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The watch Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I watched two noteworthy things over the weekend. The first was Light in the Water, the Emmy-nominated documentary feature directed by Reno native Lis Bartlett, about West Hollywood Aquatics, the first openly gay masters swim team. It screened at the Nevada Museum of Art as part of the Outwest Film Festival, an event produced by the NMA and Our Center, the local LGBT community center. Lis is an old friend, and I interviewed her about the project a few weeks ago (“Filmmaker,” 15 Minutes, April 25). But this was my first time seeing the film. It’s a really beautiful movie—a stirring, funny, sad, emotional story, and an impressive feat of editing. The film incorporates archival footage, dozens of interviews, and some nice action shots of great swimmers doing their things. The house was packed at the local screening, which was nice to see. Seek it out. The second thing was, of course, the series finale of Game of Thrones. One of the most watched episodes of TV ever, and apparently one of the most controversial. I thought it was a poignant, bittersweet ending to an epic tale—but many of the reactions I’ve seen—from social media mavens whose thumbs were twitching before the credits rolled and even from professional commentators— have been negative. Not sure what they were expecting or what they wanted. Maybe they would have liked a scene set 10 years later with all the heroes taking their kids to school? Quick reminder: Don’t forget to vote! Just two weeks left of the first round of the Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. Go to bestofnorthernnevada. com and get cracking.
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Re “Lawlessness” (letters, May 9): This item is chilling. The sheriffs in at least six Nevada counties decided not to enforce laws slated to start in January of 2020 that provide for gun background checks in conjunction with gun purchases. “They can decide for themselves whether laws are constitutional” goes the purported reasoning. The sheriffs involved in such an ill-conceived move are not carrying out their oaths to support and uphold the duly-passed laws of the state, and if these planned actions are carried out, they are setting a dangerous trend that may well enable various sheriffs to decide which laws they will enforce on any topic. The co-equal branches of our government deserve to have their designated functions respected, and not subject to the hubris and short-sighted decisions of people who claim to know what is constitutional and what is not. Predictability, safety and continuity are but three of the probable victims of such efforts, not to mention the legal exposure that such deliberately unenforced laws could lead to. Please voters, bear such actions in mind when elections come around! M. Goodenough Stateline
City council inertia Re “At this rate” (news, May 9): Mark Smallhouse, the legal representative for Erica Mirich and Sean Martin—the “landlords” that he is so quick to defend against Brooke Noble’s life-altering dilemma—failed to mention that their employer “Truckee Meadows Tomorrow” is a non-profit organization whose goal is “the quality of life improvement for all populations in the greater Truckee Meadows region.” Their website claims “TMT’s community indicators highlight whether the region should care or allocate resources to a particular issue, eg., affordable housing or homelessness.” What is really disconcerting is the City Council’s stance, pretending not to know
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what’s going on. “Their hands are tied” my ass. They’re creating a serious homelessness problem akin to San Francisco/Los Angeles and soon we too will be knee deep in needles and feces. Brooke, the Verdi area is so beautiful, who needs midtown? Susan L’Angelle Reno
Lime letter Re “Sour bikes” (editorial, April 11): The “sour” (grapes) part is in the editorial’s viewpoint. I never heard of “hundreds of bike thefts” by Burners before. Sure, LimeBike was irresponsible, geeky-trash, but that’s a lot of today’s techno startups. They did get some of the process wrong. Bike lanes are needed, but so is connectivity. Just look at a number of (some much larger) cities with thriving bikesharing programs (different colors). The concept is a good one—many more people have phones than can tote a bike. Transit here is sketched thin. I saw a LimeBike being torched while a large group of Burner-costumed folks enjoyed themselves at a Fourth St. location. Why is the item so despised? Guess what? Plenty of perfectly good (and lighter weight) bikes get scrapped for money all the time here. That’s just “Reno” for ya. Also, I rescued a lame bike and donated it to the Reno Bike Project. RN&R is holier-than-thou on this topic. Steve Klutter Sun Valley
Local link Re “Gold mining and violence” (guest comment, May 2): I applaud the RN&R for its coverage on May 2 of the activities of Kappes, Cassiday and Associates (KCA) in Guatemala. KCA is a Reno-based mining company that is suing the government of Guatemala for $300 million in an effort to force Guatemala to allow KCA to reopen a gold mine which the Guatemalan government
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had closed because it was contaminating Guatemala’s water. Environmental activists in Guatemala have been killed. On May 13 Amnesty International sent out an urgent action appeal on behalf of Quelvin Jimenez, a Guatemalan environmental lawyer who has been receiving death threats—threats which have increased in the past month. Investigations of previous attacks remain pending, and the police have yet to enforce security measures ordered by the public prosecutor’s office to protect Jimenez. The president and CEO of KCA is Daniel Kappes, a trustee of the UNR Foundation. Kappes needs to end his wrong doing. Sharon Fritsch Chico
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After I sold everything I owned and I moved to Europe, and I came back, my most prized possessions are my vinyl records. ... I’ve got about 2,000.
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It’s a book. It’s called Seven Arrows. My mom even patented the name Seven Arrows. She was going to start a lotion company with my sister. ... My sister passed away. ... I was wandering around ... and I picked up this book with no cover, and it was Seven Arrows.
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Housing and political will Mike Kazmierski is very good at what he does in heading the private Economic Development Authority of Nevada, but he does it for a narrow sector of the population, not for the public, and sometimes economic development is a hardship, not a benefit to the public. He arrived in Reno from Colorado without any institutional memory that many locals have of the way this community was slammed and battered by past “benefits” like the sudden arrival of thousands of new residents to service new businesses, like, in the current case, Tesla. So, it’s not surprising that he’s insensitive to our being in another period when locals are having to pay the price of the business community’s joy. In last Sunday’s Reno Gazette Journal, his defense of the incentives to outside businesses that have visited considerable pain on low-income residents was aggravating. For that matter, so is the performance of the Nevada Legislature under Democratic control. It may surprise renters who think that Tesla is the sole cause of what they are having to go through that their counterparts in numerous other communities are experiencing the same thing. Legislatures across the nation are looking at landlord/renter statutes to respond to the damage being done by poorly planned growth and economic development, and many of them are doing better than Nevada’s lawmakers. As we noted two weeks ago, we support the steps the Democrats in the Nevada Legislature have taken to help renters, but, as we also said, those steps are halting and fearful. What does it take for Democrats to shake their walking-on-eggshells defensiveness? There is a housing crisis in this country, and they are not assertive enough.
Oregon is considering limiting rent increases and prohibiting no-cause evictions, but not Nevada, where double digit-percentage rent increases have become common. Reuters recently reported that legislatures across the country are looking at laws to curb fees piled onto rents that victimize senior citizens and low-income people, such as fees to merely accept rent payments (!) and penalties on paper payments (checks, cash, money orders) instead of electronic payments. New Jersey seems to have enacted the strongest such law, while Nevada legislators have ignored the problem. (We recommend to readers the May 21 Reno Gazette Journal article “Reno renters’ rights: 6 things you should know as a tenant in Nevada” because it demonstrates so well how few rights Nevada renters have.) The severity of problems renters face is serious enough that Democratic presidential candidates listening as they travel around the country have started picking up on it. Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Nevada, even mentioned a malady that has afflicted the Truckee Meadows—builders who delayed building until Tesla workers actually started arriving and, when they did, wouldn’t build badly needed simple family homes: “The private markets have shifted away from entry-level housing into building McMansions,” a Warren comment that made the New York Times, but has not penetrated the minds of Nevada policymakers. The voters in 2016 reacted strongly against the activities of the Republican-controlled 2015 Nevada Legislature by handing control right back to the Democrats, who are still too responsive to Kazmierski’s constituency and not enough to the public. Ω
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I want to say my cat, but she’s not really a possession. … My most prized possession has to be a picture of my mom taken about three months before she passed away. It’s a good photo. She’s looking at the camera the way she looked at us in the family.
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My engagement ring. My husband picked it out all by himself, and it’s antique and it’s just all the things I wanted in a ring that I hadn’t even really told him I wanted. It just means so much, obviously. We just got married in September.
