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Nom nom Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. On Monday, June 10, Nom Eats, the perennial winner of the “best food truck” category in this newspaper’s Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll, posted heartbreaking images on social media. The truck had caught fire, and the damage is extensive. At the very least, the business will be out of commission for the summer, the busy season for food trucks. I’m a big fan. The grub appeals equally to healthconscious vegans looking for a postyoga snack and to late-night revelers looking for something to soak up the booze. My kids love it, too. We’ve often convinced them to go to art openings and other events with the promise “Nom Eats will be there!” I was especially unhappy about the damage because on Sunday Nom Eats had been at a little benefit concert I helped organize for my wonderful partner, Margot, who has been fighting cancer. It was a nice event, and we were really feeling the love from our friends, family and community. I’d hate to think it would be the truck’s last outing. But, by Tuesday morning, the truck had launched a GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/nom-eatsa-little-too-hot-in-the-kitchen), and, in about two hours, had already met its fundraising goal of $10,000, which is great. Margot, meanwhile, spent most of Monday afternoon arguing with our insurance company, which was refusing to pay for a procedure scheduled for Tuesday morning, and which she’d already delayed for weeks because of their policies. She had to get up at 6 a.m. to get them back on the phone and finally get the insurance approval. Losing sleep—not to mention spending hours on the phone with insurance lackeys—doesn’t help any patient recover. This system is broken. As Margot said to me, the health care system is “set up to let the sick fail, either financially or terminally.”

—Brad Bynum bradb@newsreview.com

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When the president is a cartoon character Re “Favorite fictional character?” (Streetalk, May 9): Your recent man-on-the-street survey further convinced me that at least half our population lives in a fantasy world. Half the respondents offered a cartoon character as their favorite, not Melville’s Captain Ahab, nor Clancy’s hero, Jack Ryan. Fictional characters, but at least “real” people, who could make a philosophical discussion. It’s often mentioned that few of our younger generation comprehends socialism in its true form. Why would they? As a farm kid, we raised and sold livestock, and even high tech jobs like selling eggs. Typically, the only cash coming in to us was on birthdays or Christmas. Pop bottles brought about three cents. In other words, no work no pay. Economics 101, to any one living in the real world. We have two near-adult generations now, having lived their whole lives, never having worked for cash. Their single mother somehow has credit someplace, though junior only sees a plastic card. She has enough for smokes, but not enough for milk and eggs. They see brown people with cash, doing the yard work that their grandparents reminisce about, but never make the connection of where said cash comes from. Not sure what your movie guy is going to discuss after Trump’s second term is finished. One can only discuss the philosophy of Batman, or Godzilla, so many times. Would the Road Runner whip Bugs Bunny in a fight? Ron Ryder Fallon

Kitty Jung I have only had positive experiences with Kitty Jung. She has always been friendly and helpful when I have sought her assistance. In fact, I long ago gave up on trying to get Bob Lucey to act on our citizens’ behalf. So now, if I need help with county issues, I call Kitty Jung or Vaughn Hartung. Jessica Santina, Todd South, Luka Starmer, Bruce Van Dyke, Ashley Warren, Allison Young Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Brad Bynum Associate Editor Jeri Chadwell News Editor Dennis Myers Special Projects Editor Matt Bieker Calendar Editor Kelley Lang Contributors Amy Alkon, Kris Vagner, Bob Grimm, Andrea Heerdt, Holly Hutchings, Shelia Leslie, Josie Glassberg, Eric Marks,

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This investigation of Mrs. Jung repeatedly uses the phrase, “preponderance of evidence,” when it appears the entire investigation is based on the statements of two people who appear to be predisposed to be hostile to Kitty Jung. The statements of the supposed witnesses are identical. That almost never happens when one does this sort of investigation and it makes me suspect that the responses were rehearsed. In my opinion, nothing that Kitty Jung said should be considered actionable for these reasons: 1. Kitty Jung is an elected official and answerable to the voters, not the administrators at the county government. I do not see that the HR department has any authority to direct a commissioner to submit to political correctness re-education training, or anything else. 2. Kitty Jung and her fellow elected officials do not forfeit their right to free speech upon their election. She has the right to describe people in any words that she sees fit to use, even when some may be offended by her choice of words. Tyler Ballance Reno

People obey us? Re “Skip Sparks” (news, May 30): Your recent article on construction in Sparks has angered me. Why headline it “Skip Sparks”? Yes, it is a challenging situation coming down here. We merchants are struggling to accommodate our customers with the parking situation with no help from the Nugget or City of Sparks. We are open for business and definitely do not want people to “skip Sparks.” Let’s encourage them to come down, not drive them away. Reno midtown businesses had lots of support from the City of Reno with their construction. We have been in business for 22 years in this same location and plan on being here another 22-plus years, regardless of the changes around us. We love out city and would never ask people to skip it. Thumbs down, RN&R. Heidi Quadrio Sparks Distribution Director Greg Erwin Distribution Manager Bob Christensen Distribution Drivers Alex Barskyy, Corey Sigafoos, Gary White, Joe Wilson, Marty Troye, Timothy Fisher, Vicki Jewell, Olga Barska, Rosie Martinez, Adam Martinez, Duane Johnson President/CEO Jeff VonKaenel Director of Nuts & Bolts Deborah Redmond Director of People & Culture David Stogner Director of Dollars & Sense Debbie Mantoan Nuts & Bolts Ninja Norma Huerta Payroll/AP Wizard Miranda Hansen Sweetdeals Coordinator Trish Marche Developer John Bisignano

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Reno rents Re “At this rate” (news, May 9): So instead of being happy that she was paying below market rent for years, Nobel gets all huffy that her rent is being raised to market rate!?! Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie! Richard Royal Sparks Editor’s note: Our story did not report that Brooke Noble’s rent had been below market. We reported such a claim made by the attorneys for the landlords. It has not been confirmed.

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By matt bieker

Best Father’s Day gift? askeD at the eDDy, 16 s. sierra st. Faith DelFin Student

Father’s Day is always hard for me to choose. It’s way easier for me to shop for Mother’s Day. Anything beer-related? I feel like that’s the typical Father’s Day thing. Maybe concert tickets to, like, his favorite band. I’d go with concert tickets.

Dirk CalDwell Military servicemember

Just being present, acknowledging it. We never really do anything for my dad on Father’s Day—or my mom. My mom is notorious for returning gifts, so phone calls, lunches and dinners, and they’re happy with that. Just having their sons around.

DaviD rogers Retiree

Our little yellow pals At times, some little item draws our attention away from the mess the United States has become and lets us remember that there are lives out there to care about—our families, friends, pets, bristlecone pines, sagehen. Last week, the interview by our Matt Bieker with the fellow, Duke Renslow, who tends the beehives in the cornices of the Washoe County Courthouse (“Accidental beekeeper,” June 6) reminded us not just of Renslow’s interesting work, but of the fact that the courthouse bees are not removed. They are allowed by officialdom to thrive. We’ve had some experience with hives. In April 2007, in the offices we leased on Center Street for 18 years, a swarm of bees formed a huge hive on the outdoor surface of the window pane of our general manager’s office. They made us pay closer attention to some of those reports about bees dying out, and thus served a good journalism purpose. The courthouse bees have been with us a long time. In April 1957, they got adventurous, and apiarist—there’s actually a title for beekeepers—Walter Bridgeman was called because a bee colony abandoned its cornice hive to settle on a bus bench out front with an ad for the Park Wedding Chapel painted on it. Traffic at that bus stop declined sharply. Bridgeman used smoke to sedate the bees and coax them into a wooden hive. What an amazing, nonviolent skill. Besides honey and stings, bees give us folklore, like “busy as a bee.” Of course, we don’t know that they are busy. They may very well be lazy. But when a creature is born with only one speed—fast—then style overcomes substance, and its reputation as a workaholic is made.

Which, as it happens, is genuine, because there are also bee mythologies. Cosmetics marketer Mary Kay Ash once said, to motivate her sales people, “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying, anyway.” The same is often said of hummingbirds, and, of course, it is not true of either species. It’s interesting to ponder the lofty conceit that goes into the notion that if humans cannot understand something, that makes it impossible. The flight of bees is aerodynamically possible because they do it. The explanation of how they do it was what was unknown. And now, even that is known. For the record, and to stamp out this myth at least among our readers, here is the explanation of a team of scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: “Our analysis of honeybee aerodynamics reveals how the rapid low-amplitude wing motion of bees is sufficient to maintain the weight of the animal. Furthermore, honeybees exhibit considerable ability to generate excess aerodynamic power, which they accomplish by raising stroke amplitude while maintaining constant frequency. This ability may be related to requirements of social insects to carry loads related to foraging, undertaking and brood transport.” It may not be lyrical, but it is factual. For something more lyrical, we turn to St. Francis de Sales: “The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.” There’s an example for humans. Ω

As a father, and since I have children and grandchildren, the perfect Father’s Day for me is doing something outside, preferably, having a nice little outside adventure with my kids and grandkids. There’s a lot of nice things to do as a family

Dior MaCk Paramedic

For my dad, I would say a Macy’s gift card. He has a thousand of the same T-shirts he likes to wear, the same socks, and it’s like, as long as he has that, he’s happy. He doesn’t care about electronics and devices and stuff like that. It’s just those T-shirts, and he’ll be happy.

sonia galvan Student

Spending time with him. That’s something you can’t get back, and you should be cherishing every moment. Whatever gift you buy, it’s not going to amount to the amount of time you spend with him.

