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Horse sense Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. About 30 minutes into “Deserts,” the fourth episode of the 2016 BBC nature series Planet Earth II, a perennial Netflix re-watch favorite, the episode, which has been covering African lions, elephants and zebras, moves to North America. “It’s July in the deserts of Nevada in the Western United States—the hottest time of the year,” says narrator David Attenborough with his inimitable British accent, equally soothing and authoritative. And then there they are onscreen, emerging from the heat haze like a mirage: wild horses. What follows is some amazing footage of Nevada mustangs, including an absolutely brutal battle between two stallions. The first time I watched this episode, I didn’t expect to see Nevada horses, and the effect was a bit like suddenly, unexpectedly seeing a family member show up in a supporting role of a movie or hearing a friend’s band on the radio. I grew up in the Virginia Foothill neighborhood south of Reno, about halfway between Reno and Virginia City, in, as the name might lead you to expect, the foothills of the Virginia Range. We used to see the wild horses all the time. There was wild horse shit in the streets. Neighbors would complain about the horses eating their gardens. So, seeing them up on the screen of an internationally televised show, discussed with the same breathy reverence as lions, tigers and bears—not to mentions penguins and lemurs—it was a real trip and a reminder that we share a neighborhood with some pretty amazing wildlife. Wild horses are rare and beautiful. And we’re committed to covering them early and often in this newspaper. Jeri Davis’ cover story in this edition is one of my favorites we’ve done in a while, a nice balance of hard facts and personal experience. Be sure to read through to the end. And cherish those horses. They’re international celebrities.
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Renumbered Re “Numbered off” (Letters to the editor, Nov. 14): I won’t do the homework for “Numbered off,” but I can help him get ready for the next test. In 2018, CEOs from just the top eight health care companies took in a total of $143 million all by themselves. I’ll leave it to the student to do the math for their staffs and staffs’ staff. And don’t forget those lobbyists, advertisers, death panels, etc. Hint: There’s no need for a “top 8.” Regarding the quality of government health care—every veteran I’ve ever talked to that was/is in the VA system talks very highly of the quality of care they receive. The problem has been getting them into the system. Hint: The definition of universal care is that everyone gets it. For non-service-connected issues, veterans would have the same access to non-VA health care as everyone else. As for Medicare, I’ll leave it to the student to interpret calls during previous elections for “the government to keep their hands off my Medicare!” for himself. Despite the silliness of the statement, it sounds like a strong endorsement to me. As for solvency, that math is easy and there are good solutions. We The People need to do our part to make it happen. As for doctors retiring, we have a system that can replace those aging doctors and any doctor who can’t live under such a system. And if we put the right people into office, we can also change the cartel-like restrictions on medical school entries. (I leave it to the student to do that bit of extra-credit research.) The test is next November. Michel Rottman Virginia City Highlands
Old-school ways Re “The old days” (Letters to the editor, Nov. 7): I completely agree with Charles Wayne Barnum’s letter you printed on Nov. 7, my wedding anniversary. I am a veteran and a retired teacher/counselor/consultant—70
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years of age. I echo his sentiments. I voted for Donald Trump and will do so again in 2020. I was a liberal when I was young. Not like today’s radical, vengeful haters of tradition. I love this land. I’ve been across I-80 30 times in my life, often referred to as the “road pilot.” Today’s sad excuse for “news” is so overly biased and hateful toward people like me. I don’t hate you or want to hurt you. Why do you hate and want to hurt me? I always read your paper and am amazed at some of what I read. But I swore to always fight to uphold your right to free speech. Thank you. Joseoh Morreale Reno
Business in Mogul Warning! Do you drive by or bike through Mogul? Increased traffic and unsafe driving conditions have been approved by the City Planning Commission with the 3-2 vote passage of the Gateway Business Park. This large project on the river side of the freeway in Mogul will increase daily trips on and off the Mogul exits by more than 600 vehicles, including big rig semi-trailers. The added traffic is expected to be greatest in the morning and evening hours, and thus will cause a huge delay for I-80 traffic past Mogul at those times. The I-80 westbound entrance from Mogul is a slow curve with an extremely short merge lane. It will not allow a big rig time to accelerate to the needed speed in time to merge, and thus will disrupt I-80W traffic. The underpass that will be used does not currently meet code. Imagine two semis meeting in the narrow underpass while pedestrians and hikers are walking, kids are riding bikes, and cars are trying to leave Mogul. Add to that the dangerous train crossing on the west side of the freeway, the Tahoe-Pyramid bike trail using Mogul streets, and all the kids walking/riding/living in the area to the mix and it is clear the Gateway Business Park will surely lead to disaster. NDOT should be warning you as I am. This plan is not
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safe. If you share my concern, please call the your city council member before our December 4 appeal. We who live in Mogul don’t have anyone to represent us since we are just beyond the city limits. Thanks for your help. Kris Engstrom Reno
Correction In last week’s Dining Guide, in the story titled “Cheap Eats,” we mistakenly printed that the coffee served by local restaurant The Daily Bagel was free. This is false. Coffee must be purchased for the advertised price at The Daily Bagel, but refills on drip coffee after the initial purchase are free. We sincerely regret the error.
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For more than 50 years the Pioneer Center for the
Performing Arts (PCPA) has been bringing art to life in their historic theater in the heart of downtown Reno. Known for its iconic gold-anodized geodesic dome, this 1,500-seat proscenium theater has operated continuously as a performing arts center since 1968. PCPA presents the “Broadway Comes to Reno” series, now celebrating its 25th anniversary of bringing touring Broadway
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Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.
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Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!
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is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.
In post war Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breathtaking production. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret – and realizes he is not her only suitor.
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Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town in this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. This hilarious hit Broadway musical features original music and lyrics by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”).
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It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
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By matt bieker
What new city law would you make? AsKed At the WAshoe county courthouse, 117 s. VirginiA st.
Joelise Bondo Chef
As to all the gentrification … rent control. No more than, let’s say, $900 a month for living downtown, and rural and suburban areas, no more than $500— the original prices.
Kris Johnson Plumber
No fast food. It’s unhealthy, and it costs a lot of money. It’d be good for society. Just get rid of it. We’d expand into new options. … For quick lunches, you’d see a lot more fresh vegetables and things like that going through a drive-thru.
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Unfriendly In 2010, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel declared Nov. 17 to be National Facebook Unfriend Day and encouraged people to “tidy up” the casual acquaintances and creepy strangers clogging up their newsfeeds. While this unofficial holiday started as a joke, in the almost-decade since its inception, curating one’s social media feed may now be less a matter of convenience and more a matter of personal—and even national—security. In 2015, The Guardian’s Henry Davies first broke the story that British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was illegally mining data from millions of Facebook profiles—collecting information ranging from users’ birthdays and liked pages to even their current locations. The story was mostly dismissed at first. Most social media users subscribe to the idea that surrendering a certain amount of privacy is the cost of using these platforms. Cambridge Analytica’s data collection method was simple: create an unassuming app on Facebook’s platform masquerading as an academic survey about user’s lives. However, buried within the app’s fine print was the caveat that users were consenting to share not only their own information, but that of everyone in their social networks. As such, a few thousand survey-takers sold out literally millions of their “friends.” In 2018, the full extent of the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed when Facebook confirmed that over 80 million accounts had been compromised—nearly 50 million more than Cambridge Analytica first admitted to—and the data had been used to curate targeted political ads to benefit the Ted Cruz and Donald Trump presidential campaigns during the 2016 election season. Cambridge
Analytica, however, was not the only threat posed by our online connections. In the course of investigating foreign interference with the 2016 election, Facebook admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 that approximately 126 million Americans saw fake political ads and posts sponsored by Russian-linked accounts during the 2016 election cycle. The posts played on divisive issues like LGBT rights, gun control and immigration policy. The Russian accounts posed as political action pages, or even individuals, on both Facebook and Twitter, amplifying divisive messages and spreading false information with the ultimate goal of further polarizing the country’s sociopolitical spheres. By all accounts, it worked—and government agencies have already reported that similar tactics could be used in next year’s elections as well. Most social media platforms no longer resemble what the initial users originally signed up for. Longtime users might remember Myspace, and its simple slogan “A place for friends,” almost wistfully—a now-defunct platform that was once full of amateur HTML coding and “Top 8 friends” lists, void of overt corporate and political influence. Facebook’s changed its slogan earlier this year, seemingly in response to its myriad controversies, to “The future is private.” But by contrast, and as if to illustrate how recklessly Facebook has operated with our collective online identities, its internal motto used to be: “Move fast and break things.” It’s hard to look at that message in hindsight and not think those broken things might now include our private interactions, national discourse and even our electoral system. It’s time to find that unfriend button. Ω
Mine’s not going to be that big, but if you could skateboard past 8 p.m. downtown. They don’t let you skate past 8 p.m. downtown because of the traffic, but I don’t have a car, so this is how I get to work. It sucks having the cops yell at me. I’d just get rid of that.
richArd reed Veteran
No taxes on any marijuana products—no state, no medical, no nothing—dabs, weed, blunts, everything.
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That Hillary Schieve would not be allowed to chew gum when she’s at the city council meetings.
BY JERI DAVIS
SEARCH FOR NEW UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT With University of Nevada, Reno, President Marc Johnson deciding to return to the classroom at the end of this school year, a search for his replacement has begun. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, UNR held official presidential forums to gain input from students and faculty on how the search for a new university president should be conducted. Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly led a series of forums throughout the day with classified staff and academic and administrative faculty in full attendance. The discussions revealed most employees think the ideal way of selecting a candidate would be to conduct a national search in order to come up with a list of finalists to be decided upon in May of 2020. “The theme throughout the day was that a national search was preferred, especially with the faculty,” Geddes said. “It should be a very easy recommendation to make to the search committee.” What started as a productive day with packed rooms of faculty and staff ended in disappointment as the student forum garnered the attendance of exactly four people—two of whom were professors of the school and another currently enrolled in high school attempting to receive extra credit in his government class. With students being vocal about problematic events occurring within UNR on social platforms such as Twitter, it was surprising to see such a minuscule turnout, especially with a 7 p.m. start time that should have pushed the forum past most classes’ end times. The board seemed surprised at the lack of attendance, expecting to hear opinions that could help form a recommendation to deliver to the search committee. “Obviously we want to give each candidate an idea of what life is like on campus, so student voices are ideal to give us that impression,”Reilly said. “Topics such as the recent climate survey will be discussed, but student input is ideal.” The board was clear that students will have a voice at all future meetings and the search will remain as public as possible. The forum was actually web-streamed on the university website. Also, any list of candidates will be made public. The main goal, university officals said, is to bring in more diversity and broader viewpoints to ensure UNR remains and improves upon its status as one of the top higher education institutions in the country. The hope remains that feedback will come from all areas of campus, especially from the students and not just in the form of social media posts. Recommendations and any sort of information can be submitted online. It was stressed at the meeting by all board members that the last two presidents did not apply for the position. They were discovered and offered the position through committees like the one that will oversee the search this winter and spring. Real changes could be coming to the UNR campus very soon, but whether they will stem from the voices of students on campus remains to be seen.
