the maximum loan rate allowable for U.S. military servicemembers. There is no similar curb in federal law for non-military citizens, and state usury laws were voided by congressional action during the Carter administration.

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ThiS dog will hunT Signature gatherers have been working at Department of Motor Vehicles offices for more than a year to get signatures on pro-gun petitions (“Still petitioning,” RN&R, Sept. 28, 2017). The petitions don’t do anything. They are not initiative or referendum petitions, just general, non-binding pro-guns petitions, which has led to speculation of what the purpose is. After observing them at the Carson City office, we believe this is what is happening: Though they initially keep voter registration materials out of sight, the signature gatherers are also deputy voter registrars. When people leave the DMV building, they are asked, “Would you like to sign a petition to secure your Second Amendment rights?”

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The answer determines the political leanings of the citizens. If they say yes, then they are asked if they want to register to vote. If they say no, they are allowed to go on their way without that second question. This is called bird dogging. It’s legal, and has been used by both Republican and Democratic precinct walkers, who learn the political stances of residents by walking door to door. After they identify some people as friendly to their candidates or party, they pass those addresses along to voter registrars, who then return to register those people. The DMV tactic allows that identification to take place quickly so no two-step procedure is necessary. The gatherers we spoke with declined to confirm the practice.

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Word on the street Business owners talk shop amid construction Reno’s midtown district runs along a stretch of Virginia Street that was transformed by the construction of outlying malls and other routes to those malls. By the early ’80s, Virginia Street was no longer a highway through town, which sapped business along the street. It was a surface street, bypassed by most through traffic. Some longtime businesses remained, but, over the years, parts of the street became neglected. Since the mid-2000s, however, there have been efforts to rebrand the neighborhood and revitalize business there. These days, midtown is teeming with restaurants, bars and retail shops. And aside from a few, they’re relatively new, many established during the post-recession rebranding effort. Now, they’re preparing to keep their doors open throughout a two-year street re-construction project. The $80 million Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project is intended to better connect the

midtown district to the University of Nevada, Reno with increased bus traffic. It’s also planned to add landscaping—including some 300 trees—and roundabouts, widen sidewalks to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and upgrade utility infrastructure in the area. The latter is what’s underway now, and according to the Regional Transportation Commission’s website, upgrading storm drains and utilities for AT&T, Charter, NV Energy, Verizon and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority will keep a 13-block stretch of Virginia Street (between Plumb Lane and Liberty Street) closed in one direction, seven days a week, for the next five months. During this phase of construction, northbound travelers will have the options of Plumas and Center Streets and Holcomb and Wells Avenues to get where they’re going. Southbound traffic on Virginia Street will remain

open between now and February, and many drivers already know they have the options of Forrest and Plumas Streets to travel south—options they’re taking. A recent Friday afternoon walk down Forrest Street revealed heavy traffic, which several residents walking in the neighborhood stopped to say has become the norm. Also on these residential streets, the RTC has put up signage. It goes a bit further than the “businesses open during construction” signs placed along the route of the similar Fourth Street/Prater Way Project, though the efficacy of the signs for the Virginia Street project is arguable. Drivers headed northbound on Plumas will see them, but the signs—each of which lists about a dozen businesses with an arrow pointing east down a side street—are printed in small enough lettering that it would be difficult, and probably unwise, to try reading them from a moving vehicle. The RTC’s website lists other measures it’s taking to encourage “the community to support local businesses during construction,” including a partnership with the rideshare company Lyft. On its website, the commission announced that beginning on Sept. 7, Lyft would provide 50 percent discounts (up to $10 off) on rides from anywhere in the community outside of midtown to anywhere in the current Virginia Street construction zone. (Use the code RAPID in the promos section of the app.) According to RTC public information officer Lauren Ball, the project contractor, Sierra Nevada Construction, worked with Lyft to help subsidize midtown-bound rides. Another company also attempted briefly to “alleviate” midtown traffic during construction. Independent of the RTC—and apparently without notice to other government entities—the bikeshare company Lime launched 100 of its electric scooters in midtown on Sept. 18. This was met swiftly with a cease and desist order from the City of Reno, which also released a statement saying officials were “stunned and disappointed at the recent actions of Lime” and calling said actions “disingenuous and irresponsible.” In addition to the signage on Plumb and its Lyft partnership, the


Signs on Plumas Street point toward midtown businesses to the east. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

RTC is encouraging midtown shops to participate in an incentive program to generate commerce along Virginia, with a variety of strategies being considered. One has RTC itself purchasing gift cards from businesses along Virginia and distributing them to road work crews.

Good news needed It’s been just over three weeks since construction began. Two-way traffic is scheduled to resume on Virginia Street in February, but the project will not wrap up until 2020. Conversations with employees and owners on Sept. 21 revealed that, in addition to taking advantage of the RTC’s efforts and incentives, midtown businesses are making strategies of their own to survive years of construction. And while some reported faring fine so far, others said they’re already feeling the effects. At Craft Wine and Beer on Martin Street, owner Ty Martin said construction has so far “made no difference at all” in his day-to-day, despite the fact that his business has yet to be listed on the Plumas Street construction signs. “I was going to make an issue of that because I noticed there are a bunch, and then, like, one or two blocks before my street, there isn’t one. They just haven’t done one. … I assume that when I ask, they will produce one. It’s probably because it’s only me and Junkee currently, unless you include the check cashing place.” At Shea’s Tavern, bartenders joked that the construction schedule was designed to

leave plenty of vacant storefronts “for Starbucks when construction’s over,” and co-owner Jerry Shea was annoyed that road work that day had resulted in a broken water main that left his bar without water for several hours. But, in the end, he expects things will be fine with his business. “Our customers would skateboard down here, if they had to,” he said. However, just a few doors south at Crystal Cove—a shop that sells crystals, stones and minerals—manager Zack Burnside said it’s a different story. “This is the epitome of who’s going to go under—a fucking crystal shop,” Burnside said. He’s been with the company since it opened two-and-a-half years ago but worries it’s not established enough to survive. “Objectively, you can get around it and find a parking space, but people don’t have that kind of time,” he said. “I feel like we’re getting fucked. If this is how it’s going to be for a while … say goodbye to midtown. I’ve been staying positive about it, but today’s kind of a breaking point.” Business has also been slower a few blocks south at the Chocolate Walrus—an adult store and costume shop. But owner Tammy Borde said it’s not a problem that can be blamed entirely on construction. “People are not aware that there is more parking than normal,” she said, referring to temporary diagonal parking spots painted near her business and additional parking behind it on Holcomb Avenue. Borde said one of her concerns is that the media will only tell “negative” construction stories which will scare customers away. “Hopefully they’ll still come,” she said. “If you print the good stuff and let people know, they’ll still come.” Süp co-owner Kasey Christensen echoed Borde’s concerns. “The most impactful thing, I think, for most of our businesses is that we don’t want people to think it’s so difficult for people to get down here or that construction is so horrible,” she said. “We’ve really been trying to get the media on our side, to share it in a positive way. … We need a new hashtag— ‘It’s not that bad.’” Ω

Is midtown established enough yet to survive?

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A client of Tahoe Dive Center floats near a small sunken boat.

Ship shape Maritime Heritage Trail Lake Tahoe is known for harboring dark secrets in its depths. But on Oct. 1, one of those mysteries will be revealed to the public—the GPS coordinates of several sunken vessels in Emerald Bay. Over a dozen boats from the early 1900s have been located in Emerald Bay, and in an effort to foster education and preservation, the California State Parks Department is opening the Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail, an underwater pathway that leads to four of these historical sites. “Our mission is to identify and interpret underwater resources,” California State Parks archaeologist Denise Jaffe said. “We wanted to develop a project that highlights and celebrates our cultural heritage.” To date, 12 small boat wrecks and two large barges have been identified in Emerald Bay. Four of these sites, ranging from 10 feet to 60 feet deep, will open to scuba divers as part of the underwater trail. These wrecks were chosen for their historical significance and their locations, which are removed from the busy boat traffic zone. Of the four dive sites, one is a massive barge over 100 feet long, and two others are perfectly preserved watercraft believed to hail from the 1930’s and 1940s. However, one of the sunken boats that is designated as part of the trail is a wooden vessel that dates to as early as 1915. “The boats look like they were made by local craftsmen,” Jaffe says. “They’re all beautiful and well-preserved.” With an average water temperature of 44 degrees, the Lake is noted for preserving anything that sinks below its surface. Although many things contribute to these preservation factors, the icy water

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in particular makes it hard for bacteria to grow, so things simply don’t decompose. And since there are no waves or tide, artifacts remain as unblemished as the day they descended into Lake Tahoe’s depths. Curiosity in the boat wreckages has surged. Tahoe Dive Center owner Matt Meunier has received numerous calls from people wanting to visit the dive sites, many from places as far away as Germany. “It’s crazy that there is suddenly so much interest in diving in Lake Tahoe, “Meunier says. “But it’s a 38 trillion-gallon swimming pool with fantastic diving; there’s great landscapes, giant waves of minnows and rainbow trout.” Currently, there are no dive shops in Tahoe. But Meunier plans to relocate his business from Carson City to Stateline at Lake Tahoe in spring of 2019. “We are bringing the dive trail to life and giving people a chance to see the preserved history of Lake Tahoe,” he says. Meunier added that autumn is one of the best seasons for diving because “a diver can see over 100 feet.” This is due in part to the fact that spring runoff has dissipated and summer boat traffic has ebbed, making the Lake’s clarity especially pronounced. While most people consider diving a summer activity, it is a year-round sport and Tahoe Dive Center offers diving tours throughout the year. In the winter, dry suits are provided, and guests can layer up in fleece and wool socks just as if they were going skiing. The dive tours are $175 for two dives and include tanks, weights, suits and a professional dive guide. Jaffe said that while the sunken boats are indeed lovely, divers should be aware that they are fragile and should exercise caution when visiting the dive sites by maintaining buoyancy and keeping hands off. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

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hen Nevadans go to the polls this year, they will carry the weight of the big money spent on ballot Question 3. In June disclosures, the campaigns of U.S. Senate candidates Jacky Rosen and Dean Heller came to about $20 million combined. Spending on Question 3 is believed to have already been on the far side of $30 million by August, with two months of the campaign still to go, and NV Energy alone is prepared to spend up to $30 million if necessary to defeat Q3. The spending has not exactly led to any greater clarity for the public. Complaints about the confusion over what Q3 means and would do are common. The confusion is surprising, because in 2016 the public seemed set on its view of Question 3. In the first round of voting on the measure, Nevadans supported it by a whopping 44.72 percent margin. To put it in perspective, that’s about twice the margin by which Lyndon Johnson beat

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Question Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon beat George McGovern. Yet not only does the public now have serious doubts about the measure, but those doubts appear to be growing. Suffolk University surveys commissioned by the Reno Gazette Journal showed 45 percent of voters in July planning to vote against the question, 51 percent by September. Perhaps all the public needs to know is that the ballot measure would remove any cap on rates, which is certainly part of what is driving the change in public sentiment. But the confusion also stems not from what Q3 does, but from what it was never intended to do. As we’ll see in the course of this article, the origin of Question 3 has nothing to do with choice, net metering or renewable energy. It has to do with only one thing—corporate exit fees. All other effects it may have on energy policy, good or bad, are incidental.

