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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. This winter, we didn’t do something that we’ve done every other year since 2008: publish a list of my favorite albums of the year. As I’ve mentioned in this space before, I’ve been dealing with some difficult, ongoing family medical problems. Because of this, I’ve been out of the office a lot lately and not done some of the secondary and tertiary parts of my job. (Thankfully, the rest of the RN&R editorial crew has picked up my slack.) I sort of idly wondered if anyone would even notice if we didn’t run a “best music of 2018” article. And do you know how many people asked me about it? None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nobody. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not taking it personally. I know this community still cares about this newspaper, and I know this community still cares about music. I just think that, at 38, I’ve finally reached that age where nobody cares about my taste in music, which is fine. Despite all that, I’ll tell you something else: The local Reno music scene has never been better than it is right now. There are a ton of great bands and solo performers across all kinds of genres in the community right now. And many of them have new music available. It’s possible—probable even—that we’ll do a roundup of the best new music by local artists sometime soon. But I’m not going to be the one to write it. Well, at least not the whole thing.

—Brad Bynum bradb@ ne wsrev i ew . com

Please do a story or two on the seedy motels that were left standing in this area. The ones owned by the Arabic community—the ones that are filthy, rat, roach and bedbug infested, where the drug dealers flourish because the managers need extra cash and most managers are an underground of felons and thieves, who do illegal garbage dumps and illegal construction. Most people have been robbed at these motels, and there are rapes, and other criminal activities covered up. I moved into a bloody crime scene room that had coagulated blood fattening up a bloated mattress. But it was OK because it had a mattress pad covering it up. Guess what. That was a dead child. I found his bloody slipper under my bed. Another crime scene cover-up by scoundrel motel managers. Above me sits a pedophile. He shot himself in the face here. Now he deals drugs out of his room, and guess who knows? The motel managers. There’s a family of six living in a studio, right next to a tier-three sex offender. It’s a shame the toddler there wears nothing but a diaper. I’m sure someone will help, or not. Kristin Henriksen Reno

Siege thoughts Re “Tricky Dick and Donald” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, Dec. 13) and “In the room” (Editor’s note, Jan. 17): Less than a week ago I read Bruce Van Dyke’s lament, “It looks like my call of a year ago ain’t gonna happen. Boo! Last December, I waxed VanDykadamus and clairvoyantly speculated that the Trumps would spend but one Christmas in the White House.” My brain is stressed and never mind the time delays in catching up on my reading and the thought-processing malfunctions that get me to end-result insights, but what my brain did after reading this was, during

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an episode of half-sleep, begin pondering, seemingly out of the blue, whether Anne Frank’s parents, as they moved into the annex, imagined they would have to remain in hiding so very long. I had never asked myself this question before. I did not recognize that my brain was triggered by Van Dyke’s haunting words. Just to make certain that I didn’t let the daily stresses of my life push to the background and eventually let languish the important connections being formed in my mind, I then read Brad Bynum’s words, “Do you address the elephant in the room? … 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.” Only in reading Bynum’s words did I then begin making the connections my brain had already formed. I’m attempting to put emotions into words here, but as best I can describe what happened in my intuit-first, process-later brain, it is as though many of us are in that annex, listening to the radio (or the modern-day version of huddling together around the radio, that is—channel-surfing cable news networks, accessing our online news sources, exchanging articles with each other), desperately tuning in to any sign, even the faintest hint of hope, that this nightmare will be coming to an end. R.A. Drew Reno

Electoral antiquity Re “Electoral gamble” (news, Jan. 3): To this day, I cannot help but feel that President Trump’s ascension to the oval office was flawed in light of Secretary Clinton carrying and winning the popular vote by an astounding 2.3 million votes. The presidential elector system is not only democratically and constitutionally unprincipled and unsound but

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stands counter to voting process principles wherein we, as Americans, have been taught that each and every vote cast counts. Moreover, does not a nationwide free press, internet acess and information technology negate the very concerns held by our founding fathers? As such, the elector system neither meets nor accomplishes any valid, viable, specific modern era purpose. It is, at best, antiquated and colloquial and should be forthwith obliterated and abolished. Lastly, I’d like to personally thank the author, Mr. Dennis Myers, for a cogent, thought provoking, informative, well-written article. Manny Barboza Reno

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by matt bieker

What’s your favorite work of art? asked at sierra taP House, 253 W. First st. Paislie Miller Conservation biologist

Ansel Adams’ pictures of Half Dome. When I was in high school, it inspired me to get more outdoorsy and, I don’t know, just explore more. I’m from Connecticut. There’s way more than this country even has to offer in terms of outdoorsiness and beauty.

Case y Houston Firearms manufacturer

The big blue bear that’s outside of the Denver convention center. It’s like a giant blue bear that looks in the glass windows, but it’s like five stories tall. It’s just, like, super larger than life. I like 3D art and art that’s bigger than a painting or a wall.

Mike Guilbert Job seeker

Another federal ‘solution’ U.S. House Democrats have another dandy one-sizefits-all remedy they want to force on state governments to solve low voter turnout. It’s called automatic voter registration (AVR). Nevada already has it, which is the way it should be put in place—by states. Registering voters is none of Congress’s business. It’s a local function. Oh, Congress has the authority, at least in federal elections—the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1970 that Congress can regulate federal elections (Oregon v. Mitchell), and there is no separating federal and local. But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it sensible. We have been down this road before. In 1987, the Nevada Legislature approved Motor Voter, a program under which people could register to vote when they register their car or renew their driver licenses. State lawmakers enacted the program in hope that it would improve Nevada’s dismal voter turnout record by making it easier to jump through voter registration hoops. It was a good idea. There was just one problem. It didn’t work. It has never worked, either in Nevada or nationally. Motor Voter racked up high numbers of voter registrations that then led to low turnout elections. Nevada still has one of the worst turnout records. Voters turn out when they think an election is close or when—as in 2018—they feel engaged by the issues. Ease of registration just doesn’t do it. Then, in 1993, Congress imposed Motor Voter nationwide. Now Nevada could not get rid of a program that had been tried and failed, nor could other states, because the Democrats’ bill did not allow for the possibility that Motor Voter would not work.

Nevadans last year enacted automatic voter registration when they approved ballot Question 5. Another 14 states plus D.C. also have AVR. They may not work like the program proposed in the Democratic bill, so if a federal version is approved, each state will have to bring their program into compliance with the federal design, just as Nevada had to adapt Motor Voter to a federal version. In our polarized politics, the right wing is already peddling versions of what the Democrats’ proposal will do: “Pelosi’s election ‘reform’ encourages voter fraud to benefit Dems” (Fox “News”), “Nancy Pelosi is trying to federalize California’s bad election laws” (Washington Examiner). D.C. thinking tends to use mandatory techniques to try to make federal proposals work. For instance, in an effort to get New Mexico in compliance with federal Motor Voter, a court decree called for compelling voters to act on their registration status during motor vehicle transactions. Should residents have to deal with their voter registration as a condition of renewing a driver license? This is the United States, where voting is voluntary. The Democratic proposal is buried inside a 571-page measure that deals with numerous other proposals that are useful and have greater application to national concerns, such as repairing damage done to the Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrats don’t need the distortions that are being concocted about automatic voter registration applied to the larger measure. And the states don’t need another program they cannot tailor to local needs. Ω

My favorite piece of art is called Logging in Mendocino, and it’s by Emmy Packard, and I have a print of it. ... I like how there’s like eight oxen pulling these logs of redwoods out of the Mendocino mountains and each oxen has a different expression or look about him.

kiMberly Cruz Non-profit administrator

My favorite work of art is the new Banksy painting that he did. On one side is the pollution of a factory coming out, and on the other side is a kid licking snowflakes, but it’s actually the ashes from the factory.

sHannon Morrison Engineer

It is Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, and that’s literally exactly what is pictured. It’s by Van Gogh. I think it’s just so different from his other works that when I first saw it I didn’t think it was Van Gogh, and it just struck me as very poetic.

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by SHEILA LESLIE

Health consensus may be near It’s all about health care. The 2020 election season has begun, with Democratic presidential candidates announcing their intentions and scurrying to define themselves before they get left behind. And the most important policy position they’ll need in their platform is what they plan to do about health care. A Pew Research Center survey this month found the economy and health care at the top of public concerns. Finally, it seems that Americans understand it’s utterly ridiculous that we have made it so hard to access health care when every other modern nation in the world has figured it out. The growing demand for some form of universal coverage shows up in poll after poll, even as elected Republicans are celebrating a December ruling by a federal judge in Texas, currently being appealed, to strike down the Affordable Care Act, effectively eliminating coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the Ten Essential Benefits that guarantee a base level of coverage for everyone.

