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Strange trip Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. What the hell is going on? In our Aug. 15 issue, I wrote about David Berman, one of my favorite songwriters, who died earlier that week. It seems like my grief has continued unabated since then—one death after another: Daniel Johnston, the ultimate musical outsider artist, and then Ric Ocasek, the primary singer and songwriter of the band the Cars, whose self-titled 1978 debut is arguably the most perfect pop album ever. And the big one around here: RN&R news editor Dennis Myers, who died late last month. And if it seems like I can’t stop writing about him, well, we can’t stop thinking about him. His absence is a bleeding wound in the newsroom. I apologize if it seems like this column—which should just be a fun sounding board for commenting on each issue or casually mentioning events that the RN&R is involved with—has turned into a weekly obituary column. (At least last week I mentioned that the RN&R Best of Northern Nevada party is coming up on Oct. 17. If you won something in the contest this year, and you haven’t received an invite to the shindig, please reach out to our office manager, Lisa Ryan, at lisar@ newsreview.com.) But today, Tuesday, Sept. 24— while we were finishing the paper—I found out about another heartbreaking death: Robert Hunter, one of the best lyricists ever, known primarily for his work with the Grateful Dead. He could write better hippie shit than anybody. I’ll just leave you with the first verse of “Ripple”: “If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung, Would you hear my voice come through the music? Would you hold it near as it were your own? It’s a hand-me-down. The thoughts are broken, Perhaps they’re better left unsung I don’t know, don’t really care— Let there be songs to fill the air.”

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Change it up Around 90 percent of the country supports universal background checks for gun purchases, but Senator McConnell fails to act on this issue because of what he sees as a legitimate excuse: believing what someone else will or won’t do. Or is he afraid to act? Doing what’s needed shouldn’t depend on what others do afterward, which can’t be guaranteed anyway; while this “sitz-krieg” of his is leading us nowhere. Is this what Senator McConnell really wants, the country to go nowhere? Sounds like it’s time for change. To paraphrase Napoleon, let’s have a leader who will do something, anything, rather than one who does nothing. While the senate majority leader continues to believe obstructionism is legislating, his hesitancy is a millstone around the neck of the U.S., driving the crawl of Congress into stagnation. What’s wrong with Congress following the will of the people? Nothing! “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!” Michael Seidl Reno

Tickled green It is thrilling to see our youth tackling climate change. Some of us old farts are encouraged, and after too many decades of complacence, many are ready to pitch in and help. Seek out those elders who are not in the mainstream. They are the ones who know BAU is BSAU, and many have learned what is not sustainable. When you’re not sure what is right, well, stop doing what is not right. After too many decades of watching the world being raped, many of us are here and ready to help. God bless you and preserve you. Peace. Craig Bergland Reno

Shed some light Re “Daybreak developers dangle big carrot” (News, Sept. 19): Hey, uh, did I miss the part where the

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location of Daybreak or Butler Ranch was adequately delineated so I have a clue what and where this story is about? What floodplain? Or is there some secret cult, like, maybe Washoe County officeholders, that are the only ones privy to details that might matter to the man on the street? I feel like I see a lot of writing about these undoubtedly obtuse, corrupt and secretive governmental events that could use more background and detail. Like more of the traditional who/what/why/where/when people expect when they peruse your rag. And please spend more time investigating those officeholders. Fred Jones Reno Editor’s note: The Daybreak Development is located between Hidden Valley, Donner Springs and South Meadows near the Veterans Parkway.

Grimm’s an ass Re “Got back” (Film, Sept. 19): What an atrocious review. … I’m embarrassed for Mr. Grimm just reading his idiotic words. Seriously, this is what you took away from this movie? Was this review intended to be unironic? Ass is what you took away from this? You have completely missed the message of this movie. Then again, this movie wasn’t created for you, so I’m not surprised. Please, please take your outdated views somewhere else and pass the torch to someone with a better understanding of the world today. This movie shared a powerful viewpoint—one that has been suppressed for generations by elitist white males like you. RN&R, could you please get a woman to review movies? How about a person of color? Bob’s misogynistic, outdated, moronic reviews are not welcome here. I’m appalled you published this piece of trash, and even more appalled that Bob felt he had something to say about this. Elizabeth Urie Reno Distribution Director Greg Erwin Distribution Manager Bob Christensen Distribution Drivers Alex Barskyy, Corey Sigafoos, Gary White, Joe Wilson, Marty Troye, Timothy Fisher, Vicki Jewell, Olga Barska, Rosie Martinez, Adam Martinez, Duane Johnson President/CEO Jeff VonKaenel Director of Nuts & Bolts Deborah Redmond Director of People & Culture David Stogner Director of Dollars & Sense Debbie Mantoan Nuts & Bolts Ninja Norma Huerta Payroll/AP Wizard Miranda Hansen Account Jedi Jessica Kislanka Sweetdeals Coordinator Trish Marche Developer John Bisignano

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Sick as a dog I’m so sick of the propagandist hooey about the health benefits of pet ownership, and how we can learn from living in the moment like animals do. I personally know half a dozen dog owners who committed suicide. Living in the moment? Oh, so planning for the future is a bad idea? If we lived only in the moment like pets, we’d be doing nothing but licking our own assholes and mindlessly pumping out as many litters as possible. (That’s two litters a year, of five or more hungry mouths each.) Dogs and cats can’t give a rat’s behind about anything beyond their teensy tiny, narrowminded, isolated world. Don Manning Reno


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By matt bieker

Why are you out here today? asked aT The generaL moTors PLanT, 6565 echo ave. Tr avis aTkinson Shop steward

We’re striking because General Motors has wanted to cut our benefits down. They’ve wanted to hire more workers at lower wages than what your traditional employees make. They’ve established so many different payscales over the past few years that it’s caused a lot of issues. L ance PringLe Union president

I’m the president of the local [union], first off. Second off, I have 20 years with the company, so I’m a full-benefit employee. I’m out here for these people who don’t get the great benefits that I get, and those brothers and sisters across the country who are temps.

shena gseLL Warehouse worker

Failure of education Last Friday, Sept. 20, Damonte Ranch High School’s Homecoming Parade and football game against rivals McQueen High School made national headlines—the kind that any school administrator would consider a worst-case scenario: “Black mannequin was dragged by a rope at Nevada high school football game,” according to NBC News. At first blush, the accompanying photo shows just that: a student dressed as a cowboy dragging a blurry, black figure wearing unrecognizable blue garb down the sidelines while onlookers cheered. Damonte Ranch offered a statement that paints the entire thing as a series of miscommunications and separate incidents that resulted in what many took to be an overtly racist tableau, hearkening back to the dark days of mob justice and the thousands of black Americans lynched in similarly grotesque episodes throughout our nation’s history. According to the school’s statement, the float was “Reno Rodeo” themed. Fair enough. The mannequin, a blow-up doll purchased from Amazon, was supposed to be gray and dressed in blue knight’s armor to symbolize McQueen’s mascot, the lancer, “but the only one available was black.” Okey dokey. “They couldn’t keep the mannequin standing on the float and that’s why it ended up being dragged.” Gotcha. All of these minor snafus taken individually seem relatively harmless. But NBC’s headline is still true, and the display was indeed offensive. Why? Because an after-the-fact statement promising harmless intent is simply not enough when the action was

and is harmful to people who didn’t know the intention while witnessing it. What was a black student supposed to think of the mannequin’s color? Or the subject matter? And why a rope anyway? Because, to many familiar with rodeo culture, that’s just what cowboys do—and that’s as much thought as the subject requires. But the image of a black figure being dragged behind a horse has a much more loaded connotation. The online response was predictable. “This is a hot topic and many of course are reading way too much into the incident. Slap the kids involved on the wrist and move on already,” wrote one commenter on the Reno Gazette Journal’s Facebook post of the article. Or “Oh, so now we’re back to seeing color again? … Seems to me, in my strong opinion, the need for racism outweighs the actual supply,” wrote another. Both commenters are white. Now is the time to educate the students involved, and the rest of the student body on why such a display could be viewed as historically offensive. Many Nevada locals might be familiar with the “Hanging Tree” in Genoa, where, in 1897, Adam Uber was broken out of jail by a mob, dragged through the streets and hanged in a gruesome display of homegrown lynching. However, in response to many who think of lynchings as ancient history, James Byrd Jr., a black man, was dragged behind a truck for three miles by a gang of white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. His body was torn to pieces after two miles. The year was 1998. Ω

The whole thing about being in a union is you’re a family, you look out for your brothers and sisters. It’s basically everyone having each others backs, like, here locally in Reno or in the assembly plants. … I’m just out here fighting for everyone locally.

adam monTaño Software engineer

I don’t work here, I’m not struggling with any of the things they’re struggling with, but I’m also a worker, you know? The only people who are going to support other workers are other workers themselves. There’s a reason why the managers and supervisors aren’t out here.

ceLia rosaLes Union benefit rep

For the United Auto Workers 2019 Strike. The new contract’s up, and it was due on the 14th. We had submitted local demands from all the United Auto Workers. … They didn’t meet our demands, so we’re out here on strike. … There are 55 people who work here.

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Burst the bubbles You see it every legislative session after about the first 30 days, when the glory wears off and the grinding work settles in. Long days that stretch into the evening hours in “the building” with the same people—electeds, staff, lobbyists—lead to an unwholesome familiarity. In the bubble, legislators develop an extravagant sense of self-worth and sacrifice, reinforced by lobbyists with agendas. It’s not healthy. The advent of social media has made the bubble more impermeable. Legislators compete for attention within their closed bubble world, while the rest of us roll our eyes and wonder why they waste so much time on ingratiating posts that clog up Twitter feeds and pump up already inflated egos. At the local level, we see the same bubble phenomena although it’s taken a rather unusual twist lately. Council members use social media relentlessly to promote themselves. But when constituents offer critiques of their actions, or lack thereof, they are often met with a response

of, “Well, what are you doing about it?”—as if people could suddenly transform themselves into policymakers with a vote. It’s true that constituents have never had such easy and public access to their representatives. And while a private phone call or letter is easy to ignore, on social media, one is held accountable to a much broader audience—and a hasty, unfiltered response can be shared widely. Social media is a great opportunity to engage people in an honest dialogue about community challenges. But, within the bubble, criticism is taken much too personally by elected officials, and their responses often devolve into defensiveness and even condescension. Nonetheless, elected officials must listen to everyone, especially constituents who are upset with the city’s direction. Mayor Hillary Schieve’s recent Town Hall on housing is another example of a political leader reacting defensively to criticism while missing an opportunity to engage productively with constituents who are understandably appalled and frightened

by the increasingly dire housing situation in Reno. Schieve assembled a panel of builders, developers and city officials to talk about their challenges and success in producing housing for our struggling community. She told participants that not enough attention has been paid to all the wonderful things that the City has been doing to address the crisis and said she wanted to share the Council’s accomplishments because they’ve “been overshadowed a lot by negativity.” Predictably, the developer panelists who live in a bubble of their own, complained about red tape and building codes while those in the audience wanted to talk about rent control and all the luxury apartments being built instead of affordable units. One advocate for the homeless, Lisa Lee, left the Town Hall feeling dissatisfied, telling a reporter “I felt it was a waste of time. I’d like to hear from the real experts on housing: people surviving despite the miserable housing shortage and inflated prices.”

Nevada’s neighbors are doing much more to protect tenants from egregious rent hikes caused by a tight housing market. California just passed a statewide anti-rent gouging bill, holding landlords to no more than a five percent plus inflation increase each year and added protections against no-cause evictions, legislation that was supported by their landlord association. Oregon now has a seven percent plus inflation annual cap. But in Nevada, local and state officials argue about who has the power to address outrageous rent hikes while residents live in constant fear of the next dramatic and arbitrary rent increase. Instead of responding defensively to unhappy constituents, local officials should get out of their self-reinforcing bubble and respectfully engage the community. Figure out what can be done to protect our renters. Accept that citizens aren’t always going to be your cheerleaders. Holding government accountable is actually a much tougher job. □

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By Jeri Davis

Nurses from Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe held a strike protesting their health care benefits on Sept. 20. The strike was 12.5 hours long to signify the length of their workdays.

