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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review. I hope 2020 is treating you well so far. The first week of the decade has been pretty good for me—just resting up and relaxing after the rush of the holiday season and watching what my friends and family post on social media about how the preceding year went for them and what they hope to accomplish this year. A lot of them want to lose weight. I get it. But as a person who’s been a size 2 and a size 16 and every size in between, I know for a fact that the world can be a cruel place for heavyset people. And so I like to encourage people not to couch their weight loss posts in selfdeprecation. If you’re interested in thinking more on the topic, see this week’s editorial on page 3. The other thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is pedestrian safety. Last year was a deadly year for pedestrians in Washoe County. Well over a dozen of them were killed. And this year is already shaping up to be another one. Just look at the news. As I am writing this, I’m thinking about a 78-yearold pedestrian who police say died after he was hit by a car near Silverada and Oddie Boulevards early this morning. I’m also thinking about a little girl who is recovering after being hit by a vehicle Monday afternoon in Sparks. I feel terrible for these people and their families—but I feel something else, too. I feel a sense of responsibility to do my part to make sure I never put a person in this situation. That’s why I don’t text and drive. That’s why I do look both ways for pedestrians when I approach an intersection or pull off the line at a stoplight. And that’s why I’m harping on this subject and asking you to do the same. Think about your friends and family and how devastated you’d be if someone struck them with their car. Think about how devastated you’d be if it was you who took someone’s life with your own car.
Re “OK, boomer” (Letters to the editor, Dec. 26): It’s not about numbers, it’s about categories. 2020 is the beginning of a new category. The Twenties. Could be the roaring twenties or the boring twenties, but it’s definitely no longer a part of the previous era now known as the 2010s. April Pedersen Reno Dear Boomer, I just finished reading your letter. Even though you sound like you know what you are talking about, you don’t. From our perspective, we are counting from 2010. Starting there as your “year 1” makes 2020 the start of a new decade. I’ll break it down to you just in case you can’t get your mind around that. I’ll even start from 2000: 2000 (year 1), 2001 (year 2), 2002 (year 3), 2003 (year 4), 2004 (year 5), 2005 (year 6), 2006 (year 7), 2007 (year 8), 2008 (year 9), 2009 (year 10) and 2010 (year 1, and so on and so forth). Decades have a typical time frame from the years that end with “0” to the years that end with “9” So sorry, boomer. Malerie Davis Carson City
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A sentence in Lawrence Pinkerton’s “OK, boomer” letter reminded me of something I read in Phyllis Whitney’s “Mystery of the Green Cat” when I was a girl. A recently arrived Japanese-American girl in the story explained to other kids that she was one year younger in the USA than she was in Japan. First published in 1957, the girl’s remark reflected the East Asian tradition of counting a newborn as one year of age. Betty Glass Sparks Carson City
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grocery store, I have zero carrots in my possession, zero being the first number. Then I buy one carrot—first item, second number. In that case it is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. You have nothing to begin with, so zero comes first. About the calendars, Mr. Pinkerton is right. I will be 80 in 2020. It will be a new year but old decade. When I am 81, it will be a new decade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Anyone else care to respond? Helen Howe Reno
New perspectives Re “New in town” (Cover story, Dec. 26): I just read Jane Callahan’s feature on being new in town. I’ve lived in some pretty great towns, including Boston, Vegas, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix and 26 years in Nashville. Reno has been the best of the lot. It still is! This city remains friendly, welcoming and easy to live in. Making any city work for someone takes effort. Folks aren’t going to come running to welcome you. It takes commitment on the newbies’ part, and when the effort is put forth, new friendships will spawn here, there and everywhere. In the 10 years my wife and I have lived here, we’ve made lifetime friendships we’ll cherish forever. Jane, you will realize Reno is a wonderful place to lay down roots! Duncan Leith Reno My father was in the U.S. Air Force, I was in the U.S. Air Force, my husband was in the U.S. Air Force. I have moved many times. All the places are the same when you are new. No one goes out of their way to meet you. Everyone is busy. You are the one that has to make an effort to get to know the people and the place. Kim Glasgow Reno
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Caucus response Re “Caucus answer” (Letters to the editor, Jan. 2): Thank you, Michael Greedy, for the info on the caucus early vote: this is the first I heard of it. I didn’t know about the rule change of March 2019, didn’t hear any news of it on the media or receive notification by mail—which still leaves out our brave men and women who are putting themselves in harm’s way. As for the sabbath and the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11 more rules exodus 31:12-18) which is Saturday the seventh day of the week. It’s observed by 4.6 million Jews, 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians and uncountable others who follow the law of God. Emperor Constantine in 321 a.d. decreed Sunday (first day) to worship. That started the traditions of men. Richard Davis Reno
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The skinny on fat shaming People are often cruel to fat people, and fat people too in 2010 in which researchers proposed “that weight often just accept it. But shaming one’s self for being stigma is not a beneficial public health tool for reducing overweight is entirely unnecessary. It’s counterproducobesity. Rather, stigmatization of obese individuals tive and sets a bad example for others—especially threatens health, generates health disparities, and interchildren, who observe and internalize it in relation to feres with effective obesity intervention efforts.” themselves or others. Studies like this one have found that fat shaming That’s not to say that taking care of one’s can increase people’s likelihood of engaging in health isn’t an admirable goal. And during unhealthy eating behaviors and can even lead the holidays and New Year season, sharing to stress-related health issues for people goals in conversations and on social media Fat who go through every day worried about is a pretty common thing—but there’s no when they may be mistreated or shamed. people too reason for the number of these types of The findings of this type of research, often accept conversations and posts that are couched in said the 2010 article, “highlights weight self-deprecation. shaming. stigma as both a social justice issue and a The vessels that carry us are just that— priority for public health.” As for children, and nothing more. Being differently-abled a study published in the Journal of Applied or too thin or too fat doesn’t speak to our value Developmental Psychology revealed that kids as people. People who are cruel to and dismissive of as young as 3 regularly exhibit anti-fat attitudes and people who carry extra weight are the ones with the tendencies to stigmatize fat people. They’re not born problem. Their behavior is not any more justifiable than with these beliefs and tendencies, of course. They’re that of people who discriminate against others on the taught them. basis of religion or race or gender. And no other group If people want to lose weight for themselves, that’s of people who are discriminated against is likely to excellent. If you’re one of them, that’s great. In the place the blame on themselves. Nor should they. meantime, though, don’t be down on yourself. And And to those who would say that fat shaming may remember that worthwhile people will no more care be an effective tool to motivate others to lose weight about your weight than they would any other aspect of for the benefit of their own health, that’s nonsense. your physical person from your hair color or skin to Scientists and researchers have known for years that fat the straightness of your teeth. People are always saying shaming isn’t a good idea. Take for example research the world needs more love, so start with showing published in the American Journal of Public Health yourself some. Ω
$23,000. I was a professional gambler for a long time when I first came out here—blackjack, poker, no limit. Mostly at the Eldorado when they had it there, and they moved it to the Silver [Legacy], and the luck was just not happening.
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Just shy of $1,400. That’s the most I’ve ever won. I was in [Shooters] on business, and I had a beer and I started putzing around with three quarters in the video poker. … I had like two-and-a-half dollars on the machine, and I hit max bet. And the second time I hit max bet, it dealt it to me. I had a royal flush.
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Community builders honored Instead of rehashing gloomy political news this week, let’s take a moment to celebrate the winners of the 31st annual Human Services Network (HSN) Awards. These selfless heroes who toil in obscurity much of the time were honored at a special breakfast Jan. 9, amid lots of laughter and joy in their achievements, and more than a few tears at the suffering their work alleviates. Mike Russell is the Board Member of the Year, having served the Children’s Cabinet since 2010—including the last two years as Chair. He is the epitome of an involved board member, providing steady and supportive leadership while inspiring his own staff at United Construction to contribute as well by creating custom playhouses and doghouses for the annual fundraising auction. The Staff Member of the Year Award goes to Ivy Spadone from Northern Nevada HOPES, where she began caring for HIV positive patients 19 years ago as a physician assistant. She now serves as the Chief Operations Officer and is revered for her
dedication to patients and staff, and for creating innovative community partnerships. Nicola Goldstein, a member of the University of Nevada, Reno’s, class of 2021 is the Student Volunteer of the Year. Despite significant personal difficulties in her life, Nicola works 60 hours a week, goes to school full time and volunteers at a day care serving struggling families. Her determination to succeed is inspirational. This year’s Administrator of the Year is JD Klippenstein, from ACTIONN, a group working to unite communities of faith with those suffering from injustice to mobilize together for social change. During the past year, Klippenstein has led economic justice efforts around the lack of affordable housing and immigration reform. Mallory Behavioral Health Crisis center is HSN’s Agency of the Year. The Center is affiliated with Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare and is honored for groundbreaking work in providing psychiatric stabilization services, which
often divert people from jail, and for first episode psychosis services to patients experiencing new symptoms of mental illness. The Media Representative of the Year is Anjeanette Damon, the Reno Gazette Journal’s government watchdog reporter. She is known for her investigative work and is currently featured in The City podcast about the battle between visions of “old” and “new” Reno. Her compassionate portrayal of women involved in the strip club business provides insight and depth to the struggles of single mothers trying to make life work in Reno’s service economy. Sean McCoy, law clerk to Judge Cynthia Lu of the 2nd Judicial District Court, is the winner of the HSN Impact Award for his tireless legal support to clarify Nevada’s mental health crisis holds, a major step forward in strengthening patient rights and keeping our community safe. His time and talent will help protect thousands of Nevadans living
with a serious mental illness, and assist their families in caring for them. The Mike O’Callaghan Humanitarian of the Year Award is designed to highlight a career human services professional with an extraordinary passion and dedication to strengthening our community. This year’s humanitarian is Dr. Joanne Everts, a lifelong advocate for early childhood education in Nevada. Everts is the force behind the creation of UNR’s Child and Family Research Center, which oversees child care centers on and off campus that provide safe and creative spaces for children to learn. She has been a child advocate her entire life, working collaboratively to find funding for innovative programs like the Classroom On Wheels (COW Bus) and Family Resource Centers. She also helped develop many of the first standards for Nevada programs serving infants, toddlers and young children. Take a minute to thank these outstanding people today and every day as they and their peers build our community by serving others. Ω
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Business owners and residents were invited to have coffee with the construction crew working on the Virginia Street project on Jan. 3.
