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In the room Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Here’s a weird predicament in writing a column in 2019: Do you address the elephant in the room? Everyone knows it’s there. Everyone is already talking about the elephant. Everybody has a fully formed opinion about the elephant, and everyone thinks they know what everybody else thinks about the elephant. We know the smell of his dung. The elephant, of course, is Donald Trump. Some writers—our Bruce Van Dyke springs to mind—have fully embraced their inner pachydermatologist. Bruce is happy to comment on every mendacious speech, every aggrieved tweet and every twist of the investigations. If you miss Bruce’s sage wisdom on Nevada roadtrips and classic rock records—you’re not alone. I sometimes wish he’d write about something else too. But I understand: Sometimes, it’s hard not to write about Trump. And this newspaper has a local focus. I should write about something local. Population continues to boom, fueling a housing crisis. The new guv just snagged a Reno city council member for a state job. The UNR men’s basketball team is having an exciting season. The weather is wooly. But we’re three weeks into the federal government shutdown, and I can’t stop staring at those photos of Trump standing behind a huge spread of McDonald’s and Wendy’s grub, bedecked with golden candelabra. He was hosting the college football champs, Clemson University. Apparently, the White House cooking staff isn’t allowed to work, either, so he sprung for the food he really wants—figuring it’s what college athletes want, too. We’re living in that alternate timeline from Back to the Future II, when Biff becomes a millionaire.

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Bringing the wars home How many deaths in mass killings does it take for our so-called leaders to stop this business of war? War teaches so much and none of it good. Problems can’t be solved by fighting. No one wins in a war. Two recent mass killings, one [at a Pittsburgh synagogue]. Hate is taught. It is a learned event. What have the Jews done to deserve such hate? And the second, a bar killing, brought on by war. Post-tramatic stress disorder is hate. These soldiers hate what they are doing. But it’s what they are taught. As long as war continues, so will we have mass murders. Helen Howe Sun Valley

Miami Vice as a source? Different thoughts occur to me when hearing various news reports at present. The claim that “most illegal drugs, come through the normal entry points” lacks credence, if given a casual glance. Do the drug mules fill out a bill of landing form upon crossing likely both the Mexican and Canadian border, in the dark of the night? The tunnels we keep hearing about? The cartel has scales on this side, and a report goes to the DEA? No cocaine came in by fast boats back in the Miami Vice days? It all came in by wayward flight stewards in the flight luggage, and the customs guys found it? That’s basically the implication the left is making. I have distant relatives in Colombia. They report that the facts are that a couple of thousand infants are starving to death in Venezuela each year! Like the old proverb, “Socialism works fine till you spend all the other guy’s money.” Is the Democratic party really that brain dead, that the mouthy extremist ones get all the headlines? This group makes John F.

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Kennedy seem like John Wayne waving the flag. He would be considered a “nationalist” by today’s bunch. And I thought the Reps needed to cut loose some of the old deadwood. Ron Ryder Fallon Editor’s note: The source of statistics on where most illegal drugs are seized is—the Trump administration. Specifically, it’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Arizona Daily Star obtained the statistics compiled by Customs through a public records request and the Star reported, “CBP statistics show 81 percent of the 265,500 pounds of hard drugs caught at the U.S.-Mexico border from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2016 were stopped by customs officers at ports of entry, rather than by Border Patrol agents working in the desert and wilderness between ports.” In addition, in its 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, the Drug Enforcement Administration said the “most common method” of drug smuggling into the U.S. “involves transporting illicit drugs through U.S. ports of entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.”

Pester the Republicans I do not blame Trump for this shutdown. He’s a shyster in over his head, and he’s not the deal-maker he tries to pretend to be. No, I blame Mitch McConnell. He’s not intellectually handicapped in any way, and he definitely knows what he’s doing, not doing and why. As leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell could allow a vote at any time on any number of veto-proof solutions that have been proposed by his own party. But he won’t because party power supersedes any other consideration for this hard-line Republican. But if enough noise is made by his own party, this actually could present a way out

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of this mess that doesn’t create a constitutional crisis. It’s is not unprecedented for Congress to override a presidential veto and it’s why the forefathers included that provision. It preserves the democracy when there is stark disagreement between the branches of government, in this case, the president and the majority of everyone. If folks want to help end this shutdown, I suggest contacting your Senator and Mitch McConnell directly. Put the pressure on for that co-equal branch of government and Mitch in particular to finally do something for America, not just for party and self. Michel Rottman Virginia City Highlands


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Spiderman: Enter the Spiderverse. I think Spiderman was really good this year, and this movie alone put it over the top. I really liked the presentation and how it looked. I know it’s kind of like an anime movie, and some people are thrown off by that, but regardless I think it’s a really good film.

How not to interview. Or answer. Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro: “Now, I want to This is what they were talking about. And, obviously, move on to another subject. The New York Times nothing was found. And I can tell you this, if you ask reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence the folks in Russia, I’ve been tougher on Russia than investigation the day after you fired James Comey in anybody else, any other—probably any other president, May of ’17. And the investigation was whether you period, but certainly the last three or four presidents, were actively working for Russia or unwittingly. So, modern day presidents. Nobody’s been as tough as I I’m going to ask you, are you now or have you have from any standpoint including the fact that ever [Pirro was laughing as she finished up the we’re doing oil like we’ve never done it. question] worked for Russia, Mr. President?” We’re setting records in our country with Donald Trump: “I think it’s the most oil and exporting oil and many other Admiring insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. things, so—which is obviously not great interviewer, I think it’s the most insulting article for them, because that’s what they, that’s slippery I’ve ever had written. And if you read where they get their money for the most the article, you’d see that they found part. But many other things. So I—I think interviewee absolutely nothing. But the, the headline of it was a great insult. And the New York that article—it’s called the failing New York Times is a disaster as a paper. It’s a—it’s a Times for a reason. They’ve gotten me wrong very horrible thing they said, and they’ve gone for three years. They’ve actually gotten me wrong for so far that people that weren’t necessarily believers many years before that. But you look at what’s going are now big believers, because they said that was a on—you know, I fired James Comey. I call him lying step too far. They really are a disaster of a newspaper.” James Comey, because he was a terrible liar, and he (That’s 358 words.) did a terrible job as the FBI director. Look at what Pirro is a former prosecutor, but she seems to know happened with the Hillary Clinton and the emails and nothing about cross examination—or she let her Trump the Hillary Clinton investigation, one of the biggest admiration interfere with doing her job. The follow-up screw-ups that anybody’s ever seen as an investigation. question she didn’t ask: “That didn’t answer my quesAnd what happened after I fired him? Andrew McCabe, tion. Could you answer it now, please?” Peter Strzok, his lover Lisa Page—they did it. And, you However, readers should not let Pirro’s ineptitude know, they’re all gone. Most of those people, many, obscure for them the fact that Trump avoided the issue many people from the top ranks of the FBI, they’ve all like a broken field runner. Why didn’t he answer the been fired, or they had to leave. And they’re all gone. question? Ω

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The Green Book. It was lighthearted, and it had a nice ending.

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Bohemian Rhapsody. It was an amazing movie, and the music was good. The scene at the end was scene for scene what actually happened.

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I really liked A Star is Born. That was this year, right? They kind of, like, blend together sometimes. I really liked the story. I like the screen play because … this one really put the story together for me. And the acting, of course, was spectacular.

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Cherishing aspiration and optimism It’s to bet on the future, on your desires, on the possibility that an open heart and uncertainty is better than gloom and safety. To hope is dangerous, and yet it is the opposite of fear, for to live is to risk.” Those words resonated deeply this year as I read the profiles featured in the New York Times Magazine’s annual endof-year edition, “The Lives They Lived,” highlighting many who dared to hope they could make a difference. Consider Devah Pager, a sociologist who conducted field studies to prove that racial discrimination dramatically affected job opportunities for those exiting the criminal justice system. Her research convinced President Bush to allocate $300 million to assist former inmates and led to the “Ban the Box” initiative, helping those with a criminal record gain employment. Or consider Ann Hopkins, an accountant who sued Price Waterhouse for sex discrimination after she did not receive a partnership due to her refusal to conform to the femininity standards the

Rebecca Solnit: “Anything could happen, and whether we act or not has everything to do with it.” Even after 40-plus years of living in Reno, I lose a little hope when our weather shifts to the gloomy frigid days of mid-January, and I realize how much my mood depends on Nevada’s big, blue, cloudless sky. This winter seems especially dark as our country sinks deeper into the president’s morass, tarnished by his childish and incomprehensible behavior. It’s a good time to revisit one of my favorite Rebecca Solnit books, Hope in the Dark, published in 2004 but completely relevant in these desperate times. Solnit challenges us to view our world “not only by such nightmares as global warming and global capital, but by dreams of freedom and of justice—and transformed by things we could not have dreamed of.” She encourages us to look at past events and consider Project1 5/11/10 3:02 their PM unforeseen Page 1 impact, noting that to “hope is to gamble.

traditionally male firm arbitrarily imposed. She won her fight at the Supreme Court in a landmark case when the Justices ruled against gender stereotyping in the workplace. Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga suffered the indignity and pain of being confined in the California internment camp of Manzanar in 1942. After the war, she dedicated herself to researching one of our country’s darkest moments, eventually discovering a document that proved the “internment was based on race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” President Ronald Reagan issued an apology and paid restitution to each survivor. These women all turned darkness into light with their refusal to abandon hope. I see the same determination in many of Nevada’s activists, people like former RN&R editor D. Brian Burghart, creator of Fatal Encounters, a comprehensive database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. Or young Native American activist Autumn Harry,

who has already succeeded in lifting up her heritage in multiple arenas. Another Nevadan who chooses to act is Sharon Chamberlain, Director of Northern Nevada HOPES. She has greatly expanded behavioral health services for the homeless while also pursuing tiny homes to help them transition from the street. Solnit mentions Bob Fulkerson, who recently stepped down after 25 years of leading the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. She recounts a visit to the Nevada Test Site where she was the only person to show up at a workshop on Nevada and the military. She wrote how Fulkerson “was visibly disappointed, but gave it splendidly for me alone” while she sat “in the rocks and dust and creosote bush of the deep desert on a sunny day,” being schooled by “the great Nevada organizer Bob Fulkerson.” Solnit reminds us, “Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. … Hope should shove you out the door.” Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Tech firms piTch border opTions

The health care battles in Congress have state governments taking the lead.

