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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Election Day might still be 18 months away, but you can vote now in our annual Best of Northern Nevada readers’ survey. Now is your opportunity to chose your favorites among your friends and neighbors. Which local restaurant is really the best? Which hair stylist? Which casino? The bragging rights for this contest are huge. Winning businesses proudly display their victory plaques going back years, even decades. The RN&R has been conducting this contest since I was still wearing short pants. It’s a sacred ceremony of pain and frustration, thousands of sleepless nights and “Can I just confirm the spelling of the name of your business?” phone calls. Accept no cheapie knockoff wannabe contests. Just like last year, we’re going to hold two rounds again this year. The first round is an open ballot primary where readers can write in and vote for their favorite businesses, personalities, animals, minerals and abstract concepts. Voting for the first round begins May 2 and ends June 6. For the second round, voters will select the winners from a small group of finalists. The final round will begin June 20 and end July 18. One ballot per email address per round. Each ballot must contain votes in a minimum of 10 categories. For businesses with more than one location in our readership area, please specify an address. For more information—and for some of this same information repeated verbatim but presented in a much prettier design—check out the promo on page 9. And most important of all, go to www.bestofnorthern nevada.com and get to votin’. Tell your friends.

Re “The weed issue” (cover story, April 18): To add to the “weed issue,” research is showing raw marihuana leaves to be a potential superfood. Better than kale (ugh) and not an unpleasant taste. I usually munch a few raw leaves a day from my couple of plants. Doesn’t get you high if raw. No ill effects yet, other than turning me green. Kidding … was green already. Craig Bergland Reno

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Dictation on dictators We have had dubious alliances with dictators in every era, for every duration, for every quid pro reason one can find; but the best of all of them is the implicit one we have with a Russian dictator today. History always comes full circle. Immigration history that pertains to the situation now can be traced to the ’80s under the brilliant policy making of our Republican god Ronald Reagan. Policies with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras left a see-saw era of destabilizing forces. Civil wars in those countries came and went, then came back. In their aftermath dozens of gans armed with U.S. weapons began an occupation. Reagan immigration policies also provided cheap labor for our Fields, so the honest working people of these nations were are here working for us at slave wages in place of their own economy. It can be said that attempts to encourage stable democratic governments in these nations were misguided, counterproductive and contrary to any common sense ideas regarding peace and economic stability for our nearest neighbors. Let us add Venezuela to the current mix of South American Affairs with cargo planes from Russia and China waiting to offload food and medicine for the citizens who now suffer under the thumb of a dictator. It is now too late for us to intervene as the moment has been lost.

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Venezuela was lost when troops (not that we have any at the fresh and ready anyway!) were not dispatched at the time our aid was not allowed in the country. Once the Russians and the Chinese get ensconced and agree on their ideology profit-sharing we will have a communist neighbor with more bargaining power than Reagan ever had with his Star Wars ruse. We cannot stand up to the Russians in Ukraine let alone in our own backyard. Our special relationship with Russia now has the harbingers of a “North/South America takedown.” I cannot paint a more disturbing picture for the national press! Our history with the Soviet Union could be documented in a very thick book. It would remind us of the Cuban Missile Crisis to understand the nature of Russian occupation in South America. This history book would include the work of the “great communicator” himself and the “fall” of the Soviet Union. The last chapter would document how Soviets used a broken electoral system, social propaganda and an ignorant con artist of a businessman to cement the very best relationship we have ever had with a dictator. Wet cement is one thing, but Congress is currently letting it dry very nicely. Trade and immigration policy is mute in such circumstances. There are two sides of the same coin, and that coin is a shiny penny polished with a generous amount of debt and financialization mechanisms to replace a real goods and services of household and National value. The ultrarich may not have a country to spend their money on. They are gated communities will continue to take on the characteristics of Third World Islands run by dictatorial Property association managers, while the Senate Majority Leader continues to operate unimpeded by 1.7 million KY households who ranked 43rd in HH median income. The attendance at his rallies is more disturbing than the narcissism of the man himself. If there ever was a “canary in a coal mine” regarding the toxic future of our

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nation, it is the cheers and laughter coming from the poor souls led by an ignorant POTUS. The Safety and Security of the nation is at risk now more than ever while part of some lawyers debate the differences between ethics and evidence of criminality. The Soviets have infiltrated our nation via the worst of our electoral system, and they have enabled the most destructive aspects of a broken partisan government. They have penetrated our national consciousness (via the arguing party factions) and rendered that consciousness feeble of its values. Mark R. Ahearn Carson City


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What was your favorite road trip? aSked at the eddy, 16 S. Sierra St.

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Driggs, Idaho, up to Grand Targhee and up to the top of the mountain. We took some of my husband’s ashes and flung them up there because that was his favorite ski area. It was a great road trip. That was last July.

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I literally just got back. I picked up a trailer down in Reno, loaded up my buddy’s show car, like a Volkswagen, and went out to a [car] show in Utah, Salt Lake. He took first place for favorite Volkswagen in the show, and we just came back today. It was like a two-day trip. anja hugheS Teacher

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Gold mining and violence A trustee of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation is suing the Guatemalan government for $300 million dollars. It’s a backdoor move to force Guatemala to reopen a controversial gold mine owned by Reno-based mining corporation Kappes, Cassiday and Associates (KCA). Nevadans learned about the overwhelming opposition to the mine when members of the La Puya peaceful resistance came to Reno in 2013 and 2016 to denounce UNR Foundation Trustee and KCA President and CEO Daniel W. Kappes for pushing ahead a project that puts their health and environment at risk. Guatemalan courts ordered the mine suspended in 2016 because the government failed to consult with indigenous peoples before operations started—a clear legal violation. Kappes and KCA say this violated their rights as investors. Yet it is their gold mine, beset with myriad legal problems, that has been the focal point of numerous abuses against locals. A Guatemalan court ruled that KCA’s subsidiary built the mine without obtaining a proper construction license. Kappes is under criminal investigation for continuing mining operations after the court ordered them suspended. Meanwhile, Guatemalans who peacefully oppose the project have faced violence, repression and criminalization. In 2012, a La Puya leader was shot on her way home from the protest camp. In 2014, unarmed residents were violently evicted by riot police and tear gas. Kappes should take responsibility for his company’s misbehavior. Instead he is trying to use the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement

(CAFTA-DR) to sue Guatemala. This is a one-way street— under CAFTA-DR only companies can sue governments. These CAFTA-DR “tribunals” should not be mistaken for a court of law. If admitted, KCA’s suit will be considered by a three-person panel of highly-paid corporate lawyers. The local communities most impacted have no say in this process. Arbitration can drag on for years and cost states millions of dollars to defend themselves. This type of arbitration rejects community self-determination and the role of government to make decisions that protect the best interests of their population. If successful, KCA’s case would send the message that outsiders can invest in Guatemala and do whatever they want for profit. This situation also puts La Puya human rights defenders at increased risk of repression and violence from state authorities, who see the lawsuit as an opportunity to force KCA’s mine back into production. Nevadans wouldn’t accept this treatment. Why should Guatemalans? Rather than seeking profit at any cost, Kappes should drop his lawsuit and stop trying to reopen a gold mine that local communities have made abundantly clear is not wanted. The UNR Foundation should also stop being complicit in this ongoing abuse of corporate power that puts people’s lives at risk, and remove Kappes from its board. Ω

Louis Magriel is a sociology and political science double major at the University of Nevada, Reno. Space will be provided to Daniel Kappes, if he wishes to reply.

We just went down to Yosemite. My sister is visiting from Paris. … We went down together to meet up with her guy friend who’s climbing El Capitan. It was green and pretty and scenic, with all the small towns down there. That was just last weekend, and it was my first time in Yosemite as an adult. ryan Mendibil Deli worker

From here to Portland. I did the trip by myself, but it was all the scenery that you get to see, like the Redwoods and the coast. I had friends from the East Coast meeting up in Portland. It was a Fourth of July trip, and we were out there for a week. And then I had one come back with me.

kirk leSter Retiree

Our Oregon Trip, up the coast in the camper, stopping off in Ashland, and then Brookings and then Sunset Bay, Oregon. Then we cut over to Grants Pass along the Rogue River. That’s a good one. [We just felt like] taking a trip.

