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Silver state Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. One of my favorite songwriters died this week. His name was David Berman, and he was the singer and songwriter of a band called Silver Jews, which released six near-perfect albums between 1989 and 2009. We’ve lost a few great songwriters in the last few years—like David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. David Berman wasn’t as well known as those canonical giants, but a dive into his discography demonstrates that maybe he should be. It’s hard to say, though. I’ve been a big Silver Jews fan since I discovered the band as a teenager in the mid ’90s, but they’re not the kind of a band that I’d play at parties. Not even the kind of band that I’d usually listen to with other people around. The songs are too intimate, too emotional. Members of ’90s indie slacker kings Pavement played on some of the early records, but the Silver Jews’ music doesn’t really fit neatly into the “indie rock” category. Berman’s clever lyrics are the stars of the songs, and his humor and pathos are almost more aligned with country music. He wrote a lot about sadness and depression, but with enough surreal wit and craft that the music never invokes that exploitative, voyeuristic feeling of enjoying somebody else’s mental health problems. Still, it’s tears-in-the-beer stuff. (One of my all-time favorite couplets, from the 1994 song “Trains Across the Sea”: “In 27 years, I’ve drunk fifty thousand beers/And they just wash against me, like the sea unto a pier.”) He was only 52, and his death was an apparent suicide. His new band, Purple Mountains, just released their debut album. It’s great, but sad. There’s a song called “All My Happiness Is Gone,” and a track called “I Loved Being My Mother’s Son” that I can’t get through without getting all choked up. I meet him once, at a poetry reading he did in the Bay Area several years ago. I have a copy of Actual Air, his excellent 1999 collection of poems, which he signed, “Brad from Reno, Thanks for bringing a little of the Silver State. David.”

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Suspicions Supposedly Epstein hanged himself, in a locked down prison where they take your shoelaces and no bed sheets! The autopsy is not ready for release. In the meantime—in a day or so when cries for release of the autopsy are increasing, there will be another eeeugggge crisis swamping all news coverage. Like the Mueller report, the Epstein autopsy will be forgotten. Blamed on the jail flunkies. Justice! Elizabeth Curry Carson City

Landmark I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law. The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, including the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon and the American alligator, and many more are on their way to recovery. But now, some members of Congress are trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil and gas industry. Protecting endangered species is important to me. We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards and protect imperiled wildlife and the special places they call home. Our senators must oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Kyle Johnson Auburn, California

Putin switches sides? As the Russian interference saga continues (“They’re at it as we speak”—Robert

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Mueller) it’s worth taking the time to analyze our opponent’s possible responses to our defensive strategies. Media and the population at large seem to have collectively decided that foreign interference will again benefit the current officeholder. There could be an alternate scenario at play. What if Putin grows weary of his lap dog on Pennsylvania Avenue and devises a new method to undercut our democracy? One that echoes previous interference but does not lead to the same result? Picture severe voting disruption, miscounts and other underhandedness that makes Florida 2000 look like a Rotary Club showing of hands. This time, however, Putin puts the Democrats over the top, purposely leaving an easy-tofollow trail of bread crumbs for all to see. Now imagine a right wing justifiably up in arms. Do you think Republicans, who exist in permanent attack mode as it is, would take a measured approach to uncover Russian sabotage? Or delay collusion and impeachment hearings “until all the facts are in”? Don’t make the mistake of believing the next attack on our democracy comes waltzing down the same path humming the same tune as the last one. This is not your father’s election meddling. The game is called “Seeds of Disruption,” and harvest season arrives in November 2020. Brad Small Reno

What guy? Corporate media has to love this guy. No need to pay reporters to cover bombing of civilians in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria etc. Nor report on fires in the Arctic or global warming, or children sexually abused in our concentration camps at $750 per kid per day. All they gotta do is analyse a few frequent foggy tweets, show old stock footage of poo poo head and Moscow Mitch, alarm us enough to get more

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By matt bieker

Best year for the Burn? ASKeD At the generAtor inc., 1240 icehouSe Ave., SpArKS.

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Next year. Or this year. Like they say, it changes all the time, and, like, “Last year was better, and the years before, and it’s changing a lot.” But, for me, everything changes and [Burning Man] is different every time.

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I went last year for the first time. ... It was magical. I got to ride on an 8 million dollar art car. I got to install my artwork. Lots of my friends and family were there, so I was well taken care of—not that I needed it. … I thought Inside the Mind of Da Vinci [2016] was a beautiful inspiration year.

By bob Fulkerson

The housing hardship On Aug. 6, the Reno Gazette Journal published an essay by lobbyi st Pat Cashill. It can be read at https://tinyurl. com/y5mj7bur. The RGJ declined to carry a competing view, so here is one. Pat Cashill is certainly correct that housing is a complex problem requiring multi-faceted solutions, but I’m disappointed in him and our city and state leaders for ignoring the role economic inequality plays in our housing crisis. Homelessness and the housing crisis are not a force of nature, but are created as a natural result of our economy the elite have rigged to benefit themselves. According to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, Reno was 26th most unequal city out of 900 metro areas, and Nevada was the fourth most unequal state. As the Nevada Current reported, “From 2009 to 2015, as the nation was recovering from the Great Recession, the top 1 percent in Nevada captured 81 percent of the state’s overall income growth—a higher percentage than in any other state during that period.” Cashill and our city council prefer to put their faith in the “free market,” where building more of more will magically bring down costs and solve the crisis. Our housing crisis will never be solved as long as we accept that people/ businesses like the union-busting Carano’s/Eldorado pay $7.9 million to their top executive ($3,819.25./hr) while their workers make an average of $26,000 per year. Our housing crisis will never be solved when Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Legislature, with the blessing of the city council, lure

billionaire corporations here with tax breaks, jacking up the cost of housing overnight and creating a situation where almost half the workers here can’t afford the rent. Apple, Switch, Google, Tesla are not paying a dime in taxes to help solve the housing and other infrastructure problems they helped create. Our housing crisis will never be solved as long as workers don’t make a living wage. We need a city council that will fight for increasing the minimum wage so workers can afford to live here, as Jenny Brekhus did in supporting Fight for $15. Our housing crisis will never be solved when so many Reno renters are trapped in a cycle of debt by predatory lenders. Ending the practice of charging an average of 652 percent interest is key to putting money back into the hands of workers. Our housing crisis will never be solved as long as cash bail means jail for the poor, causing them to lose their jobs and housing. Our housing crisis will never be solved in a state with the fifth most unfair tax system in the U.S., where poor and working class subsidize the wealthy who have rigged Nevada’s tax system for themselves. So, yes, Mr. Cashill, it is a complex problem. And it will only be solved by demanding and enacting solutions that will undoubtedly offend Reno and Nevada’s elites who have been robbing our communities since statehood.

Bob Fulkerson has been director of both Citizen Alert and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Steve green Geologist

There really isn’t a best year. They’re all different. They’re all unique. In the earlier years, it was smaller and more compact. Now it’s just bigger, and bigger brings all kinds of stuff with that.

AlySiA DynAmiK Artist

It’s hard to beat your first year, particularly if you’re someone who goes not having any idea what you’re getting into. ... My first year was 2010, and I lived in Philadelphia. … To say it was lifechanging is definitely—a lot of people say that, but I really mean it. I live in Reno now, clearly. JoSh Scot t Events manager

My first two years, I was granted tickets to go out there with my band and play. ... It’s a lot of work, traveling and taking your gear. ... The rest of the years I haven’t been involved with anything, and I just do my own thing. That’s pretty cool, but I’ve felt the lack of involvement.

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by SHEILA LESLIE

It’s the right time to discuss change Six days after two children and a young adult were murdered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, I texted my son-in-law to find out if his family and friends were safe after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso where 22 people died and dozens more were wounded. Within hours, nine more people were killed and 27 wounded in another shooting in Dayton, Ohio. It was a horrible week of mass murders in random public places at the hands of unstable young white men with hateful, radical views. Why do we continue to allow these angry young men to have access to weapons that slay our loved ones in mere seconds? While many of us would enact gun safety laws in an instant if we had the power, we instead watch helplessly on the sidelines as our politicians acquiesce to the gun lobby and those who insist their right to own weapons of war is more important than the people gunned down to fulfill some dark fantasy of a disturbed mind.

As the Ohio governor tried to comfort Dayton residents after the murders, his words were drowned out by frustrated and angry chants of “Do Something!” Republicans quickly blamed Democrats calling for gun reform for “politicizing” the tragedies and were quick to fault everyone but themselves for the slaughter. Ohio legislator Candice Keller blamed President Obama, video games, fatherlessness and “the breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage and drag queen advocates)” for the mass shootings. Nevada received much deserved criticism in regard to the Gilroy murders as the 19-year-old gunman purchased his AK-47-type assault rifle from Fallon firearms dealer Big Mike’s Guns and Ammo. The owner posted his anguish over the sale on social media, saying “We feel so very sorry for the families, I am heartbroken this could ever happen. ... I have always said we will sell to good people and have done everything we can to make

sure this happens. ... I would never ever sell any firearm to anyone who acted wrong or looks associated with any bad group like white power.” Apparently Big Mike’s system for separating good from evil wasn’t functioning that fateful day. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom was understandably furious at Nevada’s lax gun laws which allow the purchase of assault weapons by minors under 21. After visiting victims at the hospital, he told reporters “You can’t put borders up to a neighboring state where you can buy this damn stuff legally. ... I have no problem with the Second Amendment. You have a right to bear arms, but not weapons of goddamned mass destruction.” Nevada’s legislators did pass gun safety legislation this year (voter-approved universal background checks, a bump stock ban, stricter gun storage requirements, and a “red flag” law to allow a court to take away guns from an unstable person), but they could have done more to protect us. Legislators refused provisions

allowing local communities to enact stronger gun safety laws, caving to union leaders who claimed gun shows might take their business elsewhere. We should be so lucky. Sadly, Gov. Steve Sisolak quietly abandoned his own campaign promise to ban assault rifles, forgoing even the introduction of a bill, much less a concerted effort to pass it. In a state so eager to call special legislative sessions whenever a millionaire promises jobs in return for taxpayer-funded subsidies, there’s no excuse for shrugging off the reforms that are considered “too hard” or too contentious to debate. Nevada Democrats control state government. They should be leaders in banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. They should raise the minimum age for purchasing any firearm to 21. They should do these things now, in a special session, with a laser focus on preventing additional tragedies. Ω

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by Dennis Myers

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The value of gold is greater in Nevada than most states, because the Nevada Constitution caps the tax on it.