At Las Vegas’s famed Consumer Electronics Show, some vendors are suggesting alternatives to the Trump wall. Quandergy Systems says its Lidar, a laser-based detection system used in some self-driving car prototypes, could be used on the border less expensively and more effectively than a physical barrier like a wall. “It can see day and night in any weather and can automatically track intruders, and give the GPS coordinates in real time to patrol officers,” said Quanergy Systems exec Louay Eldada in a prepared statement. The company says the technology is being tested with pilot projects along the IndiaPakistan border and a small section of the southern U.S. border. Another firm, Anduril, is working along similar lines. A decade or so ago, when the technology was less advanced, the U.S. funded some work on a “virtual wall” by Boeing that used advanced cameras, radar and vibration sensors. In 2010, the project was halted by the U.S. because of unmet deadlines and the difficulty of using electronic gear in rugged terrain. CNBC last month reported from Del Rio, Texas, on a prototype in use on the border and found that locals preferred the electronic surveillance techniques at work over a physical structure. No cost figures were given on an electronic system. There is no word on whether Mexico would pay for it.

phillip earl 1937-2019 U.S. Sen. Harry Reid once said, “Phillip Earl’s love for Nevada and the rich history [of] the state is on display every week during the school year,” referring to Earl’s frequent talks to students in both county schools and college. Earl was a historian and staff member of the Nevada Historical Society. He was most familiar to Nevadans through his “This Was Nevada” column that ran in state newspapers from 1975 until Earl’s retirement in 1999. The column was one more way Earl educated Nevadans on their state. The columns were collected in two books published in 1986 and 2000. He also assisted in the creation of Nevada in the West magazine. Earl was the best source of information on a wide variety of events and developments in state history, such as the filming of the silent movie The Winning of Barbara Worth, the flu epidemic of 1918, the impact in the state of various wars, county seat fights, boxing. He was a regular source, both before and after his retirement, for reporters, teachers and school districts, community leaders and children. He spoke to service clubs, classes, political groups and anyone who asked. He and his wife Jean threw attention on an art that few people knew existed—carvings on tree trunks in the Sierra by Basque settlers. The couple developed a method of pulling images of the carvings from the trees. They also published an art book, Basque Aspen Art of the Sierra Nevada, in 2011. Earl grew up in Boulder City, attended Nevada Southern University in Las Vegas and the University of Nevada in Reno, and taught school in Reno. He died on Jan. 8, and a memorial gathering is planned at the Nevada Historical Society on Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

—Dennis Myers






State of health With Congress deadlocked, Nevada may act at the 2017 nevada legislature—where Democrats had recovered their majorities in both houses—lawmakers tried to respond to what was going on in D.C. to protect the health insurance of Nevadans. At the time, Congress was in its “repeal and replace” stage of trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Carson City, lawmakers enacted a Medicaid-for-all buy-in system sponsored by Washoe Assemblymember Mike Sprinkle that would have preserved health care access if the federal law was repealed. Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed it, calling it a laudable attempt but one that contained provisions whose effects were unforeseeable. More

time was needed to study its ramifications, the governor wrote in his veto message: “Fortunately, my veto of AB 374 does not end the conversation about potential coverage gaps or possible solutions, including Medicaid-like solutions. In fact, given the possibility that changes in federal law may put Nevada’s expanded Medicaid population at risk of losing their coverage, the ability of individuals to purchase Medicaid-like plans is something that should be considered in depth.” Not everyone was willing to wait. Two health care analysts in Arizona recommended it to their state’s legislature in 2017, and New Mexico is now considering a similar proposal, with others likely to join

in. At least four states—California, Delaware, Oregon and Washington— are conducting studies of buy-in Medicaid systems. Sprinkle said after Sandoval’s veto, “I will bring this legislation back next session.” Sandoval has now been replaced with a Democrat, Steve Sisolak. Last year a group called United States of Care commissioned the Harris Poll to poll people on a Medicaid buy-in system and the survey found 78 percent of registered voters supporting the notion. “We think 2019 is going to be the year of Medicaid buy-in,” said Allison O’Toole, spokesperson for the group told Stateline. State proposals are likely to interface with federal plans. Low-income people eligible for federal subsidies under the ACA are permitted to use those funds to pay for state Medicaid buy-in plans. And buy-in plans can be affected by federal requirements. If those plans include certain types of language, approval would be needed from the Trump administration. Then there is the insurance industry, which is not in love with Medicaid buy-in plans—again, depending on how they are written. In the subsequent year and a half since Sandoval’s veto, Congress has failed to repeal the ACA, but the act has been undercut by an array of ad hoc actions. The Internal Revenue Service has been ordered by Donald Trump to stop enforcing the insurance mandate law requiring taxpayers to have health insurance. Trump also took actions on Oct. 12, 2017, ending federal subsidies provided by the law that assisted some citizens buying insurance through ACA exchanges with co-payments and deductibles. That caused the cost of insurance to jump and also brought lawsuits against the federal government by health insurance companies and state governments to enforce the law. Trump also cut the enrollment period in half, reducing the number of people who obtained health insurance. In addition, Trump’s administration cut efforts to inform the public about the ACA and when the

enrollment periods are. Without that kind kind of thing insurance corporations expect of advertising, some people never knew stricken patients to navigate but that drives to get insurance or renew, further reducthose patients crazy. ing the number of people who are The measure adopted and then vetoed insured. in 2017 resulted in talks between Insurance actuaries said Sprinkle and other health care Trump’s actions created advocates with industry repreuncertainty in the sentatives in the past months, 2019 is shaping marketplace, driving which resulted in some areas premiums still higher of agreement. But the group up as a health care by 30 to 40 percent. ran out of time, so final year at the Nevada The situation became language for legislation was so pronounced that the never achieved. Sprinkle is Legislature. Center on Budget and having a bill drafted that will Policy Priorities started serve as a vehicle in efforts to posting a “Sabotage Watch” reach an agreement during the on its website, listing the legislative session, which begins actions taken against the ACA by Feb. 4. Like Sprinkle’s 2017 measure, Trump, congressional Republicans and the surprise billings effort is causing chatothers. ter in the health care industry, with items All of this creates a much different situappearing in places like Becker’s Hospital ation than state legislators in Nevada faced Review. Ω in 2017. Democrats have increased their strength in the legislature, but the threat from D.C. is not the same. Republicans have been stymied in repeal efforts but A list of the actions taken by Congress to undermine the have, particularly through the White Affordable Care Act can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ House, done some damage to the ACA. yb87nhja Democrats have control of one congressional house, which blocks any legislative efforts to further injure the ACA. So Democrats in Nevada will need to react less to D.C. this time but still will be affected by the mess that has become of federal health care policy.

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EmErgEnciEs Also during the 2017 Nevada Legislature, the lawmakers enacted one measure that amends the state constitution, a measure that does not require approval from the governor and thus avoids the danger of a veto. The resolution, Assembly Joint Resolution 14, forbids emergency room charges “greater than 150 percent of the lowest rate which the hospital or facility has agreed to accept” from Medicare. Constitutional amendments must be approved twice by the legislature before going to a public vote, so 14 must be approved again this year. In addition, another Sandoval veto, of 2017’s Assembly Bill 382, sparked a between-legislative-sessions effort to bring the measure back in 2019. The bill would have protected patients from “surprise” billings as a result of out-of-network emergency care. Surprise billings are caused when patients are taken to hospitals that are not in their insurance network. It also includes patients who are at an in-network emergency room but receive treatment from an out-of-network physician—the

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A housing complex dedicated to local workers is pictured at Summit County, Colorado. Similar projects could be built at Tahoe.

Priced out Tahoe housing Momentum is gaining in an effort to address a steadily growing problem across the Lake Tahoe Basin—a lack of affordable housing for the area’s workforce. Simply put, the idea is to remove obstacles that stand in the way of Tahoe’s vital service industry workers being able to obtain affordable housing in the same communities in which they work. “This is a huge problem across the region,� said Heidi Hill Drum, chief executive officer for the Tahoe Prosperity Center, a nonprofit organization established to encourage economic prosperity among Lake Tahoe’s communities. In April 2018, the Prosperity Center kicked off an ambitious plan to deal with Tahoe’s worsening housing crisis, the Housing Tahoe Partnership. Thus far, the partnership has focused on Tahoe’s south shore communities of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, but the hope is to expand to the north shore communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay in Washoe County, Hill Drum said. Another group, the Mountain Housing Council, is working in tandem to address the housing issue at Tahoe’s California north shore communities of Tahoe City and Kings Beach, as well as in Truckee. The cost of housing has steadily risen across Tahoe for years, placing it out of reach for many workers. These include those employed by the area’s ski resorts this time of year, but really no corner of the area’s service industry is unaffected. Another key factor is the growing number of units that are owned as second homes. They sit vacant for much of the year or are rented only for brief periods to vacationers. “I think we’ve all known it’s been a problem for years, but it’s being felt very severely now,� she said.


In 2015, an economic study concluded that the ratio of Tahoe’s housing costs compared to wages outpaced even San Francisco’s. Numbers were updated in 2017, concluding only 21 percent of residents could afford the median price of a home. Experts also found that some 300 Tahoe families were living in motel rooms. And in 2016, some 500 business owners were interviewed for the Workforce Tahoe Report. “The number one issue was ‘We can’t find workers because housing is so expensive,’â€? Hill Drum said. “That was the number one complaint we heard.â€? The Housing Tahoe Partnership was formed in response to the problem. Partners include Vail Resorts—owner of Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Others include Lake Tahoe Community College and Barton Memorial Hospital. All need to improve housing options for employees. Some positive steps have already been made, including recent actions by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and South Tahoe Public Utility District to alter regulations to make affordable housing projects more feasible for developers. Much of the problem could be addressed by razing some of Tahoe aging motels and replacing them with quality affordable housing projects, Hill Drum said. Another need is to establish a regional housing authority to act as a “championâ€? in addressing the issue, she said. Both El Dorado and Douglas counties are served by existing housing authorities, but they generally aren’t active at Tahoe due to regulatory challenges there. There’s also talk of a possible ballot question in 2020 to establish a transfer tax on sales of homes valued in excess of $500,000 to possibly establish a “robust source of fundingâ€? to help tackle the problem. “We would like to find a good way for government and businesses to work better together on this,â€? Hill Drum said. “There’s no one solution to this. We’re working on a variety of different solutions.â€? Ί



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Movie guy BoB griMM culls 2018’s Best and worst flicks

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e are a little later than usual with the annual cinematic roundup. Go ahead and blame me, for I am a lazy, aloof and strikingly handsome bastard with a penchant for Star Wars toys and an unholy obsession involving his new air fryer. You might have heard me yammer about it, but now is the perfect time to reiterate: Netflix ain’t screwing around. As you will see below, films they produced make prominent appearances—good and bad—in my lists. Along with the Coen brothers, Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock and Adam Sandler, the likes of Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Damien

Chazelle and more are coming into the Netflix fold. Netflix isn’t about sifting through third rate movies like The Shadow with Alec Baldwin or Mobsters with Christian Slater to kill time on a Tuesday night anymore. They are the real deal for original programming and, yes, a much improved movie streaming selection. There’s a crap ton of Monty Python on the platform as I write this! You won’t see a lot of blockbusters in my top 20 this year. Much of my movie joy came from smaller big screen efforts and, yes, Netflix originals and other films released to streaming during limited theatrical runs. Remember the Keystone

II Cinema, the art house theater we used to have in Reno? That’s rapidly becoming your Smart TV. So, here they are, my top 20 favorites followed by the 10 movies that aged me 15 years and left me hovering around the candy counter looking all disheveled, bitter and dismayed. I got a lot of dirty looks from confounded theater managers. They probably thought I was going to full-on Jackie Chan side-kick their precious glass candy counter displays and ruin their pretentious M&M arrangements. Hey, I pay for my tickets. I can torment the vendors. continued on page 12

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs What’s that you say? The Coen brothers made a movie this year? Why, yes, they did, and with a little help from Netflix. While this six-part Western anthology film had a limited big-screen release, it was available almost immediately on the streaming service, evidence of a major seismic shift as to how big directors might make their movies in the future. This dark delight stars the likes of Tim Blake Nelson as a psycho singing cowboy, Tom Waits as the best prospector this side of Gabby Hayes, and Zoe Kazan as a kind woman with a tragically loud dog. It’s pure Coen gold, and just the latest triumph from the duo who have never made a bad movie.

membership card and some one-on-one time with David Duke. It features great work from Adam Driver as a fellow policeman and Topher Grace as Duke.