Genesis

In 2015, three major Nevada casinos approached state public utilities regulators about leaving the NV Energy monopoly to purchase and generate power in other ways. The three casinos—MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts—are not mom-and-pop operations. Combined, they accounted for seven percent of NV Energy’s business. The utility had laid out substantial funds to accommodate the three casinos’ needs during a $750 million renovation, and the cost of those needs were being paid by the three, amortized over a long period. If they walked away from NV Energy, the cost would be dumped on the remaining ratepayers. So the corporations would pay exit fees. “question mark” continued on page 14

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In August 2015, the staff of the Public Utilities Commission calculated the fees—$88.2 million by MGM, $23.9 million by the Sands, $16.6 million by Wynn. MGM and Wynn ponied up the money and went their way. The Sands decided to try to dump the fees on the public. That’s the first place rank-and-file NV Energy customers will pay more if Question 3 is approved. Sands owner Sheldon Adelson was perfectly willing to stick the public with his debt. He launched an effort to file an initiative petition partially deregulating power in the state by requiring the Nevada Legislature to shut down the state’s electric utility monopoly and create a competitive market in which all comers can supply power. While this was going on, another energy Opponents of Question 3 worked a table at the Nevada Democratic Convention in Reno in June. drama was running more or less concurrently. In 2014, many Democrats, demoralized in the last years of the Obama administration, stayed home instead of voting. Republican reductions in the payments homeowners gains were strong, and in Nevada, there was a receive, hitting them with a fee for access Republican sweep—every state government to the grid, even applying office elected the fee to those who had statewide went outfitted their homes with to the GOP and solar gear that was not both houses of the yet paid for, defeating the legislature did, whole purpose of a pro-net too—the first time metering state policy that many Democrats, since 1890 such a was still in place. This was thing happened. demoralized in the last not an “analysis” of net Among the metering. It was war against years of the obama fruits of Republican net metering. control of the administration, stayed A robust young industry 2015 legislature in the state collapsed, some home instead of voting. was enactment of firms leaving the state. It Senate Bill 374, republican gains turned out that both solar calling on the generation and net metering Public Utilities were strong. were very popular. Commission to This is when a key conduct “an analypublic misunderstanding sis of the effects of developed. The juxtaposinet metering.” tion of timing between the net metering With net metering, homeowners can fiasco and the drafting of Adelson’s initiative generate their own power and send any petition led a commonly accepted notion to surplus power back to the grid, receiving arise—that the petition, if enacted, would compensation for the power they provide. protect net metering. The practice seemed to make conservatives Actually, the net metering problem is crazy—the Wall Street Journal called it a already solved. Gov. Brian Sandoval was form of income redistribution—and Warren blamed by solar panel firms for the fiasco, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which which was not correct. Sandoval had been owns NV Energy, had lobbyists dogging state unwilling to interfere with the Public legislatures, courts and utility rate-setting Utilities Commission, which is set up in commissions across the nation to put an end to the law to be independent from politicians, net metering. but the governor signaled his feelings The Nevada PUC, assigning credibility about what the commissioners had done by to a Buffett claim that non-solar customers his choices for new commissioners as the were being forced to subsidize solar rooftop terms of members expired. His new PUC users—a claim the PUC’s own staff had appointees won praise from renewable discredited—took the senate bill and ran energy advocates. PUC chair Joe Reynolds, off the end of the Earth with it, ordering in particular, was highly regarded. “Joe Reynolds has been a strong leader on the issue,” according to the Southwest Energy

Efficiency Project’s Nevada representative Tom Polikalas. The new PUC adopted rules protecting net metering. In addition, the Democrats in 2016 regained majorities in both houses of the legislature, and the 2017 legislature enacted a measure sponsored by Assemblymember Justin Watkins that reversed the PUC’s net metering rate change and also enacted an array of other measures that secured the position of renewable energy in the state. Thus, the net metering problem was solved without Question 3. But the ballot measure does pose other problems.

the Constitution In the months after Question 3 won its landslide first-round victory in the 2016 election on the strength of net metering sentiment, it appeared so certain to be enacted in 2018 that Gov. Sandoval appointed a panel to prepare recommendations on how it should be implemented. But something else also happened. A lot of people who had previously supported the measure under the impression it had to do with net metering got around to reading its language. There had always been some uneasiness over the fact that Adelson had proposed constitutional instead of statutory changes. There was also concern about going back into the water—the last time Nevada deregulated electricity had been a disaster. Moreover, the supporters of renewable energy were concerned by what enactment of Question 3 would do to a thriving clean energy movement in the state that’s supported by both state government and by NV Energy. In earlier years, the efforts of NV Energy—formerly known as Sierra Pacific Power—were grudging and reluctant. Solar isn’t practical, its reps would say. And Q3 supporters, such as former state consumer

advocate Jon Wellinghoff, kept alive legitimate reminders of the corporation’s policies: “And don’t forget that it was just a few short years ago that NV Energy effectively killed off the rooftop solar industry in Nevada (because it was eroding its profits), leading to thousands of lost jobs and multiple business closures.” But the utility now gets good marks from clean energy experts, particularly since its adoption of a new energy plan that includes doubling its level of renewables in the next five years and raising its battery energy capacity. It has contracted with Cypress Creek Renewables, 8minutenergy and NextEra Energy Resources to build new projects. The Sandoval administration, meanwhile, is running ahead on meeting the goals of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is trying to repeal. In addition, renewables have become something of a Western cause as Nevada and other states in the West have joined the clean energy effort. Nevada began early on to reduce its reliance on coal. Environmentalists asked, what would happen to this momentum if Adelson’s partial deregulation hit the state’s power system? What would happen in the turbulence and havoc of creating a new system? On Feb. 5 last year, a group called the Coalition to Defeat Question 3 announced it had been formed to oppose Question 3. It included people and groups the state’s environmental community trusted—the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Southwest Energy the staff of the Efficiency Project and Public utilities Western Commission Resource Advocates. calculated the Their exit fees. participation changed perceptions about which side represented clean energy. “[T]here is nothing in Question 3 that would promote or enhance clean energy development in the state,” Sierra Club’s Toiyabe Chapter Chair Anne Macquarie told a Carson City luncheon group. “And while the complex new rules are being written— over a period of years to make the transition from a regulated monopoly energy provider to a still-regulated competitive market—we fear clean energy policy initiatives will stall or