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by SHEILA LESLIE
Send the health care bill to Nevadans Economic officials and business executives often express bewilderment at the lack of fawning gratitude they think they’re owed from progressives for their zealous work to improve the local economy on our behalf. If only we weren’t so negative and ignorant about the necessity for economic growth, surely we would see how their efforts have “saved” our community from becoming a stagnant wasteland void of opportunity. Lately, their righteous superiority has taken an uglier turn towards entitled anger. A recent public forum sponsored by the Nevada Independent featured a panel of pro-growth developers and apologists with nary a voice of caution to articulate the reality of long-term residents already priced out of their housing or highway traffic regularly backed up for miles. These gentlemen proceeded to build upon each other’s bravado, blaming their inability to move more quickly to develop more projects on local politicians who don’t know how to get out of their own way. Like an adult wagging a finger at a spoiled child, they instructed
officials to “Be a solution. Don’t be a problem. And don’t stop growth.” They made it clear they don’t want California-style environmental regulations. Instead, they want our political leaders to let them plunge forward with their “epic” (and secret) development plans. They want local governments to focus on solving the affordable housing problem and maintaining the region’s quality of life, like hiking trails and our pristine mountain environment. But forget about holding developers accountable for impacts their epic growth might cause because growth is good! It’s everything! If we don’t support them, they might go somewhere else where they’re more appreciated. Now comes the news that many of the companies awarded millions in taxpayer subsidies to bring in new employees who clog our roads, crowd our schools and burden our infrastructure, are even deeper in the corporate welfare trough than we thought. Thousands of their employees qualify for health care through Medicaid, costing taxpayers millions more for these
new, supposedly high-wage jobs we already subsidize through tax abatements. The analysis by the Nevada Independent discovered “more than 60 businesses given tax incentives by the state over the last four fiscal years had about 13,000 employees— and their dependents—enrolled in Medicaid in 2018, with the government spending upwards of $34.5 million to care for them.” Many of the companies whose employees we subsidize are familiar names like Amazon. And, of course, the greediest business of all, Tesla, was ranked as the company with the 13th highest number of employees on Medicaid. The Independent reminds us that Tesla “received a recordbreaking $1.25 billion mix of tax incentives, abatements and credits from the state in 2014.” Why on Earth can’t they pay for the cost of health care for their 426 employees and 439 dependents on Medicaid? Taxpayers have paid for workers’ health care at mega-corporations for decades. Although Walmart has not received any recent tax abatements, the article points out
that “Walmart has the most workers and dependents on Medicaid in Nevada—6,464 in total—which cost the state $18.6 million in 2018.” And we wonder why these corporations are so opposed to single-payer health care. When taxpayers pick up the cost of health care for their employees, profits increase and stockholders are happier. The same businesses that love to lecture government officials about getting out of their way are not the least bit shy of taking advantage of every government subsidy program they can find, lacking complete self-awareness of their avarice or lack of humility. It’s their due, you see, for deigning to bring their business to Nevada. If Nevadans don’t support them with subsidies and appreciation, wait for it—they might leave and take their business elsewhere. We should be so lucky. Just pay us back first. Ω
To read the Nevada Independent article referenced here, go to https://bit.ly/2HuKuIf
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by Dennis Myers
The journey is iTs own reward
The Nevada presidential caucuses have elevated the state’s profile since 2008. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
When the name Michael Sweeney Graham was called out at University of Nevada, Reno commencement on May 16, it was little noticed except among his family and friends. But it was a journey’s benchmark that began in 1964 when the Manogue High graduate entered what was then simply the University of Nevada as a nuclear engineering major. The first interruption of his college years was self-inflicted. “I flunked out,” he said last week. Uncle Sam was right there to pounce when he lost his student deferment, and in the Army he was trained as a helicopter crew chief—a job that seemed likely to be a greased track to Vietnam. But luck was with him, and he spent his tour in Germany. Back at what was now UNR, he spent a year as Sagebrush editor and migrated away from his original major. But when it came time to graduate in journalism, he choked on the foreign language requirement GrAHAM the campus inflicts on every graduate. So he just kept studying, turning to other majors—psychology, anthropology— sometimes completing the graduation requisites and racking up a huge number of credits in 55 years but always running up against the language requirement. His failure to take a degree bothered his family and friends more than it did him. He seemed to take an old fashioned pleasure in learning for its own sake, even when he plunged into fields unrelated to any career goals. His career was as eclectic as his study choices as he worked as a computer consultant, Sparks Nugget banquet captain, Nevada Appeal reporter. Finally, he outlasted the problem and was able to graduate without having to take a language because he is a senior citizen—age 74. As word spread of his approaching graduation, events were planned for him. A former UNR student body officer traveled from Colorado to join a former Nevada regent, a former college roommate, and his family—including a daughter and granddaughter—at a lunch for him just before the ceremony, and another celebration later this year is planned by his daughter. The former regent asked him, “How many people do you think are stopped from graduating by the language requirement?” “A lot,” he replied. His daughter inscribed “Finally/Class of 2019” in gold on his mortarboard. Graham is now taking graduate courses. His lifelong learning continues.
2020 Candidates are already in Nevada at CBs news, the headline was, “in Nevada, Democratic candidates shy away from key immigration debate.” At the Washington Post, a report read in part, “A forum for Democratic presidential candidates to discuss their plans to reduce income inequality wound up delving deeply into immigration.” They were both reporting on the campaign for Nevada’s early caucus, which is drawing regular visits to the state by presidential candidates. In Nevada, the Latino vote obliquely referenced by CBS and the Post has become key to statewide campaigns. The state ranks fifth in the nation for percentage of Latinos within its population. That percentage—27.8 percent of Nevadans— is almost exactly 10 percentage points higher than the nation’s Latino population of 17.3. Though not all can vote, it’s still a group that can swing a Nevada election, since those eligible to vote make up 17.2 percent of the Nevada electorate, the largest Latino cohort among the four initial 2020 nominating contests—the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, New Hampshire
primary on Feb. 11, Nevada Democratic caucuses on Feb. 22, and South Carolina Democratic primary on Feb. 29. And with Republicans doing all they can to reject the Latino demographic— something that would dismay GOP icon Ronald Reagan, who tried to court Latinos—it has become an important part of the Democratic base. The Democrats, who have slowly surrendered the economic populism that once defined their party, have seen Donald Trump pick it up and give it a racist tinge. Some of the Democratic presidential candidates are trying to reclaim the party’s economic appeal to the working poor by using pitches akin to the New Deal and Fair Deal years. Elizabeth Warren: “They looked at Latino neighborhoods and said, ‘Ooh, lots of people own their own homes. Let’s target them with the worst of lying, cheating subprime mortgages.’ They stripped wealth out of communities of color. I don’t have to tell people in Nevada how that worked out. You were at the epicenter of this.”
Beto O’Rourke: “Not only have we not made progress, we’ve actually slid back in so many ways. Women in this country are making 80 cents on the dollar for what men are making. African American women make 61 cents on the dollar. Latinos make 53 cents on the dollar.” But Nevada Current’s Hugh Jackson noted that message was undercut by Joe Biden in Nevada, who “went to a fundraiser hosted by Jim Murren, the MGM CEO who is currently in the process of laying off workers to impress hedge fund managers.” Jackson predicts the state’s Democratic leadership will try to lead caucus-goers to an emphasis on electability over issues: “Beneath Nevada’s noble veneer of a working class immigrant population—the heart of both the economy and the state’s Democratic electorate—lies a soft underbelly of timid business-worshiping blue dogs.” Biden has been more cautious than other candidates, preferring to formulate a case for his candidacy that cannot come back to haunt him in the general election campaign. In response to a question from a Nevada Marine veteran, Biden framed his answer is a way Donald Trump is unlikely to be able to find fault with: “Anybody who has fought for the United States of America should not be in a position to be deported, period.” And when a young Clark County man asked Biden if, as president, he would halt the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s use of detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested or convicted of a crime, the Associated Press reported Biden told the teenager he would change the program but did not explain how, telling him, “Take a look at my website.” The AP did just that and reported, “His campaign website doesn’t list a policy on ICE detainers but instead calls for fixing a broken immigration system, securing the border and addressing ‘the root causes of migration’ that lead people to leave their home countries.” Little there to offend anyone. Another touchy issue is the 287(g) program, a section of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act which provides for local police officers to function as immigration agents. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department participates in the program, and Metro’s alliance with ICE is up for renewal next month. In a prepared statement, ACLU
of Nevada lawyer Judy Cox has said, “Metro should get back to the business of enforcing local laws, focusing on serious crimes rather than someone’s possible federal civil violations, and reaching out to diverse groups to maintain a safe environment for the whole Las Vegas community.” Nye County also has an agreement with ICE. Trump beefed up use of the 287(g), but five of the Democratic presidential contenders have co-sponsored legislation to curb it. There’s relative unanimity among the Democratic candidates on Trump’s May 16 immigration plan being inadequate. The plan leaves the number of green cards issued at the same level, does not change the numbers of allowable overall immigration, and does not contain any provisions for how to deal with the already existing illegal immigrant population. It does seek to limit asylum, build a border wall, reduce the number of low wage laborers while allowing migrants for “critical” industries and limit the number of family members joining already immigrated residents. No surveys have shown where candidates currently stand in Nevada, though it is likely that Biden and Bernie Sanders’ high name recognition keeps them at or near the top in the state. In the other early caucus state, Iowa, Sanders and Biden are tied in the newest survey.
It’s not yet clear whether Trump will face Republican challengers, though former Ohio governor John Kasich has kept his campaign intact over the past three years and never really stopped running, and former Massachusetts governor William Weld is already running, with two-term Maryland governor Larry Hogan waiting in the wings. Asked if the party would be ready for competitive caucuses, Washoe County Republican chair Michael Kadenacy said, “We will be prepared once the rules are out.” When will that be? Kadenacy laughed and said, “You might want to ask the state party. They’re the ones who generate the rules, and we haven’t heard anything yet.” Both parties hold caucuses whether there is a contest or not. Caucuses are the way parties—both in presidential and midterm years—select delegates to county, state and (in presidential years) national conventions. But there is considerably more preparation required if there is a contest for president. Another complication is that the Nevada GOP has never been wild about early caucuses in Nevada, in part because they were so identified with Democrat Harry Reid, resulting in Republican leaders tending to de-emphasize them, and in one year holding them on a different date from the Democrats, which reduced the attention the state received. Ω
Economic populism vs. play-it-safe
A melancholy mark for journalists—the imprint of the pedestals for a newspaper rack that, until this month, stood next to a Plumb Lane restaurant and contained compartments for six newspapers. The rack has been unbolted and removed. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
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Visitors to the center play with a display that lets them create a virtual watershed using a sandbox, a 3-D camera and a projector.