Eighth Grade

All hail Elsie Fisher, the talented young actress who plays Kayla Day in this astoundingly good take on the life of a junior high school misfit. Fisher and Josh Hamilton make for the best father-daughter film combo of 2018—and there were a lot of great ones—in a movie that pulls no punches on the awkwardness of adolescence and the undeniable influence of social media.


If Beale Street Could Talk

Annihilation This has some of the best sci-fi/horror since the first Alien, along with performances by Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac that will freak you out. Beware the videotape scene. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


The Death of Stalin

A hilarious satire with a little bit of Dr. Strangelove in its DNA. Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, making no effort to change his accent. Need I say more?


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


A Star Is Born This had me thinking, “I’ve never seen “Shallow” will win an Oscar for best song, anything like this!” the whole time. If you The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Lady Gaga is the best actress frontrunthink comic book movies are getting a little ner thanks to Bradley Cooper’s extremely watchable stale—I’m calling you out, Aquaman!—then get a passion project. Even my Gaga-hating parents had to admit load of this one. It’s a visual delight, with a snappy script to the moment she joined Cooper for “Shallow” was something go along with it. And, yes, a movie with Nicolas Cage in it has else. At one point, Jack White was considered for Cooper’s made the top 10. More Cage surprises later! role. That would’ve been one weird movie. Hereditary A couple of days before turning this story in, Gaga lost Toni Collette is 2018’s best actress in the year’s scariest her Golden Globe to Glenn Close. This is bullshit! movie. Oh, the amazing things she does with her face and Leave No Trace voice in this movie. She scared the ever-living piss out of me. A homeless father and daughter (Ben Foster and I’d also like to give a shout out to Alex Wolff and his incredThomasin McKenzie) try to elude authorities in ible classroom spazz-out, one of the craziest scenes of recent Portland. Foster continues to grow as an actor, and McKenzie memory. gives one of the year’s best breakthrough performances.




Thunder Road

Jim Cummings writes, directs and stars as a police officer who loses his shit multiple times during the course of the film, but most notably in the opening scene, a one-shot eulogy to a dead mom that must be seen to be believed. The movie is billed as a comedy, and it is certainly funny, but no film had as many emotional gut shots in 2018 as this one. Cummings zigs and zags from hilarious to frighteningly sad with an efficiency that earns him my pick for performance of the year. You probably didn’t hear about this movie before reading about it here. Well, you’ve heard about it now. It’s available for rent. Watch it, and be prepared to have your ass blown out through your living room’s picture window, the one with all the plants in it.


Black KKKlansman

Spike Lee comes roaring back with his best movie since Malcolm X. This is the true story—well, sort of … Spike takes some liberties—of a black policeman (John David Washington) who posed as a white supremacist on the phone to infiltrate a chapter of the KKK. He eventually got a KKK

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The Favourite

Three actresses in excellent form (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman) equally distribute the thunder in this funny, sinister look at Queen Anne and her confidantes in the 18th Century.


Stan & Ollie This one got a late awards season push and came out of nowhere with an incredible John C. Reilly



Avengers: Infinity War

Yes, the Thanos chronicles are a blast to watch, and bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy into the fray was one of the single coolest things on screens this year. It’ll be interesting to see if the deadly consequences of that Thanos finger snap stick this year when Avengers: Endgame hits screens.

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Isle of Dogs

Director Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with a beautiful, heartbreakingly great movie. Moving performances from all, including Regina King as a steel-nerved mother and Stephan James as a jailed man proclaiming his innocence. It’s one of the best-looking movies to come out in 2018. (See page 17 for a full review.)


(prosthetics-aided) performance as movie legend Oliver Hardy. Steve Coogan is just as good as partner Stan Laurel. They recreate Laurel & Hardy moments that will bring tears to your eyes.

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Wes Anderson, one of our very best live-action directors, is quietly becoming one of cinema’s all-time great stopmotion animation auteurs.


I very nearly gave Nicolas Cage the Best Actor award this year, but Jim Cummings narrowly beats him out. Still, Cage’s bathroom vodka-guzzling scene is the best thing he’s done in a movie since guzzling vodka in Leaving Las Vegas. This movie commits to a certain psychedelic insanity that Cage is very game for, as is Linus Roache as the Manson-like cult leader who gets real upset if you don’t like his album. Yep, movies with Cage have cracked the top 20 twice this year. Are we witnessing a Cage renaissance? Probably not. He’s too hard up for cash. (He loves those classic, expensive comic books!) He’ll keep doing shit movies along with his buddies in the We Make a Lot of Shitty Movies Boys Club, namely John Travolta, Bruce Willis and John Cusack. Still, it’s nice to see a year where his talents shine through. (He was also super fun in Mom and Dad.)


Sorry to Bother You

Holy heck, this movie is bonkers. It’s not only one of the funniest but also one of the scariest movies of the year. Lakeith Stanfield makes all the craziness work with the help of Tessa Thompson—a busy actress in 2018—and Boots Riley’s crazy script and direction.


The Sisters Brothers

The year’s other great, dark Western starred John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix—two actors who were on fire in 2018—as the title characters. And while he didn’t get a lot of recognition this year, Jake Gyllenhaal was terrific here and in Wildlife.

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Two men (Ah-in Yoo and Steven Yeun) deal with obsession in unhealthy ways. Chang-dong Lee’s hypnotic mystery is a legit bone-chiller.


Some spoiled rich boys mess with the wrong girl (an awesome Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) and get their asses supremely whooped in this nasty revenge thriller.

Blindspotting, Thoroughbreds, Hearts Beat Loud, First Man, Game Night, Halloween, Wildlife, The Hate You Give, Tully, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Roma, American Animals, Blockers, Black Panther, You Were Never Really Here, A Quiet Place, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Mid 90s, Beast, First Reformed


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BEST ACTRESS: Toni Collette (Hereditary), Elsie Fisher  (Eighth Grade), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born), Natalie Portman  (Annihilation), Carey Mulligan (Wildlife) BEST ACTOR: Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), Nicolas Cage  (Mandy), John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie), Ethan Hawke (First  Reformed), John David Washington (BlacKKKlansman) BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Regina King (If Beale Street  Could Talk), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Emma Stone (The  Favourite), Zoe Kazan (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Rachel  Weisz (The Favourite) BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Josh Hamilton (Eighth Grade), Alex  Wolff (Hereditary), Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs),  Timothy Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Rafael  Casal (Blindspotting)  WORST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman (Vox Lux) WORST ACTOR: Bruce Willis (Death Wish) WORST ACTRESS IN A GOOD MOVIE: Angela Bassett (Mission  Impossible: Fallout) WORST ACTOR IN A GOOD MOVIE: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary  Poppins Returns) BEST ACTRESS IN A BAD MOVIE: Sandra Bullock (Bird Box) BEST ACTOR IN A BAD MOVIE: Tie: Christian Bale (Vice), Rami  Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) SINGLE GREATEST 2018 MOVIE MOMENT: Tim Blake Nelson sprouting wings in Buster Scruggs

SECOND SINGLE GREATEST 2018 MOVIE MOMENT: Lady Gaga going  into the big crescendo close of “Shallow” in A Star is Born.  Goose … bumps

BEST KITCHEN GADGET: My new air fryer! French fries and  chicken breasts with no oil! It’s a kitchen miracle!

BEST SCORE: Suspiria by Thom Yorke (The soundtrack is better  than the movie)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Ballad of  Buster Scruggs, Roma BEST OCEANOGRAPHY: The internet tells me the best place  to get your Oceanography degree is Kutztown University of  Pennsylvania! Go get your fishy Bachelor’s degree!

BEST MAKEUP: John C. Reilly becoming Oliver Hardy in Stan   & Ollie

BEST MAKEOUT: Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in   First Reformed BEST REASON TO AVOID SNOWBOARDING: Because you will break  your ass and because it’s really cold and wet. You have better  things to do with your time like pole vaulting. BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER LETDOWNS: Ready Player One, Solo: A  Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom BIGGEST LEFTOVER LETDOWNS: Tater-tots. They totally lose their  essence on the second day.

BEST MOVIE TO WATCH WITH MY DOG: Isle of Dogs, but not for  reasons you would expect! She digs the way they made cotton  balls look like smoke!


gestated, ultimately birthing this hideous, tortured movie thing.


The Predator

Some precocious kid causes some Predators to crash land on Earth, but budget constraints keep the fights in the forest and a couple of drab backyards (no big city squareoffs). The Predator dogs don’t add anything to the fun, but they are a bit more animated than star Boyd Holbrook. You know you’re in big trouble when you bet your franchise on a guy named Boyd Holbrook.

Fifty Shades Freed

This movie was so unromantic that my inner love barometers, that being my heart, brain and unmentionables, joined together within my body and wrote up a protest manifesto on an accidentally Fifty Shades Freed ingested gum wrapper stating that they refused to ever see a Fifty Shades movie again. As if stricken with dysentery, I violently shat the written protest out my ass three hours after seeing this movie. Turns out my heart and unmentionables have surprisingly good penmanship.



This one started going south around the time Nicole Kidman sucked down the goldfish. I think that was somewhere around four minutes in. Aquaman has always been the dopiest of superheroes, and this movie feeds that legacy.


Bohemian Rhapsody

The only Queen-related thing worse than this embarrassingly weak, PG-13 treatment of Freddie Mercury’s life was Queen’s posthumous Mercury album, Made in Heaven. I have nightmares that Rami Malek’s prosthetic teeth are coming to get me. As I was writing this article, Bohemian beat out A Star is Born for a Golden Globe. Between this, and that pitiful 2019 Coachella lineup that was just released, I’m feeling very out of touch.


I thought puppets ejaculating silly string was a sure bet for a good time, but this mess features Melissa McCarthy spinning her wheels and not a single legitimate laugh from an attempt to make a naughty puppet movie. Stick with Team America for profane puppet laughs.


The Meg

And, with this, Hollywood finds a way to mess up the most precious of cinematic opportunities, that being a Godzilla-sized shark movie. It wusses out with a PG-13 rating, it puts Jason Statham as the main character—he’s a supporting player at best—and it doesn’t have a Richard Dreyfus cameo in it.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I have had it up to here with the T. Rex unknowingly saving the day in these movies. It seems as if every time the damn thing takes a walk or a dump, it saves a protagonist’s life or averts a nuclear crisis or saves the American housing market or some bullshit like that. I bought the damn thing saving the day once at the end of the Spielberg original because I checked the Vegas odds, and they pushed the likelihood of such a thing happening in a singular dino crisis, but come on? Just once, the T. Rex needs to seriously fuck things up in a bad way when it comes on screen. It ain’t fucking Iron Man!