2015


Dracula vs. Frankenstein

down, unable to pay suddenly astronomical like Eastern, Braniff, Pan Am, Continental, power bills. Havoc spread across the West, Northwest and TWA. Two aviation experts particularly in the three Pacific Coast states, reported that the losses that piled up equaled as blackouts and brownouts roiled society. the airlines’ profits for the previous 60 years stop. ... We don’t think we can wait to move Not everyone is comfortable with allying Transcripts of Enron telephone calls of passenger airline existence. No one brags forward with aggressive clean energy policy themselves with either side in this battle. On laid out the frauds in detail. States like any more about having helped deregulate the while a state with a lightly-staffed Public one side is the guy Nevada were even pulled into the act when airlines—or about creating competition in the Utilities Commission and who tried to kill net California-generated power was sold to airline industry. There are a handful of big, a legislature that meets metering. On the Nevada, then sold back to California at national airlines left, providing lousy service. only every two years other is a guy who ridiculous prices, something that regulation In the 1990s, Congress deregulated the hammers out the details doesn’t want to pay had prohibited. banking industry and Wall Street. President of a complex and difficult his bills. When it was all over, Nevada’s Valley Clinton recommended it to a Republican transition. And we don’t Democrats regained But Question 3 Electric Association had to pay Enron $14 Congress. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act think that the electricity is coming at Nevada majorities in both million for electricity that the fraudulent repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, enacted by market that results from whether residents like corporation never supplied, and Nevada’s Congress in the 1930s to keep banks out of this transition will benefit houses of the it or not, and it must attorney general went to court against Enron. the insurance business and prevent another small customers like us or be dealt with. legislature, and the 2017 Even Gov. Kenny Guinn, a former utility Wall Street collapse. Congress also passed the environment.” Supporters of president who believed in deregulation, was the Commodity Futures Modernization Many in the environlegislature acted to Question 3 say that shaken by the experience and retreated from Act, exempting credit-default swaps from mental community have predictions of unfaprotect deregulation. regulation. subsequently withdrawn vorable outcomes Nevada’s U.S. Sen. Harry Reid reluctantly their support from net metering. to its enactment voted to repeal Glass-Steagall and later said the measure. are “speculative.” now what? he made a mistake. During the 2008 Wall Another problem That’s certainly Street meltdown, Reid said deregulation plagues Q3. Both it and Initiative petitions were created to give everytrue. The effects of “paved the way for much of this crisis a second ballot measure, Question 6, deal day citizens a tool to be used against rich deregulation are never predictable. But their to occur.” The meltdown was so severe with energy, and both seek to implant their people, arrogant corporations and overbearing predictions of favorable results from Question and the financial institutions involved so language in the Nevada Constitution. government. Instead—and particularly in 3 are, therefore, also speculative. huge—Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, The benefit to their sponsors is presumNevada where business lobbyists convinced “Competition is good,” according to Merrill Lynch—there were those who said if ably to insulate their measures from change the state to make petition requirements the pro-3 campaign’s website. “Don’t they went down, they could take the United by the Nevada Legislature. But that’s not all more onerous—initiatives are used only by let a monopoly like NV Energy tell you States with them. The ensuing investigating it does. It insulates them from correction of the wealthy, corporations otherwise.” commission found deregumistakes or updating of language. or powerful interest groups But there’s an underlying premise to that lation “which effectively It’s not as though there is no example that can afford to gather the statement that demonstrates the unpredicteliminated federal and state available of a mistake in the drafting of an signatures. ability of deregulation—it assumes that regulation” to be one cause. initiative petition. In 2016, a ballot measure One risk of initiatives deregulation promotes competition. The results of deregulaproviding for background checks in some is that they will be used on In 1978, Congress deregulated the airlines. tion are seldom predictable. gun purchases not already covered by existGov. sandoval issues of such complexity that Nevada’s Howard Cannon, who chaired the There’s an example ing law was written to require federal checks the public will be at a loss on Senate Commerce Committee, tried to stop began making more analogous to the and banning state checks. It turned out that which side is right. The rise airline deregulation but was outmaneuvered Question 3 debate. the FBI declined to perform the checks for preparations to of modern public relations by Ted Kennedy. The London Economist During the 1990s and a state that had its own system, and state methods are particularly reported, “Cannon is almost alone in his implement early 21st century, state officials were unable to convince the feds to good at concealing the real skepticism. Sen. Kennedy brushed aside legislatures deregulated make Nevada a “hybrid” state that uses both Question 3. intent of petitions. No one [Cannon’s] questions with an implied questheir power generating types of checks. is campaigning on Question tion of his own: What is wrong with getting markets in varying degrees As a result, the law Nevadans supported 3 with talk of exit fees, lower fares for the public, no matter what at the demand of Enron, has never been implemented. Ballot measures or regional markets, price harm it may do to the present system?” which wielded huge campaign contributions sometimes do contain mistakes, and those spikes, interstate transmissions or stranded Kennedy went around the Nevadan and built errors are far more easily corrected in statand pseudo-intellectual “studies” calling for costs. Those are the kind of things legislators support for deregulation in Cannon’s commitutes than in the Constitution. According to the deregulation. Half the states normally deal with. Instead, the campaign is tee. Unable to stop Guinn Center for Policy Priorities in Clark went along, including Nevada, about “choice” and “renewable energy.” it, Cannon retreated County, of states that have approved energy where deregulation was someWe live in an era in which things no one and said he would deregulation, not one has done it through thing everyone at the legisexpected have come to pass. Renewables are sponsor the bill constitutional change. All but New York have lature “knew” was needed. not only practical now, but their price has himself in order to done it through statute, and New York did it Nevada did it in electricity and dropped dramatically. Does that mean it is keep some control through its regulatory body. gas. Consumer advocates who a group called the time for Question 3, which would eliminate over the process. The Center warned that if Nevadans urged caution were ignored. any ceiling on rates? There is a long line of President Carter coalition to Defeat were to become unhappy with the results (A 2007 Power in the Public other corporations waiting behind the Sands, signed airline of Question 3, “They would have to repeal Interest study of Department Question 3 announced including Tesla, who say they are next. Does deregulation on Oct. the constitutional amendment with another of Energy figures found that it mean that if we deregulate, Adelson’s 24, 1978. It nearly it had been formed to constitutional amendment. This would entail retail rates rose more from version of deregulation is the correct one? destroyed the airline circulation of a new petition to obtain the 1999 to 2007 in deregulated oppose How can an ordinary voter even know what industry. Far from requisite number of signatures to appear on states than regulated states.) that version—and its consequences—are? fostering competiQuestion 3. the ballot and then passage in two successive California partially dereguAs with other instances of deregulation, we tion, as sponsors elections.” Or the Nevada Legislature would lated in the same approximate cannot know. We can try it, or we can leave had promised, it have to process a constitutional amendment time frame. Soon, the families energy policy to the Nevada Legislature. Ω triggered a series through two legislative sessions, and then it of the working poor were of bankruptcies and would have to be approved by voters. Either being evicted from homes because their mergers that put more than a hundred airlines way, it would be a drawn-out process. power bills shot out of sight. Companies shut out of business, including well-known carriers

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Tony Medellin works on Elizabeth Hebert’s sleeve in his studio space inside Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective.

PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

Skin T ony Medellin was born and raised in Reno. The 31-yearold has been tattooing for 16 years, and now he’s a contestant on the 11th season of the Paramount Network show Ink Master, which premiered on Aug. 28.

Where’d you tattoo first? It was this little shit shop off of Keystone. … I don’t know if I want to mention the name, though, because it was kind of a sketchy situation. And then after that, I moved to Los Angeles—worked in a friend’s practice studio for a couple months. I came back up here, and I started with Jon McCann at Absolute. So, Jon kind of took me under his wing. That was, I think, ’05, maybe ’04—no, 2005. I saw a Facebook post you made back in May kind of explaining your decision to pursue this Ink Master thing. There was a comment from your mother that was just tear-jerking. Honestly, I’m reading it, thinking, “I don’t even know these people, and I’m tearing up.” She spoke about you taking a younger sibling along with you to talk with artists while she was working. Will you talk to me a little bit about that? So, my mom’s a single mother. Me and my little brother have different dads. My dad’s still in the picture, but they divorced when I was young, so it was just kind of whatever. His dad bailed on him when he was a little kid, so, pretty much, I raised

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A Reno tattoo artist competes on the national TV show Ink Master him since he could walk. Yeah, I got him his first job. I actually just went and got him his first car today, like, I co-signed for his first car. He graduated high school. I bought a house so he could have his own room. He’s killing it. And now he’s killing it. He’s fucking awesome. … He writes music and plays piano. He’s a very cool kid. Talk to me about your style. It seems it’s a ton of different stuff. People are always like, ‘What’s your style? What do you prefer?’ I just like tattooing. One thing I see in your work is a fairly solid outline. Not that I’d know, but that seems classic. If it has black outlines, I’ll tattoo it. That’s my number-one rule. Everyone, when I was over at Ink Master, was like, “Will you explain why?” Think of it like this. You have a dirt lot. You just leveled it. You don’t do a cement foundation. You build a nice house on it. The house is going to look great right out of the gate, but, in the next five years, it’s going to start shifting, cracking—and it’s going to fall apart. But if you put a cement foundation on it, that holds everything together. That’s what a black outline is.

I wanted to ask about another thing you addressed in that Facebook post about Ink Master. It was your changing opinion about shows of its nature. I’ll start from the beginning. Years ago, they asked me, “Would you like to go on the show?”—five or six years ago. And I was like, “No.” I mean, to be honest, a part of my response was, “Go fuck yourself.” And that was me being a tattoo elitist, thinking the industry was being ruined—blah, blah, blah. I didn’t know. I was just being young and stupid. So, finally, they hit me up again, and they’re like, “We’re going to pick someone from Reno. We’d prefer you. We like you, but it is what it is.” I realized at one point that tattooing is changing with or without me. I think the hardest part about being a tattooer is staying relevant. Tattooing is easy. It’s, “Will you keep up with the changing times?” Technology changes. Trends change. People change. I figured this was the best way for me to get ahead. That’s an interesting point. I’ll draw a comparison to hair stylists. It’s an art to do it well, but it’s also an industry, where if they’re not keeping up on new techniques

and tools and styles, people won’t come to them. Is that a fair one? For sure—if you’re still using curlers from the ’50s, then you’re not going to get the wave of ladies who want their hair done using the new technology they saw on Buzzfeed. Do you think the industry changing also has to do with the clientele for tattooing changing? I mean, a few decades ago, someone like me—a journalist in her 30s— wouldn’t likely be sporting tattoos. Yeah, there’s a perfect example. The demographic changes all the time. I think tattooing doesn’t have a solid demographic. It’s just what’s popping that year. Oh, watercolor? OK, so know you’re going to have all of these fairly conservative ladies in their 30s and early 40s coming in because they saw a Buzzfeed thing. You’d be surprised. Buzzfeed does a lot of that shit. It’s not just Pinterest then? No. And, you know, my biggest pet peeve with people who talk shit on Pinterest, saying, “Oh, it’s another Pinterest tattoo, yet another Pinterest tattoo,”—Pinterest has been paying my bills for three years. … There’s a reason why it’s so successful. There’s a million


“I realIzed at ideas at your I don’t call them fingertips. … I canvases. It’s weird one poInt that love Pinterest. I to me. want Pinterest to tattooIng Is You’re doing sponsor me. And more for them changIng wIth you know what’s because they’re funny? The first part of the o r w I t h o u t m e . ” episode aired, show, though. and nobody I’ve heard you tony medellin wanted the and others sugdreamcatcher. gest that. “That’s a You know, I treated Pinterest tattoo.” them just like I And I was like, treated everyone else. “Give me that … If you feel good thing. Give me and you feel comfortthat Pinterest tattoo, and I’m going to win able, then you’re going to be a bit more tattoo of the day with this dreamcatcher.” easygoing with my ideas. I can persuade And I did. you on something a little bit better. Your What’s it like to have people from all over commenting on your work now in conjunction with this big TV show? Let me show you something. Every time I open my Instagram—I just checked it like five minutes before you got here—it’s like this. I posted this photo a couple of hours ago, four hours ago, and I’ve got 50 comments and 1,000 likes. My Instagram—I started Ink Master with maybe 7,000 followers. And I went up to 14.2 thousand, just like that. Has business been busier since you’ve been back? It’s still the same. I book out two or three months all the time. I think I’m finishing December, and then I’m going to close my books until June, just to let me kind of catch up with all of my projects. I’ve never been that person who says, “Book’s closed.” But I’m getting to the point where I need to focus on my big projects. If you outlined a back piece, I don’t want you to wait six months for every session. I’m like, “All right. We’re lining out the back. We’re going to do two sittings a month, and we’ll knock it out.” So I’m sure there are Ink Master things you can and can’t talk about. What do you think of the challenges that are art endeavors but not tattooing? I don’t like the challenges. It’s TV filler. That’s all it is. Some of them were interesting. I’ll say that. But I don’t really care for them. There’s a different dynamic on the show than you get in a tattoo shop—the interaction between artists and the clients or, well, you call them “canvases.”