Deep learning Tahoe Science Center The Tahoe Science Center, located on the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village, is a small space packed with a ton of information about the very big lake for which it’s named. It’s a part of the U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, where scientists work to understand and preserve the lake. Guided tours are available year-round, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to Heather Segale, the center’s education and outreach director, the space is meant to be a visitors’ center and a learning experience, best for adults and kids 8 years old and up. Its displays cover studies and lake preservation initiatives being conducted by researchers in fields ranging from biology to climatology and geology. Tours of the center start in the lobby, where a large map of the lake and surrounding terrain is mounted to a wall. “We talk about the unique things about Lake Tahoe,” Segale said. “One of the things people generally know about Lake Tahoe is that’s it’s so blue. And the reason that it’s so blue has to do with the properties of light and the way the blue color is reflected back to your eye when a lake is very deep and clear, which Tahoe is. “That’s really one of the reasons Lake Tahoe has stayed so clear and pure,” Segale said. “The size of the watershed is really small in comparison to the water body.” In comparison, consider the Mississippi River’s broad watershed that flows across wide sections of the country, picking up eroded mattter along the way. Tahoe’s
watershed is small, so it picks up less. Plus, Segale said, in “the Tahoe Basin—the soils are mostly granitic, and they’re low in nutrients, so we don’t get a lot of erosion.” The center also has hands-on activities. Touch screen pads allow visitors to visualize and manipulate a digital lake to show how its water temperature will vary depending on its depth and the climate of the region in which it lies. Segale explained, “If you have a very shallow lake, when it’s cold, the whole lake, in a Mediterranean climate, can become one temperature. In a temperate climate, if it gets cold, it can freeze. … We’re basically in a Mediterranean climate, meaning that it generally doesn’t get really, really cold here—although it can. And it’s a deep lake, so, even in the coldest winter, it only gets the same temperature top to bottom. It never freezes.” Another display can be used to build a miniature watershed. It’s basically an interactive sandbox. Visitors shape a watershed and lake basin in the box while a 3-D camera and digital projector anchored above them creates a virtual topographic map in real time. After shaping the basin, the user can create virtual rain and watch where it flows by waving his or hand between the projector and the sandbox. The goal of all of these displays is more than simple fun, or even learning. According to Segale, the hope is that visitors to the center will afterward be mindful of how their own behaviors affect the lake—and maybe even engage in a bit of work themselves, using the Citizen Science Tahoe mobile app to document and report things ranging from litter to algae growth. “People can learn … and then also give us data, which is fantastic,” Segale said. Ω
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he crowds thronging the Virginia Street Antique Mall on Wednesday, May 15, made for a scene reminiscent of Black Friday or Small Business Saturday. Customers milled around the little vendor booths and stood patiently in long lines to pay for the treasures they’d found in them. But the mood was somber. Most shoppers that day knew it would be the last for the mall, which closed after occupying the brick building—formerly a Washoe Market grocery—on the corner of Arroyo and Virginia Streets for more than a quarter of a century. Emerging from a small office space near the back of the building where she’d gone briefly to seek some privacy during the store’s final hours, owner Lisa Youell Jeanney stopped to chat. “Everyone’s sad,” she said. “They almost got me crying today, so I’ve been working on payroll and just finished that. Everyone is sad and upset, and we’ve tried not to cry about it—because, you know, it’s kind of like a second home. Every day—I work every day.” According to Jeanney, the closing of the antique mall, which had only been announced
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“everyone is sad and upset, and we’ve tried not to cry about it—because, you know, it’s kind of like a second home. every day—i work every day.” lisa Youell Jeanney, Owner
to the public a few days before, had come as somewhat of a surprise to her, too—the result of a decision by the landlord not to renew her lease. “He’s the newest owner,” Jeanney said. “He has other plans for the building.” Jeanney said she asked the owner, Weiye Lin of South Midtown Properties LLC, to renew the lease and was told that was not an option. Lin and his legal representation declined, for the time being, to answer the paper’s questions concerning what might be done with the property now. “I’ve been here since the beginning—my mom and I as vendors,” Jeanney said. “We’ve been through other owners as well. Everyone has always been nice, and we’ve always had an option to renew every five years. We opened up the door to talking, negotiations, like, ‘Hey, we’re coming up for renewal. Let’s talk. Let’s meet.’ And he said, ‘No, there is no option. You’re done May 31.’ That was the last sentence in his letter. That’s all we got.” Although the store will no longer be open, Jeanney’s not done working. Now, she’s turned her attention toward seeking a new location for the mall and its many vendors, though, so far, she’s not found something fitting. “There have been a few places,” she said. “One main building was the option, but we couldn’t come to an agreement on the amount of square footage they’d be charging us for. And we’d like to stay on Virginia Street because it’s our name. It’s recognizable, and we have people that come from Italy every year, from anywhere in Europe. Especially with Burning Man, we have worldwide customers now.” Jeanney said she believes that when the right property becomes available, the mall will reopen—and while some vendors are taking the closure as a chance to retire, “a good 95 percent that haven’t retired” are committed to coming with her—as are other employees, like maintenance person Robin Sanders, who’s been employed at the mall for three years. 12 | RN&R | 05.23.19
“I will stay with the owner,” Sanders said. “As a neighboring business told us yesterday, ‘She’s badass.’ I don’t doubt for a minute that she’s going to be able to come through. … And, you know, I’ve never had a place that I love to work. And I love working here. I’ve never missed a day since I started either.” As the final day at the mall drew closer to a close, the crowds began to thin out just a little. Vendors packed the wares from their booths into boxes. Some had no interest in talking, but others chatted with one another and the customers. A few even sought out the journalists in the crowd, eager to share their opinions. Vendor Duke E. Stacey, who specializes in Art Deco chromeware from the ’30s and ’40s had been selling his wares at the antique mall since it opened. “Every customer that I’ve talked to is really saddened by this,” he said—but Stacey is among those who believe that Jeanney will find a way to reopen the mall. “I’m going to go with Lisa,” he said. “I’ve known her and Margaret [her mother] since, like, 1985. So, Lisa was much younger then—and much shorter. She was just a little girl, almost, I think.” Ron Huber, who had also been a vendor since the mall opened said he’s of the mindset that “when one door closes, another one opens.” But does he think Jeanney is capable of opening the next door, one to a new location for the mall? “I know she is,” Huber said. “I’ve been working with her on a couple of buildings. We’ve already got 11,000 feet committed right now by our vendors here.” Ω
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Story and photoS by Luka Starmer
spirits Minden’s new estate distillery sits on a historical Nevada site
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I’ve been writing about drinking lately on assignment for the RN&R. Last time for my boozy shenanigans, I wound up being escorted by security out of the El Dorado Casino, after which my evening spiraled into a dance party at the Loving Cup. This story isn’t anything like that, but it’s still about drinking. This is a story for the type of person who likes to pour a nice cocktail at home every now and again. They might dabble with bitters or vermouth from their liquor cabinet. If asked, they could intellectually conjure the smoky finish of scotch indexed in their cerebral card catalog of highbrow tastes and experiences.
Long after the time of the Dangbergs, and way after the heyday of the Minden Flour Mill, a man named Donald Bently acquired the land that is now the Bently Ranch. I’m more or less just Wikipedia-ing, but I know he was a Nevada-based engineer and an entrepreneur starting in the 1960s. His success paved the way for his son, Chris Bently, to do something wonderfully extravagant with the property upon which he grew up. The Bently Ranch now includes a high-end beef cattle ranch and butcher, an antique car restoration facility (called the “creation station”) and thousands of acres of barley and grain for fermenting and distilling into spirits. To be considered an “estate” distillery, as the name suggests, 85 percent of the raw materials for the spirits must be grown, processed and bottled on the property. This criteria was defined in a 2017 bill passed by the Nevada Legislature—and lobbied for by Bently and the proprietors of Frey Ranch Estate Distillery in Fallon. At the time of this writing I haven’t met Chris Bently, but I seriously hope I do. I hear he is well-dressed and has a big presence. Sometimes he’s traveling the world with his wife, Camille. Sometimes he’s sharing stories with visitors in the distillery’s tasting room. If you’re still with me on this hypothetical His staff and other journalists tout him as a persona experiment, now imagine yourself on visionary, and the more I drink his Source One a rainy day in Scotland—even if you haven’t Vodka, the more I agree. been there. (I haven’t been myself.) You’ve Bently’s attention to detail is present in the been traveling for weeks, and you really miss aesthetic of the grounds and buildings. The Nevada. What spirit could you rummage from distillery is a gorgeous combination of archival the bottle collection that might slap you in the restoration and technological modernization. face with nostalgia and longing to be back out Visitors sip from their glasses over three in the sagebrush hills? floors of the old flour mill, ascending a spiral I think those bottles of spirits are being staircase towards a dazzling glass chandelier produced right now at Bently Heritage Estate that glints from the sun through the windows Distillery at 1601 Water St. in Minden. at all hours of the day. Reclaimed wooden The new distillery that opened in February beams are accented by structurally reinforcing is wholly Nevadan. It’s housed in the old black steel. The mid-century leather couches, Minden Flour Mill—the tallest building in the glassware, the artwork are all part of a Minden for over 100 years. Both the mill and its neighboring Minden Creamery are listed on designer experience for drinking lovely spirits and creative cocktails. From vantage points the National Register of Historic Places. The all over, visitors can look through glass panes brick facade of the creamery was designed by down into the preserved skeleton of the mill Nevada architect Frederic DeLongchamps. silos. On the bottom floor are two copper His is an important Nevada name to know for stills, imaginatively illuminated by theatrical sophisticated cocktail hour conversations. I’m lighting. The staff will remind you that the sure you already knew it. building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Bently Heritage Distillery sits on the Environmental Design) Gold certified. 65,000-acre Bently Ranch. There’s a lot The copper stills are just a fraction of the happening on those 65,000 acres, and I’ll get to entire production, however. They’re responall that after some quick history. A man named Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg sible for the single malt whiskey, which was Bently’s inspiration for opening a distillery. built the Home Ranch in the Carson Valley in The whiskey will take years to age before it’s 1856 (prior to Nevada statehood), but in order available for general consumption. to build a city (future Minden), the family had Over in the old creamery stands the to dig a well. Fast-forward to today; Minden most mechanically advanced booze factory is still standing. The site of the well is across I’ve toured. (And I’ve toured a few.) The the cobblestone driveway at the distillery, production team is fewer than 10 people. Its and the water is an essential ingredient in the led by master distiller John Jeffery. Despite production of Bently Heritage spirits. Their line of vodka is called Source One Vodka – the a small workforce, I was informed the entire operation, from valves to pumps to bottling “source” referencing that original well.
