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Power corrupts Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. If you haven’t already, head over to bestofnorthernnevada. com and nominate your favorite local people, places and things. We’re sure you’ve got strong opinions about some—if not all—of the categories. This first round of voting—an open-nomination primary—doesn’t attract as much attention as the second round of voting, which makes sense. People are more excited to root for their teams once they’ve actually made the playoffs. But here’s the thing: We also hear from disgruntled business owners, “Why weren’t we nominated in such-a-such category?” To which, we ask, “Well, did you vote in the primary round?” So vote now. The glory of a year’s worth of bragging rights—not to mention a spiffy plaque on the wall—could be your reward. And OK, apparently I’m in the minority, but I’m still really pumped about this season of Game of Thrones. Spoiler alert! I agreed with most of the complaints about episode 804, “The Last of the Starks”—a lot of the plot points felt rushed, and some of the female representation was really problematic and badly written. Not to mention the infamous coffee cup. But I loved episode 805, “The Bells.” It wasn’t perfect, and it left me feeling sad and exhausted, but it was a great piece of writing. And the episode’s big plot-twist character moment was totally earned. Remember: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anyone who thinks they’re owed power, anyone who thinks it’s their birthright to sit on a throne, who spends their life gaining power, building armies and destroying enemies, will eventually turn evil. Besides, I’m an American. I don’t believe in monarchs. I’ll never trust anyone who wants to be a king. Or a queen.

—Brad Bynum bradb@ ne wsreview . com

Population contest Re “Human being” (Letters, May 9): I entirely agree with Bruce Van Dyke about the world being vastly overpopulated. It always annoys me when someone tries to make the analogy that all the humans on Earth could fit in the Grand Canyon, or some other random, cavernous space. So what? Just because seven billion locusts could, theoretically, be packed into a town the size of Carson City, does this mean that seven billion locusts should be tolerated? Like it or not, the point is that we Homo Sapiens are now an unrestricted plague upon the Earth. We are lousing it up beyond recognition, and we have caused global warming and other insidious problems with the climate. We have cursed the world with the automobile and other forms of rapid transit, and have even junked up outer space with the debris of space satellites in orbit. The oceans have been littered with incomprehensible amounts of plastic, and there is not a beach on the entire Earth that hasn’t any plastic in its sands. We pump obscene amounts of carbon into the atmosphere on a daily basis, never ending, year after year, decade after decade. Our depredations upon other life forms have rid the world of exotic species that can only be read about in books. As for the standard of living, billions of people in the world suffer privations that are unthinkable to the current demented President of this country, who has absolutely no conception about the reality of anything. The list of problems caused by human overpopulation goes on. Don’t try to tell me that the world is not overpopulated. Steven Hetzer Reno

So over it Re “What’s your problem” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, May 2): Bruce Van Dyke mentioned the overpopulation issue. Here are some additional facts to consider. So, few people understand that the

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elephant in the room is overpopulation. The dangers from overpopulation are greater than any other factor in the climate change issue. When you look out the window of a plane and see all that unused land, the conclusion is that overpopulation doesn’t exist. But land is not the problem. It’s natural resources. Water, food production, oil, gas, electric power, iron, copper, aluminum and many more minerals we use to produce the products we use. If the population stopped increasing tomorrow, we would still have demand for more cars, more trucks, more buses, more trains, more planes, more ships, more gas, more oil, more water, more food, more minerals, more electricity, more houses, more home devices and gadgets, more farm equipment, more businesses, more schools and more roads for the next 20 years as the young population grows up. The oceans are being fished out to the point some species no longer provide any reasonable amount of harvest. Our rivers, oceans and air are polluted. Just less than one billion people live without electricity, and this is getting smaller as we produce more and bring it into more homes at the cost of more carbon. There are 2,100 new coal plants being planned worldwide. There are already too many people in the world for the natural resources we have and not enough affordable housing. All the above affects climate change as our carbon footprint gets greater as more and more people acquire all these modern devices. As cars become more gas efficient, we still lose as the number of cars on the road increases with population growth. The population of the world is increasing at an alarming rate. Even in America, the birth rate is increasing, where it once was below 1.9 per family. What can we do about this terrible problem? Educate, educate, educate. Make every person in the world aware of this terrible problem. Scream this message from every newspaper, magazine and TV news program and teach it in every school around the world: Contraceptions free for all. Reverse Trump’s Gage rule.

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World starvation is on the rise. The demand for food will increase constantly. Stopping population growth now is the only way to catchup. Some say most starvation is caused by the poor not earning enough to buy the food they need to survive. But if all could afford the food they wanted, would there be enough to go around as our population grows? The demands for power, food and clean water for just the population on Earth now will increase faster than we can supply them. The needs for just the next 20 years of the population growing up cannot be met. We are on the road to destruction. We need to reduce the population to maybe 5 billion. Arden Scott Reno


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By matt bieker

Best gardening tip? asKeD at rail city garDen center, 1720 Brierly Way, sparKs.

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Make sure you check your garden every day. Go out there and spend time with your plants, look at all of them individually and just pay attention.

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Don’t over-water. If you overwater, you’re going to get root rot, and you’re going to lose your plant. You have to really monitor the amount of water you put in—especially flowers.

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The city shouldn’t fund private cops The Downtown Reno Partnership appears to do a few but it mostly consists of local business people, including things right. They’ve cultivated partnerships with other representatives from the casinos and Jacobs Entertainment, nonprofit organizations in downtown Reno, like Northern the company that drew a lot of local criticism for buying Nevada HOPES and the Eddy House, to help facilitate and razing vintage motels and other buildings west of mental health services for people—homeless or otherdowntown. wise—in need. The DRP employees—“ambassadors”— And even though the DRP is a private organization, receive training from the Reno Police Department it is funded through assessments levied at local and local mental health professionals. businesses and collected by the City of Reno. Still, they’re not actually cops (or Those assessments are taxes in all but mental health professionals). And, sure, name. And last week, the Reno City Small homeless folks don’t usually like Council approved a significant increase business owners to talk to actual law enforcement on those assessments, despite protests are essentially paying officers. So, not being actual cops from some smaller downtown busimight help the “ambassadors” to ness owners. taxes given to a nonprofit better cultivate relationships among Small business owners are overseen by some of the city’s homeless and low-income essentially paying taxes given to a downtown’s most populations, but, according to the nonprofit overseen by some of downCity of Reno’s own website, the town’s most powerful businesses. powerful “ambassadors” are charged to “make And, sure, the “ambassadors” seem businesses. the core of the city cleaner, safer and harmless enough, glorified hall monitors friendlier.” wearing goofy uniforms and riding around That sounds a lot like the traditional job of a on Segways, giving directions to tourists. But police officer. there are still expectations—from city officials and the But, once again, these “ambassadors” are not police private sector—that these “ambassadors” will engage in officers. In fact, they’re not even city employees. some light police work—like asking homeless people to The Downtown Reno Partnership is a nonprofit move off the sidewalks in front of the favored businesses. organization, and, like all nonprofits, it’s governed by a So it’s hard to shake the impression that the Reno City board of directors, which, in this case, does include a City Council is levying a local business tax to fund a private Councilmember and a County Commissioner, as well as police force that answers primarily to the most powerful representatives from some of the DRP’s nonprofit partners, businesses in downtown. That’s scary. Ω

We garden, and we had chickens. It’s fun gardening, but the most fun thing was getting corn, hanging it on a piece of rope just out of their reach and watching them play what we call, “chicken tether-corn.” They’d all be jumping up trying to peck the corn as it pendulum-swung through the air. angel a sl ais Home gardener

Put the right plant in the right spot, either sun or shade. You might think “Oh, that [plant] is so beautiful,” but you’ve got to put them in the right spot, whether it needs protection from wind, afternoon shade, things like that. And make sure your soil is well-amended. DaviD george Chef

I do Bonsai gardening, so patience. … That would be the main tip I would give any gardener, is to just be patient. Gardening takes time, and it takes years to learn, by making mistakes, really. Don’t be frustrated with the mistakes, and learn patience.

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Tough lessons There was a fundamental disconnect between the large “Fund Our Schools Now” rally in Las Vegas last month and the reality of the “no new taxes” mantra trumpeted by Governor Steve Sisolak before the legislative session even began, thereby guaranteeing education funding would be insufficient. As the Clark County School District worried the money for teacher salary increases was not materializing as promised, parents and teachers rallied to “remind” legislators of their responsibility to adequately pay teachers and reduce class sizes. According to the National Education Association Rankings and Statistics, Nevada currently is 51st in the nation in teacherstudent ratios, having increased average class size to 25.67 students per classroom in 2016. Nevada is 48th in per-pupil funding, allocating just $8,965 for each student. The Association ranks teacher pay as 18th overall, with an average salary for teachers of $57,376. Assemblymember Brittney Miller, a teacher from Las Vegas, introduced a bill to

require class size reductions to maximum student-teacher ratios sanctioned by the state by the 2028-2029 school year. Knowing opponents would immediately attack the bill as too costly and too difficult since school space is perpetually short due to Nevada’s continued population growth, she told the Assembly Education Committee, “If we don’t enact bold legislation, where will we be in 10 years? How large will our class sizes be? What will your student performance and school environments be like? How many teachers will be left?” Indeed. Miller’s proposal was heavily amended before being passed unanimously by the Assembly, reduced to requiring that schools post their teacher-pupil ratios by classroom somewhere on the internet. Meanwhile, education advocates expressed concern about the promised new funding distribution formula, a high priority for Sisolak and legislative leadership, although it had yet to be introduced as of last Thursday, day 95 of the 120-day session. The existing formula has been in

place since 1967 and is considered far too complicated and discriminatory against schools with large populations of children who need extra services, especially in Clark County. The issue has been studied for decades, including a study funded by the legislature just last summer which recommended a new formula be more responsive to student need, be more transparent and flexible and use a cost-based funding model to be more equitable. A select group of business executives in Las Vegas got a sneak preview of the bill’s components at private meetings last week, while legislators and the public waited impatiently for the bill. Clearly there won’t be sufficient time for review and comment by those most affected by the changes before the end of the session on June 3, a huge disservice to students and their families. The Economic Forum granted legislators about $43 million more to spend over the next biennium, but that will largely be consumed by inflation and mandatory services to meet population growth.

