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Out of town Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Last weekend, Margot and I loaded the kids in the fam van and struck out south. We were headed to the wedding of my good friend Dave Pomeranz, an ex-Reno guy who’s now an emergency doc down in Bishop, California. He and his lovely bride, Moriel, had a beautiful ceremony at a gorgeous spot overlooking Rock Creek Lake, in the Sierra. And yes, the wedding was so nice I feel fully justified in using the adjectives “lovely,” “beautiful” and “gorgeous” in the same sentence. We made a weekend of it. Mama Margot and the older kids rode mules along mountain trails. (I stayed behind with the baby.) We visited Bishop’s Mountain Rambler brewery and had a few beers with the proprietor, my good friend Joe Lane, another ex-Reno guy who has done well in Bishop. If you’re ever in Bishop and want a beer, head there. But the wedding was the highlight. Dancing under the stars, dogs and children swarming around, good friends, great food, even better booze, the effects of which were intensified by the high elevation (over 9,000 feet). At the wedding dinner, we sat next to an older couple, Darla and Bob, who mentioned that they had lived in Reno for a few years during the late 1980s. “What was the best thing about living in Reno back then?” Margot asked. (She grew up in Pennsylvania, and, although I lived in Reno for much of the ’80s, my primary concern was, “What time does Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles start?”) “Well, back then, and I think it’s probably still true, the best thing about living in Reno was how easy it was to get out of town,” Bob said. “Most urban places, it’s surrounded by more urban places. From Reno, it’s really easy to get out of town and discover some beautiful natural places.” Yep, that’s still true.

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This year the Reno Rodeo will be observing it’s 100-year anniversary. A country is proud to celebrate a centennial. A business would celebrate 100 years of staying in business. A person has reason to celebrate 100 years of healthy life. But 100 years of animal abuse? Not so much. But rootin’ tootin’ rodeos are fun, right? There is nothing “fun” about rodeos for an animal. A terrified animal confined to a chute or a holding pen is subjected to an electric prod, a sharp stick and a pinching “bucking” strap. Kicked, hit and beaten. When released into an arena, it is frantic. The roping of calves causes their necks to be snapped back by a lasso and can result in terrible injuries. Then they are sent to the slaughterhouse. Entertainment? The Reno Rodeo is an archaic competition that is best relegated to the annals of a shameful history. Let its 100-year run be just that. Alexandra Brenke Reno

Las Vegas fan Re “North versus South” (Bars & Clubs Guide 2019, March 7): You missed an important difference between Reno and Vegas. Vegas is an unapologetically gaudy and philistine, sleazy shithole filled with shallow cackles of deluded bachelor and bachelorette parties dressed up like they fell out of a ’90s Middle East discount boutique that wraps all their clothes in plastic, not to mention the glut of overpriced corporate beer and spirits engineered with corn syrup and GMO adjuncts and generously dusted with glyphosates. Vegas can seriously go f#ck themselves in the a## like they do to all the gluttonous tourists. Ed Park Reno

Democracy fan I’ve had three opportunities to ask semi-large groups of people, “Who’s read the Mueller

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report?” and in each case it was a resounding zero. There were different demographic groups represented in each case so a total zero response indicates a very scary situation. Topics covered in the report—an overt attack on our electoral system, unreported interactions between one of the campaigns and the Kremlin, and a potential cover-up of crimes and corruption at the highest level— should be a high priority for any American, but a propaganda campaign based on preserving ignorance seems to be working. The forefathers had a vision of a nation where the people ran the show. But it required an educated electorate that actively participated. If we the people would rather watch the crap on TV than take time to read a document that has the potential to expose a fraud that in my mind is the equivalent of a coup, what does that say about our future? All folks need do is read the summaries in the report to know which side has been blatantly lying to you. Then ask, “why” with an expectation of answers. Michel Rottmann Virginia City Highlands

California fan Re “Give the legislature a grade” (Streetalk, June 6): [For the benefit of online readers who don’t see our print-only features, in answer to the street question, Neil Crowley said in part, “I left California and don’t want to see Nevada become California East.”] Did anyone get as big a laugh from Neil Crowley’s comment as I did? When I was born in Ely in ’48, there were about 110,000 people in the state at that time, according to the 1950 census. Do you think, Neil, that the state’s 3.3 million current residents all came from a massive procreational orgy from those original 110,000 residents? Ask around and see how many native relics like me you can find in these parts. I think the joke is on you. Maybe you should have thought about the remaking of Nevada before you moved here. Michael Mirich Reno 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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Conduit fan Taking this conduit, allow me to get two things off my chest. 1) S. Virginia Street should have been repaved after crews tore it up. S. Virginia may be one of the bumpiest streets in any larger city in Nevada. A visitor might think he or she is not in a tourist destination, but the poor side of town. “Midtown?” The street is more like shanty town. 2) The ad for the Reno Rodeo. What is with the use of the word “damm?” Totally over the top. Everyone respects the toughness and roughness of rodeo participants. Language should be polite. Ask any cowboy. Samuel Margolies Reno


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Are you going to the rodeo? aSked at 1864 tavern, 290 caLifornia ave.

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If I have the time off work, I’m definitely going. I do every year. As many days as I can go, I go. It’s a tremendous amount of fun. I usually go at least one night with my parents. My mom loves the bulls.

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I saw the signs at the airport, and I hadn’t planned on going, but I came into [this tavern], and it’s been recommended by my new friends here. If I go, it would be my first rodeo.

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Snuffing free choice Donald Trump, Nov. 6, 2012: “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” As with so many things, Trump’s position on this changes depending on whether it affects him personally. He stood to gain from the presidential electors system, so he shed his opposition to it like a skin, no matter what it did to the nation. But he was right the first time. Here’s our question: If the presidential electors system is so great, why don’t other democracies need it? President Kennedy once said, “Though we like to think of ourselves as a young country, this is the oldest republic in the world. When the United States was founded there was a king in France, and a czar in Russia, and an emperor in Peking. They have all been wiped away, but the United States has still survived.” And yet this most mature of democracies clings to a remnant of the founders’ suspicion of the public. Other democracies wonder why a nation with the United States’ distrust of bureaucracy nevertheless lets this clunky mechanism get between voters and their free choice. In 1968, there was an effort by U.S. House members—led by Republican Charles Goodell and Democrat Morris Udall—to circumvent the electors in order to shield the nation from that year’s formidable third party white supremacist candidate. Three British reporters covering that U.S. election wrote of the presidential electors system, “One can well agree—one can hardly deny—that this was a weakness in the Constitution.”

It’s hard to imagine other democracies pitting their regions against each other as we do—Kilkenny against Donegal, or Normandie against Nouvelle-Aquitaine, or New Brunswick against Alberta. But the harmony between administrative jurisdictions that exists in those places is, politicians like Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak believe, not good enough for the United States of America. Here, our politicians thrive on conflict at public expense. As reported in our news section last week (“Voters’ choice?” June 13), the electors system we now endure was not the invention of the founders, so there is no need to tiptoe around it speaking in whispers as though it were hallowed. Their system has been supplanted by one invented by political parties, who select the electors with little thought in their state party conventions and then bind them to their parties with pledges that prevent them from being the free agents the founders envisioned. Instead of the distinguished citizens the founders envisioned as electors, they now act solely as party functionaries. Often, as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Robert Jackson and William O. Douglas described them, they are “party lackeys and intellectual nonentities.” They see the interests of their parties as superior to the interests of the nation. And the appointment of a president is in their hands. Sometimes, as in 2016, they get to vote on who will be president, and Russia in that year had a say in who became president. But thanks to the electors system, the public did not. The public’s voice was snuffed as effectively as a pillow over a face, suffocating free choice to death, and the U.S. ended up with an unelected president, again. Ω

I do want to go, but I probably won’t end up going. The reason I do want to go is because I want to get up close and personal and take some really cool reference photos of the action so I can paint them. I think it’s a beautiful, long-standing tradition, especially to the Reno area. Sergio godine z Bartender

I’m going, but I don’t know what day. I go every year, but not every day. My dad was a cowboy. He loves horses and all that stuff. I was a city boy … but I learned a lot from him because everyone thinks you just hop on a horse and you’re good. I love it when it comes to town.

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Absolutely not. I’m not into country music. I’m not into the mass crowds. I feel like a lot of people just all-of-a-sudden become super country when the rodeo comes around to Reno. It’s just not for me.

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Needed: A trustworthy president Like every progressive who believes in leaders who are intelligent, honest and decent human beings, I’m firmly in the camp of “anybody but Trump” in the 2020 presidential elections. But I’m not sure there’s one candidate more likely to beat Trump than another. His fanatical supporters are stuck in their blind loyalty and ignorance while the rest of us, the majority of voters, know he’s been in office far too long already. We just have to show up and vote him out in 2020. During this long run-up to primary season, I’ve been searching for a candidate who inspires me and whose policies I believe will lead our country in a better direction. Change is desperately needed in so many areas, but, for me, the over-riding issue is income inequality. I am thoroughly disgusted by corporations and their wealthy CEOs who earn hundreds of millions of dollars—seriously, whose work could possibly be worth that much?—and yet guzzle at the trough of corporate welfare

every chance they get while also arguing that a minimum wage of $7.25 is plenty for those not lucky enough to live in a mansion. That’s why I’m throwing my support behind Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic primary. Warren wants to tax ultra-millionaires, the top 0.1 percent of Americans, a mere 2 percent tax each year on every dollar of net worth above $50 million and a 3 percent tax on every dollar of net worth above $1 billion. Surely these ultra-rich millionaires can spare 2 or 3 cents on every dollar once they’ve accumulated more than $50 million in assets. This small assessment will affect just 75,000 households but will generate $2.75 trillion in revenue over a 10-year period. It’s the very least they can do to help a country that has rewarded them with more riches than any one person deserves. Warren wants to spend the money to cover the cost of universal child care and early learning for poor working families, and to cancel student debt and make

college more affordable. She wants to create jobs by creating or rehabilitating more than three million affordable housing units by setting the estate tax back where it was when George W. Bush was president. I like Warren’s concept of accountable capitalism to compel the boards of large corporations to consider the interests of workers and communities in their decision-making, not just the interests of shareholders. She wants at least 40 percent of board members to be workers, a powerful voice to oppose stock buybacks that just make the rich richer instead of raising wages to let everyone share in the wealth they created. Public lands are also important to me, and Warren has pledged to end offshore drilling on day one of her presidency. She takes climate change seriously and pledges $2 trillion toward developing and exporting green technology. Warren also seems to understand what is driving the opioid epidemic and

plans to allocate significant resources to first responders, public health departments and communities to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services. And while there’s certainly room for debate within the progressive community, I agree with Warren’s plan to abolish the presidential electors system and impeach our deceitful president. But what clinched the deal for me is her commitment to raise wages and fund education and training for child care workers, the people we entrust with our most vulnerable pre-school children. She thinks they should be paid salaries similar to public school teachers, a stance I wholly support, to raise quality and reduce turnover of these vital workers. The first Democratic candidate debates are next week. Spend a couple of hours and hear them out. I’ll be rooting for Warren. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