and tank cleaning, is automated with an iPad. mixology director, Lucas Huff. He provided This reduces the opportunity for human error. the spiel and the aforementioned stories. At And the precision programming reassures the the end, he whipped up cocktails that were consistency of the artfully crafted recipes. entirely new experiences for my palate, but They want you to experience the taste of ingre- with essences that were familiar—Nevadan. dients that were grown as part of the landscape Huff is Nevadan; he’s from Minden, of northern Nevada—and it’s actually there. specifically. He graduated from Douglas High You don’t have to have be a graduate-level School. Like kids from small towns do, he connoisseur of took off to figure spirits to taste the out what else this flavors of home. world had to offer. There’s a qualTruthfully, Chris ity assurance lab Bently didn’t spend on-site. Typically, his whole upbringing these processes are in Minden, either. He contracted through lived in the Bay Area. a third party, but He’s traveled the KassaDee Herring world. They’re both runs the lab at back now. Bently Heritage. It Huff’s journey Lucas Huff, Events and Mixology Director is full of scientific delivered him a short vials, machines and way up the road to data represented in Truckee, where he techy visualizations cut his teeth in the illustrating the compounds that make up the high-end service industry; then over to the thumbprint of every batch. Bay Area, where he became a certified wine The remaining production buildings on sommelier (no small feat). Eventually, he site include a malting facility, where grain is met a patron who asked him, “Have you processed before delivery to the distillery in ever heard of this place called Minden, the creamery. The combination of mechanics Nevada?” The guy told Huff there was and biology happening in there is entirely distillery burgeoning, and Huff put his name over my head, plus that building wasn’t open in the running to work the tasting room back during my tour. in his hometown. There are also two barrel-aging facilities. Huff’s story is like most things in Some of the barrels are old sherry casks filled Nevada—a combination of hard work and with vodka to generate the signature Sherry happenstance. The same is true for the spirits Rested Vodka. (I’ve never heard of anything at Bently Heritage Distillery. Chris Bently like this. It tastes like those rich, booze-filled could have built a luxury distillery anywhere, chocolate-covered cherries you get around the but he built it here as a way of attempting to holiday season.) Other barrels are filled with preserve the aromas, tastes and character of spirits that will still be years in the making our piece of this state. From one Nevadan to before they’re released. This includes the the next: It’s spot on. Ω single malt whiskey, the bourbon and the rye. On my visit to Bently Heritage Distillery, Learn more about Bently Heritage Estate Distillery here: I was paraded around by the events and www.bentlyheritage.com.
“Ever had an old fashioned, and it tastes like a sugary shot? That’s not how it should taste.”
by JERI CHADWELL
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Visitors and co-op members browse the art for sale during the veterans benefit show.
Art of giving Artists Co-Op Gallery The far back room inside the Artists Co-Op Gallery of Reno, located inside a historical French laundry originally constructed in 1906, at 627 Mill St., is reserved for the gallery’s featured art exhibitions—which at least two to three times a year are also benefit shows. Until May 31, the featured exhibition is a benefit for the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System’s Voluntary Service Office. Al Ferrand, who’s been a member of the co-op for 14 years, organized the show. “This is the second one,” he said. “We had one last year. Last year, we donated, I think, 2,200 dollars to them. … We do a lot for the community. We have fundraisers.” All 19 of the co-op’s current members contributed art to the show, Ferrand said. “And we invited about 60 local artists that are not members of the co-op, and they put work in—and, also, we got about 40 to 50 paintings donated by local artists in the community towards the fundraiser,” he said. “And we had a raffle, and we made 800 and, I think, 40 dollars on the raffle. And that all goes to the veterans.” The Voluntary Service Office will also receive 20 percent of the co-op’s gross sales from the entire month of May. “It should work out pretty well,” said Ferrand, who said his inspiration to start the fundraiser came from a woman named Charley Smith—an Army veteran and dance instructor known locally for her veterans advocacy. She moved out of state early this month. “She goes to Washington, politically, trying to get funds for the local veterans’ hospital,” Ferrand said. “I took dancing lessons from her over a few years, and 16 | RN&R | 05.23.19
I decided that since she’s so enthused in helping the veterans, maybe I could get a fundraiser going.” Ferrand plans to continue the annual fundraiser. He’s not sure how this year’s fundraising totals compare to last but is hopeful that with a week left in the show they’ll be at least as high. “Yeah, they need it, you know,” he said. “There are homeless veterans here in the city. There are a lot of female veterans, too, that need help. So the money will be used wherever it’s needed.” In August, the co-op will be having another benefit—this one for itself. “We’re buying the building,” explained Cheryln Bennett, the gallery’s director. The co-op has been at its location on Mill Street for 54 years. The building needs several thousand dollars worth of upgrades to bring it up to code, but it’s nonetheless a home with which the members are pleased. “A lot of galleries open and close, but our work is great,” Ferrand said. “We have all the different artists, different mediums. And they’re all reasonably priced.” “This is truly a Nevada gallery,” added Bennett. The gallery will do much the same for the August fundraiser as it does for others by creating a show comprised of art by members and non-members from the broader community. “We always invite local artists to show their work whenever we have a fundraiser or a space on the wall,” Ferrand said. “And they’ll be guest artists for a month, etcetera. So that’s why we have so much help from the local artists—because we help them show their work.” Ω
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“Do you know where i can sell this for more bullets?”
Straight shooting The gun opera that is the John Wick franchise keeps on rolling and shooting with gory gusto, and some great dogs to boot. When we last saw Keanu Reeves as John Wick, he had himself a little time before getting excommunicated from the assassination club The High Table and all its perks. His killing a fellow assassin within the walls of the Continental Hotel means no more room service or dog sitting. He’s got a multimillion dollar bounty on his head and no place to kick his feet up. John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum picks up right where the last one left off, with a battle-weary Wick running in the streets, putting distance between himself and the hotel and trying to figure out his next big move. John Wick gets no time for rest in this movie, and he seriously gets his ass kicked while kicking ass. Credit Reeves for playing this part perfectly, on a level where we can believe that this dude who keeps getting stabbed and shot can turn on his power afterburners and keep shooting people in the face. Wick basically runs from one action set piece to another, with returning director and former stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski making each of those set pieces a thing to behold. A gun battle inside a weapons museum counts as a franchise highlight, as does Wick’s gunfight atop a motorcycle. And, yes, dogs play a major role in the shenanigans, which makes this dog person very happy. Wick’s travels take him to fellow assassin Sofia (Halle Berry) looking for assistance. Sofia has two German shepherds who get into the action during a gun battle and, let’s just say, they add an interesting element of violence to the proceedings. Stahelski isn’t just a master of human stunts, as things turn out; he’s totally capable of getting badass performances out of canines, too. Wick’s beautiful pit
bull does have a place in the film, so those of you who have missed that pup will be pleased. As for Berry, she may’ve missed her calling all these years. She’s beyond awesome in this movie, a veritable action star who actually outshines Reeves during her major battle scene. As good as Berry is, the best supporting player in the film is Mark Dacascos as Zero, a sushi chef/ assassin who goes up against Wick while also having feelings of hero worship for him. Another stop along the way has Reeves sharing screen time with Anjelica Huston as The Director, a stern Russian who talks dirty business while punishing ballerinas. Laurence Fishburne returns as the Bowery King, so the coolness of that Matrix connection continues. Asia Kate Dillon proves to be the film’s weak link as the Adjudicator, a representative of the High Table sent to set matters straight with the Continental, Wick and the Continental’s manager, Winston (an always growly Ian McShane). Dillon is dull as the Adjudicator, basically killing all the scenes where the character shows up. As for Parabellum’s place in the series, I’ll go ahead and call it the best in the franchise after the original. It’s got the largest scope, and Stahelski and Reeves continuously top themselves with each action feat and gun ballet. Stahelski is making a serious run at being one of cinema’s all-time best action directors. You really feel every shot, every hit and every fall in this movie. The action scenes have a major clarity to them, with crisp and concise editing that makes it very easy to follow the mayhem. It’s all insanely beautiful. This chapter, like those before it, ends with a big cliffhanger, so it’s a safe bet the story will continue. Like the character himself, this money train won’t be bleeding out anytime soon. Ω
John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum
The Marvel universe gets its most grandiose chapter with Avengers: Endgame, a fitting successor to last year’s Infinity War and a generous gift to those of us who like our movies with superheroes in them. When last we saw Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), he was a survivor of the dreaded Thanos (Josh Brolin) finger snap, a universe altering occurrence that took out half its living creatures and provided for that tear-jerking moment when Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and many others turned to dust. Endgame picks up where that action left off, with Stark floating in space and keeping a video journal of his inevitable demise having run out of food and water. Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are among the other survivors, dealing with the repercussions of so much death on Earth, just like Justin Theroux in The Leftovers. Oh, there are tons of questions this movie needs to answer in its three-hour-plus running time. Where’s Thanos? Where’s Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)? Is Tony permanently marooned in space? What’s been going on with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) during all of this Thanos hullabaloo? Is everybody really dead? Does Star Lord (Chris Pratt) still have his Walkman in the Great Beyond? Good news: the movie answers many of your questions and more thanks to another well-balanced screenplay and a crack directorial job from the team of Anthony and Joe Russo. When you leave Endgame, your belly will be happily full of cinematic satisfaction.