Legislators will face difficult decisions about how to cover the cost of the promised teacher raises, and there’s little hope for easing the pain of “loser” schools should the new funding formula simply reallocate scant resources in the already too-small funding pie. Miller received accolades for her hard work on the issue of class size reduction from her Education Committee colleagues as they voted to gut her bill, and she responded by reaffirming her commitment to “fighting the fight of class sizes in Nevada,” assuring students, teachers and staff that “we hear them and this conversation will continue.” But we’re in 51st place. Perhaps we need less conversation and more concerted action from the Governor and Democratic leadership, such as an acknowledgment that it’s going to take significantly more money to build more classrooms, hire more teachers and pay them adequately. How about a solid plan with a realistic timeframe instead? Ω

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by Jeri Chadwell

Point and case The U.S. Supreme Court has overruled a Nevada Supreme Court tax ruling, giving the state of California a victory and possibly foreshadowing its intent to overturn Roe vs. Wade. The ruling comes in a 26-year-old case in which wealthy inventor Gilbert Hyatt claimed to move from California to Nevada in 1991, the year he was granted patent 4942516 for a “microcontroller,” a computer microchip. His patent was later voided, but in the meantime he was paid substantial royalties. His move to Nevada was suspected by the California Franchise Tax Board of being an effort to avoid taxation, and the board hired an investigator to probe the matter. The investigator’s conduct tainted California’s case because of her use of investigative techniques like going through Hyatt’s trash and employing discontented members of his family and his ex-wife to make a case. In addition, the investigator was accused of anti-Semitic motivation. Nevertheless, based on the information supplied to the CFTB, it concluded that Hyatt had moved to Nevada in April 1992, thus subjecting him to more than $10 million in back taxes, penalties and interest. The case worked its way through the courts and reached the U.S. Supreme Court three times, with Hyatt prevailing the first two times. The case was considered ended in January, when a new California Office of Tax Appeals vetoed the CFTB’s plan to launch new hearings on the case. That left a Nevada Supreme Court and other rulings in Hyatt’s favor standing. But Las Vegas tax analyst Russ Fox predicted the case would continue because the CFTB’s “normal strategy is to exhaust litigation opponents.” However, this week’s decision came in a lawsuit filed by Hyatt in Nevada courts against the California board, and the new ruling turned on exactly that filing. On May 13, the U.S. Supreme Court swept all of Hyatt’s previous victories away and declared California the winner. That decision overturned a precedent set in an earlier Nevada case and prompted a caustic dissent from Justice Stephen Breyer. The now-rejected precedent involved a 1979 case called Nevada vs. Hall in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was a state’s decision whether or not to grant or deny sovereign immunity to other states. That precedent is now voided, a finding that is already earning criticism for shallow reasoning. In Slate, attorney Mark Joseph Stern wrote the ruling “overturned a 40-year-old precedent for the simple reason that five conservative justices didn’t like it.” The Nevada Supreme Court’s ruling on Hyatt relied on Nevada vs. Hall. Justice Clarence Thomas’s ruling reads in part, “Nevada vs. Hall is contrary to our constitutional design and the understanding of sovereign immunity shared by the States that ratified the Constitution.” Justice Breyer’s dissent said in part, “The majority has surrendered to the temptation to overrule Hall even though it is a well reasoned decision that has caused no serious practical problems in the four decades since we decided it.” Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin filled in Breyer’s blank: “English translation of Justice Breyer’s dissent today in Hyatt: ‘Roe vs. Wade is doomed’.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruling can be read here: tinyurl.com/y6psexbl.

—Dennis Myers






Connie Gallippi worked in the nonprofit sector for many years before founding BitGive in 2013. PHOTO/JERI CHADWELL

Giving unchained Local company is a Bitcoin nonprofit supporting charities Way back in 2015, when Bitcoin was only a few years old, the online news site CCN reported on the potential of the cryptocurrency and the blockchain that supports it to revolutionize charitable giving. The the story began: “The benefits of blockchain technology are creating new operating models for many types of organizations. Charities, which manage large amounts of money, require complex accounting and conduct a lot of research, have much to gain from blockchain technology as digital transactions and smart technology increase.” The story went on to discuss a report by the London-based Charities Aid Foundation, which examined how blockchain technology might affect the way charities raise money and operate. Back then, nonprofit Bitcoin companies were few and far between. Even today, there are relatively few compared to forprofit companies—but people have taken notice of Bitcoin’s potential to drive philanthropy, and stories like the one

that ran on CCN are all over the internet. Still, many locals may be unaware that Truckee is home to one such non-profit. Founded by Connie Gallippi, BitGive lays claim to the title of first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Gallippi started the company in 2013 after having worked 15 years for various nonprofits in the Sacramento area. “My brother, actually, was involved in the early days of Bitcoin … so that’s originally how I heard about it,” Gallippi said. “At first, I was just really inspired by the potential and the possibilities, but when I actually decided to start BitGive was when I immersed myself in the energy of it.” She accompanied her brother and his business partner to a Bitcoin conference in Silicon Valley. “So I went, and I didn’t have any intention of getting professionally involved,” she said. “I was in a senior role at that point in my former career. But I was immersed in the energy of this sort

of budding industry, and it was powerful. … There were investors walking around, Silicon Valley-level curious investors—and these sort of really brilliant, developer-types and engineers who’d caught onto this too. The combination of those things was really quite magical. … My immediate thought was, ‘If this takes off like the Dot Com Boom, they need a philanthropic foundation—an arm of some sort to give back, to siphon off a fraction of what’s going to happen here to move the needle on issues.” Since attending the conference six years ago, Gallippi has worked to bring her vision to life. When BitGive launched its GiveTrack 1.0 donation platform in December, it got a write up in Forbes Magazine. The platform is designed to boost transparency in the giving process, allowing donors to give directly to causes they care about. Plus, the blockchain—a shared public ledger that records all transactions and who owns what at any given time—lets donors see their money move in basically real-time. “The tech itself, it allows you to move money—especially cross-border, but, really, anywhere—much faster and cheaper and more securely,” Gallippi said. “So it’s like a completely separate system from the traditional, you know, institutions and government systems that we use. It’s like the internet—when the internet came out and we could write an email instead of putting it in the mail and relying on the post office. You could send money right now to someone in east Africa almost instantly, and they would get it directly.” In fact, BitGive has been involved with charities in Kenya, as well as the Philippines, Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, New Zealand, Ghana, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Chile and other countries. Current charities raising money through BitGive’s GiveTrack include Run for Water, which is fundraising to bring the community of Waraba, Ethiopia, fresh drinking water; Code To Inspire Inc., the first computer coding school for girls in Afghanistan; a charity running three projects in Venezuela to help orphans, pets and hospitals; and a group raising funds to secure bone marrow donors for cancer patients in the Ukraine. These projects are in the fundraising stage. There are several more that have finished this stage. “We have three that are under implementation, so they’ll start using the

funds—and we’ll be able to see them moving on the blockchain. And then they’ll be reporting on what they’ve done. So we haven’t quite seen the full, like, A-to-Z experience yet of the version-one product until we have some of those projects done and reported on. But that’s coming soon.” Charities preparing to use their donated Bitcoin isn’t the only new thing for BitGive. The company also formed a new partnership in April with Uphold, a digital money platform that’s been integrated with GiveTrack, allowing donors to give to any of the charitable projects on the GiveTrack platform using cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash as well as 23 traditional global currencies. Before this, donations on GiveTrack could only made in Bitcoin. Gallippi believes the these new technologies have the potential to restore the public’s faith in charities and philanthropy—a faith that has been shaken in recent years by widespread news reports of fraud by traditional charitable organizations. And being able to donate using a regular currency that’s then converted to Bitcoin will bring in non-Bitcoin donors. But the recipients of the donations still need to be able to use Bitcoin, at least to a degree. “They essentially fundraise in Bitcoin—and they can take it as far as we can,” Gallippi said. “We help them figure out if there are merchants and vendors and ways they can use it. If there aren’t, then they have to exchange it for their local currency. … We’re really holding

their hands throughout the whole process— because this stuff is really brand new. No one knows, really, how to use it. Even people in the developed countries who say they’re experts in Bitcoin or cryptocurrency are really just trading it or holding it and analyzing the market. They don’t actually know, really, how to use it or what might be happening in some developing economy about crypto.” Often, it can be difficult to use cryptocurrency in developing countries. Not many places accept it, and sometimes governments even have a ban on it. Gallippi is hoping that in the coming years, regulations surrounding its use—here and abroad—and the technology necessary to make it possible will advance. “The investment so far in this industry, in this technology, has been very focused on completely other things besides what we’re doing,” she said. “So everyone is investing in trading and investing in coins and exchanges in the developed world—First World stuff. So it’s all about basically recreating Wall Street in crypto. This has nothing to do with the people in Kenya whom we want to help. So, until the industry invests in building out an ecosystem that includes developing economies and developing countries—in ways to use crypto or in ways to at least convert it—we have a challenge of actually, really, leveraging what the possibilities are.” Ω

Learn more about BitGive here: www.bitgivefoundation.org.

Sign of the times

On Monday, May 13, a billboard calling for a boycott of The Row family of downtown casinos was parked on the Washington St. I-80 overpass. The sign is part of an ongoing campaign by local labor unions against the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, alleging the casinos provided poor working conditions, violated OSHA and repressed wages. Photo/Matt Bieker

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From left, Josh Lease of Borndead Productions and Adrian Mills of Whiskey Dick’s, who both aim to strengthen the music scene in South Lake Tahoe.

Back from the dead Borndead Productions South Lake Tahoe’s music scene is like many others: full of ups and downs as you trace it over the decades. At the moment, it looks like it’s on an up, and one of the reasons is Josh Lease. Lease is the mainstay of Borndead Productions, promoting live music in the ski/snow resort town. He’s known for bringing big names in metal to the clubs, but Borndead goes beyond that style. He’s also booked hip-hop and country shows at Whiskey Dick’s and the American Legion, an unlikely but ridiculously fun venue that also hosted its share of metal under Lease’s watch. Lease also currently books punk and hip-hop artists at the Skatehouse Skate Park, and these shows clearly have a special place in his heart. “My whole MO behind that is, with me being into the snowboard culture for 30 years or so, South Lake Tahoe is where it all started,” Lease said. “It seems like we kind of lost the shred/music combo life, so the reason why I’m helping the Skatehouse is because we need that, to incorporate the alternative sports with the alternative music when it comes to metal and hip-hop and punk, and just rock and roll in general.” Lease is planning to feature more music at Whiskey Dick’s, the longtime Tahoe venue that’s under new management. “I grew up playing music in this venue for the last 15 years,” said Adrian Mills, who owns Whiskey Dick’s and plays in the local metal band Black Plague Wolves. “Josh has given us some of our biggest


shows, so when I got the opportunity to buy the place, I wanted to bring Josh back on board to come in here and really put on a cool-ass music scene again.” Although Mills believes that the Tahoe music scene is “growing and getting stronger,” there’s also a lot of work to do. There aren’t as many bands as its peak when Lease was first playing music decades ago; Lease’s own band, Purification by Fire, is one of the few that has Tahoe ties. But both Lease and Mills agree that having a consistent venue for live music will help bring bands out of the woodwork. Plus, they both aim to bring diverse sounds from Reno and California to the venue, beyond just the big headline names. “It was stagnant for a long time in Tahoe,” Lease said. “We had a lot of the same acts coming through, the same DJs, and it just reached a low point. But now the momentum is rolling, and with [Mills] taking over this place, to use a motorcycle term, it’s time to dump the clutch and let it rip.” The rev-up to a better scene is starting with the latest version of Spring Meltdown, which Lease started 13 years ago at the defunct Tahoe Underground on Kingsbury Grade. From that show with eight bands, it blossomed over the years to include 60-plus bands at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last year. It’s also moved around from Tahoe to Reno and back. For this year, the event is back at Whiskey Dick’s, who hosted it for many years, with 25-plus bands ready to play this weekend. Highlights on the bill include Shark in the Water and Wastewater on May 17 and Cyborg Octopus, Earth Crawler and Four Stroke Baron on May 18. Ω

Spring Meltdown 2019 takes place May 17 and 18 at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon. Learn more at facebook.com/ borndeadproductions530.

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he Old Farmer’s Almanac is a national publication that’s been recording weather patterns, frost dates and gardening information in the United States since its 1792. Among traditional gardeners, it’s considered to be pretty sage advice—offering general tips on planting dates, pest control and produce based on the averages of hundreds of years of records. However, as Reno gardeners know, maintaining even a houseplant in the desert can be a struggle. Scorching sun and freezing cold—sometimes in the same day—coupled with inhospitable soil and punishing winds mean that Northern Nevada presents a challenge for even the greenest of thumbs, and simply knowing when it snowed last year is no guarantee of what’s to come. As a result, there are plenty of familiar fables among the city’s gardeners aimed at remedying local growing pains. “The folklore of Reno that is most common is: ‘Don’t plant your tomatoes, or what you consider warm season crops, until the snow is off of Mt. Peavine,” said Wendy Hanson Mazet, a plant diagnostician with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Cooperative Extension program.