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Police dog Speed and his handler, Deputy John Schuette, hang out in Scheels as customers clamor to pet the dog. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS
social police dogs,” Zirkle said. “And all of our dogs fit those categories. They’ll go out and bite somebody or apprehend a criminal, but we can also bring them into a venue like this and let children pet them.” Speed, one of the department’s Czech shepherds, was among the dogs at the event—sitting contentedly and chewing on a large, red ball as children—and adults—clamored to total of seven dogs in its K9 unit, six pet him. His handler, WCSO Deputy of which are dual-purpose bite dogs John Schuette, explained that the ball and narcotics dogs. The seventh is is an important tool both when Speed used solely for sniffing out narcotics. is working and when he’s not. The narcotics sniffing dog is a “Whatever he’s going to do, there Vizsla, a hunting breed. The six dual are rituals that go with it,” Schuette purpose dogs are Czech shepherds. said. “When I got him out to take “So, all of our dogs him in [Scheels], I gave him come from Vohne Liche that red Kong toy. That’s “A lot Kennels in Peru, so he knows that’s all I of people think Indiana,” Zirkle want him to do, ‘Here, said. “And they’ve have your ball.’ … that the bite dogs got kennels Otherwise, we’d are just these vicious, in Holland, go in there, and, junkyard dogs that’ll Germany and sure, he’d still be Czechoslovakia.” social, but he’s just eat anything that’s The kennel going to go crazy around them.” company keeps trying to figure out people on staff in what it is I want of Sergeant Brandon Zirkle those countries to him. So he’s going Washoe County Sheriff’s visit kennels and look to start searching for Office for dogs with the needed narcotics or start tracking traits for work in the U.S. people, like, ‘Hey, what does military and law enforcement. dad want?’” “We look for different traits in To Speed, the reason the ball the dogs to make sure that they’ll do signifies that he doesn’t have a job to what we need them to do, on the one do is because it’s given to him after side, but we also strive to get strong, he’s completed one.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office hosts K9 meet-and-greet On Saturday Nov. 16, visitors to the Scheels sporting goods store in Sparks were greeted outside with the sight of several police cars and inside with the presence of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office officers and their K9 unit partners. But the cops and their dogs weren’t at the store to take down any assailants or sniff out any drugs. It was, in fact, a meet-and-greet opportunity for the officers, their dogs and the public—offering people the chance to pet the dogs and officers an opportunity to dispel some misconceptions the public has about them. “A lot of people think that the bite dogs are just these vicious, junkyard dogs that’ll just eat anything that’s around them,” said sergeant Brandon Zirkle. “And that’s part of why we do programs like this. We bring those dogs out into the public and show the public that these guys are just like their dogs at home, but they have a job to do.” A part of that job, as the name “bite dog” implies, is to assist officers in subduing criminals. Zirkle explained the sheriff’s office has a
“They learn to go seek out the drugs “They go home with [their handlers] at or the bombs or whatever it is that we ask night,” Zirkle said. “They integrate into them to find, and they relate this odor and the families at home. They’re all strong, this odor and this odor—‘If I smell that social police dogs. Dogs are pack animals, odor, and I do what he wants me to, which and that family becomes that dog’s pack. is to sit and stare, he’ll give me the tennis And then, obviously, it gets ready and goes ball,’” Zirkle explained. “So he’s not lookto work with the officer in the daytime. ing for the tennis ball; he’s looking They’re not kept separate from for the odors that he knows he’ll the families. They’re not kept eventually get that tennis separate from other dogs, for the ball for.” most part. They’re just house Police dogs In order for Speed to know dogs that go to work with an cost nearly when it’s work time versus officer day in and day out.” play time, he and Schuette While the sheriff’s office $30,000 each. spend a lot of time training. currently has seven police dogs, “For our unit, we train as there are actually eight positions. a team … 10 hours a week,” But police dogs are expensive Schuette said. “But that’s not all of to acquire, train and buy protective the training we get. We train daily. Today, equipment for. The department gets help this is socialization training—and then also with this through a local nonprofit, Washoe we do obedience training, whether it’s on County K9 Partners. One of the group’s lead [leash] or off lead. And depending on founders is Patti Kelly, who worked for what the dogs are certified in, there’s more WCSO for three decades before co-foundtraining. … If they’re tracking—and Speed ing the nonprofit three years ago. is one of the tracking dogs—and article “Each dog, with the equipment, is searching, those are other disciplines they anywhere from 25 to $30,000,” Kelly said. can train in. I would say, at minimum, it’s “That’s why we do what we do. Our whole easy to hit 20 hours a week of training for goal is to make sure that they have what each dog.” they need and the dogs have what they But training is only a part of the need so they can go out and protect our equation for creating a good police dog. community.” WCSO wants its dogs to also be social and Recently, Washoe County K9 Partners friendly when they’re not working. They helped the sheriff’s office obtain three achieve this by giving the dogs normal police dogs at a total cost of more than home lives. $75,000. Ω
The write stuff
On Monday, Nov. 18, the recipient of the 2019 Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award, Jessica Bruder, right, spoke at length about her experience writing her 2017 book Nomadland, which chronicles the lives of Americans who live on the road, traveling to find work out of economic necessity. In a conversation with Donica Mensing, Associate Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, Bruder detailed her work going undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Fernley and working backbreaking hours at a sugar beet harvest amongst hundreds of retirement-aged Americans forced to live in campers and other converted vehicles to make a living. After the talk and a short Q&A segment, Bruder was presented with the official Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award by Monique Laxalt, daughter of Robert Laxalt, the Nevada author for whom the award is named. PHOTO/MATT BIEKER
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Here’s looking at you, kids Congressman Mark Amodei is in a bit of a pickle after several ill-advised interactions with the media left people wondering if he’s always this insufferably arrogant or just a homegrown, smart-aleck-looking fool on a national stage. As a state legislator, Amodei was known as a bit of a cut-up, never taking himself or the legislative process too seriously. He openly showed his disdain at some legislative traditions, refusing to endure, for example, some of the Congressional speeches before both houses of the legislature. He would stroll into the Assembly chambers with his Senate colleagues and slide out a side door after roll call was taken, leaving the rest of us shaking our heads over his brazen behavior. Over the years, his sense of ethics and propriety slipped. He saw no conflict between serving as a state senator while simultaneously working as the head of the Nevada Mining Association, even though most everyone else did. His affable and glad-handing manner helped him achieve
his political goals, becoming the chair of the state Republican party and then winning a special election to replace Dean Heller as Northern Nevada’s congressman in a district that has never gone blue, thanks to rural Nevadans who vote overwhelmingly red. But, recently, Amodei has been caught in a whirlwind of his own making after the national media portrayed him as the first House Republican to support the impeachment inquiry, misinterpreting his rambling comments during a conference call to mean he might be open to impeaching Trump. (Spoiler alert: he isn’t.) It was amusing to see how quickly Trump and his base turned on Amodei after the headlines proclaimed him the canary in the coal mine of elected Republican opinion about Trump’s travesties. Political pundits pondered the nuances of his “significant” statements, while Amodei furiously backpedaled, saying he only supports an “oversight process,” most definitely not an “impeachment inquiry.” Nevertheless, President Trump pointedly removed Amodei
from his position as chair of the Nevada re-election team, replacing him with failed gubernatorial candidate—and potential Amodei competitor—Adam Laxalt. Then things got worse. Amodei has always been an under-the-radar Congressional backbencher, but now the media actively pursues more interviews with our flippant and impudent Congressman. Who knows what he’ll say next? He was cornered in Washington by CNN’s Manu Raju, who wanted to know if he approved of Trump asking foreign governments to investigate the Bidens, a reasonable question. But our man quickly turned sullen and combative right there on national television, accusing Raju of asking questions for which he’d already drawn conclusions, inarticulately dodging the basic query of whether it was proper for a President to bribe a foreign power to intervene in our elections. It was a childish and petulant performance, filmed in cringeworthy detail and broadcast throughout the nation. Amodei embarrassed Nevadans by angrily
demanding Raju interview himself. He concluded with a sarcastic “Thanks for doing the best you could” and stormed off. Amodei later voted against the procedural resolution to release evidence from the closed-door hearings of the Intelligence Committee for the purpose of holding public impeachment hearings. He did tell reporters he wanted to see the committee’s report “to see if maybe they pull a rabbit out of the hat.” Amodei won’t vote to impeach the President even if a giant rabbit leaps out of the proverbial hat, although that’s hardly necessary to understand Trump’s perfidy. He’s beholden to Trump Republicans and their “see no evil” ways, just as Nevada’s rural Republicans are. The only way to rid ourselves of our Congressman in 2020 is for urban voters to vote in numbers we’ve never seen before. That means you, Generations X,Y and especially Z. Want to change the world? Here’s your chance. Ω
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A new Hell’s Kitchen location is opening at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Fire it up Hell’s Kitchen Famous chef Gordon Ramsey is set to open his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in what was formerly the Sage Room at Harveys in South Lake Tahoe. While there is no exact debut date, the restaurant is expected to open in late December. The television-inspired restaurant will be the third Hell’s Kitchen in the world. The other two are located in Dubai and Las Vegas. Hell’s Kitchen is currently accepting reservations which start in January 2020. The Sage Room will move above to the 19 Kitchen and Bar area at Harveys. The Sage Room is a steak house that first opened in 1947 and was started by Harvey Gross and his wife, who also created the casino. While some locals are excited to have Hell’s Kitchen’s high caliber food and dining experience come to Lake Tahoe, others see more negatives than positives. Incline Village resident Chris Walters fell in love with cooking in 2012. “Gordon Ramsay has been my favorite chef since I started to cook, so any chance to eat at one of his restaurants would be an incredible experience,” Walters said. “I also think that while Tahoe has some good eateries, a restaurant like this, with a chef of his caliber and reputation, forces the region to elevate what they’re doing as well.” Walters has not yet made a reservation but plans to soon. Kashmir Martin is also glad Hell’s Kitchen is coming to Tahoe. She has a reservation lined up for January. “I feel like it is way overdue for the Northern Nevada Caesar’s properties get some of the big names that Vegas has had forever,” Martin said. She’s also glad that
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while the Sage Room is moving, it is not completely going away. “It shows management respects the history as well as the guests’ desire to have both old and new when visiting Harveys Lake Tahoe,” Martin, who’s a former Caesar’s employee, said. However, South Lake Tahoe resident Maddi Schultz who lives at the “Y,” which is four miles from Stateline where Harveys and the new Hell’s Kitchen are located, isn’t pleased. Schultz has to commute almost every day from South Shore to Incline Village for school. “Traffic is already horrible as it is,” Schultz said. “With the expansion of Harveys and the other things the city is talking about expanding in Stateline, and now Hell’s Kitchen, it’s just going to bring so much more traffic.” While Schultz acknowledges the area’s economy is driven by tourism, she is worried that the traffic will be unbearable, especially since the restaurant will be opening in the winter, when the area is already packed with ski vacationers. “That city is just not built to hold as many people as it does with what’s there already,” Schultz said. Bruce Gorton, who has lived in Tahoe for 15 years and has run Zephyr Cove Resort, Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger and has worked with Heavenly, has mixed feelings. He thinks the restaurant is a good thing but also notes that casinos in the area already have high end steak houses. “What town needs is something a little more relaxed and fun with great food,” Gorton said. “In addition, the work-force is already maxed, I am not sure they will be able to find the right skill set [for Hell’s Kitchen].” Ω
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Horse tales Volunteers spend their days giving birth control vaccines to wild mares
Veterans Day morning, three women were waiting for me in the parking lot of a Maverik gas station in Carson City. Deb Walker, Elena Sullivan and Nancy Kilian wore matching shirts with the words “Nevada Wild Horse Darting Team” printed across the back and the logo of the American Wild Horse Campaign emblazoned on the front. AWHC—a nonprofit horse advocacy and management organization—signed an agreement in April with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to run a fertility control program on the region’s beloved Virginia Range horses, of which there are more than 2,000. Sullivan, Kilian and Walker—who’s also AWHC’s Nevada field representative—are among 14 people who volunteer their time to the program. On this day, they’d also volunteered to take me along to see how it’s done. With greetings out of the way, we piled into Sullivan’s Jeep Wrangler—also adorned with AWHC logos on magnets stuck to its front doors alongside the words “Northern Nevada Virginia Range Mustang Fertility Control Program.” In the back, they’d stashed the components to mix up birth control vaccines, syringe darts to deliver the medications and CO2-powered rifles from which to fire them.
all do different things,” said Walker as we pulled up to a gated fence running along the north side of the golf course property. Kilian and Sullivan are both members of another wildlife advocacy group called VRWPA— Virginia Range Wildlife Protection Association—which spearheaded the fence project. Other volunteers in the fertility control program are members of different groups. All told, there are around a dozen such organizations in the region. They work together to fundraise for projects like the fence, which features a springloaded gate that prevents horses from pushing it open to access the golf course greens and surrounding homes and businesses. Sullivan explained that efforts to get the fence constructed had been ongoing for years. “Yeah, there have been people … who’ve been trying to get it fenced here for about 10 years,” she said. “And each time they go to the city, the city says, ‘Well, we don’t have any money.’ … It happens year after year. Some years worse than others, where the horses come down onto Highway 50 or Arrowhead or the businesses.” The project cost for the fence was around $14,000, and VRWPA is still looking for ways to recoup the total costs, though Carson City Nancy Kilian lines up her shot to deliver a dose of PZP to a mare.