New Democratic members of Congress are clamoring for change, citing Medicare for All as a solution, even though the details are still pretty fuzzy. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has announced new plans to privatize medical services at the Veterans Administration, despite the lack of support from veterans groups who are rightly suspicious of introducing a private sector profit motive into their resource-starved system instead of using that money to add more doctors and expand services. Trump’s team is also trying to deny contraceptive coverage to workers on religious and moral grounds and issue block grants of Medicaid funds, giving states more theoretical flexibility. The real purpose of the block grants, of course, is to dramatically reduce Medicaid spending. Republicans have to pay for those tax cuts for the one percent, since the trickle-down shockingly hasn’t materialized for the rest of us. As the D.C. health policy stalemate continues, new Democratic leaders at the state level are moving forward with their

own agendas, and some of them are bold. California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, wants to institute an individual mandate for insurance and use the increased revenues to expand subsidies. Sound familiar? He also wants to use Medicaid to insure undocumented adults, a proposal sure to send Trump and his supporters into fits of rage. Another bold proposal comes from Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, who says his Cascade Care will offer a state-run health care system similar to Medicare, available to individuals who would not be required to spend more than 10 percent of their income on premiums. At least 10 states, including Nevada, are actively considering a Medicaid buy-in option for their citizens. Allison O’Toole of United States of Care, an organization promoting affordable health care for everyone, told Stateline, “We think 2019 is going to be the year of Medicaid buy-in.” Her organization commissioned a Harris Poll in November. It found that 78 percent of

the country’s registered voters believe a Medicaid buy-in plan should be a priority. Washoe County’s Democratic Assemblymember Mike Sprinkle introduced the nation’s first such bill in 2017, which was passed by the Legislature only to be vetoed by Gov. Sandoval, who said more planning and review were needed. During the interim, Sprinkle has been working on the details which will allow anyone whose income is above 400 percent of poverty ($83,120 a year for a family of three) to opt into Medicaid with benefits that match Nevada’s existing Medicaid plan. He told Stateline, “Because it wouldn’t be profit-driven, it would provide a level of stability that the market doesn’t have now.” Governor Sisolak has not yet committed to the concept. Republicans stuck with ideology that health care should be earned or inherited may find themselves left behind at the ballot box in 2020 once again as voters demand action from their government, believing that access to health care is long past due. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Tribal claim senT To U.n.

Opioids have led to rising cases of addicted newborns.

The Western Shoshone on Jan. 14 submitted information to the United Nations that argued the United States is not in compliance with U.S. human rights requirements. The submission was made to be a part of U.N. considerations during the current periodic review of member states’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Shoshone reminded the U.N that the United States has never responded to a 2006 ruling by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination against the U.S. government in its dispute with the Shoshone (“United States on trial,” RN&R, March 30, 2006). That case was argued for the Shoshone by Reno attorney Robert Hager. The new updating of the Western Shoshone case this month charges the U.S. with environmental racism; fracking; religious bias under a Supreme Court doctrine of Christian discovery; illegal use, occupancy and expansion; federal regulations rewritten to limit freedom of information; breach of trust and failure of fiduciary responsibility by U.S. intent to defraud Shoshone of property; and media in the United States acting as a propaganda arm of the U.S. by failing to report or underreporting U.S. abuse and instead characterizing American use and occupancy as positive, when in fact they are illegal use and occupancy.

elecTor change proposed A bill drafting request (BDR) has been submitted at the Nevada Legislature providing for the state to join an interstate compact that would circumvent the winnertake-all provisions of some state laws on presidential electors to try to prevent the appointment of more presidents the public rejected. The BDR, requested by Assemblymember Tyrone Thompson of Clark County, reads, “Enacts the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.” No more detail is provided, but that is the same summary given at the 2017 legislature for Assembly Bill 274, which was given one hearing and then allowed to die. The language of Thompson’s bill will become available when he introduces it during 2019 the legislative session, which convenes Feb. 4. The U.S. Constitution provides for presidents to be appointed by “electors” after the presidential election. Those electors meet in their own states to cast their votes, and legislatures are given latitude in how they are chosen and conduct their business. The winnertake-all feature is not in the Constitution or federal law and has led to five instances of appointed, unelected presidents. The Thompson measure, if it follows the language of AB 274, provides for Nevada to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) under which states pledge their electors to vote for the candidate who wins the election nationwide. Ten states and D.C. have joined NPVIC, and it is intended to take effect when enough states sign on to make a majority of electoral votes. However, it has never been litigated whether states can instruct their electors, though some states—including Nevada—have laws binding them to vote in compliance with the political parties that appoint them.

—Dennis Myers

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Newborn addictions Drug dependent infants fuel policy talk dr. mary guinan, one of the nation’s most distinguished physicians, is calling on the Nevada Legislature to look at long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) to deal with one of the consequences of opioid addiction. “An addictive baby is born every 15 minutes,” she said. “The states have to take control of this.” An infant born going through withdrawal is called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The types of birth control she references include injections, intrauterine devices and implants inserted under the skin, methods that function at all times and do not require action at the time of intercourse. This would prevent virtually all pregnancies during the years-long period the devices are functional. Failure rates are extremely low, certainly compared to the pill and other methods.

The Centers for Disease Control would normally be expected to lead on this matter, but that has not happened. Guinan, a founder of the School of Community Health Sciences in Las Vegas and a member of the original Centers for Disease Control team in the 1980s that did pioneering work on AIDS, said the CDC is prevented not by law or rule but informally by politics from dealing with birth control matters as a preventive in the opioid epidemic. Like many public agencies, the CDC is often in the uncomfortable position of being pressured to cool its messages. There can be reluctance in the agency to deal with birth control issues because, under some presidential administrations and Republican majorities in Congress, when sensitive political issues arise, the agency can be targeted for retribution, sometimes through its budget. And

Guinan suspects that has been reflected by the unwillingness of the CDC to lead on the infant addiction issue. “There is nothing coming from the CDC on this,” Guinan said. In addition, she said, “There is no protocol for treating [the infants].” Nor is it just CDC, she said—few public health agencies have stepped up. A 2015 study in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology said: “OD [opioid dependent] women are at significant risk for unplanned pregnancy, and postpartum contraception intention should be discussed throughout the prenatal care period. In an evaluation of 946 OD pregnant women, 89 percent of pregnancies were unintended compared to 31-47 percent of the general population. Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal implants should be encouraged over other methods due to significantly greater continuation rates when used for postpartum contraception. To further reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancy, immediate post-placental IUD placement or insertion of subdermal implants prior to patient discharge after delivery should also be considered to reduce barriers to LARC use such as poor compliance with the postpartum visit.” The March of Dimes has issued warnings like, “If you’re not pregnant and you’re using opioids, use birth control until you’re ready to get pregnant. This can help prevent NAS in your baby.” But how widely such warnings are heard and seen is unknown. The problem is particularly acute in rural areas. Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that confirmed previous studies suggesting opioid abuse was “increasing rapidly in some rural states”—about 600 percent from 2004 to 2013. Nevada’s rural areas make up about six percent of the state’s population. The same study also said, “Compared with their urban peers, rural infants and mothers with opioid-related diagnoses were more likely to be from lower-income families, have public insurance, and be transferred to another hospital following delivery. The proportion of infants diagnosed with NAS who were from rural counties increased from 12.9 percent in 2003/2004 to 21.2 percent in 2012/2013.” That is in contrast with the situation in the urban areas, where opioid abuse


is thought of as more upscale than some other addictions, and as afflicting whites more than some other drugs do.

Seven dirty wordS Guinan said she has discussed the matter with state Health and Human Services Director Richard Whitley, and that they have discussed the possibility of legislation. There is no certainty regarding what form legislation would take. Whitely was not immediately available for comment. But a considered policy would be preferable to leaving the consequences to chance. In Kentucky, for instance, where no state policy exists, one judge fashioned his own, offering opioid defendants the chance to knock two days off their sentences if they attend a NAS educational program provided by the state. addition, he offered 30 days off to defendants who undergo a vasectomy or a contraception implant—a remedy, if such it is, that has prompted debate and controversy. In a pilot program in northeast Tennessee, female drug inmates were offered LARC.

That kind of ad-hoc policymaking would be avoided with legislative consideration of the problem and adoption of a state policy. But Nevada’s very short legislative sessions do not lend themselves to thoughtful policy-making. The participation of the CDC, with its credibility and the responsiveness of journalists to its work would make it an important player in the addicted baby matter. “I had to avoid the topic when I was there,” she said. She was employed at the CDC for 20 years, 19781998, and held titles like associate director for science. The word sensitivity at the agency tends to ebb and flow, depending on the presidential administration in power, one source told us. In December 2017, leaked documents indicated that employees at the CDC were advised to avoid seven terms. The words did not include contraception or related terms, but the dispute did make known a sensitivity to words that could cause public relations problems. The seven words are vulnerable, diversity, entitlement, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based. And Guinan says the sensitivity to birth control long pre-dated the seven words during the Trump administration. Ω

In the absence of a policy, some jurisdictions wing it.

Keeps going

It may look like a Nevada mining operation, but it’s actually part of the ever-expanding, never-finished project on the site of the demolished Park Lane Mall. The project is a combination of shopping, housing and office space. As a result of the construction, pedestrian traffic on the east side of Virginia Street and the south side of Plumb Lane is no longer allowed. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

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Lake Tahoe has inspired many people to write about its beauty and plead for its preservation.

