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Seriously, Reno? Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. The local news has been really weird for the last few days. I mean, we’re used to hearing about crazy stuff happening in the nation’s capitol and crazy stuff coming out of the Oval Office—but the local headlines have kind of had that beat for the last few days. Take, for instance, an incident that happened Monday, Feb. 25, involving a can of bear mace and a machete. According to Reno police, 31-year-old Derek Edwards showed up at a room in the Sundance Motel, 850 N. Virginia St., where he then proceeded to spray a can of bear mace at a man and two women inside before blocking the entrance. The man he maced grabbed a machete and chased Edwards back out of the Sundance and then ran to a convenience store, grabbed a container of milk and ran back to the motel with it to rinse off himself and the other two victims. According to police, he returned to the convenience store a short time later and paid for the milk. Seriously, Reno? If that’s not weird enough for you, how about an axethrowing bar? I mean, who doesn’t think mixing booze and implements that can be used for both chopping and blunt force purposes is a great idea? According to Reno’s Fox 11 TV news, Phil Frayssinoux, the owner of the Puzzle Room Reno, plans to open Reno Axe in May 2019. And, no, it’s not a euphemism or anything. An axe-throwing bar is a bar where patrons can drink, hang out and throw axes at wooden targets. Again, seriously, Reno?

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Plutonium III Re “Plutonium” (letters, Feb. 7): I would like to suggest more attention be paid to noting the source of information used to prove a point of view and more attention to the pros and cons of the situation. Duarte reported that 80 percent of the science and engineering community accept that Yucca Mountain is safe. What is the source of this percentage data? Does this include all science and engineers in the country? Is it rather those who are experts in the field of nuclear safety and earthquake safety? Have these experts examined this Nevada facility? What are the specific pros of storing plutonium safely? What makes it safe? What are the “strategic reasons” and “national security issues” involved in storing plutonium? What are the cons regarding the issue? It is nice that some people believe that reprocessing technology will eventually find a way to deal with these wastes, but what research is being done now to discover that possible solution? Does the Department of Energy itself have a political bias? Hale attended the 1974 Salt Lake City hearing on the Atomic Energy Commission environmental impact statement about storage of nuclear wastes in Nevada. At this hearing, what positives emerged for storage in Yucca Mountain? What cons were considered or not considered? How was the issue of earthquake threat addressed? What experts in the field of nuclear storage were consulted? Since 1974 was a long time ago, what new developments in science and engineering are of interest? Experts at our own UNR might be able to address the threat of earthquakes on such a facility. What pros and cons concern current engineers and scientists in the field? What issues from the court cases might need to be reexamined? Given the disastrous nuclear power experiences in Japan and Russia, it is essential that safety be addressed. Perhaps some local high school or college debaters could help in constructing balanced unemotional discussions. They have been taught how to do this

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Cabal So now Trump is labeling discussion of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office as “illegal and treasonous.” Ironically, he is merely adding to the already large stack of evidence that he truly is incompetent. He proves that he either hasn’t actually read the amendment or that he doesn’t really understand it and the incredibly strong safeguards it contains. The first of the nearly insurmountable hurdles would be for his own vice president and a majority of his cabinet members to become co-conspirators in this supposed act of treason, declaring him “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” These are the same sycophants whom he personally chose and who have been captured on camera telling Mr. Trump what a fantastic president he is and what an honor it is to serve his agenda. Plus, use of “and” in the amendment’s wording implies that the vice president must be a part of this first group of co-conspirators. If Mike Pence isn’t on board, the process is dead in its tracks from the start. The next safeguard in the amendment says that the president can then declare himself fit and resume his duties as before. This would force the aforementioned traitors to repeat their declaration that the president is unfit, and further consideration of the issue then progresses to Congress. At that point, two thirds of the House members and two thirds of the senators have to join the treasonous conspiracy in order to finally remove Trump from office. Does discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment really amount to “illegal and treasonous” activity, as Trump and Fox News claim? Perhaps the 25th amendment was really written as a trap that would embolden traitors to expose themselves so that they could be properly dealt with by a furious president.

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Are there any other portions of the Constitution that Trump considers to prescribe illegal and treasonous procedures? One thing is clear. We have a president with only a vague understanding of constitutional law, and meager inclinations to follow it. Gary Marks Reno

Correction Re “His own man” (Arts & Culture, Feb 27): We reported that Clark County Sen. Joe Neal never achieved a casino tax hike. In fact, in 2003—Neal’s last legislature—a half-percent increase was enacted with his support as part of a package of taxes.


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Are you going to Burning Man? aSKed at Melting Pot world eMPoriuM, 1049 S. Virginia St. Shelby McSwiggin Model

No, I stopped going to Burning Man in 2012 after going for five years. I have no plans to go this year, but I was kind of coming around. … It just became more affordable to travel abroad, to places I had never been before, instead of going back to the same festival year after year.

JoSh JohnSon Warehouse worker

No, I’m not. I’ve never been, actually. I remember some parties way back in the day, like, in the late ’90s and stuff, but other than that I’ve never been. I just try to find all that wherever I am.

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They’re not paying their way If this were an Annie Hall world, there would be subtitles to tell us what the words directed at us really mean. For example, when Amazon announced it was pulling out of a secretive agreement with New York City officials to use $3 billion (that’s billion) to build a campus in Queens, it had this to say: “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.” And the subtitle would have read, “We want other people’s money for our own use.” Given the fact that Amazon, for the second year in a row, is paying no federal taxes, it is difficult to work up much sympathy for the corporation’s plight—least of all in Nevada, which can ill afford corporate welfare, yet has been handing it out like a drunken sailor for the last eight years, including some nice bundles for—Amazon. It wasn’t always that way. Nevada was once known for keeping corporate incentives lean and low. Under Gov. Brian Sandoval, who provided Tesla with the largest per capita corporate welfare package of any state in U.S. history, corporations knowing a soft touch when they see one have beat a path to this state’s door. There might as well be signs on our border highway crossings, “Welcome Executives to the Corporate Welfare State.” Nor is anything likely to change soon. New Gov. Steve Sisolak not only encouraged the giveaway to the Raiders corporation for its move to Las Vegas, but the Raiders corporation is now a subsidizer of Sisolak in return—Raiders President Marc Badain was a “special guest” at a private campaign

fundraiser for Sisolak last year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. With that kind of garbage-in/garbage-out arrangement, what disincentive do politicians have to foster corporate welfare? That may be why the Nevada Legislature lets this kind of thing go on without requiring scrutiny—independent scrutiny—of whether these deals pay off or not. As we reported last month (“Exit Sandoval,” Jan. 10), so far the cost to the public of the Tesla shakedown is $34,042 per job. But as Brian Bonnenfant of the Center for Regional Studies has said, more analysis is needed to know what the revenue gains and housing construction and other factors have been and thus whether it pays for Nevada. But like Republicans in Congress who refused to fund any follow-up studies to learn whether their “welfare reform” legislation worked, Nevada assiduously avoids finding out whether kowtowing to giant corporations pays off. It’s a little difficult to fault Amazon, Tesla or other huge corporations that, in getting to their sizes, lose touch with the effect they can have on communities. They’re going to get what the market will bear, and it is a common belief in executive suites that companies should not pay any taxes. So it is heartening to know that some corporations that do business in Nevada still have consciences. Patagonia, for instance, is returning the money it gained from what it calls the “irresponsible” federal tax cut bill last year by distributing the $10 million to charities, communities and organizations benefiting the environment and workers. Which corporation really deserves the good will of Nevadans? Ω

If time allows. My boyfriend’s never been. I’ve only been once, so we kind of made an agreement that if we were going to go we’d promise to go together. … With the way Burning Man works, I think it’s like, the universe will provide you with that. If it’s your time to go, it will happen. Jordan FaSSolini Grocery store

My work doesn’t allow me because it’s, like, the busiest season for them. ... My girlfriend’s been twice, and I really want to go. I’m, like, a really spiritual person, and I’ve heard the art is amazing, and I’m into, like, psychedelic stuff. I missed the Grateful Dead, so I’ve got to go to Burning Man.

Michele caSe y Financial adviser

Yeah, we’ve already got our tickets. We have a camp, so we’re with the Whomp Wagon and the Lion’s Den, so we’re part of the infrastructure as well. So we’re already committed. We can’t wait to get back to the dust.

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We all pay when tax evaders don’t I confess. I smiled when I read that Amazon decided to forego the $3 billion in tax breaks that New York offered for the grand privilege of welcoming an HQ2—“second headquarters”—to Long Island City. The secret negotiations over the billions in tax subsidies infuriated community organizers, labor groups and enlightened local elected officials who argued the mythical high-paying jobs and economic benefits would more likely manifest as sharp increases in the cost of housing for existing residents and further exacerbate income inequality. Amazon withdrew from the deal saying they required “positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.” Right. People questioning Amazon’s math or their entitlement to the taxpayer’s money can’t be tolerated. If they need another HQ2 (which, obviously, they don’t, since they also designated one in Northern Virginia), they’ll look for a place where they’re more appreciated.

