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Nevada love Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. It’s recently come to my attention that not everyone is aware of the infamous “Dr. Dre discovers Burning Man” letter that’s been floating around the internet for a few years. The authenticity is a bit doubtful, but here’s the text of the handwritten letter dated Feb. 26, 1995, and addressed to Dr. Dre’s then-girlfriend, now wife, Nicole Young, née Threatt: Nicole, Hopefully you doing well and you realized you need to quit fuckin with Sedale [Threatt, former NBA player and Nicole’s ex-husband] and come home to your Doctor. I will take care of you, baby girl. I’m in Nevada with Hype [Williams, music video director] lookin at spots for this new video we are shooting for that single I told you [Tupac Shakur] is going to be on once he is out, called “California Love.” We met a bunch of crazy, naked motherfuckers in the desert today, they were putting up some type of giant wood man. I guess they have a big party out here for a bunch of days. I asked them how much they pay, they said “nothing.” I was like no money? Someone should get behind this shit and make some loot off these fools cause they said there will at least be 5,000 people. I think I will have my office look into it, just to see if there is easy money to be had here. I’m bout to pass out girl, wish I was up in that ass. See you back in L.A. —Dre I left most of the original spelling, but fixed some punctuation. Is it real? Maybe. Is it hilarious? Definitely. And take a look at the video for “California Love,” which was in near-constant rotation on MTV when I was in high school in the mid-’90s, and tell me it doesn’t seem Burning Man-inspired. Or at least shares some Mad Max DNA with the festival as it was back then in the lawless days, just waiting for financial exploitation.
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Unstory hour I was disappointed to see that the Washoe County Library System was caving into religious bullying by the Nevada Family Alliance to not present Drag Queen Story Hour. In fact, they will be presenting a Noah’s Ark program instead. To take an event aimed only at supporting individuality and inclusivity, and watch it dragged by a hate group into non-existence is very distressing. Reno is a city that takes pride in accepting of all its citizens. We should not cater to the whims of zealots. Their group would like to make conversion “therapy” legal in this state! Letting hate win during Pride Month is a terrible precedent to set for our local libraries. I hope they reverse this decision for the sake of our local community. Contact Director Jeff Scott and make your support for Drag Queen Story Hour heard! Patrick Fitzgerald Reno
Presidential electors Re “Snuffing free choice” (editorial, June 20): An interesting opinion on our electoral system. I respectfully disagree. A democracy is when two coyotes and a rabbit decide on lunch. A democracy hung many an innocent. A democracy gave Nevada our current governor, with a slim win from Las Vegas. Thank goodness for term limits. Let’s apply them to lifetime Congress critters, all camps, and be way ahead of the game. We are a democratic republic. Far as I know, always have been. Since history and civics are no longer taught, many think our system was designed to prevent folks from voting. And in truth some were, in those days! Thing is, no one is a slave any more! We don’t have young 18-year-olds dying without the right to vote, as in 1972! Yet, many of any age neglect to take the time! If someone can figure out how to get a free phone, they should figure out how to get to the polls. Some force ID for buying smokes, yet feel none should be required to decide who makes the laws we live by! That is simply irrational!
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Imagine a popular vote with three candidates. Perot, Bush and the other joker. Perot wins by 34 percent! Thus a third of the population is happy, and two thirds pissed off. If you are going to quote the foreign critics on our system, why not De Tocqueville? Sadly, for the selfie folks, it is not an easy read. But it explains why our system works, and why the country thrives with it. Why is Trump popular, being so uncouth? Consider it this way, President Obama was always for some other country. As well as believing that the peons would be happy having a beer with him. Trump, on the other hand, is true red white and blue, and makes the peons happy by actually allowing industry to develop new jobs. Again, it’s that simple. Ron Ryder Fallon
Sparks quality of life Re “Making Sparks fly” (cover story, July 11): Nice feel-good piece about Sparks. Let’s put a dose of reality in it. Parking: We used to joke and call Sparks “the city of parking lots” With all of the new residents and limited outdoor space it should no longer be called “the city of festivals” but rather “looking for a place to park.” (The hyperbola about limited parking being a good thing is one of the worst pieces of spin I’ve heard in a long time.) About those residences: I would proffer a question: “How many of the local businesses actually pay a wage which would allow a small family to rent/buy one of these new apartment/condos?” Will this urban density benefit the Sparkites? Are the developers being held responsible for all of the issues created by this human compression? John Bogle Fernley
Teacher requirement Nevada needs a “Sam’s Law.” On June 12, the state of Texas and Gov. Abbott signed into law what is known as
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“Sam’s Law,” named after Samantha Watkins. The Kilgore High School student died in December 2016 after a catastrophic epileptic seizure. Sam’s Law [Texas House Bill 684] aims to bolster care for students with seizure disorders, requiring additional training for public school teachers in seizure recognition and first aid, to handle individuals who are having seizures. This law should be duplicated for the many students who attend Nevada’s public schools. I believe that it would have overwhelming bi-partisan support. Nevada should follow the example of Texas with a similar law. John Marchese Henderson
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Would you colonize Mars? askeD at 5 staR saloon, 132 West st. Monte Jackson Security guard
I probably would do it. You think about it like, the world is messed up right now, what other option will we have soon? We might as well adapt while we can. I definitely could do it. What job would I want on Mars? I would want to be retired on Mars [laughs].
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No. Until Earth is no longer livable, I plan to stay as long as possible. [It’s] not wanting to die in space, and I assume you have to wear some sort of suit the whole time. I like the outdoors.
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Alien decoys What really happens at Area 51 is a lot scarier than aliens. A few years ago, the artist and former University of Nevada, Reno professor Joseph DeLappe said to us, “Reading up on Area 51, the whole flying saucer thing is just conspiratorial nonsense. That’s a weird non-story compared to what actually goes on there. Area 51 has been the main testing site for all of these [weapons] systems. That’s where all the drones were first flown and tested, and the SR-71 and the U-2 spy plane. There’s this lineage of secret aircraft.” (“What drones may come,” cover story, April 17, 2014). A widespread recent Facebook event page titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” has attracted the “interest” of more than 2 million possible participants of a theoretical raid to “see them aliens” at the part of the Air Force’s Nevada Test and Training Range commonly known as Area 51. The organizers of the Facebook page say the event, supposedly planned for Sept. 20, is a joke, and indeed, judging by the anime references and the “official ‘Storm Area 51, website,” www.stormarea51.us, the whole thing is just a ruse to sell some T-shirts. Still, more than a few Internet Neckbeards seem to be taking the raid seriously. Area 51 has long been rumored to house aliens or alien technology—and this rumor is mainstream enough to appear in blockbuster movies like Independence Day and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s also a rumor that the Air Force has done little to squash because, as DeLappe said, it’s a cute story compared to what really goes on there—the development
of sophisticated weapons systems. We’ll use the lingua franca of the event planners—nerdy pop culture references. On the NBC situation comedy NewsRadio, the conspiratorial character of station engineer “Joe Garelli” claimed that Area 51 was actually a decoy for the real super-secret site, Area 52. And the latest Spider-Man movie provides a perfect analogy. (You’ve probably already either seen the movie or really don’t care, but spoiler alert all the same.) The movie features what appear to be alien monsters from another dimension. In the film, the monsters are actually illusions, but the damage they do is real. The havoc is actually wreaked by disgruntled weapons manufacturers, using weaponized drones with sophisticated projectors creating the illusory monsters. Those kinds of deadly, deceptive drones are exactly the kind of thing actually developed at Area 51. The aliens are just a clever illusion. (The Spider-Man movie comes close, but stops slightly short of making a powerful political statement. The main villain, a master of weaving deceptions, says he’s “the truth,” and one almost expects him to deride everything else as “fake news.”) Joke or not, the Air Force is taking the threat seriously enough to have released official statements reminding potential raiders of a basic American truth: storming a government weapons testing site is a good way to get shot. If you want to see some alien tech in the Nevada desert, go to Burning Man. If you want to die in a raid on a government facility, wouldn’t storming those border detention centers where children are kept in cages be a more worthy cause? Ω
Yes. I like adventure, and I’d be one of the first people up there. That’d be badass. I’ve lived 22 years on Earth, why not? I could get entertainment started. I’d start the first bar or club like, “Let’s drink! We got to celebrate!”
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Hell no, because I would probably go with a really small group of people for the first mission, and they would all get on my nerves. I also get motion sick.
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No. I like Earth. Everything on Mars would be fake. You’d have to live inside. It would all be manufactured, all processed. That’s not what I want. I just want to die with the Earth.
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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 SHEILA LESLIE
Treating branches instead of the tree She had a happy childhood in Lake Tahoe, excelling at sports with her identical twin sister. After high school, the twins moved across the country to attend college on volleyball scholarships. That’s where her troubles began, exacerbated by an emotionally abusive coach and a knee injury. As Amanda Elliott tells it, “My friends were not like my friends at home. My actions did not bring me happiness, and I had begun to lose myself. It was the perfect storm as things all around me crashed down. I felt shameful, spiteful, hated and hateful, and completely and totally lost. I needed an answer, a way out, a place I could breathe, and so I turned to where my coach had led me: my body.” Elliott describes running until she passed out, exercising until she vomited, and crying “into the mirror more times than I care to remember.” By the time she came back to Nevada that first summer, she was experiencing serious medical issues, including oral thrush, daily fevers, stomach and back pain, hair and nails that were falling out, and a general jaundiced
condition. Her concerned mother took her to numerous medical professionals, but no one put the total picture together to diagnose what, in retrospect, was an obvious eating disorder. Instead, doctors medicated each symptom separately. She suffered through that summer. “Every waking moment I was lying, hiding, working out, weighing myself, or crying. … Every thought that hurtled through my mind only served to confirm the way I felt. I was worthless. I was pathetic. I was hideous. I was nothing. I had lost every part of who I was. … I wanted nothing more than to completely disappear.” Elliott’s mother insisted she see a therapist before returning to college. Although she confessed her obsession and her desire to die, the therapist told her she was fine and sent her back to school where her condition quickly deteriorated. She came home and her mother took her to the Center for Hope of the Sierras, a Reno organization offering outpatient and residential treatment for eating disorders.
