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Street smarts Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I’m certainly looking forward to warmer weather—and I’m stoked that time has sprung forward, leaving us with an additional hour of daylight in the evenings. It’s so nice to get out for a walk with the dog. But, as I am sure many of you can also attest, it’s a bitch to try and cross the street in Reno. I relocated from far northwest Reno a few months ago, and I’ve been pretty shocked—and more than a little dismayed—to find that crossing the street in my new neighborhood on Arlington Avenue can be pretty scary. When my dog and I arrive at a crosswalk, we sometimes have to wait for half a dozen or more cars to pass before we’re able to use it. People simply don’t slow down—and I swear I’ve actually had people speed up when they’ve seen me. If I had a flashing sign above my head that said “liberal journalist,” perhaps I wouldn’t be so surprised—or confused. But I just don’t get it. I don’t get why people are so aggressive when they’re driving. Last week, I saw two cars in as many days accelerate off the line at stoplights toward pedestrians who’d not gotten out of the crosswalk before the light for cross traffic turned green. I don’t get that. Why would those drivers risk another person’s life? Why do drivers shout at other drivers and pedestrians and honk their horns, flip the bird and yell obscenities? I mean, would these same people go berserk if someone passed too closely to them on the sidewalk or in the grocery store? Outside of their cars, would they flip the bird and tell another person where to stick it? I think not. People need to stop treating their vehicles like they’re some kind of great equalizer, something that makes them powerful. Inside or out of our cars, we’re all still people— so let’s treat one another that way.

—Jeri Chadwell je ric @ ne wsreview . com

One Man’s temple Re “Temple Tales” (Feature Story, March 7): I’ve been 14 years at Burning Man and attend all Man burn and Temple burns. Only David Best’s Temple of Grace made me cry uncontrollably with immense gratitude as it pirouetted down. I realized that that was a one-time event I shouldn’t expect again—like so many other one time events I’ve experienced at Burning Man. I will attend Mr. Van Der Bosch’s Temple with acceptance—yes, mixed with skepticism, but with judgment withheld. My purpose is to experience it for what it will be, and decide after it burns—or perhaps not decide even then. Gerald Fleischmann Fountain Valley, Calif. Re “Temple Tales” (Feature Story, March 7): The temple is the best kept secret at Burning Man. It is the center of healing and a portal to the universe. Al Boehnlein Ann Arbor, Mich. Re “Temple Tales” (Feature story, March 7): What does the Burning Man temple mean to me? The $100,000 that Burning Man gives to the temple builder is literally enough money to buy all materials needed to build a three- or four-bedroom, twobath house. And the thousands of manhours spent building the temple would be enough to cover most, if not all, of the approximately 6,000 man-hours needed to build a house. I have built my own houses, and I have helped to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and another organization. Those houses are still standing, and still sheltering families, and will do so for decades. They will not be intentionally burned down in order to entertain people. Spending tens (hundreds?) of

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thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours to build a structure to entertain burners for a week is a disgusting misapplication of resources. Michael Powell Reno

State votes Re “Presidential elector change proposed” (news, Jan. 31): This story has two misleading errors in it: 1) The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) does not “circumvent the winner-take-all provisions of some state laws” (actually all but two). If adopted by Nevada and activated by enough states to hold 270 or more EV, it will continue to mandate as before that Nevada chooses a slate of electors pledged to vote unanimously for a certain single slate for president and vice president in accord with the Constitution and 12th amendment. What it does is mandate that the slate of electors chosen will be the one pledged to the Presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote and not just the plurality in Nevada itself. Otherwise nothing changes, and continuing with Nevada casting winner take all in for the national plurality candidate is a key part of how it works. 2) While I think the question of whether electors can be bound to vote as pledged or not is important, it is not directly relevant here. NPVIC does not deal with it, and so mentioning it here is confused and confusing. To be sure, if we bear in mind the Compact can include states holding more electoral votes than the minimum majority of 270, and that non-Compact member states are likely to include at least some voting for the same candidate the older way, with NPVIC in place and active, it would require a very large number

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of faithless electors to derail the will of the people, while recent presidential elections have hinged on very small numbers of electoral votes—so we are more vulnerable to faithless electors and should be more worried about them if we don’t have NPVIC than if we do! Mark H. Foxwell Sparks Editor’s note: Our story was not intended to deal solely with NPVIC. We often provide background on the immediate topic.


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By matt bieker

How did the time change affect you? aSKed at the mayer CloCK, 10 n. virginia St.

Cr aig SmyreS Artist

It doesn’t affect me at all. I’m happy with it. It’s so the children don’t go to school in the dark. It’s not a big deal.

Bri Sage Security guard

It always messes me up. It always seems like the day goes by way faster than it should when it changes. I don’t mind the falling back, it’s the spring forward. But I love the sunshine. I love having more time with the sun out.

riChard dormoiS Cashier

Honest graft The sudden and startling resignation of Nevada Senate Democratic floor leader Kevin Atkinson was surprising only in its out-of-nowhere nature. Usually there is some warning that an investigation is underway. Otherwise, it’s more of the same. Politics has become so permeated with dirty money that it wearies the public. In news that brought Nevada unwanted publicity from coast to coast, Atkinson told the Senate he was resigning because he had misused campaign funds for personal use. He later pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge. Atkinson deserves credit for his confession, his contrition, and for the fact that he did not attack prosecutors, Trumplike. He spoke instead of shame and asked forgiveness, a refreshing tone in these cases. But that is little consolation to a public that has difficulty putting faith in a system that fails the nation time after time after time, and Nevada Republicans did the state no favors by immediately trying to exploit the case. The sense of entitlement of officeholders is appalling. Atkinson’s sin was taking care of himself. More common is candidates and officeholders taking money and favors. Why didn’t Harry Reid just refuse prizefight tickets offered by the Nevada Athletic Commission? Instead, he defended his acceptance of them, saying they would not influence his vote on federal legislation the Commission opposed. The public shouldn’t have had to take his word for that. He should never have let the issue arise. When Hillary Clinton was offered the kind of money some people make only in a lifetime to do nothing more than give a few speeches, why didn’t she say no?

When Dean Heller and Mark Amodei accepted money from MGM and then later lobbied the U.S. Interior Secretary to kill a tribal casino in another state that would compete with MGM, they offered the same claim Reid did—they were trying to help a home state industry. But money creates conflicts of interest. If a candidate accepts it, that candidate then needs to abstain from helping the giver. If that hurts the home state, that is the price the candidate pays for becoming beholden. S/he can’t have it both ways. In the late 19th and early 20th century, a New York machine politician named George Washington Plunkitt gave a name to this sort of thing—honest graft, because it offers a patina of legality. When Dean Heller opposes Trump on the Affordable Care Act, incurring the wrath of the billionaire Koch Brothers, then switches sides and the Kochs start running ads for him, no one is fooled. In courtrooms, it causes problems as jurors try to sort out what is a bribe and what is a campaign contribution. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Alabama presided over a vote-selling case, and the confusion between the two was so pronounced that he wrote, “The Supreme Court needs to address this issue and provide guidance to the lower courts, prosecutors, politicians, donors and the general public. … Much ink has been spilled over the contours of campaign finance law. Far less attention has been paid to what actually constitutes a ‘bribe.’” It would be even better if candidates stayed clean in the first place. Ω

It never does. … I got off at 8 instead of 7 the other morning. People think it’s a big deal, that they lose something or gain something, but all they’ve really done is move the clock. If they didn’t do it, it would start getting light at 4 o’clock in the morning in the middle of summer.

K yle WilliamS Singer/songwriter

Not too much. I have young kids, so we’re up at all hours of the morning anyway. We’re used to being tired. I’ve never had regular enough sleep to kind of count on it like that.

y vet te Waterman Retiree

It hasn’t affected us. We just came from Tucson, and they don’t change the time there. ... I think [daylight saving time] needs to change. I just saw an article about how many more accidents happen with people only getting one hour less sleep.

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It has happened again Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned in disgrace last week after indicating he would plead guilty to federal charges of misusing campaign funds to benefit himself. It was a humiliating moment for Atkinson and a mortifying one for Democrats because he’s not the first Nevada legislator to behave badly in recent years. There was Assemblymember Wendell Williams who refused to file required campaign finance reports and then ignored the fines. Assm. Morse Arberry received a six-month suspended sentence for a misdemeanor related to funneling more than $100,000 in campaign funds to his personal account. Sen. Mark Manendo was forced to resign after an investigation documented many years of sexual harassment at the legislature. Sen. Ruben Kihuen was investigated by Congress for repeated incidents of the same type of behavior, some of which occurred while he was a state legislator. I served with each of these Democrats, and their conduct is deplorable and deeply disappointing.

Corruption and unethical behavior is not a problem exclusive to Democrats, of course. Over the years, more than one Republican legislator was widely suspected of living on a campaign account or hiding illegal spending behind generic credit card expenses. And we need only Google Gov. Jim Gibbons or U.S. Sen. John Ensign to find unethical sexual behavior. The reality is that legislators in both parties have resisted policing their colleagues. Lobbyists haven’t been much better, preferring not to rock the boat when a contribution they’ve given mysteriously fails to appear on a campaign report after the legislator “forgot” to report it. And the general public hasn’t shown much interest in meaningful campaign finance reform. The Nevada GOP was quick to pounce on Atkinson’s woes, issuing a statement that insinuated more Democratic corruption is expected. The claim that “we have no clue how many more will be forced from office when this is all said and done” is opportunism, an attempt to milk the most advantage

out of the situation. The Democratic Party would likely use the same level of hyperbole if the shoe were on the other foot. In a dramatic and tearful scene in the Senate, Atkinson apologized for his actions. It was refreshing: “I accept full responsibility for my actions and cannot express the depth of my remorse; I am truly sorry … and I have no one to blame for this but myself.” Others have not been so forthright. Atkinson’s descent into the darkness of corruption is a personal failing, and he’ll be punished accordingly. But it’s also the failure of an institution that has only recently started to come to terms with the need for accountability. It took years to get a gift ban passed, but in 2015 legislators finally approved one. Legislators must now also disclose their subsidized attendance at “educational” events such as the Nevada Mining Association’s annual luxury weekend at Lake Tahoe. It’s time for legislators to tackle the bigger issue of campaign cash, including the loophole allowing corporate “bundling” of

large donations from multiple businesses, making the $10,000 contribution limit meaningless and addressing the churning of money through political action committees, hiding the real source of substantial contributions. Audit authority must be allowed to randomly review campaign expenses to make sure they are legitimate. And party leaders must try harder to change the insidious culture of legislative entitlement and push back on the belief that “everyone does it.” It’s an opportunity the Senate’s new female Cannizzaro/Ratti leadership team should seize. Atkinson’s criminal activities are inexcusable. Instead of partisan hyperbole, let’s have a serious discussion about the significant reforms legislators should enact. Until there’s a collaborative effort to clean up the system, both parties should be wary of casting partisan stones. Ω

