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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. The movie I’m most looking forward to isn’t a movie at all—it’s the last episodes of Game of Thrones. If you don’t watch the show, you’re probably sick of hearing about it. But then again, you’re also probably living under a rock and proudly telling all the passing roly polys, “I don’t own a TV” or “That show is just the Cinemax version of Lord of the Rings.” I’m sure I’m not the only fan who hasn’t been able to think about much else after the second episode of the final season. It was an all-time great episode—a classic quiet-before-thestorm episode, with little plot advancement but lots of great character moments. And it ended on a nail-biting cliffhanger, with this weekend’s extra-long episode slated to be a massive battle, in which most major characters are in mortal danger. This, of course, is a show that built its reputation killing off the characters nobody expected to die. Honestly, the most shocking thing HBO could do this next episode is not kill anyone. I watched the first season not long after it aired in 2011. And then I read the George R. R. Martin books—on which the series is based—before the second season. It’s the deepest, weirdest, most rewarding fictional mythology I’ve ever encountered—better than Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics or the Bible. As I’ve mentioned a few times, a family illness has kept me home a lot recently. Since we weren’t getting out, Margot and I decided to re-watch the run of the show. Noticed a bunch of strange things rewatching —like, for example, how much Joffrey, the sadistic child king of seasons 2 and 3, reminds me of the current occupant of the Oval Office.
I am very happy that the Forest Service fracking leases are being rejected in the Ruby Mountains, but the Trump Administration plans to sell BLM leases adjacent to the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The leases are planned 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, as listed by the American Bird Conservancy. Roberta Moose Reno
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Which side’s argument? Re “Guns” (letters, April 11): On Joel Tyning’s letter to the editor, his point that only bad guys will acquire guns without getting a required background check suggests that should be an argument for background checks, not against them. The police would then know that anyone who had a gun but had not had a background check prior to acquiring that gun is a bad guy. And since that person violated the law in acquiring that gun, he or she could be arrested, charged, tried and imprisoned. Bad guy off the street, thanks to a universal background check law. Michael Powell Reno
Hold it Re “Climate change,” (letters, April 18): There is no relation between current solar activity and rapid global warming. Middlebrook’s letter is a dangerous denial of the human/fossil fuel cause of current global warming which presents a grave danger to the earth as it now exists. See https://bit.ly/2UySa0y F.M. Irwin Reno
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Re “Climate change,” (letters, April 18) Nice numbers, facts and citing. Last year, an estimated 38.2 billion tons of CO2 from fossil fuels were deposited into the atmosphere world wide (CBS News). OK, possibly fossil fuel burning isn’t causing all of the change in climate we’re seeing. It does beg the question, however, why are we continuing to shit in our nest? If more funding and effort were to be put into perfecting cleaner and renewable energy now, fossil fuels could be greatly reduced within a decade. Our air would be safer to breathe, new industries could take a firm hold, and we could brag about leaving the planet better off for future generations. What is the negative here? Wayne Tuma Reno Re “Climate change,” (letters, April 18) Letter-writer Jeff Middlebrook is correct in that the sun does power a planet’s climate system. However, its atmosphere also has a profound impact. For example, although Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is hotter because its atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide. In its report, “America’s Climate Choices,” the National Academy of Sciences states that climate change “is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities,” and it calls for strong national action and international cooperation to address it. The NAS contends that this is wise risk management, because climate impacts will last for hundreds to thousands of years, but climate action can be scaled back if it is shown to be more stringent than what is needed. Let’s urge our members of Congress to work together and find a path to slow climate change. Terry Hansen Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Insure what? As a Nevadan, I understand gambling, and it seems health care is right in there. In this
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case, the insurance industry is the House, and we are all playing craps. If we bet the line and our number comes up (illness), we get paid. If our number doesn’t hit, we lose all our money. Maybe we’d be better off betting “don’t come” and hoping our number doesn’t roll. Even better perhaps to put our in$urance premium$ into a growing fund for health care rather than a CEO’s deep, dusty pockets. Either way the house always wins & the rest of us eventually crap out. We need health “care,” not health “in$urance.” Craig Bergland Reno
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Excited for any new movies? aSkeD at centurY riverSiDe 12 theater, 11 n. Sierra St. Dion Yriarte Waitress
I don’t really know, to be honest with you. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I haven’t seen anything that’s coming out. I enjoy the Marvel comic movies, though. Those are usually good. Aquaman was probably one of the last ones I watched.
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Hellboy. I’ve seen the other Hellboys, and this one is a younger version of where, supposedly, he came from. It’s supposed to be the beginning of the story.
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No more homework What is it about the home life of students that so disturbs kept them alive. Parents made pretty clear their unhappithe Washoe County District? Why doesn’t the district want ness with the whole idea, and the school district seemed to each student to have one? back away from the program. What must families do to keep the school district out of On March 5 there was a Reno Gazette Journal front their homes—post No Trespassing signs? page that infuriated many parents. There appeared the During Watergate, an old quote from William Pitt was headline, “WCSD says it will do away with digital days frequently cited about the fact that government cannot policy.” Then right under it was the subhead, “But district enter homes—“The poorest man may in his cottage bid says no end-of-year makeup will be required.” defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail; its If no makeup was required, why were the Digital Days roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; scheduled in the first place? Either they served a the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the make-up purpose or not. King of England cannot enter—all his force Then there is homework, another intrusion The dares not cross the threshold of the ruined into the home. Wall Street Journal: “School legislature tenement!” districts across the country are banning has put a stop Computers and school districts, however, homework, forbidding it on certain days or get through the cracks and enter as storms just not grading it, in response to parents to Digital may not—electronically. If the Washoe who complain of overload and some experts Days County School District’s winter “Digital who say too much can be detrimental.” Days” had been allowed to proceed—and Last year the Washoe County School Board fortunately, the Nevada Legislature last week put a approved a homework policy change that sent mixed stop to them—school districts would have gotten busy and signals. The change eliminated mandatory homework in found ways to set up electronic classrooms on snow days. Washoe County schools—but also gave principals leeway One value to paying top administrators less is that it will to make exceptions of their own campuses. Having a halfkeep them closer in touch with the difficulties faced by way policy is not the kind of leadership the public needs parents who must juggle work, school, childcare, and the from school board members. The district needs to put a unwelcome interference with that balancing act that Digital full stop to homework, period, both because it is a wellDays would be. established drag on learning, and because it will withdraw We do not understand what possessed the district from homes. Assemblymember Jill Tolles to try to prop up Digital Days If the school district wants to use homes, it needs to and push them forward with legislation that would have pitch in on house payments or rent. Ω
I don’t even know what’s coming out. I do Netflix. I’ve been aiming to watch Game of Thrones, but I have about 8 seasons I need to get through first. When my 3-year-old grows up maybe I’ll start then.
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I’m not the most on scene with movies. If there’s a new spinoff in the Fantastic Beasts series this summer, and I don’t think there is until the holiday season, that would be my thing. I’m solely, like, a Harry Potter believer. That’s it. I like to go to movies more in the winter anyway.
Brian rojaS Self-employed
The new Avengers and John Wick. I watched the previous ones, and they’re pretty incredible. I don’t know of anything else that is coming out. I don’t really care either, about movies. But those two specifically, [I do].
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Stop battered women at the wall? It has been decades since I thought about Choloma, Honduras. But several weeks ago, I spotted a large picture in the New York Times of a woman in a muddy Choloma street, with a horrifying quote: “Someone is always trying to kill you.” The opinion piece detailed the plight of many Honduran women who are being assaulted, tortured and murdered in a lawless country run by vicious thugs and criminals. The violence is happening throughout the country, but Choloma is seen as the most dangerous town for women. According to the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, 41 percent of the women and girls killed in Honduras in 2017 “showed signs of mutilation, disfigurement and cruelty beyond what was needed to kill them.” The individual stories of the women who have been murdered are absolutely shocking, the worst I’ve ever read. They include Dunia Xiomara Murillo Reyes, 34, who was literally “skinned like a pig” in Choloma by a gang member. Another
woman was stabbed to death in front of her 4-year-old daughter after she complained of domestic violence by her husband, a police officer. Glenis Vanessa Ramirez Hercules was strangled to death in front of her three young sons and had both legs broken by her assailant so he could fit her in a bag of corn to dispose of her as burned trash. The vast majority of attacks and murders are unsolved, and it’s rare that anyone is ever held accountable. And unlike other countries where most murdered women are killed by romantic partners and family members, over half of Honduran women are the victims of drug cartels and gangs. These desperate women are seeking asylum at our southern border, joining caravans with their children despite the attendant risks of the 2,000-mile journey, knowing they may be turned away. These are the women vilified by President Trump who recently called asylum-seekers “Some of the roughest people you’ve ever seen, people that look like they should be fighting for the
UFC.” Trump has ordered foreign aid to be eliminated in the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, saying, “We were paying them tremendous amounts of money. And we’re not paying them anymore. Because they haven’t done a thing for us. They set up these caravans.” The article’s author, reporter Sonia Nazario, eloquently sums up the situation by pointing out “The United States cannot erect a wall and expect women to resign themselves to stay put in Honduras and be slaughtered.” She suggests that instead of cutting foreign aid, the United States could insist that a portion be used to “hold abusers and killers accountable” and for programs in schools to break the cycle of abuse. We should also stop supporting Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose brother was just arrested for large-scale drug trafficking and whose election is questioned by the Organization of American States. What we absolutely must not do is close the
border to these women who are literally fleeing for their lives. When I traveled to Choloma on a college field study in 1976, the violence was not nearly as bad, but the poverty was deep and widespread. Our group studied why residents continually rebuilt their homes—shacks really—in the flood plain, knowing the annual monsoon rains would cause the river to rise and destroy them year after year. The geography students mapped the town’s flood zones, documenting the flimsy building materials used to reconstruct the homes while we Spanish students interviewed residents about their lives. The key question at the end of each interview was, “Why do you keep rebuilding your home in a known disaster zone?” The answer was always the same. “Where else can we go?” Ω
by Dennis Myers
Payday loan bill enacted
Military encroachments on federally managed public lands in Nevada led to a study of impacts from military and other uses for state lands.