In deep Tahoe observations John Muir (1873): “I wish, my dear, dear friends, that you could share this divine day with me here. The soul of Indian summer is brooding this blue water, and it enters one’s being as nothing else does. Tahoe is surely not one but many. As I curve around its heads and bays and look far out on its level sky fairly tinted and fading in pensive air, I am reminded of all the mountain lakes I ever knew, as if this were a kind of water heaven to which they all had come.” Mark Twain (1899): “We were told that the distance was 11 miles. We tramped a long time on level ground, and then toiled laboriously up a mountain about a thousand miles high and looked over. No lake that. We escrended on the other side, crossed the valley and toiled up another mountain three or four thousand miles high, apparently, and looked over again. No lake yet. We sat down tired and perspiring, and hired a couple of Chinamen to curse those people who had beguiled us. Thus refreshed, we presently resumed the march with renewed vigor and determination. We plodded on, two or three hours longer, and at last the Lake burst upon us—a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft full three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords.” Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1945): “It was an hour without more weight or motion than the lake itself, and I have always felt that Tahoe, when it is quiet, does not touch

its bottom or shores, but is suspended like air, and coldly and constantly refreshed by its true affinity, inter-stellar space. I believe it was this suspended nature, and not any obvious midday reason, like the blue color, which made the Indians call it the lakeof-the-sky. The Indians are subtle in their perceptions of natural qualities, and when the lake is blue it is very heavy in its basin, and not like sky at all.” William Turrentine Jackson (1974): “‘Joe Citizen’ just did not know what he was talking about if he thought Tahoe’s beauty was ensured for future generations.” Neil Peart (date unknown): “Getting through Lake Tahoe was already like L.A., with construction all over the place.” Aaron Sorkin (1999): “Leo McGarry: Andrew Jackson in the main foyer of the White House had a two-ton block of cheese. Josh Lyman: And a Wheat Thin the size of Lake Tahoe.” University of California at Davis State of the Lake Report (2015): “ While water clarity and lake blueness have long been considered to be one and the same, a newly developed Blueness Index (based on measurements of the wavelength of light leaving the lake) has shown that this is not the case. On the contrary, at times of year when clarity increases, blueness is seen to decrease. In the last three years, Lake Tahoe’s blueness has been increasing.” Barack Obama (2016): “And just as this space is sacred to Native Americans, it should be sacred to all Americans. And that’s why we’re here: To protect this pristine place. To keep these waters crystal clear. To keep the air as pure as the heavens. To keep alive Tahoe’s spirit. And to keep faith with this truth—that the challenges of conservation and combating climate change are connected, they’re linked.” Frederick Lenz (date unknown) : “I am here at Lake Tahoe, and there is magic at 6,000 feet.” Ω

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The exhibition in the downstairs gallery is a collaboration between Toronto-based artist sameer Farooq and reno poet Jared stanely, curated by stephanie gibson from nevada Humanities. Farooq created stream-of-consciousness-type text

fragments, visible through these glass panes. Through the opposite sides of the glass, subdued-colored monographs look like abstracted landscapes. The exhibition also contains geological samples and everyday museum-prep materials,

borrowed from Unr’s Keck Museum. Keck director garret barmore said in a Jan. 26 gallery talk that the idea was “to show how the museum sausage is made” and give a glimpse into a curator’s sometimes messy workspace.

new art museum opened at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Jan. 25. On the surface, it looks like just what you might expect from a new art museum. The three-story brick exterior blends in with UNR’s other recent constructions, and the lobby and two galleries feel airy and pristine, with glass railings, polished cement floors and plenty of filtered daylight streaming in through large windows. But you might be surprised by your first glimpse of the artwork, especially if you start on the second floor, where the new walkway from the Church Fine Arts building will deposit you. No blue-chip artists or splashy paintings from the pages of Juxtapoz in this museum. The pieces that greet you first are Hopi earthenware vessels, the kind that are often in history museums. The display case that holds them contains no labels, and the whole exhibition, To Have and To Hold, has no wall text. But packets of exhibition notes are available to borrow, and they’ll tell you that these vessels are not labeled “anonymous Hopi from a previous century” but made by people with actual names, such as Adelle Nampeyo from Arizona, born in 1959 to a well-known family of potters. The exhibition also includes beaded baskets by Washoe and Shoshone tribe members, a 10-inchlong, three-horned ceramic rhinoceros from about third-century China, paintings by Rousseau and Dali, an Albrecht Dürer print from the early 1500s, and some of the gallery’s recent acquisitions of work by African American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

a beaded basket about the size of a tennis ball cut in half is part of a display of Washoe, Paiute and shoshone baskets. This one was made by Celia Delorme. Many works in the Lilley Museum’s exhibition To Have and To Hold—such as baskets and clay vessels—have traditionally been shown in history musuems. The Lilley aims to deemphasize the distinction between art and craft.

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The exhibition To Have and To Hold contains several juxtapositions of objects that raise questions about how motifs and symbols work. Here, in the foreground, a tule duck by Joe Allen, a Stillwater Paiute, adheres to a traditional aesthetic, while in the background, a Navajo rug contains a swastika symbol, the implications of which have changed over time. The swastika was used in several cultures around the world to express notions such as peace and prosperity until the Nazis adopted it in 1920. This rug was probably made some time between 1870 and 1905.

A sculpture and a painting present two very different views of American landscapes. The painting in the background, “Southwest Sunset,” was made by postwar American abstractionist David Einstein in 1972. The sculpture in the foreground, “Only Tree (With Nest)” is a cast bronze and steel tree made in 2018 by contemporary Cherokee artist Emily Arthur.

The exhibition To Have and To Hold contains artworks from many regions and many time periods. Rather than being organized by place or time, however, it’s organized by themes. This piece, “Acoma Wedding Pot,” by 20th-century artist E.P. Routzen, is in a section of the show that addresses courtship and family. The exhibition contains no wall text, but for visitors who like more context about artists, dates, titles and the show’s organizational principles, a packet of information is readily available to borrow. Arti

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These works, pulled from UNR’s collection of around 5,500 pieces, are arranged not by era or region, but juxtaposed in ways that invite telling comparisons. From one vantage point, you can see a woven tule and cattail duck, made in 2015 by Shoshone Paiute tribe member Joe Allen, who stayed true to traditional imagery. Beyond the duck is a piece that might upend—or even offend—your notions of traditional imagery. A bright red, wool and cotton rug, decorated with what appear to be Nazi swastikas, hangs on a rack. It’s not there to tout anti-Semitism or white supremacy. It’s there to point out how symbols are used. The rug is Navajo, made sometime between the 1870s and 1905, after the swastika was used in India and Greece, before Germany’s Third Reich adopted it. Some Great Basin tribes also used the symbol before the Nazis did and later made a pact to not use it. In recent years, a few young Native Americans have made moves to reclaim it. Meanwhile, the version that’s hanging on a display rack in the Lilley can easily come off as shocking. “It’s provocative—it’s arresting,” said museum director Paul Baker Prindle. “But I think there are a lot of ways to talk about it.” And that is the whole idea behind this museum—to talk about how art and artifacts inform us, and who’s traditionally made the decisions about how that should work. Although, here, the distinction between “art” and “artifact” is one that Baker Prindle would like to see minimized. Museums—art museums and history museums alike—have long been guilty of supporting colonialism, creating what Baker Prindle called “false distinctions between art and craft,” with “art” made by wealthy, white, European men and “craft” made by pretty much everyone else. Baker also put “propping up gender divisions” on the list of traditional art-world habits he’d like to see reconsidered. If you’re wondering what that means, here’s a timely side note: seminal feminist artist Judy Chicago spoke at the Nevada Museum of Art last week and told a story about working in Pasadena in the 1960s, the only woman in a thriving art scene, always ignored by critics. Decades later, a critic told her he had recognized the merit of her work but taking a woman artist seriously would have spelled career suicide for him. In another timely side note, Reno artist Tia Flores said in an interview last week that, early in her career, advisors insisted she go by “T. Flores,” as no one with a female first name stood a chance of establishing a career. In a lot of other timely side notes, women artists who came up before the 1990s or so tell versions of that same story all the time.


Changing times for museums everywhere “The entire [museum] field has been having a philosophical discussion for the last 20 or 30 years,” said Garret Barmore, director of another museum at UNR, the Keck Earth Science And Mineral Engineering Museum. Some of the industry goals he listed are “to be more accessible, decolonize, directly address the racist history of museums past.” These goals are being addressed internationally. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, for one, announced in November that a Paris museum would return 26 objects, seized by French colonizers in 1892, to the West African nation of Benin. They’re also being addressed close to home. In 2002, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City replaced its exhibition of Native American wax mannequins and dioramas from the 1940s with a new exhibition, Under One Sky. “They invited a community advisory of Native Americans,” said Barmore. “While this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s something that museums are still struggling with, to bring in the communities they’re interpreting.”

Another innovative juxtaposition contains three types of representational artworks that don’t often meet on the same gallery wall. Top left, a wooden mask by Yaqui artist Jesus Rodriguez Muñoz. Bottom left, an untitled 20th-century painting by Eddy Mumma, a well known “outsider” artist—that’s an artist without formal training who’s often isolated from the national art market. Right, a 2017 acrylic by Frank Buffalo Hyde, an Onondaga-Nez Perce artist who lives in Santa Fe and often incudes both Native American and consumer-culture imagery in his paintings.

In the Nevada State Museum exhibition, Barmore said, “Native people themselves are talking, telling their own stories—no mannequins.” Changes are on the horizon for the Keck Museum, too. “The only perspective is the white, male geologist and historian,” Barmore said. “We want a more diverse story. … I would like to have a more diverse interpretation of the Comstock and Virginia City mining. Right now, the only story told about Virginia City city is that of the rich, male miners. … I want to bring in Native American groups to talk about how they interact with geology. There’s been ancient mining going back in Nevada for thousands of years. [I want to] tell that story.” And at the Lilley Museum, Baker Prindle explained, one of the big questions to reexamine is: “What responsibilities and what functions do museums have in the production of knowledge? And those fundamental questions lead to a lot of other questions. We ask ourselves, ‘Who do we serve? Who are we responsible to?’” As many people as possible, he hopes. Ω

The Lilley Museum is now open at UNR. It connects to Church Fine Arts via a walkway and is accessible from the Whalen parking garage. Curently, hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays 12-4 p.m., Fridays noon-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. A grand opening for the building, including a recital hall and other rooms, will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb 22, after which gallery hours will be expanded. To keep up to date on event dates and other news, follow The Lilley Museum on Instagram. Admission is free.

