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Don’t call it Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. You might have noticed that I haven’t been around much the last couple of months. Or maybe you hadn’t noticed. You’ve got your own shit going on. You’re busy. You’re on your own mystical voyage traveling through time at the fantastic speed of one minute per minute. As I’ve mentioned before, whenever I’ve been able to come up for a quick gasp of air, I’ve been dealing with a family medical crisis. That crisis, and its many ripples, have kept me occupied and distracted the last few months. At some point, some day, in some way, I’ll write about it all. But not now. Here’s the good news: We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re nearing a return to “normalcy.” Fingers crossed. Knock on wood. Toss the salt. Sacrifice the virgin. Huge personal thanks to everyone here at the RN&R. The support from the administrative, sales and design teams was much appreciated. And, geez, I couldn’t ask for a better editorial team. Dennis Myers, Matt Bieker and Kelley Lang all plowed ahead and did great work. Jeri Chadwell took over many of my duties, and no matter what was thrown at her, she knocked it out of the park. And special thanks to Kris Vagner, who, even though she thought she didn’t work here anymore, came back to do some part-time work and fill in some of the gaps. I really love this community, and I love this newspaper. And working with a crew like this, which really has a fella’s back when he needs it, makes it easy. And thanks to y’all for reading. Even those issues with zero sappy navel-gazing.
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Fracking leases I am very happy that Forest Service fracking leases are being rejected in the Ruby Mountains, but the Trump Administration plans to sell Bureau of Land Management leases adjacent to Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The leases are to be sold this June to corporate entities that care only to sell our national resources overseas for profit without any regard to the environment, wildlife or the citizens in the state of Nevada. Please write your representatives to object to this rape of one of the 500 globally important birding areas [designated] by the America Bird Conservancy. Roberta Moose Reno
Glowing reviews Re “The uninformed Nevada public” (guest comment, March 21): Very interesting article. Many little known facts. Nuclear Power definitely deserves respect as a clean and renewable energy source. It is reported to be the safest form of renewable energy (lowest employee work related death rate). Thank you, Mr. Duarte Alex Christopher Reno Re “The uninformed Nevada public” (guest comment, March 21): Our mainstream media (MSM) can demonize anything just by ignoring the whole story on any topic. Nuclear is a great energy source. France is energy independent and sells excess energy to other nations. It’s all politics, bad politics! When is the truth not the truth? When it is only half the truth. Why is MSM so biased? Lies can be half way around the world before truth can get its pants on. Unfortunately, money and power are the big drivers of our history—the history of the world—wars and rumors of wars. The Yucca Mountain depository is safe and scientifically founded. Wind turbines and solar,
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too expensive and easily corrupted—would never have got their foot in the door without government subsidies. Economically unviable. Bad MSM always a sign of government corruption. ... Mr. Duarte is correct, Nevada public uninformed. Richard Westrup Reno
Military offense There are a lot of active duty and retired military folks living in and around the Reno area. In addition, we are only a few short miles from one of the largest naval air Stations in the United States, a vital training center for combat pilots. Your writer Bruce Van Dyke cannot resist taking his swipes at anyone who is not a socialist or a communist. His tirades are very tiring. Yes, he is entitled to his opinion, but his latest article in which he belittles the very importance and purpose of our military while enjoying the very freedom to spew his hatred for anything positive is ridiculous. Is he the best your rag newspaper can do? You owe an apology to all veterans, active duty military, and retired military who have put their asses on the line just so Mr. Van Dyke can vent his spleen over his obvious dislike for the military. I seriously doubt he ever served in uniform. If he did, I would venture to guess he received a less than honorable discharge, which would account for his hatred of the “military industrial complex.” Please find someone to replace this whiny-assed moron. Tom Gargus Sun Valley
Imaginary disasters I just saw a story on the lame stream media about the huge amount of water flooding its way down the Mississippi River washing away farms and lives. This is nothing but a hoax! Just like the claimed burning of Paradise, California, the phony hurricane in Puerto Rico (they aren’t even Americans),
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the flooding of Houston, the millions of dead trees near Yosemite, the storm sewers running backwards in Miami, and the warming year after year. I can’t see any of this so it must be a hoax. It’s just a way for those claiming to have had their house burn, flood, or blow away to get money, like the phony scientists that worry about climate change. Actually, climate change is as real as a heart attack and one of the above events will happen to you or your children, sooner or later. Tell your Republican legislators they need to quit being stupid and help save the planet. Don McKechnie Sparks
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Who’s your team? asked at coach’s Grill & sports Bar, 1573 s. virGinia st.
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The Chicago Bears because of Walter Payton and the Fridge and the dance that they do. I don’t follow much, sports-wise, but if I had to pick one, that’s my team.
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Oakland A’s. I grew up there and been a fan ever since I was born. I’m excited for the season. We’re 1-0 already.
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Change worker laws At a laundromat in Sparks, one of state legislator Mike Sprinkle’s constituents was offering her theory on his resignation: “I think it’s politics. They just wanted him out of the way.” That’s one of the consequences of hiding the facts of cases like this. When Sprinkle resigned, no one explained why. Sprinkle himself put out a statement with minimal detail. The Assembly speaker did the same. And so did the governor, for some reason. Though he is not a member of the legislature and did not deal with the case, he denounced Sprinkle. So what is the public to think? When facts are withheld, when secrecy prevails, the public fills in the empty spaces for themselves. Thus, Sparks residents are speculating like crazy. Legislative courtesy serves its purpose, but that purpose is to keep the legislative process civil and accommodating so that work gets done amicably. But Assm. Sprinkle was leaving the process. He should not have been able to set down the rules for his departure. Legislative leaders should level with the public and his constituents and explain what happened and why he departed. On the same topic, it is not enough just to remove legislators who do not conduct themselves properly. It is also necessary to remove the workplace conditions that make that kind of behavior possible. There isn’t much that can be done for visitors to the legislature or for legislative interns, but there is one important change that should be made to protect legislative employees from harassment. It is time to stop treating
legislative employees differently from other state employees, time to bring them all under the same system and the same protections. As it stands, legislative employees are at the mercy of politicians. They must keep legislators happy to keep their jobs. And far too often, that means keeping their mouths shut when legislative conduct is improper. There’s no reason the employees in the Department of Minerals or the Public Utilities Commission should have protections that legislative employees do not share. Yes, some employees are hired only for the four months of the legislative session, and it would be inconvenient to give them full-fledged employee status. Tough. Legislators have not shown they can be trusted to deal with temporary workers professionally, so they should just put up with the inconvenience. And those who are year-round employees definitely deserve that protection. This will require the legislators themselves to enact legal shields for their employees—not a great situation, but they need to do it. For far too long, lawmakers have thought of the Nevada Legislature and its building as theirs. They don’t give their workers protection. They don’t live under the open meeting law that other agencies must observe. The legislative police are used as chauffeurs and gofers. Well, it’s not their legislature or their building. They come and go. The workers last longer and should be treated with respect. Ω
I don’t really watch many sports, so I might be a bad person to ask. I wouldn’t consider myself a die-hard fan of any organized sport. It’s fun to watch, I just wouldn’t dedicate myself to a team.
trevor smith Reporter
The Cubs. I grew up watching sports with my granny, and the Cubs were our team. She’s gone. I’m still a fan. I even got a tattoo.
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The Niners, because it was my dad’s team. My dad passed away, and now I’m a die-hard. People hate on them all the time, and I don’t give a shit.