Then I got mad after reading news about Amazon’s profits and tax rates in 2018. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Amazon will pay exactly $0 in federal tax on their $11.2 billion in profits last year. It’s the second year in a row they’ve paid nothing. According to the Guardian, instead of paying the reduced statutory income tax rate of 21 percent, Amazon’s rate was minus-1 percent due to the receipt of a $129 million federal income tax rebate, courtesy of the Republican tax relief for millionaires bill. Remember that when you file your taxes this year. Amazon isn’t alone, of course. Netflix and other wealthy corporations with plenty of expensive lobbyists and lawyers also paid $0 in federal income taxes last year. The Republican tax bill reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, but that wasn’t enough to feed their avarice. Amazon paid nothing by taking advantage of tax credits and utilizing the tax break for executive stock

options. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right. So let’s not shed tears for Amazon’s wounded feelings at not being received as the savior of Long Island City based on its own predictions of economic return. Most of the people who live in Long Island City probably wouldn’t qualify for a high-enough paying job at the company to balance the spikes in their rent or time lost through increased congestion caused by new residents. Sound familiar? It’s mind-boggling that Nevada’s smug economic development officials didn’t negotiate significant investments in infrastructure, schools and affordable housing before awarding billions in tax subsidies to the likes of Tesla, Apple and Switch. Instead, they were blinded by self-serving projections of a return on investment that would magically trickle down. Now we wring our hands at the affordable housing crisis, overcrowded schools and packed freeways and wonder what happened. Legislatures in Florida, Illinois, New

York, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey are fighting back by considering the formation of a compact of states to end the competition of awarding taxpayer gifts, a competition Nevada “won” with record giveaways to Tesla, the Raiders and others. The End Corporate Welfare Act is currently being heard in many state legislatures and was reportedly a factor in Amazon’s decision to withdraw from New York in search of more accommodating pastures elsewhere. It’s hard to imagine Nevada joining the compact despite the failure of recent tax giveaways like the film tax credits or the ongoing agonizing stories of people in our community, especially seniors, who can’t afford constant increases in rent. Our leaders still haven’t learned that real and sustainable economic growth can only come from investing in our people and our infrastructure. Amazon and Tesla are entitled to profits in our capitalistic system. But wouldn’t it be nice if they paid their taxes like the rest of us do? Ω

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by Dennis Myers

At the Nevada Legislature, lawmakers will be asked to clear the statutes of anti-abortion language.

Our lOw gas prices


The Sacramento Bee recently ran a story headlined “Gas is getting more and more expensive. California lawmakers demand an investigation.” The story, like most coverage of gas prices, explores possible reasons for price levels, like “lack of competition in the refinery market.” What such stories do not explore is the notion that gas is not not expensive. In Zimbabwe, the government shut down the internet to impede communication and organizing of protests against gas prices there—$13 a gallon. In Portugul, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands, gas is over $7 a gallon. In France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany, Britain, Finland and Belgium, the price is over $6. In both Canada and Mexico, it is over $4. Then there’s that nickel increase in the price of a postage stamp, which CBS and many others reported this way: “Largest Stamp Price Increase In Postal Service History Goes Into Effect Sunday.” This means mailing a letter now costs 55 cents— compared to $1.14 in France, 84 cents in Germany, 72 cents in Japan.

eyes frOnt, sOldier Panasonic, which partners with Tesla on the battery plant in Storey County, has given a revealing indication of how it sees workers. The giant corporation has developed mule-style blinders for humans, designed to be used in the workplace and to shield workers from distractions like sunlight, nature, snow through the window, or a colleague at a nearby desk. In addition to focusing the attention of employees on whatever is right in front of them, the headgear also reduces sound so if the boss or a colleague is calling for someone, it will go unheard. The corporation is pitching the product as providing workers with their own space. Quartz at Work calls that spin “a cubicle for your face.” Panasonic PR material also says “you can tell the surroundings that you are ‘concentrating on the work’ just by wearing it.” “The surroundings.” That’s you and your coworkers.

presidential electOrs Another Western state has joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would circumvent the use of the winner-take-all provisions of state laws that allow appointment of presidential candidates the voters have rejected. It would direct the use of those provisions to support candidates who actually win presidential elections. The Colorado Legislature approved the compact on a 34-29 House vote and a 19-16 Senate vote. It would become effective when states holding 270 electoral votes, the number needed to win the presidency, join the compact. Colorado brings that number to 181. Nevada will consider joining the compact during the current legislative session.

—Dennis Myers






Changing times Abortion returns to political arena the democratic election upswing has brought the abortion issue back to the front burner, with attorneys general around the country trying to block Trump actions and, closer to home, the Nevada Legislature considering removal of anti-abortion language from state statutes. This reverses the trend after strong Republican gains in the 2014 election, which was followed by a sharp rise in state laws enacted to restrict abortions. At the state level, Clark County Sen. Yvanna Cancela on Feb. 18 introduced Senate Bill 179, which seeks to remove several provisions in Nevada law. For many years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade, which made abortion legal, the conventional political wisdom in Nevada was that an anti-abortion posture was popular in the state. That assumption led to state legislators enacting measures that sought to restrict the procedure. Over the years as the courts kept upholding abortion rights, the strategy of

abortion opponents became enactment of measures that made abortions more administratively difficult to obtain or that made the procedure appear ugly. One of them, enacted in Nevada in 1985, is still on the state’s law books but has never been implemented. It was sponsored by Washoe County Sen. Maurice Washington in 1985 and provided for parental notification. It passed the Nevada Senate on an 18-3 vote and the Assembly 33-8. But it was quickly enjoined by the courts in Glick vs. McKay and has not been enforced. Another section of Nevada law requires physicians to verbally tell a pregnant woman the procedure to be used and the post-procedure care she would need, plus “the discomforts and risks” that may accompany or follow the procedure, and the stage of pregnancy the woman is at. The law also requires physicians to “certify a pregnant woman’s marital status and age” and have the patient sign a consent form. Many of these provisions were intended by abortion opponents to

make the process of obtaining an abortion more emotionally trying. Still another law makes it a crime for a woman to try to self-induce an abortion without medical assistance. In 1990, Nevada women’s rights leaders circulated a referendum petition which placed the state’s Roe-style abortion law on the ballot for a vote of approval or disapproval. It was a highrisk gamble that was not supported by national women’s rights organizations, who recalled that Nevadans had voted down the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1978 election. But the ballot campaign had the advantage of giving voters a chance not to change the law but simply confirm the status quo of legal abortion. The Nevada law was easily approved in the referendum, 63 to 37 percent. Under Nevada’s ballot petition provisions, a law approved by the public cannot be changed except by another vote of the public. However, the 1990 referendum put only the basic abortion law—Nevada Revised Statute 442.250—on the ballot. The later measures that sought to hamper abortions, such as parental consent and physician lectures, were not voted on, so they can be repealed by the legislature with simple majority votes. Cancela’s bill would remove the ancillary abortion restrictions without changing the basic N.R.S. 442.250.

gags At the federal level, there is a dispute over the global gag rule, sometimes called the “Mexico City policy.” It requires foreign organizations to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions, and U.S. funding is withheld if they fail to do so. The policy regulates not just what physicians and others can do but what they can say, putting obstacles between women and their physicians. The policy was first imposed by President Reagan in 1984 and has been revoked by every Democratic president and revived by every Republican president since. Donald Trump, an abortion supporter until he ran for president, put it back in place in 2017. But he has gone beyond that, directing cabinet members to look at issuing orders on religious objections to abortion, proposing removal of coverage of

abortion under the Affordable Care Act, and thousands of Nevadans who count on extending the global gag order to the United Planned Parenthood health centers without States in a “domestic gag order.” access to care.” In 2017, Trump cut off funding for the Rosen, now senator from Nevada, has United Nations Population Fund, a planetsigned onto H.R. 671, which seeks to reverse wide provider of family planning and contrathe global gag rule and opposes Trump’s ception to women. The New York Times domestic version. reported then that health advocacy said the Her Nevada colleague in the Senate, Fund’s U.S. funding in 2016 had “prevented Catherine Cortez Masto, also attacked the an estimated 320,000 pregnancies and Title X changes that she said “make averted 100,000 unsafe abortions, it significantly harder for women while ensuring 800,000 people across the country to get the Abortion had access to contraception.” As health care they need.” Both are is at issue at a further result of that cutoff, expected to oppose any domestic women around the world were extension of the gag rule that both state and prevented from using a powerwould interfere with doctor/ federal levels. ful new HIV drug, dolutegravir, patient relationship in the United although men’s access to it is States. That Title X rule was made unrestricted. final last week, on Feb. 22, further In May 2018, as part of extending inflaming the abortion issue. the gag rule to domestic purposes, Trump A number of state attorneys general circulated a proposed “domestic gag rule” have headed to court to try to stop Trump’s draft around Title X, the U.S. affordable efforts. birth control program, in an effort to cut off New Nevada Attorney General Aaron millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood Ford—who used the abortion issue against health centers. It would block health care his Republican opponent in last year’s elecproviders receiving Title X funding from tion—has joined a coalition of state AGs in discussing abortion or referring patients for filing amicus briefs asking the courts to stop Trump administration actions lifting ACA the procedure. contraception coverage. The briefs were filed Jacky Rosen of Nevada, then campaignin Pennsylvania and California cases. ing for the U.S. Senate, said in a prepared On Feb. 26, Sisolak joined a letter by statement, “The Trump Administration’s U.S. governors condemning any “domestic dangerous new rule is a blatant effort gag rule.” Ω to defund Planned Parenthood. … This domestic gag rule threatens to leave

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Across the West on Feb. 25-26, strong winds kept planes on the ground, uprooted trees, pulled down fences, closed roads and schools and caused power outages. This tree went down at Woodside in Sparks. PHOTO/ROBERT CHRISTENSEN

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Rachael (left) and Debbie Lambin have been make book sculptures for six years.

Mince words Book sculpture class On March 9, visitors to the South Lake Tahoe Library will have a chance to try their hands at sculpture, though they won’t be using clay or stone. They’ll be using a material native to the library setting— books. It’s one of many free programs that Denise Haerr, the volunteer programs coordinator for the nonprofit Friends of the South Lake Tahoe Library, has arranged. “Everybody likes those magic moments where you get free fun,” she said. “And there’s a lot of free fun at the library.” To find programming, Haerr said she attends events at libraries around the region. When she met Debbie and Rachael Lambin, the mother-and-daughter teaching team for the upcoming book-sculpting class at an event last year, she thought their work would fit perfectly into her programming. “We have a lot of really creative people in South Lake Tahoe who like to do handson things like that,” Haerr said. Rachael and her brother, John-Henry Lambin—who doesn’t teach but also makes book sculpture art—are both studying medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno. Together with their mother, they’ve been creating book sculptures for more than six years—and selling them for about four. “I’d say probably the moment where we started officially making artwork was when my mom was taking a college class, and she wanted to return the text book and get her money back, but they’d changed the edition of the text book,” Rachael said. “So she was just kind of bored one day and folding through the pages ... and found it made this really cool design.” Upon finishing, Debbie thought the piece would look nice with a little figure affixed, something like Auguste Rodin’s


“The Thinker.” Rachael, experienced in clay sculpting, instead used paper to make the figure. The Lambins took the piece to an art show and were surprised when it sold. They began making book sculptures regularly. Some are simply books with folded pages, others including papier-mâché sculptures like the first one Rachael made. “My son was in seminary, and [Rachael] made him the Armor of God out of a Bible,” Debbie said. “And we got a lot of flak for taking a Bible and doing that. But it’s amazing all of the pastors and the people who were in that profession—they all wanted one.” “There’s always someone who has problems with us tearing up a book—any book—anytime we show them at an art show,” Rachael said. But the Lambins say their art is meant to honor the books from which it’s made. “And that’s what we try to do with every single sculpture,” Rachael said. “We try to think about what the story sparks in our imaginations.” In six years, they’ve made hundreds of book sculptures—some as commissioned pieces, others as gifts or donations. In the UNR medical library is a skeleton sculpture Rachael made from Gray’s Anatomy. Until just a few years ago, Debbie said, they’d never thought to teach their art form to others. “I think we were afraid to teach,” Rachael said. “We taught this to ourselves, and I don’t know the first thing about teaching. But it really took off. I mean, people really love learning this. People just get to know each other.” “It’s like a knitting circle. … They’re all sitting at a table and talking up a storm, and they’re folding,” Debbie said. Ω

Learn more about the book sculpting class at the South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., here: https:// goo.gl/ZdaaPm.

