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Up beat Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. There’s a lot of good arts coverage in this week’s edition. First and foremost, there’s the cover story, about local Native American artists, a segment of the local arts scene— and the culture overall—that doesn’t always get the recognition they deserve. Arts writer Kris Vagner did her usual stellar job with the piece. But I want to take a few moments to discuss this week’s Arts & Culture feature about the Off Beat Music Festival. It’s a great little fest, with an eclectic mix of bands, drawing on local and up-and-coming touring acts. This is the fifth year of the festival, and I really admire the perseverance that organizer Flip Wright and his team have brought to it, trying to build something special away from the casinos, something that feels geared to musically adventurous locals and open-minded tourists alike. And I’m excited that this year they’ve pared the event down a bit. For something like this to work, it only makes sense for all the venues to be within walking distance of one another. In past years, we at the RN&R, Reno’s bastion of adventure and open-mindedness, probably haven’t given the fest the coverage it deserves—and there’s a simple reason for that. Full disclosure: this year, as in every other year of the festival so far, my silly little singing group is one of the dozens of bands playing. I won’t say too much more than that, but we’re in the mix. When we journalists encounter a personal conflict-of-interest like this, we’ve got two solutions: 1. We can avoid covering the event, beyond a bare mention in the calender section. Or, 2. We disclose the conflict. In the past, we’ve opted to avoid covering the fest. But this year, I’m disclosing. Why? Because the event is well worth your attention. Of course, I’m in a not-going-outas-much-as-I-used-to phase of my life, so I’ve been looking forward to this festival for months. It’s marked on my calender, surrounded by hearts and stars.

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Dreamer The American Dream is about individual freedom, liberty, financial independence and a higher standard of living for all. It is not about socialism. The American Dream works best under capitalism with win-win transactions, free markets and providing other people with what they want. The dream is defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with the individual having undeniable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and government deriving its power from the consent of the governed. The American Dream became vulnerable to taxation with the 16th Amendment (direct taxation) passed in 1913. The present income and payroll tax system taxes production (income, savings and investment) and wealth creation. This undermines capitalism and supports socialism. It is time to stop taxing the American Dream with the FAIRtax bill HR 25 to repeal the 16th Amendment and move the tax base from production to consumption with a progressive national sales and consumption tax system and only one tax break, a monthly tax refund, called the Prebate ($239 per adult, $85 per dependent) that helps the impoverished the most. Paul Livingston Jacksonville, Florida

Not fooled I just read the whistleblower’s complaint. Who wins this argument depends on who can sway public opinion about the character of this president. I’m not unconvinced that the president isn’t thinking he’s actually trying to solve a crime. That it benefits him directly is just a consequence that can’t be helped. I think that Trump has convinced himself that Hillary did, in fact, run child prostitution cells around the world and cheated to try and win the presidency. I also think he doesn’t trust anybody or any agency that doesn’t agree with his very big brain on this, so he’s

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now taking things into his own hands. And because he and what’s left of his minions are a collection of bumbling idiots, here we are. If Trump and the Republicans can convince enough people that he was actually trying to do a good thing and, gosh, he might have just bumbled it because he’s not a “professional politician”—he’s just a normal guy who has enemies who will stop at nothing to change the outcome of an election—he could win this. And he’s a con man of the highest order. (How can one be a first-rate con-man and still be a bumbling idiot? Savant?) Schiff, I think, is doing a good job of demonstrating what happened, but Democrats are going to have to do a very good job of convincing independents, for example, that they’re not hyperventilating over what one might expect from a bumbling idiot who doesn’t really trust a government that lots of folks also think is corrupt. Michel Rottman Virginia City Highlands

Let’s take a look at President Trump’s major accomplishments since he took office. 1) Blocking stronger gun control laws that 89 percent of citizens want; i.e., ban on assault weapons—universal and stronger background checks. (Note: So far, Japan, Uruguay and Venezuela have issued travel warnings for travel to the Unites States. And sales for children’s bullet proof back packs are soaring in the U.S.) 2) Dangerously dividing the nation; inciting hate, violence and discrimination and motivating the white supremacist groups. 3) Violating women’s rights. 4) Alienating our decades long friends and allies around the world and seriously weakening America’s standing as a world leaders while openly embracing and admiring world dictators, while they play him like a violin. 5) Significantly setting back the environmental protection progress that took us decades to achieve. 6) Taking full credit for the recovery of our economy. Actually, the economy has been steadily improving for the last six-plus years. Trump is just riding the positive

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BY MATT BIEKER

Will Trump be impeached? ASKED AT THE MILLS B. LANE JUSTICE CENTER, 1 S. SIERRA ST. MICHAEL NAJER A Welder

I think so. I’ve read up a little about it, but I guess not really a whole lot. There are certain things that a person who’s running the country should not be doing, basically. He did it before he was president, and he’s doing it again as president.

CAROLYN BROCKMEIER Retiree

Yes. Most of the Democrats are in favor of impeachment. I think the latest turn with foreign affairs will seal it. Even if Trump is not guilty of a quid pro quo, he still solicited help, which is a violation of the Hobbs Act.

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Child care should be a right One of the signature policy proposals of U.S. Sen. further expense, of time and gas money, for parents who Elizabeth Warren’s presidential bid is the Universal have to transport kids. Child Care and Early Learning Plan, which would It’s even more difficult for parents who work provide affordable, and even free, child care for working unusual hours, like evenings and weekends, because families. Child care is an incredible expense to working most daycare centers aren’t even open then. parents and an industry in dire need of some sort of And most daycare centers are not in ideal condition. federal assistance. The employees are underpaid and overworked, Folks without young children might not since they’re expected to mind more children understand how pressing this financial than an old woman who lives in a shoe. In burden can be. Because of this, daycare centers have From Warren’s website: “Today, high turnover among employees, which Northern in more than half the states in the often places parents in the uncomfortNevada, there’s an country, a year of child care costs able position of handing over their additional problem: more than a year of in-state college young children to people they’ve just tuition. We’re placing a huge met, whose names they might not There’s not enough financial burden on working families even know. daycare to go looking to find a safe and nurturing Warren: “In the wealthiest country around. place for their kids.” on the planet, access to affordable and It should surprise no one familiar with high-quality child care and early education the state’s often regressive economy that should be a right, not a privilege reserved for Nevada is among those states where child care is the rich.” more expensive than college tuition. We hope that, regardless of who becomes the nomiIn Northern Nevada, there’s an additional problem: nee, this issue continues to be in the discussion through There’s not enough daycare to go around. Many local the general election and beyond. parents of young children are on waiting lists at several Some parents have to work overtime or an extra different daycare centers around the valley. Working job just to afford child care. Finding a balance between parents aren’t usually fortunate enough to choose a family and career is always difficult, but most parents daycare center that’s right for them. They have to wait actually want to spend more time with their children— for an opening. And this might be at a substandard having to scrounge to pay for daycare means that they center or a daycare center across town—creating a actually see their kids less. It’s a lose-lose situation. Ω

I think there’s a pretty strong chance of that. I don’t think he’s ever going to get removed, but I do think they’re going to try anything in their power to get him impeached. I think that ball could get rolling. I think it’s possible.

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What I have seen is that it’s a very complicated process, and so even if there is a desire to impeach the president, getting through the process and actually removing the president from office might be very difficult. … It’s not as simple as we impeach him and he’s out of office. MICHAEL DELOSTIA Civil engineer

No. Because we were just talking about news biases and how they listen to one thing and then do something completely different. … Trump is filling in for, “no better news today.” Are the facts even there? I feel that the news has unfairly skewed in one direction versus another.

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BY SHEILA LESLIE

Bombshells The greed of the U.S. military reminds me of the avarice of corporate America. Whatever you give them, it’s never enough. While Apple, Switch and Tesla stockholders enjoy the largesse of Nevada’s taxpayers, they’re still looking for more ways to fleece us and increase their profits. The military demands more and more of Nevada’s natural resources, claiming national security is at stake—and they expect Nevadans to shoulder the burden of their land grabs and be glad of it. The tide has yet to turn on corporate welfare in Nevada, despite constant reports of underperformance in agreed-upon metrics and a shocking lack of infrastructure planning to accommodate the thousands of people these companies attract despite their promises that the new jobs would primarily benefit existing residents. Our communities have been left to struggle with crowded roads and schools, a severe lack of housing and have been left without the taxes needed to pay for improvements. As conditions worsen, the blame game intensifies. Local

and state officials point fingers at each other while the corporations pretend they’re contributing their fair share to state coffers through inflated cost/benefit analyses that can’t withstand the slightest scrutiny. Nevada officials have been more united in opposing an arrogant and determined military that insists they can’t possibly share training resources since each branch has unique needs. During the 2019 Legislature, resolutions were approved asking Congress to deny military expansion in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Nevada by the Air Force (AJR 2) and remove Bureau of Land Management public lands to add to the Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex (AJR 7). Governor Sisolak declined to take a position—on Public Lands Day, no less—telling the Nevada Independent that he has been meeting with generals and understands their needs. The Air Force wants to remove more than 300,000 acres from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge to add to the 846,000 acres

they already took from the Refuge, despite widespread opposition from lawmakers, the Moapa Band of Southern Paiute Indians, environmentalists and recreationalists. The Refuge provides critical habitat and protection for Nevada’s desert bighorn sheep, our official state animal. The military’s proposed expansion would threaten these iconic creatures while also eliminating public access and foreclosing on the possibility of a future wilderness designation, something that was recommended in the 1970s by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Closer to Reno, the Navy wants to withdraw more than 600,000 acres of public lands, closing off access to 360,000 acres, effectively barring hikers and other recreationalists. If they succeed, they’ll control nearly 1,000 square miles in Churchill County, making it impossible to create Wilderness Study Areas there. Friends for Nevada Wilderness offers many more details on the proposals at nevadawilderness.org. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds but if you want to make sure

Nevada’s public lands are accessible and not bombed into oblivion by a greedy military, you should contact our federal representatives, especially the one least likely to listen, Congressman Mark Amodei. It may feel like a waste of time to call or email our Congressman since he’s made it abundantly clear he’s not interested in constituent opinion, refusing to hold town halls or thoughtfully engage with voters who don’t agree with him. But if his office doesn’t tally calls against these massive land grabs, he’ll conclude that no one cares. Create a public record of dissent by calling him at 686-5760 and emailing him at amodei.house.gov/email-me/. Let Amodei and Sisolak know we’re tired of Nevada being the military’s playground, and we’re sick of the bombing and destruction. Tell them Nevadans have given enough and the military should take their expansion elsewhere, or better yet, figure out a way to train that doesn’t destroy our wilderness and rob us of our heritage and our peace. □

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BY JERI DAVIS

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Adoption numbers for wild horses removed from the range have been flat for years at around 3,500 per year, but, according to the BLM, those numbers topped 7,000 in 2019.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate hopeful, Pete Buttigieg spent the day in Reno as part of his campaign to raise his political profile in Nevada, where our status as an early caucus state is increasingly seen as a bellwether for the crowded Democratic candidate field.