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Nevada’s suicide toll from guns Within one week of the mass murder of 50 people in New Zealand by a white nationalist with automatic weapons, the prime minister announced the country would ban military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles. Those violating the new law will face up to $2,700 in fines and three years in prison. The leader of the center-right opposition party agreed with the new policy, saying it’s “imperative in the national interest to keep New Zealanders safe.” Imagine a country that responds to a tragedy with such a unified, practical solution, protecting its people from zealots with overly powerful guns that no one needs. Back in Nevada, we can’t even agree that background checks should be uniformly performed when guns transfer ownership. Many rural sheriffs are defying the Legislature’s approval of Senate Bill 143, which requires background checks for all gun purchases, even those outside of regulated gun stores. Although these rural sheriffs are hardly scholars of constitutional law, they’ve proudly declared their counties
“Second Amendment sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce what they’ve decided is an unconstitutional law, saying they’re sworn to protect the Constitution. All GOP legislators voted against SB 143. Now they’ve offered their own Wild West “constitutional carry” bill, Assembly Bill 437, to eliminate required permits to carry concealed weapons. Republican leader Jim Wheeler submitted the bill on behalf of the GOP caucus, knowing it’s dead on arrival. Democrats are united in moving the other way, towards gun safety. Wheeler’s strategy seems designed to keep rural Nevada firmly in GOP hands, although it’s unlikely to help the party with urban voters the party desperately needs to win statewide. Nonetheless, we’re left to ponder what should be done to enforce the new background check law. County commissioners in three counties—Elko, Lyon and Nye—have passed formal resolutions opposing background checks, with some openly declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuary counties. Eureka, Lander and Pershing
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counties are likely to follow. Will the governor and attorney general allow county governments to thumb their collective nose at state law? Will sheriffs be allowed to neglect their duties to make a political statement? Will big gun shows leave the urban areas (please!) and invade rural communities to sell their wares, attracting criminals and others who can’t pass a background check? As this issue plays out in the coming months, our leaders should take a close look at the 2018 suicide statistics, which show significant increases in the use of firearms as a means to commit suicide. In 2018, 57 percent of the suicides in Nevada were completed by using a firearm, compared to 52 percent in 2017. Rural residents used firearms for suicide significantly more than people living in urban areas. Nearly three-quarters of all suicides in the frontier counties of Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing and White Pine were completed with a firearm. 68.1 percent of suicides in Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda Counties used a firearm, as did 65.3 percent of suicides in
Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties. Suicide by gun is a public health catastrophe in rural Nevada. According to “Guns and Suicide: The Hidden Toll”—a report from the Harvard School of Public Health—“Far more people kill themselves with a firearm each year than are murdered with one.” The report contains horrifying information about the lethality of suicide by firearms, especially in rural communities, concluding, “Cut it however you want: In places where exposure to guns is higher, more people die of suicide.” Before climbing on their Second Amendment horse, the GOP posse of renegade sheriffs and elected officials should think about the serious harm they’re inflicting on their communities with their constitutional interpretations. How about saving some lives instead? Ω
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Doug Smith 1932-2019 Nevada environmental leader Douglas G. Smith died in Reno on March 25. Born in Montana, he saw combat in Korea, then earned undergrad and grad degrees at Montana State University. He eventually became state secretary of agriculture. In 1975, he moved to Nevada and became part of the state workers injury insurance program. Smith was the founder of Citizens for a Scenic Reno, which in 2000 used an initiative petition to curb billboards in the city. He often worked shoulder to shoulder with his friend Marilyn Melton. In the early days of Nevada auto roads, road signs were not permitted, and the state was in a constant battle trying to control them. Eventually, lobbyists won the right to install them, and they spread across the states, limited over the years only on federal highways by beautification legislation in the 1960s. CSR delivered its petition on June 25, 2000, with more than the needed number of signatures to qualify for the city ballot. One day later, billboard companies filed a competing initiative petition, which never obtained the necessary signatures and was withdrawn on July 29. On Aug. 29, the companies filed a SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation) against CSR and the city, seeking to have the measure removed from the ballot. The suit was unsuccessful, and the measure was approved by Reno voters on a 57-43 percent majority. CSR became known as Scenic Nevada and evolved to undertake broader environmental concerns, becoming an influential player in the valley. Following Smith’s death, local planning activist Pam Galloway wrote, “Today, developers are heard reassuring elected officials that ‘we have met with Scenic Nevada’ as they develop plans. That is a huge testament to Doug’s vision.” Since Smith’s retirement six years ago, Scenic Nevada has retained its clout while led by Lori and Mark Wray.
trump wantS probe Donald Trump last week called for an investigation of those who wanted him investigated for his Russia links. “We’ve had very bad things happen, and those people are certainly to be looked at,” he said. “I’ve been looking at it for a long time, and I’m saying, ‘Why haven’t they been looked at?’” The probe could start with those who called for the investigation of Trump, such as Sens. Dean Heller, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski; and U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock, Steve Knight, Justin Amash, Mike Coffman, Barbara Comstock, Carlos Curbelo, Walter Jones, Adam Kinsinger and Erik Paulsen. Trump has yet to apologize to Robert Mueller for accusing him of running a ‘hoax,” “scam” and “rigged witch hunt.” In fact, Trump doubled down after the Mueller report, calling the probe an “attempted takeover of our government, of our country, an illegal takeover.”
One choice fits all at the UNR student union bookstore. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
UNR vs. Reno What does the campus have against the city? reno real estate agent Dave newman has a grievance. It’s against the University of Nevada, Reno, which insists on using the shorthand nickname of Nevada instead of University of Nevada, Reno, or UNR, thus depriving the city of publicity. “When people hear Nevada, they think that’s Las Vegas,” he said. It’s a grievance he used to discuss on his long-running Reno real estate show on KOLO. “I think it’s a mistake mainly because we’re a tourist town and here’s Michigan State, and other places, that don’t use their towns,” Newman said. “Well, I don’t know where Michigan State is located. ... It’s a crazy thing for a tourist town. It’s our primary industry. We want to draw people to this town and here we take our name out of our university.” And he says he’s not the only one. There are a lot of people in the business community who feel that way.
“Everyone I talk with agrees with me,” he said. He called the original decision to use the state name and avoid the city name “thoughtless.” The late Clark Santini, descendant of campus president Walter Clark (1918-1938), once had business cards as the president of the UNR Alumni Association. The cards gave the name of the campus this way: “The University of Nevada.” The implication—that UNR is the real Nevada—grates not just in Clark County but statewide. The hipper-than-thou attitude, needless to say, does not play well among nonWashoe legislators at budget time. The state’s new governor, Steve Sisolak, as a Nevada regent said in 2004, “They [UNLV and UNR] are equal. One is not a child of the other one, or an offshoot of the other one.” But he has offered no sign of taking a hand in the matter as governor,
suggesting he will leave the matter to the regents. That the usage is a campus policy is indicated by a 2004 Las Vegas Sun report: “UNR’s School of Medicine and the Cooperative Exchange [actually Extension] are allowed to drop the Reno because they are statewide, [then-UNR President John] Lilley said, but those are supposed to be the only exceptions to the rule.” Paradoxically, the medical school has apparently dropped its statewide identification and gone to being Renoonly. The website now recommends, “How we refer to ourselves/ Preferred[:] University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine/ When an abbreviation is necessary[:] UNR Med.” It is not surprising that the dispute happens in a state where the favorite euphemism is gaming—which references everything from hopscotch to blackjack—as a substitute for gambling, which is more specific. Nevada can refer to anything from a Clark County university to a Carson City community college. Most news stories have painted the matter as a north/south dispute. But while virtually everyone in the south calls that campus UNLV, the north is hardly unanimous in calling the Reno campus by the term Nevada. It is rarely heard. Referring to UNR as UNR is nearly universal in Reno. And if, as Newman suggests, the business community is unhappy with the Nevada term, critics of the older name may be pushing against an unlocked door. The notion of favoring Nevada over UNR is often attributed to (1) native Nevadans and (2) sports fans. But only about a fifth of Nevadans are natives and many of them are known to use the acronym instead of Nevada. The same is true of sports fans. A good example is the late Rollan Melton, raised in Fallon and a graduate of what was then called the University of Nevada. In 1992, the first Las Vegas Bowl—carried by ESPN and containing a dramatic UNR rally and near upset of Bowling Green—prompted Melton to point out in print that the term Reno was mentioned only twice during the broadcast, once in a commercial paid for by UNR and once at the end of the game by an announcer.
“Viewers got hardly a clue from One-party electiOn ESPN’s game commentators about where Thus, each fall, newly arriving students the ‘Nevada’ constantly referred to, is send these novelties back home to parents, located,” Melton wrote. “Instead, ESPN grandparents and others across the nation, buried listeners with Las Vegas references. and none of them read Reno on the back of Good for Las Vegas, too bad for Reno.” relatives’ cars. Melton, a former Nevada regent, also That also sort of killed our assumpwrote that without the Reno refertion that local cars with Nevada ences provided by frequent decals were expressing and omnipresent sports a preference, since broadcasts, “the city no other choice is must struggle that available. much harder in the Some commerexpensive quest to cial stores in spread the city’s the valley do name afar.” offer items— In trying to particularly sweat get a sense of shirts—that what term locals bear the full use, we spoke name or UNR. with 20 random But such cannot people, none of be purchased on them UNR students, campus. Dave Newman at two posts offices— The matter has so Reno businessperson Sparks and University bothered Newman that Station. No one told us he wrote a four-stanza poem they felt strongly about the about it, which reads in part: matter. Not one said they used “Our university on the hill/ Nevada in preference to UNR. And none forgot what puts bread on our table and defended the use of Nevada. money in our till/It’s folks coming from far National sports announcers seem to use and wide/to take our gaming tables and our a term for the campus that many locals and ski slopes for a ride/ They took the word Nevadans seldom do. Reno out of our school’s name/and to me that was wrong. It’s a crying shame.” Ω
“They took the word Reno out of our school’s name/And to me that was wrong. It’s a crying shame.”
The annual Cesar Chavez commemoration in Reno attracted more than 250 people this year, with Lacy J. Dalton performing a new song and some of her hits. This was the 17th year of the event, which occurs on or near the union leader’s birthdate. It has always been held at union locations, and in this case the Grand Sierra Resort’s workers are represented by several unions. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
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The Facebook page for the California Highway Patrol’s Truckee division mixes humor with important information for the community.