QuoteWizard, an insurance company affiliated with Lending Tree, LLC, recently released a report claiming that Nevada has had the second highest increase in natural disasters out of all of the nation’s states. The company analyzed FEMA natural disaster data to find states that have experienced the highest rate increase of natural disasters, comparing the years of 1980 to 1999 against 2000 to 2017. According to the report, “From 1980-1999, Nevada had a total of 6 natural disasters,” and from “20002017, it had 50 natural disasters.” Fires—not surprisingly—were Nevada’s most common natural disaster. This was true nationally as well. Nationwide, the report said, “there was $485 billion in estimated property loss from 2000 -2017.” The report stated that between 1980 and 1999, the nation “had a total of 751 natural disasters. 2000-2017 had 1997 disasters. This is a 165% average national increase.”
Cities rankeD HomeSnacks, a company that uses recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps and other sources to help people get an idea of what it’s like to live in different communities across the country, recently released its annual ranking of the best Nevada cities in which to live. Reno ranked fifth. According to its report, the company “looked at Nevada places with 1,000 or more residents” and “took into account home prices, household income, education, and safety.” The top 10 cities it came up with are: 1. Henderson, 2. Sparks, 3. Mesquite, 4. Winnemucca, 5. Reno, 6. Elko, 7. Carlin, 8. Ely, 9. West Wendover and 10. Wells. Reno’s listing as the fifth best Nevada city to live in is three places higher than HomeSnacks ranked it last year. This year’s ranking was based on a high median home value of $299,700 and a low unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. The report also included reviews of the ranked cities by HomeSnacks’ site users. The review of Reno touted the city’s special events as a big draw, noting that there are big “events year-round, averaging one biggie per month, ranging from hot air balloon races, rodeo, air races, food fests, nearby Burning Man, parades for numerous reasons” and “a growing art scene.”
Choose nevaDa All six members of Nevada’s congressional delegation and Gov. Steve Sisolak recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett asking her to select the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno as the location for a new aeromedical evacuation squadron. The letter noted that Reno’s 152nd Airlift Wing, “is located in the center of the Pacific Time Zone within a 2.5 hour flight of the west coast and the Rocky Mountains” and that, in “2017, the 152nd AW responded to hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and could have easily deployed Aeromedical Evacuation care to these areas.”
The road ahead Construction continues on Virginia Street on Friday, Jan. 3, the regional Transportation Commission held a “Coffee with the Construction Crew” public outreach event in conjunction with the companies working on the Virginia Street RAPID Extension Project ahead of a new phase in the project that will remake several miles of Virginia Street between midtown and the University of Nevada, Reno. The public was invited to join officials from RTC, Sierra Nevada Construction and its construction management consultancy team, Atkins, at Truckee Bagel Company—538 S. Virginia St.—for coffee, food and the opportunity to ask questions about the project, which began construction in 2018. “We just wanted it to be an informal event where people could stop by, grab some coffee, ask us their questions, get information,” said Lauren Ball, RTC public information officer. Both business owners and residents turned up to the event—the majority of them with positive sentiments
concerning the project and the public outreach RTC has done during it. Jenes Carter—who took over ownership of Beautiful Nails, 1525 S. Virginia St., in September—said she came to the event to see what she could learn about the project in the hopes of spreading a positive message about it to others. “I like being involved, especially now that I have my business, she said. “I’m in midtown, so I almost feel like it’s a responsibility. … And I think the more information I have the easier it is to help others navigate and feel more positive about the fact that when it’s done it’s going to be beautiful.” Also at the event with the goal of gaining information to pass on to others was retiree Linda Young. “I live in Carriage Stone Apartments … and we have a door that comes right out right onto the sidewalk,” Young said. “I’m a driver and a walker, and the streets have always been congested and also hard to walk on. … And, you know, people turn their ankles a lot
and stuff like that. And in the building where I am, the seniors all grumbled at first [about the construction]. But each time we’re in a group, I tell them what’s coming up next and what the project is going to look like, and they all settle down.” Young is also signed up to receive updates on the project via email and texts. According to Young, “If anybody doesn’t know what’s going on, it’s their own fault.” Sinclair Street resident David Pritchett came to the event with plenty of questions, asking after bus routes and stops and about public arts funding. He inquired whether or not the City of Reno’s two-percent-for-artordinance was paying for art installations associated with the project. (The ordinance specifies that two percent of the funding of any new construction or renovation by the city has to be set aside for public art.) In this case, Ball explained, the two percent ordinance doesn’t apply, as the project’s funding comes from an RTC Fuel Tax, the Federal Highway Administration and a Federal Transit Administration grant— not the City of Reno. Nonetheless, art will be a part of the project—including a large sculptural piece to be placed in the center of a roundabout at the intersection of Virginia, Mary and Center Streets. “I think the RTC has offered exceptionally good public outreach,” Pritchett said. “I also perceive that the Virginia Street business community still does not get enough. Just yesterday, I was swapping notes with a friend who called this a ‘make work’ project. So I challenged his allegation on that. … I think a lot of people who are not engaged do not appreciate how drastically improved the street corridor, the street-scape will be.” Pritchett and a few others also asked after and commented on the lack of a dedicated bike lane on Virginia Street. “During the middle of the planning process a few years ago, I advocated with other public participants to maintain the bicycle lane dedicated all the way up to Liberty Street,” Pritchett said. “It’s exceedingly disappointing that got cut by the RTC board and the Reno City Council.” According to SNC superintendent Mitch Grayson, the decision to axe bike lanes on Virginia was a pragmatic and necessary one.
The intersection of Virginia, Mary and Center Streets will be the site of a roundabout when the project is completed. PHOTO/JERI DAVIS
“So actually none of Virginia Street has “We have to have a minimum of four a solely dedicated lane,” he said. “It’s all, feet,” he explained. “The new stuff is because of the narrowness of it—it’s shared a minimum of four feet from any solid a lot of the way. South of Mount Rose, it’s object. … And three-foot-eleven won’t shared with the bus lane. North of Mount work. We had one at three-foot-eleven, and Rose, it’s in the main travel lane, shared with we made them move it.” vehicles.” Visitors to midtown this week will Other concerns raised during the event have noticed that the construction has also included the placement of landscaping and moved farther north. As of press time, trees, some 250 of which are expected to be Virginia Street was open only to southplanted as a part of the project—and how bound traffic between Cheney and Vassar this will affect sidewalk size in the area. Streets. Beginning in mid-January, the road “The existing sidewalk in some will only be open to southbound trafplaces on Virginia Street in our fic started at Stewart Street and project area are only 18 inches continuing down to Vassar. wide, so that’s not wide Construction is expected “If anyone enough for a wheelchair to be completed in the doesn’t know or a stroller or even if winter of 2020. In the you’re just walking with meantime, RTC is pushing what’s going on, it’s a group of people—that’s the message that midtown their own fault.” not wide enough,” Ball is still accessible. said, explaining that it’s “If the sidewalk is Linda Wade actually the sidewalks that gone, we install boardResident construction crews will be walks, so you’re able to working on most during the walk on the boardwalk to coming months. access businesses,” said Ball. “They do plan to do a lot of “Parking is still available. You can concrete work during the winter,” she said. ride the bus down here. You can ride your “That’s easier to do during colder temperabike. You can walk. These businesses tures. Warmer temperatures are needed for really need your support, and it’s really things like paving. So you won’t see any easy to get down here—even though there paving again until probably spring, when are a few more cones than usual.” Ω temperatures warm up.” George Jordy, the Atkins senior engineer overseeing the project, assured that come spring when new sidewalks are completed, they will all be much more Learn more about the project at virginiastreetproject.com. than 18 inches wide.
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Indica v. Sativa If you’re a regular cannabis consumer like me, you’ve likely heard of different types of pot, like indicas, sativas and hybrids. These designations have become more commonplace in the wake of marijuana legalization, but what do they mean? The common wisdom is that sativa pot plants yield bud that provides a more energetic, alert “head” high; whereas indicas are believed to produce a euphoric “body” high, along with pain relief. Hybrids are a mix of the two kinds and are most prevalent. At Blüm, 1085 S. Virginia St., the budtenders are happy to explain the differences, according to conventional wisdom. Budtender Colin, who previously worked in cannabis cultivation, explained that indica pot plants are generally shorter and bulkier than sativas because they were originally cultivated at higher elevations in the Hindu Kush mountain range of Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, whereas sativas tend to be taller and slimmer as a result of being grown closer to the equator in places in Central and South America. But Colin doesn’t think designations like indica and sativa are as relevant today, mostly because different types of pot plants have been crossbred enough to muddy the waters. Instead, budtenders like him and fellow Blüm employee Sierra are paying attention to terpenes—organic chemicals produced by most plants and even some animals. They’re found in the essential oils of plants, including cannabis, and are responsible for lending pot strains their different aromas and flavors. According to Sierra, they also produce different effects. Take, for example, myrcene. Strains with a fair amount of
this terpene are often indicas, associated with sedative effects and also believed to be useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain. The terpene limonene is believed to improve mood and reduce stress, and research suggests it may also have antifungal properties. Myrcene and limonene are the two most abundant terpenes in marijuana, though there are many, many more—more than 100, according to most sources. According to Colin and Sierra, knowing the expected effects of different terpenes can help a person choose a strain of pot that will meet their needs and wants, but it’s not an exact science. Different strains affect people differently—and factors like set and setting, dose and tolerance play a role, too. For now, it seems the industry will continue to rely on the more general “indica” and “sativa” designations. But can the average person even tell the difference between the two? To find out, I asked Sierra and Colin to choose two prerolled joints—one indica, one sativa—for me to use in an experiment. I left with a “Mendo Breath” pre-roll (the indica) from Qualcan and a “Pineapple Fanta” sativa pre-roll from Nature’s Chemistry. The following day, I went to see a friend and asked her to pick one of the joints to smoke without telling me which it was. We’d smoke one the first day and the other the next—under similar conditions—and then I’d guess which was which based upon their effects on me. Day one: the pre-roll we smoked left me feeling talkative and awake. When I got home, I cleaned house like a madwoman. Day two: the pre-roll we smoked left me nearly catatonic, watching Planet Earth on BBC America and contemplating the fate of polar bears for more than an hour before I checked back in. When it was time to guess, I was pretty sure that day-two was the indica and dayone the sativa. I was correct. Strangely, though, when looking a the terpenes listed on the two joints, it was the indica joint that listed limonene as one of its primary terpenes, alongside b-caryophyllene—a terpene thought to reduce inflammation. The sativa joint had a fair amount of b-caryophyllene, too, and Ocimene, thought to provide energy. Terpenes are interesting, but, having guessed correctly between indica and sativa, I think I’ll stick with those simple designations—at least for now. Ω
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These two joints were used in a blind test to see if I could tell the difference between indica and sativa marijuana.
