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Best side story Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. Voting is now live for the second—a.k.a. final—round of this year’s Best of Northern Nevada readers’ poll. In many ways, this contest is the most recognized thing we do. Way more people vote in the contest than, say, write 95-word stories for our annual microfiction contest or write angry letters in reaction to Bruce van Dyke’s latest missives. We get more kudos for organizing this contest than we ever do for, say, winning General Excellence in our category from the Nevada Press Association’s annual awards. (As we did last year—bet you didn’t even know that. We’re awesomely humble.) And, of course, people like to complain about this contest more than a year’s worth of typos and spelling errors. So here’s one complaint: “Hi, I’m Joe SoAndSo, and I own Whatever Crappy Store, and I want to know how I can be included in your contest. Who do I need to pay?” “Hi Joe! Thanks for asking. The portion of the contest that’s currently online is actually the second round. The nominees listed are the people, places and things with the highest vote totals from the first round. That round, which ended a few weeks ago, was an open primary where voters could write in whatever favorites they’d like. So, if you’re not included in this second round, it’s because not enough people voted for your business during the first round. If you really want a shot at the crown next year, you might consider promoting the contest a bit during the first round, which usually starts in May. Secondly, this is not a pay-to-play contest because ew, gross.” Anyway. Head over to www. bestofnorthernnevada.com and get crackin’. More info about the contest can be found on page 6. I’ll tackle another complaint next week.

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Population Re “Population contest” and “So over it” (letters, May 16): I would like to provide additional information to the population debate that the writers Steven Hetzer and Arden Scott addressed in your May 16, 2019 issue. I did not read the articles that they were responding to, so perhaps what I say below has already been mentioned. They may find this input positive. Population is now in the main driven by economics. Wealthier countries reproduce at lower rates than poorer countries. It takes 2.1 births per child bearer to sustain an even population. The United States birth rate has not been higher than 2.1 in a long time. Birthrates are 1.6 in the EU. Per the Economist Magazine, birth rates start to flat line when average income is about $5,000 per person. The prediction in the last article that I read on the topic was that the average incomes would be in that level around the year 2030. Thus the prediction is that world population will start flatlining when average income is at that $5,000 level. Also the abortion rates rise in more wealthy countries so that also is a part of the lower sustenance rate. Per the World Health organization there about 40 to 50 million abortions a year worldwide or about 125,000 abortions a day. So, as I see it, just the benefits of capitalism will lessen the world’s population. Frank Mooney King’s Beach

Abortion Like my father, I am a pro-choice atheist conservative, which is somewhat like being a unicorn. I dislike surprises and plan ahead obsessively. I have three amazing daughters (all planned), with whom I talk about sex and its long-term consequences. So, let’s talk about sex. I propose that we make Salt-N-Pepa’s song our national anthem. The song’s important message is, don’t moralize sex, but realistically plan for consequences. Let’s seriously talk about the

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judgmental attitudes of our citizens toward people whose sexual activity resulted in unintended consequences. Let’s talk openly about legalizing rights of the unborn to be born versus legally forcing an unwillingly pregnant person to bear a child. Does “prior consent” apply to potential parenthood for both participants? Does a person actually consent to be a parent each time he or she engages in sexual intercourse, in case recreational or forced sex is unexpectedly procreational sex? If you believe in the Immaculate Conception, even abstinence is not 100 percent effective. Abortion is not a choice made lightly, but it is not a choice the participant with a penis will have to make. Let the person with a penis first imagine being the person with a uterus, whose contraceptive method failed, or who had no chance to consider contraception prior to being raped, before voting on a law to ban abortion. Elizabeth Theobald Reno

Socialism Socialism had developed a new meaning? It is simply a transparent government with its efficiencies helping all of us, especially the least of us. The Christian thing to do. But the corporatists and even a few Christians have changed it even further. This corporate socialism began with the railroads in the 1860s and a massive government gift to four rich railroad barons here in the west. The current mode now is huge tax dodges and bank bailouts so corporations and the mega rich can concentrate all the nations’ wealth and put it in their own pocket. The Trump tax gift gets the trophy. It is their form of capitalism. Get everything. And these very same kleptocrats despise Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and those programs that help working Americans survive. As Paul Ryan, ex-Republican Speaker of the House said, “entitlement reform,” code for eliminating these programs. Not too long ago these jerks were slave owners. Don McKechnie Sparks Distribution Director Greg Erwin Distribution Manager Bob Christensen Distribution Drivers Alex Barskyy, Corey Sigafoos, Gary White, Joe Wilson, Marty Troye, Timothy Fisher, Vicki Jewell, Olga Barska, Rosie Martinez, Adam Martinez, Duane Johnson President/CEO Jeff VonKaenel Director of Nuts & Bolts Deborah Redmond Director of People & Culture David Stogner Director of Dollars & Sense Debbie Mantoan Nuts & Bolts Ninja Norma Huerta Payroll/AP Wizard Miranda Hansen Account Jedi Jessica Kislanka Sweetdeals Coordinator Trish Marche Developer John Bisignano

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Corrections Re “On track” (music, June 20): We gave the name of one member of the band TrainWrecks as Anthony Cox. It should have read Anthony Wood. Re “Roll call” (Artown guide, June 20): In last week’s Artown Guide, we erroneously reported that the bands TapWater and Snakeboy Johnson would be playing at the Rollin’ on the River concert series on the night of July 7. This is incorrect. The show date for both bands is July 5. We apologize for these errors.


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Favorite summer camp memory? AskeD At Holey sCHmiDt Donuts, 490 s. Center st.

Winter Wilson 1st grader

I liked how it was warm. I like summer best.

Amber Hunter Nutritionist

Probably campfires or s’mores or telling stories around the fire—or swimming and outdoor activities. One of those. I was in Campfire, which is kind of like Girl Scouts, but it’s for boys and girls.

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Tales out of school The Traci Davis matter is proof positive that demonizing one school board and replacing it with another is no way to conduct public affairs. This new school board suffers from the same maladies as the previous board. From the beginning of this latest dispute, the school district and the school board tried to dig their toes in the sand and claim, Aw shucks, nothing to see here. Davis, we were told, was just on leave. Yet now, here we are, with Davis and the district in a state of virtual war. The Reno Gazette Journal describes Davis’ “mysterious disappearance,” as though she were buried in a ditch on the edge of town, and the school district has only itself to blame for creating a situation in which such melodrama could thrive. Journalists, including the RGJ, This is Reno, and broadcast reporters, have done a terrific job of keeping the pressure on closed-mouth district officials and board members to be more forthcoming. They have pieced odd items together to give the public a better picture than people with titles wanted them to have. Some of those items conflicted with the business-as-usual picture the district and board were trying to convey. There was no excuse for the district’s behavior. There was no saying, “This is a personnel matter” that could pass muster, because this is not a matter of a civil service clerk. This is a matter of a high level appointment of a policymaker, and if her contract does not make plain that she is a public figure who will not be protected from publicity, it sure should—and it darn well better in its next update, whether Davis stays or leaves. When what’s at issue is a

policymaker, there needs to be disclosure and accountability, not confidentiality, and that need is subverted when those inside are trying to cover up. There are anxious parents out there who are entitled to more information than the district was willing to part with. For days on end, rumor and innuendo have circulated. The whole matter also suggests there is something wrong with the way news is now gathered in this valley. While reporters have shown initiative and have pulled together the story in spite of the district, covering the school district episodically doesn’t work. There was a time when every Reno television station with a news department had education reporters, court reporters, health reporters, city council reporters and so on, and they had their stations’ support. They worked their beats, in this case by attending every school board meeting. Now, with the metro area’s population twice the size of when it was that way, they attend only when something particularly newsworthy surfaces. Their news departments depend on maps, viewercontributed footage or still photos, and none of the depth of knowledge that comes from working a beat. Instincts and sources cannot be developed about a beat while chasing car accidents and doing six versions of the same off-the-beat story in one day. The owners of those stations are letting their reporters and photographers down by starving the news departments. This is not good corporate citizenship. If their employers had allowed them to act as reporters, what has unfolded would not have been a surprise, and the public would have gotten a lot more information, whether the school district liked it or not. Ω

It could be during Wizards. We’re making potion bottles. It’s kind of fun, and tomorrow we’re probably going to make some wands. Our camp name is the Wizards. It’s here at the Discovery [Museum].

PAul mAyHeu Sales executive

Getting rid of the kid for a week [laughs]. No, memories. … Probably swimming in the lake. Where I grew up it was classic summer camp—you go away for a week or two with a bunch of other kids.

Deniz loPe z Disability pensioner

I wanted to go to summer camp, I just never did. [I wanted] the experience, you know, being around a bunch of kids my age and doing fun stuff that average people do. My childhood was a little bit different. I had to grow up at a young age. My parents passed away.

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We had it easier It’s always tempting to tell our kids how much rougher we had it back in the day. The minimum wage in 1973 was a measly $1.60 an hour, which sounds horrible until you realize that would be $9.46 an hour today when adjusted for inflation, significantly higher than Nevada’s current minimum wage. Women were fighting hard for the right to control their own health care decisions, culminating in the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortions, a decision states like Alabama are undercutting by passing laws that make it impossible for abortion clinics to survive. And don’t even think of bringing up how you struggled to pay college tuition 45 years ago compared to what today’s students face. When I was searching for affordable higher education in the mid ’70s as the first person in my family to go to a four-year college, the options in California made me dizzy. I had the grades to get into the state colleges and most of the University of California (UC) schools, but I had little financial support and no cash reserves of my

own after a gap year as an exchange student in Madrid. What I didn’t realize at the time was how lucky I was to be a California resident with my pick of high-quality, affordable colleges heavily subsidized by the state. Community colleges were essentially free, and the academic caliber was excellent. Tuition and fees at state colleges were very low—after state grants, scholarships and favorable residency rates, I paid about $60 a semester for unlimited credits at Sonoma State. Tuition was about double that at the prestigious University of California schools, but I chose a state college simply because it was cheaper, supporting myself with a half-time job at the campus library. I took a ridiculous number of credits since it was a one-price system, but I graduated in three years debt-free, sharing a ramshackle house in Santa Rosa with friends, bumming rides to campus, living lightly. How times have changed. The Sacramento Bee recently reported on a data analysis from the California Budget and