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Fill the bills Last week’s first house passage deadline at the Nevada Legislature sharpened the focus on progressive policy that may be achievable this year. We already knew after the first big deadline—first committee passage—that the Democratic leadership was not interested in capping the interest rates of predatory payday lenders since they refused to provide an opportunity for workers whose personal finances have been ruined by payday loans to tell their stories. Other states have capped the interest rates these companies charge and driven the worst actors out of town. In Nevada, we might as well send them an engraved invitation to come take advantage of our vulnerable populations. The same “no hearing” fate precluded any discussion of Nevada’s troublesome death penalty laws or its lack of a comprehensive, science-based sex education program in our schools—a tragic misstep at a time when Nevada leads the nation in primary and secondary syphilis cases, and its HIV rates are increasing.

After last week’s deadline, we know that Nevada won’t make any progress towards providing terminal patients with a mechanism for ending their lives with dignity. SB 165 died on the “Secretary’s Desk,” a technical means of killing a bill on the Senate Floor without forcing members to vote on it, thus depriving constituents of learning how their particular Senator viewed the legislation. A similar action occurred in the Assembly with the demise of AB 281 on the Chief Clerk’s Desk. The bill appeared on the fast-track to passage when it was showcased on April 15 as part of Nevada Immigrant Coalition Day, celebrated for limiting law enforcement’s ability to place immigration holds on people in jail unless there is probable cause. Democrats apparently got cold feet once Republicans, led by failed gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, began a social media campaign falsely claiming the bill was connected to the promotion of “sanctuary cities,” a movement that has been virtually ignored in Nevada.

There were many good bills that survived, however. Renters may see some relief if the Assembly advances SB 256, Senator Yvanna Cancela’s bill to strengthen tenant rights, and Senator Julia Ratti’s bill, SB 398, which authorizes local governments to be more pro-active in tackling the affordable housing crisis. Democrats continued to fortify their gun safety measures when the Assembly approved AB 153, creating a misdemeanor crime for negligently storing a firearm where there is a substantial risk that a child can access it. They also passed AB 291, banning bumpstocks and giving local jurisdictions the ability to enact tougher gun regulations if they desire. The Senate passed SB 450, a bill that makes recall elections much tougher in Nevada in response to the attempt to recall three female Senators last year for no reason other than they voted as Democrats—an effort led by former Republican Senator Mike Roberson, who hoped to capture those seats in a special election. Washoe County’s

Republican Senators Ben Kieckhefer and Heidi Gansert voted for the bill, perhaps as a way to redeem themselves after their complicity in the failed recall. But it’s a shame nothing was done to strengthen campaign finance law to deter corruption and self-enrichment. AB 66, a bill sponsored by the Washoe Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board was unanimously approved, creating a financially sustainable framework for crisis stabilization services for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. These services would address the person’s housing and other basic needs along with treatment as a means of stopping the cycle of homelessness, mental illness and addiction affecting so many Nevadans. For the most part, it’s a good start to a successful session of progressive policy for Democrats and for more moderate Republicans, like Reno’s Assemblywoman Jill Tolles, who voted for automatic restoration of voting rights to ex-felons. Ω

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by Jeri Chadwell

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Some out-of-state travelers stopped to survey the Truckee River in downtown Reno on April 30 but seemed to have decided to leave their kayaks atop their RV.

Nevada, which in November adopted a discriminatory  gender-specific statute, is now allowing gender nonspecific driver licenses. The Department of Motor Vehicles said it will allow  residents to have an X placed in the box labeled “sex”  on the license instead of F or M. “The DMV has worked to bring its practices in line  with other agencies, including the Nevada Department  of Health and Human Services, which changed its rules  in 2016 to allow people to change the gender on their  birth certificate,” said a DMV statement. “The Nevada  Legislature added gender identity as a protected  category in employment discrimination in 2011. Nevada  becomes the tenth U.S. jurisdiction to offer a genderneutral designation on IDs, according to the National  Center for Transgender Equality.  Arkansas, California,  the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Oregon, like  Nevada, allow self-certification. Colorado, Indiana,  Maine and Vermont require documentation.  Maryland  is set to begin offering Gender X this fall.”


More anti-law law officers Coloradans may be facing a difficulty Nevadans  already are dealing with—some of their law officers  say they will not enforce the law. Under a new Extreme Risk Protection Order law  passed by the Colorado Legislature and signed by  Gov. Jared Polis, law officers may have to confiscate  weapons from persons held by a judge to be a danger  to themselves or others. Ten county sheriffs have said  they’ll go into their own jails rather than enforce the  law. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said last  week, “the idea that you could pick and choose what  laws you will enforce is antithetical to the rule of law.” In Nevada, after a voter-approved initiative petition  could not be implemented because of technical flaws,  the legislature passed and Gov. Steve Sisolak signed  a similar, replacement law that some Nevada county  sheriffs have said they will not enforce when it takes  effect in January. In Nevada’s Nye County, the Republican Party has  praised recalcitrant Sheriff Sharon Wehry; and in Colorado’s Douglas County, the local GOP has denounced  Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who intends to enforce the law.

GooD ol’ nancy Stephen Colbert recently noted that Donald Trump has  been posting Facebook reelection messages that feature endorsements from “Nancy, from Nevada.” There  are at least three such messages, but the photos accompanying the captions show three different women,  which prompted some suspicion from Colbert. “Come on—at least give us a Mary from Maine or  a Carol from Colorado,” Colbert told his audience.  “Trump is so anti-diversity he won’t even show  white women who aren’t named Nancy and don’t live  in Nevada.” Colbert’s staff made up one such posting with the  caption “Nancy Number 76, from Nevada.” The biggest audience response—a roar of laughter—came when Colbert said his staff had identified  one of the photos as a stock photo from Getty Images  of Seattle.

—Dennis Myers

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High waters The Truckee River is dangerous in spring the truckee river has already claimed the lives of two people this year. On April 20, an experienced kayaker died west of Reno near Verdi. And on April 22, emergency responders pulled the body of a man from the river near the Kuenzli Street bridge in downtown. “The river is flowing at 4,000 cubic feet per second,” said John McNamara, a battalion chief for the Reno Fire Department. That’s considerably faster than it moves in most years, McNamara said. It’s running just a few feet below flood stage right now, and it’s expected to rise a bit more with spring snowmelt before beginning to slow down. “We are encouraging everybody to stay away from the river until the flow drops and it warms up a little bit,” he said. “That’s the safest thing.”

The fire department has only had to conduct a handful of rescue operations so far this year. And most have not been the result of recreational activities. “There are a lot of people who are homeless who are living along the river banks. It’s the same thing. Some portions of the riverbank are really steep, and that’s a whole other part of the population we have to contend with. … It’s not even recreational use of the river, just people living along the river having trouble.” People seem to be staying away from the river, but McNamara knows that’ll change with the weather. “If we get the sudden rise in temperatures—if we get a bunch of 85-degree days together, people are going to go in,” he said. “That pretty much goes hand in hand.” The problem is that warm weather doesn’t mean warm water.

“The National Weather Service is saying the water temperature is about 40 to 45 degrees, which is the equivalent of jumping into Lake Tahoe—and we all know how fun that is at this time of the year,” McNamara said. “It takes your breath away. If you go into water that cold, it’s only a matter of minutes before you lose the ability to make meaningful efforts to get out.” This is something that rescuers from the Washoe County Sheriff Department’s Hasty Team—a volunteer outfit of rescue experts—has also seen in the areas where they respond to emergencies outside of city limits. “People get into that bitter cold water, and they don’t really appreciate how fast it saps their energy and ability to do something, to self-rescue if something goes wrong,” said rescue technician Bill Macaulay, who’s been with the team since 1979. “And as the river drops down, people start hitting more rocks. More of that debris that’s been flushed into the river during high waters—it’s still in the river but with less water covering it, so there’s more things to get pinned on or tangled into. And you see more drinking as the weather warms up. Every year, alcohol is a big factor in an awful lot of the calls that we get.” In high water years like this one, Macaulay says people should be particularly aware that areas they’ve gone to many times in the past may not be as they remember them. “When the river is up and deeper there are a couple of areas people like to go jumping off rocks into the river, and they don’t realize that the rock they usually jumped off of is covered and that they’re actually jumping from a level above,” he said. They’ve jumped into what they thought was their deep pool and landed right on the rocks they normally jumped off of.” According to Macaulay, this has resulted in fatalities both west and east of town, near Farad and near Tracy-Clark. This year, he said, like the RFD, his team has had to respond to relatively few calls.