Mary Harron, director of American Psycho, helms this movie about real life psycho Charles Manson (Matt Smith) and three major female members of his “family,” those being Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Susan Atkins (Marianne Redding) and Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon). Harron and longtime screenwriting partner Guinevere Turner try to make an insightful look at the three women in their early prison life while using flashbacks to show a buildup to the crimes that got them there. The film makes the mistake of trying to portray the three women as brainwashed victims, with their every line delivery accompanied by that patented Manson Family smile. The film works fairly well when showing life on the ranch with Manson and the ways he manipulated those around him. It’s brief depiction of the murders is chilling. As for the prison scenes where the three women are going through a form of therapy, those scenes alternate between pretty good and very bad. Harron is a gifted director, and a full-fledged movie about Manson and his followers might’ve been something else from the likes of her. A semi-sympathetic depiction of his “family victims” leaves a slightly bad taste in the mouth. (Available for streaming and rental during a limited theatrical release.)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly 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.)
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.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu
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). 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.
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On a rare visit to downtown Sparks, the glowing sign of newly opened Golden Rotisserie beckoned with the promise of marinated, spit-roasted meat. It’s a counter service place with simple furnishings but plenty of room for a family meal. Despite having never visited the original Truckee location, I was immediately struck with déjà vu. The menu is eerily similar to that of muchlauded T’s Mesquite Rotisserie in Incline Village. When asked about that, the guy at the counter shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.” Fair enough. A large rotisserie dominates the small, open kitchen space, although it appears it’s only loaded up with beef tri-tip, chicken and pork shoulder in the morning, then “held hot” to be served as burritos, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and sandwiches. Or, you can order a quarter-pound or half-pound serving of meat with a choice of two sides, including cucumber salad, black beans, spanish rice, potato salad and coleslaw. Like I said, déjà vu all over again. The “daily special” trio of tacos al pastor ($7.50) was served in the traditional manner, a pair of small corn tortillas supporting a decent amount of meat, topped with plenty of fresh onion and cilantro. They were served with rice and beans, lime wedges and a two-ounce cup of salsa (choice of mild, medium or hot). The beans were a little soupy, but the slightly salty flavor was pretty good. The rice had plenty of lime and cilantro. Unfortunately, the telltale pineapple flavor of al pastor was completely absent, replaced by crunchy, charred bitterness that even a healthy dose of medium salsa couldn’t improve. I chose not to finish them.
My friend’s chile relleno burrito ($8.50) was full of black beans, rice, guacamole, lettuce and sour cream, with the stuffed mild pepper in the center. It was really tasty even before the addition of hot salsa, though strangely lacking in cheese. Further inspection showed a thin layer inside the pepper, so perhaps “stuffed” isn’t the word. Meat plates come with a choice of corn tortillas or a slab of bread grilled with plenty of butter and garlic. The bread was a nice addition to a halfpound order of tri-tip ($11.50) with potato salad and beans. The sweet salad could do with more seasoning and less dressing, but the beef? Oh, man—marinated in a mixture of honey, soy and lime, the large slices were tender, delicious and surprisingly moist. It would definitely make a great steak sandwich and was easily the high point of our visit. Although a half-pound plate of soy lime chicken ($9.50) may have been dynamite when it came off the spit, by dinner time it was a mushy, dry disappointment. The skin was still acceptably crispy, and the marinade flavor was pretty decent. Sure, the meat came easily off the bone, but the breast quarter was drier than a cheap, frozen turkey left too long in the oven. The attached wing was essentially inedible jerky. The dark meat quarter fared better, but only just. The sides of nicely seasoned coleslaw and marinated salad of cucumber, carrot and onion were pretty enjoyable. I’m tempted to see if the chicken is better at lunch, but I’d probably just give in to that drool-worthy tri-tip. Ω
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by OLiver Guinan
Of Lyle performed at the Laughing Planet Cafe on May 15.
Take your time Of Lyle “Patient” is not an adjective typically used when describing pop music. Designed to induce a musical sugarrush—upbeat, melody-dependent, two-minute tracks are assembled using the verse, bridge and chorus formula as means to an end. Yet, patience and its value are focal points of Jordan Caroompas’ songwriting. In his latest project, Of Lyle, the pianist re-imagines and explores pop music through a compositional lens. “I want these songs to feel like they’re composed,” Caroompas said of the band’s forthcoming debut album, Year of the False Flat. “I think pop songs don’t always feel composed. They somehow feel put together in some other way. Deconstructing what pop means is important to me currently.” Caroompas moved to Reno from Boston in 2016 to pursue a graduate degree in Jazz Piano. At the University of Nevada, Reno, he met Julien Knowles, Greg Lewis and André Sacalxot, who recently completed or are currently working toward similar degrees in music. All four are adept musicians and can easily navigate Caroompas’ demanding compositions. “There’s this thing about hard music, that if you can execute it, something happens,” Caroompas said. “I have these people who can play really crazy music, so I love giving them really hard music and trying to perform it effortlessly.” Lewis shares a background in jazz, and has played drums with numerous groups around Reno, including Redfield
Clipper, $pellB!NDER, The Peanuts Gang and math-rock duo Rob Ford Explorer. Year of the False Flat is slated for release this August and reflects on the time Caroompas spent in Boston, where he received an undergraduate degree in linguistics from Boston University. “Everything in my life at that time felt really surreal, and I felt out of control,” Caroompas explained. “A false flat is a biking term. It’s where you feel like you’re on a flat stretch of road, but you’re actually not. You’re actually going slightly uphill, but you can’t really tell. You feel super exhausted, and you don’t know why because you feel like you’re on flat ground. Looking back, that’s how those couple of years felt.” At a recent performance at the Laughing Planet near UNR, the four communicated comfortably, making complex transitions, breakdowns and chord changes appear nonchalant. The group’s elongated, thoughtful approach makes each piece feel more meaningful than if the same composition had been packed into a shorter sequence. Caroompas’ iconic Fender Rhodes piano is buttery, and when combined with Sacalxot’s tenor saxophone and Knowles’ trumpet, the overall tone sounds like a fresh spring breeze blowing in from a faraway place. “I love writing music that interlocks in difficult ways, but is also lyrical,” Caroompas said. “I really like things that take place over a long period of time and make you be patient. I tend to be into things where narrative isn’t the point.” Knowles is an assiduous trumpeter whose improvisational acumen, combined with Sacalxot’s tuneful saxophone, creates a texture that, while at times avant garde, sounds like a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone tastes. Caroompas’ crisp vocals anchor the group, and maintain a welcoming balance of technical complexity and musical accessibility. Ω
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10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029
Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Paul Sheffield, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Jeremy Hotz, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Ronnie Bullard, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Michael Calvin Jr., 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: There Goes The Neighborhood Comedy Tour, Thu, 8pm, $10$15; Michael Calvin Jr., Fri-Sat, 8:30pm, $15-$20
Deck Heads, 9pm, no cover
Gary Munson, 9pm, no cover
538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558
The Coast Ghosts, 9pm, no cover
Paul Covarelli & George Sauerbier, 6:30pm, no cover
Richard Blair, 6:30pm, no cover
Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover
VooDooDogz, 9pm, no cover
Live music, 9pm, no cover
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Open Mic Night, 7:30pm, M, no cover Sacred Star, Jessikill, Asylum Sideshow, 8pm, W, $10
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Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover
A Jungle Boogie: Sean Murray, Jimmy Dirt, Chuck Tyler, 9pm, no cover
432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431
239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590
Joaquin Fioresi EP release party, 2pm, no cover
Techno,Tacos, Tequila, 7pm, Tu, no cover Chelsea Grin, Slaughter To Prevail, Enterprise Earth, Traitors, 7pm, $18
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Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover
Asylum 2019 Pre-Party Part 3, 10pm, $10
255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400
275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917
Deck Heads, 9pm, no cover
CarGo ConCErt Hall
10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711
Birdwell Island, Chad Flores, Aaron Joseph Ryder, 8:30pm, $5
1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050
May 23, 7 p.m. Bar oF aMErICa Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626 71 S. Wells Ave. tHE BluEBIrD 555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549 384-1652