In 2017, the Nevada Legislature enacted a new law requiring the collection of corporate information that tracks insulin pricing (“Healthy legislature,” RN&R, June 15, 2017). Now the Nevada Independent has sued to try to pry that information loose from state government hands. The 2017 bill required insulin manufacturers to provide financial information, and drug lobbyists poured into the state to try to beat the bill. The original measure was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Yvanna Cancela and was killed by a veto by GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval. A weaker version of the bill was then revived under Republican sponsorship and approved by the governor. The Independent reported that it filed two requests under Nevada’s public records law “seeking copies of annual reports submitted by diabetes drug companies and the drug pricing middlemen who help sell them to the state under the bipartisan transparency legislation, which aimed at targeting skyrocketing diabetes drugs prices. … But the state has denied much of both requests on the grounds that such information is exempt from state public records law because of a federal trade secret law.”

nevada caucuses predIcted The San Jose Mercury News, having taken notice that Nevada’s politics are changing, has decided the reason is Golden Staters moving to the Silver State. In an article by Casey Tolan, the newspaper predicts a strong showing in the Nevada caucuses by Californian Kamala Harris as a result of this alleged takeover. The change has been underway for many years and has generally been attributed to the state’s large Latino vote and Republican efforts to HArris alienate that group. The state voted Democratic in presidential elections in 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2010, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Harry Reid easily won reelection over Republican Sharron Angle after she ran television spots portraying Latinos carrying weapons and appearing in police mug shots. The state now has two Democratic U.S. senators, and three out of four Democratic U.S. House members. Five out of six state government officers elected statewide are Democrats, and the Nevada Assembly is 29-13 Democratic, the Nevada Senate 13-8 Democratic. After poor Democratic turnout in 2014, Republicans swept the state in the party’s biggest win since 1890. The state reacted unhappily to the GOP’s subsequent performance in the legislature and returned Democrats to power in 2016. Hillary Clinton won contested Democratic presidential caucuses in 2008 and 2016. The caucus has now been converted into something more akin to a primary.

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Lost dollars Nevada lets gold royalties slip away with nevada legislative republicans and Democrats in court to determine whether a tax hike was legally enacted, large sums are going uncollected from the mining industry for lack of legal authority. Goldman Sachs is predicting the price of gold will hit $1,575 an ounce within three months and $1,600 in six months. Other predictions go higher. OilPrices.com suggests that Donald Trump’s foreign policy belligerence will “push gold up beyond $1,700.” Meanwhile, Nevada—the nation’s leading gold-producing state—is earning nothing from this boom. Nor will it for the foreseeable future. By the heartbreaking margin of six tenths of one percent, Nevadans in 2014 turned down an effort to repeal a 150-year old mining tax loophole in the Nevada Constitution and begin taxing mining like other industries. No one knows how much money the state has lost for the past 155 years in Nevada. But it likely dwarfs the funds that will be produced by the

extracted in this state, at a rate not to exceed 5 percent of the net proceeds. No other tax may be imposed upon a mineral or its proceeds until the identity of the proceeds as such is lost.” The sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 15, which became ballot Question Two of 2014, was Sheila Leslie, then a Washoe County senator and now an RN&R columnist. The measure, SJR 15, went through two different sessions of the Nevada Legislature, with two sets of hearings, being vetted thoroughly before it reached the ballot. Leslie said this week that lawmakers were outraged by what they heard in the hearings on the measure. While mining lobbyists tried to strangle the measure in legislative hallways and backrooms, the supporters of the measure wanted to keep a public spotlight on the resolution. “Without Steven Horsford in 2011, who was so incensed by what we found out in the hearings, it never would have passed the first time,” Leslie said.

Industry would benefIt!

Mining lobbyist Tim Crowley circulated an essay attacking Leslie herself: “She knows that despite mining providing only 1 percent of the modified business tax rate and the state’s workforce and 4.4 percent of motor vehicle technology fee at stake Nevada’s economic output, the industry in the litigation between Republicans contributes a disproportionately large and Democrats now in Carson City 8.3 percent of the general fund. District Court. Former state archivist Guy Louis Though Nevada’s Carlin Trend is Rocha responded: “Most other businot normally listed among the world’s nesses in Nevada don’t enjoy a constitop gold deposits, it is the biggest tutional buffer when it comes to producer within the United States. tax policy.” To tie everything together neatly, Once it made it all those nontaxable revenues through two legislaleave the state, because all “The tive sessions, the the large mining companies measure went environmental operating in Nevada on the ballot as degradation has are what the law calls a constitutional “foreign” corporations— continued unabated.” amendment. out-of-state companies, It was widely Sheila Leslie most headquartered in assumed that the Former Washoe senator Canada, one in Denver. measure would The loophole—which pass, given that it prohibits taxing the gross would tax out-of-state proceeds of mines—was adopted firms, and Nevada has by the 1864 Nevada Constitutional become skilled at such maneuvers. As Convention and reads, “The legislature a result, no one mounted a campaign in shall provide by law for a tax upon the support of the measure. And this was net proceeds of all minerals, includ2014, a year of legendary Democratic ing oil, gas and other hydrocarbons,


blahs. The party’s turnout at the polls was so weak that Republicans gained a whopping nine U.S. Senate seats and 13 U.S. House seats. Within Nevada, the GOP swept everything in sight, winning both houses of the legislature and all state offices elected statewide, a win that had not been experienced by Republicans since 1890. Even at that, the measure would have passed if there had been anything approaching normal Democratic turnout. Ballot Question Two won in Clark County. Everywhere else it lost. In small counties where the mining industry held sway, the ballot measure was trounced. In Elko County, home of the Carlin Trend workforce, the vote was 1,450 yes to 8,684 no. During the campaign the industry actually argued that the ballot measure would lower mining taxes! It still angers Leslie. “In 2014, the industry put forth absurd arguments that mining could actually be taxed less if the tax protections were taken out of the constitution, trying to obfuscate

the issue when anyone could plainly see how Nevada was being ripped off by multinational corporations who happily took their profits out of Nevada while tossing a few charitable contributions and lots of campaign cash to stall any thoughts of serious tax reform,” she said. “Meanwhile the environmental degradation has continued unabated and, in fact, aided by a state regulatory system that is clearly in mining’s back pocket.” At the 2015 legislature, with Republicans in control of everything, there naturally was no effort to revive the measure and get it back on the ballot (though in fact, Republican support for Leslie’s measure, particularly in Senate, had helped her get it passed). But once Democrats re-took control of the legislature, at both the 2017 and 2019 legislatures, lawmakers ignored any effort at bringing the resolution back to life. So instead, they are bogged down in court on another tax matter. Ω

Sculpture

The first four public art installations in the new Jacobs Entertainment-backed “Neon Line District” have been been erected along Fourth Street. The installations feature several large, mostly steel sculptures that were originally designed for Burning Man. Jacobs Entertainment has said that the pieces are part of the one billion dollar investment they’ve made in the surrounding area, and plan to change the sculptures every two years. This one, “Squared,” by artist Charles Gadeken, illuminates the northeast corner of the Sands Regency Casino Hotel lot, which was purchased by Jacobs in 2017 for $30 million. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER

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Volunteers from Slow Food Lake Tahoe with some of the demonstration garden’s produce, harvested every Monday and donated to the Project Mana food bank. COURTESY/SLOW FOOD LAKE TAHOE

Digging in Truckee Demonstration Garden It’s tucked away inside Truckee Regional Park on Brockway Road—behind the play area and the baseball field, closer to the river—but the Truckee Demonstration Garden is a hidden gem that features natural beauty and organic food, also receiving a big boost in popularity in recent years thanks to its efforts to work more in its community. “Part of our mission is to have this vibrant community space where someone can come sit and have lunch at our picnic tables, just something welcoming and beautiful,” said Katie Townsend-Merino, garden director and a board of directors member of Slow Food Lake Tahoe Townsend-Merino said the garden began about 20 years ago. While it has changed ownership from government to private to non-profit over the years, Slow Food has tended it since 2013. A lot of progress has been made on the demonstration garden, specifically in the last four years, Townsend-Merino said, including covered beds and a robust composting program in an area where the hot weather makes it difficult for that to take place. Coming up this weekend is one of the more popular features at the Truckee Demonstration Garden. The Community Dig In is an all-volunteer effort to do work on the 50-by-100 foot space, from planting to netting to rebuilding or touch ups on garden beds. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Saturday. The events draw everyone from novices to experienced

green thumbs, TownsendMerino said. “We have all the tools and gloves you need. I just tell people to bring water and a hat,” she said “I have jobs for 3-year-olds and jobs from 80-year-olds. We never run out of work for people.” Townsend-Merino also emphasized that it’s a dropin type of event. “Even if you can just stay for a half-hour come on down,” she said. Slow Food is also going to host a garden party and community picnic in its garden from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. “One reason we’re doing the garden party is to say thank you,” Townsend-Merino said. “We really wouldn’t be here without the large number of people and organizations who have given to us.” In general, the garden keeps a pretty active agenda going in the summer months for those who want to lead a more green lifestyle. They have Harvest Mondays every week at 7 a.m., and the harvested food is then donated to Project Mana, the local food bank. There are Workday Wednesdays, also at 7 a.m., where people can work on a variety of different farming jobs to help the garden grow. There’s also a children’s garden that includes a sandbox as well as kid-sized shovels and rakes for them to do some work. “I’m a mom of three and a grandma of four, and I know that kids just love to dig,” Townsend-Merino said. “We also work with some of the day camps who come in and either plant something in the garden or they use their trip as a learning opportunity.” Any of these opportunities to volunteer may lead to a deeper appreciation of gardens and how they contribute not only to the beauty of a place, but also help the environment. Townsend-Merino said she’s seen several volunteers who consistently donate their time and grow to love this work. “I feel like people who put their hands in the dirt are some of the most interesting people,” she said. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here. Ω

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eno is home to a growing number of Burning Man art pieces. There’s the obvious reason—proximity. The event is 120-odd miles from here, and by Nevada standards, that’s right in our backyard. And there are a few others, too. Burner art is a relative bargain compared with, say, commissioning a large, new work from scratch—an important concern for a city this size. A lot of Burner artists live right here in town. And we have a mayor who’s so into Burner art that she brought a group of other cities’ mayors to the playa last year to show them around. Here’s our take on some of the highlights.

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Not long after the “Believe” sculpture appeared in downtown Reno’s City Plaza, it became a gathering spot, selfie magnet, and practically required element in the city’s marketing materials. It even has city-assigned hashtags, including a Spanish one, “#CreemosReno” (which means “we believe in Reno.”) But the genesis of the piece has a different story. Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomburg are ex-spouses who are still in business together. She designs in California. He fabricates in Reno. They made “Believe” in 2013, when the Burning Man theme was “Cargo Cult,” a reference to a belief among some remote, 19th-century societies that benevolent shipments of modern goods might sudddenly be dropped in any time. Schomburg said the theme made him think of “aliens and gods and people from the sky coming down to these islands, bringing supplies to the natives.” In keeping with Burner culture’s penchant for tricksterism, Schomburg and Kimpton decided their sculpture should cheekily advise people to “believe” in such myths.