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How I learned to gamble
s Nevadans, gambling and casino culture is part of our state DNA. Images of frontier gamblers are baked into our folklore of the Old West (See the Suicide Table at the Delta Saloon in Virgina City for a local example) and many of the first free-standing buildings in the state were casinos and saloons. In a more modern sense, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Nevada’s 289 casinos reported revenues of $11.9 billion in 2018. And, like thousands of other tourists and Nevada residents, at least a few of the dollars padding the casino industry’s near-record breaking earnings report came from me. I’ve never been a good gambler, even after living in Reno my entire life. The only real bet I place on the Superbowl every year is whether or not the National Anthem will be
sung in over or under two minutes, because I can usually guess at the celebrity singer’s taste for grandstanding better than which team will beat the other. Even at friendly poker nights, I’m more liable to leave after one or two drinks with my wallet intact than spend the time and money learning the game. Lately, however, as I’ve found a little more financial stability, I’d like to at least be comfortable in a casino setting, by Matt where, to me, the frenetic bieker mattb@ setting has always made the n ew sr evi ew .co m already stressful prospect of losing my money even worse. But I’m a Nevadan, dammit, and playing the odds is my birthright, so I asked a pro for help.
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“Bob Stupak used to own Vegas World, and he said—it’s a funny line—‘Our goal in life as casino owners is to take all their money and put a smile on their face,’” said Mark Pilarski, an ex-casino shift manager—among other positions—who wrote gambling advice in his nationally syndicated gambling column “Deal Me In” for over 20 years until he retired in 2015. He came to town by accident and found a multi-decade career in the casino industry. “I came up to go skiing at Lake Tahoe and got offered a job, and I was supposed to do something else, but I ended up in a hazmat suit—if you can
“the house can’t beat
two types of people.
one, those who are too drunk to play predictably, because the house likes predictability... the other one is people who don’t know how to play in the first place, for the same reason.” Thomas
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believe it—cleaning kitchens at Harvey’s Inn. Initially, I lasted about two weeks, and then I got into Keno, and I just climbed the ladder.” The internet is full of advice on how to win at casinos. Whether it’s scientific, or even helpful, is another matter entirely, and navigating different forums or sites takes a decent amount of knowledge on the vocabulary of betting in the first place. As a novice, I asked Pilarski where to even begin if I wanted to leave a casino with more money than I came in with. “My whole concept with gambling is, well, first of all, only make bets with two percent or less house advantage,” he said. “And, finally, the smarter you play, that’s playing those bets, the luckier you’re going to end up being. That’s sort of my gaming thing in a nutshell.” Pilarski explained that it’s important to conceive of betting as a math problem, and that the casinos win more often because they understand the math better than most players. Essentially, casinos not only calculate the odds of how often a shooter rolls a seven or the dealer turns a face card, for example, but how those odds change in the long run—which is often where they end up winning—called the House Advantage. “And it’s real simple,” Pilarski said. “If you and I flip a coin, and every time you win I’m going to pay you 94 cents and every time I win you’re going to pay me a dollar, I’m going to win this game over the long haul. And, yes, you want to send out winners, because casinos want nothing more than to send winners out the front door, but only three to four to five percent of them because winners will tell losers.” The math governing this phenomenon is called “negative expectation” and is explained by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research’s website like this: “The amount of money the player can expect to win or lose in the long run—if the bet is made over and over again —is called the player’s wager expected value (EV), or expectation. When the player’s wager expectation is negative, he will lose money in the long run. For a $5 bet on the color red in roulette, for example, the expectation is -$0.263. On the average, the player will lose just over a quarter for each $5 bet on red.” With a basic knowledge of how certain games work and smart play, a player can find better odds, or games that can be manipulated through skill by what are called “advantage players.” Pilarski told me that there are a couple of games where the odds are a little friendlier to first timers. “Craps is relatively a simple game if you make smart bets,” he said. “If you take the pass line and take the odds and learn that portion of the game and nothing else, the house is going to hold less than a percent advantage over you—percent and a half. But if you take odds, you can bring that down
remarkably. If you are a blackjack player and you play haphazardly, the casino’s going to hold a 5% edge. But if you play good basic strategy and learn the game of blackjack, and all basic strategy is ‘there’s a dealer face card, how do I play the two cards that were just dealt to me?’ … You can really bring that house average down to under a percent, percent and a half.” While there are dozens of games available at a casino, the NGCB put out a monthly revenue report saying which games have the highest win percentages for the house in different counties. Over the past year, blackjack and craps have had two of the lowest percentages in Washoe county, at 16.84 and 14.79 respectively— compared to games like Keno and threecard poker at 26.8 and 27.59—so I figured they were a good place to start. Pilarski left me with me two more pieces of advice. “I tell everybody walking in the front door: set loss limits, ‘I’m going to lose this amount of money,’ and win goals, ‘If I win any more than this, hey, I’m lucky, let’s walk,’” he said. “Most people can’t set win goals because if they made a 100, they got to make 200, and they never get to the two, and they lose it all.” This type of money management is important, he said, as it helps create a reference for people to interact with gambling as a social practice—not a source of income. Walking into a casino trying to win as much as possible plays into the house’s long-term odds, Pilarski said. And speaking of odds, I was told to avoid the worst odds in the house. “That’d be my number one tip: Avoid slots,” Pilarski said. “They’re just mouse traps for the casinos.”
M on e y w he r e y ou r M ou t h i s That weekend, I went to a downtown casino with my brother, Sean, and buddy Steve—who’s a much better card player than me. We started at the sports book so Sean could place a parlay bet on three different NBA games—meaning he needed to win all three bets to win the odds. Pilarski also mentioned the sports book was his favorite way to gamble because he felt like he got a better experience out of the complimentary items and low pressure. “Here you are sitting and watching a game, say you’ve got $100 on a basketball game, they’re feeding you, bringing you free drinks,” he said. “Back in the day, they’d give me dollar hotdogs, dollar shrimp cocktails. It was like going to Buffalo Wild Wings, and you’re spending 100 bucks on food and drink. There, it was like five bucks, and you’re watching the same event.” After we left the book, we found a blackjack table with a $10 minimum
“if you and i flip a coin, and every time you win i’m going to pay you 94 cents and every time i win you’re going to pay me a dollar, i’m going to
win this game
over the long haul.” Mark Pilarski
bet—or the minimum cost to play one hand. I told the dealer, Thomas, that I was trying to learn the game and he was very accommodating, as Pilarski said would be the case. It’s proper etiquette to tip a dealer, and they make more tips if you win more money, so it’s in their best interest to help you out if you have questions on what to do. I traded $60 (my loss limit for the night) for chips, and we were quickly brought free drinks by the cocktail waitress—another house ploy to keep you gambling longer and with less inhibition. However, Thomas said that myself and people who got too drunk were in a rare position to win. “The house can’t beat two types of people,” he said. “One, those who are too drunk to play predictably, because the house likes predictability. That’s not you, yet, so the other one is people who don’t know how to play in the first place, for the same reason.” It was, I’m sure, just dealer schmoozing, but I felt encouraged anyway, and I was up before too long. In blackjack, the players and dealer both get two cards with the goal of getting a combined value of 21. The players decide whether to hit (ask for another card) or stand if they think they’re closer to 21 than the dealer, who always keeps one card face down (the “hole” card) until the player stays or busts (goes over). I’d forgotten the strategy card Pilarski told me about, but Thomas said they rarely worked
anyway. I quickly settled into the basic strategy for the game: assume the dealer’s hole card has a value of 10, and then hit or stand based on how your hand stacks up. The dealer has to hit if the value of their cards is under 17, so by hitting under 17 (the “Mother-in-law” hand, Thomas joked, “because you want to hit her, but you just can’t”) when the dealer is showing a high card and standing on anything above, the player will win more often. There are other bets and rules that can influence the outcome, but for the most part, this was how I won. As another money management tactic, after I started winning, I took $60 in chips and put them back in my pocket. As long as I didn’t physically go in my pocket, I’d be playing with house money, and avoiding the physical act of going into where I knew my money was safe helped curb the “Just one more hand!” feeling that came with winning. After two whiskey sodas, two different dealers and an hour’s worth of play, I was up almost $200 when we left to try craps. Like Pilarski told me, craps is essentially a simple game, except it’s one where the player’s skill can’t affect the odds. Players roll two dice across a long, felt board on which different tables and numbers are drawn. There are multiple bets that pay different odds depending on what number comes up, but the most statistically probable number to roll is seven—which, of course, means all the players lose and the new shooter is the player to the left
of the old one. The safest bets on a craps table are playing the “pass line” and taking odds on the “point” number. “If you don’t take odds, which means I’m putting five [dollars] on the pass line and there’s a number that’s posted on the thing, and the number might be four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 ... you are betting that that number will roll before seven,” He said. “Odds means it’s money that’s standing behind them on that pass line … and you get true odds for that, which means the house has no advantage and that lowers your pass line. But just [betting] the pass line, the house edge is only a percent and a half against you.” Essentially, if I just put the minimum bet—for our table it was $10—on the pass line, I would win the same amount if the shooter’s first role is a 7 or 11, and I would lose if it was a 2, 3 or 12. These are very good odds. Any other number establishes a point, which the player can again bet the on pass line that that number will roll before seven. If I placed the same amount on the odds, I’d win the same way but at a better rate. Theoretically, these two bets combined win more money more frequently than any other bet. I, however, quickly lost $50 and found that unlucky streaks from multiple shooters can wipe out winnings in an instant. Still, I was up and didn’t feel like losing more, so I cashed out and took my $150 out the door with me, but not before seeing Pilarksi’s
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“mouse trap” theory about slots in action. Steve put $100 of his winnings into a slot near the cages and roll after roll showed combinations across the different lines—at one point, the over $40,000 jackpot was one reel away. Still, for every exciting win, there were three or four losses at $9 each, meaning I watched the total winnings climb from $100 to $200 and then back to 0 in a jagged arc that took around 15 minutes. Still, Steve had a good sense of humor about it, a necessity when losing, and reminded me that you have to think of your money as being lost as soon as you put it down. Everything after that is just a bonus. Unfortunately, I also saw the house advantage up close when I went back to the craps table the weekend after. I was convinced I just needed to be a little more consistent with my betting, and played the pass line and odds religiously. I was up from my initial $60, but after getting confident, I started playing other bets like the “field” (which pays for numbers rolled besides the point) and the hard numbers (which are specific numbers). I lost all of my money after a few unlucky rolls, including a few by yours truly. I committed the gambling sin of trying to “buy” my winnings back by putting an extra $100 down—the last of my winnings from the other weekend. Before long, that was gone too, meaning I was back to square one and the house had won in the long run—in my case, one week. □
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Kastel Denmark’s Charlotte Jorst grows her empire and dreams of the Olympics
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Charlotte Jorst walks the property of Kastel Denmark with her Dutch Warmblood horse Quarton.