Do politicians themselves recognize the level of corruption? See https://tinyurl.com/zcmhssx

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TRUMP CUTS INTERIOR BUDGET The budget of the federal department that Nevada and other intermountain states are normally most concerned about has been severely slashed. The cuts were announced March 11. They were so deep that news even made the Wall Street Journal: “The Interior Department would take a 14 percent cut under President Trump’s proposed budget, including nearly a third to an agency that manages water and power in the West. Under the president’s plan for the next fiscal year, Interior’s budget would fall to $12.6 billion from $14.6 billion approved last year. The National Park Service’s budget would fall 15 percent, while funds for the Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees controversial irrigation projects in states like California, would drop 31 percent.” The Center for Western Priorities issued a statement: “The proposed budget includes major cuts to land and wildlife conservation programs housed in the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service and budget increases for oil, natural gas, and coal permitting and leasing. Notably, the budget would cut discretionary spending on the Land and Water Conservation Fund by more than 100 percent—not only zeroing out the program but trying to claw back funds Congress has already appropriated.”

The Nevada Legislature wrote a shield law for reporters in 1969 and 1975. But the job may not be finished yet.



Two Nevada county sheriffs—Sharon Wehrley of Nye County and Jesse Watts of Eureka—refuse to enforce a new Nevada law. The law, passed in Senate Bill 143, will take effect on Jan. 2. In her letter to the governor, Wehrly quoted the seminal U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Marbury vs. Madison: “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” However, nothing in Marbury empowers public officials to disobey laws. It is courts, not elected officials, who decide whether laws are null and void. Meaning that determination is not DIY for Wehrly and Watts. The Second Amendment does not bar legislators from regulating gun ownership, and background checks have been upheld in other states. Wehrly further wrote, “History seems to be repeating itself in the United States; in Germany prior to WWII we saw Hitler place restrictions on the public’s right to bear arms, then we stood by and watched him seize the firearms from his citizens, placing them ‘under the protection of the state.”’ This is factually inaccurate. The Nazis in Germany were permissive on gun ownership. Before Hitler and the Nazi Party took power, Germany lived under laws enacted by the Reichstag during the Weimar Republic that required all citizens to turn in their guns to the government and, later, imposed tight registration requirements on gun ownership. Five years after Hitler came to power, Germany relaxed the restrictions, “completely deregulat[ing] the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as well as ammunition,” according to Columbia University Law School professor Bernard Harcourt, in a law review article he wrote in 2004. The age for gun ownership in Germany was lowered from 20 to 18, and many sectors of society were exempted from gun restrictions. Jews or groups critical of the Nazis were remained under the restrictions. Nevada elected officials can be removed for failing to perform their duties or for misconduct in office. In May 1927, for instance, Gov. Fred Balzar removed Treasurer Ed Malley and appointed George Russell to replace him when Malley’s bond was withdrawn after he was accused of responsibility for missing state funds. Nevada sheriffs—including two women—have been recalled from office, but we have not found any instance of removal. Wehrley further wrote, “Our staff is thin, our budgets are limited, and our responsibilities are laced with state mandated unfunded programs; we struggle to enforce the laws that exist. By signing this bill into law does nothing [sic] but make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to transfer ownership of weapons, place an additional burden on law enforcement, and encourages citizens to ‘turn in’ their family members, neighbors, friends and acquaintances.” However, a note by the legislature’s fiscal analysts found no fiscal impacts from the new law on local governments, only on state government.







Shield? Gilman lawsuit tests reporter protection Nevada District Judge James Wilson has ruled that the Nevada press shield law does not apply to online journalists. The ruling came in a lawsuit by brothel and industrial park owner Lance Gilman against TheStoreyTeller.online editor Sam Toll, who ran an article asserting that Gilman is not a resident of Storey County and thus is ineligible to serve as a county commissioner. Gilman responded in part by seeking identification of Toll’s sources. Toll declined to name them. Wilson ruled that the Nevada press shield law does not protect Toll as an online journalist. News reports said the judge found that journalists or news entities that are not members of the Nevada Press Association are not covered by the shield law. But that’s not what Wilson ruled. In fact, he wrote in his opinion that because of Toll’s press association membership, the reporter’s privilege “may apply” to Toll. The shield law contains a list. It defines those protected as “reporter, former reporter or editorial employee of any newspaper, periodical or press association or employee of any radio or television station,” and Wilson similarly found that “[b]ecause Toll was not a reporter for a newspaper or press association” when the Gilman article was published, he does not have the protection of the shield law. He did not specify that a reporter or employer must be a member of the NPA. The judge mentioned the NPA specifically in another context, as a press association

Toll chose to join after the article was published. The judge’s decision may not, as Nevada Press Association director Richard Karpel and University of Nevada, Reno journalism professor Patrick File have argued, be consistent with the “spirit” of the law. But judges don’t necessarily choose to enforce “spirits” of laws. That is generally a matter for legislators, and Wilson’s ruling is clearly consistent with the letter of the law. While judges need not address “spirit” issues, some do. In one 1998 federal case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roger Hunt wrote, “Although this Court is not bound to follow Nevada law in determining whether a reporter should be compelled to disclose his or her sources, when dealing with purely federal issues of law, it should not ignore Nevada’s public policy, as expressed in its statute, of providing reporters protection from divulging their sources.” The current Nevada shield law language was enacted in 1975 under the sponsorship of Washoe Assemblymember Steve Coulter. His measure revised a 1969 enactment that created the list. The internet did not yet exist in either year and so was not listed among the employers of reporters. The 1975 enactment extended protection to unpublished information and added former reporters to its shield, a response to the jailing of former reporter William Farr, who covered the Manson family murder case for the Los Angeles Times and was ordered to name his sources for one story. He refused, but, when he left the Times, the order was

renewed, and he was jailed when he again Gilman’s attorneys argued that because refused because the California shield law did Toll has described his website’s mission as not protect former journalists. “to provide a source of irritation to the Good “I would think this [list] was sweeping Old Boys who operate the Biggest Little enough that the judge should see that the law County in the World with selfish impunity was intended to include these new forms,” forever,” therefore “The Storey Teller is not Coulter said this week. news … the defendant is not a reporter.” That However, since the judge requires specificwould put courts in the position of judging ity in the list of employers and the Nevada content. In addition, the First Amendment Legislature is now in session, there to the U.S. Constitution was written is the option for legislators to add by the founding Congress at a time online journalism entities to when objective journalism did “I don’t that list. Bill introductions are not exist. All journalism of the possible until March 25, and 1700s was opinion and partisan, put ink to even after that date there are and frequently vicious, and the paper.” provisions for new measures to founders wanted it protected. In be introduced. any event, Toll’s site currently Sam Toll contains reports on taxable sales Editor in Storey County, state schools INK VS. ELECTRONS funding, and an explosion in the Former UNR journalism professor Delta Saloon. Warren Lerude, who as Reno Gazette Wilson’s reading of the statute could also Journal executive editor supported and testified put judges in the position of deciding what part for Coulter’s bill, offered another route. He of a reporter’s job is covered by the shield and suggested that the judge was looking at definwhat part is not. As Lerude points out, “Many ing a journalist instead of defining the journalstories that don’t make the print editions do ist’s news entity. The law protects newspapers, make the online editions.” And some print Lerude said this week, and that doesn’t just stories are expanded online as events develop. mean print newspapers. Another weakness in the Nevada shield law “In my view, Sam Toll’s online newspaper is that it does not cover freelance journalists. is a newspaper, and the shield law covers At the time that the 1975 changes were made newspapers,” Lerude said. “It does not define in the law, there was news coverage of a newspapers as only in print.” university professor in another state who was In that connection, Toll in his filing quoted writing a book and claimed a confidentiality a decision that he and Wilson attributed to a source privilege. There was some concern in U.S. Court of Appeals/Ninth Circuit ruling the Nevada Legislature, including on Coulter’s but which actually comes from the U.S. part, about the list defining journalists becomSupreme Court opinion in Citizens United vs. ing unwieldy. But in ensuing years, the ranks FEC: “With the advent of the Internet and of freelancers have grown sharply, fostered by the decline of print and broadcast media … online journalism. the line between the media and others who In 2014, the Technological Crime Advisory wish to comment on political and social issues Board in the state attorney general’s office becomes far more blurred.” As for the Ninth drafted language that would have extended Circuit, its attitude has been described by a Los the shield to “any medium of expression Angeles Times headline—“9th Circuit to blogthat currently exists or shall exist in the gers: You’re all journalists now, kinda sorta.” future.” But the draft was not introduced at However, Toll may be trying to establish the 2015 Nevada Legislature. It is not known the rights of online entities under the shield why, but in the 2014 election, both houses law, because he seems to be avoiding being of the Nevada Legislature went Republican defined as a newspaper. On his website he and the attorney general’s post was won by has posted, “The Teller is not a ‘newspaper’ Republican Adam Laxalt. because the NPA did not classify it as such on The dispute is attracting considerable attenits website and I don’t put ink to paper.” tion. Courthouse News Service, a widely-read, In addition, Wilson in his ruling said Toll Pasadena-based website reported the case offered an affidavit of former Nevada Press under the headline, “Who Is a Journalist? In Association Director Barry Smith. Wilson Nevada, It’s Complicated.” then wrote, “Mr. Smith did not say the Storey In a reader comment posted at Nevada Teller is a newspaper. In fact, he distinguishes Current, Toll said, “I now face the unenviable between daily and weekly news publications position of being forced to roll on confidential on the one hand and online news services, sources or going to the hoosegow. What would magazines, and others, on the other hand. The you do?” court [Wilson] concludes that because Toll Wilson’s ruling will be appealed. Ω does not print the Storey Teller the Storey Teller is not a newspaper and, therefore, the news media privilege is not available to Toll under the ‘reporter of a newspaper provision of The full language of the Nevada shield law can be read at [Nevada revised statute] 49.275.” bit.ly/2NZ6627.