Cop jokes CHP Truckee When someone cracks a cop joke on Facebook and gets 1,500 likes, you might not expect that someone to be a cop— unless, of course, you’re looking at the Facebook page of the California Highway Patrol’s Truckee division. The page is hugely popular. It’s received nearly a quarter-million likes and has more than 239,000 followers. And it’s funny. On a March 25 post showing a highway patrol vehicle buried axle-deep in mud on the side of the road, the page’s administrator responded to comments with a GIF from the movie Super Troopers, leading another commenter to say, “My God. Admin on this page is a savage.” The admin for the page is Officer Pete Mann. He’s spent 13 years in CHP and serves as the Truckee division’s public information officer. Mann started his division’s Facebook page in November 2014. He said he knew from the start that he wanted the page to be different from other law enforcement pages. “I went to our commander at the time, and I kind of talked to him about it and said, ‘Look, I really want to do this, but I’ve been looking at a lot of other law enforcement pages, as well as other emergency services pages, and seeing what works and what really doesn’t work … and I have this idea. And we’re going to hurt some feelings, and we’re going to have some fun and some laughs and everything else. But we see stuff 24 hours a day that nobody else sees because we’re always out there.’” Mann said he initially received some pushback on his joke-heavy approach. But fast forward to 2019, and now the CHP is encouraging its departments across
California to take a similar approach on their own social media pages. “By using humor and that kind of stuff, we’re able to slide in the underlying safety message. And here we are with 218,000 likes, and it seems to be working,” Mann said. “We always try, I mean even when we’re having fun with somebody— whether it be a truck driver or a local motorist or an out-of-state motorist … or even something goofy we did, because that happens quite a bit—it doesn’t matter, we’re always going to try to slide that underlying safety message in there. And that’s the big thing, right?” Mann is humble about the page, crediting its popularity in part to the fact that Truckee and Tahoe are “worldwide destinations.” “The interstate being such a pivotal area going through Donner Pass is another one,” he said. But it’s clearly also Mann’s posts, which are often sweet and usually funny—like a video of a CHP Truckee officer engaging in a race on saucer sleds with an officer from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office with a caption noting it was the second race Placer County had lost to CHP. “The first one was actually a bicycle race,” Mann said. “We were doing a bicycle event for a bunch of kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach last summer. And we had a … bike race with them, officers in full uniform trying to ride very, very small bikes. And let’s just say CHP Truckee held its own, and we took them down.” Ultimately, Mann said, his goal is to inform his community while also humanizing its officers. “One of my big things is showing that side of us, showing that we’re fallible and that we have fun, and we have families, and these guys have families,” he said. Ω Check out CHP Truckee on Facebook at www.facebook. com/chp.truckee/.
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Where do Reno’s team loyalties lie? Story and photos by Matt Bieker m attb@news re view.c om
DAY To serious sports fans, team loyalty can be a deeply personal decision, taking into account factors like family history, respect for a particular coaching/playing style, or even the off-field behavior of the players. And to fans who watch casually, the reasons can be even more varied—like, maybe the mascot is super cool. Strict geography places most professional teams in the major coastal cities west of Nevada, and with the influx of California transplants to the state over the past decade, support for teams like the Golden State Warriors or the San Francisco Giants is commonly seen on the bumper stickers and apparel of Reno residents. With a few tectonic shifts in Nevada’s professional sports landscape in the past decade, however, like the establish establishment of two professional teams in Reno, and another two in Las Vegas, Reno sports fans may have new factors to consider in deciding where their allegiances lie come game day.
HockeY Today, professional hockey joins football, basketball and baseball as the big four sports occupying the
national attention span. However, this didn’t used to be the case. Die-hard fans have celebrated the high-speed, full-contact sport for decades, but general interest in ice hockey was usually relegated to instances like the national team’s performance in the winter Olympics. However, hockey’s popularity has risen steadily in the U.S. since the 1990s. This is due in part to more professional facilities being built in California and “the Sun Belt” as the National Hockey League has expanded. The nearest professional team to Reno for years has been the San Jose Sharks, whose home stadium, the SAP Center or “Shark Tank,” is closer to Reno than even the Giants’ Oracle Park. Since the establishment—and recordbreaking inaugural season—of the Las Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, however, Northern Nevada hockey fans may have to consider their loyalty to their home state in future matches. “Vegas is my hometown—I was born and raised there,” said Kaitlyn Olvera, a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno who began supporting the Golden Knights after their first season. “I think a lot of it was just having something to, you know— you’re proud of something. Vegas is known for being Sin City, for people going there to gamble. Now we’re known for being home to a team that went all the way to the Stanley Cup in their first inaugural year.” To Olvera, who grew up familiar with how hockey was
played but never followed any NHL teams, the Golden Knights provide a tangible connection to her hometown while she attends school in Reno—a connection she was especially grateful for on Oct. 1, 2017, after Las Vegas became the scene of the worst mass shooting in American history. “The opening night game was, like, a couple days after the shooting, or a week after the shooting, and they dedicated that game to the victims,” Olvera said. “So, I think that was also something that just really hit home with me because that was my home, and I think the team was able to, you know, kind of raise the city up—give them something to smile about in such a dark time.” Factors like hometown pride or family culture don’t enter into the equation for some fans, though. To a new generation of hockey fans deciding their loyalties for the first time, or to casual fans just along for the ride, the reasons for supporting a particular team don’t have to be especially meaningful. “My coworker and I were actually joking around one time because our boss is, like, a hardcore, to-thedeath hockey fan, and we always make fun of him for it,” said Laura Cooper, a marketing specialist and newly minted hockey fan. “And so we’re just like, ‘We need a hockey team.’ And then we basically decided, ‘Well, the Sharks are close proximity.’
Mike Dunnn remains a lifelong Raiders fan, even after leaving California 10 years ago.
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Kaitlyn Olvera became a Las Vegas Golden Knights fan after the 2017 inaugural season.
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We really liked the colors, and it would be fun to go to games. ‘So, let’s be Sharks fans.’” Cooper said she grew up doing individual sports like martial arts and gymnastics, of which she says she is still a “hardcore” fan, and never put much stock in the “winning team” mentality. “I’m really fascinated and find it humorous, the fact that people are so, like, beyond reality obsessed with people they’ve never met before, to the point where they’re like, ‘We won’ or, ‘Oh, we’re winning,’” Cooper said. “I’m like, ‘No, the players are doing that. You’re just at home watching it.’ … I’ve never been like that or identified with it, and none of my family really has either.” However, Cooper said she really enjoys live games and will get invested in the action in-person—she just doesn’t care to follow the team’s league standings in her daily life. Since her interest is only casual, and she doesn’t support the Knights because she has no family to ties to Nevada, her primary motivation in supporting the Sharks comes down to getting to watch her team live. “I have a group of friends who we think that it would be fun to go to a hockey game,” she said. “We’re definitely not interested 12 | RN&R | 04.04.19
in just going to a sports bar and watching it on television, so why would we pick a team that’s all the way on the other side of the country that we would never be able to see it?”
Football Football remains the most popular sport among Americans, with the highest participation rate of any sport at the high school and college levels, according to the National Collegiate Athletics Association. And the National Football League generates about $7 billion annually. Reno locals have traditionally had their pick of either end of the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers rivalry, dubbed the “Battle of the Bay.” However, the future of the rivalry, fueled by the close proximity of the two cities, could be in question as the Raiders prepare to complete their much-publicized move to Las Vegas in 2020. “I’m from San Pablo, California, which is an East Bay suburb of Oakland,” said Mike Dunn, who has lived in Reno for the past 10 years. “I’m born and raised there. So, naturally, I’m all about the A’s, Raiders and Warriors.” Dunn’s allegiance to the Raiders is a matter of family tradition, and the team is a part of his identity. Aside from his Raiders tattoos, he made it to six regular season games last year, and he and his wife Deanna are the admins for
the Facebook group Reno Raider Nation. He is also a member of the official Carson City chapter of the Raiders’ national network of booster clubs. Dunn said he and the vast majority of his friends will support the team no matter where they’re located, but the move does provide a logistical problem. “Being a Bay Area native, Oakland is a lot closer than Vegas—it’s about two hours closer,” he said. “I would prefer that they stay there, but it doesn’t change my love for the team.” Dunn is pleased that, after leaving California over a decade ago, he and his team will once again call the same state home. But he also has mixed feelings about the $2 billion deal, funded partly by a specialty tax on Las Vegas hotel rooms, to build the Raiders their stadium in Southern Nevada. “Like most taxpaying people, I don’t really think it’s right that we the taxpayers have to build such glorious things,” Dunn said. “But at the same time, as a Raiders fan—and I’ve been to Vegas within the last year, so I’ve paid that tax—I really think the owners should sponsor their own glory. But, at the same time, it probably wouldn’t get done. So, I’m a little on the fence.” While the vast Raider Nation will soon call Nevada home, Reno’s relationship to the 49ers was seemingly solidified in 2011, when University of Nevada, Reno alumni Colin Kaepernick signed on as quarterback. In the years since, however, his choice to kneel
during the national anthem at games has made Kaepernick the subject of a national debate about the place of protest in professional sports. Subsequently, he and his former team have a polarizing reputation in Reno. “If you would have asked me two years ago, I would say we were a 49er town,” said Walter Gudiel, president and founder of the Reno Niner Empire booster club. “Ever since Kaepernick, it kind of died down. As a booster club, I went from having 50 members to having 30.” Gudiel was born and raised near San Francisco and has been operating the club in Reno since 2012. He said that, at first, Kaepernick-fever swelled the Niner Empire’s ranks, but after Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem, a move he has said is in response to the shootings of black men by police, new fans started to become disillusioned—but not with Kaepernick. “They felt like the 49ers disrespected Kaepernick, and they stopped cheering for the team in general,” Gudiel said, referring to the quarterback’s decision to opt out of his 2014 contract to become a free agent. He continues to go unsigned in what he has argued in court is a punitive measure by the NFL. The politically polarizing nature of Kaepernick’s protest also did much to alienate others who viewed his protest as disrespectful to the military and American tradition. When his protest was first publicized, disgruntled fans took to social media, verbally denounced his message, threatened boycott and even burned his jersey. Even Gudiel, who will continue to support the Niners regardless, is measured in his response to the controversy. “As a marine, as an American, I’d say it’s his freedom—it’s his right to do it,” he said. “And I’ll leave it at that.”