Youth in revolt On Friday, Sept. 20, students from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as others from area K-12 schools joined demonstrators around the world who took part in the Global Youth Climate Strike. At its peak, approximately 150 students, some bussed in from as far away as Truckee, occupied the lawn and staircase in front of the Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center. People arrived at 9 a.m., displaying signs and chanting slogans demanding government and private sector action to address climate change. “They were received with applause and shouts, and it was just a great moment because you just felt like we’re all in this together,” said Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, the main organizer for the event and a PhD candidate in environmental leadership at UNR. She is also the director of the school’s Environmental Action Team (EnAcT) Club. The “strike” is named in part for 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who, beginning in 2018, refused to attend school for three weeks and instead sat outside of the Swedish parliament in protest of political indifference to the mounting threat of climate change. She then continued her protest every Friday, sharing her message on social media—where it quickly went viral—and setting the stage for the worldwide strike. Lufrano-Jardine said that when she found out there was no official event scheduled for the day of the strike, she and her fellow club members decided to organize the UNR protest. “I actually incorrectly assumed UNR was just doing something,” she said. “So, when I typed in my zip code [to the official Climate Strike website] to find what’s going on at UNR, there wasn’t anything there, and I realized I couldn’t sleep at night if I didn’t do it myself.” A small contingent of students from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village were among those who traveled the farthest to attend the UNR strike. “We’re all interested in sustainability, and we’re kind of more focused on how we can mix green business together, and still focus on meeting our needs such as food, constant water supply, clean air. Climate change mixes all of that into one problem,” said Zach Krahnke, an SNC student. “You’ve got to start local to go global.” After the campus demonstration, strikers moved to a stage prepared in the City Plaza across from city hall, where approximately 700 demonstrators listened to speeches prepared by youth speakers and City Councilmember Naomi Duerr. UNR and Reno joined over 4,000 demonstrations in 150 countries, according to globalclimatestrike.net, although the Washoe County School District issued a warning late last week that students who participated in the strike would be marked absent or tardy and would not be allowed to assemble on WCSD property. On Friday, Damonte Ranch High School banned five students from attending Homecoming Week activities for participating in the strike, although, according to the Reno Gazette Journal, that decision was later reversed.

—Matt Bieker







While the iron’s hot Nurses take to the streets to picket and strike nurses’ strikes against tenet health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday Sept. 20 made national news. But nurses at two local hospitals also took to the streets to protest last week—with an informational picket about patient care issues at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno and a one-day strike protesting nurses’ health care benefits at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. On the morning of Sept. 20 in South Lake Tahoe, the sounds of chanting over megaphones competed with honking from passing cars as nurses from Barton Memorial Hospital took to the streets along Highway 50 to protest the health care benefits offered to them by their employer. Even the police and fire department honked in support and

flashed their lights as nurses, some with their children in tow, chanted “Barton, Barton, you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side.” “We’re striking today because our nurses are paying very high rates for our insurance premiums, our copays, our outof-pocket expenses,” said Beth Dameral. Dameral has been a nurse at Barton for 23 years and has been a member of the bargaining team since the hospital’s nurses voted to unionize with California Nurses Association (CNA) in November 2017. “We are looking for Barton to bring back a reasonable health care plan,” Dameral said. “We gave them a health care proposal 15 months ago, in June of 2018—and there’s been silence from their side of the table related to health care.”

The Sept. 20 strike marked the second this year for Barton nurses, who also held a one-day strike in May. When asked for an interview, Barton representatives chose to respond instead with a written response in which Mindi Befu, director of marketing, public relations and patient experience wrote: “Since the last strike in May, we have met eight times with the union—and have reached a total of 29 tentative agreements. On August 27, Barton presented a fair and thoughtful counter proposal to the union’s wage proposal, which would result in an average 10 percent wage increase for bargaining unit nurses over three years.” The statement also indicated that Barton does have a health care package proposal, but due to an unanticipated change in health care brokers, its presentation to the union has been delayed until October. In the meantime, according to the statement, “Barton employees continue to be offered three health care benefit plans where the most popular of plans costs between $20-$60 per paycheck depending on family size.” However, it’s not just the cost of health care that nurses oppose. According to a press release from CNA, more than 20 percent of nurses who work at Barton “are in collections or Barton is deducting exorbitant amounts from their paychecks for care they or their family members received at the hospital.” “That’s quite disturbing, if you ask me—that over 20 percent of the nurses in our bargaining unit are in collections for care they’ve received at the hospital at which we work, for themselves or for their family members,” said Kelli Teteak, who’s worked at Barton for 20 years and is another member of the nurses’ bargaining team. “How is that right? It’s not. Barton tries to claim that the insurance is affordable, but what they’re not disclosing is the huge deductibles we have to pay and the max out-of-pocket expenses. Over $10,000 is what you can be hit with, if you have substantial medical bills. We’ve had several nurses that have hit that, probably four nurses that have hit the max out-of-pocket. … So we need to fight to get that changed.” “And it’s not only the collections,” added 13-year nurse and bargaining team member Romie Navarro. “Barton also has a—they call it a zero percent finance plan for any of your bills that you have. So I know myself, I have three of those

going at 50 dollars a paycheck … so it’s about 150 a paycheck that I’m paying off. I had some sleep studies that had to be done for my sleep apnea. They were $5,000 apiece out-of-pocket for me, so it was like 10-G in a couple of months. I’m still paying that for the next five years or so.” For nurses who chose to strike, paying this month’s bills may be more difficult. For engaging in the one-day strike, nurses were forced to take an additional four days off without pay. “They’re locking us out to punish us,” Navarro said. “That’s kind of their thing, to lock us out for four days, so we can’t get back in to make money.” “They say it’s part of the replacement nurses’ contracts, but we see it as a punitive action,” Teteak added. “We can’t go back to work until Wednesday morning at 7:30.” In response to the strike, Barton also canceled a scheduled Sept. 25 negotiation date and has requested dates in October instead. Barton’s statement said hospital administration “is eager to return to the bargaining table to resolve this outstanding contract,” but added that “CNA has arranged to have nurses from at least 12 hospitals in three states walk out on September 20, so this is clearly more about CNA’s national agenda than about resolving a contract for Barton’s nurses.”

Strike brewing? Nurses at Saint Mary’s, who are also unionized through CNA, weren’t striking on

Wednesday Sept. 18. They were holding an informational picket to raise awareness of what they consider patient care concerns at the hospital. “It was to bring awareness to the fact that we are fighting for our nurse-to-patient ratios to be guaranteed in the contract—and that we have those ratios guaranteed throughout the day, during breaks and lunches and all of that,” said Darrella Lydell, a member of bargaining team for Saint Mary’s and 18-year employee of the hospital. “We want our patients cared for.” But after the picket, Lydell said, the hospital’s legal counsel walked out of a Sept. 20 meeting to catch a plane having made no progress in negotiations with the bargaining team. On Sept. 24 Lydell was informed that the hospital had also chosen to cancel bargaining dates scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26. “It’s the corporate management we’re having trouble with,” Lydell said, referring to Prime Healthcare, which acquired Saint Mary’s several years ago. “Local management has been great. I wouldn’t say they’re supportive. They’re not out there standing in the picket line with us, but they’ve tried to get a lot of other benefits that corporate just said no to.” According to Lydell, if negotiations don’t result in an agreement in the near future, Saint Mary’s nurses may soon notify the hospital of their intent to proceed with their own one-day strike. Ω

in memory

Carolyn Olsen-Landis spoke about Dennis Myers at his memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center. Approximately 200 friends, relatives and community members attended to pay their final respects to Myers, a career reporter and news editor at the Reno News & Review for nearly two decades. Photo/Matt Bieker

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by OliveR Guinan

Mount Rose Campground is one of many in the Tahoe basin.

Camp follower Mount Rose Campground I made my escape for a late-season camping trip at Mount Rose Campground in the middle of rush hour on a Friday, and still my drive up the mountain took only 45 minutes. I arrived at 5:30 p.m. and had liberty to set up camp almost wherever. Mount Rose Campground sits directly across from the Mount Rose Summit Trailhead, just behind the sweeping hairpin turn at the base of smaller Slide Mountain. The campground is in great shape, especially considering the beat-down each winter brings. (This year, the campground did not open until nearly mid-July due to last season’s heavy winter.) There are 26 campsites, almost all of which are well canopied by the surrounding conifer forest. In addition to trailer space and picnic tables, the single, double and triple family sites include well-leveled spaces big enough to pitch large tents. Most of the sites push straight back into loveseat sized granite boulders on Slide Mountain’s west slope— fragments of the Sierra Nevada batholith. The rest overlook the northernmost edge of the Tahoe Meadow, which although not wet enough to make the campground a haven for pesky gnats or mosquitoes, is lush and supports an array of sub-alpine grasses and wildflowers. Of the 26, there are five walk-in only tent sites on a small ridge about 100 yards up the hill from the group sites. These are my favorite and are the only places you can sit, as I did while writing this, and look east down Galena Creek Canyon all the way to where its sturdy Jeffrey Pines meet the gaping wooden skeletons of soon-to-be


South Reno homes far in the distance. This bird’s-eye view, plus the petrol brown cloud of smoke and dust languishing over the torrid desert that separates Reno and Pyramid Lake reminded me why I had come in the first place. Above my head, the sky was clear. The wooded periphery framed Mount Rose like an Ansel Adams negative that, after development, had been colored in a bath of evening sunlight. Even the occasional sting of campfire smoke in my throat and eyes felt refreshing and made me think of Edward Abbey: “Mountains complement desert as desert complements city, as wilderness complements and completes civilization.” The campground’s only downside is also the only reason we Renoites can access Lake Tahoe with great ease: Mount Rose Highway. Unfortunately, the sound of cars racing back and forth between Reno’s finest watering holes and Tahoe’s finest waters is audible. However, I found the noise negligible. During the day I was busy exploring; at night the comforting sound of wind in the trees mixed with the reduced the highway sounds to nothing but white noise. Ultimately, the light noise and requirement that dogs must be kept on leash (no surprise here, dogs must be leashed in all national forests) are small inconveniences. The Mount Rose Campground, equidistant from Reno and Incline Village, makes a great home base for daytrips exploring the Tahoe Basin. There are four trailheads accessible from the campground, including the Mount Rose Summit Trail, The Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Meadows Trail, which is located within the campground itself. There are three well-kept pit bathrooms, and fresh water is available at a few spigots in the vicinity. Ω

Mount Rose Campground has closed for the season, but you can still do some late-season camping at places like Camp Richardson and Fallen Leaf Lake.

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25 plays

by Jessica santina Photos/Eric Marks

to see this fall

Your complete guide to the theater season


f you liked that grabby listicle headline, you’re in luck—there’s more! This fall’s local theater offerings include:

• 3 companies updating or moving venues • 4 regional premieres • 4 staged-reading productions • 6 holiday-themed shows • 4 musicals • 6 shows for kids • 2 plays by Ken Ludwig • & a partridge in a pear tree This list of what’s on stage this fall is offered to you in no particular order. I only suggest you check off as many as possible.

cast members of harvey pose for a picture during rehearsals at Reno Little theater.

Revived at 85: Reno LittLe theateR

In its 85th season, Reno Little Theater is celebrating with a renovation of its Pueblo Street venue. With 142 brand-new seats arranged in proscenium style, its capacity will increase by about one third. A new tech booth and new doors serve as icing on this birthday cake.