Welfare update

A bear sculpture stands in front of one of the lodge buildings. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS

In an ABC interview, U.S. Rep. Alexandria OcasioCortez faulted Amazon—owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos—for its wage rates. Amazon has facilities in Nevada both north and south. Ocasio-Cortez argued that wages paid by Amazon contributed to Bezos’ estimated $117 billion fortune. She told anchor Jonathan Karl if Bezos’ fortune is “predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of the ability to access health care,” that is a public policy problem. Bezos did not respond. The corporation issued a statement: “These allegations are absurd. Amazon associates receive industry-leading pay starting at $15 an hour. … Amazon pre-pays 95% of continuing education tuition costs through its Career Choice program for associates who want to pursue in-demand careers.” The corporation also posted a tweet: “@AOC is just wrong. Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage.” Reader comments were posted under the tweet. Samples: “I work for Amazon in one of $15/hr jobs and I have to say we are in constant battle to finding shifts, benefits, and pay! Our job what we do for customer care is worth more than what Amazon earns and I think a $15/hr+3% commission would make it more sensible.” “For packing boxes?” “And? Amazon makes billions just because we buy shit. Either way, packing boxes is honest work.” “They should stop requiring taxpayers to pay for their warehouses and to pay their employees. I have nothing against welfare, when needed, but Billionaires getting hundreds of millions in corporate welfare is ridiculous!” An Amazon facility in Washoe County was subsidized by a four-year state business tax abatement valued at $408,100, according to Good Jobs First, which monitors corporate welfare. The abatement was designed to attract 600 jobs paying $17 an hour. The value of all state/local subsidy awards Amazon has received is $2,400,136,208.

referendum blocked In 1990, Nevadans voted in a referendum to retain the state’s Roe-style abortion statutes (“Campaign for Choice,” RN&R, June 6). Missourians are now trying a twist on that effort—putting the new state anti-abortion law on the ballot so it can be voted on by Missourians. But Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (the son of exactly who you think) has rejected their petitions. The Missouri referendum law says referendums cannot be used on “laws necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety” and Ashcroft claims that language applies to the abortion law. The Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union was in court on the echo of Ashcroft’s statement.

—Dennis Myers






Sundance down A beloved forest lodge slowly goes the decision by owner Gary Schultz to bulldoze an old lodge on Mount Rose has aroused two generations of memories in local and distant minds. Alan Burnside, at the University of Nevada, Reno in the 1960s, now of Southern California, told us, “It’ll always be Sundance to me. I drove past it last time I was up there and saw the collapsed roof. ‘Spero’s Zero’s’ beer softball games against Buddy Mercer’s Mercer-inaries were epic games. I still have my jersey.” Sundance and nearby properties—including the adjoining Christmas Tree—once provided fine dining, and many Reno baby boomers recall their parents going up the hill on Saturday nights out. “Those were babysitter nights,” a former student of St. Thomas Aquinas School in Reno told us. Nailing down accurate information is difficult. The site had several names—Rosemount, Sundance and Reindeer among them—and the

current owner does not know when it was built. He guessed 1953 for a 50th anniversary event. An online site refers to the “early history of the Reindeer Lodge ... ’40s and ’50s.” Actually, it was built in 1957. A Dec. 19, 1957 Reno Evening Gazette article on the opening read, “Termed by many as ‘just what the growing Mt. Rose recreational area has needed for years,’ the new Rosemount Lodge opens in the big horseshoe bend just below the Christmas Tree Friday at 7:00 p.m. to give the public a chance to sample the cuisine as well as inspect the expensive premises.” That would have been Dec. 21. A subsequent photo caption that month read, “THE ROSEMOUNT LODGE fireplace provided a warm and cozy lounging spot for the group of skiers enjoying a preview evening at the Mt. Rose highway resort.” Jackie Powers—then Jackie Manoukian—attended that opening.

She recalls the lodge as a good place for the college-aged young, and the opening as exciting. “Because everything then was done like a Hollywood premiere, it was fun, it was excitement with people my age,” she said. “The opening of a new venue was just another excuse for celebrating. I was never a drinker, but it was just— Reno was a very small town then. Your acquaintances were people you got together with frequently.” Three years later, the census would put Reno’s population at 51,470. Reno grew by almost that much—45,287—in just the 10 years between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. “Of course, we had no idea of the growth we would see,” Powers said. The 1960 growth rate was 4.71 percent. In 2010, the city—no longer as welcoming to growth—had a 2.26 growth rate. In 1957, the lodge’s owners were reported as Denny Hill and Harry and George Vonderheide. A 1967 Nevada State Journal ad gave the then-operators as Jim and Harriett Francis. A now-deleted website hosted by Sven Svenhardt had some more information from reader comments. Kim Henrick wrote, “My father built the Reindeer Lodge (then the Rosemount Lodge) in 1957. The roof that is now collapsing was installed over four army barracks that were brought in by truck from Herlong, California.”

In the 1960s, the lodge became better known for music than food, and the age of patrons dropped a generation. Like a lot of legendary music sites, it is sometimes difficult to sort out who did and did not appear, but Elvin Bishop, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Elton John, Leon Russell and Tommy Tutone have been reported as performers at Sundance. The availability of those kind of acts dwindled as the baby boomers reached the age to gamble legally, prompting the casinos to lose their longtime disdain for rock ’n’ roll performers.

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turn. He didn’t see the oncoming car and swerved into a stand of Manzanita to avoid a head-on and wrapped both legs around his handlebars. We stopped, of course, called for an ambulance ... back up to Sundance [it was Diane Rugg said in an email, “I don’t a pre-cell phone time], while some stayed think there’s anything quite like that around with him. He was hospitalized and lost both here anymore. ... It was great fun, good legs. A total stranger.” times, great people in the late ’60s and early The source said he thinks the games ’70s in the Truckee Meadows and High ended after that. Numerous people we Sierra from Pyramid to Tahoe, Gerlach to contacted expressed dismay at the kind of American Flat, to the hot springs out there drinking behavior they engaged in during south of Carson somewhere, when we was that period. “Have no idea how I got home. hippies.” ... Got by with a little help from my friends,” one said. Another wrote to us, “INSANE. Sober recollection Defies logic that we lived.” One person wrote of taking an overdressed Owner Schmidt, a community activist date who was wearing an all-white outfit to who has occasionally run for public office, Sundance. “[W]hen she flopped herself down has begun demolition, but it seems to be in one of the many couches ... all we could going slowly and there is still a lot standsee was a terrific blast of dust.” ing. Equipment has taken some big One person who signed bites out of the structures. The herself Katherine wrote, site is fenced with signs “Back in the early ’70s reading “KEEP OUT” and when it was called the “NO TRESPASSING.” Sundance Lodge, we There is a substantial would night ski just amount of mining across the street at equipment on the Tannenbaum, then lodge property stop in at the lodge or adjoining lots. for a martini or three An essay Schmidt before heading down provided to us says he the hill home to Reno. bought the lodge “as On one of those nights, an investment in 1972, Diane Rugg while enjoying our when it was called the martini, someone jacked up Sundance.” He changed the my car on two sides and stole name to Reindeer Lodge. my two back wheels. Because I He seems to know the meaning had only one spare, and because it had it has to people, writing in an email, “I snowed so much that night I couldn’t arrange was honored to be at the helm for almost for a tow until the next day. The bartender let five decades. Many thanks to all those that me stay in one of the guest rooms that night. worked the decks, provided the song, those Lots of memories of the old place, mostly that partook of the voyage.” good, one not so good.” In 2017, Svenhardt wrote, “With the She may have been thinking of this Christmas Tree Restaurant and the Galena incident: There were softball games played Lodge closed, and the Reindeer falling into regularly, and the custom was to pick the decay, folks returning from skiing have umpire “out of the crowd of onlookers.” virtually no Apres Ski opportunities once At one game, according to a source who revelers are kicked out of the Timbers Bar participated, a fellow who had volunteered an hour or so after the chairs stop spinto umpire “drank a beer for every run scored. ning. This is truly a sad state of affairs as After the game, he drove down Mt. Rose we have no place to come together after Highway on his motorcycle. We were in [a] a powder day [to] tell our lies about the jeep. He attempted to pass us in the oncomcornices we jumped and face shots we ing lane going down, and around a blind enjoyed.” Ω

“I don’t think there’s anything quite like that around here anymore.”