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b An architectural rendering of the angular 2019 temple. Courtesy/ Burning Man

What does the Burning Man temple mean— and to whom?

TeMple TaLes By Kris Vagner

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David Best’s 2016 temple.

PHoto/Kris Vagner

urning Man announced in December that this year’s temple will be the Temple of Direction, a row of 26 austere, right-angled, Japanese-style gateways, connected to form an 180-foot-long structure. The designer is Geordie Van Der Bosch, an architect who lives in San Francisco and is part of a brass band, a DJ/music collective and a group that hosts roller skating events at places like Golden Gate Park and a former church. The tradition of the Burning Man temple began in 2000, when Sonoma County, California, artist David Best built a structure out of scrap wood. It became a memorial to his friend and collaborator Michael Hefflin, who died in a motorcycle accident shortly before the festival. Each year since, the temple has been one of the event’s central art pieces. Burning Man chooses the design and subsidizes it to the tune of about $100,000. Teams of maybe 100 or more volunteers engineer and pre-build each temple off-site during the spring and summer. Some temples have been made in Reno, but Van Der Bosch plans to make this one at American Steel, a shared studio warehouse in Oakland. During the week of Burning Man, the temple tends to be one of the few quiet spots in a mileswide sea of celebratory mayhem. People tack up photos of lost loved ones. Some write notes right on the beams or walls. Others leave the ashes of dead family members, friends or pets. On the event’s last night, a crowd gathers around the temple, sitting on the ground several rows deep, somber and quiet, and the structure is burned to the ground in an act of symbolic release. David Best, the artist who built the first temple 19 years ago, has made about half of them since. His temples are highly ornamented, made of elaborately cut plywood, with echoes of sacred architecture from places like Bali, Cambodia or Tibet. To some degree, Best’s designs have set Burners’ expectations for what the temple should be, but in non-Best years, artists have designed temples with different contours—stacked like a wedding cake or shaped like a pyramid, for example. Burners don’t unanimously agree on what makes an appropriate temple. Within minutes after Van Der Bosch’s 2019 design was announced, the snark began to trickle on Facebook. Some criticized the angular building for departing too far from Best’s ornate visual vocabulary. Within hours, the snark was in full force. “Budget cuts this year huh?” “Are those popsicle sticks?” And one person made a case against the design’s no-frills aesthetic by adding an Ikea label to the architect’s rendering. Defenders were just as vocal. Some called Van Der Bosch’s temple elegant or beautiful, and many said they just looked forward to the experience of visiting it and watching it burn. Suffice it to say—whether they love it, hate it or reserve judgment until they see it in August—burners are passionate about their temple. I can tell you this for sure, because I am one.

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“temple tales” continued from page 13 From dust to dust I’m not that spiritual, but if anything hits me in the gut metaphysically, it’s the temple burn. As a kid, I used to line up in church on Ash Wednesday for the annual, special-edition communion, where the priest dipped a forefinger into a container of ash and drew a cross on each parishioner’s forehead. He’d say, “From dust you came. To dust you will return.” “Yeah, whatever,” I’d think. I knew on some abstract level that we’re all mortal, but the true weight of that fact did not sink into my teenage skull, still thick with optimism. Fast forward 30 years, and it was sinking in good. By 2017, I had lost both of my brothers, a cousin and a handful of friends—not to mention my innocence, my figure and my abilities to roller skate and cartwheel. After each death, there’d been a week-long flurry of funerals, flowers and cards, and then, bam, I was surreally transported back to work or school or home, trying to pretend my world was intact. In hindsight, that seems like a bizarre thing to try to accomplish. But what else are you going to do? I’ve always been envious of Mexico for having Día de los Muertos, a holiday for remembering the deceased. In the U.S., it seems we’re supposed to try to forget the deceased—and the life-altering, neurochemistryaltering pain that follows their losses, often for years—so we don’t make everyone else uncomfortable. Anyway, in 2017—as if I needed Father Cody’s 30-year-old point about the ashes and the dust driven home any further—that spring, my dad died from cancer. Again—flurry, funeral, flowers, cards, bam. Back to trying to pretend I could work, parent and study just fine in a storm of nightmares, depression and dread. In early September, I finally found a little solace. Over the years, I had enjoyed many a pleasant temple burn. They’d always struck me as peaceful campfires, lovely to watch, a perfectly good time to emote or grieve, which many people did, but I was never quite on their plane. This time, as the flickering, orange glow lit the dusty ground and the faces of the thousands who had gathered, I overheard a stranger say knowingly, “We’re all just walking each other home.” It sunk in like nothing else had ever sunk in before. It’s what Father Cody had been looking for on Ash Wednesday. It’s what the Buddhists are talking about when they talk about acceptance. And—in my secular heart, anyway—it’s the only thing in the universe that really, truly brings us all together. For a

few weeks, the realization stuck with me, and I as I went about my daily business, the grumpy cashier at the grocery store and the drunk guy on a street corner asking me for a dollar practically seemed like family. Somehow, this made it a little easier to live without my brothers, my dad, my innocence, my figure and my abilities to roller skate and cartwheel. In 2018, my family incurred no tragedies, and the temple meant something else altogether. My husband Jerry joined the temple crew that year, and the project came to symbolize late-night arrivals of an overworked spouse, sawdusted and sore from cutting lumber until midnight, buzzing with stories of complex architectural plans and new friends from the crew. I pitched in a little, too, stacking lumber on weekends and occasionally making breakfast or lunch for the builders. Once we were on the playa, I biked to the temple during Jerry’s construction shift to bring him a sandwich. He gave me a quick tour—and as he showed off the industrial strength compression straps and 3D printed light fixtures, the feeling hit me again out of nowhere. We’re all just walking each other home. We are all in the same boat. All we have is each other. There are, of course, a lot of places you could have that experience. Church. Yoga class. A mountain peak. Anywhere, really. And I’ve since had it again in the grocery store line and at the corner of Center Street and the freeway, where someone is sometimes asked for a dollar. But, by now, that association with the Burning Man temple has carved a groove in my psyche, and I like that I can expect to revisit that realization annually at a serene building that only lasts a week at a loud, crazy party in the desert, and that thousands of others will be there observing their own personal mile markers—or maybe just watching a big, quiet campfire.

David Best’s Temple of Grace from 2014.

PHOTO/kris Vagner

i’m not that spiritual of a person, but if anything hits me in the gut metaphysically, it’s the temple burn.

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One critic’s take on the 2019 temple’s simplicity. PHOTO/FrOm FacebOOk

Best practices The temple, said Burning Man Art & Civic Engagement Co-Lead Jeremy Crandall, is “one piece of infrastructure people expect and look forward to.” Marriage ceremonies there are common. In 2018, temple architect Arthur Mamou-Mani and his now-wife, Sandy Kwan, got married at the venue they’d just built. And Lauren Hufft—a Reno artist and ordained reverend who has performed enough weddings on the playa that she’s lost count—led a divorce ceremony in front of the temple. A woman she knows had spent several years finalizing a divorce, and once it was all said and done, Hufft suggested the ceremony. “[The divorcee] said, ‘Is there such a thing?’ and I said, “If not, we

can make one up,’” Hufft recalled. “It was basically about her cleaning her slate and allowing her to move forward.” In 2013, the Bureau of Land Management honored Special Agent Michael Bolinger at the temple, months after he died from brain cancer, thus beginning an annual tradition, the Fallen Officers’ Memorial Procession. In 2016, Burning Man blogger Jon Mitchell wrote, of that year’s procession, “This one had a

list of over a hundred names from all kinds of places, from the Policía de Puerto Rico to the Cherokee Indian Police Department, local, state, federal and military agencies. The list also included 25 canines.” The temple ritual has also traveled far off the playa. In 2015, David Best made a Balineselooking version with a tall spire on a hillside above Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He told the BBC that the intent was “to share in the celebration of peace in Northern Ireland.”

This month, Best and crew built a temple in Coral Springs, Florida, a short drive from Parkland, to observe the oneyear mark after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. This temple is slated to burn in May, on a date that’s not yet confirmed.

