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Bibo forever Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I was really heartbroken to learn about the demise of Bibo Coffee Company’s Record Street location. Stupid “progress” of university expansion. The company has several other locations still going strong, but there was something really special about the Record Street spot. It had a genuine community vibe that many coffee shops aspire to or at least try to fake. But Record Street had it for real. It was close enough to the university that you’d often bump into professors grading papers or students cramming for exams, but because they had rotating art exhibitions—booked, in recent years, by the folks at the Holland Project—and even the occasional live music event, there was also a real local-arts-scene presence. Plus an ever-changing, always-colorful cast of entertaining, occasionally surly baristas. Back when the RN&R office was on Center Street—you might remember, on the corner of Seventh Street, overlooking the freeway entrance—we were only a few blocks away, so that was my go-to choice to schedule interviews. I had hundreds of meetings there over the years, and we’ve run innumerable photos taken in front of that building or along the train tracks across the parking lot. Now, it joins the pantheon of great vanished Reno hangouts— like Deux Gros Nez, Reno’s original hip coffeeshop, whose closing party was one of the best shindigs ever, or the old-school Zephyr Bar, back before it turned into an airport bar, or the Satellite Cocktail Lounge, currently revived as the Loving Cup, or Del Mar Station, site of maybe the single best set of music I’ve ever seen in Reno, when The Ex played before Fugazi way back in 1999. Anyway. Congrats to Bibo owners Paul and Deb Martin—sweet and hard-working people who deserve your business—on a terrific run at that spot, and glad to see they’re still going strong at their other locations. Long live Bibo!

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Grammarian Re “Shut down hate” (Editorial, Oct. 10): I appreciated your editorial “Shut down hate,” for both its substance and its punctuation: “On Monday, some students at the University of Nevada, Reno, gathered to listen … “ Most of the time the comma after “Reno” is left out. Being of the old school, where both grammar and punctuation were drilled into us (I’m going on 82), I trip over, and am annoyed by, the common—almost universal—elimination of the second comma. This time, I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed good writing. Thank you! Carolyn Allfree Reno

A different perspective Re “Shut down hate” (Editorial, Oct. 10): The simple-minded left is wearing the race card out. Your editorial completely ignores Candice Owens. But then, that wouldn’t fit your narrative, would it? It sounds more to me that you are expounding the hate speech. Stephen Bloyd Carson City

Calling all Nevadans Re “Bombshells” (Left foot forward, Oct. 3): Thanks to Shelia Leslie for sounding the alarm about the military’s plan to take over more of our public lands and shut out the people. Currently 4.23 million acres of Nevada’s public lands are withdrawn for national defense. That is more total acres than any other state. The 4.23 million acres of Nevada closed to the public is more acreage than the combined total of military lands in 42 other states, including the states of Alaska and Texas. The proposed military expansion in Nevada threatens valuable wildlife habitat, cultural resources sacred to Native Americans, and will deny access to public lands for all people. I will call Congressman Amodei as Ms. Leslie encouraged, but I will also call my two U.S. Senators, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, to tell them this voter has

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had it with the military overreach in Nevada. I urge other readers to do the same. Kirk Peterson Reno

Best sleep ever Best of Northern Nevada 2019, same as last year, the year before, the year before. … Zzzzzzzzzzzz. John Fisher Reno

From the driver’s seat Re “Slow your roll” (Editorial, Sept. 19): I agree that pedestrian deaths are a problem. What was missing in your editorial was an explanation of Nevada’s pedestrian/crosswalk law, NRS 484B.283. Particularly, sub section 1(b): “A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.” The rules at Section 283 are clearly stated. Vehicles are only required to stop if a person is in the crosswalk. Pedestrians cannot force a vehicle into stopping by getting into the crosswalk. If a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, no other vehicle may overtake from the same direction or pass from another direction, if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk. You Peppermill employees crossing Lymberry who jump in front of moving vehicles and then leave the crosswalk when halfway across the street: The day is coming when you won’t have a leg to stand on. (If too long, cut something from Craig Bergland’s weekly letter to the editor. Or, let’s go a week without hearing from him.) MG Krebs Reno

Correction Re “Fall movie guide” (Feature, Oct. 10): In last week’s issue, we neglected to credit Mike Grimm for his illustrations on the cover of the paper and in our feature, the annual fall movie preview. We regret this mistake. Distribution Director Greg Erwin Distribution Manager Bob Christensen Distribution Drivers Alex Barskyy, Corey Sigafoos, Gary White, Joe Wilson, Marty Troye, Timothy Fisher, Vicki Jewell, Olga Barska, Rosie Martinez, Adam Martinez, Duane Johnson, Linda Berlemann President/CEO Jeff VonKaenel Director of Nuts & Bolts Deborah Redmond Director of People & Culture David Stogner Director of Dollars & Sense Debbie Mantoan Nuts & Bolts Ninja Norma Huerta Payroll/AP Wizard Miranda Hansen Account Jedi Jessica Kislanka Sweetdeals Coordinator Trish Marche Developer John Bisignano

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Movie buff Re “Fall movie guide” (Feature, Oct. 10): As someone obsessed with my own cleverness, I thought I’d compose a witty capsule of Bob Grimm’s Fall preview that doesn’t actually contain any information about the Fall preview column. This should echo most readers’ experience if they were actually looking for information about forthcoming movies from his column. If anyone needs me later, I’ll be jerking off into a plant. WRITERS HONEST ASIDE: The previous sentence is a lie and just an unbelievably smarmy way to reference a specific movie summary entirely void of information. I’ll actually be bathing in my own brilliance or composing such a clever letter. Don Claybaugh Sparks


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Best conversation you’ve had here? ASKED AT BIBO COFFEE COMPANY, 945 RECORD ST. NADIA RUIZ Student

My best conversation was with a girl named Sierra. We met each other in class before, and we saw each other the second time at Bibo. We got to know each other, exchanged information, and now she’s one of my really good friends, and I cherish that friendship. IAN DEJONG Teacher

This is where I asked my now wife out on our first date. We were sitting right by the big garage door, it was open during the summer, and I bought her gelato and said, “Do you want to go out with me?’ And she said yes, and now we’re married. It’s super sad this place is going to be gone.


Bring back Kap “Students of color say they feel increasingly unwelThis is a widespread, systematic problem, without come at UNR”—that’s the headline of an Oct. 10 a simple solution, but there’s a basic step that the article by Wenei Philimon, a University of Nevada, university could take to fix at least part of the percepReno, student journalist. It was posted to the Reynolds tion problem: The university should re-embrace its most Sandbox, a forum for UNR student journalism hosted by famous alumnus, Colin Kaepernick. the platform Medium. A few years ago, the face of the former NFL star The article features interviews with several could be found on official posters all over campus, students recounting their negative experiences and on university promotional and recruitwith UNR campus police, other students ment materials. But, in recent years, as and the general population of Reno. It Kaepernick has become more known also details some recent incidents that for his activism—he started the The university have attributed to this unwelcome movement of NFL players taking perception: the viral photo of a a knee during the national anthem should re-embrace then-UNR student at the fatal white to protest police brutality and its most famous supremacist rally in Charlottesville systematic racism—the posters in 2017; racist incidents involving have vanished. alumnus, Colin campus officers from that same Kaepernick has been blackyear, including the officer who wore balled by the NFL. Team owners Kaepernick. blackface for a Halloween costume; have—in essence—colluded to keep and, just this semester, racist posters him out of a job. And it appears that and swastikas appearing on campus, and a the University of Nevada, Reno, has university-sanctioned appearance by right-wing done the same to his legacy. speaker Charlie Kirk. If the university were to once again embrace The anecdotal accounts from students are supported Kaepernick as an important icon, it would signal that by the results of a “campus climate” survey commisthe university values the contributions of its students sioned by the university. The survey concluded: “The of color. It would also signal that the university isn’t overall campus climate, workplace climate and classashamed of socially aware consciousness, and that the room climate were described as comfortable by many university views community leadership and social activrespondents, however, less comfortable by a significant ism as things to be celebrated. Ω minority of other respondents.”

That was when they had, I think it was a Halloween, like devil-y, monster-y, scary art exhibit on the walls, and [my fiancé] Ben and I started talking about the Manson Family. It was super cool.


That’s a hard one because I built this place with my dad when it was Record Street Cafe, and then it turned into Bibo’s after my sister sold it. … Probably talking to the owner, Paul, about surfing in Nosara, Costa Rica.


I’ve never been to this location before, but one of my old friends actually works here. So I was able to catch up with him, and he invited me to a show here tonight. So, that’s my favorite conversation here, and it just happened two minutes ago.






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invasion that could easily lead to a massacre. There were immediate bi-partisan objections; even the obsequious Senator Lindsey Graham called Trump’s actions a “stain on America’s honor.” The President’s tweeted response to the criticism was classic Trump in its “not to worry” tone and narcissistic content, complete with errors: “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).” It’s probable that the new direction on Syria is a “wag the dog” tactic by Trump to divert attention from his impeachable quid pro quo machinations that betray his oath of office. His obsession with the Bidens is another way he projects the corruption he and his family are engaged in onto his political enemy. Ivanka and Jared earned an astonishing $82 million in outside income in 2017 while

serving as advisors to the President, trading on their family name and access to the Oval Office. Hunter Biden’s $50,000 a month from the Ukrainian gas company hardly compares, but Democrats should recognize the inherent corruption in his conduct as well. Does anyone really think that opportunity would have materialized if Hunter’s last name were not Biden? A September story in The Atlantic articulates the ethical problems of our politicians’ family members cashing in on their familial relationships in an article by Sarah Chayes entitled “Hunter Biden’s Perfectly Legal, Socially Acceptable Corruption.” Chayes points out, “Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense, but prominent Americans also shouldn’t be leveraging their names for payoffs from shady clients abroad.” She wonders how our culture allows “top-tier lawyers, former U.S. public officials, and policy experts (and their progeny) to cash in by trading on their connections and their access to insider policy information. … The renewed

focus on Ukraine raises jangling questions: How did dealing in influence to burnish the fortunes of repugnant world leaders for large payoffs become a business model? How could America’s leading lights convince themselves—and us—that this is acceptable?” We should demand much more transparency and ethical behavior from our politicians, their family members and the people who serve them and end the corrupt revolving door that rightly makes our country’s values suspect around the world. New York Times columnist Peter Schweizer says we need a “Washington Corrupt Practices Act to stop political families from self-dealing,” and he’s not wrong. And, please, America, let’s redeem our love of democracy and our collective “great and unmatched wisdom,” by ridding ourselves of the biggest phony of all at the first opportunity through impeachment, a forced resignation or at the ballot box. Let’s prove to our grandchildren that we were capable of righting a great wrong. Ω







CITY SCRUTINIZES NV ENERGY NV Energy’s gas and electric franchise agreements with the City of Reno are receiving scrutiny by the Reno City Council. A recent audit raised some issues. “The biggest issue in terms of compliance … is the audit that was completed,” said Bill Thomas, assistant city manager. “It was discovered that they pass the franchise free through to the end-use customers,” an auditor noted. “NV Energy treats the franchise fees that are received from customers as a liability, rather than revenue, and remits these payments directly to the City.” An attorney general’s opinion, however, had city staff recommend no further action on this item. The law supported NV Energy’s approach, city staff said. But whether NV Energy is in compliance with the franchise agreements has yet to be determined, according to City Manager Sabra Newby. Miscoded addresses led to NV Energy owing the city a quarter of a million dollars. The reason: The city’s property annexations created a disconnect between the city and the power company. City staff said, “We may have an issue with our documentation. The miscoded list of customers was provided to NV Energy so their system could be updated to prevent this error in the future.” NV Energy still had to pay up but without penalities. “This came about as somewhat surprising to me,” said Councilmember Jenny Brekhus. That’s not all. Councilmember Naomi Duerr had other concerns related to trees, removal of old poles, banners on street lights, community solar and payment for electricity for street lights. She said she made attempts to get information from NV Energy. “The reason that I’ve supported initiating these conversations was that I have tried for two years to meet with NV Energy on how they trim trees—something very simple,” Duerr explained. “They had set meetings. … It’d be on the agenda, and they wouldn’t show. … We did this over and over, probably eight times in two years. “I have received a lot of concern and complaints from my constituents,” she added. Fires in California prompted a higher degree of concern, Duerr added. She said she received conflicting information from NV Energy. “Even within NV Energy there seemed to be a disconnect with certain information about certain key issues that have been important to the council,” she said. “This is the magic moment where we have an ability to have that conversation. The company’s response: “NV Energy values our long-standing relationship with the City of Reno,” said the utility’s spokesperson Kristen Saibini. “We will continue to provide them with information as we work through the franchise agreement process.” Saibini also noted that the City of Sparks had its council meeting this week and unanimously approved gas and electric franchise agreements for the next five years. The city’s agreement with NV Energy expires later this month. Duerr directed staff to bring back to the city council how NV Energy is addressing the council’s concerns. This article was published in partnership with the news website ThisisReno.com