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Feeding body and soul As a nutritionist in a Center for Malnourished Children, my Peace Corps project featured a community garden with twin goals of providing more vegetables for the Center and motivational education on growing vegetables to people who relied mostly on rice and beans to feed their families. But in those years just after Hurricane David, electricity and water were luxuries in my small town, where every time the lights went out, which was often, people would remark in a fatalistic tone of voice, “se fue la luz”—the light has gone—as if electricity had taken a holiday. We hoped the water we had stockpiled would be enough to meet our needs until we heard our neighbors chant “vino la luz”—the light has returned—and the municipal pump worked again. The community garden was a tough sell in the desert, where it was difficult to grow much of anything that didn’t get eaten by the goats that wandered around town, regarding a fence as an interesting obstacle between them and dinner. The

day I weeded a tarantula hiding among the radishes was the day I gave up on the garden. No one but me wanted to eat them anyway. A much more ambitious and wellplanned project to generate local produce while teaching people how to grow food for themselves is emerging in Reno, undertaken by a new non-profit organization, Soulful Seeds. The project is headed by a remarkable leader, Earstin Whitten, who grew up in Arkansas picking cotton in a sharecropper family with 14 siblings, their meagre wages supplemented by their family garden. Reno is lucky he retired here after 30 years in the insurance industry. Whitten always had a passion for teaching people how to grow food for their families. A spinning instructor at St. Mary’s Fitness Center, he heard about a small piece of land the hospital owned nearby dedicated to a community garden which lacked volunteers. His wife and co-founder of Soulful Seeds, Dee Schafer-Whitten, agreed

to spend a year between jobs to file the paperwork to become a non-profit agency and get the organization started. Soulful Seeds partners with many local groups to deliver healthy food to hungry people through a “Share the Harvest” program. A focus on neighborhood gardens helps residents develop their own plots and grow food close to the people who need it, while teaching them to sustainably grow, harvest, and cook healthy food, in partnership with the Great Basin Food Co-op, whose members teach classes in cooking one-pot meals. Workforce development activities are planned to provide job opportunities through culinary based nonprofit businesses, such as a farmers market stand and a spice company. Soulful Seeds is developing projects to incorporate low-income and homeless volunteers with Northern Nevada HOPES and Washoe County Human Services Agency. They’re negotiating for two to three acres on the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services campus to cultivate row

crops, build green houses and raised planters and make their own compost. This grassroots effort led by passionate residents needs donations of time and resources. They’ll even supply the seeds and training if you want to contribute food from your own home garden. Schafer-Whitten was emotional when asked what motivated her to work for free for a year to launch Soulful Seeds. She said it’s worth it “when I go to parks and deliver fresh food to the homeless population and they are so grateful, when I look at the affordable housing issues in this community—people who are pushed out of their homes—who still need to eat.” These inspirational Nevadans prove you don’t have to travel around the world to contribute your time and talent; those opportunities are right in your own backyard. Ω

For more information go to www.Soulful-Seeds.com

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by Dennis Myers

Saving Speech In its long history, the University of Nevada, Reno, has never given instruction in the local language. But that is changing. Northern Paiute is now a listed language in the language department. “For years I was asking, ‘What do I need to do to get this class started?’ … Every time enrollment came around, I would ask,” said Christina Thomas, who grew up on the Pyramid Lake Reservation. She never really encountered objections at UNR and, in fact, found considerable support, but it takes time to mount a new course of study. Now that she has succeeded after four years of effort, Thomas won’t be at UNR to take the class herself. She has just graduated and is going away to graduate school. “I’m proficient, but I’m not fluent,” she said. The course will be taught by a tribal elder. There has been some interest from people in other states who asked if the instruction can be taken online. During a special census of the Pyramid Lake Reservation in 1997, within that single community there were found to be 60-plus fluent speakers of Northern Paiute, and, at the time, it was predicted that—given the age of the speakers—in 20 years the language would be extinct. Among all Paiutes, the pictures is similar. “In 2008, there was a study that was conducted, and, in that time, there was estimated less than 700 fluent speakers—and those people were over the age of 65,” Thomas said. “And that was in 2008, so I would estimate that there is probably less than half of that. In our area, we’re getting down into the very few numbers of people that can speak fluently. Because they are over the age of 65, a lot of these people are elders and they’re passing. And we’re still trying to get our language, as best we can, written down because it was orally handed down, so we don’t have a ton of materials. So that’s why we’re kind of in the predicament that we’re in, trying to create and record elders as best we can because they’re passing away before we can get everything documented.” For a language that once had no written form, there may now be an embarrassment of riches. Long established Wycliffe Bible Translators, which produced a Northern Paiute New Testament, Te Naa Besa Unnepu developed a written Northern Paiute form that is used in a Reno Sparks Indian Colony language program, a great asset at the time it was created. But the Wycliffe system tends to conflict in its vowels with a system used in the Northern Paiute–Bannock Dictionary compiled by three University of Nevada, Reno scholars and published by the University of Utah. Further, Thomas believes the International Phonetic Alphabet would be preferable, because its form makes clear how a language is spoken. “We need to pull away from [other systems] and … learn to write IPA because that will always make the same sound no matter,” she said. “If a linguist read it, he would be able to read it correctly. … The tribes and people are trying to take one writing system that’s consistent so that, in the future, someone wouldn’t pick it up and not know how to read it.”

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In December 2016, Nevada’s presidential electors met in the Nevada capitol to cast their votes. PHOTO/ERIC MARKS

Voters’ choice? Governor says no to majority decision gov. Steve Sisolak, in vetoing assembly Bill 186, has reduced the influence of Nevada, slowed a national movement for majority rule and taken aim directly at his own Democratic Party. So say many of his critics in reaction to the veto. The measure would have pledged Nevada’s presidential elector votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Its supporters wanted Nevada to join an informal compact of states making similar pledges, the compact becoming effective when states representing 270 electoral votes join. Reaction to the veto has been strong. Las Vegas’s newspapers split in their editorials, the Sun denouncing the veto, the Review-Journal praising it. Right wing Nevada columnist Thomas Mitchell lauded the veto. Epoch Times, an arm of the Falun Gong movement, claimed the veto damaged the popular vote effort— “Democratic Nevada Governor Halts National Popular Vote Momentum.” But that interpretation seemed to be countered by Oregon’s action six days later joining the compact. The headline on the website of New York magazine was, “Nevada Governor Vetoes National Popular Vote Bill for Some Stupid Reason.” There have been five instances of unelected presidents in U.S. history, two of them in the past two decades. Winners Andrew Jackson in 1824, Samuel Tilden in 1876, Grover Cleveland in 1988, Al Gore in 2000, and Hillary Clinton in 2016 all won their elections only to

see presidential electors appoint their opponents as president. All five were Democrats. No other party has ever been victimized in that fashion. (The term electoral college is inaccurate. The electors are forbidden by the U.S. Constitution to act collegially.) In his veto message, Sisolak seemed to say that it is the right of individual states to up-end the nation’s verdict, but a state should not ignore its own state electorate’s choice in order to support the national electorate’s choice: “Pursuant to the terms of the agreement [compact], if candidates for President and Vice President were to win the national popular vote, but lose the popular vote in Nevada, the State’s electors would be bound to disregard the expressed will of the State’s electorate and to cast electoral votes in coordination with other signatory states in support of candidates who have won the national popular vote. As governor of Nevada, it is my view that this arrangement is not in the State’s best interests. “While reasonable people may disagree as to whether the national popular vote should dictate the ultimate winners of presidential and vice presidential electoral contests, this is a notion that does not reflect the delicately balanced system of government that issued from the larger debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 between supporters of the Virginia Plan and those of the New Jersey Plan, in which the interests

of small states were pitted against the interests of large states. The result was a compromise government that tempered the proposal outlined by James Madison’s Virginia Plan, favoring large states by granting vast powers to a new federal government, with the proposal forwarded by New Jersey delegate William Paterson, favoring small states by allowing each state to have one vote in Congress, regardless of the state’s population (the New Jersey Plan). “The agreement, which, when enacted, would require a signatory small state’s electoral delegates to vote in support of the candidates for President and Vice President who win the national popular vote, could leave a sparsely populated Western state like Nevada with a greatly diminished voice in the outcome of national electoral contests.” The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan dealt with legislative apportionment, not presidential appointment. They were blended by the constitutional convention to satisfy the slave states, which happened to be the smaller states, resulting in a two-house Congress with the states being proportionally represented in the House and each state being represented equally in the Senate. This arrangement would not be undone if the compact takes effect. Sisolak did not address some of the arguments made in the Nevada Legislature and elsewhere on the pitfalls of presidential electors. His argument that small states are aided by the elector system was once common but has declined in recent decades as legal and political scholars have examined its actual functioning. The system is now so widely regarded as victimizing small states that in 1966, 12 small states, led by Delaware, brought suit to try to get the winner-take-all feature of the elector system declared unconstitutional. In deciding what state to target, the small-state attorneys general chose New York, though any large state could have served the purpose. Sisolak’s citation of the actions of the constitutional convention seems to contend that the current presidential electors system is the one the founders created. It is not. They created one system, and in subsequent decades and centuries, the political parties created another one. And that’s the one we use. • Among other things, the founders did not want political parties—“factions,”


as they were then called—to be involved states. But the effect of that bias can be tracked, with the electors system. Legislators in state and scholars have said that bias did not elect legislatures who were members of political Donald Trump in 2016. parties later turned the electors system over Presidential candidates, at least in the to the parties, which now choose their elector current political climate, devote their heavicandidates at state party conventions. est effort not to large or small states but to • The founders also wanted the electors to whichever states are gettable. Since the era be free agents, so that if the voters chose an of extreme partisan polarization began in the unfit candidate, they would feel free to choose Gingrich period, states have become locked a different president. Partisan legislators, up for one party or the other early in including Nevada’s, later passed presidential campaigns.There are state laws requiring that electors then usually about a dozen “swing be pledged and bound to their states” that are still up for grabs. “This political parties. Those are the ones that get arrangement is • Nor did the foundthe most attention from the ers want winner-take-all presidential campaigns. not in the state’s distribution of electors. “The National Popular Vote, best interests.” [proportional] district mode which supports the compact, was mostly, if not exclusively reports that “94 percent of the Gov. Steve Sisolak in view when the Constitution 2016 [presidential campaign] was framed and adopted; & was events (375 of the 399) were in 12 exchanged for the general ticket states.” [winner-take-all],” wrote James Madison As one of those battleground states, when state legislatures started adding winnerNevada—which was still competitive—did take-all to the founders’ system. All states rather well in that competition for attention, except Nebraska and Maine now overlay this receiving 17 campaign visits, more than any process atop the electors system. other Western state except Colorado (19). If Though Sisolak argues that Nevada, under Nevada had not still been gettable, it would not the proposed compact, would have “a greatly have drawn so many candidate visits, no matter diminished voice in the outcome of national its electoral votes. The most populous state electoral contests,” he does not explain how. of all, California, received only one such visit Because a state’s number of electoral because it was locked up early, even though it votes is based on the number of its member of was the richest electoral vote prize. Ω Congress, a built-in bias resulting from the two Senate seats given to each state favors small

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The Street Vibrations special event was back in town last week, and from all indications it still seems to rattle the casinos, though grateful for the business. There were lots of warning posters about not wearing gang colors, guns and such. Of course, those posters were often alongside posters advertising booze. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, family status or disability. The State of Nevada also includes protections for ancestry, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations or modifications that will provide an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. Examples include: ■ Waiving “pet” fees, deposits, and weight/breed restrictions for animals providing assistance/service related to a disability (including service, companion, emotional support animals) ■ Providing a reserved parking stall ■ Transferring from an upstairs unit to the ground floor ■ Installing a ramp (possibly at your expense) There must be an identifiable relationship between the requested accommodation and the individual’s disability.