The season kicks off just 10 days after newseat installation on Oct. 4 with Harvey, for a three-weekend run. In this classic, Pulitzer Prizewinning comedy, a man struggles to convince others of the existence of his best friend, a six-foot invisible rabbit.


Things get dramatic Nov. 15-Dec. 1 with the first regional premiere on our list, The Human. This 2016 Tony Award-winner for best play is a biting, contemporary family drama, the entirety of which takes place during a Thanksgiving dinner. RLT shows off its new digs with a set designed to replicate a two-story apartment building.


Though not technically part of the fall season, this one hits the ground running in early 2020, thus barely missing a beat. The regional premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Murder on the Orient Express opens Jan. 24, and though Ludwig is known for his farce, this fast-paced take on the Agatha Christie whodunit keeps the action chugging along in a remarkably train-like fashion. In addition to RLT’s mainstage productions, watch for additional events, including monthly jazz shows, education programs and camps (which include a Broadway Our Way student production of Elf: The Musical, Jr. Dec. 20-22) and productions by Ageless Repertory Theater. (We’ll get there in a bit.) Tickets and information: www.renolittletheater.org

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Quick study:

Jayton newbury and Courtney ropp in rehearsals for Let the right one in at good Luck Macbeth.

TMCC PerforMing ArTs Speaking of major venue changes, the TMCC Performing Arts troupe will live nomadically this season, now that the Redfield Performing Arts Center has permanently closed. The community college theater company is in the planning stages of a brand-new performing arts center on campus, but with years to go before that curtain rises, the company will spend a few years winging it. Theater instructor and frequent director Stacey Spain says they’ll be going out into the community to work with other theater companies (in fact, four of her students will appear in RLT’s Harvey), creating partnerships with local high schools to produce shows in their theaters and making use of their own campus spaces as much as possible, and it starts with its first show of the season. Its season starts in earnest in November:


Life is a cabaret this fall with TMCC’s musical theater cabaret production of That’s Entertainment, running Nov. 22 and 23 at the college’s Dandini campus. This original program features a lineup of song-and-dance numbers from popular Broadway musicals that makes the show appropriate for the whole family.


Before the holiday break, TMCC presents its last fall show, 4 Xmas, Dec. 6 and 7 on campus. This collection of four one-act plays includes one original piece titled Yule Believe (written by Spain herself and directed by Holly Natwora), with the others by George Cameron Grant Tickets and information: www.showtix4u.com or 674-7610

Holidays bite: good LuCk MACbeTh

Few local theater companies do the holidays like GLM. Count on the Midtown troupe to pull out all the stops every Halloween and Christmas with cult classics and offbeat alternatives. The only theater on our list to operate on a calendar year, GLM rounds out its 2019 season with these treats: 14





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This fall, Brüka goes light on the drama and considers “the making of a man” in new ways.



In a team effort by TMCC and Damonte Ranch High School’s drama department, Jump Start Theater gives DRHS students an opportunity to earn dual credit for high school and college, not to mention a shot at working alongside more seasoned college actors. The DRHS and TMCC students will take the stage Nov. 6-15 at the Damonte Ranch theater for The Light Burns Blue. Based on a true story, the play tells the story of the Cottingley fairy hoax in which 17-year-old Elsie Wright fools the world— in a WWI, pre-PhotoShop era—into believing she has photographed fairies in her garden. Set in England, the show prompted Spain to bring in an accent coach to work with the students.

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GLM’s Halloween offerings have run the gamut from hilarious to haunting. Put this one in the latter category. Jack Thorne’s Let the Right One In, running Oct. 4-25, is a sleeper cult classic about young Oskar, a lonely, bullied adolescent boy who lives with his mother in a town where a string of murders have taken place. Oskar befriends Eli, the strange young girl who just moved in next door; she never goes to school or goes outside during the daytime, and before long, the frightening secret about why is revealed. This tense drama directed by the masterful Joe Atack will feature elaborate production details, from copious amounts of blood to an updated sound system providing an eerie backdrop of sounds.


This holiday season, take a wild ride through a re-imagined, over-the-top Dickensian Christmas. In Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, running Nov. 29-Dec. 21, playwright Christopher Durang irreverently retells that old, worn staple, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. With malfunctioning magic, the ghosts keep sending Scrooge to the wrong places, giving the unlikeliest of minor characters, Mrs. Cratchit, the spotlight. It even finds time to pay homage to Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. After that, the theater goes dark until February, when GLM will kick off its threeweek FOMO series of original, one-weekendonly theatrical events, including a murder mystery, a fan-fiction Game of Thrones redux and an improv competition.

Tickets and information: www.goodluckmacbeth.org


The season opens with The Legend of Georgia McBride, Oct. 4-26. Casey is a young, broke Elvis impersonator in a small-town Florida bar who discovers his wife is going to have a baby just as he loses his job. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey has to decide whether he’s tough enough to do drag.

In its ninth installment, The Biggest Little Theatre Festival provides a platform for local and regional artists and performers to create, submit and stage new works with the help of Brüka’s space and resources. This year’s festival, Nov. 4-10, will feature a long-form improv show, a spoken-word poetry performance led by poet-in-residence Jesse James Ziegler and a one-man show by City of Reno Poet Laureate Pan Pantoja.


Every year, Producing Artistic Director Mary Bennett swears that year’s Buttcracker production will be Brüka’s last. Every year, she’s proven wrong when a delightful, new, innovative idea for the company’s in-house spoof of The Nutcracker takes hold. In this year’s production, Son of a … Buttcracker 9, running Nov. 29-Dec. 21, the seasonal ballet gets a Mary Shelley makeover. Neologisms—those non-curse alternatives that often pepper conversations at the holiday table (“Oh, fudge!”)—add flavor to this local favorite.


On the holidays’ heels, Take Five II isn’t a true fall production, but we’ll allow it. Conceived by Elizabeth Tenney, this two-night event, Jan. 17 and 18, highlights 30 regional artists, each of whom gets exactly five minutes to entertain us with discussions of how they make their art. The urgency created by the hard-and-fast five-minute rule results in hilarity as well as newfound respect for artists of all types living right in our neighborhood.

Tickets and information: www.bruka.org

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The university serves up a healthy slice of social justice this fall with Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake. The playwright, known primarily for her work as a writer/producer on the beloved TV show This Is Us, was inspired to write The Cake by the events leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Guest artist Sandra Brunell Neace plays Della, a conservative Christian baker wrestling with the notion of baking a wedding cake for a couple whose lifestyle she doesn’t agree with. The play is notable for its emphasis on listening and understanding in order to move forward in a polarized society. The show runs Oct. 11-19.

Cast and production members of The Cake at unr’s dept. of Theatre & dance during rehearsals.

Tickets and information: www.unr.edu/cla/ theatredance


resTLess ArTisTs TheATre This small troupe in a black-box space in Sparks makes the most of its intimate venue by concentrating on character-driven stories with small casts.


Oct. 18-Nov. 3, RAT offers what can only be described as a hopeful drama. Ironbound is set over the course of 22 years in the life of Darja, a Polish immigrant worker who struggles to find the American Dream despite a life of poverty and a string of failed relationships with terrible men.


Pow! Blam! Catch Hearts Like Fists Dec. 6-22 for a superhero noir comedy about three female superheroes who take on Doctor X, who’s sneaking into apartments and killing lovers. This madcap parody is reminiscent of classic comic book but with a lot more heart.


Right as the new year begins, find out What Rhymes with America, Jan. 10-26. As scenes literally change around cast members, the play follows four people’s stories as they search for meaningful connections.

Tickets and information: www.rattheatre.org

trying, and failing miserably, to understand women. Miles, a man in his mid-50s, leaves his wife for a younger woman. But when she eventually leaves him, Miles—of course—finds his first wife, who’s now seeing a younger man, more attractive than ever.

of glittering costumes, high-kicking chorus dancers, family singalongs and, of course, Santa himself. Tickets and information: www.eldoradoreno.com/entertainment/shows

Mind poWers:

WesteRn nevAdA MusiCAl theAtRe CoMpAny Downtown Reno isn’t the only place to find a magical musical this fall. Western Nevada College’s resident Musical Theatre Company offers quite a spectacle in Carson City.


Opening Nov. 8 at the Carson City Community Center is Matilda: the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. In this Nevada premiere, a gifted young girl develops telekinetic powers that help her overcome her school’s wicked headmistress and save her abused teacher and classmates. The production will feature extensive magical effects, an exhilarating score, dance numbers and plenty of comedy. Tickets and information: www.wnmtc.com

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Love Lessons: Ageless RepeRtoRy theAteR

Also focusing on smaller, relationship-driven stories is ART, the readers’ theater troupe of older actors who perform monthly dramatized staged readings of a wide variety of plays. This fall’s offerings take a hard look at love, in its many forms. Every show runs twice, on a Tuesday and Friday, at 1 p.m. at Reno Little Theater.


Opening Oct. 15, the second Ken Ludwig play on our list, Be My Baby, tells the story of John, a grumpy Scotsman, and Maude, an uptight Englishwoman, who are forced in to an unlikely alliance when unexpected forces cause them to travel thousands of miles to California.


Next up is Sam Bobrick’s The Crazy Time, Nov. 19 and 22, about men


On Dec. 17 and 20 comes Jack Neary’s comedy First Night. When eighthgrade flame Meredith O’Connor walks back into Danny Fleming’s life, he begins to think dreams can come true … except now she’s Sister Meredith Louise. Tickets and information: www.renolittletheater.org/ART-at_RLT

Winter WonderLand:

eldoRAdo ResoRt CAsino There’s still time to catch the Eldorado’s magic show, The Illusionists Experience, which ends its run Oct. 13. Next up is some holiday magic.


Santa’s Christmas Wonderland will take up residence at the Eldorado Showroom Nov. 26-Dec. 29, and it looks to be good ol’ fashioned holiday extravaganza, full

With a new artistic director, Elisha Harris, at the helm and, at long last, a new, permanent theater venue at 315 Spokane St. in downtown Reno, the stage is set for a great fall season for TWNN. Harris says the company now can focus on developing strong programming, increasing its class offerings, and growing its inclusivity in terms of welcoming theater students of all abilities.


The fall season opens for TWNN in the last weekend of September with What We Lost Along the Way by C. E. Glanville. It takes place in 1939 London, at the beginning of the period of evacuation of British children to the countryside to avoid the war. Fifteen-year-old Serena and her younger brother, Joseph, are sent to live with an upper-class family with children close in age, and the four kids are always at odds. It’s a coming-of-age story about children navigating adolescence as their world falls apart.


After several years of A Charlie Brown Christmas, TWNN is taking a break from the Peanuts gang for its annual

family gala fundraiser. This year’s production is Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on Oct. 1. Grab dinner with the show, as well as face painting and pictures with Santa, and funds raised benefit TWNN’s many programs. If you miss that event, you can still catch the show at the Spokane Street location Dec. 6-8. Education is at the core of TWNN’s mission, and families can take advantage of a weeklong camp during the Washoe County School District’s fall break as well as yearround classes in a variety of subjects. Tickets and information: www.twnn.org

ice, ice baby:

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Just when you finally got that earworm “Let It Go” out of your head, here comes the Northern Nevada premiere of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. A record 168 kids auditioned for this show, and nearly all of them were offered an opportunity to participate in the massive production. The company purchased the animated projection slides offered with the script and rights, so as you sing along with Elsa, you’ll watch her build an ice castle right before your eyes. Without much bandwidth to tackle anything else, the company’s only other activity this fall will be Broadway Babies, a four-session toddler workshop program for 3- to 5-year-olds, running through November thanks to a Nevada Arts Council grant. Tickets and information: www.wildhorsetheater.com

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SSPA’s youth theater production of Arnold Lobel’s A Year With Frog and Toad takes the stage at Damonte Ranch High School Dec. 14 and 15. Nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, the show is based on Lobel’s beloved books about unlikely friends—a cheerful, popular frog and a grumpy toad—as they make their way through every season of the year and navigate the differences between them. A cast of 30 students ages 8 through 17 bring this one to life. A cornerstone of SSPA’s offerings is its acting classes for youth, running through November, with new classes beginning in January. Tickets and information: www.sierraschoolofperformingarts.org







Ta hoe: A new outlet

An account of visiting Lake Tahoe for the first time


he vibration from my phone jostled me out of my snooze, and I checked my screen for the cause of the disturbance. There was one message notification from my editor, Jeri Davis. I opened the message. “On my way. There in a few!” I replied to her, grabbed my essentials— wallet, lip gloss, lip balm, phone charger and earphones—and got ready to leave my house. I was layered up in a denim shirt and a cotton T-shirt because Lake Tahoe would be cooler than the mild weather in Reno. A few minutes later, Davis arrived.