baseball At least from an anecdotal perspective, Reno’s connection to the Giants is hard to argue with. Reno is home to one Jerry Stever, who has made local news multiple time in the past few years as “Reno’s Biggest Giants Fan” for having spent almost $100,000 on custom Giants memorabilia—including a $20,000 interior and exterior job detailing his truck in orange
and black. Reno is also home to famed former-pitcher for the Giants and celebrated sports broadcaster, Mike Krukow. (See “Giant voice,” Reno News & Review, April 14, 2016.) It was the subject of heated online discussion when it was reported that, this season, no Giants games would be broadcast on Reno radio stations for the first time since 1984. One of the few dissenting comments on a March 15 Facebook post by the Reno Gazette Journal on the subject read, “Best news I’ve heard today go dodgers.” However, as the Reno Aces, the city’s professional AAA baseball team, is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary, its worth reconciling a simple question: can Aces fans also be Giants fans? “When we started in 2009, the Arizona Diamondbacks were the first team we were affiliated with, and, obviously, now we have been [here] for, this will be our eleventh season,” said Jackson Gaskins, communications manager for the Reno Aces. “We see a lot of the Diamondbacks top prospects come into Reno, whether it be a rehab stint, guys that are on the Major League roster and just need to come down and get healthy, or they’re up-and-coming prospects that are just on the cusp making the Major Leagues.” As the official feeder team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reno Aces supply talent for one of the Giants’ National League West competitors. And while the distinction between major and minor league play
“If you would have asked me two years ago, I would say we were a 49er town. Ever since Kaepernick, it kind of died down.” Walter Gudiel
is crucial, baseball purists might object to supporting AAA players who could potentially field a better team than the Giants when they get called up. “I was born and raised in Sacramento, and, by proximity, I grew up a San Francisco Giants fan,” Gaskins said. “Obviously, now I root for the Diamondbacks, because that’s who I work for and that’s who I’m affiliated with.
That being said … [fans] fall in love with a certain player. If you sit on the first base side, you got to watch Christian Walker [play] 70 times a year and win the MVP award, then you’re going to root for him when he goes to the Arizona Diamondbacks. And you might be a Giants fan, but you also love the Reno Aces and your local team.” Gaskins also mentioned Braden Shipley, who played for
Carrie Chamberlain has been an Aces seson ticket-holder since 2015.
UNR before being drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2015 as an example of how loyalty in baseball can be multi-faceted. Carrie Chamberlain, who has been an Aces season ticket holder since 2015, is not a Giants fan (although her workplace is full of them, she said) but faces a similar predicament in supporting the Aces. However, she reconciles her support with a strict hierarchy that puts the love of the game before even her own team, the Atlanta Braves. “I’m a baseball fan first,” Chamberlain said. “When the Braves play the Diamondbacks, I struggle that whole series. I root for the Braves to win, but for the individual Diamondback players to have good games—the ones that I know from here.” As a baseball fan, Chamberlain said she values having the Aces in her backyard even though her allegiances vary between the minor and major league. However, as she points out, the Aces also present any fan with the opportunity to root for the minor league affiliate of their chosen team, if they so choose, when they come to town. “I have friends that are Brewers fans and they come to the games
when we played the Brewers Triple-A affiliate, I can’t remember who they are right now because I think they just moved,” Chamberlain said. “They follow baseball, so they support baseball.”
BasketBall Discourse about basketball in Reno has, for the last year at least, been dominated by the UNR men’s basketball team, which spent most of the regular season undefeated—briefly securing a spot as the sixth best team in the country—before losing 70-61 against Florida in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. With few of the Wolfpack’s starters returning next season, the conversation around the sport may return to the lull Reno has experienced since the Bighorns relocated to Stockton, California last year. Founded in 2008, the Reno Bighorns were the G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings—the geographically closest team to the city. After changing ownership three times since the team’s inception, it was finally bought out by its parent team in 2016. Current Wolf Pack Coach Eric Musselman also had a turn at the helm of the Bighorns,
and during the 2010-2011 season, he led them to a record breaking 34-16 wins and losses. Even during its best seasons, though, the Bighorns often struggled to draw large attendance. While Reno’s standing as a college town might better position it’s citizens to follow the NCAA, the Bighorns might have had their parent team to share part of the blame in not drumming up the crowds. A Feb. 2018 article from the Sacramento Bee summarized the team’s reputation with the headline “The Sacramento Kings have been the most consistent—and worst—NBA franchise this decade.” Anecdotally, Reno’s basketball allegiance is a mixed bag. With Bay Area transplants rightly proud of the Golden State Warriors securing the national championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and with Northern Nevada not far enough east to escape the Lakers’ all-encompassing shadow, native Nevadans have little reason to back the Kings (other than perhaps spite for the cities with which the aforementioned teams are affiliated). When it comes to which brand of Californian basketball Reno prefers—it’s a toss-up. Ω
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ive years ago, Cyrus Luciano had a day job and a lot of outdoor hobbies. “I was into typical Reno mountain sports, climbing, kayaking, skiing, things like that,” he said. One day, he picked up a Cyr wheel—a steel or aluminum ring that a performer stands in to spin or roll. He found it a lot of fun, and he wanted to practice it more seriously. “I realized there’s no place in Reno to spin in a Cyr wheel,” Luciano said. “I was doing it everywhere I could, on tennis courts, sidewalks.” He began dreaming of opening a facility where he and others could practice his newfound skill. “After some thought, I came to the realization that wouldn’t be a sustainable business model, to just do Cyr wheel,” he said. Around that time, he met Keisha Thrift at a climbing gym, where she worked. She taught him partner acrobatics. He taught her Cyr wheel. “That was the deal that started it all,” Thrift said. “We both started off with academia. We were set on this path to do the corporate thing Keisha thrift left a for eight hours a day, job in the cannabis industry and is now every day.” program director for Their path took a acro enso. sharp turn. They looked at facilities like the San Diego Circus Center and the Movement Sanctuary in St. Petersburg, Florida, for inspiration. They searched for a space to rent in Reno, maybe something in the 3,000-square-foot range. Eventually, they found the former Anchor Auctions building on East Fourth Street. Its 9,400-square-foot interior was a lot more space than they’d planned for, but the commercial rental market is tight, and they hadn’t found a suitable space in their original size range. “We decided to just go for it,” Luciano said. The directors’ dreams expanded to fit the space. They added dance to their list of core disciplines, and they looked around town for instructors in other specialties, too. Luciano and Thrift signed a seven-year lease, and now they’re the owners of Acro Enso, a new acrobatics and circus arts gym. It soft-opened in March, and a grand opening is scheduled for April 6.
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They plan to offer classes in yoga, Pilates, clowning, stilting and martial arts. As of last weekend, the gym was transitioning from an empty warehouse to a wide-open space with long streaks of sunlight, thick mats for acrobats, and an enormous vinyl dance floor. Soon, the proprietors said, one long wall will be lined with mirrors, there will be a small workout area with dumbbells and squat racks, and the entry lounge will be decorated with seating, cubbies and a wall mural by local painter Bryce Chisholm. Later on, maybe in a year or two, they plan to install ceiling equipment for aerial dancers. “We’re going to be a fullspectrum fitness center,” Thrift said. “We’re aiming for up to 20 classes a day. … We have open playtimes, three-hour blocks where you can come in and do your thing, play independently, work with a personal trainer, work with your kids.”
Family values As Luciano’s six-year-old daughter ran giggling around the huge, empty expanse, he and Thrift explained that it’s important to them to create a gym that’s friendly to families and nurturing to children. “We’re pairing our children’s classes next to our adult classes,” Thrift said. “So, you can come in and start a class—let’s say a belly dance class, if you’d like—while your child does ‘Acro Tykes.’” The adult class and youth class will start and end at the same time. She figures this will attract parents who’ve waited on the sidelines during a kids’ class, then had to find a babysitter so they could take their own fitness class. When it comes to families, Luciano and Thrift didn’t just consider convenience. They were also thinking about some values they hold dear—like cooperation and play. Luciano recalled a conversation he’d once heard between a parent and Daniel Cyr, developer of the Cyr wheel. The parent asked Cyr what advice he had for a young person who wanted to be a professional acrobatic. How should they be training? “Daniel stopped them,” Luciano recalled. “And he was
like, ‘What I would tell them is that they should have fun. If they’re not having fun, they should do something else.’” He remembers the parent seeming a bit shocked, but, for him, Cyr’s advice would eventually inform his new gym’s entire ethic. Acro Enso is all about prioritizing collaboration over competition. “We are setting into place some guidelines,” said Thrift. “We’re going to be creating [curricula] for our kids’ classes for the parents to view, to see exactly what their kid is going to be offered and what they’re going to gain. It’ll be clear that it’s not competitive. It’ll be a collaborative effort. It’ll be about building themselves and their body and building their ego, building who they are as people.” There won’t be a strong focus on teams or tournaments, she added. Instead, she foresees “open stage” nights, where kids and parents will be encouraged to show off the skills they’re developing.
GoinG pro At the same time the new gym emphasizes accessibility and a non-competitive spirit, Luciano and Thrift said they also prioritize highlevel skill. They said they aimed to hire the best local instructors they could find, and they searched
Acro Enso is located at 601 E. Fourth St. A grand opening is scheduled for April 6, including an open house from 6-8 p.m. and a dance party until late, with DJs Bazooka Zac and Enigma Beats. For more information, visit www.acroenso.com.
around the country for guest instructors. On a recent Sunday, Sam Tribble—a chiseled gymnast and coach from Los Angeles with a warm smile and an easy demeanor—walked three students through some beginning Cyr wheel exercises. “It takes a little bit of time to learn,” said Luciano. But Tribble, who’s been coaching people on Cyr wheel for at least 10 years, has broken the process down into steps. After he covered a few basics, it didn’t take long for his students to pick up a few moves‚ like walking in the wheel as it rolls across the floor. “We’re going to have a curriculum that really develops people, and it really can turn you into an acrobat,” said Thrift. “If a child decided they wanted to train for Cirque du Soleil one day, then this would be a great facility for them to come and start that training.” “And if they just want to come and have fun, that’s also what we’re about,” Luciano added. Ω
Cyrus Liciano left his post as an IGT game designer and is now Acro Enso’s executive director.