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and exercising your fair housing rights. For more information and assistance contact us: Northern NV: 775.324.0990 ■ Southern NV: 702.749.3288 888.585.8634 toll-free ■ Relay Nevada 711 FairHousing@ssfhc.org ■ www.ssfhc.org 8

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by Mark EarnEsT

Outdoor activities in Tahoe are at the center of what The Courage Project does, but the real focus is on the emotional health of the children who participate. COURTESY/COURAGE PROJECT

Facing fears The Courage Project Brie Moore, a local doctor of child psychology and the founder of the Courage Project, shared the story of one boy in her program who had a life-changing experience. Living with many worries and fears, as well as struggles to manage reactions with his family at home, he was enrolled in the project’s paddle-boarding program, one of several outdoor adventures used by the Courage Project to foster coping skills. During the session, the boy and his volunteer talked about how fear and doubt gets in the way of life and how the only way to face fears is head-on. “They talked about the feelings of falling in the cold water, or his fear of looking stupid, really just ticking off his fears one-by-one,” Moore said of the paddle-boarding session. “After that, he was willing to open up more emotionally about the struggles he was having, because he recently moved to the area. So, our great courage coach told him to be more like the water, more flexible, in life.” This story, and others, speak to the Courage Project’s goals—to take away the stigma of anxiety and depression in children, and to do this through outdoor activities that inspire and encourage emotional growth. The programs are for children who may experience anxiety and depression, difficult transitions in life, social struggles, perfectionism or emotional withdrawal. In its one-year existence, as The Courage Project has doubled the number of half-days

that its summer programs are available. It includes paddle-boarding, outdoor rock climbing and mountain biking for children ages 9-13, and outdoor yoga for children ages 6-13. It’s also offered for free and is run by volunteer instructors, all experienced in outdoor activities as well as working with children. The equipment used, as well as the venues where the programs take place, have been donated by area businesses. Seeing the sheer number of children who needed some type of mental health support in the pre-teen years is what drove Moore to start the project. “What the research has been telling us for decades is that children best learn through play and problem solving,” Moore said. “We want to use the amazing outdoor environment at Lake Tahoe as a vehicle for teaching evidence-based coping skills through these adventures.” It’s also a way to shed light on fostering more youth mental health programs. “It’s creating a dialog about mental health with families, and the community, to talk about children who are struggling with anxiety and depression,” Moore said. “People can suffer alone and in silence, and they don’t realize that they have community support behind them.” That support extends to the group’s 100-plus volunteer base. “We’re always looking for individuals who have expertise and experience with children,” Moore said. “We love people who also have found peace in the outdoors and through challenging adventures—and people who practice mindfulness in their own lives.” As for the future, Moore is working for more donations and grants to keep the Courage Project afloat, plus there is the planning for winter events such as skiing and snowshoeing. She’s also getting the word out to school counselors, mental health caregivers and pediatricians so they can offer this as an option for children in need. As Moore points out, the “courage” in the group’s name goes beyond the courage to get on a paddle board or bike up a mountain: “It’s the courage to be your authentic self.” Ω

The Courage Project operates from June 17 to Sept. 15 around Lake Tahoe. Details at courageproject.org.

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eno’s a town brimming with bars and coffee shops, so there’s no shortage of hangouts from which locals can choose. Perhaps you’ve even got a favorite of your own, a place where you know the person behind the bar and that person knows your favorite drink and how you like it served. But how well do you really know your bartenders and baristas? In the case of photographer Cesar Lopez, the answer to that question is pretty well. Lopez is a man about town—and he pretty much always has his camera in tow. Follow him on Instagram (@delafotoreno), and you’ll see. His account is packed with pics of Reno coffee houses and bars and the folks who frequent them—including the ones slinging drinks. Inspired by Lopez’s photos of these familiar faces, the RN&R set out to get to know a bit more about some of Reno’s baristas and bartenders.

Peter Barnato

The Loving Cup, 188 California Ave. What have you learned about Reno from your vantage point behind the bar? I know everything, I feel like. That’s probably the best possible way to get to know this city, especially locals—depending on where you’re bartending. I’ve always kind of stuck with mostly neighborhood bars. You get to know all of the facets of people—the best of people, the worst of people, myself included.

What should Renoites know about you, about your life and passions when you’re not working? Well, I just love Reno. I had a lot of opportunities to leave, but I wanted to stay in Reno. … I grew up here. My parents were here. And I grew up at the Elks Club. My first job was when I was, like, 9 years

old washing dishes. I am [an Elk now], and my grandpa was. We grew up there, working in the kitchen and setting up for events and stuff. I remember my first experience recognizing what a bar was. After we were done with our dishwashing shift, we’d go over to the bar and Tuffy the bartender, who seemed like he was 100 years old at the time, and he’d serve us drinks and let us sit at the bar when he was cleaning it up. Me and my brother and my cousin pretended we were sitting at the bar like the old boys. I don’t even remember what it was, probably Shirley Temples. I just remember loving that whole culture. Even at that young age, it stuck with me.

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Joey Parazo Royce, 115 Ridge St.

What have you learned about Reno from your vantage point behind the bar? I feel like in the time I’ve been behind the bar it’s also been during this time of great change in Reno—more bars, more restaurants, more everything every which way, it seems. But it seems like a lot of people are doing a lot of the same things. Some are branching out and trying different types of foods and different themed bars and stuff like that, but I feel like, not just in Reno but in other towns I visit, the same thing is happening all over

America right now. There’s lots of midtowns popping up all over the place with lots of new restaurants and cocktail bars and yoga studios and stuff like that, which just seems to be the norm. Call it gentrification, call it what you will—but I feel like, yeah, if that’s what people seem to be wanting, then that’s what you do.

What should Renoites know about you, about your life and passions when you’re not working? My passions have always been the same. I like to get outdoors. I like to travel. I like to just bear witness to things I haven’t done before. … I feel like, back to what we were talking about earlier, there’s this influx of people in town, and I’ve noticed a lot of push and

pull with locals that have been here and newcomers. I feel like a lot of locals … can get impatient with people from out of town. … It’s a lot of road rage. That’s one of things I’ve been noticing … and, when I’ve seen it, it’s road rage from Nevadans with Californians. I don’t know if it’s just driving style or what, but there’s this butting of heads, if you will—and I can only take so much of that in a given week before I have to leave and go to the mountains, go to the desert, just try to get away from everybody and find solitude.

Josh Patten

Reno Public House, 33 St. Lawrence Ave. What have you learned about Reno from your vantage point behind the bar? It’s a drinkin’ town. It’s incredible to me. … Everybody here partakes in one way or another. … I was talking to Vince [Fernan] about it the other day. From here, if you had a good arm, you could probably hit at least a dozen bars with a baseball, just from standing here at Magpie.

What should Renoites know about you, about your life

Louis Gezelin

Magpie Coffee Roasters, 1715 S. Wells Ave. What have you learned about Reno from your vantage point behind the bar? From behind the bar? It’s always been a pretty eclectic city, I think. The variety of people is pretty vast and awesome. The culture is expanding, though, too. … The cultures aren’t as disparate. I don’t know how to explain it. There’s more cohesion, it feels like. The city is really working together to create something new, something fresh. There’s an excitement kind of buzzing about. I hear it in the coffee shops. … There’s so much happening now that wasn’t

happening 10 years ago. … But there’s also this other side of the city, that, you know, is like patient dumping and stuff. I was a social worker for Washoe County for a bit. … I’m curious to see what’s happening now in regards to addressing those issues. Because I do hear about that in the coffee shop. … There are all of these nonprofits trying to do something for the homeless population and the mentally ill populations that really have been ignored for a long time. So it’s exciting to see where that’s going to go, too.

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What should Renoites know about you, about your life and passions when you’re not working? That’s interesting. It really is. You know, I mean, I’m a barista. I’m back in town. I moved back into Reno about a year ago, and I started working in the customer service industry—and what I do in my free time is a lot of school work. I’m a PhD candidate, in Santa Barbara, for psychology.

and passions when you’re not working? Well … I am a fairly private person. And it’s not that I’m trying to hide anything at all. I just, like, value my privacy and my anonymity. So … this is out of character for me to agree to this, but I’ve always liked your publication, and I really love Cesar [Lopez]. … I don’t have social media. I don’t, like, project my life to the rest of the world. But I do live a public life, and I am every day behind a bar in the public eye so I realize there’s a

weird disconnect there. … The one medium in which I kind of share more of myself in a real just wide open to whomever is through KWNK and my show every week. My show is called Staxofwax, and my DJ alias is DJ Dr. Dankenstien—and I talk about my feelings a lot more on the air, but, again, I don’t post that anywhere.


Vince Fernan

Magpie Coffee Roasters, 1715 S. Wells Ave. What have you learned about Reno from your vantage point behind the bar? You really meet a bunch of different people, but I’d say, at least here in Nevada, we’re all very individualistic people who also respect others as individuals. Does that make any sense? It’s like I’ll do me, you do you—and as long as we don’t butt heads about it, we’re cool. Especially here, too, at Magpie, there are different types of people who love to hang out here, and we all get along, dude.

What should Renoites know about you, about your life and passions when you’re not working? Nothing. Nothing. I don’t know. In my mind, it’s like, at work, when I’m here,

I’m providing a service—and you are getting to know a part of me, but it’s also like I don’t need to be known around town at all. If we get to know each other, that’s tight. … When I’m not behind the bar—I don’t know. I’m just another Renoite, dude. I don’t know why my mind goes right here, but, immediately, it’s just, like, “Dude, I’m just another customer or another patron in any other establishment.” Ω

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Tia Flores is a Reno artist who’s helping women in a remote village establish an economy around their crafts.

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hen Tia Flores started college, she was convinced that it was impossible to make a living as an artist. These days, not only is her work widely shown and collected, she’s also helping the women of a remote village in Peru develop an economy around their crafts. Flores moved from Las Vegas to Reno in the 1980s, studied architecture and worked as a bank manager. In the early ’90s, she began a new exploration.