The Nevada Senate last week voted to contract for creation of a state database that will inform payday loan companies when loan applicants already have one or more outstanding loans and are above the debt load allowed under state law. The companies are barred by state law from extending loans that eat up more than 25 percent of an applicant’s gross income. The database would be funded with fees paid by the payday loan companies using it to the contractor running it. The bill also contains protections for military servicepeople, and was amended to give companies a waiver of liability. The companies opposed creation of the database, preferring not to know the information it will meke available to them. The vote was straight party-line. Every Democrat voted for the bill. Every Republican voted against it, some of them arguing that the fee to pay for the database should fall under a state constitutional provision requiring a two thirds vote to raise revenue. Among Washoe County legislators, only Julia Ratti supported the measure. Ben Kieckhefer, Ira Hansen and Heidi Seevers Gansert voted against it.
Senate hearS dubiouS info During debate last week on Senate Bill 179, dealing with abortion, Washoe County Sen. Ira Hansen said, “There’s a real change going on in America right now because so many young people are being exposed to ultrasounds and the younger people, interestingly enough, are the most pro-life people in America today.” Hansen did not give a source for his assertion, but most surveys show younger citizens are the most supportive of abortion rights. In a Gallup survey released on June 15 last year, adults 18 to 49 call themselves “pro-choice.” Forty-nine is where the shift in sentiment occurs—those 50 and above identify as “prolife.” Here are the percentages up to that point: Between ages 18 and 29, respondents were 56-38 percent in favor of abortion. Within the age 30 to 49 cohort, respondents supported abortion 51-45 percent. Sen. Hansen also said in his remarks, “I’d also point out that we’re going the opposite direction in some parts of the country, legalizing infanticide, flat out murder.” Again, he was not specific. However, a law enacted recently in New York and laws proposed in Virginia and Rhode Island have been characterized as leading to infanticide, which they do not. The chair of New York’s Conservative Party, for instance, claimed that under terms of the new Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in that state, “If the baby was born alive, they would just let the baby expire.” The conservative magazine National Review ran an article headlined “New York, Virginia Abortion Laws: Infanticide Craze.” (The headline incorrectly describes the Virginia proposal as a law. It is a proposal.) But the fact-checking site Politifact found upon investigation that the RHA removed duplicative language from existing law. That still leaves intact state and federal laws—including U.S. Public Law 107–207, 116 Stat. 926—requiring that “infants born alive are due the same medical care and protections as anyone else.”
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Land rush There are hazards in federal withdrawals last week, u.S. rep. Mark amodei was in-state and spoke to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature. Among other things, he said: “This Congress represents a unique opportunity for Nevada, a Nevada opportunity. When you live in a state that is 85 percent owned by the federal government—which is not a good thing or bad thing, it is simply a fact—then what happens with multiple use of federal land is pretty important when you talk economic development, when we talk about conservation, when we talk about transportation, when we talk about anything and everything, wildfire, you name it. What is new about this one? For three major reasons, this is going to be a different one. In the 116th Congress, the United States Navy is going to come with what is the largest lands bill in the history of the state. About 600,000 acres, already owned by the federal government, are going to be changed from multiple use to not multiple use.
… The United States Air Force in the southern part of the state is going to be coming with not quite as big a footprint, but it is expansion time for our war fighters that fly airplanes in the Navy and in the Air Force. OK, that is fine. But the process that we go through with that … this is an opportunity. When you talk about essentially a lands withdrawal that affects transportation, that affects economic development, that affects conservation, that affects wilderness, that affects everything under the sun that we do in this state, it is an opportunity, ladies and gentlemen.” This is the traditional view of the process that was common in Nevada in the 1950s and ’60s, before local activism asserted environmental and anti-nuclear concerns. In those earlier days, there was some faith that the federal government and business would deal with the state fairly. But time and experience have taken a toll on that faith. What were once seen as opportunities are now often seen
as occasions to be on guard. In this Earth Day week, it might be useful to recall some of the times the state’s faith was rewarded in some ways but also came with downsides and the discovery of information which had been withheld from Nevadans. On Aug. 19, 1970, for instance, in a statement to the U.S. Environmental Quality Council, the Atomic Energy Commission—a forerunner of the U.S. Energy Department—said that as a result of its weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site, 250 square miles were contaminated by plutonium whose radioactivity can linger for 24,000 years or more and that 49 separate areas were fenced off because of the intensity of contamination. The AEC had not only not previously informed the state of this—and certainly had not done so before the state consented to the establishment of the test site—but it had spent years denying the dangers of fallout. Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt, taken by surprise at the AEC statement, nevertheless immediately declared his confidence in the public’s safety, though a news report said he had yet to be briefed on the development by the AEC. That kind of blind faith, too, was common in those days. The federal government has installed some of its own functions on large swaths of public lands in Nevada—Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Pentagon. But the military use is different from the others. The others are available for the public to use. When the Pentagon takes control of public land, it is “withdrawn”— removed from public use.
lonG tiMe coMinG During the Carter administration effort to install MX missile installations in Nevada and Utah, an Air Force officer called the Nevada desert a “great nuclear sponge.” That view of the Great Basin leads to federal policy-making that utilizes the basin as a dumping ground for unattractive and dangerous projects. That view is also frequently not informed of the delicate ecology of desert terrain.
Thus, land withdrawals for military purposes and other non-military projects like the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park and I-11 (another Canada-to-Mexico highway) tear up large areas that many Nevadans value while in-state officialdom usually accepts them without skepticism. Following a major disaster at Lake Denmark Naval Ammunition Depot and nearby Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey in 1926 that left 21 people dead and the depot leveled, federal eyes were cast to other, less populated areas for a replacement. In 1930, the depot was reopened in Hawthorne, Nevada. That was at least done openly. In 2005, an obscure federal agency called the Defense National Stockpile Center chose that same site as the dump for federal stocks of mercury without ever informing the public plainly and clearly in advance what it was planning. The Reno Army Air Base operated north of Reno from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, an Air National Guard Base opened on the site, becoming Stead Air Force Base in 1951. It closed down again in 1966, the airfield handed off to the City of Reno and other properties sold off to private buyers. Over the years, as Stead evolved into its own community, it has often seemed that every time someone put a shovel in Stead ground, something nasty was found. On one occasion after construction equipment punctured a steel drum buried underground, the entirety of Stead was evacuated. With that kind of history, Nevadans in Congress arranged in the Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1986 for a sweeping report on planned and proposed military projects in the state. It was unfortunate that it did not also mandate that past activities be included, so that some of the hazards in the state’s military installations could have been identified instead of being inadvertently discovered from time to time, as at Stead. The final report, Special Nevada Report, took five years to prepare and was delivered in 1991. It was compiled by the Air Force, Navy, and U.S. Interior Department, with input from the Army and U.S. Department of Energy. Assisting in its preparation were Science Applications International Corporation and Nevada’s Desert Research Institute. Every effort was made to assure the report was incomprehensible to the everyday reader, from technical jargon to an oddball page-numbering system and no index.
While the report contained hints of the difficulties Nevada faced in dealing with the federal government, such as a section titled “Objects and Armaments Dropped from Aircraft,” it did little for the public. Those who persevered could find useful information, but as an example, there was little in the report on wide rumors of unexploded ordnance in and around the Fallon Naval Air Station and other facilities. The term unexploded appears just four times in the report’s 732 pages. Still, there were indications of 0casual indifference for the lands that federal agencies were using: “Activities on and in the vicinity of NAS Fallon have eliminated a large portion of the native vegetation. No studies have been conducted which documents effects on plants, fish, and wildlife on and in the vicinity of NAS Fallon from activities associated with the Station. Activities on the bombing ranges of the FRTC [Fallon Range Training Complex] have disturbed native vegetation.” It is not easy to nail down exactly how much Nevada land is devoted to miliary uses, but the figure 2.9 million acres is usually cited. In the Navy withdrawal referenced by Amodei, the Navy is seeking to add 619,000 acres of federal land and more than 65,000 acres of private land to the Fallon Naval Air Station. That would be an increase of 23.5 percent in Nevada land controlled by the Pentagon—and does not even count the planned Air Force withdrawal. Rep. Amodei is one of the more moderate Republicans in Congress. His interest in using the planned withdrawals to exploit other opportunities for local governments and business is a time-honored technique for U.S. House members. But it does not need to stop there. The withdrawals can be an opportunity, not just for economic development, but for education of officialdom on the ecology of the Great Basin and the necessity of Nevadans being informed of hazards up front, before a project is approved. And it can be an opportunity to examine the notion of a state seeing a huge chunk of its acreage being shut off to its residents. Most states are smaller than Nevada. Imagine their reaction if the Pentagon came calling for such large swathes of land. Ω
Officials are not always informed in the delicate ecology of a desert terrain.
The Special Nevada Report can be read at the University of North Texas Digital Library at bit.ly/2INFTTE.