Pete Buttigieg speaks to the Buttigieg addressed the crowd at a rally at Sparks current progressive checklist High School. of woes in the city, beginPHOTO/MATT BIEKER ning with a tour of downtown Reno’s recently razed motels led by local social justice organization ACTIONN, speaking with displaced and low-income residents while proposing solutions like greater access to Section 8 housing vouchers, and the larger picture of closing the country’s wage gap. He then traveled to the GM parts distribution center in Stead to meet with striking United Auto Workers before attending a rally at Sparks High School, where approximately 700 attendees heard introductory remarks from campaign staff and volunteers before Buttigieg took the stage. Touching on various issues like mental health care, energy independence and white nationalist violence, Buttigieg also proposed more specific ideas about government reform at the democratic level, calling for an end to gerrymandering, Citizens United and unnecessarily complex voter registration laws. He also showed support for a more streamlined immigration and citizenship process, at one point saying, “Immigration is how our country runs,” and invoking biblical scripture, “What ever happened to, ‘I was a stranger in a foreign land?’” “Mayor Pete,” as he is known to his supporters, is one of two combat veterans pursuing the 2020 nomination and has said that he will not seek another term as mayor in order to focus on his presidential campaign.

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From the horse’s mouth Wild horse advocates question possible management plan A plan for managing the West’s burgeoning wild horse population is waiting for approval and funding from the U.S. Senate. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million in increased funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program as part of the new plan, which many are calling an unprecedented alliance between animal rights groups and the livestock and farming industries. Its backers include the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Coalition, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation—but many wild horse advocates in Nevada hate the plan.

The Senate committee included the $35 million increase as part of the $35.8 billion Interior Department appropriation bill it approved on Sept. 26. It’s not clear when the full Senate will consider the measure. The plan, called “The Path Forward for Management of BLM’s Wild Horses & Burros,” was negotiated between the groups that back it over the course of several years. It includes four main actions to be taken that the coalition believes can provide “solutions for the short and long-term health” of wild horses, burros and Western rangeland: “(1) Relocate removed wild horses and burros to more cost-effective pasture facilities, (2) Contract with private parties to secure lower-cost leasing of land for long-term humane care of removed horses and burros, (3) Apply proven, safe

and humane population growth suppression strategies to every herd that can be reached utilizing trained volunteers, Agency staff, and animal health professionals, as individual HMAs dictate to prevent repeated gathers and (4) Promote adoptions in order to reduce captive populations and costs.” According to the BLM, there are nearly 90,000 wild horses on public land currently and another 50,000 in contracted long-pasture care and in BLM storage facilities. The goal of the “Path Forward” plan would be to reduce the number on the range to closer to 27,000 horses—the number the BLM says Western rangelands can support. But wild horse advocates in Nevada say the plan is too vague, and many are worried that it could lead to even more horses in storage and potentially even horse slaughter. “It’s not a good path forward—and I think the main problem is that the Humane Society, with whom I have worked, and ASPCA, don’t know better,” said longtime horse advocate and author Terri Farley. “They don’t have a history working with the BLM. And the main problem, I think, with this … is that it has no teeth. If BLM doesn’t go along with this, there seem to be no repercussions.” The plan would call for the removal of 15,000-20,000 wild horses from the range via controversial roundups during its first three years—a number the plan says would likely “drop to 5,000-10,000 per year for the remainder of the proposal term as fertility control takes effect.” Farley also has problems with some of the specific language in the plan. “It says that the roundups will be accelerated in areas where it’s politically sensitive,” she said. In fact the plan does cover this, suggesting that the BLM prioritize roundups in areas where “rangeland degradation and direct political conflict with the BLM’s multiple-use mandate” are concerns. Advocates with the American Wild Horse Campaign—which runs a fertility control program on the region’s famous Virginia Range wild horses—object to the plan’s vague language where population control strategies are concerned. AWHC endorses the use of contraceptive called Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP), which is administered to mares in the wild via dart. They want the BLM to use


the same drug to help control horse populations but worry the agency could resort to measures like spaying mares. “Right now, I mean, you’ll find the groups that endorse the plan,” said Suzanne Roy, executive directory of AWHC. “They say, ‘We don’t believe the BLM can do spaying because we don’t believe it’s safe and humane.’ But if the BLM says it’s safe and humane, then that’s who’s deciding. There’s no restrictions on it.” “The Path Forward plan is a general kind of an idea, is what I’m seeing,” added Greg Hendricks, AWHC’s director of field operations. “The issues that I think many of us have … is that the plan lacks the details that protect the horses. And one of the elements, obviously—when they talk about some type of population control, that’s a really general statement, and a lot of things can fall into that. Without some kind of definition of what they’re going with, what they’re considering, they could put all kinds of things on the table that would affect horse behavior and horse hormones and potentially be negative toward the horses’ health, like new treatments that haven’t been tested appropriately.” Deb Walker, the group’s Nevada field representative summed up her own objections, saying, “It’s just not written tight enough to make me feel like the horses and burros are going to be taken care of appropriately—on the range or in holding.” But representatives from the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program have indicated that these concerns may be premature.

“The BLM is actually still reviewing that plan that was submitted,” said Jason Lutterman, a national spokesperson for the program. “You know, I think it aligns a lot with what the BLM has been doing and plans to do, but we’re still reviewing that right now.” “Also, that hasn’t been signed yet,” said Jenny Lesieutre, the program’s Nevada spokesperson. “So that’s the current language in there. That’s important to note—that, until it’s signed, that $35 million is just what’s being presented.” Lesieutre also pointed out that the agency’s management of wild horses—including things like gathering them from the range and administering fertility control—requires a public process mandated by the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA). “Bottom line, all gather plans go through the NEPA process,” she said. “So, it’s very clear per gather, by gather what kind of population suppression that is utilized per that area—is or isn’t utilized. So, a NEPA process is done through the public input process, and therefore that’s what we have to stick to. So, although the concern may be there, currently, it’s only approved suppression techniques.” On Sept. 26, the Senate sent a seven-week continuing resolution to the president’s desk, delaying the possibility of another government shutdown—and very likely answers to questions surrounding the Path Forward plan—until Nov. 21. Ω

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During his first campaign stop in Northern Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 28, Pete Buttigieg’s rally at Sparks High School was interrupted by a power outage during a question-and-answer segment toward the end of his speech. Projecting loudly to the crowd, some of whom used their cell phones’ flashlights to illuminate the stage, Buttigieg said, “Well, this is how they did politics back in the old days.” PHOTO/MATT BIEKER

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Short takes Truckee Community Theater Some playwrights dazzle you with epics about the big issues in life or take their time unwinding a tale of suspenseful drama. Well, that isn’t the Fourth Annual Fall 10-Minute Play Festival. Truckee Community Theater produces this show on Oct. 4 and 5, and it’s for people who want some bite-size stage experiences. “Why see one play when you can see eight in one night?” said Carrie Haines, artistic director of Truckee Community Theater. “It’s truly amazing what can be accomplished in 10 minutes—a beginning, middle and end.” It’s often that last part that grabs the most attention. “What’s really special about the scripts is that they all have a powerful ending, whether it’s a drama or a comedy. All of them are very poignant,” she said. Haines said it’s a particular joy to put on this show every year. Rehearsals are comparatively easy. “Everyone has so much fun because there’s so much variety,” she said. “It has a film festival appeal.” That extends to the subject matter of this year’s eight plays, which include a science fiction play for the first time. They range from a drama set during the Holocaust to another where actors are playing chickens crossing the road. Both local and national playwrights are featured in the annual festival. The theater company picks 16 plays so they don’t repeat during the two-night run. This year, there were 40 plays submitted. “In the past, we’ve obtained some plays from a publisher, but this is the first year that all the plays are original works,”

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From left, Loren McCormac, Aaron Foster and Kathy Manifold rehearse for the annual Fall 10-Minute Play Festival from the Truckee Community Theater. COURTESY/TRUCKEE COMMUNITY THEATER

Haines said. “We received submissions from writers all over the country, in fact, all over the world. We’re featuring a playwright from England this year, so now it’s become international.” From there, the directors of each play— this year, there are 11 different directors, including Haines—held casting auditions the plays, which feature 30 different actors, age 14 and up. “The directors start to fight over the actors to get which ones they want,” Haines said with a chuckle. “That is a challenge we have, because there are some actors doing two plays and a couple doing three. We try to limit them because it does become demanding to memorize lines and different characters, but it’s something that all the actors really love.” The Truckee festival has also become something that other companies in California are starting to emulate. Haines said she has attended the California Community Theater Conference and presented on the festival to great interest from other companies, including Sacramento. “Now, others are following in our footsteps and presenting their own,” Haines said. “We’re one of the very few in the country that do this. It’s brilliant all the way around, because it costs us almost nothing to put on and the patrons love it.” With a simple black-box setup and a variety of subject matter, the plays foster creativity and imagination from all involved. The audiences reward this every night with a vote for best play, but with no big prize. “A play I directed two years ago was a winner, and I just said, ‘OK, we have bragging rights now,’” Haines said. Ω

The Fourth Annual Fall 10-Minute Play Festival takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 at Truckee Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, California. Get more details at truckeecommunitytheater.com