“I think part of it is that this year the all of the cards got dealt just perfectly to river has been pretty darn intimidating,” he end up with a tragic outcome. He was a said. “So the only people who are out there highly-skilled guy who was with another are the recreational boaters who are pretty highly-skilled guy. The circumstances just skilled, you know, your higher-level all stacked up right to have a bad kayakers or rafters. They’re outcome. But that’s not the trained and equipped and community we see much experienced enough in the way of problems to handle the river out of. They’re usually when it’s like this. able to handle what It’s been up and they run into—and rocking enough they’re not out that we really there boating by haven’t seen a themselves.” lot of kind of In fact, mom and dad Macaulay thinks grabbing the experienced kids and an river-goers make innertube to go the Truckee safer. jump in the river “I’ve been sort of thing.” doing this since John McNamara Macaulay said 1979, and I think we RFD battalion chief that for the time used to have more river being, those experienced rescue calls when there recreationists are the only were fewer people on the ones who belong on the river. river—because if somebody got Of course, some might argue that even in trouble there was nobody else out there experienced people should stay out, given to do the rescue,” he said. “With the more the recent death of an experienced kayaker. skilled boaters becoming more prevalent Macaulay doesn’t necessarily agree. in this area, I think a lot of the things that “That was an anomaly,” he said. “It’s would have turned into a major rescue rare that we see those really experienced event in the past are handled by the people boaters being the ones who get into who are already out there.” Ω trouble. It was one of those things where

“We are encouraging everybody to stay away from the river until the flow drops and it warms up a little bit.”

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Techs prepared to dismantle a photo wall used by arriving alleged celebrities to pose for photographers at the Miss Teen USA pageant held in Reno last week. Four April-May events associated with both that pageant and the Miss USA pageant are being held in Reno, subsidized by $350,000 in local room taxes. The two pageants are owned by the Miss Universe Organization, now owned by the William Morris talent agency. Previous owners of the organization include ITT, Donald Trump and Gulf+Western. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

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get tanked Tahoe diving To anyone interested becoming a certified scuba diver, one weekend this summer will include lugging heavy air tanks and sweltering in a full neoprene suit before spending upwards of an hour submerged in the perpetually frigid waters of Lake Tahoe. To local divers, it’s all part of the fun. “We’re in our 60s, and we still dive almost every weekend,” said Amy Hagen, who owns Adventure Scuba Center in Sparks with her husband Scott. Combined, they have a total of almost 4,000 dives between them. In order to rent scuba equipment and safely plan and attend dive trips, all prospective divers must be meet the minimum standards set by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). This begins with a classroom segment. “We check you out, you pay for the class, and then we give you what’s called a crew pack,” said Hagen. “In that crew pack is the manual and your training folder and the log book. Your training folder has all the segments that we’ll be covering.” The classroom portion takes a total of around eight hours spread over two weekday evening classes and covers topics like basic dive terminology, necessary equipment and safety procedures. “Then we go to the pool,” Hagen said. “You’re going to do about seven, eight hours of pool work. We start [with] baby steps—put your face in the water, breathe off your regulator—and then we gradually show you how to clear your mask and how to, if it got kicked out of your face, how to recover it.” The practical part of the certification usually takes place in the Carson or Fernley aquatic centers, where divers are taught

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how assemble the tank and air regulator, as well as the weight system and flotation vest used to manage buoyance under water. Most of the practical skills, however, are devoted to emergency preparedness. “All the skills that we teach you are basically survival skills,” Hagen said. “If this happened, you’ll know how to react to the situation without freaking out.” The final step in certification takes place at Lake Tahoe, where divers repeat the drills they learned in the pool at greater depths for longer time, under the supervision of a team of instructors. Hagen’s instructors usually favor Sand Harbor for its gently sloping bed and comparatively warm temperatures. “We have you in full neoprene from head to toe to keep you warm,” Hagen said. “We are into the 50s temperaturewise in Sand Harbor right now, so it’s warming up.” Student divers must demonstrate underwater orienteering with sunken landmarks, buddy rescues and a final theory review before earning their lifetime basic certification, which qualifies someone to dive to a maximum depth of 60 feet with a standard air tank only. New and career divers alike can find resources about advanced certification on the PADI website, as well as at dive shops around the Truckee Meadows and Lake Tahoe. Hagen said that Adventure Scuba also hosts a yearly calendar of dive trips for anyone who wants to join—after they pass their test, of course. “Last Saturday, we did our Easter egg hunt,” Hagen said. “What we do is hide golf balls underwater and you go dive and collect your golf balls. …We have monthly fun dives. We also have [underwater] pumpkin carving on Halloween.” Ω

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taking up a collection! A guide to the region’s myriAd museums


ou might not realize just how many museums there are right around Reno. I didn’t, until I began compiling a list of them for this guide—a list that quickly swelled to nearly three dozen. And it’s by no means an exhaustive list. There are more museums in this region than could fit into a single story. The ones I’ve chosen to include here range from science museums to history museums. There’s

Reno When it comes to museums, Reno has the region’s most diverse offerings. In addition to its art and history museums, the city is also home to a children’s museum, a bowling museum and an automobile museum, to name a few.

Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe museum and Visitors Center 709 State St., Nixon

Hours: (Winter) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; (Summer) Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more at: pyramidlake.us/museum. Admission: Free, but donations are welcome.

OK, so this one isn’t in Reno, but it’s well worth the trip to nearby Nixon. Visitors to the museum can learn about Pyramid Lake’s native inhabitants, the Paiute Indian Tribe. The museum also contains exhibits exploring the natural history of the lake and the animals that make a home there, including the Cui-ui fish and the American White Pelican. Visitors can also get information about Pyramid Lake recreational policies and purchase camping, boating, fishing and day-use permits. “We did celebrate our 20-year anniversary last year,” says Billie Jean Guerrero, the museum’s director. “We have a lot of information that talks about Pyramid Lake culture and history. It covers everything from a veterans’ display to historical to current events. Right now, we’re running a display on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.”

something for everyone. Whether you’re a visitor yourself, have visitors coming to town or are just looking to entertain your nuclear crew in the months ahead, I hope you’ll use this guide for inspiration. With so many museums to choose from, you could even make a season of it. (If we’ve left your favorite museum out, write us a letter to the editor at renoletters@ newsreview.com and tell us about it.)

neVada museum of art 160 W. Liberty St.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Learn more at: nevadaart.org. Admission: $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors over 60, $1 for kids 6-12 years old, Free for NMA members, kids under 5 and high schools students with valid school IDs.

At any given time, the Nevada Museum of Art plays host to a wealth temporary exhibitions featuring art, both local and global, contemporary and historical. It’s also home to permanent collections divided into four thematic focus areas: Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art and American art depicting work ethic.

terry Lee WeLLs neVada disCoVery museum 490 S. Center St.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Learn more at: nvdm.org. Admission: $10 for kids 1 to 17 and seniors over 65, $12 for adults, free for children under 1.

The museum is a hands-on, interactive museum with exhibits covering topics ranging from science to history. It also brings in large traveling exhibitions and hosts adults-only evening events featuring science demonstrations and drinks. “Some people still think of The Discovery as a children’s museum; however, the experiences at The Discovery are interesting and engaging for visitors or all ages,”

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says Patrick Turner, the museum’s vice president of marketing and communications. “The Discovery recently opened Mindbender Mansion, a large-scale, eclectic exhibition filled with brain teasers, puzzles and group challenges designed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most advanced puzzlers.”

nationaL automobiLe museum 10 S. Lake St.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, $6 for kids 6 to 18, free for members and kids 5 and younger.

This museum houses what remains of the car collection of late Harrah’s Casino owner Bill Harrah. It’s a locally beloved collection of more than 200 vehicles set up for viewing on mock historical street scenes. “This year, in November, we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says John Peterson, who has been a docent at the museum for 28 years. “When [Bill Harrah] died, he had 1,412 cars—and they all were stored over in Sparks. He had had a vision for creating Harrah’s World, which was going to be over in the west part of Reno, McCarran Boulevard and I-80. And that was going to consist of four buildings that celebrated the four countries that helped start the automobile industry: the United States, England, Germany and—people don’t know this today—France.”

The Nevada Museum of Art features art, both global and local.

WiLbur d. may Center 1595 N. Sierra St.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Learn more at: www.washoecounty.us/parks/ maycenterhome/index.php Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and kids 3 to 17, free for kids under 3 years old.

The museum is attached to the Wilbur D. May Center, which brings in arts and other exhibits, including interactive exhibits geared toward kids. In the museum, visitors will find the private collection of Wilbur D. May, accumulated over a lifetime of world travel.

“We are excited to bring ‘Art of the Aloha Shirt’—an exhibition about the history of the iconic Hawaiian shirt,” says Assistant Curator Samantha Szesciorka. “This … exhibit will feature original sketches and swatches, advertisements and vintage shirts. It opens on Sept.1, 2019.”