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The Melting Pot World Emporium, 1049 S. Virginia St., sells plenty of Tahoe-themed gear, as well as jewelry and clothing designed by Lake Tahoe artists. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL
is available online and in some local shops, including The Melting Pot World Emporium on Virginia Street in midtown. In addition to apparel, the company designs things like Tahoe-shaped cookie cutters, stickers and glassware. And they donate to local charities, including the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and the Bear League. The Melting Pot also sells other Tahoethemed jewelry, jewelry designed by Tahoe artists and locally made, 3-D wooden maps of the Lake. These kinds of wooden maps can be purchased from many different companies online. But this variety, popular with locals, is made by the local company Tahoe Wood Maps, established in 2014. The company makes maps of Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Monterey Bay and— recently—of Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho. Tahoe Made is a brand that was established in 2007 and is available in stores around the region, including The Potlatch and Tahoe Provisions in Incline Village and Bobo’s Ski & Board in Reno. The people behind the company are also involved in the popular outdoor apparel brand Deso Supply Co. In addition to apparel for adults, Tahoe Made makes some of the stranger Tahoe-themed things a person will find, things like a bicycle-mounted leather wine bottle holder with a stainless steel opener. California 89 is a brand based in Truckee started by a woman named Lisa Gotts when she moved to the area in 2000. It’s named for California State Route 89 that runs from Truckee up to the lake. Some of the brand’s designs sport the names of popular lake destinations like Emerald Bay and Squaw Valley. A portion of the proceeds from every sale goes to the Tahoe Fund, which helps with restoration and preservation projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin; and High Fives Foundation, which raises money and awareness for athletes with life-altering injuries who want to continue enjoying winter sports. Ω
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There’s a bunch of movies coming out this Summer movie season, and it’s my honor and job and legal obligation to let you in on some of the scuttlebutt surrounding them in a preview sort of way. Here is a sample of what’s coming. The following thoughts on these movies are based on what I’ve read about them in advance, preview trailers and voodoo.
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April: Yes, the summer movie seAson includes April Avengers: Endgame (April 26): Did you cry when Peter Parker begged for his life in the last Avengers movie? Fear not, for Spider-Man has his own movie later this summer (see below) and the superhero team probably has something up their sleeve to bring back the likes of Spidey, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch and Obama after they all perished in the Thanos finger snap. I imagine this might be the end for the likes of Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) as far as Marvel movies are concerned. They must be phased out before their testosterone levels start drop dropping mercilessly.
mAY: the most intriguing month of this summer movie se seAson Long Shot (May 3): Your requisite romantic comedy for May has Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen making out. I’m guessing there will also be weed smoking. Ugly Dolls (May 3): What? Are people just going to garage sales, spotting past toy fads and making movies about them? When am I getting my Furby movie? Oh, wait, they made one 14 years ago. How about a Paddle Ball Movie? Paddle Ball made a great cameo in Blazing Saddles. It deserves its own feature! The Intruder (May 3): You know your career is in its death rattle when you find yourself starring as the psycho guy who still lives in the house a married couple just moved into. Dennis Quaid, he of the recent car insurance commercials, gets to go nasty and perform unauthorized lawn mowing in what will surely be one of his last starring roles to show up on the big screen. Pokemon Detective Pikachu (May 10): Look, kids! You only had to wait a week for the next toy movie cash-in! The Hustle (May 10): A loose remake of the Steve Martin comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was a remake of Marlon Brando’s Bedtime Story, so this is a double remake. Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star, with Hathaway sport sporting a British accent that will have audiences pour pouring cement into their ear canals during screenings. POMS (May 10): Some women at a retirement home form a cheerleading squad and enter a competition. When I first read about this movie I thought to myself, “I don’t want to see this movie. I don’t want to see this movie so, so much.” But then I saw the cast features Diane Keaton, and I’m mellowing on it
a bit. Even though the majority of her movies these days suck ass, you always have to give the great Keaton a shot.
Tolkien (May 10): This biopic about the author of The Lord of the Rings seems to propose the idea that J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) and his buddies palled around like a bunch of hobbits at college—a “fellowship” if you will. He also, apparently, got his inspiration for Shelob the giant spider when a pet tarantula crawled onto his face during a collegiate pizza party and beer blast. John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (May 17): This is not the Keanu Reeves sequel that has me most jazzed. They have finally announced a 2020 release date for the next Bill & Ted movie, so, actually, any movie that has Reeves in it until then will just piss me off because it represents something that kept the Bill & Ted sequel out of theaters longer. Also, I don’t think a movie title should ever contain the word “Parabellum.” The Sun is Also a Star (May 17): Gee, I didn’t know this. Thanks. I was really struggling with that one.
Are people just going to garage sales, spotting past toy fads, and making movies about them?
A Dog’s Journey (May 17): Aw, look. Just two weeks after his prior movie, and my sinister jabs at the career of Dennis Quaid, here he is again in a potentially sweet movie about dogs and their spirits traveling from canine to canine in our lives. OK, maybe he has a post-60 career after all. Sorry, Dennis!
Aladdin (May 24): The Jungle Book was cool, and I was OK with the Beauty and the Beast live-action redo. Dumbo was awful, and judging by the previews, this looks like a complete waste of time. Will Smith looks creepy blue, as would anybody with a blueberry complexion outside of an animated movie. (Sigourney Weaver’s Navi in Avatar gave me fever dreams, and I wasn’t running a temperature!) Disney plans something in the neighborhood of 4,002 live action remakes of their animated classics. This isn’t even the last one being released this summer. Ad Astra (May 24): Brad Pitt gets to play an astronaut, following in fellow stud muffin Ryan Gosling’s footsteps. Brightburn (May 24): James Gunn, the newly reinstated man behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, produces a superhero horror story that asks the question, “What if a Superman-type kid getting bullied as he grows up goes bad
instead of good … like, really, really bad? Like, eat your face bad.” I’m not sure if the little boy with superpowers actually eats somebody’s face, but that would be badass.
Booksmart (May 24): Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut looks like a profane blast. Godzilla: King of Monsters (May 31): The previews for this have me drooling. We didn’t get enough Godzilla in the first movie. This time out, it looks like there will be a lot more monster action, along with Millie Bobbie Brown doing her quiet-but-angry shtick. I just want to see monsters punching each other this summer. The IMAX preview that played before Shazam!, set to opera music, has me thinking this might possibly be one of the greatest monster movies ever made. Rocketman (May 31): Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most overrated, piece-of-shit movies I’ve ever seen. Let’s
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Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny and Adam Driver.
The Dead Don’t Die (June 14)
see if Elton John gets better treatment than Freddie Mercury. Taron Egerton does his own singing in this biopic, and he sounds pretty damn good, so I’m encouraged.
June: The season hiTs iTs sTride Dark Phoenix (June 7): From a marketing standpoint, it shocks me that Fox isn’t using “X-Men” in the title and promotional pieces. It’s also stupid that I find myself focusing on the inefficiencies of an upcoming movie’s marketing plan. I need to get out more. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7): Upon the revelation that comedian Louis C.K. had a thing for jacking in front of women in questionable circumstances, makers of this animated movie got to thinking, “Say, maybe the lead dog in our cute movie about what happens with pets behind the scenes shouldn’t feature the voice of a standup comedian recently revealed to have had a thing for jacking in front of women in questionable circumstances.” Patton Oswalt steps in as his replacement, and I think most of the kids won’t notice, unless those kids are TMZ junkies. Men in Black: International (June 14): Will Smith will not return because he was busy being blue for Aladdin and shooting the Bad Boys sequel. Hello, Tessa Thompson. Tommy Lee Jones won’t be returning because he is a cranky coot and nobody wants to hang out with him. Hello, Chris Hemsworth. Rip Torn will not be returning because he is passed out drunk in a lake of his own urine smack dab in the middle of a bank lobby somewhere. Shaft (June 14): In this reboot, Samuel L. Jackson actually returns as Shaft, who he played in one film. This one has 12 | RN&R | 04.25.19
multi-generational Shafts, including Richard Roundtree (!) as Shaft’s dad, and Jessie T. Usher as his son.
The Dead Don’t Die (June 14): Does anything look more glorious than this? Jim Jarmusch does zombies while assembling a cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Iggy Pop, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi. Toy Story 4 (June 21): They said it would never happen. But then somebody at Pixar saw one of those new Teslas and said “I need a down payment! Let’s get Hanks and Allen into a sound booth!” Child’s Play (June 21): Mark Hamill replaces Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky. (Dourif will possibly voice the psycho doll in a proposed TV series.) Annabelle Comes Home (June 28): I wasn’t aware that Annabelle had left home. She’s a doll. She just sort of sits around. I mean, she comes alive to kill and freak people out, but she doesn’t cover a lot of ground when she does it. Maybe a hallway or the distance from a closet to a bed. I don’t picture her Uber-ing out of town and catching Southwest to Orlando for some vacation killings. She’s … a … stupid … doll. She’s always home. Yesterday (June 28): After a bicycle mishap, a wannabe musician wakes up into a world where the Beatles never existed, but in his former parallel life, they did. So, he remembers their songs, starts claiming them as his own, and becomes a star. Where it leads from there, I don’t know, but I have to imagine there’s some sort of moral core about the perils of plagiarism in this thing. Paul McCartney more than likely sues somebody. He’s always suing somebody.
The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith (June 28): Listen, I practice an agnostic leaning toward straight atheistic dogma with a little bit of Satan, Buddha, Pete Townshend and Thom Yorke worship mixed in. That said, I have no problem with a good “Jesus Is Awesome!” movie, like The Last Temptation of Christ, The Passion of the Christ or Monty Python’s Life of Brian. As for these “faith-based” movies that are suddenly getting a lot of green lights, they feel like nothing more than a Jesus cash-in, like those Apocalyptic Food Drums preacher Jim Bakker hawks on TV, or anything associated with that bastard Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club.
July: surprisingly lighT on releases Midsommar (July 3): Did you like Hereditary? I liked Hereditary. Therefore, I like the prospects of this here movie, written and directed by Ari Aster, the man who brought you Hereditary. Bring it. Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5): This one looks to be a lighthearted antidote to the heaviness currently going on in the Marvel universe. One can assume that Peter Parker has survived Endgame, or we are seeing something in a parallel universe, or Spider-Man cloned himself in the science lab before the finger snap. The Lion King (July 19): So, after releasing this, yet another live-action remake of a Disney animated movie, Disney has some interesting plans. They are going to make an animated version of their 1967 beloved classic The Gnome Mobile, and then promptly release a
live-action remake of the animated remake five weeks later. You heard it here first, folks.