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Local folks showed up in droves to the twoday flea market, which featured art vendors, food trucks, do-it-yourself crafts, live music, and an area where participants could pay a fee to take a few swings at a car with a sledge hammer. And much to Janusee’s pleasure, they heeded the all-ages billing for the event and brought their kids, too. “We had so many kids do car smash,” she said. “Tiny, little kiddos would come with their parents, and their parents would sign the waiver and pay the money, and these 5 year olds are just smashing in car windows. It was the shit.” Janusee attended similar punk rock flea market events as a kid living on the East Coast.

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“I, basically, was jok ing around last year just kept being like, and ‘I’m making this ev ent for my 16-year-old self, an d that’s why it’s so organically awesome,’” she sa id. Teens were another demographic that sh up at last year’s ma owed rket in force. Some even came to the event as vend ors. “There was this rea lly sweet 16-year-o ld kid who had made a bu nch of leather jacke ts and hoodies with the little stu ds in there,” said Ar ic Shapiro, another organizer. “Some of us were like, ‘Well, you know, normall y you wouldn’t sell that, but you’re a sweet kid , and that’s your art , and that’s what you want to do .’” Punk jackets with patches and studs are traditionally a DIY proje ct—an individual sta tement made by the wearer—but Shapiro and Janusee said the kid’s vision to sell them as prem ade art went over well with attendees.

The organizers of this year’s reno Punk rock Flea Market gathered inside the Generator for one of many planning meetings ahead of the event, which last year drew thousands of people.

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“He was so happy, and his dad was there helping him,” Shapiro said. “It was just cool to kind of see yourself in that kid and go, ‘Man, I really wish there had been something “We tried to keep [the lineup] and someone to believe in me when I was at diverse, to have some political punk, that age.’” some rockabilly, some surf, some hardTo Janusee, herself a parent, the event’s core,” Shapiro said of the bands, nine of appeal as a multigenerational celebration of which will play each day. They include punk culture is important. some 13 local bands and a handful of “I think Reno’s a pretty punk rock town,” touring acts from as close as Sacramento she said. “And I think a big part of this is, and as far away as Virginia. you know, when you hit your 30s and above “Thanks to the success of last year, … it’s harder to do stuff, especially when and how awesome the bands were, we you start to make your own tiny, punk rock were able to get even bigger acts this children. Having a place where you can go year,” said Kimberli Koenig, who was during the day, listen to music, meet artists, responsible for the majority of booking for meet other parents—that’s really huge.” the event. This year, she said, the organizers are The big names include Reno-based doing more yet to foster the flea market’s favorites Kevin Seconds of 7Seconds fame family-friend vibe. and ’90s rock juggernauts the Atomiks. An additional six bands—three each night—are slated to play kickoff and after parties for the event at two local bars. The after party for the flea market will happen Feb. 9 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave., and the kickoff party is schedLike last year, this year’s flea market will uled at Dead Ringer Analog Bar, 432 E. feature vendors selling a variety of art. Fourth St., on Feb. 8. The first 100 people More than 100 vendors are booked for either to arrive at the kickoff party will receive one or both days of the event. a special Reno Punk Rock Flea Market “Paintings, embroidery, patches, patch designed by local artist Angie buttons—I mean, it’s all over the place,” Terrell of Fish Flower Press. Janusee said. “There’s this dude who makes In booking the bands, Koenig said tables out of skateboards. It’s pretty varied. she was pleased to find a lot of interest And then we have our kids’ activity center. from groups fronted by queer people and There will be, like, feminist coloring books. women, too. And then we have drag queen story time “I’m proud of the fact that we have every day.” a lot of queer representation this year,” Last year, a free clothing exchange—a huge she said. “And I like seeing that many pile of clothing on the floor—was particularly powerful women on a bill, in general, popular with the flea market’s adult attendees. and it just kind of turned out that way. It’ll be back this year and located strategically, It’s not like we launched a queer event Janusee said. or a women’s event.” “The possum pile—that’ll be there,” she To Janusee, the type of people who said. “It’s going to be next to the kids’ area, are drawn to the event—from the artists so mom or dad, parent or guardian, can look to the providers of feminist coloring through clothes while the kids are coloring.” books to the musicians—makes perfect Non-profits are another returning feature of sense. the event. “Punk rock culture and DIY “Last year, we had Planned Parent and Food culture have always been so interNot Bombs and a bunch of community organizatwined, as well as art. Do-it-yourself tions, like the roller derby,” Janusee said. culture is so empowering, and that’s This year, non-profits in attendance will include what we’re all about at the Genny, so local groups like nutrition education organization it just makes so much sense. It’s not Urban Roots and others from farther afield, includsurprising that all of us have kind of a ing an Oakland-based activist publishing company. punk rock background.” Ω Local artists, including Boomie Bones of Little Bird Tattoo and a group called Graffiti City, are painting backdrops for the a flea market photo booth and for the stage on which 18 bands will perform.

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Members of the Comedy Collective perform on the first Friday of every month. Courtesy/ryan GoLden

words and names from a hat (or receiving enthusiastic shouts from audience members), these adept improv actors may be forced on the spot to rap about underwater basket weaving (a golden oldie dredged up by audiences at every show), belt out a gospel tune about squirrels or speak in Australian accents. Brought together by local writer, director and filmmaker Emily Skyle, whose background includes a decade with renowned sketch comedy teams Second City and iO, the Collective includes Ian Sorensen, local actor and morning radio DJ with 100.1 The X; Stacy Johnson, longtime local improv and theater actor; Derek Sonderfan, a Washoe County employee by day and improv player and musician by night; and a handful of other locally recognizable comedic and acting talents. At any given show, the crew may number anywhere from five to 10. In an interview over glasses of wine and involving lots of laughs, Johnson, Sorensen, Sonderfan and Skyle admit none of them received any “official” improv training. Rather they fell into it in their individual searches for a creative outlet. Skyle herself admits to being “wrongfully arrogant” when she arrived at a Second City audition. The four all share an important trait: confidence to try this thing that would scare the hell out of most people. “There’s this terrifying, fabulous adrenaline, and when you kill at improv, and you know it came from absolutely nowhere and all these people are laughing … to me, that is more rewarding than anything I’ve ever done,” Skyle said. Recalling her first time, Johnson explained she was asked last minute to fill in for a friend who had to bail out of a show. “She was like, ‘Hey, you’re funny, you should do this.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ and it was the most terrifying thing in the entire world. But the gratification was magical, like, ‘Wow, anything I

put out there, these people are going to pick up. They’ve got my back.’” Good improv, they explained, abides by the sacred rule of “Yes, and.” “It’s the ultimate form of respect and acknowledgment and collaboration,” Skyle said. “So if Ian comes out and says, “Mom, I got my driver’s license!” my job is to accept that he’s my son because he called me Mom; I am to accept he is 16 years old, and I need to accept that he just got his driver’s license. I’m going to ‘Yes, and’ that by accepting what he says, adding detail and starting a scene. … So, in improv, if I do something wrong, everyone around me will make it a gift and make it look intentional, and it turns into magic. The second you trust, it’s no longer terrifying; in fact, it’s incredibly safe, safer than any other kind of performance.” Not that they pull any punches or would hesitate to throw each other (playfully) under the bus—like, say, forcing Skyle, who admittedly can’t do an accent, to take on four of them, or abusing Sorensen’s knack for impressions by insisting he play the entire cast of Friends. But they know from their collective wealth of experiences that what they have is golden. “I’ve been part of four improv troupes, and by far is the most talented group of people I’ve worked with,” Sonderfan said. “And bad improv? If you go to a bad improv show, it’ll be the longest two hours of your life.” Sorensen cut in, “And that’s if the show’s a half hour.” Ω

It’s the ultimate form of respect and acknowledgement and collaboration.

Laughing matters The Comedy Collective There’s one in every comedy crowd—a drunk idiot inappropriately shouting random things to the performers. During one winter evening of improv from the Comedy Collective at the Pioneer Underground, that drunk idiot was sitting behind me. “What’s that sound?” said actor Stacy Johnson, embarking on a scene but managing to address the drunk elephant in the room. “Oh, that’s just my ringtone,” responded fellow player Ian Sorensen, unfazed but looking pointedly at the audience member. “Let me just mute that.” Amid laughter, Mr. Obnoxious 16   |   RN&R   |   01.31.19

had been effectively, but comedically, shut down. It’s a move only seasoned improv actors can make. But the Comedy Collective, a troupe formed a year ago by a team of local comedic talents, can handle anything thrown at them—literally and figuratively. The first Friday of each month at the Pioneer Underground, the troupe offers up a sidesplitting two hours of improvisational games involving some audience prompts and interaction, musical accompaniment and a complete willingness to go anywhere the scene may lead. Upon drawing

the next Comedy Collective show will be Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pioneer underground, 100 s. Virginia st. tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. For tickets and information call 686-6610 or visit thecomedy collective.org. the troupe is also available for hire for private, customized improv shows and murder mystery dinners.