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In clear view great basin natiVe artists moVe from obscurity to recognition

by Kris Vagner

“It’s interesting how much is not on the internet,” said Melissa Melero-Moose. She’s a contemporary painter and a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, and it makes her nervous when people say things like, “If it’s not Google-able, it doesn’t exist.” In 2014, Melero-Moose, along with painter Ben Aleck, started a group called the Great Basin Native Artists. Among the group’s goals is to raise the profiles of Native artists. “That’s what inspired me,” Melero-Moose said. “I was just trying to get these regional artists, trying to get people to know that just because they’re not Google-able, that doesn’t mean they’re not out there.” There’s another reason the group started, too. Some artists were producing plenty of salable work, Melero-Moose among them. She makes abstract acrylic paintings—often with natural materials such as pine nuts or grasses embedded in them—in her studio, a garden shed painted bright blue, in her yard in Hungry Valley, a remote residential neighborhood in far north Sparks that’s part of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony. And she has a sizable following as a painter. But still, it was difficult to get good shows. She mentioned that the Nevada Museum of Art held a group show of artwork by local Native artists in 2012. And the next most recent one, at the Nevada State Museum, had been 12 years prior. “If we had to wait every decade just to have a group show, that was OK, but not the best, you know?” she said. She said that a lot of artists weren’t creating or sharing their work because they didn’t think anybody would want to see it. Even Jack Malotte, the now well-known Western Shoshone

and Paiute artist, was “holed up in Duckwater and doing silkscreening. But if he had, potentially, places that wanted to see his skill and his artwork, he would [have been] all over the place. And he would [have made] a full living off of it. And so would a lot of our artists.” At the group’s outset, its members weren’t exactly sure what course it would take. “When it first started, we didn’t even really know: Is it a group? Is it a movement? Is it just a bunch of us showing?” said Melero-Moose. “At one point … we were meeting monthly. And then looking for artists.” They started setting up booths at events like the Stewart Indian School powwow. “And that was amazing,” she said. “We met all of these people, and people invited us to do random shows, from church hallways to the education office in Carson City, and the artists were selling. It was great. … We started to get a little bit of a list. That turned into a website. If I found any news—if I found a postcard for a show, either hard copy or online, I would keep it.”

A retrospective at the Nevada Museum of Art includes a lifetime of artworks by Western Shoshone/Washoe artist Jack Malotte, who lives in Duckwater, a town of 200-ish residents, far from any city and near the nation’s largest nuclear test site. Much of his work addresses nuclear testing, Native land rights and other land use issues. The exhibition is on view through Oct. 20. Photo/Kris Vagner

Not just a geNeratioN gap Topaz Jones is a member of GBNA. She thinks of her paintings as contemporary images that pick up where traditional Native artists left off. She borrows motifs from objects such as baskets, translating them into abstracted paintings, prints and drawings that look like they’re as much about the future as the past. “I feel like there’s this disconnect,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of people that, through their art, kind of stay stuck in the past, in old designs, the way that people used to look back in 1800s or further back. There’s, like, a time where time stops, where creativity stops.” She has a theory about why these artists hesitate to embrace more modern aesthetics—and it’s not due to a run-of-the-mill generation gap.

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left: In addition to artwork for galleries and collectors, Jack Malotte makes posters and other graphics on behalf of native rights groups. “we don’t have the complexion for Protection” is an inkon-paper version of a 1992 t-shirt design that he made for Southwest network for environmental & economic Justice. photo/kris vagner

right: Melissa Melero-Moose is an artist and one of the founders of Great Basin native artists. photo/kris vagner

“People stop creating because there’s so much trauma,” she said. She mentioned Indian boarding schools, the institutions that forbade Native children from speaking their own languages, keeping their long hair, and wearing their own clothes. (See “School spirit,” feature story, Jan. 4, 2018). In 1891, the federal government made attendance compulsory and made it legal to forcibly remove Native children from their families. Eventually, the kidnapping and abuse that marked boarding schools’ early decades subsided, but their legacy still affects many families—including Jones’. Her grandmother, now in her 80s, was a boarding school student. “A lot of people don’t really understand how restrictive life was for Native people,” Jones said. “I feel like the nation thinks Native people are really spiritual people and have these beliefs. So much of that stuff was really lost early on.” “People have a hard time moving forward from that gap,” she said, and this is where her affinity for modern imagery comes in. “When I think of those old designs, there’s a lot of tribes that have a close connection with their heritage

and their designs, how they pass them down from family to family. If the genocide never happened, if the conquest never happened, wouldn’t we just be moving forward with our designs? … A lot of people don’t realize that it was only in [recent decades] that we started getting our rights.” The federal government passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978. The Native American Languages Act—disavowing past policies that forbade Native languages—and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, were both passed in 1990.

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“We definitely get pigeonholed, like showing at natural history museums and only tribal museums or Native American-focused museums.” MelissA Melero-Moose great Basin native artists

get to create pieces and send them off to Melissa.” The work she sends to MeleroMoose gets exhibited in group shows— including one that’s up at Sierra Arts, 17 S. Virginia St., right now—which offers some peace of mind, especially given that Jones balances the job of making and marketing her work with the job of being a mother to her young children. The group has also led her to some newfound attention. A PhD student in Germany, Kristina Baudemann, found Jones through GBNA and ended up including her in a book. And, Jones said, being connected with the group “allows a platform to be relevant in where I’m from.” While she likes living in Santa Fe for its bustling art and culture scenes, she does sometimes feel a bit removed—in Pueblo and Navajo territory—from her Shoshone roots. If it seems that a group with “Great Basin” in its name and a member in New Mexico might have a confusingly wide geographic range, there’s a good reason for that. Melero-Moose comes from a Nevada family, but she was born in San Francisco in 1974, not long after her parents were sent there as part of yet another national assimilation effort. The government offered to relocate Native Americans to urban areas, and Melero-Moose said that people living in poverty on reservations felt that they had little choice. Her mother, years earlier, had had some negative experiences at an Indian boarding school, but as a child from an impoverished family with seven children, Melero-Moose said, “She was just happy to have meals and her own bed.” Her mother had similarly mixed feelings about moving to the city. She was excited but scared. Ultimately, she missed her family and returned to Nevada. Melero-Moose was raised in Reno. She describes herself as “part Paiute from California— which is why I didn’t just call it the Nevada Native American group, or something like that.”

Over the last five years, the group has grown to include approximately 150 artists, including some in California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Melero-Moose has traveled around the West to events like basket conventions to connect with more artists, and her inclination is to remain geographically inclusive. “[GBNA] branched from the Eastern Sierra all the way to the West Coast,” she said. “We might have to rename ourselves now.”

institutional clout “The group has slowly but surely started this movement of artists coming out of the woodwork,” Jones said. “Since we started the group and exhibiting for ourselves, people have been producing way more,” Melero-Moose said. “We get together on occasion for these art receptions … Before that, everyone was in their kitchens drawing, and gave it away. And nobody got to know them and see their art.” The postcard collection that she’d started saving early on quickly evolved into a bona fide archive. In 2018, the Nevada Museum of Art granted her a fellowship, which came with funding to further research Native artists. As of June, the museum now houses the group’s records. Megan Bellister, the NMA’s archive assistant, said that they will eventually be digitized and available online for all to browse. Melero-Moose has also been working as a consultant with the NMA—advising on questions like “Who should we get to drum at an event?”—and Stewart Indian School, which closed as a boarding school in 1980 and is now a museum and cultural center slated to expand soon. She’s also on the advisory board of the Lilley Museum of Art, which opened this year at the University of Nevada, Reno. “She’s been a really great adviser,” said Paul Baker Prindle, who was the director of the Lilley Museum as it was being conceived and established. He said that Melero-Moose brought up some issues that helped the fledgling museum develop its curatorial policies—both inside and outside the boardroom. “With Melissa, some of the most powerful advising happened outside of meetings,” Baker Prindle said. “We would go grab dinner, grab beers and talk about what’s going on in the art world. I think one of the biggest issues facing museums and indigenous artists is that museums have not traditionally supported their work. And when they have, it’s in anthropology museums.” “We definitely get pigeonholed,” Melero-Moose said. “Like showing at natural history museums and only tribal museums or Native American-focused museums.” “Traditional indigenous work is written off as craft,” Baker Prindle said. “We had a lot of conversations about that. I would not have been able to recraft the identity of the mission … if Melissa wasn’t there.” “Ask a person on the street to name a Great Basin Native Artist,” Baker Prindle said. Five years ago, it would have been harder to do. More recently, artists like Jack Malotte, Jean LaMarr, and Melero-Moose come up in art-world conversations a lot more often. “She put these people into the vernacular,” he said. “Changing people’s relation to these art forms involves a lot of easy questions but also a lot of difficult questions,” he added. “What underlies it is an ethnocentric notion of what art is.” Artists and museums nationally are having similar conversations. Dyani White Hawk is an artist


from Minnesota who is German, Welsh and Lakota Sioux. She had an exhibition at the Lilley earlier this year, and she’s publicly posed this question: If major 20th-century American artists like Agnes Martin and Jackson Pollock have cited Native artists as influences, why does their work tend not to appear in museum collections? “The answer is racism—period,” said Baker Prindle. “We think that art that non-white people make is ‘craft.’ And that’s crap. … I think anyone who’s working in contemporary art—we decide what’s contemporary based on cultural conversations. Our notion of what contemporary is is defined by us. It’s not this notion that came down from the heavens.” “One of the things that I think is so important is that at least a few museums need to step up and start collecting traditional indigenous art,” he added. “Then, other museums will follow. The art world is like that. He said that the conversations over dinner and beers with Melero-Moose gave him the courage—his word—to recraft UNR’s curatorial mission. “She gave me the language to talk about it,” he said.

Future goals “Museums are aware that there is a new breed of curator that is coming in and attempting to have a full representation of art in America and art in general,” Melero-Moose said. “And, I think, around here, Nevada Museum of Art is ahead of their time, doing the archive and doing the solo show … for Jack Malotte.”