LeaRning the Ropes Porcine Zona Pellucida, called PZP for short, is an immunocontraceptive— meaning it works by causing an immune response. Having reported on wild horses for years, I was already familiar with PZP. For those who aren’t, here’s a brief explanation. PZP has been used as a wildlife birth control for decades—mostly on zoo animals and horses. And, yes, if the word “porcine” tickled something in the back of your mind, it is in fact made with the help of pigs. And if the “zona pellucida” part didn’t ring a bell, that’s all right. It’s
simple. Zona pellucida is a membrane that surrounds the eggs of all mammals. Certain proteins in the membrane act as the sperm receptor. When these proteins are harvested from pigs and used to vaccinate other wildlife, like horses, it spurs the production of antibodies that attach to the vaccinated animal’s own zona pellucida, blocking sperm. To learn about PZP and its application in greater depth, my three companions had, at various times, each traveled to the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, to receive training and become certified to administer the vaccine—a federal requirement.
officials have agreed to pay for its maintenance hereafter. VRWPA had located a donor who’d offered to pay for half of it, but he died—and they’re unsure if his widow will follow through with the donation. Nevertheless, Kilian said, the groups’ members are pleased that the fence is in place. After checking it out, we hopped back in the Jeep to head beyond the fences and into the Virginia Range in search of horses.
Riding out “A lot of times there’s horses sitting near Linehan [Road],” said Sullivan from the driver’s seat. “If I didn’t find anybody at Linehan, I figured we’d go up by the Bathtubs.” The Virginia Range horses are spread out across a nearly 500-square-mile area that includes the Reno, Carson City, Silver Springs and the Fernley area. Sullivan and Kilian, who often go out together in search of horses to immunize, patrol and manage the ones who roam the Mound House area and are familiar with all of the little dirt roads and ATV trails that crisscross it. They designate different areas by name to help them keep track of where they’ve spotted horses. “We actually have one area called Creepy Canyon—because
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Kilian went through training before Sullivan and Walker, more than four years ago, and has since administered more than 500 doses of PZP to mares through fertility control programs done in cooperation with Bureau of Land Management and the NDA. Before we headed into the foothills of the Virginia Range to look for more horses to vaccinate, Sullivan wanted to stop by the nearby Eagle Valley Golf Course to look at a project that typifies the efforts of horse advocates in the region. “The great thing about the volunteers is they represent several organizations all with the same commitment, and they
These two horses eyed me suspiciously as I took their photo.
“horse Tales ” continued from page 13 if we identify them by names, you can tell someone else, ‘I saw the horses here,’” said Sullivan. “They call it Creepy Canyon because one of the darters once saw some coyotes there tearing up some other animals.” Creepy Canyon, the Bathtubs and Linehan are just a few of these place names. After leaving paved roads behind, it wasn’t long before we spotted horses in the first area Sullivan had surmised they might be. “That’s Speckles and Bits, so this is Lieutenant’s band,” she said, pointing to a group of horses grazing on the foothills up the road from us. “That little chestnut is Rue.” Sullivan could tell it was Lieutenant’s band of horses even from a distance because it has two distinct roans—beautiful animals with light bodies and dark manes. Lieutenant, by the way, is the stallion of the band—a name given him by the volunteers. They name all of the horses and call each band after the stallion that leads it. “You can take pictures of them, but we don’t need to dart them—because we’ve already darted them,” Sullivan said. “But usually we’ll stop and try to ID them and make sure they’re all there—that nobody’s missing and no one is extra. And then we’ll move on to the next band.” As we drove up the dirt road toward the horses, I expected them to get a bit antsy, to perhaps alter the course of their grazing—but they maintained their path, and we got close enough to see each horse clearly. When we stepped out of the Jeep, Sullivan 14 | RN&R | 11.21.19
and Kilian showed me how they keep track of the horses and which among them has been vaccinated. For Kilian, this is done with binders. Inside, tabs bearing the names of stallions are used to designate individual bands, with pages in between each containing information about the band’s individual horses, including their ages, markings, sire and—for mares—whether or not they’ve been vaccinated and when. She has two full binders just for horses in the Mound House area. Sullivan has access to the same information using a tablet equipped with a database her husband built to keep track of horse bands all over the Virginia Range. “A lot of people are under the impression that we’ve darted every single mare or don’t know which ones we have or haven’t,” Sullivan said. But keeping meticulous records helps them avoid this—and listening to Sullivan and Kilian talk, it was clear this method works. They knew each horse in the band and when the mares would need vaccinations and booster shots. Since none did, it was time to head back to the Jeep and go in search of more.
Hoofing it Driving around the southern part of the Virginia Range, we saw coyotes and golden eagles but no other horses at all for the next few hours. We checked Creepy Canyon (true to its name) and the Bathtubs—so called because three old bathtubs are lodged into the earth to create troughs where a spring bubbles up from the ground.
“This is reality,” said Walker as we drove west on more dirt roads. “This is how it’s done.” “Some days you come out here and there are tons of horses,” Kilian affirmed. “Other days it’s like, where’d they go?” “And then in the spring there will be, like, 200, and it’s like, ‘oh!’—trying to ID them,” Sullivan said. “Yeah they all get together to have their babies,” Kilian added. “I think they feel safety in numbers.” Volunteers like Kilian and Sullivan often spend four or five days a week out checking for mares who need vaccinations and boosters, but during the spring this schedule picks up for all of them. It’ll pick up in January, too, when many of the range’s mares will need booster shots of PZP. “Once we give them their initial primer, we like to wait two-plus weeks for the immune response,” Walker said. “Then we get them [with a booster] … at about two weeks, twoand-a-half weeks.” For the average mare, the booster increases PZP efficacy from around 93 percent up to 97 percent. “And then at about seven or eight months you start boosting again—just to keep the numbers high, because if we don’t keep the numbers high there’s just that much more chance they’ll get pregnant,” Sullivan said, adding that when January booster time rolls around, she and Kilian will likely be out on the range six days a week.
CHamping at tHe bit As the morning turned to afternoon, we continued driving the winding back roads of the Virginia Range, finding some horses but none that needed vaccinating. When we happened upon a band of just three—a stallion, a mare and their filly—Walker explained that the baby would soon need vaccinating. “We like to get the 11-monthold fillies, so they can’t be bred immediately,” she said. “And we like to get the pregnant mares, so they’re inoculated and then, after they have foals, they’re protected against conception. They’ll still come into foal heat. The stallion will still breed them. They just won’t conceive.” “The nice thing about birth control is the mares get a chance to grow to a healthy size and weight,” Kilian said. After leaving behind the band of three—comprised
Nancy Killian mixes up a dose of PZP.
since april, volunteers have vaccinated about 50 percent of the Virginia range mares. their goal is 65 percent for the year. of “Woody,” “Fern” and little “Alder”—we encountered a group of bachelor horses. These young stallions, Sullivan explained, had been kicked out of their sire’s band—a natural process—but were palling around together as they’d yet to form bands of their own. “We try to ID the bachelors too—because they become the next year’s stallions,” Sullivan explained. But these young stallions were on the move not long after we stopped, making their way farther up into the hills where we were headed next.
Hold your Horses As the afternoon wore on, we managed to find two other bands of horses—another with mares whose vaccinations were current, and one on a distant, opposite hillside overlooking Washoe Valley. We could see no roads snaking across the valley between us, but Sullivan explained
that we wouldn’t have been able to vaccinate the horses we’d spied even had we been able to get to them. They were on private property, and while it’s possible for the volunteers to get permission from land owners, it’s not as simple as just asking. It’s a process that requires obtaining assessor’s parcel numbers for properties and allowing the NDA to cross check these to ensure that permission was obtained from their rightful owners. By the time we were ready to break for lunch, I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get to see the AWHC volunteers administer any birth control vaccines that day. But Walker, Sullivan and Kilian had one more trick up their sleeves. Before taking me to a piece of private property in Paradise Valley, the women explained two things. First, it’s illegal to feed wild horses on BLM or private property for the most part—but that was what was happening here. And, second, it wasn’t illegal in this case. It was an NDA-approved effort to use a large swath of private land as a place to feed the horses on the edge of Paradise Valley in an effort to keep them out of the neighborhoods closer to the highway. Its goal, they said, was to move the horses slowly over time back up into the foothills. When we arrived, the property owner asked me to please not reveal the location of her land. It’s hard enough, she explained, to keep people who want to see the horses at bay. And I could immediately see why. There
they were—hundreds of Virginia Range horses all in one place. When Kilian and Sullivan donned bright green vests and walked right out among them, my pulse quickened at the sight of two small women in the midst of so many huge animals. But this feeling faded quickly as I watched the pair identify mares and stallions by name. Soon, they’d picked out half a dozen mares in need of vaccinations and boosters and were headed back to the Jeep to prepare their doses. The process of preparing PZP for injection is fascinating. The vaccine itself is kept frozen in tiny vials. It’s thawed quickly in warm hands and then mixed in a separate vial with an adjuvant—a substance that helps create a stronger immune response. When the vaccine is ready, it’s contained inside a thick-needled dart and loaded into the CO2-powered rifles. I watched as Kilian prepared to take her first shot at a mare eating hay with her band near the edge the property. With a range finder she determined the mare was 22 yards off. Using this information and a simple mathematical formula, she set the pressure on her rifle and then lined up her shot. When she fired it, the sound wasn’t much louder than that of an arrow shot from a compound bow. The dart flew quickly and found its mark. I flinched as the mare whinnied and began to trot, causing her band to stir around her, but
was dumbfounded when almost immediately she’d turned back to eating—flicking her tail against the spot in her buttock where the dart had struck. It was Kilian’s 532nd successful vaccination since she began darting four years ago—and the first of several she did that day. For Sullivan, her first dart of the day delivered her 374th vaccination. Since forming it’s agreement with the NDA in April, AWHC’s volunteers have delivered more than 1,100
Elena Sullivan (left) and Deborah Walker watch wild horses grazing in the distance.
vaccines. They estimate that amounts to about 50 percent of the Virginia Range mares. Their goal is 65 percent for the year. As I prepared to leave that day, the property owner stopped me and thanked me for covering the horses. “We love them,” she said. Ω
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s e o D In the midst of a ‘‘retail apocalypse," the owner of the Nevada Gift Shop and Visitors Center is optimistic.
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t’s like a well-oiled machine already,” said Dave Asher. That was on the morning of Nov. 4, the day his new Nevada Gift Shop and Visitors Center opened in Legends mall in Sparks. So far, he’d been in business for 15 minutes. An employee cheerfully swept the already clean-looking floor tiles. A trickle of shoppers was already browsing Wolf Pack T-shirts and framed photographs of wild horses. Commercially made souvenirs like Reno Arch snow globes and University of Nevada, Reno-branded water bottles were arranged in neat lines on shelves, and so were local goods like cantaloupe jam from Fernley’s Lattin Farms, Nevada-themed mugs from Sharon Randall’s Copper Kiln pottery studio in Minden, and honey from Al Bees—which started in Elko County and now has hives in Reno, Carson City and Gardnerville. “I’m taking out the dressing rooms,” Asher said, pointing to the back corner. The former tenant was a clothing store. “There’ll be a little waiting area, a seating area. I’m creating a kiosk—where to go, what to do. Trails, shopping, restaurants.”
