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Trash letter Daze and nights Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I’m just going to be really, really honest and say what’s on my mind here this week. The holidays bum me out. I’m a childless divorcee in my mid-30s, so big surprise, right? But I know I’m not the only one. The idea that suicide rates skyrocket during the Christmas season is just an urban legend, but the holiday blues remain a matter of fact. And, like a lot of people, I find myself suffering from them. There are big parties and big crowds all over town—and, even in the midst of it, I feel very much alone. It’s easy to have too many after-shifters at the bar, to smoke too much pot and to blame all the indulgence on “the holidays.” And, again, I know I’m not the only one. By the time you read this, Christmas will be over and New Year’s Eve on its way. Through the haze of what’s becoming my perpetual holiday hangover, I can already see the light of the post-holiday season dawning. I know that I’ll feel better once the Christmas music and lights and trees have been stashed away. I just need to keep it together for another week or so. If you’re also struggling, I hope you, too, will hold out for happier times. Drink another glass of eggnog. Don’t drive afterward. Find someone with whom you can talk. If things get really tough, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year: 1-800-273-8255.
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Re “Trash talk” (Editor’s note, Dec. 13): I agree with your conclusion that we can do more here in Reno to combat litter. Reno is well known as a dumpy little city, but we needn’t continue with that legacy. ... You should write a story about this issue. When I first moved here to attend the University, I had a pleasant meeting with some Boise State fans who were in town for a ball game. When I mentioned that I had never been to Boise, and asked what it was like, a very nice lady from the group forthrightly responded with, “Oh it is much like Reno, only cleaner.” She meant no insult but was just conveying her honest assessment. It would be a good article to get each of the Council members for Reno and Sparks, along with the County Commissioners on the record stating what they think can be done to clean this town up and so we can finally end our legacy as a dumpy little town. I think that the first step should be to stop comparing Reno to Vegas. Vegas is a sewer. Instead, start comparing our town to the finest cities in the world and set policies in place to match that much higher standard of beauty and cleanliness. By the way, Reno is not the dirtiest town where I have lived. Columbo, Sri Lanka is the worst, so far. There are many others. In the USA, New Orleans, New York and Washington D.C. are far filthier than Reno. However, a town of this size should sparkle and truly be a gem of the West, instead of being a smaller version of Vegas. Reno could be among the prettiest cities on Earth, but instead our leadership is perpetually stuck on, “Well, at least we’re not Vegas” as their perpetual excuse. J. Tyler Ballance Reno
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These awards are well deserved and recognize the quality journalism your staff produces for Nevada readers every week. Receiving the first place award in the Best Urban Weekly Newspaper category is an incredible achievement, as are your other wins in numerous categories, including recognition for Best Local Column and Best Editorial Writing. Reno News and Review is an important resource for Nevadans, and the work you do has not gone unrecognized. I look forward to seeing more award winning journalism in the future. Catherine Cortez Masto Washington, D.C.
Who? For more than three years we have seen how the media—press, radio, television, etc.—has been giving free publicity to the candidate and now president, repeating his name and surname constantly. The free advertising provided during the election campaign is valued in more than $2,000,000,000.00. The president accuses the media in the blatant, insulting and aggressive manner of being the number one enemies of the American people. The aggression in the media is increasing, reaching extreme situations, such as not allowing the presence or even expelling journalists from their press conferences or presentations of their Fake Reality. This fanfare is extremely harmful to journalists in the United States and the world. Perhaps we could relate to the horrible attack the press suffered in Annapolis, Maryland with five fatalities. Attacks on the press are a cruel attack on the Constitution, freedom of expression, and the right of every citizen to be well informed. The damage that is being done to the country in general and the press in particular must stop immediately and definitively. If the Republicans do not do it and the Democrats cannot, perhaps the journalists themselves should do it. The media should boycott the presidents’ name with absolute silence to
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everything he says, writes or does. In cases where there is no other choice, they can use alternatives such as president, the executive, the administration, etc. Maybe it is not my place, but it would be advisable that the media pay more attention to the people, to the underpaid workers, to the families who cannot afford medical insurance, cannot pay their rent, take their children on vacation or sent them to university. Please, for the sake of our democracy, of our country, for our families and future generations, let us all join in the boycott. Do not repeat the name or surname of the president. Please, no more publicity to the president. Angel Luis Ponce de Leon Lake Worth, Florida
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by matt bieker
When was your worst hangover? AsKed AT CoffeebAr, 682 MT. rose sT. Ale x Munson Graduate student
It was when I was 20 years old. It was before I lived in Reno. My parents lived in Reno, and I was visiting with my brother. … We went to the Fireside Lounge, I think. Between four us, we downed a bottle of vodka. Definitely lost my fake ID, definitely got into a fight with the bouncer.
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I had my stomach pumped once. That was probably the worst hangover I ever had. I was 17. I still drank, but not like that. Me and a buddy of mine were drinking beer, and I drank a—we were drinking 151 Bacardi out of the bottle.
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Look within This is not an era when we can look to our leaders for inspiration, not in politics, not in religion, not in journalism. There were periods when a Roosevelt, an Eisenhower, a Kennedy, a Reagan knew how to deal with difficult times and still give the public some sense of hope. Now, political figures try to divide us, poke fun at “hopey-changey” aspirations and leave inspiration to others. We have religious figures who argue over whether Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays is the appropriate greeting and try to suppress the participation of other faiths in the winter holiday season that goes back many millennia. And it is hard to find a William Allen White or a Francis Church to lift the public’s spirits with a “Yes, Virginia” editorial. Two weeks after Pearl Harbor, sensing that everyday people might feel uneasy rejoicing in the holidays when U.S. soldiers and sailors were fighting and dying, Franklin Roosevelt let the public know he understood that feeling: “There are many men and women in America—sincere and faithful men and women—who are asking themselves this Christmas: How can we light our trees? How can we give our gifts? How can we meet and worship with love and with uplifted spirit and heart in a world at war, a world of fighting and suffering and death? … “And even as we ask these questions, we know the answer. There is another preparation demanded of this nation beyond and beside the preparation of weapons and materials of war. There is demanded also of us the preparation of our hearts; the arming of our hearts. And when we make ready our hearts for the labor and the suffering
and the ultimate victory which lie ahead, then we observe Christmas Day—with all of its memories and all of its meanings—as we should.” When the nation was plunged into gloom, President Reagan knew people—including children—still needed to believe in ideas and invention: “Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss. … I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.” Today, however, those kinds of voices are silent. But if our leaders cannot inspire, we can still look to ourselves as a people. Robert Kennedy once said we put too much faith in our gross national product and not enough in everyday things—“the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play … the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages.” Those come from our best selves. He also named the courage, wisdom, learning, and compassion in ourselves—qualities politicians now disdain in us. But we do not need to listen to those disdainful voices. In this holiday season, we can look to each other, in our homes and gathering places and community, and know we are not what our leaders try to make of us. Ω
The night after my best friend’s wedding. I was the maid of honor, and instead of eating lunch that day or eating that night, just kept drinking. I woke up next morning and didn’t remember half the wedding. I had a torn MCL when I woke up. You have to laugh. It’s the only way. sAM gbAfA Software engineer
Probably after the Santa Crawl a couple years ago. I wish I could [elaborate] but I just don’t remember. I have some horror stories from my friends. I was told I threw up on the side of my car, and I ended up cleaning my car. I had a pretty bad hangover.
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I’ll tell you exactly, because I quit drinking seven months and five days ago. That was my worst hangover, on May 15. I bought several bottles, left my paycheck at the bar, didn’t know where my car was. I was just like, “I’m done with this.”
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by SHEILA LESLIE
Power spreads out Congratulations, Nevada! Our state made national news last week when we became the first majority female state legislature in the country. It happened when Clark County Commissioners filled two vacancies in the Assembly with women. Although the state Senate still has a female minority, with nine women and 12 men in office, there are now 23 women and just 19 men in the Assembly, thus producing an overall female majority in the Legislature as a whole. Why does it matter? Women tend to see public policy issues differently, as more of a puzzle to be solved than as a game to be won. They are more empathetic and collaborative, viewing consensus-building and compromise as a goal. They are more apt to try persuasion instead of bullying others into doing their will. Women are usually more interested in issues affecting the average family, especially those involving children. And they’re comfortable discussing the public policies packed with emotion that can lead a
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witness to tears, such as lack of health care, autistic children who can’t get services and issues associated with the sheer poverty derived from trying to raise a family on a minimum wage. A majority means leaving tokenism behind. Women will be freed from the burden of representing their gender and be known for policy positions rather than being the lone woman on the committee. It has always been vital to have a seat at the table but a majority guarantees the agenda will increasingly reflect a woman’s priorities. It has been a long struggle to arrive at this moment. According to an excellent background paper written by Dana Bennett when she worked for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, women were not allowed to vote or serve in office when Nevada became a state in 1864. The battle over suffrage lasted until 1914, six years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving all American women the right to vote. In 1885, some assemblymembers argued that “women were both too
morally fine and mentally frivolous to be responsible voters.” There are probably still some Nevada men who feel that way. Washoe County’s women were quick to jump into the political arena once they were allowed into the ring. Jean Dwyer was the first woman to run for the state Legislature in 1916. She came in last in a field of 22 candidates. In 1918, another woman from Washoe County, Sadie Dotson Hurst, was the first woman to be elected to the Legislature. But it wasn’t until 1994 that an African American woman was elected to the state Senate when Bernice Martin Mathews ran and won. Nevada’s Legislature is increasingly reflective of the state’s population, not only in gender but also in racial and ethnic composition. African-Americans and Hispanics are well represented, especially in leadership spots with African-American/ Latino teams set to run the Assembly and the Senate next year—Jason Frierson and Teresa Benitez-Thompson as speaker and Democratic leader and Kelvin Atkinson and
Mo Denis as Senate Democratic leader and president pro tem. Women no longer will be expected to feel grateful for an opportunity to lead, opportunities men have long taken for granted. Many female legislators paved the way to the majority and as we celebrate this milestone, they should be recognized, especially since many didn’t live to see a day that should have come long ago. Remember the courage and grace shown by Mary Gojack, Nancy Gomes, Jan Evans, Jean Ford, Vivian Freeman, Peggy Pierce, Marcia deBraga, Myrna Williams and Debbie Smith. And celebrate the enduring or ongoingongoing leadership by example from Sue Wagner, Lori Lipman Brown, Chris Giunchigliani, Joan Lambert, Barbara Buckley, Dawn Gibbons, Diana Glomb, Bonnie Parnell, Valerie Wiener and Dina Titus and innumerable others. It seems like it took forever to get here, but surely Nevada’s women can agree we’re thrilled to have finally arrived. Ω
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by Dennis Myers
The vast expanse of federally managed public land in Nevada makes the U.S. Interior Department important to the state.