astel” is the Danish word for citadel, and Denmark-native-turnedNevadan Charlotte Jorst has built her own fortress. Profiled in the Feb. 15, 2007 edition of the Reno News & Review, Jorst and her husband, Henrik, founded local-gone-global Skagen Designs, whose stylish wristwatches, jewelry and accessories were a worldwide success. Skagen Stables, the couple’s comforting retreat, was home to the stately Dutch Warmblood horses that helped Charlotte hone her equestrian skills and win high-profile dressage events. (Dressage is a highly-skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition.) In 2012, after selling Skagen Designs to Fossil, the Jorsts naturally pondered their next move. Kastel Denmark, Charlotte’s chic, sun-blocking activewear for women, is her second act. “We wanted to sell [Skagen] before we turned 50, so that we could do something else,” explained Jorst, wearing a Kastel Denmark top, jeans and boots. “When we sold it, I said—in my typical fashion—‘I’m going to go to the Olympics. I want to ride full-time.’ I did start to ride, in the blistering sun. I got skin cancer really bad that first year. The doctor said, ‘You really shouldn’t be out in the sun.’ I was like, ‘I’ve been dreaming of this for 25 years. I’m not going to let my dream squelch just because I have skin cancer. I have to figure something out.’ So I looked for clothing that would allow me to be outside. There was no clothing that was UV-protectant—nothing. If there was, it made you look like a beekeeper.” Jorst conducted 18 months of in-depth research. Kastel Denmark’s fashions aren’t simply aesthetic—they provide a barrier of 30 SPF ultraviolet protection, in a medium-weight, antibacterial, breathable fabric that’s 88 percent nylon and 12 percent Spandex. As the company developed, conflict only challenged Jorst, whose inclination was to troubleshoot, regroup, repeat. “I launched it and it was instantly a huge success, sales-wise,” said Jorst. “But fabric can be imprecise, like a half-an-inch off. I started getting quality issues and things that weren’t up-to-standard. Minimum orders were huge, and I ended up with too much stock. Things were too often on sale, and we had to work on getting them to acceptable levels. We’ve put a really good team together, and we can now grow the business.” While she has an MBA—and hardearned millions—Jorst is humble and unpretentious with an undeniable magnetism. Fittingly, Kastel Denmark’s logo is a gold crown. “We have a [slogan], ‘Sport the Crown,’ because it’s a symbol of tenacity and
integrity,” she said. “We want women to feel strong and empowered and to go after their dreams, the way that I’ve done.” With retails sales at Dover Saddlery, SmartPak and their own warehouse at 1155 S. Rock Blvd., a cross-section of Kastel consumers are cancer survivors, those seeking prevention and female horseback riders. “The line is primarily for equestriennes, because I have become a really very good equestrienne,” Jorst said. “I’m now one of the best in the world.” Skagen Stables became Kastel Denmark, and, today, it’s home to a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Nintendo, who, at 16.2 hands, has potential on an Olympic level. Reflecting on the magnitude of her dream, Jorst laughed. “It’s been very difficult to take this on at such a competitive level,” she said. “I thought it would be relatively easy to get to the top. But it’s not been easy, and it’s still not. I’ve been on the American team now for five years, but it’s very challenging— and very challenging, physically, to stay in this kind of shape. I have to work on it, constantly. The first dream was to make it to compete in the top 15 in the United States and go to the American Championships. I did that—and made a complete fool out of myself, because I couldn’t remember the pattern I was supposed to ride. I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but I paid my dues. The following year, the U.S. Equestrian Team sent me to Europe. That was incredible, because I competed against people I’ve only read about. I was warming up with the best in the world at Nations Cups in Rotterdam. Then I went to World Cup Finals, competed in Sweden in 2016, and got 10th in the world. This year, I competed in Belgium, and now I’m going to try out for the Olympics.” On Jan. 8, Jorst headed to Florida— where she won last year—and will do all the Olympic qualifiers on two horses. Her trophies are on display, though she has no intention of resting on her laurels. In preparing for the Olympics, Jorst will be part of a four-person, co-ed team. “I am typically fifth or sixth in the United States, so I haven’t been in the very, very top,” she said. “We’ll see if that changes this year. To be in the top four is extremely difficult. The United States team has been very strong the past four years, so it’s been difficult to make it. It got bronze at the last Olympics, so it’s third in the world. Women are actually pretty good at riding, because you have to have physical strength, but you can also substitute some of that with feel and empathy for the horses and things like that, that men may not have to the same degree.”
Having that connection and partnership is vital, and young horses don’t become champions overnight. “It’s very similar to running a business,” Jorst noted. “You have to get the horse, or the people, on your team. You can try to fight them, or you can [collaborate]. I’m very good at getting the horses to like me. They like my energy; they get so excited, and they want to do well. That’s been a big strength: mind-over-matter. Then my horses go in that ring, where other people’s horses may spook or be afraid. I tell them, ‘You can do this, just go.’ And the horses just go in and perform for me.” Family brings balance to the Jorsts’ busy lives. Daughter Camilla, 27, has a master’s degree in social work; and her older sister Christine, 29, is a teacher-turned-realtor who dotes on son, Mattias, 2. Never far from their collective heart is their homeland, and they frequently return to Denmark, where they have a new home, visit family and work with the Warmbloods. The proud grandmother shows off photographs of her grandson and his pony, Pepper. “We loved becoming grandparents,” she said. “It’s so wonderful to have time and hang out with him. We are strengthening our bonds with Denmark, because I go to Europe every year to compete. Both kids are applying for Danish citizenship. They were born in the U.S. but are thinking of moving there for a bit, so their kids can learn Danish. There are huge competitions all summer, so I can just bring the horses to Denmark.” Jorst’s newest enterprise is breeding horses. The couple’s Scandia Realty is thriving, and Henrik heads up their classic car business, Cool Classics. Originally, the Jorsts built a building east of Reno for that dealership, but Tesla liked what they saw and rented the building from the Jorsts, who will build a new one, along with opening a dealership in Las Vegas. In the fruition of Kastel Denmark, Jorst feels uplifted and free. “It’s the same point-of-view as the watches,” she said. “We make it very Scandinavian, beautiful and simple. You have to believe in your own project and what you want out of it. I really feel I have learned to ride. So, if I get to the Olympics, if I don’t, I feel like my goal has been achieved. That’s a great feeling. I go into this Olympic year super content. I’m gonna go, show them how well I ride, and the great horses I have.” Ω
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The King of Rock ’n’ Roll would have turned 85 on Wednesday, Jan. 8—but, of course, he’s long since left the building. However, you can still see his car if you venture down to the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St. The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Custom Coupe sits in one of the museum’s several galleries alongside the cars of other famous people. It’s been there since the museum—which houses a large portion of the late Bill Harrah’s car collection—opened. “This was one of the originals in Harrah’s automobile collection,” explained Buddy Frank, the museum’s interim executive director. “So it’s been in the collection the 30 years that it’s been here in our museum. And then Bill Harrah acquired it before that.” According to a museum press release about the car, front-wheel drive Cadillac Eldorados were “first introduced in 1967 and received substantial exterior styling changes for 1973. The Eldorado Coupe sported … a new ‘egg crate’ grille attached to the front bumper. When the bumper was struck at low speeds, the entire grille retracted inward several inches, preventing damage to the grille and front-end sheet metal.” When Presley acquired his, it came with all of the options and a custom hood and radiator cap. “The nice thing about it—it was Elvis’s Cadillac—but it was purchased by his dad,” Frank explained. “Vernon Presley bought it for Elvis. And he was quite a Cadillac fan—but he only had it for a few months because he gave it to his karate instructor. Elvis always was into kung fu, learning karate and
whatever. So he gave it to his karate instructor, a guy named Kang Rhee … who lived in Tennessee. And Elvis actually got up to being a seventh-degree black belt—hard to believe. He really worked on it hard.” Frank explained that the car’s white body and its matching interior were actually built by different companies “This is a Fleetwood [interior],” Frank said. “And it was body built by Fisher. In the early cars, a lot of times the car maker and the body maker were different. But Cadillac had a division called Fisher, and they did a lot of unique things here.” Stepping back enough to view the entire length of it, the car is striking, even to someone like Franks who sees it regularly. “I think you’re just struck by it—if you stand back here—how big this car is,” he said. “In fact, Cadillacs were always known for that, being huge cars, maybe not today but back in the day.” Of course, it’s not the only boatsized car in the museum. Nor is it the only one that comes with a celebrity pedigree. “It’s a very unique car for us to have, but, in fact, in this gallery, you know, you can just look around and you’ll see James Dean’s Mercury, John F. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental, Frank Sinatra’s Ghia and Bill Harrah’s Jerrari—which is a Jeep Wagoneer with a Ferrari engine in it, custom made,” Frank said. “We have John Wayne’s Corvette, the first Corvette ever built. He barely fit in it, though. He was almost too big to be in it. We have a lot of celebrity-related cars.” Ω
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Charlize Theron is uncanny as Megyn Kelly in this hit-and-miss take on the sexual harassment scandals that plagued Fox News thanks to the deplorable Roger Ailes, played here by John Lithgow under lots of makeup. The movie is propped up by terrific work from Theron, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie as a composite character representing the many women who were assaulted by the likes of Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. Director Jay Roach is all over the place with his tone, with the film veering back and forth between dark comedy and serious drama. It never finds the balance that happens in great films, but it is often a good one, especially thanks to Theron, who is amazing in every second she spends on screen (and the makeup work is Oscar-worthy as well). Roach blows it with his portrayals of Bill O’Reilly (Kevin Dorff) and Rudy Giuliani (Richard Kind), who come off as bad impersonations rather than true characters. What should’ve been an important film comes off as partial failure.