Policy Center that adjusted 1979 college tuition and fees for inflation and determined the cost of attending a University of California school is now six times greater than it was 40 years ago. The cost of attending a college or university in the state system has risen an astounding 1,360 percent since 1979. Amy Rose, the study’s author, says it’s much harder to find affordable higher education now. “The ‘back in my day’ narrative is tempting on the surface. … Many students in prior generations were able to work moderate hours and attend school full-time, graduating on time and with little to no debt. Today’s students face a much different scenario, with significantly higher total costs of attendance, largely due to rising housing costs,” she wrote. Rose says students in California now graduate with at least $20,000 in debt thanks to budget cuts over the years that shifted costs from state funding to students who “are more likely to be students of color and the costs of tuition and basic needs


are, therefore, more likely to be a barrier to them accessing a high-quality education. They are also more likely to experience poor academic, health, and mental health outcomes which can snowball into them taking part-time classes, dropping courses, or skipping semesters which means that they take longer to graduate.” Rose suggests state legislators start investing in higher education again to keep California’s economy competitive. She also wants them to implement polices to address increasing homelessness and hunger among college students and find ways to drastically reduce student debt. Subsidizing higher educational opportunities for lower- and middle-class students not only helps them, it’s the tide that lifts all boats. Ω

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SheriffS back off threat Nevada county sheriffs have signed a letter promising to enforce the state’s background check law. The letter, signed by all 17 sheriffs, has been posted on the website of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, their lobbying arm. Though couched in boilerplate verbiage supporting the Second Amendment, the letter still pledges, “The sheriffs of the State of Nevada are here to enforce the laws and uphold the constitutions of this state and this country. We will do so with all persons, while still protecting our Second Amendment freedoms.” The background check law was enacted by the Nevada Legislature in February to replace a similar law approved by Nevadans in 2014. That voter-approved measure could not be implemented because of flaws in the drafting of the initiative petition. The sheriffs’ pledge came as a relief to state officials, who have been planning how to deal in January with recalcitrant sheriffs refusing to enforce the law. That is what many of the rural sheriffs had, earlier this year, said they would do. It appears that Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts was the first off the mark with the threat, in a Feb. 19 letter to Gov. Steve Sisolak: “You signing this into law does nothing but make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to transfer ownership of weapons. In summary, it is the position of this sheriff that I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.” No court has held the law unconstitutional. In fact, no court challenge has been launched against it. However, in 1997’s Printz vs. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the federal law known as the Brady Bill, which directed sheriffs to conduct background checks, violated the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” But the Brady Bill and the new Nevada law have different wording. Moreover, while the U.S. government may not be able to commandeer sheriffs to do background checks, states can. The Nevada Constitution allows very little home rule. Counties in Nevada are often called the “creatures of the state.” In his 2000 study, County Government, Frank Coppa wrote that counties “can be traced to the English shire and first appeared in 1634 in what later became Virginia. Counties are the creatures of the state and operate within the parameters of their state constitution, statutes, and court decisions.” In his book Nevada Politics & Government: Conservatism in an Open Society, Don Driggs wrote, “The states retained many of their powers under the Constitution, and the federal government cannot unilaterally abolish states or diminish their powers. In contrast, local governments within a state—such as counties, cities, and school districts—are creatures of the state and have only those powers that the state has given them.” In State ex. rel. Ginoccio v. Shaughnessy, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that counties can be required to perform duties prescribed by the legislature. Sheriffs are county officials.

—Dennis Myers






Little is known about CBD, but the market isn’t waiting. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER

Setback hits CBD Market runs ahead of the science a major study has produced findings that are unfavorable for cannabidiol (CBD) products at a time when Nevada firms are getting more deeply into marketing them and at a time when farmers were hoping to gain from them in order to make up for Trump tariff impacts they have suffered. The seriousness of the study could be seen in reports on it at financial services sites and publications like Motley Fool—which called the study “shocking”—and Fortune and Forbes. CBD is the second most common active ingredient in cannabis, usually taken from hemp, which is normally lower in THC, the most common active ingredient in the plant. CBD products are supposed to contain less than 0.3 percent of THC. Given the decades-long history of lying and misrepresentation on cannabis, we asked one of the study’s scientists—Bill Gurley of the University of Arkansas school of pharmacy—where the funding for the study came from. He replied by email, “It was funded

from our own accounts (interdepartmental funds). No outside agency (federal or private) was involved.” In addition, the study was published in the British journal Molecules, which is a respected molecular biology publication. The study, “Hepatotoxicity of a Cannabidiol-Rich Cannabis Extract in the Mouse Model,” had nine authors. “For Wall Street, CBD is nothing more than a gigantic dollar sign hovering over the industry,” Motley Fool reported. For patients, it is something more basic. The growth of its share of the market has been startling. Washington Post: “In 2017, no one knew what CBD oil was. In 2018, folks stumbled saying “cannabidiol” (that’s CBD oil) out loud. In 2019, it’s everywhere.” On June 11, Stem Holdings, Inc. in Florida announced an agreement with Grön Chocolate and Confections to “supply the popular Grön gummy line to the Nevada cannabis market,” including “high CBD infused products.”

On June 13, MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. in British Columbia announced it has begun the planting process in Nye County of “1.6 million CBD-rich hemp seeds [that] have been germinated, sprouted and grown into seedlings.” The way CBD has pervaded various markets can be seen by articles in, of all places, Golf Digest: “A golfer’s introductory guide to CBD,” “Is CBD golf’s magic potion?” All this has happened in the absence of much knowledge or science about CBD, which was hampered by the federal government’s longtime reluctance to allow laboratory work involving cannabis. After testing at different levels of dosage, the scientists found that at the high dosage, three fourths of laboratory mice were dead or near death within days after injesting CBD. The mice showed incredibly rapid signs of liver damage—within 24 hours. In addition, the study found CBD can interact with other substances, such as food supplements—which are unregulated—and prescription drugs. “CBD differentially regulated more than 50 genes, many of which were linked to oxidative stress responses, lipid metabolism pathways and drug metabolizing enzymes,” it reads. The study’s abstract reads in part, “The involvement of numerous pathways associated with lipid and xenobiotic metabolism raises serious concerns about potential drug interactions as well as the safety of CBD.” CBD is being used in tinctures, oils, creams and other products, and in consumable items. Because CBD products are treated by officialdom similarly to food supplements and are unregulated, there is no way to know what the level of ingredients are. Gurley, who gave testimony at the FDA’s first hearing on CBD last month, did a study for Mississippi of CBD products sold in that state. He found that the amount of THC fluctuates wildly. “In one instance, the CBD content was almost 23 times greater than the content claimed on the label. … In three instances, THC content exceeded .3 percent, with one product containing 45 percent THC,” he told Mississippians. We asked Gurley if there was any reason to believe that the situation

would be any better in states where cannabis is fully legal, like Nevada. “I doubt that the results would be any different in states where cannabis use is legalized,” he said. “In fact, it may be worse. Until good manufacturing practices are mandated by the FDA/USDA and fully implemented by manufacturers, indifferent quality will be commonplace.” Florida is considering regulations requiring CBD products to be tested by a third party, to carry a label containing a code that allows consumers to go online and get specific information about that product. Hemp farmers would also be required to allow visits from inspectors.

relief. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it can be used to help manage chronic pain in many cases. CBD oil is especially promising due to its lack of intoxicating effects and a possible lower potential for side effects than many other pain medications … The active cannabinoids in cannabis may be an active treatment for psoriasis. Research shows that they offer potential health benefits that could relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.” (Emphasis has been added.) For people desperate for a remedy to agonizing symptoms, such loaded language can implant hope that is not necessarily backed up by existing science. The site is attributed to “Healthline Media UK Ltd, Brighton, UK” and there is a caveat that undercuts the material therein: “The The word geTs ouT Medical News Today Content is provided on None of the products containing CBD an “as is” and “as available” basis. Medical have been approved by the Food and Drug News Today gives no warranty of any kind Administration except one—Epidiolex, in relation to our Feed or our Content and we which can be used only for two epileptic disclaim all implied warranties, including, seizures. In addition, it comes with a warnbut not limited to, satisfactory quality, fitness ing of possible liver damage: for purpose, non-infringement, compatibility “Epidiolex may cause liver problems. and accuracy.” Your doctor may order blood tests to check Among the conditions some people claim your liver before you start taking Epidiolex CBD deals with are pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and during treatment. In some cases, nausea and hangovers. Those do not explain Epidiolex treatment may need to be stopped. why it is included in some products, such as Call your doctor right away if you start to beauty treatments. In any event, there is little have any of these signs and symptoms science behind the claims, and even of liver problems during less knowledge about side effects. treatment with Epidiolex: The expertise of some loss of appetite, nausea, pot shops is suggested by “Until good vomiting[;] fever, feeling a recent sales pitch sent unwell, unusual tiredmanufacturing out to Nevada marijuana ness[;] yellowing of merchants: “Whether practices are the skin or the whites you or your staff need of the eyes (jaundice) mandated … indifferent the best cannabis [;] itching[;] unusual education, you need quality will be darkening of the to consider signing up urine[;] right upper commonplace.” for a monthly subscripstomach area pain or tion. Not only do you Bill Gurley discomfort.” get videos and audio, Scientist Epidiolex was approved but handouts and research in June 2018 only on this articles. Do you know which limited basis to treat people THC/CBD ratios best treat what with rare types of epilepsy—Lennoxcondition? Do you know which products Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, are recommended for cancer patients? If you which usually afflict children. (In the new don’t know, please subscribe.” study, the scientists employed the Epidiolex Just as uncertain are articles that come guidelines for doasage and safety.) with headlines like “CBD Oil Is Amazing Firms that sell CBD products cannot say For So Many Things, but Breastfeeding Isn’t that the substance does anything for people, One of Them (Yet).” nor do most of them make such claims. But Another cautionary instance surfaced in there are other ways of spreading the word. the case of Christina Dixon, who opposed For example, at a site called Medical medical treatment for her daughter’s cancer News Today, while there is precautionary and instead wanted to treat her with CBD. language at key points, full use is made of After a court order was issued telling her to suggestive terms like potential, could and resume the daughter’s medical treatment, she may, as in all these uses on a single page removed the girl from Oregon and fled to at the site: “Although more research is Nevada. Clark County officials found them required to confirm some uses of CBD oil, and sent the daughter back to Oregon. Ω it is shaping up as a potentially promising and versatile treatment. … However, CBD oil does show a lot of potential for pain

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The springs bubble up near a building called the Assembly Hall at the site of the Glen Alpine Springs Resort.