Insurance issues delayed her access to the intensive residential program she needed, prolonging her agony as her body continued to fall apart. But after completing residential treatment, Elliott stepped down to the Partial Hospitalization Program and then to Intensive Outpatient Treatment, saying afterward, “It was the most painful and grueling thing that I have ever done.” She successfully completed college, married her high school sweetheart, and is now employed at a job she loves while helping others who suffer from similar disorders. Elliott’s story resonated with me as I recalled an Assembly bill I sponsored in 2009 to require insurance companies in Nevada to cover all levels of treatment for eating disorders. When I visited Center for Hope, I met a woman who told me her insurance company paid more than $100,000 in claims for severe medical complications from her eating disorder but refused to pay for residential treatment. The insurance industry lobbied heavily against the legislation, arguing that residential treatment was
too expensive and usually not necessary. The bill died in committee. Center for Hope subsequently closed its residential treatment facility in Reno and relocated to Southern Nevada to partner with a hospital willing to build an inpatient eating disorder program. Thrive Wellness of Reno now offers local outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization for eating disorders. But residential care is still needed for those, like Elliott, whose bodies are literally shutting down. It’s hard to comprehend why insurance companies are willing to pay for the serious medical problems caused by eating disorders but not for the residential treatment that saved Elliott’s life. It’s just one more example of a health care system that doesn’t work for everyone. Ω
eaders can read the testimony taken on A.B. 365, which Sheila Leslie references here, by going to https://bit. ly/2XHBEgv
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by Dennis Myers
Benchmark On July 10, the U.S. House approved legislation requiring a background check for every gun sold in the United States. It was the first major gun control measure to win approval in the House in a quarter century. The measure, H.R. 8, has been a goal of supporters since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. On hand for the vote was former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, severely wounded in the 2011 Tucson mass shooting that left six people dead, including a 9-year-old. Eight Republicans joined 232 Democrats to approve the measure 240 to 190. One piece of opposition to the measure arrived in a traditionally effective form—a lie. A claim AMODei was circulated online that HR 8 would have established a national gun registry. For instance, the website of Gun Owners of America listed “Creating a federal registry of ALL U.S. Gun Owners” as one feature of the bill. Wyoming Gun Owners used the headline, “Congress to Take Up National Gun Registry Legislation Wednesday!” In fact, section 5 of the measure reads, “RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. Nothing in this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed to—(1) authorize the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry; or (2) interfere with the authority of a State, under section 927 of title 18, United States Code, to enact a law on the same subject matter as this Act.” One amendment that would have allowed people in the airline pre-check program to skip background checks failed. U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, who represents the northern U.S. House district of Nevada, voted for it. That amendment was sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona, who was trying to water down the bill, which she opposes. Amodei voted against another amendment sponsored by Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn. Her language made an exception for people seeking a temporary transfer of a firearm if they face domestic violence and an imminent threat of bodily harm. And Amodei voted to send the bill back to committee, which is often a maneuver used to kill legislation. On the final vote, Amodei voted against passage of the bill. Rep. Horn said, “There is no reason vendors at gun shows or online should be exempt from the safety measures other [gun] merchants must obey.”
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When Apple came to Reno, it picked up a sales tax abatement because of a dubious claim that its warehouse would be a tourist attraction. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
Review Is Nevada’s corporate welfare paying off? Gov. Steve Sisolak last week said he will do a review of how Nevada uses incentives to lure businesses to the state, although the language in his prepared statement did not seem to suggest he is likely to scrutinize the process very vigorously. “We have an incredible opportunity to make Nevada a place with a robust economy without sacrificing education,” Sisolak said. “Education and investment in education, I believe, is the single greatest economic development force this state can harness. I believe we can prioritize our education system and still remain a strong, pro-business state.” This promised review comes after Sisolak vetoed legislation that would have created a legislative oversight panel on business incentives, angering state lawmakers. Sisolak is a longtime advocate of corporate welfare. He lobbied for the Las Vegas Raiders stadium incentives although nearly every independent expert on sports finances recommended against it, and he reaped the benefits—Raiders President Marc Badain was a “special guest” at a private
$500-a-person fundraiser for Sisolak’s campaign last year. There has long been concern that Nevada’s new policy of offering huge amounts of abatements and credits is not being given independent scrutiny to determine whether it is paying off for the state, and as supporters of corporate welfare, Sisolak and his predecessor Brian Sandoval had little interest in such studies. “Independent is the critical word,” said Sparks financial analyst Stuart Skalka. “Otherwise, the economic development people hype self-serving stats.” The state economic development office—previously a stand-alone agency—became an arm of the governor under Sandoval’s administration. But skepticism toward incentives is one of the things that both left and right agree on, and they have often called for tough probes of whether incentives pay for themselves and whether the incentives would be better used for expansion of existing locally-based firms—or simply dropped altogether. “If I’m in a position where I can benefit from it politically, or I have a
chance to lease or sell to a company, I’m likely to stand up and say, ‘Isn’t this great?’ instead of looking for research,” said Reno industrial developer Mark Glenn. He said the housing crunch was a product of incentives, and the area’s homeless problem has been exacerbated. Money is not always the issue, something unsophisticated state officials often do not understand. The National Legal and Policy Center pointed out that while Nevada was giving Tesla the largest state corporate welfare package in history—$1.3 billion—to get a mere battery plant, Texas got the Toyota North American headquarters for a paltry $50 million after Toyota rejected a $100 million bid by North Carolina. In 2008, when the renewable energy firm Mariah Power chose Youngstown, Ohio over Reno, the Reno Gazette Journal lamented that the city had not ponied up “the short-term $1.8 million interest-free loan offered by Youngstown.” That prompted the conservative Nevada Policy Research Institute to post an essay that observed, “Had Reno given away a $1.8 million interest-free loan (read corporate welfare), that would have amounted to $300,000 per Mariah Power employee. Surely there are better ways to ‘invest’ taxpayer money in Reno.” In any event, Mariah—which later dropped Youngstown for Manistee, Michigan—said it wasn’t subsidies but Nevada’s lack of skilled labor that caused its elimination. Given the tax abatements Tesla has used so far in Nevada, and with its workforce at 7,059 employees, taxpayers are paying $34,042 per job, according to a recent calculation by analyst Brian Bonnenfant at the Center for Regional Studies, but he also said more in-depth research on benefits received is needed to reach any conclusions.
DumpinG on localS Comedian Bill Maher recently chastised executives of mega-corporations for pitting places against each other: “Two hundred thirty cities and regions submitted proposals to Amazon for the company to locate in their area, all desperate for jobs that don’t involve guarding prisoners or murdering chickens. And Amazon picked two places
that didn’t need them at all, places where $9.5 million from Washoe County School prosperity already was. Bezos, you’re worth District revenues. 130 billion. Take one for the team. Stop playIn addition, the failure of the benefiting ing cities off against one another and help a corporations to pay their taxes—while donating dying one come back to life.” occasional grants—has forced local governDuring the Sandoval administration, ments to seek replacement income for basic Nevada gained a worldwide reputation as a services like roads and schools. The Washoe soft touch for mammoth corporations—and County School District turned to voters for also for corporate welfare that does not a $781 million sales tax hike in 2016—not come through. exactly the “without sacrificing education” The London Guardian has reported, Sisolak spoke of. “Cities around the so-called Gigafactory in Everyday citizens get angry over tax hikes, northern Nevada lined up to reap the but the giveaways that necessitate those [Tesla] bonanza. No longer dusty, increases don’t seem to bother them, provincial versions of Las Vegas, if they have jobs. these municipalities would The Mackinac Center for become innovative makers Public Policy has reported, “Independent is of lithium-ion batteries for “There is broad consensus the critical word.” electric cars and partners among academic economists in Elon Musk’s vision of a that these programs are Stuart Skalka clean-energy revolution. That wasteful at best and actively Financial analyst was the pitch. These days, damaging to a state’s economy many residents in Sparks—a at worst. In addition, they sunbaked, low-rise city of 100,000 encourage cronyism and corruption people located 20 miles from the by creating high stakes for the winners factory—express humbler dreams: food, and losers of such policies.” The Center is shelter, health care.” promoting an interstate mutual disarmament Sandoval, and now Sisolak, did not have pact with which states would forswear competo deal with the effects of corporate welfare. titions against each other. Ω They lure the corporations. Local governments are then saddled with the costs—housing shortages, drains on school district budgets. According to state figures, in fiscal For more on corporate welfare, see www.goodjobsfirst.org/ year 2017, various tax breaks drained off $4 tags/corporate-subsidies and www.nevadalabor.com/cop/ million from Washoe County revenues and welfare.html
The first floor of Deco, a 10-floor apartment building being plopped on top of the downtown Sparks municipal parking garage on C Street, is nearly in place. The $40 million project began in May 2018 and is expected to take two years to complete. PHOTO/DENNIS MYERS
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Helping out Tahoe Beach Bash It may seem like the beautiful, all-season setting of South Lake Tahoe wouldn’t have homeless citizens. But, like most American cities, there is a group of working poor that needs the community’s help. This is where the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless can help out, and this weekend features an event to that end. The Tahoe Beach Bash on July 20 features an annual Homebrew for the Homeless contest, in which local brewers vie for a year’s bragging rights while raising funds for the Coalition. The event includes live music, beer and wine tastings, a beach-side barbecue, games and facepainting for small people, vendors and a silent auction. Four-year Coalition baord member Tiffany Grimes said the family-friendly Beach Bash is her group’s main fundraiser for the year. The Coalition has summer outreach and relief programs, and its major work is done in the winter, as it sponsors a warm room during the long and cold season. “We set up some beds and cots to give the homeless a warm place to stay from the end of December all the way through April,” Grimes said. This past winter, the warm room had an average of 25 guests each night, for a total of 113 people during the season. About a quarter of the guests are considered chronically homeless, which means that they have been homeless for a full year or more, or homeless four times or more in the past three years. Grimes said the location of the warm room changes each season. “We don’t have a building or a facility, so we have to find a vacant place,”
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The Homebrew for the Homeless contest is just one of the events that are a part of the annual Tahoe Beach Bash. COURTESY/TAHOE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
she said of her all-volunteer group. “Last year, it was a former dentist’s office, and we just had people put cots and bunkbeds everywhere. It is a struggle, but it’s a great cause—and we’d love to get more people involved.” The Coalition also helps the homeless get more stability when they can. There were 24 people who found housing with the group’s support last winter, while eight others found work. “Through the whole year, we go into the encampments and any area where there’s a gathering of homeless people to do counseling and help with jobs,” Grimes said. “We do everything we can to get them back to a home.” Grimes agreed that the Tahoe homeless may seem like an invisible problem, but she said that it is definitely present. “Walking down our streets, you won’t see that many in the casino areas, but you will see lots of homeless people in the woods because they have encampments,” she said. “There are also many homeless youths who live in cars, with their families, or they are couch-surfers.” Jobs are also needed. Tellingly, 21 percent of people who used the warm room last season had work in Tahoe, including the food and beverage industry, retail and ski resorts. “That’s one of the statistics that people don’t really understand: homeless people here do have jobs,” Grimes said. “People have such a negative connotation of the homeless, a stigma around it, until you really dig deep into it. Some people here really are one paycheck away from being homeless.”
The Tahoe Beach Bash takes place from noon to 4 p.m. July 20 at Tahoe Beach Retreat, 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, California. Get tickets and more details at tahoehomeless.org.
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e h T IN Two Northern Nevadans were nationally recognized for their work on LGBTQ rights
n the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, national LGBTQ magazine The Advocate ran a special section, “Champions of Pride,” highlighting activists from every state. The Nevadans are Grace Gautereaux, a college student who grew up Gardnerville, and Reno’s Meredith Tanzer, vice president of Our Center and director of community engagement for the Eddy House, a resource center for young people experiencing homelessness. The RN&R talked with them both about their past accomplishments, future plans and what Northern Nevada’s LGBTQ community needs next.