Plot Behind the “Organ Harvesting” rumor Li Hongzhi and his “Falun Gong” cult fabricated and hyped the “organ harvesting” lie through his media in order to attract the attention of the Western media and smeared the Chinese government. Facts are facts, however, and they are never defeated by lies. After the truth was exposed, the lies quickly turned out to be a farce. Nevertheless, why does the “Falun Gong” organization keep stirring up trouble? After careful investigations, the author discovered that Li Hongzhi is trying to cover his plot under the disguise of the “organ harvesting” rumor.

1. The “karma elimination theory” killed so many lives

“Why are people sick? The root cause of their illness and misfortunes is karma, a black material field. It is negative and bad. And those bad spirits are also negative and black. They move up from hell and find the environment on Earth suitable for them. They are the root cause of people’s illness and the main sources of diseases.” (Zhuan Falun) Li Hongzhi advocates that the root causes of illness are “karma”, “moral corruption” and “spirit from another space” instead of pathological changes of the body. So the disciples who practice “Falun Gong” no longer seek medical treatment when they get sick. Therefore, once the disciples feel not well, they immediately owe it to “strong karma” and choose to “remove the karma” by practicing “Falun Gong” instead of taking medicine. Li Hongzhi said, “If a person takes medicine or receives medical treatment when he is sick, he actually pushes the disease into his body. No sooner is the karma of one’s past life eliminated than new and various diseases appear because he hurts others this life.” Therefore, many disciples believed his heresy and became disabled or even dead due to delayed treatment. For example, Tu Guixun, who lived in Qinglongzui Community, Qinglong Street, Yunyang County of Chongqing, felt dizzy and bleary-eyed when he “sat in mediation and practiced Falun Gong”. He thought his “god’s eyes were open”. Later, he suffered more and more serious headache and blurred vision. Put into hospital, he was diagnosed with glaucoma. Due to delayed treatment, he lost his eyesight. Hu Guangying, a retired worker in Shanghai, was infected with a common skin disease. As a “Falun Gong” practitioner, she believed in “karma elimination” and refused to seek medical treatment or take any medicine. As a result, she suffered from suppurative infection and died. So many fresh lives were destroyed and lost. One should cherish his life and respect other people’s. As the saying goes, everyone’s life is equal. Over seven years from 1983 to 1990, Li Hongzhi himself sought medical treatment in the Hospital Affiliated to the Health School of Changchun City, No. 208 Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and the Third Clinical Hospital of Norman Bethune Medical University. From July 8 to 18, 1984, he was hospitalized in the No.3 Surgery Department of Jilin Provincial People’s Hospital for acute appendicitis. That was what the “Biggest Buddha in the Universe” did when he was sick.

2. “The theory of the elimination of harmful affections” led to so many tragedies of family separation

Li Hongzhi said, “Obsessed with family, you will get tired, entangled and evil. Family ties will harass your life. When you are old, you will regret. (Commandments of Practitioners) “You will not make a good practitioner if you don’t abandon your love, desire and worldly affections. Only when you get rid

of all bad thoughts in ordinary people, will you make progress. Only by giving up all the love and desires in the human world, can you reach consummation.” (Zhuan Falun) Li Hongzhi’s absurd theories triggered so many tragedies: Zhu Changjiu, a practitioner of “Falun Gong” in Qingta Township, Renqiu City of Hebei Province, killed his parents at home because they burned his books of “Falun Gong”; Fu Yibin, a “Falun Gong” addict in Xicheng District of Beijing, killed his father and his wife, and severely wounded his mother; Guan Sheyun, a practitioner of “Falun gong” in Meixi District, Yichun City of Heilongjiang Province, strangled her daughter Dai Nan, who was under 9 years old then, in front of dozens of other practitioners. As so many innocent people died and so many families broke down for ridiculous reasons, Li Hongzhi himself enjoyed happiness with his wife and his daughter.

3. “The theory of money abandonment” took away so many hard-earned incomes

Li Hongzhi once said, “Do not take money or material seriously.” (Zhuan Falun) “Those who are obsessed with money are bad practitioners, bad teachings, and bad doctrines. They will never become Buddha no matter how hard they try.” (Commandments of Practitioners) “Practitioners of the Falun Gong must abandon their desire for money and material.” (The Principles of Disciples). He said one thing to the disciples, but did quite another. It is not a secret that Li Hongzhi is greedy for money and rakes in money by unfair means. When he started to “preach Falun Gong”, he attracted followers by claiming that he could “cure them” under the banner of “fitness”. Although he claimed to offer free treatment, he put a “donation box” at home and indicated his disciples to tell the patients that they should “donate” at least RMB 100. Later he said, “If you want to learn Falun Gong, you must read books, watch videos, and listen to records.” He printed a large number of books and produced plenty of audio tapes, video tapes, and VCDs in the name of the Falun Gong organization. These products were sold to disciples at RMB 300 each. Later, he “launched” clothes and pads for practice purposes and transformed the original books about “Falun Gong” into more expensive “hardcover books” and sold them to disciples. He also preached “give to get” and “give little but get much”. He scammed the disciples out of different “donations”. In his article “Understanding and Reflecting on the Cult Falun Gong”, Li Chang said, “When someone complained about Li Hongzhi’s tax evasion and scam in Changchun in November 1994...he secretly asked Liu Guirong, who was in charge of the money, to burn the financial records and sabotaged the accounting and auditing.” Wei Manping, a teacher of Songcun Middle School in Changzi County of Shanxi Province, said: “I clearly discovered that Li Hongzhi had the intention to rob money from numerous practitioners by tempting them to buy his books and tapes from the beginning. His gains are immeasurable.” Under the disguise of the “organ harvesting” rumor, Li Hongzhi and his “Falun Gong” organization robbed the disciples of their lives, affections and possessions. What a hateful man he is!

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rea 51 is famous. Area 12 should be more famous, given the shameful things associated with it that happened. On Sept. 19, 1957, the first underground test at the Nevada atomic testing ground was detonated. Federal officials then engaged in misinformation designed to torpedo a nuclear test ban treaty. Lazy reporters were their collaborators. A brave, independent journalist caught them at it and blew the whistle. The device was detonated at 10 a.m. at the end of a 2,000foot tunnel that put the bomb 900 feet under a mesa. The test was designated “Rainier.” A short time later, officials at the test site issued a news release saying “there was [sic] none of the usual visible effects of surface or above-surface shots. There was no flash of light, no wave of heat, no shock wave, and no mushroom cloud.” What the release did not report was that shock waves from the blast were felt around the world at a time when the U.S. was arguing in test ban negotiations with the Soviet Union that underground tests were seismically undetectable. A U.S. station in Alaska, 2,300 miles away, detected Rainier. So did seismic labs of other nations on the other side of the planet. The next day, Rainier was on the front page of the New York Times, in the lower right hand corner, then jumped to page 13. The article, written by Gladwin Hill, parroted the

Atomic Energy Commission’s claims about the test: “There were reports from points in California about 300 miles away that some seismographs recorded a small tremor at the moment of the blast. … But in general the experiment seemed to have conformed with predictions of A.E.C. scientists that the explosion would not be detectable more than a few hundred miles away.” In D.C., a short, rumpled fellow named I.F. Stone read the Times story. He noticed that it was followed by a shirttail from Toronto reporting detection of the test by a seismology lab there. A shirttail was a news story that came in too late for the main story. It was tacked on at the end. It could look untidy but was a real service to readers, giving them the latest information. (Advanced technology has made shirttails obsolete.) When Stone saw the shirttail, he left his home and walked to a newsstand to pick up a later edition of the Times. Stone found “more little shirttails, from Rome and from Tokyo, saying they detected it. I didn’t have the resources you’d need to cable those places and check out what was happening, but the discrepancy really piqued my curiosity, so I put it away in the basement with my back numbers of the Times.” Time passed. Isidor Feinstein Stone was the greatest U.S. reporter who ever lived, but in 1957 he was out of favor in Cold War D.C.

After a long reporting career in daily journalism, his views got him blacklisted during McCarthyism, so he set up shop on his own. He began publishing a newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly. The first issue appeared Jan. 17, 1953. At its height, it had a whopping 66,000 subscribers. Stone’s now-respected 1952 book The Hidden History of the Korean War—initially rejected by 28 publishers—was so accurate and embarrassing to U.S. officials that Che Guevara told him the U.S. embassy in Mexico City bought up and destroyed all the copies it could find. The book was not reviewed in the U.S. because, as historian Stephen Ambrose wrote in 1970, Stone was “too honest too soon.” Stone said of establishment reporters and news executives who got too close to the people they covered, “You begin to understand there are certain things the public ought not to know.” Because he had to operate outside of the journalism establishment, Stone had no ties to sacred cows and insiders. He published information that often fell outside of allowable circles of discourse for mainstream reporters. And because his pariah status denied him the kind of sources other reporters cultivated, he relied for information on the public record—especially material government published that rarely got attention. With the passing years, his newsletter became so well known for reliability that its editor gained a kind of respectability. In February 1965, the U.S. State Department issued a “white paper” designed to answer the question the public kept asking—“Why are we in Vietnam?” On March 8, the Weekly appeared. In four pages, it annihilated the department’s facts, reasoning and analysis, often using the department’s own information to make its case. One of his biographers points out that, years later, major press entities “would begin to announce the same findings as ‘exclusives.’” Stone’s freedom as an independent self-publisher meant he never had to do pieces on the 10 best places in town to find bouillabaisse. I.F. Stone’s Weekly was dense text, continued on page 14 had no photographs, contained dry