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Go north Wanderlust Festival The Wanderlust Festival aims to help people find their “true north” through yoga, meditation, music, food and arts. The 2019 event will feature talent such as MC Yogi, world renowned yoga instructor and performing artist, as well as yoga instructor Seane Corn and many more. It’s happening July 18-21 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Friday night will feature music from Above and Beyond. On Saturday night it’s Thievery Corporation. Attendees can also participate in silent disco, meditation sessions, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and a pool party, and eat locally sourced foods at farm-to-table dinners. In celebration of Wanderlust’s 10th anniversary at Squaw Valley, the festival is adding on full-day immersions on Thursday and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes to the upcoming event. The immersion sessions allow attendees to spend the day in groups with instructors aimed at helping people with yoga, meditation, nutrition and personal development. There are three immersion choices. The first immersion—called Love is Rising, Everywhere— will be led by Kyle Cease, keynote speaker and New York Times best selling author. The second immersion—Entering the Heart: Training in freedom—will be led by Scott Schwenk, who has over 25 years leading meditation. The third option—Building the Warrior Heart—will be lead by Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco. Forrest is recognized around the world for her pioneering in yoga and Calarco for his experience in producing large-scale events. “We really focused on putting together what we thought to be the greatest


Wanderlust line-up of all time, both across the core of yoga and meditation and on the music side,” said Wanderlust CEO and co-founder Sean Hoess. Wanderlust held their first festival at Squaw Valley in 2009. The idea for the festival started when three friends from college wanted to create something together. They all knew how to put on a good party, but wanted to infuse an event with meaning. “It’s introspective and educational and, at the same time, celebratory and community focused,” Hoess said. Wanderlust has seven festivals in other mountain communities across the United States and Canada. The company has yoga studios in Montreal, Lake Tahoe, Austin and Hollywood—as well as an offering for yoga classes led online. They have also created a line of merchandise available through the Wanderlust website that includes women and men’s apparel, yoga clothes, accessories and other products aimed at sustainability—like reusable water bottles, straws and travel utensil sets. The company also has a journal that contains updated stories featuring everything from festival tips, to profiles of yogis. “What makes me the happiest is being able to create an experience that works, and the gratification of seeing a lot of happy faces,” Hoess said. Tickets are available on the company’s website, wanderlust.com. General admission tickets for the full three day event are $401.08 per person. The $1.08 from every ticket sold is donated to charity—a nod to the significance of the number 108 in Hinduism, Buddhism and yogic tradition. Single day, music only and immersion tickets are also available. Ω

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he very first Reno Rodeo was advertised as the city’s “First Annual Carnival of the Range.” Behind it were many of that era’s prominent citizens, including George Wingfield—for whom Wingfield Park is named—and Charles Mapes, Sr., of the once famous Mapes Hotel (demolished in 2000). For the inaugural year, Mapes paid former convicted cattle rustler Will James—who went on to fame as a popular author and illustrator of many Westerns of his era—the princely sum of $20 to illustrate a poster to advertise the rodeo. That was 100 years ago. In years since, posters commissioned for the Reno Rodeo have become something of a collector’s item. (Locals know the walls of the Gold ’n’ Silver Inn are lined with them.) This year’s poster depicts a man named A.H. “Hippy” Burmister, the bucking horse champion of that first 1919 rodeo. It’s one of the ways the Reno Rodeo Association—officially founded back in 1935—is marking the event’s centennial. “We had a hundred horses in the Nevada Day Parade—a hundred riders for a hundred years,” said Mike Torvinen, the 2019 Reno Rodeo president. “That turned out very spectacular. I kept hearing that it was just something to see. I was at the front of the group, so I couldn’t really see what was going on. But I did turn around a few times, and we stretched out two or three blocks down there in Carson City.”

The “100 Years—100 Stories” project, produced by native Nevada photographer and filmmaker Jessie LeMay, is another way the association is commemorating the anniversary. “She is very good at what she does,” Torvinen said. “She interviews people and gets them to tell their stories. And she videotapes that.” The filmed stories have been shared on social media and during a series of live events and will be released on disc as a collection. They’ll join a large archive of already existing materials from the rodeo’s history—many of which have been collected over the years by Guy Clifton, who spent 22 years at the Reno Gazette Journal and is now a public information officer for Nevada’s state museums. “I think, unofficially, he’s probably our official historian,” Torvinen said. “He did his book on the first 80 years [Reno Rodeo: A History—the First 80 Years]. I’ve used that extensively in my research. We have a newsletter, and I try to put a trivia question in there every month. I go to Guy’s book to find some little factoid about Reno Rodeo.”

Curating cowboys “Reno Rodeo: 100 Years of the Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West” debuted on May 15 at the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St., and will remain in place through August. Clifton is its curator and, with the help of NHS staff, has worked over the last year in his spare time to create the exhibit. It’s a pet project of sorts, dedicated to the event for which he provided some 19 years of RGJ reporting. “It became my beat, and I wanted to do it as well as I could—so I just really got into it,” he said. With a book and two decades of reporting under his belt, Clifton’s challenge with the exhibit was not in gathering information but in parsing which information to share within the museum’s limited exhibition space. “You know, you can’t tell a full 100-year story,” he said. “There’s just so much that has happened in that time. So, what you do is try to pick out little vignettes Former Miss reno rodeo Selena of people, places and things that have significance Ulch lent a dress, along the way.” saddle and chaps These vignettes are comprised of archival docuto be used in Guy ments and photos from the historical society and Clifton’s exhibit at the Nevada artifacts Clifton and the staff there have gathered historical Society. from past rodeo contestants and their families. One wall in the museum is dedicated to Nevadans who’ve won championship titles in different competitions at the rodeo like saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. “ ” “The rodeo has always attracted the top competicontinued on page 12 tors from around the country, and it’s actually pretty 06.20.19    |   RN&R   |   11

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rare that a Nevadan wins, because you’re going against the best in the world.” On the opposite wall from this portion of the exhibit is a section covering the history of women’s participation in the rodeo, including in its affiliated pageant. Among the materials gathered here are a dress, saddle and chaps belonging to former Miss Reno Rodeo Selena Ulch. “Selena’s the only woman who’s been Miss Reno Rodeo, Miss Rodeo Nevada and Miss Rodeo America,” Clifton said. “I wanted to make sure that women were included as well because they’re such an integral part of the rodeo,” he said. The exhibit seems not to have missed any of the rodeo’s crucial players, telling the stories of people who’ve filled roles ranging from benefactor to volunteer to bull wrestler—with an abundance of both historical and contemporary photos to accompany. Many of these photos were used by local artist Erik Burke in the creation of a mural commissioned by the rodeo association.

Painting the past

Erik Burke and three assistants have been working on the Reno Rodeo mural on Sutro Street for more than two months now.

“The mural—that’s turned out to be, I think, one of the defining things we’ve done to commemorate our hundredth year,” said Torvinen. “It’s really turned out amazing.” The mural is located on an east-facing wall of the rodeo grounds along Sutro Street, stretching for blocks from Wells Avenue to Eleventh Street. Work on the mural has been underway for more than two months now and will wrap up only a day or two before the rodeo begins. “We began the painting process on April 7— and the design and research and all of that work began several months before that,” Burke said. The challenge with this project, the largest mural Burke has ever painted, was in deciding how to share 100 years of history on just a single stretch of wall. “Technology changes, so we’re trying to root this mural in a time period,” he said. “So, it goes through every decade, and each decade is delineated by a belt buckle. They break the wall into chapters. … Each one of those belt buckles is kind of in the style of that period. … In the mural itself, technology changes, so in the 2010 section there’s a hand holding a cell phone looking at a picture. … But back at the very beginning, it’s an actual photograph with a ripped edge or a big, fat white border with notes on it—kind of how people used to look at their old photographs.” During the research phase of the project, Burke relied heavily on Clifton’s book about the rodeo’s first 80 years. “Mike Mentaberry, who was a past

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president and co-wrote Guy Clifton’s book with him, he gave me a copy, and Guy Clifton signed it—oh, my God,” Burke said. In order to get the massive mural done in time for the rodeo, Burke has recruited help from his brother, Mikey Burke, and two other people— Logan Needham and Edwin Martinez Escobar. Escobar, also a longtime muralist, explained that he was just headed down Sutro Street on a jog one day when he saw Burke working on the mural and asked if he could help. “I’m very thankful for the people who’ve helped work on it—because it’s such an undertaking,” Burke said. “It’ll be 1,800 feet long, and the square footage on it is just ridiculous.” When it’s finished, Burke said he’ll be headed to the rodeo himself—something he hasn’t done in a very long time. “My whole family was involved in the rodeo,” Burke said. “And I believe it’s a great uncle of mine who was the past president, a long time ago. I think it was sometime in the ’40s. My grandmother’s brother, Kenny York, is really involved with the rodeo. But, no, I’ve said before that I feel really guilty sometimes painting this mural because the last time I went to the rodeo was 25 years ago. And I haven’t been back since, so this will be my first year of going back to it—and I might even have to wear cowboy boots.” The mural commemorates the rodeo’s history, but, to Torvinen’s mind, it’s also a fitting first step in plans the association has for the rodeo in the coming years—including an overhaul of the 39-acre fairgrounds with an estimated price tag of more than $100 million.

Blazing the trail “We’re just in our infancy,” said Torvinen of the overhaul project. “We’ve hired a group called Blueprint Collaborative to help us put together a fundraising plan and to talk about next steps. And we did receive some money from the state legislature.” Senate Bill 501 allocated funding to several of the state’s museums and nonprofits, including the Reno Rodeo Association. “So we got a million dollars for the planning,” Torvinen said. “And Reno Rodeo will probably spend at least that much, also, in partnership to develop the schematic design, site planning and … construction documents. We’re committed to fill in the gap, whatever it takes between a million

and whatever that will take. We’re committed to making that happen.” So far, the association has come up with a concept for the revamped fairgrounds that would include the addition of two new arenas—one larger and one smaller than the existing one—as well as a new, larger exhibit hall, a 100,000-square-foot vendors’ space and a parking garage. According to Torvinen, the garage would provide a sorely needed 2,400 parking spaces on three levels with a fourth level on the bottom housing 1,600 covered horse stalls. These stalls— along with larger holding pens and additional shaded areas for steers and calves—are part of the planned improvements geared toward ensuring rodeo animals’ welfare. Animal welfare at the rodeo is something that’s been called into question for years. Allegations of cruelty that surfaced in 2011 were accompanied by video footage released by an Illinois-based animal rights group called Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). Some of the videos showed what appeared to be an electric cattle prod being used on horses in the arena chutes, which is against rules set by rodeo’s sanctioning body, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Torvinen acknowledged the seriousness of these allegations and said that use of these types of prods is forbidden in the chutes. “The cattle prods that are probably part of everyday life on a ranch … we do not allow any of that in the chute area—nothing,” Torvinen said. “They just can’t. … They may reach down and slap them on the head or push them out, or whatever they do. But they’re not allowed to use them in the chutes. In the back here, they can use them—but sparingly. … And it’s got to be a last resort in the back, too. And there’s lots of ways to manage the livestock. To be honest with you—the rodeo roughstock and livestock, they know the drill. They know what they’re supposed to do. If they open the gate from a truck, they know they’re supposed to come down the ramp and head down the chute.” Torvinen said the rodeo has already taken steps in recent years to provide additional shade for the rodeo animals. “We’ve cleaned out the bottom of grandstand one, and all of our calves go in there,” he said. “And they’re in the shade all day long, and we provide them lots of fresh water and feed. If you walk by during the rodeo, you’ll see a bunch of happy calves just kind of chilling in the shade. … There’s tents, shade structures, set up for the steers.” Torvinen said the rodeo association takes animal welfare seriously—and that rodeo animals’ owners do, too. “The one thing a lot of people don’t realize is that these animals are peoples’ livelihoods, so there’s no incentive to abuse or mistreat them.” And, he said, there’s no incentive for the rodeo association to allow mistreatment. It brings in big money from attendees of all kinds, including those who never set foot in the arena for rodeo events. “In 2014, the university and the Convention Authority did a study,” Torvinen said. “That year,

Walking the line

Local country musician Jake Houston is launching his boot company, Houston Boot Company, at the 100th Reno Rodeo.

the economic impact was $57 million dollars of non-local spending. … We were just chatting with some folks at the Row, informally, last week. And as far as who puts heads in beds—they like to talk about ‘putting heads in beds’—it’s probably Hot August Nights that brings the most, but we’re not a lightweight, for sure.” This year, the rodeo association is expecting between 120,000 and 140,000 people to attend the 11-day event. And those people will spend money on more than just admission, including at the vendor booths—many of which will be run by local artisans. Among them for the first time will be local country musician Jake Houston, who’s launching a new bespoke bootmaking company.