However, taking generalities like these at face value can cause confusion in a place like Reno, where the inconsistencies of the landscape and weather eliminate a one-size-fits-all solution. “The problem is our seasons aren’t like they used to be, and we have people who live in what we call ‘microclimates,’” Mazet said. “The people in downtown Reno or in suburbs that are well established, they can push it and plant much earlier than when the snow comes off Peavine. Where, people in the north valleys that are out in, say, Cold Springs, if they waited till the snow was off Peavine, in many cases they wouldn’t have a growing season.” Mazet has heard lots of sayings and gardening legends from all over the state in her almost two decades with the UNCE. Some of them, she said, offer good, common sense advice for that particular region. “We call it folklore, but, truly, it’s oral history,” Mazet said. “As the Native Americans tell their stories, they sit down, and the elders tell the stories of the past, when it comes to vegetable gardening in an area, you

know, it’s the farmers and the ranchers of the past that said, “This is what we learned.’” To Mazet, gardening legends only work when the science behind them is solid. As former coordinator of UNCE’s Master Gardener program, which trains community members in horticulture in exchange for their commitment to a certain number of volunteer service hours, she prescribes strictly evidence-based solutions to clients. Often, her advice is based on aggregated government data and in-house research conducted in partnership with the UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. “With the Master Gardener program, although they may have years, decade’s worth of gardening experience, the information that they give out to a client all has to be science-based,” Mazet said. “We teach them to try to understand, if you have tricks of the trade that work for you at your home, and it’s not scientifically proven and you tell someone else that and they try it and they absolutely fail, the reality is their landscape is different than yours.”

For beginner gardeners, Mazet said to start with the basics: frost dates. “If you follow what the national weather service provides and NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration], they record the data, and if we go by averages—and it fluctuates—generally, they’ll label our last killing freeze as May 15th and our first one in mid-September.” Knowing when the frost will stop means that it’s safe to plant vegetables that wouldn’t survive otherwise, like tomatoes, peppers, squash and corn. The dates between the last spring frost and first fall frost typically account for the 90 to 120-day growth season. That season gets far longer once you learn to stagger your planting. “You can start many of your what is called cold season or cool season crops like your lettuce, spinach, peas, many of your Kales can grow in cooler temperatures,” Mazet said. “You can get those started in March … Well, then they’re done by the middle of June when the temperatures

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late Spring Planting Frost tender vegetables

• Plant after May 15 Cauliflower Celery (plants) green beans new Zealand spinach sweet corn Cold-sensitive vegetables

Craig Frezzette harvests a bunch of parsley from one of the hoop houses at his farm, City Green Gardens.

get hot, but then guess what? You put them in again at the end of August and you can harvest through the fall.” Staggered planting is more complicated than just knowing when it gets cold, though. Many turn to the lunar planting calendar, which prescribes planting dates and more based on the date and phase of the moon. Even that, Mazet said, is a little misleading. “It’s not technically the moon, it’s the environment,” Mazet said. “But the moon is easier to track than the sun.”

• Plant 1 to 2 weeks after May 15 through June 15

Mazet said. “Personally, I know squash doesn’t deter rodents, but I found some beautiful rattlesnakes hiding underneath mine, so they really didn’t care.”

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Craig Frezzette, owner and operator of City Green Gardens, relies on both evidenced-based technique and decades of local growing knowledge to produce fresh vegetables for his family—and several Reno restaurants—year-round. He consults NOAA’s frost charts every year, but usually waits to plant till Memorial Day, to be safe. “We call it folklore, but, truly, just“That’s a pretty solid plant date,” Frezzette it’s oral history … it’s the “Now, I’ve seen farmers and the ranchers of the said. snow in June here. But past that said, “This is what we they have some really good products out that learned.’” protect those plants.” Frezzette subscribes Wendy Hanson Mazet to the Square Foot Method of gardening, first popularized by Mel Some of Mazet’s favorite examples Bartholomew in his 1981 book, which of old agricultural legends with strong is designed to plant crops as densely scientific backing are found in companion as possible for the most efficient yield. planting—or planting mutually beneficial Bartholomew’s math-based system, species close to each other—like the Frezzette said, is perfect for managing ‘Three Sisters” method of growing corn, his 0.64 acre-farm, but he still sticks to beans and squash. As the corn grows, the more than a few old traditions. beans climb the stalk for support while “Always plant your peas on St. feeding the corn’s root system, and the Paddy’s Day,” said Frezzette. “If you can squash’s sprawling leaves act as a natural work the soil on Saint Patrick’s Day, if it’s mulch to keep the ground moist. not frozen solid, good. Put your peas in.” “Now the folklore portion of it is, Far from any religious origins, well, basically the squash has these most climbing peas are frost tolerant so modified stems that are kind of like planting as early as March won’t hurt thorns, and that [supposedly] keeps them. “Peas on St. Paddy’s” is just a the rodents away from your harvest,” helpful mnemonic. Other little-known 14





frost-tolerant plants include flowers like violas and pansies, and an edible variety called nasturtium. (Which, to this reporter, tastes kind of like an apple sprinkled with black pepper.) Frezzette also believes an old planting tradition is responsible for the grove of fruit trees in his back yard: “Plant fruit trees on the north side of the property.” The idea is, as Reno is prone to unseasonably warm days in spring followed by killing frosts, the shade produced by your house will prevent the trees from blossoming too early. “If they’re in the sun out there, they’re going to start going, ‘Oh! I think it’s time to get a little frisky,’” Frezzette said. “So, the sap’s going to start running back up, and then things are going to start moving and the flowers are going to form and then, bam, here’s Reno, you know, there’s your hard freeze come after a couple of weeks of nice weather.” Some other maxims Frezzette perscribes include: Don’t plant your garlic upside down, plant vegetable where there’s morning sun and afternoon shade and find “day neutral” onion varieties for a shorter growing season. “Our grandfathers all knew how to do this stuff,” he said. “Our parents forgot.”

lifelong growth Of course, learning the literal lay of the land as a gardener takes years of dedication and patience. Tamara Baren grew up in Indio, California, and has been gardening since her 20s. Adjusting to Nevada dirt, she said, was one of her biggest challenges.

lima beans Cucumber eggplant (plants) Melons okra Pepper (plants) Pumpkin squash sweet potato (plants) tomato (plants)

• Plant mid-July to Sept. 1 beets Carrots (mid-July) Chinese cabbage (late-July to mid-august) Collard Kale lettuce (mid-august) Peas (July1 to mid-July) radish (mid-august) spinach (mid-august) turnip (early July)

• Plant in Oct. for harvest next summer garlic onions (bulbs)

“When I first started gardening in Nevada, I lived out in the desert, and all I had was pure sand,” Baren said. “Gardening in pure sand is a totally different experience from gardening in river soil, which is what I had out in Verdi or what I had down on Mayberry Drive. And what I’ve got here is pure clay.” Beginners facing a similar problem should find soil amendments that promote a “sandy loam” consistency, but be prepared for an afternoon of hard work. Reno soil is notoriously hard and rocky. Otherwise, said Baren, build a bed. “When you build up and put it in a bed with compost, you can develop your own friability—how easily it comes apart— which means how easily the roots go into the soil,” Baren said. “You can have the soil tested or you can test it yourself. Check the pH, say, ‘What does it need in terms of minerals?’ And add some to it.” Baren doesn’t hold much stock in old wives’ tales about gardening, but she doesn’t disregard their premise either. “I don’t disparage old wives,” she said. “When I hear those, I ask myself, ‘What’s the kernel of truth here and has our circumstance changed that this doesn’t apply?’ But oftentimes there’s a kernel of truth we disregard or dismiss because it’s old.” However, after moving into her home in Northwest Reno four years ago, she

heard a saying from an unlikely source that she was astonished to see come true so vividly in her own backyard. “I learned this from the most unusual gardener I’ve ever known,” Baren said. “[She] taught me, when you’re putting a plant in and it’s going to be one of your permanent plants, she said, ‘The first year, sleep; the second year, creep; and the third year, leap.’ And you can see right out there in the yard, the plants that had been there for three years. Oh my god, the leaf on it is amazing.” Baren built her gardening knowledge on resources like the Rodale Press series of gardening books, and any number of online digital resources. She subscribes to a method of gardening called permaculture, which is less interested in maximizing short term vegetable production, and more in creating a landscape consisting of edible plants. “So, in a permaculture garden, you might have a grove of trees, food trees, but there’ll be berries planted underneath them, or there’ll be herbs planted underneath them,” Baren said. “And there’ll be different levels of plants that are edible and are harvestable but are not in any kind of row format.” Baren’s attitude of living with her plants instead of taking from them has led her to consider each of them as individuals instead of just part of the overall yield

of her garden. After a long time spent observing her surroundings and her own interactions with different plant species in different weather, she’s learned to look for the signs. “Eventually, you’ll have to ask yourself, ‘I wonder what this plant wants,’” Baren said. In more ways than one, Baren feels like she communicates with her plants, and finds a sense of communion in the simplicity of helping a plant grow. “The act of growing plants was a sacred and very ancient act,” Baren said. “And when we engage in it with respect, without using poisons and pesticides, we are tying ourselves deeply to the mother, and the mother is nourishing us deeply through those plants. And that’s why I talk about them as persons.” Permaculture can include semiadvanced gardening systems like building hoops houses and composting, and even advanced techniques like grafting limbs from different fruit trees onto a single trunk to produce different fruits every spring. But the more difficult aspects of gardening are mastered with time, Baren said, and if gardeners of any level are looking for sage words of wisdom or advice from past growing seasons in Reno—you might as well go to the source.

Wendy Hanson Mazet tends to some of the crops growing in the UNCE’s greenhouses.

“As you mature as a gardener, yeah, you know, you’re looking at climate, you’re looking at which plant you’re growing, is it happy, what about the soil and where is it in the scheme of the entire environment?” Baren said. “But that’s a long-term thinking project. So, the best thing a new gardener can do? You just hook up with an old gardener.” Ω

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A guide to some of the cannabis beverages available in Reno

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TeRpene CoCkTAils 1864 tavern

290 California Ave. 1864tavern.com


ith more states across the country legalizing marijuana for recreational use, more and more people are finding unique ways to incorporate cannabis products into places that were strictly reserved for alcohol before. Many cannabis products are being rebranded with words like "luxury," "high-end" and "upscale." The cannabis industry has seen a cultural shift around and knows its target market isn’t strictly limited to stereotypical stoners anymore. From upscale beauty lines made from all-natural CBD hemp oil to ritzy craft cocktails, cannabis products have 16   |   RN&R   |   05.16.19

found their way into many people’s lifestyles—partaking is no longer restricted to just the old-fashioned paper joint, unless that’s what you’re into, and even in that case, dispensaries sell sophisticated prerolls now. Whether you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative infused with THC or are searching for new ways in which CBD or terpenes can give liquor an extra boost of flavor and fun, cannabis products have found their way into Reno’s sippin’ scene through a few creative cocktails and soft drinks.