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“i’m sorry son, you can’t take your sword to school.”

A silly place A modern-day bullied kid pulls a sword out of a stone and is tasked with saving the world in The Kid Who Would Be King, writer-director Joe Cornish’s attempt to capture the youthful, magical wonder of Harry Potter and mix it with the legend of King Arthur. While he doesn’t completely fail, an overall drab directorial style, messy action and many moments that are far less clever than they think they are keep this action-adventure from being a true crowd-pleaser. This one will probably work better on a smaller screen, so wait until it’s streaming. Do that, and you’ll catch a pretty good performance from Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy) as British school kid Alex, the fed-up boy who sticks his neck on the line to protect best bud Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) from bully Lance (Tom Taylor). Serkis is a little overwrought in some of the film’s more emotionally demanding parts, but he hits the right notes when it comes to Alex’s heroic proclamations after he procures Excalibur from a big rock in the middle of a construction site. Alex happens to notice that Bedders sounds a lot like Bedivere, and Lance is short for Lancelot, so he figures destiny requires him to knight the two, along with Kaye (Rhianna Dorris), Lance’s partner in crime. They form an unlikely alliance against Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), banished half-sister of King Arthur who will return in flying dragon lady form and make England the hub for the apocalypse. Looking a little lost with wild hair and a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, Patrick Stewart has a few scenes as an aged version of Merlin. He gives his few moments a fun, goofy touch, but he feels more like a guest star than a real player. For the most part, Merlin appears in the form of a teenager (Angus Imrie)—and an owl whenever he sneezes. When you add up all the different versions of Merlin, he fails to be a captivating, unified character. He’s just sort of odd.

Cornish, whose lone previous feature directorial credit was the low-budget Attack the Block (2011), allegedly procured a $59 million budget for this one, considerably more than the $13 million he got for the prior film. While he showed a scrappy ingenuity in Block, King actually winds up looking like it cost less money to make. The special effects are messy, the action is haphazard, and the overall palette of the film is surprisingly dull for what’s supposed to be a sprightly adventure. Ferguson, so good in the Mission: Impossible movies, like Stewart, gets little opportunity to really make a mark as the villain. When she’s fully transformed into her dragon lady persona, it looks a little bit like Ray Harryhausen’s stopmotion Medusa from Clash of the Titans, but not enough for me to actually say it’s cool. It’s just derivative and sketchy. I will say there are worse movies for your kids to see. There’s a good central message about making nice with your classmates and banding together to accomplish things. There’s also a sweet, semi-moving element involving Alex’s single mom and his missing father. Cornish might do well with a low-key family drama somewhere along the line rather than sped-up action adventures. He does all right with the humanity stuff. It’s when he tries to do the magical things that The Kid Who Would Be King falls flat. It’s a muddled attempt at a new franchise in a postHarry Potter world. (Don’t get me started on those shitty Fantastic Beasts movies.) I suspect this one won’t be getting any sequels. Ω

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Aquaman

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.

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Following one bomb after another during a 15-year stretch, in 2017, M. Night Shyamalan showed us he was still capable of good cinematic things with Split—a showcase for James McAvoy’s multi-persona performance and a creepy little thriller thanks to Shyamalan’s surprisingly deft direction. An after-credits scene showed us Bruce Willis as David Dunn, his superhumanly strong Unbreakable character, and the possibilities became very intriguing. The director announced his intention to make Glass and that Split was, in fact, the second part of what would be a trilogy. Glass would bring back the brittle-boned character of that name played by Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable, along with Willis and the newly introduced McAvoy character(s). OK, sounds good. Let’s go! Well … shit. 2019 has its first legitimate clunker. Shyamalan is up to his old tricks again—the kind of loopy, half-assed filmmaking that made the world scratch its collective head with The Happening, The Village, The Last Airbender, After Earth and Lady in the Water—all wretched stink bombs. He has a remarkable ability to employ both lazy and overambitious writing simultaneously. He puts a lot in play with Glass but doesn’t seem to have a distinct idea of where to take it. Plot holes abound like wolf spider offspring jumping from their momma’s back when you slam a shoe down on her. There are so many, it’s hard to keep track of them.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Director Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar winning Moonlight with a beautiful, heartbreakingly great movie. The film is full of moving performances from all, including Regina King as a steel nerved mother and Stephan James as a jailed man proclaiming his innocence. 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. 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.

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Mary Poppins Returns

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 Julie 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.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

While Tom Holland’s live action Spider-Man remains in limbo due to that infamous Thanos finger snap, Sony Pictures ups the ante on the Spidey franchise with the eye-popping, all around ingenious Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse, one of 2018’s greatest cinematic surprises. 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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by Todd SouTh

The ribeye steak sandwich comes on a garlicbuttered French roll with sautéed onion and mushroom.

Brunch bunch When Candelaria’s opened at the Reno Town Mall shopping center in 2017, it was a pretty solid cousin to the like-named taqueria in Sparks. Imagine my surprise at discovering an American brunch cafe in its place, yet operating under the same name despite new ownership. My hungry family and I decided to switch gears on our expectations and give it a try. Gone is the big photo board and “order at the counter” set-up, replaced by table service with menus. Service was very friendly and accommodating. It took a while to peruse the extensive selection of breakfast standards, soups and salads, burgers, cold and hot sandwiches/wraps, diner staples like fish and chips and fried chicken tenders, and a handful of “South of the Border” items. My daughter-in-law ordered a croissant melt ($9.99) of deli turkey, Swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo, split on two plates with fries to share with my grandson. She added a buttermilk waffle with fresh strawberry and whipped cream to share ($6.99). The sandwich was initially served on sourdough—an error quickly corrected—and each plate of the split order had a generous pile of fluffy, crispy fries. The waffle was large, golden brown and piled with plenty of fruit and cream. My cheesesteak ($10.99) of thin-sliced, chopped roast beef sautéed with onion and bell pepper was served on a grilled dutch crunch roll with plenty of melted pepper jack cheese and onion rings on the side. The sandwich seemed a little small but was a decent, tasty bite of lunch nonetheless. The rings were as plentiful as the fries, lightly crunchy, not over-battered, with 18   |   RN&R   |   01.31.19

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plenty of fresh onion flavor. The boy said they were tops. I added a cup of the day’s soup—cream of broccoli ($1.50)—and was pleasantly surprised to see an actual cup. So many times I’ve asked for a cup and been served—and charged—for a bowl that is far more than I’d wanted. It was creamy, chunky and tasted fresh. My son’s ribeye steak sandwich ($14.99) was an impressively thick piece of beef, grilled as rare as he’d asked and served on a garlic-buttered French roll with sautéed onion and mushroom. Having worked in a steakhouse in my youth, I never order this because it often means, “last night’s leftovers on a roll.” This was so not that. He asked for and—surprisingly—received horseradish, a pro move if ever there was one. That was a damn good sandwich. His side of housemade potato salad was beyond average, with a nice bit of vinegar tartness, dill, pepper and a noticeable hint of cumin. Winning on choice of orders, my daughter’s pork chop breakfast ($11.99) was easily enough food for two. It featured a pair of center-cut breaded chops with a side of applesauce, two eggs any style, choice of home fries or hash browns, and toast or a housemade biscuit with sausage gravy. Her scramble was fluffy with no need for additional seasoning, and the home fries were crispy and included plenty of bell pepper. The chops were tender and well seasoned. I was surprised that the big, fluffy biscuit paired with excellent, sausage-heavy gravy was substituted for toast at no additional charge. It was a big serving of awesomeness spread out on three dishes, and easily the star of our visit. Ω

Candelaria’s Cafe 180 W. Peckham Lane 499-5502

Candelaria’s Cafe is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through sunday, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., thursday through saturday.


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Cameron Sax (left) and Greg Lewis have been creating and playing music together since 2015. PHOTO/ANDREA HEERDT

New horizons Rob Ford Explorer 2018 was quite the busy year for guitar player Cameron Sax and drummer Greg Lewis of local band Rob Ford Explorer. The duo released an EP in April containing seven tracks of math rock perfection, performed a multitude of domestic shows, and completed a 10-day tour in the United Kingdom. Because of the precision and intricacy of Rob Ford Explorer’s music, it takes Sax and Lewis a long time to write, practice and record. Lewis said it took them a year to go from having two songs to an entire EP. With the help of friend Quinton Bunk, the band completed three different recording sessions in order to finally complete the self-titled EP. The tracks on the album feature complex drumming patterns, skillful use of the cymbals and guitar parts written in odd meter. It also demonstrates the two musicians’ growth and evolution in both skill and style from their first EP, Fuckboi, released in 2015. According to Lewis, there has been a recent math rock craze happening in the UK, which made him and Sax want to take their new music across the pond this past July. Plans began to come into fruition when Sax reached out to the Scottish band Frantic asking them to accompany Rob Ford Explorer on tour. Looking back, Sax said the odds of them actually being able to pull off this tour were pretty low considering almost the entirety of the arrangements were made through Facebook. Sax and Lewis

also said that they didn’t meet any of the band members from Frantic until after they arrived at the airport, and when they got there, Frantic had to buy a car right before the tour began in order to even drive to venues. Despite the circumstances, Sax said people they met along the way were willing to help them out and Frantic was great company. “People were so generous when we got there—letting us stay at their house, use their gear and much more,” he said. Rob Ford Explorer also began 2019 with an eight-day California tour, performing their latest, soon-to-bereleased music. According to Lewis, the new music contains a lot of technical finger-tapping—a progressive change from Sax previously playing guitar with a pick. The band said that they’ve already recorded three new tracks and videos with the help of videographer Cameron Paris, but they’re not entirely sure if they’re going to produce another EP or if they’re going to make their new music into a split album with another band. They did say, however, that new music that has been recorded will be released over the course of the next couple weeks. Locals will have a chance to hear the new tunes live at an upcoming show at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., on Feb. 5. For the bandmates, it’ll be a particularly special show. Sax and Lewis will be performing on the same bill with Adam Benjamin, a former teacher in the jazz program at the University of Nevada, Reno where the pair first met and began their musical journal together. Ω