Benchmark Nevada now has the first state legislature in U.S. history with a majority of women members. It has not yet happened entirely by election, but it has happened. In November, Nevadans sharply increased the women members of the Nevada Legislature in both houses—displacing seven men with women in the Assembly and giving it a majority of women while also increasing the number of female senators. Then, after the election, this series of events unfolded: After being elected state attorney general, Sen. Aaron Ford resigned to prepare for the new position and was replaced in the senate with the appointment of a woman, Dallas Harris, by the Clark County Commission. That added one woman to the legislature. Then, Clark County Sen. Richard Segerblom stepped down to take a post in county government and the county commission replaced him with Assm. Chris Brooks (that’s a male Chris), who in turn was replaced in the Assembly by Rochelle Thuy Nguyen. That added a second woman, tipping the numbers to the “distaff side” as newspapers used to put it. The Assembly—the larger house—went female majority in the November election, but the Senate remains majority male. However, the full legislature gets a female majority on total points. The New York Times, which on June 30 spotted and reported on the possible approaching benchmark in the Silver State before local press entities did, reported the story last week under the mistaken headline, “Nevada Becomes First State With Majority of Women in Assembly.” In using the term “Assembly” instead of “Legislature,” the Times was referring to one house of the legislature, and that one-house benchmark had already been reached by New Hampshire in 2009—as the Times itself reported in the story under the headline. What the Times headline described happened six weeks ago, when Nevadans elected 22 women and 20 men to the Nevada Assembly, giving one house a majority of women. On the same day, Colorado and Guam did the same thing. But what happened last week, Nevada had to itself. No state legislature has ever before had a woman majority. It is a majority of the full legislature, however, not a majority of both houses. The Senate remains at 12 men and nine women. Women are a majority of the U.S. population at 50.8 percent, but in Nevada they are not. They are 49.8 percent of Nevadans, according to the Census Bureau. Also appointed to the Assembly by the Clark County Commission the same day as Nguyen was Beatrice Duran, but she replaced Olivia Diaz, so her appointment did not change the gender count. Diaz resigned just after being reelected to the Assembly in order to run for the Las Vegas City Council. No explanation was given of why she ran for reelection, but her resignation was not well received by some voters. —Dennis Myers
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Interior design Secretarial candidates angle for job U.S. Secretary of the Interior ryan Zinke resigned under a cloud on Dec. 15, and outgoing U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is a candidate to replace him. Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, scheduled to become Nevada’s senior senator when Heller leaves office, gave her blessing to Heller taking over at Interior, and he won support from half a dozen of his fellow Republican senators. The importance of the Interior Department in Nevada can be seen in the names of some of the agencies it contains: Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Office of Indian Gaming, National Indian Gaming Commission, National Invasive Species Council, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Bureau of Reclamation, Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Surface Mining, Office of Wildland Fire. Like the Nevada Department of Wildlife, which was once a hunting and fishing agency but became an environmental agency in the 1970s, Interior’s role has changed and the importance of the secretary’s geography has been reduced and his or her policy positions elevated. Westerners themselves are now divided on public lands and environmental issues,
and Heller is out of step both with his own state and with Trump’s positions on public lands. Surveys have indicated that most Nevadans supportthe federal government managing public lands and oppose transferring public lands to the states or private ownership. Heller has been harshly critical of the creation of national monuments, aligned himself with Cliven Bundy, and tried to hold down the size of wilderness areas. Still, it may be difficult for Trump to find a Republican who agrees with him on Interior issues. As a presidential candidate, Trump opposed transfers of public lands to the states or private interests, at odds with Heller’s stance. But cabinet members adapt their positions to those of the president. And Trump’s performance in office has not been all that congenial to public land supporters, anyway. Given the substantial amount of public land in Nevada—highest percentage of any state—and other Western states, Western politicians have long considered Interior “their” cabinet post, and the secretary has normally been a Westerner. When President Nixon appointed Maryland U.S. Rep. Rogers Morton to the post in 1971, it dismayed Westerners, including Nevada leaders. Zinke is a Montanan. Zinke’s resignation letter was not released—the resignation was announced in a Donald Trump tweet—but the
Associated Press obtained a copy of it and reported it said “vicious and politically motivated attacks … created an unfortunate distraction” for him. The Missoulian in Zinke’s home state of Montana noted that Zinke has a history of viciousness of his own, quoting as an example his attack (posted on an official Interior Department Twitter account) on Arizona U.S. House member Raúl Grijalva: “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle.” Zinke was forced out at Interior because of ethics charges and after a scorching report by the Union of Concerned Scientists said that the cabinet department has become a center of science suppression, harassing of staffers, climate denialism, and disdain for law. Investigations have been launched during his tenure, and more are likely to come. He will depart the job on Jan. 2, the day before the new Congress convenes. When Democrats in the U.S. House gain investigative oversight over the Interior Department, House investigations into Zinke’s behavior are expected. “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure, and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” Trump’s Tweet read in part. Trump said he would appoint a replacement last week and did not. At press time, no name was offered. The energy/environment news site E&E reported that Trump “has repeatedly missed similar self-imposed staffing deadlines.” Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt will serve as acting secretary. It was not surprising Trump did not act on the nomination. With findings of the New York attorney general of illegality in the Trump Foundation (its shutdown was announced), a withdrawal by Trump of his demand for funding for his proposed wall followed a day later by reassertion of the demand, an announcement that Trump was ordering withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, the protest resignation of Pentagon chief James Mattis, and Trump’s announcement of a reduction of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Trump may have had other things on his mind.
heller comeBack? Asked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal before Zinke’s resignation whether he would be interested in the post if Zinke departed, Heller said, “I don’t have an answer for that question.”
Also mentioned for the job, though less frequently, is Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who, like Heller, was defeated in the election. “You know, I think it’s important that I let the process go on, and I don’t have any comment right now,” Laxalt said. So many people were interested in the Interior post that Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, made Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers the focus of its coverage because she was one likely candidate—Trump considered her for the job in his first cabinet—who said she did NOT want to be considered. Reducing the size of national monuments— opposed by Nevadans 70 to 22 percent in a Center for Western Priorities survey in July— was a pet project of Heller’s, and it would likely generate opposition to his nomination by environmental organizations. An effort by Trump—supported by Heller—to reduce the size of monuments with executive orders is under court challenge by state governments and environmental organizations. Two political publications referenced other liabilities they suggest Heller carries. Politico said “sentiment at 1600 Pennsylvania seems to be cooling on” Heller, but the website cited Heller’s “caus[ing] turbulence over the Obamacare repeal effort” as the reason. Heller made his peace with Trump after the repeal effort, with Trump traveling to Nevada to campaign for him, making Heller beholden to the billionaire. Whether Politico was reporting stale information or the volatile Trump has returned to his earlier feelings about Heller in the wake of his reelection defeat is
anyone’s guess. The Hill, another Capitol Hill newspaper, also referenced the earlier Heller/ Trump relationship HELLER but included the later warmth: “But Heller may lack a key qualification Trump has sought in his Cabinet members: loyalty to him. During the 2016 presidential race, Heller made disparaging remarks about Trump, saying he was ‘vehemently opposed’ to the real estate mogul. But since Trump took office, the two have grown more friendly. Both Trump and his elder daughter—White House adviser Ivanka Trump—campaigned for Heller.” For the scandal-plagued Trump administration, Heller brings his own baggage. Heller functioned as a paid lobbyist for MGM Resorts International, pressuring federal officials to block a Connecticut tribal casino that would compete with an MGM casino just across the border in Massachusetts, Politico reported on Feb. 2 this year. Between 2013 and 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, MGM gave Heller $80,550. One complicating factor to an appointment is that the #MeToo movement may be turning its attention to the Interior Department with last week’s lawsuit filed by Independence National Historical Park Chief Ranger Michelle Schonzeit against Zinke and Bernhardt, charging the Interior Department “has a large sexual harassment and sexual discrimination problem.” Ω
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by Joey Thyne
In 2017, organizers of the SnowGlobe Festival paid $250,000 in damages to the City of Lake Tahoe.
Under glass SnowGlobe On New Years Eve, 64 miles southwest of Reno, crowds of ravers will brave the cold at the SnowGlobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe. However, 2018 will be slightly different than past years, as SnowGlobe has been acquired by MTV. EDM juggernauts such as Diplo and RL Grime will headline the festival. Since announcing the MTV partnership, SnowGlobe added more crossover artists like Rae Sremmurd, G-Eazy and Tyga. Spanning three nights, over 20,000 attendees will pump their fists to earthrattling electronic dance music, wear vintage ski outfits covered in glitter, indulge in all their worst habits before the New Year’s resolution deadline and pay $15 for a slice of pizza. SnowGlobe brings a lot of revenue to the area. However, not all the locals are thrilled about the festival. Many have complained about noise and trash. In 2017, festival organizers had to pay the city $250,000 for damages. SnowGlobe, above anything else, is a smart marketing move. Music festivals in the summertime are so oversaturated and expensive, many people can only go to one, if any. Right when everyone’s cabin fever sets in, SnowGlobe rolls around and allows a time for people to experience live music in the frigid boredom of winter. For eight years patrons would attend and earn a badge of honor and a sense of community out in the cold. However, this experience may not remain as singular. In an act of mutual back-scratching, MTV will pour money into Snowglobe to turn it into an international event with dates all over the world, and Snowglobe will host
MTV’s New Year’s Eve coverage. With bright lights, loud music and extreme sports antics, Snowglobe seems perfect for MTV. “With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said MTV president Chris McCarthy in a prepared statement. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.” Reno resident and EDM enthusiast Jasmine Brown seems to think the merger is a good idea. “Having MTV there will make Snowglobe be more known and popular,” Brown said. “I believe this could be a great opportunity to showcase the different artists and DJs since SnowGlobe is usually more lowkey. I believe more and more people are starting to know about and attend this festival because [of] all the good things people have been saying about it over the years.” MTV, a landmark of pop culture, has gone through an identity crisis. Once a 24-hour music video cycle, then a hub for reality television, the channel seems to be losing its relevance. Perhaps this is the last bastion of two dying breeds, the EDM festival and the cable network aimed at teens, extending a hand to help one another out. What better way to bring in the New Year than listening to some killer DJs with friends, trying to find that lucky someone to kiss at the dawn of 2019, waving on camera behind Carson Daly or T.J. Lavin or whoever reports for MTV these days? Ω
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FOOd F d Resolutions STORY and phOTOS bY Michele SwaczYna
tanding at the precipice of a new year grants us all the opportunity to reexamine our lives and behaviors from the past year—what we are pleased with, and what we plan to leave behind once the clock strikes 12. Perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of cleaning up your diet, or taking on some goals you’d like to accomplish but just haven’t been able to muster up the willpower to do them. The groundwork for all happiness is health. After all, if we don’t have our health, we do not have the energy or time to make a positive impact in our personal world, or the world around us. I’m a cookbook author, a nutrition writer, a video blogger, a wife and a mother. I attended high school here and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, then left the city for a time and have now returned home. Michele Swaczyna is the author of the It’s the season for New Year’s resolucookbook Be Vegan: Skip the Diet, Just Eat Healthy and shares recipes and tions. Here are 10 common New Year’s lifestyle tips on her YouTube channel resolutions and some dietary advice that (www.youtube.com/bvgan) and might help you maintain your resolve. website (www.bvgan.com).
A plant-based diet excludes animal products: all meat, seafood, dairy—basically anything that has a mother. If done correctly, a plant-based diet uses little to no oil, minimal to no processed ingredients, and focuses on eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds. Eating this way is lower in saturated fats, free of cholesterol, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating a plant-based diet can lower, prevent, and in some cases even reverse heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, allergies, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, dementia, stroke, colon, ovarian and breast cancers, as well as obesity. A plant-based diet can be key to the illusive fountain of health. At first glance, it may seem restrictive, but this lifestyle can be a simple approach to eating, as well as kinder on your wallet. Just be sure to get in a variety of plant-based proteins (such as beans, quinoa, lentils, tempeh, nuts and seeds), whole grains (like millet, brown rice, oats, barley), as well as fruits and vegetables. Don’t stress—you don’t need to be a culinary genius to eat a healthful, tasty, well-rounded plant-based diet. Think: warming oats or a green smoothie for breakfast, a loaded veggie sandwich or a soup and salad for lunch, brown rice pasta with veggie marinara sauce for a satisfying dinner.