Last September, 1864 Tavern introduced two terpene cocktails: the Silly Wabbit and the Lazy Dazy. Terpenes won’t get you “high” like consuming THC would, but they are a great addition to cocktails as terpenes can enhance or relax your mood. Coming from cannabis and other types of plants, terpenes are fragrant oils that add a distinct aroma and texture to craft cocktails. The two cannabis terpenes used at 1864 are pinene, for relaxation, and limonene, which has the reputation for making users more present and alert. 1864 uses terpenes made by BotanaVista that add a slight bitterness to their drinks. According to 1864 bartender Connor McCoy, there are only a few drops of terpenes in each cocktail. The drink is made so you feel the presence of the terpenes, but every drink requires such a specific amount of each ingredient that if you put too many drops of the terpenes in, it’ll quickly overpower the drink, he said. If you’re looking for a mood elevator, look no further than the Silly Wabbit. Combining the fruity, citrus aromas of limonene terpenes with reposado tequila, cantaloupe juice, agave and lemon, the Silly Wabbit tastes as good as it looks.

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For those looking to slow down and relax, the Lazy Dazy might suit your needs. This gin-based drink is a combination of pinene terpenes, bitter-sweet amaro, chamomile syrup, lime juice and grapefruit juice. The pinene terpenes add a hint of fragrant pine smell to the refreshing aroma of the fresh squeezed fruit. This could be the ideal summer drink after spending the day driving around Tahoe.

CBD lemonADe AnD oTheR liBATions Jub Jub’s thirst Parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. jubjubsthirstparlor.com

Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor keeps their share of CBD drinks simple and refreshing. Mixing vodka with Sparkling CBD Beverages is a popular choice for many Jub Jub’s customers. Hailing from Colorado and infused with 20 mg of cannabidiol (CBD), Sparkling CBD Beverages come in a variety of flavors

including black cherry, root beer, lemonade and ginger ale. CBD, the second most abundant cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant, isn’t intoxicating either. It’s known by the cannabis industry to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving agent and a mood relaxer. For a quenching beverage after a long day of work, Jub Jub’s simply mixes Sparkling CBD Lemonade with vodka over ice. Nothing complicated, just the good stuff.

be a great mixer with any soda or juice. Each bottle also comes with a measuring cup to ensure that you’re consuming the recommended serving of THC. For a carbonated beverage option, The Dispensary NV also carries Keef Life Soda. Like CannaPunch, each bottle contains 100mg of THC. For sativa lovers, cranberry lime is your go-to. For indica fans, blueberry lemon is your key to relaxation.

THC-Infused Beverages

Pianissimo Coffee & More

The Dispensary NV 100 W. Plumb Lane thedispensarynv.com

If you’re not into consuming alcohol or smoking cannabis, perhaps liquid edibles will better suit your needs. At The Dispensary NV, customers can purchase CannaPunch products in a variety of flavors, including watermelon nectar and pineapple mango delight. They’re non-alcoholic, but contain THC, the main intoxicating ingredient in cannabis. The Colorado-based company behind CannaPunch also designed the products to be vegan, organic and contain no corn syrup, gluten or soy. Each bottle is non-carbonated, and the cannabis taste is rather discrete and barely noticeable behind the potent fruity flavor. Although the drinks don’t indicate whether they're sativa or indica dominant, each bottle contains 100mg of THC. CannaPunch is delicious by itself or can

CBd Cafe 7689 S. Virginia St. www.renocoffeeshop.com

If you’re looking for a stress-reducing way to start your morning, add CBD to any beverage of your choice at Pianissimo Coffee & More. In addition to the store’s CBD chocolates and CBD body butter, customers can choose to add in a few drops of CBD oil to any drink from smoothies to lattes for an extra charge. According to barista Lexi Fox, the CBD oil Pianissimo puts into coffee drinks is intended to get rid of stress and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Adding CBD to your drink won’t change the taste or aroma of your coffee since baristas only add in a few drops. Fox said that the most popular drinks ordered with CBD are Pianissimo’s white mocha, flavored lattes and espresso drinks. Although CBD lattes won’t get you high, customers need to be at least 18 years of age to order beverages with CBD. Ω

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Spiritual speech Christopher Daniels Christopher Daniels was voted Reno’s top minister/spiritual advisor by, well, the readers of this publication. So what did he do at the awards show? He gave an acceptance speech—for 90 minutes or so. Or at least that’s the premise of I’m Spiritual and All I Have to Show for it is This Award, a one-person show from Daniels that’s returning to Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co. for one more night after a successful weekend premiere in March. The show is the opening volley of a six-show series that he plans to complete and stage in the next few years. Daniels is also the executive director of GLM, and from his work there to being a yoga teacher to being an ordained minister with the Alchemist Movement, there is always room to bring spirituality into his work. The award-winner’s speech in I’m Spiritual is more than just one guy standing at a podium, though. There are different characters who shine a light on both the beauty and absurdity of spirituality. One character, a Midwesterner named Merriweather Maelstrom, talks about how stories from the Bible can read like an episode of Game of Thrones. (Hint: it has a lot to do with Elijah.) Daniels said the central theme of the show is to search for the meaning of spirituality in the 21st century. “In my circle, a lot of people are waking up and looking for something deeper and more meaningful,” he said. “They all have a hodge-podge of different traditions and faiths, so I wanted to write a show on how spirituality is 18   |   RN&R   |   05.16.19

Christopher Daniels plans to write and perform six one-person shows in the next few years, including the first, I’m Spiritual and All I Have to Show for it is This Award. PHOTO/MARK EARNEST

beautiful but also kind of ridiculous, because it is so serious and has this heavy feeling to it, but in some ways it can be so funny.” Daniels’ first work on stage was close to two decades ago as Miss Ginger Devine, a drag queen persona that he first crafted while going to school in Madison, Wisconsin. “As a drag queen, you learn most things about being on stage,” he said, “anything from crowd control, if you are working at a bar at 1 o’clock in the morning, to stage presence to MC’ing to characterization.” Once Daniels moved to Reno in 2009, he dove into theater head-first. He moved here to help manage the Utility Players improvisation group and then eventually went on to act in plays and musicals with other companies. One turning point was the chance to resurrect Miss Ginger Devine in a self-written, one-woman show in 2014 at GLM. “I like to say that I’m a professional storyteller,” he said. “That’s what I tell people that I do, because I love sharing stories, and I love language and the words that playwrights use, because they are very intentionally chosen to really create an experience for the audience.” I’m Spiritual is one of Daniels’ six shows based on the book The Hero Within by Carol S. Pearson, in which Pearson details the six archetypes by which people live: the innocent, the orphan, the martyr, the wanderer, the warrior and the magician. I’m Spiritual is based on the orphan. As for the rest of the series, Daniels has two more plays written, and he wants to write another three next year. Ω I’m Spiritual and All I Have to Show for it is This Award returns to Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co., 124 W. Taylor St., at 7:30 p.m. on May 23. Learn more at goodluckmacbeth.org.

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“Don’t worry, i’m hot on the trail of those missing box office returns.”

Not a catch I know that there is a thing called Pokémon Go that people play on their phones. I know that there are TV cartoon shows and all sorts of trading cards and merchandising involving Pikachu and other wacky creatures. Walking into Pokémon Detective Pikachu, there’s an established mythology. It’s not an origin-of-thePokémon movie. It’s a, “If you don’t know anything about Pokémon, none of this is going to make a lick of sense” movie. Ryan Reynolds voices the title character, so that could be fun, right? It’s fun for about the first 15 minutes that Reynolds spends on the screen as the little yellow furball with a Sherlock Holmes hat. Then, Reynolds and the rest of them get lost in a haze of sloppy action and convoluted plotlines. No doubt, they got some good performers to participate in this moneymaker. Along with Reynolds, you get Bill Nighy as the creator of the Pokémon world, or something like that. (Still not sure what he really did.) Justice Smith plays Tim, the main protagonist, a young adult who has lost his father and befriends Pikachu. And then there’s the very talented Kathryn Newton, under-used as TV reporter wannabe Lucy Stevens. Heck, even Ken Watanabe shows up in this mess, doing pretty much what he did in Godzilla (looking up to the sky in awe). Tim reunites with Pikachu after his dad dies in a car accident. Pikachu was Dad’s Pokémon. (The world is a place where lots of folks walk around with a Pokémon partner.) Tim’s dad and Detective Pikachu were investigating some heavy stuff involving a purple gas that makes all the Pokémon go nuts. By the time this thing wrapped, I honestly had no idea what had really happened, nor did I really care. The movie didn’t pique my interest in the Pokémon enterprise. It solidified my indifference. Let’s just say I’m not going to be downloading any of that shit to my phone.

Director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) labors to make all the mayhem make sense, but his large team of screenwriters come up with something that baffles more than marvels. It also rips off the likes of Tim Burton’s Batman in its finale, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner for the look of the Pokémon city. This isn’t an original piece by any means. Smith, normally a likeable and capable actor, just seems like the wrong pick for the role. His face is perpetually contorted into an expression that looks like he could laugh or cry at any moment, and he really seems like he’s straining to find his place in the Pokémon world (a world that was probably a bunch of green screens on the set). It’s hard to watch Nighy delivering his goofy Pokémon-centric dialogue like he means it. He probably knew less about Pokémon than I did when he took the gig. If anything works in this movie, it’s Reynolds, who provides Pikachu with enough character warmth and humor to make one wish the little guy had a better movie to run around in. Watch out parents—your little Pikachu fans will be asking you what other movies the Pikachu voice has done, and this could fire up their curiosity to watch something like Deadpool. Get your “There’s no goddamned way you are watching Deadpool!” responses ready. Also, it’s relatively harmless stuff, so if your kids like the TV show or the playing cards or that stupid thing that has them running around in the streets looking for Pokémon on their phones, they’ll probably like this. If you are uninitiated, as I was, this movie will come off as a useless blur. If you love you some Pokémon, perhaps you won’t hate it like I did, but I think few people are going to fall in love with this movie. Either way, I’m glad it’s out of the way so we can bring on the John Wick and Godzilla sequels. Ω

Pokémon Detective Pikachu


Avengers: Endgame

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 wellbalanced 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.



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.


Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile

Director Joe Berlinger is no stranger to dark subjects. He directed the documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, a movie that arguably helped release three innocent men from prison. Earlier this year, he directed Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part documentary series on the infamous serial killer. Now comes this, a narrative film about Bundy’s life, focusing on the years in which he was killing women

while having a relationship with Liz Kendall (Lily Collins), a single parent he met in a bar. Zac Effron steps into the role of Bundy in a way that is downright frightening. As it turns out, if you mess with Effron’s hair a bit, he’s a dead ringer for Bundy, but his work here goes well beyond physical resemblance. There was plenty of footage of Bundy for Effron to study. (His murder trial was televised, a first in American history.) And Effron definitely captures Bundy’s creepy, deceptive charisma. Berlinger’s film focuses on the charms that fooled some who knew Bundy, a mostly affable, cheerful guy in the public eye. There was something supremely evil boiling behind his movie star eyes, and Berlinger opts for a film that mostly avoids his depraved deeds in favor of examining his life away from the murders. It’s a risky approach that mostly works, risky in that Berlinger could be accused of romanticizing Bundy with the casting of Effron and the lack of carnage in the movie. This is a horror story, but one that favors creeping terror over massive bloodletting. Berlinger covered the details of Bundy’s crimes (using Bundy’s own words) in the documentary. (Streaming on Netflix during a limited theatrical release.)