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W. M. KecK earth Science and Mineral engineering MuSeuM University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., 7844528

Learn more at: www.unr.edu/keck.

arte italia

442 Flint St., 333-0313 Learn more at: arteitaliausa.org.

national BoWling StadiuM, BoWling MuSeuM hall of faMe

300 N. Center St., 335-8800 Learn more at: www.bowlingmuseum. com/Visit/Reno-Satellite.

the John and geraldine lilley MuSeuM of art

University of Nevada, Reno, Arts Building, 1664 N. Virginia St., 784-6682 Learn more at: www.unr.edu/art/ museum-of-art/visit.

SparkS Victorian Square in Sparks is a bit like an outdoor museum. It’s home to historical buildings like the Glendale School and an old steam engine—both of which can be explored in greater depth by scheduling a tour through the Sparks Heritage Museum.

SParKS heritage MuSeuM

814 Victorian Ave., Sparks Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Learn more at: sparksmuseum.org. Admission: $5 for adults and kids over 12, free for members and kids under 12.

The museum’s exhibits tell the story of Sparks from the time California-bound immigrants were passing through to the modern day. “We keep archives on local families here in Sparks,” says Tandy Gach, the museum’s manager. “As much as we can, we actually keep family files on hand—if you want to know about McCarran, Sullivan. The different streets you see within Reno and Sparks, you’re also going to see more information here about who those people were. It’s a great place for that.”

fleiShMann PlanetariuM

University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., 7844812 Learn more at: www.unr.edu/planetarium.

anthroPology reSearch MuSeuM

University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., 7846704 Learn more at: bit.ly/2UEns6r.

nevada hiStorical Society

University of Nevada, Reno, 1650 N. Virginia St., 6881190 Learn more at: nvculture.org/historicalsociety.

Virginia City Virginia City was designated a National Historical Landmark District in 1966. Basically, the entire town is a museum. Of course, it’s also a popular tourist destination, with plenty of kitschy shops and bars and restaurants. Visitors can go inside many of the historical buildings in town, from Saint Mary’s in the Mountains cathedral to the Fourth Ward School Museum.

fourth Ward School MuSeuM 537 S. C St., Virginia City

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 through Oct.31 Admission: $6 for adults 17 and older, $3 for kids 6 to 16, Free for kids under 5, Free for active military personnel with current ID.

As the name suggests, the museum is located inside a historical school building. Visitors can learn about the history of the school and of mining on the famous Comstock lode through several permanent exhibits. The museum also has a gallery for rotating exhibits. According to Executive Director Lara Mather, “It is the only fourstoried, Victorian Era, Second Empire, wood school building in existence in the United States. This state-of-the-art building was completed in November 1876. It is home to the first two graduates from a Nevada school, both women, in the class of 1878. The doors to this 25,000 square foot school closed in 1936. Although attempts at restoration began in the 1960s, the building remained vacant and deteriorating until it became a museum in 1986. In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the Historic Fourth Ward School the National Preservation Honor Award for its restoration and recognized it as a Distinctive Destination.”

MacKay ManSion MuSeuM

291 S. D St., Virginia City, 847-0156 Learn more at: www.uniquitiesmackaymansion.com.

Way it WaS MuSeuM Last Chance Joe stands outside the Sparks Heritage Museum.

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113 C St., Virginia City, 847-0766

Learn more at: visitvirginiacitynv.com/ museums.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is located in Carson City.

coMStocK fireMen’S MuSeuM 125 C St., Virginia City, 847-0717

Learn more at: visitvirginiacitynv.com/ museums.

St. Mary’S art center 55 R St., Virginia City, 847-7774

Learn more at: visitvirginiacitynv.com/ museums.

CarSon City From the Carson City Hot Springs to the capitol campus, Carson City is packed with historical sites. It’s also home to several great history museums—including the Nevada State Railroad Museum, where visitors can have the opportunity to ride on a real steam locomotive.

nevada State railroad MuSeuM, carSon city

2180 S. Carson St., Carson City Admission: $6 for adults, free for kids 17 and younger.

The museum contains both fullsize historical steam engines and tiny scale models of Virginia & Truckee Railroad locomotives. It’s also home to a plethora of railroad equipment. On certain days, the museum offers rides on steam engines or a selfpowered motorcar from 1926. Of the 152 McKeen Motor Cars built between 1905 and1917, the

Nevada State Railroad Museum is home to the only one in the world that is fully restored and operable,” said Adam Michalski, curator of education. “The McKeen Motor Car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum was built in 1910 for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. It operated on the railroad mostly between Reno, Carson City and Minden from 1910 until 1945. After the car was taken out of service, the body was used as various restaurants in Carson City for several years.”

nevada State MuSeuM

600 N. Carson St., Carson City, 687-4810 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults, free for members and children 17 and younger.

This museum has been beloved by generations of Nevadans. There’s a changing gallery, a permanent Native American exhibit called “Under One Sky,” other permanent exhibits focused on natural and cultural history, plus the historic Carson Mint and its associated building, where coins were minted from 1870 to 1893.

the children’S MuSeuM of northern nevada

813 N. Carson St., Carson City, 884-2226 Learn more at: www.cmnn.org.

Brewery Arts Center

419 W. King St., Carson City, 883-1976 Learn more at: breweryarts.org.

Bower’s MAnsion

4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, 849-0201 Learn more at: bit.ly/2GyzDwt.

Truckee Truckee is an undeniably beautiful little mountain town. It’s historic downtown district is a popular destination with tourists. The town is also home to a selection of museums, including a kids’ museum and the Donner Memorial State Museum, a place visitors can go to learn more about the ill-fated Donner Party that tried to cross the Sierra in October of 1846 but became trapped in a snowstorm.

Donner MeMoriAl stAte PArk AnD MuseuM 12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee

Hours: 10 a.m to 5 p.m, daily Admission: $10 per vehicle between May 1 and Sept. 30, $5 per vehicle between Oct. 1 and April 30.

Truckee’s history is on display at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center. The visitors’ center houses a museum opened in 2015 that features artifacts and stories of the Donner Party, the Washoe people and the Chinese people who constructed the railroad. There is also a section exploring early motoring adventures over Donner Pass.

kiDzone MuseuM

11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California, (530) 5875437 Learn more at: kidzonemuseum.org

roCking stone tower Commercial Row at High St., Truckee, California


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5000 NV-28, Incline Village, 832-8750

Learn more at: vikingholm.com.

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Lake Tahoe Perhaps you usually head to Tahoe for a dip into the lake’s clear, cold waters. Next time, you might consider dipping into one of the area’s many museums before you take a swim.

tAhoe MAritiMe MuseuM

401 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City

north lAke tAhoe historiCAl soCiety AnD gAtekeePer’s MuseuM 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, California, (530) 583-1762

tAllAC historiC site

1 Heritage Way, South Lake Tahoe, California, (530) 5415227 Learn more at: bit.ly/1Wjfmih.

Learn more at: northtahoe museums.org.

The National Automobile Museum contains around 200 cars.

Hours: The museum is closed until June 1 for the installation of a new exhibit. Learn more at: tahoemaritimemuseum. org. Admission: $5 for adults and kids over 12, Free for members, kids 12 and younger and for all active duty, national guard and reserve military personnel and their families.

truCkee rAilroAD MuseuM

0075 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California Learn more at: bit.ly/2ZydXJw

olD JAil MuseuM

10142 Jibboom St., Truckee, California, (530) 582-0893 Learn more at: www.truckeehistory. org/old-jail-museum.html.

The museums collections include historic watercraft, engines, water-sports gear, ephemera and archival materials related to the lake’s maritime history.

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’ve been a skateboarder since 1983,” Milton Bradshaw said recently. “Before we had skate parks, I just did it every day. As part of that, I had a ramp at my house that people came to for almost 10 years.” He’s originally from Santa Cruz, but moved to Reno in 1987. In 2003, he started a skateboard manufacturing company called Sierra Nevada Skateboards. He shut down that company in 2008 because it was difficult to get materials, especially maple. But, as of February this year, Sierra Nevada Skateboards is back—as a store. The store shares a location, 424 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, with Forever 2 Wheels bicycle shop. The bike shop had previously sold a few skateboards, but, according to Bradshaw, the location was ripe for a dedicated skateboarding shop—primarily because it’s only about a block from Burgess Park skatepark. “I want to see how many new skateboarders I can start,” Bradshaw said. “In this neighborhood, it’s a lower-income neighborhood. There’s not a lot of disposable income out here, but there’s an incredible need for the kids to do something.”