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Following a quick stop for breakfast, we began our drive to Lake Tahoe. The drive was easy and the city of Reno flew by, one blurry tree at a time until we were in the suburbs. Beyond Reno, I realized the outline of the Sierra Nevada felt a little closer—a little more impressive and imposing. We continued until we were near Galena Creek, and when the shade fell on the car, I looked up and saw the most beautiful pines, tall trees stretching out toward the sky, nearly touching the heavens with their peaks, and replete with needles and leaves that were greenest shades of green I’d seen. These were the woods I’d imagined in all the children’s books, the ones in all the horror movies where teenagers wandered into before all the terror unfolds, the ones where the lone adult tries to find serenity

from a restless urban nightmare—these were those woods. I was experiencing “nature” as I’d always seen it on Discovery and National Geographic, and it made me more excited about the prospect of seeing the lake. The thought of coming back here to hike in the woods also flitted through my mind for a quick second. I think beauty compels us in strange ways. After seeing Galena’s beauty, I began paying attention to the landscape and soon enough, Mt. Rose was in front, beside and around me—8,000 feet of mountain, rising from below the elevated road we were on. I wanted to stop the car to savor the view and revel in the vision of this majestic structure. As we got closer, Davis pointed out that the lake was already on the horizon and I slowly contemplated what the lake might

A view of Lake Tahoe from a scenic overlook on Mt. Rose Highway.

look like, as well as the best way to take in the full experience. Then I saw it. “Wow! Oh, my god!” I quietly exclaimed in the car. I was stunned by how huge it was. Sky blue water seemed to span in every direction, bordered by daunting mountains on some sides, and the horizon on the others. We finally stopped at Sand Harbor, a beach touted as one of the premier spots to experience Lake Tahoe. The beach itself is a small strip of sandy land on the north side of the lake, hedged by trees and rocks. There’s a parking lot, an amphitheater that hosts the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and a wooden walkway that extends the length of the entire peninsula. I wandered onto the sand for a while trying to take in as much as I could— shimmering blue lake ahead; children, teenagers and adults floating, swimming, kayaking and even playing in the sand; umbrellas of different shapes and sizes; and the mountain peak on the east side of the beach. It was all so stunning: the way the sunlight reflected off the water, the colors on the sand, the joyful and excited sounds, the mountains, the rocks, the breeze, and the panoramic view from the edge of the mountain that forms the peninsula, to the rock formations on the west. The trip had been worth it, just to see the magnificence in front of me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get into the water but seeing this natural elegance alone was satisfying. I stepped off the beach and onto the wooden walkway and headed west towards the rocks just past the amphitheater. We reached Divers Rock, a collection of rocks precariously leaning against one another and began climbing to get a better vantage. The water around the rocks seemed clearer, and everything felt more vivid—I suspect the fear of falling to a gruesome end may have heightened my senses. We got off the rocks and headed back towards the beach, still trying to decide if we were going to get in the water. Although I didn’t have a swimsuit, it was

too appealing to pass up. I slowly waded into the water, rolling up my pants to avoid getting wet. It felt incredible. There was a certain release in finally getting in. The water was slightly cold, clear and shimmered even better up close. Everything felt perfect. I looked up to the mountains on my right and imagined being on the summit. I wondered if it would give the same mental escape I was enjoying. After wading in as far as I could, I realized I wanted to go in farther. So, I quickly took off my clothes and went in with my underwear. I felt my anxiety tick up as my hydrophobia began to kick in, but I steadied my breath and maintained my balance. I went in much farther this time, neck-deep while standing on the tips of my toes. Oh, joy! This was even better than I’d thought. Wading had been great but walking with the water mere inches from your face, it felt special. Weightless. Joyful. I wished I’d learned to swim. Davis had wandered much further out than I had, and I was slightly jealous that I wasn’t equipped enough to do the same, or brave enough to even try. Still, walking on tippy toes in the water was a close enough comfort. We spent a few more minutes in the water, then got out because we still wanted to drive around the entire lake before late afternoon. I’d suggested the idea—I wanted to get a true feel for just how large the lake was and barring getting on a boat, this was the next best thing. I got dressed, headed out to the parking lot, and we began the drive towards Emerald Bay and back to Incline Village. Seeing Cave Rock was very exciting, as well as the strip of road near Emerald Bay that

“I’ve always had a complicated relationship with water—a source of anxiety and refreshment. Now, I long for the day it is simply a source of the release I found at Tahoe.”

had a drop-off on both sides. There were also burnt trees from a wildfire on the sides of some hills. Emerald Bay itself was a wonderful sight to behold and seemed very cozy. On the way back, I got to see Incline Village for the second time, and it felt like something straight out of Hollywood—an entire town designed like a tourist resort or a movie set. The drive through Incline Village was the last bit of the trip around the lake, and then we headed back to Reno. I was certain that I would be back at Lake Tahoe soon enough, and be able to swim way out into the coldest waters. I’ve always had a complicated relationship with water—a source of anxiety and refreshment. Now, I long for the day it is simply a source of the release I found at Tahoe. □

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Rafael Reyes, Rudy Palominos and Vaka Stingray stand in front of their mural work.

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On the wall Graffiti City Rafael Reyes is something of a graffiti ambassador. He owns Stingray Tattoo and Graffiti City, conjoined businesses on the corner of Wells Avenue and Taylor Street. Graffiti City is a “boutique paint store” geared toward graffiti writers. Reyes doesn’t condone or condemn illegal graffiti bombing—instead he tries to provide opportunities for legal art-making. “We’ve been doing the graffiti walls so people can come out and paint without getting arrested or chased,” he said during a recent interview. “It’s for people who want to do art—nice clean art—without feeling stressed about doing illegal art. … If adrenaline is what you’re after, you’re not going to get it here. … This is for people who want to practice.” One of his most fruitful partnerships has been with the Mexican restaurant Plaza Maya, 1644 S. Wells Ave., which is low-key one of the best restaurants in town. Throughout the summer, diners eating outside in Plaza Maya’s tranquil courtyard—complete with fountain—were treated to an ever-changing mural along one wall. Reyes, along with friends, employees and other compatriots, would work on the courtyard’s north wall every Monday, adding new art—from Mayan goddesses to far-out space scenes, all linked with bright, vibrant splashes of color. Now that summer is phasing into autumn, the artists aren’t working the wall with the same frequency, but Reyes and his crew will still host some events which will be promoted on Graffiti City’s website and social media accounts. Typically, he charges a $25 participation fee, which includes as much paint as can be used along with 10 foot-by-10-foot area to paint and tutoring from experienced artists like Rudy

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Palominos, a radio DJ with Reno Media Group and a painter who specializes in outer space imagery. With his calm demeanor and charismatic radio voice, Palominos is an ideal teacher for a subject like graffiti writing—and, as he says, “I have a legit career, and I’m not out doing anything illegal.” In addition to providing some mentorship at Reyes’ graffiti walls, Palominos also teaches classes at Graffiti City itself, usually on an appointment basis for small groups. “It’s still not as mainstream as a sipand-paint or something,” he said. Reyes says he sees events like the evenings at Plaza Maya as opportunities for people outside of the usual graffiti demographics to learn about the artform— especially female artists, who are rare in the graffiti world. Reyes also says that many regular graffiti artists might not be willing to come to a sanctioned event. He says that many graffiti artists are adrenaline junkies who crave the thrill of trespassing. “The graffiti scene guys—they’re not going to come. They’re out there doing their thing. For them, this is a sellout wall.” He likes being able to provide graffiti artists with a legitimate opportunity. “If the law knows that there’s an issue with graffiti, why not provide an outlet? We’ve done it for the skaters. We’ve done it for the dog owners. … We’ve created all kinds of stuff, but we can’t create fucking walls for graffiti guys?” The answer, he says is that the police rely on the funds they make from charging fines. “The city knows they can make more money from the addiction instead of providing an outlet.” Still, he likes to showcase the work of unknown graffiti writers. “Everything is so fucking underground,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of jewels in the mud.” Ω For more information, visit graffiticityreno.com.

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Ad Astra

Director James Gray and Brad Pitt come up with a halfway decent-looking, meditative and ultimately unsettling mess of an attempt at meaningful science fiction. Pitt plays Roy McBride, an astronaut following in his father’s (Tommy Lee Jones) footsteps decades after his dad disappeared on a scientific expedition searching for alien life somewhere around Neptune. When major power surges start threatening the planet, it’s believed Roy’s still possibly alive father is the culprit, so Roy is sent on a mission to reach his father and get him to knock it the fuck off. This leads to a journey that involves a lunar buggy shootout on the moon, an unimaginative visit to Mars, and, finally, a trip to Neptune. On top of the major scientifically impossible things that happen in this film, it’s stitched together with the ultimate crutch, the Apocalypse Now voiceover. Pitt is restricted to sad puppy eyes duty as his character deals with his daddy issues in a cosmic sort of way. They throw in a space monkey attack to try to liven things up, but it doesn’t work. The movie is a missed opportunity, strung out, and a little too boring and listless.

No class action Sylvester Stallone takes his iconic John Rambo character and places him in what amounts to little more than an ultraviolent MAGA wankathon in Rambo: Last Blood, easily the worst film in the franchise and one of the worst in Stallone’s career. The Rambo movies have been on a slow downhill slide from the beginning but have always been watchable and worthy of my fandom. First Blood was awesome, Rambo: First Blood Part II was fun and silly, Rambo III was passable action fare but a little tired, and Rambo (2008) was bit of a drag, albeit with some decent action scenes and carnage. Rambo: Last Blood is an abomination in the way all the Charles Bronson Death Wish sequels were terrible. This film does absolutely nothing to merit its existence. As a Rambo/Stallone fan, I wish I could pretend it didn’t happen, but it has, and it’s pure dreck. Stallone has said he will continue to play this character if the film is a success. I almost want this piece of crap to be a success so we can get a better swan song for Rambo. It would be a shame for the saga to end this way. The film picks up 11 years after the last chapter, with Rambo sporting a clean haircut, a cowboy hat and a peaceful existence on his late father’s farm in Arizona. He rides horses and hangs out with the housekeeper (Adriana Barraza) and her niece, Gabrielle (Yvette Montreal), who has taken to calling Rambo “Uncle John.” Rambo finally has a “normal” existence. Gabrielle starts talking about going to Mexico to visit her long disappeared father, and it becomes apparent where things are going. No, she doesn’t have a nice reunion down there, and she winds up a sex slave addicted to drugs in one weekend. Rambo to the rescue. It all builds up to a final half hour where Rambo finally goes into Rambo mode, fighting a Mexican drug cartel on American soil in the tunnels he conveniently built under his daddy’s farm. He manages to

“They drew first blood, partner.”