“No way, dude. maybe you should be the one to ‘just poke your head out.’”
Soldier on A couple of British WWI soldiers stationed in France have themselves a harrowing time in 1917, a war action/drama from Director Sam Mendes that amounts to one of 2019’s greatest technological achievements in cinema. It’s also one of the past year’s best movies. Mendes, along with his special effects team, editing crew and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins (an Oscar winner for Blade Runner 2049), designed the film to look like one continuous “real time” shot. They do a seamless job, to the point where you stop looking for the places where edits might be happening and you just take the whole thing in. The story never suffers in favor of the filmmaking stunt. Lance Corporals Schofield and Blake (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) are seen napping at the beginning of the movie. Blake is ordered to wake up and report to command and takes Schofield along with him. The two pals figure they have some sort of nothing assignment coming their way involving food or mail delivery. Not long after, in a plot that owes a little to Saving Private Ryan, Schofield and Blake get their unusual assignment: go beyond a recently abandoned German front line and reach the next British battalion before they mistakenly advance into a trap set by the enemy. It’s up to them to save the lives of 1,600 soldiers, one of them being Blake’s older brother. The movie is set in motion and never really stops. Schofield and Blake venture out into a body-riddled, fly-infested battlefield with very little time to spare. Deakins’ camera follows them as if you were a third party along for the mission. This results in a completely immersive experience. Lesser talents might’ve had this one come off as hollow filmmaking with a first person shooter video game feel, but Mendes gives us something that feels hauntingly authentic and very real. He paces his film masterfully. Some familiar faces show up along the way, including Colin Firth as the no-nonsense general who must use two soldiers to deliver his life saving
message because the land lines were cut by the exiting Germans—and cellular service was shit back in those days. Other officers along the way, played by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Strong, display varying degrees of regimental disgust and, understandably, only mild compassion. The actors all do a fine job of showing the frustrations that must’ve been grinding on these men. As Mendes’ film clearly displays, it was an awful, horrifyingly nasty war. Captains stand in trenches weeping furiously as their officers try to advance. Unconscious soldiers are propped up in trenches, sleeping in such a way that makes you wonder how anybody could’ve survived these conditions. Crashed pilots lash out at their rescuers. Rotting corpses float in every body of water the soldiers come across, be it a large pond or raging river. Large rats cause all types of mayhem beyond simply being a gross nuisance. Huge credit to Chapman and, especially, MacKay, for crafting two well-rounded, deep characters within this spectacle. Mendes and his performers achieve a nice balance of dramatic heft and technical wizardry. The story the film is telling is a straightforward and uncomplicated one, but it feels big and important (helped by a magnificent score by Thomas Newman). Mendes, who co-wrote the film, dedicated the movie to his grandfather, Alfred, a WWI veteran. It was the stories Alfred told his grandson that birthed the idea for this movie. 1917 stands as a worthy and late addition to my Top 10 for 2019, which was published last week (See “Grimm Speaks,” Jan. 2). For those three or four of you keeping track, go ahead and slot this one in at number six after Marriage Story. It’s a mammoth achievement and a fine tribute to the men who fought the Great War. Ω
So, when this thing started, I was actually liking it a bit. It looked weird as hell, and I could tell the cast was singing live on set, which I admire. But, after about five minutes, a malaise sinks in that doesn’t lift. That malaise is due mainly to the fact that this musical sucks to begin with. No amount of CGI wizardry (which, sadly, this film doesn’t have) can save this blight on humanity. The music is god awful, excepting for a brief interlude where something resembling a beautiful melody sticks out like a sore thumb. That would be “Beautiful Ghosts,” a song cowritten by Taylor Swift that is actually good. They should’ve let Taylor rewrite the whole damn thing. She actually shows up for a brief stretch toward the end of the movie, a life preserver in a sea of shit that, unfortunately, is snatched away before you can really grab onto it. Judi Dench stars as the apparent overseer of some sort of America’s Got Talent for felines. (I really have no idea what was going on in this movie.) The weirdness of the visuals, combined with the slog pacing and shitty music, will have you thinking you have a bad case of cat scratch fever. I saw the original version. Apparently there’s a new version out there with some fixed visuals. Readers, I love you, but there is no fucking way I am subjecting myself to this a second time.
Director Rian Johnson, maker of the divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also maker of the brilliant Looper, takes a crack at the whodunnit genre and comes up mostly aces. Daniel Craig stars as private investigator Benoit Blanc, mysteriously hired by somebody in a rich family after the strange, supposed suicide death of their patriarch, mystery author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer still going strong). There’s something fishy about his death, and his personal nurse Marta (the awesome Ana de Armas) knows something the rest of the family doesn’t know. What transpires is a solid mystery with a fun set of characters featuring a stellar cast, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield and Chris Evans. Craig is especially good in a role that allows him to show his comic side, with Shannon and Johnson also impressive as a couple of paranoiacs. Above all, it gives the talented Armas a chance to really shine.
This is the umpteenth adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, and it’s safe to say this one is in the running for best adaptation of the story—ever. Directed by rising directorial juggernaut Greta Gerwig (the magnificent, ultra-fantastic Lady Bird)—who has a vision with her films that declares, “Hey, we aren’t screwing around
here!”—her third feature effort is an acrossthe-board stunner. It’s also chock-full of tremendous performances, and it’s written and directed by Gerwig, whose vision makes this an admirable update of a precious work. The incredible Saoirse Ronan, who also starred in Lady Bird, headlines as Jo March, eldest sister of the March clan, which includes three others: Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen). Ronan, not surprisingly, makes the intrepid character of Jo her own, a budding writer who is trying to get her ideas past a crusty editor (Tracy Letts, who had a damn fine 2019). Gerwig, in a departure from past adaptations, focuses more on the girls as adults, with flashbacks to their younger days. In doing this, she has chosen not to cast Amy with two different actresses. Pugh, who is well into her 20s, plays Amy at every stage, even falling through the ice as a pre-teen. I’d say that was an odd choice, but the other choice would be to have less screen time for Pugh, and I say a big no to that. Yes, she doesn’t look like she’s 12, but who cares? She’s a master in every scene. Timothée Chalamet steps into the role of Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, and there couldn’t have been a better choice for the role.
Star Wars: Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a disastrous, soulless squandering of the good will built up by The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy should’ve stepped back after producing this rancid turd and realized that this franchise deserved a better sendoff. Sadly, the money has got to get made, so here it is, the last chapter in the Skywalker Saga on time for holiday moviegoing. The first hour is virtually unwatchable, fast and furious but with no editing flow and no sense of purpose other than to simply get you to the next part. It’s pretty clear that Abrams and friends had no real plans when they laid out this latest trilogy. They are making this crap up as they go along. Force Awakens, also directed by Abrams, was a promising start. Heck, I’ll call it a classic. Then, The Last Jedi happened, with Rian Johnson getting permission to go off the reservation with his storytelling, and he most certainly did. Some of the plot choices in Jedi were odd, but at least that movie was a decent film that felt like a Star Wars movie, peppered with some laughably bad moments. The Rise of Skywalker is a laughably bad movie peppered with the occasional moments that don’t suck as much as the rest of them.