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“continued scoop” from page 13 statistics, drier wit, and was indispensable for those who wanted to critically analyze their government. Stone said of his work on the Nevada atomic test story, “People say that getting that kind of story is a matter of luck. Luck, hell. You just have to make more trouble than the next guy, make the extra calls, do the extra reading.” He became the personification of A.J. Liebling’s dictum that freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. Several months after he squirreled away his copy of the New York Times story on the Rainier test, there was a hearing of a U.S. Senate subcommittee on disarmament. President Eisenhower’s atomic test ban negotiator, Harold Stassen, testified that he had the Soviet Union ready to reach an accommodation on policing a ban. Stassen said the Area 12 test was “recorded in every seismic instrument within a thousand miles” and a network of seismic listening stations 580 miles apart could detect any atomic test. This was a breakthrough. By a remarkable coincidence, two days later, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), dominated in those days by Strangelovian nuclear physicist Edward Teller—who was adamantly opposed to a test ban—suddenly got around to releasing its report on the Rainier test. It claimed that Rainier had not been detected more than 250 miles away, thus undercutting Stassen’s credibility and reducing the chance of any agreement. The report said, “When the device was detonated, only a few persons of many who witnessed the event from the forward control area, 2½ miles from the ground zero, felt any earth shock, and off-site the earth movement was so slight that it could be recorded only on extremely sensitive seismological instruments.” This was a lie. Nor did the Radiation Laboratory at Livermore, which detonated the test, publicly correct the AEC’s falsehood. Stone was already suspicious of the AEC— he considered it the most dishonest agency in Washington, which is quite a standard to meet. After the agency cut Stassen’s legs out from under him, Stone went down into his basement and dug out his Sept. 20 edition of the Times. He called the AEC’s spokesperson and asked why they were saying the test could not be detected for more than a couple hundred miles when the overseas stations picked it up. The agency man replied, “Izzy, we don’t know what the answer is. We’ll see what we can find out.” Stone: “I figured I better get me a seismologist.” After checking around, he learned that the Coast and Geodetic Survey (CGS) in the Commerce Department had a seismology lab. He drove down to CGS. His arrival was an event at the little-known agency. “They were so tickled,” Stone later told interviewer Andrew Patner. “They hadn’t seen a reporter since Noah hit Mount Ararat, or at least since San Francisco.” After taking a tour, Stone showed the CGS men the Times shirttails and asked if they believed the overseas seismic 14   |   RN&R   |   03.14.19

reports. “No, not really,” one of them answered— but then he gave Stone information on 19 other seismic stations that The Rainier test as it happened. had picked up Rainier. One was Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1,240 miles from Area 12. Another was the Alaska reading. Stone asked, “Mind if I jot these down?” The CGS man said sure. Then he asked Stone why he was so interested. Stone told him about the AEC report. Uh-oh. This was, remember, the height of the Cold War. The CGS men abruptly clammed up. When Stone returned to his office, the AEC was calling: “Izzy, we heard you were sniffing around at Coast and Geodetic. It’s too late for us to get Nevada on the teletype, but we’ll call you tomorrow. Maybe there’s a mistake.” The congeniality was deceptive. A day later, the AEC released a retraction—but worded it as incomprehensibly as possible and did not publicize it or distribute it widely. Stone reported the story in two I. F. Stone issues of the Weekly. The March 10 issue carried the headline “Dr. Teller’s Campaign Against A Ban on Testing.” The story on the AEC’s lying appeared on St. Patrick’s Day—“Why the AEC Retracted that Falsehood on Nuclear Testing,” a story that ended, “The false press release with its reluctant and inadequate correction deserves a fuller airing.” It was a vain hope. Stone was one of the few who reported the retraction. He alerted the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which ran a story, and scientific publications like Science magazine and the Newsletter of the Federation of American Scientists gave it heavy coverage. But the major popular organs such as the television networks, the Times and Herald Tribune in New York, and the Times Herald and Post in Washington, as well as the news magazines, continued toeing the company line. Stone was experiencing one of the most unattractive features of journalism then and now—pettiness from journalists when a competitor, particularly an out-of-favor competitor, outshines them. To recognize Stone’s achievement would have been to recognize Stone.

Eisenhower administration officials succeeded in sabotaging a test ban treaty.

It became an increasingly difficult story to ignore, but U.S. journalism managed it. At a hearing where AEC chair Lewis Strauss testified, New Mexico Sen. Clifford Anderson grilled him on the myth of undetectability and even got Strauss to admit it was Stone who forced the agency to admit the truth. But the mainstream press still disregarded the story; the myth was too deeply embedded. Teller and his allies, with the aid of journalism, were able to keep knowledge of the detectability of testing within rarefied circles, leaving the conventional wisdom intact and blocking a test ban. I can find no coverage at all in Nevada newspapers. There is no evidence Nevada journalists even knew the Rainier dispute happened. If they did, the story was suppressed. The myth’s consequences were enormous. When journalism suppressed the retraction, the AEC was able to “cut poor Stassen’s throat, make a liar out of him, and dash the agreement,” as Stone later put it. Eisenhower administration officials succeeded in sabotaging a test ban treaty. The test ban was delayed for another six years, until the Kennedy administration achieved a treaty a few weeks before John Kennedy’s murder, and that treaty covered only tests above ground, underwater and in space. Tests like Rainier were still permitted. In society generally, the undetectability myth lived on. Nothing made this clearer than the way conventional wisdom reared its head in the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon debates. In the fourth debate, Sen. Kennedy said, “The kind of tests which you can’t detect are underground or in—in, perhaps, in outer space.” Other legacies of the inadequate press coverage of the 1957 test live on. Rainier was

The mouth of the Rainier tunnel.

one of what atomic scientist Glenn Seaborg called “peaceful” detonations, intended to advance an initiative called Plowshare that promoted nonmilitary uses for atomic explosions and nuclear energy. Free of press scrutiny, Plowshare officials prematurely promoted development of atomic energy by other nations by guaranteeing to accept wastes produced before knowing what to do with the waste. The Rainier story is still not being told candidly. The July/August 2002 newsletter of the Lawrence Livermore lab, which (as the Radiation Laboratory at Livermore) detonated Rainier, contained this account: “The Rainier event was announced in advance so that seismic stations throughout the U.S. and Canada could attempt to record a signal.” Nowhere does it mention that the lab participated in the detectability cover-up. The Atomic Energy Commission continued its truth-free activities for years. Every Nevada governor except one was an admirer of the AEC. The exception, Grant Sawyer, always refused to tour the Nevada Test Site because of his suspicions of the AEC and to avoid putting the governor’s imprimatur on its operations. Eventually, nuclear contamination of humans north and east of the test site vindicated Sawyer and discredited AEC assurances that fallout was safe. (Times reporter Hill, who covered Rainier, died of cancer.) Stone said in 1988, “The AEC was just the worst agency. They were mendacious. They started out right off the bat by telling us that fallout was good for you, and it was all downhill from there.” He wrote in 1970, “[T]he AEC claimed [the Rainier coverup] was an ‘inadvertent’ error. No agency in Washington—not even State Department or Pentagon—has a worse record than the AEC for these little ‘errors.’” In 1974, the AEC was abolished and its functions transferred to the newly created Energy Research and Development Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ERDA and the NRC were later folded into the Department of Energy, established in 1977. But the AEC’s culture of dishonesty migrated through its evolving bureaucratic configurations into each new


Teller was making the test ban seem unilateral, like some sort of giveaway. As we got close to an agreement, Teller starts to say, ‘How can we enforce it? Suppose they go underground. Suppose they go out into space? Suppose they go to the dark side of the moon? We’ll never be able to detect them.’” Teller was a consultant at Lawrence Livermore until his death in 2003. He once said, “We must overcome the popular notion that nuclear weapons are more immoral than conventional weapons.” He has President Kennedy been immortalized in popular with scientists Glenn Seaborg (left) and culture by Bad Religion’s Edward Teller. song “The Biggest Killer in American History.” Part of the lyric reads, “I think of Edward entity, and the Energy Department is now Teller and his moribund reprise/ Then I look to considered just as mendacious as the AEC. In Nevada and I can’t believe my eyes.” August 2001, for instance, a report by the U.S. A ban on underground testing finally mateJustice Department found Energy had misled rialized, but not until the 1990s, and it is not a the FBI in the famous bungled investigation legal treaty, merely an informal moratorium of scientist Wen Ho Lee, who was unjustly that has been breached, notably by India and accused of espionage by Energy. Pakistan. In 1999, the Senate rejected a compreStassen would later become something of hensive ban. a national joke for his repeated presidential Stone published I.F. Stone’s Weekly until candidacies, but Stone always had a good Dec. 14, 1971, when he discontinued publication word for him: “Stassen tried very, very hard as and began writing for the New York Review of Eisenhower’s chief disarmament negotiator— Books. By then, he had been discovered by a he’s a real unsung hero—to get something, but

mainstream press, which guiltily lionized him as an honest reporter. Many of his books came back into print. (Some copies of his early books sell for hundreds of dollars.) “I’m getting so damn respectable,” he told Nat Hentoff in 1971. “Am I doing something wrong?” His Nevada scoop became a legend in journalism circles, the classic example of I.F. Stone journalism, taught in journalism classes. In 1974, the Columbia Journalism Review carried an unforgettable description of the Rainer exclusive: “Very simple, and what all of us expect all of the time from newsmen. But really not so simple. For one thing, it takes energy (Stone actually got in his car and went over to Commerce, and had actually to copy down the seismological figures), and it takes a commitment to be suspicious of whatever government—any government—says.” This is one of the constructive outcomes of the Rainier incident—it happened at a time when citizens unwisely believed the U.S. government told them the truth, and it foreshadowed a series of episodes that dispelled that unhealthy attitude. After Rainier came the U-2 incident, the Gulf of Tonkin, Watergate, Iran Contra. Unfortunately, while the public has learned a healthy skepticism toward the government credibility, it is one that vanishes in times of tension, such as the aftermath of September 11. Many published collections of quotations contain one from Stone about assumptions

reporters should make: “The first is that every government is run by liars, and nothing they say should be believed. That’s a prima facie assumption, unless proven to the contrary.” In his later years, Stone learned classical Greek so he could investigate the trial of Socrates and in 1988 published a book on the trial that became his first best seller. That year, a good friend took me to I.F. Stone’s 80th birthday appearance at the auditorium in San Francisco where he had once covered the founding of the United Nations. This gnarled, elderly little man seated on the stage had once disrupted the operations of Republican and Democratic administrations alike, and he became such an admired figure that right wingers began smearing him as a Soviet agent. It’s an accusation that has been discredited repeatedly, but it lived on—much like the myth about the undetectability of underground atomic tests. Stone died on June 18, 1989. His New York Times obituary cited the Nevada scoop as a sample of the “important exclusive reports” the Weekly produced. A decade later, the body of work in I.F. Stone’s Weekly was voted number 16 on a list of the 100 best works of U.S. journalism of the 1900s. Ralph Nader: “If I.F. Stone had been born in ancient Athens over 2000 years ago, there would now be statues of him in front of major newspaper buildings.” Ω

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n a Thursday night on the eve of International Women’s Day, the members of the Sisters on a Move club met in the William Raggio Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. A few weeks prior, they’d set up a table inside the Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center and handed out handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards with motivational messages to passersby. The group usually holds its weekly meetings on Thursdays, but on this night—with midterms looming—this one was to be less formal, a movie night for those with time to attend. The evening’s selection was Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Twenty minutes prior to the scheduled 7 p.m. start time for the film, women began filtering into the large lecture room where it was to be shown. With each new arrival, discussions of club business subsided and greetings commenced—“How are you?” most often met with a response of “tired.” When club member Kayla Duddridge arrived, she’d already been up nearly 13 hours and had a tension headache. Club Historian Keiyana Black sat Duddridge down in a chair and proceeded to give her a scalp massage as the group members chatted and club talk gave way to catching up. “It’s like this every Thursday,” said Faith Thomas, the club’s director of events. The ladies of SOAM’s Nevada chapter are busy—but what is it they’re up to? What’s the mission of Sisters on a Move?