Vox Lux

Natalie Portman plays a character modeled after Lady Gaga whose career is paralleled with terrorist acts. OK, that’s stupid enough right there. Portman shows up about halfway through the movie and delivers one of the worst performances of her career, capped with a glitzy closing concert attempt that is pure awful. Gaga doesn’t have to fret about this one stealing her thunder. Portman isn’t going to get a Vegas residency.



The Happytime Murders

A Wrinkle in Time

When I think back on this movie, all I can really remember is a giant Oprah wandering around in some green screen CGI scenario looking like she was trying to find the water cooler or craft services rather than actually participating in the scene.



This movie comes off like Die Hard impregnated The Towering Inferno, and then Inferno went on a nasty heroin-and-alcohol bender while the film baby


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Action Point, Mute, Life of the Party, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Cloverfield Paradox, Death Wish, Winchester, Hell Fest, Venom, Bird Box, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Searching, Operation Ω Finale, Upgrade, Ready Player One

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Through Here’s what it’s like to sell your old wedding rings


ringer Gemologist and jewelry appraiser Bradley Martin inspects the writer’s old wedding set.



by Jeri Chadwell jeric @n ew s r ev i ew . com

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all the years I wore my wedding set, I never knew how many diamonds it held. Forty-three—I learned that while sitting across from gemologist and appraiser Bradley Martin in his office inside the Franktown Corners mall. The rings in my wedding set held 43 diamonds, which Martin counted and inspected under magnification. “If you don’t mind my asking, how long did you wear it?” he asked me. “Huh?” The question had caught me off guard for some reason. “How long did you wear it?”

“Oh, only, like, three years,” I replied, rushing on to explain, “but we were together for a decade.” “Well, you really wore it,” Martin said, giving a low whistle while gazing down at the rings under his microscope. The prongs were worn around the center diamond, described in Martin’s appraisal paperwork as a “princess cut diamond center stone weighing approximately .50 carat of SI1 clarity H-I-J color (mounted).” “If you were going to be wearing it, I’d advise you to have those prongs repaired first,” Martin said.

But I wasn’t going to wear it. I’d taken the set off when my marriage ended and never put it on again. Now, I was finally going to sell it—but I couldn’t help voicing a thought that had long plagued me. “Yeah, I should have had it repaired before selling it, but I’m just not sure who’s going to want to buy my broken marriage in the first place.” I felt comfortable saying it to Martin. I knew he didn’t want to buy it. He doesn’t buy, sell or trade in gems or jewelry—a fact promoted on his website and the reason I chose him for the appraisal.

“there’s no such thing as a secondhand diamond.”

“There’s no such thing sets. They have names like as a secondhand diamond,” “I Do Now I Don’t,” and he responded. they get largely positive But Martin, who grew reviews. I considered mailup working in the pawn ing my rings off, awaiting industry before becoming an offer letter and receiving a gemologist, knew exactly a check, but this didn’t feel what I meant. He’d had right either. Maybe I still people ask to look at rings wasn’t ready, but I never bradley martin only to hand them back do business online—no over, claiming to have Amazon, Etsy or eBay— gemologist gotten “bad vibes.” But and this seemed like a he’s also onto something strange place to start. when he says secondhand After that, I landed diamonds just aren’t on the idea of selling a thing. The average my set on Facebook or diamond, he said, will change hands many times Craigslist—and that’s where I’d been stuck, before it ever makes it into a piece of jewelry, for months, until finally putting the wheels in including after it’s mined and sorted, when it’s motion by seeing Martin for an appraisal. cut, and when it’s inspected and sold. Martin “If I were you, I might take it down to Brian has found a lot of people will let go of their at Diamond Vault and see if he’s interested in prohibition on “used” diamonds once they take putting it on consignment,” Martin said. this into account. I hadn’t considered this option. Brian Brewer Upon completing his appraisal, Martin at Diamond Vault had sold my ex-husband the explained the description he’d written about wedding bands that went on either side of my my 14-carat “white gold, three piece cathedral engagement ring. I’d taken the rings back there pattern diamond wedding set” with its “prinfor years for cleanings, told everyone who asked cess cut diamond center stone” and 12 “larger about them how much I loved the store. My round brilliant diamonds” plus 30 “smaller bands were purchased new, and I’d never realround cut brilliant diamonds,” for that aforeized the shop sold consigned jewelry, too. I told mentioned total of 43 stones weighing in at a Martin I’d give it a try. total of 1.5 carats in a ring weighing 7.7 grams. I was pleased when I arrived at Diamond The value he assigned to it was more than I Vault and found that Brewer still remembered expected: $4,400. me. He offered his condolences for the circum“You intend to sell it?” Martin asked. stances that brought me back in after so long “I do,” I said, again rushing to explain. “I but told me he was happy to take my wedding mean, I offered it to him. After all, he was the set on consignment. He’d send it off to have it one who sunk the money into it. But he said no. cleaned and the prongs repaired. If it sold, I’d And, yeah, I just kind of figured I’d pop it onto receive $1,700—a fair bit more than I’d hoped Facebook Marketplace for, like, a quarter of to make on it. your appraisal value.” “You can go ahead and list it on Martin gently advised me to consider Facebook Marketplace, too, if you want,” my options. Brewer explained. “If it sells there, just “Don’t give it away,” he said. come pick it up.” “I wouldn’t owe them anything?” I asked. “Really?” It was the first time since I’d begun considering the sale that I didn’t feel uneasy. I made the deal. People who sell their wedding sets after a As of press time, the wedding set has divorce will most often lose money on them— returned from repairs and is up for sale at but there are a still lot of options for sellers, and Diamond Vault. The prongs are newly tipped. they’re not all created equal. I told Martin about The three bands—which were soldered together discovering this myself when I’d flirted with the after my wedding—have been separated idea of selling the ring last year. again. Someone might want to purchase them I’d taken my rings first to a pawn shop individually, I suppose. And something about hoping to get an appraisal but was turned off their being apart has helped me to stop thinking when I realized the store offered two varieties: of them as mine. Brewer said there’s a good a free appraisal for people selling to the shop chance they won’t be mine for long. With and a paid appraisal for those wanting official Valentine’s Day around the corner, he thinks documents. I told myself I worried the appraisal the rings will sell quickly. I hope they do sell value might differ depending on which option I soon—and I hope they bring joy to whomever chose. Maybe I just wasn’t ready. buys them. Ω In the months that followed, I read up on online businesses that buy and sell old wedding

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Page to stage Ageless Repertory Theatre It was 12:45 on a Friday afternoon in December, and I was headed to a staged reading, relatively certain I would be almost entirely alone in the audience. I was going to a play at 1 p.m. on a weekday, afterall. But as I pulled up to Reno Little Theater, I was surprised to find there were no empty parking spaces, and I ended up seated in the back row, in a corner. Who knew a weekday-afternoon staged reading would be such a draw? Lots of folks, actually. These twicemonthly readings performed by Ageless Repertory Theatre consistently draw audiences of 50 to 70, says ART’s president Ron Smith, the 83-year-old known locally for his involvement in Sheep Dip and as the voice of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Founded in early 2000 to provide opportunities for senior citizens to participate in live theater, ART is comprised of about 25 male and female players, ages 50-93. And they are by no means stagnant seniors. “I’ve been with it 13 years, and in that time we’ve produced over 100 different plays,” Smith said. “We do a show every month except June and September.” ART is a readers’ theater, in which performers read from their scripts in dramatic fashion. Most shows are Broadway-style comedies, although it has taken on dramas, such as Our Town and I Remember Mama. The ambitious schedule makes readers’ theater a natural fit. “Part of it was that, as you age, it’s a bit more difficult to remember all the lines of a complete play, particularly when we stage a new one 16   |   RN&R   |   01.17.19

In December, members of Ageless Repertory Theatre performed a reading of Over The River And Through The Woods by Joe di Pietro. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

every month,” Smith explained. “We do four rehearsals and two performances.” The company has changed homes several times since its founding, and its performance style has evolved. When Reno Little Theater expressed interest in hosting ART three years ago, its 100-seat black-box space and willingness to contribute staging and props gave ART a nudge toward more dramatized readings. A grant has helped it pay for a stage manager. Audience members will find performers mostly dressed in black with occasional costume flourishes, moving about the stage and interacting with each other, their minimal staging and their props as they read from their scripts. “I usually do an intro to the play and explain to the audience that they are to use their imaginations to envision the scenes to come,” Smith said, recalling that in some cases, that may mean suspending disbelief as players take the roles of 20-somethings or even members of varying races. Audiences have shown they’re willing, consistently offering enthusiastic responses, and although admission is always free, contributing donations sufficient enough to enable the company to pay for staging rights on 10 shows a year. No members are paid—Smith, Artistic Director Sharon Maddux and Publicist JoAnne Conley participate voluntarily, as do all of the performers. And their enthusiasm is infectious. “We do have a cadre of very dedicated people who try to come to every play,” Smith said. “We’re bringing in new people all the time. It often comes from people in the audience who have seen a show and then approached us about joining up. Others have heard or read about us. We’re always looking to bring new folks on.” Ω

Bakersfield Mist is the next staged reading that will be performed at Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo st., on Jan. 22 and 25 at 1 p.m. Admission is free, though donations are accepted at the door and benefit Ageless Repertory Theatre. For more information, call 813-8900.

by BoB Grimm

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“i love it when we dance, but i hate it when you step on my feet.”