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Charlize Theron stars as Charlotte Field, Secretary of State and potential Presidential candidate. Her romantic interest is Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a journalist turned speech writer who, not surprisingly, smokes lots of weed. Flarsky is a dweeby, wind breaker-wearing columnist whose alternative weekly newspaper is sold to a conservative media mogul (an unrecognizable Andy Serkis). He quits his job and finds himself attending a high society party featuring Charlotte and Boyz 2 Men along with best pal, Lance (O’Shea Jackson, Jr., showing he’s a lot funnier than his reasonably funny dad, Ice Cube). Turns out Fred knows Charlotte. She was a neighbor when he was a kid, and she, being three years older, babysat him. They get reacquainted, Fred gets a job as her speech writer, one thing leads to another, and there you have it, one of this year’s most unlikely rom-com pairings. It’s also a pairing that works swimmingly because Theron and Rogen have serious screen chemistry. Whatever you think of this pairing before you see the movie, Theron and Rogen pull it off. Their courtship is funny, awkward, comedically drug-laced and utterly convincing. There are many fantasy elements to this movie, but most of those play out on the political side. As for the romance part, that’s the most realistic thing happening in this film. Charlotte likes to party, and much of the Fred part is modeled after Rogen, and Rogen is the king of partying. It’s a good match.

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.






by Todd SouTh

Mangia Tutto serves traditional Italian dishes like cavatappi in bolognese, accompanied by meatballs and Italian wedding soup.

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Mangia Tutto—Italian for “eat everything”—opened last summer in Carson City with a menu of pasta dishes, soups, salads, sandwiches, calzones and Chicago-style thin crust and deep dish pizzas. Knowing that deep dish takes about an hour to bake, I immediately put in an order for a small (10-inch) Chicago Classic ($20) with sausage, mushroom, green pepper, mozzarell, and crushed tomato sauce. For comparison, we added a thin crust margherita pie ($12.25) with olive oil, tomato, basil and mozzarella. With a large bar dominating the main room, there are several Italian and American bar-staple appetizers served. I chose a serving of five meatballs ($12.25) smothered in spicy arrabbiata sauce, in lieu of the standard marinara. A bit larger than golf balls, they had great texture and didn’t lack in garlic or herbs. The punch of garlic and red pepper in the sauce turned each one into a seriously spicy meatball. Pasta dishes are available with a selection of proteins and housemade sauces, and are served with bread and a choice of soup or salad. Anything other than marinara is an additional charge, but we went with ravioli in alfredo sauce ($18+$3, half meat, half cheese) and a serving of cavatappi ($14+$3) in bolognese. Both dishes were cooked just beyond al dente. The helical macaroni held the wonderfully spicy, meaty sauce very well, with a bit of melty mozzarella on top—fantastic. Likewise, the alfredo was cheesy, creamy, loaded with garlic, and the ravioli were on the large size. The meat filling was packed with plenty of herbs and spices. With plenty of spinach and lightly cooked mushroom swimming in alfredo, the overall effect was superb.


For sides, we chose a salad with Italian dressing and a cup of the house Italian wedding soup (available every day). The salad was basic, the dressing fine. The pint of soup was like having a bonus meal. It contained meatballs a third the size of their big brothers, with plenty of salad pasta and fresh baby spinach in a rich, beefy broth. The chef definitely isn’t afraid of garlic or red pepper. I’d return to try the various, additional soups of the day. Then the thin crust pizza arrived. Thin and crispy, but bland and crackery with hard and crunchy edges. Sliced in triangles rather than the expected Chicago square-cut style. Large, thin slices of tomato with little flavor, and barely detectable basil that was buried and cooked into the cheese. The hallmark of a good margherita is the aroma of tomato topped with fresh basil, accented by chewy cheese. This wasn’t that. Last was the deep dish pie—long on depth, short on substance. The solid wall of crust extended far above the fillings and was tough to cut through. Sure, this is a plate and fork meal, but I had a devil of a time trying to work a fork through it. The mix of spicy sausage, mushroom and pepper were just as flavorful as the other dishes, but there was barely any cheese at the bottom. The thick, undesirable crust reminded me of something your least favorite aunt made with boxed baking mix and called “pizza.” The leftovers were more pliable once microwaved, but the flavor of the crust was something I don’t wish to revisit. Go for the pasta sauces, skip the pizza. Ω

Mangia Tutto Pizzeria e Ristorante 200 N. Stewart St., Carson City, 461-3353

Mangia Tutto Pizzeria e Ristorante is open Monday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn more at mangiatuttopizzeria.com.

by LuKa StaRMER

DJ EthiK and DeeJay Saurus helped bring Motown on Mondays to Reno at the Loving Cup.

Back in the day Motown on Mondays Every day of the week has its signature “thing.” For example, there’s Taco Tuesday, Hump Day, the Sunday Scaries. It’s time to add a new regularly scheduled program to your mental calendar: Motown On Mondays—or MOM, as it’s known. Every Monday, the Loving Cup, 188 California Ave., hosts a DJ set playing the danciest, funkiest sounds from the Motown era—a genre that never has and never should go out of style (barring a societal cyborg deletion of the groove centers in our brains). The weekly party is a compilation of Motown hits, close relatives and remixes spun by DJ EthiK, DeeJay Saurus and regular guests like DJ Andrew, who used to host the infamous Soul Night at the former Lincoln Lounge. It’s a renaissance of DJ culture. Modern DJ decks allow them to spin digital files using a vinyl controller and the same mixing techniques developed by the hiphop and Motown DJ originators. “I’ve always been fond of vinyl, since that’s how I learned [to DJ],” said EthiK. “This is the only way I would mix this music.” He explained that it’s not the same as push-button DJs beat matching songs with digitally precise time signatures. “It’s important for us to embrace the DJ culture and where it came from,” said Saurus. “We’re hip-hop to the core. We’re purists.” He said playing the Motown style is cleansing to his soul as a working DJ. The reality is that any other night he may have to play electronic dance music to an inebriated crowd demanding to hear today’s hits.


Motown On Mondays is not unique to the Loving Cup, or Reno in general. It’s an official weekly event in 35 cities around the U.S. and internationally. It’s branded and stylized. It was founded in Oakland in 2009 by Donovan “Gordo Cabeza” and has spread with the help of local host DJs, venues and a supportive fan base across the globe. According to Saurus, each event has a grassroots feel. They’re never in the flashiest clubs. Every city has it’s own vibe and spin on the Motown sound. Saurus explained that the crowds at the San Francisco MOM respond more to the dancy remixes. “We’re finding that Reno likes the OG Motown tunes,” he said. He explained that there is a tight network among the resident MOM DJs in the various cities. They’re constantly trading and sharing remixes or hard-to-find copies of songs. Some of the DJs produce their own edits, adding their signature sounds and flares to the music. The Loving Cup is no stranger to a spirited soul train. The hardest part is getting people out, since Mondays are not the most party-minded weeknight. Since launching in February, the event has also combated spring weather conditions of all kinds. Nevertheless, MOM persists. According to EthiK, even when there’s only a few people in the room, their bodies are moving. They’re not just sitting in the booths looking tough. They’re feeling the music. “The River Fest last weekend really just kicked off the going-out season,” said Robb Dunmore who was at a recent Motown On Mondays dancing with a friend wearing bellbottoms. “Summer’s summer, and we’re going to tell people about this event.” Saurus said they have more in store as the warmer months continue. They’re planning to flaunt vintage cars of the Motown era, possibly partnering with Hot August Nights. They’re hoping the dance party will spill onto the Loving Cup patio. Ω

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RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, 9pm, no cover

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The Express Yourself Art Show, The New Donovans, 6pm, no cover

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Schizopolitians, Darabello, 9pm, $5-$10

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Snakeboy Johnson, 9pm, no cover

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

Jonny Manak and the Depressives May 18, 9:30 p.m. Shea’s Tavern 715 S. Virginia St. 786-4774


Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Jenna Kim Jones, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Bob Zany, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Jeremy Hotz, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Dejan Tyler, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy, Wed, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Dejan Tyler, Fri-Sat, 9:30pm, $12-$18

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


Meet the Locals: GameGenie, Grunge, Noizon, Electric Nature, 9pm, $10

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


Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

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Snakeboy Johnson, 9pm, no cover

Sadie Tucker, Emily Tessmer & Mike Adamo, 6:30pm, no cover


Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

Live music, 9pm, no cover

DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431

Girls Night Out The Show, 8pm, $14.95-$74.95

Jamaican Dance Hall Night with The Ambassador Sound, 9pm, $5


Tammy Brown & Ongina, 10pm, $10-$20

Derrick Barry, 11pm, $10-$25

275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590

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Whiskey Preachers, 8pm, no cover

3372 S. McCarran Blvd., (775) 825-1988

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180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, (775) 686-6737 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room

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1) Carnifex, Oceano, Enterprise Earth, Prison, Twelve Gauge Facelift, 6:30pm, $16

Bluegrass Jam, 6:30pm, M, no cover Swing Dancing Night, 7pm, Tu, no cover

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

Live music, 9pm, no cover

Groove Effect, 8pm, no cover Spitting Image, Moaning, 8pm, M, $7 WEEED, Tresed, 8pm, Tu, $5, Goth Bingo & Dance Night, 9pm, W, $5

Lyfecoach, Drag Me Under, Gravity Lord, 8pm, $5

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

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MON-WED 5/20-5/22

Kelly Ann Miller, 9pm, no cover

Jacob Westfall, 6:30pm, no cover

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711


Live music, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Night Karaoke, 9:30pm, no cover

Silk & Steel, 8pm, no cover

1) JL, Joey Cool, 7:30pm, $20 2) Marianarchy Night I (benefit for Shelby Paxton), 6pm, donations

1) Kyle Gass Band, 8:30pm, $13 2) Marianarchy Night 2, 3pm, donations

2) Cat Bamboo, Mannequin Mishap, Ichthyosaur, 8pm, $8


2) Knocked Down, Tightwire, Chris Fox, 8pm, M, $5










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


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

941 N. Virginia St., (775) 870-9633 1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663


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

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

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

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

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


Kyle Gass Band

May 18, 8:30 p.m. MIDTOwN wINE BAr Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960 71 S. Wells Ave. MILLNENNIUM 384-1652 2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626

La Adictiva, Bruno De Jesus, La Raza Obrera, 9pm, $40

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948


T-N-Keys, 8pm, no cover


Tyler Stafford, 6pm, no cover

1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Biggest Little Band, 6:30pm, W, no cover

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

PIGNIC PUB & PATIO 1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864

DJ Trivia, M, 7:30pm, no cover

Back to the ’90s with DJ Bobby G, 10pm, no cover

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

May 21, 7 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Claustrofobia, Gravespell, The Scattering, Blasphemous Creation, 9pm, $5-$6

Jonny Manak and the Depressives, Donkey Jaw, Dorothy Lane, 9:30pm, $5-$6

340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681 211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090

Faster Pussycat, 8pm, $16

Trivia Night hosted by Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover

Karaoke hosted by Tabitha, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Zoso—The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 8pm, $15

Hieroglyphics, 8pm, Tu, $30 Open Mic Night with James Ames, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover

3155 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City, (775) 470-8128 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425

Grimedog, Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes, Tommy and the Tongues, 8pm, Tu, $5-$6

Harajuku Party, 10pm, $5



Open Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover Supersuckers, Speedealer, 7pm, Tu, $20

Hoedown in Midtown, 8pm, no cover



Wunderlust, DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451 715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774