Sisters on a Move is a club for women of all colors and creeds. The members meet every Thursday and also do community service on and off campus.

STARTING A MOVEMENT SOAM is a community service oriented club. Its members volunteer their time on and off campus to a variety of causes. “Honestly, it’s just being a part of everywhere,” said SOAM President Cecilia Diaz. “We go out into the community. We’re a part of the campus. Last semester we did tree planting here. Some of the girls got a chance to go and plant a tree. It was messy and dirty, but it was very, very fun.” Last year, the club volunteered with local nonprofit Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality—or RISE—also sometimes known in the community as Rise and Dine. SOAM members served food and sorted clothes for RISE. “That was fun,” Diaz said. “I was working with clothes. It was chaotic but still very, very fun—very fulfilling. You get to know people there, and conversations spark up so, like, unexpectedly and suddenly. I was glad I

resolved to move ahead with it as usual. It’s an important event because it provides seed money for the club to start its yearly activities. It’s also an important way for the club to promote its presence on campus—and attract new members. With several of the club’s current board members preparing to graduate in May, recruiting new faces this spring will be crucial. And SOAM’s members want other women on campus to know that while the club’s roots are as a black women’s organization, it’s open to women of all colors and creeds. “It’s for all women, for sure,” Thomas said. “But we do have a lot of women of color here, which is great,” Black said. “Especially here, on this campus, just because the diversity here is a little lacking,” Diaz added. “I think it’s just feeling that you aren’t the only one. At the same time, it’s also just that you get to see people who look like you.” For SOAM members who come from places with greater racial diversity than Reno, the club has provided some sense of normalcy—or at least belonging. “SOAM was one of the first clubs I joined,” Thomas said. “When I heard it was a women’s club, I was like, ‘What? This is so cool. I was hesitant to come to the first couple of meetings, but I’m so glad I did, because these girls here, like—they’ve become a very important part of my life. … It’s very important to have something like this on campus because, as women of color, as women in general, we don’t really get much representation—in politics or media or anything like that.” “Coming to this university, I started off off-campus, so I lived in an apartment,” Black explained. “I wasn’t in the dorms, and so I didn’t really meet any people. And I found out about SOAM and was immediately like, ‘I want to join that.’ It was very difficult for me to adjust. It’s like, it’s such a white space with a black face. So just being able to engage with people who are like-minded and had similar experiences to me was really important.” “We’re all women in college,” Thomas said. “We’re all going through it, so it’s definitely good to have something to come back to every Thursday night.” For those curious about SOAM, the club’s members welcome new women to join them at their Thursday night meetings. Learn more by searching for “SOAM Nevada” on Facebook. Ω

“It’s very important to have something like this on campus because, as women of color, as women in general, we don’t really get much representation.” Faith Thomas, SOAM director of events

wasn’t doing food, because I was starving and it smelled really good.” “I think it’s mostly just getting a bunch of girls from different areas to come and give back to the community,” said Black. SOAM was originally founded in 2002 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. It’s another public, land-grant university, like UNR, and was founded in 1866 by black veterans of the Civil War. The club was established at UNR in 2010 by then-student Gregrette Perry, now Perry-Simmons. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university and currently serves as the advising, recruitment and retention coordinator for the UNR College of Business. “Gregrette usually bakes the cornbread for our fish fries—and she’s usually the one gracious enough to come and fry the fish for us, because most of us are just like, ‘We can’t be there the whole time,’” explained Diaz. “We have classes and stuff. Also, I’m not confident in frying fish.” SOAM hosts a fish fry on campus every spring. This year, the club’s members have been so busy they’d considered not having the event, but during this night’s meeting, they

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Prints by Fiona McElhany and Katherine Case are part of a group exhibition that showcases work by members of the Printmakers Conspiracy.

Ink fix Printmakers Conspiracy There’s a lot to like about printmaking. Teal Frances, a graduate student in the University of Nevada, Reno’s art department, likes it for its surprises. She often makes animal characters that dress like humans and stand around in small groups not knowing what to say to each other—a lot like people do at art receptions—and adheres these characters right to the wall in small groups. Recently, while experimenting with a thin, strong Japanese paper, she learned—by accident—that ink can soak through it to give her a two-sided goat or fox. Now, she can place each critter on the wall so that it’s looking either left or right, which makes it easier to mix and match them into the right arrangements. BreeAnn St. Onge—a California transplant who works in different forms of printmaking—likes how the medium lets her indulge her perfectionist streak. Her austere, grayscale images are emotional responses to current political culture, made up of tiny dots, arranged to suggest movement, as if they were swarms of bugs. She enjoys the challenge of avoiding fingerprints and ink smears, lining up the registrations just right, to make consistent, smudge-free multiples of the same image. Reno’s printmaking scene consists of three hubs—UNR, Truckee Meadows Community College and Laika Press—and a few private studios. TMCC Art Professor Candace Garlock explained that, back in 2006, she and two colleagues—Jim McCormick and Nolan Preece—met to talk about forming a social/professional group. “We talked about how the printmaking world is like a secret society,” she said, because few people knew what it was. So, they named the group Printmakers Conspiracy. 20   |   RN&R   |   03.14.19


Today’s Conspiracy members aim to make their favored medium more visible to viewers and more accessible for potential practitioners. In September 2018, they held an “open portfolio” event at the Holland Project to show off their work, and, this month, they have a group exhibition up at Sierra Arts. Some in the group are veteran artists. At the same time, St. Onge observed, “There’s a lot more younger people interested in printmaking.” She suspects the trend is part of a larger one—young artists using lowtech media such as photocopies and zines. “I recently stopped working at Gordon’s Photo,” St. Onge said. “Half of the people that bring in film are young people who are interested in going lo-fi. And they’re teaching themselves how to use film and photography.” While, on one hand, printmaking may be gaining momentum, St. Onge pointed out why “Conspiracy” is probably still an apt name for a group that practices it. “I think printmaking, for a lot of people who don’t have any knowledge about printmaking, is a mystery,” she said. Francis, who used to work in Seattle, noted that there are more opportunities to learn printmaking in Reno than she would have expected. “Printmaking is hard, because you need facilities to be able to do it,” she said. Both Francis and St. Onge praised Laika Press for holding events that make it as easy as possible to explore the medium, such as one-session workshops in specific techniques. “It’s cool that Reno is on the edge of moving toward really good accessibility with printmaking,” said Francis. Ω Impact, a group exhibition by the Printmakers Conspiracy, is on exhibit at Sierra Arts Gallery, 17 S. Virginia St., through March 31. A reception is scheduled for March 21, 6-8 p.m. For information about the group, follow Printmakers Conspiracy on Facebook or contact Teal Francis, tealarrow@gmail.com.


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“I don’t know what’s worse, the lazers or this L.A. summer heat.”

Little wonder It looks like somebody forgot to tell Brie Larson to have fun and let loose in Captain Marvel. Her turn as the title character, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, is one laced with lethargy and bizarre line deliveries. Samuel L. Jackson and an orange tabby seem to be in on the notion of being in escapist fare, but Larson is stiffer than Church the cat on the Creed’s front lawn after his unfortunate encounter with a speeding truck. (Say, is my excitement for the upcoming Pet Sematary reboot evident?) A similar problem plagued Larson in Kong: Skull Island. The Academy Award-winning actress seems to be in her wheelhouse when the budget is low, but seems miscast when the title of her movie is synonymous with blockbuster. She gives off a detached vibe, like she just doesn’t want to really be in the movie. It’s odd. The movie should be called Captain Meh-I Dunno… I Got Better Things to Do. Had the movie around her been really good, her seemingly bored disposition might’ve been forgiven, but Captain Marvel is also riddled with awful special effects and some haphazard storytelling. I went in hoping for a badass movie about Captain Marvel but found myself more intrigued by the subplot involving an up and coming, low-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Nick Fury, played by Jackson. Honestly, the de-aged Jackson in this movie, along with a returning Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), who died in the first Avengers movie, are so good you wish they got their own film. I’m not putting the blame for Danvers as a character solely on Larson. The character itself is a bust when it comes to superheroes. All she does is fly around and send out energy bursts from her hands. She has moments where she goes full Marvel mode, and this brings on some sort of light show where she glows, gets white eyes and a goofy looking mohawk. As for superpowers, hers just don’t register as anything all that exciting. The Marvel light show isn’t aided by the special effects, which look rushed and cartoonish. Captain

Marvel in her full glory doesn’t integrate with the worlds around her. She looks animated and out of place. It reminds me of how bad the villain Steppenwolf looked in Justice League. It takes you right out of the action. As for the orange tabby named Goose, he’s your basic super cute cat with a few surprises under his fur. Again, the special effects are a letdown when Goose goes full Goose, another example of the visual team coming up short. Part of the film is set on Earth in the ’90s, which lends to Jackson’s Fury having a full head of hair and both eyes. It also lends to music by Nirvana and No Doubt, both of which are used in situations that feel awkward and forced. Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck get a little carried away in their efforts to be cute with the tunes. There’s a big supporting cast, including a strong Annette Bening as a scientist and murky memory in Carol’s dreams. Lashana Lynch does good work as Maria Rambeau (pronounced “Rambo!”), an Earthly friend of Carol’s. Jude Law gets a change of pace with an action role as an alien named Yon-Rogg, while Ben Mendelsohn plays Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. boss, another character with a few surprises to offer. The film isn’t 100 percent void of fun. It’s just not on par with other Marvel Universe offerings. That’s a high bar to hit. As for Captain Marvel, the end of Avengers: Infinity War hinted at some major participation for her, so this is just the start for the character and hopefully things get better. As always, stay all the way through the credits. There are plenty of things happening in the credits scene that you won’t want to miss, even if you’ve had your fill with the events that happened before all those words splashed across the screen. Ω

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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.