ideas are good, but I have an idea to make it better. So I was just really nice to all of them. But it’s weird that they don’t get to listen to music or read a book, which a person would do during a normal session. It’s the worst. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but do you think it makes people, like, whine about it more? I try to keep my shit together when getting tattooed—but it’s all weirdly quiet on the show. Absolutely. You need music. You need something to keep you entertained and calm. I hated that. And then you can hear everyone talking. It was a pain in the ass. The environment was not ideal. And I was one of those people who were thinking, “This is easy. I’ll be fine.” … But for everyone who talks shit about that show, especially tattoo artists who think they could go on and just win, I guarantee you, slim to none will actually make it. It’s rough. It’s rough. It takes three to five days to film an episode. And those are usually 12- to 15-hour days. How have people responded to your participation on the show since your post in May? Surprisingly, everyone’s been super supportive. I thought I was going to catch shit for changing the way I think. But I admitted in the post, I was like, “Look, I thought a certain way, and I don’t think that way anymore.” And, you know what? If you’re good at something, and you genuinely have a chance to win, you’d be stupid not to take that chance. Ω

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Reno jeweler Micah Blank wears rings he made himself. He’s concerned with being an ethical jeweler. PHOTO/BRAD BYNUM

Real gem Micah Blank Jewelry “I wish the jewelry industry were more transparent,” jeweler Micah Blank said during a recent interview. “‘Ethical’ gets thrown around a lot in this day and age, but why not have your jewelry be the same thing? People are constantly looking for fair trade goods, fair trade chocolate, but I think certain things people overlook, like, ‘Oh, it’s a luxury item, it almost doesn’t need to be ethical.’” Blank and his fiancee, Katya Amchentseva, co-own a jewelry shop, Micah Blank Jewelry, which opened this summer in the Basement—the shopping center in the old post office building at 50 S. Virginia St. “I’ve always wanted to own a jewelry store,” Blank said. For a decade, he worked in the manufacturing side of the jewelry industry. “I’ve made a lot of other people’s jewelry.” But he wanted to create his own designs. He grew up in Reno, but studied jewelry-making in San Francisco and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He moved back to Reno last November and soon made plans to open the shop. “I try to be the best jeweler that I can be,” he said. “I set all my own stones. I make all my own jewelry, so that way it’s not being outsourced.” 18   |   RN&R   |   09.27.18

His jewelry has a classic look: a bit rugged, a bit Art Deco. “Aesthetically, I like simple, clean,” he said. “I don’t like busy stuff. I like to make simple, clean and sleek. Not a lot of components. Not heavy jewelry. Not too light. Modern, but something that stands the test of time. Classic minimalist.” Tony Ashworth, a local chef and musician, recently proposed to his now-fiancee with a ring he purchased from Blank. “He looks intimidating,” said Ashworth. “He looks like he should be in Cannibal Corpse or something, but he’s got super nice clothes on. … He was super, super nice.” “I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients are younger, and I think it’s because of my appearance,” Blank said. (He has a lot of tattoos.) For Blank, being an ethical jeweler has a few components. “Everything that I do is recycled gold—one hundred percent recycled gold, ethically sourced gemstones, post-consumer diamonds,” he said. “Post-consumer” is basically a fancy way of saying “used.” For ethically-sourced stones, he primarily purchases jewels mined in the U.S., like Montana sapphires. “In America, we have labor laws,” he said. “We have minimum wage, so you know if you get a gemstone that’s mined here in America, child labor wasn’t used. So, to me, Montana sapphires are a great alternative to your standard diamond engagement ring. And they’re not these huge open pits. They do dig, but it’s not a thousand-foot-long, deep hole.” The jewelry industry has a long and sordid history that’s fraught with ethical abuses—like slavery, child labor and environmental damage. “I think people should really take a look at what their jewelry buying contributes to, especially when it comes to gold mining and diamond mining,” Blank said. “If you look at the photos—there’s a big diamond mine in Russia and a big diamond mine in Canada—and the size of the hole in the Earth, you wouldn’t even believe it. It’s massive. So, we’re trying to get away from that. So my jewelry doesn’t contribute to that hole in the Earth.” Ω

For more information, visit www.micahblank.com.


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“Uncle, perhaps we could use magic to conjure some lenses for my goggles?”

Off time The House with a Clock in Its Walls feels like a mishmash of many kid-friendly Halloween tales, and a messy mishmash at that. It wants to be Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Goosebumps all rolled up into one wacky movie. It’s all a little too much, and it falls apart in its final act. Granted, it’s based upon a novel published in 1973 so, really, the entities mentioned above maybe got inspired by author John Bellairs and his ways of spooking kids with words on paper. As for the cinematic punch, Bellairs and his tome were beaten to it, and this movie adaptation pulls a lot of style choices from films that came before it. If your kids go to this one and then request permission to watch other films by its director, beware, for it’s directed by Eli Roth, frequent purveyor of gross-out torture porn like Cabin Fever, Hostel and The Green Inferno. Roth can conjure some enjoyable elements within the realm of a PG movie, but he can’t quite wrangle all of the story elements together to deliver something that makes sense. While it does contain some genuinely creepy stuff, many of its attempts at frights with living dolls and scary pumpkins feel recycled. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett deliver fun performances as a warlock and semi-retired witch, but much of the film rests upon the young shoulders of Owen Vaccaro as Lewis, an orphan sent to live with his uncle Jonathan (Black) in a creepy house. Jonathan and his neighbor Mrs. Zimmermann (Blanchett) eventually start coaching the misfit Lewis in the powers of witchcraft, an offense that would get child services on their asses, even back in the ’50s when this film is set. Vaccaro looks like he’s a capable actor and, for much of the film, he’s good and quirky. But there are moments when he’s called upon to really emote, and some of those moments go way over the top. Keep in mind that Roth hasn’t worked much with kids in his career (although one must give props for the action he got from

the cool karate-kicking kid in Cabin Fever). You get the sense that a guy who has worked more with kids might’ve found a way to pull Vaccaro back a bit and let him shine in an understated way rather than trying to be too grandiose. Black delivers a quintessential Black performance, manic glee spiced with warm smiles and occasional glimpses of his rage. It’s like Black performances before it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and I did like the whistling ode to Tenacious D. Blanchett does admirable work too, although her character is a bit underdeveloped. Kyle MacLachlan costars as a magician responsible for putting a powerful clock in the walls of Jonathan’s house, a clock that could contribute to the apocalypse. MacLachlan doesn’t get a lot of screen time, and much of it is under heavy makeup, but he does well in his shots. There’s an evil underbelly involving his character—and an encounter in the woods that pushes the PG rating because it’s legitimately freaky—that had me wishing more of the movie was about him. There’s actually a terrifyingly dark and intriguing movie to be made about what his character went through in his backstory, which is mostly glossed over. Maybe the theater I attended was cheaping out, but much of the film looks dark and under-lit in a bad way. While some of the many visual effects look good, including animated stained glass, some of the practical effects are a little too goofy to gain scares. Black and company occasionally make the movie watchable, even enjoyable, at times. Things go flat in the second half, and you’ll find yourself checking the clock on your wrist more than worrying about any clock in the wall. Ω

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Alpha

This story of man’s first interaction with a dog turns out to be a winner if 1) you’re a dog person, and 2) you can watch a movie set 20,000 years ago and believe that the inhabitants could have such stylish leather jackets. No way somebody without a sewing machine could’ve put these things together way back then. If so, they were the Versace of their day. Directed by Albert Hughes (From Hell, Menace II Society), this is a sweet hypothetical story about a long-ago boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), lost in the wilderness after a hunting trip gone awry, befriending a wolf. It’s not a syrupy sweet story; the two go through a sort of hell trying to find the boy’s homeland during the onset of winter. But if you are a dog person, and I am, the gradual warming of their relationship as they rely on one another to survive is nothing short of adorable and powerful. Hughes doesn’t simply rely on his sweet story to score a win with this one. His movie is often gorgeous, featuring majestic landscapes, excellent CGI work, and a damn fine dog as the title character. Smit-McPhee— the boy who cried “Poppa!” in The Road—is on screen for most every scene, relegated to a fake caveman language for his dialogue. All said, he delivers some career best work here and carries the human half of Alpha’s story. Cavemen movies usually suck. So it’s refreshing to see a film set in prehistoric times that actually engages, provides some thrills and warms the heart.

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Mandy

It’s been a good year for gonzo Nicolas Cage. He got to go all psycho in Mom and Dad and now, courtesy of director Panos Cosmatos, he gets his best role in half a decade for this psychedelic ’80s horror throwback. Cage plays Red Miller, a lumberjack living a good life in the northwest with his wife, Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough). Their world is overturned by a Manson-like religious sect led by crazed prophet, Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache). Jeremiah wants to recruit Mandy for his cult, but when she has an unfavorable reaction to the folk album he recorded, things get really bad. Enter Cage in crazed/ pissed mode, as the second half of the movie goes super crazy and super gory. This movie actually contains what will go down as one of the all-time great Cage moments: a bathroom tantrum that involves a Leaving Las Vegas-like vodka chug and crazed weeping on the toilet. It’s one of those movies where he’s allowed to do or say whatever pops into his head, and we get some great, weird lines out of him. We also get one of his most fiercely honest performances. His craziness and oddness are fueled by pure emotional destruction, and as “out there” as the movie gets, Cage somehow remains grounded in a consistent, flawless performance. Extra kudos to Roache, who does evil cowardice well, and Riseborough, who makes quite the impression in her abbreviated screen time. This contains the final score from the late Johann Johannsson, and it’s a doozy. It’s safe to say you have never really seen anything like this, and won’t again. (Available for digital download and rental during a limited theatrical release.)