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THURSDAY 1/31

FRIDAY 2/1

SATURDAY 2/2

1up

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

5 Star Saloon

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

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

Truckee ’80s Retro Ski Bash Benefit, 8pm, $10

Mountain Folk: Music & Storytelling with Dave Beck, 7pm, no cover

Bluegrass Open Jam, 6pm, M, no cover Latin Dance Night, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover

Bar oF aMErICa

Robbie Polomsky, 9pm, no cover

Robbie Polomsky, 9pm, no cover

Ahee, Clozeros and Mac, J3rod, 10pm, $10

Pegboard Nerds, Anthony Sceam, Banditoz DÆN-O, 10pm, $15-$25

Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

Krystal McMullen, 9pm, no cover

alIBI alE WorKS

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

Feb. 1, 10 p.m. The BlueBird 555 E. Fourth St. 499-5549

Comedy

tHE BluEBIrD

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549

CarGo ConCErt Hall

255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400

Whitey Morgan, Alex Williams, 8pm, $25

CEol IrISH puB

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

CottonWooD rEStaurant

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711 Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St, Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Marc Yaffee, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $20 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Greg Morton, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Bill Dawes, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Tom McClain, 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: Tom McClain, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 8:30pm, $15-$20; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$20; Comedy Collective, 6:30pm, Fri, $10-$15

MON-WED 2/4-2/6

Dance party, 10pm, $5

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

Ahee

SUNDAY 2/3

Luca Lush, sumthin sumthin, 10pm, $15-$20

Kelly Bentson and Jeff, 6:30pm, no cover Mighty Mike Shermer, 6:30pm, no cover

DaVIDSon’S DIStIllErY

Peter DeMattei, 6:30pm, no cover

Live music, 9pm, no cover

Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

San Rokera, Só Sol, 8pm, $5

Ritual (goth, industrial, EBM) w/DJs David Draven, Rusty, Tigerbunny, 9pm, $3-$5

FaCES nV

Cynthia Lee Fontaine, 8pm, $10-$25

Honey Soundsystem, Vic Crulich, Half G, 9pm, $5-$20, free with RSVP ticket

HEllFIrE Saloon

VooDooDogz, 8pm, no cover

275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431

Ambassador Sound, 9pm, $5 donation

239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590 3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

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

jIMMY B’S

180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, (775) 686-6737

Thursday Night Trivia, 7pm, no cover

juB juB’S tHIrSt parlor

DAVE FOLEY

JOEL MURRAY

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

Dylan Coffman, Eddie & The Subtitles, Gina Rose, Shit Metaphor, 7pm, $5

Tropa Magica, 7pm, M, $5 Paris Monster, 7pm, Tu, $7

Friday Night Karaoke, 9:30pm, no cover

Open mic with Monsterbug Productions, 9pm, W, no cover

Cosmic Brain Cells, 8pm, $5

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

Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview. com/reno. D eadline is the Frida y before public ation.

GREG PROOPS

A Minor Assumption, Face for Radio, Banned from Disney, 9pm, $5

Shaggy 2 Dope, Ouija Macc, Illtrix, Blizzard, Fear Itself, 8:30pm, W, $20

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THURSDAY 1/31

FRIDAY 2/1

SATURDAY 2/2

SUNDAY 2/3

LAUGHING PLANET CAFE

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

941 N. Virginia St., (775) 870-9633

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE NIGHTCLUB

1021 Heavenly Village Way, S. L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024

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

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

PADDy & IrENE’s IrIsH PUB

906-A Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 359-1594

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Open Mic Jam, 7pm, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

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

PONDErOsA sALOON

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

Monique Jade Band, 8pm, no cover

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover First Take w/Rick Metz, 7pm, W, no cover

Nothing Like a Dame, 8pm, no cover

Virlan Garcia, 10pm, $30

PIGNIC PUB & PATIO THE POLO LOUNGE

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

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

Pawnshop, 9pm, no cover

MagNicoSynth! First Friday Funk Fest, 9pm, no cover

Revision Brewing Opening Celebration w/Six Mile Station, 8:30pm, no cover

’80s Night with DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

Bad Penny, DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

Steel Rockin’ Karaoke, 8pm, no cover

Live music, 8pm, no cover

Karaoke, 7pm, M, no cover

rED DOG sALOON

Tropa Magica

Open mic, 7pm, W, no cover

76 N. C St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7474

Feb. 4, 7 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858

THE sAINT

sHEA’s TAVErN

Uptown Psychos, Neglected Few, Grimedog, Felipendejo, 8pm, $5-$6

Uncle Angry, Losing Kind, Machine Gun Vendetta, Enso Anima, 8pm, $5-$6

VIrGINIA sTrEET BrEwHOUsE

First Friday Funk hosted by Margaret’s Funk Band, 8pm, no cover

Saturday Nights with DJs Kovert, BeRazz, Rekoh Suave, 10pm, $TBA

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

wHIskEy DICks sALOON

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

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761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451 715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774

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Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, W, $22-$47 B.E. Chicken Bingo with DJ Finger Lickin’, 9pm, W, no cover

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 378-1643

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

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

Feb. 2, 10 p.m. MIDTOwN wINE BAr 1up 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960 214 W. Commercial Row MILLENNIUM 813-6689

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

Adrenaline, 7:30pm, no cover

1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663

THE LOFT

MON-WED 2/4-2/6

Judas Thieves, Blackwater Ryzn, Reverse the Cycle, 9pm, no cover

Trivia Night with Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover


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

BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTeL

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

Railroad Earth Jan. 31, 7 p.m. MontBleu 55 Highway 50 Stateline (775) 588-3515

CArSON VALLey INN

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

CIrCUS CIrCUS reNO

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

CrySTAL BAy CASINO

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

THURSDAY 1/31

FRIDAY 2/1

SATURDAY 2/2

SUNDAY 2/3

MON-WED 2/4-2/6

2) Kick, 8pm,no cover

2) Kick, 4pm, no cover Cook Book, 10pm, no cover

2) Kick, 4pm, no cover Cook Book, 10pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 8pm, no cover

2) The Vegas Road Show, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 7pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

2) Heroes of Rock & Roll, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 1) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover 2) Heroes of Rock & Roll, 9pm, no cover 2) Heroes of Rock & Roll, 9pm, no cover

2) Thermites Soundsystem, 10pm, no cover

2) Soul Project NOLA, 11:30pm, no cover

1) Wild Child, Purple Haze, 9pm, $18-$22

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

3) DJ Dustin, DJ Roni V, 10pm, no cover

2) DJ Showtime, 9pm, $20 3) Live music, 6pm, no cover

2) Beat Drop, 10pm, $20 3) Live music, 6pm, no cover

2) The Robeys, 6pm, no cover

eLdOrAdO reSOrT CASINO

Karaoke Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover. The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-3001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste.103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

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

GrANd SIerrA reSOrT

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

HArrAH’S LAKe TAHOe

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

MONTBLeU reSOrT CASINO & SPA 55 Hwy. 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515 1) Showroom 2) Blu 2) Opal

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

SILVer LeGACy reSOrT CASINO

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

2) Tany Jane, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

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

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

1) Mini Kiss, 7:30pm, $22.47

2) Buddy Emmer and guests, 8pm, Tu, no cover 2) Melvin Seals, Terrapin Flyer, 10pm, Tu, $20-$25

1) Railroad Earth, 7pm, $27-$30

1) Tower of Power, 8pm, $45-$55

1) Tower of Power, 8pm, $45-$55

1) The Inciters, 7pm, no cover

1) The Inciters, 8pm, no cover

1) The Inciters 8pm, no cover 2) Whiteout Party with DJ Spryte, 10pm, $20

1) Max Minardi, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Live music, 9pm, no cover 4) Live music, 9pm, no cover

2) Live music, 9pm, no cover 4) Live music, 9pm, no cover

4) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 31, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. GREEN INDUSTRY TRAINING: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, will offer a series of classes for people wanting to enter the industry, beginners in the industry and established industry professionals. The trainings will be held 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Feb. 26. Tue, 2/5, 9am. $15$80. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Reno, 4955 Energy Way, (775) 784-4848, www.growyourownnevada.com.

GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. A few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center are available for rent. Sat, 2/2, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

FEB/5:

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: Carson City Classic

CANTUS

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing Arts Series continues with a performance by the men’s vocal ensemble. Cantus will perform Alone Together, a program that explores the struggle to build meaningful connections in a world that has never been more connected. It is a celebration of community and a showcase of the ways technology has changed the way people communicate and connect with one another. The performance includes a multi-movement setting of a Walt Whitman poem, We Two, by Steven Sametz; David Lang’s modern exploration of yearning in his Manifesto; and a brand new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen titled You. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building, at University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St. Tickets are $5-$35. Call 784-4278 or visit www.unr.edu/pas.