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“I was attending sweat lodges out at Pyramid Lake, which are ceremonial,” she said. “I was really reconnecting with my heritage on my dad’s side, which is Aztec and Navajo.” She noticed something she’d never seen before—people using gourds as vessels for tobacco and as ladles for pouring water onto the sweat lodge’s hot rocks. The gourds got her gears turning about the idea of making artwork using natural materials. As luck would have it, right around that time, the Nevada Museum of Art offered a class in gourd decoration. “I took the class,” Flores said. “I knew then—this is where my life is gonna go.” Her specialty became burning intricate designs into the gourds, often combining animal imagery with a gourd’s natural bulbousness. In one example, a 2D rattlesnake, rendered in down-to-the-scale detail, is wrapped around an apple-shaped gourd several times, presenting the illusion of a coiled, 3D creature. Once she jumped in with both feet, her art career took off quickly. During her first official exhibition, the actor Beau Bridges happened in and bought a couple of pieces. Veteran Reno artist

Mary Lee Fulkerson became a mentor. Flores taught elementary and high school art for nine years. And in 2010, she was featured on the HGTV show That’s Clever! “Through this whole process, I’ve become known as the gourd lady,” she said. “It’s just amazing how things take off if you’re true to your craft.”

New traditioNs One day, about five years ago, Flores’ friend Barbara Land called with a proposition. Land—a retired University of Nevada, Reno professor and owner of the Conservatory of Movement, a Reno dance academy— had been traveling to Peru to teach dance to children. In the village of Ayacucho—not to be confused with the city of Ayacucho, also in Peru—the central fact of life is the Amazon River. People use it for transportation, fishing, bathing, drinking, and disposing of human and animal waste. And they build their homes—huts with wood-plank floors and palm-frond rooves—on stilts about six feet above

Tia Flores visits the village of Ayacucho to teach crafting skills. courtesy/tia Flores

the ground to accommodate the river’s spring floods. “The closest elementary school was eight miles away,” Flores explained. Some children would travel four hours by boat to attend school in Iquitos, the nearest city. Others went without formal education. Barbara Land had become concerned about the lack of education keeping people in a cycle of poverty. Working with an organization called Be The Change Global Outreach, she was able to get an elementary school built in Ayacucho, then a “women’s hut,” a structure with floors, a roof and no walls, where women could gather to make crafts to sell to the slow stream of tourists who arrive by boat. At first, village residents would buy craft supplies in the city. But, according to Land, that didn’t count as “sustainable income.” “And that’s where I come in,” said Flores. In 2018, she packed some Xacto knives in her bags and flew to Peru. With the help of a translator, she showed women in the village how to weave and bead using local materials such string from grasses and palm fronds, which are plentiful and durable. A type of gourd grows on the region’s trees. It’s smaller and rounder than the vine-grown


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gourds that Flores uses at home, perfect for a pouch that’s sized to hang on a pendant. They found a wealth of other materials— hardened fish scales, red and black seeds so glossy they almost look manufactured, and tiny snake vertebrae to string on bracelets. With Flores’ guidance, the women began to develop some design motifs, piranhas etched into the gourds with X-Acto knives, for example. If, at this point, you’re wondering why people in Peru would need to rely on an artist from the United States instead of drawing from their own local traditions—it turns out there’s a reason for that. “There are indigenous people that live in the Amazon,” Flores said. “This particular village of people are not.” When she asked the villagers how long they had lived in the area, they replied, “Just a few generations.” “Peru was invaded by the Spaniards in the early 1900s for the rubber plant,” she explained. “They were enslaving or killing the people of Peru.” The locals fled to the Amazon. If the current residents’ ancestors have an artistic tradition, it has been lost to them. “They are still in the process of developing their own traditions,” Flores said.

“There was no way I was prepared for this, emotionally, to see a village in crisis,” she said. As an animal lover, she found it difficult to watch the local dogs deal with the flood. They are valued as workers but not pampered as pets, and in emergency conditions, they were left to fend for themselves, fishing for food and occasionally stranded on a boat or floating log. During Flores and Land’s visit, a five-year-old drowned in the next village over, and shortly after they left, two people died from snake bites. The snakes, with no ground to dwell on, had taken to the river. The floods caused a new social dynamic, as well. The school was under several inches of water and closed through May. The children’s soccer field was flooded, and the men could not farm. The women’s hut, a few feet higher than the rest of the buildings, was the only un-flooded place, so, for April, children, men and grandparents joined the women who usually craft there, an unprecedented situation.

In the village of Ayacucho—not to be confused with the city of Ayacucho, also in Peru—the central fact of life is the Amazon River.

RetuRn visit In April, Flores and Land returned for a threeweek visit, this time with small, manual drills and laminated illustrations of advanced jewelrymaking techniques. This year, the river was swollen, and the village was so flooded that there was no ground to walk on. For Flores, the visit was heartwarming. She was glad to see friends she made last year and impressed with the strides her students had made in their crafting skills, but it was also difficult.

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Flores has been back in Reno for a few weeks now. Two of the thousands of insect bites she got are still lingering, and she’s still organizing her photos—hundreds of stills and videos of jungle sloths, pink river dolphins, people in flooded homes with temporary raised floors, endless horizons of muddy river so wide it doesn’t even seem to have a bank, and dozens of women, children and men weaving bracelets. “Their bead work is pretty strong now,” Flores said. She’s already planning for next year’s trip. She’ll make an improved version of the manual drills and get ready to teach her charges more about about basketmaking, especially how to weave in patterns. Flores made video interviews, asking the people of Ayacucho what effect the tools and instructions have had. “One woman, Elizabeth, said it gives her money, where, if she has to take her child for care, she can—gas money for the boat,” Flores said. Others told her it was a relief to now count on being able afford rice to feed their children. Right now, the people of Ayacucho are working on their jewelery, perfecting bracelet clasps in particular. Land is planning another trip this summer and intends to purchase a batch of crafts. “We’ll sell them at Sierra Arts and use the profits to buy them tools,” Flores said. Ω

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A few of “The Trees,” sculptures that Galen Brown creates from recycled Christmas trees. COURTESY/NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

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A brief biography provided by the Nevada Museum of Art describes Galen Brown’s artistic process as “painstaking and often obsessive.” He doesn’t disagree, saying that a turning point during graduate school in the Bay area led to his decision to make works that are sometimes finished decades later. “I realized at that time that the things I do would be more about spending time creating and doing the art throughout my life, instead of just producing product to sell to someone,” Brown said. “I don’t fit that realm.” Now living in Carson City, Brown has been working at his studio in Moundhouse getting his art ready for Sine Cere, a retrospective show at the Nevada Museum of Art. He’s going to need a big truck for some of the art, which comes in all shapes and sizes and features the different mediums that Brown works in—sculpture, drawing, photography and printmaking. His work has been featured at the NMA before, as well as shows in Carson City and Las Vegas. It will showcase Brown’s distinctive take on art, which uses common materials and even what some people would call garbage to create something striking and unusual. “I just use materials from life and try to keep my carbon footprint low,” Brown said. “Just keeping it simple. The pencils I use are the same as in your office.”

Growing up in Lake Tahoe informed Brown’s work when he decided to pursue art. “My parents had a business in Tahoe,” he said. “They had boat rentals in Kings Beach. That influences a lot of what I do. We were right there on the beach, so I’d stay at the lake all the time, and I’m sure that’s where all this natural stuff comes from.” One series, called “The Waves,” features hundreds of drawings on regular office paper that have been in progress since the mid-1990s. One of his most striking series, “The Trees,” has been in production since 1988 and features dozens of Christmas trees that he’s repurposed into art. He cuts the bark and limbs from the tree trunks and then sands those trunks down, adding other elements and then hanging them upside down in a gallery space. Though his work is non-traditional, Brown knows plenty about more formalized art. He earned a master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and also still works as a printmaker and a framer and a helper for installations with other artists. “To support myself, I had a frame shop in Oakland, and that’s where I started using the material that was left over from that,” Brown said. “I was looking at all of this stuff that I accumulated and realized that I could utilize what was leftover.” It also creates what might be called happy accidents in Brown’s art, as the large formats and recycled materials give his sculptures and drawings a character that’s one-of-a-kind, even in his large series. “It starts to gain its own history within itself, within its own skin in a sense,” Brown said of the individual pieces in his works. “Especially these big drawings, they’ve been scarred and have blemishes from moving them around and dropping things on them for over 20 years. It’s not just pencil on paper. “Part of the idea of spending all of this time on things, and even in the sets like ‘The Trees,’ is that you might be able to see the differences between all of them. Hopefully, it has an energy within itself. I don’t know if it does for the viewer, but that’s how I feel.” Ω

Sine Cere runs from June 22 to Jan. 5 in the Contemporary Gallery at The Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St. “Meet The Artist: Galen Brown on Sine Cere” takes place at 11 a.m. June 22 at the museum. Get more details at nevadaart.org.


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“Before we go in, does everyone have their standard-issue horn-rimmed glasses?”

Dead giveaway The zombie genre gets Jarmusched with mild levels of success in The Dead Don’t Die, an often funny, sometimes scary and always amusing horror-comedy effort from director Jim Jarmusch. Jarmusch has done horror before, most notably with his atmospheric vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive and, some could argue, with the disturbing death meditation, Dead Man. His latest effort is as strongly satirical as the director has ever been: The world is falling apart politically, socially and environmentally, and its inhabitants are too slow and dimwitted to really do anything about it. Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny play Sheriff Cliff and his deputies Ronnie and Mindy in a typical American town called Centerville. The pulse of the town is severely laidback and barely beating, with much of one’s day revolving around when to get that good coffee and donuts from their cultural hub, the local diner. Due to polar fracking, the Earth spins off its access, and the dead begin to rise. The days become longer, the electronic gadgets we rely upon go dead, and people start getting unsolicited neck bites from formerly live neighbors. Characters like those played by Murray and Driver react in a way that is so disorganized and disconnected, they practically deserve to die. This, perhaps, is a not-so-veiled statement about our current administration’s strange attitude toward global warming. Actually, there’s no doubt, Jarmusch hates Trump—and this is the first anti-Trump zombie movie. Steve Buscemi plays a racist townsperson who dons a red and white MAGA hat, except his actually says “Make America White Again.” The pacing of this movie is really slow— Jarmusch slow. In fact, the pacing is so slow that the George Romero-like zombies that are lumbering around are almost sprinting compared to what goes on around them. Your ability to like this film depends very much upon your willingness to let

the things happening on screen linger and, in some cases, really drag out. The film does contain a moment of genuine terror when a zombie couple takes out two waitresses at the diner. The zombies feast upon the dying with—I’ll reference the zombie master again—Romero-like goriness, right down to intestine chomping. What distinguishes the moment as ultra-creepy is one of the victims not dying immediately, and letting her agony be well known verbally. The zombies doing the diner killing are played by Iggy Pop and Sara Driver as rock groupies with caffeine addictions. Live flesh is well and good when it comes to feasting, but what they really need is a good cup of joe, like so many of the multitudes currently crowding Starbucks and indie cafes across our great nation. Murray and Adam Driver are both very funny, with Murray’s Cliff representing the old-school, I’vehad-enough-of-this-to-the-point-where-I-will-barelyreact part of society, and Driver’s Ronnie providing the semi-hipster outlook. Ronnie calmly declares that they are in the midst of an apocalypse while never losing his deadpan face. He’s a lot younger than the equally deadpan Cliff and will probably catch up to Cliff’s level of disinterest very soon. Other Jarmusch stalwarts include Tilda Swinton as a samurai-sword-wielding funeral home director, a role only Swinton could play. Tom Waits (Down by Law) plays the mystic homeless guy commentating on Centerville’s demise, of course. Who else would he play? As a fan of Jarmusch, even I couldn’t get past the pacing at times. A couple of days later, when I reflected upon the picture, it hit me that I liked the movie a lot more after I saw it than while watching it. His films tend to get that sort of delayed reaction out of me. Ω