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Maniac

Here’s another Netflix series that plays like a long, but really good, movie. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reteam (after Superbad) as two mentally exhausted individuals volunteering for pharmaceutical experiments that involve a lot more than simply taking pills. The premise, which allows for the Hill and Stone characters to essentially share dreams, places them inside different fantasy scenarios involving different people. Lemurs, Long Island, shootouts, odd dancing, seances, hawks and more play into those scenarios, all directed engagingly by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The different dreams have different styles, but Fukunaga keeps it all under control and unified. Stone is the true shining star here, especially in a sequence that places her in a Lord of the Rings type setting, one that her character’s true self can’t really stand. Hill plays it morose for much of the running time, which is necessary given

his character’s state, but does get a decent amount of opportunities to go crazy when his character morphs into different people. Justin Theroux is fantastic as a pathetic doctor, as is Sally Field as his famous mother. In fact, Field has some of the series’ best moments, no surprise given that it’s the legendary Sally Field. If you are looking to binge, this is a safe bet. (Available for streaming on Netflix.)

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The Meg

It’s been over two decades since author Steve Alten released his big shark story Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, the first of many Meg books. From the moment the first book hit stands, producers have been attempting to make a movie out of it. Many directors have flirted with making the movie, including Jan de Bont, Guillermo del Toro and, as recently as 2015, Eli Roth. The property eventually ended up under the directorial guidance of one Jon Turtletaub, the guy who made Cool Runnings, the National Treasure movies and, wait for it, 3 Ninjas. The result? A movie as misguided, sloppy and boring as you would expect from the guy who directed 3 Ninjas. Let’s just get the obvious problem out of the way good and early in this review. The Meg is rated PG-13, and probably could’ve pulled a PG. This is not a horror film. It’s an undersea adventure with a big, messy CGI shark and sci-fi twist. Roth left the project because they wouldn’t let him gore it up, and they wouldn’t let him star as deep-sea diver/adventurer Jonas Taylor. Instead, we get Jason Statham as Jonas, and hardly any need for makeup artists on the set due to a supreme lack of bloodletting.

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Operation Finale

The hunt for Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann is chronicled, albeit blandly, in director Chris Weitz’s lost movie starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Melanie Laurent. When Eichmann (Kingsley) is discovered in Buenos Aires living a modest life working at an automobile plant, secret agents led by Peter Malkin (Isaac) and Hannah Elian (Laurent) set up shop where he resides. They hatch a plot to grab Eichmann and return him to Israel to stand trial for his war crimes. Up until the moment where they grab Eichmann, the movie is pretty good. But when the movie becomes about Malkin and Eichmann chatting in a dark bedroom, it loses its sting. Too much of this film is spent showing Eichmann trying to persuade Malkin that he was just a normal guy taking orders. Hey, maybe that happened, but cover it in five minutes and stay focused on what a monster this guy was. We already know he’s despicable, and I’m pretty sure the folks who risked their lives to grab him weren’t conflicted about whether or not he was really a nice guy forced to do a bad job. Yes, the movie shows a little bit of his trial, but this is one time where I found myself wishing that more of a movie took place in a courtroom.

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The Predator

Well, that does it. After decades of trying, it’s become definitively evident: Nobody seems to know how to make a decent Predator sequel. It’s not like the first film was a masterpiece. It was a goofy adventure pic featuring a superstar on the rise. Schwarzenegger, in fact, turned down a cameo in this latest franchise installment. The Predator, a movie that simply needed to be just OK to keep pace with the 1987 original, blows its chance. As for the Alien vs. Predator attempts? Let’s not go there. The Predator, technically the fourth Predator film—not including those other films we just wished away from memory—certainly had its reasons for getting us excited. Shane Black, who actually played the first character killed in this franchise 31 years ago, is its director. This is the man responsible for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3. That Iron Man 3 credit is the main reason to think Black would be a good pick to lead a beloved genre favorite back to greatness. Nope. In fact, The Predator actually represents a step backward from the extremely mediocre Predators (2010), the prior installment that squandered a decent idea with a cheap-looking film. The Predator is a lumbering stink bomb through and through.

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I went on a recent Friday night to sushi restaurant 2 Tha Joint with my daughter and friends, and the place was hoppin’. But despite being busy, the table service was friendly, and the hot sake ($6, large) was actually hot. Food orders hit the table remarkably fast, and we were never lacking for attention. In a town with so many all-you-can-eat sushi options, 2 Tha Joint ($18.95 lunch, $24.95 dinner) stands out for exceptional service. Like its sister location, Tha Joint in Sparks, the menu has a prison theme. Make of that what you will. We ordered nearly all the available appetizers, including yakiton, gyoza, miso soup, baked mussels, fried calamari and Angry Bird. The yakiton were adequate. The potstickers were crispy. The mussels were on the diminutive side, but they were tasty and spicy. The soup, while a bit watery, was hot and full of tofu and scallion. The squid wasn’t overcooked. The Angry Bird—a dish of tempura deep-fried chicken nuggets doused in hot sauce—was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. For nigiri, I went with maguro (tuna), tataki (marinated seared tuna), hamachi (yellowtail), cooked scallop, salmon, cajun salmon, smoked salmon, tai (red snapper), unagi (cooked freshwater eel), mackerel, tako (octopus) and upside down shrimp. The cuts were very nice, served with a perfect amount of rice, and all of them tasted fresh. The tataki was quite good. The tako was tender, and the mackerel was exceptional. The octopus and mackerel were so good, I had to have more of each. The scallop slices were on the large side—perfectly seared, buttery and beautiful. My friends ordered a collection of long rolls, starting with Tha Death Row’s mix of spicy tuna, onion, spicy crab, asparagus, cajun salmon, avocado, habanero masago (omelet) and chili sauce. I noted a lot of spicy elements in much of the menu, so perhaps that’s the punishment aspect? This roll had a lot going

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on, with something of a beefy flavor. My daughter called it, “Sunday dinner à la sushi.” Tha Whole Nine Yards combined fried calamari, spicy crab, shrimp, avocado, cream cheese and pepper powder. It was crunchy, smooth and spicy. A Spider roll of soft shell crab, cucumber and avocado was pretty standard, with less presentation of big pokey bits than some, but it was long on crab flavor and texture. Tha Only’s use of unagi, asparagus, crab, spicy tuna and fried sweet potato was interesting, coming in second on sweetness to Tha Misfits’ tempura shrimp, mango, seared salmon, spicy crab and lemon sauce combo. I’m not going to say much more about Tha Jail Bait and its tempura crab, tempura scallion, seared tuna, avocado, garlic pepper sauce and tempura crunch, other than it was a pretty tempting morsel. Oddly for me, Tha Wing Man’s inclusion of cream cheese with salmon, cucumber, fried jalapeño, lemon sauce and hot sauce worked. I’m not generally a fan of cream cheese in rolls, but the other items covered for it and kept it from being a nuisance. Crystal shrimp, cucumber, sliced lemon, salmon, scallion and hot sauce completed Tha Frisco. I thought the ingredients were a bit overcome by the heat, though the friend who ordered it said it was her favorite. My last minute order of a Tha Joint hand roll turned out to be one of my favorites for the evening, loaded with crystal shrimp, spicy crab, cooked scallop, avocado, pepper powder and hot sauce. In this roll, the heat made sense—plus, the nori was easy to bite through. We ended the meal with more drinks and a taste of green tea ice cream, because it just wouldn’t be a Reno sushi night out otherwise. If you’ve got to do some time, 2 Tha Joint is a pretty pleasant place to spend it. Ω

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by HowarD HarDee

Dawes is a modern purveyor of 1970s soft rock.

Change up Dawes The members of California folk-rock band Dawes know that songs can change over the course of a tour. One will seem stale for weeks, but then something clicks, and it sounds better than it has in years. Other times, a song they all love to play will take a turn for the worse, and they’ll have to put it down. “It’s like, ‘I don’t know what was going on there, but that was just a terrible version of that song.’ You know what I mean?” said bassist Wylie Gelber. “It’s always so different, so we try to keep the sets kind of fluid. We never get too married to specific parts of the set because they’re inevitably going to feel drastically different, at least to us, every night.” Sweeping song revisions aren’t out of the question. “The arrangement we play now on tour can be wildly different from the version on the record—chordally, melody-wise, everything can be completely changed,” he said. “Sometimes it’s like, ‘Oh, here’s a song we play every night, let’s do the first three choruses just piano and vocals, and then we’ll have the whole band come in right at the end.’ Even doing that gives the song a whole new life.” Dawes is a modern purveyor of 1970s soft rock. Across the band’s six albums, frontman Taylor Goldsmith has emerged as a premier breakup songwriter. The wistful chorus on “Somewhere Along the Way,” a standout song from 2015 album All Your Favorite Bands, is one instance of his heartstring puppeteering. He sings, “How her only plan in life was getting lost/ How she took me to the edge and made me watch.” On tour to promote their new album Passwords, Dawes plays Cargo Concert Hall on Friday, Sept. 28. Speaking with the RN&R ahead of the show, Gelber said he started playing bass as a third-grader in Malibu, California, and met Goldsmith as a teenager at Malibu High School.

“I had been playing in bands since a very young age, so I had heard all of my friends write their first songs,” he said. “Everyone knows how good a 14-year-old’s songs can be—usually, not very good. When I first heard Taylor, his songs were so much more complex and well-arranged.” Along with co-songwriter and guitarist Blake Mills, they formed a post-punk band called Simon Dawes, scored a record deal and put out one album, 2006’s Carnivore. They were all still in high school. “I would take time off school to go on these giant opening tours with, like, Maroon 5 and Incubus and stuff like that,” Gelber recalled. “We’d go off on some insane arena tour and then come back, and I’d be so checked out of everything school-related that eventually my principal suggested to my parents that I should drop out of school and go on tour full time.” So he did. Gelber said that in retrospect it should have felt crazier to drop out and shoot for rockstardom. But it was a no-brainer at the time, or at least until Mills quit the band, and Simon Dawes broke up. “For a minute there, everyone was doubting the decision I had made,” he said, laughing. The lineup underwent a transformation— Taylor’s brother, Griffin, stepped in behind the drums—as did the sound. The group re-emerged as Dawes in 2009 with the folk-rock sensibility that became the band’s sonic signature. Though Goldsmith is Dawes’ primary songwriter, the group often collaborates on the harmonies, with each member lending his own unique vocal timbre. And, again, nothing about the arrangements is set in stone. The music is continually changing, night-tonight, right alongside the band. “As me and Taylor have grown up together,” Gelber said, “the songs just get better and better, you know?” Ω

Dawes performs at Cargo Concert Hall, 255 N. Virginia St., on Friday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit dawestheband.com.