Take a hike Glen Alpine Springs Resort The remains of the Glen Alpine Springs Resort—just a ways south of Fallen Leaf Lake—are often referred to as the Lake Tahoe basin’s only ghost town. And the hike it takes to reach them is often referred to on trail websites as one of the region’s easiest day hikes. The former may be true, but the latter is debatable— starting with the logistics of getting to the trailhead. To reach the trailhead leading to Glen Alpine Springs, one must first travel several miles down a one-lane, poorly maintained road running along the east side of Fallen Leaf Lake. Unlike the narrow roads that lead to many other ghost towns, however, this one is not lightly trafficked. Its twists and turns are Lake-Tahoe-packed with everything from small cars to huge campers, which have to pull to the rutted and often crumbling sides of the road to allow one another to pass—not a task for the fainthearted driver. After making it to the trailhead, most probably have enough adrenaline coursing through their systems to run the single mile up the trail to the resort. The trail to the resort is listed on most websites as easy and suitable for any hiker, but don’t mistake it for a walk in the park. People with hip, knee or ankle problems will find large sections of the trail littered with granite in various stages of decay difficult to navigate. It’s also worth noting that large portions of the trail can be flooded during spring and early summer. As of June 23, many stretches were under ankle-deep water that flowed down the trail like a stream


for several hundred feet at a time. Regardless of the conditions, though, the resort is worth the trek for any lover of history. According to the Glen Alpine Springs Resort website, run by a nonprofit that helps manage the site, the resort there was established by a man named Nathan Gilmore. He came from Ohio to pursue wealth as a miner during California’s Gold Rush and later sought silver alongside the other pioneers on the Comstock Lode before opening a general store and then becoming a cattle rancher. Gilmore explored the Lake Tahoe basin with gusto and stumbled upon the naturally carbonated springs in 1863. By 1871, he’d filed a deed for 10,000 acres stretching from Fallen Leaf to Mt. Tallac in Devil’s Valley Wilderness—now Desolation Wilderness. (Gilmore later gave up his claim to Devil’s Valley so that it could become a national forest preserve.) He opened Gilmore Springs Resort in 1878 and later renamed it Glen Alpine Springs Resort in honor of his wife’s love for Sir Walter Scott’s 1810 long poem, “Lady of the Lake.” People flocked to the resort throughout the late 19th century to explore trails Gilmore established and to enjoy the springs’ waters—a particularly popular pastime of that era. After the turn of the century, the resort changed hands many times but remained open into the 1960s. The U.S. Forest Service acquired the site in the ’70s and—in the ’80s—partnered with a nonprofit group that helps preserve its handful of remaining buildings, which were designed by famed architect Bernard Maybeck. Ω

Learn more about Glen Alpine Springs Resort here: glenalpinesprings.org.

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laying music is more than just the craft itself. It can give you a sense of belonging and direction in life—and it’s a crazy amount of fun. It also evokes insecurities and fears, especially for new musicians who might bring a certain amount of baggage to the stage: “What will people think? Will they like me or like my song?” The campers who attended Girls Rock Reno likely experienced all of these emotions and more. For the first time at the Holland Project, this week-long camp brought together 16 young women between the ages of 8 and 17 to form rock bands, write a song, and then perform it in front of their peers and parents at a week-ending show. There was more to the camp than three chords and the truth, though. There were workshops that covered subjects beyond music, such as gender identity and hearing health. The young musicians were also learning tools of the trade, such as making their own screen-printed T-shirts and appearing in interviews on the community radio station KWNK. All of this was organized by volunteers from the Holland Project, and most of the instruction and managing was done



by women musicians, who definitely saw some of their own journeys through the eyes of the campers. “When I was a teenager, I loved bands and going to shows, but it didn’t even occur to me to play music,” said Rosie Zuckerman. She was one of the main organizers of GRR and plays drums in the bands Okay Urge and Shit Metaphor. “Even if none of the kids here pursue music, I know going forward that this was an important time for them, and that makes me hopeful. And kids today are smarter than we are. They’re a little more enlightened.”

Bring the noise Zuckerman told the story of one camper and how she came face-toface with issues of gender identity: “Someone once told her not to go into the girls’ bathroom because they mis-gendered her as a boy, but she was like, ‘What’s it to you? You can look any way you want.’ They get it. They are all smart and sweet kids, and we’ve seen a lot of growth in a lot of different facets.” Zuckerman said that the idea for a girls’ rock camp has been floating around the Holland Project crowd for quite a while, and the circumstances were just right for it to happen this summer. She was involved mostly in the pre-production of GRR, helping to get the musical instructors, workshop

noise leaders and other volunteers so it would be a smooth and memorable experience for the kids. She was also surprised at the progress the girls are making musically. “I didn’t understand how this would be possible, for kids who never played an instrument before to learn to play a song in five days,” she Campers had a said. "But I’ve been blown away with how much week to write the kids have been able to do. Kids who have never a song at Girls played drums before are holding down the beat for Rock Reno. a whole song. I’ve played drums for 10 years, and I can barely do that.” Volunteer Jamie Hemingway, of the solo project Solterona, was the band manager for the oldest camper group. Like the other three bands, they picked their own name, and it’s certainly memorable: Sorry I Forgot to Shave. “I think having this be a mostly girl or female event is really empowering,” Hemingway said. “Today, for instance, we had [Sacramento band] Dog Party play, and they are a duo of two girls, and I think seeing them play really inspired the individual campers.” Sorry I Forgot to Shave’s members range in age from 15 to 17, and Hemingway said they had more experience as musicians than some of the other groups. They also were able to share about more than just verses and choruses. “They are getting a lot from each other, sharing their personal views,” Hemingway said. “They’ve talked about gender and what it means to be girl that plays in a band, that whole idea of being the band versus being with the band.” Elizabeth Ramos, who was in the Holland Project-staple band Boys, was the band manager for “ queens Sci-Fi, a group with girls ages 9 of noise” to 13. They definitely had a strong continued on page 14 band identity, with matching capes

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and a song that was about their own journey as musicians called “Famous.” Ramos believes that her group learned something a bit different from what some of the older kids did. “I think, for me, the group is in the age range where they don’t really see the gender connection, with how it is to be a woman and feeling like a minority,” Ramos said. “Right now, they are in the phase of not realizing how important that is, but they do realize that they are women and that they love playing music.”

‘ Girls rock reno camp sonG’ At the start of the final performance, all the members of Girls Rock Reno—from campers to volunteers—sang this song onstage: We’re here to rock, we’re here to roll We can be strong, we can be bold ’Cause we’re Girls Rock Reno! We’ve got the beat and our guitars We’ll bring the noise—No, we won’t stop ’Cause we’re Girls Rock Reno!

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And it’s okay to play like a girl Loud and proud, we’ll show the world That we’re Girls Rock Reno! We’re not with the band, we are the band! Stand with each other, hand-in-hand ’Cause we’re Girls Rock Reno! Having a good time with all of our friends We are the voice of a generation And we’re Girls Rock Reno!

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The campers also got to see women musicians who turn their own love of music into something beyond a hobby. The camp’s Thursday lunchtime performer was Jamie-Lee Dimes, an Australian musician who played at Holland later that evening and jumped at the chance to be a part of GRR. “Being a woman playing music helped me make life decisions and kept me on track when I was a kid, and it was worth it for me to be here and inspire even one person to do music when they were going through a challenging time,” Dimes said. Dimes definitely had struggles finding her way as a musician. She said that when she was 17 she had “family members telling me that I should be cooking and cleaning for a man instead of doing music.” She persisted, and now is on her first American tour and has just finished recording a new album with Mick Turner, the revered guitarist with the band Dirty Three. “I used to be a massive pushover and now I’m not,” Dimes said. “Music actually helped me be able to have a voice.”

She also wants to help other women with their music careers, and said she wants to start a woman-focused label called Queens of Noise to pursue that goal. “Like with today, I just want to influence girls in a way that makes them choose music over distractions and put them on a path that’s positive and ripples throughout their life,” Dimes said. Reno singer Phuong Tran was the voice instructor for GRR and has been singing since she was 5 years old, including some training in opera. She said she emphasized personal style over note-perfect performances in her teaching. “Being good performers is really where their strengths are going to lie,” Tran said. “I talked about male singers and how some don’t have the biggest range, like Bob Dylan. Their performances really matter. “I know there’s a lot of stigma for female performers to be pretty, to look a certain way, to sound a certain way. But you can have people who really rock on without adhering to conventional ideas of performance. I just really want them to stand out.” Tran worked with a wide range of singers, from those with a lot of experience to pretty much zero. She said it was great to see the more experienced singers mentoring their younger peers. “I definitely think that all of them will stay with music, maybe just as a hobby, but for some people, they really see it as a career,” Tran said. “One of the girls, Graciela, has a lot of experience and has even taken voice lessons, and I know she really wants to do music for a living. I’m really excited to see what they might produce in the next couple of years.”

Graciela Squier, age 16, confirmed that she wants to be a full-time musician. “At least as a side hustle, but probably as a main hustle,” she said on the final day of camp. Squier sang with Blue Boots, the second of the groups with teenage musicians. “I love empowering women and other people who are marginalized, so that really spoke to me,” she said. “Also, I really love rock music. So, it’s like two of my favorite things: ‘Yes, please, sign me up right away.’” Blue Boots had a real odyssey with their song, which has an awesome title: “You Kick-Flipped Into My Heart.” Squier and bass-playing bandmate Margaux Mauldin said it was a challenge to write, with lots of changes right up until the day before it premiered. “I came up with the name, but we ended up writing new music for the bass just yesterday,” Mauldin said. “We decided we needed something to fit better with the guitar. And our great drummer [Ruby Nixon], we’re so proud of her, she contributed so much to it. We’re so proud of her.” The camaraderie of Blue Boots was well on display on performance day. At one point, they gathered in a circle and chanted, “I am beautiful! Woo hoo! We got this!” and then ran in place with each other. The whole experience was an eye-opener for Squier. “This camp was great for teaching young girls to have passion for music and to realize that no matter what anyone says, you can do whatever you want, especially music,” she said.