Back to Basics Best’s Southeast-Asian-esque structures have what may well be an indelible reputation as “the Burning Man temple aesthetic” both on the playa and out in the real world. But as far as Burning Man staffers are concerned, the ongoing visual dialogue is still open for debate. “Sometimes we get [temple proposals] from really well known architects,” said Burning Man Art & Civic Engagement Co-Lead Katie Hazard. “We see a bit of a trend at Burning Man that bigger is better. We really encourage the smaller people that are just building something in their garage, that … that’s valid too.” As the selection committee reviewed 12 submissions for this year, they looked for someone with strong project management skills and “the right attitude.” “Sometimes we get submissions that feel like artists want to make a name for

themselves instead of it being a gift to the community,” Hazard said. She added that part of Van Der Bosch’s appeal was his lack of glitz. “Geordie’s background is in building,” she said. “He’s not this polished, famous architect. He’s built houses and decks and all that.” “I built all kinds of things,” said Van Der Bosch. “As a typical architect, you tend to work for other people, other firms. I’ve been doing that for 12 years.” He’s also worked on affordable housing, a luxury housing project in Hawaii and the stadium at the University of California, Berkeley. “The temple has a deliberate function,” Van Der Bosch said. “It provides a service. So, that’s the basis of how I design my temple. … I spent a decent amount of time studying sacred buildings. … One strategy is they try to create a sense of sacred through beauty. You can see that approach in Gothic cathedrals in Europe, with their stained glass and their vaulted structure.” Rather than start with these types of visual elements, though, Van Der Bosch started with this question: “You provide a service, and so what is this service? … “It’s remembrance and mourning and love and things like that.” “The austerity was definitely a specific choice,” he said. “It’s pretty stern, and I thought that would create a different environment to the rest of Burning Man, because

there’s a lot of spectacle there. … I wanted to create a place that shielded you from some of the other things at Burning Man, which can be really in your face and provocative. And that’s OK, but maybe you don’t need something that’s in your face and provocative when you’re putting a shrine up to your miscarried baby. You might feel a little sensitive at that moment.” Van Der Bosch also drew from a technique called “borrowed landscape,” wherein the glimpses of the desert floor, mountains and sky from inside the temple are important parts of the experience of visiting the structure. In a move that’s sure to satisfy the Ikea jokesters, Van Der Bosch plans to make the temple’s interior walls out of slats and leave loose boards nearby, which people can insert into the slats to make shelves to use as altars. Another design consideration was the influence of Japanese tea houses. He’s seen ones where visitors need to duck through a low doorway to enter, an act that resembles bowing, and he likes the way that “humbling yourself” to enter a place can symbolically put people from different backgrounds on the same plane. Come August, when the temple is finally built, will its critics and the fans come to a consensus? Probably not. But a lot of them might relate to a story that Jeremy Crandall

from the Burning Man office told. He was at the Temple of Grace one day, a bell-shaped, David Best classic, and a good friend approached. “He was visibly agitated and told me, ‘What is this thing? This is the worst temple I have ever seen. It’s empty, has no soul.’” Right then, another friend approached. “He ... placed a hand on my arm, visibly moved,” Crandall said. “Jeremy,” the friend said, “This is the temple we have been needing and waiting for. Its beauty clearly reflects the intention to create a spiritual space for us all.” Crandall introduced the two. They hugged each other and moved on. “There you go,” said Crandall. “There’s art doing its job.” Ω

to follow the 2019 Burning Man temple’s progress and fundraising events, or for information on how to volunteer, follow the temple of Direction on Facebook.

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In the know

Living in reno in the past few years has become somewhat … complicated. From the arrival of Tesla and the housing crisis, to local elections and the sudden surplus of pizza joints around town, there is no shortage of issues facing the city—or opinions about them among its residents. Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV is a Facebook page that’s been dedicated to satirizing Reno’s biggest issues and cultural figures since it started last September. “I wanted to make Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV because it was sort of a way to poke fun at, you know, the little idiosyncrasies and the quirks about living in the city,” said the page’s administrator, who asked that his identity be concealed. “It’s become known as the hip, kind of, food and drink town. But there’s

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also other problems such as the and they quickly evoke a positive housing crisis that’s currently or negative reaction. Readers happening, or there’s a lot of who don’t frequent social media things that have been going on platforms like Facebook or for years.” Instagram might not get quite get The administrator the joke, but that’s exactly condenses his casual obserhow memes are designed vations on life in the city, to work. They’re often a LocaL and more than a few political dependent on the knowing beliefs, into memes that the situational reference of facebook page he shares to the more than the image—meaning sharing LaMpoons reno’s them contributes to a kind of 5,000 people who currently follow the page. hivemind effect online. resIdents, “A meme is basically a “It’s just something that, joke or an image or maybe people see it and they kind busInesses and a thought that goes through, of want to pass it on because socIaL Issues— kind of, a popular zeitgeist they can relate to it, or they at the time, and becomes can laugh at it,” said the but soMetIMes something that a lot of administrator. people can either laugh at or All the memes on you MIght MIss relate to, and it’s something Welcome to Beautiful Reno the joke. that people share,” said the NV capitalize on Renoadministrator. specific issues, like shopping Pronounced “meem,” at Junkee, outrageous the term is a shortening of the ancient Greek cocktail prices in midtown or getting too high word mimeme, meaning “imitated thing.” on legal edibles. One specific meme references Some regularly memed topics on Welcome to an alleged instance when Ryan Goldhammer, Beautiful Reno NV include housing issues, owner of Noble Pie Parlor and Pignic, watched local politicians, drug use, the nightlife scene a couple at his restaurant break up and then and well-known Reno businesses. They consoled the heartbroken man with a finger-gun often receive hundreds of online reactions gesture and an unhelpful “Zing!” and draw public discourse from locals in the “Yeah, I have absolutely no idea [where that comment section. joke came from],” Goldhammer said. “I don’t Memes are often familiar images like know if he just completely made it up because cartoon characters, newscasts or pictures of any it’s just so silly and weird and off the wall, or particularly expressive situation or person (or if it was rooted in some sort of accidental truth. animal, for that matter). An image caption then I’m not really sure.” repurposes the scene to tell a different story. Goldhammer stated, for the record, that he As a format, memes are easily digestible on never took the opportunity to “Zing!” one of social media platforms’ endless news feeds, his freshly-dumped customers before, and the

A series of memes from Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV offers some ideas on the identity of the mysterious administrator.

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administrator confirms that he made up the joke as part of a critique on the way certain commenters took to the page to complain about Noble Pie. “I had kind of made a comment with the page pointing out that every time, you know, [I] make a joke about Noble Pie, someone pops up with their Yelp review and like, I don’t care if, you know, Ryan Goldhammer himself popped out, you know, heard your girlfriend broke up with you and said, ‘zing,’” said the administrator. Still, the joke had legs and people commented on the post asking if it was true. Since then, memes have been made featuring a heartbroken couple and the cartoon silhouette of Ryan Goldhammer “Zing-ing” them in the background. Still, Goldhammer believes it’s all in good fun. “I think even when they’re making fun of something or if they’re making fun of even a person or a place, I feel like there’s definitely almost a bit of love for that place and they’re poking fun at it,” Goldhammer said. “It’s kind of weird, like it is sort of pointed toward a certain audience and the people that are out in that culture—nightlife. But I don’t think it’s beyond the comprehension of the general public.” The administrator confirmed that most of his satirical memes come from a place of love for the city and its inhabitants, but loving Reno, he said, also requires him to inform the public of things he feels are against the city’s best interest. “So basically, it just started with me making jokes about living in Reno, and as it went more viral, it felt like maybe there was more important things that needed to be said as far as what was going on in the city,” he said. Alongside memes about spending an all-nighter at Shea’s Tavern or booking a

“I think even when they’re making fun of something or if they’re making fun of even a person or a place, I feel like there’s ... a bit of love for that place and they’re poking fun at it.”

DJ at 1up are more than a few that explicitly mock the rightwing notion of Nevada being “Californianized,” or similar claims that immigration is the cause of Reno’s major issues. In fact, during last year’s election cycle, Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV made Reno mayoral candidate Eddie Lorton one of its primary targets. In order to combat what he perceived to be dishonest statements from the campaign and from shady political group Reno Elections throughout the cycle, the administrator claimed to have conducted his own primary research in a series of memes aimed as discrediting Lorton’s platform. “There were a lot of, let’s say, scare tactics used in order to get people to vote for a new mayor,” the administrator said. “Saying that there’s a crime problem in the city and … the city’s on fire because of financial reasons or whatever, when that really wasn’t the case. And so, because of other people providing a lot of factual data and information, I was able to stop sort of a misinformation campaign through memes actually.” The page even went so far as to share the photo and information—a practice known

Going forward, Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV’s administrator plans to do more for the lack of affordable housing in Reno than just make jokes. “The certain [memes] that have a little bit more graphic design element to them … a lot of those get turned into a shirts that are for sale that I have been using to try to help raise money for a lot of causes—mostly the homeless issue,”

online as “doxing”—of a local tattoo shop employee rumored to have been involved with the neo-Nazi party. This post was met with public debate in the comment section about the role of public pages to pass judgment on members of the community. For his part, though, the administrator makes no apologies for his political bent, and considers using his platform to spread awareness part of the responsibility of having a popular page. “You love it because you live here, you love it here and you’re poking a little bit of fun at the things that you notice around you, kind of observational humor,” said the administrator. “But part of that is when you have—like, when I noticed that there is kind of a larger audience building, there’s a responsibility as well because you love the city that you want to keep people informed. You want to keep them abreast of some important issues, such as the housing crisis.”

said the administrator. Welcome to Beautiful Reno NV’s online webstore features designs like “Reno” spelled in white powder with a straw located next to it, or one bearing the phrase “keyboard commando,” and yes, the Ryan Goldhammer “Zing!” image as well. The administrator has also set up a second page called Reno Renter Resource to act as a forum for Reno resident’s struggling with housing concerns. “I started a group for people to join as a resource for people who maybe are experiencing issues where they are having trouble finding a place to rent or experiencing issues where they are renting from, kind of, a predatory landlord or rental agency or they’re having problems with pests or just, you know, just disrepair in general and having to pay a lot of money,” he said. “It’s kind of a resource where people can help each other so to speak.” Ω

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In Heavy: An American Memoir, author Kiese Laymon of Mississippi tells his story of growing up in a violent household and eventually becoming a college professor. COURTESY/NEVADA HUMANITIES

Book it Nevada Reads One of the hardest-hitting books I read last year was a coming-of-age novel called Marlena, by Julie Buntin. The protagonist, 15-year-old Cat, used to be a high-achieving prep school student. Now that her parents have separated, Cat’s mother moves her to a small, depressing town in Michigan, where her new friends cut school and cook meth. The girl next door, Marlena, who’s based on the author’s own former teenage neighbor, becomes Cat’s closest friend. Marlena depends heavily on opioids to cope with her own dysfunctional family. The world Buntin creates is so real and honest that, despite its freezing wind and low, gray sky, I loved spending time there. Marlena was one of two books that were part of Nevada Reads, a statewide “book club,” that Nevada Humanities began running in 2018. The other was Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Nevadans are invited to read books along with the rest of the community, and attend events such as author talks and book salons. If you’re surprised that a state-funded agency with a name that’s perhaps redolent of ivory-tower exclusivity is asking you to read books that involve opioids and meth and teenage sex scenes, the humanities council wants you to know that it’s trying to shed any reputation it may have as being out of touch with Nevadans’ real-life experiences. “People call our office thinking we’re the Humane Society,” said Stephanie Gibson, the agency’s program manager. “Over the last couple years, we’ve undergone a strategic plan,” she added. 18   |   RN&R   |   02.28.19