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THURSDAY 9/27

FRIDAY 9/28

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Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

ALIBI ALE WORKS

Smoky Knights, 8:30pm, no cover

DJ Dub Fyah, 9pm, no cover

Failure Machine, 9pm, no cover

Bluegrass Open Jam Session, 6pm, M, no cover

Alternators, 9pm, no cover

Caribbean Soul, 9pm, no cover

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

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

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September Reno/Tahoe Producers Social, 6pm, no cover

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Anti-Flag, Mourning Eyes, Cruel, Heterophobia, 8pm, $16.51-$18.35

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549 255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400

Dawes, 8pm, $28.50-$33.50

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Comedy

Cloudship, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

The Improv at Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 5886611: Allan Havey, Nika Williams, Thu-Fri, Sun, 9pm, $25, Sat, 9pm, $30; TBA, W, 9pm, $25 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Eric Schwartz, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sun, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Bob Zany, Tu-W, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Rex Meredith, Fri, 6:30pm, $15-$20 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy with host Jim Flemming, Sun, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Rex Meredith, Fri-Sat, 8:30pm, $15-$20

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132 West St., (775) 329-2878

Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Cargo Concert Hall 255 N. Virginia St. Crystal Bay 883-6333

SUNDAY 9/30

Destructo, 10pm, $20-$35

214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689

Anti-Flag

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Bias & Dunn, 6:30pm, no cover

Tom & Tony, 6:30pm, no cover

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Whiskey Preachers, 9:30pm, no cover

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10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-5711 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

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239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590

RuPaul’s Drag Race rerun viewing party, drag show, 8pm, no cover

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Karaoke Night, 9pm, no cover

Frank Barter, 9pm, no cover

Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview.com/ reno. Deadl ine is the Friday befo re publicatio n.

Traditional Irish Session, 7pm, Tu, no cover

The Fryed Brothers, 9pm, no cover Black Light Party, 10pm, $5

La Cruda Hangover Brunch & Social, 11am, no cover

Karaoke with Matthew Ray, 9pm, Tu, no cover

DJ Chapin with We Ain’t Saints, 10pm, no cover

DJ Chapin with We Ain’t Saints, 10pm, no cover

Trivia Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover

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Marshall Johnson, Gabe Plank, Dashel Milligan, 7pm, no cover

Comedy Showcase, 8pm, no cover

Rock and Blues Jam, 7pm, Tu, no cover Open Mic, 7pm, W, no cover

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Birthday Roast of Ed Adkins, 9pm, Mr. Rooney, 11pm, no cover

599 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 583-3355 6300 Mae Anne Ave., (775) 787-6300 219 W. Second St., (775) 800-1020

Ladies Night with DJ Heidalicious and guests, 9pm, W, no cover

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Young Blood, 6pm, $1 donation

Techno Disco: Yung Milkcrate, DJ Diskoteka, 9:30pm, $4

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Jerk, Donkey Jaw, Me Time, 8pm, $5

Gürschach, Dead Animal Assembly Plant, A Ghost for All Seasons, 9pm, $5

140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

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

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Post/Boredom, Hate Recorder, Plain Oatmeal, 8pm, $5

The Co Founder, Basha, Blunderbusst, All Hype No Heart, 8pm, W, $5 Cloven Hoof, 7pm, Tu, $10-$12

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THURSDAY 9/27

FRIDAY 9/28

Trivia Night, 8pm, no cover

Live music, 9pm, no cover

THE JUNGLE

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

SATURDAY 9/29

SUNDAY 9/30

MON-WED 10/1-10/3 Open mic, 7pm, M, no cover Comedy Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover

LAUGHING PLANET CAFE

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

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

941 N. Virginia St., (775) 870-9633 1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663

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1021 Heavenly Village Way, S.L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024 Shouldn’t Say, 9:15pm, $35-$45

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DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

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Magic Fusion, 7pm, $21-$46 The Kinsey Sicks, 9:15pm, $35-$45 Coney Dogs, 8pm, no cover

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

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

T-N-Keys, 4:30pm, Tu, no cover Nigel St. Hubbins, 7:30pm, W, no cover

Kristen & Charles Duo, 8pm, no cover

Acoustic Wonderland Sessions, 8pm, no cover

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Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, W, $21-$46

Wednesday Night Jam, 8pm, W, no cover

The Goddamn Gallows Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Shea’s Tavern 715 S. Virginia St. 786-4774

High & Tight, Friday Night, 9pm, no cover Sucka Punch, 9pm, no cover

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Bingo with T-N-Keys, 6pm, no cover DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

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Open Mic with host Whiskey Preachers, 7pm, W, no cover

Santos de la Salsa, 8:30pm, $5

Black Leather Outlaw, Fate Awaits, Seasons of Insanity, 9pm, $5

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 7:30pm, W, $40

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The Goddamn Gallows, Gutter Demons, The Strikers, Chris Fox, 8pm, $12-$15

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2) Wormhole Tahoe: Kowta & Jars, 10pm, no cover

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1) Cirque Paris, 8:30pm, $19.95-$59.95 2) DJ Montague, 10:30pm, no cover 3) Moo Crew & DJ Bird, 10pm, no cover

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A n e w c ont e st from the rn& r . . . Your first, your worst, your latest, your last—tell us your stories about menstruation. Maybe you’ve got a story that’s funny—now. Or perhaps yours is a Red Badge of Courage kinda tale. And while only around half of the population can expect a visit from Aunt Flo every single month (for years on end), we know women aren’t the only ones who ride the crimson tide. So whomever you might be—a dad, a friend, a teacher, a spouse—if you’ve got a menstruation story, share it.

Here’s a sample: It was Easter Day, 1995. I was 10 years old. My satin dress was light pink. The stockings were white. For holidays, my cousin—two years my junior—and I always had matching dresses. But things were different than in years past. My cousin and I no longer looked like twins. And the cause—the onset of my puberty—had become a regular source of contention between us. She’d been envious of the training bra I’d needed the year before and of every inch I’d shot up during a growth spurt. Now, all of this was exacerbated by the one-inch “high” heels my mother provided to accompany my ’95 Easter dress, different than her flat ones. The situation was not helped by my proclamation that I would much prefer to hide eggs that year than hunt them. Looking back, I see how I lorded my “growing up” over my cousin a bit. The youngest of four sisters, I wanted desperately to be one of “the big girls,” as the adults in my family called them. When I went to the bathroom after the “little kids” hunted Easter eggs and discovered a bright red stain on my white stockings, I knew what it meant. The biggest sign of my impending “womanhood” had arrived. For some reason, I had no desire to lord it over my cousin.

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period. Tell your story to help raise awareness about Question No. 2 (the “pink tax”) on this year’s ballot. If Question No. 2 passes, feminine hygiene products sold in Nevada would be exempted from state and local sales taxes.

We’ll publish our favorite entries, and there will be a chance for writers to read their entry aloud to an audience at “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”—an event we’re hosting on Nov. 4 in conjunction with the Holland Project and Planned Parenthood Nevada to raise awareness about Question No. 2.

stories can be any length less than 500 words. If you’re writing about someone else, Do not include that person’s name. Please email submissions to contest@newsreview.com and include the subject line “stories, period.” Put each story in the body of an email, because we won’t open strange attachments. we require the author’s name, email address and phone number listed above each story. (that stuff won’t count toward your word count, and we’ll remove it before judging.) titles are acceptable, though not required, and won’t affect word count.

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FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. GALENA FALL CELEBRATION: Enjoy hiking, biking, Frisbee golf, fly-fishing, appearances by McAvoy Lane as The Ghost of Mark Twain and author Michael Branch, food and drinks and more. Sun, 9/30, 7am-3pm. Free. Bearmat Picnic Area, Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948, www.facebook.com/GalenaCreekVC.

GENOA CANDY DANCE: The 99th annual fair features more than 300 vendors selling arts and crafts, candy and more along Main Street and surrounding streets in Genoa. The Candy Dance and Dinner is Saturday evening from 4:30-10pm at Genoa Town Park. Sat, 9/29-Sun, 9/30, 9am. Free admission to festival, $5 parking in designed lots, $33-$52 for dinner and dance. Downtown Genoa, (775) 782-8696, www.genoanevada.org/ candydancefaire.htm.

OCT/02

: CGT+MG3

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a concert combining the talents of the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio. The international group of six guitarists, who hail from Belgium, Canada, Japan and the United States, fuses more than 40 years of combined performing experience into a six-by-six string “phenomensemble.” CGT’s steel-stringed guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio’s fretboards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Nightingale Concert Hall inside the Church Fine Arts Building, 1335 N. Virginia St., at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $5-$35. Call 784-4278 or visit www.unr.edu/pas.

EVENTS 2018 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: See this year’s 10 finalist short films and to vote for your favorite. The worldwide winner will be announced online at the conclusion of the global short film festival. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Fri,

9/28, 7pm; Sat, 9/29, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 9/30, 2pm. $15. Joe Crowley Student Union

Theater, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6505.

ANDELIN FARM FALL FESTIVAL PUMPKIN PATCH & CORN MAZE: The pumpkin patch features a variety of pick-your-own pumpkins. Pumpkins are priced according to variety and weight. The admission price includes activities such as hayrides, cow train, a hay bale maze for kids and other fun attractions. The theme of this year’s corn maze is “Treasure Hunt. The seasonal event runs Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 31. Thu, 9/27-Sat, 9/29, Tue, 10/2-Wed 10/3, 10am. $7-$12. Andelin Farm, 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 530-8032, www.andelinfamilyfarm.com.

DINE THE DISTRICT FOOD TOUR: Enjoy a variety of culinary delights from some of the best restaurants in the Reno area during this self-guided tour. Sat, 9/29, 1-5pm. $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Reno Riverwalk District, along Riverside Drive in downtown Reno, renoriver.org.