Adam Sandler is having a pretty good year in 2019. He’s made a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live as host, and he reteamed with Jennifer Aniston for the actually fairly watchable Murder Mystery on Netflix. And, oh, yeah, he has just made what is, by far, the greatest film of his beautifully erratic career. With Uncut Gems, Sandler joins forces with directors Benny and Josh Safdie, makers of the excellent Robert Pattinson vehicle Good Time, and delivers the kind of dramatic performance—fully committed and thoroughly proficient—that he’s hinted at in the past with strong efforts in Punch-Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories. As Howard Ratner, a New York City jewelry store owner and gambling addict, Sandler catapults himself into the upper echelon of today’s fine actors—not bad for the creative force behind Grown Ups 2. The film doesn’t just thrive on performances; it’s bursting with style and originality in its overall approach. The Safdies adopt a visual and sound style that makes Howard’s crazed adventure a swirling trip. It’s edited with the sort of electricity that keeps you riveted, with psychedelic trips inside opals, and even Howard’s colon, to boot. Apart from being one of the year’s best films, it’s also one of its most original.
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Home slice With 1967 beginnings as a franchised Shakey’s pizzeria, family operated Boulevard Pizza is a Sparks institution. Having gone independent 20 years after opening, the menu has apparently changed very little over the last couple of decades. It’s the kind of picnic table, bring the whole team, community institution that generations of customers revere and patronize. I hadn’t been in that neighborhood for ages, so I figured it was about time. There’s a full bar, a salad bar, oventoasted hero sandwiches, garlic and cheese breads and a pretty standard selection of deep-fried bar appetizers. For dinner on a busy weekend evening, we had eyes only for pizza and chicken. I have to note that the staff operated like a well-oiled machine. I was really impressed with how efficiently they handled the dinner rush of dine-in and to-go orders. My three-piece order of fried chicken and rojo potatoes ($5.95) consisted of marinated, deep-fried chicken parts coated in a lightly spicy blend of seasonings. The spuds were a little crispy and a little soft, which I generally enjoyed. The meat was moist, but there was a ton of hard, very crunchy coating. If you’ve got the dentition to tackle it, it’s pretty good. I nearly broke a tooth. Chicken wings ($5.45, five pieces) are available as Buffalo-style mild, medium, hot and “insane,” tangy barbecue and sweet/spicy Thai chili. We went with the Thai and insane. Both were really crispy, though just a tad overcooked and dry. The hot wings were “guaranteed to burn twice,” and definitely gave it a go—not for the heat averse. The Thai wings were definitely deserving of accolades, with notes of chili paste, tamarind and peanut sauce and sprinkled with chopped garlic. Finally, we ordered four small specialty pies. The Boulevard combo ($12.65) was
a pretty classic combination of red sauce, mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, ground beef, mild Italian sausage, mushroom, black olive, red onion and bell pepper (The cost was $11.85 sans onion and pepper). The crust and sauce really brought back childhood memories of Shakey’s—a onenote, thin, crispy-though-pliable crust with crunchy cracker edges and basic marinara. It’s not remotely gourmet and not trying to be—its a classic example of, “If it works, don’t fix it.” The basil pesto medley ($11.85) combined basil pesto sauce, roasted chicken, garlic, red onion, bell pepper, mozzarella and fresh tomato. Here, the thin crust didn’t have much assistance from the moisture of sauce or toppings, so it was just shy of being hardtack—extra crunchy. There was just a hint of sauce—not much sense of basil—but the chicken was tender and the veggie combo enjoyable. The Mexirito ($11.45), was topped with refried beans and a picante sauce, ground beef, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella and cheddar and sliced jalapeño. It was pretty much a tostada on a slightly thicker, flour tortilla. Ground beef is my least go-to topping, but this seasoned meat was actually pretty good. The leftover pie was even better at home with a dollop of sour cream and a liberal dose of hot sauce. Saving the best for last, the Chuck’s Special ($11.45) came with mozzarella and cheddar, pepperoni, black olive, red onion, bell pepper and jalapeño. It was pretty much perfect. I’ve never met Chuck, but—based on this pie—I’d say he’s the kind of guy you’d like to share a beer and a slice with. Ω
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Adding up Rigorous Proof On Jan. 12, local rock band Rigorous Proof will release their third studio album, Postmodern Apocalypse, since they first met at an open mic session at Red Rock Bar in 2010. For frontman Johnny Bailey (who performs under the stage name “Johnny Harpo”), it’s the natural progression of a lifelong obsession with music—the guy was even raised in a radio station. “My dad [long-time KOZZ DJ Glenn Bailey, who goes by the name “Max Volume”], he would take me to work with him because there’s not a babysitter or something, you know,” Bailey said. “So, the nice thing about growing up in a radio station, and especially with my father, when you needed the Smiths, there they were. When you need MC5, there they were. When it was time to get into Led Zeppelin, you know, all nine records are right there.” Bailey’s rock influences collided with those of bassist Jesse Gaddis in 2003 when they were both 17. In 2010, they formed The Madorians, a reference to Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorian alien species, as the precursor to Rigorous Proof. The past decade has seen numerous changes to the lineup, but the group’s focus on exploring all aspects of rock—with a little something extra—remains. “I call it postmodern alternative rock, because it’s got certainly modern production, but it’s also, you know, we grew up in the punk rock scene and later got into classic rock and prog rock stuff and jazz fusion,” Bailey said. “So, we kind of pull a little bit from everything.” The core of the group has always been Bailey and Gaddis, but they were joined for the recording of Postmodern Apocalypse by keyboardist Adam Landis and drummer Wes Forster. With the help of producers Spike McGuire and Greg Gilmore of Loud
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As Folk Records, the band layed down the album’s five tracks as far back as 2016. “And then the next couple of years we just spent kind of tacking things on and making them as weird and as cool in the headphones as possible,” Bailey said. “Both [McGuire and Gilmore] are recording artists on their own, and having them in there, messing around with guitars moving backwards and all the cool stuff that people think about.” As evidenced by the title, the album deals with dark subject matter. Commenting on both bleak political themes in the country and the members’ own personal struggles, Bailey said the album has evolved in its three-year incubation period to deal with the “apocalypse” with what he calls a sardonic wit. “If anybody knows me, I can make fun of even, you know, the devil,” Bailey said. “People get married. People get divorced. People sometimes move to France and come back—sometimes they do all three, like I did. Life, love, you know, the modern world and trying to be an organic, meat bag computer that can understand that you’re conscious in this world is kind of what it’s about.” The album’s release marks a return to form for Bailey and the band, he said, as he hopes to finalize the lineup—the other members besides Gaddis are involved with other projects—for a West Coast tour sometime this year, and to record the follow up album, which he’s already written. To Bailey, it’s all just part of the formula. “It’s like a mathematical term: rigorous proof,” Bailey said. “You don’t have something that’s a law or even a theory until you have rigorous proof of what you’re finding, and that’s in our music too. Our music is rigorous proof of who we are as musicians.” Ω
rigorous Proof’s new album Postmodern Apocalypse will be released on streaming platforms Jan. 12. learn more at rigorousproof.bandcamp.com.
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CROCHET CORNER: Crochet enthusiasts of all levels are invited to join this group, which meets every Thursday. Thu, 1/9, 3pm. Free. Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Highway, Sparks, (775) 424-1800.
FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS: Enjoy free face painting, ice skating or treats around a fire pit while a DJ spins your favorite tunes. Fri, 1/10, 5pm. Northstar California Resort, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, www.northstarcalifornia.com.
HANDS ON! SECOND SATURDAYS—COLOR THE LANDSCAPE: The monthly event offers free admission, hands-on art activities, storytelling, a docent-guided tour, live performances and community collaborations. Sat, 1/11, 10am. Free. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (779) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
HAROLD’S CLUB—WORLD’S LARGEST CASINO: Author and historian Neal Cobb will talk about Harold’s Club rise from a holein-the-wall operation at 236 N. Virginia St. to becoming the largest casino in the world. Wed, 1/15, 5:30pm. Free. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, (775) 7874100, events.washoecountylibrary.us.
COME IN FROM THE COLD—FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES The annual program will warm up your winter nights with a variety of live music and entertainment. The series kicks off with a performance by the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association Monday Night Volunteers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. Other performers this month include cowboy poet Larry Maurice on Jan. 18 and Suspect Terrane on Jan. 25. The series continues every Saturday through March 7. A $3 per person donation is requested at the door. Call 828-6612 or visit www.washoecounty.us/parks.
JURASSIC EMPIRE: This traveling dinosaur exhibition simulates what it would be like to experience the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods firsthand. The event features ultra-realistic, animatronic dinosaurs, a fossil dig, rides, dinosaurthemed inflatable bounce houses and more. Sat, 1/11, 10am-9pm; Sun, 1/12, 10am-7pm. $24.99-$29.99. Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave., www.jurassicempire.com.
LITTLE CREATURES, LARGE UNIVERSE— TARDIGRADES ON EARTH AND ELSEWHERE: Tardigrades are microscopic animals with a wide variety of adaptations to survive in the most extreme conditions. This presentation will be an overview of tardigrades as animals, and how they are used for astrobiology research and space exploration. Marianne Denton is an aquatic ecologist, active naturalist and amateur astrobiologist whose personal research with tardigrades combines her interest in both aquatic ecology and astrobiology. Sat, 1/11, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 8494948, www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org.
MID-WINTER BALD EAGLE COUNT: The
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will coordinate the 39th annual mid-winter bald eagle count. Visit website to sign up to volunteer. Fri, 1/10, 9am. Free. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, (775) 298-0067, www.tinsweb.org.
ADVOCACY FOR JUSTICE GALA: Celebrate progress and inclusion at this dance. Music will progress from the 1940s to the 2010s over the course of the evening. Come dressed to the nines or in retro gear from your favorite decade. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/80796461391 and bring $5 to the door. Sat, 1/11, 7pm. $5. The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., (775) 448-6500, www.hollandreno.org.
PASTA AND POPS: The Reno Pops
Orchestra’s annual fundraiser includes a pasta buffet dinner, live music by the Pops and a silent auction. Fri, 1/10, 6pm. $50-$350. Baldini’s Casino, 865 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, (775) 673-1234, www.renopops.org.