Houston, who’s known about town for his country music singing and guitar playing, has been tooling leather for about four years now. “A friend was teaching me,” he said. “I wanted him to make a guitar strap for me, and he said, ‘Well, how ’bout I just teach you instead?’ So that was a new and interesting thing for me. I took that and started making belts and stuff for folks.” Houston set up a small vending area inside the Golden Jackal and spent about six months selling belts before deciding he was ready to branch out. “And I thought I could either make saddles or make cowboy boots,” he said. “And I have a lot of weird tastes in footwear. I wanted a pair of stingray boots.” “I’ve worn cowboy boots my whole adult life, mostly as a child as well,” Houston said. “I grew up in Carson City and Dayton, so pretty rural areas— and we did rural kinds of activities.” He figured he’d try making a pair. “After trying my first pair and kind of getting stuck not really knowing what to do, I went to the Sole Emporium Shoe Repair by Trader Joe’s,” Houston recalled. “I introduced myself and told them I was a leather worker and wanted to learn how to make boots. They don’t make any footwear there. I was more interested in the idea that maybe by repairing them you could see how they’re made better. They let me come in, like, once a week for a few months.”

He ended up working for Sole Emporium for more than a year after that and purchasing a wealth of machines for making shoes from one of his coworkers. With it, and with advice solicited from bootmakers around the country, Houston learned the craft. Now, he’s launching Houston Boot Company at the 100th Reno Rodeo. At booth 684 in the rodeo’s South Exhibition Hall, he’ll be taking orders for his bespoke boots, which take a minimum of 40 to 50 hours per pair to make—and he’ll be running a special on pairs of custom brown or black boots with a simple, three-row stitched design for $775. He hopes that the rodeo will provide him with enough work to establish the company—and himself—as a purveyor of what he considers a Western art form. “Especially in a city now that’s growing so much, with such a unique past, with rodeo and ranch work and the West—I think it’s important to keep Western culture and art alive,” he said. The boots he makes are a bit of both. “That’s probably what I like so much about it,” Houston said. “For me, it’s creative—and I can do things artistically that someone could wear out on a cattle drive every day and have it last and not fail. … And I love the American West. I think out of any era of history it is the most unique and coolest, to me. I love it. It’s important. It’s important to keep around, so I’m trying to do my part. … There’s something to be said for it. I think there’s always a place for it.” Ω Learn more about the Reno Rodeo, running June 20-29, here: renorodeo.com.

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Control RN&R’s theater critic gives a lesson in live-show etiquette


t happens at every damn show I attend: the opening of the wrapper. Maybe it’s a potato chip bag or a piece of candy, but I swear, every time I attend a live performance, some person nearby will decide that opening the wrapper reeeeaaaalllyyy slooooowlyyy will make it less bothersome to others. Trust me, it doesn’t. Everyone around you—including the actors—is thinking, “Oh, for the love of God, just OPEN the damn thing already and get on with it!” There was a time, long ago, when people frequently attended live theater. These people dressed up and left their homes (and telephones) behind, on purpose, to escape for a few hours and give their undivided attention to art. Things have changed. Those of us who participate in live theater on a regular basis, as artists or audience members, have unfortunately too often seen outlandish behavior on the parts of our fellow attendees.

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Not that all change is bad. Breaking down stuffy, old perceptions of live theater as an elite activity and adding casual approachability to the experience may be key to attracting future theatergoers. And, in its 24th year of making art accessible, inviting and, frequently, free, the month-long Artown festival next month may be responsible for influencing a new generation of artists and art lovers. As July approaches and we begin packing those picnic baskets, filling our calendars and buying tickets, a few of my favorite local theater pros and I want to share a few pearls of wisdom about how to behave during a live show.

Think before you bring it The rules for what you can bring to a show at Wingfield Park are vastly different from venues like the Pioneer Theater or Reno Little Theater.

If it’s outdoors, check the rules for your venue, which will likely include mentions of acceptable seating, food and drink. Artown offers an online resource to address the rules of its outdoor venues like the Wingfield Park Amphitheater: Artown.org/park-rules. If you’re attending an outdoor performance elsewhere, consult the venue’s website or call the box office to get the lowdown. “If there are rules about the size of chair you can have or whether you should sit in certain areas, follow those rules,” said Stacey Spain, a playwright, actor, director and theater instructor who heads up Truckee Meadows Community College’s theater department and performing arts troupe. “Everyone around you will have expectations that they will have the same ability to enjoy the performance as you are.” If you want to bring a high-back chair, feel like dancing or, god forbid, plan to wear a giant sunhat, please head to the back.

This isn’t your living room Christopher Daniels has seen it all in his years as a Reno actor, comedian and executive director at Goodluck Macbeth theater company—from someone trying to sell molly at the front door to drunken audience members and even one guy vaping up a cloud way in the back corner. “You want theater to be accessible for everyone and make people feel like it’s not an exclusive outing, but people shout things, take out their phones. … it’s crazy,” he said. “You are not in your living room. This is a live performance. People worked hard on it, and they can hear you. They are not here for you. Yes, we want your participation, your laughter and your clapping, when it’s appropriate. But be mindful of pulling focus from the performance, because what you’re communicating to performers and

everyone around you is that you’re the most important thing there.” Don’t shout out lines. Don’t heckle. Don’t leave your trash on the floor. Don’t talk so loudly that the actors can hear you. Don’t mouth the words you know by heart—you’re distracting the actor. You want to sing along or shout out the punchline? Stay home and rent Rocky Horror Picture Show. If your buddy is on stage, don’t shout out his name to let him know you’re there—respect his work and his craft. He probably spent time before the show getting into character. Let him stay there. At outdoor venues, the perception is that it’s OK, or even encouraged, to be more vocal. But take a cue from the actors and any introductory remarks to get a sense of what sort of audience participation is actually encouraged.

Turn off your phone

It was once standard protocol to forego the food during a show. On Broadway and in many theaters, it’s still common practice to reserve drinks and snacks for intermission only. But for many local theater troupes, bars and snack sales help fund what they do and potentially enhance the viewing experience. It’s OK to nurse the glass of wine you bought during the show, but open the pack of cookies before the show starts, or wait until there’s applause so we can’t hear it. And, please, consider the venue’s rules and the appropriateness of the food. If they say no outside food, just don’t bring it. Your bucket of chicken may be great at Wingfield Park, but on Brüka’s intimate main stage couches, it definitely isn’t. We can see it and, more importantly, smell it. And my final rule …

“There’s a thing live performances ask Be present for, and that’s “Theater is one kindness.” of the last areas

where we have public group experiences,” said Spain. “There aren’t a lot of places anymore where groups of people who don’t know each other get together to share something. Theater can’t happen without an audience, and it’s new every time. Respect the nature of the beast and know that it’s a shared experience.” The performers want to engage you in the show, to take you away to someplace new for a couple hours. Go along with them. Laugh out loud so they know you’re enjoying it. Clap to support their work. Go to the bathroom before the show starts. And don’t let distractions—like your phone or even the raucous folks in the back row—take you away from what’s happening on stage. “There’s a thing live performances ask for, and that’s kindness,” Bennett said. “The audience has a right to come in and let go and feel something, but we also make assumptions that people will know what the performance is asking for. Theater is changing, and theaters need to get better at asking.” Ω

Mary Bennett

Again, we can all see you and the glowing blue square in your hands, and so can the actors. Listen when they tell you to turn off your phone because silencing it isn’t enough. We can all hear that too, vibrating down there in the bottom of your purse. At intermission, tag the hell out of the show on Instagram, text your babysitter and take a selfie with your friends to capture all the fun you’re having. Then shut it off again for the second act. If you absolutely must keep it on, maybe for emergency or medical reasons, turn down the brightness. Even at outdoor venues, where the rules are more relaxed, your phone acts like a little flashlight that every eye in the audience and on stage can see.

Are you really gonna eat that? “We had people actually bring a full picnic,” recalls Mary Bennett, producing artistic director at Brüka Theatre. “They were back there unwrapping sandwiches during the show.”