Campaigner So far, the number of achievements Grace Gautereaux has made on the LGBTQ rights front is longer than the number of years she’s been alive, which is 20. “I think I’ve just always been a very passionate person,” she said in a phone interview from Salem, Oregon, where she studies politics at Willamette University. “I think a lot of people will read things [in the news] and be like, ‘That really sucks,’ and not really do anything about it,” she said. But she was raised by a single mom who owned a business and
worked her way through college, so, for her entire childhood, Gautereaux saw first-hand what determination looked like. When she noticed a problem as a student at Douglas High School, she took action. “There were a lot of queer kids who didn’t have any outlet, who were in claustrophobic environments,” she recalled. She wanted them to have a safe environment and the informational resources they’d need to navigate life as queer teens. “I had to have some conversations with the principal,” she said. “He was like, ‘Yeah, I have a gay daughter. I’ll sign onto this.’”
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T h G I L spoT She filed the paperwork and launched the school’s gay-straight alliance. She encountered some early setbacks. Her push to end abstinence-only sex education was ultimately unsuccessful. And the alliance’s posters were torn down in the hallways, Gautereaux said, “but it was still worthwhile. That’s so much of it, just making sure people hear more than a narrative they’re told in their small, little towns. If you don’t talk about it, you’re just going to think something’s wrong with you.” Gautereaux also gained support from like-minded groups. “When I was 16, I was running door-to-door efforts for the Bernie Sanders campaign,” she said. “I ran the presidential caucus at 17.” The Douglas County Democratic Women noticed, and the group awarded her a scholarship. In college, she started a reproductive justice club, secured funding for condom dispensers and started working with NARAL Pro-Choice America. Right now she has a paid research job looking into “fascist language politics.” Soon, she’ll start
the research for her senior thesis on public health crises. “I’m looking into how conservative ideology has been systematically killing underprivileged people,” she said. Gautereaux’s most urgent career plans are to get into writing policy—and to productively tackle the ideological divides that characterize current American politics. Referring to swing states, she said, “There’s a lot of divides that need to be mended between red areas and super-liberal hubs. We can’t help our community as long as we’re bickering.” As for Nevada, she is pleased to see a majority female legislature, and she thinks of the most important next steps for LGBTQ rights—and everyone’s rights—is to put an end to abstinence-only sex education.
1976 The Reno Gay Rodeo debuted and was held annually through 1984. It drew protesters, but they didn’t deter the crowds of up to 20,000. The event spawned a national gay rodeo scene. (“There is work being done to bring the 50th anniversary of Gay Rodeo back to Reno in 2026,” said local news publisher Paco Lachoy.)
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A local P-FLAG chapter held the area’s first Gay Pride celebration in Rock Park in Sparks. After three years, it was replaced by an annual “All Community Picnic.” Anti-gay sentiments still ran strong in the ’80s, and it was considered safer to have an event without “gay” in its name.
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trailblazer As a Northern California teen in a Catholic high school in the 1980s, Meredith Tanzer didn’t yet know she was gay. But she knew some of her friends were. “It really made me upset how people would treat them,” she said. “I was always speaking up to their bullies in school.” That was her first act of LGBTQ activism, and it set her on course for a lifetime of actions, large and small. In recent years, Tanzer has been instrumental in starting Our Center, and this year she was among those who secured a loan from the State of Nevada to purchase a $1.5 million, 16,000-square-foot building that should allow Eddy House to shelter up to 50 homeless young people a night by winter. (All young people who need services are welcome at Eddy House, but Tanzer often points out that the rate of homelessness among LGBTQ teens is particularly high.) She’s well known in Reno for her roles in these organizations, but when asked to list her greatest accomplishments, she started her story with this one: In the early 2000s, she moved to Reno and was co-owner of La Bussola, a boutique and art gallery on First Street, where she worked to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion in her new home city. “I had a gay flag out there, and it was the only gay flag that flew in downtown Reno. I got a lot of flak. People said that I was going to hell. It inspired me to buy a bigger flag—and rhinestone the crap out of that flag.” She said that some churches would bus people to the shop to pray over its lesbian owners, and occasionally, a customer would find a bible verse tucked in the canvas of a painting they’d just purchased—although the pastor of the nearby First United Methodist Church, John Auer, arrived one day to voice his support and offer his services, should the owners ever want to marry.
Paco Lachoy started the Reno Gay Page newspaper. He still runs it single-handed.
Backed by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, Question 2 passed, banning same-sex marriage in Nevada.
2001 A Rainbow Place opened, offering services to LGBTQ youth. It closed in 2008.
1999 The state of Nevada added sexual orientation to the list of things a person could not be fired for. “That’s, I think, when we finally started coming out of the closet,” said Paco Lachoy.
1994 William Metz, a 36-year-old gay man, was stabbed to death. Justin Suade Slotto, the 21-year-old convicted for the murder, reportedly told the Reno Police Department, “I’d be proud if one of my friends had done this.” (See “When hate comes to town,” RN&R, Aug. 20, 2015.) Until the
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The Sierra Voice newspaper, which later became the Reno Gay Page.
Tanzer was more interested in acts of inclusivity than in arguing with those who feared for her soul. Preparing for an Artown event in 2002, she decided, “I wanted to show people the fun side of being gay.” She baked 350 cupcakes. Drag queens from the Silver Dollar Court handed them out as passersby were showered by a bubble machine. Tanzer is certain that events like that one have done a lot for gay-straight community relations. The next improvement she wants to see is for companies and cities to take diversity more seriously. “More training, more conversations about race and privilege, we would be able to do so much more as a state,” she said. “That will help the LGBTQ community.” She also wants people to get more involved generally in local politics and activism. Volunteering is win-win, she figures. It once brought her through a depressive slump, and she’s seen it do the same for many. And as someone at the helm of two organizations, she pointed out that an hour of a volunteer’s time here or there often has a bigger impact than they know. “And take your kids,” she added. “Little kids are the voice. Get that kid volunteering.” Ω
Metz murder, said Paco Lachoy, “The LGBTQ+ had a big mistrust for the police. The police reached out and set up a meeting with community leaders.” That meeting is regarded as a turning point that improved relations between the police and the LGBTQ community noticeably.
1997 David Parks from Las Vegas became the first openly gay state legislator. He is still in office.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Nevada. (It was 11 years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it and eight months before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized it in all 50.)
NRS 193 passed, allowing Nevadans to legally claim the gender that they express, even if it’s different from the one they were assigned at birth.
After seven years in development, Our Center opened, offering resources, events and a meeting place for LGBTQ seniors, teens and everyone in between.
In June 2015, hundreds gathered at the Washoe County Courthouse to celebrate the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision making same-sex marriage legal in every state. PHOTO: COurTesy DevOn reese
2019 Nevada joined several states and countries in legally recognizing people who are non-binary when the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles implemented gender-neutral IDs.
Attorney Devon Reese became Reno’s first openly gay Reno City Councilmember.
On June 3, the Nevada Senate passed Joint Resolution 8, colloquially known as the “Equality Act,” prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds. It will appear on the ballot in 2020.
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Hard as rock A hunt for the history of Reno’s rock homes Story and photo by JeRi DaviS • jerid@newSreview.com
love history and jump at the chance to weave it into my reporting. I’m particularly fond of old architecture and the stories homes tell about their time and place in history. Since moving to Reno’s old southwest, I’ve become increasingly enamored of neighborhood homes clad in big, round rocks. Of course, there’s the well known Redfield Mansion on Mount Rose Street, but there are
so many others. I had to know more about them and figured I’d start my research the easy way, by asking around among Reno’s historians. Their collective knowledge of the city is tremendous, and they’re accustomed to my pestering. Most of the rock homes I’ve seen are in midtown and the historical Newlands District, which were largely developed during the
The Redfield Mansion stands at the intersection of Mt. Rose and Forest Streets.
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first three decades of the 1900s. There’s a lot of documentation concerning Newlands, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Also, I’d heard that some of the rock homes there were built by Native American stone masons from the Stewart Indian School in Carson City—an interesting starting place. I began with an email to the chair of the city’s Arts and Culture Commission, and former president of the Historic Reno Preservation Society, Sharon Honig Bear: “Hi, Sharon. … I’m hoping you can help direct me to someone who can answer questions about the rock construction homes found around midtown. In fact, I think you may be the person who first discussed this interesting part of Reno history with me.” I wasn’t surprised when she responded by referring me to and CC-ing another historian, Deb Hinman—also a longtime HRPS member. I was, however, surprised by what Hinman had to say when she called. She, too, had been fascinated by the rock homes. The stones, she said, were often found right on the properties— a result of the city’s placement in the alluvial plain of the valley. As to their construction by Native American stone masons, though, she’d found no concrete evidence. In fact, there was little information about who built many of them. When a person possessing Hinman’s archival research skills tells you they’ve turned up nothing, it can
be a bit deflating; nonetheless, I pressed on for a moment, asking about digital newspaper archives, noting that many have become searchable for keywords in recent years. Had she found nothing there? “I’ve been using online newspaper archives for 20 years,” Hinman responded. Chagrined at the realization of the silliness of my question, I told her I’d let her know if I somehow managed to turn up any information and was grateful when she said she’d review her own research for knowledge that might help me. I hung up wondering where to go from there. Hinman had already exhausted resources available through the Nevada Historical Society and the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. I went to Special Collections anyway, figuring I’d pick the brains of whichever archivists were working that day. (Again, they’re used to my pestering.) Perhaps the staff I knew there—Donnie Curtis, Jessica Maddox, Jacquelyn Sundstrand, others—would know something, or at least someone who did. Had I contacted Deb Hinman, they asked? Had I contacted HRPS—or perhaps Reno historian Alicia Barber?