“Kids today are smarter than we are. They're a little more enlightened.” Rosie Zuckerman organizer, Girls Rock Reno

Lenore Silva, 17, had a similar revelation. She’s the bassist in Sorry I Forgot to Shave and has been playing different musical instruments since she was age 7. She’s hoping to play more with what she’s learned as part of GRR. “I learned a lot more about the bass than just playing it all on my own,” Silva said. “I think it’s really reached us all in our own

TransformaTions The young drummer’s bandmate, singer Francis Hunt, found out about GRR through a flier given out at the local Doral Academy. In fact, Francis and her sister, Lovely Hunt, are

One band's both part of the camp. name was Lovely is the frontperson Sorry I for the youngest band, Forgot to charmingly named The Shave. Shehuahuas. Lovely and Francis’ mother, Diana Sawyer, was front and center on the last day to see her daughters’ work. Sawyer said that Lovely and Francis have been talking a lot about their experiences to her—and teaching her a thing or two about music. “Lovely used words like, ‘We did the hook today,’ or ‘We worked on the chorus,’ all of this terminology about music,” Sawyer said. “And I know nothing about music, so it’s been great for me, too. They’ve been super excited about all of it, including the radio show and the other bands they met.” Sawyer shared that she was “concerned at first, not that they wouldn’t fit in, but how content they would be here. Usually in a new environment, it takes them a long while to acclimate to what’s happening and warm up to people. But from the very first day, they were very comfortable. I think that’s because of all of the individuals

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way, for sure. I’m someone who isn’t exactly confident, and I spend so much of my life just going, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ But it even reached me, which is kinda crazy. I really appreciate my time here.” Some of the younger campers showed signs that music is going to be a lifelong choice. Take Kylie Lazzarino, for instance. She could be seen on one of the camp days walking around twirling her drumsticks even when she wasn’t prepping to play. Lazzarino, 11, has been playing drums for a year and was part of Sci-Fi. “Our band is awesome,” she said. “Everybody is awesome. Obviously, it’s normal to be nervous, but I’m also really excited.” Lazzarino said that it was great to experience band life and to also expand her own taste in music beyond rock and into genres like hip-hop and country during the drum lessons. “I’m definitely going to keep playing,” she said.

in the program, that they were all girls, and they were OK with that. It relaxed them.” Another young musician, Blue Boots drummer Ruby Nixon, was like Lovely Hunt in that she learned a completely new instrument for her performance. Her mother, Melissa Hafey, said that the goal was just to see if Ruby could find her own way in music with other girls in the same boat. “It was not easy on the first day, or the weekend before, because she was really nervous to get started,” Hafey said. “It was all new people, and she was doing something new and challenging in front of people she didn’t know. But, she seems to be doing great now. She hung out with her bandmates

last night at Food Truck Fridays, and I think she’s going to be sad that it’s over at the end of the show tonight.” The parents of Sorry I Forgot to Shave singer Grace Smith said their daughter also wants to continue on with music, maybe even with the band that formed at GRR. Brett and Tracy Smith came down from Alpine Meadows to see their daughter’s band close the show. “She went last year to the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls in Seattle and had a fantastic experience there,” Brett Smith said. “She was hoping to find something to do that was local so she could connect through the community throughout the year. She comes to shows at the Holland Project quite a bit.” Tracy said she’s noticed a definite transformation in her daughter during the week of the camp. “I’ve just seen a lot of confidence and her being comfortable with herself,” Tracy said. “I don’t know if you can even ask for more as a parent of a teenager, for them to be OK with who they are. It’s been beautiful.” Ω

For more information, visit www.hollandreno.org/portfolio/grr.

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Poet and motivational speaker Russell Lehmann discusses his life with autism in his new book


Russell Lehmann stands with his book outside Sundance Books and Music. Photo/Matt Bieker

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ussell Lehmann is a 28-year-old poet and author whose work has earned acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and NY Book Festival, and whose speaking engagements have put him on stages all over the country. Last year, he was awarded the Young Professionals Network’s Reno-Tahoe Most Outstanding Professional Under 40 Award. His success, however, comes at the end of a difficult journey. At the age of 12, Lehmann was diagnosed with autism. “Autism is a very broad spectrum, meaning that no two people with autism experience it exactly the same way,” Lehmann said. “It’s a neurological disorder, and with that, for me, comes ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder, anxiety, depression and a plethora of other mental disabilities as well.” Lehmann said he began to show developmental and behavioral symptoms as early as 3 years old, which led his parents to search for answers to what was then, and is still now, a little understood condition. No answers came until 2003, when, after a brief stay in a city psychiatric ward, Lehmann was diagnosed at the University of Washington’s Autism Center. “These days, I think the average age of diagnosis is around 3 years of age,” Lehmann

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said. “I dropped out of public school in the fifth grade, age 11, [with] severe OCD and severe social anxiety. I never made eye contact with anybody, never spoke to the outside world. I just spoke to my parents and my family, and I never left the house. Basically, autism, for me, in a nutshell, is being definitely afraid of the outside world.” Lehmann spent much of his teens and early20s shuttered from society, too overwhelmed to attend school or hold down a job—or maintain relationships. Taking online classes at Truckee Meadows Community College, he received straight A’s. But it wasn’t until 2011, when he felt compelled to put his thoughts to paper, that Lehmann started to reconnect with the outside world—and found an audience desperate to hear his message. “I published that book because I didn’t want the world to forget about me,” Lehmann said. “No one really knew I existed, other than my close family. So, I put that out there saying, ‘Hey, well, don’t forget about me.’ I wasn’t expecting it to help so many families and individuals with autism, and their struggles. And that was my first taste of advocacy, when I wrote that book.” At age 21, Lehmann published Inside Out: Stories and Poems from an Autistic Mind, featuring a collection of poems—an art form Lehmann had always been interested in—and a short biography of his life so far. The book received international attention, with commendations from notable authors like Temple Grandin and Mark Haddon. It also won the Award for Literary Excellence from the 2013 International Autistic People’s Awards in Vancouver, an experience that would put him on the path to his current career. “I went with my mom to accept the award, and I remember giving about a 10-second acceptance speech on stage, and that was the first time I’d ever been on stage,” Lehmann said. “And I felt oddly comfortable, oddly at peace, which you know, is rare for me. So, when I was 24, you know, I took it a step further. I know my first book helped so many people, and if I can take it a step further and use my experiences to help others, why not? And I had nothing to lose, you know, literally nothing to lose. So, I decided to, you know, try, maybe, being a public speaker and see how that goes.”

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In the years since, Lehmann’s speaking engagements have taken him all over the United States, and even as far away as London. He speaks at outreach seminars, medical lectures and government functions about the realities of living with autism and advocating for more legal and societal inclusivity. Lehmann also now serves as a board member of both the Autism Society of America and Autism Coalition of Nevada, and as the Youth Ambassador for the City of Reno under Mayor Hillary Schieve. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing what I’m doing,” Lehmann said. “I thought I’d be that guy, 35-years-old, living in his mom’s basement and never having a job of his own. And I was that guy until I was 24: On disability, no friends, no girlfriend, no job. I’m 28 now, so that was just four years ago. I don’t know. Again, that’s one of the—I want to say ‘ironic,’ but it’s not because I always knew within me, from the get-go, that I had something to give to this world.”

Next chapter On April 9, Lehmann released his new book On the Outside Looking In: My Life on the Autism Spectrum, as an expansion of his experiences and lessons he’s learned in the seven years since his last book. On the Outside also contains 82 poems, some of which are reprinted from his first book. “I guess ‘raw and transparent’ is the way I’d put it,” Lehmann said. “It’s just me writing a poem, and I’m distraught or angry or depressed or anxious and it’s just totally 100 percent me. … There are some poems in there that made me think twice about publishing them. I was like, ‘Russell, do you really want these out there for people to read?’” Being authentic about his experiences, he said, serves his long-term goal of generalizing his message. While his diagnosis is part of who he is, Lehmann believes his message is valuable to everyone—not solely the autistic community—and he rejects being labeled simply: “a motivational speaker with autism.” “One of the main tenets of my messages to everybody is to be themselves,” Lehmann said. “I wasn’t really part of society for a large portion of my life, and that’s why I wasn’t societally conditioned to wear a mask. In society, we mask our feelings. We go to work, put on a happy face even though we’re struggling on the inside, and, you know, our fingers are crossed that maybe someone will notice that we’re wearing that mask and take it off for us. I don’t think that should be necessary.”

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Russell Lehmann For now, however, Lehmann’s advocacy is still important, as misconceptions about what autism is or the medical explanations behind it can lead to insensitive, and sometimes dangerous, responses. One that Lehmann touches on briefly in his book is autism’s current erroneous association with vaccination. “If it wasn’t so serious, I would almost be laughing,” Lehmann said of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children because of the “risk” of “catching autism.” “They’d rather risk their kids’ lives than have them turn out like me, and I think that’s pretty amazing. That’s hard to digest.” The supposed “link” between vaccinations and autism has been scientifically debunked many times, but to Lehmann, continuing to get onstage and share his story goes beyond just correcting a single erroneous belief. Lehmann’s goal is to destigmatize the condition he was born with, one that still takes a toll on his daily interactions with his friends, family and the audiences he meets. To Lehmann, though, it’s all part of what he was meant to do. “I think, when I look at the totality of my thoughts and experiences, that has been the recipe for my wisdom,” Lehmann said. “I like to talk about everything, the good, the bad, the positive and negative. [I want to] paint that broad picture of human experience, and that, if we embrace our struggles and run towards them and not away from them—just like when we’re tested in school. When we’re tested in life, it shows us what we can improve on, what we can do better and what we’re already capable of doing. ... I’ve learned that, when I face hardships, instead of thinking, ‘why me?’ I think, ‘why not me?’” Ω

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The cast of Victor/Victoria performs at Brüka Theatre.