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June was a busy, eventful month for local artist Tara Tran. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a double major: anthropology and arts. She also had her first solo painting exhibition through the Holland Project. Add in membership with two local bands, and Tran is definitely becoming a fixture in Reno art circles. “I think Reno has always had a flourishing art scene,” Tran said. “There have always been people who are more than willing to create a platform to display artists and people who want to come watch a show or go to a gallery. There’s room to do whatever you need to do, but it’s also big enough to have people there for you, a foundation and a place to get you started. With my art, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am, or even close, without the community here.” Tran’s interest in art began in high school. “I was doodling a lot as a way to pay attention in class,” Tran said. “I had trouble with my attention span, and drawing gave me something for my hands to do. It was like a hobby and a way to keep from getting too distracted, then I just got more and more into it.” Once she started going to UNR, Tran discovered painting. “I started during my sophomore year of college, and by my junior year I fell love with it,” she said. “It’s definitely my favorite art form.” Tran also has some experience with printmaking, which she said she still enjoys, “but it’s very strict, and it’s hard to be messy. And, I’m a messy person.” An emotional type of “messiness” is also prevalent in Tran’s other artistic


pursuits. There are the two bands in which she plays guitar and sings: the punk band Maggot and what she calls a “performance art project” called Trust Fall, where she plays solo and is joined by dancer Jelani Best. “It’s an exploration of romance and how it’s traditionally used to take women’s power away,” Tran said. “It’s all covers of old romantic songs, jazz and old country.” In Maggot, Tran has a song called “Kill the Imposter,” which is also the name of one of her paintings in her exhibition Nervous System, which recently wrapped up at the Holland Project Micro Gallery at Bibo Coffee Co. In the painting, a person is cutting a very large snake in half with a sword. She said the snake is “symbolic of when I feel unattached to something. I sometimes feel like there are emotions that I don’t understand or can’t connect to, ones that aren’t my own.” Tran said all her paintings are meant to show the physical language of feelings, something that can be universal. “Sometimes your body itself is the most direct expression of your feelings,” she said. “It’s the way your face contorts when you are sad or when you huddle up when you are scared. You don’t need a translation. You see them and you know.” She’ll continue to explore her own emotions through painting. Tran plans to stay in Reno (“for a year or so at least,” she said), and she’s already working on some new paintings. Unlike the smaller canvases that she used for her Nervous System show, Tran’s next works are going to be truly writ large. “I’ve been painting these five-foot pieces, so I’m going to continue working on those,” she said. “It’s part of the same idea [as Nervous System], but it’s more about expressing intimacy and embodying what happens when two people come together.” Ω

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“i can’t help but think a magic hammer would get us there faster.”

Wack in black Men in Black: International, the fourth film in the MIB franchise, is the second-worst MIB film after Men in Black II. The original and Men in Black III were the only good ones. International amounts to a wasted opportunity, an admirable attempt to restart things with a mostly new cast that doesn’t quite hit all its marks. Replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones— along with Josh Brolin as the young Tommy Lee Jones—are Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as agents H and M. H is the bold, brash, superhot dude of MIB, having saved the world years ago with Agent High T (Liam Neeson) of the London MIB branch from an evil alien force called the hive. M is the latest recruit, having found MIB’s secret headquarters after years of searching. As a child, M witnessed an alien encounter—and saw her parents getting their minds erased—starting a curiosity fire that doesn’t get put out until Agent O (Emma Thompson) gives her a chance to basically save the world as a probationary agent. Tessa Thompson is great in anything she does, and she is great here. She brings a fun energy to the role, with a slight edge of wiseass. Hemsworth is a performer who seems to like himself a little too much, but still manages to be likeable. The two make for a good pair, as they did in Thor: Ragnarok. While it’s fun to see them standing next to each other again onscreen, it’s a little baffling what the screenplay puts them through. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, two of the many writers on the original Iron Man, take a shot at bringing the duo on a global adventure. The globetrotting, which includes Italy, Paris and Marrakesh, lacks a true sense of purpose, a surprising thing since they’re trying to save the world. After a fairly strong start, the action, presented by director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), devolves into sloppy boredom. With each passing location it seems as if the movie

is directionless, merely picking new locales and switching up the scenery to disguise the fact that it is actually going nowhere. A “mole in MIB” subplot mystery doesn’t help matters much, with the mystery of who the villain is being ultra-guessable. A finale in Paris—after an opening in Paris—offers few surprises and no thrills. The movie ends with a big old “Huh?” The effects are pretty good, with a few new aliens, most notably a little one named Pawny (voice of Kumail Nanjiani), adding sporadic fun. I also got a kick out of a mini-alien posing as a beard on some dude’s face. F. Gary Gray has another sequel on his resume, the lousy Be Cool, a sequel to Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty. Sonnenfeld, of course, directed the other three MIB films. Conclusion: F. Gary Gray needs to cease and desist directing sequels to Barry Sonnenfeld films. This project was originally supposed to be a crossover with the Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street franchise. I’m guessing Warner Brothers soured on the notion of turning MIB into a joke, figuring they could reboot and regenerate revenue on the franchise while staying within its own established universe. Given Gray’s failed film, they figured wrong. No doubt, a Men in Black comedy with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would’ve been automatic box office gold. This one is a dud. In order to milk more money out of this franchise, it looks like they’ll have to reboot again. Let’s go with the 21 Jump Street idea, Warner Brothers. You really have nothing left to lose on the MIB front at this point. Godzilla semi-sucking, Dark Phoenix bombing, and now this. This summer movie season has been a cruel, unforgiving place for big movie franchises. Ω

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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.


The Dead Don’t Die

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.


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.


John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum



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.






by Todd SouTh

A prosciutto pizza comes topped with arugula, mozzarella, shaved parmesan and olive oil.

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With over 20 years providing Italian fine dining to Renoites, La Vecchia is the kind of romantic place folks often reserve for special occasions. After two previous location changes, the third time was definitely the charm. It has a comfortable yet elegant ambiance, al fresco seating and skyline views of the city. I haven’t been in years, so a recent visit from a friend who’s an Italian food fanatic was the perfect excuse to head up the hill to get our mangia on. A complimentary serving of crusty bread was great dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, soon followed by a salsiccia plate ($13). Three partly sliced links of Spanish chorizo, cured pork and wild boar sausage were laid upon a bed of sauerkraut and Calabrian chilies and accompanied by a strong, briny tapenade, whole grain Dijon mustard, freshly pickled veggies, seasoned almonds and herbed tomato chutney. The cured pork was mild, the chorizo salty and slightly spicy, and the boar was sweet with just a whiff of gaminess. The pickled items were tart and sharp, and I’d love to have a jar of that mustard. All in all, the accoutrements were excellent and fun to sample against the tasty meats. A wood-fired pizza with prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella, shaved parmesan and olive oil ($15) sounded good, but was a little uneven. The crust was exemplary, crispy and golden with tremendous flavor. The arrangement of toppings was visually appealing. Unfortunately, an overabundance of the peppery fresh greens drowned out the other ingredients. It was still good—especially when dipped in vinegar and oil—but why bother with the meat and cheese if you can’t taste them? My friend’s chicken parmigiana ($20.50) pleasingly bore little resemblance to the breaded cutlet drowned in red sauce we’ve come to expect. A large, boneless chicken breast was covered in a


Parmesan crust, cooked so perfectly tender and juicy I suspect otherworldly forces were at work. Topped with melted mozzarella, fresh tomato and herbs, it was impressively delicious with a side of flavorful, braised spinach. As someone who isn’t big on squash, I found an order of pumpkin sage ravioli in a butter and sausage ragout ($16.50) was a surprising delight. The pasta pockets—with pleasantly crisp edges—had a smooth filling I find hard to describe, other than it was one of the best things I’ve tasted. The subtle sauce included big chunks of hearty sausage, and crispy fried basil leaves. I probably would never try this on my own, but I’m sure glad we did. My bowl of seafood linguine ($23.50) looked great, loaded with basil shrimp, bay scallops, calamari, mussels, clams and garlic in a white wine sauce. Every bite of seafood was exquisite, bolstered by the simple-yet-rich broth. Alas, the pasta was imperfectly cooked and gummy, tasting of raw flour. After a couple bites, I gave up on the noodles and dug around to rescue all the frutti di mare. This just made things worse. The pasta starch leached into the sauce, which thickened into a sort of not-good gravy—odd, given the other dishes’ quality and, frankly, kind of a bummer. Service was friendly and professional on a level I wish was more common. Lacking a belly full of pasta, I had room to share a completely enjoyable square of tiramisu ($7). It was fluffy, not heavy or too sweet— an ideal way to end our meal. Ω

La Vecchia Italian Restaurant 3005 Skyline blvd., 825-1113

La Vecchia Italian Restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.


The Trainwrecks are (from left) Chris Rodgers on guitar, Mitch Gallagher on drums and Anthony Cox on bass.

On track The Trainwrecks The loose but gleeful atmosphere of the Trainwrecks has been in place from day one, and the casual vibes of this punkabilly band are nothing if not refreshing. “We have fun in this band, and we take our music seriously,” said drummer Mitch Gallagher. “We do try to play the best we can, but we’re not afraid to be like, ‘Gee, we haven’t practiced in two weeks, let’s just get out there and do it.’” Luckily for the audience, the Trainwrecks aren’t afraid to just let ’er rip. It’s been the band’s MO since it started in 2002, so why change now? Gallagher has been behind the kit for its two phases: 2002 to 2007, then 2016 to the present day. He’s joined by current Trainwrecks bassist Anthony Cox (a.k.a. Mr. A), who was with the band when it was formed with Leroy Virgil, who currently leads Hellbound Glory. That’s the countryrock band the Trainwrecks will be opening for at Virginia Street Brewhouse. In the early ’00s, The Trainwrecks played with a revolving cast of musicians—who Gallagher called “a cavalcade of weirdos”—before they split in 2007. Flash way forward to 2016, when Virgil briefly reunited with the band. Gallagher and Cox wanted to keep it going after their comeback show, and the drummer had pretty simple reasons to get back on the train: “I missed it, you know. I missed it, and I hadn’t played for 10 years.” Enter guitarist and singer Chris Rodgers, who also currently plays in Dusty Miles and the Cryin’ Shame. Rodgers also led the Cowbelleros for many years, and he and Cox played in the band Punk Rock Frankenstein at one point. “Luckily we got Chris, and he’s a great singer and guitar player, and we’ve been having fun, right?” Gallagher said,


to affirmative nods from the other two Trainwrecks. “When they hit me up about this, I thought it would be cool to do something different,” Rodgers said. “It’s just been fun. I always enjoyed playing with Anthony, and I enjoy singing.” “And your songs are cool, too,” Cox added. The band plays a mix of their older material and new songs that Rodgers has brought to the group. They also added some flat-out punk to their sound—and feature a cover or two done in the Trainwrecks style. “For me, I grew up listening to rockabilly stuff, country stuff, ’50s rock and roll, the stuff I grew up with my folks,” Rodgers said. “Then, as I became a teenager it was all the punk stuff, and that’s kind of the same for all of us. We all had our punk rock phase. We do obviously love the rockabilly stuff, but we do it with a punk rock attitude.” They all agree that rockabilly is still an enduring style. “People recognize it, and the style of it is pretty easily digestible to everybody,” Rodgers said. “And it’s danceable,” Cox said. “It’s just primal, that beat, man,” Gallagher added. “It’s like a simple kind of music, but it rocks. People hear it and can’t help but want to move. It’s something you feel.” The band’s upcoming show in a bigger room will be a condensed version of the Trainwrecks’ experience that audiences usually get, as they usually play three or four sets a night in the clubs. “We may actually write a set list this time,” Gallagher said. “Or we can just pick out 13 songs that we’ve never done before,” Rodgers said to laughs all around. Ω

The Trainwrecks open for Hellbound Glory and Cory Branan at 7 p.m. June 22 at Virginia Street Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St. Read more about the Trainwrecks at www.facebook.com/TheLegendaryTrainwrecks.