Well rounded If Beale Street Could Talk is one of 2018’s most beautiful, most well-rounded, most enriching cinematic experiences, and it begs to be seen on a big screen. Based on the James Baldwin novel and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), it’s a stirring family drama focused on a young black couple Alonzo—“Fonny”—and Tish (Stephan James and KiKi Layne) in the 1970s. Within the first few minutes of the film, we learn that Tish is pregnant, and Alonzo is incarcerated. He’s jailed for a sexual assault against a woman, something he vehemently denies. While he awaits trial, Tish remains loyal and must inform her family of her pregnancy. The extended scene when Tish tells her parents and, subsequently, Fonny’s family that she is pregnant, hits all kind of notes. It runs the virtual gamut of emotions, setting the pulse for the rest of the movie. It’s also where Regina King begins to shine as Sharon, Tish’s beautifully, unconditionally supportive mother. It’s the beginning of a performance that is gathering much deserved awards. A Supporting Actress Oscar nomination seems inevitable, and King would be the frontrunner. King isn’t alone in the magic department. Colman Domingo is terrific as Tish’s good-natured dad, as is Teyonah Parris as Tish’s strong sister, Ernestine. The pregnancy revelation scene is capped with a sudden turn of emotions as Fonny’s family has a much different reaction, led by their religious mom, Mrs. Hunt (Aunjanue Ellis). Jenkins and company take us from a place that is very comfortable to extremely raw in a flash, and it feels genuine. In fact, Beale Street doesn’t contain a moment that doesn’t feel genuine. We see Tish and Fonny’s relationship and eventual engagement through flashbacks. They’re childhood friends who become lovers, their sweet courtship tinged by tragedy because we know Fonny sits in jail as we witness their history. He has an alibi and many witnesses to his innocence, but

he’s a black man living in Harlem in the ’70s. One would hope that Fonny has a chance for a future raising his child outside of prison walls, but the odds are not in his favor. A scene where Sharon travels to Puerto Rico in an effort to persuade Fonny’s accuser to recant her story is Beale Street’s other emotional bomb, where King further cements her status as 2018’s Best Supporting Actress. Nothing King has done before will prepare you for what she does in this film. It’s a career-altering performance. As the film’s central actress, Layne holds the movie together with a steady, strong performance. James breaks hearts as an imprisoned man who still manages joyful smiles when he hears he’s going to be a father, but definitely shows signs of strain as his situation worsens. As ensembles go, Beale Street is one of 2018’s best. On top of having some of the year’s best acting, Beale Street scores big points for its cinematography by James Laxton (who also shot Moonlight). This is one of those films where every damn shot is perfectly done and beautifully crafted. Nicholas Britell provides a score that’s exquisite in every way and is every bit as effective as Laxton’s camerawork. Britell also composed for Moonlight; Jenkins has assembled a mightily consistent team. I can also sing the praises of its art direction, costuming, soundtrack choices and more. I thought Moonlight was a very good movie. If Beale Street Could Talk is a great movie, a masterpiece, in a year that had a few. Jenkins is quickly establishing himself as one of our finest directors, a poetic visual artist that has full command of cast and script. It’s an extreme pleasure to witness his brilliance and the brilliance of his fine cast. Ω

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The latest DC effort, Aquaman, is middling fun for about 20 minutes before it becomes one of the worst films of 2018. It’s the typical DC garbage can of a film and proof that Warner Brothers has learned next to nothing when it comes to making a good comic book movie since Christian Bale took off the cowl (Yes, Wonder Woman was good—the lone exception.) Jason Momoa returns as big, tattooed, beefy Arthur, the dreamy son of a Lost City of Atlantis queen (Nicole Kidman) and Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), a lowly lighthouse keeper. Fett finds the queen washed up on the rocks and takes her home, where she promptly eats his goldfish. (What a laugh riot! She ate his pet fish!) She gives birth to Arthur, and the origin story part of the movie is well on its way. We see a few more moments in the fish man’s young life. Momoa eventually shows up in full party mode, and it looks like we could be on our way to some goofy fun. Alas, like Zack Snyder before him, director James Wan doesn’t know how to keep a leash on his epic, and this things goes bonkers in a bad way. The undeniable charms—and admittedly glorious hair—of Momoa can only go so far in this unholy mess.


Bird Box

Sandra Bullock puts her supreme talents in a Netflix sensation movie that is only half good with Bird Box, a film that feels like a bunch of overused horror gimmicks mashed into one messy entity. Malorie (Bullock) is a gloomy painter. The film shows Bullock painting black backgrounds to make her look authentic. She’s dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. Sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson) tells her to get out of the dumpy-dumps, and takes her to the doctor for a checkup, shortly after seeing a strange report on TV about people killing themselves in Russia. While visiting with the doc (Parminder Nagra), all hell starts to break loose in the hospital and, even more so, on the streets. It appears as if people are seeing some sort of entity and deciding it’s far too much for them to handle, so they kill themselves in creative ways (stepping in front of buses, bashing heads into windows, walking into fire, etc.). Malorie manages to navigate through a hellish urban landscape, and winds up trapped in a house with a few others. The street suicides scene is genuinely scary, and flash forward scenes show Malorie trying to find some sort of safe haven with two children, all wearing blindfolds to avoid seeing the killer vision. Those scenes work OK as well, although they are very much just a play on last summer’s A Quiet Place, with characters simply not able to see rather than prohibited from making noise. The movie hits a total dead end once Malorie goes in that house. It’s pretty much the same scenario as that remake of Dawn of the Dead, right down to the pregnant women and shopping scenes.


Green Book

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. 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. 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.


Mary Poppins Returns


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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. But 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 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 anyone else 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.

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. 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 Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine). And, as the plot would have it, parallel universe portals open and allow in a whole fleet of different SpiderMen, 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 blackand-white Spider-Man 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. Like any good comic book, the movie is stacked with action, plot threads and many twists and turns.






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Shita Yenenh serves up Ethiopian dishes with injera bread.

Bread winner Zagol Ethiopian Restaurant introduced East African cuisine to Reno in 2009, at its location on East Fourth Street. Its new digs are at Mira Loma Drive and McCarran Boulevard. Chef and owner Shita Yenenh greets guests and prepares every dish herself. If things get busy, you might have to wait a bit—but your patience will be rewarded. The consumption of coffee likely originated in Ethiopia. When I called to make a reservation and inquire about the “coffee ceremony,” the chef apologized and said she’d require more notice to prepare costuming, accoutrements and assistance for that. But she did roast, grind and brew a most exquisite example for us. Although flatware is available, Ethiopian sautées and thick stews are meant to be consumed with injera, a spongy flatbread with a lightly sweet and tangy sourdough flavor. It’s made of teff, the smallest and possibly oldest cultivated grain. Dollops of food are served on large injera pancakes, with strips of flatbread provided to scoop up the delicious goo. Though not keto-friendly, it’s perfectly safe for your gluten-free friends. Word to the wise, Ethiopian can make for slightly messy eating. If you avoid wings and ribs for a first date, this is on par. We started with gebeta—a large, circular serving dish adorned with injera—topped with a combination of meat and veggie dishes ($47). Alicha was a beef stew, flavored with onion, ginger, garlic, herbed butter and traditional Ethiopian spices. Ye Siga Tibs was lean beef sautéed in olive oil, with onion, jalapeño, rosemary and spices. The former was flavorful, thick


and mild. The latter was essentially chunks of spicy meat and veggies, akin to spicy injera tacos. The heat level was similar to “medium” salsa. For the veggie dishes, we tried Aterkik Key Wat—yellow split peas, chili sauce, garlic and ginger—and Tikil Gomen, a dish made with cabbage, carrot, onion, garlic, ginger and spices. The pea dish had a lot of heat, the cabbage combo less so. Though the beef dishes were great, I think we enjoyed the veggie dishes more. The four were accompanied by Ye Abesha Selata, a chopped salad of lettuce, tomato, red onion and chili in a vinegar dressing. It was reminiscent of a great pico de gallo or coleslaw. We supplemented our meal with à la carte dishes. Ye Beg Key Wat ($15) was a spicy lamb stew; Ye Doro Alicha ($14) was a mild chicken stew with onion, ginger, garlic and spices; Gomen ($10) was a sautée of collard greens with onion, garlic, ginger and spices; and Kikil ($10) was a dish featuring green beans, carrot, onion, garlic, ginger and spices. The lamb was quite spicy, reminding me of Indian goat curries. There were a couple of bone bits in the mix, but not too many. The chicken was thigh-on-the-bone in a very rich, thick gravy—not spicy but very tasty. The carrot and green bean mixture tasted mostly of the heavily stewed vegetables, and the collards were similarly just that: cooked greens. Ultimately, I recommend the gebeta dishes, as they have the most exciting flavors. The rest are fine, but lack the punch. And injera is a bread we all need in our lives. Man, that stuff is sour, sweet, spongy, freaky, good. Ω

Zagol Ethiopian Restaurant

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Morgan Johnstone is a homeless musician who performs as Da Lil’ Mo Sideshow.

Street smarts Da Lil’ Mo Sideshow If you’ve spent any time at the Hub Coffee Roasters on Riverside Drive or strolled the narrow sidewalks of the Riverwalk over the last two years, chances are you’re already familiar with Da Lil’ Mo Sideshow. Born Morgan Johnstone, “Lil’ Mo” plays classical guitar for the citizens of Reno on most fair-weather days. “This particular place on the river is a pretty place, visually speaking, and I’m not really the barroom kind of guy,” Johnstone said. “I’m a coffee drinker, so I feel very comfortable being across the street from a coffee house.” Johnstone just completed his second Christmas as the Riverwalk’s resident busker. He’s easily identifiable by his wagon, small amplifier and bucket from which he collects his steadiest source of income—tips. “I’m a homeless man—I am poor as dirt,” Johnstone said. “I am a beggar, a very good beggar. My dear old, rough, tough deceased dad said, ‘Don’t ever ask anybody for anything.’ I’m not really asking, but I do have my bucket out, and I try to play the best that I can.” Johnstone said he’s lived on the streets consistently since 2001. Originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, he lived in Alaska for 10 years before moving to Reno in 2011. Music is in his blood, he said, having known family members who played. He saved up to buy a guitar, amp and sheet music. Because of his love for classical arrangements and in order to learn new music, Johnstone sight reads the music on his stand every day. “If you fancy yourself a musician, you might as well become a literate musician,”

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Johnstone said. “I can play way more music than, say, mister wonderful Jimi Hendrix. It’s like OK, he had all this unique stuff, but then again, he couldn’t read music. I can play music all day long and not play the same thing twice because I can read.” In a break from his typical performances, which have included standards like “Au Claire De Lune” or Mauro Giuliani’s “Study in A Minor,” Johnstone spent the holiday season reciting Christmas carols as both a celebration of the season and a technical challenge. “I’ve added new paper, new instructional paper to increase my technique further,” Johnstone said. “I have three current lessons going on, one is to improve my ability to play scale passages, and, another one, I’m seeking to improve my rhythmic ability and my ability to count more difficult rhythms, and then the third part is my ability to sight read music.” On his wagon are cardboard signs advertising his musical identity, religious and political beliefs, and he often takes time to chat with passersby in between songs. Johnstone describes himself as a conservative Christian and alleges that part of his circumstances are the result of a targeted assault that happened years ago. “I claim I was wrongfully emasculated as a teenager by Planned Parenthood people,” Johnstone said. “And I want them to fork over $100,000,000 for the injury.” Advertising this information, he said, is an effort to be transparent with his audience. “I mean, it’s like you see my dark side, you see my entertainment side, you see the plain old fella inside his scheme,” Johnstone said. He said that the reactions from the public have been polarized—some people greatly enjoy his presence on the Riverwalk, while others have threatened him with violence for his playing. Johnstone will play until dusk, then he’ll pack up his instrument and wagon to find shelter for the night. As long as it’s clear, though, Da Lil’ Mo Sideshow will be back in the morning. Ω

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Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

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

Cowboy Indian, The Grimtones, 9pm, no cover

Forget the Roses, The New Donovans, 9pm, no cover

Bluegrass Open Jam Session, 6pm, M, Trivia Night, 7pm, Tu, no cover

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Blues Monsters, 9pm, no cover

Blues Monsters, 9pm, no cover

CarGo ConCErt Hall

Dorothy, Spirit Animal, 8pm, $20

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Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

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David Beck, 6pm, no cover


Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626


255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St, Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Casino Boss & Friends, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $20 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Tanyalee Davis, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Dante, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: DC Ervin, Fri, 6:30pm, $15-$20 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy, Wed, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: DC Ervin, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 8:30pm, $15-$20; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$20; Sun, 7:30pm, $15-$20