In addition to “Believe,” they’ve made several other 12-foot, one-word sculptures reading “Mom,” “home,” “earth,” or “magic.” Some are now installed in places like Florida, Texas, Shanghai and Puerto Rico. The duo’s steel letters are always perforated with a grid of bird-shaped cutouts. Shomburg said that shortly after Kimpton’s father passed away several years ago, a flock of sparrows flew past the window. The sparrow shape became an ongoing memorial gesture. Shomburg distributes the hand-sized bird pieces to Burners as gifts. “I’ve given out probably tens of thousands of those,” he said.

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In 2016, the Pier Group made the “Space Whale,” a giant humpback whale with a baby whale by her side, out of steel and stained glass. In 2017, the City of Reno leased the piece. The two-year lease expires this month, and the decision about whether to extend it or rotate in a new piece is slated to be addressed at a City Council meeting soon.

The city plans to decide soon whether the space Whale will remain in City Plaza.

Anatomically correct

Bryan Tedrick from Sonoma County, California, makes gorgeous, detailed, sculptures of animals and abstractions that fit into many kinds of environments, from the playa to several California cities to private homes. His “Portal of Evolution”—a graceful, gently spinning, artfully rusting steel piece in Bicentennial Park—stands out as as feminist triumph against public squeamishness. Of course, cities and committees need to consider community standards and notions of “decency” when they decide which artworks to put in public places. But somehow, when Reno decided to upgrade this piece from a temporary installation to a permanent acquisition in 2015, everyone just called it “a butterfly,” and anyone who may have vetoed it for clearly representing a vagina and ovaries somehow just kept mum. If you don’t buy our interpretation, consider that the event theme in 2014 was “Fertility,” and consider that Tedrick told a City of Reno blogger, “I realized we all enter this world through the female body, and so my sculpture is based on female anatomy … to symbolize metamorphosis and rebirth.” “Believe,” has become a reno icon, has a good, quirky story behind it.

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“Reno Star,” and showed it on the playa. The city installed it in 2012 at Virginia Street and McCarran Boulevard. “It was originally white on the playa,” said Reno Public Art Program Coordinator Megan Berner. Per Szulgit’s request, it was painted red when it moved into town. Red works great for the Golden Gate Bridge, but, said Berner, “When it came time to repaint it, because we have such intense UV here, the red faded. We’d have to paint it more often if it was red.” Plus, white would allow for more dynamic lighting and better nighttime visibility. The artist OKed a switch back to white. Szulgit died from brain cancer in 2018. His “Reno Star,” which initially garnered a fair amount of snark, has settled into the cityscape as a local fixture it’s hard to imagine that intersection without.

Made in the shade

This year on the playa, you might happen upon the “Plaza of Introspectus” by Seattle collective Iron Monkeys. According to Burning Man’s website, it’s “a 60-foot wide gathering space laid out in the shape of a compass” with a flaming steel centerpiece, metal benches and fire zen gardens to chill in. And if you stop by the playground in Whitaker Park, a few blocks northwest of the downtown casinos, you can chill on the benches that are part of one of the collective’s early works—and one of Reno’s first Burner pieces—2007’s “Tree Spire”—a tree with spiral-tipped steel tendrils instead of leaves.

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“Guardian of Eden” is just one marker of the NMA’s Burner friendliness.

Neon Line

Have you noticed some some changes in downtown Reno in the last year or two? Many mid-century motels and vintage homes have been razed, leaving a scourge of empty lots. The new owner of most of these lots—also the new owner of the Sands and Gold Dust West Casinos—is Jacobs Entertainment, a Colorado development company with a big plan. Other than calling this big plan an “entertainment district,” Jacobs hasn’t released a lot of specifics. Some locals see the mysterious, pending development as a promise of the city’s longterm economic health. Others are concerned about the low-income residents displaced when the weekly motels were demolished. In July, Jacobs rebranded part of East Fourth Street as the “Neon Line,” installing four sculptures from Burning Man 2018 and announcing plans to add to the collection and rotate it every two years. While we’re among those concerned about the role this project plays in the housing crisis, we’ve gotta admit—blinky, oversized artwork and downtown neon do look good together.

Symbolic flower

One of the real benefits of viewing Burning Man artwork on the playa, instead of in town, is that most of the time you can climb on it. This benefit comes with a

“Tree Spire,” was one of the city’s first Burner art pieces.

stern disclaimer, written on each ticket: “I acknowledge and fully understand that as a participant, I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death …” But if a museum tried to offer such a tradeoff, its legal team would have a heart attack. In 2007, the Nevada Museum of Art installed New Yorker Kate Raudenbush’s plasma-cut steel lotus flower, “Guardian of Eden.” On the playa, the artist had called the flower a “set piece,” a thing to stand on, play in, and, for at least four couples, use as a wedding venue. So, admittedly, its re-assignment seemed a little abrupt to those

of us with kid-like inclinations to climb the art whenever possible. But, in 2008, after a short trial period, the museum declared the “Guardian of Eden” a permanent fixture of its front patio, and since then the flower has come to symbolize something else entirely—a healthy relationship between a formal institution and a more anarchic one. As part of its mission to show and archive artwork that relates to land and environments, the NMA has, over the years, shown Burner costumes, photographs, artifacts—and even added a Burning Man archive for scholarly research. And while you still can’t climb this piece, it’s lovely to explore close up. By day, it plays with sunlight and shadow. By night, its blue lighting is magnetic.

Sun-proof palette

In 2011, architect Mark Szulgit responded to the city’s request for sculpture proposals that would re-use metal tubes, beams and posts from the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Szulgit won the commission, made the enormous, thistle-shaped

Most artwork shown at Burning Man does not leave the event with a ready buyer waiting for it. Some artists burn their work. More often, a piece will linger in a yard or warehouse as the artist looks for the piece’s next home. Meanwhile, in downtown Reno, a former motel lot lingered empty for a while until Maria Partridge, one of the Burning Man art department’s project managers, arranged to transform it into the Reno Playa Art Project on Virginia and Sixth Streets, across from Circus Circus. Each year, a handful of small-to-medium sculptures are freed from a long, dark warehouse stay and placed in this onesquare-block lot, where there’s quite a bit of foot traffic. It also showcases work by local muralists Joe C. Rock and Bryce Chisholm. Partridge told us about the park’s fall plans by email: “‘Tonglen,’ the zen face, is leaving. The others are staying, and we will be adding two to three more pieces.”

Prehistoric plaything

In 2013, a Reno team built the Ichthyosaur Puppet Project, a 60-foot laminated plywood replica of Nevada’s official state fossil, which was also a marionette with articulated jaws, fins and spine. (Disclosure: This author was a member of the team, which was led by her spouse.) The “Icky,” now a static sculpture instead of a puppet, is on indefinite loan to the Discovery Museum, where it’s suspended in the front lobby. The Discovery is always a fun stop for families with kids—and a drive-by glimpse as you head up Center Street after hours isn’t a bad way to see the piece.

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Out Of tOwn Full steam ahead near Gerlach

In 2016, Burning Man bought Fly Ranch, a property near Gerlach with an otherworldly, geothermal geyser. Since then, two Reno art crews have installed giant sculptures there, marking the

beginning of what may one day be an art park. Jessi Janusee and crew re-built Baba Yaga’s House, an opulently detailed storybook cottage from Slavic and Russian folklore, perched on giant steel chicken legs, and Matt Schultz’s Pier Group re-erected The Pier, a gently sloping boardwalk to nowhere, replete with bouys and fishing nets. (Disclosure: This author pitched in a little labor on that project.) For most of the year,

visitors can explore the geyser and The Pier on a ticketed nature walk. Baba Yaga’s House is in sight, but docents are still working out the logistics of offering up-close access. Fly Ranch Operations Manager Zac Cirivello said that ticket sales will be suspended for the duration of this year’s Burning Man event, as, last year, “It proved logistically messy.” There are other ways to explore these artworks, too. “We do work weekends throughout the year,” said Cirivello. “Friends [of Black Rock High Rock] hosts public campouts, and we have a Guardians program where folks in small groups can be trained as stewards of the property and come camp ... for a few days at a time year-round.”

Made in the shade in Fernley

In 2012, Bay Area artists Max Poynton and Andrew Grinberg gathered about 100 volunteers to flatten 75,000 bottle caps, wire them into petal-shaped sheets, and assemble them into a lotus flower atop a sturdy, climbable wooden pavilion. “Bottlecap Gazebo” has been stationed in Fernley, 34 miles from Reno, for a few Access to “Baba Yaga’s House” years now. To is limited to volunteer groups— reach it, take Exit at least for now. 46 from I-80 and PHOTO/COurTesy Of Burning Man

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Portal to a desert tech park

“Transition Portal” never actually showed at Burning Man. It was commissioned by the Nevada Department of Transportation. But we’re going to count it anyway because its creator, Kate Raudenbush, is a frequent Burner artist who’s reconciled a strong, Eastern-esque festival aesthetic with the needs of public art and gallery art. Raudenbush aimed to bridge humanity and technology, and the piece is a gateway to a developed industrial park that’s home to the Nevada branches of tech companies like Tesla, Google and Switch, situated amid thousands of acres of open space and a lot of wild horses. To find it, Exit I-80 on USA Parkway and drive approximately a quarter mile south. It’s on the right. You can’t miss it. But be ready to soak it in quickly. There’s no parking and no stopping, so this is a drive-by viewing experience only. Ω

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Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, took some time to speak with us during a recent campaign visit to Nevada.

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Here in Northern Nevada, one of the big issues is that our population is growing faster than the infrastructure. Schools are overpopulated, roads are in a constant state of construction, and rents are skyrocketing.

We have an America that works great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top, and it’s not working for much of anyone else. Our government in Washington has been captured by money. ElizabEth WarrEn U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Sen. Warren addresses the crowd at a Nevada campaign event.