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THURSDAY 6/20 1up




214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689

5 Star Saloon

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

Boot Juice, 8:30pm, no cover

Mark Sexton, DJJD, 9pm, no cover

Truckee Tribe, 9pm, no cover

Open mic, 7:30pm, M, no cover Trivia Night, 7pm, W, no cover

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

alturaS Bar

Mac Sabbath

Sounds of the City, 5pm, no cover

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

June 20, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewery 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

Bar oF aMErICa

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

Live music, 9pm, no cover



Caribbean Soul, 9pm, no cover

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

Meet the Locals: Zodiak Iller Damasek, STRVFE, Hellcat, 9pm, $TBA

CEol IrISH puB

Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover

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

CottonWooD rEStaurant

Caribbean Soul, 9pm, no cover

Ryan Costello, 9pm, no cover

Erica Sunshine Lee, 6:30pm, no cover

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

Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Maureen Langan, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Basile, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; John Wesley Austin, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Luke Swanson, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 683-3308: Open Mic Comedy, Wed, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Finals, Thu, 8pm, $10-$15; Luke Swanson, Fri-Sat, 8:30pm, $15-$20

MON-WED 6/24-6/26

Hello Summer!: Ruiner, Cue: Lad, Desiderata, EVNDR, 10pm, no cover


Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover


RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party, Drag Queen Trivia & Show, 8pm, no cover

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

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

Fat Cat Bar & GrIll

Dom & Friends, 4pm, no cover Hannah Jane Kile, 6:30pm, no cover

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

Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover Hannah Jern-Miller, 6:30pm, W, no cover

Mr. Risky, Hate to Share, 9pm, no cover The Mayor’s Third Annual Pride Party, 9pm, $5

Panda, 8:30pm, no cover

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

GrEat BaSIn BrEWInG Co.

Target Acquired, 9:30pm, no cover

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

HEllFIrE Saloon

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

Arnold Mitchem, 7pm, no cover

Scott Scheuerman Quartet, 7pm, no cover

Hot Rod Rebellion, 8pm, no cover

The Boom Cats, 8pm, no cover

tHE HollanD projECt

Tintabulations: Every Time A Bell Rings, 7pm, M, no cover Dave Budish Birthday Party with VooDooDogz, 1pm, no cover

Machine Girl, Illicit Trade, Octophonix, worship_flesh, 8pm, $10-$12

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500


Live music, 9pm, no cover

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

Saturday Night Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Justice Yeldham, Jerrycore, Dale, 8pm, M, $10 Silk & Steel, 8pm, no cover

Hottest Newest Bartender Melissa



Black leather outlaw


on Saturday June 22 at 8pm


local Band oung

Formerly the Hub Lounge

Free entry with ID


daily drink specials

3098 Kietzke l ane reno, n V 89502

775.826.3141 06.20.19









1) Chris Webby, Grieves, 7:30pm, $20 2) The Wilder, The Saturday Knights, 9pm, $5

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

2) Warforged, Condemned Existence, Dissidence, 8pm, M, $TBA


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

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


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

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

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

PIGNIC PUB & PATIO 235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Basha ,Tommy and the Tongues, 8pm, Mythic Valley, 9pm, no cover Ladies Night Out with DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

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

June 21, 9 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333

Rotten Reputation, The Sex Devils, Just In Beaver, 9pm, $5-$6


Mac Sabbath, 8pm, $17

all boy/all girl, A Summer Alive, Red Light Radical, Ichthyosaur, 9:30pm, $5

The B Foundation, Treedom, Local Anthology, 9:30pm, $6-$8 Hellbound Glory, Cory Branan, The Trainwrecks, 8pm, $12

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


2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425


Open Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover

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

3155 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City, (775) 470-8128

17 S. Virginia St., (775) 284-7455


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




Fate Awaits, 8:30pm, no cover

Hoedown in Midtown, 8pm, no cover

715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774 211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090

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

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

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


Moon Daze, Night Rooms, 10pm, no cover

Eric Andersen, 6pm, no cover


Ghost of Paul Revere

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Mo & Jo, 6pm, W, no cover

Biggest Little Band, 8:30pm, no cover Conjunto Primavera, Los Humildes, 10pm, $TBA


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

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


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

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

June 21, 7:30 p.m. MIDTOwN wINE BAR Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960 71 S. Wells Ave. MILLNENNIUM 384-1652


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



MON-WED 6/24-6/26

Moon Gravy, 6pm, no cover

The B Foundation, Local Anthology, 9pm, $10

Phantom Witch, Anti-Hero, Black Plague Wolves, HellHeart, 8:30pm, no cover

Tristan Selzler Duo, 6pm, no cover

Colin Ross, 6pm, no cover

Eric Andersen, 2pm, no cover Colin Ross, 6pm, no cover

Tyler Stafford, 6pm, M, no cover Brother Dan Palmer, 6pm, Tu, no cover Verbal Kint, 6pm, W, no cover

ATLANTIS CASINO reSOrT SPA 3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700 1) Ballroom 2) Cabaret


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


Chamomile & Whiskey June 20, 7 p.m. June 21-22, 8 p.m. Peppermill 2707 S. Virginia St. 826-2121

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


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





MON-WED 6/24-6/26

2) Joey Carmon Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band, 4pm, no cover Atomika, 10pm, no cover

2) Joey Carmon Band 4pm, no cover Atomika, 10pm, no cover

2) Atomika, 8pm, no cover

2) American Made Band, M, Tu, W, 8pm, no cover

2) Bob Gardner, 6pm, no cover

2) Velvet Duo, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

2) Velvet Duo, 5pm, no cover Rebekah Chase Band, 9pm, no cover

2) Stephen Lord, 6pm, no cover

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

2) Buddy Emmer Band, 7pm, no cover

2) Buddy Emmer Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Buddy Emmer Band, 8pm, no cover

2) Bill Wharton, 6pm, no cover

2) Bill Wharton, 6pm, M, no cover Roem Baur, 6pm, Tu, W, no cover

2) Fast Country, 9pm, no cover

1) DJ MoFunk, 10pm, no cover 2) Fast Country, 9pm, no cover

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

2) Fast Country, 9pm, no cover

2) Fast Country, 9pm, M, no cover The Reno Band, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

1) Ghost of Paul Revere, Causal Mountain Band, 10pm, $15-$20

2) One Grass Two Grass, 10pm, no cover

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

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

1) The Illusionists Experience, 5pm, $39.95

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

2) Jimmy Lite, 9pm, $20 3) Krystal Paul Duo, 7pm, no cover

2) DJ Coolwhip, 10pm, $20 3) Krystal Paul Duo, 7pm, no cover

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

1) Comedy Cage Match Round 1, 9pm, $20-$30 2) DJ set, 10pm, no cover

1) Comedy Cage Match Round 2, 9pm, $20-$30 2) DJ set, 10pm, no cover


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


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

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


50 Highway 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625 1) Vinyl 2) Center Bar


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

15 Highway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 1) Outdoor Arena


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


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

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


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

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

1) Lee Brice, 6pm, $35.50-$82.50

1) Chamomile & Whiskey, 7pm, no cover

1) Chamomile & Whiskey, 8pm, no cover 2) Latin Dance Social, 7:30pm, $10-$20

1) Chamomile & Whiskey, 8pm, no cover

1) Tristan Selzler, 6pm, no cover

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

1) Aaron Lewis, 8pm, $90+ 2) Fresh, 9pm, no cover 3) Reno the Band, 9pm, no cover

1) Jim Jeffers, 8pm, $69.50 2) Fresh, 9pm, no cover 3) Reno the Band, 9pm, no cover

3) DJ MoFunk, 9pm, no cover


1) Tristan Selzler, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover





FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. LITERARY RENO: Travel downtown streets encountered by traditional writers like Will James, Robert Laxalt and Joanne de Longchamps, then walk the haunts of contemporary writers such as Bernie Schopen, Willy Vlautin and Susan Palwick. Register online. Sat, 6/22, 9am. $10, free for Historic Reno Preservation Society Members. Riverside Artist Lofts, 17 S. Virginia St., www.historicreno.org.

MEET THE ARTIST—GALEN BROWN ON SINE CERE: Join artist Galen Brown and JoAnne Northrup, curator of contemporary art at the Nevada Museum of Art, in the gallery for an informal conversation regarding the retrospective exhibition Sine Cere. Sat, 6/22, 11am. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.




While the Truckee Meadows may not be known for the kind of lavender fields found in Provence, France, its arid climate makes it good place to grow the fragrant herb. See what the area’s lavender growers have to offer at the third annual festival featuring all things lavender and honey, including event-themed food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, education and even a signature beer. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. Admission is free. Those who would like a more hands-on experience are invited to sign up for a Lotions N Potions lavender workshop at Creative Gardens Nursery, 900 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, followed by mead and wine drinking tours at Black Rabbit Meadery & Nevada Sunset Winery, 415 E. Fourth St., on Saturday, June 22. Registration is $45 for the lavender workshop. Call 250-1339 or visit www.lavenderandhoneyfest.com.


BEE A WILDLIFE ACTION HERO, GARDEN FOR POLLINATORS: Join native plant enthusiast and gardener Emma Wynn to discover some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance. Sat, 6/22, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

10TH ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE BIRD FESTIVAL: Learn about bird research happening in the area, go on a bird walk with a local bird expert, and see live birds of prey. Participating agencies include the US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Tahoe Expedition Academy, Birding Under Nevada Skies and California State Parks, among others. Sun, 6/23, 10am. Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 298-0067, www.tinsweb.org.

BICYCLE TOUR THROUGH OLD RENO: Take a leisurely, guided ride through the most historic parts of Reno. Helmets are required. Register online. Sun, 6/23, 9am. $10, free for Historic Reno Preservation Society members. My Favorite Muffin, 340 California Ave., (775) 747-4478, www.historicreno.org.