Volunteers showed up to Pickett Park to distribute supplies to the homeless on Oct. 12 in response to a planned citizen’s arrest event by local nonprofit QOL-Reno. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS

Who ‘really’ cares? Planned citizen’s arrest provokes divided community response “To all Illegal Squatters in Pickett Park: We love and care for you enough to citizens arrest every one of you who is found in violation of the City of Reno laws,” read a flier circulated last week on the internet and handed out to homeless people living in the aforementioned park near Renown Regional Medical Center. The flier came from Quality of Life Reno, a nonprofit group that describes itself as “a group of Reno residents working together to improve issues affecting Reno’s quality of life.” The flier also said the group intended to carry out its planned “arrests” on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 12. In addition to detailing the “what,” “when” and “where,” the flier went on to describe the “who” and “why” behind the planned citizens’ arrests, noting that participants would be “community member volunteers” working with QOL and that they were motivated by residents’ “present situation; lying around in filth, drugs/alcohol, crime, and—where it applies—avoiding seeking treatment for mental illness.” Its release caused immediate outrage on social media and spurred

the creation of a competing event scheduled for the same time and location called “Bring some love to Pickett Park,” with hundreds of locals signing up to bring food, clothing and hygiene products to the homeless population there and in other parks around the valley. The day before the events, however, Reno police officers arrived at the park to advise people staying there of QOL-Reno’s intended citizen’s arrest activities. Most opted to clear out of the park, one woman with the help of a representative from the Reno Ambassadors group and Reno City Councilmember Neoma Jardon. In response, QOL-Reno announced it had canceled its planned activities, saying on its website, “RPD proved conclusively that they can keep our parks free of garbage, human waste, drug use, and criminal activity when they want to. QOL-Reno will continue to monitor this improved situation at Pickett Park and report on it to the community.” The organizers of the opposing event chose to hold theirs anyway.

“The [homeless] population opted to leave, and, when they left, the city had to clear out their belongings, which is really unfortunate,” said organizer Alex Alcantar, during an interview on the morning of the event in Pickett Park. “But just because QOL is not coming down, we wanted to make sure that we kept the momentum.” Hundreds of volunteers gathered that morning to pass out clothes, food, bags of toiletries and other supplies in Pickett Park and other nearby parks. Amid the bustle, many discussed QOL-Reno’s flier. “We saw the flier online probably Wednesday,” said Kim Barghouti, director of market operations for local nonprofit Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, which works to provide food and housing to the valley’s homeless community. “We were appalled, quite honestly. We were struggling really to know exactly how to help. I did come out Thursday and talk to the people who were living here just to make sure they were aware this was going on—and to see if there was something we could do for them.” For Alcantar, the hope is that the event he organized might spur the community to more regular action. “I don’t know how that works, but I’m all ears, and I want to get engagement from people and make sure that we can … do this better,” he said. “How can we not lose this steam?” And for groups like RISE—which, among its other work, hosts a free dinner with supplies distribution for homeless people three Saturdays a month—continued momentum would be helpful. “I struggle every week to get enough donations, and so when I see all of these donations it’s kind of a mixed blessing,” said Barghouti. “I’m like, ‘Yes, this is great. Distribute it,’ and ‘Gee, I could use this next week— and the week after and the week after.’ It’s 52 weeks of the year.” In the meantime, RISE has additional issues on its radars. “We created a new petition asking the city and the county for safe camps, just some ground, some place where people can camp without worrying about this kind of vigilante stuff going on—and one that will provide basics services, so toilets and that kind of

stuff,” Barghouti said. “There’s somehow this disconnect in people’s brains. There’s a difference between people who are poor or are having difficulties and people who are homeless. They don’t seem to understand that people are homeless because they’re poor or they are in difficult situations.” QOL-Reno Director Paul White disagrees with that sentiment. “It’s a self-destructive lifestyle for the vagrants—and, see, homeless is just not an accurate description,” he said. “There’s not one person in that park … who is willing to go into the countless program openings that there are right today, right this morning, right then.” According to White, QOL-Reno is interested is interested in helping homeless people access existing resources in the community. “With a woman, it’s effortless,” he said. “There’s all kinds of women’s programs where they can come right off of the street. … We can get them working the next day. There are 20 employment agencies in town, and none of them can find enough clients. Twenty-five food pantries—each one of them can give you more food in a week than you can eat.” White—who said he received more than 600 threatening calls, including death threats, within a 48-hour period of announcing the planned arrests—also said people don’t understand how such a thing would be carried out. “Say you go down there—say the cops had not cleaned it up—and you’ve got somebody there illegally storing their stuff,” he said. “OK, well, call the cops or walk over to a cop, and

you’d say, ‘This is a violation of the municipal code. I want to file a citizen’s arrest complaint.’ Cop would go over and look at it, and say, ‘Yep.’ He’d write it out. We’d sign it. He’d give it to them, and we’d have a court date. … Can you believe, for that, these people were getting hysterical? That flier didn’t say anything about grabbing them, handcuffing them … anything. It’s just a lot of health, safety, quality-of-life violations down there that don’t help them and ruin that park and are against the law.” Still, some homeless people who’ve been staying at the park expressed concern about the way potential citizens’ arrests by QOL-Reno would have played out. Danny, who preferred to be identified by his first name only, is a homeless man who said he’s been living in his car with his wife at Pickett Park the past four months. “I told her, when I heard they were going to do citizens’ arrests, I said, ‘Well, if someone other than a police officer comes up and puts their hands on you, they’re probably going to get hurt,’” Danny said. “People get robbed and raped and stabbed … in today’s world.” He added that assertions of public health violations and crime from QOL-Reno members are unfounded. “The park ranger here, he doesn’t mind us being here because we keep the park clean, the parking lot clean, the bathrooms cleaned up,” he said. “It makes his job easier.” Ω

Bean and gone

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Bibo Coffee Company shut the doors to its 945 Record St. location for the final time. As part of the community farewell that accompanied the news, customers were encouraged to sign the now blank walls that were often used to display local art shows. Since opening in 2010, the Record Street Bibo has been a familiar gathering spot for University of Nevada, Reno, students and faculty, local artists, Reno firefighters and Union Pacific Railroad engineers alike. The building and surrounding residences will be demolished to make room for expanded UNR student housing projects. Photo/Matt Bieker






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Volunteers make dams during last year’s Truckee River Day.

Slow the flow Truckee River Day and Fair Every year around this time, dozens of volunteers join members of the Truckee River Watershed Council and other groups to help make the Truckee River a better place. The annual Truckee River Day—and its companion festival and education event, the Truckee River Fair—are a chance to help restore the Truckee’s creeks and meadows. “The purpose of the projects [is] to improve the overall habitat and water quality and ecology of our watershed,” said Michelle Prestowitz, program manager for the Truckee River Watershed Council. “We’re mostly concerned with the interaction between the water and the land, so we really focus on that area of the Truckee. We’re doing things like bank stabilization, if there’s been erosion, so that there is less sediment going downstream.” This year’s projects include planting seeds and vegetation in McIlver Dairy Meadow, making willow bundles along Squaw Creek and building Donner Camp boardwalks. The volunteers also create check dams, which Prestowitz explained are essential to a healthy Truckee River. “They are built like beaver dams,” she said. “The dams slow down the flow of the creek so the water can spread to the wetlands and meadows and create a habitat. With the way they are built, the water can flow through them.” The projects are followed by the River Fair, which startes at 1 p.m., at Granite Flat Campground. Prestowitz said the fair features a lot of hands-on events and experiences. “One thing we have is a watershed table, about eight feet long and four feet wide, and it has granular materials with


little trees,” she said. “It almost looks like a play-set, but at the top there’s a hose with water, so you get to experience what the velocity of the water is like and how that erodes and changes the landscape. If you a put a tree here or a rock there, you see how it does really change it.” It also includes an activity for children in which they release native Lahontan cutthroat trout into the Truckee. The fish are provided by a local hatchery, and it’s one of the more popular parts of the day. The reason for all of this extra work to strengthen the Truckee is mainly because of the way the river affects families in the area. “The value of these mountain meadows can’t be understated,” she said. “The Truckee is the source of our clean water and overall ecology, and the habit of our native species. Meadow restoration is one of the most effective tools we have to mitigate any damage.” The effects of the annual volunteer effort over the years can be seen. Erosion has been reduced in the first four miles of the Truckee River, which leads to cleaner water. Previously barren meadows such as the ones in Perazzo are now dotted with wildflowers. While there has been progress, Prestowitz noted that there’s still much work to be done. “We have 50 projects that we want to complete within the next 10 years,” she said. “It’s a compelling time now, because the work we are doing is going to make our watershed more resilient to climate change and growth. We know that these are impending dangers, and if we can make a little bit of progress on our watershed here and there, then we can turn things around.” Ω

Truckee River Day takes place starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 around areas of the Truckee River. The Truckee River Fair takes place from 1-4 p.m. at Granite Flat Campground, Highway 89, Truckee, California. Learn more about the Truckee River Watershed Council at truckeeriverwc.org.













rom arts of all stripes to alternative sports and opportunities for volunteering, the RN&R’s annual Fall Family Guide takes a look at all the best ways to keep the kids busy, engaged and excited after that final school bell rings.



Do your kids want to dip a toe into the world of music, dance and theater, or maybe even begin their journey to become a professional performer? The Truckee Meadows has options for both.




Wild Horse Children’s Theater 583-8878 wildhorsetheater.com

Wildhorse Theater staged a production of Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical in 2018.


Carol Scott has been teaching theater skills to children for over 30 years, and her observations seem to support the long-held stereotype of “theater kids” being outliers. As director of Wild Horse Children’s Theatre in Carson City, she’s worked with countless young actors in private classes and public schools. “Most of our kids are the kids that don’t fit in,” she said. Some are shy. Some aren’t popular. Some have been bullied. Some LGBTQ kids are shunned for their orientation. But in Scott’s eyes, every child is welcome in the world of acting. “They find a home in theater,” she said. And a lot of the time, the entryway to that home is so natural and so familiar to kids that it might not even feel like they’re learning acting skills. “We do a summer camp in collaboration with Carson City School District,” Scott said. “A lot of those children are not ‘theater kids.’ They’re just learning about theater.” In one popular exercise, elementary school students stand in a circle, and one child pantomimes an action—digging a hole, for example. The others guess what the action is. “It’s kind of, like, sneaky,” Scott said. “To them it’s this fun game. They don’t realize they’re developing a character. They’re doing what they love the most, and they don’t realize they’re learning theatercraft. … It’s building these little building blocks. … All the sudden you see them blossom.” Wild Horse’s sense of inclusiveness extends to its community theater programming, too. When children audition for a play that will be performed for the public, Scott said, “We don’t turn anyone away.” She figures that anyone who has the nerve to get onstage to audition deserves a role in the production. Having a cast of 100 or more is a normal occurrence for this company. For families with children who’d rather watch a play than act in one, Wild Horse stages popular teen-themed stories such as Heathers, in March 2020, and shortened “Jr.” versions of productions such as Frozen, opening Dec. 6, and Moana, opening in late 2020.

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Mountain Music Parlor offers music lessons for kids who want to learn the basics.