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Sierra Nevada is a direct dealer for some of the best names in skateboarding, like Independent trucks and Santa Cruz skateboards and the store sells clothing, skateboards and parts, including shop decks and shop shirts. And the shop also serves as a community nexus point. Bradshaw knows many of his customers by first name and details about their lives. He gestured toward a young skater in his shop: “That kid comes in here almost every day to meet other skateboarders and go to the skate park. I don’t ask him to do it. He just comes in. There’s no video games. He’s just waiting for skateboarding to happen.”

“That kid comes in here almost every day to meet other skateboarders and go to the skate park. I don’t ask him to do it. He just comes in. There’s no video games. He’s just waiting for skateboarding to happen.”

Like many specialty businesses, skateboard shops were once more common. Now there are only two. Prior to Sierra Nevada opening in Sparks, there was only one: Classic Skate Shop, 299 E. Plumb Lane. The dwindling number of skate shops—despite the continuing popularity of skateboarding—can be attributed to a couple of factors that have hurt a lot of small businesses: the big box stores, like Walmart, and the big online retailers, like Amazon. “The fact of the matter is that third largest player in the world for skateboards is Amazon,” Bradshaw said. “They sell all of them.” But a skateboard, like musical instruments, can be a dangerous item to purchase online. Finding the right skateboard can be a bit like Harry Potter visiting Ollivander’s to find just the right magic wand. Bradshaw prides himself in helping match boards to riders. “You have to hold a skateboard, and stand on a skateboard, to decide if you want to ride it,” he said.

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Bradshaw is happy to note that skateboarding has become more diverse in recent years. He sees different ages and races come through his doors, and says, “Girls are becoming a huge demographic in skateboarding.” He sells a lot of small run, limited edition boards—stuff that appeals to him. “If it were a record store, these would all be rare vinyl,” he said. He knows the history and culture of skateboarding, but his friendly, approachable personality is at odds with the elitist snobbery you might expect from any youth-oriented specialty store. “I don’t look the part. I don’t look like what you

Photo/Brad Bynum

Milton Bradshaw owns Sierra Nevada Skateboards.

would expect a skateboarder to look like. ... When you look at me, you think, whose uncle is running this?” His customers aren’t shy about asking questions. “They’ll come in, and they have a Walmart board. And they say, ‘Can you give me some new wheels? My board is really slow.’ And I look at ’em, and some of these are plastic. Plastic trucks and everything. The real key is that they’re so cheap that normal skateboard wheels won’t work the bearings or anything that go in them. So, I have to turn around to the kid and say, ‘I’m sorry, kid, but I can’t fix your skateboard,’ and then I have to explain it. I keep these complete skateboards on the wall. And they’re a little bit more, but they can afford them, and they’re real skateboards. So, when I say, I can’t fix this one, but I have this one over here. And when they see the price, they usually do it, and I’m starting a skateboarder on his way. I’m not just fixing a problem to sell some wheels. … I didn’t introduce him to skateboarding—or her—but they got what they needed when they came and saw me. That’s the important part.”

But once his customers have the proper equipment, he’s happy to tutor them on maintenance and repair. “A lot of kids don’t know hot to put together their skateboard, so I get a chance to show them how to do that. And would they get that from Amazon or eBay?” And he thinks skateboarding is due for another increase in popularity. “Next year is the Olympics, and skateboarding is in the Olympics for the first time,” Bradshaw said. “And we have a bunch of new people from California in Spanish Springs who are already welcoming to skateboarding. They’re already acclimatized to it. I figured rather than have them drive across town—they drive past me to go to work. We give a Tesla discount.” It’s a different world for skateboarding than in the ’80s when Bradshaw was starting out. “It was illegal,” he said. “I’ve gotten tickets for it and been arrested.” One remnant from that era is the “no skateboarding” sign posted above the entrance to his shop. It looks like it’s been there for 20 or 30 years. Ω

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Empress aims to show female empowerment through dance, aerial feats and comedy. COURTESTY/ROGUE WORX

Powerful women Empress In the past few years, it may feel like perceptions about women and their role in society and art have been thrown back a decade or two—or three. A new collaborative stage show in Reno called Empress wants to send it back to modern times and throw a light on the true strength of women in the culture—and throw some shade on those misconceptions. Empress, a show that’s running through May 23 at the BlueBird, is doing this through burlesque, an art form that has oldfashioned connotations. There is something subversive going on, though. “There are elements of striptease in the show, for sure, but it’s not gratuitous,” said Sarah Sperber, owner of Rogue Worx, an entertainment production company that is co-producing the show. “It’s all tasteful.” Empress is a collaboration between Rogue Worx and the Siren Society, a performing artist group that has been creating its own aerial shows in RenoTahoe since 2011, as well as touring work for the past three years with UK musician Troy Boi. Rogue Worx started this January, although Sperber has worked in promotions in Reno before, including the Reno Aerial Fest in 2016. Currently, the group is providing cirque-style specialty acts for Lex Nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort. 16   |   RN&R   |   05.02.19

All that experience has led to a multidiscipline show. Sperber said that Empress aims to show different facets of female power through dance, aerial performance and comedy. “We have everything from women shown in control of money to the divine feminine, women who are the creators of birth and life,” Sperber said. “It’s a really impressive display. We have some aerial acts that will make your jaw drop, that really show the physical strength of women, as well as the cutesy flappers you would expect.” Sperber and Lina Maria, owner of the Siren Society, said the show will also feature comedic hosts with an edge that fits the show’s premise: Vivian, who owns the Whiskey Sirens burlesque troupe; and Savannah Jewel, a drag queen who hosts when national drag acts perform at Faces. “Savannah is hilarious,” Maria said. “And very fashionable,” Sperber added. “Vivian does get kind of raunchy, but she’s perfect for the Reno vibe and how gritty the city can be,” Sperber said. “One theme you’ll hear her talk about is being body positive. She’s a bigger girl and proud of that and is very comfortable in her own skin.” To pull all of this together has taken some feats of coordination beyond just aerial hoops. Sperber and Maria have been working on the show since January, with Maria working on the aerial portion and Sperber handling the dance choreography. For the past two months, lots of rehearsals at various spots around town have been taking place to refine elements of the show. The fact that it’s taking place at a nightclub instead of a theater also gives Empress a different feel than the stage shows of yore. “I’ve done shows at the BlueBird before,” Maria said. “It’s a very intimate venue, and you really feel like you are connecting with the audience. You can really interact with them because they are right there in front of you. There are also so many different levels there, which is really cool. They have this little green room that has an opening that you can see from the stage, and we’ve used that before. It’s fun to have so many different places to play.” Ω

Empress takes place at 8 p.m. on May 2-4, 9, 16 and 23 at the BlueBird, 555 E. Fourth St. Get tickets and more details at thebluebirdreno.com or rogueworx.net.

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“if only ... you were ... a sandwich.”

Grand finale The Marvel universe gets its most grandiose chapter with Avengers: Endgame, a fitting successor to last year’s Infinity War and a generous gift to those of us who like our movies with superheroes in them. When last we saw Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), he was a survivor of the dreaded Thanos (Josh Brolin) finger snap, a universe altering occurrence that took out half its living creatures and provided for that tear-jerking moment when Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and many others turned to dust. Endgame picks up where that action left off, with Stark floating in space and keeping a video journal of his inevitable demise having run out of food and water. Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are among the other survivors, dealing with the repercussions of so much death on Earth, just like Justin Theroux in The Leftovers. Oh, there are tons of questions this movie needs to answer in its three-hour-plus running time. Where’s Thanos? Where’s Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)? Is Tony permanently marooned in space? What’s been going on with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) during all of this Thanos hullabaloo? Is everybody really dead? Does Star Lord (Chris Pratt) still have his Walkman in the Great Beyond? Good news: the movie answers many of your questions and more thanks to another well-balanced screenplay and a crack directorial job from the team of Anthony and Joe Russo. When you leave Endgame, your belly will be happily full of cinematic satisfaction. How do I really talk about any of this without becoming the Spoiler King? I can tell you that the movie is the second one this year that borrows a lot from Back to the Future 2 (after Happy Death Day 2U). I can tell you that the Hulk undergoes a fantastic wardrobe change. I can tell you that the New York Mets, my favorite baseball team, has been decimated