booby trap the place in the few hours it takes for the cartel to reach him from Mexico. (The Mexicans are fully armed and ready to kill, mind you. Damn that incomplete, void-of-a-wall border patrol!) At this point in the Rambo lore, you could go two routes. One route, an examination of Rambo’s incurable PTSD, and maybe he goes crazy and becomes a vigilante hunting American, homegrown terrorists and the KKK. You could’ve also taken a plot like that, and gone the pure camp route, giving us a wall-to-wall experience of Rambo blowing shit up and taking out bad guys for an entire film, but no attempt at serious exposition. This one starts with the whole angle that Mexico is bad, a total Trump platform that gets things off on a very biased, one-dimensional note. It tries to be serious about Rambo’s condition, but not really. (We see him popping a lot of prescription pills, but no explanation of what they are or what they do.) David Morrell, author of the original First Blood novel and creator of the John Rambo character, has disavowed this film, calling it “a mess” and “a clumsy exploitation film.” Hear, hear, Mr. Morrell. At just under 90 minutes, and rumored to have had a lot of reshoots and rewrites, it’s pretty clear that Stallone and company really didn’t know what to do with this movie. The preview trailers are full of scenes not in the film. Maybe this one got massacred by preview screening exit polls and meddling studio dummies? Whatever happened, there’s a persistent, resultant stank coming off this chapter. At the end of this Trump propaganda reel—excuse me—movie, the sad, familiar Rambo theme starts to play, and they show us a montage of the past movies behind the credits (just like Twilight!). This movie didn’t earn the right to associate itself with those past efforts and play that Rambo theme, even with Stallone’s participation. It’s a cinematic disgrace. □

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie

While this movie, giving a backstory to the terrific online acerbic talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis, is a little on the unnecessary side, just the outtakes during the closing credits alone are enough to warrant a watch. When Zach, doing his show in North Carolina, almost kills Matthew McConaughey due to a ceiling leak, Will Ferrell, his boss, sends him on a mission to tape a bunch of shows, or else. So Zach and his crew go on a roadtrip. It’s a dumb premise, and not all of the jokes land, but the interviews with the likes of Paul Rudd and Tessa Thompson are a riot, and the occasional non-show related gag works. (I loved when Zack checked his email on his laptop while driving at night.) Ninety minutes of backto-back Ferns interviews would’ve been better than this, but then we wouldn’t have the scene where Zach and crew steal Peter Dinklage’s Faberge eggs, so I guess I’m happy this exists in the end. (Streaming on Netflix.)


Good Boys

You have to have big balls to release a movie like Good Boys in today’s PC environment. Kids swear like sailors, unknowingly sniff anal beads and run across busy highways without looking both ways in this movie. It might just be the winner for child-delivered profanity when it comes to cinema, easily topping the likes of the original The Bad News Bears. Sweetheart Jacob Tremblay, the cute little dude from Room, goes full stank mouth mode as Max. He’s a member of the Beanbag Boys (they call themselves that because, well, they have beanbags), along with pals Lucas (scene-stealing Keith L. Williams) and Thor (wildly funny Brady Noon). Their junior high social activities consist of bike rides and card games, but things are taken up a notch when they are invited to a party that will include a—gasp—kissing game. The Beanbag Boys get themselves into trouble involving the ruination of Max’s dad’s (Will Forte) drone, a predicament that involves a stash of Molly/Ecstasy pills and two older, meaner girls, Hannah and Lily (Molly Gordon and Midori Francis). The goal to reach the kissing party unscathed, and with a bottle of beer so that they look cool, is blocked by many tween drama obstacles.



Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez as a stripper who goes smooth criminal during the Great Recession, is getting some great reviews. I’m going against the grain on this one, for I find it derivative, boring and hampered by a shallow script. So, why? Why has the film been receiving Scorsese comparisons—hey, it has tracking shots!— and high scores on Rotten Tomatoes? I think it’s because of the powers of Jennifer Lopez’s multimillion dollar ass. No question, as talented an actress as Lopez has been in the past (Selena, Out of Sight, shit, I liked

her in Maid in Manhattan), this is a movie in which Lopez bares and displays her crazily potent ass. I think that this has caused some sort of distraction—disruption if you will—in the movie critic ecosystem. People are so hypnotized by her backside that they fail to recognize the movie kind of blows.


It Chapter Two


Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood



With It Chapter Two, we have a needed, yet pretty bad, conclusion to a saga started with a previous, far superior film. If you saw and liked the first movie, you have to watch this one to get the full story. You’ll also witness a decline in quality. In a strange way, I’m happy it exists, because it does have some good scares and Bill Hader rocks the house as a grown-up Finn Wolfhard. If you look at It as one long movie consisting of two chapters, the overall “two-movie” experience is still cool. If you look at this sequel as a standalone, well, it’s a bit of a mess. The first movie focused on the Losers Club as children, concluding with them seemingly defeating Pennywise the Clown (an always frightening Bill Skarsgard). This one picks up 27 years later, welcoming the likes of Hader (Ritchie), Jessica Chastain (Beverly) and James McAvoy (Bill) to the proceedings. When evil seems to revisit their hometown, the adult Losers return for a rematch with the morphing clown. That’s it for the plot. The adults split up, suffer some individual horrors at the hands of Pennywise, then wind up back together for the finale. A big, central problem in this movie is that the kids from the first film, who actually play a large part in this one, have grown mightily since the first chapter wrapped. While there have been some nice advancements in digital de-aging, this film is not a boasting component of that movement.

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. 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. 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. 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.

Harvey Weinstein is, and always was, a disgusting pig of a human being. This documentary about his despicable ways and abuse of power and women doesn’t have to work too hard to illustrate the fact that this guy is a menace. Victims of his abuse, past coworkers actresses such as Rosanna Arquette offer up first-hand accounts of Weinstein’s crimes, including actual recordings of Weinstein trying to coerce people into sex. That he got away with what he did for so long isn’t something that this movie necessarily delves into, but it does give some people a deserved chance to tell their story, and help expose this guy as a monster. The film, appropriately, closes with the rise of the Me Too movement, which has coincided with the end of this fuckhead’s career. He’s managed to tie up his cases in court and pay a lot of people off, but he’s not coming back from this mess this time. Harvey, you deserve all of the pain being bestowed upon you. (Available for streaming on Hulu.)







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True NY Pizza serves a foot-long stromboli loaded with meat, cheese and extra dipping sauce.

In truth As the name implies, True NY Pizza serves up large, thin-crust slices and 16-inch pies. You can buy just a slice of nearly every specialty pizza on the menu, which is pretty uncommon in my experience. It was convenient as well, since a sizeable and unexpected selection of pasta and Italian dishes were beckoning my hungry crew to mix it up a bit. Whole pies range from $15.95 to $25.95, but we decided to try a few slices. Classic combo ($4.25 each) with sausage, meatball, pepperoni, mushroom, bell pepper, black olive, onion and mozzarella was OK, though the crust wasn’t up to delivering all that stuff unaided. Even after employing the folded slice method, it still took two hands to pick up. The edges were quite crisp, and the sauce had enough garlic to let you know it was there. Slices of Angry Hawaiian followed ($3.75 each), with plenty of diced ham, pineapple chunks and sliced jalapeño. I think I’m the only one in the family who doesn’t like pineapple on pizza, but I will say that adding hot chiles is an improvement. While the fruit lovers were happily munching, I moved on to sample the Crispino ($4.25 each), square slices of noticeably thicker crust topped with slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato, roasted pepper, balsamic reduction and pesto. It was sort of a delicious, punched-up caprese served on crispy bread—with the pesto actually drizzled on top—and definitely my favorite of the three. Moving on to other items, we tried a baked pasta combo plate with lasagna and ravioli ($15.95), and an eggplant rollatini and chicken parmigiana combo ($19.95). Both meals came with garlic knots and a garden salad of mixed greens, kalamata and green olives, cucumber, tomato, red onion, peperoncini and marinated artichoke hearts,


with garlic and herb vinaigrette on the side. The knots were roughly the size of a dinner roll, soft and crispy, replete with fresh garlic and grated Parmesan. My main takeaway from both meal combinations: these folks aren’t shy with the sauce and cheese. The ravioli and lasagna were both loaded with ricotta, slathered in plenty of chunky, mild marinara, then absolutely blanketed with melted mozzarella. The rollatini was breaded eggplant stuffed with ricotta, ham and mozzarella and paired with a sizeable breaded chicken breast, also drowning in marinara and mozzarella. The chicken was fairly moist, and the very different flavors of these two items provided a nice contrast. I’d definitely order it again. From the list of sandwiches, rolls and calzones, I decided to try the stromboli ($8.95), an item I first encountered years ago on a visit to New York City and rarely see around here. Most times I’ve ordered one in this neck of the woods, it turns out to be a sauceless calzone. This time, I finally got what I’d been looking for. The footlong, rolled-up mix of pizza dough, salami, ham, pepperoni, provolone, mozzarella and ricotta was crispy, chewy and even cheesier than the combo meals. A cup of pizza sauce was included but was really unnecessary. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. We ended things with a fresh-piped cannoli ($3.95), featuring an excellent filling and one of the best shells I’ve had—delicate, light and crispy rather than hard and crunchy. Service was quick and friendly, and even though it’s on the opposite end of town from my home, I will definitely be back soon. □

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Yahkhayal Yashra’al and Howard Shelton trade rhymes during a recent 775 Street Cypher in downtown Reno.

Free style 775 Street Cyphers On a recent summer night near the Space Whale sculpture in downtown Reno, a group of rappers were passing rhymes around while a handful of hip-hop fans watched. At one point, a recent high school grad named Howard Shelton (a.k.a. Low Key) did a freestyle, followed closely by a more seasoned MC named Yahkhayal Yashra’al (a.k.a. Mr. Slim). This is what 775 Street Cyphers is all about. Organized by two longtime hip-hop musicians, Jacob Robinson (rapper Pisco One) and Lonny Noble (DJ Morefiend), the cyphers are spontaneous performances as gritty and infectious as the earliest days of hip hop, but with modern style well represented. The cyphers attracted Yashra’al soon after he moved from Michigan to Reno four months ago. He said he’s been an MC all his life and loves what the cyphers are doing to build community. “It brings the best out of you, especially when we all get together,” Yashra’al said. “I mean, look at us. You probably wouldn’t see none of us hanging out together, but when it comes to hip-hop, look at what we can do.” He was very encouraging of Shelton, age 18, who has been rapping for three years and in public for just one. “The main thing that gets me out here is the thrill I get,” Shelton said. “I feel such an adrenaline rush but, like, mixed with anxiety. But, when I can control that anxiety, I just have a blast and have more fun with it.” Both the cyphers and its offshoot—an 18-and-up open mic at The Rack every first Tuesday of the month—thrive on this dichotomy of youth and experience, but side by side and supportive. “For the open mic, it starts at 8 p.m. with the instrumentals and then goes till 11

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and never stops—it’s just a constant flow,” said Dan Hubbard, owner of One Vision Entertainment. That production company puts on the open mic with Robinson and Noble, who work for One Vision as production managers. “It’s more of an open format instead of a structure,” Noble said of both events. “Everyone can participate and share between one another, so if they want to do something they’ve been wanting to practice in front of people, this is a way from them to have the courage to do that and not be judged or looked down upon.” “Everyone really respects each other, respects the next MC,” Robinson said. Later on, he added that “when I was 18, I never had anything like this. I was sitting in the Sparks High School bathroom trying to write raps and wondering how to do this.” The open mic format has been missing from Reno for more than four years, when the cypher duo hosted one at the former Rueben’s club. The Street Cyphers, though, just started earlier this year, and they have roots in the earliest days of hip-hop in ’70s New York. “That’s how it started: guys on the corner rapping to each other,” said Robinson. The cyphers sometimes feature breakdancing and graffiti art, too. That open policy and encouragement is a part of what makes the overall Reno resurgence of hip-hop tick. “I’m starting to see a lot more new faces in the community,” Noble said. “A lot more kids are just being inspired by social media, or maybe their classmates, or maybe they see us on the streets doing what we are doing. It’s nice to see the next generation wanting to be involved.” Ω

the next open mic is from 8-11 p.m. on oct. 1 at the rack, 111 n. Virginia st. Learn more about these events at facebook.com/renohiphopopenmic or join the group: facebook.com/groups/775streetcypher.