DOGFEST WALK ’N’ ROLL RENO: Furry friends and families are invited to attend a day of fun, festivities, speakers, dog demonstrations, music, canine costume contest, food and more. Sat, 9/29, 11am. Free. Dick Taylor Park, 1140 Beech St., and Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, 1301 Valley Road, cci.org/DogFestReno.

FERRARI FARMS FALL FESTIVAL: The seasonal event features a variety of pumpkins, squash, gourds and decorations for sale, a five-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animals and other attractions. The pumpkin patch will be open 9:30am-8pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 9:30am10pm, Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 31. There is no entrance fee but activities are individually priced. Pumpkins are all priced according to size. Sat, 9/29-Wed, 10/3, 9:30am. Free. Ferrari Farms, 4701 Mill St., ferrarifarms.org/fall-festival.

FIREFEST: Activities include fire engines and other big trucks on display, a burn house sprinkler demonstration, home safety ideas, free handout material and special attractions for kids, such as water fights, face painting, fire extinguisher demonstration, campfire safety and an appearance by Smokey Bear and other friends. Sat, 9/29, 10am. Free. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino parking lot, 50 Highway. 50, Stateline, hardrockcasinolaketahoe. com/events/firefest/.

LAKEFRONT PROPERTY ON MARS AND THE SUMMER TRIANGLE: Mike Hopper and Jim Fahey from the Astronomical Society of Nevada will talk about the exploration of Mars, followed by outdoor viewing of the stars, constellations and deep sky objects of the Summer Triangle. Sat, 9/29, 7pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948, www.facebook.com/ GalenaCreekVC.

LAST FRIDAY AT VICTORIAN SQUARE: Participants can visit downtown Victorian Square and experience amenities like the Sparks Heritage Museum and gallery, train display and Glendale Schoolhouse for free with docents available for tours. There will also be art booths, entertainment in the St. Mary’s Amphitheater and Great Basin Stage and a free showing of the Disney/Pixar animated film Up in the amphitheater at dusk. Fri, 9/28, 7pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764-794 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 353-7856, cityofsparks.us.

NEVADAFEST: The Nevada Craft Brewers Association hosts this celebration featuring samples from more than 20 Nevada craft breweries combined with offerings from local food trucks, live music and outdoor games. Sat, 9/29, 1-5pm. $20-$70. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., nvfest.com.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer

team takes on Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Sat, 9/29, 6:45pm. $15-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000, www.reno1868fc.com.

RENO-SPARKS WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL: This family-friendly event includes food trucks, music, lantern-designing and more. The lantern launch starts at 9:30pm. Sat, 9/29, 5pm. $35-$40. Sparks Marina, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks, waterlanternfestival.com/reno.php

ROFF GOES WYLD: Blind Dog Tavern, in partnership with Wyld Market, hosts this street fair featuring local trucks, craft cocktails, local beer, live music, creations from local makers and information booths. Sat, 9/29, 4pm. Free. Roff Way, downtown Reno, wanderingwyld.com.

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SEPTEMBERFEST: The Potentialist Workshop celebrates its anniversary in partnership with local brewery Imbib. The evening will include beer tasting, recent works from Potentialist artists, live art and music by Weapons of Mass Creation. At 9pm, there will be a double feature of Potentialist films, including the awardwinning Ali. Fri 9/28, 7pm. Free. The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., potentialistworkshop.com.

ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: The Biggest Little Miniature Show. The Latimer Art Club and the Artists Co-op of Reno host the 11th annual judged and juried exhibition. Mon, 10/1-Wed, 10/3, 11am4pm. Free. Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., 775-322-8896.

THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Young Blood. The

SPARTAN RACE, TAHOE BEAST AND ULTRA BEAST: The weekend will feature various obstacles races, as well as post-race events with beer, food trucks, parties, giveaways and tram rides. Sat 9/29-Sun, 9/30, 6:30am. $31-$259. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and other locations, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, www.spartan.com.

STREET VIBRATIONS FALL RALLY: The annual celebration of music, metal and motorcycles features poker runs, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt and bike shows and more at venues in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Virginia City. The event is open to all motorcycles. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Thu, 9/27-Sun, 9/30. Free. Downtown Reno and other locations, (775) 329-7469, roadshowsreno.com/sv_fall.php.

TAHOE CITY OKTOBERFEST: The fall celebration event features craft beers from some of the region’s best microbreweries, local grub, Bavarianthemed games, a craft vendor village, live music, raffle and more. Sat, 9/29, noon-5pm. Free admission. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, www.visittahoecity.org.

pop-up exhibition showcases work by Reno’s up-and-coming artists under 21. Thu, 9/27, 6-8pm. $1 donation; On Paper. The pop-up event will feature more than 15 local artists working in printmaking and other 2D media. Each artist will have a table displaying their work. Presented by Printmakers’ Conspiracy and Laika Press. Sat, 9/29, 2-5pm. Free; MESHES Video Art Club with Abigail Lucien. Wed, 10/3, 8:30pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., hollandreno.org.

ON STAGE APEX CONCERTS—FROM BACH: University of Nevada, Reno chamber music series begins its eighth season with a program exploring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Thu, 9/27, 7:30pm. $5-$35, free for UNR students with ID. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, UNR, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

CLASSIX SERIES—THE WAY WE WERE: The Reno Phil celebrates its 50th anniversary season with a program featuring works by Gershwin, Tian and Ravel. Sat, 9/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 9/30, 4pm. $9-$89. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., renophil.com.

TOLLHOUSE PUMPKINS FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: The seasonal event features pumpkins for sale, a variety of inflatable attractions and bounce houses, kiddie train, farm animals, petting zoo, pony rides and more. Festival hours are 9am8pm, Sunday-Thursday, and 9am-9pm, Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 31. Admission is free but you must purchase tickets for rides and attractions. A book of 22 tickets is $20. Individual tickets are $1. Mon, 10/1-Wed, 10/3, 9am. Free. Tollhouse Pumpkins Pumpkin Patch, 12725 S. Virginia St., (503) 883-1841, tollhousepumpkins.com.

VOICES OF THE PAST—SILVER TERRACE CEMETERY TOUR: Funtime Theater presents its 16th annual cemetery walking tour. Playing the “spirits” of prominent Virginia City residents buried in the cemetery, actors talk about various aspects of everyday life in a mining town, from firefighting to medical care to the challenges women faced. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a camera to capture the scenic views of Virginia City and the cemetery’s old gravestones. Sat, 9/29-Sun, 9/30, 10am. $10-$15. Silver Terrace Cemetery, North E Street and Carson Street, Virginia City, www.facebook.com/ FuntimeTheater.

MARCHFOURTH: This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. Sun, 9/30, 8pm. $18-$22. Virginia Street Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St., renobrewhouse.com.

MAYTAG VIRGIN: Audrey Cefaly’s play explores the ideas of inertia and self-enlightenment and the bridge between the two. Fri, 9/28-Sat, 9/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 9/30, 2pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, rattheatre.org.

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Susan Nanus’ play based on the children’s fantasy adventure novel written by Norton Juster. Fri, 9/28-Sat, 9/29, 7pm; Sun, 9/30, 2pm. $10-$12. Destiny Community Center, 255 Bell St., (775) 284-0789.

PROOF: Performing Arts Center at Damonte Ranch High School presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning play. Thu, 9/27, 7pm; Fri, 9/28, 3pm & 7pm. $8-$10. Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Parkway, (775) 851-5656, www.facebook.com/ PACatDamonteRanch.

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Pouter keg My girlfriend, who’d been traveling, lost track of what day it was and was surprised when I showed up on the usual night I come cook her dinner. She was happy to see me but said she needed to finish this one “urgent work email.” Instead of getting started in the kitchen, I sat down angrily on the couch. “What’s wrong?” she asked. I said, “I’ll just sit here till you’re ready!” She got angry, saying that I should have just asked her how long she’d be or told her I felt bad. She then went on about how I have a “toxic” habit of this sort of “passive-aggressive” behavior, and I need to stop “acting out” before it ruins our relationship. Passive-aggressiveness is a kind of coded communication—a form of “indirect speech,” which is a way of saying something without flat-out saying it. The term “passive-aggressive” was coined by a military psychologist, Colonel William Menninger, during World War II. He used it to describe soldiers who—instead of saying no to a direct order (hello, ugly consequences!)—wiggled out through “passive measures,” including “procrastination, inefficiency and passive obstructionism.” Menninger’s term was useful in military memos because, as historian Christopher Lane puts it, the army couldn’t exactly issue a directive against “pouting.” However, there was no research to support it as anything more than a tactic in a certain situation—as opposed to a “personality disorder,” a chronic, genetically driven pattern of maladaptive thinking and behavior. Yet, in the 1950s, a group of psychiatrists writing the mental disorders bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (edition I), took a big, unscientific leap. They willynilly added passive-aggressiveness to the list of personality disorders in the book—perhaps because without an official “disorder” label (and diagnostic codes that go with), health insurance companies wouldn’t pay therapists to treat it. But consider the weaselly, “passive-aggressive” tack those soldiers took. Though their indirect approach to getting their way was militarily unhelpful, it was anything but “maladaptive” for them personally. It allowed them to avoid both court-martial and getting shot

at—or to stay in bed “sick” instead of going all “10-4!” on scrubbing the grout in the latrines with their toothbrush. In other words, indirect communication like theirs is often adaptive, meaning highly useful—a form of diplomacy. As I pointed out in a recent column, per psychologist Steven Pinker, it’s a crafty way to communicate a potentially inflammatory message without causing offense the way baldly stating one’s feelings would. The thing is, avoiding causing offense can go too far, like when it’s driven by a long-held and unexamined belief that you’re offensive simply by existing and having needs. Understanding that, explore the root of your own passive-aggressive behavior. My guess? It’s fear of conflict, or rather, of the results of conflict. Granted, at some point, it was probably protective for you to avoid conflict—and the direct engagement that could lead to it—like if you had a volatile and abusive parent. However, as an adult, indirect communication should be a tool you use when it suits the situation, not a behavior to which you robotically default. Consider that conflict, when expressed in healthy, noninflammatory ways, can be a positive thing— a source for personal and collective growth and deeper relationships. But to take advantage of this after years of auto-burying your feelings, you’ll need to start by articulating to yourself what you want in a particular situation. Next, while ignoring the protests of your fears, express your needs and/or feelings to the other person with healthy directness: “Hey, can you guesstimate how many minutes till you’re done with your work?” and maybe add “I have a special dinner planned, and I don’t want it to get cold.” Admittedly, some conflicts end up in gridlock. However, you’re far more likely to get your needs met if you don’t just fester with resentment or turn every relationship interaction into an intricate game of charades. Ω