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Senator Warren: You don’t have enough housing. It’s a housing crisis. Is that a problem the federal government should help with? And if so, how? Yes. … Half a century ago, there were two ways that housing was produced for middle-class, working-class, working-poor, poor-poor people— and that was private development and the federal government. The private developers that built the two-bedroom, one-bath house that I grew up in—the garage converted to house my three brothers—they’re not building those anymore. They build at the top end of the market. So, if you want to build or buy a McMansion, there’s actually a lot of housing for you pretty much all across the country. But if you’re middle-class, working-class, working-poor, there’s not a lot of new housing coming onto the market. The second thing that’s happened is that the federal government has largely withdrawn from building affordable housing. So, a lot of the housing that got built in the ’40s, the ’50s, the ’60s—they’re just not doing it anymore. Housing deteriorates, as you know, over time, and the population has increased. So that means, nationally, right now housing stock is going down while demand is going up. And that means prices are through the roof. And that’s true in cities, in suburbs, in small towns and rural areas. We have a housing crisis across America. It is particularly acute in places like Northern Nevada, where industry has moved in and produced a bunch of jobs without any new investment in the housing infrastructure. I will build 3.2 million new housing units across this country—it’s housing for middle-class families, for working families, for the working poor, for the homeless, for seniors who want to age in place, for people with disabilities. We need more housing—a lot more housing. And the federal government can make that happen.


U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is running to become President of the United States in 2020

Part of the reason why, here in Northern Nevada, we’re in that situation is because both the state government and municipal governments have been handing out tax break incentives to corporations, like Apple and Tesla. Yep! And then those corporations don’t deliver on the economic development that they promise. How can a small state, like Nevada, foster economic development without giving away the store? This is a problem. Right now, states—and cities—are playing a variation of The Hunger Games. Everyone fights to try to be the one Sen. Warren with Michael Wagner, a bartender at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino in Henderson and an activist fighting for union rights among casino workers. winner. And basically everyone is losing. I think the way we deal with this is that states should stop That illustrates the whole idea of wealth inequality playing. It’s not making their towns and cities richer pretty clearly. or more livable. Growth in jobs has to be accompanied There it is. by growth in infrastructure. And that means growth in revenue. Giving up all the revenues as part of the way to A big issue here, because we’re a Western, desert attract new jobs—the math just doesn’t work. And who state, is water rights. Water transfers often involve gets squeezed the hardest? Working families. overlapping states. In Northern Nevada, we get water from California. In Southern Nevada, they try to grab That leads me to my next question. We just ran a news water from Utah and from rural parts of the state. story about this in my paper [“Child care unaffordSo what principles and standards would guide your able?” News, Aug. 1]. Child care costs are really bad in water policies? Nevada. And you unveiled a huge universal child care Well, the first has to be conservation. As you know, program. How’s it going to be funded? many of the water rights treaties were negotiated at a time The universal child care is funded by a two-cent tax on when some cities had a lot of power in those negotiations, the largest fortunes in this country. So, on fortunes above and how much water was wasted in moving it from one 50 million dollars. You get your first 50 million free and area to another was ignored. We can’t afford to do that clear, but on your 50 millionth-and-first dollar of wealth, anymore. That, for me, is the starting point—the imporyou have to pitch in two cents. And two cents on every tance of conservation. And not giving water away from dollar after that. That will generate enough revenue to pay sources if it ultimately doesn’t benefit the entire region. for child care for every baby in this country age zero to It’s also important to respect the water rights of native 5, preschool for every three-year-old and four-year-old, tribes. Our trust in treaty obligations has been ignored raise the wages of every child care worker and pre-school for far too long—and for many tribes that includes water worker in this country, and cover the costs of college, rights. That’s another core principle. The third is that add 50 billion dollars to historically black colleges and we need to think more comprehensively about the use universities, and cancel student loan debt for 95 percent of of water—whether or not farming water-intensive crops the kids who have it. Think about that. That’s how much makes sense in semi-arid communities. revenue it would raise. And here’s the thing: It could do all those things I described, and there would still be a couple of hundred billion left over.

Leading up to the last Democratic debate, a lot of the buzz and promotion—not just on CNN but also on NPR and so forth, was like, Warren versus Sanders, like it was a title bout. But during the debate, you two were in the middle and it seemed like you were back-toback battling your flanks. So what is a key major policy difference between you and Senator Sanders? I’m not here to try to define somebody else’s policy. I can tell you what I’m fighting for. The best part of these debates is when we get a chance to do that. We have an America that works great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top, and it’s not working for much of anyone else. Our government in Washington has been captured by money. And it’s far more than just political contributions. It’s lobbyists, bought-and-paid-for experts, think tanks. Washington is flooded with money, and every decision that gets made there is influenced by that money. And day by day, decision by decision, the government does just a little bit more in favor of the wealthy and the wellconnected and against everyone else. I believe we can turn that around. I believe we can make this government work, not just for those at the top, but make it work for everyone. The wealth tax is a perfect example of that. Attacking the corruption head on. I have the biggest anti-corruption bill since Watergate. The bad news is that we need the biggest anti-corruption bill since Watergate. Money flows everywhere in Washington. Whatever issue gets you up in the morning, if there’s a decision to be made in Washington, it’s been influenced by money. Why do the drug companies continue to rake in billions of profits when people are struggling to pay for prescription medications? That’s corruption. Washington lets them do it. The Canadian government doesn’t let them do it. But Washington does. Why do giant oil companies get to drill anywhere they want on federal lands and offshore when the American people are desperately worried about climate change? The answer is corruption. It just plays out in one scenario after another. The majority of Americans want to see sensible gun legislation. And yet the NRA, with all of its connections and money, keeps that from happening. Money not only threatens our economy and our families, it threatens our very democracy. Are you concerned that Trump and the previous Congress have set us up for a financial crisis like we had in 2008, by having rolled back Obama-era protections, like Dodd-Frank? I’m very worried. Because the Trump administration has weakened regulations, has refused to enforce the regulations that are still in place, and the warning signs are growing around the economy. The number of small business loans that are in default is through the roof. That should be a red flashing light for this economy. Small businesses can’t service their debt, then they’re not going to be long for this world, and if they start falling like dominoes, it’s going to be a real problem for this economy. Ω

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Sierra School for Performing Arts will stage Guys and Dolls through August 24.

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One of my favorite things about live theater is how it transports me to another time and place. I especially love stories set in the past, during times I—perhaps naively—idealize as being innocent and carefree—long before 2019 had a chance to crap all over everything. For a touch of nostalgia and a fun escape, Sierra School of Performing Arts’ production of Guys and Dolls fits the bill “Nicely-Nicely.” Dubbed by many as the greatest musical of all time, Guys and Dolls features some of today’s most beloved show tunes, including “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” It’s set in Manhattan, at a time that’s hard to pinpoint; it’s based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about gangsters and gambler in the ’20s and ’30s, but the girls dancing in poodle skirts throw that timeline into question. As the story opens, hustler Nathan Detroit (Kirk Gardner) and his band of crony gamblers—Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Mark Calise), Benny Southstreet (Christopher Fesenmaier) and Rusty Charlie (Daniel Shaver)—bemoan the lack of places in which to hold their illegal floating crap game. One garage looks like a good option, but its owner wants $1,000. Nathan’s old gambling pal, Sky Masterson (Jeff Chamberlain), is willing to bet on anything. Nathan bets $1,000 that Sky can’t convince a girl—of Nathan’s choosing, of course—to fly to Havana for dinner. Knowing the pious Sarah Brown (Alexa Bernal) of the city’s Save-a-Soul Mission would never accompany Sky on such an unvirtuous mission, Nathan figures he’s got the bet—and the garage for his crap game—all locked up. What he doesn’t count on is Sky’s talent for smooth talking.

Nathan has another problem. His fiancée of 14 years, Miss Adelaide (Sophie Moeller), a showgirl, is sick of waiting for Nathan to give up the gambling and marry her already—literally sick of it. Now both Nathan and Sky, always used to calling the shots, are about to get what’s coming to them from a pair of “dolls” they’ve sorely underestimated. Bernal and Moeller totally steal the show—something they tend to do in every show. Moeller, in fact, is fresh off her role as Norma in Brüka Theatre’s Victor/ Victoria, a character who bears an uncanny resemblance to Miss Adelaide; here again, she lights up the stage. Bernal, whom I last saw in TMCC Performing Arts’ The Producers, is not only a stunning beauty, but her comedic talents and singing ability make an unstoppable combination. As Sky, the gambler with a heart of gold, Chamberlain conveys both a tough guy exterior and a romantic soul, and he and Bernal have true chemistry together. Sierra School of Performing Arts does plenty right, from strong lead actors to gorgeous costuming and a live orchestra, all in a gorgeous outdoor venue. (Bring a blanket—it gets chilly!) Although the singers are, at times, uneven and ill-suited to their songs, and despite some technical glitches (the outdoor performance relies on microphones), Guys and Dolls is undeniably a marvelous way to spend an evening. □

12345 Guys and Dolls sierra school of Performing arts presents Guys and Dolls, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo swerling and abe Burrows, and directed by Janet Lazarus, at the Robert Z. Hawkins amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, on aug. 16-18, 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. $15-$45. For tickets or more information, visit guysandollsreno.com or call 852-7740.


by BoB Grimm

Camp stories Alvin Schwartz’s collection of short horror stories for kids gets a big-screen attempt with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The three original books gathered together some stories from folklore and urban legend, with Schwartz putting his own spin on them, even instructing young readers on how to scare their friends while reading them aloud. They were micro-short, they were sometimes grisly, and they had no connective thread. They also managed to make their way into campfire stories in the ’80s. I distinctly remember somebody getting me with “The Big Toe” one summer’s eve. Rather than do an anthology movie, like a Creepshow for kids, Ovredal and del Toro opt for a framing device that is a direct nod, one could say rip-off, of the Stranger Things/Stephen King’s It nostalgia genre involving plucky kids dealing with various horrors. The resultant film feels derivative, disconnected and quite boring, a bunch of decent ideas crammed into a storyline that just doesn’t work. The gimmick attempting to hold everything together is the story of Sarah Bellows (not a character in the books), an abused, long-deceased girl whose journal of stories is discovered by the aforementioned plucky teens led by Stella (Zoe Colletti) in 1968. Others in the group include Auggie, the slightly intellectual guy (Gabriel Rush); Chuck, the goofy guy (Austin Zajur); and Ramon, the mysterious newbie (Michael Garza). All the group really needs is a young, quiet girl with a short haircut and an affinity for Eggos, and the Stranger Things circuit would be complete. Is it scary? At times, a little. Harold the scarecrow is recreated quite nicely from the original drawings by Stephen Gammell in Schwartz’s book. He has a creepy human quality to him, and when he starts walking around, it’s freaky for sure. Unfortunately, as was the case in the book, Harold’s appearance is a very short one.

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“i don’t know, guys. Sometimes it feels like there’s this big piece of me that’s just ... missing.”