David Crosby: Remember My Name (July 19): I hate Crosby, Stills & Nash almost as much as I hate Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which means I have to hate David Crosby by default. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (July 26): Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt headline the ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, this one dealing with ’60s Hollywood and somehow involving the Manson clan and Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie). Tarantino has said he’s quitting after his tenth film. He’s too young and too cool to stop at one more movie. Keep going.
August: the seAson AppeArs to be running out of steAm Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August 2): I’m not a huge fan of the Furious movies, mainly because the sight and sounds of Vin Diesel make me want to run my head over with a Dodge Charger. This one, focusing on the characters portrayed by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, doesn’t involve Diesel, so it could be a fun, wacky piece of escapist fare. Or, it could really be stupid. The New Mutants (August 2): I think this movie was supposed to be released in the ’90s. It’s been shelved and postponed many times. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (August 2): Isabel Moner was awesome in Instant Family. (If you haven’t seen that movie, rent it. It’s really good.) She stars here as the title character.
Artemis Fowl (August 9): This science fiction film from director Kenneth Branagh has a trailer set to a Radiohead tune, so I want to see it. Hey, I’m easily hooked. Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark (August 9): This is perhaps the summer’s finest guarantee if your goal is to shit pants in a movie theater. The trailer for this scares me so much, I live in a strange kind of joyous fear of definitively out of my quaking ass when watching this film. That would be some hardcore horror film shitting right there! Bring it on! The Angry Birds Movie 2 (August 16): If you are like me, you probably just can’t figure how your life could logically proceed without a sequel to the Angry Birds animated movie. Well, the gods have smiled upon us, and here it is, a sequel to a movie you probably didn’t see, a movie that gave you something to dump the kids off for a matinee while you went and drank lattes or five beers. As for the apps these crap movies are based on, I admit, I used to play them a lot. Now, the apps just languish on my iPhone, only to be opened in the event my nephew hijacks the phone. Good Boys (August 16): Jacob Trembley plays a kid who curses a lot. This looks cool! Playmobil: The Movie (August 16): It’s another toy movie. I’ve lost count. Toy movies can go straight to hell! Blinded By the Light (August 16): This is a movie about a teenager in Britain who is a super fan of Bruce Springsteen. Movies about British teens who are Bruce Springsteen super fans can go to hell!
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (August 16): This is a sequel to that shark movie that starred Mandy Moore. This one doesn’t have Moore, but it does contain sharks. And I apologize for the comments about those last two movies above. I have a sore throat, and I’m cranky. I thank you for your patience and understanding. Namaste.
september: summer’s lAst gAsp It: Chapter Two (September 6): Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy play adult versions of the Losers Club in the conclusion of Stephen King’s horror story. Downton Abbey (September 20): Making a movie off of this TV show is like making a movie off of a potato chip sandwich. Hey … it’s getting close to the end of this article, and I’m running out of wiseass asides. Rambo V: Last Blood (September 20): I wasn’t a huge fan of Rambo 4 after enjoying the first three chapters. (First Blood remains one of my all-time favorite movies.) I thought the call to keep Rambo long-haired with his head band looked a little goofy, and it distracted me from the story, which wasn’t a very original one at that. I have hope for this very different-looking take, which starts with Rambo back in America and eventually leads to an alleged battle with a Mexican cartel. Rambo looks like a cowboy now, and I like the change. I just read a note from Stallone to the press about his elation during the editing process. So, yeah, I’m excited for this one. I am, and will always be, a sequel junkie. And with one last bellowing, awesomely crooked mouthed scream from John Rambo, the summer shall end. Ω
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Holland Project and Nevada Museum of art host the 11th annual Teen Art Night by Matt Bieker | m at t b @ne w s re v i e w . c o m
he Holland Project, an all ages art and “There’s some Instagram influencers that music venue in midtown, has provided dress that way that we really love—monoa safe, all inclusive space for the city’s chrome,” said Berglund. “One is Donté young artists at various locations over the Colley … he’ll wear, like, a yellow top with past decade. That space, however, on 140 pink pants and green shoes.” Vesta St., can get a little cramped when it The staff of the Holland Project and the comes to bigger summer events, so for the NMA begin planning Teen Art night at least past 11 years, the Holland Project has partsix months before the actual night, which is nered with the Nevada Museum of Art for managed by both HP volunteers and NMA one of its biggest events, Teen Art Night. staff. The event began as a way introduce “So, Teen Art Night is us taking over young people who may be familiar with the the museum,” said Alana Berglund, managHolland Project’s comparatively small space ing director the Holland Project. “They’re to the larger and more formal setting of the going to open the galleries late, and then museum in a relaxed, informal way. we’re going to kind of create hands-on art “I think it’s important for the museum activities. We’re going to add music. We’re because they want to reach our demogoing to have, like, character people walking graphic and speak to them,” Berglund said. around, and we build a whole night around “And everything that the Holland does is what’s already in the museum.” based on the interests and needs of teens According to Berglund, every Teen Art and young adults. [Young people] are on Night has a theme, and this year’s will be our committees. They help us program, “Pantone,” in relation to the color scale. and the museum benefits from having a Attendees are encouraged to wear monochro- direct connection to that demographic. And matic or color-block clothing and to expect we also benefit because we get access to a figurative (yet, visually literal) rainbow of such a high-quality space.” activities and entertainment. Claire Muñoz, director of public “The photo booths will be themed programs and community engagement for color,” Berglund said. “The video series will the NMA, has worked at the museum since be themed color. We’ll have hands-on art 2009 and has collaborated with the Holland activities including button making, screen Project on dozens of different events aimed printing, fiber dying, live drawing, fashion at including young people in the Museum’s stuff; we always have programming. The first fashion. We have, event, A Valentine’s like, makeup, you Day bash called Kiss “It’s a space where you know, you can make Kiss Bang Bang, was don’t feel intimidated by held in 2008—one accessories for your hair or, you know, year after the Holland such a, like, ivory tower we always have stuff Project’s official like that so you can founding. institution, which cultural dress up while you’re “From that point, there. And then we we started working spaces can be.” insert DJs into the together on Teen Art Alberto GArciA galleries. If you go in Night, and then that the museum site for just led to a series the exhibitions, there’s of collaborations, one where there’s and they have such all these poles, these a good kind of pulse painted poles sticking on teens and young up, kind of like trees. adults,” Muñoz said. So, we’re going to add “So, for the museum, DJ Octo Phonics in it’s a really important there, so he can kind partnership so that we of like play within continue to cultivate these polls.” the audience here at Berglund said the the museum as well.” Holland Project staff Muñoz said that will use a publicly part of the NMA’s available Pantone stated mission is to app at this year’s engage fans of art at event, which identievery stage of their fies individual colors lives. The museum in a photograph to tailors programming make a “color story” for toddlers and senior of the night. And citizens alike. The if anyone needs partnership between inspiration for their the NMA and Holland outfits, they can find Project has led to other Photos from the 2016 teen art Night at the Nevada it online. popular events aimed Museum of art.
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at young adults—like the yearly Scholastic Art Awards and the recently-launched Teen Open Studio, a five-month program that brings arts teachers to over 20 local high schools with the goal of helping students create original pieces to be shown at the NMA at end of the program. “The two organizations are stronger when we work together,” Muñoz said. “We can produce bigger events here in our facility than they can do at Holland Project. It also helps the two organizations to reach different audiences.” Watching young artists grow in the museum setting, Muñoz said, is both personally rewarding and important to the NMA’s long-term investment in the local arts community. The growth in popularity of Teen Art Night specifically, she said, is proof of the concept. “When we first launched the program back in 2008 or 2009, we had about 200 participants,” Muñoz said. “In recent years, we’ve had about 700 ... so, it’s just this really exciting energetic night and now we’re seeing these kids kind of grow up through the museum and … hopefully that’s part of their life-long engagement with the museum. You know, they have these really important anchored memories here that will last them as they age through the different programs that we offer.”
Start ’em young One of those young people is Alberto Garcia, a longtime Holland Project member and volunteer who currently works as a freelance art curator and researcher for the NMA. Now 23, Garcia was introduced to the Holland Project through an event called Stranger Show at the NMA when he was a sophomore in high school. As both an attendee and an organizer of Teen Art Night in years past, he said the event played an important role in introducing him to the building and profession in which he now works, and changing his perception about enjoying art in a classical setting. “[Teen Art Night] is just a space where you’re allowed to be pretty much anything,” Garcia said. “I know that sounds very broad, but it’s a space where you don’t feel intimidated by such a, like, ivory tower institution, which cultural spaces can be.” While no longer a teen himself, Garcia is volunteering as staff at this year’s event and is happy to contribute to what he feels is an important event. While the aim of the night is to have fun, Garcia also said events like this get young people thinking about the culture they exist in, and the reciprocal nature of
society—higher concepts, he believes, that are best explored through the arts. “Ultimately I think what we’re doing is just fostering a relationship and introduction to culture,” Garcia said. “They contribute so much to it and they don’t even think about it sometimes. They’re consuming so much through online platforms and social media. These are things that are being fed to them, but they contribute to also. And a museum is also a place of culture, a place that holds ideas, theories and concepts that they’re very much part of.” Zoe Mansfield is a junior at Hug High School who identifies with the nongendered pronoun “they” and was recently hired as part of the Visitors Services staff at the NMA. To Mansfield, Teen Art Night, like many of the Holland Project events they have attended over the past three years, is ultimately a way to engage in one of their passions with likeminded friends. “I think that for the most part, at least for me, because it’s something that I enjoy so much, like having other people to talk to about art, and to discuss what we think it means and why we enjoy it, instead of just kind of sitting there alone without really any context—it feels out of place when your just alone without anybody that you can discuss art with,” Mansfield said. Mansfield said the crafts aspect of Teen Art Night, which in years past has included staples like wood burning and leather working among others, makes the galleries more appealing than the usual purely visual experience. The unifying theme also brings the Holland Project’s sense of community into the museum space, which they said is important for young artists and not always easy to find. Connections between young artists and formal employment opportunities offered by the museum are also invaluable to people like Mansfield, who considers their involvement with the Holland Project and recent hiring at the NMA the building blocks to a future in the world of art. “In the future, I hope to go to school to learn about art and art history specifically,” Mansfield said. “Part of the reason that I chose the job at the museum is because I think that it’s a good space to, kind of, exist in if I want to become an artist or art historian. Being around art all day was a really big pull for me, because it’s one of the places in Reno that I love.” Ω Teen Art Night will take place April 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Nevada Museum of Art. The entrance fee will be $10.