ERIK HOLLAND

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from socializing, my fellow Cancerian. In fact, I’m on sabbatical from my regular rhythm. My goal for the coming days is to commune with my past and review the story of my life. Rather than fill my brain up with the latest news and celebrity gossip, I am meditating on my own deep dark mysteries. I’m mining for secrets that I might be concealing from myself. In accordance with the astrological omens, I suggest that you follow my lead. You might want to delve into boxes of old mementos or reread emails from years ago. You could get in touch with people who are no longer part of your life even though they were once important to you. How else could you get into intimate contact with your eternal self?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here’s a quote from A Map

of Misreading , a book by renowned literary critic, Harold Bloom: “Where the synecdoche of tessera made a totality, however illusive, the metonymy of kenosis breaks this up into discontinuous fragments.” What the cluck did Harold Bloom just say?! I’m not being anti-intellectual when I declare this passage to be pretentious drivel. In the coming days, I urge you Leos to draw inspiration from my response to Bloom. Tell the truth about nonsense. Don’t pretend to appreciate jumbled or over-complicated ideas. Expose bunk and bombast. Be kind, if you can, but be firm. You’re primed to be a champion of down-to-earth communication.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A data research company, Priceonomics, suggests that Monday is the most productive day of the week and that October is the most productive month of the year. My research suggests that while Capricorns tend to be the most consistently productive of all the signs in the zodiac, Virgos often outstrip them for a six-week period during the end of each September and throughout October. Furthermore, my intuition tells me that you Virgos now have an extraordinary capacity to turn good ideas into practical action. I conclude, therefore, that you are about to embark on a surge of industrious and high-quality work. (P.S.: This October has five Mondays.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Biologists are constantly

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unearthing new species, although not new in the sense of having just appeared on our planet. In fact, they’re animals and plants that have existed for millennia. But they’ve never before been noticed and identified by science. Among recent additions to our ever-growing knowl-

edge are an orchid in Madagascar that smells like champagne, an electric blue tarantula in the Guyana rain forest and a Western Australian grass that has a flavor resembling salt and vinegar potato chips. I suspect you’ll be making metaphorically comparable discoveries in the coming weeks, Libra: evocative beauty that you’ve been blind to and interesting phenomena that have been hiding in plain sight.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There is no such

thing as a plant that blooms continuously. Phases of withering and dormancy are just as natural as phases of growth. I bring this fact to your attention to help you remain poised as you go through your own period of withering followed by dormancy. You should accept life’s demand that you slow down and explore the mysteries of fallowness. You should surrender sweetly to stasis and enjoy your time of rest and recharging. That’s the best way to prepare for the new cycle of growth that will begin in a few weeks.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you were ever

going to win a contest that awarded you a free vacation to an exotic sanctuary, it would probably happen during the next three weeks. If a toy company would ever approach you about developing a line of action figures and kids’ books based on your life, it might also be sometime soon. And if you have ever had hopes of converting your adversaries into allies, or getting support and backing for your good original ideas, or finding unexpected inspiration to fix one of your not-so-good habits, those opportunities are now more likely than they have been for some time.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): An 81-year-old

Capricorn man named James Harrison has donated his unique blood on 1,173 occasions. Scientists have used it to make medicine that prevents Rhesus disease in unborn babies, thereby healing more than 2.4 million kids and literally saving thousands of lives. I don’t expect you to do anything nearly as remarkable. But I do want to let you know that the coming weeks will be a favorable time to lift your generosity and compassion to the next level. Harrison would serve well as your patron saint.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On a spring morning

some years ago, a smoky aroma woke me from a deep sleep. Peering out my bedroom window into the backyard, I saw that my trickster girlfriend Anastasia had built a bonfire. When I stumbled to my closet to get dressed, I found my clothes missing. There were no garments in my dresser, either. In my groggy haze, I realized that my entire wardrobe had become fuel for Anastasia’s conflagration. It was too late to intervene, and I was still quite drowsy, so I crawled back in bed to resume snoozing. A while later, I woke to find her standing next to the bed bearing a luxurious breakfast she said she’d cooked over the flames of my burning clothes. After our meal, we stayed in bed all day, indulging in a variety of riotous fun. I’m not predicting that similar events will unfold in your life, Aquarius. But you may experience adventures that are almost equally boisterous, hilarious and mysterious.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’ve got three teach-

ings for you. 1. Was there a time in your past when bad romance wounded your talent for love? Yes, but you now have more power to heal that wound than you’ve ever had before. 2. Is it possible you’re ready to shed a semidelicious addiction to a chaotic magic? Yes. Clarity is poised to trump melodrama. Joyous decisiveness is primed to vanquish ingrained sadness. 3. Has there ever been a better time than now to resolve and graduate from past events that have bothered and drained you for a long time? No. This is the best time ever.

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How’s Texas these days? You know what’s really getting a lot of attention is the race between Ted Cruz and Beto [O’Rourke]. And Beto, he’s coming along really strong. I’m a big supporter of Beto.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore is a Grammynominated, Texas-based country and Western singer. He and roots rocker Dave Alvin recently released the collaborative album Downey to Lubbock. Despite his prolific music career, Gilmore is perhaps best known for his brief but iconic role as Smokey in the cult classic The Big Lebowski. Gilmore and Alvin perform at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St., 2217451, on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Tell me about the new record.

How often do people say to you, “Over the line, Smokey!”

I’m extremely proud of it. It taps into a part of my music that I just barely touched on in earlier recordings. I did a few blues and kind of rockers on each one of my older records. But this one, I think, you’d probably call it a blues rock record. ... It went to number one on the Billboard blues charts this summer, which was a surprise.

of us, doing a duet show in which we discovered that we had a whole trove of old stuff that we were into when we were learning how to play. … So, Dave and I, as we did these duet shows, we discovered that we had even more in common than just friendship. We had a musical background and real similar taste. It was a great discovery.

How did that collaboration come about?

When did you last play Reno?

We’ve been friends, very good friends, for a really long time—more than 30 years probably. We met through circumstances, not through playing together, but playing on shows together—different acts. And we got to be friends. And Dave also wrote some stuff about me back when Elektra was really publicizing me and nourishing my career. ... Last year, Dave and I toured together, just the two

Oh, it’s been a long time! The Flantlanders were there, but it’s been eight or nine years. … I haven’t been playing anywhere very much the last few years. I wasn’t really retired, but jokingly said I was. … I’ve always loved Nevada. I’ve never really spent much time there, but I love the high desert. I love the open feeling—of course, being from the flatlands. Reno is more scenic than Lubbock by far.

Oh, nearly every day! I love it. I love the movie. I love the Coen Brothers. If I was only ever going to be in one movie, I think that was a good choice. ... I never had an ambition to be an actor. That’s not my thing. But Joel and Ethan and Frances McDormand were fans of mine from way, way back. … They used to come to my shows all the time after they got famous, after Raising Arizona. And we talked about me doing some music for their movies, which I would love. But they talked to my manager and said, “We want him to play a part in this movie we’re doing.” I told them, “This is crazy. I’m not an actor. I’m not trained for it. I’m a little bit camera-shy.” And they said, “No, we know what we want you to do. We’ll coach you.” They knew what they needed to do, and they did it. It makes people think that I know what I’m doing. And John [Goodman] was wonderful. I just loved him. He was just such a good guy, but on the day of the shooting, he was so mean to me that I was genuinely intimidated. I never have known if he was actually mad at me or it was just Method acting. But it worked, whatever it was. He was convincing. It felt like he actually was going to shoot me! Ω

by BRUCE VAN DYKE

Tales of fear A quote from Iowa representative Steve King—“No man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again if being accused of sexual assault is the new standard.” Knee jerk reaction one: Good! There is much to be said for a Supreme Court made up of women. Men are sucking these days on a regular basis. An all girl court would be just dandy. Oh, there could be a token number of boys on the bench, maybe a couple. But no more than two. Any more than two is dangerous! Knee jerk reaction two: Gee, Steve, maybe we should take a look at your past at parties! Sounds like you’ve got some nasty little skeletons in your closet, bro! Knee jerk reaction three: Steve King, after all, is a man who sucks and sucks often. • Us progressive liberal Democrats might be inclined to regard men like Gary Cohn and Rob Porter as total jerks, since they used

to work in the administration of Don Dum Dum. After reading Bob Woodward’s Fear, I have seriously revised my opinion. Cohn and Porter were actually great Americans. These guys were doing the work of The Resistance on the inside, where they could do some real stuff, some stuff with impact. Yes, Porter has his domestic issues, and there’s no getting around that. But they made a difference. Their departures from the White House were inevitable, but, for the country, unfortunate. They were voices of sanity in a White House ruled by a stubborn, erratic, volatile rockhead. Others in Fear who had their moments butting heads with Twitler include Mattis, McMaster, Tillerson, Kelly, and, yes, even Jared. In fact, Trump refers to Jarvanka as “New York Democrats,” which is interesting and illuminating. And yes, Woodward confirms Tillerson’s “fucking moron” moment. After the

meeting with Trump that prompts that expletive, you’ll find the quote completely reasonable and believable (and the stuff about Mueller interacting with lawyer John Dowd is quite revelatory). • And so, here we go, forced to stroll once again on Tawdry Boulevard (it’s been 20 years since we did the Lewinsky Lambada), and it’s a shame that the sycophantic Retrumplican senators on the Judiciary Committee were too trumped up to realize that Kavanaugh’s perjury in his past should have been completely sufficient to blow him up. But they are so friggin’ desperate to do this before the midterms. So desperate that they’re beginning to choke on their flop sweat as they push, push, push to rush, rush, rush. So it’s the Women Vs. Young Horndog Brett. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. Ω

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