“The Red Spot,” the spider-eggs-in-your-face story that appeared in the book after the infamous Bubble Yum spider eggs urban legend of the late ’70s, finds its way in as an an ugly bathroom mirror experience. Most effectively, a variation on “Me Tie Dough-Ty Walker!” called the Jangly Man featuring a severed head, gets an extended appearance, as does the Pale Lady—once again impeccably recreated from the drawings—from “The Dream.” You can’t have a Stranger Things/It rip-off without the school bully. He’s Tommy (Austin Abrams), a school athlete with a baseball bat, a lá Negan from The Walking Dead, who is quite pissed about the flaming paper bag full of shit that landed on his lap while driving. His pursuit for revenge leads them all to a drive-in where Night of the Living Dead is playing. (Romero’s zombie classic actually came out in the year this movie is set.) Tommy’s fate is a predictable one, as is his presence in the film. Good visuals, some decent acting and some solid scares don’t result in a solid horror film. Of course, I’m not the demographic for this one, although I did have the pleasure of reading the books when they first came out, so I wasn’t completely uninitiated. The choice to tie together everything with a hackneyed storyline rather than go the anthology route was a bad one. Too much of the movie feels forced rather than free flowing. Also, you know you are relatively safe from hardcore frights if the movie is PG-13. It and Stranger Things go the R-rated route—well, Stranger Things feels like an R—and there’s always that element of unease when you know you’re watching something R-rated. Scary Stories, in comparison, feels a little wimpy. Hey, it’s made for kids, so this is just a warning for hardcore horror fans. It’s pretty tame. Ω

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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SHORT TAKES

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Light of My Life

While the poster for Hobbs & Shaw declares it is presented by Fast & Furious, it has very little in common with that franchise other than the participation of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their characters from the Furious films. In other words … rejoice! … the leaden, dreary Vin Diesel is nowhere to be seen in this movie! Hobbs & Shaw is a bizarre hybrid of spy thrillers, action pics and science fiction. While Fast & Furious movies are certainly outlandish, they remain somewhat grounded in reality, except for my personal favorite sequence of a car jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper. This movie goes totally off the rails of realism. It’s too damn long, but when it works, it works well. It also functions as a comedy in that Johnson and Statham have great timing and work really well together. In fact, I’m hoping they jettison the Fast & Furious car chase with the mushed-mouth guy movies altogether and keep to themselves. Hobbs (Johnson) and Shaw (Statham) find themselves protecting Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby of Mission: Impossible – Fallout), after she injects herself with something that will have worldwide consequences if she’s captured. It all comes together in a big, dumb summer fun kind of way.

Casey Affleck writes, directs and stars in this cross between The Road, Leave No Trace and The Stand that, while feeling a little too familiar at first, rises above its unoriginality in its third act thanks to performances by Affleck and his young costar (Ann Pniowsky). A father (Affleck) and daughter (Pniowsky) are living off the land after a plague has wiped out most of the planet’s female population. To protect the daughter, nicknamed Rag, Dad has her dress as a boy and tries to keep her out of the public eye. Much of the movie is the two telling stories to each other in what feels like improv, and those scenes are actually kind of fun. When the two wind up in the home of a friendly preacher (Tom Bower), the film goes to a new level. The last act of the movie is its best, where Affleck gets to show off his chops at directing a thriller. The film isn’t original enough to be considered an overall success, but the central performances make it worthwhile. Elisabeth Moss, in a role reminiscent of Charlize Theron’s in The Road, plays Rag’s mom in flashbacks. (Available for streaming during a limited theatrical release.)

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Midsommar

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. His solution? Take Dani along on what was supposed to be a bro trip to Sweden for a traditional family summer festival. 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. 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.

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Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

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Skin

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Spider-Man: Far from Home

The ninth movie from Quentin Tarantino is a dreamy doozy, his most unapologetically Tarantinian film yet. History and conventionality be damned, for QT is behind the camera, and he favors mayhem and a little thing called artistic license. Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood captures the ’60s film scene and culture as they are dying, and they most certainly die hard. Through the Tarantino storytelling lens, they also die in mysterious and hallucinogenic ways. Making a run at Newman and Redford, we get Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as insecure, has-been actor Rick Dalton and his trusty stuntman, Cliff Booth, respectively. Dalton’s career has devolved into playing the bad guys on TV’s The F.B.I. while past-his-prime and blackballed Booth is relegated to driving him around and being his confidante. The setup allows Tarantino to go hog wild with the ’60s visuals and soundtrack. Hollywood is a monumental achievement on the art and sound direction fronts. Some of Tarantino’s soon-to-be most famous shots are in this movie, including a crane shot over a drive-in screen that dropped my jaw. The looks and sounds are so authentic that you might wonder if Dalton and Booth were real people. They were not, but they’re based on folks like Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Hal Needham. The end of the ’60s was bona fide nutty times, and this is a nutty movie. It also manages to be quite heartfelt and moving.

White supremacist Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), after being raised on a doctrine of hate within a skinhead camp, has a change of heart when he finds love with a single mother (Danielle Macdonald). Of course, putting a skinhead past behind you, especially when you’ve opted to tattoo your face with hate images, is not an easy thing. Writer-director Guy Nattiv, basing his film on the true story of Bryon Widnor, does a nice job of showing that redemption sometimes comes at a high price. Bell is great here as Widnor, as is Macdonald as the woman who manages to love him even though he’s a complete asshole. The film feels like a distant cousin of the Edward Norton starring American History X, although it doesn’t have near the artistry of that movie. Still, the movie is a solid story, well-acted, and proof that Bell is perhaps a bigger actor than his resume has revealed. Supporting cast includes Bill Camp as the leader of the skinhead camp, and Vera Farmiga as his nurturing yet classless and evil wife. Blink and you’ll miss a quick appearance by Mary Stuart Masterson as Agent Jackie Marks. She acts that part like she’s in a different movie, but it’s fun to see her all the same. (Available to stream during a limited theatrical release.)

Tom Holland cements his status as bestever 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.

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A bowl of tomato bisque soup and a glass of whiskey are served on the porch at Rattlesnake Club.

Sound bite After a well-publicized remodel—and rocky soft opening—Rattlesnake Club appears to finally be finding its groove. A friend invited me to join her group of wine lovers for dinner, allowing me to sample quite a few dishes and some quality vino. Determined to enjoy the night air, they had chosen to dine al fresco on the unlighted patio with smartphones and minimal moonlight for illumination. I’m sure it made for an interesting scene to those watching. A complimentary serving of seasoned focaccia and rolls was enjoyed, which I paired with a decent bowl of roasted tomato bisque ($9). Seasonal bruschetta ($9) was topped with tomato, eggplant, onion and herbs—and a really tasty order of steamed mussels ($15) was served with Spanish-style chorizo in a saffron broth. Large boards of charcuterie ($21) and cheeses ($17) came with dishes of housemade pickled mustard seeds and vegetables, and, of course, more bread. There was good variety among the items on the boards, with a large round of burrata (fresh Italian cheese) particularly interesting. I found the contrast of creamy-almost-liquid mild cheese strangely appealing against the bolder fromage. A series of 12-inch pizzas followed, including a margherita ($13), basic pepperoni ($14) and Le Corrine ($17). The red sauce was zesty and the thin crusts fairly crisp, but the latter’s mix of fennel sausage, soppressata, bacon and rosemary ham was anything but basic. That pie had a lot going on. Though a Rattlesnake burger with hand-cut fries ($15) normally involves aged white

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cheddar, caramelized onion, lettuce and tomato on a housemade bun, the young man who ordered it medium-well skipped all but the cheese, plus a ton of ketchup. I politely declined a taste, but the fries were pretty good. A healthy portion of very tender, braised short ribs with a delicious zinfandel glaze ($29) was perched atop grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes—all of the components done perfectly. A plate of grilled Alaskan halibut ($32) with wild mushroom risotto, heirloom tomato confit and citrus beurre blanc was similarly well executed. My order of seared diver scallops ($25) with shaved artichoke, preserved lemon, crispy prosciutto and parmigiano reggiano was no slouch. The thin, fried meat was like a ham chip, and though I wished there was more of it, the expertly prepared shellfish had my complete attention. We ended our evening with servings of creme brulee ($8) and bread pudding ($10). The custard was smooth with a perfect crunchy top, accompanied by fresh blueberries, strawberries and a schmear of caramel sauce. The same caramel sauce and plenty of thin-sliced sour apple completed a plate of well-received bread pudding; I had to move fast to get a bite in before it was gone. There are a few kinks still to be worked out here and there, but the food at Rattlesnake isn’t one of them. Ω

Rattlesnake Club 606 W. Plumb Lane, 384-2470

Rattlesnake Club is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more at rattlesnakeclubreno.com.


by ANdrEA HEErdT

Spitting image released a new EP, This Not This on June 28.

return home Spitting Image Getting four band members in the same room together isn’t always a simple task. It’s even more of a challenge to find four like-minded people that you can trust, share the same artistic vision with, and can be musically vulnerable with. Even over the last few years, when the members of Spitting Image were sprawled across the states of Florida, Nevada, Illinois and Tennessee, they still had an itch to jump back into the same room together to start making music again. Spitting Image originally formed in Reno in 2010. They describe themselves as a DIY punk band, meaning they come from a world of underground music making that has its own traditions and standards. To them, punk isn’t just a label or genre, it’s more of a spirit or an ethos they embody. In 2015, the band took a break from making music, but it never felt like they were calling it quits—it was more like everyone was in different places doing different things like finishing degrees, visiting family and going on tour with other bands. Vocalist Austin Pratt, who was finishing up his graduate degree at the University of Tennessee, remembers thinking if the band were all in the same place again they would really get back to making music and take advantage of what they had. In late 2018, Pratt decided to move back to Reno, and not long after bassist Jackson Scribner followed. By January of 2019, guitarist Julian Jacobs and drummer Donovan Williams had jumped in, and the band began practicing regularly again, ready to make new music. The band said that when they started recording songs again earlier this year, it didn’t feel like they

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were a second version of a previous band. It was a natural transition and felt like no one had ever left in the first place. After creating some new songs and not really knowing what direction they were headed, Spitting Image released their new demo This Not This earlier this summer. The five tracks embody Spitting Image’s practice of not just paying attention to the sound of their instruments, but the textures, colors and emotions they can create. Songs usually begin with Jacobs bringing a guitar riff to the table. From there, Williams and Scribner fill in the blanks with whatever feels natural to them, and finally Pratt lays vocals over the top. Each band member has an understanding of what they want the music to sound like. It’s more like the four members share one cohesive musical brain when recording new songs because their ideas are so similar. Throughout the rest of the year, Spitting Image will only perform a few times. Their main focus is to finish their seventh release. Despite how long the group has been together, this will be the band’s first full-length album. “A lot of bands are adamant about getting the first full-length album out quickly, and it’s something that we didn’t do as our first several years as a band,” said Pratt. “It’s something that we can appreciate and understand the gravity of, so that’s one thing that’s going to be super important to us.” As the band slowly chips away at their album and begins tracking new songs, they’re not forcing their music to head in a certain direction. Instead, they understand their musical process and trust that songs will eventually come together. □

spitting image will perform alongside surf curse at the holland Project, 140 Vesta st., on sept. 15. For more information, visit spittingimage. bandcamp.com.