Rock bottom Have you ever absentmindedly left an email in your draft folder thinking you’d sent it? I have—to Alicia Barber. But I had other calls and emails out, one to realtor and historic preservationist Nancy Gilbert, who owns—and has lovingly rehabbed—several Newlands homes. I interviewed her a few years ago (“Buying time,” Arts&Culture, April 6, 2017). “Hi, Nancy,” I wrote. “We spoke a bit more than two years ago. … I’ve found myself wondering if it was you who told me about
some of the stone houses in the Newlands neighborhood. I’ve heard that some were constructed by Native American stone masons It was a report written by two undergraduates from the Stewart Indian School, but none of the for a historical preservation class—in 1984. local historians with whom I’ve spoken have They’d photographed rock houses and then been able to confirm this.” sought to discover their histories. Their goal I hadn’t remembered that among the homes was to gather enough information to nominate Gilbert owns were two constructed with rock. the homes to the National Register of Historic She referred me back to Hinman in her response: Places. They photographed 24 rock homes in “Deb Hinman, who lives a few blocks away the valley and then tried the usual research … maintains much of the information on all routes to learn about them—the assessor’s of these homes and others within Newlands offices, the recorder’s office, the Sanborn Manor,” she wrote. Maps—all to no avail. They had a bit more luck Hinman explained that three of the Gilbert’s using Reno City Directories published between homes, including the rock homes, were built by 1929 and 1950 and reported they believed many Nevada Developers, Inc., a company headed by of the homes were built in the 1930s and ’40s. a man named W. E. Barnard who lived in Reno The report was interesting but it didn’t for just a decade starting in 1926. reveal much new information. Well known “But I never found the particulars of who rock homes, like Barnard’s creations and the designed the homes or specifically who built Redfield Mansion, are easier to research. But them,” Hinman told me. “Could Barnard have even the exact date of construction of the contacted the Stewart School and asked to hire Redfield Mansion—originally owned by a man some students to build his homes? Of course. Is named August Hill—is hard to pin down. Late there any proof he did so? Not that I ever found. ’20s is as close as historians get. … I really wish I could help you but I honestly Lesser known homes can be hit or miss, don’t know more than I’ve told you.” although the internet offers a lot of resources An article Hinman wrote these days. Real estate websites like about Barnard explains Zillow that forecast home values how he developed large have been criticized for inac inac“Could tracts of Reno’s old curate estimates, but they southwest and do contain other useful Barnard have Newlands Heights information gathered from and reveals contacted the Stewart counties and users that that his rock would otherwise be School and asked to hire homes—on time consuming to hunt Joaquin Miller down. Comparing the some students to build his Drive—were students’ list of rock homes? Of course. Is there built in 1930. homes with my own But there isn’t and the Zillow website, any proof he did so? Not much else, and I discovered they were Hinman has correct—a home on that I ever found.” never discovered Ralston Street built in a lot about Reno’s 1942, two on Lander Street Deb Hinman other rock homes. To built in 1939. Farther north Historian learn more about these, on Lander another is reported I figured I’d try checking to date way back to 1918, but with the county assessor’s and most went up during Barnard’s era recorder’s offices, though tracing and shortly thereafter. ownership of the properties back past the The internet also turns up interesting ’50s would likely be difficult as what are research leads sometimes. I’d heard from people individual properties today were often part of that rock homes can be hard to insure or get larger parcels in the past. loans on because they don’t perform well in I’d looked through some old Sanborn earthquakes, but my sources had told me this Insurance Maps at Special Collections, but had not been the case for them. I’d basically most dated from years when the neighborhoods dropped that line of inquiry until I came across with rock homes had not yet been annexed into several posts on the Reno Realty Blog and the the city proper. I was running out of research Downtown Reno Makeover website from a avenues and contemplating who among the user with the handle “geopower.” This person local historians I’d yet ask. Searching for a had commented in response to stories about different email address for Alicia Barber, I rock homes, calling them by a more technical realized my email to her remained in my drafts name—“unreinforced masonry”—and calling folder, so I sent it off and crossed my fingers. them dangerous, particularly in earthquakes. My She responded: interest was piqued again. Ω “I checked around, and the State Historic Preservation Office has this in their files—it was written by some UNR students many years ago and seems to have some good information as well as lists of some relevant houses and other structures.”
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Artists will be a part of the annual Pagan Pride Day, which this year is an Artown event.
Pagan place Pagan Pride Day For about a decade, local pagans have hosted their own yearly event to celebrate their religion as well as raise awareness in the non-pagan community. For this year’s event, Pagan Pride Day has gone as mainstream as any downtown Reno soirée you can think of. It takes place on July 20 both inside and outside the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center. This is the first year that Dane Miller and her non-profit group, Sabbat Celebrations, have organized Pagan Pride Day. As president of Sabbat Celebrations and an art teacher with the group, Miller said that in the past it was mainly for the core pagan groups in town. “It was mostly run by those who weren’t afraid to speak out, but this is the first year that it feels like an event for everyone,” Miller said. “We wanted to gear it toward education and let the public know what paganism is and who we are, and to bring more pagans out to let them know it’s OK, and we will not be vilified.” With a religion that is based in nature, Miller said that paganism is as broad a tent as Christianity is, with different groups such as wiccans, heathens, druids and many other denominations. Miller said there’s a lot that’s new with the event this year. It’s sponsored by Artown for the first time, and as such will feature an expanded “artists’ alley.” It will also feature fine art, as well as those who work in jewelry and sculpture. “Most of the artists we have are new to the event,” Miller said. “Not all of it is pagan-based art, although there will be some there who are involved in it.” There will also be music from local bands and a series of performances related to paganism. “There will be two plays 18 | RN&R | 07.18.19
from one of the Greek temples in Reno based on mythological stories, and one of them is set to the music of Tenacious D,” Miller said with a little chuckle. “That’s the one I really wanted them to do.” In between those performances, there will be 30-to-45 minute discussions from local pagan experts on different aspects of the faith, with a Q&A session as part of those presentations. “They may talk about what paganism is, what a pantheon is, what is animism,” Miller explained. “People can ask any question that they’ve been wanting to know. One we get a lot is, ‘Well, do you worship Satan?’ and, no, we don’t believe in Satan. That’s a Christian construction, not a pagan one.” Miller also said she told the presenters that “if you don’t know the answer to a question, then any of the other pagans around will be able to find it.” There’s also a “kid’s corner” that will feature face-painting and mythologyrelated art projects for children. “It’s just a place for parents to keep their kids busy for 10 minutes, and so they can run around,” Miller said. “It will be a little more wide open than some of the other areas so people can keep an eye on their kids, and so they’ll have little things to do and explore.” Admission to Pagan Pride Day is free, and the event will also feature food trucks, vendors from local metaphysical businesses and a beer garden. “We just want people to come out and have fun, learn some stuff and support some local businesses and artists,” Miller said. “But the learning, really, that’s the number one thing—to learn something in a really fun environment.” Ω
Pagan Pride Day is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mckinley arts and Cultural Center, 925 Riverside Drive. For more information, go to sabbatcelebrations.org/pagan-pride.
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Star gator Alligators get their due as nasty reptilian cinematic monsters with Crawl, the biggest surprise so far this summer when it comes to simply having a damn good time at the movies. It puts that other monster reptile movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to shame. Southern Florida is getting walloped by a hurricane, and collegiate swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) hasn’t heard from her dad (Barry Pepper) as the situation grows into a Category 5. Against foreboding radio warnings, Haley drives to her old family home in an attempt to locate her wayward poppa and put other family members’ minds at ease. With the family dog tagging along (of course), Haley ventures into the basement/crawlspace, where dad is unconscious with a suspicious wound. We’re not too far into the movie when the alligator baddies are introduced, and these toothy demons are taking the rising waters as an excuse to swim around and party on human flesh. From the first gator introduction to the final frame, Crawl aims to kick your butt with allout horror thrills, with plenty of hurricane terror mixed in for good measure. The vast majority of the film takes place in the house, and huge credit goes to director Alexandre Aja and his production team for making the basement a fun place for people to get rolled by an alligator. The alligators, mostly CGI, are terrific movie beasties, entirely convincing whether above or below water. Unlike Jaws, Aja doesn’t hide his monsters for most of the movie. They show up early on, and these bastards aren’t going away. Like Jaws, this movie isn’t afraid to show somebody kicking and screaming as they slide into the mouth of a predator Quint-style, or get thrashed around with their screaming upper half above water level as the monster savages them beneath, like skinny-dipping Chrissie. This movie has jump scares. Good jump scares. Jump scares you
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don’t see coming. There’s one involving a tree that almost sent me through the movie theater ceiling. A good jump scare seems to be a lost art these days, but Aja and his editors have the timing down to where not a single fright moment in this movie feels cheap. Scodelario—a fun name to type if ever there was one—and Pepper are great together. They are so good, the moments where they stop down in the middle of all the terror to discuss his shortcomings as a dad or her insecurities as an athlete are actually of interest rather than killing the action. But, make no mistake, they are best at screaming, grunting, crying and freaking when their various limbs are inside the mouths of alligators. While there are many great things to be said about the CGI gators, hats off to whoever made the setting look like a real hurricane with flash flooding conditions. The stormy skies look very real and, believe me folks, I’ve seen a few real ones this summer. Scodelario and Pepper get sufficiently soaked. They are the wettest acting pair since DiCaprio and Winslet in Titanic. By the time it all ends, Aja and crew have left us spent. At 87 minutes, the movie is a perfect length and, honestly, I was exhausted and didn’t want to see anybody else get eaten. I suppose there’s room for a sequel, but I hope they leave well enough alone for this one. I feel I have sufficiently hit my terrifying alligator movie quota for this decade. Message to those who marketed this movie: Hey, when you have a movie this good, knock it off with the review embargoes. Word of mouth on this movie didn’t start to spread until the day it came out because critic screenings came late and embargoes were being enforced. So now your box office opening sucked. Have faith that your movie is good, and let the critics rip. □
Two films in, and it’s safe to declare writer-director Ari Aster a master of horror. His Midsommar, the sophomore effort following his masterpiece Hereditary, is two and a half hours of nerve-fraying terror staged mostly in broad daylight, and it is a thing of demented beauty. Dani (dynamite Florence Pugh) and Christian (excellent Jack Reynor) are having relationship issues. Dani is super dependent on Christian during a major time of need, as her sister is constantly bombarding her with dark mood swing modern correspondence (translation: toxic emails). Then, tragedy strikes Dani’s family, and it’s time for Christian to step up for his part of this committed relationship. His solution? Take Dani along on what was supposed to be a bro trip to Sweden for a traditional family summer festival. He sort of asks her to go, she sort of says yes, and, before you know it, Dani is on a plane to Sweden with Christian and his friends. Shortly after arrival, Dani and friends ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms. The weirdness kicks in immediately, and the movie comes off as a really bad trip. Pugh, so good in this year’s Fighting with My Family, makes a grand statement with this movie. She’s an acting force that puts her in the upper echelon. She throws everything out on the table, and it all pays off in a performance that will surely be one of the year’s most memorable. One of the pleasures of Aster’s latest is that it’s obvious where things are going. It’s a mystery that puts a ton of clues right in front of your face in vividly visible fashion as the sun shines brightly. While the movie is a deliberately paced slow burn, it’s nearly two and a half hours pass by pretty quickly. Aster never loses the sense of dread, so while you could call his movie predictable in some ways, it’s not even close to being a letdown. It’s a movie that constantly delivers on the dread it promises in every frame.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
For my money, Bob Dylan peaked during that strange time during the mid ’70s when he hit the road with a traveling circus of his musical and poetry friends, covered his face with white makeup and delivered some of the rawest, most straightforward rocking performances of his career. Martin Scorsese, for the second time, goes the documentary route with the musical icon, combining archival concert footage and interviews (most notably, a new one with Dylan himself) to tell the story of the most interesting tour of the man’s career. Dylan had just finished touring stadiums with The Band and wanted to play more intimate venues. So he did, and he brought the likes of Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsburg and Joan Baez along with him. The concert footage shows Dylan in focused, driving and sometime very funny form as he delivers some new music along with his already classic songbook. New songs like “Isis” and “Hurricane” destroy alongside transformed versions of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Watching these concert moments, it’s immediately clear that anybody who was present for the shows was witnessing vital music history. The interviews flesh out the “story” in what amounts to another triumph for Scorsese, who has given himself a nice side gig doing rock documentaries. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Tom Holland cements his status as best-ever Spider-Man with what amounts to the goofiest, but still major fun, Spider-Man movie yet. Jon Watts once again directs as Peter Parker looks to vacation with his friends after the events of Endgame, traveling to Europe and leaving his superhero responsibilities behind. When a strange breed of elemental monsters
start striking the planet, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) interrupts Peter’s sojourn and gets him back into the swing of things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets into the shenanigans as Mysterio, a crime fighter from another dimension that slides right into the Tony Stark mentor role. Holland is good fun as Spidey, giving him a nice, youthful effervescence to go with his comic timing. Zendaya rules as MJ, Jon Favreau gets a lot more screen time—it’s a good thing!—as Happy, and the film doesn’t have nearly enough Marisa Tomei. It’s a bit lightheaded at times, but it’s the sort of breezy affair that the Marvel universe needed to get things revved up again. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for Holland and he has a bunch of these in his future, because he’s perfect for the role.