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Dance party, 10pm, $5

alIBI alE WorKS

Jan. 19, 7 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858


Dance party, 10pm, $5

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

The Total Bettys


Sikdope, R Shadows, Trendo, Daen-O vs. Dio, 51-Fifty vs. Kwaby, 10pm, $10-$20

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

5 Star Saloon


DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar

Screams of Syrens, Indivision, 7pm, $TBA


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

Ladies of House Music featuring divaDanielle, 10pm, $10

HEllFIrE Saloon

Baker Street, 8pm, no cover

432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431

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

tHE HollanD projECt 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858

Gouge Away, Drag Me Under, Basha, The Scattering, 7pm, $8-$10

Choir Boy, Skew Ring, Blackstallion, 7pm, $7-$10

The Trainwrecks, 9pm, no cover

So’ Soul, 9pm, no cover

La Cruda Hanover Brunch & Social, 11am, $7-$40

The Total Bettys, Blunderbusst, Tommy and the Tongues, 7pm, $5 Open mic with Monsterbug Productions, 9pm, W, no cover

180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, (775) 686-6737 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652

Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover

Reno Jazz Syndicate Orchestra, 8pm, M, no cover


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Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47

Magic Fusion, 7pm, $22-$47 Magic After Dark, 9pm, $32-$47

Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47

Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, $22-$47

Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, W, $22-$47

MidTown wine Bar

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Adrenaline, 8:30pm, no cover

Mel & Gia, 8pm, no cover

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


Corridos Pa’ Siempre, 10pm, $30

Moody’s BisTro, Bar & BeaTs

Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 378-1643 10007 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 587-2626

Paddy & irene’s irish PUB

Acoustic Wonderland Sessions, 8pm, no cover

PiGniC PUB & PaTio

Billy Don Burns, Jesse Daniel, Jake Houston, 8pm, $TBA

The PoLo LoUnGe

Bingo with T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, no cover Live music, 9pm, no cover

906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 359-1594 235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

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

Ponderosa saLoon

Larry and His Flask

Live music, 8:30pm, no cover

Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. 384-1652

Karaoke with R&B Productions, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke, 7pm, M, no cover DG Kicks Band, 8pm, Tu, no cover Steel Rockin’ Karaoke, 8pm, no cover

106 S. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7210

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover First Take, 6:30pm, W, no cover

Live music, 8pm, no cover

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Open mic with Canyon White, 7pm, W, no cover

The sainT

The Yawpers, The Blackfoot Gypsies, 8:30pm, Tu, $10

76 N. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7474 261 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451

shea’s Tavern

715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774

Haunt, Idle Hands, Hell Fire, Black Plague The Emo Night Tour, 9pm, $7 Wolves, 8pm, $8-$12

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211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090

whiskey diCks saLoon

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

Trivia Night with Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover

RuPaul Drag Race All Stars viewing party, Monique Heart, 8pm, $0-$25

340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

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Three Rounds, Beercan!, Captain Cutiepie, 8:30pm, $5-$6

Metalachi, Felipendejo, Sacred Moon, 8pm, $17

Hellbound Glory, Huckleberry Road Music, 8pm, $12-$15

Seven Spires, AfterTime, Qarin, Flesh To Dust, 8pm, Tu, $5-$6 Trivia Night with Bradley James, 8pm, karaoke, 9:30pm, W, no cover

Saturday Nights with DJs Kovert, BeRazz, Rekoh Suave, 10pm, $TBA Unchained, Mother Mercy, 9pm, no cover

Country Western Night, 9pm, W, no cover

The Yawpers Jan. 22, 8 p.m. The Saint 261 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Mickey Avalon, Sewer Crew Music, The Guestlist, 9pm, $20










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2) Escalade, 8pm,no cover

2) Escalade, 4pm, no cover Just Us, 10pm, no cover

2) Escalade, 4pm, no cover Just Us, 10pm, no cover

2) Just Us, 8pm, no cover

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

2) Brother Dan, 6pm, no cover

2) The Look, 5pm, no cover Ebony Not Quite Ivory, 9pm, no cover

2) The Look, 5pm, no cover Ebony Not Quite Ivory, 9pm, no cover

2) Jamie Rollins, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Mark Miller, 6pm, Tu, no cover Jason King, 6pm, W, no cover

2) Left of Centre, 7pm, no cover

2) Left of Centre, 8pm, no cover

2) Left of Centre, 8pm, no cover

2) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 2) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover 2) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

14 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, (775) 833-6333 1) Crown Room 2) Red Room

1) Brett Dennen, 9pm, $28-$32

1) The Infamous Stringdusters, 9pm, $25-$30

2) DubFyah, Hayestorm, 10pm, no cover


2) Ana Popovic, 10pm, no cover 3) DJ Bob Richards, DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover

2) Ana Popovic, 10pm, no cover 3) DJ Dustin, DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover

2) Karaoke with Rock U Ent., 10pm, no cover

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1) Lewis Black, 10pm, $36-$105 2) DJ Grimm, 6pm, no cover 3) Jackie Landrum, 6pm, no cover

2) Twista, 10pm, $20 3) Jackie Landrum, 6pm, no cover

1) Bell Biv DeVoe, 10pm, $25-$115

ATLANTIS CASINO reSOrT SPA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Ballroom 2) Cabaret


2100 Garson Rd., Verdi, (775) 345-6000 1) Events Center 2) Guitar Bar


1627 Hwy. 395, Minden, (775) 782-9711 1) Valley Ballroom 2) Cabaret

Sound Tribe Sector 9 Jan. 22, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort 55 Highway 50 Stateline (775) 588-3515


500 N. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711 1) El Jefe’s Cantina 2) Cabaret


345 N. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 1) Theater 2) Brew Brothers 3) NoVi

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) 3223001: 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

2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theatre 2) LEX 3) Crystal Lounge



2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 826-2121 1) Terrace Lounge 2) Edge 3) Capri Ballroom

407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401 1) GEH 2) Rum Bullions 3) Aura 4) Silver Baron




1) Sound Tribe Sector 9, 8pm, Tu, $30-$35 2) Opiuo, 11pm, W, $20-$25

55 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515 1) Showroom 2) Blu 2) Opal



2) Karaoke with Rock U Ent., M, W, 10pm, no cover

2) Buddy Emmer and guests, 8pm, Tu, no cover

1) Tainted Love, 7:30pm, $27-$45

15 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 1) South Shore Room 2) Casino Center Stage



2) Roem Baur Duo, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) Quinn Deveaux, 7pm, no cover

1) Quinn Deveaux, 8pm, no cover

1) Quinn Deveaux, 8pm, no cover 2) Fashen, 10pm, $20

1) Kyle Williams, 6pm, no cover

2) DJ R3volver, 9pm, no cover 4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover

2) Brickhouse, 9pm, no cover 4) The Run Up, 9pm, no cover

2) Brickhouse, 9pm, no cover 4) The Run Up, 9pm, no cover

4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover

1) Kyle Williams, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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The Amazing Sex Secret of 78 Year-Old ‘Italian Stallion’ “My husband shocked me with more sexual passion than he’s had in years. He took me in the bedroom like we were newlyweds and gave me a night I’ll never forget” The Inside Story on Great Sex! This week I got a letter from a reader about a “little secret” that has made her sex life with her husband absolutely explosive! (Those Texas women are spicy!) Tina writes: Dear Karen, For years my husband and I had a great love life. He was sexy, passionate and so confident. But when he reached his 50s, he started to struggle with getting and keeping an erection. The few times we did have sex, his erection was definitely softer, leaving us both unsatisfied. He tried every product out there; prescriptions, creams, testosterone, male enhancement pills… but nothing worked. I know this is terrible, but I found myself thinking “My strong, passionate husband has become a sexual weakling.” I had no idea it would all turn around in just 3 weeks! Last month, he came home from a business trip in Europe and shocked me with more sexual energy and passion than he’s had in years. Hard as a rock, he tossed me around the bedroom like we were newlyweds’ and gave me a night I’ll never forget! It was incredible and so exciting! He flat wore me out that night and it’s been like that ever since. His erections are so hard and powerful, they trigger the most intense, toe-curling ‘moments’ I’ve ever had! So here we are, enjoying the best sex of our lives… in our late-50’s! When I asked my husband what caused such a dramatic change, he said on his trip he stayed in a hotel room next to an Italian nutritionist and his wife. Through the walls, he heard them passionately making love every single night, and sometimes again in the morning. One afternoon, he saw the husband leave their room and he couldn’t believe it. The man looked much too old to be having so much sex. My husband couldn’t help himself, so he asked the

man his secret. The nutritionist smiled, introduced himself as Vito, and told my husband he was 78 years old, his wife 65, and that after 32 years of marriage, their sex life was as good as ever. Then he took a small pack of tablets from his satchel, gave it to my husband, and said “These come from a small town up north and are made from naturally pure plant extracts, packed with densely rich sexual nutrients. They will give you back the sex-drive you had when you were young, and make you harder than you can imagine.” Then he laughed and said, “You’ll become an Italian Stallion like me!” Italian Stallion is right! These past several weeks have been a dream. My husband's desire for me is through the roof. He takes me whenever he wants, and he even wakes up most days with a ‘morning salute’ like he did years ago. I love it! He’s a sexual powerhouse, beaming with confidence, and our marriage is stronger than ever. Karen, here’s why I’m writing you. The pack of tablets is about to run out and we desperately want more. I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find them. Do you know anything about these tablets from Europe and how to get some here in the States? Sincerely, Tina C., Fort Worth, TX Tina, you and the rest of my readers are in luck because I do know about these secret European sex tablets. Ever wonder why older men from Italy, Greece, Spain, and all over Europe are famous for staying energized, passionate and sexually active well into their golden years? Well, for decades, these men have relied on a unique blossom extract called Provarin to enhance their sexual performance and satisfaction. Milled on the fertile northern plains, the key ingredients come naturally from pure extracts found along the Baltic Sea. Finely ground and pressed

into tablets, Provarin has a legendary reputation throughout the European sexual underground for naturally fueling extremely hard erections, and a powerful climax. As Giovanni from Amsterdam put it, “It's like sexual rocket fuel, especially for us older guys!” The best part from a woman’s perspective, as you well know, is that the extreme hardness and ongoing power is enough to send us over the blissful edge! I found out about Provarin a few years ago when I was dating a cowboy from Wyoming. He took Provarin every morning and believe me, that good ol’ boy sure rocked my nights! All-natural and safe to take, Provarin is still a wellkept secret for those in the know and they like to keep it that way. It’s an old-school, family business and product is still harvested by hand twice a year. They don't have a website and don’t do any advertising. They don't need to. Long-time customers and word of mouth ensures their limited stock is sold out every year. They do have a distributer here in the U.S. When I reached out to them for this article, a spokesman said they were proud to produce the highest quality product for men and couples. He went on to say that if any of my readers call to place an order today and mention this article, they’ll get a one-time 50% discount, plus 30 free tablets, and free shipping! Wow, so there you go, Tina - and the rest of you readers! Just give them a call today and mention this article. The number is 1-800-864-2426. Aren’t you glad you asked?