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Dave Manning, 7pm, no cover

THE HOLLAND PROjECT

Gap Girls, Brutus VIII, Slate, 8pm, W, $7

140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

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

1) Alesana, 7pm, $15-$20 2) Machine Gun Vendetta, 8pm, $5

The 4Th AnnuAl

Reno Aloha Festival The BiggesT liTTle OhAnA in The WOrld

August 24th 2019 • 10am-6pm

ee n Fr ssio i m d Wingfield Park • 2 S. arlington ave, reno nv A

entertainment • food • vendors • live auction • Workshops • raffles

www.RenoAlohaFestival.com

2) Heterophobia, Sarchasm, Slumped, Bat Country, 8pm, $5

SPecial PerforManceS by: Mc: george da PluMMa

Faith Ako www.faithako.com Courtesy photo, EdAiona.com

ka Pā Hula o kawaiolanoelaniokāne Pomaika’i • Matasina • kanalu Halau Hula ‘o leilani • Ho’omana Polynui • aria 51 + More

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THURSDAY 8/15 LIVING THE GOOD LIFE NIGHTCLUB

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

FRIDAY 8/16

SATURDAY 8/17

Deception, 6pm, no cover

Phat Mark, 8pm, no cover

SUNDAY 8/18

Live jazz, 7:30pm, W, no cover

THE LOVING CUP

Motown on Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

MIDTOwN wINE Bar

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

DJ Trivia, 7pm, no cover

MILLNENNIUM

Pawnshop, 8:30pm, no cover

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

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

T-N-Keys, 8pm, no cover

Ladies Night with DJ Bobby G, DJ TUTTI V, 8:30pm, no cover

DJ EthiK, 10pm, no cover

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

Deception, DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

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

rUE BOUrBON

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

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

SHEa’S TaVErN

M.O.D. Classic, Fall Silent, Purification By Fire, 8:30pm, $10-$12

SPLaSH rENO

Poprockz ’90s Night with DJ Zive, 10pm, no cover

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

340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

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

At Both Ends, In the Whale, Park Street Riot, 9:30pm, $7 Fierce Fridays, 11pm, $10, no cover before 10pm

Noche Latina, 10pm, $5 no cover before 10pm

Skinlab, Arrival of Autumn, Weight of the Tide, 7pm, $12-$14

Eminence Ensemble, 8pm, $17

wHISKEY DICK’S SaLOON

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

Tyler Stafford, 6pm, no cover

Alex “Muddy” Smith, 6pm, no cover

Colin Ross, 6pm, no cover

Alesana Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 71 S. Wells Ave. 384-1652

DJ Bingo, 7pm, W, no cover

Trivia Night hosted by Aubrey Forston, 8pm, no cover Karaoke, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Dirty Cello

Silver, 8pm, no cover

2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., S.L. Tahoe, (530) 544-3857

wILD rIVEr GrILLE

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

Live music, 8pm, no cover

Grupo Firme, Banda Salvaje, 1Nion norteña, 9:30pm, $45

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

THE POLO LOUNGE

MON-WED 8/19-8/21

Erika Paul, 2pm, no cover “Brother Dan” Palmer, 6pm, no cover

Milton Merlos, 6pm, M, no cover Brother Dan, 6pm, Tu, no cover Tany Jane, 6pm, W, no cover

Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Great Basin Brewing Co. 846 Victorian Ave. Sparks 355-7711

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BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTEL

CIrCUS CIrCUS rENO

2100 Garson rd., Verdi, (775) 345-6000

500 n. sierra st., (775) 329-0711

Grand BaLLrooM

SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 8/16,

BELLAMY BROTHERS: Thu, 8/15, 7pm & 9pm, $30-$70

Guitar Bar JASON KING: Thu, 8/15, 6pm, no cover NEW WAVE CRAVE: Thu, 8/15, 10pm, no cover THE STARLITERS: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 6pm, no cover

Phantogram Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. Grand Sierra Resort 2500 E. Second St. 789-2000

VELVET DUO: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 10pm, no cover GARY DOUGLAS: Sun, 8/18, 6pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 8/19, 6pm, no cover STEPHEN LORD: Tue, 8/20, 6pm, no cover JAMIE ROLLINS: Wed, 8/21, 6pm, no cover

3800 s. VirGinia st., (775) 825-4700 MELISSA DRU: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 10pm, Sun, 8/18, 8pm, no cover

TREY STONE: Mon, 8/19, Tue, 8/20, Wed, 8/21,

8/17, 10pm, no cover

CaBaret ATOMIKA: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 9pm, no cover

CrySTAL BAy CASINO 14 HiGHway 28, CrystaL Bay, (775) 833-6333 Crown rooM

CArSON VALLEy INN 1627 Hwy. 395, Minden, (775) 782-9711

red rooM

JUSTIN LEE: Sat, 8/17, 8pm, $10

DJ BACY & MARQUES SCOT: Fri, 8/16, 10pm, no cover

AUG/17:

RENO PIRATE CRAWL

Ahoy ye mateys! Sea dogs and scallywags of all stripes will be gathering downtown for the pirate-themed bar crawl. Dress as your favorite buccaneer and privateer and—with a commemorative cup and map in hand—you can enjoy free admission to 16 participating venues offering live entertainment, over 50 different beer and drink specials and more. Cups and maps are $10 and can be purchased in advance or on pub crawl day at one of the two bar crawl start locations: Harrah’s Plaza, 219 N. Center St., and Hookava, 100 N. Arlington Ave. The ship sets sail at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. Visit crawlreno.com/event/piratecrawl.

CaBaret

ELDOrADO rESOrT CASINO

KENNY FRYE BAND: Thu, 8/15, 7pm, Fri, 8/16,

345 n. VirGinia st., (775) 786-5700

GrAND SIErrA rESOrT

sHowrooM

2500 e. seCond st., (775) 789-2000

Sat, 8/17, 8pm, no cover

CaBaret

10pm, no cover

REVEL SATURDAYS WITH DJ CHRIS ENGLISH: Sat,

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES WITH THE MASTERSONS: Sat, 8/17, 8pm, $50-$60 THE WOOD BROTHERS: Mon, 8/19, 8pm, $25-$30

tJ’s CorraL

ATLANTIS CASINO rESOrT SPA

eL Jefe’s Cantina

ADAM DONALD: Sun, 8/18, Mon, 8/19, Tue, 8/20, 6pm, no cover

JONATHON “JB” BARTON: Wed, 8/21, 6pm,

8pm, no cover

no cover

THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 8/15, 7pm, Fri, 8/16, 8:30pm, Sat, 8/17, 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun, 8/18, 5pm, Tue, 8/20, Wed, 8/21, 7pm, $39.95-$59.95

Grand tHeatre PHANTOGRAM WITH BOB MOSES: Fri, 8/16, 7:30pm, $42.50

LeX niGHtCLuB THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH DJ SWERVE-1: Thu, 8/15, 6pm, no cover

SAND TO THE BEACH: Fri, 8/16, 10pm, $20 DIPLO: Sat, 8/17, 10pm, $50

wiLLiaM HiLL raCe and sPorts Bar COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHTS & DANCE LESSONS: Thu, 8/15, Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 10pm, no cover

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Center Bar

HarVeyS CaBaret

DJ SET: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 9pm, no cover

BOBBY COLLINS WITH MAT EDGAR: Thu, 8/15, Fri,

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HigHway 50, Stateline, (800) 427-7247 SOUtH SHOre rOOM MASTERS OF ILLUSION: Thu, 8/15, Fri, 8/16, Sat,

Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333

HARD ROCK LAKE TAHOE 50 HigHway 50, Stateline, (844) 588-7625 Vinyl THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER: Thu, 8/15, Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 10pm, $25

ROCKY LAPORTE WITH RON MOREY: Wed, 8/21, 9pm, $25

MONTBLEU RESORT, CASINO & SPA

ROCK MONSTERZ: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 9pm,

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

DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 8/15, Sun, 8/18, 9pm, no cover SOUNDWAVE: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 9pm, no cover

DUSTY MILES AND THE CRYIN’ SHAME: Thu, 8/15, 7pm, Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 8pm, no cover Wed, 8/21, 6pm, no cover

TUESDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH THE BUDDY EMMER BAND: Tue, 8/20, 8pm, no cover

MOntBleU SHOwrOOM

LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 8/16, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover

TAHOE SHOW 2019 BODYBUILDING & FITNESS CONTEST PRE-JUDGING: Sat, 8/17, 10am,

DJ DYNAMIX: Sat, 8/17, 10pm, $20

$25-$49

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

TAHOE SHOW 2019 BODYBUILDING & FITNESS CONTEST FINALS: Sat, 8/17, 6pm, $29-$49

SaMMy’S SHOwrOOM

OUtdOOr aMpHitHeater

THE GREAT AMERICAN VARIETY SHOW: Thu, 8/15, Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 7:30pm, $27-$37

OUtdOOr plaza UPTOWN FUNK: Sat, 8/17, 8pm, no cover

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE 18 HigHway 50, Stateline, (775) 588-6611 laKe taHOe OUtdOOr arena LIONEL RITCHIE: Sat, 8/17, 8pm, $69.50-$149.50

CaSinO FlOOr

edge

CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 8pm, no cover

before 8pm

karaoke

SANDS REGENCY 345 n. arlingtOn aVe., (775) 348-2200

HOPS IN THE YARD BEER FEST: Sat, 8/17, 1pm, $25

3rd Street lOUnge

NUGGET CASINO RESORT

JASON KING: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 7pm, no cover

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

TAHOE BILTMORE 5 Hwy. 28, CryStal Bay, (775) 831-0660

MAX MINARDI: Sun, 8/18, Mon, 8/19, Tue, 8/20,

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

HARRAH’S RENO

no cover

SilVer BarOn lOUnge

terraCe lOUnge

CaSinO Center Stage

8/17, Sun, 8/18, Mon, 8/19, 8pm, $24-$45

Steve Earle & The Dukes

8/16, 9pm, $25, Sat, 8/17, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 8/11, 9pm, $25

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO

SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO grand eXpOSitiOn Hall

NEC BLOCK PARTY: Sat, 8/17, 4pm, no cover LADY ANTEBELLUM: Sat, 8/17, 8pm, $45-$130

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Fri, 8/16, 8pm,

Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover

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

nUgget eVent Center

Fat Cat Bar & Grill (Midtown District), 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223: Karaoke with Chapin, Tue, 9pm, no cover

Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover

$54.49-$72.94

rUM BUlliOnS DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 8/16, Sat, 8/17, 9pm, no cover

West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF AugusT 15, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. JAZZ & BEYOND—CARSON CITY MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL: The 16th annual summer tradition showcases Carson City as a vibrant arts community for residents and visitors. Music includes big bands, jazz combos, blues, Latin, bluegrass and tangos. Concerts and activities are held in a variety of Carson City venues. Thu, 8/15-Wed, 8/21. Free. Various locations in Carson City, (775) 883-4154, jazzcarsoncity.com.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The group meets to discuss Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim. Sun, 8/18, 1pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.