But, she noted, Malotte’s show “shouldn’t be the first [Native artist’s solo show] we’ve had that I can think of—ever. … There’s still tons of work to do at museums internationally, about education, about Native people, just in general.” And Jones brought up a couple of problems she’d like to see addressed. “The big museums ... really go after who’s popular,” she said. Jones likened the museum representation of Native artists to a high school popularity contest. “It’s not about the quality of the work sometimes,” she said. “It’s about something else. People are getting overlooked.” “I think right now there’s a huge market for appropriation, where you basically take some kind of pop thing and turn it Native,” Jones added. “It becomes very popular real fast. It’s kind of like eye candy.” “With social media, anyone can be famous in a couple minutes,” she said. “It just depends on who you know. … There’s a part of that process that’s a little too instant.” Jones would not mind living in a world where artists’ reputations took more to build than a knack for being an Instagram influencer. And, as she and Melero-Moose both know, a lot of good artwork is, well, still un-Google-able. Ω

“Blinded” is a painting by Topaz Jones, a Great Basin Native Artists member from Owyhee who now lives in Santa Fe. cOurTeSy/TOpAz jONeS

► For more information about Great Basin Native Artists, visit greatbasinnativeartists.com. The group is holding an exhibition, also titled “Great Basin Native Artists,” at Sierra Arts, 17 N. Virginia St., from Oct. 4-28, with a reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

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With a brand new album in tow, this is another Portland band that mixes styles, including folk, electronic music, dream pop and Latin rhythms. Led by incisive singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza, Y La Bamba entrances you as much as it makes you think about its strong lyrical content. Barnato also pointed out that the band now has two Reno band members: Zack Teran on bass and Miguel Jiminez on drums. They play Friday at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.

One of the considerably louder bands in this year’s festival, this L.A. group has a distinctively arty take on the aggro. Elements of hardcore punk and doom metal are a part of their sound, but there’s also heavy industrial/ electronic accents that move it closer to that style. This is definitely not an easy band to categorize, and hooray for that. They play on Friday at Shea’s Tavern.

Mattson 2 This duo from San Diego merges psychedelic rock with legit jazz influences. The musicianship is beyond solid, and the new wrinkle of vocals just adds more fuel to the interest behind this uncommon band of brothers (identical twins, to be exact). “They are blowing up right now,” Wright said. “They just had a 10-page feature written about them in the Washington Post that called them one of the most unique bands in America.” They play Saturday at Chapel Tavern, 1099 S. Virginia St.

Dick Stusso

Klaus Johann Grobe The dance crowd will love this group from Switzerland, but there’s more going on here than the thump. There’s a lot of ’70s German influence, down to that era’s peculiar take on funk, giving KJG an edge lacking in the modern disco revival. “It’s going to be a high energy show and people are going to be freaking out to see them in such an intimate venue,” Wright said. They play on Saturday at the Loving Cup, 188 California Ave.

Slow Motion Cowboys On the opposite side of the indie world is a band like this San Francisco group, by way of New Mexico. The Cowboys play a minimalist, woozy take on trad country and folk. Band leader Pete Frauenfelder is better known for his other group, loud roots rockers the Trainwreck Riders, but this is the flipside of that scratchy vinyl single. They play on Saturday afternoon at Pignic Pub and Patio, 235 Flint St.

Locals might know Chari Glogovac-Smith from her time in Reno leading popular hip-hop/ indie group Knowledge Lives Forever. Her solo work is a whole new thing, with loud rock and classic soul merging with a modern take on dance music. Now living in the Bay Area, Chari’s continuing to push the envelope in intriguing ways. She plays on Saturday at 40 Mile Saloon, 1495 S. Virginia St.

Stirr Lightly Their recent, astonishing take on 7Seconds’ classic “Walk Together Rock Together” from the M local Destroy All That Tradition tribute speaks volumes, quietly. This Reno trio plays melodic indie pop that has an edge as you listen deeper, its ramshackle-butright sound bringing an intimacy to a scene that’s often blustery. They play on Friday at the Holland Project.

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Is it possible to be visceral and brainy at all once? Stusso answers that question with aplomb, as this Oakland musician plays folksyindie that has a melodic bounce straight out of ’70s UK glam rock. “He’s a really inventive songwriter, I’d say really impactful lyrically,” Kilpatrick said. For this show, Stusso will be playing with a full band. It’s on Friday at Chapel Tavern.

Chari and The Howlin’ Truth

Buster Blue Finally, we get to this anticipated return for a Reno band that did a lot to popularize the acoustic side of indie rock in the scene earlier this century. A slow-motion collision between folk, country and alterno-rock, Buster Blue’s sound has been missed over the past few years, so it’s good to see them back. They play the opening show, Thursday at the Saint, 761 S. Virginia St. Ω

Read more about who is playing this year’s festival—and get tickets, see a full schedule and hear audio samples from the artists—at offbeatreno.com.

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by matt Bieker

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Guillermo Diaz poses in front of a piece from his Wine Series collection of acrylic paintings.

Close up Guillermo Diaz Self-taught painter and photographer Guillermo Diaz has an eye for the finer things in life—literally. After spending years in a medical laboratory looking through a microscope, Diaz turned both his lens and his brush to the some of the smallest subjects he could find, taking macroscopic photos of insects and fungi, and rendering lifelike portraits in acrylic that are accurate down to the individual hairs. His current untitled show is hanging at the Hub Coffee Roasters, 727 Riverside Drive. “I worked for a couple of private laboratories,” Diaz said. “So, we were mostly examining blood samples from patients, plasma, all those things, you know. [My inspiration] came from the laboratory. … Just, like, looking at things and then trying to transfer them to my canvas.” After leaving his native El Salvador in the late’80s, Diaz began pursuing a medical degreee in 2001 before eventually trying his hand at both photography and painting in 2009. He started by shooting landscapes with a point-andshoot camera in Houston before realizing the limits of his equipment meant he needed a professional lens to capture the detail he was looking for. “I was trying micro photography, sort of doing a lot of insects and small things,” Diaz said. “So, mushrooms are kind of, you know, unique because one day they are there and then next they aren’t. You don’t have much time to prepare, basically. You go on a hike, and then you encounter these beautiful [natural] things. And then I set up my 18

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camera and all my lights, and I tried to capture all the details.” Diaz said he’s always been fascinated by nature, and spent plenty of time outdoors in Houston, where he still spends about half his time. He relocated to Reno two years ago to be closer to family, though, and has familiarized himself with many of the hiking trails around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. “I’ve been doing more on landscapes, I guess because, moving to Reno, there’s not that many insects,” Diaz said. Some might consider a dearth of insects a positive aspect of living in the Truckee Meadows, but Diaz’ subject matter also considers the human condition. Many of his paintings on display at the Hub blend hyper-realistic human features with abstract colors, glossy textures and patterns reminiscent of spilled liquid, which he calls the Wine Series. “I was thinking about wine and passion and lovers and all those human emotions,” Diaz said. “People love wine, and I love wine, but I wanted something a bit more complicated and that’s something abstract. But at the same time, I’m an expert on portraits. So, I wanted it to include that. But, just painting portraits, it’s kind of boring, you know, if you see one you’ve seen them all. So, I wanted to do something different, something that totally no one has done before.” Diaz is currently working on bringing the Wine Series to a show at an actual winery in the Seattle area. He doesn’t maintain an online presence for his art, however, meaning the only way to view his work is up close. Ω


by BoB Grimm

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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.

Royal stumble I have never seen a single episode of Downton Abbey, the Emmy-winning British TV series that aired its last episode three years ago. It’s not that I have intentionally avoided it, there are just some TV shows I never get around to watching. I haven’t seen Good Omens, either. So, walking into Downton Abbey, the movie, I knew next to nothing. I knew it was set in the early 20th Century, I knew it was British, and I knew the awesome Maggie Smith was in it. I also knew Dan Stevens was probably not in it due to situations his character encountered during the run of the show— TV events that made the news. This movie is a mess, although it’s the sort of mess a true fan might be willing to tolerate. Director Michael Engler seems to be working with enough subplots in this movie to fuel an entire season of the former TV show, and it’s painfully apparent by the pacing—especially in its first half—that the big screen doesn’t serve the cast well. The big plot twist here is that King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) are coming to Downton Abbey, a big estate with a reasonably sized staff, for a quick visit during one of their tours. So the staff, taken a bit by surprise, must prepare for a visit from the royal family. Much of this movie is staff running around trying to prepare for this visit. In fact, the first half of this movie is almost entirely about preparing for the visit. They go to the store for eggs. They try to fix the boiler so the Queen will have hot water, and they endure some minor staff shakeups in anticipation of the big visit. Then the visit happens, and then the visit ends. That’s the main thrust of the movie. In the background, there are all sorts of little affairs and plot threads that even the most hardcore fans might have a hard time keeping track of. There’s even a blink-and-you-will-miss-it assassination plot involving King George that just sort of happens, without any attention to anything resembling details. Hey, a movie

“Life should be classist, yet classy. That’s what mother always said.”

where King George V almost gets assassinated should be at least slightly exciting, right? Nope, it’s just something that happens in this movie, as inconsequential as one of its characters taking a bath. The presentation of the film’s first half is rushed, as if Engler is worried someone would accuse his film of being bloated and dragging. Quick little scenes happen, and then they are connected by a plucky string orchestral soundtrack that does more to annoy than enhance. Honestly, the kinetic pace of the first half of this movie reminded me of Michael Bay’s scattershot Transformers movies. I wanted this movie to slow down, and allow some of its sumptuous set designs and obviously decent cast to get a chance to be seen and breathe. The Downton staff winds up preparing a meal for the King and Queen, and not a single detail about what they prepare is shared. I’d like to know what they prepared for Queen Mary. Was it duck? What did they have for dessert? Clearly, the makers of this movie never saw Babette’s Feast. The last act of the film is its best. A showdown between Violet Crawley (Smith) and Maud Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton) comes to a satisfying conclusion, proving that their part of the story probably deserved its own movie. There’s no question in my mind why Smith won some Emmys for her portrayal of Crawley on the show. She’s not in the movie a lot, but when she occupies the screen, the movie takes on life. So, if I can say anything good about Downton Abbey, the movie, it’s that I’m at least slightly curious to watch some of the TV show (I probably won’t) and see a little more background on some of its characters. I can see why the enterprise has gathered a huge throng of fans, but I can’t come even close to recommending the movie. Ω

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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.)

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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.

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Hustlers

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.

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It Chapter Two

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.

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Rambo: Last Blood

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. 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 a bit of a drag, albeit with some decent action scenes and carnage. Rambo: Last Blood is an abomination. 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.

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Untouchable

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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by Todd souTh

Bighorn Tavern serves a chicken breast banh mi with side salad, plus deviled eggs for an appetizer.