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Beautifaux Bronzing owner Brandi Warner’s spray tan doesn’t look orange at all thanks, she said, to proper products and care.
Way to glow Beautifaux Bronzing “Especially when I have a new client, that’s the first thing they say: ‘I don’t want to be orange,’” said Brandi Warner, owner of Beautifaux Bronzing, a spray tanning shop on Lander Street in midtown. Often people are scared to try it for that reason alone. But according to Warner, spray tanning in the year 2019 isn’t the same old process that often yielded orange results in the past. When a client arrives at Beautifaux Bronzing, Warner begins by looking over the person’s skin tone and type. This, she said, helps her determine which spray tan formula she’ll apply—and how much. “That’s the thing with the color, too— they’ve perfected the formulation of it,” Warner said. “So that’s also why you don’t see as much orange. It’s come a long way.” Of course, many us can think of at least a few prominent examples—perhaps one in particular—of orange-hued spray tanners. “Right—right, for sure,” Warner said. “So, it could be caused by a lot of things, really. The biggest thing is if a person’s sprayed for their skin type. If they’re sprayed too heavily or too dark for their skin type, if they’re super fair and getting too dark of a solution, it’s just not natural. That’s the number one thing. Number two is that their PH balance could be off. If they’re too acidic, that could be a factor in the color.” Other things that can affect the final color include things like medications, especially hormonal ones. “The biggest thing with medication is that if you’ve been on it for a long time, it’s probably not going to do anything—it’s if it’s a new change,” Warner said. To ensure her clients don’t end up orange, Warner checks with them about 16 | RN&R | 04.25.19
their medications and applies a lighter tan if they’ve recently changed them. In the six years she’s been in business, Warner said she’s become skilled in avoiding off-tone tans. But part of the responsibility for getting the perfect fake tan lies with the client, who should understand a bit about how it works and how to prepare. “What it does is tints the outer layer of your skin, and it’s that dead outer skin layer—which is why you want to exfoliate and get that layer fresh off,” Warner said. “And then it just interacts, kind of like cutting an apple, oxidizing when it hits the air. When the product and the air meet, it causes a reaction that tints the skin brown.” Being properly exfoliated, and other considerations like how far in advance to shave, are all factors. “You do want to do it in advance—that way your pores can close and you don’t get little speckles and that,” Warner said. “Ideally, you do it four to six hours beforehand. You also don’t want to strip your skin so it’s squeaky clean. You want to still have something to grab onto—the natural oils in your skins.” When it comes to exfoliating, Warner advises her clients that the best products to use are home products. “I mean, the pantry things, like baking soda, are actually best,” she said. “It’s a little paste made of baking soda and a little water. It’s mildly abrasive but good for sensitive skin types, good for your face. And then it also balances the PH balance of your skin, which is crucial to spray tanning.” In the end, Warner said, people will do well if they ask their questions about spray tans before stepping into a shop to get one. “It’s just best to check with your spray tanner and make sure you know,” she said. Ω Beautifaux Bronzing is located at 636 Lander St. Learn more at www.beautifauxbronzing.com.
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“We should really do something about those windmills. i heard the noise causes cancer...”
Still lost Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for nearly 30 years. The most public of his efforts was one in 2000 effort starring Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort when he actually got to the point of rolling camera. The plug was pulled on that production after Rochefort, cast as Quixote, turned up with a bad back and Jesus or the Devil rained down upon Gilliam’s set with a vengeance that wrecked the landscape and washed his equipment away. Further efforts to film Quixote since then have been mired in lawsuits and insurance issues, with many cast members, including Ewan McGregor, Michael Palin and Robert Duvall passing through. So it was with a little bit of shock that I found myself sitting down for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a finished film directed by Terry Gilliam, almost 20 years after the documentary Lost in La Mancha depicted the collapse of the Depp iteration. As a Gilliam fan, it is with a heavy heart that I report the film is—not too surprisingly—quite the mess, the result of too many revamps and adjustments over the years. The problems are not with the performances. Adam Driver does an excellent job stepping in for Depp as Toby, a frantic, disillusioned TV commercial director who longs for the esoteric days of his not-too-distant filmmaking past (a character clearly modeled after Gilliam himself). Jonathan Pryce proves to be a perfect choice for Don Quixote—or, rather, a cobbler given an acting gig who goes so method in his approach that he believes he’s the real Quixote. The film has Toby seeking out the Pryce character in an effort to bolster a current commercialized version of the Quixote story. In his travels, he confuses dreams with reality, finds himself being mistaken for Sancho Panza (Quixote’s dim sidekick), witnesses the exploitation of women in the workforce, and battles some fat giants.
The screenplay, co-written by Gilliam, is an ambitious one that shoots for satire about our current political atmosphere and the state of filmmaking in general. Its plot-driving device, the blurring of reality and the dream world, flat out fails. This is the first Gilliam film shot on video, and the visual richness that accompanied his previous films is nowhere to be found. Gilliam’s often violent and harried style, accompanied by sometimes tight, claustrophobic visuals, doesn’t translate to the video lens. Much of this movie is just a spastic mess. Because the dream world and real world have no true visual distinction, Gilliam constantly has Toby pointing out when he is in a dream or not. It’s left to the viewer to really figure out what is going on, and what is going on is just some major storytelling funk. It just doesn’t work, especially in the film’s second half, where it all falls apart. There are some inspired moments. The giants sequence, so memorably depicted in Lost in La Mancha as Gilliam’s big moment in the Quixote story, shows a flash of what the movie could’ve been. Granted, the movie he has made today was done for two thirds of the budget he had 20 years ago. Gilliam has expensive visual ambitions, and trying to convey them on shoestring budgets doesn’t work. Granted, big budgets are justified by the public’s want for a film, and interest probably isn’t too high for a blockbuster Quixote movie. Gilliam has said in interviews that he just wanted this movie out of his system. Now that Quixote is finally on screens, perhaps it will vacate the cherished auteur’s mind and allow him to get on to better things. (Available to rent during limited theatrical release.) Ω
The man Who Killed Don Quixote
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 not 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. 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.
A Hellboy movie without director Guillermo del Toro proves to be a very unfortunate thing with Hellboy, the third movie based on the classic Dark Horse comic. This isn’t a sequel. It’s a reboot, and a cheap-assed, sloppy reboot at that. David Harbour steps in for Ron Perlman to play the title role, while Neil Marshall (The Descent) haphazardly directs in place of Guillermo del Toro. While Harbour (Stranger Things) is OK in the role, he does little to distinguish himself, basically doing some lightweight riffing on a character Perlman established. He’s a lot like Perlman, but he’s not as good as Perlman. Gone is the richness and depth of del Toro’s world, replaced by choppy CGI, unimpressive makeup and messy editing. The movie is just one lackluster action sequence after another, strung together with slow dialogue scenes that do nothing to make the film feel coherent. The movie starts off on a goofy note, with Hellboy in a wrestling match with his former partner turned vampire. That sounds stupid, and it is, giving the film a silly note to start on as the narrative jumps from vampire-slaying to giant-hunting. Hellboy battles giants, who are represented with the aforementioned choppy CGI. Marshall apparently got the go ahead to incorporate a lot of gore, and the movie has a lot of blood, to the point where it has a numbing effect. It’s totally void of fun.
This latest take on Mary Magdalene, who has had widely ranging portrayals in cinema over the years, suggests that Mary (Rooney Mara) was Jesus’ closest disciple, and was by no means a prostitute, effectively declaring Barbra Hershey’s depiction of Mary in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ total bullshit. According to director Garth Davis (Lion), Mary wasn’t just the closest confidant of the Jesus, but easily the most boring. Mara’s Mary just sort of skulks about in this movie, arriving late for all of the big events like Jesus tearing up the temple, the Last Supper, and the whole Cru-
cifixion deal. (In a strange way, she reminds of Brian in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, just not as funny.) And while Mara’s Mary is a snooze, she’s excitement personified next to this film’s Jesus, portrayed by the usually reliable Joaquin Phoenix. In the hands of Phoenix, Jesus becomes a quizzical sort who looks really cold all of the time, pulling his little shawl/robe around and coming off as super depressed. In short, Phoenix is a terrible Jesus. One of the worst ever. While it’s admirable to portray Magdalene as more disciple than prostitute, this movie makes the whole dying for your sins event a sleepy afterthought. Too bad … I like a good Jesus movie, and this isn’t one of them. It’s not a good Magdalene movie, either. It’s not a good movie, in general. (Available for rent during a limited theatrical release.)
The original cinematic take on Stephen King’s supposed scariest novel was a camp horror hoot, a strange mixture of gore and satire that holds up pretty well today. This take is more of a straightforward approach to King’s story about humans who can’t deal with death, especially when it comes to pets and family members. Jason Clarke steps in as Louis Creed, big city doctor moving to the country, where his wonderful new house is unfortunately bordered by a pet cemetery/Indian burial ground in the back and a road full of speeding trucks to the front. The death of the family cat leads to an ill-advised burial in the cemetery, which leads to a zombie return of the beloved cat. The cat is followed by a family member, and King fans will be surprised to see who that family member is (as long as you haven’t seen many of the commercials). This remake is sorely lacking the sense of humor that made the original twisted in a solid, King sort of way. The behavior of everybody in this movie is so stupid that when it is played straight, it just comes off as moronic rather than scary. Jete Laurence is very good as the young daughter, and John Lithgow is OK with a more serious take on neighbor Jud (played by the late, great Fred Gwynne in the original). The movie drifts away from the original book too much in the end and, again, could’ve used a few more sick laughs. It’s admirable that the filmmakers were shooting for something other than a note by note remake of the original but, by going off book too much, they lose some of the cruel sting of King’s intentions.