NEVADA HUMANE SOCIETY DUCK RACE AND FESTIVAL: About 20,000 bright yellow,

Aug/17:

NORTHERN NEVADA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Dragon boats will glide across the Sparks Marina as teams race for trophies and medals. Paddlers, weekend warriors and families are invited to join in the festivities, which includes entertainment, food trucks, a health and wellness village and kids fun zone. The event benefits Immunize Nevada. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Sparks Marina Park, 300 Howard Drive, Sparks. Admission is free. Visit www.gwndragonboat.com.

EVENTs

DIVERSITY OF ECOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS IN THE SIERRA NEVADA AND GREAT BASIN: Speaker Lee Dyer will compare diversity in our backyard to diversity around the globe. Sun, 8/18, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

150TH V&T ANNIVERSARY TRAIN: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Virginia & Truckee Railway with an on-board performance and portrayal of business tycoon William Sharon, the “father of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.” Fri, 8/16, 10am. $35-$55. Carson City Eastgate Depot, 4650 Eastgate Siding Road, Carson City, vtrailway.com.

ECLECTIC EVENING BOOK CLUB: The group meets to discuss When Books Went to

War by Molly Guptill Manning. Wed, 8/21, 5pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 787-4100.

3RD THURSDAY: The monthly event highlights art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. Thu, 8/15, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764-794 Victorian Ave, Sparks, www.39northdowntown.com.

THE EFFECTS OF MINERAL EXTRACTION IN THE GREAT BASIN: This presentation will address how mineral extraction in the Great Basin effects the environment and communities. Sat, 8/17, 2pm. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: The show features fine art and mixed media art for sale. Fri, 8/16-Sun, 8/18. Free. Round Hill Square, 212 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, artisttoyoufestivals.com.

FOREMAN-ROBERTS HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE & TOUR: The Carson City Historical Society hosts an open house and tour. Sun, 8/18, 1pm. Free. Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 887-2174.

CARSON CITY GHOST WALK: Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically re-lived in these seasonal evening walking tours of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses. Tours leave rain or shine. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the walk begins. Sat, 8/17, 7pm. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, 310 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 348-6279, carsoncityghostwalk.com.

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while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. This week’s film is Smallfoot. Thu, 8/15, 8:30pm. Free. The Village at Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206, squawalpine.com.

rubber ducks will race down the Truckee River to raise money and awareness for homeless pets. Duck adoptions and all proceeds will benefit homeless pets. The grand prize for the fastest duck is a brand new, 2019 Toyota Yaris or a $10,000 cash prize. Ducks are $5 each. Sun, 8/18, 11am. Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., www.duckrace.com/reno.

RENO ACES: Reno’s minor league baseball team plays the Sacramento River Cats. Thu, 8/15-Sat, 8/17, 7:05pm; Sun, 8/18, 1:05pm. $13-$45. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.milb.com/reno.

SO VERY LITERARY BOOK CLUB: This month the book club meets to discuss Light in August by William Faulkner. Thu, 8/15, 2pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.

TAHOE CITY ART BY THE LAKE: Meet with 35 artisans and craftspeople showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts, including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels and jewelry at the 11th annual festival, which takes place on two weekends, Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 23-25. Fri, 8/16-Sun, 8/18, 10am-5pm. The Boatworks Mall, 760 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, visittahoecity.org.

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, 8/15, Sat, 8/17, 8pm. $25-$45. Northstar Cosmoarium, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.tahoestartours.com.

TUPELO HASSMAN READING AND SIGNING: The award-winning author will visit Sundance for a reading and signing of her latest book gods with a little g. Fri, 8/16, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www.sundancebookstore.com.

WHEELED FOOD WEDNESDAYS: Brewery Arts Center hosts food trucks every Wednesday through Sept. 19. The event includes kids activities, live performances and a screening of West Side Story at 8pm. Wed, 8/21, 5:30pm. Free. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, www.facebook.com/Breweryartscenter.

ART THE HOLLAND PROJECT: Weeping Laughing Song reception. The Holland Project Gallery presents collaborative works by artists Austin Pratt and Tom Wixo in the main gallery space. An artist reception is set for Aug. 15. The exhibition is on view Wednesday-Saturday through Aug. 30. Thu, 8/15, 6-8pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500, www.hollandreno.org.

ONsTAgE 2019 NNBA BOWERS MANSION BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Kathy Kallick Band and Edgar Loudermilk Band headline this year’s festival. Fri, 8/16-Sun, 8/18. $35, free for children aged 12 and younger. Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, www.nnba.org.

THE BLACK LILLIES: The band of rootrockers are known for their captivating blend of rock ’n’ roll and country. Kingwhistler opens the show. Fri, 8/16, 7:30pm. $15. Piper’s Opera House, 12 N. B St., Virginia City, (775) 847-0433.

ELLIS DYSON & THE SHAMBLES: The group blends old-time influences ranging from early New Orleans jazz to Piedmont murder ballads. The result: footstompin’ and eccentric original songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. Sat, 8/17, 7:30pm. Free. Centennial Stage, Oats Park, 151 E. Park St., Fallon, (775) 4231440, www.churchillarts.or.

EVERYTHING SUCKS FEST 2019 DAY 2: The punk rock music festival features Jonny Manak and The Depressives, Black Crosses, Protected Left, Donkey Jaw, Heterophobia, Last 1 Down and Tim O’Laughlin. Sat, 8/17, noon. $10. Shoe Tree Brewing Co., 1496 Old Hot Springs Road, Carson City, (775) 222-0108, shoetreebrewing.com.

FRIDA KAHLO AND HER LOVERS: Reno Little Theater presents this bilingual production about the famous Mexican painter written by Mario Delarosa. Fri,

8/16, 7pm; Sat, 8/17, 4pm & 7pm; Sun, 8/18, 2pm. $20-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E.

Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

GUYS & DOLLS: Sierra School of Performing Arts presents the Broadway classic that tells a charming tale of gamblers, dancers and colorful characters of the New York underworld. Considered one of the finest musical comedies ever written, Guys and Dolls is packed unforgettable songs, including “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “The Oldest Established.” Fri, 8/16-Sun, 8/18, 7:30pm. $15-$45. Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, (775) 8527740, sierraschoolofperformingarts.org.

HATTIE & JOE CRAVEN: Vocalist Hattie Craven and her award-winning multiinstrumentalist father Joe Craven present a program originals and reimagined music spanning the last 100 years. Wed, 8/21, 7:30pm. $22-$34. Boathouse Theatre, Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, valhallatahoe.com.

JOJO SIWA—D.R.E.A.M. THE TOUR: The dancer, singer, actress and YouTube personality performs. Thu, 8/15, 7pm. $39.50-$84. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8800.

LAKE TAHOE MUSIC FESTIVAL—DONNER LAKE: Lake Tahoe Music Festival “Sunset Serenades” concert series showcases the Lake Tahoe Academy Orchestra, a 26-member ensemble of some of the country’s best young musicians, for one of the five performances outside in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The series opens with Musique de France, featuring baritone Malcolm MacKenzie. Wed, 8/21, 6pm. $20-$30. West End Beach, 15888 S. Shore Drive, Truckee, www.tahoemusic.org.

THE LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: The festival’s 47th season is headlined by productions of The Taming of, Shakespeare’s uproarious battle of the sexes, and Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony Award-winning rock ’n’ roll tribute. The festival also features the Showcase Series and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare program. The Showcase Series takes place on Monday evenings with two Saturday evening performances on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7. Thu, 8/15-Wed, 8/21, 7:30pm. $15-$99. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, (800) 747-4697.

MONESSAN FALLS: Good Luck Macbeth presents the U.S. premiere of Greg Burdick’s drama. Returning to his childhood home for the first time in 17 years when his mother dies, Kip must grapple with the ghosts of his past, his hostile and jobless brother who never managed to move out and the financially crushing debts now left behind by his parents. Thu, 8/15-Sat, 8/17, 7:30pm; Sun, 8/18, 2pm; Wed, 8/21, 7:30pm $18-$30. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.

RAW BLUES BAND: The Nevada City, California band plays blues-based American roots music, with many original songs and covers of favorite traditional songs. Sun, 8/18, 2pm. Free. Grand Lawn, Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

RICK BRAUN: The Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter will perform accompanied by a five-member backup band. Mon, 8/19, 7:30pm. $30-$94. Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, laketahoeshakespeare.com.

TIM SNIDER: The violinist for Nahko and Medicine for the People plays his “worldfolk” music. Thu, 8/15, 7:30pm. $22-$34. Boathouse Theatre, Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.


by AMY ALKON

Assertiveness draining I met a guy, and he was very enthusiastic, calling and texting multiple times every day, almost obsessively. Soon after, I was having a really bad week: too much work, health issues with my parent—just really vulnerable. He said stuff like “I’d never leave you,” “I’ll never run away.” Well, a couple of days later, he just vanished. I blocked him after two days of no contact, and I feel kind of bad. All my girlfriends think it was too harsh, but my guy friends think it was the right thing to do and said they block people all the time. Why the difference in opinion? It actually isn’t surprising that your male and female friends have differing reactions to your blocking the dude. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen’s research suggests that women are born empathizers in a way men are not—meaning that from early childhood on, women are driven to notice and identify others’ emotional states. They tend to be deeply affected by others’ feelings and are emotionally triggered into a sort of fellow feeling (empathy). Men tend to be “systemizers,” driven from early childhood on to identify the “underlying rules” of the inanimate world, like those governing the operation of machines, abstractions and objects. Of course, men aren’t without empathy. But research consistently finds women higher in empathy than men. Law professor and evolutionary scientist Kingsley Browne observes in Co-Ed Combat: The New Evidence That Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars that women’s “greater empathy may be responsible for the heightened guilt and anxiety that women feel about acting aggressively.” Browne cites brain imaging research by neuroscientist Tania Singer that suggests men’s empathy for a wrongdoer “may be more easily ‘switched off,’” and observes that “men’s diminished empathy for those who ‘deserve’ punishment probably increases their willingness to kill the enemy” in war. The thing is biology is not destiny. Recognizing that you, as a woman, might have a propensity to be “nice” to people who don’t deserve it can prompt you to recheck your decisions to go easy on somebody. Don’t expect it to feel comfortable at first when you stand

up for yourself. In time, however, acting empowered should start to feel right.