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by Mark EarnEst
A self-portrait of Eric Rios taken at Saratoga Hot Spring.
For a change Eric Rios One of Eric Rios’ photos of Tahoe’s east shore is a beautiful landscape shot of the lake with a rock formation in the foreground. Yet there’s something a bit off about the whole image, as you look closely. And that something is a garden-variety plastic bottle that’s been left on the shore. While most photographers capturing Tahoe’s beauty would take the offending detritus out of the shot, Rios features it practically front and center. That photo is in his first solo exhibition, Leave it Better, now at the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rios said his photos focus on humandriven changes in the Tahoe basin and the Truckee Meadows, and there’s plenty of contrast between nature and manmade invasions of its space. “I’ve always been really sensitive to pollution,” said Rios. “Going into nature and getting out of the smog of the city is a refuge for me—and a sanctuary. I have an urge to protect that sanctuary because it’s so special to me.” Rios is a Las Vegas native who loved going to mountain ranges during his time there. Now a Spanish and Basque studies student at UNR, he’s getting his minor in photography, and the study of photography and art history has changed his whole approach from straight-forward landscapes to environmental and documentary work. Most of the photos in Leave it Better stem from frequent visits over the past year to Tahoe’s east shore. Rios is an avid swimmer, visiting his favorite areas at the lake multiple times a week during the warmer months. 16 | RN&R | 04.04.19
“I noticed the landscape degrading, and that it was a direct result of people coming to recreate,” Rios said. “That’s when I thought about doing a photography project to help bring these issues to light.” One piece features an oil spill in a parking lot, but overlaid is the phrase, “I pollute, therefore I am.” It’s a riff on political artist Barbara Kruger, who used text overlays, like the phrase “I shop, therefore I am,” to give some sting to her work. Rios has been traveling to Yerington to take photos of the long-closed Anaconda Mine, which was found to be leaking uranium and arsenic into the soil and ground water for decades, with residents receiving a settlement in a class action lawsuit in 2013. For his work, Rios will be making a panoramic image—five or six feet long—of the mine that will also have text usage similar to Kruger’s work. So far, Rios said he’s received mostly positive feedback about his photography work and the messages it imparts. He’s even started discussions with those he sees while he’s out at Tahoe or hiking near Saratoga Hot Spring. “I’ll tell them about the work I’m doing, and they seem enthusiastic that someone is working on issues like this,” he said. Rios also plans to continue documenting Tahoe’s changing landscape. “I see it as a good opportunity to help inform people on how we are changing the land,” Rios said. “We consume so much digital media, images and video, each day. A photograph can be a great tool to get through, to connect with people.” Ω Leave it Better is a free exhibit at the DeLaMare science and Engineering Library, 1664 n. Virginia street, at the University of nevada, reno. the exhibit runs now through May 6. More info at events.unr.edu.
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“i really didn’t exepct you to eat that bird.”
Dumbo and dumber The decline of Tim Burton continues with Dumbo, his wasteful remake of the classic animated movie that amounts to a big nothing, for kids and adults alike. The original Dumbo clocked in at just over an hour, while this one lasts for nearly two hours that feel like 40. Yes, the running time has been padded but, no, it’s not padded with anything that registers as beneficial. A bunch of unnecessary subplots and added characters take away time from the title character, an admittedly cute CGI achievement. There are no talking animals in this movie, so scratch Timothy the mouse, the singing crows and the lullaby from Mama elephant off your list of expectations. The mouse—who makes a brief appearance as a caged mouse wearing a hat—is replaced by the requisite precocious children, one of them played by Thandie Newton’s daughter. Sorry, Thandie Newton’s daughter, but you can’t act and shouldn’t act and need to consider another profession that requires you not to act. Colin Farrell appears as Holt, the precocious children’s dad, back from World War I with one arm, and his wife died of the flu while traveling with the circus. The circus is led by Max Medici (a blustery Danny DeVito), who has purchased a cheap, pregnant elephant. He wants Holt to be the keeper of his elephants, a comedown from his previous gig as a circus cowboy. Farrell, like most of the humans in this movie, seems lost. V.A. Vandevere, the villain of the film, played by Michael Keaton, purchases Dumbo and plans to make him a main attraction at his Dreamland, which has a strong resemblance to Disneyland. So, in a way, Vandevere is modeled after Walt Disney and is portrayed as an evil megalomaniac. So, in essence, Burton gets away with indirectly portraying Walt Disney as a bit of a greedy monster. I’m not saying this is anything
inaccurate, but it’s a little odd to see in an actual Disney movie. As for Keaton, he’s at his sneering worst in this movie, as if he was just put in front of the camera and told to act persnickety. It’s a shame, because seeing the man who was Batman in a movie by the guy who directed Batman certainly projected as something that could be fun. Alas, it is not. Keaton just seems as if he’s always on the brink of recreating his “You wanna get nuts … let’s get nuts!” scene from Batman, which was one of the worst parts of that movie. In the original, Dumbo flew in only a couple of scenes for just a few seconds. Here, he has multiple flying scenes, which lessens the magic of the moments. Regrettably, the scene in the original where Dumbo gets wasted and sees pink elephants is replaced by a lame bubble show that is an homage to the Dumbo drunk scene, and a dull homage at that. As much as I did like the original, I’ve always taken issue with the notion that anybody would give Dumbo a bunch of shit for having big ears. All elephants have big ears, do they not? The premise worked in a one-hour cartoon for kids but falls flat in a big budget live-action movie with real people walking around. The morality lesson at the core just doesn’t ring right with actual humans acting it out. It feels corny. Burton used to churn out one classic after another. His last great movie was 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and his career was severely tainted with his other Disney live action reboot, Alice in Wonderland. Dumbo is actually worse than that Alice mess, and proof that Burton needs to get far away from the mouse and closer to the weirdos who inspired the first half of his career. Jesus, make another Pee Wee movie before you deface any further Disney properties. Ω
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. 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.
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. 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.
Jeff Tremaine, director of Jackass films, tries to deliver an actual narrative movie and bombs miserably with this lame biopic of Motley Crue. Based on the book written by members of the band, the film covers the band from formation through their career and makes a mess of the whole thing. For starters, Tommy Lee-lookalike Machine Gun Kelly delivers a bad performance as the iconic drummer, making him into more of a cartoon than he already is. Daniel Webber is an annoying prick as lead singer Vince Neil, who actually is an annoying prick in real life, too, so I guess he gets a pass. Douglas Booth renders bassist Nikki Sixx boring, while Iwan Rheon is the closest thing to any fun as the old, grumpy guitarist Mick Mars. I confess, I’ve never liked the band, and I find their music amateurish and shitty, so liking a movie about them might be a stretch. Still, we are talking some bad wig acting here, and nothing revelatory whatsoever about the group. They had groupies. They did drugs, blah, blah, blah. I never thought I’d see a rock biopic that annoyed me more than Bohemian Rhapsody, but here you go. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Never Grow Old
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two former Texas Marshals who come out of retirement to help hunt and kill the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs from a script by John Fusco that basically amounts to a road movie as Hamer and Gault deal with each other’s aging foibles as they hunt down two of the most notorious criminals in American history. As road movies go, it’s a pretty good one, with Costner playing the crustier guy to Harrelson’s quirkier guy. The movie stands as a decent companion piece to the ’67 Arthur Penn classic Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. In fact, I watched that one directly after this, and they fit together quite nicely. Bonnie and Clyde make brief, but memorable, appearances in this one, with Costner and Harrelson getting the vast majority of screen time. Hamer and Gault make for an interesting story about how, sometimes, you just have to go old school. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, two actor’s whose careers have seen better times, star in this dark Western about a religious town that’s visited by the devil. The devil would be Dutch Albert (Cusack), a sleazy gunslinger businessman who arrives in an old frontier town that has outlawed liquor and promptly opens a saloon. The mayhem that follows him has a body count, and the local undertaker, Patrick (Hirsch), starts making a fine profit off of all the kills. Feeling conflicted over the fact that more money for his family also means a lot of people and friends dying, Patrick starts having thoughts about rising up against Dutch, but many will die before Patrick works up the gumption to make a move. Both actors are very good here, with Cusack delivering his best work since his excellent turn in Love & Mercy. He’s played bad guys before, but this guy is really bad, and Cusack seizes the opportunity to let the evil out. Hirsch is decent as the good guy who needs to buck up and do the right thing. (Available for rent on iTunes and Amazon.com during a limited theatrical release.)