Conventional wisdom is that a vegan diet will negatively affect athletic performance because it doesn’t provide enough protein. However, athletes across many sports are proving the protein myth wrong. Check out vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado, or ultra athlete Rich Roll, for example. In fact, the protein requirement for humans is so low (only 5 to 10 percent of total caloric intake) that as long as you are eating enough calories to maintain your weight, it’s practically impossible to be protein deficient. And if you eat a wide variety of whole, unprocessed plants, you will get enough of every essential amino acid, regardless of which diet you choose. By consuming foods high in nutrients and low in calorie density, you’ll support energy production and muscle recovery without excess fat gain. In fact, one of the primary advantages cited by pro plant-based athletes is
Not interested in transitioning overnight? Slow and steady wins the race, too. Try swapping to a plant-based option one meal at a time—a great way to do this is to try a tour of local eats from a variety of restaurants here in town that offer scrumptious plant-based options. One of my favorites is the Vegan Scramble Wrap from Great Full Gardens for breakfast. For lunch, head over to Süp and have the split pea or roasted mushroom and farro soup to keep you satisfied and loaded up on nutrients. When dinner rolls around, find The Fix, a local vegan food truck specializing in falafel and hand-cut fries, for some of the best falafel I’ve ever had.
Recipe: Loaded veggie sandwich - 4 slices whole grain bread - 4 tbsp hummus - 1/2 ripe avocado (mashed) - 1 cup mixed greens - 1/4 large cucumber (sliced) - 1/2 large tomato (sliced) - a few slices of red onion - a few slices of mushroom -1-2 tbsp Bubbies beet horseradish - sea or rock salt & pepper to taste Toast your bread, and while waiting chop up the veggies. Assemble the sandwich with all of the ingredients and devour. Or wrap it up, and have it on the go. Serves two.
that eating this way has lessened their recovery time. An animal-based diet is highly acidic resulting in inflammation and impaired recovery. An alkaline plant-based diet will not only give you the energy to want to exercise more but help you recover quicker to perform at your peak the next time you are in the gym, out on the trail, or playing with your kids. Try this recovery shake after your next workout:
Recipe: post-workout blend - 1 frozen ripe banana - 2 kale leaves - 1 cup mixed berries - 2 cup dairy free milk (almond, or organic soy work well) - 1 tsp hemp hearts - 2 medjool dates (pitted) Blend until smooth.
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Increase mental clarity
Adding more plant foods to your diet will optimize brain function. You may even find your attention span longer, a new ability to focus, a sharper memory, and just being able to deal with stressful situations with far less of an emotional response. A healthy brain is a key component to a long and enjoyable life, not to mention a handy helper in checking off everything on your to-do list. Start by adding in fruits high in antioxidants, like wild blueberries and red grapes, to help combat brain fog, protect against damage to brain cells, and boost brain power. To keep your brain at its best, look to foods high in beta-carotene like carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mango, leafy greens, broccoli and pumpkin. This will boost the memory and reduce cognitive decline. Avocados are amazing for the brain as they are a great source of omega-6 fatty acids. Avocados help restore the central nervous system and aid against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Try my brain food salad with sweet potatoes the next time you need some focus and brain power. Each ingredient aids in cognitive function.
Recipe: sweet potatoes - 1 - 2 medium sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced into rounds) - 1/2 tsp garlic salt - 1/4 tsp cumin - 1/4 tsp paprika - 1/4 tsp sea salt - 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Preheat oven to 425 F.
Large portions, without overdoing it on calories? Sign me up? Since most whole plant foods contain 600 calories or fewer per pound (excluding nuts and seeds), you can eat a lot of high volume food and not feel deprived on your journey to health. In fact, on average, people adhering to a plant-based diet have a lower BMI (body mass index) than those on a SAD (standard American diet). Eating high-volume, lowercalorie plant foods allows you the freedom to feel satiated without blowing your daily calorie budget. Switching to a plant-based diet does not give you the license eat everything in sight, but you won’t have that deprivation sensation while whittling your waistline. The award-winning ingredient to help you stay satisfied? Vegetables come in at number one. Vegetables are generally lower in calories per volume than proteins and grains. So if you want to eat a bigger meal, jam it full of veggies. Leafy greens, lettuce, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, potatoes and the like all deliver lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber to help you feel fuller longer. Other great options are air-popped popcorn, vegetable soups, or frozen whole fruit pops if you are on the hunt to tame your sweet tooth.
Place potato rounds into a steamer insert with about two inches of water in the sauce pan below. Cover, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for seven minutes, then remove from heat. Transfer potatoes to a parchment paper lined baking sheet doing your best not to overlap them. In a small bowl, combine all the spices, then sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the potatoes. Bake until slightly browned and slightly crispy. About 20 minutes, but you may need up to 30 depending on your oven.
Recipe: sunflower salad dressing - 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked for about an hour, then drained) - 1/2 to 3/4 c water (to desired thickness) - 3 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice - 2 cloves garlic - 1 tbsp fresh chives (finely chopped) - salt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients except the chives in a Vitamix and blend on high for one to two minutes, until smooth. Scoop out and mix in the chives.
Recipe: salad - 1- 2 tbsp raw walnuts - 1/2 avocado (sliced) - desired amount red leaf lettuce, or your lettuce of your choice - desired amount of kale - desired amount of rainbow chard - desired amount of tomato
A veggie sandwich
Learn a new skill
A plant-based diet will force you to hone in on improving your plant-based cooking skills. Creativity in the kitchen will not only help you thrive, but it’s a great way to tempt your tastebuds through curiosity of all the new foods available to your palate. Learn some basics, and then you get three chances every day to practice them. Trying something new is the name of the game, so make a new recipe once a week. Look for inspiration the next time you eat out for dinner. Laughing Planet has a great selection of delectable plant-based plates that do not disappoint. You can’t go wrong with the Highway to Kale Salad or the Cuban Burrito.
Stop drinking coffee
If you want to kick the caffeine addiction to the curb, there’s an easy plant-based option you can use to reduce your caffeine intake. Chicory root coffee, made from the roots of the chicory plant, which are roasted, ground and then brewed into a coffee-like drink is a phenomenal substitute. It tastes similar to coffee, is naturally caffeinefree, acid free, and has a slightly woody or nutty flavor. It is a good source of insulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been linked to increased weight loss and improved gut health. It also contains some manganese and vitamin B6 (nutrients tied to brain health). Try out Teeccino’s French Roast (find it at Natural Grocer’s). Or try out the caffeine-free Turmeric Latte at Great Full Gardens for an anti-inflammatory, immune boosting warming way to start your day.
Spend more time with loved ones
Wake up earlier
Consuming fruits and veggies effectively increases serotonin levels (the happiness chemical), which can transform us into someone people actually want to hang around. And who knows, if you make the decision to eat more plants as a family, you may actually eliminate family drama. Having the support of doing this together will encourage you to stay the course, try out new recipes together, and just generally keep you inspired and excited as you see positive changes in yourself and those you love. Head to West Street Market for your next family night out. There are a variety of plant-based choices to suit everyone’s tastes. My pick is to try Thali’s Vegan and Gluten-Free Plate consisting of legumes, a vegetable dish, vegan yogurt, basmati rice and a vegan dessert. A great way to sample flavorful Indian spices while keeping it plant-based.
People following a plant-based diet are more likely to get a better night’s sleep due to the fact that their meals come from easily digestible foods compared to a diet rich in meat and dairy. Vitamin B6, found in avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes and leafy greens, contributes to a full night’s rest, and in turn will help you wake ready to face the day with a smile. If your body is chronically deprived of regenerative sleep, you may still feel fatigued when you wake up. Research suggests that going to bed earlier not only enables you to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, but still leaves time to fit in a bit of exercise before work, giving you even more power and energy to accomplish all your goals for the day.
Declutter the House
Simple little decisions every single day will allow you to declutter your diet, mind, body … so why not tackle the junk drawer too? With more mental clarity, vibrancy from eating clean, better sleep, quality time with the ones you love, why wouldn’t you want to take on the daunting task of the guest room closet? So take ownership of your excuses, regain responsibility for where you are, and focus on your goals daily. The power to be clean inside and out is within your reach.
Time for our annual micro
’s 95-word fiction contest
Write a miniature story that’s exactly 95 words long.
Stories must be received before Jan. 16, 2019. Email submissions to contest@newsreview with the subject line “Fiction 2018.”
Have a better love life
Feeling comfortable in your own skin is key to being confident and hooking the attention of that special someone. Adopting a diet rich in whole, water-rich foods will help you achieve smooth, glowing, vibrant skin. Choosing fruits and veggies high in antioxidants will help build collagen and increase elasticity, counteracting free radicals and antiinflammatory responses. Conversely, consuming a diet high in meats, dairy, processed foods, and high fat result may contribute to acne, allergies, skin inflammation and body odor. Not so sexy. A diet high in fruits and vegetables will keep your body smelling fresh from the inside out. Think of it as an internal deodorant leaving you smelling sweet and luring the one you want closer for some quality time.
To get it on—in the kitchen that is—try adding more watermelon to your diet. This water-rich fruit flushes out toxins quickly and allows the immune system to reset itself, not to mention giving you a flat stomach. It’s good for the blood vessels, may increase libido, and help lessen mystery infertility. It’s such a fast digesting fruit that it’s best to eat it on an empty stomach. Here’s an easy recipe to get your juices flowing for an early morning romp.
Recipe: watermelon - 4 cups watermelon (diced) - 2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped) - desired amount of fresh lime juice Place watermelon in a large bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over top, and sprinkle with fresh mint. Feel energized, and hydrated to take on your next conquest. Ω
Here’s an example: Lieutenant Nishiyama’s unit searched for Viet Cong soldiers in a village near the Laotian border. As expected, they found nothing. No hidden enemies. A solitary, elderly woman was cooking rice. The smell made Nishiyama homesick. Nishiyama called to the translator: “Tell her I’ll trade two packs of American cigarettes for a bowl of that rice.” It was delicious. “Ask her for more.” “She’s not poor enough? You’ve got to eat all her food?” “What? There’s enough food here for a dozen men.” Nishiyama looked at the woman. “Hey Captain, we better search this property again.” *This year’s story example is based loosely on a story told by Vincent Okamoto in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 2017 documentary series The Vietnam War.
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ver the last 15 years, the nonprofit organization Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has collected nearly 150,000 Christmas trees for recycling. With the help of thousands of volunteers and partner agencies—including Washoe County Parks and Open Spaces, the City of Reno, the City of Sparks and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District—KTMB collects trees by the thousands each year (more than 10,000 last year). According to KTMB program manager Lorian McConnell, the goal is to keep dead Christmas trees from being dumped in landfills or in open spaces where they pose a significant fire risk as they dry out. “The big reason is fire suppression—because if you just drop your tree out in the open spaces, it’ll dry up crazily,” McConnell said. “You know how dry it gets here. And then in July it could spark or just make fire travel faster. Last year, I feel like there was a big scare with all of the fires happening, so I really hope this year will be better and we’ll see some more trees coming through our recycling program.” This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas tree collection program. Six locations in the valley will be opened for Christmas tree collection, starting Dec. 26 and continuing through Jan. 7. (Commercial Christmas tree vendors can take their leftover trees to RT Donovan, 11600 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 425-3015.) After the program closes for the year, the Christmas if you’ve got free time, you can volunteer trees will be to help collect Christmas trees at one of put through KTMB’s collection sites by visiting the wood chipwebsite: ktmb.org/volunteer. pers and turned into
Time to get rid of your Christmas tree?