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FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. D & D FOR TEENS: Learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons with a group of teens who can guide you through the learning curve. The group is open to youth ages 13-18. Wed, 1/23, 3pm. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd. (775) 972-0281.

FROM PRIVILEGE TO PROGRESS: Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, who started the national movement From Privilege to Progress, will tell their story and discuss how to #ShowUp against racism in social media and in everyday life. Tue, 1/22, 4pm. Free. Joe Crowley Student Union Theater, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4783.

GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through



If the music from films like Braveheart stirs your soul, head to Brewery Arts Center for an evening of high-energy Scottish music by The Fire, who perform as part of the Celtic Music Series. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the group features fiddle champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. With four albums under its belt, The Fire bridges between the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland. Their repertoire includes everything from soaring, slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes. They have headlined numerous Celtic festivals across the country and have performed at many venues throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Fire will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre at the BAC, 449 W. King St., Carson City. Tickets are $15$20. Call 883-1976 or visit breweryarts.org.

Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. 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. Sat, 1/19, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

NEVADA HUMANITIES SALON—NORMS AND WHY THEY MATTER: Moderated by Katharine Schweitzer, an assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno, guest panelists Lieutenant Richard A. Andrews, Ian M. Hartshorn and Amy Pason will discuss political norms and conventions and how they play a pivotal role in sustaining the American Constitution. This program is a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Fri, 1/18, 6pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 7861188, www.sundancebookstore.com.



THE CLUBBIES AWARDS NIGHT: The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s annual event recognizes members for their accomplishments in culinary arts, education, STEM, art, performing arts, athletics, character, leadership and service to the club and the community. Thu, 1/17, 6pm. $5-$20. Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach, www.bgcnlt.org.

ANIMAL ARK WILD WINTER WEEKEND: Watch the wildlife sanctuary’s resident animals play in cooler temperatures. Dress for winter outdoor conditions. Call prior to departure as changes due to weather or facility conditions could cancel the event. Sat, 1/19-Sun, 1/20, 11am-3pm. $11$14, free for children age 2 and younger. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3111.

COFFEE WITH CASA: Learn more about Washoe County CASA and ways to get involved, including becoming a volunteer or a Friend of CASA. Mon, 1/21, 10am. Free. Swill Coffee & Wine, 3366 Lakeside Court, washoecasafoundation.com.

BLACK ROCK DESERT—WHAT IS THERE TO DO UP THERE?: Join Friends of Black Rock High Rock AmeriCorps member Claire Schmotzer to learn about various opportunities for adventure in the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and surrounding wilderness. Sat, 1/19, 1pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

DISCO TUBING: Families can spin, slide

BOOK READING AND SIGNING: Authors Gayle Brandeis and Devin Galaudet will present and sign their respective books, The Art of Misdiagnosis and 10,000 Miles with my Dead Father’s Ashes. Wed, 1/23, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.






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. Must be 40 inches tall to ride and able to independently get in and out of the tube. Sat, 1/19, 5pm. $51. SnowVentures Activity Zone, 1651 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s men basketball team plays Air Force Academy Falcons. Sat, 1/19, 7pm. $25-$63. Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., nevadawolfpack.com.

NEVADA WOLF PACK MEN’S BASKETBALL: The University of Nevada, Reno men’s basketball team plays the Colorado State University Rams. Wed, 1/23, 8pm. $25$63. Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., nevadawolfpack.com.

PIPE KEEPERS INTRO TRAINING: Pipe Keepers is a citizen science program to address the threat of stormwater pollution entering Lake Tahoe. League staff will train you to survey stormwater infrastructure, including pipes and storm drains found all throughout the city. Open to all ages, no experience necessary. Thu, 1/17, 2pm. Free. Ski Run Marina, 900 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, www.keeptahoeblue.org.

QUAD MAKERSPACE: The Quad contains equipment and tools that the public can use free of charge to create, learn new skills and new technology and practice artistic expression. Quad staff will lead instruction sessions on different tools or equipment each week. Thu, 1/17, 3pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.

RENO COIN CLUB MEETING: Ken Hopple, retired chief coiner at the Nevada State Museum, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morgan and Orr coin press running at the old Carson City mint. Learn about the mint, coin press, discovery and preservation of the old dies and coinage of Carson City. The meeting will also feature the final quarter of 2018 with S sets in holders and the new American innovators dollar with George Washington’s signature from the first United States patent. The new officers will be voted on and installed at dinner. All ages welcome. Tue, 1/22, 7pm. Free. Denny’s, 205 Nugget Ave, Sparks, (775) 815-8625.

SCIENCE DISTILLED—IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Tamara Wall of the Desert Research Institute and Lynda Walsh of the University of Nevada, Reno will explore the decision-making processes firefighters use on the line and uncover the values that drive those decisions, and how we might better prepare for an increasingly uncertain future with fire. Wed, 1/23, 7pm. $10-$15. Patagonia Outlet, 130 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.

SO VERY LITERARY BOOK CLUB: The book club meets to discuss Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson. Thu, 1/17, 2pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190, events. washoecountylibrary.us.

ART GALLERY EAST, MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Veterans Art Project. The McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery East presents works from the David J. Drakulich Foundation’s Veterans Art Project. This collection of works is created by local veterans. Each piece is a display of the veteran’s talent, freedom and healing. Thu, 1/17-Fri 1/18, Mon, 1/21Wed, 1/23, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264, renoculture.com.

GALLERY WEST, MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Combat Paper Nevada. The McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery West presents works from the David J. Drakulich Foundation’s Combat Paper Nevada. Each artist featured has a connection with the military, either through personal service or through family. The art tells each person’s story of that connection. Thu, 1/17-Fri 1/18, Mon, 1/21-Wed, 1/23, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.

NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: The Celestials: Chinese of the Old West. In this project, artist Joan Giannechi attempts to re-animate some of the emotions, thoughts, ideas and longings of departed Chinese immigrants, using photographs of real people whose existence is only remembered now in museum archives. There will be an artist reception on Jan. 19, 2-3pm. Sat, 1/19, Mon, 1/21-Wed, 1/23, 10am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

RENO CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: Nevadan Basques. The Reno City Hall Metro Gallery presents portraits of Nevadans of Basque descent by Zoe Bray. Thu,

1/17-Fri, 1/18, Mon, 1/21-Wed, 1/23, 8am5pm. Free. Reno City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 334-6264.

ONSTAGE THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE: Restless Artists Theatre presents Charles Ludlam’s suspense thriller. Chester Nurdiger lives in the back of his pet shop with his mother and his bored wife. One day a drifter comes along and they hire him to work in the shop. Sparks are ignited between the bored wife Roxanne and the slick Zachary Slade. They plot to murder Chester and feed him to the piranhas. Thu, 1/17-Sat, 1/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 1/20, 2pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre Company, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074, rattheatre.org.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK: Reno Little Theater presents Neil Simon’s romantic comedy. The first few days of the posthoneymoon period for newly minted attorney Paul and bride Corie, as they move into the fifth-floor walkup of a crumbling brownstone in New York City are innocent, exuberant and full of wisdom. Fri, 1/18-Sat, 1/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 1/20, 2pm. $12-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900.

COME IN FROM THE COLD: The 2019 season continues with a performance by cowboy poet Larry Maurice. Sat, 1/19, 7pm. $3 donation per person. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.

THE DRESSER: Brüka Theatre’s presents Ronald Harwood’s play, which is based on the author’s experiences as dresser to an English Shakespearean actor. The actor, called Sir, is the last of the great breed of English performers. The play begins with Sir in a “bad way,” as his dresser Norman tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear. Unsure of his lines as well as who and where he is supposed to be, Sir is adamantly determined to roar his last. Fri, 1/18-Sat, 1/19, 7:30pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., www.bruka.org.

THE KING AND I—THE MUSICAL: The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the king brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Fri, 1/18, 8pm; Sat, 1/19, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1/20, 1pm & 7pm. $55-$95. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600.

OKAIDJA AFROSO: The Afro-pop singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist combines Ghanaian music with diverse cross-cultural influences. Fri, 1/18, 7pm. $5-$20. Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, (530) 582-8278, www.artsfortheschools.org.


Cling Kong My girlfriend of three years recently took a trip home for a weekend wedding. Before she left, I asked her, “Can you set my expectations as to how often I’ll hear from you?” She said she’d call every day. She called each of the three days but never stayed on the phone very long, always giving some excuse: She was in a bar, the hosts were sleeping, etc. In three days, she spent a total of 43 minutes speaking and reconnecting with me. I told her I felt really hurt by how little time she allocated. She responded that there were things planned, that she was sometimes at the behest of others driving her places, etc. I am sure that’s all true. Though I’m not insecure, I’ve felt insecure about my relationship with her. Do I have a valid reason to feel neglected and invisible? Where’s there’s smoke—like, say, puffs of it coming out of a first-floor window—there’s sometimes a stick of incense burning. There’s no reason to run for the garden hose and turn the living room into a stylishly furnished wading pool. If your girlfriend imagined what you’d be doing in her absence, it probably wasn’t standing over the phone for 72 hours straight, willing it to ring. Chances are, she isn’t entirely tuned in to how insecure you are about her commitment to you. Also, wedding weekends these days tend to be packed with activities from breakfast to nightcap. So, there’s an initial idea of how much alone time one would have, and then there’s the actual free time between sleep, showering and “Our ride’s here! You can take your rollers out on the way to the church!” As for the het-up state you found yourself in, what I often call our “guard dog emotions” can be a little overprotective—and that’s actually an evolved feature, not a flaw. It’s sometimes in our best interest to see unclearly. In fact, human perception evolved to be inaccurate at times—protectively inaccurate, explain evolutionary psychologists Martie Haselton and David Buss, in favor of helping us survive and pass on our genes. This makes us prone to be oversensitive to signs of infidelity—which is to say, our suspicion is easily triggered, even

by harmless, innocent behavior. This oversensitivity is evolutionarily sensible—protective of our interests. For example, it’s typically much more costly for a man to be undersensitive—all “Naw, I’m sure everything’s fine!”—when he’s about to be deceived into paying for college, grad school and rehab for a kid with some other dude’s genes. The problem is, an infidelity alarm system that defaults to DEFCON “How dare you, you hussy!” can also take a toll, even on a partner who really loves you. The jealousy, possessiveness and badgering for reassurance that ensue can make the cost of the relationship start to outweigh the benefits. This isn’t to say you can’t ask for reassurance—you just need to do it in a way that doesn’t make your partner long to put you out on the curb like an old couch. First figure out whether there’s anything to those alarm bells going off in you— whether you have any reason to believe your girlfriend is cheating or is unhappy in the relationship. If not, chances are, your compulsion to turn her iPhone into her wireless leash stems from what the late psychologist Albert Ellis called “catastrophizing”— telling yourself it would be horrible and terrible and you would just die every day forever if your relationship ended. The reality is, a breakup could lead to a stretch of mope-apalooza— weeks or months snot-sobbing into a pillow, along with the occasional sobfest in the frozen foods aisle. Obviously, you’d rather not go through this. However, if you did, you’d eventually recover, get back out there and maybe even get into a relationship that’s better for you. Reflect regularly (like, daily) on this rational corrective to your irrational thinking—accept that your relationship could end and admit that you could deal if it did. Once you calm down a little, ask your girlfriend for clarification and reassurance about her feelings for you. Ω