Reno Little Theater 147 E. Pueblo St. 813-8900 renolittletheater.org/ classes/


For kids ages 5 and up who want a low-commitment introduction to acting, Reno Little Theater offers a one-hour, once-a-week after-school session. The next one starts Oct. 19. For those who get hooked on the medium—which is easy— acting veteran LaRonda Etheridge leads Broadway Our Way, a week-long school break program for ages 7-12. The program stresses skills like choreography, vocal techniques and teamwork and culminates in a staged production. The next session is during Spring Break 2020. AVA Ballet Theatre 100 S. Virginia St. 762-5165 avaballet.com

For many—both audience members and performers— The Nutcracker is a gateway to the world of professional dance. For AVA Ballet Theatre, staging this century-old classic is an annual tradition. If your family catches a performance in December at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and it makes your little ones want to run away with the ballet, well, they can. AVA works with Nevada Dance Academy, 1790 W. 4th St., to train and maintain a community of performing artists. Aspiring dancers can start with jazz, ballet, hip hop or musical theater, and a full list of their classes is available online at Nevadadanceacademy. net. If your little ones want to strive for a place on the Pioneer stage—or AVA’s annual summer rock ballet—this is the place to start. Sierra School of Performing Arts 1380 Greg St., Sparks 852-7740 sierraschoolofperformingarts.org

A few local parents started Sierra School of Performing Arts in 2005, with the goal of providing an outlet where kids could perform in a professional context. Over the years, the group has gained a reputation as a go-to resource that professional companies call when they’re looking for young actors. The company’s annual highlight is the summer musical at Robert Z.

Hawkins Amphitheater—always a popular production you’ll recognize, like Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde or The Wizard of Oz. During the rest of the year, students ages 5 and up can choose from a range of classes and camps to learn acting, singing and dance skills. TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada 315 Spokane St. 284-0789 twnn.org

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada uses games and improvisation to teach kids about all things theater. In classes and camps, students ages 3-18 learn skills that help them onstage, like problem solving, working with groups and emotional awareness. Some learn skills that help behind the stage, like lighting, costume and set design. Advanced teen actors get to learn about stage combat. And TheatreWorks students learn skills that prep them to be audience members, like theater etiquette. As performing arts companies vie to appeal to Gen Z audiences, this is a much discussed topic among theater managers—especially since Broadway legend Patti LuPone stopped in mid-show to deliver a scathing “Who-do-you-think-you-are” lecture to a cell phone user.

TheaterWorks’ says it wants to bring the joy of theater to everyone. In an effort to make that happen, the group also provides free theater education for children at The Volunteers of America Family Shelter, Kids Kottage and Boys & Girls Club.


Filling up your child’s time with the power of music is a great way for them to spend their after school hours, not to mention maybe teaching them some skills that go beyond knowing a G chord. According to a recent story in Parents Magazine, experts believe that learning a musical instrument helps with math comprehension, coordination and motor skills, stronger peer interaction and boost s self-esteem, among other benefits. Below are a few suggestions for after-school music classes, places where your son or daughter can figure out one of the great mysteries of the arts (and maybe impress some of their friends, too). Unless otherwise listed, all classes cater to ages 6 and up.

Mountain Music Parlor 735 S. Center St. 843-5500 mountainmusicparlor.com

Mountain Music Parlor is one place that also teaches about the cultural history of American music, as well as the nuts-andbolts of playing an instrument. Located in midtown, among the instruments they teach are guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion and harmonica, as well as voice lessons. Their ukulele classes are also popular ones, and possibly ideal for little hands just learning their way around a fretboard. JamPro Music Factory 9300 Prototype Drive 800-1772 jampromusicfactory.com

Musical diversity and the art of performance are highlights of the lessons offered at JamPro Music Factory. This business offers voice, piano and guitar lessons, along with bass, drums and even DJ instruction. JamPro’s building also includes a full-on stage with concertlevel production so your kids can learn stage presence along with those crucial chord “ After school changes.


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Absolute Music 8175 S. Virginia St. 852-2637 absolutemusiconline.com

Music stores can also be hot spots to learn how to navigate different keys and modes. One such store is Absolute Music, which touts itself as the go-to place for orchestral string, woodwind and brass instruments. For instruction that goes beyond the classroom, they offer private lessons for hectic schedules. Music Fuze 4690 Longley Lane 432-2422 musicfuze.com

Another store that flies a bit under the radar is Muzic Fuze. Cello, violin and mandolin lessons are a part of their repertoire, along with the usual guitarbass-drum-voice combos. Blue Note B’s Horn Shop multiple locations bnbinstruments.com

As the name implies, Blue Note B’s Horn Shop specializes in brass and woodwind instruments such as saxophones, trumpets and trombones. Besides sales and repairs, they also rebuild tarnished instruments and offer lessons in those three listed above, along with French horn, clarinet, flute and viola, among others. There are also two locations: 1155 West Fourth St., Suite 118, in Reno, 453-9219; and 1525 Oddie Blvd. in Sparks, 360-5775. One Stop Guitar 730 Tahoe St. 232-9302 onestopguitar.com

If the six-string is the definite route your young musician wants to go, private teachers can also be great resources. One of the best in town is One Stop Guitar, run by longtime local musician Eric Stangeland. Accepting new students from ages 11 and up, One Stop Guitar tailors lessons to the skill level of a student, and contemporary rock and pop songs are prominently used. There are also online courses to try out if you can’t make it to the studio. Anne Roos 530-541-2575 harpistanneroos.com

For something a little more esoteric, there are Anne Roos’ lesson plans exclusively for the Celtic harp. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she teaches children ages 7 and up all about this lilting stringed instrument, including reading sheet music if that’s a skill not currently in your child’s arsenal. Roos also rents harps to students taking lessons from her, meaning your child can explore a potential passion without the huge startup costs of hauling their own harp.


Sports can play a major part in many children’s lives, but some kids might have a desire for athletic programs that don’t fit the typical norms like football, basketball or baseball. Sports such as lacrosse, skiing or snowboarding and softball are all popular alternatives in Reno, but a wider array of interests can be difficult for busy parents to meet. Some local programs offer choices that make this task much simpler for parents who have a hard time finding a sport their child can enjoy. Sky Tavern 21130 Sky Tavern Road 323-5125 skytavern.org

For one of the most popular activities in a mountain town, Sky Tavern provides early lessons for young kids who are looking to learn how to ski and snowboard. Located on Mt. Rose, Sky Tavern offers a junior ski program that was established in 1948 and has been run by dedicated volunteers and parents since 1991. Parents offer their time to help train children on the beginning stages of skiing and snowboarding before they hit the slopes. Even if the parent is unable to help as an instructor, there are still transportation services offered to ensure your child makes it to the program easily and safely. Classes are offered on weekends, so the hassle of getting your child to practice on time while also worrying about school and work are absent with the Sky Tavern program. “Kids don’t go outside and play anymore, they are quitting sports at a younger age. Sky Tavern counters that,” Executive Director Bill Henderson said. “The Sierra mountains are a huge playground, and we want kids to play and not miss out on some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, but we want to ensure they do it right.” Having the ability to learn with your child or teach them yourself can also be a valuable family experience, and Sky Tavern’s lessons have allowed generations of children to successfully take advantage of one of Northern Nevada’s premiere pastimes.

High Sierra Lacrosse League highsierralax.org

However, skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only alternative sports offered after school in Reno, as lacrosse has become increasingly popular in the community as well. High Sierra Lacrosse League, run by president Taylor Simmers, a former player himself, gives children of all ages the capabilities to learn about the sport and join a league where they can play and make some friends with similar interests. The league is committed to helping the development of lacrosse skills and techniques, as well organizing matches in a safe atmosphere for all. Children can begin playing around age 6 all the way up to the high school level, maintaining relationships with coaches and trainers they began with. “The High Sierra Lacrosse League is a grassroots organization that helps young people enjoy playing lacrosse and be physically active from youth through high school,” Simmers said. “We are also committed to providing access to families by keeping costs as low as possible. As a group of volunteers, we do not rely on the monies generated by our programs for our income or livelihood, which is unlike many of the club programs out there.”

While some independent programs— and the associated gear—can be pricey, High Sierra Lacrosse combines fun, physical activity for children while also keeping prices low for the parents. Nevada Lightning Fastpitch Softball nevadalightningfastpitch.org

Finally, The Nevada Lightning Fastpitch Softball league is a great option for kids looking to become involved in softball for girls ages 8 to 18. The organization is also run by volunteers who focus on enhancing player’s skills and putting attention on team development. According to their website, the Nevada Lightning are “dedicated to instilling a sense of good sportsmanship as well as creating an environment to enhance player development and inspire a positive self-image in young women ages eight through eighteen.” Since their founding in 1990, the Nevada Lightning has catered to parents with young girls looking to join an organization that helps them keep active, improve confidence and make friendships for life.

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Helping the homeless animals in our community doesn’t have an age limit. While we do have some age requirements for volunteering at our shelter, we don’t believe that should stop any child from getting excited about helping out in their community. For the most part, children do have to be at least 10 years old to volunteer with Nevada Humane Society, but there are some exceptions if a parent is willing to work alongside their son or daughter. (Get your crafting skills ready, parents!) What exactly can a child do to help us out?

Stuffing Kongs

Idle paws lead to unwanted behavior. Here at the shelter, we provide our dogs enrichment toys to keep them from going stir-crazy. Our volunteers help us to stuff the Kongs with lots of yummy treats, including peanut butter. Lots and lots of peanut butter. This is a fun task for kids to do here or at home for their own pups!

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Cat toys and litter boxes

Not surprisingly, we go through a lot of litter boxes. While it’s not exactly the most fun that could be had at an animal shelter, helping us to create these boxes is vital. Our staff doesn’t have the time to keep the kittens fed, medicated and cleaned while also crafting our disposable pans – and we rely on volunteers to help us. You may not realize this, but part of our disease prevention guidelines requires toys not be passed around from cat to cat. Because of this, we go through A LOT of toys, too. Helping us to craft fun items means our cats stay enriched while they are here at the shelter.

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If you’ve got some free space in your home, fostering is a great way to introduce the idea of caring for a pet to your children. It doesn’t require any experience, and our foster coordinators will provide you one-on-one training! There are so many animals in need of a safe, temporary space while they recover from an illness or injury or simply grow strong enough to be ready for adoption. Our program offers multiple types of foster situations, ranging from animals who need to be bottle-fed to nursing moms to sick or stressed pets. You can fit the situation that fits your lifestyle.

Be Kind to All Animals

Not all animals are equally cute or cuddly, but they all deserve our love and care. Take time to educate your children on the importance of being a voice for the ones who can’t speak for themselves – and encourage them to give extra attention to the overlooked dogs and cats at the local shelters. Often, puppies and kittens get the most attention, but the scruffy dogs and wiry, elderly cats desire human contact just as much as the others.

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Kids ages 8 and up can volunteer at the SPCA.

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Volunteering is a great way for children and adolescents to give back to their community, boost self-esteem, learn new skills and find life purpose. Many organizations in Northern Nevada recognize the value of volunteering at an early age by providing opportunities for kids to get involved, and below are several local organizations welcoming volunteers under the age of 18. SPCA of Northern Nevada 4950 Spectrum Blvd. 324-7773 Spcanevada.org

After filling out an application, children can volunteer alongside a parent or guardian at the SPCA of Northern Nevada. A child must be at least 8 years old and must complete a one-hour training to volunteer with cats and must be at least 12 years old and must have completed a two-hour training to volunteer with dogs. After completing the designated trainings and orientation, children and parents can begin participating in some of the more common volunteer roles, including reading to and walking dogs, playing laser pointer with cats and reading in the cat rooms, feeding treats to cats and dogs, assisting with cleaning and organizing the facility and representing the

SPCA during special outreach events in the community. According to the SPCA’s community outreach and volunteer manager, Nayla Garcia, children who volunteer at the SPCA learn valuable skills like how to observe and read animal behavior, time management, patience, how to treat others with kindness and compassion and self-motivation. According to Garcia, volunteers, no matter what age, are the key to what the SPCA does. “Volunteers go home knowing they helped make a homeless animal feel loved and important, that they haven’t been forgotten about,” said Garcia. “These animals are often disoriented and feel lonely, and any time they get to spend with a volunteer means so much to them.” In addition to the volunteer opportunities available for children, the SPCA also hosts a kids’ camp during fall, spring and summer breaks where kids get to learn about the adoption process, how to keep animals safe, how the veterinary clinic works and how to make treats for pets.