Stranger Things 3
The third season is the best yet for the Duffer Brothers’ ’80s throwback series. Much of the action, including a final showdown with the Mind Flayer monster from the Upside Down, takes place in the Starcourt Mall, a mighty authentic wonder of art direction. (Sam Goody and The Ground Round make notable appearances.) The Russians now play a prominent part as Hopper (David Harbour) tries to protect his adopted daughter, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), from the Reds, demons and, most notoriously, her new boyfriend, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), who likes to kiss way too much. Steve (Joe Harrington) has his best season yet, working in an ice cream store with new cast member and major standout Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman) as his co-scooper. The special effects this time are top-notch, with nice nods to, once again, John Carpenter, Stephen King and The Blob. Harbour gets a little goofier in this round, and it’s a lot of fun watching his Hopper trying to date Joyce (Winona Ryder). The finale provides some major cliffhangers for the inevitable season four, which could actually wind up in a completely different series. It’s good to see the show make a comeback after a middling season 2; it’s a total blast, and it features a nice ode to The Neverending Story. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Danny Boyle (127 Hours, 28 Days Later) directs the straining saga of Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a wannabe musician working part-time in a grocery store while also busking on street corners and playing small solo gigs with his trusty guitar. Jack’s burgeoning music career is managed by Ellie (Lily James), who is fostering a decades-old crush on Jack while getting him gigs at closing hotels and side tents at music festivals. Riding his bike home from a gig, the world suffers a solar flare and a worldwide power loss, and Jack gets hit by a bus, knocking out a couple of his teeth and sending him to the hospital. Post-accident, Ellie and some friends give Jack a new guitar and suggest he bust out a song for them. He goes with “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and the group is moved, as if hearing the song for the first time. That’s because they are hearing it for the first time. A quick Google check by Jack confirms the impossible: Somehow, someway, Jack now lives in a parallel world where John, Paul, George and Ringo never came together to make music. So what does Jack do? Why, he plagiarizes the entire Beatles catalog, of course. Rather than exploring the dark side of plagiarism in a comedic way, Boyle’s movie begs you to love Jack— and to sympathize with him while he tries to figure out his romantic interest in Ellie. Rather than crafting a film that seriously addresses a world without the Beatles, the movie becomes scared of itself and becomes nothing but a lame rom-com.
by Todd SouTh
Poke bowls can be filled with myriad ingredients.
Plenty of fish What was once a sushi restaurant connected to a chicken wing shop is now Ijji Noodle House and Poke Don. Though the poke side has few seats and is geared more toward take-out, you can order it from the much larger dining room. With a sizeable menu of Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese items, my family settled in for our latest outing. My son ordered fresh coconut water ($3.95), a whole coconut with the top cracked open by our server. Pop a straw in, and you’re all set. The 4 year-old enjoyed it, but seemed puzzled by the presentation. Orders of veggie-filled rice paper spring and summer rolls ($5.95 each) were shared—shrimp for spring, flame broil pork for summer. Both were good and included plenty of meat. The peanut sauce had a lot of fragrant flavor and a surprising amount of kick. Karaage ($6.95) bites were drizzled in spicy mayo, topped with fish flake and nori slivers, and served with ponzu sauce for dipping. The coating on the moist, dark meat chicken bites was nicely crispy and seasoned. Though takoyaki ($5.95, six pieces) octopus balls were served in a similar manner and plenty warm, the ratio of seafood-to-tempura in the filling could have been better. A good bowl of pho starts with a rich beef bone broth, long-simmered with veggies, spices and fish sauce. My daughter’s vegetarian pho with tofu ($9.95) was full of noodles and perfectly cooked veggies—with big slabs of lightly grilled tofu on top—but the broth was incredibly bland. She added shoyu, hoisin and sriracha just so it would taste like—something. Ramen is served with cubed daikon on the side. The bowls include fish cake, bean sprouts, fresh baby spinach, ajitama 20 | RN&R | 07.18.19
and nori. Pork bone broth formed the base of black tonkotsu ramen ($11.95), topped with sliced pork belly and a few slivers of roasted black garlic—shredded wood ear mushroom added for an extra buck. While the broth did have decent flavor, my daughter-in-law added a bit of shoyu to taste. The noodles were springy enough and seemed fresh. The soft-boiled egg wasn’t a perfect example of marinated ajitama, but close enough. My son’s bowl of miso spicy ramen with pork belly ($11.95) included corn and crumbled pork sausage. The nori was replaced by considerably more spinach, which he enjoyed. The spicy heat overwhelmed the miso a bit, but he didn’t seem to mind. A friend’s bowl of spicy chicken ramen ($11.95) featured chicken broth with five-spice soy sauce, crumbled braised chicken and wood ear mushroom. The broth was great. My cold noodle bowl ($12.95) included a nest of vermicelli topped with daikon, carrot, cucumber, lettuce, tons of delicious flame broiled pork and a couple of meaty egg rolls sectioned into bite-sized pieces. My only complaint was some difficulty in pulling apart the noodle ball. My grandson’s three scoop poke bowl ($11.95) had brown rice, salmon, scallop, octopus, pineapple ponzu, kewpie mayo, tobiko, krab, seaweed salad, pineapple, edamame, lemon, salmon skin, garlic chip, seaweed flake and tempura crunch. He wants everything. The scallop and octopus were good, but the salmon texture seemed thawed and refrozen. Regardless, the young poke aficionado was pleased with his meal. Ω
Ijji Noodle house and Poke don
199 Damonte Ranch Pkwy., 870-1198
Ijji Noodle House and Poke Don is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more at ijjisushiandhibachi.com.
by Matt Bieker
Dubstep out Skrillex Internationally renowned DJ and dubstep pioneer Skrillex will play at Cargo Concert Hall this weekend, but unless you’re one of 1,000 people who had internet access and some very quick fingers on the day the show was announced, you won’t get to see him. “The show just sold out in record time,” said Ric De La Rosa, community outreach coordinator at Fresh Bakin’, the production company responsible for booking the show. “It’s a record for both Fresh Bakin’ and Cargo Concert Hall—1,000 tickets in three hours and 40 minutes.” Fresh Bakin’ was founded by Steve Emmerich in 2002 and has worked with numerous venues in Reno and along the West Coast, including large events like the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe. Fresh Bakin’ produced the most recent show Skrillex played in Reno, a 2016 benefit for the Burning Man sculpture “Space Whale.” The sculpture was built at the Sparks artists’ co-op the Generator by a group of artists called the Pier Group. The show on July 20 is a similar benefit for the Pier Group’s newest project, a giant sculpture called “Head Maze.” “The story that I have been told was that Skrillex came across the Pier Group’s art at Burning Man, and he was very inspired by it and wanted to do something to help support their next project,” De La Rosa said. The Pier Group and its founder, Matt Schultz, have been responsible for several large, attention-grabbing sculptures at Burning Man over the past decade, including “The Space Whale,” and works like “The Pier” and “The Ship” in 2011 and 2012 respectively. According to its online fundraising profile on the site fundrazr.com, the planned “Head Maze” will be a 40-foot human head, containing a 4-story, 18-room
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Skrillex, a.k.a. Sonny Moore, will play a soldout show at Cargo Concert Hall to benefit a new Burning Man sculpture.
maze symbolizing “the complexities of cognition, our common struggle between body and mind, nature and nurture, and our persistently fluctuating perception of self.” “The Skrillex team, reached out to Steve [Emmerich] and also to Matt [Schultz], I believe at the same time, with the intent of hosting a concert to benefit Burning Man art projects here locally,” De La Rosa said. Skrillex is one of a few celebrity musicians with a well-documented presence at Burning Man, often playing impromptu shows at large camps, or wandering the playa interacting with Burners. His relationship with Burning Man, and the Pier Group’s work specifically, goes back to at least 2014, when he was reportedly impressed by “Embrace” a 72-foot wooden sculpture of two human figures locked in each other’s arms. “I personally have actually seen Skrillex perform at Burning Man many times,” De La Rosa said. “He really embodied a lot of that Burning Man spirit, as far as, he goes out there and just shares his art with people, which is really special. And if you’ve seen any of those sets on the playa, you never really know what you’re going to get. The fact that he wants to come back really says, I think, a lot about his inspiration from the past event and, apparently, also his inspiration from Reno.” De La Rosa said the details of the show this weekend are being kept quiet by Skrillex’s management, but that they have promised the crowd a few “surprises” which may or may not be announced ahead of time. If you missed out on tickets, Reno fans can see Skrillex next Friday, and every Friday this summer, with the additional cost of a ticket to Vegas, where he will continue his residency at the KAOS nightclub throughout September. □
Skrillex will play at Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St., on July 20 at 8 p.m.
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Karaoke, 9pm, no cover
Dance party, 10pm, $5
Dance party, 10pm, $5
Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover
Sneaky Creatures, 8:30pm, no cover
Só Sol, 9pm, no cover
Pink Awful/Steakfry, 9pm, no cover
Open Mic Night, 7:30pm, M, no cover Trivia Night, 7pm, W, no cover
All you can drink, 10pm, $10
5 Star Saloon
alIBI alE WorKS
214 W. Commercial Row, (775) 813-6689 132 West St., (775) 329-2878 10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029
The Appleseed Cast
Bar oF aMErICa
10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626
Live music, 5pm, no cover
555 E. Fourth St., (775) 499-5549
CarGo ConCErt Hall
J Boog, Siaosi, 8:30pm, $22
A Benefit for the HeadMaze Project with Skrillex, 8pm, $44.95
CEol IrISH puB
Cole Adams, 9pm, no cover
The Coney Dogs, 9pm, no cover
255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400
Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Tommy Savitt, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Jackson Perdue, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Jimmy Shubert, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Justin Rupple, 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: Justin Rupple, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15, Fri, 9pm, $15-$22, Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$22; Meet & greet with Justin Rupple, Sat, 3pm, $15-$20 (all ages); Comedy Collective, Fri, 6:30pm, $10-$15
538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558
Jacob Westfall & Taylor Shelton, 6pm, no cover
Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover
10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917
DEaD rInGEr analoG Bar FaCES nV
Karaoke with Gina G, 9pm, no cover
Fat Cat Bar & GrIll
Karaoke Night, 9pm, no cover
GrEat BaSIn BrEWInG Co.