Ladies Night with DJs Mario B, Miggz, free entry for women before 11pm

VanDordrecht, Matt Bushman, Gina Rose, DJ Ethik, 10pm, no cover 9pm, no cover



Magic Fusion, 7pm, M, Tu, W, $22-$47 Motown on Monday, 9pm, M, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480


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


Dirty Heads May 17, 8:30 p.m. MontBleu Resort 55 Highway 50 Stateline (775) 588-3515

Karaoke Fat Cat Bar & Grill (Midtown District), 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223: Karaoke with Chapin, Tue, 9pm, no cover Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

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


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





MON-WED 5/20-5/22

2) Reckless Envy, 8pm, no cover

2) Reckless Envy, 4pm, no cover Just Us, 10pm, no cover

2) Reckless Envy, 4pm, no cover Just Us, 10pm, no cover

2) Just Us, 8pm, no cover

2) Melissa Dru, M, Tu, W, 8pm, no cover

2) Mike Furlong, 6pm, no cover

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

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

2) Gary Douglas, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Mark Miller, 6pm, Tu, no cover Stephen Lord, 6pm, M, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 7pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

2) Arizona Jones, 8pm, no cover

2) Tyler Stafford, 6pm, no cover

2) Tyler Stafford, 6pm, M, no cover Hans Eberbach, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

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

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

1) Raul Malo, Alih Jey, 8pm, $30-$35 2) DJ Paul, Motorhome Music, 10pm, no cover

2) Dusty Green Bones Band, 10pm, no cover

1) The Illusionists Experience, 8:30pm, $39.95

1) The Illusionists Experience, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, $39.95

1) The Illusionists Experience, 5pm, $39.95

1) The Illusionists Experience, 7pm, Tu, 7:30pm, W, $39.95

2) Official Graduation Party with Max Stark, 10pm, $20 3) Milton Merlos, 7pm, no cover

2) Body Paint Fashion Show, 10pm, $20 3) Milton Merlos, 7pm, no cover

4) Infinity Sundays at The Pool Launch Party w/DJ Colleen Shannon, 11am, $20, no cover for locals before noon


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

eLDOrADO reSOrT CASINO 345 N. Virginia St., (775) 8786-5700 1) Showroom 2) Brew Brothers

1) The Illusionists Experience, 7pm, $39.95


2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theatre 2) LEX 3) Crystal Lounge 4) Pool


219 N. Center St., (775) 786-3232 1) Sammy’s Showroom 2) Plaza

1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 7:30pm, $27-$37 1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 7:30pm, $27-$37 1) The Rat Pack Is Back, 7:30pm, $27-$37


1) Dirty Heads, 8:30pm, $30-$35

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


1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 356-3300 1) Showroom 2) Ballroom 3) Event Center

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


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

2) Tuesday Night Blues with Buddy Emmer and guests, 8pm, Tu, no cover

1) Colin Hay, 7:30pm, $39

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

1) Reno Dance Company: Broadway Blast, 3pm, 7pm, $12-$30

1) Reno Dance Company: Broadway Blast, 3pm, 7pm, $12-$30

1) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 7pm, no cover

1) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

1) Rose’s Pawn Shop, 8pm, no cover 2) Grad Night Party with DJ Spryte, 10pm, $20

1) Milton Merlos, 6pm, no cover

2) DJ R3volver, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover

1) Bill Engvall, 8pm, $59.95-$84.95 2) Left of Center, 9pm, no cover 3) Halie O’Ryan Band, 9pm, no cover

2) Left of Center, 9pm, no cover 3) Halie O’Ryan Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ Mo Funk, 9pm, no cover


1) Milton Merlos, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover





FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 16, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com.

BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Muscle Powered celebrates its 21st anniversary in Carson City. Ride your bike down to McFadden Plaza and participate in one of the events or just hang out with a cold brew and enjoy live music by Randy & the G Men. Fri, 5/17, 6pm. Free. McFadden Plaza, 310 S. Carson St., Carson City, musclepowered.org.

BIRDING UNDER THE SIERRA SKIES: Local birder Jim Woods will take participants on a birding adventure as he shares his broad knowledge of birds and other local wildlife. Explore their natural habitats and learn of each species in view. Bring binoculars, dress warmly and be prepared for carpooling to various birding locations. Sat, 5/18, 9am. $65$95. Sorenson’s Resort, 14225 Highway 88, Meyers, California, (800) 423-9949, www.sorensensresort.com.




After taking last year off, the former Reno Celtic Celebration has returned with different name. Previously held on the first weekend of October, this year’s festival will take place in the merry, merry month of May. The 28th annual celebration of Celtic cultures will feature bagpipe bands, Irish and Scottish dancing, clan tents, Scottish athletics, living history demonstrations, British cars, vendors and performances by various Celtic music acts, including headliners Tempest (pictured), Sophie & Fiachra Trio, Dust In My Coffee and 3-17. The fun takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. General admission is $15 and free for children age 12 and younger. On-site parking is $5, but you can park for free on the streets outside the park. Visit www.renoceltic.org.


BEAUTIFUL BEER: Charlie Bamforth, senior quality advisor for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and distinguished professor emeritus at UC Davis, will talk about the wonders of beer. The event includes beer tasting of various specialty beers brewed by Alibi Ale Works along with food pairing refreshments. Thu, 5/16, 6pm. $25-$35. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu/ events/beautiful-beer.

3RD THURSDAY: The new event will highlight art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. 3rd Thursday will be a year-round event starting May 16, running every third Thursday of the month at Victorian Square. It will be located in both indoor and outdoor spaces during the colder months of the year. Thu, 5/16, 4-9pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764-794 Victorian Ave., Sparks, www.39northdowntown.com.


ANIMAL ARK STAMPEDE 5K RUN: The event is a 5K run though the facility followed by lots of family-friendly activities. Entry in the 5K includes admission to the Ark following the race. Proceeds support the orphaned, injured or otherwise non-releasable animals of the Animal Ark. Sat, 5/18, 8:30am. $20-$35. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3431, www.animalark.org.






anthropomorphic animals (or “furries”) features over 150 vendors offering custom art and costume components, an art gallery with one-of-a-kind pieces for auction, educational panels, a costume festival and more. The convention has partnered with Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary in Imlay, Nevada, to help raise funds for their program. Thu, 5/16-Sun, 5/19. $25-$70, free for children age 15 and younger with a paid chaperone pass. Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., goblfc.org.

of all shapes and sizes and explore the many interesting properties bubbles demonstrate. The event is part of the inaugural Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival. Thu, 5/16, 4pm. Free. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., www.nnsciencefest.org.

CARS, STARS AND MARS!: Attendees will be able to design and test virtual Mars rovers, take photos with the world’s only gold-plated DeLorean and enjoy a screening of Disney’s Roving Mars movie. The event is part of the Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival. Fri, 5/17, 4pm. Free. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., www.nnsciencefest.org.

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT: Bowers Mansion will begin its 2019 tour season with a Civil War reenactment. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy the grounds, and tour the mansion. The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Selfguided tours of Bowers Mansion will be available for 5-$7. Sat, 5/18, 10am-3pm. Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, (775) 849-1825.

GREAT BASIN YOUNG CHAUTAUQUA PRESENTATION: Now in its 26th season, Nevada Humanities’s award-winning program teaches young people how to research and develop original Chautauqua presentations. The young scholars, ages 8-18, select an historical figure and then spend four months researching and rehearsing their characters in preparation for performances in the community and during the Great Basin Young Chautauqua Showcase. Sun, 5/19, 1pm. Free. Sundance Books & Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SPRING FEVER REVIVAL: The spring classic car festival and preview of summer’s Hot August Nights event features show ’n’ shines, memorabilia, street fair vendors, food and beverage booths and entertainment. Fri, 5/17-Sat, 5/18, 8am. Free. Downtown Reno along Virginia Street, (775) 356-1956, hotaugustnights.net/spring-feverrevival.

IRISH STORYTELLING: Author and storyteller


David McDonnell will share some his favorite Irish stories and talk about the history of storytelling and what led to his passion to preserve the oral storytelling art. He is the author of ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland and Buy The Horse A Guinness. He will sign copies for patrons. Thu, 5/16, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books & Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

invites families with children ages 5 and younger to a special morning geared toward them. Hear stories, create art and enjoy the entire museum for a full hour before it opens to everyone. Wed, 5/22, 9am. $0-$12. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., nvdm.org.

LITTLE SPROUTS SPRING SERIES: The spring nature series for young children and their parents concludes with “The Wonderful World of Worms.” The event includes story time and guided exploration. Meet in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Tue, 5/21, 10am. Free. Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.

MINT 150 PROGRAM—CHAUTAUQUAN PRESENTATION: Cindy Sutherland will portray Ann Martin, who was the first woman to head a U.S. Treasury facility, the Assay Office at Carson City. The event is free with museum admission. Sat, 5/18, 11am. $8, free for youth ages 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. Carson City, (775) 687-4810, nvculture.org/ nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The group meets to discuss The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King. Sun, 5/19, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

NEVADA HUMANITIES SALON—BEES, THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE?: Learn about the health of the bee population in Nevada at this panel discussion moderated by Ran Duan, visiting assistant professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The event includes an audience Q & A session and light refreshments. Fri, 5/17, 6pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 786-1188.

NORTHERN NEVADA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL: The Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival is a week-long community celebration of the innovation happening in our region. The festival aims to inspire and connect our community with the power of science and technology through hands-on school programs as well as a series of free, family-friendly events hosted by wellknown formal and informal educational organizations throughout Northern Nevada. Thu, 5/16-Fri 5/17. Free. Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center and other locations in Reno and Sparks, nnsciencefest.org.

QUAD MAKERSPACE: The Quad contains equipment and tools that the public can use free of charge to create, learn new skills and new technology and practice artistic expression. Quad staff will lead instruction sessions on different tools or equipment each week. Thu, 5/16, 3pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300, events.washoecountylibrary.us.

SNAPSHOT DAY ADOPT-A-STREAM: This is a family-friendly event that captures a “snapshot” of the water quality for the Truckee River Watershed on a single day. Volunteers will be assigned to a team and will meet at 8am at the Truckee River Watershed Council’s office. Sat, 5/18, 8am. Free. TRWC office, 10418 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 5508760 ext. 7, www.truckeeriverwc.org.

SO VERY LITERARY BOOK CLUB: The group will discuss The Soul of America by Jon

Meacham at this month’s meeting. Thu, 5/16, 2pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.

SPINNING YARN USING TEXTILES AS A TOOL FOR COMMUNICATION: Textile artist Toni Lowden uses fibers to explore color, texture and pattern in her large-scale weavings. Lowden will talk about the use of textiles to communicate a narrative. Fri, 5/17, noon. $10 general admission, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

STRANGE BREW FESTIVAL: This celebration of uniquely crafted brews hosts more than 20 local breweries with brews made exclusively for this event. There will also be food and live music from local groups. Sat, 5/18, 3-7pm. $55. The Brewers Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 3487481, www.strangebrewfestival.com.

TAHOE CITY FARMERS MARKET: Enjoy fresh local produce, delicious food, live music and community at this morning farmers’ market held on Thursdays through Oct. 10. Thu, 5/16, 8am-1pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, www.tahoecityfarmersmarket.com.

VILLAGE GREEN BIRD WALKS: The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science hosts morning bird walks at the Village Green on Thursdays through June 6. Thu, 5/16, 7:30am. Free. Village Green, 960 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village, www.tinsweb.org.

VINCENT A. CEFALU READING AND SIGNING: The author will read from and sign his new book Ratsnakes: Cheating Death and Living a Lie...Inside the Explosive World of ATF’s Undercover Agents and How We Changed the Game. Sat, 5/18, 2pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 786-1188.