Gender reveal It’s not often that a well-known stage musical follows the film version rather than the other way around, but this is the case with Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria. The stage adaptation, which debuted on Broadway in 1995, pales in comparison to that luminous and, at the time, groundbreaking 1982 film with the gorgeous soundtrack and crackling on-screen chemistry among its stars, not to mention its incomparable star, Julie Andrews. But for today’s audiences, many of whom are unlikely to have seen the 37-year-old film, it’s a lighthearted romp with dazzling costuming and bawdy jokes—the perfect thing for an easy summer evening. Done well, it’s a fun three hours. Judging from an early, pre-opening sneak peek, Brüka Theatre’s production does just that. The company clearly respects the material and sets out to do it justice. Whether the themes and dialogue have aged gracefully may be another matter. Set in 1930s Paris, the story opens on Carole “Toddy” Todd (played by Michael Peters), a gay, down-on-his-luck nightclub MC whose bawdy, offensive sense of humor is unappreciated by the customers at club Chez Lui. Then in walks Victoria Grant (Amy Ginder), looking for a warm drink and, perhaps, a singing job. But her traditional soprano style doesn’t impress the club owner. Toddy, however, warms to her, and the downtrodden pair begin commiserating about their circumstances. If she were a man, Victoria says, life would be so much easier. Then Toddy is struck with a great idea: A man with that singing voice would be an anomaly, a show-stopper. He would be the toast of Paris. What if Victoria were that man? The plan works. As Count Victor Grazinski of Poland, Victoria is now the


world’s greatest female impersonator and an overnight sensation: a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. Meanwhile, Chicago mob boss King Marchan (Jake Steinman) rolls into town with his bodyguard, Squash Bernstein (DJ Hope), and his ditzy blond girlfriend, Norma (Sophie Moeller). When sparks fly between Victoria and King, the plan threatens to derail. Ginder’s many talents shine in the role of Victoria, from her impressive singing voice to her comedic timing and remarkable facial expressions. But though she plays a character who literally steals her own show, it’s Moeller’s Norma who steals this one. She is adorably sexy, but has excellent comedic talents and is completely fearless on stage—an irresistible combination. What doesn’t work quite as well is Steinman’s portrayal of King; there’s little chemistry between him and Ginder, and his limited singing abilities are strained to the breaking point with the most ponderous songs in the show. Also somewhat lifeless are the ensemble dancers, who seem to bring little enthusiasm to their task. It would be unfair and unreasonable to compare any stage version to the film, yet the comparisons are almost impossible to ignore. The stage version suffers from some unfortunate music changes—gone are some of my favorites, while the updated script is overly padded with new, forgettable tunes that weigh down the performances and lower the energy level. Ω


12345 Victor/Victoria, directed by Bill Ware, is at the Brüka Theatre—99 n. Virginia St.—June 27, 28, 29 and July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and June 30 and July 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 and $24 seniors/students/military in advance. All tickets $30 at the door. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bruka.org or call 323-3221.

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The Dead Don’t Die

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. 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.

Still friends No one would blame you for thinking Toy Story 3 was a definitive end to the story of Woody the Cowboy (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger (Tim Allen) and company. That movie was, in a word, perfect in the way it tied up the story of Andy and his lifelong toy companions. I count myself among those who thought Toy Story 3 should’ve been the final chapter in the franchise. I now count myself among those who are fine with one more chapter in the totally satisfying Toy Story 4, a movie I never thought I would see and wasn’t wishing for. Pixar and director Josh Cooley—making his directorial debut with their most precious franchise— have chosen to mess with perfection and extend the story of Woody and friends. The results are less than perfect, but still very worthy of Toy Story lore, and a welcomed breath of fresh air in a summer movie season that has been laying a series of big franchise stink bombs (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix). After a recap in which Andy does indeed appear, the action goes to the home of Bonnie, the little girl Andy handed his toys over to at the end of Toy Story 3. Bonnie is gearing up for kindergarten and is a little freaked out, so Woody jumps into her backpack as moral support. Woody witnesses Bonnie creating a fantastic new character for the franchise, Forky (Tony Hale), crafted out of a plastic spork, pipe cleaners and Play-Doh. Woody immediately sees the importance of this new toy friend and has himself a new mission—make sure Forky accepts his new role as a toy instead of trash, and help Bonnie adjust to the rigors of kindergarten. Bonnie’s day at kindergarten was only an orientation, so her parents decide to take her on that ever-familiar movie trope, the road trip. A road trip in the family RV, no less. Thankfully, the road trip trope is more of a MacGuffin, because the family gets diverted, with the toys winding up getting themselves

“You’ll be my friend forever! Because you’ll never organically decompose in a landfill.”

into trouble at an antique shop inhabited by the dreaded old toy overlord, Gabby Gabby the deceptively adorable talking doll (Christina Hendricks). Gabby, of course, seems friendly at first—just like Ned Beatty’s purple bear in Toy Story 3—but she has evil intentions regarding a part of Woody’s anatomy, and she has an army of ventriloquist dummies to carry out her plans. Toy Story 4 ends up being as scary as it is funny when the action involves the dummy army. Damn, they are creepy. Along with Forky and Gabby Gabby, newcomers include Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) and, most spectacularly, stunt motorcycle rider Duke Caboom, voiced by cinematic darling Keanu Reeves. Caboom, obviously modeled after Evel Knievel, is having his own existential crisis, a low self-esteem due to his prior child owner not being impressed with his jumping abilities. Woody’s sweetheart, Bo Peep (Annie Potts), gets a prominent role in the new adventure. Sadly, the budding romance between Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Buzz that we saw in Toy Story 3 is not further explored. In fact, Jessie and Buzz are mostly relegated to background duty. It’s not surprising that Toy Story 4 is the most visually impressive of the lot. The folks at Pixar have had nearly a decade to hone their skills since the last chapter, so the likes of Woody, Buzz and Jessie take on a new refined beauty. The ending of Toy Story 4 will, once again, have fans and critics alike proclaiming that this must be the end for the franchise. It certainly feels like a closing chapter, but we all said that about the last movie. The premise is still ripe for spinoffs (Duke Caboom movie!), prequels, whatever. Heck, maybe Disney will do a live-action remake of the original. Seems to be the trend. Ω

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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.


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


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, He and Agent High T (Liam Neeson) saved the world years ago 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.


Nightmare Cinema

I’m a big fan of anthology horror movies and TV shows. Creepshow stands as one of my all-time favorite horror movies, so when I see another anthology horror film getting good buzz, I get excited. Word had it that this one was a blast but, as things turn out, it totally blows. Mickey Rourke plays the Projectionist, a purposeless dude screening horror films in an old, mystical theater. The premise for the multiple short films in this movie has something to do with the main characters walking into the theater, sitting down and seeing their stories. Each one of those stories, including a demon possession tale, a crazy mother, a cabin in the woods scenario, and a kid who sees dead people, is lame, lame, lame. There isn’t an original moment to be had in this thing. It should just be called Mickey Rourke Actually Gets a Job because that’s the only shocking thing about it. Standard gore effects, terrible writing, and lousy direction abound. Even Joe Dante, the man who made Gremlins, accomplishes next to nothing with his stupid short about an evil plastic surgeon. It’s as if a bunch of studios took a group of throwaway horror scripts, repurposed them as an anthology and tried to pass them off as having some sort of binding theme. It’s a disjointed, sloppy mess. (Available for rent and download during a limited theatrical release.)



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. 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

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reno’s news and enTerTainmenT en weekly. oon sTands every Thursday. A cactus gordita and chile relleno tacos share a plate at Taqueria El Taconazo.

To the quick Sparks has changed quite a bit since I was a kid growing up there in the ’70s and ’80s. The availability of authentic Mexican food was next to nil, so our go-to option for a quick taco or burrito was the Taco Bell on Greenbrae Drive. At 16, I worked through the summer in that kitchen, and my mother loved to stop in for, “Todd’s special taco salad,” which included pretty much every ingredient in the house. She still gets misty eyed at the memory. That location closed when the company decided to phase out those iconic “Mission style” brick buildings, but was eventually reborn as Taqueria El Taconazo. It’s essentially still a fast food joint—but finally serving the real stuff. The interior is clean and functional. The counter service on my visit was really efficient. And the food, well, Taco Bell it ain’t. The salsa bar has green, red and orange sauces, the heat of which progressed in that order. All three were very good, though I particularly enjoyed the herbaceous, hot red stuff. Most places include a mild, pickled mix of veggies, but the escabeche here had cauliflower, carrot, onion and salty cotija cheese swimming together in a fairly spicy marinade. I highly approve. We tried a couple of barbacoa and cecina tacos ($1.29 each); both meats were very tender, packed with flavor and well appointed with cilantro and onion. A chile relleno taco ($1.69) featured a small, cheese-stuffed and battered pepper, topped with lettuce and tomato. Frankly, I think I enjoyed this preparation even more than its larger, plated cousins.

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The lightly crisped tortilla pocket of a nopalitos gordita ($2.69) was stuffed with plenty of marinated cactus, lettuce and tomato and might have been the best tasting item overall. If you’ve never tried seasoned strips of prickly pear, this is a great place for your first taste. A chicharones gordita verde ($2.89) was a lot spicier than expected, which helped distract from the extremely chewy pig skin. I like most of the “exotic” taqueria meats, but this one just wasn’t that enjoyable. Best to leave the pork rinds crunchy. A serving of three chicken enchiladas with rice and refried beans ($5.89) was a pretty sizeable plate of food. The nicely seasoned meat wasn’t dry, and there was just enough sauce to do the trick. The rice was fluffy and tasted pretty good on its own, but I, of course, like mixing it with the beans. These were a bit on the salty side, so the combination evened them out a bit. I think we’ve all probably encountered burritos that are long on rice, short on meat. My carne asada burrito ($4.99) was made for meat lovers, with way more steak than any other filling. It was a little over-seasoned, but otherwise grilled just the way I like it. Adding some of the citrusy green salsa made it that much better, though at this point I was so full I had to save most of it for the next day’s lunch. I certainly didn’t mind a bit. Ω

Taqueria El Taconazo 555 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, 355-3222

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ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER PRODUCED BY Rollin’ On The River is part of the 23nd Artown Festival throughout July 2019. Established in 1996, Artown is a leader in the Northern Nevada arts and culture industry using the festival as a platform to present culturally diverse and thought provoking performances. Artown, a month-long summer arts festival, features about 500 events produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations citywide.

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by Matt BiekeR

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Renee Lauderback sits on the stage at Heritage Hall, a 50-person concert venue adjoining Mountain Music Parlor. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER

American Tune Mountain Music Parlor Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., painted to accentuate the beams in its Edwardian-era awning and vintage panes in the upstairs windows, is reminiscent of an Appalachian cabin. The regular cast of musicians playing banjos and fiddles on the front porch completes the look. Renee Lauderback opened the store in 2014 with her husband Donald. Since 2015, Mountain Music Parlor has offered folk music lessons in addition to instruments, but Lauderback thinks sometimes people get the wrong idea about her store. “I don’t know how it came off as a bluegrass school,” she said. “Maybe because I was in a bluegrass band [when we opened], but, no, we encompass all the early folk and traditional music of America.” Lauderback said that sometimes when people see a banjo or accordion (both types of instruments are sold in the ground floor’s “Folk Shoppe”) they might assume that only a certain type of music is offered at Mountain Music Parlor—think country music or “folk” in the Mumford & Sons sense of the word. Instead, Lauderback said, Mountain Music Parlor serves a loftier purpose. “Our mission is to teach, preserve and pass on America’s grassroots music,” she said.