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For children and teens interested in learning more about ecosystems in the Great Basin and who want to develop an understanding of the desert habitat they live in, the Walker Basin Conservancy has volunteer opportunities available to kids of all ages. According to outreach and communications coordinator Caroline Ackerman, the conservancy is currently restoring 15,000 acres of land in the Walker Basin. Volunteers will work alongside Walker Basin’s staff to learn how to collect seeds from native plants, how to properly plant young sage shrubs and how to be stewards for the high desert. Walker Basin also recently built a greenhouse in Yerington, Nevada, that is open for tours. Ackerman said worksheets and hands-on activities suitable for elementary school children are available during these. For older teens, Ackerman said volunteers will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals. “High school-aged volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about job opportunities and future careers in environmental science,” she said. “We have an AmeriCorps

program that has a variety of term-lengths and accepts members 17 years and older.” No prior knowledge is needed to volunteer and day-of training is provided. Volunteer days are scheduled when there is a high volume of interest. Applications to volunteer can be filled out by visiting walkerbasin.org/volunteer. Renown Health Multiple locations Renown.org

Children 14 years of age and older interested in exploring a medical career can apply for a number of volunteer opportunities and Renown Health’s high school program by visiting renown.org/interact/volunteer. Once a candidate’s application is processed, he or she must then attend an informational session, complete a medical clearance, attend an orientation and pass a background check. Upon approval, volunteers will then practice valuable skills like learning to greet patients at the hospital welcome desk, escorting patients around the hospital, interacting with patients and family visitors alike and assisting with clerical errands like delivering mail. For teens interested in working in the medical field after high school, volunteering at a hospital will not only help them boost their college application, but volunteering also holds the power to help them make a difference in someone’s life. Ω

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“The economy has been getting better, the population’s growing, but yet the mental health and addiction issues continue to rise,” said Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital CEO Steve Shell. “So, all of that combined just led to the decision to build here.” Shell, a retired psychiatrist and CEO of private health care company Signature Healthcare Services, opened a similar center in Las Vegas in 2013 called Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. Shell began to commute to Reno to assess treatment options available to Northern Nevadans and recognized a need for quality care closer to home. “A lot of the community was going to Sacramento for their care,” Shell said. “I was getting patients in Las Vegas from Northern Nevada. So, there were a lot of people here that just didn’t feel comfortable about getting their treatment here.” And for good reason. The most recent data from statistical site Mental Health America puts the state squarely at the bottom of its national rankings. And few Nevadans could forget the shameful exposé from the Sacramento Bee in 2013 wherein mental health centers in both Reno and Las Vegas were found to have sent a combined 1,500 mentally ill patients out of state on Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains over the course of five years—substituting tickets for actual treatment. By contrast, the new, 80,000 square-foot facility at RBHH is meant to inspire trust in patients and their families, Shell said.

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is the first mental care facility to open in Northern Nevada in over 35 years.

“We treat both mental health and addiction issues for all ages,” he said. “We take ages 5 years old and up, and we have different levels of care. We have inpatient hospitalization, which is 24-hour care, basically. Then we have outpatient programs. So, patients could ultimately be at all levels … or they may start in one level and not need the others, but it’s a menu of options that a patient and the family and the physician can choose what’s best for that patient.” Shell also partnered with organizations like National Alliance on Mental Illness and Renown Hospital, and local politicians like Mayor Hillary Schieve to better address Reno’s needs, he said. Schieve, who Shell said he has known personally for years, made increased access to mental health care part of her reelection campaign in 2018. She named May 21 of this year “Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Day,” in formal recognition of the center’s work and invited Shell to sit on her newly formed Mayor’s Board on Mental Health.


n May of last year, Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, 6940 Sierra Center Parkway, opened in south Reno—the first mental health care facility built in Northern Nevada in over 35 years. Offering 124 beds for inpatient treatment and specializing in at least half a dozen care programs, the facility has been busy in a state where community mental illness has consistently been on the rise even as state funding has been slashed.

“That will consist of various community leaders that will come together on a regular basis to identify and prioritize issues in our community related to mental health and addiction,” Shell said.

RBHH also houses the only inpatient eating disorder clinic in the area, which, Anderson said, unfortunately only treats adult patients at the moment, but they’re able to treat children with co-occurrence of eating disorders and other symptoms through their pediatric ward. Conversely, the hospital is also preparing to open a senior unit. “For some people, it’s beneficial to be with Of course, the specific needs of a patient can be your own age group,” Anderson said. “You complex and range greatly, but Reno Behavioral have your own life experiences. You’re kind of Healthcare Hospital is equipped to handle in that same stage with each other. They deal extended treatments for which traditional hospia lot with grief and loss, you know, beginning tals don’t have the space or qualified staff. stages of dementia, anxiety, depression, all of “Our job is really to take care of people those things.” who are in an acute crisis,” Treatment can include said Dr. Novia Anderson, traditional medication and director of clinical services therapy with doctors “The economy has been talk at RBHH. “So, somebody and licensed clinicians, but may be experiencing suicidal patients also have access getting better, the ideations or have had an to recreation, including a attempt. They may be expepopulation’s growing, gym and basketball court, riencing a long-term chronic yoga and other physical depression, anxiety, chemical but yet the mental exercises, as well as art, dependency—substance music and dance therapy. health and addiction abuse issues. Our job is to The point, Anderson said, is kind of stabilize and begin to provide a structured enviissues continue to rise.” their process toward their ronment to give patients the recovery.” Steve Shell, CEO of Reno best chances for recovery Anderson estimates about Behavioral Healthcare Hospital outside of the hospital. 80 percent of RBHH patients Anderson has lived in are referred from other Nevada since 1993, workmedical hospitals or private ing at the Desert Parkway Healthcare Hospital in therapists, but anyone struggling with acute Las Vegas before returning to Reno when RBHH symptoms, mood or thought disorders can call for opened. She said she’s personally witnessed a free consultation at any time of the day or night. how homelessness, addiction and mental illness “It feels like a conversation, you know. It’s are linked and have been exacerbated by the more of a, ‘Tell me what’s going on?’ ‘Tell me housing crisis and economic downturns in the how long has that been going on for you?’ ‘What city. Facilities like RBHH, she said, give patients have you tried?’” Anderson said. “You’re lookthe best chance of breaking the cycles that might ing for those things that, it’s become an issue if have put them there in the first place. it’s truly impacting your work, your relationships “If you’re hungry and you don’t feel safe and and your ability to laugh.” you don’t have a place to go, kind of, mental Patients might be referred to an outside health is going to get pushed down to the bottom, community program if their symptoms don’t and so that just makes this vicious cycle for all warrant admittance to one of the in-house treatof us,” Anderson said. “Growth is great, but with ment programs, wherein they’re separated by out of control growth, we lose the ability to put in age and condition for their own safety and for that safety structure that I think we’re missing.” more effective care protocols. RHBB also has the In the end, however, Anderson believes only Partial Hospitalization Program in Northern that individuals with mental illness continue Nevada, wherein patients can receive care, attend to be unfairly stigmatized in city politics and meetings and socialize in a controlled space for the media, often being cast as violent, untrustpart of the day, before being released on their worthy or incapable of change. While RBHH own recognizance in the evenings. can treat the symptoms, she hopes they can “We have four units that are open right now,” also change the public’s perception of what it Anderson said. “We have a unit [for] mood disormeans to seek help. ders—so, it’s depression, it’s anxiety, those kinds “I think people are afraid to say ‘I have a of things. And then we have a thought disorder mental illness,’” Anderson said. “But we should unit, which is where we would have people with get to the point where I can say that, and I can maybe their first psychotic break or bipolar disorsay that just like ‘I have diabetes’ or ‘I have high der with psychotic features. Then we have the blood pressure,’ ‘I have depression.’ I’m hoping adolescent and pediatric unit. We go 5 to 12 for someday we get to that place where it’s not seen our pediatrics and then 13 to 17 for adolescents. as this big scary thing that we keep in the closet And then we have our substance abuse unit that somewhere.” Ω is dealing with co-occurrence. So that means they could have substance abuse with depression or anxiety or any other diagnosis.”

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Real life NeoRealismo You don’t need a firm grasp on Italian Neorealism—about which entire college courses are offered—and its role in art and philosophy to appreciate NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 19321960, now on display at Arte Italia, 442 Flint St. The collection of more than 110 images captured over the course of decades by more than 50 photographers speaks for itself—and spoke to Arte Italia President Kristen Avansino when she first read about it in the Wall Street Journal. “An article about a woman, Enrica Viganò, compelled me,” Avansino said. “She spent 10 years as an art scholar traveling, zigzagging as she says, through Italy to find photographs that would represent a very unique period in Italian history—1932 to 1960.” The photos Viganò collected depict life in Italy from the era of fascism through post-World War II reconstruction and into Italy’s rebirth as a democratic nation. Many were collected from private owners. After curating the collection, Viganò began touring it through Europe. “And somehow the word was conveyed to [New York University] and the Grey Gallery in New York, where it was exhibited at the time of this particular article in the Wall Street Journal,” Avansino explained. Avansino knew she had to see it, and, afterward, wanted NeoRealismo brought to the West Coast. The E.L. Wiegand Foundation, which operates Arte Italia, sponsored a large grant to bring the exhibition first to the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco and then to Arte Italia. It opened in Reno on Sept. 27. Avansino said what draws her to the photos is the “human spirit, the almost pulsing humanness” she feels when looking at them. 22





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Arte Italia President Kristen Avansino poses next to one of more than 110 images in the NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960 exhibition. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS

“Because they’re not staged—they’re raw,” she said. “And they represent different periods of time, starting from a point in time when photography was used as propaganda. And then after World War II, when photographers captured for the first time the dichotomy—which really wasn’t—of debris and hope and ecstasy, because the people were liberated and they once again were practicing the joy of being Italian. And then the next phase, where photographers felt the need to bring the country together, so there was an interest in ethnographic representation, a novel thought, ‘Let’s unify.’ … And then the interesting final segment … is this notion of photographic clubs, which emerged in Italy. You had dueling schools of thought about what photography should be.” A single walkthrough of the exhibition might not be enough to soak it all in. Thankfully, Arte Italia’s exhibits are free. Between now and late December, a person could visit half a dozen times and notice something new in photos depicting fascist military scenes; others with people going about their everyday lives amid post-war, bombed-out buildings; and more lighthearted photos snapped in the decades after the war ended. Avansino encourages visitors to consider multiple trips to see it, too. “What you will see upstairs, I think, will bring people back several times—because it’s multilayered,” she said. “You come to an experience of seeing something with your life experience, whatever that is. I watched a 6-year-old in San Francisco, when we opened the exhibit, riveted by these photographs. … I believe that this exhibit begs families to come together and see it together. … As I saw that little boy in San Francisco, I realized this is a family exhibit.” Ω

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960 is on display at Arte Italia, 442 Flint St., through Dec. 27. Learn more at arteitaliause.org.


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Downton Abbey

Break on through Breaking Bad, one of the greatest TV series of all time, ended six years ago. Since then, series creator Vince Gilligan has been serving up a nice extension of the Breaking Bad universe with Better Call Saul, soon to air its fifth season. If you’ve never seen Breaking Bad, and still plan to watch the show, do not read further into this review. There are spoilers. Since Saul is a prequel, the Breaking Bad timeline came to a stop six years ago, and the universe has been playing around in the past. So, what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after Walter White (Bryan Cranston) liberated him from captivity at that American Nazi compound? When last we saw Jesse, he was looking like John the Baptist and speeding off into the night, laughcrying hysterically. Knowing full well that the fanbase is itching for more Jesse, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie has made its way to Netflix (and a select few big screens). The film picks up where the Breaking Bad series left off, with Jesse in a pinch as “a person of interest” after the White assault, and still very much in need of a shave and a shower. It’s a great thing to see Paul back in his wheelhouse as Pinkman, even if the character has become a bit dour after the hell of being held prisoner in a hole in the ground. Jesse’s screen time during his captivity on the TV show was limited as the story, logically, focused primarily on Walter White’s last days. We only really saw Jesse eating ice cream and failing in an escape attempt. He became a background character. El Camino gives Gilligan and Paul a chance to flashback and explore some strange adventures Jesse had with his captor, the quietly evil Todd (Jesse Plemons). Plemons actually plays a big part

“What’s wrong with two first names?”

in this movie, and thankfully so because he’s just a badass in the Todd role. A seemingly sensitive, lowvolume man, alas, with a psycho streak that poses all kinds of threats to Jesse’s well-being. Other characters we see again include Mike (Jonathan Banks), who makes an appearance in flashback (his character having been dispensed by White in the original show). Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt Jones) show up early and haven’t lost a step providing comic relief. Most notably, the late Robert Forster, whose passing was announced the very day El Camino was released, returns as Ed the vacuum salesman, who does something a little extra on the side. For those who loved the show, El Camino is a must. It just sort of fits right in, like two episodes that were hidden in a secret vault for six years. I’m not revealing some of the other special cameos that occur but, trust me, Breaking Bad fans, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t seen the show, stay away from the movie until you have seen it. This is a movie that reveals virtually everything that happened in the show that preceded it. If you’ve been harboring plans to see Breaking Bad, then watch something else on Netflix until you have absorbed all of the seasons into your face. The movie comes to a satisfying conclusion for Jesse Pinkman, a more poetic sendoff, if you will, than him screaming like a banshee. While I think this might be the end for future Jesse, chances are high that past Jesse will appear again somewhere within the Better Call Saul timeline, which takes place before the events of Breaking Bad. I’m sure Gilligan has a few more Jesse stories up his sleeve. Ω

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie


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. 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 shake ups 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-youwill-miss-it assassination plot involving King George that just sort of happens, without any attention to anything resembling details. Hey, a movie where King George V almost gets assassinated should be at least slightly exciting.