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mulch. At two of the drop-off locations—Bartley Ranch Regional Park and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park—the public can pick up mulch for their own projects. The rest will be used for park beautification programs. “It’ll go back into the parks, like Rancho, and it’ll help with weed abatement,” McConnell said. “It really helps with invasive weeds.” There are a few rules for people to keep in mind when dropping off Christmas trees for recycling. Trees with decorations, nails or attached tree stands aren’t accepted. “No tinsel, and then no flocking,” said McConnell. Flocking, for those who don’t know, is spray-on imitation snow— and KTMB cannot accept trees that have been sprayed with it. “It’s kind of trendy right now, I’ve noticed, on Instagram … and a lot of people will come and bring their cans that say, ‘It’s biodegradable, so it’s OK,’” McConnell said. “But, unfortunately, we can’t take those trees because it still gums up the chippers. And they’re not KTMB’s chippers. We’re borrowing them from the City of Sparks, and we’re using county and City [of Reno] chippers, as well.” McConnell’s other advice: don’t try to bring yard clippings from other trees or plants on your property because they’re not accepted—and be sure to double-check the tree for ornaments. “We get some really special ones, and we have no idea who they belong to, and we post them on our social media, but we haven’t had a lot of success with that,” she said. “And then we do ask for a three dollar donation, and NVEnergy is matching every donation, dollar for dollar—and it’s just to support the program itself.”
christmas tree recyclinG proGrams Reno/Sparks When: Dec. 26-Jan. 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. How: Drop Christmas trees at one of the following locations • Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. • Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, 3300 Sparks Blvd., Sparks • Truckee Meadows Fire Station 17 500 Rockwell Blvd., Spanish Springs • Truckee Meadows Fire Station 223, 130 Nectar St. • Truckee Meadows Fire Station 16, 1240 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City
Incline Village When: Dec. 21-Jan. 28 (and curbside Jan. 8-12) How: Get rid of your Christmas tree in one of these two ways 1. Dec. 21-Jan. 28, drop it off at Preston Field, 700 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village 2. Jan. 7-11, cut it into pieces—three-feet max in length— and leave it curbside for pickup on your regular trash day.
Truckee When: Dec. 26-Jan. 19 (and curbside Jan. 15-19) How: Get rid of your Christmas tree in one of these two ways 1. Dec. 26-Jan. 19, find a Christmas tree dumpster at one of these places: • High School Soccer Fields, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California • Tahoe Donner Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, California • Glenshire Clubhouse, 15726 Glenshire Drive, Truckee, California 2. Jan. 15-19, cut it into pieces—three-feet max in length— and leave it curbside for pickup on your regular trash day.
Get creative • You’ve got a fireplace or a fire pit? The needles on Christmas trees dry out really quickly and can be used as kindling. You can chop the trunk into logs, but be aware that it may take as long as a few months before it’s dry enough to burn. • Have a chipper party. You can rent a wood chipper from any number of places in the valley and invite your entire posse for a wood chipping party. Don’t get any ideas from Fargo, please—but do distribute wood chips amongst yourselves to use as mulch. • Use a bandsaw or hacksaw to cut your Christmas tree trunk into coasters and trivets. The sap may be messy after you’ve cut the trunk into discs. Once you do, be sure to sand down the surfaces. You can stain them before you seal them—but be sure to use a sealer to stop sap leakage. Ω
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Drew Wheeler has been practicing his sleight of hand for 17 years.
In the cards Drew Wheeler “I’m extremely proficient with cards,” said Drew Wheeler. The 23-year-old Reno native has been obsessed with sleight of hand since seeing his first magic performance as a small child. “I was 4 years old, and it was Alex Ramon,” Wheeler said. Ramon—whose real name is Alex Gonzalez—is a popular magician these days. He recently appeared on the TV show Penn & Teller Fool Us and has performed gigs at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle. “He was a teenager when I was 4,” Wheeler said. “My parents used to work for his parents back in the day. Yeah, that was the first time, and I actually got to meet him. He was doing magic tricks, and he showed me some tricks. I was really into it. A couple of years later, I learned my first card trick from my cousin Michael when I was 6.” Wheeler doesn’t come from a family of magicians. Cousin Michael wasn’t one. He was just the sort who knew a trick or two, like that family member some people have who likes to pull coins from kids’ ears or ask people to “think of a number.” “But I was hooked from there,” he said. “And I’ve never stopped learning. I always say I’ve been doing magic since I was 6. I’m 23, so that’s 17 years.” In the early years, it wasn’t always easy. “I was severely bullied in middle school,” Wheeler said. “I went to O’Brien up in North Valleys, and it was not super civil. … People would, like, take [my] deck of cards and throw it, and I’d have to pick them up. So I got to the point where I’d just carry multiple decks, so I could just leave them. I wouldn’t even pick them up. I wasn’t going to waste my time and give them the satisfaction.”
Wheeler was able to put his days of playing 52-card pick up with bullies fully behind him when he moved to Indiana after his freshman year of high school. He lived there for three years before returning to Reno. It was the first place Wheeler felt his magic was appreciated—and the first place he had a paid magic gig. “That’s why I have magicdrew.com as my website. The movie Magic Mike had come out, and people would just call me that, joking,” he said. Indiana is also where he began expanding his magic routines to include more props than just cards. But the magician, who said he’s never had an interest in working with animals or high tech props, to this day uses a tool kit reminiscent of TV’s MacGyver. “I mostly use rubber bands, ink pens—toilet paper,” he said. “If you give me a roll of toilet paper and a chair, I can entertain a crowd for five minutes, easy.” But cards are still his favorite. “I can get very creative with cards,” Wheeler said. “There’s endless possibilities. It just depends on who’s holding the deck, right? Yeah, I vomit up cards. I make cards fly around me.” Perhaps Wheeler’s most impressive trick has been figuring out how to make a living as a magician. But he’s achieved it by offering performances, private magic lessons, teaching magic at High Desert Montessori and keeping up a regular Saturday night gig at Press Play in midtown. This summer, he hopes to perform at the Old West Theater in Virginia City. “Magic has really been the cornerstone of my life,” Wheeler said. “It gave me selfconfidence.” Ω
Drew Wheeler has weekly performances at Press Start, 1413 S. Virginia St., on Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
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“This is doesn’t seem oSHA-compliant, mary Poppins!”
Poppin’ off Casting Emily Blunt as the iconic title character in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel 54 years in the making, proves to be a stroke of genius. Casting Lin-Manuel Miranda in the role of Jack, a copycat character modeled after Dick Van Dyke’s Bert in the original classic, well, not so much. Blunt plays the role with her own sensible spin, not by any means copying what the great Andrews did over half a century ago, but nonetheless giving us a practically perfect variation on the infamous nanny. Miranda sports the same cockney accent (not nearly as gloriously, wonderfully bad as Van Dyke’s) and plays a lamp lighter in London instead of a chimney sweep. His part of the film feels like a giant missed opportunity because, while he can sing and dance up a storm, he isn’t funny. Van Dyke was funny. The result is a movie that has a lot of charm and some amazingly good sequences—with Blunt powering us through. When Miranda does a Hamilton-like rap in the middle of one of his numbers, it all feels a little off, as do many of his moments. The movie takes place in the 1930s during the Depression, and the two Banks children, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are all grown up. Michael, who has lost his wife, is raising his children alone. He’s taken a job at the bank where his dad used to work, but he’s way behind on the mortgage, so the very bank he works for is set to repossess his house. The problems have rendered him a distracted parent, so in flies you-know-who on a battered kite during a storm. As soon as Blunt shows up, the movie switches into a fun gear, with Blunt capturing the spirit of the original in a manner that is all her own. She’s a different Mary Poppins, and yet she very much is Mary Poppins. And, man, can she sing and dance. This is most evident in a dance hall sequence to the new musical number “A Cover Is Not the Book,” where she performs some nice vaudevillian dance steps alongside, yes, dancing, animated penguins! Blunt sings the song with a cockney accent that puts Miranda to
shame, and she out-dances her costars, both animated and live. It’s moments like this that make Returns very much worthwhile. Because the film is so good for substantial stretches of time, the strange, sloppy moments really do stand out. Director Rob Marshall has made some stinkers (Into the Woods, Nine) to go along with his one genuinely good film (Chicago). Some of the staging in his films, this one included, can go from tightly choreographed and impressive to sloppy and unfocussed in seconds. There are shots in this movie that I’m surprised made the final cut. They look like a dress rehearsal. For every brilliant sequence like one that’s an animated journey into a porcelain bowl (one of two scenes combining live actors and animation), there’s a dud like people really getting jazzed about riding a bicycle, or too much of Miranda singing into lampposts. Again, the whole time Miranda was on the screen, I was thinking stuff like “Christian Bale would’ve been better in this role because, ya know, Newsies, right?” I suggested this to my friend and Disney partner in crime via text after the movie, and she basically told me to shut the fuck up. So, while I might’ve been sitting on the fence as the film headed into the final turn, my attitude went full positive when none other than the man himself, Dick Van Dyke, shows up as a helpful banker. He not only shows up but gets on top of a desk and dances better than anybody in the movie. It’s only a few seconds but, I’m telling you now, they are some of the best seconds any 2018 film has to offer—pure nostalgia heaven. Mary Poppins Returns might be uneven, but lovers of the original will appreciate its honest and semisuccessful attempt to recapture the Poppins magic. As for Blunt, she’s miraculous in the role, effectively canceling out any of the film’s shortcomings. Ω
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Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. That, and a competent recreation of Queen’s Live Aid domination, are just about the only good things you can say about this mostly embarrassing effort to memorialize an incredible person and his sadly short life. The movie basically takes Mercury’s legacy, completely screws with his life’s timeline and makes up a bunch of unnecessary events to pad its 135-minute running time. Malek, acting through a big set of fake teeth made to capture the look of Mercury’s four extra incisors, is decent in the role. He actually sang on set, his voice blended with a Mercury soundalike to keep the movie from being a completely lip-synched affair. The musical sequences, including the Live Aid gig, are fun to watch. But, hey, if I want good Queen music, I can just watch the videos of Queen. There’s a movie happening between those musical sequences, and that movie is terrible, a messed-up bit of fakery that prompts a lot of unintentional laughter. There’s a great, truthful movie to be made about the life of Freddie Mercury. Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t even come close to being that movie.
Director Peter Farrelly gives us Green Book, essentially a remake of Driving Miss Daisy with the roles reversed and starring Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Academy Award winning actor from Moonlight (Mahershala Ali). It’s a feel good movie about race relations that goes light on the grit and heavy on the sentiment. Based on a true story, Mortensen plays Tony Lip, an Italian bouncer at the Copacabana who finds himself temporarily without a job while the club is being renovated. His next gig installs him as a driver and bodyguard for Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), an African-American classical pianist who is touring a jazz trio in the early 1960s Deep South. So this is a road movie, with Tony driving and Shirley sitting in the back. As they venture south, they talk about fried chicken, Chubby Checker and letter writing. There is nothing in their dialogue that is anything remotely original or surprising, but Farrelly is lucky to have these two guys in the car. Without them, this film would be a total slog. The duo is, at times, fun to watch, even when the movie around them isn’t. Mortensen, who has had his share of dramatic and action roles, gets a chance to show off some comedic timing. He also put on over 40 pounds for the role. Mahershala is good as Shirley, so good you wish the script matched the majesty of his work. Seamless special effects make it look like he can play a mean piano. The movie is average at best, delivering a relatively good time while feeling quite dated. I expect a little more heft from a movie with this subject matter.