Lauderback said Mountain Music Parlor exists as three different entities. The first is a folk music school in the formalized vein of other organizations like the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina or the Swallow Hill Music Organization. As such, Mountain Music Parlor offers private and group classes in instruments like the guitar and fiddle, but also rarer instruments taught within their historical context. “We don’t have Swallow Hill’s [resources] out here in the West,” Lauderback said. “So, we’re really trying to find and look in any nook and cranny that we can to find these people who have come here, who are raised with it, and they know how to play the clawhammer banjo or the penny whistle or the native American flute.” Current specialty classes offered at Mountain Music Parlor include instruments like the accordion, or a children’s fiddle choir, as well as ukulele (technically American music, Lauderback notes), harp, Appalachian clogging and mountain dulcimer. Even instruments like the Bodhran—a shallow Celtic drum—while not American in origin, are taught for their historical value and relation to early folk rhythms. “We’re trying to preserve all of this stuff, and a lot of countries are trying to do that because it’s all disappearing,” Lauderback said. Mountain Music Parlor’s second facet as a folk instrument store means anyone looking for specialty instruments is likely to find them in either of the stores two showrooms. It’s the Parlor’s third, and most recent, identity as a concert venue that best serves its mission to spread traditional music. “It’s called a listening room, and it’s a very intimate venue,” Lauderback said. We sell 50 seats and everyone is up close, eyelevel view of the artists and that’s what the high end artisans love—the interaction and the engagement with their audience.” The aptly named Heritage Hall is the result of the Lauderback’s 2014 Kickstarter Campaign, which resulted in the space’s general renovation, and special features like 100-year-old barn wood lining the walls. Heritage Hall is host to many of Mountain Music Parlor’s weekly jam sessions, where musicians of all levels are welcome to play, as well as the store’s seasonal concert series. The Fall series starts in Mid-August, and dates are available at mountainmusicparlor.com/concerts. Ω

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THURSDAY 6/27 5 Star Saloon

132 West St., (775) 329-2878

alIBI alE WorKS

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

Chile Verde, 8:30pm, no cover

altUraS Bar

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

Bar oF aMErICa


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

June 28, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500



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

CottonWooD rEStaUrant

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



Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Earles of Newtown, 9pm, $5

Bob Log III, 9pm, $5

Bluegrass Open Jam, 6pm, M, no cover Tim High, Johnny Mojo, 7pm, W, no cover

Cowboy Indian, Outlaw Kindred, 8pm, $TBA

The Flesh Hammers, Vague Choir, 8:30pm, $5

Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover

Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover

Kelly Ann Miller, 9pm, no cover

Breck Lee Durham, 9pm, no cover

Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

Hellpig, 9pm, no cover

Divine Minds in Time, Augustine, 9pm, $TBA

Night Rooms, Nico’s Mystery, Lev Snowe, 9pm, $TBA

Emily Tessmer, 6:30pm, no cover Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar

Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Bob Zany, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: John Wesley Austin, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Quinn Dahle, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Patrick Garrity, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 6833308: Open Mic Comedy, Wed, 9:30pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: BBBS fundraiser with Patrick Garrity & Luke Swanson, Thu, 7:30pm, $30-50; Patrick Garrity, Fri-Sat, 8:30pm, $15-$20





Live music, 5pm, no cover


432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431

Fat Cat Bar & GrIll

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

hEllFIrE Saloon

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Panda, 8:30pm, no cover

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

GrEat BaSIn BrEWInG Co.


Outlaw Kindred, 7pm, no cover

Arnold Mitchem, 7pm, no cover

Strictly Business, 7pm, no cover

Baker Street, 8pm, no cover

Rich Hammond Fundraiser: Whiskey Preachers, Buddy Emmer, 2pm, no cover

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

Ceremony, Sheer Mag, Bugg, Spitting Image, 8pm, $15-$17

Regional Justice Center, Skew Ring, Sever, 8pm, $5


Live music, 9pm, no cover

Saturday Night Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Silk & Steel, 8pm, no cover

2) Ramonda Hammer, Pink Awful, 9pm, $5

2) Bicicletas Por La Paz, 9pm, $6

2) Shocktroopers, Machine Gun Vendetta, Me Time, 8pm, $5

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

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

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


MON-WED 7/1-7/3

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




Cedric & Lora Luckey, 6pm, no cover

Alias Smith Band, 8:30pm, no cover


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

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

1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663 1021 Heavenly Village Way, S. L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024



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

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

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


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

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

Musicole, 8:30pm, no cover


235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue, Animals in the Attic, Cugino, 8pm, no cover


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

Thursday Night Acoustic Series, 6pm, no cover

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

Scott Pemberton Band, 8:30pm, $15

761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451 340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

Bounce Hip Hop Night with DJ Zive, 10pm, no cover


Hoedown in Midtown, 8pm, no cover

Fierce Fridays hosted by Adonna, 10pm, $5

Karaoke Idol, 9pm, W, no cover

Scott Pemberton Band


Whiskey Preachers, 7pm, no cover


Vogan Troll, 8pm, no cover

3155 Eastlake Blvd., New Washoe City, (775) 470-8128 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425 Moon Gravy, 6pm, no cover

Linda Marie Massage Therapy By Appointment Only NVMT#6457

Krystal Paul Duo, 6pm, no cover

Alex “Muddy” Smith, 6pm, no cover

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

Eric Andersen, 2pm, no cover Milton Merlos, 6pm, no cover

June 28, 8:30 p.m. The Saint 761 S. Virginia St. 221-7451

Live music, 6pm, M, Tu, W, no cover

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

June 28, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewery 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

Open Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover

Talib Kweli, 8pm, $23-$28

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


DJ Trivia, M, 7:30pm, no cover Tony Ghiglieri, 6pm, W, no cover

Talib Kweli

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

’80s Night with DJ Ivan the Terrible, 9pm, no cover


Vinnie Guidera & The Dead Birds, Birdwell Island, 10pm, no cover

The Umpires, 10pm, no cover Ladies Night Out with DJ Bobby G, 9pm, no cover

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


Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Krystal Paul, 6pm, W, no cover

James Wilsey, 8pm, no cover

Adriel Favela, Javier Rosas, 10pm, $40

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


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

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480


MON-WED 7/1-7/3


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Free entry with ID


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Carly Rae Jepsen June 29, 8 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St., 789-2000


EBONY NOT QUITE IVORY: Fri, 6/28, 9pm, Wed, 7/3,

3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700

NEW WAVE CRAVE: Sat, 6/29, 9pm, no cover

8pm, no cover

JAMIE ROLLINS: Sun, 6/30, Wed, 7/3, 6pm,


no cover

AMERICAN MADE BAND: Thu, 6/27, 8pm, Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 4pm, no cover

RECKLESS ENVY: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 10pm, Sun, 6/30, 8pm, no cover

THE VEGAS ROAD SHOW: Mon, 7/1, Tue, 7/2, Wed, 7/3, 8pm, no cover

TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 7/1, 6pm, no cover JOHNATHAN BARTON: Tue, 7/2, 6pm, no cover

CARLY RAE JEPSEN: Sat, 6/29, 8pm, $27-$91 PITBULL: Sun, 6/30, 8pm, $95-$175

10pm, no cover


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THE RENO BAND: Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29,

DJ COOLWHIP: Fri, 6/28, 10pm, $20 DJ BEAT DROP: Sat, 6/29, 10pm, $20

9pm, no cover

CrySTAL BAy CASINO 14 HigHWaY 28, CrYStal baY, (775) 833-6333 CroWn rooM THE WAILERS: Sat, 6/29, 9pm, $25-$30 HOT TUNA: Mon, 7/1, 8pm, $40-$45

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6/27, 6pm, no cover

CrYStal lounge T-N-KEYS DUO: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 7pm, no cover

tHe Pool INFINITY SUNDAYS AT THE POOL—BAM TAKEOVER: Sun, 6/30, 11am, $20, no cover for locals before noon


345 n. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700



Center bar

UNCLE KRACKER: Sat, 6/29, $39-$49

Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 8pm, no cover

STEPHEN LORD: Sun, 6/30, Mon, 7/1, 6pm, no cover

HANS EBERBACH: Tue, 7/2, Wed, 7/3, 6pm, no cover


granD tHeatre





el Jefe’S Cantina




2500 e. SeConD St., (775) 789-2000

1627 HWY. 395, MinDen, (775) 782-9711

2100 garSon roaD, VerDi, (775) 345-6000


500 n. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711


BROTHER DAN: Thu, 6/27, 6pm, no cover THE LOOK: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 5pm, no cover


WORMHOLE TAHOE: Fri, 6/28, 10pm, no cover GENE EVARO JR.: Sun, 6/30, 9pm, no cover




THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 6/27, 7pm, Fri, 6/28, 8:30pm, Sat, 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun, 6/30, 5pm, Tue, 7/2, Wed, 7/3, 7pm, $39.95$59.95

50 HigHWaY 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625

DJ SET: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 9pm, no cover



TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra starts the Independence Day festivities a few days early with its 14th annual BOPS concert conducted by Maestro James Rawie. TOCCATA’s full orchestra and chorus will perform popular arias, light classics and patriotic favorites, including a tribute to the armed forces and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which will be conducted by the winner of a raffle. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at the MontBleu Showroom in the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, 55 Highway 50, Stateline. Tickets are $15-$40. Call 298-6989 or visit toccatatahoe.org.

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219 n. CenteR St., (775) 786-3232

1100 nUgget aVe., SpaRkS, (775) 356-3300

407 n. ViRginia St., (775) 325-7401

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DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 9pm, no cover ROCK MONSTERZ: Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 9pm,

SaMMy’S SHOwROOM THE RAT PACK IS BACK: Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 7:30pm, $27-$37

OUtdOOR plaza SKID ROW WITH GREAT WHITE: Sun, 6/30, 7:30pm, $36

HArVEYS LAKE TAHOE 18 HigHway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611 HaRVeyS CabaRet IAN HARVIE WITH MAV VIOLA: Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, 9pm, $25, Sat, 6/29, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 9pm, $25


Hot Tuna July 1, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333



15 HigHway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247

55 HigHway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515



MASTERS OF ILLUSION: Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, Sat,

T.J. MILLER: Fri, 6/28, 8pm, $35-$55 JOHN HIATT: Sun, 6/30, 8pm, $25-$45

6/29, Sun, 6/30, Mon, 7/1, 8pm, $24-$45

CaSinO CenteR Stage

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DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 6/27, Sun, 6/30, 9pm, no cover

GOTCHA COVERED: Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29,

2707 S. ViRginia St., (775) 826-2121

9pm, no cover

teRRaCe lOUnge


BON BON VIVANT: Thu, 6/27, 7pm, Fri, 6/28, Sat, 6/29, 8pm, no cover

VERBAL KINT: Sun, 6/30, Mon, 7/1, Tue, 7/2, Wed, 7/3, 6pm, no cover

edge LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm DJ FASHEN: Sat, 6/29, 10pm, $20

SANdS rEGENCY 345 n. aRlingtOn aVe., (775) 348-2200 pOOl ZACK TARAN: Sun, 6/30, 6:30pm, no cover VOODOODOGZ WITH THE JOKERS WILD: Wed, 7/3, 6pm, no cover

no cover

SilVeR baROn lOUnge

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












FOR THE WEEK OF JunE 27, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. DISCOVER OUR COMMUNITY AND OPENING NIGHT PARADE: Explore the arts, culture and community at this Artown event, which includes hands-on art projects and a chance to participate in the Community Youth Parade, which will head down to Wingfield Park to help kick off Artown’s Opening Night festivities. Mon, 7/1, 4:30pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, artown.org.