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.


This new take on DC’s Clown Prince of Crime will go down as one of the year’s big missed opportunities. Director Todd Phillips, mostly known for his Hangover movies, apparently got the green light to do whatever he wanted with the Joker mythos. He managed to get Joaquin Phoenix, pretty much perfect casting, to sign on for the title role. This was a chance to tell a dark origin story from the Joker’s point of view. Phillips blows this chance. Phoenix is otherworldly good as Arthur Fleck, a severely troubled clown and standup comedy wannabe—and mama’s boy—with a condition that causes him to laugh uncontrollably at inappropriate moments. He physically and mentally disappears into the part, to the point where you may become concerned for the actor’s well-being. He accomplishes this in a film that has a major identity crisis. When we first see Fleck, he’s dressed as a clown, spinning a sign and generally having a good time. He promptly gets his ass kicked, and not for the last time. We then see him in therapy and living in poverty with his quirky mother (Frances Conroy). Fleck slowly but surely starts to lose all sense of his humanity as he grows into a criminal monster. Phillips even casts a game Robert De Niro to play a talk show host that winds up being a nod to Miller’s David Letterman riff (David Endocrine) in The Dark Knight Returns. At its most derivative, the screenplay echoes A Beautiful Mind, filmed in a way that feels like a hackneyed Shyamalan twist. In the end, it’s an unoriginal film only partially buoyed by an incredible performance.

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. 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.


Little Monsters

What starts off as a very funny movie about a loser musician (Alexander England) in Australia goes south fast when it switches to horror after a zombie attack. England is very funny as Dave, who is having relationship problems and winds up living with his sister Tess (Kat Stewart) and nephew, Felix (Diesel La Torraca). The rapport between these three characters is actually really good, but then the action switches to a field trip Felix and Dave go on, one that is quickly besieged by zombies. Lupita Nyong’o is on hand as a music teacher chaperoning the kids as they face the zombie apocalypse, and she does all she can do to make the proceedings interesting. Josh Gad costars as a children’s show host taping an episode on the field trip, and his character is an annoying waste of time. Writer-director Abe Forsythe proves adept at filming straight comedy, but he’s completely lost when it comes to putting worthy zombie mayhem to film. It’s too bad, because England and Nyong’o are quite good together. Maybe they’ll get a chance to share the screen again in a better movie. (Streaming on Hulu.)


Memory: The Origins of Alien

There have been plenty of looks into the making of Ridley Scott’s Alien, most notably when the director’s cut Alien DVDs came out years ago, followed by the special feature saturated Blu-rays. This documentary from director Alexandre O. Philippe is one of the best, although it doesn’t feature new interviews with the likes of Sigourney Weaver or Ridley Scott, who has a couple of archived interview moments. Instead, it talks to folks like Roger Corman, who almost made Dan O’Bannon’s original Alien script on a shoestring budget, while getting the likes of Tom Skerritt to sit down for some original insights on the filming. Veronica Cartwright also joins the fray, once again recounting the great story of witnessing the chest-burster scene live. The movie goes beyond typical behind-the-scenes looks, tracing the origins of Alien back to some old timey comics depicting Navy sailors accidentally eating alien eggs. For fans of the movie and moviemaking, it’s fascinating. (Available for streaming during a limited theatrical release.)


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. As a Rambo/ Stallone fan, I wish I could pretend it didn’t happen. 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.







Nevada Taco Grill serves Mexican staples like loaded nachos from their small restaurant space.


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I love finding random, unexpected eateries. While running family errands, we stopped at a gas station and convenience store in Sparks. Tucked in the back corner is a small kitchen, complete with a flat-top grill and deep fryer. I’ve heard the place previously served pizza—before that, burgers with a drive-thru window. It’s now home to Nevada Taco Grill, a no-frills taqueria serving up the goods in a tiny space with seating for perhaps 10, assuming they’re well-acquainted. My trio ordered a few items and found a spot to sit and dine amid folks waiting on take-out. The two-person operation was cranking out food in short order, and we soon settled into our unplanned feast. Somewhat ironically, the tacos were actually the least successful items. Curious about the difference between the “street” ($1.99 each) versus “regular” tacos ($2.99 each), we tried a couple of each. The choice of meats included shredded chicken or beef, grilled chicken, carne asada, carnitas and adobada, and they also have specials during the week that include hard-shell, housefried tortillas. The street variety were the typical pair of three-inch corn tortillas—topped with meat, diced onion and fresh cilantro—while the regulars were six-inch, single tortillas with the same ingredients, plus fresh pico de gallo. The pork carnitas and adobada were a bit on the crunchy side from being tossed on the grill, but they still tasted good. Beef asada was better, though a tad chewy. They were also a little light on the meat compared to other tacos around town. A combo plate of three shredded beef rolled tacos ($7.25) was served with melted cheese and guacamole on top and sides of rice and beans. The taquitos were crunchy with good masa flavor—filled with plenty


of seasoned meat—and much better than their unfried cousins. The rice was fair, the frijoles refritos quite good, but the guacamole was a blended, runny sauce—not bad, just not the chunky stuff I prefer. Given a choice between shredded or grilled chicken on my mother’s torta ($5.75), we went grilled. The small chunks of meat were actually tender and reasonably moist, accompanied by bell pepper, onion, tomato and lettuce on a soft, perfectly lovely Mexican roll. It was the kind of soft that almost falls apart when you bite in. We all agreed, it was a damn fine sandwich. Always on the hunt for a decent chile relleno—yet always with low expectations—I went ahead and got the relleno and cheese enchilada combo plate ($8.75). The enchilada was average, but the stuffed pepper was easily my favorite item of the meal. The large poblano pepper was meaty—not overcooked—and had a nice bit of kick. Stuffed with a ton of melty cheese and topped with a fresh and flavorful, just-shy-of-chunky red enchilada sauce, every bite made me sad to see it disappear. Surprisingly, this gas station chile relleno is among my top five from the past few years. My wife just can’t not order nachos ($9.50), and I’m glad she can’t resist. Topped with a ton of carne asada, refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and both melted and shredded cheese sprinkles, the thin, crispy chips did a respectable job with their burden. The chips themselves were excellent, and the bounty of well-seasoned meat and beans more-orless made the cheese irrelevant. They were even good as leftovers the next day. Ω

Nevada Taco Grill

2995 Vista Blvd., Sparks, 376-1844

Nevada Taco Grill is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m


Keep truckin’ One Ton Dually Reno rock band One Ton Dually do something during their live sets that I only remember Cheap Trick attempting. Like the classic rockers’ “Hello There”/“Goodnight Now” duo, Dually members have a single song they play twice during a set, at the front and the end: “Dually Noted” and “Dually Reprise.” The reason behind the instrumental, though, is more practical than tricky showmanship. “We didn’t have very many songs to start with, so we needed another one,” said Spike Ritchie, guitarist for the band, who along with longtime friend and guitarist/ vocalist Jackson Truckle started One Ton Dually about five years ago. “It was actually Jackson’s idea to do the bookend set, and it worked right from the beginning.” One Ton Dually bring a mix of humor and genuine bonhomie to a scene that can sometimes be po-faced and cutthroat. This likely stems from the genuine friendship between the bandmates. The band started when Ritchie and Truckle would play duo sets, beginning in 2010, as part of the twice-a-year Marianarchy shows—benefits for local people who need financial help with medical issues. The shows have been organized for years by Rory Dowd and Nick Ramirez, who are the bassist/vocalist and drummer, respectively, for One Ton Dually. “Nick used to jump on stage with us during a Spike and Jackson set, and it was a lot of fun,” Ritchie said. “And then he said, ‘Hey, can I actually practice with you guys?’” Once Truckle asked Dowd to join up, the band was born. They plan to be part of this winter’s Marianarchy, which is Dec.

One Ton Dually at the entrance to their everySaturday practice space. From left, they are Nick Ramirez, Jackson Truckle, Rory Dowd and Spike Ritchie. PHOTO/MARK EARNEST

13 and 14 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. “We’ve all known each other forever,” Dowd said. “Saturday is our practice day, and it’s the highlight of my week.” At those practices, the two guitarists often come up with the bones of a song. Truckle and Dowd both sing lead and write their own lyrics. Although they started with more limited subject matter—mostly drinking and cars—Truckle and Dowd now just let whatever subject flow for the lyrics. “I try to write about stuff I know about,” Truckle said. “Except for ‘10,000 Cadillacs,’ which was a song title that was already written, so I just wrote the song around that. It’s the only one where the lyrics aren’t inspired by something that happened to me.” “A lot of my songs end up being ‘about a girl’ songs, love songs, whatever you call it,” Dowd said. “I try to step away from that, though. I mean, I have a zombie song, but that’s a love story.” “We sing about cars and liquor still, but we’ve cut some of that out, because it’s not doing us any good,” Ramirez said. “We’re headed to the stars, man. We’re gonna make a space rock album next.” Ramirez said that to laughs all around, but they are planning to make album number two someday. Their first record from 2018, Take It Up a Notch, often gets airplay on KTHX-FM’s local spotlight. But first, the band members plan to take a break from the tons of shows they’ve played in recent months. “I think that shows that we’re a working man’s rock and roll band,” Ramirez said. “Even with the name One Ton Dually—it’s a truck, it gets something done, it has power. Man, I love figuring out a metaphor.” Ω

One Ton Dually plays with touring bands Bad Mother Nature and The Almas at 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St. Hear the band’s music at onetondually. bandcamp.com.







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FRIDAY 10/18


Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Dance party, 10pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, W, no cover

Drinking With Clowns, 9pm, no cover

Trivia Night, 9pm, Tu, no cover


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


Arts for the Schools Benefit: Ron Artis II & The Truth, 8:30pm, $20

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

Ron Artis II & The Truth Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m. Alibi Ale Works 10069 Bridge St. Truckee (530) 536-5029


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

Comedy Night with Paul Spock & Friends, 8pm, $5


Live music, 9pm, no cover

Bluegrass jam, 6:30pm, no cover

Hollywood Trashed, 8:30pm, $5

Sounds of the City: Kat Heart, Richard Scimé, 5pm, no cover

World Beatnix, 9pm, no cover

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

Adiidas, SKUDD, JARS, Twon, 8pm, $10-$15

Whomp Wagon’s Shake the Dust party: Finishing Touch, milkrings, 9pm, $10-$15


The Coney Dogs, 8:30pm, no cover

Kat Heart, 9pm, no cover


538 S. Virginia St., (775) 329-5558 Carson Comedy Club, Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 8821626: Rex Meredith, Fri-Sat, 8pm, $15 Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., (775) 3257401: Bruce Jingles, Thu, Sun, 7:30pm, $21.95; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, $27.45; Jackie Fabulous, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, $21.95 LEX at Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St., (775) 789-5399: Erica Rhodes, 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: Erica Rhodes, Thu, 7:30pm, $10-$15; Fri, 8:30pm, $12-$17; Sat, 6:30pm, 9:30pm, $12-$17

Caravan to Winter WonderGrass: Midnight North, 9pm, no cover

World Beatnix, 9pm, no cover

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


SUNDAY 10/20


10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee, (530) 587-5711

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

DEAD RINGER ANALOG BAR 432 E. Fourth St., (775) 409-4431


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

FAT CAT BAR & GRILL (MIDTOWN) 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223