In the spring, Asher plans to start selling and renting ebikes, which he hopes that tourists will ride on the nearby Veterans Parkway bike path, where they might catch a glimpse of actual wild horses. It’s not news that brick-and-mortar retail stores have had a rough few years. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced in April that online sales had just eclipsed in-person sales. This year alone, chains as longstanding as Dollar Tree, Gap and CVS announced closures and bankruptcies, and media outlets have been using the term “retail apocalypse” in headlines for a while now. Yet, a beaming Asher showed no signs of first-day jitters. And his sunny outlook can’t exactly be attributed to beginners’ optimism.
The long haul “I started Sport Haus exotic car showroom,” Asher said, recounting some highlights of his career in retail. “I built the racetrack in Fernley, Reno-Fernley Raceway. I have a 25-year track
record here in town of grocery in Costco warehouse market.” In 2010, with the local economy still reeling from the Recession, Asher was between jobs. He learned about the Buy Local movement and soon became a proponent. “I started networking,” he said. “There was this new thing called Facebook. And Google. So I started telling everybody on Facebook, ‘Hey, buy local’ … I became the crazy buy local guy.” He hosted a “buy local” event at Reno Town Mall during the holiday shopping season. As Asher recalls it, “The mall owner said, ‘Hey boy, I like what you’re doing. You want a store?’ And I said, ‘Aw, hell no, I don’t want a store.’ He called me in March and said, ‘This is your store. It’s 4,000 square-feet.” Asher, in a partnership with the mall owner, opened the Buy Nevada First Gift Shop & Visitors Center in 2014. The reason it became part visitors center, he said, is “because I’m across from the convention center and the Atlantis.” The store increased to a cavernous 20,000 square-feet after the neighboring Burlington downsized. (Until recently, the national discount retail chain was called “Burlington Coat Factory.” The truncated name is part of a 2018 rebrand.) The original gift shop is laid out like an antiques mall, where 300 individual vendors each pay an annual membership for a dedicated space and a suite of marketing and retail support services. Goods include candies, coffees and other food items made in the region, and artistmade items such a clothing, jewelry, greeting cards, housewares, and 2-D artworks in mats or frames. Asher said that with 120 artisans and artists in the store, he sells more Nevada artwork than any single source in the state.
Nevada Gift Shop and Visitors Center owner Dave Asher points out one of his favorite photos, a shot of a lightning storm over downtown Reno from Kevin Cooper and Andy Horstmanshoff’s Mindful Images Photography.
At first, the business struggled. “That’s a tough mall,” Asher said. Reno Town Mall opened in 1972. It still sports the dark, brick-lined interior of its era, and fellow tenants include a small handful of retailers, a radio station and branches of the Washoe County Library and Nevada Job Connect. “I didn’t have any money for payroll for nine months,” Asher said. “I worked seven days a week for nine months. Retail’s tough.” He said that increasing the store’s size helped, and so did teaming up with the mall’s owner on television and radio ads. (Asher said that a re-brand for the entire mall is underway that will include new retail and “some really nice restaurants,” which he’s not at liberty to name yet.)
The latest trends In an era when chain stores are closing and online retail is soaring, it turns out that a few sectors of retail are actually thriving—for a few different reasons. Asher observed, about his neighboring tenant in Reno Town Mall: “Burlington’s booming,” even despite the reduced square footage. “There’s always 50 cars in their parking lot. They rebranded ... and I’ve watched who goes in there. It’s minorities who are doing well. They’re driving the Escalades. They don’t want to go to Savers. They don’t want to go to Target. But they’re not going to go to Macy’s.” According to the fashion retail trade publication Footwear News, Burlington customers “are typically 39 or younger, AfricanAmerican or Hispanic and earn around $64,000 to $77,000 annually,” and the 2018 rebrand led to an increase in
Burlington’s stock price from $30 a share to $180. “Off-price” retailers like this one are among those who are doing well. Another indicator of retail success was outlined in a Forbes article defining the top retail trends of 2018: “More and more, consumers are shopping with their emotions instead of their wallets. Indeed, millennials’ changing preferences and attitudes regarding corporate responsibility, social consciousness, and more have already impacted how retail brands present and position themselves.” And buying local is among their priorities. Brad Scribner from the Nevada Small Business Development Center, when asked for data on the benefits of buying local, pointed out an often cited 2018 study by American Express, reporting that for every dollar spent locally, 67 cents stays in the community. That study doesn’t say what percentage of a chain-store purchase stays local, but an oft-cited 2012 study by Civic Economics, a business consulting firm, puts the figure at 13.6 percent. Perhaps more importantly, according to industry publication Small Biz Daily, “The buy local movement is all about telling the story of small businesses. … Compelling data can—and does—make customers listen, but it’s not the only story small businesses have to tell.” As for Asher, he’s in conversation with a downtown developer and the Chamber of Commerce, and he’s hopeful that he’ll open two more stores soon. Ω
The new Nevada Gift Shop and Visitors Center is in space D100 in Outlets at Legends, 1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks. A grand opening celebration is scheduled 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 30.
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Wild horses are the subject of a photo and essay by Diane McAllister in the new book, One of a Kind. Photo courteSy/Diane McalliSter
Story time One of a Kind One thing that is clear from artists in Reno—there is a feeling that our city is a distinctive one, not only in Nevada but in the country. Now, a new book that features photography and stories about the Biggest Little City celebrates those characteristics from many angles. One of a Kind is a new coffee-table book self-published by Mark Curtis a longtime Reno resident and marketing executive. His many connections in the community have helped the book feature a whopping 83 photos and stories about the city from the ’40s through today, all with a personal perspective that goes beyond a straightforward historical tome. “There are so many wonderful stories that I wouldn’t have thought about,” Curtis said. “I just wanted to include people from a lot of different ages, men and women, different ethnicities, and lots of people who are still in town or now out of town. I didn’t want to dwell on one era of Reno.” The release of One of a Kind is being celebrated with an event this Sunday at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno. It will be on sale there before it hits local bookstores next week. The celebration also features several of the authors reading their stories, including former Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval; photographer Diane McAllister; businessman and former UNR athlete Chris Vargas; and Joy Crowley, wife to the late Joe Crowley, longtime UNR president. One of a Kind is a kind of companion book to Curtis’ 2015 offering, Reno: A Fabled City Finds its Soul. That book captured the city’s transformation from a gambling and divorce mecca to more cultural and business diversity over the past few decades. While Fabled City did feature 20
many voices from the community, Curtis said this new book features a more personal slant on this idea. “Joy [Crowley] shares a story that happened before Joe passed away about a man who visited him while he was walking around the Quad,” Curtis said. “Chris Vargas and Chris Ault [former UNR football coach] teamed up for a story about their big game against Weber State in ’91. They talk about what it was like at halftime, being behind, and then coming back from that. So, none of it is just typical text that you would find with a photo. They are all very personal stories about the images.” One of the surprising stories to Curtis was from the early days of the former KRZQ radio station, where an announcer placed an on-air bet that if UNR beat Stanford in a baseball game, he would go to the pitcher’s mound and eat it. “And, he did go out to the mound with a plate and a bottle of Ranch dressing, and we found a photo of him up there,” Curtis said. The entire project took two years to complete, and Curtis had help from Greg Ferraro, a longtime friend and public relations business colleague. “He helped get the word out and was just wonderfully supportive of the idea, and he brought lots of great stuff to the table,” Curtis said. There were so many Biggest Little stories that Curtis had to expand his original idea of 70 photos. “We didn’t leave any on the table, but since we started I’ve had people come up to me and talk about what we don’t have in there,” he said. “Of course, there are a lot of people and places and events that we couldn’t get to, so I could probably do a second one.” □
the book event for one of a kind takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. nov. 24 at the Joe crowley Student union, university of nevada, reno, 1664 n. Virginia St. a book party is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Whispering Vine Wine co., 4201 W. Fourth St. learn more about the book at facebook.com/renooneofakind.
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Fast times For folks who love cars, but are perhaps tired of the Fast and Furious franchise’s “vroom-vroom” formula, Ford v Ferrari constitutes a welcomed ode to automobiles going very fast. It’s the 1960s, and Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) has had it up to here with Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) and his fast, flashy car ways. He and cronies such as Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) and Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) are chapped, and they want to send a message to the world that Ford isn’t just about family cars. They also want to win races and appeal to the younger, Baby Boomer demographic with Mustangs and the like. Enter Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a former race car driver turned designer and salesman after a heart condition benches him. Ford hires Shelby to design and race a car that can beat Ferrari in races, mainly the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a tall order, and it calls for a crazy guy behind the wheel and calling the shots in Ken Miles (Christian Bale), an English born rule breaker who can drive a car and instantly know what can be fixed on it to make the damn thing go faster. His lack of convention causes Ford to bristle, Shelby gets in the middle, and we have ourselves a gripping tale about racing technology, volatile friendships and corporate clashes. If you go to this film looking for glorious depictions of high stakes auto racing, you will not be disappointed. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) films Ford v Ferrari in a way where you feel every gear shift, every hairpin turn, and every moment when a car can skid off the tracks and cause grave injury. In this sense, the movie is simply at the top of the auto movie genre. If you go looking for powerhouse acting, you won’t be let down either. Damon and Bale are otherworldly good as two pals who have no problem punching each other in the face on occasion, but always strain to have each other’s backs. Letts
“I don’t know about you, but I can’t see a damn thing with these glasses on.”
and Bernthal do well at showing the corporate side of things, while Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe are good as Miles’ wife and kid. Some of the family stuff gets a little cliché, but the performers, especially the amazing Jupe, elevate the material. There’s a lot of car talk, and credit goes to writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller for always keeping it in a realm where you feel like you’re learning without getting bored or overwhelmed. I walked out of this movie knowing a little more about hot brakes and the ways in which they can kill a driver’s chances to win a race. The class is long, mind you, at over twoand-a-half hours. Apart from some acting categories, this one is going to be in awards contention for sound, cinematography and art direction. There have been car racing movies before, but this one puts you in the driver’s seat like none before. If you’ve had the distinct pleasure—or terror, given one’s outlook— of having ridden around a racetrack at racing speeds, you will be able to testify that Mangold and his crew get the sensations right. The final sequence, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is a mighty lesson in how to make a racing movie right, a superbly conducted balance of the technical and the dramatic. Damon and Bale are giving DiCaprio and Pitt of Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood a run for the money in the year’s best acting duo department. Ford v Ferrari feels real, authentic and well researched. It’s a movie that will please the racecar fans and those who couldn’t have cared less about racing cars alike. It also makes Vin Diesel look like a total poser. Ω
Ford v Ferrari
Stephen King fans know he hated Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining for trivializing Jack Torrance’s alcoholism and redirecting the evil powers of the Overlook Hotel. In essence, Doctor Sleep, his sequel to The Shining, almost seems to exist partly to right some of the wrongs that King perceived in Kubrick’s movie. Alas, Mike Flanagan, the man behind the excellent and creepy The Haunting of Hill House, makes the decision to incorporate Kubrick’s film into his own adaptation of Doctor Sleep. The results are a mixed bag of genuinely scary moments and passages that make the film too dependent on the glory of Kubrick. The film starts with Danny Torrance riding around the Overlook on his Big Wheels, and making that dreaded stop in room 237 where the old lady has stayed in the bathtub way too long. The film then jumps ahead to Dan as an adult, played by Ewan McGregor. Dan, like his daddy before him, drinks a lot. In some ways, which I won’t give away, King gets a chance for some do-overs, as some of the scenes and themes in Doctor Sleep reference parts of King’s original novel as well as the sequel book. King has long bemoaned the ending of the Kubrick’s film, and I can see why he might like the Doctor Sleep conclusion. As for me, I thought the movie was better when it wasn’t hanging around the Overlook Hotel. The moments in the Overlook, although visually impressive for sure, felt like little more than a stunt, with no real, viable reason for the protagonists to be running around in Kubrick’s nightmare.
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. 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. 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.