EVENINGS ON THE RANCH: Bring a blanket or a low back lawn chair and enjoy a performance by cowboy entertainer Tony Argento. Wed, 7/3, 7pm. Free. Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612.

FEED THE CAMEL: The Hump Day food truck



Artown’s Cultural Connections series kicks off with a performance by Skerryvore. The group plays a fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all of the different personalities and backgrounds of the eight band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. The band marked its 10th anniversary in 2015 with a “Decade” concert at Mossfield Stadium in Oban, Scotland. After selling 3,000 tickets in 90 minutes, the capacity was increased and 6,000 visitors from all over the world who watched Skerryvore joined by a host of guests, including Dougie MacLean and legendary Irish musician Sharon Shannon. The success of that concert led to the creation of the band’s own annual festival Oban Live. The octet has also performed at festivals and theaters across the United States. The band’s sixth studio album Evo was accompanied by a global tour that included a headline performance at the legendary Tonder Festival in Denmark. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater, 2 S. Arlington Ave. Admission is free. Call 322-1538 or visit artown.org.

event features local food trucks serving unique specialties along with local beer. The gathering takes place every Wednesday through Aug. 29. Wed, 7/3, 5-8:30pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.facebook.com/feedthecamel.

FOOD TRUCK THURSDAY: The food truck event will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Thu, 6/27, noon-9pm. Free. Mills Park, 1111 E. William St., Carson City, visitcarsoncity.com.

GALENA CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS: Bluegrass band Sage Creek will perform at the Eagle Meadow stage. Arrive before the program at 8pm for a good oldfashioned marshmallow roast. Fri, 6/28, 8:30pm. Free, $4 requested donation. Galena Creek Regional Park, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-2511.

GEOLOGY/PLATE TECTONICS: Learn about plate tectonics and its effects on topological features such as mountains, volcanoes and faults on the surface of the Earth. Sun, 6/30, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway (775) 849-4948.


EVEnTS 2019 ZINE FEST: The Holland Project’s second annual event brings together zine lovers and makers from near and far to buy, sell, trade or share zines. Sat, 6/29, 10am-4pm. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., www.hollandreno.org.

BASS CAMP IN THE PARK: The all-day party features DJs, art cars, live art, exhibitions, a vendor village and food trucks. Grammy-nominated, British DJ/producer Chris Lake and the Dancetronauts headline the all-ages event. Sat, 6/29, 4pm. $10-$50. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., www.basscampfest.com.

CARSON CITY AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE: The event includes a pancake breakfast, displays of civilian and military aircraft, hands-on interactive activities, tethered hot air balloon rides, radio-controlled aircraft displays, food trucks, vendors and more. Sat, 6/29, 8am. Carson City Airport, 2600 College Parkway, Carson City, (775) 841-2255, flycarsoncity.com.

CARSON CITY GHOST WALK: Explore Carson City’s rich and intriguing history during these seasonal evening walking tours. Hear about lingering spirits, paranormal stories and gossip from the past during this spirit-led, guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses. Tours leave rain or shine. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sat, 6/29, 7pm. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, 310 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 348-6279, carsoncityghostwalk.com.

COWBOY CRAWL 2019: The eighth annual Western-themed block party and bar crawl returns to downtown Sparks. Participating bars include Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Victorian Saloon, Paddy and Irenes, Mummers, O’Skis, Great Basin Brewing Company, Nugget Casino Resort and Engine 8 Urban Winery. The Night in the Country Corral Stop will feature live music by DJ Colt Ainsworth, line dancing and Night in the Country ticket giveaways. Sat, 6/29, 4pm. $5$10. Downtown Sparks, Victorian Avenue, Sparks, www.facebook.com/ cowboycrawl.

Humanities’s Great Basin Young Chautauqua is a nationally recognized and award-winning youth program in which young scholars research and portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars—in and out of character—engage their audience in lively discussions and provide insight into historical study. Wed, 7/3, 9:30am. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 784-6587.

MANSIONS ON THE BLUFF: Walk past historical Reno homes located on Court and Ridge streets and upper California Avenue. Learn about the senators and merchants who made early Reno “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Bring water and wear comfortable shoes for this uphill tour. Register in advance on website. Sat, 6/29, 9am. $10, free for Historic Reno Preservation Society members. McCarran House, 401 Court St., (775) 747-4478, www.historicreno.org.


NEW COINS AT THE NEVADA STATE MUSEUM: The Reno Coin Club and Nevada State Museum will run the old 1869 coin press, minting a coin celebrating 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, featuring the Promontory Car and the old coin press on the reverse. All the new U.S. coins will be available, including a new club medal featuring Eva Adams, US Mint director from 1961-1969 and the moon landing in 1969. Fri, 6/28, 10am. $8, free for youth age 17 and younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 815-8625, www.renocoinclub.org.

RAGECON: The tabletop gaming convention features a wide variety of board games, card games, dice games, miniatures games and role-playing games. Fri, 6/28, noon, Sat, 6/29-Sun, 6/30, 8am. $25-$50. Circus Circus Convention Center, 500 N. Sierra St., www.ragecon.com.

RENO 1868 FC : Reno’s professional soccer team plays the Sacramento Republic FC. Sat, 6/29, 7:15pm; the team plays Rio Grande Valley FC. Wed, 7/3, 7:15pm. $15-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.reno1868fc.com

RENO RODEO 2019: The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” celebrates its 100th anniversary with rodeo events including barrel racing, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and more, as well as carnival rides, marketplace and more. Thu, 6/27-Sat, 6/29. $11-$27. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., (775) 329-3877, www.renorodeo.com.

BARWICK & SIEGFRIED: The acoustic duo consisting of Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried perform their blend of bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk. Sun, 6/30, 1pm. Free. Valhalla Grand Lawn, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

BLUESDAYS: Mark Hummel & Blues Survivors perform as part of the outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley. Tue, 7/2, 6-8:30pm. Free. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

CONCERTS AT COMMONS BEACH: Eight-piece soul and funk band Joy & Madness performs as part of the summer concert series. Sun, 6/30, 4pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, concertsatcommonsbeach.com.

DISNEY’S NEWSIES: Wild Horse Children’s Theater presents the Tony Awardwinning Broadway show, Disney’s Newsies. Fri, 6/28, 7pm; Sat, 6/29, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 6/30, 2pm. $8-$15. Bob Boldrick Theatre, Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 4401170, www.wildhorsetheater.com.

LAZY 5 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: The Lets Dance Band performs big band swing and jazz as part of the summer concert series. Wed, 7/3, 6:30pm. Free. Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs, (775) 424-1866.

RENO STREET FOOD—FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: The summertime event features more than 30 rotating gourmet food, craft desserts, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Reno Street Food will be held every Friday through Sept. 27. Fri, 6/28, 4-9pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, (775) 825-2665, www.facebook. com/RenoStreetFood.

LEVITT AMP— JORDAN T: The reggae artist performs as part of the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series. Stone Wood will open the show. Sat, 6/29, 7pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

MUSIC IN THE PARK: San Francisco’s

TRUCKEE RIVER WALKING TOUR: A relaxing stroll along the Truckee River from the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center to the Lear Theater reveals eclectic architecture grounded by rich political histories and spiced with colorful anecdotes. Meet in front at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center. Register in advance online. Tue, 7/2, 6pm. $10, free for Historic Reno Preservation Society members. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 7474478, www.historicreno.org.


Stone Foxes performs as part of the outdoor concert series. Wed, 7/3, 6:30pm. Free. Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee, tdrpd.fun/musicinthepark.

PAUL THORN AND NEW BREED BRASS BAND: Artown’s Opening Night celebration features headliner singer-songwriter Paul Thorn, whose style is a mix of blues, country and rock; and the New Breed Brass Band, whose music mixes funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custommade enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. Mon, 7/1, 7pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538, artown.org.

VICTOR/VICTORIA: Brüka Theatre presents

THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Oddities. The twoperson exhibition features work by Colorado-based artist Charis Lillene Fleshner and Oakland, California artist Krusty Wheatfield. The opening reception is on Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm. Oddities will be on view in the Main Gallery at the Holland Project through July 26. Thu, 6/27, Fri, 6/28, Wed, 7/3, noon-6pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., www.hollandreno.org.

Blake Edward’s musical fable about mistaken identity, sexual role-playing, love, innocence and sight gags. Thu, 6/27Sat, 6/29, 7:30pm; Sun, 6/30, 2pm. $24-$30. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.












Baptism by liar I was talking with this guy whom I’ve known for over six years who lives a plane ride away. It was late at night on a weekend, and he was saying all this mushy sexy stuff and how he wanted to fly me out to his city, blah, blah, blah. Afterward, he never called or texted again. It’s been weeks now. He’s done this before—come on really hot and heavy and then disappeared. And he doesn’t drink or do drugs, so that isn’t an explanation. Why do men do this? You aren’t the only one on these calls who buys into everything the guy says he has in store for you (and no, I’m not suggesting there’s an FBI agent listening in from a “cable company” van). While this guy is on the phone with you, chances are he believes what he’s telling you—which is to say, deception has a brother, and it’s self-deception. Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers defines self-deception as “the active misrepresentation of reality to the conscious mind.” As for how the self can end up being “both the deceiver and the deceived,” Trivers and fellow evolutionary researcher William von Hippel explain that our mind seems to have “information-processing biases” that “favor welcome over unwelcome information” in a way that reflects our goals. Trivers and von Hippel note that believing our own hooey helps us sell it to other people: If you aren’t conscious that you’re lying, you won’t be burdened by the mental costs of maintaining “two separate representations of reality” or show physical signs of nervousness at possibly getting caught, such as a higher-pitched voice. Understanding all of this, you should probably go easy on yourself for being a bit of a slow learner on the “fool me twice” thing. If this guy was also putting one over on himself in these phone conversations, that probably made it much more believable to you. Mark him as emotionally toxic and come up with a plan in case he calls again. Options include blocking his number, not picking up or figuring out how to control the conversation if he veers off into Sweetnothingsville. On a positive note, it does seem he’s accidentally telling the truth in one area: You do seem to be the woman of his

dreams—as you always vanish from his consciousness as soon as he wakes up.