Isabelle Huppert goes gonzo bonkers in director Neil Jordan’s latest—a silly, standard psycho stalker cinematic run-through made somewhat fun by Huppert’s commitment to nuttiness and costar Chloe Grace Moretz’s excellence at playing freaked out. Moretz is Frances, a young woman living in New York City with her best friend Erica (Maika Monroe). Frances, still dealing with the loss of her mother, finds somebody’s handbag on the subway and decides to return it to its owner. The owner is Greta (Huppert), a piano playing, solitary French woman who immediately invites Frances into her life, and they develop a fast mother/daughter bond. Greta has a daughter of her own, but she lives in Paris, so Frances fills a void. Greta provides the motherly friendship Frances craves. Erica cries weird about the whole relationship, but Frances persists, even helping Greta adopt a dog, and opting to hang with Greta instead of friends her own age. This is a horror-thriller, so it’s fairly obvious going into the theater that the Greta connection isn’t going to work out for the good. The

cards are flipped early in the movie, and Greta reveals herself as a real kook, and the mother/daughter bonding goes south super-fast, devolving into Greta going into full stalker mode. The plotting is similar to other stalker films like Single White Female and One Hour Photo.


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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


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.

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. 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.

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. 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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Los Altos is a family diner with four pages of breakfast items and other standards.

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Los Altos is a pretty standard family diner with four pages of breakfast items (available all day) and a collection of appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, dinner plates and desserts, as well as a kid’s menu. It covers all the bases, and thus the family and I headed to the hinterlands of northern Sparks for an evening meal. An appetizer of beer battered pickles was a bit of a surprise ($7.95), as dill pickle spears were used in lieu of the more common sliced pickle “chips.” The batter was quite good—crispy, not oily—but it’s wise to wait a bit before biting in. That was one nuclear hot cucumber. A basket of chicken strips with fries ($9.95) was my grandson’s choice, and the breaded tenderloins were about average. The fries were slightly battered, very crispy and well seasoned. The strips were best with ranch dressing, but the fries didn’t need it. My daughter’s plate of nachos ($8.95, plus $2 for chicken and $3.50 for a side of guacamole) was the usual pile of tortilla chips cemented together by jack and cheddar cheeses, topped with grilled chicken, refried black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and salsa. I’m not really a fan, because it’s nearly impossible to pull these apart and get a decent mix on each chip. She seemed perfectly happy with it. The guac had a fair amount of lime and cilantro and tasted very fresh. My daughter-in-law chose a pulled pork sandwich with fries ($9.95). It was a pretty heaping amount of pig on a soft French roll, topped with BBQ sauce and sweet coleslaw. The meat itself was fine, but the sauce was mostly sweet without a lot of tang or spice. The slaw wasn’t nearly as sweet and added some welcome texture. I think she enjoyed the fries best of all. Her husband’s buffalo chicken sandwich with onion rings ($9.99) looked impressive. A whole 22






chicken breast on a grilled sesame seed bun was breaded and crispy. It was drenched in spicy Buffalo sauce and topped with melted pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and roughly half a sliced avocado. The spice level was nice and warm, but the dish was oddly salty, like, very salty. Thankfully, all the fresh ingredients helped tame that down a bit. The battered onion rings were just as good as the fries. My breakfast-loving younger daughter chose a blueberry pancake combo ($11.45) with two large, fluffy pancakes loaded with blueberries and served with a pair of eggs, choice of meat and hashbrowns. The menu noted a blueberry compote topping, but that was absent and frankly unnecessary. Her overmedium eggs were perfect, though the bacon was more than a bit on the dark side. The potatoes were just crispy enough to be called “brown.” I figured I’d give the chicken fried steak dinner ($11.95) a try, and it wasn’t bad. The sautéed mix of broccoli, carrot and zucchini was OK. The whipped spuds were acceptable, and the sausage gravy had enough flavor to do the job. The meat itself gave fairly easily to a fork and was pounded quite thin, akin to schnitzel or milanesa. Perhaps not the ultimate example, but I’d happily order it again. The service was outstanding; I can’t recall when we’ve ordered and received food that fast. Beverage refills were on the bounce, despite a packed house. There’s room for improvement, but we left full and happy. Ω

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Nick Meza (left), Watson Meyer and Brigdon Markward formed Bug Bath in July 2018.

No frills Bug Bath Formed in July 2018, Bug Bath is comprised of long-time friends Brigdon Markward, Nick Meza and Watson Meyer. Markward and Meyer moved to Reno from Nevada City after graduating from high school in 2013 and have led many creative endeavors around town since. Similarly, drummer Meza moved from South Lake Tahoe in 2012 and admired Reno’s underground hardcore scene. “It was awesome, and I fucking loved it,” Meza recalled. “I instantly fell in love with the vibe. I had never been in a basement to go see a band, you know, and I’d never seen anyone get kicked out of a concert for saying homophobic slurs, and I’d never seen anyone get called out for being a dick. I thought that was awesome.” Markward is Bug Bath’s primary lyricist and guitarist. Bassist Meyer has played in quite a few local projects, including Blackstallion, Surly, City Wolves and Gemini Cusp—as well as his signature group, Pry. Devoted members of Reno’s DIY scene, Meza and Meyer have booked concerts at Fort Ryland, Clark Lane Maul, Park Place Penthouse and The HOL since 2012. Earlier this year Bug Bath released its second EP, I Know It’s Not Your Fault, on the bandmates’ newly founded record label, Egg Wash. They believe that being taken seriously is vital to success as musicians. They understand printing merchandise, professionally recording music and booking tours are arduous and costly tasks, and they want to help emerging bands in Reno navigate the industry. “For too long we’ve been seeing really, really good bands not know how to put themselves out there and wanted to share our resources to help,” Markward said. “We want to help Reno folks get themselves out


there and have a foundation to build their projects up.” The latest EP reflects the trio’s growing pains through the years. I Know It’s Not Your Fault is anchored and raw, stripped of extraneous instruments that have made appearances in earlier projects. “Between Pry, City Wolves and Skinwalkers, we’ve all put so much work into nuanced, serious and emotionally challenging projects and wanted to do the opposite and stretch our legs,” explained Markward. The band found conceptual inspiration in early 2000s Nu Metal and visually abrasive groups like Limp Bizkit, The Prodigy and Mudvayne. Even though Bug Bath doesn’t sound like these bands, the themes behind their music resonate. “It’s fun going back to the roots and initial concepts behind those projects,” Markward said. “Essentially, Nu Metal was created as this kind of working class rebellious version of metal and was supposed to be more down to Earth. Stylistically I think that still came through a bunch, even as it diverted into this hyper-masculine, mainstream thing. I think we drew from that, or at least looked at it and thought about it and tried reconceptualizing it.” Listening to Bug Bath’s songs, much like reflecting on the early 2000s themselves, invites critical introspection. Straight eight-note, Iceage-esque riffs are upholstered with scooping lows and driven forward by accents of Nu Metal from Meza. Markward’s lyricism often faces inward, observing the world through a droning, occasionally caustic lens. “Unique Experience” is the newest track on the EP. It’s simple and thrashing, and as Markward frequently describes Bug Bath, “It gets the wiggles out.” Ω

Listen to Bug Bath’s music here: bugbath.bandcamp.com. The band will play at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., on March 16.

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Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St, Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Heath Harmison, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401: J. Chris Newberg, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Adam Hunter, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Tracy Smith, 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: Tracy Smith, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 8:30pm, $15-$25, Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$25

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Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover St. Patrick’s Day party with Lost Whiskey Engine, 7pm, $TBA

Bluegrass open jam, 7:30pm, M, no cover Swing dancing, 7pm, Tu, no cover

12th Planet, Gentlemen’s Club, Shlump, 7:30pm, $25-$30

St. Patrick’s Day: Liam Kyle Cahill, Cole Adams, Blarney Band, noon, no cover

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Cold Claw, Dissidence, Vie, Flesh to Dust, 8pm, $5

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188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

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Baker Street, 8pm, no cover

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

Ladies Night with DJs Mario B, Miggz, 9:30pm, no cover charge for women

Banda Los Recoditos, La Mar-K de Tierra Caliente, 10pm, $45


The Heidi Incident, 8pm, no cover


906 Victorian Ave., Ste. B, Sparks, (775) 409-3754


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Reno Jazz Syndicate Blues Assault, 7pm, no cover

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Country Ladies Night, 8pm, no cover

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Roadside Bombs, Mob Rule, The Gutz, Donkey Jaw, 8:30pm, $7-$10

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G. Love & Special Sauce March 17, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333


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





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2) The Vegas Roadshow, 8pm,no cover

2) The Vegas Roadshow, 4pm, no cover Melissa Dru, 10pm, no cover

2) The Vegas Roadshow, 4pm, no cover Melissa Dru, 10pm, no cover

2) Melissa Dru, 8pm, no cover

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

2) Mike Furlong, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Jason King Band, 5pm, no cover Ebony Not Quite Ivory, 9pm, no cover

2) The Act, 6pm, no cover

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

2) The Blues Monsters, 7pm, no cover

2) The Blues Monsters, 8pm, no cover

2) The Blues Monsters, 8pm, no cover

2) Mighty Mike Shermer, 6pm, no cover

2) Denver Saunders Duo, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

2) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

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

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

2) The Kitchen Dwellers, 10pm, no cover

1) Orgone, Sam Ravenna, 9pm, $20-$23

1) G. Love & Special Sauce, Ron Artis II & The Truth, 8pm, $35

1) Stephen Marley Acoustic Band, Mystic Marley, 8pm, Tu, $35


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) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste.103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover


2) Let’s Get Shamrocked with DJ Impakt, 2) DJ Los, 10pm, $20 10pm, $10

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


1) Shaky Graves, Cameron Neal, 8pm, $25-$35

55 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515 1) Showroom 2) Blu 3) Opal


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

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1) Funk Revival Orchestra, 7pm, no cover

1) Funk Revival Orchestra, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

1) Funk Revival Orchestra, 8pm, no cover 2) J. Espinosa, 10pm, $20

1) Tristan Selzler, 6pm, no cover

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2) Sons of Rock ’N’ Roll, 9pm, no cover 3) Mike Furlong Band, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 14, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. INTERNATIONAL HOUSE: Artemisia MovieHouse presents a screening of the 1933 pre-Hays code comedy directed by Edward Sutherland and featuring appearances by George Burns, Gracie Allen, Rudy Vallee, Bela Lugosi, Rose Marie, W.C. Fields and Cab Calloway. Genius inventor Dr. Wong has invented the “radioscope,” and everyone who wants in on the action is en route to China for the big unveiling. Sun, 3/17, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 6363386, www.artemisiamovies.weebly.com.