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Aladdin

Will Smith’s strange, big, blue Genie turns out to be the surprising highlight of the fair-to-middling Aladdin, the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic that was big for Robin Williams. Smith does just fine in the role Williams voiced in 1992, and the character gets fleshed out in a manner that is genuinely moving at times, even if his blueness is perhaps a bit creepy from some angles. (And it looks like he’s pushing a big poop out of the top of his head thanks to that hairstyle.) In fact, if they decided to make a horror spinoff where the blue genie starts biting people’s heads off, that would be kind of awesome. He’s scary already. Director Guy Ritchie goes the full musical route, and while he has a reasonably talented cast on hand, the whole enterprise feels a bit on the unnecessary side. It’s overlong, and one cast member in particular ultimately pulls the picture into the unfortunate zone. Mena Massoud makes for a halfway decent Aladdin, while Naomi Scott provides a luminous Jasmine. Both do good jobs singing the famous songs, and they most certainly look the parts. Their magic carpet ride while belting “A Whole New World” is charming, and they make for a cute couple. It’s a shame that it’s all in the service of something that, no matter how much money is being thrown at the screen, feels hollow.

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Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel universe gets its most grandiose chapter with Avengers: Endgame, a fitting successor to last year’s Infinity War and a generous gift to those of us who like our movies with superheroes in them. When last we saw Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), he was a survivor of the dreaded Thanos (Josh Brolin) finger snap, a universe altering occurrence that took out half its living creatures and provided for that tear-jerking moment when SpiderMan (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 AntMan (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.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Somehow, Legendary Pictures found a way to totally muck up the greatest Godzilla premise ever with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a movie that is all things great and terrible at the same time. This movie has some terrific monster battles in it, and the special effects are mind-bogglingly good. Godzilla squares off against such legendary foes as multiheaded Monster Zero and Rodan, while getting some much needed assistance from the great Mothra. All of these monsters, including the title character, are wonders to behold when on screen. As for the internet bitching about the movie’s appearance being dark and murky, I think the darkness was fitting, made things scarier, and didn’t diminish the effects. But, and this is a big but, I cannot endorse this movie overall.

The human stuff in between and during the fighting is dreadful. Homo sapiens get too much screen time. The writing and staging for that screen time is so bad that the film derails every time it goes to military types in a war room. The plot has the world in a state of disarray after the 2014 attacks on San Francisco and Las Vegas depicted in the last Godzilla movie. OK, that’s kind of cool. How do we dust ourselves off and find a way to coexist with the likes of Godzilla and big monster moth things after the decimation of the Bay Area? Apparently, according to writer-director Michael Dougherty (Krampus), we deliver inane dialogue real slow-like and inexplicably play with a sonar gadget that supposedly calls out to the monsters in a manner that either chills them out or fires them up. Once the gadget thing sends out a call that basically kicks off the monster apocalypse, the action goes from nicely staged monster battles featuring beautiful close ups and battered landscapes, to a bunch of lost actors sitting around in a situation room observing and commenting. It’s a wasted opportunity for monster fun ruined by stupid humans.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum

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Rocketman

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 battleweary Wick running in the streets, putting distance between himself and the hotel and trying to figure out his next big move. 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.

Dexter Fletcher, the very same director who helped take a shit on Freddie Mercury’s legacy with the dumpster fire that was last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody— he finished the job after Bryan Singer was fired—fares much better with this celebration of Elton John. The movie tells John’s story through musical numbers and fantasy sequences and, as it turns out, it’s a good approach to the life of Elton John. John is played by Taron Egerton (who starred alongside John in the wonderfully weird Kingsman: The Golden Circle), and there will be no lip-synching here, thank you very much. Egerton confidently sings John’s tunes, including “Tiny Dancer,” the title track and, unfortunately, “I’m Still Standing.” Jamie Bell plays John’s writing partner, Bernie Taupin, and the movie works as a nice testament to their contributions to rock’s legacy. Egerton goes full blown rock star in this movie, which features some nice, artistically exaggerated recreations of key moments in John’s history. The results are a lot of fun, even with some slight miscasting (Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mom!). It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s a bold and interesting approach to a rock biopic that has more in common with Across the Universe than Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Carson City’s Poke Doke serves fresh fish with a wide variety of toppings.

Bowled over Poke bowls, a.k.a. “the new sushi,” are becoming increasingly popular in our area. Carson City recently gained its very first poke bar, and a friend I work with had never been to one. It was high time to check out Poke Doke. As with most poke bars, you first choose your portion size and base ingredient. Here the choice was white or brown rice, mixed greens, corn tortilla chips or a mix of any two. At most places, the chips option is wonton or seaweed crisps, so the corn chips were a surprise. My friend chose a regular bowl with brown rice and three scoops of protein ($10.95), while I decided on a large, five-scoop bowl ($13.95) with greens. Add-ons are next. In this case, a choice of kimchi, cucumber, white onion, imitation crab or all of the above. We both added krab, then cucumber for her, and kimchi for me. They definitely don’t skimp on stuff; my two add-ons filled at least a third of the bowl. For proteins, we both got scallop, shrimp and octopus, and I added salmon and yellowtail from a list that also included tuna, spicy tuna and tofu. Poke sauce—a mix of shoyu, sesame oil, lemon juice and seasoning—was available mild, spicy or fiery. It was mild for her, spicy for me, and we both added “Japanese dressing,” a.k.a. kewpie mayo with spices. The mix of sauces was great, and my salad wasn’t overdressed. If you stopped there, you’d have a pretty decent bowl of food. But, there are toppings to consider. As with add-ons, you can select as many toppings as you wish, which is definitely a large part of the appeal. Here the list includes seaweed salad, pickled ginger, wasabi, jalapeno,

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scallion, edamame, corn, mango, pineapple, masago, seaweed flake, furikake, sesame oil, sesame seed, and both crispy garlic and onion. We both chose seaweed salad and ginger, and she added mango, corn and crispy onion. I included masago, seaweed flake, scallion, furikake and crispy garlic. Finally, the time for decisions was done, and we sat down to dig in. My salad greens were just what I wanted. Though the flavor was good, my friend’s brown rice was a little inconsistent. Some grains were perfect, others hard or chewy. Then again, sometimes that’s just the nature of the grain. The seaweed salad was a little stronger than I prefer—tasting mostly of toasted sesame oil—but my friend seemed to enjoy it. The shredded krab salad was the same stuff found at every sushi bar, and there was nearly as much of that as the other proteins in my bowl. The plentiful kimchi was very tart without much heat. I got tired of it pretty quickly. The proteins all tasted very fresh, with the bite-sized scallop and octopus of particular note. My one quibble would be that while fin fish for poke bowls is traditionally cut into one-inch cubes (or a little smaller), this fish was diced into very small bits. Not a big deal if eaten with a fork, but a bit laborious using my preferred chopsticks. Overall, though, I was pretty happy with the quality and quantity served—and the friendly folks who served it up. Ω

Poke Doke

963 Topsy Lane, Carson City, 267-3005 Poke Doke is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Glass Tung getting ready to perform at Galaga: From left, DJ AMills (Andy Malosky), Moral (Al Ross) and Junes (John Wilson).

Smooth surfaces Glass Tung It may be rivaling country as the most commercial sound right now, but hip-hop in the Reno area is a little rarer to find, at least on stage. The trio called Glass Tung is one group that’s taking it to the fans instead of staying in the digital cloud. Not that it’s been easy. The three band members—rappers Moral (pronounced more-AL) and Junes, and DJ AMills—all agreed that it’s been harder in recent years for local artists to put on their own shows. “It’s really weird because it’s evolved for better and also for worse in some ways,” Junes said. “There are a lot more larger shows where the promoters will give locals the opportunity to play for bigger crowds, and that’s always awesome. But there aren’t a lot of venues small enough or willing to work with you, because they’re afraid they’ll lose money.” “‘Rough crowd’ is what I’ve got before,” AMills said. “I asked one place if they were doing hip-hop shows and they said, ‘No, that brings in a rougher crowd. We stick to electronic dance music.’” Of course, the hip-hop and EDM crowds aren’t mutually exclusive—far from it—but the Glass Tung members still feel that hip-hop is on an upswing in Reno in recent months. “It has gone up and down, but right now I feel like it’s got a fairly big buzz,” Moral said. “The thing is that it’s out there, but people have to go out and get it.” Glass Tung’s journey started in 2015 when Moral and Junes, both vets of the local hip-hop scene and in other groups, decided to work together on a song. That expanded to a five-song EP that became their debut, Adamantine, in 2016. AMills