Kanekoa, 6pm, no cover
599 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; (530) 583-3355 846 Victorian Ave., Sparks; (775) 355-7711
tHE HollanD projECt 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500
Post shows online by registerin g at www.newsr eview. com/reno. D eadline is the Frida y before public ation.
Ward Davis, Clint Park, 8;30pm, $15-$20 Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover Sadie Tucker, 6pm, W, no cover
Sunday Jazz Church with Reno Jazz Syndicate, 1pm, no cover
The Inciters, 8pm, $TBA
432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431
239 W. Second St., (775) 470-8590
Sounds of the City, 5pm, no cover
1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050
July, 24, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500
Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, no cover Drag Queen Bingo, 8pm, W, no cover Panda, 8:30pm, no cover
Trivia Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover
Mel & Gia, 7pm, no cover Up High! with Ronique XXX, 8:30pm, $5
Vansire, BOYO, Stirr Lightly, 8pm, $10-$12
It Looks Sad, M, 8pm, $8-$10 The Appleseed Cast, 8pm, W, $12
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71 S. Wells Ave., (775) 384-1652 1) Showroom 2) Bar Room
1) Quality of Life fundraiser, 9pm, $10
2) MCD, Verbal Abuse, Round Eye, 9pm, $8
2) Donkey Jaw, Kids on Fire, The Lousekateers, 8pm, $5
1) Twiztid, 6:30pm, M, $20 2) Teenage Bottlerocket, 8pm, M, $12
LIVING THE GOOD LIFE NIGHTCLUB
CHS Class of ’79 Reunion with One Way Street, 6pm, no cover
JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR
1480 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 841-4663
1021 Heavenly Village Way, S. L. Tahoe, (530) 523-8024
Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47
Magic Fusion, 7pm, $22-$47 Magic After Dark, 9pm, $32-$47
Live Jazz Jam Wednesdays, 7:30pm, W, no cover
Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47 Magic After Dark, 11pm, $32-$47
Magic Fusion, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9pm, $22-$47
THE LOVING CUP
Magic Fusion, 7pm, 9pm, M, Tu, W, $22-$47 Motown on Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover
188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480
MIDTOwN wINE BAR
DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover
1527 S. Virginia St., (775) 800-1960
Arizona Jones, 8:30pm, no cover
Banda Renovacion, Banda San Miguel, 9pm, $TBA
PIGNIC PUB & PATIO
Broken In Stereo, Miranda Rose, 8pm, no cover
2100 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 507-1626 235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948
Só Sol, 6pm, no cover
Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Jason King, 6pm, W, no cover
DJ EthiK, 10pm, no cover
DJ Trivia, M, 7:30pm, no cover Chris Lord, 6pm, W, no cover,
THE POLO LOUNGE
Basement Tapes July, 18, 8:30 p.m. Shea’s Tavern 715 S. Virginia St. 786-4774
DG Kicks, 8pm, Tu, no cover
1559 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-8864
Live acoustic music, 6pm, no cover
Fea, Bruiser Queen, 8pm, $10
1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 384-6526 761 S. Virginia St., (775) 221-7451
VIRGINIA STREET BREwHOUSE
Super Diamond—The Neil Diamond Tribute, 8pm, $22
211 N. Virginia St., (775) 433-1090
DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover
Elderly Abuse, Drinking Machine Guns, Throw, Three Peligros, 9:30pm, $5-$6
Trivia Night hosted by Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover
Northern Nevada’s Devastation in the Desert, 4:30pm, $10
Jason Boland & The Stragglers, 8pm, $18
wHISkEy DICk’S SALOON
Tyler Stafford, 6:30pm, no cover
17 S. Virginia St., (775) 284-7455
The Dead South The Dead South, 6pm, M, $TBA Jason Eady, 8pm, W, $12 PorterHaus Music, Alex & Bob, 9pm, W, $5
2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3425
wILD RIVER GRILLE
DJ Bingo, 7pm, W, no cover
Robert DeLong, Gothic Tropic, 9pm, $15
The Saturday Knights, The Rebel Set, Basement Tapes, 8:30pm, $5-$6
715 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-4774
TEMPO, 9pm, no cover
Alex “Muddy” Smith, 6:30pm, no cover
Krystal Paul Duo, 6:30pm, no cover
Tristan Selzler, 2pm, no cover Tany Jane, 6pm, no cover
July 22, 6 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090
Moon Gravy, 6:30pm, M, no cover Brother Dan, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Tyler Stafford, 6:30pm, W, no cover
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3650 Lakeside dr. • (775)826.4466 open 5am-9pm • 7 days a week breakfast • Lunch • dinner • Party Platters
ATLANTIS CASINO reSOrT SPA
ROCK RIVER: Sun, 7/21, Mon, 7/22, 6pm, no
3800 S. Virginia St., (775) 825-4700
DENVER SAUNDERS DUO: Tue, 7/23, Wed, 7/24,
CIrCUS CIrCUS reNO
2500 e. SeCond St., (775) 789-2000
500 n. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711
BRIDGET MARIE BAND: Thu, 7/18, 8pm, Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 4pm, no cover
COOK BOOK: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 10pm, Sun, 7/21, 8pm, no cover
KICK: Mon, 7/22, Tue, 7/23, Wed, 7/24, 8pm, no cover
The comedy legends return to the Grand Sierra Resort as part of their new tour “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.” The duo will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their iconic careers, most memorable encounters and their lives in show business. They will be joined onstage by bluegrass band Della Mae, banjo player Alison Brown and pianist Jeff Babko. The show begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19, in the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St. Tickets are $85$150. Call 789-2000 or visit www.grandsierraresort.com.
SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 7/19, 10pm, no cover
2100 garSon rd., Verdi, (775) 345-6000
CrySTAL BAy CASINO
NEW WAVE CRAVE: Fri, 7/19, 10pm, no cover THE LOOK: Sat, 7/20, 10pm, no cover BOB GARDNER: Sun, 7/21, 5pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 7/22, 6pm, no cover JASON KING: Tue, 7/23, 6pm, no cover RAT PACK EVENTS: Wed, 7/24, 6pm, no cover
7/20, 10pm, no cover
SOUNDWAVE: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 9pm, no cover
GrAND SIerrA reSOrT BOYZ II MEN: Sun, 7/21, 8pm, $45-$105
leX nigHtClub THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH DJ SWERVE-1: Thu, 7/11, 6pm, no cover
LEX FRIDAYS: Fri, 7/19, 10pm, $20 LEX’S FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY HOSTED BY MACHINE GUN KELLY: Sat, 7/20, 9pm, $30
CryStal lounge THE ACT: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 7pm, no cover
HArD rOCK LAKe TAHOe
PETTY THEFT—A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: Fri, 7/19, 9pm, $20-$23 TAINTED LOVE: Sat, 7/20, 9pm, $25 REEL BIG FISH WITH BOWLING FOR SOUP & MEST: Wed, 7/24, 8pm, $27-$32.50
eLDOrADO reSOrT CASINO
1627 Hwy. 395, Minden, (775) 782-9711
345 n. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700
RECKLESS ENVY: Thu, 7/18, 7pm, Fri, 7/19, Sat,
Sun, 7/21, 5pm, Tue, 7/23, Wed, 7/24, 7pm, $39.95-$59.95
14 HigHway 28, CryStal bay, (775) 833-6333
CArSON VALLey INN
7/20, 8pm, no cover
el Jefe’S Cantina
BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTeL
STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT
6pm, no cover
REVEL SATURDAYS WITH DJ CHRIS ENGLISH: Sat,
BROTHER DAN: Thu, 7/18, 6pm, no cover THE STARLITERS: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 5pm,
THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 7/18, 7pm, Fri, 7/19, 8:30pm, Sat, 7/20, 5pm & 8:30pm,
INFINITY SUNDAYS AT THE POOL: Sun, 7/21, 11am, $20, no cover for locals before noon
50 HigHway 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625 Center bar DJ SET: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 9pm, no cover
Post shows online by registering at www.newsreview.com/reno. Deadline is the Friday before publication.
HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE 18 HigHway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611 OUtDOOR aRena MIRANDA LAMBERT: Thu, 7/18, 7:30pm, $69.50-$149.50
HaRVeyS CaBaRet JOHN CAPONERA WITH BILLY BONNELL: Thu, 7/18, Fri, 7/19, 9pm, $25, Sat, 7/20, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 7/21, 9pm, $25
LAURIE KILMARTIN WITH RICK D’ELIA: Wed, 7/24, 9pm, $25
Reel Big Fish
HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HigHway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 SOUtH SHORe ROOM MASTERS OF ILLUSION: Thu, 7/18, Fri, 7/19, Sat,
July 24, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay 833-6333
THE VEGAS ROAD SHOW: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 9pm, no cover
2707 S. ViRginia St., (775) 826-2121
5 HigHway 28, Stateline, (775) 833-6731
teRRaCe lOUnge JOHNZO WEST & THE WAYWARD SOULS: Thu, 7/18, 7pm, Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 8pm, no cover
MILTON MERLOS: Sun, 7/22, Mon, 7/22, Tue, 7/23,
LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 7/19, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm
55 HigHway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-3515
345 n. aRlingtOn aVe., (775) 348-2200
HINDER: Wed, 7/24, 8pm, $20
SANdS REGENCY POOl 6:30pm, no cover
NUGGET CASINO RESORT
219 n. CenteR St., (775) 786-3232
1100 nUgget aVe., SPaRkS, (775) 3563300
SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO
THE GREAT AMERICAN VARIETY SHOW: Thu, 7/18,
ROBERT CRAY: Fri, 7/19, 8pm, $55-$90
TUESDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH THE BUDDY EMMER BAND: Tue, 7/23, 8pm, no cover
tHe OUtDOOR PlaZa
Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 7:30pm, $26-$37
THE BREAKFAST KLUB: Sat, 7/20, 8pm, no cover
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
CHERIE SHIPLEY WITH POWER UP: Sun, 7/21, JACK RUDESILL WITH THE JOKERS WILD: Wed,
CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 8pm, no cover
DJ METRO: Sat, 7/20, 10pm, $20
Wed, 7/24, 6pm, no cover
MONTBLEU RESORT, CASINO & SPA
CaSinO CenteR Stage
7/20, Sun, 7/21, Mon, 7/22, 8pm, $24-$45
PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO
7/24, 6pm, no cover
407 n. ViRginia St., (775) 325-7401 RUM BUlliOnS DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 7/19, Sat, 7/20, 9pm, no cover
SilVeR BaROn lOUnge
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
DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 7/18, Sun, 7/21, 9pm, no cover
FOR THE WEEK OF july 18, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. legend of Medusa using a variety of media, including performance art, dance, music, painting, photography and digital media. Many local Northern Nevada artists and some from outside the area are participating. The reception is on July 19, 8-10 pm Artist events on July 20, 8pm-10pm. Thu, 7/18-Sun 7/21, 9am10pm. Free. The Morris Burner Hostel, 400 E. Fourth St., (775) 233-6608.