ART ARTISTS CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Benefit Show for VA Voluntary Service. Art sales and donations will benefit many services offered to local veterans through a division of the Reno VA hospital. The show runs through May 31. Thu, 5/16-Wed, 5/22, 11am-4pm. Free. Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Volcanoes. The Holland Project Gallery presents a venue-wide group exhibition curated by Wendy Kveck of Settlers + Nomads, based out of Las Vegas. Volcanoes explores contemporary feminism and the power, force and agency of individual and collective voices and bodies through image, storytelling, biography and language. Participating artists include Catherine Borg, Cara Cole, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Noelle Garcia, Carolyn Hopkins, Danielle Kelly, Wendy Kveck, Sarah Magida, Natani Notah, Krystal Ramirez and Erin Stellmon. The show runs Tuesday-Friday, through June 15. A closing reception will be held on Friday, June 7, from 5-9pm with a brief discussion followed by artist performances throughout the evening. Thu, 5/16-Fri, 5/17, Mon, 5/20-Wed, 5/22, 3-6pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., www.hollandreno.org.

MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Food Appetites and Delectability. McKinley Galleries East and West present a juried exhibition by the Truckee Meadows Community College Art Club. The overarching topic of food allows each artist to deal with their own identity as well as farther ranging themes like wealth inequality and a future that will require us to feed 10 billion people. The show runs through May 24. Thu, 5/16-Fri, 5/17, Mon, 5/20-Wed, 5/22, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264, www.reno.govt.

NEVADA LEGISLATURE BUILDING: Bits and Pieces of the Silver State. The art exhibition features Patricia Wallis’ oil paintings on copper. The show runs May 20-June 7. Mon, 5/20-Wed, 5/22, 8:30am5pm. Free. Nevada Legislature Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 6876680, nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil.

NORTHWEST RENO LIBRARY: Antarctica. The gallery at Northwest Reno Library presents a photography exhibition by Larry Neel through June 29. There will be a reception for the artist at 2pm on May 18. Thu, 5/16-Sat, 5/18, Mon, 5/20-Wed, 5/22. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100, events.washoecountylibrary.us.

RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: Student Arts Healing Show & Reception. The show features the work of fourth-year University of Nevada, Reno students Georgina Puentedura and Alexandra Magliarditi. Thu, 5/16, 3:30pm. Free. Renown Regional Medical Center, Tahoe Tower Lobby, Ground Floor, 1155 Mill St., (775) 784-6063, events.unr.edu.


THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Mark Twain’s classic. Fri, 5/17, 7pm; Sat, 5/18, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 5/19, 3pm. $12-$15. Theatre Works of Northern Nevada, 315 Spokane St., (775) 284-0789, twnn.org.

JOHN AND GERALDINE LILLEY MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY ARTS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO: To Have and To Hold Nevada’s Art Collection. The exhibition introduces Nevadans to the artwork held in stewardship by the University of Nevada, Reno. From 5,000-year-old Neolithic pottery to photographs made just last year, the exhibition explores how humans across the globe and across time have explored what it means to be human. Hours are noon-4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-8pm on Thursday and Friday and 10am-8pm on Saturday. Thu, 5/16-Sat, 5/18, Tue, 5/21-Wed, 5/22. Free. John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art, University Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6682.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: The Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston. On view through May 19; Extraction. On display May 11-Nov. 10; History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg. On view through Sept. 29; In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk. On view through June 23; The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection. On display through June 9; Material Expressions of the Dreaming: The Aboriginal Collection of Ellen Crawford. On view through June 23; Maya Lin: Pin River—Tahoe Watershed. On display through Dec. 31; Zhi Lin—Chinese Railroad Workers of the Sierra Nevada. On view through Nov. 10. Thu, 5/16-Sun, 5/19, Wed, 5/22, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

WILBUR D. MAY MUSEUM: Seeds of Inspiration. Sierra Watercolor Society presents its latest exhibition of watercolor paintings with a botanical theme. Vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. Wall and bin art will be available for purchase. The show runs May 22-June 22. Wed, 5/22, 10am. Free. Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.

FILM OUT WEST FILM FESTIVAL: The festival celebrates the best of LGBTQ international filmmaking and will feature the documentary film Light in the Water, followed by a Q&A session with director Lis Bartlet and executive producer Taj Paxton. Sat, 5/18, 3pm. $8-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

SAFETY LAST!: Artemisia MovieHouse presents a screening of the 1923 comedy/thriller directed by Fred Neymeyer. Midwesterner Harold hides his lack of success in the big city by sending his girlfriend expensive presents he can’t really afford. When she shows up unexpectedly, Harold stumbles into an extreme get-rich-quick scheme: A $1,000 prize is his if he can climb the exterior of a 12-story building, a feat leading to one of the most iconic stunt scenes in movie history. Black and white silent film with musical score. Sun, 5/19, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 6363386, www.artemisiamovies.weebly.com.

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. Thu, 5/16-Sat, 5/18, 7:30pm; Sun, 5/19, 2pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 5253074, www.rattheatre.org.

SPRING FLING: The Hootchy Kootchy Girls Vintage Cabaret is a showcase of amateur dancers performing vintage burlesque, song and comedy. The shows emphasizes 1940s and 1950s Hollywood glamour, pin-ups and dance, creating a cabaret feel. Fri, 5/17-Sat, 5/18, 7pm. $20-$25. Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233.



The 36th annual cook-off brings together some of the best chili cooks in the West competing for a spot in the International Chili Society World Finals, as well as votes for the best chili and people’s choice awards. The weekend event includes the Fireball Saloon Craft Beer Tour featuring pours from local saloons and award-winning craft breweries, including many local favorites. The $25 tour ticket includes 14 samples plus a choice of one full beer inside the Craft Beer Lounge along with a map and description of each beer. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, along C Street in Virginia City. Festival admission is free with tasting packages ranging from $5 to $95. Call 847-7500 or go to visitvirginiacitynv.com.

USO—A SALUTE TO THE TROOPS: Carson Valley Community Theatre presents its cabaret-style show featuring songs of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Thu, 5/16-Fri,

5/17, 7:30pm; Sat, 5/18, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, 5/19, 2pm. $13-$15. Carson Valley

Community Theatre, 1572 US Highway 395 North, Minden, (775) 292-0939.

SPORTS & FITNESS MUSIC SOPHIE & FIACHRA TRIO: Comprised of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoie’s “lithe and masterful” compositions. Fri, 5/17, 7pm. $15-$20. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, bit.ly/2VfKcys.

SNC 2019 CHOIR CONCERT: The Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir, under the direction of Donna Roberts Axton, presents Broadway! Music from Hamilton, Oliver, Jekyll & Hyde. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 881-7586.

GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through


Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. The hike intensity varies, depending on the audience. Sat, 5/18, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

present its romantic comedy. After a hard day, four miners all decide they’re going to embrace life and spend the night with the beautiful Julia Bulette. Unfortunately she has plans to attend an opera that night. All might be lost for those poor men, but Mark Twain has a plan. He comes up with the idea of a competition—whoever can prove to Julia they love opera the best will be her date for the show and her company for later. Due to the sexual innuendos used, the rating for this show is PG-13. Fri, 5/17, 5:30pm; Sat, 5/18, 6:30pm. $50 for dinner and show, $20 show only. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433, www.facebook.com/ PipersOperaHousePlayers.

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball

team plays the Tacoma Rainiers. Thu, 5/16-Sat, 5/18; 6:35pm; Sun, 5/19, 1:35pm; Mon, 5/20, 11:05am. $9-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 3347000, www.milb.com/reno.


INTO THE WOODS: InnerRhythms Dance

ONSTAGE CRAZY FOR YOU: The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company presents Gershwin’s Tony-winning Broadway hit. Fri, 5/17, 7:30pm; Sat, 5/18, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, 5/19, 2pm. $25-$28. Bob Boldrick Theatre, Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, www.wnmtc.com.

THE CRUCIBLE: Brüka Theatre’s continues its 26th season with Arthur Miller’s classic 1953 play. Thu, 5/16-Sat, 5/18, 7:30pm. $18-$25. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., www.bruka.org.

presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a childless baker and his wife who are tasked with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a curse put on their family tree. Fri, 5/17, 7:30pm; Sat, 5/18, 2pm & 7:30pm. $10-$15. Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 550-8464, www.innerrhythms.org.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL: Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. The musical parody is set to classic tunes from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Sat, 5/18, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 5/19, 2pm. $25-$55. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.

intimate improvisational social dance with Zak & Victoria. Tango Elements starts at 6:30pm. Continuing Tango starts at 7:15pm. Thu, 5/16, 6:30pm. $10 for one class, $15 for both. The Ballroom of Reno, 2540 Sutro St., Ste. 4, (775) 624-3551.

ONE TRUCKEE RIVER PAINT AND SNACK: Receive one-on-one creative guidance to paint your own 11” x 14” canvas masterpiece of the Truckee River. This class is open to all levels of artistic talent. Art supplies included. Feel free to bring a snack and a beverage. Wed, 5/22, 5-7pm. $20. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., www.artsforallnevada.org.






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Tales from the lopside My boyfriend and I are in a longdistance relationship—for almost four years—that works very well, talking daily and seeing each other every two months. The problem is that it feels like he has much more love for me than I have for him. I absolutely do love him, and I tell him frequently. But my love intensity just does not match his. Additionally, I should mention that I’ve tried to leave him in the past. I didn’t think the relationship was serving me. He is married and technically unavailable. (He is working toward dissolving the marriage.) Also, he works hard but has no financial resources. I do want to stay in the relationship, but I’m not sure how to deal with the imbalance in expressiveness. I don’t want to be inauthentic. Many women believe it’s somehow nobler if they love a poor dude, telling themselves—and often the guy—that they don’t really care about money. But as I often point out, because women are the ones who get pregnant, female emotions evolved to make women feel bad—resentful, angry, screwed over—when they get involved with men who are still “married and technically unavailable” and have “no financial resources.” And even if a woman is a staunch feminist, all “I don’t care who the earner in the relationship is,” the psychological operating system driving us right now is adapted for ancestral times and the problems that arose then. So it just keeps on keepin’ on, pushing a woman to go for men who can “provide,” even when she’s on the birth controlliest birth control. In other words, you are not getting the long end of the stick here, financially or commitment-wise, and evolution has programmed you to be nagged by feelbad emotions until you do something to change that. Your boyfriend, meanwhile, surely has some feelbad of his own. Because men coevolved with women, male psychology leads men to anticipate that female romantic partners who feel shorted on cash flow and/or commitment will soon be conducting their exit interview. In light of this, your boyfriend’s expressing love in the manner of a burst water main may be a form of “mate guarding,” evolutionary psychologists’ term for attempts to fend off mate poachers and keep

one’s partner in the relationship. Because we humans have an evolved motivation to reciprocate— to give back what we get in equal measure—it’s possible that the more romantically expressive your boyfriend is, the more you’re led to feel you’re shorting him on what he seems to be owed. But is the apparent emotional asymmetry here actually a problem? Many people do make the assumption that romantic partners’ love should be 50-50 and that there’s something wrong with the relationship when it isn’t. However, what really matters is whether there’s enough love on each side to keep the partners together—especially in the face of any costs imposed by a partner or the relationship. Consider whether the longdistance aspect might be staving off feelings and conflict that could come out if you two were living together. Research repeatedly finds that women tend to resent male partners who aren’t their equals or betters in job status and earnings. For example, a study by business school professor Alyson Byrne finds that a woman’s having higher job status—and the money that comes with—often leads to marital instability and divorce. She and her colleague even find that women experience “status leakage,” finding the status they’ve earned through their work diminished by virtue of their having a lower-status spouse. You say you want to stay in the relationship, presumably because you love your boyfriend. However, it’s also possible that your being in the relationship for a while—almost four years—is keeping you in the relationship. Consider what economists call the “sunk cost fallacy,” the human tendency to keep investing in a project based on the time, energy, and/or resources we’ve already “sunk” into it. Of course, the rational approach is deciding to continue based on whether the investment will pay off sufficiently in the future. Looking at your situation that way should help you make a decision. Ω