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was another known name in the scene, and Junes reached out to him to add his distinctive scratching to their work. “We played a few shows with him before the album came out, and we felt like he should just be the third person in the group,” Junes said. “It fit too good for it not to be that way.” AMills has been a turntablist for about 15 years. “I just started because I’ve always been around them,” he said. “One of my friends growing up purchased some turntables, and I was always messing with them and never stopped.” AMills is featured more on the band’s second album, a seven-songer called Congratulations, which will be digitally released on July 6. Moral and Junes do most of the music writing and production themselves, while AMills adds his scratching and turntable skills over the top. It was important, Junes and Moral agreed, to have more turntable work on Congratulations. “It’s definitely a part of hip-hop that’s almost gone away,” Moral said. “When we listened to hip-hop growing up, it was integrated into the songs more. We’re just trying to create what we like to listen to anyway.” As for the music, Glass Tung manages the neat trick of sounding up-to-date and retro at the same time. There are no trendy beats per se, and there are musical hooks aplenty. If you like artists on the Rhymesayers label, you will probably like Glass Tung. As Junes puts it, “it’s very boom-bap.” “If we tried to do a trap beat or something, not that we knock it, but you could tell it would be fake,” Moral said. “It’s like a soccer player being like, ‘I’m gonna try tennis.’” Junes said. “It’s not necessarily the right forte.” Ω

LINEUP lineup every friday in July aT wingfield park free + family friendly

7/ 5 TapwaTer + The Snakeboy JohnSon band

7/ 19 moJo green + werewolf club

7/ 12 The SexToneS

7/ 26 The noveliSTS

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THURSDAY 6/13

FRIDAY 6/14

SATURDAY 6/15

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

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

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

alIBI alE WorKS

Lost Whiskey Engine, 8:30pm, no cover

Local Anthology, 9pm, no cover

Thrown Out Bones, 9pm, no cover

Bluegrass jam, 6:30pm, M, no cover Swing dancing, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover

5 Star Saloon

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

altUraS Bar

June 13, 8 p.m. St. James Infirmary 445 California Ave. 657-8484

Comedy Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Travis Tate, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 325-7401: Lowell Sanders, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Basile, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Ron Josol, 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: Ron Josol, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 8:30pm, $15-$20; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$20

Bar oF aMErICa

New Wave Crave, 9pm, no cover

New Wave Crave, 9pm, no cover

tHE BlUEBIrD

Vincent, Jaron, 10pm, $20-$25

DJ McKracken and Friends, 9pm, $5

CEol IrISH PUB

Keith Shannon, 9pm, no cover

Snakeboy Johnson Band, 9pm, no cover

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

Live music, 9pm, no cover

555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549 538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558

CottonWooD rEStaUrant

Ryan Taylor, 6:30pm, no cover

Jonathan Hennion, 6:30pm, no cover

DaVIDSon’S DIStIllErY

Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

Reverse the Cycle, 9pm, no cover

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RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, The Great Bingo Revival Studio 54 Drag Queen Trivia & Show, 8pm, no cover Edition w/D.J.B.I.N.G.O., 10pm, $10

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

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

Fat Cat Bar & GrIll

Panda, 8:30pm, no cover Dixon Darling, 9:30pm, no cover

599 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; (530) 583-3355

GrEat BaSIn BrEWInG Co.

846 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 355-7711

MON-WED 6/17-6/19

Black Leather Outlaw, Subtil, 8pm, $5

1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050

Jade Jackson

SUNDAY 6/16

Outlaw Kindred, 7pm, no cover

HEllFIrE Saloon

3372 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-1988

tHE HollanD ProjECt

Local Anthology, 9pm, no cover

Lexi Scatena, 10pm, no cover

Arnold Mitchem, 7pm, no cover Apothic, 8pm, no cover Drug Apts, Rip Room, Plastic Caves, 8pm, $7

Slate album release with Anapathic, Bug Bath, 8pm, $5

jIMMY B’S

Live music, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Night Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

75% off

Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover Robert Drake, 6:30pm, W, no cover

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

180 W. Peckham Lane, Ste. 1070, (775) 686-6737

Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview. com/reno. D eadline is the Frida y before public ation.

Summer Cannibals, Haybaby, Slow Wow, 8pm, Tu, $5 Silk & Steel, 8pm, no cover

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JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR 71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room

THURSDAY 6/13

FRIDAY 6/14

SATURDAY 6/15

SUNDAY 6/16

2) Horseneck, Kanawha, Acid Box, 8pm, $5

1) Shootergang Kony Ginobili, 7:30pm, $20 2) Endless Rivals, 9pm, $TBA

2) Teddy Bear Orchestra, 10pm, $10

2) The Seafloor Cinema, Find Yourself, 8pm, $5

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE NIGHTCLUB

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

1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663

THE LOFT

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

MIDTOwN wINE BAR

1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Deception, 8:30pm, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

Athena McIntyre, Kat Brennan, 8pm, no cover

Thrown Out Bones, 8pm, no cover

DK EthiK, 10pm, no cover

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

THE POLO LOUNGE

T-N-Keys, 8pm, no cover

The Provacateurs: A Neo-Burlesque Showcase, 8pm, $10-$15

The Provacateurs: A Neo-Burlesque Showcase, 8pm, $10-$15

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

RUE BOURBON

Brother Dan Palmer, 6pm, no cover

Tom Hank, 8pm, no cover

Dom & Friends, 8pm, no cover

1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

SHEA’S TAVERN

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

Weapons of Mass Creation, Spindrift, Outlaw Kindred, 9:30pm, $6-$8

VIRGINIA STREET BREwHOUSE

Margret’s Funk Band, 8pm, no cover

211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090

wHISkEY DICkS SALOON

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Grimedog album release party with Machine Gun Vendetta, 10pm, $6

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

Cowboy Indian, Nordic Daughter, Wheatstone Bridge, 8:30pm, W, $6

The Socks, 2pm, no cover Tyler Stafford 6pm, no cover

Tany Jane, 6pm, M, no cover Milton Merlos, 6pm, Tu, no cover Eric Stangeland, 6pm, W, no cover

Sensi Trails, 8pm, no cover

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425 17 S. Virginia St., (775) 284-7455

Open Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover

Hoedown in Midtown, 8pm, no cover

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

wILD RIVER GRILLE

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

Jade Jackson, Steven Denmark, 8:30pm, $12-$15

THE SAINT June 18, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover First Take w/Rick Metz, 6pm, W, no cover

Jason King, 8pm, no cover Ulices Chaidez, El Jossi, Nueva Escuela, 10pm, free for women before 11pm

2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626

Summer Cannibals

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

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188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

June 14, 10 p.m. The BlueBird 555 E. Fourth St. 499-5549

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

THE LOVING CUP

Vincent

MON-WED 6/17-6/19

Tyler Stafford, 6pm, no cover

Erika Paul Duo, 6pm, no cover

Alex “Muddy” Smith, 6pm, no cover


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

CArSON VALLey INN

The Cult June 14, 9 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

1627 Hwy. 395, Minden, (775) 782-9711 1) TJ’s Corral 2) Cabaret

THURSDAY 6/13

FRIDAY 6/14

SATURDAY 6/15

SUNDAY 6/16

MON-WED 6/17-6/19

2) Cook Book, 8pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover Soul Persuaders, 10pm, no cover

2) Cook Book, 4pm, no cover Soul Persuaders, 10pm, no cover

2) Soul Persuaders, 8pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band, M, Tu, W, 8pm, no cover

2) Mike Furlong, 6pm, no cover

2) The Starliters, 5pm, no cover Jason King Band, 9pm, no cover

2) The Starliters, 5pm, no cover

2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover

2) Tandymonium, 6pm, M, no cover Jason King, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 7pm, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 8pm, no cover

2) Greg Austin, 8pm, no cover

2) Patrick Major, 6pm, no cover

2) Patrick Major, 6pm, M, no cover Cliff & Dave, Tu, W, no cover

1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 2) Soundwave, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ Chris English, 10pm, no cover 2) Soundwave, 9pm, no cover

2) The Dowdy Brothers, 10pm, no cover

2) Mescalito, 10pm, no cover

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

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

1) The Illusionists Experience, 5pm, $39.95

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

1) The Cult, 9pm, $29.95-$58 2) DJ Showtime, 10pm, $20

2) DJ Chizzle, 10pm, $20 3) Milton Merlos, 7pm, no cover

4) Infinity Sundays, 11am, $20 no cover for locals before noon

2) DJ set, 10pm, no cover

1) Decoy, 8pm, $15 2) DJ set, 10pm, no cover

CIrCUS CIrCUS reNO

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

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

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

1) Sublime with Rome, 7:30pm, $51-$119 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 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

HArVeyS LAKe TAHOe

1) Tim McGraw, 8pm, $91-$183

18 Highway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611 1) Outdoor Arena

NUGGeT CASINO reSOrT

3) Toby Keith, 7pm, $25-$150

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

1) Sang Matiz, 7pm, no cover

1) Sang Matiz, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

1) Sang Matiz, 8pm, no cover 1) Bogg Jazz Ensemble, 6pm, no cover 2) Mark Twyman, Chris English, 10pm, $20

2) DJ R3volver, 9pm, no cover 3) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover

2) Platinum, 9pm, no cover 3) Audioboxx, 9pm, no cover

2) Platinum, 9pm, no cover 3) Audioboxx, 9pm, no cover

1) Bogg Jazz Ensemble, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

3) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. NAVIGATING THE SECOND COLLECTION OF POEMS WITH LINDSAY WILSON: 2017-18 Reno Poet Laureate Lindsay Wilson will read his recent work and give a talk about the shape his current manuscript is taking with help from the Nevada Arts Council. Thu, 6/13, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 7861188, www.sundancebookstore.com.

NO BARRIERS SUMMIT: North Lake Tahoe hosts this weekend summit featuring more than 30 adaptive activities, acclaimed speakers and performers. No Barriers empowers people of all abilities and walks of life to overcome adversity. Thu, 6/13-Sat, 6/15, 10am. $100. Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, nobarriersusa.org/2019no-barriers-summit.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer

JUN/14:

THE GREAT ELDORADO BBQ, BREWS & BLUES FESTIVAL

The Row presents its 24th annual kick-off to summer event that’s equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting and music festival. The festivities start on Friday, June 14, with beers from more than 50 microbreweries from around the world and rock and blues music on two stages with performances by Jason King Band, Shane Dwight, Mike Furlong, Buddy Emmer Blues Band and headliner Berlin with Terri Nunn (pictured). The event continues on Saturday, June 15, with performances by various acts, including the Blues Monsters, Briefcase Blues Brothers, Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio and headliner WAR. Beer tasting packages can be purchased in advance for $40-$65, which increase to $45-$75 on the day of the event. The party takes place from 3-9 p.m. on June 14 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 15 in downtown Reno along Virginia Street between Third and Fourth streets. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com.

EVENTS

DAY IN PARADISE: The South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club presents this fun-filled event for the whole family featuring a pancake breakfast from 8-10am, followed by the Duck Races, kids games with prizes, Car & Truck Show and Shine, a luau with roasted pig, beer and wine garden, a silent auction and live music throughout day. Sat, 6/15, 8am-6pm. Tahoe Paradise Park, 1011 E. San Bernardino Ave., South Lake Tahoe., www.tahoeparadisepark.com/ community.html.