By the horns When no one can decide, I drive the herd to a diner or bar and grill. The menu at Bighorn Tavern looked promising, though the cozy space is a bit on the loud side when “the game” is on all of the televisions. I find it near impossible to not order Buffalo wings ($10) when available. These were meaty and crispy—just what I want. We were served both bleu cheese and ranch dressings, and the fiery wing sauce was plentiful and perfect. A single Scotch egg ($8) was hard-boiled, wrapped in spicy sausage and bread crumbs, deep fried and then served in halves with a spicy horseradish mustard. Overall it wasn’t bad, but I prefer a jellied, softer yolk—and mustard that isn’t ice cold. We each got a little bite, then doubled-down with deviled eggs ($5.50). Sprinkled with bacon crumbles and paprika, the bacon-jalapeño filling was savory with just a hint of kick. There were plenty to go around. My grandson’s fried chicken strips with an ample side of fruit ($6) looked good, but the meat was completely dry and difficult to chew. He wisely skipped it, ate the fruit and a little bit of everything else on the table. We didn’t detect bayou-inspired flavors on my son’s otherwise enjoyable Cajun burger ($15), though the half-pound patty was cooked to order and loaded up with bacon, bleu cheese, red onion, mixed greens, tomato and housemade sweet pickle. A side of onion rings were so heavy with batter, I really couldn’t taste the onion. It was the same story with his wife’s plate of fish and chips ($14). Once you dug through a doughnut’s worth of coating, the fish inside was actually flaky and moist. I 20

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found the cocktail and tartar sauces to be too sweet and fairly bland, respectively. The fries were a little overcooked, but definitely fresh-cut and better than something from a bag. My daughter loved her veggie burger ($13), a sweet potato and quinoa patty topped with provolone and veggies, with fries on the side. Her friend was less impressed with his tri-tip sandwich ($13.50), thick cuts of beef topped with grilled scallion, provolone and chimichurri on a French roll. The meat was chewy and a bit dry, though seasoned well. His choice of steak fries turned out to be huge, immensely satisfying potato wedges and easily the favorite side we sampled. Knowing she’d be late from work, my younger daughter asked me to order for her. I paired a banh mi ($13) with a side of chili for an extra few bucks, because why not? The Vietnamese hoagie was surprisingly good, with chicken breast, spicy teriyaki, pickled carrot, radish, fresh jalapeño and cilantro. The black bean and hamburger chili was topped with red onion, sour cream and jack cheese. I thought it was a little weak and watery, but she seemed fine with it. I was once again thwarted on my hunt for a “real” sandwich Cubano ($13.50), though it wasn’t a bad sandwich. Just don’t call it a Cuban if I can’t taste the skimpy ham or mustard—and employing sweet versus dill pickle is not right. The braised pork and melty Swiss cheese were tasty, but the bread was very oily. I let others finish it, focusing instead on a decent Caesar side salad with shaved Parmesan. □

Bighorn Tavern 1325 W. Seventh St., 787-1177

Bighorn Tavern is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at bighornbarandgrill.com.


by MaRk EaRnESt

Jonnie Blake is performing her first full show in Reno on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Get attention Jonnie Blake When she was 16, Jonnie Blake was around a bonfire at a family gathering. It ended up changing her life when she saw guests play some songs on an acoustic guitar. “Watching them play in front of me touched my soul, like a part of me that I had no idea existed,” Blake said. “I realized, ‘Wow, I really want to play guitar and sing.’ I thought it was so fascinating that they knew where to put their fingers and when.” Blake, who lives in Washoe Valley, eventually turned that experience into one of her signature tunes, “Soul to Sing.” In it, she sings, “Some people just know where their soul is, not including me. They’re born knowing where to go, but I felt incomplete. Not ’til the night I strummed G, did I beg God for a soul to sing.” Blake plans to take that sense of soul even further when she soon starts playing and recording under the Soul to Sing moniker instead of her given name. But for now, it’s Jonnie Blake you should watch for at open mics in the area as well as her first full-length Reno show on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. “I wrote that song feeling like whatever energy that is out there provided me the inspiration for it, because a lot of times it doesn’t feel like the songs come from myself,” she said. “It’s a flow. So that’s another reason why I want to go out as Soul to Sing. I don’t want to take credit for the things that I’ve written.” The positive energy of music powers Blake through her material, which is inspired by artists like Ingrid Michaelson and Ed Sheeran. She first started playing

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in her hometown of Kingman, Arizona, where she sometimes sat in with a band called the Rivals. She moved to Reno in 2015, and it took a bit of time before she started singing locally. “I meant to get into the music scene right away, but I was just too shy,” she said. Eventually, Blake started going to open mics at places like A to Zen in Carson City and Pignic Pub and Patio in Reno. She’s also a member of the Nevada Air and National Guard, performing a couple of songs at its annual Diversity Day this past May. Her gig at Jub Jub’s will see her open for traveling acoustic artist Lauren Napier, who hails from Tacoma, Washington. “I saw her play in Kingman,” Blake said. “She played a local winery there and I just loved her style, so I started following her and saw that she posted about Junkee [Clothing Exchange] and playing in Reno, and I just commented and said, ‘I’d love to open for you.’ And, she said, ‘Oh! Let’s make that happen.’” Blake doesn’t want to be a stranger after Sunday’s show. She’s hoping to record soon with Tyler Stafford and keep playing around town. Plus, she’s always writing songs—to the point where she has about 45 of her own. Blake said that being that prolific has to do with being patient with yourself. “I think of it as getting the attention of a cat,” she said. “The cat is going to come to you when it wants to, and it’s the same with creativity.” With such a personal touch to her work, but also a sense of universality, Blake uses her gifts to try to touch other people’s lives—and understand her own. “It definitely puts me in a state of mind, one that’s very meditative and healing,” she said. Ω

Jonnie Blake plays with Lauren napier and Weslemmon at 8 p.m. oct. 6 at Jub Jub’s thirst Parlor, 71 s. Wells ave. Get more details at facebook.com/soul2sing or instragram.com/soul_to_sing.

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THURSDAY 10/3 1UP

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

1495 S. Virginia St., (775) 323-1877

Off Beat: Miranda Rose, Nowhereland, Joan and the Rivers, 7:50pm, $40 pass

Off Beat Block Party, 1pm, no cover Rigorous Proof, 7:50pm, $40 pass

ALIBI ALE WORKS (TRUCKEE)

Pacific Range, 8:30pm, no cover

Peculiar Pretzelmen, 9pm, no cover

132 West St., (775) 499-5655

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

40 MILE SALOON

Ray Volpe

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

Oct. 4, 10 p.m. ALTURAS BAR 1044 E. Fourth St., (775) 324-5050 1up 214 W. Commercial Row BAR OF AMERICA 10040 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-2626 813-6689

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Live music, 9pm, no cover

Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover

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255 N. Virginia St., (775) 398-5400

CEOL IRISH PUB

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

CHAPEL TAVERN

1099 S. Virginia St., (775) 324-2244

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

FACES NV

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

King Hippo, 9pm, no cover

King Hippo, 9pm, no cover

Off Beat: Chris King & The Gutterballs, Dick Stusso, 8pm, $40 pass

Off Beat Block Party, 1pm, no cover Indiana Hale, Killer Whale, 7:40pm, $40

Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover Fantasy Friday, 11:30pm, $TBA

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Girls Night Out with DJ Heidalicious, 10pm, $5 Kayla Meltzer, 9pm, no cover

1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

SUNDAY 10/6

MON-WED 10/7-10/9

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Bluegrass jam, 6:30pm, no cover

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

Open Mic Night,7pm, M, no cover Ike & Martin, 7:30pm, Tu, no cover

Starset, Palisades, 7pm, W, $22.94 Traditional Irish session, 7pm, Tu, Wed. Night Showcase, 7pm, no cover

Lincoln Skinz, Cryptillians, Evil Ash, 9pm, no cover

FAT CAT BAR & GRILL (MIDTOWN) THE HOLLAND PROjECT

Arizona Jones, 9pm, no cover Reno Decompression, 8pm, $20

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

Carson Comedy Club, Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626: Dave Mencarelli, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Jason Lawhead, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Aida Rodriguez, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Kevin Farley, 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: Kevin Farley, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 9pm, $15-$19; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $15-$19; Comedy Collective, Fri, 6:30pm, $10-$15

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SATURDAY 10/5

Ray Volpe, Tomsin, Awon, Viels, Diology, 10pm, $15-$20

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

5 STAR SALOON

FRIDAY 10/4

Off Beat Fest: Y La Bamba, Red Pears, Stir Lightly, Só Sol, 7:30pm, $18-$25

Off Beat Fest: Standards, Floral, Characters, The Brankas, 8pm, $10-$25

Haunted Faces, 10pm, Tu, $8


THURSDAY 10/3 JUB JUB’S THIRST PARLOR

THE LOVING CUP

188 California Ave., (775) 322-2480

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

PIGNIC PUB & PATIO

Unplugged Thursdays, 6:30pm, no cover

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

LAF: Kevin Seconds, Peculiar Pretzelmen, John Underwood, 8pm, $5 donation

THE POLO LOUNGE

DJ Trivia, 7:30pm, no cover

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

Dave Mensing, 8pm, no cover

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

Ladies ’ 80s Night Out with DJ Bobby G, 8:30pm, no cover

Off Beat: Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Whiskerman, 7pm, $40 pass

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

Off Beat: Candace, Vinyl Williams, Particle Kid, Shadowgraphs, 9pm, $40

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

Silent Disco, 10pm, $5

Sage Francis, Glass Tung, 8pm, $17-$23 Ladies Night, 10pm, $0-$5

DJ Trivia, 1pm, no cover

DJ Bingo, 7pm, W, no cover

Off Beat: Fretland, Dainesly, Hillstomp, Dead Winter Carpenters, 7pm, $40 pass

ST. JAMES INFIRMARY

VIRGINIA STREET BREwHOUSE

Sage Francis Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

Party at the Pig/Off Beat Block Party, 1pm, no cover

Off Beat: Spirit in the Room, Terry Gross, Off Beat: A Wormhole Could Kill Us All, Elephant Rifle, 8pm, $40 pass Peach Kelli Pop, 8:05pm, $40 pass