Partly inspired by real events and partly by the plays of William Shakespeare, Timothee Chalamet plays Hal, King Henry V of England, and it’s a barnburner of an acting turn. Chalamet has made a name for himself playing complicated, quiet characters before, but this one gives him a chance to rage on occasion, and he’s more than up to the task. Joel Edgerton, who co-wrote the screenplay, is on hand as Falstaff, Hal’s complicated right hand man, and Robert Pattinson, once again, shows that he just might be the finest actor of his generation with a brave and crazy performance as the Dauphin of France. Simply put, Pattinson’s accent in this movie is one of the greatest things I’ve witnessed in a movie this year, as is his final stunt in full armor. Director David Michod stages some fine action scenes, and Lily-Rose Depp makes a nice late film appearance as Catherine, Hal’s bride to be who will not stand for any of his toxic masculinity bullshit. Chalamet and Pattinson impress the most in a period piece film that works, a grand experiment that pays off. I want a sequel. (Streaming on Netflix.)
Lady and the Tramp
Terminator: Dark Fate
Zombieland: Double Tap
Disney+, the new Disney streaming service, has this available on day one, a sweet little live-action redo of the classic 1955 animated feature. This works primarily due to the casting of both the actual dogs and their voices. Justin Theroux, a notorious dog lover, is perfect for Tramp, a Schnauzer hybrid living the street life. The dog he provides the voice for is the spitting image of his animated counterpart. Tessa Thompson provides vocals for Lady, a cute-as-all-heck Cocker Spaniel. The live-action animal talking is well done, and more engaging than that recent remake of The Lion King. The plot remains simple: rich dog meets stray dog, rich dog becomes stray dog, dogs fall in love. There are some major changes—no “Siamese Cat Song”—but fans will find a lot to remind them of the original (spaghetti scene!). Your kids will love it, and if it’s any indicator of the upcoming quality of the new Disney+ streaming content, things are off to a decent enough start. (Streaming on Disney+.)
So, the big thing about Terminator: Dark Fate is that James Cameron has returned to the franchise as a producer and story credit guy, so that means we’ll return to the sort of powerful franchise chapters he directed back in the day, right? Well, actually, no. Tim Miller, the guy who directed Deadpool, is in charge of this mostly bland and banal chapter, with Cameron essentially whispering in his ear from afar. Cameron, apparently, never even visited the set; not surprising, considering ex-wife Linda Hamilton is back and, given her physical superiority, could easily kick the living shit out of him. Cameron’s real attention is on the Avatar sequels, which have mercifully been postponed. For the umpteenth time, the future is all screwy because rogue A.I. has essentially taken over the planet and ruled humans unnecessary. This chapter picks up where Cameron’s second chapter left off, with the future changed thanks to the work of Sarah Connor (Hamilton), her boy, John, and a cuddly Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Had things turned out all peachy after Sarah’s handiwork, we wouldn’t have this movie. Some major happenings transpire in the opening minutes here, featuring a CGI de-aged Hamilton that I must say is remarkable. It totally looks like 1991 Hamilton on the screen, and some other characters from Judgment Day show up as well. Things are off to a good start. Then things get, well, routine at best.
Since the release of the first Zombieland back in 2009, much has happened in the entertainment land of the undead. A decade later, Emma Stone has an Oscar for La La Land, Woody Harrelson got his third nomination in that stretch, and Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for The Social Network. Abigail Breslin also had an Oscar nom before the first film for Little Miss Sunshine. With all of this Oscar business, might this crew of performers opt for more snobby fare rather than blowing up ghoul skulls for laughs? Nope, director Ruben Fleischer returns with the whole crew—shockingly—intact for Zombieland: Double Tap, a film that does little to reinvigorate the genre, but still delivers plenty of laughs. It’s basically the same as the first movie, but with some more laughs thanks to a new costar. The zombie killers have taken up residence in the White House, with Wichita (Stone) and Columbus (Eisenberg) in a relationship that requires them to cover up the eyes on the Lincoln portrait when they bed down at night. Tallahassee (Harrelson) is still searching for Twinkies with a new goal to visit Graceland while leaving shredded zombies in his wake, while Little Rock (Breslin) wouldn’t mind having her first boyfriend ever at the age of 22. it all becomes a road trip again, one that eventually leads to Graceland—sort of—and a commune called Babylon. It’s a basic sequel with enough laughs and genre fun to earn a look.
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Drew Thomas, who performs under the name RDLN, will return to Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor for a show this Friday.
Rapped up RDLN In a way, the story of Reno rapper RDLN sounds like a comic book plot—fitting since he often writes in an analogous way about the fantasy world. Picture the scene: friendly and even-mannered Drew Thomas sells cars for a living. Then, he puts on his RDLN persona, and it’s a boisterous and wild show that’s a true transformation. “What I’m doing now is very different from how I started, but I like to call it nerdcore,” Thomas said. “I rap about superheroes and anime, but I put it to a real-life aspect and do it in a very loud, in-your-face way. There are people where it goes over their heads, and then guys in the crowd that are like, ‘This is the shit.’ A couple of times I’ve had moshpits going to a Dragon Ball Z influenced song that I did.” Thomas’ high-energy shows have been seen over several different eras of the Reno rap scene. He started rapping when he was in middle school in the early ’00s and was doing shows as a teen until he moved from Reno in 2008. He and his young family moved back in 2011, but it took him three more years to get back on stage. “I had to put it on hold because of work,” Thomas said. “Music is my passion, but it’s second to family and jobs.” A familiar story for many musicians, for sure, but it hasn’t stopped Thomas from pursuing his style. He’s opened for acts like Brotha Lynch, Rittz and the Moonshine Bandits in recent years, and he’s going to open for one of his all-time favorites, the rap/rock hybrid Hed PE, this weekend. “Coming back here, I got back in touch with a lot of the friends I had, and that really relit the fire under me,” he said.
Thomas’ stage name is indeed a play on the word Ritalin, a reference to his youth when he was diagnosed with ADHD. “My mom had me on a bunch of stuff from the age of 3 up until I was 16,” Thomas said. He also promotes shows, and the company he runs with his wife, Tamara Thomas, is called ADHD Entertainment. He said that Tamara is often a source of inspiration for his music. “She’s constantly trying to motivate me,” Thomas said. “She’s probably the person pushing me the most right now, but doing it in a way that respects what I’m going through. When I’m feeling down or stressed out, she tells me, ‘Why don’t you try writing something?’” One aspect of the rap world that Thomas wants to do more of is collaborate. He mentioned a standing offer from the local metal band Preacher to do some work, and he wants to work again in the trio ZXRXS. That’s a group featuring Thomas with a performer named Z from the local collective Firing Squad and another rapper named Stun ’Em. He admits that there’s some procrastination involved in putting out new work online, but he also loves performing. “It’s kind of a double-sided coin,” Thomas said. “When I get onstage, I feel like I get to be 100-percent me, and I get to be loud and people can see this side of me that I don’t get to show 80 hours a week. It absolutely fuels the fire. But, the other side of the coin is that there’s so much that goes into promoting a show and balancing that with work and family that it can hinder me with sitting down and starting new stuff. I know that is on me, though.” Ω
RDLN opens for Hed PE and Blacklist Regulars at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. Hear more from RDLN at soundcloud.com/kiddrdln.
“shen Yun Performing Arts” Fully demonstrates the dishonesty of “Falun Gong” During January 10 and 11, 2017, “Shen Yun Performing Arts” was put on in the Sacramento Community Center in California, USA. According to Michel Czehatowski, an expert member of the California Acupuncture Commission and acupuncturist in Redding, California, went to watch the show with great expectations, only to find it was disappointing. He wrote on his blog that the expensive “Shen Yun Performing Arts” was nothing but a religious show and that he felt just like getting pulled into a church and being forced to sit through Falun Gong lectures. The following is his blog posted: “Shen Yun” has great PR! I’ve been seeing great reviews on Shen Yun for some time and when it came to the Sacramento Community Center in California, I jumped quickly to buy some tickets. The tickets weren’t cheap. I spend $240 for two seats in Row N (I assume they start in Row A) smack in the center and we definitely had a good view of the performance. The Sacramento Community Center Theater in California holds 2,398 people and from my observation it looked like it was sold out. The performance started timely and the initial dancers were marvelous. After the first dance, two MCs came on stage and introduced the performances in English and Chinese. The following dancers were also quite good and they used some high-tech blending of animation with the dancers to make spectacular stories. But not far into the performance, we started to get the religious message which was of their belief in “Falun Dafa” probably better known as “Falun Gong”. I don’t actually think they used the word “Falun Gong”. They started off talking about “Dafa” and the persecution of their religion in China. The story of Falun Gong is kinda similar to the tale of Joseph Smith and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a Mormon branch that he founded. After founding this religion, Joseph Smith, a cult leader, did not get the promised land and, together with his members, got ostracized, beaten and chased away all the way to the West. FLDS in Utah and Falun Gong in the USA are both
groups that end up spreading worldwide with their organizations making lots of money. They also talked about how they couldn’t have their performance in mainland China because of their beliefs. Well, Falun Gong is outlawed in China. It’s not a surprise that they can’t show it there especially when several of the dances have scenes of “government” bad guys beating the “good” Falun Gongers. In one of the final dances there was someone holding a banner of Chinese characters that read “Falun Dafa is good”. Most Americans can’t read Chinese, but I can read a little and I understood what the banner said. My disappointment to “Shen Yun” performing arts lies in the fact that I paid good money to be entertained and ended up seeing a performance that tried to make me sympathetic to their religion. It’s like getting pulled into a Church and being forced to sit through Bible lectures when you really don’t want to be there and have no interest in it. Don’t get me wrong. People can believe what they want to. Just don’t lie to me about what you’re trying to do so that you can force me to sit through it. In the case of “Shen Yun”, they should be upfront that they want people to be sympathetic to their cause and they want to convert you and make money off you while you get indoctrinated with their message. If Falun Gong is as sneaky and dishonest about spreading their message in China as they are here, maybe that’s why the Chinese Government doesn’t like them. My recommendation is that if you are considering going, be well advised that there will be attempts to convert you to their belief system and you will have to listen to their propaganda. Contrary to their statement that you won’t see a performance this good anywhere else, by the way, there are better dance troupes from mainland China that come through the US. Watch for them, and they will entertain you and not try to convert you.
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Gather’s deviled farm fresh eggs with local pate, sourdough crackers and black truffle oil, with blackened ahi entree and a gorgonzola burger.