BEACH RETREAT LUAU: The first luau of the season includes island-inspired drinks, an authentic buffet and hula dancers. Sat, 6/15, 6pm. $32-$65. Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-6722.

BEN’S BENEFIT FUNDRAISER FOR ART PAWS: This fundraiser for the 19th Annual Art Paws event offers more than 20 different wines, multiple spirits and even a few beers to sample, as well as food donated by the Pizza Factory, a raffle, silent auction and live music by Briant Gibb. Thu, 6/13, 4:30pm. $15. Ben’s Fine Wine & Spirits, 3480 Lakeside Drive, (775) 722-9914.

DEMONSTRATION OF COIN PRESS NO. 1: Nevada State Museum presents a demonstration of Coin Press No. 1 in the Historic Carson City Mint building, pressing Transcontinental Railroad Medallions. Sat, 6/15, noon-4pm. $8, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810 ext. 245.

BLOOMSDAY 2019: Daniel Morse and Marshall Johnson return for Bloomsday, a celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Bloomsday is a literary holiday held annually on June 16—the day depicted in the novel—to celebrate Ulysses and James Joyce. Dr. Morse and Dr. Johnson will give a presentation on the novel, field questions from the audience and share a few of their favorite passages with help from special guests. Sun, 6/16, 2pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

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Paul Franklin presents “Mints and Assayers: Inside the Carson City Mint,” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint building. Sat, 6/15, 11am. $8, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810, nvculture.org/ nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity.

team takes on LA Galaxy II. This match is the U.S. Women’s National Team Night and soccer ball giveaway, along with after-match fireworks. Sat, 6/15, 7:15pm. $15-$75; the team plays the Phoenix Rising. Tue, 6/18, 7:15pm. $15$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.reno1868fc.com.

RENO STREET FOOD—FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: The summertime event features more than 30 rotating gourmet food, craft desserts, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Reno Street Food will be held every Friday through Sept. 27. Fri. 6/14, 4-9pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, (775) 825-2665.

SECOND THURSDAY TALK—E.L. CORD: The National Automobile Museum’s Second Thursday Talks program will feature a discussion on Errett Lobban “E.L.” Cord, an industry pioneer who created empires in transportation. The talk is included with paid admission. Otherwise, it’s $5 per person to attend the talk. Free for NAM members. Thu, 6/13, 1:30pm. $0-$5. National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.

SHIRLEY’S FARMERS’ MARKET: The weekly farmers market offers fresh produce, specialty foods, arts and crafts and more every Saturday through Sept. 28. Sat, 6/15, 9am. Free. Tamarack Junction Casino, 13101 S. Virginia St., (775) 7465024, shirleysfarmersmarkets.com.

STAR TOURS AT THE COSMOARIUM: Tahoe Star Tours offers weekly presentations on the nighttime sky. Gather around a warm fire pit and take in the galaxies above with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. Thu, 6/13-Sat, 6/15, 8:15pm. $22.50-$45. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.northstarcalifornia.com.

STEWART FATHER’S DAY POWWOW: Experience Native American heritage, history and pride at the annual gathering featuring more than 200 dancers, over 40 arts and crafts vendors and Indian tacos. The Stewart Father’s Powwow benefits the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian School. Fri, 6/14, 7pm; Sat, 6/15, 1pm & 7pm; Sun, 6/16, 2pm. Stewart Indian School Facility, 5500 Snyder Ave, Carson City, (775) 687-7605, stewartindianschool.com.

TAHOE CITY FOOD & WINE CLASSIC: The annual event gives participants the opportunity to sip, shop and explore. Stroll the scenic lakefront sidewalks tasting wines and nosh on tasty bites from 30 wineries, local restaurants and caterers. Sat, 6/15, 1pm. $20-$50. Downtown Tahoe City along North Lake Boulevard, tahoecitywinewalk.com.

TAHOE CITY SOLSTICE FESTIVAL: Tahoe City celebrates the beginning of summer during its 12th annual festival offering several days of events and activities, including the Solstice Classic Car Stroll on Thursday, Tahoe City Wine Walk on Saturday, Concert at Commons Beach on Sunday, among other events. Thu, 6/13Wed, 6/19. Downtown Tahoe City along North Lake Boulevard, visittahoecity. org/event/tahoe-city-solstice-festival.

TRUCKEE THURSDAYS SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL: The 12th annual event features live music, a food court, artisan vendors, merchant and community displays, children’s activities and a beer garden every Thursday, June 13-Aug. 29. There will be no event on July 4. Thu, 6/13, 5pm. Free. Downtown Truckee, Donner Pass Road, Bridge Street, and nearby streets, www.truckeethursdays.com.

VALHALLA ART, MUSIC & THEATRE FESTIVAL: The 40th annual festival celebration of the arts begins in mid-June with events and activities that continue through August. Events occur in the Boathouse Theatre, The Valhalla Grand Hall, and the Grand Lawn. Wed, 6/19. $0-$34. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

WHEELED FOOD WEDNESDAYS AT THE BAC: Brewery Arts Center hosts this food truck event offering a wide variety of food every Wednesday, June 19 through Sept. 19. There will also be kids activities, performances by different musicians and four movie nights, put on by the Carson City Classic Cinema Club, following Wheeled Food Wednesday. This year’s films are Disney’s The Little Mermaid on June 19, Monsters University on July 17, West Side Story on Aug. 21 and Hook on Sept. 18. Wed, 6/19, 5:30pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

ONSTAGE ART IN MOTION SPRING RECITAL: Art In Motion Spring Dance Recital presents class choreography in ballet, jazz, hip hop, Broadway, contemporary and lyrical styles. Competitive teams showcase award-winning dances with highlights from the top high score winners from 2019. Sun, 6/16, 3pm. $18$20. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 686-6600, pioneercenter.com.

BLUESDAYS: The series continues with Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings. Tue, 6/18. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com/ events-things-do/bluesdays.

CONCERTS AT COMMONS BEACH: Sacramento’s Mumbo Gumbo performs as part of the summer concert series. Sun, 6/16, 4pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, concertsatcommonsbeach.com.

THE FOREIGNER: Reno Little Theater presents Larry Shue’s two-act comedy. The play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) doesn’t understand English. Thu, 6/13-Sat, 6/15, 7:30pm; Sun, 6/16, 2pm. $15$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The summer concert series kicks off with Dead Winter Carpenters. Wed, 6/19, 6:30pm. Free. Truckee Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, tdrpd.org.

K-BULL 98.1 RENO RODEO KICK OFF CONCERT: Singer Chris Janson and opening act Tyler Farr perform at the kick-off concert of the 100th annual Reno Rodeo. Wed, 6/19, 6pm. $50-$65. RenoSparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N Wells Ave, (775) 329-3877.

LAZY 5 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: The 15th annual music series continues with a performance by Decoy. Bring low-back chairs. Wed, 6/19, 6:30pm. Free. Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1866, www.washoecounty.us.

NIGHT ON BROADWAY: Join the Great Futures Productions Musical Theatre troupe for a night of Broadway hits. The concert will feature music from more than 18 different musicals, including such hits as Les Misérables, Wicked, Bye Bye Birdie, Dear Evan Hansen and Hairspray. Fri, 6/14-Sat, 6/15, 7pm. Free. Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach, (530) 546-4324.

P’OPERA! ALFRESCO: Bring a picnic and

enjoy the music of P’Opera. Sun, 6/16, 6pm. $20. Toiyabe Golf Club, 19 Lightning W Ranch Road, New Washoe City, (775) 233-5105, poperanv.org.

ROCKY DAWUNI: International music star Rocky Dawuni is a Ghanina singersongwriter who performs his signature “Afro Roots” music which is a mixture of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul. Sat, 6/15, 7:30pm. Free. Centennial Stage, Oats Park, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 423-1440, www.churchillarts.org.

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD: Black Ice Theatre Co. presents Tom Stoppard’s modern dramatic masterpiece. Thu, 6/13-Sat, 6/15, 7:30pm; Sun, 6/16, 2pm. $15-$20. Duke Theater, Lake Tahoe Community College, 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, blackicetheatreco.webnode.com.

SQUAW ALPINE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: Pura Vida performs as part of the music series at High Camp. Fri, 6/14, noon. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.


by AMY ALKON

The pathogen of least resistance I live with my girlfriend, who’s really picky about how clean and tidy the house has to be. God forbid I put a bowl on the dish rack that isn’t perfectly immaculate or leave tiny bits of hair in the sink after I shave. She gets totally grossed out by small things that I don’t think are a big deal. If this stuff is ridiculous, should I really have to abide by her rules? And is this a woman thing? Other girlfriends of mine have been like this, too. Research consistently finds that women have far greater “disgust sensitivity” than men—meaning they have a stronger predisposition to experience disgust. Disgust comes in three forms (per evolutionary psychologist Joshua Tybur): sexual, moral and pathogen. Sexual disgust leads a person to feel creeped out about having sex with evolutionarily disadvantageous partners (too old, too closely related or sporting a big pustule that screams STD.) Moral disgust leads us to be all “Oh, yuck!” about people who violate moral standards. And finally, there’s the pathogen disgust your girlfriend’s expressing, which protects us from bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins by making us beat a retreat from sick people, dead bodies, spoiled food and bodily fluids like mucus, spit and poo. Evolutionary psychologist Laith Al-Shawaf and his colleagues call women’s greater disgust sensitivity “puzzling in light of their well-documented immunological superiority.” Though we think of women as more physically fragile than men, they actually have “stronger immune responses,” which offer them “better protection than men from a variety of diseases.” However, Al-Shawaf and his colleagues have some evolutionarily driven hypotheses—informed guesses—for why women are more easily grossed out: (a) Women’s bodies are basically the factories where both parents’ genes get passed on to the next generation. (b) Mothers are also more likely to transmit infections to children. (c) Women have likewise had a greater role in “keeping children away from pathogens and teaching

them effective disease-avoidance principles.” (d) Ancestral women had a greater role in food cleaning and prep. The researchers had a couple of hypotheses about men, too—why men evolved to have lower levels of disgust: (a) It serves men “to convey immune strength” to attract babes and to “facilitate short-term mating.” (Men’s lowered standards for hygiene, etc., mean a larger pool of potential sex partners!) (b) As the hunters and warriors of the species, men need lower levels of disgust “related to blood, injury and death” lest they be all “Shoot it with an arrow? But it’ll bleed, and I pass out at the sight of blood!” As interesting as all of this speculation is, for purposes of relationship harmony, the reason your girlfriend is more easily disgusted doesn’t actually matter. Likewise, whether what she wants you to do seems rational isn’t relevant, either—tempting as it might be to adjudicate this on scientific grounds. Understanding this is important. A lot of unnecessary relationship conflict comes out of people thinking they need to stand up against beliefs by their partner that they find kind of Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Often—assuming a partner’s beliefs are merely annoying, not endangering—a wiser approach is acting on the principle that the facts matter vastly less than the feelings behind them. In your situation, for example, what counts is that you’re kind and respectful—meaning that you do your best to remember to clean up, especially in the bathroom and kitchen (major gross-out arenas)— simply because it’s important to your girlfriend. And when you forget—apologize, making sure to validate her feelings: “I know this matters to you—I’ll try to do better.” Hearing that you get where she’s coming from tells her something—that she doesn’t need to keep fighting to make you understand. Ω

ERIK HOLLAND

Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).