MOVIES IN THE PARK: The Artown series continues with a screening of the 1999 comedy Office Space, starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, David Herman, Ajay Naidu and Diedrich Bader. Fri, 7/19, 9m. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 476-2793, artown.com.
NEVADA HUMANITIES SALON—POETRY OF A SONG: Moderated by Britt Curtis,
RENO GARLIC FEST
Ditch the mints and go all-out garlic breath at the annual festival dedicated to the aromatic (or pungent, depending on your nose) bulb. The family-friendly event celebrates local agriculture and encourages backyard gardening in Northern Nevada. Feast on garlicky food prepared by local food trucks and food artisans, meet local farmers, and learn how to grow garlic in your garden. The day’s festivities includes kids’ activities, live music, a chalk mural created on site by Nathaniel Benjamin and garlic-themed products for sale. The event takes place from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Pat Baker Park, 1910 Bishop Street. Call 843-9543 or visit www.facebook.com/RenoGarlicFest.
EVENTS 3RD THURSDAY: Third Thursday is a combination of two downtown summer events featuring the best of 39 North Marketplace and the best of Last Fridays. This event highlights art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. Thu, 7/18, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764-794 Victorian Ave., Sparks, www.39northdowntown.com.
ART ON 4TH: Take a walking tour of the small business community now calling East Fourth Street home. Enjoy art, live music, beer and food, and meet the local maker community. Thu, 7/18, 4pm. Free. Black Rabbit Meadery, 401 E. Fourth St., (775) 379-6393, artown.org.
BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP: Northern Nevada’s only PGA Tour event, the tournament is one of 47 full-field stops during the PGA Tour season and is part of the FedEx Cup series. The event is also the only one offering Modified Stableford playing format, which encourages the pros to shoot for the pin, creating more excitement for spectators. Mon, 7/22-Wed, 7/24. $27.25-$202.25. Montrêux Golf & Country Club, 18077 Bordeaux Drive, (775) 322-3900, barracudachampionship.com.
DRESSING FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER—GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND HER CLOTHES: Art historian and Georgia O’ Keeffe: Living Modern guest curator Wanda M. Corn will
explore the way O’Keeffe used her distinctive taste in clothes to model for photographers, creating a public persona for O’Keeffe that still dominates the American imagination today. Sat, 7/20, 11am. $5-$15. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
EVENINGS ON THE RANCH: Bring a blanket or a low back lawn chair and enjoy live performers every Wednesday evening in July. This week, Loren Jahn and Jack Hursh will talk about Truckee Meadows history. Wed, 7/24, 7pm. Free. Located behind the Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 828-6612, www.washoecounty.us.
FEED THE CAMEL: Local food trucks convene under the Keystone Bridge, serving unique specialties, along with local beer every Wednesday evening through Aug. 29. Wed, 7/24, 5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, www.facebook.com/feedthecamel.
GALENA CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS: Representatives from the Nevada Department of Agriculture will talk about forest moths. Arrive before the program at 8pm for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast. Fri, 7/19, 8:30pm. $4 requested donation. Galena Creek Regional Park, 18250 Mt. Rose Highway, (775) 849-2511, www.washoecounty.us.
THE MEDUSA SHOW: This themed art show features a dozen or so local and regional artists focusing on the topic of the
director of The Holland Project, Nevada Humanities welcomes poets, writers and musicians to talk about songwriting and the written word. Fri, 7/19, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www. sundancebookstore.com.
OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES AT SQUAW VALLEY: Snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. All movies start at 8:30pm, weather permitting. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. This week’s film is the Incredibles 2 (PG). Thu, 7/18, 8:30pm. Free. The Village at Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.
PEACH O’RENO: Artemisia MovieHouse presents this 1931 Pre-Code comedy film starring the comedy duo Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey and actresses Dorothy Lee and Zelma O’Neal. Sun, 7/21, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre, 124 W. Taylor St., artemisiamovies. weebly.com.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays the El Paso Chihuahuas. Thu, 7/18, 7:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 334-7000, www. milb.com/reno.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays the Fresno Grizzlies. Fri, 7/19-Sat, 20, 7:05pm; Sun, 7/21, 1:05pm. $10$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 334-7000, www.milb.com/reno.
RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball
team plays the Tacoma Rainiers. Tue, 7/23-Wed, 7/24, 7:05pm. $10-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, (775) 3347000, www.milb.com/reno.
RENO BASQUE FESTIVAL: The 52nd annual festival celebrates Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing and activities. Watch weight-lifting and wood-chopping exhibitions. Children can enter a bota-drinking event. Listen to improvisational poetry in the Basque’s ancient language of Euskera. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Vendor booths will offer Basque souvenirs. The event is hosted by the Zazpiak Bat
Basque Reno club. Sat, 7/20, 9am-6pm. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 762-3577, artown.org.
WANDERLUST—SQUAW VALLEY: The world-
RENO STREET FOOD—FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: The weekly food truck events features over 30 rotating gourmet food, craft dessert, beer, wine and mixed drink vendors. Enjoy live music, free parking, a large playground and train rides for the kids. The event takes place every Friday night through Sept. 27. Fri, 7/19, 4-9pm. Free. Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive, (775) (775) 825-2665, www.facebook.com/ RenoStreetFood.
SHAUN GRIFFIN READING AND SIGNING: The award-winning author will read from and sign his new book of essays Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me. Thu, 7/18, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www. sundancebookstore.com.
famous festival offers a weekend of wellness and rejuvenation set among the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event features renowned yoga instructors, activities like SUP yoga and silent disco, concerts, inspiring speakers and healthy fare. Thu, 7/18,-Sun, 7/21, 8am. $121.08$416.08. The Village at Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, wanderlustsquaw.com.
WHEELED FOOD WEDNESDAYS: Brewery Arts Center hosts food trucks every Wednesday through Sept. 19. Ther weekly event includes kids activities and live performances. Wed, 7/24, 5:30pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St, Carson City, (775) 883-1976, www. facebook.com/Breweryartscenter.
SUMMER VIBES: Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with some of Nevada’s most well-respected product manufacturers, state licensed cultivators and master growers with over 60 vendors rotating throughout the series. Programming will vary each week with different areas of focus. Summer Vibes runs every Saturday through Sept. 28. Consumption of cannabis is prohibited on event grounds. Sat, 7/20, 4pm. Free. Summer Vibes Festival Grounds, 1605 E. Second St., (775) 4701930, www.summervibesreno.com.
ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE: Carson Valley Community Theater presents Ted Swindley’s musical play based on the true story of country singer Patsy Cline’s friendship with her fan Louise Seger. Louise narrates the story of how she met Patsy and the friendship that continued throughout Patsy’s short life and career. Fri, 7/19-Sat, 7/20, 7:30pm; Sun, 7/21, 2pm. $20-$25. CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, (775) 843-3493, carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org.
CATTLE MUTILATION—THE MUSICAL:
TAHOE CITY HISTORIC WALKING TOUR: Lake Tahoe’s colorful history will unfold in fun stories and legends about the people who have called Lake Tahoe home. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Wed, 7/24, 10am. Free. Meet outside Blue Agave Restaurant, 425 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 426-2334, MountainTownTours.wordpress.com.
TAHOE STAR TOURS: Led by amateur astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen, each tour of the night sky includes a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and telescopic view of the constellations through high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes. Thu 7/18, 8pm, Sat 7/20, 8pm. $25-$45. Northstar Cosmoarium, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.tahoestartours.com.
TASTE OF DOWNTOWN: Sample dishes
Puppeteers for Fears present this quintessentially NW story of the generational divide, UFO sightings and the search for Bigfoot. But with puppets. After a rash of cattle mutilations hits their small Oregon town, a rancher and his son set off into the woods to find the beast they’re sure is responsible: Bigfoot. Instead they find themselves in the middle of an intergalactic family dispute with potentially deadly consequences. Written by Josh Gross, directed by Katy Curtis, and with live music performed by Derek Deon and the Vaughns. Attendees should be aware that though this is a puppet show, it is not a children’s show. The material is R-rated, and children should be brought to matinees only at a parent’s discretion. Wed, 7/24, 8pm. $10-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.
CONCERTS AT COMMONS BEACH—ORGONE:
from over 40 Carson City restaurants spanning several city blocks and listen to performances by live bands along the way. All proceeds benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence. Sat, 7/20, 5:30pm. $45-$50. Various locations in downtown Carson City, www. tasteofdowntowncarson.com.
The funk and soul band performs. Sun,
7/21, 4pm. Free. Commons Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, concertsatcommonsbeach.com.
TRUCKEE THURSDAYS SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL: The 12th annual street party features live music, a food court, artisan vendors, merchant and community displays, children’s activities and a beer garden. The event takes place every Thursday through Aug. 29. Thu, 7/18, 5pm. Free. Various location in Historic Downtown Truckee, www. truckeethursdays.com.
Christian Takes Gun Parrish, known professionally as Supaman, founded the Native American hip-hop group Rezawrecktion and has released four solo albums. In his hit track, “Prayer Loop Song,” Supaman uses various instruments, including the drum and the ute, all while beatboxing, rapping and remixing different Native tracks. Wed, 7/24, 7:30pm. Free. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., (775) 322-1538, artown.org.
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by AMY ALKON
Meme girls I keep reading about how detrimental social media usage is, with people avoiding face-to-face interaction and feeling inferior when they see everyone else looking gorgeous and having fabulous lives. Would you recommend taking regular breaks from social media? Social media is often seen as Satan with cat memes. It gets blamed for everything from eating disorders to the decline in the bee population. But consider that how a person uses social media can shape how it affects them. Psychologist Sarah M. Hanley and her colleagues note that there are two different kinds of social media users: active and passive. Active social media users create content and communicate with others. Passive users browse newsfeeds and posts without commenting. They’re basically read-only info consumers. For both active and passive users, taking a vacation from social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram is a thing lately—the digital version of cutting out sugar (at least temporarily). But is it actually a good thing? Hanley and her colleagues blocked research participants’ access to social media sites for a week. They figured this would benefit passive users—the silent observers—giving them a break from the noxious barrage of how rich, beautiful and successful everyone else seems to be. In fact, passive users’ well-being wasn’t really affected positively or negatively during their social media exile. However, active users ended up being kind of bummed (or, in researcher terms, they had diminished “positive affect”—a decrease in positive, pleasant moods and feelings). This makes sense, because using these sites in an engaged way can be a positive thing, increasing social connection. So when active users pull the plug on their social media, they separate themselves not only from the negatives but also from the social and emotional benefits of engaging with others. In short, social media is a tool— same as an ax, which you can use to cut wood for a lovely campfire or to chase terrified teenagers through the forest. You can choose to take a healthy approach to social
media—be an active participant instead of a passive one by posting stuff or at least participating in conversations, even in small ways.