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Blackgummy, Butterz, Dio, Daen-O, 10pm, $10-$15

The Remedy: NoSweatBrett, Moot, Cut Snake, Dr.BOB, Roger That!, Zahn, Kwabby, Trendo, Daen-O, 10pm, no cover Hot Dad, Clinton James, 10pm, $10-$15


Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5


132 West St., (775) 499-5655

Dance party, 10pm, $5


Cosmic Brain Cells, 9:30pm, no cover


Etch Grooves, 9pm, no cover

424 E. Fourth St., (775) 322-9422

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931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-8300

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The Real Sarahs, 9pm, no cover

Snake Boy Johnson, 9pm, no cover

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


Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Leslie Norris Townsend, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Jay Black, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Jason Lawhead, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Madison Malloy, Aiko Tanaka, Fri, 6:30pm, $10 The Library, 134 W. Second St., (775) 6833308: Sunday Night Comedy Open Mic, Sun, 8pm, no cover Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 322-5233: Madison Malloy, Aiko Tanaka, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 9pm, $12-$17; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $12-$17

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

Michael Duwayne Jackson, 9pm, no cover

538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee; (530) 587-5711

DAVIDSON’S DISTILLERY 275 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-1917

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

BanJoe & The Grizzlies, 6pm, no cover

Sean McAlindin, 6pm, no cover

Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

Whiskey Preachers, 9pm, no cover

Reverse the Cycle, 9pm, no cover Haunted Faces, 10pm, Tu, $8


First Take featuring Rick Metz, 8pm, Tu, no cover

1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223


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Karaoke Night, 9pm, no cover

Panda, 8:30pm, no cover Krystal McMullen, 7pm, no cover

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Latin Dance Night, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover

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

Mason Frey, 9pm, no cover

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

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

Trivia Night, 7pm, Tu, no cover

Snake Boy Johnson, 9pm, no cover



Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

This One’s for Roo: Zive Lioneye, DJPJ, 4Bang, Diology, McKRAKEN, 6pm, $10

Jail Weddings, 8pm, $TBA



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John-Allison “A.W.” Weiss, B/P/D, 8:30pm, $8-$10

Reno for Reproductive Justice: Vie, The Scattering, Dissidence, 8:30pm, $5

BLOOM Youth Open Mic, 6pm, $5 Anapathic EP release, 9pm, $5

Rose Dorn, Night Rooms, Heartless Wilderness, 7:30pm, M, $15

2) Kanawha, No Lights, Flood Fire Death Drought, Glowing Brain, 8:30pm, $5

1) Screenwriters Only fundraiser: Octophonix, SPINDRIFT, 6pm, donations

2) Earth Groans, Comrades, Our Last of Days, 7pm, M, $7-$10

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

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MIdTown wIne Bar

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

MarchFourth Unplugged Thursdays, 6:30pm, no cover

Monique Jade Band, 8:30pm, no cover


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

Live music, 8pm, no cover

Hot to Trot: Reno Jazz Syndicate, 10pm, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

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DJ Trivia, 7:30pm, no cover

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

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Ozymandias, Black Plague Wolves, Hired Fun, 9:30pm, $6

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Spaghetti Western II: Jake Houston, 5pm, $5 for dinner, free for show

PopRockz 90s Night, 10pm, no cover

Dead Flowers Circus Sideshow, 10pm, $5

Reverse the Cycle, 8pm, $TBA Silent Disco, 10pm, $5

Black Rose, 8pm, $5 Ladies Night, 10pm, $0-$5

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

Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

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

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

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

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

Gruve Nation, DJ Bobby G, 8pm, no cover

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DJ Bingo, 7pm, W, no cover

Dead at Midnite, Los Pistoleros, The Lucitones, No Que No, 9:30pm, $5-$6

Rose Dorn MarchFourth, 8pm, $15

Redlight King, 8pm, W, $10.45

Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500

Local Anthology, False Rhythms, 9pm, no cover








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

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MIKE FURLONG: Thu, 9/26, 6pm, no cover VELVET DUO: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 5pm, no cover EBONY NOT QUITE IVORY: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 10pm, no cover

Samantha Fish Sept. 27, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa 55 Highway 50 Stateline (775) 588-3515


507 n. Carson sT., Carson CiTy, (775) 882-1626

14 HiGHway 28, CrysTaL Bay, (775) 833-6333


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KID & LISA: Tue, 10/1, Wed, 10/2, 8pm, no cover

Sun, 9/29, 8pm, no cover

MELISSA DRU: Mon, 9/30, Tue, 10/1, Wed, 10/2, 8pm, no cover







3800 s. VirGinia sT., (775) 825-4700

TWO WAY STREET: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 10pm,

Sat, 9/28, 10pm, no cover

MIKE FURLONG BAND: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 9pm,

no cover

ESCALADE: Thu, 9/26, Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 4pm,

10pm, no cover


STEPHEN LORD: Sun, 9/29, 6pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 9/30, 6pm, no cover

MARGRET’S FUNK BAND: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 9pm,


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TANK AND THE BANGAS: Sun, 9/29, 8pm, $23-$25

red rooM TAHOE WORMHOLE FEATURING VGNX, MAGELLAN, LAMBCHOP: Fri, 9/27, 10pm, no cover BOMBARGO: Sat, 9/28, 10pm, no cover




The annual celebration of music, metal and motorcycles features poker runs, live entertainment, ride-in shows, stunt and bike shows, a tattoo expo and more at several locations in downtown Reno, Virginia City, Reno Harley-Davidson and Battle Born Harley-Davidson in Carson City. Other highlights of the fiveday event, which kicked off on Sept. 25, includes the Burning Ninja fire show, Monte Perlin and his Globe of Death and outdoor concerts by Zepparella, Hell’s Belles, Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers and Skynnyn Lynnyrd at the Eldorado Plaza. Grand Marshal Erik Estrada will head up the Police on Parade in downtown Reno. The rally wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 29. Admission to the festival is free. Visit roadshowsreno.com/sv_fall.php.

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



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

THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 9/26, 7pm, Fri, 9/27, 8:30pm, Sat, 9/28, 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun, 9/29, 5pm, Tue, 10/1, Wed, 10/2, 7pm, $39.95-$59.95

Grand THeaTre ROB THOMAS: Fri, 9/27, 9pm, $39.50-$69.50 BANDA MS: Sat, 9/28, 8pm, $75-$195

VAN MORRISON: Wed, 10/2, 8pm, $87-$247


MIKE FUSION: Fri, 9/27, 10pm, $10 YG WITH DJ BEAT DROP: Sat, 9/28, 10pm, $20

Post shows online by registering at www.newsreview.com/reno. Deadline is the Friday before publication.




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GIN BLOSSOMS: Fri, 9/27, 8pm, $35-$65

Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 7:30pm, $27-$37


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Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333

Thu, 9/26, Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 10pm, no cover



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HANSON: Sat, 9/28, 7:30pm, $59.17


CENTER BAR DJ SET: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 9pm, no cover


WILL DURST WITH RICK D’ELIA : Thu, 9/26, Fri, 9/27, 9pm, $25, Sat, 9/28, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 9/29, 9pm, $25

VINCE MORRIS WITH KEN GARR: Wed, 10/2, 9pm, $25



8pm, $20

CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 8pm, no cover

8pm, no cover

THE MOON AND YOU: Sun, 9/29, Mon, 9/30,


Tue, 10/1, Wed, 10/2, 6pm, no cover

FOUR COLOR JACK: Sat, 9/28, 10pm, $20


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THE LIQUE: Thu, 9/26, 7pm, Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28,

55 HIgHWAy 50, STATELINE, (775) 588-3515

Fri, 9/27, 8pm, $25-$35

DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 9/26, Sun, 9/29, 9pm, no cover THE RUN UP: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 9pm, no cover




Sat, 9/28, 9pm, no cover




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

LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 9/27, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm


Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover

345 N. ARLINgTON AVE., (775) 348-2200

The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover


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

JASON KING: Fri, 9/27, Sat, 9/28, 7pm, 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 SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com.

BUNNY YOGA FESTIVAL: Good Elephant  teams teams up with Reno Rabbit Rescue for  this this inaugural festival featuring yoga  sessions, sessions, bring-your-bunny meet &  treat, treat, bunny adoptions, local vendors,  food food and music.  Sat, 9/28, 10am. $45$54 for classes. Idlewild Park, 2055  $54 Idlewild Drive, (805) 354-8061,   Idlewild   www.bunnyyogafestival.com.




The University of Nevada, Reno Performing Arts  Series continues its 2019-2020 season with a  performance by The Moanin’ Frogs. Travel the musical spectrum via this  saxophone sextet’s rousing collection of familiar classical, ragtime, jazz and  pop music. The conservatory-trained ensemble delivers technically precise  performances with engaging choreography. For six saxophonists to achieve  full symphonic sound while literally leaping from the joyous “Hassehen”  (“Wedding Dance”) to the comical “Yakety Sax” (also known as The Benny  Hill Show theme song) to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”  makes for a uniquely memorable show. Audience favorites include Mozart’s  Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, ragtime classic “Laf’n Sax” and Freddie  Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on  Thursday, Sept. 26, at Nightingale Concert Hall, 1335 N. Virginia St., inside the  Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $5$37. Call 784 4278 or visit www.unr.edu/pas.

EVENTS 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE: Join  poets Phoebe Wagner, Naseem Jamnia,  Andy Butter, Joanne Mallari and  Michelle Wait as they participate in  100 Thousand Poets for Change, a  worldwide movement that promotes  environmental, social and political  change. Participating poets, writers,  artists and humanitarians create,  perform, educate and demonstrate in  their individual communities and decide  their own specific area of focus for  change within the overall framework  of peace and sustainability.  Sat, 9/28, 1pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music,  121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

100 YEARS LATER—THE 1919 TRANSCONTINENTAL MILITARY MOTOR CONVOY: In 1919, after World War I, the  U.S. Army needed to find out if they  had the ability to move troops and  equipment from the fortified East  Coast to the West Coast. Jim Bonar,  director and past president of the  Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway  Association, will compare the highways  of 1919 to today’s highways.  Fri, 9/27, 2pm. $8, free for youth age 17 and  younger. Nevada State Museum, 600 N.  Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-4810.

2019 VOICES FROM THE PAST—SILVER TERRACE CEMETERY TOUR: Funtime  Theater presents its 17th annual  walking tour to raise funds for the  cemetery’s restoration.  Sat, 9/28-Sun, 9/29, 10am & 1pm. $10-$15. Silver Terrace  Cemetery, North E and Carson streets,  Virginia City, (866) 449-7630, www. funtimetheater.com.

6TH ANNUAL MISS & MR OKTOBERFEST PAGEANT: Himmel Haus presents its  sixth annual event, which includes  beer and food specials, games and  contestants competing in various  categories.  Sat, 9/28, 6pm. Himmel  Haus, 3819 Saddle Road, South  Lake Tahoe, www.facebook.com/ himmelhausslt.

ANDELIN FAMILY FARM PUMPKIN PATCH HARVEST FESTIVAL: The annual harvest  celebration features a pick-your-own  pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides  and other attractions and activities.  The pumpkin patch is open TuesdaySaturday through Oct. 31. Pumpkins  are not included in the admission and  are priced by variety and weight.

Thu, 9/26-Sat, 9/28, Tue, 10/1-Wed 10/2, 10am. $0-$7. Andelin Family Farm, 8100  Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 530-8032,  www.andelinfamilyfarm.com.

rich and intriguing history is explored  rich and theatrically re-lived in seasonal  and evening walking tours of the downtown  evening district’s district’s west side historic homes  and and businesses. Hear about lingering  spirits, paranormal stories and gossip  spirits, from the past. These scheduled tours  from leave rain or shine. Please arrive  at least 10 minutes before the walk  begins. Dress for the weather and  for the walk. Bring a light source  in case we lose daylight.  Sat, 9/28, 6pm. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, 310 S.  Carson St., Carson City, (775) 348-6279,  carsoncityghostwalk.com.