Oh, those evil doppelgangers and their wonderful place in horror lore. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Twin Peaks, The Thing and now Us, Jordan Peele’s extremely creepy follow up to Get Out. The film starts with a quote about America having many miles of tunnels underneath its surface, then a quick flashback shot of a C.H.U.D. videotape next to a VCR. A TV plays an advertisement for Hands Across America, and you already have all sorts of subtext before anything even really happens. When a young girl (Madison Curry) in the same ’80s flashback drifts away from her father at an amusement park and finds herself in a darkened hall of mirrors, Peele immediately states that he’s not playing around with this movie. Prepare to be scared, disturbed and uncomfortable in a good way. The film then jumps to the present day, where Adelaide and Gabe (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) are taking their children, Zora and Jason (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to the beach. It’s the same beach we saw in the flashback and, much to her chagrin, Adelaide was that young girl who ventured into that hall of mirrors. She’s not happy about revisiting the Santa Cruz pier, but the husband and kids really want to, so she takes one for the team. Us has a larger scope than I was expecting and qualifies as one of the better apocalypse movies I’ve ever seen. No question, writer-director Peele has been gobbling up zombie, slasher and isolation horror movies all of his life, and their influences play a significant part in his vision. The movie is a mind-bender, but it’s also an efficient, bare-knuckled horror-thriller. In short, it’s the whole package as far as horror movies go.
by Todd SouTh
Apretalados is a dish of prawns and crab meat wrapped in crispy bacon.
Big deal Casa Grande is an upscale Mexican-American restaurant—the kind of place with pleasant decor and seating for a birthday dinner, or with out-of-town guests who might not be down with the more authentic aspects of other taquerias. None of the dishes are terribly spicy, and you won’t find any “exotic” ingredients on the menu. The flavors presented are great, albeit tame. I’ll just get my hot and spicy pig guts, cow tongue and octopus elsewhere and let this restaurant excel at what it is, which it completely does. A basket of corn tortilla chips was served with a smooth, medium-spicy salsa and warm, spiced bean dip. We killed the first round with haste and quickly received more frijoles and salsa. House margaritas ($9.95) were served with an ice-filled, classic welled glass, heavily rimmed with salt and accompanied by a wedge of lime. The cocktail itself was in an iced shaker, to be poured by the customer. I refilled that glass at least three times before the shaker ran dry. A half order of apretalados ($14) showed up not long after ordered. The dish is comprised of prawns and crab meat wrapped in crispy bacon atop a plentiful bed of sauteed bell pepper, onion and mushroom, with melted jack cheese, sliced avocado and pico de gallo. The half order is more than enough for four people as an appetizer. I munched on the zesty veggies long after the pig and shrimp were gone. Entrees arrived just as fast as our appetizer and cocktails, starting with my friend’s enchiladas suiza ($15), a pair of chicken enchiladas doused in a sauce of fresh tomatillo, green pepper and onion and served with a side of sour cream, lettuce and tomato. It came with refried beans and rice on the side. The shredded chicken was moist, and the fruity, savory sauce did the 18 | RN&R | 08.04.19
trick. The beans were excellent, though the bland rice (with corn) wasn’t my favorite. A plate of beans and rice with barbacoa ($15)— large chunks of beef marinated in red chile sauce then slow-steamed until tender—was also everything you’d expect and want from the dish. My big “Muy Especial” plate ($19) was indeed pretty special. A pounded-thin piece of marinated chicken breast, carne asada and large prawns were flame broiled and served with several whole mushrooms sauteed in butter, garlic and spices, with plenty of guacamole, pico de gallo, and beans and rice on the side. A dish of spiced, drawn butter was provided for dipping. The flavors of all three proteins were distinct and complementary. I wished I’d had even more of the large mushrooms. It was a memorable dish. Having said that, the next time I visit, I’ll definitely order my friend’s choice of camarones culichi ($16), a beautiful sea of tail-free shrimp cooked with sliced mushroom, garlic and butter, and smothered in poblano chile and creamy, cheesy Sinaloa-style culichi sauce. The sides of rice and a salad of romaine, avocado, cheddar and tomato with lime cilantro dressing were an afterthought to the main event. That heart-stopping, delicious sauce was something to be appreciated—not terribly spicy but fantastically savory. We were too full to attempt dessert, although we hung out chatting, laughing, drinking and munching on the dregs until the place closed. The food is tasty, the service is great, and you can comfortably bring the whole family. Ω
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Long look Nick Eng Nick Eng, known locally for his upbeat, poppy and cheerful love songs, is writing from a different perspective for his sophomore album, Long Shot. While Eng still captures the spirit of 1960s British rock in the melodies of his songs, the album has a lyrically pessimistic perspective when it comes to romance and life. According to Eng, there is no one true love song on this album, a jump from his self-titled first album, which contained tracks like “The One for You is Me” and “On Cloud 9.” Eng said that he’s been pissed off at the world and at romance lately, which has given him inspiration for the new material. The opening track on the new album, “For Tonight,” begins with a powerful piano riff that pairs perfectly with Eng’s cynical lyrics about a relationship. The lyrics, “You’ve got me looking into your bedroom eyes/ And everything that I see in them cuts me down to size,” represent two people engaging in a relationship that isn’t going to be long-term, but rather only lasts for the night, according to Eng. “It’s a one-night-stand song, loosely, or it can be about a person being with a person and you kind of know it’s not going to work out,” said Eng, “You’re not in it for the long term, unfortunately, but you can get a little something from each other for the evening, I suppose.” He said the song is also about a toxic obsession and how a single person can take complete emotional control of your life, taking a toll on you—but, for the night, it’s fine, and you’ll let it happen. “You’ve got me running ragged and working up a sweat/ You’ve got me on a string, like a marionette,” Eng sings.
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Eng doesn’t have anything against gooey love songs. In fact, he still enjoys cheerful songs, but he said it also feels good to get some darker emotions off of his chest with songs like “Too Good for Anyone.” The song’s lyrics: “The only thing I do/ Is run around in circles chasing after you/ Ignoring all I said/ My messages to you all seem be left unread/ But you don’t even care/ You wouldn’t even be there/ And when all is said and done/ You’re just too good for anyone.” Eng said this album was about taking risks with production, too. There’s eclectic instrumentation on Long Shot, and Eng said this collection of songs definitely feels more refined and fuller than his last album, which was recorded in more of an organic way, with random rattles and other background noise included in the record. Rather than just sampling the keyboard for piano parts, Eng said he mic’d up his parents’ piano to capture a fuller sound. Every single note in Long Shot was written and recorded by Eng. He played every instrument himself and recorded the songs alongside his friend. Parker Hanes. Eng said he recorded the instrumental parts exactly how he wanted them to sound, then showed them to his band and said they can perform songs to their liking during live shows to mix it up and give their performances variety. Long Shot will be released and performed live at The Potentialist Workshop, 836 E. Second St., on April 6, and the band will be going on a small tour in Sacramento and San Francisco this spring. Long Shot will also be available digitally on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. Ω
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FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 4, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. POETRY READING BY AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL: Nezhukumatathil, a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s master of fine arts program, will read from her work and answer questions. Her newest collection of poems is Oceanic. Tue, 4/9, 6:30pm. Free. Nevada Wolf Shop, second floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno, 87 W. Stadium Way, (775) 784-6597, nevadawolfshop.com.
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BREW, BRATS & BALLET:
Kick back and enjoy an evening of music and dance with a glass of beer and a brat during Sierra Nevada Ballet’s annual program featuring classical ballet, contemporary and other different styles. Choreographers Barbara Land, Oliver Adams, Jennifer Boyle August, Ananda Bena-Weber, Alexander Biber and Rosine Bena will present a special work preceded by a short talk. The show culminates with a post-performance Q & A session with the choreographers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St. Tickets are $25. Call 813-8900 or visit renolittletheater.org.
GARDEN BROTHERS CIRCUS: The traveling circus presents a fast-paced, 90-minute show in a theatrical, European, threering setting featuring the Human Pyramid, six motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear and the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, as well as daring aerials and comedy. The Fun Zone features rides and activities. Fri, 4/5, 4:30pm & 7:30pm. $12.50-$35. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8815, www.gardenbroscircus.com.
ANNUAL POETRY MONTH READING SERIES: For the 20th year, Sundance Bookstore hosts a series of readings in honor of National Poetry Month. Hosted by poet Shaun Griffin, each Thursday night in April will feature a diverse offering of poets from the area. This week features Melanie Perish, Karen Terrey, June Sylvester Saraceno and MJ Jacobson. Thu, 4/4, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: A
MAKE-A-WISH MASQUERADE CHARITY BALL: Someplace Images hosts this masquerade charity ball with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. Enjoy dancing, deserts and drinks and browse through local art for the silent auction. A professional photographer will be available for portraits with custom-built backdrops. Fri. 4/5, 7pm. $50. Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino, 5 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, (530) 412-3065.
celebration of mountain cultures, this touring festival showcases awardwinning short films from around the world. The local screening is Nevada Land Trust’s largest annual fundraiser. Thu, 4/4, 7pm. $25-$30. Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center St., www.nevadalandtrust.org.
BEERS & BEASTS—RE-DISCOVERING A LOST WESTERN DINOSAUR: Paleontologist Randy Irmis will discuss the intriguing history of a forgotten dinosaur named Dystrophaeus viamalae, new excavations of the rest of the skeleton requiring climbing gear and helicopter support and what Dystrophaeus tells us about ancient life in the American West some 155 million year ago. RSVP required. Thu, 4/4, 5pm. Free. Great Basin Brewing Company, 1155 S. Rock Blvd., Ste. 490, Sparks, (775) 856-1177, www.facebook.com/greatbasinbrewing.