Hello Summer: Butterz, Roger That!, MR. Smeagss, 10pm, $TBA
214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689
5 Star Saloon
RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, Drag Queen Trivia & Show, 8pm, no cover
Viva Selena, Club Papi, 9:30pm, $5
Johnny Young, 7pm, Tu, no cover
3372 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-1988
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SadGirl, The Waterbeds, 8pm, $8-$10
Bloom Open Mic, 6pm, $5
Live music, 9pm, no cover
Saturday Night Karaoke, 9:30pm, no cover
140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500
180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, (775) 686-6737
Silk & Steel, 8pm, no cover
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THURSDAY 5/23 JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room
1) The Skints, Seedless 10DenC, 7pm, $15 2) Bridge City Sinners, 8pm, $8
1) Mike Sherm, 7:30pm, $20
LAUGHING PLANET CAFE
Jazz Jam Session Wednesdays, 7:30pm, W, no cover
LIVING THE GOOD LIFE NIGHTCLUB
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
Big Boi May 24, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090
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, M, Tu, W, $22-$47 Motown on Monday, 9pm, M, no cover
188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480
MIDTOwN wINE BAR
1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover
Musicole, 8:30pm, no cover
Nigel St. Hubbins, 8pm, no cover
Grupo Los Kiero, Sonido Rumberito, Sonido Cumbaley, 10pm, $25
Hermanos Rosario, 10pm, $30
Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover First Take, 6:30pm, W, no cover
PIGNIC PUB & PATIO
Krystal McMullen, 8pm, no cover
The Smokes, Tommy and the Tongues, 8pm, no cover
The Grimtones, Sit Kitty Sit, 8pm, no cover
DJ Trivia, M, 7:30pm, no cover
THE POLO LOUNGE
Cecil Charles, 8pm, no cover
DJ Bobby G, 8:30pm, no cover
Margret’s Funk Band, DJ Bobby G, 8:30pm, no cover
Karaoke Night, 8pm, M, no cover DG Kicks, 8pm, Tu, no cover
235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864
1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526
Thursday Night Acoustic Series, 6pm, no cover
715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774
211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090
Open Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover
Trivia Night hosted by Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover
Noisem, Call of the Void, Dissidence, Gravity Lord, 8pm, Tu, $5
Cherry Ladies Night with DJ Heidalicious, Splash Go-Go Squad, 10pm, $0-$5
340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681
VIRGINIA STREET BREwHOUSE
DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover Hoedown in Midtown, 8pm, no cover
761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451
May 25, 10 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333
Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, $22-$47
THE LOVING CUP
2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626
Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47
Spring Into Summer Luau, 11pm, $5, no cover in luau attire
Big Boi, 8pm, $49-$79
wHISkEy DICkS SALOON
Karaoke hosted by Tabitha, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover Dokken, 7pm, $25
Osmium, Stranger Than Fact, 9pm, no cover
2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425
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ATLANTIS CASINO reSOrT SPA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Ballroom 2) Cabaret
BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTeL
2100 Garson Rd., Verdi, (775) 345-6000 1) Events Center 2) Guitar Bar
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The Green May 25, 7:30 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 15 Highway 50 Stateline (800) 427-7247
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) TJ’s Corral 2) Cabaret
CIrCUS CIrCUS reNO
500 N. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711 1) El Jefe’s Cantina 2) Cabaret
2) Melissa Dru, 8pm, no cover
1) The Commodores, 8pm, $55 2) Melissa Dru, 4pm, no cover All In, 10pm, no cover
2) Melissa Dru, 4pm, no cover All In, 10pm, no cover
2) All In, 8pm, no cover
2) The Vegas Road Show, M, Tu, W, 8pm, no cover
2) Brother Dan, 6pm, no cover
2) The Starliters, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover
2) The Starliters, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover
2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover
2) Rat Pack Events, 6pm, M, no cover Gary Douglas, 6pm, Tu, no cover Jason King, 6pm, M, no cover
2) Whiskey Maiden, 7pm, no cover
1) Easton Corbin, 8pm, $39, $59 2) Whiskey Maiden, 8pm, no cover
2) Whiskey Maiden, 8pm, no cover
2) Whiskey Maiden, 6pm, no cover
2) Adam Donald, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
2) Halie O’Ryan Band, 9pm, no cover
1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 2) Halie O’Ryan Band, 9pm, no cover
1) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover 2) Halie O’Ryan Band, 9pm, no cover
2) DJ EthiK & Elzo, 10pm, no cover
2) Jelly Bread, 10pm, no cover
2) N8tron & DubFyah, 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
2) DJ Showtime, 10pm, $20 3) Andersen/Ackerson, 7pm, no cover
2) DJ Fuze, 10pm, $20 3) Andersen/Ackerson, 7pm, no cover
4) Infinity Sundays at The Pool Launch Party w/DJ Colleen Shannon, 11am, $20, no cover for locals before noon
1) Jeff Husbands, Maija DiGiorgio, 10pm, $20 2) DJ set, 7pm, no cover
1) Jeff Husbands, Maija DiGiorgio, 10pm, $20 2) DJ set, 7pm, no cover
CrySTAL BAy CASINO
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
GrAND SIerrA reSOrT
2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-2000 1) Grand Theatre 2) LEX 3) Crystal Lounge 4) Pool
HArD rOCK LAKe TAHOe
50 Highway 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625 1) Vinyl 2) Center Bar
HArrAH’S LAKe TAHOe HArrAH’S reNO
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
NUGGeT CASINO reSOrT
1) Hollywood Stones, 8pm, $15-$25
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
SILVer LeGACy reSOrT CASINO
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) The Green, 7:30pm, $22-$28
15 Highway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 1) South Shore Room 2) Casino Center Stage
1) The Illusionists Experience, 7pm, Tu, 7:30pm, W, $39.95
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 7pm, no cover
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20
1) Reno Jazz Syndicate, 8pm, no cover 2) Dynamix, 10pm, $20
1) Tristan Selzler, 6pm, no cover
2) DJ R3volver, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover
2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 3) Fastlane, 9pm, no cover
2) The Wiz Kid, 9pm, no cover 3) Fastlane, 9pm, no cover
1) Arnel Pineda, 8pm, $62-$99 3) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover
1) Tristan Selzler, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover
FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 23, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. JULIA CORBETT READING AND SIGNING: Join Sundance Books and Music for an evening with Julia Corbett, author of Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday. Thu, 5/23, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, (775) 786-1188.
LEO THE LION CONSTELLATION: Take a closer look at the “gems” on this dominant May constellation with astrologist Mike Hubbard. Sat, 5/25, 7:30pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4648.
THE LITTLE BIG MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL AND SKILLS CLINICS: The seventh annual
CUISINE, CORKS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
The festival includes celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, art exhibits, craft vendors, live entertainment and a Wine and Spirits Walk. On Saturday, May 25, festival pass holders can watch Nothing To It Culinary School’s Lara Ritchie present “Small Bites, Big Taste” at 5 p.m., followed by TV personality, restaurateur and author Chef Fabio Viviani presenting “Pasta Perfecto!” at 6 p m. On Sunday, May 26, festival pass holders can watch the Battle Born Best Chef Competition featuring local chefs competing in a Chopped-style event hosted by celebrity chef Clint Jolly, followed by Sunday Brunch with drinks. The Wine & Spirits Walk with themed food and beverage tasting booths is included in the pass on both days. The festival opens at 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Nugget Grand Ballroom at the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks. Festival passes are $45-$80. All visitors can enjoy a free culinary expo with cooking demonstrations, entertainment and dozens of vendor and craft booths on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com.
CASINO FANDANGO ROCKIN’ RIB FEST: A family-friendly festival featuring a rib cook off, a beverage garden, live music and arts and crafts. Fri, 5/24-Mon, 5/27, 10am. Free admission. Casino Fandango, 3899 Carson St., Carson City, (775) 8857000, www.casinofandango.com.
A NIGHT OF POETRY WITH EDMUND BERRIGAN AND JOHN COLETTI: Enjoy a night of poetry with City Lights-published poets Edmund Berrigan and John Coletti. Fri, 5/24, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.
A TRIBUTE TO HEROES CONCERT: This
COMPASS OF THE EPHEMERAL—AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF BLACK ROCK CITY: Will Roger’s newest book, which includes a substantial collection of his aerial photos chronicling the ever-changing cityscape and transformation of the temporary Black Rock City during the annual Burning Man event. This program will feature a panel discussion with Will Roger, Crimson Rose and William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. Book signing to follow. Thu, 5/23, 6pm. $5-$12. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.
fundraising event includes dinner and performances by country artist Lacy J. Dalton and Lady an the Tramps. Sun, 5/26, 6pm. $60. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433.
BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY: Music meets the mob in this bio-doc about the short life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer you never heard of. Narrated by Steven Van Zandt. Sun, 5/26, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., artemisiamovies.weebly.com.