Hint julep My newly divorced business colleague keeps asking for my hot friends’ phone numbers. I think this is highly inappropriate. If things go badly, I’m stuck in the middle! I keep hinting that I don’t think it’s cool for him to put me in this position, but he doesn’t seem to be getting the message. Help. In such cases, there is a way to get your message across, and it’s by directly expressing it—in words. This is not exactly a mystery of the universe I’m revealing here. But like many women, you probably have a tendency to default to hinting and hoping for compliance. This looks like a flaw in female psychology—until you hold it up to an evolutionary lens, as the late psychologist Anne Campbell did in looking at sex differences in assertiveness. Campbell explained that being direct—unambiguously stating what you want—can make another person angry and lead them to retaliate, possibly physically. A woman who is physically harmed might not be able to get pregnant or fulfill her role as her children’s primary caretaker, making her a genetic dead end. So, women especially have been driven to protect themselves and their reproductive parts. Campbell believes this led to the evolution of female indirectness—not as flaw, but as a feature. The thing is, the evolved emotions driving this behavior aren’t your master and you don’t have to obey them. You simply have to be willing to pay the price of rebelling—feeling a little uncomfortable when you draw outside the evolved emotional lines. This just takes telling the guy “no mas.” He’s free to look up friends of yours on social media and contact them there if he wants, but he needs to stop asking you for their numbers. Ω
Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): An Aries reader sent me a boisterous email. “I was afraid I was getting too bogged down by my duties,” he said, “too hypnotized by routine, too serious about my problems. So I took drastic action.” He then described the ways he broke out of his slump. Here’s an excerpt: “I gave laughing lessons to a cat. I ate a spider. I conducted a sneezing contest. I smashed an alarm clock with a hammer. Whenever an elderly woman walked by, I called out ‘Hail to the Queen!’ and did a backflip. I gave names to my spoon (Hortense), the table (Beatrice), a fly that was buzzing around (Fallon), and a toothpick (Arturo).” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’d be wise to stage a comparable uprising.
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restless people who seethe with confused desires they don’t understand. Fueled by such unfathomable urges, they are driven in unknown directions to accomplish fuzzy goals. They may be obsessed in ways that make them appear to be highly focused, but the objects of their obsession are impossible to attain or unite with. Those objects don’t truly exist! I have described this phenomenon in detail because the coming months will offer you all the help and support you could ever need to make sure you’re forever free of any inclination to be like that.
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asked you to tell me who you truly are? I wouldn’t want to hear so much about your titles and awards. I’d be curious about your sacred mysteries, not your literal history. I’d want to know the treasured secrets you talk about with yourself before you fall asleep. I’d ask you to sing the songs you love and describe the allies who make you feel real. I’d urge you to riff on the future possibilities that both scare you and thrill you. What else? What are some other ways you might show me core truths about your irrepressible soul? Now is a good time to meditate on these riddles.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Isaac Asimov wrote a science fiction story about a physicist who masters time travel and summons William Shakespeare into the present time. The Bard enrolls in a night school class about his own plays—and proceeds to flunk the course. Modern ideas and modes of discourse are simply too disorienting to him. He is unable to grasp the theories that centuries’ worth of critics have developed about his work. With this as a cautionary tale, I invite you to time-travel not four centuries into the future, but just 10 years. From that vantage point, look back at the life you’re living now. How would you evaluate and understand it? Do you have any constructive criticism to offer? Any insights that could help you plan better for your long-term future?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to buy yourself toys, change your image for no rational reason, and indulge in an interesting pleasure that you have been denying yourself for no good reason. In addition, I hope you will engage in at least two heart-to-heart talks with yourself, preferably using funny voices and comical body language. You could also align yourself gracefully with cosmic rhythms by dancing more than usual, and by goofing off more than usual, and by wandering in the wilderness and seeking to recapture your lost innocence more than usual.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Although you’ll never find an
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“buy” my ideas. The moral of the story: Everyone, even the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, is selling something. I hope that what I’m saying here purges any reluctance you might have about presenting yourself and your ideas in the most favorable light. It’s high time for you to hone your sales pitch; to explain why your approach to life is so wise; to be a forceful spokesperson and role model for the values you hold dear.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are growing almost too fast, but that won’t necessarily be a problem—as long as you don’t expect everyone around you to grow as fast as you. I suspect that you also know almost too much—but I don’t anticipate that will spawn envy and resistance as long as you cultivate a bit of humility. I have an additional duty to report that you’re on the verge of being too attractive for your own good—although you have not yet actually reached the tipping point, so maybe your hyper-attractiveness will serve you rather than undermine you. In conclusion, I invite you to celebrate your abundance, but don’t flaunt it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The snow leopards of Central Asia crave a lot of room to wander. Zoologists say that each male prefers its territory to be about 84 square miles, and each female likes to have 44 square miles. I don’t think you’ll require quite that vast a turf in the coming weeks. But on the other hand, it will be important not to underestimate the spaciousness you’ll need in order to thrive. Give yourself permission to be expansive.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I want to do things so wild with you that I don’t know how to say them.” Author Anaïs Nin wrote that in a letter to her Capricorn lover Henry Miller. Is there anyone you could or should or want to say something like that? If your answer is yes, now is a good time to be so candid and bold. If the answer is no, now would be a good time to scout around for a person to whom you could or should or want to say such a thing. And if you’d like to throw in a bit more enticement, here’s another seductive lyric from Nin: “Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Did you hear the story about the California mom who started a series of forest fires so as to boost her son’s career as a firefighter? She is an apt role model for behavior you should diligently avoid in the coming weeks. It’s unwise and unprofitable for you and yours to stir up a certain kind of trouble simply because it’s trouble that you and yours have become skilled at solving. So how should you use your problemsolving energy, which I suspect will be at a peak? I suggest you go hunting for some very interesting and potentially productive trouble that you haven’t wrangled with before—some rousing challenge that will make you even smarter than you already are.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The heroine of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is curious,
adventurous and brave. First she follows a welldressed rabbit down a rabbit hole into an alternate universe. Later she slips through a mirror into yet another parallel reality. Both times, with great composure, she navigates her way through many odd, paranormal and unpredictable events. She enjoys herself immensely as she deals with a series of unusual characters and unfamiliar situations. I’m going to speculate that Alice is a Pisces. Are you ready for your very own Alice in Wonderland phase? Here it comes!
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Stacy Kinion is a Program Coordinator at Northern Nevada International Center.
You recently concluded another session of the Algerian Youth Leadership Program. How would you rate the individual session, as well as how far the program has come, now in its 11th year? This was the first time since I’ve been here that we worked [together] with American kids, and I think that that added a lot to the program. I mean … the overarching goal is for different cultures to meet and to be able to break down stereotypes. And I think that really goes a lot better when there’s American youth. So, in that regard, I think the program went really well this year. And in terms of us being in our 11th year, we’ve learned so much more about the culture … understanding the country a lot better, the intricacies of it. … It’s gotten better every year, and I think we’re able to serve the kids more every year as we understand their context better.
In terms of the bigger goals of trying to foster better relationships between countries—how impactful do you think this program has been toward that? The more Americans come in contact with the kids, the better. So, for this year, having American participants and American host families … there
was more exposure to Americans. So, this year, I feel that it was particularly effective. Over the last decade, I would say that the Algerian people, through dissemination do have a much better idea of the U.S. and its culture. Unfortunately, the duration of the program means that they don’t get full exposure to American culture, obviously. The thing that is [often] said is ‘they’re just teenagers.’ I think that surprises people. They think that there’s going to be a different ideology or they are going to be very fundamentalist [but] no matter their degree of religious beliefs, they’re all just teenagers and that comes through no matter what.
Spending a lot of time with teenagers can be an emotional roller coaster. What was your favorite moment, and on the flip side, your most awkward moment?
I don’t know that there was anything awkward this year. … But you did say my favorite moment. … I definitely have that. So, one of the participants … her glasses were destroyed, and I had to take her to an optometrist. … She was, first of all, very surprised at the, I guess, the quality and quantity of testing mechanisms that we have in the U.S. So, she went through the whole eye exam, which the optometrist did for free because we had called and explained the situation. When she got her glasses, she put them on and just started sobbing because she had never seen before, that well. … So, she put these glasses on and just was overwhelmed … like, “Oh, my gosh, is this what the world looks like? Is this what you guys see all the time?” And she had just never seen … leaves on trees and the nuance in the clouds. So, that afternoon, driving her around and her noticing these things that she never even knew looked like that or possibly even existed, was insane. That was definitely the coolest experience, I think that I’ve had, in all the four years I’ve done it. And just the kindness of the doctor as well.
So, do you think this cultural exchange model can work with places where the U.S. has more tense relationships? Absolutely, yeah. And we do have an Iraqi youth program. [NNIC] doesn’t run it but the United States. There is an Iraqi youth program, a Russian youth program. I have heard about Palestinian and Israeli youth programs. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
An unexplained death What happened in Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Friday, July 12 was pretty doggone storybook crazy. It was the baseball club’s first home game since the death of their beloved teammate Tyler Skaggs in Dallas the week before, and the team, quite cornily, went out and beat Seattle 13-0 and—oh, yeah—didn’t allow the Mariners a hit. Whoa. You got your 13 to zippo no-hitter to say good-bye to Tyler, and there’s no way that script ever gets written for a movie because it’s Total Toxic Corn. But when it actually happens in real life, it turns out to not be some hypergroaner, but way real, way special. and just kinda neat. I mean, Tyler’s mom got up there for the ceremonial first pitch, and she threw a killer strike and it perfectly kicked off what turned to be an awesome emotionally powerful night and—I still wanna know why this guy died.
I mean, a 27 year-old professional athlete goes to bed one night and doesn’t wake up, and we’re not supposed to wonder why the heck this guy goes toe-tag? There’s not a peep of info available on cause of death—nada. Not one word as to why this ultra-healthy young man mysteriously expired. That’s kind of weird. So if it’s up to us to fill in the blanks, fine. Leading off, you gotta roll with some kind of meds accident, Heath Ledger-style. Right? The standard guess, which is correct 90 percent of the time, points straight at opioids, maybe some oxy for a sore arm, combined with two too many beers, something like that? It wouldn’t be a surprise. The report comes out in—8 months? Say what? • This past Monday was a drag. And it was a gorgeous summer morning in the high desert! But there was no
escaping the ponderously heavy, incredibly ugly, nation-wide buzzkill stifling the United States with its dark vibe from sea to shining sea, courtesy of the Grand Dragon Imperial Wizard of the United States. Thanks for the massive bummer, Your Horribleness. (It was but three years ago that a reasonable, respectful, decent, intelligent man lived in the White House.) • “What is most striking about the Republican Party is the total abandonment of any pretense that kindness or compassion are admirable human qualities. Donald Trump has spend decades proving he sees these as weakness, and now, the GOP has eagerly embraced the same.” Stuart Stevens, a strategist for Romney, on how Republicans have quickly morphed into a sadopopulist horde of pitiful pugnacious Putin Punks. Ω