445 California Ave., (775) 657-8484

2) Zoofunkyou, Phat Mark, 8pm, M, $5 Voice of Addiction, Beercan!, 8pm, W, $5

Arizona Jones, 8:30pm, no cover

SHEA’S TAVERN

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

2) Lauren Napier, Jonnie Blake, Weslemmon, 8pm, $5

Motown on Mondays, 9pm, M, no cover

Off Beat Block Party, 1pm, no cover The Electric, 7pm, no cover

Off Beat: The Soft White Sixties, Subtle Lovers, Buster Blue, 8pm, $40 pass

MON-WED 10/7-10/9

Off Beat: Werewolf Club, OC Hurricanes, Tropa Magica, 9:10pm, $40 pass

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

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

SUNDAY 10/6

Off Beat Fest: Billy Moon, Blushh, Marshall Poole, 7:50pm, $40 pass

RUE BOURBON THE SAINT

SATURDAY 10/5

2) Ozymandias, One Ton Dually, Operation Camel Theft, 9pm, donation

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

MIdTOwN wINE BAR

FRIDAY 10/4

Peculiar Pretzelmen

Off Beat: Tino Drima, The Shivas, Black Tones, MELK, 8:35pm, $40 pass

Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime, From the Ruins, 8pm, Tu, $20

Oct. 5, 9 p.m. Alibi Ale Works 10069 Bridge St. Truckee (530) 536-5029

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CArSON CITY NUGGET 507 n. Carson sT., Carson CiTy, (775) 882-1626 THe LoFT ADRENALINE: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 9pm, no cover

CArSON VALLEY INN St. Paul & The Broken Bones

JOEY CARMON BAND: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 10pm, Sun, 10/6, 8pm, no cover

RECKLESS ENVY: Mon, 10/7, Tue, 10/8, Wed, 10/9,

Sept. 6, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa 55 Highway 50 Stateline (775) 588-3515

8pm, no cover

BOOMTOWN CASINO HOTEL 2100 Garson road, Verdi, (775) 345-6000

ATLANTIS CASINO rESOrT SPA 3800 s. VirGinia sT., (775) 825-4700 aTLanTis BaLLrooM SOCIETY OF SEVEN FEATURING LHEY BELLA: Sat, 10/5, 8pm, $45-$55

CaBareT MELISSA DRU: Thu, 10/3, Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 4pm,

GUiTar Bar JASON KING: Thu, 10/3, 6pm, Sat, 10/5, 5pm, no cover

THE STARLITERS: Fri, 10/4, 5pm, no cover VELVET DUO: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 9pm, no cover BOB GARDNER: Sun, 10/6, 6pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 10/7, 6pm, no cover KEITH ALLEN: Tue, 10/8, 6pm, no cover JAMIE ROLLINS: Wed, 10/9, 6pm, no cover

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1627 HiGHway 395, Minden, (775) 782-9711 CaBareT ROCKOLOGY: Thu, 10/3, Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 8pm, no cover

CAROLYN DOLAN: Tue, 10/8, Wed, 10/9, 8pm, no cover

CIrCUS CIrCUS rENO 500 n. sierra sT., (775) 329-0711 eL JeFe’s CanTina SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 10/4, 10pm, no cover

REVEL SATURDAYS WITH DJ CHRIS ENGLISH: Sat, 10/5, 10pm, no cover

CaBareT JUST US: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 9pm, no cover

OCT/5:

SOUTHERN FARE ON THE SQUARE

Nugget Casino Resort presents this street festival and celebration of Southern food, music and culture. There will be food and drink vendors, arts and craft vendors, craft beers, live music and entertainment and a kids’ area featuring a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay wagon rides and more. The event opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, with music by St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band, followed by Boogaloo Zydeco featuring Dwight “Blackcat” Carrier at 12:30 p.m. and Mumbo Gumbo at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 6, the festival opens at 11 a.m. with a performance by Black Cat Carrier and His Zydeco Swamp Orchestra, followed by Southbound—The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The festival takes place at the Nugget Event Center on Victorian Avenue in downtown Sparks. Visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com.


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

Steel Pulse Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333

MONTBLEU RESORT CASINO & SPA

SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO

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

granD EXposition Hall

DJ SET: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 9pm, no cover

montBlEU sHowroom

rUm BUllions

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE

ROB SCHNEIDER: Fri, 10/4, 8pm, $30-$35 CLINT BLACK: Sat, 10/5, 8pm, $65-$75 ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES: Sun, 10/6, 8pm,

HARD ROCK LAKE TAHOE 50 HigHway 50, statElinE, (844) 588-7625 CEntEr Bar

15 HigHway 50, statElinE, (800) 427-7247 Casino CEntEr stagE

CRYSTAL BAY CASINO

GRAND SIERRA RESORT

14 HigHway 28, Crystal Bay, (775) 833-6333

2500 E. sEConD st., (775) 789-2000

Crown room

PAUL ANKA: Fri, 10/4, 9pm, $39.50-$79.50 HOMELAND & YOUTH: Sat, 10/5, 8pm, $29.99

219 n. CEntEr st., (775) 786-3232

lEX nigHtClUB

THE GREAT AMERICAN VARIETY SHOW: Thu, 10/3,

NIKKI LANE WITH CARL ANDERSON: Sat, 10/5, 9pm, $25-$30

STEEL PULSE: Wed, 10/9, 8pm, $30-$35

rED room

granD tHEatrE

THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH DJ SWERVE-1: Thu, 10/3, 6pm, no cover

THE COMMON HEART: Fri, 10/4, 10pm, no cover

LEX FRIDAYS WITH JIMMY LITE: Fri, 10/4,

ELDORADO RESORT CASINO

LEX SATURDAYS WITH DJ LOS: Sat, 10/5,

345 n. Virginia st., (775) 786-5700 sHowroom THE ILLUSIONISTS EXPERIENCE: Thu, 10/3, 7pm, Fri, 10/4, 8:30pm, Sat, 10/5, 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun, 10/6, 5pm, Tue, 10/8, Wed, 10/9, 7pm, $39.95-$59.95

10pm, $20 10pm, $20

silVEr statE paVilion NPC BEST OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Sat, 10/5, 9:30am (pre-judging), $18.35; 5pm (finals), $27.52

william Hill raCE anD sports Bar COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHTS & DANCE LESSONS: Thu, 10/3, Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 10pm, no cover

TUESDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH THE BUDDY EMMER BAND: Tue, 10/8, 8pm, no cover

HARRAH’S RENO sammy’s sHowroom Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm, $27-$37

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE 18 HigHway 50, statElinE, (775) 588-6611 HarVEy’s CaBarEt VINCE MORRIS WITH KEN GARR: Thu, 10/3, Fri, 10/4, 9pm, $25, Sat, 10/5, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 10/6, 9pm, $25

407 n. Virginia st., (775) 325-7401 AMERICA: Fri, 10/4, 8pm, $54.59 DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 9pm, no cover

silVEr Baron loUngE DJ MO FUNK: Thu, 10/3, Sun, 10/6, 9pm, no cover

$32-$45

TAHOE BILTMORE

PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO

5 Hwy. 28, Crystal Bay, (775) 831-0660 Casino Floor

2707 s. Virginia st., (775) 826-2121

CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 8pm, no cover

EDgE

karaoke

LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 10/4, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover before 8pm

DJ DYNAMIX: Sat, 10/5, 10pm, $20

SANDS REGENCY CASINO HOTEL 345 n. arlington aVE., (775) 348-2200 3rD strEEt loUngE ERIC ANDERSEN: Fri, 10/4, Sat, 10/5, 7pm, no cover

Fat Cat Bar & Grill (Midtown District), 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223: Karaoke with Chapin, Tue, 9pm, no cover Pizza Baron, 1155 W. Fourth St., Ste. 113, (775) 329-4481: Wacky Wednesday Karaoke with Steve Starr & DJ Hustler, 9pm, no cover The Point, 1601 S. Virginia St., (775) 3223001: Karaoke, Thu-Sat, 8:30pm, no cover Spiro’s Sports Bar & Grille, 1475 E. Prater Way, Ste. 103, Sparks, (775) 356-6000: Karaoke, Fri-Sat, 9pm, no cover West 2nd Street Bar, 118 W. Second St., (775) 348-7976: Karaoke, Mon-Sun, 9pm, no cover

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FOR THE WEEK OF OcTObER 3, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. DISCO FUNK—A NIGHT OF PERFORMING ARTS: Treat yourself to an entertaining night featuring art, dancing and aerial acrobatics with Tahoe Flow Arts Studio, music by Groove Foundry and more. Sit, relax and take in the first half of the program, then get up and dance and enjoy a nightclub experience during the second half. Fri, 10/4-Sat, 10/5, 8pm. $20$35. Art Truckee Gallery & Wine Bar, 10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, michelleerskineentertainment.com.

DISCOVER YOUR WAY: This program offers exclusive admission for families with children with autism or those who can benefit from sensory-friendly time at the museum on the first Sunday of each month. Sun, 10/6, 10am. $10-$12 nonmembers, free for members. Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), 490 S. Center St., nvdm.org.

DONNER SUMMIT FEST: Enjoy an afternoon

OcT/5:

VIRGINIA CITY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OUTHOUSE RACES

Virginia City’s 30th annual tradition dates back to when outdoor plumbing was outlawed in Virginia City and angry residents took to the streets with their outhouses in protest. Today, the city celebrates this act of civil disobedience with a pottyhumored competition featuring costumed racers pushing their home-made outhouses down C Street toward the toilet paper finish line to claim the latrine title. The Parade of Outhouses begins at noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, with races immediately following. The races continue at noon on Sunday, Oct. 6. Admission is free. Call 847-7500 or go to visitvirginiacitynv.com.

EVENTS

25TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST: Camp Richardson’s 25th annual festival features the Beacon Beer & Brat Boil, a bratwurst-eating contest, beer and wine garden, pumpkin patch, crafts booths, live music by the Gruber Family Band Grub and more. Sat, 10/5-Sun, 10/6, 10am. Free. Camp Richardson Resort & Marina, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, www.camprichardson.com/ oktoberfest.

16TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE WINE, WALK & SHOP: Sip wine and sample local food tastings while enjoying shopping in historic downtown Truckee. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 25 venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Sat, 10/5, noon. Various locations in Historic Downtown Truckee, www.truckeewinewalk.com.