Done Juan I went on three or four dates with this dude, and he said it wasn’t really working for him and stopped calling. I’m kind of confused about what went wrong or what put him off. My friends tell me to leave it alone. Doesn’t he owe me more of an explanation for why he isn’t interested anymore, considering we went on multiple dates? You are owed: 1. The correct change. 2. The news that a guy you’ve been dating is no longer interested. Period. It is not his job to tell you that you are, say, bad in bed or have all the table manners of a coyote on recent roadkill. Still, it’s understandable that you’re pining for an explanation. Research by psychologist Daniel Kahneman suggests that being in a state of uncertainty—not knowing what’s what—makes us very uncomfortable. It makes sense that we evolved to feel this way, as going through the world in a state of ignorance would not exactly increase our chances of survival, mating and passing on our genes: “Oh, what a pretty berry! Here’s hoping it won’t cause violent convulsions and death!” There is a way to alleviate the mental itchiness from not knowing, even in cases of where there’s no way to know what really happened. You could say that we believe what we think—and especially what we repeatedly think. Studies by memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus find that every time we recall a story (or even something we’re told might have happened to us) it encodes it more deeply in our minds, often to the point where it starts to seem like it actually happened. In line with this, come up with a story for why the guy bailed—one that’s easy on your ego—and tell it to yourself repeatedly. Ω


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thing that’s semi-ugly into something that’s useful and winsome. AUGUST: Go to the top of the world and seek a big vision of who you must become. SEPTEMBER: Your instinct for worthy and constructive adventures is impeccable. Trust it. OCTOBER: Be alert for a new teacher with a capacity to teach you precisely what you need to learn. NOVEMBER: Your mind might not guide you perfectly, but your body and soul will. DECEMBER: Fresh hungers and budding fascinations should alert you to the fact that deep in the genius part of your soul, your master plan is changing.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): JULY: I’d love to see

you phase out wishy-washy wishes that keep you distracted from your burning, churning desires. AUGUST: A story that began years ago begins again. Be proactive about changing the themes you’d rather not repeat. SEPTEMBER: Get seriously and daringly creative about living in a more expansive world. OCTOBER: Acquire a new tool or skill that will enable you to carry out your mission more effectively. NOVEMBER: Unanticipated plot twists can help heal old dilemmas about intimacy. DECEMBER: Come up with savvy plans to eliminate bad stress and welcome good stress.

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yourself. Freelance, moonlight, diversify and expand. AUGUST: Having power over other people is less important than having power over yourself. Manage your passions like a wizard! SEPTEMBER: Ask the big question. And be ready to act expeditiously when you get the big answer. OCTOBER: I think you can arrange for the surge to arrive in manageable installments. Seriously. NOVEMBER: Dare to break barren customs and habits that are obstructing small miracles and cathartic breakthroughs. DECEMBER: Don’t wait around hoping to be given what you need. Instead, go after it. Create it yourself, if necessary.

sAGITTARIUs (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): JULY: Can you in-

fuse dark places with your intense light without dimming your intense light? Yes! AUGUST: It’s time for an archetypal Sagittarian jaunt, quest or pilgrimage. SEPTEMBER: The world around you needs your practical idealism. Be a role model who catalyzes good changes. OCTOBER: Seek out new allies and connections that can help you with your future goals. NOVEMBER: Be open to new and unexpected ideas so as to get the emotional healing you long for. DECEMBER: Shed old, worn-out self-images. Reinvent yourself. Get to know your depths better.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): JULY: You have an

enhanced capacity to feel at peace with your body, to not wish it were different from what it naturally is. AUGUST: You can finally solve a riddle you’ve been trying to solve for a long time. SEPTEMBER: Make your imagination work and play twice as hard. Crack open seemingly closed possibilities. OCTOBER: Move up at least one rung on the ladder of success. NOVEMBER: Make yourself more receptive to blessings and help that you have overlooked or ignored. DECEMBER: You’ll learn most from what you leave behind—so leave behind as much as possible.

AQUARIUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): JULY: I’ll cry one

tear for you, then I’ll cheer. AUGUST: Plant seeds in places that hadn’t previously been on your radar. SEPTEMBER: You may seem to take a wrong turn, but it’ll take you where you need to go. OCTOBER: Open your mind and heart as wide as you can. Be receptive to the unexpected. NOVEMBER: I bet you’ll gain a new power, higher rank, or greater privilege. DECEMBER: Send out feelers to new arrivals who may be potential helpers.

PIsCes (Feb. 19-March 20): JULY: Your creative

powers are at a peak. Use them with flair. AUGUST: Wean yourself from pretend feelings and artificial motivations and inauthentic communications. SEPTEMBER: If you want to have greater impact and more influence, you can. Make it happen! OCTOBER: Love is weird but good. Trust the odd journey it takes you on. NOVEMBER: If you cultivate an appreciation for paradox, your paradoxical goals will succeed. DECEMBER: Set firm deadlines. Have fun disciplining yourself.

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planning for the future. So, yes, I don’t think Powell would be entirely shocked by this. He couldn’t have imagined the country with three hundred million people, but I think he saw our current circumstances pretty clearly, that we were going to oversettle the West and run out of water as the first important resource in the West.

Don Lago’s new book The Powell Expedition deals with Western explorer John Wesley Powell and his crew’s 1869 trip down the Green and Colorado rivers through the Grand Canyon. Powell was an explorer who tried to plan the white West, and particularly its use of water (“Water wars,” RN&R, Nov. 5, 2015).

What would Powell think of the way the West is set up now? There are people living where he did not think they should. One of the first things you notice running a river is that water is a whole lot more powerful than human beings are, and you better obey the laws of water or you’re going to be killed. And he sort of applied that idea to a larger observation, that there wasn’t nearly enough water in the West ... and the settlement practices that had worked well in the East and the Midwest could not possibly succeed in the West. There just wasn’t enough water for a 60-acre family farm to succeed. He tried to sound a warning about that in the ’70s, and nobody wanted to hear it. It ran against the, almost a religion, of Manifest Destiny that America was destined to spread across the continent and find great economic wealth and great land and become a rich, powerful nation. Powell challenged that.

Did he lack political savvy or have too much of a faith in planning?

Do you think he imagined what has happened to the Colorado? No, he certainly couldn’t assume the West becoming as populous as it is. So he certainly saw that there were limits to water use here. And that’s a lesson we still are trying to figure out. You know, most of the Southwest was settled by people from the East and Midwest where you just never imagined the possibility that you’re going to run out of water. ... And a lot of our planning—or lack of planning— has been done out of that same old, you know, faith in Manifest Destiny. There’s just no limits, you know. The frontier isn’t going to run out. Our resources aren’t going to run out. We can do whatever we please, and we can conquer the wilderness. And we’re only now, I think, running up against the realities of that—and I don’t think we’ve still totally, truly figured that out emotionally or in terms of our

Well, he probably had too much faith in political leaders, because he announced when he was a pretty important leader in Washington—he was running the U.S. Geological Survey—he announced that our plans for Western settlement were foolish, and I think he sort of figured people would listen to him and learn something from that, and they didn’t. They just didn’t want to hear him at all. So in that regard, he was naive. He certainly got himself in a lot of trouble as far as his career went. I think he was maybe a little too hopeful Americans would pay attention to the science and not to the national mythology. I think that’s a mistake he made, was imagining that science rated more than it did.

And that’s still a problem. Exactly. I mean, we’re still—over climate change issues—we’re still arguing science versus Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny says there’s no limits, and climate change just can’t happen. It’s not part of our belief system, so these people must be crazy if they’re suggesting there’s limits. So, yes, that’s very much alive today. Ω


Swamping down the clean When you take a look at the Trump Cabinet, you really can’t be blamed for thinking that something sorta fishy is going on. I mean, the Secretary of Interior is David Bernhardt, ex-lobbyist for the petroleum industry. The Health and Human Services secretary is expharmaceutical industry lobbyist Alex Azar. The new temporary Defense secretary is ex-lobbyist for military contractors Mark Esper. The EPA chief is ex-coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler. All in all, the naked corruption is simply breathtaking in its brazenness. Indeed, I actually appreciate the transparency. I don’t think there’s much in the way of craftiness or guile or deception going on here, right? This guy just does what he wants, appoints all the inappropriate wolves to guard the various chicken coops, and if you don’t like it, well—tough. “What’s it to ya? Piss off, pal.” And guess

what? This “Piss off, pal” approach is doing exactly what it’s intended to do, which is buy time. • My favorite recent Twitler moment came when he was talking about the Mueller probe, and he was trying to use the word “origins.” Only he couldn’t say it. He literally could not say that particular threesyllable word. Instead, the word that fell out of his burger-hole was “oranges.” So here’s the Prez, talking about the “oranges” of the Mueller Report, and in so doing, not exactly sounding like the sharpest knife in the drawer. So, obviously frustrated by this blooper, our plucky DDDOTUS (doddering dipshit dotard) gave it another shot. And sure enough, once again, he said “oranges” instead of “origins.” What the hell, close enough! He then moved on to the next actionpacked sentence. It’d be funny if it wasn’t freaking terrifying.

• Further proof that we as a country are almost now totally numb to the horror of DDDOTUS? How about a nationally famous advice columnist coming out, accusing the POTUS of rape, and our response is one enormous yawn, followed by a deafening wave of crickets? Can you imagine what the zombies on Fux News would be spitting up on their neckties if Obama had 15 rape accusers in his closet? • Whether it’s picking fights with the Muslims of Iran, or abusing Hispanic immigrants in brutal camps in Texas, we see the dark carnage of Trumpian Sadopopulism in action (these Sadopopulist deeds/statements are precisely how Twitler connects with his base). And make no mistake, the raw cruelty at the border has the stamp of Grand Wizard Supreme Superjerk Stephen Miller all over it. Ω