QTPOC MEET UP: Queer Trans People of Color meetings occur every first and third Wednesday at The Holland Project. These meetings are hosted by the Sylvia Rivera Center. Mon, 3/18, 7pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 4762707, qtpocreno@gmail.com.



Raise a pint with thousands of green-clad participants out for night of great craic during the eighth annual bar crawl. With a commemorative cup and map in hand, you can enjoy specials on beer, drinks and food, costume contests, specially themed live entertainment and no cover charge to 19 participating venues in downtown Reno. The bar crawl begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at three starting points: Club Cal-Neva, 38 E. Second St.; Sands Regency, 345 N. Arlington Ave.; or Siri’s Casino, 241 N. Virginia St. You can purchase a $5 cup and map in advance at Junkee Clothing Exchange and other locations or for $10 on the day of the event at the three crawl start locations. Visit crawlreno.com/event/leprechauncrawl.


DISCO TUBING: Families can spin, slide and speed down the snow tubing lanes to vibrant DJ tunes as the night is illuminated with colorful lights and lasers splashed on the mountainside. Must be 40 inches tall to ride and able to independently get in and out of the tube. Sat, 3/16, 5pm. $51. SnowVentures Activity Zone, 1651 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.

601 ST. PATTY’S DAY DINNER AND DANCE: Virginia City’s local 601 Vigilance Committee holds a dinner featuring corned beef, shepherd’s pie and other Irish favorites, and live music by Lady an the Tramps. Sat 3/16, 6pm. $40. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Carson City, (775) 847-0433, pipersoperahouse.com.

A BASQUE VOICE IN THE NEW WEST—FRANK BERGON: Basque-Nevadan author and professor Frank Bergon will talk about Basque aspects of his new book Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man: The New Old West, followed by a conversation with scholars Monika Madinabeitia and David Río about his life and work as a Western and BasqueAmerican writer. Thu, 3/14, 6pm. Free. Leonard Room, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., events.unr.edu.

DISCOVER SCIENCE LECTURE WITH DR. KAREN LLOYD: Microbiologist Karen Lloyd will talk about her work studying novel groups of microbes in Earth’s deep surface biosphere. She collects samples from remote places such as Arctic fjords, volcanoes in Costa Rica and mud in the Marianas Trench. Thu, 3/14, 7pm. Free. Room 110, Davidson Math and Science Center, 105 1055 Evans Ave., (775) 784-459, events.unr.edu.

GEM FAIRE: The event features exhibitors

A.D. HOPKINS READING AND SIGNING: The author will read from his novel The Boys Who Woke Up Early. Thu, 3/14, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 786-1188.

ANNUAL KICKOFF PARTY: Janet Phillips, founder and president of the TahoePyramid Trail, will provide an update on trail construction. Thu, 3/14, 6pm. Free. Patagonia Outlet, 130 S. Center St., (775) 825-9868, tahoepyramidtrail.org.






from around the world selling fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices. Free hourly door prizes. Fri, 3/15, noon; Sat, 3/16-Sun, 3/17, 10am. $0-$5. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (503) 252-8300, www.gemfaire.com.

RENO LEPRECHAUN RACE: Enjoy a familyfriendly 5K run and walk while you chase a leprechaun through the midtown and Wells Avenue districts. The leprechaun will start after everyone else has begun, giving everyone a generous head start. If you beat the leprechaun across the finish line, you will win a special prize. The event benefits The Discovery. Costumes are encouraged. Sun, 3/17, 8:30am. $15-$40. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., race178.com/ leprechaunrace.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER FRY: Sample tasty testes from cooks competing for the title of Best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the West during the 28th annual celebration. The event includes Virginia City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a costume contest and the Ballbreaker Saloon Crawl. Admission is free. Sat, 3/16, 10am. $8-$95 for food tasting packages and crawl. Along C Street, Virginia City, visitvirginiacitynv.com.

SCIENCE DISTILLED—IS SEEING BELIEVING? WHAT IF IT SMELLS?: Speakers Mary Cablk and Gideon Caplovitz will explore the intricacies of how humans see the world and how they study perception, bias and behavior using animals as different as dogs and octopuses. Wed, 3/20, 7pm. $10$15. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., (775) 786-1000, nvdm.org.

SECOND THURSDAY TALK: Jackie Frady, president and executive director at the NAM, will give a 30-minute presentation on Joan Cuneo, a racing hero who paved the way for other women. A Q&A session follows the talk. Thu, 3/14, 1:30pm. $5, free for NAM members. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.

TCC’S MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETING: The Twentieth Century Club connects generations of Northern Nevada women making a difference in our communities through philanthropy. The TCC produces women’s networking events exploring societal and philanthropic issues. Thu, 3/14, 11am. $25-$35. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., twentiethcenturyclub.org.

VIRGINIA CITY—MINING ON THE COMSTOCK: Garrett Barmore, curator of the W. M. Keck Museum at the University of Nevada, Reno, will discuss how Virginia City rose from a small mining camp to a bustling city and what it would have been like to work the mines 100 years before federal mine safety regulations. Sat, 3/16, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

YOUTH ART MONTH FAMILY ART FESTIVAL: Arts for All Nevada celebrates Youth Art Month with a day of activities for the whole family. The festival includes eight creative art stations for kids, a free book for each child in attendance, face painting, tours of the Lake Mansion and an exhibition of children’s artwork from AFAN’s program in 50 special education classrooms throughout Washoe County. Author Patty Cafferata will also share her knowledge of Nevada history. Sat, 3/16, 11am-3pm. Free. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., www.artsforallnevada.org.

ART NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Spring Thaw. Sierra Watercolor Society presents its latest exhibition of original watercolor paintings by local artists. The artists’ reception is March 23, 2-3pm. Thu, 3/14Sat, 3/16, Mon, 3/18-Wed, 3/20, 10am. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.

SERVA POOL, THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Unist’ot’en Solidarity Pop-Up. A one-day pop-up event with local artists making work for and in solidarity with indigenous peoples of Unist’ot’en Camp. Thu, 3/14, 3-8pm. Free. Serva Pool, The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 742-1858.

ONSTAGE AKHNATON: Set in 1350 BC, Agatha Christie’s 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. Thu, 3/14Sat, 3/16, 7:30pm; 3/17, Sun, 2pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.

CELTIC MUSIC SERIES—CIANA: Carson Valley’s traditional Irish music group returns to the Celtic Music Series in advance of St. Patrick’s Day. Sat, 3/16, 7pm. $15-$20. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

COME IN FROM THE COLD: The 2019 season family entertainment series concludes with a performance by the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. Sat, 3/16, 7pm. $3 suggested donation per person. Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.

EDGAR LOUDERMILK BAND WITH JEFF AUTRY: An evening of traditional bluegrass and Americana music featuring bassist and vocalist Edgar Loudermilk, guitarist Jeff Autry, banjo player Curtis Bumgarner and mandolinist Zack Autry. Fri, 3/15, 7:30pm. $24-$29. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.

END DAYS: Restless Artists Theatre presents Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy. Sixteen year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a 16-yearold Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. Fri, 3/15-Sat, 3/16, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/17, 2pm. $8$20. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 525-3074.

GLORIOUS GUITAR: Apex Concerts presents a performance by the Grammy-award winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux. Thu, 3/14, 7:30pm. $5-$35. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV STRING QUARTET: Composed of graduates of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, the group regularly performs in the most important festivals throughout Europe and Russia. Their varied repertoire ranges from Russian music of the 19th and early 20th centuries to contemporary composers. Sun, 3/17, 4pm. $10-$22. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 314 N. Division St., Carson City, (775) 883-4154, ccsymphony.com.

STUART LITTLE: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Joseph Robinette’s adapation of the E.B. White classic, Stewart Little, about the adventures of a mild-mannered mouse born into a New York family. Fri, 3/15, 7pm; Sat, 3/16, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 3/17, 3pm. $12-$15. The Southside School, 190 E. Liberty St., (775) 284-0789, twnn.org.

VIOLET SHARP: Set against the backdrop of one of America’s most notorious crimes—the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping case—William Cameron’s play Violet Sharp is about a British domestic servant who is suspected of committing the crime of the century. Under pressure from her own personal demons, as well as the police, Violet’s efforts to clear her name cannot seem to overpower a growing reputation of guilt. Thu, 3/14-Sat, 3/16, 7:30pm; Sun, 3/17, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.

THE WIZARD OF OZ—THE MUSICAL: Follow Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow down the Yellow Brick Road in this musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum’s tale and the 1939 film. Fri, 3/15,

8pm; Sat, 3/16, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3/17, 1pm; Mon, 3/18, 7pm. $55-$80. Pioneer Center

for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.


Between a squawk and a hard place I’m a 32-year-old gay man, and my boyfriend of three years sometimes vents to his friends about our relationship. I feel a little betrayed by this—like my privacy’s being violated. Why can’t he figure things out on his own— without bringing in a jury? The truth is, we all do a lot of grousing to others about people in our lives—our romantic partner, our business partner, our criminal conspirator. That’s actually a healthy thing, though it runs contrary to what emotion researcher Bernard Rime calls the “Lone Ranger individualist perspective of adult emotional regulation.” This, Rime explains, is the mythic view (held even by many psychologists) that healthy adult processing of emotions involves a sort of “rugged individualism”—meaning being “self-contained, independent and self-reliant.” In fact, Rime notes, emotion seems to have evolved to be not just an internal, solo process but a “fundamentally interdependent process.” Research by the late social psychologist Stanley Schachter, Rime and others suggests that experiences that give rise to emotion in us motivate us to seek out others—to share the experiences and our feelings. Rime explains that our emotions—especially painful ones—can be overwhelming to us. Experiencing emotion “is a dense and diffuse experience in need of cognitive articulation.” That is, it needs to be hashed out and understood. “By using language and by addressing others, individuals ‘unfold’ the emotional material” so they can understand and manage it and maybe gain objectivity and insight. Understanding how driven we are to share our experiences might help you stop feeling like your boyfriend’s betraying secrets and instead see it as his seeking a sounding board. There’s a good chance that this serves to improve your relationship—sometimes by confirming that he has a legit issue to discuss with you and try to resolve. Of course, we’re all prone to latch on to crazy and ride it like a pony. We need someone to talk sense into us—like to convince

us that the jail time isn’t worth it, despite our partner’s disgusting, depraved indifference to all that’s good and right.