by the Thanos snap, not unlike when Fred Wilpon took over sole ownership of the franchise in 2002. I could tell you that Rocky Racoon comes face to face with his creator, Paul McCartney, and eats Macca’s foot, but that would be a lie. I can also tell you that it all zips by in spectacularly entertaining fashion and that very little of it misses the mark. There are a few moments when it’s evident that all of the stars aren’t in the same place, their presence pasted together through the power of special effects and creative cast scheduling, just like that lackluster season of Arrested Development where all of the participant schedules didn’t align. This is a forgivable offense; no chance you are going to get a cast this size in one room at the same time. Help us, CGI. In the middle of all the action and plot developments, Downey, Jr., delivers another soulful, endearing performance, well beyond anything you would’ve expected from a comic book movie before he started showing up in them. Chris Evans continues to rock, while Hemsworth and Ruffalo continue to explore more humorous variations of their characters. Both are a total crack up. Are the Marvel movies anywhere near over with Endgame? Don’t be silly. James Gunn just got his job back as the director/commander of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Captain Marvel is just getting started and Spider-Man’s next adventure will enter your face before the summer is done. Have some of the more popular story arcs within the Universe reached their conclusions? Maybe. I’m not telling. Set aside an eighth of one of your days, set yourself down, enjoy the ride and get some answers. But, for god’s sake, don’t take your kids to shows past 8 o’clock, unless you fancy those long rides home from the theater where your kids are crying because they fell asleep and missed the whole thing. Ω

Avengers: End Game



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.


Pet Sematary

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 Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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.

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. 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 Gilliam’s earlier attempt to make the movie with Johnny Depp. 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. 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.






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Zeppelin is a 21-and-over space combining steampunk with nouveau-classic speakeasy swank. The menu includes small snacks, dips, a shellfish raw bar, charcuterie and cheese boards, flatbreads, salads, small plates, entrees and simple-to-fancy desserts. Gluten free and vegan options are clearly marked, and you can enjoy those bites from a combination of bar, pub and lounge-style seating areas. The service team is equipped with tablets, and everyone knew what we ordered, what was on the way, and we waited nor wanted for anything. My group of four started with a shared plate of King Trumpet mushroom skewers ($11), doused in a teriyaki sauce of black garlic and shiso and sprinkled with sesame seeds. There was a sneaky bit of heat in the background, though the meaty texture and flavor of the fungi came through. The only downside was the fairly small serving size, perhaps a single large ‘shroom rendered into four inconsistent slices. Guinness steamed mussels ($14) were pretty great. Served in a big, stainless pot and topped with sprigs of fresh herbs. It had whole cloves of garlic swimming in the broth—encircled by toasted bread rounds. The meats ranged from small to pretty big, and a few had fallen from their shells to be fished out of the delicious goo. Pro tip: smear a garlic clove on bread, and top it with mussel after a dip in the goo. A crock of caramelized Brussels sprouts with sour apple ($8) plus peppered pork belly ($4) was just outstanding—al dente with nicely crisped bits, in a salty/sweet marriage with porcine heaven. The dish was topped with chives and slivers of daikon radish, and the presentation was elegant and hearty. Seafood dip ($14) of lobster, crab and artichoke— served with rounds of artisan bread—is available cold or hot. We went hot. The dish was served in a cast


iron vessel, which kept it warm right through the end. With a touch of tarragon, it was cheesy, creamy, super rich and not something you want every day—unless you’re purposely trying to kill your heart. Wagyu sliders ($14) with chipotle aioli, smoked onion, fresh dill relish and pepper jam were a mixed bag. Though disappointingly cooked medium-well, the high fat content of the meat allowed it to remain fairly juicy. The flavor combo really differed between each slider, some being particularly sweet, others noticeably spicy. There was just too much going on to pull off a concerted result. Lastly, the little buns ranged from being soft and enjoyable, to hard and stale. This was easily the least effective item ordered. The lone entree ordered was a soup plate with three seared scallops ($21) in a celery root puree, topped with herb seafoam and pickled “sea beans,” a.k.a. pickleweed. Everything about this was excellent. The large molluscs were tender and browned—the puree and seafoam adding a dramatic amount of rich flavor. The vaguely asparagus-like texture and flavor of the greens was a nice accent. Desserts of grapefruit granita and kumquat lemon bars ($3 each) finished things off. I didn’t much care for the icy, tart granita, but the combination of lemon and kumquat was enjoyable, with a fun microgreen presentation that looked like something from Dr. Seuss. Toss in a few beers and cocktails, and we had a pretty nice time. Ω


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by MArK EArnEsT

Shoegaze dreams Bentbleu They say long distance musical relationships are doomed to failure, but there are several examples of bands that still make that arrangement work. (Doom-metallers Pallbearer and rock icons Pearl Jam spring to mind.) Acoustic rock band Bentbleu is in the same boat. Reno members Troy Casa (guitar), his son Keaton Casa (drums) and Angelese Pepper (cello) have a lead vocalist, Kelly Jarvis, who lives several time zones away in Chicago. “There’s something about the songs that he sends me that just captivates me and captures my curiosity,” said Jarvis, a biotech medical researcher at Northwestern University. “I find myself just compelled to take a walk and figure out the right melody. It’s just a natural process to me.” The band’s distinct sound evokes the great ’80s and ’90s UK shoegaze movement of bands like Lush and Slowdive with the more melodic end of that modern-rock style from the Sundays and the Cranberries. Keaton plays his minimalist drum kit with brushes, but his rhythms still have plenty of drive. Pepper’s work is remarkable, as she writes great countermelodies to bounce off what Casa and Jarvis are doing. One song with the appropriate working title of “Shoegaze Dream” indeed sounds like those great late ’80s UK bands, but with almost no effects. “We found a way to mimic the shoegaze sound with our strumming patterns and what Angelese is playing with me on the cello,” Troy said. “We created that blend without having to stomp on 38 pedals all at once.”

Bentbleu features (from left) Troy Casa, Keaton Casa and Angelese Pepper. That’s singer Kelly Jarvis, live via Chicago, on the phone in Keaton’s hand. PHOTO/MARK EARNEST

The roots of Bentbleu’s blend stretch back to Ohio State in 1996, when Troy met Jarvis, and they played in a band together called Cali Swain. Troy moved to Reno in 1999 and continued to play classical style guitar gigs and did some instruction at Mountain Music Parlor. But he got both the material and the itch to start up a band again last year. “The original idea was to once again have a guitar and a cello to make it all pretty, but then, all of a sudden, I decided I wanted a vocalist again,” he said. “We must have auditioned 10 people.” Jarvis and Troy were still friends, and she said yes to the chance to write and record music again. “I was actually pretty excited about the plan,” Jarvis said. “There’s been a lot more flexibility as far as the vocals and the recording and doing things when they feel comfortable and good. It allows me to take my time to record the vocals and really make sure that I’m getting everything I want out of it.” Keaton was keen on being the drummer, having played with local band Erin Drive. Troy then found Pepper through the University of Nevada, Reno, website. She’s in the master’s program for music at the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s Pepper’s first time playing cello in a rock context. “It’s been really eye-opening for me,” she said. “I get to use my musicality in a way that’s not like Western classical music, which is what I grew up with and what I’m being trained in. They’ve really let me be free with myself.” With the lineup in place, Bentbleu has been recording in the makeshift studio that the Casas built in their home, with Keaton as engineer. They hope to put an album out at some point this summer. Ω

Bentlbleu will play on May 3 at Dead Ringer Analog Bar, 432 E. Fourth St., and on May 4 at Pignic Pub and Patio, 235 Flint St. Learn more about the band at bentbleu.com.

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FOR THE WEEK OF May 2, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. CINCO DE MAYO PARTY: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with skiing and riding, beer and tequila tastings and festive live mariachi music. Sun, 5/5, 1pm. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

THE CRUCIBLE: Brüka Theatre continues its 26th season with its production of Arthur Miller’s classic 1953 play. Thu, 5/2-Sat, 5/4, 7:30pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.

CUSHING CROSSING: The 29th annual pond skimming event is filled with big spills and laughable thrills as competitors attempt to glide across a pond on a snow sliding apparatus. Sat, 5/4, 1pm. Cushing Pond, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

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Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Hispanic heritage takes place this weekend at the Grand Sierra Resort with two days of food, live music and entertainment and carnival rides. The carnival opens on Friday, May 3, with free admission from 3-10 p.m. The festival takes place noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-May 5, with local and regional bands performing in the early afternoon followed by headliners El Flaco Elizalde on Saturday evening and Cadetes de Rigoberto Cantu and Banda Arkangel R-15 de Chuy Navarro on Sunday evening. Other festival highlights include Mexican dancing horses, amateur boxing bouts and more than 100 vendors offering games, prizes, specialty items, clothes, arts and crafts and community information. Mexican food and other cuisine will be available for purchase. The fiesta takes place at the Grand Sierra Resort’s southeast parking lot, 2500 E. Second St. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors age 65 and older and children under age 12. Visit www.cincodemayoreno.com.