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For the week oF January 17, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1917, leaders of

the Christian sect, Jehovah’s Witnesses, prophesied that all earthly governments would soon disappear and Christianity would perish. In 1924, they predicted that the ancient Hebrew prophet Moses would be resurrected and speak to people everywhere over the radio. In 1938, they advised their followers not to get married or have children because the end of civilization was nigh. In 1974, they said there was only a “short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” I bring these failed predictions to your attention, Aries, so as to get you in the mood for my prediction, which is: All prophecies that have been made about your life up until now are as wrong as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ visions. In 2019, your life will be bracingly free of old ideas about who you are and who you’re supposed to be. You will have unprecedented opportunities to prove that your future is wide open.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Movie critic Roger

Ebert defined “idiot plot” as “any film plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots.” I bring this to your attention because I suspect there has been a storyline affecting you that in some ways fits that description. Fortunately, any temptation you might have had to go along with the delusions of other people will soon fade. I expect that as a result, you will catalyze a surge of creative problem-solving. The idiot plot will transform into a much smarter plot.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1865, Prussia’s politi-

cal leader, Otto von Bismarck, got angry when an adversary, Rudolf Virchow, suggested cuts to the proposed military budget. Bismarck challenged Virchow to a duel. Virchow didn’t want to fight, so he came up with a clever plan. As the challenged party, he was authorized to choose the weapons for the duel. He decided upon two sausages. His sausage would be cooked; Bismarck’s sausage would be crammed with parasitic roundworms. It was a brilliant stratagy. The proposition spooked Bismarck, who backed down from the duel. Keep this story in mind if you’re challenged to an argument, dispute or conflict in the coming days. It’s best to figure out a tricky or amusing way to avoid it altogether.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): An imaginative

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27-year-old man with the pseudonym thewildandcrazyoli decided he was getting too old to keep his imaginary friend in his life. So he took out an ad on eBay, offering to sell that long-time invisible ally, whose name was John Malipieman. Soon his old buddy was dispatched to the highest bidder for $3,000. Please don’t attempt anything like that in the coming weeks, Cancerian. You need more friends, not fewer—both of the imaginary and non-imaginary variety. Now is a ripe time to expand your network of compatriots.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In December 1981, novice

Leo filmmaker James Cameron got sick, fell asleep and had a disturbing dream. He saw a truncated robot armed with kitchen knives crawling away from an explosion. This nightmare ultimately turned out to be a godsend for Cameron. It inspired him to write the script for the 1984 film The Terminator, a successful creation that launched him to fame and fortune. I’m expecting a comparable development in your near future, Leo. An initially weird or difficult event will actually be a stroke of luck.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psychologists define

the Spotlight Effect as our tendency to imagine that other people are acutely attuned to every little nuance of our behavior and appearance. The truth is that they’re not, of course. Most everyone is primarily occupied with the welter of thoughts buzzing around inside his or her own head. The good news, Virgo, is that you are well set up to capitalize on this phenomenon in the coming weeks. I’m betting you will achieve a dramatic new liberation: You’ll be freer than ever before from the power of other people’s opinions to inhibit your behavior or make you self-conscious.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What North America

community is farthest north? It’s an Alaskan city that used to be called Barrow, named after a British admiral. But in 2016, local

residents voted to reinstate the name that the indigenous Iñupiat people had once used: Utqiagvik. In accordance with astrological omens, I propose that in the coming weeks, you take inspiration from their decision, Libra. Return to your roots. Pay homage to your sources. Restore and revive the spirit of your original influences.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Alaskan town

of Talkeetna has a population of 900, so it doesn’t require a complicated political structure to manage its needs. Still, it made a bold statement by electing a cat as its mayor for 15 years. Stubbs, a part-Manx, won his first campaign as a write-in candidate, and his policies were so benign—no new taxes, no repressive laws—that he kept getting re-elected. What might be the equivalent of having a cat as your supreme leader for a while, Scorpio? From an astrological perspective, now would be a favorable time to implement that arrangement. This phase of your cycle calls for relaxed fun and amused mellowness and laissez-faire jauntiness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Trees need

to be buffeted by the wind. It makes them strong. As they respond to breezes and gusts, they generate a hardier kind of wood called reaction wood. Without the wind’s stress, trees’ internal structure would be weak and they might topple over as they grew larger. I’m pleased to report that you’re due to receive the benefits of a phenomenon that’s metaphorically equivalent to a brisk wind. Exult in this brisk but low-stress opportunity to toughen yourself up!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Writing at The

Pudding, an online outlet for virtual essays, pop culture commentator Colin Morris reveals the conclusions he drew after analyzing 15,000 pop songs. First, the lyrics of today’s tunes have significantly more repetitiveness than the lyrics of 1960s songs. Second, the most popular songs, both then and now, have more repetitive lyrics than the average song. Why? Morris speculates that repetitive songs are catchier. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I encourage you Capricorns to be as non-repetitive as possible in the songs you sing, the messages you communicate, the moves you make and the ideas you articulate. In the coming weeks, put a premium on originality, unpredictability, complexity and novelty.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In May 1927,

Aquarian aviator Charles Lindbergh made a pioneering flight in his single-engine plane from New York to Paris. He became instantly famous. Years later, Lindbergh testified that partway through his epic journey he was visited by a host of odd, vaporous beings who suddenly appeared in his small cockpit. They spoke with him, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of navigation and airplane technology. Lindbergh’s spirits were buoyed. His concentration, which had been flagging, revived. He was grateful for their unexpected support. I foresee a comparable kind of assistance becoming available to you sometime soon, Aquarius. Don’t waste any time being skeptical about it; just welcome it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): More than four cen-

turies ago, a Piscean samurai named Honda Tadakatsu became a leading general in the Japanese army. In the course of his military career, he fought in more than a hundred battles. Yet he never endured a major wound and was never beaten by another samurai. I propose we make him your inspirational role model for the coming weeks. As you navigate your way through interesting challenges, I believe that like him, you’ll lead a charmed life. No wounds. No traumas. Just a whole lot of educational adventures.

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by MAtt BiEKER

Wedding DJ Larry Williams has been a wedding DJ and officiant in the Gardnerville area for almost 30 years. He has two companies, the Reno Tahoe DJ Company and Wedding Day Vows, and is the only certified wedding entertainment director in the state. He is also the host of Lifting the Veil, a YouTube channel on which he offers wedding planning advice.

For 29 years now, you’ve made a career out of the wedding industry. What drew you to it originally? I was a radio DJ on an FM radio station down here in the Gardenerville/Minden area, and it was very, you know—of course, I use my voice, I made a living with my voice. I was a master of ceremonies for many different events in and around the Reno Lake Tahoe area, and, of course, there’s radio remotes and all those things that, you know, a DJ or master of ceremonies gets involved in. And then, basically, some people would listen to my radio show and they’d want me to DJ their function, whether it’s a sock hop dance, some sort of an Elks Club dance or a wedding reception. And it just kind of grew from there—taking my show, if you will, out of the radio booth and bringing it to people. And then, along the way, it just

kind of skyrocketed and took off … The biggest part of mobile DJ-ing in this area is wedding receptions. And that’s where I just immersed myself in learning everything there was to know about weddings, and it became a career. By 1997, seven years into it, I was leaving the radio position to pursue being an entertainment director and DJ, full time.

What’s the general premise of Lifting the Veil? I network with a lot of wedding associations out here, and the main one that I’m closest to is Weddings of the West. They’re a wedding organization that was founded about 20 years ago here in the Minden/Gardenerville/Genoa area, and Genoa is a huge hotspot for weddings, by the way. And that organization has been around for awhile, and we as wedding vendors are always looking for

ways to bring information to brides and grooms because, you know, as small business men and women, the thing you never want to do is really hard-sell anybody. We don’t want to be pushy and always talk about us, us, us—there’s some people who do that. Me, personally, I don’t like to. ... We want to give information because if you’re a provider of information, people will respect that, and they won’t feel like they’re being sold to, and they’ll reach out, and they’ll ask questions, and then you’ll open up the door in communication, which is far better than trying to say, “Hey, I offer this, hire me!” … So we thought, let’s put together some people for a podcast. It originally started off as an audio podcast, but then we thought, “Well, if we’re getting audio from the camera, we might as well make it a video.” So, I take it to different locations, and I feature different things to think about, like, how best to handle your budget, you know, things like that and how best to navigate bridal fairs.

What were some episodes you particularly liked or thought were the most helpful? I started off at the very beginning [with] the science behind selecting the wedding day. … That’s how I started it out. I put them in order of how a bride would plan a wedding. First thing you've got to do is pick a date. Second thing you’ve got to do is prioritize which vendors to get and then put together a budget. So these are the episodes one, two and three. Ω


Trump’s conduct and ours This week’s Let That Sink In Moment—“The President is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.” In fact, it’s obvious that’s the dominant theme of the last two years here in Trumpistan—that every week, there’s a brand new Let That Sink In Moment! • OK, Dems. We’re in. We’re running the House. It’s ours. So let’s get to work. Things To Do List includes (1) get Dum Dum’s taxes (2) get the phone records from Don, Jr., to the Old Man for June 9, 2016 (3) subpoena and interview the interpreter who sat in with Asshole and Daddy Vlad (4) subpoena Tillerson on those same Putin sessions. Why not? Rex hates Trump almost as much as we do. He’ll spill the finest in quality beans. And, please, on this last point, let’s stop pussyfooting around on this issue of Trump being Putin’s

bitch boy. Of course he is. There’s no benefit of the goddamn doubt! And this outrageous revelation about Trump taking control of the notes of his Putin meetings and telling the interpreter to shut up. Well, gee, what do you think is going on? It ain’t rocket science, folks! • New Quinnipiac Poll shows that 56 percent thinks The Shutdown is Trump’s baby, while 36 percent put the blame on the Dems. The only reason I post these numbers is because they seem to be a fairly accurate indicator of the current mental state of the USA. Which is to say, 56 percent of us now have full-blown TDS (Trump Detestment Syndrome) while 36 percent are full-tilt Orange Kool-Aid guzzlers in Cult 45. Sound about right? I can live with those stats. Because with those numbers, guess who wins every bleeping election? •

So you think Vlad is OK with the federal government of the United States being closed? You think he’s pleased? And since Trump obviously can’t say “no” to Big Daddy, what does that mean in terms of our nuclear weapons and delivery systems? Does Vlad now know a lot more about our nuclear subs? Does he have new great intel on the bombers of the Strategic Air Command? Does he know our freaking nuclear codes? Just wondering. What about banking information? Grid data? Does Putin now have crucial data that would allow him to more easily paralyze us via digital technology and computers? Has Agent Orange now thoroughly compromised the United States to please the Russian masters who completely own his mottled ass? With every other president in history, such a question was unthinkable. With Trump, it’s not. Isn’t that special? Ω