EVENTS

DISCO TUBING: Families can spin, slide and speed down the snow tubing lanes to vibrant DJ tunes as the night is illuminated with colorful lights and lasers splashed on the mountainside. Must be 40 inches tall to ride and able to independently get in and out of the tube. Sat, 2/2, 5pm. $51 for 55 minutes. SnowVentures Activity Zone, 1651 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 4030206, squawalpine.com.

BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE LESSONS: Learn modern Western square dancing. Singles, couples and families welcome. First lesson is free. Tue, 2/5, 6pm. $5-$7.50. Paradise Park Activity Center, 2745 Elementary Drive, 650-703-5978.

COFFEE WITH CASA: Learn about the Washoe CASA Foundation and how you can become a volunteer or a Friend of CASA. Tue, 2/2, 5pm. Free. Swill Coffee & Wine, 3366 Lakeside Court, washoecasafoundation.com.

FACES PLACES: Artemisia MovieHouse

FOUR SEASONS BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet to discuss The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. Sat, 2/2, 1pm. Free. Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, (775) 352-3200.

FREE RADON EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS: The Nevada Radon Education Program will give radon education presentations as part of National Radon Action Month. Sat, 2/2, 3:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive; Wed, 2/6, 5:30pm. Free. North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Boulevard, (775) 336-0252, www.radonnv.com.

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presents a screening of this 2017 documentary film. Eighty-nine-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct the documentary. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epicsized portraits of them. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. In French with English subtitles. Sun, 2/3, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., artemisiamovies.weebly.com.

Cinema Club presents a screening of Frank Capra’s 1934 romantic comedy about a spoiled heiress on the run who is helped by a reporter in need of a story. The film stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. Doors open at 6pm. Discussion and trivia begin at 6:30pm, followed by the screening at 7pm. Tue, 2/5, 6pm. $4. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, ccclassiccinema.org.

THE LOST WORLD OF DRAGONS: Discover the stories and mythology of dragons throughout history and around the world. The exhibition includes largerthan-life animatronic dragons, a virtual reality experience that lets you ride a flying dragon, sit on a throne and sneak through a dragon’s lair and more. The exhibition is open Wednesday-Sunday, through May 12. Thu, 1/31-Sun, 2/3, Wed, 2/6, 10am. $9-$10. Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.

MINDBENDER MANSION: The Discovery opens its latest exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Visitors to this fun and quirky mansion are invited to join the Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords scattered throughout the various thematic rooms of the house. The clues and passwords are revealed by solving select brainteasers and group challenges. Group activities that require assistance from fellow mansion guests include manipulating a tilt table, forming patterns in rolling chairs, keeping up with a conveyor belt and maneuvering a “spaceship,” just to name a few. Sun, 2/3-Wed, 2/6, 10am. $10-$12. The Discovery—Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.

NEVADA WOLF PACK MEN’S BASKETBALL: The University of Nevada, Reno men’s basketball team plays the Boise State Broncos. Sat, 2/2, 3pm. $35-$70. Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., (775) 348-7225, nevadawolfpack.com.

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veggies, fruits, eggs, meats, honey and flowers from our region’s sustainable growers, along with drinks and eats from Thali’s Food Truck. Sat, 2/2, 9amnoon. Free. Riverside Farmers Market at McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.facebook.com/ Premafarms.

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. Thu, 1/31-Sat, 2/2, 7:30pm; Sun, 2/3, 2:30pm. $12-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.

TERC—SCIENCE OF COCKTAILS: Enjoy science-themed cocktails along with exciting activities and demonstrations for adults. Fri, 2/1, 6pm. $65. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Sierra Nevada College, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu.

ULLR FEST: The 10th annual fundraiser for the Diamond Peak Ski Team kicks off Friday night with a torchlight parade, bonfire, party and live music. There will be a gala dinner and auction at The Chateau on Saturday. The event is named for the Scandinavian god of winter and snow, who is widely regarded as the patron saint of skiers. Fri, 2/1, 3:30pm; Sat, 2/2, 5:30pm. $100-$180 for gala. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, www.dpsef.org.

THE VALENTINE POP-UP STORE: The pop-up shop offers handmade cards and gifts featuring the work of local artists. Proceeds benefit Laika Press and DJD Foundation. Fri, 2/1-Wed, 2/6. Free. Outlets at Legends, Ste. F126, 1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks, (775) 722-2856.

ART ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Beating the Odds, One Dog at a Time. The Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno holds its art show fundraiser benefiting the Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 3, noon-4pm. The show runs through Feb. 28. Fri, 2/1-Wed, 2/6, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

COME IN FROM THE COLD: The 2019 season of the family entertainment series continues with a performance by Suspect Terrane. Sat, 2/2, 7pm. $3 suggested donation per person. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.

THE DRESSER: Brüka Theatre presents Ronald Harwood’s drama based on the author’s experiences as dresser to an English Shakespearean actor. The actor, called Sir, is a vainglorious actor, 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. Thu, 1/31-Sat, 2/2, 7:30pm; Sun, 2/3, 2pm; Wed, 2/6, 7:30pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: Good Luck Macbeth presents Lee Hall’s play adapted from the film of the same title. Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block—the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse Viola. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece. Fri, 2/1- Sat, 2/2, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., www.goodluckmacbeth.org.

TSURUNOKAI: The group performs

ON STAGE APEX CONCERTS—WINTER JOURNEY: The concert features baritone Randall Scarlata and pianists Gilbert Kalish and Hyeyeon Park performing Schubert’s Winterreise, D. 911 and Lebensstürme, D.947. Thu, 1/31, 7:30pm. $5-$35. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

ARGENTA TRIO—WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Join the University of Nevada, Reno’s acclaimed trio-in-residence and special guest, new oboe faculty Aaron Hill, in a program of works by Clementi, Winn and Foote. Sun, 2/3, 3pm. $7 general admission, free for students with ID. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. Tue, 2/5, 4pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300, events. washoecountylibrary.us.

WEST COAST SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE: This gathering will showcase various singer-songwriters and touring artists from the West Coast, including Caitlin Jemma, Lucas Paul, CW Bayer, Jeremy James Meyer, Bobcat, Matt Takif, Sarah Rose, Joe Kaplow and Canyon White, among others. Wed, 2/6, 7pm. $15. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, pipersoperahouse.com.

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?: A program of improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions starring Greg Proops, Dave Foley, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. Sat, 2/2, 8pm. $32.70-$67.58. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.


by AMY ALKON

Care Bare I’m dating this new woman. I like her a lot, but she keeps complaining that I still have pictures of my ex-girlfriend on my wall, saying that it makes her uncomfortable, especially when we’re having sex. I was with my ex for a while, and we lived together. They’re just pictures. What’s the big deal? Human beings have feelings. They long to be treated with dignity—to be given the sense that others value them and care about how they make them feel. This would be reflected, for example, in replacing what, to a woman, probably looks like a wall shrine to the ex with pix of your other, less inflammatory loves, like Linda, your family’s late Rottweiler. It’s possible that you have some sort of empathy gap—something keeping you from the usually automatic “fellow feeling.” This is a way researchers have described the sort of empathy that involves “emotional contagion”—“catching” and then feeling an emotion another person’s feeling, to some degree. Even if this isn’t natural for you, you can bring it into your relationships through “perspective-taking”—making an effort to imagine how another person feels in a situation. (This is different from imagining how you would feel.) Research by C. Daniel Batson suggests that trying to feel what another person is feeling leads us to have empathy, “which has been found to evoke altruistic motivation.” This means that it motivates a person to behave in kind and compassionate ways. In contrast, though imagining how we would feel if we were in the other person’s shoes produces empathy, too, the researchers found that it also produces “personal distress, which has been found to evoke egoistic motivation”—which is to say, “Me! Me! Me! All about me!” In general, treating other people as if their feelings matter—even when you don’t share their feelings or think they’re entirely legit— makes for far happier relationships. If you aren’t interested in putting in the work to show empathy, you can still have a relationship—but with an atypical partner. Your best bet is probably a Boston fern— specifically one advertised to have “durable plastic leaves that are resistant to fading.”

Bad stare day Do men fall in love at first sight more than women do? My male friend says it’s mostly men who’ll see a woman from across a room or subway platform and fall for her. Don’t women do this, too? Research by psychologists Andrew Galperin and Martie Haselton finds that men, far more often than women, report experiencing “love at first sight.” However, they conceded that “some men might be reporting some episodes of sheer sexual desire as ‘love at first sight.’” This sex difference in love at first sight aligns with the different pressures ancestral men and women had to contend with to survive and pass on their genes. Because women alone get pregnant from sex, female emotions evolved to push women to take the slow route in mating—to assess a man over time for his level of commitment and character. Men, on the other hand, have an evolved sexual business model of volume and variety. However, because ancestral men could bolt right after sex and still have a chance of leaving surviving descendants, it was in men’s evolutionary interest to hook up with an endless parade of hot-erellas. As I often mention, female features we think of as beautiful—like youth, clear skin, an hourglass figure and pillowy lips—are actually cues of health and fertility. So, not surprisingly, male mating imperatives evolved to be visually motivated in a way female ones did not. Ultimately, though evolved male mating psychology is pushing you to be eyeball-driven, understanding its origins can help you be mindful to take a step back and put in the time to explore a woman’s character. This may help keep you from jumping into a relationship with some woman who turns out to be an extremely hot sociopath. As you might cry to your friends, “She seemed so genuinely interested in me—wanting to know where I bank, the name of my first pet and the last four of my Social.” Ω

ERIK HOLLAND

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): FEBRUARY: Be alert for vivid glimpses of your best possible future. The power of self-fulfilling prophecy is even stronger than usual. MARCH: High integrity and ethical rigor are crucial to your success—and so is a longing for sacred adventure. APRIL: How can you make the best use of your likability? MAY: Cheerfully dismantle an old system or structure to make way for a sparkling new system or structure. JUNE: Beginner’s luck will be yours if you choose the right place to begin. What’s a bit intimidating but very exciting?