BIRD WALK: As part of One Truckee River Month, start the day with a casual bird-watching walk with guide Will Richardson, executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Bring a pair of binoculars. Birders of all abilities welcome. Register online. Wed, 5/8, 7:30am. Free. Oxbow Nature Study Area, 3100 Dickerson Road, (775) 2980067, www.tinsweb.org.

26TH ANNUAL BEER FEST: The Nevada Young Alumni Chapter holds its annual beer tasting festival featuring dozens of different brews and spirits from numerous regional breweries and distilleries, as well as live entertainment. This event helps raise scholarship funds for deserving students of the University of Nevada, Reno. Fri, 5/3, 6pm. $20-$50. Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center St., (775) 771-7739, nevadayac.com.

CHILDREN’S DAY ON THE COMSTOCK: Enjoy a fun-filled day of interactive activities for all ages, as well as face painting, live music, games and more. Sun, 5/5, 11am. Free. Miners Park, 106 Carson St., Virginia City, (775) 847-7500, visitvirginiacitynv.com.

ANIMAL ARK PREDATORS AND PINATAS: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend and watch Animal Ark’s animals stalk, pounce and growl prior to tearing open their treat-filled piñatas. Sat, 5/4, 10:15am-2:30pm. $12-$15. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, 1265 Deerlodge Road, www.animalark.org.


APEX CONCERT SERIES: The chamber music series celebrates its eighth season with “Into the Light” featuring the Miró Quartet. Thu, 5/2, 7:30pm. $5-$35. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278, unrmusic.org/apex.






Children’s Book Week, Amy Levy from the Northern Nevada Literacy Council’s Family Reading Program will help parents of young children learn techniques to improve their child’s reading skills. This event is geared toward parents and children ages 3-8 years, but all ages are welcome to attend. Thu, 5/2, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

Learning Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno presents “Day of Remembrance 2019: The Holocaust and the Rise of Antisemitism in the 21st Century.” This free event will honor the past and explore the current threats to our nation and the world. Reservations are required. Thu, 5/2, 7pm. Free. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 784-8053, tinyurl.com/y6zk497h.

DINE THE DISTRICT FOOD TOUR: Sample an eclectic assortment of culinary options during this self-guided tour of 20 restaurants and shops in the Riverwalk District. Some of the locations on the tour will offer vegetarian options. Sat, 5/4, 1pm. $20-$25. Riverwalk District along the Riverwalk in downtown Reno, (775) 825-9255, www.renoriverwalk.org.

DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS: Reno Little Theater’s musical production is based on Disney’s classic animated film. Fri, 5/3-Sat, 5/4, 7pm, Sun, 5/5, 2pm. $10-$15. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

EQUUS: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company presents Peter Schaeffer’s 1973 psychological thriller. Due to mature themes, situations, and nudity, all performances of Equus will be restricted to those age 18 and older. Thu, 5/2-Sat, 5/4, 7:30pm; Sun, 5/5, 2pm. $18-$30. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.

FIRST THURSDAY: Explore the galleries at Nevada Museum of Art’s monthly social event featuring live music by Serina Dawn and specialty refreshments. Thu, 5/2, 5-7pm. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: The event includes a film screening with introduction, discussion and free French-themed refreshments. This month features Ma vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini), a Swiss-French stop-motion comedydrama film released in 2016. Mon, 5/6, 2pm. Free. Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd., (775) 673-7269.

FOREST DWELLING BATS: Learn about the bat species that live in Nevada, including those that live in the forest, with bat expert Kellie Carter. Sat, 5/4, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

GENERAL MEETING SONS & DAUGHTERS OF ERIN: Join the Sons and Daughters of Erin for their monthly gathering at Ryan’s Saloon. Guest speakers will discuss a variety of topics each month. Social hour begins at 6pm, followed by the meeting at 6:30pm. Tue, 5/7, 6pm. Free. Ryan’s Saloon, 924 S. Wells Ave., irishnevada.org.

GREAT BASIN YOUNG CHAUTAUQUA: Now in its 26th year, Nevada Humanities’ award-winning program teaches young people how to research and develop original Chautauqua presentations. Young Chautauquans will give public performances throughout May, with a larger GBYC Showcase on May 31-June 1. Fri, 5/3, 6pm. Free. Swill Coffee & Wine, 3366 Lakeside Court; Sat, 5/4, 2pm. Free. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St.; Sat, 5/4, noon. Free. John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St.; Sun, 5/5, 1pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 784-6587, www.nevadahumanities.org.

HOW EARTHQUAKES AND GLACIERS FORMED LAKE TAHOE: Seismologist Annie Kell will discuss the faulting and glaciation events that formed the lakes of the Lake Tahoe-Truckee regions and what warnings the lakes have about future natural disasters. Sun, 5/5, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

IRC ENDUROFEST: Endurofest returns with some of the toughest dirt bike racing on the West Coast. This event will host the AMA Nevada Extreme Off-Road Championship, establishing it as a qualifier for the Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro. Sat, 5/4, 8am. $0-$50. Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 East I-80, Sparks, www.elevatedaction.com/ endurofest.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: Reno Comes to Broadway’s 2018-2019 season continues with this musical adaptation of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan. As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Fri, 5/3, 8pm; Sat, 5/4, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 5/5, 1pm & 7pm. $50-$95. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600.

MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS: While focusing on culture and community, Mad River Theater Works strives to challenge racism and intolerance thorough their performances. The group will present Wings of Courage, the story of Eugene Bullard, an African-American boxer, jazz musician and World War I flying ace. Sat, 5/4, 4pm. $5-$30. Community Arts Center, 10046 Church Street, Truckee, www.artsfortheschools.org.

MANTAGI/MAYA/M.I.A: Director Steve Loveridge’s award-winning documentary film is a profile of the critically acclaimed British recording artist M.I.A., chronicling her journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. Thu, 5/2, 5-7pm. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., nevadaart.org.

MOTOSHI KOSAKO: The award-winning jazz musician and composer performs on a pedal harp. Sat, 5/4, 7:30pm. $25. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., mountainmusicparlor.com.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer

play the Tulsa Roughbacks FC. Sat, 5/4, 6:45pm. $30-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.reno1868fc.com.

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball

team plays the Las Vegas Aviators. Thu, 5/2, 6:35pm. $13-$36. Greater Nevada

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RENO UKULELE FESTIVAL & ACOUSTIC FAIRE WITH SWING THING: The annual event features three days and nights of music workshops, performances, dancing and shopping beginning on May 2. The all-star roster includes multi-instrumentalists Daniel Ho, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, plus national fingerstyle guitar champion Muriel Anderson, veteran swing bandleader Casey MacGill, singer-songwriter John Batdorf and more. A multi-instrument concert finale ends the festivities on Saturday night. Thu, 5/2-Sat, 5/4. $0$197. Peppermill Reno, 2707 S. Virginia St., (775) 220-0995, playuke.net.

SILENT SKY: Restless Artists Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s play based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. The play explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Fri, 5/3-Sat, 5/4, 7:30pm; Sun, 5/5, 2pm. $8-$15. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, rattheatre.org.

SWEET ADELINES CONVENTION AND BOUTIQUE: Sweet Adelines International Region 12 will host a competition and boutique featuring more than 25 local vendors. selling handmade and specialty items in the foyer adjacent to the Rose Ballroom. Tickets for the quartet performance on May 3 and chorus performance on May 4 in the Rose Ballroom will be available at the door. Thu, 5/2, 5-9pm; Fri, 5/3, 9am-9pm; Sat, 9am-3pm. Free admission to boutique. Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 3005 Skyline Ave., (775) 851-1250.

THE T SISTERS: The California trio performs its blend of spunky banjo, guitar and cheerful percussion. Fri, 5/3, 7:30pm. $25. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.