3RD THURSDAY: Third Thursday is a combination of two downtown summer events featuring the best of 39 North Marketplace and the best of Last Friday. This event highlights art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. Thu, 6/20, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764-794 Victorian Ave., Sparks, www.39northdowntown.com.

DEMONSTRATION OF COIN PRESS NO. 1: A demonstration of Coin Press No. 1 in the Carson City Mint building, pressing Transcontinental Railroad Medallions. Fri, 6/21, 10am. $8, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810.


AN EVENING WITH RUSSELL LEHMANN: Sundance Books and Music welcomes local author and activist Russell Lehmann. Fri, 6/21, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., sundancebookstore.com.






Palmer performs modern Americana music. Come out before the program at 8pm for a good old-fashioned marshmallow roast. Fri, 6/21, 8:30pm. $4 donation is requested. Galena Creek Regional Park, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-2511, www.washoecounty.us.

Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will host the seventh annual festival. Learn about the native species of the Lake Tahoe Basin and attend walks led by field professionals and local students. There will also be educational booths from various public and nonprofit agencies. Sat, 6/22, 10am-4pm. Free. Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe, www.tinsweb.org.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE PLEIN AIR OPEN: The event includes a champagne reception, outdoor demonstrations, organized paint outs, quick draw competition and sale, weeklong art exhibit and prizes. Tue, 6/25-Wed, 6/26, 9am. North Tahoe Arts, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, ww.northtahoearts.com.

PRCA XTREME BULLS: Pro rodeo’s top 40 bull riders test their skills on 40 of the toughest bulls in the country. Competitors include the top cowboys from the PRCA World Standings as well as contestants who advance through Xtreme Bulls qualifying events. Thu, 6/20, 7pm. $23-$25. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 329-3877, www.renorodeo.com.

QUILT SHOW RENO: The show includes a large vendor mall, workshops, lectures, makeit-take-it projects, free stage venues, demonstrations and presentations and quilt displays, featuring local and national artists. Thu, 6/20-Sat, 6/22, 10am. $9-$24. Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., www.quiltshowreno.com.

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Albuquerque Isotopes. Thu, 6/20-Sat, 6/22, 7:05pm; Sun, 6/23-Mon, 6/24, 1:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000.

RENO STREET FOOD—FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: The weekly gourmet street food event features up to 40 rotating gourmet food, craft desserts, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors, live music, plenty of parking and a large playground with train rides for the kids. Fri, 6/21, 4-9pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, (775) 825-2665, www.facebook. com/RenoStreetFood.

SHIRLEY’S FARMERS’ MARKET: The weekly farmers’ market features fresh produce, specialty foods, arts and crafts and more every Saturday through Sept. 28. Sat, 6/22, 9am. Free. Tamarack Junction Casino, 13101 S. Virginia St., (775) 746-5024, shirleysfarmersmarkets.com.

STARGAZING TOURS: Enjoy the view as star guides take you on an interactive tour of the night sky. Sat, 6/22, 9pm. $50. Skylandia Beach, 30 Manzanita Ave., Tahoe City, (775) 443-8382, stargazetahoe.com.

SUMMER MOONLIGHT HIKES WITH WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL: A mile-long paved hike to Crystal Bay lookout. Wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight. Trip includes transportation, wine, cheese and snacks provided by Incline Senior Programs. Those unable to hike can ride the van to the lookout. Thu, 6/20, 5pm. $16-$20. Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, (775) 832-1300.

SUMMER VIBES: The summer-long, weekly event series features experts in the cannabis industry in a fun, laid-back and educational atmosphere every Saturday through Sept. 28. Consumption of cannabis is prohibited on event grounds. Sat, 6/22, 4-9pm. Free. Summer Vibes Festival Grounds, 1605 E. Second St., www.summervibesreno.com.

TAYLOR CREEK EVENING PROGRAMS: Sit under the stars and discover Taylor Creek’s Friday night programs at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Fri, 6/21, 8pm. Free. Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.

TRUCKEE THURSDAYS SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL: The 12th annual festival features live music, a food court, artisan vendors, merchant and community displays, children’s activities and a beer garden every Thursday through Aug. 29 (except July 4). Thu, 6/20, 5pm. Free. Historic Downtown Truckee, www.truckeethursdays.com.

WHEELED FOOD WEDNESDAYS: The Brewery Arts Center hosts this food truck event every Wednesday through Sept. 19. There will be kids activities, a bounce house and performances from different musicians each week. Wed, 6/26, 5:30pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

ART MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER GALLERY EAST: Between Plate and Paper. McKinley Gallery East presents an exhibition by the Printmakers’ Conspiracy. The prints range from traditional methods like linocuts to modern approaches like screen printing. Thu, 6/20-Fri, 6/21, Mon, 6/24-Wed, 6/26, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery East, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.

MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER GALLERY WEST: Summer Splendor. McKinley Gallery West presents an exhibition by the Sierra Watercolor Society. The pieces range from delicate and subtle to vibrant and bold. Many are traditional, realistic renderings while some are modern abstractions. All the subjects of the works bring to mind the warmth and growth of summer. Thu, 6/20-Fri, 6/21, Mon, 6/24-Wed, 6/26, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery West, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264, www.sierrawatercolorsociety.com.

ONSTAGE BLUESDAYS: The outdoor concert series continues with a performance by Vanessa Collier. Tue, 6/25, 6pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

CONCERTS AT COMMONS BEACH: Sacramento’s Mumbo Gumbo performs. Sun, 6/23, 4pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, concertsatcommonsbeach.com.


Enjoy a live piano concert. Sun, 6/23, noon. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.

JOHN MUIR—WATCH, PRAY AND FIGHT: The one-man show stars Mark Raddatz as the legendary mountaineer, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club. Wed, 6/26, 7:30pm. $20. Valhalla Grand Hall, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

LAZY 5 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: The 15th annual music series continues with a performance by The Novelists. Wed, 6/26, 6:30pm. Free. Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1866.

LEVITT AMP—ANTSY MCCLAIN & THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS: The humorous, rockabilly storyteller/singer-songwriter delivers his relatable blend of humor and heart. Kingwhistler will open the show. Sat, 6/22, 7pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, concerts.levittamp.org/carsoncity.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: The summer music series continues with a performance by Lost Whiskey Engine. Wed, 6/26, 6:30pm. Free. Truckee Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, www.tdrpd.org.

TAHOE IMPROV PLAYERS: The improv actors turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes made up on the spot. Tue, 6/25, 7:30pm. $12-$16. Valhalla Grand Hall, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

VICTOR/VICTORIA: Brüka Theatre presents Blake Edward’s farcical, role-reversing musical comedy. Fri, 6/21-Sat, 6/22, 7:30pm. $24-$30. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.


The heart is a clonely hunter I’ve heard that we’re romantically attracted to people who look like us. Is that true? I don’t think any of my boyfriends have looked anything like me, but I have seen couples who look so similar they could be related. There is this notion that opposites attract. Actually, the opposite often seems to be the case. According to research on “assortative mating,” people tend to pair up with partners who are physically similar to them—more often than would be expected through random chance. To explore how much matchiness is appealing to us, socialpersonality psychologists R. Chris Fraley and Michael J. Marks used a computer to blend each research participant’s face into the face of a stranger of the opposite sex. They did this to increasing degrees, morphing in 22 percent, 32 percent, 39 percent and 45 percent of the research participants’ features. Their research participants rated the strangers’ faces most sexually appealing with the 22 percent—that is, with just 22 percent of the participants’ own features mixed in. In another morphing study, neuropsychologist Bruno Laeng and his colleagues mixed each participant’s face with that of their romantic partner—with 11 percent, 22 percent and 33 percent blending. And again, 22 percent was picked consistently—suggesting that people find their romantic partners more attractive when they look just a bit like them. Granted, it could be a coincidence that the exact same percentage popped up in both studies. However, what’s noteworthy is that more resemblance didn’t lead to more attraction. This jibes with how some degree of similarity is genetically beneficial, increasing the likelihood of desirable traits showing up in partners’ children. However, evolution seems to have installed a psychological mechanism to keep us from lusting after extremely similar partners, such as siblings and first cousins. Such close relatives are more likely to have the same rare recessive genes for a disease. As for you, though you say you haven’t resembled your partners, it’s

possible that you actually have in subtle ways you didn’t notice. Back in 1903, researchers Karl Pearson and Alice Lee looked at 1,000 couples in the United Kingdom and found correlation in height, arm span and left forearm length between husband and wife. This isn’t to say everyone’s going to resemble their romantic partner, but we seem subconsciously drawn to people who share our features to some extent.

Groundhug Day I’ve been with my wife for 23 years. I know sex is important, but sometimes we’re tired or not in the mood. I want to keep our intimacy alive. What are some things we can do to stay connected physically? It turns out the answer isn’t all that complicated: Basically, you just need to bring in some of the G-rated part of foreplay and afterplay (without the sex in between). Psychologist Debby Herbenick and her colleagues note that researchers have found three things—kissing, cuddling and massage—to be “important aspects of sexual intimacy ... associated with relationship and sexual satisfaction.” Helpfully, the Herbenick team chiseled apart what they call the “KCM composite”—the way kissing, cuddling and massage get mushed together in studies. They felt that this blending might obscure “important differences” in the effect of each. In fact, they found that cuddling seems to be uniquely powerful, increasing emotional intimacy (as well as sexual pleasure) in a way kissing and massage do not. It’s important to make sure that cuddling is often an end in itself. This, paradoxically, should help keep your sex life alive: Your wife will see your cuddles as an expression of your love rather than a sign that you just want something out of the sexual vending machine. Ω