Come together Gather is a “farm-to-table” bistro that breaks a couple of the genre’s conventions. It’s not truly a gastropub but has some of that trendy feel—comfy and stylish, but welcoming to the inclusion of well-behaved kids. The dinner menu of burgers, grain bowls, salads and a variety of entrees—from both land and sea—provided more than enough enticements to give my foursome pause before ordering. For appetizers, we tried the deviled truffle oil eggs ($9.95) and barbecue shrimp ($9.95). Four stuffed egg halves were served with a couple chunks of local pate on the side, sourdough crackers and spicy mustard. The eggs themselves were enjoyable, with a certain earthiness, if not noticeably spiced one way or the other. I particularly enjoyed the garnish of green olive and thin-sliced cucumber, providing a bit of freshness and pop. The pate reminded me of head cheese without the chunky bits, which I alone enjoyed with mustard and crackers. Not everyone’s jam, I suppose. The plate of four decent-sized shrimp were said to be covered in a mix of cayenne and paprika, sauteed red onion, yellow bell pepper and a tangy house barbecue sauce. The sauteed items and spice were definitely there, but I should have asked about the golden-hued pool of sauce in which they were swimming; it appeared that perhaps turmeric was involved. I didn’t find it to be tangy or ringing of “barbecue,” but it was good stuff. Our vegan friend seemed pretty pleased with her braised kale, quinoa and black bean bowl ($14.95), which included roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, tomato, sliced radish, toasted pumpkin seed, garlic and
fresh green bean. Dressed with green limonato-infused olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, it had a whole lot going on. She noted that unlike a lot of grain bowls, she appreciated how generous it was on the actual veggies. The evening’s blackened ahi special ($26.95), grilled with cajun seasoning, was served with a big pile of mashed potato and a sort of succotash of chopped, mixed veggies and teardrop chiles. The bite of fish I tasted was excellent, though the diner who ordered it said it seemed a little underdone on one side. She really enjoyed the homestyle, slightly lumpy spuds. Her husband’s bowl of gemelli pasta and meatballs with local beef and pork bolognese ($16.95) was similarly enjoyable, with minor issues. The sauce was a little on the sweet side, but a little black pepper and red chili flake brought it more to his liking. The pasta was a bit past al dente, but the meatballs were pretty much perfect. Though the dinner entrees beckoned, I went with a Bently Ranch grass-fed beef burger ($13.95), topped with butter lettuce, tomato and sauteed red onion on a shiny brioche bun, with the addition of gorgonzola cheese for an extra $1.75. Unlike a lot of “fancy” burgers I’ve been served to disappointment, this baby was delicious. A thick, perfectly seasoned patty cooked medium rare—on a bun that wasn’t an oversized distraction—was accented by the inclusions. A side of Gather’s burger sauce reminded me a bit of “Utah fry sauce” with some extra zip, which I used on the handcut fries. That terrific burger really didn’t need it. Ω
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WARREN MILLER’S TIMELESS
The ski season kicks off with a showing of Warren Miller Entertainment’s 70th anniversary full-length feature film, Timeless. From the mountains of British Columbia, across the steeps of the Colorado Rockies, to the rooftop of the European Alps, Timeless explores winter stoke around the globe. Along for the ride are a new generation of skiers and snowboarders, including Caite Zeliff, Jaelin Kauf, Baker Boyd, Connery Lundin, Austin Ross and Erin Mielzynski, as well as industry veterans such as Rob DesLauriers, Lorraine Huber, Tyler Ceccanti, Marcus Caston, Amie Engerbretson, Forrest Jillson and Glen Plake. There will be two screenings of Timeless at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at the South Shore Room inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline. Tickets are $18. Call (800) 427-7247 or visit www.caesars.com/ harrahs-tahoe.
THE VEGAS ROAD SHOW: Thu, 11/21, 7pm, Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 8pm, no cover
TYLER STAFFORD: Tue, 11/26, Wed, 11/27, 8pm, no cover
VaLLey baLLrOOM BRIAN LEE WITH CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, KRIS TINKLE AND KEY LEWIS: Sat, 11/23, 8pm, $20
2100 garSOn rOad, Verdi, (775) 345-6000
CIrCUs CIrCUs reno
500 n. Sierra St., (775) 329-0711
STEPHEN LORD: Thu, 11/21, 6pm, no cover TYNAN PHILLIPS & NICK VALENTINO: Fri, 11/22,
eL JeFe’S Cantina
5pm, no cover
JAMIE ROLLINS: Sat, 11/22, 5pm, no cover VELVET DUO: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover BOB GARDNER: Sun, 11/24, 6pm, no cover TANDYMONIUM: Mon, 11/25, 6pm, no cover JASON KING: Tue, 11/26, Wed, 11/27, 6pm, no cover
Carson nUGGeT 507 n. CarSOn St., CarSOn City, (775) 882-1626 tHe LOFt MARGRET’S FUNK BAND: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
SKYY HIGH FRIDAY WITH DJ MO FUNK: Fri, 11/22, 10pm, no cover
REVEL SATURDAYS WITH DJ CHRIS ENGLISH: Sat, 11/23, 10pm, no cover
ZERO FEATURING STEVE KIMOCK, MELVIN SEALS, PETE SEARS AND GREG ANTON: Sat, 11/23, 9pm, $25-$30
red rOOM AFROLICIOUS: Fri, 11/22, 10pm, no cover
elDoraDo resorT CasIno 345 n. Virginia St., (775) 786-5700 brew brOtHerS STUDENT BODY THURSDAYS WITH VJ RIZZO: Thu, 11/21, 10pm, no cover
DJ BIRD & RIZZO: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 10pm, no cover
DJ MARK TWYMAN: Sun, 11/24, 10pm, no cover LIVE BAND KARAOKE WITH ROCK U ENT.: Mon, 11/25, Wed, 11/27, 10pm, no cover
BREW CLUB TUESDAYS WITH DJ MARK TWYMAN & DJ JB: Tue, 11/26, 10pm, no cover
nOVi RED CUP FRIDAYS WITH DJ DUSTIN V & DJ RONI V: Fri, 11/22, 9pm, no cover
LINE DANCING: Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
REBEKAH CHASE BAND: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23,
rOXy’S LiVe PianO bar
9pm, no cover
CrysTal Bay CasIno 14 HigHway 28, CryStaL bay, (775) 833-6333 CrOwn rOOM GHOST LIGHT WITH WEREWOLF CLUB: Thu, 11/21, 8pm, $15-$20
LIVE PIANO: Thu, 11/21, Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, Sun, 11/24, Mon, 11/25, Tue, 11/26, Wed, 11/27, 4:30pm, no cover
DJ OSCAR PEREZ: Fri, 11/22, 10pm, no cover DJ MO FUNK: Sat, 11/23, 10pm, no cover
Post shows online by registering at www.newsreview.com/reno. Deadline is the Friday before publication.
HARD ROCK LAKE TAHOE 50 HIGHWAy 50, StAtELInE, (844) 588-7625 cEntER BAR DJ SET: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE 15 HIGHWAy 50, StAtELInE, (800) 427-7247 SoUtH SHoRE RooM WARREN MILLER’S TIMELESS: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 7:30pm, $18
cASIno cEntER StAGE TUESDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH THE BUDDY EMMER BAND: Tue, 11/26, 8pm, no cover
HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE Ghost Light
GRAND SIERRA RESORT 2500 E. SEcond St., (775) 789-2000 LEX nIGHtcLUB
Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Crystal Bay Casino 14 Highway 28 Crystal Bay (775) 833-6333
THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH DJ SWERVE-1: Thu, 11/21, 6pm, no cover
LEX FRIDAYS WITH DJ DILEMMA: Fri, 11/22, 10pm, $10
LEX SATURDAYS WITH DJ BEATDROP: Sat, 11/23, 10pm, $20
WILLIAM HILL RAcE And SPoRtS BAR COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHTS & DANCE LESSONS: Thu, 11/21, Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 10pm, no cover
18 HIGHWAy 50, StAtELInE, (775) 588-6611 HARVEy’S cABAREt THE NEVADA SHOW: Fri, 11/22, 10pm, $26.83-$36.83
NUGGET CASINO RESORT 1100 nUGGEt AVE., SPARkS, (775) 356-3300 GRAnd BALLRooM DWIGHT YOAKAM WITH WILLIE JONES: Fri, 11/22,
SILVER BARon LoUnGE
PEPPERMILL RESORT SPA CASINO
DJ MOFUNK: Thu, 11/21, Sun, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
FASTLANE: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
2707 S. VIRGInIA St., (775) 826-2121 EdGE
LATIN DANCE SOCIAL WITH BB & KIKI OF SALSA RENO: Fri, 11/22, 7pm, $10-$20, no cover
5 HIGHWAy 28, cRyStAL BAy, (775) 831-0660
THE RESIDENTS—MARK TWYMAN, TRAE CARTERWELLS AND DJ KEEKZ: Sat, 11/23, 10pm, $20
cASIno FLooR CHRIS COSTA: Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 8pm,
BON BON VIVANT: Thu, 11/21, 7pm, Fri, 11/22, Sat, 11/23, 8pm, no cover
VERBAL KINT: Sun, 11/24, Mon, 11/25, Tue, 11/26,
Wed, 11/27, 6pm, no cover
Fat Cat Bar & Grill (Midtown District), 1401 S. Virginia St., (775) 453-2223: Karaoke with Chapin, Tue, 9pm, no cover
345 n. ARLInGton AVE., (775) 348-2200 3Rd StREEt LoUnGE LINE DANCING WITH VAQUERA VIKKI: Thu, 11/21, Wed, 11/27, 6pm, no cover
SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO 407 n. VIRGInIA St., (775) 325-7401 GRAnd EXPoSItIon HALL GEORGE LOPEZ: Sat, 11/23, 6:30pm & 9:30 p.m., $54.59-$72.94
RUM BULLIonS LEFT OF CENTRE WITH DJ R3VOLVER: Fri, 11/22,
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
Sat, 11/23, 9pm, no cover
FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21, 2019 For a complete listing of this week’s events or to post events to our online calendar, visit www.newsreview.com. BREWS, BITES & THE BIRCHES: Great Basin Brewing Company Taps & Tanks presents an evening of food, drinks, a raffle and live music by The Birches. The event is a fundraiser to support the work of Nevada Legal Services, a nonprofit legal services organization serving Nevadans across the state. Thu, 11/21, 6pm. $30. Great Basin Brewing Company Taps & Tanks, 1155 S. Rock Blvd., Ste. 490, (775) 463-1222, nls-brews-2019-tickets. eventbrite.com.
EDI RAMA IN CONVERSATION: Nevada
: VILLALOBOS BROTHERS
Arts for the Schools in Truckee continues its 2019-2020 season with a performance by one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. Using violins to redefine contemporary Mexican music, the Villalobos Brothers blend jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk music into a powerful message of brotherhood, social justice and love. Their original compositions and arrangements fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. They have performed in historic venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Apollo Theater, as well as events such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City. In 2018, they joined forces with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for the “Fandango at the Wall” project. This ambitious undertaking, produced by Kabir Sehgal, united legendary international musicians for a live concert at the Tijuana-San Diego border wall, which resulted in a live album and documentary film. This year, the ensemble released its latest album Somos. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee. Tickets are $5-$30. Visit www.artsfortheschools.org.
AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW BAKER AND LINDSAY WILSON: The local poets present a joint reading of their new collections. Fri, 11/22, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 7861188, www.sundancebookstore.com.
23RD ANNUAL VALHALLA HOLIDAY FAIRE AND WINTER WANDERLAND: The festival features more than 30 local vendors, holiday music and goodies. Enjoy classic tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas performed on Friday from 4:30-7:30pm. Bring the little ones to get pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on Saturday and Sunday. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Choral Association will perform at 11:30am and 2:30pm on Saturday and at 2:30pm on Sunday. Fri, 11/22, 4pm; Sun, 11/24, 10am. Free. Valhalla Tahoe, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, valhallatahoe.com.
3RD THURSDAY—PARTY IN THE PLAZA:
ANIMAL ARK OPEN NOVEMBER WEEKENDS: The wildlife sanctuary will be open on weekends in November 11am-3pm, weather permitting. Please call prior to departure to confirm the facility is operational. Sat, 11/23-Sun, 11/24, 11am. $8.50-$13, free for children age 2 and younger. Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, 1265 Deerlodge Road, (775) 970-3111, www.animalark.org.
ART ON TAP: Stop by The Generator Inc.
39 North Downtown, City of Sparks, Sparks Heritage Museum and Sierra Arts Foundation present this monthly event highlighting art, specialty food, farmers, crafts, music and cultural heritage. There will be vendors, food trucks, local artists, live entertainment and chef demos in indoor and outdoor venues. Thu, 11/21, 4pm. Free. Victorian Square Plaza, 1250 Victorian Ave., downtown Sparks, (775) 690-2581, www.39northdowntown.com.
for its monthly art social where you can chat with resident artists and members about their works, including the latest gallery show by Jarred Santos. November’s event will feature a Thanksgiving-inspired coloring contest and lots of treats. Thu, 11/21, 6pm. Free, donations welcome. The Generator, 1240 Icehouse Ave., Sparks, (775) 453-6537, www.therenogenerator.com/events.
Museum of Art presents a conversation with artist-politician Edi Rama and Julia Ballantyne-Way, senior director of his Berlin gallery carlier gebauer. Rama is serving his second term as the prime minister of Albania. His new exhibition Edi Rama: WORK includes a series of new drawings created on documents and notes he creates during meetings and phone calls, as well as ceramic sculptures and a floor-to-ceiling wallpaper that emulates the wallpaper in his office in Tirana. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Thu, 11/21, 6pm. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., www.nevadaart.org.