Four years after his Oscar-winning Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón returns with a decidedly different film in Roma. Working on a much smaller, but no less effective-scale, Roma is a moving tribute to the female servant he grew up with during the early ’70s in the Mexico City suburb of the movie’s title. Cuarón, who claims 90 percent of the movie is based on his childhood memories, tells the story from the female servant’s point of view. Renamed Cleo for the movie, and played by Yalitza Aparicio in an astonishing, heartbreaking performance, Cleo is the glue holding the family she tends together as their philandering patriarch, Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) abandons them. The movie covers about a year in
the life of the family, and it’s a slow build. Filmed in black and white, its every shot is a beautiful thing to admire, all the more amazing in that Cuarón acted as his own cinematographer for the first time on a feature film. Much of the movie happens in slow pans. It isn’t very wordy, and it adheres to a certain level of reality that can be taken as mundane at times. It’s daringly simple and somehow simultaneously majestic. There are some grand scale moments. A sequence depicting a violent student uprising is visceral and taut. A near-tragic event on a beach is frighteningly real and totally fills the screen. Roma continues what it is turning out to be a breakthrough year for Netflix, which has given the movie a limited big screen release along with making it available for streaming. This, along with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by the Coen brothers, is proof that the streaming service has become a giant purveyor of original cinema goodness.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
While Tom Holland’s live action Spider-Man remains in limbo due to that infamous Thanos finger snap, Sony Pictures ups the ante on the Spidey franchise with the eye-popping, all around ingenious Spider-Man-Into the SpiderVerse, one of 2018’s greatest cinematic surprises. While there have been awesome superhero movies and terrific movies based on comic books, this very well might be the best “comic-book movie” ever made. No movie has ever captured the rush of reading a great, original, exciting comic book like this blast from directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. They go for broke with a mixture of visual styles—hand drawn and computer animated—that magically splash across the screen. And the story is pretty great, to boot. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is trying to adjust to a new, upscale school after winning a scholarship. He’s away from his big city friends and getting some guff from his well-meaning police officer dad (Brian Tyree Henry), who wants him to appreciate the chance he’s been given. Miles’s uncle (the ever busy Mahershala Ali) keeps him grounded, encouraging him to continue as a graffiti artist. On one of their painting excursions, Miles is bitten by a strange spider and then—well, you know. He eventually crosses paths with the original SpiderMan, Peter Parker (Chris Pine). And, as the plot would have it, parallel universe portals open and allow in a whole fleet of different Spider-Men, Spider-Women, Spider-Pigs and Spider-Robots. That group is comprised of Peter B. Parker (the invaluable Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (a mishmash of Spidey and Porky Pig voiced by John Mulaney), Peni Parker and her robot (Kimiko Glenn) and, best of all, Nicolas Cage as the black-and-white SpiderMan Noir. So Miles is one of many Spider entities on hand to go up against Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), whose corporation is responsible for the time hole rip allowing all of his adversaries into his corner of the universe. The reasons why are convoluted, but discernible if you pay close attention. Like any good comic book, the movie is stacked with action, plot threads and many twists and turns.
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Brauhaus 701 has entered the midtown scene with a decent selection of German (and other) beers, a menu of Teutonic dishes alongside American bar staples, and even a few vegan options. The kitchen is open until closing time. Although beer tasting flights are available, I was drawn to a local seasonal from Great Basin Brewing, “Deathwish” American Pale Ale ($10, 24-ounce serving). The brews are poured in 16-, 24- and 32-ounce vessels, so you might want to keep a rideshare app on standby. Service was so on the ball, I felt guilty about time lost while making our selections amidst lively conversation. A large pretzel ($6) was served warm with a choice of beer cheese sauce, cheesy aioli or spicy mustard. We went with beer cheese. It was everything you’d want from a soft pretzel. Next was an order of duck fat fries ($6) served in what could pass for a salad bowl. The fries are twice deep-fried in the Belgian style, then tossed in hot duck fat for flavor. They were crispy, salty and quite good, but we didn’t realize until near the end that a pool of delicious, meaty duck goodness lay at the bottom. Once re-tossed they were incredible, so stir ’em up for optimum enjoyment. A small side of chilled German red potato salad ($5) with bacon, diced onion, dijon mustard and fresh dill followed. Unfortunately, the tubers were a bit on the undercooked, crisp side. A “small” wurst board ($15) featured grilled bratwurst, frankfurter and polish sausage served with baguette rounds, sauerkraut, pepperoncini, bell pepper and spicy mustard. The meats were very good, and the mild kraut was warm and tasted like it had been grilled with the sausages. I’m not sure what the peppers were about, but we ate them. A pickle board ($12) included cucumber spears and rounds, cauliflower, beetroot, red
onion, artichoke heart, kalamata and green olive, carrot, celery and pepperoncini and came with a side of spicy mustard. Other than the olives, artichoke and peppers, everything appeared to be of the “fresh pickle” variety, steeped or dressed in seasoned, sour-sweet brine for a short time. Though quite flavorful, most of the veg was very crispy—bordering on raw. The onion was particularly good. There are a few burgers and sandwiches to choose from, and the BH burger ($12) is worth ordering. A well-seasoned, third-pound Angus beef patty cooked medium was topped with bratwurst, bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato and beer cheese sauce on a pretzel bun. It was tender, not too greasy and just a bit tangy and came with those bomb fries. A metal tea tray of pork wienerschnitzel with mac ’n’ cheese ($9) left me wanting a proper plate, but the breaded, pounded pork loin was crispy, moist and tender. It was topped with a hearty onion and mushroom beef gravy. My Czech-Viennese grandmother introduced me to schnitzel and a mild Bohemian variant on kraut, and I couldn’t help but think she would have enjoyed those served to me at Brauhaus. Though the macaroni was cooked into submission, it was baked with a creamy five cheese goo, slivers of onion, and bread crumb topping. Like many of us, I grew up with boxed mac ’n’ cheese and later learned to cook more elevated examples. Unlike the panoply of too dry or too wet varieties I’ve experienced in recent years at trendy eateries, this comforting, delicious rendition was something I’d come back for again and again. Ω
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Adam Young of Reno Pyrate Punx Chapter 21 next to their decal on the club doors of Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor.
Mateys Reno Pyrate Punx In the punk music scene, a friend of a friend is still a friend. Adam Young looks down at his phone, reading off details in text messages about a terrible car accident that happened last August. Six people were heading back down Interstate 5 from a camping gathering in Oregon when they were cut off, swerved and flipped four times. “I’ve never actually met any of the people injured, but we’re all involved with Pyrate Punx together,” said Young. Most of the people involved in that wreck aren’t from Reno, but the hardcore and punk community here is planning a fundraiser for their medical bills, organized by the Pyrate Punx organization. Pyrate Punx are loosely organized groups of D.I.Y. punk and hardcore promoters. The organization has been around since 1997. There are chapters all over the U.S., England, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany and Indonesia. Reno is home to the 21st chapter, and Young is one of the members. This local group fluctuates between 10 and 15 people—friends who are tied in with the metal, hardcore and punk music scene. Each Pyrate Punk member pays $10 in dues that go towards helping touring bands with food, gas and places to stay. “We don’t make money or have a bank account or anything like that,” said Young. Nor do they have hierarchy of administration. The members come from all walks of life in Reno. Anyone is welcome to join on one condition: no racism, no sexism and no homophobia, explained Young. Fil Corbitt, a podcast producer from Reno, gave a definition of the D.I.Y. punk scene in his Van Sounds episode “Snake In The Grass” from November 2017:
“The D.I.Y. Is short for ‘do it yourself.’ It’s a tradition, or a sort of ethical code, in a large subset of punk and independent music. Championing anti-consumerism and self-sufficiency, D.I.Y. scenes typically operate underground, sometimes literally, throwing shows in basements, and figuratively, by establishing networks of bands and artists who operate without record deals or corporate support or traditional venues. This definition works for Reno’s Pyrate Punx, given that they book shows from local bands and the extended network of friends who know bands who are touring. They set up gigs at Shea’s, the Potentialist Workshop, peoples’ houses or anywhere who will have them. But another hallmark of Pyrate Punx is their propensity to help people who need it. In November, the Reno Pyrate Punx chapter did another benefit show for a new non-profit called Walk About Youth Expeditions whose goal is to get hiking and camping gear for children to get them to be active outside. Vyvian Becher was one of the people involved in the accident last August. She suffered major neck and back injuries, was life-flighted twice and spent months in a full-body cast. Last year, she helped with Pyrate Punx benefits to raise money for domestic animals who were victims of the Chico-Redding wildfire. At the Benefit For the Homies, she will be one of the guests of honor, helping to re-coup medical bills for the others in the truck when it flipped. “There should be five of the six people who were in the crash at this benefit,” said Becher. “I’ve been out of commission for four months, so there are a lot of people I haven’t seen.” Ω
the Benefit for the homies will take place at Jub Jub’s thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells ave., on Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m. Items for the raffle may be donated at the door. $5 cover.
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John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover
3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988
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NYE party with Mojo Green, 9pm, M, $25-$30
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LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: TBA, Fri, 6:30pm, $15-$20
Dead Winter Carpenters, Sneaky Creatures, 9pm, $22
275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917
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Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Steve Hytner, Fri-Sat, 8:30pm, Sun, 8pm, $15-$20; NYE show with Steve Hytner, 9pm, $20-$25
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Magic Fusion NYE Dinner and Show, 5pm, M, $50-$99
Thirsty Thursday with DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover
Baker St., 8pm, no cover
Hot Rod Rebellion, 8pm, no cover
1021 Heavenly Village Way, S. L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024
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1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
NYE party with the Biggest Little Band, 8:30pm, M, no cover
New Year’s Eve party, 10pm, M, $TBA
2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 378-1643
Moody’s BisTro, Bar & BeaTs
Live music, 8:30pm, no cover
10007 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 587-8688
Paddy & irene’s irish PUB
906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 359-1594
Acoustic Wonderland Sessions, 8pm, no cover
235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864
Bingo with T-N-Keys, 7pm, no cover DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover
High & Tight Friday Night, 9pm, no cover
Silver NYE 1979, 9pm, M, no cover
Bobby G, 8pm, no cover
NYE party, 9pm, M, no cover
Steel Rockin’ Karaoke, 8pm, no cover
106 S. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7210
NYE party with Hired Gunnz, 9pm, M, $10
Unravelled, 8pm, no cover
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NYE Dinner & Dance with King Finger, 6pm, M, $50
76 N. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7474
761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451
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Live music, 8:30pm, no cover
Santos de la Salsa, 8:30pm, $5
Masquerade NYE party, 9pm, M, $TBA
Donkey Jaw, FDP, SPIKE Polite, Sewage NYC, Uncle Angry, 9pm, $5
715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774
NYE Party: The DeadlyGallows, Ozymandias, others, 8pm, M, $5-$6
NYE party with Sharon Needles, 8pm, $35
340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681
Erik Lobe’s Birthday Bash, 10pm, no cover
231 W. Second St., (775) 337-6868-
NYE party with DJ Joel De Marzo, Sulli, Jeremy Curl, 10pm, no cover
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3155 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City, (775) 470-8128
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Karaoke Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover
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219 N. Center St., (775) 786-3232 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) Sapphire Lounge
1) Vegas Roadshow, 8pm, no cover
1) Vegas Roadshow, 8pm, no cover 2) Reckless Envy, 10pm, no cover
1) Vegas Roadshow, 8pm, no cover 2) Reckless Envy, 10pm, no cover
1) Vegas Roadshow, 8pm, no cover 2) Reckless Envy, 8pm, no cover
1) Vegas Roadshow, 8pm, no cover 2) Reckless Envy, 8pm, M, no cover
2) Brother Dan, 5pm, no cover Mike Furlong, 9pm, no cover
1) The Family Stone, 9pm, Fri, $50-$90 2) New Wave Crave, 5pm, no cover Ebony not Quite Ivory, 9pm, no cover
2) Velvet Duo, 5pm, no cover The Look, 9pm, no cover
2) Gary Douglas, 5pm, no cover
2) Ebony not Quite Ivory, 2pm, M, no cover The Look, 6pm, M, no cover Blue Haven, 10pm, M, no cover
2) Life In The Fast Lane, 7pm, no cover
2) Life In The Fast Lane, 8pm, no cover
2) Life In The Fast Lane, 8pm, no cover
1) Petty Theft, 9pm, $15-$20
1) Leftover Salmon, 9pm, $27-$30
2) Silver, 10pm, no cover
1) The California Honeydrops, Con Brio, 9pm, $35
1) The Unbelievables Christmas Spectacular, 7pm, $19.95-$49.95
1) The Unbelievables Christmas Spectacular, 5:30pm, 8pm, $19.95-$59.95 2) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover
1) The Unbelievables Christmas Spectacular, 3pm, 7pm, $19.95-$59.95 2) DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover
2) NYE party with Audioboxx, 9pm, M, $20-$50 1) The Unbelievables Christmas Spectacular, 2pm, 5:30pm, $19.95-$49.95 3) NYE party with DJ Roni V, 9pm, $20-$50
1) Holiday Dreams, 8pm, $11-$21 2) Throwback Thursdays: Trivia Night, 7pm, no cover
1) Holiday Dreams, 8pm, Fri, $1-$21 2) DJ Koko, 10pm, $20 3) Milton Merlos, 6pm, no cover
1) Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson, 7:30pm, $75 2) G-Eazy, 10pm, Sat, $50 3) Milton Merlos, 6pm, no cover
1) Holiday Dreams, 8pm, $11-$21 3) Carolyn Dolan, 6pm, no cover
1) Stampede Country Night Thursdays, 8pm, no cover
2) DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover
2) DJ/dancing, 10pm, no cover
1) The Magic of Rick Thomas, 7:30pm, $29.35-$38.53
1) The Magic of Rick Thomas, 7:30pm, $29.35-$38.53
1) The Magic of Rick Thomas, 7:30pm, $29.35-$38.53
2) Rockology, 6pm, M, no cover Carolyn Dolan, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover
1) The Magic of Rick Thomas, 7:30pm, $29.35-$38.53
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407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) GEH 2) Rum Bullions 3) Aura 4) Silver Baron
1) The Magic of Rick Thomas, 7:30pm, M, $29.35-$38.53 1 & 3) All That Glitters NYE Party, 9pm, M, $70-$80
55 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515 1) Showroom 2) Blu 3) Opal
2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Terrace Lounge 2) Edge 3) Capri Ballroom
2) Bright New Year, 10pm, $50-$75 3) NYE: Disco Made Me Do It, 9:30pm, $45.87 1) NYE Party Like A Rockstar, 10pm, M, $59-$69
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1) NYE: The California Honeydrops, Achilles Wheel, 9pm, M, $50
1) The Dan Band, 9pm, M, $35-$75
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 7pm, no cover 2) Spin Thursdays, 10pm, no cover
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7pm, $10-$20
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 8pm, no cover 2) DJ Excel, 10pm, $20
2) Baldo Bobadilla, 6pm, no cover
1) Drinking with Clowns, 9pm, M, no cover 2) NYE: Masquerade, 9pm, M, $60-$70 3) Outatime Flashback NYE, 10pm, M, $70
2) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover
2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover
1) Patton Oswalt, 8pm, $79.50-$99.50 2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 3) Seduction Saturdays, 9pm, $5
2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover
2) NYE: The Wiz Kid, 9pm, M, $20-$50 3) NYE party: DJ Scenik, 9pm, $20-$50 4) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, M, no cover
FOR THE WEEK OF dEcEmbER 27, 2018 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. DISCO MADE ME DO IT: Get down and funky with Groove Thang at this year-end party, which includes two complimentary drinks and a champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 9:30pm. $45.87. Summit Pavilion at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., www.grandsierraresort.com.