Twisted sisterhood I’m a grown woman in the middle of a feud between two of my female friends. They’re both complaining to me, and I’m just responding “uh-huh” to give them the hint that I don’t want to be involved. Neither’s catching on. How do I get out of the middle of this spat without either friend feeling like I’m being disloyal and without my blurting out, “This is ridiculous. Grow up, ladies!” If only these two would do as a 60-year-old dude in the U.K. just did to dispute a ticket he got on his motorcycle—invoked what The Telegraph called “the ancient right to trial by combat.” Not surprisingly, local magistrates decided to stick him with a fine instead of accepting his proposal of a duel “to the death” with a motor vehicles clerk, using “samurai swords, Gurkha knives or heavy hammers.” Unfortunately, your female friends are unlikely to break out the Hello Kitty nunchucks to resolve their little squabble once and for all. It turns out there are some differences in how men and women generally deal with disagreements. Psychologist Joyce Benenson explains that women—as the childbearers and primary childcarers of the species—evolved to handle disputes in ways that minimize their risk of being physically harmed through retaliation. This has led to a female tendency toward covert aggression—sneaky attacks that are often hard to identify as attacks, like sabotaging other women’s status through gossip and social exclusion. Men, in contrast, tend to favor more straight-up forms of dispute resolution, from put-down fests to bar fights. The thing is, an evolved tendency for a certain behavior (like indirectness) isn’t a mandate that you behave accordingly. You can instead choose to be direct: Inform these two that you refuse to be the prize in this battle of theirs and thus refuse to hear another word about it from either of them. When they forget, be straightforward in reminding them of your retirement as a giant ear. Being direct is sure to be uncomfortable the first few times, but as you increasingly make it a habit, you should find it far easier and certainly more effective than coming up with creative excuses every time the phone rings.

Coy story A male friend says that a woman who wants a hookup can just blurt out “I wanna have sex with you!” to a man and have him take her up on that. However, he claims that a guy who says this to a woman is taking a big risk and is likely to just offend her and possibly get a drink thrown in his face. To be unappealingly frank, men, in a sexual pinch, have been known to get it on with items in their refrigerator. So, especially in guys’ late teens and 20s, the bar for casual sex partners isn’t set all that high—as in, “Wow, girl, that’s some pulse you have on you!” Women, on the other hand, evolved to be the choosier sex. Female emotions push them to hold out for signs that a man would be willing and able to stick around and commit resources, should a screaming baby result from their naked romp in the back seat of the, um, thing prehistoric people dragged firewood around on. These sex differences were reflected in recent research led by evolutionary psychologist Mons Bendixen on men’s and women’s signaling of sexual interest. Women tended to make themselves out to be more sexually interested in a particular man than they actually were. The researchers suspect this may be a strategy that allows women to hold men’s attention for longer. This, in turn, gives a woman more time to assess a man or “strategically increase his hope of having a chance” with her. Translation: Keep the dude on the hook while milking his American Express card like it has a set of udders. In contrast, the researchers found that men generally pretended to be far less interested in sex than they actually were—presumably to avoid coming off as a man tramp. In other words, your friend is probably right: Honesty, as a sex-seeking tactic for a man, is only “the best policy” if the photo of his perfect match on a dating site is a tall container of lotion wearing an old tube sock as a scarf. Ω


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I often speak to you about

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio poet Sylvia Plath

wrote, “I admit I desire, / Occasionally, some backtalk / From the mute sky.” You’ll be wise to borrow the spirit of that mischievous declaration. Now is a good time to solicit input from the sky, as well as from your allies and friends and favorite animals, and from every other source that might provide you with interesting feedback. I invite you to regard the whole world as your mirror, your counselor, your informant.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In January 1493,

Christopher Columbus was sailing his ship near the land we now call the Dominican Republic. He spotted three creatures he assumed were mermaids. Later he wrote in his log that they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted [by artists].” We know now that the “mermaids” were actually manatees, aquatic mammals with flippers and paddle-shaped tails. They are in fact quite beautiful in their own way, and would only be judged as homely by a person comparing them to mythical enchantresses. I trust you won’t make a similar mistake. Evaluate everything and everyone on their own merits, without comparing them to something they’re not.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I want what we all

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know it’s kind of clichéd, but, you know, are still unable to deal with that whole aspect of their life, for personal reasons, you know, everybody’s experience is different and the things they were asked to do. But, yes, it’s very rewarding. I heard from somebody this morning that was actually at Khe Sanh. … He’s just coming to grips with things. So it’s kind of nice.

Michael Archer

Tell me about the new book. The book is about a captain in the Marine Corps [who] showed up at the siege of Khe Sanh when about 6,000 Americans were surrounded by about 35,000 north Vietnamese soldiers, heavily armed, heavily supported with tanks and artillery and so forth. This gentleman, Mirza Munir Baig [called Harry], he had been educated at Cambridge University, had come from a very wealthy and notable family in India—precolonial India … came to the United States. … He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a private and worked his way up. What he brought to Khe Sanh was he was fluent in French, he had read all of everything [Vietnamese military commander] Gen. Võ Nguyên Giáp had written … he studied every


President Kennedy once told a navy buddy who he’d appointed to a high Pentagon office that because he had been given a close exposure to history, he had an obligation to write about it. Michael Archer, now of Carson City, found himself in 1968 at the significant, dramatic battle of Khe Sanh, and he has written about it in an award-winning series of three books, including The Gunpowder Prince.

Did you ever feel that your fate was being decided by people standing off at a safe distance?

aspect of the battle of Dien Bien Phu, and he made the assumption that Giap was going to repeat that at Khe Sanh, and Giap did. And consequently, Harry was waiting for him.

Absolutely, particularly at Khe Sanh because Khe Sanh became very political, as you may recall. The Tet offensive, it was part of the Tet offensive. It was an election year. President Johnson actually—on March 31st of 1968, before the siege of Khe Sanh had ended—he actually made that famous speech that he would not run and so forth—

How is the book being received?

And would start peace talks.

Quite well. In fact, last night—funny you should ask—the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awarded it the best biography of 2019. … To be honest with you, given the nature of the book, writing about an immigrant, kind of an unusual marine and unusual situation … I didn’t know whether something like that … would be accepted, and it wholeheartedly was by the Marine Corps.

How often do you hear from people who have found your books? Just this morning. Yes, I hear almost every day from somebody, seriously. … It’s surprising how many Vietnam vets—I

Yes, and would start peace talks. Exactly. And it was very demoralizing for those of us that had watched so much carnage. And later, when I got to know some of the people we fought against—I went to Hanoi, and I’m still friends with several north Vietnamese soldiers that were wounded at Khe Sanh—and I came to know that their plight was pretty much the same as ours. And then I really felt bad, because there was just an enormous amount of bloodshed on both sides at Khe Sanh for the 15-month period from mid ’67 until mid ’68, and, you know, it was all for naught … and we were only 19 then. Ω


What’s your problem? Look, let’s just cut the crap and deal with the obvious. By stonewalling Congress about everything (taxes, finances, security clearances), President Capone is essentially pleading the Fifth. He and his legal team are busy concocting some presidential executive version of The Fifth Amendment in order to stall, obfuscate and avoid the hell out of The House. But the ploy isn’t particularly clever—it’s desperate. And here in America, we all know what a mob boss is really saying when he takes Da Fifth. It’s tantamount to pleading guilty to everything. No need to get bogged down in minutiae or legalese. The sumbitch is pleading guilty to everything. And Trump supporters, WTF? I’m afraid you have a problem. A rather large cred problem. Because if you still support this blithering, doddering moron after that horrific bullshit he barfed

out in Wisconsin this past week about doctors executing babies, well then, how the hell do you expect us non-MAGAns to have any respect whatsoever for your political and sociological acumen? What exactly are you telling us about the functioning of your thought processes when you continue to support This Raving Jerkoff who just makes up the most horrible horseshit he can think of and then presents it as truth? We’ve seen a lot of truly horrid assholes in American politics over the years, but I do feel quite safe in asserting we’ve never seen anything as purely puckered as this asshole. • It’s not really much of a mystery as to the basic cause for the overwhelming bulk of humanity’s problems. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in astrophysics to see that the problem isn’t immigrants or

plastic or even Trump. It’s overpopulation. Pure and simple. Individually, most of us are nice, reasonable, decent folks, willing to let you merge in front of us on a crowded freeway. People, for the most part, are pretty nice. So people aren’t the problem. Not exactly. No, the problem is that there are way too many people. Sometime in the ’20s, we are going to hit 8 billion people on Planet Earth. Man, that’s a load. That’s too effing much. So here’s my Question. If you could magically make it happen, instantly and painlessly, what would be your ideal number of humans on this Earth? I’m thinking 50 to 100 million. But really, that may be too high. Why? Because we’re all sexed up on erotogens, and we’re absolute slaves to Sex Itch. If we started at 100 mill, we’d be back in the billions in 200 to 300 years (file under Bar Talk Topic). Ω