ENVIRONMENTAL FILM NIGHT: The evening will consist of a double feature of Artifishal, a Patagonia film about the unsustainable methods currently used in the fishing industry; and The Sacramento at Current Speed, a film about traveling the mysterious Sacramento River in a whitewater dory. Admission is free. Proceeds from beverage purchases will go to the non-profit beneficiary of the evening, the Tahoe Food Hub. Thu, 11/21, 7pm. Free. Alpenglow Sports, 415 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 583-6917.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & BUD FISH TREE LIGHTING: The festivities will begin with elementary school children decorating the Christmas trees that will line Donner Pass Road throughout the holiday season. At 4:30pm, Santa Claus will arrive. The Bud Fish Tree Lighting Ceremony is slated for 5:15pm in front of the train depot. Fri, 11/22, 4pm. Free. Historic Downtown Truckee, Donner Pass Road, www.historictruckee.com.
JEREMY PRESTHOLDT READING AND SIGNING: The author will share his latest book Icons of Dissent: The Global Resonance of Che, Marley, Tupac and Bin Laden. Thu, 11/21, 6:30pm. Free. Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., (775) 786-1188, www.sundancebookstore.com.
LAKE MANSION JINGLES FAMILY ART FESTIVAL: Arts for All Nevada presents its annual festival featuring eight creative art stations for kids to make and take art home, a free book for each child, face and hand painting, tours of the historic Lake Mansion, a toy drive for The Children’s Cabinet and a visit with Santa Claus from noon-2pm. Families with children with special needs are invited to attend starting at 9:30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Sat, 11/23, 10am. Free. The Lake Mansion, 250 Court St., (775) 826-6100, www.artsforallnevada.org.
MEET AUTHOR JUNE SYLVESTER SARACENO: The author will appear at the Truckee Library for a book reading and signing. She is the author of Feral, North Carolina, 1965, her debut novel, that was listed in Buzzfeed as one of the “18 Must Read Books from Indie Presses.” She serves as humanities and English department chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe. Thu, 11/21, 5:30pm. Free. Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., Truckee, (530) 582-7846.
OPENING DAY: Northstar kicks off the 2019-2020 ski season with music, games, prizes and more (conditions permitting). Fri, 11/22, 8:30am. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, (530) 562-1010.
THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE: During this hour-long train ride, characters, entertainment and Santa Claus bring the Polar Express story to life. Riders will receive hot chocolate and a cookie and a souvenir silver sleigh bell. Rides depart at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm. The last train departs at 6:30pm on Dec. 24. Fri, 11/22Sun, 11/24, 5pm. $17-$46. V&T Eastgate Depot, 4650 Eastgate Siding Road, Carson City, (877) 724-5007.
RINK AT THE ROW: The outdoor ice skating rink is open through Feb. 16. Skating hours are 3-10pm on Monday-Thursday, noon-11:30pm on Friday-Saturday, and noon-9:30pm on Sunday, depending on weather and ice conditions. Admission includes skate rental. Get $2 off admission if you bring your own ice skates. Thu, 11/21-Wed, 11/27. $12-$18. Rink at the Row, Sixth and Sierra streets, across from Circus Circus, www.circusreno.com/event/shows/ rink-row.
SO VERY LITERARY BOOK CLUB: This month’s selection is There, There by Tommy Orange. Thu, 11/21, 2pm. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
STORIES IN THE SNOW: Join Meghan Collins, research scientist with the Desert Research Institute, for a scientific adventure exploring an exciting and unique approach to the science of snow. Stories in the Snow is a citizen science project at the Desert Research Institute that involves taking pictures of freshly fallen snow crystals with a smartphone. Learn about the science of snow crystal formation, see snow crystal pictures submitted by people throughout our region, and understand how the images are used to better understand winter weather of the Sierra Nevada. Sat, 11/23, 2pm. $5 suggested donation. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
TAHOE FOREST COOKING CLUB: Each month, registered dietitian Lisa Fligor will provide a fun and interactive cooking demo. This month’s theme is “Hearty and Healthy Fall Soups.” Learn basics of making homemade broth and creative ways to take advantage of amazing fall produce. Pre-registration is required. Thu, 11/21, 11:30am. $15-$30. Tahoe Forest Center for Health, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, (530) 587-3769, www. tfhd.com.
ART ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: Where Santa Shops. The holiday show offers one-of-a-kind gifts and decorating items created by local artists, including paintings, drawings, photography and a large assortment of handmade ornaments, jewelry, pottery, gourds, hats, scarves, original holiday cards and more. The show and sale runs through Dec. 27. Thu, 11/21-Wed, 11/27, 11am4pm. Free. Artist Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
CITY HALL METRO GALLERY: City of Reno Employee Art Show. This show celebrates the talents of the city’s current employees and their families. Works on display include photography, drawing, painting and textile work. Pieces were submitted in one of three categories: youth, amateur and professional. Each category will be judged by artists selected by the City of Reno Public Art Committee. A first-, second- and third-place prize will be awarded for each category. A Best in Show piece will also be chosen. The public will vote on their favorite youth, amateur and professional piece, which will be awarded People’s Choice. The show runs through Dec. 27. There will be a reception and awards ceremony on Dec. 5, 5-7pm. Thu, 11/21-Fri, 11/22, Mon, 11/25-Wed, 11/27, 8am-5pm. Free. City Hall Metro Gallery, 1 E. First St., (775) 3346264, www.reno.gov.
THE LILLEY MUSEUM OF ART: Nolan Preece. The University of Nevada, Reno’s John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art presents a retrospective exhibition of photographs by the internationally recognized artist and Renoite. The museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays noon to 4pm, Thursdays noon to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am6pm. Thu, 11/21-Sat, 11/23, Tue, 11/26-Wed, 11/27. Free. The Lilley Museum of Art, University Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., www.unr.edu/arts.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Artists and Public Lands—Artist-in-Residence in the Black Rock Desert. Artists Mary Kenny and Jack Hulbert are this year’s artists-in-residence at the Friends of Black Rock High Rock. Kenny works with digital prints and screenprinted collages. Hulbert’s photographs tell the story of the community rooted at the edge of vast, unsettled land. The artist-inresidence program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. The show runs through Dec. 6. Thu, 11/21-Fri, 11/22, Mon, 11/25-Wed, 11/27, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery East, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264.
WILBUR D. MAY CENTER: Something Old, Something New. The Sierra Watercolor Society present its latest exhibition featuring dozens of new watercolor paintings of landscapes, portraits, animals and other subjects. All paintings in the exhibition will be available for purchase. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favorite painting to win the “People’s Choice Award.” Thu, 11/21Sun, 11/24, Wed, 11/25, 10am. Wilbur D. May Center, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., (775) 785-5961.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL: The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company presents the Nevada premiere of the high-energy musical based on the Roald Dahl classic novel. The musical tells of a gifted young girl who develops telekinetic powers to help her overcome the wicked headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull, and save her abused teacher and classmates. Fri, 11/22-Sat, 11/23, 7:30pm; Sat, 11/23-Sun, 11/24, 2pm. $25-$28. Bob Boldrick Theater, Carson City Community Center, 850 E. William St., Carson City, (775) 445-4249.
OAKLAND JAZZ CHOIR: The East Bay jazz group
ONSTAGE AN EVENING WITH MIKE NASH OF SOUTHERN DRAWL BAND: This event of storytelling and music will be filmed for the Hit the Road with Kingwhistler series on the National Grassroots Broadcasting Network. Fri, 11/22, 7pm. $12-$15. Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976.
COMEDY SKETCH SHOW—HERD IMMUNITY: Reno Improv presents its sketch comedy revue featuring original sketches by local writers. Sat, 11/23, 8pm. $10. Reno Improv, 695 Willow St., (775) 233-6035, renoimprov. com.
DEAD PANDA COMEDY NIGHT: The monthly standup comedy show features local, regional and nationally touring comedians. The show is hosted by Reno comedian/musician Luke Westberg. Fri, 11/22, 7:30pm. $7.50-$11. Reno Improv, 695 Willow St., (775) 233-6035.
FALL DANCE FESTIVAL: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Fall Dance Festival features a variety of choreographic styles. The program includes a collection of new works choreographed by students, as well as dance faculty, performed by University of Nevada, Reno dance students. Thu, 11/21-Sat, 11/23, 8pm; Sat, 11/23, 2pm. $5-$15. Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church of Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
THE HUMANS: Reno Little Theater presents the 2016 Tony award-winning drama for Best Play. Stephen Karam’s dramedy tells the story of the Blake family’s Thanksgiving dinner where the heart and horrors of the fractured family are exposed. Thu, 11/21-Sat, 11/23, 7:30pm; Sun, 11/24, 2pm. $15-$25. Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St., (775) 813-8900, renolittletheater.org.
ILLENIUM: The electronic music recording artist performs with special guests Dabin and William Black. Sat, 11/23, 8pm. $45.41-$54. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8800.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy centers on John Worthing, a carefree gentleman and inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London. Thu, 11/21-Fri, 11/22, 7pm; Sat, 11/23, 1pm. $8-$10. Reno High School Booth Street Theater, 395 Booth St., (775) 3335050, www.tmcc.edu/visual-performing-arts/ performance-schedule.
performs. Sat, 11/23, 7pm. $22-$32. Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, 1 Valhalla Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4975, valhallatahoe. showare.com.
RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Slovakian-born conductor Martin Majkut makes his Reno debut with a concert spanning continents and centuries. The program includes Cimarosa’s Overture from Il Maestro di Cappella and Ginastera’s Variciones Concertantes. Soloist Bella Hristova joins the orchestra in the second half for a performance of Zeljenka’s Musica Slovaca and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Sat, 11/23, 8pm; Sun, 11/24, 2pm. $5-$45. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 348-9413, renochamberorchestra.org.
UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA—AUTUMN CELEBRATION: A celebration of the fall season with the student musicians of the University of Nevada, Reno Symphony. Thu, 11/21, 7:30pm. $7 general admission, free for UNR students. Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St., (775) 784-4278.
SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC: Join your favorite Sesame Street friends on this magical adventure. When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there is one problem, Elmo does not know how to do magic. That is when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on a journey where Elmo will discover that with perseverance and practice, nothing can stand between you and your dream. Tue, 11/26, 2pm. $15-$45. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8800.
TANGO—BETWEEN TWO REALMS: This live performance will feature original tango compositions performed by cellist Joseph Tatum of Darabello alongside the choreography of Susana Rojo Miró and dance of Julia Auzmendi and Fredy Maldonado of Reno Tango Collective. Fri, 11/22, 7pm. $10$15. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333.
WAR OF THE WORLDS: The Proscenium Players Inc. performs its homage to the classic radio teleplay. On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds. Audiences tuned in to hear the stories of Martians crash-landing on earth, not knowing it was only a play, and prompted news stories of widespread panic over a nonexistent alien invasion. PPI will bring back the horror of the alien invasion story for today’s audience—just as Welles would have imagined it. Fri, 11/22-Sat, 11/23, 7pm. $13-$18. Black Box Theatre, Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City, (775) 883-1976, www. facebook.com/Breweryartscenter.