GATHER TO RING IN 2019: Celebrate East Coast New Year’s Eve with full dinner service from 4-8pm, live music by Blondasaurus Wrecks and a free champagne toast at 9pm. Mon, 12/31, 4pm. Gather, 402 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 433-0200 gathercc.com.
GLITTERBALL PARTY: The celebration includes live DJ, dancing and complimentary midnight champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. 5 Star Saloon, 132 West St., (775) 329-2878.
THE GOOD LIFE NYE: The celebration includes dinner, party favors, a champagne toast and music by Soul Kiss. Mon, 12/31, 6pm. $150. Living the Good Life Nightclub, 1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663.
HIGH FIVES YEAR END GALA: The 15th annual event features tunes spun by Headphones & Horses and DJ SlipMatt, a photo booth and a champagne toast and ball drop at midnight. All ticket proceeds will benefit the High Fives Foundation. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $200 individual, $100 per couple. Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, highfivesfoundation.org.
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THE BLACK & WHITE AFFAIR: The Row welcomes 2019 with nearly a dozen parties, party hats and favors handed out on the casino floor and a countdown to the new year followed by champagne toasts and a downtown fireworks show. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $0-$100. Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St.; Circus Circus Reno, 500 N. Sierra St., www.eldoradoreno.com/event/nightlife/ new-years-eve-black-white-affair.
40MILESTYLE NEW YEAR’S EVE: The party features a free “Champagne of Beers” and sparkling wine toast. DJ Tigerbunny will spin the jams all night. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. 40 Mile Saloon, 1495 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-1877.
ALL THAT GLITTERS NYE PARTY: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an all-access pass to two parties in Opal Ultra Lounge and the Showroom. There will be go-go dancers, bands, DJs and more. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $70-$80. MontBleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline, www.montbleuresort.com.
AN EVENING WITH THE DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS: The Americana band
headlines this NYE party. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $25. Alibi Ale Works—Truckee Public House, 10069 Bridge St., Truckee, www.alibialeworks.com.
BLACK AND WHITE BALL: Harkening back to the days of lively jazz bars, old Hollywood and tuxedos, this red carpet event will transport the property’s clubhouse to another era where guests can enjoy dinner, an eight-piece band and a swanky lounge complete with cigar rolling and cognac tasting, followed by a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight. Black tie attire. Mon, 12/31, 7pm. $250-375. Edgewood Tahoe, 180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, (775) 588-2787, www.edgewoodtahoe.com/NYE2019.
BRIGHT NEW YEAR: Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with music, surprises, a balloon drop and midnight champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. $50-$75. Lex Nightclub, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399, lexnightclub.com.
CANDLELIGHT LABYRINTH WALK: Quiet your mind and find balance during this end-of-year walk through a labyrinth. Mon, 12/31, 6-9pm. Free. Heritage Park Gardens, 1461 Ezell St., Gardnerville, (775) 782-8027.
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Meet up at Homewood’s mid-mountain Big Blue View Bar for a champagne toast to The Last Run of 2018. Mon, 12/31, 3pm. Free. Homewood Mountain Resort, 5145 Westlake Blvd., Homewood, www.skihomewood.com.
through the night with music by DJ Kyle Railton. The party includes party favors and champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $99. Jake’s On The Lake, 780 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, www.jakestahoe.com.
JOSH BLUE: The comedian and winner of the fourth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, performs two NYE shows. Mon, 12/31, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. $31.65. Laugh Factory at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401.
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT NEW YEAR’S EVE: Parents can stay out late on NYE and leave their children ages 4-9 with trained staff for a night of pizza, games, arts and crafts, a movie, dessert and more. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. Mon, 12/31, 7pm. $45-$55. Trout Creek Recreation Center, 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, www.tahoedonner.com.
KIM CHI NYE: The drag queen, artist and contestant on season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race headlines Faces NV’s NYE celebration. The event begins at 8pm with performances at 11:30pm and 1am. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $20-$40. Faces NV, 239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590.
THE LOFT LOUNGE NYE PARTY: The yearend event includes food, drinks, music, decorations, party favors, DJs, champagne toast and midnight countdown. Seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Mon, 12/31, 8:30pm. $100. The Loft, 1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, thelofttahoe.com.
MAGIC FUSION NYE DINNER SHOW: The dinner/ show package includes an all-you-caneat buffet and premium seating for the New Year’s Eve installment of Magic Fusion in the Loft Theatre. Dinner seating starts at 5pm. Magic Fusion begins at 7pm. Mon, 12/31, 5pm. $99 for dinner and show, $50 for show only. The Loft, 1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 523-8024.
MASQUERADE: EDGE Nightclub welcomes 2019 with Four Color Zack spinning all night long. Enjoy complimentary champagne tasting from 9-10pm. Celebrate in style with party favors, a midnight champagne toast and a balloon drop. Cocktail attire is strongly suggested. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $60-$70. Peppermill Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121, www.peppermillreno.com.
MOJO GREEN NYE 2018: Come dressed in your finest green and gold threads as you groove the night away to the funk stylings of Mojo Green. Enjoy a full bar complete with Great Basin Brewing’s best craft beer and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $25-$30. Great Basin Brewing Company, 846 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-7711.
M.S. DIXIE II NYE CRUISE: The cruise across Lake Tahoe includes dinner, live music and dancing and special celebrations. Mon, 12/31, 6pm. $80-$160. Zephyr Cove Marina, 760 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, (775) 589-4906, www.zephyrcove.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT RSL: Ring in the new year with the funky soul and Motown vinyl hits of DJ Mojo. Mon, 12/31, 4pm. Free. Rum Sugar Lime, 1039 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-1024, www.facebook.com/ rumsugarlime.
NYE SHOW WITH THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS: The blues and R&B band sends off 2018 with special guests Achilles Wheel. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $50. Crown Room, Crystal Bay Casino, 14 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, (775) 883-6333.
NYE SHOW WITH THE DAN BAND: Dan Finnerty helps ring in 2019 with his band known for its comedic and often profane covers of originally female-performed pop songs. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $35-$75. Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, www.nuggetcasinoresort.com.
NYE SHOW WITH DRINKING WITH CLOWNS: Say farewell 2018 with this local band’s Latin sounds and funky rhythms. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Peppermill Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St., www.peppermillreno.com.
NYE FAMILY DINNER AND GAME NIGHT: It’s a free night out for the whole family with pizza, games, bingo, jump rope, limbo contest, sack races and more. Enjoy a sing-along and take a wack at a piñata. Door prizes throughout the night but you must be present to win. Families are asked to bring a food item to share that goes with pizza. Parents must accompany children. Mon, 12/31, 6pm. Free. Turtle Rock Park, 17300 State Route 89, Markleeville, alpinecounty.com.
NYE FAMILY CELEBRATION AT SQUAW VALLEY: The event combines fun and exciting kids’ activities, a fireworks show and live music and drinks for the parents. Highlights includes a glow stick carnival games for kids, music by Apple Z, torchlight parade at Mountain Run and a fireworks spectacular immediately following Apple Z’s performance at KT Deck. Mon, 12/31, 2pm. Free. Olympic House at Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIRE & ICE CELEBRATION AT NORTHSTAR: Celebrate with family and friends around the outdoor ice skating rink with an ice bar, music, fireworks, and warm fire pits all night long. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Village at Northstar, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.northstarcalifornia.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS: Downtown Reno casinos and the City of Reno team up to light up the sky with a special New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration. Hundreds of sparkling pyrotechnics will be shot off from three different hotel-casino rooftops. Tue, 1/1, midnight. Free. Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., www.silverlegacyreno.com/event/ events/new-years-eve-fireworks.
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIGHT PARADE & FIREWORKS: This free event is for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 and older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark. Come early to secure a spot in the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30 to 5:45pm with a chair loading time at 6:15pm. Fireworks show will follow. Mon, 12/31, 4:30pm. Free. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort, 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, (530) 587-9444, www.tahoedonner.com.
NYE PARTY AT MILLENNIUM: Celebrate the arrival of the new year with the hottest blends of reggaeton, banda, cumbia, merengue and more spun by DeeJay Mario B, Miggz, DJ Kentot. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. $TBA. Millennium Nightclub, 2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 378-1643.
NYE PARTY AT DAVIDSON’S: The Grimtones help ring in the new year. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Davidson’s Distillery, 275 E.
Fourth St., (775) 324-1917.
NYE PARTY AT THE PONDEROSA SALOON: Welcome 2019 with music by Hired Gunnz, snacks and free champagne at midnight. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $10. Ponderosa Saloon, 106 S. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7210.
NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe sends off 2018 with a Snow Cat Parade, kids’ torchlight parade and fireworks show. Mon, 12/31, 4:30. Free with lift ticket. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, 22222 Mount Rose Highway, skirose.com.
NEW YEAR’S SLEEVE: Sleeveless Records invades Reno on NYE with music by Stylust, Smasheltooth, Kowta, JLEON and Downlo. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $20-$40. The BlueBird Nightclub, 555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549, freshbakin.com.
NEW YEAR’S SNOWSHOE TOUR: Celebrate the new year with a guided snowshoe hike on Tahoe Donner’s cross country ski trails. Stay for a drink after at the Trailside Bar and watch the fireworks show. Dress for the conditions, bring a headlamp or flashlight and book early. Cost includes guided tour, trail pass and equipment rental (if needed). Mon, 12/31, 5:30pm. $35-$70. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, www.tahoedonner.com.
NEW YEAR’S TIME MACHINE: Wormhole Tahoe, Fresh Bakin’ and Rambo Party Productions presents its year-end party with music by SkiiTour, Morillo, All Good Funk Alliance, Friend and The Rhino. Bust out your favorite throwback costumes and step out of time at this NYE party. Mon, 12/31, 9:30pm. $20-$40. Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, 5 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, freshbakin.com.
NYE & 4TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: The Depot celebrates its fourth anniversary and the arrival of 2019 with a Great Gatsbythemed party. Patrons are encouraged to dress in their finest flapper fare. Champagne will be offered to patrons every hour on the hour. Tickets will include a variety of hors d’oeuvres and unlimited drinks until the ball drops. Mon, 12/31, 7pm. $100-$120. The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery, 325 E. Fourth St., (775) 737-4330, thedepotreno.com.
NYE PARTY AT SHEA’S TAVERN: The celebration includes music by The Deadly Gallows, Ozymadias and Viva Revenge with a DJ to cap off the night. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $5-$6. Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774.
NYE AT SPLASH RENO: Ring in NYE 2019 with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 winner Sharon Needles. The party will be hosted by Mahlae Balenciaga & Vel Veeta. There will be a $2,000 cash and prize balloon drop at midnight. Meet and greet at 10pm, followed by showtimes at 11:30pm and 12:30am. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $15-$35. Splash, 340 Kietzke Lane, 775) 686-6681, www.facebook.com/Splashrno.
NYE SHOW WITH ADAPTER: The local band
will help ring in the new year. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Ceol Irish Pub, 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558, ceolirishpub.com.
NYE PARTY WITH THE BIGGEST LITTLE BAND: Ring in 2019 with drink specials, music by The Biggest Little Band and a champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 8:30pm. Free. MidTown Wine Bar, 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 8001960, midtownwinebarreno.com.
NYE PARTY WITH MOONDOG MATINEE: The local band welcomes in 2019 with special guest Werewolf Club. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $TBA. Chapel Tavern, 1099 S. Virginia St., (775) 324-2244.
NYE WITH ROSSY: The DJ/producer headline 1up’s NYE party featuring support from Be:razz, B2B, Crisp Rice and others. Free champagne toast at midnight. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. $TBA. 1up, 214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689.
OUTATIME FLASHBACK NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Celebrate the arrival of 2019 in 1980s style in the Capri Ballroom. The party includes two drinks, a midnight champagne toast and complimentary party favors. Play retro video games and snap selfies in a special ’80s movieinspired photo ops. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. $70. Peppermill Casino, 2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121, www.peppermillreno.com.
PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR: The NYE event includes live music by Steel Breeze, LED bracelet, swag, midnight a countdown and a champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 10pm. $59-$69. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 50 Highway 50, Stateline, hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.
PARTY ON THE PATIO: The celebration includes VIP access to Alpine Union Patio next to the fire pits and a complimentary drink and champagne toast. Mon, 12/31, 9:30pm. $49-$59. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 50 Highway. 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625, hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.
RENO-TAHOE COMEDY NYE SHOW WITH STEVE HYTNER: The actor-comedian, known for his appearances on TV shows such as Seinfeld and Modern Family, headlines this NYE show. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. $20-$25. Reno Tahoe Comedy, 100 S. Virginia St., www.renotahoecomedy.com.
ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY & FIREWORKS SHOW: Close out 2018 with a day of music by DJ CashMaster, Garage Boys, Journey Revisited and a fireworks show. Ring in 2019 with singer Mark McGrath and other members of the band Sugar Ray who will perform a five-song set and NYE countdown from the top of the parking garage. Mon, 12/31, 3pm. Free. Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, theshopsatheavenly.com/ event/rockin-new-years-eve-partyfireworks-show/.
SILVER NYE 1979: Celebrate like it’s 1979 at this party featuring 1970s-era cocktails and decor, drink specials and music by local band Silver and entertainment by guest host Tony Clifton. There will be a free champagne toast and ball drop at midnight, followed by karaoke. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Pignic Pub & Patio, 235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948.
TAHOE NEW YEAR’S AT GRANLIBAKKEN: The evening includes a buffet dinner, dessert, music and dancing and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Children can watch movies and play all night long with kid-friendly activities. Mon, 12/31, 7pm. $85 adults, $45 kids ages 10 and younger. Granlibakken Tahoe, 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, granlibakken.com.
WINTER BLUES NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: The party features live music by The Jason King Band at The 3rd Street Lounge, cash drawings, party hats and a champagne toast at midnight. Mon, 12/31, 9pm. Free. Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 345 N. Arlington Ave., sandsregency.com.
WINTER WHITE OUT NYE PARTY: Come dressed
MAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU: A BEATLES TRIBUTE
For the Love of Jazz presents a concert by the San Francisco String Trio. Violinist Mads Tolling, guitarist Mimi Fox and bassist and vocalist Jeff Denson comprise this all-acoustic group, whose music crosses genres from tango to funk. The trio’s new album, May I Introduce to You, is a loving homage to the Beatles 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “Reinventing the songs on the album is a daunting task, but this San Francisco trio pulls it off with a combination of masterful musicianship and innovative arrangements that combine elements of jazz, pop, country, rock, swing and world music,” writes Downbeat Magazine. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 329-3333 or visit www.renojazz.org.
in your favorite winter white outfit. The evening includes a costume contest for “best-dressed, tunes spun by DJ 3ull, a buffet-style taco bar and complimentary first pint of beer included with your entrance fee. Mon, 12/31, 8pm. $20-$25. South Lake Brewing Company, 1920 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, www.southlakebeer.com.
EVENTS DISCO TUBING: Spin, slide and speed down the snow tubing lanes to vibrant DJ tunes as the night is illuminated with colorful lights and lasers splashed on the mountainside. Fri, 12/28-Sun, 12/30, 5-8pm. $51. SnowVentures Activity Zone, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, 1653 Squaw Valley Loop, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
DISNEY ON THE RINK: Take photos with
SNOWBALL FESTIVAL: The festival offers
your favorite characters from Moana, Cinderella and other Disney films who will be at the rink ice skating and roaming the village. Thu, 12/27-Mon, 12/31, 4pm. Free. Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, theshopsatheavenly.com.
arts and crafts, face-painting, custom balloons, photo ops, holiday snow tubing, snow parkour, a bounce house and The World’s Biggest Cup of Hot Cocoa. All Soda Snowball tickets include tubing at Tube Town or Planet Kids. Sat, 12/29-Sun, 12/30, 10am. $68-$90. Soda Springs Resort, 10244 Soda Springs Road, Soda Springs, www.skisodasprings.com.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Bring a favorite pillow and blanket, kick back and watch classic and new movies every Friday. All films are rated G or PG. Fri, 12/28, 6:30pm. Free. Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, tahoedonner.com.
SNOWGLOBE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018: The three-day electronic dance music festival returns with headliners Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, RL Grime, Big Gigantic and Gorgon City, among many other acts. Sat, 12/29Mon, 12/31, 2pm. $109-$499. South Lake Tahoe Community Playfields & Bijou Park, 1 College Way, South Lake Tahoe, snowglobemusicfestival.com.
FARM TO TABLE DINNER + MOVIE: Enjoy a family-style meal beside a grand fireplace with a winter wonderland view. Cap the evening with an all-ages movie that kids can enjoy while adults are treated to dessert. Fri, 12/28, 5:30pm. $29-$59, free for children age 4 and younger. Olympic Village Lodge, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
STARS & S’MORES: Participants are invited
GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. There are a few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center available for rent. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat, 12/29, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH: TOCCATA—Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude its 14th season with a production of Handel’s Messiah, along with seasonal carols. Thu, 12/27, 7pm. Free. Heavenly Village, 4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, toccatatahoe.org.
KENNY LOGGINS: The singer-songwriter
to meet at the resort’s Fireside Terrace for a fireside astronomy session with telescopic viewing followed by s’mores around the outdoor fire pit. Advance reservations are recommended. Guests should wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes for the snowshoe stargazing events. Fri, 12/28, 7pm. $45. Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, tahoestartours.com.
THREE-DAY WINTER BREAK ART CAMP: Teaching artists will provide an hour of performing art, a half hour snack break and an hour and a half of visual art to kids ages 6-10. The camp takes place Wednesday-Friday through Jan. 4 in the Art Studio, located on the Arlington Avenue side of the Lake Mansion. Park in the free lot off Arlington Avenue and walk down the ramp. Supplies included in cost. Students are encouraged to bring a mid-morning snack. Wed, 1/02, 9amnoon. $75. Arts for All Nevada at the Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., 826-6100 ext. 2, www.artsforallnevada.org.
WHITE OUT SOIREE: Celebrate the holiday
wraps up his 2018 touring schedule with a concert in Reno. Sun, 12/30, 8pm. $79.95-$119.95. Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center St., (775) 325-7401.
NEVADA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Reno Chamber Orchestra’s 15th annual festival features unique concerts showcasing world class musicians and the best in classical music, culminating with a New Year’s Day celebration. Concerts feature soloists and small ensembles including many of the world’s most renowned classical musicians. Concerts take place in the daytime and evening at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Trinity Episcopal Church, Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and the South Reno United Methodist Church. Thu, 12/27-Tue, 1/1. $5-$250. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and other locations, 357 Clay St., (775) 348-9413, www.renochamberorchestra.org.
season and support the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation with festive food and drinks, a silent auction and live music. Sat, 12/29, 6-9pm. $125. Olympic Village Lodge, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
ART ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: ArtFull Christmas show. Handmade gifts, ornaments, art, glass, pottery, photography and more by local artists and craftsmen. Thu, 12/27-Fri, 12/28, 11am. Free. Artist Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
CARSON CITY COURTHOUSE GALLERY: Americana with Cadmium Orange. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents its exhibition by artist Gig Depio. Thu,
12/27-Fri, 12/28, Mon, 12/31-Wed, 1/2, 8am-5pm. Free. Carson City Courthouse
KNITTING AND CROCHETING CIRCLE: Learn how to knit or crochet or share ideas and tips with others. Thu, 12/27, 4-6pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.
Gallery, 885 E. Musser St., Carson City., www.arts-initiative.org.
DAVIDSON’S DISTILLERY: Bikeriders. Black
RETRO APRÈS SKI PARTY: Grab your best retro après ski gear and meet in the Alpine Meadows Lodge as Olympic Gold medalist Jonny Moseley hosts a throwback party featuring a retro ski outfit contest and music by The Beer Gardeners and DJ Rooney mixing classic beats from the ’60s-’80s. Sat, 12/29, 4pm. Free with lift ticket. Alpine Bar, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
and white photographs of HarleyDavidson enthusiasts by Dave Muskin. The show runs through Jan. 7. Thu, 12/27Wed, 1/2, 11am. Free. Davidson’s Distillery, 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 338-3148.