Gibson and her colleagues hope to become better known for acknowledging the cultures and real-life experiences that people are already a part of—whether that means celebrating Nevada’s various foods and languages—or wandering around near freezing cold lakes under low, gray skies in Michigan with Buntin’s fictional teenagers. Last year, Buntin talked with students at Elko High School and Reno’s Innovations High School. “Most students were thrilled to hear from her,” Gibson said. “She came from this pretty poor upbringing. To see her standing before them working in New York, working in the editing world, writing about her best friend who she lost, it showed them that their story was important, too.” Quinones Skyped into a book club meeting at the Douglas County Library, did a workshop with 20 students in Las Vegas, and spoke with another estimated 1,500 Southern Nevada high schoolers. His website lists some comments from his young audience members, including one from a student named Catherine: “This showed me that there are people that do care not just about famous people but rather about the lower society and their struggles.” Typically, organizers choose a single book. Gibson said, of her group’s approach to selecting books, “We’re just playing fast and loose with the whole concept.” In 2018, the group decided that Nevada author Ellen Hawkins would bring a relevant voice to the conversations about opioids and added her to the event schedule. “She writes eloquently and passionately about her daughter’s drug abuse,” said Gibson. For 2019, Nevada Reads is starting out with three books. In Heavy: An American Memoir Mississippi author Kiese Laymon tells his story of growing up in a violent household and eventually becoming a college professor. Educated is Idaho native Tara Westover’s memoir about growing up in a family of survivalists so isolated she didn’t set foot in a classroom until age 17. And Don’t Skip Out On Me is a novel by former Renoite Willie Vlautin. Events will begin in April and continue through fall or later, but you can start reading any time. Ω

To follow Nevada Reads events, which are slated to begin in April, follow Nevada Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

by BoB Grimm

b g ri m m @ne w s re v i e w . c o m



“All that training, and he still won’t sit.”

On the wing The tale of Toothless, the freaking adorable animated dragon, comes to a close (maybe) with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third chapter in what producers are calling a trilogy. Yeah, you know, the same thing they said about Toy Story 3 before green-lighting Toy Story 4. If the story continues from this chapter, you won’t get any complaints from me. I think the dragon beat could very entertainingly go on with this franchise. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), now the chief of his Viking tribe, and dragon buddy Toothless happen upon another Night Fury dragon, this one a female, and Toothless is justifiably smitten. After a first date that involves some hilarious show off dancing, the two hit it off, and Hiccup might find himself staring down a future life without Toothless in it. Before Toothless and his new gal pal can head off for wedded bliss in the mystical Hidden World, where dragons live happily, they must contend with the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who wants to steal all of Toothless’ beautiful music ideas and pass them off as his own. Oh, excuse, me, that would be Abraham’s Amadeus character. No, his character in this one wants to kill all of the dragons, of course. The movie clocks in at 104 minutes, but it feels more like 60. Director Dean DeBlois, who directed all three Dragon films, gets credit for making the proceedings breezy—and never boring. His only other directing credits are the equally enjoyable Lilo & Stitch, and a Sigur Ros documentary. Thankfully, the great Jonsi of Sigur Ros provides another terrific song for the soundtrack. While these films have always been visually enchanting, this third chapter definitely tops itself. Scenes where the enraptured Toothless and Light Fury soar into the skies and fly together are breathtaking achievements. Also, I have to point out again that the Dragon movies do a fabulous job with human hair. There can be all sorts of amazing things going on, but I sometimes find myself just

admiring how Hiccup’s hair waves in the wind—so lustrous and lifelike! Beyond visual amazement, the film packs a nice emotional wallop. Toothless remains a nice combo of E.T. and your favorite dog, so he’s truly lovable. Seeing him get a nice ending (details of which I won’t give away) might leave you crying a lot more than you thought you would at an animated movie. This one has an animated tearjerker factor that puts it alongside the likes of Toy Story 3 and Up. Speaking of E.T., I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the Toothless sounds owe plenty to the little Spielberg alien, as he croaks and purrs just like E.T. Toothless doesn’t touch things and make them better, though. He just kind of spits on things. Most of the voice cast from the other films return, including Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera and Gerard Butler. Not surprisingly, T.J. Miller doesn’t get to return as Tuffnut. Like Louis C.K. on The Secret Life of Pets sequel, he got his ass booted from an animated movie for bad behavior. I’m thinking Miller’s status in hard R-rated Deadpool films probably remains safe. If this is, indeed, the end for Toothless and Hiccup, it’s a satisfactory conclusion for sure. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will keep you and your family substantially entertained. I heard a bunch of folks yelling stuff like, “That movie made me cry!” when the credits were playing, and if you have a tendency for in-theater waterworks, be prepared. You might wind up crying in front of a bunch of kids. Ω

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


Alita: Battle Angel

The first time I saw the actual character of Alita in previews (played, in motion captures, by Rosa Salazar), I found her super creepy with her big eyes and ghostly smile. After seeing her in 3D IMAX, I have to say, something about adding that third dimension makes her more visually accessible. She really is an impressive special effects feat, blending in just fine with the 100 percent human actors and special effects backdrops. The movie itself is rather absorbing for a while, a decent story about a more than 300-year-old android trying to fit into a dystopian society, along with having the dullest boyfriend in cinematic history (Keean Johnson). The convoluted plot has something to do with her amnesiac-self trying to remember her battle machine origins (interesting) and trying to become a killer roller derby superstar (not so interesting). This is a project that’s been on James Cameron’s plate for what seems like forever. I can’t remember the first time I saw him attached to the project, but I know it was a long time ago. Then, the whole Avatar thing happened, and Cameron the director got lost in Pandora speaking Navi and doing strange things with horse-like creatures. He went from directing Alita to contributing to its screenplay and production only.


Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit sees Liam Neeson in another tired revenge formula film, this time set in the snowy Rocky Mountains. It allows for some impressive scenery. That’s about the best thing I can say for this one. It’s not a good thing when the best part of a murder mystery is shots of a snow plow cutting through large quantities of white stuff. That, oddly enough, is a beautiful thing to watch and had me wishing this was a documentary about a guy trying to keep a mountain pass clear in the winter rather than another Fargo rip-off. Neeson plays Nels Coxman and, yes, the film contains plenty of jokes about that last name. Nels has just won citizen of the year for keeping the roads clear, just in time for his son Kyle (Michael Richardson) to be killed by a criminally forced heroin overdose. Turns out Kyle interfered in some drug dealings with a major dealer nicknamed Viking (Tom Bateman) and got put in a fatal predicament made to look like an addict’s accident. Nels knows better and seeks out answers. When he starts getting them, he kills off those responsible, one by one, until the path leads to Viking. When he gets there, the plan involves Viking’s young son. (“You took my son’s life. You have a son. He’s going to be taken!”) What follows is a revenge thriller that thinks it’s funny and clever, but it’s not.



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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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Christopher Landon follows up his somewhat creative original with an overly ambitious sequel that starts off fantastically but gets lost in its second half. Jessica Rothe returns as Tree, the college student who got stuck in the Groundhog Day murder loop in the original. The sequel starts with Ryan (Phi Vu), the character who walked in on Tree and Carter (Israel Broussard) stuck in a brand new murder loop with a seemingly different baby mask killer. Landon and friends go crazy, establishing a reason for the whole murder loop thing (a quantum physics experiment) and setting up some scenarios that openly acknowledge the plot of Back to the Future 2, featuring doppelgangers and everything. So far so good—but then the plot goes Tree-centric again and becomes about her fixing other elements of her life, leaning hard on emotional stuff rather than the totally clever gimmicks the film presents in the first half. In fact, the movie basically ignores the doppelganger element and drops it completely, becoming just another murder mystery that feels like a bad Scream sequel. It’s too bad. At one point, I was looking at this movie as one of the greater sequel ideas I had ever witnessed. Landon squanders that idea and ultimately delivers a movie that feels like a copout.

Taking some cues from Mad Max, the Book of Revelations and, yes, Radiohead, The Second Part is another healthy dose of family-friendly fun where both sides of the age spectrum should laugh heartily. One of my favorite moviegoing things is to hear an adult blast out laughing, and then their kid follow suit. Either the kid is, indeed, in on the joke, or he/she just wants to be like the parent. Either way, it’s just a lot of fun and really cute when a movie produces these kinds of reactions for its entire running time. Cut to five years after the end of the first movie, and our hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) is happily buying coffee in Apocalypseburg, a devastated Lego land of sullen tones and broken dreams. Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) has taken to dramatic narrating at all times, things are getting knocked down as soon as they are built up, and invading aliens called Duplos are mostly to blame—invading forces that are at once undeniably adorable and unabashedly destructive. It’s a crazed world where Batman (Will Arnett) winds up engaged to Queen Waterva Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish), leader of the Duplo, and Emmet winds up running with a Kurt Russell-type antihero who is suspiciously like him. The reasons for all of the craziness will not be revealed here. Take the kids, and find out for yourself.






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Ichiban serves small bites, grilled teppanyakistyle, in Harrah’s Casino.