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by ROb bRezsny

For the week oF May 16, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to humorist

Dave Barry, “The method of learning Japanese recommended by experts is to be born as a Japanese baby and raised by a Japanese family, in Japan.” As you enter an intensely educational phase of your astrological cycle, I suggest you adopt a similar strategy toward learning new skills and mastering unfamiliar knowledge and absorbing fresh information. Immerse yourself in environments that will efficiently and effectively fill you with the teachings you need. A more casual, slapdash approach just won’t enable you to take thorough advantage of your current opportunities to expand your repertoire.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I think it’s time for a

sacred celebration: a blowout extravaganza filled with reverence and revelry, singing and dancing, sensual delights and spiritual blessings. What is the occasion? After all these eons, your lost love has finally returned. And who exactly is your lost love? You! You are your own lost love! Having weaved and wobbled through countless adventures full of rich lessons, the missing part of you has finally wandered back. So give yourself a flurry of hugs and kisses. Start planning the jubilant hoopla. And exchange ardent vows, swearing that you’ll never be parted again.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Louvre in Paris is the

world’s biggest art museum. More than 35,000 works are on display, packed into 15 acres. If you wanted to see every piece, devoting just a minute to each, you would have to spend eight hours a day there for many weeks. I bring this to your attention because I suspect that now would be a good time for you to treat yourself to a marathon gaze-fest of art in the Louvre—or any other museum. For that matter, it’s a favorable phase to gorge yourself on any beauty anywhere that will make your soul freer and smarter and happier. You will thrive to the degree that you absorb a profusion of grace, elegance and loveliness.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In my astrological opinion,

you now have a mandate to exercise your rights to free speech with acute vigor. It’s time to articulate all the important insights you’ve been waiting for the right moment to call to everyone’s attention. It’s time to unearth the buried truths and veiled agendas and ripening mysteries. It’s time to be the catalyst that helps your allies to realize what’s real and important, what’s fake and irrelevant. I’m not saying you should be rude, but I do encourage you to be as candid as is necessary to nudge people in the direction of authenticity.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): During summers in the far

northern land of Alaska, many days have 20 hours of sunlight. Farmers take advantage of the extra photosynthesis by growing vegetables and fruits that are bigger and sweeter than crops grown further south. During the Alaska State Fair every August, you can find prodigies such as 130-pound cabbages and 65-pound cantaloupes. I suspect you’ll express a comparable fertility and productiveness during the coming weeks. You’re primed to grow and create with extra verve. So let me ask you a key question: To which part of your life do you want to dedicate that bonus power?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s time for you to reach

higher and dig deeper. So don’t be a mere tinkerer nursing a lukewarm interest in mediocre stories and trivial games. Be a strategic adventurer in the service of exalted stories and meaningful games. In fact, I feel strongly that if you’re not prepared to go all the way, you shouldn’t go at all. Either give everything you’ve got or else keep it contained for now. Can you handle one further piece of strenuous advice? I think you will thrive as long as you don’t settle for business as usual or pleasure as usual. To claim the maximum vitality that’s available, you’ll need to make exceptions to at least some of your rules.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “All human nature vigor-

ously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful,” wrote author Flannery O’Connor. I think that’s an observation worth considering. But I’ve also seen numerous exceptions to her rule. I know people who have eagerly welcomed grace into their lives even

though they know that its arrival will change them forever. And amazingly, many of those people have experienced the resulting change as tonic and interesting, not primarily painful. In fact, I’ve come to believe that the act of eagerly welcoming change-inducing grace makes it more likely that the changes will be tonic and interesting. Everything I’ve just said will especially apply to you in the coming weeks.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There’s a certain problem that has in my opinion occupied too much of your attention. It’s really rather trivial in the big picture of your life, and doesn’t deserve to suck up so much of your attention. I suspect you will soon see things my way and take measures to move on from this energy sink. Then you’ll be free to focus on a more interesting and potentially productive dilemma—a twisty riddle that truly warrants your loving attention. As you work to solve it, you will reap rewards that will be useful and enduring.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Author Hélène Cixous

articulated a poetically rigorous approach to love. I’ll tell you about it, since in my astrological opinion you’re entering a phase when you’ll be wise to upgrade and refine your definitions of love, even as you upgrade and refine your practice of love. Here’s Cixous: “I want to love a person freely, including all her secrets. I want to love in this person someone she doesn’t know. I want to love outside the law: without judgment. Without imposed preference. Does that mean outside morality? No. Only this: without fault. Without false, without true. I want to meet her between the words, beneath language.”

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

Henry Miller wrote that his master plan was “to remain what I am and to become more and more only what I am—that is, to become more miraculous.” This is an excellent strategy for your use. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to renounce any tendency you might have to compare yourself to anyone else. You’ll attract blessings as you wean yourself from imagining that you should live up to the expectations of others or follow a path that resembles theirs. So here’s my challenge: I dare you to become more and more only what you are—that is, to become more miraculous.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): London’s British Mu-

seum holds a compendium of artifacts from the civilizations of many different eras and locations. Author Jonathan Stroud writes that it’s “home to a million antiquities, several dozen of which were legitimately come by.” Why does he say that? Because so many of the museum’s antiquities were pilfered from other cultures. In accordance with current astrological omens, I invite you to fantasize about a scenario in which the British Museum’s administrators return these treasures to their original owners. When you’re done with that imaginative exercise, move on to the next one, which is to envision scenarios in which you recover the personal treasures and goodies and powers that you have been separated from over the years.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I hate it when people

tell me that I should ‘get out of my comfort zone,’” writes Piscean blogger Rosespell. “I don’t even have a comfort zone. My discomfort zone is pretty much everywhere.” I have good news for Rosespell and all Pisceans who might be inclined to utter similar testimony. The coming weeks will feature conditions that make it far more likely than usual that you will locate or create a real comfort zone you can rely on. For best results, cultivate a vivid expectation that such a sweet development is indeed possible.

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by JERi ChADwEll

Whisky lover

through the door—they come in for a drink, but they stay for two or more because they want to sample all that we have to offer. We have whiskeys … from all around the globe. So once you start getting into them and learning more about how they’re made, it really intrigues you to try another. … The list that was put together for the Whisky Lounge … was very carefully selected by some of the industry’s finest whiskey and spirits professionals … and put together to where there are some varieties that [in Reno] are only offered at the Whisky Lounge.

Alix Martinez is the marketing director for Brauhaus 701 in midtown and newly opened the Whisky Lounge next door at 711 Virginia St.—both owned by Fady Mehanna. Its grand opening was April 26. Patrons can get a $26 deal that entitles them to a drink at the Whisky Lounge as well as an appetizer, beer and entree at Brahaus 701.

It’s the same owner as Brauhaus? What was the idea behind opening the lounge next door? The owner—definitely he’s passionate about opening up new places that have a unique feel, a unique menu, whether that menu is a beverage menu or if it’s a food menu. He wants to offer something that’s not normally found in our destination. I think he really nailed it with these two businesses.

Why “whisky” without the “e” in it? You can definitely refer to [it either way]. But, really, whiskey without the “e” is more geared toward whiskeys globally. We carry 200 different varieties of whiskey—ryes, bourbons and scotches. And what I’ve learned through sitting at the Whisky Lounge and overhearing some bartenders—and I’m hoping that I have all of this information correct—is that “whisky,” that name, follows certain whisky that’s made in Kentucky. And

What are some of the themed nights happening?

any whiskeys that are not made in Kentucky cannot have the same [spelling.] The only whisky that I know of that’s made outside of Kentucky and granted the opportunity to carry the name is Clyde May’s Whisky, and they’re out of Alabama.

What’s the experience like at the Whisky Lounge—flights, tastings? That’s an interesting question— because I think people come for the different theme nights we have, as far as entertainment is concerned. But I think when it comes to actually drinking whiskey, I think they’re also coming for the different varieties. I’ve found that a lot of people who walk

Thursday nights we do a jazz night. We’ve had live jazz bands. We’ve also had very interesting instruments—like the Chapman Stick. I didn’t know what that was until I looked it up. He’s phenomenal. And I feel like we’re trying to just, really, create a different vibe in an intimate environment. … On Friday nights we also have a DJ that’s playing ’80s and ’90s music. That’s something we don’t see too often here in the Reno area. And that’s DJ Rooney. Saturdays we also have a DJ. We’re going to be filling other nights as well. … Happy hour is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and each week we’re featuring five different bottles to try at a discount. And each bottle is going to come with a story. The bartenders are going to be able to tell you everything about that particular bottle of liquor. Ω


Game days The hot new cocktail in the D.C. Beltway—Subpoena Colada! Back in October, just before The Blue Wave crashed upon the electoral shore, I put forth the notion that impeaching Dum Dum wasn’t really all that important, because the main work of hassling Trump into some serious Excedrin headaches could more quickly happen courtesy of the committees, not actual impeachment. With just slightly fewer than 377 committees crawling up Trump’s Tailpipe (and the kids are finally getting a bit of ye old stinkeye, which is fun), we can now see the full flowering of this blitzkrieg, and appreciate that it will do two things: (1) piss Twitler off on a regular basis (Trump Rages!), and (2) keep the federal government relatively inert, since Dipshit now has to spend a considerable chunk of each day on the horn with his busy, busy, busy legal

team. Indeed, it may be cutting into his Fox Time. (Trump Rages!) • Seriously, if you’re a Dub, was that Game 6 in Houston Da Shit, or what? I mean, I love KD, big time, he’s a savior and a savant, but it was just such a righteous blast to see the Dubs of ’15 again, with Iggy, Livingston and Bogut, along with Steff, Dray and Klay. So Game 6 was Steff gettin’ Stupid (finally!), and it should be said out loud once in a while that The Dubs simply wouldn’t be special without him, who is as electrifying in his way as Usain Bolt or Tiger Woods are in theirs. (And Tiger pissed off Cablanasians around the country with his recent logroll with Dum Dum. Watch out, Tiger, because everything Trump touches dies.) • As for The Day Dany GOT Her Groove Back, yes, there are some

rushed story lines in the finish of Thrones, for sure. That happens more often than not, as blockbuster TV shows wrap themselves up. But last week’s episode, called “The Bells”—some of the cast thought the better title would have just been “Holy Shit!”—Dany and Drogon’s Conflagration on the Congregation was pretty much The Big Payoff, as us viewers were blown up in the visceral and eviscerating spectacle of the greatest Godzilla shit ever. Always a sucker for big badass reptiles, I found I really didn’t give a shit about credulity stretching stuff (shouldn’t Jamie have bled out way before he got to Cersei?) because DANY’S FLAMING JOY RIDE WAS SO INSANELY BODACIOUSLY MONDO NUTSO! So now there are but 80 minutes left in this 80-hour romp. Will they stick the landing? Ω