2019 MANHATTAN SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL: See

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. Zombie Paintball and the Corn Creepers Haunt will be offered on selected dates in October with a separate admission fee. The pumpkin patch is open TuesdaySaturday through Oct. 31. Pumpkins are not included in the admission and are priced by variety and weight. Thu, 10/3Sat, 10/5, Tue, 10/8-Wed 10/9, 10am. $0-$7. Andelin Family Farm, 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, www.andelinfamilyfarm.com.

this year’s 10 finalist short films and to vote for your favorite. The worldwide winner will be announced online at the conclusion of the global short film festival. Fri, 10/4, 7pm; Sat, 10/5, 2pm & 7pm; Sun, 10/6, 2pm. $15. Third floor theater, Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6505, renomff2019.bpt.me.

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, 10/5-Sun, 10/6, 10am & 1pm. $10-$15. Silver Terrace Cemetery, North E and Carson streets, Virginia City, www.funtimetheater.com.

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hosts an informal conversation in the gallery before the exhibition The Art of Jack Malotte closes later this month. Coffee, book signing and short film will be offered in the adjacent Founders’ Room. Fri, 10/4, 11am. $5-$10, free for NMA members and those with tribal ID card. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.

of beer tasting, brats, live music, history hunt, live and silent auctions and more. There will be a 2-mile fun run at 11am. Sat, 10/5, noon. $0-$30. Clair Tappaan Lodge, 19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, www.facebook.com/DonnerSummitCA.

FALL FISH FESTIVAL: The event celebrates the annual fall migration of the Kokanee salmon. There will be children’s activities, including a treasure hunt, fish painting, visits from Smokey Bear and meeting the mascots of the festival, Sandy and Rocky Salmon and Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Sat, 10/5-Sun, 10/6, 10am. Free. Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 35 Visitor Center Road, South Lake Tahoe, www.tinsweb.org.

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 through Nov. 2. Pumpkins are priced by variety and weight. Thu, 10/3-Wed, 10/9, 9:30am. Free admission. Ferrari Farms, 4701 Mill St., (775) 997-3276, www.facebook.com/FerrariFarms.

FIRST THURSDAY: Explore the galleries at Nevada Museum of Art’s monthly social event featuring live music by the Mark Mackay Band and specialty refreshments. Thu, 10/3, 5-7pm. $10, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.

GUIDED TOUR OF LAKE MANSION: Learn about the history and architecture of the Lake Mansion, as well as its role in the history of the city of Reno, during this guided tour led by members of the Historic Reno Preservation Society. All ages are welcome. No registration required. Fri, 10/4, 1pm. Free. The Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., www.artsforallnevada.org.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Resort at Squaw Creek hosts its fall celebration featuring games and competitions, food, beer and fallthemed activities and attractions. Fri, 10/4-Sun, 10/6, 10am. Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 404-8006.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE: In this presentation, the symbiotic and historical relationship that has existed between photography and atmospheric science for 180 years will be discussed within the context of such phenomena as lightning, clouds, precipitation, severe weather and climate change. Thu, 10/3, 5:30pm. $5-$10. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 881-7560, tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events.

RENO 1868 FC: Reno’s professional soccer team plays El Paso Locomotive FC for its last home game of the season. Sat, 10/5, 5:45pm. $15-$75. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., www.reno1868fc.com.

SOMERSETT COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE: About 100 homes are expected to participate in the Somersett Owners Association-sanctioned fall communitywide garage sale. A map and list of participating homes will be available at The Club at Town Center, from noon to 9pm on Oct. 4, and at 7am on Oct. 5. Sat, 10/5, 7am. Free. The Club at Town Center, 7650 Town Square Lane, (775) 787-4500.

ART ARTE ITALIA: NeoRealismo—The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960. This exhibition portrays life in Italy through the lens of photography before, during and after World War II. Fri, 10/4-Sun, 10/6, noon. Free. arte italia, 442 Flint St., (775) 333-0313, www.arteitaliausa.org.

ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Tiny Treasures. The Latimer Art Club presents its 12th annual juried and judged exhibition of miniature art. Meet the artists and congratulate the winners as they receive their awards at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Oct. 6, noon-4pm. Thu, 10/3-Wed, 10/9, 11am-4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.

CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: Icons of MidCentury Nevada. Reno City Hall Metro Gallery presents paintings and prints by Greg Allen. There will be a reception on Oct. 3, 5-7pm. Thu, 10/3-Fri, 10/4, Mon, 10/7-Wed, 10/9, 8am-5pm. Free. City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 3346264, 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. There will be a reception on Oct. 3, 5-7pm. Thu, 10/3-Fri, 10/4, Mon, 10/7-Wed, 10/9, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.

NEVADA FINE ARTS GALLERY: Everything Books Opening Reception. For the month of October, Nevada Fine Arts will display art of various types surrounding the theme of books. See unique art journals, sketchbooks, zines and more. Come to the opening to meet the artists. Sat, 10/5, 5pm. Free. Nevada Fine Arts Gallery, 1301 S. Virginia St., (775) 786-1128.

ONSTAGE APEX CONCERTS—SONGS OF THANKSGIVING: Apex Concerts presents the multiaward winning Brentano String Quartet. The ensemble-in-residence at the Yale School of Music will perform works by Palestrina, Davidovsky, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Tue, 10/8, 7:30pm. $5$35. Hall Recital Hall, University Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., unrmusic.org/apex.

CLASSIX—THE DAWN OF BEETHOVEN: Maestro Laura Jackson and the Reno Phil Orchestra rings in the Reno Phil’s 51st season by celebrating the upcoming 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, framing the season with some of the composer’s most iconic early and late works. Pianist Sara Davis Buechner joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/6, 4pm. $9-$89. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., www.renophil.com.

DYNAMIC DUOS: Mountain Music Parlor presents an evening of music and storytelling with Larry Long, Fiddlin’ Pete, Neil Gelvin, Dan Connor and Larry Dalton. Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm. $25-$30. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., mountainmusicparlor.com.

GUITARS AND UKULELES: Acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber and multiinstrumentalist Daniel Ho present their new musical project called Guitars & Ukuleles, a day of hands-on learning that culminates in a live performance for guitarists and ukulele enthusiasts. The first workshop begins at 10am. The performance begins at 7pm. Sat, 10/5, 9am. $25-$49. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

HARVEY: The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a friendly man with a very strange best friend—a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Elwood’s sister tries to have him committed at the sanatorium but Elwood and Harvey have other plans. Fri, 10/4-Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/6, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE: Brüka Theatre presents Matthew Lopez’s comedy centering on a young Elvis Presley impersonator barely making a living who finds a path to prosperity by becoming a lip-syncing drag queen. Fri, 10/4-Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm. $20-$22. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: Good Luck Macbeth presents Jack Thorne’s enchanting, brutal vampire myth and coming-of-age love story adapted from the best-selling novel and award-winning film. Fri, 10/4Sat, 10/5, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 322-3716.


BY AMY ALKON

Murk in progress I’m in a weird place in my life: My work situation’s up in the air, and there’s a lot of uncertainty in my romantic life and my living situation. Friends are telling me to be patient and live in the moment, but I’m finding all of this not knowing extremely upsetting. Is there anything I can do to feel less anxious? Decision researchers have consistently found that we humans have a strong “ambiguity aversion” or “uncertainty aversion.” We get seriously unsettled by the big, foggy monster of the unknown: not knowing what’s going to happen or not having enough information or expertise to reasonably predict it. As for what’s going on under the hood, brain imaging research by neuroeconomist Ming Hsu and his colleagues found that the amygdala—an area of the brain tasked with spotting threats and mobilizing our response to them—was more activated in response to “ambiguity” (that is, when research participants asked to make decisions had information withheld from them). This freakout by our brain’s Department of Homeland Security would have been a good fit in the ancestral times in which it evolved. Back then, an uncertain world was an especially life-threatening world, because there were no antibiotics, fire departments, or rubber-soled shoes. These days, however, we’re living in a world vastly safer than the one our psychology is adapted for. This one’s got countless cushions which make disasters go down less, well ... disastrously. To tamp down the queasiness of uncertainty, verbalize your fears. Research by neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman suggests this depowers the amygdala by putting the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s reasoning center, to work. Tell the story of your worst fear in each of your uncertain situations: Your boss not only fires you but chases you out of the building with a broom. Then, you come home to your roommate in bed with your boyfriend. Then, you go out for a beer, only to return to a smoking pile of ash where your apartment used to be. Obviously, you’d prefer that none of this happen. However, you aren’t unemployable or unloveable, and you have friends with couches, and there’s Airbnb.

Everything old is nude again I’m in my late 40s. I’ve noticed many of my friends reconnecting with and marrying people they knew years ago—sometimes friends, sometimes exes. Is everybody just desperate, or is dating all about timing? In your early 20s, you know what’s vitally important in a partner: that he doesn’t have “weird nostrils” or wear a belt buckle with his own name on it. Then you do some living and maybe get shredded by a relationship or two, and your preferences change. In short, context matters. Context is simply your personal circumstances, and it includes factors like your own mate value, the man-woman ratio where you are (or the availability of same-sex partners if you’re gay) and whether you’re in a hurry to have a baby before your ovaries retire to a cabin. It turns out that when looking for partners, we have a budget. It works like it does at the supermarket. You can buy the finest steak and lobster and then starve for the rest of the month, or you can shop more in the Top Ramen and lunchmeat arena and keep yourself consistently fed. Evolutionary psychologist Norman Li applied this budgetary approach in researching partner preferences. When you’re constrained, you have to make tradeoffs. You have to “buy” the important qualities first—“necessities” versus “luxuries,” as Li put it. When research participants were most constrained, intelligence and kindness were major priorities for both sexes. When budgets expanded, there was more “spending” in other areas, like creativity. This might explain why people in their 40s suddenly see something in people they tossed aside years ago or maybe just never thought of as partner material. Basically, at a certain point, many people give up on finding the exact right person and look for a right enough person. Ω

ERIK HOLLAND

Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., No. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com).