Table talk Teppanyaki —a post-war Japanese style of grilling small bites at the table with showy flair—forms one of my favorite “fancy” meal memories from childhood. I was captivated by the spectacle of flashing knives, juggled seasoning mills, and flames bursting forth. Thus, it was fun to relive old memories—with four young kids in tow—for a birthday dinner at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. Its start back in 1980 was in a pagoda-esque building, torn down in the ’90s. It moved a couple of times, finally settling into its current casino digs. The kids were pretty fascinated, asking, “They’re really going to cook on the table?” Our talented performer provided all the classic jokes and teases, showing off tricks not found in culinary school. I’d say we lucked out with Chef Raphael for the kids’ first experience. He didn’t miss a beat. All dinners include miso soup, cucumber and crab salad, steamed rice, sauteed veggies, and an appetizer of either sauteed shrimp or calamari, with several substitutions—including sushi—available at extra cost. I went with calamari, and paid an extra $3.75 to swap the steamed stuff for the chef’s fried rice. It’s worth it. There are various protein combinations from which to select, including filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki chicken, scallop, lobster, salmon and ahi tuna. Combo prices vary from $30 to $65, and single entree meals from $22 to $36. One kid chose a child’s serving of tempura chicken and veggies ($12), another filet ($17), both including the same additional items as adult meals. The other two ordered along with the adults, and I lost track of who ordered what. I went with “The Shogun” ($50), featuring filet, shrimp, chicken and scallop. The miso soup was served piping hot and had decent flavor, though I wished it had more scallion.


The squid and shrimp were fairly tender—and the crab/cucumber salad was tangy, crisp and a little sweet. The delicious fried rice held my full attention until it was gone, and the veggies were done just right. My one dislike with teppanyaki is I’d like to enjoy the veggies with the meats, but they cool off too fast to wait. Best to eat everything in succession and enjoy each element on its own merits. My filet was done to order, the shellfish perfect. The chicken was a bit dry, perhaps on the grill too long while the chef regaled the kids by drawing smiley faces in cooking oil, juggling eggs on a spatula, and firing up an onion volcano. Their mother, the birthday girl, was just as entertained. He paused to joke that my sake bottle seemed light, then refilled it from his cooking stash—definitely warming my heart a bit. The boy decided he’d had enough of his tempura chicken and veggies, so I helped out. The deep-fried fingers were actually pretty good and surprisingly moist, although I didn’t bother with the rest. A variety of dipping sauces ranging from sweet to hot are provided with all meals, and I entertained myself by trying everything in all of them. It was ginger and hot mustard for the win. The experience ended with a choice of ice cream, and the birthday girl got a special dessert with a round of singing. The kids got to feel more adult, and the adults got to feel like kids again. Happy birthday, indeed. Ω

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 206 N. Virginia St., 323-5550

Ichiban is open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more at ichibanreno.com.

by ClaRissa Vasquez

Matt Bushman is a Reno singer-songwriter whose album Past Ten was released last year.

Love undertone Matt Bushman Matt Bushman, a 27-year-old Reno native, is all too familiar with the highs and lows of navigating life in your twenties. The singer-songwriter’s debut album Past Ten, is his take on the trials and triumphs of heartbreak, late nights spent wondering what could have been done differently and the process everyone goes through to find out who we are and who we want to be. Music has always been in the back of Bushman’s mind, and after taking some time away to pursue an accounting degree from Westminster College, he found his way back to the Biggest Little City. “Reno will always be home, and if you grew up here, it somehow has a way of pulling you back,” Bushman said. “For me, I think that’s a good thing.” Bushman started his musical journey in 2017, when he quit his job and decided to focus on songwriting full time. He draws mainly from pop and indie-folk influences, but listeners of the album will hear unexpected elements like sax instrumentals and even some turntable scratching. “I think it came at a time where I had bottled some emotions up but just didn’t really take the time to understand what they meant,” Bushman said. “Ever since I can remember, there has always been a guitar around, but, for me, songwriting probably came about three years ago when I thought I had some stuff to say. That release in expression just happened to be through songwriting at this point in my life.” His track, “Playing With Fire,” was released as a single in 2018, and has had some airtime on local radio stations. It’s

photo/courtesy Matt BushMan

a song about getting comfortable with a new situation or person—and ultimately getting burned. Despite this, the trials of love can be exciting, and one can easily fall back into risky situations. “I wrote [it] after having some long Reno nights, which most of us have, where we go out not really sure what we’re looking for, but use the party scene to try and find it,” said Bushman. “Whether it’s to find connection or commonality in people, a sense of belonging, or just an escape from the outside world, it usually isn’t the safest place to find it.” The tracks “Wishing Well,” and “Told You So,” follow the same upbeat rhythm—both optimistic songs with melancholy undertones that comment on both the good and the bad that comes with finding love. They bridge his pop sensibilities with a slower, more deliberate feel. “I enjoy writing songs that are upbeat, but also really enjoy producing ballads,” Bushman said. “I don’t think a more popgeared production would’ve done justice to the story.” Bushman released Past Ten on Dec. 15. He said it’s a call to millennials who find themselves over-thinking love and doubting their abilities, but still hold on to the possibility of being a winner in the end with somebody by their side. “Honestly, I just want it to be relatable and hopefully stir up some kind of emotion, who knows what that might be,” Bushman said. “But the song is just the bottom of the iceberg.” Bushman is working on West Coast tour dates for 2019 and is already making plans to record a new album. Listeners can find the music video for “Playing With Fire” on YouTube, and Past Ten is available on Spotify and Apple Music. Ω

past ten can be heard on spotify and apple Music. More information can be found at mattbushmanmusic.com.

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132 West St., (775) 329-2878

40 MIlE Saloon

1495 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-1877

Gladys Knight March 1, 9 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000


Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

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

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Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Lost Whiskey Engine, One Grass Two Grass, 8pm, $5

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

Caribbean Soul, 9pm, no cover

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


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

Trap City, DJ Ultraviolet, Smokahontass, Lil Dumpling, Foxanna, $0-$10

CarGo ConCErt Hall

Record Company, Silver, 7pm, $17-$25,


Matt Bushman, 9pm, no cover

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

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Paul Covarelli & George Sauerbier, 6:30pm, no cover

Getter presents Visceral, 7pm, $25-$30

BeParker, 6:30pm, no cover

Dan Copeland, 6:30pm, no cover


Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

Reverse The Cycle, 9pm, no cover

DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar

The Almas, The Electric, 8pm, no cover

Ritual (industrial, gothic, EBM) with DJs Draven, Rusty, Davey Bones, 9pm, $3-$5


Violet Chachki, 8pm, $10-$30

The Last SinfulNV Party, 10pm, $10 no cover charge before 10pm

HEllFIrE Saloon

Zesty Cat, 8pm, no cover

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

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

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

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The Marías, Katzù Oso, Stirr Lightly, 7pm, $12

140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858


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

MON-WED 3/4-3/6

Sonic Mass with DJ Tigerbunny, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558 Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St, Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Myles Weber, FriSat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Joey Medina, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Raj Sharma, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Steve Simeone, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 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: Steve Simeone, Thu, 7:30pm, $12-$18; Fri, 9pm, $15-$20, Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$20; Comedy Collective, Fri, 6:30pm, $10-$15


Dances With White Girls, Ranger Bass, Bob the Barber, 10pm, $0-$15

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

5 Star Saloon


Thursday Night Trivia, 7pm, no cover

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

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

Drunken Jenga hosted by Broadly Entertaining, 8pm, Tu, no cover

KnowMads, All Star Opera, Redfield Clipper, 7pm, $10

Turian, “Z”, Ummm Jr., 7pm, Tu, $5 Dante Elephante, Basha, 7pm, W, $5 Open mic with Monsterbug Productions, 9pm, W, no cover

Friday Night Karaoke, 9:30pm, no cover










MON-WED 3/4-3/6


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

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


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

Elvis Thursday Night: Chris Ingbretson, 6:30pm, $TBA


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

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

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

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

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

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


The Marías

Motown on Monday, 9pm, M, no cover B.E. Chicken Bingo, 9pm, W, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

March 1, 7 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 742-1858


1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover


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


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

Rock jam with Blackwater, 7pm, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

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

Wunderlust, 8pm, no cover

Jason King, 8pm, no cover

Los Grandes Cadetes de Linares, Los Ases del Valle, 11pm, $TBA

Grupo Rana, La Sonora Dinamita, Fuerza Latina, 9pm, $30

Bingo with T-N-Keys, 7pm, no cover

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

Travis Hayes, Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue, Greg Gilmore, 9pm, no cover

’80s Night with DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

Mardi Gras party, 8pm, no cover



Mardi Ball with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, 10pm, $15-$20

340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

March 1-2, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333


Funktion:House with Kim Sin, Mac, Danny Starks, The Mener, 11pm, no cover


Margret’s Funk Band, 8pm, no cover Mardi Gras party, 11pm, $5

231 W. Second St., (775) 337-6868 211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090

Karaoke, 7pm, M, no cover DG Kicks, 8pm, Tu, no cover

Country Ladies Night, 8pm, no cover

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

The Motet

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Eric Andersen, 7pm, W, no cover

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


Trivia Night, 8pm, W, no cover

The Tahoe Tribe, Biggest Little Band, False Rythms, 8pm, $5


Open Mic Night with James Ames, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover

3155 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City, (775) 470-8128


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

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

The Humidors, 9pm, $5

Raw B, Scorpion, DEZZ, Rafuture, S.Dot, 9pm, no cover

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


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

Margo Cilker Feb. 28, 7 p.m. March 1-2, 8 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St. (775) 826-2121


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


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





MON-WED 3/4-3/6

2) Reckless Envy, 8pm,no cover

2) Reckless Envy, 4pm, no cover Kick, 10pm, no cover

2) Reckless Envy, 4pm, no cover Kick, 10pm, no cover

2) Kick, 8pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 8pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Carolyn Dolan and Big Red, 7pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) John Dawson Band, 8pm, no cover

2) John Palmore, 6pm, no cover

2) John Palmore, 6pm, M, no cover Cliff & Dave, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Mike Furlong Band, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 2) Mike Furlong Band, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover 2) Mike Furlong Band, 9pm, no cover

1) The Motet, Dirty Revival, 9pm, $25-$30

1) The Motet, Organ Freeman, 9pm, $25-$30

1) Gladys Knight, 9pm, $35-$65 2) Coolwhip, 10pm, $20

2) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 8pm, $20-$30

2) Dale Poune, 6pm, no cover


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

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


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


1) Sinbad, 7:30pm, $53-$135

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


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


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

1) One Night of Queen, 7:30pm, $36-$200

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

1) Journey Unauthorized, 8pm, $15-$25

1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 356-3300 1) Celebrity Showroom 2) Nugget Ballroom


1) The Wood Brothers, Carsie Blanton, 8pm, W, $20-$25

1) Margo Cilker, 7pm, no cover

4) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover

1) Margo Cilker, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

1) Margo Cilker, 8pm, no cover

1) Iliza: Elder Millennial, 7:30pm, $35-$40 4) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover






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FOR THE WEEK OF FEBURARY 28, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. GENEALOGY OPEN LAB: Beginner,  intermediate and advanced family  researchers are all welcome to this open  lab.  Fri, 3/1, 11:30am. Free. Elizabeth  Sturm Library, Truckee Meadows  Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd.,  (775) 674-7600, www.tmcc.edu.