EVENINGS OF POETRY: Bring your original  poetry and favorite poems or just  come listen.  Wed, 10/2, 6pm. Free. Kings  Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings  Beach, (530) 546-2021.

FERRARI FARMS FALL FESTIVAL: The annual  fall celebration features a pumpkin  patch, hay rides, corn maze, corn walk,  farm animals, mechanical bull, bounce  house and other attractions. The  festival runs daily from Sept. 28-Nov.  2. Pumpkins are priced by variety and  weight.  Sat, 9/28-Wed, 10/2, 9:30am. Free  admission. Ferrari Farms, 4701 Mill St.,  (775) 997-3276, www.facebook.com/ FerrariFarms.

GENOA CANDY DANCE: The 100th annual fair  and fundraiser for the town of Genoa  features more than 300 arts, crafts  and food vendors. The dinner and  dance features music by Ike & Martin  Band and takes place at 5:30pm on  Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Genoa Town  Park on Nixon Street.  Sat, 9/28-Sun, 9/29, 9am. Free admission to fair,  $32 for dinner and dance. Downtown  Genoa, www.genoanevada.org/ candydancefaire.htm.

NEVADA FEST: The afternoon celebration  of Nevada breweries features food  trucks and unlimited brews from more  than 20 Nevada craft breweries, as well  as live music and outdoor games.  Sat, 9/28, 1pm. $20-$70. Wingfield Park, 2 S.  Arlington Ave,. nvfest.com.

QUAD MAKERSPACE: The Quad contains  equipment and tools that the public can  use free of charge to create, learn new  skills and new technology and practice  artistic expression. Quad staff will lead  instruction sessions on different tools  or equipment each week. Project time  ends at 5:45pm so everything can be put  away and cleaned up by 6pm.  Thu, 9/26, 3pm. Free. Downtown Reno Library, 301  S. Center St., (775) 327-8300.



The weekly food truck event features  over 30 rotating gourmet food, craft  desserts, beer, wine and mixed  drink vendors.  Fri, 9/27, 4pm. Free.  Idlewild Park, 2055 Idlewild Drive,  (775) 825-2665, www.facebook.com/ RenoStreetFood.

Capital City Arts Initiative presents an  exhibition by artists Cyndy Brenneman  and Tom Drakulich in the Community  Center’s Sierra Room. The show runs  through Oct. 24.  Thu, 9/26, Mon, 9/30Wed, 10/2, 8am-5pm. Free. Carson City  Community Center Sierra Room, 851  E. William St., Carson City, www.artsinitiative.org/brenneman-drakulich.

SHIRLEY’S FARMERS’ MARKET AT TAMARACK JUNCTION CASINO: The farmers’ market  features fresh produce, specialty  foods, arts and crafts and more.  Sat, 9/28, 9am. Free. Tamarack Junction  Casino, 13101 S. Virginia St., (775) 7465024, shirleysfarmersmarkets.com.


SUMMER VIBES: Attendees will have the  opportunity to interact with some  of Nevada’s most well-respected  product manufacturers, state licensed  cultivators and master growers.  Consumption of cannabis is prohibited  on event grounds.  Sat, 9/28, 2pm. Free.  Summer Vibes Festival Grounds, 1605 E.  Second St., (775) 470-1930,     www.summervibesreno.com.

TAHOE CITY FARMERS MARKET: Enjoy fresh  local produce, delicious food, live  music and community at this morning  farmers’ market on Thursdays through  Oct. 10.  Thu, 9/26, 8am. Free. Commons  Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City,  www.tahoecityfarmersmarket.com.

TAHOE CITY OKTOBERFEST: The celebration  features craft beers from some of the  region’s best microbreweries, delicious  local grub, Bavarian-themed games,  a craft vendor village, live music,  raffle and more.  Sat, 9/28, noon.  Free  admission, $20 for commemorative  glass and two drink tickets. Commons  Beach, 400 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City,  visittahoecity.org/event/tahoe-cityoktoberfest.

YELPSTRONOMY 5.0: Eat, drink and explore  an array of mind-bendingly magical  and mysterious food and drink from  local businesses. RSVP using your  Yelp Account. You must receive a  confirmation email from reno@yelp. com to attend. This event is free to  attend, but a $20 or more donation is  suggested. All of the proceeds will go  to The Discovery.  Thu, 9/26, 6pm. Free.  Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery  Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center  St., (775) 786-1000, www.yelp.com/ events/reno-yelpstronomy-mindbending-magic-and-mystery.

Century Nevada. Reno City Hall Metro  Gallery presents paintings and prints  by Greg Allen. The works in this show  serve as a monument to a disappearing  history of Nevada. Rendered in  photorealistic detail, Allen’s works  serve as a warm breath of nostalgia at  first glance but on closer inspection are  a reminder of the unyielding march of  time and the quickly forgotten past. The  show runs through Oct. 24. There will  be a reception on Oct. 3, 5-7pm.  Thu,

9/26-Fri, 9/27, Mon, 9/30-Wed, 10/2, 8am5pm. Free. City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E.

First St., (775) 334-6264, www.reno.gov.

MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Art  Matters. The City of Reno McKinley  Galleries presents an exhibition  of work by the art teachers of the  Washoe County School District. The  art on display includes ceramics,  jewelry, oil painting, photography and  watercolors. The show runs through  Oct. 18. There will be a reception on Oct.  3, 5-7pm.  Thu, 9/26-Fri, 9/27, Mon, 9/30Wed, 10/2, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts  & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive,  (775) 334-6264, www.reno.gov.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: The Art of Jack  Malotte, through Oct. 20; Andrea Zittel:  Wallsprawl, through Dec. 31; Galen  Brown: Sine Cere, through Jan. 20;  Georgia O’Keeffe: The Faraway Nearby  from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum,  Santa Fe, New Mexico, through  Oct. 20; Georgia O’Keeffe: Living  Modern, through Oct. 20; History of  Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen  Lundeberg, through Sept. 29; Kesler  Woodward: The Harriman Expedition  Retraced, through Oct. 13; Maya Lin: Pin  River—Tahoe Watershed, through Dec.  31; Without You I Am Nothing, through  Dec. 15; Zhi Lin: Chinese Railroad  Workers of the Sierra Nevada, through  Nov. 10. The gallery is open WednesdaySunday and is closed on Monday,  Tuesday and holidays.  Thu, 9/26-Sun, 9/29, Wed, 10/2, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada  Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St.,    www.nevadaart.org.

ART ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO:  Loving Nevada—Carson City. The  September show features paintings  and photography of the Minden/ Gardnerville area and surrounding  landscape by co-op members and guest  artists.  Thu, 9/26-Mon, 9/30, 11am4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno,  627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

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SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE: stale G r a v i t y. Sierra Nevada College alumna Shawnie Personius presents a body of work oneyear post graduation that was supported by the Perspectives on Design award recognizing excellence in art achievement as an undergrad student. Thu, 9/26-Fri, 9/27, Mon, 9/30-Wed 10/2, 9am-5pm. Free. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 881-7525.

SPARKS MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER: A Summer’s Nights Dream. Sierra Watercolor Society presents its judged art show through Sept. 28. Thu, 9/26-Sat, 9/28. Free. Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 355-1144, sparksmuseum.org.


IN REMEMBRANCE—A 9/11 MEMORIAL CONCERT: TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Maestro James Rawie, concludes the 14th annual SummerFest with the “In Remembrance” concert featuring Brahms’s Requiem and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor performed by soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn on the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720. Thu, 9/26, 7pm. $25-$55. Genoa Lakes Golf Club Pavilion, 1 Genoa Lakes Drive, Genoa, www.toccatatahoe.org.

JULIAN G—THE PIANIST WITH THE HAIR: The curly-haired classical pianist and composer performs classical standards and tango transcriptions, as well as his own compositions. In between pieces, he shares his personal stories and anecdotes from the lives of composers. Fri, 9/27, 7:30pm. $22-$36. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe.com.

CHARADE: Carson City Classic Cinema Club presents a showing of the 1963 film starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Discussion and trivia begin at 6:30pm; film rolls at 7pm. Tue, 10/1, 6:30pm. $4. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, ccclassiccinema.org.

LGBTQ FILM FEST: Enjoy inclusive, thoughtful and fun short films on the big screen in the Duke Theatre. Thu, 9/26, 6pm. Duke Theatre, Lake Tahoe Community College, One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4660 x477, www.ltcc.edu.

RETURN TO SEND’ER: Matchstick Productions presents its latest ski film which follows four elite freeskiers—Mark Amba, Karl Fostvedt, Sam Kuch and Loga Pehota. Each skier brings a different style and outlook to the table, but they all have one thing in common: they love to send’er. Fri, 9/27, 7:30pm. $15. Olympic Village Lodge, 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com/events-things-do/ matchstick-productions-presentsreturn-sender.

MUSIC BEATLES FLASHBACK BAND: The Beatles tribute band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album Abbey Road. Hear favorites cuts from that album, as well as other Beatles tunes. Sat, 9/28, 8pm. $15-$25. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

CLASSICAL KIDS—BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS: The Reno Phil Orchestra, conducted by Jane Brown, will perform the worldfamous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs, featuring a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music and the torment of his deafness. Sat, 9/28, 1pm. Free. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., www.renophil.com.

ONSTAGE DEAD PANDA COMEDY NIGHT WITH PETE MUNOZ: Dead Panda Comedy and Reno Improv present San Jose headliner Pete Munoz with featured comedians Jacob Blaeser and PK Hutchinson, as well as local comedians Vickie Gordon, John White, Mike Shinn and Alyssa Osborn. Fri, 9/27, 8pm. $10. Reno Improv, 695 Willow St., (775) 233-6035.

MOON OVER BUFFALO: Carson Valley Community Theater presents Ken Ludwig’s comedy. Fri, 9/27-Sat, 9/28, 7:30pm; Sun, 9/29, 2pm. $18-$22. CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, (775) 292-0939, www.carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org.

SPORTS & FITNESS GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. Please bring appropriate clothing and plenty of water. The hike intensity varies depending on the audience. Sat, 9/28, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer

team plays the Real Monarchs SLC. Sat, 9/28, 5:45pm. $15-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., (775) 334-7000, www.reno1868fc.com.

SPARTAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Some of the world’s best athletes will congregate on the course with a shared goal: to be the Spartan Race World Champion. The event will feature the Spartan Beast Race, The Spartan Ultra Race, Spartan Kids Race and Spartan Tahoe Trail 10k. Sat, 9/28-Sun, 9/29. $39 adults, $29 youth ages 5-17. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.

UNR FOOTBALL HOMECOMING GAME: The University of Nevada, Reno plays the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Sat, 9/28, 7pm. $12-$123. Mackay Stadium, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 348-7225, nevadawolfpack.com.