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For the week o F october 3, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1956, the U.S. govern-

ment launched a program to build 40,000 miles of highways to connect all major American cities. It was completed 36 years later at a cost of $521 billion. In the coming months, I’d love to see you draw inspiration from that visionary scheme. According to my analysis, you will generate good fortune for yourself as you initiate a long-term plan to expand your world, create a more robust network and enhance your ability to fulfill your life’s big goals.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus-born YouTube

blogger Hey Fran Hey has some good advice, and I think it’ll be especially fresh and potent in the coming weeks. She says, “Replacing ‘Why is this happening to me?’ with ‘What is this trying to tell me?’ has been a game changer for me. The former creates a hamster wheel, where you’ll replay the story over and over again. Victimized. Stuck. The latter holds space for a resolution to appear.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The soul has illusions as

the bird has wings: it is supported by them.” So declared French author Victor Hugo. I don’t share his view. In fact, I regard it as an insulting misapprehension. The truth is that the soul achieves flight through vivid fantasies and effervescent intuitions and uninhibited longings and non-rational hypotheses and wild hopes—and maybe also by a few illusions. I bring this to your attention because now is an excellent time to nurture your soul with vivid fantasies and effervescent intuitions and uninhibited longings and non-rational hypotheses and wild hopes.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I know people of all gen-

ders who periodically unleash macho brags about how little sleep they need. If you’re normally like that, I urge you to rebel. The dilemmas and riddles you face right now are very solvable if and only if you get sufficient amounts of sleep and dreams. Do you need some nudges to do right by yourself? Neuroscientist Matthew Walker says that some of the greatest athletes understand that “sleep is the greatest legal enhancing performance drug.” Top tennis player Roger Federer sleeps 12 hours a day. During his heyday, world-class sprinter Usain Bolt slept 10 hours a night and napped during the day. Champion basketball player LeBron James devotes 12 hours a day to the rejuvenating sanctuary of sleep.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Actor and dancer Fred

Astaire was a pioneer in bringing dance into films as a serious art form. He made 31 musical films during the 76 years he worked, and was celebrated for his charisma, impeccable technique and innovative moves. At the height of his career, from 1933 to 1949, he teamed up with dancer Ginger Rogers in the creation of 10 popular movies. In those old-fashioned days, virtually all partner dancing featured a male doing the lead part as the female followed. One witty critic noted that although Astaire was a bigger star than Rogers, she “did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and while wearing high heels.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, you may soon be called on to carry out tasks that are metaphorically comparable to those performed by Rogers.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your number one therapy

in the coming weeks? Watching animals. It would be the healthiest thing you could undertake: Relax into a generously receptive mode as you simply observe creatures doing what they do. The best option would be to surrender to the pleasures of communing with both domesticated and wild critters. If you need a logical reason to engage in this curative and rejuvenating activity, I’ll give you one: It will soothe and strengthen your own animal intelligence, which would be a tonic gift for you to give yourself.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Every time my birthday

season comes around, I set aside an entire day to engage in a life review. It lasts for many hours. I begin by visualizing the recent events I’ve experienced, then luxuriously scroll in reverse through my entire past, as if watching a movie starring me. It’s not possible to remember every single

scene and feeling, of course, so I allow my deep self to highlight the moments it regards as significant. Here’s another fun aspect of this ritual: I bestow a blessing on every memory that comes up, honoring it for what it taught me and how it helped me to become the person I am today. Now is an excellent time for you to experiment with a similar celebration.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Depression is when

you think there’s nothing to be done,” writes author Siri Hustvedt. “Fortunately I always think there’s something to be done.” I offer this hopeful attitude to you, trusting that it will cheer you up. I suspect that the riddles and mysteries you’re embedded in right now are so puzzling and complicated that you’re tempted to think that there’s nothing you can do to solve them or escape them. But I’m here to inform you that if that’s how you feel, it’s only temporary. Even more importantly, I’m here to inform you that there is indeed something you can do, and you are going to find out what that is sooner rather than later.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “How inconvenient

to be made of desire,” writes Sagittarian author Larissa Pham. “Even now, want rises up in me like a hot oil. I want so much that it scares me.” I understand what she means, and I’m sure you do, too. There are indeed times when the inner fire that fuels you feels excessive and unwieldy and inopportune. But I’m happy to report that your mood in the coming weeks is unlikely to fit that description. I’m guessing that the radiant pulse of your yearning will excite you and empower you. It’ll be brilliant and warm, not seething and distracting.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I envision the next

12 months as a time when you could initiate fundamental improvements in the way you live. Your daily rhythm 12 months from now could be as much as 20% more gratifying and meaningful. It’s conceivable you will discover or generate innovations that permanently raise your long-term goals to a higher octave. At the risk of sounding grandiose, I predict you’ll welcome a certain novelty that resembles the invention of the wheel or the compass or the calendar.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Modern literary critic

William Boyd declared that Aquarian author Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was “the best short-story writer ever,” and “the first truly modern writer of fiction: secular, refusing to pass judgment, cognizant of the absurdities of our muddled, bizarre lives and the complex tragi-comedy that is the human condition.” Another contemporary critic, Harold Bloom, praised Chekhov’s plays, saying that he was “one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre.” We might imagine, then, that in the course of his career, Chekhov was showered with accolades. We’d be wrong about that, though. “If I had listened to the critics,” he testified, “I’d have died drunk in the gutter.” I hope that what I just said will serve as a pep talk for you as you explore and develop your own original notions in the coming weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Pisces-born Dorothy

Steel didn’t begin her career as a film actress until she was 91 years old. She had appeared in a couple of TV shows when she was 89, then got a small role in an obscure movie. At age 92, she became a celebrity when she played the role of a tribal elder in Black Panther, one of the highest-grossing films of all time. I propose that we make her one of your inspirational role models for both the coming weeks and the next 12 months. Why? Because I suspect you will be ripening fully into a role and a mission you were born to embody and express.

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BY BRAD BYNUM

Farmer

Well, it really just comes down to aesthetics and what people are looking for in the look of the pumpkin—because we have so many different ones. We have all different kinds of colors, different shapes, I mean, just everything you can think of. It’s really a scavenger hunt. You go out there, and there’s five acres of pumpkins, and you can just go to town on seeing everything that’s out there. We have everything from very large pumpkins to skinny and long pumpkins. We have orange pumpkins, pink pumpkins, blue pumpkins. If you can think of it, we’ve got it, basically.

Richard Schmitt operates Silver Valley Farm, where families can go for a pumpkin patch, corn maze and other fall activities. Learn more by visiting www.silvervalleyllc.com.

It’s a new pumpkin patch? Yes, we originally had a lot on the corner of Pyramid and Los Altos for a couple of years there, and the whole plan was to move it out to the farm.

Where is it? I’m right off of Pyramid. I think it’s about 15 miles north of the Nugget, where Pyramid starts. … It’s 3995 Bacon Rind Road.

Every grocery store has pumpkins for sale. Why would people want to take a drive up there? To put it in a nutshell, it’s about the kids. Get them out in the fall season, getting out to enjoy and have fun with what’s out there. You can go to the grocery store and get your typical pumpkin. We have about 45 different varieties—a lot of them that people have never seen before. … We also have a lot of entertainment that’s fun for the kids. We’ve got everything from the classics, the hayrides, the corn maze. The corn maze takes a couple of hours to get through. It’s pretty intense. We also have bounce houses. We also have a huge obstacle course. I think it’s a 65-foot-long obstacle course that you can run both directions—for the kids. … We have a

30-foot-tall slide, that’s just massive, that the kids go crazy for. We have a mining flume that’s about 300 feet worth of area … with a mill and everything. Kids get to pan for gold in that. We have a giant mining tire jungle that has massive mining tires they get to climb on.

What food are you offering? We do a little bit of concessions. It’s nothing crazy, though. … We do cotton candy, caramel apples, popcorn and drinks and whatnot—just to keep everyone from getting too hungry if they’re out there having fun. A lot of families will come out for the full day.

Do the drinks include beer or wine or anything? No. We don’t do alcohol. We try to keep it focused on the kids.

That’s nice. So, give me some protips when picking out a pumpkin?

What’s the biggest pumpkin you’ve got out there? Well, I think as far as ones that you can get for everybody, we’ve got some out there that are probably 60, 70 pounds. … And we’ve got ones with massive stems on them. I have ones with stems that are up to six inches across. They’re huge. Like I said, it’s kind of a free-for-all.

When you had the lot in town, were you still running the farm out there? Yeah … so, half of the farm is still a Christmas tree farm. That’s why I originally started that farm. I have the first chooseand-cut Christmas tree farm here. It takes obviously several years to grow trees, especially here in Nevada. So we have, probably, a few more years before we open that side to the public. Ω

BY BRUCE VAN DYKE

Forever Grateful When we talk about the greatest songwriting teams in rock ’n’ roll, we of course invariably begin with John and Paul, and Mick and Keith, and Elton and Bernie, and so on and so forth. But often, folks forget about San Francisco’s finest, a team that wrote a bunch of eternally terrific tunes, and that’s Bob and Jerry, a.k.a. Hunter and Garcia, the main songsmiths for the Grateful Dead. Robert Hunter just moseyed on down that old Mortality Trail last week, or, as he wrote in “He’s Gone” (a song that may have been a response to the death of Pigpen in ’73 … or the departure of their crooked manager), “like a steam locomotive, rollin’ down the track, he’s gone, gawnnnnnn and nothing’s gonna bring him back.” Hunter was 78, and a truly brilliant and beloved guy.

“Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing ‘What for?’ across the morning sky,” from the song “St. Stephen.” “Think this through with me, let me know your mind, Whoa oh, what I want to know is, are you kind?” from “Uncle John’s Band.” “And it’s just a box of rain, I don’t know who put it there, Believe it if you need it, or leave it if you dare,” from “Box of Rain.” “There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night. And if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone,” from “Ripple.” “Shall we go, you and I, while we can? Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds,” from “Dark Star.” “I can tell your future, just look what’s in your hand, But I can’t stop for nothin’, I’m just playin’ in the band,” from “Playing in The Band.”

“Tell me all that you know, I’ll show you snow and rain,” from “Bird Song.” “Well she can dance a Cajun rhythm, jump like a Willys in four wheel drive, she’s a summer love for spring, fall and winter, She can make happy any man alive,” from “Sugar Magnolia.” “Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, other times I can barely see, Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it’s been,” from “Truckin’.” Hunter wrote the unforgettable lyrics, and Jerry wrote the memorable music—most of the time. (Bob Weir and Phil Lesh wrote some of the fab melodies.) Hunter was presciently courteous enough to write his own farewell. “Goin’ home, goin’ home, by the waterside I will rest my bones, Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul,” from “Brokedown Palace.” □

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