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. The hike intensity  varies.  Sat, 3/2, 10am. Free. Galena  Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose  Highway, (775) 849-4948.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY: Carson City Classic Cinema  Club presents a screening of the 1940  film starring Cary Grant and Rosalind  Russell. A newspaper editor uses  every trick in the book to keep his ace  reporter ex-wife from remarrying.  Tue, 3/5, 6pm. $4. Brewery Arts Center, 449  W. King St., Carson City, (775) 833-1976,  ccclassiccinema.org.



The University of Nevada, Reno’s Performing  Arts Series continues with a performance by  Danú. Hailing from County Waterford, Ireland, the seven-piece group is one  of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles. For over two decades, Danú’s  players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals  (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven  critically acclaimed albums. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and  Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East  and North America. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March  5, at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building at the  University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St. Tickets are $5-$35. Call 7844278 or visit unr.edu/pas. Danú will also present a free workshop featuring  instrument descriptions, brief solo displays and ensemble pieces followed by  a Q&A session at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at Sierra View Library, 4001 S.  Virginia St. Call (775) 827-3232.

EVENTS ARTIST TALK—SARAH LILLEGARD: Lillegard  is a member of the Reno Fiber Guild, a  writer/photographer for the non-profit  Fibershed and a local small flock sheep  shearer. She will talk about the natural  dye process and how it connects to  the local fibershed and environmental  sustainability in contemporary craft  culture.  Fri, 3/1, noon. $5-$10. Nevada  Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St.,     www.nevadaart.org.

BOOKS AND LAUGHTER: Join author Steven  Nightingale for a night of readings from  a promiscuous variety of sources: the  Nasrudin tradition and the Darwin  Awards, wild, obscure comic novels,  found literary art and contemporary  satiric writing and more.  Wed, 3/6, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music,  121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

EVENINGS OF POETRY: Bring your original  poetry and favorite poems, or just come  to listen.  Wed, 3/6, 6pm. Free. Kings  Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings  Beach, (530) 546-2021.

FIRST SATURDAY LECTURE SERIES: Sparks  Heritage Museum’s lecture series  features local historians and community  speakers who will share their inspiring  stories.  Sat, 3/2, 2pm. $5 adults, free  for children age 12 and younger. Sparks  Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian  Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144.

FOREST DWELLING BATS: Speaker Kellie  Carter will talk about the bat species that  live in the forest.  Sat, 3/2, 10am. Free.  Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount  Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

FOUR SEASONS BOOK CLUB: The book club  will meet to discuss Hidden Figures by  Margot Lee Shetterly.  Sat 3/2, 1pm. Free.  Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks,  (775) 352-3200.

FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES— BOXCAR DIPLOMACY: Author Jane  Sweetland will talk about the “Friendship  Train” and the “Merci Train” and how  they impacted America and France  during the Cold War.  Fri, 3/1, 6:30pm. $0$8. Nevada State Museum, 600 N.  Carson St., Carson City, nvculture.org/ nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity.

MARCH MUDNESS: This trail run is the last  of five trail runs in the 10th Annual Be  Bold, Run in the Cold—Winter Trail Series  presented by Ascent Runs. Choose from  a 5K or a 10K race. Pre-registration  available online. All runners must check  in on race morning.  Sat, 3/2, 8am. $10$25, free for children age 12 and younger.  Washoe State Park, 4855 Eastlake Blvd.,  New Washoe City, scentruns.com/ events/winter-trail-series/  march-mudness.

OLLE LUNDBERG: San Francisco-based  Lundberg Design is a 20-person  architectural firm and fabrication  studio founded by Olle Lundberg in 1987.  Lundberg will discuss the “Five Food  Groups” of Lundberg Design: metal,  stone, glass, wood and found objects,  and how those elements contribute to  the identity of Lundberg Design.  Sat, 3/2, 11am. $8-$12. Nevada Museum of Art, 160  W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

QTPOC MEET UP: Queer Trans People of  Color meetings occur every 1st and 3rd  Wednesday at The Holland Project. These  meetings are hosted by the Sylvia Rivera  Center.  Mon, 3/4, 7pm. Free. The Holland  Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 476-2707,  qtpocreno@gmail.com.

QUAD MAKERSPACE: The Quad contains  equipment and tools that the public can  use free of charge to create, learn new  skills and new technology and practice  artistic expression. Quad staff will lead  instruction sessions on different tools  or equipment each week.  Thu, 2/28, 3-6pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library,  301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.

SKI FOR MS: This day-long community skiing  fundraiser benefits Can Do Multiple  Sclerosis. Skiers and riders will come  together at Squaw Valley in support  of educational health and wellness  programs for those affected by multiple  sclerosis.  Sat, 3/2, 8am. $25-$30. Squaw  Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley  Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206,  cando-ms.org/squaw.


SNOWFEST: The 38th annual winter festival  features a variety of events and  activities for all ages through March  10.  Thu, 2/28-Wed, 3/6. Prices vary.  Various locations across North Lake  Tahoe, www.tahoesnowfest.org.

AKHNATON: Set in 1350 BC, Agatha Christie’s

STATE CAPITOL GUIDED TOUR: Docents  from the Nevada State Museum will  lead guided tours of the interior and  exterior of the capitol, as well as nearby  memorials. Tours are available for up to  20 people on a first-come, first-served  basis.  Sat, 3/2, 10:30am. Free. Nevada  State Capitol, 101 N. Carson St., Carson  City, (775) 687-4810, ext. 237.

SURVING THE WILDERNESSS: Learn about the  realities of surviving in the wilderness,  as well as the adventures, with longdistance hiker Peter Tremayne.  Sun, 3/3, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center,  18250 Mount Rose Highway,     galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.

THIRD COAST DANCE FILM FESTIVAL: The film  festival celebrates the intersection of  contemporary dance and the moving  image with a screening series of short  films. All Nevada premieres, the 2019  festival, will present 21 films over two  days from the USA, Australia, Canada,  South Africa, France, Russia, South  Korea, Singapore and the UK. There are  two screenings, one at the NMA and one  at Holland Project.  Thu, 2/28, 6pm. $5-$7.  Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty  St., (775) 329-3333;  Sat, 3/2, 6pm.  Free.  The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.,     www.hollandreno.org.

ART JOHN AND GERALDINE LILLEY MUSEUM OF ART: Images from the Ear or Groin or  Somewhere. Curated by Stephanie Gibson  in collaboration with Nevada Humanities,  the exhibition features works by visual  artist Sameer Farooq and poet Jared  Stanley. Hours are noon-4pm, Tuesday  and Wednesday, noon-8pm on Thursday  and Friday, and 10am-8pm on Saturday.  The exhibition will be on display through  March 7.  Thu, 2/28-Sat, 3/2, Tue, 3/5-Wed, 3/6. Free. John and Geraldine Lilley  Museum of Art, University Arts Building,  University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N.  Virginia St., (775) 784-6682.

JOT TRAVIS BUILDING, STUDENT GALLERIES SOUTH: BFA Midway Exhibition. The annual  exhibition of art by bachelor of fine arts  students at the midway point in their  program. The show runs through March  7. The opening reception is on Feb. 28,  6-8pm.  Thu, 2/28, Mon, 3/4-Wed, 3/6, noon4pm. Free. Jot Travis Building, Student  Galleries South, University of Nevada,  Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278,  events.unr.edu.

RENO CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: Nevadan  Basques. The Reno City Hall Metro  Gallery presents portraits of Nevadans  of Basque descent by Zoe Bray.  Thu, 2/28- Fri, 3/1, 8am-5pm. Free. Reno City  Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St.,     (775) 334-6264.

play delves into the legend of the  Egyptian pharaoh Akhnaton and his  attempt to convince a nation to abandon  their old “pagan” god Amon and to  turn to the worship of a new deity, the  monotheistic sun god, Aton. Akhnaton  deals in a complex way with a number  of issues: the difference between  superstition and reverence, the danger  of rash iconoclasm, the value of the arts,  the nature of love, the conflicts set up by  the concept of loyalty and the tragedy  apparently inherent in the inevitability  of change.  Fri, 3/1-Sat, 3/2, 7:30pm, Sun, 3/3, 2pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N.  Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.

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

FREE RADICALS SPRING CONCERT: The  University of Nevada, Reno Lab I Jazz  ensemble (a.k.a. The Free Radicals) will  perform its spring concert.  Wed, 3/6, 7:30pm. $7, free for students with ID.  Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine  Arts Building, University of Nevada,  Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

HORSE CHAMP: KWNK Reno Community  Radio hosts the debut show of this new  project from Chris Monzon, with support  from Dylan Coffman, Gina Rose and  Jonny Rolling.  Thu, 2/28, 6pm. $5 general  admission, $3 KWNK members. Bibo  Coffee Co., 945 Record St., (775) 720-9525,  www.facebook.com/kwnkradio.

I’M SPIRITUAL AND ALL I HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT IS THIS AWARD: Christopher Daniels, in  his latest original one-man show, shares  his journey to find what it means to be  spiritual in the 21st century.  Fri, 3/1-Sat, 3/2, 7:30pm. $15. Good Luck Macbeth  Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St.,   www.goodluckmacbeth.org.

THAT’S AMORE!: P’Opera! presents a  program of music covering the many  facets of that thing called “love.”  Highlighted works include music by Cole  Porter, The Beatles, Christina Perry and  David Hodges, among others.  Sun, 3/3, 5pm & 7pm. $35. Napa-Sonoma Grocery  Company-South, 7671 S. Virginia St.,  poperanv.org.