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cian Brian Wilson began writing and recording best-selling songs with his band the Beach Boys. A seminal moment in his development happened while he was listening to his car radio in August 1963. A tune he had never heard before came on: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes. Wilson was so excited he pulled over onto the shoulder of the road so he could devote his full attention to what he considered a shockingly beautiful work of art. “I started analyzing all the guitars, pianos, bass, drums and percussion,” he told The New York Times. “Once I got all those learned, I knew how to produce records.” I suspect a pivotal moment like this could unfold for you in the coming weeks. Be alert!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your soul is so rich and

complicated, so many-splendored and mysterious, so fertile and generous. I’m amazed you can hold all the poignant marvels you contain. Isn’t it sometimes a struggle for you to avoid spilling over? Like a river at high tide during heavy rains? And yet every so often there come moments when you go blank; when your dense, luxuriant wonders go missing. That’s OK! It’s all part of the Great Mystery. You need these fallow phases. And I suspect that the present time might be such a time. If so, here’s a fragment of a poem by Cecilia Woloch to temporarily use as your motto: “I have nothing to offer you now save my own wild emptiness.”

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Let me keep my mind on

what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Virgo poet Mary Oliver said that. It was perfectly reasonable for her, given her occupation, although a similar declaration might sound outlandish coming from a non-poet. Nonetheless, I’ll counsel you to inhabit that frame of mind at least part-time for the next two weeks. I think you’ll benefit in numerous ways from ingesting more than your minimum daily dose of beauty, wonder, enchantment and astonishment.

in the coming weeks—a criticism that doesn’t squelch enthusiasm and punish mistakes, but instead champions the life spirit and helps it ripen.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Help may be hovering

nearby, but in an unrecognizable guise. Rumpled but rich opportunities will appear at the peripheries, though you may not immediately recognize their value. A mess that you might prefer to avoid looking at could be harboring a very healthy kind of trouble. My advice to you, therefore, is to drop your expectations. Be receptive to possibilities that have not been on your radar. Be willing to learn lessons you have neglected or disdained in the past.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As much as I love

logic and champion rational thinking, I’m granting you a temporary exemption from their supremacy. To understand what’s transpiring in the coming weeks, and to respond with intelligence, you will have to transcend logic and reason. They will simply not be sufficient guides as you wrestle and dance with the Great Riddle that will be visiting. You will need to unleash the full power of your intuition. You must harness the wisdom of your body and the information it reveals to you via physical sensations. You will benefit from remembering at least some of your nightly dreams and inviting them to play on your consciousness throughout the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the sake of your

emotional and spiritual health, you may need to temporarily withdraw or retreat from one or more of your alliances. But I recommend that you don’t do anything drastic or dramatic. Refrain from harsh words and sudden breaks. For now, seal yourself away from influences that are stirring up confusion so you can concentrate on reconnecting with your own deepest truths. Once you’ve done that for a while, you’ll be primed to find helpful clues about where to go next in managing your alliances.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I’ve got a list of do’s and

don’ts for you. Do play and have fun more than usual. But don’t indulge in naive assumptions and infantile emotions that interfere with your ability to see the world as it really is. Do take aggressive action to heal any sense of abandonment you’re still carrying from the old days. But don’t poison yourself with feelings of blame toward the people who abandoned you. Do unleash wild flights of fantasy and marvelous speculations about seemingly impossible futures that maybe aren’t so impossible. But don’t get so fixated on wild fantasies and marvelous speculations that you neglect to embrace the subtle joys that are actually available to you right now.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “At times, so many

memories trample my heart that it becomes impossible to know just what I’m feeling and why,” writes Piscean poet Mark Nepo. While that experience is familiar to everyone, it’s especially common for Pisceans. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: In the coming weeks, your heart is unlikely to be trampled by your memories. Hence, you will have an excellent chance to know exactly what you’re feeling and why. The weight of the past will at least partially dissolve and you’ll be freer than usual to understand what’s true for you right now, without having to sort through confusing signals about who you used to be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran philosopher Michel

Foucault articulated a unique definition of “criticism.” He said that it doesn’t dish out judgments or hand down sentences. Rather, it invigorates things by encouraging them, by identifying dormant potentials and hidden beauty. Paraphrasing and quoting Foucault, I’ll tell you that this alternate type of criticism ignites useful fires and sings to the grass as it grows. It looks for the lightning of possible storms and coaxes codes from the sea foam. I hope you’ll practice this kind of criticism

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by MAtt BiEKER

Bar owner

just kind of sterile. A lot of the bars I remember first going to when I came of age had, like, old fireplaces, and they’d have these fireside chats and I always thought that was cool. I knew I wanted to bring that back into vogue.

Arthur Farley In January, St. James Infirmary quietly closed its doors for renovations, and just as quietly reopened them two weeks ago. Arthur Farley is the owner and proprietor of the Infirmary, as well as Brasserie Saint James and The Saint . Farley launched the Infirmary over a decade ago, and, 11 years later, has made changes in line with his original vision for the place.

When I originally opened this bar in 2008, it was actually supposed to open at the end of 2006 but there was, like, code changes and the building’s owner had to do a lot of stuff to get us permitted for the operation we wanted. So, we ended up opening, like, a year and a half later than we originally planned. When I actually took possession of it, my son, who’s now almost 11, had just been born three days before. So I was scrambling, to say the least, with a new baby and everything. … There were things that I did I was really happy with, and I love the original St. James, but there were things that I did finish-wise that were more about getting done and getting open than actually what I would’ve done if I had time. As you can see, everything now has this old wood paneling and steel, you know,

PHOTO/MATT BIEKER

What was the idea behind the renovations?

Anything that you’re happy to have changed, specifically?

chrome edges and corners on everything. Because of the galaxy block front and the flat roof of the building, I always saw this place as like a hip father’s den, like a midcentury, Mad Men-esque place. And so I knew I really wanted that, and this time I actually had the time, by shutting it down and gutting it, I had time to do it exactly how I wanted to do it originally while still kind of respecting the original place.

It struck me as kind of a classic Tahoe, Cal-Neva Lodge vibe when I walked in. You know, when I first turned 21 ... my sister was in school in Vegas and I’d go visit her, and I’m from L.A. When I was in L.A., we’d pop into these old bars that were built like in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and they all had just a cool vibe, which I didn’t feel like newer places had that. They were too industrial or modern or

I mean, I always wanted to have some rock. But when you’re doing rock on the scale that we’ve done at this time, no one can work in here for those couple of weeks it takes just to do those few rock accent walls. It’s just noisy. It’s messy. So, that was something I just said, “Well, it would be cool, but let’s shelve that for a later date.”... So, that’s the stuff I wanted to put back and the fireplace thing was something I really, really wanted to do, but we’d already permitted—you know, it just didn’t happen.

The fireplace took over the DJ booth. What’s the plan for music? At first, I thought it was a cool idea to have the band in the window, but you’re walking up behind the band, which is kind of cool but kind of weird too. And now you walk in, you’re sort of rudely walking right in front of the band. And everybody always wants pictures of themselves and the old Reno sign. So I felt, “Well that should be the stage.” So when you walk in, you’re looking straight at the Reno sign, which is right above the stage. And so then I created sort of a built-in DJ room, but the DJ can also set up out on the stage if he wants to. Ω

by BRUCE VAN DYKE

Vetoing voter choice The two biggest political disasters of my 66-year-old existence have taken place because of a dreadful, outdated institution called the Electoral College. The bizarre machinery of this rank thing has made possible the elections of the two worst presidents in U.S. history, and that’s not opinion, that’s fact. It’s not even close. Dubya was the hands-down winner of that unfortunate title until Dum Dum the Malevolent Mob Boss showed up. Is it a coincidence that the two Lamest Effing Morons ever to occupy the White House also just happened to lose the national popular vote? Methinks not. It was only the twisted reality of the E.C. that saved the day for Republicans, and the result has been nothing less than incalculable damage to both people and planet. So I was shocked when I saw that our new Democratic Governor Sissylak vetoed the Nevada ver-

sion of the National Popular Vote Bill, a measure that would abolish the accursed E.C. once and for all. Not just shocked, but out and out gobsmacked. Here’s how the NPV bill would perform this urgently needed mercy killing—if states comprising a total of 270 electoral votes pass it, the Wrecktoral College is dead. Poof. Just like that. The President would then be elected by a national popular vote, as in the candidate with the most votes wins. What a concept. Pretty complex, I know, but I’m guessing most Americans could eventually learn to cope. So Sissylak vetoed it. Unbelievable. We were all set to toss our puny little six-pack of chump change electoral votes down the sewer hole of history, where it belongs, and Sissylak then fired up his political air ball. He defended this rank brain fart with some weakass twaddle about how Nevada would

have a diminished role in choosing the blah, blah, blah and you know what, Governor Steve? You just screwed up. Big time. How could you? Goddammit, WTF were you thinking? By comparison, our neighbors in Oregon just signed the NPV bill into law. With Oregon’s 12 Electoral Votes, the national tally now stands at 196, culled from 16 states ranging in size from Delaware to California. That means only 74 more electoral votes from any combination of states are needed to kill this ancient absurdity that sprang from the minds of elitist, racist, sexist slavers wearing really stupid powdered wigs. Our six votes would’ve helped the cause. It would’ve sent a nice message. A real nice message. And I’ll tell you this, Gov. Steve—I bet Chris Giunchigliani would’ve signed that sumbitch into law. Ω

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