THE HOLLAND PROJECT 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500

Jonathan Hennion, 6:30pm, no cover

Open Mic Night, 7pm, M, no cover Comedy Show, 8pm, Tu, $TBA

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

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Dan Copeland, 6:30pm, no cover

Karaoke with Nightsong Productions, 8pm, no cover

MON-WED 10/21-10/23

Hott Boxz, 9pm, no cover

7Horse, Outlaw Kindred, 9pm, $25

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK viewing party, Fantasy Friday, 11:30pm, $TBA 8pm, Queens of Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Haunted Faces, 10pm, Tu, $8

Alex “Muddy” Smith, 9pm, no cover

First Take featuring Rick Metz, 7pm, Tu, no cover

The Obsessives, Jordan Krimston, Slate, 8pm, $10

Jonathan Richman, 8pm, Tu, $15 Mannequin Pussy, 7:30pm, W, $12-$15

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FRIDAY 10/18


1) Stoner Jordan, Kuss & Trillz, 8pm, $10 2) Marbin, 8pm, $10 2) Born 2 Die, 7:30pm, $TBA

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


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

Unplugged Thursdays, 6:30pm, no cover

Alias Smith Band, 8:30pm, no cover


2) InGhosts, Farewell Winters, Acid Box, 8pm, $5

2) Me Time, Friendship Commanders, Hired Fun, 8pm, W, $5

Greg Gilmore, 8pm, no cover

Bingo w/T-N-Keys, 6:30pm, Tu, no cover Mel & Gia, 7pm, W, no cover

Gerardo Ortiz, 1Nion norteña, Tamborazo San Marcos, 10pm, $40

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


MON-WED 10/21-10/23

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

941 N. Virginia St., (775) 870-9633


SUNDAY 10/20

235 Flint St., (775) 376-1948

Mañanero, WRVNG, Tempo, 8pm, no cover

The Lunar Laugh, Nick Eng, 8pm, no cover

DJ EthiK, 10pm, no cover


DJ Trivia, 7:30pm, no cover

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

Saturday Club Night with DJ Bobby G, 8:30pm, no cover

Karaoke, 8pm, M, no cover


Adam Springob, 6pm, no cover

Kat Heart, 8pm, no cover

Saturday Night Lights—In the Country, 9pm, no cover

Rob Wynia, 8:30pm, W, $10

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

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


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


Machine Gun Vendetta, Cut-Rate Druggist, The Sex Devils, 9:30pm, $5-$6

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


Kimora Black, Melissa Befierce, 10pm, no cover

Fierce Fridays, 10pm, no cover before 10pm


Vultures, Our Last of Days, Some Kind of Nightmare, 7pm, $5-$10

Gaelic Storm, Reeling Banshees, 3-17, 8pm, $TBA

340 Kietzke Lane, (775) 686-6681

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

Gaelic Storm Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Virginia Street Brewhouse 211 N. Virginia St. 433-1090

Jonathan Richman

Bad Mother Nature, One Ton Dually, The Almas, 9;30pm, $5-$6 Karaoke hosted by Tabitha, 9pm, Tu, W, no cover

Oct. 22, 8 p.m. The Holland Project 140 Vesta St. 448-6500

Tempo, Post Humous, 8pm, $TBA






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DENVER SAUNDERS: Tue, 10/22, Wed, 10/23, 8pm,

Theory Of A Deadman Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 15 Highway 50 Stateline (800) 427-7247

ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA 3800 S. VIRGINIA ST., (775) 825-4700 CABARET MICHAEL FURLONG: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 10pm, Sun, 10/20, 8pm, no cover

SWINGING CHADS: Mon, 10/21, Tue, 10/22, Wed, 10/23, 8pm, no cover


THE LOOK: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm, no cover STEPHEN LORD: Sun, 10/20, Tue, 10/22, 6pm, no cover

TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 10/21, 6pm, no cover BROTHER DAN: Wed, 10/23, 6pm, no cover


GUITAR BAR RANDY IDE: Thu, 10/3, 6pm, Sat, 10/5, 5pm, no cover

THE LOFT ONE WAY STREET: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm,

VELVET DUO: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 5pm, no cover






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CABARET ATOMIKA: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm, no cover




Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s annual event features more than two dozen local, regional and national craft beer favorites and several local restaurants vying to win over the palates of event-goers and celebrity judges with their best chili recipes. There will also be live music by various acts, including headliners The Spazmatics on Saturday and Shane Dwight on Sunday. The festival takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at the south parking lot of the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St. Admission is free, but tasting packages range from $20 to $100. A portion of the proceeds from the Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival will benefit the Reno Rodeo Foundation. Visit gsrbeerandchili.com.

14 HIGHWAY 28, CRYSTAL BAY, (775) 833-6333


DJ BIRD & RIZZO: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 10pm,


345 N. VIRGINIA ST., (775) 786-5700

AUX & OGS: Fri, 10/18, 11pm, no cover KEYSER SOZE: Sat, 10/19, 10pm, no cover


DJ MARK TWYMAN: Sun, 10/20, 10pm, no cover LIVE BAND KARAOKE WITH ROCK U ENT.: Mon,

STUDENT BODY THURSDAYS WITH VJ RIZZO: Thu, 10/17, 10pm, no cover

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10/21, Wed, 10/23, 10pm, no cover

BREW CLUB TUESDAYS WITH DJ MARK TWYMAN & DJ JB: Tue, 10/22, 10pm, no cover

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

Mestizo Beat Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino 2707 S. Virginia St. 826-2121

HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HIGHWAY 50, StAtELINE, (800) 427-7247 NOVI RED CUP FRIDAYS WITH DJ DUSTIN V & DJ RONI V: Fri, 10/18, 9pm, no cover

LINE DANCING: Sat, 10/19, 9pm, no cover

ROXY’S LIVE PIANO BAR LIVE PIANO: Thu, 10/18, Fri, 10/ 19, Sun, 10/20, Mon, 10/21, Tue, 10/22, Wed, 10/23, 4:30pm, no cover

DJ OSCAR PEREZ: Fri, 10/18, 10pm, no cover DJ MO FUNK: Sat, 10/19, 10pm, no cover





Thu, 10/17, 6pm, no cover

LEX FRIDAYS: Fri, 10/18, 10pm, $20 LEX SATURDAYS WITH DISKO DREW: Sat, 10/19, 10pm, $20

WILLIAM HILL RAcE ANd SPORtS BAR COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHTS & DANCE LESSONS: Thu, 10/17, Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 10pm, no cover



2500 E. SEcONd St., (775) 789-2000

50 HIGHWAY 50, StAtELINE, (844) 588-7625

GRANd tHEAtRE J BALVIN: Fri, 10/18, 8pm, $85-$175 BUSH WITH LIVE: Sat, 10/19, 8pm, $59.50-$155

cENtER BAR DJ SET: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm, no cover

Sat, 10/19, 7pm, $36.23




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



5 HIGHWAY 28, cRYStAL BAY, (775) 831-0660

REBEKAH CHASE BAND: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm, no cover

LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 10/18, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover


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CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 8pm, no cover

tERRAcE LOUNGE MESTIZO BEAT: Thu, 10/17, 7pm, Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 8pm, no cover


BOGG JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Sun, 10/20, Mon, 10/21, Tue, 10/22, Wed, 10/23, 6pm, no cover




18 HIGHWAY 50, StAtELINE, (775) 588-6611



407 N. VIRGINIA St., (775) 325-7401

GREG WARREN WITH ARI MANNIS: Thu, 10/17, Fri, 10/18, 9pm, $25, Sat, 10/19, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30, Sun, 10/20, 9pm, $25

NICK GRIFFIN WITH KELLY RYAN: Wed, 10/23, 9pm, $25

JASON KING: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 7pm, no cover

RUM BULLIONS LEFT OF CENTER: Fri, 10/18, Sat, 10/19, 9pm, 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






FOR THE WEEK OF OcTObER 17, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. CITIZEN SCIENCE CELEBRATION: Join the League to Save Lake Tahoe for a night of celebrating its volunteers and the work that they do. Learn more about how to get involved in the league’s citizen science programs. There will be food and drinks, live music and presentations. Visit website to RSVP. Thu, 10/17, 5:30pm. Free. Himmel Haus, 3819 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-5388, keeptahoeblue.org.

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE IN A DIVIDED SOCIETY: The Reynolds School of Journalism presents the launch event of The Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D., Project for Visualizing Science: “Communicating Science in a Divided Society.” National Geographic filmmaker Vanessa Serrao, award-winning science writer Peter Laufer and climatologist Stephanie McAfee will share their expertise at 6:30pm with a reception to follow. Mon, 10/21, 6:30pm. Free. Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6531.



Celebrate the sights and delights of autumn during this pumpkin-themed fall festival. The eighth annual event features carnival-style games, a family costume parade, storytelling in the haunted schoolhouse, pie-eating, marshmallow-shooting and mummy-wrapping contests, pumpkin decorating, and a pumpkin derby. There will also be live music, food trucks and more than 70 vendors lined up along Victorian Avenue. Admission is free, but for a $25 Trick or Treat Tour ticket attendees can play up to 20 games with a Midway Magic Pass, receive a pumpkin to decorate at the Pumpkin Beauty Salon and a treat and trick bag, and get a chance to win the Great Pumpkin Raffle. PumpkinPalooza benefits the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. The fun takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, at Victorian Square in downtown Sparks. Visit www.pumpkinpalooza.org.


ART WRITING SYMPOSIUM 2019: Join over 20 guest speakers at this second annual two-day symposium on art writing at the University of Nevada, Reno. Keynote readings and presentations take place on Oct. 18. Symposium panels are on Oct. 19. Fri, 10/18, 6-9pm; Sat, 10/19, 10am-6pm. Free. Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-6639.

3RD THURSDAY: This monthly event highlights art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. Thu, 10/17, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square, 764794 Victorian Ave., Sparks, (775) 690-2581, www.39northdowntown.com.

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, 10/17-


Sat, 10/19, 10am, Tue, 10/22-Wed, 10/23, 10am. $0-$7. Andelin Family Farm, 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, (775) 530-8032, www.andelinfamilyfarm.com.






be a candid and open conversation among people of different faiths and philosophical positions with the hope of finding points of agreement that can be used to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus and society. Wed, 10/23, 6pm. Free. Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4636.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS: Enjoy a scenic train ride over the rugged mountains of Virginia City—pulled by the No. 1 blue engine, Thomas—and relive the area’s rich mining history. This event also features motor car rides, miniature golf, storytelling and exclusive Thomas & Friends gift shop items. Sat, 10/19, 11am3pm; Sun, 10/20, 10am-2pm. Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot, 165 F St., Virginia City, www.virginiatruckee.com.

FERRARI FARMS FALL FESTIVAL: The annual fall celebration features a pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn maze, corn walk, farm animals, mechanical bull, bounce house and other attractions. The festival runs through Nov. 2. Pumpkins are priced by variety and weight. Thu, 10/17Wed, 10/23, 9:30am. Free. Ferrari Farms, 4701 Mill St., (775) 997-3276.

GUIDED TOUR OF LAKE MANSION: Members of the Historic Reno Preservation Society lead tours of the Lake Mansion. Fri, 10/18, 1pm. Free. The Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100.

HARVEST TRAIN: Take a 30-minute steam train ride featuring historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment. The event includes a pumpkin patch and other surprises. Sat, 10/19-Sun, 10/20, 10am. Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 687-6953 ext. 224.

IN THE SHADOWS: Carson City’s spooky and intriguing history is explored and theatrically re-lived in the 27th annual all-day Carson City Ghost Walk. Guided tours depart from the McFadden Plaza on Curry Street starting at 10am. The last tour leaves at 2:30pm. Each tour lasts about two hours long. Hear about lingering spirits of the past, paranormal stories, meet characters and tour historic homes and businesses along the tour. There will also be photo opportunities, tables, psychics and Ghost Walk merchandise for sale. Sat, 10/19, 10am. $15-$20. McFadden Plaza, 310 S. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 3486279, carsoncityghostwalk.com.

NEVADA FIELD DAY: University of Nevada, Reno and its College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources presents a day of hands-on activities and information focusing on the latest advancements in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. Chef Clint Jolly will perform a cooking demonstration at 11am with produce from the university’s Desert Farming Initiative and meat from the university’s Wolf Pack Meats. Jolly is a past winner of Food Network’s Chopped: Impossible Restaurant Challenge. Sat 10/19, 9am. Free. University of Nevada, Reno Main Station Field Lab, 5892 Clean Water Way, naes.unr.edu/fieldday.