Friend over backward A friend agreed to dogsit while I flew up to visit my ailing dad. She bailed at 7 p.m. the night before I flew out, saying she needed three days to pack for a vacation. She never even apologized. I don’t want to be friends anymore. She said, “You’re throwing a friend away over not watching your dog.” But it’s not that. It’s that she broke her word and left me in a huge bind. Still, I feel bad about cutting her out of my life, as we’ve been friends a long time. Thoughts? At least your anger hasn’t deserted you. Maybe that sounds odd, given that anger gets a bad rap as a “destructive” emotion. But anger actually has an important function. It’s a “recalibrational emotion,” one of a few emotions—along with shame and embarrassment—that evolutionary scientist Aaron Sell explains evolved to regulate our own behavior as well as someone else’s. Sell writes that anger arises in a person in response to one’s perception that another person “does not value their interests highly enough.” This motivates the angry person to push for better treatment. There are two tactics for this: inflicting costs (sometimes simply through the scary ugliness of aggression) or withdrawing benefits. The function of these two tactics, Sell explains, is to show the other person (the slacking offender) that they will be worse off if they keep neglecting the angry person’s interests. Interestingly, in research across six cultures—including Shuar hunter-horticulturalists in the Amazon—Sell and his colleagues found that people were “less angry when harmed for a large benefit compared to a small benefit.” Accordingly, chances are you’d be less angry and less motivated to retire this woman as a friend if she’d bailed after being hit by some big emergency. Instead, it seems she just wanted to spend three days packing for her trip unimpeded by the slightest bit of doggie care. That desire in and of itself isn’t wrong, but being friends with someone can involve some inconveniences from time to time—putting yourself out to make things better for a person you care about.

What’s more, this woman never apologized. So, your anger—your imposing a cost on her—did not motivate her to feel remorse or show you that your needs and feelings mean something to her. Yes, it’s good to keep friends—if they actually act like friends.

No way to retreat a lady What should you do when a man you’ve been dating stops texting or otherwise responding? We had an amazing time when we were last together. I can’t believe he just isn’t interested. Should I call? Drop by? What do you suggest? A man who’s interested in you will not need chasing. In fact, if he’s really into you, he will chase you like a dog chases a squirrel—a squirrel wearing a tiny jumpsuit made entirely out of bacon. Unfortunately, human psychology is particularly bad at helping us detach from lost causes, motivating us to lead with our ego and emotion rather than reason. For example, we’re prone to keep putting time, energy and/ or money into something based on what we’ve already invested—what we’ve already “sunk” into it. This is called the sunk cost fallacy, and it’s irrational behavior because our initial outlay is gone. The rational approach is to base any further investment on how likely the thing is to pay off in the future. Cut your losses. Come up with an ego-soothing explanation for his disappearance—like that he was kidnapped from the mall parking lot and never seen again. Crazy as that advice might sound, research on memory by psychologist Elizabeth Loftus actually finds we are quick to turn our malarkey, especially our repeated malarkey, into our reality, i.e., what we believe. Also, quite frankly, there’s a good chance he actually was kidnapped—though probably just by some other woman’s butt cleavage. Ω


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made of atoms, but you may not realize that every one of your atoms is mostly empty space. Each nucleus contains more than 99 percent of the atom’s mass, but is as small in comparison to the rest of the atom as a pea is to a cathedral. The tiny electrons, which comprise the rest of the basic unit, fly around in a vast, deserted area. So we can rightfully conclude that you are mostly made of nothing. That’s a good meditation right now. The coming weeks will be a fine time to enjoy the refreshing pleasures of emptiness. The less frenzy you stir up, the healthier you’ll be. The more spacious you allow your mind to be, the smarter you’ll become. “Roomy” and “capacious” will be your words of power.

lEO (JUly 23-AUG. 22): “We don’t always have a

choice about how we get to know one another,” wrote novelist John Irving. “Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly—as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth.” This principle could be in full play for you during the coming weeks. For best results, be alert for the arrival of new allies, future colleagues, unlikely matches and surprise helpers.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEpT. 22): In North America,

people call the phone number 911 to report an emergency. In much of the European Union, the equivalent is 112. As you might imagine, worrywarts sometimes use these numbers even though they’re not experiencing a legitimate crisis. For example, a Florida woman sought urgent aid when her local McDonald’s ran out of Chicken McNuggets. In another case, a man walking outdoors just after dawn spied a blaze of dry vegetation in the distance and notified authorities. But it turned out to be the rising sun. I’m wondering if you and yours might be prone to false alarms like these in the coming days. Be aware of that possibility. You’ll have substantial power if you marshal your energy for real dilemmas and worthy riddles, which will probably be subtle.

lIBRA (SEpT. 23-OcT. 22): “I just cut my bangs in a gas


station bathroom,” confesses a Libran blogger who calls herself MagicLipstick. “An hour ago I shocked myself by making an impulse buy of a perfect cashmere trench coat from a stranger loitering in a parking lot,” testifies another Libran blogger who refers to himself as MaybeMaybeNot. “Today I had the sudden realization that

I needed to become a watercolor painter, then signed up for a watercolor class that starts tomorrow,” writes a Libran blogger named UsuallyPrettyCareful. In normal times, I wouldn’t recommend that you engage in actions that are so heedlessly and delightfully spontaneous. But I do now.

ScORpIO (OcT. 23-NOV. 21): You could call the assign-

ment I have for you as “taking a moral inventory” or you could refer to it as “going to confession.” I think of it as “flushing out your worn-out problems so as to clear a space for better, bigger, more interesting problems.” Ready? Take a pen and piece of paper or open a file on your computer and write about your raw remorse, festering secrets, unspeakable apologies, inconsolable guilt and desperate mortifications. Deliver the mess to me at Truthrooster@gmail.com. I’ll print out your testimony and conduct a ritual of purgation. As I burn your confessions in my bonfire at the beach, I’ll call on the Goddess to purify your heart and release you from your angst. (P.S.: I’ll keep everything confidential.)

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEc. 21): Two hundred years

ago, Sagittarian genius Ludwig Beethoven created stirring music that’s often played today. He’s regarded as one of history’s greatest classical composers. And yet he couldn’t multiply or divide numbers. That inability made it hard for him to organize his finances. He once wrote about himself that he was “an incompetent business man who is bad at arithmetic.” Personally, I’m willing to forgive those flaws and focus on praising him for his soul-inspiring music. I encourage you to practice a similar approach with yourself in the next two weeks. Be extra lenient and merciful and magnanimous as you evaluate the current state of your life. In this phase of your cycle, you need to concentrate on what works instead of on what doesn’t.

cApRIcORN (DEc. 22-JAN. 19): “When you hit a wall—

of your own imagined limitations—just kick it in,” wrote playwright Sam Shepard. That seems like a faulty metaphor to me. Have you ever tried to literally kick in a wall? I just tried it, and it didn’t work. I put on a steel-toe work boot and launched it at a closet door in my basement, and it didn’t make a dent. Plus now my foot hurts. So what might be a better symbol for breaking through your imagined limitations? How about this: Use a metaphorical sledgehammer or medieval battering ram or backhoe. (P.S. Now is a great time to attend to this matter.)

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): In 1965, Chinese archae-

ologists found an untarnished 2,400-year-old royal bronze sword that was still sharp and shiny. It was intricately accessorized with turquoise and blue crystals, precision designs and a silk-wrapped grip. I propose we make the Sword of Goujian one of your symbolic power objects for the coming months. May it inspire you to build your power and authority by calling on the spirits of your ancestors and your best memories. May it remind you that the past has gifts to offer your future. May it mobilize you to invoke beauty and grace as you fight for what’s good and true and just.

pIScES (FEB. 19-MARch 20): “All human beings have

three lives: public, private and secret,” wrote Piscean novelist Gabriel García Márquez. I will add that during different phases of our lives, one or the other of these three lives might take precedence; may need more care than usual. According to my analysis, your life in the coming weeks will offer an abundance of vitality and blessings in the third area: your secret life. For best results, give devoted attention to your hidden depths. Be a brave explorer of your mysterious riddles.

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by JERi DAVis


ficials, in rural Nevada. I wondered if it’ll pose challenges for you.

Andre Wade is the state director for the newly formed LGBTQ advocacy group Silver State Equality.

Talk to me about Silver State Equality. It was started in concert with California’s equivalent organization?

What spurred the decision to start Silver State Equality? Silver State Equality was born out of a notion that Nevada was one of about 11 states without a statewide effort. And Nevada had been leading the charge when it comes to LGBTQ … protections, like from the legislative perspective. It was just ripe for a statewide effort to start here in Nevada. We talked to a lot of leaders, state legislators to see if there was an appetite for this. There was just a resounding “yes.” People saw that was lacking with our movement was a statewide effort, and so Silver State Equality was born.

So you intend to be engaged in lobbying when the next state legislative session kicks off? Absolutely, that will be one of the focuses we’ll be concentrating on. We’ll be focused on passing core-equality legislation and


Yeah, we are affiliated and supported by Equality California. Equality California is the largest statewide LGBTQ rights organization in the country. And, so, they are mentoring Silver State Equality in the work we’re doing.

electing core-equality candidates—and then doing work to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ Nevadans, not from a direct service perspective, but like … competency training for various institutions, raising awareness for HIV prevention, doing smoking cessation sort of work. We’ve been doing work this year around the census, to make sure our community is counted. It’s a historically under-counted community.

Will the organization get involved in rural communities right off the bat or start its work in urban areas? We are starting down south in Las Vegas. That’s where I’m stationed—but we’re going to have a statewide reach. … Our idea is that we’re not going to leave any Nevadan behind, regardless of geography, so we’ll . … be touching the rural areas.

You don’t find as many openly LGBTQ people, and especially public of-

California has similar challenges. In big cities, it’s one sort of climate, and in the rurals, it’s different. It’ll be the same in Nevada. We’ll do work to find out what those issues areas are, what the messaging will be for those particular communities, and then just go from there. But our hope—and I think that will be the case—that people are excited to have something like this come and touch the rural areas, because normally we have the rurals that are sometimes forgotten about.

Do you know yet about partners you’ll work with in Northern Nevada, like Our Center, anyone else? Yeah, so I was just here a month ago touching bases with people at Our Center and NALA[Northern Nevada LGBTQ Leadership Alliance]. … We’re going to be working with those folks, so very much connected with them in having those conversations.

What’s the first step for people who want to get involved? They can go to our website and sign up to be a volunteer or get our newsletter. I’ve had people contact me directly through email to say they want to volunteer, which is really exciting. … If people want to engage in our inaugural Equality Awards—which is going to be Nov. 6 in Las Vegas—that’ll be a way. Eventually, we’re going to be doing Equality Awards in Reno as well. □


Take a crack at it Back in April, a spot on my face started going numb. It was a spot about the size of a golf ball, between my lower lip and my jaw. It was fairly weird, to all of a sudden have this place on my face go numb, and it would stay benumbed for a day or two. See a doctor? Nah. No big deal. Just some occasional numbness. I’m sure it’ll fix itself, right? Then, in May, there was a night where that numbness upped its game, and brought Da Pain—a stinging, burning pain in that same spot that definitely got my attention. “Holy bleep,” I’m thinkin’, “what the bleep is going on with my bleepin’ face?” After a few minutes, it became seriously obvious it was time to see a pro. I had a pretty good idea of what was happening by the time I went in, because it was an easy

call for Dr. Interweb. The first thing that pops up in a search for “burning sensations facial” is something called trigeminal neuralgia. Not real common, but certainly well known. The trigeminal nerve comes out of your neck and gets up in your face, providing feeling to your cheek and jaw, one of the main facial nerve branches. Sometimes, this nerve will get irritated by some other viscera, like a vein or artery, causing it to fire off in a nasty little way. The doc agreed with my self-diagnosis, and prescribed some meds that would calm that nerve and keep it from overheating. OK, swell. I got the meds, so I can mask the pain. But, gee, maybe it’d be nice to, you know, fix my face? Because we all know that the fewer meds you take in this life, the better off you are. So … what’s next?

I was thinking massage might help re-position that nerve, or something, but a friend suggested I think chiropractically. Why not? I called my chiro, whom I hadn’t seen in seven years, and he was still doing business. Lucky for me. I asked, “So, uh, are you familiar with the trigeminal nerve?” He responded, “Get in here.” Three sweet neck cracks later, delivered in three adjustment sessions over the course of a week, and … progress. Big time. Impressive progress. About 90 percent repair job, with normal sensation returning to that fiery numb zone between lip and jaw. Face fixed? Well, the meds are in the medicine chest, just in case of a regression. You never know. But for now, big props to my backcracker! □