PBR PENDLETON WHISKY VELOCITY TOUR: The bull-riding event features some of the best athletes of the sport going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country. Fri, 1/10, 8pm; Sat, 1/11, 7pm. $15-$150. Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St., (775) 335-8815.
THE PUSH: Truckee-based ski guide and film producer Tal Fletcher will present his film The Push. A Q&A session will follow the screening. Thu, 1/9, 6pm. $10. Alibi Ale Works—Truckee Public House, 10069 Bridge St., Truckee, (530) 536-5029.
SCIENCE SATURDAY—TRAINING FUTURE ASTRONAUTS: Here’s your chance to train like NASA astronauts. Fly simulated jet planes, perform medical and fitness experiments, try out training simulations and more. After free refreshments, visit the rest of the museum at your own pace. Tickets are required for all participants. Children under 13 must be accompanied by at least one guardian per six students. Sat, 1/11, 9:30am-1pm. $12. National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300, www.automuseum.org.
VISITING ARTIST TALK BY JARED STANLEY: Stanley is a poet and writer who often works with visual artists. His primary interest is in the intersection of lyric poetry, the history of landscape and land use and the vernacular, evershifting ground of language as it changes as a result of migration, environment and technology. His work has developed from an initial, book-centered writing practice into a formally expansive series of projects that take the materials of reading as a starting point. Thu, 1/9, 7pm. Free. Holman Arts & Media Center, Sierra Nevada College, 1008 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.
WINTER FIREWORKS: Enjoy winter fireworks celebration on Saturdays in January and February at the KT Deck. Fireworks shows are dependent on weather conditions. Sat, 1/11, 7pm. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, (800) 403-0206.
YARN CLUB: Bring a project to work on or start something new. All skill levels invited. Thu, 1/9, 1pm. Free. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., (775) 8273232, events.washoecountylibrary.us.
SECOND THURSDAY TALK: Speaker Jim Chase will present “Winton and Packard, a Transcontinental Feud. Part 1: A Rivalry is Born, 1898-1901.” By 1899, Winton Motor Carriage Company was the largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Winton opened the first automobile dealership in the country in Reading, Pennsylvania. One of Winton’s customers was James Ward Packard, who, the story goes, didn’t like his Winton car, complained to the company and was told to do it better. Packard went on to form the Packard Automobile Company. Thu, 1/9, 1:30pm. $5 for talk, free for members. National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), 10 S. Lake St., (775) 333-9300.
SHOOTIN’ FROM THE HIP WITH MICHAEL MIKEL: Historian, futurist and co-founder of Burning Man, Michael Mikel brings his unique counter-culture ideologies and personal investigations on a series of guided tours through Decorative Arms: Treasures from the Robert M. Lee Collection. Known on the Playa as “Danger Ranger” Mikel draws on his Texas roots and love of the West as he presents a personalized introduction to decorative arms. Fri, 1/10, noon. $10, free for members. Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., (775) 329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
TAHOE FOOD HUB SHOP TALK: The non-profit organization presents a workshop on “Understanding Grains and Fibers for Better Health” with Rob Ferguson of Sourdough Solutions. Ferguson will discuss how he used the Mediterranean diet to lose weight and change his lifestyle to a healthy one at the age of 55. He opened a whole-grain, sourdough bakery in Colfax, California, called Sourdough Solutions where he puts his knowledge of healthy grains and fibers into his products. Thu, 1/9, 6pm. Free. The Farm Shop, 12116 Chandelle Way, Unit D-1, Truckee, www.tahoefoodhub.org.
aRT ARTIST CO-OP GALLERY OF RENO: January Art & Supply Sale. Supplies for sale include new pre-cut mats, frames, easels, paints, how-to books, canvasses and paper. Artist Co-Op members’ art work is for sale in the feature room. Thu, 1/9-Wed, 1/15, 11am-4pm. Free. Artist Co-Op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill St., (775) 322-8896.
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER: Along the Truckee River—A Bob Adams Retrospective. Adams’ paintings show a slice of life in Reno at end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. His pieces are expressionistic, some bordering on the abstract, as he seeks to catch the movement and energy of life along the Truckee River and the downtown casino corridor. Many of his “plein air” works were made on loose canvas over a portable easel. The exhibition runs through Jan. 24. Thu, 1/2-Fri, 1/3, Mon, 1/6-Wed, 1/8, 8am-5pm. Free. McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, (775) 334-6264, www.reno.gov.
SERVA POOL: Hook and Ladder Dreams. Work by John Knight is on view from through Jan. 10. Thu, 1/9-Fri, 1/10, noon. Serva Pool at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.,(775) 448-6500.
SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE: A Series of Ricochets. This exhibition focuses on recalibration as it relates to the interweaving of conceptual practices and personal trajectories. Artists include Valery Jung Estabrook, Nicholas B. Jacobsen and Eric-Paul Riege. The show runs through Feb. 14. Thu, 1/9-Fri, 1/10, Mon, 1/13-Wed, 1/15, 10am. Free. Sierra Nevada College, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-1314.
SOUTH VALLEYS LIBRARY: Learning and Communicating. Painter Jade Chen’s exhibition is on display through February. There will be an artist reception at 3pm on Jan. 11. Sat, 1/11, Mon, 1/13-Wed, 1/15, 10am. Free. South Valleys Library, 15650-A Wedge Parkway, (775) 851-5190.
OnSTaGE BRRROQUE MASTERS: The TOCCATA–Tahoe Symphony Orchestra continues its 15th WinterFest season with its music series celebrating the works of Baroque-era composers, including Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. Sat, 1/11, 3pm. $15-$40, free for young people under age 23 in general admission seating. Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee; Sun, 1/12, 4pm. $15-$40, free for young people under age 23 in general admission seating. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Clay St., Reno, toccatatahoe.org.
WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA: Restless Artists Theatre presents Melissa James Gibson’s poignant, funny play about estrangement and the partially examined life. Fri, 1/10-Sat, 1/11, 7:30pm; Sun, 1/12, 2pm. $8-$15. Restless Artists Theatre, 295 20th St., Sparks, rattheatre.org.
SPORTS & FITnESS DISCO TUBING: Disco tubing is a familyfriendly party where you spin down the tubing lanes to music and lights. SnoVentures is located in the base area of Squaw Valley. Snow tubing is for adults and kids who are at least 40” tall. All tubers must be able to independently get in and out of their own tube. Thu, 1/9-Sat, 1/11, 5pm. $55. SnoVentures Activity Zone, 1653 Squaw Valley Loop, Olympic Valley, squawalpine.com.
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE TOUR: State park interpreters will lead snowshoe tours exploring the natural and cultural history around the Hellman-Ehrman estate and Lake Tahoe shoreline in Sugar Pine Point State Park. For those new to snowshoeing, there will be a beginner’s clinic at 6:30pm. The hike starts at 7pm near the restrooms in the day use side of the park (lakeside entrance, east side of Highway 89). The cost includes snowshoe rentals, park entrance and guided hike. Wear warm, layered clothing and winter boots. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation’s educational programming. Sat, 1/11, 6:30pm. $25-$40. Sugar Pine Point State Park, 7595 Highway 89, Tahoma, (530) 583-9911.
GUIDED HIKE: Enjoy a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local specialist. If there’s enough snow, this will be a snowshoe hike. There are a few pairs of snowshoes at the visitor center available for rent. Sat, 1/11, 10am. Free. Galena Creek Visitor Center, 18250 Mount Rose Highway, (775) 849-4948.
by AMY ALKON
Talons show Women are so mean. I’m the new girl at work, having started my job two weeks ago. Yesterday, I had a date after work, so I wore my date outfit to the office. It wasn’t scandalous, but it was a little sexier than my usual workwear. I was in a bathroom stall, and I overheard two female coworkers talking about me: mean, nasty, catty talk. Why are women so awful to one another? This sort of catty little gossip fest is a female specialty—an underhanded form of aggression against women who dare to commandeer male eyeballs. For women, competition for mates is a beauty contest. While it’s good to be a good-looking man, for men, appearance just doesn’t matter as much as it does for women. Because women get pregnant and left with mouths to feed, women evolved to prioritize finding a “provider”—a man who’s willing and able to commit resources—over landing some Mr. Adonis. Men know this, having co-evolved with women. They’re more likely to dis each other and also trash each other to the ladies over how much money they make than, say, how tight their pants are. In short, if you’re an ugly millionaire, it’s best if you’re a man. However, if you’re a hot barista or pizza delivery person, you’ll still get plenty of dates—if you’re a woman. Because men evolved to prioritize physical appearance in mates, women will band together to punish other women for wearing skimpy, revealing clothes or just for being physically attractive. Women seem to recognize that other women do this. Research by social psychologist Jaimie Arona Krems suggests that women tend to dress defensively— wear less revealing clothes and dampen their attractiveness—when they’ll be around other women that they aren’t already friends with. Prior research (by psychologist Joyce Benenson, among others) finds that girls and women tend to be vicious to newcomers in a way boys and men are not. For women, there generally seem to be “costs from incorporating a female newcomer,” Krems explained to me. The women we already know—“even those we can have some conflict with—may be less competitive with us. At times,
their gains can be our gains. And very often, female friends protect one another”—sometimes from other women’s aggression. “In fact, we might even dress a little more revealingly ... when we’re with our female friends than when we’re heading out alone ... perhaps because our friends have our backs.” As for you, knowing this, when you’re going to be around women you aren’t yet friends with, you might want to take it down a notch in sexy or wait till you’re leaving work to slinky it up.