RENO FRIGHT FEST—SLAUGHTER HOUSE: The 14th annual haunted attraction returns with its Slaughter House featuring a fresh layout and brand new scares, as well as a frightening, 10-minute ride on the Terror Train, which includes laser tag where you can zap zombies and win prizes. There is a separate ticket needed to ride the train. A train pass can be purchased at a discount by buying a combo ticket online or at the box office. A portion of the proceeds goes to Washoe County’s Children in Transition Program. Thu, 10/17-Sat, 10/19, 7-11pm. $17-$24. Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave., renofrightfest.com.

ROBIN HOLABIRD READING AND SIGNING: Film reviewer and former Nevada Film Commissioner Robin Holabird will present her latest book Around the World in 80 Movies. Thu, 10/17, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188.

SWEAT EQUITY AND PUBLIC ART: Mark Salinas, Carson City’s arts and culture coordinator, discusses his New Yorkbased non-profit 7Train Murals and how volunteerism can bring art and community together. Fri, 10/18, noon. $10 general, free for NMA members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.

ULTRA4 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: More than 120 of the best drivers in the sport compete to be crowned national champion. The course combines technical rock obstacles with short course racing, showcasing the fourwheel-drive capabilities of all the Ultra4 classes. Fri, 10/18-Sat, 10/19, 8:30am. $0$100. Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 East Interstate 80/Exit 23 Mustang, Sparks, www.ultra4racing.com.

WRITERS IN THE WOODS: SNC Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers. This month’s guest is Lacy M. Johnson, a Houston-based professor, curator activist and writer. Her book The Reckonings was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Criticism. There will be a free reading on Oct. 18, followed a workshop on Oct. 19. Fri, 10/18, 7pm; Sat, 10/19, 10am. $50 for workshop, free for students. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 8321314, www.sierranevada.edu.

ART ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Tiny Treasures. The Latimer Art Club presents its 12th annual juried and judged exhibition of miniature art. The show runs through Nov. 5. Thu, 10/17Wed, 10/23, 11am-4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 3228896, www.artistsco-opgalleryreno.com.

CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER SIERRA ROOM: Fast Lane/Slow Bake. The Capital City Arts Initiative presents an exhibition by artists Cyndy Brenneman and Tom Drakulich. The show runs through Oct. 24. Thu, 10/17, Mon, 10/21-Wed, 10/23, 8am-5pm. Free. Carson City Community Center Sierra Room, 851 E. William St., Carson City, www.arts-initiative.org.

CHARLIE B GALLERY: Grand opening of

the Vasefinder Museum. Fri, 10/18, 6pm. Free. Charlie B Gallery, 114 W. Telegraph St., Carson City, (775) 5757333, charliebgallery.com.

CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: Icons of MidCentury Nevada. Reno City Hall Metro Gallery presents paintings and prints by Greg Allen. The works in this show serve as a monument to a disappearing history of Nevada. Rendered in photorealistic detail, Allen’s works serve as a warm breath of nostalgia at first glance but on closer inspection are a reminder of the unyielding march of time and the quickly forgotten past. The show runs through Oct. 24. Thu, 10/17-Fri, 10/18, Mon, 10/21Wed, 10/23, 8am-5pm. Free. City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 334-6264.

GARAGE DOOR GALLERY, HOLMAN ARTS AND MEDIA CENTER: Obscured and Resurfaced. Emily Ward Bivens creates installations where inanimate becomes animate through stop-motion animation of dead animals, taxidermy and video and sound projection embedded in and on objects. Thu, 10/17-Fri, 10/18, Mon, 10/21-Wed, 10/23, 9am-5pm. Free. Garage Door Gallery at Holman Arts and Media Center, 1008 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 881-7525, www.sierranevada.edu.

THE HOLLAND PROJECT: All In. This fundraising exhibition for the Holland Project Galleries features work by more than 60 artists. All of the artwork will be available for purchase at $50-$100 per piece during the closing reception on Friday, Oct. 18. All proceeds from artwork sales go toward future exhibitions and arts programming at the Holland Project Galleries. Fri, 10/18, 7-9pm. Free. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., www.hollandreno.org.

MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Art Matters. The City of Reno McKinley Galleries presents an exhibition of work by the art teachers of the Washoe County School District. The art on display includes ceramics, jewelry, oil painting, photography and watercolors. Thu, 10/17-Fri, 10/18, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 3346264, www.reno.gov.

SPONSORED CONTENT NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART: The Art of Jack Malotte, through Oct. 20; Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl, through Dec. 31; Galen Brown: Sine Cere, through Jan. 5; Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, through Oct. 20; Maya Lin: Pin River— Tahoe Watershed, through Dec. 31; Without You I Am Nothing, through Dec. 15; Zhi Lin: Chinese Railroad Workers of the Sierra Nevada, through Nov. 10; Work Ethic in American Art: The Legacy of E.L. Wiegand, through April 19. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday and is closed on Monday, Tuesday and holidays. Thu, 10/17-Sun, 10/20, Wed, 10/23, 10am. $1-$10. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.

TAHOE ART LEAGUE GALLERY: TAL Artists Exhibit. Tahoe Art League Art Center Gallery hosts this invitation-only exhibition featuring artists LoRita Ungar, Jeanette Reed-Lawson, David Foster, Rasjad Hopkins, Ellen Nunes, Bryan Yerian and Colleen Sidey. Thu, 10/17-Sun, 10/20, 10am, Wed, 10/23, 10am. Free. Tahoe Art League Gallery, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, www.talart.org.

WILBUR D. MAY CENTER: Art of the Aloha Shirt Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51. Explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawaii’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha shirt. This exhibition of 60 objects includes original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements and vintage shirts tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world. Thu, 10/17-Sun, 10/20, 10am. $4-$6. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961, www.facebook.com/WilburMayCenter.

FILM CAT PEOPLE: Artemisia MovieHouse presents a screening of the 1942 fantasy/horror/ thriller directed by Jacques Tourneur. Serbian transplant Irena is in New York to pursue an artistic career. Though she’s attracted to another young professional, Irena fears any real intimacy, for an ancient curse has followed her across the sea. Sun, 10/20, 6pm. $5-$9. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., (775) 636-3386, www.artemisiamovies.weebly.com.

THE HUMAN ELEMENT: Environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change in this documentary film directed by Matthew Testa. There will be an after-film discussion led by Stephen Lafer. Sat, 10/19, 2-4pm. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.

MUSIC FIDDLERS2—CELTIC MUSIC SERIES: The 2019-2020 season of the Celtic Music Series kicks off with Fiddlers2, a fiddle duo featuring Holly Sternberg and Vanessa Porter. Sat, 10/19, 7pm. $15-$25. Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.

PERFORMING ARTS SERIES—BACKTRACK: The a cappella YouTube sensation has over 10 million views of their video mash-ups of hits by Sia, The Chainsmokers, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and even Beethoven. Thu, 10/17, 7:30pm. $5-$37. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278, www.unr.edu/pas.

RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2019-2020 SEASON OPENER: Maestro Donato Cabrera opens the season with a program featured Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Violinist Helen Kim performs the West Coast premiere of the Chamber Concerto for Violin by her husband, composer Samuel Adams. Sat, 10/19, 8pm; Sun, 10/20, 2pm. $5-$45. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 348-9413, renochamberorchestra.org.

SPEAKEASY PART TROIS—DANI JOY & PERRY: The third and final show in the Speakeasy Series features ukulele player Dani Joy accompanied by bass player Perry Stauffer and special guest John Girton on jazz guitar. Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm. $20-$25. Mountain Music Parlor, 735 S. Center St., (775) 843-5500, mountainmusicparlor.com.

TYLER, THE CREATOR: The hip-hop artist performs along with Blood Orange and GoldLink. Thu, 10/17, 7pm. $59.50-$70. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8800.

ONSTAGE BENISE—FUEGO!: “The Prince of Spanish Guitar” brings his Emmy Award-winning production to town. Benise will take the audience on a musical journey through Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, Parisian waltz, exotic drumming and more. Sat, 10/19, 8pm. $38.70-$106.28. Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St., (775) 6866600, pioneercenter.com.

THE CAKE: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Theatre presents Bekah Brunstetter’s comedy. Della makes cakes, not judgment calls—those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. Thu, 10/17-Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278, events.unr.edu.

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, threeand-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. Thu, 10/17-Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/20, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., renolittletheater.org.

IRONBOUND: Martyna Majok’s play is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury—and a liability—as she fights to survive in America. Fri, 10/18-Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/20, 2pm. $8-$20. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, (775) 5253074, rattheatre.org.

Recycling comes 4th According to the City of Reno’s Sustainability Climate Action Plan, the average person in Washoe County generates 7.9 pounds of waste per day – this is nearly double the national average of 4.4 pounds. That is where recycling comes in. However, our recycling rate is still drastically lagging behind that of the rest of the country. In 1991, the Nevada State Legislature aspired to hit the recycling goal of 25%; unfortunately, two decades later, Washoe County’s recycling rate is 24.5% while Nevada’s is 21%. As of 2017, the national recycling rate was 34.3%. Steps are being taken to reduce our city and state’s carbon footprint. However, there are things you can do as well to help further this process! To make an impact, you sometimes have to start small. Therefore, what can you do to reduce your waste? To start, you can refer to the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (in that order!) Recycling comes 4th. When it comes down to recycling, Reno has luckily implemented single-stream recycling, making it more convenient for the average consumer. However, due to contamination, 25% of the items we place in our recycling bin cannot be recycled.

Dos and Don’ts of Recycling (in your curbside bin):

Did you know that not everything is recyclable and that certain items must be cleaned before recycling? Did you also know that certain items, like plastic bags, can’t be put in your athome recycling bin? Recycling is a fantastic way to help preserve our planet’s resources, but recycling correctly is crucial. Plastic and metal food storage containers have to be cleared entirely of food waste and liquids; otherwise, they could contaminate entire loads of recyclables, causing the batch as the whole to be thrown in landfills instead. The same goes for single-use, plastic grocery bags put in residential recycling bins. The bags can wrap around the equipment and shut down an entire recycling plant. Because our community uses a single-stream recycling program, the focus is on rigid recyclables. This means that materials such as produce and grocery bags should be dropped off at collection bins commonly found at many retail stores like Walmart or Target, or your local grocery store.

When in doubt, leave it out!

Place Plastic Bottles & Containers, Food & Beverage cans, Glass, Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard into your blue bin. Avoid placing the following in your recycling bin: Electronics, Batteries, Needles, Cords, Clothing, Snack Bags & Wrappers, Foam Cups & Containers, Yard Waste & Grass Clippings, Diapers & Pet Waste, and Food Soiled Paper. When it comes to the items that you cannot recycle in your curbside bin, you can always refer to KTMB’s Recycling Guide on our website at ktmb.org to find out where else you can recycle them.

Why should I recycle?

Reno’s Sustainability and Climate Action plan points to many benefits from recycling, such as conserving natural resources, beautifying urban and natural landscapes, reducing litter, and creating green jobs that contribute to the local economy. To learn more about the City of Reno’s Sustainability and Climate Action plan visit: www. ktmb.org/recycle. References: KTMB 30th Anniversary, Litter in America stats, Litter Behavior, Litter study 2009

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. Thu,

10/17-Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/20, 2pm; Wed, 10/23, 7:30pm. $22-$26, $10 for all seats on Artist Night, Oct. 23. Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia St., (775) 323-3221, www.bruka.org.

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. Thu, 10/17-Sat, 10/19, 7:30pm; Sun, 10/20, 2pm; Wed, 10/23, 7:30pm. $18$30. Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company, 124 W. Taylor St., www.goodluckmacbeth.org.