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amnesty in all matters regarding your relationships. Cultivate truces and forgiveness. MARCH: Drop fixed ideas you might have about what’s possible and what’s not. Be keenly open to unexpected healings. APRIL: Wander out into the frontiers. Pluck goodies that have been off-limits. Consider the value of ignoring certain taboos. MAY: Sacrifice a small comfort so as to energize your ambitions. JUNE: Take a stand on behalf of your beautiful ideals and sacred truths.

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of constructive anger. Express your complaints in a holy cause. MARCH: You finally get a message you’ve been waiting to receive for a long time. Hallelujah! APRIL: Renew your most useful vows. Sign a better contract. Come to a more complete agreement. MAY: Don’t let your preconceptions inhibit you from having a wildly good time. JUNE: Start your own club, band, organization or business. Or reinvent and reinvigorate your current one.

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mantic or erotic adventures that are different from how love has worked in the past. MARCH: You’ll be offered interesting, productive problems. Welcome them! APRIL: Can you explore what’s experimental and fraught with interesting uncertainty even as you stay well-grounded? Yes! MAY: You can increase your power by not hiding your weakness. People

will trust you most if you show your vulnerability. A key to this season’s model of success is the ability to calmly express profound emotion. JUNE: Wild cards and X-factors and loopholes will be more available than usual. Don’t be shy about using them.

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cookie-style horoscopes for the next five months. FEBRUARY: The world may finally be ready to respond favorably to the power you’ve been storing up. MARCH: Everything you thought you knew about love and lust turns out to be too limited. So expand your expectations and capacities! APRIL: Extremism and obsession can be useful in moderation. MAY: Invisible means of support will become visible. Be alert for half-hidden help. JUNE: Good questions: What do other people find valuable about you? How can you enhance what’s valuable about you?

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the need and opportunity to accomplish some benevolent hocus-pocus. For best results, upgrade your magical powers. MARCH: Make sure the turning point happens in your power spot or on your home turf. APRIL: You should be willing to go anywhere, ask any question and even risk your pride if necessary so as to coax your most important relationships into living up to their potentials. MAY: If at first you don’t succeed, change the definition of success. JUNE: You can achieve more through negotiation and compromise than you could by pushing heedlessly ahead in service to your singleminded vision.

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phase of your education will begin when you acknowledge how much you have to learn. MARCH: Initiate diplomatic discussions about the Things That Never Get Talked About. APRIL: Revise your ideas about your dream home and your dream community. MAY: You have the power to find healing for your oldest lovesickness. If you do find it, intimacy will enter a new Golden Age. JUNE: Solicit an ally’s ingenuity to help you improvise a partial solution to a complex problem.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): FEBRUARY: Start a new

trend that will serve your noble goals for years to come. MARCH: Passion comes back into fashion with a tickle and a shiver and a whoosh. APRIL: As you expand and deepen your explorations, call on the metaphorical equivalents of both a telescope and a microscope. MAY: This is the beginning of the end of what you love to complain about. Hooray! JUNE: You’ll have an abundance of good reasons to celebrate the fact that you are the least normal sign in the zodiac. Celebrate your idiosyncrasies!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): FEBRUARY: You’ll have a

knack for enhancing the way you express yourself and present yourself. The inner you and the outer you will become more unified. MARCH: You’ll discover two original new ways to get excited. APRIL: Be bold as you make yourself available for a deeper commitment that will spawn more freedom. MAY: What are the gaps in your education? Make plans to mitigate your most pressing area of ignorance. JUNE: Your body’s ready to tell you secrets that your mind has not yet figured out. Listen well.

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by JERi ChADwEll

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can go outside and ask lots of questions and develop a scientific mindset but, you know, for your own benefit. … So I started nature journaling to experiment with it—so this is my journal.

Katie Bird, local education programs coordinator for AmeriCorps, leads bird-watching walks and other education programs, including a new bi-weekly nature journaling program at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for home-schooled students. The next is on Feb. 12. Kids and parents should bring their own journals, but colored pencils and other supplies are provided. Learn more here: goo.gl/gGoJAC.

Yeah, it definitely helps to have a name that matches my hobby.

What is your background. Are you an ornithologist? Hopefully I’ll become an ornithologist, eventually. I just graduated from University of Delaware, where I studied wildlife ecology, so more general than just birds—but I really love birds, so that’s more of my background. … And the arboretum is very plant-focused, so I want to delve into aspects of botany and other fields. … Now, I’m focusing as more of general educator trying to get people to connect with the gardens, because they’re an incredible community resource. There are plants here from all over the world.

How did you come up with this program?

PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

I have to say I was stoked to see birding led by Katie Bird.

Wow, you already had artistic skill.

I was interested in getting involved with home-schoolers, because I work during the week. Getting kids here during the school year is difficult. And I was home-schooled when I was little. I kind of looked into what the home-schooling scene was here, went through a lot of Facebook groups. … And then I was doing a lot of research on different home-schooling methods—so I got really deep into the Charlotte Mason rabbit hole. A bit more than a hundred years ago, she was a teacher in England … and her whole philosophy was that kids learn the best outside, which is kind of my whole philosophy. A lot of people who do Charlotte Mason’s method do nature journaling. And then I discovered this guy from California named John Muir Laws, and he wrote this awesome book Nature Drawing and Journaling. He teaches you how to develop your inquiry skills, so you

Well, I like to draw, and part of the reason I wanted to get into this was because I wanted to draw more, and I never had an outlet for it in college. … John Muir Laws is really big on learning to ask questions, which I think is really important because too many adults lose that. … Working with kids is a great way to relearn how to ask questions yourself, because kids have never been taught to stop asking questions.

So kids—and the parents—are encouraged to draw and journal, too? A big part of the research I’ve done says that if the parents are drawing alongside them, they’re being a role model. And I think parents can get a lot of joy out of it, too. ... It’s not just about drawing. So today, actually, we’re going to focus on using words. If you see, I have a lot of writing in my journal. And one big thing I’m interested in is poetry, so today we’re going to write poems about what we’re doing. Our warmup will be inside. I’m going to bring a falcon taxidermy into the class and have them write as many things as they notice about it—just like braindumping all of the words and things you can connect to that animal and then using that as building blocks for a poem. Ω

by BRUCE VAN DYKE

The box score, so far It’s been the common opinion for some time now that Saturday Night Live, while OK, just isn’t the same show it used to be “back in the day.” Hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. I’ve been watching regularly the last few years, and while none of the players are stars along the lines of Belushi, Murray, Murphy, Farley and the like—although Kate McKinnon is gettin’ there— the truth is the writing is both consistent and funny. Every week, there are a few good sketches that bring real laughs, proving once again that life in Trumpistan has provided career-boosting energy to Colbert, Kimmel, Conan, Maher, SNL, Daily Show, CNN, MSNBC, and on and on and on. No doubt about it, President Capone is comedy gold in a mind-boggling, expletivesputtering, hair-pulling, teethgnashing way. •

Just in case you’re keeping score out there in Rest Area, Missouri— I’m stealing that crack from last week’s SNL—here’s an update from The Big Board of Collusion, Corruption, More Corruption, Still More Corruption, and A Truly Breathtaking Amount of Corruption. Hillary Clinton Benghazi Witch Hunt, in which Trey Gowdy and other Republican mouth-breathers posing as congressmembers went after her with every speck of bullshit they could scrape out of the corral. Length of investigations—four years. Four effing years. Investigations—eight. Indictments—zero. Convictions— zero. As in Nada Zilch Zippo. Hillary Clinton Email Witch Hunt. Length of investigation—2 years. Indictments—zero. Again with the Nada Zilch and Zippo. Obama Administration. Number of indicted employees—zero. Once more, NZZ. Gee, how absolutely—

boring! What a bunch of goody two-shoes! Conscientious people who didn’t get arrested. With the swearing in of Twitler, that would all change. Trump Russian Witch Hunt, still ongoing in its 20th month. Indictments (individuals)—38 (and counting). Indicments (companies)—3. Guilty pleas—8 (and counting), including Michael Flynn, Mike Cohen, George Low Level Coffee Boy, Richard Pinedo, Alex van der Zwaan, Rick Gates, Mata Hari Butina, and Sam Patten. Convictions—1. Manafort. Russians who will be convicted if they ever set foot on U.S. soil—24 (and counting). Criminal charges—at least 190. Is Mueller finished? Yeah, right. Dum Dum is to corruption what eggs are to breakfast. So far, this has all been slow, carefully orchestrated foreplay. The money shots are coming. Crash helmet strapped down? Ω

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