Loathe actually I’m a gay man, and I’ve developed a crush on my best friend, despite his not being my type at all. He’s very confident, and I kind of want to be him. I have many insecurities, and a mutual friend suggested what I really find attractive is how my best friend knows everything about me and accepts me anyway. The more I think about it, the more I suspect our mutual friend is right. There’s a key word in “selfacceptance”—a big how-to clue— and it’s “self.” Self-acceptance involves your embracing your whole self—all of your qualities and characteristics, positive and negative. Psychologist Nathaniel Branden explained, “‘Accepting’ does not necessarily mean ‘liking’” or that there’s no need for improvement. It means recognizing you’re a package deal, and you can’t have the good stuff about you (like, say, your kindness) without the stuff that needs improvement (like how your housekeeping style is right out of Better Landfills and Dumpsters). To crank up self-acceptance, recognize that it’s not just a feeling but an action—something you do: deciding to like yourself (and even love yourself) as a human work in progress. When you do the job of accepting yourself, you no longer need to slot somebody in as a romantic partner simply because they don’t find you repellent. Ω
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): When comedian John
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the kind of person he was attracted to. “I want a troublemaker for a lover,” he wrote. “Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, who burns like fire on the rushing sea.” In response to that testimony, I say, “Boo! Ugh! Yuck!” I say, “To hell with being in an intimate relationship with a troublemaker who fights with fate and quarrels with the sky.” I can’t imagine any bond that would be more unpleasant and serve me worse. What about you? Do you find Rumi’s definition glamorous and romantic? I hope not. If you do, I advise you to consider changing your mind. 2020 will be an excellent time to be precise in articulating the kinds of alliances that are healthy for you. They shouldn’t resemble Rumi’s description. (Rumi translation by Zara Houshmand.)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The 18th-century comic novel Tristram Shandy is still being translated, adapted
and published today. Its popularity persists. Likewise, the 18th century novel Moll Flanders, which features a rowdy, eccentric heroine who was unusual for her era, has had modern incarnations in TV, film and radio. Then there’s the 19th century satirical novel Vanity Fair. It’s considered a classic even now, and appears on lists of best-loved books. The authors of these three books had one thing in common: They had to pay to have their books published. No authority in the book business had any faith in them. You may have similar challenges in 2020—and rise to the occasion with equally good results. Believe in yourself!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’ll present two possible
scenarios that could unfold for you in 2020. Which scenario actually occurs will depend on how willing you are to transform yourself. Scenario #1. Love is awake, and you’re asleep. Love is ready for you but you’re not ready for love. Love is hard to recognize because you think it still looks like it did in the past. Love changed its name, and you didn’t notice. Scenario #2. Love is awake and you’re waking up. Love is ready for you and you’re making yourself ready for love. Love is older and wiser now, and you recognize its new guise. Love changed its name, and you found out.
(Thanks to Sarah and Phil Kaye for the inspiration for this horoscope.)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Renowned Greek sculptor
Praxiteles created some famous and beloved statues in the fourth century B.C. One of his pieces, showing the gods Hermes and Dionysus, was displayed inside the Temple of Hera in Olympia. But a few centuries later an earthquake demolished the Temple and buried the statue. There it remained until 1877, when archaeologists dug it out of the rubble. I foresee a metaphorically equivalent recovery in your life, especially if you’re willing to excavate an old mess or investigate a debris field or explore a faded ruin.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Over a period of 74
years, the Scorpio philosopher and author Voltaire (1694-1778) wrote so many letters to so many people that they were eventually published in a series of 98 books, plus nine additional volumes of appendices and indexes. I would love to see you communicate that abundantly and meticulously in 2020. The cosmic rhythms will tend to bring you good fortune if you do.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Picasso was one of
the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was also the richest. At the end of his life, experts estimate his worth was as much as $250 million, equivalent to $1.3 billion today. But in his earlier adulthood, while Picasso was turning himself into a genius and creating his early masterpieces, he lived and worked in a small, seedy, unheated room with no running water and a toilet he shared with 20 people. If there will be ever in your life be a semblance of Picasso’s financial transformation, I’m guessing it would begin this year.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Let’s get 2020 started
with a proper send-off. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the coming months will bring you opportunities to achieve a host of liberations. Among the things from which you could be at least partially emancipated: stale old suffering; shrunken expectations; people who don’t appreciate you for who you really are; and beliefs and theories that don’t serve you any more. (There may be others!) Here’s an inspirational maxim, courtesy of poet Mary Oliver: “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In a poem titled “The
Mess-iah,” spiritual teacher Jeff Foster counsels us, “Fall in love with the mess of your life … the wild, uncontrollable, unplanned, unexpected moments of existence. Dignify the mess with your loving attention, your gratitude. Because if you love the mess enough, you will become a Mess-iah.” I bring this to your attention because I suspect you’ll have a better chance to ascend to the role of Mess-iah in the coming weeks and months than you have had in many years.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Comedian John Cleese
believes that “sometimes we hang onto people or relationships long after they’ve ceased to be of any use to either of you.” That’s why he has chosen to live in such a way that his web of alliances is constantly evolving. “I’m always meeting new people,” he says, “and my list of friends seems to change quite a bit.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, 2020 will be a propitious year for you to experiment with Cleese’s approach. You’ll have the chance to meet a greater number of interesting new people in the coming months than you have in a long time. (And don’t be afraid to phase out connections that have become a drain.)
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by MAtt BiEKER
Which one is it this Saturday? This Saturday is the Southern route. So, it starts at Bibo Coffee [on Center Street], and we go South all the way down to Mount Rose [Street]. And so we walk through quite a few alleys and, you know, we talk about all of the murals that are on the Southern part of midtown. And many of those, I’d say, are some of the older murals. The Northern route has quite a few of the newer murals.
Geralda Miller Art Spot Reno is a non-profit dedicated to supporting artists in Reno and Northern Nevada. As its executive director and co-owner since 2014, one of Geralda Miller’s duties is being a docent for the monthly mural tours put on by the organization, including the Midtown Mural Tour this Saturday, Jan 11.
And you’re one of the guides? I am the docent for the midtown tours. I love midtown. I love its grit, and I so love giving the tours in midtown. We get quite a few people, a lot of visitors, people who are visiting Reno and want to come out and see our art and see the murals that we have here.
Where’d the idea for the tours come from? I will tell you that, in 2017, Art Spot Reno, we put on the Reno Mural Expo here at downtown Reno, and we also commissioned 32 artists. We brought in an artist from South Africa. We had an artist here from Amsterdam, as well as the Bay Area—all around the country. We painted murals in downtown Reno as well as in midtown, and if you go to the Depot, the murals there, we did those as well. So we believe that murals are an outdoor gallery, and they are a way for everyone to enjoy and experience art. And also, studies show that murals also help to reduce tagging on walls. So, we believe in and we love murals as a way to liven up an area and for all to enjoy. And so, Art Spot puts on—the first Saturday of the month—we put on tours that start at [the Believe sign]. We alternate between the Reno Mural
Where did you get all of the information about the individual murals? Expo tour, and we do a public art tour, and that’s held on the first Saturday of the month. And on the second Saturday of the month, we do the midtown mural tours. There are more than a hundred murals now, I’d say, in midtown. And so we talk about the murals, and we talk about many of the artists that paint the murals. We have it now that it’s broken up into two routes. We have a Northern route and the Southern route. So, every other month, on the second Saturday, we alternate between the Northern and Southern route.
We initially walked it, talked to the artists and got stories. We gathered the stories about the art, the murals, in order to give a good tour. So, yes, we made a script of the tours, and we use that.
What else should people know if they want to come? There is a fee, and the fee is $10. But I’d say bring comfy walking shoes and, you know, come layered in case it’s a little chilly out. Bring your creative minds and be ready to see some mindblowing and beautiful murals. All the tours start at 10 o’clock. Ω
by BRUCE VAN DYKE
Revelations So I’m not quite sure how (1) potentially igniting a major war, (2) making possible the return of a maniacal bloodthirsty ISIS, (3) monkey-wrenching national health care, (4) getting IMPEACHED, fercrissake, and (5) just being an all-around raving superschmuck is supposed to be.......the fast track to guaranteed re-election? Say what? • If Iran is fired up for revenge, one can’t help but wonder if a certain group of hotels here in America might now be considered super plum, soft targets—including a rather large, ostentatious establishment right smack dab on the Las Vegas Strip. Just sayin’ … • Possible super juicy stuff is beginning to leak from journalists at Forensic News, who are talking to the son of a Deutsche Bank official who knew a lot about The Trump Account there. Interestingly, that official committed suicide, which
is … interesting. So his son has been going through dad’s stuff, and the story that’s emerging is … interesting. Many observers have wondered for years just why the bleep Deutsche Bank would give hundreds of millions to Trump when every other bank in the USA was telling Don Don to buzz the hell off after the disastrous financial performance of his properties in Atlantic City. Back then, Twitler was pretty much radioactive, his loan requests to be shredded and burned. So why did Deutsche Bank go out on The Limb? Well, as it turns out, maybe DB wasn’t taking any risk whatsoever. Because it appears the Bank may have had a co-signer for those whopping Trump loans, a co-signer with plenty of collateral to make DB real comfy about the deal. That generous co-signer, a Russian bank (No!) named VTB, owned by oligarchs (you’re kidding!) who were very
high on Trump, since his properties were providing just yummy havens for money laundering. It all makes sense. The Russians did Trump a solid. VTB (Vlad’s Titanic Bank) told Deutsche Bank, “Don’t worry. He’s good. We got his back,” which would explain Trump’s consistently cringeworthy asskissing of Putin and his billionaire buds. This ain’t quantum physics, folks. Trump owes everything in his flim-flam psuedo-empire to Putin and Them Oligarchs—which would explain why Trump won’t give up Financial Document One to Congress, which would explain why Trump clings to his tax returns and DB papers like a drowning man clings to a life preserver. Pee-pee pics from the Ritz? Nobody gives a bleep about those, if they even exist at all. That’s so 2017! It could very well be, in the end, all about those DB loans. Who would be surprised? Ω