Fairy bail romance I’m a 66-year-old man. I got married in my mid-20s. I was totally faithful, but my wife left me after 10 years (I think for another woman). I was with the next woman for 20 years. Again, I was faithful, but she left me, too. Is being faithful overrated?. Keeping a marriage together by being faithful is important—but it’s also a step above keeping a marriage together by not being dead. (Note that the marriage ceremony has a little more text to it than “Keep it in your pants, mkay?”) Still, it isn’t a surprise that you’d go, “Wait...faithful to the first one, faithful to the next one; must’ve been why these relationships tanked!” This leap you’re making probably comes out of how uncomfortable our minds are with uncertainty. According to research by cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, a mechanism in our brain’s left hemisphere that he calls “the interpreter” steps in to fill in the blanks, to save us from the cognitive chaos by coming up with an explanation. Unfortunately, it’s like the world’s sloppiest detective. It quickly scans for any patterns or vaguely plausible meanings and then just goes with them—creating a narrative that seems to make sense of our experience. Though it’s easier on the ego to see your being faithful as some sort of common denominator, a more productive take would be accepting that relationships end and considering whether there’s anything you might have done better, both in picking partners and in being one. You might also reconsider the notion that you had “failed relationships.” As I see it, a 10- or 20-year relationship is a feat to celebrate. Ω


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the process of casting for

his movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher considered selecting A-list actress Scarlet Johansson to play the heroine. But ultimately he decided she was too sexy and radiant. He wanted a pale, thin, tougher-looking actress, whom he found in Rooney Mara. I suspect that in a somewhat similar way, you may be perceived as being too much something for a role you would actually perform quite well. But in my astrological opinion, you’re not at all too much. In fact, you’re just right. Is there anything you can do—with full integrity—to adjust how people see you and understand you without diluting your brightness and strength?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1993, an English gar-

dener named Eric Lawes used his metal detector to look for a hammer that his farmer friend had lost in a field. Instead of the hammer, he found the unexpected: a buried box containing 15,234 old Roman silver and gold coins worth more than $4 million today. I bring this to your attention because I suspect that you, too, will soon discover something different from what you’re searching for. Like the treasure Lawes located, it might even be more valuable than what you thought you wanted.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The role of the artist is

exactly the same as the role of the lover,” wrote author James Baldwin. “If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” To fully endorse that statement, I’d need to add two adverbs. My version would be, “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to kindly and compassionately

make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” In accordance with current astrological omens, I recommend that you enthusiastically adopt that mission during the coming weeks. With tenderness and care, help those you care about to become aware of what they’ve been missing—and ask for the same from them toward you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): For thousands of genera-

tions, our early ancestors were able to get some of the food they needed through a practice known as persistence hunting. They usually couldn’t run as fast as the animals they chased. But they had a distinct advantage: They could keep moving relentlessly until their prey grew exhausted. In part that’s because they had far less hair than the animals, and thus could cool off better. I propose that we adopt this theme as a metaphor for your life in the coming weeks and months. You won’t need to be extra fast or super ferocious or impossibly clever to get what you want. All you have to do is be persistent and dogged and disciplined.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Wompsi’kuk Skees-

ucks Brooke is a Native American woman of the Mohegan tribe. According to her description of Mohegan naming traditions, as reported by author Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman, “Children receive names that are descriptive. They may be given new names at adolescence, and again as they go through life according to what their life experiences and accomplishments are.” She concludes that names “change as the individual changes.” If you have been thinking about transforming the way you express and present yourself, you might want to consider such a shift. 2019 will be a favorable time to at least add a new nickname or title. And I suspect you’ll have maximum inspiration to do so in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For many of us, smell

is our most neglected sense. We see, hear, taste and feel with vividness and eagerness but allow our olfactory powers to go underused. In accordance with astrological omens, I hope you will compensate for that dearth in the coming weeks. There is subtle information you can obtain—and, in my opinion, need quite strongly—that will come your way only with the help of your nose. Trust the guidance provided by scent.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Essayist Nassim Nicholas

Taleb says humans come in three types: fragile, robust or antifragile. Those who are fragile work hard to shield themselves from life’s messiness. The downside? They are deprived of experiences that might spur them to grow smarter. As for robust people, Taleb believes they are firm in the face of messiness. They remain who they are even when they’re disrupted. The potential problem? They may be too strong to surrender to necessary transformations. If you’re the third type, antifragile, you engage with the messiness and use it as motivation to become more creative and resilient. The downside? None. In accordance with the astrological omens, I urge you to adopt the antifragile approach in the coming weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 2014, NASA managed

to place its MAVEN spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The cost of the mission was $671 million. Soon thereafter, the Indian government put its own vehicle, the Mangalyaan, into orbit around the Red Planet. It spent $74 million. As you plan your own big project, I recommend you emulate the Mangalyaan rather than the MAVEN. I suspect you can do great things—maybe even your personal equivalent of sending a spacecraft to Mars—on a relatively modest budget.

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by JERi ChADwEll

Game changer

Broadly Entertaining—it’s punny. Yes, it totally is. … My business partner and I met, I think, in 2011. I was directing her in a play in a theater company that she was a producer for and an actor for. After that, she invited me to do this improv group. ... While we were in that improv group, she invited me to be a trivia host for this company she was working for. She was on a TV show called The Chase. She’s also been on Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. She’s a trivia badass. … She invited me to be a trivia host with her because I’m a bit more of a song-and-dance-man. ... From then on, we got sick of working for this one particular company and this one

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Giana DeGeiso and business partner Jamie Rosler founded Broadly Entertaining as a female-owned and operated entertainment business in New York City. In December, Reno native DeGeiso moved back home for a few months to establish Broadly Entertaining locally. On Saturday, March 23, the company is hosting an event called “Reno Party, Period” at the Loving Cup, 188 California Ave. Multiple bands and DJs will perform. The cost for this menstrual-themed party is a package of feminine hygiene products, a package of unopened underwear or $10. Donations will benefit Safe Embrace. Learn more here: bit.ly/2SPRoLV.

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particular dude—white, male, dude— who was just the worst. And we noticed also that the content that we were representing wasn’t representative of the customers in front of us. It was just like our history books, kind of skewed white male. ... It’s just how it is, but it isn’t representative of the audience at all—at least not of what we were seeing in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where we were working at the time. So we just kind of said, “Fuck it. Let’s do this our way.” … Most of our company is run by women. My husband helps out by DJing from time to time, but it’s a woman-run, woman-operated business that we’re really proud of and that’s committed to diverse hiring in all sorts of ways. But our content puts women and people of color, people with disabilities, the LGBT community—we put them in equal light with everybody, and that’s not what the trivia was that we saw. … And it’s gotten us into trouble in some places, which is a major bummer.

We got in trouble from one venue saying that our questions were too political, just because we decided to ask a question about the first gay congressman. When we asked for more clarification—we were at the time doing a charity event, something we do every month … and this month it was Black Girls Rock, which helps black girls get into the entertainment community. … So we decided to write a trivia round called Black Girls Rock. It was just 10 questions about black women who are awesome, and that was considered too political.

Talk to me about the party. The paper did a writing contest we called “Stories, period.” Oh, that’s great! Dude! I’m going to have a “cuntfessional,” so people can tell their period stories and put them on the internet. ... The period party originated in Brooklyn, with our number one Broad— our first hire, basically. She was like, “I want to throw a period party. Would you guys want to help us do that?” Jamie and I were like, “We don’t know what you’re talking about, but that sounds awesome.” It turned out to be a partnership with #happyperiodnyc. ... We threw a dance party in a bar. We had three bands, two DJs, something like that—and a dance crew called the Tailshakers come through and flashmob the place in red glitter. And price of admission was an unopened package of underwear, menstrual products or 10 bucks at the door. … It all went to #happyperiod. We ended up making close to a thousand dollars for them that night, in cash donations alone, and a giant pile of period products to distribute. Ω


Liar Cohen vs. liar Trump Look, I really don’t want the first words out of my mouth this week to be “fucked up,” but it’s obviously too late to stop now. And when we consider the proposition that it’s not only likely but extremely probable that our “president” is running for a second term not for any impressive political goal, but so he can avoid going to effing prison, well, hell, I’d just like to stop and call a point of order because I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that this is a first for America. And one of the better ways to assess this particular predicament is just to go ahead and say it—this is fairly fucked up! There ya go! Which reminds me, for some demented reason, of an old TV series way back in the ’50s, where most weeks, Dad would find some reason to roll out his trademark line,

“What a revoltin’ development this is.” Any of you geezers remember the name of this show and the star who said those words? • Hey, give Mike Cohen some credit. I’m serious. You think it’s easy being America’s TV King for a day? Man, the heat was on, and he was in the Big Kitchen, where you can’t get away with even a quick nasal flick without launching a snarky barrage of international tweets, GIFs and memes! But Cohen kept himself remarkably together for what was basically a full tilt work day of fielding questions, half of which were civilized, half of which were ornery. Ole Lanny Davis had his boy coached up, and they were ready, and they deserve a pat on the back. Ultimately, Cohen came off as far more credible than the

Trumpian lickspittles that hammered endlessly on their tiresome “Ooh, you are such a big, fat liar!” approach until Mike got frickin’ bored to death with it. As in, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, is that all you got? Jesus Christ, I could use a drink.” • Ok, the quiz answer is—The Life of Riley! Starring the forgotten William Bendix as Chester A. Riley, a wing riveter at an aircraft plant in California. You have to be quasiancient to remember this show, which ran from ’52 to ’58. So far in 2019, there’s been the biggest coke bust in California history, the biggest coke bust in New York history and the biggest fentanyl bust ever. All at ports of entry. Which reminds us that of all the dumb ideas in Dum Dum’s head, The Wall is likely the dumbest. Ω