URINETOWN: Greg Kotis’ musical is a satire  of the legal system, capitalism, social  irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy,  corporate mismanagement, municipal  politics and musical theater itself. In  a Gotham-like city, a terrible water  shortage caused by a 20-year drought  has led to a government-enforced ban  on private toilets. The citizens must use  public amenities, regulated by a single  malevolent company that profits by  charging admission for one of humanity’s  most basic needs.  Fri, 3/1-Sat, 3/2, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/3, 1:30pm; Wed, 3/6, 7:30pm. $5-$15.  Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine  Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N.  Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

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Additionally, consider how counterproductive it often is to tell somebody what to do. The late social psychologist Jack Brehm came up with the term “psychological reactance” to describe a motivational state that automatically rises up in us when we feel our freedom to do as we choose is threatened. Basically, the more somebody tries to control our behavior the more we want to resist, rebel—do whatever they’ve been trying to stop us from doing. This isn’t to say you’re necessarily off base about this woman. Chances are, she resents you and is trying to chip away at your bond with your husband. Rotten. However, as for how successful she could be, do you think your husband married you by accident? Like maybe you just happened to be in the passenger seat when he pulled into a drive-thru chapel: “Oops. Thought this was a car wash.” As annoying as it must be to have this woman lurking around the borders of your marriage, consider the thinking from psychologist Erich Fromm that love is not just a feeling but something you do—sometimes by being a little more generous than you’d really like to be. This isn’t to say you have to shut up entirely about this woman. You can be honest with your husband that you find her undermining. Ironically, the best way to control your romantic partner is not by trying to control them but by being so loving, supportive, kind and fun that it would be idiotic for him to leave you. Also, let’s quash any fear you might have that this woman could steal your husband. There’s little novelty (and thus little excitement) in getting together with somebody one’s known and been in touch with for 40 years. Also, recall how men, throughout their life span, tend to be most attracted to the younger ladies. Chances are, if he were to suddenly develop a thing for anything “midcentury,” it would be something like Eames chairs—not a woman who’s aged out of every dating program on TV, unless you count Antiques Roadshow. Ω


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For the week oF February 28, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): South Koreans work too

hard. Many are on the job for 14 hours a day, six days a week. That’s why a new concept in vacations has emerged there. People take sabbaticals by checking into Prison Inside Me, a facility designed like a jail. For a while, they do without cell phones, internet and important appointments. Freed of normal stresses and stripped of obsessive concerns, they turn inward and recharge their spiritual batteries. I’d love to see you treat yourself to a getaway like this—minus the incarceration theme, of course. You’d benefit from a quiet, spacious, low-pressure escape.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The astrology column

you’re reading is published in periodicals in four countries: the United States, Canada, Italy and France. In all of these places, women have had a hard time acquiring political power. Neither the U.S. nor Italy has ever had a female head of government. France has had one, Édith Cresson, who served less than a year as prime minister. Canada has had one, Kim Campbell, who was in office for 132 days. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the coming months will be a more favorable time than usual to boost feminine authority and enhance women’s ability to shape our shared reality. And you Tauruses of all genders will be in prime position to foster that outcome. Homework: Meditate on specific ways you could contribute, even if just through your personal interactions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A 19-year-old guy named

Anson Lemmer started a job as a pizza delivery man in Glenwood, Colorado. On his second night, he arrived with a hot pizza at a house where an emergency was in progress. A man was lying on the ground in distress. Having been trained in CPR, Lemmer leaped to his rescue and saved his life. I expect that you, too, will perform a heroic act sometime soon, Gemini—maybe not as monumental as Lemmer’s, but nonetheless impressive. And I bet it will have an enduring impact, sending out reverberations that redound to your benefit for quite some time.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Scientist Michael Dillon

was shocked when he learned that some bees can buzz around at lofty altitudes where the oxygen is sparse. He and a colleague even found two of them at 29,525 feet—higher than Mt. Everest. How could the bees fly in such thin air? They “didn’t beat their wings faster,” according to a report in National Geographic, but rather “swung their wings through a wider arc.” I propose that we regard these high-flying marvels as your soul animals for the coming weeks. Metaphorically speaking, you will have the power and ingenuity and adaptability to go higher than you’ve been in a long time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do you find it a challenge to

commit to an entirely plant-based diet? If so, you might appreciate flexitarianism, which is a less perfectionist approach that focuses on eating vegetables but doesn’t make you feel guilty if you eat a bit of meat now and then. In general, I recommend you experiment with a similar attitude toward pretty much everything in the coming weeks. Be strong-minded, idealistic, willful and intent on serving your well-being—but without being a maniacal purist.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you gorge on sugary

treats and soft drinks, you ingest a lot of empty calories. They have a low nutrient density and provide you with a scant amount of minerals, vitamins, protein and other necessities. Since I am committed to helping you treat yourself with utmost respect, I always discourage you from that behavior. But I’m especially hopeful you will avoid it during the next three weeks, both in the literal and metaphorical senses. Please refrain from absorbing barren, vacant stuff into the sacred temple of your mind and body—including images, stories, sounds and ideas, as well as food and drink.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Charles Grey was the

second Earl of Grey, as well as prime minister of England from 1830 to 1834. His time in office produced pivotal changes, including the abolition of slavery, reform of child labor laws and more democracy. But most people today know nothing

of those triumphs. Rather, he is immortalized for the Earl Grey tea that he made popular. I suspect that in the coming weeks, one of your fine efforts may also get less attention than a more modest success. But don’t worry about it. Instead, be content with congratulating yourself for your excellent work. I think that’s the key to you ultimately getting proper appreciation for your bigger accomplishment.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): At a young age, budding

Scorpio poet Sylvia Plath came to a tough realization: “I can never read all the books I want,” she wrote in her journal. “I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life.” Judging by current astrological omens, I can imagine you saying something like that right now. I bet your longing for total immersion in life’s pleasures is especially intense and a bit frustrated. But I’m pleased to predict that in the next four weeks, you’ll be able to live and feel more shades, tones and variations of experience than you have in a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When Europeans

invaded and occupied North America, they displaced many indigenous people from their ancestral lands. There were a few notable exceptions, including five tribes in what’s now Maine and Eastern Canada. They are known as the Wabanaki confederacy: the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac, Maliseet and Abenaki. Although they had to compromise with colonialism, they were never defeated by it. I propose we make them your heroic symbols for the coming weeks. May their resilient determination to remain connected to their roots and origins motivate you to draw everfresh power from your own roots and origins.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn javelin

thrower Julius Yego won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. How did he get so skilled? Not in the typical way. He gained preliminary proficiency while competing for his high school team, but after graduation, he was too poor to keep developing his mastery. So he turned to YouTube, where he studied videos by great javelin throwers to benefit from their training strategies and techniques. Now that you’re in an intense learning phase of your cycle, Capricorn, I suggest that you, too, be ready to draw on sources that may be unexpected or unusual or alternative.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The first edition of

Action Comics, which launched the story of Superman, cost 10 cents in 1938. Nowadays it’s worth $3 million. I’ll make a bold prediction that you, too, will be worth considerably more on Dec. 31 than you are right now. The increase won’t be as dramatic as that of the Superman comic, but still: I expect a significant boost. And what you do in the next four weeks could have a lot to do with making my prediction come true.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Until the 16th century in

much of Europe and the 18th century in Britain, the new year was celebrated in March. That made sense given the fact that the weather was growing noticeably warmer and it was time to plant the crops again. In my astrological opinion, the month of March is still the best time of year for Pisceans to observe your personal new year. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to start fresh in any area of your life. If you formulate a set of New Year’s resolutions, you’re more likely to remain committed to them than if you had made them on Jan. 1.

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by JERi ChADwEll


looking for. Yes, the show does evolve, but it’s very much the same Corteo it was when it was created in 2005.

Mark Shaub is artistic director for Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo. The touring show will be in Reno from March 2124 at Lawlor Events Center, on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. Learn more here: www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.

So this one has been touring for more than a decade?


So the performers are getting ready to rest up before Reno? We actually have six shows to do this weekend just outside of Austin. Then we have a two-week break. And then we open and do a week of shows in Portland. And then we come to Reno.

That’s a ton of traveling. We’re usually on the road for about 10 weeks at a time—one city per week. Then, at the end of those 10 weeks, we have a two-week break when people go home and rest up, and then we’re back out on the road again.

How many performers are involved in Corteo? Corteo has 51 artists that are on stage.

Fifty-one artists—and it’s your job to work with them all? Yes, that’s right. I work with the artists and with the artistic team, which is the coaches, the physiotherapists, the stage managers. [W]e sort of manage and look after the show. I’m the one who’s responsible, but it’s very much a team effort.

I’ve heard that Cirque shows take more than a hundred people.

Yes, we’re 109 people that are on the road. Fifty-one of them are on stage, but then we have at least 30 technicians and my team that I mentioned to you before. And then we have a crew management team that looks after travel accommodations, immigration, all of those types of things.

I’ve also heard Cirque shows are ever evolving. Is that true of Corteo? Yes. I mean, any live theater ... needs to breathe. It needs to grow, and it needs to mature. Our shows can tour for up to 10 years, and we can’t always keep the same artists for those 10 years. So often when you bring in somebody new, they bring in new talents, new skills, new ways of doing things or looking at things. I look after that evolution of the show, but at the same time I’m always respecting the original concepts that were there and what the director was

It toured for 10 years as a big-top show. We have two types of touring shows. We have the ones in tents, in the big-tops. And then we have the arena shows. It did 10 years in a big-top, and then, last year, we retooled it in a way, refitted the show, to get it into arenas—where we tour in a much faster style. We have to set up the show quicker, pack it into trucks quicker and stay in a city for only a week, whereas a big-top can be in a city for anywhere from five to 12 weeks.

What would you say first-time Cirque attendees should expect? There’s a couple of different ways to answer that question. The first thing, I think, is that you can expect to see a very beautiful show that combines acrobatics, theater, music, choreography, lighting, costumes—that come together to create something very magical and very beautiful. But, also, what I like to always suggest is to come without any expectations. Come with a very open mind, and see where this show takes you, because this show—like many of our shows—can appeal to different people in different ways. Some people can be transported by the storyline, others by the music. … I think having that openness of spirit when you come to see it is the most fair way to let it take you wherever you want it to. Ω


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