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by AMY ALKON
Fifty shades of go away I’m the female author of a funny memoir about sex addiction and relationships. Unfortunately, I now have male readers asking me on dates via email. To put it politely, few are men I’d ever be interested in. Also, it feels creepy to be asked out because somebody read all about my sex life. How do I kindly turn them down? Some will say you should be flattered that these men are showing interest. These people don’t quite get that men hitting on you because they read your sex addiction memoir are appealing on the level of a barista who hits on you by drawing a penis and a question mark in your latte. This seemingly delusional overconfidence in men on the prowl aligns with how evolutionary psychologists Martie Haselton and David Buss observe that both men and women seem to have evolved to sometimes perceive the world inaccurately—seeing our opportunities or potential danger in beneficially distorted ways. This sometimes involves over-perception—erring on the side of seeing more than what’s actually there—and it sometimes involves under-perception, seeing less than what’s actually there. Because, for a woman, having sex can lead to nine months of soccer ball-like ankles and other pregnancy fun, plus (eventually) a child to feed, women seem to have evolved a protective bias toward underperceiving men’s level of commitment. Men, on the other hand, have a chance to pass on their genes every time they have sex. So they tend to have a sexualoverperception bias—seeing signs of mere friendliness or even utter apathy as “This babe wants me!” That’s probably what’s going on here—men erring on the side of “ya never know!” Let them down with dignity. Treat them as if they have value as men and human beings, with something like “I wish I could, but I’m sorry to say, I have a firm policy that I never date readers.” But perhaps a better first option would be to answer only the part of the email about the book, totally ignoring the part where they gracefully ask you out.
Remorse code My girlfriend sometimes says my apologies don’t count because of the tone of voice I use when I say “I’m sorry.” She said I sound “resentful instead of apologetic.” Shouldn’t she just accept the apology and not split hairs like this? Whenever you speak, the emotional packaging—your tone and attitude—is an integral part of the message. That’s because, as evolutionary psychologist Laith Al-Shawaf and his colleagues explain, one function of human emotions is to act as signals, broadcasting our feelings, perceptions and intentions. Accordingly, an apology in a snarly package—words of regret delivered in a resentful tone—reads not as an apology but as an evasion of responsibility in an apology suit. For an apology to count for us psychologically—allow us to let go of our hurt and anger and move on—it needs to be backed with sincere remorse. This isn’t to say you have to throw yourself weeping at a person’s feet because you left the toothpaste cap-free for the 500 millionth time. Your tone just needs to translate to a sort of pledge to try to do better—which suggests that you value the person and the relationship, which allows them to trust you going forward. But let’s say you’re snarling “sorry!” because you feel whatever was expected of you was ultimately unfair. In that case, it’s better to instead say, “I see you’re feeling upset” or “hurt”—“...and I think there’s a misunderstanding here that we need to discuss.” If things are too heated in the moment, you can ask to talk in a few minutes or an hour or whatever. This tack is sure to have a far better outcome than the classic unapologetic apology—“I insincerely apologize for the thing you say I did”—which tends to be met with “I’m so sorry you’ll be sleeping on the lawn chair ... indefinitely.” Ω
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): As the crow flies, Wyoming is almost 1,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean and more than 1,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean. Now here’s a surprise: In the northwest corner of Wyoming, the North Two Ocean Creek divides into two tributaries, one of which ultimately flows to the Pacific and one that reaches the Gulf. So an enterprising fish could conceivably swim from one ocean to the other via this waterway. I propose that we make North Two Ocean Creek your official metaphor for 2019. It will symbolize the turning point you’ll be at in your life; it will remind you that you’ll have the power to launch an epic journey in one of two directions.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I have come to the
conclusion that softening your relationship with perfectionism will be a key assignment in 2019. With this in mind, I offer you observations from wise people who have studied the subject. 1. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” —Voltaire. 2. “Perfection is a stick with which to beat the possible.” —Rebecca Solnit. 3. Perfectionism is “the haute couture, high-end version of fear.” —Elizabeth Gilbert. 4. “Nothing is less efficient than perfectionism.” —Gilbert. 4. “It’s better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.” —Gilbert.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The body of the
violin has two f-shaped holes on either side of the strings. They enable the sound that resonates inside the instrument to be projected outwardly. A thousand years ago, the earliest ancestor of the modern violin had round holes. Later they became half-moons, then c-shaped, and finally evolved into the f-shape. Why the change? Scientific analysis reveals that the modern form allows more air to be pushed out from inside the instrument, thereby producing a more powerful sound. My analysis of your life in 2019 suggests it will be a time to make an upgrade from your metaphorical equivalent of the c-shaped holes to the f-shaped holes. A small shift like that will enable you to generate more power and resonance.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian
singer-songwriter Sia has achieved great success, garnering nine Grammy nominations and amassing a $20 million fortune. Among the superstars for whom she has composed hit tunes are Beyoncé, Rihanna and Flo Rida. But she has also had failures. Top recording artists including Adele and Shakira have commissioned her to write songs, only to turn down what she created. In 2016, Sia got sweet revenge. She released an album in which she herself sang many of those rejected songs. It has sold more than two million copies. Do you, too, know what it’s like to have your gifts and skills ignored or unused or rebuffed, Sagittarius? If so, the coming months will be an excellent time to express them for your own benefit, as Sia did.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A typical fluffy
white cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds. A dark cumulonimbus storm cloud is 106 million pounds, almost 490 times heavier. Why? Because it’s filled with far more water than the white cloud. So which is better, the fluffy cumulus or the stormy cumulonimbus? Neither, of course. We might sometimes prefer the former over the latter because it doesn’t darken the sky as much or cause the inconvenience of rain. But the truth is, the cumulonimbus is a blessing, a substantial source of moisture and a gift to growing things. I mention this because I suspect that for you, 2019 will have more metaphorical resemblances to the cumulonimbus than the cumulus.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A hundred years
ago, most astronomers thought there was just one galaxy in the universe: our Milky Way. Other models for the structure of the universe were virtually heretical. But in the 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble produced research that proved the existence of many more galaxies. Today, the estimate is that there are at least 400 billion. I wonder what currently unimaginable possibilities will be obvious to our ancestors a hundred years from now. Likewise, I wonder what currently unforeseen truths will be fully available to you by the end of 2019. My guess: more than in any other previous year of your life.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Author Elizabeth
Gilbert offers advice for those who long for a closer relationship with the Supreme Being: “Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.” I’ll expand that approach so it applies to you when you’re in quest of any crucial life-enhancing experience. If you genuinely believe that a particular adventure or relationship or transformation is key to your central purpose, it’s not enough to be mildly enthusiastic about it. You really do need to seek your heart’s desire in the way people with their heads on fire look for water. 2019 will be prime time for you to embody this understanding.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1682, Peter Alex-
eyevich became co-tsar of Russia. He was ten years old. His 24-year-old half-sister Sophia had a hole cut in the back of his side of the dual throne. That way she could sit behind him, out of sight, and whisper guidance as he discussed political matters with allies. I’d love it if you could wangle a comparable arrangement for yourself in 2019. Are there wise confidants or mentors or helpers from whom you could draw continuous counsel? Seek them out.
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by MAtt BiEKER
Mother Nature knows best, and I think that that’s becoming something that, not even just in the cannabis industry but in food and health and everything else these days, that so many people are gravitating towards, or back towards. He believes that the plant is also best in terms of the experience, whether it be the medicinal effects or the taste or the smell, when you use organic nutrients and natural sunlight. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER
Coleman Smith is manager for SoL, a new cannabis growhouse and dispensary, 275 US-395 Alt, Washoe Valley. We sat down to talk about SoL’s new business model for Northern Nevada dispensaries and how the cannabis industry has been affected by Canada’s recent legalization.
What is SoL, and how is it different from other shops in the area? From the growing and cultivation side of things to the retail side of things, we’re the only vertically integrated operation in Northern Nevada, meaning we have our cultivation facility and dispensary on site. And, quite literally, full transparency is something we believe in, in that we’re the only facility that has a viewing window into our greenhouse in the entire state. … It’s more of the new age retail experience, you know. The Apple stores, the tech stores of the world or even big retail outlets, like, say, in San Francisco, in the Bay Area, where you walk in, and it’s up to your discretion how quickly you want the experience to go, or if you want to stay a while, you have that option. And so also in the viewing room, we have a bunch of furniture. We have TV screens displaying educational material, free coffee, free tea, WiFi for our customers. And then from there, we have a breezeway with menus and displays of the product. So you can
take your time engaging in the experience for 45 minutes before you ever even get to your budtenders and start your transaction. And then, also, we have a patio with furniture and a great view of Mount Rose. We’ve also already had live music out there. So, yeah, we wanted SoL to be, you know, like I said, a fully transparent experience, but also a destination.
SoL is equipped to grow cannabis with natural sunlight instead of grow lamps for the most part. Why is that important? Typical grow operations—it doesn’t matter what state you’re talking about, but in Nevada also—are indoor warehouses with LED lighting, you know, hydroponic nutrients system and synthetic nutrients and additives. And, quite honestly, Ed Alexander, our head grower and one of the owners, he’s a firm believer that
About SoL being a “destination,” what else do you mean by that? Sure. So we have big plans as it pertains to on-site consumption. We’re lobbying in the 2019 sessions to have that amended. In addition to that, we have a long-term goal of building an amphitheater. Our owners are locals. They’re fans of music, of, you know, communal gatherings of all kinds, like Burning Man for instance. ... We would love to have an amphitheater for the simple fact that we’d love to give back to the community and be something that, you know, Northern Nevada can be proud of. … we’re one of only three operations in Northern Nevada now that are even American owned anymore. It’s something that a lot of people outside of the industry don’t really realize is that Canadian corporations, now that it is federally legal there, have been coming in and buying out Nevada-owned dispensaries over the course of the last year, as well as across the entire country. So we want to make it something that remains Nevada-owned and expand our entertainment and everything else to make it something that brings the community together. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
We bought ourselves a gift As former solicitor general (during the Clinton era) Walter Dellinger told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “We have to ask ourselves, why is it that Mike Flynn was willing to take the risk of lying? What is behind this Russian involvement? It’s always possible that there’s less here than we think, and it’s also possible this is the greatest crime in the history of the United States if Americans were working with Russians to determine the outcome of a presidential election.” (The italics are mine.) He’s right, and that’s what it’s all about, a reminder as to why many of us remain endlessly fascinated, horrified, shocked and pissed off beyond belief at this most outrageous reality show of all time as it plays out in front of our eyes. You know this. I’m certainly not giving you any new news. But I do want to give you an Xmas message of great positiv-
ity and cheer, for this is indeed an incredibly awesome holiday season this year in our country. For 2018 is the year that we gave ourselves a truly wondrous gift, the year that we sane Americans gave ourselves—America! Oh, yes, indeedy, we gave ourselves, on the night of Nov. 6, a slightly beat up but still totally nifty gift, which is our country. Yay for us! For it was on that night of Nov. 6 (and the days and weeks that followed for all those races that took a while to get certified and finalized) that a clear majority of us who still give two poops about the red, white and blue did our proper patriotic thing and told phony president Manbaby and his trashy lameass family of incompetent bungling endlessly lying crooks to take the proverbial long walk off a short pier. So this holiday season, make sure you raise your glass to US—
us in the U.S. Because we did it, goddammit. We did what had to be done, and if we wouldn’t have done what we did, just think how absolutely horrible and filled with despair you would feel right now. Just think how hopeless and grim 2019 would appear. And now, realize that we are just days away from a Congressional Cavalry arriving on the scene, armed not with guns ablazin’, but with a bottomless bucket of sassy, serious subpoenas. May the Dems start tossin’ those suckers around like Amazon gift cards! As for 2020, there are many possibilities on the table at this time, as numerous Dems start officially exploring presidential possibilities in the months ahead. Right now, I’m kinda thinkin’ that a Kamala/Booker ticket might fly—and I’m not sure who would be the Prez. Ω
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