Hunk bonds I’ve slept with a lot of really hot guys, but the guys who end up being my long-term boyfriends are not the super hot ones. My current boyfriend is attractive but not even close in hotness to some of the guys I’ve had one-nighters with in the past. I’ve noticed this pattern in female friends’ guys, too. Why is this a thing? I often cite research from evolutionary psychology that finds that women across cultures prioritize finding a man who’s a “provider.” A man’s appearance isn’t unimportant, but context—whether a woman’s going for a long-term or short-term thing with a man—is a factor in how much it matters. Not surprisingly, if a guy is a potential husband, a woman’s more likely to make do with, say, a dad bod and a weak chin than if she sees him as a potential hookup—a disposable himbo, a single-use Adonis. A possible evolutionary explanation for this is the “sexy son hypothesis.” Evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains that “by mating with an especially attractive man, a woman might be able to bear a son who is especially attractive to women in the next generation. Her son might have increased sexual access, produce more children and hence might provide his mother with additional grandchildren.” There is support for this idea in research by biological anthropologist David Waynforth, which finds that ladies on the hookup track prefer men with more masculine facial features. Hookup-minded women likewise favor more muscular men according to research by social psychologist Michael J. Bernstein. However, when a woman needs to make trade-offs between hunkaliciousness and character to land a long-term partner, it surely pays to relax a little on physical criteria—go for a really good man who’s good enough in the looks department. Ω

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ever figure out that the calendula flower can be used as healing medicine for irritated and inflamed skin? It must have been a very long process of trial and error. (Or did the plant somehow “communicate” to indigenous herbalists, informing them of its use?) In any case, this curative herb is only one of hundreds of plants that people somehow came to find had healing properties. “Miraculous” is not too strong a word to describe such discoveries. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you now have the patience and perspicacity to engage in a comparable process: to find useful resources through experiment and close observation—with a hardy assist from your intuition.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Today the city of Timbuktu

in Mali is poor and in the throes of desertification. But from the 14th to 17th centuries, it was one of the great cultural centers of the world. Its libraries filled up with thousands of influential books, which remained intact until fairly recently. In 2012, al-Qaeda jihadis conceived a plan to destroy the vast trove of learning and scholarship. One man foiled them. Abba al-Hadi, an illiterate guard who had worked at one of the libraries, smuggled out many of the books in empty rice sacks. By the time the jihadis started burning, most of the treasure had been relocated. I don’t think the problem in your sphere is anywhere near as dire as this. But I do hope you will be proactive about saving and preserving valuable resources before they’re at risk of being diluted, compromised or neglected.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s relatively rare, but

now and then people receive money or gifts from donors they don’t know. Relatives they’ve never met may bequeath them diamond tiaras or alpaca farms or bundles of cash. I don’t think that’s exactly what will occur for you in the coming weeks, but I do suspect that you’ll garner blessings or help from unexpected sources. To help ensure the best possible versions of these acts of grace, I suggest that you be as generous as possible in the kindness and attention you offer. Remember this verse from the Bible: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some

people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libra-born Ronald McNair

was an African American who grew up in South Carolina in the 1950s. Bigotry cramped his freedom, but he rebelled. When he was nine years old, he refused to leave a segregated library, which prompted authorities to summon the police. Years later, McNair earned a doctorate in physics from MIT and became renowned for his research on laser physics. Eventually, NASA chose him to be an astronaut from a pool of 10,000 candidates. That library in South Carolina? It’s now named after him. I suspect that you, too, will soon receive some vindication—a reward or blessing or consecration that will reconfigure your past.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio author Zadie

Smith wrote, “In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution— it is not my solution.” I think it will be perfectly fine if sometime soon you speak those words to a person you care about. In delivering such a message, you won’t be angry or dismissive. Rather, you will be establishing good boundaries between you and your ally; you will be acknowledging the fact that the two of you are different people with different approaches to life. And I bet that will ultimately make you closer.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Nothing fruitful ever

comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season,” wrote author and activist Bette Bao Lord. That’s not entirely true. For example, skilled and meticulous gardeners can compel tulip and hyacinth bulbs to flower before they would naturally do so. But as a metaphor, Lord’s insight is largely accurate. And I think you’ll be wise to keep it in mind during the coming weeks. So my advice is: Don’t try to make people and processes ripen before they are ready. But here’s a caveat: You might have modest success working to render them a bit more ready.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “For though we often

need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown.” Poet A. R. Ammons formulated that shiny burst of wisdom, and now I’m passing it on to you. As I think you know, you tend to have more skill at, and a greater inclination toward, the small, concrete, limited and certain. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s rejuvenating for you to periodically exult in and explore what’s large, vague, unlimited, unknown. Now is one of those times.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Look into my eyes. Kiss

me, and you will see how important I am.” Poet Sylvia Plath wrote that, and now, in accordance with astrological omens, I’m authorizing you to say something similar to anyone who is interested in you, but would benefit from gazing more deeply into your soul and entering into a more profound relationship with your mysteries. In other words, you have cosmic permission to be more forthcoming in showing people your beauty and value.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his Anti-Memoirs, author

André Malraux quotes a tough-minded priest who served in the French Resistance during World War II. He spent his adult life hearing his parishioners’ confessions. “The fundamental fact is that there’s no such thing as a grown-up person,” the priest declared. Even if that’s mostly true, my sense is that it is less true about you right now than it has ever been. In the past months, you have been doing good work to become more of a fully realized version of yourself. I expect that the deepening and maturation process is reaching a culmination. Don’t underestimate your success! Celebrate it!

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by JERi DAVis

Dancer

we’re having a workshop the other weekend that they’ll teach.

The weekend after?

Julia Auzmendi is a founder of the Reno Tango Collective, which is holding a fundraising Tango Gala at Craft Wine and Beer, 22 Martin St., on Aug. 23 to raise money for a dance floor. The next weekend, the group will host dance lessons, also at Craft. Learn more at bit.ly /33GXKnw.

The weekend of the 31st of August.

Is the first weekend just a tango show, or will there be a chance for people to dance?

Yes, I’m so happy that we’re growing and doing more things and bringing more dancers and doing more events. We’re more involved with the city’s arts and culture department—and also with Artown, which makes me happy because we’re not only growing as a group, as Reno Tango Collective, but also growing in general with the community.

Tell me about this upcoming event. It’s a fundraiser, and you’re bringing in tango— Dancers from Buenos Aires!

That’s really cool. Yes, I know. So, ever since we started doing our tango evenings at Craft, we loved the wine bar. We loved the atmosphere, and the people that work there are wonderful, the owner—everything. The only thing we were missing was a proper dance floor for the dancers to feel comfortable … like a good, hardwood dance floor. We’ve been

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You and I have had the opportunity to discuss the beauty of tango a few times now over the years.

thinking about that for a year and a half, more or less. I was waiting until we had the opportunity to make a big party fundraiser to get people excited and enjoy it and have something in exchange for their participation and their donation. Just to make it a big social event—that was my goal. … We now have the opportunity to bring this couple that’s an amazing couple. They were part of the Argentine National Folkloric Ballet, which is like our most important dance company. Now they have their own company that is over, like, 30 dancers. ... The Tango Gala is Friday the 23rd at Craft. So, Alejandra Armenti and Daniel Juárez are the dancers, and their company is called Corporación Tangos. And for the gala we will have on the 23rd—it’s from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.—we’ll have a tango show, as seen in Buenos Aires. … And

There will be. Joseph Tatum, the cellist from the Reno Phil, with which we are composing tango—he will be playing live. That will be our first artist. And then Alejandra and Dani will be doing a tango show for everyone to watch. And then Fredy [Maldonado] and I will teach a chacarera lesson. Chacarera is a folkloric dance of Argentina. … It’s like a more festive, popular—kind of like a line dance, but it’s something that rarely happens outside of Argentina.

Where is dance floor going to go? The idea is that with this big party we’ll raise the funds to buy a portable dance floor that will stay at Craft ... so we don’t have to dance on the concrete floor of the back room. … And Ty [Martin] is fine with that, and he’s fine with storing it there. And then we will have raffles, too. We’ll give away CDs and other prizes. … Our most traditional beverage apart from Malbec wine is vermouth. … And on my last trip to Buenos Aires in July, I brought back one suitcase with 12 bottles of Argentine vermouth, so we will do Argentine cocktails. And Ty will have some Argentine wine. Ω

by BRUCE VAN DYKE

Hidden treasures A funny thing happened on my way to vacation in Utah. I got parknapped by Eastern Nevada. In late July, I hit the highway (Highway 50, to be precise) with trailer trailing (a modest 16-footer), heading for some nice places in Utah. After nine hours of driving, I found myself at that scenic Nevada crossroads where Highways 6, 50 and 93 connect, out in the High Desert about halfway between Ely and Great Basin National Park, at a roadhouse called Major’s Place. It’s there where the traveler has a choice—go east on 50, to GBNP and beyond to Utah, or take a right and drive south on 93 to go to Utah via Panaca. I hung there at Major’s and mulled. I consulted with mighty Wheeler Peak, easily Nevada’s greatest bump, looming nearby. Then, I turned right. And that has made all the difference. OK, not to get all Frosty on you, but by turning on to 93

South, I made it possible to, in the end, never leave Nevada, due to the fact that the state parks I encountered in Lincoln County turned out to be top notch. Nicely upgraded, handsome, comfy and pretty much empty. It struck me that Utah A-list parks like Arches and Bryce Canyon were not going to be empty. Not by a long shot. But these parks in Lincoln County are totally overlooked and unknown. Cathedral Gorge State Park is a knockout little place. We have two parks that are Utah-esque—Valley of Fire and this one, which is its own strange, fascinating erosion goblin playground. The hills are dripping with unique coolness, and the campground is totally wonderful. Nevada has done some very nice upgrading of many of its state park facilities, and color me impressed. CGSP sports a real beauty, with hookups, water, shade

structures, showers and even wifi. Well done! Echo Canyon State Park is another good one. Two different campgrounds in this park, one for tents and the other for RVs, and both were truly impressive in terms of layout and quality. As for the park, it’s basically a fishingbased reservoir in a very scenic spot, and it’s pretty and mellow and devoid of humans, an unbeatable combo. A lovely place to hang out, make tacos, drink wine, dig the clouds, take siestas, read, breathe and think. I put up two hummingbird feeders, and they were smokin’ with hummers in a matter of minutes. Spring Valley State Park—I’m out of room. But Spring Valley was totally dandy, too! Bottom line, Lincoln County is loaded with quality parks that are way under the radar. No need for flyin’ to Zion! Ω

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