FORIVER BIRD WALK: Join Truckee River
Water Council members for a short hike within the Truckee River Watershed to explore native bird species. Bring your own binoculars. RSVP at dmonroe@ truckeeriverwc.org. Fri, 5/24, 7am. Free. Martis Creek Wildlife Area, Highway 267, Truckee, www.truckeeriverwc.org.
festival features a women’s clinic followed by a kids’ group clinic. Following the clinics, riders will line up at the start gates for dual slalom and dual pump track races. Additionally there will be jump jam competitions for all skills and the first ever Freeride Mountain Bikesanctioned Jump Jam for women. All proceeds from the festival go directly back into the Truckee Bike Park and directly support the final phase of construction at the park consisting of three slopestyle lines. Sat, 5/25, 7:30am; Sun, 5/26, 8am. $20-$199 for clinics and race entry. Truckee Bike Park 12200 Joerger Drive, Truckee, www.truckeebikepark.org/thelittlebig.
MADE IN TAHOE FESTIVAL: The Village at Squaw Valley will host a wide array of offerings made by local artisans, businesses, culinarians, organizations and entertainers or inspired by the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas.
Sat, 5/25, 11am-7pm; Sun, 5/26, 11am5pm. Free admission. Squaw Valley
Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
MR. TESTOSTERONE ROLLER DERBY CLINIC: Join the Carson Victory Rollers for a roller derby clinic as they host derby star Mr. Testosterone. There will be 40 skater spots available for $50 and 20 spectator passes for $15. First come, first served. The clinic is open to all skaters who have passed minimum skills testing. Sat, 5/25, noon-4pm. $15-$50. Carson City Community Center, 850 E. William St., Carson City, www.facebook. com/CarsonVictoryRollers.
THE MUSIC OF RENO—A CONVERSATION WITH PATRICIA CRANE AND JUDITH SIMPSON: Music experts Patricia Crane, author of Casino Sidemen, and Judith Simpson, author of Fifty Years of the Reno Philharmonic, will sit down for a conversation about the varied history of Reno’s music scene. Wed, 5/29, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.
ONE TRUCKEE RIVER MONTH FAMILY KITE FLY: Make kites and fly them in celebration of One Truckee River Month. Sun, 5/26, 2pm. Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Ave., www.facebook.com/onetruckeeriver.
OXBOW AFTER DARK: Learn about Oxbow’s most elusive critters, then go on a twilight trail walk through the park searching for these creatures of the night. Thu, 5/23, 7pm. Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Ave., www.facebook.com/ onetruckeeriver.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays the Las Vegas Aviators. Sat,
5/25-Sun, 5/25, 6:35pm; Mon, 5/27, 1:05pm; Tue, 5/28, 6:35pm. $13-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 3347000, www.milb.com/reno.
RENO COIN CLUB MEETING: Jeff Shevlin will present his new book on the West Coast Exposition medals. The eight expositions from 1894 to 1962 produced a wide variety of silver dollar-size coins that are very collectible. The new coins of 2019 will also be on display. Tue, 5/28, 7pm. Free. Denny’s, 205 Nugget Ave., Sparks, (775) 815-8625.
RENO STREET FOOD—FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: The annual food truck event features over 30 rotating gourmet food, craft desserts, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Enjoy live music, free parking, a large playground for the kids and train rides at Idlewild Park every Friday night through Sept. 27. Fri, 5/24, 4-9pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, www.facebook.com/RenoStreetFood.
TRUCKEE HOME & BUILDING SHOW: Find information on home automation, tiny homes, landscaping for high altitude, bear deterrents, energyefficient solutions and green living and sustainable practices. Experts will be on hand to answer home repair and home décor questions. There will be exhibits on windows, doors, cabinetry, gutters and more. Sat, 5/25-Sun, 5/26, 10am-5pm. $10. Truckee High School, Donner Pass Road, Truckee, truckeehomeshow.com.
U.S. HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT—PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: UC Davis professor and former NASA astronaut Stephen Robinson explores the history of manned spaceflight, the challenges facing space exploration today, and what’s on the horizon for the future. Thu, 5/23, 5:30pm. $5-$10. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events.
THE WESTSIDE SLUGGER—JOE NEAL’S LIFELONG FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Join journalist and author John L. Smith as he discusses civil rights and political icon, Nevada State Senator Joe Neal, the first African American to serve in the Nevada State Senate. There will be a book signing following the presentation. Thu, 5/23, 6:30pm. $8, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810; Sat, 5/25, 2pm. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4648.
OnsTAGE ANDREW SULLIVAN: The singer-songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas, draws inspiration from country and pop artists like George Strait, Ben Rector and Jason Isbell. Fri, 5/24, 7:30pm. $20. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., mountainmusicparlor.com; Sat, 5/25, 7pm. $10-$15. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
FOR LOVE OF A COMSTOCK GIRL—DINNER & SHOW: Piper’s Opera House Players 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, 5/24, 5:30pm. $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.
THE FOREIGNER: Reno Little Theater presents Larry Shue’s two-act comedy. Fri, 5/24, 7:30pm; Sat, 5/25, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun, 5/26, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
I’M SPIRITUAL AND ALL I HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT IS THIS AWARD: Christopher Daniels shares in his new one-man show, his journey to find what it means to be spiritual in the 21st century. Thu, 5/23, 7:30pm. $15-$20. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.
INTO THE WOODS: InnerRhythms Dance 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, 5/24, 7:30pm; Sat, 5/25, 2pm & 7:30pm. $10-$15. Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 550-8464, www. innerrhythms.org.
MAN AND MACHINE: Reno Pops presents its family-friendly concert featuring Tom Stryker on harmonica and vocalists Jennifer Probst Hilderbrand, Steven Meyer and Amy Willoughby. Fri, 5/24, 7pm. Free. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 673-1234, www.renopops.org.
THE PEANUTS GANG: This trio of musicians specializes in the authentic recreation of rare music not widely performed in the global jazz community. Sun, 5/26, 7pm. $5-$50. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER: TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Mark Twain’s classic. Fri, 5/24, 7pm; Sat, 5/25, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 5/26, 3pm. $12-$15. Theatre Works of Northern Nevada, 315 Spokane St., (775) 284-0789, twnn.org.
THE WEST COAST SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE: The Canvas Cafe has teamed up with Caitlin Jemma Music to bring a showcase of talented and original songwriters to the historical Piper’s Opera House. Wed, 5/29, 6pm. $15. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433.
by AMY ALKON
Having it tall I’m a 6’2” woman. What’s the ideal way for me to respond when people—almost always men and total strangers—ask, out of the blue, “How does a woman your height find boyfriends?” I’d opt for the macabre approach, delivered totally deadpan: “Actually, I stretch short men on a rack in my basement. You can sometimes hear the screams from the side yard.” Responding with shocking humor—in an uber-cool tone—gives you the upper hand, in a way an enraged response to their rudeness would not. And yes, people who say this to you are rude—assuming you don’t go around wearing a sign that reads “Hey, strangers, ask me anything! Nothing’s too impolite or too personal!” Of course, when people overstep, it’s natural to get angry—to go loud and ugly in calling them on their rudeness. However, that sort of directness—explicitly telling them that they’ve wronged you—is probably counterproductive. Social psychologist Elliot Aronson finds that people are highly prone to “self-justification”—the ego-defending denial that they’ve behaved badly. Making matters worse, our fight-or-flight system reflexively reacts to verbal attacks in the same adrenalized way it does to physical attacks. So, angry directness from you is likely to provoke a rudester into amping up the ugly—turning around and deeming you rude, wrong and “Wow ... testy!” for your response. Ultimately, using humor as I suggested—an over-the-top statement, delivered flatly—allows you to restructure the power balance, shifting yourself out of the victim position. You’re clearly informing the person they’ve crossed a line, with minimal aggression on your part. This is important because, as a tall girl, your energy is best put to more productive ends—folding yourself up like origami to fly in coach and fighting the Statue of Liberty for the extremely tall guys of Tinder.
Meek my day! My style is basically grunge rocker girl: ancient jeans, a vintage rock T-shirt and bedhead. I need photos of myself, so late Saturday afternoon, I did a photo shoot with a professional stylist, makeup artist and photographer. Long story short, I despise all the photos. They dressed me in “nice lady” clothes I hated and put too much makeup on me, including lipstick, which I never wear. I’m normally pretty assertive, so I don’t understand why I didn’t speak up for myself. It’s especially bummerific when you could have spoken up but instead just went along like a lap dog in a bee outfit. But the reality is, your ability to assert yourself—which comes out of a set of cognitive processes called “executive functions”—can get a little beaten down. Executive functions are basically the chief operating officer of you—the cerebral department of getting stuff done, through planning, prioritizing, holding sets of facts in mind and making choices. And then there’s the executive function that crapped out on you: “inhibitory control,” which, as cognitive neuroscientist Adele Diamond explains, allows you to direct your “attention, behavior, thoughts and/or emotions.” This, in turn, empowers you to do what you know you should. Our mental energy to keep our executive functions powered up gets eroded by stress, fatigue, hunger and even seemingly minor mental chores. Basically, as the day draws on and you put weight on your executive functions, you wear out their ability to be there for you. So, what can you do to avoid repeating this experience? Try to schedule tiring, emotionally taxing projects earlier in the day. It also helps to figure out ahead of time where your boundaries lie—stylistic or otherwise. Then, when somebody does something you’re not comfortable with, you’ve pre-identified it as a no-no, which makes it easier for you to stand up for yourself— calmly and firmly. Ω
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Many 18th-century pirates
were committed to democracy and equality among their ranks. The camaraderie and fairness and mutual respect that prevailed on pirate ships were markedly different from the oppressive conditions faced by sailors who worked for the navies of sovereign nations. The latter were often pressed into service against their will and had to struggle to collect meager salaries. Tyrannical captains controlled all phases of their lives. I bring this to your attention, Leo, with the hope that it will inspire you to seek out alternative approaches to rigid and hierarchical systems. Gravitate toward generous organizations that offer you ample freedom and rich alliances. The time is right to ally yourself with emancipatory influences.