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For the week o F June 20, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Orfield Laboratories is

an architectural company that designs rooms for ultimate comfort. They sculpt the acoustic environment so that sounds are soft, clear and pleasant to the human ear. They ensure that the temperature is just right and the air quality is always fresh. At night the artificial light is gentle on the eyes, and by day the sunlight is rejuvenating. In the coming weeks, I’d love for you to be in places like this on a regular basis. According to my analysis of the astrological rhythms, it’s recharging time for you. You need and deserve an abundance of cozy relaxation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I hope that during the

next four weeks, you will make plans to expedite and deepen your education. You’ll be able to make dramatic progress in figuring out what will be most important for you to learn in the next three years. We all have pockets of ignorance about how we understand reality, and now is an excellent time for you to identify what your pockets are and to begin illuminating them. Every one of us lacks some key training or knowledge that could help us fulfill our noblest dreams, and now is a favorable time for you to address that issue.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the next four weeks,

you’re not likely to win the biggest prize or tame the fiercest monster or wield the greatest power. However, you could very well earn a second- or third-best honor. I won’t be surprised if you claim a decent prize or outsmart a somewhat menacing dragon or gain an interesting new kind of clout. Oddly enough, this less-than-supreme accomplishment may be exactly right for you. The lower levels of pressure and responsibility will keep you sane and healthy. The stress of your moderate success will be very manageable. So give thanks for this just-right blessing!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some traditional astrolo-

gers believe solar eclipses are sour omens. They theorize that when the moon perfectly covers the sun, as it will on July 2 over the Atlantic Ocean and parts of South America, a metaphorical shadow will pass across some part of our lives, perhaps triggering crises. I don’t agree with that gloomy assessment. I consider a solar eclipse to be a harbinger of grace and freedom. In my view, the time before and after this cosmic event might resemble what the workplace is like when the boss is out of town. Or it may be a sign that your inner critic is going to shut up and leave you alone for a while. Or you could suddenly find that you can access the willpower and ingenuity you need so as to change something about your life that you’ve been wanting to change. So I advise you to start planning now to take advantage of the upcoming blessings of the eclipse.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What are you doing with the fer-

tility and creativity that have been sweeping through your life during the first six months of 2019? Are you witheringly idealistic, caught up in perfectionistic detail as you cautiously follow outmoded rules about how to make best use of that fertility and creativity? Or are you being expansively pragmatic, wielding your lively imagination to harness that fertility and creativity to generate transformations that will improve your life forever?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mythologist Joseph Campbell said that heroes are those who give their lives to something bigger than themselves. That’s never an easy assignment for anyone, but right now it’s less difficult for you than ever before. As you prepare for the joyous ordeal, I urge you to shed the expectation that it will require you to make a burdensome sacrifice. Instead, picture the process as involving the loss of a small pleasure that paves the way for a greater pleasure. Imagine you will finally be able to give a giant gift you’ve been bursting to express.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1903, the Wright Broth-

ers put wings on a heavy machine and got the contraption to fly up off the ground for 59 seconds. No one had ever done such a thing. Sixtysix years later, American astronauts succeeded at an equally momentous feat. They piloted a craft that departed from the Earth and landed on the surface of the moon. The first motorcycle was

another quantum leap in humans’ ability to travel. Two German inventors created the first one in 1885, but it took 120 years before any person did a back-flip while riding a motorcycle. If I had to compare your next potential breakthrough to one or the other marvelous invention, I’d say it’ll be more metaphorically similar to a motorcycle flip than the moon-landing. It may not be crucial to the evolution of the human race, but it’ll be impressive—and a testament to your hard work.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the year A.D. 37, Saul

of Tarsus was traveling by foot from Jerusalem to Damascus. He was on a mission to find and arrest devotees of Jesus, then bring them back to Jerusalem to be punished. Saul’s plans got waylaid, however, or so the story goes. A “light from heaven” knocked him down, turned him blind and spoke to him in the voice of Jesus. Three days later, Saul’s blindness was healed and he pledged himself to forevermore be one of those devotees of Jesus he had previously persecuted. I don’t expect a transformation quite so spectacular for you in the coming weeks. But I do suspect you will change your mind about an important issue and consider making a fundamental edit of your belief system.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You could be a

disorienting or even disruptive influence to some people. You may also have healing and inspirational effects. And yes, both of those statements are true. You should probably warn your allies that you might be almost unbearably interesting. Let them know you could change their minds and disprove their theories. But also tell them that if they remain open to your rowdy grace and boisterous poise, you might provide them with curative stimulation they didn’t even know they needed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some children are re-

pelled by the taste of broccoli. Food researchers at McDonald’s decided to address the problem. In an effort to render this ultra-healthy vegetable more palatable, they concocted a version that tasted like bubble gum. Kids didn’t like it, though. It confused them. But you have to give credit to the food researchers for thinking inventively. I encourage you to get equally creative, even a bit wacky or odd, in your efforts to solve a knotty dilemma. Allow your brainstorms to be playful and experimental.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Spank yourself for me,

please. Ten sound swats ought to do it. According to my astrological assessments, that will be sufficient to rein yourself in from the possibility of committing excesses and extravagance. By enacting this humorous yet serious ritual, you will set in motion corrective forces that tweak your unconscious mind in just the right way so as to prevent you from getting too much of a good thing; you will avoid asking for too much or venturing too far. Instead, you will be content with and grateful for the exact bounty you have gathered in recent weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your inspiration for

the coming weeks is a poem by Piscean poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It begins like this: “The holiest of all holidays are those / Kept by ourselves in silence and apart; / The secret anniversaries of the heart, / When the full river of feeling overflows.” In accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to create your own secret holiday of the heart, which you will celebrate at this time of year for the rest of your long life. Be imaginative and full of deep feelings as you dream up the marvelous reasons why you will observe this sacred anniversary. Design special rituals you will perform to rouse your gratitude for the miracle of your destiny.

You can call Rob Brezsny for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope: (900) 950-7700. $1.99 per minute. Must be 18+. Touchtone phone required. Customer service (612) 373-9785. And don’t forget to check out Rob’s website at realastrology.com.



that kind of stuff. There are a lot of new options and opportunities that weren’t there before.

Ian McIntosh Nom Eats was the perennial winner of the “best food truck” category in the RN&R’s annual Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. On June 10, the truck caught fire, causing extensive damage. Within hours, a GoFundMe had been established and community support started pouring in. Ian McIntosh co-owns the business with Carly Gurinskas and Robyn Gurinskas, the truck’s innovative chef. For more information, or to donate, visit www. gofundme.com/nom-eats-a-littletoo-hot-in-the-kitchen.

Do you have any idea how the fire started? The fire investigator—we walked around the truck. Everything is pretty melted, but he asked, “What’s this? What’s that?” … Based on where the majority of the damage was, and where he said it started, there were a couple of dirty rags. They weren’t like—they were oily rags, but they weren’t like out-of-this-world oily. They’re what we use to clean up the sauce and stuff like that. But, also, where the oil dispenses for cooking, it drips a little, so we use them to wipe that up. So there was a pile of five or so—not a ton—they were on top of a

What are you thinking? What’s the plan?

five-gallon jug of vegetable oil, and with how hot it was, and it was sealed up, with the direct light, maybe through the windows, or maybe just based on pure heat alone, they spontaneously combusted. And then the jug of oil went with it. And then everything else went with it.

The community response you’ve gotten has been pretty phenomenal. Yeah. Tons of people have been donating—businesses, too, not just individuals. Lots of our patrons. Other people have been raising funds. Feed the Camel, they’ve been raising funds. Steve Schroeder at Food Truck Friday has been super helpful. Lots of people have reached out and said, “Hey, we’ve got a spare truck” or “My truck is for sale” or “I’ve got a food trailer I’m not using” our “Use or prep kitchen.” All

I don’t know. I still haven’t got anything from insurance yet. ... It’s just a super slow process. So I don’t want to jump the gun until I know what’s covered. We haven’t really cleaned or anything, because I’m sure they’re gonna send somebody out, and I don’t want it sparking and glistening. … It’s mainly Robyn [Gurinskas]’s baby, our head chef. Whatever the next step is, whatever the next call is, it’s more in her court, which is pretty overwhelming. None of us is ready to make a decision yet. We need to get the whiteboard out and weigh all of the options—the rewards versus the risks.

Sometimes the next step is to a do a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Is that option on the table? It’s definitely on the table. Especially since this is our fifth year of operations with the truck. And we didn’t have a ton of savings, and now we do, thanks to the GoFundMe and the community, so it definitely gives us more opportunity than we had. So, now we’re looking, what would this restaurant really cost? Because we’re still on a limited budget no matter what. No angel investor popped out of the back and said, "Hey, that sucks, here’s a million dollars." Ω


Scary scenarios in a scary era I was recently informed by an old pal that I have a bad case of TDS— Trump Derangement Syndrome. Well, ddduuuhhhhhhh!!!!! I’ve only been raving about Agent Orange for four friggin’ years now (yes, that escalator ride of Dum Dum Doom took place in June ’15). If you’re reading this column, chances are excellent that you, too, have a pernicious case of this nasty bug. Here are the symptoms. (1) You believe that this FA is lying literally every time he opens his hideous piehole. (2) You get your information about the world from “fake news,” such as the NYT, WaPo, major daily newspapers, and major TV networks (except, of course, Fux). Is this you? Well, congrats, and welcome to the club! It’s pretty easy to get infected, and indeed, there’s a bleeping pandemic underway. Scariest thing in the news this past week may well have happened

not in D.C., Tehran or Moscow, but way down south in Argentina and Uruguay. On Sunday morning of the 16th, the power went out. The power to everybody, which is about 50 million people. Do they know why? Nope. Not a clue. Sure, there could be a completely natural explanation for this event, which was of an unprecedented size for those two countries. Sure, it could have happened due to a completely innocent freak series of coincidental circumstances. It’s possible, I guess. But it’s also possible this was one malicious bit of hanky panky. A practice run, so to speak, just to see what exactly that new E.N.U. (Evil Nerd Unit) can actually do. The question is—whose ENU? Was somebody somewhere was sending a message to somebody? Maybe the Russians sending a howdy-do to us? Us sending a techno shout-out to Vlad? North Korea firing off a

warning shot? China, perhaps? A 400-pound dweeb living in his parents’ basement? Who the hell knows? But at this point, nobody in Argentina knows WTF happened. If they do, they ain’t talkin’. It’s all rather mysterious and not exactly comforting. So I’m thinkin’ it may well be time to get a decent generator. Just in case. Because here in the Modern Age of Cyber Whack, you and me can suddenly become collateral damage, right here on Elm Street, USA. Who needs to blow big dough on bombs any more? Or bombers? How old, tired and lame. If you can creep on into the computers of your adversary, freeze his grid, freeze his communications, and freeze his money, that’s what you call leverage, baby. Drop a big bomb on me? Oooh, scary! How about I just make it so you’re dark? For, say, a month? Have fun! Ω