The DC universe gets its best movie since Wonder Woman with Shazam!, a fun—and sometimes shockingly dark—blast of comic book superhero fantasy. While a little sloppy at times, the movie works thanks to its central performances and warmhearted core. Zachary Levi proves an excellent choice to play the title character, the net result of a 14-year-old boy being handed super powers by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou). That boy is Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a foster child in search of his real mom. When he yells “Shazam!” a lightning bolt blasts him in his melon, and he becomes the glorious, red-suited, white-caped superhero, albeit a superhero with a 14-year-old’s brain. This gives Levi the chance to do a Tom Hanks-inBig kind of shtick, and he’s good at it. The new Shazam, who goes by various names, including Captain Sparkle Fingers, gets coached by his superhero-obsessed sidekick and foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer). Freddy is one of the big reasons this movie works despite its flaws. Grazer employs the same kind of whip smart line delivery that made him one of the more memorable kids running away from Pennywise. While the movie doesn’t always work due to some abrupt tonal shifts and subpar CGI, it’s refreshing to see DC go a comedic, shiny superhero route after the gloomy blunders that were Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League and the goofy bombast of Aquaman. Shazam! has some of the joy that’s missing from the latest Superman flicks.
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A couple of years ago, well-known Hiroba Sushi pulled up stakes from its southwest Reno location and moved to the Marina neighborhood in Sparks. It’s been years since I’d been to the original, so I invited a couple of lady friends—and one little lady—to join me on a busy Saturday evening. Although the bar was full, there was no wait for a table. Kid-sized portions of chicken teriyaki and beef bulgogi are offered, but the kid wanted none of it. A simple bowl of rice ($1.50) and vanilla mochi dessert ($2.50) suited her just fine. Her rice, my large hot sake ($7), and four-piece orders of calamari rings and gyoza quickly arrived, although we did have to remind our server about a missing order of baked mussels well into the meal. The mussels seemed a bit grainy and overcooked, the rings and dumplings average. Not bad, just nothing I’d repeat. I ordered my nigiri favorites, including fresh and cured and smoked salmon, fresh and seared tuna, snapper, yellowtail, scallop, mackerel, octopus, tobiko (flying fish roe) and a quail egg shooter. I mostly got the salty/tart shooter to freak the kid out; mission accomplished. The fish-to-rice ratio was excellent, and the cuts were more-or-less bite-sized. The octopus was reasonably tender, and the mackerel tasted pretty fresh (always a good sign). I particularly enjoyed the smoked and cured bites of salmon and lightly cooked scallops. Tasty orders of Mickey Mouse—tuna, avocado, krab—and Donald Duck—salmon, avocado, krab—were a bit more than a single bite, but we managed. For raw long rolls, the ladies selected Rainbow with krab, avocado, cucumber, assorted fish, tobiko; Philadelphia with cream cheese,
salmon, scallion, tobiko; and a Spicy Tuna roll with cucumber, scallion, and hot chili sauce. For cooked, they ordered King Kong with tempura shrimp, cream cheese, krab, panko and teriyaki; and Guapo with cream cheese, crystal shrimp, cilantro, avocado, krab and teriyaki. I tossed in a spider hand roll of soft shell crab, cucumber, krab, teriyaki, mayo; and a crystal shrimp hand roll for good measure. I’m generally not fond of cooked rolls or cream cheese in sushi, but I was pleasantly surprised by both the Guapo and King Kong. As with the nigiri, the rice ratio was good and the pieces bite-sized. The cheese was used sparingly, and the ingredients fairly balanced with a pleasant, spicy kick. So help me, I might actually order one of those myself. The Rainbow roll was pretty much as expected—nothing fancy. I have never sampled a Philly roll I liked, but this one was a worth a couple of bites. Unfortunately, Spicy Tuna was the one roll that failed to please. The spiced tuna competed with hot sauce and a whole lot of scallion for attention, leaving an overall effect of just being hot. In a blind taste test, I couldn’t tell you what kind of fish it contained. The hand rolls were stuffed full of crunchy goodies, the soft shell crab being particularly good. The kid was entertained by the sheer number of plates involved, and the fact she was the only one not complaining about being stuffed. Smart kid. Ω
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Keep smiling The Happy Trails Reno bands inevitably get around to writing a song about their home base. For local rockers the Happy Trails, they get that local flavor with a song called “Neva,” about a particularly wild time at the titular downtown casino. “Neva” is a punky blast that concludes with some fun dual soloing from guitarists Luke Fuller and Spencer Kilpatrick, and it’s got a funny hook: “I got an itch, I got a fever, the only prescription is another night at the Neva.” That sense of fun with a little edge to it is what the Happy Trails is all about. The band blends ’90s-vibed alternative music with the best early ’70s rock from the UK, such as Free and the Faces, adding some Southern rock such as the Allman Brothers or the more R&B-influenced moments of The Band. They also might remind you at times of contemporary bands like White Denim, the War on Drugs or Fidlar. The Happy Trails’ songs are tight and tuneful but still loaded with great guitar playing, especially when Fuller merges his influences into some head-turning solo work. Drummer Arlis Meyer and bassist Austin Krater keep it all grounded with rock-solid playing, including some great melodic runs from Krater. The bassist is the newest member of the band. The group started with Fuller and Meyer in 2016. When their original bassist, Graham Dickinson, moved to San Diego last fall, longtime friend Krater was called upon. “After trying out some other bassists, they finally cycled onto me,” Krater said, very deadpan and to laughs from his bandmates. “I guess I stuck to the wall like a wet noodle.” Reno music fans may know Kilpatrick from the still-active Failure Machine, a band that played with the first-phase Trails a few years ago.
Members of the Happy Trails in their practice space and makeshift recording studio. From left, Spencer Kilpatrick, Austin Krater, Arlis Meyer and Luke Fuller. Photo/MarK EarnEst
“They are both just really good,” said Meyer about his two newest bandmates. “When Grant was taking about leaving, me and Luke were thinking about who we should ask, and these two were at the top of the list, and we got ’em.” “I think probably the first or second time we saw [Failure Machine], it was like, ‘Oh, man, if we could get him in our band … ’ and then a year or two later it became a reality,” said Fuller. Kilpatrick was happy to join another band as well: “I just liked their attitude toward playing music and playing shows, and their attitudes toward the scene in general. Just really positive and really refreshing. The atmosphere is great, and they are a really great band that write really fun songs.” With this solidified lineup, it’s definitely a happy time for the Trails. They plan to release their first EP later this year. It will feature songs like “Ugly Drunk,” a backbeat-fueled tune that shows off the band’s use of cleaner verses and more rousing, distortion-drenched choruses; and “Spencer’s Jam,” which will have a real title once Kilpatrick finishes the words. The record is a full-on DIY affair, recorded in the band’s basement practice space. Fuller’s the engineer on the record, too. “I kind of like being able to do that, because I have a little more control of what it’s going to sound like,” Fuller said. “I wouldn’t say that it’s difficult, just time consuming, and a little frustrating sometimes.” Once it’s done, the Happy Trails are first going to see if some pals can help with getting it out over the internet and beyond. Kilpatrick said the band has “a bunch of friends in the Bay area that have little labels, so we’ll probably pester them to see if they want to put it out.” Ω
the happy trails play with touring bands shotgun sawyer and howling Giant and locals Melk at 9 p.m. april 26 at shea’s tavern, 715 s. Virginia st. Learn more about the band at facebook.com/thehappytrails775
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CLASSIX SERIES—REQUIEM: The Reno Phil closes its 2018-2019 Classix season with a premiere of Grammy-nominated composer Zhou Tian’s commissioned work, inspired by the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The 50th season culminates with Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Reno Phil Chorus and guest vocalists. Sat, 4/27, 7:30pm; Sun, 4/28, 4pm. $29-$89. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., renophil.com.
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RENO JAZZ FESTIVAL
The University of Nevada, Reno’s 57th annual jazz music festival features three days of concerts, clinics and competitions with more than 350 school groups, 9,000 participants, 50 clinicians, performers and adjudicators. The event attracts some of the country’s most talented middle school, high school and college-age musicians, as thousands compete with their school bands, vocal groups and ensembles. Festival highlights include the opening concert with tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and The Collective at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana (seen above) and her band at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and the showcase concert and awards ceremony honoring the best and brightest young standouts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Competitions, clinics and daytime concerts take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at various locations across the UNR campus, 1664 N. Virginia St. The evening concerts will be held at Nightingale Concert Hall, 1335 N. Virginia St., and Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St. Tickets for evening events are $11-$80. Visit www.unr.edu/rjf.
Zeigler is director general (emeritus) of the International Rice Research Institute and an internationally respected plant pathologist. In his lecture titled “Science and Policy: The Yin and Yang Dynamic of Global Food Security,” Zeigler will explore how science, technology and public policy are in a constant state of flux. Thu, 4/25, 7pm. Free. Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110, 1055 Evans Ave., (775) 784-4591, www.unr.edu/dsls.
DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS: Based on the classic animated film, Reno Little Theater presents Disney’s fur-raising musical adventure. Fri, 4/26-Sat, 4/27, 7pm, Sun, 4/28, 2pm. $10-$15. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Celtic music group features fiddle players Holly Sternberg and Katie Lubiens with Dayleen Goclon on octave mandolin and bodhran. Sat, 4/27, 6:30pm. $15, free for children age 6 and younger. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500.
EQUUS: Good Luck Macbeth presents
BEERS & BEASTS—BIRDING IN THE AGE OF DINOSAURS: Thousands of spectacular fossil birds—many containing plumage, gut contents, and other rarely preserved features—have been recently unearthed from rocks in China. Paleontologist Luis Chiappe will explain how these fossils clarify our understanding of early evolution of birds. Fri, 4/26, 5pm. Free. Great Basin Brewing Co. Taps & Tanks, 1155 S. Rock Blvd., (775) 284-7711.