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fate to decide which decisions you should make and what directions you should go. Formulate those decisions yourself, with your willpower fully engaged. Never say, “If it’s meant to be, it will happen.” Rather, resolve to create the outcomes you strongly desire to happen. Do you understand how important this is? You shouldn’t allow anyone else to frame your important questions and define the nature of your problems; you’ve got to do the framing and defining yourself. One more thing: Don’t fantasize about the arrival of the “perfect moment.” The perfect moment is whenever you decree it is.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the coming weeks, I
hope you’ll regularly give yourself to generous, expansive experiences. I hope you’ll think big, funny thoughts and feel spacious, experimental
emotions. I hope you’ll get luxurious glimpses of the promise your future holds, and I hope you’ll visualize yourself embarking on adventures and projects you’ve been too timid or worried to consider before now. For best results, be eager to utter the word “MORE!” as you meditate on the French phrase “joie de vivre” and the phrase “a delight in being alive.”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to Popular
Mechanics magazine, over 3 million sunken ships are lying on the bottoms of the world’s oceans. Some of them contain billions of dollars’ worth of precious metals and jewels. Others are crammed with artifacts that would be of great value to historians and archaeologists. And here’s a crazy fact: Fewer than 1% of all those potential treasures have been investigated by divers. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because I hope it might inspire you to explore your inner world’s equivalent of lost or unknown riches. The astrological omens suggest that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to go searching for them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Some days you need god’s grace,” writes poet Scherezade Siobhan. “On other days: the feral tongue of vintage whiskey and a mouth kissed by fire.” I’m guessing, Sagittarius, that these days you might be inclined to prefer the feral tongue of vintage whiskey and a mouth kissed by fire. But according to my astrological analysis, those flashy phenomena would not motivate you to take the corrective and adaptive measures you actually need. The grace of God—or whatever passes for the grace of God in your world—is the influence that will best help you accomplish what’s necessary. Fortunately, I suspect you know how to call on and make full use of that grace.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn poet William
Stafford articulated some advice that I think you need to hear right now. Please hold it close to your awareness for the next 21 days. “Saying things you do not have to say weakens your talk,” he wrote. “Hearing things you do not need to hear dulls your hearing.” By practicing those protective measures, Capricorn, you will foster and safeguard your mental health. Now here’s another gift from Stafford: “Things you know before you hear them—those are you, those are why you are in the world.”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Love is an immoderate
thing / And can never be content,” declared poet W. B. Yeats. To provide you with an accurate horoscope, I’ll have to argue with that idea a bit. From what I can determine, love will indeed be immoderate in your vicinity during the coming weeks. On the other hand, it’s likely to bring you a high degree of contentment—as long as you’re willing to play along with its immoderateness. Here’s another fun prediction: I suspect that love’s immoderateness, even as it brings you satisfaction, will also inspire you to ask for more from love and expand your capacity for love. And that could lead to even further immoderate and interesting experiments.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will know you are in
sweet alignment with cosmic forces if you have an impulse to try a rash adventure, but decide instead to work on fixing a misunderstanding with an ally. You can be sure you’re acting in accordance with your true intuition if you feel an itch to break stuff, but instead channel your fierce energy into improving conditions at your job. You will be in tune with your soul’s code if you start fantasizing about quitting what you’ve been working on so hard, but instead sit down and give yourself a pep talk to reinvigorate your devotion and commitment.
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we got to where we are. Because as long as it took for us to get to where we are, it could be changed instantly.
Paco Lachoy is the editor and publisher of The Reno Gay Page, a longrunning newspaper covering the LGBTQ community in Northern Nevada. It’s now published exclusively online at therenogaypage.wordpress.com. Lachoy is also involved with organizing events for LGBTQ seniors, like one held on May 23 starting at noon at Our Center, 1745 S. Wells Ave.
Tell me about the Reno Gay Page.
Let’s start with the event on Thursday, which is called Aging with Pride. Is that right? Well, that’s the name of the program. The event on Thursday is actually Older LGBTQA Nevadans Day. It’s part of Older Americans month. The event itself is to kick off our Aging with Pride program, which is programs for seniors at Our Center, which is the local LGBTQ community center. And one of the reasons that we’re starting this program is because LGBTQ seniors are seven times more likely to be alone, and Reno City Council’s directive to the Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee is that they want seniors to be social and active. … One of the problems that we know exists is that, in the general senior population, the hate still exists just because of the nature of our ages. They haven’t assimilated the gay senior population into their population like the Millennials and the Gen Xers have. We want to create a place where all seniors are welcome regardless of if they’re gay
or not. We know that by telling our stories and people getting to know us that we win hearts and change minds, and there’s acceptance. … We’re going to have our S5 luncheon. It’s called S5 because it stands for seniors, sandwiches, soups, salads and socialization. … We’re going to have one once a month, always on the fourth Thursday of the month from noon until 1:30. … And we’ll have a senior dance at Our Center, also. Everybody is invited, but it’s basically a senior dance, so there will be music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. We’re also going to have a rainbow pancake breakfast. The purpose of the breakfast is so … the seniors can share their stories with the younger generation. Because, with it being the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall this year, a lot of seniors have been through that turmoil of what times were like back then. The younger people have no idea what it was like. We want them to know our history and how
It’s the 26th year. I started it in 1993. … But the Reno Gay Page was started because there wasn’t one in town. … Anne Pershing—she ran the paper in Fallon for a long time and then went to work for the Reno Gazette Journal. She’s passed, but she was the only place where I could get the paper printed when it started in October of 1993. And I had to take it out to them and then leave it overnight and then get it printed. And then go back and get it the next day. Well, 60 miles in Nevada is nothing, you know. That was fine. But when I went to pick up the paper ... I went into her office, we sat down, she had a copy of the paper, and she was going through, and she said, “It’s a newspaper! It’s a real newspaper!” And to me that was puzzling because that was what it was supposed to be.
What’s new around the community? AJR2 is supposed to be on the senate floor today, up for a vote—I haven’t watched yet, so I don’t know if it got bumped again—which is the one that will change the definition of marriage in the constitution and make it that the state recognizes all gender marriages, no matter who you happen to be. To me, that’s the most important piece of legislation in the session this year. If it passes the senate today, then it will go to a vote of the people in 2020. And that’s going to be a lot of work. Ω
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Wedding bell joys A rather brilliant fellow named Rick Wilson used to be a fairly powerful Republican strategist and political consultant. Then, the Republicans morphed into these slimy slithering invertebrate ReTrumplicans, much to Wilson’s horror. As a result, in the last four years, Rick has become a delicious and steady critic of Mr. Mendacious, and, indeed, his book with the prophetic title of Everything Trump Touches Dies became a national best seller. As time goes on, and the gooey horror of the LSOSOTUS (Lying Sack of Shit of the U.S.) gets more and more encaked in the treads of our national Nikes, Wilson’s book title accumulates more and more cred. Recent casualites include one Tiger Woods, who showed up at the White House to get Trump’s “Brown Person I Actually Sorta Like Because He Golfs Good” award. Well, Tiger showed up, shot the shit
with Prez Capone, got his little trinket, and then promptly showed up at the PGA tournament and missed the freakin’ cut. Buh bye, Tiger, and ETTD, dude. Now apparently well on their way to their own professional humiliations are Trump lawyers Jay Sekolow and Abbe Lowell, who have both now been named by Michael Cohen as guys who instructed him to lie to Congress in order to protect their clients Dum Dum and Ivanka. Hey, Jay and Abbe, we’ve got a booth reserved for ya in the ETTD Lounge! • So I just spent a delightful weekend in Palm Springs, giving my lovely daughter away to her super nice man, and I just want you to know that my toast to Catie and Kevin was completely Trump-free! Not a peep about the Putz-In-Chief! Yay, Dad! Hey, I felt the vibe. I grokked the room. It was obvious that to
make any mention whatsoever of the current political reality in D.C. would be a massive and totally unnecessary bringdown. Talk about beating a dead damn horse. One of the things I did mention in my schtick was the basic formula for a truly successful wedding reception, that the quality of the affair is directly proportional to the amount of crazy shit that takes place on the dance floor. And god bless him, the D.J. in charge of the tunes knew how to bring the hotfootin’ heat. Once he recognized that the liquor was taking hold (as all good D.J.s must do), he unleashed a flurry of funky stuff that had even the Old Farts shufflin’, shakin’ and quakin’. If Catie wanted to see Mom and Dad do the Cosmic Slop, she got a serious dose that may just leave her traumatized for quite some time. Ω