BY AMY ALKON
Vicious recycle I’ve started dating a guy that an estranged friend of mine was engaged to and dumped 25 years ago. She completely broke his heart. She’s been engaged eight times, married five, so I hardly think he was special. But some of my girlfriends think it’s not cool and say I’m breaking “girl code.” Am I betraying her? It is cruel to take up with a guy who’s just dumped and devastated a friend of yours. But this woman is your ex-friend, and it isn’t like she’s lying in the dark, weeping over a sock he left at her place. In fact, they were engaged 25 years ago, and she dumped him. Yet, here you are, having “girl code” invoked on you. “Girl code,” like “guy code,” is a deterrent to would-be mate poachers, powered by peer pressure. However, girl code tends to play out differently from guy code. Psychologist Joyce Benenson, who researches evolved sex differences, finds that males, from early childhood on, are verbally and physically direct with one another in a way girls and women are not: “Bro, that’s my girlfriend you just dissed. You’re gonna need directions to the ER. Women, on the other hand, are covert competitors, undermining rather than openly attacking their female rivals. Benenson and other researchers believe this strategy evolved so women could avoid physical violence, which could harm their reproductive parts or leave them incapable of fulfilling their role as their children’s primary caretaker. Women instead use sabotaging tactics like informational warfare— the threat of reputation-destroying gossip—and social exclusion. Referencing “girl code” is part of this, revving up a woman’s fears of being ostracized and creating a virtual moat around a man. Unlike in the male world of Fight Club, where the rules are clear—“The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club”— the rules of girl code are nebulous, unspoken. Because women compete in sneaky and undermining ways, this nebulousness makes potential transgressions of girl code more dangerous and powerful. So in deciding whether to continue with this guy, you should understand that there could be real
costs for you for being thought to have violated girl code. Can you weather those costs? Is it worth it to continue with this guy? Focus not on what’s fair but on what’s realistic. Some women will talk trash about you—and never mind the fact that the guy was dumped decades ago by a woman who swaps out her husbands more often than most of us replace the kitchen sponge.
Driving Miss Crazy I’m a 32-year-old woman, and I went on one date with a guy I’d been talking to online. We have texted some since our date but haven’t made solid plans to hang again. Basically, he’ll text me and we’ll chat, and then I won’t hear from him for a week. The waiting is making me really obsessive. I find myself constantly wanting to text him. I know I shouldn’t chase him, but the urge is so strong. What’s going on? It should help to understand that this sort of crazy—the intense desire to text him—doesn’t come out of some magical, vine-covered mental love fountain within you. In fact, there’s nothing romantic about it. It’s just the mechanics of our human motivational system, which works like a machine. Russian psychologist and psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik discovered that just as pressure in a machine builds up and needs to be released, tasks we’ve left incomplete seem to cause emotional tension—seriously uncomfortable feelings, a sort of mental itching. This motivates us to do the thing we’ve left undone so we can stop feeling so unsettled. So, sure, you like the guy, but one date in, you’re dying to text him not because he’s “the one” but because you’re suffering through what I like to describe as the emotional version of a really bad need to pee. Reminding yourself that it’s just psychological hydraulics might help you weather the discomfort of not texting and then be all cool when the guy eventually calls. Ω
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Light Teaches,” Anne Michaels describes herself arriving at a lover’s house soaked with rain, “dripping with new memory.” She’s ready for “one past to grow out of another.” In other words, she’s eager to leave behind the story that she and her lover have lived together up until now—and begin a new story. A similar blessing will be available for you in the coming weeks: a chance for you and an intimate partner or close ally to launch a new chapter of your history together.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some scientists deride
astrology despite being ignorant about it. For example, they complain, “The miniscule gravitational forces beaming from the planets can’t possibly have any effect on our personal lives.” But the truth is that most astrologers don’t believe the planets exert influence on us with gravity or any other invisible force. Instead, we analyze planetary movements as evidence of a hidden order in the universe. It’s comparable to the way weather forecasters use a barometer to read atmospheric pressure but know that barometers don’t cause changes in atmospheric pressure. I hope this inspires you as you develop constructive critiques of situations in your own sphere. Don’t rely on naive assumption and unwarranted biases. Make sure you have the correct facts before you proceed. If you do, you could generate remarkable transformations in the coming weeks.
of Love, I’d love you to soak up wise counsel from the author bell hooks. (She doesn’t capitalize her name.) “Many people want love to function like a drug, giving them an immediate and sustained high,” she cautions. “They want to do nothing, just passively receive the good feeling.” I trust you won’t do that. Here’s more from hooks: “Dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love—which is to transform us.” Are you ready to be transformed by love?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Burrow down as deep
as you dare. Give yourself pep talks as you descend toward the gritty core of every matter. Feel your way into the underground, where the roots meet the foundations. It’s time for you to explore the mysteries that are usually beneath your conscious awareness. You have a mandate to reacquaint yourself with where you came from and how you got to where you are now.
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Bertrand Russell won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950. He’s regarded as the founder of analytic philosophy and one of the 20th century’s premier intellectuals. But he went through a rough patch in 1940. He was judged “morally unfit” to accept his appointment as a professor at the City College of New York. The lawsuit that banned him from the job described him as being “libidinous,” “lustful,” “aphrodisiac” and “irreverent.” Why? Simply because of his liberated opinions about sexuality, which he had conscientiously articulated in his book Marriage and Morals. In our modern era, we’re more likely to welcome libidinous, lustful, aphrodisiac and irreverent ideas if they’re expressed respectfully, as Russell did. With that as a subtext, I invite you to update and deepen your relationship with your own sexuality in the coming weeks.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): It’s natural and healthy to feel both the longing to connect and the longing
to be independent. Each of those urges deserves an honored place in your heart. But you may sometimes experience them as being contradictory; their opposing pulls may rouse tension. I bring this to your attention because I suspect that the coming weeks will be a test of your ability to not just abide in this tension, but to learn from and thrive on it. For inspiration, read these words by Jeanette Winterson: “What should I do about the wild heart that wants to be free and the tame heart that wants to come home? I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at night. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to be with you.”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Louvre Museum in
Paris displays 38,000 objects throughout its 18 acres of floor space. Among its most treasured 13th century artworks is “The Madonna and Child in Majesty Surrounded by Angels,” a huge painting by Italian painter Cimabue. When a museum representative first acquired it in the 19th century, its price was five francs, or less than a dollar. I urge you to be on the lookout for bargains like that in the coming weeks. Something that could be valuable in the future may be undervalued now.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian
performance artist Marina Abramovi observes that the Prophet Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus and Moses “all went to the desert as nobodies and came back as somebodies.” She herself spent a year in Australia’s Great Sandy Desert near Lake Disappointment, leading her to exclaim that the desert is “the most incredible place, because there is nothing there except yourself, and yourself is a big deal.” From what I can tell, Sagittarius, you’re just returning from your own metaphorical version of the desert, which is very good news. Welcome back! I can’t wait to see what marvels you spawn.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Upcoming events may
bedevil your mind. They may mess with your certainties and agitate your self-doubts. But if you want my view about those possibilities, they’re cause for celebration. According to my analysis of the astrological indicators, you will benefit from having your mind bedeviled and your certainties messed with and your self-doubts agitated. You may ultimately even thrive and exult and glow like a miniature sun. Why? Because you need life to gently but firmly kick your ass in just the right way so you’ll become alert to opportunities you have been ignoring or blind to.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Every writer I’ve ever
known says that a key practice to becoming a good writer is to read a lot of books. So what are we to make of the fact that one of the 20th century’s most celebrated novelists didn’t hew to that principle? In 1936, three years before the publication of his last book, Aquarian-born James Joyce confessed that he had “not read a novel in any language for many years.” Here’s my take on the subject: More than any other sign of the zodiac, you have the potential to succeed despite not playing by conventional rules. And I suspect your power to do that is even greater than usual these days.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “If you are lucky enough
to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it,” wrote Piscean novelist John Irving. In the coming weeks, you will have the power to get clearer than ever before about knowing the way of life you love. As a bonus, I predict you will also have an expanded access to the courage necessary to actually live that way of life. Take full advantage!
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Curator Vivian Zavataro The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art is the University of Nevada, Reno’s still-very-new art museum. Vivian Zavataro has been serving as the museum’s interim director since August.
Tell me a little about who you are and how you got this job. Sure. I did my bachelor’s here at UNR a long time ago. And then I did my master’s at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in museum studies. And then, my husband is from Reno, and we decided to come and live here. I got a job as an art history professor here at UNR, as an adjunct faculty member. And I started working with Paul [Baker Prindle], my predecessor here, curating some stuff for him and helping him with research and so on. And when Paul decided to move on, I had been very involved in the background and helping the museum open and all of that, and he recommended me as the interim director, so this is where I am right now. … I have a lot of experience with contemporary art and also with transhistoricity, which is a fancy word for mixing periods in an exhibition.
When you do that, do you look for a theme to group things? Yeah. So, it depends on the display. There’s lots of ways of doing it. Here at
the Lilley, we do it thematically, so the works are divided thematically. We have themes that relate to any human being on the planet—time, family and courtship rituals, for instance.
Awareness of the Lilley is still a little under-the-radar. What are you doing to combat that? I have noticed that. When I came here to Reno, actually, I noticed that all of the art institutions act very individually. In Europe, the museums collaborate with each other a lot. They collaborate with each other in order to promote events or to create a unique community of arts organizations and institutions, so when I came to Reno I found it very interesting that people were not collaborating with each other. So before I got this job I was hired as a guest curator at the Nevada Museum of Art, so I had a relationship
with them. I was also doing workshops with their docents on audience engagements and such. And when I got this job, I was like, “Let’s collaborate. Let’s make an exhibition where everybody can participate in town.” And they were like, “sure.” So, we’re doing an exhibition next year that will involve the Lilley, the Nevada Museum of Art, Sierra Arts Foundation, the City of Reno and, potentially, the Holland Project. … I think about the Lilley not only as a university museum but also a museum for the community. And my vision for the museum is to transform it into a communal space where people feel welcome, and they feel like they belong and their voices are heard.
When it’s all dead white guys and you’re not a dead white guy. Exactly. I like this metaphor—it’s kind of like eating pizza every day. Pizza is great, and there are great pizzas out there, but if you eat pizza every day then you’re missing out on Indian food and Thai food and sushi and all these amazing other dishes. … So, moving forward, we want to purchase works by queer artists, by black American artists, by women and move in that direction, so people feel that they’re welcome. We also provide tours in Spanish for after-school programs.
Where are you from originally? I was born and raised in Brazil. My family is Italian, though, given my last name. And I lived in Italy, and I lived in the Netherlands and France and Germany. Ω
BY BRUCE VAN DYKE
Deep thoughts I’m not sure what this “Deep State” is that ReTrumplicans keep blathering about. (Is this the secret government run by all them Illuminati dudes? Or the one run by the Lizard People?). But if people like George Kent, Bill Taylor, Alexander Vindman and Marie Yovanovich are part of it, sign me up. Thank god there are still Americans like these folks, who get bullshit memos from Trump Toadies like Bill Barr and Mike Pompeo, read them, and then wad them up for use as coal-starters in the Weber for tonight’s chicken. One solid takeaway from the first week of hearings—Pedophile Protectionist Jim Jordan isn’t fit to butter Bill Taylor’s toast. • Rachel is, of course, a superstar. Her show on MSNBC is a journalistic treasure, and to do what she does five nights a week with the consistency of excellence we now
take for granted should never be taken for granted. Her new book, Blowout, is just as good as her show and is highly recommended. In it, she tackles the megalithic monster of our age, the oil and gas industry. We are currently awakening from the self-induced coma of the Golden Age of Petroleum, which looked pretty darn nifty for about a century or so. But now, we’re realizing that we’re literally junkies, utterly strung out on fossil fuels, and that if we don’t get off the stuff, and soon, life on Earth will change in ways that aren’t really all that attractive. (If, for example, humanity kills off the magnificent coral reefs of this miraculous planet, which climatologists are now saying could likely happen by the year 2040, that’s a truly unforgivable fuckup, one that will be worthy of us homo sapiens being spanked, grounded
and sent to our room by Mama Nature for a long, long time.) Anyway, Rachel’s book will give you excellent insight and knowledge, dealing with everything from the disaster of the Deepwater Horizon to frickin’ fracking in Oklahoma to Putin’s Russian pestilence, which in the last 20 years has become a virulent cancer that’s spreading its toxic tentacles of greed all over the world. It will help you focus your view on the big picture. • In the Sportlight Spotlight—back in '14, I jumped on the dazzling bandwagon of Dubmania. It's been an ecstatically exciting and memorable ride. And now, suddenly, that good-time bandwagon is ablaze, engulfed in flames on the waterfront of San Francisco. Oops! Obviously, the gods of Oakland (Odin, Osiris and Ophiuchus) are not pleased with the team's move to The City! Ω