Captain Hookup I’m a single man in my 30s, and I don’t want a relationship right now. I keep meeting women online who say they only want something casual. Then, on the first or second date, it becomes obvious that they want a relationship, not just fun and sex. What’s with the bait and switch? Women who bait and switch like this are reflecting what evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt call men’s and women’s conflicting “sexual strategies.” These are best summed up as “happily ever after” for women versus “hookupily ever after” for men. These differences in sexual strategy trace to differences in “obligatory parental investment.” This refers to how a man can bolt after sex while a woman can get pregnant and stuck with a kid to drag around and feed. Accordingly, Buss and Schmitt explain that women typically benefit most from a “long-term sexual strategy,” vetting men to see that they’d commit: stick around to invest in any children that might come out of sex. Men, however, benefit most—that is, leave more descendants carrying their genes—from a “short-term sexual strategy”—having casual sex with a variety of hot-erellas. This doesn’t mean that men never want to commit or that women never want to hook up. They do this when circumstances make it in their best interest. But because men and women coevolved, they are at least subconsciously aware of each other’s intentions and shade the truth to put themselves in the most “marketable” light. So, men often act more interested in commitment than they actually are—in hopes of getting sex—and women often act less interested, in hopes of ensnaring Harry Hookup and turning him into Harry the Husband. It probably makes sense to err on the side of assuming a woman will want commitment, whether she knows or articulates that or not. Opt for my “cheap, short and local” advice for first and second dates: Meet for happy hour drinks or coffee for an hour or two, max. You still might get women who said they just want casual fun going gooey on you at the end of date two. At least you won’t have shelled out for filet mignon and fine wine only to hear

the no-strings-attached sex version of “First 100 callers get a free TV!” … “Oh, sorry, sir ... you’re caller 101.”

Mail bonding My girlfriends are all writing out their visions for a partner, as if they’ve met him already. (“Thank you, universe, for bringing me this man.”) They claim they’ve gotten boyfriends because of it. Is this just New Age crap, or is there something to writing down what you want? This apparently is a thing, women writing a letter about the man of their dreams and then feeling like they ordered online from the universe. Once they get a boyfriend, the belief that their letter writing made it happen comes out of a common cognitive bias—a hiccup in rational thinking—called the “illusion of control.” This term, coined by psychologist Ellen Langer, describes people’s tendency to believe they have control over outcomes that they obviously do not. An example of this is gamblers blowing on dice—and not because the dice have complained bitterly that they are freezing to death and left their tiny square cardigans at home. Ironically, the fact that it’s irrational to do this doesn’t mean it’s unhelpful. Research by psychologists Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino finds that a ritual, a “symbolic activity” a person performs in hopes of making something happen, tends to increase their “feelings of control” over situations in which outcomes are uncertain. This, in turn, decreases the stress they feel. It’s possible that the ceremonial act of writing a “Dear Santa” letter to the universe could make a woman more appealing to men by calming her down and getting her to act less crazy and desperate. It’s like putting in an order at a restaurant. You have faith your dinner is coming—you don’t stalk the waiter on Instagram and text him 30 times. Ω


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “We can’t change anything

until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently,” wrote Aries psychologist James Hillman. I agree. And that’s very good news for you. In my view, you are more attracted to and excited by fresh ideas than any other sign of the zodiac. That’s why you have the potential to become master initiators of transformation. One of my favorite types of plot twists in your life story occurs when you seek out fresh ideas and initiate transformations not only in your own behalf, but also for those you care about. I bet the coming weeks will bring at least one of those plot twists.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Metaphorically speaking, you are now crossing a bridge. Behind you is the intriguing past; in front of you, the even more intriguing future. You can still decide to return to where you came from. Or else you could pick up your pace and race ahead at twice the speed. You might even make the choice to linger on the bridge for a while; to survey the vast vistas that are visible and contemplate more leisurely the transition you’re making. Only you know what’s best for you, of course. But if you asked me, I’d be in favor of lingering on the bridge for a while.

in a café near two women at another table. One sports a gold cashmere headscarf and pentagram necklace. The other wears a dark blue pantsuit and a silver broach that’s the glyph for Gemini the Twins. The woman wearing the headscarf shuffles a deck of Tarot cards and asks the woman wearing the pantsuit what she’d like to find out during the divination she is about to receive. “I would very much like you to tell me what I really really want,” she says with a chuckle. “I’m sure that once I find out that big secret, I’ll be able to accomplish wonders.” I hope you will be on a similar mission in the coming weeks. Do whatever it takes to get very clear about what you want most.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was meandering through an Athenian marketplace, gazing at the appealing and expensive items for sale. “How many things there are in this world that I do not want,” he exclaimed with satisfaction. I recommend you cultivate that liberated attitude. Now is a perfect time to celebrate the fact that there are countless treasures and pleasures you don’t need in order to be charmed and cheerful about your life. For extra credit, add this nuance from Henry David Thoreau: People are rich in proportion to the number of things they can afford to let alone.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I invite you to try this

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a text message from her Scorpio buddy Tanya. “Why don’t you come over and chill with me and my demons? It’ll be entertaining, I promise! My inner jerks are howlingly funny tonight.” Here’s what Lola texted back: “Thanks but no thanks, sweetie. I’ve been making big breakthroughs with my own demons—giving them the attention they crave without caving in to their outrageous demands— and for now I need to work on stabilizing our new relationship. I can’t risk bringing extra demons into the mix.” I suspect this is an accurate description of what could be happening for you.

power to unlock what’s locked and uncover hidden treasures. It’s not a four-leaf clover, but resembles it. I invite you to fantasize about using these three marvels. To do so will enhance your imagination, thereby boosting the cosmic forces that will be working in your favor to enhance your awareness, confer inspiration, solve riddles, unlock what’s locked, and find hidden treasures.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Inventor Buckminster

Fuller (1895-1983) was a visionary genius in numerous fields, including architecture, design, engineering and futurism. In the course of earning 40 honorary doctorates, he traveled widely. It was his custom to wear three watches, each set to a different time: one to the zone where he currently was, another to where he had recently departed and a third to where he would journey next. “I know that I am not a category,” he wrote. “I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb.” I recommend his approach to you in the coming weeks. Be a verb! Allow your identity to be fluid, your plans adjustable, your ideas subject to constant revision.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Art is good for my

soul precisely because it reminds me that we have souls in the first place,” said actress Tilda Swinton. How about you? What reminds you that you have a soul in the first place? Beloved animals? Favorite music? A stroll amidst natural wonders? Unpredictable, fascinating sexual experiences? The vivid and mysterious dreams you have at night? Whatever stimuli bring you into visceral communion with your soul, I urge you to seek them out in abundance. It’s Soul-Cherishing and Soul-Enhancing Time for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The coming weeks will

be a favorable time to arrange a series of highlevel meetings between your body, mind and soul. You might even consider staging an extravagant conference-like festival and festival-like conference. The astrological omens suggest that your body, mind and soul are now primed to reveal choice secrets and tips to each other. They are all more willing and eager than usual to come up with productive new synergies that will enable each to function with more panache and effectiveness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I believe in inhabiting

contradictions,” writes Aquarian author and activist Angela Davis. “I believe in making contradictions productive, not in having to choose one side or the other side. As opposed to choosing either or choosing both.” I think her approach will work well for you in the coming weeks. It’s not just that the contradictions will be tolerable; they will be downright fertile, generous and beneficent. So welcome them; honor them; allow them to bless you with their tricky opportunities and unexpected solutions.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean pianist Frédéric

Chopin (1801-1849) was a poetic genius whose music was full of sweetness and grace. “Without equal in his generation,” said more than one critic. Today, more than 170 years after his death, his work remains popular. Recently an Italian sound designer named Remo De Vico created an original new Chopin piece that featured all 21 of the master’s piano nocturnes being played simultaneously. (You can hear it at tinyurl.com/ NewChopin.) As you might imagine, it’s a gorgeous mess, too crammed with notes to truly be enjoyable, but interesting nevertheless. I’ll counsel you to avoid a similar fate in the coming weeks. It’s fine to be extravagant and expansive and mulitfaceted; just don’t overdo it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In ancient holy texts from

India, soma was said to be a drink that enhanced awareness and alertness. According to modern scholars, it may have been a blend of poppy, ephedra and cannabis. In Norse mythology, the beverage called the Mead of Suttungr conferred poetic inspiration and the ability to solve any riddle. One of its ingredients was honey. In Slavic folklore, raskovnik is an herb with the magic

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and then, of course, the president. … It’s to make it so they don’t have to launder their money anymore. … We’re making sure that any registered voter signs all of these so we can give them to our state representatives to represent all of these bills. The Safe Banking Act was one of them. This one gives veterans the right to smoke weed. You know, if you have post traumatic stress disorder? And federal workers are not allowed to smoke.

Shannon Hammond is the secretary for the new Reno chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)—a nationwide marijuana advocacy group. Learn more by attending the group’s monthly meetings on the first Sunday of the month, following the Budtender Fight Club event (1-5 p.m.) at the West 2nd Events Center, 600 W. Second St.

Let’s see. It’s the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act?

I thought there was a NORML chapter in Reno, or used to be? There used to be, from what I understand.

The most recent posts on the website I found dated to 2002, but, I suppose, that was before the state of Nevada managed to get legalization in order. Right.

So, what’s the purpose of having a NORML chapter in Northern Nevada when we have dispensaries and easy access to marijuana? There’s a long way to go yet before we can put it all on the table. The DUI laws treat marijuana just like it’s alcohol. Nevada was one of the first states, the first state, to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against and test you for THC in your system. If you do the pre-employment drug screening and you have THC, in January, they shouldn’t be able to discriminate on that anymore.

But it is still true that—even if you’ve not used recently—that if you have low levels of THC in your system and get into a car accident, you’re likely to get a DUI. Two nanograms per milliliter of blood. And that was just thrown out. The legislature didn’t even know how to measure it. … You could wake up and have that in your system.

And especially if you’re a regular pot consumer. There are also a lot of national issues, like legislation to allow banks to service statelegal cannabis industries. Will you lobby on behalf of these things? Yes. One of the big things we’re doing right now is tabling events, where we go everywhere with letters. And one letter—I don’t have it with me—is about the Safe Banking Act … Congress has to vote on it,

Yeah. If you’re a federal worker or a vet, you’re not allowed. You’ll lose your benefits right away. … They’ll hand out opioids and prescription drugs all day long, but you’re not allowed to smoke weed or take CBDs, and you know CBDs are a huge, huge push now. And this one is to take it off the controlled substance list as a tier-one drug.

Does it make any sense to you that marijuana is a Schedule I drug alongside potentially equally innocuous drugs like LSD or Psilocybin, whereas opioids are a lower schedule? It’s just ridiculous that we even have to talk about this. It’s prohibition 100 years later. And if our government didn’t learn anything from that, they’ve realized they couldn’t control it. So, you legalize it, and you tax it. The federal government is losing out on all of this tax money right now. And Trump, being a business owner, you’d think he’d be on the game. Ω


Down the road Yes, of course, she was an admirable profile in courage when she defied the Order to Stonewall from the State Department concerning her scheduled appearance with the House Intelligence Committee. But Marie Yovanovitch had an appointment with Her 15 Minutes, and she was damn well gonna keep it. She certainly wasn’t going to be dissuaded by some mob boss-esque decree issued by pompous Pompeo. And she was obviously not there to blow happy smoke up the toxic ass of President Liarliarpantsonfire. Many speculated that her testimony could conceivably threaten her continued employment at the State Department, and, considering her lengthy career there, one can easily imagine that she would prefer to hang on to whatever financial benefits she’s accrued in her decades at State. I’m sure they’ve got some solid retirement plans going on.

But there really isn’t any need to worry about her getting canned as a result of her daring to buck Trump (and it’ll be fun if she kicks off a wave of testimony from others). I’m guessing she’d be unemployed for about—what? Five minutes, right? This woman is covered. There are many who will have her back, and have it real quick-like. Her courage was heroic. She’ll be aptly rewarded for it, if need be. • Were you a Breaking Bad fan? Did you hear about El Camino, the new Netflix flick that we all knew would be made eventually, the movie that would show us what the heck happened to Jesse after he drove off from the Nazi Meth Ranch in Scary Todd’s El Camino, raving and screaming down the highway? It was a finale that just begged for its own story, and that story, finally, is here. I won’t spoil it for you,

outside of saying … see it. Watch it with someone you love. Someone who loves Breaking Bad. It’s freaking awesome—a total triumph for Vince Gilligan and his team. • It's time to say something nice about our Regional Transportation Commission, which did a great job on two recent projects—The Southeast Connector and the rebuilt intersection of Pyramid and McCarran in Sparks. Both of these works improved the transportational quality of life here in The Meadows. The Connector is just awesome, and I really shouldn’t mention it any more because I wanna keep it all to myself. And the intersection of Pyramid and McCarran actually kind of pisses me off on a regular basis, because I’m not stopped there long enough to do any quality texting. Drives me batshit. But both are excellent pieces of work, without a doubt. Ω