MYTHBUSTING—LAKE TAHOE EDITION: Join
TINS and the South Lake Tahoe Library to uncover the truth behind Lake Tahoe’s popular myths and legends. Sarah Hockensmith from the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will debunk some common misconceptions, while also exploring the basin’s unique history, geology, flora and fauna. Wed, 4/10, 6pm. Free. South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 573-3185, www.tinsweb.org.
equipment and tools that the public can use free of charge to create, learn new skills and new technology and practice artistic expression. It is open on Thursday afternoons from 3-6pm. Quad staff will lead instruction sessions on different tools or equipment each week. Project time ends at 5:45pm so everything can be put away and cleaned up by 6pm. Thu, 4/4, 3pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.
READING BY NOVELIST CAI EMMONS: The author of the novels His Mother’s Son, The Stylist and Weather Woman will read from some of her works. Thu, 4/4, 6pm. Free. Nevada Wolf Shop, second floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno, 87 W. Stadium Way, (775) 784-6597, nevadawolfshop.com.
RENO ACES: The minor league baseball team kicks off the season playing the Albuquerque Isotopes. Tue, 4/9-Wed, 4/10, 6:45pm. $12-$36. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.milb.com/reno.
RENO CANNABIS CONVENTION: The second annual industry trade show encompasses the emerging local cannabis community and serves to foster industry growth through advocacy and education of the current and future products and services. Sat, 4/6-Sun, 4/7, 11am. $25. Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., herbanplanet.com/event/2nd-annualreno-cannabis-convention.html.
SPRING TREE IDENTIFICATION PRESENTATION & WALK: Certified arborists Wendy Hanson Mazet and Rod Haulenbeek will explain the fundamentals of tree identification. The event starts with a one-hour presentation at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, followed by a two-hour tree walk at Dick Taylor Memorial Park, 1140 Beech St. Wed, 4/10, noon-3:30pm. $5 registration fee. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 4955 Energy Way, (775) 7844881, events.unr.edu.
THOMAS LLOYD QUALLS READING AND SIGNING: The author introduces his new novel Painted Oxen. Bridging the worlds of ancient Tibet and modern-day India, Painted Oxen weaves a tale of two men— one young, one old—on parallel journeys. Sat 4/6, 2pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www.sundancebookstore.com.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY—BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES: The Graduate Student Association at the University of Nevada, Reno presents the fourth annual diversity-engagement event which promotes unity through the understanding and appreciation of differences. UID 2019 will have sampling of food from around the world, talks from selected speakers on their diversity experiences and a panel dialogue with these speakers and the audience. Wed, 4/10, 6pm. Free. Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 327-5190.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE GREAT BASIN AND SIERRA NEVADA?: Just after Thanksgiving, the United States federal government released the fourth National Climate Assessment. This presentation takes a look at some of the key messages for the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada, as well as explores the process of how they came to these conclusions. Sat, 4/6, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
WRITERS IN THE WOODS—NATALIE BASZILE: Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, adapted into a dramatic series for OWN, Oprah’s television network and named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014. The Friday evening reading is free. The writing workshop is free for students and $50 for non-students. Fri, 4/5, 7pm, Sat, 4/6, 10am. $0-$50. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.
ART ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Ukrainian Palette. Co-op members Tetyana Anderson and Galina Milton were formally trained in their native country before they chose Nevada as their home. The two worlds combine with love stories and with beauty in their landscapes and portraits. The artists’ reception is on Sunday, April 7, from noon-4pm. The show continues until April 30. Terrye Kocher is guest artist for the month. Thu, 4/4-Wed, 4/10, 11am4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
JOT TRAVIS BUILDING, STUDENT GALLERIES: BFA 2 Exhibition. A thesis exhibition of art by bachelor of fine arts students Hanna Huntley and Ally Messer. There will be an artist’s reception on April 4 from 6-8pm. Thu, 4/4, Mon, 4/8-Wed, 4/10, noon4pm. Free. Jot Travis Building, Student Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
STUDENT CENTER, TRUCKEE MEADOWS COMMUNITY COLLEGE: TMCC 45th Student Art & Design Exhibition Reception. Truckee Meadows Community College presents its 45th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition, which will be on display April 10-May 1. The artist reception and awards ceremony will be held on April 10. Wed, 4/10, 5-7pm. Free. Student Center, Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd., (775) 673-7233.
ONSTAGE A BODY IN THE O: The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno presents a performance and lecture by internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller. His creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Thu, 4/4, 7:30pm. Free. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
CORKY BENNETT: Bennett, one of the region’s top accordion pros, will be joined by jazz vocalist CeCe Gable and multi-instrumentalist Larry Bolin for an evening of music and comedy. Sun, 4/7, 6pm. $20. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center, (775) 843-5500.
HARP PLUS: The 11th annual concert production features harp showpieces and chamber music involving harps and other instruments performed by University of Nevada, Reno harp faculty Marina Roznitovsky Oster with guest artists. The concert culminates with a large harp ensemble performance. Sat, 4/6, 7pm. $$10, free for students with ID, youth ages 17 and younger. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
PERENNIAL PUNX SPRING SHOWCASE: KWNK presents Spitting Image, Fearing, Stirr Lightly, Dale and Okay Urge. Sat, 4/6, 6:30pm. $10. Reno Bike Project Auxiliary Location, 635 E. Fourth St., (775) 240-7452.
PERFORMANCE/BODY/SELF WITH TIM MILLER: Performance artist Tim Miller will share fierce and funny performance material as well as speak about how performance can be used to embolden communities, challenge injustice and connect people with one another. Sat, 4/6, 7:30pm. Free. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
NEW VINTAGE BAROQUE: The ensemble unites past and present musical styles, offering new commissions by diverse modern composers alongside the music of the Baroque era. University of Nevada, Reno, faculty members and students will join in the performance. Fri, 4/5, 7:30pm. $0$10. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
ROSEBUD’S DANCE BAND 2019: Formed as an affiliate of the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, the group specializes in big band-era dance, jazz and swing music with some modern pieces mixed in. Sat, 4/6, 7pm. $10-$12. Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
TRES NOCTAMBULE: Celtic mandolin master Marla Fibish and guitarist Bruce Victor joins forces with Irish fiddle virtuoso Suzuki Cady. Sat, 4/6, 7pm. $15-$20. BAC Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
by AMY ALKON
The litter mermaid I’m not the best housekeeper or the tidiest person. I’ve got papers everywhere, dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor and an unmade bed. I have a very longhaired cat who leaves fur everywhere. I joke to men that “fighting entropy is a losing battle,” but I’m starting to wonder whether my messy place is keeping me single. Obviously, if somebody’s coming over, I’ll make an attempt to clean up. But it occurred to me that maybe men see my place and think either I’m lax in my own personal hygiene (I’m not) or I’d be a bad girlfriend/wife. There’s being dirty (that is, unclean) and there’s being untidy, and they’re two different things. In research looking at relationship deal breakers by evolutionary psychologist Peter K. Jonason and his colleagues, 63 percent of men named a “disheveled or unclean appearance” as the single biggest turnoff in a potential partner. However, it’s important to note that this measure was about personal hygiene, and you apparently don’t have mossy teeth or BO that sets off CDC scanners. As for your apartment, the real problem comes if the place crosses over from cluttered to disgusting. To understand why, consider the apparent function of getting grossed out. Evolutionary psychologist Joshua Tybur explains that disgust seems to have evolved to help us avoid pathogens—and the providers of their ground and air transportation, like boogers, vomit, dead bodies and co-workers who like to celebrate “take your flu to work!” day. In light of this, priority areas to address would be the bathroom and the kitchen. Also important would be policing the cat hair and rounding up any encrusted plates or week-old chow mein containers still loitering on surfaces. Regarding whether you should also be spending more time tidying up—that is, organizing mere clutter—living life can be seen as a series of decisions you need to make about trade-offs. Economists explain this in terms of “opportunity costs”—the benefits you have to sacrifice when you choose one option (one way to spend your time, energy or money) over another. For you, for example, time you spend tidying up is time you aren’t
spending going out and meeting men (or just lying on the couch smoking a doob and watching the Apple TV screen-saver images floating by.) Now, maybe TV ’n’ toke time sounds frivolous. However, time spent relaxing isn’t unimportant. To decide the level of cleaning and tidying you need to do, ask yourself how much of a luxury and how much of a necessity a boyfriend is to you. Depending on your answer—because even just clutter could put some guys off—you might decide that it’s worth it to you to begin a daily cleaning routine, simply by picking up or wiping up 10 things every morning before you start your workday. This advice is inspired by psychologist Karl Weick’s insight into the motivational power of “small wins.” Consider that being faced with massive, seemingly insurmountable problems—like “end world hunger,” “get the Israelis to hug it out with the Palestinians,” and, in your case, “keep the apartment spotless”—breeds dread in us and drains our motivation. However, you could probably be kind of “yeah, OK” about doing 10 small tasks. Recasting the need to clean as a small set of daily tasks would yank away its power for dread production. In fact, chances are, through the “small win” of completing your daily 10, you’d end up feeling you accomplished something—which other research finds seems to have motivating effects throughout the day. Finally, there is another factor to consider: truth in cleanliness. If you’re likely to fall back into your old ways, your home should not be so spotless and organized that you appeal to the wrong guy—the sort who measures so his decorative geode is in its rightful position on the coffee table. Should you attract a guy like that, it’d be best to confess to your sloberella-hood and give him time to see (and decide whether he can stomach) the real you. However, with guys with more moderate standards, by doing your daily 10, you should hit the mark. Ω
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): A mushroom shaped like
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Human beings are not
born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them,” wrote novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “Life obliges them over and over to give birth to themselves.” Here’s what I’ll add to that: As you mature, you do your best to give birth to ever-new selves that are in alignment with the idealistic visions you have of the person you want to become. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t skilled at that task in adolescence and early adulthood, and so the selves we create may be inadequate or distorted. Fortunately, as we learn from our mistakes, we eventually learn to give birth to selves that are strong and righteous. The only problem is that the old false selves we generated along the way may persist as ghostly echoes in our psyche. And we have a sacred duty to banish those ghostly echoes. I tell you this, because the coming months will be an excellent time to do that banishing. Ramp up your efforts NOW!