1900-1910—TYCOONS & TRAILBLAZERS HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: National and regional authors, historians and experts will explore some of the political, social and technological changes that occurred in the United States and around the world at the start of the 20th century. Thu, 4/25-Sat, 4/27. $60. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.
2019 TAHOE POETRY SLAM: Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place with the winner claiming the title of Tahoe Slam Champion of the Year. The Tahoe Poetry Slam is the last event of the season in SNC Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods series. Fri, 4/26, 7pm. Free. Patterson Hall, Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.
CARSON CITY SYMPHONY—FAMILY MATTERS: Violinist Gregory Maytan returns to perform the Amanda Maier Violin Concert with the Carson City Symphony in a concert titled “Family Matters.” The program will also feature Gwyneth Walker’s Fanfare for the Family Farm, Florence B. Price’s Symphony No. 3, and Julius Röntgen’s Oud-Nederland. Sun, 4/28, 4pm. $12-$15. Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, ccsymphony.com.
ANNUAL POETRY MONTH READING SERIES: Poets Irene Ayala, Shaun Griffin and Sherwin Bitsui will read from their works. Thu, 4/25, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., www.sundancebookstore.com.
CARSON CITY EARTH DAY—CELEBRATE POLLINATORS: A day of family-friendly
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fun and educational exhibits on how you can protect pollinators and the environment. Sun, 4/28, 10am. Free. Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 887-2262.
Peter Schaeffer’s psychological thriller. Due to mature themes, situations and nudity, all performances of Equus will be restricted to those age 18 and older. Thu,
4/25-Sat, 4/27, 7:30pm; Sun, 4/28, 2pm, Wed, 5/1, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Good Luck Macbeth
Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., www.goodluckmacbeth.org.
GENOA WESTERN HERITAGE DAY: The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a concert featuring Waddie Mitchell & The Sagebrush Rebels. The fun continues on Saturday with Native American demonstrations, music and entertainment, animal demonstrations, Chautauqua performances and food. Trinity Seely & The High Country Cowboys will perform on Saturday evening. The festival wraps up on Sunday morning with Cowboy Church. Fri,
4/26, 7pm; Sat, 4/27, 10am-4pm, 7pm; Sun, 4/28, 9am. Free for daytime
events, $40 for evening concerts. Downtown Genoa, www.facebook.com/ GenoaWesternHeritage.
HUNTER CREEK HIKEABOUT: Deso Supply Co. hosts a clean-up event and hike along Hunter Creek Trail. Meet at 4:30pm at the trailhead. The hike will start around 5:15pm. Thu, 4/25, 4:30pm. Free. Hunter Creek Waterfall Trail at the end of Woodchuck Drive, (530) 412-1965.
JACKPOT OF GEMS: The Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. presents its 55th annual event featuring more than 25 vendors, more than 40 gem, mineral and fossil exhibits, demonstrations of lapidary, carving, beading and wire wrap, gold panning, a silent auction and hourly drawings for prizes with a grand prize of $500. Sat, 4/27, 10am-5pm; Sun, 4/28, 10am-4pm. $5, free for kids age 12 and younger. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 741-1378.
KTMB’S GREAT COMMUNITY CLEANUP 2019: The clean-up event focuses on illegal dump sites in the open spaces surrounding the Truckee Meadows, as well as the removal of noxious weeds before they bloom and spread. Items removed from the open spaces include appliances, furniture, yard waste, hazardous waste, vehicles and more. Sign up online to volunteer. Sat, 4/27, 8am. Free. Various locations, (775) 8515185, ktmb.org/volunteer.
MAMMA MIA: Inspired by ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma Mia is a romcom disco musical filled with hilarious, funloving characters, love, family and the obstacles of healing own wounds. Fri, 4/26-Sat, 4/27, 2pm & 7pm. $10-$20. Sage Ridge School—Crossbow, 2515 Crossbow Court, (775) 315-8680.
MEET YOUR STATE REPTILE—THE DESERT TORTOISE: Biologist Meeghan Gray will share information about the desert tortoise. Learn how long they live, how they survive winter, how their gender is determined and why they are listed as a threatened species. $5 suggested donation. Sat, 4/27, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
MOUNTAIN LAKES AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Ecologist Adrianne Smits discusses how lakes across the Sierra Nevada are expected to change and what that change could mean for the surrounding ecosystems. Thu, 4/25, 5:30pm. $5-$10. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu.
MUSIC IS FOR LIFE SPRING CONCERT: Carson City Symphony’s Youth Strings ensembles, Not Quite Ready For Carnegie Hall Players adult intermediate string ensemble and Joyful Noise Carson Children’s Choir will perform their spring concert. Thu, 4/25, 6:30pm. Free. Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, ccsymphony.com.
NATIONAL COIN WEEK AT THE NEVADA STATE MUSEUM: The Reno Coin Club and Nevada State Museum will celebrate National Coin Week with a special display of coins celebrating the moon race and landing on the moon and minting demonstrations on Coin Press No. 1. Fri, 4/26, 10am-4pm. $8 adults, free admission for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 815-8625, www.renocoinclub.org.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Fresno Grizzlies. Thu, 4/25-Fri, 4/26, 6:35pm; Sat, 4/27, 4:05pm; Sun, 4/28, 1:05pm. $9-$33. Greater
Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 3347000, www.milb.com/reno.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays the Las Vegas Aviators. Mon, 4/29, 6:35pm; Tue, 4/30, 11:05am; Wed, 5/1, 6:35pm. $13-$36. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000.
RENO BOWLS FOR RHINOS: The event includes bowling, pool, silent auction and raffle. All proceeds go directly to international conservation efforts to protect rhinos, cheetahs and the plants and other animals that inhabit these ecosystems. Sat, 4/27, 4:30-9:30pm. $24. Coconut Bowl at Wild Islands, 1855 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks, www.renobowlsforrhinos.com.
SCI-ON! FILM FEST: Five days of science and science-fiction activities, including independent film screenings, a May the Fourth Celebration and special planetarium shows. Wed, 5/1, 7pm. $9$50. Fleischmann Planetarium, 1664 N. Virginia St., National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., www.sci-on.org.
SPRING INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL: Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation will hold its spring invasive species removal at Idlewild Park in partnership with KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup. Register online. Sat, 4/27, 8am. Free. Idlewild Park, 50 Cowan Drive, tmparksfoundation.org.
TEEN ART NIGHT: Join the Holland Project at the Nevada Museum of Art for its annual “teen-takeover” featuring live music, DJs, interactive performances, video art, photo booth, fortune telling, scavenger hunt, screen printing and more. Fri, 4/26, 7pm. $10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.
VIRGINIA CITY GRAND PRIX: The 48th annual off-road motorcycle races draws more than 1,000 racers to the Comstock to battle the rough terrain for glory. For the first time this year, racing takes place on C Street throughout the day so spectators can get an up-close and personal view of this high-speed race. Sat, 4/27-Sun, 4/28, 8am. Free. Downtown Virginia City, visitvirginiacitynv.com.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? AN EVENING OF CONCERT DANCE: Artistic director Dayna DeFilippis and the TMCC Dance Ensemble present a mixed program of traditional and creative dance styles investigating the meaning of identity, inclusion and equality in today’s society as seen through both a personal and communal lens. Fri, 4/26-Sat, 4/27, 7:30pm; Sun, 4/28, 2pm. $7-$10. Redfield Performing Arts Center, Truckee Meadows Community College, 505 Keystone Ave., (775) 673-7282.
by AMY ALKON
Rags against the machine I’m a slim woman in my early 40s—successful in my field—and I am always in jeans, a vintage, ripped T-shirt and boots. Granted, I have an extremely expensive handbag and perfectly highlighted blonde hair, and I always wear winged eyeliner. My friends say that going “underdressed” like this is disrespectful and inappropriate for (corporate-type) business meetings. Are they right, or is rocking your own thing no matter what a sign of confidence? Sure, to a lot of people, it looks like career suicide in progress. However, research by Harvard Business School’s Francesca Gino suggests that rebelling against norms for business attire can make you come off as higher status than people who dress all junior CEO. Gino ran a number of experiments that led her to this conclusion, but my favorite is from a seminar on negotiations she taught at Harvard to two different groups of bigwigs in business, government and philanthropy. For each session, she dressed in the requisite “business boring”—a dark blue Hugo Boss suit and a white silk blouse. But then, for her second session, she paired this outfit with a pair of red Converse hightops. As she made her way to the classroom, a few fellow professors did give her the WTF-eye. However, seminar participants, surveyed after each session, guessed that she was higher in status and had a pricier consulting rate when she was wearing the red sneaks. Gino explains that a person who is seen to be deliberately violating workplace wardrobe norms sends a message that they are so powerful that they can shrug off the potential costs of not following convention. Anthropologists and zoologists call this a costly signal: a trait or behavior that’s so wastefully extravagant and/or survival-threatening that only the highest-quality, most mojorific people or critters could afford to display it. This, in turn, suggests to observers that it’s more likely to be legit—and not false advertising. So, it seems your dressing all hobo honcho could actually ramp up your status in others’ eyes. And let’s say someone suspects you’re dressing this way because you’ve lost it
on some level—psychologically or financially. Gino writes in her book Rebel Talent that to signal status, it’s critical that people believe an individual is “consciously choosing not to conform” and willing to assume the possible costs of that. Well, with that pricey handbag, you swat away any suspicions that your poorgeoisie-wear reflects actual impoverishment.