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s time to prove that
Cancerians have more to offer than nurturing, empathizing, softening the edges, feeling deeply, getting comfortable and being creative. Not that there’s anything wrong with those talents. On the contrary, they’re beautiful and necessary. But for now, you need to avoid being pigeonholed as a gentle, sensitive soul. To gather the goodies that are potentially available to you, you’ll have to be more forthright and aggressive than usual. Is it possible for you to wield a commanding presence? Can you add a big dose of willfulness and a pinch of ferocity to your self-presentation? Yes and yes!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): General Motors manufactured
a car called the Pontiac Aztek from 2001 to 2005. It didn’t sell well. One critic said it looked like “an angry kitchen appliance,” and many others agreed it was exceptionally unstylish. But later the Aztek had an odd revival because of the popularity of the TV show Breaking Bad. The show’s protagonist, Walter White, owned one, and that motivated some of his fans to emulate his taste in cars. In accordance with astrological omens, I suspect that something of yours may also enjoy a second life sometime soon. An offering that didn’t get much appreciation the first time around may undergo a resurgence. Help it do so.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Of all the female sins,
hunger is the least forgivable,” laments feminist author Laurie Penny. She’s referring to the hunger “for anything, for food, sex, power, education, even love.” She continues: “If we have desires, we are expected to conceal them, to control them, to keep ourselves in check. We are supposed to be objects of desire, not desiring beings.” I quote her because I suspect it’s crucial for you to not suppress or hide your longings in the coming weeks. That’s triply true if you’re a woman, but also important if you’re a man
or some other gender. You have a potential to heal deeply if you get very clear about what you hunger for and then express it frankly.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Only one of Nana Mousk-
ouri’s vocal cords works, but over the course of an almost 60-year career, the Libran singer has sold more than 30 million records in 12 different languages. Many critics speculate that her apparent disadvantage is key to her unique style. She’s a coloratura mezzo, a rare category of chanteuse who sings ornate passages with exceptional agility and purity. In the coming weeks, I suspect that you will be like Mouskouri in your ability to capitalize on a seeming lack or deprivation.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your tribe is symbolized
by three animals: the scorpion, the eagle and the mythological phoenix. Some astrologers say that the scorpion is the ruling creature of “unevolved” or immature Scorpios, whereas the eagle and phoenix are associated with those of your tribe who express the riper, more enlightened qualities of your sign. But I want to put in a plug for the scorpion as being worthy of all Scorpios. It is a hardy critter that rivals the cockroach in its ability to survive—and even thrive in—less than ideal conditions. For the next two weeks, I propose we make it your spirit creature.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian novelist
Gustave Flaubert declared that it’s “our duty is to feel what is sublime and cherish what is beautiful.” But that’s a demanding task to pull off on an ongoing basis. Maybe the best we can hope for is to feel what’s sublime and cherish what’s beautiful for 30 to 35 days every year. Having said that, though, I’m happy to tell you that in 2019 you could get all the way up to as many as 95 to 100 days of feeling what’s sublime and cherishing what’s beautiful. And as many as 15 to 17 of those days could come during the next 21.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sommeliers are
people trained to perceive the nuances of wine. By sampling a few sips, the best sommeliers can discern facts about the type of grapes that were used to make the wine and where on earth they were grown. I think that in the coming weeks you Capricorns should launch an effort to reach a comparable level of sensitivity and perceptivity about any subject you care about. It’s a favorable time to become even more masterful about your specialties, to dive deeper into the areas of knowledge that captivate your imagination.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Every language is a
work in progress. New words constantly insinuate themselves into common usage, while others fade away. If you traveled back in time to 1719 while remaining in your current location, you’d have trouble communicating with people of that era. And today, linguistic evolution is even more rapid than in previous ages. The Oxford English Dictionary adds more than 1,000 new words annually. In recognition of the extra verbal skill and inventiveness you now posses, I invite you to coin a slew of your own fresh terms. To get you warmed up, try this utterance I coined: vorizzimo! It’s an exclamation that means “thrillingly beautiful and true.”
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of history’s most
audacious con men was George C. Parker, a Pisces. He made his living selling property that did not legally belong to him, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Statue of Liberty. I suspect you could summon his level of salesmanship and persuasive skills in the coming weeks. But I hope you will use your nearly magical powers to make deals and perform feats that have maximum integrity. It’s OK to be a teensy bit greedy, though.
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Historical Society, which is in Nevada. ... Because of the article you wrote a month or so ago, the Sparks Heritage Museum has reached out to me, and they’re all in on this 150th anniversary, which is great. ... We have written 24 new articles [for distribution during the celebration]. It’ll be 26 shortly, once I finish the last two.
Judy DePuy In May, there will be celebrations across the nation of 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. Locally, the city of Truckee seems to have the most elaborate and extensive plans to lure tourists to its area. Also working with Truckee are Verdi and Sparks historical associations. City government in Reno, which was created by the Central Pacific, does not have any plans for the commemoration, but the Reno Philharmonic is planning a world premiere of a new work by composer in residence Zhou Tian, dealing with the transcontinental railroad. The spokesperson for Sparks, which is known as the Rail City, was not available for comment. On April 1, the Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City announced that a new exhibit, “The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made,” will be in place by May 10. In Truckee, Judy DePuy is a leader of the celebration.
What is being celebrated? May 10 is the anniversary of the golden spike being driven. So that would be Central Pacific coming from the west and Union Pacific coming from the east.
Is this going to be built around the golden spike date, or is it going to be a year-long celebration? It is for May 10th until September 15th. ... Four months of activities.
Did Truckee have such an elaborate celebration for the centennial? No, they didn’t have as much of a celebration as we’re doing now because I don’t think 50 years ago they had historians like myself who care about it, to be honest.
Who came up with the idea of throwing Truckee into this project big time? It would be not only the Truckee Historical Society, but it was also the Roseville, the Rockland, the Donner Summit, all the way through, of the historical societies that realized this is a great way to let people know that our town wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the railroad.
How many historical societies have you got up there? Well, OK—Roseville, Rockland, Donner Summit, Truckee Donner, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, the Verdi
How much is the City of Truckee getting into it? Oh, my gosh—they are so—the Chamber of Commerce, the Fourth of July Parade, which is all around the railroad and the history of the railroads.
Talk about the connection between Truckee and Nevada at the time the railroads were built. If it wasn’t for the railroads, [mining corporations] wouldn’t have been able to get the lumber and the ice that was needed in Nevada for the Comstock mines. They needed the lumber [for square-set supports in the mines]. But then, as they dug deeper and deeper, they needed the ice because it was 140 degrees in the rock and 120 degrees in the air. So, every miner had a 10-hour shift and would be given two buckets of ice when he went down for his shift, and every 15 minutes he was given a cup of ice water to cool his body down. So they needed the ice industry that we had here. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
GOPs, an infant, and flowers Oh, fercrissake. The ReTrumplicans are still hanging on, Gollumlike, to their Precious? This shit is nothing more than a silly-ass game of Keep Away, straight out of fucking kindergarten. And every day that Dum Dum and his lackeys hang on to their precious Precious is another day that more and more Americans realize these villainous scumbags are hiding something. They’re hiding something large. You say The Report is 400 pages long? No kidding? Well, gee, I’m sure it’s just loaded with page after page of praise for the Prez! So, hey, how about you dastardly Deplorables for Don Don hand the friggin’ thing over, so that we can share in his Great Exoneration? We so want to admit the error of our ways, and rejoice in the Execrable Excellence of his Excremental Excellency! Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with rubles on top?
Subpoena the Goddamn Thing already. As the Clash once sang— cut the crap. • Wait a second. Trump’s picking on a guy’s neck? Trump? Donald Trump? Trump ridiculing a man for the appearance of his neck is a lot like John Bolton laughing at a guy for a ridiculous mustache. I mean, has Trump looked in the mirror in the past two years? Has he noticed what his neck looks like when he stuffs all the jowly, wattly flesh of his ever-expanding underchin into a shirt and tie? Has he noticed the humorous and totally prurient flaps, folds and fissures that take place during such packing? Jesus. • The Super Blooms of California this year were, amazingly enough, the real deal. Which is quite the treat for floral fans, considering that it was just two years ago, in the Eyeball-Popping Spring of ’17, that
one of the great Super Blooms ever went down. So to get outrageously fabulous displays in Anza Borrego State Park (east of San Diego), Lake Elsinore (near Temecula), Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs, the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve (outside of Lancaster), and Carrizo Plain National Monument has been a wondrous botanical super bonus indeed. And it’s still going on. And it’s not that far away. The deserts of California, between Olancha and Mojave, are pretty doggone nice right now. When combined with the incredibly healthy snowpack now draping the mighty peaks of the Central and Southern Sierra, well, it’s an occasion where the word “spectacular” is spot on. Highway 395, from Reno to Red Rock Canyon, is one of the great scenic roads of planet Earth. And it’s strutting its magnificent stuff this month, big time. Ω
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