Eye will always love you I’ve long been a “Shallow Hal,” attracted to women’s youth and physical beauty and less concerned with integrity. Not surprisingly, I keep getting into relationships with women who aren’t very good people. How can I stop being so superficial? It isn’t wrong to initially be looksdriven. Also, you should no more feel guilty for being drawn to young women than you would for having your taste buds be more “All aboard, baby!” for chocolate cake than for a “burger” made out of broccolini. This preference evolved to solve the “How do I pass on my genes?” problem for our male ancestors. However, it helps to understand what psychologist Daniel Kahneman has explained as our two thinking systems—fast and slow. Our fast system is emotion-driven, rising up automatically and is often home to toddler-like demands: “Gimme cake!” Our slow system, the home of rational thought, needs to be forced to do its job—examining our impulses and assessing whether it’s wise for us to run with them. In other words, your problem comes from running with your initial impulse without putting it through the Department of Reasoning. You need to assess the character of these foxerellas before you turn them into girlfriends. This starts with generating standards so you can determine whether a woman meets or misses them. Ω
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Cancerian musician Carlos Santana has made music that blends rock ’n’ roll with Latin and African rhythms. In the early years, his creations sold well, but by the mid-1980s his commercial success declined. For a decade, he floundered. His fortunes began to improve after a spectacular meditation session. Santana says he was contacted by the archangel Metatron, who told him how to generate material for a new album. The result was Supernatural, which sold 30 million copies and won nine Grammy Awards. I mention this because I suspect that you could soon experience a more modest but still rousing variation of Santana’s visitation. Are you interested? If so, the next seven weeks will be a good time to seek it out—and be very receptive to its possibility.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Expergefactor” is an old
English word that has fallen out of use. In its original sense, it meant something that wakes you up, like an alarm clock or thunderstorm or your partner’s snoring. But I want to revive expergefactor and expand its meaning. In its new version, it will refer to an exciting possibility or beloved goal that consistently motivates you to spring out of bed in the morning and get your day started. Your expergefactor could be an adventure you’re planning or a masterpiece you’re working on, or a relationship that fills you with curiosity and enchantment. In my astrological opinion, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to identify and fine-tune an expergefactor that will serve you well for a long time.
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ment when satire, sarcasm, cynicism and irony are prized as supreme emblems of intelligence. If you say that you value sincerity and earnestness, you risk being considered naive and unsophisticated. Nevertheless, the current astrological omens suggest that you will generate good fortune for yourself in the coming weeks by making liberal use of sincerity and earnestness. So please try not to fall into the easy trap of relying on satire, sarcasm, cynicism and irony to express yourself. As much as is practical, be kindly frank and compassionately truthful and empathetically
genuine. P.S. It’s a strategy that will serve your selfish aims quite well.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Most people don’t find
their creativity,” mourned Libran author Truman Capote. “There are more unsung geniuses that don’t even know they have great talent.” If that describes you even a little bit, I’m happy to let you know that you’re close to stumbling upon events and insights that could change that. If you respond to the prompts of these unexpected openings, you will rouse a partially dormant aspect of your genius, as well as a half-inert stash of creativity and a semi-latent cache of imagination.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know the word
sfumato? Its literal meaning in Italian is “smoked.”
When used to describe a painting, it refers to blurred borders between objects or fuzzy transitions between areas of different colors. All the forms are soft and hazy. I bring this to your attention because I suspect the coming weeks will be a sfumato-like time for you. You may find it a challenge to make precise distinctions. Future and past may overlap, as well as beginnings and endings. That doesn’t have to be a problem as long as you’re willing to go with the amorphous flow. In fact, it could even be pleasurable and useful. You might be able to connect with influences from which you’ve previously been shut off. You could blend your energies together better with people who’ve been unavailable.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “You have a right to
experiment with your life,” declared author Anaïs Nin. I agree. You don’t necessarily have to be what you started out to be. You can change your mind about goals that you may at one time have thought were permanent. I suspect you could be at one of these pivot points right now. Are there any experiments you’d like to try? If so, keep in mind this further counsel from Nin. It’s possible “you will make mistakes. And they are right, too.”
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You have one main
task to accomplish in the coming weeks. It’ll be simple and natural if you devote yourself to it wholeheartedly. The only way it could possibly become complicated and challenging is if you allow your focus to be diffused by less important matters. Ready for your assignment? It’s articulated in this poem by Rupi Kaur: “Bloom beautifully / dangerously / loudly / bloom softly / however you need / just bloom.”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When the forces of the
Roman empire occupied the British Isles from the years 43 to 410, they built 2,000 miles of roads. Their methods were sophisticated. That’s why few new roads were built in England until the 18th century, and many of the same paths are still visible and available today. In this spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I recommend that you make good use of an old system or network in the coming weeks. This is one time when the past has blessings to offer the future.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I’m not enigmatic and
intriguing enough,” writes a Piscean blogger with the user name RiddleMaster. “I really must work harder. Maybe I’ll start wearing ankle-length black leather coats, billowing silk scarves imprinted with alchemical symbols, and wide-brimmed hats. I’ll listen to Cambodian folk songs and read rare books in ancient Sanskrit. When someone dares to speak to me, I’ll utter cryptic declarations like, ‘The prophecies will be fulfilled soon enough.’” I understand RiddleMaster’s feelings. You need mystery almost as much as you need food. But I believe you should set aside that drive for a few weeks. The time has come for you to show the world who you are with crisp candor.
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Documentary filmmaker Lis Bartlett grew up in Reno, and she’ll return home for a few days when her film Light at the Water screens at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., on May 18 at 3 p.m. The film follows the story of West Hollywood Aquatics, an openly gay swim team founded in 1982. The film premiered on Logo TV last year and has now screened at film festivals around the world. It’s nominated for a Daytime Emmy. For tickets or more information about the Reno screening, visit nevadaart.org.
What’s the path from Reno girl to Emmy-nominated filmmaker? I studied media studies in San Francisco at [University of San Francisco]. And then during that time I had worked with Mike [Albright] on Project Moonshine, a [Reno-based] documentary filmmaking nonprofit that Mike started. It’s not around anymore, but the goal was to teach kids how to make documentary films, and, in the process, they would make one. So, in the summers during college, I would help him with that. And in college, I worked for Indie DocFest as an intern, and I got to see a lot of documentaries for free there, and then moved back to Reno because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. And I bought a video camera with my savings and started making love stories. ... I’ve always been inspired by positive stories. I think I
team. I joined the team as a way to meet people. ... It became my family. It really made L.A. feel like home. And I knew there was a story there.
What about it made you think it would make a good film?
do view the world through rose-colored glasses. I like to shine a light on stories of love and hope and inspiration. … And then I started interning at the city of Reno, working with Sharon Spangler, I started “Know Your City Employee,” where we filmed employees at work and then their hobbies outside of work. ... And then a movie came to Reno that was being filmed, The Motel Life, starring Emile Hirsch. And I was like, I’ll do whatever I need to do to be on set, so I just showed up. So I interned on that. I went every day. It was super fun and awesome for about three or four weeks. And after that, I decided to move to L.A., and because I knew the editing software, I started working as an assistant editor. … When I moved to L.A., I looked up swim teams, because I’ve always been a swimmer, and I joined West Hollywood Aquatic. I think I knew intuitively it would feel more like a family, being the LGBT
At first, I just wanted to shine a light on this inclusive community. I thought it was so beautiful—I was kind of falling in love with L.A. as I was swimming more, and it seemed like a microcosm of Los Angeles. All of these diverse people from all these different backgrounds coming together in the pool, and we had it in common for an hour that we were swimming. And then everyone goes off into the city and does something very different. But chances are, if you’re at the pool, you’re probably motivated in your life outside of the pool and doing something interesting. So, I really just wanted to capture that, and I love swimming and wanted to have a love letter to swimming. And then someone told me the history. ... There’s so much history here that nobody talks about.
What’s some of that history? All of the loss. They were founded in 1982. There was so much discrimination and all of the loss during the AIDS crisis. It wasn’t that long ago. We did our first interview, and at the time of the interview, it seemed like the guy, Jon Bauer, who’s in the movie, was realizing during the interview how much swimming meant to him at the time. He actually said during the interview, “Swimming saved my life.” Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
So much for exonerated Now, hold on. I said, hold on here for just a minute. WTF is Bill Barr doing having a press conference for the Mueller Report—without Bob Mueller? Isn’t that exactly like having a big presser for the new Stones World Tour, only ... oops ... hey, we forgot to invite Mick and Keith! • When Trump opened his foul hole on March 24 and declared himself to be exonerated, 60 percent of us semi-sane Americans knew precisely what he was saying. Oh, Mike Cohen was right. Trump indeed talks in code. But, after two years of Agent Orange’s constant rambling bullshit, we now know how to instantly decipher his jive and pick up the real message. So when Dum Dum began blathering up a storm about his “complete exoneration,” us 60 percenters knew right then that (1) it was the end of his presidency, and (2) he’s
fucked. (And how very thoughtful of Don Don to confirm these notions directly!) So now we can see, and see very clearly—the Mueller Report is to Donald F. Trump’s “exoneration” what a six-pack of chocolate eclairs is to your new paleo keto diet. In fact, the reaction to Mueller’s masterpiece seems quite similar to what happened this past November. It took a while, but after a couple of weeks, anybody who didn’t have his head stuffed up his personal methane dispenser could see that an actual Blue Wave did indeed take place. The exact same mechanism is functioning here. Trump was “exonerated” in much the same way that the Republicans had a super successful election in 2018. We can now also see that Bill Barr is doing a pretty good job as Trump’s Roy Cohn, because what Barr is all about is obfuscation.
He’s a pro’s pro when it comes to “muddying the water,” and that, make no mistake, is why he got the gig. He told Trump as much in his job application term paper last summer. All his bullshit about “transparency.” Puh-leez. His main gig is to confuse, muddle, send mixed messages, and provide red meat for Fux News. He knows full well how to play the modern game in the court of public opinion—that with a savvy combo of lawyers and media, complemented by slow, stodgy, Kavanated Kourts, delay after delay can be brought into play in order to insure that Individual 1 finishes his bizarre and absurd term of office. And it just may work. But it looks like there’s still an awful lot of justifiable hassling about to happen with Putin’s favorite bitch boy. Popcorn reload! Ω